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Dear Temptalia Readers,

Congratulations! You’ve won the opportunity to snag any 5 items of your choice from Sephora for free!! What are the 5 items you’d grab?

Love this one! Sometimes there are items you can’t afford but really desire. The only thing I would add is not to choose the most expensive item just because.

Oh my oh my, how I wish it were true!! right now I’d scoop up Armani luminous silk foundation, bumble n bumble hairdressers oil, BE new drench moisturizer, MUF artists palette 2 and some huda beauty lashes!

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OMG! I want that Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, as well. I visited Sephora this weekend, and only snagged a sample of the Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Foundation. I should have asked for the Armani foundation too, but I didn’t want to be greedy. Lol

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This was tough!!! I had to pick my own brain for a few good ones!
1.) Do you believe that the existing beauty brands are truly listening to (or addressing) their consumers concerns?
2.) Is having a signature look important to you, or do you prefer to experiment with makeup?

I would add to this. I think most YouTube beauty bloggers try their best to give honest opinions of products they sample. In addition to honesty, I’m interested in knowing which ones give the most thorough, intelligent reviews — like Christine. I really want to know why they think something is or isn’t worth purchasing.

Here are some potential questions! 😄

• How does your outfit affect your makeup?
• What do you think the next biggest “trend” will be?
• Have you found a way to make an unflattering colour/texture or difficult formula work?
• What is your fondest memory associated with makeup?
• How do you deal with combination skin (i.e. oily t-zone with dry flakes)?
• How do you prolong the wear time of your makeup?
• Is there a trend/habit that many others seem to swear by, that you don’t get the point of/don’t want to try?
• Can a makeup look be androgynous in its presentation?
• How do you speed up your makeup routine?
• What is one product you wish was invented?
• What is something you want to see changed in the beauty industry?
• What are the biggest influences on your style of makeup?
• How was your interest in cosmetics triggered?
• What is the best beauty tip you can give?
• How do you store your makeup?
• At what age do you consider appropriate for a child to start wearing makeup?
• How do you deal with rude salespeople at a beauty counter?
• How have the genres of music or film you like influenced your look?
• What is the “ideal” makeup look you strive for?
• How do you touch up post-sweating or in a hot and humid environment?
• What is your biggest makeup-related pet peeve?
• What is the best method you tried for keeping lips hydrated and avoiding lip lines?
• How do you keep under-eye concealer in place (e.g. no creasing) without it looking caked and dry?
• How do you minimise the appearance of pores?
• How do you deal with unwanted facial hair, if any?
• How do you justify a makeup purchase?
• Does your hairstyle influence your makeup look?
• What have you found most effective in dealing with pimples and blackheads?
• If you could launch a cosmetics/skincare brand, what would your products be like?
• What is your favourite beauty brand? If you became its creative director, what would you tweak and why?
• What questions do you want to ask Christine/Temptalia?

Yen.Lin just gotta say…. these are all great questions! I like three in particular:

– What is the one product you wish was invented?
– How do you justify a makeup purchase?
– What is the best beauty tip you can give?

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I would like to ask the following questions:
Question 1: Which product in your makeup routine do you most enjoy applying?
Question 2: Which product in your makeup routine do you least enjoy applying?
Question 3: Which of these makeup steps do you look forward to more, and why: putting on your makeup, taking off your makeup, or touching up your makeup?
Question 4: Do you ever ask anyone what brand and colour of makeup they are wearing? Have you ever bought the same product as a result?

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.What is your absolute favorite color to use across all types of makeup?
.If you could only wear neons or pastels forever, which would you choose and why?
.If you could only pick three general colors for makeup use forever, which would they be and why?
.Which beauty product has proven to be the biggest mulitasker in your collection?
.If you had to pick three products to discard immediately from your collection and never use again which would they be and why?
.Which kind of makeup palette is your favorite? Why?
. What was your best surprise in makeup? Your worst?
.If you could only chose one makeup brand per cosmetic (ie one brand for eyes, one for lips, one for face, etc) which would you pick and why?
.Who are your biggest makeup/beauty inspirations and how do they influence your choices?
.If you could work in one aspect of cosmetic production, which would it be?
.Does your makeup reflect your mood? Do you gravitate to certain looks and colors based on how you feel?
.What sort of makeup makes you feel happiest?
.Do you feel you’ve mastered any particular look or technique?
.What aspect of your beauty routine do you feel has most improved since last year?
.Where you do spend/splurge and where you do save when it comes to choosing products?
.What do you do during your beauty routine? Just focus on the look? Keep music or TV on in the background? Watch tutorials or examine sources of inspiration? Etc.
.Which eye colors or palettes do you find yourself turning to the most?
.Is there any aspect of your routine you find most crucial? Most skippable?
.Which aspect of your routine do you enjoy the most?
.If you had to base your look around just one color, which would it be?
.Where do you turn to find look inspiration? What’s your biggest source?
.Are there any colors you will never use in makeup? Why?
.Which skincare ingredient do you look for the most? What makes it so key to you?
.Are there any beauty trends or looks you’re dying to try but are too scared to?
.What would be your ultimate makeup find?

(I know some of these have been discussed to some extent before but always curious!)

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Few more:
.Which characters from film, television, video games, and/or literature (etc) inspire your beauty look most and how?
.How do you narrow down and choose what makes it from your wishlist to your shopping cart?
.If you could choose one splurge item to get free of charge, which would it be?
.What has been your best makeup experience? Your worst?
.If you could head up one existing brand for a day, which would it be?
.What would your dream makeup store carry?
.If you could invent one perfect product, what would you choose?
.What notes would your dream fragrance have? What would its bottle look like?
.What does your dream vanity look like?

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I would love to know if readers have worked in the beauty industry in some way, or considered it, and what the pluses and minuses of it are.

I’d love to know if readers have tried any eyelash-growth-enhancing products, and what the results were.

I’d love to know 1) what motivates you to put on makeup each day, and 2) what’s the most fun about makeup for you, and 3) if those two things are the same or different.

Sorry the email link is being wonky on my outdated OS; so I’m submitting my question here: Do you have any colors in your stash that you don’t wear as often as you’d like? I know I have colors I really like but can’t seem to get to!

What is your favorite makeup mirror?

What is your favorite lighting for applying makeup?

Do you sit or stand to do your makeup?

What lipstick did you wear on your wedding day?
Eye shadow, blush, etc.
Special occasion, etc

How do you keep and store Beauty Blenders?

How do you “set the table” to prepare to apply your makeup?
Do you?

Name that ……. Day
Suggest a brand, ask which product is most: known or purchased
Or
Show a photo of lippie, blush, shadow, etc and see if we can guess what it is.

Are there any makeup trends you consider to be out of style?

What is your favorite hair brush?
Other brushes?

Let’s talk ……..
Eyeliner
Mascara
Foundation
Brands
Color, etc

What makeup tricks do you suggest to handle heat and humidity?

Do you have the need to touch-feel-swatch before a makeup purchase?

Do you read the ingredient label before a makeup purchase?
Do you understand it?

How often do you use discounts in makup purchases?
Where do you find the best discounts?

How long do you keep products?
What did you do with an unloved but in date product?

What makeup are you wearing right now?

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