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Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

Temptalia Asks You

What is your favorite sunscreen? Who makes it? What’s the SPF? How long does it last you?

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

As I was catching up on my WWD beauty reading, I spotted this fantastic fall heads up!

The collection, due on counter in July, includes Gold Fiction, a softly shimmering nail polish, $30; Facettes D’Or, a finely milled gold loose powder that reads on the skin as a subtle glow, $56; Gold Light Glossimer lip gloss, $26; Rouge Hydrabase lipstick shades in copper, plum and coral, each $27, and a quad eye shadow palette with gold, coffee, ivory and dark green eye colors, $56.

That said, Dagousset believes that Gold Fiction will follow in the footsteps of Vamp, Black Satin and other best-selling Chanel nail polishes. “I think it will be huge,” said Dagousset. “It’s a soft honey gold, not a sparkling bright gold. It’s very wearable and very modern.” Another gold-hued nail shade expected to do well is Kaleidoscope, a shiny green gold, she said.

As well, Chanel will reprise — and amplify — gold in its holiday color collection, due out in October, with Poudre Precieuse Or, a gold highlighting powder that will retail for $75; Gold Shine, a gold Glossimer lip shade, $26; Noir Scintillant, a black eyeliner with gold sparkle, $28, and Haute Chocolate, a gold brown nail shade, $20.

You know what that means, right? I’m totally screwed.  Golds and me are like chocolate and milk.

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Wedding Makeup: Lip Product recommendations and product suggestions for those looking for specific products for their wedding or special occasion makeup. A product marked with a * means it is Temptalia tried, tested, and approved. A product marked with ** means that is Temptalia’s Top Pick.

Prepping/Priming

Sheer Glosses

Sheer Lipsticks

Pigmented Lipsticks

Lip Stains

Lip Plumpers

Lip Liners

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Crystal shares a simple green and yellow eye!

Face:

  • MAC Studio Fix Fluid NC42
  • MAC Studio Finish Concealer NC42
  • MAC Refined Golden Bronzer (contour)
  • MAC Gingerly blush

Eyes:

  • MAC Dazzleray pigment
  • Loreal HIP in Flamboyant (Yellow)
  • Bed Head Cyberoptics eyeshadow in Teal (outer corners and under eye)
  • Black eyeliner in waterline
  • Covergirl Lash blast in Black

Lips

  • MAC Totally It Lipglass
Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

The Lips | Finding the right shade of lipstick that coordinates with your makeup, dress, and wedding feel/theme/mood is hard enough, but keeping it on is even harder! It is important to consider the variety of lip products out there and how they can help you achieve the longest wearing lip you can get. But first a reality check: there is no real way to make your lipstick last forever or even look pristine 24/7. You will likely have to touch-up throughout the event, and any eating/drinking will do some damage to your pout. These tips and tricks are designed to help minimize touch-ups, damage, and the overall maintenance of your lips during the big day. Don’t forget to read our generalized tips for wedding makeup!

Prep and Prime! In the weeks leading up to your wedding, you should ensure that you treat that pucker with care, especially if you have dry, chapped, or cracked lips. Start exfoliating with a gritty sugar scrub (you can do a DIY scrub of sugar + extra virgin olive oil) and regularly moisturizing your lips with chapstick, lip balm, vaseline, etc. I really love Peter Thoams Roth Lips to Die For Set. It’s pricey, but it’s such a great kit. The clay step really does smooth and soften lips like a dream.

To Line or Not to Line? (Pt. II) | If you’re not choosing an all-day, long-wearing formula, you should maximize your application by lining your lips. Lining your lips helps give your lipstick something to further adhere to, and it has a less dramatic effect as your lipstick starts to wear off.

Plump Up Your Pout! There is a wide range of lip plumpers on the beauty market these days, and if you feel like you need a little more oomph in your pout, go for it. I am not a fan of DuWop’s Lip Venom because I just can’t handle the tingling (oww!), but I really loved LipFusion Micro-Injected Collagen Lip Plump XLicon because I could hardly feel it working but it did work! Remember that a lot of lip plumpers are not going to last all day, so you may find that your pucker deflates as the ceremony goes on.

Choose Your Color! As with shadow choices, it has a lot to do with what kind of theme/type of wedding you’re having, and of course, it should coordinate with the rest of your makeup, too. I love to see pink-corals, soft pink-beiges, light pinks, and sometimes the classic red. For evening weddings, a good berry or plum can work wonders, too.

Glossy or Matte? Depending on your application and wedding type/setting/place, high gloss may not be appropriate. While some feel that gloss photographs oddly, I do feel you can still wear high gloss or high sheen without sabotaging your photos. As we’ve always recommened, take test shots with your photographer (especially candid test shots) to see how your makeup will turn out. You can always go for tinted gloss, sheer gloss, or clear gloss to acheive a glossy lip.

All-Day Color? If you choose a long-wearing or all-day lipstick, remember that most formulations are drying, which is why it is essential that your lips are well moisturized and taken care of prior to the big day. One trick is to apply a heavy lip balm/moisturizer to lips about an hour before you apply the lipstick. Blot it off about 15 minutes before you apply. When applying all-day color, make sure to give the color plenty of time to dry. You have to work fast, though, because once it dries, it’s a pain to remove (aka practice before hand and be precise).

Lip Seals? There are a few sealing products on the market, particularly Make Up For Ever Lip Seal and Benefit Cosmetics She Laq, but to be up front and honest–none of them work perfectly. I find that with Make Up Forever’s Lip Seal that it does a great job of turning any lipstick into a more long-wearing formula, but the lipstick peels off rather than fades, which can be troublesome. It does break down a bit while eating anything oily, too. She Laq works similarly, though I have less personal experience with it. I have heard mixed reviews overall however.

Application For Long Lasting Lip Color

Step 1: Prep and prime lips as we spoke of. I like using either an actual lip primer like MAC Prep + Prime Lipicon or foundation as my base primer. Be sure to let it dry.

Step 2: Apply lip liner around the perimeter of lips, then fill in the lips. Obviously, one should choose a lip liner lighter or the same as the actual lipstick color.

Step 3: Apply lipstick using a lip brush.

Step 4: Take a tissue (like Kleenex), and place it over your lips. This isn’t for blotting! Let it rest there (and yes, you’ll look a little silly), and dust loose powder over your lips (try using the finishing/setting powder that you’d use for your face).

Step 5: Apply another layer of lipstick using your lip brush.

Step 6: (Optional) Apply lip sealer if you choose to use one.

Step 7: (Optional) Apply lipgloss using a disposable lip wand to your lips. For a plumping effect, concentrate the gloss on the center of your bottom lip.

** Lip Plumper: depending on your type of lip plumper, it will either be a step you’d do before everything, or towards the end (if it’s a gloss).

Most products are available at Nordstrom.com and Sephora.com.

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

We have compiled brands that are taking initiatives to celebrate Earth Day, as well as brands who have philosophies that are all about being eco-friendly.

ELEMIS: On April 22nd, in recognition of Earth Day, Elemis will plant a tree for every guest that has an Elemis spa service in any spa on land, at sea or when an Elemis product is purchased online at www.timetospa.com. The trees will be planted through the Arbor Day Foundation, the largest tree planting organization in the world! For a full list of 185 spa locations participating in this Earth Day event visit: www.timetospa.com/earthday. Their goal is to reach 10,000 trees!

KIEHL’S: Kiehl’s celebrates by giving the first 50 customers who turn in empty Kiehl’s bottles to one of our free-standing stores for recycling to receive a Kiehl’s reusable canvas tote bag. Please visit Kiehls.com to find the Kiehl’s free-standing store (or stores!) near you.

OJON: is donating 10% of all online sales through www.ojon.com during the month of April to MOPAWI, which is a non-profit dedicated to promoting sustainable development in the rainforests of Honduras.

PHYSICIAN’S FORMULA: has becoming greener throughout the year, but they are also having a fabulous giveaway to celebrate Earth Day by giving away 1,000 Organic Wear bronzers. To enter, go here!

PAUL MITCHELL:celebrates Earth Day with their Tea Tree Lavender Mint Moisturizing Shampoo ($10.95) and Conditioner ($11.95), sales of any Paul Mitchell Tea Tree products generate proceeds for non-profit organization American Forests. Locate a salon near you at www.paulmitchell.com.

Which Halloween Mask entry was your favorite?

  • "Spring Mask" (43%, 113 Votes)
  • "Leopard" (22%, 58 Votes)
  • "Abstract" (17%, 44 Votes)
  • "Wicked French Woman" (6%, 15 Votes)
  • "Jigsaw" (5%, 14 Votes)
  • "Zombie" (4%, 11 Votes)
  • "Mermaid Punk" (3%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 262

LUSH: is known as a brand that is really trying to give back to the environment and save it at the same time. Check out their Charity Pot hand and body moisturizer, where 100% of sales are donated to environmental charities, such as Oceana and Ocean Conversancy. Learn more at www.lush.com.

TARTE: is offering 20% off all tarte purchases until May 2, 2008 with code EARTH08 at www.tartecosmetics.com.

BUTTER LONDON: celebrates Earth Day by allowing people to turn in 3 nail polishes that contain either Formaldehyde, Toluene, or DBP (the “Big 3″) to receive a free butter LONDON “3-Free” lacquer. “Turn In Your Toxins” runs from April 15th to May 15th at Butter London locations and boutiques. Check www.butterlondon.com for a location nearest you. (I wish they had more locations, unfortunately!)

CARGO: PlantLove Lipstick is a lipstick line you’ll love to wear that the environment will thank you for. The lipstick tube is made entirely out of corn, while the outer packaging is made of flower paper that has real flower seeds–plant your box and enjoy the flowers. $2 of each sale of PlantLove tubes are donated to St. Jude’s Pediatrics Research Hospital. I adore the consistency, texture, and feel of PlantLove lipsticks–Sam is one of my favorite shades (a great, sheer red). Check out www.cargocosmetics.com for more information.

L’OCCITANE’S: philosophy is that of respecting its environment. They work closely to use active ingredients of plant origin, and when possible, from organic agriculture. They are conscious of their packaging material and work to reduce it and use paper from sustainably managed forests. They also do not test on animals, try to support traditional production methods that include ingredients certified by Ecocert, and co-development. Learn more at www.loccitane.com.

LIZ EARLE: believes strongly in reducing the environmental impact that beauty brands have. They work hard to use high quality, naturally active ingredients. They do not test on animals, use non-chemical sunscreens, opt for plant oils over mineral oils, and go organic whenever than can. Learn more at www.lizearle.com.

FACE BOUTIQUE: began as a brand trying to find products that worked well without harmful chemicals–and still looked great. I adore their Water Baby bath soak for an ultra relaxing and pampering bath (and be sure to enjoy it, if you’re going to use the water!). Learn more at www.faceboutique.com.

AVEDA: is a brand that truly focuses and works towards making beauty greener and giving consumers products that are eco-friendly and work. For Earth Month, they campaign and fundraise for grassroots organizations that work towards bettering the environment. You can learn more about their initiatives here.

KORRES: focuses on in-depth research and development to find the best of natural ingredients while using environmentally-safe methodology to create their products. Learn more about their philosophy at www.korres.com.

CAUDALIE: uses no parabens, maximizes their usage of natural active ingredients, do not use ingredients with animal origins, nor mineral oils or SLS. Their mission is to create great natural beauty products that respect the environment. Learn more at www.caudalie.com.

Beyond Beauty for Earth Day

Since Earth Day is about doing good, make sure to check out A Girl’s Gotta Spa! and their fundraiser for Meadow, a young girl with Neurofibromatosis, and they are trying to raise $70,000 so she can join a feeding clinic program. There are several eBay auctions full of beauty goods that you can bid on to help raise funds, so you can feel good about doing good and look good doing it!

Clean up your toxins! Shaklee makes it so easy to go green when it comes to your household cleaning products. As a beauty addict, hygeine and cleanliness top my list of “must do” chores. Who wants a bathroom that’s covered in various powders and general accumulation of all that is yuck? If you’re an Oprah fanatic, you’ll know she already recommended it (which means it’s flying off the shelves, ha!). I received the Basic H2 Super Cleaning Concentrate ($11.95), which makes up to 48 gallons of cleanser. I also got the Get Clean Spray Bottles ($7.95), which are SO convenient, because you get one for all-purpose cleaning, windows/mirrors/glass, and degreasing. Each bottle tells you exactly how much concentrate and water to add. Why is this great? Because I’m forgetful as all get out, and I hate hanging onto leaflets/info sheets because I always lose those, too! This cleaner works just as well as my brand-name totally un-earth friendly cleansers, but Get Clean H2 is nontoxic and biodegradable. With just a small apartment, this cleaning system is pretty good for me, and if you’re trying to phase out your toxic cleaners, moving, or going through cleansers quickly, try the Starter Kit.

Also going on is this petition to stop selling shark meat (including the better known shark fin, a Chinese delicacy), which may interest you!