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lilmissmodel14
Best summer time moisturizer? Combo skin (dry, oily) (ALSO any face mask/scrub faves?)
So I've tried so many different products and I haven't found the perfect fit yet...      The clinique dramatically different lotion just seemd to sit on top of my skin and not really moisturize.      The clinique dramatically different gel was nice and light but too light that it disappeared within an hour or two and left my dry again.      The first aid beauty moisturizer that comes in a cyliner pump container was okay, sometimes it burned sometimes it was good but never the perfect moisturization I needed.    The simple rich moisturizer from drugstores (green bottle) didn't seem to work too well either, it was a bit too dense and sat on top of my skin as well and also burned at times.   My skin has been pretty weird lately. Recently it has been more acne-prone, sensitive and dry but usually it's pretty good, no acne and more on the oily side. I've been using my clarisonic mia 2 with the murad clarifying cleanser, sometimes the st. ives apricot scrub (drugstore), sometimes the body shop blue corn face scrub, and the lush mask of magnemity (sorry wrong spelling).   I'm 17 years old Asian girl with yellow undertones. (if this info helps out)   I just want a more balanced face that isn't overly sensitve, dry or dull in appearance. Any suggestions would be wonderful. Thank you so much!   **looking for anything under $70 would be great** Open to trying anything at this point.
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monalisa12
monalisa12 / NEWCOMER / replied
I have also tried the first aid moisturizer, and like you it was "ehh" for me! I have dry sensitive skin and something I've been LOVING is the Ren Evercalm moisturizer! ... see post
ilovpurses
Beauty over 50
Well that was the most depressing hour of my life. I decided to google "beauty over 50" and I just feel like shooting myself lol. Apparently I'm supposed to wear tinted moisturizer (no foundation), 1-2 at most neutral eye shadows (no color under any circumstances) and forget about lipstick with color. Yes maam - keep that whole face as boring as neutral as possible.   You guys have no idea how this does NOT jive with my personality. I've worn makeup my entire life and I cannot tell you how often I've had ppl come up to me if I'm at a makeup counter and ask me for advice because they thought I worked there.    I understand at my ripe old age of 50 I shouldn't be glowing in the dark decked out with sparkles and glitter but my God, I just bought the Marc Jacobs Siren palette and I love it!! But apparently I should gather up all my non neutral makeup and bury it in the backyard.   Say it isn't so. 
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gogreyhound
BEAUTY MASTER gogreyhound / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
All of us over 40 people should post pix of ourselves so we can ooh and aah over our ageless beauty! :)   see post
Attie
Foundation for multiple concerns
I have truly oily skin (like an oil slick within 2 hours after washing my face) & can't use intense cleansers because I also have hormonal skin from breastfeeding.  I've found a skincare routine that's acceptable for the time-being, but cannot settle on a foundation I like.  My MAC foundations have been oxidizing to horrid shades & I cannot for the life of me find a MUFE HD shade that comes close to matching.  I've become so overwhelmed by being unable to be matched in stores that I don't know if I'm even trying good foundations for my skin.  But here's the final catch: I'm allergic to aloe.  So anything by Clinique is completely out of the question & so are several other brands.  I'm hoping someone can help!
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carolang
HALL OF FAMER carolang / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
My skin is similar to yours. I better age well for having to deal with this ;)!   I really enjoy the Murad SPF 15 Mattifier. It is quite thick though, so I like to ble... see post
Rin418
Color match question
I currently wear Bare Minerals original in fairly medium. I want to try Too Faced new foundation powder the one infused with the cocoa powder. I love everything they make with it... Bronzers, eyeshadow palette. Anyway, what color would most match my bare minerals color??
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ilovpurses
Help choosing a bronzing powder.
I recently have fallen head over heels for Guerlain and purchased both the Lingerie de Peau foundation and BB (amazing products!).   They are both a titch light for my present summer complexion but just ever so slightly. I've been using BareMinerals Ready Bronzer in Skinny Dip and it is nice but just wondering if there are better/other options. I don't want a glitter bomb face and I am prone to oiliness - OK massive oiliness. Any suggestions? I thought Guerlain was known for their bronzers but I haven't seen overly positive reviews. Thanks. 
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blooming
BEAUTY BUFF blooming / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
I love anything Guerlain :-)  I have the sunshine blond in 4 I think.  This has a bit of sparkle like the meteorite primer.  I don't see any sparkle unless I'm in my 10x... see post
niknik2304
Help finding right color and foundation
I just bought the LAURA MERCIER Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 - Oil Free in nude because that was a choice when I did the color IQ. It looked ok in the store but when I went home to try it on it made me look slightly pale than my neck and chest. This might be an option for winter, but not summer. i also didn't like the white cast it gives off when taking a flash photo. Can anyone help me find the right shade and a foundation with minimal SPF? Thank you!
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niknik2304
niknik2304 / NEWCOMER / replied
I can't tell.  see post
jeannetteb
Oh my Gosh.....a little help,Please....
Ok started looking for a highlight pencil for under my eyebrow.....am probably going with Anastasia Brow Duality, over Benefits High Brow... but as I started looking at the Benefits line, I found it somewhat confusing....so do people actually buy stay don't stray, as well as erase paste, as well as the eye brightener.....anyways, my question,  which of these Benefits products should I start with? I am looking for a great face moisturizer, primer, brightener and tint, all in one would be FABULOUS! And it doesn't have to be just the Benefits line. And the best eye primer, brightener so that my makeup stays put? Thanx!!!!! MOST appreciated! Also, I am 57, so I would like to keep it age appropriate, Thank You!!!!
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Shrewdle
BEAUTY PRO Shrewdle / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
Yes, I second beauty4ashes...you look amazing jeanetteb! see post
poemelyric
What would I be in Dolce and Gabbana Matte Foundation
I'm going to Finland in October and right now, my color  IQ is only showing the colors that would look good in during my summer shades.  It says that I should wear Golden Honey because in the summer, Kat Von D Deep 66 kinda matches my skin tone (it's still a little bit dark but is passable).  But when I tried to look up my old MUFE fall/winter color (dark beige), it also gives me golden honey.  I don't think that's right but the next color up is soft tan and I know that would be too light (I don't consider myself tan"). No one is carrying D&G in store for me to try out (no stores that I could find) so what would be my best bet for a fall,matte color?  I want to try to stay with D&G because I'm dying to try their line since I'\ve heard that they are spectacular.
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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi poemelyric!   I just used our Color IQ to try and find the best match for you in Dolce and Gabbana's The Foundation Perfect Matte Liquid Foundation Broad Spectrum... see post
Nushkies
Newbie
I need some help please! I'm looking for a concealer. I don't live close to any stores so I can't go in for a match but I wear Sephora Collection 8hr mattifying powder in number 40 (hazelnut). Any suggestions for what color/shade I should order. I'm not biased toward any brand in particular. Thanks!
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Nushkies
Nushkies / NEWCOMER / replied
Thank you all so much! I really appreciate it! see post
Karinalovestats
Trying out the new Too Faced BB creme foundation
Hi has anyone tried the Too faced BB creme foundation? If so may I ask what skin tone you are and what color you got?
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blushnglow
BEAUTY PRO blushnglow / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
Thanks! Your reply helps a lot :) see post
Caligirl91
What brands are paraben and phenoxyethanol free?
What brands are paraben and phenoxyethanol free? Thanks!
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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi Caligirl91, To view a list of brands that we carry that are gluten free, please visit this Sephora Advice page: http://community.sephora.com/t5/Products/Animal-... see post
abbyclemens01
Semester Long Study Abroad Trip: Product Suggestions for Face Makeup Routine
I am a 20 year old college student and am going on a semester long study abroad trip to Europe this fall, and would like suggestions for a quick, easy, and long-lasting face makeup routine? Also, I have acne prone and dry skin, so I would need products that cover my blemishes, would not worsen acne, and would moisturize my skin. Thank you! 
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laynebr
BEAUTY BOSS laynebr / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
Where are you going to? I'm going back for 3 months this fall and I'm very excited :D I spent 3 years studying abroad! I loved every minute of it :) I think what mostly... see post
RyCoBlake
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder VS MUFE HD Microfinish Loose Powder?
I'm 51 years old w/ a fair/light complextion and dry skin. I want a setting powder that does not turn my sheer to med. foundation coverage completely matte but allows some of the 'dewy' moist look to remain. Which of these powders is best for that OR is there another powder you would recommend?
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RyCoBlake
RyCoBlake / NEWCOMER / replied
Thank you all so much for your helpful replies! I really appreciate everyone's input and opinions and will be buying the Laura Mercier to try first since that seems to b... see post
liveinlovexx
Clarisonic plus body brush issue! Has anyone had this happen?
I bought the Clarisonic plus a few weeks ago, and so far I like it, not so much love yet but its growing on me! Anyways, I recently had an issue where I tried to use my body brush in the shower and it kept stopping within a few seconds after turning on. I hadnt charged it in a while and when I checked the battery light it was on the lowest one and it was flickering, so I shrugged it off blaming it on low battery. However the face brush stayed on, yet I am guessing it doesnt need as much power. Well today I used my Clarisonic Body Brush in the shower again, worked just fine, had like three lights on. When my fiance went to use the body brush later that night it worked for the first three minute cycle, flashing two lights, but then kept turning off mid cycle. This time the brush still had two lights remaining... Obviously not being fully empty. Thoughts as to why this is happening? Has anyone else experienced this? Thanks!
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beauty4ashes
HALL OF FAMER beauty4ashes / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I too have had my Clarisonic Plus for years with no problems.  Can't use it for my face so I only use it in the shower for neck/décolleté once a week.     see post
rubydanielle
facial sweat
i tend to get a lot of facial sweat when i go out. is there a product that help prevent some of the sweat?
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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi rubydanielle! Can you give us some insight as to what makeup you are currently wearing? Also, what is your skincare routine prior to makeup application? Is your s... see post
hannasilkwood
Best Cream Foundation?
I am always watching Wayne Goss on YouTube and love the idea of using a cream foundation. Any recommendations? I have combination - oily skin and am not very sensitive. 
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andyhtrieu
BEAUTY GURU andyhtrieu / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
I love RCMA foundations. It's extremely pigmented and you only need a little bit to cover your entire face. It's considered "stage" makeup to consumers, but it's an esse... see post
lissa5314
Algentist Genius cream substitute
I love Algenist's Genius cream but sadly it's too expensive. Does anyone know of a comparable cream?
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lissa5314
SCENE QUEEN lissa5314 / SCENE QUEEN SCENE QUEEN / replied
Thank you Randee! I appreciate the advise.   Thanks again, Melissa see post
meagboho
Can I Pull Off...?
Hey peeps!  I've noticed quite a few of these posts, and was thinking it might be nice to a have a thread for people to ask other's opinions on how certain features/skin tones look with products we may want to try.   Or...it'll end up being just another enabling thread...  
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meagboho
BEAUTY PRO meagboho / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
Hahaha awesome!  see post
sayreah
Moisturizer recommendation for acne prone/oily/dry patches
I need a recommendation for a moisturizer or moisturizer regimen for someone that is acne prone. I have oily skin but with pretty dry patches.
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laurabt
laurabt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi sayreah, I recommend these anti-acne moisturizers: Murad Anti-Aging Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 PA+++ Philosophy Clear Days Ahead™ Oil-Free Salicylic Aci... see post
CBringing
Smudge Pot
I'm using stila smudge pot for eye liner.  Can I add water to get a thin line if smudge pot seems dry? Thanks
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gogreyhound
BEAUTY MASTER gogreyhound / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
yes, that is my biggest concern. When the items are manufactured, they have just the right amount of everything, including preservatives. Adding water will introduce new... see post
celogrl
Need help with foundation shade.
Hello- I am interested in trying Too Faced's new Cocoa Powder Foundation.  Since my skin has been analyzed at Sephora as a 2Y05, hopefully you can suggest a great color match for me in this new powder.  Thank you!
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celogrl
SCENE QUEEN celogrl / SCENE QUEEN SCENE QUEEN / replied
RandeeBT- thank you!  I am off to order it now.  Foundation that smells like chocolate?  Count me in, lol. see post
theregularnew
Best primer for oily skin?
So, I have problem skin with acne and redness. Every morning I wash, apply benzoyl peroxide and then lotion.    I've tried a few primers like Prime Time, the Smashbox Photo Finish in light and original, and various samples that I can't remember. Within 2-3 hrs any makeup I use looks like it's melting off.   The only one I've found that keeps my makeup in place is the Smashbox Photo Finish More than Primer - Blemish Control. The problem with this is I hate the initial application of it. My face is already dry from washing and treating it, then this primer takes away any moisture I had from my lotion. I've mixed lotion in with it (as well as Macs Strobe Cream) and that helps some but not enough to give a smooth makeup application (it feels like my brush is dragging against dry skin, especially around pimples.) The only reason I keep using this is because the dryness of it does come in handy by the end of the day.    BUT, I'm hoping there is a better primer out there that can give me a nice moisturizing feel in the mornings while still keeping control of my oil in the afternoons. Any advice?   I use Lancome Teint Idole Ultra foundation. I also use Skindinavia makeup setting spray.
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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi  theregularnew!    I have combination to oily skin and I love Laura Mercier's primers. For the days, I want a little more of a glow to my skin, I will use Lau... see post
Pattyk999
Replacement for Tarte recreate foundation warm bisque 06
I'm looking for a comparable foundation to replace the discontinued tarte recreate foundation, warm bisque 06. When I heard that it was being discontinued, I purchased several bottles of it and now, sadly, I've reached the end of it. Could you please suggest something similar in texture and color (yellow not pink undertones)? Thank you so much! Patty
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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi Pattyk999!   I would be happy to recommend something similar for you to try! Are you looking for another liquid foundation that is comparable to the Tarte Recreat... see post
christineew27
Stye
I've been getting styes around my eyes lately and I know for a fact I've been cleaning and washing off my makeup daily and I never skip a day also I am very careful to keep my hands clean while removing my contacts. But why is it that I am still getting a stye?! And does anyone have this problems as well? I've heard that there are some chemical in some eye makeups that can cause others to have stye? If this is true, can anyone tell me what is the chemical that I would need to be aware of?
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beauty4ashes
HALL OF FAMER beauty4ashes / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I too recommend seeing your ophthalmologist ASAP for a thorough eye exam to rule out any underlying ocular surface or lid margin conditions. Recurring styes aren't to be... see post
CORPORATEK
Blush colors for Auburn hair, Hazel eyes, Yellow/Neutral undertones
Hi,   I feel like I always choose blush colors that are too light (aka Nars Sex Appeal) that just disappear on my skin.   Any recommendations for Auburn hair, Hazel eyes, Yellow/Neutral undertones, Very fair, slightly ruddy???!!!!   THANKS!!!
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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi  CORPORATEK!   The NARS Blush in Deep Throat would be beautiful on you! It is a very soft peachy pink. :)   I also think that the Sephora Collection M... see post
Shaelynn
What are some of the best products for dealing with dry, dehydrated skin?
I have dry and dehydrated skin from living in the cold winters of Canada and from drinking little water. I've started becoming healthier and began drinking more water, which has made my skin a lot better but it's still red and a bit dry. What are some really good products that will fix this and give me that naturally beautiful skin that all the SA's have? I thought it would be best if I asked here. When I got my last makeover the people helping me, as nice as they were, didn't do too many favors for my skin. Despite using products to stop the dryness my skin was dryer when I walked out than when I walked in. 
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lylysa
HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Whether you begin to incorporate oils which are rich in essential fatty acids or humectants such as hyaluronic acid/sodium hyaluronate (which draws 1000x its own weight ... see post
andyhtrieu
My sister needs help
My sister needs help balancing her skin out. She has an oily AND dry t-zone because of a minor acne. She has dry skin at the center of her forehead, between the eye brows, on her nose, and her skin.   She has a hard time sticking to skin routines because she sometimes goes out and doesn't come home, so her basic routine is: Neutrogena makeup remover wipes Clean & Clear Daily Pore Cleanser  Paula's Choice 2% BHA exfoliant Simple Light Moisturizer or Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion Tretinoin (only when she needs it) I don't have a solution for her ):   She also can't wear some liquid foundations because they emphasize dry skin
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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi Andy!   You have already received some great suggestions, but I will give you some advice as well! I think the makeup remover wipes are only good for incredib... see post
dibbs98
Reduce Redness After Working out
Is there a product either cream or wipe that will reduce redness immediately after working out? I have very light skin and when I workout I get very red and it can take 30-40 mins post workout to get back to normal. I would love to find a product that would help reduce that time frame to make working out over lunch and prior to work in the morning easier. Would love suggestions. 
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beauty4ashes
HALL OF FAMER beauty4ashes / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Does this mean you don't wear make-up & just looking for reversing the vasodilatation effect? The blood circulation on your face is good for you! I really wouldn't rec... see post
feversea
Is there a primer that's similar to Kat Von D's Rehab Priming Elixir?
Hi everyone! I recently received an email from Sephora that Kat Von D's Rehab Priming Elixir has been discontinued, and I am just heartbroken. I don't think anything else goes with the Lock-It Tattoo Foundation as much as it did. Does anyone know why it went out of stock or if it will ever be back in stock? I'm afraid that I'm just gonna have to suck it up and find a new holy grail primer.   I have oily and acne prone skin. I have tried many primers out there. Benefit's The Porefessional and Too Faced Primed & Poreless- makes ANY makeup melt off of my face and I think it feels like grease. Smashbox More Than Primer Blemish Control feels a little sticky on my skin. Bareminerals Prime Time oil control primer is okay. Make Up For Ever's HD Microperfecting primer is good. But neither of these did what the Rehab Priming Elixir has done for me. Can anyone recommend something similar?
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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi feversea!   I recommend trying Too Faced's Primed & Poreless Pure Oil-Free Skin Smoothing Face Primer For Sensitive Skin. I think this primer has a similar textur... see post
gabichka
Clear hydrated photo shopped skin naturally
I constantly break out from acne it's on my cheeks and my chin, I just want something to wash my face with or a treatment but something to end this cycle of breaking out it at least help me get clear skin. I use the ClarisImpact it doesn't work. My face is very sensitive and the philosophy burned it. I use ren, I used murad I used a bunch of others and it doesn't help. Please help me with a good product. Also I have dry skin.
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jemly
BEAUTY BUFF jemly / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
hi gabichka. can you please give us more information of your daily routine. am/pm. how long you tried the murad and ren before deciding they didn't work ? which of their... see post