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angelittle
NARS: new collection for Christmas
   
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kellsmuneoka
HALL OF FAMER kellsmuneoka / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Wow....very "original" NARS. I can't deal with their palettes anymore. The bronzer is barely a bronzer on me now and what's up with all the blush repeats? :/ see post
Dfazio09
Help with mystery burning, itching, welts ! Maybe Castor oil reaction?
Last week I tried two new products : Phyto huile d'ales and AS I am coconut co wash,  I slept overnight in the  Phyto. A day later the tops of my ears started burning intensely and itching, , 2 days later I used the coconut co wash. this reaction continued all last week until i felt my scalp get uncomfortable , dry itchy, and my face red with welts. I thought it was the Phyto product because it has castor oil and I was reading some have reaction to castor oil because it naturally contains ricin toxin. Yesterday, used the coconut co wash for the second time , not realizing it also contains castor oil. Today the welts spread to my neck, shoulders, chest, essentially everywhere my hair touches.  I washed my sheets 2 days ago as to not contaminate, if it is the cause of these products.  Help, has anyone experienced reactions like this to these great products or castor oil? It is super painful and hydrocortisone doesn't effect, but borage oil helps with  rash and redness.
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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi Dfazio09,   I am sorry to hear about the adverse reactions you are having to some of the new products you have been trying. :(  I recommend calling your doctor as... see post
etscore1
NUDE Brightening Fizzy Powder Wash
Recently I received a PM from Sephora thanking me for my participation on BT and offering to send me a free full sized gift. Today I received a full size NUDE Brightening Fizzy Powder Wash.  http://www.sephora.com/product/productDetail.jsp?k eyword=nude%20brightening%20fizzy&skuId=1629286&pr ...   The back says: This effervescent powder wash brightens skin for a glowing complexion with multiple sources of Vitamin C. Powerful enzymes work together with all-natural rose hip and vanilla seeds for skin-clearing exfoliation, eliminating dull skin and impurities. With omega-rich acai berry, Inca gold and virgin coconut oils, this treatment exfoliator smooths and softens while refining skin.    Super pumped to try it tonight!
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etscore1
HALL OF FAMER etscore1 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Nice! Let us know what you think! If you're unsure of how much to use or the best way to use it, definitely read down for some great tips from others! :) see post
chocopudding
Expired 'DELUXE' Lancome promo - heads up
Hey guys, just in case if you've purchased something through the Lancome website recently and received their DELUXE promo, you might want to check your products. Mine came up as expired (as in an eyecream that expired Aug2014, eyeshadow made in 2011, Cils Booster made in 2010) and I couldn't even check the smaller items because they had no date that I could see.   I've emailed Lancome to let them know. I suspect that it was an old perk that they somehow (?) forgot to check the expiry dates for. It was so unexpected given I ordered directly from Lancome!
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chocopudding
HALL OF FAMER chocopudding / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Wow, just noticed that I posted this in an entirely wrong section of BT! Could one of the mods please move this to a more appropriate section? Many many thanks :D see post
vegchililover78
What product(s) have turned around a beauty concern and made a difference in how you feel?
Recently I had a terrible breakout and allergic reaction to some products I was using on my face. I got very depressed and just didn't feel attractive. I changed up my whole skincare regimen and switched to a different foundation as well. Lately, I feel like I'm getting my glow back and I attribute that to these new products that helped calm, clear and soothe my inflamed skin. I started using First Aid Beauty cleanser and oil free moisturizer twice daily and Bareminerals liquid foundation. I'm curious from the beauty community who else has had a similar experience? What products helped and why? Did these changes help with self esteem and confidence? 
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preachergirl
IT GIRL preachergirl / IT GIRL IT GIRL / replied
I'm a public speaker who needs mascara to define my auburn-lashed eyes, but mascara hates me. Every time I finished speaking, I'd notice I had this dark gray raccoon-eye... see post
andyhtrieu
I feel a giant pimple forming
The tip of my nose is starting to ache, it's a little red, and I can sense a giant pimple is gonna form in a few days. What do I do?!?
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shyvicki
HALL OF FAMER shyvicki / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I feel your pain. The sides of my face are telling me it's time for me to change my pillowcase. I had hoped to outgrow acne years ago. Nope. I'll be 36 next week and sti... see post
ludok
How can I get a sample of Guerlane BB cream in 01light?
lylysa
HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hello, Ludok!   Unfortunately at this time the pre-packaged samples offered online do not include the Guerlain Lingerie De Peau BB Cream SPF 30 as an option with being... see post
vegchililover78
Question for users of coconut oil as a hair treatment...
So I've looked through threads that give great tips on how to use coconut oil for different needs. I feel pretty comfortable with the application, but I'm wondering what the clean up is like specifically for those that use coconut oil as a hair treatment? What's tub clean up like and how often do drains get clogged? Any comments, tips and/or best practices are appreciated. Thanks
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redwagon44
HALL OF FAMER redwagon44 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
You've already cot some great answers, but I'll add in my two cents. I slather my hair in it and comb it through with a wide-toothed comb. Then I wrap my hair up in sara... see post
LeLeo
Long lasting lipstick
I need a 12 hour lipstick with an option in colors.  I love OCC, but by midday Jose color from dry lips ( I do exfoliate before apply).  I use a lipstick primer.  I have found certain shades of different brands. (US anarchy and Sephora long lasting in pink) can go 6-8 hours.  I want a fall lighter berry shade.  I was recommended Vat Von D , but am afraid of it being drying.  At night I use balm to help moisturizer.  Any suggestions?  I hate to buy different products and have to return stuff.
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Shrewdle
HALL OF FAMER Shrewdle / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
You can try putting on MUFE's aqua seal on top of your lipstick to make it smudge-proof and waterproof if you need it to last 12 or more hours. Personally I tend to swit... see post
theheartstrings
I have very sensitve combination skin, recommend toners?
I have very sensitve combination skin, I tend to get really oily on my t-zone and around the sides of my nose, could anyone recommend toners that won't irritate my skin but will help with my oiliness? Thanks! 
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BrideSona
BEAUTY BOSS BrideSona / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
I have skin similar to what you described. My skin has been doing well with the boscia balancing facial tonic. I use it with the boscia detoxifying black cleanser. So fa... see post
lwhansen97
New to dryness
Recently, my eyelids and inner corners have become quite dry, to the point where any creamy product looks flaky on top of them. I'm on the hunt for a hydrating eye cream and am between the Bobbi Brown one and the Dior set. Any recommendations?
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lwhansen97
lwhansen97 / NEWCOMER / replied
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jemly
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: CLINIQUE take the day off cleansing balm FIRST AID BEAUTY facial radiance pads CAUDALIE beauty elixir AVEDA botanical kinetics hydrating face lotion edited to add: CAUDALIE vinoperfect enzymatic peel mask MURAD essential-c toner i have steps that i would never skip that are not represented in the above list, but the products i use for those steps tend to be more interchangeable.   additionally, a couple products that may reach HG status soon, but need a bit more time in my rotation: FIRST AID BEAUTY skin rescue purifying mask w/ red clay CLARINS blue orchid facial oil CAUDALIE vinosource s.o.s. thirst quenching serum  
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ashleynne
BEAUTY MASTER ashleynne / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
Honestly guys I'm so flippin picky with my skincare. I'm constantly changing it up. However here are the only two products that are my two favorite products to buy when ... see post
srplpwdr
Suncreen issues due to retinol
Two weeks ago I stepped up my retinol game at night from the Algenist Retinol Firming and Lifting Serum to Paula's Choice Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment Cream and went through peeling, redness, and especially sensitivity (I was accidentally blending this up under my eyes and onto my lids when I put my eye cream on and my eyes were having none of it - water burned and the only thing that I found that didn't irritate them was Neosporin). When I was going through the adjustment, sunscreen was adhering to my skin increasingly poorly, which I just chalked up to the flaking and dryness. Now that my skin has adjusted to the retinol, which I am able to use daily, sunscreen will barely adhere to my skin. I've been using the same amount of the same formulas (Kate Sommerville Waterlight, Supergoop City Serum, MDSolar Sciences SPF 50, Bioderma Photoderm MAX, and Neutrogena Dry Touch SPF 45) as well as the same skincare, but they don't blend in and don't stay put. If I don't wear makeup, they look obvious on the skin becasue of the streaks they leave, and if I do, then all of the formulas just ball up when I try to blend anything out. I think that it is becasue my skin texture has improved by leaps and bounds, but am not entirely sure. Has anyone else encountered this problem, or is it just a 'me' thing? I would love to hear any suggestions for sunscreens that you all think would work as well. I would like to avoid using waterproof, but, as of now, it looks to be my only feasible option . 
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srplpwdr
BEAUTY MAVEN srplpwdr / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
The Estee Lauder one looks to have a great formula - Ill give that a try. Thanks so much for the suggestion! see post
dvcgurl
is the nude skin powder skin care wash for dry skin?
laynebr
BEAUTY MASTER laynebr / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
I personally haven't tried this particular product. However, I have used many many similar products to it. My favorite being the tatcha one.  This isn't a cleanser it... see post
creativechic
Deep acne marks and hyperpigmentation
Hello there!   I had acne for almost 8 years and now I do not get that many acne but I have deep dark acne and small acne holes. What should I do to lighten those scars? Something I can do at home other than visiting a skin doctor as I do go for regular peels. Please help! 
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laynebr
BEAUTY MASTER laynebr / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
First of all congratulations on having clear skin ;) Like kelly mentioned a peel pad is great to use daily if your skin can tolerate it or every other day. Once a day a... see post
joeky
i was wondering how the laura mercier mineral powder would be as a setting powder???
kevinbt
kevinbt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi joeky! You could definitely use that as a setting powder! :) It has a really nice, smooth texture that would look great on top of a liquid/cream foundation.  If you w... see post
guzelkiz
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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ballerinagrl
BEAUTY PRO ballerinagrl / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
Jeez, I'm living in the UK, and we have this line at Selfridges right now, but I guess they're going for a totally different market if they're selling on Very now ... see post
plzhlp
What is the best foundation for a 50 year old that still breaks out?
ballerinagrl
BEAUTY PRO ballerinagrl / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
Do you break out all over your face or just on the chin, forehead, nose area? I ask this because I have combination skin, with an oily T-zone, and I've found that it's b... see post
heyab
bare bones makeup/skincare routine
I have a lot of blackheads/whiteheads and have small breakouts often, so I usually lay on a ton of makeup. I want to move towards improving my skin so its healthy and glowy and fresh so I can pare down to a really simple makeup routine. Should I switch to a BB or CC cream in lieu of foundation? Or try natural products? Or invest in one of those expensive skin cleanser brushes? I don't know where to start. 
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BuxomBabe80
HALL OF FAMER BuxomBabe80 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I'm not a dermatologist, so I can't say with complete certainty what is causing the breakouts. How often are you using the FAB Facial Radiance Pads? It's possible the CC... see post
Bazzle79
anti-aging cleanser
Can anyone recommend an anti-aging cleanser for a woman in her mid 30's? I have some dry patches, fine lines and wrinkles but otherwise pretty normal. I'm currently using Algenist skin care products but I haven't tried their cleansers. Help please!!
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kelly101
BEAUTY PRO kelly101 / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
If you try it, I'd love to hear how it works/what you think of it.  :) see post
niza
combating oily skin
which foundation to use for EXTREMELY oily skin, esp the t zone. 
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krtty1125
BEAUTY WHIZ krtty1125 / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
I think the prep before the foundation is most important.  I use Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 19 moisturizer all over my face, including my nose, then I use a good po... see post
cpll
Clairsonic Mia 3 vs Mia 2
Hi Ladies,    I need some help in deciding with Clairsonic to get. I've narrowed it down to either the Mia 2 or 3 and I can't seem to decide between the two. I'm really liking the holiday sets that are out.    A little about me: I have normal/combo skin, not acne prone or anything. My t-zone can get a little oily. I've been using Clinique's 3 Step # 2 for the past 10 years or so and I've been happy with it, but I think its time to add some deeper cleaning/exfoliating.   Is the Mia 3 with the Cashmere Brush Head worth the extra $50?  The  Mia 2 Hydra Cleanse Set comes with 2 brush heads - is that a better buy? I'm in Canada, so the prices I've noted are higher than the US prices.   $230 Mia 3 Holiday Gift Set Comes with: - White Mia 3/Aria  - Clarisonic Lux Cashmere Cleanse Brush Head  - Drying stand  - USB Enabled Universal Voltage pLink® Charger  - 1 oz Clarisonic Gentle Hydro Cleanser  - 0.1 oz Amorepacific Moisture Bound Rejuvenating Eye Treatment Gel  - 0.5 oz Caudalie Premier Cru The Cream  - 0.23 oz Algenist Advanced Anti-Aging Repairing Oil  - 5 Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare™ Alpha Beta® Peels, Original Formula    $180 Mia 2 Glow Holiday Set: - Joy Mia 2  - Sensitive Brush Head  - Protective Travel Case  - Universal Voltage pLink® Charger  - 3 oz Philosophy® Purity Made Simple Cleanser  - 0.5 oz Ole Henriksen Truth Serum® Collagen Booster  - 0.17 Bliss® Triple Oxygen® ex-'glow'-sion! Vitabead-infused moisture cream  - 4 Kate Somerville® Somerville360® Face Self Tanning Pad   $180 Mia 2 Winter Hydration Set: - Mia2™ Cleansing Brush  - 0.5 oz GLAMGLOW THIRSTYMUD™ Hydrating Treatment  - 2.0 oz First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream  - 5 oz Boscia Purifying Cleansing Gel  - International pLink Charger for worldwide use      $180 Mia 2 Hydra Cleanse Set - Mia2™ Sonic Skin Cleansing Brush in Lavender  - Luxe Contour Brush Head - Satin Precision  - Luxe Facial Brush Head - Cashmere Cleanse  - 6 oz Gentle Hydro Cleanser  - International pLink Charger for worldwide use  - Protective travel case   I appreciate any help and opinions. Thanks! =)
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unblownkisses
BEAUTY GURU unblownkisses / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
I got mine during the 4x point event last year, so I totally understand waiting for a better deal. I leave mine set on the side of the tub (I only use it in the shower)... see post
BeautyIsLife21
Acne??
I have been noticing that my skin is starting to break out and it makes me very self-conscious cause I feel like that's the first thing people notice when they look at me. I would like some opinions on a good skin clearing kit, masks and acne friendly makeup. Please help me get better looking skin!!   
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cspriverratz
BEAUTY PRO cspriverratz / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
I know this isn't sold at Sephora, but I highly suggest trying LUSH Cosmetics. They are like the skincare gods of the make-up industry, without using such harsh chemical... see post
DTalksAll
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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BuxomBabe80
HALL OF FAMER BuxomBabe80 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I agree on both of your posts, nightknight. I'm not a fan and definitely consider her to be biased. And just because an ingredient can have side effects, doesn't mean it... see post
krisstellin
How do I know if my product was opened and used?
I just bought the too faced better than sex mascara from a sephora store today. it seemed untouched in the packaging. The thing is, I had gone to the counter with other products and asked the lady and the register if they had more of these mascaras in stock, because there were no more on the shelves. she disappeared and returned with the mascara. it took her a little while, i could be being paranoid. anyway, im assuming she took one out of the storage units they have under the display. when i came home and opened it, it felt really light. i'm wondering if i was given a mascara that was already used? perhaps even the sample mascara? i'm not sure. there was also a red mark (kind of looks like paint/marker) on it, that won't come off. but that might just be a manufacturing defect. also, the package on the outside seemed pretty sound though. i ripped the top flap when i tried to open it, cause it was hard to unbox. does anyone know if i should go and return it for a new one?
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lauralls
lauralls / NEWCOMER / replied
I would like to add that I use this mascara. The tube is very light.  I thought the same basic thing once.   see post
Coaster
Anti Wrinkle/Anti Acne
I'm looking for advice on preventing wrinkles, while not causing more acne. I have oily/combination skin and get acne frequently (3-5 pimples per week), but am starting to develop slight wrinkles on my forehead (I know, there are worse things happening in the world!). I would like to begin treating/preventing wrinkles before they advance, but assume most aging products are for women with dry, mature skin. Can anyone recommend products/regimens for wrinkle prevention on acne-prone skin? Thank you in advance
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aydasu
BEAUTY PRO aydasu / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
If you use prescription Retin-A it aims for both antiaging and acne :) I just post the same info for another acne post. Here it goes: At first it makes your face dry an... see post
DesertRose0706
Upper Lip Discoloration
nevermind.
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sace021
BEAUTY GURU sace021 / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
Hi, DesertRose.  Without being able to see what type of discoloration it is, it's hard to say what it is specifically from.  I just wanted to pop in and say that hormone... see post
IRISHQUEEN
Have Some Questions "Real Quick Plse" a/b theBalm
Hey Guy's & Doll's, I have a question about a cpl of theBalm face washes. I bought the radiance pad's from FAB like suggested but thought I could maybe add a face wash for my PORE CRISIS !   Can anyone PLEASE tell me real quick which 1 would be the best  for my Clogged Pores on Nose & in General : 1. Rose Face Cleanser - Normal to Dry Skin 2.  Lavender Foaming Face Cleanser - All skin types 3. Coconut Milk Cleansing Face Cream - Norm. to  dry 4. Rose Face Cleanser - Normal to Combination Skin   #1 & #4 are the same for targeted treatments : Rose Face Cleanser for normal to combination skin will gently exfoliate the skin with glycolic and alpha hydroxy acids, while removing makeup and impurities. In addition to the numerous well known benefits of the glycolic and alpha hydroxy acids, the gel texture of this cleanser leaves the pores feeling refreshed and tight .   #2 Lavender Foaming Facial Cleanser is effective and non-drying. Soy proteins nourish by providing depleted skin with a rich source of mineral salts, amino acids and peptides   #3 TimeBalm Coconut Milk Face Cleansing Cream gently removes dirt and makeup that is trapped in the pores, without stripping your skin of its natural nutrients and moisture. Lactic acid works to polish the dull outer layers of the skin.
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lylysa
HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
The Anthony formula hasn't made dramatic changes, but have included a few more conditioning/emulsifying aspects before the glycolic acid on the ingredient list, so it's ... see post
Sunset1026
PORES!!!!
I have a dry face, but sometimes my nose gets oily. None of my parents has large pores, but I do. I have them on cheek near my nose... maybe it's because I rubbed my face a lot..? Every skin care products I've found is for oily faces. So.. any good ones for dry skin?
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andyhtrieu
HALL OF FAMER andyhtrieu / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
What exactly are you looking for? Are you looking for something to control oil on your nose? Or something to fill in your pores?   Edit: sorry I should've read the tit... see post
KateLovesYSL
Soo many NEW items in the Sale Section!
UGH--so busy today and didn't get a chance to check out the sale section today There was a huge markdown on the Tarte cheek stain set and the MUFE set but it looks like its out of stock already!    Still--lots of other goodies at great prices there! Lots off OCC and the some Smashbox LE items
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poornima
BEAUTY GURU poornima / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
KVD Saint is back in the sale section for anyone who missed it the first time around... see post