beauty acronyms and abbreviations

If you’ve just ventured into the world of beauty, you’ve probably come across a lot of acronyms and abbreviations.

Things like BNIB or HE are casually being thrown around in blogs and forums like they’re self-explanatory – when they’re everything but.

Heck, I know I’ve been wrecking my brains for hours trying to figure out what these weird combination of letters mean (these were the days before I started my blog).

I don’t want you to waste as much time. That’s why I’ve put together a list of common acronyms used in the beauty community.

Here’s what AHA, BIN, and other common beauty acronyms really mean:

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
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
E/L: Eyeliner
E/S: Eyeshadow
EDP: Eau de parfum
EDT: Eau de toilette
EOTD: Eye of the day
EOTN: Eye of the night
FFF: Foxy fair female
FOTD: Face of the day
FOTN: Face of the night
GC: Gift certificate/gift card
GGG: Golden glam girl
GWP: Gift with purchase
HD: High-definition
HE: High-end
HG: Holy grail
ISO: In search of
LE: Limited edition
L/G: Lipgloss
L/L: Lipliner
LLL: Light lovely lady
LNIB: Like new in box
L/S: Lipstick
MAC: Makeup Art Cosmetics
MLBB: My lips but better
MMM: Medium marvelous mademoiselle
MMU: Mineral makeup
MSF: Mineralize Skin Finish
MUA: Makeup artist or
NIB: New in box
NOTD: Nail 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
YLBB: Your lips but better
YLBW: Your lips but worst

Do you know any other beauty acronyms or abbreviations? Let me know in the comments so I can add them to the list 🙂