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Friday, August 1st, 2008

Temptalia Asks You


What kind of scents are you drawn to in beauty products/perfumes? Are you into florals? Go more for fruit-based scents?

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

You know how people always recommend that you get a professional bikini wax done before attempting it yourself at-home? Well, LISTEN TO THEM! I am telling you from experience that this is probably the best way to go about it. You will see how it should be done; you get a real, live visual experience and can file it away for future use. It is not to say that my at-home bikini waxing experience was regrettable, but it did not go as smoothly as it could have gone.

I recently received Parissa’s Quick & Easy 2-in1 Roll-On Body Sugar ($19.99) waxing kit that’s good for legs, body, eyebrows, face, and bikini. So it’s pretty much the mega-kit of waxing kits because it’s ready to take on any unwanted hair wherever it may grow! You also get 20 large, reusable (!!) wax strips. Yes, I said reusable, and yes, they really are reusable!

The best part about the wax kit is the wax itself. It is a sugar-based wax that you heat up quickly in the microwave, then roll onto the hairy bit. Apply the wax strip, then remove lightning-fast in the opposite direction as the hair growth. It isn’t painless, don’t let someone fool you that it’s painless! There may be some lucky ladies who don’t experience much pain, but for the rest of us? Probably some involved. The faster you do it, the less painful it is–much like pulling a bandaid off. Back to why the wax itself is awesome: it washes off with complete ease. No matter if you’re a pro and get the job done or if you can’t get it and want to give up, you can wash off any excess or residual wax easily with lukewarm water. What I like about it is this means you don’t have to worry about sticky wax clinging around, but also if you can’t handle it or it’s not working out–you can pack up the kit and not have to keep truckin’.

The second best part is the reusable strips. The strips are large, which is great for larger parts of your body (I imagine you might be able to cut and trim if you wanted to be all DIY with it), and since the wax dissolves so easily, the strips rinse right now. I set them out on a towel to dry, and then back in the box they go.

I give this kit a big thumbs up! It’s budget-friendly, will last you awhile (with the reusable strips–also eco-friendly), and it’s pretty easy to use. The only exception is I advise anyone wanting to use it for the bikini area to make sure they have a good grasp on how to do it and not just go gung-ho into it (like I did, stupidly!).

Get Parissa at Ulta, Whole Foods, and www.parissa.com.

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

Choose or Lose


How do you manage your brows?

  • I tweeze! (67%, 460 Votes)
  • I wax! (17%, 115 Votes)
  • I thread! (11%, 74 Votes)
  • I go au natural! (4%, 29 Votes)
  • Other (Share your answer in the comments!) (1%, 11 Votes)

Total Voters: 689

Feel free to elaborate on your answer in the comment section!

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

Daisy used…

Eyes: Urban decay Primer potion all over lid, MAC Pigment Tan, MAC eyeshadow Nocturnelle, MAC eyeshadow Sketch,MAC eyeshadow Smut, MAC eyeshadow Beauty Marked, Nars eyeshadow Mediteranee (the gold shade), MAC pigment Rose gold (on lower lashline), MAC liner Raven (lower lashline), MAC liner Feline and Smolder, Lancome Hypnose

Face: Smashbox soft lights in tint on cheeks and nose (for a rosy yet tan look)

Lips: MAC Lollipop Lovin’ LE on lips , Crazy Mother Pucker (lol) clear gloss on top

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Thursday, July 31st, 2008

Cult of Cherry

Cherry on top. Pity poor Eve, there’s a new forbidden fruit. With a smouldering eye and a plush, purple-red mouth, she’s a living, sensual pleasure. The Cult of Cherry is luscious, dramatic, undeniably eroticized. Ripened lips, Spiced Hot Chocolate eyes or Illegal Purple nails, combine to seduce with a sweet-and-shock,
way-to-go dark. Separates the bitter from the sweet. This drama just gets more delicious.

Lipstick ($14.00)

  • Creme Cerise Sheer yellow taupe (lustre)
  • Lightly Ripe Sheer mid-tone pink (lustre)
  • Russian Red Intense bluish red (matte)
  • “O” Intense purplish red with metallic gold (frost)
  • So Scarlet Clean grape burgundy (amplified)

Lipglass ($14.00)

  • Cherry Blossom Sheer light pink with multi-dimensional pearl (frost)
  • Rich & Ripe Mid-tone pinkish red with multi-dimensional pearl (frost)
  • Cult of Cherry Clean red with red pearl (frost)
  • Liqueur Neutral brownish mauve with multi-dimensional pearl (frost)
  • Jampacked Sheer grape with multi-dimensional pearl (frost)

Mattene ($14.50)

  • Rapturous Deep berry red (matte)
  • Kirsch Blackened cranberry (matte)
  • Chock-ful Blackened brown (matte)
  • Bing Blackened eggplant (matte)

Powder Blush ($17.50)

  • Blooming Frosted deep dirty peach (frost)
  • Plum de Bois Frosted deep pink bronze with gold pearl (frost)

Nail Lacquer ($10.00)

  • Silverstruck Frosty greyed taupe with multi-dimensional pearl (frost)
  • Illegal Purple Creamy blackened eggplant (cream)

Zoom Lash ($11.00)

  • Zoom Black Rich black

Eye shadow X4 – Spiced Chocolate Quad ($36.00)

  • Nanogold Sheer yellow pink with pink pearl (frost)
  • Brash Frosty reddish copper (vxp)
  • Spiced Dirty deep reddish brown (matte)
  • Sweet Chestnut Frosted cranberry (frost)

Eye shadow X4 – Tempting Quad ($36.00)

  • Next to Nothing Sheer yellow beige with pink pearl (frost)
  • Sharp Frosty bright yellow gold (satin)
  • Dark Edge Dirty chocolate brown (satin)
  • Tempting Rich coco (lustre)

Eye shadow X4 – Shadowy Lady Quad ($36.00)

  • Light Fall Dirty light pink (satin)
  • Smudge Violet Frosty blackened lavender with multi-dimensional pearl (frost)
  • Deep Truth Very dark blue (frost)
  • Shadowy Lady Darkly veiled plum (matte)

Available September 2008 at all MAC locations, 1.800.387.6707, www.maccosmetics.com.

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Thursday, July 31st, 2008

Starflash

The New Hollywood Power Couple is a duo that does the unexpected. All eyes on 12 new limited-edition shadows. Shades for a smooth, creamy, cushiony life, jet-milled with an eye for ultimate luxury, beyond-Tinseltown-chic. But it takes two: Combine with Raven, Feline, Orpheus, or Mystery Kohl Power Eye Pencil for the double-wattage impact that will take you to the new stylesphere!

Starflash Eye Shadow ($14.00)

  • Dreammaker Frosty yellow gold (frost)
  • Grand Entrance Frosty neutral peach beige
  • Bold & Brazen Frosty light copper (frost)
  • Sunset B. Frosty clean mid-tone pink (frost)
  • Lotusland Frosted pinky lavender with gold pearl (frost)
  • Talent Pool Frosty blue green with gold pearl (frost)
  • Mink & Sable Frosty olive green (frost)
  • Smoke & Diamonds Frosty dirty taupe (frost)
  • Go Frosted bronze (frost)
  • Glamour Check! Frosty reddish brown
  • Top Hat Frosty dirty indigo (frost)
  • Star By Night Frosty mid-tone blue (frost)

Kohl Power ($13.50)

  • Raven Intense black with red pearl
  • Orpheus Intense black with gold pearl
  • Mystery Rich black with green and teal pearl
  • Feline Rich black

Plush Lash ($11.00)

  • Plushblack Deep black

Available July 31st at all MAC locations, 1.800.387.6707 and www.maccosmetics.com.

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