Ahh, Summer Beauty — It Gets Me Every Year!

There’s just something about summer beauty offerings that always gets my engine revving. I seriously look at spring collections and say, “JUST TAKE ME TO SUMMER NOW!” Not to say spring launches aren’t gorgeous, but ahh, ahh, summer is always on a different plane for me. What can I say? All of my favorite collections tend to come from summer! I better start budgeting, because it looks like I’m already at $300 just for preliminary wants–not including sure-to-rob-me-blind MAC launches, of course. 😉

What are YOU tempted by?

I am totally drooling over Chanel’s Cote d’Azur Summer Collection— specifically the Soleil Tan de Chanel ($65.00), In Love Powder Blush ($42.00), and the Lumieres Facettes Plein Soleil ($56.00). I must, must-have Guerlain’s Perles des Mers Eyeshadow Palette ($58.00), and I’m thinking I better get the new khol, too… And I can’t forget about their Terracotta Collection.

Dior Cristal Collection will surely tempt me, though I haven’t seen enough photos of the quints to determine whether those will grab me or not. But I know I must have the new Skin Shimmer in Pop Diamond ($43.00). I already grabbed Coral Riviera, but I need Rose Brazilia ($42.00) STAT.

Not to mention all of the upcoming MAC Collections that are bound to have at least (more like many!) a few products to catch my eye. Sigh!

See some more images from Chanel’s summer collection for kicks…

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Guest Review: Paul & Joe Opening Night Lipstick by Vee

Guest Reviewer: Vee

Paul & Joe Beaute, created by Parisian Sophie Albou, offers absolutely a gorgeous array of products. The premise of the line is “fun-loving sophistication” and has a modern vintage look to packaging… the kind of items you might find sitting on the vanity of a 1940’s socialite in Paris.

I recently purchased Lipstick C, in 062 (“Opening Night”), from the Spring Collection (limited edition). It’s a gorgeous blushing pink colour and feels like a lip balm. I paid $24 (Canadian) for the lipstick and while that’s a little more on the expensive side, it was definitely worth it. My lips were hydrated and the colour looked completely natural for hours. The tubing is a durable cardboard in lieu of the more traditional plastic case. I think this is my favourite splurge to date. Everything felt luxurious and decadent.

They currently have a Disney collaboration line out right now (think retro Disney – Bambi, Lady and the Tramp & Aristocats) that is adorable. The products include face colour balls, a lip treatment, and a hand cream.

See more photos…

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Welcome Our New Logo!

Say hello to our new logo!

Temptalia’s logo has gotten a major revamp, and we hope you like it as much as we do! Over the next few days, we’ll be implementing the new logo and schematics into the site, so keep your eye out 🙂

Stop By, Say Hello: Let’s Get to Know Each Other.

Some of you have been readers of Temptalia since its early, not-so-industrious beginnings, while others have only stopped by yesterday. I would really love to get to know those who have supported Temptalia and continue to support this endeavor! I can’t say enough, but thank you for reading, commenting, and supporting both me, as I grow and learn and discover myself, as well as the blog as a beauty resource.

What name do you go by?

Christine. I’ve never been one for any of the nicknames that come from Christine (Chrissy, Christy, Chris, etc.), so I’ve always stuck with Christine. You can call me Temptalia, too, since it’s been my internet monniker for the past six years or so.

Who are the most important people in your life?

My family and my boyfriend are the people who are vital to me enjoying and loving life. Everyone has supported me for my educational and business endeavors so much, and the support system is just incredible.

What are some ways you enjoy spending your free time?

Free time, what’s that? Just kidding 😉 These days, I like spending my down time with Mellan or watching trash reality TV. I’m lovin’ Tool Academy on VH1 for its utter hilarity, at the moment. With I Love Money 2 just beginning, I’ll probably watch that. I’m terrible about watching when they’re on, though, so I often miss episodes. Stupid TiVo not working with Dish Network 🙁

Reveal three quirky facts about yourself!

I used to “run” online magazines back when AOL was a huge internet provider; I believe I did it from age 13 to 17. At some point, I think I had over ten different ones running (oddly enough, one was a “girly” ‘zine with some beauty in it!). I don’t love the taste of coffee, but I love Starbucks! And final fact: I’m pretty good at Guitar Hero 😉

Where do you want to be in five years?

I’d love to have been able to really grow Temptalia into a successful business doing more than just blogging. I really hope I’ve finished up school by then–should be done in 2011–and done for good! It would be fantastic to have my very own beauty/makeup room with insanely cute and practical storage systems for all my products 🙂

What book, song, and movie could you read, listen, and watch over and over again?

Book: Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. Song: Alice In Chains’ “Nutshell.” Movie: Ratatouille (which I have probably watched/listened to over thirty times!).

What do you feel makes you beautiful?

I have a good heart. Even if my aim isn’t always on target, my intentions are good! I’m not about being petty, mean, or rude to others–it’s just not in my nature!

Now, I want to get to know YOU!

1. What name do you go by?

2. Who are the most important people in your life?

3. What are some ways you enjoy spending your free time?

4. Reveal three quirky facts about yourself!

5. Where do you want to be in five years?

6. What book, song, and movie could you read, listen, and watch over and over again?

7. What do you feel makes you beautiful?

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Comments? Where are the comments?

Commenting is back up and ready to be flooded!

We can’t figure out why, but one of our plugins decided to commit suicide and delete itself, and it caused the rest of the page to stop loading. But we are back in action, so leave me some comments 🙂 I was feeling so lonely, wondering why nobody was discussing any of the posts!

Help Improve Temptalia – Feedback Wanted!

Hey dolls! I’m trying to figure out the value of some types of posts and weighing the pros/cons to determine overall value to you all as readers! So if you could take the time and cast your vote, it would be MUCH appreciated. If you want to elaborate on your answers in the comments’ section, please, please do so! Your feedback is so vital to the improvement of the site.

For Dame Edna, Chill, and BBR, I have purchased all of the products from the launch. I have then photographed each product, and if there were lip products, put each on and photographed that, too. Are either of these really valuable to you? Is it worth doing?

  • VERY useful! I love it! (84%, 1,033 Votes)
  • I like seeing the photos, but all I need are swatches! (10%, 128 Votes)
  • It's useful, but it's not really necessary. (4%, 54 Votes)
  • I don't find them very useful at all! (1%, 11 Votes)
  • Other - I'll tell you in the comments! (0%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,227

  • VERY useful! I love it! (80%, 925 Votes)
  • I like seeing them, but all I need are the skin swatches! (14%, 163 Votes)
  • It's useful, but it's not really necessary. (4%, 47 Votes)
  • I don't find them very useful at all! (1%, 13 Votes)
  • Other - I'll tell you in the comments! (0%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,152

Finally, I’m trying to incorporate more video into this blog. I have some things planned, but I wanted to know if you find product reviews helpful in video format, if you prefer written reviews (as are already in place), etc.

  • Yes, but only if you do BOTH written and video. (33%, 386 Votes)
  • No! I prefer written reviews. (30%, 353 Votes)
  • Yes! I'd love them more than written reviews. (19%, 221 Votes)
  • Yes, from time to time, but not all the time. (18%, 214 Votes)
  • Other (0%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,176

Thank you!!