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  • Laura Mercier20% off any purchase, ends 7/02.
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bareMinerals Grand Finale Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Grand Finale Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The Grand Finale Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Grand Finale Eyeshadow Duo

Debuting at the beginning of October, bareMinerals The Grand Finale Eyeshadow Duo ($20.00 for 0.10 oz.) is all starry night skies with Standing O and Climax. The new pressed eyeshadow formula has a 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.

Standing O is a light-medium gold with this faint hint of green. It’s not really green at all, but there’s just that inkling that keeps it from being more like an orangey gold. It has a frosted, metallic finish, and the texture and payoff are nice. It’s a touch darker than MAC Treasure Hunt. It’s not as yellow as NARS Goldfinger. It’s almost like the golden color of MAC Gorgeous Gold but lacks the greenish duochrome aspect.

Climax is a purple-tinted navy blue with a satiny sheen. The texture is soft and smooth, while the pigmentation is right on. It’s similar to MAC Blue Storm, Wet ‘n’ Wild Earth Looks Small From Down Here, and Urban Decay Goddess.

bareMinerals Grand Finale Eyeshadow Duo

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Win It! $70 Worth of MAC Paint Pots from Posh Paradise!


Win It! $70 Worth of MAC Paint Pots from Posh Paradise!

One (1) lucky Temptalia reader will win: (1) MAC Genuine Treasure Paint Pot ($17.50), (1) MAC Half-Wild Paint Pot ($17.50), (1) MAC Nubile Paint Pot ($17.50), and (1) MAC Pure Creation Paint Pot ($17.50).  The total value of this prize is $70.00.

We’re testing out the Rafflecopter platform/widget to see if it’s something that works well for better facilitating giveaways. It takes anywhere from 8-12 hours to compile giveaway entries across platforms (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, etc.), so it’s my hope this will speed things up and make hosting giveaways much, much easier… which means more giveaways for you 🙂 (For this first giveaway, I’ll still be compiling entries manually to ensure everything is gathered appropriately, since it’s our first try!)

For official rules and winner… 

This Week’s Sales for September 19th, 2011


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  • HAUTELOOK:  Mario Badescu (9/19), FACE Atelier (9/19), Youngblood Cosmetics (9/20), Whitening Lightning (9/20), Fusion Beauty (9/22)
  • IDEELI:  —
  • EBATES: philosophy (10%), Pur Minerals (10%), SkinStore (8%), DermStore (7.5%)
  • Rue La La:  —

Free Shipping, Coupon Codes, GWPs

  • APOTHICA: Free shipping on orders of $49+
  • BATH & BODY WORKS:  20% off with code FALLHOME20, valid 9/6 thru 10/2.
  • BEAUTY.COM: New Customers – get $5 off $35 or $10 off $70 on your first Beauty.com order, expires 1/1/12.  Get a free VPL Designer Bag + deluxe samples ($140 value!) with $100+ order (while supplies last).
  • BENEFIT: Free shipping on $50+ purchases with code PRETTY50, expires 10/26. Free international shipping with $115+ purchases with code WORLD115, expires 10/26.
  • BLOOMINGDALE’S: Free shipping on orders of $150+ with code FS150.
  • BLISS:  20% off sets of 2 with code BACK2SETS, expires 10/31.   20% off Bliss, Remede, and Elemis products with code BCAT20, expires 9/24.
  • BOBBI BROWN: Free shipping on $65+ orders.  Complimentary Crystal Lipgloss Deluxe Sample + free shipping with $65+ orders with code GLOSS11, one time use, expires 9/29.  Complimentary full-size Buff Glitter Lipgloss + free shipping with $65+ orders with code BUFF11, one time use, expires 9/29.  Free long-wear cream shadow in Suede + free shipping with $65+ purchase with code SUEDE9, expires 12/21 (one time use).  Free shimmer lip gloss in Glacier + free shipping on $65+ orders with code GLACIER9, expires 12/21 (one time use).
  • CLINIQUE:  Free shipping on $50+ orders.
  • GIORGIO ARMANI BEAUTY:   Free shipping + 2 free samples with $75+ orders.    Free shipping when you submit a review with code GAREVIEWS3, expires 10/31. Free Mini Luminous Silk Foudnation #5.5 (5ml) plus free shipping with $75+ purchase with code GAFALL2, expires 10/1.  2 free minis + free standard shipping with $95+ fragrance purchase with code GAFALL3, expires 10/1.
  • KIEHLS:  Free deluxe travel-ready Rosa Arctica and PSLRC with any Midnight Recovery purchase with code OVERNIGHT, expires 10/31.
  • LANCOME:   3-piece deluxe sample with $35+ purchase with code 3PCSEP, expires 9/30. 4-piece sample + free shipping with $45+ purchase with code LNCMSEP, expires 9/30. 2-piece sample offer plus free shipping ($29 value), expires 9/19.  Free 2-piece sample with any $35+ purchase ($36 value) with code FNO11, expires 9/30.
  • NORDSTROM:  FREE SHIPPING & FREE RETURNS EVERYDAY.
  • ORIGINS:  Free shipping on $50+ orders. Free tote and Vitazing SPF 15 moisturizer sample (15ml) with $35+ purchase with code FALLTOTE, expires 10/31.
  • PHILOSOPHY: 15% off with code S224762, expires 9/30.
  • SAKS FIFTH AVENUE:  Spend $150 and get a free subscription to Harper’s Bazaar with code BAZAAR.
  • SEPHORA:  Free Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy Lipgloss with $25+ purchase with code UDGLOSS.  Free Sephora Collection Mascara with any purchase with code FULLACTION.  Free Bobbi Brown Eye Cream with any $25+ purchase with code BOBBIEYE.  Free bronzing mini with $25+ order with code SUNKISS. Free Ojon hair serum with $25+ order with code RESTORE. Free Caudalie Vinoperfect moisturizer with any $25+ purchase with code VINOSPF.  Free Justin Bieber laptop case with purchsae of 1.7 oz. Someday fragrance with code SOMEDAY. Free 7-day supply of Lancome Genefique anti-aging serum with any purchase with code YOUTH.  Free BB cream sample with $25+ purchase (choose 1 of 3) with code BBCREAM.  Free Clinique acne treatment with any $25+ purchase with code ACNE. Free mini-self tanner with $25+ order (choose from Bare Escentuals, Dr. Brandt, Clarins, or St. Tropez) with code SUNKISS.
  • SKINSTORE.COM: 20% off select staff favorites with code G2G20, expiration unknown.
  • THE BODY SHOP (USA): Buy 2, get 1 free on all skincare, expires 10/2.
  • YSL:  Free shipping on any order, no code necessary.

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