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Thursday, August 28th, 2008

This was yesterday’s look – wanted to try out So Scarlet lipstick and Cult of Cherry together, and I thought maybe I’d try out some darker lips later on, so I kept the eyes pretty simple. I tried to do a cat-eye, but it didn’t quite work out. I haven’t done one in a long time (albeit, I’ve probably only done three in my lifetime), and stupidly, I didn’t bother to look at a few online before I went to work on mine, LOL. I wasn’t going to do lower lash line in black, but it looked so funny without it. Gah! It was one of those days.  What brush do you all use for upper lash liner? I normally use the 208 or 210 (the angled one, I always get them confused), but I used the 266 this time, didn’t love it. :( ADVICE, please!

At least the lips were hot. Hopefully everybody stared at those instead of the liner ;)

Today, the boy and I are off to the Monterey Bay Aquarium (and Mellan will be spending the day with my mom, aka being spoiled rotten and swimming all day!). I’m hoping to do a look using some non-MAC products (at least eyeshadows…) for the trip :)

P.S. YOU CAN FIND LOOKS CATEGORIZED BY COLOR! Several people expressed interest in seeing looks categorized by color, so they could easily find looks… they always have been arranged this way! If you go to the navigation bar and roll over “Looks,” you’ll see a drop down menu that shows several colors and a “view more” option. Click view more and you’ll see all the looks’ categories. If you can’t find something, read our How-to: Temptalia guide! Hope this helps! :)

You will need the following…

  • Eyes: Soft Ochre paint pot (creamy neutral base), Next to Nothing eyeshadow (soft pink-toned highlighter), Grain eyeshadow (light brown highlighter), Blacktrack fluidilne (black gel liner), Graphblack technakohl (black), Plushlash mascara (black)
  • Cheeks: Blooming blush (soft pink)
  • Lips: So Scarlet lipstick (deep red), Cult of Cherry lipglass (cherry red)
  • Brushes: 266 (firm, angled brush), 249 (flat, firm brush), 239 (fluffy shadow brush), 129 (dense blush brush)
  • Substitutes: Next to Nothing = Vanilla; Blooming = Micro-pink; So Scarlet = Viva Glam I + New York Apple; Cult of Cherry = Russian Red

Directions: Define brows using a coordinating powder shadow applied with the 266 brush. Apply Soft Ochre paint pot all over the lid as the base with the 249. Apply Next to Nothing eyeshadow all over the lid and brow area. Darken the outer lid using Grain eyeshadow and drag into crease using the 239. Sweep Next to Nothing underneath the brow bone to highlight. Line upper lash line using Blacktrack fluidline and create a cat-eye with the 266. Finish with Graphblack technakohl on lower lash line, and Plushlash mascara on lashes. Sweep apples of cheeks with Blooming blush using the 129. Apply So Scarlet lipstick to lips, and then top with Cult of Cherry lipglass for color and shine.

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Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Prescriptives’ All Skins Mineral Makeup SPF15 ($32.50) is described as a weightless, long-wearing mineral makeup foundation. It is supposed to be filled with “good-for-you” ingredients. I’ve yet to fall head over heels in love with any mineral foundation; I feel like I get more on my bathroom counter and my shirt (and somehow, I am always wearing black when I try a mineral foundation!) than my face. I also find that loose powders, in general, settle more into the lines and pores of my face, making my skin seem rougher. Prescriptives’ mineral makeup does not share this common trait; I find that it doesn’t settle in the lines around my lips (those pesky smile wrinkles), which is a huge plus for me. So the fact that it doesn’t settle into fine lines makes this a supreme choice for those of us who are experiencing those telltale signs of aging and want to minimize–or at least not emphasize (!)–them.

Any downsides?

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Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You

Do you let others borrow or use your makeup? Only certain products? None? All?

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

Sonia Kashuk’s Blending Sponge ($9.99) is a multitasker’s dream come true. It’s designed for application, blending, and smudging–so it can pretty much do it all in a pinch. I LOVE this for the face. I find it works really well to blend and apply liquid foundation all over the face, but it also works well to spot-blend concealer. It’s incredibly soft and not at all rough or tugging, which is why it does a good job for even the delicate eye area. As far as foundation goes, you wet the sponge, squeeze any excess water out, dab your foundation on it, and then apply to your face.

What are the downsides?

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Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

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

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

We all know LUSH as an eco-friendly brand, but this really takes it to the next level! Today, at 12 PM sharp, they will be leading a protest that urges shoppers to go “naked” by purchasing products free of packaging. The main event is located in NYC (Outside LUSH Soho, Broadway, & Spring St.), but the activity will also take place in Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Atlanta, Washington DC, Orlando, Portland, Aspen, Boulder, Carmel, Pasadena, Scottsdale, Maui, Annapolis, Bethesda, St. Louis, Las Vegas, Kansas City and Providence.

Why are LUSH employees shedding their clothes to talk about packaging? The environment is one of the biggest global issues we face today. In order to combat climate change and to protect the Earth’s scarce natural resources, shoppers need to take action by avoiding packaged goods. Unnecessary packaging can be found in almost every retailer: loose fruit individually shrink-wrapped or on plastic trays in supermarkets, the prolific use of plastic carrier bags and the mountains of plastic bottles used for cosmetic products are all contributing to the growing environmental crisis.

Did you know… LUSH only uses 100% post-consumer waste bottles for their plastic bottles? Their paper bags, cardboard boxes, and reusable tins are all made from recycled materials?

Good luck to those very brave employees! You wouldn’t catch me struttin’ my birthday suit all over town, even for a good cause, but then again, maybe I need to go on How To Look Good Naked, and then I’d be all over it.