Saturday, December 13th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


How do you apply under-eye concealer? Share your techniques!

Temptalia's AnswerI like to pat in place with my fingertip initially, then blend with a fluffy brush (something like the MAC 217 in shape), and then lightly press setting or finishing powder to keep it in place.

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Saturday, December 13th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty LoveMarc Lip Gel
Marc Jacobs Beauty LoveMarc Lip Gel

As promised, here are the remaining swatches of the Marc Jacobs Beauty LoveMarc Lip Gel ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) shades. Marc Jacobs Beauty has a deal where you can get any three shades for $70 (instead of $90) (use code LIPKIT, ends 12/16), which I took advantage of when I bought these twelve. I still haven’t heard back whether or not this formula is being discontinued (as Sephora only shows eight of the 17-shade range, and of the eight, five are out of stock).

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It’s a more emollient formula with a fair amount of slip–the darker shades seemed to have the most slip–and I have found that the creamier finishes perform better than the more shimmery ones. I could feel the pearl in Little Pretty, which I wouldn’t describe as gritty, but the consistency was thin enough that it wasn’t smooth (I’d just describe it as textured). Some shades are really pigmented, others are semi-opaque to semi-sheer.  In my experience with the formula (I’ve only tested a handful of shades previously), the formula is typically hydrating and comfortable to wear, and the creamier shades were the best-performing for me.  I haven’t tested any of these.

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Friday, December 12th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


Do you like layering lip products? Share! What products do you layer most often?

Temptalia's AnswerI love it, though I don’t often get to do it! It’s a great way to mix to get the perfect shade, tone, or finish. I’m a huge fan of topping a lipstick with gloss (mostly for sparkle!).

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Friday, December 12th, 2014

NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette
NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette

NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette ($79.00 for 0.24 oz.) includes eight shades, seven of which are part of the permanent range (Ursa Major is, at this time, exclusive to the palette). Each eyeshadow is 0.03 oz., and full-sized versions are 0.05 oz. for $29, which makes the palette a $139 value in terms of amount of product, and in a more big picture way, to get eight shades would run you $232 (though they would be full-sized, just to be clear). I think this palette is an excellent way to try out NARS’ newer eyeshadow formula without completing breaking the bank. The eyeshadows felt and performed very much in line with their permanent counterparts (thus far) after swatching all of them and wearing about half of them (testing the other half today).

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Friday, December 12th, 2014

Choose or Lose


How much does your skin tone or undertone influence what colors you wear?

Check out the results!

Thanks to Jan for today’s question!

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Free for Haul Friday

Welcome to Free For Haul Friday!

  • Haul: ColourPop stuff arrived last Saturday, Kat Von D and Too Faced spring palettes
  • Weekend plans: Need to organize makeup I’ve tested in the last few months!
  • Do you prefer watching a movie or a TV show?: Probably a movie!

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This week’s Mellan photo…