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Favorite Mask or treat yourself products
So its that time of year when a lot of us either get gift cards, or get ourselves a little something special just because we deserve it, and face masks are one of the things I always think of as the perfect little indulgence--not too expensive, but mostly not something I think of as an absolute necessity so not something I usually buy for myself and the perfect thing to treat yourself with.  Since its been a couple of years since we had a thread on favorite masks and with so many new ones that have come out, I thought this might be a fun discussion to have so......   1) what are your favorite masks and why? 2) do you have another favorite treat yourself product/purchase?
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HALL OF FAMER blondesluv2shop / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I have dry, sensitive skin and have used the OH peel twice now. I love it! The lemon peel (step 2) does have a burning feeling but I think it's supposed to be that way. ... see post
I'm looking for a new moisturizer
I'm looking for a new moisturizer, the last one I used was a dior pro-youth with SPF that they've since discontinued. I have sensitive skin, and an uneven skin tone. I have combination skin that tends to be more oily than dry. 
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LindsayBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Keeping those to refill is actually a brilliant idea!   I LOVE the KS pump jars, I wish more products came with similar packaging. see post
Yüli Skincare Experience?
I know they're not carried at Sephora but for you Green Beauty lovers, any experience with Yüli?  I love their philosophy and have been heavily swayed by blogger: BeautyIdealist! Thoughts? 
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HALL OF FAMER ChicDabbler / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I keep hearing good things about their spray on Refinery29, but I usually don't shop outside of the 3-4 places I usually do and none of them carries this brand. I've bee... see post
Aging Skin Care Line
I am 53, and am looking for a great anti-aging skin care line that also has the basics like cleanser etc.  I have been exploring different brands this past year, but cannot find one that has it all!!  Please advise
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HALL OF FAMER ChicDabbler / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
AmorePacific and Tatcha!   AmorePacific's Future Response Age Defense cream is fantastic, it's super expensive but you don't need a lot. I like their foaming cleanser ... see post
UNDER MAKEUP MOISTURIZE??
I need help with some good moisturizer to go under my makeup....something where it soaks into my skin and wears well with my liquid foundation....
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HALL OF FAMER ChicDabbler / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I have dry combination skin. While I prefer a lightweight lotion for summer, they are not moisturizing enough for winter. My favorite moisturizer with SPF for winter are... see post
Daily Skincare - what are you using?
Often people ask for recommendations on a skincare routine or for specific products/combinations.  This might be a place to share your everyday skincare, both AM and PM.  A skincare "what are you wearing" as it were.  Hope this is useful.   *Age - 40 Skin type - oily/combination Current skin condition - quite dehydrated (winter/indoor heating)*   01/17/16 - AM skincare in the order I used 1. Nude Jelly cleanser (love) 2. Pixi Glow tonic (5% glycolic toner - love) 3. Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Spritz (sample) 4. Radical Skincare Youth Infusion serum - hydrating and anti-ageing (new to me.  Testing) 5. Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream (like) 6. Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine cream (really like as an AM moisturizer)   I will try to post PM skincare tonight so the post can be comprehensive.   General comments - Okay skin.  Apparently the age between 38-42 is a transformational time in hormones (dehydrated skin/spots), so I am more aware of how my skin performs/reacts .  My skincare definitely has more "actives" now than before.
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BEAUTY GURU jen81 / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
Oops sorry I posted info about p50 but looks like it's gone 😁 It's an acid toner that skincare guru Caroline hirons talks about on her blog.  see post
Dr. Brandt Needles No More - 3D Filler Mask
Today I started trialing the Dr.Brandt 3D Filler Mask.  Sephora generously sent this to me to try out.    The product is a white transluscent paste (not really creamy but not chalky either).  It comes with a little brush to apply it.  It is recommended as an overnight leave on mask.     From the Sephora product page: "This leave-on mask restores volume and youthful-looking contours, giving your skin an instantly smoother look. It’s specially formulated with a potent, age-defying combination, including hyaluronic acid , peptides , and an Adipofill'in™ Complex. "   For all skin types, this product targets the middle to lower part of face, smile lines and marionettes to visibly revolumize jowl and cheekbone contours.   Some Claims include - Smoother and more supple skin Less visible lines and wrinkles Plumper skin Product fills in wrinkles and folds.   Possible allergen for me - Shea Butter I already use Dr. Brandt Overnight Resurfacing Retinol Complex as one of my serums in rotation.  It has shea butter in it as well, but that hasn't irritated my skin yet.  So I am not too worried.   My skin condition: I am almost 41.  I have oily/combo skin that is currently dehydrated (skin sometimes feels parched and tight).  But I don't have wrinkles yet, and I think my facial contours are hanging in there just fine (for the moment).   What I expect this product to do: Although I am not addressing wrinkles and facial contours, I am definitely testing all the other claims.  I have highlighted the ingredients and claims that interest me.  Winter dehydrated skin is a great time to see if the hyaluronic acid plumps and makes my skin more "supple". This is supposed to address fine lines as well by smoothing the skin.  I am not sure if I have fine lines, but I will stipulate that I do just due to current age.   Usage: I read up on Sephoras webste and also Dr.Brandt's website to learn how to incorporate this in my regular skincare.    After I cleansed, toned and serum-ed, I applied this in an inverted V from my cheekbones down to my jaw (hugging my nose and the corner of my mouth).  Then I waited about 15 minutes for the product to sink in.  It didn't completely absorb and looked matte and pasty on me still (not sure how it's supposed to look).  I then applied my nightime moisturizer.  It reminded me very much of a matte primer - how they can look matte and leave a white cast.    Lets see how I feel in the morning.  :-)
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HALL OF FAMER fatimamummy / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Quick take after first use.   I used this mask last night . I used it as an extra step in my nightly skin care routine so I used it after serum, let it stay there for ... see post
Acne Cleanser
Can you recommend a good acne cleanser for oily skin? I've tried Murad and i still broke out.
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mmcc12875 / NEWCOMER / replied
I have somewhat oily skin too and I really wanted something that was going to unclog my pores. I have two little toddlers so needless to say, I'm always on the run and p... see post
how to add points to beauty insider account online with a sales receipt
I went to the store last Saturday and spent 210.50 before taxes but i forgot my beauty insider card.  The cashier told me that with the receipt I could do it online. I tried to do it later but there was no option on the website to add your points with your receipt.
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hi, Tamalarenee!   Please contact 1-877-Sephora to speak with a customer service rep to add missing points or shoot Customer Service an email on the Contact Us page: ... see post
Murad Skincare
So I was wondering if anyone has any recommendations on Murad skincare products. There are two reasons I ask this, one I recently got a 100 point perk of the hydro-dynamic quenching essence I believe it is called and love it.   Second my holy grail face wash has been discontinued. It was Olay total effects anti blemish cleanser.   I was thinking the Murad AHA/BHA cleanser might be a good match as it has salicylic acid in it and that is the one ingredient that keeps my hormonal breakouts at bay. It also has scrubby beads in it like the Olay one I loved.   Any advice would be great!
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Although the AHA/BHA exfoliating cleanser has more gentle/soft textured jojoba beads, I would highly recommend that you follow Clarisonic's direction in not using any so... see post
What are some good products / solutions for my HUGE PORES?
I did some searching, but it appears all similar threads are pretty outdated and / or contain little helpful information for me.   The pores on my nose are HUGE. It's a genetic thing. My mom and sisters have it too. It's not from aging or sun exposure, it's just a thing I've always had to deal with. It has always bothered me. I use the strips to keep them deep cleaned and mattifying moisturizer, but it's still an uphill battle.   I did a product search, but there are so many. So I was curious if anybody out there has any personal experience with any of them and could point me in the right direction.   Thanks in advance!
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BEAUTY GURU BlueEyeAli / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
You want to keep your pores clean, unfortunately there isn't anything out there that will make them disappear. I never found pore strips to be helpful until I found a r... see post
I've tried a few primers and had no luck. I recently tri
  I have really dry skin and whenever I apply makeup, I get cracking on my chin area and around my nose. I've tried a few primers and had no luck. I recently tried the Too Faced Hangover Primer and it actually made the cracking worse. If anyone has a recommendation for a good primer that would stop the cracking and make my makeup last longer, that would be amazing. I'm looking for more of a primer and not moisturizer, :-)
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StephanieBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
  Hi iloveheathl,   Since you said your skin is quite dry, I'd recommend either the Kat Von D lock-it primer, which is more of a lightweight hydrating gel primer, ... see post
need advice for acne prone skin and acne scars
hey all,    so lately i have been getting really bad breakouts i have tried proactiv but it just irritated my skin. I have really dry skin but i have a oily t zone. I also have several acne scars that i would like to try to minimize or possibly clear up completely! right now i am using cetaphil because its quick and easy but i am ready to try anything at this point! any recommendations would be great! 
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SIGHTSEER mjshah90 / SIGHTSEER SIGHTSEER / replied
Oh girl, I FEEL you. I've been looking for something that is quick and easy but also gets rid of my acne scars and oily t zone. I'm pretty bad at finding the "perfect" ... see post
Has anyone tried Curology (Pocket Derm)? What was your experience?
I'm considering signing up for Curology (use to be called Pocket Derm) because I've got stubborn acne on my jawline and cheeks that isn't going away.  If you've tried it, did it help?  Thanks.
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HALL OF FAMER irenet / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I love it! I've been using Curology for 6 months for acne and for the first time in 11 years I've had consistently clear skin for about 4 months now. In the beginning I ... see post
Moisturizer for acne prone, dry skin?
I know there's loads of posts out there but I kind of wanted one a bit more tailored to my skin and personal issues! My skin is always kind of dry in the winter, definitely not oily in the summer though, so it's normal I guess!  I recently started a topical prescription (Benzaclin) but it makes my skin super dry! It doesn't really need to be oil free (I also find they don't work as well), just something that isn't too thick (I didn't like the FAB repair cream)!    Thanks  
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HALL OF FAMER irenet / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I have oily acne prone skin and for my night moisturizer I use Dr. Jart Sleep Mask Moisturizer. For day I use Aveeno Moisturizer with SPF. I like it because it has soy t... see post
Best Skincare brand for Sephora?
What are your personal thoughts on the best skincare line sold at sephora? Specifically for dark spots, and uneven skin tone? 
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BEAUTY GURU xmychanelscalpel / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
Sunday Riley!! see post
Valentine's gift for my wife
I figured I should get started on my wife's Valentine's Day gift. I know she's looking for some kind of anti-aging overnight mask, but of course I have no idea what that means or where to find it. I was hoping someone could help me and recommend some brands that have worked for them.
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HALL OF FAMER kssweetheart / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Thanks lylysa, hopefully the surprise ChrisTom mask face would provide laughter, unforgettable memories and a good, somewhat embarrasing story down the road, we all have... see post
Undereye cream
I have dark circles under my eyes and have been using lotion from loreal and concealer. It doesn't seem to be working. What is the best cream to correct dark circles. I would love some day to not rely on using concealer   thanks Roxy demo
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BEAUTY BOSS virgo87 / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
I personally have seen good results using Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Eye. I found it has really helped my dark circles. see post
Tony Moly snail gel...
Anyone have any experience with the Tony Moly snail gel products? I have been looking at a moisturizer and see they also(saw it at Ulta the other day) have snail gel face masks as well and I am very curious if they really work like I've been reading, or if it's just all hype. Putting snail gel on my skin, face or otherwise, kinda creeps me out but if it really works then I think I'd be willing to give it a shot...
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BEAUTY WHIZ Lisa4040 / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
Thanks for the feedback! I'll check out the Mizon brand as well. The explanation of the concept of how it works is very nice. see post
CLINIQUE Pep-Start Eye Cream
I received the new Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream today and thought I would post my thoughts for anyone interested in this item.       Item Description This lightweight eye cream provides a rush of hydration and instant brightening so you look and feel refreshed, wide awake, and ready for anything in as little as three seconds. Its cool touch and de-puffing tip help keep eyes looking fresh while smoothing the way for makeup. Plus, its peptides help support natural collagen reserves that can be threatened by stress, fatigue, and lack of sleep—the tell-tale signs of your busy life.     The letter given with the item says there are more products to be expected from this line.   Some background on me   I'm 25 (26 next month) and frankly tend to be pretty lazy about eye creams. I have tried other eye creams, most recently the Sunday Riley one, but found myself just taking my moisturizer/serum up to and around my eye area when I'm too tired/lazy. Overall I like to keep my skincare routine pretty simple. I don't have fine lines or wrinkles, or any swelling but definitely some dark circles. My biggest concern on the whole would be preventing lines, and helping with the darkness I have (primarily in the inner eye area).   Initial thoughts I don't know if I'm a fan of the applicator. I think if it was one of those metal slant tips the thicker formula would glide a bit better. The round plastic ball seems to tug a bit at the eye as you spread the cream. The formula doesn't soak in but I don't think I mind that. I think there are some cosmetic brightening properties as there is a definite and immediate brightness, but it looks like it's..covered up if that makes sense. So that may be the 3 second difference they are referring to. There is a slight tingle but not as much as I got from the Sunday Riley eye cream.   Ingredients There is a full ingredient list but it literally takes up the entire side of the box so would be a bit tedious to write out here. I will say there is Dimethicone about mid-way down, which I know some people don't like. There are also a few peptides and antioxidants which I like!    Product Link http://www.sephora.com/pep-start-eye-cream-P403817 ?skuId=1774819   I will report back after I get more use of this. If there are any specific questions about the product and the use I can answer, please let me know.   This item was a gift from both Sephora and Clinique. 
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HALL OF FAMER HoneydewK / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I also received this item for testing (free from Sephora).  I'm 22, and anti-aging is my concern specifically because once it's done, it's hard to undo it. I try to pre... see post
OILY SKIN
I have really oily skin what will keep me matte all day? I use Sephora concealer and becca translucent powder on a day to day and I get super oily.
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LindsayBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi EdynG,   I'd recommend checking out this recent thread: http://community.sephora.com/t5/Ask-The-Experts/How-can-i-control-my-oily-skin-and-touch-up-during-the-day... see post
What is a great makeup line that specializes for sensitive skin? My skin tends to be very dry and I think I may need hypoallergenic makeup.
BEAUTY PRO Daskala78 / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
I highly recommend PureCeuticals.  I discovered this AMAZING skincare line a few months ago and LOVE it.  You can order products on their Web site (just Google it). :) see post
Brown Patches (pigmentation issue) also have oily skin
Need help for Brown patches on my face and I also have oily skin
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LindsayBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
I'm happy to help! Let me know if you have any further questions :] see post
Nude Brand Toner no longer available, need a replacement
Hi  For some reason the toner from Nude brands is no longer available!  I went thru so many toners to find one I like and now it isn't available!!  What's a similar product that won't break the bank?    
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keelybt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
 Hi Suprvxn, Boscia Balancing Facial Tonic is fairly similar to the Nude Purify Toning Water and is very reasonably priced.    see post
How to start incorporating retinol into my skincare regime?
Hi beautiful people,   I am planning on incorporating retinol into my routine but don't quite know where to begin. I just read up futurederm's retinol page ( https://www.futurederm.com/11-things-you-never-kne w-about-retinol-and-retinoids-until-now/) and gathered that I should probably begin by using it once a week for starters.   Skin type: Normal to dry skin. Late 20's. Main skin concerns: Hyperpigmentation spots/acne spots     Here are my specific questions on the subject, and I'd really appreciate some feedback from you:   - What would be a good retinol product to start with?  Should I start with something that's oil-based like SR Luna that has an ester form of retinol?   - How would I fit it into my routine, esp w.r.t. the exfoliators I use?    - Do I need to make any other changes in my routine, or be aware of certain things if I begin retinol use?   Here's my regime in full: Spoiler (Highlight to read) Night: Double cleanse, Serum (rotate between Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance or Clarins Mission Perfection), Eye cream (currently Shiseido), Oil (OH Youth activating or TH Replenishing Nutrient Complex or Dennis Gross Triple Peptide C oil), Moisturizer (Belif Aqua Cream/Korres Advanced Brightening Facial/any other) Morning: Cleanse (during warmer months), Serum (OH Vit C serum + Caudalie or Clarins serum above), Eye cream, Moisturizer, SPF (Algenist/Elta MD) Exfoliators:    2/3 times a week I use either SR Good Genes or Drunk Elephant Glycolic serum in place of my night serum and follow up with moisturizer. If I feel dry, maybe I'll add in the oil as well. Masks: a charcoal/clay mask once a week followed by a hydrating one e.g. Dr Jart Sleeping Mask Night: Double cleanse, Serum (rotate between Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance or Clarins Mission Perfection), Eye cream (currently Shiseido), Oil (OH Youth activating or TH Replenishing Nutrient Complex or Dennis Gross Triple Peptide C oil), Moisturizer (Belif Aqua Cream/Korres Advanced Brightening Facial/any other)Morning: Cleanse (during warmer months), Serum (OH Vit C serum + Caudalie or Clarins serum above), Eye cream, Moisturizer, SPF (Algenist/Elta MD)Exfoliators:    2/3 times a week I use either SR Good Genes or Drunk Elephant Glycolic serum in place of my night serum and follow up with moisturizer. If I feel dry, maybe I'll add in the oil as well.Masks: a charcoal/clay mask once a week followed by a hydrating one e.g. Dr Jart Sleeping Mask Thanks in advance for your help!
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BEAUTY WHIZ bossbabe / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
Hey girly! Have you tried rosehip oil? I know it's not retinol, but it's got a ton of Vitamin A which converts to retinol once absorbed by the skin. Plus it's natural an... see post
Q. Is the Caudalier Premier Cru Moisturizer same as the eye cream?
keelybt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / answered
A. Hi Ccup!  No they are different products.  The Caudalie Premier Cru The Eye Cream  is designed specifically for the eye area and targets wrinkles, loss of elasticity, de... see post
Eye Creams
Hi Beauties,   I just turned 27 and I want to start getting into anti-aging products. What are some good eye creams? I don't have bags, just a little darkness and slight wrinkling. I need something really hydrating because when I use concealer I look 100 years old because it really brings out the wrinkles lol. Please post some suggestions. I was looking at the Dermadoctor eye cream. Is this a good one?
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BEAUTY WHIZ Cecilia08 / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
Hi there!   I've been loving the Tarte Maracuja eye cream-- it's moisturizing, it has helped reduce my dark circles, and it lasts forever :)   http://www.sephora.com... see post
Need new eye cream
I've been using the Ole Henriksen line for about 5 years and I was very happy with it until recently. Some products, like the invigorating gel and the truth serum, still work for me but the red tea cleanser and the blue eye gel  need to go.  I'm in my mid-30s with a combo skin that gets more dry in the winter and oily in the T zone during summer. Most important concerns for me are fine lines, dark circles and puffiness. What eye creams would you suggest? 
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BEAUTY WHIZ Cecilia08 / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
I've been using the Tarte Maracuja eye cream and I love it! It moisturizes and has helped reduce my dark circles. The best part? It lasts an extremely long time :)   h... see post
First Time Facial Oil User
Hi!  So the first oil I tried was back in November, the Drunk Elephant Marula Oil, for my dry skin as I was purchasing a few other items from their line.  However, it broke me out in little bumps on my forehead that are only now going away (I decided to stop using it at the beginning of January)!  The next one I tried, and am still using, is the Herbivore Lapis facial oil but i'm breaking out in weird places (I started this mid-January).     My question to you guys is: How long should I trial a facial oil before ditching it?  Is there an adjustment period where my skin will go crazy (especially since the Lapis is for balancing oil)? Instead of trying it for longer or switching to a new oil I figured I would ask you knowledgeable people!    Thanks in advance  
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BEAUTY SAVANT ncip / BEAUTY SAVANT BEAUTY SAVANT / replied
Here are a couple of threads you might find useful as you continue your oil journey:   Comparison of specific oils: http://community.sephora.com/t5/All-Other-Concerns/... see post