October 27, 2010

Temptalia for the 2010 Blogging Scholarship

If you don’t blog its kinda hard to understand how the entire process goes down. Some are casual bloggers, some take it more serious than others, and some start a blog but never quite update as frequently as they hoped they would when they originally started it.

Bloggers come in many shapes, sizes, ages, and walks of life. We all blog because we’re passionate about the subject we choose to babble about.

One of the most passionate bloggers out there, as many of you already know, is Christine from Temptalia. No one takes blogging more seriously. She blogs makeup like her life depends on it and she points out every little detail about a product in her reviews.

If you don’t know Christine or you just talk to her via comments or Twitter you probably aren’t realizing the amount of money, time, and patience that goes into her site. This a young lady that has college courses to attend to, plus life, and of course, a full time dedication to her website. Taking pictures, writing up reviews, swatching products, paying for entire MAC collections, plus having to worry about keeping her site on a stable, working server which costs money to run isn’t a joke. I should know, I do much of the same here on Musings but mind you, Temptalia, is a way bigger fish to fry and alot more work goes into her.

Here’s the deal.

I’d like to show my support and I hope you’ll show your support towards the 2010 Blogging Scholarship, which recognizes students who blog. Christine happens to be one of the contenders. She wrote a 300 word essay about blogging.

Here’s an excerpt from her essay…

Bogging is vital to me, because it has given tangible meaning to my heart and soul. Through blogging, I have learned my passion lies in beauty by providing firsthand experiences to help others. Blogging is my method of self-expression, but it has brought me together with like minded individuals and allowed us to build a community based on that passion. I have been given opportunities to interact with my readers, both on and offline, and there is nothing more rewarding than being able to help someone””even if it is recommending a lipstick. That lipstick recommendation just might inspire confidence in a self-conscious teenager!

The first place winner will receives a $10,000 scholarship to help pay for school. Christine is one of ten finalists in the running for the scholarship.

I submitted my vote earlier today as I believe, with all her hard work on Temptalia, she deserves this scholarship.

I hope you’ll take time out to support her. I know she’s a backbone for me daily. I wouldn’t be able to get through days without her support and this is one way I can give that support back to her.

Please visit her site at www.temptalia.com and click on the link to vote!

Disclaimer: Christine did not ask me to write this post nor does she even know I’m posting it. I am not affiliated with Temptalia.com aside from being friends with it’s editor. This post is to show my appreciation for not only that friendship but to help support a friend!


About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • peri

    i know nothing of her blog…honestly, im not sure how i even came across this one lol…but i went and voted for her. looks like shes in the lead.

    • the Muse

      peri now that you do you’ll prob be hooked ;-D she’s the goddess of makeup haha! I’m sure she’ll appreciate the support xoxox!

  • NeutraKris

    I agree! Christine’s blog is one of my top favorites and I value her opinions and efforts. She makes sure to answer any possible question someone may have before it’s even asked yet also takes the time to answer those that are. Her blog gives inspiration to me that mine may have at least a fraction of the success hers has. I voted and I hope many more will as well!

    • the Muse

      neutrakris agreed! she puts ALOT of effort and work into her site and gives us all inspiration!

  • Shayne A

    Oh Musey you have such an enormous heart!!! This is one of the reasons why I heart you……I am also a devoted follower of Christine’s blog & while I don’t usually comment on hers (because I am so intimidated by her blog & mine pales in comparison) I read it several times a day. She is so inspiring & I love her reviews. I am going to go vote for her right now. Thank you for letting all of us know about this ~ it would be a precious gift to give to her for all of her hard work & devotion to her followers.

    PS Did you pick up your Liplicious Red Velvet Cake yet?? Because I bought you one & would like to send it to you if you haven’t πŸ™‚

    • the Muse

      aw thanks shayne xoxoxo! you’re lovely. Oh my gosh don’t be she replies to all her comments herself ;-D so don’t be intimidated by it’s side, it’s still a friendly beauty neighborhood on the block ;-D My pleasure dear! Truly, my pleasure.

      Oh I got it but thank YOU so much for the lovely offer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! your so sweet!

      • Shayne A

        No, you’re the lovely one…….thank you for your devotion to us as well. I can’t tell you the amount of joy I get from reading your blog every single day. I think I might have a bit of a girl crush on you!!!

  • elizabeth

    Christine is fantastic. even years ago before blogs like that hit it big and she was just a poster on livejournal communities I loved her tutorials and her looks gave inspiration and when she moved to start a bigger blog, i kept reading and oh my gosh, how it’s grown. she’s done an excellent job and even has quite a following. it’s really really cool to see organizations give young bloggers incentive to keep working and to go to school; and even reading christine’s about me you’ll see how much she really does – she runs and posts updates on her own website and still has time to rock law school. I have not yet looked at the other finalists, and I am sure many of them are also worthy of recognition but I am quite amazed by Christine.

    • the Muse

      Elizabeth I remember following her looks on Specktra, totally inspired me to try my hand at some outrageous looks ;-D It really has grown. I think the scholarship program is amazing. It’s fantastic they are recognizing bloggers in such a way!

  • Missy

    You are a truly great friend to show your support like this! I’ve read her blog a few times and I’ll hop on over and vote for her. Muse, you’re a gem πŸ™‚

  • Mina

    I voted for her. Her blog is amazing and you’re so sweet for doing this, I bet it means a lot to her. xoxo

    • the Muse

      it means more to me mina to show my support ;-D she’s a good person, she deserves this!

  • Audrey

    If anyone deserves to win, it’s her! I’m always amazed at the thought and care that goes into every post. Thank you for posting about this πŸ˜€

  • jody

    That is so cool of you to make this post.
    I go to her site daily, and yours as well. I also follow you both on twitter.
    You both do a wonderful job, and since I don’t get to counters or sephora as much as I would like, you both do a wonder for my decision making.
    Thank you, and I voted for Christine.
    It is very nice to see one blogger write such kind and heartfelt words for a fellow blogger.

    • the Muse

      aw thanks jody! xoxox! I think I can speak for us both and say we appreciate it more than you know ;-D aw jeez you guys are going to make me cry this morning!

  • Lors

    I voted for her! I also thought it was nice when Christine mentioned you and your hard work last month when listing her favorite beauty blogs. It’s great to see how supportive beauty bloggers are of one another! πŸ™‚

    • the Muse

      She’s a backbone for me Lors ;-D She works WAY harder than me ;-D I should be the one mentioning her hard work not the other way around ;D

  • Melissa

    I voted and she is in second place.. hopefully she will take the lead soon. Her site is one of the best –

  • Iris

    Hi Muse! I think it’s so nice of u to do this. I love Christine’s blog too. And i agree, she works *damn* hard on her blog, and she deserves to be recognized. I always feel kinda bad that she spends so much of her own money to do product reviews for us…so i’d love to c her get some sort of scholarship for her hard work. Vote, ladies!

    • the Muse

      iris I agree ;-D she def deserves this and works incredibly hard on her site ;-D

  • LipstickChick

    … and kudos to you, for showing your support πŸ™‚ … there are many out there who would ignore this altogether, or perhaps be jealous and spiteful, but this post of yours spotlighting this opportunity for Christine is VERY cool πŸ™‚

    That is what sisterhood is supposed to be about πŸ˜‰

    • the Muse

      amen lipstickchick. sisterhood, exactly! Too many people do NOT embrace sisterhood and that’s part of the problem! ;-D Christine deserves this and all the support I can give to her. She’s constantly there for me, this is the least I can do for her!

  • Larie

    aw, you are such a sweetie! i voted for her yesterday already; hope she wins πŸ™‚

  • Regina

    Christine is amazing! Vote for her! Both you and Christine are great bloggers, and your sites are my go-tos for beauty stuff. : )

    • the Muse

      jeepers regina you guys are gonna make me cry today with all your goodness! thank you ;-D I know Christine def appreciates your support! big hugs hun!

  • resham

    Voted for her…She really takes the whole thing like her life depends on it…I love both you guys…. Me wth you in this support!!

    • the Muse

      aw thanks resham ;-D truly she def does do a wonderful job and has alot of patience and effort that goes into Temptalia ;-D what would we do without her?! ;D

  • Marie

    Aaaww it’s so sweet of you to show your support like that. I visit your blog and hers every day, and I can’t even imagine all the hard work that goes into maintaining such high-traffic and high-quality blogs. So I voted because she deserves it. πŸ™‚
    And if you ever need a vote, I’ll vote for you too.

    Seriously, that’s why I like visiting Musings of a Muse and Temptalia. You’re both genuinely kind, and it definitely shows. πŸ™‚

    • the Muse

      Aw thank you Marie ;-D you’re too sweet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! big hugs!

  • Christine

    Thank you everyone! The support from the community has been heartwarming. Muse’s post was so lovely that it made me sob, and I had to print out a copy so I can always refer to it when I am feeling down!

    Thanks again! πŸ™‚

    • the Muse

      Hey Christine *hugs* can’t think of a person who deserves it more! Hugs my friend!

  • Annabella Freeman

    I voted for her yesterday. I really hope she wins. Unless you are a blogger I don’t you can appreciate how much time and effort goes into doing it. From a financial point of view she must spend untold amounts of money just so her loyal readers can see everything before they buy it. I’m not a MAC person but I love her reviews.

    The two of you and a few others are who us smaller bloggers look up to. It’s nice to know it’s not all bitchyness and back stabbing.

    Here’s to Temptalia and The Muse! xoxo

    • the Muse

      I hope so too Annabella. I was checking her status yesterday and she’s creeping up!!!!!!!!!!!!! I adore her reviews as well, so detailed! ;-D aw gee thank you, very flattered to hear that! big HUGS!