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Share Your Favorite Holiday Recipes!


Share Your Favorite Holiday Recipes!

I’m not much of a cook; I’m not disastrous in the kitchen, and I can follow a recipe well, but in the past, I haven’t done a ton of cooking–especially nothing complicated!  I always did love to bake, though.  I’m always at a loss as to what to make, because I only want to spend the time if the results are amazing!  This was totally a spur-of-the-moment kind of post; I have always wanted to do it, because I consider the Temptalia community an excellent source of knowledge!  And it’s Friday, so I think I can slide this post through  🙂

Since this was spontaneous, I jut sent an email over to my mom to ask her if she would share some of her fantastic recipes (now my mom is a fabulous cook!)  I usually look for and use recipes from AllRecipes.com, and sometimes I’ll head over to Food Network as well.  Do you have any favorite recipe sites or collectives?  I’m totally looking to the community to help me find some good things to cook this holiday season 🙂  And maybe you even have a really good recipe for a holiday doggy treat…

Share your favorite holiday recipes in the comments!

And… I am pleased to share two recipes I love that my mom does 🙂

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Would you like to see Temptalia Holiday Gift Guides?


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They’re not something we do extensively any more on Temptalia, but as always, I want to give you the content you want to see, so please take about two seconds to click yes or no!

If you do want to see them, I’d love it if you’d let me know what type of gift guidesdid you want it based on price? person? holiday gifts/sets specifically vs. permanent items?  Should I mention a few non-beauty items? Let me know!

Rediscovering Old Favorites


What products have you found and fallen in love with all over again?

Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv and T3 Bespoke Featherweight Hair Dryer are products I’ve recently used again, after prolonged periods of disuse, and I remembered how much I loved them when I first tried them… and was reminded how much I still love them.   I reviewed one of the creams from Estee Lauder’s Re-Nutriv line a few years ago (Ultimate Youth Creme), and I recently started using their Ultimate Lift Creme.  I’ve trialed many products between then and now, and I found myself still loving many of the qualities inherent in the Re-Nutriv creams (smell, texture, dry down, hydration levels).

The product that really inspired this post, though, was my trusty T3.  I have very long, thick hair and a whole lot of it, which means it takes far too long to dry, never wants to stay lifted, and generally, I skip the blow drying.  I don’t know why I loathe it so, because with the T3, it still takes just five minutes to go from wet to dry for me.  I use a large round brush and go for it, and I think I need to start taking that five minutes to blow dry rather than go to bed with damp hair!

I’d love to hear about your rediscovered old favorites! 🙂

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Foundation Matrix 2.0 – Submit via Form


Foundation Matrix 2.0

If you’re not familiar with the Foundation Matrix, the purpose is to help you find potential shade matches in a foundation you’re interested in.  The way you do this is by finding a foundation you do use that you already know your shade for, and then you move along the corresponding column to find potential matches in other foundations.  It began and continues as a community-driven effort, because I ask that you add in your own matches.  This way it’s real people who’ve really tried the foundations giving out recommendations to others.

We are reaching out to the community to help fine tune existing shades but also fill in more shades.  The Foundation Matrix stands at over 400 foundations strong.  400!

We have added/changed the following:

  • NEUTRAL UNDERTONES.  We have had requests for sheet just for those with neutral undertones, so we have added it.
  • NEW SHADE GUIDE/SYSTEM.  We originally used MAC’s numbering system (which is backwards and often confusing) in the beginning, because it was so recognizable that many knew their MAC shade match.  We have so much amazing data, we don’t need it any more.  Plus, MAC’s shade range does not cover some of the undertones the revamped matrix now has.  The shade range goes from Fairest to Deep Dark.  In MAC shades, fairest is like NC/NW5-10 (lighter than their lightest shade at NC/NW15), while Deep Dark is like NC/NW50-55.
  • NEW UNDERTONES FOR WOMEN OF COLOR.  We want the matrix to be more useful to women of color, who do not always fit into pink/yellow undertones.  There is a warm undertones sheet which includes yellow but also peach and red (and pink undertones remain on the cool undertones sheet). Thank you to Afrobella for her help on this!
  • ADDED 100+ FOUNDATIONS.  In the past, we only added new foundations if and when someone has a match for it.  We have now added over a hundred new foundation formulas that need matches!
  • MORE REFINED SORTING.  Once the community has populated the newly added foundations, we hope to give you more ability to sort and refine the results you want.  We have done this by creating separate columns for:  brand, foundation name, type of foundation, coverage of the foundation, and finish of the foundation.  You can view the parameters for type, coverage, and finish under the Key sheet.

Please submit your matches using the form below! 🙂 We still need more matches!

Open Letters, Vol. 002: Write Yours!


Open Letters

We’ve done this before (see volume one), and I loved how it went last year so let’s try it again! 🙂  An open letter is something that is written to a specific person/brand but is posted for the public to see, hence why it’s open.  Sometimes they’re uplifting, thank you-esque notes, other times they’re more critical.  Feel free to write as many as you want — I have always found writing cathartic, and you never know, you might find a reader or two who understands your perspective.

I’ve written a few myself…

Dear Guerlain,

Thank you for creating beautiful and creative powder products with design and quality in mind.  I love that most of your designs go all the way through, and they’re functional and pretty look at.  I’d also like to put in a request for more Rouge Gs but even more important than that is refills, please!  Those cases shouldn’t be tossed.  [Editor’s Note:  I actually requested the same thing last year…]

Dear Illamasqua,

How is your Nail Varnish formula so spectacular?  I absolutely love the formula and wear–like iron!  I hope you’re able to bring more of your color range to the states, because there are so many more colors and shades that we’d love to try without having to order overseas.

Dear MAC,

My mom used to tell me, “Quality over quantity.”  It’s not always a statement I follow well, though I do try to slow it down and remember to put quality first when I remember!  I’m not opposed to regular launches and more than just the expected seasonal collections.  I just think that with 40-50 collections per year, you might be stretching yourself thin.  Between the quick sell outs/low product stock, last minute launch changes, and some product flops this year, I’d love to see more edited collections that really bring us the best in trends and classics.

Dear Urban Decay,

You can do a really amazing palette, but sometimes it feels like too many repeats or more recently, too  many palettes one after another.   I loved the idea behind the 15th Anniversary Palette, where we saw new and exclusive shades–except that many of them were repeated in subsequent palettes released just a a month or two later.  I’d also like to say I am in the camp of the Book of Shadows palettes are just too big!  They feel bulky, heavy, and I’d rather have a slimmer palette like the Naked palette, which is more travel friendly.

Happy 5th Anniversary!


Happy 5th Anniversary!

Temptalia started October 2006, which means it’s our five-year anniversary this month! 🙂  Happy 5th Anniversary!

To date, Temptalia has…

  • … received 607,182 comments
  • … published 10,456 posts
  • … written 2,788 review posts (keep in mind many cover more than one product or shade!)
  • … asked 1,452 questions through Temptalia Asks You.
  • … received 39.8 million visits, 122.8 million pageviews
  • … held over 300 contests.

I wanted to take a moment to thank all of you for the incredible support you have shown Temptalia over the past five years! Each year, we do more and grow in ways that I never thought possible. I can’t say I started Temptalia and thought (or even hoped) that this is where I would be five years later. When Temptalia began, beauty blogs were still new and an unknown quantity, so the idea of reaching as many people as we do today was so impossible it wasn’t even a dream. Temptalia has made me believe in myself and my dreams, because I now know nothing is impossible–at least not with enough hard work and dedication.

To readers: There is no greater motivator than you. Your comments and questions help me figure out where we need to go, what I need to do, to make Temptalia a better place to visit. When I meet people in the industry and behind-the-scenes (like brands, PR, etc.), I always stress the importance of my readers as number one. I am thinking of all of you and the things you want (and do not want) every step of the way. I look forward to the next year and what unfolds over time. Each year is better than the last, and for that, I’m extremely thankful to my readers, who have played a major role in making Temptalia possible.

To my family and friends: I appreciate all of the amazing emotional support you have given me, because I know that without your guidance, patience, and understanding, I could not be the person I am today. My family is always driving me to think bigger, dream more lavishly, and pursue the paths that will help me accomplish the goals I’ve set for myself–and they’re always right there waiting to help me in any way that they can. Thank you for being my shoulder to cry on, rock to draw strength from, and roots to keep me grounded.  To have family and friends who understand why you cancel last minute because a new collection has arrived to swatch is unusual, but I do, and I love them even more for it.

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