Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Finalist for the 2010 Blogging Scholarship

Hey everyone! Before we get back to MAC Tartan Tale coverage (edited 11/4:  I’m mildly amused that this STILL holds true, even a week later), I wanted to take a moment to ask for your support. A couple of weeks ago, I submitted an essay (no more than 300 words–do you KNOW how hard it was to stay within that word count?!) towards the 2010 Blogging Scholarship, which recognizes students who blog. The first place winner will receive a $10,000 scholarship to help pay for school. I would love it if you would consider voting for me as I am one of ten finalists (I am Christine Mielke!). It would be incredible to show the Power of Temptalia! :)  Voting ends November 5th at noon PST!

Excerpt from my essay…

Blogging is vital to me, because it has given tangible meaning to my heart and soul. Through blogging, I have learned my passion lies in beauty by providing firsthand experiences to help others. Blogging is my method of self-expression, but it has brought me together with likeminded individuals and allowed us to build a community based on that passion. I have been given opportunities to interact with my readers, both on and offline, and there is nothing more rewarding than being able to help someone—even if it is recommending a lipstick. That lipstick recommendation just might inspire confidence in a self-conscious teenager!

You can vote for me here! :)  Voting closes tomorrow (Friday) at noon PST.

Thank you!

Though I said it earlier in my last Tartan Tale review video, I really do feel like a winner no matter the outcome of the scholarship. I have the support of so many amazing readers and viewers, and I will still have it tomorrow and the next day.  You are why I blog, you are why I strive to do better each day.  It’s cliche, corny, and cheesy, undoubtedly, but it’s how I feel.  I’m a sap, and you’ve all really made the week for me, because I know you’re here with me.  Thank you!!  Every time I think about how much support you have all shown me, I get teary eyed and if I’m not careful, I’ll start sobbing!

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523 thoughts on “Finalist for the 2010 Blogging Scholarship

  1. Voted. Looks like you have this in the bag!

  2. Janice

    Congrats Christine! It’s nice to know how much you enjoy blogging because I love reading yours!

  3. Samantha P.

    Voted! <3

  4. Whitney

    I voted for you! :) & you have wayyy more votes than the others!

  5. Shana

    Christine, I happily voted for you!! Good Luck!

  6. Tiffany

    You only have 83 votes… come on people! help out Christine! she deserves it!

  7. SiaM

    You really deserve it, you have a lot of readers because you work very hard. We (the readers), can notice and appreciate all the effort and time that you put into this blog. The detailed reviews, the pictures, the looks,recommendations, and blogger-reader interaction is great.
    Just voted because I’m convinced that you really are a great blogger:)

  8. Eileen

    Just voted for you hon ….. I know you’re going to WIN!!! <3

  9. Diane

    I just voted for you and you currently have 62% of the votes :)

  10. Viridiana

    I voted for you :) you have 62% of the votes :) I hope you win :)

  11. Lolly

    Done and dusted. Good Luck x

  12. Regina Reed

    I just voted! Um…did you see how many votes you have?!? You are at like 63% of all votes! GO TEMPTALIA!!!

  13. Cat

    I was tempted to vote for the Oakbrook blog writer because he attends my school and I like what’s he’s doing, but you got my vote because what you write about contributes so much to improving people’s self-esteems. I went through a super dowdy period and reading your blog inspired me and helped me gain my confidence back. Thank you Christine. <3

  14. Crystal S.

    You are destroying the competition. Obviously you are the true winner, look at how many people you touch. It’s got to be nice to have thousands of people standing behind you. Awesome

  15. Katie

    Girl, you’re killing it in the results! I was happy to vote for you. Best of luck! You deserve it.

  16. Proenza

    Voted Christine. The best of luck, and thank you so much for your time and effort. Has been a real pleasure to view Temptalia every day!

  17. Therese

    I voted for you too!! You’ve got 2042 votes and are def leading with 62% alone..;D Good luck!

  18. Melanie

    Good luck Christine [I voted].

  19. Crystal

    I totally voted for you because I think you are the best blogger ever. What you have created is amazing and something I look forward to checking every day! And I know 10k would be great for school! Good luck!

  20. Sweetpearl

    wow! 62% of the votes! can we vote more than once?

  21. Anna

    I voted for you! :)
    Good luck Christine!!

  22. Hi Christine!
    Just voted and saw the number of votes you have compared to the others! You are leading the pack by a lot!
    Good luck!


  23. Lili

    heccccck yeah!!!! go Christine!!!!

  24. Anna

    I voted for you! :)
    Good luck Christine! (You’ve 2093 votes!)

  25. Tiffany

    I voted! Looks like you are winning by a landslide! Good luck!!

  26. Sally

    Just voted and you are ahead of everyone by leaps and bounds! Good Luck, you deserve it!

  27. Cindy

    Look at where things stand so far! Just more reinforcement that you’re awesome and we love you!

  28. Jenn S.

    I voted for you, best of luck! I love your blog!

  29. Cathy

    I love Temptalia so of course I voted for you, sweetie! And it looks like you’re the frontrunner…*yay*…you are so winning this contest :)

    Thanks for all your hard work!

  30. Allison

    I voted! Please let us know if you win!

  31. sheenalee22

    I voted. You sooo deserve it. I don’t know how you do it. I’m a student too and I know I wouldn’t be able to do both school and a blog with the updating that you do. Amazing. Keep up the awesome work.:)

  32. Daria

    Voted! :) I hope you win, you really deserve it for all your hard work. I can’t imagine a day without checking temptalia! ( 5x) LOL

  33. Mya

    i voted for you i hope you win! :)

  34. Barbara

    I voted. I think you are going to win, you deserve it!

  35. Sixx

    “I Voted” —for you, of course! Good luck.

  36. Violet

    I voted! Looks like you’re doing really well – you deserve it, you work so hard on this blog!

  37. Céline

    Hi!! Christine congratulations for being a finalist. I’ll vote for you as many as I can (is it once a day right?).You deserve this scholarship for all the work you do (I remember one of your post about a typical day in your life and it was so intense lol). Be blessed and I hope you’ll win! bye

  38. Crystal

    You’re definitely in the lead! 61% of people have voted for you, including me. I hope you win-you most definitely deserve to. All your hard work and dedication completely shows through which is why your readers keep coming back for more. Cheers to such a wonderful beauty blog!

  39. Christine, you absolutely have my vote. If I had the heart and dedication you do for a blog, it would look like Temptalia. Your blog screams hard work. I was a student for 23 years of my life. I know how hard juggling school with anything is and how much a scholarship means. Every little bit helps (especially when you gotta repay those loans >.<), and every vote helps. I hope my vote helps edge you towards this scholarship. You sure deserve it! Good luck!

  40. Christine, I voted for you & would like (with your permission of course) to post about this on my blog. It’s wonderful to see the power of Temptalia ~ you’re in the lead by a landslide!!!!!
    Thank you for your dedication to your blog ~ I wouldn’t be able to make it thru the day without reading it!!!

  41. Shumpac

    Voted for you. Thanks for such an awesome blog =O) I always go on here before I make my makeup purchases!

  42. Bunny

    You have my vote ;). I hope you win, you truly deserve it!

  43. Gina

    I voted for you!! You’re in the front runnings…CONGRATS! I hope you win!

  44. Alisha in WI

    You’re kicking some butt there! Didn’t realize proportionally there were so many guy bloggers…? I mean…if it’s not a beauty blog why even blog at all? lol

  45. Elle

    Voted for you…posted this link on a the forums I visit too (the Sugar websites, message board, etc). Good luck!!

  46. Michelle

    Voted for you :)

  47. Laura

    Just did Christine, good luck.

  48. Bernice


    I have a question; do we vote everyday or are we just allowed to vote once?


  49. Cat

    I voted for you! :) I know how expensive higher education can be…I’ll be paying off my BA and MA for the next thirty years, grrrr.

  50. Diana

    I had to come back to this post to find your last name LOL!! I just looked at the list of names and thought to myself, how could I not know the last name of someone who is a daily part of my life!! I love this site and all the heart you put into it!! I hope you win this and have many other successes in your life!!

  51. Annie

    Just put in my vote for you! You’re kicking some serious butt right now! You deserve it :)

  52. Katie

    You got my vote! I hope you can maintain the lead! Good luck.

  53. Elin

    hey Christine, i voted for you =)
    i love your site, thanks for all the time and effort you put into it.
    wow so far your winning by miles, hope it stays that way!! best wishes!

  54. Sasha

    You’re a shoe-in, Christine! You’ve got my vote =)

  55. Tatiana

    I voted! Right now, you have 60% of the votes, I hope you win. You deserve it!

  56. Pam

    Everyones essay was great but I’m of course I’m one of your blog readers so of course you got my vote. Good luck Christine (even though by the looks of the voting results so far you don’t need it!) ;P

  57. Fiaspice

    Just voted, sounds ike you’re leading the vote!

  58. Amanda R

    I can’t believe I only recently discovered your blog – past two weeks or so – because I have been reading it religiously ever since (and I’m not about to stop)! I look forward to your posts everyday. I have had a makeup obsession for years, but with the help of your blog I will never waste my money on a lackluster product again! Already you have helped me choose which items I’m going to get from the Tartan Tale collection (I originally wanted the Twists of Tartan palate, but now I’m getting Beauties Play it Cool).

    I’m currently a senior at the University of Florida so I know how stressful school gets, and I cannot believe you have been blogging during your midterms week – you’re crazy! I voted for you twice, but it already looks like you’re a shoe-in. I hope you win – you deserve it. Thank you for your fantastic blog and thorough reviews!

    • But I am so glad you did!! :) Welcome to Temptalia — officially!

      Thank you so much for your vote! I hope you enjoy your Beauties Play It Cool palette!

  59. lisa

    Will vote for u and have my friends do so too. Hope you win!

  60. Vivian

    I voted for you :)

    I read through some of the other contestants and after reading I was blown away by the lead you have (over 50%!) I wonder which other entrants did not make it to the final 10…

    It would make me very happy to see you win. Like someone has already said before, graduate school is expensive —- and I believe you work hard for this blog :)

  61. Erica

    Just voted. You are on the lead now Christine! Hope you do win! :)

  62. sofia

    Voted!Hope you win!! Telling others to vote for u! i love ur blog! wishes for good luck from Greece;-)

  63. Davina

    Christine, you’re awesome and you deserve to win! I never buy any beauty products without reading your reviews first! :-)

  64. Tiffany

    If you win will you post your entire essay? I loved reading the excerpt from it. Also, just out of curiosity, around how much will your student loans be after you’re finished with school? I still have about 30 grand left to pay, and I know that it can really weigh you down. :-(

  65. Nayeli

    Omg, you have 59% of the votes!!!!! Yay, I just votes for u and I hope u win and I know you will because the power of temptalia is huge!!!!!

  66. I voted for you! Good luck Christine :)

    PS: I know how you feel about writing a short essay when there is a word limit. I hate it so much since I like to go into details.

  67. u r way in the lead! voted =)

  68. Bethy

    Vote cast! I never (well, now, rarely) bother with these types of things but Temptalia has changed my life in a way that is hard to explain to non-beauty lovers. Temptalia opened the door for me to a world that I’ve always hovered at the edges of and given me the courage to try out those more daring colors and looks, all while feeling better about myself because now I also have a passion in my life. I wasn’t a self-conscious teenager but adult yet you still helped me, without even knowing it. Thank you. Here’s hoping you win–you deserve it. Your hard work gives me one more thing to look forward to every day.

    • Hey Bethy!

      It is really a joy to have been able to help you in any capacity — I’m just so happy that you’ve had fun experimenting and going for bolder looks while feeling better about yourself.

      Thank you! :)

  69. Cynthia

    Voted for you Christine :)

  70. i voted for you with all of my coworkers at Ulta! we love your blog & love you!!

  71. Jennifer

    I am a student too so I know how time consuming and tiring classes and homework can be. I honestly have no idea how you manage to get through it all and also update your blog as often as you do! But I really enjoy checking on your blog as a break from all of my other work during the day. I hope you win the scholarship, that would be an amazing reward for all your hard work.

  72. Mackenzie

    Heyy. I just voted for you!! I love your blog. You work so hard and you deserve every penny of that scholarship. You have given us readers so much with your blog, now we are going to help you win that money for school, because you deserve it. You are truly an inspiration to us all. =D

  73. Liz

    Wow, Christine you’re cleanin’ up! More than half the votes!

  74. nessa

    Voted! CLEARLY, you have the biggest cult following :D:D:D:D

  75. Grace

    Voted for you and I really hope you win! Good luck!!!

  76. Katie Rose

    Of COURSE I voted for you. Christine, you are fabulous and completely, totally deserving.

  77. dallasbrowneeyes

    You got it!!

  78. i voted for u because uve saved me so many times from wasting money on products that i would like. uve also saved me from spending time going to mac releases. most importantly, uve given some wonderful recommendations for products i LOVE.

  79. Jennifer

    good luck! i voted for you :)

  80. LU

    GL! I voted for you, I’ve been a religious follower of your blog since 2008 and I’m such a fan, admirer, I got my love of all things beauty from your blog! I noticed you are doing pretty well with 54% of all the votes, and if you win or not, I’d love to hear about the outcome on your blog Christine!

  81. Sharon M

    Voted, and I hope you win — right now you’re way ahead of everyone else.

  82. StellarStace

    Christine I voted for you- in my own financial situation I am grateful for you and your blog- your recommendationsare always truthful, the descriptions spot-on, and the dupe suggestions are accurate. I have yet to find another blog as well edited, photographed, and descriptive as yours. Thank you to you and Shaun for all the work you put into!

  83. Suzanna

    I’ve not visited for a few weeks while finishing up a work project, but I just saw this post and I voted. You deserve this. I have no idea how you manage school and this blog and on those grounds alone you deserve that award.

    Good luck.

  84. Rani

    I voted! Good Luck! Brazil loves you!

  85. Sue-ellen

    I am always reading something on the web, either laptop or phone-thanks to HB. But, I never post. So when I saw your post at the end of tartan tale I was curious. Read some of the ‘others’ then saw the %’s. OMG, you are sooooo far ahead. Here’s hoping you win. I voted for you. I always look forward to reading your blog/newsletter. You do an excellent job and I appreciate the effort you put into them. Good luck with the contest and school. I have 3 kids in college and know how hard it can be these days, whether is classes or money. Kudos!!! 😀

  86. Evelyn

    Good luck!!! :)

  87. Deanna G.

    Voted for you! I hope you win :)

  88. Christine Shen

    good luck girlie.. you will win!

  89. CONNIE

    Hi Christine, i voted for you and it looks like you’re in the Lead results! With 2980 votes you’re in 48% of all votes! YAY you’re winning Christine!!! =)

  90. ambersmile

    Good luck. I hope you win. You really deserve it.

  91. Chrissie

    You definitely deserve to win Christine! and when I voted you were in the lead by quite a bit :) good luck!

  92. Tiffany C.

    You know have 3009 votes!!!

  93. Carrie

    Voted for you!

    Best of luck 😀 You’d earn it!

  94. Retweeted this earlier to get ppl to vote 😉

  95. Athena

    Voted! Good Luck, Christine! :)

  96. Cynthia B.

    Voted! Can we vote once each day, or is it a once per IP address type of thing?

  97. mango

    i hope you win this, christine! you rock! you’re my hero! (i want to get a MFA or MBA tho – not a JD) :)

  98. Tiffany

    I voted for you! I’m addicted to your website and blogs!