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Have a Fabulous 2012!

January 6th, 2012

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Welcome to Fab Over Forty Have a Fabulous 2012!



As they say, where does time go?  What a crazy year 2011 has been, and even though I’ve had some pretty amazing opportunities with Fab Over Forty, I can honestly say I can’t wait to close the door on 2011 as looking to the future holds so much more promise.   My year started out with Redbook magazine asking me to be on their panel of  Beauty Experts for their “Most Valuable Beauty” issue.   What a fun time that was – snowstorm and all, heading to NYC to meet with magazine editors, doctors, beauty specialists and more.   Then I worked with Ladies’ Home Journal  for their beauty issue and Aveeno asked me to be one of their ambassadors with the opportunity to head to the Independent Spirit Awards.  I was awe-struck with the Hollywood stars for certain.   All this and it wasn’t even March!  My year continued with being quoted in Shape and Women’s World magazines and heading to Montreal to Daniele Henkel to learn about some pretty amazing equipment coming to the US.  I also spoke at the Beauty Bash in NYC in October and had a wonderful time meeting many of the women from our Fashion Flash group!

All that and you may be wondering why I can’t wait to close the door on 2011.  Well, personally it was a tough year.  In the spring a very dear friend passed away and changed many things in my day-to-day life. Unemployment struck our family like so many other families across the world (happy to report that has now changed!), which meant I took on additional work so along with the blog I was working 70+ hours a week for about nine months straight.  I know it wasn’t healthy for me and my blog also suffered. Sometimes we just do what we have to do.  I don’t tell you this for any other reason than to explain my sometime-absence and sometimes not putting my heart into the blog. I have just been plain old worn out!  I look forward to all of that changing for the better in 2012!

Resolutions – do you have any? I think for me I resolve to work less and enjoy more!  We all could use that in our lives.  I thank each and every one of you for sticking with Fab Over Forty.  I keep going not only because it’s a passion of mine, but because you all mean so much to me.  I wish you all a wonderful 2012! I would love to hear from you and what your plans for 2012 are – I think hearing other’s plans are very inspiring to all and keep us “Fabulous over 40″!


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The Beauty Brains Are The #1 Makeup Blog For Moms!

August 21st, 2011

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Pardon us for bragging, but the Beauty Brains blog was just selected as THE number one makeup blog for moms by I guess you could say we hit the mother lobe! (Get it? mother “lobe” as in “brain” and as in mother load? Like in gold mining when they make a big strike? *sigh* No one enjoys a good pun anymore.

Anyway, we also give a big shout out to the other winners like Beauty Beat, Fig + Sage, and All Lacquered Up, just to a name a few. You can check out all the winners at

And thank you Babblers for being part of the Beauty Brains community!!

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Do you take photos of your makeup?

August 7th, 2011

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Do you take photos of your makeup? (Maybe to share on a blog/community or else for personal use – like documenting your favorite looks!) Do you find it useful?

I do, for the blog, and before the blog, I shared them with various makeup communities. Taking photos is actually what helped me improve the most, because you really learn where your weak areas are and everything looks worse close-up than it does in person – so if you can get it right on camera, it’s even better in person.

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Happy 4th Anniversary, Temptalia!

October 1st, 2010

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Happy 4th Anniversary, Temptalia!

Four years ago, back in October 2006, Temptalia began. We posted a whopping 230 looks on October 3rd, 2006–nearly a year’s worth of looks, prior to the day, because Temptalia began as an archive for my makeup looks, which I posted on the MAC Cosmetics Livejournal Community. It’s been quite the journey, an ever-exciting ride, and I know there’s so much more ahead of us. I look forward to the next year, and the next, and hopefully many more!

To date, Temptalia has…

  • … received 416,470 comments
  • … published 7,818 posts
  • … written 1,780 review posts (keep in mind many cover more than one product or shade!)
  • … created 840 looks.
  • … asked 1,086 questions through Temptalia Asks You.
  • … received 18.8 million visits, 58.9 million pageviews
  • … held over 300 contests.

I can’t believe I was an undergraduate when I started this blog and now I’m seven months away from graduating my JD/MBA program. I never thought this is where I would be, but this is exactly where I want to be. I live and breathe this blog, and I love every minute of it. It has given me purpose when I had none, and it has shown me where my passion truly lies. There is just something about the beauty of the Temptalia community that brings joy into my life. This was not my dream when I was five years old, but it has become the dream I never dared to dream. It is everything and more–even better than the dream.

Fun Facts

  • Temptalia really started to pick up in September 2007 (114 posts vs. 20-40 posts per month previously).
  • First review: MAC Holiday 2006 (10/21/06)
  • First non-MAC review: Prescriptives Here to Stay 24 Hour Mascara (9/13/07)
  • First super-awesome-cool thing I got to do because of the blog: Interview with Dita Von Teese (9/20/07)
  • My MAC Collection in 2007 (present day).

At present, Temptalia reaches approximately 500,000 unique people every month, with 1.4 million visits and 4.3 million pageviews per month.

I’d like to take this moment to thank all of the amazing people who have helped to make Temptalia what it is today.

To readers: The biggest thank you of all is to all of you. To all of the lovely people who have believed in me, believed in the spirit of Temptalia, and continued to visit, to support us, and to watch us grow–to participate and contribute to that growth. It is your feedback that helps us know what we do right, what we do wrong; your participation and contributions that give the site diversity and variety; your passion that inspires and motivates me to continually improve Temptalia. You have all watched me grow up (and are still watching me); you have seen me through my struggles, and you are all helping me reach my dreams. You have and will always be my focus and greatest motivator, and I can’t thank you enough for giving me the opportunity.

To my family: I will be eternally greatful for my family; my parents, sister, grandparents, aunts, and uncles. Their enduring support that never wavers, not even once, gives me the strength to make it through moments of doom and pride in myself at each marker of success. Their love and support help me to achieve things I never thought I would, but they always knew I could. To my Mom: she is my mentor, as I work towards making my dreams come true; the most inspiring woman I know–my role model. To my Dad: he keeps me grounded and reminds me to have fun, who checks Temptalia regularly and even watches my YouTube videos after a long day at work. To my sister: for keeping makeup fun and learning about even more so. To my grandmothers, aunts, and uncles: for all of your word-of-mouth recommendations to anyone who listens, for knowing everything I’m capable of and never letting me forget it. You have helped me become the person I am today and shaped the person I will be in the future. You all drive me to reach for bigger, better things; to dream bigger dreams; and to know I will always have you to lean on.

To the boy: The level of emotional support you have given me over the years has been insurmountable. There is nothing that can repay you for that. For every time a comment has made me cry, you have been my shoulder; you have listened to me babble on and on about the same thing for hours on end, and you never tell me to shut up. For every success I have found, you have been there to share it with me. I look at you and know that I’m right where I’m supposed to be. Shaun does much of the behind-the-scenes work here at Temptalia, many things that are virtually invisible but absolutely essential. He is much more than just my emotional support–he’s technical support for all things Temptalia!

Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to visit the blog, leave a comment, ask a question, or simply lurk! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your unending support over these past four years! There are never enough words to express to you what this blog has become to me, what you have all become to me. Every morning I wake up feeling lucky because I’m fortunate enough to be able to bring you Temptalia each day. Thank you!

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BEST MAGAZINE, BARRYM Blog celebrity makeup looks chat

May 23rd, 2010

Hia Everyone, I just want to say the biggest ever thank you for all of your support and feedback on my videos over the 6 month I have been on here. I made some pressed pigments witha mixture of MAC and Barry m and the results are stunning! Thanks for watching another of my videos 🙂 If you havent subscribed then please do for tons more celebrity looks,tips,tricks, and general make up advice. Take care! Lauren.