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Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008

Temptalia Asks You

Why do you love makeup? What is it that draws you, keeps you there, and always wanting more?

I love makeup because it gave me a way to regain some confidence and feel beautiful again. Of course, in the past, I felt a bit more reliant on it than I do these days, but it was a great way to boost my self-esteem. I love playing with the different colors and textures, trying to see what I can come up with. It’s just good fun that feels utterly indulgent and luxurious.

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

While I already wrote up my in-depth review on all of The Originals, I finally had the time to do some lip swatches!  With that in mind, remember that the application is not always perfect as I merely apply for the sake of taking photos to share the color with everyone! :)

See all five lipglasses and ten lipsticks on my lips… Continue reading →

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

With the new year, it is only fitting for us to reflect back on the posts from Temptalia in the past year.  In this special year-end “best of” post, you will find a few favorites from both readers and myself.  If you had a favorite post that you remember, feel free to share it!

Features

One of the new additions to Temptalia has been “Temptalia Asks You,” which stemmed off of “Ask Temptalia.”  Some of the best questions (rather, the best answers) have given:  a slew of eyeliner tips, your very first makeup buys, five products you use everyday, your strange beauty habits, how others view your makeup addiction, great skincare tips, and makeup tips for beginners.  Plus, you answered and we compiled to give you the First Annual Temptalia Beauty Awards!

Tutorials are a popular favorite around these parts, but these few have been particularly well-received this year:  cateye eyeliner tips and tricks, achieving flawless skin (complete with contouring, blush, and highlighting!), bold, bright, and totally teal, how-to get perfect red lips, my top ten makeup tips, learn the parts to the eye, Temptalia’s signature black smoky eye, how-to for blending, and duplicate Barbie Loves MAC face chart.

Sometimes the looks on Temptalia are like peacocks, even a bit wacky, experiments with Metal-X, and reminiscent of fall.

Celebrity look breakdowns only began late this year, but while it is a hate-it-or-love-it kind of column for many, Arielle Kebbel dazzles with icy blue shadow, while Keira Knightley has an awfully plump pout, but still looks gorgeous.

So many opportunities happened in 2007, including many, many interviews with fabulous people.  MAC let us interview Viva Glam spokseperson Dita Von Teese, which was one amazing experience, but there were some great home-grown interviews with makeup artists from all walks, including founder of Face Time, Linsey Snyder.

It is always fab to have Temptalia readers submit to the site, and how can we forget Skyler’s enviable pigment storage solution?  Skyler, tell Doug I desperately want one, too!  (But here’s my storage solution… for now.)  Check out the readers’ pick for winner of the Halloween mask contest, as well as the judges’ pickKris shared this awesome teal look with us, while Janis goes smoky eyed.

MAC

We are already anticipating for Spring 2008 here in the beauty world, but MAC’s collaboration with Heatherette and Fafi have everyone in a tizzy, excited for February and March to roll around already!  While the unsung hero of the year will have to be Sculpt & Shape, only because it gave me the perfect contouring color, and The Originals turned out much better than expected.  Although Antiquitease and Holiday 2007 offerings overwhelmed us a bit, I loved the look of the Antiquitease crackled nails enough to try it myself.  MAC put out a lovely collection of smoky blues in Blue Storm, but we still wish MAC would make Temptalia’s Color Story.  Many loved, and some hated, but C-Shock was a shock to the sensible with its bright and bold hues.  Don’t forget how everyone ran, not walked, to get Barbie Loves MAC (which I liked, but didn’t love).

Reviews

YSL teaches us a lesson in truly luxury beauty and makes us fall in love with their cream blush, while our experience with Chanel Glossimers hasn’t yet converted us to the dark side!

Skin discoveries were abound this year, and Osmotics Cream Extreme saved me from a fate worse than death.   I can’t go a day without Estee Lauder’s DayWear Plus–it is the perfect morning cream.  What else could be love at first sight?  Oh, Renee Rouleau’s AHA/BHA cleanser!  Even though I shared my skincare routine with you this year, I think 2008 will require an updated version as I have found all new light o’ loves.

Also, as a reminder, don’t forget about submitting your Reader Feedback Survey nor participating in our New You with New Beauty contest!

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

With 2008 in full swing for everyone around the globe now, many of us have made a few resolutions or are thinking about ones to make for the new year.  As with every year, at least half of us forget the resolutions we have made, fail to follow through on them, or simply give up.  I have to give kudos for those who stick with them to the end, especially if they manage to succeed.  My boyfriend teased me last night for not having any resolutions, which influenced me to come up with a few goals that I’d like to attain this year.

Get Organized

My apartment is overflowing with beauty products, and the lack of organization of them all is driving me batty–really.  I honestly think there may be too much of a good thing going on at my house!  I just don’t know how to organize it quite yet, but I would really love to overhaul some of it soon.  For this past Christmas, I definitely did a lot of passing-on of the beauty products to family members, which did make a nice dent into what I have but no longer use.  It is just so difficult to throw out beauty products for me–I hate wasting them!  A few weeks ago, I made a make-shift shelf/drawer out of a cardboard box to hold a bunch of skincare products, and I have to say, that is serving me well!  It has significantly decluttered my bathroom countertop (which has no room to spare, beauty products or not).  Do you have any hidden secrets to beauty organization?

I would also like to do some closet clean-out, because I have far too many shoes and clothes I no longer love or do not find suit me anymore.  I don’t think I have ever thrown out a pair of shoes for any reason other than wear and tear, so I am not sure I will have the will power to do it.  (Of course, by throw out, I do mean, give to the Goodwill.)

Study Harder

I haven’t gotten my grades back from my first semester at law school (I will get two permanent grades, three pencil ones – ones worth only 25% of my total grade, the other 75% to come in May), but I feel like I should have done better.  I am going to work harder to pay attention in class, take more extensive notes, and make sure to read more carefully. I would like to say that I do feel I worked much harder this past semester than I ever did for undergrad (which, sadly, wasn’t hard to do, considering how little I worked), which does impress me.  I stayed on top of the majority of my reading (boring!), went to nearly all my classes, and spent a decent chunk of time studying prior to the tests.

Appreciate More

I fear I take some things for granted, and I would really like to show people that I appreciate their effort and energy more often than I have in the past.  I want people to think of me as someone who is nice and approachable, so I hope that by being more conscious of this will help me achieve this.  I am encouraged by the fact that over the years, I have steadily become more appreciative of the things I have and the people I know.

Re-discover My Creativity

Sometimes I really do feel like I am running on empty (and this has been an on-going feeling for the past five years) when it comes to being creative, original, or remotely unique.  I have been in this rut for such a long time that I fear I don’t know what it feels like to be creative any more.  I am going to actively try to climb out and find things that enable my creativity and foster it.  I know you can’t force it, but I’d like to think that certain circumstances may persuade it to come out and play!

Lose Weight, Feel Great; Operation Hot Part 203822

Every year, like so many, I make weight loss a goal.  I know that many of my dear readers will also be tackling this particular resolution with the new year, and I wish everyone the best of luck and the utmost support in becoming active, eating healthier, and losing weight.  In 2004, I lost 45 pounds (I was on the Atkins’ diet), and while I never hit my “dream” weight, I did get to a weight I was happy enough with.  I have gained about 10 pounds of that back in the past six months, and I would really like to get back down to that “happy enough” weight or lower.  Being active is something I have struggled with for all of my life, and while I would love to say my resolution is to run everyday, it isn’t realistic.  Instead, I would like to add activity if and where I can, but my concentration will be on eating better and more moderately.  Bye-bye, Starbucks, you addictive fiend!

Here are some tips and tricks to keeping your resolutions… Continue reading →

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

If you were using MAC Golden Lemon pigment, what look would you create with it? What shadows would you use? What would you use on cheeks? Anything added to the lips?

Create a look using whatever you want, as long as you include Golden Lemon! Feel free to share links to photos of your look(s) using it in the comments.

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

Temptalia Asks You

How important is price to you when it comes to buying a beauty product? Are you budget-conscious or do you forget the dollar signs?