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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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Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

If you were using MAC’s Mutiny pigment?, 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 Mutiny! Feel free to share links to photos of your look(s) using it in the comments.

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You

How does makeup affect your confidence? Does it raise it, give you all of your confidence? Does it lower it?

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

More Naughty Nauticals! I am LOVING the lips for this look, hands down, totally loving them.

I used Bell Bottom Blue pigment (LE) all over lid, Phloof! eyeshadow on inner lid, Illegal Cargo eyeshadow (LE) on middle of lid, Parfait Amour eyeshadow on middle of lid, Freshwater eyeshadow on outer lid, Pandamonium eyeshadow (LE) on outer crease, Phloof! eyeshadow on brow, Hush eyeshadow above crease, Phloof! eyeshadow on inner lower lash line, Parfait Amour eyeshadow on outer lower lash line, Graphblack technakohl on lower lash line, Royal Wink fluidline on upper lash line, and Plushlash mascara on lashes. I wore Don’t Be Shy blush (LE) with Guerlain Pressed Meteorite in Mythic on cheeks. I had Fun Fun lipstick (LE) with Ms. Fizz dazzleglass (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!

Bell Bottom Blue = Naval; Illegal Cargo = (can’t think of a permanent dupe); Pandamonium = Knight Divine; Don’t Be Shy = Well Dressed; Fun Fun = Pervette; Ms. Fizz = Flashmode (maybe)

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