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marula oil? The good bad and ugly?
I got this is in a Birchbox. Anyone have an experience with it?
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BEAUTY GURU Askenjuri / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
I love marula oil!  I use the little rollerball under my eyes, then use concealer.  It gives concealer just a little slip, so it's easier to blend.  And it doesn't affec... 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 DTalksAll / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I'm a sucker for buying juices from the store too. Usually if I get hungry while food shopping, or I'm at a convenience store. I'm really picky about ingredients though.... see post
Travel Skincare
Hello! I am a woman in my twenties with combination skin . I have random break outs and redness in the T-zone. I have been religiously using Clinique's 3-step system, but I have recently substituted the toner for a toner with tea tree oil. While the skin care regimen has been starting to clear up my skin within the last 3 weeks, I recently went on a road trip and stayed in a hotel which for some reason caused me to break out again. I continued my skin care regimen, but all of the dry air in the hotel and humidity/polution in the city really caused be to break out. Any travel skin care suggestions?   XOXO  Sarah
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BEAUTY MAVEN carlyek / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
Sarah - I travel for a living and can totally relate to your questions!  This isn't necessarily completely product related, but if you do a lot of travel, a few suggesti... see post
Skin Care Recomendations- Dry/Oily Acne Prone
Just a bit of a back story- I have oily acne prone skin. After months of experimenting with skincare products I  finally was able to clear up most of the acne. For a month I had the best skin of my life, it was hydrated and not super oily with the occasional pimple that I could get rid of in 2 days.   A while ago I got the deluxe sample of the Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Oil. I started using the night I received it. I used it for about 5 days and I noticed that the area on the sides of my nose had a dry patch on both sides. I could tell because my foundation would cling to that area and it didnt look smooth anymore, my face had texture where I didnt have it before. By the 7th day for the first time ever my skin felt dry and tight, even after I moisturized. I could apply enough moisturizer, my skin would just soak it up. Apart from being dry it would still get oily in my tzone through out the day.     I realized that the Luna sleeping oil was the only thing that I had really changed in my routine and stopped using immediately. My skin has not been able to recover since. It doesnt feel tight but it still looks very dry and it showed when I applied makeup. My foundation clings and cracks on the sides of where nostrils are and looks really dry. The texture really never disappeared but it did subside a bit. I increased my water intake and stop using a bunch of my acne products that would dry out my skin in hopes of it helping, but I cant seem to get it to the state it was before.    Did this happen to anyone else using luna oil??   What are some product recomendations for people with dehydrated/oily/acne prone skin? 
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IT GIRL StellarMe / IT GIRL IT GIRL / replied
Luna Sleeping Oil has retinoids in it and they can cause dryness. When my skin feels super dry, I use Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief. It is a gel-cream t... see post
SKINCARE HGs !
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:   cleansers CLINIQUE take the day off cleansing balm (makeup removal) NUDE SKINCARE perfect cleanse omega cleansing jelly (skin cleanser) toners (acids & hydrating) FIRST AID BEAUTY facial radiance pads (AHA) CAUDALIE beauty elixir (moisture) MURAD essential-c toner (moisture) oils and serums CLARINS blue orchid facial oil TATA HARPER nutrient replenishing complex (oil) VICHY aqualia thermal serum (serum for dehydration) MURAD rapid age spot and pigment lightening serum (for, obviously, pigment lightening) moisturizers AVEDA botanical kinetics hydrating face lotion masks (i like to have an arsenal for different purposes) REN glycol lactic radiance renewal mask (resurfacing) OLE HENRIKSEN lemon strip flash peel (resurfacing: hardcore) PETER THOMAS ROTH cucumber mask (hydrating / soothing; great for summer) FIRST AID BEAUTY ultra repair instant oatmeal mask (hydrates /soothes; fantastic for winter) FIRST AID BEAUTY skin rescue purifying mask w/ red clay (deep cleaning)   additionally, a couple products that may reach HG status soon, but need more time in my rotation: TATA HARPER replenishing nutrient complex (oil) added ! TATCHA cleansing oil   can't believe i'm saying this but: it broke me out ????  or it was unlucky timing, but i'm too scared to keep using it. NUDE SKINCARE miracle mask (exfoliating / brightening)** i love this mask. i don't think it'll be HG though as i generally prefer the REN. they're pretty interchangeable though. i consider it a very close 1st runner up ! i like it but it's not HG status. would repurchase, though. CLINIQUE clarifying lotion--the MILD formula (no alcohol / contains BHA) KATE SOMERVILLE goats milk moisturizer  to be fair...i think this is a LOT to be considered truly HG. but you guys know i have a lot of steps in my daily routine, and these are tried-and-true loves of mine !   edited 7/21/15
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HALL OF FAMER annec322 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Shu Uemura Anti/Oxi Cleansing Oil Dior Gentle Cleansing Milk PTR Viz-1000 Serum PTR Retinol PM Serum JM Creamy Argan Oil (cold weather moisturizer) VS Makeup Removi... see post
Best/Top Skin Care Products for Glowing/Moisturizing/Pore Minimizing Complexion
Hey everyone! I am 21 and am looking for skin care products that improve my skin...something that evens out my skin tone, adds a natural glow/dew, enhances moisturization, and minimizes pores. Any recommendations for skin care products that improve natural skin and result in a flawless complexion? There are so many choices out there, I'm having a hard time choosing products. I have dark spots from post acne(uneven skin tone), light/medium skin, and normal(not too dry not too oily) skin. I would love to start going au natural for some days during the week and starting a healthy skin care regime. Let me know some of your favorite skin care products!
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HALL OF FAMER amberangeline / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I suffer from pretty severe post-acne marks/scars and I love using Korres Wild Rose Scrub each morning and the Korres Brightening Sleeping Facial a few nights each week.... see post
Updated Skincare Routines
Hey there,   A few days ago, I asked for some advice regarding morning and skincare routine. I've updated my routine and just wanted to confirm that I got the order of the steps right. Any advice would be much appreciated. Thank you!   Morning Skincare Routine: Cleanser:  On the Go Cleanser by Ole Henriksen Toner:  Pick Me Up Tonic by Ole Henriksen Day Serum:  Truth Serum by Ole Henriksen Eye Cream w/ SPF:  Total Truth by Ole Henriksen Moisturizer w/ SPF:  Truth Revealed by Ole Henriksen Lip Balm w/ SPF:  Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen by Fresh   Night Skincare Routine: Cleanse w/ Wipes:  The Clean Truth Cleansing Cloths by Ole Henriksen Cleanser : On the Go Cleanser by Ole Henriksen Toner:  Pick Me Up Tonic by Ole Henriksen Exfoliator (2x a week):  GinZing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser by Origins Face Mask (2x a week):  Clear Improvement by Origins Night Serum:  Advanced Night Repair by Estee Lauder Eye Cream:  Advanced Night Repair Eye by Estee Lauder Moisturizer:  Revitalizing Supreme by Estee Lauder Lip Exfoliator:  Sugar Lip Polish by Fresh Lip Balm:  Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment by Fresh  
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BEAUTY WHIZ asmahajaj / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
Great!! Thank you so much!! :) see post
My Skincare Routine
So a bit about my skin... I have typical teenage acne prone skin. Its not as bad as what you think but with the occasional spot.. Im really bad at picking and squeezing my face - leaving it red. Any suggestions?  Ok.. so below is my skin regimen below   Personally I enjoy using 2 different cleansers morning and night. In the morning I use Papulex - targeted for acne prone skin. Whereas at night I am loving Herbalism by LUSH. I like using Herbalism at night because it also exfoliates my skin but is not to harsh for my skin. Then I use the tea tree toner from LUSH which closes my pores and refreshens - morning and night after cleanse. Then I moisturise --> again.. I use an oil - free moisturizer by Papulex which I use morning and night which isn't too thick on my face. Once a week I use my vibrating cleansing/exfoliating brush to get rid of the excess oil and dirt on my face following up with a steam and then using my AESOP mask 'anti blemish'. Im really interested in trying ocean salt by LUSH and think I should pick up a sample when I go there next. Do you recommend it? Also the origins gin zing eye cream? What about LUSH's suncreams (personally I worry about putting extra oils on my face throughout the day which may not be needed) Let me know if I could improve this in any way xoxo
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HALL OF FAMER cherrybombtastic / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
The common denominator I see is the LUSH products. I would say trying using products with ceramides, if you're using acne products that dry out your skin, because over t... see post
Morning and Night Skin Care Routine
Hi:   I'm just starting to get into skincare simply because I'm only now beginning to understand the importance of it all! I'm posting today to see if anyone could advise me on whether I am properly doing my skin care routine in the appropriate order.   I'm twenty-one years old with normal to oily skin. I don't really have any issues with my face other than the typical and occasional under eye dark circles from sleepless nights.    Here's my current morning and night skin care routines:   Morning Skin Care Routine: Cleanser:  On the Go Cleanser by Ole Henriksen Toner:  Pick Me Up Tonic by Ole Henriksen Day Serum:  Truth Serum by Ole Henriksen Eye Cream w/ SPF:  Total Truth by Ole Henriksen Moisturizer w/ SPF:  Truth Revealed by Ole Henriksen   Night Skin Care Routine: Cleanse w/ Wipes: The Clean Truth Cleansing Cloths by Ole Henriksen Cleanser : On the Go Cleanser by Ole Henriksen Toner:  Pick Me Up Tonic by Ole Henriksen Exfoliator (2x a week):  GinZing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser by Origins Face Mask (2x a week):  Clear Improvement by Origins Night Serum: Advanced Night Repair by Estee Lauder Eye Cream:  Advanced Night Repair Eye by Estee Lauder Moisturizer:  Revitalizing Supreme by Estee Lauder   Thank you, Asma H. 
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SPECIAL GUEST chloeees / SPECIAL GUEST SPECIAL GUEST / replied
Yes I have never been attracted to Clinique either. My mum has always told me that the products in it arent very good and dry out your skin easily.  see post
extremely dry face and eyes what can i use?
I just move in to Canada and is really dry here in Calgary my face is really oily on the T zone and dry on the rest of the face and really dry under the eyes what products you recommend? by the way I have a bit of acne so I've using a cream that contains 0.1% of benzoyl peroxide for it due to dermatologist prescription back home.     thanks
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BEAUTY PRO geekbeauty / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
I'd recommend a dedicated eye cream for the under-eye area. I am currently trying out the Murad Hydro-Dynamic Moisture eye cream and really enjoying it. Have also heard ... see post
After-workout skin
Hey Beauties,   After a super-sweaty workout, I notice that my skin is pretty sensitive. Meaning that I need to use a really mild face wash and then a lighter moisturizer than I normally do. So I've been using Neutrogena products. AND my skin likes BB cream post-workout vs. putting foundation back on. If I do my regular skincare routine after working out, I notice my skin gets a bit irritated. Has anyone else experienced this? Below are pics of what I use after I work out:            
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HALL OF FAMER lecia1167 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
No. Sorry, I think I wasn't clear. Those are the products I use because they are gentle and don't bother my after-workout skin. see post
Thanks BT, Murad & DDG!
Anyone else get this via UPS today for participating in the SPF chat a few weeks back?  It was a pleasant surprise. I can't use the products because they have chemical SPF ingredients but I will be sure to pass them along in a TSB real soon 
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HALL OF FAMER NancieNano / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I didn't participate in the conversation but it's nice to see that BTer's are getting surprise goodies! Enjoy your gift ladies! see post
GIVE YOURSELF A FACIAL (COLD WEATHER EDITION)
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, i...got 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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BEAUTY BOSS dalidyli / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
How has everyone's routines changed now that it's warmer weather? see post
SiJCP Ultimate Cleanse Set for $34!
I don't think I've seen this anywhere on BT yet, but I wanted to let y'all know that I saw a new skincare set at my SiJCP today. This was only $34 AND you get a voucher for a full size of one of the items AND you get double points on skincare in SiJCP. TBH, I would have been perfectly happy paying $34 for the trial sizes, but the voucher and double points sealed the deal for me! (sorry the pics are sideways...not sure what's going on with them) 
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HALL OF FAMER NancieNano / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
The PTR Retinol/Murad expired yesterday. But I do believe the luggage tag is still available and it's really cute! see post
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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HALL OF FAMER etscore1 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
So interesting. Clearly they're pushing their products to be the first thing on your skin. The Luna is definitely oily in the sense that it seems like it wouldn't let mu... 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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BEAUTY WHIZ msrain / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
I tried the Josie Maran oil cleanser with my Clarisonic for a few days.  It never lathered well and it left residue on my brush and after a week it started smelling like... see post
New Glamglow FLASHMUD mask to be released this summer!!!
New GlamGlow Flashmud mask to be released this summer in June according to the sneak peak/tease that was posted on their facebook page!!!   UPDATE!!! GlamGlow facebook page just posted a link to a InStyle dot com  review on this product.   Some of the things they wrote are:   "Flashmud is jam-packed with potent ingredients like white birch leaf, white wild rose flower, lactic acid derived from sugarcane, and white peony root among many other glow-inducing actives, which give an immediate luminous effect as soon as you wash the mask off."   "The mud itself has tiny exfoliating granules blended into the formula, which act as a pre-mask scrub; you can literally work the mud in circular motions on your face to open your pores and allow more ingredients to be absorbed, then allow your complexion to soak in its magic for 10 minutes"     What are your thoughts ?
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BEAUTY BOSS aaks1985 / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
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Shoutout to Vitamin Hydrating Mist!
Totally saving my skin on this very hot day! And it smells lovely!   http://www.sephora.com/vitamin-hydrating-mist-P396 086?keyword=FIRST%20AID%20BEAUTY%20Vitamin%20Hydra ...
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Ahava Skincare?
So it seems I won a contest on facebook today from Planet Beauty! Yay! The prize is Ahava time hydrate night replinisher. Anyone have any experience with this? I found a couple of reviews on makeup alley and they look promising, but i trust my BT ladies!
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BEAUTY MASTER Tracib1981 / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
For some reason I can't reply to you! Maybe cause I'm on my cell. Anyhow. I'm cool with the fragrance. I'm one of those people that if someone told me diesel would be go... see post
Mourning my Clarisonic Mia 2
I was putting some new PC skincare items away when I noticed my Mia was somehow in the sink. Weird, since we had just gotten home and I don't remember knocking it over in the morning. As I finished putting things away, it turned on by itself and would not turn off (respond to the power button) until the 1-minute cycle was done. I could still switch from high to low power though. So somehow it must have turned itself on during the day and vibrated into the sink! I tried adjusting the brush head and plugging in to charge but it would flash, pulse vibrate and repeat, which made me think it was its way of telling me it wouldn't charge.  the response to the power button got worse and upon closer inspection I noticed that the grey rubber/silicone button cover had detached and was no longer sealed.  Water must have leaked in through the button and damaged the electrical components. And since it is more than 3 years old I doubt Clarisonic will do anything based on what I have read.    I Was devastated to lose it and I dreaded having to buy another, but I have been wondering how my skin would do without the Clarisonic because even though it improved my skin 3 years ago, I can tell my skin has been changing to become more sensitive than before. This was the perfect time to try something else so I went out and bought myself a large konjac sponge for $5. I'm hoping my skin won't make a turn for the worse! I have been using a smaller sponge for morning cleansing and have not had problems so hopefully it will work well for my PM routine as well.    i am a little nervous being "off" of the Clarisonic so it makes me wonder...who else has stopped using the Clarisonic after a period of time to switch to another cleansing method? What did you do and did you see your skin improve or get worse at all?  
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HALL OF FAMER gogreyhound / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Good to hear of such a great result! I have to wonder about the whole Clarisonic thing.  Sounds like it was really not for your skin at all!   I did get the Boscia Kon... see post
my friend is black and she whats to be lighter what sholued she buy
hello we are whating to know what is the best thing to buy for lighter skin and she would what it to stay lighter ? she has darker skin and she wants lotion or spray for her hole body.  
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RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
I think this thread has run it's course. I am closing it.  see post
Clarisonic Mia Wreaked Havoc On My Skin
So I bought the Mia during Ulta's 21 Days of Beauty. I've been blessed with having pretty amazing skin, but since I'm turning 30 this year have tried to step up my skincare game and had read rave reviews about all things Clarisonic, so I decided to take advantage of the great deal.   To make a long story short, after using it everyday, after 6 weeks my skin was still "purging" and I had developed what best be described as cystic acne (along my cheek bones, chin and forehead). I spoke with the skin care specialist at my local Sephora who advised that the purge period should have been over and that I should perhaps return the Clarisonic.   I returned it about over a month ago, and returned to my old skin care regime, but the cystic acne won't go away. It's like I now have permanent bumps all along my cheek bones and as someone who used to be able to go foundation free 90% of the time, I truly do not know what to do.   Has anyone else experienced this? I'd love any/all advice on how to best treat this!
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BEAUTY BOSS beautyaddict99 / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
I had been debating a Clarisonic for over a year until I talked to a Dermatologist friend who said that she sees Clarisonic victims coming into her office all the time. ... see post
Softest clarisonic brush head
Hi ladies, I want to get a gentler/softer brush head, because the sensitive brush head that comes with my new Clarisonic feels literally scratchy on my face. Maybe I am hypersensitive?   Which Clarisonic brush head is softest? I'm thinking between Delicate, Acne, Radiance, and Cashmere. TIA!
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BEAUTY PRO conditioning / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
I agree with everyone else, cashmere is the softest. I had the same issue with the sensitive brush head; it felt scratchy and caused my face to have angry red splotches ... see post
Skincare routine during a summer vacation
A question for my high-maintenance BT ladies.   I'm curious if any of you minimize your usual skincare routine when you travel, particularly to a sunny place for a week or more. Would love to know details, if you don't mind!   When I went to the Bahamas a year ago, I'd continued my usual skincare routine with retinoids. In hindsight, that may not have been a wise choice, as I did a lot of swimming/diving and beach/water activities, so my compromised skin was continuously exposed to the sun without adequate reapplication. Perhaps it's better to just forgo the usual exfoliation (retinoids, AHA, BHA) we do in our daily routine so that our facial skin is not as sensitive to the intense UV rays we expose ourselves to when vacationing? Do you guys agree?   I've also did some traveling around Asia a few years ago during the summer and remember forgoing all makeup and SPF on most days, because the weather was just too hot and humid. Everything on the skin felt suffocating so I limited my routine to just a cleanser and gel moisturizer. I'm pretty sure these negligent decisions are going to haunt me as I get older though... 
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HALL OF FAMER notcreative / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I've been sleeping a bit less myself.  My younger son was not feeling well last night, so he slept in my room.  Just before 5am, he threw his entire body on top of mine.... see post
Sephora Sun Safety Kit for 2015 (Pictures)
Hi guys! I rarely share blog posts on here, but I thought this would be useful for anyone who wanted to look at the sizes of the products in the Sephora Sun Safety Kit.   I think this is an awesome deal and you get a wide variety of products. Enjoy!  
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HALL OF FAMER annec322 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I agree with you!  I think there is a very small portion of the population that has a high interest in both sunscreen and self tanner.  As in, only people who can't tan ... see post
THANK YOU for your expertise
I just wanted to share my skincare success story...it's still a work in progress, but I'm definitely heading in the right direction! I definitely couldn't have done this without the tips and suggestions from the knowledgeable ladies here on BT.   A month or two ago I noticed my foundation was getting patchy around the nose and easily wiped off my face around mid-day. When I posted my problem here, I would have never thought it would relate to a skincare issue...I just thought I'm oily and there's really no way to fix it.   I was given a few suggestions on BT, I did my homework and went to talk to a few Sephora reps, did research online...and a few product mishaps and a few rounds of breakouts/reactions to new products later, I think I've finally found what makes my skin happy. I believe the root of my oiliness is using products that are too harsh/drying to battle the oiliness, making me even oilier. I have always thought I had iron skin towards combination-oily, but I'm starting to think that I'm actually a 3-way combo: oily t-zone, normal jawline/outer cheek, and slightly dry inner cheek. I was getting oily on my t-zone, but if I smiled a really big smile or wrinkle my face, there would be tension lines on my inner cheek. They're there when I'm moisturized, but as the day goes on it gets a little worse. Here's my skincare routine transition:   Old Routine AM cleanser - none (I shower in the mornings and only exfoliated) AM exfoliator - St. Ives' blackhead and blemish scrub AM Moisturizer - Clean & Clear dual action moisturizer or Benefit SPF 15 Triple Performing Emulsion PM cleanser - Soap & Glory face wash, Boscia Tsubaki Oil gel were recent ones before I changed my routine. I rotated cleansers a lot. PM exoliator - none PM moisturizer - Benefit Total Moisture Cream   New Routine AM Cleanser - Sum37 Miracle Rose cleaning stick AM exfoliator - none AM Moisturizer - JM argan oil light and JM argan milk treatment, infrequently the Benefit SPF15 on top PM Cleanser - first step NUDE cleansing oil, second step CeraVe foaming facial cleanser PM exfoliator - Paula's Choice 2% BHA liquid, once in a while with NeoStrata 5% glycolic renewal lotion on top PM moisturizer - Tarte maracuja oil and Boscia night cream   Since changing my routine I've noticed that the clogged pores are slowly getting unclogged...some nights I'd be using the NUDE cleansing oil and little sebum bits would come up to the surface of my skin. I'm currently dealing with a previously clogged pore which I think has come up to the surface but has turned into a pimple...but I'll deal with it. I'm just happy it'll be gone. As a result, I'm less oily during the day, my foundation is no longer breaking up at the nose, and my skin overall just looks more radiant, especially without makeup on.   I'm so happy with these changes and what they have done for my skin. And I couldn't do it without you gals here. THANK YOU!
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BEAUTY BUFF svjs78 / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
k617,   Awesome! You go girl!  see post
If a skincare product turns your face red for a short time, what's happening?
Yesterday I used the new deluxe sample of Origins Serum and it made the area around my cheekbone red for about a half an hour.  I did not feel a burning sensation, but the discoloration was obvious and then went away.  Is this the serum "working" or am I having a reaction to it?  I used it again last night with no problems.  
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BEAUTY BOSS Timelesskdd / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
Smile.  I REALLY do appreciate your help.  see post
Good Stong Peel
I am looking for a good strong peel. Summer is coming, which in Louisiana means gross hot humid weather. I have been wanting to try a peel for a while. Anyone have any suggestions? WHat do ya'll use?
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BEAUTY BOSS Timelesskdd / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
I am am just starting to broaden my skin care routine.  I have a question, what are the benefits of a "peel" and how often do you use it?  Which step/order of your routi... see post
Thinking of returning my Clarisonic... Thoughts?
Is the Clarisonic terrible? No. Absolutely not. In fact, I do enjoy using it. Did it make me break out? No. Did it take away the dry skin that I wanted gone? Yes. (However, so did my light exfoliator scrub before that.) Did it make me feel smooth? Yes! Is it fun? Absolutely.   BUT...   A week ago I had to exchange my Clarisonic due to the body brush stopping mid cycle, wether it was low in charge or charged. The girls at Sephora were great, got it exchanged, no problems! (I truly love Sephore, all the super nice and helpful workers, and the customer service!! :] ) Yet, it's still doing it. I charged it for 24 hours before using it first. I don't drop it. I keep it clean. But the body brush just doesn't seem to like me. Now I know, easy fix, just charge it all the time. Fine. Doesn't seem hard... but for $200? Yeah, no.   The biggest reason I think I am going to return is because I noticed fine red lines that upon searching are called Capilliers? I've NEVER had these pop up, and now from reading I understand only lasor surgery can treat them? What? I didn't press down with the Clarisonic, barely feeling a tickle.   I'm really at a hard place, because I want to love it, but I am afraid to cause permanent damage. I have very sensitive skin, this also being proven by the array of cleaning  products that I have bought and returned.   Anyone else have any of the same or comparable experiences with the Clarisonic?
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sbuxdc / FRESH FACE / replied
I've had two Clarisonic Plus models.  The first began stopping within one minute after beginning the facial cleansing process.  I was provided a replacement which lasted... see post
What's your nightly skincare routine?
What's your nightly, skincare routine? Feel free to ask me any questions about any of the products I use or reasons why I use them!   About me: Soon to be 28, Upstate NY climate, combo skin that's becoming more "normal".   Night routine:   Cleanser: I switch it up between GlamGlow "Youthcleanse", Ole Henriksen and Cliniques green bottle. I use to use Murad and I loved it! I think I'm going to buy some more because I don't think I quite using it for any reason.   Essence: Yes,this is an Asian skincare step, feel free to ask if you're not sure what I'm talking about. Missha's "Time Revolution".   Toner: Biologique Recherché famous "Lotion P50" , phenol free version. When I feel like I need more Salicylic acid, I will apply Clinique's "Acne Solutions Clarifying Toner" on top of the BR "lotion P50"   Serum: Algenist "Genius C Serum" around eyes and whole forehead. Ole Henriksen "Truth Serum" on my cheeks, chin and nose. Algenist= super expense but awesome with the wrinkles/lines. Ole Henriksen- super plumping, evens out skin tone, but not great for lines . Retinol: 2-3x a week I skip the Genius C Serum and use Paula's Choice "1% retinol" mixed with my moisturizer. I read somewhere that the Retinol and Vitamin C Serum work effectively at different PH levels, so in order to not cancel them out, you shouldn't use them together. No idea if this is true but I'm not going to experiment when Algenist's Genius serum is $115 an oz.   Moisturizer: Cerave PM- hyaluronic acid, ceramides and niacinimide- yeah, all for less than $15 a bottle. LOVE. In the winter, I layer Nature Republics "Super Aqua Max Combination Watery Cream" on top of my moisturizer. I will also use this alone during the summer time when I need cooling hydration.  
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BEAUTY BOSS jsharr08 / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
Giddy with excitement that you've done one of the real foot masks. I have yet to do one yet but I already have it picked out. Thank you Amazon!   ok- if you want a gen... see post