Sunday, December 20th, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

What are your best tips and tricks for defining the eyes? Share!

Temptalia's Answer.

Get comfortable with eyeliner (either top/bottom or both!); love yourself some mascara, and always be willing to experiment!

Saturday, December 19th, 2009


Attack of the nail polish!

How I Organized My Nail Polishes

Earlier this week, I asked readers how they organize their nail polish to get some input on how to organize mine! Surprisingly, the majority of these polishes are from awhile ago – I go in phases with nail polish; I buy bottle after bottle for a few weeks, but then nothing for months.

Anyway, I’ve always just stored them upright in plastic “shoe box” containers from The Container Store, but there’s never been any organization within that method beyond keeping them in one place!  (Sometimes, I hate The Container Store, and sometimes, I love it…)

The stash was kind of growing out of control, so I figured it was time to think about actually organizing it with some method to the madness — I ended up going for by brand, and then by color. I don’t have enough polishes to start micro-organizing (e.g. further organizing by finish) quite yet. Even with what seemed like a healthy amount of polishes, I ended up mixing brands within the same container!

I love, love The Container Store’s Clear Storage Boxes – I use them for EVERYTHING. I have like 20 shoe-box sized containers, lots of the sweater boxes… They’re just really affordable, easy-to-use, and they all stack together, which is something I like. I like the shoe-box size for polishes because they’re just high enough to fit even the taller polishes (I think Dolce & Gabbana is the tallest brand I have), but not so tall that you feel like you’re wasting space.

One thing I noticed is that usually there is a little gap of space on the side, since the polishes don’t fit perfectly snug in them. I’m going to have to pick up a few rolls of non-skid material to lay underneath the polishes so they stay in place better.  In the meanwhile, I put some bubblewrap in the gaps to keep everything in place ’til I get the non-skid stuff in.  Otherwise, I’m satisfied with the solution!

P.S. – I know others enjoy Ikea’s Helmers, but I just found it so cheap-feeling, way too wobbly, and doesn’t really go with anything in my house, so that just wasn’t a viable option for me. (But trust, I love me some Ikea — a TON of my furniture is from there–huge fan of the Expedit series!   This particular piece just wasn’t for me.)

See how it all turned out… Continue reading →

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

The Random Acts of Kindness of Clarisonic

You know I’m a BIG, BIG fan of Clarisonic, right? I’ve been a fan since the very first Clarisonic (aka the Original) came out. It helps to cleanse and gently exfoliate skin on a regular basis. Clarisonic wants to make your holidays a little brighter (and cleaner!) by giving Temptalia readers a chance to win one of their very own.

What You’ll Win

THREE lucky winners will win a set of Clarisonics (yes — TWO Clarisonics) of their choice! You’ll get to choose the model and color — make it the perfect one for you!

Clarisonic has three versions available to choose from:

  • MIA Smaller, more compact than the originalm with one speed ($149) (my review)
  • Classic The original, two-speed cleansing system ($195) (my review)
  • PLUS Three speeds, plus a “body mode” and a brush for the body ($225) (it’s the only one I don’t have!)

Clarisonic also offers an excellent comparison chart for easy shopping between models.

How to Enter

Leave a comment on this post nominating someone in your life to receive a free Clarisonic of their choice and tell us why you think they should win!

Rules

All entries must be submitted by December 23rd, 2009 at 11:59 PM PST. This contest is open to all readers as pursuant to your local state/country’s laws. Please make sure to use a valid e-mail address when leaving your comment.  Winner will be chosen randomly and notified via e-mail. This post will be updated once winners have been confirmed.

I’m pretty much out of my mind with the opportunity and Clarisonic’s generosity (they’re even extending it to ALL readers, U.S. or not!), so I hope you are as well! :)  Lots of gratitude and thank yous to the lovely folks at Clarisonic!

Congratulations to Brittany, Cherie, & Lynn!

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

If you were using MAC Atlantic Blue Eyeshadow?, what look would you create with it?

What shadows would you use? What would you use on cheeks? Anything added to the lips? Create a look using whatever you want, as long as you include today’s look book product!

Did you come up with a look you’d like to share featuring today’s product? You can link to your images, embed your images using HTML, or you can submit your images via e-mail to share them with readers to help give them inspiration on how to use the product!

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

What was the last beauty product you finished? Share!

Temptalia's Answer.

Philosophy Pumpkin Spice Shower Gel!

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Welcome to Free For Haul Fridays!

A play on Oh No They Didn’t’s “Free For All Fridays,” every Friday is Free For Haul Fridays! Friday is a day for fun — whether you’re already off enjoying your weekend or if you just need a way to get through til the end of the work day, FFH is here for you!

Share your latest beauty hauls! Once you’ve done that… say anything you’d like. Recommend your favorite book or tell us what you just started reading; share a great dessert recipe or a photo of your pet (which is sure to be the cutest, yeah?).

First, I’ll share mine!

I picked up some MAC eyeshadows as a Christmas gift for my sister, but I don’t think I hauled anything myself this week… or maybe I just blocked it out!

I’m pretty excited for Christmas this year, just because I was really practical and may have had one of the more boring wish lists ever… but it’s all stuff I really want and need (OK, most everything).  I can’t wait to get me my Christmas FEAST, too!!

Now… have at it!