Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

Summer always makes me want to shop. I think it might be because I’ve lived my life perpetually as a student thus far, so summer means time to goof off, have as much fun as I can, and generally enjoy the heat and sun. Granted, I’m in summer school, but it’s beginning to wind down, leaving me with an insatiable desire to get my shop on. These twelve products are my current summer temptations. What are your summer temptations?

First row…

  • Fitflops ($49.99) are flip flops designed to help you tone and exercise your thighs, calves, and glutes. There’s something in the design of the shoe that allows for all this to occur. I’m not sure how I feel about shelling out that much for a pair of flip flops (you’re looking at the gal who goes Old Navy-style for $5 flip flops!), but I’m intrigued–and interested enough. I actually think I spotted a pair on a woman when I was at Starbucks the other day. I was SO close to asking her what she thought. I think I’m going to try to see if I can track these down at a B&M, because I’m not sure how cute these would be on my monster-sized feet.
  • bliss an ounce of prevention pm ($48.00) is a night cream that’s ideal for those who haven’t experienced too many signs of aging (or are just beginning to–which is so me, sigh!). I spotted some rather unsettling wrinkles around my eyes, and I am on a quest to banish them from existence… Well, at least prevent them from deepening.
  • Clinique Lip/Eye SPF 30 Sun Block ($16.50) is a sunscreen stick designed for lips, eyes, nose, ears, etc. I like that you can easily carry this around in your purse/beach bag for ultimate protection, so I’m interested in trying this some time.
  • Clinique Almost Powder Makeup SPF 15 ($22.50) is actually a product I have, but I’m running low on. It’s a very silky, super fine-milled foundation compact.  I’m not usually a fan of pressed foundations (I’m usually a liquid girl), but this goes on incredibly natural and feels great.  Sometimes I tote this around in my purse for touch-ups or if I need some coverage, but not a lot.

Second row…

  • MD Skincare EZ4U 4-In-1 Facial Treatment ($35.00) is skincare, pocket-sized. I spotted these while virtual window shopping, and I thought they would be awesome for travel. You get an awesome regimen that won’t take up a lot of space in your bags. Plus, it’s not a bad idea to have a couple of these stashed in your purse, work drawer, or overnight bag. No excuses not to tend to your skin! (And hey, save 10% with code MDSKINCARE2008 today only!)
  • Chanel Illuminating Powder ($65.00) looks like this lovely pressed powder that will be a nice way to do a minimal-face during the summer. You know me, I’m all about beauty deals and steals, so the Beauty Exclusives for Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale hiconas me all in knots. And it’s hard to resist Chanel exclusives, if only for their beauty.
  • MAC Colour Forms Warm Lips Palette ($22.50) is calling to me. Those corals? Well, we all know my love affair with coral lipsticks and glosses! I’m just not a lip palette girl, though, so I don’t know if I’ll cave (especially with everything else I want this summer!).
  • shu uemura Depsea Water Set ($40.00) is not usually something that would catch my eye. I just don’t buy into all these infused water sprays. However, I do like how they feel in terms of a cool mist/spray. I suppose I could go el-cheapo and pick up an empty spray bottle and fill it with water, but it doesn’t look nearly as glamorous as these! At least the set is worth $65! Can anyone extoll the virtues of these types of products?(MAC’s Charged Waters are similar, fyi.)

Third row…

  • Bliss fatgirlslim Super-Sized Firming Cream ($65.00) has always fascinated me, with my thunder-sized thighs. I’ve just wondered whether this works, how well it works, and if I could see some results! Anyone else have experience with this? Surely some of you have given it a shot!
  • Prescriptives’ Custom Blending Services have always had my attention.icon I desperately want to get custom blended foundation, concealer, and tinted moisturizer. But unfortunately, while totally worth it (I am sure, and I have heard!), each custom blend service is not exactly cheap. I believe it ranges around $30-60 for foundation (depending what you want). Ahh… but maybe…
  • Ojon Tawaka “The Ball” 10 oz ($65.00) is just something I happened to cruise by. It made me go, what? I just recently received a dry shampoo by Ojon, which I’m going to try soon, but otherwise, I haven’t had much experience with Ojon products.  “The Ball” that buffs and scrubs skin? It just looks… fun.
  • GoSMILE Go All Out Starter Kit ($99.00) makes my teeth smile. Okay, not really, because I haven’t been able to bring myself to shell out for this. I’ve previously whitened my teeth using Crest White Strips, which worked decently. I recently received some whitening products by Rembrandt, so I’m hoping those will give me LOTS to smile over (I think I just may try the 2-hour kit today if I remember!). What’s your favorite teeth whitening solution?

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40 thoughts on “Temptalia’s Summer Temptations for July

  1. claudia m.

    I’m a little intrigued by the fit flops too, but haven’t looked into them yet. I hate to break it to you, but no celulite or “firming” creams work for legs, no way, no how. I do love bliss though! I have some of the md travel things, but haven’t used them yet. Sephora has a baggie of different travel-sized sunscreens that rocks, will post link later (blocked at work). It’s awesome, you get to try some different ones at your leisure and has a little spf card that lets you know how strong the uv rays are. I bought an Ojon (at Sephora too) kit that has the dry spray, shampoo, conditioner, and their restorative hair treatment. Lemme tell you, it WORKS!!! I get so many compliments on my hair, and I’ve even used it to scrunch up my hair and it leaves it soft, shiny and with a nice “beachy” wave. I love it!!!

    • Good to know I’m not the only one! I hope my Macy’s carries it, so I can try it on in-store and all that.

      Well, I know that no creams really eradicate or totally get rid of it, etc., but I just wondered what kind of results you DO get. I’m pretty terrible at daily body treatments, though, so I probably wouldn’t see any results, LOL.

  2. Carolina

    For all you gals interested in the Fit-flops, I bought a pair a month ago (am wearing them right now). First of all, they are huge or at least they make my size 36 feet look huge. They are very confortable and I’ve been using them as house slippers. I have not noticed any kind of difference or soreness to the muscles whatsoever, but I did notice a difference in walking in the beginning: on one hand it was harder, but on the other it was also a bit “bouncy”, making it easier, even fun to walk around.
    Because I have not really used them a lot, just around the house, I can’t really tell you if they honestly work or not. I hope they do, but even if they do, they won’t do any miracles in a month. :)

  3. My summer temptations are the pop beauty liner cake in darkness and the sephora brand professional sumdging brush!

  4. Elle

    I feel like I’ve spent so much money just on regular necessities that I don’t have enough to spend on goodies! :) But…I’m curious to try some DuWop revolotion (tinted moisturitzer), MAC’s mineral makeup (have to stop into a store to consult with a MA because I haven’t tried their foundation yet, and am kinda curious about their mineral line), and maybe some of the MAC Color Forms palettes. However I’m saving up for the Cult of Cherry products…so I might have to pass on Color Forms this time. :)

  5. Emmy

    Hi Christine! I have the Clinique Lip/Eye SPF 30 Sun Block and I must say, I love it! It’s great for just putting in your purse, and using on the go, if an unexpected trip to the beach comes up for instance! The only complaint I have is that is slightly oily, but no more so than any other spf. Hope you like it if you try it out!

  6. Lil

    Christine, I’ve gotten a custom concealer by Prescriptives and it’s awesome! It was around $30, which isn’t too too bad. You should try it out, because it doesn’t take that long to figure out your shade and it doesn’t take long to make it either! Plus, they keep your recipe on file for a later date! I think it is totally worth it. What would be cool is a custom lip gloss! You get to choose what flavor and everything! I’ll have to do it one of these days!

  7. grace

    summer definitley has me going to the mall for some nice air conditioned shopping =) So far the MAC F&F sale rocked my world (3 hauls). I am buying a lot of suntan lotion and products with SPF because I work outside all day!

  8. Lil

    I do have to add that I’m not quite sure the foundation is worth the expense, but then again you can sure try it and let us know! I’m surprised you’re not into the Philosophy line at all? It is my absolute favorite right now even though it is pricey, the products do what they say they’re going to do! The great thing is they have products that are for everyone, completely work safe fragrances as well. All I have to say is Amazing Grace anyone? I love it to death! I could shower in that fragrance, I love it so much!

    • I probably will try it sooner than later, lol.

      I have no problems with Philosophy products, but I haven’t tried many of their bestsellers (like Amazing Grace or Hope In a Jar) to be honest!

  9. Tanya

    Its funny I have been eyeing the FitFlops and finally decided to make an order for a pair :) They were running low on several sizes in black, just FYI.

    I also might look into the custom blended foundation…I recall someone suggested it a few months ago and I have been toying with the idea since then….I think I might actually go check it out.

  10. Sidney Allen

    I’m a big fan of MD Skincare but I haven’t tried those EZ4U pads yet – has anyone? I love that they are individual wrapped — no one else does that. So many brands make facial pads but none make them individually wrapped. These could be great for long flights. Ps. My mom is addicted to Fit Flops and I’ve got to say her calves are looking better than ever.

    • Yes, I think the individual wrapped thing just makes it great for all sorts of on-the-go refreshers. I just think, hey, perfect for travel… for work… for when you stay the night unexpectedly!

  11. Zsofi

    Hi Christine,very nice temptations,so inspiring,thx for sharing with us.
    -i always want to buy some new pigments,
    -need to get a new bag for school for fall,i fell in love with a pink Guess bag :-)
    -i really want a pair of J.Lo footwear,
    -Redken hair products are always welcome :-)
    -i had a nice teeth whitening kit around 3 years ago,a doctor sold it to me,Trés White was the name,it worked very well,i had to put it on every day for 1 hours,i’d like to repeat that…

    my biggest temptation is slightly different…
    i am really excited bc i can go to the doctors office to look at my eyes for free,so he/she can decide if i can have IntraLasik :-)
    its very expensive,so ill wait with it,but at least i will know if i can have it done or no. i have -6D eyes,so i will be happy with my new sight sometime :-)
    IntraLasik is more safe than Lasik and less painful as PRK.
    If someone had it done pls pls pls tell me Your opinion abt it :-)

    • I adore J.Lo shoes 😀

      I hope you qualify for it!! I really want Lasik done to my eyes :(

      • Zsofi

        what is stopping You?
        i guess the fortune it costs stops many ppl…
        but if we can believe them,its completely safe….
        how much is Your eye diopter? i dont see anything when its far away and i dont have contacts in… You use contacts sometimes?

        • Yes, more money than I want to or should be spending, plus I already have SOOOO many beauty products.

          I don’t know what my prescription is – I know right now it is the lightest prescription, but I must be at least two levels worse now. Nope, no contacts.

  12. Maren

    My summer temptations are tinted moisturizers (like Clinique or Dr. Hauschka); self and instant tanners (like benefits); body powders; everything for hair, face or body that smells like coconut, melon or other citrus fruits (e.g. from Lush) and eyeshadow or nail polishes in super-bright colors (yellow, orange,…). Basically everything that makes me feel, smell or look like summer!

  13. AmyLou

    Oooh, I have a loooong list of summer temptations!

    1. Clinique’s new longwearing lipgloss. . . anyone tried it? Does it really last 6-8 hours?
    2. Finally getting to a MAC store and trying out some foundations!!
    3. Remergent and TNS skincare lines are supposed to be awesome anti-aging; I’d love to try them but they are $100+ in US dollars!
    4. Several eyeshadow palettes
    5. Finding the perfect red lipstick
    6. Dr. Brandt Pores No More (OMG, this is AWESOME, if you have large pores, get yourself to a Sephora store and ask for a sample, you won’t be disappointed!)
    7. Botox on my expression lines on my forehead
    8. Pretty much any and all self tanners!

    I could go on and on!! However, these are the biggies!

  14. Annie

    fitflops made me have temporary knee pain.. my friend too!!!
    be careful!!

  15. Pquanda

    I’m VERY yellow toned (think Simpsons) and have many issues finding foundation. I’ve been WANTING to try the clinique almost powder foundation, and I tried to get “fitted” twice, but the foundations aren’t yellow enough. So what’s the solution? PX CUSTOM BLEND!! :) SOOO HAPPY with it.

  16. Nell

    I hope you have a great shopping experience coming up. Indulge, Christine!
    BUT what ever you do, don´t buy the GoSmile set, it is a total waste of money, there is nothing in there that could affect your enamel color in any way, but there is a good chance to irritate your gums. The nerve of those people to sell that for a 100$!

    I´m going to Tuscany for 10 days on Friday, so I´m trying to NOT shop for some time.
    I´ll be back for the MAC fall collections with a vengeance though, lol.

    • Ohh, have a blast in Tuscany! So jealous :)

      I’ll be going to Vegas this weekend myself, so I’ll be heading to the PRO store. Ha!

      Thanks for letting me know that about the GoSmile set! Do you have any recs for at-home whitening kits?

  17. Mae

    heck knee pain?
    I used to get that working out or playing volleyball too! its because I was using my muscles in a way they werent used to!!
    I wanna try the fit-flops!!!

    • Annie

      i am actually an athlete.. so im used to strain on my legs.. BUT its the way the flat is on the slipper.. its something to adjust to.. ugh. i cant explain it!! just be careful.. thats all im saying!

      • I appreciate the warning, Annie!! I usually wear shoes around the house for a couple of hours before I take ’em out, so I can always return them :)