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Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

Visit www.votefornatural.com to learn about why natural is the way to go. Later this year, you should start seeing The Natural Seal (the green seal pictured above) on products that meet The Natural Standard for Personal Care Products. What I liked about the website is they have a portion devoted to explaining what is considered “Truly Natural.” You can learn about what types of ingredients can be used, the processes that fall under the umbrella, and so on.

Put simply, natural ingredients are profoundly effective, inspiring to your senses, better for the environment and beneficial to your well-being. When you vote for truly natural products, you’re already a winner because they’re simply good for you!

Oh, and I did I mention there are some prizes for those who “vote natural”? You get a chance to win a limited edition C&C California for Burt’s Bees T-shirt or a year’s worth of products ($500 value).

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

To coincide with the launch of Phenomen’Eyes – a revolutionary high-precision mascara with a patented ground-breaking spherical brush – Parfums Givenchy commissioned British artist Ian Wright to create a work of art using approximately 5,000 of the Phenomen’Eyes brushes. The result was “5045 Lashes,” a work that symbolizes the “remix” of a fashion-inspired beauty collection with art.

The project began in August 2008 and was completed 12 days later. In the end, Wright chose to recreate an illusion of a 45′ record using only the mascara brushes as his medium. The unique circular brush shape brought back memories of Wright’s early childhood, listening to the voices of Dusty Springfield and Roxy Music on the record player. The pure glamour of glistening black vinyl became thoughts of glistening black lashes, and the inspiration for the Phenomen’Eyes project was born.

Looks kind of cool, doesn’t it? Definitely reminds of black vinyl. It makes me REALLY want to try Phenomen’Eyes now. Between the raves I’ve heard from some of you and my own indulgent nature, I might have to cave soon.

“5045 Lashes” was unveiled at the Christopher Henry Gallery (127 Elizabeth Street), and will now appear throughout New York City in pop-up galleries this fall (Oct 10th and 11th at Sephora SoHo; Oct 17th and 18th at Sephora Union Square).

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You

How many mascaras have you tried before settling on one? Did you get lucky and strike it gold with the first one? Are you still looking?

Monday, September 15th, 2008

Beth Bender Beauty put out this great trio for summer that is/was perfect for the season, but it also makes for a nice way to fade into fall, too. This eyeshadow trio is called SGB ($36.00), and it is available at www.bettesboutique.com. I love the coppery brown color, and I think the pale golden shade makes for a nice all-over lid color. Beth Bender also knows about easy beauty, because she also is responsible for for the Get In Line Eyeilner & Stencil kits–making lining easier for those of us who struggle!

See swatches…

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Monday, September 15th, 2008

Giogrio Armani Face Fabric ($45.00) is the latest from GA when it comes to foundations. It is my first time trying any Giorgio product, let alone one of their foundations (which are pretty highly touted!). Face Fabric is described as “second skin nude makeup.” It’s actually an accurate description of how the foundation feels. The easiest way to describe the texture and feel of this foundation is to call it a tinted primer. It has much of the same texture as a silicone-based primer does (like Smashbox Photofinish), but this is clearly tinted to act like a foundation.

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Monday, September 15th, 2008

For our next giveaway in our Summer of Fun Giveaways, even the wee ones can get in on the fun with BABY BEAUTY…

  • Belli Baby Pamper Me
  • Belli Baby Nourish Me
  • Belli Baby Calm Me
  • Belli Baby Protect Me

This prize package is worth $100.00! To enter to win, leave a comment telling me what your favorite part about pregnancy is/was, and make sure to use an accurate e-mail address (this is how we contact you if you win!) by September 16th, 9PM PST. Remember, there are ways to increase your chances to win, so make sure you find out how (and read additional rules). Today’s prize package is for babies, so if you do not have or plan to have one shortly, please do not enter!

Good luck!