Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

Here are some of the eyeliners I’ve been reaching for to brighten my lower lash line these days! I tend to use them on my lower water line, beneath the inner corner of my eye, or paired with a richer eyeliner. What are your favorites?

  1. Sephora Strawberry Macaroon — a pop of pearly pink is an easy way to wear pink without adding redness to the eye
  2. L’Oreal Highlighter (230) — a pearly pink-peach is great for brightening and lifting, especially below a darker eyeliner
  3. Tarina Tarantino Broken Doll — a pink-tinted white always seems to bring out the whites of my eyes
  4. Sephora Blonde Ambition — a light beige with a pearly sheen, which is nice for brightening the waterline or inner corner
  5. Sephora Girl Talk — a softened gold with a metallic sheen (funny enough, I didn’t love it initially, but I often reach for it to pair with brown eyeliner to add brightness)

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

Thanks for the fun, 2014! Here is a wrap-up in case you missed any of the top 10 lists this year, which doubles as my top 100 beauty products that I tried during the past year. This has been the most productive year on record for me, personally, in regards to reviewing products. I was a lot better this past holiday season at turning around palettes and sets, which is a major feat for me! Thank you for your continued readership during the year, and I hope you’ll stick around to see what 2015 has to bring for all of us.

May your 2015 be filled with love, laughter, good health, and joy! Happy new year! :)

The Top 10s of 2014

Here are some fun facts about 2014…

  • 1148 x Posts under “Reviews”
  • 2395 x Posts (all categories)
  • 436 x Cheek/Face Swatches (972 in total*)
  • 1030 x Lip Swatches (2,319 in total*)
  • 4955 x Swatches (14,127 in total*)
  • 8018 x Product Photos (20,451 in total*)

* Based on images that are inventoried for MyTemptalia, so it doesn’t include the first four or so years of photos/swatches!

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

When I think about “Most Disappointing,” it doesn’t always mean all the Fs, because it can also mean formulas or products that you’ve come to expect A-level quality from that end up C-level (or worse!) quality, which is possibly more disappointing than a product that was never great to begin with. There were also some new formulas that were introduced this year that had little to no ability to be saved!

What were your big beauty disappointments this year?

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

A lot of new favorite formulas were launched this year, like Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy and NARS Audacious, which certainly made it extra challenging to narrow down favorites to a list of ten. As much as I love coral lipsticks, I found several non-coral colors that made my heart sing, too :)

What were favorite lipsticks to wear this year?

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

I tend to like my lipgloss to be rather pigmented, and for the rare occasions I fall in love with a gloss that isn’t pigmented, it’s usually ridiculously sparkly. This list definitely reflects those preferences! :) I hope to hear from you about your personal faves!

What were your go-to lipglosses this year? Which shades did you discover?

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

It was tough, but here’s my list of favorites for individual eyeshadows (which means they aren’t only available in duos, quads, or palette — see Best Makeup Palettes of 2014 for those!). As you might expect, it was hard to narrow it down, and I’m a fan of variety and spreading the love around, so I chose favorites across brands and formulas (though some got two picks!). Some of the formulas where I felt like I could have picked another dozen favorites out of, I linked below so you can see the full range and explore options that might better align with your personal tastes, too.

I’m not sure exactly how many individual eyeshadows I reviewed this year and often review three or more in a single post (eyeshadows from palettes are all in the same category), but I have 306 posts categorized under “eyeshadow” and 26 for “cream eyeshadow,” so probably in the neighborhood of 1500 eyeshadows for the year (including palettes). I like to reflect back on what was covered over the year, because it helps me compare year over year how productive I was :) Numbers like that always fascinate me!

What were your favorite eyeshadows you tried this year? New go-to combinations?