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Friday, July 11th, 2014

Free for Haul Friday

Welcome to Free For Haul Friday!

  • Haul: I bought several of Nordstrom’s beauty exclusives, though none will be here until next week: 2x Dior Fusion Eyeshadows, 2x Dior Addict Fluids, MAC Kits/Sets, Chanel highlighting powder
  • Weekend plans: Spend some time with my baby Mellan! I feel like I’ve been busier than usual this week and want to do something special with him.
  • Fiction or non-fiction?: Fiction for me!

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

This week’s Mellan photo/video…


Someone loves his giraffe!

Friday, July 11th, 2014

NARS pastorale, Milos, Amarapura Nail Polishes
NARS pastorale, Milos, Amarapura Nail Polishes

Today, I have three of the more metallic-finished polishes from the newly reformulated NARS Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.), which will have a total of 43 permanent shades. The official launch is July 15th, and both the formula and the brush have been changed. According to the brand, the formula is supposed to “improve wear and strengthen nails” with a “flexible, high gloss finish.” In the past, I’ve experienced really strong, long-wear (up to ten days with minor tip wear; after seven, tip wear appears very minor). I tested five shades–Thasos, Elbrus, Obscura, Pastorale, and Zakynthos–for wear, and they were fairly consistent with minor tip wear after seven days but no chipping (no top or base coats were used). I really liked the brush, as it wasn’t overly wide; I could still apply polish to my pinky nail (which is my narrowest nail) without getting polish all along the cuticle/skin along the nail. Most shades dried down faster than average, and generally, they applied well without streaking, bubbling, or pooling along the edges with good color coverage.

NARS Pastorale Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “rose gold.” It’s a light-medium, pinky-copper–it really is rose gold–with a metallic, foil-like finish. There were almost no visible brush strokes, as nearly all of them disappeared once the polish dried. The color was opaque after two coats of polish, and it dried quickly. This shade lasted for seven days with minor tip wear on me. Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Charm (112) (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, more orange. Estee Lauder Shimmering Bronze (LE, $20.00) is darker. Deborah Lippmann Glamorous Life (LE, $19.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Milos Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “rich gold.” It’s a shimmery, buttery yellow gold with a frosted finish. It was mostly opaque after two coats, and there were very subtle brush strokes–I really only noticed them at angles. The consistency was on the thicker side, and the drying time was longer than any of the other shades I tried, and it was unforgiving if you applied a second coat too quickly. Zoya Kerry (P, $9.00) is yellower. MAC Immortal Gold (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Dior Or Divin (LE, $24.00) is more orange. Chanel Gold Fingers (LE, $27.00) is darker, yellower. ORLY Flare (P, $5.00) is darker. China Glaze Champagne Bubbles (LE, $7.50) is darker, yellower. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Amarapura Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “silver chrome.” It’s a brightened, medium silver foil with a metallic, foil-like finish. It really looks a lot like tinfoil on the nails! It was fully opaque after two coats, though it was almost opaque after a single coat. The consistency is slightly thin but not problematic, and there are very slight visible brush strokes but most of them disappeared after the polish dried down. Cult Nails Lethal (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery. China Glaze Cheers to You (LE, $7.50) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


What is your least favorite part of your beauty routine? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerRight now, it’s a toss up being washing/drying my hair and trimming/filing my nails.

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

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Becca Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed
Becca Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed ($38.00 for 0.28 oz.) is described as a “golden opal pearl.” It’s a light-medium, golden champagne with a frosted, reflective finish. Urban Decay Strip Highlighter (P) is darker. Dior Transatlantique (LE, $58.00) is darker. IT Cosmetics Hello Light (P, $24.00) is lighter. theBalm Mary Lou-manizer (P, $24.00) is lighter. MAC Star! (LE) is less shimmery. MAC Belightful (LE) is darker. MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $30.00) is similar. Chanel Mouche de Beaute Illuminating Powder (LE, $80.00) is similar. Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (P, $42.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s an intensely pigmented, ultra-soft highlighter where a little goes a long way. There’s a definite sweet spot with application, and both your technique and your tool of choice will be key, as too much product can emphasize pores. When it’s applied lightly and buffed into the skin, it looks really lovely and luminous on the skin. I liked using a stippling brush or a moderately dense, tapered highlighting brush and dusting it along the tops of cheek bones. It’s not a foolproof highlighter, though, but it’s not difficult to use, especially if you know that it’s very pigmented so you start with less. The powder’s texture is incredibly soft, almost creamy, and finely-milled with a smooth–not powdery–feel. Applied, the highlighter lasts for almost nine hours before fading, but it never looks patchy.

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Thursday, July 10th, 2014

The Hit List

What’s the Best Fuchsia Lipstick that you’ve tried?

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

At the moment, I’m loving Bite Beauty Moscato!

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Kiehl's Creme de Corps Set Dior Fusion Monos LORAC Skinny Palettes Jo Malone Cologne Set Chanel Dentelle Precieuse Butter London Nail Set

My Top Picks

  1. Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Set — a serious go-to for intensely hydrating body lotion that never feels greasy or heavy, and I love that it’s unscented
  2. Dior Diorshow Fusion Monos — one of my favorite cream eyeshadow formulas!
  3. LORAC Skinny Palettes — seems hard to go wrong for $15!
  4. Jo Malone Cologne Set — I love mini sets, especially for fragrance so you can play with multiple scents without buying full bottles
  5. Chanel Dentelle Precieuse — delicately designed, hopeful it’s a top tier highlighter
  6. Butter London Funfair Fashion Set — love this formula so a value-packed set is always a good thing!

Are you tempted by any of the Beauty Exclusives this year? Did you already indulge?
I think I’m set :) Three beauty-related orders for various things to review (hopefully!) and then one for things for me. Now I need to run away from the sale, haha!

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