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Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

Liz Earle Orange Flower Hand Wash (6.7 oz for $19.50) is a low-lather liquid hand soap lightly scented with an herbal/floral blend of notes with a touch of orange.  The hand wash contains orange flower water, as well as seven pure essential oils, and its foaming agents are derived from corn syrup and coconut oil.  Liz Earle has managed to create a more organic/natural product that doesn’t stink of compost nor lacking in quality.  Too often I’ve found brands capitalize on using buzz words like natural or organic, but then the products themselves don’t deliver.

In a household with sixty-pounds of overeager puppy (well, I suppose, he’s just a dog now!), I’m always washing my hands.  It’s really essential for whatever hand cleansing product I use to do everything it can to moisturize or rehydrate my paws throughout the day.  Since using Liz Earle’s hand wash, I’ve definitely noticed an improvement in my skin’s texture and roughness.  My hands don’t feel dry, and they’re certainly better than they usually are.  This is most likely one of the better hand soaps I’ve used, all things considered.

The only thing that gets me is the price, because the idea of paying just about $20 for hand soap seems ludicrous.  I can appreciate that they’ve designed the pump to only pump out all you need (which is a very small amount), at the very least.  If the price were less, I’d repurchase it without a second thought–as it stands, I’m not entirely sure.  It’ll depend on how long it lasts overall, I suppose!  Get yours at LizEarle.com.

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

Carmindy’s Get Positively Beautiful ($21.99) provides more than just beauty tips and how-tos, and it is this different approach that makes the book remarkable. I know when I was in high school, and even on my worst days, I suffered from low self esteem when it came to my looks. “Carmindy Vision” is all about retraining yourself to believe that you *are* beautiful. She offers insights on how to discover and find your best and favorite features, and these are the features you should focus on. Instead of dwelling on [what you think is] a too-large nose, think about your high cheekbones and lush mouth. The book can be summed up with this line she writes, “I believe looking good starts with feeling good.”

Of course, the book is filled with great beauty tips and tricks, as well as some step-by-step walk-throughs of how to get the most out of your makeup application. She also includes shopping lists for all types of products ranging from foundation to eye liner, and she offers budget options as well as more high-end products. I’m by no means new to makeup, but I appreciate Carmindy’s take on beauty and achieving real beauty. I enjoyed the shopping lists (I love reading what others rank the top of the top) and the photography and layout of the book were both well done. Overall, this is worth checking out! I know on Amazon it’s only $14.95, and believe me, that’s a steal when it comes to a hardcover filled with all-color pages!

Read this? What’d you think?

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009


Dior Pink Drama Lip Color, Dior Delicious Plum Creme de Gloss

As promised, here is part 4, featuring another 75 lip color combinations. You can see Part 1 and Part 2, and Part 3 from before. All in all, there are just under 400 lip color combinations! Whew!

Go see the rest! Continue reading →

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

Temptalia Asks You


What was the last thing/person/movie/whatever that inspired a makeup look you did? What did it inspire? How did it turn out?

Friday, January 2nd, 2009


Wild ‘Bout You lipstick, Crystal Rose lipglass

Periodically, I try to put together posts of all of the different lip color combinations I’ve used in different looks in one large post so they’re easy to find and reference. You can see Part 1 and Part 2 from before. Here is Part 3 — 75 combos! :) Part 4 will be posted tomorrow (another 75 combos).

Seventy-four more await you! Continue reading →

Friday, January 2nd, 2009

LET THE VOTING COMMENCE!

The nominees are in, so now it’s time for everyone to cast their votes so we can see what products topped 2008. Each category consists of nominees, but I still have an “other” choice for those who don’t find their favorites listed! :) Voting will end around the 7th so be sure to get your votes in!

Oh, and for anyone thinking that their vote doesn’t matter–several categories are running SO close as little as just one vote margin–so your vote could change the results!

Please vote for your favorites! Continue reading →