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Dermatologist's advice to us...
I went to my dermatologist this past weekend to inquire about laser treatments for some acne scarring I have on my face, and I also inquired about various facial products.  My dermatologist is considered a pioneer in his field, and he has even treated movie stars.  People come from all over the country to see him!  He basically said that more times than not, we pay for the name.  Marketers do a good job of promising this or that, but in reality, the products don't deliver.  He told me to keep my regimen simple, such as washing with Cetaphil face wash for normal to oily skin, using SPF, eating a healthy diet mostly comprised of fruits, vegetables, raw nuts, beans, and fish, getting 8 hours of sleep per night, exercising, and drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day.  As a product junkie, I often get the urge to try different products in hopes of getting better results, but he said not to bother because I'll be wasting my money.  I thought I would share this advice in hopes of enlightening all of you!
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BEAUTY SAVANT HoneydewK / BEAUTY SAVANT BEAUTY SAVANT / replied
Isn't "aging" quite subjective and hardly be a fair variable for measurement? Oh the other hand, sunscreen's mechanism of preventing damage from sun and the damage to s... see post
Oily face - Moisturizer
Can anyone recommend a water based moisturizer for oily skin. 
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BEAUTY PRO studz / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
I use Ole Henriksen Vitamin Plus. It's water based and it's specifically made for oily and blemish prone skin. I use this in my T-zone. It's light but you still get the ... see post
Live Chat with Josie Maran and Bite Beauty!
    This chat is now closed. Thank you for your participation!   Josie Maran: 12-1 pm PST Susanne Langmuir, founder of Bite Beauty: 1-2 pm PST
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HALL OF FAMER Mariahk83 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Thanks so much for taking the time out of your day to answer all of our questions!  see post
Which mascara is the best?
Hi guys!  I am currently using Benefit They're Real and was looking for something that has a good hold but not too much and is a little easier to take off.  I also wear contacts and notice that after a few hours, the mascara has been bothering my eyes.  Any and all suggestions are welcomed.  Thanks guys.
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BEAUTY PRO BlueEyeAli / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
It really depends on each person and what they want and how the formula reacts with their skin. Sephora Favorites has a mascara sample pack that has a voucher for a free... see post
Does anyone have a CC cream that they feel performs as well as their favorite primer?
So I get that BB/CC creams are a hybrid product and so they may not perform in all categories as well as their specialized counterparts.   I do love the Hourglass and Givenchy primers but they do not offer an color correction.  I am looking for a good CC cream that has a good primer that will wear well underneath YSL Fusion Ink Foundation in BD10.  I have normal/dry skin and neutral fair.  My current Clinique Moisture Surge CC in Natural Fair is great but it feels a little heavy with the YSL on top. Thanks!
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HALL OF FAMER etscore1 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I've heard good things about the Cover FX Calming Primer to help with redness. Both Smashbox and MUFE make green primers. I haven't tried MUFE's, but Smashbox's was a bi... see post
Serum Decisions?
Okay my fellow SEPHORA BEAUTIES, I'm looking for a serum (preferably, but open to suggestions) to help take away the redness that's been left over from past "acne" (even though it's not, it's the best way I can't to describe it). Somedays you can barely tell it's there, other days, you can barley look past it to see....me. lol Along with that new serum purchase I'm changing the concentration of my products to more soothing & gentle ingredients. I THINK I've made a decision on everything else besides the serum. I'm going all out this time with my regimen!! Tell me what you think and please feel free to leave any advice or suggestions. I had posted earlier asking about REN products and as much as I would love a bathroom full of REN, I simply just can't afford it. I've heard GREAT things however and am very anxious to give it a try! I'm sorry it's so long but thank you in advance for taking the time to read   Background: I'll be 24 in May & have combination skin however if I'm being honest I think my own skin is confused as to what it is. Right now, I think it's irritated and angry. My "problem area" is the cheek/jawbone area. Bumps are really a problem, every now and then but it's the left over mess (PIH, scarring, blotchiness) that's driving me insane!   Morning: 1) FAB Ultra Repair Cleanser   2) FAB Anti-Redness Serum OR REN Evercalm Anti-Redness Serum (Sephora has everything but this on their website I found it directly on the REN website) OR should I go the Ole Henriksen "Truth" route? My question with that would be do I have to use all of these products together to see results or could I mix FAB & Ole Henriksen? http://www.sephora.com/truth-serum-vitamin-c-colla gen-booster-P42343?skuId=1403518&icid2=ole_lp_disc ... http://www.sephora.com/pure-truth-vitamin-c-youth- activating-oil-P378347?skuId=1500669&icid2=ole_lp_ ... http://www.sephora.com/truth-creme-vitamin-c-advan ced-hydration-P308101skuId=1411289&icid2=ole_lp_di ...   3) FAB Ultra repair Face Moisturizer   Night: 1) FAB Ultra Repair Cleanser 2) FAB Ultra Repair Liquid Recovery Serum 3) FAB Ultra Repair Hydra-firm Sleeping Cream   1-2x Weekly: 1) FAB Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser w/ Red Clay 2) REN AHA Concentrate      
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BEAUTY MASTER HarlemJPN / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
That could definitely be an overload for your skin. I'd use a non-AHA cleanser. I'd probably take out the glycolic toning pads, too.  see post
Will there be a Sephora Favorites Sun Safety Kit for 2015?
i think the sun safety kits were out the first week of May in 2014, so hoping that means that we have less than a month til they are out in 2015. Any word on a release date yet? I love the sun safety kits!!
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SIGHTSEER Roxy2012 / SIGHTSEER SIGHTSEER / replied
Looking forward to seeing the 2015 Sun Safety Kit...I have used it for the past two years and have bought extras for family members. see post
color match helo!
Can anyone tell me what color should I get in Tarte's amazon class 12 hour makeup if I use Laura Mercier's Silk Creme Foundation in Cashew Beige
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hi, AiminFla!   I inputted your LM foundation shade into the Color IQ feature Sephora has to draw up a list of comparable shades that would suite you from other brands... see post
HELP! Destroyed Skin Seeks Refuge
I recently used Ole Henricksens Invigorating Night Creme for the first time and it completely dried out my typically baby soft facial skin. I am horrified, it has been almost two weeks since I used it and my skin has never looked worse. Does ANYONE have any suggestions as to how to get my skin back to normal besides moisturizing seven times a day? TIA! 
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Are you still using Lush's Ocean Salt? If so, are you using it daily (if not, how many times a week would you say or how is it spanned out)?   What's your morning rout... see post
Must Have Makeup Forever Products
I'm looking into creating a my started makeup kit and I want to use Makeup Forever products and I would like to know what products are a must to have ...I just purchased my first set of MUFE eyeshadows and I'm in love !!!! 😍😍 I just want to know what eyeshadow colors blush lipsticks lip liner anything that's important to have in my kit. 
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BEAUTY BOSS BaseballMommy / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
I just fell in love with their cream blush.  I love 220 as a pink neutral for my fair skin.  I have many blushes, but I find myself using this most days.  It seriously m... see post
How to do a soft smokey eyes
I'm looking how to do a soft smokey eye for and everyday look im really looking to do this look for work. I have different aray of eyeshadows mostly from Makeup Forever. 
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hi, MakeupHustle1!   For a day-time friendly smoky eye, blending to ensure there's no harsh, bold, or tell-tale lines where one color begins and ends can be a big help... see post
Highlighter help!
Well I'm not into the whole contouring thing, but am trying to find a highlighter that would give me a nice glow.  I use Bareminerals Buttercream BB cream.  I want something that would look natural.
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BEAUTY PRO kelloua / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
Hourglass lighting powders are amazing. I have the trio that comes in a palette and I'm obsessed.  I dust it all over my face as a finishing powder and it gives my skin ... see post
Help!! Finding a foundation
Hi, so I am in desperate need of a new foundation.. I tried using Double Wear because someone had recommended it to me. I have combination skin, and I need medium to full coverage. After applying it (I used a brush; then tried a beauty blender), it looked perfect. However, in an hour it would dry up on my nose and blotch up. I used several different primers to see if it would help (clinique, smashbox, benefit). Nothing helped. Then, a makeup artist recommended smashbox hydrating to me.. This wore off in less than 2 hours. It looked terrible.. Before trying higher end stuff I used Revlon Colorstay for combination/oily. It worked OK, but it just doesn't stay as long as I need it to. So help! I'm not sure if I'm applying it wrong, or what primers I should be using, or what foundation would be best for me. I am a hairstylist, normally working 6-7 hour shifts, and I would love it if my foundation could make it through the shift. Thank you so much!
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DaneeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi @LJC4390,   I have not yet tried the Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk UV Foundation SPF 20 (just on the back of my hand). I checked our inventory system and it should ... see post
Bronzer for fair skin?
I have very fair skin and dark brown hair.  Now that summer is around the corner, I am interested in a bronzer that is natural-looking.  Some that I've tried in the past are either too brown or too orange.  I also don't like the luminous look on me, as my skin is combination (on the oily side) and looks luminous after just a few hours on its own!  I'm interested in a matte bronzer that is natural-looking for fair skin.  Thank you in advance for your recommendations.  Just remember, you are beautiful!
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BEAUTY SAVANT HoneydewK / BEAUTY SAVANT BEAUTY SAVANT / replied
Studz, just wanted to let you know that I'm loving it. It's slightly different from Hoola imo, but I still like it a lot! Thank you for the great recommendation. see post
Looking for a sunscreen
So it's about time that I added a sunscreen to my routine. I've been convincing myself that since my moisturizer has spf and that my foundation is marketed as a "skin perfecting sunscreen makeup" that i'm okay but it's time that I get in touch with reality. I'm 24 and I definitely am starting to get some fine lines on my forehead and i'm sure it's partly due to my very dry skin and lack of good sunscreen use and it's only made more obvious when my foundation settles into them despite using a primer, I actually use two - hourglass primer serum all over and Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch. I am looking for something very lightweight that I can wear my foundation over. I also have very dry skin (although it is finally starting to improve) since I have very dry I would prefer something that would not give me a matte finish, I like a very dewy look. I always had very clear skin as a teen but once I hit 22-23 I developed some pretty bad, deep cystic acne (I notice this seems to be a trend with people my age) mostly around my jawline and sometimes on my cheeks. It's finally gotten a lot better thanks to the what my dermatologist prescribed me, Aczone in the AM & Ziana in the PM and Clinique acne solutions clarifying lotion (I had dry skin before these products) but unfortunately I was left I was left with some pretty bad post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation (bright red) and I am very fair, to put it in perspective I have a foundation by Clinique in alabaster and it is too dark. That being said if there is a sunscreen that also has brightening qualities that would be great too. I'm asking a lot for a sunscreen I know but any recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Also any recommendations on a serum or treatment or the marks would be great. I realize they may be a little hard to see in the pic especially since I did my best to cover them up but you can still see them coming through which kind of gives you an idea of the darkness.  Sorry I know this post was super long and if you actually took the 15 minutes it probably took to read it you are a trooper and I thank you. .  
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BEAUTY PRO BlueEyeAli / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
I have sensitive, very light skin and use Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Sunscreen. It comes in a high SPF and is non greasy which is awesome because it doesnt irritate my s... see post
Color matching Nars products
Hi! I'm wondering if I'm a match for the Nars Radient Creamy concealer in Vanilla, will I match the Nars All Day Luminous Weightless foundation in Mont Blanc?
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Leah94 / NEWCOMER / replied
Thank you Laura ☺ see post
HELP! Evil tan lines.
So about a month ago, I was on spring break in Florida and decided to wear a bathing suit that left me with awkward tan lines around my chest and collarbones. Well, I have a dance to go to in 10 days and my dress is strapless. You can see my problem, right?  I've never tried a self tanner and I'm very leery of doing so, but I'm desperate. Some of my concerns about using a self tanner are will it be too dark, how long would it last, and would it be hard to remove if there was an issue? If someone could help me out I'd be very grateful.  
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laurabt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi Katy, I recommend applying a gradual tanner like the St. Tropez Everyday Gradual Tan for Body. If you apply a little bit on the entire area every day, focusing more... see post
Eyeshadow & eyeliner recommendations & skincare recommendations
I need some help picking out skincare products (cleanser, toner, moisturizer, etc.), eyeshadow and eyeliner.  I have blond hair, blue eyes, fair skin with pink undertones and rosacea.  Oily skin, pores.  Age 45 and signs of aging.  I need help choosing skin care products.  I also want to purchase some eyeshadow and eyeliner.  Colors that will flatter my skin tone, enhance my blue eyes and are good for my aging eyes and skin.  Fine lines and wrinkles.  Starting to lose some skin tone this past year.  Most likely due to stress.  I look tired.  I have no idea what colors to wear.  I do have trouble with my shadows creasing and liners running.  I do not like to wear waterproof products due to my delicate lashes.  Any suggestions?
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lissage / NEWCOMER / replied
Thank you for your reply Danee.  I greatly appreciate it!  Couple more questions.   Regarding my eyes, you recommended the Nars Larger than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner and... see post
Caking/Creasing
I have been using the Bareminerals Buttercream BB cream and a Sephora primer.  It has been working great and I have no complaints, except.......By the sides of my nose, it keeps caking and looking bad.  Any suggestions on how to fix this?  Overall I am very satisfied with the BB cream and primer.  Thanks.
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BEAUTY MAVEN Jujubees12 / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
Thanks, I tried yesterday not adding the primer and didn't see a difference. see post
Acne
I normally have combo skin and have been using Origins Checks and Balances facewash for about a year, but lately have found it very drying and I have had a rashlike breakout of small acne clusters in my T-zone that's persisted for about 2 weeks. Is there a different type of product I should use? Maybe my skin is transitioning and I just don't have the right products.
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DaneeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi @eilse,   I'm so sorry for your experience using the Origins Checks and Balances™ Frothy Face Wash recently!   I also have combination skin and have always lo... see post
Flash Shipping?
I bought the 2 day flash shipping last week and my order came within the 2 days.   I made an order yesterday and it says it will be delivered on Thursday... The item has already been sent out and on it's way so I'm not sure why it's going to take over 4 days to get here when it should be 2 days.   It says that items ordered on Saturday or Sunday will arrive by Wednesday so I'm not sure why it's going to take 1 extra day for it to arrive.
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BEAUTY PRO bleuorchid21 / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
I did end up receiving my order today, along with my 3 free samples.   I did also receive a sealed envelope packet with a bunch of fragrance samples and a small packet... see post
Face Serum help
I really want to purchase a serum during the 15% off but I'm not sure which one to get. My main concern is hyperpigmentation/redness/discoloration. I don't really have brown sun spots though. I have redness on my cheeks and some red marks from blemishes that seem to take forever to disappear. I do still get a couple pimples from time to time. I just really want something to help fade acne marks faster and reduce redness so I can feel comfortable going out without makeup sometimes. I got a deluxe sample of the Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum but I've only been using it for 3 days so I can't tell if it's making a difference yet
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BEAUTY MASTER HarlemJPN / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
I haven't yet. I am still licking my wounds from the $90 (less 15% off) bite that the serum took out of me. I am very tempted though.  see post
Bronzer
I use Makeup Forever HD foundation right now in 128, I would like to buy the new Makeup Forever bronzer but I do not know what color to buy since it is not offered in any stores. I get darker with the summer coming up and 128 is usually a little light for me, but I use bronzer to add color.  What shade of bronzer do you recommend?
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DaneeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi @Klaa,    Based on the foundation you currently wear, I'd recommend the MAKE UP FOR EVER Pro Bronze Fusion in 20M! :)   Always, Danee see post
Tarte Maracuja Oil for oily skin
I recently purchased the Tarte BB cream and fell in love with it. It works so good on my oily skin, so I thought I would try another product from their line. So I ordered the Maracuja oil and I was wondering is it even good to use on someone with oily/acne prone skin with a little bit of scarring? And what is the best way to use the oil on my skin? On a side note I use the Clinique face wash, toner, and moisturizer morning and night in my daily skin regimen. 
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SPECIAL GUEST ambee789 / SPECIAL GUEST SPECIAL GUEST / replied
Thank you for responding! I'm going to use it at night first in place of my moisturizer just to see how my skin reacts to it. Thanks for telling me about the Clarins oil... see post
Nighttime routine - Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil
Hello All,   So I was in sephora today and received a sample of the Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil. I have heard great things about it and I was thinking about adding it to my nighttime routine. The one thing that is keeping me from taking the leap is that I have dry skin and I am using a topical acne Rx, Ziana, which functions as a mild retinoid. I was wondering if anyone has had experience with this and if it caused any problems for you? I know this product is not a traditional retinoid with all the drying and what not but I wanted to ask. Also, what order would you apply products when adding this? I usually go tone, ziana, serum, moisturizer or hydrating mask. Would I skip any products if I added this? Thanks! 
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BEAUTY SAVANT Grahamcrackers / BEAUTY SAVANT BEAUTY SAVANT / replied
Krystal, I am not familiar with Ziana but I use retin-a for anti-aging purposes - a topical also prescribed as an acne treatment. I alternate between using retin-a and u... see post
Giorgio Armani eye tint in lilac or purple shade?
DaneeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi @inkedangel,   The Giorgio Armani Eye Tints are amazing! If you are asking if the shade,  8 Flannel, is a more of a lilac or purple shade, it is more of a lilac c... see post
Kate Somerville Exfolikate Dupe?
Does anyone have any suggestions for dupes?   I really like the product but not the price tag for the amount you get. I've purchased the .5 oz twice now (is currently $22) and like the results but would love a cheaper alternative, hopefully one with more product that is more bang for your buck.
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BEAUTY PRO BlueEyeAli / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
It isnt a dupe for Kate Somerville but a wonderful exfoliating product (that doesnt have nasty plastic beads in it) is Lush Dark Angels Scrub. It has charcoal to pull al... see post
Giorgio armani luminous silk
So I just received the Giorgio armani luminous silk in #4. I was debating on what color and thought #4 would match me but now that I try it on it seems a little dark. Wonder if you guys think I should go a shade down.. I'm a MUFE HD foundation 117 and dior foundation 020. Let me know what you think. 
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HALL OF FAMER guzelkiz / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hi Danee,   Ok thanks for getting back to me! see post
What contour palette should I get?
I am med- deep complexion i am NC42 in mac. I was considering Smash box step by step contour sticks but I'm afraid it may be too light. Any advice or suggestions? I am flexible... 
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DaneeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi @chennerz,   The Smashbox Contour Sticks might be a bit too light for you. I agree with @BlueBrownWit and @AgataR - try the Cover FX Contour Palette in G Medium ... see post
Which COVER FX Custom Color Drops color is a match for 2Y06?
I'm interested in trying the COVER FX Custom Color Drops and was wondering which color is a good fit for me?  My Color IQ is 2Y06.  I checked Color IQ and couldn't find this particular product.  Happy Tuesday!
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HALL OF FAMER guzelkiz / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I read that too but I'm not sure how "off" it is because it gives me the same match as I've gotten from several other websites and by asking on Nordstrom's live chat.  I... see post