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Monday, January 21st, 2008

While many parts of the body are covered once the winter wind starts blowing, don’t forget to keep all your parts deliciously soft all year round! Especially if you’re in the warmer parts, winter doesn’t always mean pants every day! Here are four fabulous solutions to soothe that scaly skin.

vedaMAMA body creams ($50.00) in Relax and Scrumptious are both ultra hydrating, luxe creams targeted to soothe and moisturize the body. Relax is a more typical body cream with a chocolate mint scent that restores the skin’s balance. Cocoa butter is one of the main ingredients that helps to hydrate the skin, while peppermint helps to alleviate muscle soreness (hence the name “Relax”). Scrumptious is a restorative body cream with shea butter to work actively against super dry skin. Both creams contain organic coconut oil, Vitamin E, and Rosemary as some of their key ingredients. Each cream comes in a cute little white tub with pink detailing, but I feel like the amount you get is small relative to the price. I personally enjoyed both creams, but they aren’t far superior to other less expensive varieties.

LUSH Dream Cream ($20.95) is one of the first products I had ever tried by LUSH, and it is utterly fabulous. I really love that it goes on easily, isn’t too thick of a cream, and it dries quickly. I find that it does a good job hydrating my skin throughout the year. I like that it is a year-round product, because I can maximize my usage out of it. The amount of product you get relative to the amount you need to moisturize the body makes this a cost-effective choice. It is lightly scented with a woody/natural scent. If you’re familiar with LUSH products, you’ll instantly recognize it as one fo the scents of LUSH. A part of me loves to dabble into these kinds of products, because I just know that they feel healthier and seem better for my skin because of their organic content.

bliss lemon+sage body butter ($35.00) comes in a large, bright blue tube. The scent is actually incredibly pleasing; a light sweet lemony scent with an undertone of vanilla. It’s a very luxe, thick cream, despite it’s tube packaging–so don’t let it confuse you as if it were a regular body lotion. It contains both vitamin A and E, which are good antioxidants for your skin. I found a little goes quite a ways, needing no more than a one inch “line” of cream for each leg (and mine always get a touch scaly come winter!). Regular use of this completely eliminated any dryness, but if I stopped using it for more than two days, it would begin to return. Although initially it seemed pricey and offended my delicate price sensibilities (okay, not really, these days I’m not usually shocked), knowing that it will last me six months or more makes it much easier to swallow and seem more in line with what I’d expect. I can run through a tube of B&BW lotion in a month or two with regular usage because I find I need at least two inches of product, so it comes out to be roughly the same when the two are compared!

von Natur Grapefruit Whipped Butter ($42.00) is a thick cream (borderlines a solid, really, you kind of “scoop” out product because it’s so thick) with a very nice scent of grapefruit. They advertise that “according to a study by Chicago’s Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation, the scent of grapefruit on a woman’s skin can make her appear up to six years younger.” I can’t buy that personally, but maybe other people’s noses would say it about me (then again, I’m not particularly old, so I’m not the best test subject!). Despite its thickness, the cream absorbs fairly quickly, which is always a plus, because nobody wants to sit around waiting for their skin to dry! Lots of essential oils can be found in here (far too many to list), but you’ll find shea butter as a key ingredient, as well as organic jojoba oil. You get a fair amount for your money, better than vedaMAMA, and you don’t need to use much to soothe your aching, dry skin. ]

Stay tuned for part two of our body series featuring Lancome’s Nutrix Royal for Body, Lush’s King of Skin and Running to the Embassy body butters, and Elizabeth Arden’s 8-Hour Cream for Body!

Monday, January 21st, 2008

NEW COLUMN ALERT! Step Into My Shoes is a new column that I am testing out that will revolve around “what if” scenarios. The point is for you to put yourself into the person’s shoes and come up with remedies for them, and offer any advice you can for them. Sometimes the scenarios might be outlandish, ridiculous, hilarious, or totally and utterly applicable and serious. You are welcome to submit your own scenarios, too! Just e-mail them to temptalia@gmail.com.

SCENARIO: I have skin that is dry, dull and has clogged pores, but also has oil on top. Some spots are worse than others (for both the oil and the dryness). If I moisturize to try to help the dry skin, it just gets oilier and lightweight moistuizers don’t work at all. Exfoliating is a no no (most of the time) since I use prescription acne gel that will irritate my skin if I use exfoliant while using it. Is there any mask/toner/peel/anything to make my dull sensetive skin radiant?

Situation courtesy of Sadie!

Monday, January 21st, 2008

If you were using MAC’s Well Dressed blush, 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 Well Dressed! Feel free to share links to photos of your look(s) using it in the comments.

Monday, January 21st, 2008

Temptalia Asks You


What’s the first thing you notice about someone else’s appearance? On a woman? On a man? (Hey, they might be different!) Why do you think that is?

For me, I generally notice whether someone is smiling, that’s the first thing I always zero in on. I guess it help indicate to me whether they’re happy or enjoying the moment or not! If not their smile, maybe then their overall facial expression.

Sunday, January 20th, 2008

From the Splendicity community comes the best beauty and fashion links of the week.

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BEAUTY
Viva Woman
offers 5 tips to get the most out of your facial moisturizer.
Beauty and Fashion Tech reviews Laura Mercier Oil Free and Silk Creme Foundations.
Makeup and Beauty Blog says Glow in Style with Shu Uemura Glow On Blush.
Beauty Secrets Revealed shares a Relaxing And Soothing Foot Soak Recipe.
Ellen from Spa Beautifully says that you may not need to get that liposuction done – now there is lipomassage.
Savvy Skin shares some Beauty No-Nos.
Henna at Canadian Beauty tells you about her new favourite primer.
The Mineral Makeup Blog shares info about Blusche Minerals’ Phoebe Mineral Veil.
Aging Fabulous is in love with The Hand Treatment by La Mer.

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Sunday, January 20th, 2008

She used:

1. Using a 217 brush, cover the eyelid and crease with a light layer of Flammable paint
2. Using a 252 brush, highlight the browbone and inner corner of the eyelid with Rondelle eye shadow
3. Using a 242 brush, apply Reflects Blackened Red Glitter to rest of the lid and the crease.
4. Using a 275 brush, apply Carbon eye shadow to the crease and outer corner of the eyelid and blend with 224 brush
5. Using a 266 brush, apply Blacktrack Fluid Line to the upper lash line
6. Using a 219 brush, apply a thick line of Rondelle underneath lower lash line and a thinner line of carbon right underneath the lash line
7. Apply Lash Prep and Prime and Black Plush Lash to the upper lashes (and lower if desired)
8. Apply Feline Power Khol pencil to the waterline

She also used Flirt and Tease blush, blended with a little Reflects Blackened Red glitter on the cheeks, and Back to Del Rio lipstick and Real Desire lipglass.

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