The Lounge
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Hauls
The first Sneak Peek has been released!     I think this is a great start!
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The Swatch Board
We swatched the new Marc Jacobs Beauty Kiss Pop Lip Color Sticks to see how the colors looked on different skintones. What do you think?   Do you have swatches of these lippies? Post a pic in the thread below!   Shop Marc Jacobs Beauty Kiss Pop Lip Color Sticks> http://seph.me/kisspop   See swatches of the other Color Melt - Matte hybrids> seph.me/Ueuob7
Beauty Confessions
I have a pretty comfy makeup station and I do love me my products and I pretty much use everything from soup (primer) to nuts (setting spray). But I've noticed that instead of getting faster, I'm just getting slower and sloooower in my makeup application. I really enjoy the process of putting my makeup on - it's probably my favorite part of the day. But I feel like it's taking me a ridiculously long time to do my fairly simple everyday look (I don't vary how I do my makeup TOO much from day-to-day). So I used the timer on my phone for the past three days: 42, 50, and 52 minutes! Yikes! You ladies have seen my makeup. Nothing on my face should take 52 minutes! I know I take a long time doing my eyebrows - they're always a trouble spot for me. I'm going to TRY and speed myself up over the next few days so I can at least have more time to walk my dog in the mornings before work.    So I'm curious...how long does it take YOU to do your makeup?
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Beauty Confessions
What makeup is everyone wearing today?   Today I am wearing:   1. Benefit Hello Flawless Foundation in Champagne 2. Benefit Coralista blush 3. TheBalm Mary-Loumanizer 4. Dior Creme de Rose Lipbalm 5. Dior Addict Lipstick in 454 6. Benefit Creaseless Cream shadow in RSVP   and under all this I am wearing Neutrogena Pure and Free Liquid Sunblock SPF 50   So c'mon now...confess!
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Hauls
It's July!!! Time to start a new thread for all the amazing July hauls from you guys! Please post all your hauls, big or small, beauty or non-beauty...can't wait to see them all!!   To start us off - here is a tiny sample haul from Dr. Hauschka
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Beauty Confessions
We've all been there...a bag full of unused or disappointing make up from the drug store, which I still like but without the ability to try before buy you end up with a lot of fails. Then you find Sephora and wonder, is the price worth it? You try a few things, you like a few things, you see the price tag and tell yourself: "Eh, I can go with ramen noddles for a week to afford this." And then you buy it. What was your first purchase? Why did you choose it? I always like hearing other stories like this. Share on!
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Hauls
I have been getting a lot of great emails.  Hopefully, some of these deals can come in handy for the rest of you.  Have you seen any awesome ones you want to share?  Now, is a great time to haul.      
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A while back I had made a look using the colors of the stray cat that took shelter in my home, I've fed and given her water ever since. This is the second time she's had kittens, unfortunately the last litter didn't survive and from what I know she only had two this time but only one has made it to the barely opening eyes stage. She had them on July 1st. I haven't named the kitty yet, but here's a picture of his(I'm thinking it's a he) cuteness.  Taken today. 
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Any ravers / music lovers out there?   Who's going to Escape, Hard Summer or Nocturnal!?  
Beauty Confessions
What's the most expensive product you've ever loved whose price made you wish your arms never had access to your credit card?    It's La Mer for me. Soooo pricey and soooo effective. 
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Beauty Confessions
I searched around and saw storage but not many vanities.     I just got my vanity in today, I'm probably going to get a chest to store everything else, because these drawers are small! They also don't open all the way.  This is my set up for now.   Whats your set up like? 
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Are there any phrases and/or words that you think are overused and are starting to bug the heck out of you? The one that is getting on my nerves the most is "curated". For example, "this makeup line was curated by our beauty editor." I just feel it's so over the top and pompous. Also, the word "sweet" instead of "cool". I actually heard a woman who had to be at least 75 years old using it. I laughed so hard I almost fell over.
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I just put in an order for the Marc Jacobs gel liner just because the YourGift code was populating a Acqua Di Parma Blu Meditterraneo Sampler Box of five of their scents. After August I need to put myself on a no-buy. '>.<'
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Hauls
With the Rouge Event just around the corner, and money to be spent, heres my list!   My current  (it could grow) wishlist :   With so many holding off on purchasing, and the 4x point reward, I'd love to see what people have their eye on or what they plan on hauling at the event!    So....Whats on your list?!
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Hey folks, let us show some appreciation for all the information, tips, and vast information that Andy has been kind enough to share with all of us. Thank you Andy for all you have contributed to BT!
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Beauty Confessions
Are there any particular products/brands that you are completely loyal to?  Ever since I discovered Josie Maran's brand 3 years ago, I have not switched my skincare. That is really saying something, because I am a beauty product junkie! Also, I'm super loyal to WEN since switching to it over 2 years ago.  What beauty products/brands are you loyal to and would consider your ultimate holy grail?
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Haha, I realize this is a beauty community but I got great advice on my last OT post so I thought I might try here again...    I'm dating this guy that I met on OkCupid and I find him unbelievably attractive. He's a lawyer (not an insanely rich one, but he does well) and we have a similar sense of humor, etc. He normally doesn't date girls under 23 (He's 28, I'm 21) but since we got on so well online, we agreed to meet in person, a friendly date, just to see what happened... Girrrrrll....lol. Ever since then we've been having a REALLY good time. I haven't  seriously  dated before, as in I've never been in a serious relationship/had a real boyfriend for more than two weeks, so I'm sort of new to this whole thing. I've just never found anyone in my location that i really hit it off with. My romantic life has always been limited to casual dating, most of the guys being in my age range. So this is the first relationship with a guy that I've had that has actually clicked and felt promising (on both ends)! The problem :  He's older. He's more successful compared to moi, a dirt poor college student. He's sarcastic, snarky, and he's a lot more mature than I am. He can be critical, sometimes on the borderline of being mean. Not in an abusive way, but more in an honest, no sugar coating way. Sometimes I feel like he doesn't like...take me seriously, you know? Like he just thinks I'm some dumb kid. I realize it is probably not the truth, since he is choosing to date me and he obviously thinks I'm worth spending time with and pursuing... but maybe it's just me that feels like I'm playing grown up? Sometimes I just detect snark from him and I start feeling like i'm just embarrassingly immature, if that makes sense... maybe it's just my insecurity showing?    Other problems:  He's an anti-love angry marriage hater. (Isn't that the way Katherine Heigl worded it in 27 Dresses?) he claims not to love anyone, isn't interested in being in love and never wants to get married. He says he has been in relationship, his longest lasting three and a half years. The only reason why it stopped working was that she hated the fact that they were in an open-relationship; she just couldn't deal with the fact that he was openly seeing other women and did not want to fully commit to just her. They lived together as well. I asked him why he chose to live with her and even be semi-exclusive- why be in a relationship with someone if you want to openly see other people and want her to as well? Why not just date and not be in a relationship? That comment above really makes him sound like a jerk... but honestly he is one of the most honest people that i've ever met. He doesn't lie and he always says what he's thinking, and he is very honest about what he wants. It's just a little...intimidating.   Right now we're having a lot of fun. My problem is that I'm falling for him a little bit. When he texts me, I still get really nervous and i get butterflies in my stomach. We've been talking and doing this whole thing for months and I still get really excited to see him. It's hard because I know the way he feels about love and relationships. I want to keep seeing him, but it's tough not letting myself fall for him. I don't want to fall in line with his old girlfriends who tried to change him, got angry that he wouldn't commit, etc. So in spite of that, I find myself doing everything I can NOT to be like them. I pay for dates as much as I can, I don't nag him, I don't text him every five minutes to ask where he is... I just find myself doing everything I can not to alienate him and repeat behaviors of his past girlfriends. I'm honestly not trying to get him to love me... I just find myself wanting to please him and that is confusing. This post is all over the place, but basically, I'm not sure if I should continue with him. While we're having fun right now, I'm concerned that I might want more from him in the future, ie: living together, wanting something more exclusive, etc. Presently everything is perfect & we're enjoying the honeymoon period, but I'm just afraid I will get attached to him and then in the end be hurt. But he is a man set in his ways and I don't for a milisecond think that I can change that, nor do I want to... So should I just continue on or cut him loose? It's finals week here at my university and I'm pretty stressed out. This is not making it any better!
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Not sure what board to post this at, so sorry if I'm in the wrong place!   I just moved to Canada and where I'm originally from, tipping isn't common. I don't want to seem like a cheapskate and tip the right amount haha, so how much do you guys usually tip? What is (in)appropriate?   And what about low cost services like a brow wax, do you still go with a percentage or just add a couple dollars? Do you still tip for a service you're not all that happy with?   Sorry for all the questions, I'm curious!
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I haven't see a no-buy thread in a while, so I thought I'd start one up, mainly b/c I could use the support!   I'm on a no-buy from now til...however long I can last! I'm taking a trip to Italy at the end of the year AND in the meantime will be taking the GRE + applying to grad school, so I'm trying to save up as much as possible for these upcoming expenses. And on top of that I've shopped like crazy this summer so I think it's time to just take my credit cards and stick them in the freezer or something. Naturally, I'm imagining this though:     Anyone else trying very hard to restrain themselves?
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I have been picking my skin ever since I was a teen up until now. I didn't know it was an ocd trait. I didn't even know that it had a name - Dermatillomania. It feels strange to put a name to such a habit that I feel is so hard to stop. All I've known for many years is that I have to stop, that this "condition"? was not only harming my skin, but my self confidence as well. Now I'm on a mission to let my poor skin rest and get back to health.    Also apparently you can be addicted to sugar. I kind of already knew that I have one hell of a sweet tooth but what i've found just confirmed my suspicions. This habit (disorder?) makes it impossibly hard to stick to a healthy way of eating, which I need to do - in order to lose weight - in order to feel better. ( Not just confidence wise, but health wise too)   I've just been stumbling into a lot of interesting, complicated and deep subjects recently. I should probably start (and maintain) a blog lol.    What have you found out?
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Beauty Confessions
What are your favorite purses and accessories?
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So I've been shopping at Sephora for a while and it's been my retail therapy. I love trying products and just roaming the aisle. My guy would go to another store while I shop. Now, he asked me about a cleanser and I was happy to show him a few that would be great. I think I've created a monster because now he wants more. Would this be good or bad news for you? On one hand I would enjoy having company sometimes and on the other the money we spent on his skin care would be less for my products. I know that sounds selfish but yeah, I think dollars and cents. He wants to go back next weekend to browse more products. Oh boy. What would you do?
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Hauls
I've been on the Ipsy waiting list, but still look at the thread. I thought we could have a shared thread from all the subscription boxes (including non-beauty ones likes underpants and lifestyle such as Wantable and POPSugar). That way we can live vicariously through each others goodies!   (I know there are unboxing videos on YouTube, but I do not have the patience to sit through a five minute video about someone apologizing for the state of their hair. And I know there are blogs where I can see photos, but everyone usually gets different items in their boxes)
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Sephora Show & Tell
  Meet your hair’s new bestie! From the NYC hair care and styling mavens at Amika comes an amazing starter kit for a slew of perfectly curled styles. The The AMIKA Switch Kit™ Starter Set includes a curling iron base with an adjustable digital temperature control, plus the brand’s most popular one-inch, clip-free barrel for sultry, wavy curls. The system also has other barrels in different diameters (sold separately) so when you get tired of the Hollywood vixen look, you can just switch out the barrels to achieve beachy ringlets or voluminous supermodel waves. One styler does it all and takes out the guesswork. (Plus, interchangeable barrels mean you never have to buy a whole new curling iron for a new look, just the new barrel.)   The folks at Amika designed their system with a bunch of high-tech features to protect your hair’s shine and ban that annoying frizz. The 100% tourmaline-infused ceramic barrels produce far infrared heat and negative ions for gentle styling and perfect results. Far infrared heats the hair from the inside out, preserving moisture for hair that is fluid and shiny, not damaged and crispy, while negative ions smooth down hair’s cuticles eliminating frizz. The result is sleek springy curls that will turn heads wherever you go.   The base also includes convenient features like automatic shutoff and a dual-voltage adapter for when you’re gallivanting overseas, plus a nine foot swivel cord for those times when there isn’t a plug right next to your mirror. If you’re not a pro at curling already, no need to worry! There are simple-to-follow five-step instructions on the box for achieving your perfect Hollywood vixen locks. - Kris Gucker   What’s your favorite head of curls? Do you prefer bouncy volume or sexy ringlets? Show and Tell!
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Sephora Show & Tell
Happy National Lipstick Day, BT! In honor of this very special day (we take makeup holidays very seriously around these parts), I grabbed some luxe lip looks from The Beauty Board to give us a little lipspiration.   What lippie are you wearing today, BeautyTalkers? Show and Tell!     Btw, have you check out The Beauty Board yet? We've got some seriously talented folks posting (and some BTers too!).   But I warn you, it's a serious beauty wonderland over there. Don't blame me if you fall down the rabbit hole and don't come out for hours!  
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So much homework... must last for another 2 weeks... two research papers... I can make it...    Seriously though, it's been like a month since I was able to visit this place. I might not even be able to see the replies to this post!   I think I'm losing it. Yep.  
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Has anyone downloaded the Summer 2014 playlist from Sephora? I had it but it got deleted so I'm trying to find the correct track listing that Sephora had listed on its website. I just need the correct track order they had listed. Thanks.
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Beauty Confessions
I was at a friends last night and we ended up watching episode after episode of hoarders which was shocking and frightening at the same time.  Today I read a comment asking to see my makeup collection so I pulled out my palettes out of their respective drawers for a photo and realized I have more than I thought. Also I realized how anxious I was about my hubby coming up and seeing how many I own. needless to say, they went back very quickly!  I'm wondering if this is too many or if I'm just sitting pretty. I do use them all save for the nars ones.  how many palettes do you own? do you use them all?   
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The Swatch Board
We swatched the new Balmy Tints lip hybrids to see how the colors looked on different skintones. What do you think?   Do you have swatches of these lippies? Post a pic in the thread below!   See more lip hybrid swatches The Color Melts - Matte: seph.me/Ueuob7 The Color Melts - Shiny: seph.me/1yyEcMb The Silky Glosses: seph.me/1mSSgfT     Shop Clinique Chubby Stick Baby Tint Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm> http://seph.me/cliniquebaby   Shop Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment> http://seph.me/freshlip   Shop Josie Maran Argan Infinity Lip And Cheek Creamy Oil> http://seph.me/arganlip   Shop Bite BB for Lips> http://seph.me/bitelipbb   See more lip hybrid swatches The Color Melts - Matte: seph.me/Ueuob7 The Color Melts - Shiny: seph.me/1yyEcMb The Silky Glosses: seph.me/1mSSgfT
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Outlander is a book series by Diana Gabaldon.  Am really excited to see how they adapt it to TV.  Plus Sam Heughan is seriously hot!