Do you know which industries are the worst polluters and do the most damage to the environment? If I asked you which industry was the absolute worst, did the most polluting and caused the most devastation you would no doubt correctly say the oil industry. But do you know which major industry comes in second in causing catastrophic damage to our planet? This may surprise you but it is the fashion industry. An industry that I have been a willing and complicit participant in.

Sustainable in Stilettos

I used to drive a hybrid car. I have solar panels on my roof, and almost all of the total power required to run my home is powered by the sun. I was so proud to be reducing my carbon footprint and doing my part to reduce nonsensical waste, and to minimize my use of plastic bags and excess packaging. But then in 2015 I watched a documentary about the massive pollution and destruction caused by the fashion industry called The True Cost (Netflix) and was devastated to realize that I too was a part of the problem.

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A Confluence Of Events

I have watched The True Cost several times. (Seriously, watch this documentary.) One of my dearest friends, Tracey Martin, has been the keynote speaker at events introducing and discussing the film. Tracey has long been in the fashion industry and for many years now has been working with environmentally responsible and ethical companies to make her fabric dyes and to re-purpose products such as Indian rugs that she could use in her handbag line.

A couple of months ago life gave me one of those weird confluences of events. I had been reading that Ivanka Trump not only manufactures much of her namesake clothing line in Bangladesh, the country where the world’s most impoverished female workforce has a choice between the sex trade or the garment trade. Much of The True Cost is set in Bangladesh, showing you just how horrifically bad these women’s lives are, working at the world’s lowest minimum wage, in the worst work conditions, to make fast, throw away fashion.

Plenty of designers manufacture there, but most use factories that have independent auditors monitoring the wages and conditions of the women working there. Ivanka on the other hand, with all her family’s wealth, chooses to manufacture in un-audited factories that pay less than minimum wage. Minimum wage for these women in Bangladesh is 0.21 cents per hour, which is close to half of what is considered to be a minimum living wage. You cannot live on what they earn. See The Institute For Global Labor And Human Rights international minimum wage chart here.

Does Ivanka really need to pay less than 21 cents per hour to the women who make her clothes? And then how dare she get on the world stage to lecture about women’s rights and working women’s concerns when she is personally violating the most impoverished women in the world?

While I was stewing over this issue and wondering how I could both effectively make a change and clear out my closet, I was contacted by a company called PACT, who make fair trade clothing using organic cotton.

From their website:

WHY DO YOU USE ORGANIC COTTON?

Our organic cotton is a true win-win. Organic cotton uses up to 95% less water than conventional cotton during the wash phase and doesn’t contain the harsh chemicals, bleaches or dyes that conventional cotton uses. Additionally, conventional cotton often requires the use of chemical-laden pesticides that increases the debt burden on the farmer and leaches into the land and water. So not only is PACT organic clothing so super soft that you’ll never want to wear anything else, but your new t-shirt is also better for the environment and good for the people who played a part in making it.

PACT wanted to know how I pair down my closet and how I feel about ethically responsible fashion. Perfect timing.

Sustainable in Stilettos

The 3rd thing that happened right at this time was that my friend Tracey Martin released her fantastic book Sustainable in Stilettos: A Style-Conscious Guide to Navigating the Evolving World of Fashion and Beyond. This book not only explains how the fashion industry is polluting the planet at a terrifying rate, completely destroying waterways, rivers, and entire eco-systems, but also shows you how you can be fashion forward and fashion conscious, make ethically sound shopping choices and still show up in stilettos. That has always been my overriding concern – how to be both environmentally friendly and still look fashionable.

The book  talks about things such as exactly how fast fashion is destroying the environment (you will be really surprised!), how to make a difference, how to make ethically sound as well as healthy fabric choices, how to change our buying decisions and how to modify them, garment care, and has a huge list of companies who back ethically responsible clothing, such as Eileen Fisher! Who knew?

Taking Action

I decided it was time to take action and pare down my own wardrobe. I have always believed that the key to a really functional wardrobe was to buy classic pieces that were well made, fit my shape perfectly and could be the foundation pieces not only for this season but for years to come. I have tried to stick to that plan but four years ago I got thyroid disease and an additional 40 lbs to my 5’6″ frame. Try as I might I cannot get the weight to budge, but I have to believe that it will one day come away.

This caused the problem of my core pieces of clothing no longer fitting, and much desperation shopping trying to find clothes in larger sizes. My closet started to overflow.

The first thing I did was to pull everything out of my closet and sort it into piles. There was a pile for things that currently fit me. There was a pile for pre-thyroid fashion that no longer fits but will hopefully sometime soon.

Then there was a pile of clothing that I consigned. Good quality items in good condition that someone else could re-purpose and get some wear out of. The final and sadly largest pile was items to donate.

The donation pile was sadly huge because I had at the point of purchase rationalized buying these items, all of which come under the fast fashion category, because they were cheap. I had figured I could wear them for a season and then give them to charity and in doing so help someone less fortunate than myself. Noble thinking perhaps, but in reality I had been propping up manufacturers who create a chain of destruction every step of the way in the creation of these garments. From beginning of production, the chemicals, bleaches and dyes used to treat and color the fabrics, the run off from these industries turning rivers into bubbling, frothing chemical waste tributaries and destroying surrounding land, to the poorest women in the world being forced to work in insufferable conditions to make this stupid top or skirt or dress or pair of pants that only ever got worn a few times.

As an interesting side-note my thyroid doctor has talked to me about the dangers of fast fashion with relation to thyroid disease and autoimmune diseases. When the chemicals used to treat, bleach and chemically color clothing that sits against our skin, (the body’s largest organ) then make contact with our skin for hours on end as we go through our day, they (the chemicals) then enter our bodies via our skin and cause all kinds of illnesses. In my case perhaps thyroid disease. In other cases autoimmune diseases. Who knows if we will ever know conclusively during our life time how fast fashion has impacted our health?

The sad truth is that only,  10% of the clothing we donate actually gets worn by people in need. There is more throw away clothing than people can wear. 90% of the bargain clothes that we buy wind up like this. Landfills in places like Haiti with steaming piles of cheap clothes, releasing chemicals and chemical dye compounds into the earth and the atmosphere, no doubt taking hundreds of years to break down. In our lifetime we will not see the clothing landfill in this photo from The True Cost, biodegrade and disappear. Isn’t that frightening? And the world is full of fast fashion wastelands like this.

The True Cost clothing landfil

image via The True Cost

My Choices Moving Forward.

Moving forward I have a new plan for my wardrobe. I have been paring it down, and although not having an entirely minimalist wardrobe, I am making an effort to have fewer items. I want more core pieces that are interchangeable, and that move effortlessly from year to year.

I am no longer interested in buying fun, cheap, just one season items.

I am devoting the same amount of time and energy I expend on reading food labels to reading clothing labels so that I am more aware of where an item was manufactured and exactly which fabrics have been used.

I am making very conscious decisions about any clothing item I buy. Instead of picking up cheap white t-shirts at fast fashion joints I am going to buy organic cotton tees for only a few dollars more from PACT (see here)

I should add at this point that I have no affiliate marketing with Pact, and they have never so much as given me a free T-shirt. I make no financial gain by linking them here or by talking about them.

I am using Tracey’s book, Sustainable in Stilettos as a guide to modern, chic designers who make environmentally and ethically responsible fashion.

When I hear about brands that are known polluters or who utilize un-audited sweatshops in places like Bangladesh, I will not only not buy from them but will also make sure I tell my friends not to buy from them. I have never bought an Ivanka trump product, nor would I, not because of politics but because I am not her target market and hers are not clothes I would wear. There are however other brands using the same sweatshops as she is and some of them will be targeting me as their ideal consumer. As I find out who they are I will make sure they are not getting my shopping dollars.

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Sicily's Aeolian Islands

Have you been to the Aeolian Islands? Have you even heard of the Aeolian Islands? I am going to

 

let you in on an insider secret that more than 99.99% of travelers to Italy don’t know about. This island chain off the coast of Sicily is one of the most special and most spectacular places you will ever visit.

I have to confess I had never even heard of the Aeolian Islands until reading what has become one of my favorite books ever, (I have read it more times than I care to fess up to!) An Italian Affair  by Laura Fraser. In the book Laura makes her way to the Aeolians and travels around them telling stories of the wonderful characters she meets and the incredible sights she sees.

Once I found the Aeolian Islands on the map I had to find a way to get there.

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Where Are The Aeolian Islands?

The Aeolian Islands are a volcanic chain in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the north coast of Sicily. I find the compass points of Sicily too confusing, so imagine a line from Naples to Sicily. The island chain is off that coast, slightly above Messina, where the toe of Italy’s boot meets Sicily.

The seven islands, Vulcan, Lipari, Salina, Panarea, Stromboli, Alicudi and Filicudi explode up out of the bluest cobalt sea you have ever seen, with the kind of drama reserved for volcanos and Greek gods. In 2000 the Aeolians (named after the wind demigod Aeolus) and their history dating back to 4000 B.C. were granted UNESCO World Heritage Site Status.

One of the truly fantastic things about the Aeolian islands is that despite their beauty and their attraction as the perfect island getaway, there is not so much as a Hilton or a Marriot in sight. No condo complexes with a view, no major modern urbanization. These islands for millennia have been made up of fishing villages, beautiful, picturesque little fishing villages, all of which have been maintained architecturally but modernized with electrics and plumbing. You feel like you have arrived in heaven, and maybe you just have.

The Eastern Aeolian Islands

Vulcano

The first island in the chain, positioned close to the Sicilian beach town of Milazzo, is a live volcano aptly named Vulcano  by the Romans who thought it was the chimney of Vulcan, the God of fire. Although not sending out lava, Vulcano shoots steam from its fumaroles, offers therapeutic mud baths and a mud beach. We watched people slathering themselves with the warm, volcanic mud, lie out in the sun to let it dry and harden, then swim in off in the bay. I didn’t do it myself although with all the therapeutic benefits perhaps I should have!

vulcano sulfur mud baths

One of the big attractions of Vulcano (apart from the breathtaking views) is the black sand beach. This is a lovely beach for sunning and swimming and is one of the few sand beaches in the archipelago. The sunsets from here will bring you to tears, they are just so beautiful.

vulcano black sand beach

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Lipari

The largest of the islands, Lipari, is next in the chain and is the island I always stay on. All beauty and history aside, the heady fragrance of lemons and jasmine and honeysuckle will haunt you forever. On so many levels Lipari is a place you experience more than just visit.

lipari

Lipari is historically important, with treasures from settlements long before the arrival of the Greeks. (Think 4000-1000B.C) The archaeological museum is a must see with its displays of cargoes from ancient shipwrecks (think really ancient!) and also the world’s largest collection of mini Greek theater masks.

Lipari

Lipari

The town center is full of wonderful little streets to wander through, fabulous bars and restaurants, lovely little shops, and history every which way you turn.

Lipari

Further along the coast is the darling community of Canneto Beach, where I always stay. The beachfront town looks like the set from an old movie. No matter what time of day or night the light hits it with movie-like flair and majesty. It is completely visually stunning.

lipari at night

I found Canneto while looking for a place to stay with a terrace facing the island Stromboli, so that if it decided to show off with a fireworks display of erupting lava I would be in prime position to watch the show. Although Stromboli has erupted days after I have been in residence I have never been there to see it myself. Maybe next time?

Lipari

Someone was told me Lipari is a more down to earth version of Capri, but I beg to differ. It has its own perfect magic. Along the waterfront in Canneto you can still see some old run-down fisherman’s homes that make you think of Il Postino…

Lipari

Lipari

If you rent scooters or a car on the island you can head around to Aquacalda for lunch. While there lunching and simultaneously trying to wrap our brains around the staggering views of the neighboring island of Salina while flirting with the ridiculously handsome restaurant owner, we found out that former British Prime Minister Tony Blair comes here when he needs to getaway. Who Knew?

Salina

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Did you see the movie Il Postino? If not you need to see it! The story takes place on the island of Salina. This is the most verdant of the islands, its rich volcanic soil perfect for the more than 400 different types of plants that grow there. The mountain slopes are covered in ferns, chestnut trees and poplars, but Salina is most famous for having the best capers in the world and for its sweet, golden, Malvasia wine.

 

Panarea

Panarea

The smallest of the 7 islands Panarea is also the most chic and the most exclusive. Home owners include the Bulgari’s, the Borghese’s and the Visconti’s. Although this is the playground of the uber rich, uber jetset, you won’t find wild nightclubs here, that would be too crass. Princess Caroline of Monaco and Giorgio Armani bring their yachts to Panarea – did I mention it is madly chic?

Panarea

If you are dropping in for a visit chances are you won’t stumble upon the island’s bronze age ruins, but you will see whitewashed buildings surrounded by an explosion of brightly colored flowers, offset by the bluest sea you can possibly imagine.

Panarea

An absolute must when visiting Panarea is to swim from a boat off her coast. First you will notice it is hard to comprehend how blue the water is. Second you will find that this is the softest seawater you have ever experienced anywhere in the world. Or at least it is the softest seawater I have experienced anywhere in all of my travels.

Panarea

Some of the views will seem oddly familiar. This is because of all the Dolce and Gabbana fragrance ad campaigns that have been shot here.

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Stromboli

The next island along the route is the delightfully menacing live volcano, Stromboli. From the smoke plumes rising up to the heavens to the lava stream rolling down the back side of the island you are always aware that you are on a volcano. It’s actually pretty fantastic.

Stromboli is unique in that it has been continuously or persistently active throughout recorded history, some 2000-3000 years! It has small, explosive “Strombolian” eruptions every 30 minutes or so, larger explosions 2 to 5 times per year. Hikers climb the mountain every day to watch the action from the edge of the crater, and then walk back down in the dark. Other people (like me) prefer to take a boat around to the back of the island after the sun has gone down and watch the lava roll down the side of the mountain, fast moving and vibrant in the dark. No matter how many times you see it, it is still just awe inspiring and miraculous.

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Stromboli smoking away in the background

Stromboli is a fabulous island to spend time on. Not as picturesque as neighboring Panarea and Lipari, it still has its own magic. Juxtaposed with the perfect buildings and endlessly chic people on Panarea, just a stone’s throw away, Stromboli is like another world. The buildings are a little shabby, the foliage a little more untamed, the locals a little more hippy-esque. Okay, a lot.

The residential neighborhoods have wide walking streets with wonderful old houses, including the house where Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini lived during the filming of the movie Stromboli.

Stromboli

The piazza in front of the church at the top of Stromboli town can be a hive of activity. One time we watched a fabulous young man teaching a tango lab to a gathering of old couples, young couples, gay couples, lesbian couples, kid couples, punk rock looking couples and friend couples who just wanted to join in. His old school tango music rang out across the bay, and the combination of the breathtaking views, the old buildings, the violence rumbling around underground, the music and the dancing made for a heady, surreal experience, one of the great travel memories I absolutely treasure.

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Red wine from Salina and a view from Stromboli

Next to the piazza is Bar Ingrid, named after Bergman. This is the perfect place to end your day with a glass of local wine, and a basket of snacks from the restaurant, whiling away the time on their giant terrace looking out over the ocean, waiting for the sun to go down. The views will take your breath away.

The Western Aeolian Islands.

I haven’t yet been to the two western islands in the chain. They are a little more remote and depending on your starting point slightly more difficult to reach. Both islands are exquisitely beautiful, with Caribbean looking beaches, the bluest water, no cars, hardly any year round population, and the wildest, craziest stories ever.

aeolian islands map

Filicudi

Heading west 24 nautical miles from Lipari is the tiny and remote island of Filicudi. Settled at some point in the Neolithic age (3000 B.C). The village of Capo Graziano has the remains of a Bronze Age village (2000 B.C). After centuries of lying uninhabited Filicudi was then settled by the Greeks, the Romans and the Byzantines.

The island’s distance from the mainland and from the main shipping channels, as well as the migration flow (much of which went to Australia) has resulted in it being mostly unchanged in the last century. As with the other islands in the chain Filicudi is merely the rocky tip of an underwater volcano, this one only 774 meters above sea level at its highest point.

One interesting place to put on your itinerary is the Bue Marino (sea ox), a spectacular blue grotto style cave with shockingly crystalline depth and beauty that takes its name from the haunting noises similar to the bellows of an ox produced when the waves crash against the rocks.

filicudi grotto del bue marino

There is a fantastic story about Filcudi, the Mafia and a bunch of Australians. In 1971 Italy banished its worst mafia members to the tiny island of Filicudi. In some weird concept of punishment instead of being locked up in prisons they were free to enjoy life in paradise. They wandered around in the sunshine, lay on the beaches, slept in king sized beds instead of jail cells. They ate for free at the local taverns where they dined on gourmet foods the locals could never afford to eat.

They even were allowed to take a lover, although the local girls would rather die than get involved with them.

These were Mafiosi such as Godfather-like John Bonventre, the FBI wanted man who controlled the South America – United States – Sicily cocaine chain and Tano Badalamenti, the “farmer boss” who was known for killing enemy gangs, infiltrating public offices and running drug trade.

filicudi view

view from this vacation rental villa on Filicudi

The locals loathed them and didn’t want them on their island. Most of the locals had relatives who had migrated to Australia. Both the Aussie connection and the locals were scared the cash rich mafia would use their blood money to buy up the island, their homes and their donkeys, so they hatched a brilliant plan. A plan that became the country’s first anti-mafia war.

With the support of the other Aeolian Islands and the Aussie connection’s financing, the locals ran away from / abandoned Filicudi. They left the island empty while they hid out on the other islands, leaving the mafia with nowhere to shop or eat. For several days the island turned into a ghost town. All the windows were shuttered, the shops and taverns closed, the fields empty, the farmers and fishermen all gone. The only people left on the island were the mafia dons. Genius, no?

I don’t know how long it lasted but in the end the government had to move the Mafiosi to an uninhabited island near Sardinia, with only wild donkeys for company.

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Alicudi

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View from vacation rental apartment on Alicudi

The final and westernmost island in the Aeolian Archipelago is Alicudi. Home to a mere 120 people this little circular island occupies only 5.2 square kms or 2 square miles. The island is 150,000 years old but archeologists date its first inhabitants to 1700 B.C. Roman ceramics have also been found (500 B.C – 350 A.D). For centuries the defenseless little island was the target of pirates so for safety the people of Alicudi were forced to build little houses on high terraces. Agriculture and the cultivation of peaches funded the island’s small economy.

There are no roads on Alicudi, and only one restaurant. This is a place to be alone, so is popular with writers, artists, hikers and adventurers.

Alicudi also has a particularly fantastically crazy story. This one earned it the moniker “LSD Island”, and it centers around a cozy pink resort called Casa Mulina, formerly the island’s grain mill. The mill from which the view is and was of crystal clear blue water making a picturesque little harbor, fishermen and their boats, and brightly painted buildings, innocence and beauty.

Alicudi Casa Mulino

image of Casa Mulino by Silvia Marchetti for CNN Travel

The same mill that for centuries, since the settlers arrived in the 1600s and up until the 1950s, was the source of hallucinogenic bread, baked daily by the local housewives. The bread was contaminated with a brain-bending rye fungus called ergot, the base element of LSD.

The island’s sultry climate was the perfect “natural lab” for the fungus.

Generations of villagers consumed “crazy rye” or “horned rye” (named after the fungus produced black pointed ends that look like devil horns on the rye ears) every day of their lives! The psychedelic fungus wreaked havoc on the locals for centuries.

Every morning the local women would feed their husbands and children LSD bread. Everyone on the island was getting high and tripping every day without knowing it! Long term ergot poisoning can cause mania and psychosis.

Quoted from a CNN Traveler article about LSD Island: “The first harvests were scarce and food was precious so nothing was thrown away, even rotten bread and pasta covered in mold were eaten.

“Scarcity of other alternative food sources and humidity produced this nasty fungus that when ingested caused mass hallucinations, hysteria, hypnosis and autosuggestion.”

Part of their trippy, LSD induced visions included seeing flying women, or witches.

Legend has it that at night the local women would rub ointment on themselves and turn into witches, then fly to Palermo on shopping trips, coming back to the poverty ridden island with sacks full of delicious foods.

The legend also says that cruel witches would cast evil-eye spells on their enemies and sink boats, while other witches could heal babies of stomach worms.

The women of the island worked all day in the fields under the scorching sun, the island was so isolated that they felt caged, desperate and mentally imprisoned, and many had despotic husbands, all of which created another layer of madness, making the concept of flying at night a source of mental freedom. Some women fell off their balconies trying to fly.

Not all the current islanders believe in the LSD bread. Some believe the island really was magic. Stories of talking hemp sacks, defecating ghosts and men turning into donkeys and pigs and cows are also part of the folk lore.

It is all just too fantastic for words! I would go visit Alicudi just to see the paintings of the flying women and to walk in the footsteps of centuries of LSD crazed islanders but for the fact that time on Alicudi reportedly involves scaling 4444 rough steps from the marina to the houses.

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How To Get To The Aeolian Islands

You can get to the Aeolian Islands by hydrofoil and by ferry from Milazzo and by ferry from Palermo on Mainland Sicily. From June through September there are daily overnight ferries from Naples to the islands, and weekly ferries during the rest of the year.

** The overnight ferry to and from Naples is a tremendous way to travel. Naples is best approached and departed by sea. From the deck of a boat watching the sun set over Naples as you move out through the Bay of Naples is breathtakingly beautiful. Equally stunning is arriving into the Bay of Naples with the morning sun. The ferry from Naples arrives in the early morning with stops at Stromboli, Panarea, Lipari and Vulcano before making its way to Milazzo, doing the reverse on the way back at night.

If you want to take the ferry to Naples and there are none running through the Aeolian Islands, you can take the ferry in and out of Palermo and the train from Palermo to Milazzo.

If you are flying to Sicily the closest airport is Catania.


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Sicily's Aeolian Islands

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How To Use Temptu Air

It only takes 45 seconds to one minute to airbrush your foundation, which means you have more time each morning to enjoy your coffee

I use airbrush foundation on all my brides and wedding parties because it keeps everyone looking gorgeous until the end of the night, no matter how hard they are dancing! Invariably when I am working on weddings or with celebrity clients and they see their beautiful airbrushed faces in the mirror they ask me if I airbrush myself.

The truth is for years no I didn’t, just because I couldn’t be bothered with the hassle of unpacking my professional airbrush system, re-cleaning the airbrush gun and then packing it all away again. I had been meaning to get a Temptu Pod Airbrush System to use at home but didn’t get around to it.

How To Use Temptu Air

Then last year one of my makeup heroes and social media makeup friends (she is a TV/film/commercials makeup artist based in San Diego and I do editorial/celebrity/commercials based out of Phoenix) did a Facebook live session talking about the Temptu Air. She uses hers on her TV clients as well as film, commercials, and on herself. It was so cool watching her airbrush herself and chat away about how she uses hers Temptu Air system in her work that I got online and ordered one for myself as soon as she was done!

 

 Temptu Air Airbrush System

Why I Love My Temptu Air

  1. It’s Easy. The TemptuAir is designed for you to use at home. Instead of having multiple parts like the regular professional systems do, this one is just one self-contained unit. It is super simple to use.
  2. The foundation is lovely. When I first tried mine I wasn’t sure if it was working properly – the foundation mist was so fine I couldn’t see it going on. I did half of my face and then saw that I was one side flawless and the other side just regular old me! The foundation is so highly pigmented that it only needs a tiny amount to give you flawless coverage while still looking really sheer.
  3. There is no cleanup. There is no airbrush gun with the Temptu system. A normal airbrush system has a gun that requires fanatic cleaning as soon as you have completed airbrushing. This is time consuming and if you don’t get it 100% perfect then your gun will clog up and jam. It’s actually quite a hassle.

The TemptuAir uses preloaded foundation pods instead of a gun, so you don’t have any cleaning. You can change out the foundation colors as your skin changes color throughout the year by using different color pods. Or if there is more than one person using it you can simply change out the foundation pod. It is just so incredibly functional and easy!

    1. It is really fast. I just timed myself applying my foundation with the Temptu Air system and it took me 45 seconds. Isn’t that crazy? 45 seconds to get a flawless finish foundation that looks like fresh skin. I’m loving it!
    2. It’s not thick. I really dislike heavy, caked on foundation. If you have been reading this blog for a while then you already know that I like healthy, glowing skin. Or at least the illusion of healthy skin. Thick foundation is in my opinion ugly. It hides the girl underneath. The pod foundations mist on so fine that you almost think there is no foundation on. It’s beautiful.
    3. You don’t need powder. Most foundations require powder to set them and make them stay on. With this foundation most of the time I can get away with no powder because the foundation sets by itself. If, or when you do need to powder it to set it you need very little powder, which again makes your skin look fresh and lovely.

 

How To Use Temptu Air

How To Use Temptu Air

The Temptu Air system comes as one handheld unit. Nice and easy. You just plug it in and charge it, the initial charge takes a couple of hours, then from there it is only as needed.

The compressor has three controllable speeds to mist your foundation on with, so you don’t need to worry about it getting overpowered and blasting makeup all over your face.

 

Airbrushing with one of these systems is a breeze too. You don’t have to change the PSI or try to get it just right – the system does it by itself. You will feel a mist of air when you turn your pod system on, and you can either guide it by feel or watch it as you mist foundation over your face.

Once your system has charged you need to insert the pod.

Start by shaking the pod to keep the foundation mixed, then separate the cover from the pod.

How To Use Temptu Air

The rubberized ball on the left is the plug you need to open before inserting the pod into your Temptu Air

There is a small rubber plug at the back of the pod which you need to open.

How To Use Temptu Air

Press the pod release button on the handheld unit and slide the pod in. It’s so simple!

How To Use Temptu Air

The pod release button is next to my thumb.

The power button turns on the system but also adjusts the speed.

How To Use Temptu Air

When you have finished airbrushing release the pod, plug the rubber stopper back in, and use the foam inside the pod cap to clean the nozzle.

How To Use Temptu Air

With any airbrush foundation you need to make sure you are well moisturized before you start. I moisturize, apply facial SPF and then prime my skin the same way I do with any foundation.

I don’t bother concealing my skin or under my eyes when I use my airbrush. The foundation is so concentrated and so beautifully pigmented that it disappears any darkness under my eyes. When you first use your try it without concealing first, as you may find you can skip that makeup step.

Temptu Air Airbrush System

Eyeliner, mascara and lips. With the Temptu Air you don’t need much else

You can also buy Temptu pods for blush and for bronzer. At the time of writing this post I haven’t used them but I do know plenty of people who have. If you are going to use the blush and bronzer pod options you would just release the foundation pod and slip in the blush pod and create your cheeks before powdering. It is super simple and efficient.

The Temptu Air system is a really fabulous addition to your makeup routine. It is so quick to use and the finish is so lovely – you can’t go wrong. Any of you who hate rushing in the mornings will LOVE how much time it saves you! You will even have time for an extra cup of coffee in the morning …

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How To Use Temptu Air

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