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Temptalia’s Beauty Closet – Brushes, Foundations, and More

Temptalia’s Beauty Closet – Brushes, Foundations, and More

Based on your requests, I filmed this additional video that shows the area where I actually do my makeup, which is where I keep things like brushes, foundations, concealers, etc. 🙂

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Beautiful Beginnings with Urban Decay

Beautiful Beginnings with Urban Decay

What was the first Urban Decayproduct you ever tried?  Did it pave way for a real romance or did it put you off the brand entirely?  What was the first Urban Decayproduct you purchased?  Did you love it? Hate it? Still own it?

my answer:  The first products I tried by Urban Decay were back in fall 2008. It was when they debuted their dagger-adorned lipstick range, which were really fun to look at, though less practical to store! I also tried out some of their matte eyeshadows, like Electric, and they have a really soft, buttery matte formula that makes mattes easier to work with. Some of my long-time favorite Urban Decay products are their eyeshadows and their eyeliners!

Share your first time experiences with Urban Decay in the comments! 🙂

NARS Demon Lover Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Demon Lover Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Demon Lover Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Demon Lover Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Demon Lover Eyeshadow Duo ($34.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a duo of “iridescent storm blue” and “deep matte indigo.” It’s part of NARS’ permanent range of eyeshadow duos.  NARS’ eyeshadow formula is supposed to be long-wearing, highly pigmented, and crease-resistant.  They can also be used wet or dry.  I never get quite crease-resistant, long-wear out of NARS’ eyeshadow formula–typically about six to seven hours of good wear, but slight fading and/or creasing after eight hours.  I don’t have any problems over a primer, though.

On the left, there is a muted blue-based purple with a slightly frosted finish. There is some underlying sheerness to the color, so it doesn’t have a completely smooth appearance. It’s not as blue as MAC Wintersky. MAC Illegal Cargo is similar but not as blue. Urban Decay Blue Bus is brighter, less faded. Estee Lauder Untamed Violet is a bit darker, less shimmered.

On the right, there is a dark, faded purple with a gray-ish overcast to it. It has a matte finish, and while it looks a bit sheer swatched, it actually performs very well. It applies with good color payoff and doesn’t disappear once you start blending. theBalm All the Way Annie is similar but not as dark or as faded. Urban Decay Rockstar is more eggplant-hued, not as dusty. Giorgio Armani Green Jacquard has a similar shade that’s just a touch purpler.

NARS Demon Lover Eyeshadow Duo

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5 Forbidden Burgundy Eyeshadows

5 Forbidden Burgundy Eyeshadows

Burgundy eyeshadows can look really lovely and add a lot of drama to any eye look. I love wearing it in the crease paired with a soft gold or brown.

  1. Laura Mercier Deep Garnet — rich, velvety burgundy
  2. MAC Deep Damson — deep burgundy-brown
  3. Inglot #452 — burgundy berry with a frosted finish
  4. Make Up For Ever #311 — darkened purpled burgundy
  5. Make Up For Ever #17 — creamy burgundy with a hint of brown and berry

What’s your favorite burgundy eyeshadow?

Bobbi Brown Pink Cocoa Rich Color Gloss

Bobbi Brown Pink Cocoa Rich Color Gloss
Bobbi Brown Pink Cocoa Rich Color Gloss

Bobbi Brown Pink Cocoa Rich Color Gloss

Bobbi Brown Pink Cocoa Rich Color Gloss ($23.00 for 0.24 fl. oz.) is described as a “heather beige.” It’s a medium-dark reddish-orange brown with rose pink and gold shimmer. MAC Join the Party came the closest, but it is lighter and doesn’t have the same colored shimmer. I was surprised that I couldn’t think of more potential dupes for this shade!

The formula yields mostly opaque color coverage that doesn’t settle much and covers evenly. Pink Cocoa wore for around four hours when I trialed it. It’s supposed to be moisturizing, and while it’s not drying, I didn’t feel like my lips were hydrated post-wear. The texture is non-sticky, not too thick or too thin, and comfortable to wear. It is also mint-scented.

Bobbi Brown Rich Color Gloss Pink Cocoa

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