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FAQ: Temptalia’s Foundation Matches, Skintone, & Skin Type

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation

About My Coloring

I would describe myself as light-medium in color with soft, warm, yellowish undertones.  My neck is closer to light in color, while the edges of my face are closer to true light-medium and the center of my face is closer to light-to-light-medium.  As a result, I find color matches that are slightly warmer and yellower to suit me best, as true neutral foundations look rosier/pinker against my complexion. I also will lean lighter, as it will be easier to match against my neck, and I’ll often use a flesh-toned powder that adds a touch of additional color.  The closest match I have found thus far is Tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral.

I have hazel eyes (a mixture of green and brown) and black-brown hair with less warmth in my eyebrows (they aren’t true black but warmer brow colors tend to look obvious).

About My Skin

I have normal-to-dry skin overall.  The majority of my face is normal most of the time, but occasionally, I get dryness on my eyelids, around my nostrils, and on my cheeks.  I have some fine lines around my eyes and underneath my eyes as well as visible smile lines.  I have a larger line that runs across my forehead.  As far as skin concerns go, I am most concerned with signs of aging and evenness of my skin overall.  I feel like I have normal-sized pores, as I do not notice them all. the. time. but find they can be visible and emphasized by the texture and finish of products.  I would not consider my skin sensitive, and after trialing so many products over the last ten years, I’d actually say it’s rather resilient.

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Keeping Track of My Looks + Submit Yours!

Temptalia's Looks

For those readers who have missed my look posts, I’m really trying to make a conscious effort to submit my looks through our system so that they can be easily found in one place. You can find all of mine here 🙂 Short of really awful looks (like when it’s a cream eyeshadow that doesn’t apply evenly at all), I have been pretty good about getting them up for the last few weeks, so it seemed like a good time to share!  Here are some recently added ones:

I’d also like to take this time to remind you that you can also share your look with the community as well as check out looks shared by other readers!

MyTemptalia | Vanity + Wishlist Updates

MyTemptalia | Vanity
MyTemptalia | Vanity

I’m so excited to announce some major updates to the Vanity and Wishlist features on MyTemptalia! We hope that they make it easier to use these areas of the site but also help make it easier for you to keep track of what you own and what you’re most tempted by as well.


  • Search within your Vanity. You can quickly look to see shades within a formula you have (like all Urban Decay Eyeshadows), or you can look up a specific shade.

MyTemptalia | Vanity
MyTemptalia | Vanity | Filter + Sort

  • Sort your Vanity. You can now sort your Vanity by various options to make finding items or seeing what you have at a glance easier, like by color, finish, type, etc.

MyTemptalia | Vanity
MyTemptalia | Vanity | Add Details

  • Keep track of when you purchase, open, and use products. You can now add these dates to keep track of how long you’ve had something or how long it may take to finish, or even to make sure you’re using things frequently.
  • Keep track of what you want to buy again. You can now mark yes, maybe, or no for whether you’d repurchase an item in your Vanity.

MyTemptalia | Vanity
MyTemptalia | Vanity | Keep track of dates and thoughts

  • Add notes. Each item on your Vanity has a notes section to write any additional information that may help you, like color combination ideas, brief reviews, and what have you. These are your private notes and are not shared with the community.

MyTemptalia | Vanity
MyTemptalia | Vanity | Adding Products

  • Easier to add a palette. When you add a palette, it will automatically add all the shades within the palette.
  • Add products to your Vanity. You can now add products to your Vanity through your Vanity, rather than having to find them on the site.

MyTemptalia | Vanity
MyTemptalia | Vanity | Quickly Add Multiple Shades

  • Quickly add multiple shades to your Vanity. Do you own 100 MAC eyeshadows? You can add by formula, and then select the shades you own, and voila, they’re added without having to look up each shade individually.

MyTemptalia | Wishlist
MyTemptalia | Vanity


  • Search within your Wishlist. You can quickly look to see shades within a formula you have, or you can look up a specific shade.
  • Prioritize. Assign one of five priority labels to each item on your Wishlist.
  • Add notes. Each item on your Wishlist has a notes section where you can keep additional information that helps you use your Wishlist to the fullest. These are your private notes and are not shared with the community.
  • Add products to your Wishlist. You can now add products to your Wishlist through your Wishlist, rather than having to find them on the site.
  • Quickly add multiple shades to your Wishlist. Do you covet 25 MAC eyeshadows? You can add by formula, and then select the shades you want to buy in the future, and voila, they’re added without having to look up each shade individually.
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MyTemptalia | Submit a Look Updates

MyTemptalia | Submit a Look
MyTemptalia | Submit a Look

We’ve just completed an update on how readers can share their looks (makeup, hair, or nails!) with the rest of the community! You’ll need to be a registered user to share your looks, but we are hoping that the updated version is more streamlined, intuitive and easier to use, while providing a better reading experience to those browsing looks.  I’m personally making a concerted effort to add my “looks” of products that I tested, so they aren’t just residing deep within a review post.  I hope you’re consider sharing your beautiful looks with the community!


  • Breakdown into distinct steps
  • Select your featured photo/rotate photos
  • Error messages if a required field/step is missed
  • Full text editor
  • Streamlined tags
  • Added product search to include specific products used in a look
  • Tooltips for colors
  • Embed your YouTube tutorial
  • Added text editor to write out text tutorial (optional)
  • Preview submitted look
  • All descriptions/information about the look now in the content pane

We’ll be tackling expanding the wish list and vanity features in the upcoming weeks–we are striving to make massive improvements to the user and community aspects of the site as our next focus.  We will be working on incorporating our product search across both features, along with better “bulk” adding, sorting capabilities, printable versions, searching within your lists, notes, prioritization, updated user interface, and more.

P.S. — We’ll be clarifying that the last step is optional by adding “optional” (always miss something!) shortly!

Sponsored: HSN x Alice Through the Looking Glass Collection Debuts

HSN x Alice Through the Looking Glass Collection

HSN is celebrating the movie release of Alice Through the Looking Glass–in theatres May 27th–in a big way!  You’ll find Urban Decay’s entire themed collection, featuring an Eyeshadow Palette ($60) and five lipsticks ($18 each), which we reviewed a couple of weeks ago–Iracebeth Lipstick was the top-rated of the launch–along with nail lacquers by OPI ($10 each) and even a decadent compact mirror by AMEDEO ($169.95).  You can also tune in to the Beauty Report tonight at 7PM EST for a special look of these products!

Better yet, if you’ve never shopped HSN before, you can get $20 off your next order of $40 or more with code 169087.

If you dig the aesthetic of Alice Through the Looking Glass, you’ll also find tons of themed treats from fashion to jewelry to accessories as HSN has teamed up with designers like Heidi Daus, Giuliana Rancic, and Vince Camuto! Below are some highlights from the launch, but you can see the full list of offerings here 🙂

The Dupe List + Swatch Gallery Updates for May 2016

The Dupe List + Swatch Gallery Updates for May 2016
The Swatch Gallery

You might have caught my mention of working on a project (which I have now determined may be never-ending!) last week, and it was all about breaking down every single swatch in the Swatch Gallery into additional characteristics: how light or dark the shade is, how cool or warm the shade is, and how much shimmer the shade has. The driving force behind this project is just the sheer number of swatches we have in the gallery and rather than continue to add colors (e.g. light brown, medium brown, not just brown), why not really drill it down into a range so that it’s never an issue again?

I’ve combed through over 30,000 swatches in the last two weeks to assign these characteristics to them, and I’ve gone through them twice more. My goal is to try to be as consistent as possible with how I categorize everything, and I know I’ve changed quite a few shades from one color category to another as well as switched some undertones since this project gave me the opportunity to really see all swatches and go through them (so if you see review text that doesn’t quite line-up, that would likely be why).

I still have more tweaking to do over the next couple of weeks to really get the shades in the best order I possibly can.  The process has been truly overwhelming (which I should have anticipated, as we’ll celebrate our ten-year anniversary in the fall!), from trying to better understand exactly what is warmer, what is warm (in the case of brighter purples), how to categorize desaturated shades that don’t look right alongside much brighter shades, even though they seem like they’re both medium in lightness/darkness, and the like.

The Dupe List + Swatch Gallery Updates for May 2016
The Swatch Gallery

It is also designed to help me help you faster by making it a little easier to narrow down dupes or easily grab a bunch–say for a medium to medium-dark, copper eyeshadow, which there are numerous ones–or I can easily bypass light blues when I know I’m only interested in navy blues. I know I’m looking forward to being able to refine brown eyeshadows or pink lipsticks better (those colors, by the way, were the most numerous in number of swatches)!  You can also do neat things like sort by editor’s highest rated and see what the highest rated medium, very cool-toned fuchsia lipstick is.

The Dupe List + Swatch Gallery Updates for May 2016
The Swatch Gallery

So while this allows for even further refinement should you be browsing swatches, it also enables us to provide much more accurate “possible dupes.” I hope this helps readers in three ways: 1) when I’ve uploaded a swatch but have not reviewed yet, you’ll now be able to see possible dupes in a meaningful way; 2) for older shades that may have less dupes, a better list of possibilities will be there; and 3) to catch any similar shades that I might have missed (I think I will miss less now, though!). (Here’s an example: MAC Invite Intrigue has not yet been reviewed, so you can see possible dupes and how very close are! I’m on the way to eliminating myself out of a job! Haha!)

We have configured the possible dupes section to be slightly broader than what would generate near-perfect dupes so that slightly lighter or darker possibilities might show as some colors have lots of dupes and others might have only a handful that are much lighter/darker so we didn’t want to go so narrow that there’d be no results too often!

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