Have you ever gone on a no-buy?


Have you ever gone on a no-buy?

A no-buy is when you cease buying all beauty products (some exceptions might be stipulated, e.g. replacing your moisturizer if you finish it, etc.) or something more conditional–like “no-buy on pink lipsticks” until you’ve finished X of them.  If so, were you successful?  What helped you stay on the right path?  What did you do when temptation struck?

I, obviously, have not done one, and this blog would be pretty boring if I ever did go on one, but here are my tips:

  • Mix and match to create something new: if you see a new shade that is driving you mad, try using existing products to custom mix the shade.  If it’s a pretty pink with a hint of plum, try mixing a pink lipstick and layering a plum gloss or pat of plum eyeshadow on top.
  • Avoid temptation: Nordstrom’s shoe section always gets me, so I try to avoid walking by it when I know I shouldn’t be looking at them.  This might mean avoiding your favorite haunts, be them counters, stores, or even blogs and the like.
  • Make a wish list for the future: consider tracking items that have caught your eye by creating a wish list for whenever your no-buy ends–you might find you’re totally over them by that time!
  • Be clear and realistic: when you start your no-buy, try to give yourself some clear rules but make it realistic.  Don’t forget that there are basics/staples–see how low you’re running–because it’ll feel better knowing you didn’t have to break any rules at the end, which is why it can make more sense to make it a conditional no-buy sometimes.
  • Pull out products you haven’t used in awhile:  we all have our favorites, go-tos, and often push new products to the forefront, but there are a lot of old favorites we forget about that are easy to fall in love with all over again.

MAC Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm SPF 35

MAC Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm SPF 35 ($30.00 for 1 fl. oz.) is described as a “lightly tinted in a nearly sheer beige tone to work on an array of complexions, it creamily re-texturizes the skin and then goes on to excel at being a face primer with high everyday UVA/UVB SPF 35 defense.”

First things first, I have no experience using BB Creams as they are known elsewhere in the world, so I urge you to check out Musings of a Muse’s review on this as well as her informative post on what BB Creams are. She pretty much sums them as one major multi-tasking face product that imparts skincare benefits, along with concealing/foundation and moisturizing qualities.  On its face, MAC isn’t marketing this as a “true” BB Cream from what I can gather, because it’s designed to work best as a face primer–not as a tinted moisturizer, moisturizer, foundation, concealer, etc.

It’s a soft, sheer shade of yellowed beige with soft shimmer-sheen. It’s not something I could wear alone at all, because it just looked a bit too light on me (I am NC25/NC30 for reference). When I layered Kiehl’s Tinted Moisturizer over it, it became something I could use. It seems more like an illuminating primer to me; something like MAC Strobe Cream but yellow-based and with a significantly different texture (not as thick or heavy, thinner, not quite as shimmery).

It works well as a primer; it helped keep my makeup looking fresher longer (ten hours) and always felt lightweight. I only tested this product for two days (not back-to-back), though, because it does have dimethicone as the second ingredient in it, which I am more-often-than-not sensitive to, but for readers, I wanted to give it a shot. I didn’t experience any breakouts, but I deliberately tested it on two occasions but with a week between each try.

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Bobbi Brown Cosmic Raspberry Rich Lip Color

Bobbi Brown Cosmic Raspberry Rich Lip Color

Bobbi Brown Cosmic Raspberry Rich Lip Color ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright pink fuchsia.” It’s a bright, medium-dark pink with a little touch of fuchsia–it is blue-based but subtly so.  Bobbi Brown’s Rich Lip Colors are really comfortable to wear with their semi-matte finishes, creamy but lightweight textures, and rich color coverage. They are also scent- and taste-free, which should appeal to some. Wear was anywhere from four to six hours, with deeper shades like Cosmic Raspberry wearing for six hours.

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Bobbi Brown Cosmic Raspberry Rich Lip Color

A+
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
4.5
Total
99%

Free for Haul Friday, Volume #083

Welcome to Free For Haul Friday!

First, I’ll share mine!

Haul:  MAC Beauty Balm, MAC Sponges, MAC Double Sharpener

Weekend plans:  Catching up on sleep, hoping to have some fun outdoors if the weather would cooperate!

What’s on your nails:  Zoya Gilda on fingers, China Glaze For Audrey on toes!

Keep adding your pet photos to the Temptalia Pets flickr group! 🙂

This week’s Mellan photo…


He does this ALL the time – why bother shaking off the water when he gets right back in?!

shu uemura Color Atelier Collection for Summer 2011


shu uemura Color Atelier Collection

Style your own palette. Mix, match, and customize your colors for infinite make-up possibilities. Freedom of color choice. Choose your make-up as you do your wardrobe. Personalize your make-up palette to meet your every desire. 46 shades of Pressed Eyeshadow and 18 shades of Glow On Blush.

Pressed Eyeshadow Refill ($15.00)

M = Matte, a velvety, even finish gives vivid color with a smooth finish. P = Pearl, a silky shimmer of light for a luminous radiance. IR = Iridescent, captivating shades offer glimmering reflectiosn of changing colors. ME = Metallic, smooth like liquid with a metallic glow. G = Glitters, abundant sparkles for glistening glamour.

  • Highlight (Light): P 910, M 907, ME 906, IR715, IR 911, M 813, P 812, IR 811
  • Base Color (Soft): ME 336, P 140, ME 270, P 540, ME 432, IR 370, P 645, P 851, P 832, ME 735, ME 655
  • Define (Medium): ME 862, ME 785, ME 686, ME 472, ME 761, ME 471, ME 885, ME 856, IR 675
  • Accent (Vivid/Glitter): M 280, G Gold, G Bronze, G Silver, M 776, G White
  • Eye Line (Dark): M 895, P 781, IR 985, M 980, IR 690, P 995, ME 996, P 861, P 696, P 595

Glow On Blush Refill ($18.00)

M = Matte, a velvety, even finish gives vivid color with a smooth finish. P = Pearl, a silky shimmer of light for a luminous radiance.

  • Highlight (Light): P Light Peach 510, P Light Pink 315, M Light Peach 520
  • Blusher (Soft): M Soft Mauve 225, M Soft Coral 345, M Soft Apricot 521, M Soft Pink 325, M Soft Pink 326, P Soft Peach 530, M Soft Pink 335, M Soft Pink 336, P Soft Amber 740
  • Shadow and Accent (Medium/Vivid): P Vivid Pink 385, P Medium Peach 560, M Medium Amber 761, M Medium Peach 561, P Medium Peach 550, P Vivid Orange 571

Mono Case ($8.00)

Available in black or white.

Duo Case ($9.00)

Available in black or white.

Quad ($14.00)

Available in black or white.

availability: June 2011, shuuemura-usa.com

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