Monday, December 31st, 2012


Happy New Year!

Can you believe another year has passed?  Time can be so funny; at times, dragging on, but so often, speeding by and we barely have time to catch our breath.  I hope this New Year’s Eve is filled with love and laughter, relaxation and joy. I hope you’ve managed to do at least one thing that brings a genuine smile to your face this year–if not a thousand things.  I wish only the best for each and every one of you in the coming year, as I know, firsthand, how utterly amazing, kind, smart, and supportive all of you are so I am only wishing what you deserve: the absolute best.  Thank you for all of your support this year, and I look forward to continuing to share new product finds, old favorites, and discuss all things beauty with you in 2013 and beyond. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to live out my dream!

Happy New Year! :)

Love & Lipgloss, Christine

P.S. — Here are some fun facts about the past year here on Temptalia…

  • Reviewed over 1,300 products
  • Posted 2,649 times
  • Received 191,595 comments
  • Shared information for over 250 collections (58 of those posts were for MAC, a few were snippets/previews)
Thursday, December 13th, 2012


2013 Readers’ Choice Awards – Nominations

NOMINATIONS ARE OPENStarting today, you can nominate your favorite brands and products for our annual Readers’ Choice Awards here.  These awards are 100% decided by readers, as readers honor and recognize the best beauty brands and products.  The nomination process allows readers to write-in their favorites, and the top 10-15 in each category move to the short list.  I can’t emphasize how important it is to send in your nominations, because often the difference between making the short list and not is a handful of votes.  You may nominate for as many or as few categories as you feel comfortable with but you can only make one nomination per category. :)  

Nominations will be collected through December 26th, 2012.  Voting will open on December 29th, 2012 (approximately).  You can check out last year’s winners here.

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Long-time readers may remember that from time to time, I would hold “Ask Temptalia” sessions, which were open Q&A sessions where I would take questions from readers about all sorts of things–from blogging to recommendations to dupes to education and everything in-between.  It’s a great way for me to interact with readers on one-on-one basis, answer any questions you may have, and the like.  I’ll keep this post open and answer any questions for a few hours tonight :)  I also encourage readers to chime in with an answer of their own!

Edit at 9:47 AM PST: Thanks for an amazing Q&A session! I’ve answered all outstanding questions and have closed the post to comments, but you can still read them! :)

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Zoya Storm Nail Lacquer
Zoya Storm Nail Lacquer

A Galaxy of Color

Zoya Storm Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “full coverage, holiday black with a high concentration of micro-fine diamond holographic glitter.” It’s a rich, inky black cream with holographic sparkle. The shimmer and sparkle look multi-sized to me, and almost like flecks for some of the colors. While it seems similar to Illamasqua Creator, this shade doesn’t have any of the holographic shimmer, so it is just silver sparkle and shimmer–the effect is similar but if you really want the holographic aspect, you won’t find it there. The same is true with NARS Night Breed. Cult Nails I Got Distracted is closer, but it has large green-teal flecks as well.

This shade was fully opaque after two coats, and it applied beautifully!  The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so I didn’t experience any bubbling or pooling of the polish along the edges of my nails.  There’s plenty of shimmer, and it disperses and spreads evenly.  I typically get a week of wear with Zoya’s polish with no chipping and just minor tip wear.

The Glossover

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Zoya Storm Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

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I think it's actually the richness and depth of the black base that really makes the holographic shimmer and flecks sing!

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10/10

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Thursday, October 18th, 2012


Introducing Cameo and Noble by Illamasqua

From the runway shows of New York and London to city street styles, shades of blue continue to adorn the talons of the style makers and trendsetters alike. Inspired by the hottest color of the season, Illamasqua introduces two new blue nail varnishes in the beautifully expressive shades of Noble and Cameo to be sold exclusively at Sephora and Sephora inside JCP.

Illamasqua’s Director of Product Development David Horne specifically mixed these two complementary hues to compliment Illamasqua’s range of over 50 bold shades of chip resistant, long wearing nail varnishes.

Nail Varnish ($14.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Cameo Cornflower blue
  • Noble Turquoise blue

Availability: Sephora

Monday, October 1st, 2012


Mellan is helping to raise awareness!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and it’s a time not just for donating but raising awareness to those not yet affected by the devestating disease. I know that for many, mothers, sisters, fathers, brothers, friends, and family have been lost, which is why early detection is key. The message of October, for me, has always been about spreading this knowledge. Anyone can get breast cancer–male or female–and chances of survival are greatly improved if it is detected early.   Make sure you know your risk factors, the ones you can’t change but also the ones you can (like lifestyle behaviors).

Get Tested

  • Mammogram | This is an x-ray and can detect cancer at earlier stages, even before a lump appears. Women over 40 should have one performed every year, and if you are younger but have a family history of breast cancer, you may want to speak with your doctor about whether to get them (or other screening tests) performed earlier. Read more on mammograms.
  • Clinical Breast Exam | This is done by your doctor and part of a general exam, which should be done every three years between 20 and 39, and then every year at 40 and older. Consider asking your doctor to show you how to do a self-exam at home as well.

And also? While we’re on this topic, and because I know the demographic here on Temptalia skews younger, so for our ladies under 26, please consider finding out whether you’re a candidate for the HPV vaccine, which can help prevent certain types of cervical cancers. Ask your doctor about it and see if it is something that you could benefit from.

Thoughts on BCA Products

When I first started Temptalia, I included several round-ups of various products involved in raising money for BCA. In the past two years that focus has lessened, because of the significant increase in brands hopping on the bandwagon. Any money raised is a great thing, but at the same time, buying a product that gives 5% back that you don’t really want or need under the auspices of helping the cause isn’t what October is about. I’m particularly leery of any product that does not specifically list the amount, e.g. “portion of proceeds” or “contribution will be made.”

For that reason, my focus is only brands/products that make significant efforts to donate and raise awareness. My motto is if you were going to buy that product anyway, why not buy one that donates X percentage/dollars to the cause?  (A lot of household items, like toilet paper and paper towels, give back!) But you’re better off donating your money (or even half of what you would have spent, in most cases) directly to a charity if you want to help.

  • Estee Lauder Companies offers a slew of products but they also do a fair amount of awareness raising. A lot of their core brands, like Clinique, offer bestselling products (e.g. something you might already buy or need to buy) that also give to the cause. I linked directly to the BCA Campaign, which includes a breakout of what brands and products are participating. Jo Malone is donating $30,000 and purchases of Jo Malone products have NO impact on that amount.Most of the other brands have participating products but are only donating 10-20% of the purchase price.
  • Philosophy Shower for the Cure Shower Gel ($20) donates 100% of net proceeds towards Women’s Cancer Research Fund.
  • Jare Iredale Cherish Lip Fixation ($34) will have 100% of profits from the sale go towards Living Beyond Breast Cancer.
  • eos Delicious Berry Blossom Hand Lotion & Smooth Sphere ($6.99) will donate 100% of profits from the sale to further the advancement of research.

If you know of a product that is donating all or most of proceeds towards the cause, feel free to let me know! 

Consider Donating

If and when you’re able to, consider donating to your preferred charity or organization. There are many available, and of course, all of them can benefit from additional donations. These are a few of the major organizations and some of these I’ve personally donated to over the years:

If there is another organization you’re thinking about donating to but aren’t sure about, look to see if they’ve been rated on Charity Navigator.