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Friday, April 18th, 2008

Erin has this subtle, slightly smoky green eye–gorgeous!

  • Eyes: Baselight Paint all over lid, then Handforged Powerpoint liner, with Golden Olive pigment from mid to outer lid. Humid in outer crease, Springtime Skipper to blend, then Ricepaper on browbone and inner lid. Dress Khaki with angle brush (266) on lower lashline, followed by a smudge of Golden Olive with pencil brush (219), Plushlash mascara.
  • Face: Accentuate/Sculpt on cheekbones and hollow, Margin on upper cheekbones, Sunbasque on apples of cheeks. Select Cover under my eyes, and SPF 15 Moistureblend for foundation and I set that with Studio Fix powder.
  • Lips: Spice lipliner with Lollipop Loving, and Glamoursun lipglass (Nordstrom clutch).

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Friday, April 18th, 2008

Bobbi Brown Beach Summer 2008

Beach Fragrance $55.00
Notes: Sand Jasmine, Sea Spray, and Mandarin

Beach Mini Tote (LE) (purchase two products & get this!)

Beach Body Oil $28.00
Moisturizing body oil that gives skin a sultry sheen and scents it with beach fragrance. COntains Olive, Sesame, Avocado, and Jojoba essential oils, as well as Vitamin E &C.

Beach Sunscreen Body Spray SPF15 $25.00
Lightweight, non-greasy spray to hydrate and protect the body from UVA/UVB rays. It is water-resistant with antioxidant Vitamin E and Grapeseed, Olive, and Castor oil.

Beach Sandbar Soap $16.00
Limited edition, but back for a time, a soft, creamy soap that lathers and gently exfoliates while lighting scenting skin with Beach fragrance.

Beach Shower Gel $32.00
Moisturizing body cleanser with Pacific Sea Kelp Extract to soften skin as it cleanses.

Beach Body Lotion $35.00
Lightweight body moisturizer contains soothing Aloe Vera and Olive, Jojoba, and Sunflower oils. Reduces peeling and prologns the life of your tan.

Beach Body Scrub $35.00
Get smooth skin before you hit the beach with this body exfoliator lightly scented with the Beach fragrance. Contains orange peel and pumice to help remove surface skin, as well as shea butter and essential oils to help moisturize skin.

www.bobbibrown.com

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Friday, April 18th, 2008

It seems like everybody is giving away something this time of the year!  I thought I’d do a little round-up of some of the fab contests I’ve come across.

Total Beauty is having their celebration for Earth Day by holding a huge, site-wide contest that gives away daily prizes of all kinds (from conflict-free diamonds to eco-friendly beauty products), as well as a grand prize of a Saturn Vue filled to the brim of eco-beauty products. How do you enter? Review products and get entered! Check out Totally Green for more details.

Clinique has a contest going on in celebration of Mother’s Day! Share your Mom-and-me story and photo– and you both could win! When you’re done, you can even put your picture on a Clinique Happy custom bottle! The happiest Mom-and-me moment wins these great prizes: Two (2) clinique.com eGift Cards; Two (2) iPod Touch 8GB; Two (2) custom bottles with the winning photo. The winning photo will be featured on Mother’s Day — May 11. They are also running a bridal contest in conjunction with Brides.com, where you can win a nice grand prize featuring a huge diamond, as well as runner up prizes where you can get your own Clinique Makeup Expert on your special day.

Jergens Skincare is showing their support for The Skin Care Foundation with a campaign called “Glow in the Dark,” which is all about tanning via bottles (aka self tanners) rather than baking in the sun. The first 500 people who TAKE THE PLEDGE! to tan safely will receive a sample of Jergens Natural Glow Express Moisturizer and a “I Glow in the Dark” t-shirt. Every pledge made results in $1 donation to The Skin Care foundation up to $20,000.

Misikko is an online retailer that sells several high-end brands of hair styling tools and products (and at great prices, they often have things on sale or less than retail). Three random winners will be selected to win either a $50 or $100 gift certificate to Misikko just for writing a review. Get details here. Contest ends April 27th, midnight EST.

Create a page to dedicate to your mom! Everyone who creates a page will have the chance to win the ultimate gift for mom, a $1,200 shopping spree on philosophy.com; each visitor to www.yourmomsphilosophy.com will be able to rate every page they read, and on mother’s day, philosophy will reveal the top 20 rated pages and everyone who visits the site that day will be able to vote for their favorite page to receive the grand prize. all 20 finalists will receive a philosophy gift basket, valued at $250 each.

Friday, April 18th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You

Do you wear perfume everyday or only on special occasions? If you limit it to special occasions, why so? If you wear it everyday, do you have certain scents that you save for special occasions?

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

If you were using Stila’s Orchid eyeshadow duo?, what look would you create with it? What shadows would you use? What would you use on cheeks? Anything added to the lips?

Create a look using whatever you want, as long as you include Orchid! Feel free to share links to photos of your look(s) using it in the comments.

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

The Eyes | The eyes can be the window to the soul, so help your peepers shine on your big day with some of these tips and advice! Remember, you can do your own makeup or hire an artist–it’s all in what you want and what works best for your event. When hiring a makeup artist, make sure you know what they will provide you in a touch-up kit so that you can reapply as you need throughout the event. It is also a good idea to be able to do a test run with the artist. These are all things to look for in a good, knowledgeable artist! Oh, and don’t be shy–if you have a look you want to do or an idea in your head, don’t be afraid to tell your makeup artist what you have in mind.

Start With a Base! It is important that no matter what look you go for, if you are planning to wear eyeshadow, wear a base. Layering shadows on top of a product designed to help increase the lasting power of your eyeshadow is imperative. You don’t want to find that your eye makeup has moved all over the place or creased throughout the reception! I adore Soft Ochre paint pot by MAC as my base of choice, but cult favorite Urban Decay Primer Potion is a good choice, too.

Color? It is really important that you think about what your usual makeup style is and what exactly you want to reflect in your wedding photographs. Even though I personally wear colors from bright blue to yellow on my eyes, I know that I would want to opt for less color and something more natural/neutral. I also think that part of deciding colors is thinking about coordinating with both your dress, bouquet, and overall theme/feel of the wedding. Is your wedding a traditional church affair? If so, going for soft beiges and taupes makes a lot of sense. Going to Vegas with Elvis as your preacher? You just may want to have some fun and go for fun, glittery falsies!

Shimmer? Frost? Matte? I think light or low-level sheen/shimmer can be good to accent the lid and also the brow bone as a highlight, but nothing high in frost. If it’s too frosty, it can reflect badly in photos–especially on the brow bone (as the lid is not usually as visible when your eyes are open). One tip I can definitely offer is that using a matte color in the crease helps add dimension to your look and depth to your eye area.

To Line or Not to Line? If you’re going to line, choose something that is going to withstand tearing, both for upper lash lining and lower lash lining. One of my favorite products that I know will not budge are MAC Liquid Last Liners. These will not move a single inch without a good oil-based makeup remover–seriously, when they first came out, I tested their lasting power and swatched it on my skin, and it didn’t start to fade until 48 hours later. If you are opting for a more natural look, I do suggest thinking about using a brown liner over black, for something subtle and less bold (but I also love black liner, and I think it is quite suiting for natural looks, too!).

Tearproof Mascara! Waterproof, smudgeproof, and tearproof! One of my favorite mascaras that really holds up is Clinique Lash Power (and right now, if you test-drive it, you can get a free Lash Power Mascara to try!), which is designed to take on humidity, tears, sweat, you name it and come out on top. I’ve tried it (and put it to the test!), and I can tell you it is Temptalia approved! One quick and easy tip to minimize smudging is to avoid applying mascara to bottom lashes, because tears flow downwards more often than not and can easily make a mess of lower lashes with mascara (but again, I recommend a waterproof/smudgeproof mascara, and then you won’t have to worry at all!).

The Brows Have It! Many believe that one of the key pieces to looking polished and put together are well-groomed and shaped brows. If you have never touched your lashes (bless you!), get yourself to a professional salon/brow guru and have them find the optimal shape for you. I wish I didn’t tweeze (or have my friend tweeze) mine so thin when I was a teen, now I don’t have much to work with! For those ladies like me, I totally recommend Anastasia’s “Tweezers Anonymous” brow kit, which includes stencils, brow filler, and gel to help brows grow back.

Regardless, if you do not have naturally thick brows, filling sparse areas with product is an excellent idea. I prefer using something simple like a powder eyeshadow (love MAC Espresso and Brun) or brow kits like Benefit’s BrowZings or Urban Decay’s Brow Box (I prefer this because it has clear wax, rather than colored, for a brow kit!). If using a powder, try using an angled brush like MAC’s 266. It’s great for perfecting brows (and lining!). For those who prefer brow pencils, forge on, but I definitely recommend taking a clean, disposable mascara wand and brushing it through your brows. This helps to groom them, but it also makes sure that your brows do not look harsh from the pencil! I also like MAC’s Clear Brow Set for keeping those well-groomed and shaped brows in place.

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