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I need some major foundation/beauty advice!
I am at my whit's end. I need some serious beauty help. I've asked before on this forum, but the advise really didn't help, unfortunately. I live in a small town/city and the Sephora store here is horrible. It's inside of JCPenney and it's very small. The girls that work there are usually friendly, but their advise is horrible. Most of the time the girls grab the first thing they see, or the most "trendy" brand and guarantee it'll work or I can return. I'm tired of returning. I'm tired of trying product after product without the results I am searching for.   First off, let me apologize for this rather lengthy post. I have a lot of factors going against me and I could use as much help as I can get. Here goes: I have combination skin. I'm very, very oily in my t-zone, around my nose, and chin. I am also dry in between my eyebrows, in my eyebrows, and around my nose. I went out of town to a Sephora for beauty advise at a larger store. The gals were fantastic! The girl who gave me my skin consultation suggested that I actually have dry skin and that I was working too hard to combat the oiliness and making everything worse. She suggested the Boscia Tsubaki line of products. I've been so happy so far. My acne has cleared and my skin feels soft. I use the Deep Hydration Mask at night, then I use the Super-Charge Overnight Moisture in the day. I usually use the Tsubaki cleanser as well, but I recently decided to try the Purifying cleanser since my store was out of the Tsubaki. I exfoliate around 2-3 times a week. I do my best to take very good care of my skin. Here is the major issue. My skin is still extremely oily still. I apply foundation and within an hour I look like an oil slick. Even matte foundations make my skin oily. The other issue, everything clings to the dryness. And, to top it off, I am super red around my nose area. Full coverage foundation don't even hide the horrible redness around my nose. My makeup NEVER looks flawless or well blended, no matter how hard I try to blend. I've bought countless different foundation brushes and still have the same results. I have PCOS, which causes me to have a lot of peach fuzz on my face. I usually have it threaded, but it still can get thick before my next appointment and my foundation makes it worse. I look I applied my foundation in the dark. My foundation gets so cakey around my nose, mouth, chin, and in between my eyebrows. I've used medium, build able coverage and full coverage. I always start with a small amount and build it up. I'm at a total loss here. I've tried so many foundations and nothing seems to work for me. I need something full coverage and something that will blend well and cover my redness. I see so many girls around with gorgeous, flawless makeup and I have no clue why I can't achieve the same look! Please, please, please give me some insight into what I can do. I've watched countless makeup tutorials. I've bought so many products. I've tried everything.   My list of products that haven't worked: Makeup Forever HD - slides on my face, doesn't cover, breaks me out Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide - horrible oiliness, doesn't last long, breaks me out Lancôme Teint Idole - Makes me oily Tarte Amazonian Clay - Makes me look like an oil slick. It's so bad. Revlon ColorStay combo/oily skin - Makes me oily, breaks me out Estée Lauder Double Wear - Oxidizes. I looked like an Oompa Loompa. Urban Decay Naked foundation - Oxidizes, oily, not enough coverage Too Faced Born This Way - Breaks me out, causes horrible oil, not enough coverage.   I've tried several others, but can't think of them now. I use a primer. I switch between Cover FX mattifying primer, Smashbox photo finish light, and Too Faced Primed and Poreless Pure. I also use Nars Radiant concealer for under my eyes (it creases so bad). I've tried Makeup Forever full cover (creases and is cakey), and the new Bare Minerals concealer (looks very sheer). I've also used NYX HD green concealer for the redness (doesn't work).   I also set my foundation only in the oily areas with the Hourglass Radiant Light, Makeup Forever HD translucent powder, or cheap Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder. I tap it into my skin with a Sephora 50 pro powder brush, and I always wait until after my foundation has dried. Suggestions? I don't mind a little oil, like a dewy, fresh look. I just don't like the major grease face I am getting! Thank you!
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tinkerm / NEWCOMER / replied
Retin-A.  Available by prescription from a dermatologist.  It will be miraculous for your skin. see post
Hi! I just can't get my make-up to cover up & stay on!
Hi lisa071097,    There are many different ways to prolong the wear time of your makeup.  The first thing you can try is a primer under your foundation, this will he... see post
I have extremely oily skin, HELP
Is there any foundation that i can buy that wont start coming off and making my face look extremely oily. My bronzer always ends up looking extremely muddy at the middle of the day as well   I go to school 7am-5pm so I know its a long time   Any advice?    
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Highlighting w Concealer
If you highlight with concealer, is there any point of actually using concealer ,if you're going to cover it up with a lighter concealer? Or, would you opt for a powder highlighter and not use it under the eyes? Thanks
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You'd best be running, GC! ;) see post
I feel I am more neutral-warm.... I tan easily, have green eyes, but kinda ashy natural hair.....  I have medium skin tone, but my skin is more yellow looking. How would I pick a  foundation? I think my veins are blue-ish though.... any advice? 
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Rule of Thumb?
Hi,    Is there a simple rule of thumb when it comes to highlighting/contouring/bronzing? Like what products you shouldn't combine? Example: Can you use bronzer/highlighter the same time, bronzer and contour the same time, etc? Or any other make up 'commandments' thanks! 
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How to start?
This isn't necessarily about any product, but I'm an aspiring makeup artist. My school has an art club and they said I can have a stand on the side and put makeup on people. The thing is, I have to buy all the brushes and makeup supplies. I want the biggest bang for my buck when it comes to a makeup value set or a brush set. My budget is about $250-350. What products would you recommend if I'm going to put a full face on someone but still within budget?
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BEAUTY PRO bloom9159 / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
Alright, this is probably going to be a mouthful.    Always have moisturizer on hand. Always use it to prep the skin, even if you're going to use a primer on top. What... see post
IWhere are they?
Hi everyone I was looking for Give me more lip and Sephora superstars. Cant locate them. I hope they are not oos
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Wheeeeee!!!! You're so amazing and helpful! Thank you!!!!  :) see post
Q. Sunday Riley Oil to Complete my Skin Care Routine?
Hey!   I am looking for a moisturizer to complete my skin care routine.. Preferably one to be used at night (so I can bathe in it). I am partial to oils, but creams are fine.   I am using a combo. of Josie Maran Cleansing Oil, for post makeup good cleaning, sometimes incorporating the JM Exfoliating Powder Cleanser... Ceramic slip and Good Genes (slip for morning, good genes every other night)   Dr Dennis Gross' Alpha Beta chemical peels maybe 3-4 times a week, in the morning   Boscia No Pores No Shine pre-makeup   Does that sound like overkill? I dont have sensitive skin.. and my skin has been looking great with this system.. however I know I have to be smart and use a nourishing moisturizer that will really complement these cleansers and peels I'm applying.   So! I have been using the Tarte Maracuja Oil.. No problems.. I bought it because it is supposed to help with elasticity; I had anti-ageing in mind when I bought it.   However now I just feel weird using a cosmetic brand for skin care...I thought about switching to the Josie Maran Oils (I do have a sample) because it checks off every box I have for "concerns and skin tye"   Any other product suggestions? Im considering things in the Sunday Riley Line Like Juno, Artemis and Flora.. but Im not sure which one is write for me..   My Skin: Combination (T zone oily, cheeks are a bit dry) Pores: enlarged!!, sebaceous filaments on my nose are my nemesis, clogged pores around my jaw (which will get the attention of a Derm. no products can treat these deep face demons) Not sensitive Could use some evening of skin color   ***? Does anyone have experience using one or more of the sunday riley oils? Any product recommendations considering all brands?  
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A. Hi saela,   Based on what you said about your skin, I would recommend the Artemis oil from Sunday Riley. This one is suitable for combination skin and will help puri... see post
So, my issue is I dye my hair blonde and have highlights.  When I wash my hair, I prefer to let it air dry and only at times blow dry or use my straightening iron.  My hair always stays frizzy and dry.  I have been using Bumble and Bumble Invisible Oil and am not that thrilled about it.  I was wondering if there was anything I could use on my hair when I want to let it air dry that would leave it non frizzy and looking good. Thanks.
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Yes, love their scents. see post
frizzy hair
I have frizzy hair.  Very   frizzy hair, And I want to find a way to control it without  excessive time or breaking the budget. basically I want better hair without spending hours and 50+ dollars on it. Advice?
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Hair gets frizzy cause the hair shafts are opening up to let in more moistures, most of the time frizz means dry hair.   You need to start using a leave-in conditioner... see post
Sudden burning sensation on skin after cleansing - help!
Hi all,   For the past couple of days, something weird has been happening to my skin and I wasnted to post here to see if any of you have any experiences/thoughts on this. At night, I always cleanse my skin with either Clinique Take the Day Off Balm or Ole Henriksen Cleansing Gelee. I rub it into my dry face and then use a wet washcloth to take it off. This typicaly feels wonderful and refreshing.   However, for the past couple of nights, my skin starts burning after I use the washcloth and take it off. It's so strange! The burning subsides after a while. There is no other irritation throughout the day - just when this is done. It also continues to burn if I use my toner (which does not have alcohol in it) after the cleanse.   The only changes to my routine have been that I have been applying sunscreen more heavily (as in, in the right amount since I think I wasn't using the correct amount earlier), and have been applying it twice daily. On one of the days, I trialed a new sunscreen Supergoop Everyday Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 and on the other day, I used the Supergoop City Susncreen Serum SPF 30 that I usually use.   I have no idea what's happening - is my skin suddenly not liking chemical sunscreens? I have pared down my night routine to just applying a face cream at night - no serums or anything. This just scared me a bit since this doesn't usually happen to me and I have no way of figuring out what is going wrong. Please help!!  
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Oh, that's the one I tried right before the new Supergoop one - it broke me out. :( But I have heard rave reviews for that one and am glad it works for you. It's so much... see post
Best "sticky" primer?
What is the best sticky primer? I am looking for a primer that has a sticky feel once applied to the face, as I find it stops my concealer from creasing under my eyes when I use a sticky primer/moisturiser. It must be because it makes my makeup stick to my face and stops it from sliding around.
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I can confirm this is a sticky primer. see post
Dark Circles
I fight dark circles under my eyes. I've been using Philosophy's no reason to hide dark circle cream, but am wondering if the Clinique better eyes dark circle corrector would be better.. any thoughts on this comparison?
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Hi! I recently bought a new concealer for my under eyes.. Its the Fake Up by Benefit Cosmetics; it will crease if you don't use some kind of primer- so I've started usi... see post
MUFE artists shadow or Buxom eyeshadow?
I wanted to make my own palette. A neutral warm but darker than whats usually circulated by all brands. Which should I go for? The Buxom build your own palette or just make my own 3 piece MUFE palette.   Any help would be appreciated! I imagine they come to around the same price?   Thanks
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I have both and MUFE is definitely better quality, but I have no complaints about Buxom. If you want more color variety bang for your buck, you'll probably be happy with... see post
Eyelash Extensions!
Hi all! I've noticed recently that eyelash extensions are becoming more and more common. And I've been doing a lot of research on them! I really want to try this out, but there are SO many mixed views on it both good and bad. I really want to try them out because I do love the look of them! Searching it on here, I found a lot of old information, and I was curious if it had changed since then!   I just wanted to ask some opinions everyone had on them! Are they really worth it? Have you had any issues with them?   Me specifically, I have sensitive eyes and I was wondering if this would be an issue to getting them done? Is the “adhesive” that they use safe? Or does that depend on the location that you go to?   I appreciate any responses or opinions !! xox
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  I am a man who never used makeup. Would like advice on a concealer or any other product for hereditary dark eye circles. And I saw there are different shades. I am not sure which shade to use.           
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Need help finding eye product
Need help choosing eye product! I am in my 40s, dry skin, first signs og aging showing up. I usually used eyeshadow primers on my lids, but i need something with more power. I have no experience with concealers. I need something antiaging or treating the eye skin, while giving me a clean look on the eyelid. Help! I want something i can wear without eyeshadow that would look clean and fresh, but also help my skin in the process. Does this exist?
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IT GIRL amys / IT GIRL IT GIRL / replied
Thanks for the ideas! It looks like the reviews for Air Patrol are mixed, with lots of people saying it creases. I will look at the Trish McEvoy stuff too.. see post
New Foundation, Old Problems-- Help with Choices.
I'm in the market for a new foundation, and would love some feedback between my top contenders. I'm currently using  Yves St Laurent's Perfect Touch foundation in Ivory, and I want something that has a more "poreless" and radiant finish. Long-lasting and radiant are a hard combo but I'd love both. Ultimately need moderate/light coverage and would love a dewy finish (that lit-from-within healthy glow). Foundations I am considering include: Smashbox Liquid Halo HD Foundation  Shiseido UV Protective Liquid Foundation SPF 42 Bare Escentuals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation   Diorskin Nude Skin-Glowing Makeup.   I have a Light skin tone with Yellow Undertones, and my Skin type is Combination/Dry. Any help or feedback would be so awesome!
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elab / NEWCOMER / replied
Karma3p80-- thanks so much for the notes on Diorskin. It sounds like it definitely has some of the qualities I'm looking for. Charlyc-- you're so right-- I agree a... see post
hourglass illusion substitutes
Hi everyone- I'm in a serious pickle.  I have fallen in love with Hourglass's Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint in Shell.  I have looked everywhere for it, from Sephora to asking the manufacturer themselves.  They told me due to high demand they are out of a lot of colors and will likely get some more back in stock soon.  I ran out of it today and don't know how long I can wait! Any suggestions for tinted moisturizers that provide medium to full coverage and work well with fair skin with neutral undertones to hold me over until Hourglass gets more in stock?
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best eyeliner for tightlining/waterlining
I'm on the hunt for the best or at least highly recommended black eyeliner for tightlining.  I love the look of it sooo much, but my eyes like to water quite a bit during the process of application and a bit here and there afterwards.  Can anyone suggest a product with some serious staying power???
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So...went to Sephora today and swatched a ton of eyeliners on my skin and tested to see how easily they budged.  After about a good 45 minutes worth of testing liners ou... see post
Skincare: Clueless on Where to Start
Completely clueless on where to start when it comes to skincare. I'm 23 and have gotten away with basically doing nothing to take care of my skin. I've always wanted to have a routine for my skin as I believe it would be beneficial in the long run but I have avoided it because of my sensitive skin. I usually see some sign of redness along with a burning sensation after using any of the drug store products.   However, as I have started working, the stress has led to some deterioration in my skin - breakouts here and there and dry skin (not flakey though). If I were to describe my skin type, it would be combination but on the dry side, uneven skin tone and sensitive skintone.   Would appreciate your help in guiding me.
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Oh yeah. I don't know how I left SPF out of my comment. Never leave home without it. My foundation has SPF so I literally use SPF even at night :P lol.  see post
Suggestions on a dupe for too faced fuzzy handcuffs eyeshadow?
Looking for a dupe for Too Faced's Fuzzy Handcuffs eyeshadow. Really wish they sold individuals...I have over half a palette left in the Boudoir Eyes and can't afford to buy a new one every time one runs out!
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Looking for a new Cleanser and moisturizer
I am a 36 year old women who lately has been having skin problems like you would not believe. My breakouts are constatn right now around the check bone, nose and chin area. My skin is drying out as well in that area. I need to find a new cleanser and mositurizer that will help get my skin back to normal.
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mamakeates / NEWCOMER / replied
Thank you redchilli   I have not tried this product. I could not find the starter kit so I ordered the cleanser and moisturizer to give it a try.   Thanks for the ad... see post
foindation color choice
I got a sample of Lancome's Dual Finish in Bisque (c).  While it seemed to blend well with my slightly tan complexion, I know I have yellow undertones.  To order, should I choose the Ivory (w)?
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Fall Colors
Hey guys.  So I have brown eyes and dye my hair blonde.  I was just wondering what would be some excellent fall colors to use.  Thanks!
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Thank you.  I love the lipstick! see post
Clinique Perfectly Real foundation shade comparable to Clinique Even Better foundation in alabaster?
What shade in Clinique Perfectly Real foundation would be comparable to Clinique Even Better foundation in alabaster?
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Shopper713 / FRESH FACE / replied
Thank you so much! I didn't know about the Pantone Color IQ feature! Really appreciate you assistance, I will try the Shade 02. see post
Help with my dry face!
I have been using Algenist Genius collection for 2 months now, which has really helped shrink my pores, but my skin seems very dry. itchy and flaky. I'm not sure if its from menopause or the Algenist. Do you have any suggestions? Should I change the collection i am using? Good hydrating product?
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I get super dry, flaky skin when I use retinol. What helps me most is Josie Maran milk or the pure oil. I can wear the milk and it's not too oily under makeup or overnig... see post
best setting powder??
i just bought the Too Faced Born This Way foundation and wondering what is the absolute best powder to set it with?!?! Thanks=]
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ginamarierawls / NEWCOMER / replied
thanks so much !! i will try that! i also have oily skin!   see post