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tessie84
Looking for empy/used Diptyque candle jars
I'm loving the concept of using empty Diptyque candle jars for beauty storage -- they look so pretty and classic. However, i'm not really feeling like dropping $30 a candle to do this. Additionally I haven't had great luck with eBay since they are few listings for empty jars. Any recommendations for other places to look online?
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candacebt
Sephora Show & Tell - What's New Wednesday: Road-Trip Musts

What's new on the site that's caught your eye this week? Show and Tell! 

 

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irenet
What was your very First purchase at Sephora and Why take the plunge?
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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jemly
BEAUTY BUFF jemly / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
i know the first time i went was over 10 years ago, with my best friend in austin tx. i remember being overwhelmed by the choice. but for the LIFE of me--and i have a re... see post
annekevdb
Totally off topic: Gift suggestions needed
I am traveling with my two kids to Holland in about a month. I live in the DC area. I need to bring hostess type gifts for the two families I am staying with (both aunts and uncles in their 60s). I also need to bring gifts for children - a mix of boys and girls who are age 7-12 or so. I'd like to figure out something local, not too heavy, if not local that characteristically "American," to bring. I am at a total loss. Suggestions quite welcome.
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kalex
HALL OF FAMER kalex / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Oh my gosh go to Target!  I grabbed Watermelon and Peanut Butter Cup ones the other day.  Watermelon sounds like it would be gross but it's amazing. see post
sephoraadmin2
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment
We swatched all of the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments to see how the colors looked on different skin tones. What do you think?   Do you have a swatch of this product? Post a pic in the thread below! Shop Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments: http://seph.me/freshtints
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lachaton
BEAUTY WHIZ lachaton / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
Yes! I use the regular, clear Sugar (no SPF) overnight. It isn't the best overnight lip balm I've used (Philosophy's Kiss Me Tonight was perfect for that) but it's very ... see post
gogreyhound
Heart Party for Everyone!
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!
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Zpsid91
HALL OF FAMER Zpsid91 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
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chocopudding
Sailormoon Crystal episode 1 is online!!!!
Did anyone else watch it? I did!!!!!! I thought Toei did an amazing job and I can't wait till more episodes come out! I am so excited!!!!!
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chocopudding
HALL OF FAMER chocopudding / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Same here! Weekly would be so much better! see post
HawaiianEyes7
Too Faced Palette Dimensions?
Hey everyone! I'm going to Hawai'i in a couple of weeks, and I plan on getting the Too Faced Boudoir Eyes palette there. I was going to bring an extra makeup bag to bring it home in, but I don't know if mine's big enough since I can't find its dimensions anywhere! Would someone be able to measure thiers and let me know how big it is? I'm guessing all of their 9-pan palettes are the same, so even if you could give me a reference like "it's about the width of an iPhone", that would be amazing! I would like to know the length, width, and height. Thanks so much!
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HawaiianEyes7
HALL OF FAMER HawaiianEyes7 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I'd also like to know how big it is so I can make a spot for it in my drawer lol :D see post
starsandbucks
Messed Up/Funny/Off-The-Wall things makeup sales associates, aestheticians, etc have said you
I was just looking through the "What Are You Wearing" thread and looking through the list of products I suddenly realized I very rarely use concealer under my eyes anymore. It used to be one those "will not leave the without it" items. It got me thinking back to a moment many, many, MANY years ago at a Clinique counter...   I can't remember what I was shopping for (probably super double face powder because that was my HG back then. I think I was around 20 when this story happened - I'm 39 now for reference.) So anyway, the sales lady was trying to upsell me on a bunch more products of course (which, I was 20 and in college - good luck getting blood from that stone, lady) and this is what she said to me word-for-word:   "Honey, you're gorgeous but those dark circles are distracting me from the rest of your face."   Whhaaaaattt??? I honestly can't remember how I reacted or if I bought the product I went in for originally. I know that I did NOT buy any concealer though!    Have a couple more to post but BT is being super iPad unfriendly lately!   I don't want to open up any wounds with this post. Just hopefully dumb stuff SAs have said to you that you can look back on and laugh about now!    
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dziggi
BEAUTY GURU dziggi / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
Thank you! I just googled Welsh Corgie and this was one of the first pics. The expression on the dogs face gets me every time "Human, what is wrong with you? Why would y... see post
notcreative
Backups!
Most of these are samples or minis I bought in kits.  Quite a few are just full sized items I bought in advance, so I have backups when I run out.  People have asked me about the stash that made my husband ask me to stop buying things I have backups of.     These pictures do not include anything in my current stash, which has a ton of unused makeup from lippies to nail polish and more, especially eye shadows.  I do need to go through my perfume samples a little better, because I have a lot of duplicates I need to move over to the backup section to make more room in my train cases.   Many of these items are duplicates, but I am going to hold onto my HG duplicates from here on out.  One lovely lady just got a bottle of Genefique, which I know she will love, but she will be the last.  That will have me repurchasing less often.  Any item I have a duplicate of that I have not tried, I may be willing to part with.  To the other lovely lady I just traded with, I really wanted to send you the It's a 10, but I must try it when I am done with my current brand.  Hopefully, you score it another way.   Makeup Body Cleansers Face Creams, Eye Creams and Serums Hair styling products (the Sauve ones came from a VoxBox, but I will not put them up for trade as I think my husband may have used each once before returning to the box). Big Items (I am not using antibacterial soap on my body, so no need to fret.  I do use it on my hands in the shower). Miscellaneous Items  Shampoos and Conditioners Face Cleansers and makeup removers Sunscreens/tanners Nail Products Facial wipes (currently working on the Ole Henriksen from Ipsy, so it is in the active stash for those curious). Cotton Unused Stuff hiding Deodorant/ kids stuff (I do use their stuff sometimes). Body Moisturizers Hand Moisturizers Stuff put aside for trades 1 Stuff put aside for trades 2 Stuff put aside for trades 3 Foils (so excited I am down to only one bin.  I've been using them and giving them away).    
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notcreative
HALL OF FAMER notcreative / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Did you do any Holiday themed nails with the polish?  If so, I would love to see what you came up with. see post
candacebt
Sephora Show & Tell - Mani Friday: Happy July 4th!

What are you rockin' on your tips this holiday weekend? Show and Tell! 

 

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heatherbee
Happy Fourth of July!!
I hope everyone has the day off (I've worked my share of July 4ths!!  and have to go in for a few minutes tomorrow) and that everyone has something awesome planned!  After going in to work for a bit, I think the hubby and I are going to the beach for an air show followed by fireworks.  I've never seen an air show so hopefully it goes well.  What are your plans?
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irenet
BEAUTY GURU irenet / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
It was a beautiful weekend here on the coast of VA after Arthur's little temper tantrum. Did a load of "summer" things. Went to the beach, rode my beach cruiser, went ro... see post
lovelykatya
Most used products and the ones we always repurchase!
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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JayReed
BEAUTY GURU JayReed / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
I agree! I have all except the new one with a backup of each, because I have a hoarding problem.  see post
EvangelineDamon
Would a thank you note be inappropriate?
I'm very excited to go to Sephora tomorrow! It seems like forever since I have been inside. The last time I went (end of May) I received probably the best customer service from one of the cast members who really went beyond great service to unite me with the last Sun Safety Kit. She had really made my day/week and although I had already filled out a survey with an awesome review for her, I wanted to write her a little note, thanking her. Is that too weird? Or would it be a nice gesture? I'm a frequent letter-writer/thank you note-giver, so I was curious to know what other people's thoughts were about this. Thanks  
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m3rma1d
BEAUTY MASTER m3rma1d / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
Thank you notes are never weird, more people should write them. I've gifted Starbucks and snacks to some of my fave Sephora employees. :) I dunno, maybe that's weird. ... see post
Blackwhiskey
She is the one named Sailor Moon!
I just received this in the mail. My friend from Hong Kong sent me these lovely things - just in time for my birthday which is July 10!!  It's a blanket, pillow, two shirts, two compact mirrors, two rice molds, 3CE makeup items and one etude house, a lovely gothic neck piece and matching bracelet. I'm just so in love with all these things and wanted to share, some of you had wanted to see what I was going to receive, so here it is!!  
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Blackwhiskey
HALL OF FAMER Blackwhiskey / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
It's worth a try, my friend and I recently started doing this big packages thing. Hehe. I was lucky to have found such a cool friend who I can trust!  see post
jemly
What's In Your Purse ?
alright. i understand a lot of people's purses are a secret and sacred space, so i'm not sure how many people will be into this idea. but i stumbled across a few "what's in your purse?" youtube videos of various bloggers and experts and found the whole thing surprisingly interesting, informative, inspiring and insightful ! i searched and did not see a topic like this (other than a more specific "what's in your makeup bag?" post from last year), but i do apologize if this is a double post, of sorts.   so, me first. i'm definitely a "i want to have my things with me" sort of person. my purse is my arsenal ! but for the majority of my purse-carrying years thus far, it was chaos. i could never find things. we all know the drill. then, a few months ago, i initiated myself into what i affectionately call 'pouch life'. that is, everything has a place, and everything will be in it's place as i leave the house. it has changed my life ! everything you see are products and pouches acquired over time, it all just came together once i made it a mission.   my bag is a pretty normal size. i feel like mary poppins when i pull all my stuff out and it brings me a real sense of joy, i won't lie.   the two big pouches are for makeup (silver) and face/hair/misc (black). the tokyo milk pouch (new acquisition!) has a roller ball perfume and handcream, as does the bowie pouch. the little silver thing is my wallet with cards etc, the gold pouch has business cards (mine and others') and misc thin, and holds my cash and change when i have it (i rarely have cash and change these days, though).   (i realized after i took these pics that there is 1 pouch missing--a smallish flat black tracy tanner bag that i keep my phone charger and headphones in--it wasn't in my bag because i'm using them !)     products of note in the black bag: caudalíe beauty elixir (my favorite thing ever. wanting to carry this around with me is what prompted my shift into pouch life). a le labo lotion sample of ROSE 31 which is just about my favorite smell on earth and just want to have with me as well. boots botanics face oil which i apply to blemishes as spot treatment should they appear--seems counter-intuitive but it WORKS ! aveda men's pommade. i'm growing out a shaved head and these hair products are the result of not knowing what to expect from hair that is/was too short to control.     i probably carry around too much makeup with me but i like to have choices should i want or need to freshen up. i'm constantly reassessing what i want with me but this is the current to-go stash. products of note: givenchy le rouge lipstick in #307 grenat initié (which i ordered expecting to be darker, tbh). the only OCC lip tar i own after my others got stolen. hot pink on me can look a bit garish but sometimes it hits the spot. my new favorite mascara givenchy noir couture 4-in-1.     closeup of my beloved aladdin sane pouch and it's contents: caudalíe vinoperfect hand & nail cream and blackbird ballard's roller perfume in 'hallow'.    and  just for the record, my sephora "problem" made itself evident at the bottom of my bag, otherwise trash and clutter free....  
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irenet
BEAUTY GURU irenet / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
For summer time I'm always changing up my purses from little cross body bags, to wristlets, to tote bags. I keep all my make up in a small clear zip purse so I can just ... see post
candacebt
Sephora Show & Tell - What's New Wednesday: July 4th Picks

What's new on the site that's caught your eye for the long weekend? Show and Tell!

 

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kbmatthews
Eye makeup contest: July 2nd - 10th
**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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Cupcakecandy
BEAUTY BOSS Cupcakecandy / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
Your look is awesome! It definitely does not look like you rarely wear eyeshadow :) see post
FireSpinner
Happy Canada Day!!!
Happy Canada Day everyone! I am proud to be Canadian. I'm pretty sure that I have beer & maple syrup flowing through my veins   Go Canada Go!         
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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Happy Canada Day! :)  see post
Girly2Shoes
Help on deciding which way to go
Hi gals, I'm a guy wanting to dress up & do makeup. I'm thinking of making a day of it by getting some ear piercing, getting  1- 2 ladies outfits, and having makeup done. Not sure as to which order of having things done,but most likely wearing heels the whole time. Any suggestions as to order? Thanks in advance.
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Girly2Shoes
BEAUTY BUFF Girly2Shoes / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
Thanks so much for the compliment, so sweet of you. The lady just did the application with no explanation.  Here's another pic wearing those earrings.   I just had line... see post
notcreative
Deals too good to pass Up!
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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penelopepuffman
HALL OF FAMER penelopepuffman / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
im wrong! orange inside, no hoops! see post
HawaiianEyes7
Happy Canada Day!
Happy Canada Day to all of my fellow Canadian BTers! I hope everyone has an amazing, safe, and fun day! 
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kelsey808
I wouldn't even wish this on my worst enemy...
Hey lovely BT-ers!! So this happened to me this morning.. A used-twice bottle of Omorovicza BB Cream ($135) shattered in my bathroom, leaving me with glass in my foot and fingers after trying to save it, but that's not the most tragic part. BE CAREFUL (or more careful than I was) WITH YOUR GLASS BOTTLES!!!!!!!! YOU DONT WANT TO END UP LIKE THIS..
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MoreGun89
HALL OF FAMER MoreGun89 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! This is one of my favorites QQ.  I'm so sorry this happened to you.  That is a bad day :( see post
LariTheLoud
HEART PARTY FOR JOZKID!!! SHE HAS OVER 2000 HEARTS!
Let's celebrate this lovely lady with a HEART PARTY! You're such a wonderful asset to our community, joz, and we are so happy you call BT your beauty home!  
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jozkid
HALL OF FAMER jozkid / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
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Zpsid91
Jubilant July 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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klbandy
BEAUTY BOSS klbandy / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
My MJ pal palette did the same thing! :( I had to take it into a store and exchange it.  see post
annypoo
Ordering from HSN
It;s only my 2nd time ordering from HSN and I used paypal to pay for my items. I used a $10 off $50 coupon code and it shows in my confirmation that the coupon was applied. However, on my paypal account, I was charged without the coupon. Has this ever happened to anyone? Do they discount the coupon afterwards? I emailed their customer service and am still waiting for a response. Just curious to see if others have experienced this.
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annypoo
HALL OF FAMER annypoo / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I checked my PP today. Looks like they refunded the whole thing and then charged it again with the right amount.  see post
malday
Funny Reviews
So I've noticed that every time I look at the reviews of a product there are at least a few unhelpful (sometimes they're a little helpful) but hilarious reviews. What are your favorites that you have seen so far?   Here's one I saw while browsing through UD Naked Skin reviews:  
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annypoo
HALL OF FAMER annypoo / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Lol, I love reading reviews like this. I never noticed my UD foundation smelling like soy sauce. Now I will have to go sniff it.  see post
LariTheLoud
Ok, everyone -- Another Purse Shopping question!
So like annypoo the other day, I am shopping for a new purse. I'm looking for something small-to-medium-sized, because right now all I have are monster huge purses that really don't look right against my small frame (I'm a compact and muscular 5'4" with short, stubby limbs). I've narrowed it down to two or three :   I actually really wanted this next one in cornflower blue, but they sold out last night. Now only the tan color pictured is available. And this is one I really, really fell in love with at the store yesterday, but I waffled because it was slightly more than I thought I was going to spend! But I get the feeling I might regret it if I don't buy it while it's on sale and still in stock:   Also comes with a chain strap in addition to the leather crossbody: The thing is, as much as I like the purse in the middle (the last two are Tory Burch), I'm nooooot sure if it fits in with my overall funky feminine and sometimes edgy style. I think the last one does, but it definitely looks incredibly different from all the other bags I own, so it's a change. HM. I'm torn!
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sjpayne
BEAUTY BOSS sjpayne / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
I love Kate Spade!  Even the colorful purses can be worn with a multitude of outfits because of her simple, beautiful aesthetic. see post
KateLovesYSL
Interesting Article on Sephora's Branding Strategy
Great article on Sephora's Branding Strategy. It predicts that since the use of the Marc Jacobs brand has been quite successful, Sephora will tap into more LVMH brands to create other original make up brands. I wonder what's in store next!   I also noticed that most of the point perks are of LVMH owned brands when I went to see what LVMH actually owns. (Fresh, MUFE, Benefit,  etc)       
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rastika
BEAUTY PRO rastika / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
Thanks! see post