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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 fatimamummy / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
@fairlywell It does has some itching and discomfort 😔 Almond oil is the only thing I actually know I am allergic of. I always go with double cleanse even if I have sli... see post
NATURAL SKINCARE TALK
I don't think we have one of these yet... But, if I'm wrong, please do correct me.   I've been wanting to make this thread for a while now, but as it usually is... Life got and gets in the way. But, better late than never, huh?   I've been enjoying many natural skincare products for the last 15 years or so, on and off ( mainly facial oils and balms, but masks, treatments, and body oils and balms, as well. ) I even used to make my own for years ( years ago ) as good natural skincare products were not a very easy thing to obtain. You'd have to try and hunt down quality ingredients and make stuff yourself most of the time. And, that was quite a task! It makes me happy to see that there is so many wonderful products widely and easily available lately. It makes things so much easier!   Natural skincare performs better for me personally. I love and enjoy using it. My skin adores it. I love the idea of it and behind it. So, I wanted to make a place for us natural skincare lovers to talk about anything natural skincare as I see there are many others out there that are interested, or already in love with it, as well. So why not have our own little place on here? So we can share our experiences ( good and/or bad ), loves, favorite products, favorite brands and their news/new launches, discus things, share our daily routines, talk DIYs if anyone is into that, why not? Anything really.   By "natural" skincare here I'm talking about skincare made mostly or completely of ingredients available in nature, like plant-derived ingredients, minerals... You know, the whole nine.   Anyway - feel free to join in! You don't have to be a natural skincare lover exclusively. Everybody's welcomed!   A word of caution ... For those who are new to natural skincare, proceed with caution. Inform and educate yourself really well on everything you are interested in trying and putting on your skin. Natural does not mean it won't hurt you! And, it certainly doesn't mean it's safe. Some natural ingredients can be irritating for some people. Go with what's good for you, don't force anything on your skin just because someone said it is good.  Do patch tests. Be smart. People prone to allergies should pay careful attention to what they use on their skin.    P.S. I am not completely and 100% natural, nor I imagine I ever will be as I do love me some other stuff, as well. But mostly, yes.    
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HALL OF FAMER lyravega / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I forgot to mention Alyaka for Mahalo sample kit@Magycmyste , sorry. It was long time ago. That might be a good option if you want Mahalo samples only ( no mixing and ma... see post
Best Makeup and Skincare for Oily/Acne Prone Skin
So I have super oily acne prone skin and large pores. I'm looking for face washes, or toners, and possibly foundation or BB cream that would "work" or "be ok". I have tried the Clinique pink toner (I forgot what its called. Clarifying Toner?) and Kate Somerville Acne Face Wash. They both work pretty well but the toner doesn't keep my skin feeling fresh. And something using both can be slightly drying so I sometimes use a moisturizing gel or facial essence.  So to sum it all up, I'm looking for skin care that can help with my oily skin and potentially some form of makeup that won't oil up (i.e primer, foundation, BB cream, concealer). I don't need full coverage, light to medium would be perfectly fine, just to help cover up my trouble stops and have a light veil over my discoloration. Thank you so much!
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BEAUTY BUFF gracedujour / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
i like Ole Henriksen's line, especially the  Invigorating Night Transformation Gel.  see post
Best exfoliators?
I'm looking for a resuracing, pore minimizing, scar diminishing, and anti-aging exfoliator. I have done my research and realize I'm asking a lot of qualities pertaining to a product. If anyone has suggestions outside of an exfoliator, I'm all ears. I am particularly in the market for an exfoliator and am always open to new skin care suggestions! 
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HALL OF FAMER ChicDabbler / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
For diminishing scars and resurfacing, look for chemical exfoliators with enzyme, glycolic acid, lactic acid etc. Good exfoliation keeps your pores clean so it looks sma... see post
Dry Skin Talk
I think it's about time we have a place for people with dry skin to talk their dry skin, share, discuss, help each other with their skincare routines, problems, goals.... Skincare. Life style changes. Anything. As much as we can. We don't have to be experts to help each other out. Maybe our experiences combined and put together can produce something helpful and beautiful for every fellow dry skin person that might seek help, word of advice, or simply a "safe haven".   Of course, you don't have to have dry skin to join us. Anyone with some wisdom willing to share is welcomed here!  
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HALL OF FAMER lyravega / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
@jozkid I don't think I have. I'll check it out. Thanks for the suggestion! see post
Allergic reaction to Tata's resurfacing mask
I got a sample of the Tata's Resurfacing Mask in my play box this month. Used it and had an allergic reaction of hives all over my face (that are still here hours later and progressively got worse.) I do not have sensitive skin. I have never had an allergic reaction to anything in my life. My skin is fairly well balanced. Has anyone else had this problem? 
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BEAUTY WHIZ Christin13 / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
I have pretty sensitive skin and have had no problems. Different people have different reactions. You should read the ingredients and try to figure out what caused the i... see post
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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HALL OF FAMER greenchilli / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
@fairlywell   You know I love Vintner's Daughter.  I use it almost daily in the AM.  I hope you love it too! see post
Help! Need VitaZing moisturizer substitute!
I use the Origins Vitazing moisturizer every day instead of foundation - it gives me a perfect smoothing look without a 'foundation-y' look and it's low maintenance and doesn't make me break out. But Sephora has been out of the Vitazing for weeks now, and I'm running out!    Is there another lightly tinted moisturizer that would be a good substitute? Any suggestions? I've tried Laura Mercier's tinted moisturizer which I didn't care for (too sunscreen-y smell and too tinted), and Dr Jart's BB cream which looked fabulous but made me break out something awful. 
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BEAUTY BRAINIAC dashaowls / BEAUTY BRAINIAC BEAUTY BRAINIAC / replied
This is also my favorite moisturizer of all time. I would just buy it from Ulta   There's really nothing else like it! see post
Facial Sunscreen Causing Eye Irritation
Recently I've been having an issue where my eyes will suddenly start burning and watering ferociously. (Seriously.  I look like I'm bawling.) Over the last couple of weeks I think  I've made the connection between the burning/watering and using facial sunscreen.   It started at my daughter's track meet after I applied my gold standard Neutrogena sunscreen.  I initially assumed I had applied it too close to my eyes because I used this product often over previous summers.  But then it happened again a few days later when I used Coola's Setting Spray.  Then again when I tried Murad Invisiblur.  If I go without sunscreen it doesn't happen.     But, what doesn't make sense is that the irritation doesn't just happen shortly after application either.  I can be at Target 8 hours later and the burning and watering will start as I'm walking through the parking lot.  (Thank heaven it was in the parking lot.  Anyone who saw me probably just thought I spent too much lol!)   Thoughts?  Suggestion?  I'm very fair and can't go without sunscreen over the summer!
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HALL OF FAMER kalex / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
The Neutrogena is sweat/water resistant but the other products are not.  I have dry skin and wasn't working out/breaking a sweat in any of the instances where the burnin... see post
What is a good Cleansing Oil?
Hi,   I am in search for a good cleansing oil that removes makeup and is good for sensitive skin. Any suggestions? What do you think about Tatcha and Shu Uemura? 
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BEAUTY WHIZ kathmb / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
@tvisram, Do you have any other skin concerns besides sensitivity, e.g. are you prone to breakouts and/or dryness easily or more redness and hives/rash? Does even light... see post
Help! Face Moisturizer for teenagers
So I have 2 girls 13 and 14yrs old. They always see me using skin care items and they are starting to get interested taking care of their skin. Which is good because I didnt do it when I was their age 😬 I want to ask what brands are good for teens for a face moisturizer?  From sephora or any drugstore brand 😊 Thank you in advance!
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HALL OF FAMER friedrice / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Thank you all for your recommendations I really appreciate it! We're going to take a trip and go Sephora 🙂  see post
OILY-COMBINATION SKIN PRODUCT RECCOMENDATIONS PLEASE%3F%21
Hey everyone!    So I'm in desperate need for some holy grail product recommendations of ALL kinds! Face washes, serums, moisturizers, masks, toners, ANYTHING YOU GOT! Plot twist: They need to be for oily/combination skin!   Thanks! 
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JaneanBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi @makeitnastia,   I have been loving the Lancome Tonique Pure Focus. This toner mattifies yet provides hydration to the skin. It reduces the amount of oil I produc... see post
desperate for acne advice
My skin has been a mess for the past three months and I feel like I've tried everything. Any recommendations to clear my acne up would be so appreciated!   Here's my current routine: AM: tone with Lush Tea Tree Water, Josie Maran argan whipped face butter, and the NARs tinted moisturizer spf 30 PM: wash with Youth to the people cleanser, Kate Somerville Anti Bac benzoyl peroxide treatment, and Ole Henriksen invigorating night creme OR Josie Maran light argan oil   I have tried Paula's Choice 2% BHA, Belief aqua bomb, Ole Henriksen find your balance cleanser, Ole Henriksen find your balance toner, most Murad products (the post acne spot serum worked, but its recommended to stop use after 3 months), Tarte maracuja oil, Kate Somerville eradikate cleanser, Ole Henriksen invigorating night treatment, Ole Henriksen truth serum, etc.   I feel like I've tried it all. I'm even on spironolactone which totally cleared my skin last year when I first started it. I did stop using a benzoyl peroxide/clindamycin treatment back in November that I was on for 10 years, but I wouldn't think it'd take 3 months for my skin to break out again. But my skin was clearest on spiro and benzoyl peroxide/clindamycin.   So now I've introduced the Kate anti bac and have seen some results, however I'm so dry and still getting new break outs.   I am desperate for any advice. I've spent these last 3 months with trial and error
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BEAUTY MAVEN ostark / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
I really appreciate this reply. I'm understanding that ingredients are much more important than I thought. I even located a website that tells you what each exact ingred... see post
Q. need new moisturizer for dry skin
I have dry skin and at night I like to use a moisturizer that is REALLY moisturizing. I have seen replies for questions like mine but those products are not moisturizing enough for me. I would be using this lotion for nighttime along with some acne medication I am using. Thank you for your suggestions!!
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BEAUTY PRO honeylemongirl / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / answered
A. The brand that my dermatologist recommended to me is CeraVe, which is available in drugstores. I really like the products because my skin is dry but also irritated at th... see post
Combination skin now dry
Hi. I'm 43. I"ve noticed a big change in my skin. What was once oily is now dry. I have skin with eczema and rosacea which makes things worse. I feel like I've tried everything. I'm at a loss. Help. Thanks.
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HALL OF FAMER ChicDabbler / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
@charlyc I just realized you asked for cleanser recommendation, not exfoliator recommendation, lol. The stuff I recommended below are exfoliators.   Gentle cleansers t... see post
Skin used to be dry now it's oily/combination. Help!
Hello,    I'm fairly new to skin care and for a long time, i only used soap and non-scented lotions on my face and it was good enough for my dry-very dry sensitive skin.    I now use the fresh soy face cleanser and lotus youth preserve face creams and lately i've noticed that i'm oily around the t-zone and i've had the or four pimples on my forehead this past month which is very unusual. I've thought about whether it's the products, the birth control or if my skin is just changing. I stopped using the face cream and any moisturizers all together for my t-zone but i still get oily after a few hours.    What's going on with my skin and how do i control the oil?         
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BEAUTY PRO IZ95 / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
I know this is solved already but it's possible you dehydrated your skin too much so it produced more oil. When you over strip your skin of moisture, your skin creates m... see post
What MAC next to nothing foundation best matches the color iq 1r04?
BEAUTY WHIZ missjulied / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
It would be hard to say. This foundation oxidized a lot on me. The color was fine when i put my foundation in the morning, but it got darker and yellowish around lunch. ... see post
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
Q. kate somerville sunscreen serum
Any oily girls like me have experience with this sunscreen?  I need a non-comedogenic high SPF sunscreen that won't clog my already-overactive pores.  I was looking at this or Sheshido's products.  I've tried Boscia and it broke me out.  I would like something that goes on smoothly under makeup.  Thanks! 
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SPECIAL GUEST lyn23 / SPECIAL GUEST SPECIAL GUEST / answered
A. I'm trying Shiseido  Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 42 For Face for a couple of weeks now. It dries matte and it works fine under makeup - n... see post
Dry flaky skin leading to patchy makeup
Lately I have been really trying to perfect my skincare/makeup routine but I have been having trouble with dryness and makeup looking patchy half way through the day,   I use a cleanser with 5% salicylic acid to combat acne (this may be causing dryness?). I use this morning and night.   Then I use a nivea facial cream for dry skin, morning and night. Sometimes 3 times a day.   I also just starting using first aid beauty's moisturizing primer under my makeup. I use a Mac foundation and concealer.   i also exfoliate every other day with a light scrub by boire.   What can I do differently? what does a girl have to do to keep a nice even face of makeup from going flaky and patchy half way through the day?
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HALL OF FAMER ChicDabbler / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
It definitely sounds like you are using the wrong products. Cleanser for acne (5% salicylic?!) are usually for oily skin and can be drying and harsh. When it's dried out... 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
Q. Makeup for Accutane users?
Hi everyone! I will be starting Accutane treatment this fall for acne in my T-zone, and I will need a new daily makeup routine to deal with dry, flaky skin. I'm very, very self conscious without makeup, so going fresh-faced probably won't be an option. I have very sensitive, very pale skin, and I'm worried that my usual makeup will look weird and fake if my skin is flaking. It would be amazing if y'all could help me choose some products for daily use! Thanks! This is what makeup I wear on a daily basis: -primer -foundation -concealer -powder -blush -highlighter -bronzer -nude eyeshadow -eyeliner (pencil) -mascara -lip gloss So if y'all could help me find moisturizing products that won't look conspicuous with dry skin, that would be amazing! Oh, and one last thing: my Sephora+Pantone Color ID is 1R02! Thanks so much!
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. Hi, Skk150, in addition to finding new cosmetics, please also be sure you're practicing sun safety (sport SPF even if it's not super sunny outside) daily and ensuring yo... 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
deep cleaning cleanser?!?!?!
hello all! i am on the lookout for the perfect cleanser! for the most part i have pretty normal skin, but lately it has felt dry and i've been peeling on my nose, which is quite strange since i have always tended to be more oily around my nose. i don't know if the cleanser i'm using (ole henriksen find your balance oil control cleanser) has dried out my skin since i use it morning and night. HOWEVER my skin feels so clean and refreshed after using it. any other cleanser recommendations ?!?!
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HALL OF FAMER ChicDabbler / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I have combo skin, and when my oily nose gets dry flaky skin it usually means my cleanser or exfoliator/scrub is too harsh for my skin. Also, make sure you are not confu... see post
Night Time Cleanser!
I'm looking for a new face wash for night time, I currently use PTR  Glycolic Acid 3% facial wash, but am looking for something different. I have a few in mind which I pictured below. I have oily skin with tons of acne scars, with the occasional hormonal break out, i also sometimes use my clarisonic 1-3 times per week. Love a good light exfoliating face wash as well as hydrating!! I'm leaning towards Ole but I love PTR and Ren has great reviews and says its gentle which i love and omg I can't decide. Please help and leave any other suggestions!!
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HALL OF FAMER ChicDabbler / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Don't use exfoliating cleanser or those with beads with Clarisonics. I find exfoliating cleansers to be a bit too harsh in general but I have combo skin. I am a fan of P... see post
DRY SKIN CARE ROUTINE
Spoiler (Highlight to read)  Dry Skin HELP  Dry Skin HELP Hi!! I live in Puerto Rico and the last few days have been extremely hot, which has made my dry skin even more dry, does any one have some skincare routine that can recommend PLEASE. I've even have heat bumps on my nose because of the heat. HELP      
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HALL OF FAMER ChicDabbler / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Ah, hot weather is tricky cuz my skin is dry but anything/everything for dry skin feels stuffy on my skin and I need something lightweight. I have combo skin and prefers... see post
Approaching 40
So this August I will be turning 40...although most people guess I'm early 30's...saying that I do look young for my age but however I am struggling with dullness and firmness in my skin....fine lines will also soon be a concern for me. i am looking for some advice on a skin care regimen that has results and works! Either drugstore brands or bigger names...it's so hard cause there is so much out there...just wondering if anyone has recommendations on products they've tried that work?  Thanks 
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GracieS12 / FRESH FACE / replied
The Creme Du Nil will improve your skin's firmness and have you glowing. I apply the Pure Nilotica Melt (a balm) at night and use the Creme (the moisturizer) in the mor... see post
Calling All Flaky Faced Girls
I have struggled with flaky skin on/around my nose since I was a teenager.   What worked for you?
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BEAUTY BRAINIAC MeghanW89 / BEAUTY BRAINIAC BEAUTY BRAINIAC / replied
LXMI Pure Nilotica Melt worked for me. It packed with the vitamin e that your skin needs. 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
charcoal mask
What is the best charcoal mask to buy? 
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BEAUTY BOSS MariaLis / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
Origins charcoal mask is one of my favorite, it performs  much better the some more expensive masks see post