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Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Kat Von D Backstage Bambi Everlasting Liquid Lipstick
Kat Von D Backstage Bambi Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Backstage Bambi Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is described as a “vivid hot pink.” It’s a neon, cotton candy pink with strong, blue undertones and an ultra-matte finish. There are certainly similar shades in regards to the color, but this is the most matte of all I’ve come across. Kat Von D Backstage Bambi (P, $21.00) is less blue-based. Marc Jacobs Beauty Pop-arazzi (606) (P, $28.00) is glossier. Melt Cosmetics Stupid Love (P, $19.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Kelly Yum-Yum (LE, $16.00) is less blue-based, less matte. Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Rush (LE, $18.00) is glossier. Bite Beauty Moscato (P, $28.00) is glossier. Bite Beauty Satsuma (LE, $24.00) is glossier. Chanel La Diva (44) (P, $34.00) is less matte. MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $16.00) is less matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This shade delivers exceptionally well on all but hydration–the formula feels drying after four hours of wear, and it gets more drying until I take off–but the color coverage is excellent, while it was still wearing quite well even after eight hours. You can easily eat most meals (any meal with higher oil content will break down makeup, though), and I like that it doesn’t flake away or fade unevenly. It’s the type of formula that goes on as a creamy, liquid lipstick but then dries down fully to a totally flat, matte finish. You have to work fairly quickly when you are applying it, and you want a thin, even layer to get a really smooth application. It will leave a stain that lingers for hours after. It’s not as comfortable to wear as a more emollient, traditional lipstick, but it doesn’t feel totally like cling-wrap on the lips either. I wish it was more “not drying,” but the trade-off of rich, truly long-wearing color might be worth it for some.

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Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Christian Louboutin Farida Nail Colour
Christian Louboutin Farida Nail Colour

Christian Louboutin Farida Nail Colour ($50.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “shimmer bronze brown.” It’s a deepened, chocolate brown with warmer, bronze shimmer for a more metallic finish. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Isherwood (P, $10.00) is quite similar, just slightly redder. Urban Decay Barlust (LE) is darker. Dior Exquis (LE, $24.00) is more muted. Rescue Beauty Lounge Ghost (LE, $20.00) is less golden. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Like many others, I picked up another shade of Christian Louboutin’s polish during Sephora’s sale (almost every shade sold out during the sale). I was disappointed in the way this dried down, as it bubbled in places–it had bits of texture to it–and just didn’t look smooth. It had great color coverage, as it was almost opaque in a single coat, though I still applied two to be sure. The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and the wear came in at seven days with minor tip wear and no chipping (better than Rouge Louboutin). It had minor visible brush strokes from the more metallic finish, but they weren’t too noticeable at a normal viewing distance–only under bright lights and if I brought my fingertips closer to my eyes.

In the spirit of Starlight, I was inspired to take some extra Swarovski crystals I had on hand and bedazzle part of the bottle. I happened to have several leftover of Crystal AB Swarovski crystals, so I probably would have chosen a different colored stone if I was starting from scratch. It’s a really easy DIY project, but it can be time consuming, depending on how many of the crystals you want to apply. The brand says there are 1,500 on Starlight–I think the Siam shade might look particularly stunning on Rouge Louboutin, because they seem to reflect almost red-black (like the bottle). Depending on the size, 1,500 will run you around $50-90 in Swarovski crystals. I recommend sizes 5, 7, 9, 10, and possibly 12ss, if you like a larger stone, but I would stay in the 7 and 9 range for the majority of the work. I used 5, 9, 10, 12, and 14ss since that’s what I had on hand. It took me about 15 minutes to do apply the amount you’ll see in the photos.

  • Supplies: E6000 (glue), crystals of your choice, applicator, syringe, sorting trays

How-to:

  1. Pour your crystals into sorting trays and arrange by size
  2. Fill the syringe with a small amount of glue–E6000 dries pretty quickly, so you don’t want too much, and a little goes a long way.
  3. Apply 2-3 “dots” or dabs of glue to the working area. You don’t want to apply glue to a large area; you want to work quickly and not have the glue dry before you get to that space. I like using a palette knife to smooth the glue across the glass surface, but it’s not necessary.
  4. Using your applicator (I used the Crystal Katana, which did work really well, but you can use a wax stick), apply the crystals in whatever pattern/arrangement you want. I used multiple sizes, but you can also do a more uniform design using all the same sizes–the world is your oyster!
  5. Make sure that none of the crystals sit over the edge of the bottom, so that the bottle will stay stand straight.
  6. Let dry (24-48 hours) and enjoy!

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Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Chanel Affriolant (13) Rouge Allure Gloss
Chanel Affriolant (13) Rouge Allure Gloss

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a new formula that’s supposed to be pigmented like a lipstick with the glossiness you’d expect from gloss, while hydrating lips. I reviewed three shades yesterday, and I definitely think these shades performed better. They were more pigmented, applied more smoothly, and lasted a little longer. The formula is semi-opaque to mostly opaque, wears four to six hours, is lightly hydrating, and slightly tacky. It has a floral scent but no discernible taste to me.

Chanel Affriolant (13) Rouge Allure Gloss ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a brightened, pink-coral with warm undertones and very fine, cooler-toned pink shimmer. It had mostly opaque color coverage and applied evenly with very slight settling, which wasn’t noticeable except very close-up and magnified. This shade wore well for five hours on me. Dior Rieuse (373) (P, $35.00) is warmer. Dior Magique (479) (P, $35.00) is brighter, pinker. NARS Stella (P, $26.00) is more muted. YSL Grenade Pepite (No. 15) (P, $32.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Drawn in Chic (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC Fever Isle (LE, $20.00) is similar. MAC Star Quality (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Extase (16) Rouge Allure Gloss ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a medium pink with warm undertones and very subtle micro-shimmer (it’s quite sparse). It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on somewhat evenly, but the sheerer nature of this made it look less perfect applied compared to Affriolant. It wore well for four and a half hours on me. Illamasqua Follow (DC, $22.00) is darker, brighter. Paul and Joe Beaute Carnaval (06) (P, $29.00) is lighter. Maybelline Captivating Carnation (080) (P, $8.99) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Supreme (17) Rouge Allure Gloss ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and very fine white micro-shimmer. It had semi-opaque color payoff that went on fairly smoothly. This shade wore for almost six hours, which made it one of the longer-wearing shades that I have from the range. MAC Hopelessly Devoted (LE, $20.00) is less glossy. Revlon Adorned (P, $7.49) is more shimmery, darker. MAC Impassioned (LE, $15.00) is warmer. Burberry Pink Sweet Pea (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

OCC Black Box Set for Black Friday 2014
OCC Black Box Set for Black Friday 2014

In honor of Black Friday, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics is offering 20% OFF everything sitewide on OCCMAKEUP.COM, including Lip Tar, Cosmetic Colour Pencils, Nail Lacquer, Créme Colour Concentrates and more! The OCC Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale is perfect for longtime OCC lovers looking to restock their favorites and for those who want to indulge in the products that beauty lovers everywhere are buzzing about! Sale begins Friday, November 28th and ends Monday, December 1st.

Black Box Set ($49.00) ($78 Value) (Limited Edition)

OCC is pleased to bring back the classic BLACK BOX SET! Four full-sized OCC products in rich black shades and textures to add dark drama to any makeup look. The set includes: ‘Little Black Dress’ Stained Gloss, ‘Tarred’ Cosmetic Colour Pencil, ‘Bauhaus’ Créme Colour Concentrate & ‘Blaylock’ Cosmetic Glitter. Only available from 11/28 to 12/1. $49.50 USD ($78 Value, over 35% OFF!)

  • Little Black Dress (Stained Gloss)
  • Tarred (Cosmetic Colour Pencil)
  • Bauhaus (Creme Colour Concentrate)
  • Blaylock (Cosmetic Glitter)

Availability: November 28th through December 1st at occmakeup.com

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


How do you take care of your eye area? Eye cream? Masks? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerI use a gentle makeup remover (usually a cleansing oil or a cotton pad with Lancome Bi-Facil, something like that) at night to remove all the makeup. I’ll use a Q-tip dipped in makeup remover to get all the last bits off the lash line. Sometimes I try to use an eye cream (right now I’m trying to use Mario Badescu’s Hyaluronic one), but I usually just use the same product I’m using on my face all-over.

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Friday, November 21st, 2014

Chanel Sensuel (11) Rouge Allure Gloss
Chanel Sensuel (11) Rouge Allure Gloss

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is supposed to have the “color intensity of a lipstick with the lacquered shine of a lip gloss” while having a hydrating, long-wearing formula. The color goes on fairly evenly and smoothly, though I get a little settling with these lighter shades, and have semi-opaque to more opaque color coverage. There is a noticeable glossiness that’s more than the shine you might get with a more luminous lipstick. These have a floral scent, though I didn’t notice any taste, and they are lightly tacky. The texture is lightweight without being thick or goopy, so it is comfortable to wear. For me, they’re only slightly hydrating over time with slightly longer-than-average wear (for lighter shades like these).

Chanel Sensuel (11) Rouge Allure Gloss ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a peachy brown with a very fine gold shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage and applied evenly overall, but there was slight settling into lip lines. I don’t think it’s noticeable except magnified/up-close. This shade lasted for four hours on me. Maybelline Nude Illusion (060) (P, $8.99) is a touch lighter. MAC Fashion Punch (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Join the Party (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Ready or Not (P, $19.50) is lighter. MAC Illicit (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC 2N (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Sublime Shine (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery. Burberry Cameo (P, $29.00) is warmer, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Exotique (12) Rouge Allure Gloss ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a brightened, tangerine orange with faint golden orange micro-shimmer. It had semi-opaque pigmentation applied to the lips, and there was some light settling into lip lines. This one wore well for four hours on me. MAC Grand Pumpkin (LE, $15.00) is lighter. NYX Cherry Cheesecake (P, $5.00) is similar. NARS Wonder (P, $26.00) is darker. MAC Teen Dream (LE, $20.00) is pinker. Maybelline Glistening Amber (055) (P, $8.99) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Sensible (15) Rouge Allure Gloss ($34.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a light-medium, yellow-toned pink with warm undertones and very faint micro-shimmer. It looks more coral on the applicator than applied, where it seemed to look pinker. This color didn’t apply as evenly as the other two, and it did have very faint settling in places. It had semi-opaque color payoff and lasted for four hours. MAC Artful (LE, $15.00) is warmer. MAC Bijou (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Dior Tiny Pink (269) (P, $35.00) is brighter. NARS Tasmania (P, $26.00) is lighter. NARS Belize (P, $26.00) is similar. Bobbi Brown Nectar (LE, $24.00) is similar. Chanel Pink Pivoine (88) (LE, $27.00) is sheerer. Urban Decay Flushed (P, $19.00) is darker. Chanel Murmure (179) (P, $29.50) is similar. Maybelline Caramel Infused (065) (P, $8.99) is similar. NYX Maple Blondie (P, $5.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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