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bareMinerals The Next Big Thing Eyeshadow Quad

bareMinerals The Next Big Thing Eyeshadow Quad
bareMinerals The Next Big Thing Eyeshadow Quad

bareMinerals Remix: The Next Big Thing

bareMinerals The Next Big Thing Eyeshadow Quad ($30.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a new and limited edition palette for spring that features these four shades: The Rising Star (sunlit gold), Smash Hit (vibrant peach), Hoopla (glowing copper), and Ensemble (smoked-out plum).

The Rising Star is a lightened, yellow gold with a frosted, metallic finish. It almost looks cool-toned, as much as a yellow gold can. It had good color payoff in a single pass, and the texture was soft, dense, and buttery.  Too Faced Spun Sugar #5 is lighter. NYX Hot Yellow is less shimmery. bareMinerals Standing O is a bit lighter but still rather similar. MAC Treasure Hunt is less yellow and a cream product.

Smash Hit is a brightened coral-orange with a matte finish. The texture was soft, finely-milled but not powdery, and it had excellent pigmentation. MAC Coral is more orange and darker. MAC Dynamo is similar with some shimmer, and it is a cream product. Guerlain Les Fauves #3 is darker, redder. Make Up For Ever #5 is richer, darker.

Hoopla is a warm, coppery brown with a very frosted finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was mostly smooth. Tarte Tuscan Sun has a more metallic finish. Wet ‘n’ Wild Sparkle ‘Til Morning #6 is a touch browner. Urban Decay Penny Lane is less brown.

Ensemble is a dark, purple-burgundy with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation, but it wasn’t quite as dense or as pigmented as many other bareMinerals’ matte eyeshadows. It was not as easily blended on the eye as a very good matte would be, and with such dark color, blendability is really key. MAC Sketch is lighter and has subtle shimmer. Tom Ford Enchanted #4 is more shimmery. MAC Deep Damson is very similar in color.

I think the color composition is a very warm-toned mix, and there’s a nice variety of contrast and finish here so there are several combinations to play around with. Generally, all four shades were more dupable than not, so you may find you have similar shades already in your stash (particularly Hoopla, which is a popular shade found in most ranges).  The other three shades were soft, easy to apply, and blendable.  When I wore all four shades together, they wore for eight full hours with no fading or creasing (no primer).

bareMinerals The Next Big Thing Eyeshadow Quad

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How to Keep Your Lips Healthy – Tips & Tricks

Makeup & Beauty Tips on How to Keep Your Lips Healthy

Share your best tips and tricks for keeping your lips healthy!  Feel free to share your experiences, how you’ve grown, what you’ve learned, and what, ultimately, you found most helpful in learning how to keep your lips healthy.  (And if you haven’t conquered it, hopefully some of these tips will help you get there!)

Temptalia’s Tips

  1. Great lip balm goes a long way!  Lip balm will help hydrate and keep your lips hydrated throughout the day and night.
  2. Stay hydrated in general! Lots of water. (This is something I struggle with!)
  3. Exfoliate lips periodically with either a lip scrub, warm washcloth, or toothbrush.  You can DIY a scrub by mixing some sugar with an oil like jojoba or olive oil.
  4. Don’t lick lips!

Green Eyeliners: Swatches, Dupes, and Comparisons

Green Eyeliners
Green Eyeliners: MAC Emerald Sea, MAC Landscape Green, UD Graffiti

Green Eyeliners: Your Guide

I’ve split greens into three sections: medium and aqua greens, then dark greens and olive greens.

  1. MAC Emerald Sea is a brightened, light-medium green with yellow undertones. (LE)
  2. MAC Landscape Green is a medium, grassy green with yellow undertones and a matte finish. (FYI, not safe for water line usage.)
  3. Urban Decay Graffiti is a grassy green with subtle yellow undertones and a subtle sheen.
  4. CoverGirl Green Glow is a chartreuse green with a warm, gold sheen.
  5. Make Up For Ever #17L is a pale chartreuse green with a golden sheen.
  6. MAC Colour Matters is a true chartreuse with strong yellow undertones and a matte finish. (LE)
  7. NARS Parrot Cay is a pale, aqua green with a matte finish. It is very much like Korres #12.
  8. Korres #12 is a pale aqua green with a matte finish. It’s a dupe for NARS Parrot Cay! (DC)
  9. Chanel Jade is a dark aqua blue/green with a frosted sheen.

TEMPTALIA PICKS:  #2 (pigmentation)

Behind-the-Series:  It was my intention to provide heavy, opaque swatches to provide an accurate color comparison.  Some eyeliners required one pass, some required five, and a few even more.  When possible, the shade name (above) is linked to the original review so you can read more about the quality, wear, etc. of a particular eyeliner.  If we’ve never done a review, there will be no link.  Shades that were limited edition will be marked with “(LE)” and shades that were discontinued will be marked with “(DC)” after the color description.  You can also find all comparisons on The Dupe List.

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Gold Eyeliners: Swatches, Dupes, and Comparisons

Gold Eyeliners
Gold Eyeliners: GA #04, D&G , MUFE #9L, Guerlain Gold, Korres #6S,
UD Eldorado, Chanel Vegas Gold, MAC Handforged, MAC Going for the Gold,
NARS Campo de’ Fiori, UD Honey, Stila Koi, L’Oreal HIP Gold Chrome, Milani Gold

Gold Eyeliners: Your Guide

I say I love this color and that color, but it’s more apparent that I love all colors, really.  More gold eyeliner than you could fill a treasure chest with…

  1. Giorgio Armani #04 is a muted yellow gold with bronze-brown tones, so it appears a little brighter than true antique gold but not extremely brassy either. (LE)
  2. Dolce & Gabbana Candied is a pale, yellow gold. It’s lighter than all of the other gold eyeliners I have.
  3. Make Up For Ever #9L is a medium yellow gold. It is similar to Korres #6S.
  4. Guerlain Gold (01) is a warm, gold-shimmered orange. (LE)
  5. Korres #6S is a yellowed gold with a shimmered finish. (DC)
  6. Urban Decay Eldorado is a warm, orange-toned molten gold. It is similar to Chanel Vegas Gold.
  7. Chanel Vegas Gold is a warm-toned, orange-based gold with a metallic finish. It is similar to Urban Decay Eldorado. (LE)
  8. MAC Handforged is warm, coppery bronze with a metallic sheen. It is similar to MAC Going for the Gold and NARS Campo de’ Fiori.
  9. MAC Going for the Gold is a golden bronze with a metallic finish. It is similar to NARS Campo de’ Fiori and MAC Handforged. (LE)
  10. NARS Campo de’ Fiori is a gold-shimmered bronze with a soft sheen. It is similar to MAC Going for the Gold and MAC Handforged.
  11. Urban Decay Honey is a molten, yellow gold with a metallic sheen. It is duped by Stila Koi, L’Oreal HIP Gold Chrome, and Milani Gold. (DC)
  12. Stila Koi is a molten, yellow gold with a metallic sheen. It is duped by Urban Decay Honey, L’Oreal HIP Gold Chrome, and Milani Gold.
  13. L’Oreal HIP Gold Chrome is a molten, yellow gold with a metallic sheen. It is duped by Urban Decay Honey, Stila Koi, and Milani Gold.
  14. Milani Gold is a molten, yellow gold with a metallic sheen. It is duped by Urban Decay Honey, Stila Koi, and L’Oreal HIP Gold Chrome.

TEMPTALIA PICKS:  #9L (true gold, quality), #11 (texture, pigmentation), #14 (budget-friendly, pigmentation, quality)

Behind-the-Series:  It was my intention to provide heavy, opaque swatches to provide an accurate color comparison.  Some eyeliners required one pass, some required five, and a few even more.  When possible, the shade name (above) is linked to the original review so you can read more about the quality, wear, etc. of a particular eyeliner.  If we’ve never done a review, there will be no link.  Shades that were limited edition will be marked with “(LE)” and shades that were discontinued will be marked with “(DC)” after the color description.  You can also find all comparisons on The Dupe List.

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Clarins Rouge Eclat Collection for Spring 2013


Clarins Rouge Eclat Collection for Spring 2013

At Clarins, Paris, delicate spring colors are cropping up. Lips whisper youth with an age-defying lipstick. Skin gets a petal-fresh finish. Eyes seduce in incurably romantic hues of iris blossom.

Rouge Eclat Lipstick ($26.00)

The first age-defying lipstick by Clarins offers more than just vibrant colour! An innovative combination of 100% plant waxes – mimosa, jojoba and sunflower – and unsaponifiables of cocoa. Phytosphingosine reinforces the skin’s protective barrier, protects against dehydration, boosts collagen synthesis and fights the appearance of fine lines.

  • Nude Rose
  • Sweet Rose
  • Petal Pink
  • Tropical Pink
  • Pink Berry
  • True Aubergine
  • Red Wine
  • Coral Pink
  • Juicy Clementine
  • Pink Fuchsia
  • Passion Red
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Woodrose
  • Chocolate Rose
  • Nude Caramel

Face Palette ($35.00) (Limited Edition)

A compact comprised of luminous, ultrafine powders for a matte yet radiant complexion or a natural pink glow.

Iris Blossom Eye Quartet Mineral Palette ($42.00)

Color base: A taupe shade with light-changing reflections of green highlights. Color base: An iris plum. Liner: An intense black illuminated with silver pearls. Illuminator: A luminous white.

Prodige Lip Gloss ($22.00)

  • Vibrant Rose (Limited Edition)
  • Water Lily

Availability: Now @ Nordstrom, February 2013 at Clarins counter nationwide and at clarins.com

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