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Saturday, January 19th, 2008

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

Saturday, January 19th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You

What are you doing this weekend? Fun night out?  Spending the day curled up with a good book?  Taking the kids to the park?  Share!

My boyfriend and I are going to his mom’s house to watch the UFC fight on Saturday, and we’ll stay through Sunday.  I’ll be busy reading up for next week’s classes, but at least he’ll have fun!  I’m supposed to teach his brother how to play piano while I’m there, too.  Busy busy!

Friday, January 18th, 2008

Get It While It’s Hot had a blurb about the dolls coming out for Fafi For MAC, debuting February 13th, 2007.  Make sure to check your stores for event dates (some stores are having preview nights!).

Friday, January 18th, 2008

Products: Corn shadestick, Bitter eyeshadow, Electric EEL eyeshadow, Chrome Yellow eyeshadow, crystal avalanche eyeshadow, samoas silk eyeshadow, engraved eye-liner, # 36 Lashes and duo glue, ZoomBlack mascara, and auto-de-blu technakohl liner.

Brushes: 242 brush, 217 brush, 224 brush, and 231 brush.

Sarah walks us through the steps she used on her model…

Step 1: taking Corn shadestick apply all over eyelid and a little above eyelid by using a windshield wiping motion with your hand.

Step 2: taking your 242 brush, pick up Bitter eyeshadow and apply to inner corners of eyelids stroking outward towards the middle of the eyelid.

Step 3: taking a clean 242 brush (or use other side of brush) pick up Chrome Yellow eyeshadow and apply to middle of the eyelids. Note: pack on the shadow until desired color is achieved.

Step 4: taking your 224 brush, gently blend the yellow and green slightly together so it doesn’t look like the colors have a line between them.

Step 5: taking your clean 242 brush, pick up Electric Eel eyeshadow and pat onto the outer corners of the eyelids. Again colors may need to be retouched for desired brightness.

Step 6: taking your 231 brush, dust Crystal Avalanche under your eyebrow for a brow highlight.

Step 7: taking your 217 brush, gently blend Samoas Silk into the crease, blending the 2 colors into the middle of the crease.

Step 8: mascara your lashes really good. apply duo glue to the # 36 lashes and apply them.

Step 9: apply Graphblack liner to the bottom waterline (inner membrane) of the eyelids.

Step 10: apply Auto-de-blu liner underneath bottom lash line and blend out with fingers.

See two more photos… Continue reading →

Friday, January 18th, 2008

NEW COLUMN ALERT! Step Into My Shoes is a new column that I am testing out that will revolve around “what if” scenarios. The point is for you to put yourself into the person’s shoes and come up with remedies for them, and offer any advice you can for them. Sometimes the scenarios might be outlandish, ridiculous, hilarious, or totally and utterly applicable and serious. You are welcome to submit your own scenarios, too! Just e-mail them to [email protected].

SCENARIO: I have incredibly oily skin. It’s like I’m my own grease pit! All I want to do is find a way to reduce the excess oil–permanently? Is it possible? I look like it’s 100 degrees outside, I’ve run ten miles, and it’s humid. What do I do? Are there any products that will tame my super slick skin? Save me!

Friday, January 18th, 2008

Don’t forget the hands! Because we are always using our hands for something, they tend to be exposed and never kept away from the harsh elements of the day, including the weather and dry air.  Some of us (cough, me) are compulsive hand-washers, which can lead to overwrought skin.  This is a guide to several different remedies for dry, cracked hands (but some of the products can be used on other body parts like elbows, knees, and heels).  So fear no more, your bear paws will be turned into silky soft baby hands with these quick fixes!

Elizabeth Arden 8-Hour Cream for Hands ($17.00) is an amazing hand cream that is beyond perfect to toss in your purse throughout the winter season.  You need to apply only a sparing amount to soften hands instantly, because this product not only stretches out, but it sinks into the skin quickly, within minutes.  No sticky or greasy residue is left behind once it dries, either!  You’ll wonder how your hands survived before this!

LUSH Lemony Flutter ($12.50) has a longer absorption rate than Lush’s Helping Hands (see below), but it is also much richer and thicker in the texture and feel of the cream.  It’s almost a semi-solid in the tub, rather than the viscosity of a cream.  It has a delightful lemony citrus scent, which might be a tad overpowering, but overall, I liked the scent, especially when applied to the skin.  If you take a whiff from the tub directly, the lemon might read too synthetic, but on the skin, very subtle and light.  I love this as a cuticle treatment, too, because it’s quite a heavy “cream” that just gets into those dry spots.  Anyone with crackled elbows or knees would love this, too!

Sweet Grass Farms Super Duty Hand Care ($6.95) is a salve, meaning it comes in a solid-form.  It comes in a handy tin with a layer of paper surrounding it; you’ll want to make sure you keep the paper, so you can easily lift out the salve out.  I found I had better applying results when running both my hands around the salve than trying to use my fingertips to get some and then applying it.  To me, the drying time on this is just too long for everyday for day time usage.  It is incredibly moisturizing, so the results could be justified, but this is more of a moisture-and-glove treatment.  There are plenty of people who do this any way, and I think this is a great product to use with gloves.  This is also really good for those who have incredibly cracked and dried out hands–think those who work with their hands; mechanics, painters, etc.

LUSH Helping Hands ($15.95) sinks into skin within 5-10 minutes of applying a liberal amount.  Apply more sparingly for even faster drying time.  It left my skin moisturized and super soft to the touch.  The scent is quite organic/natural, nothing really off-putting, but it’s not something I’d put my nose to and take big whiffs of for fun.  I find the tub is a bit too big to carry around everyday, but it’s great to keep by the sofa or on your night stand for quick moisturizing.