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jemly
GIVE YOURSELF A FACIAL (COLD WEATHER EDITION)
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, i...got 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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DTalksAll
HALL OF FAMER DTalksAll / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Love them, they blow any other peel pad out of the water. I like to cut mine in 1/2, stick em back in their foil & seal in a ziplock bag. Be sure to use the pad on your ... see post
Mimi099
I am 33 and started having wrinkles under my eyes. Whats the best product for that?
Hello,   I am relatively fair (I use biege foundation) and my skin is a combination sensitive skin.    I dont know whether I should use concealer only or an anti aging product/formula. I feel that I am growing old and dont know what I should really do about that. I am currently using Eucerin, this is it: http://www.britsuperstore.com/acatalog/Eucerin_AQU Aporin_ACTIVE_Moisturising_Eye_Cream_15ml.jpg   I then use Benifit's Stay do not stray primer, then dior nude concealer, this one:   http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-4Hyo_t-Vn8A/Tf5Dyz7KisI/ AAAAAAAACbY/YIUQadbekwc/s1600/Dior%2Bconcealer.jpg   But I am not seeing any change, in fact the area turn grey but I dont want to use a corrector because I dont want to use so many products in the under eye area.    Is there a product that serves as a medical treatment and at the same time a concealer and anti aging?    Thanks. 
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Gamingangel
Clarisonic question
Is something like a Clarisonic good if you have "older" skin? I have oily skin. Blackheads on nose and breakouts around my period time only. But just wondering since I read it helps with collegen and maybe it will help with my overall skin health?
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skintester
HALL OF FAMER skintester / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
It's not for everyone. There are people who swear by it. I had the Clarisonic Pro and it didn't work for my normal-combination skin. No matter how lightly and infrequent... see post
meganlisa
Do I wash cleansing oil off or not?
I just got the Boscia cleansing oil and have been eyeing the Shiseido.  The directions don't say to wash it off.  Do I wash it off? It does feel a bit sticky... Any help is appreciated!
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guzelkiz
HALL OF FAMER guzelkiz / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I haven't tried that one yet. I do have a deluxe sample of that. I'm glad washing off helped you out! see post
blackunicorn
Extremely dry under eye skin. Please help!
The cold weather has weird effects on me. My under eye skin is so dry and itchy! I have been going to bed with Aquaphor under my eyes for the past few days but it didn't help. Now I'm using FAB Ultra Repair Cream today, reapplying every hour. Luckily for me, I work from home and I don't have to get out of the house all day, except for a teacher/parents meeting tonight. Do you have any miracle product to suggest? Is is ok to use a cream that is not targeted for under eyes? Should I try coconut oil tonight? Aloes? Anything? Thanks!
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kbmatthews
HALL OF FAMER kbmatthews / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
 You can also use an eye-area specific exfoliant if you have flakes/patches/buildup. There's one in the sale section (I think they're just changing the packaging) that I... see post
AllyM12
Serum for Hyperpigmentation - Oily skin
I have recently been suffering with hyperpigmentation from acne scarring and picking my skin (it's terrible -- I know). The spots are not too bad as they are still pretty new, but I was looking to find a serum that would help with this as well as evening out my skin texture and brightening my complexion overall. I would like to use the serum both day and night, and under the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate in the evening. For reference, I am 22 and have oily skin and a light complexion.   Also, I've been mostly interested in the Dior Anti-Spot, Amore Pacific Luminous Effect Brightening Serum, and Shiseido White Lucent Serum. Does anyone recommend these?
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AllyM12
AllyM12 / NEWCOMER / replied
Do you use the peels after a toner, or instead of? I use the SK-II Clear toner which is alcohol free but contains salicylic acid. Not sure if this will be too much. I do... see post
ballerinagrl
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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ballerinagrl
BEAUTY GURU ballerinagrl / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
Definitely Juverderm has the potential to save me a lot of money even if I go to the best doctors in the country. However, I read magazines, so I see all the pictures wh... see post
KateLovesYSL
Soo many NEW items in the Sale Section!
UGH--so busy today and didn't get a chance to check out the sale section today There was a huge markdown on the Tarte cheek stain set and the MUFE set but it looks like its out of stock already!    Still--lots of other goodies at great prices there! Lots off OCC and the some Smashbox LE items
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StephaniLynn
BEAUTY GURU StephaniLynn / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
You're welcome:) I've been keeping my eye out for it for a while too. Glad I've been stalking the sale page for the de-tangling brushes my mom loves(they're back in stoc... see post
EvangelineDamon
This is for most of the uses of Dr. Bronner’s Magical Soap. Please, feel free to contribute.
Why it’s so awesome: Dr. Bronner’s loves the earth. The soaps are fair trade, sold in recycled bottles, vegan, not tested on animals, made for sensitive skin and certified organic. Completely Biodegradable and Vegetable-Based  Made with Certified Fair Trade and Organic Oils  Multi-Purpose: 18-in-1 Uses  No Synthetic Foaming Agents, Thickeners or Preservatives 100% Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) Cylinder Bottles and Paper Labels Simple, Ecological Formulations Based on Old-World Quality and Expertise  #1-Selling Natural Brand of Soaps in North America INGREDIENTS: Water, Saponified Organic Coconut*, Organic Palm* and Organic Olive* Oils (w/Retained Glycerin), Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Essential Oils**, Citric Acid, Vitamin E * FAIR TRADE Ingredients ** Available in Peppermint, Lavender, Almond, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Rose and Citrus Orange Cleaning Makeup Brushes Using Dr. Bronner’s For cleaning my makeup brushes, I just drip a few drops into a glass (and since there are no funky chemicals in it, this can be just a regular water glass) and add a little bit of warm water according to the size of the brush/bristles. With the first swirl, you should see some bubbles and can already start to see the process of the pigments separating from the brush. I give it a few swirls and dump out the water. For heavier products like foundation, cream eye shadow or gel eyeliner, I use a couple of drops Olive Oil and I slightly rub it into the bristles, then dip and swirl into the water. With the Olive Oil, there is less repetition, of the dip and swirl but you may need to do it a couple more times-all depending on how much build-up is on the brush. Also, you can use the bar soap as one would use the solid BeautyBlender BlenderCleanser Solid.  And as a "Spot Cleaner." There are many recipes for this, including adding 1 Tbs. spray-on leave in conditioner to baby shampoo or 1/2 Tbs. of Olive Oil 1 cup Distilled or Purified Water 1/4 cup 70-90% Rubbing Alcohol 1/2 Tablespoon Dr. Bronner's Put into spray bottle(s) Use for quick and easy clean ups between colors or deep cleanings by spraying a napkin/washcloth and rubbing your bristles in a circular motion. General Note about Cleaning Brushes: Never get the part of the brush wet that connects the wood handle to the metal part. Other Uses Face:  add 2-3 drops on to wet hands, apply to wet face or you can make your own face wash, by using Dr. Bronner’s baby/mild formula, and adding one drop of each clary sage, tea tree, and mint oil to the small two-ounce bottle. or you can mix 1 part chamomile tea, 1 part baby Dr. Bronner's, and some drops of vitamin e, jojoba oil and lavender essential oil. (Tea Tree Oil can be helpful for acne prone skin. “it is a natural antiseptic that helps heal cuts and bruises as well as skin conditions like acne dermatitis and psoriasis.”) Hand soap : 1/2 water 1/2 Dr Bronner's into a foaming hand soap container or d ilute anywhere from 1 part Castile soap to 4 parts water through to 1:1. Hair:  ½ Tbsp. in your hand, worked into wet hair, or dilute ½ Tbsp. in ½ a cup of water and work that into wet hair, but remember it can really strip out your hair so you need a really good conditioner. Bath:  Completely depends upon water amount, but roughly 2 Tbsp. soap in an average sized tub. (Doesn’t bubble, but still cleans)  Add a squirt to a bath tub of water at the beginning for bubbles, or after the bath has been drawn for a relaxing soak without bubbles. Rose is a divine fragrance for this use. Body:   one small squirt on to a wet washcloth, applied to a wet body or Add 1 TB sweet almond oil, vitamin E, and the essential oils of your choice to undiluted Dr. Bronner’s. And during the summer, you can use the peppermint one to cool off on a hot day in a cold shower. Hot Towel Massage: For facial packs, scalp and soothing body rub, add a dash of liquid castile soap on a bath towel in sink of hot water. Wring the towel out and place it over the face & scalp. Massage with your fingertips. Repeat on each area of the body until the arms, legs & entire body have been massaged (using light strokes towards the heart.)  Rinse the towel in plain hot water and massage again. Breathe deeply! Choose whichever scent makes your heart sing. (wildflower) Baby Wash: Add a drop or two to a wet washcloth, or a couple of drops to the bathwater. Baby Mild is ideal as it is completely natural and fragrance-free. Feminine Wash: 3 tablespoons of Dr Bonner's Baby (unscented) liquid castile soap in 8 oz. of distilled or filtered water. Mix directly into a water bottle or other bottle and keep in the shower; shake before using. It's very liquidy in consistency but don't think it doesn't work. It's much gentler than Summer's Eve and other brands, and w/o any weird ingredients or fragrances. Deodorant: Add 1-2ml (0.05 fl oz) to a spray bottle of water (125ml/4.2 fl oz) along with a teaspoon of Himalayan crystal salt for best results. Rose, Citrus, Lavender or Tea Tree are effective – or just choose whichever scent appeals from the range of eight! Shaving:  Face – 10 drops; Underarms – 3 drops; Legs – ½ tsp; Work to a lather in wet hands and then apply to area. Aftershave: One or two drops in a spray bottle containing 50-125ml (1.7-4.2 fl oz) of distilled water helps to invigorate the skin and prevent shaving rash. Peppermint, Eucalyptus, or Tea Tree work well, or Baby Mild for sensitive skins. Teeth:  1 drop on a toothbrush. (Yes, it tastes like soap.) Breath Freshener: One or two drops in a spray bottle containing 50-125ml (1.7-4.2 fl oz) of distilled water helps to keep the breath fresh and prevent unhealthy bacteria from thriving in the gums and between the teeth. Peppermint, tea-tree, eucalyptus or citrus are great choices. Mouthwash: Add 1 drop to a shot glass of water, swish and rinse. Peppermint, tea-tree, eucalyptus or citrus are great choices. Foot Bath/Soak:  1 ½ tsp. in a small tub of hot water.  Add a tablespoon (15ml/0.5 fl oz) to a foot bath and relax! Peppermint is a great choice for hard or cracked heels, or use Tea Tree if fungal infections are a concern. Even try it to relieve a migraine by applying a little of the peppermint soap to a cold washcloth and take a break. Clearing Congestion:  1 Tbsp. in a bowl of steamy hot water. Breathe in mist with a towel draped over the head Household Uses: Dishes (handwashing):  Pre-dilute 1:10 with water. Squirt on a scrub brush and scrub dishes. Laundry:  1/3-1/2 c. of soap for a large load in a normal washer. Add ½ c. vinegar to the rinse cycle. Use half of these amounts for HE;  For the laundry, use 1/4 cup (62.5ml) for top-loading machines (1/8 cup for front loaders – 31.3ml); adjust as needed depending on hardness of water. Adding a dash of baking soda may also help. Great for nappy washing, as it is all natural and won’t contribute to nappy-rash. Also delicate enough to use for hand wash items, such as silks and wool. Any scent works well, or unscented if you prefer. Washing delicates : "Because I’m a total minx, I’ll hand-wash my delicates with a rose and patchouli-scented Dr. Bronner’s. Make your own by adding 2 TB of Peppermint Dr.Bronner’s to a cup of water, and a few drops of both oils. I started using it after I had one too many itchy flare-ups from regular detergents, and I can certify Dr. Bronner’s as safe for the sweaty underboob!"( Sounds fancy, from xovain) Mopping:  ½ c. of soap in 3 gallons of hot water All-purpose cleaning:  ¼ c. soap in a quart of water in a spray bottle. Add ¼ tsp. tea tree essential oil if desired. Household Cleaner: Dilute from one part soap into 40 parts water for light cleaning, to 1:1 or full strength for heavy-duty grease-dissolving jobs Kitchen cleaner :  "In a spray bottle, add about 2 cups water, ¼ cup vinegar,  2 TB of Dr.Bronner’s plain soap, 2 drops both tea tree oil and clove oil. The tea tree oil naturally disinfects, while the clove oil repels beasties, and my cats and child aren’t going to be poisoned by it!" Windows:  1 Tbsp. soap in a quart of water in a spray bottle. Follow up with pure club soda, or half vinegar/ half water. To remove soap scum from a tub - make a paste of Dr Bronners Soap and baking soda, apply to general area and scrub with heavy duty brush, rinse. Toilet: Predilute 1:4 with a water in a squirt/spray bottle. Add 1/4 tsp. of tea tree oil. Empty toilet, squirt bowl thouroughly, sprinkle baking soda on the brush and scrub bowl, let sit 10 minutes, turn water on; flush. (This works amazingly.) Here's another recipe I might try next 1/4 cup liquid castile soap 1 3/4 cup water 2 tablespoons baking soda 1 teaspoon of essential oils to kill bacteria and freshen Mix all ingredients in a 16 oz. or larger squirt bottle and gently shake or swish. Squirt in the toilet bowl and use a brush to scrub it clean.     Dog washing:  "Amount varies widely depending on size, hair type and length, and overall dirtiness. I wet my dog thoroughly, then start to work in castile soap up and down their body until I have a good lather. Really massage it in down to the skin. Your dog will thank you for it." " Wet the coat of your pet thoroughly first then apply the liquid castile soap by massaging a small amount in your hands first until a lather is formed, then washing the hair/fur and rinsing clean afterwards. Can also be added to the wash water for ease of use (one squirt is plenty). Choose a stronger scent to help deter fleas and ticks, or Baby Mild if your pet has very sensitive skin."   Fruit and Veggie Rinse:  1 dash (approx.. ¼ tsp.) in a bowl of water. Dunk produce and swish. Then rinse in clear water. Baby Mild (unscented) is the best choice.   Weed killer : "mix 2-3 TB of salt, 2 TB of Bronner’s, to 2 cups water. Spray the plants you wish to murder in the morning, and again in the heat of the day." Plant spray for bugs:  1 Tbsp. in a quart of water. Add ½ tsp. cayenne pepper or cinnamon, if desired. Ant spray (not on plants):  ¼ c. tea tree soap in a quart of water. (This concentration will burn plants.) Kill ants also with diluted eucalyptus version Use 1-2 tablespoons/about 23ml per litre (0.7 fl oz per quart) of water in a spray bottle for garden pests (4-6 tablespoons per gallon). Citrus, Lavender, or Baby Mild work well. Try your very best not to get soap in your eyes (duh!) but especially the peppermint and tea tree oil versions. I imagine eucalyptus will burn too. (Also, I saw that meagboho uses this Shikaki version for her brushes and they have a few more scents to check out.) (I found most of these on the company's website, as well as a few different blogs like xovain and wildflowerbotanaicals)   Castile Liquid and Bar soaps come in Peppermint , Almond , Citrus-Orange , Eucalyptus , Lavender, Rose,  Baby/Mild and Tea Tree Oil.    Pump Soaps Shikaki  Baby Unscented , Lavender , Spearmint Peppermint , Lemongrass Lime , and Tea Tree Oil   " In general, we recommend using Dr. Bronner’s body care products within three years of purchase. Soaps are self-preserving, but because our products are biodegradable, it’s best to not leave them on the shelf for too long, as they may start to lose strength."  
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EvangelineDamon
HALL OF FAMER EvangelineDamon / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
You and Jemly were the inspiration for posting the picture. I love to hear how other people love this soap as much as me. see post
joanna856
what antiaging products can i use while pregant?
having a hard time finding anything that doesn't have retinol in it! even when its not advertised as a retinol product I find it in the ingredients
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Gamingangel
BEAUTY MAVEN Gamingangel / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
I had the hardest time finding anything that I could use. I ended up using skinfood skin care. I wonder if Origins may be ok?  see post
chouchou07
Am I having a skin ALLERGY? PLEASE HELP ME
I woke this morning with some really tiny pimples around my jawline, and my chin. I thought my face was just going into a bad period of breakout, but those areas are so itchy. My face never itches when I have breakouts.  Is it allergy? What can I do about it?
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comeoneileen88
BEAUTY BOSS comeoneileen88 / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
I don't think you need to avoid all products that contain Vitamin C.  It really is so good for your skin.  I would just try to incorporate it in smaller doses.  So maybe... see post
bea0t
Honey... Honey on your face
I’ve heard a lot about using honey on your face for its moisturizing benefits. It’s antimicrobial and has antioxidants properties to help with acne, which I don’t have a problem with, and ultra-humectant for dryer skin.   I’ve heard/read about home recopies of honey face masks and have tried my own concoctions at home but I’m contemplating the idea of mixing it in with my morning moisturizer for everyday use.   Have you have tried honey on your face? When and how often? And do you use it straight from container or mixed in with something (what??)    
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TheSocialQuota
BEAUTY BOSS TheSocialQuota / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
One of the jam jar ones has lasted us three months so far since you need so little of it. I was suffering from sticker shock when we initially purchased it since it was ... see post
Brianna95
tricks for preventing oily and cakey looking makeup
By the time the afternoon rolls around my foundation has settled in the fine lines around my mouth and my makeup looks cakey and oily. How do I prevent this from happening? Any suggestions for primer or foundation?
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ballerinagrl
BEAUTY GURU ballerinagrl / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
If you're not already using it, primer can really help - some primer's designed to mattify your skin can be a little drying, but I've had great experience with Estee Lau... see post
beutphy
Confused by too many products!
Hi, I just turned 37. I exfoliate my face with Neutrogena when I shower and I moisturize with Aveno in the am and right before bed. I'm simply overwhelmed by all of the products out there and the idea of sampling products leaves me both bored and exhausted. Isn't there a simple, easy to follow skincare routine? I'm bothered by uneven skin tones mostly. Combination skin type, I think.
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NYStephA
BEAUTY WHIZ NYStephA / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
This is a common issue that I hear all the time from my friends!  There are so many variations of each serum, cream and cleanser out there it can make your head spin. My... see post
SazzMaTazz
Product similar to Natural Advantage
Hello! My mother, 60yr old with combo skin, uses Natural Advantage anti aging products for her face and neck. I read the ingredients and they are loaded with parabens, sulfates, and worse. Is there any product I can get her that is similar to Natural Advantage, minus the harmful ingredients?  Please help!
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NYStephA
BEAUTY WHIZ NYStephA / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
My highest recommendation is the Airelle skincare line.  It is 100% natural and I find it extremely effective!  I was very impressed with it's ingredient list and I am c... see post
mygreathair12
Am I the only one !! Can't get enough of Algenist
I am just putting my haul together to post online and was just sitting and looking at it. Almost all of it is Algenist, two full boxes of it. Now I can truly say I have tried every product that they sell. I have not found one that I did not love. Am I the only one that's just CRAZY OVER THIS? I love the products and also love there packaging. I know some sY that packaging is not important but to me it is. Please share if you also have this addition to it. I will have my haul up in about an hour. Thanks in advance and happy shopping, Dan 
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StephaniLynn
BEAUTY GURU StephaniLynn / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
Every time a scroll by this picture I always think you look a lot like Mandy Moore lol:) see post
StayLynn14
Neck Acne, really?
It's been a couple of months now and my face has cleared up! I have another problem-I am breaking out on my neck. Big ones too-whiteheads. I was using acne medication on them but it dried it out so much! They are still there and another one just appeared.     Any suggestions on what to use for this? Thank you!!
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StayLynn14
BEAUTY MAVEN StayLynn14 / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
Thank you for your advice. I really appreciate you taking the time to respond to me:) Great suggestions!! see post
AandAmom
In desperate need of skincare advice !
Hi everyone, I recently turned 44 and I am still struggling to figure out how best to care for my dry/combination skin. At the recent VIB sale I have purchased all new skincare for my crazy skin that does not like fragrance (cause sneezing and plugs up my nose) or most skincare products (make my face turn red). So my current routine is : Morning - wash with philosophy cleanser in shower then use Origins Dr Weil mega mushroom serum followed by Algenist oil (at this point I notice some redness/irritation already). After oil is absorbed I use the Origins Dr Weil mega mushroom cream (very fragrant but takes care of some of the redness). I then follow with Algenist sunscreen then foundation. The only foundation I found that does not cause any reaction on my skin is Naked by Urban Decay (Lancôme BB cream causes sneezing and Dior forever flawless is great for 4-5 hours but then it melts away). Evening: Boscia makeup breakup and Lancome eye makeup remover, follow with Origins mega mushroom cleanser. Use FAB radiance pads (but it causes redness) then use the Origins mega mushroom serum followed by Fresh seaberry oil. Last I use the Origins mega mushroom moisturizer. At the end my skin still shows some redness/irritation. About every other day I use masks and about 2-3 times a week I exfoliate either with Lancôme gentle exfoliator, PTR peeling gel exfoliant, Glam Glow or Ole Hendriksen blue/black enzyme mask. Other concerns that I would like to address with my skin are uneven skin tone and blemishes on chin and forehead (mostly around that time of the month). Thank you so much to anyone who is taking the time to read this lengthy post. I would sure appreciate some suggestions and advice. I feel like I own so much stuff and yet nothing seems to work just right :-(
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AandAmom
BEAUTY MAVEN AandAmom / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
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courtneyleeh
Alternative to Philosophy Purity Cleanser for Semi-Sensitive Combination Skin?
Hello all,   I have finally run out of my Philosophy cleanser and am eager to try something new.  I loved that it took all my makeup off and didn't further dry out my skin, but while the product itself didn't cause any breakouts, it wasn't preventing any hormone-related breakouts or doing anything super wonderful/noticeable for my skin. I am not looking for an acne treatment.  I ordered and am currently waiting to receive the Origins Checks and Balances cleanser, but if you have any other suggestions for me or have personal experience with Origins, I'm  all ears!   Skin concerns: -semi-sensitive -combination/dry -dull -hormonal breakouts -anti-againg? (not necessary, but would be a plus for prevention purposes)
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sharma
BEAUTY MAVEN sharma / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
I have tried First Aid Beauty and Origins, but I found them both to be drying. I am currently using Fresh Soy cleanser and it is gentle and gets off all makeup at night ... see post
Meg82
How do you choose a shape for brow waxing or threading?
I'm interested in starting to get my brows waxed or threaded but I have no idea what I'd say to them if I decided to get it done.  I'd mostly just like my brows to be cleaned up but I have no shape preference.   What do you ask for when you go?
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BrideSona
HALL OF FAMER BrideSona / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I used to get mine done when I was younger. I paid a lot of attention to how the lady would shape them. I saw she would pluck from the bottom and the top to give it shap... see post
courtneyleeh
Best oil-free moisturizer for winter?
Hello all,   With colder weather creeping in, I'm wondering what oil-free moisturizer is best to tackle drier winter skin. I have dry-combination skin (oily in the t-zone, dry cheeks/chin/ and especially the jawline) and therefore find that oil-free moisturizers work best with my skin.  I have been using Clinique's Dramatically Different Gel for a very long time and without issues in the spring and summer months, but find that it doesn't moisturize my dry areas enough in the fall/winter.  I have also tried Philosophy's "take a deep breath" oil-free moisturizer, but  it irritated and broke out my skin.    I would love to know of this type of product with anti-aging/SPF, but any help is appreciated!
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Zpsid91
HALL OF FAMER Zpsid91 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I had the same issue with Clinique DD gel and a similar skin type - I switched to Clinique's Moisture Surge, and I actually like it much better. I'm not a huge fan of o... see post
msmandalou
SUPER DRY SKIN, HELP!
I have always had dry skin. In the winter however living in a cold, and non-humidified climate.. my skin gets SO dry. I moisturize daily, and have tried literally hundreds of lotions from prescription, to Nivea, you name it. My skin gets super dry, and flakes, EVERYWHERE! Any suggestions?
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meganlisa
HALL OF FAMER meganlisa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Oils.  You can even get cheap ones on Amazon.  Coconut, Argan and tons others.  Sadly I need to resort to oils in the winter and lotions never seem to help enough. I ju... see post
elizabeth419
Tea Tree Oil
So, I was talking to a friend about Tea Tree Oil and she said that Tea Tree is good for acne. So when she said that it made me think of the Tea Tree line at The Body Shop (in the green bottles). Have any of you tried any of that stuff? Which ones did you find most effective and which ones not so much? Any favorites? I'm maybe looking into trying it out, I find that Benzoyl Peroxide helps clear my acne best. I'm currently using Rodan and Fields Unblemish Line and it is working for me but I think it is drying out my skin because I used to be oily but now I have some dry patches still on my face after I put the moisturizer on.  Thanks!!
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NikkkiNikkki
BEAUTY BUFF NikkkiNikkki / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
I've used Derma E very clear acne cleanser, I got it from my local health food store and I've seen it in organic grocery stores too. I had some pretty bad acne on my jaw... see post
MissSiu09
COMBO VS OILY SKIN - HOW DO YOU TELL?!
Hi there! For years and years, I've been trying to figure out what skin type I have. I personally feel like its OILY - where if I wash my face at 8am, I feel like it's oily by noon. However, not every aspect of my face is oily. Definitely more so in the T-Zone. So then I thought, ok maybe I have combination skin. But in reading beauty advice/tips... it always says that the areas outside of the T-zone (cheeks) are usually dry and flakey. Which mine are NOT. My cheeks are normal.. oily by the end of day. But my forehead, nose, chin are oily all the time.    So, does that mean I have combination skin or oily skin?!     
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lylysa
HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
You're welcome! :) see post
callmefafi
Serum Search...
Hello Lovelies,   For over two years I've been on the search for the perfect serum and frankly I'm still torn. I'm looking for something that brightens, tones, corrects and tightens. I've tried Shiseido, Ole Henriksen, Philosophy, Perricone MD and a handful of drugstore items. My skin has always been oily, acne-prone, and sensitive. I've gotten a good regimen going now but I recently started using Philosophy's No Reason To Hide and so far it's great. I haven't seen much of a difference with my skin tone but I must admit that I love that my skin is smoother and my pores a little less noticeable.    So my question is, does this really work or should I go back to Ole Henriksen's Vitamin C Truth Serum? Any other serums that have worked for you all that you would like to suggest?   thanks, Tamara
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lylysa
HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Keep in mind the time frame at which you've used/use a product.    Serums or treatment-based products can take on average 4-6 weeks for results to show, with time fram... see post
AMHWKI
Testing Samples and Reaction Time
Curious about a couple of things.... I know many of you have a large sample stash.  How do you go about testing your different items?  Do you separate your "tests" by a few days to isolate a reaction?  If you see a pimple show up later in the day do you continue to test another day or do you toss it?  I tend to have finicky skin so I hate overdoing new products but I'm so excited to try new things!
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TheSocialQuota
BEAUTY BOSS TheSocialQuota / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
28 days is close, so your 4 weeks number is better. The number is usually 35-40 to have full epidermis turnover from new to surface. An exfoliant would have the most imm... see post
emilylikescats
Foreo Luna? Which One to Buy and What you think about it!
I have oily, acne prone skin, with moderate acne. I have pale skin that gets red really easily and its a little dull . I'm looking for a product that will completely change my skin. Hoping this product will do it. I've heard good things about it but I don't know if it will address my skin concerns. I have used the Clarisonic off and on for about 3 years, but I am only 14, so when I started using the clarisonic, my skin was naturally getting worse . I feel my skin is nice after I wash my face with the clarisonic but it doesn't do anything to it to help much. If i buy the Foreo Luna, which one should I get? My skin isn't super sensitive and I have a hard time telling if my skin is combination or oily, but i think its oily. It gets a little dry on the per meter of my cheeks and around my chin. Also in consideration, is the clinique Brush but I don't feel very strong about it. Any recommendations from people who have a similar skin type, have used this product, or have any other experience with a great cleansing brush! Thank You all! Spoiler (Highlight to read)    
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JojoL
MOISTURIZER !!!!***
I FINALLY found, THE moisturizer .!!! Dr. Dennis Gross, Oil free Hyaluronic Acid moisturizer.  it gives me ALL i want: oil free (i'm oily on T Zone), super hydrating, hyaluronic acid (my fav), AND, SO SMOOTH!!!!!    BUT, it's $70 for 50 ml and I'm almost half way thru in a week!?  Due to dry, super dehydrated cheeks.....   My qus is, I want similar effect but lower price?  Is there a good choice out there, beauty folks????  HELP!!!!!!!!!!!! 
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ballerinagrl
BEAUTY GURU ballerinagrl / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
OMG! I just purchased the DDG Cream from Space NK! Can't wait till it arrives!   In lower price ranges, my daughter's need hydration but prefer oil free due to breakou... see post
IRISHQUEEN
Glossier Prod.'s?
I was wondering if anyone has tried out any of the Glossier items? I am curious a/b the GLOSSIER PRIMING MOISTURIZER?   It sounds like a dream, best of both worlds! You get a good moisturizer (that actually moisturizers) & then kinda like a "Blur" + Semi-Tint" to go along w/ it. They sell a tint too. Anywho it has Hyaluronic Acid in it and a butch of other goodies to combat redness, dryness, ruddiness, etc. I don't have a beauty book & can't remember where it is on the skin tip.   It's dermatologist tested & hypo ( and all that jazz). I was thinking about trying it, but since I just read about it ( and haven't heard anyone talk about it ), I am skeptical / afraid I suppose.   SO, what do you think / know about it? I just bought some of the Belli Anti Blemish (Lactic Acid) face wash from Ulta & some Mario B. Rose Spray & I am trying to check out a diff. Moisturizer (like maybe GLOSSIER) or maybe the E. Lauder EE Cream & was wanting some suggestions. I am gonna keep the new bottle of Clinique Tinted Moisturizer (old but goodie) but I am trying to amp up yet simplify (time wise) my skin care routine. I have a lot going on at the moment. Thanks in Advance    
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landofdreem
IT GIRL landofdreem / IT GIRL IT GIRL / replied
I'm pretty curious about this these too but there haven't been enough reviews online for me to decide! I'm surprised there haven't been more bloggers doing reviews on th... see post
Shaelynn
The skincare essentials for a teenager with dry skin facing winter?
So I've been looking into improving my skincare and it's not as simple as I thought it would be. One product lead to another and it seems like something's always missing. Started off with a moisturizer and now I'm getting a skin peel. What type of products do you think are essential for dry skin and for a 17 year old?
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DesertRose0706
HALL OF FAMER DesertRose0706 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
definitely look for a skin cleanser meant for dry skin.  use an exfoliator/peel 1 or two times a week, no more than that.  its always a good idea to add in a serum.  a v... see post