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Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

OMG, I was hit by a nasty, nasty bug on Sunday afternoon. I probably caught it on the plane, but who knows. All I know is that it sucks something awful, and I really wish it would go away. I feel miserable, incredibly groggy and sleepy all-freaking-day-long, and whiny! I think my boyfriend is on the verge of going insane. A sick Christine is NOT good for anybody. I did this look on Monday, but I completely dozed off, though I totally meant to post it earlier. I swear!

You will need the following…

  • Eyes: Soft Ochre paint pot (creamy neutral base), Dreammaker eyeshadow (white-gold), Sharp eyeshadow (chartreuse), Cool Heat eyeshadow (blue-teal), Graphblack technakohl (black), Plushlash mascara (black)
  • Cheeks: Suncentered Colour Forms powder (peach)
  • Lips: Soft Lust lipstick (frosty champagne), Rich & Ripe lipglass (red-coral)
  • Brushes: 266 (firm, angled brush), 249 (flat, firm brush), 239 (fluffy shadow brush), 129 (dense blush brush)
  • Substitutes: Dreammaker = Nylon; Sharp = Sour Lemon; Cool Heat = Electric Eel; Suncentered = Peachykeen; Soft Lust = High Tea; Rich & Ready = Lust

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 with the 249. On the inner lid, apply Dreammaker eyeshadow using the 239. Apply Sharp to the middle of the lid, then overlay the outer lid with Cool Heat eyeshadow. Drag Cool Heat eyeshadow into crease using the 239. Sweep Dreammaker underneath the brow bone to highlight. Finish with Graphblack technakohl on lower lash line, and Plushlash mascara on lashes. Sweep apples of cheeks with Suncentered using the 129. Apply Soft Lust lipstick to lips, and then top with Rich & Ripe lipglass for color and shine.

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Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Here at Temptalia, we are all about making YOU happy! We strive to listen to your ideas and suggestions on what to keep doing, what we need to work on, and what just isn’t working at all. At the end of last year, we unveiled the current blog design, which was a complete overhaul of the previous layout. A redesign does not come easy – there are tears, fights, devestating arguments, and episodes of the silent treatment between the team – which is why we start early!

This year, we want to approach our redesign process with you in mind! Please help us find out what you love, hate, and can’t wait to see changed from the layout. For those of you who don’t like change, we make no promise that the layout will change dramatically nor do we make any promises that it will stay the same. We’re waiting to hear what you lovely readers want to see!

So please, take this easy and quick survey! Thank you! Continue reading →

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Choose or Lose

Do you keep your beauty purchases in boxes?

  • I ditch the boxes! (54%, 306 Votes)
  • I keep the boxes... but separate from the products. (33%, 185 Votes)
  • YES! I keep all my products in their boxes. (11%, 60 Votes)
  • Other -- tell me in the comments. (2%, 18 Votes)

Total Voters: 569

Feel free to elaborate on your answer in the comment section!

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Yesterday, you all were shocked at how much makeup I brought with me to Hawaii. Now, let me share with you some lessons I learned about traveling when it comes to lugging your beauty goodies with you!

  • Decide ahead of time. Think about where you’re going, what you think you may be doing, and whether you need lots of makeup or virtually none. When I go for a few days, I don’t bring much along – I think about one or two looks I want to do, and then I just take those products. If I can, I’ll use a pigment as a base, but make it one that is versatile and gives me two different “effects” depending what I overlay it with. Most people aren’t compulsive and need to do their best to not repeat looks, so this can help you save space!
  • Carry-on when possible. Face it, makeup is easily stolen–especially high end makeup. Whenever you can, it’s a better idea to pack your beauty loot in your carry-on (that goes for any valuables you’d hate to lose!). I love the carry-on sized suitcases! They actually hold a fair amount of stuff, and you can toss it in the overhead bin. Mine is expandable, should I need extra room and have to check it ;)
  • Travel and sample containers make life easier! With the ban on oversized liquids, getting some empty travel-sized bottles and jars can help you maximize your space. I don’t need a 12 fl. oz container of cleanser for a week long trip! MAC has several jars and bottles available, and they won’t hurt your wallet.
  • Streamline your routine for shorter trips. So maybe you have a special AM and PM routine – can you streamline it in a way that won’t cause consequences (like a major breakout)? Maybe your AM cream can double as your PM cream for a few days. Can your eyebrow highlighter work as a cheek highlighter?

Hold on, I still have four more tips to share! Continue reading →

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

For our next giveaway in our Summer of Fun Giveaways, beauty isn’t just skin deep. It can be FOR THE HOME…

  • Gianna Rose Atelier Gift Set

This prize package is worth $25.00! To enter to win, leave a comment telling me what your decorating style is, and make sure to use an accurate e-mail address (this is how we contact you if you win!) by August 27th, 9PM PST. Remember, there are ways to increase your chances to win, so make sure you find out how (and read additional rules).

Good luck!

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You

What’s the biggest makeup mess you’ve made? Spill your favorite limited edition pigment into the sink? Shatter your favorite shadow? Lost your entire traincase?