i've seen this type of question asked more generally, but i wanted to ask it specific to skincare. not only is it interesting to see what has really worked for people, but it'll maybe highlight some products others are interested in trying ! so: what are specific products that would cause you to hyperventilate were you to run out ? mine currently are: CLINIQUE take the day off cleansing balm FIRST AID BEAUTY facial radiance pads CAUDALIE beauty elixir AVEDA botanical kinetics hydrating face lotion edited to add: CAUDALIE vinoperfect enzymatic peel mask MURAD essential-c toner i have steps that i would never skip that are not represented in the above list, but the products i use for those steps tend to be more interchangeable. additionally, a couple products that may reach HG status soon, but need a bit more time in my rotation: FIRST AID BEAUTY skin rescue purifying mask w/ red clay CLARINS blue orchid facial oil CAUDALIE vinosource s.o.s. thirst quenching serum
Hi, I have very sensitive combo skin and I don't usually have major problems with it because I take very vigilant and good care of it. However, recently I've been battling pimples that come and don't go away for what feels like forever, hyperpigmentation from said pimples, redness around my cheek area, larger pores in the same place (and around my nose) and I don't know what to do. Help!!
Hey guys! So I got my gift today of the Nude face wash. I was excited to see it was full size! I love Nude products; they are pretty natural and I typically see great results. This one is interesting; it's a powder that you activate with water, similar to an exfoliation treatment. I used it with my Clarisonic pro. I'm wondering if that was a good idea. The powder is very fine, but washing it off, I could feel it. I'll try it without the Clarisonic tomorrow. It felt good on the skin, and has no scent. I think I used a little too much; I'll use less tomorrow. My skin felt clean afterwards. I had removed my makeup with the Nude cleansing oil. My skin did feel slightly tight afterwards. Once I used my serum and moisturizer, I was fine. I don't notice brightening yet; I'm sure that comes with continued use. I'll keep everyone posted! Anyone else receive it? What do you think? Thanks Sephora for the awesome gift!
Recently I had a terrible breakout and allergic reaction to some products I was using on my face. I got very depressed and just didn't feel attractive. I changed up my whole skincare regimen and switched to a different foundation as well. Lately, I feel like I'm getting my glow back and I attribute that to these new products that helped calm, clear and soothe my inflamed skin. I started using First Aid Beauty cleanser and oil free moisturizer twice daily and Bareminerals liquid foundation. I'm curious from the beauty community who else has had a similar experience? What products helped and why? Did these changes help with self esteem and confidence?
SKINCARE Goals, ongoing into 2014 Started Tretinoin routine, 0.05% Using Clarisonic Opal daily on eyes, mouth lines, lips Paying attention to diet, high protein, low carb See a derm for further evaluation by the end of the year Post progress selfies, try not to be grumpy with them (see above) I'm experimenting with some products in my routines but only changing one product at a time. Certain things aren't compatible with the Tretinoin or each other so it's a bit of trial and error right now as I switch them around. Current Routine: NIGHT Every 3rd night, face: Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil, Fresh, Liz Earle muslin cloth Tretinoin mixed 1/2 and 1/2 with Korres Greek Yoghurt Sleeping facial Every other night: Same cleansing + Tretinoin mix on hands, neck, décolletage Alternate with Strivectin, then Korres OR La Mer Reparative Body Lotion everywhere on non-medicated nights. My skin is tender/stingy from the Tretinoin if I don't keep moisture on it 24/7. Nightly: Sephora Triple Action Cleansing Water and an Elizabeth Arden 2 phase eye makeup remover (Forgot the exact name) Strivectin Hydropeptide Eye with Clarisonic Opal, eye area Korres Greek Yoghurt Sleeping Facial OR Strivectin Instant Facial Sculpting cream + Strivectin-TL on neck and décolletage DAY Strivectin, then Clarisonic Opal + included Sea Serum on eyes & lip and mouth lines, layered. I'm likely switching this to Hydropeptide Eye or another serum when I run out of Sea Serum, I think. Strivectin-TL on neck and décolletage Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF100+ Strivectin Instant Facial Sculpting cream OR La Mer Reparative Body Lotion (testing sample) Both are heavy for day use, not happy with this step, may need a lighter daily moisturizer under makeup. NARS Radiant Cream Compact (hydrating ingredients) Things impacting Diet, I've gained weight so my face shape has changed. Solution implemented, I'm back on my low carb eating plan and went back to 3x/week gym routine January 27th. I don't drink enough water at times Insomnia & Stress Main concerns: Weight affecting tone and face shape eye crepe/lines smile lines (2 sets!) jaw contour lip lines (ex-smoker) Journal entries under spoiler cut Spoiler (Highlight to read) Jan 18th: adding 'Yes to Blueberries' towelettes back in for mornings to gently refresh my face. Slathering with more Korres GYSF if not going out. Patchy roughness on face from the Tretinoin even using every 3rd day, diluted 1/2 and 1/2. Neck, décolletage and hands looking very good, fine lines and a couple of spots diminished, crepiness much diminished. Two more days and I'll have been using it 1 month with a little break for over-flakiness in the middle. I also learned my lesson getting it too close to the corner of my mouth, a crack like a potato chip cut that was a week healing. Live and learn. Low carb diet since January 9th, basically protein, greens and a bit of fruit and cheese. Water intake increased, Caffeine decreased. Multivitamin My bloat is almost gone, a couple of CM gone from my waist which was likely bloat but it's heartening nevertheless. I have a cold so I haven't started back to the gym yet. We have a social event on Feb 8-9 to dress up for so I want to look my best. Recording my measurements with a myotape for accuracy/consistency. April 8: time to rebuild routine. Jan 18th: adding 'Yes to Blueberries' towelettes back in for mornings to gently refresh my face. Slathering with more Korres GYSF if not going out. Patchy roughness on face from the Tretinoin even using every 3rd day, diluted 1/2 and 1/2. Neck, décolletage and hands looking very good, fine lines and a couple of spots diminished, crepiness much diminished. Two more days and I'll have been using it 1 month with a little break for over-flakiness in the middle. I also learned my lesson getting it too close to the corner of my mouth, a crack like a potato chip cut that was a week healing. Live and learn.Low carb diet since January 9th, basically protein, greens and a bit of fruit and cheese.Water intake increased,Caffeine decreased.MultivitaminMy bloat is almost gone, a couple of CM gone from my waist which was likely bloat but it's heartening nevertheless. I have a cold so I haven't started back to the gym yet. We have a social event on Feb 8-9 to dress up for so I want to look my best.Recording my measurements with a myotape for accuracy/consistency. April 8: time to rebuild routine.
I have a lot of blackheads/whiteheads and have small breakouts often, so I usually lay on a ton of makeup. I want to move towards improving my skin so its healthy and glowy and fresh so I can pare down to a really simple makeup routine. Should I switch to a BB or CC cream in lieu of foundation? Or try natural products? Or invest in one of those expensive skin cleanser brushes? I don't know where to start.
Two weeks ago I stepped up my retinol game at night from the Algenist Retinol Firming and Lifting Serum to Paula's Choice Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment Cream and went through peeling, redness, and especially sensitivity (I was accidentally blending this up under my eyes and onto my lids when I put my eye cream on and my eyes were having none of it - water burned and the only thing that I found that didn't irritate them was Neosporin). When I was going through the adjustment, sunscreen was adhering to my skin increasingly poorly, which I just chalked up to the flaking and dryness. Now that my skin has adjusted to the retinol, which I am able to use daily, sunscreen will barely adhere to my skin. I've been using the same amount of the same formulas (Kate Sommerville Waterlight, Supergoop City Serum, MDSolar Sciences SPF 50, Bioderma Photoderm MAX, and Neutrogena Dry Touch SPF 45) as well as the same skincare, but they don't blend in and don't stay put. If I don't wear makeup, they look obvious on the skin becasue of the streaks they leave, and if I do, then all of the formulas just ball up when I try to blend anything out. I think that it is becasue my skin texture has improved by leaps and bounds, but am not entirely sure. Has anyone else encountered this problem, or is it just a 'me' thing? I would love to hear any suggestions for sunscreens that you all think would work as well. I would like to avoid using waterproof, but, as of now, it looks to be my only feasible option .
I received a few samples of the Eve Lom cleanser a while ago and really liked it, but I'm having trouble justifying almost $100 for a cleanser. I looked into the OH Melting cleanser, which seems like a decent dupe, but the reviews have been mixed. Does anyone have ideas on their similarity? I know the Eve Lom is a hot-cloth cleanser and the OH doesn't seem to be, but the "feel" of the melting cleanser seems to be the same based on description. I've used the Liz Earle hot-cloth cleanser as well, but that seems much creamier than the Eve Lom.
Hello guys and dolls! I've heard so much about CT Magic Cream and even received a pre-order offer from Beautylish. I was about to take the plunge (in true addict fashion) until I saw the price There better be gold in that lil' jar for me to buy it. Right now it looks like old school Pond's Cold Cream to me. Has anyone tried it and if so, please could you kindly share your experience?
I currently use a generic version of Neutrogena makeup remover cleansing towelettes. While they do a great job of getting off all my makeup, they sting the heck out of my eyes. Since I wear shadow, liner, and mascara daily I need a wipe that will remove them without irritating my eyes. I don't care if it's a drugstore brand or a brand Sephora carries.
Hey lovelies, Here is Josie Maran's upcoming QVC Today's Special Value for August 26th. I belong to QVC Insider, so I get early access! You get all 4 pieces for $64.96 (plus shipping/handling). The set includes: (1) 1.7-fl-oz Pure Argan Oil ($48 value) (1) 1-oz Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment ($56 value) (1) 2-oz Argan SPF 47 Protect and Perfect ($32 value) (1) 0.5-fl-oz Infinity Lip and Cheek in Forever Rose ($18 value) Use the "Search" with item # to find it: One-time purchase is item # A260862 Auto-delivery purchase is item # A261031
I am in the Netherlands for a few weeks. On returning home my suitcase will mostly be filled with nummy things to eat (cheese! Strop waffle! Drop!). I would love to hear any suggestions for bath or beauty goodies that I might look for while here too. Drugstore brands very welcome. I am mostly in the countryside but will have two days or so in AMS. Many thanks in advance for suggestions!
I was wondering what moisturizer is best for skin that is flaking b/c of Retin-A and additional acne medications. I'm looking for something that is fragrance free, won't cause additional irritation, and will combat the dryness that results from my prescriptions. Any suggestions?
Hello ladies and gents, I have been looking for a good face mask. I suffer from acne on certain parts of my face. Lately I've been using benzoyl peroxide products (5%) alongside my Murad Intensive C Radiance Peel, which I've found is helping. It seems i have some deep blackheads and other gunk that I've found it difficult to treat and draw out though. Would Glamglow be a good product to use for this purpose? Or is it an overhyped product and if so, is there anything else that you would recommend??
Hi all! I wish to add some skin care products to my list since I’m about to be 20. I’m just so excited to welcome my 20 years old birthday and want to take care of my face. I just use cleanser, toner and lotion. I’m looking for eye gel and mask now. I wonder if it’s a little early to use them. My face is a little sensitive and slightly oily on T zone. I used to use Clinique, Jurlique, and Kiehl’s. I find Fresh Lotus Eye Gel and Rose Mask might be a good choice. Can you leave me some suggestions? I would love to know other choices, and also if you are the same skin type with me, can you tell me what skin care products you use?
Long story short, I had mild/moderate acne through my teens that I probably treated wayyy too harshly and never really resolved. When I was about 20, I gave up on everything and was just washing my face with a Basis cleanser morning and night and nothing else. At this point, I think due to a combination of getting older and BCP, my acne was significantly reduced. Since then, I get mild hormonal breakouts once a month but not much else. Now, at 22, I realize just washing my face probably isn't the best idea long-term, so I've been trying to figure out a routine. After a week or so of mild breakouts (purging?), the below routine seems to be working great for me. My skin is clear and toned and feels good. My problem is that in the morning, I feel like I'm well-moisturized but a couple hours later, my skin looked parched and my makeup settles in every pore and line. I don't know if I need a thicker moisturizer, or maybe a primer? I recently had a facial and they told me to try a toner to make it less dry, but I was under the impression that toners are drying? Again, my skin is still acne-prone (although clear right now), so I'm worried about adding thicker creams or anything that could potentially make me break out. I also fly 2x/week so that probably isn't helping with dryness. Other skin concerns include some mild indented scarring and I'd like to start preventing aging. AM: Splash face with water and lightly exfoliate with washcloth La Roche Posay Effaclar Serum Kate Somerville D Scar Serum Origins Plantscriptives Anti-Aging Eye Treatment Nuxe Creme Prodigieuse Bobbi Brown BB or Supergoop CC (plus a little concealer + mascara) PM: Simple cleasing wipes Philosophy When Hope Is Not Enough Serum Neutrogena Healthy Skin Night Cream (retinol) Origins Plantscriptives Anti-Aging Eye Treatment Nuxe Creme Prodigieuse Extras: Kiehl's Microdermabrasion Scrub 1-2x/week Kate Somerville Eradikate when I get a zit Like I said, this is working for me except for the dryness issue. I know wipes aren't the best cleansing option, but I travel Mon-Thurs for work and really can't fit many more liquids in my little baggie...any wipe recommendations? Or cleaser recs, I can try to squeeze one more bottle in! I'm not loving the Simple wipes and I didn't like the Boots ones either. Is anything else missing? I'm clearly new at this and getting a little obsessive Thanks!
I live in a mild climate, where it can be slightly humid, but otherwise it rains continually for 3/4 of the year. I have normal-to-combo skin, meaning I don't really have any major dry/oily spots, but I can get dry or slightly oily in my t-zone occasionally. I use the Boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser twice a day (ok, usually I only manage to use it once a day), and I moisturize with Ole Henriksen's Nurture Me and Bite's Agave Lip Mask twice a day (religiously). I exfoliate with Exfolikate twice a week, and I use the Boscia Black Luminizing mask all-over once a week, and in my trouble zones up to three times a week. I use the GLAMGLOW Powermud once or twice a week, and I spot treat any incoming blemishes with the GLAMGLOW Supermud as needed. I also use the Boscia Purifying Pore Strips on an as-needed basis as well. What is your skincare routine?
Hey Ladies! I was hoping to get some input on these 2 product lines? They are both on the pricier side of skin care products and I was looking for something to amp up my routine. I have combination skin - dry cheeks (some dryness/flaking above eyebrows, cheeks and nose) but oily t-zone. On top of that I have sensitive/acne prone skin that has very red cheeks due to irritants/sun/acne. Any thoughts on these two lines would be greatly appreciated. I would love to hear from those who have used either or both thoroughly! Thanks a ton!
Thank you Sephora and Ole Henriksen for the sample of Ole's Ultimate Lift Eye Gel? I actually applied to my husbands eyes the past couple of nights as he works 24 hour shifts and had developed some serious bags and puffiness. This morning the swelling and lower eye tissue had tightened up so much that I would provide before and after pictures if only he was an active participant. I am very impressed with this product. I tried it myself last night and thought it was a little sticky until it dried. It does provide a nice cooling feeling immediately. I will probably keep this in the refrigerator for future use. I can say with complete certainty this will provide relief from swelling due to allergies, being sleep deprived, or a tearful evening.
Hi everyone! So it's been, like forever, since I last posted on here. Oh, how I've missed this beauty realm! Anyway, I have an interesting topic I'd like to share and hear your thoughts on! I grew up as the niece of a Mary Kay consultant, and from day one I was always told that every beauty regimen consisted of "cleansing, toning, and moisturizing". In attempts to combat my acne-prone skin, I researched and researched the best ways to achieve clear skin and realized that toning isn't always the key to healthy, acne-free skin--everyone's skin is different, and sometimes being too harsh or using products that are too drying can actually CAUSE acne. I had finally found a routine and products that worked and, through trial-and-error, discovered ingredients that aggravate my skin (which I now avoid). Before, I had been using Murad's AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser twice a day (I can already hear the gasps) and my skin was clearer than it had been in a while and my skin seemed to tolerate the exfoliation. However, I'm moving to Florida in three weeks and was just recently there to scout out the area. MAN, had I forgotten how HOT, HUMID, and MUGGY it is! Phew!! Guess what happened? Of course my skin was constantly oily, and instantly began to break out. And my Murad cleanser instantly seemed to stop helping and began aggravating my skin. So when I returned home (Ohio), I realized that I really need to rethink my skincare routine and LISTEN to my skin. ANYWAY, long story short, I re-visited my toner, Sea Breeze Original Formula. I used this long ago, but stopped due to the fact that I was afraid of drying out my skin too much and therefore causing my skin to produce too much oil and therefore creating acne. **ugh, the deadly cycle**. So I've been using a gentle cleanser morning and night, followed by my Sea Breeze toner (I hate that they call it an *astringent*...it sounds so....harsh), followed by a gentle, basic moisturizer or my beloved Argan Oil. Honestly, my skin improved overnight. So I wondered, am I really CLEANING my skin enough? Today, I experimented with just that! I had nothing to do today (and by nothing, I mean NOTHING!) So that meant no makeup, nada. I cleansed, toned, and moisturized this morning at around 9:00. It's 7:00 pm now and I was feeling grimy, so I cleansed my face then just took a few cotton rounds and toner and swiped them on my face. OH. MY. GOSH....THE DIRT!!! It's unbelievable!! And this is from literally doing anything and not wearing any makeup!!! I'm just stunned by how much dirt and grime my toner and cotton pad were able to pick up, and it has really made me reconsider the methods in which we "clean" our face. I know toners aren't for everyone, and I've been against them ever since I did my research on clearing acne-prone skin. But my golly, I'm just stunned so I had to share this with you all, pictures included!! I used it several times, the first cotton round being the first swipe, and the last one being a clean, un-used one (just so you can see the difference). How do you feel about toners, and if you use 'em, which ones do you prefer? P.S. Sorry for the super. Incredibly. Long. Post. It's been way too long, and I felt the need to be thorough. Plus, as I said, I had NOTHING to do today, which equals boredom. Which equals this post.
My skin is darker on some places on my body like my neck and my knees, elbows and underarms. How do I remove those dark spots, or reset it to be the same colors with the rest of my body? Spoiler (Highlight to read)
I'm thinking of having a chemical peel done at the doctors office. I have some sun damage, discoloration, and a few wrinkles that I would like to see gone. Has anyone had this done by a professional? If so what was your experience? I use the Dr. Gross Alapha Beta Peel Extra Strength Formula every evening and my face seems to respond well - it doesn't irritate my skin but it does leave it brighter and more smooth. What do you think?
I am always on the hunt for a great face mask! Which do you guys love the most? I have tried: FIRST AID BEAUTY Skin Rescue Purifying Mask With Red Clay- Wasn't impressed. Didn't see a difference in my skin, even though people rave about this product. FRESH Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask- I like it! It makes your face very very soft, but I don't think that's worth the $88 price tag considering that my face is always naturally soft and slightly oily. If your face is dry or rough you may love this one. ORIGINS Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask- I like this so far. Decent Mask. GLAMGLOW Supermud Clearing Treatment- I had high hopes for this one! I found it to be OK and SLIGHTLY improved the pores/blackheads on the apples of my cheeks. Still on the fence about whether or not it's a keeper though. *Forgot to add: WEI Golden Root Purifying Mud Mask - LOVE this stuff. Didn't irritate my skin and it feels absolutely luxurious on your face. However, not sure if it does much for trouble areas but rather just to overall calm the skin. Any suggestions for large pores, blackheads, or hyperpigmentation? Let's talk faces