Temptalia's Collection - June 2010

Temptalia’s Collection – June 2010

For my 100th video, YouTube user kanadian00797 asked if I would do a special video — my makeup collection. I asked on Twitter if it was of interest, and by the post title, I think you know what the response was! πŸ™‚ The video is LONG. In previous years, I’ve split up the videos into MAC and non-MAC, but it’s all in one big video this time around. I also talk in more detail about blogging, the size of my stash, and what I do with products I don’t want or why I keep certain products. Since the video is pretty lengthy, I want to recap some of that in this post, too! πŸ™‚

The Why & How:Β  Video Summary

  • I’ve been collecting makeup for 6 years. My collection wasn’t built overnight!
  • I am a *collector*! I may use what I buy and receive, but I am a collector at heart. Makeup is not purely utility for me, and this is why I consider it a hobby that I am passionate about.
  • I have been blogging for nearly 4 years. Brands and PR do send me product to consider reviewing. I don’t get paid to review products, no one gets to edit or preview my posts, and I’ve never lost a relationship because of a negative review, even the Ds and Fs.
  • I donate products to to local organizations like battered women’s shelters. I’m currently trying to work with a local veterans organization to find a way to send products to service men and women overseas.
  • The bathroom all my makeup is stored in is only used for makeup!Β  I wish it didn’t have a shower and instead a giant closet…
  • I consider this also an archive of the makeup past — it allows me to go back to previous launches for comparison.

My Storage System

Fun Facts

  • The Boy was the videographer for most of the video!
  • I still have the first brush I ever owned — Benefit’s Eyeshadow Blending Brush, which has long been discontinued.
  • I don’t know how many of each item I have, and it would probably make me cringe even a little if I did.Β  So don’t count!
  • I keep a lot of products for comparison purposes–e.g. how does X shadow compare to Y shadow from 4 years ago?Β  My memory is faulty, and though the improvement in my photographing skills over the years help me to photo-document everything, I like having it in real life to compare, too.
  • In looks, I try to keep older limited edition/discontinued products out of them.Β  I try to use new products (to show how they look applied) or permanent products.
  • I have the Scarlet/Spring/Summer seasons to thank for finally getting some permanent lipsticks in my stash!
  • My dream is to have California Closets come over and design me the ultimate makeup storage system.

See more photos!

The Trinity of Carts

Counter-top with brushes, makeup remover, etc.

Translucent Drawers with Concealers, Mascara, etc. (also jewelry)

MAC Palettes (permanent shades only)

Face/foundation products I use regularly

Lipglasses, Pro Longwears, Cremesheen Glass

Cart 1, Drawer 1: MAC Limited Edition Lipsticks

Cart 1, Drawer 2: MAC Dazzleglass, Superglass, Mattenes/Slimshines, Lip Stain Markers

Cart 1, Drawer 3: MAC Mineralize Eyeshadows, Holiday Palettes, etc.

Cart 1, Drawer 4: MAC Blushes

Cart 1, Drawer 5: MAC Mineralize & Cream Blushes

Cart 1, Drawer 6: MAC Pigments

Cart 1, Drawer 6: MAC Pigments

Cart 1, Drawer 7: More MAC Pigments, Loose Beauty Powders

** Note, Drawer 8 is empty — it is reserved for the newly repackaged MAC pigments

Cart 1, Drawer 9: Misc. High-End Lipgloss, Laura Mercier, Estee Lauder

Cart 1, Drawer 10: False Lashes

Mid to High-end Lipsticks, MAC Permanent Lipsticks & Quads

Cart 2, Drawer 1: MAC Mineralize Skinfinishes, Beauty Powders, Bronzers

Cart 2, Drawer 2: Benefit

Cart 2, Drawer 3: Bobbi Brown

Cart 2, Drawer 4: Lancome

Cart 2, Drawer 5: Make Up For Ever & Sugarpill

Cart 2, Drawer 6: NARS & Illamasqua

** Note, Drawer 7 is empty but slated to fill with Rock & Republic shadows I bought ten billion years ago.

Cart 2, Drawer 8: Stila

Cart 2, Drawer 9: Urban Decay

Cart 2, Drawer 10: Misc. High-end brands (Smashbox, Estee Lauder, Clinique, Shu, etc.)

Designer/luxury lipsticks

** Note, Drawer 1 is empty currently, because it accomodates MAC lipsticks/beauty powders (both of which I’m nearly full-on), so it’s on reserve for more of those!

Cart 3, Drawer 2: Eyeliners

Cart 3, Drawer 3: Cream, Gel, & Liquid Liners; Brow/Mascara

Cart 3, Drawer 4: Chanel

Cart 3, Drawer 5: Dior

Cart 3, Drawer 6: Dolce & Gabbana

Cart 3, Drawer 7: Givenchy

Cart 3, Drawer 8: Guerlain Eye/Face Products

Cart 3, Drawer 9: Guerlain Lipsticks & Lipglosses

Cart 3, Drawer 10: Misc. Luxury/Designer Brands (Le Metier de Beaute, Cle de Peau, YSL, etc.)

Though I am not intentionally endorsing any products in this video, I know that I said, “Love this!” a few times. Some of the products in my collection were provided by PR for original review purposes. If it’s here, I probably reviewed it on the blog. However, there are just as many, if not more, products I have purchased myself over the years also in my collection. Just to be clear!

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Hi Joy,

I don’t sell makeup products — I don’t really believe it is ethical for me to do so. I receive some products for free from brands/PR, and it would be in poor taste to try and sell those. I donate any excess product to local organizations like shelters, if and when I can.

Wow….I dare to dream.

You have so much stuff. I can’t imagine how much that cost. I mean I might have maybe 1/5 or 1/6 of what you have and I know how much that cost which was quite a bit. So wow. But I appreciate that you do spend the money, because you help me weed out what I know I will use and love and what I thought I wanted but just wasn’t what I expected. So thankyou.

My bathroom counter top is rarely that neat, but the carts themselves stay pretty neat.

I find the more homes products have… the easier it is to keep everybody in their place!

if you ever need a home for lonely makeup, there’s plennnty of girls on this site that can’t afford this! i would love to try those higher end lipsticks. maybe one day i’ll buy one :/

the lipglosses you had made my mouth drop lol. teen girls dream right there.

Hi Jennifer,

I donate any excess makeup to battered women’s shelters, and I’m hoping to be able to get some to overseas service men & women in the future!

btw I love the fact that you dont keep this for yourself, that you choose to donate it. Have you thought about giving some to the organization Dress for success?

I try to do local ones, just because the shipping costs would be astronomical! I’m not sure if Dress for Success is local — I will definitely look into it!

This year, I really want to work with veterans, though, but we will see. We’re trying to find the right project/organization still, because a lot of them prefer or only accept travel-sized products (understandable!).

It looks like there are a few Dress for Success locations in CA, though I’m not sure what you’re closest to (San Francisco, San Jose?) – but I’d look into them just because I imagine these are the women who would get the most use out of the cosmetics! They need stuff for job interviews and professional work, for which certain cosmetics can be really essential (in some fields anyway).

Hi Christine!

I follow your blog for about a year now and I think that that is a great idea and very generous for you to think of service members and Veterans overseas. I’m a Marine and I know that being deployed has not stopped me from wearing makeup and it actually helps me remember to use sunblock πŸ™‚

Whether its a letter or a care package anyone always appreciates the fact that there are others thinking of them so Good on you and again Thank you! πŸ˜€

yeah that’s nice and i had read that but i was just making a joke because those upper end lipsticks are so pricey! but they look so creamy and pretty that i think i need one πŸ˜‰

That’s just….wow….

I always get down on myself for buying more make-up than I use and I look at your pics with relief/envy haha. This is amazing Christine!

This is so makeup porn, I’m glad I have people who understand me! LOL.
Wow you have a great collection! For me, makeup is pretty much a hobby as well, but its not in my budget to be collector, although that’d be awesome! I try to buy things I know I’ll use often! The hardest thing for me to resist is when something I know I don’t need, but would love to have, goes on sale! I’ve acquired much of my recent eyeshadows that way. I think two weeks ago Stila had 20 percent off and free shipping, so I grabbed up three palettes including the Barbie Loves Stila and shortly after, that palette was taken off the site and I was SO glad I got my hands on it, ON SALE, even though I don’t need it! XP

Oh I know what You mean!!
I recently saw the Chanel gold highlighting loose powder on sale, from a previous holiday collection… It would’ve been SUCH a bargain, but I’m just not a fan of really glittery shimmer on my faces… I could’ve used it as an eyeshadow, but in the end I talked myself out of it… I still feel a bit bad. πŸ™‚
Christine, amazing collection, and I really admire Your ethics. A lot of people would sell the items, I think. (Not that that would be the worst thing someone could do, but I appreciate that You don’t. :))

Oh. My. God. I thought that I liked your blog before, but now I’m obsessed.

I know that you said you’re a collector at heart, but do you ever get overwhelmed by the products you don’t use regularly?

And last, I just wanted to let you know that since I found your blog, I won’t buy a stitch of make-up til I’ve found the swatches/reviews on your site – they really are so helpful! πŸ™‚

Hey Becky,

I think I get more overwhelmed with how to organize/store it all! I only do a major re-organization every 4-6 months and keep anything new in storage boxes until then, and I’m like, “If I have to buy one more cart….” and yet I think I will soon, but I have no place to put it!

Thank you so much, Becky! It really means a lot that you find so much use out of the swatches and reviews πŸ™‚

now that is a collection video. Havent watched it yet , but I will. You probably have enough there to pay for a year of law school lol.

I really want to take one of these pictures and put it as the background on my laptop for inspiration.
Your collection makes me drool…

OMG! you have makeup heaven! I bet you have a lot of fun playing in there. You have an AMAZING collection! And very neat, I must say.

Christine, YOU RULE!! You just made my crummy week better with one video…maybe if all of us petition Cal Closets they’ll come over and do a freebie for you–it’ll be good for advertising! Oh, and it’s zhee-von-shee (Givenchy)–my grandmother was a big fan of anything Givenchy and she made sure I could say it properly, too πŸ™‚

Aww! I’m happy to be able to make your week better, Elise! πŸ™‚

LOL! Wouldn’t that be nice! I just want a pretty system that works and everything is the same, haha.

Thanks for the pronunciation help, too! I always look it up and then totally blank when I *need* to say it.

Thank you for sharing your beautiful collection!

I love that you said you were a “collector”. I have some products that I never wear out of the house, but I love to look at them. It’s almost like meditation for me. I have a feeling I’m not alone πŸ˜‰

Hey Christine,

I consider myself as a super-newbie in makeup stuff. I have always come to your blog looking for inspiration and fair reviews. You cannot imagine how nice it is for me to discover with this video (as I said I am pretty new so I’ve just been visiting your blog for a few months now) that you love so much makeup and beauty products! I mean, imho just with this kind of “devotion” into sth you can be really good at it.

You are my reference in this field. Thank you very much for this video =D

That was amazing! Do you think you do some posts on your Dolce & Gabbana makeup, especially the lipsticks and lip glosses. They’re so hard to find and you almost have to buy them online!

Fun video!!! I want to finish watching it but I have to go to a massage appointment! LOL! I’ll be back to finish this in an hour or so! I love this! (Maybe this isn’t a surprise but I’m actually more interested in how you’re storing your makeup and less interested in what makeup you actually have! LOL!)

Thanks for sharing your AMAZING collection πŸ˜€
That was seriously breathtakingly gorgeous haha && I’m sure a lot of us are thankful you can try out so many products and review them before we decide to go and splurge πŸ™‚

Just a random question: Do you ever hitpan on anything like eyeshadow or blush since you have so many products? I’m just curious ^^

I do, actually!

I think there are 5-10 eyeshadows I’ve hit pan on, and I’ve hit pan on Margin blush, too!

Your collection is my dream and my boyfriends worst nightmare. Ha. He thinks I’m crazy. “You only have one face!” he says. A girl needs options!!!

Do you ever spend time just looking at your makeup? I do it all the time. I just love colors.

Sometimes! I always like the way it looks when everything has been put away!

My mom says that all the time. “How many nails do you have?” “How many eyes?”

OMG!!!!OMG!!!!….i thought i already have a huge makeup stash/collection..but after seeing yours, i think im only halfway!!!you are an inspiration Christine….and like you, i also collect because im really passionate about makeup and its really a relaxing hobby for me….

Wow Christine, what a great video and photos! Really wish I had the space to organise my collection as well as you, unfortunately I don’t have a second bathroom to myself (when you have 3 children it’s not so easy anymore, lol) and our bedroom is full with clothes wardrobes/drawers already. So I’m really envious. πŸ™‚ And of course not just the storage but your collection too. Not that I don’t have plenty of make up myself, but I loved looking through your stash, it’s wonderful! xxx

If you’re interested, I did a video a while back, it’s here:


It’s not great though, I don’t have the space, so half of my stuff is tucked away in cupboards and in boxes under cupboards. Not very easy to get at, so I tend to rotate the make up I use every week, and I rotate them by brands, so I pull out all my Clarins, Lancome, etc. Mac, Dior and Guerlain are the most accesible, they are my favourites. πŸ™‚

My other problem is that I’ve now completely run out of space, so I might need to go through my things and think about what I actually really want to keep. πŸ™


I have always wanted to see your stash, just because we have such similar tastes and I know you are a high-end gal πŸ˜‰ Plus, I am always curious to see how others store large collections!

I am running out of space, too. I want a whole bedroom, so I can really keep things organized and pretty. Oh well, that’s what dreams are for!

I don’t envy you having to figure out whatto keep and what not to!

Unfortunately my video doesn’t actually show my most prized possessions (Guerlain Meteorites, eyeshadows, Chantecaille LE palettes and powders, Dior eyeshadows, etc.) in detail, as most of them are stored away all over the place in my bedroom, but if you’re interested, I would be honoured if you checked out my blog, esp these posts for details on my collection:

http://pleasureflush.blogspot.com/2010/03/my-expensive-hobby.html (Guerlain Meteorites)
http://pleasureflush.blogspot.com/2010/04/christian-dior-5-colour-eyeshadow.html (Guerlain Voyage Powders)
http://pleasureflush.blogspot.com/2010/06/guerlain-ombre-eclat-eyeshadows-409.html (Guerlain eyeshadows)
http://pleasureflush.blogspot.com/2010/04/christian-dior-5-colour-eyeshadow.html (Dior eyeshadows)

Ha! A whole bedroom for my stuff, now that would be nice! πŸ™‚ We live in a 4 bedroom house, but there’s 5 of us, so I will never get one (unless I get rid of the husband, but then I would have no money to buy make up, so maybe not a good idea, plus he is pretty nice, lol).

Thank you for this! I’ve got the translucent drawers. For people reading from Singapore or UK, they can be found at Muji. I’ve just bought a bunch of stuff and am quite vexed as how to keep them neatly. Your video is very timely.

OMG this is so disgusting to look at lol I realize now that I don’t have makeup lolol πŸ™‚ but if you have Chanel Hydrabase in Sirene please donate it to me ;)!!!

Ohmygosh, you must have a million dollars in that bathroom. That is NUTS. And AWESOME.

Also, don’t tell me I’m the only one who always thought it was pronounced “Temp–TAY–lia”?

It’s all good. My mom says it that way, even though I’ve told her a bajillion times it’s Temp-tall-lea!

I don’t follow expiration dates, personally – I go by smell, texture, etc. If it changes, I throw it away or recycle it.

That was really fun..thank you. My collection is nowhere near yours, but it is constantly growing out of its home so I like the ideas!!

I remember when I outgrew my traincase, and I was like, “What am I going to do???” Trying to find ways to store it all is overwhelming sometimes!

Where did you get those plastic trays that fit your MAC blushes, shadows & skin finishes? My collection is a cluster #*@& because the spacial relations place in my head is fried (or never existed).

At the rate I’m going (started collecting less than a year ago), I’ll surpass your collection in six months. I feel like a crazed lunatic. At least much of your product is given for review purposes!

Wow, this is an impressive collection. I can’t even imagine how much you have spent on all of that (including what you use for storage) over the last 6 years. It’s probably a lot, haha. πŸ™‚

One thing that I was curious about though: aren’t a lot of your products probably expired, or smelling funky, or not good anymore? Wouldn’t you likely have to throw a lot of that away if you went through ALL of your stuff? Or do you regularly give a lot of the old stuff away? That just came to mind when you said you’ve been collecting for 6 years, especially if you still have some of the things that you first bought.

Besides that, great collection, and I love how it’s set up, so organized!

Hey Kayla,

Most of the really old stuff is just eyeshadows/pigments, actually. I didn’t get into lipstick/gloss for a couple of years! If I come across something that smells off or looks different, I toss/recycle it (depends what it is). I don’t give anything that seems expired away, though, lol! But a lot of the older lipglosses, since I don’t use them (trying to only use recent LEs or permanents), I keep mostly for color comparisons later on down the road.

I have these furniture storage units/shelving units where I have Sweater Box-sized storage bins and store a lot of it there.

I think one day this is going to lead to a makeup museum. I am in awe of your collection. I can’t wait to organize mine to your calibur.
I have a question for you Christine:
How do you rationalize not becoming a makeup artist? I mean, I see this is your passion and yet you have chosen a career path that is awesome as well. I ask this because I am in a sort-of dilema on whether I want to pursue cosmetology or continue my career choice in health information. I feel like if I pursue my passion for makeup, I might get burnt out and come to the point where I dislike makeup because it will end up being just a job. I see this dilema in my own boyfriend (funny you mentioned fixing up cars in this video) because he has a collection of muscle/old cars that he fixes up. Once he went to work as a mechanic, I saw the passion to work on his own cars slowly dying. That’s the predicament I am afraid that I will find myself in. Please let me know what your take is on this.
Thank you so much!
Devout Fan

I think being a makeup artist and doing what I do–beauty blogging–are two very different things. What I love is interacting with all of you on a daily basis. I love being able to talk shop – whether it’s beauty tips, what we last bought, or showing you a new product. To me, my passion is in helping readers in that way, not so much applying makeup to others. This is really why I couldn’t pursue being a makeup artist (although some terrorizing brides made me want to crawl into a hole and never come out, LOL).

Have you tried simply freelancing on the side? Many makeup artists were never formally trained and have amazing careers nonetheless. Perhaps you can continue to pursue your career in health information (assuming you at least enjoy it — wouldn’t want to push you into something you hated!) and see how you like the atmosphere and pace of being a makeup artist.

Does your husband own his own shop/work for himself? Sometimes being independent comes along with a lot of other not-so-fun tasks.

Christine, I just watched the video for your collection and like always, I’m so inspired! I love how you’re a true collector at heart and you don’t take make-up/beauty too seriously. I think when people start to take things too seriously, it becomes less fun! Thank you for always blogging and sharing!! Your opinions do influence what I try out and what I buy!

Thank you for your Blog thank you for all of your knowledge and thanks for sharing your passion with us. It is always nice to see someone who is so passionate and excited about what they do. I hope you eventually get that walk in makeup room of your dreams and I hope you continue to do what you love. I only recently discovered your blog but know as long as you keep doing it, my laptop keeps working and my kids give me five minutes I will continue to consult and view it.

Thank you for sharing your collection! I must admit just a little jealous πŸ˜› I love your comment about your dream makeup storage design.

Can I just borrow the pigment drawers? Please? πŸ˜‰

As an Army Wife, I love that you’re looking in to donating to our troops! I hope you’re able to make headway with that endeavor!

omg i can’t wait to watch the video! i LOVE makeup collections!
do you go through your makeup fast? like finish lipglosses, lipsticks, etc.
also do you Back 2 MAC often?

No, not at all, LOL. Let’s be real! I am in no way trying to delude myself into thinking that I don’t have enough makeup, that I will use it all, etc. which is why I’m a hobbyist/collector πŸ™‚

I Back 2 MAC for depotted empties and makeup remover wipes! I think I have about 80 empties right now.

I LOVE YOUR COLLECTION. I love watching collection videos because in some way it is very relaxing for me. I was just looking at my collection thinking I have way too much. Especially since I don’t wear makeup daily. But your collection makes me look as if I don’t own any makeup. I have those translucent draws from Container Store. I love them.

Dude!!!! I’m surprised Mellan doesn’t have his own makeup stash too!!! But seriously, how do you manage to keep peace with your boyfriend about all the makeup you have? I suppose its different once married…and reason I ask is b/c I’m married & addicted as well…and I have to hide the evidence in my car’s trunk or else he’ll be dissapointed at me (again) since we’re saving for a car…(SIGH). He tells me “every dollar counts” and while its true…I can’t help it. (LOL…I mean *SOBBING*)

Well, my boyfriend does all of the behind-the-scenes technical support for Temptalia, so he knows what goes into the making thereof, so he has no problems with it πŸ™‚

But I can understand if you’re saving up for something why you’d have to be a little more conscious of your buys!

wow! i was just thinking. i know it’s a long shot but i work for a non-profit and have been trying to get a Looking Good, Feeling Good group started for my client who used to do makeup. do you donate any makeup?

Hi Cynthia,

I donate, but I donate to local places, and right now, I have a good list that I give to regularly!

Waiting for the vid to load (My BB is so slow this week)and was wondering if you have all the items catalogued? I have got a file for each company on the laptop and lists of everything I own so when I go shopping online I don’t get duplicates as i have a poor memory (Fibrofog) and shop online all the time as I am housebound. At first I thought it was a bit anal now I am glad I have done it as it saves me making mistakes lol :0) xxxJoolsxxx

I wish! I always wanted to, but I just never could manage to keep it updated, so I don’t. But it’s AWESOME that you do! I LOVE that you do, actually!

What do you list on it? Just brand, product name?

wow.. how exciting just to look at.. but doesn’t some of thiese item expire.. and what if they expire before u get to use them up.. damnn you expiration dates.. πŸ˜‰

This is so glorious, Christine!! It’s like Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, but with MAKEUP!! LOL. And I’m just talking about the pictures. I haven’t even watched the video yet!

Thank you as always for being so open and real! The internet seems to be a greedy, crazy place sometimes. Your website is the best makeup resource out there, not only because it’s thorough and amazingly organized, but because of how genuine you are! πŸ˜€

I wondered if you could get a little more indepth! I wish you could do a video on your eyeshadow palettes! I’d like to hear what you think about the shadows, which ones you like best. Awesome collection!!

How wished that I could have your whole makeup collection in my own room!!

But then, my poor mother would be screaming at me!!!


OMG Twinsies! lol. i’ll be 24 in sept too! on the 21st. are you a virgo too? if so, that’s why you’re able to stay so organized, haha. i’m addicted to organizational things.

Hey Christine!! I just wanted to let you know that I check your site daily and your reviews/recommendations are so helpful, especially to someone like myself who is a student with a limited makeup budget. Anyways, I have a couple of questions: Which method do you use to depot your eyeshadows (candle, pliers, etc)? Also, in your MAC compact drawer, I noticed some teal/blue coloured compacts. Which collection is that from? Thanks so much!!

I use the oven for most, but I use the lighter method for matte shades (they crack SO easy).

Teal/blue – I believe that was Lure!

wow christine ur house is like heaven for us … i mean for all of us makeup junkie …
loved the post n m just all head over heels now to see all this …
hats of to u christine for all ur passion for makeup …

u know my comments are not being updated pls tell me the reason n m sorry if i hurt u in any way i always says this but pls i do check time n again for the replies… :(:(:(

Yes!!!Temptalia’s (Christine’s) makeup archives are so awesome!!!! You are great organizing your makeup, everything looks so pretty, colorful and shiny! Because of your wonderful collection I am always informed and learn new eyeshadow combinations, your stash really deserves even more makeup!!! I can’t wait to see it updated with all the MAC collections coming out this year!!!!

BTW: The blue look really suits you, looks great =)

C, I really enjoyed watching this video thanks for sharing with us πŸ™‚ it was so cute when you said “no actually I don’t have eyebrows in there” lol!

I also wanted to thank you for mentioning at the end us girls that like to mod their cars, you wouldn’t believe how many people at shows come up to my bf and compliment him on my car because it’s hard for them to phantom that a girl would choose non-aesthetics mods and even harder for them to believe I work on my car.

Lately, much to the bf’s disappointment, I’ve been moving my hobby interest from car pieces to make-up pieces LOOOOL! He sometimes says “why don’t you come on the scion forum anymore? stop looking at temptalia!” cos he knows I visit your site daily.

And thanks also to your bf for the camera work!

Wow, you’re so organized but I guess one must be to keep track of that huge collection

…also, sorry if I’m enabling (lol! but I do think it’s nice that you take reader comments into consideration when you update your stash and look for products to test), have you gotten a hold on any of the Tom Ford lipsticks? I’d love to see swatches and reviews of those!

Wow what an amazing collection. I dont think I would be able to build up my collection to that much ^_^

Ah I just love watching collection videos

I was pretty calm and collected until the Nars and MUFE drawer, then I perked up. But when you got to the luxury cart, I started to drool and cry! (In a good way). Funny how we all have our own triggers. I wish I could get into the less expensive brands, but the packaging is just not pretty enough for me. I like the shinies πŸ™‚

because this is best beauty blog for review purposes and new mac launches EVER, the more makup u have christine the better! i only go to Temptalia whenever i want to read a review on a amc product or launch, so its definitely ESSENTIAL that you have this much makeup, IMO.

oh, and while everyone is saying which of this collection they want, i want all the dazzleglasses, dazzleglass cremes and the chanel drawer πŸ˜‰

Wow! I love this! My friends call me crazy, because I have 400+ eyeshadows, and 120+ lipsticks/glosses. I should show them this! Like you, I am also a collector, and makeup is my main hobby. I should point out to my friends how much they spend on their hobbies, eh πŸ˜‰

So many of us have our hobbies or loves and many of us invest in those. I see makeup the same way. But I also believe that everyone is entitled to buy what they want with their money! Not my business. If you’re able to afford it, power to you and enjoy it πŸ™‚ I’m a firm believer in not having or carrying credit card debt (except in limited circumstances, e.g. shelter, rent, food, etc.), and I actually only have two or three department store cards myself which I always pay off as soon as I use them, LOL! Training courtesy of my parents, I suppose.

But anyway, all that is to say, as long as you’re not going into debt for it and it makes you happy, go for it πŸ˜€

Wow! I want to come over and play!

I’d love storage like that, but I’ve got no room. Plus I have just a Sterilite container and several (haha, like 5) makeup bags filled with all the stuff I own.

I’m not going to lie–I was itching to get in that room and throw about half of it out. At the same time, I was itching to get my little paws and steal some away from you. I’m torn between which I should settle on. I, unfortunately, can’t have a collection that large; I get panic attacks because it’s seriously chaotic to see that much of one thing to me (Autism, it stinks). I love having options but that is WAY too much.

I was an Army kid (wait, I still am, just not active), so if you’re looking to donate products, you need to find your local VA (Veteran’s Affair) branch and ask what they need more of; the VA sends military care packages about once a month or twice if there’s a major holiday like Christmas (my dad is Commander of his VA branch). They probably will tell you they need suncare products the most. A lot of companies donate their products for the soldiers (particularly toothbrush/toothpaste companies) so the VA generally doesn’t need toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant or hair products. It’s sunscreen and foot powder. A lot of people never think of sunscreen for soldiers. My dad had a lot of suspicious moles taken off his back and most were probably caused by lack of suncare products when he was deployed to Kuwait. They’re always grateful for help.

Don’t donate to the other places; I can honestly tell you that 99% of those places that collect materials overseas to soldiers are doing it so you feel better about yourself and never send those products overseas. It’s the same thing with becoming a penpal with a soldier. It’s unfortunate, but it’s true. Why don’t they send them? Everything sent to soldiers overseas has to pass military inspection and shipping isn’t cheap.

Okay, I have to get off my soapbox now. I’m very passionate about supporting troops and veterans; three generations of my mom’s side and two on my dad’s side have served the US armed forces.


Is the American Legion Post not a good organization? I’ve been working with the Commander there, because my Grandma works with hers where she lives (my grandfather was also a serviceman when he was alive), so I’ve been working with my local post. The Commander is actually looking into how/where I can donate for me right now.

Yes. I actually mixed the two up; I should never post comments at 12:31 in the morning. Veteran’s Affairs provide medical care and federal benefits and the American Legion is made up of veterans that help deployed soldiers, hospitalized veterans and veterans. My dad is Commander of his American Legion post.

Have you tried looking at legion.org/posts? It’ll give you a rundown of posts near you within 10, 20 or 50 miles. Some will have e-mail addresses but most have telephone numbers. Not all posts do care packages, so you might want to do some sleuthing of your own while you wait for the Commander to call you back.

What branch was your grandfather, if you don’t mind my asking?

Yep – I’m in email contact with the Commander at my local American Legion post! We’re trying to work something out. He said he would poke around (I assume the post doesn’t have anything at the moment). I was trying to use the American Legion website, but I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to. But no rush, I have everything ready to go in boxes and am happy to wait for a good cause!

I’m completely blanking on what branch he was – I know that he trained soldiers here in the U.S. to fight in Vietnam. My other grandfather was a senator in Vietnam who fled the country during the Vietnam war and was president of the Vietnamese Veteran’s Legion. Those two sentences almost seem contradictory. I know both of them had gun salutes when they were put to rest. So, since my answer was very vague, I gotta send off emails to my parents so I can get details, because I feel pretty terrible that I can’t remember!

One of my grandfathers was a Squid (Navy) and the other is an Army vet. I have two cousins that are Jarheads (Marines), I think I have another is Army and an uncle that is Air Force. No Coast Guards yet.

Don’t feel too bad! I had to ask my mom what branch her father was and which war he fought in (WWII) three seconds ago. I always forget which branch he was in and I mix up whether my biological paternal grandfather served in Vietnam or Korea. My mom sighs every time I ask because I should know by now it’s Korea.

I absolutely LOVE Love love love your collection.Thank you for sharing it with us especially since usually some people tend to post nasty comments and personal questions about finances. I just love the variety of brands and the colors! Wow!

OMG!!! I’ve never seen anything like this. I knew you had a lot of stuff, but..WOW! With all those products to choose from, how do you ever decide what to wear each day?! If I had that many lipsticks, I would be lost in all the possibilities! Looks amazing though πŸ˜‰ If makeup wasn’t so expensive down here, I would probably have a collection to rival yours!

You said in a comment reply that you don’t think it’s ethical to sell products that have been sent to you for review & that most charities don’t accept used products no matter how slightly used.

Well, here’s an idea: How about you conduct a blog sale for slightly used and/or PR products and THEN donate the proceeds to charity? That way you get some makeup geeks happy, get rid of products you don’t use or want AND donate to a good cause at the same time? Just a thought.

Hi Mara,

I personally don’t agree with it. I think it is better to simply donate the products to organizations who can give them to people in need. Around prom time, for instance, a lot of high schools have girls who can’t afford makeup, and so those girls are really happy to receive some. If you look into it hard enough, you can always find ways to donate products to others, used or unused–that’s why I said most but not all.

I’m not sure why there is any issue/problem with what I do now, I guess? I always thought what I was doing was a good thing!

[Note: I posted a similar but shorter reply — due to character limits — over at YouTube.]

Hi Christine,

Thanks for replying. Not only is just straight donating to others a good thing, it’s a commendable thing! I agree that bloggers selling PR samples on Ebay, etc. for profit is a blight on the community and a cause for concern, but that’s not what I’mο»Ώ suggesting here. I’m simply suggesting another way to dispose of slightly used products that charities won’t accept. Of course, if you can find other ways to donate slightly used products without doing a sale, that’s great, too.

Anyway, I totally understand your position. Needless to say, you have the prerogative to deal with your collection the way you see fit, and if the idea of a blog sale is personally uncomfortable for any reason, that’s more than enough justification not to do it.

Lastly, I appreciate you sharing your collection with us, not to mention the wealth of information on beauty products that you post on this blog. Because of you, I’ve become a more informed and discerning make up geek!

Hey Mara,

I totally understand where you’re coming from and what you meant πŸ™‚ I appreciate you understanding my position, too! I try to hold giveaways often (with products I buy specifically for giveaways or arrange for product with brands for giveaways) as a way to give back to readers in lieu of blog sales or the like, too.

Thank you!

I noticed that you had some Guerlain Orchidee Imperial products and was wondering if you’ve tried it so far and how you’re liking it. I’ve been trying to determine if i wanted their eye cream or go with chanel sublimage’s or stick with my natura bisse diamond extreme eye. Eye creams usually last me almost a year so I haven’t been able to decide cause i’ll be stuck with it for a year, haha

Hey Christy,

I really liked them when I tried them, but my biggest issue was I saw a subtle difference in my fine lines around my eyes, but I don’t know if the results would have been more dramatic if I had more signs of aging elsewhere, too. I have heard some really good things about Sublimage, though I haven’t tried it – as in being the one eye cream that really does deliver on results – from other beauty bloggers I trust (just asking them personally for recs and the like).

Love, love, love your make-up collection Christine. Esp the neat organization…i’m just the same… tho my collection is teeny-tiny compared to u’rs and consists mostly of MAC. Kudos to u for juggling so many avatars…law/biz student; make-up guru; blogger amongst others…thank you for sharing your passion with us. BTW missing Mellan updates:)

Wow!!!! I am in makeup heaven after seeing all those. How do you decide what to leave the house in, I struggle to decide with my tiny make up collection every morning!!!

It’s non-skid liner I got from the Container Store, actually! Same stuff you’d use to line your shelves in the kitchen πŸ™‚ I think 1 roll is enough for 1 cart.

That’s what I call : HEAVEEEEN !
your collection is amazing :D,
I think I have to live twice to consume half of it lol
nice way of organizing πŸ˜‰
thanks for sharing

Holy mother of mercy, that is an awesome collection! Please tell me you have it insured!! I am just in awe. Another thought on donating, by the way, is Look Good….Feel Better. It’s through the American Cancer Society, and they help give cancer patients makeovers to help them feel better. Here’s a link:


Great collection!

i totally agree with not throwing stuff out just cause you’ve had it for 2 years and it says 2 years expiry date on the product. i am careful about cream products but most of my eyeshadows i only apply with clean brushes so i’m not going to throw them out just after 2 years. I mean a bag of flour which you’ll eat has a expiry date of about 3 years!

Wow Christine! I’m soooo jealous! Please feel free to donate any of your products to a poor student – me! πŸ™‚
Seriously, if you want to donate something, which I think is awesome, you could auction some of your stuff off on ebay. If you would announce a special Temptalia-auction, I think there would be many of us who would like to buy some of your awesome makeup for a god cause. And you could donate the money to wherever you think it is needed the most. That would be great!
By the way, do you own any beautΓ© lip products?

I can’t use Beaute’s products πŸ™ Something they put in their lip products causes my lips to react in a terrible way. I had bleeding, peeling lips for almost a week after using them :/

Uhhh! That is really good to know. I can’t test them out anywhere here in germany, so I will not spend a lot of money to order some until I get to the U.S. and try myself someday, hopefully.

I usually don’t watch collection videos (especially if they’re nearly 30 minutes long!) but I love how you organized everything! I get discouraged a lot of the time when people show their collection because they’ll just chuck whatever in a random bin & go “OH HEY! I found something I lost over a year ago, I found like 3 of these today!”
This isn’t OCD or an obsession, it’s very wise to organize make-up the way you did so there’s not cross contamination & NO CLUTTER or mishap of buying a new something cause you “lost” something when in actuality,it was in another bin. I did my nails while I watched this video too, wooo!

Ahaha, glad you were able to do your nails, too.

I couldn’t believe it was 24 minutes. I was like, “WTF? WHY? HOW?!” I know I used to split up the videos into MAC and non-MAC, but last year was just over 10 minutes. Chatty Kathy over here, I suppose!

Do you de-pot all of your LE MAC eyeshadows?! I want to but on some of them I cant bare to part with the cute packaging! Also have you ever depotted your UD shadows, I have a ton of them and was considering putting them in a small palette, I noticed that you keep most of your shadows in original packaging! I love your collection!!! I have watched this video too many times already!!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Yep, I depot ’em all! To be honest, I just don’t have room for all those little pots. Palettes are huge space-savers! I also find that I’ll never use anything that’s in a pot unless I’m very, very specifically hunting for it. But I know some who depot most but leave their very favorite packaging ones in their pots. I keep a couple of the Moonbathe eyeshadows like that (just three).

If UD put out a palette, I probably would!

awsome collection….no doubts about that…..
but one question…..all the makeup products have a shelf life…and with so much makeup lying around..its bound that quite a lot of it expires…..do u still use it…..

Oh my goodness! Definitely the best makeup-porn I’ve ever seen! LOL
I’m a collector as well and I don’t think in the next 6years my collection will expand into your’s! Haha. I’m sooooo amazed! I knew as a beauty blogger you would have an amazing makeup stash, but I seriously was not expecting ALLLL of that haha. Thank you soo much for sharing!

Oh myyy!
I am in complete and utter awe of your collection, I’m still a uni student and find it soo hard to buy expensive make up! So i only just got my first tast of things like MAC when my parents did a mini haul overseas for me!
I wish Australia had the range of make up you had, I was a happy chappy to say the least when they came home with things like Urban Decay and Too Faced!
I would love to travel overseas very very soon and my make up wish list grows by the day…i may need a seperate suitcase to bring it all home! haha
Thankyou for showing me makeup can be a spectacular and fun hobby!!

OMG! Great video! Don’t pay any attn. to any of the “haters” on YouTube who were telling you to buy a house… evidently, they didn’t watch until the end. I’m so impressed with your collection and your organization, girl! πŸ™‚

It is always kind of funny when people say that, too – just ’cause I live in California, where houses pretty much start at $500K and go up… even in the housing crisis, LOL.

I had to manually close my jaw from drooling over your collection! I keep thinking mine is too massive but really it’s quite small compared πŸ™‚ Very awesome collection though, really fun to look at!

OMG OMG OMG OMG!!! My jaws just dropped and I don’t think I could ever fix it back! πŸ˜›

It’s makeup Heaven!!!!!

One day, I shall try to organize my stash….. you are so neat and organized, Christine! My stuffs are literally everywhere, and I always have huge headache trying to find something. I need to get those storage drawers……

That was so fun to watch!! You should definitely have a makeup closet or something. Do you keep all your nailpolish in that bathroom too? I bet it’s stacked in the shower lol.

Oh and I forgot to say – thank you for doing what you do! I’m sure I speak for every follower of this blog when I say that you are awesome! I really appreciate all the time you spend showing us new products, sharing your opinion, and reminding me that it’s okay to have fun with makeup πŸ™‚

:O whatttt me too πŸ™‚ jjaja tell me ur secret!! how do you buy all that stuff!! do you get descounts for promote all that brands? some of them should!

So nice! I hope to one day have anything close to the variety that you have! How do you even begin in the morning with all those choices?! πŸ˜€ I especially appreciated the fact that you try to donate to great causes! Me being in the Navy it’s always sweet to hear when people support us!

Hi! This is my first comment to you, though I’ve been reading your reviews for a while. I have a blog too, that I do just for fun. It’s a baby compared to Temptalia πŸ™‚ I one day hope to have an entire cart full of Urban Decay the way you do for MAC.

Your collection is impressive. I’m just starting to outgrow my train case, and there is stuff I have that I never use – how do you remember what you have, so as to avoid having doubles or dupes? And is everything you have “compatible” for you, or is a lot of it stuff that you bought/obtained for the purpose of reviewing or just collecting, but it’s not actually your color? (Would you, for example, buy the full range of UD lipsticks just to have them, or do you only buy stuff that works for you?)

And lastly… I haven’t read through all 232 comments, so I apologize if you’ve already addressed this, but could I get the names of a couple of the places you donate? I’m in California too (though I’m from the Bay Area – I’m not sure which end of the state you’re in).

Hey Thu,

Thank you! πŸ™‚ Ahaha, a UD fan, eh! Luckily, UD’s line does not seem quite as mammoth as MAC’s, so at least you’ll be there sooner rather than later! πŸ™‚

I very rarely buy the entire line of anything unless I actually want it – like Chanel Rouge Allure Laques, I received four via PR and bought the remaining four myself. But in general, I think any color can work (other than foundation, lol), so usually color isn’t the point I dismiss something at. I certainly keep products I’m not loving (color-wise) for later on down the road, which was actually a great idea when I started up the season lip series!

I am in the Bay Area, too, actually. I use this list: http://www.homeless.org.au/directory/us-california.htm

I will call around and see who’s taking stuff, who needs what. For lightly tested/swatched stuff, if you find out when your local high schools are having homecoming/proms, sometimes you can just drop off a box when they’re making floats or if you live by your old high school, sometimes you can work with a teacher specifically. I figure those ladies will always enjoy some new goodies, just in time for those dances, but most high schoolers don’t have lots of funds to work with anyway! Senior citizen homes may also take goodies,, or even if you volunteer somewhere, you could bring in a box as a gift, too.

oh em gee. that is all. I admire you for donating your makeup towards a good cause, it`s so nice to hear! Keep up the great work ! = )

Wow Christine! I am speechless! I could spend a week here and not leave your room… Seriously, whatever makeup you’ve got that you’ve bought for yourself and don’t like it, I’d be willing to pay for it!

Kso, YOU ARE THE LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE!!!! I forced my mom to watch this, and she FREAKED. She said when we move to the house we’re renting so we can get some custom build or whatever, she said that she’ll get me a collection that big if I really want. I was like, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes I do want it. lol. Just saying that you definitely are my idol πŸ˜€

Hi Christine! You have an awesome makeup collection and I love it! You truly are an organized person! I’m surprised you don’t have OCD :D. I was just wondering if you buy or receive (from PR etc.) stuff from every MAC collection that has come out since you’ve been a beauty blogger.

I’ve been buying every single MAC collection since Dame Edna. Sometimes I get PR samples from MAC, but typically it’s 4-5 pieces.

I just wanted to let you know I really appreciate your collection, and your website you help so many people (including me) with your reviews and everything! Great collection–and I think it’s great that you donate! Keep it up :)))

HI Christine! Two comments (questions)- 1. Do you have a tutorial on the blue look you’re wearing? I LOVE it!! 2. I think its GREAT you’re donating unused products, I’ve been battling Leukemia since Dec 2009 and the American Cancer Society has a program called Look Good Feel Better, they show cancer patients how to apply makeup and even gave us a bag with some goodies in it! You might want to look into whether or not they will take some new stuff off your hands. πŸ™‚ Love, Michele

hey christine, i love your makeup collection and your blog! i’m fairly new to makeup and just recently moved up from drugstore brand to stuff like benefit, korres, bobbie brown and urban decay. i have a question for you. i’m really into colored pencil eyeliner under my lower lash line right now but i’m having a hard time finding one that keeps it’s color and is long wearing. i’ve tried the urban decay 24/7 liners and they’re great at first, but for some reason they end up running under my eyes after a few hours. i read that mufe aqua eyes are good but since you really know your makeup, i want to know your opinion before i spend $17 dollars on a pencil. what are your favorite pencil eyeliners other than urban decay?

Hey Jennifer,

MUFE stays on better than UD from what I’ve heard/seen — they stay on about the same to me, but MUFE isn’t quite as creamy, which might be why it seems to stay on a lil’ better for most.

Hi, I couldn’t find a contact adress on your blog, so I hope I’m not disturbing you by asking for your e-mail adress – if possible, I’d like to ask you something ! =)

I was excited and interested in watching this! My collection is smaller than one of your drawer’s lol. I hope one day I can have 1/6 of what you have. I thought out of all of your drawers I was most excited about the Bobbi Brown and Urban besides your Mac of course. I love my Bobbi Brown Nude Palette! I love the way you organized all of it! You did a great job! Thanks for all the hard work you’ve done πŸ˜€

I would give you my kids for that collection. I had to show my husband so he can see I’m not the only one with a huge amount of makeup.Although I don’t think it worked lol. I also think its really, really amazing that you make the time to answer all the questions from your readers.