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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!

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

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Gucci Cherry nectar Sheer Blushing Powder
Gucci Cherry nectar Sheer Blushing Powder

Gucci Cherry Nectar Sheer Blushing Powder ($49.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a warm, muted coppery red with a very delicate dusting of gold shimmer that gives it a satin finish. Tom Ford Beauty Contour (Softcore) (LE, $55.00) is lighter, more muted. MAC Glamour Feast (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned, cream. NARS Soulshine #3 (LE, $29.00) is pinker. NARS Realm of the Senses #2 (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery. NARS Taos (P, $29.00) is very similar–a touch less red. NARS Seduction (P, $29.00) is cooler-toned. NARS Lovejoy (P, $29.00) is more muted, browner. MAC Hidden Treasure (LE, $21.00) is very similar. Illamasqua Allure (P, $26.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The formula is supposed to “softly illuminate” with a “veil of color.” The bullet point list calls out its “sheer texture” that “blends effortlessly” and has “buildable color.” The blush has an incredibly soft, silky, and smooth texture that feels like a luxurious powder product. It’s not at all sheer–it’s quite pigmented and would highly recommend a light hand and a feathery tool for application, even on medium and darker skin tones. A little goes a very long way, and in that aspect, it’s difficult to get just a “veil of color.” To get sheer color, I get the smallest amount on my brush, tap of excess, tap it once on the back of my hand, and then apply–otherwise it’s a pretty significant amount of color on my medium complexion! It may be a happy accident for some, but for those who prefer sheerer or more buildable formulas, this shade isn’t that (and neither was the other shade I bought, but maybe others in the range are sheerer/more buildable). It’s just not really in line with how they’ve described (and named!) the formula.

Applied, the finish was satiny but not shimmery or luminous, just not ultra-flat like a true matte finish would look. This shade didn’t blend as readily as you’d expect, given the texture, and for as rich and pigmented as it is, it would have been fantastic to have that superior blendability there. On me, Cherry Nectar wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. I didn’t notice any scent or fragrance to the powder.

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Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

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Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Urban Decay Full Frontal Lipstick Stash
Urban Decay Full Frontal Lipstick Stash

Urban Decay Full Frontal Lipstick Stash ($39.00 for 0.25 oz.) includes six, miniature-sized Revolution lipsticks with three new, limited edition, exclusive shades to the set paired with three previously released shades (Gash, which was limited edition when it released, and Liar and F-Bomb, both of which are part of the permanent range). I think the set is a great idea, as you can try multiple shades without spending the full-priced equivalent to do so. The only downside is that mini lipsticks can be frustrating to use, because they’re less comfortable to hold (so much smaller!) and are more fragile (two of the six broke at the base while applying). The lipsticks themselves are consistent with the Revolution formula, which is one of my favorites, and I really hope these new shades get added to the permanent range.

Ladyflower is described as a “bright rose-pink.” It’s a brightened, fuchsia-plum with cool undertones and a luminous finish. It was intensely pigmented and yielded opaque color coverage that wore well for five hours and was nicely hydrating over time. There’s a slightly muted quality to the color that makes it less your typical fuchsia but not quite a plum. NARS Marisa (P, $32.00) is lighter. NARS Michiyo (P, $32.00) is brighter, darker. MAC Boutique Pink (LE, $22.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. Givenchy Rose Perfecto (209) (P, $36.00) is lighter, brighter. Bite Beauty Vigne (P, $24.00) is warmer. MAC Heavenly Hybrid (LE, $16.00) is sheerer. L’Oreal Pink Flamingo (180) (P, $8.95) is lighter. Maybelline Hot Plum (P, $7.49) is brighter. MAC Dish It Up (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Illicit is described as a “sheer baby pink.” It’s a light-medium, subtly cool-toned pink with a frosted shimmer. It had semi-sheer color payoff with a lightly glossy finish. I’m really glad Urban Decay made mention that this is sheer, because the Revolution formula is known for its pigmentation. This shade lasted for two and a half hours on me, and it was somewhat streaky/uneven applied. If I pressed my lips together, there would be “lines.” Laura Mercier Heartbreaker (LE, $23.00) is lighter. MAC Snapdragon (LE, $16.00) is cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown Pink Flush (LE, $25.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Crush is described as a “hot pink.” It’s a bold, bright fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones. It’s so bright that it’s not even photographing right for me–it kept giving this golden-orange tinge as a reflection, which I can’t remember ever seeing before! I didn’t see any shimmer or orange-tinge to it in real life–just neon fuchsia. It’s richly pigmented, creamy, easy to apply, and lasts five and a half hours on me while being hydrating. NARS Michiyo (P, $32.00) is darker, more muted. Melt Cosmetics Shady Lady (P, $19.00) is darker, more matte. Too Faced Melted Fuchsia (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. Ardency Inn Twist (P, $25.00) is cooler-toned, more matte. Urban Decay Anarchy (P, $22.00) is a smidgen cooler-toned (but they’re very similar). Maybelline Electric Fuchsia (LE, $7.49) is cooler-toned. Maybelline Fuchsia Flash (P, $7.49) is similar. Buxom Exhibitionist (P, $21.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Please see my previous reviews for Gash, Liar, and F-Bomb as well as Ozone Lip Pencil. :)

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Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Gucci Beauty
Gucci Beauty

Gucci Beauty is now available online at gucci.com, and available for pre-order at Neiman Marcus and Saks. I purchased all the products featured in this post at Gucci.com with overnight shipping (they shipped out within an hour of my purchase, which I was impressed by).  The range is quite massive, which was unexpected for a luxury brand’s initial launch, as I anticipated it being more edited and then the brand adding more shades over time.  (See my original post that details all of the formulas and shades in the range.) The packaging is all plastic, and it feels the same to me as Chanel, Dior, etc.; there’s no real heft (not even with the lipsticks) to make it feel truly luxurious.

The powder products seem to have the right texture–soft, finely-milled, silky–overall, though some are less or more pigmented, some are firmer (but not really stiff).  The single eyeshadows have the best and most consistent quality from what I’ve tested so far.  The lipglosses were disappointing, since they’re described as “intense color,” and the two I have aren’t opaque.  The lip products have a very noticeable sweet vanilla and perfume-y scent and a soapy taste that doesn’t quit.  Fever looks rough applied, and I’ve tried applying it on four separate occasions, and it always looked clumpy and uneven.  Keep in mind, these are my initial impressions (some products I’ve finished testing but haven’t written up, some I haven’t tested yet), and you will see full reviews, photos, and swatches posted soon.  You can also view all the products I swatched here in the Swatch Gallery.

One thing to note:  all the retailers that will carry this range do not have a generous return policy, so you cannot order online, try it, and then return it.  Gucci’s own policy is within 10 days of receipt and must be unopened in its cellophane wrapping.  There are very few stores that will carry the line, so it will be difficult to see it in person for many.   (These are the stores that will have it in October: Gucci New York Fifth Avenue, Gucci Los Angeles Rodeo Drive, Gucci Las Vegas Crystals City Center, Gucci Dallas Northpark, Saks Fifth Avenue New York, Neiman Marcus Las Vegas.)

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