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Urban Decay Mariposa Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Sneak Peek)

Urban Decay Mariposa Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Mariposa Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Mariposa Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Sneak Peek)

Full review, photos, and swatches coming soon — please hold all questions until then. Thank you in advance for your patience! Urban Decay Mariposa Eyeshadow Palette ($39.00) is a Sephora exclusive (available both in-store and online), and while I don’t have an exact date for launch, I would expect late September or early October. It is limited edition.

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bareMinerals The Elements Eyeshadow Quad

bareMinerals The Elements Eyeshadow Quad
bareMinerals The Elements Eyeshadow Quad

bareMinerals The Elements Eyeshadow Quad

Coming in October, bareMinerals The Elements Eyeshadow Quad ($30.00 for 0.17 oz.) will debut, and it features four shades: Air, Fire, Earth, and Water. bareMinerals’ pressed eyeshadow formula contains SeaNutritive Mineral Complex that gives the shadow a “creamy, silky smooth” texture with “seamless blendability” and “stay-true color.” It’s supposed to be long-wearing whether worn alone or with primer–you shouldn’t see any creasing or fading. I’ve tested various combinations of shades from the duos and quads, and I’ve happily achieved ten hours of solid wear without a primer underneath. For a review of the packaging, please read my original review.

Air is a grayish beige with a frosted finish. The color is very similar to Urban Decay Ruthless. Air has good color payoff and a really soft, smooth texture that’s dense and buttery.

Fire is a burnt orange with a satiny sheen. The color is much browner compared to MAC Rule, though it’s the closest shade I could think of. I was surprisd by how smooth and pigmented Fire was, because it almost has a matte-like finish so I was expecting a drier texture. Instead, it’s very workable and blendable.

Earth is a gray-tinted green with a pearly sheen. It has more of a sheen than Fire but not as much as a traditional frost does. I love the uniqueness of this color, but the texture is on the drier side so the color payoff is uneven in places and not as dense as I would like. It seems like what MAC Evil Eye should have been, though Earth is lighter.

Water is muted navy blue with an edging of teal. The finish has a lot of sheen to it but less shimmer. It’s bluer and less silvery compared to theBalm Sensational. I think MAC Bold Babe is closer, but it’s a lot less blue. Water had a really soft, silky texture and applied easily onto the lid.

bareMinerals The Elements Eyeshadow Quad


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Free for Haul Friday, Volume #096

Welcome to Free For Haul Friday!

  • Haul: Blister bandages and remedies and foot soles aplenty! I am determined NOT to get blisters this trip!
  • Weekend plans:  Lots and lots of writing!
  • Scent you’re wearing right now:   Tom Ford Santal Blush

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This week’s Mellan photo…

Sometimes, I swear, it’s like he’s attempting to speak.  His lower chin always wobbles!

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Win It! $100 Cash from Ebates! (Again!)

Celebrating Labor Day with Ebates!

The first giveaway was so successful, we have another fantastic one lined up with Ebates!

If you’re not familar with Ebates, it’s a program that allows you to earn cash back on your online purchases whenever you shop through Ebates. For example, if you sign-up, click-through their Sephora link, then you would get 8% cash back on any purchase made at Sephora. Every three months, Ebates pays you (via check or PayPal) any cash back you’ve earned.  You can either sign-up through Temptalia (which is a referral link), or you can simply go to Ebates.com directly to sign-up.

From Labor Day, Ebates is offering extra cash back on the following retailers:

  • Athleta, Banana Republic, GAP (10%)
  • JCPenney (5%)
  • Sears (4%)
  • The Body Shop (10%)
  • Walmart (2%)

The Prize

To celebrate the Labor Day weekend, we have a fabulous giveaway featuring everyone’s favorite–cold hard cash–with three winners (U.S. residents only).  One (1) grand prize winner will receive $100, while two runner-ups will each receive $50!

To Enter

  • You must be a member of Ebates, whether you’re an existing member or sign-up today (they will use your email address to verify you are a member).
  • Leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite beauty (online) retailer is to shop at!

For official rules… 

Back-to-School Makeup: Quick Looks

Back-to-School Quickies

The alarm went off… a half hour ago.  You only have five to ten minutes before you have to head out the door–these are my favorite ways to look and feel good when time is short!

  • Neutral + Dark Crease: Pop a flesh-toned neutral all over the lid and add pop and oomph with a much darker crease. On warmer complexions, an eggplant purple adds definition and color without being over-the-top. On cooler complexions, navy and charcoal blues work well.
  • Bright Eyeliner: Whether you line the lower or upper lash lines (or both!), using a brightly colored eyeliner can give you a really fun look without a lot of work!
  • Find Your Duo: One of my favorite eyeshadow duos is Hourglass’ Gypsy–it just works well for me–and I reach for it regularly when I’m in need of some color on the lid but don’t have a lot of time to think about what I want to do. Whether it’s neutral or not, totally up to you, but finding a duo, trio, or palette with a never-fails combination is essential for those mornings you wake up late!
  • Bold Lips: Don’t be afraid of bold lip colors! Especially as we head into fall (officially, at least!), darker lip colors are always in style. You can add an instant brightness to your face by using a bolder, darker lip color. Plus, darker lip colors tend to last longer on lips, which means less reapplying.
  • “No Makeup” Makeup: Classic, polished, and easy to do once you figure out what products you love most for the look. Ideally, you want to add depth and brightness to the eyes as well as defined lashes; soft glow and natural color to cheeks; smooth, “flawless” skin; and your my-lips-but-better lipstick/lipgloss–look out for plums, mauves, and plummy-pinks.

What’s your go-to look when you only have a few minutes?

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