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Thursday, February 14th, 2008

There are few days out of the year where I really go all out to look my very best in every single way; this Valentine’s Day was one of those such occasions. As the first Valentine’s Day I get to actually spend with my boyfriend [in person], I wanted to pamper and primp myself to the nines. Even though we didn’t (and didn’t intend to) go out, I still wanted to work hard to be at my prettiest! (But those are my flowers pictured above!)

Temptalia’s Pampering & Primping Routine

  • Cleansed, exfoliated, and soft from head to toe. My usual shower is ten to fifteen minutes, but today I was in there for at least a half hour. I shampooed and conditioned my hair (with Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship), exfoliated my body (with cake’s sweet cheeks scrub), and shaved (with Every Man Jack Shave Gel). Oh, plus took a loofah to every inch (with philosophy’s raspberry sorbet shower gel).
  • Moisturized from head to toe. Pretty standard, but I chose a scent I knew my boy would really enjoy, which meant I pulled out bliss’ vanilla+bergamot body butter. I hate feeling cold lotion on warm skin, so I always make sure to whip the body butter between my palms to help warm it up before I apply it to my skin.
  • Thoroughly prepped the face ’til it was baby soft. Although I’d like to think I pay a lot of attention to my face on a day to day basis, I made sure not to miss a pore. I exfoliated (with Prescriptives’ Instant Gratification, my love) first, and then I followed with a healthy layer of moisturizer (Estee Lauder’s Re-Nutriv Ultimate Youth Creme).
  • Blow dried my hair for five minutes at a time inbetween steps. I don’t particularly like standing around blow drying my hair, so I tend to do it in shorter intervals while I’m getting ready, but I definitely did this!
  • Highlighted my decolletage. Really! I dusted MAC’s Daisylight beauty powder on my shoulders and cleavage for subtle highlighting and some shimmer.
  • Get polished with makeup (everyone’s favorite part). I already posted the look I wore for Valentine’s Day earlier this afternoon, but I want to tell you why I chose to do that look. My boyfriend doesn’t hate on bright looks, but he does prefer more natural ones, so that was a definite factor that weighed into my decision. Secondly, I think it’s important to enhance natural beauty on an occasion like Valentine’s Day, which is about loving and appreciating each other. I wanted to go for a look that was subtle, but eye-catching, and something that would suit my skintone and incorporate a touch of color. I opted for darker pink-red lips rather than a brighter pink or a deep red, because my boyfriend loves me in pink lips (and hates me in red lips!). I also made sure to properly contour and highlight my cheeks so they would be more prominent.
  • Total Pampering & Primping Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

What’s your ultimate pampering and primping routine? What do you do when you want to look your very, very best?

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

Cold cream
This type of cream was designed to help remove makeup and its buildup while giving skin a smooth appearance.  Typical ingredients found in cold creams include mineral oil, borax, emulsion of water, etc.  Many cold creams are known to be incredibly rich, thick, and ultra-hydrating.  Despite their richness, cold creams that are hypoallergenic and do not clog pores are available.  This kind of cream is often recommended for those who are prone to drier skin, because it is such a heavy and moisturizing cream.

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

Editor’s Note: This is a look done for Carnival, which is why it is so fun and out there!

Eyes | I used cream concealer (NW40) with a dusting of Medium dark powder as the base.  I applied Parrot over it (using 239 brush) and blended it up into the crease ( with 217 brush). I used LA Splash pigment in french vanilla mixed with a light gold eyeshadow to highlight the brow.  I used a matte brown shadow to fill in her brows.  Red Cherry brand lashes in #28.  Clinique creamliner in True Black to finish.

Face | I mixed together chanel and MAC to create a custom foundation color and applied it sparingly with the 187 brush.  Then lightly dusted on MAC medium dark loose powder. I’m a real fan of ‘skin’ showing through makeup if possible.  I used chanel bronzer in sahara to contour and Elizabeth Arden Topaz blush on the apples of her cheeks.

Lips | A lightly pigmented nude gloss (sacha cosmetics gloss in Skin) completed the look.

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Thursday, February 14th, 2008

Happy Valentine’s Day all! Very subtle eye for me :)

I used Rose Blanc eyeshadow on inner lid, Up-do eyeshadow on middle of lid, Soft Brown eyeshadow on outer lid, Bronze eyeshadow in outer crease, Gleam eyeshadow above crease and on brow, and Blacktrack fluidline on lower lash line. I had Don’t Be Shy and Margin blushes on apples of cheeks with Daisylight beauty powder to highlight and Sculpt sculpting powder to contour. I wore Sweetie lipstick with Squeeze It lipglass on my lips.

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Thursday, February 14th, 2008

The Makeup Show Miami is an event that brings industry exhibotrs, brands, and artists together in a single forum. It is a two-day event that includes educational opportunities in the makeup industry on Sunday, February 24th, and Monday, February 25th. It is presented by The Powder Group and Metropolitan Pavilion. You can see a list of exhibitors that will be presenting at the show (including many brands talked about here, e.g. FACE Atelier, Kryolan, MAC, MUFE, Stila, and Three Custom Color). There is a host of seminars available on both days, and you can check out the ones here you may want to attend–seminars on high-def to special effects! It’s pretty chalked full of beauty fun, and a two-day ticket is only $45 (one-day ticket is $30). Get more details about purchasing tickets at The Makeup Show Miami!

I’m unable to attend, but I hope some of you will consider going!  And if you do, I insist you share all the juicy details with us!

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship Shampoo & Conditioner (each $2.99 for 12 oz.) is part of Herbal Essences line of new products devoted to protecting and caring for long hair. Me? Yes, totally long hair, and I have always been a fan of the Herbal Essences line (really, I think from the beginning nearly!). I switch shampoo/conditioner often, but it was good to try their newest release.

I love the scent, which is red raspberries, because I am a raspberry addict. You know what’s great? I use these products, and I find myself compelled to match with philosophy’s raspberry sorbet shower gel! I digress… the scent is subtle, not overwhelming, and I found my hair was soft smelling throughout the day. It isn’t an overly sweet or cloying scent, so I think most people will enjoy it.

While my hair is far from fussy, I did notice that I could go longer between washes before my hair would seem oily (3 days versus usual 2). And these products do not do anything for drying time, I swear my hair dried faster since starting to use these (10 minutes versus 15, with a regular, aging blow dryer). I even asked the PR rep about the drying time, and she said it doesn’t–but it did for me!