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Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

Despite spending most of my day with my head in the beauty realm, I honestly don’t find I wear full makeup as often as I used to. Maybe it’s because I’m busier, or maybe it’s because I’m lazier (I’m going with the latter), but nonetheless, I tend to go for a minimal face. There are even a few days (when my skin is being nice) where I will even go sans makeup altogether!

What exactly does the “I’m Not Really Wearing Makeup” look entail? I have discovered that with the right mix of products you can get that totally natural look and look good in it.

I used Studio Fix Fluid in NC30 applied in dabs using the 194 brush, then buffed in with the 182 brush. Sculpt sculpting powder to contour cheeks using the 168 brush. Select Sheer Loose Powder in NC25 applied using the 187 brush (stippling brush). Dior Skin Shimmer in Amber Diamond with the 150 brush on apples and high planes of cheeks. Espresso and Carbon eyeshadows to fill in brows with a 266 brush. I finished by wearing 3N lipstick with 2N lipglass on lips.

What do you need? Since we are not all the same shade of skintone, nor do we all own the same products, let me give you some more generic ideas as to what you need for that super natural look.

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Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

She used…

Face
Studio Fix fluid, MSF Natural in M. Dark, Sculpt & Shape Powder, Fafi blush (hot pink), Fafi Irridescent PP, Medium Blot Powder Loose to finish

Eyes
Soft Ochre paint pot (godsend, I hated painterly!), Modest tone to highlight, Rich Flesh in crease, Nanogold & Violet Pigment on lid, Parrot on bottom liner, Pointblack LLL (say bye bye to screwed up bootblack liner from my watering eyes!), Feline Power Kohl, PP Lash, Plushlash

Lips
Rosebound Lipglass pencil (I REALLY need to invest in some lip pencils lol), Twig Twig l/s (looooove), Fashion Pack Lipglass

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Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

LUSH Happy Pill ($5.70) and LUSH Think Pink ($5.55)
There is few things more relaxing and satisfying as a hot bath (add music and/or a book for a complete mini-vacation). I love LUSH products for giving the ultimate bath experience. They’re cute, fun products, and they all smell wonderful.

Happy Pill: “Take one and don’t worry about calling us in the morning. The citrus notes of grapefruit and bergamot uplift, and frankincense eases anxiety. You’ll feel so much better after a bath with the Happy Pill, it’s the only medicine you’ll need.”

Think Pink: “If you make a funny face at the very thought of pink, think again. One bath with this candy-topped vanilla and tonka bean number leaves you feeling so wonderful and marvelous, you’ll think you’ve just been dancing with Fred Astaire.”

LUSH Creamy Candy Bath Melt ($5.95) and LUSH Sunny Side Bubble Bar ($5.85)
Make your bath even dreamier by adding Creamy Candy Bath Melt, which is totally optimal for dry skin and it being winter, a fabulous idea. Leave your bath with super smooth skin that smells and feels fabulous. Want some fun in the tub? Try Sunny Side Bubble Bar, which you simply crumble into the tub and watch it foam and bubble up.

Creamy Candy: “This sweet treat doesn’t melt in your mouth or your hand. It melts in the bath. At first it fizzles, then this sweet vanilla concoction with cocoa butter and almond oil melts into the warm water and nourishes your skin, leaving it supple and lovely.”

Sunny Side: “Soak in the sunshine, float in the rays and get your daily dose of Vitamin D. As the days get darker and shorter, it seems harder to find light in the dreary. If you can’t escape to Mexico, let the happy citrus of Sunny Side take you to sun-drenched shores of your own.”

bliss hot salt scrub ($36.00)
This is a sea salt body scrub that contains eucalyptus and rosemary oils to give you amazingly soft skin when it is all said and done. It is a great way to give yourself an at-home spa treatment with less fuss and a much nicer pricetag. Exfoliating the body is incredibly luxurious feeling, because the skin just ends up feeling like silk.

Aromatherapy Foot Soak Stress Relief – Tranquil Mint ($15.00)
Pamper those tired feet (who has feet that aren’t tired?) with this foot soak that helps to soothe and soften those tired puppies with moisturizing sunflower oil and refreshing lemon balm. “Peppermint essential oil refreshes and combats mental fatigue while Rosemary essential oil improves thinking to foster creativity.”

Organic Bath Company Bubble Bath Leaves, Lavender Vanilla
($7.99)
Add some feminine details to your fabulous bath by tossing in a few of these bubble bath leaves (petals?). They’re cute, girly, and perfect for pampering.

Have any recommendations on how to Pamper Yourself to the max? Share them in the comments!

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

SCENARIO: I am about to graduate with a B.A. in Fashion Merchandising this March.  Unfortunately, I have been unable to utilize my school’s career center, because they do not have any jobs related to my field (or even art!).  The fashion department at my school is incredibly small, and there are less than four teachers available.  Do you have any tips on how to break into the fashion business?  I live and reside in Los Angeles, and I know it’s hard to land a good job in fashion, but I would appreciate any advice!

Situation courtesy of Barbie!

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

Lancôme has been kind enough to invite Temptalia and its readers to their Boutique in Short Hills Mall in New Jersey on Friday, February 1st.  You will be able to snag much the anticipated Christopher Kane Juicy Tubes that will not launch officially until mid-March.  This is your chance to feel like a Fashion Week model as you can get catwalk ready with Daniel Martin, Fashion Week and Celebrity Makeup Artist extraordinaire.  Get ready to meet Melissa Walker, author of “Violet on the Runway” as well as the Lancome Backstage Makeup Team and spokesmodel Selena Breed.

WHEN: Friday, February 1, 2008, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
WHERE: Lancôme | The Boutique | 1200 Morris Turnpike Short Hills, NJ 07078

Gift Bags, Mocktails and Cupcakes! Enter to win a luxurious prize!

RSVP: [email protected] (Please include full name, phone number and that you are RSVPing for the New Jersey event, and make sure you tell her you’re a Temptalia reader!)

Be the first to: Get your hands on limited edition Juicy Tubes created by hot London Fashion Designer Christopher Kane. Read Melissa Walker’s newest book “Violet by Design.”  Get the hottest beauty looks for spring, straight from the artists who worked backstage. Receive a complimentary copy of “Violet by Design” and an official Lancôme Backstage t-shirt with any purchase of a limited edition Christopher Kane Juicy Tubes and a Lancôme Mascara.

I really wish I could make it, but unfortunately I will not be able to as I will be flying into NYC that day.  I know we have some New Jersey readers, so I hope a few of you can attend (and of course, tell us all the details!). Have fun dolls!

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

HUGE thank you to MAC Artist Jessica T. for giving us the heads up!  Sounds like a fun, Hollywood-esque collection! Heatherette is a collaboration between the gurus behind Heatherette and MAC Cosmetics, and it is expected to launch March 27th, 2008.  Get the details…

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