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Monday, December 15th, 2014

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics

Deal Sites/Rebates

  • EBATES:  Joyus (10%), Yves Rocher (10%), Pur Minerals (10%), Lancome (5%), Elizabeth Arden (10%), Stila (8%), The Body Shop (8%)
  • GILT: –
  • HAUTELOOK:  Jane Iredale (12/15), L’Artisan Parfumeur (12/15), Bioelements (12/15), Mirenesse Australia (12/16), Fusion Beauty (12/17)
  • MR. REBATES: Proactiv (40%), Sheer Cover (40%), WEN (40%), Murad (15%), Oscar Blandi (15%), Cargo (12%), Elizabeth Arden (10%), Sephora (10%), The Body Shop (10%), BH Cosmetics (10%)
  • MYHABIT: –
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Free Shipping, Coupon Codes, GWPs

  • 100% PURE: 12% off sitewide with code 12DAYS, ends 12/15.
  • APOTHICA: Free shipping on orders of $49+.
  • ASOS: Free express shipping for U.S. orders over $140 with code EXPRESSUSA.
  • AVON: Free shipping on $35+ orders.  25% off $75 – Last Minute Gifts Sitewide Sale with code 2DAYSHIP, 12/16 through 12/21.
  • BEAUTY.COM:   Free shipping on $25+ orders. Free Sample-Filled EDUN Wool Felted Pouch w/ $150 Beauty.com order, while supplies last or 12/13. $10 off $45+ orders through THIS LINK, ends 2/28/15.
  • BENEFIT: Free shipping on $50+ purchases. Free international shipping with $125+ purchases.  Get a FREE bronze n dandy kit with orders over $65 with code ITSDANDY at checkout, ends 12/17. Get FREE deluxe samples of sun beam, lollitint, and posiebalm with orders over $60 with code GIFTME, ends 12/31.
  • BH COSMETICS:  $5 Hollywood Eyeshadow & Blush Palette with code 5HWD, ends 12/31.
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  • BLISS: Free shipping on $50+ orders.  20% Off Sitewide (some exclusions) with code BLISSROCKS, ends 12/25.
    • BLISS UK: Spend £50 and receive a free Bliss the youth as we know it cleanser with code YOUTH50, ends 12/21. Spend £90 and receive a free Bliss the youth as we know it cleanser + eye cream with code YOUTH90, ends 12/21.  Spend £140 and receive a free Bliss the youth as we know it cleanser + eye cream + cream with code YOUTH140, ends 12/21.  Spend £50 on bliss & remède products and receive a glowing party prep kit; includes: That’s incredi-’peel’, Triple oxygen cleanser, Triple oxygen instant energizing mask and Fabulips instant lip plumper with code PARTYPREP, ends 12/21.
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  • BOBBI BROWN: Free shipping on $65+ orders. Free Instant Definition Beauty Bag (a $45 value) with any $75 order with code DEFINEBAG, ends 12/11.  Free Metallic Long-Wear Cream Shadow with any $75 order with code GOLDSTONE, ends 12/25.  Free Metallic Long-Wear Cream Shadow with any $75 order with code PRETTYPINK, ends 12/25.  Enjoy 20% off your entire order—exclusively on BobbiBrown.com, ends 12/17, no code necessary.
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  • CLINIQUE:  Free shipping on $50+ orders.  3 Free best loved Clinique fragrances with any $35 purchase with code 3BEST, ends 12/22.
    • CLINIQUE UK: Free sample trio with £30 spend with code XMASTREE, ends 12/31.
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  • DERMSTORE:  10% off with code REMINDER.
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  • ELF: 40% off when you spend $30+ with code GOODIES, ends 12/16. 50% off gifts category with $25+ purchase, plus get $10 gift card, with code GIFTS, ends 12/17.
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    • CANADA:  Free shipping on $99+ orders.
  • LA MER: Receive Complimentary Standard Shipping and a duo sample offer of The Moisturizing Soft Cream and The Eye Concentrate with code LMOFFER4, ends 12/28 or while supplies last.
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  • LIZ EARLE UK:  Monthly Liz Earle special offers/packages here.
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  • MARCELLE: Free shipping on $25+ orders (Canada), free U.S. shipping on $50+ orders.
  • MARC JACOBS BEAUTY: Free shipping on $50+ orders.  Three Lovemarc Lip Gels for $70 with code LIPKIT, ends 12/16.
  • MOLTON BROWN:  Free gift with purchase when you spend £45+.
  • MURAD: –
  • NARS: Free shipping on $50+ orders. Complimentary mini Pore Refining Primer and Makeup Cleansing Water with any order over $35 with code FIRST, ends 12/31.
  • NEIMAN MARCUS: Up to a $300 gift card when you use code BONUS with your qualifying purchase, ends 12/16.
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  • OMOROVICZA UK: 15% off all products using code JUNE15, ends 6/6/15.
  • ORIGINS: Free shipping on $50+ orders.  Design your own 5-piece mini set + cosmetics bag designed by Nanette Lepore when you spend $40, plus free shipping, with code DIY5, ends 12/16 10AM EST. Free Plantscription Night Cream ($32 value) with any $30 purchase with code NIGHT, ends 12/16.
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  • PHILOSOPHY:   Free shipping on $50+ orders, no code necessary.
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  • YSL:  Free shipping on any order, no code necessary.

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Sunday, December 14th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


Do you plan out your makeup looks in advance? Always on the fly? How far in advance?

Temptalia's AnswerIf it’s a big, big event, then I will plan maybe the day before just to collect the particular products I want (but honestly, I often go for my favorites for big events!). I usually have an idea of what products I’ll use based on what I’m testing, or what shades are left in a palette that need to be tested (whether they work together or not, haha!) for day-to-day stuff.

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Sunday, December 14th, 2014

ColourPop I Heart This Super Shock Shadow
ColourPop I Heart This Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop I Heart This Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “cool-toned silvery taupe.” It’s a brightened, light-medium gold with a metallic, sparkly finish. It had excellent color payoff with a very smooth consistency. It had a lot of fall out during application (if you blend it at all, expect fall out), and then I had some fall out during wear (noticeable but not terrible) but no creasing or fading for ten hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Tinsel Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “grayed out icy lavender [with a Metallic finish].” It’s a plummy brown with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff both swatched and applied to the lid, though it was buildable with two to three layers patted on. The texture was very smooth, though. It looked the same ten hours later as when I first applied it. It is part of the Not a Box of Chocolates limited edition set. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Lectra Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “deepened burgundy with pink violet glitter [with a Metallic finish].” It’s a medium-dark, plummy purple with warm, reddish undertones and lighter violet sparkle. It doesn’t read metallic to me–more like a satin with sparkle, but the sparkle is actually present on the lid due to the cream formula. It had great pigmentation that went on smoothly and evenly on the lid. I had slight fall out over time, but the eyeshadow itself didn’t crease or fade over a ten-hour period.
It is part of the Megan Naik foursome. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Farah Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “deep brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow undertones and a satin finish. There’s a subtle sheen to it that keeps it from being totally flat, but it doesn’t have a lot of shine. It had good pigmentation and a very smooth, even application. I didn’t have any issues with fading or creasing over ten hours. It is part of the Megan Naik foursome. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

ColourPop Onai Super Shock Shadow ($5.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “creamy white with blue violet opalescent duochrome [with a Satin finish].” It’s a light beige with a hint of warmth and a pearly sheen. I didn’t get much of a duochrome with this, though. It had fairly good color payoff with a blendable, smooth texture. It wore well for ten hours. It is part of the Megan Naik foursome. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, December 14th, 2014

Happy Sunday!

Is it Sunday? For the past few weeks, every time it’s become Friday, all I can think is, “Wait, it’s Friday? Already? I thought it was Monday. Where did the week go?” Sometimes I get so focused and plugged into blogging that the days (weeks, months) completely blend together (I’m probably weird, but when I can focus this well, I really enjoy it). I can’t even believe 2015 is a mere two weeks away. Seriously! Hope you’re having a lovely weekend! :)

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Medium/Candlelight The Creamy Glow Duo
Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Medium/Candlelight The Creamy Glow Duo

Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Medium/Candlelight The Creamy Glow Duo ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a highlighting and contouring set of shades in a cream formula. I think this will be nice on medium and fairer skin tones, with it being subtler on medium-dark skin tones. The contouring shade may be too subtle on deeper skin tones, though the highlight should be lovely. I was impressed by the long-wear, because both shades have a creamy, thin, emollient consistency that just doesn’t seem like something that would have any longevity, but there they were, nearly eight hours later with both color and a light sheen. (I have normal skin at the moment, for reference.) The contouring shade just made me long to try The Sculpting Powder to see how it works with the Celestial Powder. My only complaint is that actual pans are quite small, and it was difficult to use any of my angled contouring brushes as they were all oversized. I ended up flattening my brushes between my fingers and focused on getting the product primarily on one side of the brush.

Sculpting Medium is a medium-dark brown with yellow undertones and a subtle gray overtone with a satin-matte finish.
Kevyn Aucoin Tropical Days (P, $48.00) is much more shimmery, powder. MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is warmer. MAC Sculpt (P, $16.50) is warmer, powder. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P) is powder. MAC Pure Sculpture (LE, $20.00) is warmer. Becca Lowlight (P, $38.00) is warmer. MAC Coffee Walnut (LE, $20.00) is more olive, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Candlelight is a champagne gold with a luminous sheen and very, very fine shimmer. It translates to a dewy glow on the skin that works as well on bare skin as it did layered over foundation (even when already set with powder). Burberry Nude Radiance No. 01 (P, $48.00) is sheerer. MAC Born to Dazzle (LE) is more sparkly. Chanel Camelia de Plumes (LE, $76.00) is cooler-toned. Tarte Champagne (LE) is warmer. NARS 413 BLKR (P, $30.00) is more metallic, warmer. Giorgio Armani Belladonna (LE, $88.00) is a smidgen warmer. Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is lighter (I think the effect is similar, but the cream version runs more golden). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is similar but a powder. theBalm Solid Gold (P, $24.00) is more metallic. Illamasqua Aurora (P, $24.00) is a smidgen less golden. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, December 14th, 2014

SUQQU Brushes
SUQQU Brushes

SUQQU may not be the most accessible brand yet (here’s hoping they’ll expand to a good stockist in the U.S.), but they live up to the hype and are lovely brushes for those who wish to indulge. I can see why the Cheek brush is constantly out of stock at Selfridges. I know readers have recommended Ichibankao for ordering Asia-exclusive beauty brands, and they also have SUQQU brushes available (but I haven’t personally ordered from them, though I have been tempted!). I have no complaints; they’re outstanding, high-quality brushes. I’ve been putting them through testing since October, and I haven’t had any issues with shedding, smell, or re-shaping after washing. I’ve washed all of the brushes numerous times since then, and they’re still as soft and silky as they were to begin with. The shapes are well-done–more distinct from many brushes I own but they’re still useful, versatile shapes that I can easily use.

SUQQU Cheek Brush (£80.00 / ¥15,000) is a small, rounded blush brush that flares outwards from the ferrule and then tapers to a rounded edge. It is made out of gray squirrel hair, and it is supremely soft, silky, and smooth against the skin. No matter the direction or pressure, the brush never felt rough or sharp. It had moderate density with a feathery quality to it, which made it particularly suitable for use with more pigmented or very soft-textured powder products. This is useful if you’re more heavy-handed when applying your blush, even if you don’t mean to be, as it is hard to overdo your cheek color with this brush. It works well to blend and soften edges of various powder products for cheeks and face. I really liked it for highlight, though, as it gave me similar results that I get with a fan brush but with more precision–diffused, luminous, but never metallic.

  • Sizing: 34mm in length, 19mm in width, 15mm in thickness (it’s round); total length of 15.5 centimeters.
  • Most similar: Chikuhodo Z-4 is similar in its smaller size, but it is wider and flatter (thinner) with less roundedness; where the Z-4 looks more like a blush brush, SUQQU Cheek looks more like a highlighting brush

SUQQU Face Brush (£168.00 / ¥30,000) is a large, rounded powder brush that tapers slightly at the edges and rounds out at the top. It’s dense without being fully packed (it’s not a kabuki brush), so there’s a light spring and give as it is swept across the skin. It feels like silk (even when I had my husband do the blind-softness-test, he described it as such, “It feels so silky, is that even possible with a brush?”) as the bristles move together. You just don’t feel the individual fibers at all. The fullness makes it ideal for dusting finishing and setting powders all over the face. I also liked it for diffusing the edges of a trickier blush or bronzer as well. It is made out of gray squirrel hair.

  • Sizing: 50mm in length, 36mm in width, 26mm in thickness (it’s round); total length of 13 centimeters.
  • Most similar: Chikuhodo Z-1 is slightly smaller, while Chikuhodo Z-9 is wider/flatter and a bit overall–they all feel the same in regards to softness.

SUQQU Eyeshadow Brush M (£48.00 / ¥8,000) is a medium-sized, domed brush with a very rounded edge. It’s like a much larger and wider take on a pencil brush or a really squat, densely-packed crease brush. It can apply quite a bit of color even though it’s made out of gray squirrel, if desired. There’s no doubt it’s one of the softest pencil-like brushes I’ve tried, as it swirls and taps, sweeps and blends and never, ever feels pointed. The bristles move together in a way that feels silky across the skin. Though it probably will make some cringe, but this is such a good shape and brush for applying cream eyeshadow into the crease, particularly for blending out the edges (I really liked it with Laura Mercier). I tend to favor other brushes for initial application and only use this as a buffing tool, just because it makes it cleaner when I use it for blending. It’s lovely for blending out powder eyeshadows as well, and it is nice for highlighting the inner tear duct/corner of the lid. I’ve also had good luck using it to buff out creamy concealers underneath the eye or tapping brightening powder underneath the eye.

  • Sizing: 12.5mm in length, 6mm in width, 6mm in thickness (it’s round); total length of 13 centimeters.
  • Most similar: Chikuhodo Z-10 is much more tapered towards the end and comes to more of a point; IT Cosmetics No. 105 is longer, so it has more spring, but it has a similarly-sized rounded edge (it is also a synthetic option)

SUQQU Lip Brush L (£32.00 / ¥6,500) is a thin, rectangular lip brush that can line, fill, and blend with great precision. Its greatest attribute is that it never feels sharp, even when using the edge get a really crisp line of color. The bristles are extremely well-cut so that you don’t get skips and drags, and they move together for the most part. I like that it doesn’t come to a defined, tapered point, which is one of the things I like least in lip brushes, and the length is nice, as it gives you enough real estate to get product on it and cover lips without it taking an eternity. All that said, I rarely use lip brushes, so I wouldn’t consider myself a lip brush authority, so please keep that in mind!

  • Sizing: 10mm in length, 6mm in width, 0.5mm in thickness (it’s round); total length of 17 centimeters.
  • Most similar: Hakuhodo 270 (I don’t have it) appears similar based on photo/listed measurements; Tom Ford also has a more rectangular-shaped brush

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Cheek Brush

It had moderate density with a feathery quality to it, which made it particularly suitable for use with more pigmented or very soft-textured powder products. This is useful if you're more heavy-handed when applying your blush, even if you don't mean to be, as it is hard to overdo your cheek color with this brush.

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Face Brush

The fullness makes it ideal for dusting finishing and setting powders all over the face. I also liked it for diffusing the edges of a trickier blush or bronzer as well. It is made out of gray squirrel hair.

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Eyeshadow Brush M

It's like a much larger and wider take on a pencil brush or a really squat, densely-packed crease brush. It can apply quite a bit of color even though it's made out of gray squirrel, if desired. There's no doubt it's one of the softest pencil-like brushes I've tried, as it swirls and taps, sweeps and blends and never, ever feels pointed.

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