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Thursday, July 24th, 2014

The Hit List

What’s the Best Makeup Removing Wipes that you’ve tried?

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

I love MAC’s for getting everything off, but I can’t use them on my eyes! I like Yes To’s wipes for eyes.

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

LORAC Nude Skinny Palette
LORAC Nude Skinny Palette

LORAC Nude Skinny Palette ($15.00 for 0.45 oz.) is a set of seven shades of warm-toned neutrals ranging from pale beige to reddish-brown. This has now sold out online (it was still up yesterday, boo!!), so your only opportunity will be to see if you can find it in stores. I quite liked this one, so if you can find it, I think it’s well-worth considering for the wallet-friendly $15 price tag. I’ll be posting about the Navy palette tomorrow (which is also sold out online, sigh!), but a note in advance: not as impressive.

Zappos has it in stock! Thank you reader Jane for the heads up!!

Nude #1 is a light, warm-toned beige with a matte finish. It was slightly powdery, had good color payoff, wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nude #2 is a brightened, medium orange-copper with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. The texture is incredibly soft but almost a bit crumbly, though it is intensely pigmented. It lasted for eight hours on me with very slight fall out. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nude #3 is a light-medium, muted orange brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, a soft, blendable texture, and lasted for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nude #4 is a medium-dark, yellow-toned brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, while the texture was soft, it was quite powdery, which made it a harder shade to work with. This shade was slightly faded after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nude #5 is a medium-dark copper with warm, orange undertones and a softened frost finish. It had excellent color payoff with a soft, smooth texture that was easy to work with. The color wore well for eight and a half hours before slightly creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nude #6 is a medium-dark, golden brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was blendable and buttery, though a smidgen powdery. The color showed signs of fading after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nude #7 is a dark, burgundy brown with a mostly matte finish-. It had so-so color payoff, and the texture was soft but slightly powdery. This shade wore well for almost eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Givenchy Rose Plumetis (207) Le Rouge
Givenchy Rose Plumetis (207) Le Rouge

Givenchy Rose Plumetis (207) Le Rouge ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a pinky mauve with subtle, cool undertones and a light shine. It had rich, opaque color coverage that applied beautifully without tugging or dragging. The color lasted well for five hours and was lightly hydrating. Buxom Dolly (LE, $21.00) is warmer, less pink. Givenchy Rose Boudoir (204) (P, $36.00) is brighter. Givenchy Brun Vintage (105) (P, $36.00) is a touch lighter, but it is very, very similar. MAC Mystical (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Estee Lauder Intense Nude (P, $30.00) is lighter, warmer. Buxom Centerfold (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned, pinker. NARS Last Tango (LE, $26.00) is lighter, more matte. Urban Decay Rush (P, $22.00) is similar. MAC Mehr (P, $16.00) is more matte, lighter. MAC Craving (P, $16.00) is darker. Buxom Hooligan (P, $21.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Givenchy Framboise Velours (315) Le Rouge ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a cool-toned, medium-dark raspberry pink with a soft shine. It had full color coverage, and it was extremely pigmented–one stroke is really all you need. It wore well for almost six hours on me and left behind a soft stain. The formula was comfortable to wear and hydrating. MAC Splurge (LE, $22.00) is more muted. Bite Beauty Crimson (LE, $28.00) is slightly brighter. Guerlain Gladys (78) (P, $51.00) is cooler-toned, brighter. YSL Exquisite Plum (22) (P, $34.00) is darker. YSL Forbidden Burgundy (12) (P, $34.00) is darker. MAC Commotion (LE, $20.00) is cooler-toned. Guerlain Madame Batifole (860) (LE, $51.00) is redder. Marc Jacobs Beauty Seduce Me (128) (P, $30.00) is cooler-toned, darker. MAC Rebel (P, $16.00) is cooler-toned, more matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The only real miss with these is the fact that they’re really not “semi-matte” as described–there is a noticeable shine that lingers for two to three hours, and then it wears down slightly.

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Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow

Artist Shadow Custom Palette Case ($1.00)

  • Empty Mono Palette
  • Empty Duo Palette
  • Empty Trio Palette

Pro Palettes

18 XL Metal Palette ($14.00)
10 L Metal Palette ($13.00)

Artist Shadow – Diamond Finish ($21.00) (New, Permanent)

Effortlessly create endless eye looks that range from beautifully natural to highly artistic with this unique eye shadow. With its breakthrough, gel-powder formula blended with ultrafine pigments, Artist Shadow leaves a smooth, even result that gives lids super-saturated, lasting color. Easily-blendable, it is an accessible shadow for the professional makeup artist and the everyday woman.

Beginning August 1st: $22.00 (single, with palette), $34.00 (two shades, with duo palette), $44.00 (three shades, with trio palette).

  • D104 Black Diamond (Diamond)
  • D118 Platinum (Diamond)
  • D124 Crystalline White (Diamond)
  • D200 Crystalline Mauve Turquoise (Diamond)
  • D206 Celestial Blue (Diamond)
  • D222 Night Blue (Diamond)
  • D236 Lagoon Blue (Diamond)
  • D306 Bottle Green (Diamond)
  • D308 Aquatic Khaki (Diamond)
  • D316 Crystalline Pinky Green (Diamond)
  • D320 Golden Khaki (Diamond)
  • D326 Black Bronze (Diamond)
  • D334 Apple Green (Diamond)
  • D410 Gold Nugget (Diamond)
  • D416 Crystalline Yellow (Diamond)
  • D504 Celestial Beige (Diamond)
  • D552 Crystalline Gray Beige (Diamond)
  • D562 Taupe Platinum (Diamond)
  • D640 Golden Snake (Diamond)
  • D652 Celestial Earth (Diamond)
  • D-708 Pinky Copper (Diamond)
  • D712 Creme Brulee (Diamond)
  • D716 Crystalline Papaya (Diamond)
  • D750 Frosted Peach (Diamond)
  • D826 Fig (Diamond)
  • D830 Black Rose (Diamond)
  • D850 Nitro Pink (Diamond)
  • D862 Fairly Pink (Diamond)
  • D868 Crystalline Pink (Diamond)
  • D914 Crystalline Mauve (Diamond)
  • D926 Blueberry (Diamond)

Availability: Now at Sephora

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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


What’s your most unconventional beauty trick or tip? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerDip a pencil eyeliner into a gel eyeliner to apply, rather than use a brush! Otherwise… wear whatever you want, regardless of whether it technically “flatters” you – because if it makes you happy when you wear it, that’s what matters!

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

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil
Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil

Recently, there have been five new shades of Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) released. The Velvet formula is “more powdery” than the regular formula, which is supposed to make it easier to blend and smudge out the eyeliner, if desired, for a smoky eye. Otherwise, it’s supposed to have all the long-wearing benefits of the original formula. The consistency definitely has that drier, more powdery feel that the brand talks about, and as a result, it doesn’t apply as evenly as the original pencils do. It just doesn’t glide-on as effortlessly. I find these apply best in short, small strokes and apply better as they warm up against the skin. Due to their dryness, getting really crisp, defined lines seems to be harder, so a smudging brush or tool helps to soften that edge so it looks better and more even. They wear fairly well on me, lasting at least eight hours, and either fade lightly or show some signs of smudging.

Urban Decay Cult 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “deep, smoky matte green.” It’s a muted, medium-dark green with subtle, warm undertones and a very matte finish. It had mostly opaque color in a single stroke and was easily layered. The consistency was soft and glided on fairly well, but I still find that this formula is best applied in short strokes, rather than in fluid motions. It wore well for eight and a half hours before starting to thin slightly. MAC Devotion (P, $20.00) is the only shade that is even remotely similar, but it is brighter and shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Urban Decay Lure 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “smoky matte charcoal.” It’s a dark gray with cool undertones and a matte finish. It was semi-opaque in one stroke, and it was buildable to rich, opaque color after two layers. On me, it wore well for eight and a half hours before lightly smudging. bareMinerals Mesmerized (LE, $14.00) is warmer. NARS Madison Ave. (P, $24.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Urban Decay Lush 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “rich smoky matte brown.” It’s a deepened, dark brown with a matte finish and subtle warm undertones. The consistency is drier (you can definitely feel what they mean by “more powdery”), so it had a tendency to skip/drag in coverage, though it didn’t really feel stiff or stubborn when I used it on my lower lash line. It wore well for nine hours before it started to smudge along the lower edge. Buxom Here’s My Number (P, $17.00) is less matte. Urban Decay Crave (P, $19.00) is less matte. Urban Decay Demolition (P, $19.00) is less matte. MAC Rich Experience (P, $20.00) is similar. Estee Lauder Blackened Cocoa (LE, $20.00) is darker. Bobbi Brown Mahogany (P, $24.00) is darker, less matte. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Urban Decay Minx 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “rich, smoky matte navy.” It’s a cool-toned, deep, dark purpled-blue with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage in one stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color. Again, it had that drier, powdery-like consistency that made it harder to get really crisp, defined edges and even color coverage. The color wore well for nine hours before it had slight smudging. Urban Decay Sabbath (P, $19.00) is bluer, glossier. Giorgio Armani #3 (P, $29.00) is bluer. Estee Lauder Blackened Sapphire (LE, $20.00) is bluer. Estee Lauder Blackened Plum (LE, $20.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Urban Decay Plushie 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil ($20.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as a “rich, smoky matte purple.” It’s a medium-dark, plum-tinged purple with a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color in one go, but it wasn’t very buildable as the consistency of this shade was drier than the rest, so it tended to skip and apply unevenly, which made layering the color difficult. Once on, the color did stay on well for eight and a half hours before starting to show signs of fading. Laura Mercier Violet (P, $24.00) is cooler-toned, less matte. MAC Snow Shadow (P, $20.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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