Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Beginning November 6th, Sephora VIB Rouge members can get 20% off online with code GIFTROUGE. If you live near a local store, you can also RSVP for an evening event being held 7-9PM on November 5th at all Sephora stores where you can save 20% off. VIB Rouge sale access ends November 10th.

Edited 11/5:  The discount for VIB Rouge members IS active at Sephora NOW!, 11/5. Use code GIFTROUGE for 20% off!

Beginning November 6th, Sephora VIB members can get 20% off online with code GIFTVIB, and the sale ends November 10th.

Rouge and VIB members should receive an invite with in-store coupon cards along with a one-time use coupon card for a friend (that can be used online or in-store, but if it is used in-store, the VIB Rouge or VIB member must be present). Some readers have received their cards for either Rouge VIB and VIB access today.

Fine print (from VIB Rouge):

*VIB Rouge 20% off valid in store on November 5, 2014 from 7-9pm. Select stores will have different event hours, check your local store for exact times. Available at select Sephora inside JCPenney stores, check RSVP site for available locations. Must be a VIB Rouge member to RSVP for event.

Online, use promo code GIFTROUGE. VALID NOVEMBER 5, 2014 THROUGH NOVEMBER 10, 2014, AT 11:59 PM PST. May be used in Sephora stores, in Sephora inside JCPenney stores, and online with any merchandise purchase. Offer limited to Sephora VIB Rouge members only. Voucher must be presented at time of redemption when used in store. No minimum purchase required. May not be combined with any other promotions or employee discounts. Not valid on previous purchases, purchases of eGift certificates or gift cards, or with orders shipping outside of the U.S. or Canada. May not be sold or otherwise transferred. Return of discounted merchandise will be for the price actually paid. Not valid for cash or cash equivalent. Not responsible for lost or stolen promotion codes. This offer is subject to change, alteration, or termination by Sephora in its sole discretion at any time. Not valid for Sephora employees.

Free Sephora Limited-Edition Tote (13.5″ x 11.5″ x 3.5″) and Shashi Jewelry bracelet available in stores with any merchandise purchase on November 5, 2014 from 7-9pm or while supplies last. Must be a VIB Rouge or guest of a VIB Rouge member to redeem. Not valid on previous purchases, or purchases of eGift certificates or gift cards. This offer is subject to change, alteration, or termination by Sephora in its sole discretion at any time.

Note, the fine print on my VIB Rouge invitation says online use is 11/5 through 11/10, but the front of the invitation says, “Can’t make it? Take 20% off all purchases from November 6-November 10, 2014. USE CODE GIFTROUGE ONLINE” so hopefully we will get more clarity in the next couple of days.

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


What was the last product you purchased a back up of? How many did you buy? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerHmm, I know I stocked up the most on Chanel Dragon (I think I bought four or five) a few years ago. I think the last would be Burberry Trench Eyeshadow, which I bought two (one to replace my almost-empty one and one to have on hand). It’s my go-to brow highlight shade – just love it (and it’s totally boring, I get it).

Thanks to reader Donna for today’s question idea Do you have a question idea? Submit yours here.

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Survey Says

Fill in the survey below with your answers, and then share your answers with us in the comments section! :-)

  • Your skin tone/coloring:
  • Best eyeliner for a pop of color?
  • Best concealer for under eye circles?
  • Best every day mascara?
Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

You don’t have to spend a lot to get a quality product, as long as you know where to look! :) Here are a few of my favorite budget-friendly products to give and to receive this season. These are all permanent products! Any recommendations to share?

For more recommendations, I suggest browsing my past reviews by rating or seeing what products I’ve given the Temptalia Recommends designation. For a list of all my favorites, see the Editor’s Choice Awards.

Sleek Makeup Arabian Nights Eyeshadow Palette

Sleek Makeup Arabian Nights Eyeshadow Palette
The palette contains twelve shades of smoky, muted, and deeper shades from beige to purple to black. Simbad’s Seas is one of the most gorgeous blue-purples I’ve ever seen. Full Review

Where to Buy

$11.99 at Amazon

L’Oreal Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner

L'Oreal Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner
It’s an incredibly long-wearing, richly pigmented, and creamy formula that goes on easily and really delivers amazing quality without breaking the bank Full Review

Where to Buy

$8.99 at ULTA, Drugstore.com

Makeup Geek Blush

Makeup Geek Blush
This is one of the best budget-friendly blushes on the market, but more importantly, it competes with high-end powder blushes. The formula is nicely pigmented, silky and soft, and blendable. Favorites include: Bliss, Honeymoon, Love Affair, Spellbound. Full Review

Where to Buy

$9.99.00 at Makeup Geek

Sephora Contour Eye Pencil

Sephora Contour Eye Pencil
Most of the shades I’ve tried have good color payoff in a single stroke, wear eight to ten hours on the lash line, and never drag or tug when applied. Favorites include: Fairytale, Girls Night Out, Good Mood, My Boyfriend’s Jeans, Snakeskin Dress, Sun Tan, Tiramisu. Full Review

Where to Buy

$10.00 at Sephora

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow
Why not build your own holiday palette? Whether you’re creating one for yourself or gifting one to a friend, it’s a lovely way to customize with quality shades. Favorites include: Barcelona Beach, Cocoa Bear, Corrupt, Country Girl, Drama Queen, Glaorous, Goddess, Homecoming, Moondust, Sensuous, Twilight. Full Review

Where to Buy

$5.99 at Makeup Geek

L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow
A long-wearing, richly pigmented powder eyeshadow with a budget-friendly price makes this a great option for giving and receiving. Favorites include: Amber Rush, Golden Emerald, Smoldering Plum. Full Review

Where to Buy

$7.99 at ULTA, Drugstore.com

NYX Power Wicked Lippie

NYX Power Wicked Lippie
It’s a muted, rosy mauve with subtle, warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It makes for a great shade to transition from fall to winter, plus the metallic shimmer gives it a holiday feel! Full Review

Where to Buy

$6.00 at ULTA

Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color

Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color
For rich, bold color that’s comfortable to wear, long-wearing, and hydrating, Maybelline has an excellent option right here. Favorites include: Electric Fuchsia, On Fire Red, Shocking Coral, Vivid Rose. Full Review

Where to Buy

$7.49 at ULTA, Drugstore.com

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


How do you handle criticism or negativity about your makeup routine or stash? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerGenerally, I would just let it roll off and move on, because the majority of people I interact with are close friends or family, so it would only be a casual acquaintance that might say something, but I find it pretty rare. But here are a few things I might say: “It’s not your money” or “This is my hobby and creative outlet” or “It’s not your face” (if it’s about my makeup choices).

Thanks to reader Jessica for today’s question idea Do you have a question idea? Submit yours here.

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Beauty.com

BEAUTY.COM has kicked off their Friends & Family Sale! :) Now through November 7th, get 20% off your entire purchase through THIS LINK (there’s no code, the discount is activated when you click the link or banner above–if you don’t see it in your cart, try clearing your cookies/cache).

Happy hauling! :)

Fine print:

*Discount valid on Beauty.com items only, excluding gift cards and certificates, backordered, out-of-stock items or items from the following brands: Jane Iredale and MenScience. Cannot be redeemed for cash. While supplies last.

Cannot be redeemed for cash. While supplies last. Offer expires Friday, November 07, 2014