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Daily Skincare - what are you using?
Often people ask for recommendations on a skincare routine or for specific products/combinations.  This might be a place to share your everyday skincare, both AM and PM.  A skincare "what are you wearing" as it were.  Hope this is useful.   *Age - 40 Skin type - oily/combination Current skin condition - quite dehydrated (winter/indoor heating)*   01/17/16 - AM skincare in the order I used 1. Nude Jelly cleanser (love) 2. Pixi Glow tonic (5% glycolic toner - love) 3. Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Spritz (sample) 4. Radical Skincare Youth Infusion serum - hydrating and anti-ageing (new to me.  Testing) 5. Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream (like) 6. Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine cream (really like as an AM moisturizer)   I will try to post PM skincare tonight so the post can be comprehensive.   General comments - Okay skin.  Apparently the age between 38-42 is a transformational time in hormones (dehydrated skin/spots), so I am more aware of how my skin performs/reacts .  My skincare definitely has more "actives" now than before.
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laynebr, I've been using it now for at least 2 months I think, and I love it.     At first I didn't really think it was doing much, but the number of times people have... see post
CLINIQUE Pep-Start Eye Cream
I received the new Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream today and thought I would post my thoughts for anyone interested in this item.       Item Description This lightweight eye cream provides a rush of hydration and instant brightening so you look and feel refreshed, wide awake, and ready for anything in as little as three seconds. Its cool touch and de-puffing tip help keep eyes looking fresh while smoothing the way for makeup. Plus, its peptides help support natural collagen reserves that can be threatened by stress, fatigue, and lack of sleep—the tell-tale signs of your busy life.     The letter given with the item says there are more products to be expected from this line.   Some background on me   I'm 25 (26 next month) and frankly tend to be pretty lazy about eye creams. I have tried other eye creams, most recently the Sunday Riley one, but found myself just taking my moisturizer/serum up to and around my eye area when I'm too tired/lazy. Overall I like to keep my skincare routine pretty simple. I don't have fine lines or wrinkles, or any swelling but definitely some dark circles. My biggest concern on the whole would be preventing lines, and helping with the darkness I have (primarily in the inner eye area).   Initial thoughts I don't know if I'm a fan of the applicator. I think if it was one of those metal slant tips the thicker formula would glide a bit better. The round plastic ball seems to tug a bit at the eye as you spread the cream. The formula doesn't soak in but I don't think I mind that. I think there are some cosmetic brightening properties as there is a definite and immediate brightness, but it looks like it's..covered up if that makes sense. So that may be the 3 second difference they are referring to. There is a slight tingle but not as much as I got from the Sunday Riley eye cream.   Ingredients There is a full ingredient list but it literally takes up the entire side of the box so would be a bit tedious to write out here. I will say there is Dimethicone about mid-way down, which I know some people don't like. There are also a few peptides and antioxidants which I like!    Product Link ?skuId=1774819   I will report back after I get more use of this. If there are any specific questions about the product and the use I can answer, please let me know.   This item was a gift from both Sephora and Clinique. 
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I also received this item for testing (free from Sephora).  I'm 22, and anti-aging is my concern specifically because once it's done, it's hard to undo it. I try to pre... see post
What has worked for your eczema?
I get eczema on the opposite side of my elbow. Its incredibly itchy and because of that I end up with skin irritation. I have a prescription cream but its strong and the doc says not to use it THAT often or as a prophylactic. Mine recently flared in the last year and it doesn't seem to be seasonal nor diet based (well my diet hasn't changed).   Right now Im trying out Loccitanes 100% Shea butter and the Ultra Repair Cream by First Aid Beauty. Its only been a few days so I can't quite tell yet.    Has anything worked for you particularly? 
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If you have any stores that carry Bioderma, I swear by the Cicabio creme. My eczema tends to pop up mostly when there are drastic changes in the weather, and even more a... see post
Sunday Riley Good Genes question
Hi all! Has anyone else experienced actual skin peeling when using Good Genes?? I had this problem with Luna as well, though so far, the peeling w/ Good Genes is more minimal (Luna gave me red skin AND peeling). Is this normal? If so, does it subside after my skin gets used to the product?   For reference, I've used Drunk Elephant's Glycolic Nightly Peel w/ no actual skin peeling issues. And have used Sunday Riley's Artemis, which is not a peel of course, with no issues.
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is it normal to break out like crazy after using an exfoliator for the first time?
So i started using the Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Exfoliating mask because i was advised by a beauty advisor from Sephora that it will be a great step to add in my skin care routine. At first it was working out great then... after some time i started breaking out, from a couple of pimples to having them all over my jaw line area and random parts of my face that i normally never get breakouts. I remember the lady who helped me mentioned that its common to break out as the "first step", i want to know is this the first step? will this go away? this has been the most ive ever broken out before and i need my skin to clear up fast for an event im going to . What should i do? 
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Thank you for your great advise, it was very helpful. Your right, i do think its more like rashes because theyre small and a scatted all over my jawline area. I did feel... see post
Solution for Scaly Eyes
My allergic reaction to my eye cream and my cleanser sample left me with scaly skin on my eyelids and under my eyes. Does anyone know a fast way to get the skin back to normal?
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I need to try that out for sure. My eyeball usually do feel quite dry especially after eyeshadow! see post
What's your masking routine? (Cleanser, mask, toner, etc.)
Hi there! I'm relatively new to masking and was wondering what everyone's routine consists of?   My routine is currently: 1) GLAMGLOW ThirstyCleanse Daily Hydrating Cleanser 2) Fresh Rose Face Mask -OR- Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores 3) Benefit Moisture Prep Toning Lotion (not sold at Sephora) 4) Belif The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb   I have combination skin and live up north so I'm trying to keep my skin moisturized during winter.    P.S. Any recommendations on a pore minimizing mask? I just started using the Origins mask, but I'm still looking around. Been struggling with my T-zone pores forever!
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I keep a charcoal based mask on hand whenever I get a pesky whitehead or two so at any given time I may have one or a few blotches of a mask on my face, it looks super f... see post
Revision skincare's nectifirm.
Hi, has anyone used Revision skincare's nectifirm? Is it any good? any other products from them that good as well?
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DesertSister / FRESH FACE / replied
Recently started using Revision Skincare Firming  Night Cream.  Saw minor noticeable improvement on my neck area after two days.   Thinking of adding their Nectifirm pro... see post
bought something from Sephora & the product wasn't in there..
i went in Sephora today to buy one of the glamglow. i came open opened the box to try it out and the product wasn't even in there. i basically wasted about $80 for nothing. the box is big for a product thats small so i didn't even notice it was empty. if i go back and tell them what if they think I'm lying when I'm not. i searched about this and someone said it has happened to them before and how a lot of people do steal from sephora.  can sephora do anything about this? 
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Yes, contact them right away because the longer you wait, the more it looks suspicious to them. I know you didn't do anything, but it's the best way to prevent any hassl... see post
Farmacy Brand
I've recently been introduced to the Farmacy brand.  I love the concept and bought Sleep Tight.  I like the feel and scent of the product.  Anyone else use something different from this brand?
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HALL OF FAMER sierrafallon / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
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Can face masks expire?
is it possible for a face mask to expire? One of the reasons why I began to take care of my skin was because I tried a Fresh rose face mask sample I got a while ago. I could say it was about half a year to a year when I finally used it. I noticed upon applying it that my face burned but since I'm not very familiar with masks, I thought it was normal. Then after a few minutes it went away and once I washed it off, my face felt smooth. I didn't put anything else on my skin other than a body lotion I've had that I used to use on my face. Later on that night is when I started feeling a weird tingly sensation on my cheeks. It almost was lightly burning and looked red. Then, when I woke up that morning my cheeks were red, felt rough, dry and were flaky! I was so sad to have had that happen! It was the first time I've had problems with my face so I immediately bought a face oil and moisturizers, since I assumed my face needed a lot to recover.   Now that I passed that, I received another sample of the same face mask and I really want to find out what happened to make my face react that way. I kind of want to give it another chance and try the mask again and find out if it really was that the mask was expired or if it was that particular mask. I also wonder if it was because I was sampling a Clinique spf city block cream that dried out my face. I also thought it might have happened  because I tried the simple micellar water that same day I used the mask, but since then, I tried the micellar water and it hasn't  affected my skin now, so luckily it wasn't that! Anyway, sorry this is such a long a long post but I wanted to give details to figure out what could have been the cause.
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JackiePagie / FRESH FACE / replied
face masks do expire but i put mine in the frezzer and it makes it last for over two years so i would try that.   see post
Chemical Peel problem, please help!
I got a chemical peel on my neck/chest this afternoon, and I am very worried that something went wrong.  This is only my third peel (each about a month apart) so its entirely possible that I am overreacting.  With my first two, I had minimal reaction, my skin looked awesome for a few weeks afterwards and the worst part was a few moments of intense itching.  No pain, no redness, nothing negative at all, just great looking skin.    With this peel, my skin is still SO painful about 4 hours post peel.  Some of it is still very red and raw looking.  The horizontal lines on my neck actually look a lot worse than before the peel.  I've been putting the remedy gel on, but even the gel hurts so much.  I'm hoping to gain some perspective from someone who has more experience with chemical peels, is this normal?  When will the pain go away?  And when will the redness go down?  I went into the salon about an hour post peel with my concerns, but they said it was normal and to call back in 7 days if I'm still feeling like this.  If something is wrong, I would rather not wait that long. 
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I went back to the med spa today and saw a nurse. She said this reaction isn't common, about 10-20% will experience a reaction and that mine is worse than she would like... see post
cover up my bumps
I have spots on my arms that are like two to three shades darker than my normal skin tone. This makes it hard for me to wear short sleeved shirts. They are more like little bumps on my skin that looks like acne but isnt... what could be good to cover them up for a few hours? HELP??! please
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I agree with Sprytely, look up kp. If it is in fact what you have, there are some things that you can try before trotting off to the dermatologist. To get rid of mine, I... see post
Finding a "parabens-free, fragrance-free, and not too many alcohol" skin care products
here is a little background of me: my skin type is (very) oily, acne-prone and very sensitive. I can get irritated or break out easily if I use a product that contains too many alcohol, fragrance and parabens.   I am all about 100% organic products. I really3x want to find a skin care product which contains no parabens and fragrance. For more specific, I'm searching for moisturizer and serum. Any suggestion or recommendation?
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Ok 100% organic is a lot harder than just natural and hitting those points. Do you just want scentless or no added fragrance (IE Essential oils are ok)? see post
What can I do if I did not receive the samples stated on my packing list with my order?
Order date 12/05/2015 order number I did not receive the 3 samples stated inside the packing list as has been told to receive 1  1484534  samples/Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb Eau de 1  1773308  samples/MDSolarSciences Daily Anti-Age 1  1763481  samples/Ralph Lauren Polo Red Intense Are these items being stolen?  Could I get it back from the mail or from the store? I can go to the Stonestown Shopping Mall in San Francisco to pick up these items. But please give me instructions. It is quite upset that this is my first online order and it comes out to be like that. Justyna  
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I didn't get my order at all, so I guess that would include the samples : <   I would be happy if I got the stuff I paid for see post
Help! Need a new moisturizer!
I have recently switched all of my skin care over to Murad and have been loving the results. UNFORTUNATELY, the moisturizer ( Pore and Line Minimizing Hydrator ) causes any foundation to break apart on my skin and it looks terrible!    What moisturizers have you tried that hold up under liquids?   Thanks in advance!
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Clinique Moisturizing Gel (for combo/oily skin) Clinique  Moisturizing Lotion (for dry skin) Tatcha Moisture rich silk cream  Aveeno Daily Moisturizer Neutrogena Sen... see post
What are your current Top 5 Masks?
Hi all,   I enjoy using face masks quite a bit but tend to mostly stick to a few that I really like and have been using for a while. I just wanted to hear what others love using so perhaps I could venture into those? Please list your skin type ,  5  of your top masks and write a little about  why  you like them, and how frequently you use them.   I'll start (have only 4 though!)   Skin Type: Normal, erring on the dry, dehydrated side Origins Active Charcoal Mask:  I feel this really cleans my pores well, and typically use this at least once a week.   Origins Drink Up Intensive:  Love the hydration it provides without feeling extremely weighty. I can easily use this couple of times a week even in the summer as a sleeping mask. I skip my night cream when I use this.   Korres Vitamin C + Rose Advanced Brightening Facial: This may not be a typical mask but I kind of think of it as a sleeping mask/facial. I've recently started using this and love the brightening effects it provides. Not hydrating enough for my skin so I use a face oil on top.   Sephora Pearl Mask: Provides a nice brightening effect.
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Mmmm Honey Mud.  It does smell delicious. see post
ok, so i've been thinking of what 'angle' to take for this thread. i'm not talking anything too hardcore, here. but i figured it could be a thread that inspires and informs the little "treats" we can give to our skin with the products a lot of us have at home.   with the massive shift in weather this past week, my skin freaked out. it was so, so thirsty, as the cool air mixed with dry blasts of hot hair sucked all the moisture out. it was a double whammy for me because this cold front coincided with my skin's most vulnerable time of the month (if ya catch my drift).   so when i got home from work yesterday, to work. i wanted to hydrate hydrate hydrate, and soooothe. this is what i used:     took makeup off with a balm. shown here is my usual clinique take the day off balm--i ended up using my boots botanics balm as it's just a bit more rich, which is what i wanted for these purposes. any balm would do though ! removed with warm water and a washcloth. dried skin then second cleansed with an oily non-foamy cleanser. my current FAVORITE cleanser, NUDE  omega jelly. god i love it. massaged for a couple minutes then rinsed. (not pictured, but) i think did a VERY LIGHT exfoliation to ensure my skin was rid of any dead skin hanging about after being dried out. i used AVEDA botanical kinetics exfoliant (a liquid with salicylic acid) PETER THOMAS ROTH cucumber mask. what i love about this mask is how soothing it is. it's NOT hardcore. i put this on then proceeded to watch a movie or something. you can leave it on for as long as you'd like. i think i had it on for 30-45 minutes. then i took it off with lukewarm water and a wash cloth. my skin already felt so. much. better. i then used my new murad hydrating toner. i could've used this before the mask. but what's cool about it is that it helps your skin retain moisture as well as help balance pH levels. but any sort of hydrating toner / floral spritz would do. (caudalie beauty elixir, a rose water, etc) serum. i wanted to use a "hydra" serum--any sort of serum that helps with retaining water. i used this vichy aqualia thermal. caudalie s.o.s thirst quenching serum is also fantastic. oil -- i used my beloved clarins blue orchid oil. i put it on my drier cheeks, but actually...i also used it for a bit of spot treatment. i was getting a pimple below my lip, and now, no more pimple ! moisturizer. as my skin was severely dehydrated (rather than dry) i used my aveda botanical kinetics moisturizer: the first ingredient is water (hydrating) and the second ingredient is aloe (soothing).  hours later i spritzed some beauty elixir and applied more moisturizer before bed. and today my skin is back to normal !!   so...this is a sort of routine you can loosely follow (plug in whatever products into the steps) if you're skin is needing a bit of help with feeling tight / dry / thirsty.   i'd like this to be a sort of thread people can use for a reference to see others' product recommendations or methods. all skins are different, so what are your tricks ?
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It helped immensely. Hours after applying it other nights, I could see places where it was still sitting on top of my skin. I'd wipe it off before going to bed to preven... see post
What changes are you making in your skincare regime for autumn/winter? :)
Hey BT gals,   Now that cooler weather's approaching (well, at least in some parts of the country), what are the changes you are looking to make in your skincare regime to make it more season-friendly? Do mention the products you are loving at the moment. Here are some of mine:   - Amping up on face oils at night: TH Replenishing Nutrient Complex is quickly becoming a fave. - Increasing the hydration quotient - by using hydrating serums everyday, more hydrating masks during the week. The Caudalie Vinoperfect serum has been great in that respect since it feels quite hydrating although that's not it's main function. On the mask front, loving the sheet masks from Hada Labo for a boost of hyaluronic acid. - Sunscreen (always a must) - Slathering on lip balms: particularly love the Kari Gran Lip whip at night, and Jack Black during the day. - Thicker body lotions, butters: Currently loving the Sleep range from B&BW. Also eyeing the JM body butters for when the winter seriously kicks in. - Body oils: I love using Jojoba oil on my body at least once a week. Moisturizing w/o feeling greasy. - Burning more candles: Ok, this is not beauty related, but does help to set the mood   Let's hear what changes you've made to your routine!
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I love adding in facial oils at night as well. That's usually enough for hydration and I can still keep using my regular moisturizer :) see post
Sticky Solution?
Several of my otherwise wonderful nighttime skincare products leave a sticky film on my face. It's been kind of driving me nuts. So I've been dusting my face with baby powder, but I'm wondering if that counts as sleeping in makeup in terms of undoing the good my skin care products do.  Does anyone have any thoughts or suggestions? 
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That's a really good idea, moving my routine earlier.  I'll definitely try that tonight.  Thanks! see post
Skincare Questions
Has anyone here tried anything from the **bleep**+ Fab line of skincare I wnt to try a couple things from their line. I just want to know if anyone else has any experience with this brand ?    Thank you!! 
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Of course!  Just rechecked my delivery date and it's actually not going to be here until Wednesday. Boo! So don't think I've forgotten - it's just going to take a littl... see post
Clarisonic + Oil Cleansers?
Question for those of you who use a Clarisonic or similar cleansing brush. I like using an oil or cream-to-oil cleanser every once in a while. But as we all know, many oil based cleansers can leave a bit of a residue on the face.  I am concerned that an oil cleanser would also leave a residue on the brush/bristles. Has anyone used an oil based cleanser with a cleansing brush, and have you noticed any residue? If so, what's the best way to deal with it - just wash with hand soap? Thanks in advance!
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kb810 / FRESH FACE / replied
I do the oil cleansing method with my Clarisonic.  After, I clean the brush after with a little bit of castile soap.  It gets it really clean! see post
My thoughts on GlamGlow Super Mud Clearing Treatment
First, about me: I have very oily, acne-prone skin, and I'm 46 years old.   I bought it on Amazon because it was way cheaper. First impression is that I really like it. It dried up my pimples with the first mask, and it soaked up the oil on my skin.   I will say that it's very drying, so if you have dry skin, this probably isn't the product for you. Also, it's pretty strong, so wash your face with a mild face wash beforehand -- no acne wash or anything like that.   You only need to apply a thin layer of it. It does have pieces of leaves in it, which can seem strange, but really if it works, who cares?   I kept it on for 20 minutes -- the max recommended. And when I washed it off, I then applied my Eminence Stone Crop Whip Moisturizer.   I've used it most days since I've gotten it, but I see myself using it regularly a few times a week in the future.   Bottom line: I will be adding this as a permanent part of my skincare regime.   Everyone's skin is different, so really what works for me may not work for someone else. t-P376409  
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sadafjan / FRESH FACE / replied
Hi. So I just got this mask but sadly it didn't work for me. Can I return it to sephora or no? see post
Juicing for Clear Skin (and Health)
I've seen several individuals recently mention that juicing has helped their skin.  I was wondering if anyone would like to share recipes and/or recommendations as far as what has worked for them.  I'm also really curious about how much  to drink each day.   I've had a NutriBullet for about 6 months and I've been off and on about using it.  I was really good in January then fell off the wagon.  Over the next week I'm really hoping to get into the habit of juicing every day and eating healthier.  I'm off work four days next week, so I thought it would be a good time to concentrate on starting some healthful habits.   Thanks!
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HALL OF FAMER kellsmuneoka / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Wow thatʻs great! I know that juicing is great for your skin and health. Iʻm going to try juicing (as a routine) because I used to make smoothies everyday but Iʻd be so ... see post
What's the difference between a moisturizer and emulsion
Can you please tell me what the difference is between a moisturizer and an emulsion. Thank you. 
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I believe emulsion and lotion tend to be used interchangeable, depending on the brand. Moisturizers are generally categorized as lotions or cream depending on their cons... see post
Any advice for blackheads??
Hey guys. So within the past month I've noticed some blackheads on my nose- and they could've been there for months and I just noticed them- but then again I'm not sure.. I've never had trouble with acne in my entire life.  But thankfully I have a deluxe samples size of the Boscia Detoxifying Black cleanser, and I also exfoliate every other morning. That seems to be helping but my questions are, what causes blackheads? I've heard its a pretty common issue, so I'm not that worried about it, but I still want to get rid of them. And I also wanted to ask if you can thoroughly get rid of blackheads? (meaning they wont come back?) And this might sound like a dumb question- but can be any chance exercising and sweating cause blackheads? I recently started exercising and soon after started noticing the them. Thanks so much for anyone who can answer!
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SUNDAY RILEY Luna Sleeping Night Oil
Hello, has anybody used the new SUNDAY RILEY Luna Sleeping Night Oil. If yes, did you like it? what are the benefits you had from using it?  
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TIP: If you've never used a product with retinol before DO NOT use it every night! Retinol is very strong and will cause redness, irritation, and even break outs if you'... see post
GlamGlow Supercleanse Reaction
Hi! So, I've been trying a sample of the GlamGlow Supercleanse Daily Clearing Cleanser since I'm in the market for a new cleanser. I have combination/oily/sensitive skin and my chin gets easily congested (I know it's hormonal based and I am taking birth control for it, but it still gets congested). I can get cystic pimples pretty easily there. After using it for 3-4 days at night only, I've been getting a pretty bad reaction to it. My whole face burns, and bumps are appearing on my face with some white heads too. The area around my lips also became super dry. Anyone else have this kind of reaction to it? I've also been trying Thirstycleanse and that hasn't given me any reaction at all, it's quite nice actually.
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Crashmomma / FRESH FACE / replied
I attended the Glamglow in-store event this past weekend and got a Supercleanse facial. By monday my face was pink with dry flakey skin. I seem to have less blemishes, b... see post
Is my eye cream expired?
I purchased the Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Concentrate during the VIB -15% sale in April; however, I haven't started using it yet (I already had another one in rotation).    While I have not used the eye cream yet (or touched it), I remember the Cast Member helping me opened it to see if it was sealed (I specifically asked if it would be okay if I didn't start using it for another 6-8 months so she checked). There was a little lid below the main lid but it wasn't actually sealed.    I didn't think much of it at the time as she told me it wouldn't be a problem if I stored it in a dry, dark place until I was ready to use it. In the meantime, I haven't opened it again, and have it organized in my closet; however, I am now wondering if her opening it once was enough for it to oxidize or go bad in the last 6 months. For an $85 eye cream, I'm hoping it didn't expire untouched...   Was opening it once enough to affect it?     Thanks for the advice!  ♡♡        
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I would look at check cosmetics website (Google it) and type in the batch number to see when it was manufactured. It will give you a date saying it is good until ___. Or... see post
New Sephora Favorites Set: Soko to Tokyo
I spotted this new sephora favorites set while in store today. I don't see it online yet, but wanted to share!   It's $40 and this is what's inside:   amore pacific treatment enzyme peel botanical exfoliator (0.2 oz) belif the true cream aqua bomb (0.34 fl oz) boscia exfoliating peel gel (1fl oz) dr. jart+ ceramidin cream (0.17 fl oz) dr. jart+ premium beauty balm spf 45 in medium/dark (0.17 fl oz) erborian creme scrub aux 7 herbes (0.5 fl oz) sk-ii facial treatment essence (1 fl oz) skin inc pure deepsea hydrating mask (0.68 fl oz)   (p.s. sorry the pic is sideways! mine always seem to post like that)  
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Seemed like a good value for the points and it is so stinkin' cute.  That motivates me more than it probably should! see post