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Thursday, February 12th, 2009

We all know that Valentine’s Day can either be a really romantic day, loathsome day, or just yet another day for some (those who are more immune to the overwhelming amount of hearts and commercials of love!). Here are some tips, tricks, and product suggestions I’ve gathered up over the past month that I thought might be useful for those of you who are getting ready for a little lovin’ out.

First and foremost, what are you going to wear makeup-wise? I’m always a fan of the ever-classic smoky eye, but sometimes tweaking it a little really adds another layer to it–like going vintage gold and smoky brown. Or maybe you want to go full-on pink? Then, of course, there is a sultry cat eye and glam red lips sure to catch your beau’s eyes.

For those who want to go more minimalistic this year, you can get sheer, glossy lips with Philosophy’s Candy Hearts Lip Duo, which is a combination of Pink Bubbly and Angel Food Cake. If you know me, you *know* I adore these lip shines! Want a little more color? Try out Kiehl’s Lip Gloss Sets in either warm or cool.

When it comes to concealing any imperfections, think layers and patience. To help tired eyes, Liz Earle suggests, “To help tired eyes regain that sparkle, fill a basin with icy-cold water and splash over closed eyes 15 – 20 times. Your eyes will be visibly brightened and refreshed and much more likely to sparkle for that special night out!” Conceal tired eyes by using a concealer brush and a concealer color just a shade lighter than your usual shade. Depending on your preference, you may find applying concealer before or after foundation to work better for you. You’ll want to pat the concealer on, then blend out with a fluffy brush (think the 217, 222, etc.–yes, seriously!). For dewy skin, contouring, and blush application, check out this thorough tutorial.

If you’re planning to show a little skin, you may want to try adding a little Bio-Oil with your favorite bronzer to give you color and glow! (Think NARS’ Monoi Glow, but way cheaper!) And if you need to slim your figure down to fit into your favorite slinky little black dress, I fully recommend Yummie Tummie for shapewear that doesn’t make you feel like a sausage casing.

Of course, if you want to be pampered before you go out… Frederic Fekkai is offering a Valentine’s Day Package, which includes manicure, blowout, and makeup for $160 throughout the month of February at Frederic Fekkai salons. Makes me wish I lived much closer to a Frederic Fekkai salon!

What are your tips for this heart-filled holiday? What are you wearing? What are you doing for your makeup?

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

Do you share your beauty secrets/tips? Do you prefer to keep them secret? Only share with a select few?

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Survey Says

Fill in the survey below with your answers, and then share your answers with us in the comments section! :-)

Instructions: Fill in the survey below with your answers, and then share it with us in the comments section! :)

Love waterproof mascara?: [answer]
Blue or green shadow?: [answer]
Favorite Makeup Style: [answer]

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Easy look today. I was actually only putting on makeup because I wanted to snap a picture of my hair ;) I originally paired this eye with Strayin’ lipstick and Nice to Be Nice lipglass from HK, but I wasn’t feeling it so I swapped it out. My head is aching something fierce this morning, so I think I’m going to grab some food and cases to read and lay down for a bit. Perhaps snooze a lil’, since I didn’t get much sleep last night!

Hope you’re all getting through your week :)

You will need the following…

  • Eyes: Soft Ochre paint pot (neutral beige base), Creme Royale eyeshadow (pale yellow-gold), Lucky Tom eyeshadow (dark brown-black), Bisque eyeshadow (matte highlighter), Her Glitz glitter eye liner (antique gold), Urban Decay 24/7 Stash Liner (antique gold), Plushlash mascara (black)
  • Cheeks: Fun & Games blush (peach)
  • Lips: Cute-ster lipstick (sheer pink-gold shimmer), Mimmy lipglass (medium sheer pink with gold shimmer)
  • Brushes: 266 (firm, angled brush), 249 (flat, firm brush), 239 (fluffy shadow brush), 129 (dense blush brush)
  • Substitutes: Creme Royale = Nylon; Lucky Tom = Brun; Her Glitz = no dupe; Fun & Games = Springsheen; Cute-ster = Politely Pink (?); Mimmy = Enchantress

Directions: Define brows using a coordinating powder shadow applied with the 266 brush. Apply Soft Ochre all over the lid as the base with the 249. Apply Creme Royale eyeshadow all over the lid with the 239 brush. Darken crease with Lucky Tom eyeshadow using the 239. Sweep Bisque eyeshadow underneath the brow bone to highlight. Finish with Urban Decay Stash Liner on lower lash line, Her Glitz Glitter Liner on lower and upper lash line, and Plushlash mascara on lashes. Sweep apples of cheeks with Fun & Games blush using the 129. Apply Cute-ster lipstick to lips, and then top with Mimmy lipglass for color and shine.

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Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

The Hit List

What’s the Best Undereye Concealer…?

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

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

Who/what would you like to see MAC collaborate with next? We’ve asked it before, but maybe you’ve got some new ideas!