Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Happy 5th Anniversary!

Temptalia started October 2006, which means it’s our five-year anniversary this month! :)  Happy 5th Anniversary!

To date, Temptalia has…

  • … received 607,182 comments
  • … published 10,456 posts
  • … written 2,788 review posts (keep in mind many cover more than one product or shade!)
  • … asked 1,452 questions through Temptalia Asks You.
  • … received 39.8 million visits, 122.8 million pageviews
  • … held over 300 contests.

I wanted to take a moment to thank all of you for the incredible support you have shown Temptalia over the past five years! Each year, we do more and grow in ways that I never thought possible. I can’t say I started Temptalia and thought (or even hoped) that this is where I would be five years later. When Temptalia began, beauty blogs were still new and an unknown quantity, so the idea of reaching as many people as we do today was so impossible it wasn’t even a dream. Temptalia has made me believe in myself and my dreams, because I now know nothing is impossible–at least not with enough hard work and dedication.

To readers: There is no greater motivator than you. Your comments and questions help me figure out where we need to go, what I need to do, to make Temptalia a better place to visit. When I meet people in the industry and behind-the-scenes (like brands, PR, etc.), I always stress the importance of my readers as number one. I am thinking of all of you and the things you want (and do not want) every step of the way. I look forward to the next year and what unfolds over time. Each year is better than the last, and for that, I’m extremely thankful to my readers, who have played a major role in making Temptalia possible.

To my family and friends: I appreciate all of the amazing emotional support you have given me, because I know that without your guidance, patience, and understanding, I could not be the person I am today. My family is always driving me to think bigger, dream more lavishly, and pursue the paths that will help me accomplish the goals I’ve set for myself–and they’re always right there waiting to help me in any way that they can. Thank you for being my shoulder to cry on, rock to draw strength from, and roots to keep me grounded.  To have family and friends who understand why you cancel last minute because a new collection has arrived to swatch is unusual, but I do, and I love them even more for it.

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279 thoughts on “Happy 5th Anniversary!

  1. divinem (Melissa)

    Congratulations, Christine, and all of those behind the scenes at Temptalia who have worked so hard to create such a dynamic site on all things beauty!

  2. Elle

    YAY! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! I appreciate all the work and effort you put into this blog! I look forward to your reviews and suggestions :) JOB WELL DONE!

  3. Megan

    Happy 5th, Christine! Thanks for being an amazing resource and pleasure to read.

    In Temptalia’s honor I shall eschew my normal comfy-Monday makeup-free face, and put on some cat eyes and red lips. I shall also go find a cupcake as good as that picture looks, and raise a few bites to you. :)

  4. Natalia

    Congratulations to one of the best beauty blogs.

  5. daphne

    congrats! :) this blog has been on a long journey! looking forward to the future :] goooo christine! keep up the amazing work you do all day, every day =:]

  6. Laura R

    Congrats on the blogiversary! You give and give and give, and we do appreciate it. Here’s to the next 5 years, or however long you continue to love doing it!

  7. Gala

    Congrats Christine! You’ve been my mandatory morning read for almost a year now, I love how professional you are and wish you much luck and well deserved success on the future!

  8. Annalisa

    Congratulations… and thank you, I love your blog so much!!!!!

  9. Dawn

    Happy Anniversary! What pretty cakes – they look too good to eat

    I really appreciate all your hard work doing so many reviews and swatches to help us buy with confidence and avoid making expensive mistakes.

  10. Danielle

    Congrats on 5 years! Such a milestone! Thanks for all that you do to keep up with collections and keep us informed. :)

  11. Dormouse

    I love your blog! I’m no expert, but I think it’s the most consistent, well-thought-out beauty blog out there.

  12. Christina

    Yay! Happy Anniversary!!

  13. Faye

    Congratulations/Happy birthday, Christine, on this milestone! What an amazing accomplishment to have built what you did, all the while going to school! Thanks for making this site a place that’s not only entertaining, but also informative (it’s really helped me decide what to buy and what not to buy . . . of course it’s also engendered quite a few lusts as well :).

    I wish you many more years of successful blogging. Can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

  14. kasiaj85

    Happy Birthday 😀
    Life wouldn’t be the same without you! And shopping would be much more difficult :)) Many happy returns! cheers!

  15. Marian

    Happy Anniversary and a big thank you for all of the enjoyment, knowledge and help I’ve gotten from your blog!

  16. Heidi

    OMG this post is so nicely written, I’m so happy that you could fulfill your dream with Temptalia! It really is the best beauty blog overall that I know! You seem so professional and somehow still down-to-earth! :) Congrats to your (blog’s) 5th anniversary!

  17. Tracey

    Happy Anniversary I love your site so much and respect every review you do because I know you will give your most honest opinion no matter what the brand or how you got the products and I am glad to see brands respect your honesty as well to send you their products fully knowing you will give your honest opinion on it. It just prove how much of a wonderful person you are.

  18. Congratulations sweetie!!

  19. Cindy

    Happy 5th anniversary Christine! You’re the best blogger in the world! I check temptalia multiple times a day :)

  20. Christine, it’s truly amazing how much you’ve accomplished in five years. You are proof that if you put passion and dedication into something, it will pay dividends. Keep up the good work.

  21. ioanna

    congratulations! that’s awesome!

  22. Hip Hip Hurray! Congratulations Christine! I love to read Temptalia every day so I wish many years of succes will come. Have a nice day!

  23. anabel

    i love the best!

  24. Happy anniversary! Thank you for your consistently awesome posts. Your blog is always one of the first I check out to find new products and it’s the only one I’ve ever used on the go!

  25. fashion&makeupfreak

    Congratulations… :)

  26. Suselew

    You are my go-to blog for looking for a review on a product. I read it here first and then if necessary, branch out to other blogs. You are concise yet thorough and always fair. Congratulations, Christine!

  27. Katherine

    Congratulations! What an amazing accomplishment! This blog is amazing!

  28. marta

    congratulations!!! i hope you will find the well deserved time to celebrate this important moment, we promise not to complain if you leave us for a while to celebrate! :-) thank you so much for this 5 years of temptalia, i read your blog everyday and i never buy anything without checking what you think of it first! you do an amazing job and i truly think that yours is the best beauty blog that i ever found! it’s weird, i almost feel like i know you! :-) love from italy!

  29. Evelyn

    Congratulations, Christine! I’ve been reading Temptalia since 2006 and I still check it every day!

  30. Maggie

    Congratulations!!! Temptalia is the blog that sparked my beauty obsession so I am extremely grateful for that =) Thank you for all your hard work (as well as Shaun’s!!)

  31. Nat Sam

    Happy Anniversary to Temptalia! I enjoy your blog! Thank you for all your post. Here’s to another five with you :)

  32. cydoniac

    happy 5th anniversary Christine!!!!! thank you for your devotion and hard work!!!!!! I never buy anything anymore unless I read something good about it in here!!!! :) :)

  33. AmyD

    CONGRATS!! i discovered the site while checking out the mac mickey contractor collection. your reviews and pics are awesome, and YOU are awesome! keep up the good work!

  34. dyshanaia

    Its my 2nd week, but love your work. Im every day here and vote^^

    Happy 5th anniversary and go ahead for another 5 years and (more!!!)^^

  35. Nesita

    Congratulations on the 5 years!

    I truly appreciate all the time and effort you put on bringing us the latest news about make up as well as well written, honest reviews =)

  36. Happy 5 year anniversary!! I wish you many more years to come with Temptalia, and so I can keep enjoying your blog! =]

  37. Ana

    Happy anniversary!!! You deserve it! I think you work so hard and always help all of us with our questions… Kisses from Spain!

  38. Jennifer

    I love ur blog. ur my go to fo reviews, announements etc. I respect your opinions and honesty. Keep up the good work. CONGRATULATIONS!

  39. MaNaR

    Congratulations , Happy 5th Christine
    ur blog is the best it is the first link I check it everyday
    I take ur advise when I chosse produst specially from mac collections loves ur reviews

  40. Congrats on Temptalia’s fifth anniversary, Christine! Those numbers are pretty phenomenal :)

  41. Carrie

    Congratulations! You are an awesome resource, number 1 in my book, invaluable to us all. And you’re an inspiration to us, as well. Your hard work and dedication is unmatched, and we hope you can continue to do this for us.

  42. Ula

    Happy Anniversary, Christine!! And THANK YOU!

  43. Ashley Sarah

    Congratulations! I have learned a lot from your reviews and looks. I greatly appreciate all the work you put into everything! Keep up the great work!

  44. Ana G.

    Congratulations dear!! Thank you so very much for all your hard work. Because of you, I started to enjoy myself so much more and taking real pleasure out of beauty. I was in a”dark place” after my son was born and you, along with all of the Temptalia community helped me to get back on my feet!!So…thank you Christine and thank you all amazing Temptalia readers!

  45. Nic

    Congrats! I’ve been reading your blog for a few years now and it’s been my favorite place to go for beauty product reviews. :)

  46. Jincy

    I remember your posts on Livejournal… look how far you’ve come since then! Congratulations!

  47. Alexandra

    yay!! congrats on 5 years!! and thanks for all your hard work you put into this wonderful blog!! 😀

  48. Joyce

    congratulations!!! You absolutely rock!! I was wondering something though 😀 How are things looking on the ‘contribute to temptalia’? Are you still working on that or have you decided against it? I still think it’s a good idea to spice things up on here 😀
    Again congratulations on all your hard work, i wish i could send you a ‘bday’ present cause you deserve it 😀

  49. La Boule ( pseudo)

    Happy birthday Temptalia ! thank you for sharing all these news, these MU, with such an happiness ! your swatchs are the best ones , the colors are excellent , you really do a good job and it’s a real pleasure to visit your blog every day. Congratulations from France

  50. Congratulations and well done! I bet you don’t know where the years have gone

  51. Wow, 5 years! Happy Anniversary! xxx

  52. Congratulations on all of your success, Christine – you are such an inspiration to me. Happy 5th! :)

  53. Alyssa

    Congratulations! I rely on this blog for reviews as much as I rely on bluebook for checking citations.

    Thank you for all your time and effort, I still don’t know how you do it.

  54. Congratulations! Happy Anniversary!!!

  55. jen.

    Wow, five years is pretty awesome! Congrats!

  56. Marina

    Oh my goodness you’ve been blogging for a long time! I only found you around 6-8 months ago but ever since then I’ve checked your blog every morning, afternoon, and night even before I check my email! Thank you so so so much Christine, you are so amazing and I honestly wish you were my sister! Congratulations!

  57. Kari

    I appreciate your blog & thank you for helping me with makeup application & purchases. I get to live vicarously through your endeavors! You are a beautiful young woman & I wish only the best things for you! Happy Anniversary!!

  58. justjamiexo

    Congratulations! And thank YOU for all the effort that you have put into this wonderful blog! 😀

  59. Harshleen

    Congratulations Christine! You have done an amazing job with Temptalia in all these years and your success is so well deserved! Thanks for being a great resource on everything beauty :)

  60. Aww! Congrats, Christine! :) Temptalia is the first thing I read every morning and the last thing I read at night. You’ve saved me from many bad purchases and introduced me to amazing new products! I can’t wait to see what you have in store for the future!

  61. congratulations n wish u much moreeeeee success temptalia…

  62. Sam

    Happy 5th Birthday Temptalia!!! Christine, I am so happy for you and your blog, your success is so well-deserved. I love this blog and appreciate everything you do for us readers, and I will continue to read for the next 5 years. :)


  63. Devi

    Christine, thank you so much for creating Temptalia and thinking so much about your readers. Your dedication inspires me to no end. Sometimes, I feel really guilty that you take us into such consideration, because I don’t really know how we can ever pay you back for everything that you’ve ever done for us. Just merely coming onto the blog and commenting doesn’t satisfy the need to give back to you for all of your hard work and thoughtfulness.

  64. Josefina

    First of all,congratulations! And, thank you for putting out such an amazing beauty blog, I swear I don’t buy a foundation without checking the foundation matrix first.
    Anyways, I had a question about the giveaway… Is it one entry per person in total (for example, you have to chose whether to participate via youtube, comment, OR any of the other options), or could be one entry in each of the options (e.g: I leave a comment, I am subscribed to your youtube channel, I like you on Facebook, etc.) ?

    Again, thanks!
    Love from Chile

  65. lyn

    Congratulations and happy anniversary, Christine! Your blog is an inspiration :-) A toast to many fabulous years to come!

  66. Soo

    happy 5th anniversary~! I’m sure you get this all the time, so it may not mean much, but I know that there are lots of girls like myself who truly admire and appreciate your dedication to Temptalia and its readers. you offer such a great resource and your hard work really shines through. I’m more of a lurker, and don’t comment very often, but I think it’s important that you know a lurker like me still keeps up with all of your posts even if I don’t say anything. thank you Christine, along with your Temptalia team, for all that you do for the beauty community–here’s to many years to come! <3

  67. Congratulations to you. You’ve built a wonderful site. :)

  68. Sue

    Christine…congratulations!!! You can thank your readers, friends, and family for their support, but a BIG, heartfelt thank you from us. There’s a reason why we keep coming back: you! You embody your definition of “temptalia”. I am so happy for you. Here’s to a another 5 years and more :)

  69. Lauren

    Congratulations on 5 wonderful years Christine! You’re definitely one of my favorite beauty bloggers because of your dedication and thoroughness in your posts. Keep up the great work and here’s to many more years! 😀

  70. MacCutie08

    Congratulations Christine! Thank you for creating this awesome site for beauty lovers. Where would we be without you!

  71. Pamela

    For the past year and a half that I’ve followed your blog, you have never ceased to amaze me with your creative makeup looks, features, your consistent product photography and swatches! Little do you know, but you’ve helped me avert financial ruin with your in depth, honest reviews yet encouraged me to try new colors and products. Your hard work is much appreciated! Happy Anniversary to the dynamic, fantastic and incredible woman that is Temptalia. We love you, Christine!!!!!!

  72. Teresa

    Thanks for the great makeup resource. I check your site daily and love it! Keep up the good work.

  73. Ashley Seme

    HOORAY! Congrats to you and your team, what a wonderful accomplishment!!! :)
    PS – I hope those are actual cupcakes that you got to enjoy, they look delicious and are so cute, love how they are Temptalia in cupcake form!!! :)

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  75. Ana

    Happy anniversary :)))))
    Every night before I go to bed, I must see what new things you have posted here :)

  76. Michelle

    Happy 5th Anniversary!!!

    We (your followers) are proud of all the hard work you’ve done to help us and will be looking forward to more great years to come! 8D

  77. John

    I’m so glad to see that your passion has not abated one bit. I’m sure that you didn’t start this blog thinking that you’d still be doing the same thing half a decade later. I wish I could say that I’m part of the “family and friends” section, but unfortunately I’m still just a “reader,” but hey, Ia fan can dream. Haha. Keep on pushing because we will always be here rooting for you!

  78. K

    Happy 5th Anniversary, Temptalia and Christine!

    Christine, I possibly told you this before but I was on the MAC Livejournal Community when you entered the scene. I remember you used to post your FOTD’s. Your makeup skills have come a long way since then, and so have you as a person! It’s hard to believe I have followed you for this long – so many people come and go, online. I often feel very human when I look at what you do on a daily basis. You supercede the human norm; juggling a little family, school, young adult life AND a blog that is basically a full-time job. I mean, 1,000+ comments you had to moderate on your 5th Anniversary giveaway alone? Not to mention moderating the comments on all the posts you make on a daily basis? Writing those reviews and making those swatches (where you come up with that motivation, I would like to know so I can bottle it up and sell it. You can’t find it anywhere.) I cannot believe that you run this site with the resources you do. Readers would think there’s an office floor somewhere of busy little Temptalia bees.

    Congratulations Queen Bee on this amazing achievement! 5 years – what a milestone!

    • Temptalia bees… that is an interesting though :) Now, if the control freak in me could let go… nah!

      Thank you so much – it really means a lot that there are people who have kept up with Temptalia since the beginning. It’s so humbling!

  79. DJ

    Congrats on 5 years! I admire your dedication and hard work!

  80. Bee

    Wonderful! Congratulations, here’s to another 5 years!

  81. Carly

    Thanks for providing such an amazing and entertaining resource. I’m always amazed to think about how you’ve managed to accomplish so much with school and your blog. I can’t even fathom how much work you’ve put into the site and your profession, and I wish you continued success with your endeavors, whatever they may be.

  82. Happy 5th Anniversary!
    Here’s to another 5 😉

  83. Congratulations, and thank YOU. I have been reading Temptalia since 2009 and…well, I dunno what’d I do without all your lovely swatches! <3

  84. Z

    Happy Anniversary! I came for the great photos n’ swatches, and stayed for the awesome. Much love for you, Christine!

  85. Lissa Oliva

    Happy 5th!!!
    May you give us lots of years of beautiful makeup testing, real, responsible and fair!!!
    I Admire what you do everyday for so many people, it’s a service you can count on because your readers trust you.
    Congratulations on all your Makeup Blogging Ventures!!!

  86. I started my beauty blog after getting inspired from yours. Even today you happen to be my guide to buy makeup. Thanks for truly being an inspiration!!

  87. Anna C.

    Congratulations Christine! I just love your site, I think I’m on it pretty much every day…you review amazing products that I never even knew existed! The only tiny complaint I have is that about two months ago during one of your giveaways I supposedly won the Zoya fall collection, but never heard back and never got anything…perhaps the site is getting too big for one person to keep track of it all? Other than that, thanks for keeping all of us informed and entertained!

    • Hi Anna,

      I’ve emailed you – did you not get my emails? Zoya should have sent them out by now!

      • Anna C.

        No, I didn’t get any of your emails aside from the initial one notifying me…I don’t know where they went, there’s nothing in my spam folder or my regular inbox :( And I have not received anything from Zoya either, and at this point I doubt I will, they’re usually really good about sending things out quickly. But I really appreciate you acknowledging this issue :)

  88. Yay, happy anniversary! Tempatlia is my number-1-go-to site for beauty info! You always have the best, up-to-date, comprehensive info!

  89. Tricia

    Happy anniversary & thank you for all that you do for your readers! I’m almost certain that I’ve been a loyal reader for at least 3 years, which is mind-boggling to me. I hope you were able to take at least a little time off to celebrate! :)

  90. Congratulations on 5 years! You work so hard and it really comes through. I greatly admire you!

  91. Congratulations!
    I so look forward to your reviews whenever a new collection is launched. I really enjoy reading your blog and always come back for swatches, foundation shades, etc.
    I wish many more years of success and celebrations.
    Good luck and lots of love!

  92. Congratulations on 5 years! You have got to be the hardest-working beauty blogger, or pretty close to it! I’ve only been familiar with your blog for a few months, but I trust your reviews. Thanks for what you do!

  93. Enywu

    Happy 5th Anniversary, you have the best makeup website, review & swatches!! It’s like reading a makeup bible ^^
    All the best!!

  94. That’s amazing, I’ve been a reader from the start!! Congrats!