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BUMMER Cobbie!  That would have been awesome!
 

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This afternoon I received a call from a company that was representing Neimans and they needed people to be available on-site as possible replacements for either no-shows or last minute cancellations of participants taking part in a survey of their website. This is to take place tomorrow and my presence would have been required for three hours. My prize would have been a $500 NM gift certificate. I said - I've got a Kindle....I can read for three hours...lol. The recruiter agreed but said a lot of people declined because they didn't want to spend three hours there. Ha! $500 is $500. Unfortunately, they were looking for people who don't spend more than 1-2 hours a day online so, needless to say, I was disqualified.
*stunned* People like that still exist?! ;D

Major bummer that they had that requirement though!
 

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Oh no Cobbie, what a bummer!!!!! This would have been so perfect!!! And $500 you could have then spent at the Guerlain and Chanel counters ;)... Too bad, but at least now that they contacted yo once, they may contact you again in the future?

I just got my Sephora order (I'm always amazed on how fast I get those!). The Laura Mercier Palette is adorable! I haven't tried it yet (literally just got it), but it's really pretty, and feels quite sturdy and substantial (and relatively heavy), even though it's made out of cardboard. It will be the perfect all in one to take with me when traveling :)

But I wanted to report back on the Mac sponge I just got and thought of using in the Mally so I wouldn't have to lug it around in the ziploc anymore. Sadly, while it is small and thin, the Mally doesn't close anymore with it in it - and seriously, a thinner sponge can't exist, so that's that. Really a pity, as I tried the Mally with the Mac sponge and it worked perfectly. This is really starting to irritate me: such a great product, with such poor packaging :mad:. I am more and more thinking of those Meteorite compacts....

Anyway, just wanted to report back on the sponge situation, so that Jen, in case you haven't yet placed your Sephora order, no need to go for it :'(
 

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THANKS Neo!!!  I'm so glad you reported, because I have it in my cart and now I won't get it.  I totally agree, it's awful!  It is mostly ok with me, I keep it in a ziploc inside my S&S makeup bag in my purse so I don't see the ziploc too often, but it's just really dumb packaging.  It seriously is one of the most amazing products I've ever used too.  Thanks again for the heads up!  I'll be interested to hear what you think of the palette too!! 
 

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Julip, I ordered the LY brush organizer. Does that mean I need to get the LY34 brush to fit it? When I have the CB en route? Again, welcome back. Now go away! ;D
Yay Cobbie! You will love the brush roll. It is excellent quality faux leather, really soft. I am seriously the wrong person to find anything wrong with ordering the LY34 with CB en route - I ordered my CB just about 2 days after my LYs lol. But it felt sooo good being able to close out all the tabs I continually had open that showed - CB review/close up 'porn' shots, CB site, currency exchange site. LOL. And your hair product routine sounds great! I had tried and liked Fresh products years ago. I may have to try them again. Thanks for sharing your list!

Addielove - so you enabled everyone on the VLA and you haven't tried the samples yet?? For shame! lol. I bungeed many many years ago and was attached at the hips, so it was a little saner to me than being attached at the feet. I don't have plans to skydive anytime soon because I'm worried I'd back out lol but everytime I see it I want to! My newest thing I want to do is go to Auckland and base jump off the 1,076 foot Sky Tower that they featured on The Biggest Loser last week (the jump itself is from 630 feet up - it's a controlled base jump, more like a bungee but no spring-back. I have no desire to do a real base jump!). Did anyone else see that? It looked like so much fun. Click here for SkyJump videos

Neo - sorry :D, but I did try to talk you out of the LY02, didn't I? But now that I've had it for a a couple of weeks, I just can't ignore how nice it is. ;D Yay about your Sephora order!! Mine is supposed to arrive on Friday, so no long wait over the weekend since it takes a week to get to me here! I'm so glad to hear you are loving the palette! That's too bad about the sponge, but thanks for reporting back. I was thinking of the pressed Meteorites again today too ... I just don't know if the 03 is going to work for me or if the Chanel pressed would be better for my coloring, so I need to make it down to the counter to try it out! Did they have the pressed Meteorites in stock yet at your local Sephora?

Speaking of the Mally Defender (which Neo also enabled me on when she innocently mentioned it to me!), I saw a little Kipling pouch today that I think would have been really good for the sponge (in center zip section), and even space for the compact and a lipstick, in a small package. It has a single zip that closes the entire thing, with one interior zip for the middle section inside. I should have gotten it since it was around $15 at the military exchange, whereas I see it is $28 normally. It is a very nice small size, but I was hoping I could find it in black instead of the 2 colors it had there! The interior is like in cosmetic cases that makes it easy to wipe out.



Edited to add: Ahhh, they have black (and other good colors!) on Amazon:
 

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Thanks, everyone!

S&S makeup bag.... ??? ??? How did I miss that? Probably didn't, just forgot. Off to check.... :)
It matches my purse, and I LOVE it! I posted pictures back when I got my purse, they are in the purse thread too which might be easier to find there! I love that purse so much I don't even look at purses anymore, and love the accessories I got too. The makeup bag is perfect for me.

I like that pouch too julip! That would work perfectly for the Mally.
 

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I just played with the LM palette, and it's lovely! I'm so glad I got it!!!!! This was a total impulse order, probably one of the best I've made lately, lol. The colors are very sheer and buildable, and because of the various tones that you can mix (or not!), it will be perfect for the whole summer to use to adapt no matter how much (or how little) I tan - instead of having to buy a whole lot of different stuff to match at various stages ;)

Jen, if you haven't placed your Sephora order now, you should definitely consider this one - super natural fresh look, and love that you apply everything with your fingers, so no need to carry around a whole lot of brushes for everything if you take it with you when you travel.
 

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Julip, yes, they've had the Meteorites compact at various Sephoras around town for a few weeks now. But I've just been reading a number of reviews, and it seems that maybe the Chanel may be the better choice here (I can't believe I just said that, lol!!!!). it seems that the Meteorites have more coverage - some even referred to it as foundation powder (?????), and that for some it also oxidizes, which is never good (although reviews on Sephora are totally rave, go figure). The Chanel seems more sheer and lighter, although it also seems that you have to be careful not to apply too much if you don't want it to look cackey :-\

Or get both, try them, return the one you don't want to keep and let us know which one we should get ;D

Or maybe I'll just pay Raymond a visit (which could potentially be super dangerous!) and ask him what he thinks (he did clearly tell me that he preferred the Traditional Meteorites as finishing powder to the loose Chanel...)... I do want that new Chanel Black Pearl nail polish, and it would be nice to pick it up before my mani this weekend.... Aaaaaargh, do we all see where this is going? ::)
 

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I have just found this thread yesterday and what a great thread it is!  I thought I would start at the beginning and browse my way through, but after a dozen pages and buying a couple of mentioned products, I thought perhaps I better hop on over to the end and start checking wonderful merchandise out with everyone  from this point. It's much safer...for me anyway. :D

I noticed several of you are into cosmetics. I was in the cosmetic industry for a number of years, as an Account Coordinator for Prescriptives Cosmetics... under the Estee Lauder umbrella and sister to Clique. I also worked for Chanel, which is what I use...mainly their skincare products. All the department store cosmetics lines have some great cosmetics, but if you find something somewhere else that works for you, stay with it. You really don't have to spend big bucks to look fabulous. ;)

Thank goodness I already own a nice set of Chanel brushes or else I would be temped to buy the ones Julip had posted. ;D

Happy shopping and hoping to share some great finds with everyone.       
 

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Welcome Alley Gator!  I did the same thing when I found this thread.  It is a bit hard on the wallet but everyone shares such great stuff!
 

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Neo, I think you're just going to have to go visit Raymond!
LOL cmg, I think I've come to the same conclusion ;D. Plus, I want to check out their creme base bronzer (not for right now, it's still freezing here, so it would look weird if I appeared tanner all of a sudden, lol, but for future reference ;)), and I think I NEED that nail polish ::)...

Hope Raymond is ready for me :D
 

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Neo, I'm sure Raymond will be happy to see you. :D

Hi Julip, long time no see. Add me to the list of fans of the brushes and the brush pouch!

Welcome Alley Gator! When I first joined this thread (thankfully it was shorter then!) I ended up with a whole list of things to buy. :eek:

Speaking of things to buy, my Meteorites should be delivered tomorrow! I do have a question, however...I use Tarte's Smooth Operator with micronized clay as a finishing powder to set my makeup and hold off the shinies (although I end up with a shiny nose by mid-day, sigh). I assume I would use the Meteorites on top of that?
 

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Neo - thanks for the info on the Meteorites compact! As much as I love my other Meteorites, it sounds like the Chanel might be more of what I'm looking for. I have a little travel powder brush I got a long time ago that retracts into the handle, so maybe that would be a good companion for it. I'll let you be the one to buy both to test and report back, thank you very much! :D  I look forward to the recap of your visit to Raymond ;D. I was looking at the Black Pearl polish too - it really is a gorgeous one!!

Welcome, Alley Gator! I'm sure we will have many cosmetic questions for you. I don't know how far you went back, but some of us have recently gotten very hooked on the Vitalumiere Aqua, thanks to a mention of it by Addielove and a usage review by Neo! :D  I'll save you some time reading back and let you know that your purchase list must include a Clarisonic and a Tassi hair holder, as well as a Stitch & Swatch bag. :D

Hi Asphodel! Yay about your Meteorites - which one did you get? I might use my Meteorites differently from other people, but I usually use mine just to lightly highlight forehead, nose, cheekbones. I usually apply it before my blush, because it seems to me I can see the 'glow' more that way. I use a separate finishing powder (right now just using BB yellow pressed) to set my concealer after foundation.) I think some of them have more 'glow' then the others - my 02 loose seems to be the most matte of the ones to my eye. I think many people use it as a finishing powder, though, so I think you can pretty much use it any way that seems to work best for you!
 

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I didn't think I needed a Tassi, but I was wrong. They're super helpful! ;D

My Sephora order came in today (went with Priority Mail this time, even though it costs me; UPS takes a full week to reach Seattle, and I just don't have that kind of patience!) No reviews yet, but a quick note on that darling black and pink pencil case. It's as adorable as expected and looks nicely made, but take care to look at the dimensions. It's a LOT bigger than I wanted, even though it's the smallest piece in the set. I think it may go back; I'm used to fairly small to medium sized purses, and I don't think it's going to fit most of them. :-[

Their description is a little deceptive, it holds a lot more than a few things like lip gloss! In fact, if you still need a travel case for your Clarisonic Mia, this one will work--mine fits fine, with room to spare for an extra brush head or probably the cord.

Edit: OK, a couple of fast mini reviews since I just used a couple of products for the first time.

The Tarte MultiplEYE Lash Primer and Mascara (sample size)--underwhelmed so far. The primer is pretty decent, the mascara is a bit dry, and does clump. For my very light and very thin lashes, this isn't nearly enhancing enough. Based on this, I wouldn't buy the mascara again. I'll try the primer with my usual Maybelline Falsies though. I think that combo might do well.

Make Up For Ever Eye Seal: I think this is a product I'm going to need to get used to before I can really rate it. First use, it's a bit harder to work with than the glycerine/water mix I've been using for a few weeks to apply my shadows as liners. It's definitely a bit stickier on the brush, though not so much as to be noticeable on your eyes, but it doesn't apply quite as easily or smoothly as the glycerine and water does. If it holds up over a day though, it will be worth mastering the application tricks for it.
 

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Thanks for the reviews, Victoria! That's too bad about the size issue for the case - I wish Sephora would offer better photos and descriptions for their products. Thanks for mentioning it fits your Mia though - that would be a really cute travel case for it. I had actually looked at those very bags, but I ended up going with the set of 3 Tokidoki Robbery cases since I've been eying that print since it came out ... I purchased hoping the smallest size would be good for my Mally+sponge, but I will not surprised if it is larger than I am picturing. I'm sure I'll find some good use out of them, though. Especially since today at the cosmetic outlet store, I found a perfect little zip pouch by Mac for the Mally+sponge! Sorry for the awful phone pics, but I just wanted to share the size. There is a little slip pocket inside which the sponge fits nicely into. If you can get past the orange clashing with the pink :D, and you have a Cosmetic Company Store at an outlet near you, it is worth a look for $12. I may be able to slip a small lipstick in there too, but it is pretty much a custom fit with no extra room, at least height wise.



 

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Ummm....there's always mail order... :D
Very pretty! Go on, you know you want it. Can't you just feel how you would look wearing those luscious colors? Oh, yeah, really nice... :) <ducks and runs>
Yep, just saw them for real tonight at the Chanel counter, they are absolutely fabulous!!!!! You really should just mail order them, Asphodel ;D. The only thing that saved me from those, is that I have khaki green eyes, so those colors are just not ideal on me :-\

Ladies, Raymond says Hi ;D. I told him that he was becoming famous on our little AA thread, and he was thrilled :D

To make a long story short: I got the Black Pearl nail polish - had to have it as soon as I saw it, a very dark metallic grey, with a slight blue tinge. Now I can't wait to get to my mani/pedi this weekend to actually try it on!

I also walked out with the translucent compact of pressed powder, as well the travel powder blush which comes in such a cute (and practical!) little pouch, and which I can just throw into my purse, along with the cute compact ;D. So that's that, and the Mally will stay home until I can find a little pouch like Julip's to carry it around in (super cute and simply perfect Julip!!!!!). For now, I just can't stand the sight of that ziploc every time I open my purse anymore, I feel like it's huge and taking all the space in my bag :mad:. Too bad really, such a great idea and product. I found the Chanel powder much lighter and better (for me) for little touch ups during the day, as it doesn't have any coverage (unlike the Guerlain Meteorites compact), just matifies. Raymond matched me with the 02, which he said should work for me all year long, wether white or tanned :)

I was very proud of myself, as I left without the Soleil Tan creme bronzer, and the lovely Romance lipstick. I will however go back and pick those 2 up next month ;D. I showed Raymond Julip's pictures of her brushes, and he totally flipped out :D!!!!!!!!!! He made me promise that I would bring my CB and future LY when I went back to pick up the bronzer, and that I would let him use them on me to do my make up :D :D :D he said the big LY34 would be perfect for application of said bronzer (as well as anything else - these are his words, I think he just crushed on the LY34, lol), so I guess I'll have to get that one too. I mean, what's a girl supposed to do, right? ;D

Jen, how is your back today? What did you end up ordering from Sephora?

Victoria, what a bummer on the mascara and too big cosmetic pouch :(. That's why I love Sephoras returns policy :D. I will be interested to know how you manage the Sealer as you continue using it though, sounds like it could be really nice if it works as they say it should!
 

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Whew, what a day! I had to drive all day, and was terrified because my back has seemed to be worst when driving as the pain is in my lower right side, so I feel shooting pain every time I gas and brake! I somehow made it about 11 hours in the car without dying, so I think it's getting better. I'm really nervous but also excited to go to the chiropractor tomorrow, I've never been. Anyway, thanks for asking!!

I finally just placed my Sephora order, and I have to say Neo that you are a terrible influence on me!! I totally bought the Laura Mercier palette! I couldn't resist, especially knowing I can return it. I also got your Givenchy under eye concealer, the Dior lip maximizer (my first gloss, actually), the give me some lash boxed set (I am determined to find a cheaper mascara, but will go back to the Guerlain happy I tried if they all fail), 2 more Hercut curly bob catalysts, bumble & bumble curl mousse, and also ended up getting Clinique's new pore minimizing serum. I got a sample and really liked it, in the 3 days I used it my skin has already improved (AFTER I took the makeup off, which is what matters). I went a little nuts I guess! Oops ;D

I want a Raymond!!! I'm happy you went back and proud you bought so little.

Julip, I love that case!!!! I wish Inread that yesterday because I passed a cosmetic store outlet on my way back from Cincinnati!! I probably have to go again next week and will totally be stopping there!!

Welcome Alley Gator! I was also a late comer that ended up buying too many things!

Psssst cmg - you totally need a S & S bag! I'm still completely in love with mine!! (get one ;D!)

I'm still resisting the coco beau brush but I really want it! Allright Neo and julip, tell me why it's so much better
 
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