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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.)

You can see for yourself how it looks like when applied — see photos, swatches, and more! Continue reading →

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?

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Cindy took a cue from MAC’s Style Warrior face chart and added her own twist to it! Enjoy!

Cindy’s Inspiration

It is inspired by the Style Warrior face chart and the Style Warrior promo image.

Get the Look

  • Eyes: Anastasia Brow Gel – Clear, Make Up For Ever Flash Color Pot – Yellow (Ref #49013), M.A.C Eye Shadow – Bright Sunshine (PRO), M.A.C Fluidline – Blacktrack, M.A.C Eye Shadow – Carbon, M.A.C Kohl Power Eye Pencil – Feline, Covergirl lashblast – Very Black
  • Face: Make Up For Ever HD Foundation – #155, M.A.C Sculpting Powder – Shadester, M.A.C Beauty Powder Blush – Eversun
  • Lips: M.A.C Lip Pencil – Nightmoth, M.A.C Lipstick – Sci-fi-delity (LE-Neo Sci-Fi), M.A.C Lipglass – Pink Grapefruit (LE-Neo Sci-Fi)

See close-ups and a full face photo! Continue reading →

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

What’s your go-to perfume/fragrance right now?Share!

Temptalia's Answer.

I’ve been really loving Lacoste’s Love of Pink and Pacifica’s Lotus Garden lately!
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Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

The team over at Reanamation Studios was inspired by the women of the U.S. military. Reana Leena was the makeup artist, Teresa Wood was responsible for wardrobe and photography, and Natalie Lageder was the model. Enjoy!

Reana’s Inspiration

I decided that there was no need to look around the world for an exotic warrior woman. We are from Oceanside, CA, home of the Camp Pendleton United States Marine Corps base. There are so many brave “warrior” woman fighting in the US military and this photo shoot is a way to celebrate their heroism.

Get the Look

  • Eyes: Painterly paint pot, Naked Lunch eyeshadow, Humid eyeshadow, Sketch eyeshadow, Ricepaper eyeshadow, Coffee eyeliner, Teddy kohl eyeliner
  • Face: Fix + Rose, Strobe Cream, Prep & Prime Line Filler, Prep & Prime Skin, Bare Minerals Foundation in Light, Blunt blush, Perfect Topping MSF, Refined MSF, Gold Deposit MSF, Reflects Gold
  • Lips: Brick lip liner, “Red” She Said lipstick, Love Alert dazzleglass

See close-ups and a full face photo! Continue reading →