New Design is in Bloom!

New Design is in Bloom!

Just a quick announcement to assure you that you are not going crazy — we have changed the design and layout of Temptalia! We hope you enjoy the new look and feel. :)

As with any new design, there might be a few bumps and bugs along the road, and we’ll be on the lookout for them ourselves, but if you discover any, would you please let Temptalia’s resident tech guy know? Send him an e-mail with the problem you are having/seeing along with any browser information (e.g. which version of what internet browser you use).


  • We have changed the narrower font per user feedback.
  • If there is an advertisement in the background, the flowers + blue background will not show up.  We are still tweaking the way the background will look when these run.
  • We are continuing to improve on the search.

If you’re using Internet Explorer and something doesn’t look quite right, click “Compatibility View” (circled below) to see if the bug persists.

Happy 10,000th Post!

10,000 Posts, Oh My!

I’m a celebrator–I love celebrating milestones in life!  Sometimes we get caught up in the process and don’t take time to enjoy what we have worked hard for, and I think that is why I like to take time to celebrate various dates, anniversaries, and milestones.

This post marks our 10,000th post on Temptalia, which is just really exciting for me personally! :)   These milestones in Temptalia’s history also give me a moment to extend the biggest thank you to our amazing readers!  Without you, I would not have a reason to post!  I’m so blessed to be a part of such an inspiring, knowledgeable community.  Here’s to the next 10,000 posts! :)

Behind-the-Scenes: Lessons from Blogging

Coffee is always a good blogging companion!

Behind-the-Scenes:  Lessons from Blogging

One of the most frequently asked questions I receive via e-mail is, “How do I start a beauty blog?” or some variation on that theme—why do you blog, when did you start, how do I get readers, how do you manage your time, and so on and so forth. I thought with today being Saturday and part of the long, holiday weekend, that perhaps I’d take a post to try and give some advice to any aspiring beauty bloggers and some insight on the behind-the-scenes at Temptalia.

Get the Resources and Tools to Become a Beauty Blogger

I do want to make a point that I take blogging seriously; this is not just a hobby to me. I believe that you get what you put in. With that being said, my advice is from that perspective—I plan my life around the blog, not the other way around. This is what has worked for me, but I understand many who want to blog more as a hobby and escape from their everyday lives. These are not rules but lessons I’ve learned from the past (almost) five years of blogging that I want to share to those who may aspire to blog or are already blogging but would like more insight.

From time management to content to motivation…

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  • Tumblr: I love to post quick images of products I’m reviewing, testing, or launch promos. Based on a poll of Facebook fans and Twitter followers, it is a mix of more personal things and beauty, but it is still largely more beauty-oriented!
  • Facebook: Keep up with all of the latest posts on Temptalia, plus participate in random questions, polls, and the like that have a direct effect on what might be posted next. I often poll both Facebook fans and Twitter followers when I’m debating between certain products to review or what they might like to see next. It’s so quick and engaging, and it helps me help you. Facebook also allows you to interact with Temptalia readers whenever you want!
  • Twitter: When it comes to quickest way to get information out, Twitter is my go-to. Sometimes it might be about a sale, upcoming reviews, or the latest MAC launch available for sale. Twitter is also more active with day-to-day communications from myself than our other social media outlets (like Facebook).  Like on Facebook, I often ask for reader input on things I’m working on.
  • YouTube: We post a variety of product/swatch slideshows as well as live reviews! If you don’t like much text but love looking at photos, you just might find our slideshow videos a new way to enjoy Temptalia! Live reviews are often first impressions, and I give you my initial thoughts on colors, textures, and the like.

Share Your Jealousy Wakes Looks!

Share Your Jealousy Wakes Looks!

I would love to see any looks you come up with using Jealousy Wakes and share them with Temptalia’s readers. (And if you are camera shy but still want to show me, I’d still love to see it!)  Submit your looks to [email protected] by July 1st to be included in the round-up!  I only ask that you submit quality photos (no camera phone pics, please!) and your name (just first is fine) — it can be of the eye only or the entire look.

Stay tuned — big giveaway tomorrow with Jealousy Wakes!