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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 Mochapj / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
@dalidyli I've been using it daily AM since January.   It's been a nice (non-reactive) serum for me, but I struggle to tell when 'anti-aging' or wrinkle prevention pro... 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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BEAUTY BOSS mztm / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
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pore extraction
I use Origins charcoal mask, and I love it.  I can see that it's working because the stuff is sticking out of my pores after I wash it off.  My question is - how do I remove all those whiteheads that are trying to get out after using this awesome mask?  I don't want to just put product on top of it...any suggestions?  Thanks!
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MariekeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi @danerin,    If you're talking about blackheads, you can use a pore strip to remove them! We have our Sephora Collection ones or the Boscia Black Strips.You can a... see post
Skincare options
Hello, I have sensitive skin and dry to normal combination.   I am looking for something that I won't break out with and I'm finding a hard time doing that. I am also looking for something to hydrate my skin and remove the imperfections and brighten it up a bit. So far I've tried Ren and Olehendrikson and none seem to do the job, I end up getting a few red spots and pimples   Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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SIGHTSEER tvisram / SIGHTSEER SIGHTSEER / replied
I wear very minimal makeup, only concealer and blush. Sunscreen I only wear in the summer (I'm from Canada)    I am 30 years old  see post
Cleansing oil recommendations?
Hey guys!  I have dry and sensitive, acne-prone skin, and I'm always looking for new cleansing oils because I've not found my favorite yet.  So far I've used The Face Shop Rice Water Cleansing oils and KOSE Softly Mu Cleansing oil which are more affordable.  I've used BanilaCo Clean It Zero and Heimish Cleansing Balm, but I have a Newfoundland dog so his hair gets EVERYWHERE in products in tubs so I prefer pumps...hence a preference for cleansing oils.   Thanks!
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HALL OF FAMER JayJayyy / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Bobbi Brown cleansing oil! It's absolutely the best I've tried, and I've tried a lot lol. It doesn't leave a residue, doesn't burn my eyes, and removes all of my makeup.... see post
Dr. Gross Real Results Challenge
Turn your skin on! We can’t wait for you to try our NEW C + Collagen Brighten & Firm Vitamin C Serum. This weightless, fast-absorbing gel-serum is power-packed with our proprietary vitamin C (3-O C technology) and energy complex plus collagen amino acids.    Rev up tired looking skin for a tighter and brighter complexion! During the challenge, see an improvement in imperfections like dullness, dark spots, rough texture, and expression lines as skin is repaired and protected from aging and environmental aggressors.   Use this thread to share your results, learn tips, and ask any questions you may have. We will be checking here throughout the challenge to answer your questions.  Can’t wait to see your results!
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BEAUTY BRAINIAC Mebs2 / BEAUTY BRAINIAC BEAUTY BRAINIAC / replied
I have sensitive skin and rosacea. I layer niacinamide serum over Vitamin C with no problem. I've never experienced any flushing doing this. I have found the combo works... see post
Sunscreen for Extremly Sensitive and Acne Rosecea Skin
Hello everyone, I am looking for a sunscreen for my face that goes nicely under makeup. I have very dry and reactive skin. I do have mild rosacea that sometimes becomes sever acne rosacea. I have tried chemical sunscreens such as Lancome and La Roche Posay, but my skin doesn't tolerate them as well as it used to. I am allergic to an ingredient in Frist Aid Beauty and cannot use their products. I have looked at Josie Maran's SPF, but it contains beeswax and I am allergic to beeswax.    Please keep in mind that I live in Canada and do not have access to a lot of sunscreens normally recommended such Drunk Elephant and MDSolarScience.    Does anyone with rosacea and severely reactive and allergic prone skin have any recommendations? Preferably a mineral sunscreen. I am on a medication that makes me sensitive to the sun and has caused my skin issues (any my allergy to beeswax!) Therefore sunscreen is really important, and I am looking for one that will not affect the look of my foundation.   Thank you!
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BEAUTY WHIZ AnnieBea / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
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Milk Makeup Matcha Solid Toner
Milk Makeup is about to drop it's new Matcha toner stick. It's super TSA friendly and the world's first solid toner. Questions or thoughts!?   PRODUCT DETAILS: Matcha-infused toner stick refines and preps skin post-cleansing for purified pores and smooth hydrated skin.   TONES Kombucha and witch hazel purify pores, while Matcha green tea detoxifies and protects   HYDRATES Organic cactus elixir hydrates and calms irritated skin
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HALL OF FAMER purly / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Yeah, it's hit or miss and depends on whether your screeners notice/care. see post
Anyone know if the First Aid Beauty Skin Lab Resurfacing 10% AHA will help with white heads and mild acne??
HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hi, mimiivanakis!   While the FAB Resurfacing Liquid isn't an item that is directly marketed towards tackling acne and whiteheads, the usage of alpha hydroxy acids do ... 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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BEAUTY GURU Alicehoopz / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
all companies that don't test on animals rely on animal testing studies that were done by OTHER companies for safety assurance but yknow, you do you boo see post
Best of the Best: What Are Your Favorite Natural Skincare Products?
Hey BeautyTalkers!    I have noticed a lot of chatter about natural skincare products in the beauty world. There is no perfect definition of 'natural skincare' but I am thinking of products that are labeled partially or 100% organic, sulfate-free, paraben-free, plant-based, or just made with simple ingredients.    There are a lot of reasons a product may be considered natural so without overcomplicating the definition I have a question for you all: What are your favorite natural skincare products?       Looking forward to reading your responses!    
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BEAUTY BOSS AmazingGrace333 / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
Thank you for this thread! My low-buy has been lifted and great timing--I had eczema break out all over my body including face so had to start all over again with skinca... see post
Drunk Elephant C-Firma makes me break out! Help!
Every time I use Drunk Elephant C-Firma, it makes me break out like crazy.  What are some similar products that won't cause this?
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HALL OF FAMER ChicDabbler / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
There are two possibilities.   1. Drunk Elephant C-firma didn't work for you. I didn't like the residue/feel it left on my skin after application. If you are looking f... see post
Ole Henriksen Real Results Challenge
Finally, oily skin meets its matte! We are so excited for you to try our bestselling Counter Balance™ Oil Control Hydrator and share your skincare journey with us. This lightweight daily moisturizer controls oil, minimizes the look of pores and is clinically proven to improve foundation wear for up to 8 hours.   It’s powered by Green Fusion Complex™, a proprietary blend of potent active botanicals—green tea, eucalyptus, algae (kelp) and Irish moss extracts—with natural antiseptic properties. With neem seed oil and AHAs, Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator minimizes the look of pores and helps skin maintain a healthy balance.   This open forum is for you to share your experience and hear from others. We’ll be checking this thread frequently, so if you have questions, ask away!   Remember, a happy face is a beautiful face!
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HALL OF FAMER CRAZY4MASCARA / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Was this a prom? I suffer from an oily face at times, so this would be a great product to try out.   @olehenriksen  Would you ever create a (this version but with SPF)... see post
acne issue
i am having red bumps which later turn into dark spots , if i use acne products they really worse the results as my skin is really dry .what should i use?
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HALL OF FAMER ChicDabbler / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
If the acne products worsen the results and you have dry skin..... it might be worsen because your skin is irritated. When the skin is not properly hydrated/moisturized,... 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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keelybt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi Babesgirl, I hear you! It becomes more and more important to exfoliate regularly as we age. I've come to realization that I just need to do it every day. I use First ... see post
Sunday Riley Bionic Cream Discontinued?
Does anyone know if Sunday Riley has discontinued its Bionic cream? It's no longer showing on Sephora website or at most other websites. This is the first anti-aging type cream with bells and whistles that I've been able to use without any reactions.   Can a mod pipe in and confirm?
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HALL OF FAMER DiVWA / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Thank you for the updates @Alicehoopz and @twingrandma and @prti. I've not had time to keep up with the lawsuit and the company's plans about Bionic so appreciate your u... see post
skincare routine - recommendations?
Hi! I was seeing if any ladies out there had some recommendations for products they have been using. I'm turning 25 in a few weeks, and looking for some new products. I have comination skin, acne-prone and scarring. Looking for day and night products!  Thanks!
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ZannaBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi nnejlogan,   I highly recommend Kate Somerville's acne line as it works so well to help with acne! The EradiKate® Daily Cleanser Acne Treatment is a great sulfur ... see post
Which primer?
I will be going to Hawaii for a month and I think that due to the humidity I will need a primer to ensure my makeup has some staying power. Right now I am using the NARS Radiant Tinted Moisturizer and it lasts for me without any primer until about 3-4pm when applied at 7 am. I am in between choosing three different primer options at the moment. Any thoughts on the following:   Sephora Collection Beauty Amplifier Ultra Smoothing Primer  http://www.sephora.com/beauty-amplifier-ultra-smoo thing-primer-P412147?skuId=1829274&icid2=products% ...   Cover FX Calming Primer  http://www.sephora.com/calming-primer-P388019?skuI d=1641281&icid2=products%20grid 388019   NARS Pore & Shine & Control Primer   http://www.sephora.com/pore-shine-control-primer-P 415963?skuId=1900117&icid2=products%20grid 415963   Or any other recommended primer? I do have oily skin when it comes to the afternoon and more dry in the morning.        
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HALL OF FAMER ChicDabbler / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Clarins primer all the way! If you have oily or dry skin, then Hourglass mineral veil/no.28 are awesome, but for combo skin, Clarins for me.   You can go try them on y... see post
SOS! OILY SKIN FROM H3LL!
I have suffered from oily skin for my entire life. I try to be thankful because I know I'll continue to have fewer wrinkles when I'm older however, for right now I want to die!    I have acne prone skin as well (as if it doesn't already go hand in hand!) and I'm currently looking to totally revamp my skincare/makeup routine. I've used foundations such as Kat Von D lock it foundation which moved whenever I would even touch my face, transferring to my hands, you could actually SEE where I had touched my face because the foundation would transfer and separate so badly. I've also tried Nars foundation, Tarte Shape tape concealer which I actually love, but don't think it's great for my oily skin sadly I'm obsessed with Laura Mercier setting powder, and have tried some drugstore foundations, but everything seems to literally want to slide off my face.    I have used benefit porefessional primer for about six months and though I love it, I also don't think this is great for oily skin. My Becca poreless primer seems to work well, but I'm open to other suggestions as well.   I'm thinking a lot of this could be helped over time with the right skin care. The right wash, toner, moisturizers, and masks could really do the trick as I notice the difference with masks almost immediately, my face loves them! Any good face/sheet mask suggestions for oily/acne prone skin? I've read that I should be hydrating my skin more even though it is oily... I'll literally take all the help I can get!   Thanks! xx
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HALL OF FAMER kariyava / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I had similar skin issues as you do and my skin has improved greatly now that I am serious about skincare.  I use a mix of drugstore and mid-range skincare, all of which... see post
What is going on with Illamasqua in the US?
I know that Sephora doesn't sell Illamasqua anymore, Nordstrom never has, and now I see that it is no longer on Bloomingdales website. Does anyone know where Illamasqua can be found in the States? I am definitely not paying international shipping from the UK. 
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BEAUTY MASTER grayreb / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
B- glowing carries their products. 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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BEAUTY CELEB bstew13 / BEAUTY CELEB BEAUTY CELEB / replied
I have an olive complexion and tan naturally. However, sometimes in the winter I can get pretty pale. We had a pretty cold winter this year in Canada so I went out to Se... see post
Why is Drunk Elephant not working for me?
So I recently switched from Murad anti-aging/anti-acne treatment (wash, treatment, moisturizer) which I had been using for over a year, to Drunk Elephant.  Went all-in on the glycolic, merula oil at night, vit C in the AM.  And my pores starting getting clogged/blackheads showing up again, started getting breakouts I'd go back to the Murad but didn't feel it was treating my increasing fine lines and dark spots.   Advice on a better combination of items?  If I do nothing, I break out.   J
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BEAUTY BUFF scintillate / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
Other than the Baby Facial, I personally think DE is overrated.  I got better results with Lancer's gycolic formula, which is about half the price given the size ($85 fo... see post
Best face mask for acne prone skin?! Anything out there able to control it?! HELP!
Hi everyone!    I'm looking for a good face mask to use once a week, that will help control my acne and prevent further breakouts. I know there are a ton of good ones out there, just trying to find something that will FINALLY work for me!   Thanks, y'all. I appreciate it  
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MariekeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi @Kristengrab12,    I have pretty acne prone skin and one of my favorites is First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Purifying Mask With Red Clay. It's a peel off mask and I ... see post
Dry and Oil
My face is oily skin type but it becomes dry and rough after washing. What type of skin care I should use?
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Laudrey / RISING STAR / replied
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Hydrating Toner for Dry Skin?
Hey guys, I'm currently in the market for a hydrating toner that isn't a facial mist that actually hydrates like it says it will. I have dry sensitive skin and on nights that I use a retinol or an acid serum I like to balance it with a hydrating toner, but I don't even know where to start looking. Help?
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HALL OF FAMER lyravega / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Whamisa Deep Rich Essence Toner is beautifully hydrating. I have dry, somewhat sensitive skin, as well. I really liked how super hydrating this one was, but it didn't ag... see post
Charlotte Tilbury dry sheet mask
Has anyone had a chance to try the dry sheet mask from Charlotte Tilbury. I'd love to know if it works! 
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HALL OF FAMER sister13 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I just tried for the first time last night, I wasn't sure I noticed anything different, except today my skin looked really amazing!!!    A- I look like Jason! The mask... see post
Recommendations Please!
Hi, I was wondering if anyone had recommendations for acne cleansers, creams, etc. for teenage skin.  I suffer from breakouts all over my face- mostly small bumps and some scarring.
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BEAUTY BRAINIAC itsvictoria / BEAUTY BRAINIAC BEAUTY BRAINIAC / replied
Thank you so much Nikko- I will try these out!   Best Wishes, Victoria see post
Q. Skincare help!
Hello, I was wondering if anyone had some skincare suggestions. I am fairly new to the world of skincare and I really want to work towards more radiant skin. I have sensitive and combination skin. I also have some acne problems, but those aren't my main priority at the moment. I was looking into some of Sephora Collection's cleansers and was wondering how those are. Also, how is the Urban Decay Hot Springs Hydrating Gel and would it work alone as a moisturizer? If you have any suggestions or tips, I would really appreciate the help! Thank you!
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MariekeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / answered
A. Hi @DramaticBeauty,    Once you get into the world of skincare there's really no turning back from the addiction so welcome! hahaha :D    I personally really lik... see post
Concealer for Dry Under eyes??
I have pretty dry under eyes! I moisturize a lot so I don't have dry patches after applying concealer..but it looks and feels so dry. I currently use the Nars creamy concealer. Does anyone have a concealer that doesn't dry their under eyes/accentuate the dryness? I want to try the Urban Decay one but I heard its drying. 
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MariekeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi @makeuppundit,    If you like the concealer you're using now, I may try to address this through skincare. I recommend using a hydrating eye cream to assist with t... see post
Any suggestions for eyelid ezcema?? HELP
I have tried everything under the sun!   I just want a really strong, extremely moisturizing  eye cream that contains no sulfates, parabens, or frangrances and is ok for sensitive skin! the only thing that has kind of worked on me is burts bee's honey chapstick and olive oil....imagine that every day and trying to wear makeup and not look like you were punched in the face!   I know I'm sadly not the only one suffering, please share any tips or tricks for relief and I will owe you for life!   Thanks ladies Spoiler (Highlight to read)    
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SIGHTSEER BreilaRose / SIGHTSEER SIGHTSEER / replied
So late reply but, I'm seconding the First Aid Beauty ultra repair cream. I get eczema on my eye lids all the time and I will use this as my eye cream and it clears it u... see post