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Friday, January 9th, 2009

Planning a romantic getaway for this Valentine’s Day with your sweetie? Consider the treatments for two at the Ritz-Carlton Spa, Kapalua, which only opened this past June.  It’s a 17,500 square foot spa with fifteen treatments, private outdoor shower gardens, iPod docking stations (wow!), robe warmers (I’d like one of those!), grottos, steam rooms, saunas… The works!

According to a press release, Kapalua is “based on the healing waters of Waihua, which the ancient Hawaiians believed was the most pure form of water which was captured by the leaves of the taro plant.”  Staying true to Hawaiian roots, they also offer Hawaiian based spa treatments, like a Lomilomi massage.  They also use a host of natural ingredients like pineapple, papaya, coconut, and pumpkin in their products.  The lines they use are often Murad, Naturopathica, Eminence, and Mama Mio for the expecting.

Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua is located on the island of Maui in Hawaii.  I’m pretty sure I don’t need to explain why Hawaii makes an amazing place to jet off to de-stress and love your honey.  I’ve never been to the island of Maui (my adventures have only taken me to Oahu, The Big Island, and Kauai), but I know it’s one of my parents’ favorite islands to go for their anniversary.

I’ve actually used several of the products they offer (especially Eminence, which makes amazing facial treatments and masques that you can purchase and use at-home), but I must say they do a brilliant job of incorporating the Hawaiian feel into many of the products used during your stay or available to take home with you.  There is something about the scents of tropical fruit and the ocean breeze that get me!

If I could convince my boyfriend we could afford such a luxe vacation, I’d definitely want to check out Kapalua.  If only, sigh!  But hopefully some of you are more persuasive than I with your significant others ;)

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

All’s Fair

Lipstick/lipglass swatches on lips for all of you!  I ask for your understanding in the neatness of application, as I do these quickly and inexpertly–the point being to show you the color on real lips.  Thanks! :) Continue reading →

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

OVERALL, I had relatively high expectations for Brunette, Blonde, Redhead that weren’t really met. I admit that I should have gone in with no expectations, but I couldn’t help myself; it seemed like neutrals, classy shades perfect for everyday wear would abound so it seemed I’d be in love with it all. I was disappointed in both the eyeshadows and the lipsticks, but I did like the mineralize skinfinishes and a few of the lipglasses.

The eyeshadows, on the whole, just weren’t impressive in pigmentation or texture–even some of the colors that looked promising didn’t quite swatch the way I’d have liked. The lipsticks were all sheer formulas/textures, so they didn’t work well on my lips (compared to creamier formulas). For those with less pigmented lips, they may find these a nice reprieve! Red Devil is one of the standout products from the launch, because it’s a richly pigmented coral-red shimmery gloss that can be worn alone it’s so color-rich.

Flip eyeshadow is the best bet out of the nine shadows, because the shade doesn’t quite exist in the permanent range and it has good texture and color pay off. Henna is gorgeous, but easily duped by Sumptuous Olive; and Femme-fi is a great eyeshadow but I have it from Neo Sci Fi (so it’s still good, but not new, y’know?).

Of the mineralize skinfinishes, I liked Blonde the best for its light pink coloring it gave me and the shimmer level. Brunette makes me wary, because I feel it will end up being too dark on my skin. Of course, you can use a light hand with it, but Redhead is quite similar in the tone (perhaps more copper than bronze) and lighter so I can just use that instead!

Temptalia Recommendations:

Must-haves: Red Devil, Flip, Henna (if you don’t own Sumptuous Olive), Femme-fi,165
Nice-to-haves: Strawberry Blonde, Quick Tease, Henna, Blonde
Skip: Most of the lipsticks, Live & Dye, Peroxide, Knight, Top Knot

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Thursday, January 8th, 2009

Left to Right: Femme-fi, Pincurl, Knight, Henna, Deep Shade

Swatches for all of the products from BBR! (Updated 1/8/09)  See more swatches… Continue reading →

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

BBR Lipglasses

MAC Brunette, Blonde, Redhead lipglass product photos! :) Post is now updated to include Quick Tease lipglass!

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Thursday, January 8th, 2009


Product photos for Brunette, Blonde, & Redhead MSFs and Eyeshadows. Updated to include 100 Strokes, Flip, French Cuff, & Top Knot eyeshadows! :)

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