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Any eczema sufferers? Winter is kicking my butt in the skin department :(
What are your holy grail products?  I use hydrocortizone cream for spot itch reduction, and Aveeno, but it seems the relief is only temporary   I also use a humidifier, which helps a bit, but I have these patches of raised rashes (sorry for TMI or grossness) and they are unsightly and itch like crazy.   I'm open to home remedies, new products, high end products, weird products, voodoo, anything.    
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I don't have eczema (or at least I believe so and never diagnosed) but I have hot face(?) (which makes my face itchy and slightly inflamed) near my period. Higher pillow... see post
What are you watching? (Don't be a spoil sport - spoiler your spoilers)
We're blabbing about everything else these days, I figured I'd check in and see what people are watching when it comes to TV shows and movies!   It would be foolish to think that this thread could remain spoiler free, so let's be courteous to one another and be sure to spoiler your spoilers. If you don't know how, it's that super adorable little yellow button on the toolbar, located to the right of the bold/italic/underline/strikeout buttons.    DONT FORGET: If you happen to be the most recent post, your first sentence or two of your post will show up EVEN IF ITS IN A SPOILER. So please take care if you're going to go dropping spoiler bombs.    Anywho... I just saw the movie PHOENIX last night and it was absolutely spectacular. Like Academy Award spectacular. If you're fortunate enough have showings in your area, I cannot urge you enough to go see it.    So whatcha'll watchin' these days? What are you anxiously waiting for to start back up? 
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rewatching Game of Thrones. any die hard GoT fans out here. talk to me about that s6 teaser haha Jon Snow - dead or alive? see post
Does anyone know what time sephora starts their black friday sales online?
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I am looking for a foundation that does not accentuate my 45 year old fine line and pores.
My t-zone is somewhat oily and I wear glasses.  I don't want a heavy foundation that cakes because of the oil and my glasses.
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If your skin is oily, are you addressing oil control via skin care products?    While primer and foundation formulas can make a difference on skin, skin care concerns ... see post
Winter Skincare Recommendations
With the cold, winter months quickly approaching I am looking to swap out some of my current skincare products for ones that will provide more moisture.   I am currently using Clinique Moisture Surge as a nighttime moisturizer, but am looking to swap it out for a thicker, creamier moisturizer. What would you recommend?   I would also like some suggestions for hydrating masks, facial oils, and/or facial mists to help keep my skin hydrated. Thank you in advance!
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HALL OF FAMER e4stofthesun / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
4 winter skin/dry skin staples for me:   1. Cream Moisturizer: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream 2. Sleeping Mask: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydra-Firm Sleeping... see post
skin concerns
i have pretty normal skin not allergic to anything not oily not dry no acne and pretty much great skin . lately i feel like its been dull cause i dont drink so much water or take vitamins so i was wondering how great would the boscia tsubaki oil be ? i used a sample and liked it but want to know if its really effective in the long run and if there might be anything better?  
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Hi, Ana1995! The Tsubaki Oil from Boscia can be a wonderful addition to a skin care regimen that may be needing a hydration boost with a touch of brightening benefits; h... see post
Need opinion on mia or other device
Up until 3 months ago I had ideal skin. A zit once and a while but that was it. But then I broke out with dermatitis and its been a long recovery.    As it stands I have a fine forehead and cheeks, my chin area and AROUND my nose like the bottom where the nostrils are is very dry and keep breaking out and it feels like a vicious cycle.    Normally I have a somewhat oily forehead, and chin. Then a very oily nose. And the rest dry. So with that. I am wondering what do you think would be best for me?    Mia? Mia 2? Mia 3? The Olay brand of this kind of thing? Or one of the Clinique brands of this?   Any advice would be great. Thank you!
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You're welcome. This sounds both frustrating and painful. If you think your toothpaste caused this issue, it could be contact dermatitis. Nevertheless, if you are having... see post
Skinned alive
Recently I tried different bad exfoliators from different brands. One of them was the Laura Mercier Facial Scrub but after using it, I still had some dead skin cells which spoiled my makeup... I also used the St. Ives Apricot Scrub and it was absolutely horrible! This thing broke me out! My face became red because this stuff is too harsh, abrasive and scratchy and actually caused me pain! What is your worse exfoliator experience and which one do you use now?
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I love that PC 2% liquid. So good. Took me a while to find the sweet spot of how often I should use it!  see post
What changes are you making in your skincare regime for autumn/winter? :)
Hey BT gals,   Now that cooler weather's approaching (well, at least in some parts of the country), what are the changes you are looking to make in your skincare regime to make it more season-friendly? Do mention the products you are loving at the moment. Here are some of mine:   - Amping up on face oils at night: TH Replenishing Nutrient Complex is quickly becoming a fave. - Increasing the hydration quotient - by using hydrating serums everyday, more hydrating masks during the week. The Caudalie Vinoperfect serum has been great in that respect since it feels quite hydrating although that's not it's main function. On the mask front, loving the sheet masks from Hada Labo for a boost of hyaluronic acid. - Sunscreen (always a must) - Slathering on lip balms: particularly love the Kari Gran Lip whip at night, and Jack Black during the day. - Thicker body lotions, butters: Currently loving the Sleep range from B&BW. Also eyeing the JM body butters for when the winter seriously kicks in. - Body oils: I love using Jojoba oil on my body at least once a week. Moisturizing w/o feeling greasy. - Burning more candles: Ok, this is not beauty related, but does help to set the mood   Let's hear what changes you've made to your routine!
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I love adding in facial oils at night as well. That's usually enough for hydration and I can still keep using my regular moisturizer :) see post
Moisturing super dry skin
After i get out of the shower i have SUPER dry skin.  I use neutrogena face wash i the shower, which helps with acne/breakouts.  I haven't found a moisutrizer that works.  I put nothing on my face and two hours later my skin is super oily.  Not sure what i should be using for a moisturizer or facewash.  Before having kids about 2 years ago i use to use marykay and it seemed to help. 
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Looking at reviews of the yellow wash, the formula may have changed from what I remember (which was still a drying formula), but seems like everyone is experiencing seve... see post
Skin care regime
Hi,i am in my 30s .I have some chicken pox marks all over my face but the marks in forehead are more visible .Few months back two lines of wrinkles are visible on my forehead too.I have a dry skin . can you suggest some skin care regime with good products for sensitive skin to fade the marks/less visible.
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Hi, Mamsmunu! Can you detail what skin care products currently comprise your AM and PM regimen, as well as what those steps entail in full? For sensitive skin, are you a... see post
Under Eye Circles!
I need a good concealer  that will hide dark circles ! Any suggestions? 
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Drunk Elephant TLC Serum?
I'm incredibly curious about this serum (I love that its vegan and uses natural derivatives) and I was wondering if you guys could tell me your experience with it if you've tried it or your opinion on it.  It appears to be a fairly new brand/product and while I have checked out the product's reviews I was hoping to start more of a conversation about it.   I have sensitive, acne prone skin and I am fairly pale so I was hoping this product would help clear blemishes as well as lighten some hyper pigmentation. Any thoughts?
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I can't use it because I'm allergic to Lactic acid, but their Vitamin C (Ferma-C?? or something) serum and juju bar are really, really, really, nice. I'm usually against... see post
Subclinical Acne? What is this?
Hey everyone! I have been breaking out across my cheeks, temples and neck for the past few months or more and I have tried maybe 6 different cleansers, serums, and spot treatments. Nothing is touching this. It's getting worse and actually have been having people notice and comment on my acne. I generally have had dry skin, but maybe not anymore? I never had acne growing up and I'm now 27 years old dealing with this. Any product recommendations? Please Help and Thank You!  
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I wanted to give everyone an update. So, I actually contacted my gyno and she said my symptoms could be from my Mirena and said that this is a form of hormonal acne. She... see post
ok, so i've been thinking of what 'angle' to take for this thread. i'm not talking anything too hardcore, here. but i figured it could be a thread that inspires and informs the little "treats" we can give to our skin with the products a lot of us have at home.   with the massive shift in weather this past week, my skin freaked out. it was so, so thirsty, as the cool air mixed with dry blasts of hot hair sucked all the moisture out. it was a double whammy for me because this cold front coincided with my skin's most vulnerable time of the month (if ya catch my drift).   so when i got home from work yesterday, to work. i wanted to hydrate hydrate hydrate, and soooothe. this is what i used:     took makeup off with a balm. shown here is my usual clinique take the day off balm--i ended up using my boots botanics balm as it's just a bit more rich, which is what i wanted for these purposes. any balm would do though ! removed with warm water and a washcloth. dried skin then second cleansed with an oily non-foamy cleanser. my current FAVORITE cleanser, NUDE  omega jelly. god i love it. massaged for a couple minutes then rinsed. (not pictured, but) i think did a VERY LIGHT exfoliation to ensure my skin was rid of any dead skin hanging about after being dried out. i used AVEDA botanical kinetics exfoliant (a liquid with salicylic acid) PETER THOMAS ROTH cucumber mask. what i love about this mask is how soothing it is. it's NOT hardcore. i put this on then proceeded to watch a movie or something. you can leave it on for as long as you'd like. i think i had it on for 30-45 minutes. then i took it off with lukewarm water and a wash cloth. my skin already felt so. much. better. i then used my new murad hydrating toner. i could've used this before the mask. but what's cool about it is that it helps your skin retain moisture as well as help balance pH levels. but any sort of hydrating toner / floral spritz would do. (caudalie beauty elixir, a rose water, etc) serum. i wanted to use a "hydra" serum--any sort of serum that helps with retaining water. i used this vichy aqualia thermal. caudalie s.o.s thirst quenching serum is also fantastic. oil -- i used my beloved clarins blue orchid oil. i put it on my drier cheeks, but actually...i also used it for a bit of spot treatment. i was getting a pimple below my lip, and now, no more pimple ! moisturizer. as my skin was severely dehydrated (rather than dry) i used my aveda botanical kinetics moisturizer: the first ingredient is water (hydrating) and the second ingredient is aloe (soothing).  hours later i spritzed some beauty elixir and applied more moisturizer before bed. and today my skin is back to normal !!   so...this is a sort of routine you can loosely follow (plug in whatever products into the steps) if you're skin is needing a bit of help with feeling tight / dry / thirsty.   i'd like this to be a sort of thread people can use for a reference to see others' product recommendations or methods. all skins are different, so what are your tricks ?
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It helped immensely. Hours after applying it other nights, I could see places where it was still sitting on top of my skin. I'd wipe it off before going to bed to preven... see post
Looking for basic, cruelty free moisturizer
I'm looking for a very basic moisturizer that is cruelty free. I need something very basic as I am on Retin-A micro and Benzaclyn an don't want any additional retinols, etc.   My dermatologist gave me samples of cetaphil, but I prefer more natural and cruelty free.    Any recommendations? I do use other Dr. Dennis Gross products, but I'm concerned that the chelating complex moisturizer will interfere with my acne medications.  
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Awesome! Thanks so much - I was looking at the First Aid's Beauty cream - why is it so hard to just find a plain old, basic, moisturizer?!?!?!   Curious - do you use a... see post
Products for Acne Scarring
I've struggled and still struggle with hormonal/cystic acne that didn't start until I was around 20-21. I'm currently looking for suggestions on a product that could help control my hormonal acne, but above anything else help get rid of my acne scars! Some of my scars are dark and some are sort of red. I also have some hyper pigmentation and slightly dry skin. I'm so tired of having an uneven skin tone and I just want nice smooth skin! Haha any suggestions would be great!!
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To help reduce the scars: the PMD microdermabrasion system. It takes time, but it's the only thing I've found to reduce them.   To cover them up: I have a primer combo... see post
Cleanser suggestions, please!
Hi BTgals,   My skin's been misbehaving for the past couple of weeks now and I am desperately trying to find out why. Here's what happened: I used to have quite dry, dehydrated skin but I got into a proper skincare regime about 6 mnths back and that helped a lot with the dryness. My skin is now more on the normal side, but I still take care of the dehydration.   Breakouts were never a problem for me but of late, I have been having a few of these medium-sized pimples on my face that have whiteheads but just sit there for weeks. I have a problem of hyperpigmentation, so they invariably leave a scar.    I'm desperately trying to narrow down the causes (I know that they might be internal too) by first looking at my skincare products. A couple of things I've discovered are: - My skin breaks out more when I use my fave hydrating mask - the Origins Drink Up Intensive. This used to be a fave of my dry skin but right now, looks like my skin is producing enough oil on it's own so I should leave this one out.   -  My cleanser isn't working properly, which is why I am posting here.  I use the Clinique Take the Day Off Balm with a washcloth. However, I've noticed that if I use a cotton ball with a toner (non-alcohol)  across my face after I cleanse, some grime/dirt still appears. And I only single cleanse, so this dirt may be clogging up my pores.   I do not want to use a harsh, stripping cleanser, of course, but if any of you have any suggestions for a good cleanser normal, dehydrated skin, then pl let me know! I really need one! Also, if any of you have experienced anything that I am going through now, do share. Sorry for the ramble!
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Thank you tziptora. It is really  frustrating to deal with breakouts, for anyone, really, and I appreciate you sharing your story. I do believe some of it has to do with... see post
Desperately Dry Skin
Calling all my dry skin girls - I'm in need of your assistance!!!    I'm a total makeup junkie, but nothing is more disheartening than seeing your face makeup cracked, creased, and dry after just an hour! My skin  looks flakey in its appearance when I wear foundation, but there are no actual flakes??? I have no idea if that makes sense or if anyone has experienced this, but my skin looks cracked and flakey, but when I touch my skin it feels smooth!    I'm looking for some hardcore moisturizers and treatments to help my skin out. I love nothing more than a good glam, but it looks horrible when I'm out in public in daylight. All my foundation settles into my natural under-eye creases, and around my mouth and nostrils.    Also, if you have any recommendations for foundations, primers, and powders for my extremely dry skin? Even though my skin is super dry, I've found that I still need powder to set it in place or else it just wears off of my skin SO fast. 
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Check out Dr. Jart Ceramidin Liquid and Cream, both products are wonderful for dry skin and help restore the skin barrier's moisture. They have a set called skin savers ... see post
I need an intense moisturizer with SPF that won't make me break out. It's so dry here in Denver in the winter! I flake all around my chin.
I would focus on one and the other, if that makes sense. I'm of the school that says the spf in most moisturizers isn't enough (I live in a very sunny climate) so add a ... see post
My pores are bbaaadddddd
I have tried a bunch oh pore cleansers and pore strips and nothing works. My pores are really noticeable to and it isn't really pretty site to see pls help
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I actually went off Spiro for about 3 months and really noticed a difference in the size of my pores the second time I went on it -- I don't think I was paying attention... see post
Has anyone ever shopped at
Skinstore before? 
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Understandable, I'm picky where I order too. see post
Oily Skin - ready to give up
Hello!  I am 35 years old and I have been struggling with oily skin since my "tweens" (we didn't use that term back then!).  Even at my age now, my skin could produce enough oil to heat my home.  I feel like I've done/tried everything.  I've read some of the other posts from oily skinned ladies and found them helpful, but I want to put my issues out there and see if there is any feedback.   I feel like I take care of my skin well.  Skin care has always been a top priority for me.  As is normally the case with oily skin, I do still break out occassionally.  I use a combination of acne prone skin products, as well as some gentle products for sensitive skin.  The bain of my existence is foundation...  In my teens I went overkill - heavy foundation, concealer, pressed powder, the works (all drugstore products).  I look back at pics and could cry...I wish someone had told me that I was only making matters worse!  In my early twenties I started using department store foundations, but my makeup still looked too heavy.  In my mid twenties I tried Bare Minerals, I had a tough time getting used to it but I grew to love it.  I used that consistently for about 8 years - my skin never looked better!  I even went without foundation once in awhile, which was a huge deal for me.  But then something changed and I found that Bare Minerals was not doing it's magic for me anymore.  Getting older might be the reason, I don't know.  I just found that instead of it making me look lit from within and blurred my flaws, I was looking tired and dull.  So for the last two plus years I have been trying (and returning) tons of foundations.  I research, read reviews, look at pics, then try one.  Each one has been a fail.  Some were okay...I really liked Hourglass Immaculate because it held up well and looked natural, but I could never get a good color match.  I went back to Bare Minerals, but I just don't know.  I feel like there must be something better out there.  My husband says I'm over critical and that he thinks that Bare Minerals looks as good on me as it did before.  I guess we never see ourselves the way others do.    This has taken over my life.  I am constantly concerned about what my skin looks like.  Your face is the first thing people see, and I hate feeling embarrassed.  I'm constantly checking myself in the mirror, in different lighting.  I work in a professional environment, but I feel like by 9:00am my face is melting, and how professional does that look?   My other skin issues are acne scarring and hyperpigmentation.  I'm not looking to fully cover every flaw - I hate cakey looking foundation, ones that are heavy or unnatural looking.  Medium coverage is good as I don't have as much to cover as I used to.  I'm searching for long wearing, but I'm not unrealistic.  Any suggestions or trips would be tremendously appreciated!
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So maybe it's the primer that's the issue (with that foundation) and not the actual foundation.  I'll try it again with the Smashbox primer and see how that goes.  Thank... see post
Suggestions for a GREAT Daytime Moisturizer? 20s with Combo Skin
Hi All! I am turning to BT to see if anyone has a daytime/AM moisturizer they love. I have previously been trying a few samples but nothing has really been wowing me. I am in my 20s and have combo skin that can be acne prone. Now that it is getting cooler, my skin is becoming less oily and more combo. I am looking for a moisturizer that I can apply in the morning before applying makeup that will not leave me greasy or shiny, but will not leave my skin quenching for thirst throughout the day.     What moisturizer are you using and why do you love it? Thank you!  
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When I first tried Aqua Bomb, I thought it was absolutely fantastic... and then had a terrible reaction to it that left me with red blotches that didn't go away for over... see post
Dry Lip Solution...?
Okay, so I've had dry lips for about 6 months, I'm not even kidding and it is driving me crazy! I've tried every possible lip balm there is and nothing seems to be helping. I even went to the doctor to see if it was an allergy thing and all she said was to keep trying new products until one works. which was super helpful -.- I don't have super dry skin but I do get the often flaky dry patch every now and then. I do however suffer from eczema but i've never had it on my face. Im so desperate for any advice or recommendations because i'm so over spending heaps of money on stuff that doesn't work.
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Exfoliate your lips, with a lip scrub to create smooth lips, then after exfoliating start using a lip balm to start on a fresh note 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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I happened to stumble upon this forum and really enjoyed reading the tangents on silicone-free/partially silicone-free etc.  Great for you that you found the culprit!  T... see post
Best Regimen for Hormonal Acne??
Hello fellow beauty queens <3   It's time to be honest and up front: I'm struggling with hormonal acne. I had moderate acne in high school, went on BC, it cleared up wonderfully. Now that I'm off BC (I now have an IUD), I'm dealing with awful hormonal acne on my chin and jawline. They're painful and cyst-like. No matter what top-notch acne ingredient I've tried does no damage to these monsters.   Also, my nose, cheeks, and forehead are perfectly clear. I never get acne or breakouts there. So if I use harsh acne-fighting cleansers/topical treatments, I tend to dry out easily. My skin is fairly sensitive to drying out. Otherwise I'd call it normal/combo.   Anyone suffering similarly? Anyone have suggestions/comments/feedback/anything?? I'm somewhat desperate. I appreciate anything you have to offer in advanced!
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I used to struggle with hormonal acne for years.  It's VERY tricky because skin is so personal and sometimes what is a perfect fix for one person does nothing for anothe... see post
Will Sephora ever do an Epic Rewards ever again?
I have a lot of points sitting in my account and the 100/250/500 point rewards are always so lackluster or disappointing for the amount of points required.    I don't ever redeem my points and and this point I'm just hoarding them but will Sephora ever try something similar to epic rewards (although the first time was a disaster)  I'd hate to just save points and not have any use for them. 
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Hard to predict. Their 2 attempts at Epic Rewards were both epic failures, so common sense would say no until they figure out how to do it right. But since they didn't l... see post
I'm 42 and I'm looking for the best anti aging regimen and moisturizerr? Not sure where to start. Thank You!!
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Paula's choice is recommending the hydralight system and resist retinol serum. I was going to try the sample and get the resist retinol serum. What do you think? see post
Favorite cruelty-free and/or vegan products
Hi, I thought I would start a thread where we can share and recommend our favorite makeup and skin care items that are cruelty/free and/or vegan. Sephora carries a lot of these brands. The ones I know or have been suggested by BT posters are listed below.      Available at Sephora: Spoiler (Highlight to read) Anastasia Beverly Hills Bite Butter London Coola Cover FX Dr. Dennis Gross ( vegan products are labeled) Drunk Elephant Fab Hourglass Josie Maran Kate Somerville Kat Von D Koh Gen Do Lavanilla Murad Nails Inc Nars NUDE Skincare Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Ole Henricksen Omorovicza Ren Smashbox Supergoop Tarte Tata Harper Tatcha Too Faced Urban Decay Supergoop Anastasia Beverly HillsBiteButter LondonCoolaCover FXDr. Dennis Gross ( vegan products are labeled)Drunk ElephantFabHourglassJosie MaranKate SomervilleKat Von DKoh Gen DoLavanillaMuradNails IncNarsNUDE SkincareObsessive Compulsive CosmeticsOle HenricksenOmoroviczaRenSmashboxSupergoopTarteTata HarperTatchaToo FacedUrban DecaySupergoop     Other lines not at Sephora:   Spoiler (Highlight to read) Aveda The Body Shop Chantaceille Charlotte Tilbury Colourpop Essentielle Eyeko Ilia Beauty IT Cosmetics John Masters Klairs Lush NYX Paula's Choice Physician's Formula Spa Ritual RMS Beauty Zoya AvedaThe Body ShopChantaceilleCharlotte TilburyColourpopEssentielleEyekoIlia BeautyIT CosmeticsJohn MastersKlairsLushNYXPaula's ChoicePhysician's FormulaSpa RitualRMS BeautyZoya     I really like skincare by Josie Maran especially the Argan Oil and Milk moisturizer. I have also used the cleansing oil but am not currently. For her makeup, I like the eye shadow palettes but they are limited now on Sephora. The Argan oil mascara is a nice everyday mascara. There are a lot of her products that I want to try. The only one I have tried that I haven't liked are the cheek tint sticks. I just started using the Hourglass mineral primer and it's pretty good. Tarte has great palettes and I've liked everything I have tried.   Any products you would recommend or other brands?
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