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Just call me BT-Claus (And the Best Beauty Tips)
So, I have lots and lots of deluxe samples and foils. Good ones, too (La Mer, Guerlain, Dior...), but my stash is becoming an unmanageable space-hog. I want them out of my house and into the hands of BTers who will use them. I also want to show all of you my gratitude for maintaining such a positive community!   So, I've decided to play BT-Claus, and offer them to all of you-- no strings attached. Not a TSB, not a trade, not even a pay it forward situation (unless you were so inclined, of course). I am giving them away, with postage to either the US or Canada paid by me (sorry, BTers living in the rest of the world).   Here's the deal: I'm going to assemble ten to fifteen boxes full of samples, and from this thread, I'm going to choose random* people to PM for an address. I'll be choosing anytime between now and Sunday (21 December 2014). You should expect to hear from me no later than Sunday evening (say, 7pm EST).  Note: you must be over 18 (sorry, younguns!). I'll ship boxes on Monday, and viola!-- you could be the proud recipient of an unexpected holiday gift!   To avoid confusion, please only post if you are interested in receiving a box, or specify your disinterest within your post. The discussion topic is: what is the best beauty/skincare tip you have been taught, or what beauty/skincare tip would you tell everyone about, if you could?   *As these are my personal items and my own money for postage, I hope it is okay with all of you that I choose how I will decide who receives a box, whether it be by random generator or just by my own whim.   Here are some pics of but a portion of what I'll be giving away!   Spoiler (Highlight to read) Spoiler (Highlight to read) Spoiler (Highlight to read) Spoiler (Highlight to read) Spoiler (Highlight to read) Spoiler (Highlight to read) Spoiler (Highlight to read) Spoiler (Highlight to read) Spoiler (Highlight to read) Spoiler (Highlight to read) Spoiler (Highlight to read)
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BEAUTY BUFF makeupandroses / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
The best skin care thing I've been taught and sometimes look over is to wash your makeup off at night. I work late and sometimes forget but my skin doesn't and breaks ou... see post
Deals too good to pass Up!
I have been getting a lot of great emails.  Hopefully, some of these deals can come in handy for the rest of you.  Have you seen any awesome ones you want to share?  Now, is a great time to haul.      
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It's a little harder than taking off a glitter-free nail polish, but nowhere near as time-consuming as removing Formula X or Deborah Lippmann glitters. I used to have a ... see post
Subscription box photo sharing
I've been on the Ipsy waiting list, but still look at the thread. I thought we could have a shared thread from all the subscription boxes (including non-beauty ones likes underpants and lifestyle such as Wantable and POPSugar). That way we can live vicariously through each others goodies!   (I know there are unboxing videos on YouTube, but I do not have the patience to sit through a five minute video about someone apologizing for the state of their hair. And I know there are blogs where I can see photos, but everyone usually gets different items in their boxes)
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Birchbox (arrived sometime during my trip).  Tracked it down successfully.     Julep (the polishes arrived before my trip on the 4th).  The eyeshadow did not arri... see post
What are your nordstrom rack beauty steals?
Hey guys! As my first post I decided to make a thread about the amazing beauty deals and Nordstrom Rack. I just went to Nordstrom Rack yesterday and they had a bunch of Too Faced and Stila items as well as a couple Urban Decay items! I thought that it would be a fun idea to show you guys the deals I got and I encourage anyone who wants to do the same   Everything that i got at Nordstrom Rack yesterday were Too Faced products, and let me tell you, the deals were great! These are the products I decided to pick up...   Bonjour Soleil Palette - $44.00 $16.97 - Chocolate Soleil .14 oz - Sun Bunny .14 oz - Snow Bunny .11 oz - Flatbuki Brush   La Creme Lip Cream - $22.00 $5.97 - in Cinnamon Kiss   All I want for Christmas Set - $45.00  $19.97 - Makeup Bag - Perfect Eyes Eyeliner .03 oz - Eye Shadow and Blush Compact .28 oz - Lash Injection Mascara .25 oz - Shadow Insurance Eye Shadow Primer .35 oz - La Creme Lip Cream in Believe .11 oz   Natural at Night Palette - $36.00 $14.97  
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Found these at NR by the Mall of Georgia Stila 5 pack of smudge sticks for $14.97. Awesome deal since each one is normally $20 Stila Masterpiece look book volumes 1, 2... see post
Today I got my two PWPs in the mail from Lord and Taylor. I did NOT purchase a fragrance (it said you had to) not sure if it was a glitch but I was able to get away with it.   
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NON-Makeup Too Good to Pass Up Deals!!!
I love the makeup version of this thread! I have saved so much $$ due to all of you posting things from B&M stores as well as the interwebs.   With Xmas and end of the year deals fast approaching thought a NON-makeup deal thread would be great for all of us to save $$$ to buy more makeup.  LOL   List away ladies and gents.  Feel free to list codes and extra % from rebate sites.   I'll go look through my favorite sites and come back and post.   Lord and Taylor online has 20% off code is Ready
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Black Friday 2014 Anticipation / Information from 2013
Updated11/28/14 to include direct URL to BF exclusive deals.   http://www.sephora.com/black-Friday?icid2=HomePage _Slideshow_blackfriday_us_112714_Image       List of Sephora Black Friday deals, courtesy of shapeshifter. These are the ones she is aware of for SIJCP. She and I communicated about her post of this information getting lost within this thread and making it easy for all of you to know what the deals are. So a zillion hearts for her.  I'll put the original thread information in a spoiler.      From Day 3 Snapchat Preview:   - Formula X nail polishes. (This was not in the original shapeshifter list so perhaps this will not be available at SIJCP) - Bare Minerals set: Eyeshadow duo (not certain of colors, but looked like a plum and a goldish) with Moxie lip gloss in Rebel - Josie Maran set: mini Bare naked nail wipes and mini apricot hand cream - Sephora collection: set of two precision makeup sponges - Bocia set: Deluxe size Black Mask and full size charcoal blotting papers - CLEAN set of 3 mini roller balls - Tarte set: mini lipgloss and mini blush in Magic, travel size Lights, Camera, Lashes - Make Up Forever set: 2 shimmery lip glosses, one pink, unsure of the colors, sorry. - Alterna: Caviar Anti-aging Replenishing Moisture Shampoo and what appears to be a companion item - maybe the conditioner? (This was not in the original shapeshifter list so perhaps this will not be available at SIJCP) - BLISS Fabulous Foaming Face Wash. (This was not in the original shapeshifter list so perhaps this will not be available at SIJCP) - Too Faced set: Deluxe mini BTS mascara and original shadow insurance   From Day 2 Snapchat Preview :   - Buxom: Sculpted Lash Mascara and Hold the Line waterproof liner (black)- 12oz - Origins: Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask, Modern Friction Nature's Gentle Dermabrasion and Drink-Up Intensive Overnight Mask. (This was not in the original shapeshifter list so perhaps this will not be available at SIJCP) - Living Proof: Perfect hair day, 5-in-1 styling treatment, Shampoo and Conditioner shampoo. (This was not in the original shapeshifter list so perhaps this will not be available at SIJCP) - Bite Beauty: 3 mini lush fruit lip glosses in Rambutan, Strawberry and Currant in a zip bag. - First Aid Beauty: 2oz cleanser and 2oz ultra repair cream - Ole Henriksen: travel size African Red Tea foam cleanser and travel size Brightening Cleansing Cloths   From Day 1 Snapchat Preview :   - Kat Von D: mini lip duo with a Studded Kiss in Lolita and an Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Berlin - 12 oz. Philosophy Purity Made Simple - Tocca: Giulietta (light green) and Stella (orange) - Nest: Dahlia & Vines, Indigo, and Midnight Fleur - Smashbox: Be Legendary mini lippies. Not sure of the colors. (This was not in the original shapeshifter list so perhaps this will not be available at SIJCP) Remaining items as found by shapeshifter. Expecting these items to officially be revealed on the Instagram posts scheduled for Wednesday.   - Too Faced set: Deluxe mini Original Shadow Insurance and Champagne Shadow Insurance - Smashbox set: travel size original face primer, full exposure mascara, high def concealer (sorry, don't know the color, but most likely whatever the midrange one is…) - Sephora collection: eyeshadow passport (not sure on colors, looked like nudes)v - Pink Sugar: roller ball (I think full size) - Juicy Couture: double ended roller ball (not totally sure what scents) - Perricone MD: travel sized Face Finishing Moisturizer .5oz - Peter Thomas Roth: FirmX peeling gel exfoliant. It looked like 1oz size.     Photos fom Snapchat/Sephorasnaps :   Day 3 Photo.       Day 2 Photo.      Day 1 Photo         Determination of when the online sales will go live: - This is still a great mystery. 12 am EST according to someone who made a mental note of it last year but so far, no official word for this year. Would love for a mod to help us out on this one.   Determination of store hours for Black Friday: -From what I've gathered, and folks, please chime in - Black Friday hours are location specific and dependent on a number of factors. If your free-standing Sephora is inside a mall, they will likely match the opening hours for that mall. At my local mall, stores opened at midnight, and so then, did Sephora. At my SIJCP, hours were based on when Penny's opened. For Sephora's that are not in a mall, or Penny's, they will like go with whatever time that "plaza" is going to open. I called my two favorite Sephora's in Arizona. I don't live there, but when I'm there, they are the ones I go to. The one on 15169 N Scottsdale Rd is going to open at 8 am. The one in Fashion Square mall is going to open at 6 am. But here is the BEST news. For the free standing Sephora's, it looks like Black Friday hours are posted for most stores, on the locations page of sephora.com. For fun, I pulled up the stores with a 90210 zip code:           ================================================== ========================   Original post before it was updated with the 2014 information..... It hit me a few days ago that Black Friday 2014 would be here soon!!! I happen to just love love love Black Friday shopping. I am not a morning person, a total night owl actually, so I've enjoyed that the last couple of years there have been more stores opening late on Thursday. (I don't support folks having to work on Thanksgiving just so I can shop but I won't wake up at 3 am to be at a store for a 4 am opening - I'd rather just stay up and hit a midnight opening - just a personal preference). Last year Sephora branded their Black Friday deals as "Dealtopia". As in years past, they had some amazing $10 deals. Some were online only and some were available both in store and on-line. On-line, we were limited to two items of each deal, but many of us made multiple orders. In-store, some locations held to the two item limit of each deal, and some didn't and they let you buy more. What is always the great mystery for on-line shopping is the exact time that the deals will go live. I want to say that it was midnight EST time. Last year, the online shopping was a bit of a nightmare. Anyone remember entering the "queue" where you were advised not to hit the back-button, or refresh, else you'd lose your place in line? With some patience, many of us were able to find our desired deals. My local store opened at midnight and when I got there at about 11:45, I was about the 15th person in line. There was only one "aggressive" shopper, who was behind me, but went kinda crazy when the doors opened. She knew what she wanted and by gosh, she wasn't afraid to nudge you out of the way to get there! Other than that, it was crazy busy but nothing horrible. They had many of the deals sitting on the main front display, but they also had some employees who had rolling carts with some of the items. Finding that "one" item you just had to have was tricky if it wasn't on the main display. To get an idea of what the deals were in 2013, I recommend googling "Musings of a Muse Black Friday 2013" to see the great details she posted including great pictures. Captured below is the list of deals from 2013, as found on The Musings of a Muse site. In addition, I just took a photo of the ones I bought last year that I still haven't used or given away. I think my favorite $10 item was the Josie Maran set, which included her Bare Naked Nail Wipes (20 count) and a 1 oz. Whipped Argan Oil Hand Cream in Vanilla Apricot. I think the "hot" item was the Philosophy Purity wash. What was your favorite? Note that Sephora did most of their Black Friday advertising using Pinterest and Facebook. I do not remember how many days before Black Friday they posted what the deals would be. Do any of you remember? All I know is that I am really excited for 2014!!! Anyone else have some tips/lessons learned from 2013? 2013 List Lorac Fan Favorite Duo Wei Pore Purifying & Brightening Collection Philosophy Limited Edition Purity Made Simple 12oz Tocca Florence Travel Fragrance Duo Bite Lush Lip Trio Sephora Collection Sparklers Brush Set Clean Fragrance Trio Bliss Soapy Suds Body Wash and Bubble Bath (16 oz Lemon Sage, Vanilla Bergamot, Red Orange and White Pepper, or Grapefruit and Aloe) Too Faced Better Than Sex Amazing Eyes Set (Too Faced Eyeliner and Better Than Sex Mascara) Stila Artful Eye Collector’s Edition Vol. 1 Stila Artful Eye Collector’s Palette Vol. 2 Stila Artful Eye Collector’s Palette Vol. 3 Stila Collage of Color Lip & Cheek Palette Tokyomilk Takeout Kate Somerville Dermal Quench Liquid Lift Advanced Wrinkle Treatment (0.50 oz) Josie Maran Argan Hand Healers Set Vita Liberata Rich Face + Mini Mitt Duo Living Proof Gift Set (1 oz Full Conditioner, Full Shampoo, Prime Style Extender, and 0.5 oz Full Thickening Cream) Formula X Asap Real Nail Lacquer Duo Pack Ole Henriksen Clean Sweep Duo (frican Red Tea Foaming Cleanser and Truth To Go Cleansing Wipes) Boscia Pore Perfection Set (1oz Black Mask, 1 Pore Strip) The Art of Shaving The 4 Elements of the Perfect Shave Set Smashbox Heat Wave Lip Gloss Set Buxom Full On Lipstick in Havana Alterna Caviar Moisture Trio Buxom Curtain Call Set Nails Inc Crystaltastic Nails Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant Vanilla Grapefruit Mini Bare Minerals Enchanting Eyes Tarte Little Miracles Best Selling Essentials  
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I totally understand saving it for you!   And, if I was your kids' teacher, they'd be getting As for the rest of the year. ;) see post
My Perfect Neutral Palette (Inglot)
After purchasing every neutral palette you can think of from Urban Decay, Too Faced, Stila, and more, I realized that I hardly touch most of the colors in all of my neutral palettes. At this point with my experience and love for make up, I can feel confident in selecting colors that I know I will constantly use without neglecting a single shade. I have since given away most of my pre-made neutral palettes to construct my own and I couldn't be happier!    My palette is made up of Inglot eyeshadows including all mattes with one shimmer and I reach for it every day. I do love my mattes and I hope this helps others who are looking to create their own palettes!   The top row consists of cooler shades (355, 390, 342, 360, 378) while the bottom row consists of warmer shades (328, 344, 357, 402, 329).     SWATCHES WITH FLASH ( L-R: 355, 328, 390, 344, 342, 357, 360, 402, 378, 329)   SWATCHES WITHOUT FLASH ( L-R: 355, 328, 390, 344, 342, 357, 360, 402, 378, 329)    
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Are you regretting?
What Black Friday deal you regretting not buying. For me it's the Blinc mascara duo.It was available till yesterday morning and was in my basket as well but I didn't buy it thinking I have more than enough mascaras waiting to be used and now when it is OOS. I regrett not buying it because I love Blinc tubing mascaras and have only one mini as a backup     EDIT: Regret time over. Blink duo was back in stock an hour ago, so I ordered it
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IT GIRL MariaLis / IT GIRL IT GIRL / replied
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Target fall beauty box
i just recieved my Target beauty box, I think it was free with $7 shipping.  All in all, definitely worth the cost. Elnett extra hold hairspray...good for purse Fekkai dry shampoo...always can use, we'll see if it's better than my Batiste Laniege BB cream....been wanting to dry NYX eye pencil in Milk...already have Loreal color riche lipstick...seems like a lip gloss, we'll see if I like it coupon for $3 off of $15...easily done.   i also got the Walmart beauty box, free with $5.  I like them both for different reason.  You can see the pics along with others in the Walmart beauty box thread.      
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HALL OF FAMER makeupobesessed / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hey ladies,  Target has 3 beauty boxes for cyber Monday- 1 Naturals for $5, 1 for Women for $10, and a sold out Men's box for $10.  Free shipping on everything today!  I... see post
sephora edition of monopoly back in stock!
Hello friends! Looks like this great gift idea is back in stock!👏   Available quantities look low, but there are at least 10 in stock.    http://www.sephora.com/monopoly-sephora-edition-P1 68712?skuId=966788&om_mmc=oth-bt-richlinks-2013  
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Still in stock... "Only a few left"   Thought I'd let you know. see post
Amazing Glam glow deal at T.J. Maxx!!!
Yesterday I was browsing the skin care section of T.J. Maxx and was surprised to find these two great items, for a super great price! The eye mud was only 29.99 and the set with the 1.7 clearing mud and .5 super mud was only 39.99. I purchased two of each one for me, one for my sister.
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Just commenting to say I love your picture so much! I have a black cat who loves to pose for pictures and tries to sneak in whenever I'm photographing things I bough... see post
While I patiently wait for my four VIBR sale orders to arrive I have decided to man up (lady up?) and ban myself from purchasing anything not gift related until Black Friday. I do most of my Sephora shopping during these last few months of the year but even this time I went a little crazy.   Anyone else putting off buying cosmetics/skincare/stuff in general until Black Friday or beyond? Cause if I don't I'm headed for this (minus the atrocious spelling error):     (Ha, not really.. but maybe..)    
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Sunday Sephora Delivery
My packages from the sale were delivered to my door a few minutes ago! Yay Canada post!
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Found in SiJCP
Here are some new items I have found in my Sephora inside JCPenney. I have not seen these in Sephora and neither online. Might be exclusive to SiJCP?   What new items have you found?
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500 pts as an apology,,,,Whao
Anyone else received this email from sephora????     Greetings from Sephora, Thank you for your recent online order. Due to an overwhelming response to our 20% off event, our Distribution Centers are experiencing processing delays. We truly apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. To express our apology, we will add 500 points to your Beauty Bank. These points never expire and can be redeemed online or in-store. Your Beauty Bank balance will reflect the additional points within 2-3 business days.   You can log in to your account online to check the status of your order. The tracking number will be updated once the package has gone through customs, at which time you will also receive a shipping confirmation email. Thank you for your patience and understanding. We appreciate your business! Sincerely, Sephora Client Services 1-877-SEPHORA (1-877-737-4672)      I want to say, I really appreciate  this effort by Sephora because I mostly shop online for almost every thing from clothings to dinnerware and so on and almost all the orders are delayed due to holiday season and I was mentally prepared that the last two Sephora orders that are not yet shipped might come close to the end of November any way.   In this case I really appreciate this fine example of great customer service by Sephora    
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Am I the only one who is not going to buy anything during the sale?
I know it sounds strange, I do But I did my inventory about a month ago, and realized I have a lot of products in every category: skincare, body care, makeup, and so on. I do WANT to spend money, don't get me wrong, there are a lot of items I'd like to have. But! I feel like all my other beauty product just can expire before I get to them, if I buy something new.  Is there anyone else who is not spending hundreds of dollars in November? Or am I the only one ?  
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Do you ever
Buy something, try it, dislike it, return it, only to buy it again months later and then love it? Recently I discovered that I bought YSL glossy stain #1 back at the Spring rouge event and after trying it I took it back. Then I just repurchased it during this VIB sale and I love it. I guess I thought it was too dark before but now I like wearing darker colors?   Anyone else do this?
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HALL OF FAMER calamityjane85 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
No, I know if I will love something upon getting it.  see post
Last day of Sale!
Did you get everything you needed/wanted?   What was your MOST exciting purchase?   I'm still waiting for some items to come back in stock. Seriously debating if I should go in to my Sephora for last minute items that I  don't  really need.
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I haven't tried MJ eyeshadows but have heard good things about them. I too got the LM Caviar stick set and in store too. see post
What did you get/will you get for the Sephora Employee Appreciation Sale?
Whether you're an employee at Sephora or loved by an employee at Sephora, if you scored a code... what did you buy for the sale? If you haven't shopped yet, what are you planning to buy? My goodies came in today and I bought:     GHD Bird of Paradise (coral) Too Faced Bronzing Wardrobe Hourglass BB Drybar Lemon Drop  Drybar High Tops Tarte Cheek Set Too Faced Melted Kisses Set Guerlain Magic Ballz Hourglass Lighting Powder YSL Fusion Ink Foundation Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation
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Well that's a bummer gxlxaxm. Did you check Barney's? They carry the color Dominique. see post
Hidding my stash (hauls)
With all the sales going on and holiday sets and limited edition products, and new items, I've been doing alot of purchases lately. Think I've gone a little overboard. Hey you gotta get them when they are in stock otherwise they go out of stock... for ever!   I find myself hidding my purchases and receipts. Not because I don't have enough money for my purchases, I budget well, but because I have too much already.    I'm not hiding the products, it's hiding the haul itself. Too many boxes arriving at once does cause my family to question but if one or two pop up, then no one cares to ask. I've sometimes come home to 4-6 boxes from UPS sitting next to my front door. I rush off my car, run and put those boxes away just to avoid questioning.   Tell me do you do the same?  Where do you hide your newly bought treasures?
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I just checked my email for shipping on orders I’ve made lately and I have counted I will be getting 6 boxes of goodies tomorrow. Not all from Sephora but still they're ... see post
Well, I was there for an hour just going through everything. I really wanted some stuff but I decided to wait. Aka Hourglass and the KVD palette.   My Sephora had cookies, I think it was actual champagne, water, and godiva truffles! It was sooooo awesome, yes there were a lot of people but oddly enough it didn't trigger my anxiety. I guess I needed to be around people to keep my mind off some stuff that's been happening. I even talked to the girl in front of me about my lipstick,, she loved it. Hehehe.
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Nice! I went to go pick up that FAB set over my lunch without checking online first, and of course my Sephora didn't have it in stock. So I hurried over to the next clos... see post
VIB 20% off sale mini haul
i acually didn't buy much like i did last year but it will make me happy until next, next week. i got 2 samples, 500 pt perk Urban Decay, Fresh mini lip balm and gloss, and the marc jacobs fragrance trio.  was debating to get the clarasonic as well but i talked myself out of spending more than 100 dollars today. phew! my wallet is saved. thankfully i only spent 4 dollars more than what i was orgiginally going to spend ($50) but its all good.    (p.s. Last year i spent like 300 dollars, so this year its more low key, im waiting on black friday, muahahahahahahahaha...)    (p.p.s. I really suck taking pictures on my laptop. just saying.)   post your hauls! i want to see!
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ooo cute haul!...I got the Marc Jacobs trio too!  see post
Outstanding October Hauls!!
It's midnight in New York and you know what that means... it's October!! I don't care if I'm in California, I'm still making this post hahaha.    I started my haul at CVS because my sister had $10 rewards for beauty and I used that towards lipsticks for my kit.    I got Wet n Wild lipsticks in Sugar Plum Fairy, Wine Room, and Mauve Outta Here. I also got a Milani lipstick in High Voltage. I paid $2 for 4 lipsticks!   I went to Ulta to pick up NYX Dark Circle Corrector and the Essence Lipstick (4th one above) in Wear Berries   THEN, I went to Sephora to pick up a free deluxe sample of Bare Minerals lipstick in Speak Your Mind and my MUFE Birthday gift!     PS my birthday is October 18 hehe
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You must use them! They'll be so much fun! And yes, Bal is fine :) see post
Notorious November Hauls!
Hi all,   I didn't see a new thread started on this yet- so please share your awesome 'Notorious November' Hauls here!!        
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Loving the Orla Kiely purse; it's so darn pretty! :) see post
Hey BTers I just placed an impulse order but now I am thinking if it is really good. Its a Estee Lauder PWP for C$40 with any EL purchase at the bay.  I bought this super cute pin to redeem this PWP  I use EL's DWLight foundation and BB cream and love many of there skin care products but never used  any other cosmetics from this brand. Can someone tell me how they like them. EDIT: OK girls here are the pics as promised. It is so beautiful  Pardon the image, she wanted to check and see what it is  
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I think the PWP that is $59.50  is the blockbuster one. I saw it's pictures but so far can't find it available anywhere on Canadian sites and have no idea about its Cana... see post
In Store SALE Sections!
After talking to an SA about in store sale sections she informed me that not all stores have them. I'm lucky that I have 3 Sephoras close to me and two of those have sale sections. Sometimes I'm able to get things in store that are not even available online. Other times I'm able to see and swatch items that are in the online sale sections before I make buys.   I thought it would be a good idea to get a list going of stores that actually have in store sale sections.     Hollywood & Highland - Los Angeles, CA - Reg., on isle end.   Glendale Galleria  -   Glendale, CA  - SiJCP, on isle end.   Century City - Los Angeles, CA - Reg., (they keep moving it around)
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Hollywood & Highland Store got a bunch of stuff in and they keep changing.   see post
Nordstrom Beauty Trend Show
Las Vegas Edition 10-11-14 - (I am aware there is a current Trend Show thread.  I almost posted this there until I noticed it was in the VIB section.  At least one person asking me questions about the event will not be able to see it there, so I am going to post this in a general board).   My event finally took place yesterday. The one in May was not the trend show, so I passed.   I arrived about 15 minutes before the show started.  The doors opened 30 minutes prior, so a lot of people were already inside.  I paid over the phone with Desiree, my Beauty consultant.  My $20 gift card (you pay $20 to reserve your spot but they give it back to you in the form of a gift card) was just inside the door near valet.  After getting my gift card, I got a tote bag (not pictured but it is pretty cheap and basic) with the base samples pictured below.  The event was on the third floor.  There was an assortment of fruit, water, coffee and granola bars.  I grabbed a granola bar (which was fresh and chewy) and a bottle of water.  I filled out my information card (which they used to raffle items off and likely make sure we're on the mailing list) and turned it in.   I got a decent seat at the fashion show, because I attended solo. I thought about inviting someone but remembered focusing solely on my sister at the Rouge event and decided just to go alone. I cannot even make stuff like this up, so you know it is true. The lovely Smashbox makeup artist who spent so much time beautifying my sister at the Rouge event applied makeup for YSL at the trend show. She actually did someone to the left of me initially and moved to the right of me when she finished her. Thus, I had a chance to chat with her. She said she remembered my sister, because her sister has the same name.   The show was a lot of fun. I loved the lady from Laura Mercier. She was beyond funny. The male models were yummy eye candy. All of the female models were beautiful and very, very tall. No short models in Vegas. I loved the Kiss and Blush on the YSL model, which is ultimately why I decided to stop by that counter. A rep for one of the skincare lines gave out the item he was presenting to someone in the front row. That was pretty cool. They also had a raffle with a ton of prizes (of course I did not win any). One lady won while she was in the restroom (just like that lady at the Emmys years ago). The presenter would not let her granddaughters pick it up for her but rather held onto it until she returned and made her walk the runway in reverse to get it. I found that quite humorous, and the lady who won was so sweet.   During the show, they announced there would be free samples at La Mer. I've always wanted to try that brand. I hate buying things without trying them first (because I do not return things). Knowing there is no such thing as free and they likely left out that a purchase was required, I asked straight up if a purchase was required to get a sample. Sure enough, it was. I told her I wanted to try the item before I bought it. She said she would give me a sample if I had a consultation. I usually do not like to have consultations at events unless I know I will buy something. They're usually so busy, and I do not want to waste their time. Since I told her I wanted to sample the item before buying it, I figured she knew I was not buying anything that day when she offered. Thus, I did not feel guilty. There was no wait for the consultation either. She applied two different creams on my face and asked me which I preferred. I told her. She then went over my skin concerns and made recommendations. After the consultation, she gave me the sample as promised.   Next, I walked past Dior. They had two chairs of which both were occupied with additional people standing around. So, I kept on walking straight to YSL. They had 4-5 chairs of which one was open. I asked if they were available for a makeover, and they were. I got Joshua. He removed everything from my face (which only consisted of the newly laid La Mer cream (so I am glad I got a sample to wear it a little longer next time) and a tinted moisturizer. He applied a cream before matching me to a Fusion Ink foundation. It looked and felt great (so I ended up buying it). In direct sunlight after I left, I noticed it looked orange. I may exchange it for another color.  In his defense, it either oxidized on me or it is one of those foundations that looks different with indoor versus outdoor lighting.  Feel free to chime in if you're familiar with this foundation.     He used some concealer in spots I did not even know I needed it. Then, he applied Touche Eclat. I remember him using a lot of bronzer and a blush (which was later overwritten), but I cannot recall a setting powder. Whether he used setting powder or not, the foundation lasted all day. He then applied a purple liner and brow pencil. He used the holiday palette on my eyes, which looked so awesome that I had to buy that as well.   At that point he turned me over to National Makeup Artist, Armando Ramos. I asked Armando to pick a lip a lip color for me to buy. He chose number 11 of the Kiss and Blush, which was so stunning. I wanted to buy it on the spot, but they were out. I was going to order it online after the event (to get the 3 online samples). I also prefer to order it myself because the items do not show up in my online account (order history) when the SAs place the orders.  The SA insisted, so I let her order it for me. After Armando applied the color to my lips, he overwrote the cheek color Joshua picked out. Although I liked the one Joshua picked out, Armando's was nicer to me. Then, Armando applied some Babydoll mascara.  Both Joshua and Armando were absolutely fabulous.  I wish I could take them home with me, so my makeup would always look nice.  We all know I will never get it to look like this.   My husband and sons arrived as my makeup was being applied.  They headed up to the Nordstrom Cafe for some brunch.  When it was time to pay, I sent him down to take care of it (he almost always pays for my items anyway) while I joined the boys in the restaurant.         The freebies I got for attending the trend show (plus the free La Mer sample for the consultation)     The YSL items I purchased and GWPs     The items I purchased unboxed     The inside of the beautiful holiday palette     I had a lot of fun and cannot wait to go next year.  Fingers crossed that I win something, because I am sure winning always makes the event more fun.  If you have a chance to go, you should.  You get your money back in the gift card, plus samples, snacks, a chance to win prizes, plenty of GWPs and the really fun fashion show.  Go!
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Anybody else go to the show at Westfield SF today?  see post
The Best of Bite Remix is Live!
I don't know if this has been posted yet but the lip pencils are up. Item number 1625029. Enjoy!
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They are definitely warmer compared to what's in the picture. see post
My collective Tom Ford Collection
Hey beauties! A couple folks have asked for a photo of my Tom Ford collection. Here it is! Not as bad as I thought!  Blushes: Flush Savage   Cheek duo: Stroked Softcore   Quads: orchid Haze Nude Dip Cocoa Mirage   Lipsticks: Moraccan Rouge Reckless warm sable Negligee Ginger Fawn Incorrigable   Brushes:  
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The colors are all so lush and intense! I haven't tried any TF, but I'm thinking I should soon. see post