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Best eye cream for fine lines
Hi. I would like to find a great eye cream to help with fine lines and that is safe for sensitive eyes. I have tried Hope Renewed and Ole Henrikson.  While I feel they are good, they are not 100% great. I have tried Fresh, but I feel it irritates my eyes. Any other suggestions I would appreciate!
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HALL OF FAMER HookedOnBeauty2 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I like Dr Brandt's Needles No More. see post
Acne scarring
Hi guys! Okay i know i've asked this before previously but i have some photos to show what my scarring is like. it's mainly around my chin area and my forehead. can somebody help me on how i can maybe reduce the appearance of them and also give any tips about the spots on my forehead? they never go away they're just there ALL the time. ( obviously i am makeup free in these photos to show the scarring/spots etc. )and they look worse with makeup on etc. any advice would be really helpful! thank you  
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BEAUTY BUFF mimi223 / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
Hello :) You have gorgeous skin! What you have, is known as "post inflammatory hyperpigmentation". Scarring is a bit different and much harder to deal with. Pockmarks ar... see post
What mascaras are you buying for Mascara Madness?!
Mascara Madness is back at Nordstrom this Saturday the 23rd. Buy 2 get 1 free mascaras! The only "high end" mascara I have used is They're Real by Benefit, and I love it, but I wanna use this sale as an opportunity to try maybe some MAC or Clinique...really anything! I naturally have long lashes, just looking for a mascara that will really darken them and add volume, with no clumping or flaking. What mascaras do you recommend buying from Mascara Madness? What ones are you going to buy!?  Thanks beauties  
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HALL OF FAMER notcreative / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
The year is not over.  It is done twice a year and will probably be back in October.  May is the spring staple, but the fall usually alternates between October and Novem... see post
Sephora Sun Safety Kit for 2015 (Pictures)
Hi guys! I rarely share blog posts on here, but I thought this would be useful for anyone who wanted to look at the sizes of the products in the Sephora Sun Safety Kit.   I think this is an awesome deal and you get a wide variety of products. Enjoy!  
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BEAUTY BUFF haleyhamill / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
The entire kit with a soccer ball as size reference for the bag: http://bit.ly/1cdkyiq. The individual pieces laid beside a business-like card as a size reference: http... see post
Skin help.... Multiple issues.
I've never had 'good skin'. I have a number of issues that prevent me from ever wanting to leave the house /without/ makeup. I'm looking for something that can help combat the issues I do have- And, It doesn't have to be just a single product. I wouldn't expect it to be. But, My concerns are as follows, Organized from the highest concern, to the least. The main problem I have is all of the 'scaring' on my cheeks. I don't know if I could actually call them scars, Because they don't have any depth. They are just marks left over from acne- But, the discoloration bothers me. I've attached a photo- But, The camera didn't quite pick up how bad it actually is. Anyways! My other main issue is dark circles. They aren't puffy, They *are* slightly sunken in, and the discoloration is more than obvious. Even underneath makeup. I have the beginning of fine lines and...Anything that could help both of those problems would be highly sought after.   Third, And final issue is that of pores. I have slightly enlarged pores, And.. A serum or some such that could help reduce them, I'd also be interested in.   For anyone who helps me on this issue- Thank you so very much. Its something I've dealt with for a while.
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HALL OF FAMER missey1973 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I know you have gotten a lot of great advice on skin care so I though I would tell you what makeup works for me.  I have rosacea and a lot of broken capillaries. Not the... see post
Sensitive Acne Prone Skin
Trying to find an acne treatment that will not dry out my super sensitive and dry skin.  I occasionally get eczema on my face and anything I use to treat that causes even more acne on top of the eczema.  
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BEAUTY WHIZ KayM12 / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
I really like the Boscia line. It's effective but very gentle on the skin. I like the Black Mask, Clear Complexion Treatment, and the Black Hydrating Gel. see post
Mourning my Clarisonic Mia 2
I was putting some new PC skincare items away when I noticed my Mia was somehow in the sink. Weird, since we had just gotten home and I don't remember knocking it over in the morning. As I finished putting things away, it turned on by itself and would not turn off (respond to the power button) until the 1-minute cycle was done. I could still switch from high to low power though. So somehow it must have turned itself on during the day and vibrated into the sink! I tried adjusting the brush head and plugging in to charge but it would flash, pulse vibrate and repeat, which made me think it was its way of telling me it wouldn't charge.  the response to the power button got worse and upon closer inspection I noticed that the grey rubber/silicone button cover had detached and was no longer sealed.  Water must have leaked in through the button and damaged the electrical components. And since it is more than 3 years old I doubt Clarisonic will do anything based on what I have read.    I Was devastated to lose it and I dreaded having to buy another, but I have been wondering how my skin would do without the Clarisonic because even though it improved my skin 3 years ago, I can tell my skin has been changing to become more sensitive than before. This was the perfect time to try something else so I went out and bought myself a large konjac sponge for $5. I'm hoping my skin won't make a turn for the worse! I have been using a smaller sponge for morning cleansing and have not had problems so hopefully it will work well for my PM routine as well.    i am a little nervous being "off" of the Clarisonic so it makes me wonder...who else has stopped using the Clarisonic after a period of time to switch to another cleansing method? What did you do and did you see your skin improve or get worse at all?  
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BEAUTY GURU k617 / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
The cost was something that was holding me back from replacing it right away. I never had a breakout period with it but I noticed that it hasn't been doing very much for... see post
Q. White upper lip after waxing?
I waxed for the first time (in a salon) on my upper lip yesterday, and now my upper lip is in a whiter tone than the rest of my face and it looks like I have a white moustache. I don't have any white pimples or any other problem, but it looks like a white stripe against my brown skin tone, what can I do about this? I have school tomorrow too :/
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HALL OF FAMER DiVWA / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. I have this issue from getting hair removed above my lip.   Sierrafallon is right -- use concealer or foundation. I use a MAC concealer because I have larger pores in ... see post
What's the best acne care product?
Hi! I have always been searching for the best acne product. I have a terrible sensitive skin to the point of frustation. I have tried from Clinique to what most people said as their holy grail, GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD. They did not work on me.    I am currently using the origins scne treatments along with its zero oil, cleaner, toner, moisturizer and mask for about weeks or so? But I can't find any improvement at all. I was thinking to buy bosica, but I am still not sure. What is the best acne care product should I use? I'm 19 y/o, with combination skin type. Thank you in advance!
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NikaBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi AliciaJessie,   Do you know what your skin is sensitive to in particular? If sensitivity is a big issue visiting a dermatologist would probably be helpful! Additi... see post
Physical sunscreen comparison
Hi, i'm looking to switch to a physical sunscreen as I understand it's supposed to be more stable and last longer (and who seriously reapplies every 2 hours if they wear makeup!).   I have combo skin which tends to become oily halfway through the day. I'd be wearing it over a moisturiser or at least serum. Then Estee Lauder's double wear on top using a beauty blender.   Ideally it's not greasy, won't cause breakouts, safe to use around the eyes, doesn't have the stupid sparkle effect (why do companies think women like this?!) and makeup goes on over it well. I don't care if it has a ghosting effect in photos, and aren't really concerned with anti-aging benefits as i'll get that from my moisturiser.   If anyone's used the following, can you please let me know how they wear and compare if possible. Suggestions of other products are welcome.    - Clinique's City Block Sheer: I tried this on my hand instore and it has a nice light texture. - Tarte's Tarteguard: also tested this, texture's ok but it has a sheen. It didn't seem  too obvious so I could be okay with that if it's otherwise the best one. - Coola's Mineral Face Matte Finish or Tint - Dr Dennis Gross Dark Spot Defense - Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Defense   Thanks!
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BEAUTY GURU sulfate / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
Zinc vs Titanium: (if any of this isn’t correct, I would love to hear other comments)   There are UVA and UVB rays. There are also 2 types of UVA rays.  You can find ... see post
New Product Suggestions
Hello ladies, Hope you all are enjoying the warm weather! I am interested in buying new products or add products to my regiment. So my goal is to get healthy, radiant, even toned skin and not have to use make-up (yet). I am 24 and I am currently using these products: before going to sleep, I wash my face using Tatcha Pure Step Camellia Cleansing Oil (every so often I use my Clarisonic but I was also thinking of getting a new one soon since mine is a little beat up), then I use Peter Thomas Roth Gentle Complexion Correction Pads, then I put Caudalie's Polyphenol C15 Overnight Detox Oil. In the morning I use facial wipes (like by Simple), then I apply the Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum and at last I put First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration. All of these products have helped me battle dryness during the winter season and I will definitely be buying them again. But I feel like there is something else that can help me with my concerns: acne (rare as it is), the scarring and just the overall health and radiance of my skin. I can definitely say that my skin has improved but usually around my period, I break out and the area I usually break out is around the chin area. What I am looking for is products that will not dry my face out, help even out my tone, get rid of acne, blemishes and scarring, anti-aging (? not sure if it's too early but I have been using products that I am pretty sure fight aging), softness and hydration. I am interested in oils, toners, cleansers (having one for the night and morning since I find it hard to use the Tatcha on the Clarisonic). Anything you ladies recommend, I am eager to look up and try if it will work for me. Thank you!
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HALL OF FAMER TrysBeautyItems / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Have you tried Mario Badescu? Products are gentle, but effective. If you haven't used, contact them directly they will mail customized samples based on your answer (they... see post
Acne
I have suffered from acne since I was a freshman in high school. I am now a sophomore in high school. I have moderate acne with much redness and just a little scaring. I am tired of nothing working. Does anyone have suggestions?
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BEAUTY WHIZ KayM12 / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
Just save yourself the trouble and go to a dermatologist instead of experimenting and spending money on these expensive products. Assuming you don't have a whole lot of ... see post
What makeup and skincare products should I try?
I have been using It Cosmetics Makeup and the Murad Acne Starter Kit for more than two months. I have oily skin and most of my acne is on my cheeks and jawline. The Murad stuff seems to work a bit, but the acne isn't going away (one blemish turns into post-acne, and another pops up). What am I missing here?
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DaneeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi @leigh21,   I've tried a few Murad products, and unfortunately, none of them worked well with my skin ): I've been using the Peter Thomas Roth Therapeutic Sulfur ... see post
Difference between Origins Charcoal Mask and Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment
I've tried samples of the Origins Charcoal Mask and I bought the Glamglow Supermud mask a few months ago. I really love the Glamglow mask but it is a little on the expensive side. Before I repurchase it, I was just wondering if there are any major differences between the two masks?  
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Q. What do you use with your Clarisonic?
I just started using the Clarisonic Mia and am interested in seeing what everyone does with theirs.   1. Which Clarisionc do you have? 2. How often do you use it? 3. What products work best for you? Cleanser? Exfoliator?  4. What is your skin type?   I hope something like this hasn't already been posted recently. 
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SPECIAL GUEST ldiet / SPECIAL GUEST SPECIAL GUEST / answered
A. 1. Which Clarisonic do you have? Mia 2   2. How often do you use it? every night   3. What products work best for you? Cleanser? Exfoliator?  I'm currently trying... see post
bags under my eyes
I tried everything but nothing seems to make a difference Someone recommended Revive but $350 is not in my budget. anyone out there now what really works
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hi, Starblonde45!   Depending on the severity and cause of the bags may be components that can help steer you toward options in treatments or remedies. For starters, d... see post
Return open product policy
Hello! I've made a purchase today, when i arribed home i try one of the creams and i didn't like ir, it is too geasy for my skin. Can i exchange it for another product if its opened? I do have my recipe with me. Its form south beach store. Thanks!
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HALL OF FAMER etscore1 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Yes, you can.    Whatever you choose to exchange it for, it might be helpful to sample the product in store prior to purchasing to ensure that it meets your expectatio... see post
JUVERDERM FILLER - ANY VIEWS?
So, the inherited caves beneath my eyes are more noticeable now I got rid of a lot of the darkness, and the husband thinks Juverderm fillers might be the answer. He even offered to buy them for me for Christmas. He thinks I'm spending to much on serums and creams and  figures fillers could work out less expensive ...   Frankly I'm kind of scared of the idea, since I've never had botox even, and when my ankle broke in two places in the summer, they wanted to stick a metal pin in it, but I wouldn't let them, as I'm afraid of being operated on ...   Please share any thoughts/experiences with me.   I'm definitely struggling to get used to the fact that I don't really look like me anymore, but fillers seems like such an extreme solution (even if they do cost less than the $1,500 a month I spend on skincare ...)   Thanks in advance for responding!
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BEAUTY BUFF dalidyli / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
I'm excited to see results. I keep looking in the mirror squinting looking for differences, lol.  see post
Prevention in your 20's
Hi ladies, I'm 22 and I'm looking into my first eye cream for preventative measures of aging (I've heard from multiple reliable skin experts who recommend to start one in you early 20's) Any suggestions on some of your favorites for early prevention? Thanks!
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BEAUTY BUFF haleyhamill / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
Ugh I need to invest in an eye cream as well, but I'm dreading it. So many different options! I've been sampling FIRST AID BEAUTY Eye Duty Triple Remedy Overnight Balm (... see post
Skincare routine during a summer vacation
A question for my high-maintenance BT ladies.   I'm curious if any of you minimize your usual skincare routine when you travel, particularly to a sunny place for a week or more. Would love to know details, if you don't mind!   When I went to the Bahamas a year ago, I'd continued my usual skincare routine with retinoids. In hindsight, that may not have been a wise choice, as I did a lot of swimming/diving and beach/water activities, so my compromised skin was continuously exposed to the sun without adequate reapplication. Perhaps it's better to just forgo the usual exfoliation (retinoids, AHA, BHA) we do in our daily routine so that our facial skin is not as sensitive to the intense UV rays we expose ourselves to when vacationing? Do you guys agree?   I've also did some traveling around Asia a few years ago during the summer and remember forgoing all makeup and SPF on most days, because the weather was just too hot and humid. Everything on the skin felt suffocating so I limited my routine to just a cleanser and gel moisturizer. I'm pretty sure these negligent decisions are going to haunt me as I get older though... 
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HALL OF FAMER notcreative / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I travel often (except this year when we vowed to travel less).  My husband is going to Miami for work next month, and I really want to go.  We'll see what happens on th... 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 totally get it!  I do the same...get so busy! Skin care is so fun..and we feel better about ourselves.  Shallow perhaps to some.  But I'm so glad as I age that I've t... see post
breakouts with my 30th birthday!
I recently turned 30 (yikes!) For two or so years I have been noticing breakouts on a regular basis; mainly chin or forehead area. I do touch my face often at work, but I wash my hands constantly. I have EXTREMELY sensitive skin, and cannot use anything with soap, dyes, sacylic acid, etc. I have tried a lot during my 20's as a trial and error basis, and the only thing that seems to work is Aveeno calming wash. When I say my skin sucks, it does, and everything makes it irritated. I am ok with that, but need a spot treatment or a wash I use on a weekly/monthly basis. help!! Thanks!
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IT GIRL Boadicea / IT GIRL IT GIRL / replied
I have heard good things about Drunk Elephant. I also turned 30 and have oily skin that is sensitive. I just ordered their Juju Bar, but I have not tested it yet to tell... see post
eye creams
what is the best eye cream for anti-aging.  I am 65 and look pretty good, use all kinds of eye creams but is there really one that stands above the rest for anti-aging?  
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NikaBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi patdale,   Like lylysa noted, anti-aging can be kind of a broad category and while most eye creams are generally good treatments for a number of signs of aging, s... see post
Thoughts on Paula's Choice?
Do you agree with her views on skincare products?  I'm on a hunt for my Summer night serum & moisturizer. I think I'm going to purchase the Perricone Blue Plasma even though it stinks so bad of fish & I hate fish. I've been researching products a lot and one of the sites I was on was Paula's Choice. She is not a fan of the serum... Actually the more I read through her "beautypedia" reviews, it seems like she's not a fan of a lot of products. I also got a feeling she was mainly trying to push her own products and Olay.  Examples:  - She's against treatment cleansers since it's just "washed down the drain". I have to disagree with this. When I use a treatment cleanser, although they can be drying, I do see improvement in my breakouts.  - Witch Hazel is bad. I find witch hazel to be an important ingredient when choosing a toner. She think it's just as bad as alcohol if not worse.    Products she gave a "poor" rating to:  - Anthony Logistic's Glycolic cleanser got a poor rating because it doesn't contain any glycolic acid.  - doctor dennis gross's A/B pads since we can just skip step 2 by simply splashing water on our face to deactivate step 1.  - Dior Capture Totale One Essential Serum because it's not a "miracle serum" since it's primarily just "water, slip agents, and alcohol" - ExfoliKate - Just about every Ole Henriksen product I love   - Origins Checks & Balances, Charcoal Mask & every other decent product from them - Most Murad products   I do agree with a few points she makes, like companies need to stop putting active ingredients in clear vials so the sun doesn't break down the properties of the treatment. Also jar packaging is a big no-no for her. I understand that some creams are too thick to be put in a pump, but what about those airless jars that Bosica & Dermadoctor are using? I hate sticking my fingers in jars & the air does break down the active ingredients over time...  Overall though, I don't think I'll be going to her site when I'm researching a new product I want to try. 
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BEAUTY MAVEN NK89 / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
Kind of off topic but I've cut silicone out of my routine and have noticed an incredible reduction in my acne. Out of curiosity, what primer and foundation do you use? I... see post
How to properly use prescription acne cream in a skincare routine
Hello!   To start off, I'm 24 and have dealt with acne since my early teenage years. I have combination oily skin,as well as some redness. I've been on acne medication since I was 17 (orally I take minocycline and also use a topical combination of benzoyl peroxide and clindamycin). Because the topical medication is very drying, I only use it at night before bed. At night, unless doing a mask, exfolation, or a peel, I simply remove my makeup, cleanse, and apply my acne cream. I feel as if my skin has become stagnant and isn't really improving with all of the skincare products I feel I've invested in. I also can't seem to figure out when to apply a night moisturizer (before or after my acne cream?) nor have I found one that doesn't make me break out.   Any advice on new products, or suggestions in rearranging my routine are highly appreciated! If it helps, here's my current routine:   AM routine - - wash face with hands and warm water (I have found using a cleanser in the AM makes me oilier faster) - Lush's Breath of Fresh Air toner water - Mario Badescu oil-free moisturizer - Smashbox color adjusting primer   PM routine -  - remove makeup with Elf's cleansing cloths - cleanse with Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel (sometimes I'll use Fresh's soy cleanser for a more genlte cleanse) - benzoyl peroxide/clindamycin acne cream * on alternating nights I will exfoliate with Lush's ocean salt or use Glossier's mega greens mask. I also recently have been experimenting with peels and have enjoyed them thus far, but am not religious enough with them to notice a difference.   Again, any advice or recommendations are super appreciated! Thanks in advance <3   P.S. As for product recommendations, I will only use those that are cruelty free.   
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SPECIAL GUEST ostark / SPECIAL GUEST SPECIAL GUEST / replied
Thank you all for your opinions! I got a sample of the Josie Maran Argan oil light and have been trying that at night. So far I like it! I will try some of your recommen... see post
Are there eye creams/ serums I should use for my age?
I am 20 years old. Currently I am using the cetaphil cleanser followed by First Aid Beauty pads. I am in the market for a good eye cream, moisturizer and am wondering if there are any serums I should use too?   My skin is sensitive, dry, acne prone, I have pores and often small white heads. 
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BEAUTY MAVEN Lola94 / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
Thank you very much for the post!! Looking forward to testing them out. What cleanser would you recommend then?  see post
bobbi brown or clinique??? HELP
hi im trying to pick between a moisturizer from bobbi brown Hydrating face cream and the one from clinique" dramatically different" i think is the one. i have very dry skin i would like to know wich one you recommend better. thank you
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HALL OF FAMER annypoo / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I havent tried the Bobbie Brown cream (although very interested in trying it), but I've tried the Clinique dramatically different. It did nothing for me. If you don't ha... see post
Caudalie serum(s)
I recently bought the Caudalie vinoperfect radiance serum to begin using again mainly for the purpose of diminishing some sun spots on my face.  With that purchase, I received a deluxe sample of Caudalie's polyphenol C15 anti-wrinkle defense serum.  I use Retin A at night so I prefer to keep my night time routine more simplistic (double cleanse if I'm wearing makeup/single cleanse with FAB's face cleanser if I'm only wearing sunscreen, follow with Fresh's black tea age-delay instant infusion treatment toner, then apply Retin-A, then apply CeravePM moisturizer.  My morning routine consists of cleansing my face with Cetaphil or FAB's face cleanser (whichever I grab), FAB's facial radiance pads, Caudalie's vinoperfect serum, Josie Maran's argan daily moisturizer SPF 47.   So, my question is where is it best to incorporate the polyphenol C15 serum? A Caudalie representative did say I could mix them together in the am, I could apply one then the other, or I could apply the vinoperfect in the evening with Retin A.  It does agree with my skin and I have used it in the morning with vinoperfect, but is that overkill?  I don't want to waste it, but I don't want to be stupid about it either. Thanks for any suggestions or experience you can offer
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BEAUTY GURU scharrison / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
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Why do I have large pores in only one area?
I have what seems to be large pores over one eyebrow/lower forehead area.  Does waxing cause this?  Not sure how to treat this. 
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BEAUTY BUFF Timelesskdd / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
Thank you, this is helpful.  I appreciate your response.  ; ) see post