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Korean Skincare... Actually Worth It?
I know Korean skincare/makeup is touted a lot on here. And a fair amount of it is REALLY affordable, and of course, tends to be really cute. My question is... what is the actual quality of the products/ingredients like? What would they compare to?   I don't want to buy a bunch of Innissfree face masks or a Tony Moly lipbalm, for example, if they're no better than the cheap ones I can get at a drugstore.   Aside from the "cute" and "unique" factor, I don't really "get" why Korean brands are recommended (not talking about the higher end stuff here). Insight appreciated!
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BEAUTY WHIZ flyte / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
To add on to that, I believe in Korea they ask you to include a headshot photo of yourself with some job applications. Unfortunately, the way you look does have an impac... see post
Best firming eye cream?
I've noticed that my eyelids have been sort of sagging lately and it's kind of hard to put eyeshadow on. I'm almost 30 and my mother has the same issue. I'm looking for an eye cream that firms the skin. Any recommendations? What actually works??   Thanks beauties!
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NikaBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
HI ohsotattooed,   Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare's Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum, this product is great for tightening the eye area and reducing puffines... see post
Best night cream for brightening and dark spot corrector?
I'm debating between KORRES  Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping  Facial or  OLE HENRIKSEN Truth Crème™ Vitamin C Advanced Hydration. Any suggestions?  
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BEAUTY MAVEN rodriguesv / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
Thank you for the advice! :) I think it's pretty cool that you have a good understanding of how products work on your skin, I am still tweaking my skin routine around to... see post
What is the difference between OLE Henriksen truth serum and Murad Post Acne Spot Lightening Gel?
I am trying to figure out the difference between OLE Henriksen Truth Serum and Murad Post Acne Spot Lightening Gel.  Do they accomplish the same thing?   Thank you, Kristen Perry
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NikaBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi Kristenp22,   Ole Henriksen's Truth Serum is more like your typical all-around serum - it will help brighten, firm, and reduce the appearance of lines. This is a ... see post
good cleansers
i need a good cleanser and i am trying to figure out which one best fits me. I have oily skin, large pores, and acne prone skin. I use josie maran argan oil as a moisturizer and I use first aid beauty as an exfoliater. I love both of these lines of skin care. I need help in deciding what would be the best cleanser for my skin. 
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NikaBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi emiiilykane,   If you like FAB I'd suggest their Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser With Red Clay. I like FAB cleansers a lot! This one is great at keeping skin clear and ... see post
Is Sephora going to stop carrying Soap and Glory products?!
I saw in a product review that Sephora was going to stop carrying S&G products. Is this true?!? If so, where else can I get them in the US?
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HALL OF FAMER bratknits / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I was told today the Bliss was being pulled probably before the end of April.  I grabbed a few S&G things but there wasn't much left. see post
Need new face wash
Hi. my face has been giving me major problems lately with excessive oil and zips. I have just started shopping at Sephora so I need some advice. I am also a college student so Im on a budget. I am looking for a face wash that works. any suggestions?
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BEAUTY GURU Vaashtii / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
Purity Made Simple is a great product. I bought the "Fresh Start" set which is travel sized bottles of Purity Made Simple and the Microdelivery wash. I LOVE them. They h... see post
What's in your arsenal to battle severely dry hands?
So where I live, the snow has been insane, and the weather is so cold that I start to tear up, and then my tears start to freeze. I digress.   I am experiencing my driest and cracked hands ever. For those who have similar issues, or are experiencing the frigid cold, what are your go-to products, and how often do you apply them?   At my disposal, I've currently got: Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre Laura Mercier Hand Lotions, in Fresh Fig and Creme de Pistache L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream   I apply these whenever my hands feel dry, but I am literally applying another round of lotion every 5-10 minutes, and my hands have remained unmoisturized and chapped. Help! How do you guys tackle chapped hands in the winter?
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SheriElaine / RISING STAR / replied
I am OCD about soft, beautiful hands.  During the day, use Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Crème.  It is not greasy, absorbs well and is odorless. At night, layer! Us... 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 WHIZ studz / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
I don't think you should get the Supermud mask since it contains many of the same ingredients that the cleanser has. They even smell the same. I think you should get a s... 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
SKINCARE HGs !
i've seen this type of question asked more generally, but i wanted to ask it specific to skincare. not only is it interesting to see what has really worked for people, but it'll maybe highlight some products others are interested in trying !   so: what are specific  products that would cause you to hyperventilate were you to run out ?   mine currently are:   cleansers CLINIQUE take the day off cleansing balm (makeup removal) NUDE SKINCARE perfect cleanse omega cleansing jelly (skin cleanser) toners (acids & hydrating) FIRST AID BEAUTY facial radiance pads (AHA) CAUDALIE beauty elixir (moisture) MURAD essential-c toner (moisture) oils and serums CLARINS blue orchid facial oil TATA HARPER nutrient replenishing complex (oil) VICHY aqualia thermal serum (serum for dehydration) moisturizers AVEDA botanical kinetics hydrating face lotion masks (i like to have an arsenal for different purposes) REN glycol lactic radiance renewal mask (resurfacing) OLE HENRIKSEN lemon strip flash peel (resurfacing: hardcore) PETER THOMAS ROTH cucumber mask (hydrating / soothing; great for summer) FIRST AID BEAUTY ultra repair instant oatmeal mask (hydrates /soothes; fantastic for winter) FIRST AID BEAUTY skin rescue purifying mask w/ red clay (deep cleaning)   additionally, a couple products that may reach HG status soon, but need more time in my rotation: TATA HARPER replenishing nutrient complex (oil) added ! TATCHA cleansing oil   can't believe i'm saying this but: it broke me out ????  or it was unlucky timing, but i'm too scared to keep using it. NUDE SKINCARE miracle mask (exfoliating / brightening)** i love this mask. i don't think it'll be HG though as i generally prefer the REN. they're pretty interchangeable though. i consider it a very close 1st runner up ! to be fair...i think this is a LOT to be considered truly HG. but you guys know i have a lot of steps in my daily routine, and these are tried-and-true loves of mine !   edited 4/1/15
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HALL OF FAMER jemly / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
hey guys. i'm adding something to my list. by NO MEANS do i think it's necessary to have 2 different facial oils. i do, however, love to have a choice. more notably, tho... see post
Sebaceous Filaments Problems
So I have been doing "research" and found out that those blackheads I thought i had been dealing with is actually sebaceous filaments.    I know they can't be permanently removed but does anyone know how to lessen appearance? Especially on those days that I don't feel like putting my foundation on!   I have combo skin, more oily now that the weather is warming up.    Any advice would be great!!    thanks! 
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BEAUTY WHIZ MNSnowPrincess / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
I like FRESH. Maybe I'll sample and try it as a night cream. Do you have any suggestions for day creams?   Right now I'm using Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre but I'm... see post
Skin type/help
I am posting some pics on here to see if someone has an idea on what is going on with the appearance and texture of my skin  idk if you can see the dry patches on my skin and overall bumpy appearance 
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HALL OF FAMER TrysBeautyItems / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Too much exfoliation. The skin sheds itself daily, plus retinol, Clarisonic and PTR all do the same.   Clarisonic - 1x day max, only a few times a week. Which brush a... see post
I need a daily face wash for semi regular breakouts along my skin and cheek bones!
I am looking for a facewash to help my super combo skin! My t zone is extremely oily while my cheeks are pretty normal to sometimes dry. I do have a good number of break outs on my chin and cheek bones. Murad didnt help much and I have liked the First Aid Beaty but that doesnt help the blemishes. Anyone have any suggestions on great products for this?
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BEAUTY BOSS kiml50 / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
I've heard very good things about this face wash and have been meaning to try it, I'm glad you like it! see post
Random Dry Patches on my Face?
The title is pretty self explanatory. I noticed a little less than a week ago that just beside my nose and there is one big dry patch. It's not noticeable, although it is uncomfortable to touch. I also have some dry, flaky skin around the corners of my nose that don't go away no matter how hard I scrub! Any solutions to either of these problems?
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HALL OF FAMER TrysBeautyItems / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
The texture is your skin trying to protect itself. Scrubbing harms the skin layers when done in excess.   Let the skin heal and nourish it. There's tons of hydration m... 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 SAVANT kelloua / BEAUTY SAVANT BEAUTY SAVANT / replied
First, just want to confirm that your mom is cool with you buying her this kind of product as I know sometimes people want to buy these types of things themselves but ar... see post
Accutane
Hi! I am starting accutane in 5 days and am just trying to be prepared.  Do any past accutane users have suggestions for moisturizers and chapsticks? Thanks
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kevinbt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi sbesselman! I took Accutane a few years ago, so I can give you some advice based on my experience.  One symptom I definitely had was dry skin/lips.  It was particular... see post
Small bumps on face
I have these tiny little bumps on either side of my nose just under my eye area and I cannot figure out how to get rid of them. I do cleanse twice a day and exfoliate twice a week. I've used the Kate Sommerville exfoliate and the Peter Thomas Roth peeling gel (they leave my skin feeling extremely soft but the bumps never go away). I know it's not milia 'cause I've had that over my left eye and it looked/felt completely different. These tiny bumps are actually not very noticeable until I wear liquid foundation (and I need to wear foundation because I have a lot of discoloration in other areas of my face).
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HALL OF FAMER laynebr / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
How long have you been using Purity? I'm not sure if you're familiar with the ingredients but it contains a lot of oils. Most of those oils can cause a reaction like wha... see post
What is the best bronzer or contouring brush?
BEAUTY WHIZ studz / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
I use MAC's 168 Large Angled Contour brush for contouring. For bronzer I usually just use whatever powder brush I have lying around. see post
Oh my hearts!
My total hearts is near the number of the beast…YIKES   Please help me pass it thru without seeing that 'triple digit' number next to my hearts.   I know it might not mean anything to others but to me, this number means a lot. Thank you.  
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HALL OF FAMER itscarin / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Same thing with the witching hour.  According to the Warrens' books, 3 am is a prime time for possession because it's an insult to the holy trinity.  Have a good night, ... see post
Indiscretion is back in stock!!!
I don't know how long it will last...so I just got it.  Good luck!
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BEAUTY WHIZ Tarabotti / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
Thanks- I just bought one also. see post
foundation color change
I am looking for either the new bare minerals or the lancome Nude foundation in a slightly more peaxhy -pink shade...beige is too yellow and I don't want it too dark.
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NikaBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi krubyred,   What is your skintone like? Do you have a foundation you currently use that we can use as a reference? Another useful tactic is to let us know what ce... see post
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
Moisturizer for Acne-Prone Skin
Hi Ladies,   I have skin that is very prone to moderate acne. I don't want moisturizer that combats acne because I have other things to help with that. It can't have salicylic acid or anything like that in it. I need a non-comedogenic moisturizer with no fragrance and oil-free that doesn't make me oily and shiny throughout the day.   I've already tried: Clear Days Ahead, the PTR Oil-Free Moisturizer, NARS Aqua Gel, Clinique Dramatically Different, and one of the Boscia moisturizers (it was oil-free in a white tube). They all broke me out. I've been looking at the Estee Lauder Clear Difference Moisturizer. There's only one review on Sephora. Do you guys know anything about it?   Can anyone suggest even a line that I can look into if not a specific product? My dermatologist suggested the CeraVe moisturizer and it's fine but it makes me really shiny. Thank you!
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HALL OF FAMER cherrybombtastic / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I've used this for mostly eight years now. A bit shiny at times, but best for the price! see post
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
Combo skin cleanser
I am looking for a good cleanser- not too basic but something that will clean and clear everything out of my skin without drying it out- nit really concerned with actual breakouts but if it would help with overall texture of the skin that would be a plus....... Currently using a sample of ren cleansing balm- any opinions on this are also welcomed!
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laurabt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi jmich91, If you are looking to smooth the texture of your skin, I recommend an exfoliating cleanser. I really like Kate Somerville Exfolikate!  Also, AmorePacific T... see post
Accutane
In about 14 days I'll be starting Accutane. My skin is fairly oily now with moderate, stubborn acne on my face, back, and chest. I'm currently using CeraVe products in my skincare (oily face wash, AM and PM moisturizers, occasionally the hydrating face wash). I've researched skincare that I can use to prevent extreme drying but I'm wondering what works best. PS: I'm only a teenager without a job, so the lower the price, the better! 
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BEAUTY BOSS voxover / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
I'm on it right now, and my suggestion so far is get lots of lip moisturizer that doesn't have SPF in it. SPF lip moisturizers seems to have a rougher texture and actual... see post
Dior Diva?
Any Dior Diva's out there? Willing to share your Dior "stories"?   Hello!! Earlier this summer, I had my first exposure to Dior products at my local Dillard's. I was interested in looking at just the Dior Addict lipsticks, but was informed by the woman at the counter that my makeup was just not working for me. Truly, she was polite and diplomatic. The prior statement is my summary. lol. So I let her remove my makeup and from scratch, apply full skin care and makeup. I explained to her that I would only consider a foundation that was full-coverage, because of my breakouts. She spent time talking to me about what I could do to help my skin, not just cover my problems. She told me about her husband, who had suffered from breakouts, and how, when she started working for Dior, she started a skin care routine on him, and how amazingly it worked for him. Long story short, I walked out with a laundry list of recommended products. I went back about a month later, during a Dillard's special event, and this same amazing woman walked through everything with me again, spending a good hour with me. She was so personable and I truly felt like she believed in the products and wanted to help me achieve the best skin possible.   Fast forward and I'm faithfully using the following products, which are doing wonders for my skin, applied in this order:   After washing my face: Step 1: At night: Gentle Toner In the morning: Purifying Toner (Oh - I'll use the Murad acne treatment to spot treat) Step 2: CT One Essential. I use this in the morning and at night. For the rest of the products that follow, I only use them in the morning. Step 3: CT Serum (Concentre Multi- Perfection). Should I also use this at night? Step 4: Moisturizer (NOT yet using Dior as I am finishing up other products) Step 5: CT Dreamskin (Soin Anti-Age Global Createur De Peau Parfaite) Step 6: Pore Minimizer (Skin Refining Matte Primer). I am not sure I see the value in this item as a primer.... So!! My questions for you all:   Dior Diva program: A) Have you actually signed up for the Dior Diva program through Dior? If so, how do you submit your original Sephora receipts? The receipts that come in the shipping boxes do not provide $ amounts. I was thinking that I could add a copy of my online receipts, which do include prices. B) What gift items have you selected with your points? Any recommendations? Regrets?   Skin Care: A) What kind of skin do you have? I have oily, breakout prone skin. And I'm 40 so I've got some aging starting. Blah! B) What products do you use? C) What order do you apply them? D) Do you have any recommendations or suggested changes to the what I am using/how I am using them? E) Did the line transform your skin?   Makeup: A) Do any of you typically need fuller coverage foundation and if so, have you been successful with Dior's foundation? I have a brand new one I haven't opened because I have found, via using samples, that the coverage is just too light for my needs. I bought the Capture Totale Foundation and I happen to be color #31. B) Did use of the Dior concealer provide the coverage you need for skin issues? It's on my list of items from the Dior counter, but I haven't purchased it, yet.   Thank you!! I know I "talk" a lot on my posts. 😛    
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BEAUTY WHIZ glamourgirl20 / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
I am literally a Dior Addict and Dior Diva !!  SKINCARE:  I buy all Dior products ... from makeup to skincare ..  My Dior story starts about one and a half years ago.... see post
Need Guidance on Cleanser and Moisturizer
I am 23 with acne-prone, sensitive, easily irritated, combination skin.   My main skin concerns would be my acne, redness and overall skin dullness/roughness. I feel like I have tried every product imaginable, but nothing seems to work. Currently, I am struggling with little red bumps, mainly around my mouth and chin, that don't appear to be acne, but I believe they are from irritation caused by using the wrong products.   For now, I am looking for a better cleanser and moisturizer. I have done my research and would like opinons on the Shiseido ibuki purifying cleanser v. Shiseido ibuki gentle cleanser and any advice on a good moisturizer that will give me a healthy glow, will not irritate my skin and will get rid of these pesky red bumps as well as keep my acne at bay.   Also, does anyone have an opinion on using alcohol-free, fragrance-free witch hazel? I've heard mixed reviews on using witch hazel on your face, but have also seen where it apparently does wonders for your skin.
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BEAUTY WHIZ glamourgirl20 / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
I have acne prone skin as well and I started using the First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser after someone recommended it to me at Sephora. It did clear my skin a lot. It is a ... see post
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 WHIZ glamourgirl20 / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / 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