Have you joined MyTemptalia yet? Register and start having fun today!
Monday, July 6th, 2015

Rant & Rave

Share: Tell us what you love and hate about CREAM BLUSH!

my answer: I love cream blush for often being very blendable, longer-wearing, and intensely pigmented, plus they usually have a soft, natural finish. Some formulas are harder to blend, especially when they are thinner, and look splotchy applied.

Monday, July 6th, 2015

NARS Tribulation Blush
NARS Tribulation Blush

NARS Tribulation Blush ($30.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “shimmery rosy sand.” It’s a light-medium gold muted slightly by hints of beige paired with a luminous, shimmer-sheen finish.
See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The texture of this was soft, smooth, and denser than most NARS blushes; it felt the softest and smoothest, without being powdery, of all the NARS cheek products I have ever tried. It blended out beautifully without losing its color or sheen, and the more you buffed it into the skin, the more the glowing finish came out. The shimmer didn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture either, but this is not a subtle highlighter, so it is better suited for someone who likes a noticeable sheen to their highlighters. I was surprised that NARS didn’t call this out as a “Highlighting Blush” (like Albatross), as it is more highlighter on light to dark skin tones, while very fair to fair skin tones will see slight warmth/beige color, plus the sheen. On me, the color lasted for eight hours before fading slightly.

The Glossover

P
product

Tribulation

Temptalia Recommends
A

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
Login or Register to be able to add this to your Vanity or Wishlist! Plus rate and review!

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →

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!

Monday, July 6th, 2015

NARS VIP Red Lipstick
NARS VIP Red Lipstick

NARS VIP Red Lipstick ($27.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “dark brique.” It’s a medium-dark red with soft, warm undertones and a satin finish. It’s not strongly orange-toned–it has deeper, almost orange-brown tones to it that keep it from being a brighter red, but it isn’t a dark burgundy either. The finish will wear to more of a traditional matte finish within an hour of wear.
See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

NARS’ lipstick is supposed to be richly pigmented, long-wearing, and comfortable to wear. I typically have good luck with their pigmentation and wear, but the hydration/comfort tends to be the area the formula misses more on. VIP Red is mostly opaque with a barely creamy consistency that just slightly tugs on the lips, though it doesn’t drag or skip, but it is best applied in shorter strokes rather than one continuous glide. The texture is light-medium in weight, clings without being painfully clingy, and wears for over six hours while leaving behind a stain. It was slightly drying after four hours of wear on me. There was no discernible scent or taste from the formula.

The Glossover

P
product

VIP Red

A-

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
Login or Register to be able to add this to your Vanity or Wishlist! Plus rate and review!

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Becca Flowerchild Mineral Blush
Becca Flowerchild Mineral Blush

Becca Flowerchild Mineral Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “peachy pink, golden highlights.” It’s a light-medium, rosy pink with warm undertones and a light dusting of gold shimmer. This is a very standard shade for most brands to include in their blush offerings, so there is no shortage of dupes! Too Faced Love Hangover (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Sand (LE, $65.00) is lighter, cooler. Colour Pop Fox (P, $8.00) is less shimmery. Clinique Melon Pop (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. NARS Fervor (Left) (P, ) is lighter. Chanel Malice (71) (P, $45.00) is darker. Benefit Bella Bamba (Palette) (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker. Tarte Glisten (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, warmer. YSL Passionnee (6) (P, $47.00) is less shimmery. Too Faced Who’s Your Poppy (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer. MAC Petal Power (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, warmer. IT Cosmetics Pretty in Peony (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer. Too Faced Peachy Keen (LE, ) is more shimmery. Charlotte Tilbury Love Glow (P, $40.00) is cooler. Guerlain Peach Boy #2 (P, ) is darker. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

It has a moderate golden sheen to the skin that gives off a glowing appearance but doesn’t emphasize pores. The texture was soft, smooth, and easily blended on the skin. It was mostly opaque, so I’d recommend using a lighter hand or less dense brush if you prefer sheerer coverage or want to build up the color in layers. On me, this shade wore well for eight hours before fading.

Formula Summary | Becca Mineral Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is supposed to be a “delicate powder blush” with a “buildable formula” that gives a “natural-looking, flushed appearance.” They typically have a soft, creamy consistency that is a little denser than the average powder but not truly dense. Some of the very shimmery shades feel a little dry compared to the more pearly ones. I found the formula to be incredibly easy to apply and blend on the skin without any need for special tricks; they felt very grab-and-go, the kind of blush where there’s no fight to diffuse and soften edges or get even coverage. They are more pigmented than what I’d term as “buildable,” which some will appreciate, some will be disappointed by. The wear ranges from seven to nine hours with the brighter and more satin-to-matte shades lasting longer. My favorite part of the formula is the luminous sheen they give to the skin, so they don’t look too shimmery on the skin. I think if you find Becca’s pressed highlighters to be too shimmery, you may find their blushes more up your alley with respect to finish.

The Glossover

P
product

Flowerchild

A-

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

Results
Loading ... Loading ...
Dupes
Login or Register to be able to add this to your Vanity or Wishlist! Plus rate and review!

See more photos & swatches! Continue reading →

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Last Call Sale: Up to 70% off regular-prices on select items online at NeimanMarcus.com! Offer valid 7/6-7/19.

Cash Back/Rebates

When you join one of the below websites, you can earn cash back on orders made at thousands of retailers.  For example, if you place a $50 order at a retailer with 10% cash back, you’ll receive $5 in cash back.   Below you’ll find the best beauty-related retailers to earn cash back this week:

  • EBATES:  Pur Minerals (10%), Saks (10%)
  • MR. REBATES: Proactiv (40%), WEN (40%), Oscar Blandi (15%), Cargo (12%), Elizabeth Arden (10%), Carol’s Daughter (10%), The Body Shop (10%), Folica (10%), Saks (10%), BH COsmetics (10%), Shiseido (10%), Algenist (8%), Cle de Peau (8%), Estee Lauder (8%), shu uemura (8%), Paula’s Choice (8%), Sephora (8%)

Flash Sales/Deals

Flash sales/deals sites offer a limited selection of products from particular brands, sometimes recently discontinued or excess stock from limited edition items, and occasionally, you’ll find popular gems that are part of the current/permanent line.   These sites typically have more flash sales on fashion and home than beauty, but below you’ll find beauty-related sales:

Free Shipping, Coupon Codes, GWPs

  • 100% PURE: Free shipping on $50+ orders.
  • ALGENIST: Free Gift with Code SUMMERGLOW on Orders $100+ at Algenist.com Plus 2 Free Samples W/Every Purchase.
  • ASOS:  Free express shipping over $140 with code EXPRESSUSA.
  • AVON: Free shipping on $35+ orders. ANEW Clinical, any 2 for $35 + free shipping on $40+ orders, ends 7/9.
  • B-GLOWING:  Up to 75% off Sitewide Sale Category, ends 7/8. 20% Off First Aid Beauty orders of $60 or more with code 20FAB60 with code 7/8.
  • BARNEYS: —
  • BEAUTY.COM:   Free shipping on $35+ orders.  $15 off $75+ orders with code BEAUTY15 or through this link, ends 8/28.
  • BENEFIT: Free shipping on $50+ purchases. Free international shipping with $125+ purchases.
  • BH COSMETICS: —
  • BIOTHERM: —
  • BLISS:
    • BLISS UK: Free delivery on all UK orders.   triple oxygen starter kit with a £75 spend with code TO2START, ends 12/31. Free Travel Essentials Kit worth £30 when you spend £75 at Bliss with code TRAVEL15, ends 7/17.
  • BLOOMINGDALE’S: Free shipping on orders of $150+ with code FS150.
  • BLUEMERCURY: Receive a FREE Trish McEvoy deluxe size bronzer and beauty booster lip gloss with any $75 purchase on bluemercury.com with code ENHANCE, ends 8/31. Receive a FREE deluxe sample of Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer and a mini Opaque Rouge in Icon with any $125 Hourglass order with code ICON, ends 9/30. Receive a FREE full size RMS Lip Shine in Sublime with any RMS purchase with code RMS, ends 8/31.
  • BOBBI BROWN: Free shipping on $65+ orders.  Bobbi’s Summer essentials! Get a Mini Makeup Trio with every $75 purchase with code SUMMERTRIO, ends 7/9.
  • BUMBLE & BUMBLE:  4 free treats + shipping with $25 orders with code BBREVIEWS, ends 7/8.
    • BUMBLE & BUMBLE UK: Score a FREE* Blow Dry Balm Trio with any £30+ order with code JULY, ends 7/31.
  • BURBERRY: —
  • C.O. BIGELOW: Get $20 Off All Orders over $125 or More Plus Free Shipping with code SUMMER20, ends 7/31.
  • CAROL’S DAUGHTER: Free shipping on $25+ orders with code SHIPFR.
  • CAUDALIE: —
  • CHANEL: Complimentary shipping on $50+ orders.
  • CLARINS: 33% off selected items, ends 7/14.
  • CLARISONIC: Buy any two devices together and receive 10% off and free standard shipping with code PAIRS, ends 12/31.  Receive a FREE Mia 1 Travel Case with any purchase of $99 or more plus free shipping with code MIATRAVEL, ends 7/14.
  • CLE DE PEAU: Free 2nd day shipping on $150+ orders.  Free ground shipping on all orders.
  • CLINIQUE:  Free shipping on $50+ orders. Choose Free 3-Step Kit with the purchase of the Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush, ends 7/9.
  • COLLEEN ROTHSCHILD BEAUTY:  —
  • DARPHIN: Spend $100 and get $15 off your next purchase of $100 or more. Receive a Travel Size Age-Defying Dermabrasion (15ml) with your $85 purchase at Darphin plus free shipping with code AGEDEFY15, ends 7/13.
  • DERMSTORE:  10% off with code REMINDER.
  • DRUGSTORE.COM: —
  • ELF: Free shipping on $25+ orders with code SHIP25.
  • ELIZABETH ARDEN: —
  • FOLICA: Free shipping on $50+ orders.
  • GIORGIO ARMANI BEAUTY:   Free shipping with $75+ orders + 2 samples of choice for registered members.
  • IT COSMETICS: —
  • IMOMOKO: —
  • JO MALONE:  Receive Complimentary Standard Delivery and an exclusive sample offer of the Blackberry & Bay Body Crème with any online purchase of $75 or more with code OFFER01, ends 7/12. Receive Complimentary Standard Delivery and an exclusive offer of the Peony & Blush Suede Body Crème with code GRAPE2, ends 7/9.
  • JUICE BEAUTY: —
  • JURLIQUE:  Free shipping on $50+ orders.  Try our favorite brightening serum FREE for 1-week with any purchase $35+ with the code BRIGHTUS, ends 7/31.
  • KATE SOMERVILLE:  Free shipping + three free samples on $50+ orders.
  • KIEHL’S: Free shipping on $60+ orders.   Receive 2 Deluxe Samples with Any Purchase of $50 or More! Enter code SUMMER at checkout, ends 7/12.
    • KIEHL’S CANADA: Get $10 off any order over $50, Plus Free Shipping over $60 with code SUMMER, ends 7/31
  • L’OCCITANE: Limited Edition 20 Piece Summer Essentials Set for only $35, OR receive it FREE with any $125 Purchase with code BEACHREADY, ends 7/7.
    • CANADA:  Free shipping on $99+ orders.
  • LA MER:  Receive Complimentary Standard Shipping and an exclusive sample offer of The Regenerating Serum with code PAIR, ends 7/11.
  • LANCOME: Free shipping on $49+ orders. Receive 5 travel size products and free standard shipping on orders of $49 or more with code SUNSHINE, ends 7/31.
    • CANADA: Get a 6pc gift with any order over $50 with code RENERGIE, ends 7/19 or while supplies last.
  • LAURA GELLER: —
  • LAURA MERCIER: Free shipping on $50+ orders.
  • LISA WATIER (CANADA): FREE Kit of 5 deluxe Lift and Firm 3D samples with the purchase of any Lift & FIrm 3D product with code LF3DKIT, 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 12/31.
  • MOLTON BROWN:  Free gift with purchase when you spend £45+.
  • MURAD: —
  • NARS: Free shipping on $50+ orders. Complimentary mini Gentle Eye Makeup Remover with any purchase with code JULMINI15, ends 7/31.
  • NEIMAN MARCUS: —
  • NICOLE MILLER BEAUTY: —
  • NORDSTROM:  Free shipping & free returns everyday.
  • OJON: —
  • OLE HENRIKSEN: —
  • OMOROVICZA UK: 15% Off Omorovicza SPF products with code SPF15, ends 8/31.
  • ORIGINS: Free shipping on $50+ orders.
  • PACIFICA:  Free 2-day shipping on $75+ orders with code FREESHIP75.
  • PAULA’S CHOICE: $10 off $50, $20 off $100, $30 off $150 at PaulasChoice.com with code STOCKUP2015, ends 7/14.
  • PERFUMANIA:  —
  • PRESCRIPTIVES: —
  • PHILOSOPHY:   Free shipping on $50+ orders, no code necessary.
  • SAKS FIFTH AVENUE:  Free shipping on U.S. orders with code FREESHIP.
  • SALLY BEAUTY: —
  • SEPHORA:  [All deals require $25 minimum purchase while supplies last–some codes may run out faster than others.] Receive a free Benefit They’re Real Push-Up Liner deluxe sample with code REALEYES, ends 7/15. Free Clarins Total Eye Concentrate deluxe sample with code TOTALEYE, ends 7/15. Choose 1 of 6 free peel deluxe samples with code REVEAL, ends 7/15.  Choose 1 of 3 Too Faced Born This Way Foundation deluxe samples with code TOOFACED, ends 7/30. Choose 1 of 10 Free Formula X deluxe samples with code FXCOLORS, ends 7/30. Choose 1 of 3 Living Proof Shampoo and Conditioner set deluxe samples with code LPSET, ends 7/30.
  • SHISEIDO: Free shipping with purchase of the Ultimune Eye Power Infusing Eye Concentrate, ends 8/30.
  • SHU UEMURA: —
  • SKINSTORE.COM:  —
  • 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. FREE mini pore primer and mascara with any $40 purchase with code BBWVID, ends 7/8.
  • SPACE NK: —
  • STILA COSMETICS: —
  • TARGET: —
  • TARTE: —
  • TATCHA: —
  • THE BODY SHOP (USA):  Buy 3, get 3 freeon select products, ends 7/6.
    •  CANADA: Up to 70% off, ends 7/6.
    • UK:  —
  • THIERRY MUGLER:  —
  • TOO FACED: Buy one Better Than Sex mascara, get the second free with code BIGLASHES, ends 7/7.
  • ULTA: $3.50 off $10+ purchase with code 301872, ends 7/25.  Philosophy 3-in-1 Shampoo, Body Wash, and Bubble Bath $12 (regularly $18), ends 7/11.  15% off Pureology jumbo sizes, ends 7/25.
  • WALGREENS: Buy 1, get 1 50% off L’Oreal Paris, Almay, Revlon, & CoverGirl Cosmetics, ends 7/11.
  • YSL:  Free shipping on any order, no code necessary.

NET-A-PORTER