Thursday, September 10th, 2009

Sample Sales Going on Today…

Korres is on sale–up to 50% off–at The Fairest!

When you join from our invite link, you will receive $5 (and I will receive $5, to be clear) when you make you first purchase. Also, it also helps us track how many people we’ve turned onto The Fairest and let’s us (and The Fairest!) know more about the Power of Temptalia. :)

P.S. – The Fairest is currently only shipping to U.S. residents right now. If and when anything changes, I’ll definitely pass the word along!

Dr. Brandt Skincare is on sale at Gilt Groupe.  Here’s an invite link to join if you aren’t already a member (Gilt is invite-only).  (Starts 9AM PST)

CoverFX is on sale at HauteLook!  (Starts 8AM PST)

The link above is an invite-link, which is a referral link. HauteLook has opened up membership, so you are free to sign up on your own, if you wish! :)

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

Our Expert:  Maria Luttrell-Murphy is the CEO of SOY SPACASSO, which is a skincare line that uses natural bamboo hoot, natural soy lipids, isoflavones, and vitamins A and E. The company is based out of Des Moines, Iowa, and their mission is “to provide a luxurious and high quality unisex product line, and provide utmost commitment of service to our appreciated customers.”

Today, I asked Maria to share her expertise on how and why soy is good for your skin as part of our Tips & Tricks Thursdays…

It is a well know fact that the internal partaking of the soybean in its many forms, tasty or not, has been deemed GOOD in the body. BUT, the real knowledge that is spreading like wildfire is that soy is really GREAT on the body!

The age has come when pampering your skin with natural treatments is the way to go. And soy is on the forefront to provide a botanic, healthy and non-chemical way to indulge your body with what it deserves.

The Benefits of Soy for Skincare

Soy has a tremendous antioxidant property that reduces oxidative damage that is caused by harmful free radicals. Free radicals are highly reactive chemicals that attack molecules by capturing electrons and thus modifying unhealthy chemical structures.
When combined with complimenting ingredients such as shea butter, soy based products provide the skin with an astonishing moisturization. Soy proteins are rich in amino acids, vitamin E which aids in maintaining skin elasticity and can help lighten dark spots and even out skin tone.

Soy is an incredible source of important nutrients providing the necessary ingredients to build protein in the body and is also rich in isoflavones which have estrogen-like properties which diminishes dryness, smoothes texture, improves radiance and firming.
Soy also contains nutrients such as lecithin that are beneficial in repairing the skin, renew collagen production making skin soft and flexible. Soy lipids help to regenerate damaged tissue and promote quick regeneration of the skin cells for healthy skin healing.

Presence of the compound called genistein is in soy, which helps in lowering the creation of keratin. Keratin is a protein present in the skin and related to the problems such as Dermatitis, Eczema, and Psoriasis (a skin disorder marked by red scaly smears).

And, as we all have experience weather issues such as dry, heat, cold, sunburn that are always a constant concern, remember that soy is also a great barrier protector against all of those harsh elements that wreak havoc on your skin.

Keep It Soy Real!

Maria Luttrell-Murphy, CEO

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

How do you keep your lips in tip top shape? What steps do you do? What products (if any) do you use?

Temptalia's Answer.

I exfoliate them with Peter Thomas Roth’s lip scrub every few days, and I always make sure to keep them moisturized with lip balm/vaseline.

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Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Walmart

Beauty on a Budget: Adventure at Walmart

Have you checked out your local Walmart lately? If you know me, I’m not the biggest drugstore beauty gal, and it’s mostly because they’re all too inconveniently located. Walmart is my nearest outlet for mass retail brands like Almay, CoverGirl, Maybelline, Physician’s Formula, Revlon, etc. If there’s one item that always tempts me whenever I’m looking at budget beauty items, it’s mascara. Rarely does high-end, pricey mascara so out perform more affordable mascaras, so you can count me among the curious whenever there’s a new mascara everyone’s buzzing about.

When Walmart asked me to snoop through their beauty aisles and tell you about what I saw, I figured, “Why not?” It was something I was totally game for, because who doesn’t like to look at beauty products? (At least, a beauty addict wouldn’t say no, right?) My local Walmart contains about four or five aisles lined with cosmetics, and it pretty much seems to be home to nearly every major mass cosmetic brand I’ve heard of. It also has some smaller brands I hadn’t heard of like Black Radiance, CQ, and Illusions. I went early in the morning (before 10AM), because I wanted time to peruse and not worry about being in anyone’s way since I was just being a big snoop. Another benefit of being an early bird customer was everything was clean and organized.

I don’t know why, but every time I see the displayers full of eyeshadows, I am surprised to see brighter, bolder colors like lime green and turquoise amongst the neutrals. My mind is still stuck in the past, I guess–back when brands were all about neutrals and tamer shades. I also saw a lot of different eyeshadow/blush palettes or compacts with embellished designs or patterns, which reminded me of some of the cult favorites from high-end brands.

It’s always good to see what’s available at a lower price point, particularly if you’re on a tighter budget. There are just some things you don’t need, and there are other things you can substitute for and never miss the more expensive version. I always stock up on my favorite tried-and-true mascaras like Maybelline Full ‘n Soft and CoverGirl Lash Blast, while I grab cotton balls, swabs, and pads for easy makeup removal, too. They also had a ton of the *cutest* makeup bags that were really hard to resist! I have to assess the makeup bag situation here at home before I let myself cave into a matching set.

What products and brands do you use when you’re on a budget?

What budget-friendly brands do you love even when you’re not on a budget

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Today, The Fairest has a Tarte sale in progress! I actually wrote up a little “Best of Tarte” post over at Who’s the Fairest? blog.  I definitely recommend the “Intro to Tarte” set and the “EyeQuatic” set.

When you join from our invite link, you will receive $5 (and I will receive $5, to be clear) when you make you first purchase. Also, it also helps us track how many people we’ve turned onto The Fairest and let’s us (and The Fairest!) know more about the Power of Temptalia. :)

P.S. – The Fairest is currently only shipping to U.S. residents right now. If and when anything changes, I’ll definitely pass the word along!

Gilt Groupe is featuring a Smashbox sale today! I’m inviting you to join if you aren’t already a member (Gilt is invite-only). I’m pretty excited, and I’m hoping there’ll be some stuff I’ve been wanting available, too!

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

What are your favorite eyeshadow colors to wear? What shades do you love?

Temptalia's Answer.

I love wearing golds and greens–those are definitely the two that I always reach for.

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