Thanks to Emily for today's question!

Have you had any skin issues? How did you resolve them?

I struggled with acne for awhile, into my mid-20s. For me, two prescriptions, topical antibiotic (clindamycin) and Differin, really cleared up everything. While products like Mario Badescu’s acne products (Drying Cream, Drying Lotion, etc.) worked well for active acne, it never went away entirely until I started using my prescription regimen.
-- Christine

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Essence Be My Highlighter Pure Nude Highlighter

Essence Be My Highlight Baked Highlighter Powder ($4.49 for 0.23 oz.) is a soft, light-medium golden peach with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. Cle de Peau Golden Apricot (P, $55.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson (LE, $32.00) is darker (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Strobe Light (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Cle de Peau Sand Beige (13) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Illamasqua Rush (P) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Equinox (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Highly Waisted (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). LORAC Twilight (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals The Premiere (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Bubbly (LE) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Matte Foundation

I think matte foundation can make skin appear really smooth, but it can also make skin look flat and lifeless, so there’s a fine line between matte and smooth and dull and matte! I also tend to prefer less dewy finishes, as foundations usually get a little dewy after they’re worn for a few hours, so I’d rather start more matte and get to slightly dewy by the end of the day then look like I’m melting!

-- Christine

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Thanks to Cat for today's question!

Do you keep duplicates of brushes you like?

Yes, absolutely! For the most part, I use them the same as the first one – I tend to duplicate ones like eyeshadow and crease brushes, so I can use one for each color (or maybe every two colors, depending on how drastic the difference between the colors is!). I can also run through brushes pretty quickly, so I keep extras of my favorites as I only wash brushes every few days.
-- Christine

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Sneak Peek: Hourglass Surreal Light Palette Photos & Swatches

Hourglass Surreal Light Palette
Hourglass Surreal Light Palette

Hourglass Surreal Light Palette ($80.00 for 0.30 oz.) contains five cheek/face powders revolving around the shade of Surreal Light, which makes them all new (and limited edition), but it wouldn’t surprise me if we saw it added to the regular line someday later on (equally possible it never returns!). There are two blushes, one bronzer, one highlighter, and one finishing powder (which is the largest of the five shades).

Like last year’s palette, the only value is in whether you like the idea of getting five shades for less than the cost of two or three full-sized Hourglass Ambient Lighting products (which range from $38 to $50 in price). There’s only $53.30 worth of product in the palette, so it’s obviously not a value-packed palette. This is something that will be best for someone who wants everything in a single palette and will wear at least three of the five shades often. This year’s palette is marginally better in value than last year’s (which was $48.05 in product value at the same $80.00 price point), but their palettes prior to that were significantly better in value.

  • Ambient Lighting Powder | 0.14 oz. is worth $18.40
    Ambient Lighting Blush | 2 x 0.04 oz., 0.08 oz. total, is worth $20.27
  • Ambient Lighting Bronzer | 0.04 oz. is worth $5.13
  • Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder | 0.04 oz. is worth $9.50
  • Total Value: $53.30

Hourglass Surreal Light Palette

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