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Bobbi Brown’s shimmer bricks may one of the most standout products of the line, and I know there is a definite cult following of these compact gems. They’re intended to be used either as a blush as a highlighter on cheeks or even as individual eyeshadows. Who doesn’t love a multitasking compact? Pink Quartz Shimmer Brick comes as part of the Holiday 2007 collection, and it’s adorable with its pink packaging (on the inside), and the shades are gorgeous. It gives you a precious pink glow, just the faintest hint of color, with lots of shimmer. The colors themselves make for great muted holiday looks that are neutral or pink based. $38.00
Find yours at www.bobbibrown.com.
Temptalia had the pleasure of interviewing Toya Smith Marshall, aged 29, who works as a freelance artist with her own company Makeda Make-Up Artistry. She’s been working as an artist for three and a half years, and she works in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area. She is a graduate of the Von Lee International School of Aesthetics. Toya also runs her own beauty blog, The Life of a Ladybug, which makes for a great morning read.
Temptalia: What surprises you most about working as a makeup artist?
Toya: How stressful it can be! You haven’t seen pressure until you’re faced with an anxious, nervous bride and her 11 bridesmaids who all have different ideas on how you should make them look beautiful!
Temptalia: What’s your favorite way to achieve the perfect natural look?
Toya: The perfect natural look is different for everyone, but, by and large, concealer only where you need it (usually under the eyes and around the nose), a dusting of powder, some highlight under the brow and on the cheekbones, a healthy pop of blush (peachy-pink is a great color for most, but on women of darker hue, a saturated apricot or darker orangy-red works well), and sheer glossy lips. Carmindy got it just right and I love her book, The 5 Minute Face – every woman who seeks the “natural look” should buy it!
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Beauty Powder/Loose contains jet-milled, multi-dimensional pigments and pearlized pigments that deliver a sheer, luminous finish. The combination of these pigments along with Reflect Pearlized particles delivers spectacular sparkle and duo-chromatic effects. This sophisticated powder includes ultra-smooth pigments that deliver a silky texture and a
light-as-air feel on the skin. Beauty Powder/Loose can be used on the eyes and face.
- Dancing Light Creamy gold with white gold reflect pearlized particles
- Natural Flare Peachy champagne with white and gold reflect pearlized particles
- Tenderdusk Soft pink with red and gold reflect pearlized particles
- Sunspill Coral peach with white and gold reflect pearlized particles
- Drizzlegold Fleshy beige with copper and gold reflects
- Soft Flame Rich plum with reddish copper reflect pearlized particles
Studio Lights is a lightweight liquid formulation that delivers a sheer, luminous wash of soft colour to the skin. Apply it to the high planes of the face and body to create subtle highlights or use it to help brighten any area of the face and body. It’s the perfect product to help brighten the eye area. Apply Studio Lights over moisturized skin, concealer or foundation to add a touch of radiance. Packed with skin conditioning agents, this unique formula is non-acnegenic and ophthalmologist-tested.
- Frangipan Pale golden yellow
- Sand Soft peachy beige
- Skin Lure Soft creamy beige
- Ideal Pink Palest pinkish beige
- Smoothspice Caramel
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What is your favorite skincare brand/line? Who makes the perfect products for your face? What makes them so great? What products do you recommend by them?
We all love that moment when we finally get to unwrap our Christmas presents and find out what’s inside â€“ but once we’re done unwrapping, we’re left with a pile of unwanted gift boxes, decorations and gift wrap that is hastily thrown away. Here at LUSH we have the environmentally friendly alternative to Christmas gifts. Not only can loved ones be treated to deliciously fresh handmade cosmetics, but all of our festive gifts are lovingly wrapped by the LUSH elves using 100% recycled paper and prettily tied with recycled paper ribbons — so you can give that amazing present and help save the planet. For the first time this year we offer a completely green gift option and a charity gift option, so if you’re looking for that special luxury gift, stocking filler or secret Santa, check out LUSH’s eco-friendly gifts that are all wrapped up, ready and waiting to give to that lucky person.
Keep reading for our review on the “Happy Treats!” gift, plus find out what to give to who with LUSH’s Holiday Gift Guide!
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La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Cream (Limited Edition): The most extravagant gift you can give your face.
La Prairie, a name synonymous with luxury, reinvents utter indulgence, bringing the ultimate in luxury to unprecedented heights with Skin Caviar Luxe Cream. When only the utmost in luxury will do, La Prairie offers the answer: the supremely elegant experience of lifting and firming in a limited-edition size jar, when a little is simply not enough.
Skin Caviar Luxe Cream is a superior concentration of caviar extracts, unique sea proteins, phytotherapy and bioengineering technologies. Your senses feel caressed by an extravagant gift of energy and moisture, beyond ordinary luxury into the ultimate Caviar experience. This experience allows lifted, illuminated satin to replace the tired skin of moments ago. 5.2 oz.
Now, I know La Prairie is a pricey skincare line; one most mortals cannot afford to try nor fall in love with. This is a special holiday edition size (5.2 oz), and the price tag? Oh, a mere $900.00! So let me ask you dear readers, have any of you tried La Prairie’s products? What was your experience? I keep thinking for $900.00, why don’t I save up for a face lift? Botox?