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I overdid a chemical peel and now my skin is raw in one area. I need it to be as heeled as possible by tomorrow for a social event. The walk in clinic only gave me 1% cortisone cream. What can I use to heal this and what makeup will cover it?
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I agree with the aloe.  Use 100% pure aloe gel @angsellis. You should find that in stores that sell green/organic/natural products. I also agree to see a derm and would... 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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I am so loving Preacher!         Love Cassidy! What a great lad, eh? :P   see post
So today I got my package from Sephora and Ole Henriksen. I received the Power Bright 3-step skin brightening system. There are 6 treatments in the box. It has a 25% Vitamin C concentrate. I haven't tried something like this and am excited to!! Thanks for the genorous gift. =)   As per Sephora-    Solutions for: - Dullness - Uneven skintone - Fine lines and wrinkles   This set contains: - 6 x 0.14 oz Facial Mask - 6 x 0.11 oz Facial Mask Concentrate - 6 x 0.11 oz Facial Cleanser - 2 x Complexion sponges   $66 CAD/$55 USD   I will update on how it works out for me!    
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Cool! Congrats!! Can't wait to hear your thoughts =) see post
Tretinoin Skincare Routine?
Hello all!    My doctor has put me on Tretinoin .1% to help erase the annoying red marks that WILL NOT go away. I wouldn't say I have acne. I have minor breakouts when I have a reaction to something, hormonal breakouts, ya know the normal stuff. My problem was picking. So, I needed something serious to help with scars and those annoying bright red marks that force you to wear makeup. I've also been put on minocycline as well as a topical anti-bacteria cream.   My question is this :  What products are a must with these prescriptions? I mean my face is SO DRY. Which is expected but I've tried every lotion under the sun I feel like and nothing is really doing justice. I've even tried Josie Maron Aragon Oil! I keep reading Cerve Pm or the lotion in the tub, I've heard Sephora has a Ceramide moisturizer as well? I've also been told ot make sure I incorporate lots of antioxidants. Is there a product that has all of this? What should I be looking for?    AHH! HELP PLEASE!
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Try Belif Moisture Bomb with a thicker hydrating serum under it.  I would recommend Boscia Cool Blue, but the packaging on mine was defective.  It got stuck shut an when... see post
Moisturizer and Primer
My skin has been really dry lately. Anyone know of a good face primer that smooths skin but also moisturizes?
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I have been loving  Marc Jacobs Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer (: It is soothing, moisturizes, makes my make up last longer and apply easier. Hope this he... see post
Oily, sensitive skin skin care regimen?
I have oily skin and decided I am done dealing with it. What are your recommended skin care regimens? Oily, somewhat sensitive skin, blackheads and I don't wear makeup. Thanks!
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jenn90xo / NEWCOMER / replied
it's hard to find a cleanser that doesn't overdry your skin leaving it to produce more oil. super frustrating i've turned away from most brands for skincare because of ... see post
Favorite cruelty-free and/or vegan products
Hi, I thought I would start a thread where we can share and recommend our favorite makeup and skin care items that are cruelty/free and/or vegan. Sephora carries a lot of these brands. The ones I know or have been suggested by BT posters are listed below.      Available at Sephora: Spoiler (Highlight to read) Anastasia Beverly Hills Bite Butter London Coola Cover FX Dr. Dennis Gross ( vegan products are labeled) Drunk Elephant Fab Hourglass Josie Maran Kate Somerville Kat Von D Koh Gen Do Lavanilla Murad Nails Inc Nars NUDE Skincare Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Ole Henricksen Omorovicza Ren Smashbox Supergoop Tarte Tata Harper Tatcha Too Faced Urban Decay Supergoop Anastasia Beverly HillsBiteButter LondonCoolaCover FXDr. Dennis Gross ( vegan products are labeled)Drunk ElephantFabHourglassJosie MaranKate SomervilleKat Von DKoh Gen DoLavanillaMuradNails IncNarsNUDE SkincareObsessive Compulsive CosmeticsOle HenricksenOmoroviczaRenSmashboxSupergoopTarteTata HarperTatchaToo FacedUrban DecaySupergoop     Other lines not at Sephora:   Spoiler (Highlight to read) Aveda The Body Shop Chantaceille Charlotte Tilbury Colourpop Essentielle Eyeko Ilia Beauty IT Cosmetics John Masters Klairs Lush NYX Paula's Choice Physician's Formula Spa Ritual RMS Beauty Zoya AvedaThe Body ShopChantaceilleCharlotte TilburyColourpopEssentielleEyekoIlia BeautyIT CosmeticsJohn MastersKlairsLushNYXPaula's ChoicePhysician's FormulaSpa RitualRMS BeautyZoya     I really like skincare by Josie Maran especially the Argan Oil and Milk moisturizer. I have also used the cleansing oil but am not currently. For her makeup, I like the eye shadow palettes but they are limited now on Sephora. The Argan oil mascara is a nice everyday mascara. There are a lot of her products that I want to try. The only one I have tried that I haven't liked are the cheek tint sticks. I just started using the Hourglass mineral primer and it's pretty good. Tarte has great palettes and I've liked everything I have tried.   Any products you would recommend or other brands?
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Oh that coffee-coconut scrub sounds yummy.  Glad it works for you. I also find products with less stuff in it are not irritating to sensitive skin.  I also like making b... see post
best selling affordable eye cream
looking for a good eye cream, I'm 25 don't have bags but can get dry and i am trying to prevent aging. 
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I like Ole Henriksen Fresh Start Eye Creme. I got a deluxe sample of it, and it lasted around 6 months since you only need to apply so little of it. So I think the full ... see post
Dry Skin - Skin Care Products
Hello! So I have very dry skin year round. I have dry patches by my nose and sometimes on my cheeks and chin. I have been using many different skin care products to make my skin happy and hydrated but can't seem to find the right products. I have been researching about the skin care line called First Aid Beauty and was wondering if those products would be good for me to use. Just wanted some opinions. Thanks!
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kelseydh / NEWCOMER / replied
Okay, thank you so much! I am just not good a mixing different types of skin products to know what is good for my skin. I will keep trying!!  see post
Allergic Reaction?
This really sucks. I have somewhat sensitive skin but I've never had a reaction that looks like this and I fear that it will only get worse. It started yesterday in a couple of places and it didn't look bad. Today it got worse.   I'm including a couple photos because I don't know how to best describe it other than "it looks like a bunch of tiny red dots that look like micro pimples".     Below the photos I've included all new products used this week along with all the products I use regularly.   Pictures taken after cleansing and toner.       I've only used a few new things in the past week. Do I need to go farther back? And yes I know I should have spot tested and not introduced so many new things at once but it's done. Deluxe: FAB Face Cleanser (used on Thurs & Fri) Deluxe: Origins Original Skin Renewal Serum (used nightly, I had used a jar sample before and no reaction) Foils: The Face Shop Mango Seed Volume Butter For Face (2X, used Weds & Thurs) Foils: Biotherm Aquasource Everplump (used Fri night, I have used other Biotherm night cream foils and no reaction)   I'm going to go through my whole routine I guess... Every night: The Face Shop Calming Seed Cleanser (if not using other cleansers) The Face Shop Calming Seed Toner Origins Original Skin Renewal Serum A sheet mask The Body Shop Vit E Eye Cream, but I ran out so more recently it's been The Face Shop The Therapy Secret Made Anti Aging Eye Cream The Body Shop Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion and a cream but I ran out of my usual The Face Shop Calming Seed Cream   Additional products not used nightly: Weds: Laneige Mulberry Yogurt Repairing Mask The Face Shop Mango Seed Volume Butter for Face   Thurs: Boscia Exfoliating Peel Gel Murad T Zone Pore Refining Gel The Face Shop Mango Seed Volume Butter for Face   Fri: Glamglow Flashmud Origins Active Charcoal Mask Biotherm Aquasource Everplump Laneige Water Sleeping Mask
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@studz Yay! So good to hear. Yeah, finding an eye cream without caffeine is hard, especially since many don't come right out and call it caffeine. More often a botanical... see post
Skin Care (pimples, dark spots)
Hi there! I have major acne problems. I use to have problems with pimples now i don't anymore. Im a dark skin woman and i currently have an issue with dark spots/ scarring. I was wondering if anyone would know any really really good skin care products for my issue? Masks, cleansers, anything would help.   thank you in advance!
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jenn90xo / NEWCOMER / replied
exfoliating with natural scrubs (mechanical exfoliation) is far better than with chemicals and wont leave you over dry which in turn makes your skin overcompensate with ... see post
Hydrating Foundation
Hello! I have always had oily combo skin. As soon as I turned 30 my skin has been so dry and dehyrated! I have tried a few foundations and have returned them. Nothing sits well. I am looking for a hydrating foundation
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I saw this earlier, thank you!!! <3 see post
Smooth and Hydrate Skin
I am looking for a product that will help smooth and hydrate my skin! I am also looking for a good face wash!
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jenn90xo / NEWCOMER / replied
coffonut body scrub is my fave <3 its from ATP Coffee they use all natural organic stuff. this one is a coconut and coffee scrub and it smells DELICIOUS. it exfoliates a... see post
Mid 30s looking for help with total skincare regimen
Hi! I'm in my mid-30s and am looking for help putting together a complete skincare regimen. I usually buy whatever is on sale at the drugstore, and generally only use a cleanser and moisturizer....but I'm ready to step up my game.   I've been checking into Rodan + Fields, but I'm not convinced it's right for me. I have combo skin and my main areas of concern are pores, redness/uneven skin, dullness and anti-aging. I'm completely overwhelmed by all of the options and have no idea what to buy and when to use each product.   Thanks for your help!
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So there are a couple of things you're to want to consider before totally changing your routine:   1) what allergies or sensatives do you have (and it's ok if you don'... see post
Recommended products while using Accutane?
I'm going to be starting Accutane next month and was wondering if anyone recommends certain moisturizers, primers, foundation, etc. to help with the dryness. 
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Hi - you've already gotten some great advice, but I just wanted to mention one thing - pick up a very moisturizing lip balm. When I was on Accutane my lips were super dr... see post
How to deal with oily skin?
Hello friends,   I've always had relatively oily skin, but it has gotten especially oily this past month or so. I wash my face with cleanser twice everyday, and I have also tried a number of different masks (from Caudalie, Caolion, etc.). I was wondering if anybody could recommend a good foundation/translucent powder (or any makeup product, really) that could help minimize my oiliness? Something light or natural would be preferable, as I've never really worn makeup before. Mask recommendations would be appreciated as well! Thanks!
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Cleansing twice a day is perfectly fine for oily skin I would not recommend skipping to once a day (as told to me by my dermatologist). ANYTHING from bare minerals found... see post
Finding the culprit!
Hello everyone, I hope you could share some pointers to what just attacked my face!  I began using a new foundation, and after about two days of use, woke up to blackheads. I get a spot or two like clockwork, hormonal, sometimes even cysts, but I haven't had actual blackheads invade like this since I was twelve or so!  My question is, would the foundation be to blame, or is it more likely the  new sleep oil that I've been sampling for around a week?  i also have been experiencing itching although there is zero flaking, hives, or redness.   Id hate to do a used return if it is another product.  Everything else in my routine is 100% the same.   Thanks in advance!!  
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I'm going to guess the Sunay Riley Luna Oil caused it, it's retinol and acids, retinol doesn't play nice with some skin. Since it's only been a week, that's not enough t... see post
Dry and Sensitive
I have dry, sensitive skin. I also have scars from acne. Any good products that'll help??):
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I'd recommend getting sample sizes of: Drunk Elephants' C-Firma and TLC serums Sunday Riley's Good Genes   Either the C-Firma by itself or some combination of it in ... see post
Best Self Tanner - Deep Color, Long Lasting, Non Streaky, Dries Quick, Less Transfer
Evaluating self tanners and I'd love advice from all of you!  There were some older threads that touched on self tanners, but I'm hoping to get some updates now that some new products are out.   I'm looking for:   - Deepest color (not orange of course, not toooo olive either - I'm looking at you Xen Tan); I'd like to be very tan looking (I am med to fair normally) - Last lasting as possible (Vita Liberata is great exaggerating with 2-3 weeks, but ya know) - Non streaky/not prone to splotichess as it fades (no chunking off) - Quick Drying as I hate being wet and sticky in the summer heat, and because I don't want it transferring to everything - No strong perfume scent (coconut OK, DHA smell is even OK) but no floral because gives me huge headache - I prefer mouse/foam, dry oil, even lotion over wipes at this point   Also - so has anyone used Tanceuticals darkest formula?  I read good reviews online but I'm worried they might be paid...   Here's what I've tried recently:   1. Vita Liberata Mouse - I like this, it meets most of my requirements, I just didn't fall in love -- this is my back up.  Some transfer of course.  I would get the deepest shade next time.  Does NOT last 2+ weeks as they claim.  Rosy bronze color with olive undertones.   2. Xen Tan - lotion, not horrible but a little too orange and olive mixed somehow, on my skin - just doesn't look quite natural.  Because this is a heavier lotion, it stays wet and tacky on my skin too long .  I have to use a lot to get good coverage. Just OK.   3. Vita Liberata Dry Oil - I like this, I am trialing it today for the first time.  My bottle is older but had never been opened, finally got around to trying it.  Application is a huge pain however, it comes out in TINY drops from the bottle, it's super thin liquidy and dribbles everywhere.  It does dry somewhat quicker.  The color seems rosy bronze.  I like the idea that it has shimmer although I can't actually see it on my body.   4. Tan Towels - nope. Streaky, orange, dried my skin out, barely tanned me, faded immediately, nope nope nope.   Love to hear your favs and least favs!   Thanks all...  
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I do all of this except I don't think I've applied it twice in the same day!     I will probably give it another shot, I do like it, I just didn't completely fall head... see post
acne help :(
hey!! i have acne prone and oily skin and i would like to know what foundation and powder i should use to cover it
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Do you wear anything currently? What kind of coverage would you like?   For the summer, I'm happy with Tarte's BB tinted treatment followed by UD Naked Skin powder. De... see post
Q. I need some advice on a new skin care regimen!
Hey guys, so I'm 27 with fair, sensitive, acne prone skin especially hormonal acne. I   am thinking of changing up my skin care routine, BUT I have been using Origins plantscription am with SPF 25 and the night a mins cream at night (both creams are oil free too) for probably 2-3 years now. I just feel like maybe I need something new for my skin, I have been looking at Lancome and some other products, but I just dont know what to go with? obviously I would like a day cream that has SPF in it and im all about anti-aging products it is never too early to start for that. So I need some advice what are the best products to maybe try out that are reasonable or maybe just keep my routine the way it is? 
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A. You said you just feel like you need something new for your skin, but why? The reason why you're interested in changing up your routine can help us with product suggesti... see post
Q. SK II Cellumination
SK II's Cellumination line has been discontinued and pulled from the US market. Sephora still carries the cream and lotion from that line which I believe is existing stock waiting to be sold.  But the cellumination Aura Essence is gone, even from department stores. The asian market has it's replacement of with the Genoptics line. Anyone have any ideas when and if Sephora will add Genoptics to their SK II offering?
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GSHarrison / NEWCOMER / answered
A. I have contacted both Sephora and SK-II customer service and NO ONE has any answer.  The SK-II customer service is a third party with very little knowledge about the pro... see post
Q. Looking for a good anti aging wrinkle lift tightning cream/gel/serum anything which is effective for my mother she is 57 ! Any suggestions
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Q. Moisturizer with SPF for oily skin...
I have oily/sensitive/acne prone skin and have been looking for a good moisturizer with SPF that won't irritate my skin. I recently tried Philosophy Renewed Hope with SPF 25 (only because I use the night cream and its amazing) but the SPF version is horrible for oily skin. What are the ones that work best for you?
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A. Hi Cait489,   I have oily skin as well! I like to use Murad's Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 PA++. This is a very lightweight moisturizer and it also absorbs oil, so y... see post
Blackheads/Sebaceous Filaments on Nose
I have had a problem with the blackheads on my nose for about 15 years. I have otherwise near-perfect skin which is slightly dehydrated, but have never suffered from acne or oiliness. The pore problem is isolated to just my nose, which is also rather large. What I am currently doing to get rid of them is using a pore strip after a steamy shower, then gently exfoliating my face and following up with a charcoal mud mask. This gets rid of them... BUT! I have to repeat the process within 3 days, and I am so tired of doing this. I have done so much research about the topic, and I know someone is bound to respond to this with "Don't use pore strips. They stretch out your pores and make them worse. If you stop using them, the blackheads will go away," but the blackheads are literally so bad that I cannot not be seen in public without clearing them first. The blackheads are 3-D, and stick out of my skin so I can literally feel them when I run my finger along my nose. (Did I mention I have a big nose? The blackheads are very noticeable!) Also, I have tried abstaining from using pore strips for a long time while being diligent with my normal skincare routine, and the blackheads did not just "go away." Below is a list of other products which I have tried to remedy the problem with:   Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment Caolion Premium Blackhead Steam Pore Pack Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask Tony Moly Blackhead Out Oil Gel Clarisonic Cleansing System the entire line of Dr. Brandt "Pores no More"   I'm sure I am forgetting even more products which I have used, but NONE of these has helped my nose pores, and I am really open to any suggestions at this point. Has anyone with this problem found a method to fix it? What should I be doing differently? Any advice will help. Thank you so much!
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jenn90xo / NEWCOMER / replied
I would recommend an all natural scrub that mechanically exfoliates (not those chemical exfoliators or ones with those synthetic beads!!) Lush has a great line, but are... see post
best facial pads for acne?
Hi! Does anyone have recommendations for the best facial pads for acne-prone skin? I am at my wits' end here. I'm 34, and ever since I had a baby last year, my skin has been a disaster. I'm pretty sure it's primarily driven by hormones, since I am still breastfeeding, but because of the breastfeeding and the fact that we plan to try for another baby pretty soon, I'm limited in what I can get from a dermatologist. In the past Retin-A has been a lifesaver, but that's off the table for now.    I have been using the PTR Max Complexion Correction pads for over two months, and they don't seem to be doing much except drying out my skin. I  also have the DDF 5% benzoyl peroxide lotion that I use sparingly as a spot treatment. I am also working on overhauling my diet, cutting out dairy and excess sugars to help prevent inflammation.    So, my question is this: is there a good facial pad I can use instead of the PTR pads? Or should I stick with the PTR pads even longer? I know it takes a while for results, but I would hope that after 10-11 weeks, SOMETHING would be improved. I've considered the Dennis Gross Alpha Beta peel pads, Philosophy (they used to have something wonderful called the Microdelivery Mini Peel Pads a long time ago, but those appear to be discontinued now), anything else I should look at? Or that you have had success with?    I'm moving to a new city next week and really dreading meeting new people and making new friends with my face like this. I feel like I'm starting high school and have the skin to prove it. Thanks in advance for any tips or product recommendations!
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Thanks for the recommendation! I'll read up on it and maybe give it a try.  see post
Clarasonic Mia or the Foreo Mini?
Hi Everyone,   I have mild acne and I'm not sure if I should buy the Clarasonic Mia or the Foreo Mini. I tend to have oily skin in the summer and dry skin in the winter. Any suggestions?
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I have used both (currently using Foreo Luna mini) and prefer the Foreo.    I used Clarisonic for 3+ years before switching to the Foreo. WHen I switched, my skin was ... see post
Skin Care Routine
31 with normal to dry skin, looking for a good anti aging skin care regimen that is not too pricey. I am pretty busy, so I don't really want to deal with a lot of products-simple would be best. Thanks!
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For anti-aging, spend the money on a good sunscreen.  This will get you the biggest bang for your buck.  Origins A Perfect World Spf 25 $43 is great. Cetaphil makes 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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Hopefully, they fix it. I know ingredients are the main reason most people look at the site.   I love looking at their reviews, but I never consider them the end all, ... see post
Korres cleanser and Clarisonic
Hi! I've been using my Clarisonic for a couple of weeks now and I'm currently using it with a FAB cleanser. I'm thinking of getting Korres Wild Rose Daily Brightening & Refinishing Buff Cleanser due to my uneven skin tone and dark spots and my question is, can I use that with my Clarisonic? If not, I don't want to store my Clarisonic in the drawers cause it's so expensive and I want to make the most out of it, can I use the FAB cleanser and then use the Korres cleanser as exfoliator or is that too much cleansing since the Korres cleanser works as both cleanser and exfoliator?
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Ok, I don't even use that much due to my skin. For cleansers I just use basic ones, as they get washed off, I prefer a leave on treatment - mask, serum, peel etc. Popula... see post