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I've been thinking about starting this thread for a while. Tonight while reading an unrelated thread, the topic of depression and anxiety came up once again. I wanted a safe space for others to talk about what's going on with them, how they're feeling, do they need some help? There seems to be a fair number of us here on BT that struggle with depression, I see it pop up frequently.    I personally suffer from chronic depression and anxiety disorder. I was diagnosed with depression in 2003. After a bajillion tests and convinced I had a brain tumor, I was told it was depression. I burst into tears. That was not the answer I wanted and I still didn't believe the doctor. I also had been suffering from panic attacks since around 1997-98. They were getting worse, and I had absolutely no idea what they were. I just thought I was dying, every single time. I started having them daily. Today I am ok. Through lots of trial and error, medications, therapy and hypnotherapy. And also genetic testing, which I urge anyone suffering from chronic depression to get.    I don't personally feel a stigma anymore. I'm very upfront about my condition as I don't think it's a secret to be locked away. Secrets start to haunt us and close us off from the world. If we talk about it, we normalize it. And we find ways to get better.    So feel free to tell your story here, or just part of it. Or just stop by and say hi, I need some help today. Or hey, I can't even get out of bed to brush my teeth because the world feels too heavy today. We already have a love of beauty which binds us together. Let this just be another way for us to connect and make friends. 
Hello there, ladies and gents!   Keeping in line with all the fun and interactive threads asking about your most recent halls, items you have your eyes on, what you're currently wearing, what's your hair routine, and more, I've decide to branch out and ask:   "What's on your plate?"   The beauty world doesn't just stop at skin care and cosmetics, it also goes hand in hand with your overall health and well-being, so with that, I'm curious to see what we're all chowing down and snacking on be it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, or inbetween!   For those with apps that help count calories or to those who just want to keep a log, here's a place to share, possibly find and share some recipes, and even tips on maintaining a balanced diet.   Don't just share food items, but even drinks! I'm a huge fan of tea and at least have a cup of green tea a day (anti-oxidants) and drink plenty of water.   For lunch today, I had:   -Brown rice -Steamed egg -Steamed red snapper with green onion, sesame oil, and black pepper -Gai lan (it's a type of Chinese vegetable/greens)   Now, tell me, Beauty Talk world, what do you have?
    What kind of music do you prefer on a rainy day?    
  Ok, so I know there's at least a few Whovians wandering around here, so I'm thinking we need a place to discuss our beloved show, rant about the writing, and fight over who's the best doctor.   So. Saturday's episode (Nov 21) -- who saw it??! I'm dying to talk about it!   EDIT: And just one little disclosure I want to add: Read this thread at your own risk! Spoilers everywhere!!!
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.
Before I say anything- this post is going to be totally off topic and not about makeup at all!  I thought it would be nice to express our love for our pets, and maybe even pictures, too!  To start off, I used to be a dog person-- years ago.... But my whole perspective changed when a completely mellow nourished(not exaggerating!) female cat wandered in our backyard, hungry and hot. (This was in the summer of 2012) I still remember the poor kitty that was shaking as she ate a can of tuna and a bowl of milk because she was so hungry... Did I forget to mention that she was also a pregnant cat? Without a doubt I grew to love that cat, and I never thought in a million years that I would now be a cat person! But it doesn't stop there... We took that stray cat in, (after vet check up-shots- etc) and named her Olive. (People always ask me why we named her that- but she has these big beautiful eyes that look almost like olives!)  About a month later she had kittens-- 7 to be exact.. Unfortunately one of them was a runt and wasn't even fully developed- and after many attempts to feed it by hand, and through many tears, and a few days- the kitten died. The rest of the 6 kittens were so stinkin' adorable and one of the best experiences I've ever had to take care of as far as animals are concerned! They were so cute- it was so amazing to see them grow and change and learn new things.. We named them all too, even though we didn't attempt to keep all of them! (We as in my family- I still live at home with my parents and siblings)  Samuel, (male) Marty,(male), Charlie (male), Titus(male) Gracie(female), and Mabel(female.) After weeks of deciding which kittens to keep we final decided on Titus and Mabel. When the kittens were old enough to be separated from their mother, we found a great little shelter for the rest of them until they could be adopted to hopefully good homes.  After a couple of months Mabel began to ruin our house by clawing everything-- sadly we have to give her away as well, but later on we decided to get Olive(mom) and Titus(male kitten) declawed.. (We hadnt thought of declawing Mabel at that time so it wasn't an option!) Of course I know many people don't agree with declawing of animals- but if they're indoor cat like ours- and if you get it done when they are still kittens(like Titus was) then they should be fine... And yes- our cats turned out completely fine, after about a month of healing. Anyway, Olive and Titus it was; both beautiful tiger calico cats... That's not  the end of the story though. Last year we actually had 2 strays- one I will not bother telling the story of because he was suffering from terrible accidents outdoors that led him to being put down- and the other one I will quickly explain. Once again, mellow nourished, black & white tuxedo cat, a stray, wanders into our backyard, a sweet little thing. (GOSH his face is the cutest thing ever!) So lets just say that my family and I live with three cats now... Olive, Titus, and Mittens. (Mittens is such a common name for a cat with four white paws!) I love them all so so much, and they each are truly different and I love seeing each of their personalities! I have to admit that Titus is the SWEETEST cat in the entire world--- and I have to say that it is most likely because he was born in our home. He is so cute- he still meows like a kitten- and is totally overweight. (yes, my boo is on a diet- as the rest of them are, LOL!) SO- after I just blabbed my big mouth for half an hour- I want to hear YOUR story of your pets-whatever your pet may be. (And I do still like dogs- but I'm totally a crazy cat lady now!) Please feel free to share your story as well, whatever it might be- whatever means the most to you about your pet- whatever seems special to you--- I hope this post wasn't too boring, lol, and that you do enjoy it! XOXOXO PS. And as I write this post Titus is sleeping next to me. <3
She is my all-time favorite on a board of incredible people, so I am not surprised she is the first to hit this unprecedented number. Her energy is non-stop, and her heart is bigger than her current heart count. If you love Leah as much as I do, drop by and tell her.      
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Been a while since I hosted a party, but let's get this heart party started!! Friday is an awesome day for a ❤ party! Plus a new HOF Party on top of that!   Congrats BeautyBee92, as I said in the 'Black Friday' thread - at this rate we're gonna be having a 4k heart party for you in no time at all!   Thanks for posting all of those goodies to tantalize us, you rock! Hope lots of people find your party here and post tantalizing goodies of their own! **cough - Sam/Jared and Dean/Jensen 💓 - cough**   *hope this posts in the right place in The Lounge. Mods, feel free to move if necessary.
Hello everyone,   A tattoo dilemma! Do you think they are tacky or do you think they are cool?    I kind of want one but feel like I might regret it. I just wanted to hear your opinions on it.
Hey everyone, I updated the list of successful traders. Please post here if you have a successful trade with someone. I will also check with the other Topic and keep this list updated weekly!   Once a person has 5 successful trades I will bold their name, and no longer keep track of successful trades.   I am checking dates of last activity on BT - if a trader has not been active in over 1 year I will remove them from the list, if they become active again I will re-start their successful trades at 1   If you have a bad trade with someone, or you know someone who pulled shenanigans in a TSB - LET ME KNOW! I will keep a document that lists these people. Please PM this information! If you are starting a TSB or are unsure of a trade feel free to ask me for the list of Unsuccessful traders and I will send it to you     Link to the other discussion: ul-Trades-or-TSB-Experiences/td-p/1012387   Bold = 5 or more vouchers    11/12/2015   Spoiler (Highlight to read) 11/12/2015   4Ali4 ajf1 x 2 ALW31427 AMHWKI x 4 AmyC Annec322 AnneMCC Annypoo Arclightlux x 2 Arielaaaaaaaa x 2 Armybeauty Aviscardi AznAngelliz Bea0t x 3 Beautytester/chicdabbler Beeberz x 2 Beethousand Blonde78 BrennaBombshell Brittieee Buggirl Butterblume Buxombabe80 x 3 CalamityJane85 Carolang Carrie1975 Carrierose Chaotika573 x 2 Chelsss chlotam Chupi CuriousCannibal Daisies121 Dalidyli x 2 DandyLionFluff Danimazz x 3 Desertdancer x 4 DesertRose0706 dioraddict DitzCore x 2 DiVWA x 2 Drrragon dyslexia Eadelaide1 EllieyJelly x 2 Enableme emmy89 eriles EvangelineDamon x 3 Firespinner Fluffymuha x 2 flyte Garnett Ghkim Gogreyhound Greenchili x 4 Greenporchlights x 4 guzelkiz Gwenhwyfar Gwillickers hackneyfl harlequinginger x 4 heartsmyface x 2 Hellvetica Heatherbee x 3 Honeybrownbunny Hypnoticpoise Idpicklethat Ilovebears infinitise Ireneh IssamarSellene Itscarin x 2 Itsjaimiehere Ivyxox JazaChai x 2 jcmb Jellybean917 x 3 Jen143xo x 2 jenfromnyc Jenji Jenpred JessicaClara x 2 Jessyiniowa Juicytulip Julia526 Jxw200 x 3 K617 Kalex Kariyava Kateye7 x 4 KatelovesYSL x 2 KayyLynn x 2 Kelloua Kellsmuneoka Kellyjmolen Kethry70 Kiki1517 Killahbabe x 2 klbandy Knuevekm kristallovesdogs kristiewin kso1225 lachaton x 3 Ladymeag leopardprint Linda711 x 2 Lipstick4Soul x 2 Leopardprint lnum Loretta55 x 2 Lylysa Lynni98 Lyravega Mafan Makeupobesessed Malday x 4 Maltipoo66 Manniface Mariahk83 Meagboho MeganLisa x 2 MegEm Melde x 4 Michelleshops Minibux Missey1973 x 2 Missie772 Mixe MK89 MlleCC x 2 MochaPJ Mollybb Mommyto4 x 3 Monikay Moregun89 MPolansky Mrsbaine MyChoi x 4 Nancienano x 2 Narsnarsnars Newandaddicted Ngilland x 2 Nhunka x 2 Nicrohr Nikki x 3 Nishcakes x 4 Njattana Notcreative Oklady2013 Paiute x 2 PavYellow Plm95 Prettyinpa Princesskat17 x 2 quetzalina rachelhill x 3 Redwagon44 Rhiannon1419 Rikkie Roseps135 x 2 Roxystar4 Samtian x 2 Sangova x 3 Sbowden Sdbeautyjunkie1 Shadetertiary x 3 ShannonAlexis Shirleylin88 Shopaholic15 x 2 Shortstuff07 Simplyyulz x 2 Sister13 Sourpanda x 3 Sn22 x 4 Sp2001 Spacesuit Sparklekai x 3 Spoiledbrat spotspotcat Sprytely Sschulte1014 Starletta8 Starrysparkle Stephanilynn StyleLynn x 2 Sugarkenzie SuzeAlex SydBristow Talinder Tehprincessjenn x 2 Teresaanne92 Thesocialquota thesupergirl Tigrelili TKLJ to90 tracib1981 x 3 TriestobeClassy x 2 Trishalyn Trishavt Unblownkisses Vanillammm x 3 Vegchililover78 Veronika23 Wendyomgwar x 4 Wonbinlover x 2 Yenx YouAreAlways Yullz Zpsid91 11/12/2015 4Ali4ajf1 x 2ALW31427AMHWKI x 4AmyCAnnec322AnneMCCAnnypoo Arclightlux x 2Arielaaaaaaaa x 2ArmybeautyAviscardi AznAngelliz Bea0t x 3Beautytester/chicdabblerBeeberz x 2BeethousandBlonde78BrennaBombshellBrittieeeBuggir lButterblumeBuxombabe80 x 3CalamityJane85Carolang Carrie1975CarrieroseChaotika573 x 2ChelssschlotamChupiCuriousCannibalDaisies121Dalid yli x 2DandyLionFluff Danimazz x 3Desertdancer x 4DesertRose0706dioraddictDitzCore x 2DiVWA x 2DrrragondyslexiaEadelaide1EllieyJelly x 2Enableme emmy89erilesEvangelineDamon x 3FirespinnerFluffymuha x 2flyteGarnettGhkimGogreyhoundGreenchili x 4Greenporchlights x 4guzelkiz GwenhwyfarGwillickershackneyflharlequinginger x 4heartsmyface x 2HellveticaHeatherbee x 3HoneybrownbunnyHypnoticpoiseIdpicklethatIlovebear sinfinitiseIrenehIssamarSelleneItscarin x 2ItsjaimiehereIvyxoxJazaChai x 2jcmbJellybean917 x 3Jen143xo x 2jenfromnycJenjiJenpred JessicaClara x 2JessyiniowaJuicytulipJulia526Jxw200 x 3K617KalexKariyavaKateye7 x 4KatelovesYSL x 2KayyLynn x 2KellouaKellsmuneokaKellyjmolenKethry70Kiki1517Kil lahbabe x 2klbandyKnuevekm kristallovesdogskristiewinkso1225lachaton x 3LadymeagleopardprintLinda711 x 2Lipstick4Soul x 2LeopardprintlnumLoretta55 x 2LylysaLynni98LyravegaMafanMakeupobesessed Malday x 4Maltipoo66MannifaceMariahk83MeagbohoMeganLisa x 2MegEmMelde x 4MichelleshopsMinibux Missey1973 x 2Missie772Mixe MK89 MlleCC x 2MochaPJMollybb Mommyto4 x 3MonikayMoregun89MPolanskyMrsbaineMyChoi x 4Nancienano x 2NarsnarsnarsNewandaddictedNgilland x 2Nhunka x 2Nicrohr Nikki x 3Nishcakes x 4NjattanaNotcreative Oklady2013Paiute x 2PavYellowPlm95PrettyinpaPrincesskat17 x 2quetzalinarachelhill x 3Redwagon44Rhiannon1419RikkieRoseps135 x 2Roxystar4Samtian x 2Sangova x 3SbowdenSdbeautyjunkie1Shadetertiary x 3ShannonAlexis Shirleylin88 Shopaholic15 x 2Shortstuff07 Simplyyulz x 2Sister13Sourpanda x 3Sn22 x 4Sp2001SpacesuitSparklekai x 3SpoiledbratspotspotcatSprytelySschulte1014 Starletta8StarrysparkleStephanilynnStyleLynn x 2SugarkenzieSuzeAlexSydBristow TalinderTehprincessjenn x 2Teresaanne92Thesocialquota thesupergirlTigreliliTKLJto90tracib1981 x 3TriestobeClassy x 2TrishalynTrishavtUnblownkissesVanillammm x 3Vegchililover78Veronika23Wendyomgwar x 4Wonbinlover x 2YenxYouAreAlwaysYullzZpsid91  
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?
  MK89 won the game. She appeared the most times from the beginning of June to mid August (when I stopped updating the spreadsheet).   This is who started the list:   And, this is who made the list more than once while I tracked it.   Repeats so Far 19910827 x2 1mama3boys x2 221tea x4 4Ali4 x4 aaks1985 x4 anaa x3 annec322 x2 ashleynne x2 Ballerinagrl x5 Bea0t x5 beautyaddict99 x3 beautyispassion x2 bisoubisou x4 BlueeyeAli x3 brennab x3 Brie514 x2 butterblume x4 Cahlee x2 CaramelCupcake x2 CeliaV x3 Chelssss x2 chloe3036 x4 chocopudding x4 cig01 x2 coffeenow x5 cspriverratz x2 Curious Cannibal x2 dalidyli x2 darkiceis x2 ddstevens22 x3 desertdancer x6 DiVWA x4 drrragon x4 Elizabeth1972 x2 ellew2005 X2 Emmylove x5 enableme x2 ER!CAK1M x2 etscore1 x8 ExquisiteGypsy x5 Facesbyjes x5 gizeh x2 greenchili x5 greenporchlights x5 guzelkiz x3 Hackneyfl x4 hadtotryit x2 heartsmyface x8 heatherbee x7 Heatoyos1 x7 hellocoffee x2 Helvetica x6 HoneyBrownBunny x4 hookedonbeauty2 x2 hypnoticpose x3 Infinitise x6 ittybittyxme x2 jazzypurple x2 jeannie 11 x2 jemly x2 jen143xo x4 jenpred x2 jeyrosa x2 Jisub89 x6 joannimation x2 jobro1027 x4 jozkid x2 justj3n x4 k617 x5 Karma3p80 x8 KatelovesYSL x7 kbmatthews x3 Kenny x5 Knuevekm x5 kristengvan x2 Kromance x3 kso1225 x4 ladyinwhite x4 larissaladonna x2 laynebr x4 LCResz x2 leahlorraine87 x2 Loretta55 x2 Lovelykatya x3 lucyshnoosy x3 Lunality x2 lylysa x4 makeitup305 x2 Makeupinfinity x4 makeupobesessed x4 malday x6 meecheroo x7 meganlisa x2 megsny x2 Michelleshops x4 mimibel x3 misscg x2 MissHail x2 missjudycyang x 5 misspain x4 missrmessner x2 MissSpoiled x2 MK89 x13 mlinrin x3 MNSnowprincess x2 Mochapj x3 Monikay x3 mpas x2 mrsbaine x3 MrsLisha x2 mschrissie x2 NailsForLife x2 nerisai x2 newandaddicted x2 NikaBT x3 Nischcakes x2 noa1984 x3 notcreative x9 NotCrocker x2 nycmle x3 pek89 x7 pinktorridora x2 poshspice1 x2 preciousdreamsx x3 prettygirl (help me ID her) x2 prettyinpa x2 prettyplatypus x2 RandeeBt x2 rillablythe x6 Samtian x3 Sanabelle x2 sangova x4 sDdemn x5 ShannonAlexis x3 shirleylinn x3 SHolmes221 x2 shrewdle x3 simmerbait x2 sinfully x2 sirensong x2 sister13 x4 skintester x7 smigirvin x2 Sparklekai x2 spiderlashes x2 sprytely x6 srplpwdr x3 Srvanthi x9 Starrymom x9 Starrysparkle x2 Stephanielynn x6 Stylelynn x4 summerxskin x3 superjulienne x2 Swanbea x2 syritt x3 talinder x2 teatulip x2 tehprincessjenn x2 ThommiP x2 tracygirl64 x2 treecup x2 v0ltagekid x2 Vaashtii x2 vasilissa x2 vegchillilover x2 warriorwitch x3 xsunflowers x2 Zpsid91 x4  
Thanks so much for all the hearts everyone. I made it to HOF status lol. I'm pretty excited!!! It's pretty cool up here haha   Thanks again <3 xoxo
...but nobody else started a "Let's See Your Ring!" thread, so, let's see your ring!
I don't think that I have seen this anywhere before, so I figured I would start a thread! I am curious what everyone does for a living? I am the accountant for a trucking company. We haul gas and chemicals all over the country! So who knows? I may be part of the reason that your car can make it to Sephora! bwahahahaha  What about you?
OFF-TOPIC thread devoted to just The Walking Dead-- Anyone who loves the show is welcome to geek out about it here!! Let's talk about past OR present story lines, theorize, ask questions about things we might not have understood, grieve for lost characters, explain what makes us fans, show off TWD-related merchandise, etc.  Oh and memes of course!  We should probably try to use the SPOILER TAGS in here when talking about story lines so we don't accidentally ruin anyone else's "viewing experience"! (FYI the spoiler button is at the top of your post box, the circular symbol right after  ABC)   First, I just want to say how I came to I love this show. I am not generally a fan of zombie stuff (well, I liked the original Dawn of the Dead, but I think that's because I got to fantasize about living in a mall!)   It was season 2 or 3 when I accidentally got hooked. Some friends of mine without cable asked me to DVR the show for them, so I did for a few weeks. I'd planned to just busy myself otherwise when they came over to watch, but I wound up having a nasty flu the night they finally showed up and I was glued to my recliner. I thought I'd just close my eyes and sleep, but I was sucked in from the start, and since I'd missed a season or two, I kept pausing it to ask my friends questions "Why is he.." "How did that...?"    Then I went back and watched all the previous stuff to be caught up, so I kinda watched it Pulp Fiction-style.   The story lines are so complex and intriguing that you don't even notice the gore after a (very short) while. It's more suspenseful than scary, and also sad, and funny, and more than anything: heartwarming (yes, really). It's really all about survival and how people fight to live (and save their loved ones) even when there's really not much to live for. (I suffer with severe depression and other issues, so that is the part that kinda inspires me most of all.)    Doesn't hurt that Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus are so hot, either.       SO ANYHOOZ....    Regarding the most recent episode from 2.16.14: Spoiler (Highlight to read) Anyone else think Lizzie is one evil little kid? My gawd, I seriously thought she was going to suffocate baby Judith the other night. And after seeing her cut up the rabbits, I'm pretty sure now she was the one feeding rats to the walkers at the prison, and doing other weird stuff with them. Anyone else think Lizzie is one evil little kid? My gawd, I seriously thought she was going to suffocate baby Judith the other night. And after seeing her cut up the rabbits, I'm pretty sure now she was the one feeding rats to the walkers at the prison, and doing other weird stuff with them. Spoiler (Highlight to read) My boyfriend actually thinks that it was LIZZIE who killed Karen and David at the prison, and Carol took the heat for her since she's been sort of a mother figure to her. Seems legit, actually. My boyfriend actually thinks that it was LIZZIE who killed Karen and David at the prison, and Carol took the heat for her since she's been sort of a mother figure to her. Seems legit, actually. Spoiler (Highlight to read) At any rate, I'm really glad Carol's back, I was actually mad at Rick for sending her away.  At any rate, I'm really glad Carol's back, I was actually mad at Rick for sending her away.  Spoiler (Highlight to read) I really wonder if everyone will be reunited or if things are going to split into like 4 different story lines now. I really wonder if everyone will be reunited or if things are going to split into like 4 different story lines now. Spoiler (Highlight to read) And who are those new bad-azz looking people!? SO EXCITING!!! And who are those new bad-azz looking people!? SO EXCITING!!! Ahhhhhhhhhh glad I got all that out.     What say other fans? Why do you love this show? What do you think is going on/will happen?  
How do we sign up and how many classes can we sign up for, for free? And does it matter what your status is at Sephora BI/VIB/VIBR? Do times for the classes differ at each location?   Anyone attend these classes and how did you like them?
It is my Birthday early next month, I just got my email from Sephora that I can get my free gift! Yay! As a December baby I always have to wait all year to get the gift. Anyway while I was in there I remembered I had a coupon from the Lash Stash sampler for a free full size mascara so I redeemed that. I noticed the lady beside me at the till got lots of nice gift boxes with magnetic closures so I asked if I was able to buy some, turns out they were free! My girl was new so I only got one but I will go back and buy more so I can get some more of those boxes because they are really nice. Then! To top it of I saw these HUGE bags on display behind the counter, and asked if these were the sample bags that came with 12 thats the only deal right now, she said no but they were a 250 point perk. SOLD!! The bag is huge and lovely. But now I want to order online so I can get a matching small one...But then I wont get my gift boxes.. I wish we could do the online offers in store as I am sure we all do.  Anyway rambling I am just very happy with my nice little mini haul for free.
Hi everyone, It's been so long since I've posted here. Miss you all. quick update: I got published in Ellements Magazine and I'm so happy!!      
I've been chatting with some fellow coffee addicts over in the Random Thoughts thread but I thought maybe I should make a separate thread.  So let's discuss anything/everything about coffee!   I just got the Peet's Sumatra blend in the k cups and I really like it!  Need to make a note to try their Major Dickinsons Blend since it's so popular.
I am a book lover! I would rather read than do anything else! So just outta curiosity, What are you ladies (and gentleman)  reading? What's your favorite genre?     I just finished Blood Vivicani by Beckett  And I am starting a reread of The song of Ice and Fire (the game of thrones series)   My favorite genre by far is horror and Fantasy.
    Try as I may to stay away from here I am back for round 3! Hope to find some old friends as well as make new ones
Hello,     I just got a new razor and got razor burn for the first time ever, I dont care about looks or anything I just want the burning pain to go away. I know now what I did wrong to prevent it in future. Just need some pain help.
What is your top desired holiday gift (something you likely wouldn't buy for yourself but would be ecstatic to receive as a gift)?  How would it make you feel?  For example, I got my own Christmas most wished for gift this year during the sale - a few Louboutin lipsticks.  Corny, but they make me feel very princessy and pampered (gorgeous and that smooth, rich formula).  Last year, I got the SK II essence and it made me feel more in control, of my skin and even life (I was prioritizing taking care of me).  The D&G Sophia Loren lipstick made me feel more exotic, even though it really is a rich pink (not so exotic but those ads....). You? Bonus question: if you could gift one item, cost no issue, what would it be?  I'd take my kids to visit the farm my dad and his mom grew up in...overseas.
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... and we did a dry run on his makeup today. He doesn't need any special aging or anything, just make sure he doesn't fade out under the lights. Good Lord, did I just make him pretty?  
Very off-topic, but the primary reason I haven't been as active on BT for the past six months is that I have a six month old baby!  Anyway, like every mother, I think he is the cutest.  And, being a dork, I entered him into Gerber's 2015 Baby Photo Search.  If anyone is inclined to vote for this cutie, you can do so once a day from now until November 24th.  You can find him in the gallery by searching for his entry id:  146750.  
Hi all. For starters, this is meant to be happy, not sad. Hope you'll read it (OY!! After re-reading ALL of this, I know that's asking a LOT!! Sorry in advance) Please share any and everything - your stories, feelings, pics etc..   So, it's 1986 and the NY Mets make it to The World Series and I'm over the moon! There was a long history of Mets lovers in my family, mostly Mom's side. Brief Grandmother lived with us since I was pre-teen and we only had 1 TV. As a youngin', there were things I wanted to watch but I was always overriden, since Granny always had to watch the Mets. 😠 My argument, "but Mom, the Mets will be on tomorrow night and the next night and the next night etc."  (the "but Mom..." = whiniest voice  Ever)  I Never won that argument. Leading me to  HATE  all things baseball. Granny passed in Feb 1986, the year the Mets Won their last World Series. I had started watching (and Loving)  baseball regularly that year because most of my friends + co-workers did. Never realizing until much later that my Grandmother had passed that torch on to me. 😊 We so wished that Granny could've been with us to see the win and feel that joy with her, but we knew that she knew and celebrated the outcome long before we did, just from above.   Fast forward to the present, it's 2015 and the NY Mets make it into the World Series!! Woo-Hoo!! Sadly, my Mom (Mets lover extraordinaire) just passed on October 3rd - but how weird is that?? Granny exits, Mets win. Mom exits and  hopefully the Mets will win the Series again.    I've been hoping and praying so hard that the Mets will win -  what a beautiful and comforting sign, and moment, that  will be. (trying to will it to happen) Needless to say, It's been hard watching without her. Game 2 was a total and solitary tearfest. Then our Mets came through for us last night with a big win, what a delight! I know Mom, Dad, Granny, Grandpa etc. are surely smiling. 😇 (sorry Dad + Grandpa, no emo's to depict you)    IF   When we win, the  JOY, LOVE and EXCITEMENT   (and hopefully some cocktails and bubbly ) felt in this household, for the first time since Mom's passing, will be  IMMEASURABLE!!! Yes, I wish Mom could be here to share in this bliss, but she would be too sick for anyone to feel much pleasure at all when we, hopefully, win.   I pray this will work out, what warmth (like a big hug from my Mom) and what a freaky, amazing non-coincidence this win will be. If we don't win, at least we made it to the series........yeah, yeah, yeah - blah, blah, blah.....just like,  "It's an honor just to be nominated..." 😄  Yeah, right. So let's hope and pray for a big win to boost our spirits! (and pray for some adult beverages either way )   **FINALLY,  for the " MANIC METS- MANI CONTEST"  connection. What team spirit mani's have you, or will you, rock for the sake of your various teams? Please post past pics.  DETAILS......   **IF YOU POST A PIC OF A NY METS RELATED MANI (old or new or just for me) We can all vote and I will send a $20.00 SEPHORA GIFT CARD TO THE WINNER!! Sound good? (wish it could be more, but things are pretty tight) As there is no final in-store ROUGE Event 😢 - other than the early 20% off - this will likely be my final act as a Rouge, think that deserves a double 😢😢. I'm only at $529.00.   I had decided I would get the "Clarisonic Hollywood Lights" that I've been drooling over F-O-R-E-V-E-R as a final hoorah and gift to me and for some healing retail therapy - before the fearfully minor allowance becomes enforced. 😝😝 (By Sibs, not even a fella I could try to.....charm and disarm, from the credit cards ) I flipped when I saw my Hollywood Lights in the SALE section!  Clearly, this was destiny, especially w/a 10% off code, so I put one of every color in my cart, needed a moment to decide, then.......fell asleep! 😭 When I woke up.....(using a book/movie title as a reference) it was "GONE GIRL"! Been stalking madly every since. Hoped that  purchase and a few gifts and gift cards (2 with makeovers) plus a few needed staples during the 20% off sale  might  actually get me there. (That is if the sibs don't see the packages arrive and kill me in my sleep! **gulp**) I LOVE being ROUGE, and predict a good 2016 for ROUGES. (This is where you can give a huge, collective, very sad "Wheel Of Fortune" style Bankruptcy or Lose A Turn spin, "aaaaaaawwwwwwwww" to  poor little me.   NOT!!!!!  ) You know that I know, as we ALL know, there are much worse things in life than not being Rouge. (........Maybe. I Say Again..... "It's an honor just to be nominated....." - j/k - I'm such a sarcastic little brat sometimes.)   SO..........LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!!!!   As usual, sorry so long, but hope you'll all find the different kinds of beauty in this. Let's turn my frown upside down. 😣 to 😊.    ***** THANKS FOR ALL OF THE SUPPORT AND LOVE, YOU REALLY ARE HELPING ME HEAL, YOU'RE THE  BEST!!   ***EDIT - Dear Lord, what have I done? Did I just open a frightening, Halloweenish portal for tons of pics of........'full-figured' topless men in body paint of their teams colors to be posted?!?   BE AFRAID.......BE VERY AFRAID!
I am not too far away at all from being Rouge (even got a reminder email about it). I don't find it necessary to purposely become Rouge but if I do I feel it's fine and if not, it's fine. Either way it seems like it's okay.   But for those of you that are Rouge, have you become Rouge 'on purpose' (meaning did you spend the threshold just to become Rouge if you were not that far away from the limit?). Do you enjoy being Rouge? Would you ensure you become Rouge again next year or the next? What makes you like/dislike being Rouge? Any other thoughts and opinions you have to share?! Thanks!!! 
I've been  stalking her heart count, because I took my BT break when she hit 2500. Thinking 3500 was more party appropriate than 3000, I've been waiting. Zpsid91 is one of my favorite BTers, because she has a great, loving nature. She deserves a million hearts, so I hope we celebrate her 5k soon. If you love her as much as I do, drop by and tell her.  
I know there is a beauty related Halloween thread going around, but I want to hear/see everyone's costume ideas, as well as past costumes! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays and I try to dress up every year. Feel free to ask for suggestions/help here as well!       Let's see...   Halloween 2011: Circus Ringmaster   Spoiler (Highlight to read) That was probably the last store bought costume I wore!   Halloween 2012: Princess Daisy   Spoiler (Highlight to read) This one was homemade, which is why the dress is more of my take on Daisy. The crown was homemade by the Luigi in the second pic. It was made of actual, very sharp metal hah. People kept calling me Peach... :/   Also, I hate posing for pictures which is why these are all awkward...   Halloween 2013 & 2014: Gogo Yubari (Kill Bill Vol. 1)   I ended up using this costume twice because I didn't have time to put together another costume last year.   Spoiler (Highlight to read) Face and meteor hammer close-ups Face and meteor hammer close-ups     And this year I'm going to be Han Solo. I just started working on it today!