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allo everyone!  It's been a while since we've had a quiz!  I thought we'd make it sensory themed!!!!   SIGHT   1. what's your favourite colour? 2. sunrises or sunsets?  3. When swimming goggles or no goggles?  4. Features on people do you find most pleasing are...   HEARING   5. a sound you hear right now is.... 6. a sound that drives you crazy is... 7. what's your reaction when you hear crying babies?    TOUCH   8. are you ticklish? 9. do you like the prickles when your feet go numb? 10. do you hug people when you first meet?      SMELL   11. what food scent gives you the most pleasure? 12. what's your favourite perfume? 13. Do you like the smell of gasoline?    TASTE   14. What food did you hate as a kid but like now? 15.  what food do you like to eat all by itself?  16.  You're cooking dinner for ten. What do you make?         
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I know many with what sephora did, but this is something very imp,she is fellow BTer many know her, I don't know her BT name, but she did a video on meganlisa( BTer) mystery box, I just followed her on YouTube since then, I never spoke to her, not even in BT, I also follow her on India and today I saw her post on instagram, that her both girls of 2, 3 age are kidnapped, I am not from her state, don't know what to do, posting it here, so that u all check and repost on instagram, I just want to create a post on fb and share, it just reach the correct person and help her, attaching her insta pics, please do check. I feel so bad for here, I can understand how much she is suffering with all our prayers, I wish she can meet her kids soon, sending her hugs, we all are with u.
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tl;dr - If you could pick JUST ONE go-to place for makeup, skincare, & fragrance, beyond Sephora, what would it be and why?     Hi BTers,   Like many of you, I am super fed up with Sephora right now. I'm a Rouge (for whatever good that does me at this point), I spend a lot of money on beauty products, and I feel like I could be getting a much better bang for my buck somewhere else.   That said, I got into makeup through Sephora, and I'm not really sure what my best options are outside of that. I know about some of them; I've checked out Ulta, and department stores are obviously on the list, but I don't have experience with any of them. And the biggest thing tying me to Sephora still is the convenience of the one-stop shop; I'd like to replace Sephora with just one other beauty source, if possible (plus Sephora for whatever exclusives they have, sadly). So I'm turning to the experts - you guys! I feel like many people could use some advice of this kind right about now.   Here's what I'd ideally like in a go-to beauty source:  - As much of a one-stop shop as possible  - Reasonable way to get free shipping  - Free returns  - Good rewards program   Obviously there's no getting around Sephora exclusives, but I'd like to go somewhere else (ideally just ONE other place) for everything else. I'd go to Ulta in a heartbeat for their rewards program that everyone raves about, and I may yet do just that, but they don't carry a lot of the higher-end brands that I've gotten myself hooked on, so I'm looking for suggestions beyond that. And many of the department stores seem to unlock their full potential only if you use their store credit card, which I'd prefer not to do.   SO, beauty gurus, what say you??
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I just joined ebates and I'm thinking of starting to order from Ulta online. Is their shipping pretty reliable? How's their customer service for online orders? I've only orders from Sephora online.   TIA!
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Its with sad news that inform you guys. You guys saw neko grow along with me. I shared his life. Today i just left the vet hospital. They are going to euthanize him. I dont even know how im going to cope at work.
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Regrettably, most of us have had those really bad funks, or experienced sad occasions: work failures, job applications, break-ups, and the like...just not feeling like yourself. While I don't necessarily think the proper response to feeling sad is to spend away your woes, every once in a while I think we all need a pick-me-up or a pamper session, even if that pick-me-up can't always be a Birkin Bag or an Apple watch ( ).   So my question to you is: within a reasonable price range (let's cap it at $50, but you can also say what you'd do with a cap budget of $100), how would you pamper yourself to feel better?   Does that come in the form of a mani/pedi, a blow-out, trip to the brow bar, spa, haircut, etc., or in the form of a skincare product, a lipstick, or techy gadget? Or a nice meal with a few friends?   Or, do you spend nothing at all? Do you go on a long walk on your own, or spend time with friends and have a picnic using whatever's stocked in your fridge? I want to know! I think mending oneself from within is just as much an aspect of beauty, regardless of how, or with what we do to get there Thanks for sharing!
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I really want to get back into reading, but a lot of the books I come across in the library are lacking in originality. I thought what better place than to ask you lovely ladies on some of your favorite reads! I love anything that is comedic, inspirational/thought provoking, a tear jerker, basically anything with a story line that is well written.
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So the other day (two days ago), I went to go pick up my Nars Outer Limits but I also wanted another of the new MJ Highliners... so I asked for it. And I think my Sephora has two managers? But my favorite one, Carla, wasn't there or was in the back so I talked to the other one with high authority. .. I asked her about the new high liners and told her how I wanted another one but that they weren't out on the floor, that I had bought the Orange Crush one and wanted more. So she started saying they don't have any, etc.. so I kept telling her "Oh.. but I bought one of the new ones the other day.. so I thought.." But she was basically saying they don't have them because those were left over from LAST year, lol. I was like "Oh I thought they were new" .. (they are, of course).. and I told her about the champagne one since it's the first one that popped in my head but she was like "OH, yeah, I know which ones they are but they're from last year, not new."  >_> I was like "Ohhhh okay, thanks..I'm.. going to go now and yeah, pick up my item on hold."   And I like.. side stepped away... lol. I think it's awkward when you walk in and ask for a new item and they don't know what you're talking about so you're both stuck in awkward limbo.. or like that that they claim it was a last year product and not new at all. 
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Hi loves!   This is something I've been holding in for a very long time. It's been a while since I've been on this community and chatted with some of you, but I've been busy with school and building my life back up. Why you ask? Well, in my last post on this Beauty Confession page, I was going through a pretty hard time. That was two years ago. I was 16. Now, I'm 18. Seemed like yesterday, but I'm here and I glad I am with a very different mindset for the better. I'm still a VIB Rouge, which makes me proud. I am! I still have my issues from time to time, but what better way to deal with them is to spread some positivity to those around me. I feel that it's my purpose to help others even if they don't need it. So here we go!    What I wanted to discuss today is about recent articles about beauty I've seen for the last couple of months that have really crunched my gears. "Men Prefer Less Makeup" or "Natural Beauty Is Best!" Yes, everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but... How about "Be Yourself Always And Let Those Who Shun You Say What They Want?"  It is such a shame to live in a society where we put appearance first as opposed to our personalities. It was heartbreaking when I realized that people will judge you by the outside first when its the light within us that shines through. I've been wearing makeup for about five years now. I started wearing makeup because I was very self-conscious and I figured it was something to help me hide what I hated the most about myself. Five years later, I found out that makeup is my absolute passion beyond passion. Makeup didn't help me hide anything, but exposed me much more. I can be myself and express who I am when I'm wearing makeup. I am me and the most confident when I step out the front door with my 20+ minutes of hard work and compassion towards my beloved products. I feel like a walking piece of art every time I go out because that's who I am. For the women or men out there who feel that you have to change who you are and what you look like for anyone else, DON'T. Life is too short to hinder your expression of true self. You are NOT worth anyone's time or criticism to hold back. Be fearless. Keep learning and most importantly, respect yourself and those around you. That's what's beautiful.    I hope I didn't offend anyone in this little blurb. Makeup is an art. Art is undefined. My only motive is to enlighten everyone to be themselves. That's not to much to ask. Have a good one. xx   PS: This message was inspired by Wayne Goss's latest video on YouTube. He is amazing. Here's the video: https://youtu.be/iKDsOHxyOzA 
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WHEEEE. april was fun. i'll post mine here but i'm going to add a pic later, because that is fun too.   basically, i got super lucky during the sale and have been super in love / obsessed with what i wound up with. i was thinking...i can't leave most of it off ! and unusually for me, my april faves was entirely about makeup, as my skincare stayed the same.   i finally took the plunge and bought a powder. and i'm so glad i did. NARS light reflecting loose powder has given me skin of satin. within a week of purchasing, i had an event where i was photograph a lot, and this powder was MAGIC. i actually had it with me for touch ups and such, and turned a lot of people onto it, which i think is an endorsement in and of itself ! NARS illuminator copacabana . yes, i had a scare when i had a rash-like reaction pop up after about 10 days of regular use. i had to stop using for about 5 days, but i'm in the clear and so is the illuminator. i think it was a food allergy reaction (womp womp). i've heard people say they think the NARS illuminators are not great for day as they're so shimmery, but copa, on me at least, is very natural. i don't feel overdone at all, it's easily  blendable  but then dries down and stays. adore, happy i went with this instead of the multiple which i think would be slightly more obvious ?? URBAN DECAY single eyeshadow in free love. in the pan it looks a bit outrageous, but on my lids it looks remarkably natural. it's also taught me i've been going for the wrong shades when i want a naturalish lid look--warm pinks and peaches rather than ANYTHING that resembles yellow.  SEPHORA COLLECTION contour eye pencil / waterproof. this range of eyeliners is awesome. i got strawberry macaroon and i adore it. i'll get more. STILA stay all day liquid lipsticks in tesoro (red-orange) and amore (desaturated plum). i continue my love affair of this range of liquid lipsticks and purchased these 2 colors this month. and they are bomb. evidence of my love for them is in the WAYWT thread. SHAKAI body lotion in sandalwood . smells sooooo good. costs $6 at hippie grocery store win. TOKYO MILK DARK, arsenic. i originally got this in the spring of 2011 in a small town in texas, of all places. it was instant love and intoxication. i wore it exclusively for probably 2 years (it lasts a lot time with regular use!). i kept the bottle around but never repurchased until this month. this is my favorite from the line (which has a lot of properly amazing scents). but i think it's one of the more unsung heros (behind tainted love--which i also own--and everything & nothing--which i considered purchasing because i loved the name of it). i'll add more if any come to me and will post a pic too, later   what about you guys ??
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Following a wonderful month of April deals comes MAY, one of the most colourful months of the year for me!!   I love all the fun sets and gorgeous shades that pop up in May!   May makes me want to clean out colours I'm not using and stock up on some gorgeous new shades!   i hope everyone has an a-may-zing month!!!  😛    
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Sephora Show & Tell
  What's New Wednesday: Hot Picks - Tracy J   MAKE UP FOR EVER Pro Bronze Fusion Transform into a bronzed beauty with Pro Bronze Fusion from MUFE. It delivers a sunkissed glow that’s a gorgeous bronze hue yet completely natural-looking (because no one wants to appear orange). I love it because it’s a lightweight gel-powder formula, so it applies and blends seamlessly for the perfect luminosity. It comes in six shades to suit all skintones and works best when used with the Pro Bronze Kabuki Brush.   Sunday Riley Flora Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil Say goodbye to wrinkles and dry skin with this ultra-hydrating, luxurious face oil. It’s enriched with nourishing Russian, Turkish, and Bulgarian red roses in a rich base of hydrating botanicals - high in antioxidants - to protect against environmental damage and visible signs of aging. It improves skin’s elasticity and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for a youthful-looking complexion. I like to layer it with my foundation in the morning for the ultimate glow.   Urban Decay Revolution High-Color Lip Gloss This must-have lip gloss is available in 14 stunning, ultra-pigmented hues you will not be able to resist. Each gloss hydrates and defines for a fuller look and features a super-rich texture for flawless application. They come in cream and glitter finishes in fun, bold brights, neutral shades, and deep, dark tones. From Liar (medium pink nude) to Punch Drunk (bright orange) to Apocalypse (deep purple), you can create looks for a casual daytime outing or a night on the town. What's new on the site that's caught your eye this week? Show and Tell!
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Hi everyone,   I thought I'd alert you about something that I've heard has been going on in my neighborhood and may be going on in yours.  I'm sure most people are aware to be careful of sending checks and things in the mail by leaving them in your personal mailbox with the flag up.    I found out that a neighbor of mine walked out of her house to find a car parked right in front of her mailbox.  One man was in the car and one was walking towards the box.  When he saw her, the driver shouted at the other man to hurry.  The second man reached into the mailbox, grabbed the mail, and they left in a hurry with screeching tires and everything.  Luckily, my neighbor had only put a thank you card in there.    I just wanted to post this and tell everyone that if they are mailing things especially with financial information (like checks, etc) to drop it off in a secured mailbox like the blue USPS mailboxes that are everywhere.  DO NOT send checks through the mail from your home mailbox.   This all may be common sense but I just thought I'd reiterate it. 
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So there was is so much fun discussion going on in the thread about the Canadian exclusive Bite collection about snacks.  Especially about snacks that Canada has that the US does not.  So I thought I'd make a thread where we can discuss further.  This all started when MichelleShops said something about ketchup chips!  Makes me want to trade some makeup for snacks! 
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Here is a fun incident related to Sephora hauls that I thought You guys will enjoy too. I was expecting last two of my sale packages today so when mail man delivered them this morning, I immediately opened first one and was a bit surprised to see a coverFx contour kit, Sephora eye shadow palette and a few more things. I checked the invoice then and it was named for someone else in my building. After making sure the other package was mine, I went down stairs to see if the security guy at reception knows who this other person is because there was no unit# on invoice. Mail man was also standing there with a few other management people. I told him this is not my package and I opened it without paying attention on the name. He said oh I am so sorry, infact more than 90% of sephora packages I deliver in this building are yours so I just check the name on first one and thought second will be yours as well because you know how frequently you have Sephora orders to be delivered. With this all the men standing there start smiling.     Oh man, I couldn't decide if I should laugh or be embarrassed. I mean it is a huge building and still if there is a Sephora package it is assumed to be for me Anyways he came upstairs with me and we found the unit # on the mailing label so he went to deliver that package to right person. I have no idea what that lady might have said when she saw her package already opened.....Then he came in the afternoon again to deliver my second package which he said was hidden under other mail and he didn't saw it when he first came in the morning. Apparently he was thoroughly absent minded today but it made me think if I am really spending too much @ Sephora.
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I have Wednesdays off from work and today was soooo nice. So I thought I'd start a warm weather picture gallery. Enjoy!     ^  That's me trying to tan... as my uber white skin reflects the frigging sun -.- lol
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I read a quote that someone posted on their office door that said "confidence is not feeling like you are better than everyone else, it is being able to walk into a room and know that you do not have to compare yourself to anyone". Knowing how much encouragement and kindness you bring to BT every day, I hope you have confidence and enjoy the time with your family. And if not, fake it with a little of this:
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Needed to create a thread so I could upload a personal picture for my avatar. This was so weird. Did anyone else have this problem too?
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I know this is frequently discussed on BT, but I hadn't experienced it my self until today. This was an online order from bloomingdales, not in store at a counter. I have no "status" at bloomingdales (does that even exist?). So this is how us regular folk are treated   I knew going in that with an $85 purchase, I would get the two nars goodies, but my surprise was the 6 samples I received. There was no indication I would receive samples ... and they are actually good ones! The only bonus offer added to my cart was the Nars GWP.   We get excited that sephora lets us pick 5 samples 1 week out of the year. Meanwhile, over at bloomies, they throw them in without mention!   With my $85 purchase, I received:   NARS signature pouch DS Illuminator in Orgasm (0.3 oz, 8mL) Mini Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Via Veneto (0.01 oz, 0.3g) Plus:   Prada Candy Florale, EDT (1.5ml 0.05 fl oz) Tom Ford Neroli Portofino EDP (1.5 ml 0.05 fl oz) Tory Burch EDP  (1.5 ml 0.05 fl oz) NARCISCO by Narcisco Rodriguez EDP ( 0.8 ml 0.02 fl oz My Burberry by Burberry EDP (2.0  ml 0.07 fl oz) Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Foundation in Natural (1.5 ml 0.05 fl oz) Oh well, back to real life!  
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I am wanting to get my mom something nice this year for mothers day. Can we ask real moms out there what they would appreciate as a gift.It can be something made, something cooked, perfume, make up, skin care. It can be anything,  hopefully this will help some of us out. Thanks for everyone who participates (: 
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I am new to this beauty talk and as I am browsing some threads about TSB (?) or so. One of their rules is that you should have a specific number of hearts. How do you give and get hearts? A dumb question but yeah, could somebody help me out? Thanks!!!!
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Make up is forever changing and many times can define a decade. Looks throughout history were very different. Which era do you wish you were born in? This video shows Women's Make Up Through History and although it wasn't shown my favorite era for make was the Roaring 20s. Dark eyes and red lips, what's not to love? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g08-_NExOX0
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So I recently started a blog about skincare, makeups and just overall beauty and lifestyle.  I wanted to let BeautyTalk know and ask for support from all you beauties.  I hope this isn't out of place, because Beauty Talk is part of my inspiration and reasoning for starting a blog. Plus, I buy 95% of my products from Sephora.   If you like what you see, please support me by following on Google+ and/or Bloglovin. You can find me by searching for callmefafi.   Thanks!
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Hey guys,   I'm putting together a gift baskets for my mom for mothers day. I'm not sure what all to include. Do you guys have any product recommendations?    Ya'll are always so helpful.  Thanks in advance!  
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I just received my Smashbox + Donald Robertson lipstick and it is missing the sleeve. I am so sad! Part of the appeal for me was the pretty packaging and I can't help feeling disappointed about it. I like to keep LE packaging although most of the time it is just a bit of a pain to keep the products in them, lol!   Do you ever buy products just for their pretty packaging? Do you keep the products inside or do you store it another way?
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I just realized I've become obsessed with matte eyeshadows. I hated matte eyeshadows, like, last month. With my hooded eyes, mattes just look so much better above my crease and they tend to stay a lot longer. I've worn matte shadows every single day this week so far, and I don't want to stop!   Anyone else a flip-flopper on beauty products? What product(s) did you used to hate and now love? Or the other way around, products you used to love and now hate?  
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Sephora Show & Tell
  Made with Love: Gotta-Have Founder Picks - Lauren P   Stella McCartney Stella Eau de Toilette Look no further than Stella McCartney to create a fragrance that exudes both feminine sophistication and playfulness. A fresh take on her classic eau de parfum, this fragrance’s refined florals, sweet Bulgarian rose, and rich amber come together for an energetic, addictive scent. From the very first spray, it’s sure to bring out your own youthful radiance and add the perfect finishing touch to any ensemble.   Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette and Brush Kat Von D’s eye palette demystifies the makeup secrets of the pros. Learn how to define and enhance eyes like a beauty expert. Get schooled by this palette’s step-by-step guide and three color quads with neutral, cool, and warm shades that let you achieve the art of eye contouring. You’ll find yourself revamping your look in no time!   Drybar The Royal Treatment: The Ultimate Nourishing Kit From pollution to too many fun days in the sun to over-washing…some days your hair just needs that extra boost! Drybar founder Alli Webb’s hand-picked hair kit will help you transform your dry, damaged, or lackluster hair into a mane that flaunts improved moisture, shine, and smoothness. It includes her own faves: Sake Bomb Shampoo and Conditioner to soften; Mudslide Nourishing Hair Mask to deeply hydrate and nourish; Hot Toddy UV & Heat Protectant to protect your locks from heat damage; and 100 Proof Treatment Oil to keep flyaways at bay. Trust me—it’ll leave your tresses looking truly revived.   What's new on the site that's caught your eye this week? Show and Tell! 
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I find that Sephora often lacks information on ingredients, often just mentioning some active ingredients or nothing at all.    On the other hand, Nordstrom has much more information on ingredients. Why doesn't Sephora include  ingredients list in their product information?    I mean, it's not too hard to gather information by myself, but it definitely would be nicer and time-saving...    
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Sephora Show & Tell
  It's live chat day on BeautyTalk! Today we're chatting with Josie Maran and Susanne Langmuir, the founder of Bite Beauty. It's Susanne's first time on BeautyTalk, so give her a good welcome (and feel free to suggest new colors for the upcoming lippies of the month...I know you want to ).   The chat is open now for BTers, so head on over to ask a question!   Ask a Question HERE :  http://community.sephora.com/t5/Ask-The-Experts/Li ve-Chat-with-Josie-Maran-and-Bite-Beauty/m-p/19635 ...    
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I'm here until May 2nd! Do any of you ladies and gents have tips for places to go/shop?? My heart broke today because I went into Sephora and they had the Givenchy Confetti Powder in display but it was sold out :-( Hoping I can find it while I'm here!   Thanks in advance!