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gingaaa
Searching for a serum that has retinol, but no vitamin C or AHA's
My skin is very sensitive and retinol is the only anti-aging ingredient that I don't have an allergic reaction to.  Vitamin C and AHA's make me break out and sometimes give me blisters.  I've scoured ingredient lists when using the search tool, but would love some recommendations.  I wish there was an option to choose both ingredient preferences and dislikes when searching.  
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gingaaa
BEAUTY PRO gingaaa / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
Update: I went to my local Sephora, yesterday and ironically there was an Algenist rep there, which I was very excited for.  Just the person I wanted to see!  I told her... 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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hannasilkwood
BEAUTY MAVEN hannasilkwood / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
I would use a gel moisturizer all over and add a cream/lotion moisturizer in your dry areas. I use Olay Fresh Effects Dew Over Gel Moisturizer and Bliss Fabulous Face Lo... 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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hannasilkwood
BEAUTY MAVEN hannasilkwood / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
I would use two different moisturizers - one cream (for dry areas) and one gel (for oily areas). I recently purchased the Olay Fresh Effects Dew Over Gel Moisturizer and... 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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mochi813
BEAUTY MAVEN mochi813 / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
Redness is usually a sign of inflammation, indicating that your skin is irritated. I definitely agree with previous posters in using a mask. GlamGlow's ThirstyMud, which... 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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andyhtrieu
BEAUTY GURU andyhtrieu / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
For eye primer, Urban Decay has their Primer Potion in an anti aging version. It sounds like everything you're looking for!   http://www.sephora.com/eyeshadow-primer-p... 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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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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gogreyhound
BEAUTY MASTER gogreyhound / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
i love the Algenist line, and haven't bought a tub of Genius yet--it is pricey! I have tried it in sample sizes and love it!  What is your price point, and what benefits... 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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jeannetteb
jeannetteb / NEWCOMER / replied
It isn't so;-) 57 yrs old.....and I still wear color!!!!! Absolutely!!!! And I have women of all ages asking my advice all the time;-) (on make-up;-) I say, do what make... 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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starrymom
BEAUTY BOSS starrymom / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
I FEEL YOUR PAIN lol! I actually lucked out and at the Sephora store I went to yesterday they had ONE LEFT (which is now my precious). It was the 8th store I've been to ... see post
Addicted2pearls
Beach Photo shoot
Help! I have a photo shoot taking place in Rarotonga, and i need something that will give the model a nice shimmer   The shoot will take place mostly at the beach (sand and in the water)    I am looking for a product that will give her a nice shimmer to enhance the pics I have seen so many awesome pics with models all shimmered up and tanned, at the same time the model herself is a nice tan color already so something subtle but visible would be great!  The closest i can describe what i am looking for is the look charlize theron had in her Jadore campaign.   What do you suggest?
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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
I have tried the St. Tropez Self Tanning Luxe Oil and it is a beautiful product as well! I prefer the scent of the NARS Body Glow to the St. Tropez one though. :)  see post
fatimamummy
DAYWEAR VS CLEAR DIFFERENCE
Can Anyone tell me what is the difference between these Estee Lauder Daywear BB Cream and Estee Lauder Clear Diference BB cream.I know none of these is currently available at Sephora, but if anyone has tried them both or knows the difference?  
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lylysa
HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
No problem! I see that the DayWear version is on Sephora but the Clear Difference has yet to appear (may at a later date?), but I managed to pull it up on EL's website. ... 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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CORPORATEK
IT GIRL CORPORATEK / IT GIRL IT GIRL / replied
THANKS everybody!!!!! :)      What lip colors would go well with Kat Von D Truth??? I wouldn't be able to wear a coral with that right? see post
basmelech
beginner to makeup
hi! funny-- though i am turning 17 in less than two months i have not yet begun to wear makeup. i have dark brown hair, eyes and fairly dark coloring (always attempting to tan ). i am looking for a sophisticated, simple, a touch more than natural look (i dont find the purple eyeshadow, pink cheeks and lips attractive) for a makeup design. if you have the time, what do you recommend?  thank you. 
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lylysa
HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hi, Basmelech!   In addition to the advice provided so far, I would to like add that I hope your attempts at tanning is through means of self-tanners, sprays, gels, lo... 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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lylysa
HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hey there, RubyDanielle!   Is the matter of excessive sweating when you're outdoors something that affects your entire body, or even portions of your body, as well as ... see post
rudolph
Kat V D lock it tattoo foundation help with color
I need help with a color match for kat v d lock it tattoo foundation I am medium complexion with yellow undertones and lightly tan. any suggestions please?
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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi mnwoolley,   I answered your question here>http://bit.ly/1jub1H0. see post
Karolina44
which translucent powder is good for red lipstick prep?
RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
HI Karolina44!    I recommend trying Laura Mercier's Translucent Loose Setting Powder to help set your red lipstick.  see post
etscore1
Matching vs. Contrasting Undertones of Eye/Cheek/Lip colors
Do you tend to match or contrast the undertones in the various shades you apply to your face? Not relative to skin tone, but relative to one another?   I hadn't thought about it before today but for some reason on my drive to work I started wondering if people tended to, or there were any "rules" (unwritten, of course) regarding coordinating the undertones of eyeshadow, cheek and lip colors.    Do you consciously or unconsciously opt for coordinating or contrasting warm and cool undertoned color products? 
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etscore1
BEAUTY GURU etscore1 / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
I was thinking about it yesterday that it makes complete sense to at the very least coordinate blush and lip color.    I happen to have very neutral undertones so I bu... 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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lylysa
HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Try utilizing eye drops such as Visine. Plenty of users here have revived gel/cream potted shadows and liners with this technique, add in a drop or two and mix into prod... see post
anjay
please recommend a bb cream for very sensitive skin with rosecea, only oily in t-zone ??
gogreyhound
BEAUTY MASTER gogreyhound / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
Hi anjay! I use Clinique BB and CC creams, and my skin is on the oilier side and sensitive/breaks out easily. I like their BB cream for a matte finish, although I do thi... see post
ashleenicoleex3
Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay- In- Place & Nars Sheer Matte Foundation Matches?
I want to try out the Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay- In- Place Foundation and maybe the Nars Sheer Matte Foudation but I don't know what shade I would be.... Here's a list of the shades i'm in in other foundations.. - MAC Pro Longwear: NW20 - Hourglass Immaculate: Shell - Urban Decay Naked Skin: 3.0 - Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet +: #30 - Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour: 1.1 - Smashbox Liquid Halo: #2 - Ole Henriksen CC Creme: Light - Make Up For Ever Duo Mat Powder Foundation: #201
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ashleenicoleex3
BEAUTY WHIZ ashleenicoleex3 / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
Thank you so much girl! I'm gonna try out Sand or Ecru. I'm gonna see if I have an Estee Lauder counter in my mall and see if they will match me and give me a sample see post
Sarahann93
Looking for eye makeup and lipstick/gloss color ....HELP!
I have green eyes and blonde hair with medium light skin tone.. What eye palette and lipstick would you recommend?
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Sarahann93
Sarahann93 / NEWCOMER / replied
Any really just depend on what I am wearing. see post
mymax
Long-lasting Perfume
I am looking for a new perfume, most of all one that lasts. I tried Narcisco Rodriquez Her in store and loved it, but now I am unsure, because the online reviews say that the smell doesn't last. Since it is expensive, I would want it to last quite a while.   Do you guys have any recommendations? I currently have Miss Dior Cherie and Bronze Goddess by Estee Lauder.
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lylysa
HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Fragrance wear time can be affected by many elements. For starters, your own body chemistry and how a fragrance develops based on your pH may cause some fragrances to de... see post
ltlchef
Self Tanning the Face - Moisturize first or after?
Hi, I love self-tanning my face after cleansing, but never know if I should moisturize my face first, and then apply face self-tanning cream, or apply self-tanning cream, let it set it and then moisturize, or does it not matter? 
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ltlchef
SPECIAL GUEST ltlchef / SPECIAL GUEST SPECIAL GUEST / replied
Thank you Randee!  I will do that!   see post
YeseniaLuv
Hi I'm new to make-up & I want to start wearing Make-up c: So please Help!
I'm completely clueless about Makeup ._. I've been completely natural my whole life, So I do want to start wearing Makeup but I have no idea wear to start :c  
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killahbabe
HALL OF FAMER killahbabe / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
If I were you, I'd be sure to test products slowly at first. Not because I don't think you should go from no makeup to a full face (I'm in favor of whatever you feel com... see post
sangriana
Q. Buxom Lash vs Urban Decay Lush Lash mascaras
Hello, I am wondering how the Buxom Lash mascara and Urban Decay Lush Lash mascara would compare. They have very similar hourglass brushes. I have been using Buxom Lash, and really like it. Should I stick with Buxom Lash or try the Urban Decay one?
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IAmLadyLiterary
BEAUTY MASTER IAmLadyLiterary / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / answered
A. I know it's not what your asking but my HG mascara is Too Faced Better Than Sex, I love the formula, it is water resistant and has survived rain and crying jags many a t... see post
rubysue
I've tried so many eye creams, I need something for dark circles & puffiness.
miabt
miabt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi rubysue,   The Origins Ginzing is a great one to try!  I also really like the Ole Henriksen Total Truth™ Vitamin C Eye Crème SPF 15> http://www.sephora.com/total-... see post
Mary092
Self-tanner
Hi guys! I have a little trouble getting tan during the summer. I am Irish and Italian but it seems that I have more of the Irish skin :-/. I am looking for a good self-tanner that lasts long and doesn't streak. I was researching the Tarte Brazilliance Skin and the Lancome Leg Gel. My legs are my primary focus because I'm assuming I have low levels of melatonin since I tend to have more whiteness and even some white spots after I burn. If any of you have tried either or product, I would appreciate your honest review! Sometimes, you can't always believe the reviews you see for products on websites.   Side note: I have tried St. Tropez in the past and it did not work for me. It comes out very streaky and orange, so I was not impressed. I have also tried the drugstore Jergen's Natural Glow - worst smell ever!!!!   P.S. I would not mind any recommendations on good body exfoliants and lotions to use prior to self-tanning, as it is very helpful and important to avoid streaks. I ran out of the exfoliant I use from LUSH! and am too far to make a casual trip there to buy more. Thanks for any help!
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partyskoolpretty
BEAUTY BUFF partyskoolpretty / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
The Sephora mist works well! The Tarte Brazilliance should work well for legs, but caused a breakout on my face (even the face-specific towelettes). see post
ilovpurses
Guerlain Lingerie De Peau foundation vs BB
I very recently purchased the Lingerie De Peau foundation and I'm in LOVE. I'm just wondering if it's worth purchasing the BB for my days that I'm rushed and don't want to do the whole moisturzer, concealer, primer thing. Would it be overkill to have both products? I don't want a heavy overly creamy BB though - I like lighter more matte finishes - esp for summer. 
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blackunicorn
BEAUTY WHIZ blackunicorn / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
I just swatched them both in store, as I don't know which one I want! The Bb is definitely thicker and provides more coverage than the foundation. I don't know about oil... see post
ThisIsArlene
Dr. Dennis Gross Steamer & Mask. Which combo is you fav?
I am curious to know what masks are good to use with my Dr. Dennis Gross facial steamer. I have used the ORIGINS Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask as well as the BOSCIA Luminizing Black Mask. Both work amazing, just wondering what else would work really well.
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HarlemJPN
BEAUTY BOSS HarlemJPN / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
Virtually all masks or peels would work in conjunction with a steamer. The steam gently removes the outer most layer of skin and softens the tissue, making it more recep... 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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Sn4rky
BEAUTY PRO Sn4rky / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
I was thinking the same thing- cool down your wrists and the back of your neck!! I get really red during/and after working out too and don't think there's any serums/cre... see post