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Thursday, June 26th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You


What’s the best beauty item you have bought this summer? What makes it so fabulous?

Question courtesy of Torias!

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

Mellan update: yesterday, he spent the day at the vet so they could monitor him and take chest x-rays. When we picked him up yesterday afternoon, the vet showed us the x-rays, and he said that he didn’t see anything that stood out to him as abnormal. Today, our vet spoke with some specialists, aand the radiologist also agreed that his heart looked normal. So while there is definitely a heart murmur present, they do not feel it is life threatening at this time. I imagine that unless we start seeing symptoms, we should assume he’s pretty normal (well, for him!). Thank you all SO much for your kind words and thoughts. They meant so much to us :)  I took the above photo tonight, after I did tonight’s look — he always keeps me company by staring into the bathroom (he’s not allowed in it except for baths) longingly!

I got the urge to try and recreate my “Barbie Loves MAC” look, and I did… using not the same products as before, LOL.

I used Golder’s Green pigment (LE) on lid, Pink Pearl pigment above crease, Metamorph eyeshadow (LE) on lid, Stars ‘n Rockets eyeshadow above crease, Parfait Amour eyeshadow in crease, Living Pink eyeshadow (LE) above crease, Hush eyeshadow on brow, Metamorph eyeshadow (LE) on lower lash line, Blacktrack fluidline on upper lash line, Feline kohl power (LE) on lower lash line, and Plushlash mascara on lashes. I had Don’t Be Shy blush (LE) on cheeks with Lightly Lilac beauty powder to highlight. I wore Fashionably Fuchsia lipstick (LE) with Crystal Rose lipglass (LE) on my lips.

** These are recommendations for dupes based on permanent colors available — may not necessarily be identical; they are the closest I can think of!

Golder’s Green = Kelly Green + Chartreuse; Metamorph = Juxt; Warm Chill = Surreal + Juxt; Living Pink = Swish; Feline = Graphblack; Don’t Be Shy = Well Dressed; Fashionably Fuchsia = Girl About Town; Crystal Rose = Pink Pearl pigment + clear gloss

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Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

In a world of technology, and being a bit of a product geek myself, when bliss/philips sent over Bikini Perfect (Deluxe Spa Edition) ($59.99), I admired it first in awe, because it looked sleek and practical. Then I admired it because it looked like it could quite easily be a modern day torture device. Seriously, some of those attachments will leave the less hair removal savvy running!

The Bikini Perfect is an at-home grooming system. It features a cordless, rechargeable, shower-friendly trimmer with six attachments. The kit also comes with trial sizes of their body butter & an ingrown-hair exfoliating pad.

  • Precision Trimmer: grooms bikini ilne
  • Precision Comb: ensures even grooming results (5 length settings)
  • Eyebrow Comb: trims entire eyebrow to a uniform length
  • Micro Trimmer: shapes/defines/removes brows or a single hair
  • Micro Shaver: extra smooth and safe shaver
  • Epilator: removes hair by the root

So what did I do? Being the not-so-hair-down-there savvy (hey, I don’t mind the disposable razor technique–gives me the results I want and keeps me bump free!), I went straight for the Epilator attachment. Now, let me tell you that I imagine the epilator attachment is the most painful of the six, because let’s face it, it’s plucking hair entirely, not just trimming or shaving it.

When you first turn the device on, the speed it is spinning/whirring at is downright frightening. I was like, “OH GOD!” when I turned it on, and I looked at myself in the mirror thinking, “Can I really do this? Aww, what the hell!” For as daunting as it seemed, it wasn’t that bad when I was going around the bikini line and whatnot. This is not to say that it was painless. I think my pain tolerance is decent for down there, so the epilator and I got along fine. However, there were a few hairs that got pulled out that made me go, “GOOD GOD!” The pain is akin to plucking out the hair with tweezers–just not as painstakingly slow. I’m trying to build up some courage to try the eyebrow comb, but we’ll see!

For the pricetag, this is a worth-it purchase if you’re into at-home shaving. If you’re a little terrified of having someone else see (or muck around with) your naughty bits, this is a less embarrassing method. If you’re into Brazilians, you’re probably better off getting a wax, since it’s faster (and the pain is probably about the same as with the epilator in THOSE areas). But for those who just want to trim, neaten, and take care of the bikini line–this does a fine job of keeping you looking your swimsuit best!

Learn more about the kit at blissworld.com.

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

Red by Kiss Perfect Pair ($5.99) is a tweezer and nail clipper set. Prior to trying these delightfully pink tweezers, I have been Tweezerman-snob. I think I have about three pairs of Tweezermans around my house, in various pockets of the apartment. However, Tweezerman tweezers don’t come cheap (I think all of mine were $10 or more). These tweezers look and feel a lot like my more expensive Tweezerman ones, surprisingly enough. I’ve found myself using these for the past few weeks regularly (they’re sitting on my desk, beside my 10x magnifying mirror, ha!), and I haven’t felt the urge to go locate my Tweezerman tweezers either. The nail clipper is kind of cool, because it’ll trap your nail clippings in it, so it creates less of a mess. I felt that the clippers felt a bit flimsy compared to the tweezers, which were sturdy. I’d probably opt just for the tweezers over these particular clippers.

Who do you trust when it comes to your tweezers?

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

Sara shares this lovely look with us! She used:

Face

  • Olay moisturizer
  • Select SPF 15 NW15
  • MSF Light
  • Glissade MSF

Eyes

  • Golden Lemon pigment w/ mixing medium on inner half of lid
  • Violet pigment w/ mixing medium on outer half
  • Gorgeous Gold on inner corner
  • Chrome yellow on inner/middle lid
  • Parfait amour on crease and outer lid
  • Shroom to highlight (you can’t see it because of my bangs anyway)

Lips

  • Lip Conditioner Stick spf15
  • Syrup lipstick
  • Sugar Trance lip gloss

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Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

MAC for Emanuel Ungaro

As we gave you an inside peek as to what to expect for this fall, WWD has an article all about MAC’s upcoming MAC Emanuel Ungaro launch!

MAC Cosmetics has collaborated with designer Esteban Cortazar of Emanuel Ungaro to launch a limited edition makeup collection, called MAC Emanuel Ungaro, which was inspired by the fashion house’s fall runway looks.

The line, due out this fall, is meant to take Ungaro’s heritage in ultrafeminine and colorful clothing and apply it to makeup.  Ungaro marks the second designer collaboration for MAC, which is owned by the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. Its first was a collection for Alexander McQueen that was launched last fall.

According to James Gager, MAC Cosmetics’ senior vice president and creative director, the difference between the two designer collections and a previous makeup collection for Heatherette is that the latter is not based on runway looks.

“It’s about bringing the makeup collections straight from the runway into the stores,” Gordon Espinet, MAC Cosmetics’ vice president of global makeup artistry, said of the Ungaro initiative.

Guillaume Jesel, MAC Cosmetics’ president of global marketing, noted the cosmetics firm has been a long-time sponsor of Emanuel Ungaro fashion presentations.  He added, “We have a special relationship with Esteban, since we’ve supported the young prodigy’s shows from the very beginning.”

Cortazar, who’s been at the French fashion house for just over six months, recalled his first experience with the MAC brand at the age of 10, when he visited a MAC makeup store in Miami, his hometown.  “I knew this was a cool place because I saw all the amazing, fun colors, glitter and girls with blue hair running around with outrageous makeup on their faces,” said Cortazar. “I used to have them dress me up for Halloween all the time.”

As a seventh grader, Cortazar hired MAC makeup artists to do his first fashion show, held at his school, because he wanted to be “as professional” as possible.

MAC wanted to be sure that both the Ungaro designer collection and its fall MAC color collection, called Cult of Cherry, had different points of view. Cult of Cherry is inspired by dark, rich chocolates and cherry-red shades, while the Ungaro collection is about femininity and uses lighter textures.

“We were sure to not step on our fall collection,” said Gager. “We’re bringing the best of both worlds to our customers from a color standpoint, attitude and association with someone who’s going to reinvent a couture house. This gives us an edge in terms of being authentic in what we bring to our customers.”

Cortazar worked together with MAC’s product development team and Sharon Dowsett, who was the key makeup artist for MAC at Emanuel Ungaro’s fall runway show, to create the MAC Emanuel Ungaro line.  “[Cortazar] was after something earthy, so I was inspired by a softer palette of delicate shades of pinks, blues and lilacs,” said Dowsett, referencing Monet’s “Water Lilies.” “It’s a colorful collection but very transparent so you don’t have to worry about overdoing it.”

The 14-item MAC Emanuel Ungaro lineup, which is slated to launch in October, includes lipsticks and lip glosses, eye shadows and liner, cream color bases, blush, mascara and a brow set. The collection, which ranges in price from $11 to $22, could generate retail sales of $2 million according to industry sources. — WWD