Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Beauty Discovered

Makeup & Beauty Tips on How to Dye Your Hair at Home

Share your best tips and tricks for dying your own hair at home!  Feel free to share your experiences, how you mastered techniques, or what you struggle with.

Temptalia’s Tips

  1. Wear ratty clothes, make sure to cover your working space with newspaper/drop cloth to avoid staining anything in the area.
  2. Make sure to invest in shampoos/conditioners that are safe for colored hair so you help to reinforce your color.
  3. Consider using semi-permanent dye the first few times!
Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Beauty Discovered

Makeup & Beauty Tips on How to Layer Lipgloss over Lipstick

Share your best tips and tricks for layering gloss over lipsticks!  Feel free to share your experiences, how you mastered techniques, or what you struggle with.

Temptalia’s Tips

  1. Try using a more opaque lipgloss (in a similar color) to help even out a sheer lipstick.
  2. Use a sheer but pearly gloss to add sparkle, glossiness, and an illusion of fuller lips over a more opaque, matte lipstick.
  3. When applying the gloss, wipe the applicator either on a lip brush, disposable lip wand, sponge tip applicator, etc. and then apply using the outside applicator (whatever you choose!).  Otherwise, you’ll be getting your favorite lipstick into your favorite lipgloss!  It’s not as big of a deal with lighter lipsticks, but with reds and the like, it can tint the lipgloss base!
Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Beauty Discovered

Makeup & Beauty Tips on How to Apply Cream Blush

Share your best tips and tricks for applying your favorite cream blushes!  Feel free to share your experiences, how you mastered techniques, or what you struggle with.

Temptalia’s Tips

  1. I find that cream blushes apply best over bare skin or a sheer liquid foundation–and better when the liquid foundation is still slightly wet/damp.
  2. Sometimes, I prefer to apply the cream blush over bare skin with a heavier application, then lightly stipple liquid foundation around the edges. This is great for when cream blush doesn’t seem to play well with your foundation.
  3. Fingertips tend to be one of my favorite tools for blending out a cream blush, but sponge tip applicators, stippling brushes, and the like work well, too. The warmth of my fingertip tends to help keep the blush movable.
Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Beauty Discovered

Makeup & Beauty Tips on How to Apply Liquid Foundation

Share your best tips and tricks for flawless application of liquid foundation!  Feel free to share your experiences, how you mastered techniques, or what you struggle with.

Temptalia’s Tips

  1. Moisture your skin well; the better the real base, the better everything applies on top of that.  Give your moisturizer some time to absorb and sink in before applying anything on top of it.
  2. I like spritzing either my face or my foundation brush with a bit of water, which helps to sheer out the liquid foundation and give it added slip.  I find that we don’t need nearly as much foundation as we think, so it helps make any foundation sheerer and then enables me to go back over areas that need more coverage with without putting too much on everywhere.
  3. I like to give my foundation a few minutes to set before applying a finishing or setting powder on top, because this helps to keep the powder from sticking too much in any area (in the event that an area is slightly wet still) and minimizes any powderiness from application of setting/finishing powders later on.
Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Beauty Discovered

Makeup & Beauty Tips on How to Apply Cream Eyeshadow -

Share your best tips and tricks for applying your favorite cream eyeshadows!  Feel free to share your experiences, how you mastered techniques, or what you struggle with.

Temptalia’s Tips

  1. I like using a firm, flat brush (like MAC’s 249 or even concealer brushes work well) to get the color from the jar to my lid.
  2. If you want a sheerer wash of color, fingertips tend to work really well to blend out color, because the heat from your fingertip helps keep the shadow moving.  Otherwise, a fluffy brush (I like MAC’s 217) works well, too–especially if you want more precision/control.
  3. If you want more opaque color, consider building up the color in layers, so you can avoid it creasing (if it’s too thick of a layer, it takes longer to dry, which can cause it to gather in the creases while it’s drying down!).
Friday, January 25th, 2013

Don’t Let Winter Put a On Freeze Your Beauty Routine!

Every winter, there are a few things that always happen: I can’t figure out how to dress warmly enough–ever–and I get a little lazy about maintaining certain aspects of my beauty routine. There’s really no excuse for it (though mine is it’s cold, and all I want do is curl up under a heap of blankets with hot cocoa).  This January, P&G Beauty has challenged me to not get lazy just because winter is here.

Increase Hydration for Dry, Winter Skin

If you are fortunate enough to have beautifully hydrated skin year-round that never seems to make note of the season, lucky for you! But for the rest of us? Make sure to switch to the right kind of products to help boost hydration and moisture-retention as the outdoor temperatures cool down and you start turning the heat on. You may find that the products that worked well in the summer (or even fall) are no longer effective for the winter. A good way to improve your routine is by layering moisturizing products–like ensuring your face and body cleansers are adding hydration and getting the skin ready to absorb your moisturizer. Oh–and don’t forget the sunscreen; just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean the sun isn’t out and causing damage to the skin.

  • Keep a travel-sized hand cream in your purse, at your desk, or by your night stand (or all three!), so you can easily reapply as necessary.
  • Pick a body moisturizer/cream that works for your budget so you can slather it on as much (or as little) as you need without feeling like you need to “save” it.
  • Try a serum designed to increase hydration or help lock in moisture in the skin.
  • P&G Beauty Recommends: Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash (preps skin for moisturizer) and Venus + Olay Razor (helps hydrate skin during and post-shave)

Have Happy Hair Under Wraps

Whether you keep your head warm with scarves, hoods, hats, or earmuffs, they can make time-consuming hair routines and styling a thing of the past. When we head indoors, off come the hats and hoods and scarves, so it’s still important to make time for healthy, happy hair that’s nourished and hydrated. Winter brings rain and snow for most of us, and it can impact hair negatively, so it’s important to look for the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair as it reacts to environmental changes. I look for more hydrating and restorative pairings and treatments. If you color your hair, try to keep up with your regular coloring routine, but if you’re pressed for time or don’t want to spend a lot during a season where you may not show off your hair as much, consider touching up roots only.

  • Consider a leave-in conditioner or conditioning treatment
  • Limit the amount of hair products you use that have a high alcohol content
  • Use a dryer sheet lightly on hair to minimize the impact of static electricity
  • P&G Beauty Recommends: Head & Shoulders Damage Rescue Shampoo/Conditioner (designed to repair damaged hair) and Clairol Nice ‘n Easy Root Touch-up (used to touch-up color in 10 minutes)

By keeping up with our regular routines, we won’t have to spend hours (or days) prepping for a fancy night out, whether it’s with friends, family, significant others, or even for business. It also means that you’ll spend less time trying to fix major damage, dryness, and the like, as spring approaches and summer follows.

What is the one beauty ritual you let go of during the winter?  I’m super guilty of going longer between shaving my legs and being inconsistent about applying body cream/moisturizer (which I’m guilty of most of the year, actually).