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Daily moisturizer
I am in need of a daily moisturizer for sensitive skin.  I would love for it to have sunscreen and be cruelty free.  Any suggestions?
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Steph2258 / FRESH FACE / replied
I have sensitive skin as well (super sensitive. If my skin doesn't agree with something I end up looking like a burn victim) I use the neutropenia hydro boost gel cream,... see post
Sponge Beauty
Does anyone know if Sephora has dropped Sponge Beauty?  I love their Ladi Avokanto and am about due to replace my bottle.  The company/product shows up on the website but it doesn't let you order. Anybody?
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I love this product as well. They've [Sephora] been out of it for a long time, and recently I sent them an email asking if they'd ever replenish their stock.  They told ... see post
Beauty from within - do you take any vitamins/supplements daily ?
Hello there   Recently, I've been really interested in expanding my knowledge on supplements and vitamins. I have done a lot of readings and here is what I take on a weekly basis:    * Nature's Bounty - Hair, Skin & Nails Extra Strength They say to take 3 pills a day but each one contains 5000 mcg of Biotin. I only take one a day cause I am worried of the most common side effect: acne. I might increase the dose later on. * Evening Primrose Oil 500mg Again, they say to take 3  day, but I only take one a day. I have yet to see results !   * Multivitamins for Woman One every other day (the day I don't take the next one) * Vitamin B-Complex One every other day (the day that I don't day Multivitamins)   So gals, what kind of supplements do you take on a daily basis and why ? Any to recommend ?    (I have been thinking of replacing my Hair,Skin & Nails supplements with the Hairfinity supplements...but I am still on the fence about it.) 
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I was taking Resveratrol. It's supposed to slow down the process of aging. It's basically what you get when you drinks red wine, but you'd have to drink a lot of red win... see post
"Natural" moisturizer for blemish-prone skin? Silicone free?
Recently I made a trip to whole foods and discovered many,many organic and natural brands of skin care! I got super excited and wasn't sure where to start. I purchased a facial cleanser by Sukin (bc it was sulphate free) and now I am looking for a "-cone" free moisturizer to pair along with it! Do you have any recommendations of serums or moisturizers that will help with acne, hyper pigmentation, and not irritate my sensitive skin as well? My skin type is combination-oily with many post-acne marks.
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Hi clover, I recommend the Korres Greek Yoghurt Moisturizing Face Cream or Philosophy Clear Days Ahead™ Oil-Free Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment & Moisturizer.   Th... see post
Need an organic/natural facial moisturizer to replace Neutragena
I have been using Neutragena sensitive skin moisturizer for ages. My skin likes it, but I don't like the ingredients. I want something more natural with non-toxic ingredients, no parabens, no fragrances, etc.  Are there any recommendations?   Also looking for natural mascara and eyeliner recommendations. thanks!
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thanks!   Andalou looks interesting, but I'm worried some of the oils may clog my pores (jojoba). Maybe natural and oil-free is just an impossible combination...   see post
Silicone and it's derivatives.
I think I am having a reaction to silicones and it's derivatives. I have successfully found skincare. Now I need liquid foundation or BB cream. Does anyone have suggestions?
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Q. Makeup as an extension of my skincare?
I'm 19 and have dry/occasionally combination skin that can be sensitive. In the past year I have made a conscious shift to products that are naturally based (eg Korres, Ole Henriksen, Josie Maran, Laura Mercier) and free of harsh/damaging chemicals. I really want my makeup to enhance my skin and work as an extension of my skin care, rather than conceal it completely. I am looking for a tinted moisturizer/serum and a liquid or cream blush. Any suggestions would be appreciated!
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A. Tinted moisturizers would be your least coverage. What you don't want is full coverage, these are thicker and can be mask like, depending on what brand and how applied. ... see post
I need help/suggestion for a skin care regimen for my almost 50 skin. :)
  I need help/suggestions for a skin care regimen. I'd like to use organic/natural products (if possible) but also affordable. I have a few fine lines around my mouth and on my forehead. I've lost some elasticity in my jaw area. I have an oily t-zone and I sometimes get a few blackheads on my neck-jaw bone area. I use my Clarisonic once a week.
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I use Dr. Dennis Gross (dark spots, break outs).  I know his products are vegan but not sure how natural.  see post
What's the best gentle/natural skin cleanser?
Hey guys, so I'm trying to skip around a find the best soap/cleanser for my skin that is relatively affordable yet gentle for my combination skin. I don't like to target my skin problems (pimples, oiliness, dull/uneven texture) while washing my face, I consider that portion of my routine to be the middle-ground where I reset everything and let my skin breathe a little. I usually wash morning/night and every other day I use my Clarisonic to get my face really clean and then proceed to use my serums/oils/etc so they'll absorb better. I tried the seaberry soap from Fresh and didn't like it too much. I've just been using the Dove bar for the past few months but I just feel like it hasn't been cleaning as well as I want it to. Either that or it's time for a change up since I've been breaking out a little bit.    So what's everybody's holy grail face wash/soap that's close to what I'm looking for? Even if it's not close, I'm open to suggestions
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HALL OF FAMER chocopudding / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I second Boscia's face washes...I'm using the Purifying Gel right now, and it's been great - no dryness or flakiness afterwards, and it cleans really well. see post
Season change
Hello Can you guys suggest some good hair products or skin care products to take care for dry skin&hair during winter?   
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BEAUTY BUFF kittycatgirlmeow / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
Best hair treatment ever: get a jar of organic extra virgin coconut oil. Put the jar in the sink with some hot water so it liquefies. Now pour some out into a dixie cup ... see post
50 year old oily skin
i would love some advice on cosmetics as well as skin care regimen for oily skin thats organic. also something for lines in the lips maybe a plumper thats organic? thanks for the help!!
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Check out the Juice Beauty line of products.  I have oily acne prone skin and I use their antioxidant serum and it leaves my skin feeling soft.  At night I top it off wi... see post
This is for most of the uses of Dr. Bronner’s Magical Soap. Please, feel free to contribute.
Why it’s so awesome: Dr. Bronner’s loves the earth. The soaps are fair trade, sold in recycled bottles, vegan, not tested on animals, made for sensitive skin and certified organic. Completely Biodegradable and Vegetable-Based  Made with Certified Fair Trade and Organic Oils  Multi-Purpose: 18-in-1 Uses  No Synthetic Foaming Agents, Thickeners or Preservatives 100% Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) Cylinder Bottles and Paper Labels Simple, Ecological Formulations Based on Old-World Quality and Expertise  #1-Selling Natural Brand of Soaps in North America INGREDIENTS: Water, Saponified Organic Coconut*, Organic Palm* and Organic Olive* Oils (w/Retained Glycerin), Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Essential Oils**, Citric Acid, Vitamin E * FAIR TRADE Ingredients ** Available in Peppermint, Lavender, Almond, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Rose and Citrus Orange Cleaning Makeup Brushes Using Dr. Bronner’s For cleaning my makeup brushes, I just drip a few drops into a glass (and since there are no funky chemicals in it, this can be just a regular water glass) and add a little bit of warm water according to the size of the brush/bristles. With the first swirl, you should see some bubbles and can already start to see the process of the pigments separating from the brush. I give it a few swirls and dump out the water. For heavier products like foundation, cream eye shadow or gel eyeliner, I use a couple of drops Olive Oil and I slightly rub it into the bristles, then dip and swirl into the water. With the Olive Oil, there is less repetition, of the dip and swirl but you may need to do it a couple more times-all depending on how much build-up is on the brush. Also, you can use the bar soap as one would use the solid BeautyBlender BlenderCleanser Solid.  And as a "Spot Cleaner." There are many recipes for this, including adding 1 Tbs. spray-on leave in conditioner to baby shampoo or 1/2 Tbs. of Olive Oil 1 cup Distilled or Purified Water 1/4 cup 70-90% Rubbing Alcohol 1/2 Tablespoon Dr. Bronner's Put into spray bottle(s) Use for quick and easy clean ups between colors or deep cleanings by spraying a napkin/washcloth and rubbing your bristles in a circular motion. General Note about Cleaning Brushes: Never get the part of the brush wet that connects the wood handle to the metal part. Other Uses Face:  add 2-3 drops on to wet hands, apply to wet face or you can make your own face wash, by using Dr. Bronner’s baby/mild formula, and adding one drop of each clary sage, tea tree, and mint oil to the small two-ounce bottle. or you can mix 1 part chamomile tea, 1 part baby Dr. Bronner's, and some drops of vitamin e, jojoba oil and lavender essential oil. (Tea Tree Oil can be helpful for acne prone skin. “it is a natural antiseptic that helps heal cuts and bruises as well as skin conditions like acne dermatitis and psoriasis.”) Hand soap : 1/2 water 1/2 Dr Bronner's into a foaming hand soap container or d ilute anywhere from 1 part Castile soap to 4 parts water through to 1:1. Hair:  ½ Tbsp. in your hand, worked into wet hair, or dilute ½ Tbsp. in ½ a cup of water and work that into wet hair, but remember it can really strip out your hair so you need a really good conditioner. Bath:  Completely depends upon water amount, but roughly 2 Tbsp. soap in an average sized tub. (Doesn’t bubble, but still cleans)  Add a squirt to a bath tub of water at the beginning for bubbles, or after the bath has been drawn for a relaxing soak without bubbles. Rose is a divine fragrance for this use. Body:   one small squirt on to a wet washcloth, applied to a wet body or Add 1 TB sweet almond oil, vitamin E, and the essential oils of your choice to undiluted Dr. Bronner’s. And during the summer, you can use the peppermint one to cool off on a hot day in a cold shower. Hot Towel Massage: For facial packs, scalp and soothing body rub, add a dash of liquid castile soap on a bath towel in sink of hot water. Wring the towel out and place it over the face & scalp. Massage with your fingertips. Repeat on each area of the body until the arms, legs & entire body have been massaged (using light strokes towards the heart.)  Rinse the towel in plain hot water and massage again. Breathe deeply! Choose whichever scent makes your heart sing. (wildflower) Baby Wash: Add a drop or two to a wet washcloth, or a couple of drops to the bathwater. Baby Mild is ideal as it is completely natural and fragrance-free. Feminine Wash: 3 tablespoons of Dr Bonner's Baby (unscented) liquid castile soap in 8 oz. of distilled or filtered water. Mix directly into a water bottle or other bottle and keep in the shower; shake before using. It's very liquidy in consistency but don't think it doesn't work. It's much gentler than Summer's Eve and other brands, and w/o any weird ingredients or fragrances. Deodorant: Add 1-2ml (0.05 fl oz) to a spray bottle of water (125ml/4.2 fl oz) along with a teaspoon of Himalayan crystal salt for best results. Rose, Citrus, Lavender or Tea Tree are effective – or just choose whichever scent appeals from the range of eight! Shaving:  Face – 10 drops; Underarms – 3 drops; Legs – ½ tsp; Work to a lather in wet hands and then apply to area. Aftershave: One or two drops in a spray bottle containing 50-125ml (1.7-4.2 fl oz) of distilled water helps to invigorate the skin and prevent shaving rash. Peppermint, Eucalyptus, or Tea Tree work well, or Baby Mild for sensitive skins. Teeth:  1 drop on a toothbrush. (Yes, it tastes like soap.) Breath Freshener: One or two drops in a spray bottle containing 50-125ml (1.7-4.2 fl oz) of distilled water helps to keep the breath fresh and prevent unhealthy bacteria from thriving in the gums and between the teeth. Peppermint, tea-tree, eucalyptus or citrus are great choices. Mouthwash: Add 1 drop to a shot glass of water, swish and rinse. Peppermint, tea-tree, eucalyptus or citrus are great choices. Foot Bath/Soak:  1 ½ tsp. in a small tub of hot water.  Add a tablespoon (15ml/0.5 fl oz) to a foot bath and relax! Peppermint is a great choice for hard or cracked heels, or use Tea Tree if fungal infections are a concern. Even try it to relieve a migraine by applying a little of the peppermint soap to a cold washcloth and take a break. Clearing Congestion:  1 Tbsp. in a bowl of steamy hot water. Breathe in mist with a towel draped over the head Household Uses: Dishes (handwashing):  Pre-dilute 1:10 with water. Squirt on a scrub brush and scrub dishes. Laundry:  1/3-1/2 c. of soap for a large load in a normal washer. Add ½ c. vinegar to the rinse cycle. Use half of these amounts for HE;  For the laundry, use 1/4 cup (62.5ml) for top-loading machines (1/8 cup for front loaders – 31.3ml); adjust as needed depending on hardness of water. Adding a dash of baking soda may also help. Great for nappy washing, as it is all natural and won’t contribute to nappy-rash. Also delicate enough to use for hand wash items, such as silks and wool. Any scent works well, or unscented if you prefer. Washing delicates : "Because I’m a total minx, I’ll hand-wash my delicates with a rose and patchouli-scented Dr. Bronner’s. Make your own by adding 2 TB of Peppermint Dr.Bronner’s to a cup of water, and a few drops of both oils. I started using it after I had one too many itchy flare-ups from regular detergents, and I can certify Dr. Bronner’s as safe for the sweaty underboob!"( Sounds fancy, from xovain) Mopping:  ½ c. of soap in 3 gallons of hot water All-purpose cleaning:  ¼ c. soap in a quart of water in a spray bottle. Add ¼ tsp. tea tree essential oil if desired. Household Cleaner: Dilute from one part soap into 40 parts water for light cleaning, to 1:1 or full strength for heavy-duty grease-dissolving jobs Kitchen cleaner :  "In a spray bottle, add about 2 cups water, ¼ cup vinegar,  2 TB of Dr.Bronner’s plain soap, 2 drops both tea tree oil and clove oil. The tea tree oil naturally disinfects, while the clove oil repels beasties, and my cats and child aren’t going to be poisoned by it!" Windows:  1 Tbsp. soap in a quart of water in a spray bottle. Follow up with pure club soda, or half vinegar/ half water. To remove soap scum from a tub - make a paste of Dr Bronners Soap and baking soda, apply to general area and scrub with heavy duty brush, rinse. Toilet: Predilute 1:4 with a water in a squirt/spray bottle. Add 1/4 tsp. of tea tree oil. Empty toilet, squirt bowl thouroughly, sprinkle baking soda on the brush and scrub bowl, let sit 10 minutes, turn water on; flush. (This works amazingly.) Here's another recipe I might try next 1/4 cup liquid castile soap 1 3/4 cup water 2 tablespoons baking soda 1 teaspoon of essential oils to kill bacteria and freshen Mix all ingredients in a 16 oz. or larger squirt bottle and gently shake or swish. Squirt in the toilet bowl and use a brush to scrub it clean.     Dog washing:  "Amount varies widely depending on size, hair type and length, and overall dirtiness. I wet my dog thoroughly, then start to work in castile soap up and down their body until I have a good lather. Really massage it in down to the skin. Your dog will thank you for it." " Wet the coat of your pet thoroughly first then apply the liquid castile soap by massaging a small amount in your hands first until a lather is formed, then washing the hair/fur and rinsing clean afterwards. Can also be added to the wash water for ease of use (one squirt is plenty). Choose a stronger scent to help deter fleas and ticks, or Baby Mild if your pet has very sensitive skin."   Fruit and Veggie Rinse:  1 dash (approx.. ¼ tsp.) in a bowl of water. Dunk produce and swish. Then rinse in clear water. Baby Mild (unscented) is the best choice.   Weed killer : "mix 2-3 TB of salt, 2 TB of Bronner’s, to 2 cups water. Spray the plants you wish to murder in the morning, and again in the heat of the day." Plant spray for bugs:  1 Tbsp. in a quart of water. Add ½ tsp. cayenne pepper or cinnamon, if desired. Ant spray (not on plants):  ¼ c. tea tree soap in a quart of water. (This concentration will burn plants.) Kill ants also with diluted eucalyptus version Use 1-2 tablespoons/about 23ml per litre (0.7 fl oz per quart) of water in a spray bottle for garden pests (4-6 tablespoons per gallon). Citrus, Lavender, or Baby Mild work well. Try your very best not to get soap in your eyes (duh!) but especially the peppermint and tea tree oil versions. I imagine eucalyptus will burn too. (Also, I saw that meagboho uses this Shikaki version for her brushes and they have a few more scents to check out.) (I found most of these on the company's website, as well as a few different blogs like xovain and wildflowerbotanaicals)   Castile Liquid and Bar soaps come in Peppermint , Almond , Citrus-Orange , Eucalyptus , Lavender, Rose,  Baby/Mild and Tea Tree Oil.    Pump Soaps Shikaki  Baby Unscented , Lavender , Spearmint Peppermint , Lemongrass Lime , and Tea Tree Oil   " In general, we recommend using Dr. Bronner’s body care products within three years of purchase. Soaps are self-preserving, but because our products are biodegradable, it’s best to not leave them on the shelf for too long, as they may start to lose strength."  
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Yeah, some of the things written on the bottle are quite strange, but I can't really be too annoyed since the brand makes lovely products that are fair trade.  see post
Question for users of coconut oil as a hair treatment...
So I've looked through threads that give great tips on how to use coconut oil for different needs. I feel pretty comfortable with the application, but I'm wondering what the clean up is like specifically for those that use coconut oil as a hair treatment? What's tub clean up like and how often do drains get clogged? Any comments, tips and/or best practices are appreciated. Thanks
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I can't use it for my hair, the slightest bit getting on my face breaks me out. :( see post
Homemade Toners?
I've been reading up a lot about toners and DIY cucumber / green tea toners.   I just wanted to hear some personal reviews if anyone's tried it/what they think/ effectiveness.   They sound really nice to be. It's all natural/cheap. It does go bad after a few days so I read that refrigerating it would not only feel refreshing on the face but last a little bit longer. But even tossing it isn't a big deal since all the ingredients are really cheap to come by.    Also if substituting a lemon for a lime would be okay? 
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Only just now seeing this thread, but I came in to reply to say exactly this!  ACV diluted and used as a toner has totally changed my skin for the better! see post
Daily facial moisturizer with sunscreen
I'm looking for a good daily facial moisturizer with sunscreen.  I have sensitive, combination skin.  I prefer products that are more natural without paragons, phthalates, etc.  Thanks!
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IT GIRL genieinthesea / IT GIRL IT GIRL / replied
Broad spectrum describes what type of ultraviolet radiation the sunscreen protects you from. When sunscreen says broad spectrum UVA and UVB it means that it protects aga... see post
Which brands do you carry which are paraben and phalate-free?
Sephora offers many brands that are paraben and phalate free; however, there is no composite list created. Are you searching for skin care, beauty care, hair care, or bo... see post
Natural Products
Hi guys! My mom loves natural/organic products wether it be face cleanser, face cream. She doesn't wear makeup. Do you guys have any recommendations??  While searching online she found three products that she wanted me to get her for her birthday. I'll only get one right now though. Her picks are: 1. Ole Henriksen African red tea foaming cleanser 2. Ole Henriksen truth serum vitamin C collagen booster  3. Orgins A perfect world    Which one is the best to get her? Also if you have any suggestions lemme know!  Thanks!!
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I second the Caudalie recommendation. I adore the whole line. I fell in love when I first got some from a french pharmacy. Oh how I wish our pharmacies were half as good... see post
Looking for a more natural daily moisturizer
I use Clinique dramatically different moisturizer. I also use the gel on days my skin isn't needing something more moisturizing. I am currently working my way towards more natural products with less chemicals. I recently moved towards using tart makeup and eye shadows. Now I'm looking for a moisturizer. Any suggestions? 
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I tried the Vinosource and I used it post shower face moisturizer. Ended up with a breakout that morning and two weeks later has only just started to fade. From the brea... see post
BB/CC/tinted moisturizer recommendations?
I'm looking for a BB/CC/tinted moisturizer that won't make my acne prone skin worse (maybe even make it better?) but will color match super well? I'm not a fan of wearing much makeup (I like my skin looking more like a better version of my skin) but I do want a little color correction! any recommendations? any primers that I should try as well? I like natural&organic ingredients and preferably things without silicone! is all this impossible to find or is there hope for me? thanks!
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My skin is extremely sensitive to some silicones but not others. I avoid all products containing cyclopentasiloxane like the plague. My skin tolerates dimethicone, thoug... see post
Need help choosing new skincare line
Hi, I am looking for a new skincare line and so far am interested in either Nude, Boscia, REN, Ole Henriksen, Korres, or Caudalie. I am overwhelmed by reviews online and all the information. My main concerns are minimizing pores and getting rid of blackheads, moisturizing, and preventing wrinkles (I am 30 and mainly have wrinkes around my eyes). I also plan to get the Clarisonic Mia 2 to use with the cleanser. Any help is much appreciated! Thanks
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I mix and match amongst most of those lines! Right now I use OH's Truth Serum at night, with a specific eye moisturizer (I have a ton of samples i am trying to use, so n... see post
Please Recommend Chem-Free Sunscreen for Hyper-Sensitive Skin
Please Recommend Chemical Free High SPF Sunscreen for Hyper-Sensitive Skin.   Face as well as Body. I'd want to try chem-free types. There are so many new brands/formulations. What do you suggest?   I've used SHISEIDO for years, I feel my skin has changed so I need something else. I also carry Colorescience powder with me in my car to top off my sunscreen as needed.    Thanks     
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I like the MD solar science BB cream because it is SPF 50 and completely free of "off limits" chemicals.  It can double as a primer, depending on your primer needs (it's... see post
Cruelty-free vegan brands/products?
Hey!   I have a ton of beauty and skincare products that I'll be purchasing soon and was wondering if you guys new of any cruelty-free vegan brands or products?   Thanks a ton!
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Too Faced, Tarte, Josie Maran, Ole Henriksen, Hourglass, OCC, Bare Minerals, Becca ! see post
Q. Face Wash Recommendations
Does anyone have a face wash they recommend for use one to two times a day? I am looking for a wash that does many jobs for my skin. I have combination skin with a bit extra dryness and sensitivity.
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A. Hi Marsiedotes,   Have you ever tried the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser! I highly recommend it for you, it is fragrance- and soap-free so it does not dry out skin. I also ... see post
Is urban decay crulty free?
Remember the uproar when they wanted to start selling in China and thus would have to start testing on animals to do so?  I love a company who chooses their customers ov... see post
I want to try a home made organic waxing paste. Any good recipes that really work?
I've looked at a recipe that mixes lemon juice, water, and sugar to create a sticky paste. I am going to try it and give feedback. Does anyone else have any other recipes that they have tried?
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That's your best bet, you have to make it just the right temp for it to work, but when you do, it's pretty much painless and super smooth!  I attending a sugaring class... see post
My makeup artist told me that I am a shade 5. What foundation products do you suggest that is for dry skin?
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It would help immensely if we knew what brand foundation your artist was using.  That's because "5" isn't standardized across brands:  a shade 5 in one brand may be a di... see post
Red dye #40 allergy
New to sephora. Just learned I am gluten-intolerant and allergic to red dye #40, nitrites, nitrates, benzoic acid....looking for a line of make-up. HELP!
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Pacific is a vegan line that should be a great fit for you, I would definitely check them out. They ship pretty much anywhere too! see post
Does La Vanilla deodorant go bad?
I have had a la vanilla deodorant for a couple of years, and I don't see a use by date. Is there one? Anyone have and info on how long they last?
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HALL OF FAMER kssweetheart / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Brilliant minds think alike. :) see post
skin whitening
is this remedy useful - some creame on boiling milk and with some almond oil mx it nd massage on ur feet for 10 minutes leave it nd wear socks whole night in morning rinse  off with water nd some gram powder after that apply some massage cream nd scrub u will find fair nd beautiful feet in 5 days
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  I have never tried it, but milk does have lactic acids that exfoliates the skin and to an extent make them brighter.  unless you get some kind of a surgical operatio... see post
All-Natural Teeth-Whiteners
Hey girls!!  I've done a lot of research when it comes to finding all-natural ways of whitening teeth, because in all honesty I don't want to start using Crest whitestrips and end up losing some of the enamel on my teeth because of them.   Does anyone do anything to whiten their teeth naturally that they would recommend?? Also if anyone out there has tried using charcoal to whiten teeth, I'd love to hear about how that went for you.  It's been recommended to me before but I've never really found out whether it not it actually worked. Thanks everyone!!
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Exactly this.   While homemade/natural options may work, they can also cause major issues.    Please keep this in mind when you consider your options.      see post