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Monday, January 28th, 2008

She used…

Face:

  • Foundation Primer–Laura Mercier, Oil Free Face Primer
  • Foundation–Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc Free–Mineral Loose Powder Foundation
  • Blush–REVLON Powder Brush in 03-Blushed or 02-Tawny Peach or 05-Berry Rich

Eyes:

  • Concealer–REVLON ColorStay Blemish Concealer in Medium + PALLADIO Eye Cover Stick in Yellow (I have really, REALLY dark eyelids)
  • Eye shadow Base — Clinique Touchbase for Eyes in 17-Nude Rose (For me it is really good, E/S lasts for hours&hours)
  • E/S–MAC Eye shadow in GLEAM+Swimming; REVLON Color Stay 12Hour Eye Shadow in 04-Champagne
  • Eyeliner–Maybelline Define-a-Line in Soft Black (just on the lower waterline)
  • Eyebrow Pencil–Maybelline Expert Eyes in Velvet Black+Dark Brown
  • Mascara–Loreal Panoramic Curl (Waterproof) in Black Noir

Lips:

  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in 080-Cherries on the Glow

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Monday, January 28th, 2008

It’s not Valentine’s Day–it’s PAMPER YOURSELF DAY!

I didn’t get my first boyfriend (who is also my current beau) until I nearly 19 (and this will actually be the first Valentine’s Day we’ll spend together in person!). So trust me when I say I’ve endured many Valentine’s Day as a single gal, who also suffered from incredibly low self-esteem and self-worth. Talk about the trifecta to make you feel your lowest on a day devoted to the lovey-dovey. To be perfectly honest, my misery was slightly offset, because I had the most thoughtful Daddy a girl could ask for; when I lived at home, he always gave me a bouquet of mixed flowers with a card, and even when I moved away to college, he sent me a care package with treats and a card.

Make It More Than Romance

With that sentiment, I have to say that sometimes you can make Valentine’s Day about showing the people you love your appreciation–not just your significant other. I’ve spent several of mine with my best friend, and we would go out to dinner and gorge ourselves on 24oz. steaks and ice cream sundaes (hello, Claimjumper’s for V-Day ’03?). We’d head home completely full and dying from it to watch cheesy movies and laugh together. When you think about it, is it really such a bad way to spend the holiday?

Don’t Commiserate On Your Own

If you have a hunch that you’ll feel like sobbing come the 14th, get some of your single friends together for a nice holiday bash. Indulge yourselves in some manicures/pedicures, or bake cookies and play board games. Even down Screwdrivers, but doing things with others makes you less likely to succumb to your own personal thoughts that you know will only make you feel lonely. Go out with your favorite pals to the club and dance until they shut the place down (exercise produces endorphins, which should keep your mood higher rather than lower).

Give In — Pamper Yourself

I’m a firm believer that every once in awhile, you really do need to treat yourself and appreciate everything you are and may be in the future. This is why I think if you’re single, Valentine’s Day is really Pamper Yourself Day. It is a reminder that you are an amazing person, which means it is time to pat yourself on the back and do things that make you smile. Watch your favorite movies, go to your favorite restaurant or get some ultra yummy takeout and cozy up on the couch.

If you’re staying home…Mix up your own do-it-yourself face mask or buy a pre-made one (Prescriptives’ Instant Gratification, anyone?). If you live near a LUSH store, they have some fantastic tubs of masks that will feel like a dream. Take a hot shower before you settle in for the night, because this way you can apply a deliciously scented body butter from head to toe, really taking your time to massage the lotion into your skin to make it look amazing. Give yourself an at-home manicure/pedicure while watching your favorite movie. Light a few candles to help turn the night into one of relaxation. (By the way, one thing I often did while single was create to-do lists and really get things done; being productive was a great way to spend the night, plus I was too busy to concentrate on being alone.)

If you’re going out… have fun, but don’t forget that it’s only one day out of the year, so don’t do anything you’ll regret! (Wink!) Go to the bar, club, or just a fancy schmancy restaurant where you can feel more like a queen than you normally do. You can even go to the gym to work out your frustration and aggression (punching bags are a good target!), and you never know who you might meet that’s single and totally available at the gym that night! Head to the mall for some retail therapy if that’s your bag, and don’t forget to stop off at the MAC store for a pick-me-up lipstick (I had to work beauty into it, right?). Oh, while we’re on that topic, go ahead and spend an hour primping before going out. You deserve to look your absolute best tonight!

Some things I’ve done to get me through Valentine’s Day…

  • Hang out with my best friend watching movies and snacking, plus an expensive dinner out
  • Do my makeup in experimental ways–I’m not going anywhere, why not have fun? I always found it quite amusing!
  • Organize your beauty stash; lay it all out on the floor/table and admire all the goodies you have and figure out how to manage it all
  • Went out for a manicure/pedicure, then got some Italian take out (and Starbucks!)
  • Watch Disney movies and pretend that I’m five years old without any cares in the world
  • Long, drawn out bubble baths with a good book
  • Bought myself flowers (you read right, I don’t need nobody to buy me something pretty, I can do it all on my own!)

Remember: You’re FABULOUS, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!

If you have advice for surviving Valentine’s Day, please share your thoughts in the comments!

Monday, January 28th, 2008

Remember rumors about MAC coming out with a loose mineral foundation? True rumors indeed!

Loose Mineralize Powder | February 14, 2008

  • Light Neutral pale ivory
  • Light Medium Light neutral beige
  • Medium Beige
  • Medium Plus Tan beige
  • Medium Dark Rich tan
  • Medium Deep Deep golden tan
  • Dark Caramel
  • Deep Dark Deep caramel
  • Deeper Dark Milk chocolate

Strobe | March 6, 2008

  • Strobe Cream
  • Strobe Liquid

Tinted Lip Conditioners with SPF15

  • Strobe Kiss Sheer coral with golden strobe pearlized pigments
  • Strobe Rays Light caramel with golden red strobe pearlized pigments
  • Strobe Blossom Light blue/pink with red strobe pearlized pigments
  • Strobe Current Sheer plum with golden red strobe pearlized pigments
  • Strobe Beam Clear with strobe pearlized pigments.

Beauty Powder Blush | March 13, 2008

  • Eversun Neutral peach bronze with gold pearlized pigments
  • Feeling Plum with silver pearlized pigments
  • Joyous Peach with gold pearlized pigments
  • Secret Blush Neutral plum with gold pearlized pigments
  • Serenely Deep brownish red with gold pearlized pigments
  • Shy Beauty Pastel apricot with gold pearlized pigments
  • Sweetness Intense blue pink with pealized pigments
  • True Romantic Midtone pink with silver pearlized pigments

Source for Strobe & Beauty Powder Blush

Monday, January 28th, 2008

If you were using MAC’s Russian Red, 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 Russian Red! Feel free to share links to photos of your look(s) using it in the comments.

Monday, January 28th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You

Do you consider yourself a makeup collector? Sure you use some of what you buy, but do you often buy just to have it in your “collection”? Do you consider what you have going an actual collection, similar to someone’s stamp collection?

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

So I finally decided to do a look using Dior’s Pink May Quint from their Spring 2008 collection, which is awfully pretty look at. It really does work well with the spring palette, but considering how rainy it has been, I felt like I needed to darken it somehow. I decided on darker lips, which was a mistake, as they were just too dark and too reddish/burgundy for this look. Next time, I’d opt for pairing it with a medium-dark pink instead. The lip color was cool, just not with this look. I even tried to fix it, but no luck – only way to do it was to take it all off (which I hate to do!).

I used Soft Ochre paint pot all over lid, Dior Pink May Quint light peach on inner lid, Dior Pink May Quint light warm pink-purple on middle of lid, Dior Pink May Quint dark purple on outer lid and crease, Clue eyeshadow on outer crease, Dior Pink May Quint light white-gold above crease and on brow, Feline kohl power on lower lash line, and Dior Pink May Quint light white-gold on lower lash line. I wore Petalpoint blush with Micro Pink beauty powder to highlight and Sculpt sculpting powder to contour. I had Wild ‘Bout You lipstick with Crystal Rose lipglass on my lips in the first set. In the second set, I added Negligee lipglass and Backlit 3D glass.

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