Thursday, October 10th, 2013


Happy 7th Anniversary!

Time flies when you’re having fun — what a year it has been! We built the foundation of one of my dream projects, MyTemptalia, earlier this year, and we have so many cool things we’re still working on (cough, Foundation Matrix, cough) and hope to show you soon.   There are so many reminders of what life is about this time of year, and I’m so thankful and truly, truly blessed to be here today.  It is an incredible honor to be able to do something I love for a living, and it’s even more incredible that it’s become something that really has a fantastic team behind it.  From my mom and dad who have been a mentors from day one, to my now-husband who has worked tirelessly behind the scenes since the inception of the blog, and to my brother-in-law who recently joined the team this past January, who is a real code monkey.  Even my sister has helped behind-the-scenes with data gathering (much of the MyTemptalia product database was compiled by her!).  Quite honestly, every single member of my family–including extended–has given me tremendous support.

But really?  The most important person to thank is you!  Without readers, Temptalia wouldn’t be where it is today.  It is thanks to your support and your comments and your participation that we can call ourselves an amazing, thriving community of beauty enthusiasts.  Thank you for giving my life purpose, and thank you for giving me the opportunity to do this for you everyday!

To date, Temptalia has…

  • … received 949,707 comments
  • … published 15,775 posts
  • … written 5,091 review posts (some cover more than one product or shade)
  • … asked 2,187 questions through Temptalia Asks You.
  • … received 99 million visits, 289 million pageviews
  • … held over 486 contests.
  • … given 314 A+ ratings and 46 F ratings
Sunday, August 11th, 2013

Inglot #45 Blush
Inglot #45 Blush

Inglot #45 Blush ($10.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a medium orange with soft, yellow undertones and a barely-there satin finish. It’s the type of finish that becomes more and more luminous and glowy as it is blended and buffed into the skin. Maybelline Coral Burst is darker, brighter. NARS Gina is lighter. NARS Rotonde is slightly brighter. Illamasqua Expose has a redder tone. See comparison swatches.

The texture was soft but not powdery–a little drier compared to Inglot’s matte eyeshadows. It had true-to-pan color payoff that applies with quite a bit color with a normal stroke, but it can be applied with a lighter hand for a softer look. It blended out easily and looked even, smooth, and did not emphasize pores or other skin imperfections. #45 lasted well for seven hours on my skin, and it started to look somewhat faded after eight hours. I had never tried Inglot’s blush before, and I received this one last week, because Inglot is releasing individual blush palettes that come with a mirror and brush, which will retail for $11 and launching this August, so to get both the palette and the blush, you’re looking at $21 in total.

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#45 Face Blush

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The texture was soft but not powdery--a little drier compared to Inglot's matte eyeshadows. It had true-to-pan color payoff that applies with quite a bit color with a normal stroke, but it can be applied with a lighter hand for a softer look.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, June 30th, 2013

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Saturday, May 18th, 2013


THE SWATCH GALLERY HAS BEEN UPDATED AND REVAMPED!  Please enjoy!

Advanced Sorting and Refining

You can now sort swatches by a whole host of characteristics! Choose one, five, ten, or however specific you want to go. You can refine any search by:

  • TYPE: Try a search for blush, or refine down to powder blushes–or maybe cream and liquid blushes
  • BRAND: If you only want to see Urban Decay swatches, you can do it!
  • COLOR: Select one or more colors to see together–great for comparing but also putting together color combinations!
  • FINISH: Select one or more of our finishes so if you’ve wanted a matte version of a frost, you can find it!
  • UNDERTONE: Prefer cool undertones? You can make it so only those shades show up.
  • AVAILABILITY: Only want to see permanent shades? No problem! (You’ll also see all shades marked with DC, LE, or P on the upper right-hand corner.)
  • PRICE: Trying to find a red lipstick under $25? We have you covered!

Select your parameters, then click “FILTER” and let us do the magic! :)


Compare

You can compare (or “combine,” if you want to create color combinations or product pairings) up to eight shades together by clicking “compare” underneath each shade you wish to see together. Once you’ve selected all shades you want to see together, go to the top of the page and click “compare.” You can still drag and drop shades to compare as well! What’s great is that it will output a permanent link, so you can save and return to it or share with friends (and you’ll see me including this in new posts going forward, and it will also be become part of the post at a future date!).  See the example below live here.


Lip Products – Not Just on Lips!

You can now compare swatches of lip products on skin or as applied on lips. To see lip products swatched on lips, simply click “See Lip Products Swatched on Lips.”

Add to Vanity/Wishlist Quickly, Quick Reviews

While we intend to roll out ways to add products and shades to your vanity in a faster, more bulk-friendly kind of way, displaying shades in the gallery is an easy way to see everything in one place if you have a lot of MAC lipsticks or Urban Decay eyeshadows! You’ll find our Vanity and Wishlist icons there–and you can continue to love and leave products or quickly review them.

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Temptalia Asks You


Is there a certain beauty item you associate with your birthday? Something you received in the past years, or wore to a party of yours? The color of your birthstone?

Temptalia's AnswerI don’t think there is. I’m trying to recall, but I’ve always told people not to buy me anything beauty-related for my birthday (I’m picky!).

Thanks to Kate for this question–and 5/18 is her birthday, so happy birthday, Kate! Do you have a question idea? Submit yours here.

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013


Angelina Jolie @ Golden Globes 2012

Angelina Jolie wrote an op-ed for the New Yor Times today about her decision to have double mastectomy. Jolie wrote, “For any woman reading this, I hope it helps you to know you have options.” Jolie carries the mutated BRCA1 gene, which dramatically increased her risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer. By opting for a double mastectomy, Jolie said she has reduced her risk from 87% to under 5% for breast cancer. She noted how vital support from family, especially partners, can be during the process.

On April 27, I finished the three months of medical procedures that the mastectomies involved. During that time I have been able to keep this private and to carry on with my work.

Of what she said, I felt like this was most inspiring:

On a personal note, I do not feel any less of a woman. I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity.

Jolie hopes by sharing her story that she will raise awareness and encourage women to get gene tested to see if they may be “living under the shadow of cancer.” She says, “Life comes with many challenges. The ones that should not scare us are the ones we can take on and take control of.”  She will continue to share more about her journey going forward, which will be posted on the Pink Lotus Breast Center’s website.

Many of us have been affected by breast cancer, whether directly or because someone we love has been diagnosed.  Jolie’s story, and those like hers, and the stories readers have shared here in the past, help us come together to understand, raise awareness, and move forward in the fight against cancer.  It’s an opportunity to have a difficult discussion, to learn more about risk factors and family histories, to talk to survivors and learn from their journeys.  It doesn’t have to be October and dressed in pink for reminders of why it is important to know our bodies, family histories, and what things we can do to prevent and/or reduce our risks.

If you have a story to share, know it will be welcomed, and your courage and strength of sharing is truly inspiring.