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Friday, August 15th, 2008

Spa Sister’s Microfiber Hair Towel($12.00) purports to quickly absorb moisture from the hair. It’s supposed to reduce the amount of time you’ll spend blow drying your hair. The towel is a big bigger than a regular hand towel (the “medium” sized towel – bigger than a wash cloth, smaller than a bath towel), and it is incredibly lightweight and feels quite thin. I imagine it’s the microfiber that keeps it so featherweight. I have long, thick hair, so I’m always on the lookout for anything that minimizes my drying time, so I jumped on this product when I heard about it.

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Friday, August 15th, 2008

For August, the challenge is to wear SMOKEY EYES. Here are some of the first submissions!

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Friday, August 15th, 2008

On Wednesday, I thought I might play around with some bold lip colors, so I popped on a neutral look, and then I had some fun. I tried Bing! mattene from Cult of Cherry, as well as So Scarlet (but I already had an idea of how that’d turn out in a look). I also tried on Clinique’s Red-y to Wear. Now, the verdict? Neither Bing nor Red-y to Wear are for me. I just can’t see where I’d wear Bing out to, without lightening it some. Red-y to Wear is too much of an orangey red on me – reminds me of clown red, almost.

You will need the following…

  • Eyes: Soft Ochre paint pot (creamy neutral base), Next To Nothing eyeshadow (cool neutral), Tempting eyeshadow (bronze brown), Dark Edge eyeshadow (cool dark brown), Ricepaper eyeshadow (soft neutral highlighter), Orpheus kohl power (black gold), Plushlash mascara (black)
  • Cheeks: Dainty mineralize blush (soft peachy pink)
  • Lips: So Scarlet lipstick (deep red), Jampacked lipglass (dark berry)
  • Brushes: 266 (firm, angled brush), 249 (flat, firm brush), 239 (fluffy shadow brush), 129 (dense blush brush)
  • Substitutes: Next to Nothing = Shroom; Dark Edge = Smut; Orpheus = Buried Treasure; Dainty = Peachykeen; So Scarlet = New York Apple; Jampacked = Desire

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. Apply Next to Nothing eyeshadow all over the lid using the 239. Apply Apply Tempting eyeshadow on outer lid and into crease with the 239. Darken the outer crease using Dark Edge eyeshadow using the 239. Sweep Ricepaper underneath the brow bone to highlight. Finish with Orpheus kohl power on lower lash line, and Plushlash mascara on lashes. Sweep apples of cheeks with Dainty using the 129. Apply So Scarlet lipstick to lips, and then top with Jampacked lipglass for color and shine.

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Friday, August 15th, 2008

WWD reports Lancome will launch a new lipstick called L’Absolu Rouge, from their Rouge Absolu line, in September. The lipstick will be the first to contain Pro-Xylane, an antiaging molecule panted by the brand’s parent (L’Oreal). The entire line will have 36 shades, each with SPF 12. The US will see 15 shades launching this fall, each retailing at $29.

So, anti-aging properties in lipsticks — is it your cup of tea? Lancome isn’t the first brand to do it, as higher luxury brands like Cle de Peau already work that angle. I have to say, $29 is steep for a lipstick when it comes to my budget. I also am skeptical about just how much treatment my lips need – I mean, I’m more concerned about the wrinkles around my lips than the ones on them!

Friday, August 15th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You


How many makeup brushes do you own? How many do you actually use? Which ones are your must-haves?