i'm a wee bit early on this one (4 days left in the month, not too bad right?!) but i'll be leaving at the very end / beginning of the month on a trip, and i want to make sure i get this done ! feel free to talk about new stuff, old stuff, the same stuff you did last month, whatever you feel enthused about and feel like shouting from the rooftops ! CHANEL autumn 2016 les 4 ombres (eyeshadow quad) . what can i say; i adore the colors, i adore how they work together, i adore how versatile this palette is. (and yes i use those dang applicators to touch up on-the-go and they did just fine ) CHANEL brow products: crayon sourcils sculpting brow pencil, and the le palette sourcils powder duo . i got suckered into this one, but i don't regret it. gives me a fuller yet softer brow look. i'm particularly pleased with the powder duo--i consider myself a brow powder convert now. REN rosa centifolia hot cloth cleanser. i've been using this one for the past couple of years, but reserve it primarily as my in-shower cleanser. so...it gets neglected. as a lot of you know, i adorrrre my NUDE omega cleansing jelly and hoarded up on backups when NUDE disappeared....well, i dropped a newly opened bottle into the toilet. womp womp. in an effort to not be psycho and diversify my cleanser use, while also managing to prolong my backup stash, i started reaching for my REN instead of immediately opening up a new NUDE bottle. and i really do love it ! it's so soothing, it really nourishes my skin and i've found it particularly soothing to my skin after a rough time-of-the-month if ya know what i'm saying. GIVENCHY noir couture 4-in-1 mascara . i've returned to this mascara after a year and a half of being a GUERLAIN maxi lash devotee. i still love my maxi lash, but the noir couture does gives me the prettiest natural looking lashes, which, in my opinion, is incredibly chic. i prefer what it does for my lashes after it's been open a week or so and is slightly drier, and i do think the name is a misnomer as i don't find it particularly volumizing (lengthening, separating, conditioning, though, yes) but that's what gives it this relatively natural yet undeniably alluring effect. CAUDALIE beauty elixir . oh yeah, i love you. welcome home. NARS audacious lipstick, kate . i knew i liked kate the moment i saw her, but the moment i actually tried her on, it was true love. a bold, slightly desaturated purple, she doesn't have the pink undertones that her sister fanny does. a truly modern hue. as usual, i'll add more below if i think of anything i've left out ! pardon the lighting. or....consider it "mood lighting"
sounds like we won't be getting IT in Canada Sephoras for quite some time, good job The Shopping Channel is showing us some IT love... Showstopper launches at 10pm EST on Friday 30 September! Will update this thread with pics as soon as I can.
givenchy is one of the luxury beauty brands that has a firm place in my heart. my first luxury lipstick (rouge interdit in 'pretty rose') was givenchy, and i treasured it. i'm not exactly on top of 'new releases' as such (though of course i'll share here as i stumble upon news), but i wanted to create a space for my fellow Givenchy beauty lovers ! here are 2 dated adverts from 2011 but i lovvvve them and and find them apt for the brand:
Hello there girlies! I made this discussion because I am curious to see what you guys received in your Sample Bags for those of you who shopped last week during the Beauty Insider Appreciation Week! It doesn't matter if you are a Beauty Insider, VIB, or VIB Rouge. Share what you products you received and post them down below! You can include pictures!
Im interested in hearing about your experience (similar to mine or otherwise). I placed an order Wednesday morning, received a confirmation email and the charges were pending on my credit card, but whenever I tried to look at my order history on their website, I got an internal server error. By Friday morning, I still hadn't gotten a shipping email so I tried to contact them. I emailed, I messaged on Facebook and I called ( no one ever answers, it just goes into a voicemail system) but didn't get a response to any of these. Now this morning I checked my credit card and the charges have actually posted, but still no shipping email. I contacted them one more time to say I've been charged but still can't get an information about my order. Honestly I'm not expecting a response and I'm thinking that by the end of next week, ill have to contact my credit card company to dispute the charges. So like I said, just looking for any experiences with this company. I've never had a company just ignore my questions before so I'm not sure what more I can do at this point.
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So this is the spin off from the Gift Bag info thread. If you bought a gift bag from one of the offers posted there and you have items that you won't use or items that you would like to stockpile, this is the place Please try to restrict your swap posts to items from gift bags recently mentioned on the Gift Bag Enthusiasts thread. If you have swap items not from the gift bags on the thread please use the swap thread in BI section. And as we follow on the other thread, please conduct all swaps in an open and honest fashion. Most of us are on the successful trades feedback list and if you are not, please consider offering to mail first. Hope we can all swap some goodies!
inspired by a recent YouTube tag I thought I'd start a thread here. My go to look was electric blue liner and mascara from collection 2000 with Avon iced champink eyeshadow dust and the same colour lipstick. I thought I was the bomb! Sadly no photos handy to share, if I can find one I'll upload but I hated having my pics taken These days youngsters have such better access along with tutorials that they can learn from off if YouTube. My 12 year old can do a fab contour and even perfect winged eyeliner! What was your go to look? please share a photo too if you have one! take care X
OK so there have been a lot of 'rediscovered products' threads over the years; but the ones i found were pretty old so i figured i'd start a fresh one. hope everyone is ok with that ! 1. NARS single eyeshadow -- ashes to ashes . this has long been a favorite of mine but pretty much neglected the past year or two as i was preferring more matte colors. but ashes to ashes is that perfect kind of shimmer -- no glitter, but a perfect brown-grey-plum shift that is alluring but subtle. i find this is a perfect 'all over wash' sort of shadow. 2. NARS all day luminous weightless foundation . i totally understand why this foundation has such a love/hate reaction. it doesn't always work for me. if my skin is dehydrated, in particular, it can be a disaster -- same with if i apply it too thickly. but when it works, it works so gloriously. it really does feel and look like second skin...unlike anything i've ever used. this sort of inconsistency doesn't bother me because i quite literally have on and off days with all of my foundations. plus, NARS siberia is my absolute perfect match. i'm glad i'm revisiting this one !
so i've seen Fall threads and I've seen and Holiday wishlists but we seemed to possibly have jumped past one of the best makeup oriented holidays of the year discussion wise. or maybe I'm just a little too excited this year and want to get the ball rolling. any ideas of what anyone is planning to be yet. brainstorming? anyways I thought i would start a thread. I searched the search bar and didn't find one for 2016 so I hope I am not being redudnat with this thread. : )
Now with the holiday sets coming (excess) and the temptations beckoning, what did you get that you knew you shouldn't but are still so glad you did. I'll start with a few (and will likely add more later): The MUFE 30 year palette (an oversized, over $200 palette I really do use a lot). Louboutin lipsticks. I mocked them. So wrong. The red matte is the prettiest lipstick ever. The recent Chanel red lipsticks from the Rouge 1 collection. Last year's Sephora Give Me More Lip (thanks Not Creative). Vintage Chanel No 5 from ebay. Photos Musing of a Muse and Marie Claire
i don't want this to be a hates or bashing thread. more of a general "i tried this thing and it clearly wasn't meant for me" rather than a "this is crap !" sort of discussion, if that distinction makes sense..... i find these sorts of discussions helpful. you can learn 1. that you're not alone, or that 2. you were using a thing incorrectly and maybe it's worth another try or 3. that a thing you were considering spending your money on may not be worth the risk after all (though i'd take this last possibility with a grain of salt; everyone is different !!) i'll post my list below
august is over and it blows my mind. here are some things that have also blown my mind this month ! (full disclosure: i'm drinking a magnificent cup of coffee as i write this so these descriptions are long and windy and hyper-caffeinated. and i'm ok with it) NARS radiant tinted moisturizer . i forgot what a friggin lovely product this is. it got overshadowed by the (also lovely) velvet matte skin tint, and the other foundations i've been having affairs with the last few months, but this is almost a perfect product in my opinion (only point deduction from me is that i don't have a perfect color match; the rest of it's attributes make up for that !). surprisingly good coverage, super smoothing, super glowing but not greasy. SHISEIDO luminizing satin face color, pk107 Medusa . This was a unicorn product for me--as it's not sold in the U.S. and until a recently i thought was discontinued entirely. in fact, it it's a best seller in asia still, and is also sold in europe. some of you may remember the Light Pink Blush Discussions of spring 2015 when NARS released the 'reckless' blush which a lot of us found too glittery--this Medusa came up and we all fell into a long distance hypothetical love affair. annnyyyway. a BTer gave this to me (YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE THANK YOU SO MUCH STILL 1000000 TIMES LOVE YOU) and there hasn't been a day i've gone without it since. but what exactly is it ? it's a blush. or a highlighter. or a blush topper. the pink is indeed very very light, and it's subtle, but there is a very subtle bluey/purpley shift. it's matte, so i wouldn't describe it as a frost, but it's a Thing . a Thing that entrances people as they look at you so then in their hypnosis you can get them to do whatever you want. and this, my friends, is why it's called Medusa. GLOSSIER generation G lip colors (jam & crush) . these were rehomed to me from another super lovely BTer and i want you to know that they have found a very very happy home. these are everything i want a tinted balm to be--pigmented but matte. i wouldn't call them super long lasting, but they don't slip off (as i find things like CLINIQUE black honey do). they give a lovely just-bitten effect with no grease look. i also enjoy wearing them as a base, of sorts, under other lipsticks. absolute adoration CHANEL stylo yeux, eros . long wear blood red eyeliner. need i say more ? pretty crushed this is a limited edition product. i love it. obviously you can go quite gothy with it, but it also look rather subtly enchanting as a waterline color with an otherwise (relatively) normal looks. doesn't budge, color is glorious. REN Moroccan Rose Otto Ultra-Moisture Body Oil . this stuff is beyond lovely. i'm just gonna copy and paste my review i left for it, for those curious: this is no doubt a luxury item given the price (that everyone is mentioning), but what. a. treat. i've been pining for this oil for a while, recently received it as a gift, and really cannot get enough (even though, kudos to this oil for not *requiring* a lot to cover your body). absolutely locks in moisture and absorbs nicely (not instantly, but quickly enough, which i personally prefer anyway....) with the end result of baby skin. non-greasy baby skin. ROSE smelling baby skin--i adore this particular rose scent--fresh but not cloying; maybe with a hint of pepper or tea (?). i wish REN would bottle it up. if you're looking for just a thing to moisturize your skin, don't buy an expensive luxury body oil, obvs. but if you're looking for a real treat--for yourself or a loved one--don't hesitate to pick this one up. BYREDO (inez + vinoodh) 1996 EDP . i've been dreaming of this fragrance and finally stumbled upon it and i'm still mesmerized. the fragrance was inspired by the photo you see on the box there (taken in 1996 by inez & vinoodh). that strange combination of provocative innocence, it's an amber and juniper concoction unlike anything i've ever gotten my nose on before. BOOK ! SARAH MOON: NOW & THEN . this was given to me by a special person for my birthday after they'd heard me harp on and on about how brilliant--in concept and hopefully in practice--the sarah moon & NARS collab is. how incredibly thoughtful was that ? ok i'll shut up now. but i don't want y'all to shut up so please share your favorites for the month !
So as well as buying product I'm also obsessed with watching youtubers talk about them. My top 5 are: - JenLuvsReviews : Her weekly round up 'What's Up in Makeup' news each Sunday is just amazing. - EmilyNoel83 : such thorough reviews and so easy to watch. - HotandFlashy : Again very thorough reviews, wear tests, knows such a lot about ingredients and is a more mature youtubers which I appreciate. - TxMommyOfBoys : such a sweet lady, very passionate about makeup, reminds me of me lol - MakeUpMLC : A more nature youtubers with great reviews across many brands, focuses on skincare which I appreciate. Bonus : LivingByLynette and KikiInTheMiddle - feels like chatting with a friend. my favourite video types are Empties, Favourites and Wear Tests.
So, despite me being in Low buy February and no buy July I still made rouge 😳... My confession is that I hoard foils and deluxe samples of skincare but rarely use them so...who wants to join me in 'Sample September' ? I plan to only use sample skincare, masks, moisturizers, serums, treatments etc for the entire month. Hoping to find some new goodies for when the VIBr sale is on.
Maybe you own a dainty set of 10 for your makeup essentials; or perhaps you are beyond the novel stage and like to play around with a couple dozen, maybe you're a fanatic with more than enough brushes and maybe you just cary a mini-store in your collection (that would be me with my 100+ count!) Are you... Just enough or just obsessed? -- I just went through my collection... I have 146! No, that's not a mistype, that is 100 + 46 (one hundred and forty-six). Cringe! 4/5 of my collection are because I get the mega sets of like 20-30+ brushes and then I have a collection that I lovingly hand-curated which includes bare minerals, drug store, elf, estee lauder, lancome, sephora, Laura Geller, Urban Decay, Makeup Forever, Hourglass, etc...). I hardly use 4/5 of my makeup sets; I have my hand-pick collection which I use on a regular basis (that collection is about 25ish brushes) and I have so many in that set because I am very lazy and having to clean my brushes more than once-a-month is annoying so I just go out and buy more for every individual makeup product (It's an internal struggle between my germaphobe side and my lazy side, WHAT'S A GIRL TO DO?! Ha.) I do use the sets I have bought (the ones I buy as mega sets) as grab-and-go travel sets, or, for whenever I have friends over that want to do makeup (like before a formal event). You can get cheap and quality ones on amazon, you just have to look and know what to look for! (One of my sets was 32 pcs for $5 and I swear the brushes were as good as any drugstore/brick-and-mortar retail). I would show a picture but I'm in the process of moving so everything is scattered and a mess! How many do you have and what kinds? What are your favorites? That's my say. I definitely need to do a flush out as some of them are probably wearing down, but I am hoping I am not the only makeup brush fanatic out there
Show off pics of your pets, tell stories, anything you want to share about those special animals in your life Post as much and as often as you want! Here are are my fluff babies DJ and Gunner (also called Lulu or Lou). They are mother and daughter. DJ is my baby and Gunner is a daddy's girl. They are approximately 9 years old and very spoiled! This is DJ. She loves to be near me. Miss Gunner Lou loves her catnip carrot
Time for another game! Let's play "never have I ever" using only makeup and skincare products. I'll get started Never have I ever: -Finished a mascara (not even a mini) -Finished a perfume (not even a vial) -Finished a lipstick (not even a sample) -Finished a foundation (and am even using one past its expiration date to try to rectify this) -Used an eyebrow primer (although I picked one up recently and plan to try it soon) -Created a perfect cat eye (I got close once but never even took a photograph to prove it) I have of course tossed these items, but there is always product left when I do. Until less than a year ago, I'd never tried an essence. It was only about a year and a half ago that I finished my first lip balm.
ok i'm posting this a couple days earlier than i usually would, but i have lots going on and want to make sure this goes up ! i have LOADS of faves this month. the highlight, for me, was lipstick. i got one new one, but mostly rediscovered some in my stash that i fell absolutely in love with all over again. (i would have added NARS pure matte lipstick in "valaparisio" but i LOST IT WITHIN A WEEK OF GETTING IT. it fell out of a companion's pocket...) LIPSTICK STUFF NARS audacious lipstick, jane . what a gorgeous not-quite-nude. i wore jane for a week straight at the beginning of the month (and then off and on again throughout the rest of the month) because, what can i say, she really 'clicked' for me. (thank you @TopazBeth !!!!!!!!!!!!) NARS audacious lipstick, jeanne and NARS semi matte lipstick, VIP red . mid month i re-fell in love with that dark bricky red. so chic, so easy. not exactly seasonal and i don't care . i think i'll be wearing both of these loads come fall. NARS audacious lipstick, liv. speaking of not quite seasonal colors, i finally picked up this new baby last week, and I'M IN LOVE . yeah, i have this color in various formulas (such as 'train bleu' velvet matte lip pencil) but i just love this formula, so comfortable, blots beautifully, rich and gorgeous. FACE STUFF HOURGLASS vanish seamless foundation stick . ok....i've only had this for a week BUT hooked. i'm sold. i'm convinced. i've never had such an EASY foundation. vanish seamless is right. for those interested: i don't find that the lasting power is as long as the claims (12 hrs) but i don't care--it's so easy to touch up. very good first impression....i couldn't wait another month to put it in a favorites LAURA MERCIER baked bronzer 03 . i got this in the LM 500pt perk, and i've never used a bronzer. but i'm having great fun with it ! warms up skin, but certainly doesn't look orange or fake tan-sy. EYE STUFF NARS single eyeshadow, bali. such a pretty neutral (slightly cool) darker shade. don't know what took me so long to get it. can look natural, can look dramatic. it's like an all in one shadow ! was a bit patchy when i got it, but i find this with all NARS single matte shadows--you gotta use it a couple times and 'break it in' then it'll be the best eyeshadow you've ever used. WANDER BEAUTY liquid eyeshadow, mocha . got this as a gift from sephora and wander, and i was so pleasantly surprised !!! other than loving the color, i love the formula too. it's thin and slightly sheer, blends beautifully, lasts forever. i've had problems with liquid eyeshadows in the past, slightly too thick and they'll essentially peel off. not with this one. really love it ! NOT PICTURED !!!!!! PIXI glow mud mask . i didn't take a picture of this because i literally have cut it in 3rds to get the last bits out, and it is living in a plastic bag. mid-month i had a skin breakout on my chin that was bad. it was angry and spreading. i was using another clay mask which turns out was just making it worse ! when i realized it was the culprit, i cut open the pixi tube and applied it, and IT FIXED IT IMMEDIATELY. stopped the angry spots in their tracks. this is my favorite clay mask, no question.
I thought since a few BTer's like mermaids, unicorns, cute stuff, iridescent/holographic items... I'd start a thread so we could post all the products (beauty or not) that could fit this category.... even more enabling! hahahaha Share products you find that you think others might like.... For example: Starbucks Rainbow Foil Cold Cup Tumbler, 24 fl oz Iridescent Waves Cold Cup, 16 fl oz
Did anyone else take a survey about possible changes/features to the rewards program? I got the option to take it in my email along with 100 bonus points for taking it What did everyone think of it? I thought some of the options were very appealing! In particular the options for in-house beauty event, points for advice/sharing pics and info with other members(which we all already do ), and top secret products available to only you lol I thought the last one would be interesting in practice haha
I keep a giant vase full of samples and it's been Out Of Control for the past several months. Tonight on a whim I decided to dig through and make some sense of the madness. I got rid of some stuff, pulled out some stuff I want to start using right away and divided up the rest into separate categories. After going through everything I landed on dividing into these categories: makeup, primers, cleansers, masks, fragrance, moisturizers (face and body, including serums), hair and misc (which actually didn't have too much in it). I feel a lot better finally getting this done. One small step! Here is the before and after with my curious helper Ruthie. I lost track of time on this project but the time stamps on the photo tell me it took about two hours.
I'm almost out of my Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder and it's been lovely. I'll need to purchase powder soon and wondering what everyone's favorite is. I have dry skin so I use it to set my concealer and give me a nice base to apply blush and bronzer. I'm open to either pressed or loose powder but my preference is loose. What is your favorite powder?
I just got an e-mail from ebates about a new thing — in store cash back! You add your credit or debit card to your ebates account, find an in-store cash back offer you like (like Sephora), then pay with the linked card in-store to get your money back! No more kicking yourself when you've forgotten to go through ebates first. FYI, Sephora is at 4%!