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Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

Don’t speak. Lips are in danger of all manner of delicious indiscretion. Seductive in colour, shine and staying power. Seven new Slimshine Lipstick shades and 13 bring-back shades invite colourful, ultra-glossy conversations. People will talk.  $14.50

  • Think Tan Deep reddish brown with gold (frost)
  • Assertive Rusty brown with gold pearl (frost)
  • Voile Canary yellow with gold pearl (frost)
  • Missy Creamy pastel coral (cream)
  • Grenadine Creamy deep blue red (cream)
  • Rock Out Clean bright blue pink with gold pearl (frost)
  • Intimidate Creamy plummy pink (cream)
  • Bare Light neutral pink with subtle gold pearl (frost)
  • Pleasing Midtone violet with red and gold pearl (frost)
  • Long Stem Rose Light baby pink with subtle gold pearl (frost)
  • Scant Midtone dirty plum with gold pearl (frost)
  • Mousse Midtone caramel brown (cream)
  • Lovey-Dove Midtone terracotta with bronze pearl (frost)
  • Prudeaux Dark rich burgundy plum (cream)
  • Ultra-Elegant Light neutral beige (cream)
  • Funshine Shimmery soft apricot pink (frost)
  • Urgent! Classic midtone red (frost)
  • Cocoamour Neutral cool brown with matching pearl (frost)
  • Most Wanted Intense purplish red with metallic golden shimmer (frost)
  • Gaily Soft midtone berry pink with pearl (frost)

Now available on www.maccosmetics.com.

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

A new ultra-charged formula from the innovative, skin-brightening Lightful collection. Lightful Ultramoisture Creme: instantly hydrates and adds glow to the skin. For ongoing brightness wear solo or layered over Lightful Essence.

Lightful Ultramoisture Creme
A lightweight creme with the freshness of a gel that provides intensive hydration and high-level skin-brightening. Instantly creates a soft, luminous, natural-looking glow. US$36.00

Lightful Cleanser
Everyday cleanser with a soft foamy smooth-on, rinse-off action. Efficiently removes makeup. Cleanses, calms, refreshes and balances the skin. Manages oily areas, soothes dry skin, and helps reduce redness. US$22.00

Lightful Softening Lotion
An ultra-fluid lotion that refreshes the skin, making it feel softer, moister, more refreshed. Imparts gentle radiance to the skin. With ongoing use, brightens the skin, evens out skin tones, and helps reduce the look of skin discolouration. $28.00

Lightful Essence
Highly concentrated, lightweight gel that easily absorbs into the skin without surface residue. Calms, refines and moisturizes the skin. Clarifies the look of the skin: adds soft radiance. US$40.00

Now available on www.maccosmetics.com.

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

CAROLINA HERRERA | “Eclectic” is a way to describe the new fall aesthetic, but “texture” is also coming into play along with “color.” At the show, Diane Kendal went for a big pop of color on the lips to get a “really dark stained mouth.” She started with a brown base with a burgundy base layered on top, dusted lightly with powder, and then coating with a brown-burgundy lipstick. Finally, she dotted black pigment on the center of the lower lip for a “bitten effect.” She then used the same burgundy base to smudge onto cheeks and finished with a flourish of mascara. “It’s all about a strong mouth. It’s sophisticated, but playful at the same time,” says Diane Kendal.

Look breakdown | MAC Studio Tech Foundation was applied where needed for fresh, moisturized skin. Burgundy Paintstick was blended onto the apples of the cheeks with fingers. A small about of MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack was applied to the lash line with Brush 210. Eye lashes were curled and coated with Plush Lash Mascara in Black – heavy on the top lashes and light on the bottom lashes. A mixture of MAC Lip Pencils in Nightmoth and Chestnut were sheared out on the lips and Media Lipstick was layered over. A touch of MAC Créme Colour Base in Black was blended into the center of the lips with Brush 316.

MALADRINO | Tom Pecheux went with green eyes to keep with the show’s theme of green and organic. He used a dark green, lime green, and moss green to create a rounded eye up to the crease of the eye. The models had bare cheeks and a matte nude lip that was created by MAC’s Lip Erase that Pecheux described as “it’s like a concealer and lipstick in one.”  “Very organic. Very green. Reminiscent of leaves,” says Tom Pecheux.

Look breakdown | For very matte skin, MAC Studio Fix Fluid was applied to the face, followed by Blot Powder Loose. Using MAC Brush 224, Bitter Eye Shadow was applied very lightly all over lids and softly in the crease. Velvet Moss Eye Shadow was brushed onto the lower lash line, followed by Tealo Powerpoint Eye Pencil layered gently over lower lash line. Using MAC Brush 224, Bitter Eye Shadow was applied very lightly all over lids and softly in the crease. Velvet Moss Eye Shadow was brushed onto the lower lash line, followed by Tealo Powerpoint Eye Pencil layered gently over lower lash line. Lips were conditioned with Lip Conditioner to help with texture, followed by Lip Erase.

LUCA LUCA | Again, Tom Pecheux created a look that represented the Luca Luca lady who is “cash–and sass,” so he opted for gold on the lid and crease. The lips were a sheer coral so keep the emphasis on the eyes with everything else more understated.  “Sophisticated glam rock,” says Tom Pecheux.

Look Breakdown | MAC Studio Fix Fluid was applied where needed on the face, followed by Select Sheer Loose Powder. MAC Carbon and Ground Brown Eye Shadows were blended from lash line to just above the crease for a smoky eye. Satin Taupe Eye Shadow was placed in the corners of the eyes brushed out and up towards the brows with Brush 224. MAC 7 Lashes were applied, followed by MAC PRO Lash in Black. A sheer lip was created with applying MAC Lust is Lush Lipgelee.

PORTS 1961 | Isabelle LaPage created a look that represented the pink skin of a Scottish girl, only she went with played down lips using burgundy pigmented mixed with MAC’s Matte Gel. She kept eyes glossy with high shine by using a berry lip gelee. She placed clear plastic pieces on top, “so it was little like a cherry popsicle highlighted the eyes.”

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Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You


What do you think of celebrity perfumes? Are they cheesy or do you find that there are some worth checking out? Or do you stay away from them at all costs?

Monday, February 4th, 2008

GREETINGS EVERYONE! I just got back, and I’m recovering in California after spending a couple of days in New York City for Fashion Week extraganza.  I did manage to write a few detailed posts while away, but I thought I would do a bit of a “recap” kind of post and just walk you through what I did from beginning to end.

THE BEAUTY BLOGGERS I met had to be a definite highlight of the trip, because they are truly a group of independent, incredibly intelligent, and interesting women.  There just isn’t a boring one in the bunch; everyone is beyond successful in their lives, whether it is with an envy-inspiring career or an amazing family.  I had a chance to chat with Shannon from A Girl’s Gotta Spa, Michelle from All Lacquered Up, and Lianne from The Makeup Girl Blog because they all sat right by me. I also was able to gawk (seriously, she’s so gorgeous!) at Kristen from Beauty Addict (and talk with her a bit), and exchange beauty blabber with a whole slew of other bloggers who attended.

I attended a dinner hosted by MAC Cosmetics on Saturday evening at Indochine, and I saw some familiar faces from the night before. I got a chance to figure out that Amber from Beauty Blogging Junkie is a prettier Kate Hudson (seriously, they could be twins), talk shop and everything else under the sun with Amy Focazio (who works with print media for MAC) who is so fab and FUN, as well as with Henna from Canadian Beauty and Jen from DeLush.  I saw my girl Heather Park (who handles online media for MAC), not to mention Victor Cembellin (MAC Senior Artist).

After dinner, I caught up with Erika from Makeup Bag, Julia from All About the Pretty, and Daneen from Spoiled Pretty before heading up to chit-chat with Teri from Aging Fabulous, Christina from eBeautyDaily, Elke from The Beauty Blog Network, and Shannon.  Loved them all!

NEW YORK CITY was surprisingly better than I thought.  I say this because I really am not a city girl; I love the suburbs, and I love driving everywhere.  I only just took my first mode of public transportation two years ago in D.C. (subway there), so I really am quite spoiled.  I can definitely see why people love the city, though, because it would be tough to get bored for long in a place as busy and active as NYC.  It’s not a place I would want to live in, but there is a certain appeal it has even to those who thought they would loathe it!

FASHION WEEK was an amazing experience, and I’m glad I was able to go to it.  It is truly an event that has something for everyone with the celebrity sightings, barrage of events, dinners to go to, runway shows, and backstage opportunities–there’s no shortage of entertainment.  I’m really happy that I didn’t cram my days with shows and events, though, because it gave me a chance to see and do things throughout without being stressed or fearful I would miss my next scheduled appointment, you know?  It felt sort of low-key, and I think that was a good way to go as a first-timer.  I also really loved to watch the makeup artists in their element, prepping and priming faces, painting them, and perfecting them.  I found it all quite exciting to just watch, let alone interact with the artists by asking them questions.

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Monday, February 4th, 2008

HERVE LEGER | “She’s mean,” is how Val Garland described the tough sexy woman who prances in Herve Leger bandage dresses.  “The Leger lady is severely sexy — not obvious sexy.”  She threw out the smoky cat eye and instead did a liquid sparkly gold eye with a very chalky pink matte lip complimented by a matte cheek with a subtle shine like wetness.

DKNY | Charlotte Tilbury opts to go for a fresh, wide-eyed kind of look.  She used MAC’s to-be-launched mascara for dazzling lashes, while the lips were a mixture of Lush and Rapturous mattene lipsticks.  Cheeks were sculpted and painted a soft pink.

PREEN | James Kaliardos went for a colorface that is reminscent of Kim Basinger in “Nine and a Half Weeks.”  He created a grey, taupe rounded eye using regular powder shadows in combination with cream shadows, and he contrasted it with a red lip.  It wasn’t a scarlet or blood red, but more like a blue based red that borderlines fuchsia with a touch of gold opalescence.

TULEH | Polly Osmond thought of Charlotte Rampling in the 70s for inspiration, which meant a shiny metallic eye that dominated.  She used bronze pigment on the eye with a chocolate shadow in the crease.  Emote blush was used to shade and sculpt the cheeks.  Polly went for tofee lips using 4N lipstick with 2N lipglass.

JOHNATHAN SAUNDERS | Val Garland mixed and layered warm wine tones; claret, tawny port, merlot — and even a little champagne — to add to the list of fall 2008 faces that are romantic, flushed, wind-touched, with both matte and shiny elements.  She calls it “sexy texy.”

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