Monday, May 25th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You

What’s your current method for applying cream blush? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerI almost always reach for MAC’s 159, which is a duo-fiber stippling brush, as it has a great shape for getting the right level of coverage but can still blend and diffuse edges. It’s also feathery at the edges to avoid disturbing base products if applying the cream blush over foundation. Otherwise, fingertips!

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Monday, May 25th, 2015

Rant & Rave

Share: Tell us what you love and hate about L’OREAL!

my answer: Sometimes they seem really pricey compared to other brands at the drugstore, so I really try to wait for some sort of sale before buying anything. I think they have some really strong formulas in their eye and nail products. I wish their lip products had a better scent.

Monday, May 25th, 2015

ColourPop Super Shock Cheek/Highlighters

ColourPop Super Shock Cheek/Highlighters ($8.00 for 0.15 oz. each) launched fifteen shades ranging from cooler beige to icy lavender to warm purple. It’s a cream-based formula that is similar in feel to their Super Shock Shadows and Cheeks, but the formula is slightly more emollient than most of the original blush range but comparable to their more metallic eyeshadows. In general, the finishes range from luminous to metallic, with a few shades having more noticeable sparkle that sits on the skin but doesn’t seem to migrate to parts unknown. The pigmentation was mostly opaque when applied with fingertips, and then more buildable from semi-sheer to opaque when applied with a brush (as described). Personally, I enjoyed these more than the blush range, as they were really, really easy to apply (no learning curve!), long-wearing, nicely pigmented, and several were duochromes, which is hard to find in a blush formula. My personal favorites were Highly Waisted (A), Monster (A), Butterfly Beach (A+), and Sticky Sweet (A), but I enjoyed them all.


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Monday, May 25th, 2015

ColourPop Most Necessary Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Most Necessary Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Most Necessary Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “soft copper with rosy gold highlights.” It’s a medium, orange-toned brown with warm undertones and a frosted pink and gold sheen.
Colour Pop Highly Waisted (P, $8.00) Clinique Nude Pop (P, $21.00) NARS Jubilation (Right) (P) Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $44.00) MAC Uplifting (LE, $27.00) MAC Highlighter (LE, $30.00) Becca Guava/Moonstone (P, $27.00) Becca Fig/Opal (P, $27.00) Maybelline Nude Rebellion (201) (LE, $8.99) Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) MAC Trace Gold (P, $21.00) See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Here we are at last: the final highlighter! ColourPop’s highlighter formula is really just a different finish (“pearlized”) of the Super Shock Cheek formula (which initially came out with mostly matte shades). This particular shade could be used as a blush, bronzer, or highlighter, depending on your skin tone. The texture is shimmery enough that the sheen translates to the skin, but it isn’t as metallic as it looks heavily swatched once it is blended out on the cheeks. It doesn’t emphasize pores, but it’s not going to smooth them out either. The texture has a lightweight, lightly creamy consistency that’s thin but pigmented and easily blended on the skin. It can be applied with fingertips or a brush, though I prefer working with brushes (in general), so I’ve been reaching for a stippling brush to apply a lot of these for testing. It lasted for eight and a half hours on me.

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Monday, May 25th, 2015

Lancome Luxury Products (Loreal USA)

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Sunday, May 24th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You

What type of beauty products do you typically buy from the drugstore? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerCotton pads, swabs, sunscreen for the body. I tend to go cheaper on body creams, lotions, and scrubs, but they might not be brands at the drugstore.

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