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MAC Eyeshadow Swatches – Oranges, Yellows, Golds

MAC Eyeshadow
MAC Rule Eyeshadow

MAC Eyeshadow Swatches – Oranges, Yellows, Golds

More MAC eyeshadow swatches for the Swatch Gallery ! 🙂 I’m working my way through my “permanent” palettes (which are organized by color and house mostly permanent shades, but there are a few discontinued/limited edition shades in them) for now. I don’t own all of MAC’s permanent eyeshadows, so some shades may be missing that fall into one of the color categories.

Rule is a medium orange, not too bright or dark, with a matte finish.
Coral is an orange-coral–honestly more orange than a true coral–with a matte finish. It was a PRO shade but may have been discontinued.
Samoa Silk is a peachy orange with a veluxe finish (which looks and acts mostly like a matte).
Goldenrod is a darkened yellow with a hint of orange. It has a satin finish.
Juiced is a dirty orange with gold shimmer and a velvet finish. It is a discontinued shade.
Goldmine is a gold-shimmered yellow gold with a metallic sheen. It has a frost finish.
Bright Sunshine is a bright yellow with a frost finish. It is a PRO shade.
Bright Yellow is a muted canary yellow with a seemingly matte finish. I don’t know what the official finish of this is, and as far as I know, it was discontinued. It was a PRO shade.
Gorgeous Gold is a soft, yellowy gold with a green-blue iridescence. It has a veluxe pearl finish.
Nylon is a pale white gold with a high shine finish. It has a frost finish.

MAC’s matte finishes tend to be a harder/drier matte, which translate better in actual eyeshadow application rather than a simple swatch, but shades like Rule are excellent on both fronts.  I’ve often reached for Rule when I wanted to do a sunset-themed eye look.  Shades like Bright Sunshine and Nylon have stellar color payoff, while Juiced easily sheers out.  Gorgeous Gold has a fun duochrome, and it works well with blues, greens, and teals.

MAC Eyeshadow Swatches – Oranges, Yellows, Golds

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Lush Partners with Freedom to Marry with Freedom Foamer


Lush Partners with Freedom to Marry with Freedom Foamer

Here at LUSH we believe that all of our employees, customers and communities are valued and should be protected equally. Because of this, we want to end the ongoing discrimination against tens of thousands of same-sex couples and their families across America. This means everyone – gay and non-gay – having the freedom to marry, with the same responsibilities, dignity, security and expression of love and equality. For two weeks starting on June 13th, LUSH is turning its shops across North America into ‘freedom to marry campaign centers’ where customers can learn about the 1,138 rights denied to same-sex couples and sign a postcard petition urging the federal government to take action and overturn the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

We are also asking customers to take a bath and help dissolve DOMA by purchasing our new limited edition FREEDOM FOAMER BUBBLE BAR ($5.95). 100% of the proceeds of this emerald green bubble bar will go to Freedom to Marry to support their “Why Marriage Matters” campaign. Scented with the uplifting and refreshing scents of lemon, lime and grapefruit oils, the Freedom Foamer will be available exclusively online and at LUSH stores across North America for the duration of the campaign. It’s the perfect antidote to weary soles and a respite for freedom fighters

Freedom Foamer is launching the week of June 13th and will be available online and at LUSH stores nationwide for the duration of the campaign. For more information on LUSH’s Freedom to Marry Campaign: www.lush.com/freedomtomarry

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Happy Father’s Day!


Happy Father’s Day!

“Why do I have two sets of antlers, Daddy?” My Dad is known as the Answer Man, because you can ask him any question, and he’ll give you some kind of answer.  (It’s usually the right one, but sometimes he’ll turn it into a joke if he doesn’t know it.)   He is one of my biggest cheerleaders and supporters–I have been told that both my mom and sister have caught him watching my YouTube videos or catching up on the blog!  I’m pretty sure he frequents Temptalia more than my mom and sister do, actually! And I actually call my dad Daddy more often than not.

Today, we wish a happy Father’s Day out to all of the amazing people who have been our fathers in our lives, from fathers, fathers-to-be, uncles, grandfathers, brothers, neighbors, friends, and even fur-dads, for being there for us, supporting our dreams, and loving us in a way only fathers can.

3 Things My Dad Taught Me About Beauty

  1. Painting your toe nails red just makes it look like your feet are bleeding! I don’t, visually, see that image myself, but whenever I wear red nail polish, I’m instantly reminded of my Dad.  It always reminds me that we all have our different tastes, and what one person might not like, someone else may love.
  2. Perfume is meant to be subtle! Growing up, I wasn’t allowed to wear makeup, and I had to keep any scents subtle because even those were toeing the line.  But I think there is something to be said for subtlety in your scent of choice–it should be there, apparent, lingering, but not overwhelming.
  3. You’re already pretty without makeup! If there was one person who I knew really meant it when they said, “You look better without makeup,” it would be my Dad, and it’s not an insult but how he genuinely feels.  There is real joy knowing that someone finds you as beautiful with makeup as they do without.

3 Reasons I Appreciate My Dad

  1. He is completely and utterly rational. This means he’s not only a good sounding board, but he can be a really calming presence when you’re in the middle of a freak out and feel like your world is falling apart.  There is no subterfuge with my Dad; he’ll tell you how it is if you ask him.  He’ll help you find a solution the best way that he can.
  2. Dedication and commitment are rare qualities. He embodies both of these qualities to the fullest, and everyday I strive to be as dedicated and committed as he is to the things he loves most (like family).  He does some things everyday that I put on my New Year’s Resolutions’ list every year; like have breakfast and walk the dogs (rain or shine or snow or hail).
  3. There’s no shame in being smart. I told you, my Dad is the Answer Man, and I grew up playing Jeopardy! with him and having a big, “WHAT?” every time he’d get an answer right.  Even today, I’m just like, “How did you know that?”  He’s not even a big sports guy, but he’ll get sports questions right.

Feel free to wish anyone in your life a happy Father’s Day, too! 🙂  I’d love to know what beauty lessons you learned from yours!


Mellan & Shaun… Fur-kid and Fur-Dad

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Swatches (Part 2)

Urban Decay Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Aquarius Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Swatches (Part 2)

Here are ten more Urban Decay Eyeshadow Swatches! 🙂   The Swatch Gallery is really starting to come together, and just seeing all of the swatches show up makes all of the re-swatching completely worth it.

  • Aquarius is a muted blue with a gray overcast and frosted sheen.
  • Blaze is lightened coppery brown with a soft, metallic sheen.
  • Blunt is a medium golden yellow with a soft, frosted finish.
  • Chronic is a medium-dark grass green with subtly cool undertones and a matte finish.
  • Ecstasy is a medium-dark violet purple with a soft sheen.
  • Electric is a bright, cyan blue with a matte finish.
  • Fishnet is a fuchsia pink with purple iridescence. This is a deluxe eyeshadow.
  • Freakshow is a deep, dark purple with subtle red undertones and a pearly finish. This is a deluxe eyeshadow.
  • Frigid is a dark, blue-purple with a pearly finish. This is a deluxe eyeshadow.
  • Gash is a coppered red with a soft, frosted finish.

Urban Decay Eyeshadows are some of my favorites–they are typically very pigmented, smooth, buttery, and blendable.  The only shades to watch for are any that have the word “glitter” or “sparkle” in the description, because they tend to have a micro-glitter that just doesn’t bind with the color base, which means it either disappears between brush and lid (best case scenario) or you end up with a sparkly under eye (worst case scenario). Their matte finishes are soft and finely milled, but a note on application, these are so blendable that it’s easy to overdo it.

Ecstasy was the biggest miss here–it’s a little sheer and soft, you just can’t get as much color out of it as you should.  Frigid also seems to be lacking some color payoff, but it isn’t as sheered out as Ecstasy.   If you’re looking for more Urban Decay swatches, you can check out our full Urban Decay Eyeshadow Swatch Gallery! 🙂

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Swatches (Part 2)

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