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Friday, March 27th, 2015

IT Cosmetics CC+ Your Way To Radiant Skin! Five-Piece Collection
IT Cosmetics CC+ Your Way To Radiant Skin! Five-Piece Collection

IT Cosmetics CC+ Your Way To Radiant Skin! Five-Piece Collection ($72.00 regularly, $59.96 today) is QVC’s TSV for today (the 27th). I received the set yesterday, and I haven’t been able to test everything, but I thought I’d share swatches and preliminary thoughts. I believe the majority of the products are new and permanent, so I expect to review some of the pieces individually once I’ve finished testing!

Your Skin But Better SPF 50 CC+ Cream Illumination: very dewy, very radiant; doesn’t feel heavy, slightly more than medium coverage (I’ve only worn it once, but one pump of product was a little more than medium coverage), only saw very fine shimmer in a 5x magnifying situation.

Anti-Aging Vitality Face Disc: This is already available on its own for $38 normally. The highlight is very strong and a little goes a long way, blush is pigmented and blendable, bronzer felt smooth but thin and not as pigmented or as blendable as the highlighter/blush.

Pretty in Spring Eyeshadow Trio: consists of a light beige with warm undertones and a frosted finish, rosy peach with warm undertones and a satin finish, and dark brown with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It created a very warm, reddish look used together. Pigmentation was good to great, textures were blendable, the two more matte shades were slightly powdery.

No-Tug® Dual Airbrush Eyeshadow Brush: dual-ended brush with a velvety-matte black handle in the middle. There were no immediate cons from using it once.

Heavenly Luxe® Radiance Wand Brush: large, fluffy, moderately dense face brush with a lightly domed, tapered tip. The brush head felt soft on the skin but is rather large, so while it felt nice to use, it seemed best for applying really sheer color on a larger area, but applying the highlighter just on the cheek bones was more challenging, even when using just the tapered edge.

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Friday, March 27th, 2015

CC+ Your Way To Radiant Skin! Five-Piece Collection
CC+ Your Way To Radiant Skin! Five-Piece Collection

Your Skin But Better® Anti-Aging Full Coverage Physical SPF 50 CC+® Cream Illumination (New, Permanent)

Experience your cult-favorite multitasking beauty miracle, now in an illuminating formula that gives you the appearance of a lit-from-within glow. It’s full coverage foundation, SPF 50+ UVA/UVB sunscreen, brightening color corrector, anti-aging serum, pore-minimizing primer, dark spot corrector and moisturizing day cream all in one step!

Anti-Aging Vitality Face Disc

Discover your most radiant, youthful look with this anti-aging powerhouse! It includes a Matte Bronzer, Illuminating Powder and Blush Stain, formulated with anti-aging, skin-loving ingredients and talc-free, high-performance pigments.

Heavenly Luxe® Radiance Wand Brush (New, Permanent)

Get your most radiant look with the stroke of a brush! This ultra-luxe, domed brush is designed for flawless application of your bronzing, illuminating and blush shades.

Luxe High-Performance Anti-Aging Eye Shadow Trio in Pretty In Spring (QVC Exclusive)

Give your eyelids the naturally pretty, anti-aging, skin-loving shades they deserve! This eyeshadow trio is packed with high-performance pigments and anti-aging ingredients that help blur away the look of imperfections. The trio includes three new spring-inspired shades.

No-Tug® Dual Airbrush Eyeshadow Brush

Give your eyelids an airbrushed finish! This cutting-edge, dual-ended eyeshadow brush applies shades flawlessly without tugging on the delicate skin of your eyelids.

Availability: Today’s Special Value on March 27th, 2015 on QVC for $59.96 (regularly $72.50, valued at $172)

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Free for Haul Friday

Welcome to Free For Haul Friday!

  • Haul: Clinique Cheek Pops x4, new vanity set-up
  • Weekend plans: Organize my desk area, go on a hike
  • What’s something you keep on your desk/night stand/dresser that makes you smile?: I have a framed photo of Mellan as a puppy on the beach, and a wedding photo!

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

This week’s Mellan photo…


The cutest Peep of all!

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Tarte Poppy Picnic Collection for Summer 2015
Tarte Poppy Picnic Collection for Summer 2015

LipSurgence Lip Creme ($24.00)

  • Wonder Poppy
  • Serene Apricot pink
  • Illusion Rose berry
  • Empowered Soft pink

Poppy Picnic Amazonian Clay Eye & Cheek Palette ($38.00) (Limited Edition)

Do the bright thing this summer with this next-generation collector’s eye & cheek palette, starring tarte’s fan favorite Amazonian clay-infused glisten blush, a golden peachy pink shade for the perfect, everyday glow. With a chic and portable, colorful poppy design, you can also discover an array of all-new, matte eyeshadows in liner, lid, crease and highlight shades, each giving you a reason to fall in love with the festivities of the season all over again. Now you can create custom, blended warm looks as exquisite as the summer sunset, while Amazonian clay works overtime to balance and nourish skin on the lids and cheeks, for a fresh and glowing appearance, from dewy summer mornings to evenings under the stars.

  • Summer Breeze Cream shadow
  • Sweet Tea Tan shadow
  • Ice Cream Cone Chocolate shadow
  • Barefoot in the Grass Nude shadow
  • Peach Poppy Peach shadow
  • Picnic Basket Brown shadow
  • Glisten Golden peachy pink blush

Lights, Camera, Lashes Precision Longwear Eyeliner ($24.00) (Limited Edition)

It’s no work and all play with this brand-new, collector’s version of tarte’s best-selling liquid liner eye-essential, all dressed up for some summer fun. Line and define your eyes like a pro in one seamless application using its signature ultra-thin, flexible tip that glides easily along the the lashline, filling in spaces to make lashes appear visibly fuller. The limited-edition, rich brown shade is the perfect addition to your sultry summer liner wardrobe, delivering the ultimate in precision, longwearing pigment to build your desired definition. With on-trend, colorful packaging, you’ll want to take this cheery collector’s version on all your bright, summer adventures.

Amazonian Butter Lipstick ($17.00)

  • Park Ave. Princess Radiant nude

Availability: Now at Tarte

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Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


What’s your current brow routine? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerI’ve been alternating between MAC Espresso/Brun eyeshadows applied with an angled brush and MAC’s Deep Dark Brunette brow cream applied with a very thin angled brush. I tweeze to keep them in shape, and then trim with scissors occasionally when they get too scraggly!

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Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Guerlain Natural / Brunettes (03) Terracotta Joli Teint Powder Duo
Guerlain Natural / Brunettes (03) vs. Clair / Brunettes (01) Terracotta Joli Teint Powder Duo

Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Powder Duo ($53.00 for 0.35 oz.) is supposed to create a “natural-looking, healthy glow” by using a “harmony of two shades.” There are four versions available, and I have the two designed for “Brunettes” (which tends to just mean warmer tones). It’s the type of product that is best applied swirled together, as the curved sliver of color on the edge is really quite thin, so only an eyeshadow brush could fit into it. Both shades had good, buildable color coverage with a soft, smoothing texture that looked good on the skin. The powder feels soft, silky, but thin and lightweight. They wore for eight hours each. The powders are heavily scented with a floral scent (primarily bergamot and gardenia) that I can smell from across the room when the compact is open and on my face (all day), so if you’re sensitive to scent, keep that in mind!

I was disappointed at just how similar the two were swatched and applied, because I don’t think anyone deeper than medium-tan or so will find these all that useful. Natural is only a shade or so darker with stronger yellow tones to it than Clair for Brunettes. On my skin tone, I couldn’t tell the difference between the two applied–they’re just too similar when you only have four shades! These also run very yellow/orange, less brown-based. I find that I prefer the shade range of the original Terracotta bronzers for more versatility (same price, quantity, better quality overall, and eight shades to choose from!).

Clair / Brunettes (01) Terracotta Joli Teint Powder Duo ($53.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a light-medium, peachy-orange with a semi-matte finish. It’s more like a natural matte finish, where the skin looks natural and isn’t flattened by the powder, but it’s not shimmery. The pigmentation was mostly opaque and seemed buildable and easily blended for a softer level of coverage. It wore well for eight hours before fading. Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is darker. Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE) is darker. Dior Amber (002) (LE, $56.00) is slightly darker. Clarins Graphic Expression (LE, $35.00) is darker, more orange. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Natural / Brunettes (03) Terracotta Joli Teint Powder Duo ($53.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a medium, yellowed brown with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. Again, it doesn’t add a real shine or sheen to the face, but it doesn’t flatten away the skin’s natural radiance. It had good, buildable coverage, though it seemed less silky compared to Clair, that blended well and sat nicely on the skin. The color lasted for eight hours. Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is darker. Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE) is darker. MAC Bronzer (LE, $30.00) is darker. Dior Amber (002) (LE, $56.00) is more shimmery. Clarins Graphic Expression (LE, $35.00) is more orange. Get comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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