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Monday, March 24th, 2008

If you’re living in a naturally warmer climate (cough, California!), it’s easy to confuse spring with the beginning of summer as blue skies dominate and the sun shimmers down.  But whether you’re jonesing for a touch of summer in your life or are already breaking out your booty shorts, bronzers are often turned towards for a subtle, sunkissed glow that is an earmark of summer and fun.

Urban Decay Baked Bronzer ($24.00) looks very much like a the famous MAC mineralize skinfinishes, so if that’s your bag… you should definitely get your butt to your nearest Sephora to check this out! What I like about the Baked bronzer is that you can use it either wet or dry, and using it wet won’t ruin your product or leave a wet stain/spot behind. I actually tried a coming-soon shade in Gilded, which will is part of Urban Decay’s Summer 2008 launch. Original shades Baked and Toasted are fairly uniform in color throughout the product, but Gilded has gold spun through it (very much reminiscent of MSFs!).

Clinique True Bronze Pressed Powder Bronzer ($23.50) is an ultra lightweight powder compact that goes on so smoothly and lasts awhile. I like that it comes in four shades, which gives possibilities to different shades to go for subtle bronzing or deeper color as they please. The compact is sleek and transportable, which is great for doing makeup on the run as I know many of us will be spending plenty o’ time outdoors once weather permits.

Xen-Tan Perfect Bronze Perfect Bronze ($28.00) is a velvety smooth bronzing powder that is designed to “never look orangey or pink, even on fair skins.” Unfortunately, as I’m nowhere near fair, I can’t report on the accuracy of that statement, but it does give me hope for those who have been hesitant about getting into bronzer because of the orange-effect.

Guerlain Terracotta ($42.00) is a luxurious bronzer (hello, it’s Guerlain) that is moisturizing and lasts all day. The powder is also supposed to help protect your skin against free radicals. According to Guerlain, “neutral bronze” is suitable for all skin colors, though the product does come in four shades. If you’re a fan of this brand and have extra cash in your wallet, this isn’t a bad item to splurge on. Though I personally find that for bronzing, since I rarely use straight bronzers by themselves, that I do not need a product like this (then again – it would last me eternity!).

Stay tuned for part two, with even more bronzers to choose from!

Find these bronzers and more at Nordstrom.com or Sephora.com.

Monday, March 24th, 2008

I did this look REALLY quickly last night before we went to Easter dinner- like five minutes or less for everything!

I used Dior Quint in Goldfever for this look. I used the center color all over the lid, the bottom left color for middle of lid, and bottom right color for outer lid and crease; I used MAC Ricepaper eyeshadow above crease and on brow with MAC Black Funk/Pop Blue dual edge pencil on lower lash line with Milani Power Lash mascara and MAC Brun eyeshadow to fill in brows. I wore MAC Margin blush with Guerlain Mythic Pressed Meteorite on cheeks. I had MAC Strawbaby lipstick with MAC Cult Fave lipglass on my lips.

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Monday, March 24th, 2008

If you were using Clinique’s Peony blusher?, what look would you create with it? What shadows would you use? What would you use on cheeks? Anything added to the lips?

Create a look using whatever you want, as long as you include Peony! Feel free to share links to photos of your look(s) using it in the comments.

Monday, March 24th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You

If you could create an eyeshadow, what color would it be? What would you name it?

For me, Temptalia (of course), and it would probably be something reddish purple!

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

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Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

DuWop Doubleglow7 ($25.00) is a balm that is made to add a “glow” to your face either under, over, or instead of foundation. It contains vitamins A, E, and F, as well as jojoba and aloe vera. DuWop says that you can use this as a primer by using it underneath makeup or to over to add additional luminousness. I prefer wearing it under makeup rather than over, because I found it was quite solid in the jar, which makes it hard to blend when you have already put your foundation and/or powder on. When used before adding foundation, you can easily blend it into the skin and decide where you want it. I also liked using it on the inner tearducts for a very natural look for everyday wear when I’m just sporting mascara, because it helped to open up and brighten my eyes. I do feel the product is a little pricey, though you certainly won’t run through your product jar quickly–just that I don’t find myself using this everywhere and anywhere. I could never imagine using this instead of foundation with my skin, so maybe if you naturally blessed with flawless or near-flawless skin… you can get away with it.