it just seems kind of serious and quiet around here lately. I am feeling a bit blah, with the heat and humidity, and reading/hearing way too much bad stuff in the news. So, let's all give a heart party for everyone on BT! A wonderful group of caring, fun, informative individuals who share many interests! I look forward to "seeing" all of you daily! Thanks for being here!
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We've all been there...a bag full of unused or disappointing make up from the drug store, which I still like but without the ability to try before buy you end up with a lot of fails. Then you find Sephora and wonder, is the price worth it? You try a few things, you like a few things, you see the price tag and tell yourself: "Eh, I can go with ramen noddles for a week to afford this." And then you buy it. What was your first purchase? Why did you choose it? I always like hearing other stories like this. Share on!
Hi gals, I'm a guy wanting to dress up & do makeup. I'm thinking of making a day of it by getting some ear piercing, getting  1- 2 ladies outfits, and having makeup done. Not sure as to which order of having things done,but most likely wearing heels the whole time. Any suggestions as to order? Thanks in advance.
Sephora Box
New Canadian travelling box, with BNIB MAC etc!**CLOSED**   TRAIN ORDER (NEW) * You must PM the person sending to you with your address now, don't wait until the box is near you! ** Remember posting tracking #'s in this thread is required! *** Remember to take photos of what you take out and put into the box!     Ont: 1) Bcteagirl 2) KBmatthews: Arrived April 22nd Departed:  April 23 tracking#: 0103605000505393 3) MyUsername Sent to LovingLondon April 26th tracking number: 0289787000890910 4) LovingLondon: Arrived April 30th Dparted May 1st Tracking #: 0103107000377289   5) Ivyxox Ont: 6) HappyGen (Switched orders of #5,6 due to new travel plans at station #5) Sent on May 9th, tracking #  0103516000342768   BC: 7) Clemon: Arrived May 15th, Departed May 26, tracking number 0657131000458040 8) Heartsmyface: Arrived May 30th! Left June 2nd 0102872000370974 9) Deesa - Arrived June 6th! On the way again June 9th Tracking # 0649325000350317 AB: 10) Ditzcore: Arrived June 12th, Dept June 16th: 0285072000761365 Ont: 11) Firespinner: Arrived June 23rd Departed June 25th 0102517000379397 12) Yumst3r: Arrived June 30th! sent on July 2nd 0103181000351456 13) Mkimimi: Arrived July 6th, left July 8th 14) Yullz 15) Bcteagirl   Starting shortly, I would love to have a nice long train! This is a second round of a box, so there is a HUGE variety in here, so much great stuff (thank you previous participants!!). Very exciting to start a box that is such a great mix to start with. We had so much fun on the previous train (and it moved so fast!) that I know this will be great!   I would love to keep this train moving quickly, I am putting more stuff together/reorganizing it as we speak. If you want to officially be on the train, you do need to send a message with complete address to me! I am borrowing most of the rules from a previous train.   BY AGREEING TO PARTICIPATE YOU ARE AGREEING TO THE RULES!   ****NO RESERVE****   ****No Swatching items from the box****   ****ITEMS THAT MAY BE INCLUDED****   ALL SEALED ITEMS are welcome, UNLESS sealed   NO: Nothing you dip your fingers in if opened NO opened mascara NO opened lip wands (the kind you dunk the wand in or things like stila lipglaze)   NOTHING THAT CAN'T BE CLEANED or SANITIZED   all cosmetic/skin care samples are fine   ***Other: For full sized items, there is a strict one in one out policy for drug store items: ie: If you want to trade in a drug store item, you must be taking out a drug store item (Feel free to take out extra drug store items lol). This will ensure that this box is largely of higher quality cosmetics (While still allowing for some variety). There will be just a few drug store items per box   *** For new mascara, dip lip gloss, you must tape them up so they cannot be opened/swatched en route. Leave other lipstics/etc untapped so people can see the colours.   *Be polite *Don't keep the box longer than a few days (please try to keep the box moving in a timely manner)     *All packages must include a tracking number, Send me (@Bcteagirl) the tracking number.   *TRADE ON OR ABOVE the value of the item you took -don't take all of one kind of item, for example, if there are 3 of one perfume, take only 1 so that others will have a chance to try them - One in/one out rule for any drugstore cosmetics (which are limited) -post in a picture and/or text what you took and left -package things carefully and put things that could leak in ziplock bags     **YOU MUST have a tracking number for your package, and it must be posted here!     Once the train order is set, you need to PM the person who is sending to you your address right away, don't wait until the train is close to you!   Put a post here stating you want to participate, and PM me your name/address if you want in!   Edit: spacing lol
I much prefer tea to coffee (my stomach just doesn't react well to coffee, for some reason). I love to cuddle up and read a good book with a good cup of tea. (As you can tell, I'm TOTALLY ready for retirement at the age of 31!!!!)   I do prefer loose leaf teas as I find them much more fragrant than the store bought teabags, and more economical, to boot. My favorite at the moment is one by Herbal Republic -  Okanagan Ice Wine Tea. <3   Are there any tea drinkers out there? What are some good teas that you've tried?
I just wanna ask what companies give out free samples when you contact them. I only know of Mario Badescu and L'occitane.   Who doesn't love free samples anyway?
Hey chickaroos,   I just had my little vent on not getting enough information about posters asking for new suggestions and not giving us any information to go on so I thought since we are  all here on Beauty Talk and we all care for each other that if you need to vent about anything you might need support on beauty related or not here's the opportunity to just........VENT Have you ever had that certain situation when you fee like this???
I'm very excited to go to Sephora tomorrow! It seems like forever since I have been inside. The last time I went (end of May) I received probably the best customer service from one of the cast members who really went beyond great service to unite me with the last Sun Safety Kit. She had really made my day/week and although I had already filled out a survey with an awesome review for her, I wanted to write her a little note, thanking her. Is that too weird? Or would it be a nice gesture? I'm a frequent letter-writer/thank you note-giver, so I was curious to know what other people's thoughts were about this. Thanks  
I'm loving the concept of using empty Diptyque candle jars for beauty storage -- they look so pretty and classic. However, i'm not really feeling like dropping $30 a candle to do this. Additionally I haven't had great luck with eBay since they are few listings for empty jars. Any recommendations for other places to look online?
I am traveling with my two kids to Holland in about a month. I live in the DC area. I need to bring hostess type gifts for the two families I am staying with (both aunts and uncles in their 60s). I also need to bring gifts for children - a mix of boys and girls who are age 7-12 or so. I'd like to figure out something local, not too heavy, if not local that characteristically "American," to bring. I am at a total loss. Suggestions quite welcome.
Did anyone else watch it? I did!!!!!! I thought Toei did an amazing job and I can't wait till more episodes come out! I am so excited!!!!!
Let's celebrate this lovely lady with a HEART PARTY! You're such a wonderful asset to our community, joz, and we are so happy you call BT your beauty home!  
Come and let everyone know if you've done a trade with someone or they've been an awesome TSB contributor! Let's give kudos to our BT BFFs!    So a post could be one persons feedback on another, how a trade went, did they ship quickly, etc. and others could reply if they dealt with the same person and how their trade went.
alright. i understand a lot of people's purses are a secret and sacred space, so i'm not sure how many people will be into this idea. but i stumbled across a few "what's in your purse?" youtube videos of various bloggers and experts and found the whole thing surprisingly interesting, informative, inspiring and insightful ! i searched and did not see a topic like this (other than a more specific "what's in your makeup bag?" post from last year), but i do apologize if this is a double post, of sorts.   so, me first. i'm definitely a "i want to have my things with me" sort of person. my purse is my arsenal ! but for the majority of my purse-carrying years thus far, it was chaos. i could never find things. we all know the drill. then, a few months ago, i initiated myself into what i affectionately call 'pouch life'. that is, everything has a place, and everything will be in it's place as i leave the house. it has changed my life ! everything you see are products and pouches acquired over time, it all just came together once i made it a mission.   my bag is a pretty normal size. i feel like mary poppins when i pull all my stuff out and it brings me a real sense of joy, i won't lie.   the two big pouches are for makeup (silver) and face/hair/misc (black). the tokyo milk pouch (new acquisition!) has a roller ball perfume and handcream, as does the bowie pouch. the little silver thing is my wallet with cards etc, the gold pouch has business cards (mine and others') and misc thin, and holds my cash and change when i have it (i rarely have cash and change these days, though).   (i realized after i took these pics that there is 1 pouch missing--a smallish flat black tracy tanner bag that i keep my phone charger and headphones in--it wasn't in my bag because i'm using them !)     products of note in the black bag: caudalíe beauty elixir (my favorite thing ever. wanting to carry this around with me is what prompted my shift into pouch life). a le labo lotion sample of ROSE 31 which is just about my favorite smell on earth and just want to have with me as well. boots botanics face oil which i apply to blemishes as spot treatment should they appear--seems counter-intuitive but it WORKS ! aveda men's pommade. i'm growing out a shaved head and these hair products are the result of not knowing what to expect from hair that is/was too short to control.     i probably carry around too much makeup with me but i like to have choices should i want or need to freshen up. i'm constantly reassessing what i want with me but this is the current to-go stash. products of note: givenchy le rouge lipstick in #307 grenat initié (which i ordered expecting to be darker, tbh). the only OCC lip tar i own after my others got stolen. hot pink on me can look a bit garish but sometimes it hits the spot. my new favorite mascara givenchy noir couture 4-in-1.     closeup of my beloved aladdin sane pouch and it's contents: caudalíe vinoperfect hand & nail cream and blackbird ballard's roller perfume in 'hallow'.    and  just for the record, my sephora "problem" made itself evident at the bottom of my bag, otherwise trash and clutter free....  
I hope everyone has the day off (I've worked my share of July 4ths!!  and have to go in for a few minutes tomorrow) and that everyone has something awesome planned!  After going in to work for a bit, I think the hubby and I are going to the beach for an air show followed by fireworks.  I've never seen an air show so hopefully it goes well.  What are your plans?
Hey lovely BT-ers!! So this happened to me this morning.. A used-twice bottle of Omorovicza BB Cream ($135) shattered in my bathroom, leaving me with glass in my foot and fingers after trying to save it, but that's not the most tragic part. BE CAREFUL (or more careful than I was) WITH YOUR GLASS BOTTLES!!!!!!!! YOU DONT WANT TO END UP LIKE THIS..
Great article on Sephora's Branding Strategy. It predicts that since the use of the Marc Jacobs brand has been quite successful, Sephora will tap into more LVMH brands to create other original make up brands. I wonder what's in store next!   I also noticed that most of the point perks are of LVMH owned brands when I went to see what LVMH actually owns. (Fresh, MUFE, Benefit,  etc)       
So like annypoo the other day, I am shopping for a new purse. I'm looking for something small-to-medium-sized, because right now all I have are monster huge purses that really don't look right against my small frame (I'm a compact and muscular 5'4" with short, stubby limbs). I've narrowed it down to two or three :   I actually really wanted this next one in cornflower blue, but they sold out last night. Now only the tan color pictured is available. And this is one I really, really fell in love with at the store yesterday, but I waffled because it was slightly more than I thought I was going to spend! But I get the feeling I might regret it if I don't buy it while it's on sale and still in stock:   Also comes with a chain strap in addition to the leather crossbody: The thing is, as much as I like the purse in the middle (the last two are Tory Burch), I'm nooooot sure if it fits in with my overall funky feminine and sometimes edgy style. I think the last one does, but it definitely looks incredibly different from all the other bags I own, so it's a change. HM. I'm torn!
Hey everyone! I'm going to Hawai'i in a couple of weeks, and I plan on getting the Too Faced Boudoir Eyes palette there. I was going to bring an extra makeup bag to bring it home in, but I don't know if mine's big enough since I can't find its dimensions anywhere! Would someone be able to measure thiers and let me know how big it is? I'm guessing all of their 9-pan palettes are the same, so even if you could give me a reference like "it's about the width of an iPhone", that would be amazing! I would like to know the length, width, and height. Thanks so much!
This lady gives out amazing advice as evidenced by her nearly 5000 hearts.  I have always found her witty and helpful.  She obviously earned her hearts too fast for the system to give her the recognition she deserved.  Well, now she has it.  Congratulations on your long overdue Hall of Fame Status!!  You really deserve it.    
So, I'm sitting here pondering how many licks it takes to get to the centre of a Tootsie Pop... ?  Has anyone here actually tried getting there?  Do you even eat candy?  I know you're not supposed to cause it causes skin problems (is that even true?)  but it's just sooo difficult not to!!!!  I told myself earlier this evening that I wasn't having candy tonight.  my rule is if I think of candy I have to do five push ups.  I am 35 push-ups in.  At this rate I'm going to have very sore arms tomorrow.  I'm to get down and do another five right now For writing this darn post;D 
I just received this in the mail. My friend from Hong Kong sent me these lovely things - just in time for my birthday which is July 10!!  It's a blanket, pillow, two shirts, two compact mirrors, two rice molds, 3CE makeup items and one etude house, a lovely gothic neck piece and matching bracelet. I'm just so in love with all these things and wanted to share, some of you had wanted to see what I was going to receive, so here it is!!  
Ladies, check your Marshalls! I wanted to share some great deals I found at my local Marshalls. I love going there for some awesome discounts, and recently I ran into Shiseido and Korres. I found some Shiseido sunscreen for $16.99 and $19.99. They also had Korres makeup removing wipes for $2.99, Pomegranate cream-gel for $6.99, Pomegranate toner for $6.99, Pomegranate Mattifying Treatment $6.99. Korres is my favorite skincare brand, so I was very excited!  What are some beauty steals you have scored at your local Marshalls?!
So I've noticed that every time I look at the reviews of a product there are at least a few unhelpful (sometimes they're a little helpful) but hilarious reviews. What are your favorites that you have seen so far?   Here's one I saw while browsing through UD Naked Skin reviews:  
It;s only my 2nd time ordering from HSN and I used paypal to pay for my items. I used a $10 off $50 coupon code and it shows in my confirmation that the coupon was applied. However, on my paypal account, I was charged without the coupon. Has this ever happened to anyone? Do they discount the coupon afterwards? I emailed their customer service and am still waiting for a response. Just curious to see if others have experienced this.
Happy Canada Day everyone! I am proud to be Canadian. I'm pretty sure that I have beer & maple syrup flowing through my veins   Go Canada Go!         
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Other than being obsessed with make up and Sephora, tells us something most people don't know about you. Is it that you're really a nerd or that you can twerk really well? For me: most people don't know that I'm a die hard Star Trek fan. I own most of all the series on dvd and I could watch hours of episodes on Hulu. That and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. What about you?
  Here's a shout out to meagboho for being so awesome she got to 2000 hearts in just a few months!!!  That's worth celebrating!!! we love meag like sonic loves his chilidogs!!!  let's raise a cup of coffee to BTs very own suoer friendly super gorgeous asset!!! We're glad you're here! 
Happy Canada Day to all of my fellow Canadian BTers! I hope everyone has an amazing, safe, and fun day!