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.

Discussion and debate are highly encouraged, and we expect community members to participate respectfully. When asking a question, please check the FAQ section (above) for information about purchasing, price, dupes, and the like. If you have general feedback or need technical support, please contact us.

Comments that include advertisements, self-promotion, insults, etc. may be in violation of our comment policy and subject to deletion. Please see our comment policy for more information.

310 thoughts on “Happy 6th Anniversary, Temptalia!

  1. Happy anniversary, Christine! Your blog is an inspiration for me, and although I rarely comment, I constantly follow your reviews. I love your reviews!
    I wish you many, many happy blogging years from now on, you do a fabulous job!

  2. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Rima Rima

    Congrats on all your success and to many more! : )

  3. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Myracel my

    Congratulations Christine! We have learned a lot from you, and know that all your efforts do not go in vain. You’ve been an integral part in my shopping process for the 4 years since I started reading your blog. Haha! Seriously, thank you, thank you so much! Keep it up! :)

  4. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Liz Liz

    Congratulations!! Maybe a song is in order? Before you came into my life, I missed you so bad…:P

  5. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Elizabeth cydoniac

    happy anniversary!!!! thank you for all your work!!!!!!!!

  6. Kawai

    Congrats! I check your blog, literally, everyday =p (obssessed w/ makeup much?) and alot of my purchases are made only after reading your thorough and helpful reviews! Thanks for 6 awesome years and hope this blog sees many many many more!

  7. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Lorna Lorna

    We nearly have the same birthday :) Happy birthday to Temptalia and thank you so much for all your hard work. I always check the site before I purchase anything – I’d be lost without it (Long time lurker)<3

  8. gio

    Congrats! Here’s to many more!

  9. Edward

    Happy Birthday!!!!! You are and always will be my no.1 make up review blog!
    Congrats!!!!
    xx.

  10. Big congratulations and hugs to you (and Shaun and Mellan)! Those are some tremendous stats, and they reflect your determination to give readers what they want. You’ve done a fantastic job!

  11. I’ve been a long time reader (not quite 6 years though). I truly love your blog and sometimes wonder, how does she do it? You are smart, talented, and have always stayed true to yourself. Congratulations on the 6 years!

  12. Natalia

    Congrats and keep up the good job!! Kiss Mellan for me!

  13. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Eve Sara E.

    I”d love a post with a list of all the A+ products listed. Congrats!

  14. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of _An_ An

    Wow, congratulations! Lots of great events to celebrate. ^_^

    Temptalia was one of the first sources I looked into when I was a makeup newbie. I’m still learning, but I’ve learned a lot thanks to Temptalia.

    Thanks, Christine!! ^^

  15. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of telissa Telissa

    Happy Birthday Temptalia.com! and thank you for all your hard work it helps out A LOT when I need to decide what is worth purchasing.

  16. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Fanny Fanny

    Congratulations !!! :D Your website is awesome ! :)

  17. Congratulations Christine! And thank you for all your hard work – and to Shaun too (and Mellan, for being an adorable model). Your blog is truly an inspiration to me.

  18. Kristen

    ☺ Happy 6th Anniversary, Christine! ☺
    You do the most most amazing job of giving people honest feedback and reviews and incredible pictures. We all appreciate the enormous amount of work that you put into this blog! Your blog is always a starting point for me when I’m curious about a product and your tutorials are fantastic! Thank you so much for all you do! ❤

  19. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Terri Terri

    Congratulations Christine!! It’s so wonderful to see that hard work does pay off in the end, as I tell my children every day. Thank you for what you do every day to help all of us with our purchases. I have learned so much and am truly grateful.

  20. Happy Birthday Temptalia. May there be many many many more. And Mellon is your hype Boy…like Nicki Minaj has a hype girl and Sophia Grace has a hyped girl.

  21. Laurin

    Happy anniversary Christine and many, many more! Your website influences many of my decisions on whether or not I buy something, you’re my go to girl, my cosmeticpedia. Thank you for all the time and energy (and $) you put into it. Hope you and the tech guy have a long happy life together!

  22. Nicki

    Thank YOU Christine! I check your blog daily and your reviews have been SO helpful!!! Your videos are also super helpful!!!! You have no idea how much time you saved me and I always end up loving the products you post with an A or B! Wish you the best<3

  23. Brian McDowell

    Curious, which brands do most of the F’s/A’s belong to? You should do a poll/contest and make people guess first and second place in each..!

    My guesses:

    Best: Guerlain/Chanel

    Worst: Nars/MAC

  24. Jill

    Congrats! what a great accomplishment Christine! :)

  25. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of telle telle

    Congrats and happy 6th birthday! Here’s to many more!!!

  26. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Laura Laura H

    Wow, six years ! Congratulations !
    I just wanted to say thank you so much for your (and shaun’s!) work at creating what I think is the most informative beauty website out there ! I always recommend it to people every time I’m in Sephora or another beauty store and they are trying to decide on buying something !
    I feel like it’s not just a place for reviews but one where there is a community of beauty lovers coming together. You have introduced me to so many fantastic beauty blogs like Dustin Hunter, theNotice, Phyrra, musingsofamuse, Mostly Sunny, project swatch, and BellaChique just to name a few. And I’m sure all of them have been inspired by you in some way.
    I hope for another six great years !

  27. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Veronica Veronica

    \o/ Congratulations! A well-earned six year anniversary. A lot of hard work visibly went in to making this such a great site.

  28. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Tricia patty

    congrats!!!

  29. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of ShannoninBC ShannoninBC

    Happy Annivesary! Thanks for all the hard work and dedication you put into this site, your hard work and passion is the reason we all keep coming back :) To many more years to come and greater successes to you and Shaun!

  30. Disa

    That’s an average of 5.9 high quality posts per day for six years! So impressive, Christine. Congratulations.

    And 30,000 visits per day! Did visitation build slowly or did Temptalia take off like a rocket the first year?

    • Hi Disa!

      It was a slow build :) It looks like a mountain – in the beginning, I think we had around ~200ish a day. But it was really just a gradual climb and has continued to be so :)

  31. Mihaela

    Congratulations!!! I can see and appreciate all the hard work and all the love you have put into this website! It is the site that I check everyday when I start my computer!

  32. Doll

    Happy 6th Anniversary!
    Thanks for this wonderful blog!

  33. Kitty

    i remember your beginnings via livejournal. good old days :D

    happy birthday!!

  34. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Mahnaz Mahnaz

    Congratulations !!! Thank you for helping us!

  35. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Natalie Natalie

    Congrats, Christine!! Such a wonderful accomplishment! Here’s to many more years of continued success!

  36. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Azaza Azaza

    Happy 6th anniversary. You’re website is absolute amazing for the beauty community over the world :D

  37. Alethia

    Congrats!!! Your hard work and dedication to your readers definitely shows :)

  38. Calayna

    Congrats and thank you for all the hard work you do for us!! :)

  39. Joan

    Congratulations Christine.
    Thank you for bringing makeup, beauty products and Mellan to the masses! You do a really stupendous job.
    Thank you so much!

  40. Sil

    happy aniversary to everyone that makes this site so great!
    I hope you have a great celebration ;)

  41. Nti

    Thank you so much for all your hard work and dedication. I make far fewer miss purchases because of your informative well thought out reviews! Although I do make many many more hit purchases too ;)

  42. congratulations Christine XOXO :D
    feels soooooooo great to know you and be a part of Temptalia :d i still feel that the best things happendd to me on this WWW is TEMPTALIA and You
    god bless you dear and wish you a very happy and healthy life :D

  43. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of littleone little.one

    Congratulations on the anniversary! I’m just curious…what were the products that received an A+ or F rating?

  44. Bere

    Congrats!! Even I didn’t buy much makeup I really love your page almost every day, it’s relaxing :D

  45. Lisa J

    Congratulations, Christine!! I view your blog every single day, just like a news site, to stay up to date on all the current beauty events!! Your blog is so professional, your reviews are thorough and honest, and the information you provide is invaluable. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I appreciate the time, effort and obvious care you put in to it!! Thank you for all you and your team do. I don’t know what we would do without you!! ;D

  46. Lisa J

    Forgot to ask, do you have listed somewhere all the products that have received an A+ rating and all the ones that have received an F? It would be kind of cool to see all these products combined in one list with links to the individual reviews. Just curious…thanks!

  47. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of LH LH

    Congratulations you guys :) you both put so much time and effort into Temptalia to help us and it is greatly appreciated.

  48. Carla

    I just want to say CONGRATULATIONS on 6 years of outstanding content. I don’t make any high end purchases without consulting your site first.

  49. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Tigerlily Tigerlily

    Congratulations Christine (and Shaun and Mellan) for this wonderful website!! Thank you for being so helpful, honest and sweet. Your hard work is really appreciated…and in many parts of the world on top of that :-) All the best!

  50. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Andrea Andrea

    You really brighten the day!

    Would love to see a list of the A+s and Fs!

  51. Congratulations Christine!!!

  52. CONGRATS! I remember seeing your posts waaaay back in the MAC community on LJ. So great to see how successful you’ve been all these years. Keep up the great work :)

  53. Luisafer

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! :D So happy for you!!! Thank you so much for all the beautifull job you do for us!!!! Wish you the best! :D