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NEWSFLASH! Did you know that maintaining smooth skin and healthy, shiny hair will make it MUCH easier (and cheaper!) to feel and stay beautiful? This month Pretty.Smart.’s resident beauty expert Nina Sutton brings us some little gems of hair wisdom that will keep your mane looking and feeling fantastic without draining your bank account.

This one is a no-brainer: use a good shampoo and conditioner.


We all know that great hair products can cost a lot of money, but they don’t have to. Pretty.Smart.’s product of the month and their beauty expert’s hair care suggestion is Dove Intensive Repair Shampoo and Conditioner. This new hair care system from Dove helps reconstruct dry, damaged hair and gives some strength to your strands to prevent split ends and breakage. Best part – you can get it for less than 5 bucks at Walmart.com

Pretty.Smart.’s Hair Essentials also point out a ton of outside factors that can affect your hair and skin, and provide quick hair tips to easily control them. BONUS TIP: Watch the video below to find out how you can stop something as normal as water in your shower from dulling your skin and hair, then visit Pretty.Smart. for more hair advice and beauty tips.


One (1) lucky Temptalia reader will win a set of Dove Hair Essentials (includes Shampoo, Conditioner, and Daily Treatment Conditioner) and a copy of The Chic Mom’s Guide by Nina Sutton.

  • How to Enter: Simply head on over to Pretty.Smart. and let me know which Hair Essentials video was your favorite by leaving a comment on this post!
  • Rules: All entries must be received by May 31st, 2010. Winner will be chosen randomly amongst those who have entered. One entry per person.

Congratulations to Paige Allison!

MAC To the Beach Makeup: Sweet & Punchy, Sand & Sun, Firecracker

MAC To the Beach Makeup: Sweet & Punchy, Sand & Sun, Firecracker

Who knew that you could combine a lemon-y green and an orange-coral together and get something so beautiful–with ease!  Seriously!  I do have a tutorial (well, assuming the filming went OK) for this look coming soon as well.  I also included a bit about how I applied the cream bronzer to my cheeks (which is totally easy, I swear).

Happy Friday everyone!

You will need the following…

For eyes, start by applying Lemon Sugar eyeshadow as your eyeshadow base all over the eye area with the 249. Using the 239, apply Sweet & Punchy eyeshadow on the inner half of the lower lid. Then, apply Firecracker eyeshadow on the outer half of the lid with the 239 and bring into crease slightly. Lightly blend Sand & Sun eyeshadow on the middle of the lower lid, overlaying the other two eyeshadows, with the 239. Next, apply Amber Lights eyeshadow into the crease with the 226, lightly blending outwards and upwards to fade to the brow bone. Blend Femme-fi eyeshadow with the crease shade and highlight the brow bone. Bring everything together by applying Float on By eyeliner on the lower lash line and Sweet & Punchy eyeshadow lightly patted below the lower lash line with the 219 brush. Finish by sweeping lashes with Extase mascara.

For cheeks, apply Beach Bronze cream bronzer on the apples and upper cheekbones. Then, apply Marine Life powder to the apples of the cheeks and sweep upwards towards the temple with the 116.

For lips, apply Thrills lipstick first, and then layer Flurry of Fun lipglass for a complementing lip.

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MAC To the Beach Collection – Lustre Drops Review, Photos, & Swatches

MAC To the Beach Collection

Lustre Drops are like puff paints (the kind you’d use in crafts).  They’re tiny, but a little goes a long way.  I like these mixed with moisturizer and used on shoulders and legs.  They can be used on the face, though, and I like using it as a shimmered base for a blush or along the cheek bones.

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China Glaze Vintage Vixen Collection (Part 1)

China Glaze Vintage Vixen Collection

China Glaze: Classic Camel, Ingrid, Swing Baby, Goin’ My Way, Riveter Rouge, Foxy

Vintage Vixen includes twelve new shades of polish, ranging from a khaki beige to a midnight blue to a darkened teal. The collection starts shipping in early July.

The formula on these was consistently good–I had no issues applying these right out of the bottle. As far as I’m concerned, if I don’t have to fuss over a formula and experiment with application, it’s a solid formula. It is a thinner consistency, but each coat still packed quite a bit of pigment. Most of these shades are two-coaters, but you can do three, too, if you so desire (which is usually what I do).

The collection is made up of a mix between frost and microglitter finishes. The feeling is decidedly fall, so it’s perfect for the season (remember–this is China Glaze’s fall collection!).  With twelve shades and sixty photos in total, I split up the two posts to help narrow the focus a bit.  Of these six, my favorites are:  Classic Camel (elegant with a twist) and Goin’ My Way (the way the light hits it is divine).  I also liked Foxy (love the lava-ish look of it), but not quite as much as the other two–there weren’t any dud shades here, really.

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China Glaze Vintage Vixen Collection (Part 2)

China Glaze Vintage Vixen Collection

Here are the other six shades from Vintage Vixen!  Just to recap, the formula rocks here.  It may feel a little thin, but each coat packs plenty of pigment, despite the consistency.  It’s easy to apply–I didn’t have to play around with application to get beautiful, even, and smooth color.  Most of these are two-coaters, but they easily work with three, which is my preferred number.

From these, my favorites are easily Emerald Fitzgerald (oh, it’s swoon worthy in its inkiness!) and First Class Ticket (so intense and rich in its color).  I also loved the way Midnight Mission looked.

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Recommendation:  If you love your polishes on the darker side (whether now or in the fall), these are some excellent choices.

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