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Favorite Mask or treat yourself products
So its that time of year when a lot of us either get gift cards, or get ourselves a little something special just because we deserve it, and face masks are one of the things I always think of as the perfect little indulgence--not too expensive, but mostly not something I think of as an absolute necessity so not something I usually buy for myself and the perfect thing to treat yourself with.  Since its been a couple of years since we had a thread on favorite masks and with so many new ones that have come out, I thought this might be a fun discussion to have so......   1) what are your favorite masks and why? 2) do you have another favorite treat yourself product/purchase?
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BEAUTY SAVANT ncip / BEAUTY SAVANT BEAUTY SAVANT / replied
I just realized I never responded to my own post...   my current favorite mask for trouble prevention is Bosica's black mask, but I haven't tried a ton yet, and I've b... see post
I've tried a few primers and had no luck. I recently tri
  I have really dry skin and whenever I apply makeup, I get cracking on my chin area and around my nose. I've tried a few primers and had no luck. I recently tried the Too Faced Hangover Primer and it actually made the cracking worse. If anyone has a recommendation for a good primer that would stop the cracking and make my makeup last longer, that would be amazing. I'm looking for more of a primer and not moisturizer, :-)
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StephanieBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
  Hi iloveheathl,   Since you said your skin is quite dry, I'd recommend either the Kat Von D lock-it primer, which is more of a lightweight hydrating gel primer, ... see post
Moisturizer for acne prone, dry skin?
I know there's loads of posts out there but I kind of wanted one a bit more tailored to my skin and personal issues! My skin is always kind of dry in the winter, definitely not oily in the summer though, so it's normal I guess!  I recently started a topical prescription (Benzaclin) but it makes my skin super dry! It doesn't really need to be oil free (I also find they don't work as well), just something that isn't too thick (I didn't like the FAB repair cream)!    Thanks  
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HALL OF FAMER irenet / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I have oily acne prone skin and for my night moisturizer I use Dr. Jart Sleep Mask Moisturizer. For day I use Aveeno Moisturizer with SPF. I like it because it has soy t... see post
Undereye cream
I have dark circles under my eyes and have been using lotion from loreal and concealer. It doesn't seem to be working. What is the best cream to correct dark circles. I would love some day to not rely on using concealer   thanks Roxy demo
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BEAUTY BOSS virgo87 / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
I personally have seen good results using Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Eye. I found it has really helped my dark circles. see post
I'm looking for a new moisturizer
I'm looking for a new moisturizer, the last one I used was a dior pro-youth with SPF that they've since discontinued. I have sensitive skin, and an uneven skin tone. I have combination skin that tends to be more oily than dry. 
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Or in a pump jar like the Kate Somerville moisturizers! I love that it gets all the product cleaned out from a jar but keeps what is dispensed separate from the rest of ... see post
Valentine's gift for my wife
I figured I should get started on my wife's Valentine's Day gift. I know she's looking for some kind of anti-aging overnight mask, but of course I have no idea what that means or where to find it. I was hoping someone could help me and recommend some brands that have worked for them.
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HALL OF FAMER kssweetheart / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Thanks lylysa, hopefully the surprise ChrisTom mask face would provide laughter, unforgettable memories and a good, somewhat embarrasing story down the road, we all have... see post
UNDER MAKEUP MOISTURIZE??
I need help with some good moisturizer to go under my makeup....something where it soaks into my skin and wears well with my liquid foundation....
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BEAUTY WHIZ lilshopper1 / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
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Tony Moly snail gel...
Anyone have any experience with the Tony Moly snail gel products? I have been looking at a moisturizer and see they also(saw it at Ulta the other day) have snail gel face masks as well and I am very curious if they really work like I've been reading, or if it's just all hype. Putting snail gel on my skin, face or otherwise, kinda creeps me out but if it really works then I think I'd be willing to give it a shot...
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BEAUTY WHIZ Lisa4040 / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
Thanks for the feedback! I'll check out the Mizon brand as well. The explanation of the concept of how it works is very nice. see post
Murad Skincare
So I was wondering if anyone has any recommendations on Murad skincare products. There are two reasons I ask this, one I recently got a 100 point perk of the hydro-dynamic quenching essence I believe it is called and love it.   Second my holy grail face wash has been discontinued. It was Olay total effects anti blemish cleanser.   I was thinking the Murad AHA/BHA cleanser might be a good match as it has salicylic acid in it and that is the one ingredient that keeps my hormonal breakouts at bay. It also has scrubby beads in it like the Olay one I loved.   Any advice would be great!
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Although the AHA/BHA exfoliating cleanser has more gentle/soft textured jojoba beads, I would highly recommend that you follow Clarisonic's direction in not using any so... see post
Yüli Skincare Experience?
I know they're not carried at Sephora but for you Green Beauty lovers, any experience with Yüli?  I love their philosophy and have been heavily swayed by blogger: BeautyIdealist! Thoughts? 
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OILY SKIN
I have really oily skin what will keep me matte all day? I use Sephora concealer and becca translucent powder on a day to day and I get super oily.
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LindsayBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi EdynG,   I'd recommend checking out this recent thread: http://community.sephora.com/t5/Ask-The-Experts/How-can-i-control-my-oily-skin-and-touch-up-during-the-day... see post
What is a great makeup line that specializes for sensitive skin? My skin tends to be very dry and I think I may need hypoallergenic makeup.
BEAUTY PRO Daskala78 / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
I highly recommend PureCeuticals.  I discovered this AMAZING skincare line a few months ago and LOVE it.  You can order products on their Web site (just Google it). :) see post
Nude Brand Toner no longer available, need a replacement
Hi  For some reason the toner from Nude brands is no longer available!  I went thru so many toners to find one I like and now it isn't available!!  What's a similar product that won't break the bank?    
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keelybt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
 Hi Suprvxn, Boscia Balancing Facial Tonic is fairly similar to the Nude Purify Toning Water and is very reasonably priced.    see post
What are some good products / solutions for my HUGE PORES?
I did some searching, but it appears all similar threads are pretty outdated and / or contain little helpful information for me.   The pores on my nose are HUGE. It's a genetic thing. My mom and sisters have it too. It's not from aging or sun exposure, it's just a thing I've always had to deal with. It has always bothered me. I use the strips to keep them deep cleaned and mattifying moisturizer, but it's still an uphill battle.   I did a product search, but there are so many. So I was curious if anybody out there has any personal experience with any of them and could point me in the right direction.   Thanks in advance!
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BEAUTY GURU BlueEyeAli / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
You want to keep your pores clean, unfortunately there isn't anything out there that will make them disappear. I never found pore strips to be helpful until I found a r... see post
Aging Skin Care Line
I am 53, and am looking for a great anti-aging skin care line that also has the basics like cleanser etc.  I have been exploring different brands this past year, but cannot find one that has it all!!  Please advise
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BEAUTY SAVANT ncip / BEAUTY SAVANT BEAUTY SAVANT / replied
There are a ton of different lines that would fit what you're looking for, but it depends a lot on three things: 1) what you're looking to achieve (lighten age spots, ge... see post
Need new eye cream
I've been using the Ole Henriksen line for about 5 years and I was very happy with it until recently. Some products, like the invigorating gel and the truth serum, still work for me but the red tea cleanser and the blue eye gel  need to go.  I'm in my mid-30s with a combo skin that gets more dry in the winter and oily in the T zone during summer. Most important concerns for me are fine lines, dark circles and puffiness. What eye creams would you suggest? 
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BEAUTY WHIZ Cecilia08 / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
I've been using the Tarte Maracuja eye cream and I love it! It moisturizes and has helped reduce my dark circles. The best part? It lasts an extremely long time :)   h... see post
First Time Facial Oil User
Hi!  So the first oil I tried was back in November, the Drunk Elephant Marula Oil, for my dry skin as I was purchasing a few other items from their line.  However, it broke me out in little bumps on my forehead that are only now going away (I decided to stop using it at the beginning of January)!  The next one I tried, and am still using, is the Herbivore Lapis facial oil but i'm breaking out in weird places (I started this mid-January).     My question to you guys is: How long should I trial a facial oil before ditching it?  Is there an adjustment period where my skin will go crazy (especially since the Lapis is for balancing oil)? Instead of trying it for longer or switching to a new oil I figured I would ask you knowledgeable people!    Thanks in advance  
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BEAUTY SAVANT ncip / BEAUTY SAVANT BEAUTY SAVANT / replied
Here are a couple of threads you might find useful as you continue your oil journey:   Comparison of specific oils: http://community.sephora.com/t5/All-Other-Concerns/... see post
Brown Patches (pigmentation issue) also have oily skin
Need help for Brown patches on my face and I also have oily skin
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LindsayBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
I'm happy to help! Let me know if you have any further questions :] see post
Pimples
I don't suffer from severe acne. Yet in my forehead I get pimples and my skin is uneven. Is there any products that would get rid of acne in a specific area for good? 
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HALL OF FAMER JazaChai / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Also, whether you have bangs or not, spot treatments for acne can be effective in managing breakouts, depending on the type they are.   Lylysa has a very detailed thre... see post
Looking for a skin regime that would really help.
Hey guys so for over a year i have been looking for the perfect skincare products. I have a combo skin, oily t zone and somewhat dry cheeks with new acne on it plus the acne scars from last year. I was currently using kiehl's products but they didn't help. I am looking for a daily skin routine starting with a face wash then toner and moisturizer, nothing too harsh for the skin. My main concern is the little acne and the oily part of the face.   really appreciate it if you guys can recommend products that are more organic. 
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LindsayBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi Hafsak,   For face wash I'd still say the Murad Time Release Acne Cleanser is an excellent choice. For a toner, maybe the Ole Henricksen Grease Relief Face Tonic ... see post
What has worked for your eczema?
I get eczema on the opposite side of my elbow. Its incredibly itchy and because of that I end up with skin irritation. I have a prescription cream but its strong and the doc says not to use it THAT often or as a prophylactic. Mine recently flared in the last year and it doesn't seem to be seasonal nor diet based (well my diet hasn't changed).   Right now Im trying out Loccitanes 100% Shea butter and the Ultra Repair Cream by First Aid Beauty. Its only been a few days so I can't quite tell yet.    Has anything worked for you particularly? 
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HALL OF FAMER myxducky / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
If you have any stores that carry Bioderma, I swear by the Cicabio creme. My eczema tends to pop up mostly when there are drastic changes in the weather, and even more a... see post
Dr. Brandt Needles No More - 3D Filler Mask
Today I started trialing the Dr.Brandt 3D Filler Mask.  Sephora generously sent this to me to try out.    The product is a white transluscent paste (not really creamy but not chalky either).  It comes with a little brush to apply it.  It is recommended as an overnight leave on mask.     From the Sephora product page: "This leave-on mask restores volume and youthful-looking contours, giving your skin an instantly smoother look. It’s specially formulated with a potent, age-defying combination, including hyaluronic acid , peptides , and an Adipofill'in™ Complex. "   For all skin types, this product targets the middle to lower part of face, smile lines and marionettes to visibly revolumize jowl and cheekbone contours.   Some Claims include - Smoother and more supple skin Less visible lines and wrinkles Plumper skin Product fills in wrinkles and folds.   Possible allergen for me - Shea Butter I already use Dr. Brandt Overnight Resurfacing Retinol Complex as one of my serums in rotation.  It has shea butter in it as well, but that hasn't irritated my skin yet.  So I am not too worried.   My skin condition: I am almost 41.  I have oily/combo skin that is currently dehydrated (skin sometimes feels parched and tight).  But I don't have wrinkles yet, and I think my facial contours are hanging in there just fine (for the moment).   What I expect this product to do: Although I am not addressing wrinkles and facial contours, I am definitely testing all the other claims.  I have highlighted the ingredients and claims that interest me.  Winter dehydrated skin is a great time to see if the hyaluronic acid plumps and makes my skin more "supple". This is supposed to address fine lines as well by smoothing the skin.  I am not sure if I have fine lines, but I will stipulate that I do just due to current age.   Usage: I read up on Sephoras webste and also Dr.Brandt's website to learn how to incorporate this in my regular skincare.    After I cleansed, toned and serum-ed, I applied this in an inverted V from my cheekbones down to my jaw (hugging my nose and the corner of my mouth).  Then I waited about 15 minutes for the product to sink in.  It didn't completely absorb and looked matte and pasty on me still (not sure how it's supposed to look).  I then applied my nightime moisturizer.  It reminded me very much of a matte primer - how they can look matte and leave a white cast.    Lets see how I feel in the morning.  :-)
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HALL OF FAMER fatimamummy / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Quick take after first use.   I used this mask last night . I used it as an extra step in my nightly skin care routine so I used it after serum, let it stay there for ... see post
what is the best face wash for oily skin?
I struggle with oily skin, and I MUST carry my oil blotting sheets with me everyday to blot away the oil throughout the day. I've been trying to find a good face wash to help reduce oil, and I'm having a hard time on identifying a good product specifically for oily skin. I was using Proactiv previously, but wasn't satisfied with the results. So I now use Cetaphil, and I've been OKAY with it.   Another thing I should mention is that I wear very minimal makeup - I only put on mascara, and occasionally wear blush, but no foundation or concealer or anything like that. The times I have, my face felt very heavy because of my oily skin.   Any help/recommendations would be greatly appreciated - thanks all!
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BEAUTY BUFF claudstmup / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
i have really oily skin as well and struggled a lot with it until recently that i changed my skin care routine and i can go through the whole day almost with just blotti... see post
Has anyone tried Curology (Pocket Derm)? What was your experience?
I'm considering signing up for Curology (use to be called Pocket Derm) because I've got stubborn acne on my jawline and cheeks that isn't going away.  If you've tried it, did it help?  Thanks.
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HALL OF FAMER irenet / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I love it! I've been using Curology for 6 months for acne and for the first time in 11 years I've had consistently clear skin for about 4 months now. In the beginning I ... see post
Sunday Riley Good Genes question
Hi all! Has anyone else experienced actual skin peeling when using Good Genes?? I had this problem with Luna as well, though so far, the peeling w/ Good Genes is more minimal (Luna gave me red skin AND peeling). Is this normal? If so, does it subside after my skin gets used to the product?   For reference, I've used Drunk Elephant's Glycolic Nightly Peel w/ no actual skin peeling issues. And have used Sunday Riley's Artemis, which is not a peel of course, with no issues.
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Origins Charcoal Mask...
  I suffer from acne and have been wanting to invest in a good quality mask that'll do a lot more for my skin than a cheap drugstore one would. I just want to know how this mask has worked for any of you who have tried it... does it actually help with clearing acne? How often do you guys use it? How long do you keep it on?   If anyone could basically tell me about their experience with this mask I'd really appreciate it
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BEAUTY GURU BlueEyeAli / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
Yes dont use it everyday Im pretty sure it would be too much for anyones skin. I usually use it once or twice a week. But it is seriously amazing. see post
Eye Creams
Hi Beauties,   I just turned 27 and I want to start getting into anti-aging products. What are some good eye creams? I don't have bags, just a little darkness and slight wrinkling. I need something really hydrating because when I use concealer I look 100 years old because it really brings out the wrinkles lol. Please post some suggestions. I was looking at the Dermadoctor eye cream. Is this a good one?
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BEAUTY WHIZ Cecilia08 / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
Hi there!   I've been loving the Tarte Maracuja eye cream-- it's moisturizing, it has helped reduce my dark circles, and it lasts forever :)   http://www.sephora.com... see post
Low pH Cleansers?
Hello! Me again I'm still working on getting the best skin care routine for my skin and keep it clear, so far no such luck.  I've learned about low pH cleansers being better for your skin, acne prone specifically, so I was wondering if anybody had any recommendations?   I was looking into the Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip but apparently Silicone is bad for acne prone? If anyone has any suggestions or recommendations, even for other products in my routine, that would be stellar!     
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BEAUTY SAVANT ncip / BEAUTY SAVANT BEAUTY SAVANT / replied
I haven't done a ton of research on cleanser PH because historically I had too much trouble finding something that worked, wouldn't irritate my super sensitive skin or m... see post
Q. Products that truly work to fade post-acne marks?
My skin is in a rough state after dealing with acne for the past 9 years of my life. I have been on a topical medication for 8 years (benzoyl peroxide 10%, clindamycin phosphate gel) that I apply every night. It keeps my acne under control however I still have acne and am never 100% pimple-free. Because I have had acne for so long and have unfortunately picked nearly every pimple I've had, I have red marks all over my face that make my skin appear 10x worse than it is. I'm considering laser at this point, but would love to hear of any tried and true products that people have used. I'm currently using a gentle exfoliating toner by Pixi, Ole's Truth Serum in the AM (although I've heard vitamin C only fades brown spots/hyperpigmentation and not post-acne marks), First Aid Beauty's Oil-Free Moisturizer, Ole's Aloe Cleanser at night with my Clarisonic, followed by Murad's post-acne lightening serum, then my acne medication and Josie Maran's Light Argan Oil. I have only been using the acne lightening serum for about a week so I am hoping that will start to work eventually.   What products have you tried that have successfully faded your post-acne marks?  
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. By chance which formula of the FAB moisturizer are you using specifically in the morning? Is it one with SPF?   The products that you're using appear to be pretty bala... see post