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Your Skincare Routine
Hey ladies, I was just going through the skincare products and really wanted to see what your thoughts were on certain products so I thought I'd start a questionnaire type thing because I'm hunting for new skincare products and wanted to know what others use/works.   What is your skin type?   Morning Routine:    What is your favorite everyday cleanser? What do you cleanse with on acne/oily or dry days? What do you use to exfoliate?   Do you use a toner? Which one is your HG?   What has been your favorite serum? What serum have you tried that you would like to get or recommend for others?   Oil-free or oil moisturizer? What moisturizer do you use?    SPF, yes or no? If yes, which one do you use or is it in your moisturizer?   Nighttime Routine:   What do you use to remove makeup? Do you use any oils or balm cleansers? What do you use to cleanse your face after makeup removal or on days of no makeup?   What is your favorite mask for the following: Hydration? Exfoliation? Soothing?   What toner do you use in the evening?   Do you use a heavy duty treatment serum? Do you switch up your evening serums?   What is your favorite night cream?   ----   I know some people won't have answers to all the categories but I figured this is a good way of getting a lot of my questions answers (and I'm sure others' as well).   I would really appreciate your answers!
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BEAUTY MASTER mpas / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
I like the cleanser.  My skin feels smooth afterward and not tight.  I was originally using the Fab facial polish and switched trying to find something better.  ( I am n... see post
Not too powdery powder foundation
I want to switch back to a powder foundation - I go back and forth. The only powder foundation I've used in the past is MAC Studio Fix.   I'd like something not quite as powdery if that makes sense. Does anyone have any experience with Guerlain's? All my liquid foundations are from Guerlain and I love them so much so thought their powder might be just as good.   All suggestions are welcome but I don't want sheer coverage. I have good skin, no real issues except some red/pink undertones I like to cover.    http://www.sephora.com/lingerie-de-peau-powder-fou ndation-P388986?skuId=1633585
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HALL OF FAMER ilovpurses / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Thanks so much everyone - going to check ALL these options out at my store! Love the setting spray idea too.    You guys rock! :-)  see post
Two things I would love help on!!!!
Two things. For some reason at the end of the day the makeup on my nose, around my nose and on my chin seem to be completely worn off. How can I get makeup int these areas to STAY on!! Also I use concealer for my under eyes. I use narz creamy concealer and then I set it with some powder and a beauty blender. And tips on how to make it not look Cakey or any suggestions on products? Thank you!!!!!!
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BEAUTY MAVEN mimi01 / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
I just started using Clinique's universal primer after my serum and moisturizer, before applying foundation. It's great!!  Makes a big difference!  I also bought Urban D... see post
I have been using "amused" 12 hour blush by tarte. What color do I order to replace it?! Thanks!
madmama / NEWCOMER / replied
Thanks for the suggestion!  I was heartbroken when tarte discontinued it - it was so perfect for me for 3 years. see post
Makeup for fluorescent lighting
Hi, I work in an office with fluorescent lighting and am wondering why type of makeup, specifically foundation, would suit this type of lighting. I have an almost yellow skin tone that tans easily in the summer. Thank you!
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BEAUTY MAVEN mimi01 / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
i am absolutely in love with Urban Decays Naked Ultra Definition loose powder right now and Lancôme Teint Miracle foundation. I have dry skin as well and these products ... see post
Alternatives for Nars All Day Luminous Powder Foundation in Monte Blanc
I currently use Nars All Day Luminous Powder Foundation in Monte Blanc. I am curious what other powders are available from different brands that would be roughly the same color. There is no Sephora Store where I live, so online is my only hope. Thank you in advance!
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laurabt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi LexZebra, I recommend the following foundation powders and colors for you:    MAKE UP FOR EVER Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation in 115 Pink Ivory ... see post
good foundation for beginners
I am looking for a foundation that is light and not heavy. I do not normally wear foundation but have latley noticed more freckles and a few red spots that I would like to cover up. Something that will even out my face but not obvious that I have make up on. What type of foundation is recomened for me to try? Remember I am new to foundation!
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ZannaBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi nayge09,   If you have never worn foundation before and you are looking for the right one for your unique skin type, I would definitely recommending going into a ... see post
Foundation for Dry/Pale/Acne skin
Hello, I'm wondering if anyone can recommend a good foundation and primer for extremely dry skin? The foundation also needs to come in very light shades. I also have problems with acne, so I need something with full or buildable coverage and I prefer liquid foundations since they are more hygienic than anything in a pot or compact. Thanks.
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ZannaBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi lish05,   I would recommend Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Foundation Primer! This primer is awesome because it helps to keep your skin hydrated literally all da... see post
Replacement for Josie Maran Compact Bronzerm
I've been using Josie Maran's compact bronzer for two years. She no longer makes it. . This was the absolute best bronzer I have ever found for my light, dry, sensitive skin. Any replacement recs?  I absolutely cannot use talc-based products or products containing perfum/fragrance
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BEAUTY MAVEN mimi01 / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
Thank you!  Great recs!  I will look at them!  I have such light skin that sometimes I am afraid to order Bronzers online. Have you used any of these? see post
Raccoon Eyes
My mascara ALWAYS rubs off of my lower lashes and onto the skin below my eyes and creates a "raccoon eye" effect...not cute. Any tips to keep this from happening?
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BEAUTY MAVEN mimi01 / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
Try Lancôme mascaras. They never smudge, travel, or smear on me like most mascaras do. I don't have to buy the waterproof version either and still no raccoon eyes. Hypno... see post
My Sephora color match IQ is 1Y08. What color would I be in Cover FX Oil Free Foundation?
I would like a color match for Cover FX Oil Free Foundation. My color IQ is 1Y08. Thanks!
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ZannaBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi there, I answered your question on your other post here > http://community.sephora.com/t5/BeautyTalk-Support/I-would-like-a-color-match-for-the-Cover-FX-Oil-Free-Foun... see post
what shade am I in in the new nars foundation if i wear barcelona in sheer glow
laurabt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi jporf, The colors are basically the same, so you would still be Barcelona in the Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation! :) -Laura   see post
Hi i am 17, i am battling acne mostly on my cheeks.
I am 17 and I am currently battling acne, the breakouts usually occur on my cheeks and I've been using Tretinoin Cream to treat it. However I still have a lot of blemishes and I fear scarring like crazy, so is there anything that i can use on my oily combination skin?
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RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi elialoves98,   You have already received some great advice but I also want to add my recommendations as well. I highly recommend trying the Murad Pure Skin Clarif... see post
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Highlighter Color Match
Hello,    I have been trying to find a highlighter that is more of a matte and not a shimmer and I have read some very good reviews about Yves Saint Laurent  TOUCHE ÉCLAT - Radiant Touch. I was wondering what shade to purchase. Please help! My current foundation is  tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage in light-neutral and my color match is #2Y05. I am a light medium with warm/neutral undertones and if possible prefer to stay away from anything that is too yellow in color. I was looking at color 2.5 but I'm concerned that might be too dark to be used as a highlighter not a concealer. 
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BEAUTY GURU clemon / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
Can you do a little comparison between the 3? Which one do you prefer? see post
skin care
so I am 17 and i am acne prone on my cheek area, i have an oily combination skin and i am really looking to just better my skin to cure and get rid of any blemishes or acne scars. Any products i can use?
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hi, Elia!   You mention in your below thread also utilizing Tretinoin, myself and other users have chimed in there recommending speaking with your doctor or dermatolog... see post
Brand image important to you?
How important is beauty branding to you? I started thinking about it when K Jenner was chosen by Estee Lauder as their new face (which totally turned me off the brand…not that I was a big buyer of it before).  That's the last sort of image I want to buy.  But SKII does a lovely job with Kate Blanchett, Tom Ford keeps his brand edgy (barely) with elegance, Lime Crime turns many off and many newer and edgier brands never cross over (or do when they turn a little more mainstream…think Urban Decay).   So I'm curious…what brand images impact your purchase and what images resonate with women today?  Or do you just not care….?
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HALL OF FAMER meganlisa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Totally get it.  I wasn't a big EL buyer before but now...well....I'm even less inclined. see post
Giorgio Armani
Hi ! I have dry skin, and NARS luminous weightless foundation makes my skin even drier and leathery so I wanted to try Giorgio Armani's Luminous Silk Foundation but I don't know what shade to purchase. In NARS I'm Benares, Dark 3. Please help, thank you !
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ZannaBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi Beautybomb94,   I would recommend  11.5 in the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation! However, I would definitely suggesting trying the shade in store if you ge... see post
D&G luminous liquid foundation
HEY LADIES, I USE DIORSKIN NUDE SHADE 030! CAN YOU HELPME WITH SHADES OF D&G luminous liquid foundation? 
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RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi MariKos,   I think the best shade for you in the Dolce and Gabbana Luminous Liquid Foundation would be the shade Caramel 110. I recommend going into the store to ... see post
LASHFOOD BROWFOOD Tinted Brow Enhancing Gelfix
Has anyone tried this yet? I noticed its finally back in stock and am deciding which shade to choose, between dark blonde and brunette. I need something warm toned, im currently using the brunette gel in ABH but i find the wand too big, and messy. I want something to lighten my brows on days when i don't feel like doing them or to add onto powder
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HALL OF FAMER aviscardi / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
sure that would be great. Do you/ have you used the ABH ones before? see post
Anti wrinkle/ line face primer
Hello,   can anyone help,  I'm 42 and have sundamaged skin but more importantly lines and wrinkles.  I'm looking for a great primer to mask some of the wrinkles and fine lines and stop my foundation from finding those wrinkles and making them more obvious. There are so many primers, I'm lost.
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clairebear3 / NEWCOMER / replied
Thank you so much for bothe of your replies, have tried the Laura mercier and love the product, but as you say it's more for the application of the foundation rather tha... see post
Caking and Creasing Concealer
I have used so many eye cream and under eye primers and nothing seems to work. My concealer always seems to crease or looking cake. I have been using nars creamy concealer with the banana setting powder and everyone seems to love it but me. I have extremely dry skin, but I have a good skincare regimen that I like besides a under eye cream. Any techniques or products to help??
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laurabt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi venturefamily, Have you tried the Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer? It hydrates and reduces the appearance of fine lines, while prolonging the wear ... see post
Very specific retinol/Shiseido question!
I am 30 and have been looking for an eye care product that multi-tasks (fights lines and sagging). I have found 2 that I am really interested in: NutriPerfect Eye Serum and the Bio-Performance Super Corrective Eye Cream. (they both seem like they do the same thing...not even sure what the main differences are, except one is a cream and one is a serum)   However, neither one of these has retinol. Is retinol really that necessary for anti-aging? If I layered a retinol product with one of these, would that be ok?   I am just overwhelmed by skincare in general! 
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HALL OF FAMER HelloCoffee / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Thanks for the other suggestions!  see post
How can I go from dry peeling skin to beautiful glowing with the use of Mia 3?
I purchased the Mia 3 as I have always had dry skin. With the use of it so far i have noticed my face is turning flaky. I have been using the Sephora instant moisturizer after cleansing but still my skin isn't the greatest. Also I have horrible dark circles so I'm unsure what affordable cream I can get to diminish them as much as possible. 
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LindsayKT / NEWCOMER / replied
Only use the Clarisonic 2-3x a week at night, using it every day will overly exfoliate your skin. Your skin care regimen should be hydrating. Try including an oil at nig... see post
tarte's BB creams
What is the difference in tarte's Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen and tarte's BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen? Which one is a lighter coterage? Do you recommend one? Is one better for oily skin than the other?
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HALL OF FAMER jozkid / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hmmm, I just read through the thread that TrysBeautyItems posted. FWIW, I have dry skin and I use the Primer without any issues. Actually, it's one of my favorites and o... see post
lancome effacernes vs. make up forever lift concealer
lancome effacernes vs. make up forever lift concealer: I'm fair skinned, and at 22 I have very puffy, dark under eye circles thanks to genetics and terrible allergies. Which of these would work best? if you have other suggestions that work for my type of under eye leave them here too please! 
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Julree92 / NEWCOMER / replied
thanks Randee! see post
I need a do it all eye cream. Have been using Obagi for all skin care and considering changing.
Hello], I am interested in a high performing eye cream and/or treatment. I have been using Obagi for several years, then a friend suggested Rodan & Fields. I've only used the latter for an eye cream. It's ok for moisturizing, but I have noticed firming, helping the dark circles, etc. I have been told the Obagi products have the most prescription strength ingredients over store bought, but I am open to suggestions. I am 46, caucasian woman with a history of dark circles and now fine lines.
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holly0214 / FRESH FACE / replied
I just purchased Algenist. I am trying it today! Thanks for the advice. see post
Makeup fort Beginners
I have just started wearing makeup and my mother insists that i get something that is good quality. What are some of the go to beginner products for a new comers makeup bag?    Thanks 
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speerrituall1 / RISING STAR / replied
Check out the Bare Minerals brand.  see post
Foundation question
Hi!!! I have a combination skin. My skin does break out and has a lot of blemishes, so that's why I always want to find a good foundation with medium to full coverage and does not cause break out. However it is so hard to find a right foundation or any primer for my skin. I have tried a lot of different foundations and my skin always gets super oily after two to three hours, which normally my skin is not oily at all. I am currently using the Estee Lauder- Double Wear, Dolge&Gabbana- the perfect luminous, and Chanel-perfect lumiere. Sadly, they all make me greasy  There is only one time when I had a Chanel's makeup artist did my face foundation, it looked flawless and matt for the whole day. Unfortunately, I cannot do it by myself. I try to keep my base minimal by only applying the moisturizer and sometimes Hourglass primer before the foundation to avoid heavy greasy stuff on my face. So do you have any suggestion?   
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RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi Duyen,   It sounds like you need to invest in a good primer to help control the oiliness you are experiencing. One of the best primers I have tried for oil contro... see post
Beach Vacation
So, I am most likely going to Florida for my 21st birthday in April... I live in Chicago and it just won't get warmer! lol Anyways, I wanna start prepping now, so I am currently in the market for a sunscreen for my face, I have really sensitive skin, currently right now I use Clinique Moisture Surge as my moisturizer and I don't think that has any SPF in it. I used to be really oily, but this past winter I became relatively dry, so thats why I switched over to the Moisture Surge. However I finally have my acne under control and I would consider my skin to be probably normal now but I have been trying out some new foundations and after I few hours I am oily... So maybe I have normal/combo... I'm not sure. I also am really scared to try out new things on my face because I tend to break out easy.. So some other face products I am using are Purity Facial Cleanser as my cleanser and I like the Philosophy Microdelivery Exfoliator and the Laura Mercier Flawless Face Polish (OMG my face has never been so soft after using that stuff) So those are some products that I have used and don't break me out. Sorry if I am a little all over the place, I am just trying to give as much info as possible.  I also want maybe like a BB/CC Cream or even a tinted Moisturizer because I still have some acne scars that I am trying to get rid of and I want to cover up.  I also want some hair products that you would recommend for like being in the sun and such... like styling products or anything really lol My hair is pretty long and mostly straight and I have dark brown/ black hair that I recently got Ombred about a month ago so now I kinda have like a natural looking ombre going on with my hair (dark to light/caramel brown) And any other products you would recommend for being out in the hot sun!  WOW, sorry that was a lot and all over the place!  But thank you in advance for any advice or recommendations!!
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BEAUTY PRO elizabeth419 / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
Wow, you guys have given me some great suggestions so far! I can't wait to head to a store and take a look at the products myself! :) Thank you so much! see post
I am 46, and have large pores and wrinkles. Which foundation would you recommend?
I am 46, and have large pores and wrinkles.  I have been using Bare Minerals foundation, and it's fine.  But it doesn't hide these problem areas very well.  Which foundation would you recommend?  I have what feels like dry skin when clean, but oily as the day progresses.
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BEAUTY BUFF PrincessNHM / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
Hi bjcarman,   I want to first suggest that you try a different cleanser if your face feels dry when it is clean. You may be using a cleanser that is too drying or a m... see post