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what is good to treat dark spots?
HALL OF FAMER ChicDabbler / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Serums are treatment that penetrate deep into the skin, look for those that contains vitamin C, niacinamide, licorice extract or kojic acid.   Peels are meant to be us... see post
Adult Acne...
I didn't have acne as a teenager, a few pimples here and there.  Now I'm in my 20s and am struggling with acne (fml) I have tons of scars now and I'm wondering if anyone has suggestions for products that will reduce the appearance of these scars.  Or any preventative measures!
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HALL OF FAMER kelloua / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
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Lightweight Nighttime Moisturizer for Combo Skin
I've got combination (oily tzone, pretty much dry everywhere) and acne prone skin. I have a mattifying moisturizer for the day (Mural Oil-Free Mattifier) but now I need a moisturizer at night that won't clog pores but will also hydrate overnight. I've tried a ton of oil-free moisturizers that feel like they're clogging my pores and when I wake up in the morning, doesn't hydrate my dry areas. Suggestions, anyone?   P.S. I'm trying to avoid moisturizers with a bit of acne medication on them as I am already using topical creams and they aren't hydrating enough for my already kinda dry skin
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HALL OF FAMER ChicDabbler / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Some oil-free moisturizers rely a lot on silicone and tend to be lightweight so that might be why. You shouldn't use heavy/rich creams but there's no need to go out of y... 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 dalidyli / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
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Searching for a replacement Ole Henriksen perfect truth cc creme in medium
I LOVED this CC Creme. It instantly made my skin look brighter and more perfect; and it smelled amazing. However, it appears the product has been discontinued. I have not found a suitable replacement yet. Any recommendations for fans out there?
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HALL OF FAMER SydBristow / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Yup that stuff was awesome.  see post
iam supposed to wash my arms with alpha hydroxy , any ideas, it is for my thin skin..
StephanieBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi mommy,   I recommend trying the Lancer Body Cleanser, as it contains both glycolic and salicylic acids.   I hope that helps! -Stephanie 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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algenist BRAND STAFF / BRAND STAFF BRAND STAFF / replied
Hi @Mihoolahoop! Starting 4/1, you can receive the 10 Samples at Sephora inside JCPenney EXCLUSIVELY! (With a minimum $25 in-store purchase) see post
Dry skin and nothing seems to be working
Hello all! I have very dry skin, and I am at a loss when it comes to fixing the situation. I use Clinique's 7 day scrub every few days, and CeraVe hydrating facial cleanser when I am not using the scrub. I go in with Peter Thomas Roth's water drench cloud serum and for moisturizer I use Neutrogena hydro boost or First aid beauty face cream. When I am not wearing foundation, you can't see the flakes as much obviously but my face doesn't feel smooth... But when I am wearing foundation the dry patches are SO bad mostly on my forehead but pretty much every where. I really don't know how to get this under control. I use IT cosmetics your skin but better cc+ cream.. and so far it has been the least drying.. But since it is so thick and almost oily feeling I would need to set it.. Which I can not go near powder or it makes the situation 10x worse.   Any suggestions for exfoliators, moisturizers, serums or even foundations?
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JXDS / NEWCOMER / replied
using the right cleansers, oils, and cosmetics is important but, if you haven't, you might want to see a dermatologist just to be sure you don't have an underlying condi... see post
I have dry skin so when i use full coverage foundation it starts looking flaky as the day goes by. Any foundation recommendations?
BEAUTY MAVEN Kelsiiibee / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
I second the Dr. dennis gross suggestion.. This has been SUCH a struggle to find something that works for removing the excess skin on your face. This is something I rece... see post
Help me! KP (Keratosis Pilaris) on face
      I have pretty severe keratosis pilaris on my arms, legs, and cheeks. Although i do not struggle with rosacea or acne, my cheeks are constantly red and bumpy! I've been using Amlactin which has helped a lot, but I was wondering if anyone had any other suggestions for dry, sensitive, KP skin. (I.e, serums, moisturizers, cleansers, exfoliators). My current skincare routine is primarily drugstore and i'm trying to change that. (Coconut oil to remove makeup, purity facial cleanser, St.Ives grapefruit exfoliator, any natural spray toner I have on hand, Pond's Dry Skin Cream, and Amlactin)   Xx,   Stella
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BEAUTY MAVEN Kelsiiibee / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
Hello! Girl I feel your struggle. I've had KP since I was a child and it gets so much worse during winter. I recently purchased First aide Beauty intense hydration cream... see post
Need advice
Hi everyone, hope you feel good and beautiful today.   So, actually, in the past I never did a make-up and was using different skin care products, never had something special, but now want to start and enter this beauty field and need advice from you and your experience. For my first step I want to ask you this, I have a problem as my skin is really oily and sensitive and because of that I have acne and make-up problems. I need couple good advice: 1. What are the best skin care products for oily skin + that have acne issues. 2. What cosmetics you use and which one fits better for this type of skin. 3. Which make-up fixer fits better. I will appreciate all advice from you. Thanks!
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MariekeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
@k1ira you're very welcome! If you can get samples of some of the things or have a cast member maybe do an application, it's a great way to try things before you buy it!... 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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HALL OF FAMER greenchilli / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
@Jey1jin   Skin type and condition can change with age - cause is hormones   Soap is no good on the face - even if it worked once   Any pill is capable of affectin... see post
Skin is very oily and red in t-zone but I notice it's also very dry and flakey when I try and wear makeup, WHAT'S UP?
Are the products I'm using causing this to happen? My routine: (AM) Ceramic Slip cleanser, La Roche-Posay thermal water, Good Genes Lactic Acid, PTR hyaluronic cloud cream for moisturizer. (PM) Ceramic Slip cleanser, Thermal Water spray, Paulas Choice BHA liquid, Good Genes (sometimes at night) PTR hyaluronic cloud cream. HELP HELP HELP? I have very consistent acne prone skin around the chin and jaw line as well as enlarged pores and lots of black heads along the nose right now. Here are some photos of my skin without makeup and what it's been looking like recently. One in the AM and one right before I went to bed.   Thanks a bunch!    
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BEAUTY BOSS fairlywell / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
You're so pretty! But I think you're doing a lot of stuff to your skin, which may not be for the best. Ceramic slip is pretty drying, and might be contributing to flakin... 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/Al l-about-Luxury-skincare-Come-in-and-chat-about-you ...   http://community.sephora.com/t5/Skincare-Stories/D aily-Skincare-what-are-you-using/m-p/2716765#M8681      
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HALL OF FAMER fatimamummy / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Thank you @greenchilli I also have oily skin and since I am out in the son very rarely, I don't need much of sunscreen. This one is going two for one on Cult beauty so I... 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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HALL OF FAMER Titian06 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Great question, @AMK721!  I've wondered about that too. see post
What is the best makeup for my oily dark skin
What is the best makeup for my oily dark skin
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MariekeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi @asdfasdfadsf,   Are you looking for a specific type of makeup to try? If you have anything specific you're looking for I'd be happy to make a recommendation. (: ... see post
Exfoliators for oily skin
Wondering if anyone had opinions on exfoliators out there. There are so many products I never know which one to try first. Been debating between a product from sephora or from lush. Thanks guys!     Im oily/combination skin. My routine includes, two masks, serum, moisturizer, cleanser and toner. 
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HALL OF FAMER wheeeee / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I am more of a minimalist when it comes to skin care since I don't really like to mess with it too much. I rely more on treatments than skin products.   If you want to... see post
SPF and facial skin irritation
I may be wrong, but I've noticed a connection between using products with SPF and irritation on my face. When I use products with SPF, I get an irritation on my face, along with whiteheads, and a tingly sensation on my skin. (I try to use oil-free facial products for sensitive skin, btw) This also happens when I use one of my favorite cosmetic lines, Bare Escentuals. I love their products, but I will have to stop using the ones with SPF because I believe it may be the cause of my irritation. I am going to switch to foundation and concealer without SPF, and I've had to stop using facial moisturizers with SPF also. I just cover my skin up as much as possible when in the sun, or I use an umbrella to keep the sun off.   What do you think? Has anyone else experienced facial irritation from SPF?    
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SRJazz / NEWCOMER / replied
Sunscreen irritates my eyes and makes them water so much I have to wash it off (which defeats the purpose). Shiseido's daily moisturizer with sunscreen was the only one ... see post
Thoughts on Paula's Choice?
Do you agree with her views on skincare products?  I'm on a hunt for my Summer night serum & moisturizer. I think I'm going to purchase the Perricone Blue Plasma even though it stinks so bad of fish & I hate fish. I've been researching products a lot and one of the sites I was on was Paula's Choice. She is not a fan of the serum... Actually the more I read through her "beautypedia" reviews, it seems like she's not a fan of a lot of products. I also got a feeling she was mainly trying to push her own products and Olay.  Examples:  - She's against treatment cleansers since it's just "washed down the drain". I have to disagree with this. When I use a treatment cleanser, although they can be drying, I do see improvement in my breakouts.  - Witch Hazel is bad. I find witch hazel to be an important ingredient when choosing a toner. She think it's just as bad as alcohol if not worse.    Products she gave a "poor" rating to:  - Anthony Logistic's Glycolic cleanser got a poor rating because it doesn't contain any glycolic acid.  - doctor dennis gross's A/B pads since we can just skip step 2 by simply splashing water on our face to deactivate step 1.  - Dior Capture Totale One Essential Serum because it's not a "miracle serum" since it's primarily just "water, slip agents, and alcohol" - ExfoliKate - Just about every Ole Henriksen product I love   - Origins Checks & Balances, Charcoal Mask & every other decent product from them - Most Murad products   I do agree with a few points she makes, like companies need to stop putting active ingredients in clear vials so the sun doesn't break down the properties of the treatment. Also jar packaging is a big no-no for her. I understand that some creams are too thick to be put in a pump, but what about those airless jars that Bosica & Dermadoctor are using? I hate sticking my fingers in jars & the air does break down the active ingredients over time...  Overall though, I don't think I'll be going to her site when I'm researching a new product I want to try. 
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becksbritt / FRESH FACE / replied
A third party now does all the reviews for beautypedia.  She is not the CEO of 'her' company anymore.  I do agree that she gives her make-up the highest rating which is ... see post
Combo/dry skin- suggestions for anti-aging products
Hi All!   I've been interested in getting some feedback as to great anti-aging moisturizers. I'm currently in my late 20s with combination(t-zone)/dry (cheeks) skin. I've been using Perricone MD Pre-Empt Oil-Free Moisturizer for nighttime use and have had much success with that, but I would love some suggestions for a great daytime moisturizer containing SPF but still having some anti-aging benefits that come with it. I'm also interested in delving into day and nighttime serums along with eye creams/oils. My wedding is coming up in a year and I would love to get a head start into bettering my skin now rather than later! Any suggestions are greatly appreciated, thank you!
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angela12warf / FRESH FACE / replied
I have undergone chemical peel treatment from a clinic in Richmond Hill ( http://www.thecentrefordermatology.com/procedures/facial/peels/chemical/ ) to reduce the effect... see post
Help! Need advice with skincare
Hi! I am currently 23 years old and have suffered from acne my whole life. I have recently been using Proactiv+ but stopped because it wasn't having a great affect on my acne or skin. I started to use Peter Thomas Roth Max Complexion Correcting pads along with Dermalogica Medibac face wash and a toner. My face cleared up somewhat well but now I have these little tiny bumps/breakouts all over my face. I never used to get those, and rather I would get bigger acne bumps. Should I switch to using another skin care product? Does anyone have any ideas? PLEASE HELP!
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hi, rach7695!   Can you please share with us whether you're washing your face once or twice a day, what toner you're using, how often you're utilizing the PTR pads, an... see post
quick contour
This is one area I have zero experience in. I can do my makeup ( and i wear alot lol ) without a mirror, and usually under 10 minutes if i have to. And since i like to sleep, i usually have to. I want to get into countouring. I had it done in store once and LOVED the outcome. Anyone have any recs for something that isn't going to take 45 minutes in the morning?
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BEAUTY BUFF hsjostedt / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
I usually just use the Milk Makeup bronzer and highlight sticks for a quick contour. One swipe of each per cheek and blend.    BUT that "3" method would be so easy to ... see post
Best serums and moisturizers for microneedlling? stop wrinkles, crows feet, any fine lines
I have had Co2 laser for my wrinkles.  And now use Microneedling at home to keep the collagen production.   What serums (for use right after) or heave moisturizers ( a few hours later) have other seem help with?   I just started iwth a copper pepitide with apple stem cell to help with collagen growht.  Anything else? I also heard after the serum an hour or so after you should have strong anti-aging moisturizer. 
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MariekeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi @109876542,   I'd recommend looking into a serum with Vitamin C as it's really going to help brighten the skin and provide a luminous complexion. OLEHENRIKSEN Tr... see post
NEED NEW CLEANSER SOS
Since the ole Henriksen aloe Vera deep cleanser has been discontinued *tears* i am looking for a new cleanser to use both in the morning and at night. I have normal to combo skin - my skin can be oily on some days and dry on others - i get these bumps on my face i'm not even sure what they are and i have large pores. I want a deep clean! Any recommendations?!
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hi, kayluh!   If you're looking for a more mild, gentle cleanser to take the place of the discontinued Ole formula, I'd recommend checking into Skin Laundry's Gentle F... 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
How do I keep my forehead pores from getting clogged with the oil from my bangs?
I recently got bangs, and the skin on my forehead has become so oily! Which products can I use, in the morning or the evening, to keep the pores on my forehead from getting clogged with all of the extra oil? I'm generally a pretty low-maintenance kind of girl, so I don't want to spend a ton of time using very expensive products. Thanks!
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HALL OF FAMER TrysBeautyItems / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Don't leave hair products on the bangs they can transfer to the forehead, causing the issues. When you can push the bangs aside so the forehead can breathe. 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
What can be used to fille wrinkles before putting on foundation?
SianBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi angelamm!   Have you tried Needles No More by Dr. Brandt Skincare? It helps relax and fill the look of fine lines and wrinkles, making your foundation go on smoot... see post
Best Skin Treatments for Large Pores
I do like my skin care routine I have now and it limits my breakouts. Just wondering if anyone has gone above and gotten any treatments done or any thoughts on them. I know this is a very open ended question, but just seeing what others do. I am oily/combination. 
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HALL OF FAMER wheeeee / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
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Desperately need a new routine!
I'm in my 30's and need to update both my AM and PM routine but I feel overwhelmed looking through all of Sephora's products and reading reviews.  I have combination/normal skin and my main concerns are anti-aging and fine lines - I want to make sure I'm doing what I can now to prevent these in the future.  I was also looking at getting a new cleanser (Boscia Black Cleanser) and was wondering if it's recommended?  Any suggestions??
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MariekeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
@jc83, oh I'm the same! I've linked below to a bunch of products that you may like. Some of them are my favorites like the Neogen sunscreen and the Sephora Collection fa... see post