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Bare Escentuals High Shine Trio

Bare Escentuals High Shine Trio
Bare Escentuals High Shine Trio

Bare Escentuals High Shine Trio

Bare Escentuals High Shine Trio ($36.00 for 0.15 oz.) includes three shades of the High Shine eyeshadow: Flare, Pewter, and Polished. This kit is an Ulta exclusive.  High Shines are loose eyeshadows that are designed to have a really bright, foil-like finish.  They’re really nicely pigmented and definitely deliver on that high shine finish.  I’ve also had really good wear out of these–eight hours without a base (and no creasing!).  The pigmentation of these three is good, but they seem a little less intense than previous shades I’ve tested.

  • Flare is a champagne-shimmered beige-brown with a frosted-metallic finish. It’s an interesting color, because I want to say it’s copper at a glance, but it’s not orange enough, and the champagne shimmer throws it off. The only shade that I could think of that was similar was Urban Decay Spotlight, which is less golden and more beige.
  • Pewter is a silvered pewter with a frosted-metallic finish. It’s cooler-toned and more silver than gold compared to Bobbi Brown Pewter. Similarly, MAC Dalliance is much more golden.
  • Polished is a medium pink with yellow undertones and a bright, frost-metallic finish. It’s lighter but similar in tone to Giorgio Armani #7.

I really love the pigmentation, texture, and formula of the High Shines, but the packaging leaves a lot to be desired. I reviewed them here earlier this year, and everything received top marks–except packaging, which was a major bust for me.  It’s clunky and needs a redesign.  I know other readers have suggested to cut off the sponge-tipped applicator, but really, it should just come in better packaging.  I recommend opening these slowly and gently tapping away excess product before extracting the applicator–though expect some fall out nonetheless.

Bare Escentuals High Shine Trio


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Happy Thanksgiving! (2011 Edition)

Happy Thanksgiving! (2011 Edition)

Hope you have some fun, festive plans for Thanksgiving this year–and hopefully somewhere nice and cozy!  I’d like to take this time to give thanks to a few things I am thankful for, and I’d love for you to do the same in the comments! 🙂

5 Things I’m Thankful For (Life Edition)

  1. My family — they’re a crucial part of my support system, and without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
  2. Mellan — he’s always underfoot and playful and free.  He reminds me to take a break every now and again (if only to attend to one of his needs).  His optimistic attitude is no less than inspiring!
  3. My friends — whether I see them every week or once a year, they’re good people I can count on when I need them.  I didn’t always have such reliable, genuine friends, so now that I do, I feel so lucky to have them!
  4. Education — it’s painful to go through, especially graduate school and the like when you just want to be done and move on with life, but it’s so worth it in the long run.  It sets you up for success; in the area I live in, you can’t even compete without a degree.
  5. Temptalia readers — thank you for being with me!  I really appreciate all of the thoughtful comments you leave and that you even stop by 🙂

5 Things I’m Thankful For (Beauty Edition)

  1. Long-wearing eyeliner — it is SO nice to be able to go the day without having to constantly check the mirror to make sure your eyeliner isn’t halfway down your face.
  2. Red lipstick — nothing makes me feel more confident and sexy than a really great red lip color!
  3. Exfoliators — I really love a great scrub or mask; it’s relaxing but so, so feel-good.
  4. Duochromes — how can you hate on a color that flashes two different colors depending on how it’s positioned?
  5. Liquid foundation — flawless finish, natural appearance, and makes my skin look ten times better? Yes, yes, yes!

Share Your Favorite Holiday Recipes!

Share Your Favorite Holiday Recipes!

I’m not much of a cook; I’m not disastrous in the kitchen, and I can follow a recipe well, but in the past, I haven’t done a ton of cooking–especially nothing complicated!  I always did love to bake, though.  I’m always at a loss as to what to make, because I only want to spend the time if the results are amazing!  This was totally a spur-of-the-moment kind of post; I have always wanted to do it, because I consider the Temptalia community an excellent source of knowledge!  And it’s Friday, so I think I can slide this post through  🙂

Since this was spontaneous, I jut sent an email over to my mom to ask her if she would share some of her fantastic recipes (now my mom is a fabulous cook!)  I usually look for and use recipes from AllRecipes.com, and sometimes I’ll head over to Food Network as well.  Do you have any favorite recipe sites or collectives?  I’m totally looking to the community to help me find some good things to cook this holiday season 🙂  And maybe you even have a really good recipe for a holiday doggy treat…

Share your favorite holiday recipes in the comments!

And… I am pleased to share two recipes I love that my mom does 🙂

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Rediscovering Old Favorites

What products have you found and fallen in love with all over again?

Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv and T3 Bespoke Featherweight Hair Dryer are products I’ve recently used again, after prolonged periods of disuse, and I remembered how much I loved them when I first tried them… and was reminded how much I still love them.   I reviewed one of the creams from Estee Lauder’s Re-Nutriv line a few years ago (Ultimate Youth Creme), and I recently started using their Ultimate Lift Creme.  I’ve trialed many products between then and now, and I found myself still loving many of the qualities inherent in the Re-Nutriv creams (smell, texture, dry down, hydration levels).

The product that really inspired this post, though, was my trusty T3.  I have very long, thick hair and a whole lot of it, which means it takes far too long to dry, never wants to stay lifted, and generally, I skip the blow drying.  I don’t know why I loathe it so, because with the T3, it still takes just five minutes to go from wet to dry for me.  I use a large round brush and go for it, and I think I need to start taking that five minutes to blow dry rather than go to bed with damp hair!

I’d love to hear about your rediscovered old favorites! 🙂

Foundation Matrix 2.0 – Submit via Form

Foundation Matrix 2.0

If you’re not familiar with the Foundation Matrix, the purpose is to help you find potential shade matches in a foundation you’re interested in.  The way you do this is by finding a foundation you do use that you already know your shade for, and then you move along the corresponding column to find potential matches in other foundations.  It began and continues as a community-driven effort, because I ask that you add in your own matches.  This way it’s real people who’ve really tried the foundations giving out recommendations to others.

We are reaching out to the community to help fine tune existing shades but also fill in more shades.  The Foundation Matrix stands at over 400 foundations strong.  400!

We have added/changed the following:

  • NEUTRAL UNDERTONES.  We have had requests for sheet just for those with neutral undertones, so we have added it.
  • NEW SHADE GUIDE/SYSTEM.  We originally used MAC’s numbering system (which is backwards and often confusing) in the beginning, because it was so recognizable that many knew their MAC shade match.  We have so much amazing data, we don’t need it any more.  Plus, MAC’s shade range does not cover some of the undertones the revamped matrix now has.  The shade range goes from Fairest to Deep Dark.  In MAC shades, fairest is like NC/NW5-10 (lighter than their lightest shade at NC/NW15), while Deep Dark is like NC/NW50-55.
  • NEW UNDERTONES FOR WOMEN OF COLOR.  We want the matrix to be more useful to women of color, who do not always fit into pink/yellow undertones.  There is a warm undertones sheet which includes yellow but also peach and red (and pink undertones remain on the cool undertones sheet). Thank you to Afrobella for her help on this!
  • ADDED 100+ FOUNDATIONS.  In the past, we only added new foundations if and when someone has a match for it.  We have now added over a hundred new foundation formulas that need matches!
  • MORE REFINED SORTING.  Once the community has populated the newly added foundations, we hope to give you more ability to sort and refine the results you want.  We have done this by creating separate columns for:  brand, foundation name, type of foundation, coverage of the foundation, and finish of the foundation.  You can view the parameters for type, coverage, and finish under the Key sheet.

Please submit your matches using the form below! 🙂 We still need more matches!

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