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Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Go with the soft, summery BAHAMA BREEZES and get inspired by the ocean’s rolling waves and the glinting sun with shades of aqua and blue.

With an eyeshadow brush, apply a light aqua-blue all over the lid. In the middle third of the lid, lightly pat on a muted teal shade with a fluffy brush. On the outer third of the lid, blend a deep violet-blue shade with a fluffy eyeshadow brush. Using a tapered crease brush, lightly blend the deep violet-blue shade into the crease Define the crease with a small, tapered crease brush and tap a dark, blue-black color to add depth. Highlight the brow bone with a soft yellowed highlighter shade, and then line upper/lower lash line (as desired) with a bright pop of aqua-teal. For complementing cheeks, try sunkissed cheeks by dusting a light touch of bronzer or a light tint of coral. Finish the look with lip colors in beiges, nudes, or corals for best results.

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Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Benefit 10 Powder ($28.00) is a combination highlighter and bronzing duo. If you’ve seen Benefit’s other powders like CORALista or Dandelion, it’s the same idea, but the powder is split in half — half is a bronzer, half is a highlighter. The highlighter is a light, milky silvery-pink with soft sheen but no real glitter particles (that’s a good thing, by the way). The bronzer is similar in texture and sheen, except it’s a peachy-bronze color with gold sheen. You can see how I used it in a look here.

10 is one of those products that takes some trial and error before you can appreciate its genius. Once you do get the hang of it, though, it is a grab-and-go kind of experience. I personally used the 168 and 169 respectively for this product, and I found it worked just right for me. I do suggest using a light hand initially, so you don’t over-do it or get a ruddy/muddy result. The highlighter is just that–a highlighter–so unless you are extremely fair, don’t go into it expecting to use it as a pink blush!

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Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

What’s your favorite pre-made makeup palette/quad?Share!

Temptalia's Answer.

I love an old MAC quad – Liza AM! It’s all mattes, and the colors are just really great for everyday.
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Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Breakfast with Benefit: One Hot Minute

This morning, I drove up to San Francisco to have a little breakfast at the Benefit Boutique with the Benefit Team. In attendance were a few other local bloggers (hey, there aren’t that many of us Bay Area bloggers!), like my girl Karen of Makeup & Beauty Blog, Lilan of The Daily Cookie, and Sonja of The Coveted. Benefit was hosting an event exclusively for bloggers to preview One Hot Minute–their newest addition to their line-up.

Benefit One Hot Minute ($30.00) is one of the newest products to be launched by Benefit this summer. Called the “Sexy-in-Seconds-Face-Powder,” it’s all about getting an easy, all over natural glow/finish in no time flat. Available exclusively at Sephora in July (and then available at counters in September), One Hot Minute is an extremely fine milled, loose powder meant for all skin tones. At the breakfast event, each of us bloggers got a little makeover a la Benefit, and of course, it featured the new product! (And you can see a full-face photo of me included in this post!)

I’ve always been a sucker for Benefit’s packaging, because it’s cute with a vintage edge and a modern twist. Plus, my first ever makeup haul was Benefit back in high school, so I always get a bit nostalgic when I use Benefit, too. One Hot Minute comes in a copper tin, and it includes a small, almost miniature-sized fan brush (but it’s a bit curvier — reminds me of a peacock spreading his tail). There is also a “sifter guard” to help keep your powder intact. Benefit makeup artists recommended using their fantail brush ($22.00) if you’re not on-the-go, but the included brush will do for touch-ups. (I always prefer to use my own brushes, because I like brushes with handles for more control!)

One Hot Minute is a silky powder that gives you a “luminous” finish, which is really that subtle, natural glow we’re all after. It’s not shimmery, shiny, or glittery. It really just gives you a very soft, subtle sheen and enhances your natural skin tone. It is also really quite universal, because the lovely Erin of Benefit is far fairer than I, and she was rockin’ One Hot Minute. Karen of MBB is also significantly deeper in skin tone than myself, and she worked it, too. I was surprised, because the powder does look colored initially, but it really isn’t since we’re all wearing the same product. Benefit describes it as a “loose rose-gold finishing powder… for a gaze-at-me-glow.”

(Oh, by the way, Benefit is giving you 20% off — but you can only use the code once per customer — for a few days! Just use code MAKEUP20, good through May 29th.)

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Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Choose or Lose

Do you use a separate eye cream?

  • Yes (49%, 429 Votes)
  • No (32%, 280 Votes)
  • Sometimes (18%, 158 Votes)
  • Other - I'll tell you in the comments! (1%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 869

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

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Project Revamp

If you could revamp Philosophy Shower Gel, what would you change? What would you keep the same? How would you make it an even better product?