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Pore Minimizing Products
I am in a constant hunt for pore minimizing products and I still haven't found one that I absolutely love and that works great with my skin. Does anyone have any suggestions? I am looking for products that would help me minimize pores as time passes not just momentarily hide them .. I know that they will not disappear (that would be ideal!!!) ..  Thank you!
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BEAUTY MAVEN glamourgirl20 / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
Thank you for the suggestion. I have never tried any Algenist products but I am willing to try if the results are worth it! see post
GlamGlow Supercleanse Reaction
Hi! So, I've been trying a sample of the GlamGlow Supercleanse Daily Clearing Cleanser since I'm in the market for a new cleanser. I have combination/oily/sensitive skin and my chin gets easily congested (I know it's hormonal based and I am taking birth control for it, but it still gets congested). I can get cystic pimples pretty easily there. After using it for 3-4 days at night only, I've been getting a pretty bad reaction to it. My whole face burns, and bumps are appearing on my face with some white heads too. The area around my lips also became super dry. Anyone else have this kind of reaction to it? I've also been trying Thirstycleanse and that hasn't given me any reaction at all, it's quite nice actually.
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BEAUTY SAVANT Yen89 / BEAUTY SAVANT BEAUTY SAVANT / replied
Yes, I stop using both of them.( I tried samplers).I have blackhead concern and this product is so hyped, so I tried.It did not work on me and then cause some reactions.... see post
Oil Absorbing Powder
My skin always gets very oily in the afternoon. I use a cleanser and oil free moisturizer every morning. I have been thinking about getting Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder. D oes it work? Does it clog your pores and make your skin more susceptible to breakouts? Or is there a better alternative? Thanks!  
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kevinbt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi Juliav97! The Laura Mercier is a good one! I also really like the bareMinerals Ready Touch Up Veil! It's perfect to throw in your purse and use later in the day.  It ... see post
Dupe post- VIB Status
I really love estee lauder resilient lift night cream texture but is it ok if i use it every night?
I am only 30 and i have not shown any first signs of aging (wrinkles, sagging, bigger pores etc). The cream actually helps to control facial oil production. It moisturizes but not overly. But is it ok to keep using it when i do not have any signs of aging yet? Thank you.
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Acne
I need a top-notch dermatologist.  The two I've seen here have repeatedly ignored my requests for a skin care regimen.  I have had acne since I was a teenager, been on Accutane twice I think between the ages of 18-26.  It worked temporarily then my acne came back and I haven't been able to get rid of it since.  I have acne on my face, behind my ears, scalp, and throat/neck.  Some are the painful kind.  I don't get whiteheads, just mainly nodular.  My skin is t-zone oily and normal in other areas.  I have an oily scalp and oily eyelids.  I have seborrheic dermatitis on my scalp and hairline.  The dermatitis used to affect my forehead and cheeks but thankfully not any more.  Right now it's just my scalp but is under control with a prescription shampoo.  Back to the acne, no topical medications have worked for me.  I'm almost 39 years old and haven't had clear or healthy skin since before puberty.  PLEASE PLEASE help.
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HALL OF FAMER TrysBeautyItems / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Posts can get lost here, I'm sure no one is truly ignoring yours. If a mod was responding, they have tons of posts to get through.   If you haven't, get a hormone bloo... see post
Acne
Hello Beautymates, I am 18years old I have acne its not too bad I know how to deal with the ups and down it brings but my skin it starting to have quite an uneven texture, very bumpy, and some of my pores are starting to look a little wonky any help or suggestions would be welcomed.
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Recommendations for matching 2y04 foundation IQ to concealer
I currently use Smashbox 15 hour hydrating foundation in shade 1.1 with Makeup For Ever full coverage concealer in shade 3. I find that no matter what concealer shade I have tried, it doesn't blend well into my foundation, and I more often than not, can see where my concealer has been applied as the day goes on. I need a concealer to cover a couple red blemish scars on my cheeks that haven't quite faded yet.   Has anyone been matched with 2y04 and has found the perfect concealer for red marks, or does anyone here use Smashbox 1.1 and has found the perfect concealer to disappear with this foundation? I would appreciate any suggestions on concealer products, and tips on covering blemishes with this foundation IQ result and the Smashbox foundation.
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ACNE!!!!!
Hello. I am in 6th grade and I think that I have acne. My mom and sister says that I don't have it I just have a few pimples, but every single time I look in the mirrror, bare faced, my self-esteem lowers. My sister also has acne and she is 17, and my mom had it when she was around my age. They say it's just genetics, and that I'm growing and that all the oil on my skin is what is causing all of these pimples. I try to believe but I can't help but notice all of the other 6th grade girls that are "growing" too, have perfect skin with not 1 flaw. So, I use makeup. Some may think its weird, for a 6th grader to nbe using makeup, but it's help me with my self-esteem. I have tried what seems like every acne-free product in the universe. I have tried Murad, GoodforyouGirls, FAB, Shiseido,Clinique, ELF, and many more. I tried to ask my mom to buy me some things that I read about online, that have good ratings, but she says that once I'm done "growing" I'll be fine. Its quite agrivating. If any of you would help me, give me options that HAVE WORKED, because it seems like there is no cure,   P.S, please give things that are in a 6thgraders, price range.   Thank you!
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HALL OF FAMER itscarin / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Sorry that your mom isn't taking your concerns seriously.  Here's a few things you can do on your own: drink lots of water -- it's good for your skin; make sure you clea... see post
any recommendations for foundations and concealers that really hide scars?? thanks!
NikaBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi m3oww,   I agree with TrysBeautyItems that Kat Von D is very good for high coverage. My other suggestions for high coverage foundations would include Estee Lauder... see post
secret camouflage
I want to buy the secret camouflage concealer but I'm not sure of which one to get. I use the secret concealer # 2 with the Foundation Powder # 3
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Help! Recommendations for uneven texture. Beauty on a Budget.
I wanted to see if anyone could make a recommendation for me! My skin is finally clearing up from battling with acne, but I still have a pretty uneven texture. It's like there are tiny undeveloped bumps underneath my skin near my cheeks especially. Can someone give me a suggestion for any skincare products that might be able to smooth out my skin! I'm also on a budget. Thanks!
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SPECIAL GUEST PorcelainBabe / SPECIAL GUEST SPECIAL GUEST / replied
Thanks for the speedy replies. I scrolled through questions on the forum about milia and it's definitely what it is that I'm dealing with. I do exfoliate 1-2 a week with... see post
Recent VIB Rouge emails
Hi,  I worked really hard with Sephora customer service to get VIB Rouge emails to come through to me.  It occurs to me that I haven't received a rouge email in a long time. Can someone let me know when their last email was?  I hope my problem with emails hasn't resurfaced. 
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BEAUTY WHIZ studz / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
No problem! I hope you get your emails working again soon. I'd be pretty upset being Rouge and not getting information about events/promos/etc. see post
BB cream for dry fair skinBB cream for fair dry skin!
i don't wear makeup often, but have recently discovered BB creams. I was matched at Sephora and the woman gave me Clinique BB cream in shade 01.    The color is perfect for me, except it clings to dry patches and feels a bit heavy.   Are there any BB creams that would match my fair skin (I think I have pink undertones) that wont stick to dry spots!!??    
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HALL OF FAMER waterbaby1981 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
My favorite BB or CC Cream for dry fair skin is Dr. Jart+ Waterfuse BB Cream.  Not heavy at all and feels wonderful on. I have very fair skin and cool undertones (pink),... see post
Skin care for normal/ combo skin
I am looking for any type of skin care advice and products for my normal/combo skin. It's more on normal side since I only have a slight shine on T-zone, no dryness on cheeks.    I heard Neutrogena one is good but don't know which one to choose cause I want to go for either daily moisturizer or for sensitive skin (with spf of course)   Any advice on toners, cleansers, moisturizers for my skin would be highly appreciated!   I am 19 y.o. so don't want anything harmful for my skin.
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BEAUTY WHIZ charlyc / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
Hi. I have been on a search for cleansers for awhile for my combination skin. I have really been liking Boscia's cleanser. You can visit any local Sephora and get sample... see post
Dupe for ProActiv Advanced Daily Oil Control?
It's a very niche question (Oily/combo people, who've tried proactiv, who also received that same sample, liked it, managed to escape ProActiv, missed the oil control thing, and managed to find a dupe probably isn't very many people), but maybe someone will have something, or at least an idea to try?   I tried the Murad Oil control, but it only does about 1/4 of the oil control the proactiv one does. I could probably just get it on eBay, but if I can avoid it I'd prefer to. I don't like the idea of, in some roundabout way, supporting a company that literally forces you to continue paying for their products. (I took them off of my paypal list, since the first person I talked to refused to cancel my account, so they sent the next box with a bill. Either I had to pay for the products or pay for return shipping.)
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skincare help! smooth skin and glow
I am currently trying to figure out how i get that smooth hydrated skin ive been wanting forever!  I cant seem to figure out exactly what products to use or what issues my skin is having..... I seem to have combination skin but more on the dry side (for example i have been wearing makeup all day and only a little oil shows on an oil blotting sheet).... my dry areas consist of around my nose,chin, and cheeks- my skin is not smooth to the touch, yet it is not breakouts that are making it bumpy- when i apply makeup it looks dry, cakey, and not glowing..... and i can see tons of little white dots or plugs in my skin   my routine consists of.... clarisonic with cashmere brush head- maybe every other day peter thomas roth gentle complexion correction pads- 1 a week dr jart water sure gel moisturizer dr jart water fuse sleeping mask- 2 a week ole henriksen- walnut scrub- maybe 2 a week cleanser- currently a sample of ren cleansing balm but not sure if its right?? also have fresh soy cleanser..... topical retinoid cream from dermatologist- every other day at night '   any suggestions???
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HALL OF FAMER meganlisa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I think you got great advice down below so I won't duplicate it.  But my favorite product is essences.  SKII, Missha, Secret Key, Monique Labs.  There are tons (and I t... see post
Skin Too Dry for Makeup
Every time I put on BB cream it immediately makes my skin incredibly flaky. I've even tried putting on moisturizer first or mixing the BB with some of my moisturizer and ten minutes after applying I'm a flaky mess. My moisturizer works fine and I'm not dry after applying it, it's any kind of coverage that's drying me up.   Im using the Smashbox BB currently and have no idea what to do! The attached photos is after applying.
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HALL OF FAMER waterbaby1981 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
From what I understand, Smashbox's BB tends to be on the drier side and therefore doesn't work too well with dry skin.  If you like BBs, maybe try Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse B... see post
Amore Pacific, Laneige & Sulwasoo Favorites
My sister is coming down from the boonies in a couple weeks and wants to go to HMart while she's here.  I'll finally have a chance to spend more than 10 seconds in the Amore Shop since I won't have kids & husband in tow screaming they're hungry, bored, etc.  I want to try some new skincare goodies and I want some suggestions.  The warm weather is coming so I'll be back to dry/combo instead of my winter time super dry.  What are everyone's favorites from these lines?
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BEAUTY MAVEN nycchik / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
I LOVE Amore Pacific. I use (and will never part with):   -Sleep Mask -Toner -Enzyme Peel   They have some of the best stuff on the market. A bit pricey but well w... see post
My order status says unsuccessful authorization.
My order status says unsuccessful authorization Although my card was charged ? This the first time I've ordered from the website so I don't know what's happening.
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NikaBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi YunaBell,   I'll take a look into this for you and send you a private message regarding your order. An unsuccessful authorization means that your order has been c... see post
Good cleanser for oily skin... Similar to Soap & Glory cleanser?
So I had been using Clinique's 3 Step System for a few months... At first I loved it and after a month or 2 my skin went back to its oily self.   I recently got a sample of Soap & Glory's Daily Detox Vitamin C Cleanser and LOVE it!!!!!!  I went on sephora tonight to purchase the full size and I guess Sephora no longer carries it!?!?   Does anyone else know of where I could purchase one/a good cleanser that is similar?  Thanks!
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HALL OF FAMER beachyt / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Kylsim - I have combination skin that leans more towards oily and I've found First Aid Beauty (Facial Cleanser), Korres (Greek Yogurt Cleanser), and Murad (Clarifying Cl... see post
need a super hydrating moisturizer
I have combo skin with an oily T-zone and my cheeks are usually normal to slightly dry but now that I've changed up my face routine there's an area of my cheeks close to my chin on both sides that are extremely dry that the skin is flaking. My cheeks feel really tight after cleansing. Before changing up my routine my cheeks were normal and did not feel tight and weren't flaking.   I've been rotating my usual creams but I haven't found that any of them really made a huge difference. I've used Philosophy's Hope in a Jar , Glamglow's Thirstymud Mask , and a moisturizer by Ole Henriksen that I was given a sample of by an SA but the name of it isn't clear on the bag.   I'm looking for a very hydrating moisturizer (for night time) that will hopefully bring my cheeks back to normal soon.
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BEAUTY GURU knanook / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream. I see Laura recommended the face version below, but I've only tried the regular one. It works great on my face, and it does say it's... see post
Dry skin around nose. help!!
I have had this horrible dry skin around my nose for about a year. I moisturize day and night and I put Vaseline on it before I go to bed. It never seems to go away. Does any body have any recommendations? I use the Kat Von D tattoo foundation and I love it, but it makes my dry skin look really bad. Is there a full coverage foundation that would work well with dry skin? Thanks!
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HALL OF FAMER amnali / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
porefessional when im doing a makeup routine* see post
Toner wars !
I have been wanting a toner that really works.i do have acne prone skin..and im fighting acne scars too so i cant decide between fresh toner or murad essential c toner..also if you guys have any suggestions on which one is your most tried and trusted toner...that would be awesome!!!
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HALL OF FAMER amnali / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
What is the acid toner you use? What toner you use at night? see post
Age Spots Advice
In preparation for my mom's bday brunch this spring, I want to buy her something that will help diminish her aging spots that are really bothering her.   She has fair colored skin with light brown spots, and she has been wanting to do something about it that doesn't require lasers.  Any advice would be great!   Thanks
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BEAUTY GURU Onceuponatime45 / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
I would be careful in using the MURAD rapid age spot treatment. It has hydroquinone in it so if you put it on a spot, that single spot will be white as well as the area ... see post
Foundation Separates Between Eyebrows
This is constantly a problem for me, no matter what I do or what products I use. My skin is dry all over, so also dry between my brows, but I'm happy with how my skincare routine handles dryness. I moisturize, I exfoliate, I've tried facial mists, setting sprays, at least a dozen different foundations - even BB cream separates on me. I have used many different application methods, from my fingers to a damp beautyblender to any and all brushes. I'm obviously frustrated. Has anyone else had this problem and figured out how to deal with it? I cannot think of anything else to try!
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HALL OF FAMER TheSocialQuota / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I suggest looking into a hydrating sleep mask or a facial oil. see post
what is the best non smuge liquid eyeliner?
BEAUTY MAVEN flyte / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
You can find it on Amazon! If you're looking for a good mascara that doesn't flake or run, I recommend Heroine Make mascara. I've been using that in conjunction with ... see post
titanium free foundation?
Does anyone know of a titanium free foundation. After trying many, many foundations I have figured out that it is the titanium in foundation that causes some of the ashy/unflattering grey glaze that some women of color experience when wearing foundation. It totally kills the vibrant golden/yellow tones in my skin. My true foundation match does not exist (somewhere  between mac nc45 and nc50..or possibly nw). I usually have to choose between one shade that is too dark and the next on up which is often 10-20 shades lighter with an overpowering amount of titanium that makes it hard to even blend 2 shades without looking dead and muddy. I also have oily skin that hates most silicone based foundation (makeup forever hd, etc.). They somehow un-blend from my skin and swim on the surface after 2-4 hrs. If I rely on blot papers I will use the entire pack in one day. I have tried the color matching at Sephora which was not helpful. Any help is appreciated, 
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HALL OF FAMER DiVWA / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Having looked at numerous ingredient lists for the last few weeks, I can tell you that titanium is listed as a "may contain" item in many cosmetics, including foundation... see post
What shade am I in the Cover Fx contour kit?
For reference, I'm shade Gobi in Nars foundations and 117 in MUFE HD
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laurabt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi akhorounjaia, I rtecommend the color N Light in the Cover FX Contour Kit! :) -Laura   see post