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Sunday, October 18th, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

Are you dressing up for Halloween? What’s your makeup going to be like?

Temptalia's Answer.

I actually don’t really do anything for Halloween, so I won’t be dressing up. It’s not really my thing – I think the last time I dressed up, I was 13!

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Saturday, October 17th, 2009

Last week, we asked for your feedback via a survey, and all of the responses we received were really great and just helped us develop a picture of where we are and what we need to change up in the future.  Here are some findings/explanations, just because the audience is split on some things, so I don’t want half of you to think we’re ignoring your suggestions–because the other half loves what you hate!  (I think the adage “you can’t satisfy everyone” applies!)

  • Drugstore vs. high-end:  about 15% of readers seemed to want more coverage of beauty products available at a lower price point, while 75% were happy that there isn’t a lot of coverage of drugstore brands.  Solution: Money-Saving Mondays — the theme is to cover and feature products that are more affordable, at least on a once-a-week basis.
  • MAC vs. non-MAC:  about 10% of readers feel like this blog is all MAC and nothing but, while 20% of readers say there aren’t enough posts about MAC (and about 5% say skip other brands and only write about MAC).  The majority of readers (about 75%) are satisfied with the level of non-MAC to MAC ratio.  Solution:  keep on keepin’ on.  If MAC keeps putting out a zillion and one collections per year, we’ll be there to cover it.  We’re still trying to do our best and cover other brands’ releases, too.  We can’t always get to all of them, but we certainly give it a go!
  • Reader Participation: about 20% of readers dislike at least one or two of participation-based posts (The Hit List, Rant & Rave, Temptalia Asks You, etc.), but the overwhelming majority loves to participate in these.  Solution: we’re going to take a look at our schedule and likely ditch Project Revamp (that’s your call to save it, if you wish) and potentially scale back others so that there’s some but not too much.
  • Sales/Deals: several readers commented on not wanting sales/deals clogging up the front page… Solution:  we already adjusted this about a month ago so that the majority of sales/deals are only posted on the deals page.  We’ll, of course, still feature some deals on the main page, depending on whether we think it’ll interest you, as well as the weekly deal round-up on Mondays.
  • Guest Posts/Submissions: some readers commented that they’d like to see guest posts/reviews/looks/tutorials.  Solution: we’ve actually always welcomed and asked for submissions — we just rarely get any!   We will try to make more “call to submit” posts throughout the year.
  • Rating System: there seems to be a fair amount of confusion over the rating system — some love the addition of it, others think it’s pointless.  Solution: at this point, I’m probably going to get rid of it.  It seems like it requires more explanation to avoid the confusion, which seems like it’ll clog up the post.  But to clarify here:  I don’t actively seek out products I dislike, which is why I don’t have a lot of “terrible” reviews.  I try and buy what I think I’ll like.  A “C” product is average – not bad, but not great; a “B” product is good, but I think there’s something better out there; and an “A” product is great, and it’s something I’d buy again.
  • Disclosure: a few readers were curious about how Temptalia will work with the FTC’s disclosure requirement.  Solution:  we have had a site-wide disclosure and policies page up for about a year now — in general (in the past), if I didn’t say I bought it, I probably didn’t.  But since the revisions came out (so about two weeks now), we’ve also implemented a post-by-post disclosure system.  (Anyone notice it? Here’s an example.)  We don’t do paid reviews, we don’t promise positive reviews–hell, we don’t guarantee we’ll review anything, period.  Bottom line, I review stuff I like/love or products I think readers are interested in.

There’s one major area that we could use further feedback on:  NAVIGATION.

It definitely seemed like a fair number of readers experienced some issues with navigating the site.  Because we are, quite obviously biased, we have no idea what’s wrong with it.  We can navigate the site just fine, darn it!  So to help us understand where you’re coming from, could you tell us what problems you’re having? What’s not working?  Maybe an example of a navigation that would work for such an unwieldy site such as Temptalia?

Any insight on making your site experience better, more streamlined, and just more enjoyable would be most appreciated. This is the time of the year where we start working on our layout and redesign, so all of your feedback is vital to the process.  (If you want change, you gotta speak up!)

Thanks so much for participating in the quarterly reader feedback survey!

(And, of course, if you have any additional feedback, suggestions, comments, or questions, you are always welcome to post them — whether on the blog or via email.)

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

Will you be partaking in Sephora’s Friends & Family sale this year? What’s on your list?

Temptalia's Answer.

I haven’t decided yet. I’m sure I’ll find something to buy…

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Friday, October 16th, 2009

MAC Baroque Boudoir

MAC Baroque Boudoir Collection

U.S. Launch Date: November 25th, 2009 (Freestanding/PRO Stores Only)

Decadent, luxurious… Liaisons get even more Dangereuse! The vintage look of the Baroque Boudoir has inspired our special, limited edition cache of high-style collectibles for lips and face, in silverized and silk-screened packaging containing favourite bring-back luxe formulas. First, Lipstick and Lip Gloss, each in three new shades of lustrous seduction, followed with Sheer Mystery Powder in Light Medium and Medium Plus, the last word in silky finish, divinely dressed in a ravishing round compact, etched like the fine filigree of a French baroque settee. Of course, our new Boudoir Clutch will be instantly treasured. Sate your taste for something modern, yet ornate.

Baroque Boudoir Lipstick ($22.00 U.S. / $26.00 CDN)

  • Prive Creamy light blue pink (Cream) (Limited Edition)
  • Treasured Creamy warm nude beige (Cream) (Limited Edition)
  • Baroque Boudoir Creamy dark plum (Cream) (Limited Edition)

Baroque Boudoir Lipgloss ($22.00 U.S. / $26.00 CDN)

  • Preciousness Sheer metallic pink with white pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • The Lap of Luxury Sheer baby pink with white & pink pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • D’Nouveau Sheer dusty rose with light pink pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)

Baroque Boudoir Compact/Sheer Mystery Powder ($60.00 U.S. / $72.00 CDN)

  • Light Medium Pale ivory (Limited Edition)
  • Medium Plus Tan beige (Limited Edition)

Boudoir Clutch ($65.00 U.S. / $78.00 CDN)

  • Unexpected and chic clutch with a crinkle brushed nylon fabric in black. (Limited Edition)

Availability: North America: November 25th, 2009 at all M·A·C locations, 1.800.588.0070 and www.maccosmetics.com. International: December 2009 at all M·A·C locations, 1.800.588.0070 and www.maccosmetics.com.

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Friday, October 16th, 2009

MAC Magic, Mirth, & Mischief Collection

MAC Magic, Mirth, & Mischief Collection: The Round-Up

MAC Holiday is always a bit of an overwhelming event, just because of the sheer size of the offerings. Each year, MAC puts out a holiday colour collection, but they also have several separate, yet related, launches of more giftable items. From eyeshadow and lip palettes to mini-sized sets (which are due out November 5th), MAC has you covered. There are also some store exclusive sets, too.  To help make sure you haven’t missed anything, here’s a compilation of all of the reviews for holiday:

Colour Collection

Kits & Palettes

MAC also released lip, eye, and brush gift sets, which I won’t be reviewing in detail (if you’re looking for a review, this is all you’re going to get–sorry!), because it includes mostly repromoted or permanent products. Each lip bag does feature one new, limited edition lipstick. They’re all good bang for your buck — you’re probably getting more than you would if you purchased the items separately, so they make good gifts or opportunities to pick up permanent items you may have skipped over in lieu of something limited edition.

On MAC Holiday Brush Sets: The holiday brush sets are machine-made rather than man-made (or handmade) as the full size brushes are. This is primarily what accounts for the difference in quality between brush sets and full size brushes. I do recommend the brush sets inasmuch as you’re on a budget and you think you’ll use the majority of the brushes included in the set. I started off just owning a holiday brush set, but I’ve since gone on to replace all my brushes with full sized versions. I’m disappointed that the eye brush set doesn’t contain the 239, which I think is one of the most vital, must-have eye brushes ever. The brushes themselves are sleek handled and look really nice, though they do feel a little scratchier/rougher than the full size versions do.

Friday, October 16th, 2009

MAC Magic, Mirth, & Mischief Collection
6 Smoke & Mirrors Eye Shadows

MAC Magic, Mirth, & Mischief Review: Smoke & Mirrors Eye Shadows

A good smoky eye palette is never a bad thing to have on hand. It’s useful, easy to travel with, and it’s classic. I’m not loving this year’s version of the smoky eye palette, because it’s more of a brownish eye, and I’ve always felt the classic smoky eye is monochromatic. I still hold that last year’s was better. (And I still contend that you can make your own smoky eyeshadow quad with permanent MAC eyeshadows just as well.)

6 Smoke & Mirrors Eye Shadows ($36.00 U.S.)

  • Fire In Her Eyes is a super soft, slightly sheer beige with a light frost finish. In the swatch, you can tell it hardly shows up on my skin without a base. It’ll make a nice highlight, though.
  • Wide-Eyed Wonder is kind of a taupe-y brown with a reddish touch. There’s nothing about this shade that makes it jump off the page for me.
  • Black Magique is a velvety smooth deep dark black with brown tones. It has slight gold shimmer, but it’s hardly noticeable.
  • Spell No. 9 is a satiny neutral pink. It’s sheer, and it doesn’t do much for me.
  • Deception is a sheer, glittery copper bronze. Even though it’s a frost finish, it had more of a lustre feel to me.
  • Smoke & Mirrors is a cool-toned chocolate brown with a little gray sheen.

I”m not sold on this year’s. It reads more like a neutral eye palette than a smoky eye palette to me. It’s useful, and the colors are easily worn by many, so in that aspect, it’s a solid choice for those looking for a go-to palette.

  • Product: 24/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

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