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Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Milani Bella Pink (13) Gel Powder Eyeshadow
Milani Bella Pink (13) Gel Powder Eyeshadow

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($3.99 for 0.05 oz.) is a new powder eyeshadow formula that’s available in thirty shades. I thought I’d try these three next, as purples are notorious for being difficult to do well, so I wanted to see if Milani’s newest formula could rise to the occasion.

Milani Bella Pink (13) Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($3.99 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “shimmering pink.” It’s a light, icy pink with cool undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. Applied dry, it was semi-opaque, and applied with a dampened brush, it was richly pigmented. The texture was soft, just a smidgen powdery, but almost buttery and dense. It wore well for eight hours before fading. MAC Violet Blend #1 (LE) is slightly warmer. Tom Ford Beauty Enchanted #1 (LE) is lighter. MAC Fresh & Mint #2 (P, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Young Venus (LE, $19.50) is smoother. Bobbi Brown Pink Lily (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Milani Bella Violet (14) Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($3.99 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “shimmering violet purple.” It’s a muted, medim purple with subtle, cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer pigmentation when applied dry, and then it intensified to semi-opaque coverage when applied with a dampened brush. The texture was drier, a little more powdery and prone to disappearing–it did not adhere well to the skin. I tried applying it with a dampened brush on the lid, and it still just didn’t seem to layer or build well. What color managed to stick to the skin stayed on for seven hours. theBalm #33 (P, $6.50) is cooler-toned. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #5 (LE) is darker, brighter. Kat Von D Babe (LE) is warmer. theBalm A2 (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Betrayal (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Omen (P, $18.00) is more shimmery. Urban Decay Flash (P, $18.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Milani Bella Purple (15) Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($3.99 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “rich purple satin matte.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned purple with a pearly, metallic sheen. Applied dry, it had semi-opaque, softer color, while applied damp, it was richer, smoother, and more opaque. The consistency was soft but not powdery, and it was easy to blend on the skin. NARS Jardin Perdu (Right) (LE, $24.00) is cooler-toned. Makeup Geek Bewitched (P, $6.99) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Lavender Lust #2 (P) is lighter. Dior Constellation (864) #4 (LE) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Vice (LE, $18.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


What was the best advice you’ve received on skincare? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerApply sunscreen and do so generously–do not purchase something really, really expensive and then use a tiny amount; get something you can afford and apply it all over and thoroughly.

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Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

2014 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty Exclusives & GWPs
2014 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty Exclusives & GWPs

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2014 is here for Nordstrom cardholders! Early access kicks off July 10th through July 17th. Sale opens to everyone July 18th.  You can flip through their sneak peek catalog of some of the items to be had during the sale here.  My hard copy has so many dog-eared pages right now, LOL!

  • ANTICA FARMACISTA: 33% off entire brand
  • BLOWPRO: Perfect Shower Cap for $10 ($18 value), two limited edition prints
  • BOBBI BROWN: Nude on Nude Color Set for $85 ($208 value) includes 12-pan eyeshadow palette, full-sized Pitch Black Gel Eyeliner, full size Smokey Eye Mascara; Nude on Nude Brush Set for $68 ($90.50 value) with four brushes + case
  • BOTTEGA VENETA: Anniversary set for $145 ($217 value) includes 2.5 oz. EDP, 6.7 oz. body lotion
  • BUTTER LONDON: 10-piece set for $49 ($104 value) includes Brick Lane, Macbeth, La Moss, Giddy Kipper, Petrol, Slapper, Yummy Mummy, Chimney Sweep, Nail Foundation, Hardwear
  • CLARINS: UV Plus HP Double Edition $57 ($82 value), Total Eye Double Edition $127 ($166 value), Moisture Rich Body Lotion Supersize 400ml $50 ($82 value)
  • CLARISONIC: Mia 2 set for $159 ($231 value), Capri or Parrot Bay or Fiji Set for $150 ($222 value)
  • CLINIQUE: Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel Plus Home & Away Set $38 ($55.50 value), 4.2 oz. plus 1.7 oz. travel tube; Moisture Surge Home & Away Set $67 ($104 value) 4.2 oz. plus 1.7 oz. travel tube
  • DEBORAH LIPPMANN: Color Trio for $29 ($36 value) includes You Got Me Started, Let’s Stay Together, Make Someone Happy
  • ESTEE LAUDER: Gift with $45 Purchase, includes cosmetic clutch, Advanced Night Repair, Sumptuous Mascara, Nutritious Cleanser, Choice of Moisturizer/Mini 10-Palette Eyeshadow/Lipstick
  • GUCCI: Made to Measure Set for $100 ($150 value) includes 3 oz. EDT, 1.6 oz. After Shave Balm, 1.6 oz. Shower Gel
  • JACK BLACK: Beard Lube Conditionimg Shave 33 oz. for $60 ($93.50 value); Epic Moisture Body Wash 33 oz. for $46 ($71.50 value)
  • JO MALONE: Cologne Collection for $88 ($110 value) includes Nectarine Blossom & Honey, Orange Blossom, Blackberry & Bay, Pomegranate Noir, Grapefruit
  • KATE SPADE: Live Colorfully Fragrance Anniversary Set for $75 ($195 value) includes 3.4 oz. EDP and rollerball
  • KIEHL’S:
    • Creme de Corps 32 oz. for $75.00 ($107 value)
    • Ultimate Hydration Set for $85 ($125 value) includes 1.7 oz. Powerful Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate, 1.7 oz. Ultra Facial Cream, 0.47 oz. Creamy Avocado Eye, 0.13 oz. Midnight Recovery Concentrate, 0.67 oz. Ultra Facial Cleanser
    • Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Set for $105 ($165 value) includes 1.7 oz. Powerful Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate, 1.7 oz. Powerful Wrinkle Cream, 0.47 oz. Powerful Wrinkle Eye, 0.13 oz. Midnight Recovery Concentrate, 0.67 oz. Ultra Facial Cleanser
    • Super Multi Corrective Set for $110 ($160 value) includes 1.7 oz. Powerful Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate, 1.7 oz. Super Multi-Corrective Cream, 0.5 oz. Midnight Recovery Eye, 0.13 oz. Midnight Recovery Concentrate, 0.67 oz. Ultra Facial Cleanser
  • LA MER: The Refreshing Collection for $295 ($386 value) includes 1 oz. Soft Cream, 0.5 oz. Regenerating Serum, 0.17 oz. Eye Balm Intense, 1 Hydrating Facial Application
  • LANCOME: Gift with $39.50 purchase ($140 value); Lash Wardrobe Mascara Set for $39.50 ($94 value), deluxe sizes of Definicils, Hypnose, Hypnose Drama, 1.7 oz. Bi-Facil, full-size Noir Artliner, deluxe Cils Booster
  • LAURA MERCIER: Flawless Expressions for Eyes, Cheeks, Lips for $85 ($130 value) includes cheek/eye palette, mini Caviar in Rose Gold, full-size mascara and Gilded Rose Lip Glace; Mini Lip Glace Set for $50 ($83 value) includes Daiquiri, Bare Pink, Whisper, Sweetheart, Bonbon
  • MAC: Look in a Box Face Kit in All About Beige or All About Plum ($49.50 each, $101 value); Look in a Box in All About Pink, All About Coral, All About Nude ($39.50 each, $70 value); Basic or Advanced Brush Kit for $49.50 ($118 value)
  • MARC JACOBS BEAUTY: Daisy Exclusive Set for $82 ($137 value) includes 3.4 oz. EDT, 5 oz. body lotion
  • NARS: Cheek Palette for $49 ($72 value) includes Laguna, Mistinguette, Devotee, Orgasm; Dolce Vita Lip/Nail Set for $52 ($66 value), Shciap Lip/Nail Set for $52 ($66 value)
  • PHILOSOPHY:
    • Purity Home & Away Set for $52 ($93 value) includes 32 oz. Purity One Step Facial Cleanser and 8 oz. Travel Size
    • Microdelivery Exfoliating Face Wash Home & Away Set for $59.50 ($123 value) includes jumbo liter and 4 oz. travel size
    • Fragranced 3-in-1 Gel Home & Away Available in Amazing Grace or Pure Grace for $37 ($65 value), includes 32 oz. and 8 oz. version
    • Fragranced Body Emulsion Home & Away Available in Amazing Grace or Pure Grace for $54 ($94 value) includes a 32 oz. and 8 oz. version
  • SHISEIDO: Future Solution LX Set for $130 ($212 value)
  • SMASHBOX: Studio Pro Brush Set for $89 ($239 value) includes #10, #16, #5, #22, #10, #39, #21, #12, #6 and Full Exposure Brushes
  • TORY BURCH: Exclusive Fragrance Set for $115 ($172 value) includes 3.4 oz. EDP, 1 oz. EDP
  • TRISH MCEVOY: Anniversary Planner for $168 ($295 value); Skinscare Set for $185 ($408 value), Brush Set for $145 ($210 value)
  • VIKTOR & ROLF: Flowerbomb Set for $125 ($189 value) includes 1.7 oz. EDP, 6.7 oz. body lotion, 0.34 oz. rollerball
  • YSL: Must Haves Set for $76 ($125 value) includes full-size No. 2 Touche Eclat, No. 7 Glossy Stain Rebel Nudes, Mini Babydoll Mascara, Mini Black Eyeliner, Mini Makeup Remover
Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

NARS Fall 2014 Collection
NARS Fall 2014 Collection

The upcoming NARS Fall 2014 Collection features ten new shades, some limited and others new and permanent. Most of the collection was quite nice, with the exception of the Night Series Eyeliners, where the formula was a major miss in almost every way except for wear, as it really lacked “ultra-saturated color in a single swipe” and “glide.” The collection leans warm-toned with the exception of Jardin Perdu and the eyeliners.  The collection launches online at narscosmetics.com on July 15th, everywhere else on August 1st.

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Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

MAC Dainty Mineralize Blush
MAC Dainty Mineralize Blush

MAC Dainty Mineralize Blush ($27.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “light yellow pink with gold pearl.” It’s a medium pink with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. Chanel Innocence (160) (P, $45.00) is more neutral, rosier. MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Streak Blush (P) is brighter, warmer, more matte. Dior My Lady (003) (LE, $60.00) is darker, less shimmery. Hourglass Radiant Magenta (P, $35.00) is warmer. Tarte Crave (LE, $26.00) is darker. NYX Summer Peach (P, $5.00) is darker, more matte. NYX Peach (P, $5.00) is darker, more matte. NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture was soft, finely-milled, and lightly powdery, though it was certainly easy to blend when applying to the skin. It doesn’t look powdery on the skin, once blended and buffed on. According to MAC, the Mineralize Blush formula is described as a “sheer and lightweight” formula where “colour builds lightly” with “luminous, pearlized shimmer.” This had semi-sheer color payoff in one layer, though it was buildable to richer, more opaque coverage in two to three layers (depending on how much you grab each time). This newly repackaged version (I still haven’t received confirmation on whether or not the formula was updated) seems to have a smoother consistency than the older version, though the color seems about the same. On me, this shade wore well for seven hours before fading.

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Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Survey Says

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  • Your skin tone/coloring:
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