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Monday, February 25th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You

Do you pay attention to ingredient lists? Are you meticulous and only use products that contain (or don’t!) certain ingredients? Do you never look?

I look sometimes, but admittedly, I tend not to since I haven’t experienced major problems with the vast number of products I’ve tried. Then again, my skin has never been perfect, so perhaps I should!

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

From the Splendicity community, comes this weeks best!


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Sunday, February 24th, 2008

Clinique Superfine Liner for Brows ($12.50) is an automatic, self-sharpening precision pencil to fill in brows (pictured on the bottom).  I actually found that the shade Deep Brown was quite perfect for my brow color/fill-in color.  I used to use Spike/Stud brow pencil by MAC for awhile, but then I moved onto using a shadow to fill in brows because it looks more natural and last longer.  With Superfine Liner for Brows, I feel that I still need to use an angled brush to make it more natural, but only a little bit.  Basically, using a clean mascara wand to brush brows (which I do anyway, since mine are ridiculously unruly) does the same thing to ensure neat brows without any harsh lines.  Pencils are great for getting precision down to a fine art–you can really define the brow and its shape with this product.  The wearing time for Superfine Liner for Brows is incredible — lasted ten hours on me!

Clinique Brow Keeper ($14.50) in Warm Brown is a kind of brow pencil I like, because it comes with a shaping end (like a mascara wand) to keep brows in place and determine how exactly they should be groomed (pictured on top).  However, unlike Superfine Liner for Brows, this only comes in two shades–Honey or Warm Brown–which means less people can use it.  I found Warm Brown too warm for me, too red-brown versus black-brown (which is more my shade), and Honey is too cool-toned and ashy.  I also can appreciate a self-sharpening pencil, so while I love the brush end of the Brow Keeper, I prefer the Superfine Liner for Brows instead!

Both are available at www.clinique.com, and Clinique counters/locations.

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

SCENARIO: I live in a very humid, tropical kind of climate.  It is so hot, and it’s hard to go without sweating at least a little bit!  How can I keep my makeup from sliding off throughout the day?

Situation courtesy of Jenna!

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You

What beauty tips do you wish you had known ten years ago? And for our younger folk (myself included!), how about just five years ago?

Probably sunscreen and using a cleanser everyday! You’d think the cleanser would be a duh thing, but when you don’t wear makeup, I found it never occurred to me that I needed to cleanse my face any more than I did already by showering.

P.S. – What did you do this weekend? (Or will do?)

Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

Facial Cleansers
Typically, a cleanser refers to a product used to cleanse the face either to remove normal daily build-up or makeup (or both). If you are a heavy makeup wearer, it is advisable to use separate products. Use a targeted cleanser to remove the majority of your makeup with a secondary cleanser to remove the last traces. You can always test your combined cleanser for its effectiveness by using it, and then using a makeup removing wipe to see if you missed any residue (and how much you missed). Cleansers remove oil, dirt, dead skin cells, and the like, which all help to provide the skin a chance to breathe better, renew, and keep pores open. Cleansers that contain acne-fighting ingredients may be too strong for dry skin, as many acne preventive ingredients dry out the skin. Oilier skin will demand a cleanser with more strength than drier skin, so it is important to pay attention to what kind of ingredients and what the product is advertised to do.