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Q. Favorite Brushes/Tools?
I have been in the process of revamping my entire beauty and skincare routine because I was way overdue for an overhaul...While I have replaced my three most commonly used brushes, for the rest, this is still one of the "categories" I am still on the fence about. Call me crazy but I feel that if you use something every day regardless of what kind of look you are going for for that day the way we might use a foundation brush or blush brush, I feel that is should be something you love and look forward to using and I'm looking for some inspiration to shake things up a bit. I'm hoping everyone here can chime in on what you prefer and how they work best for you (IE, gel, cream, pressed powder, loose powder, what level of coverage it gives, do they multi-task, etc). For the record, I am including tools like the BeautyBlenders, etc. in the umbrella term of "brushes" here.   Ok, with that being said: What are your preferred all-over/face brushes? Cheek brushes? Eye brushes? Lip brushes? Body brushes if you use them? Any that you use solely for application of skincare products? Any brushes that you use for an alternate purpose than what they are marketed as?    As for my current faves: Spoiler (Highlight to read) Sephora Classic Multitasker Powder Brush #45 - I use this for foundation. I like that it can apply full coverage as many of the ones originally recommended to me as "full coverage" or "can build up to full coverage" weren't actually achieving full coverage. I currently use it for pressed powder foundation but have heard from multiple people that it works well with liquids or creams too but I'd have to experiment with that some more before I could give any accurate reviews of its performance in that field. I have the Mini version of this for travel too and while it does take a bit longer for application because the bush head is smaller, it does work well if you are short on space but still want to create the same effects while out on vacation.   Hakuho-do + Sephora Pro - Wedge Sloping Powder Brush and Fan Cheek Brush: I just picked these two up recently and use the Wedge for setting powder when I do wear my liquid foundation on occasion but am still experimenting to learn all it can do. I am using the Fan Cheek Brush for crush currently but like I said with the Wedge Brush, since it is still very new so I am still getting adjusted to it. I love how soft they are and how luxurious they feel on my skin. Another added perk I discovered is that when I clean them in the afternoon or evening, they are dry by the next morning. Having a dry time of less than 12 hours as opposed to my Sephora Classic #45 brush taking 3-4 DAYS before it is fully dry tells me they are a higher grade synthetic that is absorbing much less water during cleansing and therefor also product during use. I did experiment a couple times with using the Hakuho-do brushes to apply my liquid foundation which I almost never wear anyway. However, I am so used to using a Beauty Blender to apply the liquid that I would have to practice more to really get the hang of this before I could really say how well they performed with liquid applications.   BeautyBlender and BB Micro-Mini: Like I said, I almost never wear my liquid foundation currently but when I do decide to, my full sized BB is truly on the Holy Grail list for application. I can build coverage as needed, and while it did take a little bit of experimentation to learn, I chalk that up to never having used anything similar prior to picking this up. I use the MicroMini for application and blending of concealer pretty much daily and love it too.    As for eye brushes and pretty much anything besides those three and the BBs, I am still looking for replacements for my old ones. I can still use the old ones as needed until I can find some I truly love but got caught up in other things and haven't gotten to look around at options at all.  Sephora Classic Multitasker Powder Brush #45 - I use this for foundation. I like that it can apply full coverage as many of the ones originally recommended to me as "full coverage" or "can build up to full coverage" weren't actually achieving full coverage. I currently use it for pressed powder foundation but have heard from multiple people that it works well with liquids or creams too but I'd have to experiment with that some more before I could give any accurate reviews of its performance in that field. I have the Mini version of this for travel too and while it does take a bit longer for application because the bush head is smaller, it does work well if you are short on space but still want to create the same effects while out on vacation. Hakuho-do + Sephora Pro - Wedge Sloping Powder Brush and Fan Cheek Brush: I just picked these two up recently and use the Wedge for setting powder when I do wear my liquid foundation on occasion but am still experimenting to learn all it can do. I am using the Fan Cheek Brush for crush currently but like I said with the Wedge Brush, since it is still very new so I am still getting adjusted to it. I love how soft they are and how luxurious they feel on my skin. Another added perk I discovered is that when I clean them in the afternoon or evening, they are dry by the next morning. Having a dry time of less than 12 hours as opposed to my Sephora Classic #45 brush taking 3-4 DAYS before it is fully dry tells me they are a higher grade synthetic that is absorbing much less water during cleansing and therefor also product during use. I did experiment a couple times with using the Hakuho-do brushes to apply my liquid foundation which I almost never wear anyway. However, I am so used to using a Beauty Blender to apply the liquid that I would have to practice more to really get the hang of this before I could really say how well they performed with liquid applications. BeautyBlender and BB Micro-Mini: Like I said, I almost never wear my liquid foundation currently but when I do decide to, my full sized BB is truly on the Holy Grail list for application. I can build coverage as needed, and while it did take a little bit of experimentation to learn, I chalk that up to never having used anything similar prior to picking this up. I use the MicroMini for application and blending of concealer pretty much daily and love it too.  As for eye brushes and pretty much anything besides those three and the BBs, I am still looking for replacements for my old ones. I can still use the old ones as needed until I can find some I truly love but got caught up in other things and haven't gotten to look around at options at all.       Almost forgot: the other thing I am desperately in need of is some inspiration for travel brushes. Do you have minis you like or do you take your full size brushes with you when you travel? For those of you that have a mini set for traveling with, what do you use?  If I have forgotten anything else you feel is relevant, feel free to add that in too! 
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JaneanBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / answered
A. Hi WaterlilyKari,   I love using a damp BeautyBlender for my thicker foundations. For my thinner foundations that are liquids, I love Tarte's Airbrush Finish Bamboo ... see post
Q. Has anyone ever won the $250 gift card from the survey?
Whenever I purchase something from a Sephora store, they always say to do the survey because you could win a gift card, and I've always wondered if anyone's actually won. So has anyone actually won?
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CharlieFugate / RISING STAR / answered
A. Nope.  see post
Q. Makeup
Does Foundation really break you out? If so do face primers help with protecting your face?
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HALL OF FAMER chsu2016 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. Foundation itself does not break you out.  It depends on the skin type of each individual person.  If an oily person wears oil based or silicone based makeup and applies... see post
Q. what is the best primer for dry acne skin
I need a good primer for my dry skin that won't leave me feeling greasy and wont clog my pores. What should I use?
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IT GIRL Finlet / IT GIRL IT GIRL / answered
A. I have dry skin (especially on my chin and around my nose!) and I use NARS Pore Refining Primer, and I find it actually helps moisturize me skin! And considering how ter... see post
Q. What Is Your Favorite Indie Brand?
It might sound dumb but I am tired of going online daily and seeing URBAN DECAY, MAC, ELF, and even the word "SALE" in my emails.  I want to check out some indie makeup brands that most people do not know of, but sadly when I look online all I see is Colourpop, Dose of Colors, or Limecrime. Between you me and the four walls I do not refer to them as indie brands anymore since they're so popular and almost every beauty lover knows of the two brands. Kinda looking for hidden gems!  If you'd like list the specific product too!   Wasn't sure were to post this btw!
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BEAUTY PRO stephfefe / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / answered
A. For makeup the only one I can think of is Kiko Cosmetics (currently in Italy and there's a Kiko on every other block), they have some stores now in the US and they now s... see post
Q. Help for the Shade for Highlighting Powder Foundation from MAKE UP FOREVER
I'm looking for a Powder Foundation for Highlighting. Not those glowy product, but a tinted setting powder instead. I'm now using the MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Foundatin color 120 soft sand, and I'm thinking to get the MAKE UP FOR EVER  Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation in a lighter color for highlighting. Does anyone know which shade I should use? Or is there any other tinted powder foundation will be good for highliting and in what shade?  
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Q. URGENT! PLZ HELP! Which shade am I in Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Foundation?
I typically where MAC STUDIO FIX POWDER PLUS FOUNDATION in C3/C4/N5. Which shade would best match my complexion in Marc Jacobs remarkable foundation?  My skin tone is olive/neutral.  However, my face is much lighter than the rest of my body and I am easily able to pull off the C4 mac powder, but I could never get away with using their liquid foundation in C4.  Below is a picture of my complexion.  No filters or retouching.  No flash either.
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Q. White Bumps On Lipsticks?? Is it mold or what??!
i noticed that there were little white bumps on some of my lipsticks and have no idea if it's just old or its oxidation from a chemical reaction due to weather change.  I'm afraid to use my lipsticks because I don't know what it is.  I didn't know if it's mold growing on it, but it looks unpleasant.     I even compared my oldest lipstick (about 2 years old but still barely used) and it doesn't have anything.  It looks new.  Then the ones that have the little bumps were just bought less than a year.  I don't know what to do.  HELP!
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BEAUTY WHIZ angi77 / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / answered
A.  It just looks like some separation, like sweat.  Sometimes lipsticks do that because of fluctuations in temperature or age.  Kind of like how chocolate bars sometimes g... see post
Q. Dupe for NYX Round Lipstick in Chaos?
Hi! Just wondering if anyone knows color similar to NYX Chaos? I luv the color, hate the round lipstick formula. It's too creamy and transfers too easily.    
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BEAUTY PRO fwarocks / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / answered
A. This bloggers page might have some dupes for you. She was actually looking for a dupe for UD's Ms Mia Wallace, and Nyx Chaos is listed with the swatches.  https://awork... see post
Q. Primer Brush/Application
What is the best brush/way to use to put on Primer?
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lily31 / FRESH FACE / answered
A. I Believe it is best to use the ring finger tips to put any kind of make up creams. It doesn't carry much pressure to the skin and it's better to take care of the face. see post
Q. Purple lip laquer and liner
Hi everyone!   Which Estee Lauder lip liner would work best with EL pure color envy liquid lip potion, in Savage Garden? I am looking at double wear in "wine"... any suggestions?
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Q. ginger issues
I'm a ginger. I have pale skin and auburn hair. What's the best look for me for day, and for night? I feel like black is too harsh on my face, but I'm almost tired of brown smokey eyes. 
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HALL OF FAMER prettyinpa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. You could try a copper and tan. It's my favorite, I like LORAC Starry-Eyed Baked Eyeshadow Duo in Star Studded. I use the lightest color on my brow (the ivory), then the... see post
Q. Different brands under same companies
I was wondering if there are brands of makeup and skincare that belong to well-known companies? For example, I just found out that Origins is by Estee Lauder...no wonder they are both of my favorite brands. And I know about L'oreal being L'ancome. So do you know any others like that?
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HALL OF FAMER liv545 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. I got the promo with the 7 samples recently and fell in love with the SK-II facial essence. I noticed the back of it said P & G Beaute and was like, huh? As it turns out... see post
Q. Ciate x Olivia Palermo Smouldering Eye Palette
I'm really interested in this palette but haven't heard anything about Ciate shadows and I can't find any swatches of this palette online. Does anybody own it? Or own another Ciate palette and can tell me if they're worth it?
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BEAUTY PRO sharkington / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / answered
A. Haven't had a chance to try this yet, but I have seen quite a few video reviews on youtube - some say they include swatches in the titles. :)   Let us know when/if you... see post
Q. What products do you repurchase?
As much as I love trying out new products, there are a few I always repurchase. Urban Decay Primer Potion, Boscia skin care, and Rosebud Salve are a few. What are yours?
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BEAUTY MAVEN trritchie / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / answered
A. What can I say, I like to be glowy   Urban Decay-Naked skin foundation Mac-Up the Amp Mac-strobe cream Pink leopard bronzer by Too Faced   see post
Q. how does the 100 point perk work?
How does the point perks work? for the 100 point perk do i have to trade in my points to get it?
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keelybt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / answered
A. Hi Samguy1!  As a Beauty Insider you will receive a point for every dollar you spend and for every 100 points you have the option to redeem them for a deluxe sample . Wh... see post
Q. HOURGLASS Ambient Lighting Powder - Which do you choose?
Hello! So I am considering buying an Ambient Lighting Powder because I have always heard such great things! The only problem is I don't know where to begin!  Does anyone have a favorite to recommend? Or one that the use on a daily basis? I have a light complexion with pink undertones and I'm lost when it comes to these powders! Any help would be much appreciated!
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HALL OF FAMER jozkid / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. I think the Palette may be the way to go, too. I use Dim as an all-over, Incandescent as a highlight, and Radiant as a bronzer. I also have Diffused which I use when I'm... see post
Q. best make up and lipstick for a 60 yr old women
I'm 60 yrs old with brown hair and hazel eyes...what is my best bet for lipstick....and face products????
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HALL OF FAMER missey1973 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. I am in my 40's and I really like Bobbi Brown for an everyday look. see post
Q. What do you guys thing about the app MUABS to sell my gently used makeup?
Hey guys, have any of you beauties use the app MUABS for selling your gently used or unloved makeup? Is it a safe app to sell my makeup?
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HALL OF FAMER TrysBeautyItems / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. I get a blah feeling from it. It's a very basic website, don't remember a place to view completed items, search is worthless - ad titles are very general i.e. drugstore,... see post
Q. Becca The One Perfecting Brush - Damaged?
I recently ordered the Becca The One Perfecting Brush. When I received it, some of the bristles were bent (I think it's from the flap of the box...it might have gotten wedged between the bristles in transit). Or is this the way the brush is supposed to look like? I haven't used it yet and am considering bringing into a store to exchange. Thoughts?   UPDATE: realized I added this as a question, so I can't reply to myself (oops...first time starting a thread on BT), but thank you for all the replies. I am definitely going to go in store so I can compare to the brush on display and probably also exchange for a new one. Thank you everyone for your answers! They definitely helped me feel like an exchange is the right route here.  
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BEAUTY PRO silversoleil / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / answered
A. Definitely damaged. see post
Q. Morphe Brushes
Has anyone ordered from Morphe's website? If so, I wanna know how your experience went I recently ordered the Vegan brush set 3 days ago and I have not been given my tracking number. I know the orders take 2-7 days to process, but I just wanna know how long your orders took and how your overall experience was
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HALL OF FAMER elenamarie11 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. I've ordered from Morphe just once, and I got tracking two days later. It took about a week total to come in. I'm soooo pleased with all of my Morphe products!    -35E... see post
Q. putting makeup on guys
Has any girlfriends/wives made guys get makeup put on them by salesladies? Also is it common for salesladies to have guys sit in makeup chair and put them in makeup?
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Sissydragmakeup / FRESH FACE / answered
A. I am guy, who has gotten my makeup done for Halloween two of the last three years.  I love it, and have already booked another appointment for this Halloween.  It is so ... see post
Q. Makeup for a navy dress
I am going to my sisters weeding, the ceremony starts at 5pm in a garden. I am wearing a navy dress with silver accents, and I dont konw how to do my makeup. I have brown eyes and a medium to olive skin tone. Brunette.   Help!
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HALL OF FAMER knadala / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. You could choose to opt for a lighter version of this, I feel like a purpley-lavender look would pair nicely with Navy and still look formal enough for a wedding. see post
Q. eyeliner for wrinkly eyelid
I am only 25 but I have super wrinkly eyelids and have never been able to do a winged liner. My question is, is it possible to get a nice sleek cat eye/winged liner look when you have a lot of wrinkles? Anyone able to do it? If so, with what.  I have tried pencil liner, liquid liner, and gel liner and all of them look bumpy especially when I try to wing it out (but it even happens on my eyelid). I have been thinking about trying the Dior velvet eyes, but they do seem rather expensive. Thanks!
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BEAUTY MASTER Yuumei / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / answered
A. There are some great suggestions already, but I wanted to suggest trying the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner.. it has a pointed brush instead of a felt tip and I feel like that m... 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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HALL OF FAMER studz / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. I think that 115 would be a good match for NW15. see post
Q. makeup recommadtions for 15 year old girl starting with makeup
School is starting soon and I really want to look different and feel much better bout myself and feel pretty like any girl so I wanted to jump into the makeup world I am looking for products that are natural enhance my face (since its school) and compliments  my skin tone                                                        INFO:   I am deeper complextion with netural undertones my color iq is 1r14  I am not a huge fan of eyeshadows if anything neutral colours my skin is pretty much clear( I don't have any acne) I do suffer with discolouration I get super shiny on my nose my inner eyelids and under my eyes and I hate it but my skin is dry if I don't use a heavy moisturizer I love lipstick but its hard to find the right one without the colour being bright I want my complexion to glow (not really dewy finish) I don't want have dark dull looking skin I love blushes or bronzers but struggle to find the right one or something natural   Please help me I really would appreciate it
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HALL OF FAMER kelloua / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. I find that to really give my skin a nice glow I LOVE tinted moisturizers and Hourglass's pressed powders.  The latter are especially nice because they give your skin th... see post
Q. How often do you return items to Sephora?
I know Sephora offers a wonderful exchange/return policy... but I feel bad returning my items.  I feel like I return my items about 50% of the time because honestly, after the first use I can tell I already don't like it.  I don't want to get on their list (of bad customers) for returning too many items, I'm honestly not trying to rip them off. 
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SCENE QUEEN Gorritxa / SCENE QUEEN SCENE QUEEN / answered
A. I agree that Sephora's return policy is great. I have to admit that I return items that are unused, not sure what happens to those items. I'd like to add that the neares... see post
Q. Dr. Brandt, "BB Matte with Signature Shinerase"
Hello, I've been using Dr.Brandt's "BB Matte with Signature Shinerase" in medium-dark, along with their "Pores No More" primer, and really liked the result. As of recently, Sephora isn't carrying the former online (I don't know if it's available in-store). Does anyone have any suggestions for a replacement? (Smashbox has already been suggested - other suggestions are greatly appreciated!). Thank you kindly, Shãna
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. The Tarte Colored Clay CC Primer gives a soft, powder-like finish to skin and good for oily/combination skin types. It also contains color correcting purple (to address ... see post
Q. Body makeup
Bikini season is here!! What is the best products out there for ingrowns and the rashy red bumps?.. In terms of preventiave measures as well as covering them when your in your bathing suit?    Thank you
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BEAUTY WHIZ liorak / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / answered
A. Witch Hazel is amazing for the red bumps you get after shaving. It is all natural and can be found at local natural/health food stores! I find using conditioner instead ... see post
Q. Eyelash Curler Comparison
The best eyelash curlers really depends on people's eye shape and preference. After terrible experience with a couple of the hyped/popular curlers, I decided to do a comparison between the ones Sephora carries: Shiseido, Lancome, Tarte, Sephora and Tweezerman. Hopefully it will be of help to you, too.   Tarte, 1 replacement pad+mascara : smaller and rounder than other 4 curlers and have the squishy-est pad. Parts a bit loose and the middle comes together first so if you don’t squeeze firmly, it looks like ><. Tarte (left) and Shiseido (right). You can see tarte is smaller and rounder.   Sephora, 2 replacement pad : Have the firmest pad of all 5 curlers. Comparable to Shiseido, both a tiny bit flatter than other curlers. When I use Shiseido and Sephora, the middle part press against my eyes first, when using Lancome, the whole side+middle press against my eyes at same time.   Shiseido, 1 replacement pad: Medium/normal firm pad, comes together evenly. It have a unique dip on the corners, unlike any other curlers. Due to vertical curve of the curler and dip, it actually irritates my eyes and it water every time I use the curler. =/ Shiseido (left) and Lancome (right). You can see the dip in Shiseido while Lancome and other curlers don't have the dip.   Lancome, 1 replacement pad : similar to Tweezerman, both very slightly rounder than Shiseido and Sephora, medium firm pad.     Tweezerman ProCurl curler, 3 replacement pad : very nice weight, feels durable. 3 replacement pad. Curls all my lashes at once. Couldn’t tell the difference between this and Lancome, except this have a nice weight and feels sturdy (none of the parts feel loose). It also says free sharpening and life time warranty (why would you sharpen your curler?)   All in all, if you've got smaller or rounder eyes, go for Tarte. If your eyes are deeper set, Shiseido curler's dip corner will help you get the corner lashes. If you like a firm pad (pro: no sharp kinks/angle. con: require more force to squeeze for a good curl), go for Sephora. Tweezerman feels nicer in my hand than Lancome, but honestly my eyes don't feel a difference when I was curling. I ended up getting the Tweezerman cuz it's got the most replacement pad, and Sephora one cuz it's sturdy and I tend to be heavy handed but don't want to crinkle/cut off my lashes.   Happy curler shopping!    
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BEAUTY PRO yllsen / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / answered
A. That's actually very interesting. This weekend I had a makeover and my consultant gave me the tarte eyelash curler to use. I did find it worked ok but wasn't comfortabl... see post