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Saturday, May 24th, 2008

If you’ve been reading Temptalia for a little while, you’ll know that we are strong advocates of preventing aging by using sunscreen everyday and everywhere. And not every sunscreen is made equal. Make sure you get introduced to sunscreen and learning about what ingredients and things to look for in your ideal sunscreen. You can also check out our Sunscreen 101 series.

Renee Rouleau’s Daily Protection SPF30 ($30.50) is a lightweight sunscreen that boasts 7.5% octinoxate and 7% micronized zinc oxide. The best part about this sunscreen is that it is designed to be your daily moisturizer as well as your daily sunscreen. If you’re like me, you are all about products that can multi-task so that you can save a few minutes in the morning. SPF30 is a good level of protection, and I’ve found that an overwhelming amount of daily moisturizers have no SPF or only SPF15, so it is great to see a product that has a higher level of protection.

I am a huge fan of Renee Rouleau products, so it’s no doubt that I enjoyed using this product. It’s a gentle moisturizer that helps me achieve the sun protection I need throughout the day. I would say in winter, I’d probably just use a moisturizer with SPF 15 and save this for spring and summer, since I’m not outdoors much when it gets cold! Renee Rouleau as a brand avoids using harsh ingredients, including mineral oil, sulfates, synthetic fragrancse and dyes. They concentrate on making quality products, rather than fancy packaging. Personally, their packaging is clean, sleek, and all I need in a product.

My only concern with this product is that you only get two ounces of the stuff for $30.50, which makes this a bit pricier than I’d like–of course, you don’t need too much, but when it comes to sunscreen, you don’t want to attempt to stretch the product in an effort to stretch your dollar.  You want a sunscreen you can use liberally enough that you don’t under-cover your face.

Saturday, May 24th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You


What’s your perfect perfume for summer? Is it something that reminds of you of summer? Is it lighter than your winter fragrance?

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

What’s my new favorite product to use in the shower? Clean & Clear’s In-Shower Facial ($6.99). When I initially used this product, I was immediately reminded of my Prescriptives Instant Gratification must-have. It gives me very similar results (though I do feel that Px’s is a bit more intense and the effect of soft skin lasts longer, but it is also much, much more expensive).

The In-Shower Facial is a gritty gray scrub that you apply to your face, let it sit for a minute, and then gently scrub for about thirty seconds and rinse off with warm water. It’s designed to be used in the shower, so that the steam and heat help the product to work. Clean & Clear boasts about its usage of glycolic acid, which is an exfoliant to help in cell turnover, matched with clay that helps to remove dirt and oil out of skin and pores. They have also opted for a moisturizing complex that is designed for younger skin, which makes this product great for teenagers (although I love it, and I’m out of my teen years, even if I feel 12 most of the time!).

This product is meant to be used once every other day or so, between one and three times a week. I used it as much as three times per week, and my skin didn’t have any adverse reactions, so it’s definitely worth using that often. At $5.99, I consider it a skincare bargain, but the truth is, you don’t need more than a pea size or so amount to cover your face, so this product lasts. I think mine has been in my shower for about two months now, and I do use it regularly. It has definitely earned its spot in my shower caddy (which is overflowing, so only the best of the best make it in there!).  Because of its bargain price, I have to urge you to at least give it a shot.  Your skin will feel like the smoothest silk!

Have you tried this product?  What did you think?

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

Panpuri Antioxidant Reparative Hand & Nail Cream ($27.50) is an ultra thick and luxurious hand cream that’s highly scented with a floral scent, primarily of jasmine. This is not a hand cream that absorbs within seconds; it does take a few minutes to fully absorb. I found myself going for this particular product when my hands were extra dry or at night, when I could put on some gloves before bed, for even more hydration. For those interested in ingredients, Panpuri is SLS and paraben free, and it only uses hypo-allergenic and natural plant-based ingredients. While the product itself worked well, the scent was too strong for my sensitive nose (at least during spring when I tested it). What I really like about this product is that it doesn’t leave a greasy residue, despite being such a thick hand cream.

Panpuri is a spa and aromatherapy brand that hails from Thailand, which is why the hand cream contains a blend of Jasmine, Pomegranate, Portulaca, and Wild Thai FHoney. The portulaca helps to soothe hands, while jasmine gives it its floral scent as well as softens hands. Pomegranate extract is meant to help your hands keep their youthful glow, and the wild Thai honey helps to moisturize skin without leaving any residue behind. Whenever I test a new brand, I love learning about its background and philosophy–it kind of gives you a heads up on what to expect. Learn more at www.panpuri.com.

Have you used any Panpuri products? Do you use hand creams regularly? If so, which one(s)?

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

If you were using MAC’s Party Mate lipstick?, what look would you create with it? What shadows would you use? What would you use on cheeks? Anything added to the lips?

Create a look using whatever you want, as long as you include Party Mate! Feel free to share links to photos of your look(s) using it in the comments.

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

Temptalia Asks You


What’s your recipe for long-lasting lip color? What’s your super secret trick to making your lipstick last through dinner?