Thursday, December 20th, 2007

BENEFIT: Receive FREE Next Day Air Shipping (US) with $50 purchase. Enter promo code JINGLE07 at checkout. Valid only on US purchases. Expires December 20th, 2007.

LUSH: Free shipping on orders of $99 or more through December 24th.  Free upgrade to priority shipping when you select express shipping by noon PST December 20th, 2007.

MAC: Receive free 2-day shipping with code 2DAY, or $5 overnight shipping. Expires December 20th, 2007.

SEPHORA: Free upgrade to UPS 2-day or Overnight shipping, no promotion code necessary. Expires December 20th, 2007.

Last Minute Shopping Tips

  • Gift cards are easy, no-fuss ways to get that last minute gift on-time. I know some loathe to give gift cards, but it’s always fun to pick out what you want later on. Tons of retailers offer e-gift cards, too, so you can still do it online and not hit the holiday madness at the mall!
  • If you’re going out, GO EARLY! Malls are open bright and early this week, and probably next as well. I know mine opened at 8am everyday this week, and it truly is a ghost town at 8-9am. Think about other shops, too, like specialty grocery stores, stationary shops, etc. Gifts are everywhere, you just have to think about what kind of items you’re looking for and be inventive.
  • Homemade gifts can be done in the next few days, and you won’t have to worry about expedited shipping, biting your nails wondering if FedEx is going to get to your door step on time (ahem). Try making your own ornaments, or a set, to give to a friend or family member. Craft stores sell tons of clear ornaments that you can fill with various decorative items, or toss in a photo or two of you and the giftee. Even a semi-homemade gift isn’t bad–fill up a basket with the giftee’s favorite foods and drinks, or splurge and get a fancy bottle of champagne or wine for them.
  • Bake something delicious. Go for the gusto with a superb pastry that takes an hour or two in the kitchen. Or do what my boyfriend’s mother does: bake about twenty different holiday treats! She makes so many different desserts and cookies during the holidays, and then she makes goody bags for everyone she knows!
  • IOUs may be frowned upon, but it can be done in a way where it isn’t the worst gift to be received. Try making a booklet of IOUs for your sweetie or even your mom. Make them like coupons so they can be redeemed; be creative and think of things the giftee might want done. Here are a few ideas: “Good for one back massage,” “Will wash dishes for a week,” “Good for one dinner out on me,” and “$100 shopping spree on me.”

Share your last-minute shipping deals in the comments! I know I’ve missed a few!

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

What are your favorite bath products? Shower gels, soaps, bubble bath makers… tell us what makes your shower so fantastic!

I am in love with LUSH Jingle Jelly shower gel myself!  I also alternate between that and Bliss’ Snow Gel and Philosophy’s Raspberry Sorbet.

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

The Audience
Temptalia readers are composed of 97.6% females and only 2.4% males (hey guys!). The majority of our readers are aged 22-30 (44.5%), with 32% of readers aged 18-22; this means 76% of our readers fall into the category of 18-30 (one of the most prized female demographics). 13% of readers are age 30-40, while only 4% of readers are over 40. We have a few younger readers, roughly 7% of readers are under 18 (but only 0.2% are under 14).

Now, see the results for the best brands, products, and collections of the year, from your votes! (Be sure to add your own result commentary by leaving a comment!) Continue reading →

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

How do you celebrate an occasion? What do you do to make something really special? (And yes, totally not beauty-related… I was stumped!)

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

Are you giving any beauty-related gifts this season? Did you buy any makeup items for friends, family, etc. for the holidays? What did you end up buying?

Monday, December 17th, 2007

This is your last chance! Surveys must be completed December 17th, 2007 by midnight PST!  SO TAKE IT!

TEMPTALIA’S READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2007, VOTE NOW!

Quick FAQ:

  • If you don’t have an answer, feel free to state that, “I hated all the mascaras I tried this year!”
  • Please only give one answer per question. If you can’t pick between your two favorites, how can you expect us to? ;)
  • Question confusing?  Don’t be afraid to ask for clarification, or just answer to the best of your knowledge. This isn’t a test, you aren’t being graded!
  • One survey per person (duplicates will be deleted).
  • These are your answers–this means put what you feel is the best/worst, whether it is a drugstore or high-end brand.
  • Surveys must be submitted by December 17th, midnight PST!
  • We will reveal the winners December 19th!

What better way than increase participation by offering prizes? We’ll be doing random giveaways to those who fill out a survey! How will I know it’s you? Answer the last question (#20), and at the end of your answer, put: “PICK ME! [insert your email address].”

TEMPTALIA’S READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2007, VOTE NOW!

I appreciate everyone who enters!  Thank you so much for your participation, in advance!