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Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


Do you feel like you’re treated differently depending on whether you’re wearing makeup? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerI think it’s more situational, because in general, I don’t think so, but if I go to a makeup counter or beauty retailer, I think I get treated better with makeup on (even a little).

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Thursday, September 4th, 2014

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna 2 Lipglass & Lipstick
MAC Viva Glam Rihanna 2 Lipglass & Lipstick

Here’s a quick peak at the upcoming MAC Viva Glam Rihanna 2 Lipstick & Lipglass. It launches online September 8th and in-stores September 11th. It’ll be available for six months. Full reviews, photos, and swatches tomorrow! :)

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Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Conair Infiniti Pro 3Q
Conair Infiniti Pro 3Q

Conair Infiniti Pro 3Q ($119.99) is a new, upcoming hair dryer slated for launch this September at retailers like Ulta, Target, etc. It’s big promises are that it “reduces drying time by up to 70%,” “40% less noise with patent-pending noise reduction technology,” and the brushless motor means that the “life of the dryer[is extended] by up to 10x.” Conair says it has 19,000 revolutions per minute compared to 16,000-18,000 for standard AC/DC motors. It also uses ionic and titanium ceramic technology. There are three heat settings, two speed settings, and a cold button.

I’m a long-time fan of T3′s Featherweight series of blow dryers, and their various models have been my go-tos for years now. I was very curious to see how this top-end model from Conair would compare to my T3s. The Infiniti Pro 3Q dries down my hair enough within 10 minutes that it’s mostly dry (I have a lot of hair–my last hairdresser said I had enough hair for three people–and it is thick), and it keeps the frizz and fly-aways at bay overall. I used it with its regular nozzle as well as the larger diffuser (but you need to attach one or the other, as it’s like being in a wind tunnel otherwise!). I didn’t like how either attached, because you have to pop it in or out with some force, and it caused a lot of the interior paint to chip. My heavier hair did cause the larger diffuser to occasionally pop off (once every other use). I wish they screwed on rather than popped in and out.

It is a lot quieter than my hair dryer from high school, but it doesn’t seem much quieter than most of the updated, mid-end to high-end dryers on the market. I can’t really measure it other than just how it sounds to me, but it wouldn’t occur to me to describe it as quiet. It was fairly lightweight and comfortable to hold in the hand, though the handle could have been a bit longer to avoid accidentally changing one of the settings while in use. I really liked that the cold button would lock in place, rather than having to press and hold.

There is a major downside to the Pro 3Q that makes it a complete deal-breaker for me, which is that due to my longer hair, it gets sucked into the back of the dryer (the opposite of where the air comes out). When it sucks big clumps of hair, it just sits there on the exterior (there’s a grate about 3/4″ inside the back that goes across) and reduces air flow and is more annoying than anything else, but when it gets a few strands, it yanks and pulls the hairs into the dryer. This happened constantly to me, but I have longer hair than average, I would say, so it may not be a problem if you have shorter hair.

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Thursday, September 4th, 2014

The Hit List

What’s the Most Comfortable Matte Lipstick that you’ve tried?

Share your pick!  And don’t forget to share why :) Thanks to Olechka for today’s question!

Burberry Lip Velvets, Bite Beauty Lip Pencils/Lip Crayons are the first two that came to mind! Good color, not clingy or drying, so very easy and comfortable to wear.

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Surratt Beauty Rougeur Artistique Blush
Surratt Beauty Rougeur Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Rougeur Artistique Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “classic rouge.” It’s a lightly brightened, raspberry red with subtle, cool undertones and a satiny sheen. Make Up For Ever #510 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is warmer, cream. Kevyn Aucoin Neolita (P, $37.00) is lighter, more muted. Bobbi Brown Berry (LE, $26.00) is darker. MAC Keep It Casual (LE, $20.00) is warmer, cream. Chanel Rouge (LE, $45.00) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s quite pigmented with a soft, velvety texture that feels almost like a cream but is definitely a powder. It’s a deeper, richer shade that would be excellent on all skin tones, though you may need a light hand and the right brush in your arsenal if you are light-medium or fairer. Applied with a lighter hand, it takes on more of a raspberry pink look and as it is blended out, the finish becomes more and more luminous–but never emphasizes pores–that’s natural and gives skin life. The color lasts eight and a half hours on me before fading.

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Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Make Up For Ever ME400 Buttercup Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever ME400 Buttercup Artist Shadow

Some of the first eyeshadows I had to try from the Make Up For Ever 30th Anniversary Palette were the brights. I really love their new eyeshadow formula, because everything is so much more pigmented, blendable, long-wearing, and just all-around easy to use. The texture of some of the shades really borders on a cream or gel eyeshadow, as they feel quite creamy but really look and perform much like traditional powder eyeshadow. They feel very different from their previous range, with the exception of the mattes, which are more finely-milled and velvety, though at times they can be a little powdery.

Make Up For Ever ME400 Buttercup Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a bright, sunshine yellow with a frosted sheen. It had excellent full color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly. The color lasted for eight and a half hours before creasing slightly. Chanel Admiration (114) (P, $29.50) is a cream product, more muted. MAC Ever So Yellow (LE, $21.00) is darker. Makeup Geek Lemon Drop (P, $5.99) is similar. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #5 (P, $9.99) is warmer, more golden. Fyrinnae Banana Mochi (P, $6.80) is lighter, less shimmery. NARS Flowers 1 #5 (LE, $24.00) is darker. NARS Corcovado (P, $24.00) is a cream product. MAC Double Feature #1 #1 (LE, $15.00) is a touch lighter. MAC Sunny Outlook (P, $21.00) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Bright Sunshine (P, $15.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever I340 Lime Green Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a bright, yellowed chartreuse with a pearly sheen and warm undertones. It was intensely pigmented with a creamy, soft texture that applied evenly and smoothly. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours on me before creasing slightly. MAC Lisa’s Spikes (LE, $15.00) is more muted. Make Up For Ever I-30 (P, $21.00) is a cream product. Urban Decay Thrash (P) is more matte. NARS Rated R #1 (P, $24.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever ME304 Emerald Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a cool-toned green-teal with a soft, frosted finish. It had really good color payoff, and the texture was soft and blendable while feeling almost cream-like. It wore well for eight and a half hours before creasing, and it just barely stained the lid (I couldn’t really tell except when I looked for it, and it was gone by morning). MAC Green Room (LE, $15.00) is darker, more muted, less shimmery. Sephora Collection Picnic in the Park (07) (P, $13.00) is greener, brighter. Make Up For Ever #52 (LE, $23.00) is warmer, cream product. NYX Seafoam Green (P, $4.50) is more muted. NARS Misfit #2 (P, $24.00) is darker, more matte. Maybelline Edgy Emerald (P, $6.99) is lighter, cream. MAC Surf USA (LE, $15.00) is darker, less shimmery. Sugarpill Midori (P, $12.00) is greener, warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever ME230 Peacock Blue Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark blue with a frosted finish. It had great color payoff and had a soft, smooth texture that applied evenly. On me, it wore well for eight and a half hours before fading slightly. This shade is also in the Artist Palette, and I found this one to be slightly creamier in consistency. Stila Sapphire (P) is brighter. Giorgio Armani #18 (P, $32.00) is darker. Urban Decay Madness (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Disney by Sephora Friend Like Me (LE) is more muted. Tom Ford Beauty Emerald Lust #3 (LE) is warmer, brighter. Urban Decay Unhinged (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Haight (P, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Pre-Packaged (LE, $15.00) is darker. Guerlain Les Aquas #3 (P) is similar. Sugarpill Magpie (P, $12.00) is darker, more shimmery. bareMinerals Controversy (LE) is slightly darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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