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Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

JOICO Skin Luxe Golden Shimmer Gradual Self-Tanner feels like a luxury product at a bargain price. For $15.95, this is a subtle self-tanner with a nice, golden sheen/shimmer that accents and highlights both your natural and faux glow (from the self-tanner). It smells of tropical coconuts, and it is even moisturizing on its own accord (probably because of the coconut oil and aloe vera).

The brand is actually a division of Shiseido, in case the connection gives you a better sense of familiarity and not, “What is this brand?” kind of a feeling. I personally prefer subtle self-tanners, more often than not opting for gradual ones, because I’m fairly tan on a regular basis. I also tan up really quickly once the sun starts shining (really, one day is all I need in the sun–despite high SPF–to come back tanned). Gradual self-tanners also work in my favor, because it means I can add a little glow, shimmer, and moisture instantaneously. I have had a thing for lightly shimmered lotions, just because I love the way they make my legs look in skirts. You can find a JOICO near you at www.joico.com.

Do you use self-tanners? Which ones do you like? Do you use them year-round or only in a particular season?

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Rohto Eye Drops ($6.99) come in three types, each designed to help with different eye problems. Cool helps to combat redness, while Arctic helps with eye strain, and ICE also helps to reduce redness. Now, you’re probably wondering what eye drops have to do with beauty, and for a lot of you, they probably don’t. But for myself and others unfortunate enough to suffer from sensitive eyes or year-round allergies… they just might be part of your beauty routine.

I keep bottles of eye drops around the house, stashed in my purse, by my computer–everywhere, you name it. I have incredibly sensitive eyes in the sense that my allergies will suddenly come on and my eyes will feel it first. Red eyes are not attractive, so I go for the Cool or ICE formula to help calm my eyes down so I can look less zombie-like. I also find that putting a few drops in my eyes helps to lubricate them and reduce their overall irritation. If I let my eyes go without drops, the urge to rub them gets pretty strong (and would totally ruin my makeup), while a quick drop or two saves my makeup!

Does anyone else suffer from this problem?

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

MAC Cosmetics’ STARFLASH and LUSTRE TWINS collections are now available online! What are you getting?

Here’s what I plan on getting on Thursday: all the Starflash shadows, half of the Lustre Twins (so much for budgeting/control!) — luckily I have 6 sets of B2M! (Hopefully my store will take the depots…)

And you know, I’ve always wondered how many of you go in-store to purchase versus go online. So… here’s a poll!

Do you buy your MAC online or in-store?

  • Always In-store (41%, 324 Votes)
  • Mostly In-store (26%, 205 Votes)
  • Equally Online/In-Store (14%, 108 Votes)
  • Mostly Online (13%, 100 Votes)
  • Always Online (6%, 58 Votes)

Total Voters: 795

Share your wish lists, potential hauls, or your actual hauls in the comments!

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You


If you had $500 to spend on beauty RIGHT now, what would you get? Share your list of goodies!

Monday, July 28th, 2008

Fie used:

Face: MSF Natural in Medium, Warmed MSF, Joyous BBP over Warmed (My favorite combo to get nice sun kissed cheeks)

Eyes: (all of these pigments are pressed), Silver Fog p/g (wet) as a base, Vanilla p/g in the inner corner, Kelly Green + Chartreuse p/g in the middle, Teal p/g in the outer corner, Gold Dusk pi/g in a dabbing motion to blend the colors together, Gold Dusk + Vanilla p/g to highlight, Hyacinth Eye Khol, Some random eye lashes I got a while ago, Plushlash Mascara

Lips: Gingeroot Creme Lip Liner, 3N l/s, Sashimi Mimi l/s, Lustre White l/g

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Monday, July 28th, 2008

So, yesterday, I thought my shirt was green (apparently, it was brown, but it kept flickering between brown/dark green depending on the light), so I went with green. At least brown goes with most colors, though :) I didn’t notice the mascara smudges on the lower lash line until after photos, but I *did* clean it up before I went out, LOL.

Hope your Monday is off to a good start!

You will need the following…

  • Eyes: Vintage Gold pigment (antique gold), Lucky Green eyeshadow (shimmery medium green), Scarab eyeshadow (dark olive green), Fiction eyeshadow (gray-olive), Femme Noir eyeshadow (matte dark green), Nylon eyeshadow (white-gold highlighter), Feline kohl power (black), Plushlash mascara (black)
  • Cheeks: Suncentered Colour Forms Powder (peachy-orange)
  • Lips: By Degrees slimshine (pink with a bit of mauve), She-Gold lipglass (sheer gold shimmer)
  • Brushes: 266 (firm, angled brush), 239 (fluffy shadow brush), 272 (fluffy angled crease brush), 129 (dense blush brush)
  • Substitutes: Vintage Gold = Gold Metal; Lucky Green = Bio Green; Scarab = Sumptuous Olive; Fiction = Greensmoke; Femme Noir = Flourishing; Feline = Graphblack; Suncentered = Peachykeen, By Degrees = Long Stem Rose; She-Gold = Instant Gold

Directions: Define brows using a coordinating powder shadow applied with the 266 brush. Apply Vintage Gold pigment all over the lid as the base with the 239. On the inner lid, apply Lucky Green eyeshadow using the 239. Apply Scarab eyeshadow to the middle of the lid. Darken the outer lid using Fiction and drag into crease using the 239. Define crease with Femme Noir eyeshadow using the 272 to lightly blend it in. Sweep Nylon underneath the brow bone to highlight. Finish with Feline kohl power on lower lash line, and Plushlash mascara on lashes. Sweep apples of cheeks with Suncentered using the 129. Apply By Degrees slimshine to lips, and then top with She-Gold lipglass for shimmer and shine.

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