Free for Haul Friday, Volume #342

Share any beauty goodies you may have picked up in the last week or so, or maybe what’s on your way or on your wish list for next week or month. 🙂

  • Haul: Becca x Jaclyn Hill eyeshadow palette, liquid/cream versions of Champagne Pop.
  • Weekend plans: Lots and lots of lipstick swatches! I swear, all spring/summer feels like lip products!
  • How do you like to spend your “me” time?: Mostly with Mellan (my dog), which I don’t know if that counts as “me” time, since I’m technically not alone! I find him very comforting and stress-relieving, and he just makes me happy being nearby. I consider myself very, very lucky to basically spend 24/7 with him!

Share your pet photos to the Temptalia Pets flickr group! 🙂

This week’s Mellan photo (well, video this week!)…

"Won't you let me in?!" (Duh, right after I get this picture!) 😜

A photo posted by Christine M. (@temptalia) on

P.S. — I love seeing everyone interact with each other here, so I am also going approve comments without replying (with the intention of still replying personally!) as I can so that you can see each others comments ASAP!

Anastasia Summer 2016 Launches Now Online

Anastasia New Launches for Summer 2016
Anastasia New Launches for Summer 2016

Featuring a new, permanent eyeshadow palette, Modern Renaissance, as well as a limited edition mini Lipgloss Kit and a new version of the highlighting Glow Kit!


Now at Anastasia (directly), soon to all other retailers

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The Details

Modern Renaisssance | $42.00 | Permanent

An essential eye shadow collection featuring 14 shades, including neutral and berry tones. Use Anastasia Beverly Hills first permanent palette, Modern Renaissance to create endless looks for daytime and evening.

  • Tempera Velvety beige (Ultra-Matte)
  • Golden Ochre Earthy yellow (Ultra-Matte)
  • Vermeer Iridescent shell (Metallic)
  • Buon Fresco Antique lavender (Ultra-Matte) (Repromote)
  • Antique Bronze Metallic sable (Satin)
  • Love Letter Raspberry (Ultra-Matte)
  • Cyprus Umber Dark coffee (Ultra-Matte)
  • Realgar Brick (Ultra-Matte)
  • Warm Taupe Earthy gray (Ultra-Matte) (Repromote)
  • Venetian Red Crimson (Ultra-Matte)
  • Red Ochre Sienna (Ultra-Matte)
  • Primavera Shimmery gold dust (Metallic)
  • Burnt Orange Deep orange (Ultra-Matte) (Repromote)
  • Raw Sienna Neutral amber (Ultra-Matte)

Sun Dipped Glow Kit | $40.00 | Limited Edition

  • Bronzed Amber with a penny metal finish
  • Tourmaline Warm taupe with rose gold finish
  • Moonstone Radiant quartz with pearl finish
  • Summer Luminous sand with a white gold finish

Summer Mini Lip Gloss Set | $28.00 | Limited Edition

Six mini tubes of opaque, high-shine lip color in all-new summer shades. Use the flat, sponge-tip applicator to apply Anastasia Beverly Hills Summer Mini Lip Gloss for a multi-dimensional, highly pigmented look.

  • St. Tropez Iridescent rose gold
  • Tango Crushed berry
  • Blushing Soft pink
  • Grape Jelly Vivid blue purple
  • Toffee Light warm brown
  • Caramel Soft, pinky brown

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Sponsored: HSN x Alice Through the Looking Glass Collection Debuts

HSN x Alice Through the Looking Glass Collection

HSN is celebrating the movie release of Alice Through the Looking Glass–in theatres May 27th–in a big way!  You’ll find Urban Decay’s entire themed collection, featuring an Eyeshadow Palette ($60) and five lipsticks ($18 each), which we reviewed a couple of weeks ago–Iracebeth Lipstick was the top-rated of the launch–along with nail lacquers by OPI ($10 each) and even a decadent compact mirror by AMEDEO ($169.95).  You can also tune in to the Beauty Report tonight at 7PM EST for a special look of these products!

Better yet, if you’ve never shopped HSN before, you can get $20 off your next order of $40 or more with code 169087.

If you dig the aesthetic of Alice Through the Looking Glass, you’ll also find tons of themed treats from fashion to jewelry to accessories as HSN has teamed up with designers like Heidi Daus, Giuliana Rancic, and Vince Camuto! Below are some highlights from the launch, but you can see the full list of offerings here 🙂

The Dupe List + Swatch Gallery Updates for May 2016

The Dupe List + Swatch Gallery Updates for May 2016
The Swatch Gallery

You might have caught my mention of working on a project (which I have now determined may be never-ending!) last week, and it was all about breaking down every single swatch in the Swatch Gallery into additional characteristics: how light or dark the shade is, how cool or warm the shade is, and how much shimmer the shade has. The driving force behind this project is just the sheer number of swatches we have in the gallery and rather than continue to add colors (e.g. light brown, medium brown, not just brown), why not really drill it down into a range so that it’s never an issue again?

I’ve combed through over 30,000 swatches in the last two weeks to assign these characteristics to them, and I’ve gone through them twice more. My goal is to try to be as consistent as possible with how I categorize everything, and I know I’ve changed quite a few shades from one color category to another as well as switched some undertones since this project gave me the opportunity to really see all swatches and go through them (so if you see review text that doesn’t quite line-up, that would likely be why).

I still have more tweaking to do over the next couple of weeks to really get the shades in the best order I possibly can.  The process has been truly overwhelming (which I should have anticipated, as we’ll celebrate our ten-year anniversary in the fall!), from trying to better understand exactly what is warmer, what is warm (in the case of brighter purples), how to categorize desaturated shades that don’t look right alongside much brighter shades, even though they seem like they’re both medium in lightness/darkness, and the like.

The Dupe List + Swatch Gallery Updates for May 2016
The Swatch Gallery

It is also designed to help me help you faster by making it a little easier to narrow down dupes or easily grab a bunch–say for a medium to medium-dark, copper eyeshadow, which there are numerous ones–or I can easily bypass light blues when I know I’m only interested in navy blues. I know I’m looking forward to being able to refine brown eyeshadows or pink lipsticks better (those colors, by the way, were the most numerous in number of swatches)!  You can also do neat things like sort by editor’s highest rated and see what the highest rated medium, very cool-toned fuchsia lipstick is.

The Dupe List + Swatch Gallery Updates for May 2016
The Swatch Gallery

So while this allows for even further refinement should you be browsing swatches, it also enables us to provide much more accurate “possible dupes.” I hope this helps readers in three ways: 1) when I’ve uploaded a swatch but have not reviewed yet, you’ll now be able to see possible dupes in a meaningful way; 2) for older shades that may have less dupes, a better list of possibilities will be there; and 3) to catch any similar shades that I might have missed (I think I will miss less now, though!). (Here’s an example: MAC Invite Intrigue has not yet been reviewed, so you can see possible dupes and how very close are! I’m on the way to eliminating myself out of a job! Haha!)

We have configured the possible dupes section to be slightly broader than what would generate near-perfect dupes so that slightly lighter or darker possibilities might show as some colors have lots of dupes and others might have only a handful that are much lighter/darker so we didn’t want to go so narrow that there’d be no results too often!

Sneak Peek: MAC Soft Serve Shadows Photos & Swatches

MAC Soft Serve Shadows
MAC Soft Serve Shadows

MAC Soft Serve Shadows ($22.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a new, limited edition formula launching online on May 26th and will be available in-stores on June 2nd. There are twelve shades in total, and I have eleven of them to share here, which I’ve been testing, so I should have reviews up within the next week or so 🙂

MAC Soft Serve Shadows

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The Dupe List | Dupes by Palette + Palette vs. Palette Comparison Tool

The Dupe List -- May 2016 Updates

The Dupe List was just updated with two new features 🙂 They are short and sweet but hopefully useful! As always, thank you for your support!

The Dupe List -- May 2016 Updates

Dupes by Palette

You can know get all dupes for shades within a single palette, like Viseart Boheme Dream, all at once instead of searching shade-by-shade; you can also refine the results to specific price points or by brand to compare to your stash more “at a glance” for a palette.

The Dupe List -- May 2016 Updates

Palette vs. Palette

You can now compare any two palettes that we have in the database to see if any shades from Palette A are known dupes from Palette B (or vice versa), so you can see how much overlap, if any, there might be. (Note: if the exact same shade, like MAC Carbon, actually repeats in both palettes, that will not come up as a dupe.) You can compare duos, quads, palettes, and even sets (like an eyeliner set). If you just want to compare any two specific shades, you can already do that through our compare any two swatches tool here.