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5 Springy Green Makeup Looks

February 23rd, 2011

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5 Springy Green Makeup Looks

Last week, a reader asked me if I had any look suggestions for wearing green during spring, and here are five suggestions:

  • Yellow Chatreuse & Green
  • Dare to Wear with Yellow, Green, & Blue
  • Soft Spring Greens with Make Up For Ever
  • To the Beach with Gold & Green
  • Green, Gray, & Dark Teal

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5 Spring Makeup Looks

February 20th, 2011

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5 Spring Makeup Looks

  1. Smoky Neutrals
  2. Peach, Pink, & Purple
  3. Subtle Sunset
  4. Quick& Easy Browns
  5. Sweet with Sugar Plums

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Dolce & Gabbana Makeup Brushes Review, Photos

December 12th, 2010

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Dolce & Gabbana Makeup Brushes: Powder, Blush, Blending, Eyeshading, Lip

Are Dolce & Gabbana Makeup Brushes Worth It?

Dolce & Gabbana Makeup Brushes debuted earlier this year, and despite having much luck with Dolce & Gabbana’s Makeup Line… I’m just not loving their makeup brushes. I actually find them, on the whole, a little scratchy. They are just nowhere near as soft as I expect from quality makeup brushes.

I know that a lot of readers thought the packaging looked very cheap with the gold plating and black handle, but the handles are a very sleek, matte black, which I think offsets the shiny gold plating in a way that’s not quite as “cheap” looking as anticipated. The ferrules also seem tightly in place, and I had very little bristle fall out, even on first use. All of the brushes are made out of natural hair (goat and sable).

  • The Powder Brush ($55.00) is a large, dome-shaped brush with nice fullness, but it is a little scratchy. It’s pretty soft, but sometimes I find it less than pleasant on the skin. It is luxuriously full and dense, though.
  • The Retractable Lip Brush ($29.00) is a small, thin brush that is thick and slightly tapered at the end. It is thicker than the average lip brush, and it’s not quite as wide. I like the firmness it has, and I like that it is retractable with a case, so it can be stored easily in a purse.
  • The Blush Brush ($48.00) is a medium-sized, tapered brush with a subtle dome shape. It works well for applying just the right amount of blush on cheeks as well as highlighting the cheek bones. I found it softer than the Powder Brush but not as soft as I would expect.
  • The Eyeshading Brush ($30.00) is a small, densely-packed dome-shaped eye brush. It is extremely similar to MAC’s 239, but this version seems an itsy bit smaller and firmer. I really liked the shape itself, but it, too, felt a little scratchy when used to blend.
  • The Blending Brush ($32.00) is a fluffy, slightly tapered brush designed for blending eyeshadows. I don’t think I have small eyes necessarily, but I found this brush too big to be all that useful. It may work better if you have larger eyes.

If you want to know more about how products are evaluated, read out Rating System FAQ! 🙂

  • Product: 23/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: I do not recommend purchasing these without having tested them in-person. They are not the worst brushes I have tried, and they really aren’t bad–they are decent–but there are better brands (at this price point or lower) out there. If you want to try Dolce & Gabbana, I recommend trying one of their blushes or lipsticks instead!


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Dolce & Gabbana Makeup Brushes
Dolce & Gabbana Makeup Brushes: Powder, Blush, Blending, Eyeshading, Lip

Dolce & Gabbana Makeup Brushes
Dolce & Gabbana Makeup Brushes: Powder, Blush, Blending, Eyeshading

Dolce & Gabbana Makeup Brushes
Dolce & Gabbana Makeup Brushes: Blush

Dolce & Gabbana Makeup Brushes
Dolce & Gabbana Makeup Brushes: Eyeshading, Blending

Dolce & Gabbana Makeup Brushes
Dolce & Gabbana Makeup Brushes: Lip

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Bare Escentuals for Holiday 2010

October 6th, 2010

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Bare Escentuals Holiday 2010

Bare Escentuals for Holiday 2010

Beyond Gorgeous ($54.00)

Take your mood, and your look, above and beyond with a makeup collection full of extraordinary beauty. Beyond Gorgeous, with all its playful touches, makes it easy to make an entrance, turn heads, bask in the frills and thrills of holiday. So go ahead, sweep on these glowing, gorgeous shades, enjoy these special moments, and live life to its fullest (and then some).

Buxom Samantha’s Smoky Eye ($42.00) (Limited Edition) (Sephora Exclusive)

This set will have you feeling armed and gorgeous with Bare Escentuals’ smoking hot combination of: a Buxom Smoky Eye Stick in Smokin’ Pistol, a Buxom Smoky Eye Brush, a Lash Mascara in deep black, and a universally flattering nude Samantha Big & Healthy Lip Polish.

Brush with Genius Magnetic Brush Collection ($45.00)

Brilliant. Amazing. Super-Crazy-Fantastic. This innovative, patent-pending set has five interchangeable brush heads that fit securely onto one magnetic, double-ended brush handle. The full range of professional-quality face and eye brushes provides for all your beauty needs. And everything fits nice and snug in the Stow & Go Case, making it incredibly quick and easy to change brushes wherever you are.

Buxom Babes Rock Stars ($28.00)

Pump up the volume with Gabbi, Blanche, Julie and Tonya, four chart-topping sensations who will rock your pout to the max. By the opening act, your lips will be curvaceous, voluptuous and amped in sparkling color. You’ll feel a tingly, cooling sensation which means they’re getting fuller by the minute, while a deep infusion of antioxidant vitamins A and E will keep them soft, smooth and protected. With show-stopping shine and a sheer wash of color, these rock stars will leave you wishing for an encore. Congrats to Tonya P., the ultimate rock star who inspired us by sharing her story.

Buxom Really Good Lines ($28.00) (Limited Edition) (Sephora Exclusive)

6 x 0.01 oz Eyeliners in: No. 1: “Did it hurt when you fell from heaven?” (bright turquoise), No. 2: “Do you believe in love at first sight or should I walk by again?” (violet purple), No. 3: “Are you a parking ticket? You’ve got fine written all over you.” (pearl white), No. 4: “If I could rearrange the alphabet, I’d put “U” and “I” together.” (black), No. 5: “Are those sexy legs tired? You’ve been running through my mind.” (espresso), No. 6: “You must be a thief because you stole my heart.” (gold with silver micro glitter)

Check out many more gift sets and new products!

Body Lingerie Luminous Body Shimmer ($29.00)

Slip into something a little more luxurious. Just like wearing sexy satin under your everyday attire, bareMinerals Body Lingerie Luminous Body Shimmer adds that extra silky touch to your day. Our vintage-inspired Luminous Body Shimmer mists shoulders, arms, d’ecollet’e, legs-anywhere you fancy, adding a subtle, shimmering golden glow to your body. The sublimely sexy, natural vanilla scent completes this perfect finishing touch.

BE Cares Enlightened Eyecolor ($13.00) (Limited Edition)

Every purchase of Enlightened Eyecolor helps support Bare Escentuals’ donation to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). LLS is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. Please join Bare Escentuals and BE Cares by getting involved in a local “Light The Night” walk in your town to pay tribute and bring hope to people battling cancer.

High Shine Eyecolors ($16.00)

  • Bronzed Bronze brown
  • Electric Deep teal
  • Frost Silver
  • Glisten Golden sand
  • Moonshine Deep plum
  • Patina Gilded khaki

Big, Bright, & Brilliant Eyeliner Collection ($20.00)

Our trio of Big & Bright Eyeliners visually enhances the whites of your eyes, so eyes look whiter, brighter and more brilliant instantly. The long-wearing, velvety formula is infused with a touch of light-reflective pearl for extra oomph and 100% pure bareMinerals for an unparalleled saturation of color in three gorgeous shades. The creamy, preservative-free eyeliner glides on super easy with conditioning botanical extracts and antioxidants. Includes Black Gold, Black Diamond, Midnight Moon.

Brilliant Gold Beauty Duo ($29.50) (Limited Edition)

We’ve infused our Mineral Veil finishing powder with real gold powder to indulge your bare skin with the warm radiant glow of pure gold. This limited-edition Brightening Gold Mineral Veil imparts a subtle, sheer pearlescent glow to your skin, while gently absorbing oil and minimizing the look of fine lines and pores for a fresh, flawless look all day. New mirrored compact dispenses the perfect amount every time. Also includes custom gold-finished Buff & Go Brush.

bareMinerals Shimmer & Shine Collection ($54.00) (Limited Edition) (Sephora Exclusive)

10-piece collection that includes: 4 x 0.01 oz Eyecolor in Shimmer (frosted cappuccino), Flicker (burnished violet), High Shine Gold Medal (pale gold), and High Shine Vapor (graphite), 0.012oz Big & Bright Eyeliner in Intense Black, 0.02 Clear Radiance All-Over Face Color (sheer translucent glow), 0.02 oz Pink Petal Blush (bright poppy pink), 0.14 oz 100% Natural Lipgloss in With a Twist (tulip pink), 0.14 oz 100% Natural Lipgloss in Sprinkles (diamond shimmer), Full Tapered Blush & Eye Brush, Booklet featuring instructions for Shimmer and Shine looks

Pure Luxuries, Volume 2 ($85.00) (Limited Edition) (Sephora Exclusive)

Includes: 8 x 0.01 oz Eyecolors in Extreme Silver (sparkling silver), Blushing Bronze (glowing bronze glimmer), Joy (medium gold apricot glimmer), Aurora (silvery blue shimmer), Metallic Green (deep forest brown sheen), Trinity (starry-midnight purple glimmer), Nice Rock (chocolate diamond glimmer), and Hot Spot (iridescent lavender mist), 2 x 0.02 oz Liner Shadows in Hallucinate (midnight blue) and Suspense (inky teal), 0.02 oz All-Over Face Color in Citrine Radiance (warm golden-beige glow), 0.02 oz Faux Tan Matte All-Over Face Color (matte tan in a jar), 0.02 oz Blush in Promise (pink tangerine), 0.02 oz Blush in Rosy Topaz (dusky rose), 0.02 oz Blush in Secret (deep mauve pink), Tapered Shadow Brush, Angled Blush Brush, Gold pebbled PVC train case

Buxom City Slickers ($39.00) (Limited Edition) (Sephora Exclusive)

4 x 0.07 Mini Big & Healthy Lip Polishes in Amber (washed peach), Brandi (candied plum), Denise (cool pink), and Michelle (raspberry rose), 4 x 0.05 oz Mini Big & Healthy Lip Sticks in Bombay (poppy rose), Marrakech (beige nude), Fresno (blackberry wine), and Vienna (pink lilac)

Additional holiday releases coming s0on…

Kaleidoscope Collection (November)

Includes 20 shades of Eyecolors.

Women of Bare Escentuals Collection (October)

20 Eyecolors named after customers.

The Miracle Skincare Collection (November)

Includes Cleanser, Moisturizer, Revival Treatment, and Eye Cream.

More the Merrier Collection (November)

15-piece collection that includes three glosses, blush, all-over face color, ten eyecolors, and a travel bag.

Charmed (October)

Includes Mineral Veil, Radiance, two Eyecolors, blush, lipgloss, eyeliner, mascara, and two brushes.

All Wrapped Up Eye Collection (November)

Includes six small festive Eyecolors.

Delish Lipgloss Palette (October)

Includes three 100% Natural Lipglosses with lip brush.

Fabulous Eyecolor Palette, Plum Perfect (November)

Four eyecolors with brush.

Mini Brush Collection (November)

Four brushes.

Buxom Sidekicks (October)

Two small Lip Polishes and Mascara.

Beautifully Luminous Lashes (November)

Bare Escentuals Holiday 2010

Bare Escentuals Holiday 2010

Bare Escentuals Holiday 2010

Bare Escentuals Holiday 2010

Bare Escentuals Holiday 2010

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Win $1500+ in Beauty, Makeup, & Skincare!

September 22nd, 2010

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Win $1500+ in Beauty, Makeup, & Skincare!

One (1) lucky winner will receive $1385+ of beauty, makeup, and skincare products, courtesy of HauteLook! The prize package contains products from many of the beauty brands on sale this week during HauteLook’s Beauty Week!

Favorites such as DDF, Stila, LORAC, and NYX will be up for grabs. If you’re unfamiliar with HauteLook, it’s a members-only website (free sign-up) that offers daily sales on name brands, and sometimes, it also has beauty brands from 30-60% off.

  • Monday (9/20/10): Alterna Haircare, InStyler Styling Tool, NuFace Skincare, Somme Institute, Stila
  • Tuesday (9/21/10): DDF Skincare, GO SMiLE, LORAC
  • Wednesday (9/22/10): RapidLash, D’Arcy Skincare, LightStim Beauty, NYX Cosmetics
  • Thursday (9/23/10): Freeze 24/7 Skincare, Hairdo by Jessica Simpson Hair Extensions, Hand Perfection, Tantowel
  • Friday (9/24/10): Amika Hair Styling Tools, Enessa Skincare, NuBrilliance

Winner will receive…

  • Amika Tourmaline Curler
  • InStyler
  • NuFace Professional Facial Protocol
  • DDF Matifying Oil Control Moisturizer
  • Lorac Snake Charmer Palette
  • GO SMiLE Limited Edition Whitening System
  • Freeze 24-7 Instant Smoother and Brightener
  • Red Ginger Professional Eye Shadow Palette
  • Somme Institute Mobile Travel Kit
  • LightStim Anti-Aging Light
  • D’Arcy Formula No. 17 Overnight Drying Lotion
  • Enessa Clove Oil
  • Ellen Sirot Hand Perfection Nail & Cuticle Treatment
  • Stila Jewel Lip Glaze Trio
  • NYX For Your Eyes Only Smokey Eye Kit , Jumbo Eyeliner, and Eyebrow Pencil

RULES: All entries must be submitted by September 24th, 2010 at 11:59 PM PST. This contest is open to U.S. readers as pursuant to your local state/country’s laws. Winner will be chosen randomly and notified via e-mail. This post will be updated with the winner once the winner confirms.

Three Ways to Win

You can do one, the other, or both to maximize your chances of winning…

1.) Leave a comment on this blog post tell us what brand you’re most excited to see on sale at HauteLook!

2.) Follow me on Twitter & re-tweet the following: Follow @temptalia & RT to win $1,500 in beauty loot! 3 ways to win/rules:

3.) Follow HauteLook on Twitter & tweet the following: Follow @hautelook & RT to win: Thx @hautelook for the $1,500 giveaway on @temptalia! 3 ways to win/rules:

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