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5 Things/Products You are Obsessed with right now .
Lately I have been going over my purchases and I noticed a tiny trend - I am obsessed with some things more than others.   So what are your 5 things/products that you are obsessed with lately (it could be anything - from food to clothing to makeup, etc)?   Mine are: - Skin care (Algenist, face masks, and serums) - Purses (bought 4 purses in one year, and continuing to look .. smh) - Starbucks (holiday drinks) - NARS creamy concealer - Bite Beauty
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I burnt my neck with a curling wand and it's gonna leave a big scar
For the past seven or so years I've curled my hair using a straight iron. I had my hair cut about about two months ago and figured I should try and baby those freshly cut NON SPLIT ends along for as long as possible. I bought a schmancy curling wand for when I wanted to do wavy hair because I realized I wouldn't have to drag the ends of my hair through searing heat! Yay! I'm so smart! Look at me! Look at -- oooowwww Oh My God what have I done?    So somehow while curling I laid the top of the iron against my neck and got an awful burn. That was about 1.5 weeks ago. It's still scabbing over and healing and I still have to wear scarves, hoodies pulled tight around my neck and bandages in public.    The outer parts of the wound are already scarring. I've had a lot of surgery and, TBH, normally I don't care about scarring. But this looks like a giant hickey in the exact place you'd expect to find a giant hickey.    So TL;DR best recommendations on how to get a scar to fade/heal? How to speed up the healing of the burn wound? (I have a prescription antibiotic similar to Neosporin I've been using - should I do anything else?) And in the worst case scenario, best makeup to hide a new, dark pink/red scar. sorry for the novel!
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HALL OF FAMER starsandbucks / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Thank you all! This has been wonderful advice! Looks like I do have a long road ahead of me until everything will completely fade away but I don't feel hopeless. Thank y... see post
Deals too good to pass Up!
The only thing I love more than shopping is getting a great deal.  I've created a website with the same name as this thread.  If you share here and want to keep the deal exclusive to BT readers, just write for BT only in the post.   I will heart every deal I see .  If your deal does not have a heart from me, I have not seen it yet.  A heart with no comment means I already had your deal on my site or decided not to list it.   Should I use your deal, I will thank you here.  Thanks again to everyone who shares!    If you find something full priced that is new and awesome, share it here. -Summer-2015-Found-in-the-Wild-quot-New-quot/m-p/1 ...    
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It was in local stores but I saw that it's out on line and not coming back. A mod said that. Check your store! see post
Physical sunscreen comparison
Hi, i'm looking to switch to a physical sunscreen as I understand it's supposed to be more stable and last longer (and who seriously reapplies every 2 hours if they wear makeup!).   I have combo skin which tends to become oily halfway through the day. I'd be wearing it over a moisturiser or at least serum. Then Estee Lauder's double wear on top using a beauty blender.   Ideally it's not greasy, won't cause breakouts, safe to use around the eyes, doesn't have the stupid sparkle effect (why do companies think women like this?!) and makeup goes on over it well. I don't care if it has a ghosting effect in photos, and aren't really concerned with anti-aging benefits as i'll get that from my moisturiser.   If anyone's used the following, can you please let me know how they wear and compare if possible. Suggestions of other products are welcome.    - Clinique's City Block Sheer: I tried this on my hand instore and it has a nice light texture. - Tarte's Tarteguard: also tested this, texture's ok but it has a sheen. It didn't seem  too obvious so I could be okay with that if it's otherwise the best one. - Coola's Mineral Face Matte Finish or Tint - Dr Dennis Gross Dark Spot Defense - Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Defense   Thanks!
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I just received Dr. Dennis Gross' Dark Spot Defense.  I've only used it one time but I really like it! It is very light and did not leave a white cast.  It sunk in quick... see post
Dried out Dipbrow?
I've had my dipbrow for maybe 2 months now and it's starting to dry out. Is there any way I can fix it or do I need to get a new one?
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This sounds like a good idea. If there is any type of oil in it it probably stays at the bottom therefore drying out the top. I always store my makeup wipes upside down ... see post
I have suffered from acne since I was a freshman in high school. I am now a sophomore in high school. I have moderate acne with much redness and just a little scaring. I am tired of nothing working. Does anyone have suggestions?
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I honestly recommend the entire GlamGlow line. Yes the clearing mask is amazing but their cleansers have done absolutely incredible things for my skin! My skin has never... see post
Following a wonderful month of April deals comes MAY, one of the most colourful months of the year for me!!   I love all the fun sets and gorgeous shades that pop up in May!   May makes me want to clean out colours I'm not using and stock up on some gorgeous new shades!   i hope everyone has an a-may-zing month!!!  😛    
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Of course!  I have both the eye shadows too if you want to see those as well. see post
10K Josie Maran Perk.
As some of you know I was able to get the 10K Josie Maran perk. There was no information about where the trip was, when it needed to be redeemed, etc... when the perks went live. It wasn't until AFTER I placed my order that I noticed the trip is for PA. I LIVE in PA! So obviously this is not a perk that is worthwhile to me, let alone worth 10K points. I wanted to be able to just cancel it and get my points back so someone who would truly enjoy the trip would have a chance at it.   Sephora CS messaged me to essentially say: my reward was non-refundable non-returnable according to their terms of service. (Paraphrased since a mod deleted what was actually written) This is absolutely disgusting in my opinion. Sephora gives out points like candy... they've been doing it ALL day! And I can't even offer up my trip to anyone else! Someone who would actually enjoy it! For the record, my order has not shipped or anything like that.    So thanks, Sephora... for really outdoing yourself! Just when I thought your customer service couldn't get any worse. ***Edited to add my response*** **Oh and apparently my message from Sephora CS was edited out by a mod***     So what you're telling me is that because your IT people didn't have any sort of description up when the perks launched (at 4am EST by the way), that we as consumers are supposed to just take responsibility for whatever it will eventually say? I thought being clear and concise was the responsibility of the MERCHANT not the CONSUMER. I'm not sure how that is binding in any way, shape, or form. Traditionally these trips are for places like Paris and LA, there's no way anyone would assume that this year's perk would take place in Pennsylvania. That's ridiculous. Additionally, last year people were refunded for their "mega" points that were unsatisfactory (the purses and the custom Bite lipsticks) so I'm not sure why this doesn't count in the same way. It's beyond outrageous to do this when you could've made this customer happy by simply returning my points and another customer happy by offering this reward again when so many people missed out. All with a few mouse clicks and keystrokes. There were several people on Beauty Talk (you know, the place where your most loyal customers gather) who would've really enjoyed having this trip, so it's honestly awful the way you're handling this situation. Just remember, you're alienating customers who have accumulated 10K+ points. Those points don't come without purchases. It's Sephora who is losing money and garnering bad press because of "customer service" like this.   Melissa
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My NeNe "Bye Felicia" is ALWAYS on standby! :D       see post
What are you wearing today?
Was asked to post an updated thread. Let's continue the fun shall we?   What are you wearing today?   1. nars sheer glow foundation, mont blanc 2. perricone md no bronzer bronzer 3. urban decay eyeshadow primer potion, original 4. too faced chocolate bar palette 5. benefit theyre real mascara 6. rimmel london stay matte powder, natural 7. benefit dallas 8. nars blush, sin 9. buxom full on lipstick, las vegas
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HALL OF FAMER starsandbucks / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I like them both too! This look is beautiful. Your eye makeup is to die for.  see post
Besame Lipsticks!!
A fellow BTer just pointed out to me that a handful of the Besame Lipsticks shades are now available on Sephora's website!!!! 
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On Besame's website they released a double ended lip liner that works with red velvet, red hot red, American beauty, and cherry red - I may have to break my "no more mak... see post
Minimized Mommy Makeup...
Ok so I am a mother of 4 and many times I just don't have the time or the energy to do my makeup/hair...   When I don't get done up I look like death, seriously I have the worst dark circles under my eyes and look like I haven't slept in forever (which is most of the time)...   I would like to know what are some of the products of you use, what are your routines and favorite items so you don't look dead but doesn't take more than 5 minutes tops?   As always thanks for your help!!!
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I'm not a mom but I do work the occasional 90 hour week leaving me too exhausted to bother on some days so my bare minimum routine is as follows:   Sunscreen - if I'm ... see post
I got the Beauty Blues :'(
Just coming here to vent my anger/sadness to people who  might  understand. I could barely sleep last night for being so upset. So I basically placed a small order with Ulta so I could yank that cute gwp they had last week. I noticed that Ulta ships via UPS-SurePost which means UPS will deliver your package to your local post office, and the post office will make the final delivery. Now I usually have packages delivered to my office but I decided to have this one delivered to my home believing that the postal guy would just leave that little pink ticket in my box telling me I could pick it up at the post office (this is always the case). Unfortunately when I went to check the tracking online I got the notice that the US postal service left my package doorside at 2:14 in the afternoon...AAAHHHHH!!!!! Spoiler (Highlight to read)   Are you kidding me??!! I live in a New York City apartment building which basically means I could have a mafia boss, a wealthy scam artist and a crackhead all living on the same floor!! And the US postal delivery guy decides to leave my package somewhere outside my door??!!! It was too late to call the post office (not like they'd answer the phone anyway) so I called Ulta even though none of this is their fault. I was already in tears by the time I spoke to the rep but she was as calm and collected as possible while I was practically hyperventilating. She apologized for my loss and offered to issue me a e-gift certificate in the amount that I'd spent. I asked if that mint green purse w/ goodies was still available as a gwp and it wasn't..bummer. But she did advise me that I could hold off on re-ordering until Wednesdays when they have their beauty break and another gwp will be available. I wish I could remember her name so I could go on Ulta and praise her for being such a calm, collected professional while on the phone with a crazed maniac (me).    Still (*sigh*) the feeling of having your things taken when you've spent your hard-earned money to buy them and you're sitting and waiting patiently for your stuff...just unbearable!! I went into a frenzy, cursed every living soul in my building, threw my phone up against the wall (thx HTC for making indestructable phones) and yelled so loudly my husband and 2 cats went into hiding. I couldn't sleep for being so angry so now I'm at work with red puffy eyes looking like a zombie! I know in the grand scheme of things, it was a small purchase, I'm kinda getting the money back and geez nobody died! I just hate that my stuff was stolen and needed to vent.    Thanks for being listening BT *hugs* 
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Oh no! I'm so sorry to hear this! I know if you pay a retailer with Paypal you can get an actual refund in cases such as this (though I'm not super familiar with how it ... see post
KVD Upcoming Releases & General Love Thread
Isn't it time she had her own dedicated post?  I would like to create a place solely to discuss KVDs new releases and all other things regarding her brand.  I love KVD...whose with me?   Although KVD is currently a Sephora exclusive line, Kat's own online makeup store (Kat Von D Beauty) will launch on or around 10/30/15.  You can sign up for updates on her website.   (left: Kat modeling her upcoming Metal Crush Eye Shadow in "Thrasher" and her High Voltage Metallic Liquid Lipstick in "Rocker", right:  Kat working on her new items with the Sephora team)     Upcoming products & release dates! 16 new shades of Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks: July 16th 9 new shades of Studded Lipsticks: Fall 11 shades of Metal Crush Eye Shadows: Fall 10 shades of High Voltage Metallic Liquid Lipsticks: Fall Compact mirror and Saint/Sinner perfume: TBA Mi Vida Loca Eye Shadow Palette: TBA LE Gold-Blooded (red/gold shade) Studded Lipstick: Holiday Season Mini Studded Lipstick Set: Holiday Season Train Case: TBA Serpentine Palette: TBA   Pics of upcoming products in the spoiler! Spoiler (Highlight to read)   Updated as of 5/21/15
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I'm excited she's bringing back Bow & Arrow.  I just want to buy all the liquid lippies! see post
Are you "trialing" a new product ? Want to talk about it ?
trying new products can be...overwhelming. do you love a product because it works ? can you tell right away if it's performing the way you want it to ? sometimes i'm so happy to finally try something and let my enthusiasm blind my  actual  impression of it (at least at first )   it takes time to come to proper conclusions ! particularly when it comes to skincare, but makeup too.   so here's a thread where we can discuss our experiences while trying a product  for a first time. it can also be a place that people can reference if they're considering a new product.   right now i'm trying a sample of the REN v-cense night cream. i've only used it for 2 nights so far, but i LOVE IT. i love it so much i'm tempted to go ahead and grab it up, but i need to make sure it doesn't break me out over time (it contains shea butter which *can* be a breakout trigger for me, but not necessarily). it smells of frankincense which i adore, but i know for some people would be a turn off.   i'm also checking out the VICHY aqualia thermal serum. i really love the CAUDALIE vinosource s.o.s. thirst quenching serum, and prefer the texture of it to the VICHY, but think the caudalie may break me out slightly (i also was probably overusing it...i was very enthusiastic). so i'm just trying to figure out which i prefer.   how about you ?   __________ post trial edit about the products above: i had to skip on the REN because the shea butter in it was too heavy for my skin. and i suppose buying something simply for the smell isn't the best use of my moola the VICHY aqualia thermal serum, however, is in my permanent arsenal. i've already repurchased once since starting this thread, and have turned a few people on to it too ! 
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Surratt Diaphane loose powder in Eclatant: It's lovely. It doesn't make my face look flat and matt but seals my makeup well. Doesn't cake up around dry areas, but maybe ... see post
Just wanted to let all you Viseart addicts know that ALL of the palettes (including the newest ones — Cool Mattes, Dark Mattes and Editorial Brights) are available online at Musebeauty (google it).   Happy shopping! I ordered Dark Mattes yesterday!
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I'm really on the fence about picking up the Cool Mattes.   i have the neutral mattes and just got Paris Nude. Both of those palettes are shades that I love and wear f... see post
Exfoliating Foot Masks
Hi guys - so I was recently perusing shoppers drug mart here in Canada and I came across an exfoliating foot mask called feettreat PEDI by look beauty.   Apparently they're little socks with a bunch of exfoliates/acids that you wear on your feet for 60-90minutes and then for the next two weeks your feet shed of calluses and dry skin and you end up with baby soft feet.   I, of course, couldn't resist the urge to try it! I had it on last night and waiting to see the miraculous shedding process over the next few days.   Have any of you tried a product like this before? Good/bad results? I know there are many other brands that do this sort of thing and my understanding is "Baby Feet" is the original Asian brand that came up with the concept.   For those interested, here's a link to the product that I purchased:     Results: The process was taking too long for my liking but my feet did stat to peel slightly around day 8/9 but my feet were feeling really dry. I wasn't willing to go another week waiting so I expedited the process by using a pumice stone to get all the dead skin off and then a nice foot scrub with lots of lotions. My feet feel greeeeattt!!! A bit tender as I may have been a bit rough with the stone but very soft and a good chunk of my calluses are gone.
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I love foot masks.  Gross and fantastic at the same time. When I take the booties off I rub the last bit of fluid on my knees and elbows and don't wash it off. The gentl... see post
Sephora Favorites?
Where did the Bronze Bares All Sephora Favorites kit go? Instead of showing oos, it just disappeared. Will there be any more? Also, when will there be another Lip favorites kit? I loved the large one from last year.
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Darn! That was a quick sell out! Thanks for the info. see post
What mascaras are you buying for Mascara Madness?!
Mascara Madness is back at Nordstrom this Saturday the 23rd. Buy 2 get 1 free mascaras! The only "high end" mascara I have used is They're Real by Benefit, and I love it, but I wanna use this sale as an opportunity to try maybe some MAC or Clinique...really anything! I naturally have long lashes, just looking for a mascara that will really darken them and add volume, with no clumping or flaking. What mascaras do you recommend buying from Mascara Madness? What ones are you going to buy!?  Thanks beauties  
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HALL OF FAMER blackkitty2014 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
It is here! It is here! I just placed my order online. And don't forget to use ebates 6% cash back :) see post
what is the perfect lip color for spring/summer
I am just a teen and i want a selection of differentr colors to wear both bold and soft. 
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Hi @gng01,   I agree with @jobro1027 - I love orange and coral lipsticks for the spring/summer time! The Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in A-GO-GO is, hands down, m... see post
Tom Ford Updates
Hey Beauties- We have ALOT of threads around here for Tom Ford products. I figured I'd start one thread where we can update each other on items as they come out or we see them available.    For all my UK'ers, or people willing to pay for shipping from the UK, Harrods has Softcore and Nude Dip from the Fall collection available right now. Happy Shopping! 
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HALL OF FAMER blackkitty2014 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Yay, I'm glad you love it :) see post
Foundation Color
I am the color Cream Chamois in the CLINIQUE Superbalanced Makeup foundation. I was wondering what foundation color would match my skin for the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation  
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Hi @Doris17,   Unfortunately, it does not appear that there is an exact or a close match in the Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation based on the foundation y... see post
Estée Lauder double wear
I wear Bobbi brown foundation stick in golden natural4.75 what would be the comparable shade match for Estée Lauder double wear?
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Hi @may76,   I recommend the shade,  Honey Bronze 4W1 , as your closest match! :)   Always, Danee see post
Best Concealer/Corrector for Acne
Hi Everyone,   I'm looking for a concealer or corrector for acne. I rarely get any pimples but once in a while I get one or two and I don't like how it looks. I've been looking at Bare Minerals, Bobbi Brown, and Make Up For Ever but I don't know which one to choose. Thanks in advance! 
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I have BM, it covers well and bit creamy. I use their mini maximum concealer coverage brush (bought in a set awhile ago, pretty sure just the handle is shorter). For a t... see post
Makeup organizer
I'm wanting to buy a new makeup organizer. Does anyone have this zahrabeautystore or cosmocube organizer?? What do you think about them? Or do you have a different organizer I should check out? I'm using muji drawers right now but I want one organizer that will hold most of my makeup. Thanks!
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Face Self Tanning Help
My entire body gets tan except my face. I have tried multiple face self tanners (Clarins Tanning Milk, Bare Minerals, St. Tropez), but they all break me out. Any suggestions for a good face self tanner for sensitive skin? Thanks!
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I second the tarte product. It's great! Super moisturizing and I've never had breakouts with my sensitive skin. see post
Which is better?
Is liquid eyeliner better? Or gel? I've always used liquid with no problem, but if gel is better i'll switch over. Also, is the ABH dipbrow better, or the brow wiz? I would not say i have thick brows, but they are definitely not sparse.
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Nothing is "better". What product to use depends on the kind of look you're trying to achieve. If you want a smokey liner you'd use a pencil since you'd be able to smudg... see post
TSB Best Practices for the BT Community
Hello All, Greenporchlights, KBMatthews, Zpsid91 and I are sponsoring this Best Practices thread to help TSB participants and coordinators have a smooth and fun experience. Below are the best practices we’ve come up with for the entire community. TSB Coordinators can choose to use all or some of this as they are starting their TSB’s.   What is a TSB: TSB stands for Traveling Sephora Box. It is a trade box amongst a group of community members who are trading items (New and/or used) with each other. The box is started by a TSB Coordinator and then moves on to specified people in the group by mail. At the end the box is returned to the box coordinator for them to decide how the items will be allocated. Options have been to donate to charities, or roll the box into additional rounds.   TSB Eligibility Requirements- Who can Join : Strongly Advised: Must be 18 or older to participate VIB or Rouge Status (recommendation) Must have 500 Hearts (recommendation: 750+ hearts) This is up to the discretion of the TSB Coordinator. While we recommend 500 hearts, you can go lower if you doing a Drugstore box. Active member of the community for at least 3 months (recommendation) Definition of active: Participates in threads regularly. (ie: at least one time a week) Ability to pay between $17- $28 for shipping fees (US and CDN) Must have access to a camera and device to upload pictures to post pictures of trades Reference from another successful TSB Coordinator and/or members Provide the TSB Coordinator reference, or the thread that shows your positive participation in a TSB within the last 6- 12 months (recommendation 6-12 months) Must provide your contact information (recommended e-mail, mailing address, phone number) to the TSB Coordinator Optional: Location Specific: Open to US Only Open to Canada Only Open to both US and Canada Box deposit – The Box coordinator can require a box deposit for participation in the box. This can alleviate the concern of boxes ending up missing The deposit can be only required for participants who have not met the outlined Eligibility requirements. The deposit can be anywhere from between $50-$200. The deposit should be help in the PayPal account of the Box Coordinator, or another trusted member of the box. It should be paid before the participants turn, and promptly returned as soon as the box is with the next participant. General TSB Guidelines Trade items that are equal in value and brand quality or better. For example, Dior for Guerlain would be a good trade, as would Too Faced for Tarte. Do not trade Dior for Tarte. Do not take more than you put in. Please ensure your trade is adding value to the box. Trade full sized items for full sized items. If a full size item you’d like to add is over 8oz or is bulky, share it with the group prior to your trades to gauge interest. If someone is interested in this item, it may be included. Consider keeping the box balanced. If there are a lot of skincare items, add items from a different category if you’re able to. Do not take all of one category from the box. For example, do not take all the palettes or masks. If you’re not sure if an item is appropriate, post the item and ask the group. Do not include duplicate items unless there is specific interest.   Trading Cost Guidelines Full sized: Items should be valued at their full retail value. Even if items were on sale at one point, or were purchased for more than retail, they should be valued at the regular full price. Exceptions may be made if an item is easily available to everyone and is on sale/clearance. This is at the discretion of the box coordinator.   New/lightly swatched = no price change Used 1-2x = take 10% off value Used 3-4x = take 20% off value Anything more than 4x = please use your best judgement and wait for input   Deluxe samples : Calculate based off largest size available of said product. For example, if a deluxe sample is 0.5oz, and the full size is 2 oz and worth $60, then the deluxe sample is worth $15. Must be either new and unused, or very lightly used. Take 10% off value if lightly used/swatched Do not include deluxe’s if you've lightly used them even once. Foils = no value or $1 each (box coordinator may decide)   Packaging: Package things carefully (bubble wrap or tissue paper if possible) and put things in labeled Ziploc bags. Try to leave the TSB in better condition than you found it Items that are more fragile (like perfume bottles) should be bubble wrapped individually Items will be organized in bags by type. Make sure products are wrapped well so they won’t leak or break and ruin other things in the box. Every item needs to be inside a plastic bag/Ziploc Label the Ziploc bags to outline the categoriy that goes into that specific bag Try not to pack more than a large flat rate USPS box can hold!  We want this to stay affordable for everyone. If you absolutely cannot fit into one box – give a head’s up to the next person!! Label the outside of the box with “Fragile” and “This Side Up” to further limit damage to the items inside the box   Courtesies: Don't put in anything unsanitary! (i.e. used lipgloss,  used liquid lipstick,  used cream products, used mascara) Post a picture and write info of what you took and left, with their condition and value – this way members can weigh in on the trades before shipping Include close up, open photos of any items that will be sealed that you cannot see the color through. This includes lipsticks, palettes, blushes, etc. No reserve items in the box for others, and don’t ask to have any items reserved for you - this is unfair to others participating Don't swatch items from the box - this is a hygienic precaution that we must take as a lot of people will be handling these items Swatched/used items must be labeled as such. All opened items must be cleaned/sanitized prior to their addition to the box Sanatizing consists of spraying the item with a makeup sanitizer, or making your own with half parts 70% alcohol and water. Try not to put in LARGE full sized items, like large bottles over 8 oz. This box becomes very full and it is harder for the person repacking and forces them to take something they may not want or use. Exceptions can be made if someone really wants the item Must post photos of all swaps and wait for approval from the thread before sending the box to the next recipient. The box coordinator and 50% of participants should give the OK for your trade. Give the group 24 hours to review your trades and provide feedback.  Please contribute mid to high-end beauty products only. No drugstore items. (Unless it’s a drugstore box) If you have questions or you are unsure of an item, ask!   Optional: Must adhere to online cataloging of values and trade-outs through a communal spreadsheet A required signature would be best. Please contact the person on the list after you about arranging for safe arrival, whether that means alternatively shipping to the person's workplace, or to a PO box, etc. Any larger items (full-size perfume, larger body care, larger skincare, large palettes) MUST be proposed first before adding to your trade. If the next 2-3 people aren't interested, please switch that item out.  Exceptions can be made if there is ample room in the box and there is interest later in the box.   Allowed in the box:   Depending on the box theme, you may include different items and brand levels. For a general TSB, rule of thumb is to only include mid to high end products (think brands sold at Sephora, The Bay, Nordstrom, etc). Fragrance can be included if it's in a spray bottle (can be 1/2 used if there is interest); rollerballs allowed only if lightly used/swatched/new Nail polish must only be lightly used, clean, and tightly closed Tools/Brushes/Cases/Bags as long as they are clean Anything that is sealed (as long as it fits with the other guidelines) Skin care items in tubes & bottles. Jars only allowed if it's sealed or unopened Items will be organized in bags by type. Make sure products are wrapped well so they won't leak or break & ruin everything else Keep non-beauty related items to a minimum (please do not overload the box with makeup bags, cases, etc).   Not allowed in the box: Pre-made samples Drugstore or lower end items (unless a Drugstore box) Heavily used items (except for perfume) Swatching items in the box Any product that you “dunk” a wand into or you dip your fingers into (like lip gloss or mousse blush) if they’re not new and unused. These cannot be sanitized. Large or bulky items unless there is interest No duplicates unless they are high end or highly sought after products     Mail Tracking All participants must provide a tracking number for their shipment, posted to the thread upon receipt. Insurance specifications will be determined by the box leader per each individual box. However, a general rule of thumb is to cover the charity buy-in, if there is one. For example, if a box’s buy-in is $20 and there are 10 participants, each person should purchase enough insurance to cover $200. At the start of the box, each participant should PM the person who will next receive the box to determine shipping details. These shipping details should be confirmed again by PM before sending out the box. When specifying shipping instructions, choose the option that optimizes both the security of the box and timely retrieval, whether that means having the box shipped to a workplace to ensure a signature, to a PO Box, etc. Each participant is responsible for notifying box the box leader, as well as the participants before and after them, should their availability or instructions change. For Canadian TSBs, a rule of thumb for the train is to plan out the route based on location. Shipping costs can be extremely high and take quite a while; minimizing the distance between each stop is ideal for everyone.   Item tracking     Upon receiving the box, all participants must post photos of every item in the box to account for its contents. The box leader must confirm all items are present, but it is encouraged that all participants take inventory for greater accuracy and accountability. Box leaders are encouraged to utilize a spreadsheet that all participants can view online for greater accountability. Box leaders can also make the spreadsheet communal, providing participants with the ability to claim and add their own items to the list once trades have been approved. Google Sheets is free and available to edit to anyone with a link to the sheet—all changes save automatically within a web browser; certain spreadsheet cells can be “data locked” by the box leader following each trade to safeguard values and list contents, thus preventing potentially dishonest participants from changing or deleting them. PM Greenporchlights for a tutorial on how to set up a spreadsheet, disburse it to participants, lock data, format, etc. In lieu of, or in addition to, an electronic spreadsheet, box leaders may elect to use a physical tracking sheet in the box that participants must complete after trades have been approved.   Participant “Tracking” We cannot publically keep a place in the community for people who have had questionable trade experiences; however, please PM one of the sponsors to get guidance on this if you have questions. Before accepting any participant into a box, ask for references from other BT members and check the trade threads. Post trade thread links to this thread for easy reference checking. Box coordinators can post links to their box here so future box participants can easily check one place for references.   Helpful Links:  Below are links to Successful Trades: Successful-Traders-January-2015/td-p/1852954[commu ... ul-Trades-or-TSB-Experiences/td-p/1012387[communit ...   Thank you!  GreenPorchLights, kbmatthews, Mrsbaine, Zpsid91        
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I find this extremely helpful, too, so thank you ladies for taking the time to put it together.  I've done five TSB rounds and about 10 private trades, but I still learn... see post
What BB/CC cream shade would compare to Lancome's Matte Neutralle II?
I'm hoping to use Dior's Nude BB Cream in tandem with the Lancome Dual Finish for my daily moisturizing/foundation routine. The only foundation that I've found that has ever truly matched my skin tone is Matte Neutralle II by Lancome in their Dual Finish product. I'm fairly pale most of the time, yet have olive to neutral undertones.   I'm hoping to get a good BB/CC cream to wear with the dual finish product in order to help treat and cover my acne. I will also be purchasing a new concealer, however I'd rather have this focused exclusively on covering my dark circles, as I find many concealers just cause my sometimes cystic acne to become dry, flaky, and very red, or oily products cause further breakouts.   It may be important to note that I'm not 100% set on the Dior Nude BB cream, it's just the one that seems to have the best reviews. I would love to be able to visit in store to swatch everything out, however I am an 8 hour drive from the nearest store.   Bonus points if you can recommend a good concealer for me! Preparing to buy a completely new foundation/concealer/moisturizing routine.
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Hi AllysonW,   I recommend trying the Dior Diorskin Nude BB Creme in the shade Fair 002.  :) see post
Why should sunscreen be the last part of my make-up routine?
I was just doing some research on different sunscreens and noticed that some people said to use sunscreen daily and have it be the last step-after all of my make-up is put on. I prefer a matte finish to my face and whenever I have tried to put on my sunscreen last, I've never been satisfied with the outcome. I usually put my sunscreen on after my moisturizer but before my foundation and I've never had a problem with it before. Is there a reason why I should put on my sunscreen last? (And if so, what kind of sunscreen can I use to keep my face looking matte instead of shiny?)
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Hi KellW,   I definitely recommend applying your sunscreen after your moisturizer before applying any foundation. If you need to reapply sunscreen after you already ... see post
What makeup and skincare products should I try?
I have been using It Cosmetics Makeup and the Murad Acne Starter Kit for more than two months. I have oily skin and most of my acne is on my cheeks and jawline. The Murad stuff seems to work a bit, but the acne isn't going away (one blemish turns into post-acne, and another pops up). What am I missing here?
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Hi @leigh21,   I've tried a few Murad products, and unfortunately, none of them worked well with my skin ): I've been using the Peter Thomas Roth Therapeutic Sulfur ... see post