Sunday, July 6th, 2014

Makeup Geek Spell Bound Blush
Makeup Geek Spell Bound Blush

Makeup Geek Spell Bound Blush ($9.99 for 0.15 oz. pan; $12.99 for 0.15 oz. compact) is described as a “light tan with salmon undertones.” It’s a muted, medium, rosy pink with a soft, pearly sheen. MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery. NARS Love (LE, $29.00) is darker. Urban Decay Overexposed (LE) is less shimmery. NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is cooler-toned, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The consistency of the powder was soft, smooth, and buttery, which made this blush easy to apply, because it was very blendable and applied evenly. It just didn’t take a lot of work to use, and it’s a more foolproof blush that I could see becoming someone’s go-to for everyday wear. It has a satiny finish that gets more luminous as it is sheered out and blended into the skin, but the shimmer never emphasizes pores. It had good, true-to-pan color payoff, and the color wore well for eight and a half hours before fading.

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Saturday, July 5th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You

What are your biggest hair concerns? How do you manage them?

Temptalia's AnswerFly-aways, thickness, and dry scalp. For fly-aways, I usually use a mascara wand and a little soft gel to keep them in place. Thickness I just live with, and then dry scalp, I find Moroccanoil is handy for that.

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

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

Reader Ammara requested a top five for berry-hued lip colors for summer, so here are my top picks! :) I’d love to hear yours — please share your recommendations in the comments.

  1. Guerlain Gladys — a brightened, fuchsia-berry
  2. Burberry Bright Poppy — a rich, reddish-berry with a matte finish
  3. YSL Forbidden Burgundy — a glossy berry
  4. Too Faced So Berry Sexy — a slightly brightened pink-berry with a soft shine
  5. Urban Decay Rapture — a warmer, muted plum

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

Friday, July 4th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You

Have you ever had makeup stain something? (Clothing, carpeting, countertops, etc.) Were you able to get it out?

Temptalia's AnswerThese days, any time I drop anything on the carpet or there’s a mess to clean up (I have a dog, LOL!) on the carpet, I use a Hoover SteamVac, which has been a life saver. It pretty much gets everything I need lifted, even though it’s a heavy thing to lug about.

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

Friday, July 4th, 2014

Free for Haul Friday

Welcome to Free For Haul Friday!

  • Haul: Received the products I bought from the Giorgio Armani, YSL, and Origins’ sales last week!
  • Weekend plans: Crossing my fingers that Mellan doesn’t go too crazy with all the fireworks happening today! Otherwise, I have about 238974234 palettes I need to write up, so I’m hoping to at least get through a few!
  • What’s your favorite picnic food?: Watermelon!

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This week’s Mellan photo/video…

View from above!

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