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Monday, July 6th, 2015

Becca Flowerchild Mineral Blush
Becca Flowerchild Mineral Blush

Becca Flowerchild Mineral Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “peachy pink, golden highlights.” It’s a light-medium, rosy pink with warm undertones and a light dusting of gold shimmer. This is a very standard shade for most brands to include in their blush offerings, so there is no shortage of dupes! Too Faced Love Hangover (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker. Tom Ford Beauty Pink Sand (LE, $65.00) is lighter, cooler. Colour Pop Fox (P, $8.00) is less shimmery. Clinique Melon Pop (P, $21.00) is less shimmery. NARS Fervor (Left) (P, ) is lighter. Chanel Malice (71) (P, $45.00) is darker. Benefit Bella Bamba (Palette) (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker. Tarte Glisten (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, warmer. YSL Passionnee (6) (P, $47.00) is less shimmery. Too Faced Who’s Your Poppy (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer. MAC Petal Power (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, warmer. IT Cosmetics Pretty in Peony (P, $24.00) is darker, warmer. Too Faced Peachy Keen (LE, ) is more shimmery. Charlotte Tilbury Love Glow (P, $40.00) is cooler. Guerlain Peach Boy #2 (P, ) is darker. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

It has a moderate golden sheen to the skin that gives off a glowing appearance but doesn’t emphasize pores. The texture was soft, smooth, and easily blended on the skin. It was mostly opaque, so I’d recommend using a lighter hand or less dense brush if you prefer sheerer coverage or want to build up the color in layers. On me, this shade wore well for eight hours before fading.

Formula Summary | Becca Mineral Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is supposed to be a “delicate powder blush” with a “buildable formula” that gives a “natural-looking, flushed appearance.” They typically have a soft, creamy consistency that is a little denser than the average powder but not truly dense. Some of the very shimmery shades feel a little dry compared to the more pearly ones. I found the formula to be incredibly easy to apply and blend on the skin without any need for special tricks; they felt very grab-and-go, the kind of blush where there’s no fight to diffuse and soften edges or get even coverage. They are more pigmented than what I’d term as “buildable,” which some will appreciate, some will be disappointed by. The wear ranges from seven to nine hours with the brighter and more satin-to-matte shades lasting longer. My favorite part of the formula is the luminous sheen they give to the skin, so they don’t look too shimmery on the skin. I think if you find Becca’s pressed highlighters to be too shimmery, you may find their blushes more up your alley with respect to finish.

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Monday, July 6th, 2015

Bite Beauty Frozen Berries Collection
Bite Beauty Frozen Berries Collection

Updated (12:58PM PST 7/6): I just received a release date of July 7th Sephora!

Matte Creme Lipstick ($24.00) (Limited Edition)

Bite’s unique matte creme formula containing a mix of pigments and powders and Japanese silica leaves lips with a velvet, soft-focus finish. Infused with Blueberry and Cranberry seed oils, this antioxidant packed formula boasts highly pigmented, moisturizing wearable color. These longwearing, dramatic, and regal hues are made with organic fruit butters for a creamy and lush, never drying, matte wash of bold berry colour.

  • Plum
  • Juniper
  • Barberry
  • Black Cherry
  • Elderberry

Creme Lipstick ($24.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Opal Sheer ultraviolet

Creme Lip Gloss ($22.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Opal Slick of opalescence

Availability: July 7th, 2015 at Sephora

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Monday, July 6th, 2015

Last Call Sale: Up to 70% off regular-prices on select items online at NeimanMarcus.com! Offer valid 7/6-7/19.

Cash Back/Rebates

When you join one of the below websites, you can earn cash back on orders made at thousands of retailers.  For example, if you place a $50 order at a retailer with 10% cash back, you’ll receive $5 in cash back.   Below you’ll find the best beauty-related retailers to earn cash back this week:

  • EBATES:  Pur Minerals (10%), Saks (10%)
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Flash Sales/Deals

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Free Shipping, Coupon Codes, GWPs

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Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You

What is your current morning skincare routine? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerCleanse with a Shiseido foaming cleanser, and then Clindamycin (prescription), Origins A Perfect World.

Thanks to Melanie for today’s question! Do you have a question idea? Submit yours here.

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Sephora Overcast Filter Colorful Eyeshadow Palette
Sephora Overcast Filter Colorful Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora Colorful Eyeshadow Palettes ($32.00 for 0.398 oz.) came out in two varieties, Overcast Filter and Sunbleached Filter, both inspired by the filters so many of us use when posting to social media these days. Here are some swatches to check out while I work on testing them!

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Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Tarte Energy Noir Eye & Cheek Palette
Tarte Energy Noir Eye & Cheek Palette

If it wasn’t apparent by the abundance of sneak peeks, but we are in the throes of fall color collections and releases. July you say? Well, they come a little earlier everywhere and maybe by 2020, we’ll be looking at fall in April :) The best thing I can do for you is providing early swatches while I work on the testing and writing portion of the review process. (Testing takes the longest, followed by finding dupes, in case you were curious.) For total clarity, I purchased the Becca and Tarte palettes, while bareMinerals sent theirs as a press sample.

Palettes in this post:

  1. bareMinerals Work, Weekend, Wow Eyeshadow Palette ($26.00 for 0.17 oz.)
  2. Becca Ombre Rouge Eye Palette ($40.00 for 0.20 oz.)
  3. Tarte Energy Noir Eye & Cheek Palette ($38.00 for 0.54 oz.)

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