I was recently allergy tested at my allergy dr. They did the patch test (true test) where they put the patches on your back. I tested positive for parabens, fragrances & balsam of peru. Those things are in practically everything!! Luckily I'm not terribly symptomatic. I was mainly wanting to find out what face skincare/cosmetics ingredients I may be allergic to, since I've been keeping a log of potential problem ingredients. My skin is acne prone and sensitive. It has a tendency to get red and irritated looking (which I thought was just due to acne, but now know that allergies may be playing a role too). I don't really use skin lotions (aside from sunscreen), body butters, etc. I'll wear fragrances/perfumes every so often, and haven't noticed any reactions. I use hand cream somewhat frequently and every so often I'll get a rash, but it isn't too often. My question is, how closely should I adhere to not using products with parabens, fragrances, & balsam of peru?? I'm thinking I should just avoid certain products if I notice a reaction on my body. But for my face, maybe I should completely avoid those ingredients? What about shampoos & hair products? My scalp doesn't really get itchy, but I do tend to notice my hair falls out pretty easily. Could that be due to an allergic reaction? Isn't fragrance in almost all high-quality shampoos?? Any help is appreciated! Thank you!
I love me some nude lipsticks, It is hard to find the perfect nude for darker skin color. I am tan to dark, and my shade in the MUFE duo mat is 214 ( dark beige). Can have some nude liptsick suggestion?
Hi y'all! So I'm 27and want to update my night time skincare routine to include anti-aging products, but don't know where to start. I've heard that retinols are really good for anti-aging, but don't know which is best for my skin type. I have oily (but dehydrated) acne prone skin. My current night time routine is: Fresh Soy Face Cleanser with Clarisonic Mia; Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner, DDF Salycilic Acid Acne Treatment, Peter Thomas Roth VIZ-1000 Hyaluronic Acid Serum, Michael Todd Intensive Organic Eye Treatment with they Eye-o-Sonic, then JM Argan Oil. I got samples of the Fresh Black Tea Age Delay Moisturizer and eye creams to try out, but haven't gotten to it yet. Any suggestions for what to replace or keep? TIA!! Rachel
Hi, I am 28 (almost 29) years old, with dry skin (but not peeling). So far I have used the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizer and the Clinique All about eyes cream, and I am not impressed. I need something that moisturizes better, but is more natural, with less harsh ingredients. I am looking for a moisturizer and an eye cream. Possibly a face wash suggestion as well (I have used Clinique and Origins "Check and Balances" and both are super drying). I was looking at Tarte's Maracuja Oil, but not sure if it is right for my. And will it be enough instead an eye cream, or I need more? Just to mentioned, my skin is not that sensitive, have a little fine lines around my eyes, no acne. Thanks
Do any of you know what a good product is that I could use to combine with my Smashbox Liquid Halo Foundation to help give a little more coverage on my forehead and around my nose? I have my MUFE Full Cover Concealer that I love to use on my zits but I need something to cover those other spots that need extra coverage. I also want something that helps me to achieve a natural flawless looking face. Thanx xoxo
I need some truly expert advice. I'm 39 and am starting to get fine lines. My make up seems to accentuate them. I was told to try a primer with my foundation, so I did. It looks great on the areas of my face where I don't have laugh lines or crows feet and fine lines (below my bottom lashes). I had always used a translucent powder as part of my make up procedure, but I feel that just magnifies my fine line issues further ( looks great until I smile). I also have to be a little careful as I tend to be a little acne prone from time to time, not excessively though. It seems wrong to have wrinkles and occasional acne at the same time. Is anybody else having this transitional issue from younger to older skin? Is there any professional advice for my concerns?
Has anyone ever woken up with an extra fold on their eye? It happened to me this morning and just looking at it bothers me. I have a normal fold in my crease but now I have another fold that goes half way.
I have been searching through brushes and brush sets and I am at a total loss. I have been using the brushes that came with my bare minerals set from about 2 years ago…The flawless face and the mineral veil smaller brush. I would like to upgrade my brushes but am not sure I would use all of the brushes in a set? I am mainly looking for either an all purpose brush or a foundation brush (I use bare minerals) as well as blush brush. Any suggestions? Also, I recently pulled the trigger and bought the BareMinerals cleanser as well as the Moisturizer…I spoke with a consultant and let her know that i have extremely sensitive/acne prone skin that also tends to be oily-she assured me that it would be a sensitive regimen that would not break me out…after just two nights of using this regimen I am STILL breaking out almost 2 weeks later. Needless to say, i ditched these products and decided to pull the trigger on the expensive Murad products (only two at this time), i purchased the Acne Skin Clearing treatment as well as the Oil Mattifying lotion…needless to say for the price i am NOT impressed. Am i doing something wrong? IS there another product I should use before or after or with? Is there another line that seems to work better? Also any recommendations for products that clear up acne scars/hyperpigmentation? Thanks!
I am used to seeing these "fan style" brushes at the Art and Craft store and I keep being told Ishould get one and use it. But I really do not know what it does, how to use it, and at what point of face, or well...anything, can someone explain,please?
Hey girls! I NEED YOUR HELP! I've been having some bad dandruff lately, what are good things to help clear it up? I have round, brown eyes.. What are some tips, tricks or palettes that help define your eyes? I am currently using UD primer potion but I'm discovering that I have rough patches on my eyes now, what is another good eye shadow primer?
I'm thinking about getting the Vita Liberata Phenomenal 2-3 week Tan Mousse but I'm unsure of what color to get. I'm debating between the medium and dark. I'm pretty fair skinned (MAC NW20 and 1C1 in Estee Lauder) so I don't want to go too dark and look crazy but I want to definitely look tan. You can see my skin color in my avatar if that helps. Does anyone use this and know just how dark the dark color is? It's pricey so I'm afraid to buy the medium color and it be just a hint of tan and feel like I wasted my money. However, I don't want to buy the dark and look ridiculous.
Hi everybody, I've been using this foundation for about a year, and I'm pretty happy with it, but I'm wondering if there is something better. I like a foundation that I can build, and I have very oily skin. Thanks for your help!
Finding any cosmetic based on my skin tone is so very expensive because it has all been trial and error on my expense account. Anyone know of the perfect brands for an olive complexion? I have a white face but arms neck etc...all appear tanned but they aren't it is just my. Coloring.
I use a night cream for my face….shouldn't I use a night cream for my eyes? I've been using Clinique all about eyes rich for the last 2 years, but am coming to the bottom of the jar and would like to try something new. Preferably more natural? The Clinique eye serum sadly makes the skin under my eyes burn, so I had to ditch that. I sometimes also use either argan oil or coconut oil under my eyes at night. Advice?
Im looking for some advice on how to even out skin tone and redness without covering up my freckles. Im really pale and I have fairly normal skin with some dryness around the nose on occasion. I currently use a liquid foundation, applied with a brush, and sometime a matte powder over it. However I also have a lot of issues with it looking cakey. Im just looking for a light foundation that will still show off my freckles.
Hi I really want to try the tarte clay foundation but I don't know which colour as I'm in the uk and we don't have Tarte here , I am BR 40 in the YSL touché et foundation, radiant in Jane Iredale mineral foundation and 4.0 in Giorgio Armani luminous silk, any idea??
So I got my Clarasonic Plus today! Woo! In a limited edition red, which is very exciting for us LE hoarders Anyways, I have a few exfoliators I love, but I don't know how to incorporate them into my skincare routine with the Clarasonic, or if I do at all? My main one is the PTR laser free exfoliating scrub, which is both a physical and chemical scrub. Thoughts?
Hello, my search continues for eyeliner & I hope you can make some suggestions. I am 66 years old & want a soft, slightly "smudged" look. My favorite for years has been Lancome Artliner in ice black, which is really more of a smoke color. But it won't create that smudged look I want. I have also bought Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Sandglow -- very nice, but it's a fat tip & probably more suited for an eye shadow. Every time I buy a pencil, it is too hard. Want something creamy & easy to apply. Thanks so much.
I have some discoloration on my cheeks. Make up sometimes covers it but it's just so dang annoying!! I would love to go without wearing make up because my skin has cleared up drastically but there are just a few red spots that won't seem to go away. I'm assuming it's hyper pigmentation? What are some things I can try to get those spots to go away? A treatment if some sort maybe? I'd so much rather get rid of them completely as summer is approaching than have to worry about always having my concealer with me. Any ideas? Thanks in advance!! Ashley