The Question Thread: Because not all questions need their own thread.

I'm making this thread because I simply don't want to create a new thread for every little question that pops into my head, nor do I think that most questions need a separate topic. 

 

I had previously just dropped whatever random question that came to mind into the Random Thread (thanks jemly!), but I had been thinking about starting this for a while and figured I'd give it a shot to see if it could be of any use. 

 

I'm well aware that the people who could best utilize this thread will likely remain completely oblivious to it, but if it can consolidate even a small fraction of questions -- and maybe even generate some interesting conversations both beauty and non-beauty related -- that seems worthwhile. 

 

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Official thread anti-mascot: Lucille Bluth.

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It probably would've been wise of me to have a relatively inane question to use as an example and kick this thread off... 

 

Well, since I apparently don't have any pressing questions, I'll start with this two-parter:

 

What's your favorite drug store nail polish shade AND which official mascot puppy is your favorite? Bonus/Extra Credit: What's it's name?

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@KellW I can only answer the first question, but yes you definitely can return a product if you don't love it! As long as you have your receipt or it was purchased with your Beauty Insider card it's no problem!

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Hello!  Has anyone shopped with this website before?Was searching for this specific lippie and this site came up... But I've never seen it/heard of it before.  Thanks!!! 

 

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@hadtotryit never heard of this site either but I haven't ventured much outside of the mainstream online beauty retailers.  But was curious and looked them up on the BBB site - 

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Thank you... I forget about the BBB site for things beyond hiring a contractor. lol I think I will avoid this site. 

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Thoughts on controlling hormonal breakouts on the forehead & hairline? I'm losing my mind over this. I've been blessed with pretty good, balanced skin for most of my life, but I discontinued hormonal birth control recently and my forehead is suffering. I have tried several different products and routines, but no matter what I do, it seems that as soon as one or two pimples are extracted and begin to heal, another one or two pop up in the same general area. Any and all tips and recommendations are greatly appreciated! Smiley Happy

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Hey there! Sorry to hear you go through this D: I used to take evening primrose oil supplements as a teenager to control all types of hormonal stuff. It's known for a ton of hormonal regulation benefits. I sometimes get hormonal breakouts on my jawline from stress so I totally feel you. Look into it, maybe it'll help!

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@Gwenhwyfar

 

Sorry to hear that Gwen.  Are these superficial whiteheads or more painful under the skin blemishes?  I think your body is just recovering its hormonal balance and acting out.  I am sure it will settle down in time, but until then:

 

My hormonal monthly spots have been a rare thing.  I find myself using some products more often than not when I want to tackle it.   

 

  • Dr. Dennis Gross peel pads (or other similar options)
  • Aurelia Cell Repair Night oil and/or UMA Clarifying oil.  These oils have been so good to me.
  • Renee Rouleu Anti cyst treatment.  If I feel something coming, I slap this on.  It is a clear gel.  It helps a great deal in either stopping a spot, or making it much less of a pain.

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Deeper and more painful, but quickly surfacing thankfully. I am sure you are right as that is my assumption as well, but it is so frustrating!

 

Thanks for the suggestions, @greenchilli! I actually did use up the rest of my DDG Peel Pads when this began (hadn't needed them in a while) and they seemed to help somewhat. I may pick up another small pack to tide me over until my skin balances again. I will also look into those other suggestions. Can you tell me anything about the two oils and how you use them / what they do for you? Smiley Happy

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@Gwenhwyfar

 

Consistent use of Aurelia improved my overall skin health.  Just balanced my face.  My monthly spot or so became an occasional occurrence.

 

Since I got the Uma oils, I have used the Clarifying one around the time I am hormonal, and my skin stays calm and quiet all month long.  UMA has clove oil and tea tree.  It is good in dealing with infection and regulating sebum.  

 

The Aurelia oil is skin food. Helps cell regeneration.  It is awesome.  It is a good "all the time" oil.

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@greenchilli I appreciate the additional info! I think I can make something akin to the UMA oil (I already purchased and just began using pure grape seed oil), but I may check out the Aurelia. Anthropologie carries it so I will buy it during one of their % off sales (didn't do it this weekend; it's too $ to justify without checking out in person first).

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@Gwenhwyfar I will co-sign the UMA Clarifying. I also use this when I have deeper painful bumps surfacing.  I will point out it is very VERY potently scented of cloves, so if that isn't something you enjoy, you may not love it. 

 

That said, in my experience when I went off BC it took time for my body to readjust to the change in hormones.  

 

I'd definitely arm yourself with a few good products to ease the transition, but I think it's unlikely that anything is going to completely prevent them.

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Thanks for your valuable input, @Mochapj. Smiley Happy Clove just happens to be one of my favorite scents (I'm wearing clove and patchouli oil right now), so that sounds perfect!

 

That is my full expectation; I'm committed to the long haul here but want to lessen the symptoms if possible. Herbivore Blue Tansy mask used exclusively on my forehead has been helping, along with my rosehip oil and Burt's Blemish Stick. I hope to find a way to prevent them rather than just treat them as they occur, but I am not holding my breath.

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Is it common to see product prices marked up in store?  I have noticed it at my location on some luxury brand products.

 

First I saw something marked up $2 from the online price.  Which I thought was weird, but I am in NYC and I feel like I'm so used to that.  I just kind of ignored it.  I didn't buy the product but that's the kind of small price I would end up paying just based on convenience for me getting it right away and not explaining away more packages at my door! haha

 

Today I was in store and saw my Dior foundation cost $65 in store.  I feel tricked because I first bought it there in store without looking online and when I went online after to check about a different shade I saw it is $53 online!  That's a $12 difference!  Way too much.

 

I have only noticed this on those couple luxury items and I don't often by luxury so I can't speak to how many items are marked up.  But is this common?  Am I just naive because cosmetics seems like something that wouldn't be marked up from website to store...

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I've only noticed it once at Sephora, a markup of about $7 on a Marc Jacobs brush. This was in a suburban mall, not some tourist hotspot where they can make a quick buck off visitors, so it was especially odd. I ended up buying it online. If anything, I'd expect a store price to be temporarily cheaper to try and shift overstock.

 

 @starrysilver

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That's interesting, @starrysilver. I know this happens often with larger retail companies like Target etc., but I have never seen it in a Sephora or department store. I feel like part of what you are paying for with luxury brands is the experience of purchasing at a counter and the consistency in pricing (i.e. it stays at MSRP and cannot be inflated at the whim of the retailer). I'm surprised to hear the Dior foundation had a $12 surcharge! What store was this in?

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Does anyone have a phone number for So Choix customer service?

 

Attempting to go to their website indicates they no longer exist, and an email to their support address got bounced back as "undeliverable"

 

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Thanks @Madeline7 and @whitepolkydots. I suspected that would be the case. I'm glad I tried all reasonable methods of contact before contacting my CC company, since the first question upon calling to dispute was "have you tried to contact them"?

 

Getting a little stalker-esque, I went onto LinkedIn, and got some names of folks who are So Choix Advisors, on their board, etc. I'm not able to easily contact them (they aren't in my network and I don't have a premium LinkedIn membership), and it seems a little (or a lot) over the top to contact them to inquire if Ellie was sincere in email when she stated "What I don't want is for you to ... think you're being scammed."

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@SheWhoSkis there is no way to contact them.  They've cancelled their phone lines, website, email, social media.  The owner has even deleted all her contact info on sites like crunchbase and medium, taken down all her blogs.  She's fled.

 

File a dispute with your bank if you can Smiley Sad

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@SheWhoSkis i would imagine that they're not staffing their CS line? Seeing as everything linked to them has been taken down. Some people in the Beauty Sub thread, as well as MSA, recommended going directly through your bank to unsubscribe. Annoying I know Smiley Sad

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This isn't a beauty question, but I thought this would be a good place to ask. I have a Coach bag that's white cloth with metallic silver C's and silver leather handle and bottom. The cloth is looking a little dull. What is the best way to clean it?