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).

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Beauty Discovered

Makeup & Beauty Tips on How to Decide What Makeup Brushes to Buy

Share your best tips and tricks for deciding what makeup brushes to buy!  Feel free to share your first experiences, how you’ve grown, what you’ve learned, and what, ultimately, you found most helpful in learning how to decide what makeup brushes were worth buying.  (And if you haven’t conquered it, hopefully some of these tips will help you get there!)

Temptalia’s Tips

  1. Buy cheaper brushes in various sizes that seem like they might work.  They may, in fact, work quite nicely, but you may also discover that you like one shape over another or one texture better than the other.
  2. Buy brushes that are multi-taskers when possible, especially when you’re building your brush collection.  Multi-taskers will serve you better in the long run, and later on, you’ll figure out what you like it best for and what task you need another brush for instead.
  3. Try to think about the shape of your features, what kind of makeup application you do most, and whether you feel heavy or light-handed.  Longer handles are great for someone who is heavy-handed, because it encourages a lighter application.  On the other hand, if you need to get up close to the mirror to apply, shorter handles would be better for you.  If you have a lot of eye space, you might need larger brushes, while those with smaller eye space will find detail-oriented brushes better than standard brushes.  If you’re always scared over-applying your blush, opt for a fluffy, less densely-packed brush (like a stippling one).
Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

Beauty Discovered

Makeup & Beauty Tips on How to Wear Pigmented Blush

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

Temptalia’s Tips

  1. Build up the color by creating a soft, blended base layer.  Then, build up the color as you want it – you’ll already have a soft, diffused edge from the get-go, so you’ll have to do less work to blend out all of the edges.
  2. Look for a firmer, densely-packed brush for application, as it will pick up more product at once.
  3. You’ll likely want to opt for a subtler look on eyes/lips, but you don’t want to go so subtle that you lose definition in either area.  A neutral eye but with more dramatic eyeliner can work well with a dramatic blusher.
Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

Beauty Discovered

Makeup & Beauty Tips on How to Apply Glitter

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

Temptalia’s Tips

  1. It’s more about the adhesive/base/medium you use with the glitter that will make or break it. Most glitters are not designed to adhere on their own!  You want a sticky base–my favorite is Lit Cosmetics’.
  2. Use a flat, firm brush without a lot of fluff, and then pat on the glitter where you want it. Avoid sweeping, which can cause fall out.
  3. You can use glitter liquid eyeliner painted over eyeshadow and the like to avoid the hassle of adhesives!
Thursday, December 20th, 2012


7 Quick & Easy Holiday Looks

P&G Beauty challenged me to come up with seven different holiday looks/combinations, and here are the seven I came up with! I really went from a quick, easy, and on-the-go perspective. These are looks that can start off work appropriate and then changed up in the evening by adding drama in select ways.

A Few Tips & Tricks

  • FIND A WAY TO SPARKLE! Whether it’s your hair, lips, eyes, or skin, shimmer, sparkle, glitter, and the like are often on hand for holiday parties.
  • QUICK STEPS FOR DRAMATIC CHANGE include swapping out eyeliner, adding liquid eyeliner, going for a darker/bolder lip color, putting hair up (or letting it down), and changing clothes/accessories. You can easily wear something casual, and then put on a dressier top and red lip, and you’ll look polished and elegant in minutes.
  • RE-HYDRATE: After all the blow drying, styling, and products, I followed up with Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle Deeeeep Conditioner (which I’ve given two Editor’s Choice Awards for best conditioner before here, because it’s such a great hydrator for hair).
  • COLORED HAIR? Temporary hair color is best used the day before an event, while semi-permanent hair color, such as Clairol Natural Instincts, can be used a few days prior to your big holiday party. Permanent hair color can be done a couple of weeks prior. Remember, if you’re trying a brand new hair color, you may want to test-drive it a few days to a week before any big events!

Check out the looks!  Continue reading →

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Beauty Discovered

Makeup & Beauty Tips on How to Choose the Perfect Red Lipstick

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

Temptalia’s Tips

  1. Deeper, darker reds are always more universally wearable than brighter reds.
  2. Naturally, warm-toned reds (those that are orange-based) tend to be more flattering against warmer complexions, while cool-toned reds (those are that are blue-based, and often, those that look pink when sheered out) tend to be more flattering against cooler complexions.  Cooler-toned reds are more universally wearable than warm-toned reds.
  3. Look for a formula that isn’t too creamy, thick, or “feels” like a balm or gloss, as these formulas are more prone to bleeding. (They can, of course, be nice and wearable, but they might take more work to apply/prep for.)