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Korean Skincare... Actually Worth It?
I know Korean skincare/makeup is touted a lot on here. And a fair amount of it is REALLY affordable, and of course, tends to be really cute. My question is... what is the actual quality of the products/ingredients like? What would they compare to?   I don't want to buy a bunch of Innissfree face masks or a Tony Moly lipbalm, for example, if they're no better than the cheap ones I can get at a drugstore.   Aside from the "cute" and "unique" factor, I don't really "get" why Korean brands are recommended (not talking about the higher end stuff here). Insight appreciated!
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HALL OF FAMER leolion / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Um, yes. I am a vegetarian, and I think I am ready to throw up.  That being said, the Belif brand that Sephora sent to me doesn't have that stuff in it, and I absolutely... see post
Small bumps on face
I have these tiny little bumps on either side of my nose just under my eye area and I cannot figure out how to get rid of them. I do cleanse twice a day and exfoliate twice a week. I've used the Kate Sommerville exfoliate and the Peter Thomas Roth peeling gel (they leave my skin feeling extremely soft but the bumps never go away). I know it's not milia 'cause I've had that over my left eye and it looked/felt completely different. These tiny bumps are actually not very noticeable until I wear liquid foundation (and I need to wear foundation because I have a lot of discoloration in other areas of my face).
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SheriElaine / RISING STAR / replied
You can also try Platinum Skin Care.  They are online and have a very high quality line of skin care products, peels, etc.  Call them and send your photo.  Their CS peop... see post
What's in your arsenal to battle severely dry hands?
So where I live, the snow has been insane, and the weather is so cold that I start to tear up, and then my tears start to freeze. I digress.   I am experiencing my driest and cracked hands ever. For those who have similar issues, or are experiencing the frigid cold, what are your go-to products, and how often do you apply them?   At my disposal, I've currently got: Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre Laura Mercier Hand Lotions, in Fresh Fig and Creme de Pistache L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream   I apply these whenever my hands feel dry, but I am literally applying another round of lotion every 5-10 minutes, and my hands have remained unmoisturized and chapped. Help! How do you guys tackle chapped hands in the winter?
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SheriElaine / RISING STAR / replied
I am OCD about soft, beautiful hands.  During the day, use Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Crème.  It is not greasy, absorbs well and is odorless. At night, layer! Us... see post
Sebaceous Filaments Problems
So I have been doing "research" and found out that those blackheads I thought i had been dealing with is actually sebaceous filaments.    I know they can't be permanently removed but does anyone know how to lessen appearance? Especially on those days that I don't feel like putting my foundation on!   I have combo skin, more oily now that the weather is warming up.    Any advice would be great!!    thanks! 
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BEAUTY BUFF MNSnowPrincess / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
I do use FAB radiance pads here and there. I will try Dr Dennis next time!  see post
Accutane
Hi! I am starting accutane in 5 days and am just trying to be prepared.  Do any past accutane users have suggestions for moisturizers and chapsticks? Thanks
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kevinbt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi sbesselman! I took Accutane a few years ago, so I can give you some advice based on my experience.  One symptom I definitely had was dry skin/lips.  It was particular... see post
Indiscretion is back in stock!!!
I don't know how long it will last...so I just got it.  Good luck!
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BEAUTY WHIZ Tarabotti / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
Thanks- I just bought one also. see post
Combo skin cleanser
I am looking for a good cleanser- not too basic but something that will clean and clear everything out of my skin without drying it out- nit really concerned with actual breakouts but if it would help with overall texture of the skin that would be a plus....... Currently using a sample of ren cleansing balm- any opinions on this are also welcomed!
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GlamGlow Supercleanse Reaction
Hi! So, I've been trying a sample of the GlamGlow Supercleanse Daily Clearing Cleanser since I'm in the market for a new cleanser. I have combination/oily/sensitive skin and my chin gets easily congested (I know it's hormonal based and I am taking birth control for it, but it still gets congested). I can get cystic pimples pretty easily there. After using it for 3-4 days at night only, I've been getting a pretty bad reaction to it. My whole face burns, and bumps are appearing on my face with some white heads too. The area around my lips also became super dry. Anyone else have this kind of reaction to it? I've also been trying Thirstycleanse and that hasn't given me any reaction at all, it's quite nice actually.
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BEAUTY WHIZ studz / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
I don't think you should get the Supermud mask since it contains many of the same ingredients that the cleanser has. They even smell the same. I think you should get a s... see post
Pore Minimizing Products
I am in a constant hunt for pore minimizing products and I still haven't found one that I absolutely love and that works great with my skin. Does anyone have any suggestions? I am looking for products that would help me minimize pores as time passes not just momentarily hide them .. I know that they will not disappear (that would be ideal!!!) ..  Thank you!
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BEAUTY MAVEN glamourgirl20 / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
Thank you for the suggestion. I have never tried any Algenist products but I am willing to try if the results are worth it! see post
Oil Absorbing Powder
My skin always gets very oily in the afternoon. I use a cleanser and oil free moisturizer every morning. I have been thinking about getting Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder. D oes it work? Does it clog your pores and make your skin more susceptible to breakouts? Or is there a better alternative? Thanks!  
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kevinbt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi Juliav97! The Laura Mercier is a good one! I also really like the bareMinerals Ready Touch Up Veil! It's perfect to throw in your purse and use later in the day.  It ... see post
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Need Guidance on Cleanser and Moisturizer
I am 23 with acne-prone, sensitive, easily irritated, combination skin.   My main skin concerns would be my acne, redness and overall skin dullness/roughness. I feel like I have tried every product imaginable, but nothing seems to work. Currently, I am struggling with little red bumps, mainly around my mouth and chin, that don't appear to be acne, but I believe they are from irritation caused by using the wrong products.   For now, I am looking for a better cleanser and moisturizer. I have done my research and would like opinons on the Shiseido ibuki purifying cleanser v. Shiseido ibuki gentle cleanser and any advice on a good moisturizer that will give me a healthy glow, will not irritate my skin and will get rid of these pesky red bumps as well as keep my acne at bay.   Also, does anyone have an opinion on using alcohol-free, fragrance-free witch hazel? I've heard mixed reviews on using witch hazel on your face, but have also seen where it apparently does wonders for your skin.
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BEAUTY MAVEN glamourgirl20 / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
I have acne prone skin as well and I started using the First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser after someone recommended it to me at Sephora. It did clear my skin a lot. It is a ... see post
Acne
I need a top-notch dermatologist.  The two I've seen here have repeatedly ignored my requests for a skin care regimen.  I have had acne since I was a teenager, been on Accutane twice I think between the ages of 18-26.  It worked temporarily then my acne came back and I haven't been able to get rid of it since.  I have acne on my face, behind my ears, scalp, and throat/neck.  Some are the painful kind.  I don't get whiteheads, just mainly nodular.  My skin is t-zone oily and normal in other areas.  I have an oily scalp and oily eyelids.  I have seborrheic dermatitis on my scalp and hairline.  The dermatitis used to affect my forehead and cheeks but thankfully not any more.  Right now it's just my scalp but is under control with a prescription shampoo.  Back to the acne, no topical medications have worked for me.  I'm almost 39 years old and haven't had clear or healthy skin since before puberty.  PLEASE PLEASE help.
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HALL OF FAMER TrysBeautyItems / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Posts can get lost here, I'm sure no one is truly ignoring yours. If a mod was responding, they have tons of posts to get through.   If you haven't, get a hormone bloo... see post
Toner wars !
I have been wanting a toner that really works.i do have acne prone skin..and im fighting acne scars too so i cant decide between fresh toner or murad essential c toner..also if you guys have any suggestions on which one is your most tried and trusted toner...that would be awesome!!!
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HALL OF FAMER amnali / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
What is the acid toner you use? What toner you use at night? see post
Manicure and pedi! What's the best products to use? Help Please!
Ok, I have this obsession with my hands and feet, I know weird!lol. Tell me what your using at home? Getting manis and pedicure are exspensive! My feet are usually very dry and I've tried lots of products like Josie Maran body butter, her oil, soap and glory heel Genius,Argan  Infinity creamy oil, Wen balm, lots of lotions and sanding them twice a week but there still dry! Lol. I have tried putting on products and wearing socks to bed but I'm still not getting the results I want! If you have the time please tell me what works best for you. My hands look great but my feet are still a dissapointment to me. Thanks in advance ,,,, Dan 
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kapes / NEWCOMER / replied
I love using high quality coconut oil as an all-over moisturizer (and even on my feet.)  Try applying it after a shower on slightly damp skin.   see post
I really love estee lauder resilient lift night cream texture but is it ok if i use it every night?
I am only 30 and i have not shown any first signs of aging (wrinkles, sagging, bigger pores etc). The cream actually helps to control facial oil production. It moisturizes but not overly. But is it ok to keep using it when i do not have any signs of aging yet? Thank you.
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ACNE!!!!!
Hello. I am in 6th grade and I think that I have acne. My mom and sister says that I don't have it I just have a few pimples, but every single time I look in the mirrror, bare faced, my self-esteem lowers. My sister also has acne and she is 17, and my mom had it when she was around my age. They say it's just genetics, and that I'm growing and that all the oil on my skin is what is causing all of these pimples. I try to believe but I can't help but notice all of the other 6th grade girls that are "growing" too, have perfect skin with not 1 flaw. So, I use makeup. Some may think its weird, for a 6th grader to nbe using makeup, but it's help me with my self-esteem. I have tried what seems like every acne-free product in the universe. I have tried Murad, GoodforyouGirls, FAB, Shiseido,Clinique, ELF, and many more. I tried to ask my mom to buy me some things that I read about online, that have good ratings, but she says that once I'm done "growing" I'll be fine. Its quite agrivating. If any of you would help me, give me options that HAVE WORKED, because it seems like there is no cure,   P.S, please give things that are in a 6thgraders, price range.   Thank you!
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HALL OF FAMER itscarin / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Sorry that your mom isn't taking your concerns seriously.  Here's a few things you can do on your own: drink lots of water -- it's good for your skin; make sure you clea... see post
Accutane
In about 14 days I'll be starting Accutane. My skin is fairly oily now with moderate, stubborn acne on my face, back, and chest. I'm currently using CeraVe products in my skincare (oily face wash, AM and PM moisturizers, occasionally the hydrating face wash). I've researched skincare that I can use to prevent extreme drying but I'm wondering what works best. PS: I'm only a teenager without a job, so the lower the price, the better! 
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BEAUTY BOSS voxover / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
I'm on it right now, and my suggestion so far is get lots of lip moisturizer that doesn't have SPF in it. SPF lip moisturizers seems to have a rougher texture and actual... see post
Acne
Hello Beautymates, I am 18years old I have acne its not too bad I know how to deal with the ups and down it brings but my skin it starting to have quite an uneven texture, very bumpy, and some of my pores are starting to look a little wonky any help or suggestions would be welcomed.
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Help! Recommendations for uneven texture. Beauty on a Budget.
I wanted to see if anyone could make a recommendation for me! My skin is finally clearing up from battling with acne, but I still have a pretty uneven texture. It's like there are tiny undeveloped bumps underneath my skin near my cheeks especially. Can someone give me a suggestion for any skincare products that might be able to smooth out my skin! I'm also on a budget. Thanks!
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SPECIAL GUEST PorcelainBabe / SPECIAL GUEST SPECIAL GUEST / replied
Thanks for the speedy replies. I scrolled through questions on the forum about milia and it's definitely what it is that I'm dealing with. I do exfoliate 1-2 a week with... see post
Is Sephora going to stop carrying Soap and Glory products?!
I saw in a product review that Sephora was going to stop carrying S&G products. Is this true?!? If so, where else can I get them in the US?
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HALL OF FAMER bratknits / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I was told today the Bliss was being pulled probably before the end of April.  I grabbed a few S&G things but there wasn't much left. see post
any recommendations for foundations and concealers that really hide scars?? thanks!
NikaBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi m3oww,   I agree with TrysBeautyItems that Kat Von D is very good for high coverage. My other suggestions for high coverage foundations would include Estee Lauder... see post
Recommendations for matching 2y04 foundation IQ to concealer
I currently use Smashbox 15 hour hydrating foundation in shade 1.1 with Makeup For Ever full coverage concealer in shade 3. I find that no matter what concealer shade I have tried, it doesn't blend well into my foundation, and I more often than not, can see where my concealer has been applied as the day goes on. I need a concealer to cover a couple red blemish scars on my cheeks that haven't quite faded yet.   Has anyone been matched with 2y04 and has found the perfect concealer for red marks, or does anyone here use Smashbox 1.1 and has found the perfect concealer to disappear with this foundation? I would appreciate any suggestions on concealer products, and tips on covering blemishes with this foundation IQ result and the Smashbox foundation.
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Age Spots Advice
In preparation for my mom's bday brunch this spring, I want to buy her something that will help diminish her aging spots that are really bothering her.   She has fair colored skin with light brown spots, and she has been wanting to do something about it that doesn't require lasers.  Any advice would be great!   Thanks
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BEAUTY GURU Onceuponatime45 / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
I would be careful in using the MURAD rapid age spot treatment. It has hydroquinone in it so if you put it on a spot, that single spot will be white as well as the area ... see post
skincare help! smooth skin and glow
I am currently trying to figure out how i get that smooth hydrated skin ive been wanting forever!  I cant seem to figure out exactly what products to use or what issues my skin is having..... I seem to have combination skin but more on the dry side (for example i have been wearing makeup all day and only a little oil shows on an oil blotting sheet).... my dry areas consist of around my nose,chin, and cheeks- my skin is not smooth to the touch, yet it is not breakouts that are making it bumpy- when i apply makeup it looks dry, cakey, and not glowing..... and i can see tons of little white dots or plugs in my skin   my routine consists of.... clarisonic with cashmere brush head- maybe every other day peter thomas roth gentle complexion correction pads- 1 a week dr jart water sure gel moisturizer dr jart water fuse sleeping mask- 2 a week ole henriksen- walnut scrub- maybe 2 a week cleanser- currently a sample of ren cleansing balm but not sure if its right?? also have fresh soy cleanser..... topical retinoid cream from dermatologist- every other day at night '   any suggestions???
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HALL OF FAMER meganlisa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I think you got great advice down below so I won't duplicate it.  But my favorite product is essences.  SKII, Missha, Secret Key, Monique Labs.  There are tons (and I t... see post
secret camouflage
I want to buy the secret camouflage concealer but I'm not sure of which one to get. I use the secret concealer # 2 with the Foundation Powder # 3
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Recent VIB Rouge emails
Hi,  I worked really hard with Sephora customer service to get VIB Rouge emails to come through to me.  It occurs to me that I haven't received a rouge email in a long time. Can someone let me know when their last email was?  I hope my problem with emails hasn't resurfaced. 
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BEAUTY WHIZ studz / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
No problem! I hope you get your emails working again soon. I'd be pretty upset being Rouge and not getting information about events/promos/etc. see post
Moisturizer for Acne-Prone Skin
Hi Ladies,   I have skin that is very prone to moderate acne. I don't want moisturizer that combats acne because I have other things to help with that. It can't have salicylic acid or anything like that in it. I need a non-comedogenic moisturizer with no fragrance and oil-free that doesn't make me oily and shiny throughout the day.   I've already tried: Clear Days Ahead, the PTR Oil-Free Moisturizer, NARS Aqua Gel, Clinique Dramatically Different, and one of the Boscia moisturizers (it was oil-free in a white tube). They all broke me out. I've been looking at the Estee Lauder Clear Difference Moisturizer. There's only one review on Sephora. Do you guys know anything about it?   Can anyone suggest even a line that I can look into if not a specific product? My dermatologist suggested the CeraVe moisturizer and it's fine but it makes me really shiny. Thank you!
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HALL OF FAMER cherrybombtastic / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I've used this for mostly eight years now. A bit shiny at times, but best for the price! see post
Amore Pacific, Laneige & Sulwasoo Favorites
My sister is coming down from the boonies in a couple weeks and wants to go to HMart while she's here.  I'll finally have a chance to spend more than 10 seconds in the Amore Shop since I won't have kids & husband in tow screaming they're hungry, bored, etc.  I want to try some new skincare goodies and I want some suggestions.  The warm weather is coming so I'll be back to dry/combo instead of my winter time super dry.  What are everyone's favorites from these lines?
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BEAUTY MAVEN nycchik / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
I LOVE Amore Pacific. I use (and will never part with):   -Sleep Mask -Toner -Enzyme Peel   They have some of the best stuff on the market. A bit pricey but well w... see post