Friday, May 3rd, 2013

It is with much excitement (and nervousness!) that I get to announce something that’s been incubating in the back of our brains for two years, and this year, we’ve put all of our resources into making that dream a reality. Temptalia is about making shopping for and buying beauty products easier with high-quality photos, swatches, and trusted reviews. That’s why we have features like the Dupe List, Foundation Matrix, and the Swatch Gallery. And now, we’re introducing MyTemptalia.


MyTemptalia is about connecting our resources with all of you, and then coming together to create something exciting, powerful, and useful for every person who’s thought, “Would that lipstick work for me? Is that lipstick similar this other lipstick I have? Would this eyeshadow match this lipgloss? If I like this blush, what other shade would suit me?”  We hope that over the next few months, we’ll be able to fully answer these questions as we integrate existing features and introduce more new ones on the foundation we’re launching today.

We are a knowledgeable community who is enthusiastic about all things beauty, and there’s no shortage of expertise that each of us is able offer to the next person. In our initial launch of features, we’ve taken the products we’ve reviewed and integrated them into a product database that allows you to contribute your feedback, keep track of products you own and want to own, as well as discover new products and hear from others with similar coloring if it worked or didn’t. You can also inspire others and get inspired by looks submitted by community members–and you might even be featured for your contribution to the community!


    • VANITY: Keep track of products you own — you can view them as a gallery or as a list (printable version coming soon!) You’ll also see this icons integrated into my reviews here on the main blog shortly!

    • WISHLIST: Keep a running list of products you’re interested in or want to purchase in the future! Coming soon: quickly add a product just posted on the blog to your wishlist!

    • QUICK REVIEWS: We know you’re busy, so rate and run! Give a product a star (or five), then select tags like pigmented and travel-friendly!

  • LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT: Love and leave ’em like the heartbreaker you are! You can check out well-loved products for the week, month, etc.!
  • LOOKS: Inspire others by submitting your hair, makeup, and nail looks–or get inspired by the community! If you create tutorials, you can drive traffic back to your blog/YouTube, too!
  • FEATURED: You just might get featured for your contributions to the community!

More Features & More Brands Coming Soon!

  • All existing features, like The Dupe List, Foundation Matrix, and Swatch Gallery will be interconnected to MyTemptalia! Soon you’ll be to refine, sort, vote, and more to ensure better accuracy and usability of matches and potential dupes!  (I’m nearly dying waiting for the completion of the Swatch Gallery. I can’t wait to refine brown eyeshadows down to the undertone and finish!!)
  • Monthly themes and contests!
  • More brands and their product catalogs will be continually added to the product database as we go forward (37 included at initial launch)
  • And the rest is top secret! :)

Thank you to…

  1. Family & friends for understanding why we’ve basically ignored you for the last four months.
  2. Shaun (my husband) & Nick (my brother-in-law), our resident technical team, who built this beast from the ground-up and handled my demands with dignity. There were only minor skirmishes and everyone lived to tell the tale! Please consider thanking @shauntechguy and @nicktechguy for their work behind-the-scenes. :)  Meagan, my sister, for compiling a lot of data and probably crossing her eyes.  (Can you tell Temptalia is a family business?)
  3. Mellan for providing the comic relief–and reminding me when it was dinner time.
  4. Our readers for motivating us without even knowing it. There were some dark moments, and you kept us going!

You can check my profile out here! :)

UPDATED AT 5/3 AT 11:01 PM PST: We think we’ve managed to cure most registration issues as well as resolve any outstanding activations that haven’t been received. Let us know if you have any problems by leaving a comment or emailing shaun[at] or nick[at] and they can help you directly! Thank you for your patience!

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.

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258 thoughts on “Introducing MyTemptalia Beta 1.0

  1. melanie Zaleski

    This is amazing!! Congrats!!! I have been hoping you would add a “wish list”

    Excited for what is to come as well !! Job well done!!

  2. Hannah

    I’m having a problem on google chrome of when I try and scroll to the right the top bar where it is supposed to have the log in button doesn’t scroll with the rest of my screen. I’m not able to log in because of it :/

  3. Somia

    Hi – I signed up early this morning but have not received the activation e-mail yet!

    • Hi Somia!

      I just checked our user list, and our mail queue, and I didn’t see any outstanding emails to the e-mail address you used for your comment form – and I didn’t see any users with that e-mail address. If you used another e-mail address, could you send a quick e-mail to shaun[at] or nick[at] about it? They will help you get started! Thank you!

  4. Janet

    Christine, this is ah-mazing! Thank you for all the hard work you all have put into this. You guys go above and beyond and take this beauty blog to a whole new level. So excited to register! :)

  5. This looks so amazing and i can’t wait to explore! Thank you Christine, Shaun and Nick for all your hard work!

    I registered last nigjt and saw the activiation email this morning, but when i click on the link, it asks me for a valid activation key and i have no idea what that would be. Could you help me out?

    Thanks again!

  6. This is so cool. What a great way to keep track of what you have & what you want. Congrats on getting this launched – I’m sure it was a ton of work!

  7. Ana

    Congratulations Christine! I am so proud of you. You really are a pioneer when it comes to the world of beauty and the Internet. To be honest, I didn’t even see a slow down in the past few months when it came to posts and answering questions – that just shows how hard you guys have been working. Thanks as always for your honest opinons. And I didn’t comment before, but your wedding was beautiful! Your cake was amazing and I loved the under the sea theme, can’t stop thinking about it.

  8. Meg

    totally loving this dear! <3 you don't know how helpful this improvement can be to your readers. :) Cheers!

  9. Congratulations! I love what you have done. It is so fun and helpful. I have been making lists and taking notes from your blog for a little while now (I only just found your website a month or so ago) and you have put everything I need in one place. I didn’t think your website could get any better…and it has. Amazing. As a side note: I have been learning web design and programming and seeing what has been integrated is amazing to me. You have a fantastic technology team!

  10. This is a great idea! I’m excited.

    I don’t know if you guys are aware of this issue, but I’m unable to scroll. I’m running Chrome on a Samsung Chromebox.

  11. April

    I got the activation email, but when I click the link and it asks me for a valid activation key. Any clues as to what that might be?

  12. Linda

    I just signed up, this is absolutely perfect. Thank you for all your hard work!

  13. Damn, Christine. This is seriously impressive. It’s such a great idea, and it must be so much work! Is there anything Shaun, Nick, Meagan and you can’t do? Thank you to you all!
    The vanity feature especially interests me, I can see becoming very handy. I also really like that you can follow people, and that I can see your “Looks” at once!

  14. Hi Christine,
    I really love the new feature! Your blog gets more like a comunity now, there is even more interaction! :-)
    I have two (little) suggestions: Could you include a search in the “products” section? Also, if you choose a brand and then a type of product, the brand doesn’t stay chosen!
    It would also be great, if we could add products to our vanity/wishlist directly from the review (from your post)!
    You did a great job! :-)

  15. This is awesome! I’m having fun with this. I already got stuff in my vanity, wish list…amazing. Thank you.

  16. Dee

    Awesome! I can’t wait to shop at MyTemptalia. Congratulations, Christine!

  17. Simone

    Wow! This is so amazing! Congrats :)
    I remember u from Waaaayy back from Livejournal beauty community days! You were always so kind to me and, of course, inspirational. U truly deserve all the blessings that have come ur way… And whenever I see the name “Temptalia” anywhere, I feel special to have “known” u from the beginning. I’m all “She told me my makeup looked good once!” Lol 😀

  18. Nines

    Ditto to much of the same above, but seriously Christine! This is SO COOL!!! I didn’t get it at first (well, I didn’t know what the title meant I guess… Ha!) but once I realized what it was I started getting so excited! I actually had to check myself because I was in a public place on my phone, and probably looked a bit like a crazy person. =D But I couldn’t help getting all kinds of giddy! This sounds SO awesome for your readers and PROPS on putting this together (to you AND your awesome team!) =) I’ve literally always dreamed of a site pretty much just like what you’ve described, I’m super excited to start using it! **Now I just have to restrain myself from wasting massive amounts of time poking around on it…** Wait a minute… Damn it Christine!!! How am I supposed to concentrate on studying now?!? =D

    • Thank you so much, Nines! :) I hope you continue to enjoy it! I look forward to hearing what you think about the next features we roll out!

  19. So many congratulations! This is amazing and I am so excited to play around with it! Thank you for everything you do to help us (enable us) with make up. <333

  20. Kiki2

    WOOT! I just singed on. In clicking submit it brought me right back to the sign on page. I hope that’s normal.


    Oh how very exciting. Haha, official shopping on temptalia! I see my wishlist GROWING substantially now that there is a place to house it. Oh lordy me I’m having heart palipatations, lol! This is brilliant. Thank you for everyones hard work! I wish you a most successful run!

      • Kiki2

        Hiya Christine. Apparently with my sign up yesterday, bringing me back to the sign up page, it isn’t normal. Just got home and came over to login and it didn’t work. Also I didn’t get a verification email. Looked thru inbox & spam/junk file. To check I went for redoing my password with my email and my email wasn’t found.

        So I just went thru the signup process again and the same thing happened. After I check user agreement and clicked submit, the page refreshed me right back to the sign up page like yesterday. My user name and email are in their boxes, the rest are blank.

        I tried this twice getting the same results. Now I’m at a loss as to what to do next? Thanks!

  21. Amatullah

    Amazing! Got a chance to play around with it and I’m loving it. Would love to see this in the apple store soon :-)

  22. Maryam

    OMG OMG christine you r awesome seriously this is the biggessssssttttttt step for temptalia n you and ofcourse for all of us too i m soooooooooooooo happy i can’t even think that all of you have been working for two years on this awesome great ideas :) you have mentioned once in your post that you are doing something but will keep it secret until all the work is done n here it is i m soooooooooooooooooooooooooo excited MAY u have many more success like this AMEEN

    now i m going to make my account :) love you christine <3 :) u r the best <3 :)

    • Aw, thank you SO much for your continued support, Maryam! :) I hope you love it as much when you sign up!

      • my pleasure dear :) christine i signed up yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy n i tell u i m loving it its like i can write reviews as i was dieing to do it n rate products n i m gonna built my wishlist soon yayyyyyyyy but one thing i m confused how i can find you there n any other girl also? how i can follow you i can’t see you there :( kindly help

  23. Winni

    This looks awesome. I think it needs to be an app!!

  24. Vanda

    OMG! That sounds amazing! I cannot wait! Thanks for all your work.

  25. Leticia

    I have been MIA these last few days; I’ve only been able to come back to today and WOWWWW!!! You never cease to amaze me – the love and thought you guys put into this website is beyond amazing. Thank you, thank you, thank you Christine, Shaun, Nick, Meagan and Mellan for all you do for us!! I cannot wait to play with MyTemptalia :)!!