Sephora Show & Tell
  Get ready, Kat Von D is back on BeautyTalk! Our favorite tattoo artist and makeup guru will be taking your questions live today from 12-1 pm PST. Personally, I'm super excited to see what she says about her new Butterfly palettes.    As usual for my BTers who can't make it at noon, I just opened the chat so you can get your questions in early.   So go ask Kat a question!>  (Make sure you follow the link above to get to the thread to post your question. If you ask your question in the comments section of this blog post Kat won't see it. ).
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  When I was 20 years old and studying abroad for a school semester in Paris, I wandered into Sephora during one of my many jaunts down the Champs-Élysées. I had been in a Sephora before, but never one so large in such a glamorous location. I felt that I should commemorate the occasion, so I spent the next hour searching for the perfect "grown up" beauty product, one that didn't have a charm hanging off of it or smell like a lab's interpretation of cherries.   I finally decided on  Hanae Mori Butterfly , a sweet but warm fragrance that was the perfect balance of whimsy and luxury. To this day the scent reminds me of that moment in my youth when I was experienced enough to understand what made a quality beauty product and to be able to choose one for myself.    It was fitting that my "beauty wings" moment came with a perfume aptly named "Butterfly". For this week's Beauty Challenge,  I want to know: What product was your entree into the "real" beauty world, or the product that gave you your "beauty wings"?   Show and Tell!
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Easter weekend calls for seriously cute nails, but as my art skills are limited (I can't draw a bunny to save my life), I used Butter London Poole and Keen to create a simple pastel dotticure. I'm loving the color combination though, what do you think?      What are you rockin' on your tips this weekend (and what are your Easter plans)? Show and Tell! 
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Sephora is at Coachella! As the official beauty sponsor of the festival, we've pitched our beauty tent (literally) in Indio this weekend and next. If you're at the festival, stop by the tent to relax, get your makeup refreshed by Sephora Collection and enjoy the free wifi!   I'm not there (dusty deserts and I do NOT mix), but our intrepid social editors are there getting the scoop and reporting live from the tent. See all of the action by checking out #sephoracoachella on Instagram and Twitter.   What are you rockin' on your tips this weekend (and is anybody going to Coachella)? Show and Tell!     Sephora on Twitter>   Sephora on Instagram>
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  So here's the thing, BeautyTalkers. I wear A LOT of sparkly nail polish (I'm kind of obsessed with it, actually), and even though I like the foil method as much as the next glitter enthusiast, it's not the most user-friendly trick ever (all of those tiny bits of foil and cotton drive me bonkers).   Enter Julep's new Party's Over Glitter Nail Polish Removal Kit . It comes with a few packs of nail polish remover soaked pads and these nifty little rubber tips to keep them secure on your nails while they do the tough job of removing lovely, but stubborn, glitter polish . Even better, you can actually *do* stuff while wearing them (like, work, because everyone does their nails in the office, right? ), which you decidedly cannot with unwieldy pieces of foil on your fingers.   I have to say BT'ers, I was pretty impressed. So impressed, that this is the also the only Mani Friday where you will EVER see my bare nails.   What are you rockin' on your tips this weekend? Show and Tell!
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Our site creative writer Tracy is back for another edition of What's New Wednesday! Today's she dishing on her favorite sets to prepare you for the warm weather ahead.     bareMinerals The First Resort "I don’t know about you ladies, but I am head over heels with everything bareMinerals. This week, they launched The First Resort. This three-piece set has all the essentials for achieving a balmy golden glow. Ready Color Boost is a bronzer featuring multiple bronze shades for a luminous finish while Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss delivers the ultimate coral pout. As if that’s not enough to convince you, it comes with a super soft light stroke fan brush for a seemingly flawless application. You will be resort-ready in no time!"   Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy La Fleur Gift Set "By this time, all the superbly scented gals have to know about Viva La Juicy La Fleur. And if you don’t, it begins with a sheer, sweet-smelling veil of sparkling mandarin and wild berries and combines with luminous florals of lush honeysuckle, gardenia petals, and soft jasmine for an aroma that is beyond your wildest dreams. This trio includes a full-size spray, a smaller size to fit it your purse, and a dabber to keep at home or to store in your work desk. To top it off, the adorable, pink bow, dangling, gold charms, and beautiful rose detailing is totally appealing to the eye."   SEPHORA COLLECTION 10 Shades Of Samba Waterproof Eyeliner Set "This incredibly affordable, 10-piece set contains every eye liner shade you’ll need for summer and beyond. They are high-pigmented, long-lasting, creamy, and completely smudge-proof. Not to mention they’re waterproof and heat-resistant for when it comes time to splash around in the ocean waves. They feature a variety of finishes including glitter, matte, and shimmer – so you can switch it up depending on your mood! Each pencil is enriched with nourishing avocado oil for a smooth finish. Wear Tropical Dancefloor (teal) during the day and Eccentric Diva (purple) for a night on the town. Or why not mix and match? The options are endless!"   What's new on the site that's caught your eye? Show and Tell!   See what else is new>
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Can I be honest, BeautyTalkers (we're all friends here, right)? As much as I  love beautiful Emerald earrings or a Tangerine Tango mani, I had a little trouble wearing both of those colors, you know,  on my face.    But last week here at Sephora HQ we tried the new Radiant Orchid products on a bunch of staffers to see how they looked on different skintones, and surprise! (like, I really was surprised,) the color looked great on everyone.   So for this week's Beauty Challenge, I want to know: Have you tried a Color Of the Year inspired look or do you own any Radiant Orchid-hued products? (They don't have to actually be from the Sephora + Pantone Universe Collection , but that would be great, obvs.)   Show and Tell!    
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I know it's still crazy cold in certain parts of the country (sorry, East Coast friends), but I've got my mind on spring! For this look, I used Butter London Keen and Julep Yumi for a simple spring-y gradient. What do you think?     What are you rockin' on your tips this weekend? Show and Tell!
Hey BTers! For today's #WNW, our copywriter Tracy is giving us the scoop on the NUFACE Trinity Facial Toning Device , now available in 2 hot new colors (hot pink, anyone?).      " NUFACE's Trinity Facial Toning Device is the very first at-home device for facial toning, and I cannot live without it. Nicknamed 'pilates for the face', it improves contour and tone while reducing the appearance of fine lines. It features a smart skin sensor, multimodality, intensity control, a five-second treatment timer, auto shut-off, and best yet–instant results! The precise combination of red, amber, and infrared light actually works to target different depths of wrinkles, leaving you with a radiant, youthful-looking complexion.   This powerful yet super gentle handheld device is great for preventative use and is highly recommended for those 35 and older (when aging really starts to show). Easy to use with a high-quality ergonomic design, it delivers the professional results you are looking for, at lightning speed! And if you want the whole package, you can even get the eye and lip enhancer attachment which targets hard-to-reach areas around the eyes and lips like eyebrow furrow, crow’s feet, and smile lines. Your complexion will appear healthy, younger, and luminous! What’s not to love?"   Thanks, Tracy! (*Adds NUFACE to loves list*)   BeautyTalkers, what's new on the site this week that's caught your eye? Show and Tell!     
  It's live chat day on BeautyTalk! Today we've got a double header with Clinique and Murad, and they're talking acne! (And I know you've got questions ).    Per the usual, I've opened the thread early so that BeautyTalkers can get their questions in before the chat starts. So go ask a question!> ve-Acne-Q-amp-A-with-Clinique-and-Murad/td-p/12593 ...    
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Happy Mani Friday! Today my look is inspired by what else? The Color of the Year! It was pretty much a given when I saw all of the gorgeous Radiant Orchid products that there would be a mani in my future. What do you think?   What are you rockin' on your tips this weekend? Show and Tell!    
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For today's What's New Wednesday, we've got site product writer Kris sharing favorites from the new Sephora + Pantone Universe Color of the Year Radiant Orchid collection (I'm LIVING for this color, btw).     "The Color of the Year is here and Sephora just rolled a line of crave-worthy complementary shades to finish out any Radiant Orchid look. These palettes and hues have been specially selected to balance and help set off fashion’s iconic shade for 2014, so whether it’s just an accent or a complete look, you’ll be right on trend!"   Radiant Paint Gloss Trio "If you want to go for a lighter touch, try out this trio of accent lip glosses that are designed to set off the Color of the Year. They can be worn alone or layered for a stylish ombre effect, and lend lips a chic, kissable sheen."   The Eye: Radiant Femme Artistry Set "This huge, 25-shade palette of complementary shadows allows you to blend, layer, and play. All the shades have been chosen for their ability to work with Radiant Orchid (Which is also included, of course). You can experiment on your own or follow the included tips for creating six signature Radiant Orchid looks."   The Face: Radiant Femme Artistry Set "Why dip a toe when you can jump in? This set has everything to create bold, splashy Radiant Orchid looks. From eyes to cheeks, and lips to nails, it’s all in here—even a get-the-look card and a chic pebbled cosmetic bag to hold it all. What better way to play with the year’s hottest color?"   What products in the collection are you excited to try? Show & Tell!
Happy Mani Friday! I'm sure I don't have to tell you that everyone's favorite green holiday (with all due respect to Earth Day ) is on Monday, so I wanted to give you a little mani inspiration from our #SephoraNailspotting posting followers on Instagram.   What are you rockin' on your tips for St. Patrick's Day? Show and Tell! (And come back on Monday to post pics of your manis!)  
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Heat styling. We all do it, yet we all know it's not the best for our hair (it's a vicious cycle). So when I heard about Agave's new Healing Vapor Healing Iron that conditions while heat styling your hair, I had to know more! I talked Fernando Romero, founder of Agave, about this brilliant new innovation, and how you can get healthy hair from the same plant that gives us tequila (!!).   Where does Agave Oil come from and what about it makes it so great for your hair (especially compared to the other kinds of oils out there)? Agave Oil is born out of the leaves of the Blue Webber Agave plant, found in Mexico, and also happens to be the species of Agave plant selected by Tequila manufacturers. It is so precious that it takes 7 years to harvest.   The Agave plant leaves contain Amino sugars that help hydrate and moisturize hair, making it look shiny and healthier. What makes Agave Oil different is that it hydrates and conditions without weighing down hair. You can use Agave Oil on all hair types – including fine hair, and you won’t experience greasy, heavy results that are often found with other oils.   How did you discover all of Agave Oil’s great benefits? When I was a small boy growing up in Mexico, my grandmother shared the secret of the Agave plant’s high sugar content, and its hair & skin healing properties.   The Agave plant survives all types of weather in the high mountains of Mexico - hot, dry and humid during the day and very cold at night, and it has to hang on to every drop of moisture. Agave Oil uses this same hydrophilic (water loving) technology, infusing moisture deep into dry, damaged or frizzy hair.   Let’s talk about your new Healing Vapor Iron . What makes this iron better for your hair than typical methods of heat styling? Regular irons can dehydrate and damage the hair – especially those that heat up to 450F. The Agave Vapor Iron is the first iron to condition while you style your hair. By infusing the Agave extract into the hair shaft, we’re conditioning as we style. The Leave-in Vapor Infusion conditioner in the refillable iron cartridge gets vaporized, micronized and sealed into hair, for sleek shiny hair on a deeper level. It’s like a conditioner with a cord.   The Vapor Iron uses “NanoIonic plates” to help you get a smooth sleek look. NanoIonic plates sound like something out a sci-fi movie. What are they, exactly? The iron plates are infused with a patented NanoIonic mineral complex, which hydrates, conditions and protects your hair from heat damage and drying out, making it feel smooth and look shiny. The mineral complex emits natural ions that have been shown to micronize water molecules, making them smaller, so they more easily penetrate the hair shaft. This deeper level of hydration helps to eliminate frizz until your next shampoo and helps heal split ends.   What kind of regimen would you recommend to maintain beautiful healthy hair, especially with frequent heat styling? Daily use of the Sulfate-free Agave Shampoo and Paraben-free Conditioner is a great start. After shampooing, towel dry, then work Agave Oil Treatment though the hair in the mid-lengths and distribute though the rest of the hair using your fingers. Blow dry with a professional dryer and paddle brush. Use the Iron two to three times a week to treat your hair to a Vapor-Iron conditioning & style experience. And if you have static or fly-aways, apply a little Vapor Infusion or a Agave oil Treatment to eliminate them.     Use the Iron two to three times a week to treat your hair to a Vapor-Iron conditioning & style experience. And if you have static or fly-aways, apply a little Vapor Infusion or a Agave oil Treatment to eliminate them.              
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A bright rosy flush a the office. A lush red lip on date night. A gold bangle with with a matching metallic mani at brunch. For this week's Beauty Challenge, I want to know:   Whether it's beauty, jewels, or your favorite signature scent (or something else all together!): How do you luxe up everyday moments?   Show & Tell!  
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Happy Mani Friday! Spring has been trying its hardest to show its face in San Francisco, and boy am I ready for it! I was over all of the dark colors I'd been wearing lately, so I decided to switch it up with my attempt at a watercolor inspired pattern using the new Formula X The Cut - Spring 2014 colors and Liquid Crystals . What do you think?   What are you rockin' on your tips this weekend? Show & Tell!          
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It's What's New Wednesday! Today we have luxe fragrance picks from another one of our intreprid website copywriters, Kris. Check out his picks!     "Do you have a go-to fragrance or do you switch up your scent to suit your mood? This week we have several new fragrances on, from airy and carefree to sultry and seductive these new scents will lift your spirits and give you a spring forward."   Burberry Brit Rhythm for Her "The it fragrance for the rocker girl, Brit Rhythm balances the iconic Brit scent with a powerful and sensual edge. This is the perfect fragrance for when you’re feeling just a bit dangerous."   Bvlgari Aqva Amara "The inspiration for this spicy and mysterious scent was the breezy Mediterranean. The fragrance draws on the highest quality ingredients to re-create the spicy, woody, and oceanic tones in an unforgettable outdoorsy scent for the modern man."    Kenzo Flower In The Air "At the other end of the spectrum is this soft and dreamy floral that promises inspiration and well-being. A new interpretation of the classically elegant “FlowerbyKenzo” this lighter-than-air fragrance is truly uplifting."   What new products have you been eyeing? Show and Tell!
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Happy Mani Friday! Today's mani was inspired by all of the luxe products we've been talking about, and also by the fact that I just felt like busting out a hot red mani. We know I'm never satisfied with just one color, so I added a little leopard print to glam it up. What do you think (Isn't this red amazeballs)?   What are you rockin' on your tips this weekend? Show & Tell!     Lola by Marc Jacobs Beauty and Dior Vernis Nail Lacquer in Safari Beige
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True story: While hanging out with a few girlfriends this weekend, I busted out my Givenchy Le Rouge lipstick for a quick touchup in the car. When my friend noticed the packaging, she goes "Is that leather...on your lipstick??" "Yes!" I replied, "Isn't it amazing??" And thus launched a 10 minute conversation about our favorite fancy products and why we loved them.   So for this week's Beauty Challenge, I want to know: What's YOUR favorite luxe product? And why do you love it? Is it the packaging, the awesome smell, the luxurious formulation, or something else all together?   Show & Tell!    
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Happy Mani Friday! Today's Mani is just one color (I know, shock! Awe!), but it was all I needed. I used the new Liquid Crystals polish by Formula X in Beacon, and the minute I swiped it on I knew I didn't want to add anything else. Have I mentioned that I have a TOTAL weakness for micro-glitter?   What are you rockin' on your tips this weekend? Show & Tell!      
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It's not Wednesday but we've still got new picks! Today we're talking sporty products with Tracy, our site product writer.     "With the Winter Games underway, there’s nothing like some sporty beauty picks to get us enthused! Protection, hydration, long-wear, and waterproof are some key essentials to look for when you’re conquering new heights. Check out some of my go-to’s for outdoorsy fun."   Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ For Face/Body "I have really fair skin. Before I step out for the day, whether I’m going for a hike or playing a soccer game, I never fail to forget my Sun Protection Spray. The convenient spray allows for quick and easy application while it’s great for use all over – face, hair, and body! Best yet, the product is water-, sweat-, and oil-resistant. And remember, the only thing that should be layered on thick when talking makeup is sunscreen."   Eyeko Deluxe Mascara Duo "After a nice run on the slopes, the last thing you want to worry about is raccoon eyes. This water-resistant Mascara Duo keeps lashes pumped up, voluminous, and separated to perfection. It’s formulated with kertain and shea butter to condition lashes and is designed for up to eight hours of seduction. It includes two mascaras: one in ultrablack and the other in a midnight blue hue, so you can pick which one suits your mood."   Julep Moisture Mask Trio "My worst winter woe is dryness. This trio of hydrating masks will deliver ultimate moisture to nails, hands, and feet. They’re super easy to use, too! You simply secure the mask wherever you’re applying, leave on for 20 to 30 minutes, and remove."   What's new on the site that you're loving this week? Show & Tell! 
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It's getting late, and we're getting a little silly over here in HQ with our current topic of conversation (you do get to have the wackiest conversations when you work at a makeup company), so we thought we'd get our BeautyTalkers in on the fun.   Sephora HQ wants to know: What's the craziest thing you've ever done while wearing a face (beauty) mask? Show & Tell!             
Happy Valentine's-Mani-Fri-Day BeautyTalk! My Vday gift was a host of beautiful red and pink polishes from Formula X. Okay, so I may have gone a little crazy. But...but...PINK!!   What are you rockin' on your tips this Vday weekend? Show & Tell!     L to R: Alive , Wavelength , Jolt , Atom + Eve
It's live chat day on BeautyTalk! Today we're talking to Lori Taylor Davis, Global Pro Artist for Smashbox! She's ridiculously talented, creative and experienced, and she's going to be answering your personal beauty questions today (what I'm trying to tell you guys, is that this is a HUGE "get").    So get over to the thread and ask a question! It starts at 12 pm PST but I'm opening it early for my BTers.   CLICK ON THIS LINK TO ASK A QUESTION:  (don't post your question in the comments below, she won't see it!)   
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Hey BTers!  What's New Wednesday has been on hiatus for a bit, but I'm bringing it back! And this time I have a little help. Meet Tracy (Hi Tracy!) a writer who gets to see every new product we put on the site even before I do. Who better to talk about what's new and exciting on   Check out her picks for Valentine's Day, and let us know what new products you're excited about in the comments. (The Boscia mask set is already in my cart, but we won't talk about that.)     "Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to celebrate your affection for friends and family. Show your sweethearts a little love by gifting them with these beauty must-haves. Or why not indulge and treat yourself? You deserve it! Either way, take a peek at these super sweet product picks."   Philosophy My Heart To Yours Set "This sweetly scented trio includes a three-in-one formula, a luxurious body lotion, and a high-gloss, high-flavor lip shine, all enriched with a delectable, sweet citrus vanilla fragrance. Your hair and skin will be left super soft, hydrated, and beautiful. Plus, it makes the perfect gift for a special gal pal!"   boscia The Art Of Multi-Masking™ Kit "This is perfect for a ladies night in or to prep for your big V-Day date. A limited-edition set of four super powerful peel-off masks for a beautiful, youthful-looking complexion including Bright White, Luminizing Black, Cool Blue Calming, and Green Tea Oil-Control. You can “Master the Art” by testing out their mask combinations and apply the versatile formulas with the included brush. Definitely a fun and relaxing experience!"   Buxom Lips So Luxe™ "This three-piece Buxom glossy lip collection includes all the essentials for kissable lips. The sweet lip-plumping shades come in candy pink, peach sorbet, and iridescent coral. I love the super smooth application, glossy finish, and tingling effect!"
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  Not gonna lie, these days I feel like hating on Valentine's Day is more popular than the day itself. Now I might not be a raving fan of the holiday industrial complex, but I'll take any excuse to bust out a hot red mani and a sexy lip!   So for this week's Beauty Challenge, I want to know, what will your Vday look be? Whether it's special hair, a sultry smokey eye, or sexy lips and nails (or the Boscia Black Mask you'll be relaxing in with a glass of wine and your DVR), let us know or post a pic. I'll post my faves on Friday.   Show & Tell!
  I don't know about you, but I LOVE the Winter Games (and am obsessed with ice skating, but then again who isn't?). So today's Mani Friday was inspired by the super fun Vine shoot we did yesterday to celebrate the start of their start. True story: one of our creative directors used to be a professional figure skater, and we when we found out she still had her skates at home, we begged her to bring them in to use for a shoot. Paired with metallic tips (done by yours truly using Bond, Iconic Bond , Marc Jacobs Stone Jungle and Butter London The Old Bill ), you've got a medal-worthy Mani Friday.   What are you rockin' on your tips this weekend? And what Winter Games sports are you looking forward to catching? Show & Tell!   Check out the Vine video>
  Happy Mani Friday! Today's mani was inspired by our newest fragrance launches, Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black and Elizabeth and James Nirvana White, two exclusive scents designed exclusively with Sephora by Elizabeth and James designers Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen. Besides smelling infinitely chic (are we suprised?) the bottles are beautiful and luxe. The minute I saw them I knew there needed to be a mani.   I used Formula X in White Matter , Dark Matter , and Bond, Iconic Bond for the gold stripes.   What do you think? What are you rockin' on your nails this weekend? Show & Tell!
Happy Monday! So I realize it's the dead of winter and this is the exact opposite impulse I should be having, but I really want to cut my hair. Like chop the whole thing off into a pixie cut and be done with it.   When I mentioned this to my fiancé, he says, "It's January and you're all gung ho. Let's see how you feel in April."   His response made me wonder, do we have a sudden impulse to switch up our look in the New Year? And thus, this week's Beauty Challenge was born.   Have you updated your beauty look for 2014 (or are you planning to)? Show & Tell!  
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  I LOVE a good camo nail. Fun, on trend, and almost impossible to screw up, even for the nail art novice. But even the best nail artist can't pull off perfect camo nails in under 20 minutes. That, my dear BTers, is where the Formula X for Sephora ASAP 3D Nail Appliqués come in. Now available in 3 equally awesome camo prints , these little babies took me 15 minutes to apply when I was running out of the office, which I think is pretty impressive, considering I've never applied a nail sticker / appliqué / polish strip in my life. I know, don't judge, the nail art purist in me had never allowed myself to try them before, since I always want to just do it myself.   Consider my mind changed.   What are you rockin' on your tips this weekend? Show & Tell!