Sunday, August 31st, 2014

bareMinerals The Guilty Pleasures Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The Guilty Pleasures Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Guilty Pleasures Eyeshadow Duo ($20.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a set of warm-toned shades in peach and brown. The two colors playoff each other well, as they can be blended subtly for a more contrasting look or blended more for a smooth gradient. I wish the darker brown shade was more pigmented, though.

Shhh… is described as an “apricot nectar.” It’s a light-medium, peach orange with warm undertones and a soft, satin finish. It had good color payoff that applied smoothly and evenly. The finish is lovely as it adds dimension but doesn’t look shimmery on the lid. It wore well for ten hours before fading. MAC Apricot Blend #3 (LE) is darker. Kat Von D Geek (LE) is slightly darker. Tom Ford Beauty Escapade (LE, $40.00) is a cream product, lighter. MAC Arena (P, $15.00) is darker, browner. bareMinerals Tres Chic (P) is yellower. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Yes Please is described as a “cinnamon brown shimmer.” It’s a softened, medium-dark brown with subtle warm undertones and a satiny finish. It had decent pigmentation, but it wasn’t as pigmented as the Ready formula is usually, which was disappointing. The texture was soft and smooth, so it was still easy to apply and blend out on the skin. It wore well for ten hours before fading. Stila Character (P) is slightly darker. Chanel Tisse Mademoiselle #1 (P) is lighter. Kat Von D Disintegration (P) is darker. theBalm #8 (P, $6.50) is darker. Sleek MakeUP Entwined (P, $9.99) is similar. MAC A Medley of Mauves #4 (P, $21.00) is warmer. MAC Soba (P, $15.00) is warmer, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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9/10

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Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Lavanila Vanilla Lavender The Healthy Deodorant
Lavanila Vanilla Lavender The Healthy Deodorant

Lavanila Vanilla Lavender The Healthy Deodorant ($14.00 for 1.7 oz.) is described as an “aluminum-free deodorant that is 100 percent natural, safe, and effective.” I’ve always been curious about this product, but I didn’t buy it until recently, as my underarm area started feeling itchy (and it never has before), so I decided to switch-up my deodorant and see how this one would work. It has a sweetened, lavender scent, though it leans more herbal than overly sweet. The consistency is thin, lightweight, non-sticky, and glides on easily, but it does feel cool and almost wet initially (more like a gel deodorant, though it is a white solid). It is white, but it absorbs and doesn’t leave behind any white residue once it dries down. It dries down within a few minutes, and it provides moderate protection against odor. It won’t keep odor at bay if you’ve really worked up a sweat (e.g. exercised), but for a day at the office, light errands, and so on, it does the job and leaves my underarm area smoother and better hydrated.

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Friday, May 9th, 2014

Lipstick Queen Let Them Eat Cake Lipstick
Lipstick Queen Let Them Eat Cake Lipstick

Lipstick Queen Let Them Eat Cake Lipstick ($45.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “delicate lilac … shot through with sugary sparkles.” It’s a light-medium, pink-lilac with gold shimmer and sparkle. The base color is semi-sheer, while the amount of shimmer makes the overall result more semi-opaque. Revlon Cotton Candy (P, $7.49) is sheerer, less glittery. NYX Castle (P, $4.00) is less glittery, more opaque, darker. Chanel Charme (P, $34.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The formula is supposed to be comfortable to wear, hydrating, and have a “soft focus” effect due to the finish. It can be worn alone or applied over your favorite lipstick as a “top coat.” The texture of the lipstick is similar to other highly metallic, highly frosted formulas; it glides on without tugging, but there’s a slight feel of the texture from the amount of shimmer/sparkle. I wouldn’t describe it as gritty or rough, but it’s not perfectly smooth or creamy. What’s remarkable about the formula is that it doesn’t dry out lips, as high frosts often do, though it is only a little hydrating over the long-haul. The sparkle doesn’t migrate too noticeably, but there were a few stray gold flecks outside of the lip after the four hours it lasted. The sparkles can sometimes catch on the natural lip, so I would recommend exfoliating prior to give it a smoother surface to adhere to. Worn, it’s very sparkly, reflective, and catches the light beautifully, but it’s not the most comfortable lipstick/formula I’ve come across. The packaging has a lot of heft to it, but all of the heft is in the case/top, while the actual tube component feels very light and plastic-like. I didn’t notice any scent or taste to the formula.

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9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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Friday, April 4th, 2014

NARS Lipgloss
NARS Lipgloss

NARS Lipgloss ($24.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) has been reformulated and will have thirty shades when it officially launches on April 15th. I’m working my way through testing them for wear, so you’ll see reviews throughout the next couple of weeks.  You can expect full sets of photos, swatches, etc. along with in-depth reviews and dupes when those get posted. :)

I arranged the shades in this order: Triple X, Striptease, Greek Holiday, Giza, Sweet Dreams, Belize, Stolen Kisses, Risky Business, Supervixen, Istria, Angelika, Priscilla, Easy Lover, Turkish Delight, Tasmania, Super Orgasm, Salamanca, Orgasm, Wonder, Eternal Red, Sweet Revenge, Chihuahua, Ophelia, Dolce Vita, Stella, Scandal, Misbehave, Quito, Rose Gitane, Sixties Fan.

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Sunday, March 30th, 2014

Tom Ford Beauty Summer 2014 Collection
Tom Ford Beauty Summer 2014 Collection

Eye & Cheek Compact ($95.00) (Limited Edition)

Tom Ford’s limited edition eye and cheek color palette imbues a sultry, effortless summer look with a refreshing twist of color. Eyes are enveloped in a blend of soft pearl and satin finish neutrals and a bold accent of cobalt. Cheeks are illuminated with light rose and peach coral shades for a warm and sexy glow. Packaged in a retro-chic, ivory- and gold-colored Tom Ford case.

  • Unabashed Neutral, cobalt, rose, peach

Lip Shimmer ($49.00) (Limited Edition)

Tom Ford Lip Shimmer in Moonlight and Solar Gold can be swept onto bare lips for a sultry, glimmering effect, or veiled over Tom Ford Lip Color to add radiant shimmer to a spectrum of nude and vivid shades. Infused with Vitamins C and E and shea butter, this moisturizing lip glaze in a domed bullet is packaged in a limited edition, ivory- and gold-colored Tom Ford case.

  • Moonlight Gold
  • Solar Gold Champagne

Skin Illuminator ($65.00) (Limited Edition)

Inspired by the look of skin bathed in summer evening light, this illuminator creates an irresistible, translucent glow. Its peach-pink shade flatters every skin tone while moisturizing and soothing skin, and its highly micronized pearls diffuse light for a naturally enhanced, sun-kissed look. Apply the illuminator all over the face on its own, or mixed with Tom Ford Traceless Foundation, to achieve radiant and balanced skin.

  • Fire Lust Peach-pink

Availability: Saks, pre-order at Neiman Marcus

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Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


Have you ever been afraid to use your limited edition products? Share your stories! (And how you overcame any fears/concerns?)

Temptalia's AnswerOh, yes, definitely! When I first started buying makeup, anything with really pretty designs was a bit heartbreaking to use and destroy. Then there were those much-coveted limited edition products that I didn’t want to use up for fear of using it all up! Now, I’m well-versed in destroying designs and the like, and that I confronted out of necessity for reviewing ;) After awhile, I realized that rather than wear my favorite limited edition products sometimes, I wasn’t wearing them at all, and I learned that things get re-released, dupes exist, and it’s not the end of the world if I have to find a replacement.

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