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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 njattana / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. I haven't seen it at any stores in the Vancouver area 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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BEAUTY BOSS BaseballMommy / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / 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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BEAUTY PRO jadeann / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / 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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BEAUTY MASTER sammiebaby / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / 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
Q. My legs are dry looking no matter what I do!
I have been shaving my legs for a long time and I absolutely hate shaving cream. It irritates my legs so I don't use it. The problem is that my legs look dry and almost like i have scales even though they're completely smooth. I have a natural slight sun tan but because of the way the skin on my legs looks, the tan looks kinda splotchy. Any ideas or solutions would be AMAZING!
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HALL OF FAMER malday / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. I ususally get super dry legs when I shave too. What I do is exfoliate, then shave using Aveeno Positively Smooth Shave Gel because it's the only one that I can get a cl... see post
Q. Establishing a skincare routine?
I've been using Clinique for about two years, so I want a change. I've also been breaking out more than usual recently. I haven't had problems with acne or sensitivity in the past, but now my skin is more combination/dry and acne-prone. I'm working on my diet and sleep, but other skincare tips are appreciated. I'd just like to try something new that might work for me. I'm looking for a combination of cleansers/toners/lotions/moisturizers/serums/oils/ etc. Thanks!   Edit: I don't have a budget, if it's the right product it's worth any price to me!
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HALL OF FAMER redwagon44 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. You sound like me a few months ago. I used Clinique for years, thinking it was the best. Started doing some research, and found out that wasnt necessarily true. I'll wal... see post
Q. what goes on first, serum or oils
HALL OF FAMER LindenAnn / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. Serums always go first. Oils vs moisturizer depends on the type of oil. If it's a type that can be absorbed into your skin it goes next, especially if you are using a th... see post
Q. Know Everything about Acne
Know the causes and treatment options for Acne here http://forum.internationaldrugmart.com/health-cond itions-issues-f11/what-acne-causes-and-treatment-o ...
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HALL OF FAMER marydiva / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. Hey - please take down the link. Putting outside links up is against the BT forum rules. :) I see your new, and that's totally okay. Feel free to give BT members key wor... see post
Q. Weird dark eyelids????!!
For a while I've been noticing that sometimes when I look in the mirror, and I hardly/don't wear makeup. It looks like I have like a shimmery, light brown (but tad bit darker than my skin tone) on my eyelid. I hardly do nothing/just put eyeliner on! But then when I do wear the whole shebang of makeup, it gets gray..Then I would have to cover it with Concealer. I have had dark circles, and bags, got rid of that...Now this? I would like to know what's up with it. Like what's happening? Oily? Dirty? Not enough nutrition? Lack of sleep? And how to fix it. Thanks
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SCENE QUEEN ladybirdlove425 / SCENE QUEEN SCENE QUEEN / answered
A. Its probably just oil. I have the same problem sometimes. Although my eye makeup doesn't really "get gray." I'm no pro so I don't have a solution really. I just remove m... see post
Q. Treating Scars from Surgery?
So, I recently had a laparoscopic surgery for endometriosis, and I was wondering if anyone out there knew of any good products for treating the incision scars.  One of mine buckled a little while healing and is kind of raised and unsightly.  I purchased some Vitamin E cream and lavender oil- has anyone had luck treating scars with these products?  Recommendations for other solutions?  Thanks!
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HALL OF FAMER CaitlinBrunson / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. Lavender Oil does nothing for your skin but Vitamin E is amazing! Mederma is also good for scaring. I would also limit your sun intake on the area as much as possible. L... see post
Q. What cleanser to use for a product similar to clarisonic?
Okay I have a product that is similar to a clarisonic, but I am not sure what cleanser I should use for it? Does anybody have a good suggestion of what cleanser to use with it?
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BEAUTY BOSS brittany0859 / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / answered
A. You can use almost anything with the Clarisonic, except for scrubs. If you have the Olay Pro X brush then you CAN use scrubs with it. It also depends on your skin type, ... see post
Q. what is the best acne spot treatment and face mask that fights acne at sephora?
HALL OF FAMER jxw200 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. one of my friends really recommends a sulphur mask too. I quite like using the origins clear improvement charcoal mask as an overnight spot treatment, though as a mask i... see post
Q. Oily/Acne-prone skin and large pores. Please help! Thank you!
I have very oily/acne-prone skin with large pores around the T-zone. I have been using Proactiv for 2 years. It did a good job clearing my skin at first but now I have break-outs more often, and my pores are getting larger. I am considering switching to other products. I have also tried Clinique but it did not work out for me. What product should I use? Thank you!
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SEPHORA STARLET SnowKa / SEPHORA STARLET SEPHORA STARLET / answered
A. Have you tried DermaDoctor cleanser (Aint Misbehavin), it did a good job clearing up my acne/blemishes. I have similar skin (oily/acne-prone w/ large pores) with high se... see post
Q. Hydrating toner
I've been looking for a hydrating toner, and I am interested in the Murad hydrating toner and the Caudalie moisturizing toner. I have acne prone skin that is a bit oily, but I do get dry patches on my cheeks and around my lips. Any suggestions on the products?? Thanks !
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HALL OF FAMER dianabt / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. Hi NikiMarie12,   I suggest you try a good toner that is balancing for the skin so it will help both the oily acne prone areas as well as the dry patches-: ... see post