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BB/CC Cream Recommendation Needed
I have combination skin - quite oily in the t-zone but definitely looking dryer under the eyes as I get older (I'm 45).  With summer coming I was hoping to find a great BB/CC cream.  I was hoping to find one with light coverage.  Currently I am wearing and loving the color match of Lancome Nude Miracle 110.  If I look at the color IQ it says I'm 1R05 (I was color matched as 1R06 but I'm not quite sure about it)  but I will no doubt get a little darker in the summer, despite my use of sunscreen.  Any advice would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you!!!
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Sigma f80 vs sephora pro airbrush 78
im looking for a good foundation brush. Have you used the sigma f80 or the sephora pro airbrush blender 78? What's the best brush? thanks!
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BEAUTY GURU glossforevery1 / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
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Can I use a GlamGlow cleanser with my Clarisonic
I have heard great things about the GlamGlow cleansers and was wondering if they would work with a Clarisonic? I'm particularly interested in the black exfoliating cleanser. If they do not work, is there any cleanser you can recommend that works well with the clarisonic
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BEAUTY GURU lew132 / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
Definitely stick with a non abrasive cleanser with your clarisonic.  I've used Kate Somerville, FAB, & ole henriksen cleansers with mine and they've all been great. see post
Pre-emptive skincare
I am on antibiotics and birth control for acne. Which is 80-90% effective. However I have run out of insurance, and until I get new insurance I will not be able to refill them.     So I know my skin will go crazy and break out all over the place. Blackheads, pimples and cystic acne galore. So in the next month I should look into some products that I can start using before the inevitable skin freak out.     Any recommendations? Drugstore or Sephora, but not too expensive please. The only thing I am fairly intent on keeping with is my cleanser.
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HALL OF FAMER TrysBeautyItems / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
If it's a basic antibiotic some drugstores/grocery store pharmacies give them free with a prescription. If you have a Costco around (no membership required) they can be ... see post
SIMILAR PRODUCT TO SUNDAY RILEY GOOD GENES - SUGGESTIONS?
I started using Sunday Riley good genes for a couple of days but I noticed that I get some angry red little bumps close to my eyes and cheek area. I'm going to assume that I'm allergic to this stuff. However, the rest of my face is fine and I noticed that GG got rid of the whiteheads that had never gone away (no matter how much double cleansing or exfoliating I did). Is there something similar that you all know of? I'm looking for the product to do the following: Help with pores and whiteheads but not for pimples. My skin is clear for the most part. I don't get pimples. Help with fine lines. Help with brightness and sun spots.   I'm also willing to try a specific product for each problem but I would prefer a holistic one (like SR Good Genes)   Thank you for your suggestions!   Once
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Purging/Irritation from new skincare regimen
I've just recently switched skin care products twice and I'm not sure what to do.   Originally I was using the Neutrogena Acne Wash system (for about 3 years). I had started using it because I was breaking out after running. The past year it's been making my skin really dry and flaky and I decided to stop using it.   I started using Bare Escentuals cleanser/serum/moisturizer and noticed I was getting bumps all over my forehead. They didn't seem like pimples, just bumps that wouldn't go away. About three weeks after that, I switched to Philosophy skincare.   Now I'm using Philosophy Purity cleanser, Renewed Hope in a Jar moisturizer, and the One Minute Microdelivery peel (only once a week, so I've only used this twice now). I've been using the Philosophy stuff for ten days, and the bumps on my forehead have gotten worse. They look like pimples now and they get very red/itchy after I wash my face and put on moisturizer. I can't tell if this is purging or irritation and I'm afraid to switch skin care again so soon.    I'm not sure what to do.
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HALL OF FAMER TrysBeautyItems / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Sounds like the skin is having a reaction to try and rebalance itself out. Too many product changes all at once shocks the skin.   With Neutrogena, did you stop abrupt... see post
Anti Aging Skincare that helps diminish laugh lines
I am looking for an anti aging skincare line. I currently use Bliss Youth as You Know It but my main problem are laugh lines/creases. It is becoming very visible. Any solutions you can recommend? I am mid 40s and tend to have dry skin. Thanks!
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Ole Henriksen Truth Is In The Eyes - Eye Peel Concentrate
Hi    I have been using ole henriksen's eye peel for 2 weeks now religiously. I bought it to treat my dark circles. I suddenly have started noticing Fine lines/wrinkles developing under my eyes. i have never had them before, hardly 1 or 2 fine lines before. Now they seem more prominent and more fine lines developing all of a sudden.??  Has anyone experienced this?? Please help!
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Best face makeup remover ?
I currently use philosophy purity to remove all of my face makeup. I like it because if I use makeup remover wipes it will irritate my face. I normally get oily on my t-zone and I'm acne prone. So does anyone have any recommendations on face makeup removers? I just want to try something different.  I also have acne scars, does anyone have any recommendations on any products that will help with that? Any skin care products from cleansers (currently use nude), moisturizers (currently using Clinique), toners, exfoliator, masks. Anything will help thanks 😊
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HALL OF FAMER ChicDabbler / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
ps. As for acne scar, that depends on if it's discoloration (dark/red spots) or texture problems (holes or bumps). Both of which have been ask and pretty well answered o... see post
Wondering: Returning to Store after a Bad Experience
So I'm wondering if anyone's ever done this: 1) Went to Store A and had a bad experience. 2) Went to Store B and bought stuff. 3) Went back to Store A carrying the purchased products from Store B. 4) Spoke to anyone at Store A and said that they just lost out on this sale and more, then showed them your bag of products.    
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BEAUTY MASTER NailsForLife / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
What do you mean by trying to make it up to you?  Other people have noted they have received discounts or free gifts.  What if the representative only offers a sincere a... see post
Acne Troubles
I have not had acne my entire life until I turned 20, now it is driving me crazy. It is not severe but I would like to get it under control. After going the dermatologist and not being able to afford $900 in prescription creams. I am looking for something to eliminate scaring and redness. I have been looking at the Dr. Dennis Gross One Step Acne Eliminating Pads and wonder if that is a good fit for me? If not what would be best?  And or what is a good face wash for me to be using?   Also in part of this problem, I have been wearing more coverup which is probably not helping the problem. I use to use Maybelline Mineral Powder cover up which I loved but it was discontinued , ever since then I have not found a cover up that works well with my face, either too heavy or not enough coverage. I am wondering which cover up would be good to cover some of these acne marks along with not being too heavy. I am leaning towards Bare Minerals, but am sure what I need or if it is good for me?    Thanks in advance!   
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HALL OF FAMER jemly / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hey courtNZ, here is your original thread :) see post
PTR Pumpkin Enzyme Mask...
My latest skincare obsession..I absolutely love this stuff! The pumpkin mask came as part of a set of 3 masks that included a cell-renewing rose mask and a cucumber mask. Honestly the others aren't nearly as effective and if I'd known the pumpkin mask was so good I would've just purchased it alone. Nevertheless at the time the bundle was on sale for like $35 which was a great value because each mask was 1.7oz. Anyway, no store-bought item has ever felt this way on my face! I use the pumpkin mask once a week after cleaning my face and I get this amazing tingle similar to when I have a clinical peel done on my face. Not to mention the exfoliating properties are amazing considering there's no need for you to do this aggressive scrubbing to your face. I smooth it on, leave it for about 5 minutes and wash it off. My face instantly feels smoother, cleaner and looks clearer. I follow up immediately with moisturizer or I'll use the cucumber mask afterwards if my face feels a little tender. I was thinking maybe it might not be so great for someone with sensitive skin but overall I think it's amazing for someone like me who wears makeup everyday, has oily skin and enlarged & clogged pores. I hope this product never gets discontinued...did I mention it really smells like pumpkin!!   
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BEAUTY WHIZ HoneyBrownBunny / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
LOL I love that..."couldn't contain my love any longer!"    The next one I want to try is the PTR 24K Gold Mask...it sounds soo luxurious! http://www.sephora.com/24k-... 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 love coconut oil.  Cheap and amazing.  That is a really good addition to this thread and it's among my favorites.  And …leaving the face…it's one of the few things tha... see post
My neck is aging!
So lately I have noticed that my neck looks like it belongs to someone of a more mature age. I have very noticeable thick lines on my neck which in my opinion makes me look older. I don't understand why this is happening. Im only 22. I feel like I should start doing something about it before it gets worse. Ladies any help or suggestions? 
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BEAUTY BOSS GennX / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
Even when it's cloudy and raining out, the sun is still out there radiating our planet with it's rays-of-doom-err-UvA/UvB.   This is why sunscreen, even on overcast or... see post
Overnight masks?
I am about to finish up my boscia tsubaki overnight sleeping mask. I love using it when my skin is particularly dry and my regular moisturizer just won't cut it. I am happy with the product, but want to try something new. Any suggestions for overnight moisturizing masks?
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HALL OF FAMER Kiki1517 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Love the AmorePacific Sleeping mask, it has lasted me quite awhile too.   see post
Fresh Rose Face Mask
Hey all! So I just used a sample of the Fresh Rose Mask. My face feels super nice now and hydrated. The price is kind of steep, to me, so can any one help justify purchasing the full size or dissuade me from the full size? I want it to help my skin out in the long run, not just make it feel nice for a little bit after I take it off. Can anyone help me with the long term effects of this mask? Thanks!
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BEAUTY MASTER AmyC / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
I have purchased the full size of this mask and I do feel that my skin felt smoother and more hydrated. However, I only purchased one jar as now I have switched over to ... see post
SKINCARE: GATEWAY PRODUCTS ?
with the popularity of the "skincare regrets" thread, i thought i'd make a post discussing "gateway" products that contributed to your learning what your skin likes.   i have a few. for cleanser, the BOOTS botanics hot cloth balm was a revelation for me because it was the first time i tried a balm cleanser--and  essentially any sort of cleanser that didn't leave my skin tight and stripped. it completely shifted my perspective of approaching skincare as skin care rather than skin punish .    the AVEDA botanical kinetics exfoliant was my first acid toner i used after cleansing / before moisturizer and i saw a marked improvement. i now use primarily AHAs rather than the BHA (salicylic acid) that is in the AVEDA, but upon my first purchase i didn't even really know the difference. i was soon down the rabbit hole that is skincare   and lastly, KIEHL'S midnight recovery concentrate was the first facial oil i'd ever used. it taught me my skin liked oils--and i stopped searching for only oil-free products. i woke up with skin feeling supple and i thought "ohhhhh" . i also applied it directly to a in-the-skin-never-completely-goes-away spot on my chin. within 2 hours it came to a head and i never saw it again. this eventually led me to my beloved CLARINS blue orchid oil. and the rest is history.    how about you ?
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BEAUTY WHIZ kelloua / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
Yes!  Lush is definitely a gateway, especially when they try things on you that you might not have picked up otherwise.  I find I have better luck with the skin care stu... see post
Which is more effective 100% Josie Maran argan serum or Argan Ininity Intensive creamy o
Search instead for Which is more effective for dry, mature skin 100% Josie Moran argan serum or josie maran Argan Ininity Intensive creamy oil?
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MaddieK97 / NEWCOMER / replied
I personally loveee the Argan Infinity Intensive Creamy Oil. It works very well, especially for dry skin.  see post
Retin/oids - Poetry in Lotion - is more peeling "better"?
Hi Ladies - I used to use Rx retin A, but it's now too expensive with my current insurance.   So last year I switched to trying all kinds of retinols, retinoids, and other retin-y skincare products OTC, mostly from Sephora.   I liked several, but of course nothing with results that approached my Rx (Retasphere not bad, Algenist I liked the combo of acid and retinol) -- but then again, none of the side effects either.  Even with the supposedly "strongest" of these ingredients, I got smoother, clearer skin with less lines and more even tone -- but very little in the way of side effects.  Maybe slight dryness but nothing like the flaking/peeling, dryness, etc. that I had sometimes experienced in the past with Rx.   This month I tried Poetry in Lotion at the suggestion of an SA when I said I wanted to step up to something stronger.  After using it a few nights in one week (two or three), I noticed some dryness and flaking (not extreme, not a huge deal).   Now, my question is - do we think that means it's stronger and it will work better?  Or just that I had a worse reaction to it, but it's unlikely that it's doing more "work"?   I like retin products because they help me with occasional breakouts (less), and they help keep my pores clear of blackheads and SF, and they help fade marks from previous breakouts.  Plus keeping those early signs of aging and small wrinkles (or in case of forehead, creases already!) at bay.   TL;DR: Does more dryness and flaking (totally tolerable, just a bit!) with Poetry in Lotion over previous retin overnight treatments mean I'm getting "better" results/stronger treatment and it's worth it!?
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BEAUTY BUFF Grahamcrackers / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
Yep, tonnnnes of people buy their retin-a online! see post
Body Wash
I am looking for an Exfoliating Body Wash that I can use daily. Any suggestions?
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BEAUTY GURU ShannonAlexis / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
I hope you love it! see post
Moisturizer while on Acutane
My boyfriend has recently gone on Acutane and it is known to dry out the skin significantly. What is the best moisturizer he could use to help him out?
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BEAUTY BOSS jwilk241 / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
My dermatologist recommended Cetaphil while I was on Accutane so that's what I used. I still continue to use it now. see post
Determine skin type?
This may sound like an odd question but how do you determine your own skin type?    I'm 48 and I want to switch to a cleansing program that will help my skin age better.  But the first question is always "what skin type are you"?  That's a good question that I don't have the answer too. How do you figure it out?    If I wash my face it feels dry without moisturizer.  So I of course moisturize. But by lunch (especially with makeup) it's feeling oily.  I have redness in my cheeks and some products make me break out.  AHHHHH  I have no idea what to use.   I tried TreSkinRX and after 2 weeks my face hurt so bad (literally 24/7), I also tried PUR and it did the same thing.  Each time I went back to Aveeno ultra calming cleanser and moisturizer and my skin quit hurting after 2-3 days.   So, how does one determine what skin type they have?
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HALL OF FAMER jemly / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
hey sorry for the delayed response ! yes do this in the morning and p.m. when you start off with the pads, just do them in the p.m. and add them to the a.m. once you kno... see post
Primer for oily skin that works under Kat Von D foundation
I have oily skin with uneven texture. What primer works best under the Kat Von D Lock-It liquid foundation? Also, what is the best way to apply the foundation so it doesn't look cakey?
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laurabt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi mpine, I recommend Dr. Brandt Skincare pores no more® pore refiner primer because it's great at filling in uneven texture in the skin and controlling oil. Also, COV... see post
I am looking for body camouflage that is waterproof
I am looking for body camouflage that is waterproof
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
How large of an area are you looking to cover?    You may want to check into Dermablend, the brand specializes in high-coverage products that are waterproof/water resi... see post
Mask after peel?
Hey ladies! I have a quick question, and I was hoping you all could help! I have combo skin with dry patches on my cheeks, and am acne prone on my chin. I use the  Dr Dennis Gross peel once or twice a week, , and follow it with fresh seaberry oil. My cheeks are still pretty dry the next day. Is it okay to follow the peel with a Sephora Honey or Pearl sheet mask? I just don't want to over-process my skin, but I do want to mousiest uprise more.    Thanks!
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HALL OF FAMER ChicDabbler / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Another yes for FAB oatmeal mask! With that said, is Fresh seaberry oil your moisturizer? It's a very lightweight oil and I feel like it would be better to follow up a p... see post
Thoughts on the NEW Sephora Pro Airbrush Blender #78 Foundation Brush?!
I picked this brush up the other day along with the new Nars foundation - after I attended a "Flawless Foundation" class at Sephora. I LOVE those classes, I can't say enough good things, besides I wish their were more, more often!! I am really enjoying the brush - it blends flawlessly, uses less product and its a serious multi-tasker!! I am able to get ready so much quicker with this brush because I don't have to get wet, its large enough to cover your face quickly, and soft enough for the eyes, etc. Has anyone else picked this brush up - or have you attended class? What do you think?! I made a demo video and review of the brush for those who want more info!!! http://youtu.be/7kaBWczCqOc
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HALL OF FAMER Chickibum / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I can't wait to try this brush, I've been eyeing it for a while, you just pushed me over the edge, gotta have it! lol see post
Mattifying Moisturizer
I have normal-combination and I need a mattiying moisturizer for my super shiny Tzone.  Any suggestions for a moisturizer to keep me matte all day?
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
It's possible the mattifying effects of the Murad outweigh the conditioning effects it may have. Have you considered a hydrating booster fluid? They're much thinner and ... see post
my sister needs a new cleanser for her face
So I spoke to my sister this afternoon and she complained that she's breaking out really badly and can't figure out why, since she's washing her face and hasn't been wearing any makeup lately.  She DOES tend to sleep in her makeup, which she knows is a big no-no, but that's not where the problem is.  My sisters and I were blessed with clear skin (aside from the occasional zit), so the fact that she's breaking out horribly (other than being 30 and possibly being a hormonal shift) is not normal.   She said she's washing her face in the shower, which is fine, except for the fact that she has hard water.  The hard water doesn't help your skin.  Then she says her skin feels greasy all the time lately too.  She currently uses the First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser and from what I experienced when I used it, I'm getting the feeling it's stripping her skin of moisture and  lipids....which is obviously going to make your skin overproduce oil to counteract the loss.   So, does anyone have a good suggestion for a cleanser she could use?  She can't use Josie Moran at all.  Clinique maybe, but this is difficult since she has such sensitive, dry skin like I do.  A lot of cleansers I would suggest for her won't work for skin like they have on mine.  I do plan on getting her a Mia for her birthday in April though, so if she wants to continue washing her face in the shower, that'll help.
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HALL OF FAMER jemly / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
the FAB cleanser is pretty gentle and not so stripping (at least compared to many other cleansers). sounds to me her issue isn't so much her cleanser but her following r... see post