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lulupiee
Which YSL lipstick color you like the best,?
The YVES SAINT LAURENT ROUGE VOLUPTÉ - Silky Sensual Radiant Lipstick SPF 15   which color do you like and why??
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jednajedina
BEAUTY BUFF jednajedina / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
8 Fetish Pink is my favorite, a berry pink with enough color that it is my substitute for red but soft, not garish. Very rich color but doesn't have a heavy feeling. see post
Bonita7
Bronzer or Blush for aging skin
I am 65, use very little mineral makeup. I have very fair skin. What blush/bronzer do you recommend so I don't look chalky.
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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
I definitely recommend Clinique's Bronzer in Sunkissed! It is one of my favorites and one of the few products that I have actually finished. :)  see post
feline5190
Allergies to parabens, fragrances, & balsam of peru
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!
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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi feline5190!   I think it is completely up to you and your own personal preference. If your skin is sensitive and prone to break outs, it may be a good idea to ste... see post
chouchou07
Nude lipstick for darker skin ?
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?
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bellarob
BEAUTY WHIZ bellarob / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
Thanks I am going to try this one. Looking for a great nude lipstick:) see post
starryeyes331
Night Time Anti Aging Skin Care Routine
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
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laurabt
laurabt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi starryeyes, Yes, retinol is the the #1 wrinkle fighter, so it is a must-have in anti-aging skin care. I recommend Dr. Brandt Glow Overnight Resurfacing Serum. Appl... see post
ShoshiMoshi
Need and advice on skincare products for dry skin
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  
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laurabt
laurabt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi ShoshiMoshi, I also have skin on the drier side and I highly recommend the First Aid Beauty line.  I love the cleanser as it is creamy and not drying at all, but st... see post
Ramsesh
What is the best shade for boi-ing concealer.
Hi   I use benefit oxygen wow in hazelnut shade. What is the best shade for boi-ing concealer.   Thanks
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laurabt
laurabt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi Ramsesh, I recommend the color 04 Medium/ Deep in the Benefit Cosmetics Boi-ing concealer. :) -Laura http://www.sephora.com/product/productDetail.jsp?keyword... see post
lulupiee
Bronzer Question?!?!!!!!!!
I need a bronzer for all over my face to give me a little warmth what would be a good one, I do not like nars, or the hula.      I have medium skin tone, yellow undertone, and combination skin 
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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi lulupiee!   I recommend trying Smashbox's Bronze Lights in Suntan Matte. It is the perfect shade for medium skintones. It is completely matte and is oil-free. see post
disneygirl98
Q. Adding more coverage to my foundation?
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
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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / answered
A. Hi disneygirl98,   We have already given you a ton of advice in your other thread. Please review comments for us over there! Here's the link to the post>http://bit.l... see post
imsiscokid2
Is anybody else having this transitional issue from younger to older skin?
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?
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End0ra
BEAUTY BUFF End0ra / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
The skin care advice here is all good, but I would also add that as far as applying makeup goes, you're probably at the point where you're starting to enter 'less is mor... see post
andyhtrieu
Extra folds on eyes
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. 
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rdesigns
HALL OF FAMER rdesigns / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I get this on my left eye from excess fluid accumulation. Certain eye products/masks make it even worse.  My doctor tells me to sleep with my head slightly elevated to k... see post
SuitcaseHeart
Skin Regimens/Brushes
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!
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Biedazzle
BEAUTY MAVEN Biedazzle / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
I have the Mia 2 and I absolutely love it. It sounds like my skin is pretty similar to yours but I don't get too many breakouts anymore. I typically use my clarisonic wi... see post
riss3
Kat Von D
I am 127 in make up forever HD foundation, what color would I be in kat Von D lock it tattoo foundation? I am two hours away from a store.
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melissabt
melissabt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
It is very full coverage! I only need one pump for my whole face. You can also mix a tiny bit with an illuminator to make it more sheer. see post
fireredhair
What exactly does the fan styled blush brush do and how do you use it?
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?
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JayReed
BEAUTY SAVANT JayReed / BEAUTY SAVANT BEAUTY SAVANT / replied
ChristiH said exactly what I was going to say!! I use it mostly for a highlight or eye shadow fall out.  see post
Meeaaggss
Q. Recommendations, 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? 
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splashionista
BEAUTY MAVEN splashionista / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / answered
A. Hi, I also had rough patches that developed after using UD primer potion for a few months.  It was very sad.  After that, it seemed That my eyelids were super prone to b... see post
mrscjd
Need a red lipstick - wear dark shade bare minerals
mrscjd
mrscjd / NEWCOMER / replied
OMG! Afghan Red is perfect!! How about a nude lip?? see post
humanesque
Pink or neutral concealer for acne?
Hello, I have light skin with strong pink undertones and all the concealers for acne I've tried are way too yellow. Any advice? Looking particularly for stick concealers. Thank you!
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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi  humanesque,   I definitely recommend purchasing a concealer that has neutral undertones to cover up your acne. If the acne you are trying to cover up is stil... see post
jwilk241
Which Vita Liberata self-tanner color?
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.
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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi  jwilk241!   I have used the medium shade in the mousse and I was really happy with the outcome! I am a little darker than you and this gave me some nice colo... see post
lecia1167
New foundation? I currently use Estee Lauder Double Wear in Truffle
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!
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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi  lecia1167!   I also recommend trying Make Up For Ever's Mat Velvet + Mattifying Foundation. This foundation offers amazing coverage and really helps keep my ... see post
racqques
Olive skin tones
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.
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alexislove
BEAUTY MAVEN alexislove / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
I like MUFE HD in 120, 123, and 153. Visible olive tones that don't read too gold or brassy. I buy 2-3 shades and mix throughout the year to match my skin perfectly see post
regularjane123
eye cream for night time
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?
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callmefafi
BEAUTY BOSS callmefafi / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
Hi Regularjane123! I recommend Ole Henriksen's Ultimate Lift Eye Gel PM...it is my favorite! I've tried Clinique, Shiseido and Glam Glow, but nothing compares to OH.  Da... see post
Lannaaax3
Q. Freckles and Foundation
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. 
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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / answered
A. Hi Lannaaax3,   You may want to try using a primer before applying any sort of liquid foundation to your skin. A primer should prevent your foundation from looking c... see post
Finlear
Tarte clay foundation
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??
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gogreyhound
BEAUTY BOSS gogreyhound / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
I think they run a bit light--I had ordered the lightest shade (fair?) and I tell you, I can't believe it was too pale for me, and I am beyond caucasian! :) i couldn't w... see post
kbmatthews
So now that I have a Clarasonic... exfoliators?
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?
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dannyc
HALL OF FAMER dannyc / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I find when I use the calrisonic (once a day to 3x a week) I really don't need a manual scrub. I will use chemical exfoliators, for me they help with my dry flakes more ... see post
aaylaochoa
I have combo skin, blemishes and pimples. What foundation should i use with my bb cream? Thanks!
laurabt
laurabt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi aaylaochoa, Instead of applying a BB cream under your foundation, you might want to try COVER FX Mattifying Primer With Anti-Acne Treatment, which will help your ma... see post
tabsy
What happened to the PTR camu camu face serum?
I love this stuff, can't find it today on the site! Was it replaced with something else?
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roseps135
BEAUTY WHIZ roseps135 / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
Wow.  That is a really good deal.  Now I'm annoyed the sales lady didn't tell me about this kit when I was hemming and hawing over the price of JUST the serum.  UGH. see post
gjvalleygirl
Searching for a Good Eyeliner
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.
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Ginger74
BEAUTY PRO Ginger74 / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
I'm going with Urban Decay as well. They smudge great and they also last all day, until you take it off. I love how silky these go on with no tugging. Plus, the colors a... see post
amessimer
DESPERATE for Hyper Pigmentation advice!
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
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Chickibum
BEAUTY WHIZ Chickibum / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
First off, get yourself a good sunscreen. It's 100% a must when dealing with hyperpigmentation.    Secondly, retinoid, aha, and vitamin C serum will definitely help, b... see post
nanaca
Deep Lines
Help! I have tried NUMEROUS "deep lines" serums/creams (Algenist, Murad, Perricone, etc) to no avail! Am I a hopeless case, or is there something out there that I've missed?! Thanks!!
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miabt
miabt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi nanaca,   I'd have to say that it was the hardest to find a serum that worked perfectly for me, so I feel your pain ;)  My most recent pick up, and the one that I... see post
laynebr
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer- Shade Help Please
I'm unable to go into a store atm to do a shade match. Can anyone help me out plz. I'm shade NC40 MAC, Syracuse in NARS & 153 MUFE.    
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miabt
miabt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi laynebr,   I'm glad you went with the Caramel, thats exactly what I was going to suggest!  The Biscuit is great if you're looking for extra brightening, but it mi... see post