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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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I'm 27 now boo, but I did get ID'ed twice this week so hopefully being on this side of 25 my products are doing their job!    October16 PM No makeup day so.. Kate So... see post
Skin issue advice!!
  I have this bumpy red itchy rash on my right cheek that has fluctuated in severity, but remained, since June. I last posted about it here in June, when it was certainly not as bad. I of course have an appointment with a dermatologist, but I have had to wait months. I am so uncomfortable that I figured I would ask for suggestions from you all. I am 24 years old, have never had issues with my skin, and have always been comfortable going without makeup (until now). Here are the things I have ruled out: clogged pores, acne, allergies. The rash does not respond to cortisone cream or allergy medications, like Benadryl. It doesn't even stop the itching. I have taken my skincare down to the essentials and my standby products, Cerave Hydrating Cleanser and Clinique DD Lotion. So I do not attribute it to product usage. I have also been unable to wear SPF. It seems I am allergic to all of them. I was using Elta MD UV Clear SPF 46, but was attributing irritation to it, so I discontinued use for 8 weeks, but the rash persisted. Just to confirm that I am allergic to the product, I wore it again yesterday, and today I am very itchy and the rash looks more red and irritated. HOWEVER, I do NOT think this product is the culprit, as the irritation persisted when I stopped using it for two months. what gives!!!!  
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Short term add Argan Oil, you can get a cheap bottle from the Acure brand at Target or Whole Foods. It's super soothing and moisturizing and with a single ingredient isn... see post
Seeking skincare recommendations
I am looking for a good cleanser and mineral SPF moisturizer for everyday use. I am 24 years old with normal to dry skin that is very sensitive. I do suffer from some breakouts, mostly hormonal, and blackheads along my nose. I often get rashes along my jawline and cheeks if a product has silicones, fragrance or chemical spf. In the past, I have used acne cleansers, such as the cult favorite orange Neutrogena cleanser, but i'm just not sure I need an acne fighting cleanser at my age. I have also tried Mario Badescu Enzyme Gel cleanser and I didn't like that. I have most recently tried Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Cleanser, but I'm not totally sold on it, and would love to hear opinions. As far as SPF goes, I broke out from Clinique City Block SPF 25, and Elta MD Broad Spectrum SPF 46 gives me the cheek irritation I mentioned and little bumps all over my face. I am ultimately seeking an SPF that plays wells with makeup over top. Because my skin can tend to be dry, I'm okay with the idea of mixing it in with my moisturizer! All suggestions are welcome and appreciated!
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I'm still looking for the perfect sunscreen, but if your local Sephora still has any of the sun kits in stock those have some great options. I also like Sun Bum's Zinc v... see post
Just a regular facewash recommendation???
I have been looking for just a regular face wash that removes make up. And most of the one's I see on here are for a certain issue, like acne or blackheads. Well, I have normal to dry skin, I don't really have an acne problem and I've never had a blackhead before in my life, I'm just looking for a regular face wash that removes makeup. Thanks!
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Hi @bellsxXx!   I personally like to use a cleansing oil first to remove my makeup and then i'll go in with a cleanser for a deeper cleanse. I recommend trying out ... see post
Sensitive skin that's dry and aging
Does anyone have any suggestions for extremely sensitive dry skin? I have tried every drug store moisturizer and even keihls, lancome, estee lauder, philosophy. Nothing works. My dermatologist is struggling as well, everything burns, I mean eye watering burn, when it hits my skin. Within a few seconds my face is beet red, my rosacea flares up and then I get acne a few days later. My skin has been so dry lately and im starting to get fine lines and wrinkles under my eyes, so I know I need to do something. But nothing agrees with me! Anyone have similar issues or a miracle skin treatment? The last rx caused me to get cystic acne on my forehead and chin, it's just now clearing up and I am hopeful that something will work!
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from my experience, the best cream for sensitive rosacea skin is by Jurlique soothing calendula cream for redness. i also really like the moisturizing serum by first aid... see post
New Skin Routine, please help.
Hey ladies, I was hoping someone might help me set up a new skin routine. Once I finish using up samples I plan to buy new full size products and really get down a good system.   Something like this   Morning: Antioxidant product. Sunscreen or Sunscreen moisturizer. Night: Acne product one night Moisturizer Retinol product another night. Moisturizer to go with that. My issue is picking the products and making sure they all pair up. So nights I use retinol I don't want to be using a moisturizer with lots of actives in it that could combat each other or inflame my skin. So I definitely need product recommendations for things. I know I'm super interested in Sunday Riley products, and I won't rule out any good drug store options. Also don't need mask recs, I have so many masks to use up it'll take me at least a year. Thank you, anyone who takes the time to help.
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Here's a great thread to see what people here use on a daily basis, plus how much it all costs! see post
Facial steamer
Hi everyone, I was looking into buying the DDG Facial Steamer and was wondering what your skincare routines are. Cleanse, steam, mask, serum, moisturizer? Is there any point exfoliating after steaming?
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How Much Does Your Face Cost, Skincare Edition?
Last night I saw someone (gloss13?) ask on the Luxury Skincare thread,  would you pay $1k for a skincare product...  and through the conversation that ensued, a few people pointed out that their entire routines might add up to that amount.    So, it got me thinking... if I were to add up my entire daily skincare routine, where would I be at on that spectrum?  I have some guesses, but I have a feeling this will still be an eye opener for me (and probably for many others, too).  I'm only going to go by total product cost, not normalized for daily usage, because nobody's got time for that!   I'll write down everything I use in a day and edit my total in here.  Please feel free to come share your skincare snapshots with me
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@tuinamaster I'm not sure how much my list will help you if it's dark circles you're concerned about. The concealer for me was more about the cystic acne I used to have... see post
NUDE Skincare Thread
I was thinking we should have an "official" NUDE Skincare thread, in case something comes out from this new NUDE story that is happening lately. ( And even if not. ) So we can follow it all here. There are some threads, but those are more just questions and inquiries about NUDE stuff. It would be easier to have all things NUDE at one place, so we can all share news, updates, those possible new products, and anything NUDE here.   This is an announcement on Beautycounter about NUDE Skincare:   "It is with great excitement that we announce Counter Brands, LLC, parent company of Beautycounter, has acquired the worldwide assets of NUDE Skin Care, Inc. and NUDE Brands, Ltd. founded by Ali Hewson, the wife of musician and social activist, Bono. As a result of this deal, and their genuine interest in our products and mission, Bono will join the company as an investor and Ms. Hewson will join the Board of Directors of Counter Brands, LLC. Similar to our partnership with Target, this validation from such respected public figures will lead to increased brand awareness and client base. We are thrilled to have them join our team. The synergy between our two companies – from mission to ingredient selection process – makes NUDE a logical and compelling addition to our growing brand portfolio. We believe that incredible things are possible for our business and our unwavering advocacy work in D.C. For the foreseeable future, the Beautycounter and NUDE lines will exist as they do today."   They also said:  "“We will continue to sell through their existing channels of distribution,” Renfrew said of Nude. “The idea is to grow the channels of distribution as well as the product line as a whole,” she said."   Also: "NUDE products are currently available in the US on, across Europe in Space.NK stores and online, in Australia in Mecca stores and"   Response from Sephora's CS ( 6/30/2016 ): "The Nude Skin care line has been highly anticipated with our clients, and we can certainly appreciate your interest! At this time, some of the NUDE products are limited edition and will be on our site as supplies last, while other products are on our site to stay! We suggest staying tuned to Sephora's promotional emails, as new product launches are frequently announced via email. Additionally, keep checking back on our website under the Quick Link "Just Arrived"."   If you have any news, please feel free to share them here. If you have questions, post them here, and hopefully someone will have answers. Or we can all "investigate" together and try to find out what's cooking.    
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@lyravega, It's OOS again! 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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I just did a spot treatment and it's left me with chemical burns. Left it on for less than 5 mins, I have used it multiple times before... I'm freaking out. I'm writing ... see post
Thoughts on Rodial?
I've been thinking about purchasing some products from the skincare brand Rodial for a while. I see the brand a lot on the Ulta website, but have never tried it. Has anyone tried it, and what are your thoughts on it??
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Ha the name is pretty hard to pass up. When looking up the brand, it has great reviews. I may try another product down the line. see post
Under Eye Looks Dry and Creased
I use Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer and RCMA No color setting powder and I've noticed that my under eye after makes my eyes look old and wrinkled. I feel like by setting my under eye with power I look aged. What can I do to prevent this. I want to be able to look more youthful. Am I not using the products right?
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I had similar issue with my moisturizer. I tried using a primer to get the slip from the silicone (in most primers) and that helped. I mix a tiny bit with my eye cream b... see post
jawline bumps
I recently started using the Drunk Elephant Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, about a few weeks ago. And each time I use it, I notice I get these deep subsurface bumps on my jawline. itchy and pretty painful. Has anyone else experienced this with this product? I'm not sure if its an allergic reaction, or what. I figured my skin may be purging at first, but this does not hardly seem worth it for a product that was $100. Attaching a photo to show my areas of concern. No idea what it is!
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I can't use a 12% Glycolic Acid, I can barely use a 10% Glycolic Acid.   I do use Paula's 5% and have no problem.   Many years ago, when AHAs were first introdu... see post
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) PIXI glow mud cleanser toners (acids & hydrating) FIRST AID BEAUTY facial radiance pads (AHA) PIXI glow tonic (AHA) CAUDALIE beauty elixir (moisture) MURAD essential-c toner (moisture) oils and serums CLARINS lotus facial oil DRUNK ELEPHANT B-hydra complex serum MURAD rapid age spot and pigment lightening serum (for, obviously, pigment lightening) moisturizers AVEDA botanical kinetics hydrating face lotion AVEDA botanical kinetics soft creme (for p.m.) 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 rose stem cell mask (hydrating / soothing / toning / brightening) PIXI glow mud mask 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 6/16/16
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- Benton Aloe toner - mizon snail repair cream - glam glow clearing mask   see post
I am trying to get some skin care for my girlfriend. She is really into that stuff. However, I am getting pretty lost in all of this? Can people recommend some products? Also, I am super curious as to what makes these products good. Thanks. Also she is blond and she in her late 20s.
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I would love to get that as a gift, too! That mist is heavenly. see post
Sunrise, Sunset.. Post your favorite daily beauty routines rituals (morning or evening)
Hello all! I've been gone for awhile but I of course severely went through BT withdrawal!   So before I post my general question to the group, I need to reference these two recent incidents I experienced.: 1. The Sephora SA doing my makeover suggested I start using night cream for my eyes. Hello!!! I'm only 36 years old, I have never really taken care of my face except for a ever so needed makeup wipe at the end of the day. Her advice was like brick to my face. 2. After getting a recent facial my t-zone was a dry crumply mess. (btw, never happened before) It not only hurt but my face was bright red.   So with that being said, I have adopted using the products below per suggestions for others. And it got me to thinking. I would love to know your routines!   Please post your morning and/or evening routines with pics if possible. I will heart everyone's first post to this thread so we can hopefully get the discussion going. Can' wait to hear what all of you have to share!   My bedtime skincare routine:  
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skincare routine for combination skin
What are the best skincare products (cleaners, exfoliators, toners, moisturizers, etc) to use for combination skin? I have an oily t zone and my cheeks are dry and red.
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Hi cbk123,   There are tons of products that work well for combination skin, and finding what works best for your skin in particular is often a matter of trial and e... see post
Might Be A Silly Question.....But.....Is Mixing Skincare Regimes OK?
So for years I would use all the items in one skincare line when I used that line......I currently am trying the Lancer Skincare regime and I love the cleanser and skin feels amazing even after a few days....but I have found that the moisturizer is just not "rich" enough for my skin as I have very dry cheeks and jawline.....I am wondering what everyone's thoughts are on using the first two steps of "The Method" plus a different moistuizer/serum/facial oil?  I hope this does not come across as a silly question but I always had this idea that all products in a specific line were made to be working in synergy but maybe this is just a ploy to get me to use all the products in one line?!
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Thanks so much for all of the responses.  I sooooo appreciate it.  I will happily be mixing some stronger moisturizers with my current regime.  :) see post
Skin care routine between my house and my boyfriend's! I
Hi! I am 32 and have been dating a lovely guy for a while: but he lives on the other side of the city! This means I am often getting ready for the bed or for the day at his place. I do keep skin care and makeup at his house, but it isn't the same stuff I have at my place. My question is: do I need to keep identical skin care products at each place? Is it bad if I end up using a wide variety of products on my face every week? I also often get ready at the gym, so I have a whole different variety of products in my gym bag. I would love to hear how others manage this!
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A solution to your problem! Boscia Konjac Sponge.   Keep one at the BF's house and it will give you enough of a clean/exfoliate on it's own without product.   Take a... see post
I have combination/oily skin with just occasional breakouts.  I was looking for a product to help even out my skin tone and keep acne under control. A sales associate suggested Oe Henriksen Aloe Vera Deep Cleanser & Grease Relief Face Tonic. However, it totally made my skin breakout! I was thinking of trying the Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser, but I'm thinking maybe my skin just doesn't like natural products. I have also tried Orgins Checks & Balances and that made me breakout as well.  However, I have used the Fresh Rose Toner and Korres Greek Yogurt products without problems.   Is there a difference between these natural products?    Thanks!
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No problem!  I hope you end up finding some great products that work for you! see post
Cleansing Balm
What is the best makeup-removing cleansing balm, cleansing oil or cleansing milk? I wear foundation and I need something that actually dissolves makeup and doesn't just glide over it. I like Eve Lom's Cleanser, but want to try something new.
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Banila Co. cleansing balm is the best. It is cheap and you need very little. It can also clean waterproof mascaras. I stopped using all other makeup removers after using... see post
Looking for the right line.
I am 45 and looking for a skincare line that is right for me.  My skin has been acting up lately - probably because of trying new products to find the right one.  I am looking for a line that would help me with anti-aging issues, dry skin and small breakouts around the nose area.  It is not rosacea I have been told, but definitely irritated skin.  So bottom line is my skin is sensitive and dry.  I would like to try a line that is paraben free and more on the natural side, but I understand some of the chemicals are needed for the anti-aging.  Any advise is greatly appreciated!!!  Thank you in advance for any info you all can give me.
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have you gone to see a dermatologist to get some advice? see post
Uneven Skin Tone Cleanser
Hi! I am looking for a new cleanser.  I had a little trouble with acne, but have gotten it mostly under control but want to keep it that way. My main concern now is evening out my skin tone. I have oily skin and am 23 years old.  I tried the Shiseido Purifying Cleanser, but it made my skin feel "squeaky" after rinsing.  A couple I was thinking of trying based on my concerns were: boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Cleanser Daily Foaming Wash   Has anyone tried both or have any other suggestions?   Thanks!  
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Hey kkenzy,   I'd get both, one for a.m. (Boscia) and then Exfolikate for p.m. I like the Ole Henricksen African Red Tea a lot too, and to even out skin tone Ole Henr... see post
New game! One of these things is not like the other...
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Yes, exactly, truth in advertising! Thank you for understanding! :) :) 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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Finally getting around to sharing my thoughts on this cream (which I received from Sephora to try out).    I've been using this consistently in the mornings since Janu... see post
Chemical exfoliation & new routine
I'm 24 years old, dry/combination skin. I have hereditary dark under eyes, easily get black heads on my nose, and often get congested on my forehead. I have very minor discoloration from acne scars past, but texture isn't a huge problem for me. My skincare routine includes the Clinique 3 Step system for dry/combination skin - mild facial soap, clarifying toner, and moisturizing lotion+ (however, I've heard foaming facial cleansers contain detergent, and are too harsh for the skin... so I'm open to new cleanser suggestions). I use FAB Radiance Pads a few times a week, I use my Clarisonic with the sensitive brush head a few times a week, GlamGlow Supermud if/when I'm breaking out, and I also use Bobbi Brown's Hydrating Eye Cream. I recently went into my Sephora and got samples of the Drunk Elephant Framboos Glycolic Serum and the Boscia Self-Defense Vital Antioxidant Moisture SPF 30, which so far, both seem amazing. So, my next question is, should I discontinue use of my FAB Facial Radiance Pads if I'm using the serum 3-ish times a week?
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I have been wanting to incorporate a liquid BHA exfoliant for night time, because I get very congested pores on my forehead, and this has been recommended to me. I like ... 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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Drunk Elephant is def not organic but has no fragrances or irritants. I started it about two weeks ago and no irritation or strange reaction.  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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I tried both and while I did get some drynes in a couple of areas, not much peeling. My skin looked great but started getting very dry. Switched to Drunk Elephant. While... see post
Shiseido Bonus
Anyone taking advantage of the Shiseido Bonus - never used their products before. Purchase 2 or more skincare products, receive a skincare bonus of your choice: Ibuki, Bio-Performance, White Lucent, Pureness, and Benefiance.  I think Ibuki is sold out.
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I love Shiseido- they are an amazing brand. I have use the White Lucent, Pureness, and Benefiance line. White Lucent doesn't have as much of a bang as the pureness line ... see post
Sensitive skin annoyances!
I've seen quite a few posts on BT about sensitive skin and problems people need help with. I thought it may also be fitting to have a space for people to complain about the difficulties of sensitive skin among sympathetic readers, as well as possibly look for advice and recommendations. It can be so annoying sometimes and no one quite gets it like other people with sensitive skin.    Skin type: Combination oily/oily, hypersensitive skin with eczema (developed 6 years ago) Complaint:  I recently tried the Nars Radiant Tinted Moisturizer and fell in love. I mean,  in love . As someone with usually combination oily/oily skin, I usually shy away from anything with the words "radiant" or "luminous". However, it works in a way that my skin is glowy (in this less-than-glowy New England weather) without looking oily. Alas, it seems like it's not to be because the  Octinoxate sunscreen. I have had a problem with chemical sunscreens for a few years. However, my lips have recently been more tolerable of them, so I thought that  maaaayybbe the same could be said for my face. Alas, that is not the case. I can't stand the limited options that sensitive skin can bring. Oh, to be able to use almost any product...I dream of it. 
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I was diagnosed with rosacea about 15 years ago and was told to stop using soaps.  Who would've thunk that Camay would be bad for you?  I've been using high end cleanser... see post