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Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Ikea’s Helmer ($39.99) is a drawer unit with casters. It has six pull-out drawers, and it is an easy and cost-efficient way to store the majority of your makeup and beauty essentials. I know that a lot of ladies love to store their nail polish in these as well. I prefer the silver color, though it does come in red and white, too. The only downside to the Helmer unit is that the drawers aren’t tall enough to store my body products. (Also, these are misleading in size — they look VERY tiny, but they will store a lot of your bobs and bits!)

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Bobbi Brown’s Nautical Collection recently debuted, and it featured products ideal for the summer months. It consisted of six limited edition Sheer Color Cheek Tints ($22.00 each) and four shades of Sheer Color Lip Gloss ($20.00 each).

I tried three of the six shades of the Sheer Color Cheek Tints — Sheer Coral, Sheer Pink, and Sheer Raspberry. Sheer Coral is a lightly frosted pink-coral shade with a little bit of shimmer. It’s a warmer pink as well. Sheer Pink is a cooler medium pop of pink with less frost and more sheen. Sheer Raspberry is a sheer, pink with just a touch of raspberry to it that has a nice low sheen. All three are great to use on cheeks to give a sheer, natural pop of color, but they can also be worn underneath powder blushes. You can use these to layer cheek products, so you are able to increase the wear-time of your colors during the hotter months ahead.

The Sheer Color Lip Glosses are all sheer, translucent shades of color with no shimmer nor stickiness. They’re fairly thick, but they go on smoothly and provide a natural glossiness to lips. I really want to emphasize how sheer these are (they are called “Sheer Color” for a reason), because I’d hate for you to think they were opaque and be disappointed. Sailor is a deep red in the tube, but it goes on as more of a “just bitten” kind of color–really quite wearable. Marina Pink is a wine-red in the tube, but it goes on similar to Sailor. Popsicle Pink is hue of medium pink with a little bit of raspberry in it, and it is the most “pigmented” of the four. Cabana Corla is a pink with coral/peach tones in it to warm it up.

Recommended for…

Anyone who loves sheer glosses
Anyone who loves non-sticky glosses
Anyone who likes more natural, everyday makeup
Anyone who likes cream blushes/cheek stains

Availability: Nordstrom.com

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Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Lavanila just recently launched The Healthy Deodorant ($18.00). It is touted as 100% natural, 100% healthy, and 100% effective. It is free of aluminum, parabens, propylene glycol, talc, phthalates, and triclosan. It uses a beta-glucan technology with antioxidants, active botanicals, and essential oils to fight against odor in addition to keeping skin smooth.

It’s available in four scents:

  • Pure Vanilla
  • Vanilla Coconut
  • Vanilla Lavender
  • Vanilla Grapefruit

I tested out the Vanilla Lavender scent, and I really put it to work, as it was about 85 degrees here, and I was running around playing with the dog for a bit. The Healthy Deodorant met the challenge, and I was surprised at how longwearing it is. In my experience, deodorants that are more organic or “natural” tend to just not work quite as well as other deodorants.

The Healthy Deodorant keeps me dry all day long, and it has a nice scent, too. I find most deodorants smell quite powdery (no matter the scent), kind of as an after-scent, but Vanilla Lavender smelled like a slightly sweet lavender scent. It’s dome-shaped, which actually makes it easier to use than deodorants I’ve tried in the past. It glides on easily and doesn’t leave a slew of white film behind either. I’ll definitely be checking out the other scents, too, when I run out of this one!

Availability: Sephora.com

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

OPI’s Spain Collection for Fall 2009

  • Barefoot in Barcelona
  • Can You Tapas This?
  • Give Me Moor!
  • Pink Flamenco
  • No Spain No Gain
  • Ate Berries in the Canaries
  • Suzi Skis in the Pyrenees
  • Here Today… Aragon Tomorrow
  • Manicurist of Seville
  • Pamplona Purple
  • Conquistadorable Color
  • Bullish on OPI

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Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Sephora.com has their famous Sephora Sun Safety Kit ($22.50) back in stock and available for you to purchase. I love their kit, because it contains a whole slew of trial-sized suncare products (13 in total). It also comes in a yellow beach bag made out of recycled plastic. But you know the best part? 100% of the net profits of the kit sales go towards The Skin Cancer Foundation.

  • 0.14 oz Murad Essential-C Eye Cream SPF 15
  • 0.23 oz DDF Protect and Correct UV Moisturizer SPF 15
  • 0.5 oz Jack Black Double Duty Face Moisturizer SPF 20
  • 0.25 oz Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer All Day Defense Lotion SPF 30
  • 1.0 oz Anthony Logistics Facial Moisturizer SPF 15
  • 0.1 oz Clarins UV Plus Day Screen High Protection SPF 40
  • 0.34 oz Korres Watermelon Sunscreen Face Cream SPF 30
  • 0.33 oz Cosmedicine Medi-matte Oil Control Lotion SPF 20
  • 0.08 oz Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream SPF 55 PA+++
  • 0.25 oz Ole Henriksen Herbal Day Cream SPF 15
  • 0.4 oz Philosophy Hope in a Jar SPF 20
  • 0.25 oz Smashbox Photo Finish UVA/UVB SPF 15
  • 0.01 oz Bare Escentuals BareMinerals Well-Rested for Eyes SPF 30

Plus, here are current codes for sample freebies…

  • Free portable, reusable tote. EARTHDAY
  • Free Smashbox Photofinish sample. PRIMER.
  • Free DuWop Prime Venom sample. DUWOP.
  • 8 Free natural & organic beauty samples. NATURALBAG
  • Purchase a pink NoNo, receive 2 free buffers and 5 blades. NONO.
  • Free deluxe sample of Fresh Umbrian Clay Face Treatment. FRESH.
  • Free Bare Escentuals 10-day sample and mini kabuki. PEACELOVE
Thursday, May 7th, 2009

7 Must-Have MAC Slimshine Lipsticks

About the Temptalia Must-Haves Series
A series of posts showcasing must-have products from MAC Cosmetics’ permanent line of products. Selections are based on quality, universality, uniqueness amongst the line, and the like. Limited edition shades are deliberately excluded to make buying easier. Readers’ comments act as a supplement to these lists of their favorites and must-haves. You can find the entire series here.

Gentle Simmer slimshine is a soft, sheer yellow-based pink, wihch kind of makes it a soft pinky coral shade with gold pearl. It’s extremely creamy, moisturizing, and it has a gorgeous glossy sheen finish.

Voile slimshine is a sheer golden-toned yellow. It doesn’t really go on yellow (at least, not for me), but it adds a very natural, easy on the eyes golden shimmer.

Funshine slimshine is a brighter version of Gentle Simmer, and it’s a bit more of a pink, too. It has just a touch of coral to it.

Bare slimshine is a creamy, opaque muted pink. It’s kind of like a nude/neutral color, but it is a bit more pigmented than traditional nude lipsticks are.

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