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Reply: @Ispend2much6 I chuckle whenever I'm at a drugstore or Target and still see Ambi products (most or all contain hydroquinone) on t ...read more
@Ispend2much6 I chuckle whenever I'm at a drugstore or Target and still see Ambi products (most or all contain hydroquinone) on the shelf. It's like Ambi doesn't give a crap what the FDA says. 🤣 As part of the federal CARES act, all products containing hydroquinone were supposed to be pulled from shelves in late 2020, and I hear the FDA will start cracking down soon—though at that agency's usual pace, "soon" could be a long ways off. It's really too bad hydroquinone's been removed from OTC availability, since those products were good low-cost ways to treat hyperpigmentation—provided folks followed their doctor's instructions. Right now, there's only one FDA-approved product... I forget what it's called, but it's not cheap and it's Rx only. I think there's also a less expensive generic version available by Rx.
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Reply: @Saradestin No one does bold like you; you were meant for it. ...read more
@Saradestin No one does bold like you; you were meant for it.
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Reply: @Samtian Nice that you can wear orange! Your eyes have a pretty glow too. ...read more
@Samtian Nice that you can wear orange! Your eyes have a pretty glow too.
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Magnetic May Hauls 2022
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Reply: @alexasteph ,You did so well here! Great choices! ...read more
@alexasteph ,You did so well here! Great choices!
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Reply: @lots2luv The other two ladies did a great job advising you! I just tried the Dr. Jart cream for my red spots, and it's wonderfu ...read more
@lots2luv The other two ladies did a great job advising you! I just tried the Dr. Jart cream for my red spots, and it's wonderful. I just dab my finger into the pot and pat it on my red areas. It's thinner than the IT Cosmetics corrector. And, because it's a light green shade, it won't just cover the red, it diffuses the redness by counteracting it with the green. I was going to say you have neutral toned skin also. One of the ways that is recommended to check is to look at the skin behind the ears or upper chest (an area that is not exposed to the sun.) If you have green veins, you are warm-toned. If you have blue or purple, you are cool-toned. If you have a mixture of both, you are neutral-toned. That may be a simplification, but it worked for me.
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The Ordinary Squalene Retinol 0.5% won't sink in.
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Reply: Hi @madtonic ! Squalane is a good emollient and moisturizing ingredient. Sounds like it's too emollient for your particular skin, ...read more
Hi @madtonic ! Squalane is a good emollient and moisturizing ingredient. Sounds like it's too emollient for your particular skin, at least in this product's formulation. My skin loves squalane, but last year I tested an oil-soluble vitamin C serum that was basically just vitamin C and squalane, and that stuff always made my mostly-dry combo skin feel like a grease puddle. So I kinda feel your pain. Have you considered trying The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid* 2% Emulsion 1 oz/ 30 mL ? That product contains no squalane and has more of a milky serum texture that should sink into skin pretty well, without leaving a greasy film behind. About the "2%" retinoid claim: SpoilerThis product contains a retinoic acid ester called hydroxypinacolone retinoate (aka HPR or granactive retinoid), plus retinol. Theoretically, HPR requires no conversion by skin cells before it can work (unlike retinol which needs 2 conversions), yet it's less irritating than retinol. The "2%" is the total amount of the HPR complex in this product. To isolate how much HRP is really in this product, divide that number by 10: it actually contains 0.2% HPR. That may sound weaker than your 0.5% retinol, but remember, HPR is supposedly ready to work right off the bat—no conversion necessary. Now, I don't know how much retinol is in this product. But since The Ordinary calls this and their 0.5% squalane retinol "mid strength," I assume they're comparable. This product contains a retinoic acid ester called hydroxypinacolone retinoate (aka HPR or granactive retinoid), plus retinol. Theoretically, HPR requires no conversion by skin cells before it can work (unlike retinol which needs 2 conversions), yet it's less irritating than retinol. The "2%" is the total amount of the HPR complex in this product. To isolate how much HRP is really in this product, divide that number by 10: it actually contains 0.2% HPR. That may sound weaker than your 0.5% retinol, but remember, HPR is supposedly ready to work right off the bat—no conversion necessary. Now, I don't know how much retinol is in this product. But since The Ordinary calls this and their 0.5% squalane retinol "mid strength," I assume they're comparable. If I can think of another comparable option, I'll come back and list it. 🙂
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Reply: @CookieGirl1 My hands and I thank you.  ...read more
@CookieGirl1 My hands and I thank you. 💕
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Hi friends! I’m looking for a new fragrance and would love some suggestions! I would like a new (to me) perfume to wear to all my ...read more
Hi friends! I’m looking for a new fragrance and would love some suggestions! I would like a new (to me) perfume to wear to all my wedding related events. i love fruity/candy sweet scents, like Marc Jacobs Fragrances Daisy Love Eau So Sweet and a few of the Escada fragrances. I also really like vanilla/warm sweet scents, like KILIAN Paris Princess Eau de Parfum Travel Spray 0.25 oz/ 7.5 mL Eau de Parfum and Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Gold Couture Perfumes I currently own: Kilian Princess, Juicy Couture Sucre, Jimmy Choo Flash, Escada summer fragrance from 2020, Sol de Janeiro SOL Cheirosa ’62 Eau de Parfum 1.7 oz/ 50 mL Eau de Parfum Spray
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Has Anyone else had a less than stellar review for YSL’s Black Opium Extreme?I am normally a fan / collector of their fragrances, ...read more
Has Anyone else had a less than stellar review for YSL’s Black Opium Extreme?I am normally a fan / collector of their fragrances, but this one was a great disappointment! Can not smell it 5 minutes after putting on, nor can anyone else around me. Was hoping it would be like the “Intense “ version, but was nothing like it.
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Reply: @lmaster, The Electrolytes will put on a highly charged concert!  I love watermelon. I think I'm going to make it my goal this s ...read more
@lmaster, The Electrolytes will put on a highly charged concert! 😉😂 I love watermelon. I think I'm going to make it my goal this summer to eat so much of it that I turn into a watermelon. Hahaha!
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