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Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Face:

  • Mineralize Satinfinish
  • Mineralize Skinfinish pressed powder
  • Studiofinish Concealer around eye area

Lips:

  • Chestnut Lip Pencil
  • Lightly Ripe Lipstick
  • Cherry Blossom Lipglass

Eyes:

  • Studiofinish Concealer (matching skintone) as base
  • Studiofinish Concealer (1 shade lighter) to right under eyebrows
  • The brown shade in the quad to fill in brows
  • Sharp in the middle of lid
  • The golden shade in the inner eye
  • The brown shade on outer lid and crease
  • The peachy shade to highlight
  • Prep + Prime Lash
  • PlushLash mascara
Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You


Are you getting beautified (gore-rified?) for Halloween? What are you going as? What’s your makeup like?

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

How can I save money on makeup?

There are a whole bunch of ways to save money on makeup, and let me tell you some of my favorite ways.

Bargain beauty. There are bargain websites, like makeup.com, which sell some name brands for up to half off.  YMMV, though, because sometimes nothing strikes my fancy and other times there’s a bunch!  Beautycrunch.com also has a few brands available at discount prices, too.  My favorite way is just doing some preliminary searching on the internet to try and find a deal.

Friends & Family Sales. These days most brands are getting into the friends and family spirit by holding annual (or sometimes semi-annual) sales where you can save 15-20% off on everything.  I have found many of these deals are good online only, though.

Keep a Lemming List. Don’t ask me the history of “lemmings” and why they’re called such, but if you keep a list of products you have an eye on… you can easily check it to see if an item is on sale.  Say you spot a F&F sale going on, but you’re not sure what you loved–your list will help you remember.  This also helps me keep my eye on the “prize” (prizes?), because I’ll often save up for an item I really want and skip on an item that’s just so-so but might catch me with its fancy packaging.

Know What You Have. There’s a good reason why people ask, “What’s a good dupe for _______?”  Most of us don’t want to own ten versions of Deep Truth eyeshadow (though, despite this, many of us own at least one or two).  You can easily save money by not buying duplicate products, but also going for variety rather than collecting them all.  Even when there is a slight variance, you might ask yourself, “If I used a different base or layered it with X shadow, could I dupe it that way?” An easy dupe might not be available, but you might find a good dupe by layering colors (e.g., lighten your deep green with a frosty yellow).

Gift Sets and Gift With Purchase. With the holidays right around the corner, nearly every cosmetic retailer gets into the spirit of the holidays by pushing gift sets, palettes, etc. Usually, these are a good deal.  Often you’ll get more for your money than buying things alone.  Sometimes you can try new products out by spending less (like getting a trial set).  Also, brands do GWPs throughout the year, which let you try new products or rediscover old favorites, plus a cute makeup bag or what have you.  (By the by, Clinique has an amazing one coming up!)

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Long time no look! It’s been a ridiculously busy week over at Temptalia HQ between midterms, team projects, and blogging. I’d say more, but I just ran out of time — gotta get to class!

You will need the following…

  • Eyes: Lovely Lily pigment (pastel purple), NARS Jolie Poupee eyeshadow duo (cool satin purple/plummy-purple), Stars ‘n Rockets eyeshadow (duochrome fuchsia-purple), Cinders eyeshadow (dark blue-purple), Hush eyeshadow (pink highlighter), Urban Decay Lust 24/7 Liner (purple), Plushlash mascara (black)
  • Cheeks: NARS Super Orgasm blush (soft peachy pink)
  • Lips: Insinuate lipstick (plum with pink), Crystal Rose lipglass (fuchsia-purple)
  • Brushes: 266 (firm, angled brush), 249 (flat, firm brush), 239 (fluffy shadow brush), 129 (dense blush brush)
  • Substitutes: Cinders = Contrast; Insinuate = Plumful; Crystal Rose = Pink Pearl pigment

Directions: Define brows using a coordinating powder shadow applied with the 266 brush. Apply Lovely Lily pigment all over the lid as the base with the 249. On the inner-to-middle lid, apply Jolie Poupee eyeshadow (purple) using the 239. Apply Jolie Poupee eyeshadow (plum) to the outer half of the lid. Darken the outer lid using Cinders eyeshadow and drag into crease using the 239. Soften harsh color lines with Stars ‘n Rockets eyeshadow above the crease. Sweep Hush underneath the brow bone to highlight. Finish with Lust 24/7 Liner on lower lash line, and Plushlash mascara on lashes. Sweep apples of cheeks with Super Orgasm using the 129. Apply Insinuate lipstick to lips, and then top with Crystal Rose lipglass for color and shine.

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Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

I know, I know… Halloween is just a few days away, but there’s still time for Lush’s spooky offerings!

PUMPKIN soap (Online) sold by weight, $4.95 /  lb
A lovely creamy pumpkin scented soap, also containing sweet wild orange, lime, mandarin and spice cinnamon. Shaped like an actual pumpkin, this soap is only around for Halloween; you could even carve faces and create your very own LUSH Jack-o’-Lantern!

MAGIC bath bomb $6.95
Abracadabra! This ‘hex’-agonal bath treat contains a good luck spell, to break runs of bad luck. The outer shell of this bath bomb is a turquoise color and a blend of marjoram oil and rose absolute.

THE WITCHES’ BALL bubble bar $5.95
This witches’ blend of herbs will work to clear any barriers or blocks in life, especially in relationships and creativity.

A GOLD STAR bubble bar $6.25
This congratulatory bath treat is for those who deserve a pat on the back, as there’s a bewitching blend of solar oils to create a ‘well done’ spell.

GHOST shower gel $16.95 250 ml
This shower gel is to die for – it contains a blend of fresh, natural ingredients and essential oils that will uplift your spirit and make showering a real out-of-this-world experience.

SPELLBOUND gift $27.95
This gift box contains a selection of LUSH’s magical products so you can cast a fascinating spell of your own this Halloween. Contains Magic bath bomb, Jingle Spells bath bomb, Witches Ball bubble bar, and Pumpkin soap.

SUPERNATURAL gift $59.95
There’s the new Witches’ Ball bubble bar; Ceridwen’s Cauldron luxury bath melt; Tisty Tosty bath bomb, a love spell with 7 rose buds; Butterball bath bomb; Therapy massage bar; Figs and Leaves soap; and Aqua Mirabilis skin conditioner.

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Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You


What do you go cheap on? What beauty products do you feel you can go cheap on or skimp on?

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