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Beauty Challenge: Your Sweet 15 (Favorite Products)!

Here's the thing: I work for a beauty company, so I tend to get stuff for free. This is not a boast (that would be totally rude), I'm telling you this to let you know that when I DO spend my money on beauty products (which I still do...A LOT), it's to buy things that I truly love. And after working at Sephora for a while, I find myself buying the same things over and over. Let's call them my Sweet 15 (sound familiar? Smiley Happy).


Today's Beauty Challenge is a doozy: What are YOUR Sweet 15 products? It seems like a high number, but I actually had to cut some things off of my list! So beauty junkies like yourself should have no problem. I broke mine up into my top 3 categories: Color, Skincare and Nail. You can organize yours however you'd like.


Show & Tell in the comments (I'm super excited about this one)!


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Color: NARS Concealer, Benefit BADgal Lash Mascara, Too Faced Shadow Insurance, Bobbi Brown SPF 15 Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion


Skincare: Ole Henriksen Truth Serum® Vitamin C Collagen Booster, Boscia Luminizing Black Mask, Koh Gen Do Spa Water, Kate Somerville ExfoliKate® Intensive Exfoliating Treatment, Clarisonic Skincare Brush


Nail: Julep Freedom™ Polymer Top Coat, Sephora by OPI Nail Colour Drying Drops,Sephora Collection Instant Nail Polish Remover, JinSoon Nail Lacquer, Butter London Nail Foundation™ Flawless Basecoat

Re: Beauty Challenge: Your Sweet 15 (Favorite Products)!

Oooh pictures! We love pictures, thanks! And I use my tarte blush everyday - it's another one that didn't make it to the list, lol.

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My 15 from my current stash lol.


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In no particular order:

1.  Benefit Dandelion (my go to)

2.  Tarte Smooth Operator Finishing Powder

3.  NARS Laguna Bronzer (summer fav!)

4.  Tarte Blush in Magic (summer fav!)

5.  Tarte Bronzer in Stellar

6.  Tarte Powder in Angelic

7.  Urban Decay Primer Potion ( a must have!)

8.  Buxom Lip Gloss in Pink Lady (a toned down bright pink)

9.  NARS Lipstick in Cruising 

10.  Benefit Fake Up Concealer in Light

11.  Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Liner in Underground  (my fav eye liner)

12.  Sephora Waterproof Retractable Lip Liner in Nude

13.  Urban Decay Build Your Own Palette (currently contains Walk of Shame, Free Love, and Asphyxia

14.  Urban Decay Naked Basic Palette

15.  Urban Decay Naked Palette


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1. Stila eyeshadow palette: In The Light

2. Benefit: Hello Flawless liquid foundation (for the good skin days Smiley Tongue )

3. Kat Von D: Lock It Foundation (for the hormonal skin days, lol)

4. Benefit Cosmetics: Girl Meets Pearl

5. Makeup Forever: Mist & Fix

6.Dior: Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum

7. Tarte for True Blood™ Limited-Edition Natural Cheek Stain

8. Too Faced: complexion perfection kit- bronzer/blush/highlighter trio

9. Buxom: Lipgloss in Starr

10. Be a Bombshell: eyeliner in Onyx


11. Ole Henrikson Truth Serum

12. Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment


13. Calvin Klein: Euphoria

14. Marc Jacobs: Lola

15. Dior: J'adore

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@janinebt - It took me soooo long to come with that list of only 15! A lot of things fell off.


@beautylovingirl - I used my MUFE Finishing Powder every day! It's another thing I hoard if I happen to come across a mini of it.


@JesMakeup - Welcome! I've been looking at that Dior Lip Maximizer for ages, I'm thinking about giving it a go!

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I am a product junkie so Dior Addict products will be most of my favorites.

1. Dior Capture Totale One Essential

2. Unban decay24/7 Concealer Pencil  

3. Dior Rouge Dior Nude Lip Blush

4. MUFE Aqua Cream

5. Dior Addict Lip Maximizer High Volume Lip Plumper

6. Benefit Fine One One

7. Julep Smoky Pastels Nail Color

8. To Faced The Secret To No Makeup Makeup

9. Dior Rosy Glow Healthy Glow Awakening Blush

10. Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara

11. Benefit They're Real! Mascara

12. Nars Blush/Bronzer Duo

13. Dior Addict Lipstick

14. ExfoliKate® Intensive Exfoliating Treatment

15.Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

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1. MAC Studiofix Powder Foundation

2.Dior Forever Flawless Foundation

3. Dior Forever Flawless Pressed face powder- I love this because it doesn't change the color of your foundation even though it is a medium color.

4. L'Occitane almond shower oil

5.L'Occitane Supple Body Oil

6. Dior Diorshow Mascara

7.MUFE HD Finishing powder

8. Nars Eye Shawdow in Tiaga

9.Lorac Eye Shawdow in Star Studded

10. MUFE Clear Lipliner

11. Shiseido Nourishing Mascara Base

12. L'Occitane Foot cream

13.Dior Brow Styler pencil

14.Bare Minerals Prime Time Primer

15.Hourglass mineral veil Primer


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Just 15?! Don't you mean 150? Haha just kidding, but seriously how hard of a decision!

1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo

2. Diorshow Black Out Mascara

3. NARS blush in Taos

4. Diorshow Black Out Mascara


6. Kat Von D Lock N' Load Setting Spray

7. Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Dry Shampoo

8. L' Occitane hand creams

9. Josie Maran Argan Oil

10. Illamasqua nail polishes (each and every one is great!)

11. Dior Addict Lip Glow

12. Urban Decay Primer Potion

13. Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation Primer

14. Buxom Full-On Lip Polish

Whimsically yours,

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@beautytester - I'm going to get a sample next time I'm in store. I have combination skin, but sometimes I do get that dry eye thing.


@garnett - I picked the UD Perversion eyeliner because I use it the most but I haven't met a UD eyeliner I didn't like either!


@starletta8 - That's the best way to tell if it works! I was at dinner last night and the waitress wouldn't give me a glass of wine because I didn't have my ID on me. And I was probably older than her! (Thanks, Ole Truth Serum!)


@crazyzeeRN - Butterfly was the FIRST fragrance I ever bought from Sephora (long before I even worked here). I love it!


@sephoramusthave - I do love Buxom lipsticks, my Shanghai almost made the cut!


@runy - Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Liner is the TRUTH. I do my every day cat eye with Espresso Ink.

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  1. LORAC Blush in Peach (my everyday blush)
  2. MAC Paintpot in Groundwork (must have for oily lids; great base)
  3. Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Liner, any color
  4. Exfolikate
  5. UD Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Pencils
  6. UD Naked Foundation
  7. Korres Lip Butter (pomegranate, but all of them are great)
  8. Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in Fame (my perfect pink)
  9. Bare Minerals loose shadows (I know most people don't care for these, but the payoff is so perfect for work, when you want color but don't want to go overboard)
  10. UD 24/7 liner in Covet, LSD & Mildew my can't live without colors
  11. UD eyeshadows in Suspect (my neutral lid color), gunmetal & sidecar (can't live without shades)
  12. Butter London nail color not sure the name but it's a neutral beige with soft sparkles, perfect for work but not boring at all
  13. Makeup Forever HD Liquid Foundation (best special occasion foundation)
  14. MUFE Aqua Liner
  15. Lancome Bi-Facial Eye Makeup Remover (the one, the only)

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1. KVD Tattoo Lock it Foundation

2. Lancôme Dual Finish Foundation

3. Benefit Fake Up Concealer

4. Urban Decay Eyeshadows

5. Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadows

6. too faced shadow insurance

7. Benefit Dallas bronzer

8. TheBalm Overshadow, No money no honey

9. thebalm maryloumanizer

10. benefit coralista blush

11. stila convertible color, lillium

12. Josie maran argan color stick, petal pink

13. buxom big and healthy lipstick

14. bite beauty lipstick

15. l'occitane ultra rich face cream


Phew. Holy cow that was hard!

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90% of my skincare comes from The Body Shop and I don't buy really high end nail polish, so that makes this a little easier for me!


Some are new obsessions, others I've been using a long time Smiley Happy


1. Hanae Mori Butterfly

2. Tarte Maracuja Oil

3. Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm

4. Bare Minerals Stroke of Light

5. Stila Liquid Luminizer

6. Stila One Step Bronzer

7. Stila In the Know Palette

8. ALL Urban Decay Shadows... I don't discriminate Smiley Wink

9. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush

10. Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadows

11. Too Faced Shadow Insurance Glitter Glue

12. Too Faced La Creme Lipsticks (I'm obsessed; its a problem Smiley Very Happy )

13. Urban Decay After Glow Cheek Tint

14. Benefit Dandelion

15. Korres Mango Butter Lipstick

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@candace- I love my Shiseido!  I was mistaken for barely out of college the other day- and I'm more than a decade out! My skin just adores it. 

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OK, I am going to attempt to keep my list to 15!  I will be leaving off lots great products but here I go:



1.  Dr. Dennis Gross extra strength Alpha/Beta peel pads

2.  Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic +Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum

3.  Dr. Dennis Gross Hydra-Pure Firming Serum 

4.  Fresh Lotus Preserve Face Cream with Super 7 Complex

5.  Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil  (I mix it into the moisturizer at night)

6. philosophy microdelivery peel


7.  Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal, Diffused, Mood, and Luminous

8.  Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation (3.5 with a drop of 4.5 added)

9.  Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner pencils  Favs include Smoke, Mushroom, Perversion, Binge

10.  Bite Beauty Lipsticks  (I haven't met one I didn't love!)

11.Too Faced Shadow Insurance

12. Naked Basics eyeshadow palette

13. Nars Blush in Mata Hari

14. Too Faced Glamour Gloss in Sex Pot

15. Buxom Amplified Lash Mascara  for Big Lashes  Tarte Lights Camera Lashes for natural look


I didn't put anything down for nails because my very favorite brands aren't sold at Sephora.   I do have some great polishes from OPI for Sephora and Nails Inc. I get my nails done at a salon so I don't purchase top coat, base coat, or treatments. 


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I love it! It may take a while to sink in completely if you apply lots, but once it does it completely disappears so you will need an eye cream over it. Rose/chamomile/rosemary water are the primary ingredients so it's great even for sensitive eyes or even if you smear it all over liberally. If you have dry eyes, or lives in a dry environment, you know those times when your eyes/eye area is so dry it feels uncomfortable to blink or your eyeballs feel more like prunes? I take it out of the fridge and it feels soo refreshing. You can also put it on as eye mask while you are using a facial mask, or dab a bit on before your eye cream for an extra dose of hydrating. If you want an eye cream or don't have dry eyes, this probably is not a good choice. Otherwise, I love it. =D

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@colorobsession - fine, pull my leg why don't you. Smiley Happy


@beautytester - Yes to Origins Charcoal mask & Caudalie Beauty Elixir! (Among other things on that list.) Talk to me about the Origins No Puffery eye it great?


@starletta8 - like Shiseido, huh? Smiley Wink And Diorshow Lash Plumper is another great one that almost made my list!

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Oh, no! The server ate my first attempt at this.  Here goes:



1. First Aid Beauty Shave Cream

2. Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle Resist Eye Cream

3. Shiseido Benefiance Eye Retinol Masks

4. Shiseido Benefiance Enriched Balancing Softener

5. Shiseido Benefiance Day Emulsion

6. Shiseido Benefiance Night Cream



7. Diorshow Lash Plumper

8. NARS Creamy Concealer- Chantilly

9. Bobbi Brown Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer- Alabaster

10. Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner- Mainline

11. Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks (Steel, Rosegold)

12. Either: Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream #13 or Buxom Stay There Shadow- Collie (both shimmery nude cream shadows)

13. MUFE Aqua Eyes #0L- Mat Black

14. Dior Addict Lip Glow



15. Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hair Spray

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I'm more of a skincare junkie so, non-skincare, let's see.....

  1. Hourglass no.28 primer serum
  2. Clinique Stay Matte powder
  3. Fresh Sugar lip treatment SPF15
  4. Alterna Kendi Bamboo oil for hair
  5. Ouidad Bay Leaf exfoliating scalp/hair treatment


Skincare's gonna be hard to narrow down:

  1. Koh Gen Do cleansing water
  2. Clarins Gentle Foaming cleanser
  3. Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion
  4. Philosophy microdelivery dual phase
  5. Origins Charcoal mask
  6. Fresh Rose mask
  7. Ole Henriksen Truth Serum
  8. Origins No Puffery eye mask
  9. Caudalie beauty elixir
  10. Jack Black lip SPF25

There's more skincare, but I shall refrain from writing out 50+ items. =)

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You know, I was considering putting the Josie Maran blush on my list, but since I've owned it less than a month I thought maybe it was too soon lol. It really is wonderful though! It's the perfect blush for spring and summer in my humble opinion. @candacebt, you definitely have to try it out at some point!

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@ashhay - The new Josie Maran gel blushes already made it in the top 15? Are they awesome? Dying to try.

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Of the items that I just love, 15 would be a small number. If this is 15 of the items that sephora carries this I would still be a hard task....just not as hard as favorite products overall.

1. Clinique Even better liquid foundation

2. Clinique even better dark spot corrector

3. Stila lip glaze in guava, blush, and dark berry

4. Bite beauty lipstick

5. Bite beauty manuka honey lip glosses

6. Illamasqua's cream blushes in brazen, betray, and libido

7. Guerlain lipstick

8. Josie maran coconut gel blushes in pink paradise and honey

9. Stila eyeliner in periwinkle

10. Clarasonic Mia 

11. Nars eyeliner in Rue Bonaparte

12. Nars lip gloss in scandal and Angelika

13. Guerlain light sheer terracotta bronzing powder

14. OCC lip tar


15. Occ concealer




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