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ilovpurses
Help choosing a bronzing powder.
I recently have fallen head over heels for Guerlain and purchased both the Lingerie de Peau foundation and BB (amazing products!).   They are both a titch light for my present summer complexion but just ever so slightly. I've been using BareMinerals Ready Bronzer in Skinny Dip and it is nice but just wondering if there are better/other options. I don't want a glitter bomb face and I am prone to oiliness - OK massive oiliness. Any suggestions? I thought Guerlain was known for their bronzers but I haven't seen overly positive reviews. Thanks. 
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niknik2304
Help finding right color and foundation
I just bought the LAURA MERCIER Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 - Oil Free in nude because that was a choice when I did the color IQ. It looked ok in the store but when I went home to try it on it made me look slightly pale than my neck and chest. This might be an option for winter, but not summer. i also didn't like the white cast it gives off when taking a flash photo. Can anyone help me find the right shade and a foundation with minimal SPF? Thank you!
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niknik2304
niknik2304 / NEWCOMER / replied
My color IQ is Y207. I've been using benefit's hello flawless in "all the worlds my stage" beige. This was recommended from Ulta. I thought this shade was a tiny bit pal... see post
Nushkies
Newbie
I need some help please! I'm looking for a concealer. I don't live close to any stores so I can't go in for a match but I wear Sephora Collection 8hr mattifying powder in number 40 (hazelnut). Any suggestions for what color/shade I should order. I'm not biased toward any brand in particular. Thanks!
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Nushkies
Nushkies / NEWCOMER / replied
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Caligirl91
What brands are paraben and phenoxyethanol free?
What brands are paraben and phenoxyethanol free? Thanks!
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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi Caligirl91, To view a list of brands that we carry that are gluten free, please visit this Sephora Advice page: http://community.sephora.com/t5/Products/Animal-... see post
hannasilkwood
Best Cream Foundation?
I am always watching Wayne Goss on YouTube and love the idea of using a cream foundation. Any recommendations? I have combination - oily skin and am not very sensitive. 
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andyhtrieu
BEAUTY GURU andyhtrieu / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
I love RCMA foundations. It's extremely pigmented and you only need a little bit to cover your entire face. It's considered "stage" makeup to consumers, but it's an esse... see post
poemelyric
What would I be in Dolce and Gabbana Matte Foundation
I'm going to Finland in October and right now, my color  IQ is only showing the colors that would look good in during my summer shades.  It says that I should wear Golden Honey because in the summer, Kat Von D Deep 66 kinda matches my skin tone (it's still a little bit dark but is passable).  But when I tried to look up my old MUFE fall/winter color (dark beige), it also gives me golden honey.  I don't think that's right but the next color up is soft tan and I know that would be too light (I don't consider myself tan"). No one is carrying D&G in store for me to try out (no stores that I could find) so what would be my best bet for a fall,matte color?  I want to try to stay with D&G because I'm dying to try their line since I'\ve heard that they are spectacular.
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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi poemelyric!   I just used our Color IQ to try and find the best match for you in Dolce and Gabbana's The Foundation Perfect Matte Liquid Foundation Broad Spectrum... see post
RyCoBlake
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder VS MUFE HD Microfinish Loose Powder?
I'm 51 years old w/ a fair/light complextion and dry skin. I want a setting powder that does not turn my sheer to med. foundation coverage completely matte but allows some of the 'dewy' moist look to remain. Which of these powders is best for that OR is there another powder you would recommend?
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RyCoBlake
RyCoBlake / NEWCOMER / replied
Thank you all so much for your helpful replies! I really appreciate everyone's input and opinions and will be buying the Laura Mercier to try first since that seems to b... see post
abbyclemens01
Semester Long Study Abroad Trip: Product Suggestions for Face Makeup Routine
I am a 20 year old college student and am going on a semester long study abroad trip to Europe this fall, and would like suggestions for a quick, easy, and long-lasting face makeup routine? Also, I have acne prone and dry skin, so I would need products that cover my blemishes, would not worsen acne, and would moisturize my skin. Thank you! 
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laynebr
BEAUTY BOSS laynebr / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
Where are you going to? I'm going back for 3 months this fall and I'm very excited :D I spent 3 years studying abroad! I loved every minute of it :) I think what mostly... see post
Pattyk999
Replacement for Tarte recreate foundation warm bisque 06
I'm looking for a comparable foundation to replace the discontinued tarte recreate foundation, warm bisque 06. When I heard that it was being discontinued, I purchased several bottles of it and now, sadly, I've reached the end of it. Could you please suggest something similar in texture and color (yellow not pink undertones)? Thank you so much! Patty
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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi Pattyk999!   I would be happy to recommend something similar for you to try! Are you looking for another liquid foundation that is comparable to the Tarte Recreat... 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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celogrl
SCENE QUEEN celogrl / SCENE QUEEN SCENE QUEEN / replied
RandeeBT- thank you!  I am off to order it now.  Foundation that smells like chocolate?  Count me in, lol. 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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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi  jeannetteb!   I have tried the Benefit Highlighter Pencil and the Anastasia Dual Brow Highlighter and I prefer the Anastasia highligther. The Anastasia highl... 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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lylysa
HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Whether you begin to incorporate oils which are rich in essential fatty acids or humectants such as hyaluronic acid/sodium hyaluronate (which draws 1000x its own weight ... 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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laurabt
laurabt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi sayreah, I recommend these anti-acne moisturizers: Murad Anti-Aging Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 PA+++ Philosophy Clear Days Ahead™ Oil-Free Salicylic Aci... see post
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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lissa5314
SCENE QUEEN lissa5314 / SCENE QUEEN SCENE QUEEN / replied
Thank you Randee! I appreciate the advise.   Thanks again, Melissa 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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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi feversea!   I recommend trying Too Faced's Primed & Poreless Pure Oil-Free Skin Smoothing Face Primer For Sensitive Skin. I think this primer has a similar textur... 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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ilovpurses
BEAUTY PRO ilovpurses / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
Just checked back on tbis thread and you have all totally convinced me that what I read was total nonsense. From now on I'm just checking with you guys. I really appreci... 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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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi rubydanielle! Can you give us some insight as to what makeup you are currently wearing? Also, what is your skincare routine prior to makeup application? Is your s... 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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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi  CORPORATEK!   The NARS Blush in Deep Throat would be beautiful on you! It is a very soft peachy pink. :)   I also think that the Sephora Collection M... 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
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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gogreyhound
BEAUTY MASTER gogreyhound / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
yes, that is my biggest concern. When the items are manufactured, they have just the right amount of everything, including preservatives. Adding water will introduce new... 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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ghkim
HALL OF FAMER ghkim / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
i find that narcisco rodriguez edt lasts plenty long on me. the edp in this case is a distinctly different scent to me. is there any way you can get a sample to try it b... 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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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi etscore1!   I personally try to match the undertones in my makeup to one another. If I am wearing cool toned eyeshadow, I try and select a cool-toned blush or lip... 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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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi Andy!   You have already received some great suggestions, but I will give you some advice as well! I think the makeup remover wipes are only good for incredib... 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
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
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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beauty4ashes
HALL OF FAMER beauty4ashes / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Does this mean you don't wear make-up & just looking for reversing the vasodilatation effect? The blood circulation on your face is good for you! I really wouldn't rec... 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
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
ilovpurses
Dior's Instant Gentle Cleansing Oil
Can this be used with my Clarisonic and/or Boscia Konjac Cleansing Sponge? I use my Clarisonic about twice a week and the Boscia Sponge every day. Currently I'm using Clinique's Redness Solutions Cleanser and it works great, but I'm always looking to try something new. I have reactive, redness prone, sensitive fair skin if that helps. 
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ilovpurses
BEAUTY PRO ilovpurses / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
Thanks Laura - I always use an eye makeup remover, I can't even imagine not using one and how messy it would be without one, ugh!! I like to clean off my eye makeup befo... see post
fancifulthings
What is Cils?
This is going to sound stupid, but what is cils? I see it in a lot of mascara product titles.
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drppr
BEAUTY WHIZ drppr / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
Facil means easy in french.  see post