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Saturday, March 28th, 2015

MAC x Mia Moretti Makeup Bags
MAC x Mia Moretti Makeup Bags

Long-time readers know that one thing I still collect are limited edition MAC bags, so I bought the accessories in the MAC x Mia Moretti collaboration when they went online this past week! There’s not much to say about these, as they’re in-line with MAC’s past limited edition makeup bag releases. I don’t think the tote is worth the money, as it has such a narrow width (about two inches) that it just isn’t wide enough to be a useful tote bag to me. I don’t even think it would hold more than a laptop and a book for school. All of the accessories will be easy to wipe down if you spill anything on them, at least.

MAC x Mia Moretti Makeup Bags ($46.00) is a set of three translucent makeup bags with red zippers and a honey-hued plastic exterior with a basketweave pattern. The bags nest within themselves, so you get makeup bags in small (7 x 3.5 inches), medium (8.5 x 5 inches), and large (11 x 7 inches). The shapes and sizes are useful and will store a variety of makeup items, and since they nest, they don’t take up as much space when you’re not using them.

MAC x Mia Moretti Tote Bag ($50.00) shares the same coloring, pattern, and design as the makeup bags. It’s about 17 inches tall, 15 inches in width, and 2 inches in depth. I just don’t think there’s enough depth to make this particularly useful. It seems a lot less practical/versatile as a result, since its carrying capacity is very much restricted by the width of the bottom panel.

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Friday, March 27th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


Are primers necessary? Face, eye, lip… what have you!

Temptalia's AnswerThey’re not necessary for me, but they’re a nice thing to have on hand/have available, even when products wear decently on me without them, because the reality is I’d rather add that extra layer and know for sure that my makeup will last 12-16+ hours than chance it.

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Friday, March 27th, 2015

Clinique Nude Pop Cheek Pop Blush
Clinique Nude Pop Cheek Pop Blush

Clinique Nude Pop Cheek Pop Blush ($21.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a light-medium, muted, peach-brown with a soft, shimmery finish and warm undertones. MAC Nude Pink (LE, $32.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Caresse (180) (LE, $45.00) is lighter, less shimmery. Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is darker, less shimmery. Tarte Muse (LE, $30.00) is a cream product, rosier. Guerlain Petrouchka #8 (LE) is less shimmery, darker. Too Faced Papa Don’t Peach (LE) is more shimmery, pinker. Becca Fig (P, $25.00) is a liquid product. Becca Fig/Opal (P, $27.00) is a cream product. Revlon Naughty Nude (006) (P, $9.99) is more shimmery. Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Baby Don’t Go (P, $23.50) is less shimmery, more muted. bareMinerals The Close Call (P, $22.00) is darker, less shimmery. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Nude Pop is definitely one of the lighter, subtler shades in the range–both in the pan and as applied, as the color is true-to-pan–and will be a great option for those with fairer complexions who want something that’s easy to use and won’t require a light hand. On the other side, for deeper skin tones, it may only add a warm-toned sheen overall without adding noticeable color. I have medium-colored skin with warmer, yellow undertones, and I get subtle color and a luminous sheen that doesn’t emphasize pores. It’s the type of color I’d reach for often when wearing really bold eyes or lips. This is one of the more shimmery Cheek Pops when swatched (think Peach Pop), but it doesn’t look shimmery or frosted on the skin. The texture was soft, smooth, and easily blended on the skin. Every time I use a Cheek Pop, I’m just reminded at how easy it is to use these and get a beautiful finish out of the product. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading slightly.

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Friday, March 27th, 2015

Choose or Lose


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Friday, March 27th, 2015

IT Cosmetics CC+ Your Way To Radiant Skin! Five-Piece Collection
IT Cosmetics CC+ Your Way To Radiant Skin! Five-Piece Collection

IT Cosmetics CC+ Your Way To Radiant Skin! Five-Piece Collection ($72.00 regularly, $59.96 today) is QVC’s TSV for today (the 27th). I received the set yesterday, and I haven’t been able to test everything, but I thought I’d share swatches and preliminary thoughts. I believe the majority of the products are new and permanent, so I expect to review some of the pieces individually once I’ve finished testing!

Your Skin But Better SPF 50 CC+ Cream Illumination: very dewy, very radiant; doesn’t feel heavy, slightly more than medium coverage (I’ve only worn it once, but one pump of product was a little more than medium coverage), only saw very fine shimmer in a 5x magnifying situation.

Anti-Aging Vitality Face Disc: This is already available on its own for $38 normally. The highlight is very strong and a little goes a long way, blush is pigmented and blendable, bronzer felt smooth but thin and not as pigmented or as blendable as the highlighter/blush.

Pretty in Spring Eyeshadow Trio: consists of a light beige with warm undertones and a frosted finish, rosy peach with warm undertones and a satin finish, and dark brown with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It created a very warm, reddish look used together. Pigmentation was good to great, textures were blendable, the two more matte shades were slightly powdery.

No-Tug® Dual Airbrush Eyeshadow Brush: dual-ended brush with a velvety-matte black handle in the middle. There were no immediate cons from using it once.

Heavenly Luxe® Radiance Wand Brush: large, fluffy, moderately dense face brush with a lightly domed, tapered tip. The brush head felt soft on the skin but is rather large, so while it felt nice to use, it seemed best for applying really sheer color on a larger area, but applying the highlighter just on the cheek bones was more challenging, even when using just the tapered edge.

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Friday, March 27th, 2015

CC+ Your Way To Radiant Skin! Five-Piece Collection
CC+ Your Way To Radiant Skin! Five-Piece Collection

Your Skin But Better® Anti-Aging Full Coverage Physical SPF 50 CC+® Cream Illumination (New, Permanent)

Experience your cult-favorite multitasking beauty miracle, now in an illuminating formula that gives you the appearance of a lit-from-within glow. It’s full coverage foundation, SPF 50+ UVA/UVB sunscreen, brightening color corrector, anti-aging serum, pore-minimizing primer, dark spot corrector and moisturizing day cream all in one step!

Anti-Aging Vitality Face Disc

Discover your most radiant, youthful look with this anti-aging powerhouse! It includes a Matte Bronzer, Illuminating Powder and Blush Stain, formulated with anti-aging, skin-loving ingredients and talc-free, high-performance pigments.

Heavenly Luxe® Radiance Wand Brush (New, Permanent)

Get your most radiant look with the stroke of a brush! This ultra-luxe, domed brush is designed for flawless application of your bronzing, illuminating and blush shades.

Luxe High-Performance Anti-Aging Eye Shadow Trio in Pretty In Spring (QVC Exclusive)

Give your eyelids the naturally pretty, anti-aging, skin-loving shades they deserve! This eyeshadow trio is packed with high-performance pigments and anti-aging ingredients that help blur away the look of imperfections. The trio includes three new spring-inspired shades.

No-Tug® Dual Airbrush Eyeshadow Brush

Give your eyelids an airbrushed finish! This cutting-edge, dual-ended eyeshadow brush applies shades flawlessly without tugging on the delicate skin of your eyelids.

Availability: Today’s Special Value on March 27th, 2015 on QVC for $59.96 (regularly $72.50, valued at $172)