I know I'm not the only one around these parts that did quite a bit of damage to my wallet this weekend (I mean, gifts , right?). But since I'm not going to see my purchases for a few days (I've become almost exclusively an online shopper in my old age), I want to see yours.
For this week's Beauty Challenge (and throughout this month), post your holiday hauls, so we can drool together.
Show & Tell!
For this week's Beauty Challenge, let's give thanks (in true BeautyTalk fashion):
What beauty product are you thankful for?
Show & Tell!
(For the record, I'm thankful that my job involves chatting with you guys about all things beauty. It's been such a treat getting to know you! #realtalk)
Happy Mani Friday! Not gonna lie, I'm OBSESSED with this fall ombre look that I did for the weekend. I think this might be my go-to holiday mani (with a little added glitter, of course).
What are you rocking on your tips this weekend? Show & Tell!
Colors used: MARC JACOBS BEAUTY Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer in Nirvana & Butter London The Old Bill
It should come as no surprise to anyone that I do most of my holiday shopping at Sephora. However, it might surprise you that most of my friends don't actually wear makeup. Luckily that's never been an issue, since we offer so many gifts that aren't in the color category. These are 3 of my favorites. (Btw my mother is getting the Ole Henriksen set, which I just decided as I was putting this post together).
Ole Henriksen Ole La La Look At Her Glow Set
Drybar The VIP Pack
Philosophy The Gingerbread House Set
What's your favorite non-makeup beauty gift to give (and receive)? Show & Tell!
BT'ers, I admit it: Today's beauty challenge is ENTIRELY self-serving. We've already discussed my seasonal dry skin issues , and though I feel like I've gotten my skin under control ( Algenist Advanced Anti-Aging Repairing Oil is a lifesaver), my lips are still dry and scaly and frankly, gross. So for this week's Beauty Challenge, I need to know, BT: What are your dry lip saving tips and tricks?
Show & Tell! (And HELP A SISTA OUT.)
These sets are all prettily packaged, full of beloved products, and a great value. Easiest. Gifts. Ever. (And my sources say they won't be around for much longer, so snatch them up while you can!)
What's your favorite "No brainer" gift to give? Show & Tell!
Fresh Sugar Rosé Royalty Set
Josie Maran Escape To Morocco Holiday Lights & Brights Set
Sephora Favorites Give Me More Lip
Happy Mani Friday! So here's the deal with today's plain nails. I was all set to do a look, but when I checked my nails last night they still looked great from when I painted them on MONDAY. Nearly five full days of button buttoning, keyboard tapping and dog petting, and these babies were still kicking, with minimal tip wear. I knew my BTers would be interested in this mini mani miracle, so I had to post a pic!
How did I acheive this level of polish perfection you, ask? The System by Formula X . Cleanse, Prime, Color, Shine: the four steps for a lasting mani. I am completely floored by how well it works.
The color is "Bitches Brew" by Deborah Lippmann, which I also thought was interesting. You can use the system with another brand and it will still work fantastically. However it's worth nothing that if you purchase the the full system , you get a Formula X polish free. Trust me, it's worth it.
What are you rockin' on your tips this weekend? Show & Tell!
It's live chat day on BeautyTalk! And today is a HUGE one.
Today from 10-11 am PST, ask cosmetics legend / goddess / genius Bobbi Brown a beauty question, LIVE on BeautyTalk!
And since you're already here. you may as well head over and get your question in now. I opened the chat early for my BTers, knowing you'd want in on this. GO> http://seph.me/HUBbB9
Happy Mani Friday! I'm in fall state of mind right now and it's also been a little busy round these parts (*cough* VIB sale *cough*) so I just did a quick rose gold Formula X mani using Vroom and Center of the Universe . What do you think?
What are you rockin' on your tips this weekend? Show & Tell!
Giftopia has come to Sephora! For the next couple of months, there will be holiday shopping advice on Show & Tell up the wazoo, but for now I want to hear about you.
What's on your holiday wishlist? Show & Tell!
(And feel free to leave this page open on your browser in case your significant other / mother / sister / cousin happens to be walking by)
Shop Giftopia> http://seph.me/HFXMjX
These items aren't *super* new, but I heard it through the office grapevine* that these particular sets have been so popular they may not be around for much longer.
So I wanted to give you head's up, of course. If you were planning on grabbing them, now is the time! (Or tomorrow is the time, #amirite VIBs?)
Benefit Cosmetics Countdown To Love Advent Calendar
NEST Eau de Parfum Coffret
Which holiday set would you grab now if you knew it was going to sell out quickly? Show & Tell!
*Disclaimer: The office grapevine admittedly doesn't come through me that often, but when I get a good bit of news that I can share with my BeautyTalkers you know I will. This however, does not mean that I know when all things are going out of stock ever.
Happy Halloween! Still looking for an easy look for tonight? Try out this bloody nail splatter by JINsoon .
What are your Halloween plans? Show & Tell!
And don't forget to post your Halloween beauty and nail looks in this thread (or any of the other Halloween threads on Show & Tell) so I can highlight them tomorrow!
This week's beauty challenge is pretty self-explanatory: Post a pic of your Halloween beauty look!
(I'll post mine if you post yours.)
Show & Tell!
Still need inspiration? Check out our Halloween Pinterest board> http://www.pinterest.com/sephora/halloween
Hi BeautyTalkers! For today's What's New Wednesday, I wanted to show you 3 sets that I just swatched (like, just rubbed the colors off of my arms) for an upcoming email. I can't show you the swatches yet, but the palettes are newly live on the site, so check 'em out.
And believe me when I say, they're beeeeyoutiful in person.
What new sets would you like to see swatched? Show & Tell!
Buxom Shimmer & Shake™ Show-Stopping Collection of 15 Mini Full-On™ Lip Polishes & Creams
bareMinerals Degrees Of Dazzling
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar All-Star Mini x 12 Set
Happy Mani Friday! Who's ready for Halloween? I was so inspired to try the spooky nail ideas I've seen floating around the boards lately that I couldn't stop at just one. What do you think?
Have you got your Halloween mani on yet? Show & Tell!
I also have a Mani Friday announcement! I'm collecting BeautyTalk mani photos now through Halloween, so post yours in this or any of the Show & Tell threads through next week and I'll feature my faves in next week's Mani Friday!
Raise your hand if you nerd out on website updates ( Beautytester , I'm looking at you ). Well today I have a very cool BeautyTalk update to share with you: Rich linking!
Rich linking is just a techy term for allowing clickable images in posts. So now, when you post a product link in a thread, not only will an image of that product show up in your post, but other users can click on that image to be taken to the product page! Revolutionary, right? (that was a joke, I realize this is not revolutionary, but hey we're trying, and you have to admit, it's a pretty cool new feature.)
Here's how it works:
1. When you are starting or replying to a conversation, and you'd like to call out a product, go to the product page and copy the link from your browser.
2. Paste the product link into the conversation you are starting. After you paste the link, an image of the product will pop up below the post. If you'd just like to include the link without the product image, click the little "x" to the top right of the image to get rid of it.
3. If you'd like to keep the image but lose the link (the image will still be clickable in your post), delete the link in your post after the image has appeared. This is how I do it, because personally I don't think links are that pretty, but this step is entirely based on your preference.
4. When you click "Post" the image will show up in your post!
5. To get to the product page, just click on the image or the product name.
6. If you'd like to post more than one product, you can do that too. Just follow the same steps, copying and pasting the product links into your post. They will show up in a product carousel at the bottom of your post.
(See what I meant about the not-so-pretty links? )
Note, this feature only works for products (trying to post a link to see an image won't work...for now), but that's pretty much all we talk about anyway, right?
I really hope you guys enjoy this new feature - this is the first version we're rolling out, so there will be updates to it in the future, per the usual.
Let the enabling begin!
I take my duties as BeautyTalk Community Manager VERY seriously, as you all know. And since I JUST sat down with Algenist's VP of Product to talk about their brand, and she JUST let everyone know that their new 10 Day Challenge would be launching very soon, I would be a terrible Community Manager if I didn't tell you that the Challenge is now live on sephora.com! Beauty Insiders can get a 10 day supply of the brand's new Retinol Firming & Lifting serum, free with any $25 purchase.
Try it and report back, I want to know if it worked for you!> http://seph.me/1aMLumY
Read my full interview with Algenist VP of Product Tammy Yaiser here> http://seph.me/1bGgYJr
Halloween is nearly a week away, and I have NO idea what I'm going to be (help!). but if you've already got your costume figured out, these new picks will help you turn your fantasy into a beauty reality.
SEPHORA COLLECTION 12HR Wear Waterproof Contour Eye Pencil Set
You can create any Halloween look imaginable with a good set of colored liners, but the cheap ones from the costume shops usually wear off before you can say "Boo!" (and really aren't that cost effective, since you only use them once a year). This Sephora Collection set can be used to create an array of looks for Halloween or any other day, and the liners are waterproof (aka, no smudging before you can get your scare on).
Formula X For Sephora ASAP 3D Nail Appliques
I've been obsessing over Halloween nail looks for weeks, but not everyone has the time (or the desire) to spend as much thought on their nails as their costume. Luckily these new ASAP nail strips from Formula X are super easy to apply and can set off any look from leopard to harlequin. And did I mention they're 3D ?!
Illamasqua Bat Lash Duo
Calling all glampires: This new Illamasqua kit is the next best thing to actually turning into a bat, which if you can do, um...why are you dressing up?
What beauty picks do you think would help with your costume? Show & Tell!
Shop more Halloween picks> http://seph.me/1a1eh0I
Maybe it's because I'm originally from the East Coast, but I just love fall. The food, the foliage, the fashion; it's the season of cozy, and I am all about it. My skin (and hair) however, vehemently disagrees. The minute the leaves turn, my relatively cooperative combination skin turns into a dull, dry, itchy mess. Luckily I've got a few coworkers with the same issues, so I grabbed a few of their hydrating favorites to share with you (right after adding them to my basket).
What product is your dry skin saver? Show & Tell!
Origins Drink Up™ 10 Minute Mask to Quench Skin's Thirst
"The weather aggravates my naturally dry skin, but this intense hydration mask does just the trick. It refreshes my complexion, leaving my skin soft and moisturized. Plus, it feels amazing under foundation." -Melissa M., Beauty Advisor
ALTERNA Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil Pure Treatment Oil
"I wasn’t blessed with luscious locks, but I can fake it with this smoothing oil. It’s a miracle worker for my dry, coarse, curly hair. I use it before heat styling and as a fast-acting deep conditioner in the shower." -Myiesha S., Sephora PRO
Josie Maran Argan Love Your Lips Hydrating Lipstick
"This three-in-one argan-oil lipstick in Playful Pink is a makeup bag space saver. It has the high pigment of a lipstick, the shine of a gloss, and the hydration of a balm. It’s the only lip product I need!" -Diana C., Assosciate Color Merchant
Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum
"I always think a red-eye flight is a good idea, until I land and take a look in the mirror. Luckily, this serum seems to restore the hydration that gets lost somewhere on the flight. Wish it could also help me catch up on lost sleep!" -Deborah Y., VP of Marketing
Tarte Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment
"Between work and kids, my under eye circles are pretty pronounced. But this stuff has done wonders for me: it hydrates and brightens while creating the perfect canvas to smooth on concealer when I really need it." -Lauren C., Color Merchant
You may have noticed that a ton of Formula X swatches just went up on The Swatch Board . We realized that 191 different color choices might be a little overwhelming (heck, even I don't know where to start), so we thought we'd help you out. It really does make all of the difference when you can see the colors on actual fingers, I think.
So for this week's Beauty Challenge, I'm asking you to pick your poison. Which Formula X color family is your favorite? And yes, this is a challenge, because there are A ALOT of swatches, and they're all pretty fab.
Show & Tell!
The New Neutrals> http://seph.me/1gyVQK5
The New Classics - Oranges & Pinks> http://seph.me/16nBMWM
The New Classics - Reds & Purples> http://seph.me/1cPfqNt
The New Classics - Blues, Greens & Grays> http://seph.me/H6L5yM
The Xplosives> http://seph.me/1bQ9PFp
The Holograms, The Chromes & The Brilliants> http://seph.me/18DnD6h
The Shifters, The Sparklers & The Superwatts> http://seph.me/1b8cc5o
The Translucents & The Transformers> http://seph.me/1i9hZu1
The Lusters & The Celestials> http://seph.me/GYls2V
The Electrics> http://seph.me/1b8cB7X
Happy Mani Friday! Today I'm very excited to feature this amazing nail look created with Formula X for Sephora polishes by nail art superstar Britney Tokyo for Nail It! Magazine. It should come as no surprise to you, fair BeautyTalkers, that my dream job (aside from the one I have now, of course), is professional nail artist, so I'm TOTALLY fan-girling right now.
What mani are you rockin' this weekend? Show & Tell!
Get the inside scoop from Britney Tokyo on The Sephora Glossy> http://seph.me/16gyGUg
It's time for another Throwdown Thursday! Today we are discussing the cultiest-of-cult-fave products, Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments . Luxe, yummy smelling, and oh so moisturizing, these bad boys (girls?) are considered by many to be the HG of lip balms. But with so many new colors to choose from, a girl can get a little confused.
So what's your preference, BeautyTalkers: Original or tinted (and if tinted, which one)? Throwdown!
Shop Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments> http://seph.me/GSImso
So technically these products aren't new, but they're important enough that they need to be shouted out. In case you've been under a rock, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Proceeds from every purchase of a BCA product on Sephora.com will be donated to Breast Cancer Awareness. Nice to know my product addiction can actually do some good!
The picks below are my personal faves, but check out the entire list of BCA products here> http://seph.me/1cudEB6
Which BCA products are you loving? Show & Tell!
Yes, yes, I know Allure is the beauty bible (I, personally, have been swearing by their beauty advice since the 7th grade). But these newly crowned "Best of Beauty" award winners also happen to be perennial staffer obsessions. Which means we knew and loved them first. #justsayin
Which Allure Best of Beauty winners do you swear by or are dying to try? Show & Tell!
Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush
"When it comes to makeup tools, I’m a minimalist. That’s why this brush is perfect for me. It’s versatile enough for liquid or powder formulas to create a flawless complexion." - Mia A., Social Media Beauty Advisor
Clarins Beauty Flash Balm
"Pure magic. This balm makes you look like you've been drinking loads of water and spending days at the spa." -Erin S., Marketing Manager, Social Media
Bumble and bumble Spray de Mode
"I love using this lightweight hairspray on loose curls, and the 4-ounce size is great for travel." —Chrissi H., Senior Designer
Living Proof Satin Hair Serum
"My hair tends to have a mind of its own, but this product makes it manageable! Plus, it smells fantastic." -Marcela B., Sephora.com Merchant - Skincare & Hair
Hourglass N° 28 Lip Treatment Oil
"Sometimes, lips deserve special treatment. Literally. Not only does this powerful formula condition, smooth, and relieve my lips’ dryness, but it also has a 24-karat gold-plated tip that soothes my pout." -Diana C., Associate Color Merchant
Yves Saint Laurent ROUGE PUR COUTURE Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain – Rebel Nudes
"I love that this feels lightweight and almost watercolory on the lips, yet you can build up full coverage." -Adeline L., VP, Dotcom Merchandising
"This is my new favorite scent! It has just the right amount of floral and musk. Plus, the modern bottle design stands out against all the others on my fragrance vanity." -Heather D., Producer, Social Media
NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder
"This sheer, matte setting powder has become my new best friend. I never have to redo my makeup. I put it on at 6:30 a.m. and my makeup still looks fresh at 5 p.m., with no shine to be seen." -India L., Director, E-Commerce Canada
I know, I know, I don't need to keep saying it, but if you haven't checked out the new Formula X for Sephora nail polishes, well...you really should.
Since there are a TON of different colors and effects (191, to be exact), I thought for this week's Beauty Challenge we'd help some sisters out. What Formula X colors would you combine to create an awesome nail look? Show & Tell!
See more Graffiti looks> http://seph.me/1alL9Ca
Happy Mani Friday! You. Guys. I am SO excited about this week's mani. I got a hold of a few of the NEW Formula X nail polishes, and as you can tell, I went a little crazy. I think it looks like a galaxy mani, but it was waaaay less work. A couple coats of Formula X Haphazard , dab on the Turbulent glitter, cover the whole thing with Over The Moon , and voila! You've got yourself some space-y nails.
What mani are you rockin' this weekend? Show & Tell!
Shop Formula X for Sephora> http://seph.me/1bMhkkS
It's time for another Throwdown Thursday! Today we have a Battle Royale between FIVE awesome Marc Jacobs fragrances. Will it be the beloved MJ Daisy in the lead, or will the popular upstart MJ Honey take crown?
Which Marc Jacobs perfume do you prefer, Beautytalk?
(Thursday Throwdown Disclaimer: There are no "winners" or "losers" here, only respectful opinions, based on your preference. So be nice.)
See all Marc Jacobs Fragrances> http://seph.me/1g3qhb6
I know how much BT'ers love their freebies (and who doesn't, really?), so I couldn't let this offer pass without giving you guys the inside scoop.
To celebrate the launch of Formula X for Sephora (launching in stores tomorrow!), The first 10 people to enter a US free standing Sephora when it opens tomorrow, 10/10, will receive a FREE full size Formula X for Sephora Top Coat . No purchase required!
Formula X. 10/10. 10 Free Polishes. Let's do this.
See details and official rules here> http://seph.me/1e9sDB3
Today we're highlighting some of Sephora staffers' favorite lip products.
What new lippies are you obsessed with? Show & Tell!
Hourglass Aura Sheer Lip Stain
"Some lip stains I’ve tried are so dry, I feel like I’m scraping on a magic marker. But Flush is way silkier and feels like I’m applying watercolor paint. The super-hydrating formula moisturizes my pout and delivers color that stays put." -Erin S., Social Media Marketing Manager
Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lipstick
"I've never been much of a lipstick wearer, but after using this stuff, I'm offically converted. I use Pastille Lilac to create the bright fuchsia lip that I’m obsessed with right now! The pigment is intense but goes on smoothly and evenly." -India L., Director of E-Commerce, Canada
Guerlain Maxi Shine Lip Gloss
"Intense color from a shimmery gloss? Yes, please! In just one swipe of Candy Strip, my pout gets that plump and shine I’ve desperately been looking for, without that sticky finish." -Diana C., Associate Color Merchant
Givenchy Le Rouge
"It’s the queen of lipsticks! Whenever my lips are craving a rush of bold red, I smooth on Carmin Escarpin for intense semi-matte color. It doesn’t feather or flake, and stays on all day long. AND it comes in a leather case?! True love." -Allison F., Senior Writer
NARS Satin Lip Pencil
"Hands down, Luxembourg is my absolute favorite red lip color. The creamy pencil is super easy to apply and it delivers an ultra-saturated pop of color. My chapped lips are stoked that it’s so moisturizing!" -Lauren C., Color Merchant
Soap & Glory Super-Colour Sexy Mother Pucker™ Lip Plumping Gloss
"I've finally found relief for my seriously chapped lips, and it looks good too! One swipe of Baby Doll majorly plumps my thin pout and leaves my constantly dry lips with a rich, moisturized sheen. Talk about a double whammy!" -Molly H., Director, Business Development