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Reply: Swatches Beautiful Skin Sun-Kissed Glow Cream Bronzer in shades Fair, Medium, and Tan. L-R: Fair, Medium, TanTop-Bottom: Fair, Med ...read more
Swatches Beautiful Skin Sun-Kissed Glow Cream Bronzer in shades Fair, Medium, and Tan. L-R: Fair, Medium, TanTop-Bottom: Fair, Medium, Tan
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Reply: Well it Giving my hair days off from shampooing has been huge for the health of my hair.
Well it Giving my hair days off from shampooing has been huge for the health of my hair.
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What percentage of your beauty products are drugstore versus prestige?
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Reply: After thinking through price range cutoffs (and I’m still iffy on that, plus some brands straddle the lines), here’s my rough esti ...read more
After thinking through price range cutoffs (and I’m still iffy on that, plus some brands straddle the lines), here’s my rough estimate: Haircare includes tools. Body care excludes any product I originally bought for my face that didn’t work out. Rather than waste those products, I try most of them on my body and continue using them that way if they don’t cause a bad reaction. Oh, and I left fragrances and nail stuff off my list. Might give 'em more thought later. My personal definitions of price ranges: SpoilerDrugstore = available at US drugstores or Target (excluding Ulta): Vanicream, CeraVe, Revlon, e.l.f., NYX, Camille Rose, OGX, Sonia Kashuk, etc. Low cost = inexpensive brands not usually found at drugstores: The Inkey List, The Ordinary, ColourPop, etc. Mid range = neither cheap nor very pricey: Paula’s Choice, COSRX, Avene, Redken, Briogeo, NARS, MAC, Supergoop, LH Cosmetics, Rephr, Bobbi Brown, etc. High end = pricey stuff: Colorescience, Oribe, Virtue, Pat McGrath, Natasha Denona, Byredo, Chikuhodo, Guerlain, By Terry, Chantecaille, Dr. Barbara Sturm, etc. Drugstore = available at US drugstores or Target (excluding Ulta): Vanicream, CeraVe, Revlon, e.l.f., NYX, Camille Rose, OGX, Sonia Kashuk, etc. Low cost = inexpensive brands not usually found at drugstores: The Inkey List, The Ordinary, ColourPop, etc. Mid range = neither cheap nor very pricey: Paula’s Choice, COSRX, Avene, Redken, Briogeo, NARS, MAC, Supergoop, LH Cosmetics, Rephr, Bobbi Brown, etc. High end = pricey stuff: Colorescience, Oribe, Virtue, Pat McGrath, Natasha Denona, Byredo, Chikuhodo, Guerlain, By Terry, Chantecaille, Dr. Barbara Sturm, etc. My overall beauty shopping mental drivers: price alone =/= quality. I'm rarely swayed by pretty product packaging; I care much more about what's inside the package than how it'll look on my counter/table/etc. Performance beats prettiness. And regardless of product price range, whichever retailer offers the best overall deal gets my money. More mental drivers per category: SpoilerSkincare and body care: I'm very ingredient-driven when shopping these products because of my particular skin's sensitivities and quirks. This helps me weed out a lot of high end products. Not that I can tell exactly how a product will function based solely on its INCI list, but I do get a high level expectation that way—and man, some expensive products seem awfully overpriced. One of the very few pricey products I occasionally use is the Exuviance Performance Peel, because it has a good-for-me INCI list and it works. I like it much more than the DDG daily peels. Colorescience makes very good sun protection products that work well for me. But so much inexpensive and mid range stuff works well for me, there's no need to waste money on lots of pricey products. So I don't. Haircare: This is a trickier category for me because some things that irritate my face don't bug my scalp much. When I find a product that plays nice with my scalp, doesn't make my facial skin throw tantrums, does wonders for my hair and scalp, and doesn't cost a ton of money, I stick with it. I'm loyal enough to buy that product 2-4 bottles/tubes/cans at a time. Would any particular pricey shampoo and conditioner work better for me than Redken All Soft Mega? I'll never know 🤣—unless Redken reformulates for the worst, in which case I'll have to find something new. One of my few high end haircare products is a Dyson Supersonic and I have zero regrets about that purchase, especially since I got mine for around $60 USD during an Ulta sale with banked points and a prestige coupon. Did I mention I don't like to spend way more than necessary on things? Makeup: Here's where high end invades my life. I don't even wanna think about how much my PMG collection cost me, even with all the sales. 🤦‍♀️ But it's dang good stuff, and my pricey purchases are well balanced with great mid range and low cost options. Performance reigns supreme in this category, and there are worthy products in all price ranges. I try to see (and swatch) products in person before buying; anything that doesn't perform well as a tester (or is a completely wrong shade) becomes an easy pass. Sometimes my raven brain does get the better of me, like the time I bought a Guerlain Rouge G custom case—and I was inside a Nordstrom for that purchase, so I should've known how annoying that case would be since I played with one in person, but noooo, I had to have to pretty shiny thing that was a mirror and surely functional (not)... I love all my Rouge G lipsticks, but I never use that custom case with them. Brushes: Another category I'm glad is well represented by at least 2 price ranges, though I wish I could find less expensive brushes that perform great and play nice with my skin. (And no, I don't consider Luxie or Sephora Collection Pro brushes low cost, compared to brands like Sonia Kashuk.) And with brushes, I can't easily do the "don't be lured by visual esthetics" thing because, you know, a brush's shape helps determine how it'll perform, as does its handle shape and weight. I'd be happy to own Sonia G.'s Lotus set even if those brush handles weren't so prettily purple. They're great brushes. 🤷‍♀️ I don't like to "collect" brushes I won't actually use, so that helps me avoid overspending. Skincare and body care: I'm very ingredient-driven when shopping these products because of my particular skin's sensitivities and quirks. This helps me weed out a lot of high end products. Not that I can tell exactly how a product will function based solely on its INCI list, but I do get a high level expectation that way—and man, some expensive products seem awfully overpriced. One of the very few pricey products I occasionally use is the Exuviance Performance Peel, because it has a good-for-me INCI list and it works. I like it much more than the DDG daily peels. Colorescience makes very good sun protection products that work well for me. But so much inexpensive and mid range stuff works well for me, there's no need to waste money on lots of pricey products. So I don't. Haircare: This is a trickier category for me because some things that irritate my face don't bug my scalp much. When I find a product that plays nice with my scalp, doesn't make my facial skin throw tantrums, does wonders for my hair and scalp, and doesn't cost a ton of money, I stick with it. I'm loyal enough to buy that product 2-4 bottles/tubes/cans at a time. Would any particular pricey shampoo and conditioner work better for me than Redken All Soft Mega? I'll never know —unless Redken reformulates for the worst, in which case I'll have to find something new. One of my few high end haircare products is a Dyson Supersonic and I have zero regrets about that purchase, especially since I got mine for around $60 USD during an Ulta sale with banked points and a prestige coupon. Did I mention I don't like to spend way more than necessary on things? Makeup: Here's where high end invades my life. I don't even wanna think about how much my PMG collection cost me, even with all the sales. 🤦‍ But it's dang good stuff, and my pricey purchases are well balanced with great mid range and low cost options. Performance reigns supreme in this category, and there are worthy products in all price ranges. I try to see (and swatch) products in person before buying; anything that doesn't perform well as a tester (or is a completely wrong shade) becomes an easy pass. Sometimes my raven brain does get the better of me, like the time I bought a Guerlain Rouge G custom case—and I was inside a Nordstrom for that purchase, so I should've known how annoying that case would be since I played with one in person, but noooo, I had to have to pretty shiny thing that was a mirror and surely functional (not)... I love all my Rouge G lipsticks, but I never use that custom case with them. Brushes: Another category I'm glad is well represented by at least 2 price ranges, though I wish I could find less expensive brushes that perform great and play nice with my skin. (And no, I don't consider Luxie or Sephora Collection Pro brushes low cost, compared to brands like Sonia Kashuk.) And with brushes, I can't easily do the "don't be lured by visual esthetics" thing because, you know, a brush's shape helps determine how it'll perform, as does its handle shape and weight. I'd be happy to own Sonia G.'s Lotus set even if those brush handles weren't so prettily purple. They're great brushes. 🤷‍ I don't like to "collect" brushes I won't actually use, so that helps me avoid overspending. Thanks for making this thread, @greeneyedgirl107 ; this was a neat exercise!
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Recommendations for a thin, watery foundation with decent coverage
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Reply: @emmys1972 have you looked into Dior BACKSTAGE Face & Body Foundation ? It's more on the runny side with a light medium coverage. ...read more
@emmys1972 have you looked into Dior BACKSTAGE Face & Body Foundation ? It's more on the runny side with a light medium coverage. I wouldn't say it's watery but it's very light.
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Makeup Challenge of the Week 2021/2022
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Reply: @CookieGirl1 thank you! The shimmer shades from Green-Brown saved it. ...read more
@CookieGirl1 thank you! The shimmer shades from Green-Brown saved it.
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2022 PRODUCT RELEASES THREAD!!!
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Reply: @CookieGirl1 the page is up! Highlighters and bronzers. No single pans for the bronzers yet, though.  ...read more
@CookieGirl1 the page is up! Highlighters and bronzers. No single pans for the bronzers yet, though. 
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100 Shades of Eyeshadow Challenge
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Reply: @Saradestin whoa, you killed it with that look! ...read more
@Saradestin whoa, you killed it with that look!
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Reply: @Saradestin It looks great! I love neons  ...read more
@Saradestin It looks great! I love neons 🙂
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Sephora Favorites Sets : share your thoughts, questions and pics
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Reply: @ohheyitscindyk I almost caved on one of these! Both are a pretty good value. ...read more
@ohheyitscindyk I almost caved on one of these! Both are a pretty good value.
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