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What is the best makeup-removing cleansing balm, cleansing oil or cleansing milk? I wear foundation and I need something that actually dissolves makeup and doesn't just glide over it. I like Eve Lom's Cleanser, but want to try something new.
Acne
I'm looking for a new pore cleanser for my nose. I've really noticed my super-clogged pores on my nose over the past few months and I'm tired of it! The gunk is practically sticking out of my nose and my makeup just sits on top of it and makes it look worse! I've tried the bosia peel-off masks in black and white, the biore nose strips, st ives apricot exfoliator, neutrogena alcohol free toner and nothing works!! What's your go to pore unclogging item? I'm desperate!
Skincare Stories
I've seen quite a few posts on BT about sensitive skin and problems people need help with. I thought it may also be fitting to have a space for people to complain about the difficulties of sensitive skin among sympathetic readers, as well as possibly look for advice and recommendations. It can be so annoying sometimes and no one quite gets it like other people with sensitive skin.    Skin type: Combination oily/oily, hypersensitive skin with eczema (developed 6 years ago) Complaint:  I recently tried the Nars Radiant Tinted Moisturizer and fell in love. I mean,  in love . As someone with usually combination oily/oily skin, I usually shy away from anything with the words "radiant" or "luminous". However, it works in a way that my skin is glowy (in this less-than-glowy New England weather) without looking oily. Alas, it seems like it's not to be because the  Octinoxate sunscreen. I have had a problem with chemical sunscreens for a few years. However, my lips have recently been more tolerable of them, so I thought that  maaaayybbe the same could be said for my face. Alas, that is not the case. I can't stand the limited options that sensitive skin can bring. Oh, to be able to use almost any product...I dream of it. 
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Skincare Stories
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.
Skincare Stories
I am 45 and looking for a skincare line that is right for me.  My skin has been acting up lately - probably because of trying new products to find the right one.  I am looking for a line that would help me with anti-aging issues, dry skin and small breakouts around the nose area.  It is not rosacea I have been told, but definitely irritated skin.  So bottom line is my skin is sensitive and dry.  I would like to try a line that is paraben free and more on the natural side, but I understand some of the chemicals are needed for the anti-aging.  Any advise is greatly appreciated!!!  Thank you in advance for any info you all can give me.
Acne
Little background info. I am in my early 30's, combination skin (more on the dry side) having trouble with breakouts around my chin and nose. Currently I am using Acne Solutions Cleansing Foam, Clinique Toner #3 and Cliniques Dramatically Different Lotion +   I've tried several different products and nothing seems to be helping clear me up. I am becoming a little frustrated spending $$ and returning and trying different products.    I've been told that the breakouts are hormonal however they don't just happen at that awful time of then month, it is consistent so not so sure about that.    Just wondering if there are any others in a similar situation and what has worked for them.   Seriously considering going back to Proactiv but hesitant.
Acne
I am 21 years old, and my skin is super dry because of the winter weather, but oily in the summer. I struggle with a little bit of acne (that is clearing up), acne scars, uneven texture, and uneven skin tone. I was looking to add a serum, if I needed it? Would adding the OLE HENRIKSEN Truth Serum  help with any of that?    My current skin care routine:   AM Shiseido Pureness Foaming Cleanser (if my skin is very oily) Shiseido Pureness Toner Philosophy Take a Deep Breath Moisturizer Sunscreen   PM Makeup Remover Wipes Shiseido Pureness Foaming Cleanser Shiseido Pureness Toner May Coop Raw Sauce Peter Thomas Roth AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel Shiseido White Lucent Moisturizing Cream Tarte Maracuja Oil or Farsali Rose Gold Elixir    Any info helps, thank you!
Dry Skin
I've lived with severe eczema for my whole life. I can't keep my skin moist and hydrated unless I use Vaseline which causes my skin to look very glossy and greasy. I have used First Aid Beauty hydration cream and other creams/lotion that do not have the glossy look, but my skin still feels dry and tight after applying. Which then causes my skin to wrinkle and peel. All I'm looking for is a way to keep my skin hydrated without using a lotion that looks greasy.    If there is also a way to decrease the sights of eczema scars that would be appreciated.  
All Other Concerns
I have dark circles under my eyes and have been using lotion from loreal and concealer. It doesn't seem to be working. What is the best cream to correct dark circles. I would love some day to not rely on using concealer   thanks Roxy demo
Combo / Normal
Hello!! I know there are a few threads on here about Korean skincare but I was hoping to get some opinions tailored to my own skin.  I have pretty normal skin, dry in the winter, and acne prone.  I currently have a second cleanse that I will not part with (Yüli Halcyon) and two toners I love (Herbivore coco rose and Yüli Panacea) but I will take all kinds of recommendations! I'm most curious about essences though, I was looking between the Missha essence and the Benton snail bee essence.  Can anyone give some insight into budget friendly (but still gives results) products? 
Antiaging
I'm 40 and live in the tropics.  I'm looking for a non greasy/mattifying day cream that can also work on dark spots and fine lines.  
Antiaging
I am 53, and am looking for a great anti-aging skin care line that also has the basics like cleanser etc.  I have been exploring different brands this past year, but cannot find one that has it all!!  Please advise
Natural & Organic
*EDIT*  This is a really old post, almost a year old, but I'm happy it was revived because it means people are using the search bar. Yay! HIGH FIVE! I'm not going to edit my previous post, because that would be wrong. I may have written it quickly & jumped the gun. Not all oils are bad, and not everyone will have the same results as me. Everyone's skin is different. Sephora & their employees like to overly promote the "flavor of the week". When this post was written, they were pushing Argan Oil non stop & I got a little frustrated with all the pushing of something Dermatologists weren't keen on.  I would like to add that, I am not using PTR oil-less oil, it's 100% squalane that is sugar derived (not sharks) and it works really well for me.    What I've recently found out though is that a lot of people are applying oils the wrong way . We were always taught to apply face products in order of thickness: toner/softener-> serum-> treatment-> moisturizer. The thing is oils are heavy, a lot heavier than most moisturizers even though they feel "light". Oils form a barrier and block Hyaluronic Acid and other benefit ingredients from penetrating into the skin . So really, you should be applying your oil last, to lock in all the moisture and benefits from your serums & moisturizer.      *ORIGINAL POST*  I've been using Argan Oil on my hair for years & never had a problem Recently I got the 500 pt perk that included her Argan Oil. Everyone raves about it's benefits on the face, so I figured I'd give it a shot since this cold weather has been brutal on my skin. I have not changed anything else in my skincare, or makeup routine. After about 5 days of nighttime use, I started noticing a rash developing on my face near my nose (my dry spot areas). So I did a little Google search and was shocked to see all the negatives about Argan Oil on the face. Argan oil has many benefits in food and on hair, but the FDA has not cleared it for use on the face. Dermatologists freak out when they hear patients use it because it can bring on rosacea and is highly comedogenic. Any oil (natural or not) will clog pores. I'm surprised Sephora promotes something when it is highly advised by Doctors not to be used on the face. 
Dry
I have extremely dry skin. I'll try to give as much detail as I can without being too boring.   I'm originally from a more humid climate. I have lived in a new, drier state for five + years and my skin has had enough! My skin is pretty sensitive so I try not to use insane chemicals.   My face is my biggest problem because that's what people see the most. My current routine is to remove my make up with cold pressed coconut oil and moisturize with Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair lotion for face and body (my skin drinks it in and feels soft and smooth for hours and hours afterward). About once or twice a week I do a gentle exfoliating routine but it has literally made zero difference in the result.   Before make up, I apply Feel the Moment Anti-Aging Ultra Hydrating Sensory Awakening Primer Serum by IT Cosmetics. I then use Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50. (I bought yet another foundation and primer to try just yesterday, to not avail.) I don't use powders because they only make the dryness more visible. But already I can see the texture on my cheeks and chin where it looks like my foundation is clinging to patches of dry skin that are settled on the top. I use a beauty blender to apply foundation and other areas of my face, such as my nose, blend beautifully onto my skin. Once I am done with the rest of my make up, I apply Urban Decay's Chill setting spray. I have tried many other foundations, primers, serums, setting sprays, and moisturizers and I don't know what I could be doing wrong.   Before I apply foundation, my skin doesn't look dry at all, but as soon as make up touches my face, even a moisturizing foundation, it seems to instantly reveal dry patches. I did an experiment over winter recess and went nearly two weeks without wearing a stitch of make up on my face to see if maybe my face just needed a break but the day I went back to work, the results were the same.    As far as nutrition: I stay very well hydrated. I drink mostly water and green tea. I eat mostly paleo.   I recently bought several First Aid Beauty products and I gave them a try just before applying my make up yesterday and they made no difference. At this point, I'm worried that I might have to see a derm, but I am really hoping someone would be able to give me some advice  before I have to spend that type of money on a doctor.
Natural & Organic
I know they're not carried at Sephora but for you Green Beauty lovers, any experience with Yüli?  I love their philosophy and have been heavily swayed by blogger: BeautyIdealist! Thoughts? 
Acne
I know there's loads of posts out there but I kind of wanted one a bit more tailored to my skin and personal issues! My skin is always kind of dry in the winter, definitely not oily in the summer though, so it's normal I guess!  I recently started a topical prescription (Benzaclin) but it makes my skin super dry! It doesn't really need to be oil free (I also find they don't work as well), just something that isn't too thick (I didn't like the FAB repair cream)!    Thanks  
Acne
I used to have really good skin. I would only get like two pimples. Then my girlfriend broke up with me, and everything started falling apart. I've been extremely stressed. I got over ten pimples in one day. I've never felt so bad about my appearance. Foundation recommendations would be nice as well. I recently bought a really great foundation, but it is sheer and that was what I needed before but now I need something that will cover up all my pimples. Nothing too expensive. My health has been keeping me from working regularly so now I have to be much more careful with spending my money. Thanks in advance,
Antiaging
Hey All!!  Hope everyone who's into football is excited about  kick off, in this exciting Super Bowl 50!!     So, I'm just over 40 with normal/dry skin. I've been blessed with intermittent hormonal acne in the past few years, which was kind enough to leave behind some bumps and scars.In the past several months I have  begun obsessing about my laugh lines and the creases  on my forehead.   I've now spent so much $$ on anti aging skin care products it's scary. I'd love help with anything anti aging and/or scar healing, but what I  desperately NEED to find is a really good night cream. I need something hydrating that I can put over my acne cream. I already use SR Luna and l'occitane's Divine Youth oils, and I love them,but I need a cream that I can wear over them once the oils have absorbed.      Any suggestions and/or advice is much appreciated!!
All Other Skincare Concerns
For as long as I can remember, I've had these tiny bumps that gather around the inner corner of my eye and along my dark circles. I really, really hate them! They kind of look like chicken skin, but they don't really feel bumpy or anything. I've seen pictures of milia, and that is definitely not what I have. These little bumps don't ever go away and they never move. Some people say that they've started to notice this chicken skin under their eyes as they aged, but I'm a Sophomore and I've had this problem my whole life! I've done a little research, and so far all of the fixes have been really complicated and confusing. Please give me a solution! I like to take good care of my skin, but I'd much rather just buy a lotion or something than see a dermatologist. Thanks for all your help!
Acne
I am 14 years old and I need help finding foundation and a face care products to help with my acne. My skin is very odd. It gets irritated very easily, its dry but sometimes oily, and i get acne to go along with it. I need a foundation that would fit my skin type and a face wash that would help get rid/treat my acne at A REASONABLE PRICE PLEASE!!  
Combo / Normal
So its that time of year when a lot of us either get gift cards, or get ourselves a little something special just because we deserve it, and face masks are one of the things I always think of as the perfect little indulgence--not too expensive, but mostly not something I think of as an absolute necessity so not something I usually buy for myself and the perfect thing to treat yourself with.  Since its been a couple of years since we had a thread on favorite masks and with so many new ones that have come out, I thought this might be a fun discussion to have so......   1) what are your favorite masks and why? 2) do you have another favorite treat yourself product/purchase?
All Other Concerns
I figured I should get started on my wife's Valentine's Day gift. I know she's looking for some kind of anti-aging overnight mask, but of course I have no idea what that means or where to find it. I was hoping someone could help me and recommend some brands that have worked for them.
Combo / Normal
I'm looking for a new moisturizer, the last one I used was a dior pro-youth with SPF that they've since discontinued. I have sensitive skin, and an uneven skin tone. I have combination skin that tends to be more oily than dry. 
Combo / Normal
I need help with some good moisturizer to go under my makeup....something where it soaks into my skin and wears well with my liquid foundation....
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Antiaging
Today I started trialing the Dr.Brandt 3D Filler Mask.  Sephora generously sent this to me to try out.    The product is a white transluscent paste (not really creamy but not chalky either).  It comes with a little brush to apply it.  It is recommended as an overnight leave on mask.     From the Sephora product page: "This leave-on mask restores volume and youthful-looking contours, giving your skin an instantly smoother look. It’s specially formulated with a potent, age-defying combination, including hyaluronic acid , peptides , and an Adipofill'in™ Complex. "   For all skin types, this product targets the middle to lower part of face, smile lines and marionettes to visibly revolumize jowl and cheekbone contours.   Some Claims include - Smoother and more supple skin Less visible lines and wrinkles Plumper skin Product fills in wrinkles and folds.   Possible allergen for me - Shea Butter I already use Dr. Brandt Overnight Resurfacing Retinol Complex as one of my serums in rotation.  It has shea butter in it as well, but that hasn't irritated my skin yet.  So I am not too worried.   My skin condition: I am almost 41.  I have oily/combo skin that is currently dehydrated (skin sometimes feels parched and tight).  But I don't have wrinkles yet, and I think my facial contours are hanging in there just fine (for the moment).   What I expect this product to do: Although I am not addressing wrinkles and facial contours, I am definitely testing all the other claims.  I have highlighted the ingredients and claims that interest me.  Winter dehydrated skin is a great time to see if the hyaluronic acid plumps and makes my skin more "supple". This is supposed to address fine lines as well by smoothing the skin.  I am not sure if I have fine lines, but I will stipulate that I do just due to current age.   Usage: I read up on Sephoras webste and also Dr.Brandt's website to learn how to incorporate this in my regular skincare.    After I cleansed, toned and serum-ed, I applied this in an inverted V from my cheekbones down to my jaw (hugging my nose and the corner of my mouth).  Then I waited about 15 minutes for the product to sink in.  It didn't completely absorb and looked matte and pasty on me still (not sure how it's supposed to look).  I then applied my nightime moisturizer.  It reminded me very much of a matte primer - how they can look matte and leave a white cast.    Lets see how I feel in the morning.  :-)
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Acne
Can you recommend a good acne cleanser for oily skin? I've tried Murad and i still broke out.
Acne
I went to the store last Saturday and spent 210.50 before taxes but i forgot my beauty insider card.  The cashier told me that with the receipt I could do it online. I tried to do it later but there was no option on the website to add your points with your receipt.
All Other Concerns
So I was wondering if anyone has any recommendations on Murad skincare products. There are two reasons I ask this, one I recently got a 100 point perk of the hydro-dynamic quenching essence I believe it is called and love it.   Second my holy grail face wash has been discontinued. It was Olay total effects anti blemish cleanser.   I was thinking the Murad AHA/BHA cleanser might be a good match as it has salicylic acid in it and that is the one ingredient that keeps my hormonal breakouts at bay. It also has scrubby beads in it like the Olay one I loved.   Any advice would be great!