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Biggest Skincare Regret Purchase?
Around this past Christmas and Black Friday I spent several hundred dollars on vamping up my skincare routine, I bought lots of sets from Sephora as well as a few other companies, one of the biggest product regrets I had was changing my eye makeup remover. I tried one from Sephora, one from Caudalie, one from Fresh and I absolutely hated them all. I just ended up going back to my original form of removal which is coconut oil. However, I hate this too because its such a big jar. Sigh.    Anyone else have product nightmare stories they want to share? doesn't necessarily have to be skincare, my second biggest regret purchase was the Benefit They're Real Mascara.     
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BEAUTY WHIZ ellamoon / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
I have tried a BHA product from Paula's Choice and it seemed to work, I felt good about using it, but I ended up switching to a different toner which seems to be doing a... see post
SKINCARE: GATEWAY PRODUCTS ?
with the popularity of the "skincare regrets" thread, i thought i'd make a post discussing "gateway" products that contributed to your learning what your skin likes.   i have a few. for cleanser, the BOOTS botanics hot cloth balm was a revelation for me because it was the first time i tried a balm cleanser--and  essentially any sort of cleanser that didn't leave my skin tight and stripped. it completely shifted my perspective of approaching skincare as skin care rather than skin punish .    the AVEDA botanical kinetics exfoliant was my first acid toner i used after cleansing / before moisturizer and i saw a marked improvement. i now use primarily AHAs rather than the BHA (salicylic acid) that is in the AVEDA, but upon my first purchase i didn't even really know the difference. i was soon down the rabbit hole that is skincare   and lastly, KIEHL'S midnight recovery concentrate was the first facial oil i'd ever used. it taught me my skin liked oils--and i stopped searching for only oil-free products. i woke up with skin feeling supple and i thought "ohhhhh" . i also applied it directly to a in-the-skin-never-completely-goes-away spot on my chin. within 2 hours it came to a head and i never saw it again. this eventually led me to my beloved CLARINS blue orchid oil. and the rest is history.    how about you ?
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BEAUTY WHIZ coffeenow / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
My gateway was Lush.  I started using their skincare in my early 20s and had no idea before then that skin care could make my skin feel and look so good, or that it coul... see post
How to not contact rosacea
I am not trying to scare anyone, but be cautious when sampling creams/serums/etc at beauty stores where everyone can dip their fingers in! Rosacea in some people is caused by Demodex mites which live on the skin and can be contagious!  Ladies and gents, be cautious - the mites are very real, microscopic but can be transferred from one person to another.  Just wanted to share so everyone takes extra precaution when sampling in store. 
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HALL OF FAMER missey1973 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
    Thanks for sharing about your mom. Next time I go to my derm I'll chech it out. It never hurts to ask.  see post
What's in your arsenal to battle severely dry hands?
So where I live, the snow has been insane, and the weather is so cold that I start to tear up, and then my tears start to freeze. I digress.   I am experiencing my driest and cracked hands ever. For those who have similar issues, or are experiencing the frigid cold, what are your go-to products, and how often do you apply them?   At my disposal, I've currently got: Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre Laura Mercier Hand Lotions, in Fresh Fig and Creme de Pistache L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream   I apply these whenever my hands feel dry, but I am literally applying another round of lotion every 5-10 minutes, and my hands have remained unmoisturized and chapped. Help! How do you guys tackle chapped hands in the winter?
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BEAUTY WHIZ BlueEyeAli / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
I work in a hospital so I wash my hands about every 5 minutes (minimum). My hands are constantly dry and chapped. My go-to hand cream is AVEENO® Intense Relief Hand Crem... see post
Need tips for dry skin - after makeup is already on.
I swear my skin is just getting dryer and dryer, and makeup looks pretty awful, but I have somewhat reddish cheeks (mild rosacea) and some blemishes that I prefer covering. I just don't know what to do anymore. I could moisturize and moisturize all day long and as soon as I apply anything, it's instant scaliness. Ugh.    I use very hydrating makeup - either Dior Hydralife BB Cream or L'Oreal True Match Lumi, and use a beauty blender to apply. I feel like my skin seems smooth/hydrated before I do anything but lately, it's just awful and I look dry/powdery everywhere (and I don't use powder). Any tips to alleviate this? Because from a skin care perspective I'm doing everything I can and it's still bad. 
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BEAUTY WHIZ kelloua / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
Unfortunately my Sephora didn't have the Amore Pacific version in stock.  They did have Caudalie and the SA sprayed it on my face.  Perhaps it's just too much of a tall ... see post
Cleansing water for face: do I want them or not?
I have two of the smaller sizes in my basket (Caudelle and Koh Gen Do). Do I want them or not? I've never tried cleansing waters before but am very intrigued.  Anyone who has tried them have any thoughts?   The brands are great ones.  How about this product?   Thanks!
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HALL OF FAMER meganlisa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
That one seems very, very popular.  On it's way to me... see post
Body Wash
I am looking for an Exfoliating Body Wash that I can use daily. Any suggestions?
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BEAUTY WHIZ BlueEyeAli / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
I have tried the Softsoap one! It was amazing and smelt so good I wanted to eat it! see post
Great cleansing oil?
Hi, I'm looking for a great cleansing oil that can remove all my makeups, including waterproof eye makeups. I've tried Tatcha Pure Step Camellia Cleansing Oil and absolutely love it! However, the problem for me is that I don't wear makeups everyday, I usually only wear makeups at weekends. Since Tacha would expire in 6 month after opening, I won't finish one in time and it would be a waste. Now I'm looking for a cleansing oil that is great at removing all makeups. If nothing as great as Tatcha, then at least something close to it Could you give me some suggestions? Thank you!   Did anyone tried both Tatcha and Shu Uemura? What do you think?
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BEAUTY PRO CAcay / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
Tatcha is my favorite...I'm loving everything Tatcha right now. My 2nd favorite is the Josie Maran which is mentioned below also. see post
Retin/oids - Poetry in Lotion - is more peeling "better"?
Hi Ladies - I used to use Rx retin A, but it's now too expensive with my current insurance.   So last year I switched to trying all kinds of retinols, retinoids, and other retin-y skincare products OTC, mostly from Sephora.   I liked several, but of course nothing with results that approached my Rx (Retasphere not bad, Algenist I liked the combo of acid and retinol) -- but then again, none of the side effects either.  Even with the supposedly "strongest" of these ingredients, I got smoother, clearer skin with less lines and more even tone -- but very little in the way of side effects.  Maybe slight dryness but nothing like the flaking/peeling, dryness, etc. that I had sometimes experienced in the past with Rx.   This month I tried Poetry in Lotion at the suggestion of an SA when I said I wanted to step up to something stronger.  After using it a few nights in one week (two or three), I noticed some dryness and flaking (not extreme, not a huge deal).   Now, my question is - do we think that means it's stronger and it will work better?  Or just that I had a worse reaction to it, but it's unlikely that it's doing more "work"?   I like retin products because they help me with occasional breakouts (less), and they help keep my pores clear of blackheads and SF, and they help fade marks from previous breakouts.  Plus keeping those early signs of aging and small wrinkles (or in case of forehead, creases already!) at bay.   TL;DR: Does more dryness and flaking (totally tolerable, just a bit!) with Poetry in Lotion over previous retin overnight treatments mean I'm getting "better" results/stronger treatment and it's worth it!?
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BEAUTY BUFF Grahamcrackers / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
Yep, tonnnnes of people buy their retin-a online! see post
Moisturizer while on Acutane
My boyfriend has recently gone on Acutane and it is known to dry out the skin significantly. What is the best moisturizer he could use to help him out?
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BEAUTY BOSS jwilk241 / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
My dermatologist recommended Cetaphil while I was on Accutane so that's what I used. I still continue to use it now. see post
Determine skin type?
This may sound like an odd question but how do you determine your own skin type?    I'm 48 and I want to switch to a cleansing program that will help my skin age better.  But the first question is always "what skin type are you"?  That's a good question that I don't have the answer too. How do you figure it out?    If I wash my face it feels dry without moisturizer.  So I of course moisturize. But by lunch (especially with makeup) it's feeling oily.  I have redness in my cheeks and some products make me break out.  AHHHHH  I have no idea what to use.   I tried TreSkinRX and after 2 weeks my face hurt so bad (literally 24/7), I also tried PUR and it did the same thing.  Each time I went back to Aveeno ultra calming cleanser and moisturizer and my skin quit hurting after 2-3 days.   So, how does one determine what skin type they have?
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HALL OF FAMER jemly / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
hey sorry for the delayed response ! yes do this in the morning and p.m. when you start off with the pads, just do them in the p.m. and add them to the a.m. once you kno... see post
Which is more effective 100% Josie Maran argan serum or Argan Ininity Intensive creamy o
Search instead for Which is more effective for dry, mature skin 100% Josie Moran argan serum or josie maran Argan Ininity Intensive creamy oil?
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BEAUTY WHIZ IciclePop / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
Do you mean 100% Argan Oil? I'm a big fan of Josie Maran products, and I don't know of an Argan Serum. Maybe Argan Milk?   If you're looking for a face moisturizer, I ... see post
illumask anti-acne light therapy mask
I have been having some acne troubles and I went ahead and bought the Illumask.  It was on sale at Target for $25, but I had a $5 coupon for Ulta and some points, so i went there- $30-$5= $25, plus a free travel case (bc  I def needed that, right?).   I decided to try it tonight while watching the Ravens.  My family had a great laugh about it, so hopefully they're past it, but probably not...   For those of you curious if it works, I will try to keep up documenting my 30 day journey.  I even took a few pics, although I'm soooo not comfortable showing my face in its current state.  My face has about 5 blemishes right now, chin/mouth area, two are cystic and hurt, although better than yesterday for sure.   If I forget details or you have questions, feel free to ask.     I just got finished using it.  Directions are pretty simple:  start with a clean face, put mask on like a pair of sunglasses, push button.  It lights up right away, and goes off after 15 minutes on its own.  The counter starts at 30, and counts down 1 each time you turn it on.  There is no such thing as a pause , if you stop and start, it will deduct a use from the counter.     So 30 uses, 30 days, less than a dollar a day.  I don't know if it works, but what the heck...if it were $100, I'd say no until someone else tried it first, but $25 is worth it,     My first impression is yea right, but I'm hopeful.  Fifteen minutes went by pretty quickly.  I will say, there is virtually no line of vision- I can only see if the room is lit up, and only in front of me.  Forget walking down the steps or even typing...just takes too much effort.   Day 1:  Begin.  5 blemishes- 3 on day 2 of healing.   Day 2:  5 blemishes, sorta dried out, two still raised and red, although not painful. Day 3:  So far, healing nicely.  No more pain, but now I'm fighting the dryness.  I've had to moisturize throughout the day b/c layers of skin is starting to peel, which I'll trade for pain and red.  The two cystic are raised but have subsided a little.   Day 4:  Last night- my face was dry.  I used the mask and did my skincare routine.  The bumps are still there.  They'll be around for a while.  Nothing new coming in behind it, which is a good sign. Day 5-10:  Dry around the chin/mouth area, but no new spots to write about.  YAY! Day 20:  All is clear- dryness has subsided significantly.  Just trying to reduce redness now.
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HALL OF FAMER makeupobesessed / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Im so glad its working for you.  It def helped slow down breakouts if not halting them for me.  I dont know if Im still convinced its the mask, but what else can it be? see post
Thoughts on Glamglow Cleansers
I was looking for a new daily cleanser.I was using Murad Daily Cleansing Foam but wanted to try something new.Has anyone used the new Glamglow cleansers?I believe the black one just came out and couldn't decide between that one or the white one.I have combo skin, pores, blackheads, whiteheads on chin and those darn smile lines.Any help is appreciated.
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HALL OF FAMER guzelkiz / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I don't know about that because I don't use that much and it works fine.  I use maybe 1 to 1.5 pumps.  I feel like it will last a very long time.  I have the black one. see post
Mattifying Moisturizer
I have normal-combination and I need a mattiying moisturizer for my super shiny Tzone.  Any suggestions for a moisturizer to keep me matte all day?
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
It's possible the mattifying effects of the Murad outweigh the conditioning effects it may have. Have you considered a hydrating booster fluid? They're much thinner and ... see post
skin isuue
hi . i am 25 years old and i am still sufering from acne and acne scares  . i am useing the peter thomas cleanser i fell the acne is less then before but still i dont have clear skin . i went to many dermo doctors and nothing worked so now i am trying diffrent things . my skin type is combination , SENSETIVE  AND ACNE PRONE . i want something that would make my skin clear and without darkness . so can someone help me to find cream or serum or any thing .and again my skin is very sensetive . also ,my acne is not big or cystic but it's  small,tiny bumps . please help i want  a clear skin
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Per Mariam from her below response: so i went to another doctor and he wrote topical produts like derma -t lotion , ance gel .retin a  and etc     We seem to be on t... see post
Mask after peel?
Hey ladies! I have a quick question, and I was hoping you all could help! I have combo skin with dry patches on my cheeks, and am acne prone on my chin. I use the  Dr Dennis Gross peel once or twice a week, , and follow it with fresh seaberry oil. My cheeks are still pretty dry the next day. Is it okay to follow the peel with a Sephora Honey or Pearl sheet mask? I just don't want to over-process my skin, but I do want to mousiest uprise more.    Thanks!
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HALL OF FAMER ChicDabbler / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Another yes for FAB oatmeal mask! With that said, is Fresh seaberry oil your moisturizer? It's a very lightweight oil and I feel like it would be better to follow up a p... see post
my sister needs a new cleanser for her face
So I spoke to my sister this afternoon and she complained that she's breaking out really badly and can't figure out why, since she's washing her face and hasn't been wearing any makeup lately.  She DOES tend to sleep in her makeup, which she knows is a big no-no, but that's not where the problem is.  My sisters and I were blessed with clear skin (aside from the occasional zit), so the fact that she's breaking out horribly (other than being 30 and possibly being a hormonal shift) is not normal.   She said she's washing her face in the shower, which is fine, except for the fact that she has hard water.  The hard water doesn't help your skin.  Then she says her skin feels greasy all the time lately too.  She currently uses the First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser and from what I experienced when I used it, I'm getting the feeling it's stripping her skin of moisture and  lipids....which is obviously going to make your skin overproduce oil to counteract the loss.   So, does anyone have a good suggestion for a cleanser she could use?  She can't use Josie Moran at all.  Clinique maybe, but this is difficult since she has such sensitive, dry skin like I do.  A lot of cleansers I would suggest for her won't work for skin like they have on mine.  I do plan on getting her a Mia for her birthday in April though, so if she wants to continue washing her face in the shower, that'll help.
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HALL OF FAMER jemly / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
the FAB cleanser is pretty gentle and not so stripping (at least compared to many other cleansers). sounds to me her issue isn't so much her cleanser but her following r... see post
Dry and Sensitive Skin
I have extreamly dry skin. I was using a genle cleanser, mositurizing toner, face oil, serium and moisturizer and at night i would use a mosituising mask - it was still not enough. I have just switched to the AMOREPACIFIC line and its better, but i feel like i am missing a face oil, what would be a good oil to use to pair up with this line that wont break the bank? would the Ole of Hendrikson work with the AP Line?
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HALL OF FAMER Chickibum / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I'm obsessed with Tarte Maracuja Oil, its really great and works well with other Korean products I'm using right now (I'm on an Asian Beauty kick). Another thing I notic... see post
College water causing acne
I have never had a problem with acne before, but recently I started college and I think the water at my school is making me break out. I have no other options but to use the water. Is there any products I could use that would help?
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BEAUTY WHIZ kelloua / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
I second this.  I've struggled with acne on and off over the years and while it is possible that water is the issue it seems like all of your other lifestyle changes are... see post
Primer for oily skin that works under Kat Von D foundation
I have oily skin with uneven texture. What primer works best under the Kat Von D Lock-It liquid foundation? Also, what is the best way to apply the foundation so it doesn't look cakey?
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laurabt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi mpine, I recommend Dr. Brandt Skincare pores no more® pore refiner primer because it's great at filling in uneven texture in the skin and controlling oil. Also, COV... see post
I am looking for body camouflage that is waterproof
I am looking for body camouflage that is waterproof
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
How large of an area are you looking to cover?    You may want to check into Dermablend, the brand specializes in high-coverage products that are waterproof/water resi... see post
Thoughts on the NEW Sephora Pro Airbrush Blender #78 Foundation Brush?!
I picked this brush up the other day along with the new Nars foundation - after I attended a "Flawless Foundation" class at Sephora. I LOVE those classes, I can't say enough good things, besides I wish their were more, more often!! I am really enjoying the brush - it blends flawlessly, uses less product and its a serious multi-tasker!! I am able to get ready so much quicker with this brush because I don't have to get wet, its large enough to cover your face quickly, and soft enough for the eyes, etc. Has anyone else picked this brush up - or have you attended class? What do you think?! I made a demo video and review of the brush for those who want more info!!! http://youtu.be/7kaBWczCqOc
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HALL OF FAMER Chickibum / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I can't wait to try this brush, I've been eyeing it for a while, you just pushed me over the edge, gotta have it! lol 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 NUDE SKINCARE perfect cleanse omega cleansing jelly toners (acids & hydrating) FIRST AID BEAUTY facial radiance pads (AHA) AVEDA botanical kinetics exfoliant (BHA) CAUDALIE beauty elixir (moisture) MURAD essential-c toner (moisture) oils and serums CLARINS blue orchid facial oil VICHY aqualia thermal serum (serum for dehydration) 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) 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) 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 2/8/15
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BEAUTY WHIZ kelloua / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
I love, love, love that mask!  I have sensitive skin and it is so soothing.  I even put it on my skin when I got shingles and it was so nice. see post
Skin Clearing
I am 21 and suffer from minor breakouts and oily skin in my t-zone area. I have been using Proactiv for almost 10 years now and I am noticing that my skin seems dependent on it. I want to step away from that, but I am nervous in doing so.   What your skin care routine and what products do you use and suggest?   I've watched my share of Youtube videos, but I'm at a crossroads on what to actually try.    Thank you!
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
10 or fewer blemishes a month wouldn't be enough to flag skin as acneic, so definitely opt into spot treatments to address the blemishes when they do pop up, that way yo... see post
Fore Luxe...are you kidding me?!?!
So I was looking on the Foreo website about their products, and stumbled upon their Luxe and Platinum versions...for $6,500 and $8,800, respectively!!! I couldn't believe it! What is the most ridiculous beauty product you have seen?     EDIT:  should say FOREO..maybe I'm in a golfing mood! lol
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HALL OF FAMER knuevekm / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
yep, yep, yep see post
Trouble finding a moisturizer to help with oily skin :(
Hi everyone, I have the HARDEST time finding a great moisturizer for my skin. I would say my skin is oily due to the amount of moisture my skin gives after applying my moisturizer. This is my routine. -Cleanse with Aveeno brightening daily cleanser (actually the best and works wonderful)  -Masks: I have used Glamglow Thirsty Mud works great, Boscia black peel-off mask works great, Peter Thomas Roth cucumber mask wonderful! I have no problems with these masks.  -Moisturizer: I have used Oil Free Sheer Transformation Moisturizer by Ole Henricksen and changed (just two weeks ago) to Origins Anti-Aging oil-free moisturizer. The origins worked for the first 4 days and now I am getting back the same effect of oily skin just when I applied the Sheer Transformation.  What have you guys tried that works? and please do correct me if I am wrong in any of my routines I am open to suggestions. Maaaaaaaany thanks!  
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beachwaves / FRESH FACE / replied
hi NikaBT, how do you compare gel moisturizers versus cream in terms of effectiveness? Never tried a gel formula and wanted to get your opinion on that..... Thanks so mu... see post
I have tried everything to get rid of acne, any recommendation products?
I have tried everything to get rid of acne, I have so many products I tried that didn't work! I have combination skin that is mostly oily but of course my skin peals if i do not moisturize! please help, i recently received a gift card for spehora and I need something to spend it on! My acne is not cystic but it is a lot of small,tiny bumps that are such a pest! Please help me find the right products and please nothing too expensive!
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SIGHTSEER billie1 / SIGHTSEER SIGHTSEER / replied
Try this site www.makeupartistschoice.com you should fine something that should work. I've tried some of their product and they are great and affordable.  see post
Beauty from within - do you take any vitamins/supplements daily ?
Hello there   Recently, I've been really interested in expanding my knowledge on supplements and vitamins. I have done a lot of readings and here is what I take on a weekly basis:    * Nature's Bounty - Hair, Skin & Nails Extra Strength They say to take 3 pills a day but each one contains 5000 mcg of Biotin. I only take one a day cause I am worried of the most common side effect: acne. I might increase the dose later on. http://www.naturesbounty.com/optimalsolutions/0357 10  * Evening Primrose Oil 500mg Again, they say to take 3  day, but I only take one a day. I have yet to see results ! https://www.sisu.com/sisu/products/product.jsp?cat egory=100&sub=102&id=257   * Multivitamins for Woman One every other day (the day I don't take the next one) * Vitamin B-Complex One every other day (the day that I don't day Multivitamins)   So gals, what kind of supplements do you take on a daily basis and why ? Any to recommend ?    (I have been thinking of replacing my Hair,Skin & Nails supplements with the Hairfinity supplements...but I am still on the fence about it.) 
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HALL OF FAMER meecheroo / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I was taking Resveratrol. It's supposed to slow down the process of aging. It's basically what you get when you drinks red wine, but you'd have to drink a lot of red win... see post