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All about Luxury skincare! Come in and chat about your skincare, treatments, tools and products
Hello beauty talk members, I see so many color threads here. I love to chat about luxury skincare products and procedures. I am addicted to trying new things and am always on the lookout for something new in skincare.    Have a favorite luxury brand or product?  Have a fav skin tool or treatment? Please share. Curious about botox? Spa treatments and peels? let's share our experiences here .   We can also post good GWP's, and specials.
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HALL OF FAMER starsandbucks / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
@sierrafallon Thank you! The packaging is SO pretty! I keep the Blue Tansy mask front and center on my vanity because I love aesthetic so much.  see post
Dry Skin
I have really dry skin so when I put my makeup on you can see how dry my skin is and my makeup doesn't look blended in at all, what can I do?
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HALL OF FAMER ChicDabbler / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
You should start from skincare. There are plenty of gentle cleansers and wonderfully nourishing moisturizers for dry skin (you can search on BeautyTalk for ideas). But f... see post
Best Face Sunscreen?
I'm very fair and burn easily, so I'm looking for a good face sunscreen. Most of the ones I've tried break me out or make my skin way too greasy. I need something that's SPF 30+ and can wear well with makeup.   Happy to hear recommendations from any brands or stores (high-end or drugstore), but I'd prefer products under $30.     Thank you!
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BEAUTY GURU sydtomato / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
I also use the Tarte Tartegaurd and it does not give that greasy look most sunscreens usually give.  It wears really well under makeup as well.  Tbh I have yet to find a... see post
BLACK DOTS IN BEAUTYBLENDER?!? HELP!!! EWWW
HI, So, I've had my BeautyBlender for only a short period of time now. Recently, I noticed little black dots in blotches are over my beautyblender (BB). I wash my BB once a week with all my other brushes. I put my BB in the little container it comes in when I ordered it (I did not buy the specific brush cleaner for the BB). Then the other day I saw black dots in it!? I'm in complete shock! Is this....bacteria?!? I paid like 35 dollars!!!! Ewwww! If it's bacteria, I def don't want to use it. I'll probably buy another one, but how can i prevent this from happening again! Help please Thxs, Bianca
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BEAUTY BRAINIAC acb11 / BEAUTY BRAINIAC BEAUTY BRAINIAC / replied
I've read that you're supposed to wash them after every use because sponges are so prone to growing   mold  and   harboring bacteria. You should also lay them out on a ... see post
New to Makeup
Hi, so I am just starting to wear makeup and have no previous experience. I am almost 14 and I was wondering what the normal makeup procedures and things I need to know are. I was also wondering what products I should purchase and how to use them.   Thanks!
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BEAUTY WHIZ PreppyBeauty28 / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
    A good rule of thumb when you're just starting out is LESS IS MORE! I don't know what your skin is like (acne, dryness, oiliness, etc.), but here's what I'd do.  ... see post
natural foundation (oily/combo) and a primer
Hi im trying to get more advice from sephora community   I am looking for a foundation. A little about my skin and what im looking for: - i get oily in my t-zone - I get dry in between my eyebrows, in the cracks of my nose and under my nose. Sometimes around my mouth. Foundation tends to stick to my acne spots too.. I don't have many but I do get them and they really stick. - I am looking for a natural, medium or sheer coverage. - I don't want to get cakey which is what usually happens and I don't want to get to oily.   I recently got samples of the nars foundation and the sheer glow is pretty it has a nice natural finish but I do get oily with that. With the ADL it does really cling to dry patches. So I am looking for something in between those ^ (and I do set my foundation with a translucent pressed powder but I am looking to get the LM one)   Some other foundations i've been looking at: milk sunshine skin tint - it looks really pretty and natural but im not sure if i would still get oily even with setting? ABH foundation stick - I heard it has a natural finish but im not sure if it would get cakey     Anyways thats all I have to say. Help a girl out and recommend and if you could also recommend a primer!    
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BEAUTY WHIZ PreppyBeauty28 / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
It sounds like we have very similar skin types. I second the recommendation for the Bobbi Brown Foundation stick. I've been using it for a couple months and am absolutel... see post
Color IQ
What is the Color IQ for Make Up For Ever's Water Blend Face & Body Foundation in R250? This foundation seems the closest of the four I tried; however, it's slightly light pink and doesn't cover much. I tried the following: BareMinerals Original Foundation in Fair (2R05): - looks like a bronzer if I apply more then one layer. Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation in R230 (1R04): - covers perfectly, but slightly light pink. - the yellow equivalent was FAR too yellow. - very oily and tacky unless blotted/powder applied. Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream in Fair (1Y02): - close, but doesn't cover, slightly streaky, and light yellow. My face is literally a mosaic of colours: redness (Rosacea in the family), freckles, dark eye circles, sensitive skin, and alternating between red and yellow undertones.
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MaliBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi @yumeji,    The Color IQ is #1R04 for the MUFE Water Blend Face & Body Foundation in that shade. Do you currently use a color corrector? You might like the tarte ... see post
Any tips on how to prevent under eye creasing?
Hi there! I've posted one question before and I got such a helpful answer that I thought I'd try again for another reoccurring problem that I've had. As the title says, that problem is under eye creasing. I'm 26 and I take care of myself, so I don't have super wrinkly under eyes or anything, but I do have some fine lines and creases right at the inner corner of my eyes. These are the steps I usually take for just my under eyes;   1. Lancome rénergie eye cream in the morning to moisturize 2. Smashbox under eye primer 3. I dot Lancome waterproof concealer under my eyes (I do not use a lot, just a few dots that I then blend out) 4. I blend it out with a beautyblender 5. I set everything with Laura Mercier Translucent Powder   No matter how much care I take to make sure the creases aren't there I always see them as soon as I set my under eyes. I've tried all the tips I've come across so far. Someone told me that I might be using too much product so I have only moisturized my under eyes then applied my concealer but the annoying lines were still there. Any tips? Any product I don't yet know about that will help with this?       
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BEAUTY MAVEN tintintina / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
@shea3834 Sounds like you're on the right track with a regular regimin including moisturizer...and acknowledging that prevention + skin care is key.  Check that the dayt... see post
I Can't Find Make Up Forever Lipstick Shade No. 11
I am looking for Make Up Forever's shade number 11 in their Rouge Artist Intense lipstick.  I saw it called Pink Sith on a blog I read, but cannot find it on your site.  Can you help?
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HALL OF FAMER lmi82 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
@tracig Sorry. That lipstick isn't available anymore due to Make Up Forever recently reformulating their lipsticks.   Out of the new MUFE Artist Roge lipsticks, C108 c... see post
I have been matched for foundation. How do I use the number when shopping for foundation on line?
BEAUTY BUFF kathmb / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
@nattie13 I definitely would take the time to go into a store and try out different formulas for texture/coverage if you can—I often find good matches that the Pantone s... see post
HELP SKIN CARE 911!!
I'm new to skin care.. Sad to say I haven't been taking care of my skin like I should, So I'm wondering really what my skin care routine should look like... My skin gets a little dry in some places & I do have some redness/scarring on my cheeks, & the only other concern I have is the pores on my nose are a lot more noticeable than anywhere else.  
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HALL OF FAMER ChicDabbler / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Basic steps you need: cleanse and moisturize daily, exfoliate 2-3 times a week, and use a makeup remover before cleansing if you wear a lot of makeup.   If you have th... see post
Sephora#78
Hey!!!! so, does anyone know what the difference is between the new and old Sephora pro foundation 78 brush ? (aside from the handle lengh)
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MariekeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi @Na7asha7aylor,   If you're referring to the SEPHORA COLLECTION PRO Airbrush Blender #78 (old) vs the SEPHORA COLLECTION PRO Domed Foundation #78 (new), it looks... see post
What eyeshadow is good for a purple prom dress?
The dress is a rich blue-purple with silver embroidery and silver crystal beading. I was thinking maybe silver glittery eyeshadow look, but I wanted to get some other opinions. My heels are glittery and silver as well, and I'm not sure what to do with my hair, so if you have recommendations for that too, feel free to share ideas. I have long dirty blonde hair and blue-green eyes. (apologies for the flash in the first picture)
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HALL OF FAMER lmi82 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Awesome! I'm glad to have helped and have fun at prom @LucyTheGreat! :) see post
Live Chat with Tiffany Masterson for Drunk Elephant
Tiffany Masterson, Founder of Drunk Elephant is heading to BeautyTalk to answer your skincare questions. Chat live with Tiffany on Wednesday, April 26. Check back to this thread between 12pm and 1pm PDT to ask her anything—from what makes the T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial™ so effective to the best products to pack on your next weekend getaway.   Be sure click "Follow this thread" on the right side of this post to be notified via email when one of your questions is answered.
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DrunkElephant BRAND STAFF / BRAND STAFF BRAND STAFF / replied
Haha! Don't be jealous.  I just designed some great sets for you guys and I think you'll be very happy!!  I'll make sure to pay a lot of attention to Canada because you ... see post
Day and night moisturizer?
Hello, I am looking for a day and a night moisturizer. I prefer a cream. I am looking for something anti aging or to prevent the signs of aging. My skin type is on the drier side. I prefer something with no fragrance since it tends to bother me. I have been using Clinique Moisture Surge but it seems like it's not doing much for me anymore. I would like something to help with the aging process.I'm in my mid-forties.   Any suggestions on a day and a night cream that would help my skin out would be appreciated. Thank you
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ZannaBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Thanks for clarifying! I would highly recommend the Drunk Elephant Lala Retro™ Whipped Cream as it's extremely hydrating and helps reduce the signs of aging (l oss of fi... see post
Started using Drunk Elephant 2 weeks ago, have had 2 jumbo and under the skin zits show up since. Can I get some help please?
Hey again everyone! I'm back with more skincare questions, lol!  Again, I would've posted in the question thread but I feel it may get lost in there.   I got myself a bunch of drunk elephant products two weeks ago now.  I have been using them exclusively, and was wondering if people can help me out and let me know what product may be causing my current issues. My routine at the moment is:   Night: Wash with Pekee bar, then apply a mix of the framboos serum + marula oil, then top off with the Lala Cream   Morning: Every other morning wash with Juju bar (other mornings just a water rinse), then apply a mix of the c firma + marula oil, then top off with the hydra gel cream.   For the first week I used the framboos serum every other night in order to get used to it.  And this week I skipped only one day, but used it all other days.   I do NOT normally get these huge honking zits.  If I do, it's maybe one every 2-3 months.  About a week ago I got a huge one on my cheek/temple area, a HUGE one!! It hurt so bad! Now that has gone down and I have an under-skin, super sore one appearing on my forehead.   Now, I have had these areas get zits before, never such a big one though on my cheek (I have had similar under-skin ones on my forehead though, that's usually where I get those IF I get one).   Otherwise my skin has been good, no anger or irritation anywhere, no redness, flaking, etc.  Is this purging? Or maybe a reaction from a product? I'm hoping someone can chime in!
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HALL OF FAMER sierrafallon / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
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Bite Beauty Butter Cream Lipstick?
Were the Bite butter cream lipsticks discontinued? If so, can someone tell me a good dupe for Rosewood? It's my signature shade and I'm almost out! Please help!
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ZannaBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi Mak3upAddict,   Regretfully, the butter cream lipsticks are no longer available on Sephora.com - sorry about that! :(   Here are some dupes I have found:   ... see post
Alternative to Sunday Riley Good Genes?I
I got a sample of the Sunday Riley Good Genes and it is AMAZING. I have never found a product to reduce the redness in my cheeks (that are splotchy and weird) and keep my face so firm and fresh yet the price sucks. If worse comes to worse, I will probably cave and buy this product but I cant believe it is so expensive. I hope someone has a good alternative! Ive tried the Alpha Beta Peel Extra Strength from Dr. Dennis Gross & really like that as well but havent used it in a while. I have the sensitive version but maybe should just switch back to those? I almost feel like buying Good Genes might be more cost effective since the Dennis Gross is still pricey (ish).
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BEAUTY MAVEN natkjas / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
Love it! Thanks girl. I will make sure to check it out see post
best foundation for acne-prone skin
I've been using MakeUp Forever Water Blend for the last few years. It's worked okay, but over the last few months my skin has been more oily than ever before and I've had frequent breakouts. My dermatologist suggested changing my makeup.  Any advice on other brands that could help reduce blemishes or make my skin less oily?   Thoughts on Giorgio Armani's Power Fabric or MakeUp Forever's Ultra HD or Tarte's Rainforest of the Sea, of Dior's Forever Perfect Foundation?   Thanks!
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JJVIB / RISING STAR / replied
I love the water blend as a primer with the MUF Mat velvet as the foundation. A little goes a long way and it really matifies the skin.    I've struggled with  my skin... see post
Lip product recommendation
Ive never bought any makeup from Sephora! Id like to make my first purchase. As a first time customer,  what product  would you recommend I try in the lipstick category? I am Indian, Wheaties in complexion and usually wear reds and picks bright and natural. I don't mind Matt,/glossy/anything else or trying something new.
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poonampatel / FRESH FACE / replied
Thank you. Appreciate it, can't wait to try some of your recommendations! see post
Powder Foundation brush?!
Can anyone recommend a good morphe brush for powder foundation? (or any brand)
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BEAUTY BOSS lilshopper1 / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
I just bought one from real technique. I love it... it is called their powder brush. see post
Metallic Gown
I am attending a black tie wedding and wearing a metallic halter gown (close to a pewter color).  What would be the best makeup look with this dress and event?   Thanks!
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HALL OF FAMER Insomniacmuffin / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
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Healthy Nails
What are the tricks to getting healthy, long, strong nails? And healthy looking and feeling hands? 
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HALL OF FAMER purly / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I was having some issues with my nails peeling a bit at the ends for the first time in my life recently. I started taking a skin, hair, and nails supplement and it fixed... see post
finding a suitable concealer similar to MAC NW20
I typically use MAC NW20 but want to try something else.  I've been using MAC for a long time but technology changes so I am pretty sure I can find something else.  I'm interested in either Sephora Collection bright future gel serum or Tarte marcuja concealer however I'm not sure what color(s) to choose that would be suitable replacements for MAC NW20.  Any suggestions?
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HALL OF FAMER Insomniacmuffin / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
HI @Lickety are you still looking for an answer on this? see post
Lip Colors for 4Y09
Hello! I think I've finally found my perfect match - 4Y09 and was wondering if you have any suggestions from the cheaper end to more expensive lipsticks / lip glosses/ lip stains.   I am looking for nude colors; but also would like to know what my matches would be for other color families such as pink, red, and berry.   Thank you  
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HALL OF FAMER Insomniacmuffin / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
HI @NaturalLook1232 I have seen people comment favorably on the Sephora Collection lip stains.. worth checking out! see post
NARS Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer color recommendation for olive skin (NC35)?
I am on the fence between Laguna and Casino. I currently use the regular Laguna for everyday contour, but I saw that this new version is lighter and more buildable.   What color would you recommend for medium olive skin? I am NC30-35, and have peach undertones. I wear St. Mortiz in the tinted moisturizer, Santa Fe in the powder foundation, and Punjab in the foundation (all NARS).
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MariekeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi @sfgirlygirl,   If your skin is currently closer to the Punjab in the foundation, I think I would go with Laguna since it is a lighter shade and you can build it ... see post
Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer
Hi looking for color help I wear color Y31 for makeup forever ultra HD concealer and Neutral Linen for sephora collection matte perfection powder, can someone help me with a color for laura mercier tinted moisturizer? 
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MariekeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi @marko123,    Do you know which Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer you would like to try? The shades look like they may vary a little bit depending on which one you... see post
toner
whats a good toner for combination skit thats oily on the tone and dry on her cheeks?
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MariekeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi @mkat1116,   Based on your concerns I'd recommend the following products:   Algenist Hydrating Essence Toner is an alcohol and oil free toner that combines al... see post
Foundation shade help!
I am trying to pick shades for the Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick and Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation. Can you help? Color IQ is 1R14
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HALL OF FAMER Insomniacmuffin / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hi @Ayomideaa sorry you haven't gotten an answer..   Maybe try posting your question again in the Hourglass thread - it gets more traffic and will be seen by people sp... see post
Murad Mattifier vs. Skin Perfector
Hi! I am 19 years old (lol my mom and I share an account) and I have extremely oily skin with enlarged pores, acne, and lots of texture. I recently got a sample of the Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 PA++. It has done a fairly good job of keeping my oiliness at bay and I like that it has SPF in it, but I'm curious about the Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion for Blemish Prone/Oily Skin because it says it works better for smoothing out texture (I have lots of acne, enlarged pores, and bumpiness in the center of my face). I will be visiting my local Sephora to test out the consistency of the skin perfector but I was wondering what others think of these two products.
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HALL OF FAMER Insomniacmuffin / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hi @AcadiaBonita did you end up getting a sample from the store? If so, please share what you thought of it :D see post