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Do you find yourself being fiercely brand loyal?
I find because of my sensitive acne prone skin that certain brands work well for me. I also fear that I get caught up with a brand and if I want a product it takes very little to sway me (if I have the money for it of course) I have acquired almost all the Tarte Clay blushes and the Kat Von D LE palettes...etc. It's like a sickness. Very hard for me to try new brands!
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I would never say I've been loyal to just one, I like trying new products too much. When people ask me what my favorite cosmetic brand is I go into internal war mode. lo... see post
Heart Party for beauty2sample
beauty2sample is our resident promo code sleuth! She is amazing and I wanted to start a heart party to show all of our appreciation for what she does! *Picture from OCC lip tar lips of the day
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Ulta 21 days- regrets
I absolutely love the 21 days sale Ulta has twice a year.  However, I find myself regretting NOT buying certain items as the become on sale that day due to trying to have some restraint.  They make it very difficult for Platinun members with free shipping with no minimum, and lots of deals/stackable beauty breaks/coupons, etc...   In particuliar, I regret not buying more Butter London polishes, and I shouldve bought a Stila lip gloss yesterday.  I also highly regret not buying some Stila liners.  I am also glad I traded for a Clarisonic brush head since there isnt one on sale this time...   Anything you regret NOT buying or anything you wish you hadn't bought?  Share ladies!
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Me three for the blushes!! Haha. I don't know which one I want yet, but I'll decide on the day of! I can't wait to get it :) see post
Simple Things We Take For Granted
I started thinking about this because this past week I've been having a lot of consternation with my vision.  I wear hard contacts and the pair I was wearing was 4-5 years old (they really are supposed to only last up to 2 years but I'm really bad at going in to the eye doctor) and basically they were so out of shape and scratched up that one lens ended up causing a tear in my eye.  It's a small tear so don't worry!  But I was out of commission from Friday till Wednesday.  I do have glasses which I wear but the lenses are ridiculously thick so I'm very embarrassed to wear them anywhere especially work.    Now that I finally got my new lenses and can see again I thought how amazing a thing it is to be able to see clearly.  I used to have to run to the bathroom all the time to rinse my contacts because my vision would get blurry.  Now I don't have to do that.  I can comfortably work all day.  I can't tell you how wonderful a feeling it is.   I think many of us don't take time out to really think about the simple things we are grateful for.  I know I don't.
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I have been asking about LASIK for years but unfortunately my eyes don't have enough tissue for it to be a viable option.  Also, my eyeballs are very narrow and pointed ... see post
In seach of MY perfect purse...
I need some help finding a purse. I have been looking for something and I am not sure if it exists. Here are my wish list items: -structured, it doesn't have to be rigid, but I would like some structure to it -crossbody strap as well as shoulder handles -zip top -metal feet -not cloth -about 12 inches across -as many interior pockets as possible... -multiple sections would not make me sad -Priced up to $500   Anybody have a purse they love that meets all or most of these items? Any help would be fabulous! Thanks in advance!  
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Hmm...I recently was hunting for a purse and the two brands I liked the best were Matt & Nat and Angela Roi which was suggested by a lovely BT lady. I ended up making a ... see post
Beginning to think I have a problem...
So besides spending money on makeup...  I have a rather large t-shirt collection.   ...and I just ordered another one. My husband and I love looking at the shirt designs on Woot every day. This one was a definite win. I ordered it right away. (Plus it was only $7 with $5 shipping.) 
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I have a lot of band and Star Wars shirts. Lots of Pink Floyd... see post
Is your lipstick worth its weight in gold?
I recently bought my first Guerlain lipstick - Rouge G in #78 Gladys.  I knew the package was hefty, but never realized it would be this hefty.  I love the colour, but to tell you the truth, the package is more than I bargained for (well, I didn't bargain at all.  It costs bloody $53!).   So I weighed 4 high end lipsticks to see how they fare:   Dior Rouge                - 32g (Feather weight) Chanel Rouge Allure - 36g (Welter weight) Tom Ford                   - 49g (Heavy Weight) Guerlain Rouge G      - 83g (WAT?!)   The cost of the lipsticks seem to be aligned with their weights too.  Well, except the Guerlain....that is discounted to an inexpensive $53!   :-D   I like heavy lipsticks like TF and Hourglass, but Guerlain is just a bit too fussy.   I am discouraged about exploring this line much more to be honest.   What do you guys feel about good products that are unwieldy, too heavy, too large....does it matter?  
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I actually don't feel bad about tossing Bite minis in my purse to go, since the grey barrels are nothing special. see post
Thoughts on Lime Crime at IMATS NYC?
I know Lime Crime are currently talk of the town with their "recent" (it happened months ago and no one was told...) security breach on their website, but what do you think about them making an appearance at the NYC IMATS? They're (apparetly) not appearing at the LA event, I'm not sure if that was due to them being turned away or simply just not attending. So, do you think they should be allowed to attend NYC IMATS after more of the companies/owners shady business practices and lack of customer compassion have come to light?   There is actually a petition to have them banned from the NYC dates here incase you feel strongly about the matter:
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HALL OF FAMER newandaddicted / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
This may make me a horrible person, HOWEVER...MOST people who bought from her knew about her horrible attitude and shadiness, but STILL purchased from her.     Her hor... see post
Fitbit charge Hr who owns one
Hi, sorry this is not makeup related but does anybody own a Fitbit Charge HR? I am new to this. I would like to know how does it track dancing as a workout. does it track automatically? Thanks.
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Any brand you love, but not very well-known?
I'm really into natural organic skincare this year, so I have discovered a lot of great indie brands. Any brand you love, but less well-known to others? It can be skin care or make up.   Here are some great brands I discovered: Pai  Estelle & Thild  Kimberly Sayer  Lily Lolo   What's yours?    
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HALL OF FAMER ballerinagrl / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Verso - incredibly strong but non-irritating retinol serums and creams Julie Hewitt - LA-based MUA; love her makeup palettes - so pigmented eyeshadows and blushers! Od... see post
GM releasing software that tattles on teen drivers
You’ve no doubt heard the annoying “ding” sound when you forget to buckle your seat belt. Well GM is taking things to a whole new level with its “Teen Driver” feature which is set to debut in the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu. Parents can program the car to give visual or audible warnings when their teens exceed preset speed limits. The system will also turn off the radio and any connected devices until the driver and any passengers are buckled up. Finally the system will provide the parents with a report card of sorts mentioning any red flags like excessive speeds and instances where the antilock brakes were engaged. We can just imagine the eye rolling and groaning already. Auto news brought to you by Tags:  Teen Driver, Chevrolet Malibu, car insurance, auto insurance, car insurance quotes, auto insurance quotes
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30+ Days Of Spring Colors ( Lippie Challenge... Or Just Good Ol' Fun )
I started this in Greenie's thread, but, people suggested to make a new thread for this, so here we are...   So, Spring is finally here. Or... sort of.... ( But, that snow the other day has nothing to do with the bright yellow and pastel green I feel like wearing, right? )   Anyway, I was thinking we could do 30+ day challenge of Spring ( and Summer ) colors, just for fun, and the heck of it. Let's have some fun! If anyone feels like joining me, please do. If you don't want to do the challenge, please feel free to stop by just because, whenever and why ever you feel like to.   Let's paint the BT with Spring colors, ladies and gents!     P.S. It turned out I need to remove what's left of my "wisdom" asap... so.... I'll start the fun, and re-join you as soon as I can. But, you go ahead and have fun. I'll be watching, and live through you all!   Day 1 - Maybelline Vivids in Shocking Coral Day 2 - NARS Audacious in Brigitte + NARS lip gloss in Priscilla Day 3 - MAC Candy Yum Yum    
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Saturday Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner 005 Pure (pink) + NARS Audacious Brigitte + Smashbox Lip Gloss in Pout Say it ain't so, but this lip gloss is not half bad. T... see post
Anyone knows when the next VIB haul?
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Beautytalk PSA: Always Be Vigilant When Trading
Just a friendly reminder to those engaging in trades on BT to obtain the best results, always keep the following in mind:   1) If you are unsure of the condition of the items you want to trade for, always ask for a photo first to avoid disappointment 2) Keep the lines of communication open.  It's better to over-communicate a little, than to worry that someone has fallen off the map 3) Providing tracking #'s for your sent trade items saves everyone a lot of hassles and headaches 4) Be wary of trades that seem too good to be true 5) Don't be afraid to ask for references when trading with a new BT'er 6) Examine all trade items upon receipt and discuss any discrepancies with your trade partner promptly     Trading can be a lot of fun.  Just remember to be careful out there!  
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People!! I need some heart love!!
I am sitting at 1666 hearts right now. I am not a fan. I'm not particularly superstitious, but that number is not my favorite. Can someone help me out? THANKS!! 
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Have a heart on me!  Saved you from the dreaded 1313, happy to help you over the evil #! see post
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Illuminating Powder Gelee 2015-who has it?
Does anyone on BT have this? What are your thoughts on it? I'm going to test it in my local Nordstrom tomorrow. They just got in 6.  I like the powder gelee concept but not sure about the color and I'm not crazy about the packaging...but it seems to have been kind of popular because it's had a few online appearances and sold out right away. I know everyone is looking for something like last years Heat Wave and apparently the formula on this is similar but not the color or packaging. Trendmood1 on IA had a nice review and swatch. Thoughts?
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PS I just wanted to say I'm sorry. I know how it feels to be left out of the launch of something you really want it. A lot of us here wanted that  Givenchy confetti powd... see post
Surprise! I Hit Hall of Famer Status!
LOL I've been really spotty with my contributions due to traveling, but what a nice surprise when logging in to see that I made 400 hearts and thus Hall of Famer status.   Thanks for giving me hearts!
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Sephora Show & Tell - What’s New Wednesday: Spring Break Splashes

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

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Local News tragedy
So I'm sure by now most of you have heard about the Mexican cartels and whatnot and where I live, it's near the border so we're bound to get bad people crossing here. Recently a man was found decapitated in South Padre Island.. all points that this may have been drug related. Not once in my life hear had I heard something so gruesome. Sure there have been news about other deaths but nothing like 'man found without a head' .. and mutilated chest. It just comes to show what the world is coming to. But for me, the worst part is that it's happening near where I live, it's scary. Not too long ago I went to this new Ross store opening that was a bit far from my house, to be honest in the section where you'd be closer to the boonies and find questionable people.. and I hurried to my car because there was a group of 5 guys walking behind me and I had a strange feeling about it, luckily I was 2 feet from reaching my car. But I can tell you this, they pretended like they were getting in the car next to me.    I wish I didn't have to live here.    If you want to know more about this decapitated man, you can google ' Edinburg man's headless body found on South Padre Island Edinburg man's headless body found on South Padre Island'.      I know some of you have come down to spend time down here or your families even, since SPI happens to be a tourist stop. So I beg you to be careful. If it were me planning to go there, I just wouldn't. I fear for everyone's safety. 
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yeah, since we live so close to the border (30 minutes if you go to reynosa), you never know who is crossing,  yesterday a girl in the same place south padre island fell... see post
Space NK 50 for 25 certificates. What did you buy?
I've been eyeing several Ren products and picked up the Keep Young and Beautiful Instant Firming Beauty Shot. I've used other Ren products and have been happy with the brand so I hope I'm happy with this too. I have one question. I have one more certificate to redeem so I was on the website looking around and the Ren product I purchased yesterday does not show up anymore. Do they usually remove products from their site if OOS or just have it say OOS when you click on the item? This concerned me as this is my first time purchasing from this company and am hoping my order won't be cancelled. Any info is appreciated. Thanks! And let us BTer's know what you  picked up with your voucher!  
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recent EXPENSIVE buys?
Hi ladies, Have you guys recently bought anything with an ungodly price? I mean today I just was browsing the Neimans site (I know...dangerous) and I accidentally landed of the tom ford beauty site and I just bought two new lipsticks casablanca and gustavo. I already was like, "why am I spending money on these when I have so many dupes for them already?" oh wait. Tom Ford. The packaging and formula is honestly my favorite which sucks because itʻs so expensive. To make matters worse I ended up buying the Rodin Beauty Oil too (so excited to try it out though). Ugh, I need more self control.
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HALL OF FAMER ballerinagrl / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I have the largest size of Flower Bomb :) see post
Surratt is here!!!
Took me 5 seconds to pull the trigger...can't resist beautiful, luxurious brushes. Hope they are everything I want them to be.    
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Kiki517, did you get your brushes yet?  What do you think of them? see post
Makeup in Europe: Recommendations?
I've got my sights on traveling to Italy and Spain this summer, and am looking for recommendations for brands that will be accessible in those two countries that are otherwise harder to find in the states!   So far, all I have on my list are Kiko and Pupa Cosmetics. I'm not sure if one can gain easy access to Laduree makeup, Collection Eyes Uncovered palettes, or other European brands in Italy or Spain though. Any thoughts and/or experiences are greatly appreciated!
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Oooooh Yves Rocher! Definitely adding that to my list; for some reason I always associate that brand with Canada, I don't know why. Thank you so much for the suggestions... see post
Is there a push to look a certain way?
- How has beauty standards changed around the world?
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Hi N01007837,   I agree with lylysa - this is a broad question! Any particular angle you'd like to examine? I remember watching a documentary (I believe it's called ... see post
Sephora Show & Tell - Today! Chat live with Maureen Kelly!

Today we're welcoming tarte founder Maureen Kelly exclusively to BeautyTalk. Ask her a question!



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Favorite YouTube beauty STAR⭐️Who is your favorite?
Hours of my life are spent watching several techniques and how-to's but my favorite star to watch is Desi Perkins! Take a look for yourself, her blending and contouring skills are amazing 😳. Who would you pick as your favorite? Another awesome artist is Kandee Johnson!
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Makeup Goals... What are you trying to improve on?
Hey fellow Bt'ers. I know we have so many threads about what we are wanting to buy and what collections and new products are coming up... I thought it would be fun to have a thread that we could share our makeup goals in. It can be about what techniques you want to improve on and what part of your collection you are looking to expand. I look forward to reading all of yours please feel free to update your progress   I'll start.... For my makeup.... I want to improve my contouring and my eyeshadow blending...for that I need to expand my brush collection. I literally  have about 8 brushes to do all my looks. I also want to improve my eyeliner technique...its lacking big time. I need to expand my such a scaredy cat when it comes to putting on bold blushes.
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The empties thread is really fun. I can use up plenty of foils and everyday stuff like makeup remover, but I'd really like to use up a few color products this year, and ... see post
What are the beauty products you can't live without?
If all your beauty products disappeared for some reason, which are the 5 items that you would repurchase first without any doubt ? In other words, these items would very likely be your holy grail products which you couldn't live without in your makeup collection. (If you can, try to list the products in order, having the most important item as your first time on your list)   1. Lip product: Fresh lip balm! It can be used as a lipbalm and can also give your lips color!   2. Mascara: ROLLER LASH! This is what make my eyes pop and open up.   3. A creamy concealer! Nars creamy concealer or the MUFE full cover concealer. It covers up the imperfections on my skin.   4. A palette! I This palette must be a holy grail that I could use for my eyes, nose (contouring), brows, and even my cheek! Then this could save me from having a few less items out of the 5.   5. Last but not least, I have to give my last item to my chloe love story perfume (or MJ daisy dream)! I love to smell great and fresh all day, cos the perfume I sprayed on could definitely affect the mood I am in that day       Thank goodness my makeup hasn’t disappeared, since it would be super hard and to choose only 5 items! I find this question really challenging (but fun at the same time) when I was asked by my cousins and friends who came to visit me. They were shocked by all the beauty products I have in my room. I know 5 products aren't enough, but I wanted to know what products would be on list of the others.   Let me know what your list would be like. I am really interested in knowing what would be the few items that all you lovelies couldn't live without    
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My Current Five Favorite Beauty Products:   1)MUFE HD - Foundation in 110 2)Dior - Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara 3)Marc Jacobs - Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Blacq... see post
Feelgood Days
Anything ever happen that just instantly brightens up your day/week/month?     Recently I've been going through a rough patch but this morning my mother handed me some money and told me she was sorry for the way she acted. I no longer have to sell my game systems to try and make some payments, at least minimum. If I pay minimum.. more money for makeup. Logic. >_> I will be able to buy some items that I've had my eye on! And make an exchange too while I'm at it. This is one huge load off my shoulders because I think if you don't make a payment in time you get charged for a late fee which would've just been bad. 
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Soy buffal nuggets? Do tell! see post
It pained you terribly to get rid off...
So once I finally released my Nars face products were causing me to break out, I had to throw them all away. All of my blushes, my bronzer and highlighter. On the bright side, I finally truly released what type of products were causing me issues and purged them as well. This was years ago, but does can anyone else relate to my story?
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HALL OF FAMER greenporchlights / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
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