Friday, January 18th, 2008

Don’t forget the hands! Because we are always using our hands for something, they tend to be exposed and never kept away from the harsh elements of the day, including the weather and dry air.  Some of us (cough, me) are compulsive hand-washers, which can lead to overwrought skin.  This is a guide to several different remedies for dry, cracked hands (but some of the products can be used on other body parts like elbows, knees, and heels).  So fear no more, your bear paws will be turned into silky soft baby hands with these quick fixes!

Elizabeth Arden 8-Hour Cream for Hands ($17.00) is an amazing hand cream that is beyond perfect to toss in your purse throughout the winter season.  You need to apply only a sparing amount to soften hands instantly, because this product not only stretches out, but it sinks into the skin quickly, within minutes.  No sticky or greasy residue is left behind once it dries, either!  You’ll wonder how your hands survived before this!

LUSH Lemony Flutter ($12.50) has a longer absorption rate than Lush’s Helping Hands (see below), but it is also much richer and thicker in the texture and feel of the cream.  It’s almost a semi-solid in the tub, rather than the viscosity of a cream.  It has a delightful lemony citrus scent, which might be a tad overpowering, but overall, I liked the scent, especially when applied to the skin.  If you take a whiff from the tub directly, the lemon might read too synthetic, but on the skin, very subtle and light.  I love this as a cuticle treatment, too, because it’s quite a heavy “cream” that just gets into those dry spots.  Anyone with crackled elbows or knees would love this, too!

Sweet Grass Farms Super Duty Hand Care ($6.95) is a salve, meaning it comes in a solid-form.  It comes in a handy tin with a layer of paper surrounding it; you’ll want to make sure you keep the paper, so you can easily lift out the salve out.  I found I had better applying results when running both my hands around the salve than trying to use my fingertips to get some and then applying it.  To me, the drying time on this is just too long for everyday for day time usage.  It is incredibly moisturizing, so the results could be justified, but this is more of a moisture-and-glove treatment.  There are plenty of people who do this any way, and I think this is a great product to use with gloves.  This is also really good for those who have incredibly cracked and dried out hands–think those who work with their hands; mechanics, painters, etc.

LUSH Helping Hands ($15.95) sinks into skin within 5-10 minutes of applying a liberal amount.  Apply more sparingly for even faster drying time.  It left my skin moisturized and super soft to the touch.  The scent is quite organic/natural, nothing really off-putting, but it’s not something I’d put my nose to and take big whiffs of for fun.  I find the tub is a bit too big to carry around everyday, but it’s great to keep by the sofa or on your night stand for quick moisturizing.

Friday, January 18th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You

What steps do you go through for your hair? Are you a quick comb-through and you’re out the door kind of gal? Or are you armed with your T3? For the everyday look, what steps do you take to ready your hair?

Luckily (I think so!) I just have to let my hair air dry or lightly blow dry it, and it’s ready. I often wear it in a pulled back ponytail that’s twisted under the end, but if I wear it down, I do absolutely nothing to it beyond running the brush through once (I am fortunate enough to get tangles rarely, and nothing that a single brush stroke doesn’t cure). I really do thank my genes for such easy, manageable hair. I know absolutely nothing about styling it, which is my biggest beauty downfall!

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You


What do you think is your best facial feature? What makes you enviable? Full, pouty pink lips? Long lashes? Doe eyes?

And everybody has SOMETHING they have to consider the best, so don’t give me any of that “But I don’t have one!” business! Me? I like my eyes! I like the color of them (hazel and green, looks like leopard print!) and the overall shape, too.

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You

Would you be interested in a Temptalia meet-up? I’ve been toying with the idea of having a meet-up of Temptalia readers (and me!) at the San Francisco PRO store sometime.  I’d love to see if anyone would be interested!  And really, it’s okay to say no, you won’t break my heart… much! :)

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

If you were using MAC’s Moon’s Reflection eyeshadow, what look would you create with it? What shadows would you use? What would you use on cheeks? Anything added to the lips?

Create a look using whatever you want, as long as you include Moon’s Reflection! Feel free to share links to photos of your look(s) using it in the comments.

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You


Do you use lip liner regularly? Is it a must-have or do you use it very rarely? Why so?