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Sunday, July 27th, 2008

Five Products That Changed My Beauty World

MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator>> This review was recently posted, so it seems redundant to espouse its merits yet again, but I can’t help it. By far one of my favorite products I’ve purchased this year.

MAC Mineralize Blush>> These blushes are subtle, natural, and all of them make your skin look glowy. Some of my favorites are Dainty and Nuance, both are less intense than some of the deeper ones, like Merrily. These blushes work incredibly will with denser blush/powder brushes (I use the 129 and love it!), and I like how you can build the color intensity up to your desired level. I don’t have a super dark skin tone, but I’m not light by any means, and all of the blushes show up on me.

Clean & Clear’s In Shower Facial>> Need a budget exfoliator? Try this one. It is amazing, and your skin will feel so soft immediately after. It’s quick, easy, and affordable. What else do you need to hear?

Olay Quench Mousse>> My legs don’t scare away children anymore! Instead of scaly, dry legs, I can have smooth and supple ones. Quench hydrates amazingly well, and the moisturization lasts all day. I’m terrible and inconsistent about moisturizing my legs, so Quench’s lasting power is essential for me.

Kanebo Concealer>> My undereye bags can’t thank me enough. I love Kanebo’s Concealer, which comes in a clickable brush pen. They actually recently revamped the concealer brush, and I’m eager to try it to see how it compares with the original formulation.

What are five products that changed your beauty world?

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You


What is your biggest skin concern? Acne? Crow’s feet? Frown lines? Evenness?

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

The “star product” for Lancome’s Maharani Jewels collection for fall (already out) is their Poudre Elephant Teint, which is meant to be used as a bronzer. When I swatched it, it went on as a very peachy kind of color with lots of gold sheen and a few gold flecks. I imagine the peachiness is what I got from the elephant’s body, which is an orangey color. I have yet to try this on my face in an actual look, but it is gorgeous when swatched. At $36, this limited edition compact is actually attainable. Many of the star products with such prettythings imprinted and emblazoned tend to be upwards of $50, but Lancome did it right this time! I’m really loving the way it swatches, so I’m hoping it’ll work nicely on my cheeks. I see myself using it to create glowy cheeks rather than as a bronzer. I feel like the shimmer is a bit much for a bronzer (I prefer mine semi-matte or matte).

Have you tried this? Are you interested in it?

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Saturday, July 26th, 2008

LANCOME | MAHARANI JEWELS
Fall 2008 Color Collection

Gorgeous goes global with Maharani Jewels. Lancome’s latest color collection pays homage to India, where the beauty brand opened last year. Many of the makeup shades and creations seen floating down the catwalk recently were reminiscent of the country’s fascinating colors and intricate designs. From deeply colored spices, to the natural hues of the landscape, to vibrant pigments that color traditional Saris, to the gemstone-toned jewels that adorn the neck of a Maharani, or princess, each of these rich pieces highly influenced Lancome’s fall palette.

Poudre Elephant Teint ($36.50) This is the perfect product to achieve a gorgeous glow. In India, the elephant is one of the most revered symbols, denoting royalty, inner strength and nobility. Now this iconic symbol can be found embossed in the powder of this new limited-edition bronzer.

Maharani Juicy Tubes ($18.00) Inspired by the intricate motifs of Mehndi art, these Juicy Tubes are embellished with a golden design of scallop lines, dots, teardrops and paisley shapes. Shades range from Mango Mystere to Guava Enchantment and Autumn Jasmine.

Le Crayon Khol Kajal ($23.50) This ultra-soft khol divinely glides across lids, lining them in exquisite deeply pigmented color. Natural jojoba oil and organic beeswax make application smooth and comfortable. For sultry eyes, evocative of a Bengal beauty, India Ink imbues an intense black for a captivating look. For softer, but equally sexy eyes, smoke out the rich brown hue of Amber Night or delicately apply the lustrous color of Smoky Henna.

Maharani Color Design Eye Shadow Quads ($40.00) The raw and natural tones found throughout India’s countryside are seen in the Lotus Splendor palette with its earthy brown, peach and copper eye shadows, while the Secrets of Benghal palette features soft pink, dusty mauve, eggplant and highlighting shadows. Paired with Le Crayon Khol Kajal in India Ink, the combination of shadow and dark liner work in harmony to create a sultry, intense eye look.

On counters now!

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Saturday, July 26th, 2008

I used Museum Bronze pigment (LE) on lid, Ricepaper eyeshadow on inner lid, Goldmine eyeshadow on middle of lid, Carbon (LIGHTLY!) on outer lid, Espresso eyeshadow on outer crease, Copperbeam pigment (LE) on outer crease, Ricepaper eyeshadow on brow to highlight, Graphblack technakohl on upper lash line (then smudged), UD Stash 24/7 liner on lower lash line, and Plushlash mascara on lashes. I had Margin blush with Other Worldly blush (LE) on cheeks. I wore Tiger Tiger lipstick (LE) and Rosy Coral (PRO) pro gloss on my lips.** These are recommendations for dupes based on permanent colors available – may not necessarily be identical; they are the closest I can think of!Museum Bronze = Bronze; Copperbeam = Antiqued + Cranberry; Other Worldly = Raizin; Tiger Tiger = CherishNow, get step-by-step directions on how to get this look for yourself! Continue reading →

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

For our next giveaway in our Summer of Fun Giveaways, we want to give some lucky reader a chance to have the best smokey eyes. We’re going to make you the MASTER OF SMOKE…

  • Sephora Smokey Eye Brush Set

This prize package is worth $42.00! To enter to win, simply leave a comment telling me your favorite smokey eye combination, and make sure to use an accurate e-mail address (this is how we contact you if you win!) by July 27th, 9PM PST. Remember, there are ways to increase your chances to win, so make sure you find out how (and read additional rules).

Good luck!