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, 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.

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

Friday, February 7th, 2014


Ever fall in love with a product only to realize it’s too expensive or no longer available? The Dupe List makes life just a little easier whenever you’re looking for an alternative option, whether the original has long been discontinued, sold out in a hot minute, or you just want something a little easier on your wallet. Or maybe you just want to find out if something you own is close enough to the latest and greatest hyped up red lipstick. We’re here for you–constantly adding dupes that we find as we test and review new products–to make your beauty stash the best it can be!

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Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Check out the winners from this year’s Readers’ Choice Awards!  Thanks so much for taking the time to nominate and vote!  It really means a lot to me, and I hope you enjoy reading the results as much as I did watching them come in!  There were some interesting changes this year, and we even had a tie in a category!