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Sunday Link Love, Volume #091

Happy Sunday!

We’re having a relaxing day just getting things ready for the next week over at Temptalia HQ! Mellan has his paws crossed that the lawn will dry out a bit so he can have a good romp without muddying up the entire house. What are your Sunday plans?

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Clarins Enchanted Summer Collection for Summer 2012

Clarins Enchanted Summer Collection for Summer 2012

Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balm ($24.50) (Limited Edition)

Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balm offers the magical combination of crystalline transparent color and the comfort and repairing action of a balm. It glides on beautifully in four limited edition shades.

  • Crystal Coral Sheer coral
  • Crystal Pink Sheer pink
  • Crystal Red Sheer red
  • Crystal Violet Sheer violet

Enchanted Summer Eye Quartet & Eyeliner Palette ($40.00) (Nordstrom Exclusive) (Limited Edition)

The Clarins Enchanted Summer Palette features four luminous eye shadows in a powder motif inspired by exotic travels, plus a pearlized-brown eyeliner for a truly intense look.

Bronzing Powder Duo SPF 15 ($34.00)

  • Light For light skin tones
  • Medium For medium skin tones
  • Dark For dark skin tones

Colour Quench Lip Balm ($18.00)

  • Jaipur Pink
  • Delhi Nude

Kohl Kajal ($24.00)

  • Black Black
  • Violet Purple

availability: May 2012, now at Nordstrom

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Luckily, my mom instilled in me that credit cards were not to be used unless you could afford to pay it off right away. The only credit card I had for a very long time was my mom’s credit card, which I used for living expenses when I was in high school/college. Even now, her credit card is my emergency credit card! I use my debit card for just about everything else, with the occasional store card for certain rewards/points or if there’s a financing promotion on a really big ticket item. I never went into debt because of beauty products thanks to my mom’s advice!

— Christine

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Bobbi Brown Canary High Shimmer Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Canary High Shimmer Lipgloss
Bobbi Brown Canary High Shimmer Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Canary High Shimmer Lipgloss ($23.00 for 0.24 fl. oz.) is described as a “pure gold with gold pearl.” I’d like to call it sparkling lipgloss gone absolutely, positively insane. This is quite possibly one of the most shimmering, glittering, glimmering, dazzling, so on and so forth glosses I’ve ever used. The base color is really a pale gold that yields little color, but it’s full of yellow gold, molten gold, and copper shimmer, so it brings the coverage up to semi-sheer to semi-opaque. The overall effect is very shimmery, metallic, and it gives lips a browner look. Though it appears “sheer,” there is a marked difference between my bare lips and this on.

MAC Straight to the Head is very brown, there’s no real gold in it. Make Up for Ever M6 is bronze and the shimmer is finer. NARS LusteR is such a tame, tame version–it looks so flat in comparison. MAC Gold Dust is a bit better, but it still doesn’t catch the light as well.  This is a shade that looks fine on its own, but it will be the perfect way to add glossiness and warmth to your favorite lipstick (try it over a red).

I’m a big fan of Bobbi Brown’s High Shimmer Lipgloss formula–it has an amazing high gloss shine that’s ridiculously glossy, shimmery, and all-around dazzling. If you’re a fan of Chanel Glossimers or MAC Dazzleglasses, you really should check out this formula, because (and in my opinion only, of course) these are even better. The formula is lightweight, comfortable to wear, glide on easily but never slip around, and wear for four to five hours–and the best part? The shimmer never feels gritty and doesn’t travel. When I wore Canary earlier this week for a wear test, it wore for four hours. These are mint-scented, taste-free, and non-sticky. It’s moisturizing, though it won’t replace your lip balm.

Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss Canary

Tom Ford Flush Cheek Color

Tom Ford Flush Cheek Color
Tom Ford Flush Cheek Color

Tom Ford Flush Cheek Color ($55.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a vibrant coral-orange with a subtle satin-like sheen and a faint shimmer. Anastasia Scorching (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Coral #2 (P, ) is brighter (95% similar). Chanel Tweed Coralline (LE, $48.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Paradise Lust (Bottom) (LE, ) is more shimmery, more muted, cooler (90% similar). MAC Hi Jinks! (LE, $22.00) is more muted (90% similar). Milani Coral Cove (05) (P, $8.99) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Smashbox Geranium (LE, ) is more muted (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Hibiscus (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). NARS Cote Basque (LE, $39.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). By Terry Tan & Flash Cruise #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Crave (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). NYX Tuscan (P, $6.50) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Panic (Right) (P, ) is more shimmery, more muted, cooler (85% similar). Edward Bess Secret Affair (P, $43.00) is lighter, more muted (85% similar). LORAC Technicolor (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Illamasqua Sleek (P, $26.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Pink Coral (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter, more muted (85% similar). Colour Pop Jelly Fish (DC, $8.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Intonation (69) (DC, $38.00) is less shimmery, more muted (85% similar). Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is less shimmery, more muted (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Flush can be applied sheerly with ease or built up to a medium color coverage–it has enough pigmentation to work on deeper skin tones without being too intense on lighter skin tones. The finish has a natural sheen that isn’t heavy, shimmery, or frosted, so it doesn’t emphasize pores or the texture of the skin. It’s a very flattering shade on warmer skin tones, and though it is more coral-orange than coral-pink, the vibrancy gives it more wearability on cooler skin tones.

The texture of Tom Ford’s blushes is impressive, and truth be told, of all the items from his makeup range, the blushes have been the most impressive. Everything else has left me lukewarm or just a little excited, but the blushes have been fantastic. The texture of Flush is slightly less dense than Lovelust and Wicked, but the texture is very finely-milled, so it feels like silk and melts against the skin. It wore for ten hours and looked just barely faded along the very top of my cheekbones.

Tom Ford Beauty Cheek Color Flush (Discontinued)

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