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Best Anti-aging Day Cream with SPF
Hi all I've been looking around for a good anti-aging daytime moisturizer with decent SPF. This is harder to find that I thought! I have pretty normal-ish skin, and am looking for a a non-greasy moisturizer to wear day time under makeup, or over serum (I'm 33, currently using SR Luna and Origins Nightamins at night). I'm looking for SPF 30 or above preferably. The only one I found so far was the Perfect World SPF 25 from Origins, and at first it worked well but after a few weeks it felt like my skin just got used to it and I wasn't seeing the benefits anymore. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks xo
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BEAUTY BRAINIAC gcs1808 / BEAUTY BRAINIAC BEAUTY BRAINIAC / replied
Thank-you! Will definitely check this out :) see post
Freckles
I have had trouble since I started wearing make up because I have freckles, I have Dark brown hair and brown freckles, This makes it very hard to match up foundation,powder, and lip sticks. I have been told I am warm, cool, and neutral by many different make up professionals.    What is the best foundation for someone with freckles....I use hour glass right now. I am over 40 so need it to be moisturizing,,,   Thanks in advance for help, Christine
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HALL OF FAMER SheWhoSkis / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Freckles are beautiful, and they make you, well, you. I'm over 40, and have decent skin (but on the dry side as well). I opt for lighter coverage (Chanel Vitalumiere Aqu... see post
Skin care
How often should you use face masks and skin care products when already using Retinol for problematic skin??
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HALL OF FAMER studz / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
It really depends on the specific product in question. There are certain ingredients that you shouldn't use frequently, like AHA's and BHA's.     Retinol is drying so... see post
Eye Serum- is it really necessary?
Hi   I am currently using an eye cream as part of my skin care routine AM and PM.  Recently, I heard the hype surrounding eye serum.  Is it really necessary to use eye serum prior to eye cream application?   Thanks
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HALL OF FAMER notcreative / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I use both, because my under eyes are really dry. I also like all the ingredients the serum adds. If your under eye skin is really dry or you have anti aging concerns th... see post
What mascaras are you buying for Mascara Madness?!
Mascara Madness is back at Nordstrom this Saturday the 23rd. Buy 2 get 1 free mascaras! The only "high end" mascara I have used is They're Real by Benefit, and I love it, but I wanna use this sale as an opportunity to try maybe some MAC or Clinique...really anything! I naturally have long lashes, just looking for a mascara that will really darken them and add volume, with no clumping or flaking. What mascaras do you recommend buying from Mascara Madness? What ones are you going to buy!?  Thanks beauties  
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HALL OF FAMER SheWhoSkis / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Thanks to everyone with your thoughtful and thorough responses to my previous questions. I pre-ordered:     Chanel Inimitable Waterproof Chanel Le Volume Guerlain Ma... see post
What products are safe to use for acne during pregnancy? I've heard that salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide are not safe.
nottaylorswift / NEWCOMER / replied
Retinol, salicilic acid (sp?).  My sister is pregnant and those were definitely off of the list.  Just take it really easy and ask your doctor. see post
Is the Clairisonic worth it? I have sensitive combination skin. Occassional pimples and acne scars. Does it help?
BEAUTY BUFF Metalbaby / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
I love the Clarisonic. I won't wash my face with my hands, unless it's  completely unavoidable. It's great because you can switch the brush heads if your skin type chan... see post
What are you watching? (Don't be a spoil sport - spoiler your spoilers)
We're blabbing about everything else these days, I figured I'd check in and see what people are watching when it comes to TV shows and movies!   It would be foolish to think that this thread could remain spoiler free, so let's be courteous to one another and be sure to spoiler your spoilers. If you don't know how, it's that super adorable little yellow button on the toolbar, located to the right of the bold/italic/underline/strikeout buttons.    DONT FORGET: If you happen to be the most recent post, your first sentence or two of your post will show up EVEN IF ITS IN A SPOILER. So please take care if you're going to go dropping spoiler bombs.    Anywho... I just saw the movie PHOENIX last night and it was absolutely spectacular. Like Academy Award spectacular. If you're fortunate enough have showings in your area, I cannot urge you enough to go see it.    So whatcha'll watchin' these days? What are you anxiously waiting for to start back up? 
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HALL OF FAMER etscore1 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
They really need to figure something out so spoilers don't show in the preview. But anybody who's been here 10 minutes knows there are much bigger fish to fry when it co... see post
Skin routine for oily skin
Hi! So I have VERY oily skin and was hoping to find advice to get clear skin. I often get acne but my biggest problem is acne scars and uneven skin tone (redness, etc). I also get a TON of oil on my face after a few hours, specially around my nose and chin. any advice on products or things I can do?
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BEAUTY PRO AbbySee / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
I really like the Ole Henricksen Total Truth Cream Advanced Hydration, as well as the Sheer Transofrmation moisturizers. Apply nightly after cleansing, and your skin wil... 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 jemly / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
skin is rather happy lately. nose has been congested, i'd like to get a facial. but all and all, pretty good. my struggle is making sure i don't over exfoliate, but my s... see post
Searching for a replacement for Estee Lauder Calming Fluid in the Verite' line.
I have super sensitive skin!  I have been using EL's Calming Fluid since its conception...20 some years ago.  It has been discontinued and I am running out of time to find a replacement.  Searching for help...
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BEAUTY BRAINIAC CC50 / BEAUTY BRAINIAC BEAUTY BRAINIAC / replied
Thanks for this -gone but not forgottenI I tried to give you a "heart, but it didn't work! see post
Ultherapy and Laser Procedures
Hi there, has anyone had Ultherapy? Was it worth it? Did you experience noticeable results in terms of skin firmness and skin tightening? I'm also looking into C02 fractional laser resurfacing - it's my understanding that this procedure also helps restore fullness and stimulates and strengthens collagen but it also minimizes wrinkles and removes age spots.   My primary concern is restoring volume, fullness and tightening. Any advice? Thanks!
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BEAUTY MASTER aydasu / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
Is this good for deep acne scars as well? see post
What does a 25 yr old with normal skin need to be doing everyday? HELP!
Hi everyone! I am 25 year old with normal/semi-dry skin (usually in winter). I am trying to formulate a go-to skincare regimen. Any advice?
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HALL OF FAMER TrysBeautyItems / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
 Clinique is fragrance free, Dermalogica, Origins mega mushroom line to calm skin, other origins may be ok. H2O+. In drugstore, Neutrogena the blue foaming cleanser and ... see post
What is the best foundation?
I would say i have very normal skin. I usually only break out on my forehead during my period and it is very mild. I am looking for a full coverage foundation because I have very red cheeks that i am not a fan of. A lot of foundations i try samples of either turn flakey, crease under my eyes, or get very oily on my forehead. which foundation would work well with my skin and which should i at least try.   I have tried Makeup Forever HD stick, Clinique chubby, and a sample packet of Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able full coverage.
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HALL OF FAMER TrysBeautyItems / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Your skincare may be attributing to the excess redness or you may need a topical rx to calm it. Have you seen a dermatologist?   There are skincare lines that may help... see post
Skincare Routine
Hi. I'm looking for a new skin care routine and I'm torn between the Fresh Umbrian Clay collection and the Laneige line for combination to oily skin. My cheeks are usually very dry and my t zone is oily so I'm not sure what products would be best. Any suggestions?
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HALL OF FAMER TrysBeautyItems / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I've only used the Fresh clay bar, which is drying. If you can get to a store, ask for samples of each. see post
suffering from breakouts now a days
hi       i tried to start a complete skin are routine . i bought revitalift loreal face wash, day and night creams . i started having breakours had pain for them .i had these pim ples on cheeks, sometimes around lips , on forehead, chin even under nek area . i am in doubt about my skin type now. these products are for all skin types that i was using . now i have stopped using anything . i need a guidence so i can restart my skin routine.  
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BEAUTY BRAINIAC muriashnam / BEAUTY BRAINIAC BEAUTY BRAINIAC / replied
thanks for reply . yes i just want to take a start again with products from sephora. its too many roducts . and confusing situation there . i live far from city. so once... see post
Looking for powder sunscreen
A dry sunblock in a powdered form to reapply over my makeup during the day. Bonus if it is mattifying! I've researched and seen recs for Peter Thomas Roth, Bare Minerals, e.l.f., and Colorscience, but they are either out of my price range or discontinued or unavailable in Canada. Thanks!
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BEAUTY CONNOISSEUR luvmadeup / BEAUTY CONNOISSEUR BEAUTY CONNOISSEUR / replied
Play! By sephora! Does everyone get the same products in their boxes?     see post
Skincare Routine Suggestions - early 30's
Looking for suggestions please. I'm 32 and have never been diligent about skincare. I've always bought whatever face wash was on sale at Walmart and have used Nivea Soft as my moisturizer for years as it's the best drug store option I've found to date and works well for me. I've recently been using Eucerin for very dry skin and it works fine also.    My my skin is a little oily in the T zone with dry patches when I don't exfoliate (St. Ives scrub) and otherwise normal. It is only mildly sensitive on the cheeks and under eye area with a little redness on the cheeks. I get the occasional breakout about one week a month 😑 but nothing major. (By "breakout" I mean a single pimple or maybe two that usually clears up in a few days with no spot treatment and I do get some blackheads around the nose and on the chin.)    Also, I have a tiny bit of uneven texture but I'm not sure what it is because I don't think they are pimples, just some small bumps. They aren't really noticeable unless you get real close and I'm not wearing makeup. I'd like to even out the texture and redness as well as some fine lines around the eyes and larger lines on my forehead from subconscious facial expressions. Lol I'd like to find an affordable oil or serum, face wash, exfoliant, and any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated!   Any ideas for that long, detailed list of wants? Thanks in advance!
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HALL OF FAMER TrysBeautyItems / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Which St. Ives? How often used? That could be causing the issues. For example, their apricot scrub uses the crushed seed which makes jagged edges, leading to microtears... see post
Do you need to wear primer and/or regular moisturizer with tinted moisturizer?
I have oily skin and I use Laura Merciers oil free tinted moisturizer. Do I need to wear primer or moisturizer with it? Or can I just apply the tinted moisturizer to my face after cleansing and toning? 
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BEAUTY WHIZ TanishaCherry / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
You don't have to but I still do :)  see post
In need of a skincare makeover...
Hey guys, I'm to the point where I am about to give up. My face is SUPER sensitive and gets irritated with the littlest things. Every single cleanser I have used has left my face feeling tight and stripped, but then my skin never wants to absorb the lotions that I try to put on. So I feel like my skin is combo, sensitive and dehydrated. This results in constant acne; never cystic acne, but just pimples all over. I'm a senior in HS and it is honestly embarrassing to go out in public. I was looking at the Belif Skincare line, but I'm hoping that someone can help me. Anything is welcome!
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BEAUTY SAVANT Lickety / BEAUTY SAVANT BEAUTY SAVANT / replied
I suggest you get your doctor to send you to a dermatologist.  That's what I did because 15 years ago a dermatologist told me I had rosacea.  I just saw a new dermatolog... see post
What are your fave facial oils? :)
Hey BTgals,   I just got reminded this morning how much my skin loves oils. I had been skipping on them for the past 2 weeks since I'd been suffering from pesky breakouts + been traveling, so didn't really have any with me. Last night, made a dash to the drugstore to get some oil (since there's no Sephora close by), and ended up getting a Loreal facial oil, and slathered that on my face last night! Oh my! My skin looks positively happy and glowing today   With the VIB sale round the corner, wanted to hear what your fave face oils were. I haven't tried tons, but mine would be:   - Tata Harper Replenishing Nutrient Complex - Caudalie Premier Cru (although I could do with a less heavy rose scent)   Do share your faves!!
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HALL OF FAMER geekbeauty / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
haven't tried any sisley products but have heard good things about them. The oil sounds decadent! see post
HERBIVORE
Have you guys tried any of these products? I'm wonderstruck by their claims of using pure products free of animal products. I'm especially interested in Blue Tansy and Orchid oil (possibly to replace my SR Flora). Any thoughts?
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BEAUTY MAVEN kiwigal / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
I purchased this and returned it for the Farmacy mist which i like better.  I'm also going to try the Tarta Harper one.  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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Beckyybabba / FRESH FACE / replied
Hey, I know this is a long shot, but can you possibly remember, or still have the link to the article you're referencing to? I'm doing a uni project on the brand and I c... 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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BEAUTY RESIDENT pcoh / BEAUTY RESIDENT BEAUTY RESIDENT / replied
Your post is making me shake my head. Paula's Choice products were developed after years of extensive research from peer-reviewed professional journals. In her books she... see post
NATURAL SKINCARE CAUSING BREAKOUTS?
I have combination/oily skin with just occasional breakouts.  I was looking for a product to help even out my skin tone and keep acne under control. A sales associate suggested Oe Henriksen Aloe Vera Deep Cleanser & Grease Relief Face Tonic. However, it totally made my skin breakout! I was thinking of trying the Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser, but I'm thinking maybe my skin just doesn't like natural products. I have also tried Orgins Checks & Balances and that made me breakout as well.  However, I have used the Fresh Rose Toner and Korres Greek Yogurt products without problems.   Is there a difference between these natural products?    Thanks!
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BEAUTY WHIZ rose41 / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
No problem!  I hope you end up finding some great products that work for you! see post
Super dry skin
Any suggestions as to a really great facial cream/moisturizer?  I have purchased many and can't find one that seems to help. 
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HALL OF FAMER drppr / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I agree on the FAB cream. So rich yet not greasy at all. Also, cleansing my face only at night has improved my skin so much! I find that my face producs sits better on m... see post
Q. dry sensitive flaky skin
I'm looking for a good moisturizer/cleanser/exfoliator for my  sensitive, dry, flaky patches skin, that breaks out pretty easily ( it's a lot i know)  I had been using clinique for years when it suddenly started to make me itch. Thanks in advance!
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HALL OF FAMER HoneydewK / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. Sounds like my skin, if left alone (without all routine...). Try NOT exfoliating for few days or a week.  I exfoliate every week very gently with cleansing cloths and ... see post
What is a good mattifying primer?
I purchased Bobbi Brown's Foundation and it's insanely liquidy. Normally my skin is absolutely fine, not dry or oily, but this foundation brings out oil around my nose and chin a little bit. I was curious what a good mattifying primer was for skin that doesn't have that much oil?   P.S. Is mattifying spelled with one "t" or two?
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BEAUTY WHIZ TanishaCherry / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
The Smashbox Photo Finish Oil Free Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing is pretty mattifying. Sample first tho. see post
what is the best foundation for oily skin
What is the best foundation for oily skin. I have tried Kat Von D but it changed to an orange color once applied.. 
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BEAUTY WHIZ TanishaCherry / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
Nars lightweight luminous foundation  see post
Cleansing Balm
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.
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BEAUTY PRO realiner / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
Banila Co. cleansing balm is the best. It is cheap and you need very little. It can also clean waterproof mascaras. I stopped using all other makeup removers after using... see post