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Monday, August 3rd, 2015

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How do you manage your beauty budget? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerI have a general amount I expect to spend each quarter on cosmetics for review, and I try to keep it in line with that – generally I prioritize limited edition products or anything that gets a lot of buzz and is more mid to high-end in price point. If I feel like there’s been a lot of limited edition launches I’ve bought, then I will put the brakes on acquiring more permanent products (that can be deferred to a later point).

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Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Guerlain Les Cendres Eyeshadow Palette
Guerlain Les Cendres Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain Les Cendres Eyeshadow Palette ($65.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a muted set of neutral shades ranging from taupe to warm beige. I haven’t seen this pop up online yet, but it should be available soon as the majority of the fall collection is making its way online already. It features the newer eyeshadow formula, which I haven’t had good luck with for the most part (some shades are decent but some have been real misses!) as it tends to be powdery, prone to sheering out, and shorter-wearing. After testing this quad, it seems like the newer formula works better with a more matte to satin finish than the more frosted ones. They applied a lot better, though they didn’t wear particularly long, but at least I was able to come out with a decent look.

Les Cendres #1 is a medium-dark, taupe brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was soft, silky, and blendable, while still adhering well to bare skin. It had semi-opaque coverage that was buildable to opaque pigmentation, if desired. The color lasted for seven hours before fading on me. bareMinerals Exhale (P, ) is cooler. bareMinerals Exhale (P, ) is cooler. MAC Fashion Fix (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Fashion Fix (P, $21.00) is darker. MAC Brains & Brawn (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Dior Mirage (761) (P, $30.00) is lighter, warmer. Laura Mercier Stone Taupe (LE, $23.00) is lighter, warmer. theBalm Dig It (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Tarte Power Player (LE, ) is lighter, warmer. NARS Shade II (2015) (LE, $25.00) is lighter. Viseart Cendre (P, ) is darker. Viseart Cendre (P, ) is darker. Tarte Stone Unturned (LE, ) is lighter. Make Up For Ever M558 Dark Taupe (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer. LORAC Cool Gray (P, ) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Les Cendres #2 is a muted, medium-dark rose with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, silky consistency that applied evenly and smoothly without sheering out. This shade started to look faded at the seven-hour mark. bareMinerals Velvet Mauve (P, $14.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer. MAC Bloom On (P, $21.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Laced (P, $18.00) is lighter. Bobbi Brown Dusty Lilac (LE, $22.00) is darker. Inglot #344 (P, $6.00) is darker. Le Metier de Beaute Icon (LE, $30.00) is cooler. Givenchy Rose Dentelle (3) (P, $23.00) is brighter, cooler. Smashbox Totally Nude (P, ) is lighter. LORAC Pink Mauve (P, ) is lighter. Tarte Rose to the Occasion (LE, ) is brighter, warmer. Laura Mercier Cashmere (P, $23.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Les Cendres #3 is a muted, very dark brown with a matte finish. It had semi-sheer, buildable color coverage, which seemed to be mostly opaque in practice with two to three layers/passes of product. The texture was a smidgen powdery, but it was workable and didn’t sheer out too readily on the skin. It lasted for seven hours on me. Tarte Dark Drive (LE, ) is darker. Tarte Dim the Lights (LE, ) is darker. Zoeva Beans are White (P, ) is darker. Too Faced Sexpresso (P, $16.00) is warmer. Tarte Multi-Tasker (LE, ) is warmer. Tarte Wind Down Brown (LE, ) is darker. Tarte Dreamer (LE, ) is lighter. theBalm Ripper (LE, $16.00) is darker. Too Faced Chocolate Cake (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. LORAC Espresso (Mega Pro) (LE, ) is warmer. Too Faced Knockout (LE, $16.00) is darker. Kat Von D Shadow Box (P, ) is darker. Tarina Tarantino Delightful #5 (P, ) is lighter. Tarte Dream in Chocolate (LE, ) is darker. Tarte Dream in Chocolate (LE, ) is darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Les Cendres #4 is a brightened, light peachy-beige with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had rich color payoff with a soft, blendable consistency that ran a little dry so it didn’t go on as smoothly as I’d like. The color showed signs of fading after seven hours of wear. It’s pretty, but I would have loved to see a more pearly finish, rather than frosted one, as it doesn’t play well with the mattes in the palette (texture is denser). Urban Decay Sin (P, $18.00) is darker. Inglot #395 (P, $6.00) is lighter. MAC Ice (LE, $21.00) is darker. bareMinerals Mixologist (P, ) is lighter, brighter. Make Up For Ever I526 Pearl Beige (P, $21.00) is cooler. Dior Dulcinee #1 (LE, ) is cooler. MAC Just Gleaming (LE, $20.00) is darker. Dior Cuir Cannage #2 (P, ) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Satin Ochre (Left) (LE, ) is less shimmery. Anastasia Blush (LE, $12.00) is darker, brighter. Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery. Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma (P, $5.99) is darker, more muted. Hourglass Exposure #1 (P, ) is less shimmery. Guerlain Les Precieux #2 (LE, ) is lighter, cooler. MAC Warm Wash #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Rant & Rave

Share: Tell us what you love and hate about LIQUID HIGHLIGHTERS!

my answer: THE PUMPS! So many of the liquid highlighters on the market have pumps that dispense far more product than you really need, so I wish the packaging would be improved. I love being able to mix with moisturizer, foundation, or use on top of bare skin.

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Sephora Epic Rewards are coming! If you have the energy to stalk and a very snappy clicking finger, you might be able to cash in all those saved-up points for one of the rewards below. I’ve tried every time with zero success, and it’s one of those events that more and more people know about (and then try for!) each time, so it’s best to take a “it would be awesome if I got it, but I won’t lose sleep over it if I don’t” attitude to avoid total frustration. :)

I tried to do some rough calculations of value, and I made assumptions that what they are giving you is full-sized, but it’s hard to know for sure.  I noticed several designer bags included in rewards were discontinued or from a prior season, so sometimes tracking it down was a challenge (I don’t follow a lot of fashion, but if you’re able to identify a bag by name, do let me know!).    Let me know if this was helpful/worth putting together (it was more time-consuming than anticipated, but if the value info isn’t useful, I’ll skip that part next time).

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1,000 POINTS

GIVENCHY BEST OF LE ROUGE (Approximate Value: $144 + cosmetics pouch)

VIB Rouge Only. Inimitable and iconic, Givenchy Le Rouge sets the standard for makeup luxury. Each lipstick-as-accessory comes wrapped in a supple black leather tube, and the entire set of four bestselling semi-matte shades comes nestled in a collectible branded pouch. This reward includes:

  • Givenchy Le Rouge in 304 Mandarine Boléro ($36 value)
  • Givenchy Le Rouge in 202 Rose Dressing ($36 value)
  • Givenchy Le Rouge in 102 Beige Plume ($36 value)
  • Givenchy Le Rouge in 306 Carmin Escarpin ($36 value)
  • Givenchy cosmetics pouch (unknown value)

BECCA X JACLYN HILL LUMINIZING COLLECTION (Approximate Value: $186)

Find your perfect light with this array of BECCA bestsellers, including Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop, an exclusive and universally flattering shade designed by blogger and makeup artist Jaclyn Hill. This reward includes an easy-to-follow face chart designed by Jaclyn herself just for this set, along with application tips. This reward includes:

  • BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop ($38 value)
  • BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal ($38 value)
  • BECCA The One Perfecting Brush ($49 value)
  • BECCA Under Eye Brightening Corrector ($29 value)
  • BECCA Mineral Blush in Wild Honey ($32 value)

DR. DENNIS GROSS AGE-FIGHTING ESSENTIALS (Approximate Value: $156)

Experience the anti-aging expertise that makes dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross the go-to guru for those looking for supple, resilient skin. You’ll receive a 35-day supply of the brand’s signature at-home peel, which uses a blend of 15 acids to resurface and fight signs of aging, along with an eye cream that softens, smooths, and diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This reward includes:

  • Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Peel Original Formula ($88 value)
  • Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Ferulic Acid + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum ($68 value)

SMASHBOX #SHAPEMATTERS CONTOURING SET (Approximate Value: $157)

Smashbox knows that #SHAPEMATTERS and this set of photo-ready makeup products will enable you to define every feature with precision. Sculpt cheekbones, chisel your nose, arch your brow, and enhance your eyes with the expertly curated shades within the #SHAPEMATTERS palette, signed by founder and celebrity photographer Davis Factor, plus other Smashbox classics to complete your look. This reward includes:

  • Smashbox #SHAPEMATTERS Palette ($65 value)
  • Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Infrared Matte ($20 value)
  • Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara in Jet Black ($20 value)
  • Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water ($32 value)
  • Smashbox Always Sharp Lip Liner in Crimson ($20 value)

FRESH FOUNDER FAVORITES (Approximate Value: $147)

Experience the healing, hydrating power of sugar in this collection of Fresh lip essentials. Exfoliate, moisturize, and tint with the brand’s bestselling treatments, all hand-selected by founders Lev Glazman and Alina Roytberg. This reward also includes a booklet of skincare tips from the experts in indulgent, sensorial beauty. This reward includes:

  • Fresh Sugar Lip Polish ($22.50 value)
  • Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment ($25.00 value)
  • Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 Untinted ($22.50 value)
  • Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 in Rosé ($22.50 value)
  • Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 in Honey ($22.50 value)
  • Fresh Sugar Lip Serum Advanced Therapy ($35.00 value)

BUMBLE AND BUMBLE HAIR MAKEOVER (Approximate Value: $157 + tote, band, clips, hair tie)

Treat yourself to new look from Bumble and bumble. Meet with a brand stylist at any network salon for a fresh cut and styling lesson, plus receive a Baggu tote stashed with the brand’s professional hair care essentials for endless styling options. This reward includes:

  • $100 Bumble and bumble gift card for a haircut only at a network salon
  • Bb. Baggu Tote
  • Bb. Band
  • Bb. Gator Clips
  • Bb. Hairtie
  • Bb. Prêt-à-Powder ($27 value)
  • Bb. Thickening Dryspun Finish ($30.00 value)

ANASTASIA DEFINE & SCULPT (Approximate Value: $170.50)

Define your brows and sculpt your facial features with six universal products perfect for the novice and seasoned contour expert alike. Includes the brand’s bestselling contour kit signed by founder Anastasia Soare, plus everything you need to tweeze, shade, and shape to perfection. This reward includes:

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit ($40 value)
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Beauty Express for Brows and Eyes in Brunette ($39.50 value)
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Duality in Camille/Sand ($23.00 value)
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel ($22.00 value)
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Tweezers ($28.00 value)
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Waterproof Crème Color Liner in Jet Black ($18.00 value)

DIOR CATWALK EYES (Approximate Value: $208)

Effortlessly create a “just-stepped-off-the-runway” look with one of fashion’s favorite beauty brands. This six-piece set includes the cult-favorite Diorshow Mascara, along with the liner, shadows, and pencils you need to sculpt your eyes and brows and deliver an immaculate eye look. This reward includes:

  • Dior Diorshow Mascara in Black ($27.50 value)
  • Dior Designer 5-Colour Palette in Navy Design ($62.00 value)
  • Dior Diorshow Brow Gel ($29.00 value)
  • Dior Diorshow Proliner Waterproof in Backstage Black ($32.00 value)
  • Dior Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum ($28.50 value)
  • Dior Diorshow Brow Styler Ultra-Fine Precision Brow Pencil in Universal Brown ($29.00 value)

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Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Kat Von D Melancholia Everlasting Liquid Lipstick
Kat Von D Melancholia Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Melancholia Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is described as a “rose blush.” It’s a brightened, light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a flat, matte finish. It had rich, opaque color payoff that went on smoothly and evenly, which was a nice surprise. The texture was soft, dried down quickly enough not to feel like it took forever to dry but gave you enough time to work with it to get crisp edges. It lasted for six and a half hours on me with light fading along the center of the lips but not enough to be jarring. It felt a bit drying after five hours of wear. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Tease (03) (P, $50.00) is warmer, glossier. Colour Pop 1st Base (P, $6.00) is darker. Colour Pop Fetch (P, $5.00) is darker, brighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Pow (600) (P, $28.00) is darker, glossier. Too Faced Melted Peony (P, $21.00) is warmer, glossier. MAC Sweet Experience (LE, $16.00) is lighter, glossier. Kat Von D Lovesick (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Kat Von D Lovesick Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is described as a “mauve nude.” It’s a muted, medium-dark pinky-plum with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had fairly opaque pigmentation, though there was a hint of the natural lip color coming through. The color applied evenly, though, and was easy to work with. The texture was lightweight, comfortable to wear for the first five hours, and then drying for the next few (total wear of seven hours). Maybelline Blushing Pout (P, $7.99) is lighter. Kat Von D Melancholia (P, $20.00) is lighter, warmer. Maybelline Ravishing Rose (P, $7.99) is lighter, brighter. Maybelline Lust for Blush (P, $7.99) is darker, warmer. NARS Anna (P, $32.00) is warmer. MAC Nouvelle Vogue (LE, $16.00) is brighter, warmer. MAC Steady Going (P, $16.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA SUMMARY | Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a “long-wear, full coverage liquid lipstick with a smooth, matte finish.” Of the liquid lipsticks on the market that go and have a full dry-down, Kat Von D’s formula remains my favorite, as it is the easiest to apply with the kindest learning curve and lasts awhile. Some shades are more drying than others, but typically they don’t get drying until after five to six hours of wear. They often wear anywhere from six to ten hours, depending on what you’ve had to eat or drink during the day. This formula is thin but not watery, has a longer dry down than most liquid lipsticks (but I noticed some of the newer shades dried to a mostly dry finish faster), and layers better than most (you can touch-up or add a second layer for more coverage). It takes about a minute for it to mostly set, but it will remain a little tacky in places for up to three minutes so you’ll want to avoid pressing your lips together if it doesn’t seem totally dry initially. There isn’t a noticeable scent or taste. If you don’t mind the trade-off between very long, near-pristine wear and being drying, it’s worth checking out. As a bonus, these also come with one of the most generous amounts of products within the realm of liquid lipsticks!

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Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Sephora Passionate (23) Colorful Blush (Contour)
Sephora Passionate (23) Colorful Blush (Contour)

Sephora Passionate (23) Colorful Blush ($15.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a slightly muted, coppery brown with a soft satin finish. theBalm Balm Desert (P, $21.00) is darker, more muted, cooler. Too Faced I Will Always Love You (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, brighter, warmer. MAC Linda (LE, $21.00) is lighter, brighter. MAC Seduced at Sea (LE, $25.00) is darker, brighter. Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted. Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, darker. NARS Frenzy (Right) (P, ) is more shimmery, brighter. Charlotte Tilbury The Climax (P, $40.00) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Eternal Sun (P, $23.50) is less shimmery, darker. Becca Songbird (P, $32.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Colorful Blush formula is supposed to be long-wearing, buildable, and have a lightweight texture. My experience with the formula has shown that they’re soft, lightly powdery at times (some are worse than others) with semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage that blends fairly well and lasts seven to eight hours. There is some variance between shades, but there are some gems in the range. Passionate is a soft, smooth, and very blendable on the skin with a luminous sheen that doesn’t emphasize pores but doesn’t look flat on the skin–glowing but not frosted. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable coverage, as described, and it lasted for a solid eight hours on me.

P.S. — You may be seeing some inconsistency in photo sizes in the next week or two, as we will be increasing the size of our images, but photos that were already processed earlier will be in the previous size. Thanks for understanding :)

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