Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

The Tech Guy Shaun, aka The Tech Guy, aka my boyfriend, is back from the depths…  I mean… vacation.  He’s twenty-seven with normal-to-dry skin and suffers from no more acne (much to my envy!).  And who always gets into the products I’m totally digging!  (I reviewed this product a few weeks ago here.)  Why doesn’t he use products that I’m just so-so on?  I think there’s less than 1/4 left!

Shaun enjoys long walks on the beach, vegging out on the couch watching chick flicks, and cuddling with Mellan. Or maybe not! He handles all the behind-the-scenes action here at Temptalia, from tech support to server woes to being my shoulder to cry on.

It’s been weeks… Months…. Years… Days… Probably like a half an hour… I’ve been locked in the Temptalia Vault coding and creating videos when I was finally released from my tomb. I saw the light, AND IT BURNED! I’ll allow that Simpsons reference to fester a bit… Anybody? *crickets* They used to be good I swear.

After my dark period, I went to the TV and turned it on, I exclaimed: “SOCCER?! Did we lose a war?! What’s that buzzing sound? Were we taken over by Bees? What the hell is a Vuvuzela?!” Anyway, as this is a beauty blog I should probably talk about something beauty-related.

I’ve been using Renee Rouleau’s Luxe Mint Cleansing Gel for a few weeks, and I have to say for such a small bottle it lasts a long time. I’ve been gobbing it on my face, and I have yet to be hit by a blunt object by an angry Christine. I’m assuming she hasn’t figured out my obsessive usage yet, so I’ll continue using it and once finished, fill it up with water and mint toothpaste. She’ll never know the difference!

This is a solid cleanser, and despite the purple on the bottle and the obscenely feminine name, it cleans like a champ. I don’t think I’ve ever felt my skin feel better than I have since using this stuff. I never thought I’d use the term “minty-fresh feeling” about my face, but that’s exactly how it feels after usage.

Although, I tend to gob it on, and you don’t seem to need that much, so at $35.50 a bottle, that’s a good thing. If you want to get your man to use this stuff go buy a bottle of Valvoline and dump out the contents. IN THE PROPER DISPOSAL AREA!  No letters please. Then fill it up with this stuff and replace whatever he uses to clean his face at the moment. This could be anything from you know… Nothing to… a S.O.S pad.

Recommendation: My skin feels MINTY-FRESH! Oh, no… I’m turning into a woman… Must go… Lumberjack something…

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

Father’s Day 2010 Gift Guide

Earlier today, I asked about whether readers would like to see a Father’s Day gift guide on Twitter, and the response was a bit mixed, but there were enough yays in the crowd to push me over into one direction.  It also helped that I was able to talk my boyfriend into co-writing with me! :)

Whenever I think about giving a guy a “beauty” product, I think of easy, streamlined products with no-frills packaging and more natural scents (aka nothing “perfume-y” or “girly”).  It can’t be anything that makes him go, “Huh?” and scratch his head–it has to be intuitive, fast, and if it can do multiple things at once, even better.  Spend less rather than more if you’re only just introducing some beauty into their routine–or else something you don’t mind using if they never quite get into the habit of using it!

MOISTURIZER

Temptalia: I like Clinique’s Skin Supplies for Men line, because it has the clean, classic look with an affordable price range. I actually love the Clinique Maximum Hydrator ($27) for my own skin, as it’s extremely comforting and hydrating without being heavy, sticky, or greasy. Clinique Superdefense SPF 25 Moisturizer ($42.50) is more expensive (it’s an anti-aging product), but it’s great for the guy who sometimes talks about his age or “getting old” — plus, the added SPF means it’s a two-in-one. For most men, the more multi-tasking a product is, the more likely they are to use it. Superdefense also comes in several variations–by skin type–which makes it easier to get the right product the first time around.

Tech Guy: If you’re buying a moisturizer, go for the cheaper and easier model and see if you can get your father or hubby to get into any kind of routine. You should go as far as placing it near wherever his razor is so he’ll be reminded about it every time he goes to shave. Guys will be very resistant to this, but if they have some dry skin or oily skin then tell them this will fix it. Also, if this is your husband, tell him that he’s dynamite in the sack. That will get them to put on a tutu, let alone moisturizer.

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