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I was thinking before about the “rules” of makeup. Are they important, or do they just limit our creativity, or worse make us feel bad about our appearance or abilities?

Rules are just guidelines!

Good for the beginner until you find your feet, but don’t be religious about them.

1. Thoughts on shimmery white eyeshadow.

2. Favorite browbone/inner corner highlight.

3. Pencil or liquid liner?

4. Favorite brush cleaner? How often do you clean your brushes?

5. Thoughts on brown mascara.

6. Tinted moisturizers vs liquid foundation.

7. Do you rely on SPF in foundation?

8. Thoughts on face contouring/highlighting. Favorite products?

9. Thoughts on bronzers.

10. What is the first brand of makeup you remember falling in love with? Do you still love it? Have you moved on to something else?

Just a few thoughts!

I just thought of another:

Do you coordinate your makeup to what you’re wearing, or do you focus more on your coloring?

Okay, one more (I promise!):

Do you allow the political/social beliefs of a designer/collaborator to influence whether or not you buy a product?

Do you use a makeup item for other than its intended purpose?
I use mascara as eyeliner sometimes. And who hasn’t use lipstick as blush in a pinch!

How is your relationship with makeup different now than it was 5 or 10 years ago?

When you shop for makeup, how much attention do you pay to the ingredients? Why?

What was the hardest thing for you to learn how to do when you first started wearing makeup?

Are there any specific color/product combinations that you have a weakness for? For example, I am kind of obsessed with green nail polish and coral blushes.

Are there any TV shows that you think do a good job with the makeup?

If you could only save five products from your makeup collection, which ones would you keep?

Do you ever notice the makeup strangers are wearing? Do you ever guess to yourself what products they might be?

((I hope it doesn’t make me too weird, but I do that sometimes. Mostly with nail polish.))

What is your favorite eyeshadow color, cheek color, lipcolor(lipstick and lipgloss) for brands like Urban Decay, MAC, MUFE, Cover Girl, Loreal etc….popular brands with lots and lots of those products of all sorts of color mentioned above?

How do you apply your lipstick? With a brush, from the tube , with your fingers?…and then how do you perfect it? with a tissue? Do you use lipliner? Do you use a primer? Do you prep your lips with what prior to lipstick/ gloss application? THIS QUESTION IS PARTICULARLY FOR CHRISTINE WHO APPLIES ALL HER LIP COLORS REVIEWS TO PERFECTION.

How do you apply your mascara?

What is your high end brand and its product? What is your drugstore brand and its product?

Okay, I’m going to sound totally creepy stalker here, but I can answer your question for you if you want to know about Christine’s lipstick application!

Christine uses Jack Black lip balm. In her reviews, she never uses a primer, lip liner, brush or tissue, and applies straight from the tube. It really just takes practice! Hope that helps.

Has anyone come to you for makeup advice?

Are you seen as a makeup expert in real life? Do you see yourself as one?

Have you ever considered a career in cosmetics?

Has makeup affected how others see you?

How has makeup affected how you see yourself?

Maybe ask about special occasion makeup? Concerts? Wedding?

Have you ever worn a product for a special event?

Is there a particular product you save for special events only? (I remember you like to wear Parure Gold for special occasions XD)

Do others like to get into your makeup collection? Or nail polish collection? (Children, pets??)

Has your age affected what kinds of makeup looks or products you wear?

Perfect! Thanks for asking as I am always looking for feedback from other Temptalialites for input into specific use cosmetics. Here’s an example

1. Eyebrow waxes/gels – What works for stubborn brows?

2. What about hair products. I know Christine does not review, but what products do readers use for specific hair types.

Also, how about more reader tips and techniques on application. For example a Tip of the Day type post where people comment on a specific feature or product.

This is just a quick post off the top of my head. I’m sure there is more..

Tip of the Day is a great idea and I would love to read about new techniques! E.g. how to cover under-eye dark circles, achieving perfect bed-head hair, eyebrow makeup techniques, brushes/tools care and maintenance, different uses of a product (I recently found out that MAC Morange l/s is often used as a corrector before concealer, I would never have thought about it), secrets for applying press-on nails… There are so many topics 🙂

Is there product you bought on a whim/with reservations yet wound up loving it?

Do you have a makeup icon?

lip pencil : how to find the best, how to match with the lipstick you/we wear, does it really help to get perfect lips ?

Has reading this blog changed the way you look at makeup? Has it inspired new looks? Caused you to try new products you never would have otherwise? Influenced purchasing decisions?

Just some question, that came to my mind:

– What makes a hair dresser a good hairdresser?

– How did you find your currend hairdresser?

– What do you think of celebrities writing about makeup (I have Lauren Conrand and her Beauty book in mind)?

– What was the weired experience with makeup in your childhood?

– What is the cheapest product you use giving you the best result?

– Does your mothers makeup influence you?

– Does your mother wear makeup?

– How many lip products do you own and how many of them are in your handbag?

– How many products are in you shower right now?

– It is a rainy fall / autuum Sunday. You have no particular plans and want to do a home spa day. What treatments do you do?

– Imagine all your makeup disappears over night and you have a budget of 10.000 $/€ to rebuild your collection. What products are you going to buy? Stick to favorets? Try completely new products? Spend all the money or just part of it?

Hope that gives you inspiration, Christine.

favorite SETTING POWDER. i keep having misses with powders so i would love to hear what other people are using, how the apply it, and how well it works.

If you had to cut down your stash to 10 products (maximum), not including skincare or tools, which products would you keep?

If you could wake up tomorrow with “perfect” lashes, what would they look like? What is your ideal lash look?

Are there any products you own, and never use, but you can’t bring yourself to return, give away, or toss? What are they and is there a reason you hold on to them?

What beauty product have you purchased recently that you are most excited about? Why is it more exciting than other products?

How do you prevent under eye concealer from creasing? Is it a certain product you use, a certain technique, or a combination? Share your tips, tricks, techniques, and products for a perfectly concealed under eye!

What is the funniest comment/compliment someone has ever given you about your look (hair, makeup, clothing, accessories, overall look)?

The holiday season is coming up! How does your holiday makeup differ from any other time? Do you incorporate colors/shades or products that you don’t normally use? Do you have a specific holiday look, or do you change it up? What’s your favorite part of holiday makeup?

Not a TAY question: Also, Christine, have you ever coordinated a gift exchange/Secret Santa Exchange here on the blog? Is that something you would ever do?

How much money do you spend monthly/annually on make up? Even you, Christine? I’m curious to know if I spend similar, more, or less than other beauty addicts ….

Also, wonder about favorite under eye ‘smoother/tightener’ ….

Christine, this is for you because I have been wondering about these for quite some time …

I’d like to know about the day in the life of Temptalia. What is your daily schedule like from the time you rise and shine, to the time you hit the bed for *zzz*?

AND How do you pick the Sunday Love Links?

1) What is your guily pleasure regarding cosmetics?

2) What is the one (or more) thing that annoys you about the cosmetic blogging industry?

3) What is the one (or more) thing that annoys you about the cosmetic videos on Youtube?

4) What is the one (or more) thing that annoys you about the cosmetics industry in general?

5) If you could pick one cosmetic item, design it and name it, what would the cosmetic item be, hwo would it look, what would you name it and why?

6) Hauls! Love them or leave them? *Side note: Christine, do you ever show your hauls?

7) Tips on fixing nicked, chipped or peeling nail polish.

8) Favourite nail art products.

9) Limited Editions! Worth the hassle of hunting down a certain product?

10) Favourite type of mascara wand/brush.

11) If one song could express your feel for cosmetics, what would it be?

12) AND Lastly. I’d like to know how others deal with skin issues regarding acne, dry skin, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis etc.


Here is a post I did in the past 🙂 It’s still pretty accurate – just omit school and replace school with “more blogging.” I get ready in the morning immediately after I wake up, get coffee, blog, eat lunch, get more coffee, blog, eat dinner, blog, go to bed, restart 🙂 http://www.temptalia.com/a-day-in-the-life-of-temptalia-as-a-beauty-blogger

I pick links based on the blogs that I personally enjoy reading and posts that I liked/found interesting 🙂 I don’t really show hauls in a conventional sense, but I will tweet out photos occasionally if I’m excited about something I bought or of upcoming products to review (e.g. I buy all the MAC products, so technically, showing a group shot is like showing a haul).

Thank you so much for the link. I have never seen it. It sure was an eye opener and I like how you added the other content that I have also wondered about 🙂

I’m really bad about checking my Twitter 🙁 I’d persoannly LOVE to see your hauls on here. Maybe others can share as well. I guess it’s kind of like the same thing as FFHF? Anywho, seeing your hauls on here would be neat!

FAVORITE FOUNDATION ? Liquid or compact ?
Best eyeshadown palette ?
Beauty tip?
Best brown eyepencil ever?
Best hightlighter ?

Do you have any makeup that has sentimental meaning to you?

Are there any colors, for any product type, you find yourself buying over and over again?

What’s your favorite perfume for everyday and special occasions?

Do you feel more comfortable in public with bright colors on your lips, eyes, or cheeks? Or do you feel equally comfortable with all of them? What about dark colors for lips, eyes or cheeks?

Do you think eye color makes a big difference in what eyeshadow colors are flatering on a person? Or do you think has more to do with skintone?

What eyeshadow colors do you think look best on brown/blue/green/hazel/grey/etc. eyes?

What lipstick/gloss is your perfect MLBB color? If you haven’t found one yet what have you tried so far?

Do you ever collect makeup purely for its packaging? Have you every bought vintage makeup or perfume bottles for their appearance?

What’s the craziest accident that your makeup has gone through and survived or mostly survived? (Like has your makeup survived a 20ft drop onto concrete?)

How do you feel about matte eyeshadows/lipstick/blush? What brands have the best matte formulas for the aforementioned products?

What are your tips for makeup application/skincare for people with oily/combination/dry skin so that their makeup goes on well and lasts? What products do you recommend for people of those skin types?

What product type do you own the most of? Why? Is it just for variety of colors or have you not found a color or formula you like yet?

What’s the most common finish you own (ie. are most of your eyeshadows shimmery or matte? Are most of your lipsticks matte, shiny, or shimmery?)

How do you feel about loose eyeshadows and pigments?

I think that’s all I got. Hope some of these are helpful to you.

What makeup did you wear (or would you wear) on your wedding day?

What are your 5-10 must have beauty products from the drugstore?

What are your 5-10 must have high end beauty products?

Do companies keep limited edition products out long enough?

What are your favorite beauty books? Beauty blogs? Beauty apps? Beauty YouTube channels? And why?

Someone already mentioned it, but I’d liked to discuss hair products.

How much time to you take to put on your makeup before work/school? How much time before a special occasion?

Do you like buying limited edition products?

What is your favorite higher end makeup brand? Drugstore brand?

What brands do you own the most makeup from?

Do you show brand loyalty?

How many makeup brushes do you own?

What are your top five favorite brushes?

What brand of brushes do you have the most of?

How much does the price affect your willingness to buy a product?

For contact lense/ eyeglass wearers (no discrimination intended):
What are your methods for applying eye makeup so that it does not interfere with your vision? i.e. smudged mascara and eyeliner on lenses after application, dryness of eyes after application, etc.

One thing I always wanted to know: I loved Stroke of Lust sooo much. I know hardly anyone liked it, but it was my most favourite lipstick ever. Ever since it came out, I’ve been trying to find one that’s just like it, but failed. Does anyone know of a lipstick that’s like Stroke of Lust (colour, texture, etc.)

These have probably all been done before at some point…

– What makeup rules do you always follow?

– Are there any “makeup rules” you regularly break? How does it work?

– What advice would you give to ______ (makeup brand)?

– Where do you get inspiration for trying new looks?

– Is there a specific shade you’ve always wanted to see in a certain product but have never found? What came close?

Like I said, I’m pretty sure that all of these have been covered at one time or another, but it’s just what sprang to mind.

There are some fabulous questions below. Here are some of mine:

— If you were on a desert island and could only take 3 of an item in a specific makeup or skincare category, what would you take? Then, each day, have a diff. category. (i.e, eyeshadow, nail polish, blush, skin care, perfume… etc.)

— More skin care questions like: How often do you exfoliate? Best/Worst microdermabrasion products? How do you try to deal with pore issues? What products do you use to fix a small spot? What about a huge cystic boil? A confession thing about whether you pick/squeeze pimples or whether it depends on type. (lol) Have you found anything that works well to correct uneven skin tone, discolouration, age spots or pigmentation? What skin tone correctors were not worth the cost? What are the best facial masks? Have you ever found something that was perfect for your skin but then suddenly stopped working completely?

— ANYTHING perfume related! It’s not just because of my current obsession (which is actually starting to worry my sister, lol) but because I think it’s a nice break from regular makeup *and* there is SO much perfume out there that it’s a nice way to get some suggestions of similar perfume types, etc. (which I’ve already done from Temptalia readers like Yellow Lantern. Thank you, Yellow Lantern! We have to talk about Serge Lutens & Malle’s Carnal Flower some time!) So, please, please, please more perfume stuff!!! Some examples:
– are there any discontinued perfumes that you really long for and wish could come back;
– have you noticed a diff. in perfumes that you’ve bought since the new IFRA rules kicked in and, if so, what perfumes are now worse;
-have you ever bought perfume blind and based on reviews/notes, or is perfume not like makeup in that sense for you;
– what do you think of perfume decant sites and are they worth it;
– what perfume have you received the most compliments on;
– do you think any niche perfume brands are over-hyped and overly exclusive/expensive for no reason;
-what perfume do you wear to feel brave and extra-confident;
-what perfume do you wear to feel happy;
– Favorite oriental perfumes, favorite florals, favorite woody scents, etc, etc. etc.;
– is there a perfume type or ingredient that generally does not work well on you or that you really can’t handle (ex., violet, tonka, aouds, powdery Guerlainade stuff, tuberose, honey, patchouli, etc.

I would want to see a question on make up brushes! I think brushes do not get the much attention from blogs. It is so hard to decide what brushes to buy.

Totally agree. And I want to add that I want to hear (read ) about more than MAC brushes. There are other brands out there and all I hear about is MAC on the HE and Ecotools on the DS end.

What lipsticks make you feel most confident? Which one would you wear to a job interview and which one to a date?

This is not really a question for everyone to ask/answer but I would love to see you actually apply the beautiful multicolor eyemakeup, including brushes in a video. I’ve worn eyemakeup since I was about 14 (sneaking) and am now 63. I love art and used to paint and draw which transitioned into makeup for me but I just can’t get those gorgeous combinations and looks you do. Would you PLEASE do a video? If you have, please tell me where to see it.

Very original post! my question would be:

What historic era would you like represented in a makeup collection, considering the makeup era since the ancient times up to the 1990s, and what brand would you like to make that collection?

I hope this question is not a repeat lol 🙂 .

What makes a collection a hit for you?

Where does your makeup inspiration come from? / What is your current makeup inspiration?

How would you describe your makeup style?

What is the biggest mistake a makeup brand can make?

Have you ever been in a makeup rut?

Which brands are unavailable to you that you really want to try?

What are your hidden, little-known product gems?

What do you love most/find most useful about Temptalia.com!

I have a few for you:

1) do you do anything special during the warm summer months to preserve your make up (lipsticks, etc.) I put my in the fridge all summer long.

2) how can you tell if a product has gone bad or expired? Some of my favorite lipsticks have been discontinued and I cannot think of getting rid of them!

3) Is there a mascara on the market that can give you the look of false eye lashes that wont break the bank?

4) how to apply false eye lashes?

Just to name a few. I’m sure I’ll think of many more, as will others.

As for “expired” products, if *anything* is different about them (texture, smell, color, taste, etc), toss them out.

Which inspires another question:

Confession time-how old is the oldest product you have, that you still use, and what is it?

– What do you think of brands that always release LE products? (Is that a turn off or a hit for you?)

– What do you say or do when you see or hear someone criticizing people who loves to do their makeup? (Yeah, I always tend to see people complaining about girls wearing makeup haha)

What is your favorite makeup look that you have ever worn and what made it so special?

What is the most expensive cosmetic item you’ve ever purchased and was it worth it for you?

Is there a celebrity whose makeup you consistently admire, and why?

Is there any makeup item or product you will absolutely never use?

You know what’s been bugging me? What nail do people start with when applying polish? For me, it’s always left thumb, but I noticed during a manicure that she started with the left middle. Stupid, but it’s driving me nuts.

Do you remember your very first beauty product?
Mine wasBnne Bell Dr. Pepper Lip Smacker, but when I saw the other girls using those roller-ball lip glosses (this was the late ’70s), I decided that’s what I’d start using, too. Eventually, I progressed to gloss in pots, and now it’s tubes with brush applicators.

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