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Monday, July 6th, 2015

ghd Eclipse Professional 1

Are you ready for Today’s Special Value at QVC? It’s the ghd Eclipse Professional 1″ Styling Iron, which normally retails for $245, but it is available for $179 today only, July 6th!

The ghd Eclipse Professional 1″ Styling Iron is designed to deliver a consistent 365°F (185°C) temperature and can straighten, curl, flip, add volume, all while reducing frizz. In 2014, it won Allure Magazine’s Best of Beauty award for Hot Tool/Flatiron. It uses six sensors, three on the top plate and three on the bottom plate, to keep the temperature consistent while you’re using it. The contoured, precision plates help you style your hair with smooth, snag-free styling. ghd says it heats up in a mere 20 seconds, making it ideal for those who are short on time. It contains aerogel technology that keeps the exterior cool to the touch, while the iron also comes with a heat guard and will shut off automatically after 30 minutes. The Styling Iron also features universal voltage, so you can travel with it wherever you’re going!

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


What is your current morning skincare routine? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerCleanse with a Shiseido foaming cleanser, and then Clindamycin (prescription), Origins A Perfect World.

Thanks to Melanie for today’s question! Do you have a question idea? Submit yours here.

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Sephora Overcast Filter Colorful Eyeshadow Palette
Sephora Overcast Filter Colorful Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora Colorful Eyeshadow Palettes ($32.00 for 0.398 oz.) came out in two varieties, Overcast Filter and Sunbleached Filter, both inspired by the filters so many of us use when posting to social media these days. Here are some swatches to check out while I work on testing them!

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Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Tarte Energy Noir Eye & Cheek Palette
Tarte Energy Noir Eye & Cheek Palette

If it wasn’t apparent by the abundance of sneak peeks, but we are in the throes of fall color collections and releases. July you say? Well, they come a little earlier everywhere and maybe by 2020, we’ll be looking at fall in April :) The best thing I can do for you is providing early swatches while I work on the testing and writing portion of the review process. (Testing takes the longest, followed by finding dupes, in case you were curious.) For total clarity, I purchased the Becca and Tarte palettes, while bareMinerals sent theirs as a press sample.

Palettes in this post:

  1. bareMinerals Work, Weekend, Wow Eyeshadow Palette ($26.00 for 0.17 oz.)
  2. Becca Ombre Rouge Eye Palette ($40.00 for 0.20 oz.)
  3. Tarte Energy Noir Eye & Cheek Palette ($38.00 for 0.54 oz.)

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Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Bite Beauty #007 Limited Lip Lab Creme Deluxe Lipstick
Bite Beauty #007 Limited Lip Lab Creme Deluxe Lipstick

Bite Beauty #007 Limited Lip Lab Creme Deluxe Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “bubblegum magenta.” It’s a lightly brightened, medium fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. MAC RiRi Boy (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted, cooler, less glossy. Maybelline Brazen Berry (P, $7.49) is darker, warmer, glossier. NYX Pink Lyric (P, $4.00) is more muted, warmer. MAC Love Forever (P, $18.00) is lighter, more muted. MAC Night Blooming (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker. Buxom Swinger (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer. Bite Beauty Grape (LE, $24.00) is lighter, brighter. Maybelline Electric Pink (P, $7.99) is lighter, brighter, less glossy. Colour Pop Pasties (LE, $5.00) is warmer, glossier. Colour Pop Buds (P, $6.00) is brighter, less glossy. Colour Pop Drive In (P, $6.00) is darker, less glossy. Kat Von D L.U.V. (P, $19.00) is darker, less glossy. Tom Ford Beauty Jack (LE, $32.00) is warmer. Kat Von D Backstage Bambi (P, $19.00) is lighter, brighter, less glossy. NYX Privileged (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

As usual, this post is mostly to provide dupes for those who missed out or didn’t want to shell out the $36 price tag for July’s shade of the month from Bite. (And on the remote possibility that they ever repromote these monthly releases.) It had very nearly opaque color coverage that applied without dragging and went on evenly. The texture was lightly creamy, not too thick or too thin, and sat well on the lips while worn. There was a strong, pink-red stain left behind. It was comfortable to wear as it was lightly hydrating over time, and the color wore well for six hours on me. The consistency is thinner than the Luminous Creme formula, and this particular shade had less sheen as well. I find the Luminous Creme formula to be more hydrating overall.

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9/10

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Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Giorgio Armani No. 03 Fluid Sheer
Giorgio Armani No. 03 Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani No. 03 Fluid Sheer ($62.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a slightly muted, medium copper with warm, orange undertones and fine, gold pearl shimmer. It had sheer coverage that was buildable to semi-sheer. The texture was thin, almost watery (but not in a bad way), and spread across the skin easily with even, sheer dispersion. It leaves behind a dewy, luminous sheen on the skin when it dries down. On me, the color wore for eight and a half hours before fading. This one was easy to mix in with foundation for general warmth, but it may be a little too shimmery for some, depending on what your preference is. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is lighter, cooler. Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment (Original) (P, $26.00) is lighter. Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is more pigmented. Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery, darker, more pigmented. Becca Topaz (P, $41.00) is cooler. Illamasqua Supernatural (P, $24.00) is darker, cooler. MAC Barbados Girl (LE, $20.00) is darker, cooler. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer ($62.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is available in fifteen shades that range from sheer beige to sheer yellow to sheer copper. The formula is supposed to “dress skin in an illuminating veil of radiance.” It’s designed to be sheer, though some shades are more buildable than others, and in general, the darker hued shades are going to appear more pigmented and can be used as highlighting blushes or even as blushes (depending on your skin tone) — the brand actually calls out it can be used as “an eyeshadow base, blush, or bronzer” as well as your typical highlighter. It can be used alone, mixed with base products (like foundation, primer, or moisturizing). Some shades are glittery, others are shimmery, and others have very fine shimmer. Alone, I tend to get seven to eight hours of wear with lighter, shimmery shades and closer to ten hours or longer with some of the bolder shades, and it doesn’t seem to impact the wear of my base products (either shortening or lengthening the wear). I like fingertips or a duo-fiber/stippling brush for application using a patting and dabbing motion rather than a lot of sweeping, then a light buffing to diffuse and blend out the edges.

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