Beauties, how Audacious have you gotten? I need to get some of these and am going to swatch tomorrow. If you have Audacious lippies, show us what colors you've picked up, and share what other colors you're still lusting after. Just from looking at swatch sheets last month, (on Temptalia I think) I saw about 15 I wanted How about you? Also, hat tip to jemly for inspiring this thread ETA: My current roster below. Catherine, Juliette, Grace, Natalie, Anna, Dominique, Vanessa, Brigitte, Barbara, Jane, Janet, Vera, Vivien, Lana, Geraldine, Jeanne, Bette, Olivia, Leslie, Deborah, Rita, Ingrid, Liv
I'm in the market for a new brow product. I currently use Tarte's emphasEYES brow pencil (in Rich Brown) but I want I bit more precision in my application and I find that Tarte's product is a bit too soft and tends to get everywhere. I'm looking for a natural and defined look. So nothing dramatic, but just something to make them darker, more defined and with clean lines. Lately whenever I use the Tarte spoolie to blend out the product, it gets everywhere and make my brows look blurry/fuzzy on the edges. Not a fan. I'm assuming all of the Anastasia brow products are advertised as smudge proof, but are they all, really? I got a sample of the powder duo and am trying it out today and I'm liking it. But I'm concerned about the powder falling out onto my cheeks throughout the day or as the product gets older. Have you experienced this? I'm also not sure how much use I'll get out of the lighter color. I think my sample is in Dark Brown and the light powder is a light brown...not sure if that would even show up on my brows! I naturally have jet black hair that I lighten with semi-permanent dye into a dark, dark brown. Which do you prefer, between the dipbrow, powder duo, brow wiz, and why?
I'm wanting to buy a new makeup organizer. Does anyone have this zahrabeautystore or cosmocube organizer?? What do you think about them? Or do you have a different organizer I should check out? I'm using muji drawers right now but I want one organizer that will hold most of my makeup. Thanks!
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!
Just wanted to let all you Viseart addicts know that ALL of the palettes (including the newest ones — Cool Mattes, Dark Mattes and Editorial Brights) are available online at Musebeauty (google it). Happy shopping! I ordered Dark Mattes yesterday!
Seems like liquid matte lipsticks are huge right now and Anastasia is joining the club with a collection of 20 shades, launching Jan 7th on her website and on Macys.com $20 each. Here are the swatches for your viewing pleasure I think the colors are gorgeous and there are at least three shades I know I will be buying. What do you think? EDIT: I basically stalked Norvina (Anastasia's daughter) because she's been wearing those lippies and testing them for I while and I got you some pictures so you can see how gorgeous these actually look... which might be not a good thing for us. Pure Hollywood Potion Baby pink Vamp Sad girl American doll Lovely Vintage Spicy
My birthday is next month, 3 weeks exactly. I get so splurge just for my birthday. I'm using my Ulta points, and right now all I have on my list is 1 shadow palette, 1 blush, and a whole lotta lippies lol. I need inspiration.! Give me some ideas, what are some of your favorite products? They could be from anywhere, not just Ulta *I know I did one of these last year, I'm sorry for the annual repeat lol!
Hi everyone! I was hoping I could get some advice. I have just really started getting into putting make-up on and I wanted to see if anyone had any recommendations on brushes. I want to get some nice brushes to put on. Thanks!
I bought these and they just came in today so I will be reviewing them as I wear each shade. Today I wore Highly Waisted and I did put a bunch on because you all know how I love that glow! I don't find it to be the most pigmented highlighter or anything. It's fine but not amazing. It applies nicely but I can't say to the blendability because I was going for a bam sort of look. I wasn't intending to blend it into the skin. I only wore it to dinner so I can't speak to the longevity but I will be wearing a different shade to work tomorrow so then I can tell you how it lasts. Here is a picture of me wearing Highly Waisted:
hello, I'm going on a beach trip in two weeks and from all i've read for essentials tinted moisturizer is one of them and all through sephora the laura mercier is the one favorite I've seen. i'm a NC15 in the mac but a 4.75 in the giorgio armani (blended perfectly). from experience from makeup counters i am Fair with a red undertone so what would i be?. also which of the moisturizers is the best between the broad spectrum, illuminating, and oil free laura mercer tinted moisturizers? Thank you!
Recently Dior reformulated their Diorshow mascara. The new formula is enriched with fibers to thicken without clumping and an air lock wiper was added to reduce oxygen interaction and therefore extend mascara lifetime. Sephora/Dior gifted me this mascara and I wanted to share my opinions. My Lashes and typical routine: Spoiler (Highlight to read) I have natural curl to my lashes and they have decent natural length too. Therefore, if you are looking for mascara that will curl your lashes I don’t think my review will be able to answer that question. Typical routine: Step 1) Dior maximizer plumping serum (adds volume and makes the mascara stay put) Step 2) Guerlain Maxi lash (separates/fans out lashes, makes them black from root to tip). For the second step I also am happy using Hourglass Nior mascara or Dior It lash mascara. I have natural curl to my lashes and they have decent natural length too. Therefore, if you are looking for mascara that will curl your lashes I don’t think my review will be able to answer that question.Typical routine tep 1) Dior maximizer plumping serum (adds volume and makes the mascara stay put)Step 2) Guerlain Maxi lash (separates/fans out lashes, makes them black from root to tip). For the second step I also am happy using Hourglass Nior mascara or Dior It lash mascara. What I expect out of a mascara: It needs to separate my lashes and fan them out, it needs to add volume to each lash without major clumping, it needs to make them look black from root to the very tip, and it needs to stay put (no smudging, no flaking) for at least 12+ hours without being waterproof. I know these are high expectations but I love my lashes and I always buy full-size high end mascara. So when I am spending ~$28 a tube every 3-4 months it better be good! Application: I am not used to such a large brush head, so I found I went a bit slower than normal. Other than that it was no different than other mascara’s I use. No special side of the brush to use, no special angle, no special swiping motion, etc. Did it meet my expectations: · Separation/Fan out: Yes. I saw no major clumping even after two coats. See photos below. · Volume/black from root to tip: Yes. I felt like it definitely took two coats for me to get the volume and blackness from root to tip I desire, but I was very pleased with the result after two coats. See photos below. · Longevity: Mostly Yes. I did notice flaking after +8 hours of wear. Not major flaking but when I looked close in the mirror I could see the little black specs that had fallen off and landed on my face. I found using this mascara with the Dior maximizing serum extended the longevity but also made it clump more. No mascara: Spoiler (Highlight to read) One coat of mascara: Spoiler (Highlight to read) Two coats of mascara: Final opinion: So far, I have used this mascara every day for over 2 weeks. I like this mascara and intend to use it until it is finished. I am finally getting used to the large brush head so I will buy this again. Lastly, I must give credit where credit is due! I want to thank Sephora/Dior for gifting me this mascara. I was gifted this mascara but the opinions shared in this review and the time spent evaluating this mascara were all my own.
Hello. I noticed there is a new makeup store in my mall. Its a Kiko Cosmetics. I have never heard of the brand... anyone know anything about them? Anything wonderful there that I should check out? Thank you
Is anyone familiar with Barry M Cosmetics? Trying to buy the genie lip paint (green lipstick that turns the appropriate pink color for your lips). When I go to shipping, I can't find the US in the countries. Does anyone know where else I can buy it?
Hi all, We've seen the lists of recommended expiry times of different types of makeup. They honestly seem way too soon unless you're wearing the same face every day. Given the fairly large makeup collections a lot of us own, do you think that advice doesn't really apply as products would get used (and exposed to air/bacteria) maybe once a week or so? I currently have in my collection some lipsticks/liners, eyeshadows/liners and blushes that are 4-5 years old. I also tend to keep mascaras *much* longer than 3 months as I keep a few in use at a time for different looks... How long do you personally keep things if they're still good, and have they ever caused any infections or other problems?
Some time ago I posted about checking blush prices based on the actual price per ounce. http://community.sephora.com/t5/Products/Blush-Pri ces-per-Ounce-can-be-Surprising/m-p/1459734#M13215 More recently, I was intrigued by the Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Powder in Candlelight. It costs $44, which sounded about the same as the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder. Then I noticed that many reviews noted the tiny size of the product. So I did some comparisons: -Hourglass Ambient is 0.35 oz for $45, or $129 per oz. -Guerlain Meteorites Compact is 0.35 for $62, or $177 per oz. -Kevyn Aucoin Celestial is 0.11 oz for $44, or $400 per oz! What is this powder made of, jewel dust? It's off my list.
My prom is next weekend and I want to create the perfect look. I'l be wearing a black dress and I'm accessorizing with red; I have red shoes, read earrings, and I was planning on doing a red lip. I'm conflicted because I don't know what to do for my eyes. I have blue eyes and I ant to make them pop with a glamorous, possibly smokey eye. How do I know if I should I do a black smokey eye or a brown/bronze/gold smokey eye?
I was wondering if anyone here on BT get lash extensions? I'm thinking of getting them but the beauty salon i'm looking at seems pretty expensive, around $250 for the first set (mink) than touch ups every 6-8 weeks are $50-100. What is mink anyways? The cheaper one that's 75 lashes per eye for $170 the first time. I've seen people with extensions and they look amazing! But, I'm a little worried that I can't wear liner anymore since makeup remover might weaken the adhesive. Also, the price is a little hard to swallow. Ladies, help me make a decision! Should I go get them done?
I'm a huge fan of the Lancome eye kohl stick. I also love my Thierry Mugler more authentic kohl. And I even like the Maybelline Master Kajal. I promise I really am working (hard!) this afternoon but suddenly I just needed to ask..what are the best eye kohls...pencil or other...out there? Any reliable authentic eye kohls that are available in the US that won't lead to blindness? Where and how can I get them? Thanks!
Hello All, Greenporchlights, KBMatthews, Zpsid91 and I are sponsoring this Best Practices thread to help TSB participants and coordinators have a smooth and fun experience. Below are the best practices we’ve come up with for the entire community. TSB Coordinators can choose to use all or some of this as they are starting their TSB’s. What is a TSB: TSB stands for Traveling Sephora Box. It is a trade box amongst a group of community members who are trading items (New and/or used) with each other. The box is started by a TSB Coordinator and then moves on to specified people in the group by mail. At the end the box is returned to the box coordinator for them to decide how the items will be allocated. Options have been to donate to charities, or roll the box into additional rounds. TSB Eligibility Requirements- Who can Join : Strongly Advised: Must be 18 or older to participate VIB or Rouge Status (recommendation) Must have 500 Hearts (recommendation: 750+ hearts) This is up to the discretion of the TSB Coordinator. While we recommend 500 hearts, you can go lower if you doing a Drugstore box. Active member of the community for at least 3 months (recommendation) Definition of active: Participates in threads regularly. (ie: at least one time a week) Ability to pay between $17- $28 for shipping fees (US and CDN) Must have access to a camera and device to upload pictures to post pictures of trades Reference from another successful TSB Coordinator and/or members Provide the TSB Coordinator reference, or the thread that shows your positive participation in a TSB within the last 6- 12 months (recommendation 6-12 months) Must provide your contact information (recommended e-mail, mailing address, phone number) to the TSB Coordinator Optional: Location Specific: Open to US Only Open to Canada Only Open to both US and Canada Box deposit – The Box coordinator can require a box deposit for participation in the box. This can alleviate the concern of boxes ending up missing The deposit can be only required for participants who have not met the outlined Eligibility requirements. The deposit can be anywhere from between $50-$200. The deposit should be help in the PayPal account of the Box Coordinator, or another trusted member of the box. It should be paid before the participants turn, and promptly returned as soon as the box is with the next participant. General TSB Guidelines Trade items that are equal in value and brand quality or better. For example, Dior for Guerlain would be a good trade, as would Too Faced for Tarte. Do not trade Dior for Tarte. Do not take more than you put in. Please ensure your trade is adding value to the box. Trade full sized items for full sized items. If a full size item you’d like to add is over 8oz or is bulky, share it with the group prior to your trades to gauge interest. If someone is interested in this item, it may be included. Consider keeping the box balanced. If there are a lot of skincare items, add items from a different category if you’re able to. Do not take all of one category from the box. For example, do not take all the palettes or masks. If you’re not sure if an item is appropriate, post the item and ask the group. Do not include duplicate items unless there is specific interest. Trading Cost Guidelines Full sized: Items should be valued at their full retail value. Even if items were on sale at one point, or were purchased for more than retail, they should be valued at the regular full price. Exceptions may be made if an item is easily available to everyone and is on sale/clearance. This is at the discretion of the box coordinator. New/lightly swatched = no price change Used 1-2x = take 10% off value Used 3-4x = take 20% off value Anything more than 4x = please use your best judgement and wait for input Deluxe samples : Calculate based off largest size available of said product. For example, if a deluxe sample is 0.5oz, and the full size is 2 oz and worth $60, then the deluxe sample is worth $15. Must be either new and unused, or very lightly used. Take 10% off value if lightly used/swatched Do not include deluxe’s if you've lightly used them even once. Foils = no value or $1 each (box coordinator may decide) Packaging: Package things carefully (bubble wrap or tissue paper if possible) and put things in labeled Ziploc bags. Try to leave the TSB in better condition than you found it Items that are more fragile (like perfume bottles) should be bubble wrapped individually Items will be organized in bags by type. Make sure products are wrapped well so they won’t leak or break and ruin other things in the box. Every item needs to be inside a plastic bag/Ziploc Label the Ziploc bags to outline the categoriy that goes into that specific bag Try not to pack more than a large flat rate USPS box can hold! We want this to stay affordable for everyone. If you absolutely cannot fit into one box – give a head’s up to the next person!! Label the outside of the box with “Fragile” and “This Side Up” to further limit damage to the items inside the box Courtesies: Don't put in anything unsanitary! (i.e. used lipgloss, used liquid lipstick, used cream products, used mascara) Post a picture and write info of what you took and left, with their condition and value – this way members can weigh in on the trades before shipping Include close up, open photos of any items that will be sealed that you cannot see the color through. This includes lipsticks, palettes, blushes, etc. No reserve items in the box for others, and don’t ask to have any items reserved for you - this is unfair to others participating Don't swatch items from the box - this is a hygienic precaution that we must take as a lot of people will be handling these items Swatched/used items must be labeled as such. All opened items must be cleaned/sanitized prior to their addition to the box Sanatizing consists of spraying the item with a makeup sanitizer, or making your own with half parts 70% alcohol and water. Try not to put in LARGE full sized items, like large bottles over 8 oz. This box becomes very full and it is harder for the person repacking and forces them to take something they may not want or use. Exceptions can be made if someone really wants the item Must post photos of all swaps and wait for approval from the thread before sending the box to the next recipient. The box coordinator and 50% of participants should give the OK for your trade. Give the group 24 hours to review your trades and provide feedback. Please contribute mid to high-end beauty products only. No drugstore items. (Unless it’s a drugstore box) If you have questions or you are unsure of an item, ask! Optional: Must adhere to online cataloging of values and trade-outs through a communal spreadsheet A required signature would be best. Please contact the person on the list after you about arranging for safe arrival, whether that means alternatively shipping to the person's workplace, or to a PO box, etc. Any larger items (full-size perfume, larger body care, larger skincare, large palettes) MUST be proposed first before adding to your trade. If the next 2-3 people aren't interested, please switch that item out. Exceptions can be made if there is ample room in the box and there is interest later in the box. Allowed in the box: Depending on the box theme, you may include different items and brand levels. For a general TSB, rule of thumb is to only include mid to high end products (think brands sold at Sephora, The Bay, Nordstrom, etc). Fragrance can be included if it's in a spray bottle (can be 1/2 used if there is interest); rollerballs allowed only if lightly used/swatched/new Nail polish must only be lightly used, clean, and tightly closed Tools/Brushes/Cases/Bags as long as they are clean Anything that is sealed (as long as it fits with the other guidelines) Skin care items in tubes & bottles. Jars only allowed if it's sealed or unopened Items will be organized in bags by type. Make sure products are wrapped well so they won't leak or break & ruin everything else Keep non-beauty related items to a minimum (please do not overload the box with makeup bags, cases, etc). Not allowed in the box: Pre-made samples Drugstore or lower end items (unless a Drugstore box) Heavily used items (except for perfume) Swatching items in the box Any product that you “dunk” a wand into or you dip your fingers into (like lip gloss or mousse blush) if they’re not new and unused. These cannot be sanitized. Large or bulky items unless there is interest No duplicates unless they are high end or highly sought after products Mail Tracking All participants must provide a tracking number for their shipment, posted to the thread upon receipt. Insurance specifications will be determined by the box leader per each individual box. However, a general rule of thumb is to cover the charity buy-in, if there is one. For example, if a box’s buy-in is $20 and there are 10 participants, each person should purchase enough insurance to cover $200. At the start of the box, each participant should PM the person who will next receive the box to determine shipping details. These shipping details should be confirmed again by PM before sending out the box. When specifying shipping instructions, choose the option that optimizes both the security of the box and timely retrieval, whether that means having the box shipped to a workplace to ensure a signature, to a PO Box, etc. Each participant is responsible for notifying box the box leader, as well as the participants before and after them, should their availability or instructions change. For Canadian TSBs, a rule of thumb for the train is to plan out the route based on location. Shipping costs can be extremely high and take quite a while; minimizing the distance between each stop is ideal for everyone. Item tracking Upon receiving the box, all participants must post photos of every item in the box to account for its contents. The box leader must confirm all items are present, but it is encouraged that all participants take inventory for greater accuracy and accountability. Box leaders are encouraged to utilize a spreadsheet that all participants can view online for greater accountability. Box leaders can also make the spreadsheet communal, providing participants with the ability to claim and add their own items to the list once trades have been approved. Google Sheets is free and available to edit to anyone with a link to the sheet—all changes save automatically within a web browser; certain spreadsheet cells can be “data locked” by the box leader following each trade to safeguard values and list contents, thus preventing potentially dishonest participants from changing or deleting them. PM Greenporchlights for a tutorial on how to set up a spreadsheet, disburse it to participants, lock data, format, etc. In lieu of, or in addition to, an electronic spreadsheet, box leaders may elect to use a physical tracking sheet in the box that participants must complete after trades have been approved. Participant “Tracking” We cannot publically keep a place in the community for people who have had questionable trade experiences; however, please PM one of the sponsors to get guidance on this if you have questions. Before accepting any participant into a box, ask for references from other BT members and check the trade threads. Post trade thread links to this thread for easy reference checking. Box coordinators can post links to their box here so future box participants can easily check one place for references. Helpful Links: Below are links to Successful Trades: http://community.sephora.com/t5/Off-Topic/List-of- Successful-Traders-January-2015/td-p/1852954[commu ... http://community.sephora.com/t5/Off-Topic/Successf ul-Trades-or-TSB-Experiences/td-p/1012387[communit ... Thank you! GreenPorchLights, kbmatthews, Mrsbaine, Zpsid91
So, I decided to break out one of my Color Hit nail polishes, and I fell in love with the shade called 1st Night, which was described as "old pink." I'm looking for a dupe for that color because it's perfect with my skin tone. Any recommendations? I prefer Sephora-carried brands or salon brands, but I appreciate any leads! Thanks in advance! (I'd also be willing to trade makeup and nail polish that I have for Color Hit in 1st Night, so PM me if you have it and want to trade!)