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  1. I'm going to be a dissenting voice here, 'cause I've actually had a lot of luck with Burt's Bees. That said, I would definitely NOT use the radiance night creme -- it's designed for older, very dry skin. I'm not surprised you hated it so much! Burt's moisturizers are very rich, and I use their very lightest body lotion (designed for babies) as a facial moisturizer. I've used Burt's Bees soap, cleanser, exfoliant, toner, and blemish stick for several years now with great results, so I can attest
  2. I have a bunch of these too, and while I haven't found a really good way of getting rid of them (I wash and exfoliate, put a topical treatment on them and try to leave them alone, and they usually go away eventually), I just wanted to say DON'T SQUEEZE THEM!!! Right now my skin's recovering from a couple of very ill-advised squeezing incidents (it was in the middle of the night and I was mostly asleep; scary!), and those tiny things that would have just disappeared on their own turned into larg
  3. The thing about treating acne that really sucks (as I'm sure you know) is that different people's skin reacts badly to very different things, and the same holds true for makeup. This makes finding makeup that won't make you break out sort like a big, horrible trial-and-error experiment; different people on this board have had luck with different things, but that doesn't mean that those things are universally good for acne-prone skin. With that said, though, there are a bunch of brands that see
  4. the idea with the green concealer is that it neutralizes the redness, but it doesn't make your skin skin-colored... it makes it green. (I didn't understand this when I bought green concealer a long time ago, either; you'd think someone would write it on the label or something... or maybe I was dumb.) anyway, you put the green stuff on first, then put skin-colored concealer or foundation over it.
  5. I'm really excited about trying out the "Intensive" formula -- I have semi-matte right now and I love it, but getting enough coverage can be tricky on days when my skin is being bratty, so I'd at least like to get a sample of the Intensive stuff. Those of you who ordered it already, be sure to report back about it! I still have about 1 1/4 jars of semi-matte foundation to go before I need to re-order, plus I'm waiting to order some of the other new stuff that Carina says is coming out in Augu
  6. I don't have a lot of experience with makeup brushes, because I've never been willing to pay an arm and a leg for high-end (and presumably high-quality) brushes, so you can take my advice with a grain of salt... Anyway (and now I'm gonna sound like a salesperson, so I apologize in advance), if I were you, I'd stock up on some of the new everyday minerals brushes, especially since you're already ordering from them anyway. I have the new baby kabuki and it's great -- just as cheap as a crappy dru
  7. well... it's skin-colored (whatever color your skin happens to be, ideally), it's thick, it can come in a stick, a pot or a tube, among many other things, and it generally says concealer on the package. I'm gonna point you toward a google image search for "concealer" -- that should give you some idea!
  8. oh yeah, another great trick I forgot about (along the lines of shmelis' suggestion) is: avoid mirrors whenever possible, especially those magnifying ones! and if you must look in a mirror, stand relatively far away from it and make sure there's soft lighting! the bathroom at my school had harsh, bright lights and my bathroom at home has soft, not-very-good lighting, and it's about a billion times easier to refrain from picking when I'm at home and can't see each and every pore in painful deta
  9. I think the oil-blotting sheets that Erinne recommended are a great idea -- you can find them at drugstores and they'll get rid of your oiliness well for a few hours. Just remember, if you decide to wear some sort of makeup to cover the redness and acne, that if your date goes well, you'll hopefully be seeing the person again in the future! So you'll have to either show up in front of the person makeup-free at some point or decide to keep wearing makeup, which (assuming you're a guy) is a deci
  10. the pimple was most likely already there before you washed your face, but the washing made it more noticeable. my skin always looks worst right after I clean it because it's pink and a little inflamed from the warm water and gentle scrubbing. very small pimples that are just starting to form will be more noticeable after you rub them with your hands or a washcloth when you clean. anyway, you should treat this exactly as you'd treat any other pimple -- you just happened to notice this one earl
  11. I do the same thing, colorcoded, and it's awful! And I haven't really found a good solution. The worst part is when there's just a tiny whitehead or a clogged pore that would go away easily on its own, and I squeeze it and it becomes a giant infected death-monster, and then I get really depressed and mad at myself. So one thing I do is think about how depressed and mad I'll be if I pick... but often that's not enough... Earlier this year, I chose a reward for myself (something fairly cheap t
  12. You can get more coverage with mineral make-up! It takes some practice and some trial and error, but I promise, it is possible. The trick here is not layering the minerals on thick, since that'll just accentuate problem spots and make you look cakey everywhere else. You'll probably find a method that works best for you, and other people should jump in here with their own suggestions, but if you're concerned about coverage on particular blemishes or red marks, here's what works best for me:
  13. Oh man, I think I got my first pimples when I was about 9. I'm 23 now, and I'm just about back to getting the same number of pimples I got when I was 9 (only a couple a month, thank god), but with dozens of red marks, a couple scars, and a very bruised self-image to show for the past 14 years. Acne sucks...
  14. you can find a bunch of reviews for these on makeupalley.com... for what it's worth, most people over there seem to like them pretty well, though of course not all of the reviewers have acne-prone skin. I've been intrigued by this product too, so if you end up trying it, post your thoughts! (I like my current cleaning regimen too much to change, and the neutrogena brand hasn't always worked so well for me, but... little fluffy cushions! I'm such a sucker for packaging.)
  15. I wash mine about once a week, using some extra shampoo that doesn't work so well on my hair but is perfectly good for brush-cleaning... When I first started using makeup brushes, I was lazy and didn't bother to wash them, but I do not recommend it! My breakouts during that time correlated almost exactly with whether I'd washed my brushes recently, so don't skimp on the washing if you can help it! I've read that washing brushes every 2 weeks or so should be ok, though.