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Friday, November 21st, 2014

Kat Von D Autograph Liner Set
Kat Von D Autograph Liner Set

Kat Von D Autograph Liner Set ($32.00 for 0.22 oz.) includes eight shades of pencil eyeliner from black to purple to blue. All of the shades are part of the permanent range, and you can pick up singles for $10 as well (same size), so the set has a good value ($80). The eyeliner formula is fairly waxy, which helps it glide on and apply without tugging, but the color payoff is sometimes lacking, even when layered. The formula is supposed to last for eight hours and be waterproof, and some shades wear eight hours while others last six to seven hours. They’re more water-resistant than truly waterproof. It is surprising that the formula is so lacking, because Sephora Contour Eye Pencils are quite nice (and also $10), and other brands that have been produced by Sephora (e.g. Tarina Tarantino) had very nice formulas as well.

There were two issues I had with the set that you won’t see reflected in the rating, but they’re worth noting: there is no packaging of the set–they came in a cheap, flimsy plastic envelope with a clear front and black backing. It is not giftable as-is, and though it’s not necessarily a deal-breaker, it was a major surprise to see. The second issue was that Sephora originally advertised this as including Napolitano eyeliner, but alas, they included Puro Amor. It took a couple of weeks, but Sephora appears to have updated the product listing with this, though the promotional image still shows Napolitano.

Eyegasm is a green-ish teal with cool undertones and a pearly finish. It had sheer color coverage in a single stroke, which was buildable to semi-sheer at best. It lasted for six hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Proud Peacock is a blackened teal with a hint of green and subtle, warm undertones. It had a pearly finish with a light sheen. Again, the waxiness made it glide on, but it was sheer when applied. I was able to build up to semi-opaque color coverage, but it was uneven. This shade lasted for six hours and migrated to the outer corners. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

D.R.A. is a brightened, medium blue with a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation in a single pass, and it applied smoothly and evenly. This shade wore well for almost eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Homie is a brightened, medium-dark violet purple with cool undertones and a pearly finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff in one stroke, and it was somewhat buildable but tended to cling to itself and look uneven. It lasted for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Piaf is a blackened purple with multi-colored glitter in shades of purple, silver, and gold. It was sheer no matter if I applied in a single pass or tried to layer it–the waxy texture made it just move the product around rather than build it up. This shade lasted for six and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Immortal Love is a dark brown with subtle, warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. This version is worse than one I tested before, as this was sheerer and waxier. It lasted for seven and a half hours, which at this point, was the rare bright spot in this set. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Puro Amor is a deep black with a mostly matte finish. It had a waxy, almost dry, consistency that didn’t really tug, but it looked dry on the skin. It doesn’t go on evenly, and it wasn’t very pigmented. It lasted for almost eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Black Metal Love is a deep black with silver sparkle. It was one of the more pigmented shades in the set, and it was buildable to opaque coverage in two to three layers. It had a creamier, less waxy, consistency. This shade wore well for nine hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, November 21st, 2014

Free for Haul Friday

Welcome to Free For Haul Friday!

  • Haul: Jack Black skincare, bareMinerals Foaming Cleanser, Lavanila deodorant
  • Weekend plans: Maybe have a bit of time to relax, but we shall see!
  • How do you like to spend a rainy day?: Inside with a dog on my lap and coffee beside me!

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This week’s Mellan photo/video…


Top hat Mellan!

Friday, November 21st, 2014

There are SO many sales going on right now, some ending today, and a few still going. I thought I’d make this a running post to keep track! :)

Giorgio Armani Beauty (Loreal USA)
GIORGIO ARMANI: Get 20% Off your purchase of $75 or more, plus free shipping with code FAMILY14, ends 12/7.

YSL: Get 20% Off your purchase of $75 or more, plus free shipping with code YSLGIFT, ends 12/7.

  • CRABTREE & EVELYN: 20% off $50+ purchases with code FFHLDY14, now through 11/22.
  • KIEHL’S CANADA: 20% off when you purchase 2+ products, plus free shipping on $75+ orders with code KIEHLS, ends 11/22.
  • BIOTHERM: Get 30% off all orders over $90 with code MAD30, ends 11/23.
  • IT COSMETICS: 25% off your entire purchase with code FRIENDSFAMILY25, ends 11/24.
  • SHU UEMURA: get 25% off and free shipping on $50+ orders when you use code TEMPTALIA, now through 11/23 11:59pm EST.
  • SHU UEMURA CANADA: get 25% off and free shipping on $75+ orders with code TEMPTALIA, now through 11/23 11:59pm EST.
Friday, November 21st, 2014

Dolce & Gabbana Collector's Edition
Dolce & Gabbana Collector’s Edition

Dolce&Gabbana Make Up offers exclusive Holiday gifting with Collector’s Edition, a collection of limited edition products embellished with symbolic motifs, each a true collector’s item. Collector’s Edition pieces take inspiration from the world of Dolce&Gabbana and the Designers’ artistry. The limited editions of The Bronzer and The Illuminator, an illuminating powder, and The Shine Lipstick in the new Real Red shade offer a unique and special insight into the creative heritage of the Designers through the Ancient Coin and the Iconic Red. The Perfect Mono Eyeshadow in the new Pure Bronze and Pure Gold and The Nail Lacquer in Lover complement the collection and add the final touch to your look for the holiday season.

The Makeup Collector’s Edition

  • The Bronzer Collector’s Edition ($51.00) (Limited Edition)
  • The Illuminator Collector’s Edition ($51.00) (Limited Edition)
  • The Lipstick in Real Red Collector’s Edition ($33.00) (Limited Edition)
  • Perfect Mono Eyeshadow in Pure Bronze and Pure Gold Collector’s Edition ($36.00) (Limited Edition)
  • The Nail Lacquer in Lover Collector’s Edition ($25.00) (Limited Edition)

Availability: November 2014 at select Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, and Macy’s

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Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


Which recent eyeshadow palette purchase has been the greatest value for you? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerMake Up For Ever’s 30th Anniversary Palette or else the Artist Palette. Both are just so fantastic in terms of quality, and they really gave me a good way to gauge the brand and its new formula.

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Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Palette
Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Palette

Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Palette ($44.00 for 0.64 oz.) includes twelve matte eyeshadows ranging from yellowed beige to deep black. The majority of the palette is closer to neutral in tone than really cool- or warm-toned, though some shades lean cooler/warmer. The majority of the shades felt soft and silky with a few being a smidgen powdery, but I found these less powdery on the whole compared to other Tarte matte eyeshadows. Some wore for eight hours, while a few were faster to fade. I only had major issues with one shade (Best Friend), but the other shades were fairly easy to work with.

Free Spirit is a light, pale yellow beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It was slightly powdery but had good color payoff and wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Force of Nature is a medium brown with warm, slightly reddish, undertones and a matte finish. It had pigmentation with a soft, silky consistency that wasn’t powdery. It started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dreamer is a dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. The color coverage was mostly opaque, while the texture was soft without being powdery. This one blended fairly well, but it could have been easier to work with. It lasted for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Multi-Tasker is a dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and a matte finish. It was nicely pigmented with a soft, silky texture that was a smidgen powdery. It wore well for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Caregiver is a light pink with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. The color payoff was opaque, and the texture was just a little powdery but easy to blend and apply. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Natural Beauty is a subdued, pinky-taupe with a matte finish and subtle, warm undertones. It had excellent pigmentation with a slightly powdery, but silky, texture. It was really easy to blend on the skin. This shade started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Best Friend is a muted, medium-dark purple with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It was rather powdery, so the color payoff was sheer and uneven. It started to look faded after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bombshell is a blackened purple with a muted quality to it and a matte finish. It was very pigmented, and there was some excess fall out when applied, but it has a softer, silkier consistency that made it easier to work with (it could have been more blendable, though). See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Super Mom is a very light beige with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. It had great color payoff, even though the texture was powdery, so it can be messy to use (I used it as a brow bone highlighter, and it covered the movable lid with dust). It lasted for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Wanderer is a light-medium brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was moderately powdery, though it was very blendable on the skin and applied smoothly with good color coverage. This shade wore well for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Power Player is a warm, taupe brown with a semi-matte finish (there’s a smidgen of a sheen there). It had good color payoff with a fairly soft, smooth consistency. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Fashionista is a rich black with a matte finish. It was intensely pigmented with a very silky, smooth consistency–it is a really lovely, rich black to work with, but a little goes a long way! It wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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