Friday, May 16th, 2008

Quick little look! Thought I’d try a look that incorporates blue but in a subtler way for those who are a little afraid of going all-out in the blue department. The lips took it from subtle to more, though–so opt for nude or light pink lips for a truly subtle look!

It’s my Dad’s birthday (Happy 53rd!), so I’ve got some surprises in store for him (shh, he occasionally happens upon the blog, so I can’t spill the details!).  It’s going to be a wickedly warm weekend here in northern California, so I’m gearing up to have some outdoor fun.  What about you guys?  What do you have in store for tonight and the weekend?

I used Lark About pigment (LE) on lid, Vex eyeshadow on inner lid, Ricepaper eyeshadow on middle of lid, Nylon eyeshadow on outer lid, Soft Brown eyeshadow in outer crease, Satin Taupe eyeshadow on outer crease, Freshwater eyeshadow (very lightly) in outer crease, Ricepaper eyeshadow above crease and on brow, Feline kohl power (LE) on lower lash line, Blue Herizon liquidlast liner on upper lash line, and Kanebo 38+ mascara on lashes. I had Other Worldly blush (LE) on cheeks. I wore Rockocco lipstick (LE) with Cult Fave lipglass (LE) and Apex 3D glass (LE) on my lips.

** These are recommendations for dupes based on permanent colors available — may not necessarily be identical; they are the closest I can think of!

Lark About = Phloof!; Feline = Graphblack; Other Wordly = Honour; Rockcocco = Lady Danger; Cult Fave = Cultured; Apex = Lychee Luxe (not a great dupe)

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Thursday, May 15th, 2008

Really simple & soft look I did yesterday before my final!

I used Soft Ochre paint pot on lid, Nylon eyeshadow on inner lid, Motif eyeshadow on middle of lid, Juiced eyeshadow on middle of lid, Goldmine eyeshadow on outer lid, Antiqued eyeshadow on outer crease, Goldmine eyeshadow above crease, Ricepaper on brow, Graphblack technakohl on lower lash line, and Plushlash mascara on lashes. I had Lilicent blushcreme on cheeks with Margin blush to set. I wore Rozz Revival lipstick (LE) with Cult Fave lipglass (LE) on my lips.

** These are recommendations for dupes based on permanent colors available – may not necessarily be identical; they are the closest I can think of!

Rozz Revival = Eager; Cult Fave = Cultured

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Monday, May 12th, 2008

So I know we had a post a few weeks ago about what kind of look would you want to wear but haven’t, and a lot of you mentioned red lips.  You’re not alone with having a bit of trepidation when it comes to consideration a red lip–I have plenty!  Especially when it comes to deeper, vampy reds.  I invite you to take the Temptalia Red Lips Challenge and try out some reds for yourself.  If you’d like to post your results, just send them along to temptalia@gmail.com.  But I still urge you all to try them out, even if only in the bathroom by yourself!

For my challenge, I chose my arch nemesis:  Alta Moda. You can see how Alta Moda looks on its own, but how I attempted to make it more “me” friendly by adding a lipglass on top.  Plus, you can see a comparison of this look with and without upper lash liner.

I used Cash Flow paint pot (LE) on lid, Casablanca eyeshadow (LE) on inner and middle of lid, Embark eyeshadow on outer lid, Smut eyeshadow on outer crease, Nylon eyeshadow above crease and on brow, Blacktrack fluidline on upper lash line (in some photos), Graphblack technakohl on lower lash line, and Plushlash mascara on lashes. I had Other Worldly blush (LE) on cheeks with Daisydust beauty powder (PRO) to highlight. I wore Alta Moda prolongwear with clear gloss and Red Romp lipglass (LE) (in some photos) on my lips.

** These are recommendations for dupes based on permanent colors available – may not necessarily be identical; they are the closest I can think of!

Cash Flow = Patina; Casablanca = Nylon, Other Worldly = Trace Gold; Red Romp = Russian Red

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Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

We all have days where minimal makeup is where it’s at (okay, most of us), and it isn’t always out of laziness or being work-appropriate.  Sometimes heavy makeup just isn’t practical!  I wanted to share with you my minimal makeup routine for days I spend outdoors.  In the above photo, this is my look to go hiking, and it lasted through a six mile hike (about two hours) in 84 degree weather. This picture was taken AFTER the hike!

  • Urban Decay Surreal Skin Mineral Makeup in Nirvana (LOVE THIS!) for foundation
  • Kanebo 38C Mascara
  • MAC Clear Brow Set
  • Dior Skinshimmer in Amber Diamond on cheeks
  • MAC Fuchsia Fix Tinted Lip Conditioner on lips
  • Shiseido’s SPF55 for Face & Body on face and neck
  • Random body sunscreen

Keeping Your Face Light is important to making sure you don’t sweat off what you do put on. Moisturizer and sunscreen should be your first steps. With normal skin, I find that I can just slather Shiseido’s SPF55 for face and body without going for a moisturizer, but otherwise I suggest going for a lightweight, fast absorbing moisturizer. Nothing heavy like MAC’s Moisturelush!

I do not typically sweat buckets off of my face, which is why I often wear liquid in hot weather, but I do find that loose powders work well in hotter weather. The only place I ever really break a sweat on is my upper lip, so I actually avoid putting any product there since I know I’ll sweat it off.  I particularly love Urban Decay’s Surreal Skin Mineral Makeup for just this purpose. It’s finely milled, but it gives decent coverage and doesn’t require lots of buffing to make it look good. For longer lasting blusher, try a cream blush with a powder brush on top, finished with setting or loose powder. I just went for a subtle highlighter, since I knew I’d flush from the physical exertion.

Waterproof & Longwearing are two marketing tools that you want to zone in on when selecting eye makeup. Sometimes I’ve worn a really light neutral look (like to the beach), but I’ll often just coat my lashes with a waterproof/heatproof mascara to open up my eyes.  I skip liner, as it does tend to migrate and smudge easily in the heat–even my trust fluidline. For upper lash liner, it’s not such an issue as it doesn’t move very much compared to your lower lash line.

Tints, Stains, and Longwear are all suitable for all day lip color, or at least easy-to-apply color. I love Fuchsia Fix Tinted Lip Conditioner because it gives me a pop of pink on my lips bringing them from dead to alive in seconds. If it came in a stick form, I’d be in heaven.  For the same reason, I like stains because they’re not very fussy once you’ve got them on.  I do wear MAC Prolongwears if I really want a stand-out lip color that’ll last me eight hours or more (though don’t make out in them…).

What products do you recommend for activities like going to the beach, hiking, playing an outdoor sport?

Sunday, April 6th, 2008

OMG, I know this is really like… dull and boring and not at all like the past few FOTDs I’ve posted in the past couple of days, but not everyday can be the bold & the bright. I spent all of yesterday (this is from yesterday!) at my parents’ house with my puppy, so I knew I’d be outside most of the time (and doing three weeks’ worth of laundry!). Plus, my parents? Totally not lovers of bright colors, and since I only see them every few weeks, I aimed to please ;)

I used Soft Ochre paint pot on lid, Hush eyeshadow on inner lid, Motif eyeshadow above inner crease, Expensive Pink eyeshadow on middle of lid, Cranberry eyeshadow on outer lid, Beauty Burst eyeshadow on outer crease, Hush eyeshadow above crease, Vex eyeshadow on brow, Nylon eyeshadow on lower lash line, Feline kohl power on lower lash line, and Plushblack plushlash mascara on lashes. I wore True Romantic beauty powder blush with Tenderdusk beauty powder to highlight on cheeks. I had Sweetie lipstick with Cult Fave lipglass and Tres Cher! lipglass on my lips.

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Friday, March 28th, 2008

This is part of a tutorial that is “coming soon,” about how to go from daytime look to darker daytime look to subtle evening look to dramatic evening look. Yesterday, I posted the first version of the look – incredibly neutral, all-matte eyeshadow – and here is the same look kicked up a notch for those who need a little more step in an everyday look. The difference? Simply darkened the crease with Brun eyeshadow!

I used Soft Ochre paint pot all over lid, Blanc Type eyeshadow on inner lid, Bisque eyeshadow on middle of lid, Soft Brown eyeshadow on outer lid and crease, Brun eyeshadow in outer crease, Blanc Type eyeshadow above crease and on brow, Feline kohl power on lower lash line, Brun eyeshadow on brows, and Plushblack mascara on lashes. I wore True Romantic blush on cheeks with Tenderdusk beauty powder to highlight. I had Sweetie lipstick with Dreamy lipglass on my lips.

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