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Holiday Shopping Advice Thread: What’s in your basket?

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It’s that time of year, BIC! As the holiday season begins, we know many of you are going to be thinking about upcoming shopping decisions. Whether you’re checking off gifts for your loved ones, or looking to treat yourself, we want to know: What beauty goodies are on your list this year? Got a solid strategy for getting the most out of the holiday sales and deals? Let Community know how you’re building your basket!

 

Click the “Reply” button below to share your holiday shopping list, post pics of your holiday hauls, or ask other members for gifting/product advice! 😊

Re: Holiday Shopping Advice Thread: What’s in your basket?

Looking forward to splurging on some lippies. What’s your favorite for rich deep jewel tones?

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Hi! I don’t know if you’re looking for shimmer shades or mattes, but I have a couple mattes I like! They’re mostly purple-y shades. FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna Two Lil Mattemoiselles Spanked/ Griselda  is a really good set of two, one is a dark plummy color and the other one is sort of a nude-ish dusty rose color? From FENTY I also like the FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick Flamingo Acid color, which I’d say is a little bit of a brighter purpley-red color. Hope this helped!

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For myself and gifts for family members I have Addict eau de parfum by Dior, F*ucking Fabulous by Tom Ford,Tower28 lip glosses,Natasha denona mini zendo Palette and dior couleur couture eyeshadow Palette in my cart.

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For myself I'm thinking about ordering Dior Miss Dior Eau de Parfum 1 oz/ 30 mL Eau de Parfum Spray 

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Protein v. Non Protein hair masks - how do you know which is good for your hair?

 

I've been interested in  Briogeo Be Gentle, Be Kind™ Avocado + Kiwi Mega Moisture Superfoods Hair Mask and it boasts protein free. But I've also been using Redkin's bleach line (though my hair isn't bleached, just super over-processed). Has anyone tried both or used the no protein mask and had good results?

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I absolutely love this mask.  It leaves my hair feeling and smelling amazing.  It truly feels like something a pricy salon would offer.  I actually rotate this with the Briogeo “don’t despair, repair” conditioner.  If you are concerned about too much protein, that’s the way to go.  Moisture one week and protein the next ( with whatever deep conditioners you decide on) 

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@Kim888 When you say the bleach line, are you talking about Extreme (the blue bottle)?  

I'm no expert so I don't really have much of the science down here but at one point the ends of my hair were white blonde so I picked up a little bit of know-how.  Proteins are one of the more tricky subjects, it's so easy for things to overdue.  You mentioned that your hair's in a little bit of distress.  When your hair is wet, give the strands a little tug.  If the hair almost feels like it's a gummy texture, you're going to need to throw some protein in to help the integrity.  

I almost exclusively use protein free masks and then add in a protein treatment maybe once a week.  

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@Nickelliebear1 @The blue line. I don’t think my hair feels gummy, just super super dry and the ends are a bit straw-y ( though it’s been a while since I had a haircut). Sounds like the mask with no protein might be better then

 

thank you for your help!!

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@Kim888 I'm still learning the protein vs. moisture balance for my own hair and yep, it's confusing to understand. I think what type of hair mask you use depends on what your hair needs at the time so sometimes one with protein would be fine whereas other times you should avoid it, yeah, super helpful I know. Hair needs protein but using too many products with it can damage hair. There was a point when my hair felt almost straw-like which is one of the signs of protein overload. I think they describe when your hair feels overly soft to a point of squishiness as a sign of moisture overload. I think Manes by Mell on YouTube has a good video on it. Hope that helps! I guess from my unprofessional stance, masks without protein would be safer since you wouldn't risk overdoing protein, though too much moisture can not be good for the hair too. 🤷

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@ShortErica thanks for your thoughts! That makes sense and I’ll check out the video you suggested!

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Glad it makes sense @Kim888 cause sometimes I ramble. I really want to see a professional so they could tell me more but haven't cut my hair in a while.

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@Kim888 - That is an interesting question!  This mask is on my Loves list, but haven't bought it yet.  I never noticed that it was protein free.  I am interested in it because of the ingredients and it supposedly will do for my hair what I'm looking for in a mask.  I never considered the protein question or what role that might have.

Re: Holiday Shopping Advice Thread: What’s in your basket?

Definitely SEPHORA COLLECTION Holy Sheet! 

 

Also First Aid Beauty All That FAB  and Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez Best of Rare Beauty Lip & Cheek Set look like great gifting sets or stocking stuffers.

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@TeamBIC  The one at-Sephora thing I want most for myself won't launch (at Sephora) until December, unfortunately. But if PAT McGRATH LABS Celestial Divinity Luxe Quad Risqué Rose is still available during the sale, I might grab that. 

 

I do need a new daily moisturizer to replace my beloved Youth To The People Superfood Air-Whip Moisturizer with Hyaluronic Acid since YTTP just reformulated it with bad-for-me fragrance components. 😞 I'll add a few new-to-me moisturizers to my cart to test. Might also grab a few as gifts for others. I'll also give CeraVe Moisturizing Cream another chance and see if my face appreciates it, now that my skin's plenty adjusted to retinol. 

 

I'm sure I'll come up with more cart items within the next 16 days. 😄

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@WinglessOne so do you use The INKEY List Peptide Moisturizer for day or night or both? I don't feel like I'm too versed in moisturizers (I guess I need to try more 😉) but what are you looking for? Hopefully someone will have a good suggestion for a replacement. Shame on them for reformulating!

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@ShortErica  I'm testing TIL peptides moisturizer only at night this month, to see if if might be a good AM moisturizer during winter. (It's not remotely chilly enough during daytime right now to test in the AM.) When I use the (old) YTTP Superfood moisturizer on below-freezing days, I have to supplement it with a facial oil or Aquaphor. (Sure, I could just use Aquaphor each day, but I don't need something that occlusive every day.) 

 

A good moisturizer for me must include at least one occlusive, one emollient, and some form of hyaluronic acid. My derm insists I use one that also contains cholesterol, which was missing from the YTTP moisturizer. Bonus points for a good amount of antioxidants. Major bonus points for ceramides (also missing from YTTP). And it has to work on my entire face—all my dry zones, my crazy "can't decide what type I am" forehead, and the grease pit in the middle of my face. Must not contain citrus oils (ideally no citrus extracts, either), lavender oil, lavender extract, damask rose oil, damask rosewater, and pretty much any other essential perfuming oil. 

 

The last time I tried CeraVe Moisturizing Cream as an AM moisturizer, my skin wasn't amused. But that could've been a reaction to something else at the time. If my skin can handle TIL Peptide Moisturizer like a champ, then the CeraVe cream should be fine. Buuuuut I want a bit more out of my moisturizer than that cream provides. So I'm also going to buy a travel size Paula's Choice Omega+ moisturizer: I tried a foil sample last year during a trip to Florida and my face liked it a lot. I have high hopes for it. 

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Oh cool. You're a wealth of knowledge as always @WinglessOne. If I stumble across one that meets your criteria I'll let you know. Hope the Paula's Choice one lives up to your expectations.

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I got 2 Briogeo Merry Multi-Masking Kit ft. Don’t Despair Repair Deep Conditioning Honey Bear Hair Mask kits - one for me and one for my mom during the friends and family sale. I previously got a deluxe sample of innisfree Super Volcanic Clusters Pore Clearing Clay Mask with a different order that I have to try. If it goes well I may be treating myself to innisfree Volcanic Holiday Set 😊

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I have a whole lots of WANT but i will try to limit myself to pick up only NEED 🤣 We'll see how i do 😀

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I just asked for the beautyblender Rocket To Flawless Blend & Cleanse Sponge Set as a gift, maaayyyybbbee drops some hints to someone.  I sent them a link 😂

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@danielledanielle You’re so smart 😘 I normally showed things to my hubby saying “This is nice” and I would get a Sephora GC 😂🤣

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