Sunday, December 28th, 2008

Temptalia Asks You


How/when did you become a full-fledged beauty addict? What made you just love makeup and beauty products?

Question courtesy of Tanya!

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37 thoughts on “Temptalia Asks You – How/when did you become a full-fledged beauty addict?

  1. Hannah

    For me it started when a MAC store finally opened in Oslo, Norway!! That was about two years ago. I have always liked make up, but never fallen in love with any brand before MAC :P

  2. Saira

    I’ve always loved make-up but I think I’ve really got into it the last few years or so – I’m really into experimenting with different colours now and trying out different looks. There are a lot of fun beauty brands now (Urban Decay, Mac, Two Faced) which have lots of cool products to try. I think discovering Mac has really added to my love of make-up, as there are so many amazing colours available!

  3. Lingping

    I think I’ve always been interested in makeup, but it went all addict-like last year when I lived in the middle of nowhere and the only sensible shopping opportunity was ebay :) Makeup is better to order by mail than clothes and shoes, and it was oh- so much fun!

    At the same time my nail polish addiction started, mostly because the chalk from the blacboard (I’m a teacher) make my nails break, so I stared wearing polish to protect them and make them look ok, but also because of wonderful head2toebeauty.com and 8ty8beauty.com.

    I guess the answer is that easy and (fairly) cheap access made me into the addict that I am :)

  4. Marie

    This past summer. I came across a lot of makeup gurus on YouTube and from there fell in love with all things makeup.

  5. AshBash

    i am very much in love with MAC shadows. i think it started with my friend who introduced me to this site and i saw all the great things that can be done with multiple colors. before coming to this site, i played it very safe and used no more than two colors at a time. what the hell was i thinking?!

  6. I broke my foot and it made me terribly depressed for various reasons. Youtube gurus and beauty bloggers were the only things that could cheer me up.

  7. Avatar of Inky Inky

    When I was a little girl in the mid to late 1960′s, my Mom worked at a cosmetics counter in a department store in Washington, D.C. she’d bring home so much makeup. She wore blue and green and purple false eyelashes and was very glam. I just thought everyone had that much makeup around the house ;) so I kept the practice going and I love makeup!

    (i actually stopped in at Sephora yesterday and only bought some Philosophy Carrot Cake body wash and an OPI Nail Polish in Sample Sale – can you believe it – all that make up in the store and none came home with me this time!)

  8. DaniMae

    I’ve been a beauty addict since I was a small child. I received a cheapo make up palette for Christmas when I was like 7. I loved that thing and I had it for years. I was very protective of it [like how I am of my high end make up now!], hence owning it for years. Every time my parents gave me an allowance, I would trek to the drug store up the road and spend it all on Lip Smackers chap stick and gloss, Jordana eye shadows and pencil liners, haha…ahhhh Sweet memories.

  9. When I was very small I’d sit on my mother’s bed and watch her do her makeup all the time. When I was about five or six she started letting me look through her makeup supplies, and would give me a tiny drop of foundation to try or give me a little dab of lipstick to wear. I always wanted play makeup for holidays, and then little kid’s makeup (Hello Kitty lipstick and Tinkerbelle Brush on Peel off nail polish!), and then I started buying Maybelline and Covergirl with my allowance, and then I moved on to better brands. I love everything to do with makeup. :D

  10. I’ve always loved make-up and beauty products since I was about 12. My aunt worked at a beauty store so she always provided me with samples from Dior, Chanel etc….

    But the real addiction came about 2 years ago, when Mac came out with the Barbie collection….from there on there was no stopping or getting back!

  11. Kim

    I’ve always loved makeup, even as a child. I remember watching my Grandmother apply her super bright pink lipstick, & peeking at my mom’s cosmetics as a child, I loved every second of it! I’ve always had a tendency to collect perfume & toiletries in my twenties, but over the past five yrs. or so my makeup collection has just exploded! It went from casual collecting to all out addiction!!

  12. Vicki

    When I found your website in January lol. I had been wearing makeup for the last 3 years, but it was only basic makeup things. Then I was googling something about MAC, I think Fafi and your website was the first to pop up. I went through your archives and I was like wow you can do all of this with makeup?! I would like to say thank you while my checking account would like to say hmmph!

  13. I have always loved makeup and have been wearing it every day since age 13. However, I didn’t become a true addict until I discovered MAC in 1993. My friend wanted to pick up a lipstick or something at this “new” makeup counter and it was MAC. As soon as I saw their color line and the cool people behind the counter, I was hooked. They have been my fav for a LONG time now and I would say about 80% of the makeup I wear is by MAC. You definitely make my addiction even stronger because I get to see what all the colors actually look like on so it opens my eyes to things I hadn’t even thought of! Thanks (but my wallet shrivels up and dies!)!!

  14. Avatar of Chantale Macaddict

    It started when I was about 11 or 12 years old. My mom started to sell AVON products to help pay the bills. It was a perfect intro to MU for me; it was perfect for my budget/allowance and it helped my mom’s sales (I was her best customer!). From then, it evolved into drugstores’ brands, and higher end brands.
    At some point, I became “bored” with what was available colorwise on the market: that was before discovering MAC! MAC made me rediscover the joys of MU! That was over 3 years ago. Since then, the love story keeps going…

  15. Crystal

    I just recently started loving makeup actually! I’m young and my parents were very supportive of my major hauls! (Urban Decay, MAC, CCO bargains, sephora, Benefit, and mounds of lippies!) In summer 2008, I was looking at the new MAC collections, Cool Heat, and researching swatches and such when I stumbled upon this website and many others, the muse’s and vanessa’s! I immediately bookmarked them and persued their contents with avid rapture! I really do love this website and credit it with many of the reasons I hoard my collection with such passion! Haha! Although my collection could never rival yours, (I use my parent’s funds!) I enjoy immensely the eyecandy your provide so kindly like yor FOTDs, swatches *sigh*, hauls, and reviews! I must say I look to temptalia as a true source of inspiration and guidance to the world of cosmetics. Thank you so much! Keep up the hard work because someone has to!

  16. Mmmm last holiday so about a year ago, I had liked makeup before just not anywhere near this degree. I started with Dior because I was scared other stuff would break me out and and after trying Dior out I knew it didn’t. I bought last years lip palette but didn’t really look at MAC again (Which I regret) until right after Cool heat (Lucky for me I was able to get most of the eyeshadows I wanted, still on the lookout for Gulf stream though) and then it went downhill I currently have like 20 something lipsticks, 3 full (15)eyeshadow palettes, 1 full blush palette and some other stuff and it just keeps getting worse.

  17. Kayla

    My addiction started about 2 years ago when I started working for Clinique. In my teens, well in high school I adored makeup but I never knew how to apply anything so I just wore powder, liner, and mascara. Now I am like my mom who has rubbermaids of stuff lol. Well I only have a couple, but their organized by various things like eyes, face, lips, so it’s not that bad…yet!

  18. Helene

    My mother has never been interested in makeup, but nailpolish has always been part of her routine. I am an only child, ao I think my first makeup-”idol” was my girlfriends older sister. She was really into the 80′style with lightnings on her face and tons of gel and other stuff in her hair LOL. I practiced a lot in the evening, but never wore the makeup to school. In 8th grade I wore makeup in scholl and since the I have worn makeup on an off. When I bought my first bike helmet, I swore to myself that I would never wear that ugly thing without looking fabulous underneath it. Until now I have succeded :D and it

  19. Jessica

    My mom was an Avon lady so she introduced me to makeup. I always admired the way she put on lipstick, after every meal, before leaving the house. It was so glamorous to me, that to have a polished look and be ready for the day you need your lipstick on. Now I have worked in cosmetics for 3 years, and that is when the real obsession started. Its so fun looking at all of the different lines and playing with all the products. I like comparing products from line to line so I feel like I’m getting the best product. I like being friends with the other consultants so I can ask their honest opinion of their products, I like the insiders viewpoint! Now that I’ve taken my obsession online and look at makeup blogs its made me a much more informed beauty addict. I love this website, Spektra and Makeupalley to look at new collections and get reviews on products. It has helped me become a savvy and smart consumer, so I no longer impulse buy makeup! I can compare swatches and look at upcoming collections so I can plan ahead what I wanna buy! Thanks for such a great website!

  20. mahalia

    My mother owns her own beauty school. As far back as I can remember, I can see her putting on her makeup in the mirror.. I used to always play in her makeup… I became a tomboy but when I was 16 she said I could wear makeup… I went to the MAC counter and I have been in love ever since. I believe that if I am going to do something I do it all the way.. I discovered this website and I have been getting better and better… now I want to be a makeup artist

  21. love

    I have been a beauty addict for sometime esp. with skin care, but I took it to a whole other level earlier this year,
    I am more attention to detail whereas before I was not as detailed with makeup application, also I visit the aesthetician regularly.

  22. It would have been around 6 years ago when I joined the MAC_Cosmetics yahoogroup.

  23. Anitacska

    My Mum wasn’t into makeup at all, in fact I remember I bought her some lovely green eyeshadows for Xmas one year when I was around 10. ;) I remember she had one lipstick, a gold-brown colour, really pretty, but she never used it, so I kept testing it on me (at home of course). I had one or two of those cheap 12 or so colour eyeshadow palettes that I really liked, again mainly for just at home, so I guess my obsession comes from that. I’ve been using make up regularly since I was about 15 or so (that’s half my life lol) and I’ve got more and more, esp since I moved to the UK (I used to live in Eastern Europe) as I have a lot more money nowadays. Also I discovered Ebay and have bought a lot of high end make up from there, plus been reading this and other blogs for a few months now. My husband is a bit fed up as i have now run out of space to put my make up. :o Oops.

  24. jess

    A few years ago, I went to the MAC counter looking for fluidliner (I knew a girl who wore it and always loved how it looked). Before then, I rarely wore makeup and never bought anything high end. That day, I dropped almost $100 on MAC (I bought the fluidliner, select tint, a few brushes and a couple eyeshadows) and never looked back!

  25. Rio

    I’ve always been into makeup, but learning how to apply it better really got me into it. Sephora putting a store into my town helped too!

  26. Carrie

    I’ve been interested in make up since I was 11 or so, but I’ve only gotten into these past few years. It started with mini Sephora and MAC hauls and has grown to having a budget each month. Also, 15minbeauty has taught me not to be such a make up snob. I picked up some fabulous Max Factor stuff tonight. I will say though, it was Too Faced’s Totally Toasted that makde me realize how hot eyeshadow is :)

  27. Sunshine

    I guess, my makeup addiction came to me at birth – I was born in the USSR where each girl knows how to use makeup to highlight her best features and look gorgeous day to night. No Russian woman ever goes to work or even a store with no lipstick on. It’s a must, it’s a staple. I’ve read that Russian market is the largest beauty market in the world for importers right now. So anyways, after watching my mom lining her beautiful eyes, applying lipstick and curling her hair in the morning, I’ve tried copying her skills at a very early age. Of course she had no idea lol! My best friend’s mom had an extensive collection of high end cosmetics like Chanel, it was a heaven for beginners! We had a very strict no makeup policy at school but somehow I remember rocking my own bright purple lippie like Gladiola since 6th grade. By 11th grade mine and my sister’s makeup box contained over 30 lippies alone so our mom would just pick any shade she wanted if she got tired of hers’. They were really inexpensive and surprisingly great quality, I still have a couple from those wonderful times :)

  28. Annie

    August of ’07 was my first Homecoming. My mom and I were out dress shopping when I saw the MAC counter at Dillards. The bright colors drew me in. I had been using drugstore makeup at the time and the powder was not working out for me. One of the makeup artists took the time to help me find a powder that would cover up the red in my cheeks. I fell in love with Studio Fix and soon returned the next week with my mom and sister. I am terrible when I shop at MAC. We recently had a store put in about 5 minutes away. I go in and can never buy just one item. But now people know what to get me for my birthdays… MAC giftcards. :)

  29. Elaine

    Ever since I was young. In elementary school in like the 4th grade i took my mom’s lipstick and wore it to school. hahhaa. i even made my own little lipstick palette!
    then summer came and id get bored somedays and started watching beauty gurus. i first started watching pursebuzz and my subscription grew to like 80 since then! then i started going to mac to buy like 100-200 dollars worth of makeup everytime i got my paycheck….

  30. Crystal

    I have been totally obsessed with makeup/beauty products since i can remember, but what totally sucked me into MAC and the whole world of makeup was this website! Yea I found it back in April of 2007 while I was bored at work just surfing the net ( bad I know!)I was soooo intrigued by all of Christines looks and just the whole world of MAC. I bought my first MAC product in July of 2007 (studio tech) and have been addicted to it ever since. YouTube has also feed my addiction to no end! Fafinettex3 was the first channel I watched and its been a fun addiction ever since!

  31. Shayla

    I wasn’t ever really into makeup until my friend introduced me to MAC in the middle of my second year of university. Initially, I only bought a couple shadows (about 8, I think), and until the following summer I didn’t buy much more. Even then I only stuck to eyeshadows, and didn’t start in on lipsticks, blushes, foundation and all the other good stuff until probably mid third year university. I’m now going into my last semester of school, so it’s been about a year since I’ve really been into makeup…but now I’m branching out beyond MAC a bit (UD 24/7 eyeliners, for one), and I’m having tons of fun! (actually thinking about working at MAC part time when I’m done university – on top of my full time job – just so I can play with make up and get paid for it!)

  32. I BECAME A FULL FLEDGE BEAUTY ADDICT (WHICH MY MOTHER JUST REMINDED ME LAST WEEK ON CHRISTMAS) WHEN I GOT MY FIRST BARBIE BEAUTY HEAD FOR CHRISTMAS WHEN I WAS A LITTLE GIRL. THAT’S WHEN I STARTED ,CHANGING HER HAIRSTYLE AND MAKEUP EVERYDAY. THEN I MOVED ON TO MYSELF AND MY SISTERS (I HAVE 4) DOING THEIR HAIR AND PLAYING IN OUR MOTHERS MAKEUP TRYING TO GET THEM TO LOOK LIKE DIANA ROSS AND THE SUPREMES.

  33. liz

    I became addicted to it when I was still in high school. I dont know why. I was into clothes and I had to be made up to match. I started with blushes. Moving on to college, I learned about matching foundations and since I was weak on eyeshadows, I practiced. From blushes to foundations to eyeshadows to concealers and everything else…

  34. Carissa

    When I landed a job next door to a Sephora! Unfortunately my salary increase went directly into their cash register.