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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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BEAUTY MAVEN jmich91 / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
Fresh soy cleanser and ren hot cloth cleanser for when I wear more makeup, dr jart water sure gel moisturizer, dr jart water sleeping mask about twice a week, sea berry ... 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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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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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
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
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
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
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
Night cream
Hi I was thinking of getting a night cream but then I realized that I have the GlamGlow set with the thirstymud. Can I use that as a night cream?
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BEAUTY BOSS ydnam / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
Thank you - I will check these out. I was going to buy a Mary Kay cream with retinol but I'll stick with one of these instead. see post
Boscia
does Boscia cool blue hydration essences works???
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To Mineral or Not to Mineral? That is the ?
I am interested in Bare Minerals, but ready or heard somewhere not to use powders if over 50? Any insight here?
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SIGHTSEER dottierae / SIGHTSEER SIGHTSEER / replied
Thanks Kevin, I will give it a whirl! see post
Clarisonic Smart Profile
Spoiler (Highlight to read) I have been using my Mia2 for a very long time. It's still working but seeing the new Smart Profile, I am curious to see if anyone who previously had a Mia2 converted to the SP.  I have been using my Mia2 for a very long time. It's still working but seeing the new Smart Profile, I am curious to see if anyone who previously had a Mia2 converted to the SP. 
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HALL OF FAMER misscg / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Lol, I just ordered and received the Smart Profile and still have my Mia2. I will let you know if I see a difference. see post
Chanel's Le Lift
What do you ladies think of Chanel's Le Lift cream? My friend, who has incredibly flawless skin, said she is using it. She is my age between 20-24 years old. I just envy her how perfectly clear and clean and uni-toned her skin is.    
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BEAUTY MAVEN Natalia21 / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
I don't wear make up but I hate how the Pecos PTR Pink Rose cleanser made my face feel dry after washing it.  see post
Can I use a GlamGlow cleanser with my Clarisonic
I have heard great things about the GlamGlow cleansers and was wondering if they would work with a Clarisonic? I'm particularly interested in the black exfoliating cleanser. If they do not work, is there any cleanser you can recommend that works well with the clarisonic
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BEAUTY GURU lew132 / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
Definitely stick with a non abrasive cleanser with your clarisonic.  I've used Kate Somerville, FAB, & ole henriksen cleansers with mine and they've all been great. see post
Retin/oids - Poetry in Lotion - is more peeling "better"?
Hi Ladies - I used to use Rx retin A, but it's now too expensive with my current insurance.   So last year I switched to trying all kinds of retinols, retinoids, and other retin-y skincare products OTC, mostly from Sephora.   I liked several, but of course nothing with results that approached my Rx (Retasphere not bad, Algenist I liked the combo of acid and retinol) -- but then again, none of the side effects either.  Even with the supposedly "strongest" of these ingredients, I got smoother, clearer skin with less lines and more even tone -- but very little in the way of side effects.  Maybe slight dryness but nothing like the flaking/peeling, dryness, etc. that I had sometimes experienced in the past with Rx.   This month I tried Poetry in Lotion at the suggestion of an SA when I said I wanted to step up to something stronger.  After using it a few nights in one week (two or three), I noticed some dryness and flaking (not extreme, not a huge deal).   Now, my question is - do we think that means it's stronger and it will work better?  Or just that I had a worse reaction to it, but it's unlikely that it's doing more "work"?   I like retin products because they help me with occasional breakouts (less), and they help keep my pores clear of blackheads and SF, and they help fade marks from previous breakouts.  Plus keeping those early signs of aging and small wrinkles (or in case of forehead, creases already!) at bay.   TL;DR: Does more dryness and flaking (totally tolerable, just a bit!) with Poetry in Lotion over previous retin overnight treatments mean I'm getting "better" results/stronger treatment and it's worth it!?
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BEAUTY SAVANT Grahamcrackers / BEAUTY SAVANT BEAUTY SAVANT / replied
Yep, tonnnnes of people buy their retin-a online! see post
Mask after peel?
Hey ladies! I have a quick question, and I was hoping you all could help! I have combo skin with dry patches on my cheeks, and am acne prone on my chin. I use the  Dr Dennis Gross peel once or twice a week, , and follow it with fresh seaberry oil. My cheeks are still pretty dry the next day. Is it okay to follow the peel with a Sephora Honey or Pearl sheet mask? I just don't want to over-process my skin, but I do want to mousiest uprise more.    Thanks!
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HALL OF FAMER ChicDabbler / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Another yes for FAB oatmeal mask! With that said, is Fresh seaberry oil your moisturizer? It's a very lightweight oil and I feel like it would be better to follow up a p... see post
my sister needs a new cleanser for her face
So I spoke to my sister this afternoon and she complained that she's breaking out really badly and can't figure out why, since she's washing her face and hasn't been wearing any makeup lately.  She DOES tend to sleep in her makeup, which she knows is a big no-no, but that's not where the problem is.  My sisters and I were blessed with clear skin (aside from the occasional zit), so the fact that she's breaking out horribly (other than being 30 and possibly being a hormonal shift) is not normal.   She said she's washing her face in the shower, which is fine, except for the fact that she has hard water.  The hard water doesn't help your skin.  Then she says her skin feels greasy all the time lately too.  She currently uses the First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser and from what I experienced when I used it, I'm getting the feeling it's stripping her skin of moisture and  lipids....which is obviously going to make your skin overproduce oil to counteract the loss.   So, does anyone have a good suggestion for a cleanser she could use?  She can't use Josie Moran at all.  Clinique maybe, but this is difficult since she has such sensitive, dry skin like I do.  A lot of cleansers I would suggest for her won't work for skin like they have on mine.  I do plan on getting her a Mia for her birthday in April though, so if she wants to continue washing her face in the shower, that'll help.
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HALL OF FAMER jemly / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
the FAB cleanser is pretty gentle and not so stripping (at least compared to many other cleansers). sounds to me her issue isn't so much her cleanser but her following r... see post
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