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Q. sunscreen recommendation?
Hi! I have a bad habit of not wearing sunscreen but I just moved to the high desert and it's clearly necessary. How much spf do I need and can you recommend a sunscreen or moisturizer with spf (sephora or drugstore) that isn't greasy, won't cause acne, and can be worn smoothly under makeup? And on that note, should I wear foundation primer over the sunscreen? Thanks. 
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BEAUTY MAVEN mmmiu / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / answered
A.   Hi movelikewater, I'm a huuuuuge fan of Orbis and have been using for a few years (it has SPF 34 Pa+++) It might be harder to get in Canada (the only website I foun... see post
Q. I need some advice on a new skin care regimen!
Hey guys, so I'm 27 with fair, sensitive, acne prone skin especially hormonal acne. I   am thinking of changing up my skin care routine, BUT I have been using Origins plantscription am with SPF 25 and the night a mins cream at night (both creams are oil free too) for probably 2-3 years now. I just feel like maybe I need something new for my skin, I have been looking at Lancome and some other products, but I just dont know what to go with? obviously I would like a day cream that has SPF in it and im all about anti-aging products it is never too early to start for that. So I need some advice what are the best products to maybe try out that are reasonable or maybe just keep my routine the way it is? 
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HALL OF FAMER alexasteph / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. You said you just feel like you need something new for your skin, but why? The reason why you're interested in changing up your routine can help us with product suggesti... see post
Q. Face spatula sonic scrubbers
does anyone have one?  If you go to Amazon there are many for sale.  Ranging from 30 to $100.  I have a Luna a clarisonic and the Pmd.  Let me know what you think.  I'm debating buying one.  Thanks
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Q. SK II Cellumination
SK II's Cellumination line has been discontinued and pulled from the US market. Sephora still carries the cream and lotion from that line which I believe is existing stock waiting to be sold.  But the cellumination Aura Essence is gone, even from department stores. The asian market has it's replacement of with the Genoptics line. Anyone have any ideas when and if Sephora will add Genoptics to their SK II offering?
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GSHarrison / RISING STAR / answered
A. I have contacted both Sephora and SK-II customer service and NO ONE has any answer.  The SK-II customer service is a third party with very little knowledge about the pro... see post
Q. What to do if your glam glow youth is dried up?
My glam glow youth mud (tingle exfoliate) dried up. I did take the foil lining of but I never used it. Has anyone had the same problem and what did you do ? Can I fix it by adding water? Glam glow.com said you can return the unused product for credit or exchange it for another product if you bought it at glam glow.com  but it was a gift from Sephora. What do I do ?!?
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BEAUTY PRO AbbySee / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / answered
A. Hey Tdud,   Not to worry! Simply add some water to it (I would use purified water) and stir it around it will be like new. Glamglow brand representatives have said tha... see post
Q. clinique night moisturizer-smart or nightline?
I cannot decide which is better for me-my main concern are fine wrinkles, but I like that smart will firm a bit. I worry that if I use smart, I won't be getting the full benefit of wrinkle fighting that repairwear nightline offers. Thoughts? 
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MaliBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / answered
A. Hi HeidiinTN,   What type of skin do you have?   Best, Mali see post
Q. need help fading a scar
Hey ya'll. So I recently broke out a month ago and thought the toothpaste method would help me. I accidentally left it on a little too long and got a burn which turned into a scar a few days later. Any tips/products that can help fade the scar. I like going without makeup or very little but now I have to use concealer and mix foundations to make sure it is hidden. Thanks!
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HALL OF FAMER greenchilli / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. lyrica,   If by "scar" you mean discolouration or hyperpigmentation, then:   1.A Vitamin C product will help it along.  Look for serums with Vitamin C. 2. If you ar... see post
Q. Tips for skincare trials?
I've recently gotten interested in skincare and way too obsessed with trying to find the best of each type of product.  How do you ladies trial your skincare products? And how long do you give a product before you decide it isn't working?    I've been using Sunday Riley Start Over on one eye and Bliss Energizing Eye Gel on the other for the past two weeks and I don't think I've seen a difference yet. The SR eye might be slightly better, or that's just what I want to see...I can't tell.  Is two weeks long enough? 
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HALL OF FAMER kelloua / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. The hard part about skincare is from what I understand from my derm, it can often take a couple months to see the full results of a product, especially when you're talki... see post
Q. Newbie to intensive skincare; any eyecream recommendations?
Hey guys I recently turned 23 and while there's nothing wrong with my face (it's honestly in the best shape it's ever been in ) I'd still like to take some preventative measures with it.   That said, I'd like start out with an eye cream and build up from there. Does anybody have any suggestions for an eye cream to try? As I said, I don't have any problems yet so I wouldn't need anything that's targeted towards dark circles or dryness or something like that; just a basic, daily maintenance eye cream.   I have normal skin, if that affects the suggestions.   Any and all help would be greatly appreciated!!
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BEAUTY WHIZ daisygrace88 / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / answered
A. Eyevage is an eye cream which will be a good start for you. It will help you to reduce your dark circles. Also it minimizes puffiness under eye. It has ingredients that ... see post
Q. Tell me what you can about BHT (butyl hydroxytoluene)!
I need to know more about BHT.  I received a sample of Fresh Seaberry Skin Nutrition Booster and it has BHT in it.   But what does that mean ?   Thanks in advance!
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BEAUTY PRO jennjenn123 / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / answered
A. The conjugation around the toluene ring makes it great for consuming free radicals. This means it's often used as an antioxidant. It works as a preservative by preventin... see post
Q. White upper lip after waxing?
I waxed for the first time (in a salon) on my upper lip yesterday, and now my upper lip is in a whiter tone than the rest of my face and it looks like I have a white moustache. I don't have any white pimples or any other problem, but it looks like a white stripe against my brown skin tone, what can I do about this? I have school tomorrow too :/
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HALL OF FAMER DiVWA / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. I have this issue from getting hair removed above my lip.   Sierrafallon is right -- use concealer or foundation. I use a MAC concealer because I have larger pores in ... see post
Q. Are Sunday Riley products sold in-store in Canada?
HALL OF FAMER k617 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. You could try entering your postal code in the in-store stock finder. I don't believe it is though... I shop regularly at all of the Sephora stores in Calgary and don't ... see post
Q. Can someone help me find a sunscreen?
I used to use chemical sunscreens like from Neutrogena but they burned my eyes so I switched to physical sunscreens.I used the Shiseido for face/body SPF 50 in a blue bottle. However, I found those too drying. I feel like I'm at a dead end here in terms of finding a sunscreen that works for me. Can someone recommend a sunscreen that won't burn my eyes, isn't drying, doesn't feel greasy and doesn't have that sunscreen smell? It seems like a tall order but I'd appreciate any recommendations.
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HALL OF FAMER BaseballMommy / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. Have you tried Josie Maran's argan daily moisturizer? It is SPF 47 I believe and physical sunscreen ingredients.  I have dry skin and this is so moisturizing and smells ... see post
Q. Has anyone tried both Soap and Glory Righteous body butter and the lotion version?
I purchased the birthday box a while ago, and completely loved it! My keratosis pilaris is almost gone at this point (although it may partly be due to using lotion regularly), and I want to repurchase. I was just wondering if the body butter was any better or worse? You get more product for the money in the lotion, but maybe the body butter goes farther? idk and I only want to buy one lol
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HALL OF FAMER Rhiannon1419 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. I have both. It depends on what kind of consistency you're looking for. The body butter is a lot thicker and heavier than the lotion. It's also more moisturizing. I don'... see post
Q. What is the best product you've found with sunscreen?!
Hello! First time posting, but I am going on vacation to the Caribbean at the beginning of March and was wondering what everyone would recommend for sunscreen (both body and face!) given the latest or upcoming products. I heard a whisper about the Sun Safety Kit Sephora released last year being awesome, but fear it will not come out in time. Thanks for any suggestions!   I have pretty normal skin (rarely breakout, not dry nor oily) but definitely do not want a product that'll cause problems!
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HALL OF FAMER jadeann / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. I love Algenist's Ultra Lightweight UV Defense Fluid SPF 50 for my face. It's what I wear every day, with or without makeup. It's very lightweight, absorbs quickly and i... see post
Q. Blush- The only cosmetic that is foreign to me.
  Hi there! This is my first time posting. I have a question about blush and finding the right color for your skin tone. I have very pale skin and have never used blush because I am naturally flushed in a pink tone. Now that I am 25, I feel like I need to wear blush in order to pull my entire makeup look together. I have tried using pink blush after applying my powder, and I have had success. However, my problem is that I wear very bold makeup often. When I wear bright red lipstick, I feel that the pink blush contradicts the overall color palette of my face that day. Is there some sort of red based blush that would help solve my problem? I do not think that peach blush will work with my cool skin tone. Any suggestions? Any help is appreciated.   This is the typical makeup I wear to work with pink blush.    This is an example of a bold eye that I wear with classic red lips.  
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HALL OF FAMER etscore1 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. I totally agree with Calamity. A light wash of bronzer where the sun would hit your face is a great way to add some color/definition without adding more "color" to your ... see post
Q. Brand Choice
What line is better for sensitive skin. Soy fresh or first aid beauty? I have some from both but would prefer to stick with one brand for everything.    Thanks!
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. Without knowing the specifics in regards to your sensitivities and what you may be reactive to it'll be tough to decipher which line would be best for your skin. Could y... see post
Q. skincare
Hello, so I have sensitive and dry skin and I am currently using aveeno sensitive skin cleanser and face cream and my face is still breaking out. Using Noxzema helps with the redness and irritation but my skin is still itchy especially with the winter months coming up. I'm afraid to wear makeup because I don't want to make it any worse. Does any one have any suggestions for skin care or foundation that would work well with my skin. Thanks for your help.  
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HALL OF FAMER TrysBeautyItems / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. What are you sensitive to? There could be an ingredient not playing well with your skin in the Aveeno/Nozema.   Are you normally acne prone, or are the breakouts new? ... see post
Q. Sensative Skin
HI. I am seeking some help in choosing a good wash and moisturizer for red sensitive skin that is a little dry in the cheeks. I have been using First Aid Beauty which is good but the moisturizer finishes too fast and then with the style of the bottle I am not even sure when its finishing and now I am stuck without moisturizer till I Run to Sephora. I need something to last some time. Thanks.
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HALL OF FAMER TrysBeautyItems / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. You may want a hydration booster in addition to a moisturizer. This a a thicker serum, can be used where needed and moisturizer on top. Dermalogica is very gentle for se... see post
Q. eye-specific sunscreen?
I've seen quite a few sunscreens specially formulated for the eye area and I'm a bit confused by it. During the day I presently use the MD SolarScience Mineral Creme SPF 50 and go around the eye area (of course not right up too close) and at night I apply my moisturizer to keep the area hydrated. Do I really need an entirely separate eye spf? 
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HALL OF FAMER ashleynne / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. Honestly it's better to have a sunscreen that is formulated for around the eye especially if you wear contacts or if your sensitive. However if it is working out just fi... see post
Q. Sensitive skin testing
Hello! I have a question for those of you who have been to a dermatologist. Do they have some sort of skincare ingredient testing? For example, would they be able to say, You're allergic to Titanium Dioxide and Niacinamide. Or would they just say, You have sensitive skin. Avoid x, y and z.   It seems like everything I try, even if the product says it's for sensitive skin, I break out in red spots/bumps which I assume are from allergic irritation. When I stop using the product, the bumps go away.   The two products that I've been trying to look for are a moisturizer with SPF higher than 15 and something to lessen post acne marks. It has not been a simple task!   Any insight or info would be so appreciated! Thanks.
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. Allergy tests are certainly available through skin care and medical professionals and can consist of a basic consultation where a profession inquires as to your habits, ... see post
Q. How to layer skin care products? (acne medication and multiple creams)
I'm using Differin in its cream form (while also cleansing, toning, and moisturizing.) My moisturizer is Sheer Transformation from Ole Henriksen's line (in the blue jar,) and it's a cream, but it's very lightweight and not thick or heavy at all (so more gel like, but it "looks" thick.) I also use a cream-serum and a night cream from Eucerin that targets facial redness. All are creams. Is there a certain way I should layer them? I always moisturize before I apply Differin because my skin's a little sensitive to it and get's red when I apply DIfferin before I moisturize. I'm just confused on what happens after I moisturize...any advice? 
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HALL OF FAMER TheSocialQuota / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. Have you discussed the redness with your Dermatologist? I don't recall ever having a reaction to Differin myself, so please make sure your Dr is aware in case this means... see post
Q. Murad Pore & Line Hydrator or Clinique Custom Serum?
My skin is very oily/combo and has large pores. I also have redness and hyper pigmentation all over my face. I've tried samples of both Murad's and Clinque's products, and none of them have stung my face. However, both are pretty expensive ($50~~~) and I don't want to buy both because a) too much money and b) I don't want to overwhelm my skin with a slew of skincare products.    I know Clinique can target anything that's wrong with your skin, while Murad's hydrator can only do so much. Has anyone tried both these products enough to recommend one over the other?  
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Q. Am I Doing Sunscreen Wrong?
Okay, so I did a bit of searching and I couldn't find a satisfactory answer anywhere in the archives. I am adamant about wearing sunscreen whenever there is the remotest possibility of my skin seeing the sun. However, it always drives me nuts because it regularly pills like crazy. Both on my face and body and I'm not sure what's causing it or what I can do about it. I'm also afraid that if the sunscreen is pilling off, I'm losing the protection, which makes the whole slathering up endeavour worthless.   Any help or insight would be greatly appreciated.   ETA: ***Thanks to everyone who responded. I didn't realize how bizzaro this format would be when I posted this. I just thought I was putting it into a Q&A section on the forums. D'oh.   Anyway, I really appreciate your comments and did comment back to each of you even though it's completely hidden unless you hover over the comment, apparently.***
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. How much time are you giving inbetween steps?   If you're layering a sunscreen over a moisturizer rather than having an SPF infused formula, it's very likely that the ... see post
Q. Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Vitamin C Booster or the Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Vitamin C oil?
I've been revamping my skin care and have set my eyes on 2 serums but im torn on which one to get. I have aging skin. I'm trying to decide between the Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster and the Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Vitamin C Youth Activating Oil. I really like the oil because it has retinoids in it but I am already using another product that has retinoids in it. However the serum seems to have more vitamin c in it but the oil has rose hip oil and other oils. Which seems better for me? 
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HALL OF FAMER ChicDabbler / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. The oil is meant to be used after the serum. I have combination skin and often find that I do oil replaces moisturizer for me, otherwise my skin can't breathe. While the... see post
Q. Body wash for skin tone
Are there any body washes (sold at Sephora, or otherwise) that helps even out skin tone? I have discoloration from eczema on my arms and legs. I did light therapy for a few months and it improved a lot, but I was curious as to whether there was a product that I could use to help. 
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HALL OF FAMER heartsmyface / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. I'm not sure about a full body toner but I know that theres a cream called skin perfeckt Sephora sells that evens out your body's' skin tone.  It's great for special occ... see post
Q. Underarm problem
hi everyone  my skin concern is underarm and the problem is that I am a dark thick haired person and I wax regularly and my skin looks like I just shaved as it looks green like a shaved underarm and I want to achieve underarm that is like my skin tone and Ive tried everything lemon and baking soda and everything else please help
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HALL OF FAMER mrsbaine / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. Are you referring to the razor bumps color? What deodarant are you using? Dove has one that says it will even out your skin tone. If you're thinking your skin will look ... see post
Q. Stretch Mark Help?
After years of not really gaining weight, I suddenly put on about 10 pounds. I was underweight before and now I'm at 105 lbs. I needed the weight, but it's left hideous stretch marks on my legs and even my face. I usually hide the ones on my face with makeup, but my legs are bare.   Does anyone have any stretch mark products they would recommend? And perhaps some body makeup too to hide the marks. I like wearing skirts and dresses, but the marks have made me a little more self conscience than normal. I've tried the cocoa butter stretch mark products, but they don't seem to have any effect.
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HALL OF FAMER quixotic / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. Hi nightknight,   The gals at my local Sephora (who haven't steered my wrong yet) swear by L'Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil for stretch marks.  One of the girls recen... see post
Q. Congested/Clogged Pores
I am very tired of having whiteheads and blackheads.  I do use the clarisonic and I have used several cleansers and masks.  I don't think that I have terribly oily skin and I have some wrinkles.  I have used some products that have been too harsh on my skin.  I use two different serum's which I do like.  I don't like heavy feeling products on my skin. If I use a BB cream I only put it on the areas that I want to cover.  I cleans my face, use a toner, and serum.  Please advise me on some products that will be better than what I have been using (Biore charcoal cleanser, Aveno, and my serum is Rephacge and Avalon Organics).  Thank you
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. What products specifically did you find to be too harsh for your skin and what serums did you not like?   http://community.sephora.com/t5/Combo-Normal/What-is-a-good-p... see post
Q. HELP! My skin is kinda angry at me....
So I have very combo skin and I've kind of neglected it for a little while and now my skin is having it's pay back. Its breaking out with smaller pimples while peeling, especially on the nose. My nose is a particular mess- its not deep black head type things that are difficult with a couple pimples and peeling dry all at the same time. And I had botox for my migraines and so I think that effected the way the oils in my forehead are too so it almost looks oily at times and yet it's kind of flaky at the same time.I also have these little bump type things on the skin under my eyes. I do have a clarisonic but i'm trying to figure out how much to use it and the best products to try and get this under control again. Any ideas or fave products? I'd prefer stuff without parabens if possible.
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HALL OF FAMER sammiebaby / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. Hi there!   I don't have a Clarisonic but I have a CVS brand that kind of works the same.  I use that everyday with my normal cleanser, Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant ... see post