I have been studying for my medical school boards for past several months and i swear my "breaks" have lead me to my vib rouge status. I find myself on this website for way too many hours. One would think i would probably not be spending any money since I'm locked in my study room for hours, DAYS, months, but little do they know that i have SPENT so much! Any aspiring doctors here ? Im 18 months short of getting done with medical school- well then i have residency but ..thats 18 months away lol ... Studying and sephora = deadly combo. You end up buying things that you probably wouldn't even use just because at the time anything that keeps you from studying seems like a marvellous idea. - Ko
I posted this a week ago in OT but for whatever reason it never showed up on the main page and no one saw it. Do you all want to put together a Beautytalk Instagram Beauty Challenge for November 1st? I can make up the final list/image if you help me create a list! I was thinking we can do things like "best freebie," "best points perk," or just do the typical photo challenge things. I just want to put one together and hopefully get some great ideas for photos from all of you.
Whether you're an employee at Sephora or loved by an employee at Sephora, if you scored a code... what did you buy for the sale? If you haven't shopped yet, what are you planning to buy? My goodies came in today and I bought: GHD Bird of Paradise (coral) Too Faced Bronzing Wardrobe Hourglass BB Drybar Lemon Drop Drybar High Tops Tarte Cheek Set Too Faced Melted Kisses Set Guerlain Magic Ballz Hourglass Lighting Powder YSL Fusion Ink Foundation Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation
I did a search (sorry in advance if I missed some threads). Asking all BTer's to share how/where did you learn to apply your makeup: I.e. Blogs, Youtube videos, How-to's BT, Trial and error, @ a Sephora store with the help of an associate? I can't say I'm new to makeup, as I'm 42, however, I've watched some how-to's on Youtube and here on Sephora, but just can't seem to get it right! It's disheartening for me to have all this beautiful makeup to use, but then feel blah when I look in the mirror after applying. If anyone is willing to share your go-to bloggers, inspiration, YTer's I'd be most appreciative. Tx so much ~KAM
It hit me a few days ago that Black Friday 2014 would be here soon!!! I happen to just love love love Black Friday shopping. I am not a morning person, a total night owl actually, so I've enjoyed that the last couple of years there have been more stores opening late on Thursday. (I don't support folks having to work on Thanksgiving just so I can shop but I won't wake up at 3 am to be at a store for a 4 am opening - I'd rather just stay up and hit a midnight opening - just a personal preference). Last year Sephora branded their Black Friday deals as "Dealtopia". As in years past, they had some amazing $10 deals. Some were online only and some were available both in store and on-line. On-line, we were limited to two items of each deal, but many of us made multiple orders. In-store, some locations held to the two item limit of each deal, and some didn't and they let you buy more. What is always the great mystery for on-line shopping is the exact time that the deals will go live. I want to say that it was midnight EST time. Last year, the online shopping was a bit of a nightmare. Anyone remember entering the "queue" where you were advised not to hit the back-button, or refresh, else you'd lose your place in line? With some patience, many of us were able to find our desired deals. My local store opened at midnight and when I got there at about 11:45, I was about the 15th person in line. There was only one "aggressive" shopper, who was behind me, but went kinda crazy when the doors opened. She knew what she wanted and by gosh, she wasn't afraid to nudge you out of the way to get there! Other than that, it was crazy busy but nothing horrible. They had many of the deals sitting on the main front display, but they also had some employees who had rolling carts with some of the items. Finding that "one" item you just had to have was tricky if it wasn't on the main display. To get an idea of what the deals were in 2013, I recommend googling "Musings of a Muse Black Friday 2013" to see the great details she posted including great pictures. Captured below is the list of deals from 2013, as found on The Musings of a Muse site. In addition, I just took a photo of the ones I bought last year that I still haven't used or given away. I think my favorite $10 item was the Josie Maran set, which included her Bare Naked Nail Wipes (20 count) and a 1 oz. Whipped Argan Oil Hand Cream in Vanilla Apricot. I think the "hot" item was the Philosophy Purity wash. What was your favorite? Note that Sephora did most of their Black Friday advertising using Pinterest and Facebook. I do not remember how many days before Black Friday they posted what the deals would be. Do any of you remember? All I know is that I am really excited for 2014!!! Anyone else have some tips/lessons learned from 2013? 2013 List Lorac Fan Favorite Duo Wei Pore Purifying & Brightening Collection Philosophy Limited Edition Purity Made Simple 12oz Tocca Florence Travel Fragrance Duo Bite Lush Lip Trio Sephora Collection Sparklers Brush Set Clean Fragrance Trio Bliss Soapy Suds Body Wash and Bubble Bath (16 oz Lemon Sage, Vanilla Bergamot, Red Orange and White Pepper, or Grapefruit and Aloe) Too Faced Better Than Sex Amazing Eyes Set (Too Faced Eyeliner and Better Than Sex Mascara) Stila Artful Eye Collector’s Edition Vol. 1 Stila Artful Eye Collector’s Palette Vol. 2 Stila Artful Eye Collector’s Palette Vol. 3 Stila Collage of Color Lip & Cheek Palette Tokyomilk Takeout Kate Somerville Dermal Quench Liquid Lift Advanced Wrinkle Treatment (0.50 oz) Josie Maran Argan Hand Healers Set Vita Liberata Rich Face + Mini Mitt Duo Living Proof Gift Set (1 oz Full Conditioner, Full Shampoo, Prime Style Extender, and 0.5 oz Full Thickening Cream) Formula X Asap Real Nail Lacquer Duo Pack Ole Henriksen Clean Sweep Duo (frican Red Tea Foaming Cleanser and Truth To Go Cleansing Wipes) Boscia Pore Perfection Set (1oz Black Mask, 1 Pore Strip) The Art of Shaving The 4 Elements of the Perfect Shave Set Smashbox Heat Wave Lip Gloss Set Buxom Full On Lipstick in Havana Alterna Caviar Moisture Trio Buxom Curtain Call Set Nails Inc Crystaltastic Nails Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant Vanilla Grapefruit Mini Bare Minerals Enchanting Eyes Tarte Little Miracles Best Selling Essentials
i just recieved my Target beauty box, I think it was free with $7 shipping. All in all, definitely worth the cost. Elnett extra hold hairspray...good for purse Fekkai dry shampoo...always can use, we'll see if it's better than my Batiste Laniege BB cream....been wanting to dry NYX eye pencil in Milk...already have Loreal color riche lipstick...seems like a lip gloss, we'll see if I like it coupon for $3 off of $15...easily done. i also got the Walmart beauty box, free with $5. I like them both for different reason. You can see the pics along with others in the Walmart beauty box thread.
I'm sure we've all had them, haha. While I love most of my impulse buys, there are also a few pretty bad ones. I bought a KvD studded kiss lipstick in Vampira without swatching it first, because all of the Vampira swatches I saw were fantastic. Unfortunately, I was never able to actually wear it because it was SO drying. It basically destroyed my lips and I had dead pieces of skin on my lips whenever I tried applying it. Gross. I didn't realize that the swatches I saw where the liquid lipstick, not the studded lipstick. I also just ordered a indie lippy palette, and while I was seeing awesome reviews before, I now see HORRIBLE reviews about the colours being nothing like the swatch photos, bad customer service and how the lipstick is fine, but the lip palettes are horrible. I hope this one goes well, otherwise its $30 wasted! Now, tell me about your bad impulse buys!
I am a newbie to BT. Found this forum a few months ago and I love it. I'm a makeup, skin, hair, clothes lover. What I appreciate most about this page is how nice and helpful you all are here, and that you share my (obsession) love of all the pretties lol I'm the only one I know that is a Sephora addict and trying out new products even though I have enough of everything to last me til Im 50 lol I now have found my people to share these things with. So thank you for that Im excited to be a part of this great community!!! Yay
as if i wasn't already such a NARS fangirl, WWD is reporting francois has shot tilda for their s/s 2015 campaign. i think it would surprise NO ONE HERE that i'm also a committed tilda swinton devotee. this was the photo accompanying the press release. perfection.
Hi, I purchased a beauty blender with solid (the cleaning soap), however, when I washed it at the first time with tap water, the water squeezed out from the blender was not clear and clean, but a bit like absorb some soap already! Later after I applied my foundation and I used the soap to clean it, I found that its color faded so much !!!! May I know that is that normal? Or my blender has some problem? Thank you!
I'm planning a trip to Asia in December and will be in Japan, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and China (Beijing only). I'll have the most free time in Beijing and am dying to see what pretties China has to offer! I don't speak Mandarin, and most of the Chinese sites are blocked (even the Chinese Sephora site!!!), so I'm struggling to come up with a game plan. Does anyone have any Beijing beauty shopping advice? P.S. If anyone knows where to get a killer blowout in Beijing, you'd be my hero
Sephora is one of my favorite stores and one thing I've noticed is that products are often found in the drawers of the display tables. I was wondering if shoppers are encouraged to look for products in concealed and and otherwise unadvertised areas such as drawers or cabinets
It has been a while since we had a heart party. If they were banned or shunned, I did not get the memo. Anyway, my favorite moderator (I love them all, but I love her most) needs some love. So, I hope you will join me in giving her some. She knows why I love her so much, but I will tell the rest of you too. She whacks the moles, uncovers missing points, answers questions no one else can and is friendly while doing it all. There's another reason too, but I will take the 5th on that one! Because she has a lot of beautiful hair Because she brings on the party But mostly because she puts up with all of us
So I was picking up my check which is not a lot.... the middle of the month is when I pay all my bills and well. Now I have to go and buy new frames cause this happened and even with tape, it makes my vision all wonky which I know leads to headaches and it's potentially just bad for your vision.. even though its bad enough already. I accidentally scraped a post with the left view mirror when I was at the bank. Hahaha....... okay not funny. So I'm left with 156 bucks and after I pay for these glasses which they told me it was 80 some and I know that's going to come up to 90.. I won't be left with enough money to make holiday purchases this month. It's going to fail because we all know how hard it is to want something and not being able to have instant gratification. Umph! Anyways, I just wanted to vent because my mother went off on me for wasting money at Sephora and whatnot. I think I should be able to spend money where I want since it is money I gain, even though it's little. At least I'm not doing bad things!
Right now, my packages aren't arriving fast enough. It's not all make up, and not all Sephora. I'm leaving tomorrow, for over a week, so if they don't come by tomorrow afternoon, I can't play with my new stuff til next week! 2 things were supposed to arrive today, 2 tomorrow. The package I cared the least about (clothes) came today. The package I was supposed to get today's tracking info hasn't updated in days, and still says it's supposed to be delivered today. It's USPS and the mail already came so I'm a little annoyed I don't know where it's at. I'm basically acknowledging the ridiculousness of being frustrated about stupid packages arriving/not arriving...and thought, I can't be alone in having "trivial" issues/annoyances.
So, as I was applying my Kate Spade perfume today, I realized the bottle had to be at least 12 years old, because I bought it when I was in college at the launch of her fragrance line at Neiman Marcus in Atlanta. I don't use it terribly often, but it still smells EXACTLY the same as it did when I bought it. What products do you have that have lasted years and years without any change in usability?
As far as beauty goes, I think that the tangerine (2012) and radiant orchid of 2014 were pretty successful. It's just a little harder to incorporate emerald into an everyday makeup look, even though it's such a beautiful color too! What would you love to see as the color of the year next year? My prediction is some kind of gold.
I know you all remember the "Candy Coated Benefit Advent Calendar Bigger and Better $$$" thread that was here-- it looked like a (poorly done) undercover advertisement. Now it's gone, along with all the hearts given from it. What gives, BT?
It's Thanksgiving for us Canadians! I had my Thanksgiving dinner yestarday and omg, was it ever delicious!!! I'm super thankful for my family (both blood related and non), my awesome reptiles, my boyfriend, a roof over my head and an abundance of food. As well as finally figuring out what I want to go to school for! My favourite food items from Thanksgiving is the turkey, gravy, stuffing and pumpkin pie! What are you thankful for? And what are your favourite things from Thanksgiving dinner? Happy Thanksgiving Canada!
I've been meaning to post this for a while...the Baltimore orioles were hot for a while, and now Kansas City came along. I'm hoping for a miracle still! Anyone else out there a baseball fan? Even though the Ravens are winning, I can't even think about football right now!
Las Vegas Edition 10-11-14 - (I am aware there is a current Trend Show thread. I almost posted this there until I noticed it was in the VIB section. At least one person asking me questions about the event will not be able to see it there, so I am going to post this in a general board). My event finally took place yesterday. The one in May was not the trend show, so I passed. I arrived about 15 minutes before the show started. The doors opened 30 minutes prior, so a lot of people were already inside. I paid over the phone with Desiree, my Beauty consultant. My $20 gift card (you pay $20 to reserve your spot but they give it back to you in the form of a gift card) was just inside the door near valet. After getting my gift card, I got a tote bag (not pictured but it is pretty cheap and basic) with the base samples pictured below. The event was on the third floor. There was an assortment of fruit, water, coffee and granola bars. I grabbed a granola bar (which was fresh and chewy) and a bottle of water. I filled out my information card (which they used to raffle items off and likely make sure we're on the mailing list) and turned it in. I got a decent seat at the fashion show, because I attended solo. I thought about inviting someone but remembered focusing solely on my sister at the Rouge event and decided just to go alone. I cannot even make stuff like this up, so you know it is true. The lovely Smashbox makeup artist who spent so much time beautifying my sister at the Rouge event applied makeup for YSL at the trend show. She actually did someone to the left of me initially and moved to the right of me when she finished her. Thus, I had a chance to chat with her. She said she remembered my sister, because her sister has the same name. The show was a lot of fun. I loved the lady from Laura Mercier. She was beyond funny. The male models were yummy eye candy. All of the female models were beautiful and very, very tall. No short models in Vegas. I loved the Kiss and Blush on the YSL model, which is ultimately why I decided to stop by that counter. A rep for one of the skincare lines gave out the item he was presenting to someone in the front row. That was pretty cool. They also had a raffle with a ton of prizes (of course I did not win any). One lady won while she was in the restroom (just like that lady at the Emmys years ago). The presenter would not let her granddaughters pick it up for her but rather held onto it until she returned and made her walk the runway in reverse to get it. I found that quite humorous, and the lady who won was so sweet. During the show, they announced there would be free samples at La Mer. I've always wanted to try that brand. I hate buying things without trying them first (because I do not return things). Knowing there is no such thing as free and they likely left out that a purchase was required, I asked straight up if a purchase was required to get a sample. Sure enough, it was. I told her I wanted to try the item before I bought it. She said she would give me a sample if I had a consultation. I usually do not like to have consultations at events unless I know I will buy something. They're usually so busy, and I do not want to waste their time. Since I told her I wanted to sample the item before buying it, I figured she knew I was not buying anything that day when she offered. Thus, I did not feel guilty. There was no wait for the consultation either. She applied two different creams on my face and asked me which I preferred. I told her. She then went over my skin concerns and made recommendations. After the consultation, she gave me the sample as promised. Next, I walked past Dior. They had two chairs of which both were occupied with additional people standing around. So, I kept on walking straight to YSL. They had 4-5 chairs of which one was open. I asked if they were available for a makeover, and they were. I got Joshua. He removed everything from my face (which only consisted of the newly laid La Mer cream (so I am glad I got a sample to wear it a little longer next time) and a tinted moisturizer. He applied a cream before matching me to a Fusion Ink foundation. It looked and felt great (so I ended up buying it). In direct sunlight after I left, I noticed it looked orange. I may exchange it for another color. In his defense, it either oxidized on me or it is one of those foundations that looks different with indoor versus outdoor lighting. Feel free to chime in if you're familiar with this foundation. He used some concealer in spots I did not even know I needed it. Then, he applied Touche Eclat. I remember him using a lot of bronzer and a blush (which was later overwritten), but I cannot recall a setting powder. Whether he used setting powder or not, the foundation lasted all day. He then applied a purple liner and brow pencil. He used the holiday palette on my eyes, which looked so awesome that I had to buy that as well. At that point he turned me over to National Makeup Artist, Armando Ramos. I asked Armando to pick a lip a lip color for me to buy. He chose number 11 of the Kiss and Blush, which was so stunning. I wanted to buy it on the spot, but they were out. I was going to order it online after the event (to get the 3 online samples). I also prefer to order it myself because the items do not show up in my online account (order history) when the SAs place the orders. The SA insisted, so I let her order it for me. After Armando applied the color to my lips, he overwrote the cheek color Joshua picked out. Although I liked the one Joshua picked out, Armando's was nicer to me. Then, Armando applied some Babydoll mascara. Both Joshua and Armando were absolutely fabulous. I wish I could take them home with me, so my makeup would always look nice. We all know I will never get it to look like this. My husband and sons arrived as my makeup was being applied. They headed up to the Nordstrom Cafe for some brunch. When it was time to pay, I sent him down to take care of it (he almost always pays for my items anyway) while I joined the boys in the restaurant. The freebies I got for attending the trend show (plus the free La Mer sample for the consultation) The YSL items I purchased and GWPs The items I purchased unboxed The inside of the beautiful holiday palette I had a lot of fun and cannot wait to go next year. Fingers crossed that I win something, because I am sure winning always makes the event more fun. If you have a chance to go, you should. You get your money back in the gift card, plus samples, snacks, a chance to win prizes, plenty of GWPs and the really fun fashion show. Go!
I don't have a beauty specific IG, but I've always been interested in taking part in a beauty challenge. Then I miss out on the start date and never do it. I was thinking, maybe we could compile a list of 30 things and have our own #BeautyTalkChallenge makeup challenge! Thoughts?