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I have been picking my skin ever since I was a teen up until now. I didn't know it was an ocd trait. I didn't even know that it had a name - Dermatillomania. It feels strange to put a name to such a habit that I feel is so hard to stop. All I've known for many years is that I have to stop, that this "condition"? was not only harming my skin, but my self confidence as well. Now I'm on a mission to let my poor skin rest and get back to health.    Also apparently you can be addicted to sugar. I kind of already knew that I have one hell of a sweet tooth but what i've found just confirmed my suspicions. This habit (disorder?) makes it impossibly hard to stick to a healthy way of eating, which I need to do - in order to lose weight - in order to feel better. ( Not just confidence wise, but health wise too)   I've just been stumbling into a lot of interesting, complicated and deep subjects recently. I should probably start (and maintain) a blog lol.    What have you found out?
Outlander is a book series by Diana Gabaldon.  Am really excited to see how they adapt it to TV.  Plus Sam Heughan is seriously hot!  
Ulta is the WORST and is impossible to deal with. I have had an issue with my Ulta account for a while now. Everytime I try to process my payment an error message comes up. I called Ulta's customer service about this problem a couple of time and they did nothing to help. All they said was to check my billing and shipping information and wait 24-48 and try processing the order again. They is nothing wrong with my information. Everything is correct. The problem is with Ulta. They have a horrible system.   I prefer Sephora so much more. They actually help you with the problems you are having.
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I feel we need our own thread for all of the awesome stuff we get for our furry friends. I love to spoil my two cats  almost as much as I love spoiling myself with Sephora goodies And honestly, I can always use more ideas on how to incorporate awesome looking cat toys, climbers, or whatnot into my home. I'll share my current faves in the comments!
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I haven't see a no-buy thread in a while, so I thought I'd start one up, mainly b/c I could use the support!   I'm on a no-buy from now til...however long I can last! I'm taking a trip to Italy at the end of the year AND in the meantime will be taking the GRE + applying to grad school, so I'm trying to save up as much as possible for these upcoming expenses. And on top of that I've shopped like crazy this summer so I think it's time to just take my credit cards and stick them in the freezer or something. Naturally, I'm imagining this though:     Anyone else trying very hard to restrain themselves?
Has anyone downloaded the Summer 2014 playlist from Sephora? I had it but it got deleted so I'm trying to find the correct track listing that Sephora had listed on its website. I just need the correct track order they had listed. Thanks.
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For all the beauty junkies out there:   I don't understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little -- if only out of politeness. And then, you never know, maybe that's the day she has a date with destiny. And it's best to be as pretty as possible for destiny. ---- Coco Chanel
I'm sooooo excited! I just bought Bobbi Brown's Beauty Manual in Barnes and Noble the other day and loved it. I just happened to take a peek at her actual website and saw that she's got a team of makeup artists that hold workshops. I was thinking...how am I getting to CA or NY for these?!?!? Then I found out it's right at the Bobbi Brown Studio in my State! (NJ) I didn't know this place existed. Just so happens that the Basic Beauty workshop is being help next Friday from 4-8pm. It's $200 ($100 redeemable in product) If any of you are from NJ and have the $, maybe you should come with!! I'm overly excited about this ;-)  Happy Monday <3
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Inspired by my new love for the YSL Babydoll Faux Cils mascara 100pt perk.    What products (makeup, skincare, hair care, whatever) have you received samples of or perks of that have become staples in your collection? 
So I've been shopping at Sephora for a while and it's been my retail therapy. I love trying products and just roaming the aisle. My guy would go to another store while I shop. Now, he asked me about a cleanser and I was happy to show him a few that would be great. I think I've created a monster because now he wants more. Would this be good or bad news for you? On one hand I would enjoy having company sometimes and on the other the money we spent on his skin care would be less for my products. I know that sounds selfish but yeah, I think dollars and cents. He wants to go back next weekend to browse more products. Oh boy. What would you do?
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I just noticed!! I went to bed a Beauty master, I woke up as  a Hall of Famer!  Just had to share!!  
I purchased some items online and realized that sephora is shipping my package via Ontra!! Usually its ups that delivers my packages. Has anyone else noticed this  
I've always loved makeup. I took Cosmetology back in 2002-2004 because I thought there were more makeup lessons involved, but there wasn't any. I am tired of my 9-5 desk job and I'm thinking of making a big change. I'm 28 and to the point where I need the extra push. They just opened up the first and only makeup school in NJ; Robert Fiance Makeup Academy and I am really thinking about attending! They offer a "Journeyman" program, which includes freelance makeup and theatrical. What do you guys think???? Has anyone ever gone to one?
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Are there any phrases and/or words that you think are overused and are starting to bug the heck out of you? The one that is getting on my nerves the most is "curated". For example, "this makeup line was curated by our beauty editor." I just feel it's so over the top and pompous. Also, the word "sweet" instead of "cool". I actually heard a woman who had to be at least 75 years old using it. I laughed so hard I almost fell over.
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I'm on vacation this week and am staying close to home.(I made raisin butter tarts for the first time ever yestarday!) Decided to go strawberry picking today. I didn't think 6 quarts (a flat) of strawberries was a lot... Until I started trying to use them up lol. Made a batch of Strawberry Cupcakes and just finished making Strawberry Jam (that produced 5 - 500 ml jars!) and I still have 2 quarts of berries left.  ***drowns in strawberries*** lol
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A while back I had made a look using the colors of the stray cat that took shelter in my home, I've fed and given her water ever since. This is the second time she's had kittens, unfortunately the last litter didn't survive and from what I know she only had two this time but only one has made it to the barely opening eyes stage. She had them on July 1st. I haven't named the kitty yet, but here's a picture of his(I'm thinking it's a he) cuteness.  Taken today. 
I know it's been a while since I was on here......but I just want to tell you the exciting news! I got into Northwest school of cosmetology! I'm so excited! I'm starting July 22nd. It's like I have one foot into my career goal. So excited!
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I want this for a thumb ring but can't remember what the sign on it;s head is! Is it a Horoscope sign or something like that? For some reason it makes me think of Pisces which I am not! Do y'all know? I want to snag this up depending on what that means! lol Thanks in advance!
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I love quotes so I thought that I would post them whenever I get the chance. I hope you enjoy and/or find inspiration from them.   They will stare, make it worth their while. --Harry Winston
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.
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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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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!!!!!
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!
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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?
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  
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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!!  
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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....  
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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!