Pretty.Smart. Launches + Giveaway!

The following post is an advertorial.

Pretty.Smart. is a new beauty program that will quickly become your easy and affordable everyday guide to beauty, skin, hair, and body care. Pretty.Smart. is a great source for beauty ideas, how-to videos, and new product advice. It’s kinda like a best friend who also happens to be a cosmetologist, stylist, and a frugalista. This means that with every monthly site refresh you’ll get budget-friendly ideas that’ll keep you feeling and looking great WITHOUT destroying your pocketbook. This year the program is hosted by Nina Sutton, who’s a wife AND a busy mother of 2 young boys. She also happens to be the author of “The Chic Mom’s Guide To Feeling Fabulous” – a book based on a REAL mom’s experience in the beauty and fashion industries. Basically, Pretty.Smart is all set to offer you new, PROFESSIONAL beauty advice for free, every month.

This month they’re featuring Spring Scent-Sations. Nina delves into how fragrance affects your mood, how you can feel fresh all day, and how to maximize the life of your preferred fragrance. This month’s featured products include Degree’s new line of body-responsive fragrances inspired by nature. natureffects©™ pairs anti-perspirant and deodorant in new body mists to create a “scentual” experience that heightens all of the body’s natural senses. Degree® Natureffects™ comes in in Olive Leave & Pink Pepper, Orange Flower & Cranberry, and Honeysuckle & Tea Tree Oil.

The Pretty.Smart. April 2010 edition also features Dove® go fresh Body Mists that will “wake up your senses”. Nectarine and white ginger provide a burst of juicy goodness to drench your skin in fresh moisture. Pomegranate and lemon verbena revive your senses, cool essentials (cucumber and green tea) offer a crisp, soothing scent. And the juicy, sparkling scent of grapefruit coupled with lemongrass offers a brilliant energizing aroma.

Visit Pretty.Smart. for new beauty tips every month.

To celebrate the start of Pretty.Smart., Temptalia is giving away a set of three (3) Degree Women Natureffects Body Mists AND three (3) Dove Body Mists to one lucky winner!

Scents from Degree Women include Orange Flower + Cranberry, Olive Leaf & Pink Pepper, and Honeysuckle & Tea Tree. Scents from Dove include Cucumber & Green Tea, Energizing Grapefruit & Lemongrass, and Burst.

  • To Enter: Head on over to Pretty.Smart. and tell me what makes you Pretty.Smart?
  • Rules: All entries must be received by April 18th, 2010.  Winner will be chosen randomly amongst those who have entered.  One entry per person.

Congratulations to Kat!

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10 Random Facts of Beauty About Temptalia You Might Not Have Known

10 Random Facts of Beauty About Temptalia You Might Not Have Known

I didn’t fall in love with makeup until I was 18! I had just started my freshman year of college at University of California, Irvine, and I bought some MAC Pigment samples off of eBay (thinking back, I don’t think they *were* really MAC)… but it was over from there. I was totally smitten! Surprisingly, this love affair has endured for five years now (almost 6, am I really turning 24 this year? sigh!), though I don’t usually obsess over something for so long.

I am in desperate need of a hair cut at the moment. I haven’t had my hair cut since December 2008. Yes, 2008, that was not a typo! I keep meaning to set an appointment somewhere, but then I get distracted or forget for a month. I’m fortunate that since I don’t do very much with my hair (very, very little heat or styling) that it’s so forgiving. The good news is at least it’s nice and long again with no split ends!

I make silly faces in all my makeup! It’s something I started doing whenever I had the thought, “Is this too much? I feel ridiculous!” But I seem to make silly faces a lot in general :) I like making the faces because it reminds me not to be so serious, but it also makes sure I haven’t shallacked my face and can still move it around!

I only wear China Glaze For Audrey Nail Lacquer on my toes during the summer! I love, love the way the color looks in the summer particularly, but it looks so pretty underwater, too.

Wearing makeup has helped me stop rubbing my eyes and licking my lips (both bad habits!). I remember when I first started wearing eye makeup, I would always forget and then rub my eye… and then remember once half of my eyeshadow was on my hand! LOL! Wearing lipstick and lipgloss at once really helped me combat any licking/tugging of my lips that I used to do, too.

I did not have a skincare regimen until I was 19! If you have kids, I hope you’re educating them on the merits and MUSTS of sunscreen, because that is the one thing I wish someone had told me about twenty years ago! I didn’t wash my face with digilence or regularity, and even when I was 19, I used Cetaphil until I was 20 (which is a good cleanser, but it doesn’t remove all your makeup). Bad, bad, bad! I don’t even think I got into the habit of wearing SPF everyday until I was 20 or 21. :(

I suffer from serious makeup COLLECT ‘EM ALL SYNDROME. If I fall in love with a particular formula or product and say I own 5 of 8 shades… then I have to own all 8, even if I’m not in love with the other shades! It’s like I need to complete my set. I’m just lucky that I manage to resist the urge to complete much larger sets (e.g. my MAC permanent eyeshadows or lipsticks) that would really break the bank!

I always match my makeup to my clothes. Whether it’s a faux pas or not, I do it. I like it, so I do it! It doesn’t mean that I always have to be an exact match or I won’t do a neutral paired with a color. Oh, and I love wearing black with a very bold lip or eye — I find it really makes the look pop!

I desperately yearn for a makeup room to call my own. I want one huge room where I keep and store all my makeup, shoes, and clothes! Apartment living really cramps my style, I tell ya :)

The only thing I am more obsessed over than beauty/makeup is my dog, Magellan aka Mellan. He’s a two-year old yellow lab that long ago stole my heart with his big puppy eyes and come-love-me face. I take way too many photos of him (and he is sooo not photogenic!), love him way too much, and inject him into conversations like an obsessive dog-lady. At least I only dress him up on holidays…

What are some nifty random facts of beauty about you?  Share ’em with me!