Friday, December 31st, 2010


Happy New Year!

In the blogosphere, it is rather traditional to go through the past year’s posts to find favorites, gems, and the like.   I’ve got a few more things to keep me busy this New Year’s Eve, which you’ll see soon enough.  Sometimes we have readers wonder why we cover every MAC collection, but from these top post lists, you’ll notice that these are often our most popular, most requested/expected posts here on Temptalia–and ultimately, we want to provide you with the content you want. It is also with great happiness to see both the Makeup Dupe List and the Foundation Matrix do so well this year!

Thank you for ALL of your amazing support over the past year! We’ve had a great 2010, and I just know we’re going to rock it out again in 2011!

Hope you have a fabulous evening and kick-off 2011 with a smile!  Happy new year! :)

Top 20 Most Commented Posts of 2010*

  1. MAC Venomous Villains: Discussion #2
  2. MAC for Temptalia Collection for Summer 2010 (April Fool’s joke!)
  3. MAC Stereo Rose Mineralize Skinfinish Review
  4. My First Waxing Experience — AMAZING!
  5. Look: MAC Venomous Villains – Maleficent
  6. Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette Review
  7. Dare to Wear Look: Yellow, Green, Blue
  8. How Limited Edition is TOO Limited Edition?
  9. I Spy Temptalia @ Revlon Lashes
  10. MAC Venomous Villains: Discussion #1
  11. A Day in the Life of Temptalia… as a Beauty Blogger
  12. Birthday Makeup: Ice Cream Swirl Cake
  13. MAC To the Beach Sneak Peek
  14. MAC Venomous Villains Evil Queen Review
  15. Have you ever boycotted a beauty product/brand?
  16. MAC In the Groove Mineralize Skinfinishes Review
  17. MAC Liberty of London Lipsticks Review
  18. Tag: Your Holy Grail Beauty Products
  19. 10 Random Facts of Beauty About Temptalia You Might Not Have Known
  20. Bobbi Brown Black Velvet Look

Top 20 Viewed Posts of 2010*

  1. Your Guide to Upcoming MAC Cosmetics Collections 2010
  2. Tutorial: Black Smoky Eye
  3. The Makeup Dupe List
  4. The Foundation Matrix
  5. MAC Venomous Villains: Maleficent Review
  6. MAC Venomous Villains: Evil Queen Review
  7. Urban Decay Naked Palette Review
  8. MAC Venomous Villains: Cruella Review
  9. MAC Eyeshadow Swatches: Browns
  10. MAC Venomous Villains: Dr. Facilier Review
  11. Tutorial: Smoky Eye
  12. MAC Give Me Liberty of London Lipsticks Review
  13. MAC Fabulous Felines: Overall Review & Recommendations
  14. MAC Lipstick Swatches on Skin
  15. Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland Palette Review
  16. Tutorial: Cat Eye Liner
  17. MAC Spring Colour Forecast Review & Round-up
  18. 6 Must-Have MAC Nude Lipsticks
  19. MAC In the Groove Lipsticks Review
  20. MAC To the Beach: Overall Review & Round-up

* We eliminated several categories, such as general information posts like launches as well as contests.

Top 10 Most Viewed Posts of All Time

  1. Tutorial: Black Smoky Eye
  2. Your Guide to Upcoming MAC Collections 2010
  3. MAC Hello Kitty Collection
  4. MAC Venomous Villains Collection
  5. Tutorial: Smoky Eye
  6. Makeup Dupe List
  7. The Foundation Matrix
  8. Tutorial: Cat Eye Liner
  9. MAC A Tartan Tale Collection
  10. MAC To the Beach Collection

No exceptions or exclusions for the all-time list.

Friday, December 24th, 2010


Happy Holidays!

As we approach the last week of the year, I just wanted to take a moment to wish all of you and your families the warmest holidays filled with happiness, delight, and wonder.  The winter holidays are one of my favorite times of the year, because I love getting together with my family and (attempting to) relax–at least for a few hours! :)  Thank you for all of the holiday wishes, and I’m sending them right back at you!

Have a safe and wonderful holiday season!

P.S. — There is no such thing as a holiday here on Temptalia–I have lots of great products to show you over the next few days in particular!

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010


Philosophy Celebrate Love

Random Acts of Packaging, Vol. 001

Here are various photos of product packaging… I believe all products featured have been reviewed previously in some fashion.  For whatever reason, these photos persist in my “to review” folder, but just to make sure that they are seen… Continue reading →

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010


Welcome to Swatch-all-idays!

One of my resolutions for 2011 is to be more organized, stay on top of things, and be more realistic about the volume of products I can review in detail with full swatches.  Ideally, I’d love to start off with a clean slate so-to-speak by clearing out an ever growing backlog of products I’ve photographed, swatched, and often tested, but for whatever reason, never got through the photo editing process and thus were never written up.  I am often ambitious and well… don’t have as much time as I’d like!  I would like to do better for you in 2011!

For the next couple of weeks, I’ll be doing quick reviews.  I’ll try to include as much relevant information as I can based on my notes, and I will, of course, indicate if I haven’t tested and only swatched.  These reviews are going to be quick and dirty–and sometimes posts are not as detailed as I like (e.g. a blush is not shown on the face, only swatched).  I’m clearing out photos I’ve had since June with the total number nearing 10,000 (these are all raw, unedited photos).

A couple of weeks ago, I asked readers whether quick reviews were helpful as opposed to not reviewing at all.  I would love to do full, detailed reviews for every product–trust me, I would!–but I’m recognizing that I need to stop the bleeding before I can heal the wound.  Readers said that photos and swatches are helpful enough and worth posting, if I am unable to do a full review.  I will still have regular, full reviews being posted everyday, just like usual, but I will also be posting additional quick reviews.  Like stocking stuffers!  All extras on top of normal daily content.

It may be the holidays… but it’s SWATCH-ALL-IDAYS here on Temptalia!

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010


The Makeup Dupe List – Beta

If you’ve checked out The Dupe List in the past few days, you’ll notice it has changed a bit!  We are currently going through beta testing of The Dupe List.  Shaun–the tech guy–is looking for your feedback.  If you have comments, questions, or suggestions regarding the beta release, please e-mail them.

Please note that there are upcoming features/fixes to be implemented, such as improved sorting, pagination, search, and further clean-up of the list itself (e.g. spelling, capitalization, etc.).  We also plan to make brand the first selection, and then the Shade drop-down will list appropriate shades for that brand.

Thursday, November 25th, 2010


Giving Thanks — Happy Thanksgiving!

Here in the States, it’s Thanksgiving!  It’s one of my favorite holidays, because people come together and (hopefully) enjoy the company. This is also an excellent time to think about the things and people we are thankful to have in our lives–and let them know it!

10 Things I’m Thankful For (Beauty Edition)

  • Jack Black Lip Balm to keep my lips moisturized and help them recover after a mad-dash lip swatching session.
  • Guerlain Rouge Gs for coming out with the most flattering shades so I actually enjoy just wearing lipstick sometimes!
  • China Glaze For Audrey for being the perfect color for summer toes.
  • NARS Smudgeproof, because it keeps my shadow in place without affecting the finish and never muting the color.
  • Tom Ford Oud Wood for making me want to writhe around in my own sexiness after a spritz, LOL!
  • Chanel Exceptionnel for keeping my lashes long, black, and thick.
  • Le Metier de Beaute Echo, because you instantly brighten my cheeks and never look like it’s too much.
  • Benefit Sugarbomb is a highlighting, barely-there blusher come true and a total go-to on lazy days.
  • MAC Brushes — one needs great tools, too!
  • Chanel Dragon Rouge Allure Laque, because it makes me feel like a vixen!

10 Things I’m Thankful For (Life Edition)

  • The amazing emotional support I receive from my family — they are so encouraging and always there cheering me on.
  • My boyfriend for enduring my mindless, nonstop chatter and need to talk 24/7!
  • THE MELLANATOR! for being my heart dog.  He is my cuddle-bug and wiggling machine that always warms my heart.
  • That I only have five more months of school!  AH!
  • Starbucks White Chocolate Mochas with soy, whip, sugar-free hazelnut, and half-caff.  They help me work through the tired!
  • New friends (and their fur-babies)!
  • Reality TV to help me dissolve into mindlessness after a long day.
  • To-do lists (and Outlook!) that help me organized and to not forget half of the things I need to do everyday.
  • Italian food, even if it does go straight to my thighs!
  • Fuzzy socks that keep your feet nice and warm all night long.

And of course, I’m beyond thankful for the amazing readers we have here at Temptalia! :)

What are you thankful for?