Sunday, March 15th, 2015

LORAC Pro to Go
LORAC Pro to Go Palette

Platinum members can score the LORAC Pro to Go Palette for $26 (regularly $38) today only at ULTA. I’m thinking about grabbing one for reviewat that price!

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

ColourPop Cheerio Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Cheerio Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Cheerio Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “deep cranberry in a satin finish.” It’s a reddish berry with subtle cool undertones and a gold and fuchsia micro-shimmer. Surratt Beauty Rougeur (P, $32.00) is similar. Make Up For Ever #510 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Chamade (67) (P, $38.00) is lighter, brighter. NARS Goulue (P, $29.00) is slightly more muted. Kevyn Aucoin Neolita (P, $37.00) is similar. Bobbi Brown Berry (LE, $26.00) is darker. NARS Soulshine #3 (LE, $29.00) is warmer. NYX Desert Rose (P, $5.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Rouge (LE, $45.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The formula feels spongy and more like clay or play-doh than your traditional cream blush, which makes it a lot less emollient and even lighter-weight as it tends to feel, look, and blend more like a traditional powder blush than a cream one once the product hits the skin. It’s supposed to have buildable coverage with the most color payoff achieved by applying directly with fingertips and a “sheer, airbrushed effect” when used with a duo fiber brush. It may take a few attempts to get into the ease of using the formula (or you might just find your stride immediately). I’ve found the most foolproof way is to apply with a stippling or duo fiber brush (I like MAC’s 159), especially with the deeper and richer shades like this one. It had semi-opaque coverage when applied with fingers, but it doesn’t get to fully opaque color, if that’s your aim. When I was testing this shade, it seemed easier to get even coverage with a sheerer application. The finish appears a more semi-matte on the skin than shimmery, so I wouldn’t let the shimmer scare you if you gravitate towards mostly matte finishes. On me, the blush lasted for nine hours before fading slightly.

The Glossover

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Cheerio

B+

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunday, March 15th, 2015

If you tend to gravitate towards deeper shades in the spring, how about a few gorgeous berry-hued options? Here are five that are well-worth considering!

  1. NARS Fanny — a lighter, purpled-berry with a satin finish
  2. Bite Beauty Aubergine — a satiny berry-red
  3. MAC Rebel — a cool-toned berry with faint shimmer
  4. Urban Decay Venom — a cool-toned berry with pearl
  5. YSL Forbidden Burgundy — a glossy berry

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

Saturday, March 14th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


What’s your current evening skincare routine? Share yours!

Temptalia's AnswerI almost always use a cleansing oil (likely shu uemura) to remove makeup and dirt, and I’ll use Lancome Bi-Facil on a Q-Tip to remove any last bits of eyeliner along the lower lash line. I use two prescription products, a topical antibiotic (clindamycin) and Differin, followed by Origins GinZing moisturizer.

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

Saturday, March 14th, 2015

ULTA 21 Days of Beauty

ULTA’s 21 Days of Beauty kicks off tomorrow, the 15th. You can check out additional in-store events and all of the details here.

Top Deals

  • STILA SMUDGE STICKS: Buy 1, get 1 free (March 16th)
  • BUTTER LONDON: $9 each (March 19th)
  • URBAN DECAY: 50% off Primer Potions (March 21st)
  • SMASHBOX: 50% off 24HR Photo Finish Shadow Primer (March 27th), 50% off Foundation Primer (April 4th)
  • MARIO BADESCU: 25% off all products (March 28th)
  • LORAC: $15 eyeshadow palette (March 29th)
  • TARTE: $25 Maracuja Oil, regularly $46 (April 2nd)
  • IT COSMETICS: 50% off Bye Bye Redness Correcting Creme (April 3rd)
Saturday, March 14th, 2015

One of my favorite color to wear for spring is a softer version of plum, so I thought I would share some of my favorite more muted plum lipsticks today.

  1. Guerlain Garance — a very warm plum with a soft sheen
  2. MAC Marque — a gold-shimmered plum
  3. Estee Lauder Irresistible — a neutral-warm medium plum
  4. Tom Ford Indian Rose — a neutral pinky-plum
  5. Bite Beauty Rosewood — a lightly warm-toned plum

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