Glamour Puss 4: Y'all are green with envy!

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Veronika, Sep 22, 2011.

  1. PRlady

    PRlady aspiring tri-national

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    I go to Virginia to buy cigarettes, where a carton costs $24 less than in DC. I guess it's the same idea. ;)

    I've looked at makeup in Israel, since they do have some Euro stuff not available here. I was aghast at the prices -- $25 for Maybelline mascara? :eek: L'Oreal is worse. Oddly, the expensive stuff, like Clarion and Lancome, less of a price differential. But I still wouldn't buy makeup there unless I was desperate.

    Huh. So the US is low-priced at something. Good to know.
  2. Scintillation

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    I just think it's odd, considering the Canadian dollar is actually better than ours right now, and it has been for some time. Why the huge mark up? One woman told me the bottle of shampoo that she likes to get, which is $48 over here, is $70 in Canada.
    I'm not complaining too much though--Canadian sales are HUGE. God bless them.
  3. oleada

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    When my sister came to visit me in New York, she left with about 4 bottles of her favorite Avene face wash, because it's only $18 at Duane Read, but $40 in Colombia. She has very sensitive skin and can't use many products and that's the face wash her dermatologist recommended for her.
  4. vesperholly

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    :lol: Of course not, but we do have Target and Ulta, which Canada does not. They don't get some of our drugstore brands. Goes both ways - Buffalo doesn't have an IKEA, and we don't get GOSH makeup.

    I think the markups started because the Canadian dollar used to be so much lower than the US dollar. Now that the Canadian dollar is at par or stronger, it's ludicrous. The worst is Australia, though - they have something like a 60% markup on all cosmetics. Revlon Colorstay foundation costs $45. :eek:

    Yay! I love how your drugstores carry high-end products.
  5. Andora

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    This is exactly it, but :lol: that there's much here parts of the US doesn't have. IKEA is pretty awesome, I admit. But all the fun mid-brands at Target-- Pixi, the low end Napoleon Perdis, etc.-- we don't have. Or the Neutrogena makeup line, though we have all the skincare, and so on and so on. Almay, Maybelline, Revlon, Cover Girl and L'Oreal, we're well covered, and that's about all most drug stores and Walmart carry, with the odd Marcelle or Quo, but that's about it before you hit the high end lines. Most of those are now here, but when I hit about 5 different Sephoras on my '08 trip to NYC, there were a few lines that hadn't made it up here yet.

    I've sent a few emails to my favourite retailers about this, Sephora included. I hate that we're still charged at the 60% rate when the dollar hasn't been NEAR that low for some time. I always get the "import/duty" excuses, and I recognize that our prices will be a touch higher when it comes to those reasons, but THIS high? It's ridiculous. Sephora also said it was dependent on what each line demanded they charge, and a few lines did charge a bit less.

    But, yeah, Australia is ridiculous. I offered to bring my friend makeup when I visited. On the other hand, NYX was cheaper there than in Canada. :p
  6. Habs

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    I got "They're Real" as a sample from Sephora awhile ago. I love it... it's my new favourite mascara.
  7. PrincessLeppard

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    I just bought it as well. Also, I got a sample of Pore Perfection (I think that's the name) and I really liked it. Has anyone used it regularly? Is it worth the price?
  8. Jenya

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    My favorite Phyto hair product is $32 in the US and only about $12 in France. I bought three when I was in Paris last year for TEB... and I'm almost out. Guess I need to go back to France. :drama:
  9. kimkom

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    Can someone recommend a good brush for my Makeup Forever HD Foundation? I bought the brush that was recommended with the foundation, but I wonder if a flat top brush something like this one would blend better? I've seen a few tutorials on YouTube that prefer the flat kind.
  10. Andora

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    At a makeup lesson I went to recently, they used a brush AND sponge to get a great finish. The sponge would sort of smooth any problems the brush left behind. I like the effect of using a sponge, but it sucks up too much product.

    (The foundation itself wound up being kind of crap on me, but it looked good for about an hour!)
  11. PRlady

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    I buy Phyto in Israel where for some reason it's about 1/3 off the American price. Who knows why. But I always come home with three tubes of their smoother in my luggage.

    Then there's the stuff they don't sell here at all. LouLou by Cacherel is one of my all-time favorite perfumes, they have it in duty-free in Israel and Europe and nowhere here.

    And musing on perfume (again) I can't justify another bottle but I am thinking that someone should give me the new Violet Blonde by Tom Ford if they really want something from me. :saint:
  12. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa Port de bras!!!

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    What's Violet Blonde like? You know I wouldn't miss an opportunity to talk perfume. I have to report that the latest permutation of my beloved Lolita Lempicka called Midnight Flower was a disappointment.
    It opened quite a bit like the original which is fine but defeats the purpose of a different name. The dry down is really unfortunate--paint thinner. :scream:
  13. Veronika

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    I got my Sephora b-day order yesterday, but I'm not going to open the box until my actual birthday. :) We are going to "the big city" for my b-day dinner on Saturday night, and I'm going to stop into the Sephora store during the afternoon...not sure if I"m going to get anything, but it's fun to look.

    Cherry Culture (which has NYX and Milani, among others) has a 25% off sale right now, so I made a small order this morning too.

    As you can tell, I'm really good at treating myself...maybe too good? ;)
  14. Jenya

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    That sounds like the same product I use - I still buy it at Sephora because a tube lasts me a long time, but paying $12 for it is much more palatable. Guess I just need to get back to Europe ASAP to fill up on hair supplies again. :)
  15. PRlady

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    Well, I seem to be squarely in the amber/vanilla/spicy line, and it fits in that category. Since I have only smelled it so far in the magazine, this weekend will include a trip to Nordstroms to walk around with it on my wrist.
  16. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa Port de bras!!!

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    Yum, I am too in the amber/vanilla/spice line, heavy on vanilla. :cheer2:
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    If you like vanilla, you have to try Lavanilla products. I am in love with the grapefruit or passion fruit, but I like a bit of citrus. They also have spice, lavendar and more....and the lotions are divine and have no parabens, etc...

    http://www.lavanila.com/
  18. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa Port de bras!!!

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    Thank you, PDilemma! I've tried them and tried to love them but for some reason, could not. :confused:
  19. Lara

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    Plattsburgh for Montrealers. :) My best friend's mom would go all the time and took us a few times when in elementary school. They'd spend hours at TJ Maxx alone.

    Back then I was :eek: at the huge supermarket that also had drugstore products like cosmetics. You didn't see that in Montreal.

    Even though there's discount stores like Winners and Homesense in Canada now, my mother still found stuff at Marshalls and Burlington Coat Factory this summer at prices impossible to find back home.
  20. PDilemma

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    I have sensitive skin and mild asthma. So a lot of products bother my skin and a lot of perfumes make me cough. Their stuff does neither.

    And I have to say that their citruses are better than the floral scents or spices, so if citrus is not your scent preference, they might not be a fit.
  21. PRlady

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    Citruses make me smell sour. :lol: Which might be my natural psychological state, explaining why I need sweet musky perfumes to smell good.
  22. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa Port de bras!!!

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    I like citrus and green scents but generally don't wear them. I am not perky enough, I guess. :p
  23. my little pony

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    you are bitter inside!
  24. Scintillation

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    I've heard of a perfume that has bergamot, tobacco, and vodka in it...I'm curious to smell it, although it sounds like it might be completely awful. I love bergamot though, it's such a good natural deodorant.
  25. topaz

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    Depends on your skin type. Are you dry, dry to normal or oily? I have dry skin and I've found that using a flat top brush can cause my face to look ashy or flakey. The buffing motion can be like a like light exfolication to the skin. I use the regular foundation brush, in short strokes and a slight patting motion to help blend the foundation and remove possible streaks.

    Here are some great youtube videos on this.


    http://youtu.be/XXS5FWsxXuI I love this guy, Wayne Goss is an incredible makeup artist.

    http://youtu.be/Xbi7xkCCYLM

    In regards to brushes, if you want a flat top kabuki brush, I would go with a Sigma Brush. They have a flat top kabuki and a round top kabuki. I use the Flat top with blush(powder and cream and bronzer. Its an excellent brush and very highly rated. Also, it costs $16.

    Sigma Flat Top Kabuki

    Round Top Kabuki

    A sponge is nice option too, but I would not recommend the sponge for "application". Also, the sponge is better for blending that application. I have a special blending sponge I use it for blending and the only application of foundation I would use it for is cream. Personally, I love cream foundation. It gets a bad rap because I think many apply incorrectly and they get a full coverage out of it. I use a little water or a makeup wetting spray with my beauty blender sponge and the coverage is light to medium.
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  26. topaz

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    Someone asked me about Bobbi Brown's gel liners. I bought two in Ivy Shimmer and Black Plum Ink. I LOVE the black plum ink. Its a plum/black, matte color. Its so pretty on a neutral or natural shawdowed eye.

    I would highly recommend it.
  27. mila19

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    I think I found my meaty-red lipstick. It's called "Cutting edge" ;) from Rimmel
  28. PRlady

    PRlady aspiring tri-national

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    I only have two Bobbi Brown lipsticks but one is my favorite of all I own -- Italian Rose, in their creamy formulation. A nice, natural pink that is flattering but not bright.
  29. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa Port de bras!!!

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    That's a nice color but I couldn't pull that off. I have too much lip, approaching Angelina Jolie territory.

    This sounds a lot more up my alley.
  30. Andora

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    :cheer: Someone did my makeup to my liking! She wasn't even a "trained" makeup artist. :lol: Gives me and my no time for school hope. I went into Sephora desperate for a proper matte eyeshadow kit, and walked out with Too Faced's Romantic Eye. Didn't think I'd like it, but it's a perfect addition to my Naked Eye palette. Too Faced has quickly overtaken Urban Decay in my favourite high end line. :shuffle: Maybe I'm getting older and simply like more muted shades vs. the shimmery crayons UD offers.

    That is a fantastic colour! Rimmel's Heather used to be a favourite shade. I may have to go back to their lipsticks.
  31. kimkom

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    From the last thread:


    Have you used the sample yet, paulac? They tried to get me to buy it today when I went to pick up some stuff. She said it is to be used in addition to the Genefique, but geez, that a lot of stuff on my face every day and night. She was raving about it, and I told her I would think about it. She gave me a couple of samples to try.

    Cyn, do you have any info in it?
  32. Scintillation

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    Veering back into color territory, but there's a new stylist training at the salon downstairs from us and she's doing haircuts for free and hair colors for a $10 product charge. I booked my appointment with her for Friday and I'm letting her do whatever she wants--so excited! She's going to do panels of plum and some kind of highlight. It could be crap but it could also be amazing.
  33. Cyn

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    The last time I talked with my :sekret: from Lancome, she had received her Gratis (products sent to Associates to try at home - one of the perks of working in cosmetics) of Visionnaire, and she absolutely loves it. At that time, though (about 3 weeks ago), the store where she works was waiting on the samples to arrive. I'll have to check with her and go pick mine up :D, and will report back on what it does and how well it works.

    I went to their site, and they have this video that explains what Visionnaire is and how it works. If it holds up to what they say it does, it will definitely be added to my skincare regimen - like I don't already have enough steps to it :rofl:. I'm not complaining about it, though, because what I'm doing works - the skin on my face, especially the area around my eyes and my forehead, is smooth, firm, and has a healthy glow that wasn't there before.

    I've been using the Renergie Multiple Action Eye Cream for two months now, and I have to say that it is FABULOUS - the lift it's given to the skin around my eyes is noticeable to the point that someone asked me if I'd had some work done :eek:. I'm also using the new formula of Bright Expert, which evens out skin tone. It's done wonders with my skin, which is pale but has, or rather *had*, a lot of splotchy pink to it. Now my skin has far less splotchiness and the overall tone of it is miles better than it had been.

    Oh!! When I was there, :sekret: did give me the info about Lancome's Beauty Box for this holiday season. They're doing it differently compared to previous years (and how most other lines do theirs) in that it's going to be available starting in October instead of after Thanksgiving. The biggest change is that instead of having a bunch of smaller/travel sized items, they have fewer things, but they are full size.

    IIRC, the BB is $57.50 with *any* Lancome purchase. This year's BB will contain (again, all items full-sized):

    - Bi-Facil (makeup remover)
    - Mascara (either Definicils or Hypnose Drama - they hadn't been told which one would be in the BB at that time)
    - Le Crayon Kohl (eyeliner - color TBD, probably either a dark charcoal or dark brown, likely the former)
    - 2 eye brushes.

    WRT the cosmetics in the BB, the customer can choose either a Warm or Cool color palette for the following:

    - 3 Color Design Eyeshadows
    - 1 Blush Subtil (oil-free powder blush)
    - 2 Lipsticks
    - 2 Juicy Tubes (gloss)

    It all comes in a really cool looking "Train Case."

    I did some quick math, and the items in the BB total to over $200.00 if purchased individually, so it's a pretty good deal if the colors are to your liking. I'm kind of bummed that there isn't any skincare stuff in it, but since those are products that are specific to a customer's individual needs, I can understand why they chose to leave them off.

    Lancome also has three new fragrances - "Ô De Lancôme," "Ô D'Azur," and "Ô De L'Orangerie." In general, I have not liked their fragrances as they've always had an "old lady" stuffiness to them, but these three seem to be in a totally different direction - they're light, young, and fresh, and are far more appealing than just about all of their previous scents. :sekret: gave me a few VOCs of each of them, and I've received several compliments on how they smell.
  34. kimkom

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    Thanks, Cyn. :) Do you know if the Visionnaire goes on before or after the Genefique serum?
  35. Cyn

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    I'm not sure, but I will definitely find out and let you know :) .
  36. mila19

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    I have full lips as well but not a big mouth like Angelina. For what I noticed dark shades can actually make your lips look smaller. I actually plan to use it as a stain-like base under a lip balm during the day, neutrals look meh on me.
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  37. paulac

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    My Lancome sales assistant told me to use the Visionnaire at night & the Genifique in the morning, not both together. I'm almost finished my samples, and I believe it has made a difference to fine lines. It hasn't faded my one age spot though :drama: I will purchase when I've finished the samples.
  38. PRlady

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    Age spots -- the Clinique stuff works. Really. It's called Clinical and even with my history of tanning, in a few weeks dark spots are really faded.

    I use the Genefique every other night. I'm also using the samples I got in the freebee package -- Renergie, Absolue and High Resolution, but does anyone know exactly what each is supposed to do? :confused:

    And here's the BB lipstick: http://www.bing.com/shopping/creamy...talian+rose+lipstick&FORM=EGCA&lppc=undefined. I have full lips too and bright colors just take over my face, I also think they're too harsh for older ladies.
  39. paulac

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    Excellent - will try it!
  40. kimkom

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    And mine told me they should be used together at night. :wall: