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Thursday, September 10th, 2009

The Hit List

Best Red Lipstick…

What brand/product wins this category? Any particular reason it wins?

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

How-to: Lightly Smoky Green & Teal Eyes

This is a tutorial for this look from a few days ago using MAC’s Photorealism eyeshadow quad.

You will need the following…

  • Eyes: Soft Ochre paint pot (neutral beige base), Silver Fog pigment (platinum silver), Image Maker eyeshadow (soft grey-green), Fresh Approach eyeshadow (pastel green), Grey Range eyeshadow (dark teal), Photorealism eyeshadow (soft gold), Make Up For Ever #20L Aqua Eyes (dark teal), Plushlash mascara (black)
  • Cheeks: The Perfect Cheek (pale pink), Dior Amber Diamond Skin Shimmer (bronzy highlighter)
  • Lips: Front Lit lipstick (sheer white-gold), New Spirit lipglass (peachy-orange), Lychee Luxe lipglass (coral)
  • Brushes: 266 (firm, angled brush), 226 (fluffy crease brush), 219 (pointed crease brush), 214 (smudge brush), 249 (flat, firm brush), 239 (fluffy shadow brush), 129 (dense blush brush)
  • Substitutes: Photorealism = Nylon; Image Maker = Electra; Fresh Approach = Juxt; Grey Range = Deep Truth+Shimmermoss; The Perfect Cheek = Dame; Front Lit = Tanarama; New Spirit = Love Nectar

Directions: Define brows using a coordinating powder shadow applied with the 266 brush. Apply Soft Ochre paint pot all over the lid as the base with the 249. With the 239, apply Silver Fog pigment with water-based mixing medium on the lower lid. On the inner lid, pack Fresh Approach eyeshadow on using the 239. Apply Image Maker eyeshadow to the middle and outer portions of the lid. Darken crease with Grey Range eyeshadow using the 226. Sweep Photorealism eyeshadow underneath the brow bone to highlight. Finish with Make Up For Ever #20L Aqua Eyes on lower lash line9. Apply Plushlash mascara on lashes. Sweep apples of cheeks with The Perfect Cheek blush using the 129, then highlight with Dior Amber Diamond Skin Shimmer with the 188. Apply Front Lit lipstick to lips, and then top with New Spirit and Lychee Luxe lipglasses for color and shine.

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

Beauty Deals, Sales, and Coupons Page!

We’d like to try to appeal to both readers who come for content like reviews, looks, etc. and those who want to know about the latest sales and promotions, we’ve created a separate page that features all of the recent sales, bargains, etc. If you were looking for any sales posts from yesterday or previously, you’ll find them at the new Deals Page. You can easily bookmark this page to stay up-to-date on sales if that’s what tickles your fancy, while big sale days won’t clutter up the blog’s front page or dilute the content.

We’ll occasionally highlight certain sales of interest (e.g. Sephora’s Friends & Family sales, our weekly coupon code roundup, Temptalia readers-only promotions/discounts), but most sales and promotions will be kept on that page and can be accessed by those interested!

Thank your for your feedback!

So, for our bargain hunters, check out the latest deals and steals

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

Tarte Cosmetics is offering customers 25% off during Fashion Week. Just use code FASHION25, good through September 17th.

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

Sample Sales Going on Today…

Korres is on sale–up to 50% off–at The Fairest!

When you join from our invite link, you will receive $5 (and I will receive $5, to be clear) when you make you first purchase. Also, it also helps us track how many people we’ve turned onto The Fairest and let’s us (and The Fairest!) know more about the Power of Temptalia. :)

P.S. – The Fairest is currently only shipping to U.S. residents right now. If and when anything changes, I’ll definitely pass the word along!

Dr. Brandt Skincare is on sale at Gilt Groupe.  Here’s an invite link to join if you aren’t already a member (Gilt is invite-only).  (Starts 9AM PST)

CoverFX is on sale at HauteLook!  (Starts 8AM PST)

The link above is an invite-link, which is a referral link. HauteLook has opened up membership, so you are free to sign up on your own, if you wish! :)

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

Our Expert:  Maria Luttrell-Murphy is the CEO of SOY SPACASSO, which is a skincare line that uses natural bamboo hoot, natural soy lipids, isoflavones, and vitamins A and E. The company is based out of Des Moines, Iowa, and their mission is “to provide a luxurious and high quality unisex product line, and provide utmost commitment of service to our appreciated customers.”

Today, I asked Maria to share her expertise on how and why soy is good for your skin as part of our Tips & Tricks Thursdays…

It is a well know fact that the internal partaking of the soybean in its many forms, tasty or not, has been deemed GOOD in the body. BUT, the real knowledge that is spreading like wildfire is that soy is really GREAT on the body!

The age has come when pampering your skin with natural treatments is the way to go. And soy is on the forefront to provide a botanic, healthy and non-chemical way to indulge your body with what it deserves.

The Benefits of Soy for Skincare

Soy has a tremendous antioxidant property that reduces oxidative damage that is caused by harmful free radicals. Free radicals are highly reactive chemicals that attack molecules by capturing electrons and thus modifying unhealthy chemical structures.
When combined with complimenting ingredients such as shea butter, soy based products provide the skin with an astonishing moisturization. Soy proteins are rich in amino acids, vitamin E which aids in maintaining skin elasticity and can help lighten dark spots and even out skin tone.

Soy is an incredible source of important nutrients providing the necessary ingredients to build protein in the body and is also rich in isoflavones which have estrogen-like properties which diminishes dryness, smoothes texture, improves radiance and firming.
Soy also contains nutrients such as lecithin that are beneficial in repairing the skin, renew collagen production making skin soft and flexible. Soy lipids help to regenerate damaged tissue and promote quick regeneration of the skin cells for healthy skin healing.

Presence of the compound called genistein is in soy, which helps in lowering the creation of keratin. Keratin is a protein present in the skin and related to the problems such as Dermatitis, Eczema, and Psoriasis (a skin disorder marked by red scaly smears).

And, as we all have experience weather issues such as dry, heat, cold, sunburn that are always a constant concern, remember that soy is also a great barrier protector against all of those harsh elements that wreak havoc on your skin.

Keep It Soy Real!

Maria Luttrell-Murphy, CEO