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ilovpurses
What justifies returning a product?
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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RobPsWife
BEAUTY BUFF RobPsWife / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
I once got a dolce & gabanna perfume that was 250 PTS. I did NOT like that smell. I called & they put the points right back in my account. Which was really unexpected.  see post
mafeduprat
Brushes to apply Too Faced Candlelight glow highlighting powder duo
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?
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starsandbucks
HALL OF FAMER starsandbucks / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I have this highlighter and it's lovely! I use a tapered powder brush similar to this. (The actual brush I use was part of a limited edition Christmas bundle that's no l... see post
candykissess
i want an eyeliner that is not waterproof
andyhtrieu
BEAUTY MASTER andyhtrieu / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
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Palmer045
Eye Cream Overload
Hello! I'm currently looking for an eye cream to incorporate into my skincare regimen. I'm almost 20 and don't have any specific concerns with my eyes. I've tried a few samples from different brands (Kiehl's, Chanel, Sephora), that target a specific eye concern, but nothing has wowed me. Though I find eye creams to be a bit of a drag, I realize and understand the importance of having an eye cream I can use daily. Suggestions and helpful feedback is greatly appreciated!
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HarlemJPN
BEAUTY BOSS HarlemJPN / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
I find most eye creams are just designed to separate money from the consumer. :-)  if you have a lovely face moisturizer that is emollient and non-irritating, just use ... see post
camilamies
Tarte Maracuja Oil or OLE HENRIKSEN Truth Serum ??
Hi!! Im looking for a rich oil/serum with vitamin C that helps me with my skin because I will get married in 6 months and want to look my best!!  I would love to know what is best for brightening the skin. I have rosacea and combination skin, so Its very difficult for me to know what is best!!   And the other question is: can I use both?? I know Maracuja oil is to use at night, and the other can be used in the morning or/and that night.   Please help me thank you!!!
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laurabt
laurabt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi camilamies, Yes, it's fine to use an oil in the morning and at night! I have another suggestion -- the Ole Henriksen Pure Truth™ Vitamin C Youth Activating Oil.... see post
CMiller7
Foundation for red, very sensitive skin?
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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annekevdb
HALL OF FAMER annekevdb / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Products can be hypoallergenic and still cause a reaction. My instinct is to say lay off everything but the most basic items (e.g. an extremely gentle cleanser like Ceta... see post
KellyJ1028
- Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette
i recently purchased the hourglass ambient lighting palette but I'm unsure how to use it correctly. Are their any links that describe how to apply the 3 colors?    Thanks for any tips you all may have
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KellyJ1028
BEAUTY PRO KellyJ1028 / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
WOW Lari .. Thanks so much!! This sounds exactly like what the SA did in store & I loved the look!  I really appreciate the details in your response.. They are so helpf... see post
andyhtrieu
oily and dehydrated
I always knew that my skin is oily, but I think my skin is also dehydrated....because I rarely drink water.. heheh.   I did a search and a lot of people recommended drinking more water (duh), Clinique Moisture Surge, and Korres Greek Yogurt Moisturizing Face Cream. Is there anything else that you can recommend?
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sace021
BEAUTY PRO sace021 / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
Be careful with this, though.  The amount of electrolytes in coconut water far exceeds what you would get in a few bottles of Gatorade.  These amounts of electrolytes sh... see post
Marylee2014
help
I am pregnant ...so I have no color in my face I look dead I need a whole make up look to make me look like am glowing or have some color idk what to get am new to the whole make up thing so some one please help me.... My face is normal not dry or oil I have no brake outs because I never wear make up this will be my first time... Please help
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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi Marylee2014!   Congratulations on your pregnancy!   I like to wear a light-reflecting primer underneath my makeup to add some natural radiance to my face. One... see post
sophiebean
Suddenly very oily skin and breakouts on forehead! Help
This summer my skin has gone crazy. I came off birth control which obviously would affect it. but never before have i been THIS oily. My face feels like I bathe it in grease after three hours of washing it in the morning. I'm also breaking out on my forehead a lot more suddenly! Before it was my chin, now still occasionally but more my forehead with white heads and under the skin. Someone please tell me how to help the oiliness!  I have ren calm replenishing gel, I have Mario b buffering lotion and murad exfoliating serum and acne cleanser. also have prescription lotion for pimples.... And murad tonEr. Someone please help suggest a product for the oil!!    Im 22 by the way
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TheSocialQuota
BEAUTY BUFF TheSocialQuota / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
This is definitely your body responding to the lack of supplemental hormone with a surge. :/ Which products are you using in your AM in PM routine? this while help rule ... see post
krisann20
Help for Oily T-Zone!
I am at a point where I have tried everything to try and control the oil on my nose and t-zone area and nothing has worked so far. I have tried skin care products such as origins zero oil, shisheido, MAC, and Christian Dior. I have also tried mattifiers from MAC, Peter Thomas Roth, Becca, Murad, Boscia, cover FX, and mineral veil. A few products help for about an hour or two but I'm oily again after about 2 hours. Any suggestions on something that I can try?
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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi  krisann20!   You have already received some wonderful suggestions, but I also want to suggest investing in some great blotting papers if you haven't already.... see post
angiecd
Eyeshadow brushes
I am wondering what the best eyeshadow brushes are for all the different purposes and if there are any sets that are the best
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infinitise
HALL OF FAMER infinitise / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Thank you :)    I have MAC 239, 219 and Chanel smudge and crease brush so I was actually referring to suggestions for wayne goss brushes :) but this is super helpful! ... see post
Sammaree9
HELP PLEASE
i recently have researched the naked palettes and have no idea which one to purchase. Im not the biggest fan of the naked 3 because i am not a huge a fan of pink. so i was thinking either the 1st or 2nd one. I have dark brown hair and have medium/fair skin tone and green/brown eyes. Anyone have any suggestions on what i should purchase?!
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TrysBeautyItems
HALL OF FAMER TrysBeautyItems / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I have green eyes and was given Naked 1. see post
ilovpurses
Comparing Too Faced BB with Guerlain Lingerie de Peau BB
Is anyone familiar enough with both these BBs to be able to make a comparison on coverage, feel, heaviness etc? I've worn Guerlain's and am very impressed with the coverage - almost as good as foundation If not just as good, esp for the under eye area - I don't even need concealer. I don't think the same is true for TF. 
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infinitise
HALL OF FAMER infinitise / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I don't own the BB cream from Guerlain because they're all too pink for my complexion, but yes its worth that extra step of wearing the bronzer I think because its such ... see post
RMOR86
not happy with makeover at sephora
I feel bad even writing this...and I'm not trying to offend any of the girls that work for Sephora. I just want to know if anyone else has had a bad experience with a makeover at Sephora. I went there yesterday for foundation, concealer and blush. She offered to try some products on me. I don't know if it was her or the lighting, but the concealer she had used (becca creamy concealer) was SO ORANGE on my skin. I am super pale, and I don't know why she thought it looked good. Then she tried a MUFE concealer under my eyes, and it was ghostly and all you could see was my purple bags. Next we moved on to foundation, and she still couldn't get a color right. So now I am totally clues as to what skin tone/IQ I am :-( A little disappointing. Do you know if they take makeup training classes like MAC does, or is it just basic application? Thanks for any feedback.
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Shaelynn
BEAUTY MAVEN Shaelynn / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
I know I got this makeover once, the eye look was nice and I use it regularly. But the foundation was just dreadful. My skin had been prepped and had been catered to my ... see post
jellybean917
Has Anyone Tried HUM Nutrition?
Most of the supplements from HUM have high ratings on this site, but I'm wondering if anyone has tried any of them? They're pretty new on here and I usually take the reviews here with a grain of salt. In general, I don't sit on either side of the fence when it comes to supplements and if they work or not. I'd love to hear anyone's experience with these - favorable or not so much. Although I'm interested in most of them, I'm particularly intrigued by the Runway Ready set and the Daily Cleanse.
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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
I wasn't given that specific information, bratknits. I recommend reaching out to the brand directly for more specifics on that.  see post
ilovpurses
Blending liquid bronzer with beauty balm (how)
Yep, another question.   So I bought Guerlain's BB but it's very light for me right now but will be great once my tan wears off in the Fall. I also bought Nars Bronzer to wear over it and that really does help. I was given a sample of the Guerlain liquid bronzer and I thought that might be the best way to go but what is the ratio of bronzer to BB? I just tried to mix the two together and got a ton of product waste trying to figure it out. Is there a formula to use to blend them together - I'm afraid just pumping out a bit of this and a bit of that is going to result in the wrong color or a ton of waste as I keep trying and retrying to get the right blend.   Maybe I should just stick with one of my other BBs that does match my skin tone right now, I just happen to love the coverage of Guerlain's. 
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laurabt
laurabt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi ilovepurses, After taking a look at the Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Foundation, I think this could actually be worn alone without mixing it into your BB cream! ... see post
Shaelynn
What does Sephora carry for contouring skin?
Makeup isn't my environment, yet. And contouring is very new to me. I was wondering what the store carried for contouring products? What would you guys recommend I'd buy as a new person to this? Like I'm sure you can go out and get 20 different things just to do this, but I want something simple and straight forward. I'll go in and have someone show me how to contour my face, but it would be less overwhelming if I had someone here tell what would be best to get and what brushes would be most useful and needed. 
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starsandbucks
HALL OF FAMER starsandbucks / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I use this also as a contouring product (well, one among many products I use!) but it's a great suggestion if you like using cream products. Love it.  see post
maakeuploveras
Eyebrows
If I already have nice thick brows and they're mostly already dark as it is.. Which would you perfer I would get.. The Anastasia Brow wiz or the Anastasia dipbrow? I want my eyebrows to be more defined and there are some spars areas..
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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi  maakeuploveras!   I personally like using both of these products together! I will use the Brow Wiz to fill in the ends of my brows and then use the Dipbrow t... see post
Laurieru
BareMinerals foundation color match question
I want to switch from bareMinerals matte C20, fairly medium to the new bareMinerals "bareSkin."  What is the color match?   Thanks!
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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi  Laurieru!   I recommend trying the new BareMinerals Bare Skin Foundation in the shade Bare Shell 02. :)   see post
auggiemom
traveling this late summer/fall - what to bring?
We are going to Barcelona and Paris and Provence. Don't want to be loaded down with product. Dry/krepey eyes, 58 years old. What should I bring? I use everything- cleanser, serum, moisture with spf, light powder, concealer, liner, shadow, mascara, lipstick/gloss. Any eye shadow that's powder doesn't seem to work. Love the smaller, all in one kits yet they mostly feather pearly, sparkle shades that don't work. Fair skin, green eyes. HELP!
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unblownkisses
BEAUTY BOSS unblownkisses / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
Depending on what you already own, for make-up, you might want to look into the Z palettes. I linked the Sephora branded ones. They're made so you can create your own "a... see post
ashleenicoleex3
Still Having Problems with Lipstick Application :(
I made a post last week about need a solution to my lipstick application problems but nothing is working still. I took mostly everyones advice and it still isn't working. Every time I put on lipstick it still always settles into my lip lines. I prime my lips with the Bite Beauty Lip Primer and then I line my lips with a lip liner and apply my lipstick of choice and it still settles into my lip lines. I exfoliate my lips but it still doesn't help. Is there anything else I can do?
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gogreyhound
HALL OF FAMER gogreyhound / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I have recently been using the FAB Ultra Repair Lip Therapy, and i rarely have to use a lip scrub now! It is super moisturizing--no petrolatum, it is more like lotion fo... see post
SirensSong
Experience at the Beauty Studio?
Hey guys, could someone tell me how the Beauty Studio make-overs go?   Like, once you are there do you tell them what products to use or they just sit you down and use the products they think are best? Also, BIG QUESTION, do you show up with a clean face (no makeup)? I don't feel too comfortable walking around the mall bare-faced until I am able to make my way through the food court and into the Sephora store. Can make-up simply be removed at the store instead? I have never used this service and am completely clueless as to how it goes (besides making the online appointment). Help?
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SirensSong
BEAUTY PRO SirensSong / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
Thanks so much guys! As for the make up thing, I am not talking mascara, liner or any of the heavy stuff. I simply have a few old red acne spots on my face (they look li... see post
pinayprincess
Foundation shade help! High end & drugstore!
Hi girls! I need your help to find my shade in other full coverage foundations and concealer. I think Marc Jacob's gel genius foundation in 46 "Golden Deep" is perfect. So what other foundation / shade would be perfect or close to perfect? High-end and/or drugstore.       *please don't use the "color iq" I've tried it and found it inaccurate.       thanks!
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maakeuploveras
maakeuploveras / NEWCOMER / replied
Try using findation.com! It really helps! see post
tlov
Clinique even better foundation shade issue
So, I've tried literally every single foundation, bb, cc, and tinted moisturizer that Sephora carries that fits my requirements (moisturizing, non-chemical SPF, doesn't settle into my huge pores or flaky spots, non-sticky, medium coverage) and not a single one has worked. I finally tried the Clinique Even Better foundation, however what appears to be the lightest shade (linen) is still one shade too dark for my ultra-pale skin. I really love this foundation, and I'd like to use it. Anybody have any ideas how I could make this foundation work for me? 
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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi tlov!   I'm sorry that that the Clinique Even Better Foundation is too dark for your skintone. You may want to try the Hourglass Veil Fluid Makeup Oil Free Broad ... see post
brittieeee
Looking for a Retinol Treatment (yes my first!)
I am looking some retinol treatment now that my BDAY is coming up and I will be soon officially be in my late twenties.  UGH.  So far the  BE from Sephora gave me samples from REN and Philosophy's "Help Me".  I liked the REN better because I thought I felt improvement and the Help Me just doesn't feel as strong enough compared to the Ren. My skin is "normal" neither dry nor oily but I have been having some acne lately which is quite odd since I thought I was over that (stress, hormones?? IDK)  and price point isn't really an object (I use La Mer daily lol) plus 4x points next week YAY!   Thanks for your help and suggestions!!
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HarlemJPN
BEAUTY BOSS HarlemJPN / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
Great tip! my insurance company fights me all the time. Last time, I kept saying, "Please let me send you a pic via text of the gigantic zit growing in my chin!" i was ... see post
jenfromnyc
Is the Hourglass illusion tinted moisturizer discontinued?
I can't seem to find it on sephora.com anymore :-(
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talinder
HALL OF FAMER talinder / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
It seems like the tinted moisturizers fell away with the BB/CC craze. If you actually read the descriptions they claimed to do the same things. (My current TM claims to ... see post
Vaitelias
Trying to find the perfect cleanser for my skin type... Advice?
I'll admit that even though I've been into makeup for a pretty long time, I never really payed too much attention to my skin. But, now I'm trying to change that and I don't even know where to start! I've just run out of my cheap drugstore facial cleanser, so I figure it's time I actually put some effort into this.   I think my face would be considered combination. It gets both oily and dry...sometimes it looks like dry skin with oil ON TOP of it, ugh. (But, I've been using Ceramidin, which seems to be taking care of that pretty well.) I very rarely get acne and I don't really have any blemishes other than a kind of uneven skintone. And my skin doesn't seem to be very sensitive.   So, I'm looking for a daily cleanser for combination skin, doesn't need any special acne treatment, and doesn't necessarily have to be for sensitive skin.   Any suggestions? :3
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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi  Vaitelias!   Lylysa has already given you some great suggestions, but I would also like to suggest trying Philosophy's Purity Made Simple. This cleanser is a... see post
deannarp
Rouge event
The invitation states All Stores, however I can't RSVP to the only store in my province because it states 0 stores in NS, therefore I can't add any locations to the RSVP. What is going on?
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miabt
miabt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi deannarp,   Not sure if you've already called the Rouge Line, but If you still needed assistance, please send me a PM :)     xo, Mia see post
AimeeD40
Fall Lipstick Help
I am looking for a new fall lipstick. I am trying to decide between Venom and Shame from the UD Revolution line. I already own Buxom's Menace, so I'd like a color that isn't too similar to that lipstick. I am light with pink undertones.
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AimeeD40
AimeeD40 / NEWCOMER / replied
Thank you! I purchased venom today :)   see post