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Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

What exactly is mineral makeup?

Mineral makeup are products that contain all natural minerals found in the earth. It lacks certain ingredients like preservatives, chemicals, and dyes that are prevelant in the typical cosmetic market. With the push for eco-friendly makeup, green makeup, and simply trying to go more natural with our beauty routines, mineral makeup has really taken off.

Is it better for you?

This is still a debatable subject. It really depends just how natural or organic your makeup is, and whether or not is has been qualified by an organization to have met certain, rigorous standards. Some say that the ingredients found in mineral makeup have been used for decades in traditional makeup. Others point out the fact that there are simply less ingredients, especially known irritants and comedogenics, which make it better for the skin.

Who might like it?

  • Those with sensitive skin may find this a great alternative because many mineral makeup lines that are available have significantly less potentially irritating ingredients.
  • Those with acne-prone skin may find the lack of comedogenic ingredients a huge plus, because they don’t have to think about which of the many comedogenic ingredients are causing their breakouts. Instead, they make the switch to mineral. Of course, it will depend on the cause, type, prevalence, and an assortment of factors, on whether or not mineral makeup solves your acne issues or if it is only part of the solution.
  • Those with oilier skin may find that the wide range of mineral powders appealing. Of course, many mineral powders are milled so finely that dry skin can get away with it, and with the popularity of natural makeup, companies have started producing liquid and cream versions.
  • Those who hate the feel of foundation or powders. Mineral makeup does tend to be lighter, especially because it is such a finely milled powder product.

You’re going to have to do your homework.

If you really want it to be natural or organic or truly mineral, you have to pay attention to ingredient lists, company philosophies, and have a keen eye to see whether brands are touting themselves as approved or guaranteed or some sort of message that conveys their ingredients have undergone inspection or verification.

Watch for questionable ingredients like bismuth, which many people have skin issues with, and it is technically considered a mineral ingredient. Bismuth is a skin irritant for some, and it has been known to contribute to acne. Many products use bismuth to help add bulk to them. Like most potentially irritating ingredients, if it is listed towards the end of the ingredient list, it is likely to be a non-issue.

How do you feel about mineral makeup? Do you think it’s better for your skin as its often touted?

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Temptalia’s Guide to Everything Summer | Wedding Makeup, Sunscreen, Suncare, Tanning, Self-tanner, Bronzers, Earth Day, Mother’s Day, and Prom 2008

Bridal & Wedding Makeup:

Sunscreen 101 Series:

Tanning 101 Series

Bronzers 101 Series

Earth Day 2008

Mother’s Day 2008

Prom 2008

Hope you enjoy these guides! (We have a few more guides and focused posts to write as summer really revvs up, so periodically check this post for updates!)

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

NAUGHTY NAUTICALS is now available online! It will be available in US & Canada May 1st. There’s a cute little video up, as well as coordinating looks for the collection. Skinsheen is also available for those who have been looking forward to that. By the by, use free shipping code “DAZZLE” at checkout, good through May 11th (just in time for Mother’s Day, ha!).

Here’s my favorite of the Naughty Nauticals’ looks, “Ensign”… What’s yours?

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You

Do you use every product you own? Do you have brand new products you haven’t even touched laying around? Do you have several products you’ve used once or twice, but sit ignored otherwise?

Monday, April 28th, 2008

Teri at Aging Fabulous tagged me for this, and I thought it was quite appropriate to share!

MY BEAUTY SECRETS

  • My Foundation: MAC Studio Fix Fluid applied using the 182 buffer brush
  • My Mascara: MAC Plushblack Plushlash mascara
  • My Blush: Dior Amber Diamond SkinShimmer
  • My Eye Shadow: MAC pigments (duh!)
  • My Day Cream: Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Youth Complete (sigh!) — for my cheaper AM cream, I opt for Estee Lauder DayWear Plus.
  • My Lipstick: MAC Mari-sheeno lipstick (gorgeous pink-coral with a touch of peach!)
  • My Beauty Product Brand: MAC
  • My Essential Beauty Product: SPFMy Favorite Makeup Product: Eyeshadow
  • My Perfume: Dior Addict
  • My Nails: Essie or Zoya
  • My Feet: Pure African Shea Butter
  • My Hands: Elizabeth Arden’s 8-hour or LUSH Lemony Flutter
  • Three Products to bring on a deserted island: Moisturtizer with SPF in it, chapstick, & deodorant (LOL). I don’t know. I couldn’t really think of a third one easily!
  • Woman I admire for their beauty: Monica Bellucci for being such a vision to look at.
  • Woman with the Best Sense of Style: I don’t keep up with style whatsoever, I’m awful!
  • My Ultimate Dream (but I do not believe in selling my soul to the devil for it):  Being able to do whatever I want whenever I want–whatever that may be at the given time.
  • How Do I Define Womanhood: LoveMy Favorite Fashion Publication: I don’t read any! (Cue shocked looks!)

I’m tagging… YOU!! Share your filled out survey with me in the comments! :)

Monday, April 28th, 2008

I wore this TO the Lancome event on Saturday using their Cabana Sunset quad for summer, plus this gorgeous bronzy gloss (also from their summer collection).

I used MAC Soft Ochre paint pot all over lid, Lancome Cabana Sunset compact lightest shadow on inner lid, Lancome Cabana Sunset compact gold shadow all over lid, Lancome Cabana Sunset compact taupe brown on outer lid, Lancome Cabanan Sunset dark brown on outer crease and lid, MAC Feline kohl power on lower lash line, and MAC Plushlash mascara on lashes. I wore Margin blush on cheeks. I had Lancome Beige Everyday Color Fever Lipstick with Lancome Summer Night Color Fever Gloss on my lips.

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