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HG foundation products combo!!
MJ Coconut Primer + KatVonD Lock-It Foundation (liquid) + bareMinerals bareSkin Sheer Sun Serum Bronzer. Yyaaahhhss!!   Wow, what a difference the damp beauty blender (just bought my first one) & the Marc Jacobs primer made! Barely used any Lock-It. Treated the blender like a cushion compact applicator & just kept patting. The Lock-It foundation applied in such a lovely thin, even layer. So natural looking (but still had coverage). I applied the bareSkin bronzer serum also with the blender (barely damp) as a true bronzer just where sun would hit. So, so pretty!! Loved it!!   I did use a pat or two of KatVD Lock-It powder foundation over 2 small patches of melasma on my chin, and Guerlain Les Violettes pressed powder to set undereyes, and to barely add a finish very sheerly in t-zone.
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Clarasonic Mia or the Foreo Mini?
Hi Everyone,   I have mild acne and I'm not sure if I should buy the Clarasonic Mia or the Foreo Mini. I tend to have oily skin in the summer and dry skin in the winter. Any suggestions?
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HALL OF FAMER k617 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I have used both (currently using Foreo Luna mini) and prefer the Foreo.    I used Clarisonic for 3+ years before switching to the Foreo. WHen I switched, my skin was ... see post
Finding the culprit!
Hello everyone, I hope you could share some pointers to what just attacked my face!  I began using a new foundation, and after about two days of use, woke up to blackheads. I get a spot or two like clockwork, hormonal, sometimes even cysts, but I haven't had actual blackheads invade like this since I was twelve or so!  My question is, would the foundation be to blame, or is it more likely the  new sleep oil that I've been sampling for around a week?  i also have been experiencing itching although there is zero flaking, hives, or redness.   Id hate to do a used return if it is another product.  Everything else in my routine is 100% the same.   Thanks in advance!!  
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HALL OF FAMER TrysBeautyItems / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I'm going to guess the Sunay Riley Luna Oil caused it, it's retinol and acids, retinol doesn't play nice with some skin. Since it's only been a week, that's not enough t... see post
What are you watching? (Don't be a spoil sport - spoiler your spoilers)
We're blabbing about everything else these days, I figured I'd check in and see what people are watching when it comes to TV shows and movies!   It would be foolish to think that this thread could remain spoiler free, so let's be courteous to one another and be sure to spoiler your spoilers. If you don't know how, it's that super adorable little yellow button on the toolbar, located to the right of the bold/italic/underline/strikeout buttons.    DONT FORGET: If you happen to be the most recent post, your first sentence or two of your post will show up EVEN IF ITS IN A SPOILER. So please take care if you're going to go dropping spoiler bombs.    Anywho... I just saw the movie PHOENIX last night and it was absolutely spectacular. Like Academy Award spectacular. If you're fortunate enough have showings in your area, I cannot urge you enough to go see it.    So whatcha'll watchin' these days? What are you anxiously waiting for to start back up? 
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HALL OF FAMER Julia526 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Just started watching plebs. Awesome show. I find the contrast to Rome, which ive also seen, quite funny. see post
What face washes help with cystic acne?
My boyfriend has horrible cystic acne and i am looking for medication to help him with it... I 'd like some advice on a face wash to help with it
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BEAUTY BRAINIAC g8sushma / BEAUTY BRAINIAC BEAUTY BRAINIAC / replied
What products would you recommend.  I just turned 30 and am having bad hormonal acne.  With large cystic masses that are painful when they start to form.   see post
Naturopathy for acne?
  Hi all, Which all methods are you using for your skin care? Is there any effect on naturopathy for skin care? Does anyone had tried it? While browsing I read that naturopathy treatments are good for treating acne? My sister is suffering from severe acne so she is planning to get treatment from nearby physiotherapy clinic in Toronto, but before that, I need to know whether someone had tried it. Kindly share your experience.
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BEAUTY MAVEN glowseeker / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
I haven't done a professional treatment but I follow some vegan blogs and picked up some tips that help. - Aloe vera gel - turmeric face masks - drinking green tea an... see post
Recommended products while using Accutane?
I'm going to be starting Accutane next month and was wondering if anyone recommends certain moisturizers, primers, foundation, etc. to help with the dryness. 
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BEAUTY MAVEN glowseeker / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
Your skin will be very dry and red and sensitive. I've tried a variety of oral pills fromt he derm to help with my skin and these products helped me cope with the side e... see post
Combination skin/brown girls
What regime do you recommend for combination skin that is acne prone with hyper pigmentation? Usually on the cheeks but have been present on the forehead. I seem to respond well with benzoyl peroxide vs salicylic acid. I read online (Acne.org regime). I had my face waxed 1.5 yrs ago and skin has never been the same again. Ugly scarring and constant battle of acne almost cystic like. Hyper pigmentation occurs without even picking at them. Even tried prescription combo of Hydrochlorquine 4%, retina 0.05 and hydrocortisone 2.5%.. Helps with the pain of the acne, decrease them some but still better results wit benzoyl peroxide. 
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BEAUTY CELEB LizH97 / BEAUTY CELEB BEAUTY CELEB / replied
A benzyol peroxide 1% wash is gonna be best for you to use at least once a day. As for hyper pigmentation time is the only thing that will let your dark spots heal unles... see post
Skin Care (pimples, dark spots)
Hi there! I have major acne problems. I use to have problems with pimples now i don't anymore. Im a dark skin woman and i currently have an issue with dark spots/ scarring. I was wondering if anyone would know any really really good skin care products for my issue? Masks, cleansers, anything would help.   thank you in advance!
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JaneanBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi Loladexo,   I suggest Murad's Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum. This contains  two percent hydroquinone to diminish the appearance of dark spots, age s... see post
best facial pads for acne?
Hi! Does anyone have recommendations for the best facial pads for acne-prone skin? I am at my wits' end here. I'm 34, and ever since I had a baby last year, my skin has been a disaster. I'm pretty sure it's primarily driven by hormones, since I am still breastfeeding, but because of the breastfeeding and the fact that we plan to try for another baby pretty soon, I'm limited in what I can get from a dermatologist. In the past Retin-A has been a lifesaver, but that's off the table for now.    I have been using the PTR Max Complexion Correction pads for over two months, and they don't seem to be doing much except drying out my skin. I  also have the DDF 5% benzoyl peroxide lotion that I use sparingly as a spot treatment. I am also working on overhauling my diet, cutting out dairy and excess sugars to help prevent inflammation.    So, my question is this: is there a good facial pad I can use instead of the PTR pads? Or should I stick with the PTR pads even longer? I know it takes a while for results, but I would hope that after 10-11 weeks, SOMETHING would be improved. I've considered the Dennis Gross Alpha Beta peel pads, Philosophy (they used to have something wonderful called the Microdelivery Mini Peel Pads a long time ago, but those appear to be discontinued now), anything else I should look at? Or that you have had success with?    I'm moving to a new city next week and really dreading meeting new people and making new friends with my face like this. I feel like I'm starting high school and have the skin to prove it. Thanks in advance for any tips or product recommendations!
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BEAUTY PRO atr3810 / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
Thanks for the recommendation! I'll read up on it and maybe give it a try.  see post
Adding a drop of Witch Hazel to toner
Hello lovelies,   I use Clean and Clear toner with salicylic acid, and I just started adding a drop of Witch Hazel to it. And my skin loves it! Witch Hazel can help control acne and also reduce red spots and swelling. Super cheap too. I love my Clean and Clear, and I was experimenting with it. It does great on its own, but that drop of Witch Hazel really makes a difference. Anyone else try something like this?
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BEAUTY PRO Cutiecrusader / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
The clean and clear with benzoyl peroxide is my go to for when I get occaisanal breakouts. When I was younger it was the only thing that ever helped (I tried everything ... see post
Does the Foreo Luna in Sensitive type cause breakouts for first time users?
BEAUTY BRAINIAC amandasoendoro / BEAUTY BRAINIAC BEAUTY BRAINIAC / replied
Thank you! I decided to purchase one :)    see post
Pimples!
Hello, what green color corrector should I use with pimples that are popped but becomes red! I have oily/dry skin! 
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BEAUTY SAVANT Insomniacmuffin / BEAUTY SAVANT BEAUTY SAVANT / replied
I recently used the CoverFx green color corrector and loved it. It goes on very light weight, hydrating and has very good color correction IMO.   I like that it comes ... see post
What mascaras are you buying for Mascara Madness?!
Mascara Madness is back at Nordstrom this Saturday the 23rd. Buy 2 get 1 free mascaras! The only "high end" mascara I have used is They're Real by Benefit, and I love it, but I wanna use this sale as an opportunity to try maybe some MAC or Clinique...really anything! I naturally have long lashes, just looking for a mascara that will really darken them and add volume, with no clumping or flaking. What mascaras do you recommend buying from Mascara Madness? What ones are you going to buy!?  Thanks beauties  
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HALL OF FAMER starsandbucks / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
My mascaras came today, except for the Charlotte Tilbury which is on back order for another week or so. I was working from home today so I had a bare face on when they w... see post
Face wash for Oily skin
I have oily skin and black heads and I need a good face wash that will work for oily skin and blackheads. I usually have to blot my face kid afternoon so anything that is good at soaking up oil would be great!
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BEAUTY RESIDENT LCecchi / BEAUTY RESIDENT BEAUTY RESIDENT / replied
I have oily skin too! Here's what I've tried:   - Origins Checks & Balances - Philosophy cleanser    Hope this helps! see post
Korean Beauty Products Help
I am going on an Asian cruise soon. I am unfamiliar with  Korean beauty products. I thought this would be a good time to try some. I could use help from any BTers who could recommend products for a 60 yr. old with dry skin and wrinkles.Thanks
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BEAUTY BOSS Imightneedthis / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
Thank you so much YoungSeoul for your recommendation. We were only in Busan for a few hours. I was able to find a Missha store but the SA didn't speak English and the st... see post
little bumps around face
I have a lot of bumps around my face.. I'm not sure if they are all just clogged pores, but they have been getting more and more recently especially around my cheeks. Is it due to dirty makeup brushes-if I switched to just using the beauty blender would that make it better? as well, I use clay masks but they don't seem to make much of a difference. I use an oil cleanser, and exfoliate weekly. No matter how smooth my skin is, the bumps are always there
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BEAUTY SAVANT Insomniacmuffin / BEAUTY SAVANT BEAUTY SAVANT / replied
I second this! I had a forehead like a Klingon because of bumps, and it cleared up once I started using a peel, within a few days!   If you aren't sure though.. there ... see post
Foundation/Found Color
OK I don't know if its just me or everyone is has issue find a foundation that not only feels great on their skin but also is the ACTUAL color OF THEIR SKIN! I live in a small town so it is extremely hard for me to find good high end foundations - we do have a Sears which has clinique, and Shoppers which has Nyx and smash box ext. But the problem comes with the undertones being too pink or too yellow! Benefits are ALL to yellow in their under tone, SmashBox is like pink on me, Clinique *which I own the Stay Matte in 08 Golden Neutral* isn't horrible in under tone but is a little to light for my skin! It also has been cracking and flaking through out the day and driving me nuts. I tried powders, creams, liquids, foams, sprays everything and anything to just try and get something that is natural looking but still hides everything i want.  Does anyone have any suggestions on what foundation they like, and how they found their color online? and how to match yourself as people who work in the beauty area's I'm in couldn't match me well at all!      Thanks xo ! 
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BEAUTY SAVANT natalia15 / BEAUTY SAVANT BEAUTY SAVANT / replied
I really like Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation. ".0" is a yellow undertone, ".25" is neutral, and ".5" is pink.   Dior nude air serum is also very good.   MUFE Stic... see post
Rosacea spots.... any over the counter medicines, creams, or washes
I am 31 and started getting rosacea sots on cheek at beginning of college.  After a few fails with dermatologist, they finally found solution. Clenia wash two times daily, cleania cream in morning and retinA at night.  However, I have moved and when I finally got a prescription for clenia is was denied it looks like to tonssss of people.  Is there anything over the counter that actually works?   I have been trying prosacea gel on spots but havent seen a difference
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BEAUTY BUFF shayog / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
I highly recommend the Eminence Organics Calm Skin Arnica Booster-Serum. I’m 42 and have had rosacea since I was about your age. My face appeared to have perpetual su... see post
Skin care
How often should you use face masks and skin care products when already using Retinol for problematic skin??
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HALL OF FAMER studz / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
It really depends on the specific product in question. There are certain ingredients that you shouldn't use frequently, like AHA's and BHA's.     Retinol is drying so... see post
What products are safe to use for acne during pregnancy? I've heard that salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide are not safe.
BEAUTY MAVEN nottaylorswift / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
Retinol, salicilic acid (sp?).  My sister is pregnant and those were definitely off of the list.  Just take it really easy and ask your doctor. see post
Is the Clairisonic worth it? I have sensitive combination skin. Occassional pimples and acne scars. Does it help?
BEAUTY BUFF Metalbaby / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
I love the Clarisonic. I won't wash my face with my hands, unless it's  completely unavoidable. It's great because you can switch the brush heads if your skin type chan... see post
What is going on with Illamasqua in the US?
I know that Sephora doesn't sell Illamasqua anymore, Nordstrom never has, and now I see that it is no longer on Bloomingdales website. Does anyone know where Illamasqua can be found in the States? I am definitely not paying international shipping from the UK. 
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BEAUTY BRAINIAC Beckyybabba / BEAUTY BRAINIAC BEAUTY BRAINIAC / replied
Hey, I know this is a long shot, but can you possibly remember, or still have the link to the article you're referencing to? I'm doing a uni project on the brand and I c... see post
In need of a skincare makeover...
Hey guys, I'm to the point where I am about to give up. My face is SUPER sensitive and gets irritated with the littlest things. Every single cleanser I have used has left my face feeling tight and stripped, but then my skin never wants to absorb the lotions that I try to put on. So I feel like my skin is combo, sensitive and dehydrated. This results in constant acne; never cystic acne, but just pimples all over. I'm a senior in HS and it is honestly embarrassing to go out in public. I was looking at the Belif Skincare line, but I'm hoping that someone can help me. Anything is welcome!
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BEAUTY SAVANT Lickety / BEAUTY SAVANT BEAUTY SAVANT / replied
I suggest you get your doctor to send you to a dermatologist.  That's what I did because 15 years ago a dermatologist told me I had rosacea.  I just saw a new dermatolog... see post
Always Have One Pimple On Cheek
I have normal-dehydrated skin, and have never had a problem with acne. Lately I have been getting one sole pimple in the middle of either of my cheeks. When I have one on the left cheek, as soon as it goes away I get one on my right cheek. I can't figure out what is causing them. I change my bed sheets once a week and I never go to sleep without properly cleansing. Do I need to change my pillowcases more often? Any hypotheses or advice will help! Thanks
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HALL OF FAMER TKLJ / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Does your phone rest against that part of your face? Phones are notoriously disgusting. see post
Red acne marks and dark spots
I have these red acne marks on my cheeks that I have had for a very long time. I've used many things but they don't seem to work. I also have these dark spots on my forehead that I can't get rid off. I'm currently using sheer transformation by ole henriksen but it does not seem to work. What products can I use for my brown and red spots??   Thank you!
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HALL OF FAMER irenet / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I've had acne scars on my cheeks for so long I thought they would never go away but I've been using Clinique Smart Custom Repair Serum for over a year now and just days ... see post
Sensitive/dry skin
Hi everyone   Does anyone have experience with the skin care brand La Roshe Posay/Avéne?   I have very dry, sensitive skin and I am not sure which one of these two face cream to choose..   Do you girls have any preferences towards one of these specific face creams?    //Flor89        
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BEAUTY PRO haleyhamill / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
Flor89,   Oh, I know. I know. And you helped me as well! My skin has recently took a turn toward the dry side and I kind of forgot these great options for dry skin. I'... see post
Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil?
So I received a deluxe sample of this from one of those VIB/VIB Rouge promo codes. I am pretty sure this broke me out horribly about 2-3 weeks ago, my skin is still recovering. I started breaking out in little bumps all over my cheeks as well as some painful cystic pimples. The FAB radiance pads are really helping, but I was wondering if anyone else had a bad reaction to this? If so, did you end up figuring out what ingredient in this you don't react well with? I just don't want another break out like this again!   http://www.sephora.com/soothing-cleansing-oil-P387 642?skuId=1642545&icid2=search_search_p387642_imag ...
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BEAUTY PRO haleyhamill / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
My pleasure!  see post
Masks "sink" into pores
Okay, this isn't a problem (I don't think) but I'm hoping someone can help explain it to me. Anytime I use a mask on my face - usually some kind of clay - once it's dried it looks as though it's sunk into my pores. Even dry, it's a different color on my nose and chin, where my pores are larger and more prominent. But when I wash it off, there's no mask residue left behind. Is it soaking up oil? Does this mean it's working?   Thanks!
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HALL OF FAMER TrysBeautyItems / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
A clay mask does tend to dry differently in coloring, from when applied. Clay will soak up oil and draw stuff out.   Which mask are you referring to?  see post