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Saturday, June 21st, 2008

Temptalia Asks You

Would you rather be caught with no makeup in front of an ex or in “slob-wear”? Why?

Friday, June 20th, 2008

Alima Cosmetics is an all-mineral makeup brand. In their introduction, they state that their products are free of irritants and are 100% natural, thus suitable for all skin types and shades. One of the great things about Alima is that they even have a 101 section for beginners. When you have a brand that is solely about mineral makeup, the selection is much larger–this is something I really liked. I also like that they provide ingredient lists to their products that aren’t buried within the site. Also, when you look at swatches, they have some of the better swatches I have seen overall–the colors seem fairly accurate and true-to-color.

Some products I enjoyed:

Satin Matte Foundation ($18.95) is a lightweight loose mineral foundation that gives decent coverage for a powder foundation. It also has titanium dioxide and zinc oxide (which are both SPF ingredients), while the mica minimizes lines and imperfections. The finish is matte, which is makes it more suitable to normal-to-oily skinned users, but I didn’t find this too drying or even too matte that it wouldn’t work on those with slightly dry skin.

For those of you who like more traditional cosmetics and may not feel like hitching your wagon to the mineral makeup trend, there are still great ways to enjoy it that don’t include replacing your liquid foundations and foundation brushes! I really liked their Illuminating Shimmer Powders ($14.00), because they’re super finely milled highlighters that look so natural and glowy. My favorite was Nectar, described as a “luscious apricot-gold.” There’s about nine different ones to choose from–ranging from very light (Luna) to bronze (Cafe).

Need a face primer? Alima has you covered with their Balancing Primer Powder ($14.00), which helps your mineral foundation stay on better throughout the day–especially if your face gets oily.  They also have Color Balancing Powders ($14.00) to fix certain problems or cancel out pigmentation in the skin (like redness).

Other products you may be interested in: Mineral Finishing Powder ($14.00), Luminous Shimmer Blush ($14.00), Satin Matte Blush ($14.00), Pearluster Eyeshadow ($8.50), and their brushes (varies in price).

What could they improve on? Nothing really. I suppose wanting to be able to see everything in-person, before you buy, is a dream. Besides, you can get samples of just about everything for no more than $1.00, which makes trying the brand infinitely easier.

Friday, June 20th, 2008

For our next giveaway in our Summer of Fun Giveaways, we want to treat our ladies who are getting married! We invite you to be at the most beautiful, Blushing Brides with…

  • American Beauty Luminous Liquid All Over Face Glow in Pink Glow ($15.00)
  • American Beauty Pretty Bronze Bronzing Powder ($17.50)
  • Clinique Lash Power Mascara in Black Onyx ($14.00)
  • Estee Lauder Hydra Lustre Lipstick in Mocha ($19.50)
  • Stila Bouquet Eyeshadow ($18.00)
  • Stila Chinois Eyeshadow ($18.00)
  • Sephora Silver Makeup Bag ($14.00)

This prize package is worth $116.00! To enter to win, tell us how your fiance proposed to you by leaving a comment with an accurate e-mail address (this is how we contact you if you win!) by June 21st, 9PM EST. Remember, there are ways to increase your chances to win, so make sure you find out how (and read additional rules).

Good luck!

Friday, June 20th, 2008

I did this look ridiculously fast — like 5 minutes for the entire face (and to take photos!), and that included originally attempting to use Green Space pigment, hating it, and removing the eye makeup and re-doing it. (We were running late for a lunch with my Mom & sister.)

I used Soft Ochre paint pot all over lid, Goldmine eyeshadow on the inner lid, Patina eyeshadow on middle of lid, Satin Taupe eyeshadow on outer crease and lid, Femme-fi eyeshadow above crease and on brow, Graphblack techakohl on lower lash line, and Plushlash mascara on lashes. I wore Margin blush on cheeks. I had By Degrees slimshine (LE) on lips with Prestigious lipglass (LE) on my lips.

** These are recommendations for dupes based on permanent colors available — may not necessarily be identical; they are the closest I can think of!

By Degrees = Captive; Prestigious = Venetian

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Friday, June 20th, 2008

I recently acquired these two pigments, which I believe are from this fall’s Overrich collection.  I think the left one is Blonde’s Gold, and the one on the right is Mega-Rich — but I could be wrong, since I’m going purely off of descriptions.  Both of these pigments are marked sample/working name.  Both of these pigments are ridiculously smooth, rich, and luxe.  They remind me quite a bit of last year’s Rushmetal launch, which Overrich is meant to anniversarize.

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Friday, June 20th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You

What kind of makeup are you MOST comfortable in? Neutrals? None? Bright colors? Bold lips? What?