The Lounge
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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
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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Beauty Confessions
ok, story time.   are there any specific trends you took part in--or habits you too part of--only to look back and think 'WHAT WAS I THINKING?!'.  it may be embarrassing, it may be humorous, either way--it's one of the more entertaining elements of beauty/makeup that we can only learn to fully understand (and appreciate !) with hindsight.    in the early 2000s i hated the fact i was pale, so i was often a victim of the earlish days of the self tanner craze. i remember thinking it was MAGIC, only to to notice the next day in fresh daylight that i had bright orange streaks running down my calf. and you'd think that would've taught me my lesson but i'd just pretend like it wasn't there and continued on with it for months. another was the disaster at my attempt at a glossy eyelids (posted about more thoroughly in the 'what was your first sephora purchase' thread). and i'll add more to these 'confessions' as i remember more !   just to note: this is all in good-spirited nostalgic fun, and NOT to demean anyone's tastes or experiences.
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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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Beauty Confessions
Do you wear your make-up differently if you're wearing glasses vs. contact lenses?  What do you do differently with glasses? (the entire face, not just the eyes)                  
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Beauty Confessions
I know this may sound harsh, but I really dislike all drugstore makeup. I'm sure there are many products out that are of great quality, even better than some high end makeup, but I have never found a drugstore product that I have liked. I've tried primers, foundations, powders, eye shadows, eye liners, mascaras, lipsticks, lip glosses, and lip stains, but each product has left me disappointed. I've also tried makeup removers from the drugstore, but they also left me disappointed. Does anyone else dislike drugstore makeup? I've stopped trying drugstore makeup all together now because every product has left me disappointed; which led to quite a bit of money being wasted. I only get high end makeup now because I am rarely ever disappointed with my purchases.
Beauty Confessions
So two nights ago I decided to pull out all my lippys and take a sorta inventory on colours and items that would be useful for summer looks. I ended up sitting there with cotton pads and systematically applying and removing one after the other, deciding if I would wear each colour this season or not.   I must say I'm sitting pretty with quite a few bright summery lippys. the colours I deemed too dark were shuffled to the back of my drawer. i ended up putting six lippys aside for either my mother or my sister to pick at if they choose cause I thought they were mistakes for me.  In the end I feel much more organized, with a better sense of what I own and my lips are super exfoliated from all the swiping and wiping.   how do the rest of you keep track of your inventory?  Or do you?   It just occurred to me that I should have been disinfecting my lippys as I went.... Oh well. 
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Off-Topic
TRADE THREAD #2 Looking for items?  Please see the original thread here too.  http://community.sephora.com/t5/Off-Topic/Product- Trade-Thread-01-2014-Upon-Request/td-p/986647   GUIDELINES Please list what you have available, the condition, add a photo, and what you are interested in for trade. May want to mention your location, such as U.S. When something you have to offer is no longer available please go back and edit your post. There is a convenient cross through text option.   If you relist, please return to remove the text from your original post so that forum searches are more accurate!   Please use discretion with whom you enter into trades with. If it's someone who's relatively new here maybe have them send to you first. Maybe set yourself up some guidelines in your post (they have to be VIB, have 100 posts etc...) about to whom you'll send to first/at the same time and anyone who doesn't meet those needs to send to you before you'll send your stuff out. (Tips thanks to Kalex.) Please note that some "fake" brand products have come up, please take precautions to find out where items have been purchased and DO NOT HESITATE to request additional photos that might help verify authenticity.   Please consider using the Private Messages system on Beauty Talk to help ensure someone knows you are trying to contact them. You can set up to receive an email when you get a PM in your preferences. You can also access your messages by looking under your profile on the left side of the main Beauty Talk page under your avatar and clicking on the envelope.   SUCCESSFUL TRADE EXPERIENCES? Consider providing your feedback on successful trades on this thread here: http://community.sephora.com/t5/Off-Topic/Successf ul-Trades-or-TSB-Experiences/td-p/1012387   Summary list of successful traders here! http://community.sephora.com/t5/Off-Topic/LIST-of- the-Successful-Traders-or-TB/td-p/1071289   SEARCHING FOR SOMETHING? Try advanced search (click on the search magnifying glass and it shows a link to advanced search). Put it in the exact phrase you're looking for, look based on posts, not topics, and then sort the results by date (most recent should be on top).     IF YOU HAVE A TARTE AQUALILLIES PALETTE (NIB) PLEASE PM ME, THANKS!!  
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Beauty Confessions
I am sure we all have some products that we use the most and then we "run" to Sephora (or other stores) to repurchase and stock up on it, with a thought - "Just in case or I am about to finish up my other one, so I might as well pick up a back up now... etc" .    What are your most used products, the ones you know you'll go and repurchase no matter what?    Mine are: - Anastasia Brow Wiz -  ohh boy - this is one of my little fave things that I use the most and I buy few of them a year, just because I use it so often. - Nars Creamy Consealer - does its job, so smooth and gives me the coverage I need! - When Travelmate face masque <3 - so amazing, portable, and  travel safe/mess free!!  
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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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Sephora Show & Tell
Happy WNW! Kris is back with some great travel picks for summer. Check them out!      "Summer is coming to a peak and we’ve got the travel bug. Whether you’re looking forward to roughing it in the great outdoors or going five-star all the way (or maybe a bit of both), these new items will help you arrive in style. They’re designed to provide a lot of options without taking up too much space in your purse or suitcase so you’ll look fab wherever your adventures take you."   Sephora Collection All for One: Full Magnetic Travel Brush Set "This travel set has a double-ended magnetic handle and six different brush heads that cover a variety of needs for eyes and face. The brushes attach with a patented mechanism that allows for excellent control. Aside from being fun to play with, the whole shebang fits in a tiny travel bag so it’s ready to go anywhere."   Boscia Tsubaki Cleanse & Hydrate Trio "This cleansing routine to go comes with a mini cleansing oil, hydration mask, and konjac sponge infused with hydrating clay. It’s just the thing for taking off the dirt of the day while rehydrating travel-dried skin. The mask works hard while you sleep to keep skin moisturized and ready for the next day’s makeup application."   Sephora Co llection Colorful 5 Eyeshadow Palette "These tiny titans pack in five complementary shades that look great alone, but can also be blended together. Each palette focuses on a specific look or finish, but they allow for almost infinite combinations. Each one comes with a double-ended applicator/smudge brush and mirror, so you’re never without, and they’re small enough to pack one for a day look and one for night."   What's new on the site that's caught your eye this week? Show and Tell! 
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Hauls
I stopped in to Sephora today , I usually only get there 1 time per month since I don't have one that close to me. I got a lot more than what I came in for lol but I had a great visits & can't wait to try my new items!  If anyone has tried any of these products i would love to hear your thoughts on them.     July Haul : Agave Smoothing Trip Set Hourglass Illusion Tinted Moisturizer in Shell Hourglass Ambiant Lighting Palette Fresh Black Tea Age Delay Instant Infusion Fresh Lotus Eye Gel Samples; GlamGlow bright mud eye treatment Hourglass Ambient Luminator Blush in Flush Fresh Sugar Face Polish Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh      
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Off-Topic
Come and let everyone know if you've done a trade with someone or they've been an awesome TSB contributor! Let's give kudos to our BT BFFs!    So a post could be one persons feedback on another, how a trade went, did they ship quickly, etc. and others could reply if they dealt with the same person and how their trade went.
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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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Hauls
I received the first sneak peek for Ipsy in my inbox this morning and figured I should share and get the July discussion going    Sneak Peek #1 Everyone will be receiving 1 of these 2 items from bareMinerals   Sneak Peek #2 Everyone will be receiving 1 of these 2 items   Sneak Peek #3 Everyone will be receiving 2 of these items    Sneak Peek #4 Everyone will be receiving 1 of these items
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Off-Topic
I just wanna ask what companies give out free samples when you contact them. I only know of Mario Badescu and L'occitane.   Who doesn't love free samples anyway?
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Beauty Confessions
OK, in reading though the makeup regrets of the past, it made me wonder if there are makeup faux pas that some of us may be doing and we are not even really aware that they are god awful. I need to know LOL.   I will admit that sometimes I match my eyeshadow to my top - is this horrible? Like if I'm wearing a coral top I'll do a coral look on my eyes - not INYOURFACE coral, but say better than doing blue and totally clashing, no?   I also own (although haven't worn in a long time) MAC's High Strung which falls into the silvery-pink category. It's brand new and unsed. YIKES! Guess I should consider adding that to my Back to Mac stash.    So lay em all out here - and let's see if anyone is brave enough to own up to them. :-) I just owned up to 2!! 
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Beauty Confessions
that you can't stop staring at yourself in the mirror? that you want to take a bunch of selfies? that you don't want you work out/shower because you look too good? As makeup addicts, I think it's ok to be little conceited from time to time. That was me today. I haven't been wearing a lot of makeup in the past few days and today I was so bored that I decided to do my full face. I cannot tell you how many times I stared at my contour. It just looked so good!
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Off-Topic
Hello there, ladies and gents!   Keeping in line with all the fun and interactive threads asking about your most recent halls, items you have your eyes on, what you're currently wearing, what's your hair routine, and more, I've decide to branch out and ask:   "What's on your plate?"   The beauty world doesn't just stop at skin care and cosmetics, it also goes hand in hand with your overall health and well-being, so with that, I'm curious to see what we're all chowing down and snacking on be it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, or inbetween!   For those with apps that help count calories or to those who just want to keep a log, here's a place to share, possibly find and share some recipes, and even tips on maintaining a balanced diet.   Don't just share food items, but even drinks! I'm a huge fan of tea and at least have a cup of green tea a day (anti-oxidants) and drink plenty of water.   For lunch today, I had:   -Brown rice -Steamed egg -Steamed red snapper with green onion, sesame oil, and black pepper -Gai lan (it's a type of Chinese vegetable/greens)   Now, tell me, Beauty Talk world, what do you have?
Sephora Box
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New Canadian travelling box, with BNIB MAC etc!**CLOSED**   TRAIN ORDER (NEW) * You must PM the person sending to you with your address now, don't wait until the box is near you! ** Remember posting tracking #'s in this thread is required! *** Remember to take photos of what you take out and put into the box!     Ont: 1) Bcteagirl 2) KBmatthews: Arrived April 22nd Departed:  April 23 tracking#: 0103605000505393 3) MyUsername Sent to LovingLondon April 26th tracking number: 0289787000890910 4) LovingLondon: Arrived April 30th Dparted May 1st Tracking #: 0103107000377289   5) Ivyxox Ont: 6) HappyGen (Switched orders of #5,6 due to new travel plans at station #5) Sent on May 9th, tracking #  0103516000342768   BC: 7) Clemon: Arrived May 15th, Departed May 26, tracking number 0657131000458040 8) Heartsmyface: Arrived May 30th! Left June 2nd 0102872000370974 9) Deesa - Arrived June 6th! On the way again June 9th Tracking # 0649325000350317 AB: 10) Ditzcore: Arrived June 12th, Dept June 16th: 0285072000761365 Ont: 11) Firespinner: Arrived June 23rd Departed June 25th 0102517000379397 12) Yumst3r: Arrived June 30th! sent on July 2nd 0103181000351456 13) Mkimimi: Arrived July 6th, left July 8th 14) Yullz 15) Bcteagirl   Starting shortly, I would love to have a nice long train! This is a second round of a box, so there is a HUGE variety in here, so much great stuff (thank you previous participants!!). Very exciting to start a box that is such a great mix to start with. We had so much fun on the previous train (and it moved so fast!) that I know this will be great!   I would love to keep this train moving quickly, I am putting more stuff together/reorganizing it as we speak. If you want to officially be on the train, you do need to send a message with complete address to me! I am borrowing most of the rules from a previous train.   BY AGREEING TO PARTICIPATE YOU ARE AGREEING TO THE RULES!   ****NO RESERVE****   ****No Swatching items from the box****   ****ITEMS THAT MAY BE INCLUDED****   ALL SEALED ITEMS are welcome, UNLESS sealed   NO: Nothing you dip your fingers in if opened NO opened mascara NO opened lip wands (the kind you dunk the wand in or things like stila lipglaze)   NOTHING THAT CAN'T BE CLEANED or SANITIZED   all cosmetic/skin care samples are fine   ***Other: For full sized items, there is a strict one in one out policy for drug store items: ie: If you want to trade in a drug store item, you must be taking out a drug store item (Feel free to take out extra drug store items lol). This will ensure that this box is largely of higher quality cosmetics (While still allowing for some variety). There will be just a few drug store items per box   *** For new mascara, dip lip gloss, you must tape them up so they cannot be opened/swatched en route. Leave other lipstics/etc untapped so people can see the colours.   *Be polite *Don't keep the box longer than a few days (please try to keep the box moving in a timely manner)     *All packages must include a tracking number, Send me (@Bcteagirl) the tracking number.   *TRADE ON OR ABOVE the value of the item you took -don't take all of one kind of item, for example, if there are 3 of one perfume, take only 1 so that others will have a chance to try them - One in/one out rule for any drugstore cosmetics (which are limited) -post in a picture and/or text what you took and left -package things carefully and put things that could leak in ziplock bags     **YOU MUST have a tracking number for your package, and it must be posted here!     Once the train order is set, you need to PM the person who is sending to you your address right away, don't wait until the train is close to you!   Put a post here stating you want to participate, and PM me your name/address if you want in!   Edit: spacing lol
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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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Off-Topic
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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Beauty Confessions
**Extending deadline until July 13th**   The theme is: 4th of July vs Canada Day.     Feel free to incorporate any icons, animals, colours, shapes, etc that remind you of those two celebrations! Get creative!   Please remember this is fantasy wear, so go wild, and think outside the box!    Full rules:   Spoiler (Highlight to read) Posting Rules:
 1. One eye open, one eye closed.
 2. You can have multiple entries, but please post them separately. Only your highest rated photo can win (no multiple wins for the same person in one contest)
 3. Must be of yourself not someone else.

   You will be judged on:
 Creativity
 Maintaining Theme 
Clean Work 
Use of Color   Area to be judged:
 Hair line above forehead down to cheek bone.
Hairline at temple over to mid nose.   Scoring: Heart count ~ Vote for one or all I have four anonymous judges, who will rank the entries, each month, by: 1st place = 10 Hearts 
2nd place = 7 Hearts
 3rd place = 5 Hearts   The judges will PM me to keep all votes private. Judges may also participate, they just can not vote for themselves.   This should a lot of fun and allow the crazy creative side to shine! Please feel free to use crystals, falsies, etc, anything to complete your design.   Please remember this is your eye area, so safety first.   What do you win? There will be a grand prize of a $50 GC to Sephora at the end of the year, and two $10 GC winners. 1st place winner gets their name entered 5 times, 2nd place get their name entered 2 times, and 3rd place gets their name entered once. The more months you play and win, the better your chances are to win! Posting Rules:
1. One eye open, one eye closed.
2. You can have multiple entries, but please post them separately. Only your highest rated photo can win (no multiple wins for the same person in one contest)
3. Must be of yourself not someone else.

 You will be judged on:
Creativity
Maintaining Theme
Clean Work
Use of Color Area to be judged:
Hair line above forehead down to cheek bone.
Hairline at temple over to mid nose. Scoring:Heart count ~ Vote for one or allI have four anonymous judges, who will rank the entries, each month, by:1st place = 10Hearts
2nd place = 7 Hearts
3rd place = 5 Hearts The judges will PM me to keep all votes private. Judges may also participate, they just can not vote for themselves. This should a lot of fun and allow the crazy creative side to shine! Please feel free to use crystals, falsies, etc, anything to complete your design. Please remember this is your eye area, so safety first. What do you win?There will be a grand prize of a $50 GC to Sephora at the end of the year, and two $10 GC winners.1st place winner gets their name entered 5 times, 2nd place get their name entered 2 times, and 3rd place gets their name entered once. The more months you play and win, the better your chances are to win!       Good luck and can't wait to see what you create!  
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I just noticed!! I went to bed a Beauty master, I woke up as  a Hall of Famer!  Just had to share!!  
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Off-Topic
I feel we need our own thread for all of the awesome stuff we get for our furry friends. I love to spoil my two cats  almost as much as I love spoiling myself with Sephora goodies And honestly, I can always use more ideas on how to incorporate awesome looking cat toys, climbers, or whatnot into my home. I'll share my current faves in the comments!
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Inspired by my new love for the YSL Babydoll Faux Cils mascara 100pt perk.    What products (makeup, skincare, hair care, whatever) have you received samples of or perks of that have become staples in your collection? 
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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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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
If you had $1000 to spend on beauty products, what would you buy?!    I would get Tom Ford eye shadow palette in Orchid Haze Tom Ford brushes Hakuhodo brushes more NARS Sheer Glow Marc Jacobs Mousse foundation (i really want to try it) Bobbi Brown BBU palette Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette
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Off-Topic
it just seems kind of serious and quiet around here lately. I am feeling a bit blah, with the heat and humidity, and reading/hearing way too much bad stuff in the news. So, let's all give a heart party for everyone on BT! A wonderful group of caring, fun, informative individuals who share many interests! I look forward to "seeing" all of you daily! Thanks for being here!