Thursday, November 28th, 2013


The best part about Thanksgiving is it serves as a reminder to be thankful for all of the good things in our lives.  It’s also an occasion where families and friends come together to share in holidays.  I’m so excited to see everyone later today when they pop by! Even if Thanksgiving isn’t a tradition in your part of the world, the meaning behind it is something we can all share in.  I’d love to take a moment to share a few things I’m thankful for, and I’d love to hear some of yours!  Happy Hanukkah, as well, to those who celebrate!

5 Things I’m Thankful For

  1. An amazing, supportive, kind, loving husband.  He’s someone who sees me day in and day out, and he always knows how to make me smile and laugh until I have tears in my eyes.
  2. The support and love of my family and extended family.  I am so fortunate that my family has continuously supported, encouraged, and helped however they could to help me reach my dreams.  It is so good to love and be loved.
  3. My dearest, sweetest boy–Mellan–for his warm, wiggling body, his wet nose, his kangaroo imitations, for always putting a smile on my face.  He has such spirit, such a positive, uplifting outlook.
  4. Good friends are hard to find, and best friends the rarest jewel in the crown.  I am so fortunate to count a few inspiring people in my circle of friends–I have learned so much from them and they have helped me grow.
  5. All of you, who have given me purpose and have helped make living my dream possible.  Thank you so much for your support over the years–your readership, your comments, your questions.

5 Things I’m Thankful For — Beauty Edition

  1. Smart doctors; this year, I finally managed to get a handle on my acne, and I owe that to my primary care doctor for prescribing me topical treatments.  I am forever indebted to her for the state of my skin right now!
  2. Coral in any shape or form, whether blush, lipstick, gloss, or eyeshadow, I continue to love you however you may be released next!
  3. Unusual lip colors thanks to brands like OCC and Illamasqua, because these let us be creative, free, and have fun with our makeup!
  4. Highly shimmery gloss has become a go-to when I need a lip color on the go and have nothing else in my purse! It adds lots of oomph and shine in a single stroke.  (Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lipgloss, I’m looking at you!)
  5. Richly pigmented, hydrating lipstick seems to have been introduced over and over again by more and more brands this past year; I feel like I have five favorite formulas, not just one!

What are you thankful for this year?

Thursday, November 21st, 2013


I’m very, VERY excited announce the launch of the Foundation Matrix 2.0!

There are now over 900 foundations and 300 concealers–with over 10,000 shades in the database. The most significantly added feature of 2.0 is voting, which allows the community to further vet matches by joining voices together when shades match, and even when they don’t. When something doesn’t match, you can let others know why–maybe it’s too light or too dark, too warm or too cool. There is strength in the power of the community; if 20 people agree that it’s a pretty good match, you’ll have more confidence opting for that shade. This will also help us better refine shades so only the best matches are shown over time.

Visit The Foundation Matrix 2.0!

The latest version of the Foundation Matrix can be used in two ways:

  • Use Your Existing Foundation: If you already know of a match (or a close match!), simply choose “use my existing foundation.” You can begin typing the brand of your foundation or select from a list of popular foundations. Once you’ve selected the brand, you’ll need to select your shade. That’s it — then you’ll get matches that the community (all of the information the original Foundation Matrix used) and staff have said may be matches.
  • Start From Scratch: If you’re not sure of a match, you can select your under tone and skin tone and see matches that correspond.


There are over 400 shades swatched across 14 different brands–and we hope to add more and more as time goes on! We would like to extend our most heartfelt thank you to these brands for supporting us by generously providing product samples of their foundation ranges so we could swatch and photograph. Thank you to (in alphabetical order) bareMinerals, Benefit Cosmetics, Bobbi Brown, Clarins, Cover FX, Dior, Hourglass, Illamasqua, LORAC, MAC Cosmetics, Make Up For Ever, Maybelline, NARS, and Urban Decay for believing in our dream and vision for the Foundation Matrix.


Additional features:

  • Filter and refine your results by brand, coverage, type, finish, and price
  • Add shades to your Vanity or your Wish List for future reference
  • Get more details about the formula by clicking “about this formula”
  • See a full breakout of voting results by viewing the shade’s page


Friday, October 18th, 2013

Free for Haul Friday

Welcome to Free For Haul Friday!

  • Haul: Guerlain Crazy Meteorites, MAC Divine Night!
  • Weekend plans:  Swatching/testing/reviewing!
  • Pen or pencil?:  Pen!

Share your pet photos to the Temptalia Pets flickr group! :)

This week’s Mellan photo/video…


Someone spotted a bug! I love that his forehead wrinkles when he’s thinking!

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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