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have you ever had an a-ha moment after a  very simple suggestion was thrown your way?    i'm not talking years of practice leading to mastering the craft here. but rather when  your makeup game changed for the better after a tiny tweak in technique and / or perspective.   i was chatting with a friend about it, i realized i had a couple and thought it would be a cool thing to discuss here--for fun, and to share what could possibly be a-ha moments for others !   my first proper simple suggestion to how i approached makeup was years ago, but still after  years  of struggle to find a foundation that really did match my skin. a friend makeup artist told me i had neutral-to-yellow undertones (she also said 'olive but too pale to even tell'.... too pale to even tell will be the name of my memoirs ) and to try out japanese brand foundations. i eventually found bobbi brown, giorgio armani and nars, too, and that struggle was put to rest.   my second  ohhhhhh  moment was relatively more recently, when i was advised to apply liner (particularly winged, liquid/gel liner) with my eyes open, rather than closed. this. changed. everything. for me. i'd always struggled because i have ever-so-slightly hooded eyes, and when i applied the perfect wing to closed eyes, everything was pointing the wrong way when i opened them. and with this simple suggestion, suddenly something i felt i'd never learn how to swing was remarkably easy and almost foolproof. same goes for eyeshadow (particularly in the crease) though to a lesser degree.   how about you ??    
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1. Pat to apply, rub to remove - has made a huge difference in my foundation application process - especially for additional coverage to cover redness.  2. Cleansing an... see post
Bite Lip Lab Sephora color of the month!
OMG Bite lipsticks are my weakness! me-deluxe-lipstick-P392929?skuId=1691773&country_s ...
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But Malday you're my lip muse! I buy you all zee Lippies just so you can model them for mezzz! :D see post
Tom Ford Updates
Hey Beauties- We have ALOT of threads around here for Tom Ford products. I figured I'd start one thread where we can update each other on items as they come out or we see them available.    For all my UK'ers, or people willing to pay for shipping from the UK, Harrods has Softcore and Nude Dip from the Fall collection available right now. Happy Shopping! 
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BEAUTY GURU lipstick4soul / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
I already pre-ordered from Rachel and just talked to her. They have the whole collection in stock to buy in store or ship. She told me Nude Dip would be mid-may and that... see post
Post your favorite YouTube beauty videos!
I know we've all talked about specific vloggers and YouTube gurus that we love, but I want to see which YouTubes inspire you! Post looks, tips, whatever!    For those who don't know, you can click the little film strip along the top toolbar (3rd from the right) and paste a YouTube link which will then appear in your post.    I flippin' love this video of Lisa Eldridge doing the quintessential Alexa Chung look on Alexa Chung. 
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i ADORE ruth from a model recommends. and caroline hirons of course. lisa is the epitome of grace.    those are the only three i follow ! oh ! and sali hughes. those ... see post
Poll: What's One Makeup Product You Buy The Most Of?
Just curious, I thought I'd ask to see what makeup product others find themselves buying the most of.   (For example, eyeshadows, mascaras, foundations, blushes... etc..)   For myself, I am perpetually buying more lipstick than I probably need. It usually takes me forever to even finish ONE, but yet I still seem to be always looking at/buying more of them, haha! :-)  
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I am an eyeshadow fiend. I can never walk by them and not buy one or two or six. ;) see post
BOX IS CLOSED DELUXE AND FOILS WINTER TSB Qualifications: Must be 18 yrs. or older Must be VIB or VIB Rouge Rules: Must be able to pay $17 dollars for shipping (USPS) Must provide a tracking number. Must be able to post pictures of what you take and put in Do not take more than what you put in. Keep the value of items equal. Trade on or above the value of what you have taken from the box. It would be a good idea to post your trade before you ship the box. Ship the box out within 3 days. (USPS does home pickup, so no EXCUSES! ) If you are traveling or something comes up, please let us know ASAP so we can move you on the list. What to include in the box ☆Products from brands sold at Barney's, Saks, Sephora and Nordstrom. The exception to the rule is Asian products which you cannot get in the states (Sulwhasoo, Etude House, Peripera, Hada Labo, etc.) ☆ All opened items must be labeled ("swatched", "opened", "tried/used"…) Sanitize and pack all explodable or leakable products in ziplocks and bubble wrap. ☆ Makeup as long as you've cleaned it with alcohol & it doesn't have big fingerprint marks/dents in it ☆ Mascara if it's sealed and/or has not been used at ALL ☆ Lotion, creams allowed if they are brand new or in a pump bottle for sanitary reasons ☆ Fragrance if it's in a spray bottle (can be 1/2 used too) & must be wrapped ☆ Nail polish must be tightly closed & bubble wrapped/bagged ☆ Anything that is sealed Do not include: Pre-made samples Drugstore items (unless it's from a brand hard to find in the US) Heavily used items (but if it is an expensive ítem someone might be interested, just ask in the thread) Swatching items in the box Putting in anything unsanitary/things that can't be cleaned or sanitized   ---> If you have anything that is questionable just ask in the thread! =]   1. Greenporchlights (Unicorn fragance samples -niche and fancy-pantsy perfume samples-that require thorough testing before investing such as a Tom Ford Private Blend)9407803699300013135735 2. Michelle shops    9407803699300013277350 3. Dtalks all   9114 9999 4431 3413 3512 16 4. Laynebr 9114 9011 5981 8948 1305 87 5. Heatherbee 9505511034285027477498 6. Makeupobsesed  9114901159818440726660 7. Sdbeautyjunkie1 9405503699300486352753 9405503699300486352760 8. Annypoo 9405503699300486352760 9405509699938185985709 9. Masaya 9405509699937326832865 10. Kiml150 9505511025835050512394 11. Sn22 9405503699300499633061 12. Rhiannon1419 (Julep nailpolish that belongs to the Wanderlust collection) 13. Rose135 (Korean skincare that does not include mineral oil, SKII, Tata Harper, Tatcha) 14. Onceuponatime 9505-5104-2317-5078-0105-42 15. Dolceloure 17. StephaniLynn 18. Makeuplovertay (living proof and drybar hair products, as well as any kind of samples!)   19 . Trishalyn 20. Redwagon44 ??    
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BEAUTY GURU Onceuponatime45 / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
And yes thank you so much for making the box possible :) see post
NARS x Christopher Kane: Neoneutrals Summer Collection
Oh man, I just received this in my email, and this is the first I'm seeing of it! I'm loving this collection! I'm a total NARS addict, and LE NARS is even more addicting! I already want the 'Starscape' blush, the eye duo, and the lilac multiple. Hopefully Sephora will get some of this for the summer as well... Anyone else as excited as I am?!      
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Good to know. I will go check mine today. Thanks! see post
Blush Challenge!
So, I did the lipstick challenge with Greenchilli and all the ladies in that thread and I thought it might be fun to do the same thing with blush.  I don't have enough blush to get through a month, but I figure I'll go until I have gone through all my blush.   So the challenge is: wear a different blush every day until you run out of blushes or reach 30 days.     Anyone want to join me?   Day 1, 12/28/14, Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee in Pink Escape Day 2, 12/29/14, Tarte 12-hr Amazonian Clay Blush in Dollface Day 3, 12/30/14, Tarte 12-hr Amazonian Clay Blush in Natural Beauty Day 4, 12/31/14, Nars Blush in Torrid  Day 5, 1/1/15 (omg first time i've written the new year), Illamasqua in Tremble Day 6, 1/2/15, Tarte 12-hr Amazonian Clay in Irreplaceable Day 7, 1/3/15, Tarte 12-hr Amazonian Clay in Bashful Day 8, 1/4/15, Nyx Rouge Cream Blush in Glow Day 9, 1/5/15, Tarte 12-hr Amazonian Clay in Whimsy Day 10, 1/6/15, Tarte 12-hr Amazonian Clay in Embraced Day 11, 1/7/15, Tarte 12-hr in Blissful Day       1/8/15, no blush for reasons of extreme lateness in the AM  Day 12, 1/9/15, Tarte 12-hr in Fearless Day 13, 1/10/15, Tarte 12-hr in Breathless Day 14, 1/11/15, Tarte 12-hr in Exposed Day 15, 1/12/15, Nyx Rouge Cream Blush in Red Cheeks Day 16, 1/13/15, Tarte cheek stain in Blushing Bride Day 17, 1/14/15, Meteorites Perles de Blush Day 18, 1/15/15, Hourglass Blush in Luminous Flush Day 19, 1/16/15, Stila Convertible in Lilium Day 20, 1/17/15, Too Faced Natural Face Palette - powder blush (no name that I can find) Day 21, 1/18/15, Too Faced Natural Face Palette - cream blush Day 22, 1/19/15, tarte cheek stain in dreamer Day 23, 1/20/15 Smashbox Master Class III in Rosy Day 24, 1/21/15 Smashbox Master Class III in Flush Day 25, 1/22/15 Dior Rosy Glow Day 26, 1/23/15 Smashbox Master Class III in Carnation
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HALL OF FAMER sephoramusthave / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I'm sooooo behind on this challenge! Anyway, onwards!   Day 1: pixi beauty blush, healthiest honey Day 2: benefit dandelion Day 3: tarina tarantino dollskin cheek bl... see post
Made with Love: Meet the Founders
Anyone been to one of these events before?  Anyone going to the ones coming up? What can I expect?   I searched "Meet the founder" but didn't see a thread, feel free to redirect me if I'm duplicating a post
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If it was on the weekend I'd be down to do a little research for you but Thursday nights are hard.  The other two events are on the weekend, so I wonder if they didn't i... see post
Help with Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Foundation Color
I wanted to try Hourglass Immaculate foundation because I heard so many good things about it and I have really oily skin. I went to Sephora and asked for help picking out my shade. The Sales rep put it on top of my makeup, which I had been wearing all day. It did look like a match so I bought the warm beige. But when I put it on the next day I was too orange. I agreed with her that I would get darker in summer but this is not even a natural color. So I went back and asked another sales rep to help me choose a color, this time she removed my makeup, although just on my jaw line and tried on honey, she said that was the right color. I looked and it did look better than my orange skin (yes I wore the makup again, to give it another try). So I got the honey. Now I've been wearing it for a few days and it is till orange. It is much lighter than the warm beige, but it is still not my color. I have olive skin does anyone have any suggestions?
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There may be a match on findation or temptalia foundation matrix (websites similar to coloriq but not just for Sephora carried brands).  see post
Stila no longer being carried at Sephora?!
I attended today's Rouge event in VA and for the life of me could not locate Stila.  I asked a SA and was told Sephora would no longer be carrying the brand, with the exception of their black eyeliner (I'm not sure which formula).  My friend in CA also noticed Stila was missing.  Is Sephora phasing the brand out on a whole or was this just select stores?  Should we be looking forward to some great Stila sales? I'm a bit disappointed, since I've recently started exploring the brand again! The Nouveau Natural Eye Shadow Palette is amazing!   EDIT- We have our answer! Stila has been pulled from some stores, while others are still carrying it and the brand will still be available online
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They just stocked brand new Stila Aqua Glow Watercolor blushes online!  I think it's only online and few stores? see post
Surratt is available in Sephora stores!
I just went to Toronto eaton centre location to do some last minute shopping and I spotted Surratt! Unfortunately, the store was too packed, so I only snapped two photos of the eyeshadows. The blushes and lipsticks are almost all oos       FYI, the price on display is more expensive than actual price, so my guess is the Canadian price will go up very soon.   Single eyeshadows $22 ->$24 on display Blushes $35->$40 on display Lip gloss $35-> $40  on display Lip lustre $37->$43  on display   Hope this helps!  
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Just FYI, stopped by the Eaton Centre today to exchange a defective item, and went to look at this section... there were a fair amount in stock. Some shades were complet... see post
Givenchy Confetti Powder relase?
Hi everyone, I searched everywhere for this answer but can't seem to find one. So please point me in the right direction if this has been asked already!   Does anyone know if Sephora will carry the gorgeous shimmery powder in the confetti case (part of the Spring 2015 collection)? I know they are basically sold out everywhere and Sephora is probably my only hope in Canada (I don't think Holt Renfrew or The Bay or Murale carries Givenchy makeup...just the fragrances).   If so... might any one have an idea of a release date?
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So generous of you! I'm so sad I just noticed this now but if you could grab one more, I would appreciate it forever!! Promise to pay for the powder + shipping! see post
Foxy in UD Naked Basics palette
I recently bought a Naked Basics palette from Sephora. While I like most of the shades, I found Foxy to be noticeably stiffer and more different to pick up (with a brush or finger) than the rest.   I'm wondering if that's how the shadow is supposed to be? Should I exchange the palette for a new one?
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Sounds like I'm not the only one with the problem. I will keep the palette as is! see post
Help with Foundation color
Hi I am interested in purchasing the Georgia Armani Silk foundation but am unsure about my color, I tried putting in my zip code but this is not available in my local Sephora, How can you help me choose my right color?
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Thanks I will try that.  see post
Hi, ☺️please tell me what my skin tone/ undertone is. It would be useful for me to choose make up products. Thanks😋 .( natural light)
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I am using Peter Thomas Roth cc cream ( light shade) but I think the cream color might not suit for my skintone. Here is the picture of me when I was wearing it. And m... see post
How many foundations do you own ? and your impressions ?
I've been looking into my makeup stash and realized, wow I do own A LOT of foundations/BB cream, here's my list (and my impressions): CHANEL Vitalumière Aqua (beautiful finish...but tends to be too dewy for my combo skin) CHANEL Perfection Lumière Velvet (LOVE LOVE!) MUFE HD (my HG foundation) MUFE Pro Finish (my HG powder foundation) MUFE Mat Velvet + (I love this one, but too matte to be used in winter) IT COSMETICS CC Cream (not my favorite but I like it) TARTE 12-hour full coverage foundation (feels heavy and "mask-like" on the skin) TARTE BB Tinted Treatment (beautiful finish/cover but I think it breaks me out) TARTE Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation (Just doesn't do it for me...) ILLAMASQUA Skin Base (what was I thinking?) LIOLE Beyond the Solution (nice coverage but tends to feel heavy on skin) LIOLE Triple the Solution (another cake face alert) SKIN 79 Hot Pink Super BB Balm (nice coverage but tends to lean on gray side) BAREMINERALS Original (Simple and natural, I love this one when my skin behaves !) and...countless drugstore foundations that never seem to work well with my combination/sensitive skin !   And what about your collection ? Are you a foundation hoarder like myself ? I would like to know
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I have that YSL BB too! I don't love the shade, but love the formula! see post
Morphe eyeshadows - The Jaclyn Hill Effect
Did y'all watch Jaclyn's video mentioning the morphe brushes? Any experience with them? Kinda wanting to get the $20 warm palette
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IT GIRL llviolet / IT GIRL IT GIRL / replied
I've tried both zoeva and sigma and so far I like Zoeva much more (they have fabulous packaging and cheaper than sigma)!   see post
Chanel Updates
Hi BTers, do we have a thread for this? I'm on the Tom Ford Updates thread and I thought some of us might also want to share on Chanel. Eagerly awaiting the Chanel Mediterranee Summer 2015 and of course what's new for Les Beiges this summer. Share some pics, news, what are your 'must haves' for Chanel releases coming up? I'm really interested in this nail color and seriously debating about the bronzer. I'm trying to decide what road to go down for bronzer, the new Estee Lauder illuminating gelee, or the new Guerlain Terracotta powders, or this beauty... As far as the date, I've been talking to my Chanel SA and the collection seems to be coming out later than they thought. I think I saw somewhere it would be May. Share some Chanel here The cheek stick…and the neutral nails :-)
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You are correct - It does not seem super pigmented, but I actually prefer that in a highlighter - it's subtle. see post
BRIDAL MAKEUP HELP! 1R05 blue eyes brown hair
Hey Everyone!! So here is the deal, I live in Pittsburgh but I am getting married on Sept 5th 2015 in Central Park (NYC, duh). I can't exactly head on up there a couple weeks before the wedding to try and do a trial bridal makeup session with any makeup artists up there, so I am going to try and do this myself (eeeek). I do my own makeup whenever I leave the house, but it's nothing special or extravagant (light to medium coverage application of foundation, blush, lip stain, eyes, and thats it). I'd like to do something that 100% covers all of my acne scars, but doesn't look cakey or over done. It also needs to LAST ALL DAY! My ceremony is at 2 PM, but my reception isn't until 6 PM.. so I literally mean all day. We'll be outside from the time the ceremony begins until the reception starts, and I'm a nasty sweaty pig. My dress is a strapless a-line tea length with a sweetheart neckline, and I have a birdcage veil... the reception is at a swing dancing club, so we're obviously going for a vintage feel. I'd really like to do something that says vintage, elegant, sexy, but not TOO sexy, sweet, radiant (but not TOO radiant since i'm oily and sweaty), clean, simple, but still fun. I WANT SO MANY THINGS! I have been using Bare Minerals matte powder foundation because it's a perfect match for my skin color (and I have a hard time finding foundations that are a perfect match), but it tends to settle in my pores (which is huge) and smile lines (which makes me look like an 80 yr old women) and also tends to rub off easily.. I just don't want to have to keep checking myself in the mirror to fix that. Plus it doesn't completely cover my acne scars. Ok, wow that was long, so back to the point. ANY advice on how I should go about doing this? Any tips? tricks? advice? opinions? how-tos? anything at all would be appreciated. What primer do you recommend? Which foundation do you feel would work for me and I should try? To contour or not to contour, that is the question? What shade of blush?! What lipstick and what shade?! How the heck do I get my make up to stay on all day through sweat, oil, and tears? WHAT ABOUT MY EYES?! UNDER EYE CIRCLES?! I DONT EVEN USE CONCEALER THERE BECAUSE I CAN'T FIND ONE THAT DOESN'T LOOK WEIRD!!! AND HOW THE HECK DOES ONE "DO THEIR EYEBROWS"?! I barely even have eye brows and that will look so weird in pictures!!! "oh jeez, yeah did you see her wedding pictures? she literally has no eyebrows, how sketchy is that?" <--what I assume would be said by everyone attending. I'm freaking out, obviously. I just need guidance. Like, holy guidance.  People, I need a bridal makeup Yoda. Someone, anyone, be that guy for me. Please. Thanks for listening to my rant!
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hey thanks so much! I'll definitely try those out! I am a 100% pink person. My face/neck/chest is nothing but pink... HOWEVER, my shoulders and upper arms do have yellow... see post
Mac vs Sephora Pro brushes
Anyone own both? I'm in the market for brushes and can't decide. Looking for a comparison. Thanks
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Thanks ladies. I used the Sephora concealer brush and loved it. I might just get that one and then get the rest of my brushes from MAC. I do have a few of their eyeshado... see post
Which Anastasia contour palette is best for medium tan skin?
For reference, I use Bare Minerals medium tan original powder foundation.
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A lot of people who are medium to tan use the light to medium Anastasia contour kit. I agree with DaneeBT that the banana color won't be too light for you as I have seen... see post
Which form of contouring (cream or powder) is best for using over mineral foundations?
I use Bare Minerals mineral foundation and have medium toned skin.
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Correct.  The middle one is a highlighter and the ones on either end are bronzers. see post
Makeup Brush Storage Ideas
  I’ve been wondering how to store my brushes in a convenience way where I could still access them daily and keep them organized and sanitized.   I currently have them in a revolving organizer with separated compartments that sits on top of my vanity. I try to keep them separated by clean/dirty side and then by eye and face but since I’m usually rushing when doing my makeup, I just end up putting things back in the wrong places.   I need ideas because I’m tired of rambling and spinning my organizer a dozen times to find the brush I need. I have been thinking about getting a brush roll or a stand to keep clean brushes then when used/dirty put then elsewhere like a basket for washing.   What do you suggest? Tell me what you do.    How do you store/keep your everyday brushes?   Do you display them in a jar with beads or a jar with a lid?   Or keep them hidden in a drawer that you pull out?   How about keeping them in a brush roll or binder?
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I need to visit Target to check out SK new stuff. Last time I was there, they had lots of SK on clearance. These look so pretty. Actually, heading over online now. :D see post
Best Moisturizer and Foundation For the Summer
I'm looking for a good foundation and moisturizer for the summer that will last all day without having to re apply it . Where I live gets very humid and hot in the summer. Im always outside a lot and I feel like my foundation always melts off my face . I have pretty normal skin a few dry patched around my nose but over all my skin is pretty normal.
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I inputted your Nars foundation and shade into the above link to pull your Color IQ number and lists of foundations the system matrix feels matches the shade (it's not m... see post
want to change my hair color to blueblack, what color Anastasia brow pencil?
Hi @Rhinagl,   I agree with @plurfairy! I'd recommend the shade Granite. :)   Always, Danee see post
Is a lip liner necessary under the Nars velvet matte lip pencil?
Hi @mklange2,   I agree with @scairo! The NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils don't feather at all, for me at least. This product is actually a combination of a lip pencil... see post
What would be a great contouring kit (beginner/everyday use) for 1Y10 skin?
I currently use Marc Jacobs' Marvelous Mousse in Cocoa (82) and Perfection Powder in cocoa.  These product are great andwould like to try contouring.
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The Marc Jacobs contour kit looks really nice and you might want to try. I just ordered the Becca lowlight/highlight contour kit. I currently own the Kat Von D and Anast... see post
So after reading about their makeup nirvana on here, i bit the bullet and got a nordstroms card. It mainly stemmed from me getting mad at sephora lol But OMGGGG! I am in love! Free shipping+ free samples= one happy girl! I don't have one near my sadly, so all of my shopping is going to be done online. I know alot of the ladies on here are big fans of this store. So can ya'll give me some extra insights on what to expect? Any big sales or makeup shopping events or anything like that? And it is not lost on me that i now honestly have a credit card that is solely for makeup lol Because i have to try clothes on before i buy them!!
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BEAUTY GURU allegrissima / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
Nordstrom is the best! Go on line and then to store events.  You can browse and see what is going on in store etc... Also, since you have their card, you will be receivi... see post
Limited edition items of the past
Hi ladies! (and some gents )   So recently I developed an obsession with getting my hands on the LE MAC Archie's Girls collection. I finally got all the items I wanted from Ebay, so I wanted to share! My last two looks on the What Are You Wearing Today thread used the blush in the picture. How cute is the packaging? It brings back teenage nostalgia for me. I'm sad I missed out on it when it was released, but I just wasn't that into makeup at the time and didn't know of its existence.     Anyway, this got me thinking...what item or items, now discontinued or hard to find, have you been obsessed with getting your hands on? I know for some people, it's Meteorites, and I also saw a LE Tom Ford blush in the hauls thread!   Feel free to share pictures if you have them
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it is coral crush!!! i love that palette!!! i need romancing the glow to complete my circle collection!   see post