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Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


What beauty advice would you give your younger self if you could? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerWEAR SUNSCREEN!!!!! Followed by, “Consider moisturizing and cleansing your face on a daily basis.” I got into beauty/makeup when I went to college, but before then, I didn’t have a skincare routine at all. I’m sure I had cleanser and the like, but it wasn’t a routine.

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Monday, March 2nd, 2015

MAC Bao Bao Wan Collection for March 2015
MAC Bao Bao Wan Collection for March 2015

For her M∙A∙C collaboration, shot by fellow Chinese luminary Chen Man, Bao Bao Wan introduces a collection inspired by her womanly and brazen aesthetic. The face takes centre stage as she decorates the complexion with the metallic golds and rich jewel tones she so adores. Nodding to tradition while trailblazing a path for new trends, M∙A∙C and Bao Bao Wan make every face a part of the new.

Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Palette ($44.00) (Limited Edition)

Bao Bao’s Jewels Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette features the pure power of pigment in a creamy, lightweight hybrid. The shadows offer distinctive effects when applied wet, giving you a super saturation of color with metallic brilliance. When applied dry, they offer sheer coverage with a soft, sparkling finish.

  • Bao Bao’s Jewels Gold shimmer, dark brown with silver pearl, pale pink shimmer, steel grey shimmer, dark rose bronze.

Lipstick ($17.50 U.S. / $21.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Romantic Breakdown Sheer nude (Lustre)
  • Forbidden Sunrise Creamy orange (Matte)
  • Burmese Kiss Bright coral pink (Matte)
  • Lavender Jade Dirty mauve with gold pearl (Matte)

Beauty Powder ($28.00 U.S. / $33.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

Fine jewelry designer Bao Bao Wan collaborates with M·A·C for a limited-edition collection of gemstone-hued products wrapped up in luxe velvety-brown packaging. Summer Opal Beauty Powder is a pressed powder that goes on lightly, delivering a subtle luminescent glow with microfine, sheer and silky pigments.

  • Summer Opal Light bronze with golden shimmer

Studio Nail Lacquer ($13.50 U.S. / $16.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Kashmir Blue Royal blue with gold pearl (Pearl)
  • Imperial Green Spring green with multidimensional pearl (Pearl)
  • Sunset Tourmaline Plum with multidimensional pearl (Pearl)

Availability: March 5th, 2015 in select stores and online at Nordstrom (already online), Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s tomorrow (3/3)

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Monday, March 2nd, 2015

MAC x Julia Petit Collection for March 2015
MAC x Julia Petit Collection for March 2015

Whether fearless and exotic or classically demure, Julia Petit’s brazen approach to style and makeup artistry has transformed her into one of South America’s most revered lifestyle bloggers, and a cult beauty icon. In her namesake M·A·C collaboration, she brings the exotic women and fantastical urban landscape of São Paulo into sun-kissed hues primed to release your inner Brazilian bombshell.

Lipstick ($17.50 U.S. / $21.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Boca Soft pink nude (Satin)
  • Petite Red Strawberry cream (Satin)
  • Acai Vivid deep violet (Matte)

Lipglass ($16.50 U.S. / $20.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Purpurine Sheer peach shimmer with pink and gold pearl

Liquidlast Liner ($20.00 U.S. / $24.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Wet Road Black with pearl

Eyeshadow Duo ($22.00 U.S. / $26.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Morganite Sunstoned (soft pink champagne, Lustre) / Choco Cake (dark chocolate, Matte)
  • Sagu Druzy (dirty mauvy purple, Lustre) / Black Plum (deep blackened plum, Matte)
  • Moving Sand Mumu (soft nude brown, Matte) / Noite (black with pearl, Lustre)

Lustre Drops ($21.00 U.S. / $25.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Pink Rebel Blue pink with gold pearl (Repromote)

Powder Blush ($24.00 U.S. / $28.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Linda Soft pink bronze

Prep + Prime Powder ($28.00 U.S. / $33.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Transparent Finishing Powder Pressed

Availability: Online March 12th, 2015 (North America), at select MAC locations on March 19th, 2015 (North America) and March 2015 (International)

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Monday, March 2nd, 2015

MAC Eyes on MAC Collection for March 2015
MAC Eyes on MAC Collection for March 2015

Designing your own unique eyes has never been easier thanks to Eyes on M∙A∙C. These well-edited Eyes Times Nine and Eyes Times Fifteen palettes feature colour-coordinated hues that offer countless combinations. Each palette provides an array of textures for both day and night. All are packaged in a convenient compact for easy portability. Eye Shadow x 9 Value: $53.

Eye Shadow x 9: Amber Times Nine ($40.00) (New, Permanent)

  • Cozy Grey Cool grey (Matte)
  • Kitties Pale bronze (Frost)
  • Georgia Peach Dirty rose pink (Matte)
  • Ricepaper Peachy gold with shimmer (Frost)
  • Creative Copper Light beige (Lustre)
  • Cork Muted golden brown (Satin)
  • Don’t Tell Sparkly brown (Lustre)
  • Aromatic Matte brown (Matte)
  • Pepper Please Sparkly bronze copper brown (Velvet)

Eye Shadow x 9: Burgundy Times Nine ($40.00) (New, Permanent)

  • Honey Lust Bronze dipped peach (Lustre)
  • Poppyseed Mid-tone mauvey nude (Satin)
  • Quarry Soft muted plum brown (Matte)
  • Antiqued Ash brown with bronze (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Embark Intense reddish brown (Matte)
  • #Noir Deep black brown with gold pearls (Velvet)
  • Haux Soft muted rosy brown (Satin)
  • Star Violet Pinky brown plum (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Sketch Burgundy with red shimmer (Velvet)

Eye Shadow x 9: Purple Times Nine ($40.00) (New, Permanent)

  • Sweet Lust Soft champagne pink with pearls (Lustre)
  • Lightly Sugared Soft lilac with pearl (Frost)
  • Poignant Soft lavender (Satin)
  • Mancatcher Matte lavender taupe (Frost)
  • Satellite Dreams Plum with violet pearl (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Bon Nuit Deep plum (Matte)
  • After Dusk Soft red wine (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Beauty Marked Black red with sparkle pearl (Velvet)
  • Shadowy Lady Blackened plum (Matte)

Eye Shadow x 9: Navy Times Nine ($40.00) (New, Permanent)

  • Silver Fog Silver gray (Lustre)
  • Blonde Mink Pale khaki with sparkles (Lustre)
  • Copperplate Muted mid-tone gray (Matte)
  • JG Gray Frosty gray blue (Frost)
  • Mulled Over Matte cool blue gray (Matte)
  • Cast Iron Matte charcoal (Matte)
  • Cloudscape Khaki (Velvet)
  • Club Red-brown with green pearl (Satin)
  • Black Tied Black with silver sparkle (Velvet)

Availability: Now at Nordstrom, Macy’s; March 5th, 2015 all locations (North America), April 2015 (International)

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Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Rant & Rave

Share: Tell us what you love and hate about Chanel!

my answer: I used to love a lot of their lip products, but their more recent releases have left me wanting more. I like their newer eyeshadow quads and Illusion d’Ombres, but despite more unique eyeliner shades, their eyeliner formula is painful to use. I love their highlighters, more often than not!

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

NARS Craving Dual-Intensity Blush
NARS Craving Dual-Intensity Blush

NARS Craving Dual-Intensity Blush ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a highlighter and bronzer duo. The two work together well, and when applied dry, they can be quite flattering on the skin, though dry application doesn’t have the best staying power. Both shades tended to emphasize the skin’s natural texture and any imperfections when applied with a damp brush, unfortunately, as the shimmery finishes intensified. To reiterate what I’ve mentioned in previous reviews: NARS describes the damp application as a sheer wash of color, but the reality is that this type of application yields deeper, richer, more opaque coverage than dry, and it also makes it harder to work with, as it doesn’t blend as readily as the formula does used dry.

Craving (Left) is described as a “sparkling seashell pink highlighter.” It’s a pink-tinged iridescent white with a metallic shimmer-sheen finish and cool undertones. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer with a frosted, metallic finish, which didn’t emphasize pores and lasted for seven hours on me. Applied damp, it was semi-opaque with a metallic sheen, which did emphasize pores and stayed on for eight hours before fading. NARS Devotee (LE, $29.00) is more sparkly. Urban Decay Luminous (P, $29.00) is less pink. Lancome Moonlight Rose (LE, $42.00) is darker, pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Craving (Right) is described as a “shimmering beachy bronze.” It’s a medium-dark orange brown with warm undertones and a gold shimmer. Applied dry, it had opaque color coverage that was fairly blendable and had a lovely satin sheen that didn’t emphasize pores. It wore well for seven hours this way before fading. When I tried to apply it with a dampened brush, the finish was more like a high frosted sheen, which did give my skin a more noticeable texture, though the color lasted for eight and a half hours. NYX Beach Babe (P, $6.50) is lighter. Bobbi Brown Bronze (LE, $45.00) is more muted. Urban Decay Strip Bronzer (P) is darker. MAC Alpine Bronze (LE, $27.00) is less shimmery. Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is darker. Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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