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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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gingaaa
BEAUTY BOSS gingaaa / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
I am a returner without guilt.  These products are priced to include a return margin and if I am not loving a product then it needs to go back.  Often they make testers ... 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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nightknight
BEAUTY MASTER nightknight / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
I've tried both and they are clearly very different from one another. The Too Faced one seems more along the lines of a tinted moisturizer with a thinner consistency and... 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
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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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi KellyJ1028!   There is no correct way to use the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette. Everyone I know that owns it uses the different shades a little bit different... 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
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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sophiebean
SPECIAL GUEST sophiebean / SPECIAL GUEST SPECIAL GUEST / replied
Thank you! I have two clay masks - glam glow super mud and the Dennis g clay one. I'm running out of super mud and was wondering if I should grt another supermud or the ... 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
VerukaPrime
Skin Texture
I'm looking to smooth out those ever present little bumps on my face. Is there anything that you would recommend?  I'm also looking for glycolic solutions for chemical exfoliation. 
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laurabt
laurabt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi VerukaPrime, I don't know if your pesky little bumps are the same as mine, but my dermatologist told me it's Sebaceous Hyperplasia‎. She gave me a prescription for ... 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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andyhtrieu
BEAUTY MASTER andyhtrieu / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
I would use the brow wiz because it's easier to fill in sparse areas and define the brows. It looks a lot more natural too.  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
Bridgeos
Dry, eczema ridden skin
I have extrememely dry skin, that suffers from eczema at times. What makeup and/or skin care regime would you recommend? Or do you know of anyone that has some beneficial advice regarding this skin type?
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TrysBeautyItems
HALL OF FAMER TrysBeautyItems / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I don't have eczema, but I'm very sensitive. When my skin can't tolerate anything comfortably I go back to Aveda beautifying oil - it's natural oils, can be used body/fa... see post
tw8715
sunscreen for oily face
Hi, Im a male asian and i have really oily skin. Iv just moved to LA and the sun seems to be doing its damage to my face. Iv decided to get some sunscreen and tried a couple of brands laying around the house. Chanel and lancome? But these feel gross after awhile on my skin and get way too oily. Also the chanel ones seems to make my pores or white head even whiter by filling them up or something?   SO my question is what is the best sunscreen for oily skin?!   I JUST got this today:  http://www.sephora.com/oil-control-mattifier-spf-1 5-pa-P227801?skuId=1133727#BVRRWidgetID   AND I LOVE IT! but my friends are saying spf 15 is too weak...   is spf 15 not going to be strong enough for daily use? im not outside all day in the field. just running errands and such.   thanks!
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malday
HALL OF FAMER malday / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
 I second the Clarins one :) 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
cheesie
Advice please! Wearing NARS TM ?
Hi everyone! I would love some advice on my morning makeup routine! I have combination skin, usually gets a little too oily if I'm wearing too much makeup or in the heat of course, and occasionally a few tiny dry patches around my chin. I have sensitive and acne prone skill as well, so looking for a foundation to cover a few tiny bumps up and some other acne scars. I've been using the Ole Henriksen vitamin C truth serum in the mornings, followed by a Vichy water based oil free moisturizer (which I'm looking to replace!) I use the Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation moisturizer at night, the lady at sephora told me it wasn't moistuirzing enough for the morning ?Then I have just been using a concealer where needed, and finishing it with the Sephora foundation face powder. I was using the NARS TM in the past and without a moisturizer on before my face gets dry, but with one one I found that I would feel too oily! I have also used Laura Mercier TM in the past and am considering switching back if it is not as oily. Does anyone had advice on how I should be using it, and if these products would all be okay to use together? Thank you!!!
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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi cheesie!   Are you happy with your current routine or are you looking for something with a bit more coverage? It sounds like you have a great, practical routine f... see post
dottiemay1221
Very dry skin! Please Help!
My skin has suddenly become very dry.  I'm using the anti-aging eye balm and moisturizer by Algenist and a sample of Geurlain's Lingerie foundation.  The foundation seems to be a huge improvement from what I was using but I am still struggling with the dry skin, especially around my eye area.    Any suggestions on a serum and eye cream? (I'm allergic to linalool. ) Also, would Nars' Sheer Glow foundation be better for my dry skin versus the Guerlain foundation that I am thinking about purchasing?   thank you for your help!
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laura819
BEAUTY BOSS laura819 / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
I agree with all the comments about Nars Sheer Glow. When my skin was normal/slightly oily, it was an amazing foundation for me. However, like you, my skin recently chan... see post
sammy1430
Sephora Collection 8hr mattifying compact
So I am always on the hunt for that "Miracle in a Bottle"  I went into Sephora to try a new foundation that I have not worn yet. (Which I have worn a lot) I am 42 with acne/oily skin.  I find a powder foundation works best, but love the way liquid looks instead.  I was matched to #33 in the 8hr mattifying compact in the Sephora line.  It looked good when she applied my makeup.  Just wondering why there is not much talk about this one.  I have the MUFE Duo and I would compare it to that. (or when wearing it I won't?)  I have yet to wear it, just curious if anyone that has used this likes or dislikes it. Also wear MUFE HD (stinks for oily skin, and yes I cleanse with my Clarisonic, use the Ole henriksen line and always use a primer, currently the oily free one from Smashbox) also use MUFE Duo compact. Never tried the mat velvet, don't know why. Aveda, and BM (matte formula) Also SA applied with brush, I have been using my BM Kabuki brush, shall I apply differently??
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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi Sammy1430!   The Sephora Collection 8 Hour Mattifying Compact is very similar to the Make Up For Ever Duo Compact. The Mattifying Compact has a few more shades th... see post