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Friday, November 28th, 2014

Free for Haul Friday

Welcome to Free For Haul Friday!

  • Haul: Tom Ford Lips & Boys lipsticks
  • Weekend plans: Try not to buy ALL THE THINGS! with so many sales going on (I keep thinking, “What do I need??” and also chanting “No new shoes!”).
  • What are your most thankful for?: I’m thankful to have a job I love so much that it usually just feels like fun. I’m thankful for my amazing husband and darling fur-kid, along with supportive family and friends. I’m thankful for all of the amazing readers that take time out of their day to stop by on this corner of the web.

Share your pet photos to the Temptalia Pets flickr group! :)

This week’s Mellan photo/video…


A pic from last year, but he put on his jersey on yesterday, as it was ridiculously beautiful out for Thanksgiving, to play fetch!

Friday, November 28th, 2014

MAC Smoky Black Friday Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Trio
MAC Smoky Black Friday Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Trio

MAC Smoky Black Friday Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Trio ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is the brand’s online-only, limited edition offering for Black Friday. It’s a mix of warm white, medium silver, and shimmery black for a smoky, monochromatic eye. It uses MAC’s Veluxe Pearlfusion formula, which is designed to give “sheer coverage with a soft finish” when used dry and “super saturation of colour with metallic brilliance” when used wet. Some of the Veluxe Pearlfusion offerings are quite nice, but others are misses. This one was a miss for me, due to just so-so quality.

Smokey Black Friday #1 is a bright white with subtle, warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had a soft, lightly powdery, consistency that yielded sheer color coverage applied dry and semi-opaque coverage applied damp. It lasted for eight hours before creasing. Guerlain Cygne Blanc #2 (LE) is less metallic. Too Faced Nutcracker (LE, $16.00) is less metallic. Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit #1 (LE) is less metallic. Make Up For Ever D200 Crystalline Mauve Turquoise (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. Make Up For Ever D124 Crystalline White (P, $21.00) is similar. LORAC Snow (P) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Ice Queen #1 (P) is less metallic. Dior Golden Snow #1 (LE) MAC 2x Dare #1 (LE) theBalm Metal-ica (P, $16.00) MAC Flawless Figure (LE, $15.00) MAC Chillproof (LE, $15.00) MAC Pearl (LE, $32.50) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Smokey Black Friday #2 is a purplish-gray with a light silver metallic shimmer/frost. More like a cool-toned taupe than a real gray. It was sheer applied dry and semi-sheer applied damp. It looked faded after seven hours of wear. MAC Aristocratic Aura (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC Breaking Ground (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. MAC Stormy Sunset (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Ebony Blend #3 (LE) is darker. Dior Golden Snow #4 (LE) is less sparkly. MAC Parlor Smoke (LE, $15.00) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Dangerous Cuvee (P, $18.50) is darker, cream product. MAC Electroplate (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Smokey Black Friday #3 is a dark, charcoal gray with cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It was slightly dry and powdery to the touch. It had sheer color payoff applied dry, but it was mostly opaque applied damp. It wore well for eight hours. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #1 (LE) is cooler-toned. MAC Plumluxe #5 (P) is similar. Ulta Night Sky (P, $10.00) is darker. Kat Von D Santeria (LE) is more shimmery, lighter. Illamasqua Graphica (P) is similar. Urban Decay Redemption (LE, $18.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Deep Cravings (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. LORAC Slate (P) is cooler-toned. MAC Diesel (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Smokeluxe #4 (P) is lighter. Urban Decay Asphalt (LE, $18.00) is similar. Giorgio Armani #21 (LE, $33.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


When you want your skin to look its very best, what’s your routine? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerExfoliate the night before, then a hydration mask or extra hydrating serum/cream. In the morning, I’ll use a smoothing primer followed by a medium coverage foundation mixed with a liquid illuminator and set with loose or pressed setting powder, then dust finishing powder all-over.

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

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Sephora $10 Black Friday Deals

Here’s a current list of Sephora’s $10 Black Friday Deals ($12 for Canadians) that will be live on 11/28, while supplies last (or January 1st, whichever comes first).  Thanks to reader Amanda for sharing that Sephora posted their deals to their Pinterest!  

Updated 11/27 at 8:55PM PST:  They’re live!! :) I’ve linked each $10 deal to its specific Sephora page, as they’re all listed on Sephora, but all of them show as “out of stock.”  I’ve added the “value” of each set where Sephora provided it. You can also browse most of the sets here!

  1. Tarte Magical Moments Deluxe Best Sellers Essentials Set (0.05 oz., 0.15 oz., 0.13 oz.) ($33 value)
  2. Boscia Pore-Purifying Duo (2 x 1 oz.) ($25 value)
  3. Clean Rollerball Collection Trio (3 x 5ml)
  4. Philosophy Limited Edition Purity Made Simple (12 fl. oz.)
  5. Make Up For Ever Get Glossy (2 full size Lab Shine glosses) ($34 value)
  6. Formula X The Two in Juju & Voodoo (2 x 0.4 fl. oz.) ($25 value)
  7. SEPHORA COLLECTION Precision Makes Perfect Mini Airbrush Set ($25 value)
  8. The Art of Shaving The 4 Elements Of The Perfect Shave Starter Kit Unscented (2 fl. oz.) ($25 value)
  9. Formula X The Two in Chaotic & Hypnotize (2 x 0.4 fl. oz.) ($25 value)
  10. Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash (6.7 fl. oz.) ($24 value)
  11. Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick Duo (2 x 0.07 oz., Posy Pink and Fig) ($16 value)
  12. bareMinerals the INCREDIBLES Dynamic Eye & Lip Duo ($29 value)
  13. Alterna Caviar Moisture Trio (3.55 fl. oz.) ($26 value)
  14. Kat Von D Lip Love Set (0.04 oz. in Lolita, 0.10 fl. oz. in Berlin) ($26 value)
  15. Buxom Power Players (0.22 oz., 0.33 oz.) ($30 value)
  16. BITE BEAUTY Lush Lip Trio (3 x 0.06 oz.) ($30 value)
  17. Tocca A Touch Of Luxury Gift Set (2 x 1 fl. oz, 2 x 0.10 fl. oz.)
  18. NEST Fragrances Rollerball Trio (3 x 0.2 fl. oz.)
  19. Too Faced Primed For Sex (0.17 oz., 0.17 oz.) ($24 value)
  20. First Aid Beauty FAB Star Duo (4 oz.) ($21.50 value)
  21. Origins Task Maskers (3 x 0.5 fl. oz.)
  22. Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Collection (3 x 1 fl. oz.) ($21 value)
  23. Josie Maran Argan Hand Healers (20 wipes, 1 fl. oz.) ($20 value)
  24. Ole Henriksen The Clean Truth Cleansing Duo (10 wipes, 1.5 fl. oz.) ($17 value)
  25. Korres Luxury Body Butter Duo (2 x 1.69 oz.) ($20 value)
  26. Caudalie Honey Hand Cream + Lip Conditioner Duo (1 oz. hand cream, 0.15 oz. lip conditioner) ($22 value)
  27. Blinc Lash Discovery Duo (0.08 oz., 0.09 oz.) ($26 value)
  28. Stila Glisten & Shine Set (0.01 oz. Black Amethyst eyeliner, 0.05 oz. Glisten Lip Glaze) ($34 value)
  29. Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain Duo ($26 value)
  30. Ciate Tree Trinket Nail Duo ($16 value)
  31. Perricone MD Face Finishing Moisturizer Mini ($17 value)
Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty #BlacquerFriday Black Friday 2014 Sets
Marc Jacobs Beauty #BlacquerFriday Black Friday 2014 Sets

These will available on 11/28 in limited quantities for Black Friday (midnight EST, countdown on the brand’s site!). I’m not sure if they’re full-sized products; if they are, each set contains $76 worth of color cosmetics ($18 for the polish, $28 for gloss, and $30 for the lipstick), plus a makeup bag. They look and seem like they are full-sized, but there wasn’t any quantity info on MJB’s website!

In the Rouge ($65.00) (Limited Edition)

Create a dramatic, rouge-colored look with this coordinating collection for lips and nail tips. Experience Marc’s hydrating, gellified lipstick with lip and nail color that shines like 30 coats of lacquer. Products are encased in a Marc Jacobs designed #blacquer cosmetics bag.

  • Rita (Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer) Red sangria
  • Lust for Life (Lust for Lacquer) Red raspberry
  • Neo-Noir (Lovemarc Lip Gel) Cherry red

In the Nude ($65.00) (Limited Edition)

Create an irresistible, nude-colored look with this coordinating collection for lips and nail tips. Experience Marc’s hydrating, gellified lipstick with lip and nail color that shines like 30 coats of lacquer. Products are encased in a Marc Jacobs designed #blacquer cosmetics bag.

  • Funny Girl (Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer) Warm, peachy beige
  • Sweet Escape (Lust for Lacquer) Shimmering nude pink
  • Severine (Lovemarc Lip Gel) Warm beige pink

In the Glitz ($65.00) (Limited Edition)

Create a glistening, glitter-inspired look with this coordinating collection for lips and nail tips. Experience Marc’s hydrating, gellified lipstick with lip and nail color that shines like 30 coats of lacquer. Products are encased in a Marc Jacobs designed #blacquer cosmetics bag.

  • Showgirl (Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer) Gold glitter
  • Magic (Lust for Lacquer) Shimmering champagne nude
  • Saboteur (Lovemarc Lip Gel) Deep maroon

Availability: Midnight, November 28th at Marc Jacobs Beauty

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Thursday, November 27th, 2014

The Hit List

What’s the Easiest Liquid Eyeliner that you’ve tried?

Share your pick!  And don’t forget to share why :)

Tom Ford’s is probably the easiest I’ve used. I also like MAC’s Superslick and Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Liners.

Thanks to Kat for today’s topic!