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Weekly Color Challenge! Come Join!
Hi BT! I've been hijacking threads lately with my various color challenges. It's time for it's own place!    The rules:  Each week (Sunday- Saturday), there will be a new color to incorporate into your makeup looks. It can be one item of that color or a whole face. Try to incorporate it 4-5 times during the week, and post your pic, or discuss your colors here with everyone! If you can only do a day or two, that's fine too! This should be fun!    For folks on a No Buy, it's a great way to shop your collection. I hope you'll join me!    Week 3 August 2- 8: PINK       
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HALL OF FAMER Samtian / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Thank you :) I agree you should get it.  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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HALL OF FAMER blackkitty2014 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I think Paradiso will be permanent. It just that one is real popular. My SA showed me the package (white) before sending it out to me. I think each store has limited sto... see post
Black Up Cosmetics coming to Sephora!
A little birdie (a quite credible one) told me that Black Up Cosmetics will be coming to Sephora in September! I'm pretty excited to have another brand at Sephora. I tried the brand recently on vacation and I really enjoy the powder products. From what I'm told, Sephora will carry the entire line. Haven't heard yet if it's online too, but I know it will be in 18 stores at first. The line primarily has been marketed to Women of Color, however, there are so many products that I see are universal.  Has anyone tried Black Up yet? Any favorites?
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HALL OF FAMER mrsbaine / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I have the bright orange. It's nice. Much brighter than Taj Mahol.  see post
how do you organize?
A couple months ago I bought a giant, six drawer acrylic makeup organizer with beautiful crystal knobs, but have yet to use because I can't decide how to best organize my products inside it. I plan to use one drawer for lips, eye shadows, foundations, etc., but beyond that, can't figure out the most beneficial way to organize my products.   How do y'all organize your makeup.. by color, formula or brand?
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HALL OF FAMER NailsForLife / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
For lippies, I have one rack for lipsticks and another for glosses/balms.  I then organize by brand. Within each brand, I organize by color.   The remainder of my used... see post
Let's talk about Charlotte Tilbury..
I already have the Filmstar bronze & glow palette but looking into some of her other products.   Does anyone have any experiences they would like to share esp with her Light Wonder Foundation, her blush and the Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder? I'm interested in getting these three things but still on the fence about taking the plunge!    Please let me know, many BTers opinions have helped me out on products before Thanks in advance!
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HALL OF FAMER greenchilli / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I look foward to your update on the light/medium duo.  I don't contour, so the darker shade will always be iffy.  But the dark shade in the medium-dark duo is more a bro... see post
Makers of OCC lip tars FINALLY listened!
I searched to see if there was a thread on this, couldn't find one!   So freakin' over the moon about this!  I have refused to buy the lip tars because of the tube and needing a brush to apply...ain't no makeup addict got time for all of that, not this one anyway.   Now it comes like regular lippies.  YAY   Between these and the new milani lippies I'm set for the year!  Oh and the bite lipsticks too.  LOL  
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BEAUTY PRO Fernleaf / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
I asked the manager at Sephora yesterday during the Rouge Event and she stated something along the lines of, "We are going to put OCC on a smaller display and no longer ... see post
Make up to impress
I've seen things where people say they don't wear makeup to impress guys when guys can't tell the difference between black and navy, or Half Baked from Chopper in the Naked line. Things like that. I remember somewhere in the threads someone posted one with two lipsticks, I thought it was the funniest thing. So as a fun little game, fill in the blanks " You think I wear makeup to impress a guy who can't tell the difference between______and_____?"
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HALL OF FAMER kellsmuneoka / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Makeup shaming is just the saddest thing. Just because you don't wear makeup doesn't mean you're better than people who do or vice versa. Don't put people down because t... see post
Does anyone have experience with Rituel de Fille?
I've just recently found out this brand was a thing, and I am really interested in them. But, while I am a sucker for witchy themed makeup (shocking right?) this brand is pretty steeply priced, so I'm afraid of shelling out for something that might end up being a dust catcher. I didn't find many of the reviews for them, though I tend to not really like reviews unless I'm at least passingly familiar with the reviewer anyway.   I signed up for their newsletter and they sent me a nice coupon ($10 off $50+ if memory serves) so I will probably end up going for it but I would love to hear what BT has to say about them!   (They sure know how to grab attention though don't they?)
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HALL OF FAMER warriorwitch / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Shadow Self was my second choice! I only went with the green because my purple obsessed husband wasn't here to sway my opinion. XD 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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HALL OF FAMER meganlisa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I have the re-release from before...and love it.   see post
Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation Match Help
Hi guys! This is my very first post so please bear with me. I'm currently / always am a 2Y08/2Y09 according to the Color IQ and the only base I've got in my collection is the Laura Mercier Oil-Free TM in Tawny (a perfect match). I was wondering if someone could help me figure out my match for the Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation (the one with the pump on top of the glass bottle). Thanks in advance!
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HALL OF FAMER jxw200 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I think you would definitely not be 123, as that was the shade I used in the winter. From your photo you seem a bit darker than me so 143 is probably a better bet. Good ... see post
Genderqueer Makeup
Hi,    So, I'm a Genderqueer person. For those who don't know, it means that I don't identify with the regular gender binary (Male and Female), but instead identify as somewhere in between. I heard that this forum was a good place for beauty advice and wasn't too judgemental, so I thought this might be a good place for me to ask some of my questions.   I was assigned male at birth (AMAB), and I'm looking for makeup that will help give my face a more androgynous look. I find this particularly difficult for myself, because I keep growing facial hair and my eyebrows are incredibly bushy (I have dark facial and brow hair, btw). I know the simple solution is to shave and get my brows waxed/plucked/threaded, but even though I do shave every single morning, I still have a lot of shadow left behind (Especially on my upper lip).    What foundation, and also proper makeup regimen, would be right to help de-masculinize my face, and what proper tools will I need for it? If anyone can give me even a few pointers, I would really appreciate it.    Some extra facts about me:  -I have a round face. Would this need any altering? -My skin tone is very white with little tan. How can I figure out what shade would be best? -Overall, I have very sensitive skin that's also acne prone. How can I find a good makeup that won't cause at least too many breakouts? Are there any specific brands that are considered to be more safe than others?   Thank you in advance for any answers.   -I hope this is still a safe space-  
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BEAUTY WHIZ Buddygirl13 / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
I love that you feel comfortable here! You should! I don't have any great advice to offer you, other than that the ladies and gentlemen here are loving, encouraging, an... see post
Date Makeup
I don't know about you ladies, but I rarely wear makeup on dates. Maybe just mascara (Guerlain Maxi Lash sample). I don't want foundation or lipstick rubbing off... or heck, even sweating off sometimes.  What would you guys wear for a date? My dates are usually brunch, movie and dinner.  (If you're wondering what I do instead, I usually get a sheet mask and prep my skin the day before or day of.) 
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HALL OF FAMER greenchilli / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Disclaimer - I am married.  But a date is a date...   On a date or for a meeting, I wear the type of makeup I usually do.  I have some preferance in lip colours, but e... see post
Makeup Lovin' Mama...so happy
My baby girl will be 13 soon.  She's been very girly all her life, even as a 3yr old she would tell me her outfits didn't match quite right, then she would go get the clothes she thought looked best...she was always right!  She started doing her own hair at 7yrs old, so she could get it just right.  LOL  She's also an dedicated athlete (she got none of these things from me! LOL)   Sooo we went to Sephora (JCP) yesterday to get her very first eyeliner and mascara!  She goes to Sephora with me all the time, but this is her very first makeup purchase.  We got Benefits they're real mini and sephora matte eyeliner in brown and black.  I'm a NW45/50, she's around a NC35/40 or so.  So the colors that favor me, probably won't favor her. This is going to be so exciting!   I was so excited.  We swatched the KVD lippies (told her we would have to wait on those) and she told me the colors she likes. I've talked to her about how the most expensive item isn't always the best and how drugstore items MAY be better depending on the item and the person.   I've tried to restrain myself and not "force" her into makeup.  I didn't start wearing makeup until I was in my 30s, getting to do this with her is so exciting and FUN!!!   Did you ladies get into makeup with your mothers as young girls?  Or did you find your way on your own.   Did I mention how happy and excited I am?
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BEAUTY GURU Jesuslover14 / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
I LOVE YOUR MOTTO!:D that's what I live by when it comes to makeup! Makeup IS fun and shouldn't be used for insecurities or for attention. I love makeup because its F.U.... see post
IMATS LA 2016!
  Dates have been announced and tickets to the general public are on sale! Who's going next year?   For those who don't know, IMATS [International Makeup Artist Trade Show] is a three day event where different makeup artists come to perform different panels/informational meetings and different vendors from various brands have things on sale!
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HALL OF FAMER annypoo / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Thanks! I was planning on buying it in mid-August. Was hoping it won't be sold out until then. see post
Looking for my ideal foundation
Hello, so I'm looking for the perfect foundation for my skin. I have a very oily tzone with some dry spots (which is why I gave up on nars illuminous foundation cus it would stick to my dry spots really bad) and I also would love a foundation with as much coverage as possible as well as a foundation that stays on for hours. Nothing over $50 cus Ima struggling college kid lol. I'm not a fan of mattifying foundations because for some reason they make skin look lifeless & dry. also my skin is a little sensitive & so I avoid any acne treating foundations cus they tend to contain chemicals that only cause me to break out even more  
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BEAUTY BUFF makeupmad / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
I agree with MeaganGarrett.  A sample packet of MUFE's clear primer comes with each bottle, and I think it's a great primer for grabbing the foundation and making it pro... see post
HOURGLASS HOLIDAY BLUSH PALETTE
Does any one know if Hourglass Blush Palette (3 blushes set) will come out again this holiday? If then, when? 
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BEAUTY MAVEN zimmizim / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
id love to have this palette too but i just bought their ambient blush (powder) palette and one single mood shade.. . does anyone know what the blush shades are? i had ... see post
Beautylish/Chikuhodo Sakura LE brush collection feedback
Hey ladies - looking for some feedback. I am in Canada and pre-ordered these brushes, mine are set for the August 30 delivery.   I'm considering cancelling the order though now that I've had some time to think about it. The one and only reason (but a compelling one lol) that I want these is because of the gorgeous handles.   I have tons of quality brushes from Wayne Goss and the Chikuhodo GSN series, plus MAC and Sephora + Hakuhudo. As a matter of fact, I never once considered these to be brushes I would use, just keep as a collection item. From the reviews I've read the quality isn't as good as the GSN series or the Goss brushes.   Also, and this is a big factor - I'm in Canada. With the horrid exchange rate now the total of these brushes came to almost $300!! I'm starting to think there are many other things I could buy - and actually USE for $300.   Any thoughts? For my American friends that have these, if you had to pay $300 for them, would you still think they were worth it? Esp. if you already have tons of better quality brushes?   Thanks!! 
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HALL OF FAMER ilovpurses / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I think at $215 it's quite reasonable and I'd jump on that in a heartbeat, it's the $300 thing that's killing me.  see post
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette
  So a few hours ago Trendmood posted on their page a look at the new UD Naked Smoky palette.  I haven't seen a picture of what the packaging looks like but I'm guessing it'll be the same design as N2 and N3 in a gunmetal color. This will be released on July 8th on the UD website. Is anyone  else interested in this palette? I think I may pick it up to round out my Naked palette collection. Radar, Armor, and Black Market are repromotes from the Vice 1 and 2 palettes. All the other shades are new. They look very similar to current UD shades so hopefully when comparison swatches are released they are significantly different.
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HALL OF FAMER meganlisa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Glad for the input..I was wondering...skipped..keep hearing not so great things! see post
HELP!!!
Ok, so I have horrible skin, I randomly break out, I have combination skin. Sometimes I am really oily, other times I am really dry, most times I am both. I have scars from past acne on my face. I need a makeup and primer and concealer or whatever works to cover all of it.  I feel like I have literally tried every single kind of foundation and concealer and primer but some only work for a while then just stop. Does anyone have any recommendations on a primer that will help keep me matte, a concealer that isn't too thick that will cover scars and blemishes and a foundation that will cover the rest. I need complete full coverage.  thank you  
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HALL OF FAMER knadala / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Primer: Smashbox photo finish blemish control Concealer: Nars creamy concealer, for areas prone to creasing...try estee lauder double wear see post
Hits and Misses?
We all have those products that everyone on youtube RAVES about. Then you get your hands on it and that product is not living up to its hype--in other words, its meh, horrible, okay, just "good", not worth it etc. As beauty lovers we spend lots and lots of money and it would be great if we could share some of our misses so we can stray from the bad! As well, please share your hits so we can finally see what's worth the money we spend!   Misses: Givenchy- Phenomen'Eyes Mascara: I just don't know what this does for my lashes. The wand is simply dangerous and you can poke yourself in the eye with it. It's also fairly wet and will not hold my curl. Just NO. I can find something better at the drugstore for under $10 than waste my money on this.   Benefit-  They're Real! Push-Up Liner: Okay, I love the design of it and how quick it takes me to do my liner with this. However, I would never buy it, only get samples of it. I feel that it is very drying and once it dries, my eyes feel very weird and dry. It sorta makes your eye area almost a crunchy feeling. It dries fairly quickly and you are unable to make even lines without messing it up.   Make up for ever- Aqua Eyes: I mean, I like it, but it's not worth my money. I tried to use this to tight-line and the next thing you know, it came off. I had to instead use another eyeliner. It is also very stiff and not very creamy in my opinion, it just takes a lot of effort to use this pencil eyeliner for an every winged eyeliner look.   In Between: Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palette (Exposure): Okay, I admit, I LOVE this palette. BUT, I don't think it's worth the $58. I can find these colors in other palettes. They may not be the exact colors, but very much almost the same. Plus, it has a lot of fall out but you can easily fix this by using the tips in the video they provide. However, this palette is so pigmented and travel-sized, I just don't know. I'm torn between if it's a hit or miss.          
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BEAUTY GURU darkiceis / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
I agree with you about the youtubers not being reliable with their reviews.  Just like with Gerard Cosmetics, really...every youtuber that is sponsored by them "loves ev... see post
What is your favorite brush for highlighting?
Particularly with powder highlighters? I'm wondering if I should try sephora's brand fan brush, but the reviews are a bit mixed, and someone said the brush fell apart and lost it's shape after washing. I'm open to all answers and suggestion. (if you use liquid highlighter, feel free to share your favorite method for applying as well)
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HALL OF FAMER aviscardi / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Def WG #2~ definitely my favorite brush from his line , from the few I've tried its def worth it. I use it with all of my highlighters. I did just pick up the MUFE 140? ... see post
Popular Make-Up Brand Word Association
Okay, since this is a Sephora board, I'm sticking with the popular brands of make-up that are sold at Sephora.   What words, terms, concepts do you associate with the following brands? It doesn't matter if your associations are logical, rational or completely batsh!t crazy - what do YOU think of when you think of the following brands?    I'll do mine in a separate post to keep things clean for copy/paste purposes.   Anastasia Beverly Hills -   Bare Minerals -   BECCA -   Benefit -   BITE -   Bobbi Brown -   Buxom -   Clinique -  Cover FX -  Dior -  Dolce & Gabbana - Estee Lauder -  Giorgio Armani - Givenchy -  Guerlain -  Hourglass -  Josie Maran - Kat Von D -  Lancome -  Laura Mercier -  MAKE UP FOR EVER -  Marc Jacobs -  NARS -  Sephora (Collection, Pantone, etc.) - Smashbox -  Stila -  Tarte -  Too Faced -  Urban Decay -  Viseart -  YSL -  I think I got almost all of the common ones talked about on this board... but if you don't have any thoughts on any of them, feel free to leave them blank or ? or whatever... it's just for fun to see how people view things differently!    Also it's Friday and this is definitely a fun time-killer and a version of a Friday Questions!
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BEAUTY MAVEN K8ylong / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
Anastasia Beverly Hills -  Brows everythingggg. Bare Minerals -  Original lose powder foundation. BECCA -  Highlightersss! Shout outtt to Opal and Moo... see post
Would Becca Opal work with fair skin (nc15)? Or mixed in with moonstone?
I was wondering if Opal could work on fair skin (I have slight yellow undertone). I would most likely will be mixing it with moonstone though, but curious if it could work alone as well? I bought Champagne Pop, but I'm on the fence about it. It's not too dark at all, but it just kind of sits on top of my skin, if that makes sense. It doesn't really "melt" into the skin. It's obvious I put some shimmer on my skin. Any feedback would be wonderful!
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HALL OF FAMER Tirah / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Did you see the new poured highlighter in Pearl?   http://www.sephora.com/shimmering-skin-perfector-poured-P395159?skuId=1699594 see post
Fullest coverage concealer
I need to cover a tattoo on my wrist so I need a product with very high coverage. What is the fullest coverage concealer? What have you tried?
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BEAUTY GURU Jesuslover14 / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
The bye bye under eye concealer from It Cosmetics! I watched the presentation on QVC and they had an example of covering a big tattoo on the models arm and I literally c... see post
Macy's Specials Day!
So if you didn't know Macy's is having a one day sale with some pretty spectacular deals, plus free shipping!       They even have off on brands like Clarisonic, PTR, the occasional Estee Lauder, some Bobbi Brown, and some fragrance as well.   Plus the GWPs.   Oh and don't forget, 8% back on Ebates for Macy's today!   What are you guys picking up?
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BEAUTY GURU twilightnicky / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
Thank you so much Samtian, I'm feeling better day by day :) see post
Is tarte a good foundation if your going to be outside in the heat/humidity alot?
There are a lot of music festivals and things coming up where I will be outside a lot and I need a good foundation that won't melt off my face. I was recommended this in the matte liquid form when I went in to get matched for a new foundation. i have yet to try this where im outsidemost of the day so would this be a good foundation that will last all day and wont melt off my face? I also use a lotion with spf, veil mineral primer and urban decay all nighter setting spray. 
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BEAUTY BUFF Bblinbabe / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
I'm personally not a fan of matte finishes when it comes to being out all day in the humidity. I prefer a tinted moisturizer like Laura Mercier...but if you go foundatio... see post
Help! My face is freaking out!
I have a few concerns here, that I need a lot of help with. 1. I have combo skin with a really oily chin, but cheeks/forehead are normal/dry.  I have noticed that I have a slight dry patch on the apple of my cheek and NOTHING will help it.  I was using an acne wash, so I stopped that, I tried gel moisturizers, Dove bar soap (instead of a true face wash), intense moisturizers, and nothings working.  It looks okay when I first put makeup on, aside from it looking a little pink, but once my makeup settles, it looks cakey and flakey and ughhh. Help!!!   2. My foundation has seem to started to melt off my face in the last few months, leaving me with blotchy, nasty, gooey makeup residue. I currently use Sephora's 10 hour foundation and Nars Foundation (the liquid) and even still, my makeup lasts maybe 2/3 hours tops? What's everyones secret to having a flawless face without it looking goopy and actually staying put all day? I feel like I'm just wasting makeup because I'm ALWAYS re-applying often.  I've tried setting sprays and setting powders and the whole 9 yards. This also causes my bronzer/contour to get patchy and look really weird.  Please help.
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IT GIRL Sekhmet7 / IT GIRL IT GIRL / replied
I second the Korean skincare suggestion!  As someone who has oily/combo skin, and had similar dry patches and foundation breaking up/fading issues that you are describin... see post
color iq help
I was matched to 1r14 but whats the difference betwwen 1r14 and 2r14 or 2r14 and 3r14 ect
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sydvol / FRESH FACE / replied
The colour IQ number is made up of two components, the undertone and the depth of your skin! So people are either an "r" (red undertone, which is cool toned) or a "y" (y... see post
Project 10 Pan Deluxe Sample Challenge: Summer 2015
Hi everyone! Lately I have noticed my deluxe sample collection has become out of control! I am planning to do a Project 10 Pan Challenge to get through some of them. If anyone hasn't heard of Pan 10, basically you give yourself a set amount of time to use up 10 items. I am focusing on deluxe samples because I have too many- I wouldn't want to do this with my full size items that I don't want to use up! I am planning on also doing a no-buy until I finish this challenge (in theory lol). Anyone want to join in a Pan 10 deluxe samples challenge? With or without the no buy?   If you want to join-document your challenge here! I won't be offended if no one joins up, but I wanted to start this thread to keep myself accountable.   My items: 1. MUFE Smoky Extravagant Mascara 2. Tarte Slenderizer Contour Pencil 3. Benefit Sun Beam 4. Supergoop! CC cream 5. EOS mint lip balm 6. Origins Plantscription Night Cream 7. Boscia Tsubaki Sleeping Mask 8. Boscia Tsubaki Cleansing Powder 9. Nars Galaxy Girl lipstick  10. MAC lip liner in subculture    
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HALL OF FAMER MK89 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I keep wanting to get the Sephora single-use masks but I don't because...you guessed it...they seem expensive to me for a single use! I just wish they came in a value pa... see post
KAT VON D LOLITA DESCRIPTION CHANGE?
So I was just browsing the everlasting liquid lipsticks to see if anything was back in stock....Lolita has always said dusty rose...which I purchased Friday night. The description now states chestnut rose....REALLY!!!!? I waited super long to get the corrected shade and now it's a completely different shade? How can one company mess with the same shade sooooo many times...frustrating. I  really hope it is the same shade otherwise I don't get why they keep messing with what was perfect originally.
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HALL OF FAMER fatimamummy / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
No problem :) see post