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Sunday, May 24th, 2015

I love the impact that glitter and sparkle can have on a look, as it can be so brightening on the lid and just fun to wear. These are five of my current favorites (that are permanent) for summer :)

  1. Make Up For Ever D716 Crystalline Papaya — a sparkling, pinky-peach beige
  2. Urban Decay Maui Wowie — a sparkling, muted, almost antique gold
  3. ColourPop So Quiche — olive-brown with pink and gold micro-glitter
  4. ColourPop Chipper — a glittery sea foam green
  5. Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond — a rich black with silver sparkle

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Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


What beauty tip or trick have you learned from someone that changed your routine? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerI can’t recall who specifically, but the idea that you can wear any makeup (color, texture, type) as long as you wear it with confidence.

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

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

Make Up For Ever #20M Pro Bronze Fusion
Make Up For Ever #20M Pro Bronze Fusion

Make Up For Ever Pro Bronze Fusion ($36.00 for 0.38 oz.) is a recently released “gel-powder” bronzer available in six shades with M signifying “natural matte” and L signifying “iridescent” with respect to the finish. It’s supposed to have a “natural-looking, radiant finish” for “sunkissed radiance” that is also waterproof and long-lasting. The texture is fairly firm, and it’s difficult to get color payoff off of it, even though it feels very smooth and with a fingertip, color does come off the pan. I used a dense, kabuki-like brush (Make Up For Ever launched the 136 Pro Bronze Kabuki Brush alongside these, so I went for something similar) yielded semi-sheer, buildable coverage. The finish was luminous on the skin for both shades, with the L shade being slightly more noticeably shimmery, but it was hard to tell the difference in finish blended and applied to the skin. One shade ran yellow, the other ran orange, and both looked darker and warmer than they appeared in the pan. I think the wavy pattern makes it harder to get good, even color coverage. I’m not sure that many will need this to be waterproof, but it was, at best, water-resistant, but it did turn a little splotchy when I sprayed my face with water. These are the only two I purchased, so I don’t know how warm the other shades run.

Make Up For Ever #20M Pro Bronze Fusion ($36.00 for 0.38 oz.) is a medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and a soft sheen (it’s not what I would consider matte). It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage that was buildable. It lasted for eight hours on me. Colour Pop Paradise Cove (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, darker, cream. Colour Pop Bon Voyage (P, $8.00) is more matte, cooler-toned, matte. Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is less yellow. Dolce and Gabbana Desert (P, $51.00) is more matte. Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE) is more matte. MAC Delphic (LE, $33.00) is less yellow. MAC Sun Dipped (LE, $30.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Make Up For Ever #25I Pro Bronze Fusion ($36.00 for 0.38 oz.) is a medium brown with warm, reddish-orange undertones and a luminous sheen. When swatched, I can detect very fine shimmer that #20M didn’t have, but the finish reads luminous for both. This had the same semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage that you could build-up with a dense brush. It wore well for eight hours before fading. Colour Pop Carry-On (P, $8.00) is darker, cream. Hourglass Radiant Bronze Light (P, $50.00) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE) is less shimmery. MAC Delphic (LE, $33.00) is brighter. Divergent Intelligent Bronze (LE) is more matte. Too Faced Spice (LE) is more shimmery. MAC Soft Sand (LE, $25.00) is darker. Burberry Summer Glow (P, $48.00) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

MAC The Matte Lip Collection

MAC The Matte Lip Collection is supposed to launch online on May 28th and hit stores and counters on June 11th. According to MAC, all of the new/rereleased shades are being added to the permanent line. Six of the shades are Retro Matte, and the rest are Matte. Retro Mattes have a much drier, thinner, and stiffer formula, which makes them harder to apply directly from the tube, and they tend to be rather drying (in my experience, of course). Mattes have a heavier consistency that’s a little thicker and creamier, so they tend to be more forgiving and apply more evenly, though they typically don’t wear quite as long as Retro Mattes, they are often not as drying either. My personal favorites were Velvet Teddy (A-), Matte Royal (B+), and Men Love Mystery (B+).

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Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

Chanel Amorosa (487) Rouge Coco Shine
Chanel Amorosa (487) Rouge Coco Shine

Chanel Amorosa (487) Rouge Coco Shine ($36.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a muted, medium brown with warm, reddish tones and a fine gold shimmer. Tom Ford Beauty Rose Soleil (P, $50.00) is more shimmery. Bite Beauty Moka (P, $28.00) is more opaque, lighter, less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Blake (LE, $32.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Guerlain Air Kiss (304) (P, $37.00) is cooler-toned. NARS Bansar (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, more matte. MAC Moody Bloom (LE, $17.00) is cooler-toned. Estee Lauder Irresistible (P, $30.00) is cooler-toned, less shimmery. Tom Ford Beauty Bittersweet (03) (LE, $50.00) is darker. Bobbi Brown Plum Shimmer (3) (P, $26.00) is darker. Chanel Ambigue (124) (LE, $34.00) is more matte. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

I typically find Rouge Coco Shines to actually be drying, when it’s supposed to be a hydrating formulation with sheerer color coverage (whereas the regular Rouge Cocos have more coverage and less shine and the Rouge Allures have even more coverage and a more satin-like finish). In promos, this looked more like a taupe, and long-time readers will know that I love more unusual colors, and this one is limited edition (the other three shades in the collection are not), I figured I’d try it. It’s by no means taupe, and it behaved much like Rouge Coco Shines have in the past–two and a half hour wear and slightly drying over time. The texture is balm-like, lightweight, and glides on well, and the coverage is more semi-sheer with this particular shade, though I’d expect if you have more color in your natural lips, it’ll be hard to tell either way.

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Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

NORDSTROM - Buy 2 Get 1 More Free Mascara

NORDSTROM is having a mascara promotion where when you pick three mascaras, you’ll get one free, and the promotion is today only (5/23). You can mix and match mascaras, and the promotion includes brands like Chanel, Dior, Giorgio Armani, YSL and so on. (It’s the equivalent of saving 33% on your order of three, if you purchase three at the same price.) Keep in mind that like all promotions like this, the lowest priced mascara will be the free one!