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Friday, August 1st, 2008

Here’s my first Starflash/Lustre Twins look! :) I’m hoping to kick a few more out over the next few days. It’s been a pretty rough week over at Temptalia HQ, which is my excuse for lack of looks (that and I really wanted to play with Starflash, and I didn’t have it yet!). Jury duty this week (unscathed, total score!), and Magellan (my puppy) was neutered on Wednesday. We also asked our vet to check his hips, and we consented to an x-ray (it’s a painful x-ray, so it requires him to be under anaesthesia). Turns out, poor Mellan has severe hip dysplasia. We haven’t decided what to do yet, and we don’t see the orthopedic surgeon until the 11th. Hopefully he’ll drop some knowledge on us so we can decide then (surgery now, let nature take its course/surgery later). But yes, tough week! Can’t wait for it to end, LOL.

You will need the following…

  • Eyes: Baselight paint (pale white-gold cream), Dreammaker eyeshadow (shimmery white-gold), Mink & Sable eyeshadow (golden olive green), Smoke & Diamonds eyeshadow (gray with gold flecks), Feline kohl power (black liner), Plushlash mascara (black)
  • Cheeks: Nuance mineralize blush (soft peach-pink)
  • Lips: Ripe & Ready/Soft & Lush Pro Longwear Lustre Colour (coral-pink lipstick/sheer pink gloss)
  • Brushes: 266 (firm, angled brush), 249 (flat, firm brush), 239 (fluffy shadow brush), 129 (dense blush brush)
  • Substitutes: Dreammaker = Nylon; Mink & Sable = Sumptuous Olive; Smoke & Diamonds = Silver Ring; Feline = Graphblack; Nuance = Peachykeen; Ripe & Ready/Soft & Lush = Skew lipstick/Slicked Pink lipgelee

Directions: Define brows using a coordinating powder shadow applied with the 266 brush. Apply Baselight paint all over the lid as the base with the 249. Apply Dreammaker eyeshadow all over the lid with the 239. Darken the outer lid using Mink & Sable eyeshadow and drag into crease using the 239. Define crease with Smoke & Diamonds eyeshadow using the 272 to lightly blend it in. Sweep Dreammaker underneath the brow bone to highlight. Finish with Feline kohl power on lower lash line, and Plushlash mascara on lashes. Sweep apples of cheeks with Nuance mineralize blush using the 129. Apply Ripe & Ready/Soft & Lush to lips.

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Friday, August 1st, 2008

Kanebo Concealer

Long-time Temptalia readers probably know that my favorite concealer is Kanebo’s Brush-Type Concealer ($33.00). Kanebo has recently reformulated and improved its popular concealer.  Part of their new foundation series, the Kanebo Concealer is now touted as an anti-aging brush-on foundation tool. It has Kanzo Extract, which is supposed to soothe blemishes and reduce/prevent irritation. There is also moistened powder, which helps you retain the natural oil in your skin.

Above, the picture is of my naked eye, without any makeup, completely unretouched–truly my naked eye! I actually haven’t been sleeping very well, and I’ve cried more than usual, so it was the perfect time to check out the concealer. (By the way, can you see those awful undereye wrinkles? Sigh!)

Below is a picture with my undereye area concealed using Kanebo. The concealer has really neutralized the redness/puffiness as well as reduced the darkness of the undereye circle. I have never had a lot of bags, because I have hated, hated, HATED them. I do everything I can to keep them at bay; I’ve always been a good girl and done my best to get a full eight hours! What I like about Kanebo is its wear, because I don’t find that it migrates or emphasizes my fine lines throughout the day. It stays put, and it does its job well!

Friday, August 1st, 2008

Red Flame/Orange Flicker Pro Longwear Lustre Lip Colour is beyond gorgeous. BEYOND! This is such a rich, vibrant red. I honestly didn’t think it would be a color I could pull off, but it’s no more bold than other popular reds like Russian Red. Finally, a red PLW that I can wear!

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Friday, August 1st, 2008

Temptalia Asks You

What kind of scents are you drawn to in beauty products/perfumes? Are you into florals? Go more for fruit-based scents?

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

You know how people always recommend that you get a professional bikini wax done before attempting it yourself at-home? Well, LISTEN TO THEM! I am telling you from experience that this is probably the best way to go about it. You will see how it should be done; you get a real, live visual experience and can file it away for future use. It is not to say that my at-home bikini waxing experience was regrettable, but it did not go as smoothly as it could have gone.

I recently received Parissa’s Quick & Easy 2-in1 Roll-On Body Sugar ($19.99) waxing kit that’s good for legs, body, eyebrows, face, and bikini. So it’s pretty much the mega-kit of waxing kits because it’s ready to take on any unwanted hair wherever it may grow! You also get 20 large, reusable (!!) wax strips. Yes, I said reusable, and yes, they really are reusable!

The best part about the wax kit is the wax itself. It is a sugar-based wax that you heat up quickly in the microwave, then roll onto the hairy bit. Apply the wax strip, then remove lightning-fast in the opposite direction as the hair growth. It isn’t painless, don’t let someone fool you that it’s painless! There may be some lucky ladies who don’t experience much pain, but for the rest of us? Probably some involved. The faster you do it, the less painful it is–much like pulling a bandaid off. Back to why the wax itself is awesome: it washes off with complete ease. No matter if you’re a pro and get the job done or if you can’t get it and want to give up, you can wash off any excess or residual wax easily with lukewarm water. What I like about it is this means you don’t have to worry about sticky wax clinging around, but also if you can’t handle it or it’s not working out–you can pack up the kit and not have to keep truckin’.

The second best part is the reusable strips. The strips are large, which is great for larger parts of your body (I imagine you might be able to cut and trim if you wanted to be all DIY with it), and since the wax dissolves so easily, the strips rinse right now. I set them out on a towel to dry, and then back in the box they go.

I give this kit a big thumbs up! It’s budget-friendly, will last you awhile (with the reusable strips–also eco-friendly), and it’s pretty easy to use. The only exception is I advise anyone wanting to use it for the bikini area to make sure they have a good grasp on how to do it and not just go gung-ho into it (like I did, stupidly!).

Get Parissa at Ulta, Whole Foods, and www.parissa.com.

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

Choose or Lose

How do you manage your brows?

  • I tweeze! (67%, 460 Votes)
  • I wax! (17%, 115 Votes)
  • I thread! (11%, 74 Votes)
  • I go au natural! (4%, 29 Votes)
  • Other (Share your answer in the comments!) (1%, 11 Votes)

Total Voters: 689

Feel free to elaborate on your answer in the comment section!