Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Are you asking for lots of beauty this holiday? Or do you feel a bit silly asking for more when you and everyone else knows you have enough to last you a lifetime Do you opt for asking for gift cards or individual items?

I’m always in this boat. I tend to feel a bit odd asking for clothes, shoes, makeup, etc. because I feel like I have plenty already. I also have a tendency to be incapable of waiting–if I see something and like it enough to buy it, I buy it (unless it’s out of my price range, of course).

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

Temptalia had the opportunity to speak with makeup artist Juli (age 29) who works as a freelancer for MAC. She has been working as a makeup artist for nine years, with the past year and a half at MAC. Juli has two certificates; one in Applied Cosmetics and another in Makeup Artistry (including paramedica, camouflage, theatrical, and special effects).

Temptalia: What surprises you most about working as a makeup artist?
Juli: How shy people are to try new things. Part of why I love makeup so much is because it’s always new: new colours, new formulations and new ways to put things together.

Temptalia: When did you first fall in love with makeup?
Juli: I think I was about 5 and a neighbour girl did myself and her little sister up in her clothes and makeup for a “fashion shoot” and I couldn’t believe how pretty I felt! After that I wouldn’t leave makeup alone.

Temptalia: What do you consider “beauty” to be?
Juli: To me, beauty is anything that catches the eye in a pleasing way. It can be anything from makeup and clothing to the way the sunlight reflects off of a lake. It’s such a personal thing.

Be sure to check out the rest of the interview, Continue reading →

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

With the holidays, I know I can’t help but treat my best friends to some of my favorite beauty products I’ve tried (and running a beauty blog certainly has given me a plethora of products to pull from!). In fact, I am a total gift-builder. I love to pick up baskets from a craftstore, add a few embellishments (like faux flowers, potpourri, etc.), and stuff it full of what I’m giving. I find it adds a great personal touch! Continue reading →

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

How do you keep your lips super soft? Are there certain miracle products you use? Is it all about the technique and the tricks? Tell us how you keep your pout looking gorgeous all winter long.

Monday, November 26th, 2007

It’s really important to take a break from being cool, collected, and gorgeous and just have a little bit of fun with yourself. Knowing when to have a bit of spontaneous fun can do wonders for your attitude, outlook, and even creativity! Personally, I’m known as a work-a-holic, as I enjoy being productive above most things; whenever I’m not productive, then I really go all-out and be the laziest gal you can imagine (this means I sit around, catch up on ANTM and I Love New York, watch Criminal Intent, etc.).

I don’t “let loose” as often as I probably should, but I did tonight, and it reminded me that I should urge everyone around me to do the same every once in awhile. My boyfriend just purchased a new suit and had it tailored, so he modeled it for me earlier this evening. As a joke, I put on his jacket, and he convinced me to put on his pants, too. Since I made him model for me, I had to model for him (fair is fair, after all). He snapped four photos, and here’s a collage (larger size than the top photo) of the four he took so you can proof that I can be fun and silly at times! :)

What do you do to have a bit of fun and be silly?

Monday, November 26th, 2007

For the mother who’s addicted to beauty and makeup as you, we have this season’s best offerings lined up for quick shopping and catching up.

Now, you can find the best gifts to give! Continue reading →