Monday, October 1st, 2012


Happy 6th Anniversary!

I can’t believe it’s been another year, let alone six in total!  That also means that Shaun and I will be celebrating our seventh anniversary next week, and Mellan will turn five years old at the end of the year.   So much has happened in the past six years–it’s hard to believe it was all just a side hobby at one point.

To date, Temptalia has…

  • … received 779,358 comments
  • … published 13,104 posts
  • … written 3,775 review posts (some cover more than one product or shade)
  • … asked 1,823 questions through Temptalia Asks You.
  • … received 67.7 million visits, 202.6 million pageviews
  • … held over 430 contests.
  • … given 37 A+ ratings and 26 F ratings

Thank you so much for your amazing support and encouragement throughout the years!  Temptalia would not be as successful as it is today without all of you.  I am honored to be a part of Temptalia, and I am truly privileged to have been able to do this for six years.  Temptalia has such helpful, knowledgeable, and savvy readers–I could not ask for a better audience!  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading.  Here’s to the next year!

P.S. — A huge personal thank you goes to resident tech guy, Shaun (also, my fiance!), my family, and my friends!  And Mellan, for being so cuddly and cute.

Sunday, September 30th, 2012


Download: Price per Ounce – Eye Products (High-End)

This price-per-ounce guide to high-end eye products was compiled and provided by Temptalia.com. We took popular brands and products along with current pricing (as of Fall 2012) and quantity in ounces to come up with price-per-ounce (PPO). This makes it easier to compare pricing across brands.

For example, if you expect to finish a product and/or re-purchase, PPO can be important. If you rarely finish any products and find yourself using a product only a few times before moving on, then the actual price (regardless of how much product you’re getting) will be more important.

Product quantities were taken from our product reviews as well as retailer websites. All quantities were rounded to the nearest thousandth (e.g. a product that contains 0.00945 will show as 0.009 oz. but the PPO is calculated using the actual quantity). Many eyeliners range between 0.001 and 0.048, so we felt it important to show the distinction and round further out in this category.

Download Here

I hope to do one more–for cheek products–and that will be that for awhile :)

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012


Download: Price per Ounce – Lip Products (High-End)

This price-per-ounce guide to high-end lip products was compiled and provided by Temptalia.com. We took popular brands and products along with current pricing (as of Fall 2012) and quantity in ounces to come up with price-per-ounce (PPO). This makes it easier to compare pricing across brands.

For example, if you expect to finish a product and/or re-purchase, PPO can be important. If you rarely finish any products and find yourself using a product only a few times before moving on, then the actual price (regardless of how much product you’re getting) will be more important.

Product quantities were taken from our product reviews as well as retailer websites. All quantities were rounded to the nearest hundredth (e.g. a product that contains 0.00985 will show as 0.01 oz. but the PPO is calculated using the actual quantity).

Download Here

I hope it’s helpful to some of you :) I’ve been compiling this for my own purposes for reviews to help me assess whether a brand is pricing a product appropriate (relative to their price point), providing generous or skimpy quantities of a product, and to get a better idea of the playing field. If it is useful, I’d be happy to provide more in the future for eye products, cheek products, etc.

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012


DIY – Jet Black Swarovski Crystal High Heels

I finally finished these! It took around 12 hours in total over a few weeks.  I chose to bedazzle a pair of Enzo Angiolini Dixy Pumps in black patent.  I then used Swarovski 2058 Jet Black Flatbacks in: 10ss (4 gross), 12ss (10 gross), 14ss (10 gross), 16ss (10 gross), 20ss (5 gross), for a total of 5,616 stones. I had some leftover–maybe 1 gross total across all the sizes–but I used all of the 10ss, 14ss, and 20ss crystals. For a how-to, please see this post.  They turned out exactly as I wanted! :)  I did a quickie video to show how they sparkle.  I might paint the soles black at a later date!

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Monday, August 27th, 2012

This morning, I came across an article about makeup on the internet (as posted by PinkSith) that decided to post photos of the “worst makeup on the internet” featuring photos of real people–not celebrities–who had the audacity to share those photos on the internet. Aside from the article being poorly researched (several of the looks I recognized as done in a certain vein/for a specific purpose, some even as parodies, most notably Queen of Blending’s hilarious makeup tutorial), their commentary and the purpose of their article seems largely intended to be mean-spirited given the focus is on how “horrible” the makeup is rather than “do this, not that.” No doubt intended to be seething and go viral–but what a shame to see a large, professional website look to drive the self-esteem down of real women.

We’re not trying to be mean, we just thought these pictures were bad enough to bring to your attention. In fact, we even think these real women are brave — or a little nuts — for not caring what people think about their makeup, and freely posting their photos online for all to see.

There are enough problems with boosting the self-esteem of our youth (and our adults, for that matter) in general that the last thing we need are dedicated articles that put down people for doing what? Expressing their creativity? Having fun? Parodying a look? Deliberately doing something avant garde and out-of-the-box?  Isn’t the reason why we all love makeup so much is because of the way it allows us to express ourselves in colors, hues, finishes, textures, and shapes?  Isn’t one of the greatest things about makeup that it’s washable?  You can wear blue blush and rock it and love it, and you can wear beige eyeshadow the very the next day.  You can go as bold or as subtle as you want to.

There’s a big difference in giving someone constructive criticism and being cruel.  Constructive criticism is about genuinely trying to help someone improve an area, which means it points out the problem and provides some detail about how to fix it or why it is a problem.  If you have to start a statement with, “I don’t mean to be rude, but,” or “I’m not trying to be mean, but” you may want to re-think what you were going to say.  Apologizing in advance for being mean, rude, or what-have-you, is not a justification to be such.  “I’m sorry, but you look hideous in blue eyeshadow,” is different from, “I think it could work if you just used it on the inner corner” or “Have you tried purple eyeshadow? I think that would be more flattering on you!”

Just this weekend, I saw part of an old episode of What Not to Wear, and yet again, a woman who broke down at being asked if she felt or thought she was pretty.  Why can’t we feel beautiful about ourselves? Why are we taught to criticize ourselves and everyone else?  Why do we spend more time breaking others down than building them up?  I don’t understand it, and I lived through it to a T when I was in junior high and high school.  I didn’t start believing I was beautiful and worthy of praise until a few years ago.  I want people to feel good about themselves and be honest with themselves; to know their flaws and to work on them but to also appreciate all of the positive attributes they possess as well–and not just how they look but how they feel, how they think, and what their abilities are.

 

Saturday, August 11th, 2012


A Little Weekend DIY:  Bedazzled Shoes

There was such an overwhelmingly positive response and requests for a how-to on my Swarovski-bedazzled wedding wedges–so here you go! This was the first time I’ve ever done something like this, and the more crafting experience you have, the higher quality your work will be, but even as someone who hasn’t done a craft project in years, like myself, the results were surprisingly satisfactory :) There was a learning curve, so I’ve included all the things I’ve learned in this guide.

I’m not at all an expert at this, and this was my first attempt. I was inspired by a pair of Gucci heels that I saw in Vegas last month. They were, quite possibly, the most stunning, jaw-droppingly gorgeous shoes I have ever laid eyes on. I’m definitely going to attempt creating something using the black crystals next. I thought I’d try it first on a pair of satin wedges (BP Fae, $59.95, also available in black) I picked up for my wedding. They weren’t too pricey, and even if they didn’t turn out perfect, you’d never really see them since the gown goes well past the floor.

What You Need

  • Pair of shoes
  • Flatback Crystals/Rhinestones (approximately 15-40 gross, depending on size of crystals/area to cover)
  • Adhesive (I used E6000, GemTac is also a good pick)
  • Tray (to hold the crystals)
  • Tweezers
  • Plastic Stick

I purchased all of my supplies from Dreamtime Creations. I had no problems with the service through them, though there are other crafting websites out there, too. This retailer happened to have a sale at the time, so that’s what made me go with them.

Step-by-step guide/my experience and lessons learned…  Continue reading →