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Urban Decay Smokey Palette Buy or No Buy?
Urban Decay is coming out with a Smokey Palette slated to hit the market July 8th. Unlike the other palettes this one will have a range of colors to create every smokey eye you want. Here's the link to the story so are you going to buy or no? https://www.yahoo.com/beauty/cue-the-frenzy-theres -a-new-naked-palette-120529402888.html   Sorry I didn't see that this was posted in acne. Is that the default catergory??
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BEAUTY BUFF ExquisiteGypsy / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
There was a similar post on this topic just a couple of days ago - I think the opinions vary based on which palettes you own and whether you look better in warm or cool ... see post
Never Had a Face Cleaning Regime!
That's right. I'm 25 yrs old and all I've ever used on my face is Dove Bar soap. No moisturizer, eye creams, exfoliaters, etc. I'm pretty confused on what products to use and what order to use these products.   Do i use: cleanser, face mask, toner, moisturizer? How often do I use a facial scrub? I have large pores on my nose, how do i fix that? I do have my eye on a few things that I want to try out from the website.   Some more specifics about my skin 1. I have a oily t zone and eye lids. Rest of my face is normal. 2. Some acne scars on my fore head. Just a few small spots. 3. Faint crows feet 4. I'm having a minor breakout right now on my fore head and a little bit on my temples. It's a little bit red, but skin toned bumps? (I'm African American)   Thank you!
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BEAUTY BOSS surfgirlmiami / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
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what brush works best with the becca shimmering perfector pressed luminizer/highlighter?
I heard bad reviews about the becca brush shedding bad and it's kinda pricey. What other brushes work great with the becca perfector/luminizer/highlighter pressed powder?
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DaneeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi @alaynna17,   The NARS Yachiyo Brush #27 works very well with the BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector™ Pressed or really, any highlighter! I would definitely take a l... see post
i need a concealer and a setting powder!
hello beauties .. i have a serious problem with concealers because i have a dry skin! every time i use a concealer under my eyes and i set it with a powder it gets patchy and dry! and i never used a setting powder because i'm afraid that it will make my foundation look dry and cakey ! please help me find the right things for me cause i'm really tired of trying new things and wasting money.
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
How much setting powder is being applied to the undereye region? How much concealer are you using and how is it being applied?   What powder/concealer combinations hav... see post
question about wax scar
Hi- I'm curious if you have any advice (products or otherwise) about what to do. I think I may have a scar around my eyebrow from waxing. I only recently started to "really" notice it, but as I look back at pictures (as far back as 2 years ago), I can see it starting to form. It looks like scar tissue to me...faded but noticeable. Any thoughts on how to heel it or at least fade it? I go to a place that uses the soft purple wax and don't ever remember a particular a "burn". I wonder if this is just something that developed over time? It's to the point that it's all I see every time I look in the mirror. It doesn't hurt- it's just more an embarrassment issue. Foundation doesn't really cover it up. Thanks for your advice.
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NikaBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi DrTree,   Give us an idea of how the scar is textured and what color it is. If the color of the scar seems most notable to you, I'd recommend trying Amazing Cosme... see post
New Foundation! Help please!
Hi guys! I've been trying to look for new foundation. I've been using my Tarte Amazonian clay for about 2 years and I wanted to switch it up a bit and try a new foundation. I want like a full and matte coverage. Also, I have very sensitive skin, so it's important for me to know what I am using on my face. I have  - very oily skin type - acne help please! Thanks!  
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NikaBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi CindayLammy,   I'd check out Estée Lauder's Double Wear Maximum Cover, this is a very long-lasting foundation that provides full coverage. It has slightly more of... see post
MUFE metal palettes back in stock!
Ge them while you can! http://www.sephora.com/metal-palette-P391918?skuId =1622612
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HALL OF FAMER MK89 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I have some choice words for whoever keeps restocking these so early (well, early to West Coasters). Of course it went OOS as I checked out.  see post
my friend is black and she whats to be lighter what sholued she buy
hello we are whating to know what is the best thing to buy for lighter skin and she would what it to stay lighter ? she has darker skin and she wants lotion or spray for her hole body.  
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RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
I think this thread has run it's course. I am closing it.  see post
Acne scarring
Hi guys! Okay i know i've asked this before previously but i have some photos to show what my scarring is like. it's mainly around my chin area and my forehead. can somebody help me on how i can maybe reduce the appearance of them and also give any tips about the spots on my forehead? they never go away they're just there ALL the time. ( obviously i am makeup free in these photos to show the scarring/spots etc. )and they look worse with makeup on etc. any advice would be really helpful! thank you  
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BEAUTY SAVANT desertgirl501 / BEAUTY SAVANT BEAUTY SAVANT / replied
First, I want you to know that you have great skin.  The remaining discoloration that you are seeing will fade over time with a good skin care routine and then daily use... see post
best foundation for dry skin
I'm looking everywhere for really good foundation my face is so dry. Sometimes its so bad my t zone area will peal and be so dry and gross. I have a couple that are good, but me being me I want more. so any suggestion would be great.
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HALL OF FAMER mrsbaine / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
It's rare I recommend anything from a drug store, but I got this one when every expensive foundation I had stopped matching because I got a little color and it was a $5.... see post
In search of a sunscreen that wont break out my face!
Hellooo!    Every summer when I go to put sunscreen on my face on pool or beach days my face breaks out within the hour. Not just little bumps on my face but large break outs that take weeks to go away. I have tried every sunscreen from target and Walgreens and they all have the done the same thing to my face. I have finally decided to splurge on a higher end sunscreen with the hope that my face wont break out for the whole summer. I have oily/combo sensitive acne prone skin if that helps.   What are you recommendations for sunscreens?   -Fabiola 
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HALL OF FAMER lyravega / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
You're welcome. Hope you'll like it. I'm in love with it. :) Def my HG sunscreen. see post
Let's talk about Charlotte Tilbury..
I already have the Filmstar bronze & glow palette but looking into some of her other products.   Does anyone have any experiences they would like to share esp with her Light Wonder Foundation, her blush and the Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder? I'm interested in getting these three things but still on the fence about taking the plunge!    Please let me know, many BTers opinions have helped me out on products before Thanks in advance!
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HALL OF FAMER skintester / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hi KarinaGG - I can't post the link but just go to charlottetilbury dot com forward slash ca. see post
what is a good moisturizer that won't peel off when i put on my liquid foundation?
HALL OF FAMER kalex / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
What's your skin type? (i.e oily, dry, acne-prone, etc...)   see post
SKINCARE HGs !
i've seen this type of question asked more generally, but i wanted to ask it specific to skincare. not only is it interesting to see what has really worked for people, but it'll maybe highlight some products others are interested in trying !   so: what are specific  products that would cause you to hyperventilate were you to run out ?   mine currently are:   cleansers CLINIQUE take the day off cleansing balm (makeup removal) NUDE SKINCARE perfect cleanse omega cleansing jelly (skin cleanser) toners (acids & hydrating) FIRST AID BEAUTY facial radiance pads (AHA) CAUDALIE beauty elixir (moisture) MURAD essential-c toner (moisture) oils and serums CLARINS blue orchid facial oil TATA HARPER nutrient replenishing complex (oil) VICHY aqualia thermal serum (serum for dehydration) moisturizers AVEDA botanical kinetics hydrating face lotion masks (i like to have an arsenal for different purposes) REN glycol lactic radiance renewal mask (resurfacing) OLE HENRIKSEN lemon strip flash peel (resurfacing: hardcore) PETER THOMAS ROTH cucumber mask (hydrating / soothing; great for summer) FIRST AID BEAUTY ultra repair instant oatmeal mask (hydrates /soothes; fantastic for winter) FIRST AID BEAUTY skin rescue purifying mask w/ red clay (deep cleaning)   additionally, a couple products that may reach HG status soon, but need more time in my rotation: TATA HARPER replenishing nutrient complex (oil) added ! TATCHA cleansing oil   can't believe i'm saying this but: it broke me out ????  or it was unlucky timing, but i'm too scared to keep using it. NUDE SKINCARE miracle mask (exfoliating / brightening)** i love this mask. i don't think it'll be HG though as i generally prefer the REN. they're pretty interchangeable though. i consider it a very close 1st runner up ! CLINIQUE clarifying lotion--the MILD formula (no alcohol / with BHA) to be fair...i think this is a LOT to be considered truly HG. but you guys know i have a lot of steps in my daily routine, and these are tried-and-true loves of mine !   edited 4/1/15
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HALL OF FAMER jemly / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Yep, that's the one. If i use it in conjunction with the fab pads (or any other acid-type toner) I use it after.  Most often, I use it in the morning after I cleanse (I... see post
GLO Brilliant™ Personal Teeth Whitening Device
  I purchased this last week, and it arrived today.  I will do a multi-post review on this item since there seems to be limited information related to this product, and most reviews are a few years old.    Product arrived in the typical Sephora shipment box.  The kit is packaged nicely in a blue box, and the device comes in a zippered case.  Everything arrived intact, and the device is currently charging. Instructions, and other reviews I have watched online say the charging will take about 4 hours.  First impressions, the zippered case was a nice touch and I like that everything is in one place.  
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BEAUTY BUFF Azalea14 / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
I love GLO! I use it all the time especially when I have big events coming up.  It works great, though I don't like their toothpaste. I wish my store carried the pink! see post
Clarisonic Mia Wreaked Havoc On My Skin
So I bought the Mia during Ulta's 21 Days of Beauty. I've been blessed with having pretty amazing skin, but since I'm turning 30 this year have tried to step up my skincare game and had read rave reviews about all things Clarisonic, so I decided to take advantage of the great deal.   To make a long story short, after using it everyday, after 6 weeks my skin was still "purging" and I had developed what best be described as cystic acne (along my cheek bones, chin and forehead). I spoke with the skin care specialist at my local Sephora who advised that the purge period should have been over and that I should perhaps return the Clarisonic.   I returned it about over a month ago, and returned to my old skin care regime, but the cystic acne won't go away. It's like I now have permanent bumps all along my cheek bones and as someone who used to be able to go foundation free 90% of the time, I truly do not know what to do.   Has anyone else experienced this? I'd love any/all advice on how to best treat this!
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BEAUTY WHIZ beautyaddict99 / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
I had been debating a Clarisonic for over a year until I talked to a Dermatologist friend who said that she sees Clarisonic victims coming into her office all the time. ... see post
Order of skincare Products
Looking for advice on what order to use my new skincare products. I recently ordered the Ren Resuracing AHA concentrate and the Clinique Acne Solutions all over clearing treatment. After cleansing, which product would I put on first? I feel like putting the Clinique on first makes the most sense but I'm not sure. Does it even matter? Help!
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BEAUTY MAVEN neacail / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
I use a BP cream in my morning routine. The Clinique is 2.5%, while I use 5%.    I put the BP cream on after my toner. So, I wash, tone, then BP lotion. I want that st... see post
Algenist products
What is Algenist's best product for aging skin lacking elasticity and prone to new "friends" aka wrinkles? Ultimate Anti-Aging Vitamin C Serum vs. Concentrate Reconstructing Serum?
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Though the two products share common aspects such as alguronic acid (supports natural collagen production for firmer, more supple skin that is more even in texture), nia... 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 notcreative / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
The year is not over.  It is done twice a year and will probably be back in October.  May is the spring staple, but the fall usually alternates between October and Novem... see post
Skincare routine during a summer vacation
A question for my high-maintenance BT ladies.   I'm curious if any of you minimize your usual skincare routine when you travel, particularly to a sunny place for a week or more. Would love to know details, if you don't mind!   When I went to the Bahamas a year ago, I'd continued my usual skincare routine with retinoids. In hindsight, that may not have been a wise choice, as I did a lot of swimming/diving and beach/water activities, so my compromised skin was continuously exposed to the sun without adequate reapplication. Perhaps it's better to just forgo the usual exfoliation (retinoids, AHA, BHA) we do in our daily routine so that our facial skin is not as sensitive to the intense UV rays we expose ourselves to when vacationing? Do you guys agree?   I've also did some traveling around Asia a few years ago during the summer and remember forgoing all makeup and SPF on most days, because the weather was just too hot and humid. Everything on the skin felt suffocating so I limited my routine to just a cleanser and gel moisturizer. I'm pretty sure these negligent decisions are going to haunt me as I get older though... 
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HALL OF FAMER notcreative / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I've been sleeping a bit less myself.  My younger son was not feeling well last night, so he slept in my room.  Just before 5am, he threw his entire body on top of mine.... see post
Physical sunscreen comparison
Hi, i'm looking to switch to a physical sunscreen as I understand it's supposed to be more stable and last longer (and who seriously reapplies every 2 hours if they wear makeup!).   I have combo skin which tends to become oily halfway through the day. I'd be wearing it over a moisturiser or at least serum. Then Estee Lauder's double wear on top using a beauty blender.   Ideally it's not greasy, won't cause breakouts, safe to use around the eyes, doesn't have the stupid sparkle effect (why do companies think women like this?!) and makeup goes on over it well. I don't care if it has a ghosting effect in photos, and aren't really concerned with anti-aging benefits as i'll get that from my moisturiser.   If anyone's used the following, can you please let me know how they wear and compare if possible. Suggestions of other products are welcome.    - Clinique's City Block Sheer: I tried this on my hand instore and it has a nice light texture. - Tarte's Tarteguard: also tested this, texture's ok but it has a sheen. It didn't seem  too obvious so I could be okay with that if it's otherwise the best one. - Coola's Mineral Face Matte Finish or Tint - Dr Dennis Gross Dark Spot Defense - Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Defense   Thanks!
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BEAUTY GURU sulfate / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
Nail on the head..  this stuff is EXCELLENT except what happens when it gets in your hairline.. had to give up :(   see post
New Glamglow FLASHMUD mask to be released this summer!!!
New GlamGlow Flashmud mask to be released this summer in June according to the sneak peak/tease that was posted on their facebook page!!!   UPDATE!!! GlamGlow facebook page just posted a link to a InStyle dot com  review on this product.   Some of the things they wrote are:   "Flashmud is jam-packed with potent ingredients like white birch leaf, white wild rose flower, lactic acid derived from sugarcane, and white peony root among many other glow-inducing actives, which give an immediate luminous effect as soon as you wash the mask off."   "The mud itself has tiny exfoliating granules blended into the formula, which act as a pre-mask scrub; you can literally work the mud in circular motions on your face to open your pores and allow more ingredients to be absorbed, then allow your complexion to soak in its magic for 10 minutes"     What are your thoughts ?
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HALL OF FAMER lovelykatya / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Which is pretty much the same on all of their masks! see post
Best facial oils, why and how do you use them?
I've noticed a lot of facial oils on people want lists (for sales, for wish list).  And, amazingly many of the most coveted are around $100 and sold out on the Sephora site.  Sephora's selection of face oils also seems to have grown a lot over the past 6 to 8 months.   So, which face oils are people loving and why?  How are you using them?  They seem to work for both dry and oily skin but are certain ones seeming to work better with specific skin types?   Thanks!
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HALL OF FAMER meganlisa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I totally get it!  I do the same...get so busy! Skin care is so fun..and we feel better about ourselves.  Shallow perhaps to some.  But I'm so glad as I age that I've t... see post
Best eye serum for age 50 with allergies
What eye serum do you recommend for a 50+ with allergies, dry skin and bags?
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BEAUTY SAVANT Jesuslover14 / BEAUTY SAVANT BEAUTY SAVANT / replied
Josie Maran has a great cosmetic line of products containing 100% Argan Oil. Good for the skin, helps reduce wrinkles/lines, helps firm the skin, and anti aging.she DOES... see post
Thoughts on super goop cc cream??
BEAUTY GURU lew132 / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
I had a sample tube, and really liked it.  It's currently in my shopping cart!  It's very light, but has enough coverage for me.  see post
Full coverage concealer for acne
I have acne in a v-shape. from my cheeks to chin. I have more acne scars then acne though. very little bumps =( sporadically spread in that area. Is there a full coverage concealer you recommend? Matte? Liquid? Please help im desperate=(
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BEAUTY MAVEN Miranda88 / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
I will have to stop by the store to find my right shade. I appreciate it. see post
Natural looking acne makeup for men
What are some acne conscious makeup products that give a natural look for men?
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Viiiky / NEWCOMER / replied
  I've tried Clinique's even better foundation and the finish looks really natural. It's perfect for Summer, because it has SPF 15. I would say you can build it up to m... see post
Softest clarisonic brush head
Hi ladies, I want to get a gentler/softer brush head, because the sensitive brush head that comes with my new Clarisonic feels literally scratchy on my face. Maybe I am hypersensitive?   Which Clarisonic brush head is softest? I'm thinking between Delicate, Acne, Radiance, and Cashmere. TIA!
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BEAUTY WHIZ conditioning / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
I agree with everyone else, cashmere is the softest. I had the same issue with the sensitive brush head; it felt scratchy and caused my face to have angry red splotches ... 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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cowsgomoo / FRESH FACE / replied
What are some of the Paula's Choice products that you've tried and recommend?    Thanks in advance!  see post