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  1. I've been on a Netflix binge recently. I like Orange is the New Black, Wentworth, Shameless, Chef's Table, Cooked, 13 Reasons Why, Gossip Girl.. these are a combination of trashy/comedy/girly and foodie. Haha. Whatever suits my mood.
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    Eyebrow

    I'm in the same boat. Has anyone done microblading? I'm interested in that but am also terrified of a fake and too-dark end result. I currently use a powder that I apply with a firm line brush, one that's a little thicker and softer than what you'd normally use for eyeliner out of a pot. That's been working well for me because the softness of the powder keeps a natural look. I haven't tried any of the eyebrow pens or markers, mostly because the people I've seen that use them have a very bold eyebrow look. I have kindof a small face and delicate features, so I think bold eyebrows would look funky. Maybe try a powder first and build on it as you see fit?
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    How to Care for oily skin?

    For oily skin, used foam-based cleansers and use a light oil to moisturize day and night. I like pomegranate seed oil because it doesn't make me break out, but jojoba is good, too, and easier to find in stores. Don't try to remove the oil from your face with abrasive cleansers or over-cleaning. Instead, using an oil will help your body naturally regulate its oil production. I carry around a translucent powder to touch up during the day. It helps with the shininess. Hope this helps!
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    Waxing VS Threading... Which is better?!

    I agree completely. I only thread my face but have waxed or lasered anything else. I would actually say that laser is better than waxing, if it's possible for you. You have to be a good candidate to use laser (light skin & dark hair), although the newer machines are advancing to be able to serve a wider group of people. Laser is more cost-effective and permanent. For example, where I live, a good Brazilian wax goes is $60-100. And if you always want it waxed, you've got to do it every 4 weeks. Forever! So waxing: $80(average not including tip) x 12 months/year = $960 a year. Say you do that every year between the ages of 20-30 and that's $9,600! And that's assuming that's the only area you want waxed! Alternatively, laser sessions for the same area are about $150 a session, and they say the hair should be gone in 6-8 sessions. So $150 (no tip because it's done by a medical nurse) x 7 = $1,050. And done! Hair's gone! I tended to get ingrown hairs from waxing and shaving, too, but not laser. That's thousands of dollars saved in waxing sessions or shavers/creams, for that matter. So I believe laser is the way to go for body hair. Yes, it hurts, but so does waxing, right?? I'm super-happy with my lasered areas. I haven't worked up the courage to laser my face yet (I'm nervous having lasers near my brows!) but I just might! As a side note, I was unhappy with LaserAway's results. The machine that worked best on me was the LightSheer.
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    Hair Problem

    @kanzy Well...embrace it! If your hair is naturally thin, what else can you do, really? There's no point in being hard on yourself for something that naturally just IS the way it IS. Of course, there are products that can reduce breakage or make your hair sit differently, but there's not much you can do to change the fact that your hair grows thin from the root. Just love what is. Research hairstyles and things you can do that make you feel good about what you have. For example, choppy layers give thin hair beautiful volume and movement. Sometimes people don't like their thick hair because it's hard to achieve the same flowy movement that your thin hair naturally has. Love it! Fling it around! Let it blow in the wind!
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    Dry Skin

    @vishnu priya It has resolved the problem for me. Before bed, I use a Vitamin C serum, wait a minute or so, then use a couple drops of the pomegranate seed oil and massage it in really well. I wear it alone or under my BB tinted cream during the day. Let me know how it goes!
  7. Anything natural! Using hand sanitizer lowers your resistance to diseases by killing good bacteria, which helps protect against bad bacteria. See references here: http://time.com/96112/why-im-breaking-up-with-hand-sanitizer/ https://www.popsci.com/is-hand-sanitizer-bad-for-my-microbiome but do your own research, too! If necessary, I like this one: https://www.vitaminshoppe.com/p/hand-sanitizing-spray-lavender-2-fl-oz/dr-1061?mr:trackingCode=2C3E5D84-C9E0-E511-80ED-00505694403D&mr:referralID=NA&sourceType=sc&source=SHOP&acqsource=adlucent&utm_source=Shopping&utm_medium=CSE&utm_campaign=Dr. Bronner&utm_content=DR-1061&gclid=Cj0KCQjw_ZrXBRDXARIsAA8KauTK2ycMZc1VGateOeCf6V0ShUVTvRXe8aLZNTo2mWsxlArXOXYHJCUaAj76EALw_wcB
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    What should I do to overcome redness?

    @AnyMakeupArtist Hi there! Have you determined the cause of your redness? That's an important key to figuring out what to do about it! If it's eczema or acne, a consideration of the kinds of products you are using may be in order. Is it an allergic reaction? Is it ongoing? Some people even have red faces due to high blood pressure! All the above reasons require a different route to address the root cause of the issue. Natural products that have aloe as a major ingredient can help soothe inflamed skin. Even getting an aloe plant and applying it directly to the skin works wonders. I had uneven redness and recently got a facial where they did a minor peel and the redness has evened out substantially. But if you have eczema that may not be recommended. Let me know what the cause of the redness is, and I can give you some advice specifically for you!
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    Dry Skin

    @lacylei I have naturally oilier skin, but in the winter I get patchy, flaky dry spots on the sides of my chin. I've been using pomegranate seed oil for those parts of my face and haven't had a problem with my skin. Some oils are more comedogenic than others, and since I'm prone to breakouts, I have to use oils that are rated 0 on the comedogenic scale. (0 means it is the least likely to cause breakouts, 1 is that it can, but is unlikely, while 4 is that most people would break out and 5 is the worst.) My husband used argan oil and loves it, too, and it's good for aging skin (and hair! but just use a tiny bit!) Another thing I do less of in the winter is powder. It tends to dry my skin further. If I put a BB cream or a little foundation. I'll set it very lightly with powder, but I'll use very little. If your skin flakes at all, powder can make the dry areas very obvious. Also, as I see someone mentioned above, drinking LOTS of water to moisturize from the inside out!
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    Hair removal in the bikini area.

    @ewoods So laser hair removal works best if the skin is light and the hair is dark. That's what makes me an ideal client. If your hair is lighter and your skin darker than mine, you'll have different results. The bad experience happened when I was tan. Yes, I stayed out of the sun for 4 weeks before the session, but I was still tan, even then. In fairness, the lady warned me. She said that the laser works by sensing the dark hair and zapping it. If your skin is too dark, it can confuse the laser and cause it to zap the skin instead. She said that she could do the session, but I have a higher risk of getting burned. I told her she could continue, thinking my tan wasn't so bad. The thing with the laser is that it does hurt. So even though I was getting burned, I didn't know it because I thought it was just the normal lasering pain. It wasn't until I got home that I could see little dots of redness where the laser had burned me in my bikini area, where I was tan. Not like 3rd degree burn, but not just like a sunburn, either. Luckily, it was a surface burn so I was crazy about salve and healing ointments so it wouldn't scar. It didn't, thank God! I was crazy about ointments and stuff, though. Every AM and PM I'd slather it on and walk around naked till it soaked in a little haha. In retrospect, I've learned not to have a tan whatsoever when lasering. Assuming you are a good candidate for laser, don't do it now, right before summer. Maybe do your first session in October/November and do it through till before next summer. dollar amount and not necessarily because it's best for you. I went there for tattoo removal. (Tattoo is still there.) Also, they don't use the LightSheer laser machine which I know works for me. Hope this helps!
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    Hair removal in the bikini area.

    @ewoods So laser hair removal works best if the skin is light and the hair is dark. That's what makes me an ideal client. If your hair is lighter and your skin darker than mine, you'll have different results. The bad experience happened when I was tan. Yes, I stayed out of the sun for 4 weeks before the session, but I was still tan, even then. In fairness, the lady warned me. She said that the laser works by sensing the dark hair and zapping it. If your skin is too dark, it can confuse the laser and cause it to zap the skin instead. She said that she could do the session, but I have a higher risk of getting burned. I told her she could continue, thinking my tan wasn't so bad. The thing with the laser is that it does hurt. So even though I was getting burned, I didn't know it because I thought it was just the normal lasering pain. It wasn't until I got home that I could see little dots of redness where the laser had burned me in my bikini area, where I was tan. Not like 3rd degree burn, but not just like a sunburn, either. Luckily, it was a surface burn so I was crazy about salve and healing ointments so it wouldn't scar. It didn't, thank God! I was crazy about ointments and stuff, though. Every AM and PM I'd slather it on and walk around naked till it soaked in a little haha. In retrospect, I've learned not to have a tan whatsoever when lasering. Assuming you are a good candidate for laser, don't do it now, right before summer. Maybe do your first session in October/November and do it through till before next summer. And find a legit place. For the record, I'm not a fan of Laser Away. Their nurse isn't on site (she skypes you in the consult room...) and they're sales-driven. I feel like they'd recommend something for it's dollar amount and not necessarily because it's best for you. I went there for tattoo removal. (Tattoo is still there.) Also, they don't use the LightSheer laser machine which I know works for me. Hope this helps!
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    Hair removal in the bikini area.

    Yes! I've had it done about 5 times. The results are GReAT...if you go to a legit place. I've had 4 good and 1 bad experience. Let me share...So the first 4 times were at a good place where I live here in San Diego. It wasn't the top most expensive place (stuff tends to be really expensive here in SD), but it was definitely better than the cheapcheapcheap places that make you wonder how they can get by. It was a cute boutique med spa. Anyway, so I did underarms and...wait for it...Brazilian. Yup. Yes. It hurts. After the first session, it was amazing how much less hair grew back. They say it can be up to 50% less, but I'll be conservative and say maybe 30%-40% less. You can definitely tell. Even after that first session, when I shaved my bikini line, I got so much less razor burn like I normally would. It was cool. So, I did 4 more sessions total. I have like 2-3 random hairs that grow in each armpit now and maybe a couple in my whole bikini line. My actual lady part still has hair, it's maybe like 75% gone. I know that with 3 more sessions or so It'll be gone, but I'm actually happy with having a little ground cover there so I'm going to leave it as is. Now for the bad experience...
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    Totally overwhelmed

    Hi @Lucky_13 ! I totally get your overwhelm! My cousin also has pretty bad rosacea, and she's lamented these same frustrations. I don't know her exact routine, but I do know that she is very very gentle with her skin. I'd reconsider scrubbing your face every day with a washcloth because I know the abrasiveness can simply worsen symptoms without making you actually any cleaner. Cream or foam cleansers are probably best! Secondly, I do know that my cousin has been happy with Jane Iredale powder and foundation. The foundation comes in a clear bottle and the product comes in beaded form that you pump out. The foundation beads are suspended in an aloe-based serum that cools, moisturizes, and calms red skin while the foundation does the covering up. I don't think it's sold at Ulta though. I've always personally liked Clinique and I know they are known to be great for sensitive skin types, and they usually have a section in Ulta (and can try it on you or give you samples first). Maybe give that a shot! Best of luck!
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    favourite shampoo and conditioner

    I like the Loreal Sulfate-Free line, EverStrong or EverPure. They have a more natural essential oil-type smell vs. the chemical artificial fragranced shampoos. They also leave my hair shiny, lightweight, and smooth. I switched to this shampoo when I learned that certain chemicals in shampoos and conditioners (especially conditioners!) could be causing my back and forehead breakouts. When I switched over almost 8 years ago, the breakouts subdued and I actually loved the effects on my hair. People compliment my hair's softness all the time, saying it feels like kid's hair. LOL.
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    regular polish over acrylic nails? Please help!

    That's not a problem. They'll just paint the acrylics with your Essie polish then put a UV top coat on last. I've had this done before and researched threads online to confirm. You can youtube or google "acrylic nails with regular nail polish" and tons of stuff comes up. Good luck!

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