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Remember When...
Just for fun, here’s a place to share memories of time gone by, and to remember things from the past that will take us down memory lane.  Can be beauty/fashion related or not.  Share your “Remember When” stories here and we can all get nostalgic with remembering how things used to be. #Beauty #Fashion #Music #Technology #Cars #Food   Let's have fun with this!   Spoiler (Highlight to read)  
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HALL OF FAMER k617 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
There's already a Throwback Thread if you want to read up on more stuff :)   http://community.sephora.com/t5/Beauty-Confessions/The-Throwback-Thread/td-p/2636125 see post
BRANDS: LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT
What brands are you obsessed with and what sparked your love for them? What is it about that specific brand that makes you come back to buy more or try their new products? Any brands you've been disappointed with? Brands that consistently have products that don't seem to live up to the hype... or that just doesn't work for you. Maybe there's a brand you don't want to buy products from due to poor reviews/image. Any brands you've been wanting to try or any that caught your eye due to packaging or a specific product.   Share your stories of brand love and dislike.   ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   One brand that will always hold a special in my heart is MAC . It was the first higher end brand that I purchased from and what started my love and obsession to makeup! I still remember looking at all the beautiful and endless products they offered. What brought me to them was a lip balm I loved. It was a tinted lip balm and I wanted to match that very specific nude beige to a lipstick and couldn’t find it anywhere else. After seeing the range of color they offered I just fell in love. I must admit that I am a bit disappointed in the brand the last few years… it doesn’t feel like it used to and I can’t really put my finger on what makes me feels this way about them.   KVD is another brand that keeps getting my money. I'm loving pretty much everything she is coming out with! Her packaging and all the work she puts into it make it even more special.  I so wish I would have gotten the face chart reward when it was up. Definitely one of my top brands!     I also want to mention The Body Deli .  I keep repurchasing from them. I love their products and have been using their body line for a while now.  Here's more info about them from their site. Spoiler (Highlight to read) THE BODY DELI is the pioneer in fresh, organic, raw superfood enhanced personal care products. Two Cosmetic Chefs, Margaret Skarin Clark and David Anton Parker, created the brand in the resort towns of Palm Desert and Palm Springs, California in 2001. Two "foodies" with an extensive background in nutrition, raw food, wellness and beauty, envisioned a personal care brand so different, fresh and unique that they started making their own healthy skin care products. Their special method is a process similar to crafting fresh juices and smoothies in a high-end Organic Juice Bar. “Fresh Food for the Skin” was their concept, and since then they have evolved a global brand committed and dedicated to providing the absolute purest alternative for nourishing the face, body and hair. Celebrities, fashion designers, Fortune 500 leaders and health conscious people have fallen in love with The Body Deli’s unique, effective and wonderful creations. THE BODY DELI is the pioneer in fresh, organic, raw superfood enhanced personal care products. Two Cosmetic Chefs, Margaret Skarin Clark and David Anton Parker, created the brand in the resort towns of Palm Desert and Palm Springs, California in 2001. Two "foodies" with an extensive background in nutrition, raw food, wellness and beauty, envisioned a personal care brand so different, fresh and unique that they started making their own healthy skin care products. Their special method is a process similar to crafting fresh juices and smoothies in a high-end Organic Juice Bar. “Fresh Food for the Skin” was their concept, and since then they have evolved a global brand committed and dedicated to providing the absolute purest alternative for nourishing the face, body and hair. Celebrities, fashion designers, Fortune 500 leaders and health conscious people have fallen in love with The Body Deli’s unique, effective and wonderful creations.   I've mentioned these in the thread today but also a big fan of: Natasha Denona Viseart Pat McGrath Odacite Omorovicza    Love the eye products from the first 3 brands, the serums from Odacite and a few products from Omorovicza. Probably more but just have a huge memory blank right now
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HALL OF FAMER unfungirl / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
ahh i love threads like these! but choosing favorites can be so hard!    right now i'm loving:   Herbivore: i love everything from the line that i've tried, especial... see post
save or splurge?
I was going thru my stash last night and discovered I had a wide range of price points for my products.  So I thought I'd make a question thread:  Which products do you save your money and which do you spend (an obsene) amount on?     I used to save on shampoo and conditioner, but now that is a total splurge for me.  It really makes a difference for my hair.   I also splurge on eye and night cream as I think this is the most important part for me.  I also will splurge on foundations, and eyeshadows/liners.     I tend to save on soaps and body washes, lotions, and lip gloss and chap stick.    I also save on shaving cream, nail polish remover, makeup remover wipes, and cotton balls.  (Although I just threw in a Sheseido cotton pack when at Ulta because I had to see what the hype was about.)  I also save on sunscreens and hair oils- although I'm all over the Macademia oil from Ulta tomorrow- love that stuff!)   I plan to edit this as I think of more items...   Edit:  I also save on mascara, micellar water, face masks, and skincare from The Ordinary (lately).
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HALL OF FAMER RoseCharlie / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
@HaleyhaleAwwww, this is amazing! You're such a nice mums to give him the posh treatment.  Do you use water or anything else? My dog gets CRAZY tear staining and I don't... see post
Your Best-Kept Beauty Secret
If you've been playing with makeup for awhile, you've probably picked up or developed tricks of your own that most people wouldn't think of. Do you have an unusual foolproof technique for applying your foundation? Do you use a particular product in an unexpected way? Have you found an unconventional hack for clearing up a blemish overnight? Here's the place to trade your little-known ideas!
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HALL OF FAMER Harobedb / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Something I've done since high school, and it still works on those hormonal breakouts: whenever I get one of those angry pimple popups, I use Clearasil (or any pimple cr... see post
Love the product, hate the packaging?
What products do you love (and rebuy!) even if the packaging is terrible? Any genius solutions?   This morning the metal tube packaging of my NIOD Sanskrit Saponins creased and sprang a leak. I've been so gentle with it, and used barely 1/3 of the tube. I'll probably decant the rest to an airless pump.
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HALL OF FAMER CAcay / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I know exactly what you mean. I finally pulled the white plug thing at the top out. Now I just place a cotton pad covering the opening and pour it out. So much better. I... see post
Q&A: THE BASICS
let's get back to basics ! all answers subject to change. no answers will be held against you when you change your mind   what is your favorite __ of all time ? blush (or other cheek product) lipstick base product eye shadow (single, color, or palette) mascara skincare product perfume misc. (anything else you may want to mention !)
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BEAUTY BOSS themusefactory / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
@SheWhoSkis Ooooo! I was just looking at the Burberry color cream, I'd love a mini review if you have the time! :)  see post
YOUR UNSUNG HEROES
do you have some products (makeup, skincare, hair, etc) in your stash that you have a firm and unshakable commitment to--you repurchase over and over--but you've never really encountered anyone else who loves it too ? products that are never talked about on social media (or here, or amongst your friends), or perhaps have mediocre reviews but just work really well for you ? there are a lot of ways a product can fall into the 'unsung hero' category, and they're all valid !    one of mine is the GIVENCHY photo perfexion fluid foundation . in the givenchy world, the teint couture foundation is their reigning queen--or so it seems based on the frequency i see it mentioned. but the photo perfexion foundation is my queen ! it is admittedly not the longest lasting, but the coverage is infinitely buildable, making touch-ups, if necessary, a breeze. it just looks like skin. i've recently been using it with a sponge (real techniques miracle complexion) and i like it  even more ! which i didn't know was possible. also, it has some great options for very fair skin. it has pretty good reviews on sephora, but i've never encountered my fellow people !   i'll write more of mine below ! 
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HALL OF FAMER playingdressup / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Great thread! -Laura Mercier Flat Eyeliner brush is my favorite brush to tight line with. It is the perfect combo of small, thin-flat, and soft. I've found other brushe... see post
Thank you Nudestix, Elizabeth and James, Kora, and Sephora!
I was lucky to be selected to receive some new products to try courtesy of Nudestix, Elizabeth and James, Kora Organics, and Sephora. I am very appreciative of this generous gift!   The products include:   Nudestix #BABEBOSS Faves Box, a limited edition box that has six pencils in matte, cream, and gel formulas handpicked by Nudestix co-founders Ally and Taylor, in addition to some of the brand's favorite beauty influencers.    Nudestix Swatches (added 5/10) Spoiler (Highlight to read)   All six Nudestix pencil swatches: Left to Right Boho, Burgundy (Magnetic Matte Lip Color), Sin (Lip+ Cheek), Pulse (Gel Color Lip+ Cheek Balm), Purity, Stiletto (Intense Matte Lip + Cheek)  All six Nudestix pencil swatches:Left to RightBoho, Burgundy (Magnetic Matte Lip Color), Sin (Lip+ Cheek), Pulse (Gel Color Lip+ Cheek Balm), Purity, Stiletto (Intense Matte Lip + Cheek) Intense Matte Lip + Cheek Pencil shades: Stiletto, Purity Magnetic Matte Lip Color shades: Boho, Burgundy Gel Color Lip + Cheek Balm shade: Pulse Lip + Cheek Pencil shade: Sin Pencil Sharpener   Elizabeth and James Dry Shampoo, for refreshing hair, absorbing oils, and adding texture, in the fragrances Nirvana Rose, and Nirvana Bourbon.   Nirvana Rose Dry Shampoo Review:  (added 5/10) Spoiler (Highlight to read) I was quite impressed! This fragrance with notes of Rose de Mai, Geranium, and Vetiver is lovely. The mist was fine, and left no weird white residue in my medium brunette hair. I wash my hair every other day, and the slight oil in my hair was eliminated by the product. It did also give some volume at the roots without feeling heavy which is great, as I don't like the feeling of a lot of product in my hair. The fragrance is subtle to moderate in strength, without being overpowering. I was excited to try the Nirvana Rose scent first, because I have not smelled it before.  I was quite impressed! This fragrance with notes of Rose de Mai, Geranium, and Vetiver is lovely. The mist was fine, and left no weird white residue in my medium brunette hair. I wash my hair every other day, and the slight oil in my hair was eliminated by the product. It did also give some volume at the roots without feeling heavy which is great, as I don't like the feeling of a lot of product in my hair. The fragrance is subtle to moderate in strength, without being overpowering. I was excited to try the Nirvana Rose scent first, because I have not smelled it before.    Kora Organics Noni Glow Face Oil, described as a luxurious, powerful yet delicate treatment oil for the face and neck. It has antioxidant and essential fatty acid rich oils to smooth, nourish and brighten the skin. Kora Organics is founded by Miranda Kerr.   Initial Review of the Kora Organics Noni Glow Face Oil:  (added 5/11) Spoiler (Highlight to read) Initial thoughts on the Kora Organics Noni Glow Face Oil: It has a sweet, yet pleasant fragrance I would describe as fruity/rose. The scent is quite strong and lingered on my skin for several hours after application. I have sensitive, combo skin with dry cheeks and an oily nose and forehead. On the box it says the oil is suitable for all skin types. My skin has not reacted or broken out, and the dryness in my cheeks already feels improved by the oil. Here is a photo of the ingredients for anyone curious about it. I will report back again in a few days as I continue to use the product. Initial thoughts on the Kora Organics Noni Glow Face Oil:It has a sweet, yet pleasant fragrance I would describe as fruity/rose. The scent is quite strong and lingered on my skin for several hours after application. I have sensitive, combo skin with dry cheeks and an oily nose and forehead. On the box it says the oil is suitable for all skin types. My skin has not reacted or broken out, and the dryness in my cheeks already feels improved by the oil. Here is a photo of the ingredients for anyone curious about it. I will report back again in a few days as I continue to use the product.     The gift box was so beautifully presented, with everything individually wrapped, and even some chocolate! ❤   I will report back my thoughts as I try each product, and post swatches of the Nudestix pencils.      
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HALL OF FAMER k617 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
You look great @Mcakes! So glad you're enjoying the necklace :) see post
APRIL 2017 FAVES, BABES
april showers bring....new (and old) favorites ! (an aside: i love just about everything i got in the sale this month; some stuff needs more time before i want to talk about it, but some stuff--after having for about 2 weeks now--are solidly favorites !). no skincare for me this month, just stickin' to my tried and true.   not pictured: KVD lip liner and CIRQUE nail polish (see below)   NARS dual intensity eyeshadow -- sycorax . i've been using it both as sheer smoke around the eyes, and as diffused liner. it's brilliant as both. i haven't used it wet on the lid, yet, so i can't speak for that, but used dry it is sheer but buildable, and not patchy (something i find quite hard to find in black shadows) i basically think this is a perfect product, and i can't believe it took me this long.  (" Sycorax is an unseen character in William Shakespeare's play The Tempest. She is a vicious and powerful witch and the mother of Caliban, one of the few native inhabitants of the island on which Prospero, the hero of the play, is stranded.") REAL TECHNIQUES eye shade + blend brush set. this set is the base shadow brush and the deluxe crease brush. i lovvvvve them. as a lot of y'all know, i'm not too fancy--i typically never use more than 2 colors on my eyes, and a fluffy blending brush does me just fine. the base shadow brush is just perfect--it picks up product with easy, and blends it with such ease. i haven't been using the deluxe crease brush much--but it's a perfect 'diffuser' brush, and i've used it some, too, for face powder on concentrated areas. NARS light reflecting loose powder . i've had this for a long time and use it regularly, if not sometimes rather sparsely. this month i found myself using it everyday and reminding myself just how gorgeous this stuff is. sets makeup, light perfectly diffuses pores and texture and gives a properly luminous--not shimmery or glittery--glow. LIP COMBO: MAC spice lipliner with NYX liquid suede 'soft spoken' . this dominated my look the first half of the month. darkened nude but totally wearable. some people don't like the liquid suede formula, but i adore it.  KAT VON D everlasting lip liner, lovecraft . this dominated the second half of the month for me. lovecraft is only slightly darker than the 'lovesick' everlasting liquid lip in 'lovesick' which is one of my very favorite nudey pinks. the formula is creamy but not slippy (i hate slippery lip pencils !), opaque and lasts ALL DAY. i wore this almost everyday since getting it, only to have it fall out of a pocket last night. i've already repurchased, because i don't want to be without it. my only qualm with this product is that i think it will not last longer than 6 weeks, as the softness of the formula leads to a lot of product being used at once. that $18 price tag will add up quickly if that's the case. NARS sun wash diffusing bronzer, 'laguna' . what can i say, i've worn this every single day since i got it. it's rather sheer but buildable, so foolproof (which i need as a bronzer newb) as well as suitable for fair skin. if you followed my experience of buying it in the NARS thread, i ended up getting laguna over the fair-skin intended 'seaside' which i was afraid would look too orange, and while i'm not sure how 'seaside' would've worked out, i can attest that laguna is not too dark for fair skin--aided, of course, by the lovely, sheer and MODERN formula. CIRQUE nail lacquer - 'fast fashion'.  i don't own this, i sell it in my shop and used the tester for an instagram post.  and i was instantly in love ! i'll likely be buying some for myself, and this is surprising for a few reasons: i'm not a nail person, i can't be bothered, as well ast....it's a pink ! a nude, warm (rather than the more ubiquitous cool) mauve, and i'm just feelin' it. i've painted my nails 4 times with it ! i never do that !  Spoiler (Highlight to read) BURBERRY eye contour shadow stick -- almond . perfect everyday shade for a bit of definition but otherwise natural look. if you're a fan of maybelline color tattoo in 'creamy beige' or mac paint pot 'groundwork', 'almond' is very similar, but in a stick (which i know some people prefer). it goes on very creamy, but dries down very quickly (blend fast !) and then doesn't budge. this one won't be leaving my makeup bag  
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HALL OF FAMER jemly / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
@ShannonAlexis not too late ! if you're gonna have hydration, have sweeeeeet hydration !    i feel like that rainbow wishes nail polish was made for you. 'gelato' is n... see post
To Cancel or Not to Cancel Sephora Play Box
I've become increasingly disappointed with the Play boxes. Anyone else feel the same? Partly because I feel the boxes contents are predictable for example, you'll get a face primer about every other month (or even every month). Which may be great for people who can use primers, but my skin loathes them (yes my Play profile is updated and correct). Throw it in the trash. If you get a makeup sample it is in some obscure color that may be fun to try on one time, but you're not walking out of the house with it on. Throw it in the trash. See the pattern, I pretty much throw almost everything I get in the trash. BUT every once in a while you'll get a gem of a sample and that just reinforces me to want to keep subscribing. When Play first came out I felt like there was better samples being sent, but now it's just whomever they have a deal with. Should I just hang in there and ride out this rough patch? Thoughts?
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BEAUTY PRO girlystuff63 / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
I totally agree with you. The boxes have been terrible. Yet another Smashbox primer, yet another Sephora brand makeup remover, yet another black eye liner... the boxes h... see post
Show & Tell What's In Your Makeup bag In Your Purse!
    Hello lovelies! I was recently digging in my purse to grab a lippie and noticed I had so many products in my makeup bag.. I'm bored and at work and thought, why not start a fun thread?   Show us what you got!       Spoiler (Highlight to read) L-R Top Row: -Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in #37 -NARS Velvet Lip Glide in Bound -Too Faced Melted Matte in Queen B -KVD Everlasting Liquid Lip in Bow N Arrow -KVD Everlasting Liquid Lip in Lovesick -Urban Decay Comfort Matte Lipstick in Backtalk -MAC Hot Chocolate -MAC Whirl -MAC Pink Pigeon L-R Bottom Row -Benefit Sugarbomb Ultra Plush Gloss -MAC Patent Polish Lip Pencil in Desert Evening -NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien -Bite Lip Gloss in Three -MAC Lip Pencil in Cherry L-R Top Row:-Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in #37-NARS Velvet Lip Glide in Bound-Too Faced Melted Matte in Queen B-KVD Everlasting Liquid Lip in Bow N Arrow-KVD Everlasting Liquid Lip in Lovesick-Urban Decay Comfort Matte Lipstick in Backtalk-MAC Hot Chocolate-MAC Whirl-MAC Pink PigeonL-R Bottom Row-Benefit Sugarbomb Ultra Plush Gloss-MAC Patent Polish Lip Pencil in Desert Evening-NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien-Bite Lip Gloss in Three-MAC Lip Pencil in Cherry
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BEAUTY MASTER oceanics / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
Thanks @themusefactory. I'm a bit of a klutz myself and am always getting bumps and bruises. This one bandaid is  probably not going to be enough, must refill the kit, l... see post
Best and Worst Products of all Time
This thread may have already been started, but I'll be honest, I didn't check because my browser has been really slow!   Anyways this thread is to discuss everyone's favourite and least favourite product of all time. Try to only name 1 product for each!   My Absolute favourite beauty item is the KVD Mi Vida Loca palette. It just stands out in my mind as my favourite. I just love it so much!   ... And the least would have to be any eyelash curler that isn't nickel-free! I know it isn't a specific product, but I just can't stand when contact dermatitis develops on my eyelids! Nickel allergies aren't fun
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BEAUTY PRO kdanielle0x / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
@liv545  I haven't tried the Korres primer, but it seems like we have a consensus on the smell! see post
Would You Rather: The Sephora Edition Part II
It's been a few months since I had created the original thread and I figured since it went over so well that it's about time to launch a second version!   For those wanting to check in on the chaos from part 1, here you go: http://community.sephora.com/t5/Beauty-Confessions/Would-You-Rather-The-Sephora-Edition/m-p/2674243/...   The rules are simple, you must make a choice between the options given. You can justify it however you want, but you can't alter the initial circumstances. In other words if the option is "Would you rather glitter get stuck in your eye every day or have your hair caught on lip gloss every day?" you can't say "Well, I don't wear lip gloss anyway so I go with that option!" By choosing the lip gloss, that means you'd have to put on lip gloss to eventually have your hair get caught on it.   Obviously this game is just for fun (no one is going to force you to apply lip gloss and have your hair get caught in it ), so with that being said, game on! Feel free to post responses in a spoiler tag if you're not wanting to have your answers in a long, visible post!       WOULD YOU RATHER;   1. Only be able to cash in on any promo with no spending minimums with a guarantee that whatever promo will be in-stock, but have to never get the annual discounts of $X and X% off every again OR only be able to cash in on the $X and X% off discounts and have to deal with spending minimums for promos, but run the risk of stock running out?   2. Only be able to use singles (eye shadow pans, blush pans, bronzer pans, lipstick bullets, etc.) for the rest of your life OR only be able to use palettes (concealer palettes, eye shadow palettes, blush palettes, lipstick palettes, etc.) for the rest of your life?   3. Have to wear a matte lip with a metallic eye look OR  a matte eye look with a metallic lip for the rest of your life?   4. Go through the day with one set of eye lashes glued down together from a failed false lash application OR go through with red lipstick smeared on your chin all day?   5. Swatch every single shade of liquid lipstick on your lips and wear it for 24 hours OR  apply a coat of every single shade of nail polish on your nails and wear it for 24 hours?   6. Wear a shade of Anastasia's Dip Brow that is 2 shades too light for your hair/brow color OR 2 shades too dark for your hair/brow color?   7. Wash all of your makeup brushes and all the brushes of your friends for 1x a week for an entire month OR have to just buy brand new set of brushes for yourself and all your friends who use brushes?   8. Lose a Beauty Blender to a pet who has turned it into a chew toy OR drop your favorite makeup brush in the toilet?   9. Be stuck for an entire week with too much blush on OR spend that entire week with too much bronzer on?   10. Never be able to shop instores every again, but be able to have the most dedicated service for superb online shopping at Sephora OR have a Sephora 1 mile within where you live and only be able to shop there and never have access to Sephora's site every again?   11. Get the entire Tom Ford lipstick collection for free only to discover all the tubes have melted down OR   get $200 to spend on whatever lipsticks you want in Sephora with no worries of melting happening?   12. Wear one of Dr. Jart's Rubber Masks (which have their rubber mask pieces colored according to their type) out in public on a date OR wear Glam Glow's Gravity Mud Mask (which is silver in color) out in public on a date?   13. Break your favorite bottle of perfume on the floor OR have to wear the entire bottle of your favorite perfume?   14. Apply your makeup for a week only with the hand that you do not predominately use OR have a different stranger a day for a week do your makeup for you?   15. Wear around an unblended contour/highlight look (as in the swipes, dots, dashes, and laid-down application of colors before you tackle and blend everything out) out for a week OR  wear around an undusted baked look (as in a super generous and heavy amount of powder is applied to regions of the face to set creams/liquids) out for a week?
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HALL OF FAMER Titian06 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
@Samtian - Great idea!  There's a primer for everything else, why not perfume? see post
SiJCP (Sephora Inside JCPenney) - share your pics, promos & pretties ❤️
    Welcome!    This thread is all about the SiJCP experience!  These stores are different than the stand-alone Sephora stores and like everything else, there are pros & cons.   Some of the pros: SiJCP has exclusive Sephora Favorites Sets ( which aren’t sold online ): Post a pic of any you may find out there in the wild GWP promos: sent out via email, snail mail or postcard offers in the store. There is usually no minimum purchase requirement but you will need the barcode.  Be a pal? Post any offers you come across here  Their own “Rewards”: the 100-pt’ers are usually different then stand-alone stores Some of the cons ( IMO ): Their own “Rewards”: which are hardly ever stocked The great mystery of the “ SiJCP Email Distribution List ” is still….you guessed it – a mystery! No one, not even store employees, know how to get on this email distribution list.  The investigation is still ongoing  Communication isn’t consistent  and each store seems to operate differently. BTW, if you had a good experience at the store, please complete the survey – this means a lot to the hard working SA’s.   Thanks everyone for your help  
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HALL OF FAMER Titian06 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
@pinyo - I bought it for the grays.  I use the light color on each end and 4, 5, and 6 from the left and 4 and 5 from the right.  Fourth from the left is really glittery... see post
what were some of your first makeup items ?
i know we've had these sorts of threads floating around fairly regularly, but i figured i'd start a fresh one ! just some innocent reminiscing & nostalgia, partly inspired by mocha's "haunting" thread. i encourage anecdotes !!   my mother was open to me wearing makeup the moment i expressed interest in it (her parents wouldn't let her wear any until she was 17 or so) and i'm very grateful for that. things are a little better now, but in the late 90s there were no foundation options for super pale girls at the drugstore (perhaps more age appropriate for a 13 year old, but that's up for debate). i tried to do my thing, but my mother quickly intervened to stop my orange and demarked face and took me to--do you guys remember this ?--the prescriptives counter. i know that prescriptives went out of business, and now exists online or something, but at the time it was known as the counter you could go to to get a foundation custom mixed to match you. they had the color wheel that taught you all about tones, shades, undertones, etc. i remember my mom saying "people are going to tell you you're pale pink, BUT YOU'RE NOT". thanks mom--she was so right. the palest foundation was yellow rather than pink; i think i ended up not getting a custom mix but going with the palest one available in the regular range--i remember the shade was called ecru (i wish i had any evidence of it so i could see now if it was a good match or not; i frankly don't remember). it all came with a generous gift with purchase including a mascara and--what i remember the most and actually still had until just a few years ago--a lipstick that hadn't been in fashion since 1998.....until now. it was like a griege-dark plum duochrome. i'm not much into the metallic trend now, but i would kill to have that lipstick again ! i used to wear it in my room when i was feeling dark and broody but was too embarrassed to be seen.   a year and a half later, the first MAC counter opened in my city, i discovered their 'club' single eyeshadow, and the rest was history. i'll write about more of my first objects / distant memories down below
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HALL OF FAMER jozkid / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Do you guys remember Dippity-Do?   Once when I was really little (like 6-8 or so), my brother (who is 9 years older than me) was babysitting me and decided to set my h... see post
What Makeup Item Haunts You?
Some lighthearted Friday Fun...   We all have a product that  got away.  Maybe it was something LE that we couldn't acquire.  Maybe our HG product was discontinued without notice.  Or any number of other reasons I'm hoping people will share.   I have 2 items that  got away.  Some time in the late 90s I waltzed into a MAC counter and bought a specific cool toned mid intensity pink blush and Aria eyeshadow.  The blush in particular haunts me.  I loved it so much I panned and repurchased it 3 times.  Then I went through a phase of about 4 or so years of not wearing makeup and when I started wearing it again/cleaned out my old makeup bag I threw away the compact because I thought it was too 'old' without ever making note of the name.  So I have NO idea what it was called/whether they still make it any more/how to find a dupe and that makes me very sad.  I've gone to the MAC store a few times to try and figure it out but nothing from the existing line looks quite right.  And then Aria was my perfect, satiny neutral taupe shade.  It matched my eyelids perfectly but also had a lovely sheen that almost looked like a shift.  Sadly, it's long discontinued but I think I  may  have finally found it's equal in Chantecaille Elephant, although texturally it's different.   Do you have a story of unrequited makeup love?  Please share below.  Who knows, maybe someone will have suggestions for a dupe, has one to trade, etc.    
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HALL OF FAMER shyvicki / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I was really wanting the Belle mirror compact. By the time I could afford to buy it, it was gone. Uhgh! see post
What's in your carry on bag?
I'm packing for a weekend trip and I thought it would be fun to have a thread about what we bring while traveling. Here's mine for this trip - it may seem excesssive, but if you look closely you'll see enormous restraint   Spoiler (Highlight to read) The skincare section. I'll put a scoop of the Banila Clean It Zero in each side of that contacts case, one for each night. My sample hoarding is showing here. The makeup section! The Diorskin will go in another contacts case. Do I need five lipsticks, a primer, and a balm? Yeah. I do. An absolute marvel of efficiency! Share your tips and lists and travel favorites! The skincare section. I'll put a scoop of the Banila Clean It Zero in each side of that contacts case, one for each night. My sample hoarding is showing here.The makeup section! The Diorskin will go in another contacts case. Do I need five lipsticks, a primer, and a balm? Yeah. I do.An absolute marvel of efficiency!Share your tips and lists and travel favorites!
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BEAUTY MASTER fairlywell / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
@Karmatic I just saw this on the sephora homepage!   http://www.sephora.com/berry-kissable-brush-set-P417925?icid2=homepage_justarrived_us_040417_productcarousel:p4179... see post
Hey BTers ~ WE ARE FAMOUS!!!
Back in December a journalist by the name of Alana Massey visited our community (some of you might remember this) and asked for community members to volunteer to be interviewed for an article she was writing about the role of community forums in the beauty world.   Well, today is the BIG DAY that her article was released on RACKED.COM!!!   I'm super excited by what she wrote and can not be happier by the way she portrayed our community.  ENJOY OUR NEW FOUND FAME!!!!   Check it out -  @Tamara76   @ZombieMetroAnt   @angel7594   @KatieBT   @alexasteph   @pixiedust2   @tsavorite   @Mcakes   @veronika23   P.S. Everybody, tag more people that you think would enjoy reading this. Make sure to share the LOVE!!!
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HALL OF FAMER starsandbucks / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
OMG the secret Makeup Alley secret forums were the most disgusting place on the web. They made Reddit look tame. They were seriously vile.  see post
MARCH 2017 FAVORITES !
it is time.     REN evercalm gentle cleansing milk . i've had this for a little while, and have enjoyed it, but this month i grew to love it. i just find it's so comforting (as the name would suggest) between the creamy texture and the smell (vaguely tea-like ?). leaves my skin plump but not so rich that it causes me any problems. i typically use this as an a.m. cleanse. REN vita mineral omega 3 optimum skin oil . another REN product, another product that i have had for a little while but have grown deep appreciation for only this month. when i first got it last fall, it immediately helped sort out a flakey nose situation that was going on. i was so impressed i more or less overused it and it caused a minor break out. but now i know it wasn't the product, but how--in my over enthusiasm--i was using it. one pump does me, i particularly like using it in the morning (or part of facials) on no makeup days. it's very lightweight and yet nourishing and glow-and-bounce-giving.  BITE multisticks . my enthusiasm for these was born after receiving the 'almond' shade as a 100 pt perk. i've now picked up cashew and mascarpone as well. i use them for everything--eyes, cheek and lips. i  lovvvvve  the monochromatic look and these make it a breeze. CLINIQUE chubby stick sculpting highlight . another 100 pt perk discovery,  this is my perfect highlight color !!!!!!!! . i find it just blends into my skin so seamlessly, but still provides the perfect amount of wet-look glow. no glitter, natural but not entirely undetectable. i've read some people find this wipes off their foundation, i haven't experienced that, but there is a bit of a wet texture to this (it doesn't bother me). i don't wear highlighter that often, but this one has me wearing highlight every day. KORRES lip butter (this one is in wild rose; i love all of them). my favorite balm. butter is the perfect word for these. they're blissful to use (just feel amazing) and the pigmentation--for a balm--is actually quite lovely ! i'm glad i've brought this back into my life after a 7 year hiatus. NARS audacious angela . i've been craving pink-stained lips for spring, and have found myself reaching for angela the most. most cool-toned pinks scare me (it can go barbie real fast, which just isn't my thing), but angela (who has a hint of purple rather than blue, which is why i think i can make it work) brightens my face so brilliantly and consistently gives me a perfect orchid-stained pout. i tend to apply with my finger and press into my lips. THE SUM - THE BLACK EDP . this niche perfume is super simple: it's oud. the sum is a jewelry brand based out of L.A. and each of their fragrances has a sterling silver ball floating in the juice that lends a hint of metallic aquaticness that makes them all rather unique. this perfume is totally unisex and sophisticated and utterly minimal. lovvvvve. ok that was a lot ! YOUR TURN !
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MariekeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
@purly, thanks for letting me know! :)  see post
FALL-WINTER & HOLIDAY 2017 RELEASES
Fall/Winter and holiday releases.
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HALL OF FAMER veronika23 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
The premiere is during the Ulta 21 days of beauty see post
Piercing and Tattoos , Discussion thread!
Piercing and Tattoos are a big part of body decoration but I can't find a thread dedicated to discuss P&Ts So I thought to start one. (If there is already a thread and I missed it somehow, please let me know and I'll take down mine).  This is a place to show off your Tattoos and Piercing, share your good and bad experiences. Seek help and suggestions if you are considering to get one or two or more. Images are found through Google search.
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HALL OF FAMER ZombieMetroAnt / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
This is AMAZING!  They're Soundwave Tattoos - you can actually hear it!       see post
What are your favorie fragrances at SEPHORA?
BEAUTY MAVEN AlyssaSpins / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
Just came across a new favorite per sample and immediately ordered it   Wildfox - Eau De Parfum see post
The Harry Potter Thread!
I've noticed that there isn't a Harry Potter thread on here and I think one is log overdue. Feel free to post anything here that's related to the world of witchcraft and wizardry!   
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HALL OF FAMER lmi82 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
OMG! I love all of these. Especially the Dobby one! see post
How do people get free makeup sent to them from companies?
HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hi, lisam11!   There are a variety of reasons behind how and why people may receive product from brands.   For example, in the instance of beauty bloggers or social ... see post
Fill-in-the-blank Pt. 3 ; Yeah, Another One
Time for another Fill in the Blank game because WHY NOT I LIKE THEM OK?   Per usual some of these may be (and probably are) repeats from previous rounds, but I can’t be bothered to double check. Thanks for playing!   Three products I’m dying to try are………. My hair is ……………. The brand that upsets me the most is………because………. A brand I haven’t tried yet but an interested in is …………... Something I don’t like about the Beauty Industry is ………. If all makeup production stopped FOREVER, I would stock up on …………… A beauty trick I learned from someone else is ………. My most treasured beauty possession is ………… When it comes to Limited Edition items, I think …………. Brands I will no longer buy from are ………… because …………… Brands I love to buy from are ………. If I was going to give a BT Award it would go to ………… for …………… My heart races when I see………………. There are too many ……… There are not enough ……….. Three words that describe my beauty philosophy are …………. My biggest product disappointment was ………… Something I’m waiting to come back in stock is ……….. Ingredients I’m cautious of are ………. because ……… Tell us about your beauty journey. Where you started, where you are now, and where you want to be in the future!
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HALL OF FAMER heartsmyface / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Well, you deserve it:).  see post
The Disney Thread!
I've been meaning to start this thread forever and thanks to @lmi82  for giving me the push! Please post any current or upcoming Disney collections here. There are so many which include beauty, fragrance and fashion. Whether it's Sephora, Danielle Nicole handbags, Jamberry nails or my favorite cheap stuff from the drugstore collections, add it here. There are so many Disney fans here on BT and our posts get scattered. Hope this enables our shopping habits all the more.  ✨Faith, Trust and Pixiedust!  
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HALL OF FAMER ZombieMetroAnt / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
@Sophia11 DARN IT!!  I shouldn't have worn mascara today.... Thanks so much for sharing all these emotions with me today!! see post
FEB 2017 FAVORITES !
so i know i did not do a favorites thread last month, i apologize. but here it is ! what beauty things have you been loving the past couple of months ?   i have 2 fragrances: TOCCA - colette and D.S. & DURGA siberian snow . both of these are perfect for grey cold days. now, where i live it's been insanely warm for february, but we still get spurts, and sometimes i can create the "feeling" of the seasons even if the weather is failing to cooperate. colette is cozy and a bit sweet, with juniper berries adding a lovely crispness. siberian snow is a stark and chilled amber and incense with mint (a proper herbaceous mint, rather than a mentholated one); it's designed for women though i think it is very much unisex.    PIXI x CAROLINE HIRONS double cleanse. this should come as no surprise. i particularly love the cream cleanser (crossing all my fingers and toes they end up releasing it separately as i'm getting through it much quicker than the balm). i love cream cleansers, particularly this time of year, and this is my favorite one i've ever used. unlike so many cream cleansers, though, it contains no shea butter (which can trigger break outs on me), and feels quite 'thin' (somewhere between a milk and a cream, much like the consistency of soft creams). it almost feels like it sinks into the skin, but then still wipes off completely clean with a washcloth. in love.   NARS soft matte complete concealer . this is my new favorite concealer. it is my color (chantilly), it actually covers my under eye dark circles (wow) and it blends so easily and seamlessly. i can't imagine being without it now. i had been devoted to the radiant creamy concealer for yearrrrrrs, but these days need more help with the dark bags under my eyes. this has done it.   NARS velvet lip liner . i'm super picky about my lip pencils: they can't be too dry, but what i hate more is if they're too slippy. what i love about the nars liner--these are the proper lip pencils, not the fat velvet matte ones--is that they're a bit thick. i think this is likely polarizing, but the texture helps anything i put on top of it (lipstick, or the velvet lip glides which work magnificently with these) bind to my lips. i find these liners make my lips look fuller and plumper. i want all of them.   AVEDA dry remedy hair oil . this stuff is everything i've ever wanted. a PROPER hair oil that is SILICONE FREE !!!! the past year i've learned that i can't use silicones in my hair--i just need too much product to be effective, then the silicone ends up weighing down the hair and causing breakage. this aveda oil is my hair's best friend--it drinks it up but never weighs it down. adore.   BITE BEAUTY   amuse bouche lipstick - fig . i almost left this one out and i can't believe it because it's been my favorite surprise of the month ! fig is special. on me, i find it to be a skin brightening pink. while it doesn't look particularly natural, it doesn't scream LOOK AT MY PINK LIPSTICK either. i can't quite explain it. but for me, this one is a keeper, and quite possibly my new favorite shade from the amuse bouche line.  
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HALL OF FAMER Mcakes / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Good to see you back on here @Blackwhiskey  ❤ see post
Beauty Products That Share Your Name
Just like finding your name on a gift shop key-chain, I've always liked being able to do the same with beauty products. I thought it'd be fun to have a thread where you could post products (even non-beauty ones!) that share your name.   Here are the (few) products that I've found with my name: Zoya Lauren* (pink nude beige with shimmer) Buxom Full-On Lip Polish in Lauren (punk rock pink) Jane Iredale PureMoist Lipstick in Lauren (creamy matte copper) Julep Lauren (hot tropical pink creme; discontinued) Napoleon Perdis Mattetastic Lipstick in Lauren* (pink tan; looks like it is now extremely hard to find in the US) *products I own    Also, shout out to @veronika23  for suggesting to start a new thread on the main feed.    I can't wait to see what products everyone will dig up!  
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HALL OF FAMER Madeline7 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
This one looks like a 1950s popcorn ceiling xD  The Stardust finish was really just awful   Julep Korin (tennis ball yellow) is a bit better see post
Macy's Not Accepting Returns on Opened Beauty Products Anymore??
Hey guys!    I don't post on here often, but wanted to share what happened to me today.    I went to Macy's to return the Too Faced white chocolate chip palette today (was not impressed!) with the receipt and return sticker accompanying me. An employee working the Impulse area informed me that Macy's will no longer be accepting returns on opened beauty products because it costed them too much. She still let me return the palette, though, just for this time.    Wondering; has anyone else encountered this new policy yet?!? I will definitely not be purchasing makeup or skincare from Macy's anymore, I have sensitive skin and am quite picky about my products, especially when they can be purchased elsewhere and returned if I'm dissatisfied. 
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BEAUTY PRO SilverBeet / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
I bought some ABH lipgloss on sale for 50% off, but wasn't sure if I bought colors I already have.  The SA did tell me not to open it and I can return it.  I thought it ... see post
What do you wish were a beauty trend right now?
The title pretty much says it all.  What is a beauty look that you like, that you wish were more trendy?  (I know something doesn't have to be a trend in order for you to wear it, but it's nice when something you like is trendy because then companies come out with a bunch of new products for you to choose from!)   A few trends I would like to see: (1) Liquid blush.  I love the look of liquid blush, but there aren't that many options out there.   (2) Sheer lip colors.  Opaque matte lips seem to be popular right now, but I prefer the look of a tinted lip balm.   (3) More purple and blue-toned lip colors.  Mainly because those colors look good on me.   (4) Darker eye makeup.  I like the look of deepset eyes, so I'd like to see dark eye makeup become more of a trend during the daytime.  Perhaps not a full smoky eye, but at least some darker browns and grays than are typically seen in the daytime. - On second thought, smoky eyes at work would actually be a really cool trend.   (5) Tubing mascara.  I think it's great how easily tubing mascara washes off, and I like how when your eyes water, the tubes don't smudge the way normal mascara does.  But right now, tubing mascara lengthens, but doesn't do a great job of adding separation, thickness, volume, etc.  If it became a trend, I think we might see some better formulas emerge.
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HALL OF FAMER Harpier82 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
So, after I posted this, I ran across the "Under Smoke Eye" Look How-To on the Sephora site, which I think is a quite new posting.  So, I may get my wish there! see post