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ColourPop Blue Moon Eyeshadow Palette Swatches

ColourPop Blue Moon Eyeshadow Palette ($12.00 for 0.36 oz.) is next in the brand’s monochromatic palette series — this time, it’s blue! There are nine shades that range from iridescent, bluish-white to deep navy blue with a mix of shimmers and mattes. ColourPop Blue Moon Eyeshadow Palette Gallery Options Products ...
Tags: ColourPop, Sneak Peeks, Christine


Urban Decay Sparkle Out Loud Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliners Reviews & Swatches (Part 2)

Studio Urban Decay Studio Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner ($21.00 for 0.25 oz.) has a clear base with lavender sparkle and holographic glitter. It had semi-sheer coverage in a single stroke of the included applicator. The texture was watery, lightweight, and thin with a fairly quick dry down (didn’t feel too fast nor too slow). The glitter moved evenly across the area I applied it to, so it had a good effect all over. It lasted nicely for eight hours with very minimal movement over time...
Tags: Eye Liners, Eye Products, Urban Decay, Christine


Huda Beauty Neon Obsessions Palettes for Summer 2019

Release Date + Collection Info A range of NEON pressed pigment palettes, inspired by Huda’s obsessions for Neon colors, offering versatile looks from subtle to vivid and colorful! Each Huda Beauty Neon Obsessions Palette is packed with a selection of nine highly pigmented mattes, creamy metallics and striking shimmers, all with a smooth and blendable texture. Online May 30th, in-stores J...
Tags: Huda Beauty, Summer 2019, Year: 2019 Launches, Christine


Anastasia Loose Pigment Swatches

Anastasia Loose Pigments ($22.00 for 0.21 oz.) are a new, limited edition product that is available in five shades. They can be used on eyes, face, and body with a buildable formula (to full coverage). There are five shades available, which are swatched below. They’re available now through the brand but will be available at retailers beginning May 28th. Anastasia Loose Pigment Gallery Options ...
Tags: Anastasia, Sneak Peeks, Christine


Hourglass Icon, Impact, Solar Unreal High Shine Volumizing Lip Glosses Review & Swatches

Icon Hourglass Icon Unreal High Shine Volumizing Lip Gloss ($30.00 for 0.2 oz.) is a rich red with subtle, cool undertones and a cream finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation in one stroke, which adhered evenly and smoothly across my lips. The consistency was lightly creamy, more like a smooth gel, as it felt plush without being heavy or sticky. I was impressed by how smoothing this particular shade was as my lip lines were nearly invisible. The gloss stayed on well for five hours ...
Tags: Hourglass, Lip Products, Lipgloss, Christine


Dior 3 Couleurs Tri(o)blique Palettes Swatches

For summer, Dior has launched four, limited edition 3 Couleurs Tri(o)blique Eyeshadow Palettes ($63.00 for 0.11 oz.), which you’ll find swatched in this post. Dior 3 Couleurs Tri(o)blique Palettes Gallery Options Products Swatches ...
Tags: Dior, Sneak Peeks, Christine


What was the last makeup disaster you had to deal with?

I put something on my lower lash line that was just causing major, major watery eyes, and I find that for me, when my eyes really start to water, it’s just all downhill as more makeup gets washed away by my tears and onto my eyeballs. I was able to take makeup remover and a cotton swab, remove... — Christine Join Discussion [Author: Christine]
Tags: Weekly Features, Temptalia Asks You, Christine


Linda Hallberg Cosmetics Spectral Eyeshadow Palette Swatches

Linda Hallberg Cosmetics Spectral Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.72 oz.) is a new palette that features eight shades with four shimmers and four mattes. Spectral Eyeshadow Palette Gallery Options Products Swatches ...
Tags: Linda Hallberg Cosmetics, Sneak Peeks, Christine


Cover FX Monochromatic Blush & Bronzer Duos Swatches

Recently, Cover FX Monochromatic Blush Duos ($38.00) and Monochromatic Bronzer Duos ($38.00) were launched. There are six blush duos and two bronzer duos, which are swatched in this post! Monochromatic Blush & Bronzer Duos Gallery Options Products Swatches ...
Tags: Cover FX, Sneak Peeks, Christine


Nordstrom: Buy 3 Mascaras, Get 1 of Them Free

Nordstrom’s Mascara Event is here! Buy any three mascaras, get one free (lowest-priced will be automatically deducted from your total at checkout).  The event includes mascaras from high-end brands, even ones like Chanel, Dior, and Tom Ford along with Hourglass, Lancome, Too Faced — seriously, there are 165 different ones to choose from.  This is when I pick up the pricier high-end mascaras myself (like Tom Ford). Your best bet is to pick three mascaras around the same price point, which will g...
Tags: Beauty, Christine, Bargains & Sales


Kaja Beauty Stardust Mochi Glow Bouncy Blendable Highlighter Reviews & Swatches

Stardust Kaja Stardust Mochi Glow Bouncy Blendable Highlighter ($19.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a medium copper with strong, warm undertones and a soft, golden sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that could be sheered out but not built up much beyond that. The consistency was smooth with slight slip when initially touched, but it quickly felt more like a powder product on my fingertip and on my cheeks wherever applied. The product blended out nicely on bare skin, and there was very faint l...
Tags: Beauty, Christine, Cheek Products, Highlighters, Kaja


How important is a product’s name to you?

I don’t remember names very well any more, so they don’t encourage or discourage me from buying… so long as they aren’t patently offensive (like a racial slur). I do think brands should take some care in the names they use, though, and if they’re doing a theme that could relate back to a... — Christine Join Discussion [Author: Christine]
Tags: Beauty, Christine, Weekly Features, Temptalia Asks You


Memorial Day 2019 Beauty Sales & Deals

Retailer Sales/Deals Algenist — Up to 30% off, shop more, save more sale, ends 5/27. Antica Farmacista — 20% off sitewide with code SUMMER , ends 5/27. b-glowing — 26% off b-glowing orders $360 or more with code MEMORIALDAY , ends 5/29. 30% off Beauty Editor's Picks orders $100 or more with code B...
Tags: Beauty, Christine, Bargains & Sales


ColourPop Proceed with Caution Palette Makeup Look Ideas (x10)

Colour Pop Proceed with Caution 9-Pan Eyeshadow Palette ($12.00 for 0.36 oz.) includes an array of neutrals with a pop of yellow. I think you can get several distinct looks out of it, but the secret to getting more out of this palette is layering the shimmers and mattes together to create more variation–like Caution with Dead End or Drill with Maintenance. About This Series Each look idea is centered around a “quad” of four shades with the expectation that one might bring in the appropriate ...
Tags: Beauty, Christine, Weekly Features, Makeup Look Inspiration


Hourglass Canvas, Cosmic, Horizon Unreal High Shine Volumizing Lip Glosses Review & Swatches

Canvas Hourglass Canvas Unreal High Shine Volumizing Lip Gloss ($30.00 for 0.2 oz.) is a medium, rosy pink with warm undertones and a cream finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation in one layer, which adhered decently but there was slight streaking along the edges (and if I pressed my lips together, I could see where I did so) with slight product that sank into my lip lines. It had a moderate shine and was comfortable to wear, and the settling didn’t worsen over time. The texture was l...
Tags: Beauty, Hourglass, Christine, Lipgloss, Lip Products


Tom Ford Flicker Skin Illuminating Duo Review & Swatches

Flicker Tom Ford Beauty Flicker Skin Illuminating Duo ($80.00 for 0.42 oz.) includes a light-medium gold and a deep, chocolatly brown–both with more shimmery finishes. This is the deeper duo that’s been released to-date, and I could really see this working well on deeper skin tones well, particularly the darker shade, which may give a very my-skin-but-better effect on those skin tones. Both shades were pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing; they have that hybrid powder-gelee kind of f...
Tags: Cheek Products, Cheek/Face Palette, Highlighters, Makeup Palettes, Tom Ford, Christine


What’s a better value to you: palettes or singles? Why?

Don’t get me wrong, I love singles, and I think if I was just a consumer, I’d get equal value out of palettes and singles because I enjoy mixing and matching a lot… but when I have that rare moment where I’m picking and choosing what to wear from ALL THE THINGS (not just what needs to be... — Christine Join Discussion [Author: Christine]
Tags: Weekly Features, Temptalia Asks You, Christine


What beauty product do you use that a lot of others seem to skip?

Colored, pencil eyeliner and/or colored eyeshadow underneath my lower lash line! I definitely see people doing this, but for me, it’s practically a must-do every time I apply makeup! — Christine Join Discussion [Author: Christine]
Tags: Beauty, Christine, Weekly Features, Temptalia Asks You


Kaja Beauty Aura Mochi Pop Bouncy Blendable Blush Reviews & Swatches

Aura Kaja Aura Mochi Pop Bouncy Blendable Blush ($19.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a light, pink-coral base with warm, peachy gold pearl. It had buildable pigmentation from sheer to semi-opaque (three layers), though this particular shade seemed a little drier compared to the others in the range, which made it harder to build up without moving the product around more than was ideal (particularly over base products). Applied and blended out, it had a natural sheen that was luminous without being o...
Tags: Beauty, Sephora, Christine, Natasha Denona, Blushes, Cheek Products, Pigmentation, Laura Mercier Bellini, Laura Mercier Golden Pink, Kaja, Kaja Beauty


Lancome Caprice & Idole L’Absolu Rouges Reviews & Swatches

Caprice (132) Lancome Caprice (132) L’Absolu Rouge ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a bright, medium red with cool undertones and a natural sheen. There was very, very fine pearl strewn throughout that gave it a smoother, more luminous finish but didn’t look shimmery to the eye. The consistency was smooth, thin, and lightweight but not at all clingy nor did it emphasize my lip texture–it actually made my lips look a bit smoother. It wore well for five and a half hours, left a reddish stain, an...
Tags: Lancome, Lip Products, Lipstick, Christine


On Sale at Sephora featuring Pat McGrath, Natasha Denona, Tarte

There are some recent markdowns/additions to Sephora’s sale section of some products I’ve reviewed well, so here’s a list of what’s on sale along with links to reviews and swatches. Natasha Denona Natasha Denona Lila Mini Eyeshadow Palette ($12.50, was $25.00) is a palette I’ve found myself reaching for (particularly for Poison Berry and Linen, a great brow bone highlighter for me).  Review / Swatches / Look Natasha Denona Safari Eyeshadow Palette ($99.00, was $129.00) is an all-matte eyesha...
Tags: Bargains & Sales, Christine


ColourPop Birthday Treat Super Shock Pressed Pigment Review & Swatches

Birthday Treat Colour Pop Birthday Treat Super Shock Pressed Pigment ( for oz.) is a brighter, light-medium orange with warm red undertones and flecks of pink and gold glitter. It had good color coverage that was buildable to full opacity with two layers. The texture was smooth, creamy with moderate slip, and sponge-like (as the formula typically is!) and felt more powder-like as soon as it came into contact with my skin. It wore well for 10 hours without creasing or fading but had s...
Tags: ColourPop, Cream Eyeshadow, Eye Products, Christine


Urban Decay Sparkle Out Loud Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliners Reviews & Swatches (Part 1)

Disco Daydream Urban Decay Disco Daydream Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner ($21.00 for 0.25 oz.) is holographic and silver glitter suspended in a clear base. It has a thin, brush-style applicator that makes it easier to apply a thin line of product, particularly if one was layering it over a liquid or pencil eyeliner. I was able to disperse and spread the glitter on fairly evenly with the included applicator. It has a very wet feel initially but does dry down and set in place for long-wear...
Tags: Eye Liners, Eye Products, Urban Decay, Christine


Urban Decay Sparkle Out Loud 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils Reviews & Swatches

Electric Empire Urban Decay Electric Empire 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil (Eyeliner) ($22.00 for 0.04 oz.) is a rich, blue-teal base with cooler gold and green micro-glitter and sparkle. It was glittery, though it seemed slightly tempered by slightly finer particles, but it’s not something I’d wear comfortably on my water line (I tried; it went poorly–it didn’t seem THAT sparkly initially). There was enough particles i the liner that I could feel a bit of texture as it glided across my lowe...
Tags: John Lewis, France, Beauty, Marc Jacobs, Christine, Eye Products, Urban Decay, Pigmentation, Tarina Tarantino, Eye Liners, Estee Lauder Electric Cobalt, Electric Empire Urban Decay Electric Empire, Electric Empire Electric Empire B Permanent Where, CanadaHarvey Nichols UK House of Fraser, Sephora BrazilSephora France FeelUniqueSephora PL, Application 89 Total Roxy Urban Decay Roxy


Kaja Beauty Spoils of Mars Mochi Pop Bouncy Blendable Blush Reviews & Swatches

Spoils of Mars Kaja Spoils of Mars Mochi Pop Bouncy Blendable Highlighter ($19.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a rich, berry pink with cool, blue undertones and a satin sheen. I found that the more I blended it out, the less shimmery it appeared; it had more of a “natural” finish that wasn’t matte but wasn’t truly dewy or shimmery either. The texture was smooth to the touch but firmer and less “sponge” like compared to some other powder-gel hybrid products (with enough pressure, I could feel it pr...
Tags: Beauty, Sephora, Christine, NBL, Blushes, Cheek Products, Pigmentation, Laura Geller Plumberry, Kaja, Kevyn Aucoin Grapevine, Kaja Beauty Spoils, Lauroyl Lysine Aluminum Hydroxide


Dior Terra (786) Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

Terra (786) Dior Terra (786) High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette ($63.00 for 0.24 oz.) is comprised of warm, shimmery neutrals from peach to plum that tends to over in the more mid-tone area of the color spectrum. It works as a standalone palette, but I imagine that it’ll be more versatile when paired with your favorite matte eyeshadows (particularly for more depth). All five shades were pigmented, blendable, and easy to work with–no complaints–which made it one of the be...
Tags: John Lewis, Beauty, Dior, Dc, Christine, Terra, Dolce Vita, Dillard, Natasha Denona, Makeup Palettes, LORAC, Eye Products, Eyeshadow Palette, Pigmentation, Merveilles, Eyeshadows


Survey Says… May 22nd, 2019

Happy Wednesday! Here's this week's survey, which you can copy and paste and share as a comment. Your skin tone/coloring: Last product you bought on a whim? Last product you debated over forever but finally bought? Last product you wanted but finally crossed off your wish list (without buying!)? Join Discussion [Author: Christine]
Tags: Beauty, Christine, Weekly Features, Survey Says


When do you prefer a cream or liquid product over a powder one?

If I want more of a stained effect, cream/liquid blushes definitely get there more easily (and tend to look better). For more glittery eyeshadows, liquids and creams tend to have better binding, adhesion, and hold compared to powder eyeshadows–though the cream-powder hybrids are quite good these... — Christine Join Discussion [Author: Christine]
Tags: Beauty, Christine, Weekly Features, Temptalia Asks You


Fenty Beauty Tropic Tantrum, Alpha Doll, Purpsicle Poutsicle Juicy Satin Lipsticks Review & Swatches

Tropic Tantrum Fenty Beauty Tropic Tantrum Poutsicle Juicy Satin Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a bright, fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a cream finish. The texture was smooth, lightly creamy, and a little thicker compared to most shades in the range, which seemed to translate into a slightly creamier, more emollient quality to the product as well. The pigmentation was nearly opaque in one layer, but there was a bit of streaking along the edges of my lips and slight prod...
Tags: Beauty, Lipstick, Christine, Lip Products, Pigmentation, Maybelline Electric Pink, Letitia, Fenty Beauty, MAC Doo Wop LE, Tropic Tantrum Tropic Tantrum, Tom Ford Beauty Letitia, Kat Von D Ozzy, Tom Ford Beauty Kaia


Urban Decay Born to Run Palette for $29 at Ulta, Nordstrom, Macy’s

Urban Decay Born to Run Eyeshadow Palette is available for $29 (regularly $49) Ulta, Nordstrom, Macy’s, and through Urban Decay directly as well.  It’s a fantastic palette, and at $29, it’s really just the cherry on the top.  Sephora is now showing it at the sale price of $29. The deal should be live through June 1st (or while supplies last). Everything You Need to Know About Urban Decay Born To Run Urban Decay Born to Run Palette Review Urban Decay Born to Run Palette Swatches Urban Decay ...
Tags: Beauty, Sephora, Christine, Urban Decay, Bargains & Sales, Ulta Nordstrom Macy s. Urban Decay Born, Ulta Nordstrom Macy



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