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Thursday, April 24th, 2008

SPRING/SUMMER 2008 Nails | I fall in and out of my polish addiction–I’ll go months where I don’t think about buying a new shade, and then I’ll see a bunch of new collections and want to buy every single one (thank goodness for 8ty8 and Head2Toe)  Here’s a little round-up of what OPI and China Glaze have to offer at the moment…

OPI India Collection | Let the India Collection intrigue you with colors wrapped in the energy of the season – chic, warm, and bright. Features wide-brimmed hats, brightly colored bangles and clutch purses, and India-inspired beading and metallic embroidery embellishments.

  • I’m India Mood for Love And this hot pink is what I lust for!
  • ElePhantastic Pink This carnation pink may start a stampede!
  • Black Cherry Chutney Deliciously dark black-red.
  • Keys to My Karma Start your good fortune with this rich red.
  • MonSooner or Later Drench your nails in this deluge of orange-red.
  • Moon Over Mumbai A romantic shade of soft, moonlit grey.
  • Yoga-ta Get this Blue! Make this deep, dark blue your fashion mantra.
  • Get Me to the Taj on Time I don’t want to miss this pale opal shade!
  • Curry Up Don’t Be Late! This spicy golden metallic simmers with style!
  • Charmed by a Snake A charming, disarming shade of bronze.
  • Lunch at the Delhi Now serving a luscious shade of coral.
  • Royal Rajah Ruby Jeweled burgundy befitting a prince’s princess.

OPI Beyond Chic Collection | Beyond pretty, beyond trendy – this spring, OPI offers a selection of Nail Lacquers that is simply Beyond Chic. Cool, collected, subtly sexy – perfect for weddings, the workplace, or any casual occasions.

  • Makes Men Blush
  • Oh So Glam!
  • She’s Golden
  • Time-less is More
  • Pearls Night Out
  • Kiss on the Chic

OPI Mod About Brights

  • Mod-Ern Girl
  • The “It” Color
  • Brights Power
  • That’s Hot ! Pink
  • Green-Wich Village
  • Dating A Royal

See more photos and get details on China Glaze’s latest launches… Continue reading →

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You

Do you return beauty products? Do you avoid it, or do you love return policies? Have you ever had a bad return experience?

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

This is your chance to ask any questions you may have that you want me to answer! I will try to answer whatever you may ask, and if I don’t have an answer, I’ll at least do my best to point you in the right direction. I’d love to answer your beauty-related questions, but I will take non-beauty questions, too. As always, if you have a question you’d like to ask that’s private, just drop me an email!

So, not sure whether you should get Rollickin’ paint pot when you already have Aquadisiac eyeshadow? Need to know where to buy a product? Ask anything, and ask away! (And feel free to chime in with answers to other readers’ questions–the more the merrier!)

(I will periodically do posts like these where I will take as many questions as I get to answer.)

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

Naughty Nauticals | May 1st, 2008

The ship’s in port and she’s out cruising for romance. Her looks: uniformly chic, superbly shipshape through an alluring fleet of pinks, corals, reds bell-bottom blues, the deepest, bluest, navy Nail Lacquer seen this side Marseilles. In style anddesire, poised, perfect ready for her evening cruise.

Check out official promo photos and details! Start planning your haul!

FYI – I spoke with Valley Fair freestanding, and Dazzleglass launches tomorrow, the 24th, according to the manager. Naughty Nauticals is still slated for May 1st. There are some stores doing an early unveiling this Sunday, the 27th, though, including Hillsdale Mall. Continue reading →

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

Skinsheen | May 1st, 2008

A sprayable lightweight gel that unlike your fancy, never drifts. Brushes lightly and flawlessly over the skin — undetectable. For the ultimate secret application and smoothest sheen, try the 179 Body Buffer Brush. Skinsheen leg spray applies like a soft mousse to provide a quick, highly blendable application of colour to legs, arms, shoulders and décolletage.

Get full details and see more product photos! Continue reading →

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

The Body

Lose Weight, Feel Great? If you’re desperate to drop weight because your big day looms in the distance, do your best to start your weightloss plan as early as you can. I am not a nutritionist or dietician, but I recommend you see one or both so that you can choose a system that will work for you that won’t kill you later. Make sure you set realistic weightloss goals, and remember that the person you’re marrying already loves you at the size you are–they’re not expecting you to suddenly become half the size you are.

Getting the Glow! Highlight shoulders, collarbone, and decolletage with a subtle dusting of shimmer. You can try a loose shimmer like MAC’s loose beauty powders, or you can mix loose shimmer into your favorite moisturizer. I also like shimmer moisturizers for shoulders, too – even something like Jergen’s Shimmer Glow works.

To Tan or Not to Tan? Do not tan the night before your wedding. If you intend to self-tan, be sure you take the time to practice well in advance of the event. There are also spray-tans that are just as safe as self-tanning at home or at a salon available, which may make more sense for you, depending on your level of comfort, budget, etc. You should spot-test tanners, especially if you’re fair, so that you can see whether it’ll turn you the dreaded orange color. Not all self-tanners will, but it can be a trial and error thing (so save your receipts so you can return what doesn’t work!). If you’re planning to self-tan, make sure you read our guide to self-tanners:

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Get healthy, glowing skin merely by treating it well! This means regular body exfoliation/scrubs 2-3 times a week as well as daily (or twice daily for scalier legs) with a good moisturizer. Just like your face, if your legs are naturally dry, opt for a thicker, creamier moisturizer (look for shea butter, butter creams, or whipped products) whereas those with more normalized skin can go for lighter weight moisturizers.

The Nails

Who & Where? For your big day, I think it’s a great idea to pamper yourself the day before by getting a manicure and pedicure done by your local salon. You can check for reviews for local salons at www.yelp.com. It really is well worth the cost (and you can usually find a place that isn’t too expensive), because you’ll have picture perfect nails. It’ll also give you a reason to sit down, relax, and take a few breaths amongst all of the pre-wedding jitters and stress.

Color? I think nails is the one area where you can get away with more color than others, regardless of the type of wedding. There is the more traditional French manicure (which I like, at least, in moderation), as well as lovely pastel-tipped nails in pinks, corals, or peaches. If your accent color to your dress or wedding decor is emerald green, I could see emerald green working as a nail color, too.

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