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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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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
St tropez tanning mousse
I found this disappointing honestly. I'm super pale and was really excited for it. It's expensive and the color only lasts maybe 3 days with moisturization and minimal shaving. Guide color is perfect but once it's washed off it's too light imo. Anyone else feel the same?
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BEAUTY BUFF xojlg / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
Ouu ok I've heard of that stuff, wasn't sure if it was worth trying or not. Will definitely check it out. Especially cause I think I've seen it at my Sephora and I'm not... see post
Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara
How does the Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara compare to the Clinique High Impact?  And how subtle (or not) is the color?  I have dark hair, blue eyes, and fair skin...
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I'll peg the clumping lashes together on the brush. The plastic teeth aren't super long so the bulk of the wand head touches into a lot of product and lash in one take. ... see post
Foundation
My skin gives me so much trouble!! I have very oily acne prone skin. I am pretty new to the whole makeup game so it is difficult for me to find my correct shade. Sometimes the foundations I pick make me look like I have a fake spray on tan, others make me look super pink or pale. If I go into Sephora stores can they help me pick my right shade? and does it cost if they do help me? I try going for the matte finish because my skin is so oily, however I love the dewy look but it just makes my skin look wet and runny. I need some serious help!  
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StephanieBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi BellaAnn15,   Yes, I definitely recommend heading in to your local Sephora and getting color matched! As ohsotattooed said, they will be able to help you find you... 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
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
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
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
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
LAURA MERCIER MAKEUP
I want to  purchase Laura  Mercier mineral makeup powder but they do not carry it at my local Sephora so I must order it online.  I cannot decide which color would but right. for me. Sometimes I am an Ivory and sometimes I am a Light in makeup.  Please help.  I am cool undertones.  Thank you for your help.
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BEAUTY BOSS candyrivera / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
I would try Tender Rose if you lean more on the pinky undertone side, and Soft Porcelain if you're more neutral. I'm around NC15 skin tone, and used to wear ... see post
"Baking" Your Make-up
  I watched the msn video about the technique referred to as "baking" my make-up.  Am I correct to assume that I should only use moisturizer, concealers, wet sponges, and translucent powder (without foundation) to achieve this look?   Thanks for your help!  I have attached pictures from the online video.   Best regards,   Miss Freddie
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
This is a technique and term (also referred to as "cooking") that many drag queens use in regards to their make up applications which is considerably heavier than typica... see post
MUST Try Canadian Makeup
Hello! I am currently visiting Vancouver for two weeks and I want to shop for makeup while I'm here. I have no clue to where to start, or what to try, so I decided to ask the BT community. I just want some ideas for brands to look for, your must try products, and your favorites products. Only Canadian brands or exclusives please, I'm from the U.S. so I only want products I can't easily purchase there. It can be drugstore or high end. Thank you!!!
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HALL OF FAMER heartsmyface / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
If you like Bite lipsticks there's the limited edition Maple collection that's out now, exclusive to Canada.     Shoppers drugmart is easy to find cause it's nearly ev... see post
In Need of a New Tinted Moisturizer/ BB Cream
So, I was using the Sephora CC Cream in Light(Y) for several years now. I went to reorder but it was discontinued!     So now I need to find a new daily moisturizer, and I was looking at the Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer line because I remember sampling one and enjoying the texture.   The only issue is, I don't have a Sephora near me, and I have no idea what color I'd be. Does anyone have any idea of what tinted moisturizer shade could be similar to the old shade Light?    I think it's between Nude and Sand, but I'm just not sure.    Any and all help is appreciated. Thank you!
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BEAUTY BOSS mochi813 / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
Wow, thank you so much Jaza!! That's so incredibly helpful! Light can be just a touch too light sometimes so I think I'll be picking up Sand!  see post
Q. MAKE UP FOR EVER UltraHD Foundation
I wear NW15 in MAC and was wondering what my match would be in MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation. Thank You.        
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BEAUTY MASTER studz / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / answered
A. I think that 115 would be a good match for NW15. see post
if new with make up whats the basics u should have a natrual look
never really wear make up only i wear for dance so what should i start with for a more natrual look !!!  help
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BEAUTY GURU darkiceis / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
If you want to start out simple I suggest a bit of eyeshadow, something a tad darker then your skin tone, mascara and lipstick/lip gloss.  Mascara alone can make a diffe... see post
Best Translucent Powder
I'm currently using the MUFE Translucent HD Loose Setting Powder and it's just not cutting it. I find myself getting oily throughout the day, and if I use enough to really set my face hard-core, I find myself having to deal with white face flashback in photographs because I use so much product.    I need a (preferably translucent because I find it really difficult to find powders in my skin tone - paler than NW10 for reference) setting powder than will prevent me from getting oily during the day. My skin produces a lot of oil, but I also have dry patches so I'd like it to not accentuate those either but still keep me shine free. I know that's a lot to ask of a powder, but I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations. It can be loose or pressed, and I don't have a budget.    Thanks in advance!
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HALL OF FAMER TheSocialQuota / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Bare Minerals Touch Up Veil comes in translucent. see post
lipstick that doesn't turn white?
Hello everyone!  I need help finding a lipstick that won't turn white in the corners of my lips after half an hour of talking. I have to talk a lot at work, and I always notice those treacherous and embarrassing white streaks on my lips whenever I have a lipstick on. I have tried tons of them - drugstore, high-end, matte, glossy - same result. The only one that was alright is MAC lipglass  - but it's a lip gloss. Do you know a lipstick that doesn't turn into a mess?
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
You're welcome, Annushk! Happy to help here in Beauty Talk! Hope you find a product that works for you to improve the condition of your lips and hope it translates to be... see post
What is the purpose of a yellow highlighter vs flesh toned?
You have the Mac highlighter pens in Radiant Rose(which is pinkish i guess) and Light Boost which is yellow. So yellow toned highlighters are more for darker skin complextions and not for fair skin. But why not a nude skin toned highlighter? What is the point With the yellow color?
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SCENE QUEEN Vibsy / SCENE QUEEN SCENE QUEEN / replied
My gosh thank you for Your detailed respond :-) Now I finally understand better :-) see post
Mascara
Hello Ladies!   I need help finding a good mascara!  I have used so many (Covergirl, Lorel, Sephora, Elf) and have been using the Marc Jacobs 40 For a while now which I really really like.  However, It always gets clumpy and never seems to last very long on my lashes and always makes a mess on my lower lashes having them stick together.  My top lashes are very short and dark, however, my lower lashes are very blonde that you cant even tell I have any without mascara on!  I have the younque lashes that work wonders but I can't wear them on my lower lashes because of my contacts....Help!    Also, how long should you use a tube before throwing it away?  No one has ever really given me a specific time...I usually throw it out when it starts to dry out or get so clumpy I can't stand it.  
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BEAUTY GURU Jesuslover14 / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
I LOVE the makeup forever smoky extravagant mascara so so much! I won't turn to any other mascara but this one! I used to use Clinique but found since it was a thinner F... see post