Saturday, June 7th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You


How much attention do you pay to your hands and feet? Do you regularly care for them? Ignore them? What do you use to keep them looking their best?

Friday, June 6th, 2008

The Red Lips Challenge went so well, and it has made consider whether we should institute monthly challenges–let me know what you think in the comments.  For June, I want to see you rock BLUE!  In the challenge image, I’ve included six different blue looks I’ve done, and you can see that they vary from all-blue to subtle blue to ultra dark, smoky black and blue.  I’d like to think challenges are meant to encourage you to try things you haven’t otherwise done before.

The Challenge | Rock some blue!  Figure out where you are in your comfort zone, and then take it to the next level…

  • “Blues are pretty to look at, but I’d never wear them!” | Your Challenge:  Wear it in the comfort of your own home.
  • “I’ve tried it, but I couldn’t wear it out” | Your Challenge: Wear it to the grocery store! Round up some pals (or get the man in your life) to take you somewhere hip and trendy.
  • “There is this one blue…” | Your Challenge: Incorporate your favorite blue with other blues (or blue-like colors) that you haven’t yet tried.
  • “I rock blues all the time!” | Your Challenge: Encourage others that wearing blue is fun and sexy, not at all Mimi-esque!

Are you ready for Temptalia’s Blue Eyes Challenge? If you take the challenge, I encourage you to submit the results in picture form to [email protected], as well as all testimonials and written results are happily taken–just include your comment on this post!  If you’re a little wary of your photos being on the blog, think about posting them on the forum, where only members can view your photos.

Friday, June 6th, 2008

Check out these ladies who took the Temptalia Red Lips Challenge! Make sure you see the first round of submissions, second round, and third round too!

Thanks to all of the lovely ladies who participated in the challenge!  I hope they have inspired and assured those who have been more hesistant to rock the red to go out there and paint the town RED.

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Friday, June 6th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You


Do you like to hear about new collections? Is it fun for you to plan out what you want from first-glimpse? Would you rather hear about it after it has launched?

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

This is your chance to ask any questions you may have that you want me to answer! I will try to answer whatever you may ask, and if I don’t have an answer, I’ll at least do my best to point you in the right direction. I’d love to answer your beauty-related questions, but I will take non-beauty questions, too. As always, if you have a question you’d like to ask that’s private, just drop me an email!

So, not sure whether you should get Rollickin’ paint pot when you already have Aquadisiac eyeshadow? Need to know where to buy a product? Have a burning desire to know what my favorite color is? Ask anything, and ask away! (And feel free to chime in with answers to other readers’ questions–the more the merrier!)

(I will periodically do posts like these where I will take as many questions as I get to answer until I mark the post as closed.)

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

Father’s Day is June 15, 2008 — have you picked up your perfect gift for that father figure in your life?  (Or maybe the father-to-be?)  I’m still at a total and utter loss as to what to pick up for my dad as he is a no-fragrance-no-frills kind of guy, so anything beauty related is completely out of the question (sigh!).  I’ll probably try to find some doodad or gadget in my budget that he doesn’t have!  What are you planning to get (or already get) for your Dad this year?

Here are some product suggestions for the father who is not nearly so adverse to a few male-care items in his toiletry bag…

L’Occitane CADE products are designed for men to strengthen and keep skin lookings its best despite working hard and playing hard. Wild Juniper is called “CADE,” which means that the scent of these products is an earthy, masculine, slightly woody fragrance. It’s definitely not a scent that they’d balk at and call too feminine. You can pick up their Shaving Set ($42.00), which includes Cade Juniper Scrub (4.4oz) and Shaving Cream (5.2oz), or you can build your own gift set with various other Cade products. The scrub helps exfoliates skin so they can get that ultra close, smooth shave us women adore. The cream also helps make that perfect shave just mere moments away! www.loccitane.com

Every Man Jack’s The Perfect Shave ($20.00) is a pack of essentials that is bound to please your darling dad, without breaking the bank, too.  I love Every Man Jack products because they’re effective, utilitarian, and guys are far more receptive to its clean, masculine packaging.  The Perfect Shave kit includes their face wash, face scrub, shave gel/shave cream, and face lotion.  Even my boy, who is pretty hard to persuade to use skincare products–even when designed for men–loved their body wash.  www.everymanjack.com

Liz Earle Men’s Essentials ($70.00) kit contains a face and body wash (200ml), Sensitive Shave Cream (100ml), After-Shaving Moisturizer (50ml), a towelling cloth, and handy dandy traveling case.  Liz Earle is a brand I consider for those who want to focus on more natural products, and at the same time, groom up the men in their lives without handing them bottles of sweet-scented facial lotions or pink-packaged products.  I’ve had great success with Liz Earle’s suncare line (adore their After Sun products!), and I imagine that their men’s skincare range is just as fabulous for the man in your life.  www.lizearle.com

Kiehl’sThe Jesse James Dopp Kit” ($66.00) was inspired by Jesse James (West Coast Choppers).  It contains Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash, “White Eagle” Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream, Ultimate Man Body Scrub Soap, Facial Fuel Energizing Moisture Treatment, and a deluxe sample of Ultimate Strength Hand Salve.  I know Kiehl’s is often the go-to brand when it comes to buying a man something for his skin and what better way to do it than with a Jesse James-inspired kit?  www.kiehls.com

LUSH has packaged three fun father-loving products into a cute pre-wrapped gift. “DAD” ($29.95) consists of Happy Hippy shower gel, Ice Blue soap, and a new shampoo bar. All easy-to-use and nothing girly in the slightest!

Lush has also hand-picked the Marathon Bar ($5.25), which aids in relaxation and has a spicy, cinnamony scent.

Plus, Wiccy Magic Muscles ($8.95), which contains aduki beans and helps to relieve tension and knots, as great gifts for dads, too. www.lush.com