Howdy ladies! After all the good deals this yr I've completely exhausted my spending and any reason to buy anything. I will be on a no buy until mid-Jan (if Jan really is skincare month then that means I've still got 15 days after that for whatever promo, no excuse!) My Christmas/New Year resolution is to spend just enough to qualify for VIB for the rest of the year , and I'm going to try fund most of it through Swagbucks/Bing Rewards/Ebates (PM me if you want to know more about those sites). With that said, this is a no buy thread for the first 30 days, a palate cleanser if you will, for next year. Anyone/everyone is welcome to join me. This is not meant to bash any particular products, but if you post then I'll give you reasons why you should delay the purchase, consider the alternative, or why you don't need it. I will keep all my disabling to this thread, so please, ladies, let's not turn this into an enable thread . =P Now then, will I succumb to exciting advertisements and fancy packaging? or will I hold onto my will power and succeed in actually saving some money?
I received an order today that I've been so looking forward to...a sculpting palette and brush. Upon opening my "present" I found my brush in two pieces...um...it's only supposed to be one piece! and on a side note...why doesn't Sephora carry IT cosmetics? Wish they did! Oh well...life goes on!
Something I've been wondering lately. How much trust do you put in beauty vloggers/youtubers? A lot of them have the products supplied to them for free. How much do you trust that they're giving an honest review based on their actual use and how much do you think is promotion because they got it for free? What made me think of this is Haute Look had the Whitening Lightening/Dial a Smile thing available again last week. So I started doing some research and googling. There were a few very well known beauty vloggers who raved about it and said it was so fab, so wonderful, works great, yada, yada, yada, but they got it for free. Upon doing some further searching I found a bunch of online posts about it being a scam product. I came across a youtuber FromBrainsToBeauty who slammed the product as terrible and doing nothing for her. She even claimed how disappointed she was in some of the more popular vloggers for saying it was so great and that their claims were what prompted her to buy it. I knew who she was referring to and it made me wonder about all that person's other recommendations. Were they all massive exaggerations as well because she'd received things for free? What do you gals think? Sorry for this being so TLDR.
I purchased the Benefit Advent Calendar through Sephora and as some of you know, I ended up receiving the wrong product on day 1 of the calendar (should've got a coralista blush and instead got the a-lister gloss). I spoke with a customer service representative from Sephora and they suggested I speak with Benefit since it was clearly an issue during the processing phase at Benefit. For the record, Sephora offered me a refund but since they were sold out of the calendars that was my only option and I really did want to keep the calendar. So I contacted Benefit. They immediately tried to pass the buck off to Sephora and say that it was their problem. So off I go again talking to Sephora. The customer service representative from Sephora was wonderful! She contacted Benefit on my behalf and offered them proof of purchase for me in hopes that they would be able to assist me. Back to Benefit once again, I spoke directly with a manager. I told him that I didn't want money, or a brand new calendar, or to make out like a bandit. I just wanted the coralista blush sample that they manufacture and that I should've got in my set to begin with.I had already e-mailed them a picture of my missing item and the item I got in it's place (on the day I should've got the a-lister gloss, the door was empty). I then gave the manager my order number from Sephora (to again, prove I purchased this legitimately) and I mentioned the Sephora representative who contacted them on my behalf. Again, Benefit claimed there was nothing that they can do. I told him that they obviously don't stand behind their product as there was a mistake on their end and they weren't even willing to make it right (I even offered to pay shipping for them to send me the itty-bitty blush)! So because they were unwilling to remedy this situation and wanted to hold on to a blush that cost them a miniscule amount to make, they will lose out on much more since I will no longer be a Benefit shopper. Sorry for the long rant, but bad customer service is something I can't stand and think people should know about.
it's my birthday today my boyfriend is cranky, my big kid is moody and i'm babysitting. i kind of want to bury myself in blankets and hide in my bed for the rest of the day lol. hey, i still get a free coffee from starbucks at least, right?
I was wondering if anyone else here does this? Tarte is constantly having 30% off and Stila has it's warehouse sales. Many offer free gifts on your birthday month, F&F, point rewards and free samples. I was surprised when Sephora added The Body Shop (even though it was brief) because they are always having 50% or BOGO online and in stores. I saw women picking up Body Shop products at Sephora stores and wanted to shake them and tell them to go across the street! Are there are any other product lines that have great deals on their websites?
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We swatched Urban Decay's new Naked3(!!) palette to see how the colors looked on different skintones. What do you think?
Do you have a swatch of this palette? Post a pic in the thread below!
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See the Naked and Naked2 palette swatched> http://seph.me/1dqa8Hp
A year ago I transferred units at my company. After working in so many different teams with varying personalities, I had no expectations of making friends at work. Then I met my friend, Pearl. The first time she invited me to lunch, she had just returned from maternity leave. We walked around for half an hour before she realized that the restaurant had closed down while she was away. I was 26 when I met Pearl, years out of college, and just thought that there was no way I was going to meet a new good friend--much less a best friend! To my very pleasant surprise, she is my best friend in the whole world. She's the sister I always wanted (and I have 3!) In celebration of best friends, show us what you're getting yours! I am off-loading my ENTIRE stash of samples to her and I've been helping set up her 1 year old's princess room by going around town for the perfect furniture pieces and commuting an hour to her place every single weekend, To best friends! They make champagne more bubbly and heartbreaks less painful.
Thought I would try my hand at questions this time. Here goes... 1. Do you celebrate Christmas or some other gift-giving holiday this time of year? 2. Have you purchased anything from Sephora to give as a gift? If so, what? 3. Share one good thing that's brightened your day today (it's OK to say nothing if you've had a particularly crappy day). 4. What's your favorite mascara? 5. What is your ideal career? 6. Do you have any siblings (half siblings count)? If so, do you get along with them? 7. Share one of your favorite holiday traditions (if you have any). Here are mine: 1. I celebrate Christmas. 2. Not so far... 3. A text conversation I just had with my mother in walkie talkie lingo, where we addressed each other as "[work name] slave." 4. Right now I'm digging Sephora's Full Action mascara but I can be swayed. 5. Recording artist (preferably with my band) 6. I have a sister that I mostly get along with, even though she's my polar opposite in almost every sense. 7. One of my favorite things to do is go for a walk with my entire family on Christmas night to a particular street where everyone owns a huge house and the Christmas lights/displays/décor is insane. One house is so completely covered in lights it's dizzying to look at. Ok, enough of me. Let's hear about you!
With holidays going on, I think stores doing a good job through the chaos deserve recognition! 1) Which sephora is your fav store? 2) What is it about this store that makes it so special? 3) Do you have a favorite employee? 4) Ever gotten a makeover done there? 5) Do they give you samples at checkout? LOL ************************************************** ******** 1) Sephora @ South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, CA 2) I have 4 Sephoras around me that I could choose to go to but I love this place in particular because it's huge and always stocked and they never give you trouble with returns. Most employees are so helpful and nice too. It's in an affluent area surrounded by colleges so a bunch of rich people and students flock in here. No matter who needs help, they don't distinguish between the rich people and students and they NEVER get snobby with anyone 3) No I don't have a fav. employee (yet!) but that's just because everyone's so equally helpful and nice 4) Got a makeover twice here. First time, not so great. Second one was today and LOVED IT. Girl named Sandy worked on me today and listened to exactly everything I wanted. I have monolids and the last time they didn't do a good job with my eyeshadow, so today I just asked for winged liner. Sandy pointed at her own perfect wings and I knew it was fate. 5) Unfortunately, They don't just toss in samples. I've been too scared to ask for them too However, if you ask them to make you a sample of anything in the store, they do it with no hesitations.
Why did I have to look at the sale section? Not like I needed anything and I was making myself wait til January to buy anything else anyway...but I couldn't pass up the Philosophy festive favorite set on sale...even though I just bought the set a few weeks ago and I've totally restocked for the entire year! Guess my sister gets an extra Christmas present! Oh well...could have been worse...there's lots of stuff in the sale section I wanted to add to my basket!
Hey there gals! Thankfully this is not the early 20th century and we can discuss of feminine concerns openly and freely (whew!) So i recently received my first prescription for birth control pills and i was curious to know your experiences with pills, or any other form of contraception such as the shot or rings. Though i know every woman reacts differently to hormones and have read numerous reviews on the pills i am prescribed, let me know your successes and or failures and how it may or may not have affected you!
Off topic.. But I can't do my paper, my job keeps calling me with questions and distracting me like crazy (I took off to do this final today and it's getting nowhere...ugh) Show me your pretty rings, or your dream rings This one is my dream ring: ....Yeah, I want to marry that ring.
It may be a little bit early but I am already thinking about my resolutions for the New Year. Wondering if others are doing the same? Here are a few of my top resolutions: In 2013 I obtained a lot of makeup and learned application. For 2014, I want to work out and eat better so my insides are as beautiful as I try to make my face and hair. I am going to work a bit more on staying on budget. I can get lured in pretty quickly by sales and limited edition items. That will still be fine in 2014 but I will have an amount I have per month I can do that with. I want to "pay it forward" more, and just practice more random acts of kindness. I am surrounded by wonderful people in my life and I love my friends here on BT - I feel very lucky and want to share, even in small ways, with others. Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season!!
So, I'm about to throw in the towel and accept the fact that there are only good men in television, books, and movies. Before I do, I want to throw it out there and see what you ladies have to say. Especially, if you have a good one. I'd love to read some inspirational stories of good husbands or boyfriends. I'm not feeling very optimistic right now and I know there have to be other ladies who feel the same.
I live in a major city in the usa about 2000000 in population and we only have 2 sephoras. And there quite far from my side of town, I wish there was more ! Anyone else In a major city experience this problem ? I wonder what there criteria is for sephora opening a store.
Happy Mani Friday! I went simple and festive for the weekend with a red and gold manicure using Deborah Lippmann Red Silk Boxers and OCC Polish in Cruising .
What are you rockin' on your nails this weekend (and for the holiday!)? Show and Tell!
Ok so here I have the latest palettes I've gotten and I thought they all looked similar and maybe some of you might be trying to decide which one to get or compare the colors. The ones I have here are: Laura Mercier Naked 3 TooFaced Chocolate Bar Lorac Pro Here they are in natural light: and here I flipped the camera and added flash.... The two that looked the most alike are the Chocolate bar and the lorac pro (sorry I didnt mean to chop off the names of the lorac bottom shades) If you want swatches of some of the colors I will do some. These two are crazy close....
'Tis the season of engagements. That, plus kellsmuneoka's thread about Ridiculous Prices and IllegallyBlonde's Engagement Rings thread, made me start wondering about wedding dresses. If you're married, what was your dress like? If not, what is your dream dress? How much are you willing to spend? I'd love to hear your thoughts! Although I'm engaged, I haven't even started looking for a dress because we won't start planning the wedding until my fiance moves up here...but that should be happening soon! My research has now begun by watching marathons of Say Yes to the Dress lol. Anyway, rant and rave away!
I was about to make a post and share with everyone but it sold out in seconds! I panicked at the price and just snagged one without thinking. $23 for a $700 dress??! What?!?!? As you can see, the dress is still being sold on Neiman Marcus for the full price. If anyone wants an invite to Rue, send me a PM. You cannot afford to miss these deals.
I thought it would be fun for us to give shout outs to people who enabled us to buy products we ended up loving! Sadly, I'm sure I can't even remember all the ways I have been enabled on this board this year. Maybe these can be a few last minute gift ideas, ways to spend gifts cards you might receive during the holidays, or even a few ideas for your first purchases of 2014! I would also like to thank everyone for always keeping the board updated with sales and amazing GWPs! Those have been enabling too! And of course Missie772 and rikkie have been super enabling with their amazing perks and promos! Here are a few of mine: Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Lip Gel in Showstopper Enabled by garnett This really is a true red. Applies so nicely and has just the right amount of shine! http://www.sephora.com/lovemarc-lip-gel-P379423?sk uId=1548379 Cargo Blush in Tonga Enabled by poshified Lovely neutral blush that goes with any lip color. Great for those who love bold lips! Purchased at beauty dot com CND Sticky Base Coat Enabled by lylysa Technically, I asked for a recommendation, but I LOVE this base coat. AND it is 3 free! Purchased at Ulta
So I finally gathered my favorites from the recent Holiday Haulin' and took a few snapshots! Anyone else want to share? Starting off with nails. Julep Mind your Mani set -- LOVE the Mighty nail & cuticle serum because it's so easy to apply and absorbs really quickly. Would definitely repurchase this one separately! Sephora X The System (chose Standout from the Neutrals line, love it!) Sephora + Pantone Elemental in Confetti Here's what Standout and Confetti look like: Made use of the UD offer with Melt, Sellout, Desperation, Naked . Seriously these are so high quality. But wish I'd gotten a midtone rather than Sellout. INGLOT!! wooo! woooo! So excited to see these instore at a Macy's! 330, 402, 326 Cargo in Tonga (yes, poshified's fingerprints are all over my holiday haulin' what can I say, she has good taste ) Awesome everyday color, perfect for just giving my face some definition after foundation. Tarte in Thankful, Hello Kitty Apple Balm in Cherry Blossom (I buy these up whenever I see them in sale bins...really a lovely gloss). What's in the tiny bag? MINIS! Auuugh! They are too cute! It's almost a full face in a teeny little makeup bag! (Yes I am obsessed with mini makeup) Bare Minerals READY eyeshadow and blush Marvelous Moxie mini lip IT Cosmetics mini Bye Bye Undereye concealer Bare Minerals mini Stroke of Light CARGO mini eyeliner Trish McEvoy makeup planner with lots of goodies Laura Mercier Custom Portfolio, also with lots of goodies A few fun LORAC items! Samples galore! Wooooooo who doesn't love deluxe samples!
As 2013 comes to a close, I'm looking at the 20 pounds I've gained since moving to the big city, and I'm not happy about it. Since I'm also getting my tonsils out on Monday, and my darling boyfriend is giving me a juicer for Christmas, I need some recipes! Are there any you love/swear by? One of the clients at the salon I work at mentioned getting your tonsils out can be a decent way to lose weight, mostly because you can't eat anything! (I'm not getting the surgery for weight loss, I had antibiotic resistant strep complete with abscesses so they HAVE to come out.) Also, any suggestions for a 2 week couch surfing adventure?
So I'd like to maintain a board for the Canadian customers. A place where we can share our events, promos, problems etc. I sometimes see deals and info for Canadians and rather then posting a new convo all the time maybe we can just share on this board. I think it would be easier to communicate with each other if we only had one board to follow. - I recently posted that Nail Polish Canada has free shipping on any orders for a limited time. - I forgot to mention that The Bay will be hosting Beauty Gala's this coming week. You have to buy a ticket but out of the 10$ 2 goes to charity and 8 towards your purchase. Some counters give free stuff when you buy the ticket from them. You get your make-up done too at that counter I'm going and very excited about it! EDITED: Anyone interested in getting Tonymoly products you can contact them via their Canadian Facebook page to place an order. 5$ shipping, free over purchases 50$. I think they have a store in Pacific Mall in Markham ON
*** EDIT *** as mentioned in the comments below. Urban Decay has confirmed a Naked 3 palette that will be available soon So a few weeks ago, I read a post on Refinery29 about supposed "leaked" pictures of a rumored Urban Decay Naked 3 palette. Everyone quickly brushed it off as being a fake.... UNTIL... Urban Decay started taking posts down on Instagram and forums. Now there's a supposed December 8th release date. I said no more eyeshadow palettes, until I use my original Vice more. I don't use the basics palette, but love Naked 1 & 2. I'm sure I'll be purchasing this as soon as it comes out, if it does Thoughts?
Hey Ladies, I just went into Nordstrom's yesterday and saw the most tacky and ugly pink sequined dress on the planet (in my opinion) and look at the price tag and it's $2,230. THAT'S RIDICULOUS IMO. I don't care who made it ,it was disgusting. Did anyone ever see a beauty product, clothing, etc where you had to hold back laughter and disgust because you could never imagine anyone buying it for that much if so, please tell me what it was and the price. xoxo, Kelly P.S I'm not trying to offend anyone who would buy something like that for that price, I just have a different style and budget.
I have no problem speaking my mind in public or to strangers, but for the life of me cannot bring myself to tell someone they have bad breath or are wearing too much perfume. Would you tell someone that they are wearing too much perfume or cologne? A friend, family member, coworker or stranger? Have you done it and what was their reaction?
I just saw Frozen and it was great! I wish Sephora would sell palettes for Elsa and Anna! Elsa's song "Let it go" was probably the best song of the movie along with her building her awesome ice castle. I found the whole clip with the animation on Youtube and I keep replaying it. Also if you go to see it there's a clip after the credits of Marshmallow. The next Disney Princess movie looks like it will be Moana a Polynesian but it won't be out until 2018. The main character will be Moana Waialiki, a sea voyaging enthusiast, and the only daughter of a chief in a long line of navigators. When her family needs her help, she sets off on an epic journey. The film will also include demi-gods and spirits taken from real mythology They did release a picture of concept art and I read it will be computer generated like Frozen and Tangled.
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?