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Ulta 21 days- regrets
I absolutely love the 21 days sale Ulta has twice a year.  However, I find myself regretting NOT buying certain items as the become on sale that day due to trying to have some restraint.  They make it very difficult for Platinun members with free shipping with no minimum, and lots of deals/stackable beauty breaks/coupons, etc...   In particuliar, I regret not buying more Butter London polishes, and I shouldve bought a Stila lip gloss yesterday.  I also highly regret not buying some Stila liners.  I am also glad I traded for a Clarisonic brush head since there isnt one on sale this time...   Anything you regret NOT buying or anything you wish you hadn't bought?  Share ladies!
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If your order includes a "beauty steal of the day", then you get free shipping, regardless of the total order amount! see post
Is your lipstick worth its weight in gold?
I recently bought my first Guerlain lipstick - Rouge G in #78 Gladys.  I knew the package was hefty, but never realized it would be this hefty.  I love the colour, but to tell you the truth, the package is more than I bargained for (well, I didn't bargain at all.  It costs bloody $53!).   So I weighed 4 high end lipsticks to see how they fare:   Dior Rouge                - 32g (Feather weight) Chanel Rouge Allure - 36g (Welter weight) Tom Ford                   - 49g (Heavy Weight) Guerlain Rouge G      - 83g (WAT?!)   The cost of the lipsticks seem to be aligned with their weights too.  Well, except the Guerlain....that is discounted to an inexpensive $53!   :-D   I like heavy lipsticks like TF and Hourglass, but Guerlain is just a bit too fussy.   I am discouraged about exploring this line much more to be honest.   What do you guys feel about good products that are unwieldy, too heavy, too large....does it matter?  
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I actually don't feel bad about tossing Bite minis in my purse to go, since the grey barrels are nothing special. see post
Any brand you love, but not very well-known?
I'm really into natural organic skincare this year, so I have discovered a lot of great indie brands. Any brand you love, but less well-known to others? It can be skin care or make up.   Here are some great brands I discovered: Pai  Estelle & Thild  Kimberly Sayer  Lily Lolo   What's yours?    
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HALL OF FAMER ballerinagrl / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Verso - incredibly strong but non-irritating retinol serums and creams Julie Hewitt - LA-based MUA; love her makeup palettes - so pigmented eyeshadows and blushers! Od... see post
30+ Days Of Spring Colors ( Lippie Challenge... Or Just Good Ol' Fun )
I started this in Greenie's thread, but, people suggested to make a new thread for this, so here we are...   So, Spring is finally here. Or... sort of.... ( But, that snow the other day has nothing to do with the bright yellow and pastel green I feel like wearing, right? )   Anyway, I was thinking we could do 30+ day challenge of Spring ( and Summer ) colors, just for fun, and the heck of it. Let's have some fun! If anyone feels like joining me, please do. If you don't want to do the challenge, please feel free to stop by just because, whenever and why ever you feel like to.   Let's paint the BT with Spring colors, ladies and gents!     P.S. It turned out I need to remove what's left of my "wisdom" asap... so.... I'll start the fun, and re-join you as soon as I can. But, you go ahead and have fun. I'll be watching, and live through you all!   Day 1 - Maybelline Vivids in Shocking Coral Day 2 - NARS Audacious in Brigitte + NARS lip gloss in Priscilla      
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Boo to wisdom teeth, feel better soon! This colour is amazing though, really spring-like see post
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Illuminating Powder Gelee 2015-who has it?
Does anyone on BT have this? What are your thoughts on it? I'm going to test it in my local Nordstrom tomorrow. They just got in 6.  I like the powder gelee concept but not sure about the color and I'm not crazy about the packaging...but it seems to have been kind of popular because it's had a few online appearances and sold out right away. I know everyone is looking for something like last years Heat Wave and apparently the formula on this is similar but not the color or packaging. Trendmood1 on IA had a nice review and swatch. Thoughts?
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PS I just wanted to say I'm sorry. I know how it feels to be left out of the launch of something you really want it. A lot of us here wanted that  Givenchy confetti powd... see post
Is there a push to look a certain way?
- How has beauty standards changed around the world?
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Hi N01007837,   I agree with lylysa - this is a broad question! Any particular angle you'd like to examine? I remember watching a documentary (I believe it's called ... see post
Makeup Goals... What are you trying to improve on?
Hey fellow Bt'ers. I know we have so many threads about what we are wanting to buy and what collections and new products are coming up... I thought it would be fun to have a thread that we could share our makeup goals in. It can be about what techniques you want to improve on and what part of your collection you are looking to expand. I look forward to reading all of yours please feel free to update your progress   I'll start.... For my makeup.... I want to improve my contouring and my eyeshadow blending...for that I need to expand my brush collection. I literally  have about 8 brushes to do all my looks. I also want to improve my eyeliner technique...its lacking big time. I need to expand my such a scaredy cat when it comes to putting on bold blushes.
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The empties thread is really fun. I can use up plenty of foils and everyday stuff like makeup remover, but I'd really like to use up a few color products this year, and ... see post
What are the beauty products you can't live without?
If all your beauty products disappeared for some reason, which are the 5 items that you would repurchase first without any doubt ? In other words, these items would very likely be your holy grail products which you couldn't live without in your makeup collection. (If you can, try to list the products in order, having the most important item as your first time on your list)   1. Lip product: Fresh lip balm! It can be used as a lipbalm and can also give your lips color!   2. Mascara: ROLLER LASH! This is what make my eyes pop and open up.   3. A creamy concealer! Nars creamy concealer or the MUFE full cover concealer. It covers up the imperfections on my skin.   4. A palette! I This palette must be a holy grail that I could use for my eyes, nose (contouring), brows, and even my cheek! Then this could save me from having a few less items out of the 5.   5. Last but not least, I have to give my last item to my chloe love story perfume (or MJ daisy dream)! I love to smell great and fresh all day, cos the perfume I sprayed on could definitely affect the mood I am in that day       Thank goodness my makeup hasn’t disappeared, since it would be super hard and to choose only 5 items! I find this question really challenging (but fun at the same time) when I was asked by my cousins and friends who came to visit me. They were shocked by all the beauty products I have in my room. I know 5 products aren't enough, but I wanted to know what products would be on list of the others.   Let me know what your list would be like. I am really interested in knowing what would be the few items that all you lovelies couldn't live without    
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My Current Five Favorite Beauty Products:   1)MUFE HD - Foundation in 110 2)Dior - Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara 3)Marc Jacobs - Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Blacq... see post
Feelgood Days
Anything ever happen that just instantly brightens up your day/week/month?     Recently I've been going through a rough patch but this morning my mother handed me some money and told me she was sorry for the way she acted. I no longer have to sell my game systems to try and make some payments, at least minimum. If I pay minimum.. more money for makeup. Logic. >_> I will be able to buy some items that I've had my eye on! And make an exchange too while I'm at it. This is one huge load off my shoulders because I think if you don't make a payment in time you get charged for a late fee which would've just been bad. 
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My mkm fjnally took me out to celebrate. We had a great time. We ate general tso tofu. Kung pao tofu. And veggie spring tolls with peanut sauce.  And shes gonna pay for ... see post
It pained you terribly to get rid off...
So once I finally released my Nars face products were causing me to break out, I had to throw them all away. All of my blushes, my bronzer and highlighter. On the bright side, I finally truly released what type of products were causing me issues and purged them as well. This was years ago, but does can anyone else relate to my story?
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HALL OF FAMER greenporchlights / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
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My OCD started kicking after meganlisa suggested the creation of the Summer thread so why not have a Fall one already just to keep ourselves organized?    Here we go   Burberry and Dior Fall 2015 (Found by Rhiannon1419)   Spring Collections - /Spring-2015-Collections/td-p/1825800 Summer Collections - /SUMMER-2015-COLLECTIONS/td-p/1927119
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Haha, definitely :D My eyes want the pompom to connect to her chin! see post
Just starting this new thread to keep us updated on all new collections, launches and releases for Summer; following up the Spring Collections thread you can check out here /Spring-2015-Collections/td-p/1825800   I’ll leave here what we already found for this upcoming summer season   MAC Wash and Dry LE Spoiler (Highlight to read) Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkins Summer 2015 (found by  lachaton) Guerlain Summer by Terracotta 2015 Fall Collections - /FALL-2015-COLLECTIONS/m-p/1927188#M95163  
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Me too! I have a ton! see post
Favorite cheapies that work!!
So I've been thinking lately, I spend so much money on high end beauty products and need to draw the line somewhere. Case and point I love body washes and creams but do I really need to spend so much money on those things? Prior to a couple of years ago, Olay was working just fine. So while in Target a few weeks ago I noticed the suave naturals line of body products and was curious given it's claims  "clinically proven..." the same as this brand or same ingredients, etc. So I bought the one comparable to Origins body wash and I'm so surprised that it actually leaves my skin soft and moisturized. Next I bought the lotion comparable to Moroccan oil and it's one of the best lotions that actually leaves my skin smooth, moisturized, and soft until I shower again. What drugstore, cheap, or often dismissed brand surprised you lately with better than expected quality?  
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Just purchased it yesterday, ended up trying it out last night. I only used it to remove face makeup- concealer, blush, bronzer - I had to use a few cotton pads. But, it... see post
Be honest... How much have you spent YTD at Sephora Vs. Ulta
I had to update my totals... So YTD as of 3/22 I have spent at Sephora $76 and at ULTA $492 and at department/brand stores about $800...       Normally I would have spent a lot more at Sephora by now but TBH none of the rewards or perks have really made me want to buy anything from Sephora... Even with the flash 2 day, I still find myself going to ULTA or Macy's or the brands site because of the GWP incentives... I have spent so much money at Sephora the last couple of years and I think I am finally getting to a point where its few and far between because the perks just don't do anything for me anymore...
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Beauty mistakes and regrets, let's talk about them!
Whether it’s blue eye shadow, sharpie brows or experimental beauty looks gone wrong, we all have beauty mistakes or regrets.   I was looking back at some pictures from a few years ago and I found myself staring at my barely there eyebrows. I over plucked them, they were super thin and I didn’t even care to fill them in, lol!   Lemme just show you my biggest regrets, in no particular order, these all make me cringe and want to go back in time.   Super thin brows Spoiler (Highlight to read)   Red eye shadow (I don’t regret using the color but the fact that I didn’t know how to wear it properly, this is from 2008, I was in HS) Spoiler (Highlight to read)   Not taking care of my skin during High School (forever thankful to my mother for taking me to a dermatologist, I can tell you laser is worth it! - College Freshman, 2010)   Spoiler (Highlight to read)   Now this pictures are a forever reminder of what not to do   What’s your biggest beauty regret or mistake?       -Yackie
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HALL OF FAMER ballerinagrl / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
It's as grey and rainy as England right now, so maybe not ... ;) see post
kinda strange but does anyone else buy products because of the names?
im 100% sure this has been spoken about here before but im just wondering if im just a weird young person whose into fandom and tumblr too much but am i the only one who buys or enjoys products with sexual names?   i bought deep throat and i got it because it was pretty but i was extra happy that it had such a great name...ive been wanting the too faced palette with the silk teddy color but i dont buy it because the colors are colors i already own in different palettes.   am i just strange?
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LOL i dont think this is strange at all. Although i dont just buy products because of names...i do think that its more fun when the names are more interesting. see post
Am I the only one where how the item is packaged is extremely important?
I am disabled and it if I can't open an item it is extremely frustrating to me. I know that I can put it in a different type of packaging or perhaps depot an item but that can create problems of its own. I know  which products work best for me after much trial and error and after some throwaways/returns. I know that many of you aren't disabled but if you can't open an item quickly do you experience the same frustration?
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I have this issue too, ivy! It's so annoying.    I also find the Alterna shampoo/conditioners difficult...they're a squeeze bottle, but they're so difficult sometimes,... see post
What is your dream beauty purchase?
You know how sometimes you see something you REALLY REALLY WANT, or fell in love at first sight, but does not have the fund or justification for getting them due to price/your stash no matter how much you tried? or it was released 5yrs before you wanted and not available anywhere? Do you have anything like that and what are they?   Sulwhasoo is another Asian brand that have recently reached popularity in US, but while browsing their skincare line, I stumbled upon their powders and HOLY MOLY! Look at this packaging! That's from Bergdorf Goodman for $150. I've got 3 compact and 4 jars of meteorites so I absolutely cannot justify it. But at least you can buy it if you want to, I don't even know where to buy this one: That is up on their brand website. Another pretty that I would totally get if available but unfortunately is not is the Dior Lace powder compact: Image curtesy of Beautylish. There's another absolutely stunning, ridiculously intricate/gorgeous Chanel eyeshadow compact that I saved an image of but can't find right now, will share eye candy later.   But anyways, what is your dream beauty purchase?
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Nordstrom Online has the Dior My Lady Blush available online. if anyone is looking for it :) see post
Lippies Everywhere!!!!!!!
Lippie here. Lippie there. Lippies everywhere!! So I thought I'd share my growing lippie collection and addiction. I know some of you ladies want to know what I have and from where or what. So here you guys go. Please share yours as well. I know I'm not alone here's my list not including minis/deluxe samples. Just the fulls. Nyx - Summer breeze. Pale pink. Perfect red. Mac - Satin: Myth. Retro matte: relentlessly red Maybellene - color sensational: Hibiscus haven. I'm blushing. Gloss in electric shock Bite Rouge LE: Lilac. Smashbox - Be legendary: Infrared matte. Pout. Electric pink. Pretty social. BL lipgloss Pout. Revlon- Matte nude. Super lustrous matte: stormy pink. Ultra HD: Orchid. Color burst matte balm: showy flamboyante. Covergirl - Hot Passion. Spellbound. Champagne. Enchantress. KVD. LL - Armageddon. Backstage Bambi. Berlin. Buxom - Pink Lady. Taylor. Lavendar Cosmo. Berry Blast. Isabella. Erin. Patricia. Nars - Pure matte lipstick: Montego Bay. In The Mail : Marc Jacobs Rouge LE: So Rouge Bite 003. Bite Luminous Créme: Cava   (I think I'm missing some in the pics. But yeah haha)      
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Happening for sure over here! I bought two today, ordered 2, and probably gonna get some more tomorrow after the gym!  see post
What is your most cherished/beloved/rare item in your make up collection?
And the follow up question is: do you ever use it? I'm really curious with all of the talk about LE items, Asian exclusives, and just those hard to get items!
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You should use it! I have been using mine since the second last week of February and the entire design is still in tact... see post
Limited Edition 2015 Madness….discuss and share here!
So lately, I've been a little crazy about Limited Editions. For example, I am really sad about not getting a hold of this Givenchy Confetti powder. I really want to be in on the next 'must have'…anyone have ideas/predictions of what will be the hottest limited editions coming up?   Historically, which limited editions have been those that sold out and became collector's items? I think my collection is getting to the point where I want to start adding those special pieces and be ready for them.  I think there was talk about the Estee Lauder Courreges Highlighter powder being an update of the Heat Wave, it's on pre-order on and quickly went out of stock on Sephora.        
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Loved your video, especially the rose petals :) Inspired by the LA A/W runway show? Gotta love Tom Ford... see post
Confessions of a shopaholic...
  So today while at the dentist office with my hubby, I saw on the news about the priest David who is accepting confessions on snapchat while I am no where near that point of desperation to contact said priest... I figured I'd dish out my dirty little secret here to the BT world...   Every once in a while maybe twice a year I get this uncontrollable urge to spend, its like I'm a crack addict and I need to score some good deals... This week long binge started when I was sick for a few days and I started doing some "online browsing"... which soon turned into "Ooppps now I'm shopping". Now mind you I am very frugal (except when it comes to makeup) I even have my budget made through the end of 2015, and I am usually pretty good at staying within my set limits... but when I get this itch to spend I can't control it!!! Now don't rush to conclusions and think I am putting myself in debt or anything, I would never spend more than I have.... And luckily my husband doesn't mind when I treat my self because it doesn't happen often (if it happened more than 2x a year he'd definitely rethink his "cheaper to keep her" mentality)   So here I am at what I believe to be the end of this week long binge of online shopping, and feeling somewhat hung over, definitely not any buyers remorse, but not as much excitement as I had when I was shopping (maybe because none of my boxes have yet been delivered by drug dealer UPS- and yes I have been faithfully tracking my shipments)...  I'm desperately awaiting all my shipments and I hope to receive them before I go on my cruise on the 14th!!!   So what better way to end my confession than to share the items I acquired on my week long binge... I honestly think I was pretty frugal buying some used items rather than paying retail for some... I also used ebates or shopathome, promo codes and some gift cards when applicable... I also bought a membership to ilovethisdiet and purchased some new meal prep containers on amazon... since I plan to start eating better once I get back from the cruise and tbh I probably gained 5 lbs on my week long binge...   Amazon- the lights and stuff is for a vanity mirror project I will be working on will post pics when complete Ebay   Sephora       Ulta Mac   Macys   Exchange   Tradesy          
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HALL OF FAMER ballerinagrl / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Awesome haul! You have great taste! I try to stick to a monthly self-imposed budget, but GWP's, sales, and events like Black Friday really screw it up for me, despite my... see post
Suggestions on where to find a good non-leather handbag?
I'm in the market for a new handbag and I'm having difficulty finding non-leather items. Since the BT community is so large I thought I'd throw this out there to get some suggestions as we buy more than just makeup. I've found one brand that looks intruiging, Matt & Nat, but they don't have a lot of color variations. I've Google searched enough for the moment. Just looking for a few ideas/suggestions from some fresh eyes!   Thanks!
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Thank you! That is a very sharp (ahh, I sound like my mom) bag!  see post
The Giddy Post - Did you order something today?? (;
Are you riding a high from an order you placed today?? Do tell. 
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I was trying so hard not to buy anything until chic week...obviously I failed lol but I'm sure it's going to be well worth it! It just shipped today! see post
i can't believe it's already march ! i love discussing monthly favorites because the positivity and enthusiasm just cheers me up.   for me, hmmm:   SKINCARE NUDE omega jelly cleanser. i declared it HG status back in late 2014, but feburary i rekindled and reaffirmed my love for it (check the skincare HG thread if you're interested in why ) TATA HARPER replenishing nutrient complex. a facial oil, i got this mid-january, but did not use it much until feb. i love it. it makes my skin happy. it absorbs well and smells divine. skin feels fed (particularly when used in conjunction with the nude cleanser) NUDE miracle mask. i got this as a gift for xmas (yay !) but was hardly able to use it until february as well. i am really enjoying it. it reminds me of the amazing REN glycol lactic mask, even though the nude one does not contain lactic acid (ah, if only it did...) in terms of consistency. it's very gentle and effective so i'd be very confident in recommending this to people wanting to try out AHA masks..... MAKEUP LAURA MERCIER caviar eye sticks.....and cream shadows in general. i've had these since december but only realllly fell in love with them the second half of feb. i love cream shadows because they're easy, they set (when well formulated, and, i've found, not layered on  too  thick) and while you can layer them for a multi tonal effect, i don't find it necessary. single shades are multi-dimensional enough to really create a beautiful effect while blended out....and i actually prefer 1-2 colors only on my lids, so these are perfect . i can't wait to explore the world of cream shadows even more NARS semi-matte lipstick in catfight. picked this up and it was instant love. their semi-matte lipsticks are just a wonderful formulation and i'd recommend them to anyone looking for a matte lipstick that is non drying (yet non-slippery). GUERLAIN maxi lash mascara. maxi lashes, no clumping, new favorite. smells faintly of roses. ...and finally NARS all day luminous weightless foundation. this has been a very interesting journey. when i trialed it with a sample, i decided to skip it. upon my last day of use i tried a different application method, and i decided i didn't want to go without it. siberia is a perfect match for my skin, and as long as my skin is well prepped, it doesn't look like i have on makeup. layers well for more coverage too (though i'd advise letting a thin layer "set" before applying another layer...and it doesn't take long as this foundation sets  fast) HAIR my  new SEDU revolution flat iron. i haven't had to purchase a flat iron in nearly a decade. i mourned the death of my chi because that thing has been through e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g.  with me, traveled the world with me, and patiently waited for me as my head was shaved. but, alas, it's time came and i lovvvvve this new straightener. and, for whatever it's worth, looks super chic with it's black ceramic plates too ! i didn't know my hair could look this shiny.   how about you ? any new or rekindled beauty love affairs ?
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I LOVE CeraVe! I've been trying new skincare consistently but, I never change from the CeraVe hydrating cleanser and AM moisturizer :) see post
Who is as dumb as me? Feel free to add anything dumb/funny you did lately!
Today as I am looking through the orders that are on the way to me I noticed that I ordered 2 more of the same product. One I have already (GA Brow Maestro-ordered same color, wanted to order a different one). And I placed two different orders for Glamglow Thirstycleanse! What a dumbo! Now both those orders will have to be returned...ugh! I just can't believe I did this considering I was checking and rechecking my orders. And yes...I ordered them all from Sephora! Go ahead laugh and tell me what I already know,...I am indeed an addict and a goofy one at that. I'm blaming it on the weather since I think it's causing more confusion than usual! Ok that and a serious lack of sleep...zzzzzzz (I wish!)
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Would you ever get a back up of a product you will never finish?
I love buying beautiful powders, and the fact that they perform well is a bonus. However, most of the time the beauty is on the powder itself and goes awway after use.....but it look so pretty on the face it's a shame not to use it......but it look so gorgeous in the pan it is a shame to ruin the embossing/color.....   The item in question for me is Guerlain Parure de Nuit, which I KNOW I won't be able to finish in the next 3 years if I use it. It's already a bit smeared after a few use and I'd hate to ruin the gorgeous peacock pattern. I kind of want a back up so I can use my current one without worry, but it's produced at least a year ago and buying a $50+ something that I might not use for another 2 or 3 years is......   Do you ever have such dilemma? Back up of something pretty just so you can use the current one without guilt?
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That's actually a good idea!  I can't count the number of times in the past that I got to my work destination and opened my makeup bag to find that I was missing some cr... see post
The Ultimate Sephora Shopping Spree - What Would You Get?
This afternoon I was playing around with my cart - I added a few things that I'm really lusting after and then I had a thought - What if someone told me that I could have the ultimate Sephora shopping spree and get every single thing that I want? Money is no object. There are a lot of things I would buy, especially if my shopping spree took place in store. I added everything that I would buy online to my cart and I'm rather surprised that it's only $1500.00 worth of stuff. There are a few things that I want that are OOS, but for the most part this is everything. Here's what I would buy. What would you get? Spoiler (Highlight to read)     Spoiler (Highlight to read) Spoiler (Highlight to read) Spoiler (Highlight to read)  
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BEAUTY GURU laurennnlove / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
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Small, portable makeup items for purse/makeup bag?
Ive searched for this topic and nothing Im really looking for comes up.  I have a small situation on my chin happening, and the heat has been messed up at work, so Im also somewhat sweaty.  I need to touch up my makeup, but my makeup bag for my purse/desk at work is dismal.  I need new stuff.  I threw away the small eyeshadow compact, the cream blush, and the concealer.     AllI have left are botting linens, a set of brushes in a roll, and eyeliner, and lip products. I just replaced my facial mist, and mascara. I need a small eyeshadow compact, blush, and a way to touch up my face makeup- powder preferable and concealer.  AND anything else you gals have that work miracles in a pinch.     i typically have bobby pins/perfume/safety pins/bandaids/etc- so no need for those recs.     Thank you!
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  Here's the full Shape Matters guide from Smashbox, it shows three how to create 3 looks using 3 shades, feel free to play with what shades are actually used but i... see post
Sharing my favorite Barney's rep with everyone for the upcoming LOVE YOURSELF
Hi, I want to share my FAVORITE SA with everyone! I have am working on my pre oder now. They sell out early on many items! If you want to be spoiled call Irene at the Chanel counter (Manhattan flagship store). If you tell her Judith sent you she will EXTRA stuff your bag with goodies! She has been my SA for years and my eyes are wide when I start to unwrap my bag! You can contact her at: Irene Brossar Chanel Cosmetics Barneys New York (Madison Ave) 212-833-2005/2004 917.403.9889 cell Or  email her at or So you can get started with your preorder. Even though Chanel does not specifically say all the time they have a step up gift, Irene will gift you in abundance! And remember you DO NOT have to only order Chanel products even though she is the Chanel rep! BE READY TO BE SPOILED!!!!!!!!!!!! This is one time that having a rep. makes ALL the difference!
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