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Friday, January 23rd, 2015

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How do you keep your skin hydrated during winter? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerI often switch to a slightly heavier, more moisturizing night cream or add in a hydrating serum (at night).

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Friday, January 23rd, 2015

MAC Barbecue Lipstick
MAC Barbecue Lipstick

MAC Barbecue Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “vivid orange red [with a Matte finish].” It’s a brightened, medium-dark orange-red with warm undertones and a satin finish. The color payoff was intense and yielded full color coverage that applied easily without dragging on the lips. It wore well for six hours, and while it wasn’t hydrating, it wasn’t drying either. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Oxblood Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “light peachy nude [with a Matte finish].” It’s a light-medium, peachy-brown with a hint of pink with a semi-matte finish. It had good color coverage with a lightly creamy consistency so it glided on without tugging, but it didn’t slide around once on. It was comfortable to wear and was neither drying nor hydrating, and it lasted for almost five hours, which is a little longer than average for a mid-tone shade like this. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Tenor Voice Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “true classic red [with a Matte finish].” It’s a rich, brightened red with very subtle cool undertones–it’s almost neutral, but I think it leans a bit blue–with a matte finish. It had full color coverage that applied smoothly and evenly without trouble. It wore well for six hours and left behind a stain, and it wasn’t drying (though not hydrating either). See comparison swatches / view dupes.

MAC Victoriana Lipstick ($17.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone pink red [with a Matte finish].” It’s a slightly muted (relative to the rest, really) pinky-red with cool undertones and a matte finish. The consistency is lightly creamy, which made it apply evenly for smooth, even color application. It was intensely pigmented and lasted for six hours without being drying. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, January 23rd, 2015

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Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Hourglass Color Field Modernist Eyeshadow Palette
Hourglass Color Field Modernist Eyeshadow Palette

Hourglass Color Field Modernist Eyeshadow Palette ($58.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a mix of beige, gold, brown, and green. It had more shimmery shades than most of the other variations, and in general, the shimmery shades have outperformed the more matte ones for me. It seemed promising when I swatched it, but when I applied to the lid, I really struggled to get even, pigmented color that stayed in place. I would apply the medium green to my lid, then apply the shade next to it, and it would look faded by the time I finished blending! I ended up going over every shade damp, because it was a complete and utter mess dry: patchy, uneven, sheer. I tested it applied dry as well as applied damp, and it’s more usable damp and lasts longer that way, but it was frustrating to use it dry. Even when I applied the eyeshadows with a damp brush (except the beige, which is matte), the texture and finish still end up looking a little dry/powdery, especially with the darkest green in the palette.

Color Field #1 is described as a “warm ivory.” It’s a light beige with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. The texture was a little stiff, actually, and not powdery at all… just harder to get color out of. It lasted for seven hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Color Field #2 is described as a “champagne gold.” It’s a light-medium, yellowed gold with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good color payoff applied wet and dry, but it really has to be pressed into the skin when dry to look smooth and even. It was lightly powdery and lasted for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Color Field #3 is described as a “taupe brown.” It’s a golden, medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. Another shade that had good pigmentation regardless of wet or dry application, but I found it prone to fading on the eye when applied dry–a mere six hours–and applying damp helped it last for eight hours in total. See comparison swatches/ view dupes.

Color Field #4 is described as a “golden olive.” It’s a lightly brightened, medium-dark olive green with a warm, golden frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation both dry and damp, but the dry application was quite powdery and prone to sheering out. This was a very troublesome shade to work with dry, as it seemed to fade shortly after applying (in the time it took to blend out a shade next to it). Dry, it started to fade immediately and was very faded after six hours, but applied damp, and the shadow lasted for almost eight hours. See comparison swatches/ view dupes.

Color Field #5 is described as a “forest green.” It’s a muted, dirty forest green with warmer, olive undertones and a frosted finish. It had a lot of shimmer and read warm-toned overall, but the darker base seemed almost cool-toned. It was somewhat powdery and was easier to work with when applied damp, as the dry application was sheerer and prone to disappearing. I was able to get eight hours of wear when I wore this damp but only six hours when I used it dry (and it looked awful dry). See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Free for Haul Friday

Welcome to Free For Haul Friday!

  • Haul: Hourglass palettes
  • Weekend plans: Tally up nominations for Readers’ Choice Awards while working on finishing up my picks for Editor’s Choice!
  • What’s your best money-saving tip?: Keep track of what you spend money on, because it helps you understand your finances better and where you want to spend vs. where you can cut back (without affecting your happiness).

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This week’s Mellan photo…


Lately, this has been his favorite spot! And then he just snores and dreams all day, if you let him.

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Giorgio Armani Eye Tints
Giorgio Armani Eye Tints

Giorgio Armani Eye Tints ($38.00 for 0.22 fl. oz.) are a new product for spring. The formula is available in twelve shades that range from shimmery neutrals to deeper blue and green. It’s described as a “fluid eyeshadow” with “deep and intense color” that dries down quickly with “no sticky feel or residue” and lasts for sixteen hours. We shall see about sixteen hours! For now, here’s a preview of eight of the twelve shades :)

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