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A Review: Belif True Cream Aqua and Moisturizing Bomb comparison etc
With the harsh wind and negative degree weather, I've been fighting to make sure my face doesn't shrivel up and flake off. Sephora, or rather, BeautyTalk seems to have read my mind and sent me two moisturizers from the new line Belif that Sephora now carries for me to dissect, play with and use. Spoiler (Highlight to read) While I'm familiar with most popular Korean skincare brands like Amore Pacific, Innisfree, Etude House, Nature Republic...... I have never heard of Belif until now. A google/youtube/random Korean forum search turned up mostly press-release/promotional articles with only a handful of reviews. Some poking at their brand website/social media told me their online presence started in 2010 and they started becoming popular/getting award ~2012, so it's a relatively new brand (eventho the herbal practice and fancy blah blah are based on 150yr old practice from Europe). But anyways, onto the product review!   The moisturizers come in a thick and sturdy plastic jar. The packaging have a clean and natural feel to it. I think it's cute how the cap looks like dandy black hats, but more relevantly, THANKYOU for printing the expiration date on the bottom of the jar instead of me having to go hunt for it. NOTE: Dates for most Asian products are printed as day/month/year, or in this case May 20th, 2017.   Belif The True Cream - Moisturizing Bomb Description in image above, ingredients list in image below. Upon opening up the inner lid, a pretty strong spicy scent hit my nose......ginger with a hint of radish? However, the scent lessens as you apply it onto your face and mostly goes away after 10-20 minutes. It is a white medium/heavy weight cream that feels pretty luxe on the skin. It spreads easily, but takes a while to sink in and for the greasy feeling to disappear. I applied what I thought was a normal amount but it took an hour to sink in completely, so I guess you don't need a lot. Comparison : The thickness reminds me of Ole Henriksen Truth creme but this feels creamier, slightly greasy, while OH feels a bit more silicone-y. This is lighter than Murad Hydrodynamic moisturizer and L'occitane Shea. Skin type : great for dry skin, also appropriate for combination/normal skin but apply sparingly. It didn't irritate even near lashline or on sensitive/just healed skin (due to scar/pimple) so I'd say it should be safe for sensitive skin, unless you are sensitive to alcohol, dimethicone or plant extracts.   Belif The True Cream - Aqua Bomb Description in back of packaging image above, ingredients list in image below. Upon opening the inner lid, there is a strong fresh, juicy scent with a hint of spicy. The scent is milder, and fresher/cleaner, than Moisturizing Bomb and goes away quite easily. It is a medium weight gel cream that spreads easily and sinks in well. There's no sensation but that of water and the skin drinking it in. It feels weightless on the skin with no residue after a few minutes but the skin stay hydrated. Comparison : It is a bit thicker than other gel moisturizers I like to use in the summer (Bliss Oxygen+C, Clinique yellow gel, Clinique Moisture surge gel cream), takes a bit longer to sink in, and feels a bit more hydrating. It reminds me of Philosophy Take a Deep Breathe, but I think this feels nicer on the skin (and Philosophy TDB's got micro shimmer in it, what?) Skin Type: best for combination/normal skin. It probably also works for dry skin in the summer or oily skin in the winter. If your skin is truly very oily, I recommend try something lighter than this.   Overall impression . I like them! You know how sometimes the moisturizer feels oil-based, water/gel-based or silicone-based? both moisturizers do contain silicone but I can't feel them. Sometimes I also have the problem where the moisturizer end up flaking/peeling off or rolling into little balls on my skin, but even when I applied these two moisturizers generously, there is no flaking. The only thing I can nitpick about these two moisturizers is that they take awhile to sink in, but they leave the skin soft and hydrated. I like them and would recommend them to everyone for winter, but I would not recommend them for summer unless you've got dry skin, or at least remember to apply sparingly.
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Glad it helps! So it is popular in Korea then? I asked some people what are some popular brands and they were like AmorePacific, Innisfree, Nature Republic, Face Shop, E... see post
Belif: new skincare brand launching at sephora!
today, i received some products from Sephora, by a brand called Belif.   its a Korean skincare brand that will be launching at Sephora in March.   i was so excited to receive these products because it's the first time i've been sent something from Sephora.   i'm going to try one of the moisturizers tonight and i'll be back to update ~~   have any of you tried products from this brand? or received them from Sephora?
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Looking for the YSL lucky rose lip set
Hi I'm looking for the lucky rose lip set by YSL I've been trying to find it in stores for a while now and no luck I was wondering if anyone knew any store that had it available? Thank you.
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I was in there last week to do a return and they had one box left which appeared to have been ripped open :( My friend purchased one from Metrotown though! I'm unsure i... see post
ISO/Want to Buy: Bite Beauty Luminous Creme lipstick duo in Poppy/Scarlet OR Limited #001
Hello and thanks for looking!   I'm in search of the Bite Beauty luminous creme lipstick duo of Poppy/Scarlet. If any of you have this little baby for sale, please PM me! I want to buy it so badly!!!   It came in 2 different sets:   1. Bite's "Mix n' Mingle lip mini" ornaments (Holiday 2014, Sephora)   2. Bite's "Mix N' Mingle" set (2014 Holiday set at Sephora)       I could be patient and it'll probably be available in a set or individually next holiday.... but if any of you have one that you haven't used and want to sell or trade, please PM me! Thanks!   Alternatively, if you bought Bite's Limited Release #001 from January 2015, and received a reformulated version, you probably don't know what to do with your (possibly swatched or used) original version. If you want to offload it, I'd be happy to buy it! If it's been used, I will still be willing to pay $20 for it, as I'll just sanitize it myself when I receive it.   Thanks!   P.S. I have things for trade as well: (All brand new and unused)   OCC Lip Tar Primary Pack MAC fluidline in 'rich ground' MAC paintpot in 'tailor grey' MAC eyeshadow in 'quarry'      
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BEAUTY PRO e4stofthesun / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
Heheh, thanks Rhiannon! I'm hoping that if I don't get any offers, Bite will at least bring back Poppy/Scarlet for the holidays. see post
Upcoming Sales in 2015?
Does anyone know of any sales that are coming up or that are planned for the year?? I thought last year there was one in April for 15% off. I know in November there was the VIB sale for 20% off. And then in December was the 10 off $50 for BI and 20 off $50 for VIBs.   Has anyone heard when and what the sales for 2015 will be? Thanks
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BEAUTY PRO e4stofthesun / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
Note:   1. The new year's promotion for Rouges didn't happen this year (2015). 2. The October game promotion (spin the wheel, match) gives you a range of deluxe sampl... see post
Spring is on the horizon! What are your favorite warm weather products?
I'm thinking maybe if we all talk about warm weather we can use our minds to will it here!  So, what are your favorite warm weather products, favorite colors to wear, etc.       I'm a huge fan if origins ginzing moisturizer for the humid days.  Its perfectly moisturizing without being too heavy for the hot humid florida days.   supergroup city serum is a favorite too SPF moisturizer too.    I use use my naked 3 palette a lot more in warmer months. I love the bronze and gold natural looks.  With a pretty pink pout. 
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I switch out to D&G Light Blue perfume and I swear by Vita Liberata Self Tanner. see post
Is the duo mat powder foundation #203 by make up for ever discontinued? It's been out of stock.
Hi Nisha27,   The Make Up For Ever Duo Mat Powder foundation has not been discontinued. The shade 203 - Light Beige will be available again in the next couple of wee... see post
Is it okay to use two different glamglow masks in a single week?
Let me just start off by saying that I absolutely love all of the Glamglow masks!   However, my two most favourite masks are the Supermud Clearing Treatment and the Powermud Dualcleanse Treatment.   Can anyone let me know if this is a good routine for both masks: I feel it would be very beneficial to have a clearing treatment and a deep cleanse in one regime. I was thinking of using the Supermud every Wednesday and the Powermud every Sunday... is this a good regime or is using both masks once a week too much for the skin? Let me know! All input is greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance!   Ps, my skin type is combination oily, acne prone, and dehydrated.
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I think that sounds like it would be a reasonable solution.  I think the only thing you would have be be careful of is not over drying if your skin is also dehydrated.  ... see post
Fresh Lotus Preserve Eye Cream
  I am very grateful to have received the Fresh Lotus Preserve Eye Cream as a gift from Sephora. This is the first gift I have received from them. This is a new item launching at Sephora and will be available in stores the end of March. I am excited to try this product. I have Rosacea and am sensitive to a lot of things. I have hope because the Fresh Cleanser has worked very well for me in the past.  I will try this product for a few weeks and post before and after pictures. Wish me luck ladies!   From the Sephora site it states: What it is: A lightweight formula that illuminates while delivering 24-hour moisture for a radiant, youthful-looking glow around the eye area. What it is formulated to do: Lotus Youth Preserve Eye Cream illuminates while delivering 24-hour moisture for a lustrous look around the delicate eye area. The lightweight formula revitalizes the eye contour while combating dullness for a radiant, rested appearance. It includes Fresh’s super 7 complex, specifically designed to minimize and prevent early visible signs of aging, enhance radiance, and provide antioxidant protection, and is further boosted with protective star fruit extract. What it is formulated WITHOUT: - Parabens - Sulfates - Phthalates
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I have been using this for a little over a week now and omg,, I'm loving this eye cream a lot!lol. First it smells so good but it's a very lite scent no strong at all. T... see post
Another one bites the dust... Lost makeup that may or may not ever be found.
A couple of days ago I was using one of my Tarte Matte Lipsurgence's and set it down for a minute in my vehicle. Suddenly it was nowhere in sight. I checked everywhere and it's gone. Adding to my frustration it was a limited edition color that I've grown quite fond of. I wonder if it will magically pop up years later, like when the same thing happened with my Lancome juicy tube that was my favorite. Anyone else have this happen to them? It's very frustrating because I'm ocd when it comes to losing makeup products. I will basically tip over the whole house/ car until I find them. And if I don't it haunts me for a long time. lol
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Any time my brother and his family come visit I always lose all my lip balms.  My 3 year old niece loves to play with them and when they leave it takes me so long to fin... see post
Sponge Beauty
I love this company's avocado oil moisturizer.  Had hoped Sephora was going to carry more of their products, but now even the Ladi Avokanto has been OOS for awhile.  Is Sephora dropping them?  Please, please don't!  
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I feel like I'm always rantin but......really?
I was shopping in store today and decided to pick up the new Anastasia Brow Bar to Go kit. This kit has 2 color choices, chocolate and dark brown (yay!). The older set had the pencil in a lighter shade that didn't look good on me, but it was a pencil (keyword). This set is a mini brow wiz, how mini do you ask? This is all the product you get, that's it. For $16 you get a mini brow gel.tweezers and a 1 time use brow wiz.....
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want to re-creat a look/ Nars The Multiple
Copacabana - glistening pearl          SO: -I was wondering if you guys thought this would be the best choice (color) for my light-medium neutral (leans cool) skin tone. I have dry/sensitive skin too (just an FYI). -I was also wondering if this indeed works great for eyes, cheekbones, lips, & wherever u want to illuminate. -Also, do you really need to just use your clean fingers, OR is there a better way to apply? -Also, do u suggest this product in general & is it pretty & EASY to work with?   Thanks in Advance !  
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Tata Harper?
I recently used a foil I had of the Regenerating Cleanser and I have to say that I really really like it!  So I was wondering if you all have experience with this brand and what products you like? 
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Thanks TSQ!  That's awesome!  I'm glad it worked out well for you.  I'm definitely going to check it out.  I think I may get that mask and the regenerating cleanser duri... see post
I wish Sehora carried the 2 pack beautyblender................
but they don't    I know they have the 2 pack with the liquid cleanser but I use the solid cleanser.   Since I usually only shop online at Sephora or Ulta, does anyone have any recommendations on where to buy them? I googled it and found beauty dot com and camera ready cosmetics but I never shopped either one of those sites.
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yes i know!! i saw they had a sale last week or 2. and when i checked they no longer sold them I was so sad. Now Im just going to catch the next 20% sale that someone do... see post
Sunday Riley VS. REN?
I am contemplating Sunday Riley's Good Genes or REN's Resurfacing AHA concentrate. The ingredients seem similar, but there is a huge difference in the price. Any suggestions? I want something for fine lines, sun spots, and radiance. Thanks
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I rarely make purchases just from a sample, but Good Genes had me hooked in a heartbeat. I haven't tried the Ren, but can wholeheartedly recommend Good Genes. Pricey? Ye... see post
Best sample that you couldn't afford....
I thought this would be an interesting topic. Let's share a story of a sample that we fell in love with and then dropped our jaws when we saw how much the full size cost    I'll begin: I got a GWP from guerlain.  It came with a few skin care items. Me being the skincare junkie I am I was excited to try. I began to really like the serum. It was smoothing, moisturizing, everything I could hope for. So I go online and start researching and find out it costs $500!!!!  I was expecting it to be pricey but not that much. Ouch. Oh well, life goes on.    Who else has encountered a tragically wonderful beauty item?
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la mer moisturizing cream.   see post
So maybe I have been living under a rock for my entire life, but does everyone know all of the brands that L'Oreal owns?? SOME include: Lancome, Armani, YSL, Biotherm, Kiehls, Ralph Lauren, Shu Uemura, Clarisonic, Victor & Rolf, and Urban Decay. I always knew that L'Oreal was a French company and was highly regarded and thought of to have good quality products because of that... however I did not know that they own so many of the brands that I use everyday! It makes me sort of feel ripped off... like should I just buy L'Oreal from the drugstore? On L'Oreal's websites the above brands are called L'Oreal Luxe, so I assume they have better quality ingredients...but I just don't know what to think... Thoughts??
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I agree with everything that has been said before.  It's good to be educated about parent companies but it is also pretty common these days that many brands get bought o... see post
Need a great brown eyeliner.
I've used Kat Von De's Tattoo Liner but it's no longer available in brown. What is the next best thing?  I wish it was still available
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It's a Stila party and we're all invited!   Seriously, this is my go-to brown liner. I do love the Marc Jacobs highliners, but they are a totally different beast (and ... see post
Please help me!!
I. NEED. HELP. Skincare isn't something that I have ever been good with, I have never really learnt what I need to work with my skin. I keep spending money on skincare and then returning products when they don't work out for me and I really need some advice!! I have light/medium skin with combo skin and an oily t-zone. I break out often, mostly on my forehead. I have acne scares and minor skin discolouration. I also have fairly large pores. I need a skincare regimen that works. I just bought products from AmorePacific - the cleanser, exfoliator and the gel moisturizer. I like them but it has only been a few days and I am skeptical. It was also a TON of money and I am a student. If any one has any suggestions for some new skincare products for me that hopefully won't tear apart my bank account, I would be so grateful!!!!! Also, if you have any foundation recommendations? If there is something that works well with TV, that is preferable for me! Thank you so much!! XO
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The beauty advisors at the store are generally helpful. If she convinced you to try them, I don't see the harm in giving them a shot. However, if you feel other products... see post
whats the difference between these DDG peels?
Question was EDITED:  I really want to try the DDG peels after reading about so many loving them on here, but what is the difference in the two?   DR. DENNIS GROSS SKINCARE Alpha Beta® Peel Extra Strength or the same in regular strength?  If I have fairly normal skin, not overly sensitive and used to skin care if this nature...can I go right to the extra strength or is that not needed?     Anyone know of which happenes to be a better deal, there is so many options to choose from, like the 14 Day Challenge etc.  Ill also be stalking the Deals thread, but I may wait until Chic week.  Also, are these a good value in 100 points perk?  I went for one recently and thought Id include one with every order if I can but I dont want to waste points of its not a good deal.  Any help is appreciated, thanks gals!  I know lots of you rave about these.
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HALL OF FAMER makeupobesessed / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I was actually looking at the serum also, they have a 14 day kit that comes with it.  I may try the 100 pt perk I got, even though they are extra strength and see if my ... see post
Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Brush
Hey guys! I've been eyeing this brush ever since it came out and I was curious to see what you guys think of it! I'm not planning to get her contour kit, (At least I don't think I am) but this brush seems like something I can't pass up! Let me know your thoughts!
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Thank you! I was worried I wouldn't be able to contour with this brush because it's so soft! see post
What is your new HG products?
As the cosmetic market ( skincare, makeup, hair and nail care.....) is growing, we are discovering new and better products. It would be interesting to know people recent discoveries ( holly grail product). So what is your new HG? Why do you like it?   My new HG is the Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil. Since I started using it, my skin feels smoother, younger and my breakouts are gone.   
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i tried angels on bare skin many years ago and it did nothing for me! everyone always raves about it...i'm always debating on whether i want to try it again or not. i us... see post
when is Giorgio Armani lasting silk#2 going to be in stock?
I've been waiting to purchase this foundation for a couple weeks now since it has launched in Sephora (only the luminous silk is available in stores)    Does anyone know when the shade #2 will be in stock?   
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Thank you Randee  I've been contemplating on whether or not I should just purchase the Luminous silk instead  this helps alot :)  see post
Opinions of Jurlique Rosewater Mist
Was looking to get opinions on Jurlique Rosewater mist and the Intense version.   For those who have used have you found it useful or just another mist?   I use MAC Fix plus and Evian spray but have not really gotten into spray with multiple added ingridients   Thanks in advance!
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I really love Jurlique's Rosewater Mist. I love rose-scented products. I find them so refreshing and soothing! I have not tried the intense version of this mist though s... see post
Help me grow my brows back!!!!
Any product suggestions, mine were over plucked years ago,        thanks,   Valerie
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Hi Valerie,   I recommend trying Anastasia's Brow Enhancing Serum Advanced. This is a serum you can apply both morning and evening. This serum helps encourage the gr... see post
lets talk tatcha
So recently I've been seeing people talk about this brand on Beauty Talk and I've never heard of this brand before and everyone seems to be raving about it.... SO WHAT IS ALL THE HYPE???  Why is everyone so in love with this stuff?  I starting to get very interested in these products but why is every loving this stuff??? DO TELLLL
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I highly recommend you do! They sell travel size of various products within the line ;) see post
Animal Testing, Gluten & Vegan Info
LIST UPDATED 6/21/14 - Sephora also suggests contacting brands directly for more information and details than we have provided here if needed   Hello lovely BTers!! We hear you and we've been working to update the previous post Tiffany did in 2011 regarding Animal Testing. Since we carry over 200 other brands, the ones we've listed below have confirmed that they do not test on animals and/or we’ve confirmed the following brands on the PETA or Leaping Bunny list.  Please keep in mind that the sites may update their information more frequently than we do, but we will try our best to keep it up to date! ch/index.aspx (yes, I posted an outside link, but its for your use & was approved )   Our private label Sephora Collection and Sephora Originals (Hello Kitty, Kat Von D, Formula X, and Pantone) are cruelty free (meaning that the products have never been tested on animals).   Any info we could confirm (vegan/gluten free) are listed below the links.  We hope this helps!!   Amika - (PETA)   Anastasia -  (PETA)   Bare Escentuals -  (PETA)   Becca - (we reached out to them directly & they confirmed no testing, but they are not listed on either site)   Betsy Johnson – (we reached out to them directly & they confirmed no testing, but they are not listed on either site)   Bite Beauty - (Leaping Bunny)   Blinc -  (PETA)   Bond No 9 – Vegan/Cruelty/Gluten Free   Butter London – (we reached out to them directly & they confirmed no testing, but they are not listed on either site)   Carol's Daughter -  (PETA)   Caudalie - (we reached out to them directly & they confirmed no testing, but they are not listed on either site)   Clarins - (we reached out to them directly & they confirmed no testing, but they are not listed on either site)   Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare -  (PETA)   DuWop -   Hello Kitty -   Hourglass -  (PETA)   Illume – Cruelty/Gluten Free   Jack Black -  (PETA)   JINsoon – Cruelty/Gluten Free   Josie Maran -  (PETA)   Juicy Couture – Vegan/Cruelty/Gluten Free   Julep – Cruelty/Gluten Free   Jurlique – (we reached out to them directly & they confirmed no testing, but they are not listed on either site)   J ustin Bieber – Vegan/Cruelty/Gluten Free   Kate Somerville – Cruelty/Gluten Free   Kat Von D -   KenzoUSA – Vegan/Cruelty/Gluten Free   Keratinperfect – Cruelty/Gluten Free   Korres Natural Products -   L’Occitane – (we reached out to them directly & they confirmed Vegan/Cruelty/Gluten Free, but they are not listed on either site)    L’artisan parfumeur – Vegan/Cruelty/Gluten Free   LivingProof – Cruelty Free/Gluten Free Stylers   Make Up For Ever – Cruelty Free   ME Smooth – Vegan/Cruelty/Gluten Free   Murad -  (PETA)   Nails Inc – Cruelty Free   NARS – Cruelty Free   NUDE – Cruelty/Gluten Free   Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics –  (PETA)   Ole Henriksen – Vegan/Cruelty/Gluten Free   Omorovicza – Cruelty Free Perfect   Formula X – Cruelty/Gluten Free   Pantone -   Ren –  (PETA) “We do not test any of our products on animals. Our products are not tested on our behalf by any third party. The only animal products we use are honey and beeswax in the Lip Honey.”   Rosebud – “There are no animal by-products in any of the salves or lip balms. Beeswax is contained in Brambleberry Rose Lip Balm, Strawberry Lip Balm, and Mocha Rose Lip Balm, however, NO beeswax is contained in Rosebud Salve, Minted Rose Lip Balm, or Menthol and Eucalyptus Balm”   Smashbox -  (PETA)   Tarte -  (PETA)   Tata Harper –  (LB, PETA)   TanTowel -  (PETA)   The New Black – Vegan/Cruelty/Gluten Free   Too Faced Cosmetics -  (PETA)   Urban Decay -   (PETA, LB)   Wen -  - (LB)   We will be updating this list as necessary, since we are constantly adding and removing products on our site. If you have any questions regarding brands listed above, please contact them directly as they may reformulate products and change manufacturers   xo, Mia & the rest of the Mods
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Cleaning your Beauty Blender
Hi beauties ,  I'm all about trying new ways to apply my foundation I have so many brushes and tried the real techniques sponge but decided to try out the Beauty Blender. I however did not purchase the cleanser for the sponge. Does anybody want to share tips and tricks about the beauty blender or different ways to clean it without getting damaged? Thanks dolls 💋
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BEAUTY GURU laurennnlove / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
I use the BB solid cleanser and it works amazingly!! Gets everything off and is so easy to use!  I also like to use the solid cleanser for my brushes as well! Sephora Co... see post
Benefit Roller Lash Mascara
I checked on the Sephora site and it says that this mascara is available in most JC Penney Sephora's. Does anyone know if it's true? The nearest store is pretty far from me so I don't want to make a wasted trip. Thanks.
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HALL OF FAMER makeupobesessed / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Alexandra- definitely call first because my SiJCP never has the promotions like this in stock when I get there.  I cannot be one of the first people in the store, as mos... see post