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Thursday, December 4th, 2008

Can you believe this look is from mid-November?! I haven’t had the time to do any makeup in at least a week, if not two. It’s been deadline after deadline these past two weeks with projects, papers, and finals for me. Not even close to being done yet–still three finals to go! My deepest apologies if it seems like I’ve been slacking!

You will need the following…

  • Eyes: Soft Ochre paint pot (neutral beige base), Ricepaper eyeshadow (soft highlighter), Laura Mercier Master Tool Box (Morning Dew – soft neutral, Rose – pinkish brown, Fresco – medium brown, Chocolate – dark, warm brown), Urban Decay Bourbon 24/7 Liner (brown), Plushlash mascara (black)
  • Cheeks: Enough Said blush (soft peach)
  • Lips: Calvin Klein Maven Lipgloss (dark garnet)
  • Brushes: 266 (firm, angled brush), 249 (flat, firm brush), 239 (fluffy shadow brush), 129 (dense blush brush)
  • Substitutes: Enough Said = bronzer

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. On the lid, apply Ricepaper eyeshadow using the 239. Darken the outer lid using Chocolate and drag into crease using the 239. Darken crease with Twilight Grey eyeshadow using the 239. Sweep Morning Dew underneath the brow bone to highlight, add a touch of Rose for shimmer. Finish with Urban Decay Bourbon 24/7 Liner on lower lash line, and Plushlash mascara on lashes. Sweep apples of cheeks with Enough Said blush using the 129. Apply Calvin Klein Maven lipgloss for color and shine.

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Thursday, December 4th, 2008

Essie’s Winter 2008 Collection features six stunning shades of rich jewel-toned polishes.  Each polish goes for $8, but you can snag all six as a set for $45.  My favorites were Sexy Divide, a gorgeous, deep dark royal purple; and It’s Genius for its softer, lighter magenta-purple tone.  Essie polishes have always worked well for me, and this set is no different overall.  All of the polishes are pigmented and go on smoothly with the exception of Shifting Power, which I’d probably do three coats of.  Because Shifting Power has a more metallic finish, it’s easier to see the stroke lines, too.

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Thursday, December 4th, 2008

MAC Flourish Lipstick ($22.00) on my lips! :)  Oh yeah, Flourish is a lighter, pinker version of Queen’s Sin.  They’re similar, but they aren’t the same–Queen’s Sin packs a lot more oomph and it’s redder.

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

Green by Nature Banana Shea Body Butter ($11.99) is a tropical treat for your skin.  It’s 97.6% natural and 100% paraben free (you can see that right on the jar itself).  Green by Nature is a brand where every product is 100% free of Parabens, Sulfates, DEA, petroleum, Propylene glycol, Sacchrine, Dioxin, and Phthalate.  No product is less than 95% natural, and they deal primarily in body products (lotions, scrubs, etc.).  There are three main scents:  Almond Cocoa, Banana Shea, and Mint Green Tea.

I’ve only tried and sniffed the Banana Shea scent, which smells exactly like a perfectly ripened banana (not too sweet, not too sour!).  The body butter itself is rich and thick, just like a body butter should be, and the moisturization properties keep my legs scale-free all day long.  I find the drying time isn’t quick, but I haven’t found that body butters sink in particularly fast.  I’d say you just need to stand around doing your hair or makeup for five minutes or so before slipping on your pants/skirt/shorts/what-have-you.  Besides, the best time to soften up your bod is immediately after you’ve toweled off!

You can browse Green by Nature products at www.greenbynaturebeauty.com or at Target (psst! this product is on sale for $9.99 right now!).

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

Rant & Rave

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Thursday, December 4th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You

Do you believe in anti-aging products? Is it all hype? Have you seen results?