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New Product Suggestions
Hello ladies, Hope you all are enjoying the warm weather! I am interested in buying new products or add products to my regiment. So my goal is to get healthy, radiant, even toned skin and not have to use make-up (yet). I am 24 and I am currently using these products: before going to sleep, I wash my face using Tatcha Pure Step Camellia Cleansing Oil (every so often I use my Clarisonic but I was also thinking of getting a new one soon since mine is a little beat up), then I use Peter Thomas Roth Gentle Complexion Correction Pads, then I put Caudalie's Polyphenol C15 Overnight Detox Oil. In the morning I use facial wipes (like by Simple), then I apply the Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum and at last I put First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration. All of these products have helped me battle dryness during the winter season and I will definitely be buying them again. But I feel like there is something else that can help me with my concerns: acne (rare as it is), the scarring and just the overall health and radiance of my skin. I can definitely say that my skin has improved but usually around my period, I break out and the area I usually break out is around the chin area. What I am looking for is products that will not dry my face out, help even out my tone, get rid of acne, blemishes and scarring, anti-aging (? not sure if it's too early but I have been using products that I am pretty sure fight aging), softness and hydration. I am interested in oils, toners, cleansers (having one for the night and morning since I find it hard to use the Tatcha on the Clarisonic). Anything you ladies recommend, I am eager to look up and try if it will work for me. Thank you!
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HALL OF FAMER TrysBeautyItems / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Have you tried Mario Badescu? Products are gentle, but effective. If you haven't used, contact them directly they will mail customized samples based on your answer (they... see post
Skin treatment
Hi! I am looking for a serum or treatment to reduce the look of pores, redness and to over all just perfect my skin so I can wear less make up. I am 22 so anti aging isn't a huge concern. My skin isn't too sensitive but I do get mild break outs here and there so I don't want anything too heavy. I've seen good reviews on the Lancôme visionnaire texture perfector (it claims to do all the things I've asked for) but I've heard it has a lot of alcohol in it. Any one know if this is a good serum or if there is anything else to help me with my skin?   Thank you so much!  
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
SPF sprays can be a very easy way to obtain sun protection over your make up, but I would advise spraying over a region twice to ensure the proper amount is dispensed on... see post
Skin Concerns! HELP ME!
I cannot afford a dermatologist so I'm coming to you guys for help!  I have combination acne prone skin. I currently use a clarisonic brush with the cleanser that came with it but it dries my skin out. I also have enlarged pores, acne scars, and dark spots. My skin tends to be very oily or very dry. And my skin isn't as plump as it used to be. Can anyone recommend some products that can help me with my problematic skin?                                   
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BEAUTY MASTER HarlemJPN / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
Clarisonic + FAB cleanser are MFEO. They're like peanut butter and jelly, bread and butter, Fred & Ernie.    As as suggested below, I'd change my Clarisonic brush head... see post
Looking for a good cleanser.....
I am in my mid-thirties, don't wear makeup and am looking for a good face cleanser for my combination skin. I don't want to strip my face, just get it washed. Any recommendations?
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BEAUTY PRO BlueEyeAli / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
The Fresh Soy Face Cleanser http://www.sephora.com/soy-face-cleanser-P7880?keyword=FRESH%20Soy%20Face%20Cleanser%20P7880&skuId=487694&country_switch=ca&_requestid=11264... see post
Fresh Lotus Mosturiser
What is the different between Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream w Super 7 complex and You Preserve Radiance Lotion?
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BEAUTY PRO HoneydewK / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
but I personally like the cream better! more deeply moisturizing and...idk. It just feels better on my skin. Both smells lovely.  see post
Cleanser
Hello, What is a good cleanser for Combo/Oily skin? I wear Kat Von D makeup and want something to take everything off and help my oily tzone...
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BEAUTY BUFF Azalea14 / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
Boscia Clear Complexion Cleanser works amazing! I have oily/ combo skin, and  this cleanser has been one of the few that haven't made my skin break out. I been using Bos... see post
Skincare Advice Needed/Updating Routine.
Hello all,   I have acne prone very sensitive skin. I use quite a few oil free products I am quite satisfied right now with the clearness of skin, I would like advice on adding a few anti-aging steps and a couple of other things.   The skincare products I currently use are:   1. Purity-don't love this-looking for a new cleanser 2. Kate Somerville Toner-love this use 2x daily 3. Kate Somerville Oil Free Moisturizer love this use 2x times daily 4. Tarte Eye Cream-will not be repurchasing-2x a day 5. Tarte Neck Cream-OK 6. Glam Glow Super Mud Cleanser and PTR Blemish Buffing Beads-use 1x or 2x a week. 7.Peter Thomas Roth Max Completion Pads-use 1x or 2x a week 8. Variety of Glam Glow Masks-rotate one about 1x week as needed 9. Dr. Brandts- Crease Release-meh jury is still out on this one. 10. Glam Glow Bright Mud actually love these but I use very sparsely because of the expense.   If I were to buy one or two more of the Glam Glow Cleansers (LOVE this line) and use the Glam Glow Cleansers exclusively, would that be too harsh for my skin? Also, looking at Kate Somerville's Gentle Wash as the Detox cleanser is too harsh for my skin.   I want to try and add a serum to my routine but so many have caused me to breakout. I am also allergic to retinol. i have forehead fine lines and the parenthesis staring around my mouth. I am noticing a bit of firmness change around my check area. Will a serum enhance the Dr. Brandt's Crease Release at all?    I am dying to try the Korres Black Pine serum and line. Do I need to try to try the entire line to see results or will the serum help on it's own. Yes, Sephora does offer a Black Pine kit but the serum isn't included which is a bummer for me. lol Any feedback? Serums that I have tried and had an adverse reaction to are: Kate Somerville's Oil Free Quench PTR Oil Free Unwrinkle Serum Tarte Maracuja Oil Ole's Truth Serum Josie M. Argan Oil   Heard so many mixed results with the Clarasonic with my skintype. Some say it works wonders and their skin has never been clearer and cleaner and others have told me, don't buy this as it just makes your skin worse. When I called the Rouge Line to get some advice, they said just use it once or twice a week but then how is that suppose to help the clarity of your skin if it only deep cleans once or twice a week?     Lastly, need advice on Essences. Heard so much about the SK II. Would I use an Essense in place of my toner? Wouldn't it make me more oily?   I know this is a very long post but would love some advice! Thank you!
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HALL OF FAMER meganlisa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I have so many comments! First, I have learned that the double cleanse method works best for me…an oil based cleanser followed by a water based one.  You don't strip yo... see post
Skincare advice
Trying to maybe clear up my issues with some pictures of my skin- it's not really acne that I think is my problem it's more uneven skin tone and marks or discoloration- in the light you can see an uneven texture and makeup doesn't look smooth- I get occasional whiteheads or pimples but not all over Again in I wan using adapalene but haven't seen results clearing up the issues I see it just gets flaky and irritated- I am looking into glycol ic acid or some other regimen to try , any advice will help!m  
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Are you washing in the morning as well as at night? Which SPF do you use (as I recall you stating you wear SPF during the day in your initial thread)?   I'm not seeing... see post
Glycolic acid newbie/skin help!
So I've recently posted much about my skin care concerns and asked for suggestions (bumpy like texture, some discoloration, some acne clogged pores) I've been using adapalene cream prescribed by my derm for awhile and it's not really showing much results and leaves me with dry flaky or irritated skin........ ive been looking into and very curious about ditching the adapalene and trying glycolic acid- I'm looking for product recommendations and any experiences with this  I currently use fresh soy cleanser, dr jart water fuse gel,sea berry oil  thanks!!! 
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Like DiVWA and HarlemJPN have supported, definitely speak with your dermatologist. Though it's not uncommon to slowly ween off or use a prescription-based product on an ... see post
What is a less expensive alternative to NUDE Purify Moisturizer
I have combination skin and NUDE Purify works awesome as a moisturizer.  However, I really just can't afford it.  Any suggestions?   I have tried Seaberry Oil from Fresh, I think it is way too oily...    
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Thoughts on Glamglow Cleansers
I was looking for a new daily cleanser.I was using Murad Daily Cleansing Foam but wanted to try something new.Has anyone used the new Glamglow cleansers?I believe the black one just came out and couldn't decide between that one or the white one.I have combo skin, pores, blackheads, whiteheads on chin and those darn smile lines.Any help is appreciated.
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HALL OF FAMER H216 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Guzelkiz- did you try the hydra cleanse too? I think with my skin being on the dry side I could only make one pump really only massage so far on my face so yes, need to ... see post
Exfoliator/Moisturizer for Combo Skin & Skin Care
Okay,   So I have combo oily/normal skin (oily only in t-zone) and it's some-what acne prone especially with hormones and stress. I also have those annoying little red bumps on my forehead that aren't really pimples but I'm not sure how to get rid of them (if someone can tell me how I'd be forever grateful.)   Any-way I've been looking for a day time moisturizer, and right now I'm finding that my moisturizer seems to sink in but a few hours later my face will be greasy in the t-zone and especially on my forehead. Is that because I need to find a good exfoliator or something else?   Which brings me to my second issue, I need a good exfoliator that is chemical instead of mechanical because I feel the mechanical does nothing for me.   Cleanser I use: Philosophy Purity Made Simple  And I also use Josie Maran Pure Argan oil   Moisturizers I've Tried: - Clinique Dramatically Different Gel moisturizer - Bosica Self-Defense Vital Antioxidant Moisture SPF 30 - Purity Made Simple gel moisturizer (drugstore)   I would prefer something non scented as well.   Exfoliators I've Tried: (most have been mechanical) - Mario Badescu Strayberry exfoliator  -Some drugstore St. Ives one   Again I am looking for chemical not mechanical.     On a side note, and recommendations for night-time moisturizers and eye creams would be appreciated.    Thank you so much in advance.
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BEAUTY PRO Poisonivy9 / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
I highly recommend Algenist complete eye renewal balm.  I have oily skin as well as this has been a great eye cream for me.  I also use Korres Greek yogurt sleeping faci... see post
Clarins Skin Oils - what are the differences among the three?
Can somebody weigh in regarding the differences between the three Clarins skin oils, other than what is available in the online description? I'm having a hard time choosing between the three. I have very sensitive skin, oily nose, dry cheeks, large pores here and there.
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HALL OF FAMER DiVWA / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Thanks meganlisa! I'm going to try to get a sample from local Macy's tomorrow and then order from Nordstrom's (need the return policy with my sensitive skin). see post
Need cleanser recommendations
I have combination skin with blackheads. I've been using the Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell cleansing gel with a Boscia Konjac sponge for several months now. However, I've been noticing that the skin on my cheeks and chin have been getting drier lately. My nose and forehead continue to be oily. The dryness is to the point where I have to put on a face lotion or cream as soon as possible where as before I could wait until I was ready to. I'm looking for recommendations for a new face cleanser. I also plan on getting a Clarisonic when the sale starts on Sunday. I'm hoping that will help with finally getting rid of the blackheads.  
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HALL OF FAMER Zpsid91 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I have been testing Caudalie's Micellar Water as a makeup remover/first cleanse in the evening and I LOVE IT! It is gentle on my skin - I never feel tight or dry afterwa... see post
Sunscreen for long-distance running?
Hi,   I'm looking for a sunscreen that I can wear while running- lasting anywhere from an hour to three hours of wear with sweat. Any suggestions?   Thanks!
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HALL OF FAMER knuevekm / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I am a long distance runner and last year I completed a 70.3 ironman. I found that shiseido spf 50 for face is best. Only negative is that it gives a really bad white ca... see post
Help!! Smashbox pore minimizing primer or photo finish light
Hi. I have combination skin that gets oily on my forehead and nose by midday. I also break out at times. Which Smashbox primer would be better,  Smashbox pore minimizing primer or photo finish light? I have tried them both but am thinking the pore minimizer might be drying out my skin and I feel with the light one my makeup starts disappearing after awhile. Thanks.
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BEAUTY BUFF sertenity20 / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
The photo finish primers broke me out I also have combo oily skin the primer I've been loving if the hourglass primer it's pricey at 52 bucks for the full size but you c... see post
Best moisturizer with SPF?
Hi! I have combination oily skin and am 38. I would love to find a moisturizer with spf that I can wear during the day. I currently use Dior Hydra Life creme. With the 15% off it's okay if it's a high end brand.I want my skin to feel soft and look dewy. Thank you!
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BEAUTY MASTER 19910827 / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
Zanna, since this is called a moisturizer, could I use it instead of my usual moisturizer in the morning? see post
Eye Cream and Moisturizer
I've been using Kate Sommerville for my eye cream for about a month now but I don't feel like it is working. What has worked for you to reduce fine lines? In addition I am seeking day/night moisturizers to address dark spots, and occasional black heads on the sides of my nose. Thanks.
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SPECIAL GUEST Serendipity811 / SPECIAL GUEST SPECIAL GUEST / replied
lylysa - I'm using it twice a day and it is the Age Arrest formula. It's almost finished and have been on it for 2 mths. see post
Moisturizer for Combo/Oily skin
I am looking for a moisturizer for my combo/oily skin. I would like a moisturizer without spf. I would love it to help work with dullness and not make my skin more oily than it is. I live in a tropical/humid climate and in the summer my skin can get pretty oily. Although I do not suffer from acne, when it gets really hot my pores tend to get clogged up. I have previously tried: -Origins Starting Over Age Erasing Oil Free Moisturizer w/ Mimosa -Dr. Jart +Water Fuse Water-Sure Gel -Caudalie Vinoperfect Day Perfecting Fluid -Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Daily Glow Moisture -Ole Henriksen Truth Revealed Super Creme   I am considering: -Algenist Multi-Perfecting Pore Corrector Gel -Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation -Boscia Black Hydration Gel -Korres Pomegranate Balancing Cream-Gel Moisturiser -Origins Make a Difference Plus Rejuvenating Treatment   Any good experiences with the products mentioned above? Any recommendations?   <3Ali  
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HALL OF FAMER Zpsid91 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I 2nd Moisture Surge from Clinique - love that stuff! And the Shisedio Mattifying Moisturizer!    I will say a word of caution for the boscia gel - I LOVE their produc... see post
Amore Pacific Moisture Bound Hydra Gel vs Belif Aqua Bomb?
Has anyone tried either of these moisturizers and can compare them? Or has even tried one of them? I've been using the Amore Pacific one (I got a sample) for a few days and it seems okay but hasn't really been doing much for my skin. Also I broke out a lot the next few days. (Not sure if because of the moisturizer or because of my hormonal acne). Also the fragrance is SO strong, which isn't supposed to be good for skin. I haven't tried the Belif one though.   I want to get a sample of the Belif moisturizer but I was going to wait until the VIB sale to order. However you can't use a promo code and get a deluxe sample at the same time which sucks… and they don't sell it in store. So I'll either have to make another order or just buy the product.    I have combination-oily acne prone skin, fyi.
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BEAUTY BOSS spadersgirl / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
This was very informative. Thanks! I think you covered all the brands I know. see post
Need recommendation for moisturizer with SPF for combination skin
I've found my favorite moisturizer with SPF for winter, but now I'm looking into summer options. The ones I like only have SPF 15 and the ones with higher SPF don't really moisturize or have skin benefits (mostly just water + silicone + sunscreen). So, do you know of any good moisturizers that: - have SPF25 or more - is good for combination skin in the summer, as in light cream (or lighter) consistency but still hydrates   Right now I'm looking at AmorePacific Natural Protector SPF30 and PTR Max Defensse All Day Moisture Defense SPF30. Any thoughts on those two or recommendation for better/your favorite?   ps. Also would love recommendation for serum loaded with antioxidants.
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HALL OF FAMER TrysBeautyItems / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
The EL lotion is spf15 and lighter feeling than the spf25 and didn't notice the shine, like the spf25.   Yes it's spf15, not what you want :) see post
Is Sephora going to stop carrying Soap and Glory products?!
I saw in a product review that Sephora was going to stop carrying S&G products. Is this true?!? If so, where else can I get them in the US?
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SCENE QUEEN AliasBurn / SCENE QUEEN SCENE QUEEN / replied
All I can say is, AHH CRUD! I was going to buy the birthday box for a friend just now and its gone. Perhaps I can get lucky and it will show up at Target, Walgreens or ... see post
foundation color change
I am looking for either the new bare minerals or the lancome Nude foundation in a slightly more peaxhy -pink shade...beige is too yellow and I don't want it too dark.
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NikaBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi krubyred,   What is your skintone like? Do you have a foundation you currently use that we can use as a reference? Another useful tactic is to let us know what ce... see post
Combo skin cleanser
I am looking for a good cleanser- not too basic but something that will clean and clear everything out of my skin without drying it out- nit really concerned with actual breakouts but if it would help with overall texture of the skin that would be a plus....... Currently using a sample of ren cleansing balm- any opinions on this are also welcomed!
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laurabt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi jmich91, If you are looking to smooth the texture of your skin, I recommend an exfoliating cleanser. I really like Kate Somerville Exfolikate!  Also, AmorePacific T... see post
Toner wars !
I have been wanting a toner that really works.i do have acne prone skin..and im fighting acne scars too so i cant decide between fresh toner or murad essential c toner..also if you guys have any suggestions on which one is your most tried and trusted toner...that would be awesome!!!
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HALL OF FAMER amnali / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
What is the acid toner you use? What toner you use at night? see post
I really love estee lauder resilient lift night cream texture but is it ok if i use it every night?
I am only 30 and i have not shown any first signs of aging (wrinkles, sagging, bigger pores etc). The cream actually helps to control facial oil production. It moisturizes but not overly. But is it ok to keep using it when i do not have any signs of aging yet? Thank you.
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skincare help! smooth skin and glow
I am currently trying to figure out how i get that smooth hydrated skin ive been wanting forever!  I cant seem to figure out exactly what products to use or what issues my skin is having..... I seem to have combination skin but more on the dry side (for example i have been wearing makeup all day and only a little oil shows on an oil blotting sheet).... my dry areas consist of around my nose,chin, and cheeks- my skin is not smooth to the touch, yet it is not breakouts that are making it bumpy- when i apply makeup it looks dry, cakey, and not glowing..... and i can see tons of little white dots or plugs in my skin   my routine consists of.... clarisonic with cashmere brush head- maybe every other day peter thomas roth gentle complexion correction pads- 1 a week dr jart water sure gel moisturizer dr jart water fuse sleeping mask- 2 a week ole henriksen- walnut scrub- maybe 2 a week cleanser- currently a sample of ren cleansing balm but not sure if its right?? also have fresh soy cleanser..... topical retinoid cream from dermatologist- every other day at night '   any suggestions???
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HALL OF FAMER meganlisa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I think you got great advice down below so I won't duplicate it.  But my favorite product is essences.  SKII, Missha, Secret Key, Monique Labs.  There are tons (and I t... see post
Skin care for normal/ combo skin
I am looking for any type of skin care advice and products for my normal/combo skin. It's more on normal side since I only have a slight shine on T-zone, no dryness on cheeks.    I heard Neutrogena one is good but don't know which one to choose cause I want to go for either daily moisturizer or for sensitive skin (with spf of course)   Any advice on toners, cleansers, moisturizers for my skin would be highly appreciated!   I am 19 y.o. so don't want anything harmful for my skin.
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BEAUTY WHIZ charlyc / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
Hi. I have been on a search for cleansers for awhile for my combination skin. I have really been liking Boscia's cleanser. You can visit any local Sephora and get sample... see post
Day/night moisturizers for very dehydrated but very oily-combination skin?
I have tried so many moisturizers in my life but I can just never find the perfect one. I am seriously willing to pay anything for a moisturizer that will ACTUALLY control/get rid of my oil and rebalance my skin while hydrating at the same time. As long as it's worth the money. I went to Kiehl's and they used their moisture level checker (or whatever) on me and I got a pretty bad score. Of course I don't know if it's reliable since it seems pretty gimmicky but my skin does seem pretty dehydrated.   Background on my skin:  -VERY oily in the t-zone, relatively normal around the cheeks -slight dryness/flakiness around the mouth area in the winter -very acne prone, blackheads on nose   Currently, I just use toner and moisturizer in the morning. I got three samples from Sephora (Ren's Clarimatte, Kate Sommerville's Oil Free Moisturizer, and Origins Zero Oil Moisturizer). I have been trialing the Ren moisturizer for a few days now and I've noticed that my nose and mouth have become horrendously flaky and dry. Not sure if it's due to the moisturizer since it's always been dry, but it's been more so lately. I will be trying the other 2 samples in the next few days though. At night, I use my Clarisonic, but my routine is the same (plus the Caudalie Vinoperfect Serum, which seems to be working well).     So far from Sephora I've tried: Murad's Oil Controlling Mattifier (didn't really control oil well) Hope In A Jar (too dewy for daytime) FAB's Ultra Repair Cream (also too dewy for day time, didn't blow me away) Embryollise Lait-Creme (slightly hydrating, but too dewy for daytime) Clinique's Dramatically Different Gel (gave me hives ) Tarte Maracuja Oil (didn't really help my skin)   The ones that were too dewy didn't seem to make a huge difference either when used at night, and if it made a difference, it was too small to notice. Also, my skin doesn't seem to absorb any of the more rich moisturizers… it just sits on top of my skin.   I also currently have La Roche Posay's Effaclar Duo+ at home, but I don't know if that's supposed to be used by itself or with another moisturizer.   ALSO open to face mask/exfoliator suggestions or whatever! Any help is seriously appreciated because at this point my skin seems like a lost cause      
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lust4it / FRESH FACE / replied
I have similar skin type.  Recently discovered Shu Umera Tsuya Youthful Radiance Generator Essence.  Yeah, its a mouthful, but works really well on my skin.     Shu's ... see post
New beauty tricks for 2015
There was a post long ago that had to do with beauty tricks and secrets that I can't find, and I had a great discovery today, so I thought I'd start a new one for 2015. I was changing my Clarisonic head today and noticed some residue stuck in the plastic and wire part under the head. It wouldn't come out with a brush because I couldn't get the brush to bend under there. I spied my Water Pik on the counter and thought "It gets out stuck food in tiny spaces between my teeth, let's give it a try". And wow, did that thing work!  My Clarisonic is squeeky clean with no effort! Have you used a household item for beauty needs that isn't readily obvious?
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BEAUTY GURU MNSnowPrincess / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
Great idea! I saw that Sigma released a special brush cleansing mat and wasn't sure if i should get it. Considering it's $32. Thanks for the money saving tip!!      h... see post