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Do we have American beauty rituals?
A recent thread on global (country specific but not US) got me thinking…do we have American beauty rituals?  Are our rituals more specific to family traditions passed down?  Is it perhaps the communal nature of our beauty rituals that's different (perhaps not…think of group baths or saunas elsewhere).   Thoughts anyone?  Thanks!
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BEAUTY MASTER mpas / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
I read an article about american tourist giveaways when abroad.  One of them was super straight, pearly white teeth.  So I guess were a dental-centric nation see post
I'm going to South Korea. What beauty products do a absolutely need to bring back?
I'll have time to shop…but not forever. Must have beauty products I need to seek out? Any thoughts or suggestions are welcome.  Thanks!
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HALL OF FAMER meganlisa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
You and me both!  I'm bringing as little as I can …seriously.  I'll follow up with comments when I get back... see post
HELP - Need Redness Relief!
Hi Beauty Gurus,   I have very fair skin (cool with pink undertones) and have a lot of redness on my cheeks. I have very sensitive skin, so even rubbing my moisturizer into my skin in the morning turns most of my face pink for at least a few minutes. Regular concealers don't help much. Does anyone know of either a skin care product that will help reduce redness (and actually works) or a makeup product that can help cover it?   Any help is much appreciated!
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BEAUTY BOSS MicheleRan / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
I actually do have Rosacea and I find the Clinique Redness Solutions facewash helps a lot. I don't use it daily but when I start noticing I'm getting more red, I'll use ... see post
HOW CAN I GET THE MILKY WHITE COMPLEXION THAT I SEE MANY WOMEN SPORT?
I am trying to find out how I may attain the "milky white complexion" that many women sport. Is there a cream that I can use to get that complexion. I have heard the term BB cream being mentionned, so I went out and purchased it but found that it didn't work. In addition, apparently women rub this on their body too to achieve the full body milky white complexion. Thanks.        
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BEAUTY GURU blushnglow / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
Each person has their own unique skintone/undertone that is a result of their genetics. How your skin reacts to UV exposure is also another factor. A tan would tend to p... see post
Exfoliate in the morning or at night?
I have heard differing opinions as to what time of day is better for exfoliating. Is there a benefit to exfoliating morning vs. night?
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HALL OF FAMER DTalksAll / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
You should be wearing SPF every day regardless of exfoliating.    What kind of exfoliator are you using? I like to exfoliate in the morning because I have dry skin, an... see post
Products to start my make up kit?
I'm a 22 year old beginning in make up. I only apply a light beigh BB cream on my face and a EOS lip balm to moisturize my lips. My skin tone is a light warm Asian yellow   and eyes are brown. The BB cream I wear changes the color of my skin from a light yellow to white almost which I think it's bad but I still wear it because it has SPF in it and is oil free.  However, without it my skin is oily everywhere on my face and I have pores everywhere on my face. What are some good oil free products to start my make up kit? I watch too many beauty videos and got inspiration for a natural every day look, to the no make up look, and the neutral/ smokey look for the nights. However for eyeshadow I would like to know great ones that have matte to neutral shades that last a long time. I know that some are highly pigmented. What is a good brand for water proof mascara? As for my skin being oily, do you recommended mineral make up over liquid foundation? Primer for mascara? Bronzer ? What are some great black eyeliner pencils? How about concealer? Pink lipstick that moisturizes and lasts long? What about a color for a smokey look? I apologize for writing so long.   
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BEAUTY SAVANT louistomlinson / BEAUTY SAVANT BEAUTY SAVANT / replied
Since you have warm Asian skin, I'd probably get the Naked 1 as the Naked 2 has more cool taupe based shades. frmheadtotoe has a good blogpost comparison of it and her s... see post
Help with locking in moisturizer for oily combo skin
I have combo acne prone skin. I am 41 yrs old with large pores and starting to get fine lines.  In winter I get dry rough patches.  I thought I'd seen something on sephora or sephora emails about products to help lock in your moisturizer especially at night but can't seem to find the information.  I would like a product that will hydrate my skin without making me break out.   If anyone can recall the products to help lock in moisturizer please let me know. Thanks
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BEAUTY MASTER BeautyIsPassion / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
Boscia Tsubaki Hydration Sleeping Mask! I swear by this stuff. In the winter i also suffer from dry patches, but this stuff has changed my skin! I apply a thin layer of... see post
Can I return a product I opened and threw the package away?
I got tarte Best In Faux Lash Extending Fibers and I can't use it whenever I do it makes my eyes feel so irritated. It makes them red and itchy. I was wondering if I could return? 
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ZannaBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi kgtbug,   We recommend bringing this item back to your local Sephora and they should be able to assist you with a refund or exchange. If you have your receipt, be... see post
Skin Care Suggestions
I have Oily, Sensitive, Dehydrated Skin that breaks out easily to certain products and I need some suggestions on brands and products that might work with my skin please.
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BEAUTY WHIZ ashleenicoleex3 / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
I'm not quite sure what ingredients make my skin unhappy. I'm concerned with oil, breakouts and dehydration see post
Full coverage
I have oily skin so everything seems to look blotchy. I have tried Kat Von D and loved it but it was photo sensitive so everytime I took a pic i looked very pale. I also tried Urban Decay Skin and it didnt give the full coverage like I had expected. Any other suggestions for full coverage that will not look blotchy and isnt photo sensitive??
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HALL OF FAMER IAmLadyLiterary / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I have a real love for Cover FX foundations.  I haven't tried it specifically with photos but I haven't noticed any issues with selfies and such.  Specifically the cream... see post
Foundation for the gym
If I want to wear a cover up during my workout, but I want to avoid getting acne, is there one in particular I should use?
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HALL OF FAMER irenet / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I got different BB creams from Buxom to Nars to Smashbox and there is only one I wear to the gym. Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector from the drugstore. It's light ... see post
UD Naked Concealer - which shade??
Hi everyone, I am planning on placing an order for my birthday. I am planning on getting the UD Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup in the shade 1 (very fair bisque shade with soft warm undertones). I've recently tried this and it seems to be the perfect shade for me. But the question is, which shade of the Naked Skin Complete Coverage Concealer should I get that would work best with the foundation - Fair Neutral or Light Warm? I'm leaning more towards the Fair Neutral because I'm usually the lightest shade of anything. The only reason the Light Warm threw some doubt my way is because I have warm undertones/semi-yellow toned skin. What do you think I should go with?
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ZannaBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi Doakie,   I would recommend going with the lighter shade, Fair Neutral, because you can always go a bit darker by adding a darker powder or bronzer after your fou... see post
kat von d lock it tattoo...solutions to over drying?!??
I have recently purchased the Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo foundation and I absolutely love it! The coverage is perfect and it lasts a long time, however, it is very drying on my face. After an hour or so my t-zone begins to get very dry and sometimes flaky. I moisturize and prime my face with either Too Faced Primed & Poreless or Smashbox Photofinish before I apply the foundation  but it still seems to dry me out. I love the product for its coverage and longwearing, but i'm unsure of any options I have left to stop the drying. Any suggestions on primers or alternatives to this foundation? Any other products to keep my skin hydrated but the foundation still lasting long?
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HALL OF FAMER H216 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
In addition to adding moisturizer to your routine, do you use any face peels or radiance pads? DDG Alpha Beta pads really helped clear up the flakiness I experienced. Si... see post
AmorePacific
Hi, I want to buy the AmorePacific foundation, but I don't know which color should I buy, I currently use Hourglass immaculate Lt. Beige. I don't know if i should buy the almond blush or the alomad gold. Thank you!
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lmidb / NEWCOMER / replied
Thank you Zanna, and what about the AmorePacific Color control cushion compact broad spectrum spf 50+? which color would you recommend me?   see post
Pregnant- looking for a new cleanser
My skin is more on the dry/sensitive size with occasional breakouts. Now that I'm 5wks pregnant- the hormones are starting to kick and and my normal products aren't cutting it! Any recommendations on a cleanser that's safe to use while pregnant that's gentle but contains either glycolic acid or alpha hydroxy acids? TIA!
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NikaBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi lwgirl,   I would suggest boscia's Detoxifying Black Cleanser. I took a look at the ingredients and I didn't see any red-flags or things that I know for certain s... see post
Skin Inc. Customized Serums
Hey ladies! I recently heard of Skin Inc.'s customizable serums and was wondering if anyone had tried them? Mainly I'm wondering if they feel it's worked and worth the $90 price tag and how long the bottles last? For $90, I want to make sure I'm going to get something that might actually work!   Thanks!    
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ZannaBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi shaniceee,   I have only heard great things about these serums! There's a big price tag because these truly are amazing and actually produce noticeable results! R... see post
Layering Philosophy Miracle Eye Retinol+Murad C SPF Eye Cream together?
Is it a good idea to layer Murad C essential eye cream over philosophy miracle eye retinol for a morning retinol routine?? I was thinking of using the murad as an SPF as well as a vitamine C booster for the retinol....Seems like a good idea, but stumbed if the two products would mix well together??? Thank You
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HALL OF FAMER TrysBeautyItems / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I wouldn't layer them, Murad has retinol in it. see post
Self tanner for black skin
I am desperately seeking a self tanner to use mostly on my face in the winter time. I am half African American and half white, and I've never used any self tanning product before..but my skin gets too pale and yellow looking without the sun and I don't want to resort to tanning! I have combination skin with mild acne once a month. Thanks in advance!
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HALL OF FAMER greenchilli / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Angel   CHANEL has this product called "Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder".  It can be used as an all over finishing powder and comes in a few different shades.  It... see post
I am warm toned w/ brown eyes. Looking for an e/s palette, long lasting and versatile...recs?
Not MUFE. I think Dior, Guerlain, YSL, Urban Decay, NARS, Hourglass... What do you recommend? 
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BEAUTY MASTER jenfromnyc / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
What did you not like about? see post
very very dry skin with extreme pig mentation ( irish girl in floridian sun)
I have very very dry skin. I am outside pretty much all day and it does not take much for the florida sun(or even light wind) to burn my skin so I have a LOT of freckles, even with the use of factor 70 suncreen(neutrogena). my skin is constantly dry especially on my nose and around my mouth and tzone. Any suggestions for 1)suncreen 2)moisturiser 3)something to even out the tone in my skin but without being to harsh on sensitive skin! I am seriously desperate at this stage and do not want my skin to be old and haggard in my mid 20s!!! Currently using clinique dry to very dry moisturiser.
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katieireland123 / NEWCOMER / replied
If you don't mind my asking, I'm intrigued to know what make up you use for a freckled skin tone?! I've always struggled with the right shade of foundation, It always lo... see post
extremely dry skin
been having extremely dry skin so popped into sephora a month ago and grabbed the First Aid Beauty kit that comes with the wash,moistruizer, lip moisturizer and pads...  The moisturizer is thick and nice but it's still not enough for my dry skin. I also picked up the philosophy oxygen peel and tried that to get rid of my acne.  I have a few pimples here and there, but mostly the small oil bumps.   Any other product that would moisturize my skin since this first aid beauty kit doesn't really work..   thinking about the pholosophy "back to nurture " line
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BEAUTY MAVEN yayurbandecay / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
well, the lady there said all these suggestions were too heavy for my 23 year old skin, so another lady gave me 2 samples (the fresh lotus moisturizer) and the (photo pl... see post
bliss toner pads vs Fab radiance pads?
What is the difference in the Bliss Steep Clean Mattifying Toner Pads and the FAB Facial Radiance pads?   Which is your preference? Why choose one over the other?
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BEAUTY PRO ap142193 / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
I picked some up at TJ Maxx for $7! see post
Josie Maran Argan Milk
Has anyone else noticed that the packaging for the Josie Maran Argan Milk has changed? The bottle originally was clear. I really liked that I could tell how much product was left. The bottle that just came in my order is solid white. Also, the product itself is different. To me, at least. It was a creamy color and now is very white and more difficult to blend in. It's almost like a watered down SPF when I apply. Any thoughts?
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BEAUTY MAVEN bem564 / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
I went to my closest Sephora store yesterday (about a 45 minute drive) & all the bottles they had were clear as well. I asked a SA & she had no idea about any changes th... see post
i need a good daily moisturizer for under $20
I want a moisturizer that won't make my skin oily but I don't have a hundred dollars please help
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BEAUTY WHIZ Rin418 / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
Hello!  I'm really not sure of your skin type since you did not mention it but I have fairly dry skin, sometimes oily skin and I love Sephoras brand Instant moisturizer... see post
Urban Decay Vice LTD
Can someone please tell me if the Vice LTD will become available for everyone at some point? Thanks!!!!!
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HALL OF FAMER annypoo / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Yeah it kept saying it wasn't going to be sold anymore so I purchased one from a BTer, but doesn't look as limited as they made it sound. I don't get why they released i... see post
Concealer colour advice
My perfect concealer colour is NSA - Urban Decay 24/7 concealer pencil, but i'd like to try Tarte Maracuja creaseless concealer and Kat Von D Lock it tattoo concealer. I have light skin with very yellow undertone, and I need my undereye concealer to be a little mustard-coloured, not really orange. Thank you!
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NikaBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi Simlrma3!   In tarte's concealer I would suggest medium sand:   http://www.sephora.com/maracuja-creaseless-concealer-P312114?keyword=Tarte%20Maracuja%20crease... see post
Kat Von D foundation
I have the Kat Von D foundation, and I use a brush to put it on. what makeup brush cleaner should I use?
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HALL OF FAMER guzelkiz / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Nope.  I've been using it about a year now and no problems.  I've tried many cleansers of all different brands but this one is the best by far. see post
Makeup
I need help.  I have brown hair, hazel eyes and fair skin.  What are some makeup advice for someone like me?  From eyes, blush, cover up and lips...
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NikaBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi EPaden!   What is your makeup routine like currently? Are you looking to try new products and are just getting into makeup, or do you feel like what you're curren... see post
DIY facial mask..... Are they just as good?
I was looking at so,e beauty blogs and they have tons and tons of recipes for facial mask, peels and cleansers. They even had a recipe  with Amazonian clay that was supposed to make a mask just like glam glow. Given that these mask do have acid and ingredients that penetrate and treat your skin I was skeptical on the safety of these DIY mask. I'm scared of fining a wrong recipe and irritating my skin and end up looking like a tomato. Have any of you ladies dared to be brave and tried a DIY mask?
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BEAUTY BOSS Tamara76 / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
@Mgr82 - Thanks for posting this question!  I'm also curious as I've seen tons of DIY mask recipes on Pinterest and wondered the same thing.  I'm anxious to learn from o... see post
Why does my Urban Decay setting spray spray too forcefully?
My new Urban Decay setting spray is not a sprits of spray, it sprays approximately 2-3 feet.  Why is this happening and how do I fix it?
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HALL OF FAMER aviscardi / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Yes, you're right I use hot water. forgot to specify see post