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Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

7 Great Mother’s Day Gifts to Give (or Receive!)

Prescriptives’ Everything Eyes Seticon ($26.50) contains full-sized False Eyelashes Plush Mascara in Plush Black, travel-size Lash Builder Mascara Basecoat, Quick Remover for Eye Makeup, and Softlining Pencil in Cocoa neatly fit into a summery yellow zip-top bag. This set is valued at $49.50, and with the economy as it is, sometimes we have to scale back our expenses, even when it comes to gifts. I like to save some money by looking for gift sets, which are often better value than buying products individually. You get a super black mascara, mini lash primer, plus Prescriptives’ eye makeup remover. Travel-size isn’t actually a bad way to go — you can take all these on the plane with you, too!

Prescriptives’ Real Results Seticon ($65.00) contains a full-size Intensive Rebuilding Eye Cream, travel-size Intensive Rebuilding Moisturizer, and travel-size Instant Gratification Skin Renewal Peel. If you’ve got a little more cash stashed away for Mom this year, this is a great treat for her face. I absolutely ADORE Instant Gratification–it’s one of my all-time favorite Prescriptives’ products. It feels heavenly. I kind of want this set just so I can have a travel-sized version of it!

Shiseido The Skincare Moisturizing 1-2-3 Seticon ($38.50) highlights some of the best from the Shiseido line. Shiseido is known for their skincare, and to be a prominent brand in Asia, you really gotta know your skin care. If your mom is in need for a new skincare regimen, consider this as an option. It contains travel-sizes of Extra-Gentle Cleansing Foam, Hydro-Nourishing Softener, and Day Moisturizer Protection SPF 15.

Clinique Happy for You Seticon ($49.50) is a favorite of mine to give to friends and family. Happy is such a familiar and go-to scent, so it makes a great gift for the one you aren’t sure what to get. They’ve put together a Mother’s Day Set, which includes Happy perfume spray, moisturizing body cream, and a dual-ended rollerball perfume with Bamboo Pink Long Last Glosswear on the other end. Love rollerballs for on the go perfumes!

Philosophy Amazing Grace Seticon ($59.50) is another can’t-go-wrong-with scent. I just find this to be such a nice, feminine scent that’s not too cloying. This set contains an 8oz. buffing wash, 8oz. firming body emulsion, and 2 oz. spray fragrance.

Clinique High Shine to Go Seticon ($25.00) contains two shades of Long Last Glosswear in Air Kiss and Mystic; and two shades of Full Potential Lips Plump & Shine in Peach Plump and Peony Pop. I love the long-wearing capabilities of the Long Last Glosswear, and I can appreciate the high shine of the Full Potential glosses, too. But really, I think I’m just eyeing the cute Clinique bamboo-printed bag!

MAC Prep + Prime Line Fillericon ($19.50) will help turn back the hands of time. Well, at least maybe fifteen minutes! New from MAC is this line filler that will help mask fine lines and minimize the appearance of some of those signs of aging.

Or if your Mom loves to cook, maybe splurge on some Le Creuset cookware. I mean, I’d love some, but I don’t think Mellan has enough pennies saved up for that quite yet. ;)

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

Reader Rio shares her bright neon pink look with us today. She used…

  • Bloody Mary in Hot Neon Pink
  • Coastal Scents 88 palette- white (top left corner of palette)
  • HIP L’Oreal- Flamboyant duo- only used the yellow
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Electric on the waterline
  • Sephora brand liquid liner in black
  • False eyelashes (I actually don’t have any eyelashes, so there is no mascara or anything, of course)
  • Sephora brand blush in Meringue Jalouse 2
  • Bath and Body Works Liplicious gloss in Cotton Candy
Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

Origins is kicking off their Earth Month campaigns for April! Starting April 2nd, the stores hosting recycling events are offering the first 100 people who return cosmetic empties for recycling will receive a deluxe sample of A Perfect World Intensely Hydrating Body Cream with White Tea.

To celebrate the Nationwide events, Origins is a lucky Temptalia reader the chance to win a basket full of A Perfect World products valued at $125. The products are A Perfect World Deep Cleanser with White Team, Antioxidant Moisturizer with White Tea, Liquid Moisture with White Tea and White Tea Skin Guardian.

To enter: participate in one of the following methods…

(1) Upload images to the Origins Facebook Page
(2) Post images on Flickr, make sure to tag all photos with “Origins Trash Talk”
(3) Tweet to your green heart’s delight using the tag #OriginsTrashTalk

And then comment in this post with the link to your image!

Plus, for every new Facebook Fan and every image of beauty epities uploaded to Flickr and tagged “Origins Trash Talk,” Origins will plant a tree.

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

NARS Summer 2009 Collection

As NARS turns fifteen this year, the brand’s commitment to creating products that defy convention remains unwavering. The NARS woman has never been content to fade into the background, and this summer is no exception. “The look for the summer 2009 collection is sophisticated, but colorful,” says Francois Nars, founder and creative director of NARS cosmetics. That translates to glowing, sun-kissed skin, shimmering peachy-hued lips and high-drama eyes in deep, shimmering tones of metallic-flecked topaz or sparkling azure. Whether your vision of perfect summer conjures up images of Morocco’s kaleidoscopic bazaars, the pristine Art Deco structures of Ocean Drive or the endless white sand beaches and cerulean waters of a Caribbean island, this season’s vivid yet versatile color palette is the perfect complement.

Collection Includes:

  • Tropic Single Eyeshadow $22
  • Scorching Sun Duo Eyeshadow $32
  • Irresistiblement Bronzing Powder $30
  • Falbala and Outsider Lipstick $24
  • Belize Lipgloss $24
  • Tonga Lip Pencil $20
  • Adelita Nail Polish $16

Available: May 2009 at narscosmetics.com

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Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

What are your makeup staples? What specific products do you constantly use? (If you have too many, think of maybe 10!)

Temptalia's Answer.

Studio Fix Fluid foundation, 182 buffer brush, Mario Badescu cleanser, Volcanic Ash Exfoliator, Kate Somerville Oil Free Moisturizer pretty much top my list.
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Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

This is a look from a couple of weeks ago :) I’m sick with some sort of nasty cold, so I’ve not been so keen on wearing makeup these past few days. Hopefully the bug will move on to someone else to plague soon enough. I hope everybody’s week has been treating them well–two more days ’til the weekend, yay!

Happy April Fool’s Day :)

You will need the following…

  • Eyes: Soft Ochre paint pot (neutral base), Rose Blanc eyeshadow (white-yellow), Texture eyeshadow (light reddish brown), Shroom eyeshadow (neutral highlighter), Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Stash (antique gold), Plushlash mascara (black)
  • Cheeks: Honey High-Light Powder (peachy-gold)
  • Lips: Chanel Monte Carlo lipstick (sheer coral), Chanel Tangerine Dream Aqualumiere Gloss (coral)
  • Brushes: 266 (firm, angled brush), 226 (fluffy crease brush), 214 (smudge brush), 249 (flat, firm brush), 239 (fluffy shadow brush), 129 (dense blush brush)
  • Substitutes: Rose Blanc = Nylon

Directions: Define brows using a coordinating powder shadow applied with the 266 brush. Apply Soft Ochre paint pot all over the lid as the base. On the lid, apply Rose Blanc eyeshadow using the 239. Apply Texture eyeshadow to the crease with the 226. Sweep Shroom eyeshadow underneath the brow bone to highlight. Finish with Urban Decay Stash Liner on lower lash line, and Plushlash mascara on lashes. Sweep apples of cheeks with Honey High-Light Powder using the 129. Apply Monte Carlo lipstick to lips, and then top with Chanel Tangerine Dream Aqualumiere Gloss for color and shine.

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