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NATURAL SKINCARE TALK
I don't think we have one of these yet... But, if I'm wrong, please do correct me.   I've been wanting to make this thread for a while now, but as it usually is... Life got and gets in the way. But, better late than never, huh?   I've been enjoying many natural skincare products for the last 15 years or so, on and off ( mainly facial oils and balms, but masks, treatments, and body oils and balms, as well. ) I even used to make my own for years ( years ago ) as good natural skincare products were not a very easy thing to obtain. You'd have to try and hunt down quality ingredients and make stuff yourself most of the time. And, that was quite a task! It makes me happy to see that there is so many wonderful products widely and easily available lately. It makes things so much easier!   Natural skincare performs better for me personally. I love and enjoy using it. My skin adores it. I love the idea of it and behind it. So, I wanted to make a place for us natural skincare lovers to talk about anything natural skincare as I see there are many others out there that are interested, or already in love with it, as well. So why not have our own little place on here? So we can share our experiences ( good and/or bad ), loves, favorite products, favorite brands and their news/new launches, discus things, share our daily routines, talk DIYs if anyone is into that, why not? Anything really.   By "natural" skincare here I'm talking about skincare made mostly or completely of ingredients available in nature, like plant-derived ingredients, minerals... You know, the whole nine.   Anyway - feel free to join in! You don't have to be a natural skincare lover exclusively. Everybody's welcomed!   A word of caution ... For those who are new to natural skincare, proceed with caution. Inform and educate yourself really well on everything you are interested in trying and putting on your skin. Natural does not mean it won't hurt you! And, it certainly doesn't mean it's safe. Some natural ingredients can be irritating for some people. Go with what's good for you, don't force anything on your skin just because someone said it is good.  Do patch tests. Be smart. People prone to allergies should pay careful attention to what they use on their skin.    P.S. I am not completely and 100% natural, nor I imagine I ever will be as I do love me some other stuff, as well. But mostly, yes.    
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BEAUTY MASTER fairlywell / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
OMG you enablers! Until this thread I had not realized that the beans were the BEST beans! see post
For all of my organic and natural skin care mavens, what is your go to exfoliator? And how do you feel about the powdered versions?
HALL OF FAMER ChicDabbler / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Not organic but natural. I'm a big fan of Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powder. Most natural exfoliators rely on sugar or nut shells, which are too big/sparse or too abrasive for a... see post
I'm looking for a natural/organic moisturizer.
I'm looking for a natural/organic moisturizer.  I have dry skin.  I don't necessarily need the moisturizer to have SPF in it.  Does anyone have any recommendations?
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SIGHTSEER jbenny / SIGHTSEER SIGHTSEER / replied
Juice makes great moisturizers.   see post
Youth To The People
What's everyone's thoughts on Youth to the People? I personally adore the scent and love how fresh my skin feels after!
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HALL OF FAMER Insomniacmuffin / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I haven't tried it yet @jessicabb but I saw that they had a new mask out and was curious.. Spinach?   Haha, hope it doesn't make my face stay green.. but I'll be check... see post
Searching for a replacement Ole Henriksen perfect truth cc creme in medium
I LOVED this CC Creme. It instantly made my skin look brighter and more perfect; and it smelled amazing. However, it appears the product has been discontinued. I have not found a suitable replacement yet. Any recommendations for fans out there?
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HALL OF FAMER SydBristow / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Yup that stuff was awesome.  see post
Frugal Natural Antiaging Products With Retinol?
The only reason I'm using L'oreal Revitalift and Garnier Ultra Lift is because they have retinol but I'm on the hunt for a more natural product with retinol; both of these products burn my skin when it's even minorly irritated and they're obviously full of chemicals; any suggestions for a frugal person? There was also something besides retinol which is supposed to be the second best thing for the skin but obviously I'm new to all this so thanks for any help with any of this!
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BEAUTY WHIZ rae1993 / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
You could try Deciem's Ordinary retinoid 2%.  It is cheap and not irritating (at least on my skin, which is sensitive, acne-prone). see post
Pumpkin on face --> incredible results!
Hello beauties,   A couple months ago, I ordered a MyChelle product, and they sent me a free pumpkin facial peel with my order.  After using this peel a few times, my skin never looked better (I have combination and acne-prone skin with some acne scars).  After conducting some research online about the benefits and advantages of applying pumpkin to our face, I quickly realized that it was MyChelle's pumpkin peel that transformed my face.  I'm a bit on a budget, so I thought, "Why can't I just buy a can of pumpkin from the grocery store and apply it to my face?"  I did this and have gotten the same results, for a whole lot less money.  The pumpkin has helped clear up my complexion dramatically, so I couldn't wait to share these news with all of you!  My face is also a lot less oily.  I apply pumpkin directly from the can to my face twice a week, for about twenty minutes each time.  Try it and let me know if you see dramatic results as I have!    
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BEAUTY BOSS Daskala78 / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
This is for real, honey. :) You can use a brush or your fingers to apply.  Keep me posted on what you think after using it! see post
Favorite cruelty-free and/or vegan products
Hi, I thought I would start a thread where we can share and recommend our favorite makeup and skin care items that are cruelty/free and/or vegan. Sephora carries a lot of these brands. The ones I know or have been suggested by BT posters are listed below.      Available at Sephora: Spoiler (Highlight to read) Anastasia Beverly Hills Bite Butter London Coola Cover FX Dr. Dennis Gross ( vegan products are labeled) Drunk Elephant Fab Hourglass Josie Maran Kate Somerville Kat Von D Koh Gen Do Lavanilla Murad Nails Inc Nars NUDE Skincare Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Ole Henricksen Omorovicza Ren Smashbox Supergoop Tarte Tata Harper Tatcha Too Faced Urban Decay Supergoop Anastasia Beverly HillsBiteButter LondonCoolaCover FXDr. Dennis Gross ( vegan products are labeled)Drunk ElephantFabHourglassJosie MaranKate SomervilleKat Von DKoh Gen DoLavanillaMuradNails IncNarsNUDE SkincareObsessive Compulsive CosmeticsOle HenricksenOmoroviczaRenSmashboxSupergoopTarteTata HarperTatchaToo FacedUrban DecaySupergoop     Other lines not at Sephora:   Spoiler (Highlight to read) Aveda The Body Shop Chantaceille Charlotte Tilbury Colourpop Essentielle Eyeko Ilia Beauty IT Cosmetics John Masters Klairs Lush NYX Paula's Choice Physician's Formula Spa Ritual RMS Beauty Zoya AvedaThe Body ShopChantaceilleCharlotte TilburyColourpopEssentielleEyekoIlia BeautyIT CosmeticsJohn MastersKlairsLushNYXPaula's ChoicePhysician's FormulaSpa RitualRMS BeautyZoya     I really like skincare by Josie Maran especially the Argan Oil and Milk moisturizer. I have also used the cleansing oil but am not currently. For her makeup, I like the eye shadow palettes but they are limited now on Sephora. The Argan oil mascara is a nice everyday mascara. There are a lot of her products that I want to try. The only one I have tried that I haven't liked are the cheek tint sticks. I just started using the Hourglass mineral primer and it's pretty good. Tarte has great palettes and I've liked everything I have tried.   Any products you would recommend or other brands?
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BEAUTY WHIZ rae1993 / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
Have you tried Lune + Aster? I love their CC cream! It's a little pricey though. Sephora doesn't carry it, but Blue Mercury does. see post
Q&A with LXMI Founder Leila Janah
Happy Friday, BeautyTalkers! We are taking your questions for a Q&A with Leila Janah, founder of LXMI (pronounced luxe-me). LXMI is known for their Crème du Nil and has an incredible brand story. Not only does the brand source high quality, rare ingredients but they provide work for women who harvest, produce and export a rare ingredient known as Nilotica from the Nile River Valley in Uganda.   My mind is spinning with questions already… Ask away!
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HALL OF FAMER Pollu / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hi Leila, Are you working on any new products? Do you plan to continue working on skincare or do you see yourself creating a makeup line someday?  see post
Budget Bride Needs Advice on Investing in a Few Natural Products for Wedding
I'm new to the forum, but I have a request for advice:   My wedding is this year in the late fall, and I have started thinking ahead to which makeup I will use. I plan to go for a consultation in-store, but I want to be prepared with community suggestions first. So, please let me know what you think!   The reasons I want advice are 1) I am on a budget, and I don't want to buy a whole arsenal of new makeup, just a few key items that will be  useful after the wedding and/or would take my wedding look (and photos) to the next level; 2) I try to buy natural (and organic) skin and makeup products as much as possible because I believe it is healthier for me, the producers, and the environment; 3) I am not up on the newest products and lines.   I often don't wear much makeup, but I do have experience and technical knowledge (my mom loves makeup, so she took me to the MAC counter and bought me Bobby Brown and Kevyn Aucoin books when I was a teenager!).   I already have and really like products from Josie Maran (luminizer cream, argan face oil, blush stick, lip gloss), Korres (concealer, bronzer), 100 Percent Pure (eye cream, powder blush, eyeshadow, mascara), and Burt's Bees (tinted lip balm). But I think I will need a primer or finishing powder, a foundation, a lip stain or stick, an eyeliner, and maybe a couple other items. Haircare and skincare suggestions are welcome too!
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BEAUTY BRAINIAC Lilie001 / BEAUTY BRAINIAC BEAUTY BRAINIAC / replied
Go for natural paraben free products such as serums and moisturizers. You can also opt for a few bold shades of lipstick and eye shadows. When my sister got married over... see post
Dangers of Josie Maran Argan Oil on Face
*EDIT*  This is a really old post, almost a year old, but I'm happy it was revived because it means people are using the search bar. Yay! HIGH FIVE! I'm not going to edit my previous post, because that would be wrong. I may have written it quickly & jumped the gun. Not all oils are bad, and not everyone will have the same results as me. Everyone's skin is different. Sephora & their employees like to overly promote the "flavor of the week". When this post was written, they were pushing Argan Oil non stop & I got a little frustrated with all the pushing of something Dermatologists weren't keen on.  I would like to add that, I am not using PTR oil-less oil, it's 100% squalane that is sugar derived (not sharks) and it works really well for me.    What I've recently found out though is that a lot of people are applying oils the wrong way . We were always taught to apply face products in order of thickness: toner/softener-> serum-> treatment-> moisturizer. The thing is oils are heavy, a lot heavier than most moisturizers even though they feel "light". Oils form a barrier and block Hyaluronic Acid and other benefit ingredients from penetrating into the skin . So really, you should be applying your oil last, to lock in all the moisture and benefits from your serums & moisturizer.      *ORIGINAL POST*  I've been using Argan Oil on my hair for years & never had a problem Recently I got the 500 pt perk that included her Argan Oil. Everyone raves about it's benefits on the face, so I figured I'd give it a shot since this cold weather has been brutal on my skin. I have not changed anything else in my skincare, or makeup routine. After about 5 days of nighttime use, I started noticing a rash developing on my face near my nose (my dry spot areas). So I did a little Google search and was shocked to see all the negatives about Argan Oil on the face. Argan oil has many benefits in food and on hair, but the FDA has not cleared it for use on the face. Dermatologists freak out when they hear patients use it because it can bring on rosacea and is highly comedogenic. Any oil (natural or not) will clog pores. I'm surprised Sephora promotes something when it is highly advised by Doctors not to be used on the face. 
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HALL OF FAMER to90 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I'm just seeing this now and really curious to see if anyone has updates/opinions. I've been using argan oil on my face over argan milk for about a month at night, and t... see post
Skin Care for Cancer Patients
Before you start a course of chemotherapy your doctor explains all the common side effects to you, there are the standard ones we've all heard of before including hair loss, nausea and increased risk of infection and then there are the less known ones such as sore nails and taste changes. But changes to skin are not really talked about in much detail. I was warned that my skin would be more sensitive to sunlight and could become dry but I was so preoccupied by my impending baldness that at first I didn't really think about my skin - that soon changed.   So how did chemotherapy affect my skin? I found that it made it very sensitive and dry, but a plus point was that I never really got blemishes which was a welcome change for me. The steroids I took turned my face a lovely shade of puce for a few days too (I used make up to help with this and will reveal more in a later post). I quickly found that I had to adapt my skincare routine to suit my now very different skin type. At first I did a lot of Googling, blog reading and general online browsing, then when I had the energy I went to department stores and asked for samples to try. I highly recommend this. It is important you try a product before you buy it and do a patch test because skin reactions can be common during chemotherapy and the last thing you want is an even redder face.   For Info : https://fightcancerwithbeauty.com/25-skin-care-for-cancer-patients
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BEAUTY GURU h3llc4t / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
When my husband was going through chemotherapy, moisturizer was so important. He primarily used the Jack Black brand and found it very helpful on especially bad days (an... see post
Has anyone tried skin care products from Indie Lee?
I have been lurking around Instagram and I found a brand called Indie Lee. I have taken a look at their website and I'm kind of interested in their products. I haven't found many reviews on this brand so I would like to hear some opinions. I saw a Kate Somerville EradiKate "lookalike" from Indie Lee which is called the Blemish Lotion, I think. I also saw a Blemish Stick which is made up of witch hazel. I am very curious as to whether any of these two products are effective in treating occasional pimples.    If anyone has ever tried products from Indie Lee, please let me know! I would love to hear your opinions before I go ahead to blindly and impulsively purchase some items to try out
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nchau / FRESH FACE / replied
I've only used to squalene facial oil,the swiss apple serum and still have the blemish stick at home. In my opinion, the facial oil wasn't spectacular. I would apply it ... see post
boscia Tsubaki Oil-Infused Exfoliating Powder
I just found out that you discontinued  boscia Tsubaki Oil-Infused Exfoliating Powder Is there anything comparable (similar price-range) that you can suggest? 
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BEAUTY BRAINIAC katherine1986 / BEAUTY BRAINIAC BEAUTY BRAINIAC / replied
Thank you!! :) see post
HERBIVORE
Have you guys tried any of these products? I'm wonderstruck by their claims of using pure products free of animal products. I'm especially interested in Blue Tansy and Orchid oil (possibly to replace my SR Flora). Any thoughts?
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HALL OF FAMER Llgc / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
@curlieq I've heard so many mixed reviews about the moon fruit! I'm so disappointed Canada wasn't given the option to try it when the mask promo came out - I would have ... see post
fragrance free makeup?
So, my mom is allergic to all fragrances. She's looking for a natural eyeliner/pencil that she can use to highlight her lower lash line. I've looked at Clinique but I cant find anything nude. She has a warm complexion and is pretty fair. She also seems to be opposed to shimmery products... any advice??? Thanks!
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MaliBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi obsessedxxqueen,    In addition to @TrysBeautyItems suggestions, she could also look into the following fragrance free eye liner products.   - Clinique Skinny... see post
No makeup- opinions/comments?
HALL OF FAMER meganlisa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I think you'd get more comments if you targeted the question more.  I'm not sure what you're asking.  You look lovely with no makeup.  But I can see you looking lovely w... see post
Hum Raw Beauty Powder
I just purchased some vitamins from Hum Nutrition. I tried the Raw Beauty Mint Chocolate and need some new recipe ideas rather than just mixing with almond milk. Any ideas? Thanks!
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HALL OF FAMER liv545 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Yours is way more concise! I tend to just add everything to taste.  see post
REN cleansing balm + ?
I've fallen for the REN Rosa centifolia No.1 cleansing balm, I use it every night to remove makeup and cleanse! I love love love the smell and the way it makes my skin feel. But the smell and softness are overshadowed by the toner and moisturizer I use afterwards. Is there a toner and moisturizer that would pair well with this cleansing balm from the same line or something similar? 
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BEAUTY BOSS taylorkiryluik / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
if you like the brand, and everyone has their own opinions and concerns, then i would recommend either the youth vcense day cream. its good for anyone looking for hydrat... see post
Best body scrub!?!!
  obsessed with ATP Coffee Scrubs!! I found them on instagram actually and they use all natural and organic ingredients. theyre based in Toronto! I use it on my body feet and face and its the BEST exfoliation i've had. my skin feels amazing. can't go a week without doing it now or I feel gross haha. never going back to chemical stuff!   what do you guys use?!?
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JaneanBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi @jenn90xo,   I love body scrubs and will look into the coffee scrubs as I have never tried one before! I just bought Dermadoctors KP Duty Body Scrub. It is not or... see post
Nude Brand Toner no longer available, need a replacement
Hi  For some reason the toner from Nude brands is no longer available!  I went thru so many toners to find one I like and now it isn't available!!  What's a similar product that won't break the bank?    
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BEAUTY MAVEN jenn90xo / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
I find Lush's toners to be amazing! all natural too. I have combination skin but it controls my oily-ness. love! see post
Face scrub for my skin.. Help
I’m trying to transition into organics products and I’m looking for a plant based facial scrub and a mask. I came across a facial polish from Grancia Organics Stockholm and I’m wondering if anyone has tried it out. Can it be used as both a scrub and a mask?
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BEAUTY MAVEN jenn90xo / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
i love lush but find its too pricey for me to continually go my go-to face scrub is from a local company i found on insta actually. their scrubs are made with coffee an... see post
Non toxic make-up recommendations?
What brands are the best non toxic make-up?. The website www.ewg.org rates the toxic levels in makeup and I was horrified whtn I realized the poisen I was putting on myself. We need more clean/pure makeup lines.  I have tried Juice Beauty (good skincare , makeup needs improvement, they coming out in Jan 16 with a Gweneth Paltrow line.)  I have tried Suzanne Somers, like the foundation but not much else.   Thanks,  
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Lunastarflower / FRESH FACE / replied
I really dislike the over use of makeup, just keep,it simple and fresh. All the fake eyebrows, caked on foundation, mega coloured eyeshadow.....Ugh, but each to his own.... see post
Gluten Free and Oil Free Skin Care
I need some help, I've been using this Japanese line "IPSA" is water based, whitening effect, and SPF 40 in the moisturizer as well, I've never had any acne breakouts.   Ever since I became Celiac had stopped using this product line, have problems finding the "Right" cleanser, toner, moisturizer, antiaging serums, etc.  I have milia spots on my cheeks, acne cyst keeps appearing the hairline follicles etc,.. Dermatologist draining my savings account from: chemical peel, microdermabrasion + blu u, IPL, more facials.  Once I stopped treatment everything comes back, its a bandaid effect.   I used Cetaphil facial cleanser, my face had an allergic reaction, it burned and face was peeling for weeks.  Very sensitive. I've been to Murale, Shoppers, etc and sales rep mentioned "you're using it on your face; it's not like your absorbing the product in your body. it doesn't need to be gluten free"   I've been researching for weeks now looking for reviews on Gluten Free, water based cleanser, toner, daily moisturizer, anti-aging serum helps erase wrinkles.  Any recoomendations? Also scent-free or lightly scented? (allergies & asthma) If any of you or your family/friends have good results of product lines, please let me know.   Thanks
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Amanda329 / RISING STAR / replied
I know I'm really late to this party, but I just discovered this cleanser by fresh -> fresh: Soy Face Cleanser. I got it as a birthday gift. I am a confirmed Celiac and ... see post
Yüli Skincare Experience?
I know they're not carried at Sephora but for you Green Beauty lovers, any experience with Yüli?  I love their philosophy and have been heavily swayed by blogger: BeautyIdealist! Thoughts? 
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BEAUTY PRO LovePlaid / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
I know! Haha thank you! Yeah I figured if I absolutely need it eventually I will splurge but for now, i'll try some cheaper products see post
No more microbeads! And what's YOUR favorite scrub?
US Law passed today banning microbeads in beauty products! It's mostly from scrubs but sometimes also added into cleansers, toothpaste etc. Usually plastic, they get in the water and harms the fish.   I was surprised some of my favorite scrubs contain it (Clinique, Laura Mercier, Bliss, ExfoliKate) and I hope they reformulate soon. If you are not from US and microbeads is still allowed there, you can download an app (or check a PDF list, by country) of products containing microbeads on BeatTheMicrobeads website.   I've been looking for alternatives, currently loving my Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powder, Philosophy Resurface Dual-Phase Peel and Dr. Brandt Microdermbrasion. What are your favorite microbeads free scrubs?
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HALL OF FAMER ayeshayh / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Dr. Brandt Microdermbrasion is amazing. Its expensive but a little goes a long way. My face looks VISIBLY brighter and more even. It feels fresh and smells wonderfully ... see post
What Ingredients Do You Avoid?
Two years ago, I wrote an article on my blog called 'Chemicals Hiding in Your Beauty Products'. In the blog post, I mentioned that I would be staying away from the following:  Dioxane and Quaternium-15 Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) Parbens At the time, I went through all of my makeup products and threw out anything containing those ingredients - a lot of them had parabens.   I know a lot has changed in the past two years and I'm wondering if there are other ingredients I should be avoiding as well. What do you ladies avoid??   Also, what is your favorite website for looking up ingredients if they aren't printed on the product itself? 
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HALL OF FAMER e4stofthesun / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Ingredients I avoid:   Silicones (in face and hair products) Parabens Fragrance or Essential Oils (in face products)   Products I try to avoid:   Any products th... see post
EcoTools Konjac - how are they?
Does anyone have any experience with the EcoTools Konjac Pure Complexion Sponges? Target has them for $4.79 (online, but ships to store for free), and I am wondering how they compare to more expensive sponges in terms of performance and durability. 
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HALL OF FAMER SheWhoSkis / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
EcoToos one gave a range of 1-3 months on the package. My guess is 3 months is realistic if it is cared for (dries out), and the have 1 month on there for people who don... see post
Favorite Lush Products
Hello everyone! I just got a seasonal hire job at Lush, and I am super excited (and possibly over-eager) because this is my first job!    I am not incredibly familiar with their products. I'm sure they'll teach me a thing or two, and I've been reading the catalogue, but I was hoping some of you ladies would share some of your favorite (or not so favorite) products from Lush with me! I think hearing personal experiences will hep me get a better grasp on their line.    So yeah, share your Lush stories here please!   UPDATE: Thank you so much everyone! This was super informative. I'm glad to see so many people are enthusiastic about this, I'm sure it's going to be a fun job!
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BEAUTY GURU liz089 / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
I love Daddy-O Shampoo its meant for blonde hair, which only about half of my hair is blonde but still smells amazing leaves hair shiny and helps with any brassy tones. ... see post
Will you ever carry RMS Beauty?
Will you ever carry RMS Beauty?
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HALL OF FAMER e4stofthesun / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
That would be awesome! I have to get so many things from Dermstore because Sephora doesn't carry them. I wish Sephora carried the following brands:   Elta MD RMS Beau... see post