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Evening Glam Using TEMPTU Airbrush Signature Starter Kit!

21.10.14

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So if you have ever been curious about how celebrities still manage to look flawless on HDTV, airbrush makeup is your answer. What is airbrush makeup? It’s basically makeup that is sprayed onto the skin using an airbrush gun. When done correctly, it creates a flawless canvas and makeup that lasts all day.

So obviously I was excited to try the TEMPTU Signature Starter Kit for their #TEMPTUDaynNight campaign!  TEMPTU  has been making faces flawless with airbrush since the 80s!  I’ve had the kit for a few weeks now and absolutely love it.

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You get bang for your buck with the Starter Kit. In the Starter Kit, you get:

  • AIRbrush Makeup System 2.0
  • Your choice of of AIRpod™ Foundation, Blush, and Highlighter. I picked out the following colors:
    • AIRpod foundation in Honey 008 (perfect match!)
    • AIRpod blush in Washed Rose
    • AIRpod highlighter in Champagne
  • A convenient travel bag
  • 3 pod stand

Since it’s still wedding season, it was the perfect time to test out an evening glam look using the TEMPTU Signature Starter Kit. I need my makeup to last from ceremony to cake!

Assembling the system is easy.  With a shake and a click of the AIRpod foundation, blush or highlighter into the AIRbrush, you’re ready to go!

For this night time look, I’m wearing a dress with in a bright fuchsia color  so I wanted natural, yet dramatic look. I did my eyes first, using a pretty shimmery peach in the inner corner of they eye and 3 different shades of brown, with the deepest being in outer eye. False eyelashes, of course, finished off this soft glam look.

 

 

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Foundation application with TEMPTU is simple, and with a few tries, I had it down pat. You want to hold your AIRbrush like you are holding a pencil, about 6 inches away while pressing on the lever about half way. To make sure you have even coverage, work the AIRbrush in small circular motions.  You can’t even tell its going on except for air coming out of the AIRbrush. I like to apply a light application and then go over the areas I think need a little more help. Before moving on to the next step. I stop and let my foundation set for a minute.

I picked Honey 008 foundation from TEMPTU’s webpage and it matched perfectly (I’m usually always a “honey” or “golden”!). If you have any hesitation about what shade you are, their customer service can help you pick the perfect shade.

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Applying blush is the same as applying the foundation, just concentrated in a smaller area. I found it helpful to press the lever a little more than half way for more product. I’m using Washed Rose, a pretty flush of pink.

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Lastly, I applied my highlighter, in Champagne for that luminous glow!

A beige lipgloss to finish the look and I’m ready the night! The below photo is completely un-edited or re-touched.

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A closer look at the eye makeup:

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Ok, so here are some helpful FAQs:

  • Does the makeup spray all over the place?

Nope. The folks over at TEMPTU nailed it the the AIRbrush. The makeup went directly on my face. Not a drop anywhere else.

  • Does it looked caked on?

NO! If you follow TEMPTU’s easy directions on how to apply  the makeup, your skin looks like skin. Just flawless. It doesn’t settle in pores or fine lines either!

  • Does it last all day?

Yes! 8 hours in my makeup still looked great.

  • Is any cleaning needed after?

No! No cleaning is necessary.

 

In short, this is a great investment for anyone that ever has a special event or even if they want flawless day-to-day makeup! If you like this look, vote for me or your favorite #TEMPTUDaynNight look here

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Fall 2014 Makeup Trend: Matte Lips

02.9.14

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Since yesterday was the unofficial last day of summer, I’m drowning my sorrows in fall makeup trends. First up is the matte lip. It’s a fresh look for the upcoming season when done right. For this look:

  1. Prepped my lips with a sugar scrub from MUA Sugar Lip Scrub (available at CVS, $5.00)
  2. I used a matte lipstick from LORAC PRO Matte Lip Color line in Rose Brown (available online for $16.00). It’s a great formula that keeps a matte look, but not drying, which we all know can age a girl! The shape of the pencil like lipstick makes it easy to line and fill for on the go touchups.
  3. Done! That’s it for an easy fall makeup look

 

Matte Lip Collage Fall 2014 Makeup Trend: Matte Lips

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Contouring Palettes: What Are They and Do You Need One?

04.8.14

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Blame Kim Kardashian. What was previously reserved for theatre, high fashion editorials, and drag queens, the skillful art of makeup highlighting and contouring became main stream with a simple Instagram photo.  In the midst of a major glam session with celebrity makeup artist Scott Barnes, Kim posted the below pic with the caption, “Wanna see how @scottbarnes68 contours?!”

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photo credit: Kim Kardashian’s Instagram

While men, makeup novices and children were frightened at the tiger-like streaks of makeup on her face, makeup aficionados’ curiosity peaked and thus began a multitude of diagrams, blog posts, and youtube tutorials outlining their version of the ‘Kim Kardsashian Kontour’ (sorry about that—I had to).  After all, her makeup looks are the most searched on the internet.

Realizing that the trend isn’t going anywhere, beauty retailers are cashing in and products specifically designed for contouring and highlighting are hitting the shelves. But is this a trend you should skip or jump on?

Let’s get to the highlights:

  1. What is conturing? Simply put, using a shade or two darker than your complexion you can contour your facial features to minimize areas you want to appear smaller. On the contrary, you can use a shade or two lighter than your complexion to highlight features you want to stand out. When put together, you can fake cheekbones, a nose job, a smaller forehead and more. The placement of the highlight and contour is crucial to pulling the look off. If you need a refresher,  Danielle covered highlighting and contouring in depth here.

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  1. What is a contour palette or kit? A contour palette or kit will have both your contour and highlight together in one kit. Some have just one color for the contour and one color for the highlight. Others, like the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit featured below, have more than one shade of contour and highlight.
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Anastasia Contour Kit

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The top row are highlighters and the bottom row are used for contouring

  1. Do you need one? If contouring and highlighting is something you want to try for yourself, chances are you probably have what you need already. A bronzer and concealer will do the trick.  I like to use Guerlain Terrecotta Bronzing Powder in 08 and NARS Illuminating Concealer in Custard. But if you are little unsure of what to use, a contour palette might help. A palette with more than one highlight and contour color can allow you to mix your way to the perfect shades. Here’s a list of some contour palettes worth checking out:

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Whatever route you go, my best tip when it comes to highlighting and contouring is to blend, blend, and blend!! What do you like to use to highlight and contour?

 

 

 

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My Latest Hair Obsession: The Beautiful Curls Hair Care Line

24.7.14

 

Beautiful Curls Review My Latest Hair Obsession: The Beautiful Curls Hair Care Line

I’ve grown to really appreciate (dare I say love???) my curls now,but my curl routine could still use some help. My previous routine consisted of  wash, condition, and add mousse—which initially does produce shiny bouncy curls. Only problem is that by the end of the day, my hair looked dry and curls fell flat.

So after what seemed like a whole afternoon of youtube browsing, I came across the channel of  SunKissAlba…a gorgeous girl with gorgeous hair and a fun personality. After viewing about 2 years worth of videos in a couple of hours, I was pumped to try her way of doing curls—add moisture, then moisture, and more moisture.

With my new curl information fresh in my mind, I headed off to Whole Foods, straight to the beauty section. After standing in front of the hair care aisle for a good 45 min…looking at all the products, comparing the products, picking up 5-putting back 2 (my normal beauty product shopping routine) I settled on 2 products.  I decided on the Beautiful Curls line–it was fair trade, all natural, and contained Shea Butter (which I heard worked wonders on curly hair). I purchased the Curl Activating Leave In Conditioner and the Curl Activating Creme and tried them out that night.

Can we say best curls ever??? And without the use of gel, hairspray, or mousse. They were soft, defined and shiny—the holy grail of curl must haves. Compliments poured in the next day at work. Sold.

Here’s what I did:

  • Applied the Curl Activating Leave In Conditioner in the shower
  • After combing through the product once I got out the shower, I applied the Curl Activating Creme (I applied both rather generously)
  • Towel dried hair with an old t-shirt (helps prevent frizz) and air dried the rest
  • Once completely dry, I put my hair in a high bun to sleep
  • Take down in the morning and you’re good to go!

Beautiful Curls My Latest Hair Obsession: The Beautiful Curls Hair Care Line

 

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Easy breezy. Style lasts for at least 3 days…any stragglers are touched up with a curling iron. I would definitely recommend this for thicker hair types—fine hair may find the products too heavy.

Any other recommendations??

Any

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