Saturday, January 19, 2013

Beauty Lingo

If you regularly read beauty blogs, you surely have come across lots of acronyms and abbreviations, such as BA and LBD. But what do they mean? While some of them are pretty easy to understand at first glance, others are more complicated and you could be wrecking your brains for hours trying to figure out what they mean, especially if English is not your native language.

So, I have put together a list of what I have come across this past week. You are welcome to add to the list, just comment below and we're more than happy to add yours.

AHA: alpha hydroxy acid
B&B: bath & body
BA: beauty advisor
BB: Bobbi Brown
BB CREAM: blemish balm cream
BC: beauty consultant
BHA: beta hydroxy acid
BIN: buy it now
BN: brand new
BNIB: brand new in box
BNNB: brand new no box
BNWB: brand new with box
BNWOB: brand new without box
BOGO/BOGOF: buy one get one free
BSS: beauty supply store
CC: Cherry Culture
CCO: Cosmetics Company Outlet
CP: custom purchase
CS: Coastal Scents
DDD: dark darling diva
DC, DC’ED: discontinued
DR: DermaRolling
DS: drugstore
EL: eyeliner
ES: eyeshadow
EDP: eau de parfum
EDT: eau de toilette
EOTD: eye of the day
EOTN: eye of the night
FB: facebook
FFF: foxy fair female
FOTD: face of the day
FOTN: face of the night
GC: gift certificate/gift card
GGG: golden glam girl
GHD: good hair day
GWP: gift with purchase
HD: high-definition
HE: high-end
HG: holy grail
ISO: in search of
LBD: little black dress
LE: limited edition
LG: lipgloss
LL: lipliner
LLL: light lovely lady
LNIB: like new in box
LS: lipstick
MA: makeup artist/advisor
MAC: Makeup Art Cosmetics
MLBB: my lips but better
MMM: medium marvelous mademoiselle
MMU: mineral makeup
MSF: Mineralize Skin Finish
MU: makeup
MUA: makeup artist or
MUFE: makeup forever
NIB: new in box
NOTD: nail of the day
NP: nail polish

OOTD: outfit of the day
OBO: or best offer
OCC: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
OTC: over the counter
PL: private label
PPP: pale porcelain princess
PRO: professional
RIS: received in swap
SA: sales associate/sales assistant
SIB: still in box
SPF: sun protection factor
SWAG: stuff we all get
TCA: TriCholoro Acetic peel
TDF: to die for
TFSI: Too Faced Shadow Insurance
UDPP: Urban Decay Primer Potion
URFP: Ultra Resolution Finishing Powder
VV: venomous villains (MAC Collection)
YLBB: your lips but better
YLBW: your lips but worst

See you next time,


Happy Shopping!


  1. This is a very useful list you have compiled, thank you so much!

  2. Thank you! I'm happy we can provide you with this as well. I was unaware of all of the different acronyms within the beauty blog world myself. Hope is a blessing. Thanks again Hope!

  3. Thank you so much Tiffy and of course, Miss Meredith! As I am sure there is more acronyms for this list, this is what I would consider the basics. Every now and then, I catch myself always referring back to this page to see what other bloggers are talking about. The more you see a certain acronym, it feels like second nature. Glad I could have been some assistance!


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