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Thursday, February 28th, 2008

Toners
Toners are meant to remove oily residue, and some say that this is a skippable step for many, because the availability of cleansers today show that many cleansers have replaced this step altogether.  For those with oilier skin, a toner may be necessary, though, because it can reduce the build up of the oil throughout the day.

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

New to MAC? Did you miss an installment from our ten part Guide to MAC? We designed a ten part guide to help introduce you to MAC Cosmetics and give you a leg up on all that is MAC.

Here’s your guide… to the guide!

Part One: What is MAC? The who, the what, the where!

Part Two: What is MAC PRO? PRO Products?

Part Three: Eye Product Basics

Part Four: Lip Product Basics

Part Five: Face & Cheek Product Basics

Part Six: Brush Product Basics

Part Seven: Skincare, Nails, Fragrances, & Accessories

Part Eight: The “LE” Factor (Limited Edition Products)

Part Nine: Acronyms and Terminology

Part Ten: Your Questions & Suggestions with Our Answers!

Please, please, PLEASE! feel free to ask questions and/or leave comments. I want this guide to be truly helpful to anyone new or curious about the MAC brand, and your comments, questions, and suggestions are a huge part of making that happen.

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

Note:  This tutorial is a little late, considering it was made in October 2007.  With that said, I want to recommend some substitutions if you didn’t pick up this palette!  For Medallion, try Pink Venus (from Fafi as well as a permanent color); for Trophy Pink, try Post Haste or Passionate; for Modern Heir, try Hepcat or Plum Dressing. Also, I would recommend using a different highlighting color – more neutral, less frosty – as I designed the tutorial to only use the palette colors!

This tutorial is designed to show you step-by-step how to create a look using MAC’s Royal Assets Cool Eyes palette. Feel free to ask questions!

You will need: Water-based Mixing Medium (glycerin based liquid adhesive), Your Ladyship pigment (frosty white with yellow undertones), Medallion eyeshadow (frosty pale pink), Trophy Pink eyeshadow (bright cool pink), Modern Heir eyeshadow (shimmery purple), and Graphblack technakohl (black liner). For complimenting cheeks and lips: Don’t Be Shy blush (cool pink) and Micro Pink beauty powder (cool pink); Culture Class lipstick (frosty coral-pink) with Contessa lipglass (frosty purple-pink).
Brushes: 239, 239, 249

Get the step-by-step instructions with photos… Continue reading →

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You

Have you ever used an eyeshadow as a blush? If you did, what did you use? Did it turn out well?

I definitely have!  I’ve used some iridescent kind of shadows, like say Nanogold, on cheeks to highlight, or even Da Bling for a light pink blush!

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

Lancôme’s Thakoon Lipstick video is live on YouTube! The video showcases celebrated designer Thakoon Panichgul and the creation of Pixel Pink, the special lipstick created for his Spring 2008 runway presentation. The video was created by Grant Greenberg, the New York City-based filmmaker who directed last season’s charming Peter Som lipstick video for Lancôme, and features the artwork of painter and experimental filmmaker Jeff Scher.

Pixel Pink is the fourth and final lipstick in the Pout-à-Porter series of shades created exclusively by Lancôme for the runway. It has already sold out in record time on lancome-usa.com, and is currently available at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus counters and the five Lancôme boutiques: Manhattan (212.362.4858), The Mall at Short Hills, NJ (973.258.0790), Northpark Mall in Dallas, TX (214.750.9364), Valley Fair Mall in Santa Clara, CA (408.244.8334), and Brea Mall in Brea, CA (714.671.0267)

Greenberg is a graduate of the world-renowned filmmaking program at New York University, where his thesis film “Cricket Head” won the Wasserman prize for best graduate film. “Cricket Head” has since screened at festivals around the world, winning prizes at the Palm Springs, Clermont-Ferrand, Edinburgh and Monte Carlo film festivals. His most recent film, “Sick Sex,” which he produced and shot, was an official selection of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Scher’s work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art and the Hirshhorn Museum, and has been screened at the Guggenheim Museum, the Pompidou Center in Paris, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and at many film festivals around the world, including opening night at the New York Film Festival.

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

Bobbi continues to be the “bridal authority” with this kit, designed exclusively for brides and her bridal party. Bridal set features the makeup basics for the bride, bridesmaid or mother of the bride to customize their look.

Bridal Kit Contains:

  • Exclusive Ivory Eye Shadow
  • Black Ink Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner
  • Black No Smudge Mascara
  • Pink Sugar Shimmer Lip Gloss
  • Short Handle Ultra Fine Eye Liner Brush
  • White Cosmetic Case

On Counter: April 2008
Suggested Retail Price: $75.00

Bobbi Brown’s Top 10 Weddding Day Tips

  • Flash photography emphasizes pink tones, so be sure to even out skin with a yellow-toned foundation. Start
    around the nose and mouth where there’s redness, then blend out to the
    rest of the face.
  • Set concealer and foundation with Sheer Finish Loose Powder to make them longer-lasting and to ensure that
    skin looks matte in pictures.
  • If your dress has an open neckline, be sure to warm up your neck and chest with a dusting of Bronzing Powder.
  • Use a water-resistant liner that can withstand tears; try Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner applied with the Ultra Fine
    Eye Liner Brush. If you prefer to line with shadow, make it longer-lasting by applying it with a slightly damp
    Eye Liner Brush. Finish with a waterresistant mascara like Lash Glamour.
  • After applying all your eye makeup, finish with a highlighter shade on the browbone to make eyes pop. Rub your finger in a light matte shade and pat lightly on the outer corner of the browbone.
  • For a pretty flush that lasts, use two shades of Blush. First, apply a neutral shade on the apples of cheeks, blending up into the hairline, then downwards to soften. Then apply a brighter shade just on the apples of cheeks.
  • Neutral and pale lip colors look washed out in photographs, so choose a lipstick that’s one to two shades brighter than what you normally wear. Pinks, roses and plums are great choices for brides.
  • To make Lip Color last longer, line and fill in lips with Lip Pencil before applying your lipstick.
  • Carry a touch-up kit with concealer, pressed powder, lipstick or gloss, lip liner, tissues, mints, and a mini sewing kit (for emergency clothing fixes like a dropped hem or popped button).
  • Have Fun!

Pre-Wedding Wellness Tips

  • Eat smart. Choose whole grains, fresh greens and fruits, and clean proteins like chicken, fish, and beans.
  • Hydrate. Drink lots of water daily to hydrate skin and flush out toxins.
  • Move Your Body. Exercise at least three times a week to strengthen your body and calm your mind.
  • Take Relaxing Baths. Add soothing Epsom salts or skin-softening powdered milk to your bathwater.
  • Be Present. Slow down and appreciate what’s around you rather than rushing to get from start to finish.

Wedding Day Touch-Up Tips

  • Pack your purse with concealer, pressed powder, lipstick or gloss, lip liner, tissues, and mints.
  • Sewing kit with prethreaded needles and a pair of tiny fold-up scissors to fix a hem or popped button.
  • Static spray and lint remover to get rid of static cling and lint on clothing.
  • Prewrapped wipes to remove makeup and food stains.