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Beauty Confessions
  So today while at the dentist office with my hubby, I saw on the news about the priest David who is accepting confessions on snapchat while I am no where near that point of desperation to contact said priest... I figured I'd dish out my dirty little secret here to the BT world...   Every once in a while maybe twice a year I get this uncontrollable urge to spend, its like I'm a crack addict and I need to score some good deals... This week long binge started when I was sick for a few days and I started doing some "online browsing"... which soon turned into "Ooppps now I'm shopping". Now mind you I am very frugal (except when it comes to makeup) I even have my budget made through the end of 2015, and I am usually pretty good at staying within my set limits... but when I get this itch to spend I can't control it!!! Now don't rush to conclusions and think I am putting myself in debt or anything, I would never spend more than I have.... And luckily my husband doesn't mind when I treat my self because it doesn't happen often (if it happened more than 2x a year he'd definitely rethink his "cheaper to keep her" mentality)   So here I am at what I believe to be the end of this week long binge of online shopping, and feeling somewhat hung over, definitely not any buyers remorse, but not as much excitement as I had when I was shopping (maybe because none of my boxes have yet been delivered by drug dealer UPS- and yes I have been faithfully tracking my shipments)...  I'm desperately awaiting all my shipments and I hope to receive them before I go on my cruise on the 14th!!!   So what better way to end my confession than to share the items I acquired on my week long binge... I honestly think I was pretty frugal buying some used items rather than paying retail for some... I also used ebates or shopathome, promo codes and some gift cards when applicable... I also bought a membership to ilovethisdiet and purchased some new meal prep containers on amazon... since I plan to start eating better once I get back from the cruise and tbh I probably gained 5 lbs on my week long binge...   Amazon- the lights and stuff is for a vanity mirror project I will be working on will post pics when complete Ebay   Sephora       Ulta Mac   Macys   Exchange   Tradesy          
Eyes
Hi!   I'm struggling with which shadows to buy with my tax money, I already have inglot shadows and love them they blend very easy. I'm very impressed and I love the freedom system. But, I've heard good things about anastasia shadows as well, just wondering if anyone has an opinion on them, or another alternative.
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HI,    I bought the sephora brand of brush cleaner a while ago before I really got into makeup. It contains alcohol and I'm pretty sure that someone along the way told me not to use alcohol on brushes...   Is this true for natural brushes and synthetic or just natural??
Makeup
Hey guys!! I just wanted to know a good everyday blush color, 'flesh-toned' eye shadow, and nude lip color for my complexion. I love bright, colorful makeup, but I'm a student and I wanted something a bit more toned down for everyday wear.   If we go by MAC shades, I'm NC 44-45 (a bit on the lighter side now that it's winter). I have gold/yellow undertones that look sort of 'blegh' now that I've gotten lighter (seriously, it looks like jaundice. Not cute). I'm sort of new to wearing blush, so I'm definitely a little shy in that area. I just want it to show up on my face without overwhelming it (if that makes ANY sense, whatsoever....)   Any and all help would be deeply appreciated!!
Face
I am looking for a foundation that is   Medium-Full Coverage Long-lasting Good for dry, dehydrated skin And preferably transfer-resistant Any recommendations? I have been using NARS Sheer Glow, which I LOVE the coverage and finish of; however, it doesn't last long enough on me and tends to transfer. I would love to know any tips as well that might fix these issues. My foundation routine is pretty minimal (moisturizer, foundation, concealer), so it may be that I need to add more steps, such as primer, powder, or setting spray. I'm considering the Urban Decay Chill Makeup Setting Spray. Please let me know if this has worked to make your make up last longer and doesn't feel tight on the skin. (I've used All-Nighter before and it was so tight feeling.)   Thanks!
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Hi, I am currently using Chanel Vitalumiere In #30 Cendre. What shade should I use in MUFE full cover concealer?
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Products
With the harsh wind and negative degree weather, I've been fighting to make sure my face doesn't shrivel up and flake off. Sephora, or rather, BeautyTalk seems to have read my mind and sent me two moisturizers from the new line Belif that Sephora now carries for me to dissect, play with and use. Spoiler (Highlight to read) While I'm familiar with most popular Korean skincare brands like Amore Pacific, Innisfree, Etude House, Nature Republic...... I have never heard of Belif until now. A google/youtube/random Korean forum search turned up mostly press-release/promotional articles with only a handful of reviews. Some poking at their brand website/social media told me their online presence started in 2010 and they started becoming popular/getting award ~2012, so it's a relatively new brand (eventho the herbal practice and fancy blah blah are based on 150yr old practice from Europe). But anyways, onto the product review!   The moisturizers come in a thick and sturdy plastic jar. The packaging have a clean and natural feel to it. I think it's cute how the cap looks like dandy black hats, but more relevantly, THANKYOU for printing the expiration date on the bottom of the jar instead of me having to go hunt for it. NOTE: Dates for most Asian products are printed as day/month/year, or in this case May 20th, 2017.   Belif The True Cream - Moisturizing Bomb Description in image above, ingredients list in image below. Upon opening up the inner lid, a pretty strong spicy scent hit my nose......ginger with a hint of radish? However, the scent lessens as you apply it onto your face and mostly goes away after 10-20 minutes. It is a white medium/heavy weight cream that feels pretty luxe on the skin. It spreads easily, but takes a while to sink in and for the greasy feeling to disappear. I applied what I thought was a normal amount but it took an hour to sink in completely, so I guess you don't need a lot. Comparison : The thickness reminds me of Ole Henriksen Truth creme but this feels creamier, slightly greasy, while OH feels a bit more silicone-y. This is lighter than Murad Hydrodynamic moisturizer and L'occitane Shea. Skin type : great for dry skin, also appropriate for combination/normal skin but apply sparingly. It didn't irritate even near lashline or on sensitive/just healed skin (due to scar/pimple) so I'd say it should be safe for sensitive skin, unless you are sensitive to alcohol, dimethicone or plant extracts.   Belif The True Cream - Aqua Bomb Description in back of packaging image above, ingredients list in image below. Upon opening the inner lid, there is a strong fresh, juicy scent with a hint of spicy. The scent is milder, and fresher/cleaner, than Moisturizing Bomb and goes away quite easily. It is a medium weight gel cream that spreads easily and sinks in well. There's no sensation but that of water and the skin drinking it in. It feels weightless on the skin with no residue after a few minutes but the skin stay hydrated. Comparison : It is a bit thicker than other gel moisturizers I like to use in the summer (Bliss Oxygen+C, Clinique yellow gel, Clinique Moisture surge gel cream), takes a bit longer to sink in, and feels a bit more hydrating. It reminds me of Philosophy Take a Deep Breathe, but I think this feels nicer on the skin (and Philosophy TDB's got micro shimmer in it, what?) Skin Type: best for combination/normal skin. It probably also works for dry skin in the summer or oily skin in the winter. If your skin is truly very oily, I recommend try something lighter than this.   Overall impression . I like them! You know how sometimes the moisturizer feels oil-based, water/gel-based or silicone-based? both moisturizers do contain silicone but I can't feel them. Sometimes I also have the problem where the moisturizer end up flaking/peeling off or rolling into little balls on my skin, but even when I applied these two moisturizers generously, there is no flaking. The only thing I can nitpick about these two moisturizers is that they take awhile to sink in, but they leave the skin soft and hydrated. I like them and would recommend them to everyone for winter, but I would not recommend them for summer unless you've got dry skin, or at least remember to apply sparingly.
Ask The Experts
Hey ladies!   I've got sort of a strange question, hopefully someone could help me with...Whenever I use any type of lipstick, lip crayon, lip stain, etc., it goes on normal, then after about an hour or so, it starts turning very bright, almost neon. Does anyone know why that happens and/or how to stop it from happening?    Thanks ladies!
Makeup
Anyways heyyyy everyoneeee I'M BACK. I HAVE NOT BEEN ON HERE IN SOOOOOO LONG. I have a small dilemma and I know that you girl will be able to help me out hopefully!!!! SO- I contemplated for about two weeks on which KA celestial highlighter to buy "candlelight vs. starlight". Now after all the pics I had seen on various blogs, websites, and every where else we look when were trying to find out info about a produt...I went on the edge...lol and ordered the less popular, more new to the crew starlight. now let me just tell you the picture on Sephora and actually almost every other site that carries ka,,let me tell you it almost seems as thought they are taking a picture of the Nars highlighter "miss liberty" which is actually a very light pink in reality and on the website!... instead of KA's starlight which looks like the same kind of color online but in reality its like a deep pink color....  I was very shocked on how much darker and how not light it is at all! I just got it from ups today... and I had used a Guerlain aerosol/ ]bronzer spray on my face today...so I figured I'd wait until tomorrow to try it out on my regular foundation. I live in an area where I'll have to go to Boston to see both highlighters up close and personal and its not that far at all but is it worth it to get in the car? lol  That's why this is BOGGELING my minddd and hopeee some of you guys on here have used/ own/ or at least tested out both starlight and candlelight. All and Any Feedback will be GREATLYYY appreciated!!!! thanks BT'S!!!!  
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Makeup
Trying to switch from using ELDW to a BB cream. I feel that ELDW is way too heavy for everyday use and looks too noticeable and dry for winter. Here are my must-haves in a BB cream:   - Long-lasting (most important-- after coming from ELDW which lasts all day, I cannot downgrade to something that will last for an hour or two and/or requires touching up!) -Light-medium coverage (also important. i will use concealer for any extra blemishes that need covering, but I don't want to feel like I'm applying a clear liquid to my face) -Does not oxidize -Dewy finish  -Natural looking!!! especially in day light!   xx thanks for the help in advance  
Makeup
I have only had samples of both of these eyeshadow primers and was wondering which one was everyone's favourite. I am looking to repurchase and while I am leaning slightly towards Shadow Insurance, it has been a while since I have tried the Primer Potion. So what are your opinions on one or either?
Lips
Hey Everyone! I'm curious as to:   - How often everyone else wears lipstick? - Whether it's usually nudes (because of work, or preference?), or any color as you please - And generally how long does it take you to get through a full tube of lipstick?   Despite my [admittedly overwhelming] collection of lipstick, I find that I don't wear lipstick as often as I like (I should probably start the 30-day Lipstick Challenge, shouldn't I? ), mostly because I get a little nervous that bright lipsticks (my weakness) aren't well suited for my work environment. Outside of work, I love slapping on a deep red or berry shade, but alas there aren't as many weekends as I'd like there to be.   I can't think of a single lipstick I've finished before I've felt compelled to toss out (not even my minis! for shame!), though I'm somewhat close to finishing up a tube of MAC's Russian Red. That being said, I've made a significant dent in my hoarder's stash of lip balms (hello, unreasonably dry and frigid winter).   How about you guys??
Eyes
So I've noticed when I bother to properly conceal my under-eye bags that the skin right at the root of my lower lashes looks pink and slightly irritated.  It's definitely not a reaction, they're always like that, it's just more obvious without the purple below.  I've tried using a dude eyeliner on my waterline and it helps a little but I don't know how to get at the skin right at the root of my lashes without it getting all over the lashes.  Any advice for how to cover this up?
Ask The Experts
I have combination skin - quite oily in the t-zone but definitely looking dryer under the eyes as I get older (I'm 45).  With summer coming I was hoping to find a great BB/CC cream.  I was hoping to find one with light coverage.  Currently I am wearing and loving the color match of Lancome Nude Miracle 110.  If I look at the color IQ it says I'm 1R05 (I was color matched as 1R06 but I'm not quite sure about it)  but I will no doubt get a little darker in the summer, despite my use of sunscreen.  Any advice would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you!!!
Acne
I have combination skin - quite oily in the t-zone but definitely looking dryer under the eyes as I get older (I'm 45).  With summer coming I was hoping to find a great BB/CC cream.  I was hoping to find one with light coverage.  Currently I am wearing and loving the color match of Lancome Nude Miracle 110.  If I look at the color IQ it says I'm 1R05 (I was color matched as 1R06 but I'm not quite sure about it)  but I will no doubt get a little darker in the summer, despite my use of sunscreen.  Any advice would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you!!!
Beauty Insider
hi! I've made two purchases but they don't show up on my account in history nor did I receive points..why is that?
Ask The Experts
I was looking to purchase the glam glow supermud clearing mask, but a lot of reviews are saying to try a sample first. How do I go about getting a sample before I purchase?
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I have done all the research. I live too far from a Sephora, but i am now certain of my undertone. I am a neutral or warmth. But i cannot decipher which i should use when buying. I am so interested in the Bareminerals Getstarted kit. However, I can't decide if I should get neutral or golden for the undertone.  YES, i have done the vein test. It's in between. I also have done the jewelry and white test. I've done everything. Help.
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Hey Ladies!   I am looking into Urban Decay's Revolution Lipstick but cannot decide on a shade! I've looked at multiple swatches on different blogs and (Sephora) discussion boards, but cannot settle on any one shade.   I have pretty light, neutral skin tone (I recently was color matched to 3Y03 or Urban Decay's Foundation in 2.0).   Recently, I have been attracted to bright pinks and corals, but am looking to venture out. I haven't gotten the nerve to try reds permanently just yet as I have not found a sample of a red that looks good on me. So I'm thinking somewhere in the mauve/plum range, but not too dark...   Does anyone have any suggestions or favorites that they swear by? And possibly suggest a matching lip liner by Urban Decay as well.   Thank you ladies!
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Acne
im looking for a good foundation brush. Have you used the sigma f80 or the sephora pro airbrush blender 78? What's the best brush? thanks!
Ask The Experts
Hi, I'm currently using Nars foundation in Tahoe. Would Sunday Riley medium primer work for me? If not, would you kindly recommend another primer? Thanks
Face
Hi, my name is Alyssa and I'd like recommendations and/or advice on what foundation to use for my skin as well as skin care. A little background about my skin, for starters I have a very pale complexion. Also, I have very oily skin which is very acne prone; at the same time it dries out if I wash my face and don't use face lotion afterwards. Walmart and Target sell makeup that are porcelain and ivory colors which usually have pink or yellow undertones which in turn make my skin orange or gives me that dreaded makeup line along my jaw. I have found foundation before, at Sephora, that was my skin color but it made me look dull and dead and I was just not a fan of it and eventually got rid of it after a handful of uses.  
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Makeup
I'm looking for a new eye primer. I have Too Faced Shadow Insurance and it's too thick and makes shadow clumpy on me. I also have UD classic eye primer and that's too sticky and doesn't work for me. Any other suggestions? Thanks so much!! :-)
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I have dry eczema ridden skin and so far my search for a natural lotion is futile. So I found a great natural lotion but it's pricey. So I'm venturing into the world of making my own. The lotions ingredients I want in my lotion could be expensive too. So I'm wondering what is the best way to go about making my own lotion with close to the same ingredients? Where do I even buy these oils that won't cost an arm and a leg? The lotion I'm hoping to copy is called Josh Rosebrook's Nutrient Day Cream. I listed the ingredients below: Certified organic aloe juice; certified organic shea butter; organic oils of: evening primrose, hemp seed, jojoba, borage, almond, grapeseed, sesame and sea buckthorn; uncoated non-nano zinc oxide; certified organic lecithin; organic herbal infusions of: calendula flowers, bilberry, chamomile, burdock root, rosemary, fennel seed, dandelion, rose hips, catnip, chickweed, neem leaf, skullcap, ginkgo leaf, linden flowers, hawthorn berry, green tea, flaxseed, nettles, sage, marshmallow root, cayenne, ginseng, peppermint, St. John’s Wort and alfalfa; certified organic vitamin E Oil; wild-crafted candelilla wax; certified organic guar gum and gum arabic; plant sourced xanthan gum & potassium sorbate; organic benzoin tree resin. Help!
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what products would you recommend for a "dewy" finish to the face. Right now, my face looks dry --especially at the end of the day.
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I have not had acne my entire life until I turned 20, now it is driving me crazy. It is not severe but I would like to get it under control. After going the dermatologist and not being able to afford $800 in prescription creams that were generic but besides the point. I am looking for something to eliminate scaring and redness. I have been looking at the Dr. Dennis Gross One Step Acne Eliminating Pads and wonder if that is a good fit for me? If not what would be best?  And or what is a good face wash for me to be using?    As of right now, I am using a Neutrogena 3-1 Acne Control face wash, along with just a basic moisturizer.    Also in part of this problem, I have been wearing more coverup which is probably not helping the problem. I use to use Maybelline Mineral Powder cover up which I loved but it was discontinued , ever since then I have not found a cover up that works well with my face, either too heavy or not enough coverage. I am wondering which cover up would be good to cover some of these acne marks along with not being too heavy. I am leaning towards Bare Minerals, but am sure what I need or if it is good for me?    Thanks in advance!
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Products
I'm thinking maybe if we all talk about warm weather we can use our minds to will it here!  So, what are your favorite warm weather products, favorite colors to wear, etc.       I'm a huge fan if origins ginzing moisturizer for the humid days.  Its perfectly moisturizing without being too heavy for the hot humid florida days.   supergroup city serum is a favorite too SPF moisturizer too.    I use use my naked 3 palette a lot more in warmer months. I love the bronze and gold natural looks.  With a pretty pink pout. 
Face
what is the correct foundation for asian woman?