Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

With the new year, it is only fitting for us to reflect back on the posts from Temptalia in the past year.  In this special year-end “best of” post, you will find a few favorites from both readers and myself.  If you had a favorite post that you remember, feel free to share it!

Features

One of the new additions to Temptalia has been “Temptalia Asks You,” which stemmed off of “Ask Temptalia.”  Some of the best questions (rather, the best answers) have given:  a slew of eyeliner tips, your very first makeup buys, five products you use everyday, your strange beauty habits, how others view your makeup addiction, great skincare tips, and makeup tips for beginners.  Plus, you answered and we compiled to give you the First Annual Temptalia Beauty Awards!

Tutorials are a popular favorite around these parts, but these few have been particularly well-received this year:  cateye eyeliner tips and tricks, achieving flawless skin (complete with contouring, blush, and highlighting!), bold, bright, and totally teal, how-to get perfect red lips, my top ten makeup tips, learn the parts to the eye, Temptalia’s signature black smoky eye, how-to for blending, and duplicate Barbie Loves MAC face chart.

Sometimes the looks on Temptalia are like peacocks, even a bit wacky, experiments with Metal-X, and reminiscent of fall.

Celebrity look breakdowns only began late this year, but while it is a hate-it-or-love-it kind of column for many, Arielle Kebbel dazzles with icy blue shadow, while Keira Knightley has an awfully plump pout, but still looks gorgeous.

So many opportunities happened in 2007, including many, many interviews with fabulous people.  MAC let us interview Viva Glam spokseperson Dita Von Teese, which was one amazing experience, but there were some great home-grown interviews with makeup artists from all walks, including founder of Face Time, Linsey Snyder.

It is always fab to have Temptalia readers submit to the site, and how can we forget Skyler’s enviable pigment storage solution?  Skyler, tell Doug I desperately want one, too!  (But here’s my storage solution… for now.)  Check out the readers’ pick for winner of the Halloween mask contest, as well as the judges’ pickKris shared this awesome teal look with us, while Janis goes smoky eyed.

MAC

We are already anticipating for Spring 2008 here in the beauty world, but MAC’s collaboration with Heatherette and Fafi have everyone in a tizzy, excited for February and March to roll around already!  While the unsung hero of the year will have to be Sculpt & Shape, only because it gave me the perfect contouring color, and The Originals turned out much better than expected.  Although Antiquitease and Holiday 2007 offerings overwhelmed us a bit, I loved the look of the Antiquitease crackled nails enough to try it myself.  MAC put out a lovely collection of smoky blues in Blue Storm, but we still wish MAC would make Temptalia’s Color Story.  Many loved, and some hated, but C-Shock was a shock to the sensible with its bright and bold hues.  Don’t forget how everyone ran, not walked, to get Barbie Loves MAC (which I liked, but didn’t love).

Reviews

YSL teaches us a lesson in truly luxury beauty and makes us fall in love with their cream blush, while our experience with Chanel Glossimers hasn’t yet converted us to the dark side!

Skin discoveries were abound this year, and Osmotics Cream Extreme saved me from a fate worse than death.   I can’t go a day without Estee Lauder’s DayWear Plus–it is the perfect morning cream.  What else could be love at first sight?  Oh, Renee Rouleau’s AHA/BHA cleanser!  Even though I shared my skincare routine with you this year, I think 2008 will require an updated version as I have found all new light o’ loves.

Also, as a reminder, don’t forget about submitting your Reader Feedback Survey nor participating in our New You with New Beauty contest!

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

If you were using MAC Golden Lemon pigment, 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 Golden Lemon! Feel free to share links to photos of your look(s) using it in the comments.

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

Temptalia Asks You

How important is price to you when it comes to buying a beauty product? Are you budget-conscious or do you forget the dollar signs?

Monday, December 31st, 2007

What are you doing for New Year’s Eve? Are you staying in or going out? Hanging with friends, family, or significant other?

I’m at my boyfriend’s mom’s house (and have been for the weekend), and we celebrate with his family and a few of his friends that happen to stop by. Lots of appetizers and laughing galore. Can’t wait for my New Year’s kiss!

Sunday, December 30th, 2007

If you were using MAC Ochre Style 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 Ochre Style! Feel free to share links to photos of your look(s) using it in the comments.

Sunday, December 30th, 2007

How do you feel about premade palettes or quads? Does it make you rejoice for having already put-together color combinations? Do you get frustrated because they’re altogether in one? Love ‘em or hate ‘em, tell me why!

P.S. – How is your weekend going?  I’m sure some of you are on a long, holiday weekend… lucky for you!