Hard Candy for Spring/Summer 2010

Hard Candy for Spring 2010

Hard Candy for Spring/Summer 2010

The ever lovely Muse told me about Hard Candy’s latest, and of course, I had to share with you as well!

1,000 Lashes Mascara and Primer ($6.00)

Fiber extension formula for lusciously long lashes. 1,000 Lashes is infused with volume-building fibers that thicken, separate and lengthen lashes dramatically! The lash fibers adhere to your own eyelashes, acting like instant lash extensions. The result is super voluptuous, clump free, incredibly long lashes. The 1,000 Lashes Primer preps lashes for use with any mascara and adds extraordinary length and volume.

Hot Smudge ($6.00)

Duo Cream eyeliner/smudge shadow is housed in a long, sexy case—complete with brush and smudger. It’s everything you want in cream eyeliner with more precision than a pencil and more forgiving than a liquid. This ultra-creamy, formula offers more control, playtime, and buildable coverage than typical liners. Create razor-sharp lines or smokey bedroom eyes with the double-ended angled liner brush and smudger. This creamy eyeliner is available in a wide variety of sexy shades that stay put all day long. $6

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Skincare Tips: Travel & Your Skin with Renee Rouleau

I love, love, love Renée Rouleau.  She really is one of my favorite skincare experts, so I always love to read her tips.  (Like sometimes I want to travel to Texas just to visit her spa.) Recently, she sent over these tips to share with Temptalia readers, and we could all use more beauty tips in our lives, right?  I don’t think there is a such thing as too many beauty tips…

Skincare Tips:  Travel & Your Skin

Have you recently flown or are you planning on taking a vacation in the near future? Worried about the airplane giving your skin trouble? Skin Care Expert & Licensed Celebrity Esthetician, Renée Rouleau offers helpful tips to keep skin healthy and balanced before, during and after taking flight.

The cabins of airplanes have extremely low humidity, which will cause skin to get extremely dehydrated (lack of water). They dry air looks for moisture where it can get it and that means robbing it right from your skin! Dry skin will become drier, but did you know that oily skin will get even oilier when flying on a plane? When the skin has no water, it attempts to compensate for the dehydration by producing more oil—which is the last thing that oily skin needs. But for dry skins that have no oil glands, the skin will be depleted of its water content.

Bottom line: Airplanes can wreak havoc on the skin!

Here are a few helpful tips from Renée Rouleau to help maintain gorgeous & glowing skin, before, during and after flying in an airplane.

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St. Patricks Day Makeup: Green-a-palooza!

St. Patricks Day Makeup: Green-a-palooza!

Happy St. Patricks Day! :) Here’s a wicked-to-the-bone green look for ya! What’s everyone doing to celebrate?  Oh, by the way?  Glitter doesn’t show up nearly as fun in the photos as it was in person.  I put the glitter on my lashes, lower lash line, and upper lash line and it reflected so prettily… I was like, “OOH!!” but then I was cropping the photos to post and was less ooh-ahh about it.

Mellan also wanted to wish you good day…

You will need the following…

For eyes, start by applying Primer Potion as your eyeshadow base all over the eye area with the 249. With the 239 and water-based mixing medium (or water), apply True Chartreuse pigment all over the lid area. Using the 239, apply Sunny Spot eyeshadow on the middle of the eyelid. Next, apply Chronic eyeshadow on the inner third of the eyelid and lightly blend with the middle. Darken the outer third of the lid with Graffiti eyeshadow with the 239, gently brushing it into the lower crease. Lightly blend Graffiti eyeshadow, with the 239, into the crease. Lightly tap and brush Sunny Spot eyeshadow directly above the crease to soften. To finish the eyeshadow look, sweep Gorgeous Gold eyeshadow as a highlighter on the brow bone. On the upper lash line, apply Acid Rain liquid liner and then overlay with Mullet glitter eyeliner for sparkle. Bring everything together by applying Graffiti eyeliner on the lower lash line and Sunny Spot eyeshadow lightly patted below the lower lash line with the 219 brush then overlay with Mullet glitter eyeliner. Finish by sweeping lashes with Plushlash mascara.

For cheeks, apply Refined Golden bronzer to the apples of the cheeks and sweep upwards towards the temple with the 116. Highlight cheekbones with Amber Diamond skin shimmer with the 165.

For lips, apply Crosswires lipstick first, and then layer Instant Gold lustreglass for a complementing lip.

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Survey Says… March 17th, 2010

  • What’s your favorite everyday look?
  • What’s your favorite special occasion look?
  • What’s your favorite evening look?

Mine…

  • What’s your favorite everyday look? I love an antique gold wash on the lid with a bronzy-taupe in the crease paired with soft coral cheeks and lips.
  • What’s your favorite special occasion look? I have to go with vibrant, bright red lips… like Chanel Dragon!
  • What’s your favorite evening look? I feel like I’m boring you, but I like smoky eyes.  I like subtly smoky eyes in gray or brown, maybe a little color if appropriate, and a pinky-nude lip.

Guerlain Rouge G de Brilliant Lipstick Review, Swatches, Photos: Betsy, Bianca, Blondie

Guerlain Rouge G de Brilliant

Rouge G de Brilliant ($46.00 each) launched earlier this spring with ten shades (all permanent). Like the original Rouge G line-up, there is a theme–all of the names begin with a B. Brilliants different from the traditional Rouge G formula, because they are sheerer with more shimmer and a glossier finish. These are touted as a more natural lipstick. It feels lighter than Rouge Gs, but it looks considerably lighter on lips as well. These have a kind of “wet” look to them, so you may not need a gloss to give you that glossy sheen.

While the formula itself feels amazing on lips, without the wear (I only get about three to four hours as compared to four to six on regular Rouge Gs) and the rich pigmentation of the traditional Rouge Gs, I still prefer the original Rouge Gs over these, if I’m shelling out $46 a shade. But keep in mind that these were designed to be sheerer and glossier, so Guerlain hit the mark there. But for me, since I like my lipsticks pigmented, they’re not my favorite when I know the pigmented Rouge Gs exist!  These are, however, not ultra sheer–they do pack some color and change-up my natural lip color.

Packaging wise, these have the same fancy-pants packaging as Guerlain’s Rouge Gs, which is luxe, heavy metal. It’s a very solid piece of makeup, but I’ve always felt that a lot of the price tag of Rouge Gs goes towards that indulgent packaging (which is nice, but I’d happily pay less for regular packaging!).

Much of the value gets eaten up by this packaging, because this is a formula that I’d pay $30-35 for (which is typical for high-end lipsticks), while at $45-46, it’s more about finding those perfect shades you’ll wear over and over again.

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