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Originally Posted by amidea View Post

for those of you who always forget to use ebates, you should look for an extension/plug in!  i have chrome and use this:

 

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/ebates-cash-back/chhjbpecpncaggjpdakmflnfcopglcmi

 

it's great because anytime you're on a website a little bar pops up if you can get cash back and you just click the button to activate it, so you don't even have to go through the ebates website anymore.  i'm guessing they make things like that for other browsers too so it might be worth looking into.


You are fan-tastic.  Thank you very very much!

post #272 of 2321
A bit off topic but any of you gals have any recommendations for acne/breakout regime? My face is not terrible, but i am prone to a couple of breakouts a month.I have always been a Clinique girl but it ain't cutting it anymore. I figure since I am slowly trying to do more for my skincare and the such,I might try something new. Suggestions will be appreciated!
post #273 of 2321

I find that gentle exfoliation and using a gentle cleanser work well for my mild acne. I use the Clinique exfoliating scrub 3x per week, and have become a Benefit B. Right Foamingly Clean cleanser convert (thanks Birchbox!). My skin looks and feels pretty great these days.

 

A little bird told me that I might wake up to find a Clarisonic in my stocking Christmas morning, so I have my fingers crossed that it will be as awesome as everyone says it is. 

post #274 of 2321
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Originally Posted by beautynewbie View Post

A bit off topic but any of you gals have any recommendations for acne/breakout regime? My face is not terrible, but i am prone to a couple of breakouts a month.I have always been a Clinique girl but it ain't cutting it anymore. I figure since I am slowly trying to do more for my skincare and the such,I might try something new. Suggestions will be appreciated!

I had serious acne recently and bought African black soap. It helps out with acne and eczema which I suffer from. My skin looks awesome now. Try the Nubian heritage black soap bar at whole foods or Duane reade for $4.00
post #275 of 2321
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Originally Posted by beautynewbie View Post

A bit off topic but any of you gals have any recommendations for acne/breakout regime? My face is not terrible, but i am prone to a couple of breakouts a month.I have always been a Clinique girl but it ain't cutting it anymore. I figure since I am slowly trying to do more for my skincare and the such,I might try something new. Suggestions will be appreciated!

I use Vasanti Brighten Up and it does great stuff for my pimples. Also, Skinceuticles has a good face scrub. I use the clarisonic too. 

post #276 of 2321
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Originally Posted by beautynewbie View Post

A bit off topic but any of you gals have any recommendations for acne/breakout regime? My face is not terrible, but i am prone to a couple of breakouts a month.I have always been a Clinique girl but it ain't cutting it anymore. I figure since I am slowly trying to do more for my skincare and the such,I might try something new. Suggestions will be appreciated!

African black soap has literally changes my life, that and drinking lemon water daily. I have used 2 rounds of accutane, oral antibiotics, retin a, differin, you name it and I tried it not to mention hundreds of dollars on expensive skin care. The ONLY thing that has made a difference for me was the black soap. I read a bunch of reviews online and didn't believe it would do much but was so cheap decided to give it a shot. My skin is beautiful now. It has never ever looked this good. Thats the only cleanser I will ever use again and then as far as serum, moisturizers, eye cream, and masks I just play around with samples and so forth. My skin always looks great as long as I cleanse with the black soap and the lemon water has worked great also!
post #277 of 2321
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Originally Posted by quene8106 View Post


I had serious acne recently and bought African black soap. It helps out with acne and eczema which I suffer from. My skin looks awesome now. Try the Nubian heritage black soap bar at whole foods or Duane reade for $4.00

 

Oh hell. Like I really needed another thing to want. *Adds this to "The List"*

post #278 of 2321
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Originally Posted by queenofperil View Post

 

Oh hell. Like I really needed another thing to want. *Adds this to "The List"*

right? haha I am off to whole foods first chance I get. anything to zap the pesky breakouts I get around my ~time of month.

post #279 of 2321

I'm starting to think that they arnt going to put spoilers up this month. Theres only 8 more days so what would be the point at this point

post #280 of 2321
Thanks y'all! I am intrigued about the soap! I will be trying a few of your suggestions smile.gif
post #281 of 2321
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Originally Posted by Ladyrawrness View Post

I'm starting to think that they arnt going to put spoilers up this month. Theres only 8 more days so what would be the point at this point

My guess is they'll probably start with the spoilers tomorrow since everyone would be in the office then and they usually incorporate people in the office in to the sneak peeks. i think the first of the month falling on a weekend kind of makes it seem like its taking forever.

post #282 of 2321
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Originally Posted by kawaiimeows View Post

My guess is they'll probably start with the spoilers tomorrow since everyone would be in the office then and they usually incorporate people in the office in to the sneak peeks. i think the first of the month falling on a weekend kind of makes it seem like its taking forever.

good point. I hope they do cause i am getting rather impatient lol.

post #283 of 2321
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Originally Posted by queenofperil View Post

 

Oh hell. Like I really needed another thing to want. *Adds this to "The List"*

 

LOL. I'm an enabler.  If you can't find that brand try shea moisture.  They have a black soap bar too for $5.00.  It's really huge and should last for five months.  They sell this brand at target, walgreens and ethnic hair care stores.  Also, try Alaffia.  It's a fair trade company that uses all natural products and a lot of the proceeds go to programs empowering women in West Africa.  I got my HG skin care system from them in my October My Shade of Brown box and it is cheaper and better than Clinique in my opinion.

post #284 of 2321
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Originally Posted by norther View Post

LOL I am laughing so hard right now!

 

My grandpa was a civil engineer back in the day and was partially responsible for designing the underground pipe system in Beijing but he's absolutely clueless with computers. He's working on his third book and he's always bringing his laptop to me, asking why the text has suddenly been underlined or turned red or whatever. I don't even know how he even manages to do stuff like that because sometimes it's some sort of effect that I didn't even know MS Word offered, and it takes me forever to fix it because his laptop is configured in Chinese and I can't read it!

Guuurl I think that's a people-who-design-technology thing.

 

My dad is a software engineer who designs computer based systems used by the US gov't (he worked for a company who did the healthcare software database for the US military for example) but he's like BAH SMARTPHONES. BAH TABLETS. BAH NEW RELEASES. BAH TECHNOLOGY. ^^;; It seems like a lot of people who work in technology and development actually hate being up to date with technology...

post #285 of 2321
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Originally Posted by Ladyrawrness View Post

I'm starting to think that they arnt going to put spoilers up this month. Theres only 8 more days so what would be the point at this point

 

They'll probably post their spoiler video for this month in the next few days! I so excited to see what we might get!!!

post #286 of 2321
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Originally Posted by ScopeIt View Post

A little bird told me that I might wake up to find a Clarisonic in my stocking Christmas morning, so I have my fingers crossed that it will be as awesome as everyone says it is. 

It totally is. My mom gave me one a few years ago, and I had never heard of it before, so I was like, "thanks?" but she told me to just try it, and my skin is soooo smooth on my face. I don't even use it everyday, but just every other day or so with some coconut oil.

post #287 of 2321
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Originally Posted by Kyuu View Post

Guuurl I think that's a people-who-design-technology thing.

 

My dad is a software engineer who designs computer based systems used by the US gov't (he worked for a company who did the healthcare software database for the US military for example) but he's like BAH SMARTPHONES. BAH TABLETS. BAH NEW RELEASES. BAH TECHNOLOGY. ^^;; It seems like a lot of people who work in technology and development actually hate being up to date with technology...

lmao I swear it totally is! Now that you mention your dad's aversion to the newest tech... My dad is a programmer at an oil&gas company and he's actually the same way. No I don't want an iPhone. Why are you giving me your old iPod (it's literally being used as a paperweight on his desk right now). DON'T GET ME AN IPAD. He also types with only his index fingers, it cracks me up because you'd think he'd be typing 39287423 words a minute.

 

I'm pretty sure the OS in our manufacturing lab at school is something like windows 95 - I haven't seen a start menu that old since my first PC! (which was at least 13-14 years ago!!)

post #288 of 2321
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Originally Posted by quene8106 View Post

 

LOL. I'm an enabler.  If you can't find that brand try shea moisture.  They have a black soap bar too for $5.00.  It's really huge and should last for five months.  They sell this brand at target, walgreens and ethnic hair care stores.  Also, try Alaffia.  It's a fair trade company that uses all natural products and a lot of the proceeds go to programs empowering women in West Africa.  I got my HG skin care system from them in my October My Shade of Brown box and it is cheaper and better than Clinique in my opinion.

 

Thanks for the tip!

post #289 of 2321
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Originally Posted by beautynewbie View Post

A bit off topic but any of you gals have any recommendations for acne/breakout regime? My face is not terrible, but i am prone to a couple of breakouts a month.I have always been a Clinique girl but it ain't cutting it anymore. I figure since I am slowly trying to do more for my skincare and the such,I might try something new. Suggestions will be appreciated!


Shea Terra Organics Rose Hips Black Soap Deep Pore Face Wash is amazing. I have freakishly sensitive skin and this stuff has been so wonderful. It cleans without being abrasive at all. They have coupons each month towards the end of the month for 30% off. Google them, sign up for their mailing list and you will get them sent to you. I really can't say enough about their products. It is so rare to find a brand that continuous impresses me because every stupid little thing irritates my skin. Their whipped shea butters are pretty darn fantastic as well. FYI I have no affiliation with them, I am just super impressed with their products.

post #290 of 2321

As someone with sensitive, dry, and yet somehow also acne-prone skin (wtf skin, you suck) I cannot recommend boscia enough.  Their purifying gel cleanser is AMAZING (and the bottle seriously lasts forever, you only need a tiny squirt, so that helps justify the stupid price), and I've had good experiences with their exfoliants and moisturizers.  I also really like Korres, specifically their wild rose moisturizer.  Also, for nights when you are lazy/drunk/both the Say Yes to Cucumbers wipes are the best cleansing wipes I've ever come across, and they're cheap.  Just swipe across your face before falling into bed and you will thank yourself in the morning.

 

Also, I second everyone that mentions Clarisonic (with the "sensitive" pads, of course) ....it really is worth the investment.  Think of it this way: have you ever heard anyone saying it's NOT that great?  Exactly.
 

post #291 of 2321

I love this acne discussion...I'm a long time acne sufferer as well. Lately I've been using a benzoyl peroxide cream at night. I recently switched from Mary Kay to DDF. I haven't used the DDF long enough to have an opinion on it. I think BP is not the greatest stuff to use long term, but I've been somewhat at a loss because salicylic acid alone does nothing for my face. I'm searching online right now for a black soap bar. :)

 

My birthday is coming up, and I asked for a Clarisonic. Fingers crossed!

post #292 of 2321
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Originally Posted by WanderlustinWA View Post

As someone with sensitive, dry, and yet somehow also acne-prone skin (wtf skin, you suck) I cannot recommend boscia enough.  Their purifying gel cleanser is AMAZING (and the bottle seriously lasts forever, you only need a tiny squirt, so that helps justify the stupid price), and I've had good experiences with their exfoliants and moisturizers.  I also really like Korres, specifically their wild rose moisturizer.  Also, for nights when you are lazy/drunk/both the Say Yes to Cucumbers wipes are the best cleansing wipes I've ever come across, and they're cheap.  Just swipe across your face before falling into bed and you will thank yourself in the morning.

 

Also, I second everyone that mentions Clarisonic (with the "sensitive" pads, of course) ....it really is worth the investment.  Think of it this way: have you ever heard anyone saying it's NOT that great?  Exactly.
 

Bahahaaa we could totally be best friends lol. Love the Yes to Cucumbers wipes (and the Yes to Blueberries version, thanks Birchbox) as well for those two reasons! :)

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Angelalh I tried to reply to your thread its on pg 10! I listed a bunch of sites you might like! Sorry I am new to this and have no idea if I am doing it right or not! LOL

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Hoping we'll maybe get a spoiler tomorrow because it's a work day. I think December will be great!

post #295 of 2321
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Originally Posted by mallomar View Post

I love this acne discussion...I'm a long time acne sufferer as well. Lately I've been using a benzoyl peroxide cream at night. I recently switched from Mary Kay to DDF. I haven't used the DDF long enough to have an opinion on it. I think BP is not the greatest stuff to use long term, but I've been somewhat at a loss because salicylic acid alone does nothing for my face. I'm searching online right now for a black soap bar. :)

 

My birthday is coming up, and I asked for a Clarisonic. Fingers crossed!


Salicylic acid is hugely irritating to my face. Spot treatments just dry it out, and cleaners with it just make it seem shiny. Neutrogena's acne-prone bar soap (not the liquids) is the best thing I've tried on my face. I use something gentle like Purpose (it's like $7 at Target) or Philosophy's Purity at night, and the Neutrogena bar in the morning when I shower. I think the Neutrogena bar smells gross, but it works so well for me. Followed by the right moisturizers (which vary depending on my skin's "mood" haha), it's been most effective in keeping away the zits. When I was in my teens/20's, I had more oiliness and a friend of mine recommended using Dial Gold soap (a recommendation from her dermatologist, actually!). It was great when my skin was really bad, but it's too drying for my 30-something skin now. However, I occasionally get breakouts on my chest or shoulder blades, and that Dial Gold soap clears that up right away!

post #296 of 2321

Off topic, but has anyone noticed any kind of review we could do this month for extra points like last month's tristan prettyman's review?  points points points points

post #297 of 2321
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Originally Posted by Dalylah View Post


Shea Terra Organics Rose Hips Black Soap Deep Pore Face Wash is amazing.

Agreed, this is my favorite black soap. I love everything about this brand.

post #298 of 2321

For some reason, Birchbox deleted my billing information. They just emailed me today saying they don't have it. I reentered my credit card info, but now I'm worried my Birchbox will be either late or I'll just be skipped altogether this month. :/

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I have wanted to try the Shea terra Rose Hips black soap but hate paying for shipping.. I ended up getting the jar of Shea Terra soap from the BB shop using points plus spent 25 for free shipping.. The black soap is dry powdery lumps/pieces (not sure how to describe it). I use a little medicine cup from when a kiddo was sick (obviously very well cleaned) and scoop a tiny bit of soap in it and add a few drops of water.. Let it sit while I use a wipe to take my makeup off and then apply the soap. My chin is always super congested and its cleared up so much in the past week since I got it! Loooove! And it will last for-ev-er, you don't need much product. I have let the mixture sit on my face like. Mask or just sit a min and then wash off.

I'm wondering though, would any of you use your Clarisonic with it? Or do you use a regular facial cleaner and then the black soap on problem areas?
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Acne Solution!

 

I know this sounds crazy, but I started using castor oil and olive oil.  This crazy idea came from a pinterest pin I came across.  The castor oil and olive oil should be high quality and cold-pressed (I found mine at whole foods).  About $10-15 total.  I added bergamot and ylang ylang essential oil to make it smell yummy.  For acne, the pin recommends 3 parts castor oil to 1 part olive oil.  Only at nighttime...I squirt a little of the mixture onto an exfoliating cotton round and start removing my makeup.  It takes about 3-4 rounds to remove everything.  Then you take a washcloth and run it under very warm water.  Wring it out and immediately place it over your face.  Press your fingers over the washcloth for about 30 seconds to concentrate the heat and steam.  Use the cloth to wipe any excess residue off and you are done!  Skin feels soft, hydrated, and surprisingly clean.  The thought of using oil on my acne prone and scarred skin was not in the least bit appealing in the beginning, but I am so glad I gave it a try.  In the morning, I just use my philosophy microdelivery wash with my clarisonic mia and follow with DDF products as usual.  I can honestly see a huge improvement in my skin in just the last few weeks.  The dark pigmentation on my cheeks and chin area are significantly lightened and my skin feels calm and comfortable.  I even survived my "cycle" without a single blemish.  I don't think that has ever happened!  I hope you'll give it a chance.  good luck :)

 

Here is the link to the pinterest pin I found...She has much more to add, plus before and after pics

 

http://healthydiaries.com/2012/07/17/how-i-improved-my-skin-acne-scaring-overall-complexion/    

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