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Thursday, September 25th, 2014

The Hit List

What’s the Best Brush for Contouring that you’ve tried?

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

I love Hakuhodo’s J5521 or J511, as well as MAC 168, which is a classic! All three work well for me. (You can read about them here in my brush must-haves post!)

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Sky-Liner Petite Highliner Collection
Marc Jacobs Beauty The Sky-Liner Petite Highliner Collection

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Sky-Liner Petite Highliner Collection ($45.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a set of seven, travel-sized Highliner Gel Crayons, which is a pencil eyeliner that twists up (no sharpening required). The formula is supposed to be waterproof, intensely pigmented, and smooth. I have a love/hate relationship with these, because some of the colors in the range are rather unique, but often, they’re not as creamy or as pigmented as expected. They are, in general, all very long-wearing and waterproof. Two shades–Midnight in Paris and Sunset–are exclusive to this set.

This set seems to be an excellent way to try the formula, though, without investing $25 each. In the set, each pencil contains 0.37g/0.01 oz. while the full-sized eyeliners are 0.5g/0.01 oz. When I convert grams to ounces (using Google), 0.37g is really 0.0131 oz. and 0.5g is really 0.0176 oz. So this set contains 0.0917 oz. worth of eyeliner, or $130.26 worth of eyeliner. Or, if you’re not apt to finish products, for less than the cost of two shades, you get to try seven. I didn’t have any issues with my set, but some readers have received deluxe/travel-versions as samples and have found that sometimes the pencil loosens inside, so that’s just a heads up!

Midnight in Paris is described as an “inky indigo blue.” It’s a blackened navy blue with a shimmery sheen and slight sparkle. It had semi-opaque color coverage in one stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color in two passes. It was lightly creamy and didn’t tug, but it’s not as creamy as the best in the range. It wore well for nine hours before thinning slightly. NARS Night Flight (P, $24.00) is darker. Buxom Pick Me Up (P, $17.00) is lighter. Urban Decay LSD (P, $19.00) is slightly warmer. MAC Industrial (P, $15.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sunset is described as a “golden bronze shimmer.” It’s a coppery orange with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in one pass, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage. The consistency was moderately creamy and glided along the lash line without pulling. It wore well for nine and a half hours on me. MAC Copperthorn (LE, $$16.00) is a gel eyeliner, more glittery. MAC Cockiness (LE) is a liquid eyeliner. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Blacquer is described as a “black.” It’s a deep, dark, inky black with a soft sheen. It was intensely pigmented in one stroke, and the consistency was creamy and glided on like silk. It definitely represents when the formula is at its best. On me, this shade lasted for ten hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

You can browse through reviews of the other shades in this set here. Or view them individually: (Plum)age, Th(ink), (Brown)out, and O(vert). I swatched all the ones in the set to see how they compared in color payoff and texture to my full-sized versions, and (Plum)age seemed to have less of a sheen, was a touch darker but similar color payoff, while O(vert) seemed more pigmented in this set with a creamier consistency. Blacquer, Th(ink), and (Brown)out were consistent.

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Thursday, September 25th, 2014

NORDSTROM - Shop Urban Decay - Now Available!

Nordstrom is now carrying Urban Decay! :) I wonder what Nordstrom exclusives we’ll see in the future!  I was kind of hoping for some right now, ha!

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow ($65.00 for 0.56 oz.) is compact that features a bronzer and a highlighter. I can see why this is one of the most raved about products from the brand’s offerings, as the texture of both powders is soft, finely-milled, and silky, while the bronzer is not too orange or yellow, and the highlighter is luminous without emphasizing pores. There’s also quite a bit of product in the compact, so it’s a better value than some of the other products in the range. They’re both nice products, and if you regularly bronze/contour and highlight, it may be convenient to have it a single palette together. If you have a healthy stash of bronzers and highlighters, you may find this more dupable.

Filmstar Bronze is a medium tan brown with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, smooth consistency that applied easily and blended out nicely. It wore well for eight hours on me. Tarte Park Ave. Princess #2 (LE) is darker. IT Cosmetics Warm Radiance (P, $34.00) is more shimmery. MAC Aphrodite’s Shell (LE, $33.00) is lighter. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (LE) is yellower. MAC Nude on Board (LE, $30.00) is warmer. Chanel Sable Beige (LE, $60.00) is yellower. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Filmstar Glow is a pale, champagne beige with a luminous sheen. It seems almost frosted initially, but it blends to a very luminous, glowing finish that doesn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture. It reflects light without looking metallic. The powder’s texture is silky, finely-milled, and very blendable. On me, the highlighter stayed on for eight hours before fading slightly. Cle de Peau Sand Beige (13) (P, $55.00) is warmer. Chanel Dentelle Precieuse (LE, $80.00) is darker. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is darker, more shimmery. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is lighter, more shimmery. theBalm Mary Lou-manizer (P, $24.00) is yellower. Chanel Mouche de Beaute Illuminating Powder (LE, $80.00) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, September 25th, 2014

bareMinerals Holiday 2014 Collection
bareMinerals Holiday 2014 Collection

What you’re about to experience is something totally different. This is the greatest holiday on earth. Step into the spotlight and behold an exhilarating extravaganza of daring, drama and the unimaginable, brought to life through fantastical color, inspiring beauty and gifts that will leave them speechless. You’ve got to see it to believe it—and once you do, you won’t be able to look away. As always, we put on a good show.

Availability: Now at Sephora and ULTA; also available at bareMinerals boutiques, bareMinerals.com, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Dillard’s and fine spas

READY Convertible Eye Shadow Palette 2014 ($39.00) ($90.00 Value) (Limited Edition)

This convertible eye shadow palette provides an eye-catching array of twelve shades in go-to color families of pink, plum, gold and green that you can mix and match for endless on-the-go looks. Buff, blend, line and define effortlessly with the multi-tasking eye brush. Includes application tutorial with four stunning looks.

  • Chart Topper Pewter silk
  • Hard to Get Ballet slipper pink
  • Pizzazz Golden ivory
  • Shiver Iced lilac
  • Fantasy Rosy mauve
  • Elixir Luxe lilac
  • Bewilder Sparkling sand
  • Admire Gilded moss
  • Stiletto Plum chocolate
  • Mystify Antique lavender
  • Connoisseur Golden copper
  • Couture Glimmering clove

Complexion Superstars ($49.00) ($115.50 Value) (Limited Edition)

This six-piece collection features bareMinerals’ bestsellers, offering everything you need for flawless, radiant skin at home or on-the-go. With color-boosting, Vintage Peach Blush, mini sizes of the READY® pressed powder and a bronzer, Mineral Veil® finishing powder, Bare Radiance All-Over Face Color face powder, and an angled face brush, this set of covetable must-haves will leave you wanting more. This set contains:

  • 0.3 oz Original Mineral Veil finishing powder
  • 0.03 oz Vintage Peach blush
  • 0.03 oz Bare Radiance All-Over Face Color face powder
  • 0.15 oz Mini bareMinerals READY Hydrating Touch Up Veil pressed powder in Translucent
  • 0.1 oz Mini bareMinerals READY bronzer in The High Dive
  • Angled face brush

Double Domination ($18.00) (Limited Edition)

This mascara set is the ultimate pair for leaving lashes with intense volume, length, thickness, and lift. Get one for home and one to gift, or keep one for on-the-go touch ups. This set contains:

  • 0.37 oz Lash Domination 10-in-1 Volumizing Mascara in Intense Black
  • 0.18 oz Mini Lash Domination 10-in-1 Volumizing Mascara in Intense Black

Magnificent Seven ($18.00) ($42.00 Value) (Limited Edition)

Deeply hydrate lips with this set of seven, pocket-sized Marvelous Moxie™ Lipglosses with bestselling shades. Each vibrant lip gloss glides on satiny-smooth, delivering sheer-to-medium coverage with lasting, glistening shine so lips look voluptuous and kissable. 7 x 0.02 oz. glosses.

  • Daredevil Sparkling blackberry
  • Ringleader Lavender pink pearl
  • Rule Breaker Sparkling nude
  • Maverick Rosewood shimmer
  • Spark Plug Dusty pink pearl
  • Stunner Pure magenta
  • Rebel Pink mauve

Main Attraction ($54.00) ($115.00 Value) (Limited Edition) (Sephora Exclusive)

Get your face in the spotlight with this seven-piece makeup set for sultry, smoky eyes, shimmering lips, and a warm, sophisticated glow that leaves an air of mystery. High-quality textures and finishes are formulated to stay put, and they achieve a dazzling look that lasts—long after your close-up. This set contains:

  • 0.09 oz bareMinerals READY® Eyeshadow 2.0 The Curtain Call in Matinee and Opening Night
  • 0.012 oz Lasting Line™ Long-Wearing eyeliner in Absolute Black
  • 0.37 oz Lash Domination™ 10-in-one Volumizing mascara in Intense Black
  • 0.05 oz Mini Marvelous Moxie™ lipstick in Make Your Move
  • 0.15 oz Marvelous Moxie lip gloss in Leading Lady
  • 0.03 oz Blush in Flair
  • Tapered blush brush

The Magic Act ($39.00) ($124.00 Value) (Limited Edition)

Dust on spellbinding shades and contour, highlight, and sweep on blush for amazing eyes and cheeks. With bareMinerals READY® eyeshadows, blush, and luminizer in sparkling tones, you can touch up and stand out with a radiant glow—even when you’re on the go. This set contains:

  • 0.04 oz bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow in Celebrate, Fortune, Shazam, A-ha, Pumped, Foreshadow (yellow cream/pink champagne/shimmering pink/brown sugar/brown truffle)
  • 0.1 oz bareMinerals READY blush in The Close Call (bronze taupe), The Natural High (golden petal peach), The Indecent Proposal (dusty palm)
  • 0.09 oz bareMinerals READY Luminizer in The Premiere

Touch-up To-Glow ($15.00) ($28.50 Value) (Limited Edition)

Touch up on the go with the radiance of this mini illuminating pressed powder and application brush pair. Just brush on the illuminating pressed powder for a soft-focus finish and flawless glow—anytime, anywhere.

Buxom Dolly’s High Roller Collection ($42.00) (Limited Edition) (Sephora Exclusive)

Glisten up your makeup with this set’s lip polish and lip cream, bronzer, blush, and luminizer. From sultry black eyeliner to matte and shimmery eye shadows in audacious shades, each brings an extravagant touch to your day and evening looks. This set contains:

  • Hold the Line™ waterproof eyeliner in Call Me (matte black)
  • 4 x 0.02 oz Eye shadows in Cha-Ching (gilt patina), Strip Poker (lilac haze), Chocolate Diamonds (bronze chocolate), Royal Flush (powder pink)
  • 2 x 0.14 oz Double-ended Full-On™ lip polish and cream in Dolly (sultry mauve/shimmering sultry mauve)
  • Dolly blush (sultry mauve)
  • 0.14 oz Bankroll luminizer (champagne sheen)
  • 0.14 oz Hot Escapes™ bronzer in Tahiti (golden tan)

Buxom Lip Gloss Roulette ($59.00) ($135.00 Value) (Limited Edition) (Sephora Exclusive)

Featuring 15 sheer, shimmering polishes and ultrasmooth glassy colors, these lip glosses leave lips feeling sexy and leave a plumping tingle. This set contains:

  • 11 x 0.07 oz Mini Full On Lip Polishes in Dominique (glittering ice), Clair (starry plum haze), Isabella (perfectly plum), Jennifer (flirty fuchsia), Julie (juicy watermelon), Karen (confetti pink), Katie (pink lemonade), Megan (caramel dream), Rebecca (golden glitz), Sophia (sweetheart pink), Zoe (dazzling orchid)
  • 4 x 0.07 oz Mini Full On Lip Creams in Lavender Cosmo (lilac pink), Mai Tai (vivid coral), Mudslide (petal pink), White Russian (nude pink)

Buxom Winner Takes All ($32.00) ($54.00 Value) (Limited Edition) (Sephora Exclusive)

Smear on these tingling, lip-plumping glosses. With three sheer, shimmering lip polishes and a trio of sleek, lip creams in delicious shades, this set offers an array of lip shades to leave lips looking voluptuous. This set contains:

  • 3 x 0.07 oz of Mini Full-On Lip Creams in Creamsicle (peach sorbet), Berry Blast (vivid fuchsia), White Russian (nude pink)
  • 3 x 0.07 oz of Mini Full-On™ Lip Polishes in Chloe (dollface pink), Sophia (sweetheart pink), Trixie (24-karat pink)

Mini Marvels ($26.00) (Limited Edition)

Buff and blend your way to beautiful with this complete set of mini eye, cheek and face brushes, wrapped up and ready to roll in a compact brush case. 4 miniature-sized brushes.

Afternoon Delights ($29.00) (Limited Edition)

Each of these five wearable, must-have daytime shades glides on a precise line for maximum color intensity and strikingly beautiful eye looks that last—every day. Includes built-in sharpener. Includes:

  • Lasting Line Long-Wearing Eye Liner in Eternal Bronze
  • Lasting Line Long-Wearing Eye Liner in Immortal Emerald
  • Lasting Line Long-Wearing Eye Liner in Timeless Taupe
  • Lasting Line Long-Wearing Eye Liner in Perpetual Plum
  • Lasting Line Long-Wearing Eye Liner in Stay Golden

I Love the Nightlife ($29.00) (Limited Edition)

Each of these five wearable, must-have daytime shades glides on a precise line for maximum color intensity and strikingly beautiful eye looks that last—every day. Includes built-in sharpener. Includes:

  • Lasting Line Long-Wearing Eye Liner in Absolute Black
  • Lasting Line Long-Wearing Eye Liner in True Blue
  • Lasting Line Long-Wearing Eye Liner in Constant Copper
  • Lasting Line Long-Wearing Eye Liner in Certainly Sterling
  • Lasting Line Long-Wearing Eye Liner in Steadfast Slate

Spectacular Skin ($58.00) ($98.00 Value) (Limited Edition)

A must-have collection for spectacular skin day and night that includes a cleanser, night serum and moisturizer—all with our proprietary ActiveSoil™ Complex for softer, smoother, younger-looking skin.

Give It a Twirl ($18.00) ($42.00 Value) (Limited Edition)

This twisted twosome whips together Marvelous Moxie® glosses in vibrant, complementary colors for a duo of yummy hues that’ll earn lips rave applause.

Beauty Queens Shimmering Eyecolor Trio ($15.00) ($33.00 Value) (Limited Edition)

Shine like royalty with these three wearable metallic shades that can be mixed and matched, or worn on their own, for a standout shimmer that’s fit for a queen.

Your Attention, Please Eyeshadow & Eyeliner Duo ($19.00) ($36.00 Value) (Limited Edition) (bareMinerals Boutique Exclusive)

Feast your eyes on this attention-grabbing look featuring our innovative bareMinerals READY® Eyeshadow 2.0 in striking shades of pink and plum, plus our versatile Lasting Line™ Long-Wearing Eyeliner in classic black.

Greatest Performers ($22.00) ($57.00 Value) (Limited Edition)

This 6-piece collection of our top attractions, from our famed foundation primer to our powerhouse mascara to a lipstick with attitude, gives a look that truly delights and makes it the perfect package.

Buffing Beauties ($49.00) ($98.00 Value) (Limited Edition)

Contour, buff and blend your way to heavenly results with this luxurious brush collection featuring five full-size professional brushes for face and eyes. Includes brush case.

The Incredible Mixologist ($36.00) ($84.00 Value) (Limited Edition)

Six stunning eyecolors you can wear alone, or work your magic by mixing them together for countless, custom shades so intoxicating you’ll just have to create some more. Includes three empty mixing pots, a scoop, 12 blank labels and expert tips.

Lip Spectacular ($26.00) ($54.00 Value) (Limited Edition) (ULTA Exclusive)

A limited-edition collection featuring six of our most highly flattering shades of rich, creamy gloss for a deliciously indulgent wear and feel with medium-coverage.

Delight & Dazzle ($49.00) ($134.00 Value) (Limited Edition)

Delight by day and dazzle by night with this head-turning duo, each including a blush, eyecolor, eyeliner and lipgloss, perfect for keeping one and gifting the other.

Two for the Show ($39.00) ($110.00 Value) (Limited Edition)

This must-have double act, featuring two sets of shades in crave-worthy neutrals and show-stopping metallics, comes in two parts so you can keep one and gift the other.

In the Spotlight ($54.00) ($116.00 Value) (Limited Edition) (bareMinerals Boutique Exclusive)

You’ll take center spotlight with this mesmerizing eye, cheek and lip color collection, featuring NEW Shimmer Glaze™ Lip Topcoat for a standing ovation of glamorous shimmer. Includes bag.

Star of the Show ($54.00) ($116.00 Value) (Limited Edition)

An illuminating collection of velvety-smooth eyecolors, a cheek-enhancing blush, a satiny-smooth lipgloss and a 10-in-1 volumizing mascara for a truly captivating look. Includes carrying case. Available exclusively at Macy’s, Sephora Inside JCPenney, Nordstrom, Dillard’s and fine spas.

Vision of Light ($49.00) ($145.50 Value) (Limited Edition) (ULTA Exclusive)

Capture the romance with this candlelight-inspired eye, face and lip collection, featuring NEW Stroke of Light™ Highlighter for ethereal radiance. Luminescent highlights and warm neutral accents will cast you in your best light. Includes: Bonus Lash Domination™ 10-in-1 Volumizing Mascara sample.

The Main Event ($65.00) ($202.00 Value) (Limited Edition) (bareMinerals Boutique Exclusive)

Turn up the charm or dial up the drama with this multitude of eyecolors and complexion enhancers, in a luminous spectrum of warm and cool shades—all in a keepsake box.

The Big Top ($79.00) ($241.00 Value) (Limited Edition)

Welcome to our spectacle of color for face, eyes and lips in a fan-pleasing panorama of creamy shades and versatile tones.

Kissing Booth ($26.00) ($54.00 Value) (Limited Edition)

Step right up to outrageous, glistening shine with these gorgeous peach, pink and plum glosses in cream & shimmer finishes.

  • Big Tease Pinkish nude
  • Lucky Lady Diamond rose
  • Sweet Kisser Strawberry sorbet
  • Major Flirt Sparkling peony
  • Thrill Seeker Rich lilac)
  • Jezebel Glimmering fuchsia merlot

Availability: Now at Sephora and ULTA; also available at bareMinerals boutiques, bareMinerals.com, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Dillard’s and fine spas

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Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


What’s the best hair care advice you’ve received? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerIt’s basic, but minimizing heat or using heat protectant when you do use heat. I didn’t grow up with any friends or family who were super into hair care, so I never knew these things!

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