Sunday, September 7th, 2008

Britney Spears MTV VMA 2008

Aside from it being all-too-obvious and predictable at the VMAs (and let’s face it, maybe a ploy by MTV for Project: Save Britney), Britney did look much more like her old self.  Glowy, healthy, and maybe even happy–a little bit? I admit, MTV got me, I tuned in just to see what Britney was going to do for the opening act.  I’m not much for sketch comedy, and I’d have rather seen a performance, but hey, at least she didn’t fall flat on her face like last year.

Anyway, the real point of this post is to show you three ladies who rocked some fierce beauty at this year’s VMAs. Britney (above, duh), Taylor Swift (love her!), and Christina Aguilera (stunning look!).  Britney had a metallic silvery smoky eye going on with some ultra black, ultra dramatic lashes (false lashes or super duper mascara… or both?). Taylor seemed like she did a mostly black smoky eye, but she kept the rest of her face neutral and peachy–and why is she blessed with such phenomenal skin?  So not fair.  Christina always gets me with her choices in makeup.  You see her with a classic red lip all the time, but tonight she rocks an intense black cat eye, with some creative lining underneath the eye–love when I see something different on celebs.

Who did you think looked their very best at the VMAs? So many celebs and artists to choose from, but these three that I thought I’d highlight. Rihanna had some cute navy liner for her entrance, and Jordin Sparks looked sultry with her smoky eye, too!

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Sunday, September 7th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You


What’s one makeup trend you wish you could rock? Or can you rock ‘em all?

Saturday, September 6th, 2008

Choose or Lose


What kind of eyeshadow looks do you prefer [on yourself]?

  • Everything and anything - I mix it up! (54%, 263 Votes)
  • Lots of neutrals and softness! (28%, 137 Votes)
  • Bold, dramatic! (13%, 63 Votes)
  • Just liner only! (4%, 19 Votes)
  • Other -- tell me in the comments! (1%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 485

Feel free to elaborate on your answer in the comment section!

Saturday, September 6th, 2008

Friday, September 5th, 2008 | Beauty Breather

New York Fashion Week BeautyAt BCBG Max Azria, it was all about angular shapes, soft layers and an incredibly natural face. Lisa Butler of NARS Cosmetics says, “We didn’t want to do anything to take away from the look, so we went for a less girly look.” The team used oil-free foundation, Habanera (shimmery purple) on lids and buffed past eye sockets. Kyoto (shimmery green) lined the lower, inner lash line for depth. Cheeks were done with Casino bronzing powder. Bumble & Bumble parted hair in the middle and applied hair extensions as necessary. Laurent Philippon says, “She’s partying. She’s sexy and she takes care of herself.” He used B&b Prep and Styling Lotion to create the look. (WWD)



At Yigal Azourel, Erin Anderson of TRESemme created a hairstyle based off of the classic ponytail, only she looped the ponytails downward and back to create a pseudo bun. Jeanine Lobell of Stila used a charcoal eyeshadow to create the incredibly dark, dramatic cat eye seen at the show. The face was kept soft and clean, with just a touch of color. (WWD)


At Erin Fetherson, the look as sculpted and natural. The skin being flawless, as per usual on the runway these days, but the cheeks were deeply contoured to create cheekbones that look like they were chiseled out of stone.



At Rag & Bone, skin was natural, almost glowy, but still very clean. Eyes were defined with a thin ilne of upper lash liner, while lips were pale and neutral.



At Nicole Miller, they used a mauvey brown on both the lid and underneath the lid, while accenting the inner tearduct with a silvery-pearl color. Lips were a neutral beige-orange, very soft and suitable. Cheeks had a slight bronze flush to them, but otherwise the face was natural.

Saturday, September 6th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You


What was the last amazing lip combo you discovered? Do share!

Friday, September 5th, 2008

AMBI Skincare is a line that understands women and their skin. They have been going around the country on their “Flawless Skin Tour,” and their final stop is Atlanta, at V-103 For Sisters Only on September 13th and 14th. This weekend, they will be in D.C. at NCNW Black Family Reunion Celebration, and the event is free and open to the public (so head over, if you can!). Stopping by the AMBI Tourbus will get you a chance to try out some of their products, as well as get consultations by licensed aestheticians.

Temptalia is pleased to announce a giveaway sponsored by AMBI for our readers! One lucky reader will win an AMBI Gift Basket and a set of two tickets to the Atlanta event. Two other readers will win AMBI Gift Baskets, as well!

Each gift basket includes:

  • Even & Clear product line
  • Soft & Even product line
  • Fade Cream for Normal Skin

To Enter: Simply leave a comment indicating you’d like to win! If you would like to attend the Atlanta tour stop, please make sure you indicate that you’d love a chance to win the tickets along with a gift basket. (Like putting, “Hey, I’m in Atlanta!” is helpful!)

Winners will be chosen September 6th, 2008 9AM PST. You must respond with your address by September 8th, 2008, 8AM PST to claim your prize if selected!

AMBI recognizes that women of African, Latin and South Asian heritage often face unique skincare challenges in keeping their skin clear and even toned due to the melanin in their skin. Melanin is a natural substance that gives color or pigment to skin and gives skin its rich, beautiful tone. However, melanin also may make skin more vulnerable to marks and uneven tone. Therefore, it is important for women with rich skin tones to have products that have been designed specifically to keep their skin clear and even toned.

Learn more at www.ambiskincare.com.