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Beauty Confessions
--closed-- Box of awesome high end items and unicorns, show me yours and I'll show you mine, lol. While I’m not “ancient”, I’ve been on BeautyTalk WAY longer than I ever expected and have made some very good friends….as well as been enabled into getting WAY more makeup, lol. It is getting a bit overwhelming and as much as I like pretty things, my style is more minimalist, so I don’t reaaally need 6 or 7 jars of Guerlain meteorites etc. To help revamp/reorganize my stash as well as having some fun with the awesome friends I’ve made, I’m doing the LUV TB.    It contains lots of makeup that I love but never use, altho I couldn’t bear to part with any perfumes or majority of the skincare, so you ladies will have to make up for it along the way. Keep it classy, with high end and preferably new or lightly used things. No drugstores. Since it’s got tons of expensive items, I asked people I trust who are interested, so the box is closed. If it goes well, I may do another one next year when I've accumulated enough treasures. =P   Expand below to see the rules, taken from the awesome roxystar4 and slightly simplified:   Spoiler (Highlight to read) * Please make sure every item is in a plastic ziplock bag to prevent spills. Donts’s ■ DON'T keep the box for more than two days. Keep it moving! If you are traveling or a special circumstance comes up, we can work to rearrange things ■ DON'T put unsanitary items of any sort into the TSB. New or lightly used only ■ DON'T put any drugstore items into the TSB. ■ DON'T swatch items from the box.  ■ DON'T take more than what you put in. Please trade at or above each item’s retail value. Do’s ♥ High-end and unicorn items only. Keep it classy ♥ Unused, swatched or lightly used products are perfectly acceptable. Well-loved items are not. ♥ Send your address to the person above you in a PM. ♥ Package things carefully!  ♥ Post pictures of what you are taking out and putting in.   Allowed: ☆High-end, clean makeup/skincare items ☆Fragrance (be sure to package bottles properly!) ☆Nail polish (again, be careful!) Not allowed: ☆Pre-made samples ☆ NO used/swatched lip wands  ☆Heavily used items ☆ Drugstore items ☆Used items that haven’t been cleaned/sanitized ☆Questionable items (always ask if you have doubts!) If you cannot take photos, Do Not Sign Up, please *******PUT BETTER OR EQUAL PRICED ITEMS IN FOR WHAT YOU TAKE OUT TO KEEP UP THE INTEGRITY OF THE BOX*********   Also, please pick up a large priority box at the post office prior to receiving the box. This is so we can streamline things (get the box to everyone faster in case the box breaks or there's a spill). -send your address to the person above you -post a picture and text what you are taking and what you put in BEFORE you send the box on. * Please make sure every item is in a plastic ziplock bag to prevent spills.Donts’s■ DON'T keep the box for more than two days. Keep it moving! If you are traveling or a special circumstance comes up, we can work to rearrange things■ DON'T put unsanitary items of any sort into the TSB. New or lightly used only■ DON'T put any drugstore items into the TSB.■ DON'T swatch items from the box. ■ DON'T take more than what you put in. Please trade at or above each item’s retail value.Do’s♥ High-end and unicorn items only. Keep it classy♥ Unused, swatched or lightly used products are perfectly acceptable. Well-loved items are not.♥ Send your address to the person above you in a PM.♥ Package things carefully! ♥ Post pictures of what you are taking out and putting in. Allowed:☆High-end, clean makeup/skincare items☆Fragrance (be sure to package bottles properly!)☆Nail polish (again, be careful!)Not allowed:☆Pre-made samples☆ NO used/swatched lip wands ☆Heavily used items☆ Drugstore items☆Used items that haven’t been cleaned/sanitized☆Questionable items (always ask if you have doubts!)If you cannot take photos, Do Not Sign Up, please *******PUT BETTER OR EQUAL PRICED ITEMS IN FOR WHAT YOU TAKE OUT TO KEEP UP THE INTEGRITY OF THE BOX********* Also, please pick up a large priority box at the post office prior to receiving the box. This is so we can streamline things (get the box to everyone faster in case the box breaks or there's a spill).-send your address to the person above you-post a picture and text what you are taking and what you put in BEFORE you send the box on.   Positions are flexible as long as you let me know a couple days beforehand. Right now here's the list: ChicDabbler katief241981 ghkim AznAngelLiz rikkie Missie772 beethousand WendyOMGWar DesertRose0706 anb0906 jellybean917 Britlee303 wingatprsct BeautyJunkie325 mlmac LindenAnn kalex thesupergirl RJAMLT KITKAT2383 It's my first box, so I'm capping it at 20. Wait list: - Sparklekai - myxducky - Oklady2013   That's all, have fun ladies! XD
Makeup
Are there any popular brands, sold by Sephora or anywhere else, that you just aren't into or don't consider for whatever reason - consciously or subconsciously?    Like, for me, for whatever reason, I don't even know why, I never even look at Make Up Forever or Cover FX... and probably plenty of others. But obviously plenty of people love both brands and promote them when people are looking for products. 
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Eyes
I didn't see anything posted yet about these new palettes, but saw them on Ulta and I'm thinking of using my 20 percent discount to pick one up. A little pricey at $49 each, but it looks like a really nice palette!   Top to bottom, they are Body, Mind, Soul and Spirit. Now to decide which one!    
Beauty Insider
Not wanting to swatch lip products directly onto my lips, I found a paint chip that is close in color to my natural lip color to swatch onto. My bare lips have a lot of natural color. This hack works for me about 95% of the time. This is also good for determining coverage and pigmentation. Hope this is helpful.
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Makeup
  I don't know if any of you ladies know about this but Sonia Kashuk just came out with a LE 15 piece brush set in celebration of their 15th anniversary. I just picked up the last one in my town today during my lunch break. I personally think this is a steal. It is $40 at Target.   If you can find it, I suggest to get it right there and then because this set is sold out almost everywhere and each Target in the US and Canada each get 2 sets. Go on to Target's website and use the "find in a Target store" and click on "pick up in store" if it shows up to reserve it. Sonia Kashuk is trying to keep it in stock but it keeps selling out. This set will be available until October according to their customer service line.     If anyone wants to know how they perform, let me know and I will do a small review here on BT. 
Beauty Confessions
I have a pretty comfy makeup station and I do love me my products and I pretty much use everything from soup (primer) to nuts (setting spray). But I've noticed that instead of getting faster, I'm just getting slower and sloooower in my makeup application. I really enjoy the process of putting my makeup on - it's probably my favorite part of the day. But I feel like it's taking me a ridiculously long time to do my fairly simple everyday look (I don't vary how I do my makeup TOO much from day-to-day). So I used the timer on my phone for the past three days: 42, 50, and 52 minutes! Yikes! You ladies have seen my makeup. Nothing on my face should take 52 minutes! I know I take a long time doing my eyebrows - they're always a trouble spot for me. I'm going to TRY and speed myself up over the next few days so I can at least have more time to walk my dog in the mornings before work.    So I'm curious...how long does it take YOU to do your makeup?
Lips
I'm in love with it but $20 is a steep price, considering that you lose product when you sharpen it.   Thanks!  
Hair
So my mom is visiting and she wants to buy some Kerastase vials that are supposed to help new hair grow (he has lost some hair in the last years and she used to love the super full head before...)   I'm looking it up and it looks like what she needs are the Densifique vials. Do you guys know them? Do you know if they word? Any other ideas for avoiding hair loss and helping new hair grow?   Thanks!!!
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Beauty Confessions
What makeup is everyone wearing today?   Today I am wearing:   1. Benefit Hello Flawless Foundation in Champagne 2. Benefit Coralista blush 3. TheBalm Mary-Loumanizer 4. Dior Creme de Rose Lipbalm 5. Dior Addict Lipstick in 454 6. Benefit Creaseless Cream shadow in RSVP   and under all this I am wearing Neutrogena Pure and Free Liquid Sunblock SPF 50   So c'mon now...confess!
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Hair
My hair is super dry, damaged, and extremely prone to tangles. I have used so many different shampoos, conditioners and different types of brushes. I get my hair cut regularly. I have struggled with extremely tangly hair since I can remember. I was wondering if anyone else had the same problem and can suggest some products to use that can breathe some life back into my hair and ease the tangles!
All Other Concerns
I just recently started washing my face everyday.  It's horrible, but I guess I never had to wash it as much.  Now that I am washing, applying moisturizer, putting on makeup, and then removing it it is a lot for my skin.  I have noticed my skin feels almost oily--but doesn't look oily. I apply moisturizer AM and PM is it being over moisturized? 
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Hauls
I have been getting a lot of great emails.  Hopefully, some of these deals can come in handy for the rest of you.  Have you seen any awesome ones you want to share?  Now, is a great time to haul.      
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Makeup
Is anyone else drooling over this new palette by Makeup Forever?  It looks gorgeous.  I'm also intrigued because I've never tried MUFE eyeshadows (other than a cream eyeshadow I have).  I think I read that all these shades are available to purchase separately from their new line of shadows.  If anyone here gets it, please swatch and share!  Has anyone tried the new MUFE eyeshadows yet?     This gets me excited about fall clothes and boots!!!       http://www.sephora.com/artist-palette-P388223?skuI d=1622885
Makeup
Hi guys! Im thinking of buying my very first bobbi brown products and Im not sure what to get. Any suggestions?    Thanks
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Makeup
This is my second order of Give Me Some Lip. My fav is the full size Smashbox with the cushy paddle like applicator and the Buxom with a great tingle feeling. Anyone else have this set? What do you think beauties?
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Makeup
I posted a previous post about starting a traveling box with samples and deluxe samples and a few ladies were interested in doing one!  This is the 1st traveling box I am apart of and of course the 1st that I am starting.   So, we need to decide if we are going to do a medium or small flat rate box.     RULES  No used items.  No open items  DO NOT take more than you put in.  Let's keep this fun and fair  DO NOT take multiples of the same sample  PLEASE try not to keep the box more than 3 days  Make sure to send your address to the person listed above you  Once you send the box off, post the tracking number in this thread  ALL unused items allowed (well maybe not nail polishes if it will make the shipping costs go up)  Post a pic of what you take out, what you put in and what is left in the box before you send it off     THIS IS A DRAMA FREE BOX! We are going to have fun and try to keep this going as long as we can!   If you are interested in being in the box, I have a few spots left so post a pic of what samples you have in this thread to be added.   To start off, we are only going to have 10 people! 1. hollygohardly 2. MegEm 3.MLLECC 4. tessie84 5. Kittichick 6. NicoleFrat 7. NightKnight 8. Sweetxteeth 9. Nishcakes  10. BuxomBabe80
Products
*Apologies if someone has posted about this already, I did a search but didn't see anything.   Just finished watching Caroline Hirons new video (I know she is a rather "polarizing" guru but that's besides the point!) and she mentioned as one of her recent skincare favorites the new Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Melting Cleanser. I hadn't even heard of this yet so I did a search and found it on Sephora's site! No reviews there yet so I wanted to come over to BT to see if any of you have seen/heard of/tried this yet!   It looks amazing, and I am a huge fan of the Pure Truth line in general. It's also not terribly expensive compared to some other cleansing balms (which this seems to be similar to).   http://www.sephora.com/pure-truth-tm-melting-clean ser-P388265   It has vitamin C, rose hip oil, and like the rest of his products no sulfates/parabens.   Thoughts??
Ask The Experts
Hi! I just got my Too Faced Candlelight glow highlighting powder duo and I don't know with what kind of brush should I apply it. Any suggestions?
Ask The Experts
So I got tired of waiting for Perversion mascara to be available in store and bought the Marc Jacobs Omega Lash. I'm on the fence about it. I do LIKE it but I'm not sure I LOVE it. All things being equal, I probably prefer Too Faced Better than Sex because it gave me more volume and fullness. MJ's gives a ton of length, but I already have super duper crazy long lashes and usually want fullness and volume over lengthening.    Having said that I am not one for returning products without a REALLY good reason. I really dislike returns of products done lightly as in the end that drives up prices and is extremely wasteful.   I think I should just keep and use the mascara. It's a nice mascara and even though it doesn't blow me away, in 2 months I can justify a new one, and hopefully by then Perversion will be available. I desperately needed a new mascara as my old TFBTS was way old.    OK, I think I just talked myself into keeping it. 2 months won't kill me. I know it was pricey at $33 CAD, and if I HATED it then I would return it, but I don't think feeling "meh" about a product justifies returning it.    OK, sorry, I didn't really ask a question there so much as I just went through a thought process exercise. :-) 
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Beauty Confessions
We've all been there...a bag full of unused or disappointing make up from the drug store, which I still like but without the ability to try before buy you end up with a lot of fails. Then you find Sephora and wonder, is the price worth it? You try a few things, you like a few things, you see the price tag and tell yourself: "Eh, I can go with ramen noddles for a week to afford this." And then you buy it. What was your first purchase? Why did you choose it? I always like hearing other stories like this. Share on!
All Other Concerns
I want to start using hydrating facial masks. I hear the *gasps* in horror already when I typed "START USING."   Anyhoo, the reason why I don't use masks is that I have a bad habit of using something, hating it, never to try again. "Masks" in the 70's-80's were like goop that dried, got crunchy, flaked off, paralyzed any facial movements, then ripped off the surface of your skin. Or, a more gentle MASK was like Elmer's School Glue.   I read a little about some Hydrating Masks...they sound like a heavy night cream/moisturizer. Over night & 24 hour mask? It doesn't peel off? See what I mean by the confusion?   Sounds like they redefined "Mask." I guess it applies to whatever you slather on your face, then remove.    What are some really good Hydrating "Masks" that hydrates/treats skin, but doesn't contain anything that exfoliates? (For Mature Skin)
Ask The Experts
Hi! I've always used Clinique foundations because they're deemed hypoallergenic but am still having sensitivity issues. My skin is always bright red and irritated, and frequently peels or is oily (usually both at the same time... which I didn't know was possible). I also have a problem with clogged pores and am allergic to a lot of fragrances. Anyone have recommendations, please??
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Hauls
The first Sneak Peek has been released!     I think this is a great start!
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Sephora.com
Didn't see this posted, so I'm sorry if this was already made known! But there are some KVD palettes and lipsticks in the sale section! Go grab them!
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Makeup
Anybody see the pictures!!! Swoon! I've only bought a few Mac products here and there and never a collection. However, the release date is my birthday! (nothing evvverrrr happens on my birthday!) But I really love the smokey-ness to this collection. I have my eye on the "An Amorous Adventure Eyeshadow Quad" the blue swatched is gorgeous! I am not one to buy single shadows endless I hit pan on one in a palette and I really love the colors in this quad!   SO what is everyones thoughts about this collection? Anything that's making your Credit card itch to be swiped? Or hide     **also did anyone notice that one of the posters manhunks is styled like GOT Khal Drogo?
Face Q&A
Hi lovely ladies! I'm looking for your help to find my perfect shade in Laura Mercier's Oil-free tinted moisturizer!    My skin is normally light/light-medium with cool, pinkish (borderline neutral) undertones (normally I wear EL DW Fresco, UD's Naked skin in 3.5, Mac NW20, LOreal C3). But in the summer when I tan, it leans towards more neutral/slightly warmer for whatever reason - my normal foundations look too pink (and light) on my face. I sampled the tinted moisturizer in Ochre and the depth of the shade or whatever seems to be about right, but it's too orange for me - the undertone is off. My Sephora doesn't carry all of the shades, and the colors online look weird - so if anyone has any suggestion on what shade to try for, please, let me know!!   Much appreciated  
Eyes
I know MUFE has come out with a ton of new shadows, does anyone have links to blogs or YT videos with some reviews or swatches?  I've been looking but no luck yet.   I know we can't post links, but I'd love a heads up to where I can see the new shadows in action.   Thanx