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Thursday, May 8th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You


Do you engage in retail therapy? Does it cheer you up after a bad day? Does retail therapy not work for you?

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

We all have days where minimal makeup is where it’s at (okay, most of us), and it isn’t always out of laziness or being work-appropriate.  Sometimes heavy makeup just isn’t practical!  I wanted to share with you my minimal makeup routine for days I spend outdoors.  In the above photo, this is my look to go hiking, and it lasted through a six mile hike (about two hours) in 84 degree weather. This picture was taken AFTER the hike!

  • Urban Decay Surreal Skin Mineral Makeup in Nirvana (LOVE THIS!) for foundation
  • Kanebo 38C Mascara
  • MAC Clear Brow Set
  • Dior Skinshimmer in Amber Diamond on cheeks
  • MAC Fuchsia Fix Tinted Lip Conditioner on lips
  • Shiseido’s SPF55 for Face & Body on face and neck
  • Random body sunscreen

Keeping Your Face Light is important to making sure you don’t sweat off what you do put on. Moisturizer and sunscreen should be your first steps. With normal skin, I find that I can just slather Shiseido’s SPF55 for face and body without going for a moisturizer, but otherwise I suggest going for a lightweight, fast absorbing moisturizer. Nothing heavy like MAC’s Moisturelush!

I do not typically sweat buckets off of my face, which is why I often wear liquid in hot weather, but I do find that loose powders work well in hotter weather. The only place I ever really break a sweat on is my upper lip, so I actually avoid putting any product there since I know I’ll sweat it off.  I particularly love Urban Decay’s Surreal Skin Mineral Makeup for just this purpose. It’s finely milled, but it gives decent coverage and doesn’t require lots of buffing to make it look good. For longer lasting blusher, try a cream blush with a powder brush on top, finished with setting or loose powder. I just went for a subtle highlighter, since I knew I’d flush from the physical exertion.

Waterproof & Longwearing are two marketing tools that you want to zone in on when selecting eye makeup. Sometimes I’ve worn a really light neutral look (like to the beach), but I’ll often just coat my lashes with a waterproof/heatproof mascara to open up my eyes.  I skip liner, as it does tend to migrate and smudge easily in the heat–even my trust fluidline. For upper lash liner, it’s not such an issue as it doesn’t move very much compared to your lower lash line.

Tints, Stains, and Longwear are all suitable for all day lip color, or at least easy-to-apply color. I love Fuchsia Fix Tinted Lip Conditioner because it gives me a pop of pink on my lips bringing them from dead to alive in seconds. If it came in a stick form, I’d be in heaven.  For the same reason, I like stains because they’re not very fussy once you’ve got them on.  I do wear MAC Prolongwears if I really want a stand-out lip color that’ll last me eight hours or more (though don’t make out in them…).

What products do you recommend for activities like going to the beach, hiking, playing an outdoor sport?

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

Rant & Rave


Tell us why/what you love, hate, or are indifferent about… STICKY LIPGLOSS!

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

The Kohdo Wood Collection

The World of Jo Malone introduces the Kohdo Wood Collection, two captivating fragrances created as a modern interpretation of an ancient Asian tradition. These two new Eastern scents are inspired by the ancient Japanese incense ceremony of Kohdo where emotions are influenced according to the different nature of scents. The invigorating fragrance of Lotus Blossom & Water Lily – Kohdo Wood Day, is designed to wake the senses and energise the soul, while Dark Amber & Ginger Lily – Kohdo Wood Night, is a sensual and calming blend that encourages tranquillity.

To feel refreshed and invigorated, surround yourself with the scent of Lotus Blossom & Water Lily. The blend of mandarin, sacred lotus blossom, bamboo and aloeswood will encourage energy, inspire confidence and focus the mind. With an energetic and confident nature this scent is perfect to use throughout the day.

At the end of the day, to encourage a feeling of calm and tranquillity, the sensual nature of Dark Amber & Ginger Lily is perfect for relaxation as day turns to night. The combination of black cardamom, orchid and Kyara Wood has been designed to cleanse the senses, encourage calm, relaxation and positive thoughts.

Available:  May 2008

Have you used any Jo Malone fragrances? What are your top picks?

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

Olay Body Quench Mousse (Active Hydration) ($7.99) is an amazingly powerful moisturizer. I say this because it doesn’t feel moisturizing to the touch, and you just don’t feel like something as light as a mousse consistency can be would give you all-day moisturization. But alas, it actually does.

It dries nearly instantaneously, which is a huge plus, because I often hate having to wait for a heavy body butter to dry–especially in the morning when it’s “go, go, go!”

It absorbs quickly, and yet it lasts quite awhile – I find my legs are still silky smooth at the end of the day, which is quite a feat considering how inconsistent I am with lotioning my legs up (aka they’re scarily scaley sometimes). I am definitely pleased to have this around for beach-going days, underneath my body sunscreen. It’s also great for when I need something quick and easy so I don’t scare people away with my dragonscales!

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

Art with Attitude: Kat Von D Leaves Her Mark, Exclusively at Sephora

This summer, beauty gets a bad girl edge when Kat Von D, star of L.A. Ink and owner of High Voltage Tattoo, introduces her one-of-a-kind collection exclusively for Sephora. Whether your look is pin-up perfection or rocker chic, this limited edition line-up has something for those who like to add a little edge to their eyes and punch to their pout.

“People have always asked me what I would be doing if I wasn’t a tattooer, and the only thing I could imagine being as fulfilling as tattooing would be doing makeup!,” says Kat Von D. “To me, makeup is one of the most artistic outlets of self expression, and this collection — a mix of old Hollywood glamour with an L.A. vibe — personifies that. The colors are exceptionally versatile so you can create a look that is classic glamour or amp up the volume for something bolder.”

Eyeshadow Palette ($35) — available in two shade collections, aptly called Ludwig (Kat’s Cat) and Beethoven (Kat’s favorite composer), each palette contains eight eyeshadows, in colors ranging from Lucifer (black) to Tequila (light, golden yellow).

Eyeliners ($16) — six shades of liquid eyeliner, perfect for amping up the star appeal and creating the sexiest cat eyes. Available in Puro Amor (black), Turbo Lover (purple), Immortal Love (brown), Love Metal (gunmetal), Romantico (army green) and Black Metal Love (black with glitter).

Eye Brush Set ($48) — a set of five eyeshadow brushes to bring out your inner artist and achieve a flawless finish.

Lipsticks ($18) — four incarnations of red to accentuate the perfect pout — are you feeling mischievous? Underage Red (blue red), Lolita (rose), Misfit (raisin) or Hellbent (burgundy).

The collection will be available from May 12, 2008 in all Sephora stores, as well as by calling 1-877-SEPHORA or logging on to www.Sephora.com.

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