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Thread for Stubborn Skin Concerns: Makeup, Skincare, or Otherwise!
Hey all!   I thought I'd create a thread based on my own recent discovery!   Anyway, the point of this thread will be to offer advice, tutorials, anecdotes, etc etc  for skin concerns that are very stubborn or even rare. This can include acne, hyper pigmentation of any type, texture, wrinkles, even contouring the face to enhance or hide facial features.    Products nowadays claim to be an all in one fix for the aforementioned skin concerns, but for many, these claims fall very short and it can get very frustrating to not be able to hide/"cure" what you're really aiming for.    Hopefully this thread can help someone who has some of the more rare conditions plaguing the skin or to take away the guesswork for certain techniques when applying makeup/skincare.   I'll go ahead and post my anecdote below!    
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BEAUTY BUFF ashanizer / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
I've had super dark pigmentation (called Nevus of Ota) under my left eye for as long as I can remember; I've gotten asked many a time if it's a bruise/if I've gotten int... see post
DYI Skincare and Makeup
It seems like a few of us are making some of our own products, so I thought it might be fun to have a thread to show and tell, ask questions, share lessons learned, etc.   What do you make and why?   (Oh, and sorry for the typo in the title. It's the one thing that can't be edited 🤷🏻‍♀️.)
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HALL OF FAMER ChicDabbler / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
DIY dupe of Lush Ocean scrub cuz it's popular and expensive. It worked just as well as before but more moisturizing since I used coconut oil, and has a shorter expiratio... see post
How often should you exfoliate, peel, do microdermabrasion, and do masks? How much is too much? Do you have a skincare schedule?
HALL OF FAMER ChicDabbler / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Exfoliate/peel/microdermabrasion are kind of the same category. I assume you meant how to fit that with masks in your skincare schedule.   In general you should exfoli... see post
SkinCare Help Please!
I have been struggling with my skin for a long time it's slightly acne prone. I have more of a combination skin. I have quite dry parts and I get quite oily in my T-Zone. I have been struggling with my skin since I was 16. I've used harsh products like ProActiv which caused me to breakout more. I am unsure on a daily routine and which products to use. PLEASE HELP!
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BEAUTY WHIZ greeneyedgirl107 / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
@KBonogofski Proactive has menthol in it which is a skin irritant.  Please read Paula Begoun's "Beauty Bible" for sound advice.  In the meantime, use a liquid cleanser ... see post
Ole Henriksen Real Results Challenge
Finally, oily skin meets its matte! We are so excited for you to try our bestselling Counter Balance™ Oil Control Hydrator and share your skincare journey with us. This lightweight daily moisturizer controls oil, minimizes the look of pores and is clinically proven to improve foundation wear for up to 8 hours.   It’s powered by Green Fusion Complex™, a proprietary blend of potent active botanicals—green tea, eucalyptus, algae (kelp) and Irish moss extracts—with natural antiseptic properties. With neem seed oil and AHAs, Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator minimizes the look of pores and helps skin maintain a healthy balance.   This open forum is for you to share your experience and hear from others. We’ll be checking this thread frequently, so if you have questions, ask away!   Remember, a happy face is a beautiful face!
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olehenriksen BRAND STAFF / BRAND STAFF BRAND STAFF / replied
Hi jpredhorse,   I would recommend trying out this Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator. This moisturizer is a perfect primer for your makeup and focuses on mattifying... see post
Milk Makeup Matcha Solid Toner
Milk Makeup is about to drop it's new Matcha toner stick. It's super TSA friendly and the world's first solid toner. Questions or thoughts!?   PRODUCT DETAILS: Matcha-infused toner stick refines and preps skin post-cleansing for purified pores and smooth hydrated skin.   TONES Kombucha and witch hazel purify pores, while Matcha green tea detoxifies and protects   HYDRATES Organic cactus elixir hydrates and calms irritated skin
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HALL OF FAMER purly / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Yeah, it's hit or miss and depends on whether your screeners notice/care. see post
Best Moisturizers While Using Retin-A
I've been using Retin-A for a few months now because I had bumpy skin and white and black heads that never came to the surface. The results have been amazing and my skin has never looked better but one side effect is dry skin so I experience dry patches and my skin just flaking off. My current daytime moisturizer isn't cutting it so I'm looking for something that is extra hydrating and that has at least spf 15. I'm fine with even drug store brands. I just hate when I put on my moisturizer, do my makeup as then I get to work and I see my skin just flaking off.
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BEAUTY MAVEN Miniivan / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
I'm currently using cerave pm and I absolutely love it, it's super hydrating. So I tried the am version but to me it seemed too much like just sunscreen and I just didn'... see post
Best of the Best: What Are Your Favorite Natural Skincare Products?
Hey BeautyTalkers!    I have noticed a lot of chatter about natural skincare products in the beauty world. There is no perfect definition of 'natural skincare' but I am thinking of products that are labeled partially or 100% organic, sulfate-free, paraben-free, plant-based, or just made with simple ingredients.    There are a lot of reasons a product may be considered natural so without overcomplicating the definition I have a question for you all: What are your favorite natural skincare products?       Looking forward to reading your responses!    
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BEAUTY BOSS AmazingGrace333 / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
Thank you for this thread! My low-buy has been lifted and great timing--I had eczema break out all over my body including face so had to start all over again with skinca... see post
The Reactive/Sensitive/Eczema-prone Skine Thread
Do you have dry, flaky skin AND skin that would give BECCA Opal a run for its money? Does your skin clear up from a clarisonic whilst giving you that Rudolph-with-a-sunburn look? Would you rather go bridge jumping than patch testing?   If you answered yes to some of these, then welcome to the finicky skin support club! We meet on good skin days, which happens maybe once in a blue moon, so like never.    --   *SKIN, not skine. Ugh. 
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HALL OF FAMER Ispend2much6 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
@jominguez  I'm not familiar with the Dr. Jart eye cream, but I've found that 100% Pure's eye cream (it has caffeine,) is very gentle for me.  I also do like Bobbi Brown... see post
Dr. Gross Real Results Challenge
Turn your skin on! We can’t wait for you to try our NEW C + Collagen Brighten & Firm Vitamin C Serum. This weightless, fast-absorbing gel-serum is power-packed with our proprietary vitamin C (3-O C technology) and energy complex plus collagen amino acids.    Rev up tired looking skin for a tighter and brighter complexion! During the challenge, see an improvement in imperfections like dullness, dark spots, rough texture, and expression lines as skin is repaired and protected from aging and environmental aggressors.   Use this thread to share your results, learn tips, and ask any questions you may have. We will be checking here throughout the challenge to answer your questions.  Can’t wait to see your results!
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drdennisgross BRAND STAFF / BRAND STAFF BRAND STAFF / replied
@sunlily we LOVE hearing results like this! Who doesn't want smooth bright skin in the morning?  see post
Farmacy Green Clean for Eyes?
I have this product and LOVE it, it's perfect for cleansing my dry skin.    I see a lot of testimonials about it being great for removing eye makeup but am not sure the best way to go about doing that. I apply to my skin as directed, does using a washcloth to remove the product help swipe a little over the eyes without overdoing it and do the job?   Thanks for any info you can provide!
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HALL OF FAMER SydBristow / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Awesome, thanks! :) I think this stuff is amazing and if it does a good job of removing eye makeup too it will replace a few items for me! Just worried about getting pro... see post
Self Tanning/Spray Tan - Dos, Don'ts and Funny Stories
It's the time of year where everyone wants that beautiful sun kissed glow. Thankfully we have a wide range of good quality self tanners available to us now so we are not exposed to harmful rays.  What is your favorite self tanner and why? Share any helpful tips on application, what not to do and any funny stories you'd like to share.  
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BEAUTY CELEB bstew13 / BEAUTY CELEB BEAUTY CELEB / replied
I have an olive complexion and tan naturally. However, sometimes in the winter I can get pretty pale. We had a pretty cold winter this year in Canada so I went out to Se... see post
Easy 5 minute routine
Looking for a foundation or other option to use for work.  Currently i use hourglass hylauronic skin tint and i love it!  but it is expensive and i am looking for a light and quick option just to even tone while providing a slight coverage for work.  I am a teacher, so I don't like the feeling of a lot on my face during the day.   Any suggestions welcome!  I have combination to dry skin- somewhat sensitive
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HALL OF FAMER Haleyhale / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I love the new NARS soft matte concealer. It gives a great, natural finish, so pigmented and stays put all day. I suggest pinpoint concealing any trouble/and or red area... see post
Algenist Real Results Challenge
Hello and welcome to our Vitamin C+ Real Results Challenge! We are so excited to connect here on BeautyTalk to hear about your experience with the Vitamin C+ Serum and share some of our favorite tips.   Our Vitamin C+ Serum is your secret weapon to combating advanced anti-aging and discoloration. This product is a triple threat, formulated with Alguronic acid, microalgae oil and potent vitamin C+. Safe for all skin types, this serum is formulated to minimize the appearance of deep wrinkles and support the most fragile skin areas while visibly reducing the look of age spots and discoloration. The impressive vitamin C boosts brightness and radiance for a uniform complexion. This is a space for you to discuss the product, hear from others and ask your questions. We are so excited to talk with you all about this powerful serum and answer all of your questions. Please share your challenge results below and feel free to ask us anything!  
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BEAUTY MASTER Alicehoopz / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
all companies that don't test on animals rely on animal testing studies that were done by OTHER companies for safety assurance but yknow, you do you boo see post
YOUR SKINCARE STORY
this little questionnaire is floating around instagram, and i thought it might be fun to bring it over here. i'll post the questions written out in the spoiler for easy copying & pasting, and post my answers below too     Spoiler (Highlight to read) 1. How did you get into skincare ? 2. What is your favorite skincare step ? 3. What is your favorite skincare ingredient ? 4. Which products are currently on your wishlist ? 5. Which brand / product would you never spend your money on ? 6. What is your biggest skincare regret ? 7. What is your HG skincare trick ? 8. What are 3 of your all time favorite products ? 9. Who is your skincare inspiration ? 10. What is your 2017 skincare goal ? 1. How did you get into skincare ?2. What is your favorite skincare step ?3. What is your favorite skincare ingredient ?4. Which products are currently on your wishlist ?5. Which brand / product would you never spend your money on ?6. What is your biggest skincare regret ?7. What is your HG skincare trick ?8. What are 3 of your all time favorite products ?9. Who is your skincare inspiration ?10. What is your 2017 skincare goal ?  
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HALL OF FAMER Saschattack / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
@shirleylin88 Okay! I'll message you if I end up wanting it. Although I'm in Canada so I'm not sure how you would feel about trading cross border. For myself it would ha... see post
LA MER Thread
The highly anticipated LA MER brand is finally at Sephora. Share your thoughts about the brand and what products you feel are worth the price and what items you would pass on.  Have you found any possible dupes?  
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HALL OF FAMER virgo87 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
@Madeline7  That would be great but I think an independent lab or group would need to do it but I am sure someone would try and influence them or sway the results. see post
Skincare 101: Discussions, Questions and All
This is a place to discuss everything skincare.   - Have a question about a product (Or type of product) - Need recommendations - Learned a new tip or trick you want to share with fellow skincare junkies - New to skincare and lost about where to start - Have a skincare emergency ( Bad reaction, broken dropper, lost lid of a jar) Images From top left to clockwise (Essencz, Garnier, Men's Fitness, Harper Bazaar)   We have some great thread about skincare but I feel we don't have a general place to discuss skincare which is open for everything from lowend products to luxury skincare.    Other skincare threads you may like to explore   http://community.sephora.com/t5/Ask-The-Experts/All-about-Luxury-skincare-Come-in-and-chat-about-you...   http://community.sephora.com/t5/Skincare-Stories/Daily-Skincare-what-are-you-using/m-p/2716765#M8681      
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HALL OF FAMER sierrafallon / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Okay y'all I need some skincare recommendations as I'm almost finished with what i'm currently using.   -I want facial oil recommendations -I want essence recommendat... see post
what do guys think of sunday riley CEO?
HALL OF FAMER ragdoll4mom / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I tried a sample of this, and I'm absolutely in love with it.  It made my skin so soft and smooth.  It smells like fresh squeezed oranges.  I definitely will be buying t... see post
Is rubbing alcohol bad for your skin?
I've been trying to figure out if Rubbing Alcohol is bad for your skin because I've used it to clean my face and all it does is dry it out- which isn't necessary a bad thing because I have acne-prone skin but it does nothing but clean my face although that's also not a bad thing. I was just wondering because I've used it forever but nothing's bad has ever happened. Just wondering if it can damage your skin or something.   Any advice??? XOXO,      Z
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BEAUTY PRO IZ95 / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
This won't be the most detailed answer but at the most basic level, alcohol in skincare usually dries out your skin. I haven't done too much research, but I definitely n... see post
La Mer Moisturizer Ingredients
Does anyone have the complete ingredient list for the La Mer Moisturizer?  Thank you.
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hi, redtopper!   I posted a response to your inquiry on the thread posted in the Beauty Insider portion of Beauty Talk:   http://community.sephora.com/t5/Beauty-Insi... see post
Skincare Routine.
So this is my current Nighttime skincare routine, looking for feedback on the order im doing things in:   Coconut Oil to remove makeup A Foaming Cleanser (exfoliant/mask/ sometimes both once to twice a week) Toner hydrating mist Oil eye cream moisturizer I also want to add an essence in here as well as Sunday Riley's Good Genes Lactic Acid.   I am also super curious about what i should leave in/leave out in the mornings!   Please let me know thoughts on my current routine as well as where to add in these new products !!! Thank you!
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NikkoBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi @emmag14,   I think you have a great routine down! It's pretty similar to my own:   Cleanse Mask/Exfoliate  Tone Essence Oil Eye Cream Moisturizer... see post
Sunday Riley Real Results Challenge
We’re thrilled to share with you the #1 anti-ageing serum at Sephora: our Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment. This product is formulated with high-powered, purified-grade lactic acid that exfoliates away dull, pore-clogging dead skin cells to visibly reveal smooth, fresh, younger looking skin.   In addition to lactic acid, skin-brightening licorice helps visibly reduce the look of dark spots, age spots, and discoloration caused by sun exposure, for naturally brighter, more even-toned skin. Good Genes is also clinically tested and proven to significantly improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles in just three minutes!   We’ll be checking this thread frequently throughout the month to chat about the challenge itself and answer your questions about Good Genes. We can’t wait to hear about your results!
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BEAUTY PRO bharvey / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
Okay...I might be amazed.  It took me a bit to start this challenge and I'm currently on day ONE...I have pretty noticeable laugh lines (life well lived I guess) and aft... see post
Do you Exfoliate or Cleanse first?
Hello, beauties!   This question has been unanswered for many years. I've read so many articles saying that it's always been that you cleanse and THEN exfoliate, however, there have been many studies suggesting that you could get even better results by exfoliating before you cleanse! I've tried both and it's seemed to be the exact same.   What do all of you beauties do first? And how has it been working for you?   Sincerely, HonestlyFab! xoxo
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
To echo what many have said below, I opt to cleanse first and then exfoliate. I do this because that way you're exfoliator (be it a peel or scrub) doesn't have to work e... see post
Ole Henriksen POWER Peel vs. DE T.L.C Sukari Babyfacial?
I use the Power Peel once a week right now and I like how it feels, but I live overseas for a few months at a time and so the DE T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial looks easier to pack and just overall more convenient. Has anyone used both these products and think one is better than the other, or do they give similar results? I am not against buying another few 6 packs of the Power Peel! It is just more space in my luggage if the DE product is just as good (or better). Thanks! 
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BEAUTY MASTER franceslovesyou / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
thanks for the detailed reply!!! Yea, I feel like I need to use the power peel once a week or I get an uncontrollable amount of sebaceous filaments. I will pick up th... see post
Burning Question...
Are you NOT supposed to put eye cream on your eye lids? This is the second time in a month that my eye lids are burning, itching, swollen, red and peeling. I have read different things online so I'm just curious to others experiences. Also, my mom is telling me it's because I use Korean skin care products and that I don't know what is in them and that Korean beauty products are not well regulated and can have anything in them. Is this true? I don't want to be putting rat poop on my face! Thanks!
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BEAUTY BOSS RMOR86 / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
I just started using this brand. I discovered the coconut smoothie lotion primer. Will check out the eye cream! see post
Caudalie Real Results Challenge
We are SO excited for you to test our breakthrough Resveratrol Lift Face Lifting Soft Cream. This luxurious, plumping cream is formulated in a creamy, weightless texture for nourishment that lasts, without leaving a greasy film!    This is an open forum for you to talk about the product, hear how others are doing with the challenge and ask questions. The clinical results from our lab are incredible, and we would love to hear your very own results as well. Please let us know any tips and tricks you have discovered during your 7-day trial. If you have any questions or comments please let the community know your skin type to understand and give the best advice possible. We’ll be checking this thread frequently during the challenge, so if you have a question for us, please feel free to ask!     Can’t wait to hear about your results! Let the challenge begin! 
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HALL OF FAMER Anewxa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
@caudalie I just remembered to report back on this. I have been using the soft cream from a deluxe sample pot for about 3 weeks now. I really enjoyed this one and glad t... see post
Drunk Elephant Baby Facial
Okay everyone, it's time for me to live vicariously through you!!   I'm dying to buy the new Drunk Elephant Baby Facial, but as a Canadian DE fan it is not available to me   Has anyone ordered it or tried it out yet? I want to hear your thoughts/opinions/experiences!!!
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BEAUTY MAVEN RunsWNeedles89 / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
Tell me about. You and I are in the same boat. I desperately hope they bring and keep all of their product line to the Canadian market. It's exceptionally difficult to a... see post
Cleanser-Moisturizer-Toner Recommendations
I am looking for a brand with a good cleanser, moisturizer, and toner. It does't have to come as a set, but I would like specific products (hopefully of the same brand so they can work together) to amp up my skincare routine. Any suggestions? I am interested in reasonably priced products, as I would not like to spend hundreds of dollars here. Thanks!!
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itsbreanna / RISING STAR / replied
Dry, mildly sensitive skin Large pores, redness SPF would be nice Make up remover is not a necessity  see post
BEST NIGHT TREATMENT FOR DRY SKIN, PORES AND FINE LINES?
I USE SUNDAY RILEY TIDAL FOR MY DAILY MOISTURIZER, I HAVE TRIED THE GOOD GENES BUT IT MADE MY SKIN IRRITATED AND RED. I WAS VERY DISAPOINTED SINCE I READ SUCH GOOD REVIEWS. I NEED HELP WITH GETTING THE RIGHT SKIN PRODUCTS.
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HALL OF FAMER ChicDabbler / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Good Genes has acid in it and is like a peel, so you have to work up to daily use and use sparingly, especially if you don't do acid peels often.   In terms of dry ski... see post
Skincare - Suncreen Confessions
I had a laser treatment for my acne scars recently. Before the procedure, dr analyzed my skin with a device that shows the levels of sun damage along with my skin age vs real age, textural damage etc. Results were not pretty. I had 48% of sun damage.   I use spf (Algenist every morning) and then put makeup on. I never reapplied spf during the day since I had makeup on unless I was on a beach vacation. Since I used spf religiously every morning whether I am out or not, I thought I was being a good enough girl. But nooooo, 48%.    Now, dr recommended Skinceuticals spf and I have to stop wearing makeup since I have to reapply every 2 hours. (The powder spf and similar ones applied over makeup does not give enough protection due to laser taking off layers of skin and I have to protect the baby skin.)   I wanna hear about your stories and how you deal with spf, makeup, reapplication etc. Are you being naughty or nice? Which brand makes your fav spf?
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HALL OF FAMER aydasu / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I am on the hunt for this too. And I wanna be able to trust that it actually still protects me over makeup. see post