Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

I’m a first time New York Fashion Week goer!  I’m definitely not a pro, and of course, I’m a little nervous about it all.  I am thankful I attended San Francisco Fashion Week this past August, even though I’m fully aware of how very different the two are–but it does give me some idea of what to expect as a baseline.  I am a planner, first and foremost; I even enjoy the planning that goes into things.  Unfortunately, getting a firm schedule is a nightmare, and I only have a few things carved in stone at this point.  So since I can’t exactly force my schedule to come together yet, I can at least plan the other details about my visit!

WEATHER poses a significant “problem” for me, as I have been a California girl for just over fifteen years now.  My teeth chatter as if hypothermia were imminent at about 50 degrees, let alone at 20.  As a result, I am honestly more anxious about facing the brutal east coast weather than the designers and tents!

Goal #1: I decided I needed to purchase the following items to hope to cope with the low temps:  wool coat, boots, gloves, and long underwear.

  • Result: Considering winter is still in full swing, it did not occur to me that winter wear is already on the outs!  Alas, I could not find a single pair of boots in my size that did not offend my [limited] sense of fashion.  Instead, I bought a pair of black Alfani loafers, which I fully intend to break in over the next week.  Pray they don’t kill my feet.  I bought two black wool coats, but one fits me much better than the other one.  The only problem is there is belt sewn from the back that gets tied in the front that just looks awful!  I’m hoping my mother can unsewn the sucker so I can rejoice in my lovely new coat!  Better I take it to her than try to DIY it myself!
  • Pending: I’m hoping to save some money and get gloves and long underwear (I don’t care if it’s not sexy nor high fashion, nobody will know!) from my mom.

Goal #2: I will double and triple check that I have these warming items with me at all times:  thick socks, sweater, and a scarf.  If I could wear a hat without looking like a robber, I would!

BUSY BUSY is the very nature of Fashion Week, so I need to make sure I take adequate precautions to prevent dehydration, starvation, and overall exhaustion.

Goal #3: I will bring at least one bottle of water with me in my bag (Evian is sponsoring FW, so I expect to get more water there!) for emergencies.  I will also keep a bag of Goldfish crackers for snacking and a makeshift lunch–plus some sugary sweets for quick boosts of energy.

LOOKING GOOD while attending is always desirable, and to do this, I have to make sure I take the right kind of makeup with me.

Goal #4: I don’t intend to check any bags, so I have to be conscious of how many liquid products I take with me–this means light on the glosses, lipsticks, and creams.  Good news, though, because MAC recently launched an extended accessories line, which includes many empty containers, perfect for travel.  I also want to make sure that I do not take too much makeup, for fear of breakage or it being lost/stolen.

  • Eyes:  Two quads–one with neutral colors (Ricepaper, Goldmine, Rye, and Bronze); one with darker colors (Carbon, Vex, Cranberry, Velvet Moss); Feline kohl power; Blacktrack fluidline; Plushlash mascara; sample of mixing medium; Gold Dusk pigment
  • Lips: One nude, pink, and red lipstick (Cherish, Mari-sheeno, and Queen’s Sin); one nude, pink, and red gloss (Trifle, Bait, Red Romp); Pink Treat cremestick liner
  • Face:  Studio Fix Fluid in NC30; Dior SkinShimmer in Amber Diamond; Sculpt sculpting powder; Margin and Don’t Be Shy blushes; Daisydust beauty powder; sample of Moisturelush; travel size cleanser
  • Brushes:  219, 239, 249 for eyes; 129, 182 x2, 194 for face

DON’T FALL BEHIND in school, as I will for sure be missing one day of classes.  Since I’ll be busy the whole weekend, I need to make sure I manage to keep up with the reading for my classes upon my return.

Goal #5: Print out all the cases I need to read for my classes for week and read them on the plane ride to/from NYC.  MUST. READ.  I used go on weekend trips all the time during undergrad, and I would always bring some school-related reading… but would never do it.  I must use all my will power to not fall into that bad habit!

SET UP A NYC GET-TOGETHER for my very lovely Temptalia readers in the area!  Now, I know I asked about interest in a SF PRO meet up, but I didn’t know I’d be heading to NYC.  Since I’m not exactly a jetsetter, I think it’d be great to take it as an opportunity to meet any interested readers while I was out there.  Since my schedule is still up in the air, I can’t give you details, other than it will either be February 2nd or 3rd (and probably during the day).  I apologize for how last-minute it is and will be, but hopefully a few of us can gab and talk shop for a bit.

Now it’s your turn to help me! Am I missing something that I totally need to make sure I bring with me (either to NYC or to FW)?  Advice for facing the cold, harsh winter of the east coast?

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

Ladies and gentlemen, something very special has been brewing behind-the-scenes at Temptalia, and it appears that we are heading, in person, to New York Fashion Week!  Temptalia will be spending February 1st-4th in New York City milling about the tents at Bryant Park, hoping to glimpse at some celebrities, drool over designer clothes, and have some makeup breakdowns and tidbits to share with you all.  So while I am busy gearing up (and trying to find winter clothes that will prevent me from turning into an ice cube…), share with me who your favorite designer is (clothes, jewelry, shoes, whatever!).

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

Temptalia Asks You

What’s one part of beauty that you neglect? Do you always play up your eyes, but then forget your lips? Or are you all about the face, but then ignore your nails?

For me, I ignore my hair. I mean, it doesn’t look like a hot mess, but I honestly am all thumbs when it comes to styling it in any fashion. I either leave it down or put it up, there’s not much else I know how to do! It’s just so thick that I can’t bobby pin it up, because it just falls during my amateur attempts.

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

Temptalia would like to congratulate Linda! She has won our grand finale portion of our New You with New Beauty contest by random drawing.  Thank you to everyone for submitting their stories of how they have changed in the past year – it was so inspirational and just amazing to read them all.

See her entry… Continue reading →

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

Color Fever Lipstick ($25.00) | COLOR FEVER delivers incredibly luminous, vibrant color. Color smoothly glides along your lips with sensuous comfort leaving lips feeling smooth and supple. LIGHT-MAXIMIZING PIGMENTS™ use light as a prism to bring you the most intense, lasting shine. No need to compromise long wear for color, this lipcolor has it all – a long wear, hydrating texture that wraps your lips in cushioned comfort. Color stays true with no feathering or fading.

Valentine’s Day is quickly arriving (and has at least arrived in stores since December 26th!), and if you weren’t aware of the day many love to hate and others love to love, it is February 14th. Whether you’re heading out with your girls or spending an evening for two with your sweetie, you’ll probably be wanting to look your best–and for most of us, that includes makeup that takes us to the next level. I’m a lipstick kind of girl, and I have been waiting to share these lovely shades with you–yes, shades! Not everyone wants to or feels their best in a red lip, and I’ve kept that in mind while choosing some of these fabulous shades by Lancome.

Lancome celebrates the romantic [or cynical] occasion with an Absolut Rouge lipstick aptly named Valentine ($26.00), as pictured above. It is an intense, glossy engine-red with cooler undertones, but not quite blue nor orange prevails. I love this for one of the ultimate in-your-face lips, because it is really a traffic-stopping kind of red. It applies like a dream with color pay off to die for; as a result, you may want to dust off your lip brush and use it to achieve absolute precision. Keep in mind that this is not kiss-proof, though! But don’t let that get you down; there’s a lip plumping polymer in there for just the subtlest extra oomph for that pout.

So Valentine is too much for you? Well, that’s just fine, because who knows, perhaps you want to go for a super sultry black smoky eye, and a red lip would be garish anyway! The Color Fever Lipstick family are great for long-wearing color that fades away naturally and doesn’t leave any unsightly rings of color behind. The color goes on easily, gliding on for no-fuss application, and there is a good range of colors to select from. I’m going to feature four, starting with a very tame and neutral lipstick and moving up to a brighter, bolder color.

Everyday Beige is a shimmery golden beige that gives my lips a healthy dosage of glossy sheen with just a hint of golden color. It doesn’t turn my lips into a ghostly pale nude lip, but it tones my natural lip color down just a notch. Fashion Crave is a lovely mauve-berry kind of color where both pink and berry compete to come out on top. You’ll find that this color wears well for many skintones, as it is not at all bright, but it still gives a great pop of color to the lip. I often wear this when running errands because it’s so versatile. Rock Icon Fuchsia is a brighter hot pink fuchsia with shimmery opalescent purple sheen. I have to say I’m immediately drawn to it, and I can’t help but love it even though I am not often wearing such a bold lip. This is fabulous paired with Seashell Color Fever Gloss from the L.U.C.I. collection! Red and Sensual Java is a bright orange-red color that draws attention to the mouth. Generally, orange-based colors do nothing to flatter my face, but I find that the orange in this is a bit subtle and there is a gold sheen to the finish that makes it more appealing.

Stay tuned for the next part in perfect Valentine Day lips, but in the meanwhile, check out lip swatches… Continue reading →

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

While many parts of the body are covered once the winter wind starts blowing, don’t forget to keep all your parts deliciously soft all year round!  Especially if you’re in the warmer parts, winter doesn’t always mean pants every day!  Here are four fabulous solutions to soothe that scaly skin.

Lancome Nutrix Royal Body ($34.00) is an incredibly luxe, entirely rich kind of body cream.  It is truly meant to help heal the driest of skin.  According to the description, it is equipped with Royal Lipideum, which helps to “supplement skin’s own natural lipids for intense hydration.”  Whatever that really means, I buy it.  I’m a believer, because this stuff really turned my dragonscales into gorgeous lady legs.  I have always suffered from drier legs with only sometimes-dry arms (used to be worse, but rarely get an issue in the past few years).  I find applying this in the morning provides me with a good amount of moisturization throughout the rest of the day.  For extra pampering, I’ll apply a light coat before bed and donning my stretchy yoga pants (don’t confuse this with the notion I exercise, they’re just comfy!) so I can awake with ridiculously supple skin.  Don’t let the price trick you–you get a huge TUB!  Honestly, it is more like a jug than a little jar you might expect when you buy a face cream.  For reference, most face creams come in 1 oz jars, and for $34.00, you get 7 oz.  Nearly half a pound!

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Moisturizing Body Treatment ($25.00) is part of the miraculous eight-hour family (hands and lips complete the trio).  I adored what it could do for my hands, because I have to have a hand cream that sinks in quickly if I’m going to use it regularly.  The Body Treatment acts the same way; it absorbs into skin within minutes leaving behind no greasy or slippery feeling behind.  You just feel soft and re-hydrated, which is exatly what I want to feel.  The same pleasing scent of lemony-herb accompanies this lotion, but it is a very subtle scent that will probably go unnoticed.  Personally, thats a good thing, because I’d rather have the ability to spritz a perfume on without it being clogged by my body cream.  This is one skincare line that has won numerous Allure beauty awards, and I have to agree with the choice!

LUSH Running to the Embassy ($10.95) is exactly what it is described to be:  “a clean, minty-cool scrub for the feet.”  I found I got the best results when I applied this to rough, cracked skin around the elbows, feet, and knees and working it in for a few minutes.  After this, I would rinse them off in luke-warm water.  Results?  Oh, yes, indeed–incredibly soft skin that was practically smiling.  What I love about the body butters by LUSH is that they melt when they come into contact with the body as the heat melts it into your skin.  They work easily into the skin with your hands, and it is easy to rinse off the excess.  Running to the Embassy is meant as an exfoliating body butter to help slough off the dead skin and rough patches often found on feet.  You can easily use this on any part of the skin that cracks or is especially dry.

LUSH King of Skin ($11.95) is another body butter available by LUSH that is another hit in my house.  A subtle sent of sandalwood accompanies this moisturizing solution.  Body butters are great to use right after the shower, and what I like about King of Skin is that it sinks in so well that you don’t even need to rinse off afterwards like some of the other body butters.  I prefer this at night time, or on weekends, when I have time to give myself a bit of pampering.  When I’m in a rush, I find I turn to a lotion or cream (but to be honest, I tend to forget to use anything), like Dream Cream.

Missed part one? Well, what are you waiting for–go read it!