Hey guys! I saw that tickets to IMATS NY 2015 are now on sale. I want to go but am nervous about it. I don't have any friends that are into makeup the way I am and I don't know how enjoyable it will be on my own. Is anyone on BT planning on attending? Have you attended in the past? Would you recommend I go if I'm not a professional makeup artist but love the craft? Any thoughts and feedback are appreciated! For anyone intested the dates are April 10th - 12th (Friday the 10th is pro-card holders only while the 11th and 12th are GA). What do you all think??
What are the ways you maximize your spending and rewards for beauty purchases? Coupons, Promos, Rewards cards, Rewards Websites, rebates/ebates? I have used Mypoints.com for years and I recently discovered Swagbucks and Ebates.com. I also look for gwp, free samples, and promo codes. My favorite coupon sites are Brads Deals and Retail Me Not. I also try to use the Cartwheel app for Target when relevant. *sorry for the title error....wont let me edit it.
Here amazing dupes that I found: Aquaphor Lip Repair for AmorePacific Moisture Bound Lip Treatment . The Aquaphor has a very, very, very slight medicine taste, nothing unpleasant/unbearable, while the AmorePacific is unscented and has no taste. About performance, the Aquaphor is just as good as or even better than the AmorePacific. It lasts on my lips all night long, very moisturizing. $4 compared to $35. Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque for GlamGlow Supermud I wish I had found the Mint Julep Masque earlier because I've already finished 2 jars of GlamGlow. The Mint Julep Masque just gives the same effect, and less drying than the Glamglow. And again, $5 for 8oz to $69 for 1.2oz. I can't ask for more!!! Please share yours with a brief review, and price comparison!
Lately I've been amping my looks up for work (server, mostly in the 21 and up area). And wow people like turn around and ladies rave. It's big confidence boosters. And I can thank sephora. I wish I had a picture but I wore the fake eyelashes on sale with the silver glitter, then sephoras glitter glue, a mix of sephora eyeshadow in diamonds are forever and mufes loose silver glitter, and a red lip. Hair in a top bun and a Xmas bow. Loving it. Thank you sephora. I return the favor by telling my customers.
I'm looking for workouts I can do at home. Trying to get healthy in 2015 (who isn't... right?) I love hip hop type workouts. (Les Mills BodyJam was my fav...don't have that where I live now) Cosmo just launched a new site that streams workouts, but it's pretty new so not a lot of info is out there. I know the Daily Burn has been around for a while...anyone have thoughts on this service? Are there other services that you'd recommend instead? Thanx
I just had to say that I had the two best customer service experiences of my life! One at Sephora and the other at Nordstrom's. I went to a Sephora while visiting my father in Florida and I just had the most refreshing moment with an SA. I was just lounging through the mall (my father was being grumpy with not finding what he wanted) so I found a Sephora (I'm not sure how many there are in Miami, LOL! It was near Aventura I think...) and I was just walking around. Wandering really when the nicest SA came up with me and we started chatting. We were just goofing off (something never seen by me in a Sephora on a Saturday night) and all of a sudden she was showing me stuff that she thought I might like and stuff that are her HG. She must have spent an hour and a half on me! I've never felt so wanted in a Sephora before in my life. They normally act like they want me to go away unless I'm getting a makeover. Then they want to show me everything! I didn't get her name (I think it was Marla) but she was truly the best. She almost got me to buy Kat's Interstellar but no one is that good! Then I had a kick **bleep** Nordstrom's experience! Two within 5 days! I had just come back from Florida on Tuesday and I didn't go online for the whole time I was with my father so I was behind on all my sales and things. I called Norstrom's because I was coming into the store on Saturday (eh! the Saturday before Christmas at the mall!) to pick up some stuff and I wanted to see if they were in stock. I got the greatest stylist named Michael! He sat there and looked through the Chanel section for the 500 items that I wanted (he kept asking me if there was anything else that I would like and I just kept coming up with things that I wanted from Chanel!). That's when he told me about the price match on the Lord and Taylor sale that ended that night. I was pissed because I had scheduled my 10 point day for Saturday so I told him that and he called and had my point day switched. Made me very happy. So I got my 10 point day and my 10% off! But if that wasn't enough, he gave me the 10% on the Chanel items (Chanel wasn't included in Lord and Taylor's sale)! He was about to ring me up and he asked me if there was anything else I wanted to buy and I was like "Well, i have to call back because I wanted some Dior and MAC" and he was so sweet and said that he'd grab them for me. So I gave him a list of what I wanted (it was A LOT!) and let him go on his merry hunt for my items. About a half hour later, he called me and said that he got most of my stuff (the only thing that they didn't have in store was the MAC lip pencil in Bespoken For and the holiday Dior eye shadow palette in Golden Shock). I told him that I figured that the Dior eye shadow would be MIA because they took it down off the website but he persisted and he found a store that still had both items and he took my information and said that they would send it to me via UPS. He took care of me at every turn even though I'm just some lady with too much time on my hands who was just too lazy to go to the store and shop around like most people. He put mu whole Christmas gift list together which is awesome enough but then he called me today at lunch and he wanted to know if I wanted him to gift wrap anything! How great is that??? So when I go pick up my stuff at the store tomorrow, not only do I not have to stand there and wait to pay at 500 individual make up and fragrance counters, I have my things already have my things gift wrapped and he said he threw in a million samples. He said every sample they had at the Jo Malone and Chanel counter. I really need to stop shopping but when someone goes out of their way to help you like that, it just makes me want to shop more, LOL! And the biggest shock was about an hour after I talked to him, I got my MAC and Dior order from UPS. I wasn't charged extra for the shipping. I placed my order at 8pm on Wednesday and received my order less than 2 days later! Awesome!
I love the makeup version of this thread! I have saved so much $$ due to all of you posting things from B&M stores as well as the interwebs. With Xmas and end of the year deals fast approaching thought a NON-makeup deal thread would be great for all of us to save $$$ to buy more makeup. LOL List away ladies and gents. Feel free to list codes and extra % from rebate sites. I'll go look through my favorite sites and come back and post. Lord and Taylor online has 20% off code is Ready
I just wanted to post a quick note to say for anyone in Ferguson, Mo., or the surrounding areas, you are in my thoughts and heart tonight and in the following days. No matter what decision is made by the grand jury, not everyone will be pleased with the outcome. I hope everyone stays safe tonight and in the days and weeks ahead.
Maybe this will help scrub the disappointment away for those of you who are still suffering from the website/sale difficulties! Today (11/8/14) QVC's "todays special value" is the New Clarisonic Mia2, with Fresh Soy Cleanser and a case/cover, for 124.86, free S&H, and 5 easy pays! It comes in a whole lotta colors, too! Have a great weekend, everyone!
so on the day i got vice 3, i was on the fence. luckily, a nice lady told me the wonders of the vice 3. so i took a deep breath and purchased it and it is awesome! thanks nice lady, best palette ever. ps. your son is cute pps. thanks for the recommendation also i have 471 points. SO CLOSE i want the dior 500 pt perk. i think ill get a set. but i dont know what. oh well. oh my gosh im going to be so broke nuuuuuuuuuuu..........
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
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!
What a talent and what a broad. She had such an amazing voice and paid awesome tribute to those who laid the roots for all kinds of music genres.. And had an understanding of what was going on in the world that not many had at the time. Even though she was from Texas, she made San Francisco her home and whenever you think of the Summer of '69 and the Monterey Pop Festival, she's one of the first that comes to people's minds. Her influences are my influences and she paid tribute to one of my favorites by providing Bessie Smith a headstone for her final resting place. What a thankless honor to place a marking on a woman's grave that had been dead for 33 years and so sad that Janis Joplin died two months after. Janis Joplin and Bessie Smith will never stop singing. Rest in peace.
I am a sad makeup junkie; there is no place in my apartment for even a tiny vanity table. (Except the living room, and for some reason my husband doesn't think the living room should be covered in eyeshadow pots unless he also gets to leave computer parts all over it.) So my entire stash is in travel bags and cases. I'd love to get some more organizing ideas and give my OCD an excuse to play with the makeup. I just bought a sort of train case thing - it's like a soft-sided large train case - for my big main stash, and then there's the 'everyday' bag, the 'emergency glamour' aka 'party started five minutes ago do something fast' bag, and the 'summer travel' bag where I keep those weird colors I only wear in summer and the weird products I only wear when it's hot. (I live in nice cold climate, but people keep getting married in July in super hot humid weather places, so I keep a stash of sunscreen-proof no-melt summer colors in a travel bag). And then there's the hair elastics I use to keep eyeliner pencils in bundles, things like that. That's helpful to me in the smaller bags especially. I don't know how people can cope with a whole face worth of stuff just tossed in randomly in one big compartment! In my old bag, I had things in clear plastic zipper bags - nothing fancy, just sandwich bag things - by category and then by color, so all the eye colors were on the left, and I could grab one bag for 'green' or whatever. I've partly weaned myself off the bags now that I have the new train case thing. I should mention that while I'm not a MUA I do a little makeup help for friends, and I also go to a lot of 'fan' science fiction conventions and hang out with people who make massive costumes. So while most of my stash is 'regular' makeup, there's a fair chunk of stage makeup, Ben Nye, and crazy color stuff in there too in case I need to do makeup for a friend's costume. So while I do kinda covet those MUA rolling-suitcase built-in lighted-vanity cases, I don't *think* I'm quite at that stage yet! (Although it would solve that lack of a vanity problem!) What do the travelling people do to keep their stashes organized? How do you sort things? It's probably just my OCD acting up a little, but I feel like I've missed something super obvious about how to sort out makeup when it isn't all over your vanity table.
This is on GlamGlow's FB and twitter. Wouldn't let me post links here, GLAMGLOW is running a promo to celebrate the founder's birthday! I thought is was a pretty amazing offer and grabbed it yesterday! For the first 400 US customers both promo codes are still available. A FULL SIZE BRIGHTMUD with POWERMUD purchase! Promo is BRIGHTPOWER. Or $59 off POWERMUD PRO (extra large powermud only available through glamglow), thought I would let everyone know! Both promos are still available!
Canadian shoppers! Remember how annoying it was when we found out that Sephora is no longer on the Canadian ebates site? It's back now! 4% cash back Enjoy!! Kinda sucks that it took them this long to have it back since I bought $300+ purchase over the last month, and could really do with the 4-8% cash back! Well at least it's back now
I've always use online batch code website to check manufacture dates for my skincare/makeup products but today I called Clinique about a serum and they told me that that's not how their system works. For example, I have a serum with the batch code B81 and it comes out as a manufacture date of August 2011. However, Clinique customer service called the supply line and said the item still has a shelf life of two years left. If you're knowledgeable on this topic, please let me know your thoughts
My SIL is a nanny for the director of a local spa and she just unloaded a ton of product and samples on her. She was awesome enough to split the haul and just brought me a goodie bag! Looks like I'll be having some fun!
I always thought I did an okay job matching my foundation shades- weather in a drugstore or in a sephora. I would always swatch on my jawline and pick which one I thought matched the best. Last week, for the first time, I had the Color IQ done at a Sephora near me and holy crap I will never ever try to match my foundation on my own again. The Color IQ match really did make a huuuge difference. My face looked flawless after the right color and foundation was applied. Once my lovely tan fades (unfortunately) I will be back (albeit paler) to get my new color IQ!
I'm taking a trip to Italy with a friend and I had a couple of things I wanted to ask about. First, any suggestions about shopping for beauty products?? Definitely Italian brands, but also other brands that aren't easily found in the U.S. (ex: Inglot, Yves Rocher are already on my list)...and I'm definitely up for trying low and high end brands! Also, any specific stores to check out? And if so, what types of products do they carry? For example, I've been trying to do some research on drugstore equivalents there, b/c I don't think it works the same way, having Walgreens/CVS type stores where they sell everything from candy and medicine to makeup and school supplies. Does one just go to the grocery store to find low end makeup? Are there specific chains you'd recommend? I feel like I should know this, I've been to Europe multiple times...just never thought to do any cosmetics shopping! :-/ Also: My friend who's coming with me has a b-day coming up, so her gift is going to be Italy/travel themed! (complete with red, white and green tissue/gift wrap, and a box of pasta ) And part of the gift is a cosmetics bag full of travel-sized toiletries. So far, I've put in shampoo, conditioner, face wash, face towelettes, body wash. Any suggestions for additional products? I can squeeze in one or two more minis in there, and I feel like I'm forgetting some other beauty essentials.... (well, there's a razor, but um..I don't feel comfortable gifting that, lol) I'm also getting her an NYX Love in Florence eye shadow palette, but I don't want to include any other makeup beyond that -- she's not much of a makeup wearer. Suggestions? Ideas? Grazie!
I've been on a massive Dolce spree lately... I tried their lipsticks and lip glosses and I'm in love! I also did my normal Kat Von D hoarding as well this month with all the new lippies. So much so, that I haven't yet did my normal Nars round up. Is there a particular brand that you have been snatching up lately anytime you have a couple of bucks in your pocket? What is the brand and how much do you think you spent on your brand addiction? And what do you love about it?
I'm sooooo excited! I just bought Bobbi Brown's Beauty Manual in Barnes and Noble the other day and loved it. I just happened to take a peek at her actual website and saw that she's got a team of makeup artists that hold workshops. I was thinking...how am I getting to CA or NY for these?!?!? Then I found out it's right at the Bobbi Brown Studio in my State! (NJ) I didn't know this place existed. Just so happens that the Basic Beauty workshop is being help next Friday from 4-8pm. It's $200 ($100 redeemable in product) If any of you are from NJ and have the $, maybe you should come with!! I'm overly excited about this ;-) Happy Monday <3
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?