5 Shades of Rose Quartz

Not one but two shades were selected as “Color of the Year” by Pantone for 2016. Their decision of choosing two hues, a pastel blue and pink, commonly associated as gender-specific colors, was explained as, “In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design. This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumer’s increased comfort with using color as a form of expression, a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged and an open exchange of digital information that has opened our eyes to different approaches to color usage.” That’s what I like to hear! Here are five existing shades that line-up with the concept of Rose Quartz, which is a “warmer embracing rose tone.”

  1. Buxom Feather Boa — A Warm Pink with a Matte finish.
  2. NYX French Kiss — A Warm Pink with a Natural finish.
  3. Estee Lauder Desirable — A Warm Pink with a Natural finish.
  4. Zoya Rue — A Neutral Pink with a Cream finish.
  5. Inglot #356 — A Warm Pink with a Matte finish.

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Temptalia's Holiday Gift Guide

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Anastasia Lustrous Lip Gloss Set ($40.00) includes eight full-sized lipglosses, so it is a tremendous value! The glosses are an assortment of shimmers and creams, some semi-sheer and some totally opaque. The formula was a real surprise hit for me! (Read reviews or see swatches.)

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Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator ($26.00) comes in two versions, Gilded Honey (gold) and Ballerina (rose gold), and both are fantastic, but I am partial to Ballerina myself. I keep both in my “holy grail” drawer, which is what I tend to wear when I have a non-testing day! (Read reviews or see swatches.)

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Inglot Freedom System + Eyeshadows ($7.00 per eyeshadow) have a limited selection now available online through Macy’s ! Whether you’re giving or receiving, a custom palette has that special touch of being personalized and you can give careful thought to the recipient when creating it. Inglot’s Pearl eyeshadows are my favorite of their finishes, but their Mattes are nice, too! (Read reviews or see swatches.)

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Laura Mercier Matte-to-Metal Caviar Stick Collection ($58.00) has become a set I look forward to each holiday season! The Caviar Sticks are creamy, jumbo eye pencils that can be used alone or as an eyeshadow base. They apply easily without tugging, last a long time on their own, and are shimmery enough to add depth but not too frosted. (Read reviews or see swatches.)

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Clarins Fix’ Makeup Refreshing Mist ($27.00) is a setting spray that is supposed to refresh as well as prolong the wear of your makeup–and it does! This was a savior whenever I was out and about during the summer, and what I really liked about it was that it was also comfortable to wear and didn’t feel like I put anything on my face.

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Origins Your Perfect World Set ($52.00) is a nice way to try out the Perfect World range, which is one of my go-tos. I’m a huge fan of Origins skincare, as I find it works well for my skin and doesn’t over-promise on claims. I’m actually half-way through my fourth or fifth A Perfect World SPF 25 jar! (Read reviews.)

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Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Color ($35.00) is a new formula that Bobbi Brown launched this year that features a really creamy, rich consistency that applies smoothly and is quite pigmented. The shade range has some real hits, like Soft Berry and Neutral Rose. (Read reviews or see swatches.)

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Philosophy Season of Sparkle Set ($27.00) includes three 6 oz. bottles of holiday scents. I’m a long-time fan of philosophy shower gels (they’re basically the only body wash I use!), and the holiday scents are typically my favorite. The best part? Lots and lots of scents of smaller sizes, which come in an easier-to-squeeze tube (softer plastic than the 16 oz. bottles) AND I can try more scents as it takes awhile to get through a full-size bottle. (Read reviews.)

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Estee Lauder Be Envied Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick Set ($37.50) features four shades from one of my favorite lipstick formulas! It’s a great way to try without purchasing them individually (you’re getting four shades to try for a little more than the price of one shade, though these are not full-sized, of course!). (Read reviews or see swatches.)

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Clinique Cheek Pop Blush ($22.00) is one of my favorite blush formulas, because the finish is luminous–glowing but not frosted, natural and never flat. I love shades like Peach Pop, Ginger Pop, and Cola Pop! (Read reviews or see swatches.)

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Make Up For Ever 15 Artist Palette ($59.00) should come as no surprise, given how much I adore the Artist Shadow formula! The brand’s limited edition palettes are a great way to snag several shades for way, way less than the cost of individual shades. (Read reviews or see swatches.)

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bareMinerals The Regal Wardrobe Eye & Cheek Palette ($39.00) has a mix of warm and cool-toned neutrals paired with four cheek colors. I really loved the eyeshadows, and I think they coordinated well together. (Read reviews or see swatches.)

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Anastasia Self-Made Eyeshadow Palette ($35.00) is an interesting mix of shades, finishes, and undertones–a little bit of everything–and it ended up being one of the more unique color combinations out there. It also won’t break the bank! (Read reviews or see swatches.)

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Jack Black It’s the Balm Lip Quartet ($25.00) includes four full-sized, squeeze-tube lip balms. I actually picked this set-up just for myself (not to review), as I’m a huge, huge fan of the formula. I’ve been liking Vanilla & Lavender a lot more than I anticipated. (Read review.)

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Stila Sending My Love Set ($49.00) is a perfect set for holiday giving, as it comes in decadent packaging that doesn’t even need to be wrapped. The eyeshadows are pigmented, long-wearing, and blendable, while the blushes complemented the shades of eyeshadows. (Read reviews or see swatches.)

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Sephora Ultra Shine Holographic Lip Gels ($14.00) are so sparkling! I’ve been reaching for them whenever I have a free few hours, because they have a lot of dimension. If you like sheer, shimmering gloss, whether alone or for layering, try to get your hands on these! (Read reviews or see swatches.)

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Marc Jacobs Beauty The Sky Liner Collection ($48.00) is a set of seven, travel-sized eyeliners that is a great value for anyone who has wanted to try the Highliner formula. Since the brand has fixed packaging issues on this set, I now can recommend this set again! (This is one of my favorite eyeliner formulas!) (Read reviews or see swatches.)

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NARS Fast Life Killer Shine Lip Gloss ($28.00) is a medium, rosy pink with tons of shimmer. I love how it is holiday-esque, but it isn’t your traditional red or gold lip! (Read reviews or see swatches.)

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Sephora Favorites ($25.00 to $99.00) are perfect for trying out bestselling products and formulas in deluxe sizes. They also work well for anyone who travels often and needs to have rollerballs or small sizes available.

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5 Great Matte Brown Eyeshadows

On the opposite end of the finish spectrum, let’s take a look at some matte browns! I was hoping to pull in a cooler-toned option or two, but they, unfortunately, tend to be under-performers compared to warmer browns in my experience. We need more cool-toned browns.

  1. MAC Omega — A Warm Brown with a Matte finish.
  2. Laura Mercier Truffle — A Warm Brown with a Matte finish.
  3. Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear — A Warm Brown with a Matte finish.
  4. MAC Soft Brown — A Warm Brown with a Matte finish.
  5. Buxom Big Spender — A Warm Brown with a Matte finish.

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5 Great Shimmering Brown Eyeshadows

There are a lot of browns to choose from, but here are five of my favorites (of the moment!) that have a fair amount of shimmer. I’d love to hear your top picks for shimmery browns!

  1. Burberry Nude (No. 002) — A Warm Brown with a Metallic finish.
  2. Make Up For Ever ME644 Iced Brown — A Warm Brown with a Frost finish.
  3. Make Up For Ever ME614 Graphite Brown — A Warm Brown with a Frost finish.
  4. Urban Decay Radar — A Warm Brown with a Frost finish.
  5. Colour Pop Mooning — A Warm Brown with a Frost finish.

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5 Sparkling Products for the Holidays (Warm-Toned Edition)

Today, I’m sharing with you some of my warm-toned favorites for adding sparkle to your holiday makeup wardrobe! :) Please share yours in the comments!

  1. Marc Jacobs Beauty Cora (170) — A Warm Brown with a Glitter finish.
  2. Bobbi Brown Citrus — A Warm Coral with a Glitter finish.
  3. Make Up For Ever D716 Crystalline Papaya — A Warm Beige with a Sparkle finish.
  4. Colour Pop So Quiche — A Warm Brown with a Sparkle finish.
  5. Anastasia Metallic Rose — A Warm Pink with a Sparkle finish.

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