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Saturday, September 6th, 2008

For Autumn/Winter, Givenchy’s Dandy Collection is a nice mix of smokiness and ultra glossy lips. Givenchy continuously does an amazing job on packaging. The eyeshadow quartet is so portable and compact, and the polka-dot theme for both product packaging and the eyeshadow itself is adorable. However, don’t count on the cuteness of the black and white polka dotted eyeshadow, because the polka dots vanish upon first swipe. Givenchy shadows are well-pigmented, but what always amazes me is how utterly soft they are–like butter. The above quartet is #43 Smoky Shimmer ($49.50), and I like the polka dotted shadow the most, actually. It’s this grayish black, really sultry. A nice way to tone down a smoky eye if you don’t want to use black.

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Saturday, September 6th, 2008

Yesterday, I wanted to see how my new cut would look natural aka no styling required. I was pretty pleased with the results — it’s very much the same, but it doesn’t have the same level of volume, shine, or texture. But it still works, and it doesn’t HAVE to be styled, which is what is important. I mean, as much as I hope to learn more about hair styling, it’s not my forte, so knowing I don’t have to stress out to learn quickly is such a relief! Wild ‘Bout You has always been one of my favorite lipsticks, and it’s great that this fall calls for just such a color :)

You will need the following…

  • Eyes: Grain eyeshadow (soft neutral), Plushlash mascara (black)
  • Cheeks: Petalpoint blush (soft purple-pink)
  • Lips: Wild ‘Bout You lipstick (deep berry), Jampacked lipglass (dark berry wine)
  • Brushes: 266 (firm, angled brush), 249 (flat, firm brush), 239 (fluffy shadow brush), 129 (dense blush brush)
  • Substitutes: Petalpoint = Breath of Plum; Wild ‘Bout You = New York Apple; Jampacked = Desire

Directions: Define brows using a coordinating powder shadow applied with the 266 brush. Apply Grain eyeshadow on the lid portion of the eye using the 239. Apply Plushlash mascara to lashes. Sweep apples of cheeks with Petalpoint blush using the 129. Apply Wild ‘Bout You lipstick to lips, and then top with Jampacked lipglass for color and shine.

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Saturday, September 6th, 2008

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Friday, September 5th, 2008

AMBI Skincare is a line that understands women and their skin. They have been going around the country on their “Flawless Skin Tour,” and their final stop is Atlanta, at V-103 For Sisters Only on September 13th and 14th. This weekend, they will be in D.C. at NCNW Black Family Reunion Celebration, and the event is free and open to the public (so head over, if you can!). Stopping by the AMBI Tourbus will get you a chance to try out some of their products, as well as get consultations by licensed aestheticians.

Temptalia is pleased to announce a giveaway sponsored by AMBI for our readers! One lucky reader will win an AMBI Gift Basket and a set of two tickets to the Atlanta event. Two other readers will win AMBI Gift Baskets, as well!

Each gift basket includes:

  • Even & Clear product line
  • Soft & Even product line
  • Fade Cream for Normal Skin

To Enter: Simply leave a comment indicating you’d like to win! If you would like to attend the Atlanta tour stop, please make sure you indicate that you’d love a chance to win the tickets along with a gift basket. (Like putting, “Hey, I’m in Atlanta!” is helpful!)

Winners will be chosen September 6th, 2008 9AM PST. You must respond with your address by September 8th, 2008, 8AM PST to claim your prize if selected!

AMBI recognizes that women of African, Latin and South Asian heritage often face unique skincare challenges in keeping their skin clear and even toned due to the melanin in their skin. Melanin is a natural substance that gives color or pigment to skin and gives skin its rich, beautiful tone. However, melanin also may make skin more vulnerable to marks and uneven tone. Therefore, it is important for women with rich skin tones to have products that have been designed specifically to keep their skin clear and even toned.

Learn more at www.ambiskincare.com.

Friday, September 5th, 2008

After yesterday’s experimentation, this is my actual look for the day. Sometimes it’s fun just to have, well, fun with makeup – to be able to try out things and combinations that are gloriously over the top. Obviously, this is pre-hair cut!

You will need the following…

  • Eyes: Copperbeam pigment (metallic brown), Ricepaper eyeshadow (neutral highlighter), Bronze eyeshadow (dark brown), Smut eyeshadow (darkest brown), Texture eyeshadow (soft warm brown), UD Bourbon 24/7 Liner (warm brown), Rich Ground fluidline (warm brown), Plushlash mascara (black)
  • Cheeks: Blooming blush (soft pink)
  • Lips: Lightly Ripe lipstick (subtle deep pink), Liqueur lipglass (dirty brown)
  • Brushes: 266 (firm, angled brush), 249 (flat, firm brush), 239 (fluffy shadow brush), 129 (dense blush brush)
  • Substitutes: Copperbeam = Chocolate Brown; Blooming = CoyGirl; Lightly Ripe = Syrup; Liqueur = Spite

Directions: Define brows using a coordinating powder shadow applied with the 266 brush. Apply Copperbeam pigment all over the lid as the base with the 249. On the inner-to-middle lid, apply Ricepaper eyeshadow using the 239. Apply Texture eyeshadow to outer lid with the 239. Darken crease with Bronze eyeshadow with the 239, and then add depth using Smut eyeshadow. Sweep Ricepaper underneath the brow bone to highlight. Finish with UD Bourbon 24/7 Liner on lower lash line, Rich Ground fluidline on upper lash line, and Plushlash mascara on lashes. Sweep apples of cheeks with Blooming using the 129. Apply Lightly Ripe lipstick to lips, and then top with Liqueur lipglass for color and shine.

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Friday, September 5th, 2008

In my excitement to tell (and show!) you all about my new hairstyle, I totally overlooked how important a before and after shot would be! So, here it is :) I was completely overwhelmed by the response to the cut, so thank you all so very much! I agree I could go as short as the original inspiration cut, I love that I have the illusion of length, but the perks of shorter hair. It’s not fear holding me back to go shorter, it’s how much I love this modified cut and how well it reflects me! Thank you all for your assurance the cut worked out and I could go short :)