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Friday, January 18th, 2008

Don’t forget the hands! Because we are always using our hands for something, they tend to be exposed and never kept away from the harsh elements of the day, including the weather and dry air.  Some of us (cough, me) are compulsive hand-washers, which can lead to overwrought skin.  This is a guide to several different remedies for dry, cracked hands (but some of the products can be used on other body parts like elbows, knees, and heels).  So fear no more, your bear paws will be turned into silky soft baby hands with these quick fixes!

Elizabeth Arden 8-Hour Cream for Hands ($17.00) is an amazing hand cream that is beyond perfect to toss in your purse throughout the winter season.  You need to apply only a sparing amount to soften hands instantly, because this product not only stretches out, but it sinks into the skin quickly, within minutes.  No sticky or greasy residue is left behind once it dries, either!  You’ll wonder how your hands survived before this!

LUSH Lemony Flutter ($12.50) has a longer absorption rate than Lush’s Helping Hands (see below), but it is also much richer and thicker in the texture and feel of the cream.  It’s almost a semi-solid in the tub, rather than the viscosity of a cream.  It has a delightful lemony citrus scent, which might be a tad overpowering, but overall, I liked the scent, especially when applied to the skin.  If you take a whiff from the tub directly, the lemon might read too synthetic, but on the skin, very subtle and light.  I love this as a cuticle treatment, too, because it’s quite a heavy “cream” that just gets into those dry spots.  Anyone with crackled elbows or knees would love this, too!

Sweet Grass Farms Super Duty Hand Care ($6.95) is a salve, meaning it comes in a solid-form.  It comes in a handy tin with a layer of paper surrounding it; you’ll want to make sure you keep the paper, so you can easily lift out the salve out.  I found I had better applying results when running both my hands around the salve than trying to use my fingertips to get some and then applying it.  To me, the drying time on this is just too long for everyday for day time usage.  It is incredibly moisturizing, so the results could be justified, but this is more of a moisture-and-glove treatment.  There are plenty of people who do this any way, and I think this is a great product to use with gloves.  This is also really good for those who have incredibly cracked and dried out hands–think those who work with their hands; mechanics, painters, etc.

LUSH Helping Hands ($15.95) sinks into skin within 5-10 minutes of applying a liberal amount.  Apply more sparingly for even faster drying time.  It left my skin moisturized and super soft to the touch.  The scent is quite organic/natural, nothing really off-putting, but it’s not something I’d put my nose to and take big whiffs of for fun.  I find the tub is a bit too big to carry around everyday, but it’s great to keep by the sofa or on your night stand for quick moisturizing.

Friday, January 18th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You

What steps do you go through for your hair? Are you a quick comb-through and you’re out the door kind of gal? Or are you armed with your T3? For the everyday look, what steps do you take to ready your hair?

Luckily (I think so!) I just have to let my hair air dry or lightly blow dry it, and it’s ready. I often wear it in a pulled back ponytail that’s twisted under the end, but if I wear it down, I do absolutely nothing to it beyond running the brush through once (I am fortunate enough to get tangles rarely, and nothing that a single brush stroke doesn’t cure). I really do thank my genes for such easy, manageable hair. I know absolutely nothing about styling it, which is my biggest beauty downfall!

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

I used Pink Opal pigment on lid, Vex eyeshadow on inner lid, Nanogold eyeshadow on middle of lid, Neutral Pink eyeshadow on middle of lid, Parfait Amour eyeshadow on outer lid and crease, Nanogold eyeshadow above crease, Hush eyeshadow on brow, and Feline kohl power on lower lash line. I wore Petalpoint blush with Micro Pink beauty powder to highlight. I had Pomposity lipstick with Backlit 3D glass and Tres Cher! lipglass on my lips.

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Thursday, January 17th, 2008

Long Lost Love Box
When you’re overcome with feelings of nostalgia for loves long past, console yourself with this collection of LUSH bath and body treats from days gone by. Our very elegant, beautifully presented hat box features: Kiss me Klimt Bath Bomb, It’s a Date Bubble Bar, Queen of Hearts Soap, Potion Body Lotion, Black Magic Massage Bar

Play Your Cards Right Massage bar
If ever there was a sure fire way to win your sweetheart’s favor, this is it! Rich, sensual, and scented with our ever popular Sex Bomb fragrance, this playing card of a massage bar is just the ticket for perfect night in (and TV or sleep won’t be on the agenda). You’ll want a few of these!

Perfect Match (Honey or Silky)
Elusive and always just on the edge of attainability, the perfect match is something to be held closely and treasured dearly once you find it. We have two fragrantly perfect matches that include our best-selling soaps and the most popular of our new solid perfumes. Making these perfect matches even more precious, the packaging is 100% biodegradable. In fact, if you plant the box with someone special, you can watch your love grow – literally. The entire box contains real seeds and when you plant it you will grow beautiful wild flowers to enjoy together. How special is that? Honey: Scent: Honey & Toffee; Contents: Honey I Washed the Kids Handmade Soap & Solid Perfume. Silky: Scent: Jasmine & Vetivert; Contents: Alkmaar Handmade Soap & Silky Underwear Solid Perfume

Message a Trois
A romantic, candlelit massage is the perfect way to share your affection for someone special, any time of year and especially on Valentine’s Day. To make your Valentine’s celebration extra romantic, we’ve created a trio of very special, superbly fragrant heart-shaped massage bars for you both to mix and match to your hearts’ (and bodies’) content.

Let me just say I will for sure be picking up the massage bars! I adore these, and they last quite awhile. They’re really great even for just moisturizing to the nth degree, because they are SO luxurious. Everything is available at www.lush.com!

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Thursday, January 17th, 2008

I have received a few questions lately about what parts of the eye are which, and I thought it would be a good time to re-post this diagram I made last year that I hope is helpful. I always call out where I put each product for every look (because unfortunately, I don’t have time to do a tutorial every time), and when I do, I use the same names for each part of the eye that it is applied to.

Brow Bone/Highlight: Generally, a lighter color will be applied to this area; it may be something that has undertones of bolder colors used on the lid, or it may simply be similar to your skintone. For example, say I do a predominantly green look, I might turn to MAC’s Gorgeous Gold eyeshadow as a highlight color because it will bring out the greens and still allow the color to taper off. Some of my favorite highlight colors are Ricepaper and Shroom.

Above Crease: This is my “blend out” area. There is strong color on the lid and the crease many times, and that strong color needs to be diffused as it moves it way upwards towards the brow. The best way to think about it is as a gradient, going from dark to light, starting on the lid moving towards the brow. Sometimes I use a lighter color than the one I used on my lid to help fade the color upwards, other times I may use the same color I chose for a highlight.

Outer Crease: Luckily my eye was lookin’ a bit tired, because you can really make out the “crease,” which is that fold of skin/wrinkle-like detail you can see. It extends from the beginning of your eye (inside) to the end of your eye (the outside). Most often I deposit color in the outer crease, but sometimes I do bring it inward a touch, more to the “middle” of the crease. I rarely go for darkening the entire length of my crease. A great universal crease color is Carbon, if used lightly, it can darken any look instantly. Soft Brown is also a nice, subtler shade.

Inner Lid: I mentally slice my eyelid into three parts–basically into thirds. There is the inner, middle, and outer thirds. In many looks you will see, a lighter color is put on the inner lid relative to the rest of the colors found on the lid.

Middle of Lid: This is the middle third of the eyelid, and since I typically do similar styles in my looks, this is where a “medium” color in terms of darkness would go. Light, medium, dark is a good way to think of how I deposit and choose what colors go where on the lid. On occasion, I might go medium, light, dark, but not nearly as frequently as I do the former.

Outer Lid: This is the outer third of the eyelid, and this is usually where I put the darkest lid color. Sometimes I will darken the very outermost portion of it (say you split the outer lid third into half, so then it’d be the outer half or the outer sixth of the entire lid) with the same color I would put in my crease.

Upper Lash Line: It is not explicitly labeled in this diagram, but it is where your upper lashes (generally the longest ones, the ones that come from your eyelid) meet your eyelid. This is the actual upper lash line. When lining the upper lash line, many create thicker lines than the natural upper lash line, but the concept is still there.

Upper Waterline: The upper waterline is also not explicitly labeled, but it can be found directly underneath your upper lashes. If you looked up, you would see a tiny bit of space, much like your lower line, and some people line this as well. It is called tightlining, for your reference.

Lower Waterline: The lower waterline is sometimes called the lower rim, because it is essentially the bottom rim of your eye. There are dozens of people who cannot put product on their waterline due to sensitivity, and many others who struggle to find a product that does not fade or dissolve because of the waterline (and the fact that it is…watery!). For those looking for longer lasting products, I know many use gel liners, fluidliners, and some even use liquidlast liners.

Inner Lower Lash Line: Not everyone likes to put color on the lower lash line, which is space directly below the lower waterline. Some prefer just a thin line of eyeliner that expands across both the inner and outer lower lash lines. I often use the 219 brush to apply pops of color; usually, a lighter color that is similar to the colors used on the lids is applied to the inner lower lash line.

Outer Lower Lash Line: Similarly to the inner lower lash line, I again apply a thin line of color using the 219 to the outer lower lash line. There are times where I might even split the lower lash line into thirds, and it just means that there is a middle part of the lower lash line for application. When it comes to smoky eyes, to “smoke out” the look, one applies a darker color to the outer lower lash line or goes for thicker eyeliner and smudges it out around the outer lower lash line.

Upper Lashes: They are not labeled, but I do hope that the majority know where to find these (though explained earlier!). Most makeup users will apply at least one coat of mascara in either brown or black. Brown mascara is more natural and less dramatic, while black can still be natural, but too many coats or using an amplifing mascara will give you dramatic lashes (but hey, I always want these, so there’s no shame in never going au natural on the lashes!). I look up and bring the wand closest to the roots of the lashes and comb it upwards. Sometimes I wiggle, sometimes I turn the brush as I move upwards – it just depends on the mascara.

Lower Lashes: These are the shorter lashes found beneath your eyeball. I always like to give them a quick coat of mascara after I finish doing my upper lashes, because then they’re blacker and stand out a touch. The best way I’ve found to apply mascara to the lower lashes is to use a mascara wand that is not huge and burly – it is a small space, and why do you want to get mascara all over your face? Since I do not even need a super duper mascara, I may use a lesser, but still black, mascara to coat them. Look up and lightly tap the mascara wand to the lashes. I usually just move the wand from side to side, rather than up and down like my upper lashes because I find it coats them to deepen color, slightly lengthen, and that’s all I need.

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You


What do you think is your best facial feature? What makes you enviable? Full, pouty pink lips? Long lashes? Doe eyes?

And everybody has SOMETHING they have to consider the best, so don’t give me any of that “But I don’t have one!” business! Me? I like my eyes! I like the color of them (hazel and green, looks like leopard print!) and the overall shape, too.