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Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

Temptalia wishes to extend condolences to Shu Uemura’s family, friends, and fans.  We are sorry to hear this sad news about such a fantastic person who created an amazing cosmetic line and had such an impact on the industry itself.

TOKYO – Shu Uemura, the Japanese makeup artist who won acclaim in Hollywood and built an international cosmetics brand under his name, has died. He was 79.  Uemura, who gained acclaim working with actress Shirley MacLaine on the 1962 Hollywood film “My Geisha,” died of pneumonia in Tokyo on Dec. 29, according to a statement released Tuesday by his company, also called Shu Uemura. Its products were mentioned in the more recent film “The Devil Wears Prada.”

He is survived by his wife and a son.  Uemura’s family and friends attended a funeral Friday, according to company spokeswoman Ami Nakano.  Uemura was working as a beautician in Hollywood when he was called to work on MacLaine’s makeup for “My Geisha” after the staff makeup artist fell ill.

His transformation of MacLaine into a Japanese beauty catapulted the young Uemura to renown within the U.S. show business community. He soon became a favorite among top actresses as well as the likes of singer Frank Sinatra and actor Edward G. Robinson, according to his company’s Web site.

In 1960, Uemura developed his first cosmetics product, a cleansing oil that remains popular today. He later opened a school to train makeup artists in Tokyo.  In 1983, amid Japan’s economic boom and just as Tokyo was establishing itself as a fashion trendsetter, Uemura launched a cosmetics boutique in the capital. It drew crowds for its gallery-like interior.  Uemura gradually expanded his brand to include handmade makeup brushes, perfumes, and voluptuous fake eyelashes. The company’s eyelash curlers were mentioned in the 2006 movie “The Devil Wears Prada” starring Meryl Streep. The company, which has stores in New York, Paris, London and Hong Kong, was acquired by French cosmetics maker L’Oreal SA in 2004.  Source

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

If you were using MAC Northern Lights mineralize skinfinish, 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 Northern Lights! Feel free to share links to photos of your look(s) using it in the comments.

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You

What are you most excited about for the N collection? What has you chomping at the bit to get this Thursday?  What are you planning in your haul?  Or if you aren’t planning a haul, why aren’t you excited over N?

I can’t wait to see the lipsticks and lipglasses, because that’s my thing.  It’ll be fun to see what the mineralize skinfinishes are like, too.

Monday, January 7th, 2008

Dorcie shares what she calls her “Angel” look that’s easy to do with us.

She tells us how she accomplished this look…

I want to share you a cute look, that isn’t so hard to do. It’s easy and you’ll be the queen of heaven!  I applied a foundation and powder all over the lid and also under the brows. (Vichy – Normateint foundation and Max Factor – Creme Puff).  I put silvery-turquoise eyeshadow all over the lid and under the inner brow. (no-name eyeshadow)  Next step, I applied a silver eyeliner on the lower lash line. (no-name eyeliner).  I put a mascara only on the middle of the upper lashes. (Max Factor – Masterpiece) I used a shimmery, light rose blush (Bourjois Blush – Lune d’Or) on the cheeks.  I applied a very light lipstick on the middle of the lips. Then, I put some natural beige lipgloss on it. (Maybelline – Watershine lipgloss, and a Maybelline lipstick)

Check out one more photo… Continue reading →

Monday, January 7th, 2008

Temptalia asked you only a week or so ago what beauty products did you not understand, and what better inspiration for this post than that?  I’m happy to introduce Beauty Discovered, where I will help you understand some of those confusing products.  If you are totally at a loss about a product, feel free to submit it as a suggestion to me.

Anti-aging cream

Anything that reverses the aging process or prevents has become the must-have beauty product in the past few years.  There are products that claim they are miracles in a jar (and it’ll take a miracle to afford most of them), like La Prairie or La Mer (which is slightly more attainable for the working woman aged 30 and over).  There are a variety of products, some targeted for the entire face, others for eyes, lips, or even the neck; companies covet certain ingredients, even though they often come down to the same basics.

Many anti-aging creams are essentially replacements for your regular, old, non-fountain-of-youth moisturizer.  Instead, picking up a moisturizer with ingredients such as retinol may help stimulate skin cell renewal and dark spot reduction.  Anti-aging creams come in a range of types that you are sure to find one appropriate for your skin type or for a specific area on the face (e.g., eyes) that you want to target when turning back the clock.  Those with sensitive skin will always want to be on the look out for creams specifically made and tested for sensitive skin.

It is imperative that with any higher grade anti-aging product that the user spot-test to ensure that they will not have an adverse reaction, preferrably on their inner forearm (we don’t want to see you ruin your face in the name of beauty!).  Higher grade anti-aging products are those such as Prevage and N.V. Perricone products; this family of products have higher concentrations of the essential ingredients that are said to prevent or reduce the signs of aging.  Cost is generally higher with these products.  Lower-grade products have smaller concentrations, and many of the anti-aging regimens found in drugstores will be in this category.  This is not to say that paying $500 for a jar of anti-aging face cream means it will have $500 worth of ingredients–it is best to look out for reviews, ask for samples, and buy within your budget.

Many anti-aging creams work using antioxidants, collagen stimulants, sunscreen, and assortments of vitamin C or E. Retinoids (Vitamin A) help rejuvenate the skin, giving it a renewed appearance, and it is often considered a wrinkle-reducing ingredient.  Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) help with the removal of dead skin cells for a fresher appearance.

Monday, January 7th, 2008

Hey ladies & gents! I’m very excited because my entry was finally approved, and now I’m on on the site! (yay!) I would reallyyy like to see yours, so please leave a link to your look!  If any of you entered the regional contest, I’d love to see some photos.  There’s nothing to lose, so enter :)

National Contest — How to Enter?
To enter the “Are You A MA”C Original?” contest on a national level, consumers can visit http://www.maccosmetics.com/originals/ beginning December 26th to submit a picture of themselves wearing their favorite MAC products, along with 50 words on what makes them a MAC Original. The winner will be determined by votes online. The winner will receive a $1,000 MAC gift card and the complete Originals collection.

Regional Contest — How to Enter?
On a regional level, MAC will hold the “Are You A MAC Original” Contest in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Las Vegas, San Francisco and Houston on the weekend of January 4th-6th. MAC customers can visit designated MAC locations for a complimentary makeup application and get a professional photograph taken. Customers can then enter to be the MAC Original winner of the city and will also be automatically entered into the national contest. The regional winner will receive a $250 MAC gift card, the complete Originals collection and a story in a local publication.

For contest rules and regulations, please visit http://www.maccosmetics.com/originals/.