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Monday, November 10th, 2008

pur~lisse is a product line created by Jennifer Yen utilizing science and Chinese beauty secrets to create products good for you. You’ll find most products have either Blue Lotus Flower or White Tea (antioxidant) in them.

pur~moist ($65.00) is a moisturizer that feels like a hybrid of gel and cream. It absorbs quickly, and it keeps skin hydrated throughout the day. What I particularly liked about this moisturizer was it helped calm any redness I had in my face (which, admittedly is not a major concern nor obvious). I couldn’t detect any noticeable scent to it–seemed non-fragrance to me. This particular moisturizer doesn’t contain SPF, so you’ll need to use something else to cover you on sun protection (though they have pur-protect, which does include SPF). The only downside to this product is the price; you should easily get two to three months worth of usage out of the tube, though. Also, since it is in a tube rather than a jar, you can worry less about getting bacteria in it and oxygen exposure. Always a good thing!

pur~delicate ($38.00) is a cleanser designed for all skin types, and it is a non-foaming milky cleanser. It uses soy milk (along with soy proteins) as one of its key ingredients. You’ll also find extracts of oatmeal and white tea in it. Because it doesn’t really lather or foam up, it doesn’t strip your skin of its natural oils, so it shouldn’t dry you out. It does a great job of removing dirt and makeup and leaving your skin feeling clean (but not that squeaky clean feeling of tightness). As far as packaging goes, it uses an airless pump, so you can control how much product you need (one pump should do ya!) and keep it sanitary and out of oxygen’s reach. There’s no real fragrance to it, which further lends credence to its claim of being non-irritating for all skin types.

Monday, November 10th, 2008

Zen Aluminum Trays ($14.99 to $19.99) I like these for their simplicity. I can see these looking really classy in a bathroom, and what I also like is if you need to hide or move them around to clean the bathroom, it’s easy! You don’t have to grab twenty bottles, you can just move the tray.

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Monday, November 10th, 2008

Cliniqueicon is offering one of the best gifts with purchase (GWP) I’ve ever seen! Normally, I’m not one to indulge just to get a GWP, but I this one is worth it just for the zebra-printed bag. And guess what? You get it with any $25 Clinique purchase–that’s not bad at all! The “value” of the GWP is $65, and all in all, the products inside the bag aren’t bad either. I loved Bamboo Pink glosswear is cute, and eyeshadow/blush compact is nice — colors are pretty universal; both shadows tinged with gold, while the blush is a nice medium pink. You also get mini-versions of their Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser (1.7 oz.), Zero Gravity Repairwear Lift Firming Cream (0.5 oz.), Lash Doubling Mascara (0.14 oz.), Long Last Lipstick in Blush Coral, silver lipstick case, and of course, the bag itself, designed by Trina Turk.

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Monday, November 10th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You


In what order do you apply your makeup? Foundation, cheeks, eyes? Eyes first?

Sunday, November 9th, 2008

Thank you again for your donations and help with reaching our goal of $1,000 for Breast Cancer Awareness. You have helped in more ways than one, and you have helped more people than you know! You can click the image above to read the letter in its entirety. Lovely reader Lisa M. was the winner of the prize package! Congratulations to her!

And here’s an e-card for your donations!

Sunday, November 9th, 2008

Benefit Powderflage ($28.00) is a great product for setting your concealer, to further help diffuse the appearance of dark circles and minimize concealer settling into fine lines. I found it didn’t work nearly as well without a cream/liquid concealer underneath first — I don’t normally wear concealer since I don’t have too noticeable dark circles, so I figured I’d try it without first. You don’t need a lot of product, which is good, because the container only contains 0.11 oz of product–but it should last you six months or more, I imagine. The brush included with the product is really, really small. I actually liked using a fluffy shadow brush to apply this rather than the fan brush! I know I’ve heard several people rave about this over Laura Mercier’s Brightening Powder, but I haven’t tried it, so I can’t compare unfortunately. Overall, it helped to soften any darkness under my eyes, and I really liked how well it set my cream concealer (Kanebo) so it didn’t budge, migrate, or settle.