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Q. Cleansers with Clairsonic?
I've had a Clairsonic for years and I just love, love, love it. What cleanser do you recommend? I have always used Purity Made Simple and I have no complaints. But it's always fun to learn about something different.
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BEAUTY PRO BlueBrownWit / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / answered
A. I love using belif's gentle creamy cleanser moist with my clarisonic. I originally tried with some other cleansers but then I bought the belif one and figured I'd give i... see post
Amazon Prime Day - "Bigger than Black Friday Global Shopping Event" - Wednesday July 15
I put this in the Deals thread, but I think it may deserve it's own.    Wednesday, July 15 starting at 12AM PST   Per Amazon... Prime Day is a global shopping event, offering more deals than Black Friday, exclusively for Prime members. On Wednesday, July 15 new and existing members will be able to shop thousands of Lightning Deals, Deals of the Day, and will receive unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping. Members will find deals starting at midnight PDT, with new deals starting throughout the day, as often as every ten minutes.   In case you can't deduce from the name of the day, to be eligible, you must be enrolled in Amazon Prime. FREE 30-Day Trials are always available to sign-up for on Amazon's site. 
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HALL OF FAMER jen143xo / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Oh I'm glad he got them for the kiddies! I saw it and thought of you! My son loves skylanders too! see post
What are the top must do's in my skin care regimen? (36 years old with sun spots)
Currently I wash my face AM and PM. I use eye cream and day cream w/spf & night cream. I also use my clarisonic every other day. I feel like im missing something because my face looks so blah. Anything else that is a must to include in my daily facial regimen?  
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BEAUTY BOSS Jesuslover14 / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
Yes:-) the Clarisonic is like an exfoliating treatment.  Your routine sounds great as it is, but if you wanted more of a "dewy wide awake" look to your skin, the Josie ... see post
Bite Beauty Barberry
Can someone please tell me if Bite Beauty Barberry from the Frozen Berries Collection will be Back in stock online?  I am currently on Vacation and today is my last day in a city with a Sephora so I need to know if I should just go pick it up in store before I go home.
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BEAUTY MASTER niki172 / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
I called my local Sephora after finding out it was OOS last night. They had 2 and were willing to hold 1 for me until Sunday for the Rouge event (buying it as a backup).... see post
Updated Skincare Research
Hello,   I've been reading on the ewg skin deep report 2014 that vitamin A exposed to sunlight damages skin cells, however I've noticed some cosmetic brands including sunscreens still contain retinyl palmitate. I'm curious to know if anyone has come across any recent skincare research.  I like to stay updated, though I don't always browse the research sites.
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BEAUTY WHIZ KayM12 / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
I use the PTR sunscreen that comes in the stick, not the brush-on one and I like it a lot. see post
3 Weeks in China - What skin products are a must?
Hi all,   I'm going to China for three week in October and I know that the smog and air is going to do a number on my skin. Does anyone have any skin products that you know can combat smog? In my neck of the woods in Canada, we don't get too much smog so I've never needed smog-specific skin care.   Thanks in advance!
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BEAUTY MASTER jbana / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
I'm sure you're going to have a great time in all the cities! I've spent months on end in Beijing and enjoyed every day of it, and loved my time in Shanghai and Hangzhou... see post
Dehydrated skin HELPPPP!
Hi, I'm more frustrates by my facial skin. In recent years, I can not find "MIRACLE" cream which helps my skin was dehydrated through the day. In fact, I always feel (specially to temperature change, inside and outside) of sebum on my skin and a feeling of discomfort, tightness especially the knowledge level forehead and cheeks. I know my skin need water and hydration. So I try Caudalie products (serum ,day cream) serum is a very good, my skin drank immediately the product, but the cream is nothing changed . After i try the gel-cream Fresh but I would have put in three times a day. So I go with Josie Argan Serum .. for now I do not see any difference but that is less than a month . For the cream i was advised to try Ole Henriksen Vitamin Plus, but my skin beginning more to tug and dry me Help please
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BEAUTY MAVEN cvanessa91 / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
Ok good thank you for all recommandations :) see post
Clarisonic Brush Advice
Hi everyone! I purchased a Clarisonic about 2 years ago. It has the normal brush head. I initially used it once a day for 3 months then backed off to 3 or 4 times a week for 4 months. I never noticed any improvement or change in my skin. If anything, I thought my acne was slightly worse and my skin felt rougher. Basically, it has sat unused in my bathroom for a year. Now that there are lots of new brush heads available, I am wondering if I should try another brush head and give the Clarisonic a second chance    I have oily-combination skin. My chin/forehead is oily and I typically have 1-2 whiteheads especially around that time of the month. My temples and nose are dry. I am 30, and have the beginning of some tiny brown sun spots that are fading nicely with OH truth serum. I also have some unevenness to my skin tone. Any advice on what brush head to try? Or do you suggest I give up on it? I would like to know others' experience with it as well!   TIA!
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BEAUTY WHIZ fantasiabliss / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
I'll have try the Luxe brush head too see post
Fine line help!? Late 20s
Hello! So I am in my late 20s and have more fine lines on my forehead/around my eyes then I would like (and more than my peers). I have normal skin with some dryness around my eyes and I tend to have sensitive skins (there are a few companies I can't even use because my skin freaks out and I get a huge rash all over my face- none from sephora yet) anyway, I am trying to find a product that will help with the fine lines without making my skin freak out. I loved the sample I had of the Sunday Riley eye cream (and I think it works wonders) but it made my skin feel like it was burning after a few days. Right now I use the tarte vitamin c eye cream and I like it for my dark circles okay but I'm not attached to it. Any suggestions would be wonderful (serums, creams, cleansers- anything) (I've also tried FAB eye products, 2 clique serums & the philosophy hope is not enough) Currently I use FAB as my regular skin routine w/ the tarte eye cream & maracuja oil @ night around my eyes as well to help with the dryness.  Thanks!
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IT GIRL C0ffeeAndMakeup / IT GIRL IT GIRL / replied
Similar issues here - I try to attack the problem in two ways. Hydrate the heck out of my skin by drinking lots of water and using products with hyaluronic acid to keep ... see post
PTR unwrinkle peel pads replacement?
Hello It seems the PTR Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads are no longer available on the Canadian Sephora website! I recently started using them and am in love - already my skin seems more even-toned and it really seems to help my skincare products get better absorbed.   Does anyone have any recommendations for something similar? I'm going to stop by a Sephora store when I get a chance and see if they still carry it there, but I prefer to do my shopping online Thanks <3
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BEAUTY MAVEN akromahime / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
Thanks for the feedback everyone!   I was just in a store and it looks like the Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads are being marketed under a slightly different name.   I have a s... see post
I'm approaching 30 and my Skin is changing...
I have recently noticed these little bumps on my skin, around my chin mostly.  It looks like under skin acne? I've tried masks, pore unclogging scrubs and cleaners.  My usually daily routine consists of a cleanser with light exfoliant, followed by a light alcohol based toner and finished off with a daily moisturizer (Time in a Bottle)....  I do not know what to do to get these to go away and get my smooth skin back. They kind of look like the photo below, except on my chin.... Any suggestions? 
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HALL OF FAMER Sonny4President / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
This is very common, it is called sebaceous hyperplasia - they are closed comedones, some may even be papules. Unless you are desperate to get extractions (which I don't... see post
What am i doing wrong?
I am using the La Roche-Posay purifying foaming gel in the mornings with the Ole Henriksen truth serum and than finishing my morning routine off with the  Ole Henriksen sheer transformation oil free perfecting cream .   For my nightly routine I am using the same  La Roche-Posay purifying foaming gel but than i am using the Ole Henriksen night treatment overnight resurfacer with a Benzoyl Peroxide GEL USP 5% and than finishing it off with the  Ole Henriksen sheer transformation oil free perfecting cream .   Is there something I should add to my cleansing routines or take away?    All i want is perfect skin! My skin acne is red and a little bumpy. I usually get it around my jawline and below my cheek bones.      Please help !   I also bought two face masks from LUSH. One that is kept in the fridge.  
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BEAUTY WHIZ 0x0xDollie / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
Hi,   Thanks for your reply and I'm glad to hear the good news about epiduo!    I went and bought a gel cleanser from AVENE. And I am using a new moisturizer as well... see post
exfoliator
hello! i'm 23 and just looking for new products to try to make my skin look better. i use bare minerals products for face coverage. and dermatologist prescribed face products including Cetaphil. looking for a new exfoliator (always have used st ives) because lately my nose/sides of my nose get red/tend to break out after using this exfoliator, i only use it 1-2 times a week at night and i make sure to scrub lightly, so i think i just need something better and for sensitive skin. also, any others tips/products that can be helpful towards acne scars/oily skin would be super helpful, thanks!
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daisygrace88 / NEWCOMER / replied
I can suggest you a homemade exfoliator. Baking soda can be used to exfoliate. This is also a very affordable item, perfect for budget beauty lovers. Combine a few a ... see post
Hair line for very sensitive skin
I need hair care products (shampoo, conditioner, styling cream...) for very sensitive skin.  I have not had a dermetologist do skin tests, but I break out very easily with alcohol, fragrance, sulfates...  Thank you!
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IT GIRL classylady74 / IT GIRL IT GIRL / replied
I am growing out a pixie.  It is a chin length layered bob right now.  I have a lot of hair, but it is fine.  I use Tarte cosmetics with no issues.  Bare Escentuals brok... see post
Advice on Skincare!
So, when I was growing up I never washed my face and as a teenager I rarely had breakouts. When I did it would be one here or there, and never really became a problem. The older I got, and the more skin conscious I became, I noticed that my skin was always oily with really big pores and MANY (not being self conscious) dark pores on my nose. After getting sick of my ugly skin, I decided to start washing my face and soon after started my break outs. I have tried a lot of different things, mostly the cheaper Wal-Mart brands but a few clinique products etc, everything made me break out worse. The only thing that has allowed me to be able to wash my face is Pro-Activ. I also can't use any make-up removers, regular soap, or really anything on my skin. Make-up also causes worse break outs. The only thing I have found that allows me to remove make-up without making my skin break out is almond oil. I haven't been to a dermatologist as doctors and hospitals/clinics freak me out so I would prefer not to go if I don't have to. Does anyone know what might be causing my problem and what product might best suit my skin? 
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DAnne / NEWCOMER / replied
Hi,   You start by saying you never washed your face growing up.  Now you have started.  My guess is now that you have started your pores are opening up and purging. ... see post
Skin Care Recomendations- Dry/Oily Acne Prone
Just a bit of a back story- I have oily acne prone skin. After months of experimenting with skincare products I  finally was able to clear up most of the acne. For a month I had the best skin of my life, it was hydrated and not super oily with the occasional pimple that I could get rid of in 2 days.   A while ago I got the deluxe sample of the Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Oil. I started using the night I received it. I used it for about 5 days and I noticed that the area on the sides of my nose had a dry patch on both sides. I could tell because my foundation would cling to that area and it didnt look smooth anymore, my face had texture where I didnt have it before. By the 7th day for the first time ever my skin felt dry and tight, even after I moisturized. I could apply enough moisturizer, my skin would just soak it up. Apart from being dry it would still get oily in my tzone through out the day.     I realized that the Luna sleeping oil was the only thing that I had really changed in my routine and stopped using immediately. My skin has not been able to recover since. It doesnt feel tight but it still looks very dry and it showed when I applied makeup. My foundation clings and cracks on the sides of where nostrils are and looks really dry. The texture really never disappeared but it did subside a bit. I increased my water intake and stop using a bunch of my acne products that would dry out my skin in hopes of it helping, but I cant seem to get it to the state it was before.    Did this happen to anyone else using luna oil??   What are some product recomendations for people with dehydrated/oily/acne prone skin? 
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IT GIRL StellarMe / IT GIRL IT GIRL / replied
Luna Sleeping Oil has retinoids in it and they can cause dryness. When my skin feels super dry, I use Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief. It is a gel-cream t... see post
Sunscreen question that hasn't been addressed on the board.
I'm having an issue with sunscreen. I am using the MD Solar Sciences sunscreen SPF 50 and the Biore Aqua Gel sunscreen SPF 50. My problem is that even when I used these sunscreens, I still seem to be getting sun spots on my face. Has anyone experience this? I apply sunscreen in the morning, drive to the gym and come back home (around 8:00 am.), then drive to work at around noon or 1:00 pm.....that is as much sun as I'm getting. Is there a sunscreen that really works against protecting skin really well. I've heard that European or Asian sunscreens are better than American sunscreens. I prefer something that is light and doesn't have a greasy feeling. Your help would be much appreciated  
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BEAUTY GURU spotspotcat / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
Hi Once!   I know you are asking about European or Asian sunscreens, but based on your routine, I was wondering if you are reapplying your sunscreen as often as recomm... 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) MURAD rapid age spot and pigment lightening serum (for, obviously, pigment lightening) 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 ! i like it but it's not HG status. would repurchase, though. CLINIQUE clarifying lotion--the MILD formula (no alcohol / contains BHA) KATE SOMERVILLE goats milk moisturizer  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 7/21/15
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HALL OF FAMER annec322 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Shu Uemura Anti/Oxi Cleansing Oil Dior Gentle Cleansing Milk PTR Viz-1000 Serum PTR Retinol PM Serum JM Creamy Argan Oil (cold weather moisturizer) VS Makeup Removi... see post
Budget Bride Needs Advice on Investing in a Few Natural Products for Wedding
I'm new to the forum, but I have a request for advice:   My wedding is this year in the late fall, and I have started thinking ahead to which makeup I will use. I plan to go for a consultation in-store, but I want to be prepared with community suggestions first. So, please let me know what you think!   The reasons I want advice are 1) I am on a budget, and I don't want to buy a whole arsenal of new makeup, just a few key items that will be  useful after the wedding and/or would take my wedding look (and photos) to the next level; 2) I try to buy natural (and organic) skin and makeup products as much as possible because I believe it is healthier for me, the producers, and the environment; 3) I am not up on the newest products and lines.   I often don't wear much makeup, but I do have experience and technical knowledge (my mom loves makeup, so she took me to the MAC counter and bought me Bobby Brown and Kevyn Aucoin books when I was a teenager!).   I already have and really like products from Josie Maran (luminizer cream, argan face oil, blush stick, lip gloss), Korres (concealer, bronzer), 100 Percent Pure (eye cream, powder blush, eyeshadow, mascara), and Burt's Bees (tinted lip balm). But I think I will need a primer or finishing powder, a foundation, a lip stain or stick, an eyeliner, and maybe a couple other items. Haircare and skincare suggestions are welcome too!
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BEAUTY MAVEN osaion / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
I'm the same way as you - minimal makeup usually and did my own makeup for my wedding a couple years ago.  the hardest part for me was finding a natural lipstick, i didn... see post
Skin care product for dark or age spots? My mom is in her 70's and would like some rec's please
My mom has some dark brown patches on her forehead and one on her cheek. I'm not sure if they are age or sun spots. Her skin looks good for her age. Very few wrinkles, no acne etc  My mom only wears a bit of powder and lipstick. Washes her face with soap and water (not into makeup, skin care). She would like a product to help diminish these spots. Any rec's? Thanks!
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
AHAs and retinol can delivery quicker results because they are more potent, but it's also important to keep in mind what type of product is used (such as a daily serum/t... see post
Changing skin care lines
I've suffered from minor break outs and have recently switched to the Clinique Acne Solutions Cleansing Gel (due to a Sephora sales persons suggestion) and my skin is breaking out and incredibly dry. I have small bumps that look like a rash around my mouth as well. I have been using this product now for 3 days but don't want to continue if it will continue to get worse. Should I discontinue the use of this line or is my skin just acting this way because it isn't used to the new product yet? HELP
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BEAUTY MAVEN modified / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
Funny thing is the Dramatically Different isn't technically a moisturizer. If you're finding you still have dry patches, you probably need something with just a bit more... see post
Cystic Acne and Octinoxate aka ethyl hexyl methoxy cinnamate
In the past few years my skin has been clearing up as I've noticed that the chemical sunscreen octinoxate was the cause of the cysts regrowth on my chin area.  Cystic acne in the chin area was previously known as hormonal acne, but I've read that chemical sunscreens can interfere with hormones and it seems that has been my experience.  I noticed that the majority of fragrances and other cosmetics have ethyl hexyl methoxy cinnamate as an ingredient and yet fail to mention chemical sunscreens on the label.  I'm posting this as information for those dealing with cystic acne as well as to hear if anyone else has had similar experience and what products you have been using.
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BEAUTY WHIZ fantasiabliss / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
Since I've discovered my allergy to this ingredient I have discovered other ingredients as well that cause certain reactions on my skin, but I'll make separate threads f... see post
Favorite non-foaming cleanser?
I am in need of a morning cleanser, preferably a non-foaming one as I have very dry and sensitive skin. I been loving the La Roche Posay toleriane derma-cleanser, but the lack of a pump is driving me crazy! Especially towards the end, or even just half way through the bottle, getting product out is just unnecessarily frustrating. So help!    Lots of thanks
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BEAUTY CELEB Leiw / BEAUTY CELEB BEAUTY CELEB / replied
Try CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser which was recommended by Dermatologist.  It's about $15.99 anywhere so very economical, has a pump, and is perfect for morning cleanse and ... see post
Any product suggestions for ice pick scars - not involving lasers?
Hi I had some deep scarring on my cheeks (that everyone knows no amount of make up can cover!) - these have lessened with laser treatments. But with some residual scarring still left, wanted to know if anyone can recommend (EFFECTIVE) products to lessen scarring. 
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
If you're looking for skin care based products, look for a product containing peptides and also alpha hydroxy acids. Peptides are the amino acids that help repair and su... see post
is the sephora collection all natural?
I'm pretty sure the sephora collection is animal cruelty free, but do their products contain parabens or anything like that? Also are they vegan?
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HALL OF FAMER Tirah / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Actually its beauty products that are imported into China that is subject to testing (ie. may or may not be) by the government if it contains ingredients they haven't pr... see post
Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Oil Causing Texture???
I started using the Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Oil about a week ago and ever since I have been experiencing visible texture problems all over my face - it looks bumpy. Has anyone experienced this too? Is there a purging phase?
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IT GIRL StellarMe / IT GIRL IT GIRL / replied
I've been using Luna Sleeping Oil for a few months now, several times a week, with no problem what so ever. It might be that your skin doesn't tolerate it well, as the o... 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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BEAUTY SAVANT flyte / BEAUTY SAVANT BEAUTY SAVANT / replied
One that I've been using since last summer is Boscia's Tsubaki Oil! I like using mine at night where I'll just put 1-2 drops on my face as the last step of my skincar... see post
Top 10 Holy Grail Skincare products! :)
Just wanted to start a fun chat about the top 10 (or less) HG skincare products in your lives, and perhaps how often you use them! Do mention your skin type and get cracking!   I'll start: I have dry, dehydrated skin that's less dry (but dehydrated) in the summer. I could only put in 7 as my HG:   - OH pure truth cleansing gelee (every day) - Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream (few nights a week) - Supergoop City Sunscreen serum SPF 30 (every day) - Origins Active Charcoal Mask (once a week) - Caudalie Vinoperfect Serum (recent addition, daily use) - FAB facial radiance pads (every other day) - DermaDoctor Wrinkle Revenge cleanser (once a week)     I'm excited to see your lists, ladies!
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BEAUTY PRO geekbeauty / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
I really enjoyed your list! Lots of the items looked right up my alley. how would you compare the Juno and Luna in terms of what they do for your skin?i know they are d... see post
Personal Microdermabrasion Device PMD
Anyone tried this? I have been too busy to enduldge in facials and figure that I can have this on-hand and do this at home... Not to mention the savings, if it actually works! I couldn't resist a Nordstrom and caved in!
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BEAUTY WHIZ Buddygirl13 / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
Ok ladies and gentlemen- I received my order today. I tried just the "introduction" head and it is A-MAZ-ZING! My blackheads, even with the lowest abrasion treatment hav... see post
What is the best GLAMGLOW cleanser for acne?
I've been using the GLAMGLOW Supermud ; I've noticed that it's been reducing the amount of breakouts I get and my skin is smoother. I use it after using the Clinique Acne Solutions cleanser and lotion, but I don't find it to be doing much for my skin. I want to give my acne an extra kick. What would be the best GLAMGLOW Cleanser to achieve this?
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HALL OF FAMER TrysBeautyItems / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Glad there's moisturizer in the mix.    You're welcome. see post