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Monday, July 14th, 2014

Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Collection
Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Collection

Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Collection launches on July 16th (per Urban Decay’s Twitter account)–most likely appearing on their website first, then releasing elsewhere–and will be launched at Sephora, ULTA, Macy’s, beauty.com and urbandecay.com. It’s a small, edited collection, and in general, it is dupable, though the quality is there in the majority of the products.

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Monday, July 14th, 2014

Deal Sites/Rebates

  • EBATES:  Sheer Cover (25%), SkinStore (up to 10%), Sephora (8%), The Body Shop (8%), Stila (8%)
  • FAB: –
  • GILT: –
  • HAUTELOOK: StriVectin (7/14), nailuv (7/14), Youngblood (7/14), Diptyque (7/15), Osmotics (7/15), Conair (7/16), Juice Beauty (7/16)
  • MR. REBATES:  Proactiv (25%), Sheer Cover (25%), WEN (25%), Oscar Blandi (15%), Murad (12%),
  • MYHABIT: $35 & Under: Beauty Essentials (7/14)
  • Rue La La: Summer Beauty Must-Haves by NARS & More (7/14), Freeze 24-7 (7/15)

Free Shipping, Coupon Codes, GWPs

  • APOTHICA: Free shipping on orders of $49+.
  • AVON: Free shipping on $30+ orders.
  • BATH & BODY WORKS: 20% off with code BBW20JULY, ends 7/31.
  • BEAUTY.COM:   Free shipping on $25+ orders.  $10 off $50+ orders through THIS LINK, ends 8/31.
  • BENEFIT: Free shipping on $50+ purchases. Free international shipping with $125+ purchases.
  • BH COSMETICS: EXTRA 15% OFF an 88 Color Shimmer Eyeshadow Palette with code 88SHIM, ends 7/31.
  • BIOTHERM: –
  • BLISS: Save 30% on value bundles at blissworld.com. No promo code necessary.
    • BLISS UK: Buy any full size product from our best-selling triple oxygen range and we’ll send you a free instant energising foaming cleanser worth £24 with code OXYCLEAN, ends 7/31. Get a free mini travel size, when you buy the full size fatgirlslim with code FATTRAV1, ends 7/31.  Get a free mini travel size, when you buy the full size blood orange and white pepper body butter with code OBBTRAV1, ends 7/31.  Get a free mini travel size, when you buy the full size lemon and sage soapy suds with code LSSSTRAV1, ends 7/31. Get a free mini travel size, when you buy the full size lid and lash wash makeup remover with code LIDLASH, ends 7/31.
  • BLOOMINGDALE’S: Free shipping on orders of $150+ with code FS150.
  • BOBBI BROWN: Free shipping on $65+ orders.
  • BUMBLE & BUMBLE:  –
  • BURBERRY: –
  • C.O. BIGELOW:  10% off sitewide with code COBIG10, ends 7/31. Get 25% Off Our Premium Men’s Proraso Refreshing and Toning After Shave Lotion with code PROFIVE, ends 7/31. 20% off Mentha Body Wash with code MENTHABW20, ends 7/31.
  • CAROL’S DAUGHTER: Free shipping on $25+ orders with code SHIPFR.
  • CAUDALIE: –
  • CLARISONIC: Receive a free blue travel bag and deluxe sample cleanser ($20 value) with any $100 purchase + free standard shipping with code SUMMERFUN, ends 7/31. Buy any two devices together and receive 10% off + free standard shipping with code PAIRS, ends 10/31.
  • CLINIQUE:  Free shipping on $50+ orders.   Free shipping on any purchase, ends 7/19.
  • DARPHIN: –
  • DERMSTORE:  10% off with code REMINDER.
  • DRUGSTORE.COM: 20% off RoC skin care, Cetaphil skin care, Lumene skin care, Aveeno skin care.
  • ELIZABETH ARDEN: –
  • FOLICA: Free shipping on $50+ orders.
  • GIORGIO ARMANI BEAUTY:   Free shipping with $75+ orders + 2 samples of choice for registered members.
  • JO MALONE: Complimentary Delivery + Lime Basil & Mandarin Body Crème Sample With Any Purchase with code JMCREME, ends 9/30.  Receive Complimentary Standard Delivery and a deluxe sample of the Lime Basil & Mandarin Cologne with code JMCOLOGNE, ends 9/30.
  • JUICE BEAUTY: –
  • JURLIQUE:  Free shipping on $50+ orders. 7 FREE Samples + FREE Shipping on orders $50+ with code SAMPLER, ends 7/31.
  • KATE SOMERVILLE:  Free shipping + three free samples on $50+ orders.
  • KIEHLS: Choose 1 Deluxe Sample with any cleanser purchase with code CLEANSE, ends 7/30.
  • L’OCCITANE:  Receive 3 Hand Creams + Adorable Pouch FREE with any $25 Purchase with code SHEAHANDS, ends 7/29.
    • CANADA:  Free shipping on $99+ orders.
  • LANCOME:  Receive 4 bestselling travel-size products and free standard shipping on any order over $49 (a $60 value). Plus, get a travel-size DreamTone Serum with any order over $75 (a combined value of $91) with code MAKEUP, ends 7/31.
  • LIZ EARLE UK:  Monthly Liz Earle special offers/packages here.
  • MACY’S: –
  • MARCELLE: Free shipping on $25+ orders (Canada), free U.S. shipping on $50+ orders.
  • MARC JACOBS BEAUTY: Free shipping on $50+ orders. Free shipping on any order with code SHIP, ends 9/1.  Deluxe-size Highliner with $75+ order with code MINI, while supplies last.
  • MOLTON BROWN:  Free gift with purchase when you spend £45+.
  • MURAD: –
  • NARS: Free shipping on $50+ orders.   Complimentary Mini Super Orgasm with any order with code SUMMERFLUSH, ends 7/31.
  • NEIMAN MARCUS: –
  • NICOLE MILLER BEAUTY: –
  • NORDSTROM:  Free shipping & free returns everyday.
  • OJON: –
  • OLE HENRIKSEN: Receive 8 mystery samples with every order with code SAMPLEHAPPY, expires 10/30/14.
  • OMOROVICZA UK: 15% off all products using code JUNE15, ends 6/6/15.
  • ORIGINS: –
  • OUIDAD: –
  • PACIFICA:  Free 2-day shipping on $75+ orders with code FREESHIP75.
  • PAULA’S CHOICE: 25% Off Cleansers & Toners plus FREE shipping on orders of $50 or more, ends 8/5.
  • PERFUMANIA:  –
  • PRESCRIPTIVES: –
  • PHILOSOPHY:   Free shipping on $50+ orders, no code necessary.
  • SAKS FIFTH AVENUE:  Free Express Shipping to Australia on orders of $100 USD and more with code SHIPFREE, ends 7/22.   Free shipping on U.S. orders with code FREESHIP.
  • SALLY BEAUTY: –
  • SEPHORA:   [All deals require $25 minimum purchase.]   Choose 1 of 3 FREE deluxe mini self-tanners from hot brands with code BRONZED, ends 7/31. Free Benefit They’re Real Push Up Liner deluxe sample with code PUSHUP, 6/27 through 7/31. Choose 1 of 3 FREE Red, White, & Blue Samples: Stila, Alterna, or Sephora Collection with code USA, ends 7/31. FREE Josie Argan Mascara sample with code BLACKOIL, ends 7/31. FREE Fresh Soy Conditioning Eye Makeup Remover Deluxe Sample with code FRESHSOY, ends 7/31. Receive a FREE Supergoom! SPF 30+ Sunscreen Serum Sample with code SPFSERUM, ends 7/31. Receive a FREE Laura Mericer Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide deluxe sample with code FLAWLESS, ends 8/31.
  • SHISEIDO: –
  • SHU UEMURA: –
  • SKINSTORE.COM:  $20 off $100+ order with code WINK, ends 7/14.
  • SMASHBOX: Save $15 off your first order of $75+ with code WELCOME2.  Join Pretty Points Rewards and earn $10 for every $100 spent + free shipping.
  • STILA COSMETICS: Free Smudge Stick Eyeliner ($20 value) with purchase of any 1 of Stila’s 4 new Fall Eye Shadow Palettes.
  • TARGET: –
  • TARTE: –
  • TATCHA: –
  • THE BODY SHOP (USA):  Free shipping on $50+ purchase. Buy 2, get 1 free, through 7/20.
    •  CANADA:  Buy 2, get 1 free, ends 7/20.
    • UK: –
  • THIERRY MUGLER:  –
  • TOO FACED:
  • ULTA: Buy one, get one 50% off Neutrogena, Revlon, L’Oreal, NYX Lips & Face.
  • WALGREENS: 15% off suncare with code SUNSHINE, ends 7/19.
  • YSL:  Free shipping on any order, no code necessary.
Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


What historical beauty trend would you love to see make a comeback? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerHonestly, I’m not very knowledgeable about historical beauty trends, so I don’t have anything that comes to mind for this question! I look forward to reading all of your answers, though :)

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

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

NARS Thasos, Ikiru, Kalymnos Nail Polishes
NARS Thasos, Ikiru, Kalymnos Nail Polishes

Today, I have three of the more pastel-hued polishes from the newly reformulated NARS Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.), which will have a total of 43 permanent shades. The official launch is July 15th, and both the formula and the brush have been changed. According to the brand, the formula is supposed to “improve wear and strengthen nails” with a “flexible, high gloss finish.” In the past, I’ve experienced really strong, long-wear (up to ten days with minor tip wear; after seven, tip wear appears very minor). I tested five shades–Thasos, Elbrus, Obscura, Pastorale, and Zakynthos–for wear, and they were fairly consistent with minor tip wear after seven days but no chipping (no top or base coats were used). I really liked the brush, as it wasn’t overly wide; I could still apply polish to my pinky nail (which is my narrowest nail) without getting polish all along the cuticle/skin along the nail. Most shades dried down faster than average, and generally, they applied well without streaking, bubbling, or pooling along the edges with good color coverage.

NARS Thasos Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “mint green.” It’s a light-medium, sea foam green with a cream finish. It was opaque after two coats, and the consistency of the polish wasn’t too thick or too thin. It was really close to being opaque after one coat, which was impressive, but what was even more impressive was the lack of streakiness even on that initial coat. This shade lasted for seven days with minor tip wear. MAC In the Limelight (LE, $16.00) is bluer. Illamasqua Nomad (P, $17.00) is darker, brighter. China Glaze Keep Calm, Paint On (LE, $7.50) is greener, warmer. Zoya Wednesday (P, $9.00) is darker. Butter London Fiver (P, $15.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Ikiru Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “light blue.” It’s a softened, light-medium blue with a cream finish. It had full color coverage after two coats, and the polish applied evenly and smoothly without issue. The formula was slightly thick but not problematic. Cult Nails Nakizzle’s Shizzle (P, $12.00) is lighter. NARS Koliary (LE, $20.00) is brighter. Chanel Coco Blue (LE, $27.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Kalymnos Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “lilac.” It’s a muted, grayish lavender with a cream finish. It was very nearly opaque after two coats. The formula was slightly thick in consistency but applied evenly without streaking or pooling along the edges. Essie Warm & Toasty Turtleneck (P, $8.00) is warmer. Essie Full Steam Ahead (P, $8.00) is warmer, brighter. Rescue Beauty Lounge Forgiveness (LE, $20.00) is slightly darker. Cult Nails My Kind of Cool Aid (P, $12.00) is darker. Zoya Marley (P, $9.00) is a touch lighter. Essie Cocktail Bling (LE, $8.00) is darker. Essie Bangle Jangle (LE, $8.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Happy Sunday!

Hope you’re having a lovely one! I’m going to have some fun photographing and swatching new products today, and then hopefully work through some of the photos I shot last week for this week’s reviews.

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Here are five blushes worth considering for darker skin tones! Again, this is a short and sweet list but is by no means exhaustive; I tried to include a variety of colors, finishes, and undertones, but just because you don’t see a blush listed here doesn’t mean it wouldn’t work :) I’d love to hear your personal favorites for dark skin tones in the comments!

  1. Milani Bella Rosa — a bright, medium-dark pink with cool undertones and a matte finish
  2. NARS Lovejoy — a medium-dark plum with warm, gold shimmer and a soft satin finish
  3. Becca Papaya/Topaz — a gold-shimmered, copper-brown
  4. NARS Taj Mahal — a vibrant tangerine orange with a luminous sheen
  5. Kevyn Aucoin Fira — a rich, orange-red with a matte finish

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

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