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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Looking for a cleanser that really does the job. Sensitive skin, prone to break-outs so a natural salicylic or other active ingredients that removes dirt & make-up and doesn't leave an oily residue would be great! Any recommendations? Been looking at Boscia, Jurlique, etc. and reading the reviews...none seem to stand out as clear winners. Help would be much appreciated!
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  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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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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I want to use something natural. I have dry skin with enlarged pores. Is there something to help the dry skin AND help reduce the size/appearance of pores?
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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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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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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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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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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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*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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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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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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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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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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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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Will you ever carry RMS Beauty?
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I'm at a loss of what to do next to try and get my skin back on track.   For years I used proactiv and it worked great, even though it did severely dry out my skin. I dealt with the super tight, stingy skin after washing because it stopped my blackheads and occasional pimple. I'd slather on lotion to combat the dryness and go about my business. Then it just slowly stopped working to keep my pores clear and stop breakouts.   After a ton of research and debating, I decided to try oil cleansing. It blew my mind. It was so simple and my skin seriously never looked better... for about 3 months. Then my pores started clogging and serious painful pimples started to show up. I've tried switching oils and added a witch hazel toner. I just ended up with extra dry skin and lots of breakouts. I even tried only 'washing' my face with oil once a week and using the witch hazel (unscented, alcohol-free) on the other days. Still dry. Still painfully breaking out. Still blackheads.   I tried Philosphy's 3-in-1 Purity made Simple. It seemed like exactly what I wanted - a simple, easy solution. It was painful to use and my face was red and stinging for a few days after two uses. (I know, why did I bother the second time when the first hurt so much? I don't know...)   I told this story in store and Clinique's Take the Day Off cleansing balm was recommended to me as a cleanser. I used nothing but this for about a week, then added in a gentle drugstore blackhead scrub that I've used and had on hand, hoping to scrub off some of the flakiness. I've been using it every other day or so.   I still have dry, flaky skin from my nose down. My pores are still very clogged. I don't know what to try next. I don't mind spending money if it's going to work, but I hate the idea of spending $40+ on a facial cleanser to try out for a few weeks, putting harsh chemicals all over my face, and ending up with the same painful, red, clogged, flaky skin that I have now.   Help, please.
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Jessica Alba recently launched a clean beauty line, Honest Beauty, to her portfolio. I placed an order but I haven't received it yet. After watching Teri Miyahira's review on Youtube last night, I want to try everything.    Has anyone else purchased anything from the line? Any thoughts?
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Recently i have been really into cruelty free/ vegan product, not as a trend but more as a permanent life style change. My main goal for this channel is to inspire  people to also make a change in there daily regimen that is more animal friendly/ cruelty free/ vegan etc. I would most likely post like vegetarian/ vegan recipes and cruelty free/ vegan beauty. 
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I am looking for a facial cleanser without microbeads. I am 66 years old.
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 I NEED A REALLY GOOD UNDEREYE BRIGHTNER THAT DOESN'T GET IN MY WRINKLES THAT LAST AND WILL STAY.
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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!