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Q: Is it okay to use products from other lines interchangeably? I currently use products from Estee Lauder, Elizabeth Arden, Lancaster, and Lancome. There are some products I like from each line, but a saleslady told me not to mix products because they are f
A: Absolutely yes! Most women possess products from many different lines; you may not care for one company's blush but love their eyeshadows. My eclectic collection of most-used products cosmetics ranges from Wet 'n Wild, Cover Girl, Maybelline, and Rimmel to Profaces, Lorac, Christian Dior, Hard Candy, Philosophy, Scarlett, Matrix, Chanel, and others; each line has its own strong points.
The same is basically true of skin care. If you find a line with products which all perform well for you, then use it consistently. Most companies tout using only the products in their lines, but I disagree (always keep in mind that some cosmetic salespeople receive commissions on sales). Currently, I'm using Joey New York because I love it. Although Joey is great for cleansing and blemish treatment and I employ many of their items, I prefer Beauty Without Cruelty Green Tea Nourishing Eye Gel (about $15; my eyes tend to puff when I awake, but not with this one). Artistry (available through Quixtar.com) has an outstanding alpha hydroxy moisturizing serum which is absorbed into the skin so completely that there is no greasy feel - only a fine, velvety, matte finish. Elizabeth Arden's Eight-Hour Crème ($14.50) is a classic, tried-and-true favorite, especially among celebrities. Mary Kay's translucent pink "Extra Emollient Night Crème" creates mini-miracles on dry patches. Continually experiment, read the ingredients and familiarize yourself with them. Most products are formulated with the same basic components - often you are paying for a company's name and packaging! So use what you like and what produces the results you want to achieve.
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