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Saturday, February 2nd, 2008

Hey everyone! It’s Temptalia live from New York City, haha! SO, I just got back from backstage at Mara Hoffman, and I have sometime to post, so of course, I must! Above, that’s me on the left (duh) with MAC senior artist Victor Cembellin (who we first met back at San Francisco’s Fashion Week last August). He was working at the Mara Hoffman show, and it was so great to see a familiar face there. It really helped put me at ease instantly!

Backstage is super busy, and everybody is bustling about, so we weren’t able to stay too long (I didn’t want to hog up the artists’ time or get in the way), but we did manage to talk to Christopher D., a MAC senior artist, about the look he was doing on a model for the show. He told us that it was a Moroccan-inspired look with sun-burnt skin that he created using a rich, coppery red cream colour base on the cheeks with pale, nude lips, which he added a touch of lipgelee for a pop of color and make the nude suit the model’s skin better. He was trying out a new mascara with a gel formula that’s slated for fall release, and he loves it more than Zoomlash and Plushlash. It has a much smaller brush, and it does an excellent job of lengthening and separating without any clumping. He kept the skin fairly natural and matte, with just a bit of dewiness on certain areas of the face to highlight it.

Take a peek at some of the other photos I snapped whilst backstage, as I make my way over for the Temptalia Meet&Greet over at MAC PRO in NYC. Hope everybody’s having a great weekend!

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Saturday, February 2nd, 2008

Despite having one of the flights from hell, I managed to get into town in time to attend the Total Beauty and Aveda dinner at Koi at The Bryant Park Hotel. We were served several courses that came out appetizer-style/family-style, in the sense that you picked what you wanted from a main plate, as compared to having your own individual plate. Koi is an upscale Japanese restaurant with flare and originality. I met numerous other bloggers from the beauty sphere, which was really great as I could put names and faces to blogs. I sat near Shannon from A Girl’s Gotta Spa, Michelle from All Lacquered Up, and Lianne from The Makeup Girl Blog. They were all such great company! It was a lot of fun to gab with some fellow bloggers, as well as meet our friends at Total Beauty like Stacey and Kristen. Thanks to them as well as Aveda for hosting such a fabulous dinner party!

After getting back to the hotel at 2am, I hurriedly unpacked, checked some email, and tried to catch some zzzs. But I was up bright and early, and I snapped a few shots before heading into Mara Hoffman.

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Saturday, February 2nd, 2008


While shopping at Longs Drugs recently I came across a product that would change my life. It’s not often that any of us can boast life changing affirmations over a beauty product. I found that product, in a little white box called Frownies. Boasting itself as one of Hollywood’s beauty secrets I was overcome with curiosity and knowing how good Longs return policy is I gladly paid the asking price of 16.95$. That night I applied my first Frownie not expecting the miracle I would see the following morning. I awoke, rinsed my faced as directed to remove my Frownies and low and behold my arch nemesis the frown forehead wrinkle has greatly diminished.

What are Frownies you might ask? It’s actually quite simple. It’s a paper product that has been soaked in some type of adhesive. It’s actually very similar to the Biore strips for pulling out nose blackheads. You wet the Frownie and stick in anywhere on your face, I bought the “Forehead and Between the Eyes” set. After moistening the Frownie you apply it to your chosen wrinkle”then off to sweet dreams. The following morning you splash your face with water getting the Frownie nice and moist to insure an easy release from the face (and also so not to pull on the skin while peeling off).

I saw results after my first application of a Frownie to my forehead wrinkle.

According to the Frownies website they work by gently re-educating the facial muscles allowing for a younger more relaxed-looking skin.

I paid 16.95$ for my Frownies but see them listed on their website for 19.95$ which includes shipping which of course mine did not as I bought them at a local store. The box holds 144 patches, which will last me 144 days as I only use one patch nightly. You can use more than one patch depending on where you want to prevent wrinkles. The website is aptly named www.frownies.com.

– Review by Tanya

Saturday, February 2nd, 2008

Temptalia Asks You

How many eyeshadows do you have? Have you ever counted? (Are you afraid to?!) What are you up to? And hey, while you’re at it, is there a color that seems to prevail?

P.S. – What are your weekend plans?

Friday, February 1st, 2008

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

Friday, February 1st, 2008

WWD has an article about the upcoming Fafi for MAC launch…

[Babier says] “Fafi wasn’t involved in developing the makeup, but her work inspired it. The idea, really, was a young-at-heart feeling – toned-down skin, a pretty, girly mouth and colorful eyes. The colors are playful with a sophisticated twist, and they’re sheer and buildable so you can control the effect.”

The collection – whose muse is “a nymphet with a Ph.D. in passion,” Gager said – includes six lipsticks, four Lipglasses, two eye shadow quads, six eye shadow Paint Pots, black eyeliner, two kohl pencils, black mascara and two blushes, as well as three Fafinette dolls, two makeup cases, a tote bag, a T-shirt and a scarf. Colors include blue-pink lipsticks and Lipglasses, dirty purple and bright aqua eye shadows and coral blushes.

Good news for collectors and fans: dolls and totes will be at freestanding stores, select Nordstroms, and online; scarves will only be available via MAC stores as well as online, while t-shirts will be an online exclusive. The online microsite for Fafi will go live February 11th. Fafi herself will appear February 13th 4-6 pm at Henri Bendel.