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THANK YOU SEPHORA AND OLE HENRIKSEN!! <3
So today I got my package from Sephora and Ole Henriksen. I received the Power Bright 3-step skin brightening system. There are 6 treatments in the box. It has a 25% Vitamin C concentrate. I haven't tried something like this and am excited to!! Thanks for the genorous gift. =)   As per Sephora-    Solutions for: - Dullness - Uneven skintone - Fine lines and wrinkles   This set contains: - 6 x 0.14 oz Facial Mask - 6 x 0.11 oz Facial Mask Concentrate - 6 x 0.11 oz Facial Cleanser - 2 x Complexion sponges   $66 CAD/$55 USD   I will update on how it works out for me!    
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HALL OF FAMER jesscheems / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Cool! Congrats!! Can't wait to hear your thoughts =) 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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HALL OF FAMER lyravega / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I am so loving Preacher!         Love Cassidy! What a great lad, eh? :P   see post
Oily, sensitive skin skin care regimen?
I have oily skin and decided I am done dealing with it. What are your recommended skin care regimens? Oily, somewhat sensitive skin, blackheads and I don't wear makeup. Thanks!
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BEAUTY MASTER frametheface / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
One of the things that I have to be aware of (outside of sensitivities) is that the more oil I have, the more I want to strip it all off - which is the last thing I shou... see post
Foundation for oily skin, something light and doesn't transfer too much?
So, I've been looking for a foundation for oily skin. I tend to sweat from heat or what not very easily and haven't tried very much out there.   I've been told about tint moisturizers, BB-CC Creams, minerals, but i can't seem to find one that looks the way I want it to on my face.   I'm looking for something light, doesn't transfer too much, WATERPROOF??, and basically something that doesnt look like its there at all. I just need one for redness but don't want anything that make my oily skin more oily or crack.   HELP! haha as you can already tell, im all over the place with what I'm looking for. Any guidance??   Thanks Beauty Queens. 
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HALL OF FAMER TrysBeautyItems / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Do you use a primer and set it with a spray or powder? This will help keep everything in place.   When you apply makeup is the skin cool to the touch, not heated up li... see post
Q. I need some advice on a new skin care regimen!
Hey guys, so I'm 27 with fair, sensitive, acne prone skin especially hormonal acne. I   am thinking of changing up my skin care routine, BUT I have been using Origins plantscription am with SPF 25 and the night a mins cream at night (both creams are oil free too) for probably 2-3 years now. I just feel like maybe I need something new for my skin, I have been looking at Lancome and some other products, but I just dont know what to go with? obviously I would like a day cream that has SPF in it and im all about anti-aging products it is never too early to start for that. So I need some advice what are the best products to maybe try out that are reasonable or maybe just keep my routine the way it is? 
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HALL OF FAMER alexasteph / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. You said you just feel like you need something new for your skin, but why? The reason why you're interested in changing up your routine can help us with product suggesti... see post
best selling affordable eye cream
looking for a good eye cream, I'm 25 don't have bags but can get dry and i am trying to prevent aging. 
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HALL OF FAMER Mystiques / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I like Ole Henriksen Fresh Start Eye Creme. I got a deluxe sample of it, and it lasted around 6 months since you only need to apply so little of it. So I think the full ... see post
Allergic Reaction?
This really sucks. I have somewhat sensitive skin but I've never had a reaction that looks like this and I fear that it will only get worse. It started yesterday in a couple of places and it didn't look bad. Today it got worse.   I'm including a couple photos because I don't know how to best describe it other than "it looks like a bunch of tiny red dots that look like micro pimples".     Below the photos I've included all new products used this week along with all the products I use regularly.   Pictures taken after cleansing and toner.       I've only used a few new things in the past week. Do I need to go farther back? And yes I know I should have spot tested and not introduced so many new things at once but it's done. Deluxe: FAB Face Cleanser (used on Thurs & Fri) Deluxe: Origins Original Skin Renewal Serum (used nightly, I had used a jar sample before and no reaction) Foils: The Face Shop Mango Seed Volume Butter For Face (2X, used Weds & Thurs) Foils: Biotherm Aquasource Everplump (used Fri night, I have used other Biotherm night cream foils and no reaction)   I'm going to go through my whole routine I guess... Every night: The Face Shop Calming Seed Cleanser (if not using other cleansers) The Face Shop Calming Seed Toner Origins Original Skin Renewal Serum A sheet mask The Body Shop Vit E Eye Cream, but I ran out so more recently it's been The Face Shop The Therapy Secret Made Anti Aging Eye Cream The Body Shop Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion and a cream but I ran out of my usual The Face Shop Calming Seed Cream   Additional products not used nightly: Weds: Laneige Mulberry Yogurt Repairing Mask The Face Shop Mango Seed Volume Butter for Face   Thurs: Boscia Exfoliating Peel Gel Murad T Zone Pore Refining Gel The Face Shop Mango Seed Volume Butter for Face   Fri: Glamglow Flashmud Origins Active Charcoal Mask Biotherm Aquasource Everplump Laneige Water Sleeping Mask
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HALL OF FAMER jozkid / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
@studz Yay! So good to hear. Yeah, finding an eye cream without caffeine is hard, especially since many don't come right out and call it caffeine. More often a botanical... see post
Mid 30s looking for help with total skincare regimen
Hi! I'm in my mid-30s and am looking for help putting together a complete skincare regimen. I usually buy whatever is on sale at the drugstore, and generally only use a cleanser and moisturizer....but I'm ready to step up my game.   I've been checking into Rodan + Fields, but I'm not convinced it's right for me. I have combo skin and my main areas of concern are pores, redness/uneven skin, dullness and anti-aging. I'm completely overwhelmed by all of the options and have no idea what to buy and when to use each product.   Thanks for your help!
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BEAUTY PRO ncip / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
So there are a couple of things you're to want to consider before totally changing your routine:   1) what allergies or sensatives do you have (and it's ok if you don'... see post
Finding the culprit!
Hello everyone, I hope you could share some pointers to what just attacked my face!  I began using a new foundation, and after about two days of use, woke up to blackheads. I get a spot or two like clockwork, hormonal, sometimes even cysts, but I haven't had actual blackheads invade like this since I was twelve or so!  My question is, would the foundation be to blame, or is it more likely the  new sleep oil that I've been sampling for around a week?  i also have been experiencing itching although there is zero flaking, hives, or redness.   Id hate to do a used return if it is another product.  Everything else in my routine is 100% the same.   Thanks in advance!!  
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HALL OF FAMER TrysBeautyItems / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I'm going to guess the Sunay Riley Luna Oil caused it, it's retinol and acids, retinol doesn't play nice with some skin. Since it's only been a week, that's not enough t... see post
acne help :(
hey!! i have acne prone and oily skin and i would like to know what foundation and powder i should use to cover it
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BEAUTY WHIZ quspork / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
Do you wear anything currently? What kind of coverage would you like?   For the summer, I'm happy with Tarte's BB tinted treatment followed by UD Naked Skin powder. De... see post
Clarasonic Mia or the Foreo Mini?
Hi Everyone,   I have mild acne and I'm not sure if I should buy the Clarasonic Mia or the Foreo Mini. I tend to have oily skin in the summer and dry skin in the winter. Any suggestions?
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HALL OF FAMER k617 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I have used both (currently using Foreo Luna mini) and prefer the Foreo.    I used Clarisonic for 3+ years before switching to the Foreo. WHen I switched, my skin was ... see post
Dry and Sensitive
I have dry, sensitive skin. I also have scars from acne. Any good products that'll help??):
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BEAUTY PRO ncip / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
I'd recommend getting sample sizes of: Drunk Elephants' C-Firma and TLC serums Sunday Riley's Good Genes   Either the C-Firma by itself or some combination of it in ... see post
Best Self Tanner - Deep Color, Long Lasting, Non Streaky, Dries Quick, Less Transfer
Evaluating self tanners and I'd love advice from all of you!  There were some older threads that touched on self tanners, but I'm hoping to get some updates now that some new products are out.   I'm looking for:   - Deepest color (not orange of course, not toooo olive either - I'm looking at you Xen Tan); I'd like to be very tan looking (I am med to fair normally) - Last lasting as possible (Vita Liberata is great exaggerating with 2-3 weeks, but ya know) - Non streaky/not prone to splotichess as it fades (no chunking off) - Quick Drying as I hate being wet and sticky in the summer heat, and because I don't want it transferring to everything - No strong perfume scent (coconut OK, DHA smell is even OK) but no floral because gives me huge headache - I prefer mouse/foam, dry oil, even lotion over wipes at this point   Also - so has anyone used Tanceuticals darkest formula?  I read good reviews online but I'm worried they might be paid...   Here's what I've tried recently:   1. Vita Liberata Mouse - I like this, it meets most of my requirements, I just didn't fall in love -- this is my back up.  Some transfer of course.  I would get the deepest shade next time.  Does NOT last 2+ weeks as they claim.  Rosy bronze color with olive undertones.   2. Xen Tan - lotion, not horrible but a little too orange and olive mixed somehow, on my skin - just doesn't look quite natural.  Because this is a heavier lotion, it stays wet and tacky on my skin too long .  I have to use a lot to get good coverage. Just OK.   3. Vita Liberata Dry Oil - I like this, I am trialing it today for the first time.  My bottle is older but had never been opened, finally got around to trying it.  Application is a huge pain however, it comes out in TINY drops from the bottle, it's super thin liquidy and dribbles everywhere.  It does dry somewhat quicker.  The color seems rosy bronze.  I like the idea that it has shimmer although I can't actually see it on my body.   4. Tan Towels - nope. Streaky, orange, dried my skin out, barely tanned me, faded immediately, nope nope nope.   Love to hear your favs and least favs!   Thanks all...  
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HALL OF FAMER Nicrohr / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I do all of this except I don't think I've applied it twice in the same day!     I will probably give it another shot, I do like it, I just didn't completely fall head... see post
Skin Care Routine
31 with normal to dry skin, looking for a good anti aging skin care regimen that is not too pricey. I am pretty busy, so I don't really want to deal with a lot of products-simple would be best. Thanks!
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BEAUTY MAVEN Chris38 / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
For anti-aging, spend the money on a good sunscreen.  This will get you the biggest bang for your buck.  Origins A Perfect World Spf 25 $43 is great. Cetaphil makes one ... see post
How to deal with oily skin?
Hello friends,   I've always had relatively oily skin, but it has gotten especially oily this past month or so. I wash my face with cleanser twice everyday, and I have also tried a number of different masks (from Caudalie, Caolion, etc.). I was wondering if anybody could recommend a good foundation/translucent powder (or any makeup product, really) that could help minimize my oiliness? Something light or natural would be preferable, as I've never really worn makeup before. Mask recommendations would be appreciated as well! Thanks!
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BEAUTY CELEB LizH97 / BEAUTY CELEB BEAUTY CELEB / replied
Cleansing twice a day is perfectly fine for oily skin I would not recommend skipping to once a day (as told to me by my dermatologist). ANYTHING from bare minerals found... see post
Q. Moisturizer with SPF for oily skin...
I have oily/sensitive/acne prone skin and have been looking for a good moisturizer with SPF that won't irritate my skin. I recently tried Philosophy Renewed Hope with SPF 25 (only because I use the night cream and its amazing) but the SPF version is horrible for oily skin. What are the ones that work best for you?
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JaneanBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / answered
A. Hi Cait489,   I have oily skin as well! I like to use Murad's Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 PA++. This is a very lightweight moisturizer and it also absorbs oil, so y... see post
best facial pads for acne?
Hi! Does anyone have recommendations for the best facial pads for acne-prone skin? I am at my wits' end here. I'm 34, and ever since I had a baby last year, my skin has been a disaster. I'm pretty sure it's primarily driven by hormones, since I am still breastfeeding, but because of the breastfeeding and the fact that we plan to try for another baby pretty soon, I'm limited in what I can get from a dermatologist. In the past Retin-A has been a lifesaver, but that's off the table for now.    I have been using the PTR Max Complexion Correction pads for over two months, and they don't seem to be doing much except drying out my skin. I  also have the DDF 5% benzoyl peroxide lotion that I use sparingly as a spot treatment. I am also working on overhauling my diet, cutting out dairy and excess sugars to help prevent inflammation.    So, my question is this: is there a good facial pad I can use instead of the PTR pads? Or should I stick with the PTR pads even longer? I know it takes a while for results, but I would hope that after 10-11 weeks, SOMETHING would be improved. I've considered the Dennis Gross Alpha Beta peel pads, Philosophy (they used to have something wonderful called the Microdelivery Mini Peel Pads a long time ago, but those appear to be discontinued now), anything else I should look at? Or that you have had success with?    I'm moving to a new city next week and really dreading meeting new people and making new friends with my face like this. I feel like I'm starting high school and have the skin to prove it. Thanks in advance for any tips or product recommendations!
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BEAUTY PRO atr3810 / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
Thanks for the recommendation! I'll read up on it and maybe give it a try.  see post
Korres cleanser and Clarisonic
Hi! I've been using my Clarisonic for a couple of weeks now and I'm currently using it with a FAB cleanser. I'm thinking of getting Korres Wild Rose Daily Brightening & Refinishing Buff Cleanser due to my uneven skin tone and dark spots and my question is, can I use that with my Clarisonic? If not, I don't want to store my Clarisonic in the drawers cause it's so expensive and I want to make the most out of it, can I use the FAB cleanser and then use the Korres cleanser as exfoliator or is that too much cleansing since the Korres cleanser works as both cleanser and exfoliator?
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HALL OF FAMER TrysBeautyItems / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Ok, I don't even use that much due to my skin. For cleansers I just use basic ones, as they get washed off, I prefer a leave on treatment - mask, serum, peel etc. Popula... see post
Q. Ole Henriksen product question
Hello,  I just received some Ole Henriksen products I ordered online, the aloe vera deep cleanser, the grease relief facial water and the grease relief face tonic....is there a difference between the facial water and facial tonic? Can I use both of them back to back, if not which one should I keep?  Thank you.
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HALL OF FAMER virgo87 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. Hi @FatimaCM   The tonic is a toner and the facial water can be used as a toner but can also be used throughout the day to help keep oil at bay.    If you want to k... see post
skincare routine: order of products
Hi my name is Kristen and I am a skincare noob.😳   As a general guide, I'm wondering in what order products should be applied? Obviously start with cleanser, but then what?   Also, do you do the same order routine for both day and night? Like if a serum was applied before applying foundation during the day, would the foundation be able to stay on your skin?
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KristenPri / FRESH FACE / replied
So detailed, I love it! Thank you so much!!! see post
Teenage Skincare?
Hi! I"m 13 years old and am for looking some good skincare products. I have normal/dry skin with some acne here or there. I'm currently looking for a moisturizer and possibly eye cream? I currently use Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation moisturizer which I found out had anti aging properties in there which I feel I'm too young for... I use to use Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizer which I felt worked good for me but when I went to Sephora planning to buy it again the skincare woman there said it was for more mature skin than mine and recommended me Ole Henriksen?  Anyways, I'm just trying to find a good moisturizer for normal - dry skin and possibly a good eye cream for dark circles?   Thanks in advance!  
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JaneanBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi DeirdreBres,   I suggest looking into the First Aid Beauty Line. They have a great kit called the Spring it FAB. It includes their famous  Ultra Repair Cream Inte... 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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HALL OF FAMER notcreative / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hopefully, they fix it. I know ingredients are the main reason most people look at the site.   I love looking at their reviews, but I never consider them the end all, ... see post
Blackheads/Sebaceous Filaments on Nose
I have had a problem with the blackheads on my nose for about 15 years. I have otherwise near-perfect skin which is slightly dehydrated, but have never suffered from acne or oiliness. The pore problem is isolated to just my nose, which is also rather large. What I am currently doing to get rid of them is using a pore strip after a steamy shower, then gently exfoliating my face and following up with a charcoal mud mask. This gets rid of them... BUT! I have to repeat the process within 3 days, and I am so tired of doing this. I have done so much research about the topic, and I know someone is bound to respond to this with "Don't use pore strips. They stretch out your pores and make them worse. If you stop using them, the blackheads will go away," but the blackheads are literally so bad that I cannot not be seen in public without clearing them first. The blackheads are 3-D, and stick out of my skin so I can literally feel them when I run my finger along my nose. (Did I mention I have a big nose? The blackheads are very noticeable!) Also, I have tried abstaining from using pore strips for a long time while being diligent with my normal skincare routine, and the blackheads did not just "go away." Below is a list of other products which I have tried to remedy the problem with:   Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment Caolion Premium Blackhead Steam Pore Pack Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask Tony Moly Blackhead Out Oil Gel Clarisonic Cleansing System the entire line of Dr. Brandt "Pores no More"   I'm sure I am forgetting even more products which I have used, but NONE of these has helped my nose pores, and I am really open to any suggestions at this point. Has anyone with this problem found a method to fix it? What should I be doing differently? Any advice will help. Thank you so much!
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BEAUTY CELEB blotchyfaced / BEAUTY CELEB BEAUTY CELEB / replied
Hi! I;m 50 and still have acne & blackheads! I use the REN line of mask & cleanser for my repeat acne. I use the pore strips every other week after a warm/steamy shower... see post
im looking for a good foundation that is for oily skin
BEAUTY MAVEN katele1 / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
What technique do you use with this foundation? i heard it dry super fast. see post
Recommended products while using Accutane?
I'm going to be starting Accutane next month and was wondering if anyone recommends certain moisturizers, primers, foundation, etc. to help with the dryness. 
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BEAUTY MAVEN glowseeker / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
Your skin will be very dry and red and sensitive. I've tried a variety of oral pills fromt he derm to help with my skin and these products helped me cope with the side e... see post
BEAUTY QUESTIONS/ HELP! Thread
Neck Wrinkles! what do you guys do about it???   I am 28, not overweight. And My BIG CONCERNS right now is prominent double chin and very visible wrinkles in my NECK ~sigh  I am using antiaging face creams in my neck instead of face; yet to have one that is showing results. I started doing these korean oil message with spoon (saw it in YOUtube) - too soon to know if it is working.   PLEASE RECOMMEND ME ANY PRODUCTS OR HACKS THAT YOU HAVE TRIED AND SEEN RESULTS.    
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HALL OF FAMER JazaChai / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Yeah, other than extra weight in the area, this is the biggest cause of neck wrinkles in younger people who don't otherwise have any. I have two prominent creases straig... see post
What are you waering under your makeup? (oily skin types)
Hey, I would like to know what you all wearig under the makeup.....what kind of moisturizer etc. I was using the hydra veil from illamasque. but that makes me look to shiny, even to i love the product itself......maybe i'll try the matt veil from the same product line.. what can you recommend though?
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BEAUTY MAVEN cutey7 / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
I just started using Glamglow glowstarter, its light for summer and gives you a really nice glow/illumination that peeps through your makeup. I then use Tarte's bb cream... see post
I can't find a good moisturizer for my acne-prone skin
I have tried so many. I'm struggling to find a moisturizer I love and that does not cause breakouts. I break out mainly on my cheeks, chin, and jaw/jawline. 1. Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel: This doesn't feel like enough hydration. I love the texture, I love the feel. This used to be my HG moisturizer but as I've gotten older it's just not enough. 2. Clinique Moisture Surge: Feels too silicone-y/plastic-y. May have caused breakouts. Belif Aqua Bomb: This is not oil-free and I think was causing me breakouts. 3. Boscia Black Hydration Gel: It was okay...but a skin rep at Sephora told me that using charcoal daily is not good for my skin because it pulls out impurities??? 4. Boscia Sake Balm: Soooo sticky. Weird/goopy texture. Returned. 5. Sunday Riley Tidal cream: Latest one I purchased. Has a lot of fragrance in it and I am afraid that is causing me breakouts/small bumps. It's $65 dollars and honestly has not wowed me in the last few days I have been using.
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Heiwanalady / FRESH FACE / replied
I also struggle with moisturizers and have hormonal acne - mostly on my chin - but I have recently found a holy grail moisturizer!    It's the "Vanishing Cream" by LUS... see post
What does a 25 yr old with normal skin need to be doing everyday? HELP!
Hi everyone! I am 25 year old with normal/semi-dry skin (usually in winter). I am trying to formulate a go-to skincare regimen. Any advice?
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BEAUTY SAVANT Lickety / BEAUTY SAVANT BEAUTY SAVANT / replied
I've never used sunscreen and I'm in my 50's.  I hate the feel of it and the smell - oh god the smell no matter what product.  I wear funky hats and use coconut oil to m... see post