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2019 Readers’ Choice Awards: Nominate Your Favorites Now!

It’s that time of the year again! It’s time to nominate your favorite products and brands from 2018 as well as your all-time favorite formulas. We have tried to make it easier for readers as well as on our end when it comes to compiling nominees. You can start typing your favorite brand or product, and it will suggest what you’re looking for using our product database, but as always, you can write-in your favorites as well. All of the nominations will be compiled and the top 10-15 (depending on how many ties there are) will make the voting ballot. You do not have to nominate for every category; fill in as many categories as you wish to participate in.

  • Nominations: January 16th, 2019 through January 22nd, 2019 10AM PST.
  • Voting: January 23rd, 2019 through January 29th, 2019 10AM PST.
  • Results: February 6th, 2019

Best of the Year

Nominate your favorites based on what happened in 2018 (either what the brand did or what products were released!). If you don't see your favorite auto-suggested, just write it in, and we'll manually include it in the nominations!

What was the high-end brand that most impressed you during 2018?
What was the budget brand that most impressed you during 2018?
What was the most innovative brand during 2018?
What was the most underrated during 2018?
What was the niche brand that most impressed you during 2018?
What was your favorite new product that came out during 2018?
What was your favorite eyeshadow palette that released during 2018?

Best Eye Products

Share your all-time favorites below -- they don't have to be new for 2018. If you don't see your favorite auto-suggested, just write it in, and we'll manually include it in the nominations!

Best Face Products

Share your all-time favorites below -- they don't have to be new for 2018. If you don't see your favorite auto-suggested, just write it in, and we'll manually include it in the nominations!

Best Lip Products

Share your all-time favorites below -- they don't have to be new for 2018. If you don't see your favorite auto-suggested, just write it in, and we'll manually include it in the nominations!

Best Nail Products

Share your all-time favorites below -- they don't have to be new for 2018. If you don't see your favorite auto-suggested, just write it in, and we'll manually include it in the nominations!

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Temptalia’s Holiday (Non-Beauty) Favorites 2018

01/03

Temptalia's Holiday (Non-Beauty) Favorites 2018
Happy 11th birthday, Magellan!
Temptalia's Holiday (Non-Beauty) Favorites 2018
Happy 11th birthday, Magellan!
Temptalia's Holiday (Non-Beauty) Favorites 2018
My Christmas Eve "Breakfast" of (Swatching) Champions
Temptalia's Holiday (Non-Beauty) Favorites 2018
Temptalia's Holiday (Non-Beauty) Favorites 2018
Temptalia's Holiday (Non-Beauty) Favorites 2018

Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas to those who celebrate! Here at Temptalia HQ, Christmas Eve is really Mellan’s birthday, so Christmas is pretty ignored on the Eve in lieu of celebrating the best dog on the planet (I’m unbiased, obviously).  Our holiday is low-key as my family arrives a few days after Christmas and stays through the new year, so hubby and I pretty much work as usual.  Yesterday, I largely forgot it was even a holiday… 😁

There are moments where I’ve bought and used some product that isn’t beauty-related that I’ve wanted to recommend to everyone, and I thought today might be a nice day to share some of my personal favorites. I’ve purchased all of the products above either for myself or others, and I loved a few of them enough to ask for another helping via a gift. You might notice a theme across most of my favorites: cozy & comfy.

Also, I couldn’t pull up images/links to Orvis for the widget, but anyone looking for a high-quality, top tier bed for their doggo, I highly recommend Orvis Memory Foam Beds. Mellan has three (yes, three), of the Bolster Dog Beds (large is good for him but he can curl into a medium, the latter fits in his crate for traveling) and the Platform bed (just one, poor guy), which was another of his birthday gifts this year. I think one of his beds is over eight years old, and I’ve just replaced the cover once for wear.

Hope you have a lovely last week of 2018 and a great start to your 2019! Thank you for keeping me company during the holiday season 💕

MAC Glitter Tripper Collection for Holiday 2018

01/06

MAC Glitter Tripper Collection for Holiday 2018
MAC Glitter Tripper Collection for Holiday 2018
MAC Glitter Tripper Collection for Holiday 2018
MAC Glitter Tripper Collection for Holiday 2018
MAC Glitter Tripper Collection for Holiday 2018
MAC Glitter Tripper Collection for Holiday 2018
MAC Glitter Tripper Collection for Holiday 2018
MAC Glitter Tripper Collection for Holiday 2018
MAC Glitter Tripper Collection for Holiday 2018
MAC Glitter Tripper Collection for Holiday 2018
MAC Glitter Tripper Collection for Holiday 2018
MAC Glitter Tripper Collection for Holiday 2018
MAC Glitter Tripper Collection for Holiday 2018
MAC Glitter Tripper Collection for Holiday 2018
MAC Glitter Tripper Collection for Holiday 2018
MAC Glitter Tripper Collection for Holiday 2018
MAC Glitter Tripper Collection for Holiday 2018
MAC Glitter Tripper Collection for Holiday 2018

Release Date + Collection Info

Roll into the new year with outlandish essentials and feel the fervor in a full-force lineup of light-catching colour and hypnotic glitter. Layer supercharged shades of Dazzleglass over Lipstick for colour that’s completely your own, and intensify eyes in five shades of Dazzleshadow, colour-shifting Pigment, Liquidlast Liner and In-Extreme Dimension Waterproof Lash. Then get euphoric with the starts of the season: five show-stopping shades of Glitter and shimmering Prep + Prime Fix+ in Goldlite.

12/21 online, 12/26 in-stores

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Coffee & Swatches: My Latte Favorites

Coffee & Swatchese
Coffee & Swatches (May 15th, 2018)

If you’ve been following me on Instagram lately, you’ll notice that I’ve started to share what I’ve dubbed “coffee and swatches,” which are photos of products I’m photographing (and swatching) along with my morning latte.  I’ve always hesitated to share what I might be photographing or testing to avoid feeling pressured (or like an utter failure) about when a review might be posted (I don’t always get around to reviewing what I’ve swatched or even tested due to time constraints).  On the other hand, my life is pretty routine–blogging, eating, and cuddling with the dog–and that’s about it, so I liked the idea of it being an authentic post that was a bit more personal than a standard product shot but still represented my day-to-day life.

Since then, I’ve regularly received questions asking about how I make my lattes, which has led to this post.  I’ll touch on my current set-up along with various systems and products I’ve used over the years (which have less of an upfront cost).  What you need to know about me:  I’m not your coffee expert; I am not the person who drinks straight espresso or black coffee, I am the person who likes the flavor and depth of espresso but tempered by frothy milk and something to sweeten it.  (A particularly well-prepared latte I can drink without adding sweetener, sugar-free or otherwise.)

It’s Going to the Dogs: Temptalia’s Favorites for Dogs

Mellan in an Orvis Bed
Mellan in one of his many Orvis Beds

Mellan is my dog that I’ve had since he was a mere eight-weeks old. He’s just over 10 years old now, and he’s been featured on Temptalia weekly for most of his life (Temptalia is a year older than he is!). I often get asked about his beds and collars, and I thought it might be fun to try something a bit different by writing a post on things I’ve found and loved that are dog-related and not beauty-related. It certainly proved to be cathartic for me to share some of what I’ve learned with Mellan over the years as well as just to write about something not lipstick for a moment (but I quite enjoy writing about makeup 99% of the time!). I’d love to hear about any of your go-to pet products and things that you’ve discovered, too! 🙂

Don’t worry if you’re only here for beauty posts as I don’t expect these types of posts to be too frequent (and this is an additional post to today’s schedule, not in lieu of something beauty-related–it’s a bonus not a substitute!).

2018 Editor’s Choice Awards | Winners Announced

2018 Editor's Choice Awards
2018 Editor’s Choice Awards

2018 Editor’s Choice Awards are now live, so for those curious about my all-time favorite formulas, you’ll want to check out the list of winners. There are awards for “Best of the Year,” which exclusively consider the releases from the previous year (2017), whereas all the other categories (like “Best Eye Products“) consider all products I’ve ever tested that are still presently available.

Psst, don’t forget to cast your vote in our Readers’ Choice Awards! 🙂