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Friday, September 5th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You


How do you make sure you get your beauty sleep? Do you wear a sleeping mask? Pamper yourself before bed?

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

I’ve spent the past week or two drooling over the above haircut. It just appeals to me, and I couldn’t really tell you why. Perhaps it’s because the model has such amazing features that she can rock this cut. I’ve always gone to the same hair salon for $8 hair cuts–yes, $8 haircuts–but I’ve always wanted to go to a professional hair stylist and have them do my hair. (Not to say they did a bad job; most of my visits were fine, but I didn’t ask for anything beyond lots of long layers!)

Well, I finally took the plunge. I went to Allan’s Salon this afternoon (I was so excited that they had an opening!) after reading all the rave reviews on Yelp!. $65 (and tip) later, and I’m loving my new ‘do! Allan was amazing–I brought in the photo above, but also something less tame, a lot longer, and he said I could totally work the one I wanted. But since I had expressed concern over going super short, he said he would add more length to it. Perfection. Absolute perfection.

I watched him when he did my blow out, to see how I would need to style it myself, and it didn’t look overly difficult. It’ll be interesting when I attempt it myself, but he just used a thermal protectant (duh), thickening spray by Bumble&Bumble, and then some pomade/wax. I think what I am so happy with is it is obviously different from my hair of 21 years, but it doesn’t look overly drastic. I was also thrilled to hear I could go shorter (he said I had the facial features for it) if I wanted to. Never was sure if I could pull off short hair! Nonetheless, parts of my hair had at least 7-8 inches taken off, so it is definitely a lot shorter than it was a few hours ago.

OK, OK, I know you just want to see how it turned out. Peep my new hair… Continue reading →

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

Just something I messed around with for FUN. Emphasis on fun and experimentation aka not necessarily a look I’d be running around town with on an everyday basis ;)

You will need the following…

  • Eyes: Uppity fluidline (antique gold base), Rich Ground fluidline (warm brown base), Going Bananas eyeshadow (bright yellow), Goldmine eyeshadow (gold), Golden Lemon pigment (yellow gold), Beautyburst eyeshadow (warm brown), Carbon eyeshadow (black), Ricepaper eyeshadow (highlight), Feline kohl power (black), Plushlash mascara (black)
  • Cheeks: Taupe blush (taupe)
  • Lips: Port Red lipstick (cherry red), Cult of Cherry lipglass (bright red), Jampacked lipglass (dark berry)
  • Brushes: 266 (firm, angled brush), 249 (flat, firm brush), 239 (fluffy shadow brush), 129 (dense blush brush)
  • Substitutes: Uppity = Indianwood; Goin’ Bananas = Sour Lemon; Beautyburst = Texture; Feline = Graphblack; Port Red = Russian Red; Cult of Cherry = Russian Red; Jampacked = Desire

Directions: Define brows using a coordinating powder shadow applied with the 266 brush. Apply Uppity fluidline on eyelid as base using the 249 brush. Apply Rich Ground fluidline above that, above the crease with the 249 brush. Apply Going Bananas eyeshadow with the 239 over Uppity fluidline. Repeat, but with Goldmine eyeshadow. With the 249, apply Golden Lemon pigment lightly over Goldmine. Darken outer lid and crease with Beautyburst eyeshadow using the 239 brush. Above crease, apply Carbon eyeshadow lightly to darken and dramatify the look. Sweep Ricepaper eyeshadow underneath the brow bone to highlight. Also sweep Goldmine eyeshadow along brow bone. Finish with Feline kohl power on lower lash line, and Plushlash mascara on lashes. Sweep apples of cheeks with Taupe blush using the 129. Apply Port Red lipstick to lips, and then top with Cult of Cherry and Jampacked lipglass for color and shine.

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Thursday, September 4th, 2008

For August, the challenge is to wear SMOKEY EYES. Check out these six challenge-takers! Don’t forget about the first round and second round and third round of submissions, either.

See four lovely takes on smokey eyes! ! Continue reading →

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You


What is your ultimate go-to eyeliner? What are you always reaching for more than any other eye liner? Is it liquid? What’s the color? And of course, who makes it?

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

Boy was I frustrated when I didn’t get in on the pre-order for this gloss when it was available online. It’s sold out already online. It’s not even out yet! There is a very, very small YSL counter at my Nordstrom’s, but I’m thinkin’ they won’t get this in stock. I really want this. Something about having a black lipgloss appeals to me, in a very hands-off kind of way. I know Lancome also has a black gloss for fall, which I am lusting after, too – I think it may be more accessible, too.

What say you? Black lipgloss — are you game?

YSL GLOSS PUR Black unites these two facets of his art in a superb Limited Edition. Transparent yet intense, it plays on the depths of black and the pure shine of a sparkle-free formula in a special offering. From plum to ebony, it dresses lips in an infinite range of shades, depending on how it is applied – feather light or rich and bold.

Yves Saint Laurent Gloss Pur Black… Coming early October 2008, only while supplies last! $28.00, available at YSL counters at select Saks, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s and Barneys stores nationwide, as well as Bergdorf Goodman and Henri Bendel in New York City and key YSL boutiques country-wide.