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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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SIGHTSEER ln998177 / SIGHTSEER SIGHTSEER / replied
Just made my purchase of good genes, luna, and tidal! Can't wait!!! 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 BOSS franceslovesyou / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / 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
Paula's Choice Discussion & Deals Thread
I thought I'd start a dedicated thread where people can get answers to any questions they have about Paula's Choice skincare products and share deals!   I've been using PC products for two years now (I've switched out almost everything from the other brands I was using, like Tatcha, Somme Institute and Algenist) and it's made such a difference to my skin.   My current regime is: Skin Recovery Cleanser Resist Toner Resist BHA 2% liquid Resist Skin Firming Line Minimizer Dark Spot Eraser 2% BHA Resist C15 Super Booster Calm Redness Relief Repairing Serum Skin Recovery Moisturiser 1% Retinol Booster Clear Ultra Light Daily Fluid SPF30/ Reist Daily Moisturizer with SPF25   If you're looking to get a deal on Paula's Choice, there's $10 off your first order for new customers at PC direct with a referral frequent sales, ranging from 15% to 25% off, at PC direct cashback - currently 12% at Topcashback and for new members 30% (up to $20) at CouponCabin $15 off $75 for new customers at B-Glowing with a referral, as well as a Paula's Choice gwp with $50+ orders at Dermstore, 15% off with subscriptions or 20% off for new customers Please feel free to add any other offers you know about or ask any questions about the brand! Let the discussion and deal sharing begin!
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BEAUTY MASTER lapins / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
At PC direct there's 20% off everything with code WHATSNEXT17 plus a free travel size/ DS Vitamin C booster on orders $50+ with code  AMRMNGIFT see post
LXMI Crème du Nil Pore-Refining Moisture Veil Leaking Issue
I love the LXMI Crème du Nil Pore-Refining Moisture Veil but I travel a lot and every time this creme leaks out of the container.  Does anyone have a suggestion I can try to avoid the leaks?  I cannot imagine not using it but it is getting expensive to lose so much product all the time.  I wish they would redesign the packaging as it seems this may be an issue.  My original order leaked out and had to be replaced with the one I am using now.   BTW....this stuff is so good...particularly after a long flight or a late night.  I just love what it does for my skin.
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BEAUTY CELEB CleanBeautyGirl / BEAUTY CELEB BEAUTY CELEB / replied
@Astray, I'm the Founder of LXMI! So nice to meet you, and thank you so much for your lovely comments about our Creme du Nil.   Good news -- we are adding a liner in t... see post
when should you use a glycolic cleanser? Night?
HALL OF FAMER greenchilli / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
@CGillenwater   You can use a Glycolic cleanser anytime.     A glycolic cleanser has less potency compared to an acid treatment - time on skin is important for acid.... see post
Do I need a Vitamin C serum if I am using the Sunday Riley Juno Oil? I have dry and sensitive skin
HALL OF FAMER greenchilli / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
@trucie   You are right.  I am not sure why I was thinking Luna when I read Juno.  I blame age ;-)   I will correct my post in a moment.     see post
facial cleansers
I have been using Bare Minerals Purifying Facial Cleanser for years and they have discontinued this product.  Their replacement received terrible review and I'm hesitant to try it.   Can you recommend a product in the same price category that will remove makeup including eye makeup as well.
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HALL OF FAMER TrysBeautyItems / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Here's a thread for a replacement for the BM http://community.sephora.com/t5/Dry/Alternative-to-BareMinerals-Purifying-Facial-Cleanser-now-that/m-p/2592106/   Dependi... see post
Hello :)
Hello yesterday I found out that I am pregnant and I am planning to start new skincare regime which is natural and doesn't have any harmful ingredients. I have dry skin, could you please suggest me the skincare product that I should buy? I would really appreciate your help & advise. Thanks in advance
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BEAUTY MAVEN cdncinnamongirl / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
Hi TanuBrar,   Congratulations.  I suggest speaking to your doctor or midwife about specific ingredients.  Motherisk.com (SickKids) is a very thorough and up-to-date w... see post
10-Step Korean Skincare Regimen
Has anybody tried a 10-step Korean skincare regimen? What has been your experience and what products do you recommend?
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BEAUTY PRO LovePlaid / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
I went through a huge phase last year right around this time actually and stop around June when I started working for a skincare company.  It honestly saved my skin thro... see post
Facial Moisturizer/ Eye cream recommendation
Hello My pretties,   I am in need of a new facial moisturizer (anti-aging) for everyday wear. I currently use Belief Aqua Bomb and I feel it still leaves me a bit dry and I have combination skin: Oily T-zone and the rest is normal. It also does not provide me with any anti-aging benefits.   I am also in need of an eye cream (Currently using Eye dew - I am almost through the container I purchased and I have not noticed any tremendous changes).    With so many holiday sets dropping - I am a bit confused as to what to purchase and this is where your help would be greatly appreciated   Some information regarding concerns and skin type: - combo/normal skin - concerns: Fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, dullness, uneven skin tone - 29 years old   Thank you all in advance
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StephanieBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Ooh, I haven't had a chance to try that brand yet, but I've heard good things! The Anti-Aging Moisturizer is on my list of things to try for sure.  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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HALL OF FAMER ChicDabbler / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Depends on how much you will use it. If you love long skincare routines and know you will use it twice a week, then it's nice. If you take a deep breathe, and realize yo... 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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BEAUTY PRO ncip / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
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
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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BEAUTY PRO NatalieeBT / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
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 t... 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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BEAUTY PRO ncip / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
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
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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HALL OF FAMER txcatx / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Here's a great thread to see what people here use on a daily basis, plus how much it all costs!   http://community.sephora.com/t5/Skincare-Stories/How-Much-Does-Your-F... see post
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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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
This is fun!   Day:   -Ole Henriksen Truth Facial Water - $22 -Ole Henriksen Truth Serum - $48 -Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Gel - $42 -CeraVe AM Lotion - $14.... 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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Marz21 / FRESH FACE / replied
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
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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HALL OF FAMER samls324 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
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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HALL OF FAMER DiVWA / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
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
NUDE Skincare Thread
I was thinking we should have an "official" NUDE Skincare thread, in case something comes out of 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 Sephora.com, across Europe in Space.NK stores and online, in Australia in Mecca stores and Mecca.com."   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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HALL OF FAMER tsavorite / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Thank you, @lyravega!  I was late to the party again, and I missed it again!  I'll keep trying!  :) 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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HALL OF FAMER jeannie11 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
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
#helpabrotherout
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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HALL OF FAMER MarciaBrady / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
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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