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    • January 20, 2009 1:23 PM GMT
    • Just thinking about the current thread on make up, I thought I had to share these products with you.

      Bare esscentuals (yes, it is spelt correctly) make absolutely fantastic mineral based foundations, blushers, eye shadows etc which are long lasting and look great. They may seem a little expensive but you hardly need any on each application since it covers so well, so they last a long time too. They are very natural looking and even have an SPF factor as well, which is no bad thing.

      Check them out. - USA - erm, UK


    • January 20, 2009 12:46 PM GMT
    • Karen - Aww no fair!! You'll be glad to know my evening look takes me much longer!

      It does take me longer to do my hair though, unless I am wearing it tied back. It usually takes about 15 minutes to straighten it properly.

      It's true about just perfecting a simple day look to begin with, a good foundation is essential and keep it all to a minimum. For daytime, less is definately more.


    • January 20, 2009 12:35 PM GMT
    • Marsha,
      I don't even want to get started on hair... that is the bane of my existence. I have very fine hair that even after I manage to wrestle it into some form I like, as soon as I step outside and wind/humidity/whatever *POOF* it's gone... Makeup still takes me a bit longer than 5 minutes but I agree with other posters it isn't like a mask I just feel better after having a bit on. I think it is just an outward manifestation of how we inwardly see ourselves. There are many times in guy drag that I have some on just because I look better and feel a tiny bit better about myself. I have a hair salon appointment coming up maybe I'll just go for the Sinead look and just use a nice wig, kidding . I'll probably go back to a shorter hairstyle like the one in my profile picture.


    • January 19, 2009 10:26 PM GMT
    • Like Nikki I don't leave home without makeup. I only need maybe 5 minutes for my daily makeup which usually consists of a lighter concealer around the eyes, mineral foundation and blush. I then do my brows. Now and then I do my lashes but rarely eyeshadow during the day. Evenings I will take extra time and do it all. Hair is another story, omg.

    • January 19, 2009 9:27 PM GMT
    • Nikki I swear with each of these post I'm liking you less & less.

    • January 19, 2009 5:39 PM GMT
    • I couldn't bear going outside without at least a minimum of make up on, it not only makes me look better but it makes me feel so much better as well.

      I gotten my work/daily routine down to about five minutes now!


    • January 19, 2009 3:31 PM GMT
    • That sounds rather drastic - I'd feel naked without my make-up. It's not a mask to hide behind. It makes me feel good and look good too.
      Have you tried a veil? Just kidding....have you considered going to a professional make-up person. I'm certain that in Detroit there must be a make-up artist.

    • January 19, 2009 2:42 PM GMT
    • After numerus attempts I' have come to the conclusion that makeup & me should never be aloud in the same room.

    • December 19, 2008 1:38 AM GMT
    • Hi ya Sammi, thanks well give it a try. Its 1 of those tats that ya love it an hate it at times. Way back when i was 14 my dad an me were in NY.he was getting another tat coverd up with a blk.panther (head). He asked if i wanted to start a family tradition.Of course being young an stupid i was inked with the same.Now that hes passed away , it has alot of memories behind it.Couldnt bear to get it lasered off... Thanks again Huggs Jenn.

    • December 17, 2008 9:16 PM GMT
    • Hi Jennifer, its quite hard to cover them completely with even a good consealer but i have found a internet link for a special product claiming to do the trick. I can not recoment it as i have never seen or used it but they claim it works so maybe you could give it a try.
      Hugs Sammi

    • December 16, 2008 2:14 AM GMT
    • I have a tat on my fore arm, its old an dark,but has a very special meaning.Would never think of laser.At times i would like to cover it up in short sleave blouses an or dresses.Tried smartcover ,but u have to put it on so thick it cracks after awhile.Any tips?huggs jenn.

    • December 5, 2008 2:34 AM GMT
    • Thank you Lucy (you're a gem- small joke)
      I'm think i'm thin skinned enough - I hit my hand and the spot bleeds - I'll stick to my electric shaver and give it a once over with the safety razor if needed. Don't need any sanding - thank you.

    • December 3, 2008 10:45 AM GMT
    • I haven’t tried Smooth Away, but I do use a similar thing called a Silkymit, and I also own a Babyliss Simply Smooth, which is an electronic version of the same principle.
      These things are basically fine sandpaper, and should not be relied on for regular hair removal, or at all for removal of coarse, male-type hair. They may be effective at removing fine or downy hair, but as it’s a fairly intense form of exfoliation it’s not something you can use every day, as you won’t have any skin left if you use it too often.
      If you have reasonably normal male-type hair on your face, don’t attempt to remove it with sandpaper, the same goes for other parts of your body. You may be able to eventually remove the hair but not before you have rubbed your skin red-raw and seriously damaged it. It’s like having sunburn, but worse. And of course normal male hair will re-appear the next day unless it’s plucked out, so you’ll be left with stubble and really won’t want to shave, nor should you use depilatory creams on such damaged skin.
      These products are really designed for natal women, whose hair takes much longer to grow back than ours. After 4 years on hormones, over 1 year post-op, I still couldn’t rely on this sort of thing for hair-removal.
      They are great for buffing the legs, giving a nice smooth finish. I use them the day after shaving or a couple of days after epilating. But you really must be careful not to overdo it. As well as removing hair, they remove skin!
      They may have an occasional place in my beauty regime for exfoliation, but they are not a wonder product for hair removal.
      Stick to razors on the face. Use razors or creams for the rest of the body or buy an epilator which will last longer, or better still try waxing (professionally, not DIY) if you can afford it.
      Don’t believe the hype about Smooth Away, it is just a piece of sandpaper.

    • December 3, 2008 3:48 AM GMT
    • Hi all-

      I keep seeing this product Smooth Away advertised on TV. It's a device that uses a pad to remove hair and comes in several sizes, larger for the body and a small one for the face and around the lips. I have quite a bit of hair to remove and have been using razors and cremes so far, working on sections at a time to give my skin a rest, so I wondered if this Smooth Away truly works. Thanks for your input.

    • November 29, 2008 7:31 PM GMT
    • Another type of foundation now available is the mineral foundations. Most popular brands now offer a mineral foundation and the prices can vary greatly. Mineral foundation is probably best suited for a gal who has already gone through laser or electrolysis but there are mineral concealers so everyone might want to give it a try. I have been using the Maybelline mineral foundation for nearly a year now and I love it. It is very reasonably priced and comes in a variety of tones. Using the brush which comes with the foundation, you can apply it literally in seconds. Most of the photos of myself that I posted this year, including the current one, show me wearing the Maybelline mineral foundation. I highly reccommend it.

    • November 29, 2008 5:12 PM GMT
    • Here are a few tips on finding the right foundation.

      How do you choose the right foundation for my skin tone?
      For a beautiful and natural effect, you should choose your foundation according to your natural skin tone. The colour shouldn't be too dark, so that it doesn't look obvious next to the shade of your neck. For an immaculate look, choose a foundation that is slightly lighter than your skin tone and apply to the rounded parts of your face: cheeks, bridge of the nose, chin and forehead.
      If you have fair skin, aim for transparency, steering clear of shades that are too light, which will make you look washed-out.
      If you have darker skin, opt for a powdered foundation that blends into your skin.

      Whay type of foundation should I be using?
      This depends on whether you want to cover up imperfections, smooth out your skin or make it look natural and radiant.

      - Liquid foundation
      These are perfect for a natural look because they don’t give you too much coverage but they do even out skin tone.
      There are two different types of liquid foundation:
      Moisturising liquids provide a satiny, shiny effect and are suitable for all skin types.
      Mattifying liquids conceal imperfections and give a smooth, matte finish. They’re ideal for shiny faces and combination skin that tends to get oily.
      - Mousse or spray foundation
      These are light and natural-looking, and they make skin look and feel very smooth. They're easy to spray on, give light cover and feel good against the skin because they blend in as soon as they’re applied. Mousse foundations are suitable for all skin types, even sensitive skin.

      - Compact foundation
      Thicker, with more cover, these are perfect for an even skin tone and give a sophisticated, impeccably smooth finish. They’re ideal if you want to hide imperfections or if you prefer slightly heavier make-up.
      There are two different types of compact foundation:
      Cream foundation is slightly satiny and perfect for combination or dry skin.
      Powder foundation is a big hit with women who are short on time because they're two-in-one. They provide a soft, smooth, peachy finish and are are great on skin with a tendency to shine!

      - Stick foundation
      Practical and easy to use, these foundations are applied directly onto the face. They fit perfectly in your handbag and allow you to touch up your face at any time of the day. They’re suitable for normal to dry skin, but not for oily skin.

      - Tinted moisturiser
      Tinted moisturiser is more discreet than foundation and gives less cover. It's easy to use and just adds a hint of delicate, natural colour to your skin. Tinted moisturisers can also be used as daily moisturisers because they’re enriched with moisturising ingredients.

      How do I choose the right colour?
      Select a foundation that’s close to your skin tone. Test on your face if you can, and if not on the back of your hand. The right shade should blend and merge into your skin.

      Applying foundation
      - Preparing your skin:
      Your skin needs to be in tip-top condition to look flawless. Regular exfoliation polishes the skin and eliminates dead cells. It helps make-up stay put and even.
      Cleanse your face with make-up remover or cleansing lotion to unblock your pores before applying make-up.
      Moisturising is an essential step before you apply foundation. It ensures make-up stays on and makes it easier to apply.
      Concealer hides imperfections and should be used under foundation.

      - Applying foundation:
      Heat up liquid foundation in the palm of your hand so that it’s easier to apply. You can also use a lightly moistened sponge to obtain even and accurate cover over your whole face.
      Avoid applying a thick layer of foundation so that your skin doesn’t suffocate.
      Start with the centre of your face (chin, cheeks, forehead) then work outwards carefully, from top to bottom. Be sure to blend your foundation well at your hairline, eyebrows, the base of your ears and around your nose.

      - Always test your foundation before buying!
      - Apply to clean, moisturised skin.
      - Finish with powder to set your foundation, keep it in place, make applying other make-up products easier and provide a silky, smooth, matte effect.
      - In winter (or under neon lighting), opt for foundation with a hint of pink.
      - In summer, choose a sandy beige foundation that will glow in the sunlight.
      - Don’t go overboard trying to cover imperfections: use concealer instead, which is far more effective.

      Hope that helps girls
      Hugs Sammi

    • November 26, 2008 6:55 PM GMT
    • Hi Girls, just to follow up the last thread "Eye Liner a Different Way" i thought a look at the best designs to shape your eyes which you can use to make them wider, closer, larger ect.
      Here is a link to the page hope you enjoy

      Hugs Sammi

    • November 23, 2008 3:52 PM GMT
    • Sammi,

      I can immediately tell that this is going to be a better method for doint eyeliner. Great find.

    • November 23, 2008 3:33 PM GMT
    • Hi Girls i found this different way of doing Eyeliner so have a go and see if its easier for you

      Easy Eyeliner How To

      Lined eyes look modern and sexy, but actually applying the liner can be a challenge! Traditional pencils are difficult to apply in a straight line; liquid liners require complete precision. To the rescue: Powder liner! Here, the foolproof way to use it:

      What you need: A flat, blunt-edged eyeliner brush and a matte powder eye shadow (choose brown or black for a soft look, or a brighter shade for a funkier effect).
      Follow these steps for a flawless look:
      1.  Tap the eyeliner brush into the powder shadow.
      2.  Lightly blow on the end of the brush to remove any excess powder (if you don't, it will fall under your eyes, giving you smudges).
      3.  Close one eye, and gently tap the brush at your lash line. Continue along the whole length of your eyelid. Note: You're not drawing the liner on with brush; tapping it gently will give you a straighter line.
      4.  Try to stay as close to your lashes as you can. This makes the base of your lashes look thicker -- a more natural look than an obvious line of eyeliner.
      5.  Repeat the process on the other eye. Finish with a coat of mascara. --Lisa Kovalovich


      Link to the actual page[...]ow-tos/

    • November 22, 2008 4:56 PM GMT
    • Thanks Michelle, some great tip there. most of the make up manufactures site's have some good tips and occational special offer so bookmark them and pay a quick visit.


    • November 22, 2008 12:03 AM GMT
    • Wow, Sammi, thanks for reinvigourating this forum! I'm intrigued by your tip to use hair conditioner instead of shaving gel/foam/soap. I will be trying that out from tomorrow... !

      Michelle, thanks for all the tips. Am intrigued by the lip exfoliation via a baby's toothbrush. I'll be giving that a go soon too. [Do I need to catch a live baby first????]

      I will share a tip for any girls out there who, like me, have very curly potentially frizzy hair - and a budget next to zero. Pick up a cheap plastic spray bottle, mix a good dollop or three of conditioner with a reasonable amount of water. [See, I like to be precise, lol]. Give it a good shake. Damp your hair with it, comb through, towel off any excess and finger shape your hair as required. It keeps your hair under control all day. And if, like me, you make the mistake of buying a clear spray bottle don't be put off. Yes, the mixture looks like something you should'nt spray anywhere least of all your hair. But no, you won't get pregnant. Depending on your need, you can add a bit of olive oil to the mix. I have'nt yet but should. [The reason I have'nt is only because the top refuses valiantly to come off my brand new bottle of oil. Doh.]

      Much love to you all.

      Rae xx

    • November 21, 2008 11:24 PM GMT
    • Hi Sisters,
      Saw this on a Makeup site.... thought it might be of use to my sisters.......

      url to site is below as well...

      BTW: I apologize for the product names listed, but thought the concepts were useful....[...]et.aspx


      Save your skin from premature lines and wrinkles.

      Always wear an SPF 15 or higher sunscreen. Make it easy with foundation that has a built-in SPF, such as Instant Age Rewind Foundation with SPF 18 to protect skin. Protect lips, too, since they’re the area most prone to environmental damage. Moisture Extreme Lipcolor combines SPF 15 with the moisturization of a lip balm.

      Take off your makeup every night.

      Remove eye makeup first, then the rest of your makeup. Use dedicated removers such as Expert Eyes 100% Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover or Expert Eyes 100% Oil-Free Makeup Remover Pads for regular mascara, Expert Eyes Moisturizing Eye Makeup Remover for waterproof mascara and Superaway Lipcolor Remover for long-wearing lipcolor.

      Don’t expose makeup to germs.

      Never share makeup. Never add liquid to a product, or you may add bacteria as well. Close makeup caps tightly after use. If you have an eye infection, don’t use eye makeup and throw away all the products you used when you discovered the infection. The same rule applies to lip products if you get a canker sore.

      Apply acne treatments first if you need them.

      Put them on before you apply moisturizer or foundation, so they can get to work on your skin.

      Wash your brushes to avoid breakouts and to help bristles last longer.

      Wet the brush head, lather well with shampoo, rinse with warm water and lay flat on a towel to dry. Brushes for liquid and cream makeup, such as lipcolor, foundation, concealer, cream eye shadow, should be washed daily. Wash all other brushes once a week, or at least every two weeks. A neat tip between washings: Swipe the bristles with antibacterial wipes after each use. The brushes will dry in about three minutes.

      Choose mascara if you only have time for one product.

      Apply one coat to make eyes look bigger, better and brighter.

      Don't let airline travel dry out your skin.

      Flying can dry out your skin. If you’re traveling, apply a face cream and a lip balm before you take off. Reapply to replenish your skin and lips. Drink lots of water and skip caffeine, alcohol and salt to stay fresh and hydrated.


      Opt for yellow-toned concealers.

      They’ll help camouflage red or purple tones in blemishes—and complement any skin tone.

      Apply concealer in a thin layer.

      Put a light dab directly on any imperfections and repeat if necessary to build coverage.


      Curl lashes to open up your eyes.

      Always curl lashes before mascara for a big boost to your lash look.

      Use short, feathery strokes when applying eye pencil.

      This way you’ll get the most precise and mess-free look.

      Don’t pump your mascara or it’ll dry out faster.

      Just insert the brush into the tube and gently swirl for the most even distribution of mascara.

      Groom and set your brows.

      Clear mascara works well without leaving a trace.

      Make it easy to remove stubborn mascara under your lower lashes.

      A cotton swab moistened with eye makeup remover quickly gets rid of mascara smears.

      Apply foundation on lids before you put on shadow.

      This prep step will smooth the skin’s surface and prolong eye shadow performance.


      Exfoliate lips weekly with a baby toothbrush.

      You’ll see a smoother, healthier lip surface that should help lipcolor stick on and stay put.

      Choose lip liner shades that match your natural lips, not your lipcolor.

      When you line your lips, contour with soft, feathery strokes. Don’t draw a bold line.


      Look at your nail beds to determine your best nail shape.

      Curved beds look better with rounded tips. Flat nail beds look good with squared edges. Go in between if you’re unsure: Create a slight oval at the center of your tips, then softly square the edges of your nails to get what top manicurists call the “squoval.”

      Trim your nails if you wear extreme nail colors.

      Light and super-dark shades look best on short nails, plus this length is easier to maintain.

      Make short nails look longer.

      Polish nails with a color similar to your skin tone.


      Keep it to yourself

      It's always good to share, but not your makeup brushes! Try not to share your brushes with other people as this can transfer their oils onto your skin. If someone does borrow your brushes, be sure to wash thoroughly before re-using on your own skin.

    • November 21, 2008 2:36 PM GMT
    • Hi girls, Thanks for your comments i hope we can get this forum buzzing and get lots of tips from eachother too.

      Marsha the free samples will have to wait until i win the national lottery i'm afraid lol

      Christine there are a few options with eyebrows, you can get them done profesionally of buy one of the eyebrow shaper kits from boots which are like sticky plasters with the eybrow shape your after wut out in the middle of them or you could just pluck them yourself, if the hair length is a problem used a personal trimmer to shorten them evenly.[...]d=10551 The eyebrow shapers

      Ellen, the most important thing is to use a good moisturiser and cleanser/toner every morning and night plus you could use one of the night creams specially for age reduction as far you skin goes. Foundations need to match your skins own colour as best as you can and as Marsha said the yellowish toned ones cover better for facial hair or blemishes. Shaving can irritate and the best way to reduce this is to used a hair conditioner instead of shaving soap cream, it will leave your skin softer and give you a smoother shave. If you want to conseal without having to used derma blend then just used a standard consealer which are much cheeper.

      Mary Grace, the brown spots on your hand is a good one, the only thing i can think of is to use a consealer on them and then use a moisturiser after or even put some liquid foundation in the moisturiser to reduce there appearance. i will keep looking to see if i can find a better solution though and post it if i can.

      As for the tips and videos this is about the best site ive found for them

      Hope that has helped Girls
      Hugs Sammi

    • November 19, 2008 3:12 PM GMT
    • Ellen - for what it's worth....
      I found I get a better shave now - my wife got me to use a moisturizer on my face and it not only made my shin feel better it made me look (somewhat) bettter. The shaving was easier and closer.

    • November 18, 2008 10:37 PM GMT
    • I'll confess to just being happy reading any tips that come along!

      Catherine, whilst trying not to stray too far off thread, I long ago decided my eyesight was'nt up to plucking and shaping my eyebrows - without my glasses on I'd be plucking my eyeballs! Instead I decided to use a local Beauty Salon and, whilst its an indulgence, its well worth it. Every three weeks I have my brows shaped, waxed, plucked and - if necessary, tinted. Then every other three weeks I have my eyelashes tinted. On average it costs me £30 a month. Well worth every penny. You should be looking at £10 - £15pm to keep your eyebrows up to date.

      Much love

      Rae xx

    • November 18, 2008 8:23 PM GMT
    • I'd like to know how to style my eyebrows to make them look more feminine and what techniques to use to do it.

      Also links to well-regarded make-up books (preferably on Amazon) would be useful.

    • November 18, 2008 1:44 AM GMT
    • I can always learn something from others more talented than I; so I would really appreciate links to videos on techniques. My face looks terrific in a room of moderate lighting from six feet away, but goes down hill as the lighting gets very bright or close up.

    • November 17, 2008 9:54 PM GMT
    • Ellen, I found that most yellowish concealers will work just fine and far from the cost of durablend. What I usually did was apply a little yellowish concealer to the area, then using a little red or orange lipstick, you can blend the area in pretty good before applying your foundation. Maybelline also makes a mineral concealer as I imagine others do.

    • November 17, 2008 9:31 PM GMT
    • Well Sammi, since ya asked nicely uh I would like to know if you or any one else there knows of products here in the states that is a decent foundation that hides the slight wisker stubble on my face. I use the Gilette Mach III blades and I have somewhat sensitive skin. I can't afford Laser or electrolysis . I don't get very much from the social security as I'm disabled and I work as much as I can under the table as well. .
      I know about Durma blend but the expense of it is prohibitive as I'm female pretty much every day now and I use a liquid "Mineral " Foundation to hide my Roseaceia as well. You might see it in my profile picture as I had the picture taken without too much anything that day . I know I can't reverse aging ,but i would like to at least look nice anyway without looking like a Drag queen. Ellen S.

    • November 17, 2008 8:26 PM GMT
    • Sammi, since you asked. I think a great idea would be for you to send out free samples of whatever we would like. Let's take a vote.

      Should Sammi send us free samples?
      1: Yes, I want Sammi to send out free samples
      2: No, I don't like free stuff


    • November 17, 2008 4:19 PM GMT
    • Sammi
      I like your idea of a weekly hot tip - I'm always looking for ways of improving my looks - it gets tougher each year....
      could use some help with brown spots on my hands, too.

    • November 16, 2008 12:58 PM GMT
    • Hi Girls, I was just wondering what you the members would like to get from this make up forum.

      My first thought where to try to help by posting links to instructional videos and tip sites, also I was thinking of doing a weekly hot tip for discussion.
      The forums are here for you girls the members so please post your ideas and thought on "What you want"


    • November 14, 2008 9:27 PM GMT
    • Hi Girls, Below is a link to a site that has useful tips and how to videos on most make up subjects.
      I hope you find it useful but if you have any questions then post them here and i will do my best to answer them.
      For those new to make up a few simple things to remember,
      One of the most important things is to cleanse and moisturise daily.
      Make sure the cleanser and moisturiser suit your skin type e.g. dry or oily or combination.
      To make your skin softer and make sure you don’t get and nasty rashes or spots.
      Always remove your make up before going to bed or if it starts to irritate.
      The more you look after your skin the better it will look and you will be saved from the inevitable rashes that can plague the unprepared face.
      If you have dark hair or a strong beard growth then you can used the coverall products available from most specialty TG suppliers.
      I personally would recommend a liquid or cream foundation plus a powder one over the top but only a light covering of each; just enough to cover and bluish tints there’s no need to trowel it on lol
      The most effective way i have found is to put the cream or liquid foundation over the beard areas to cover them up then use the powder all over to get an even tone.
      Then it just a case of choosing the correct colours for your complexion or you outfit.
      Hope that helps anyone not used to applying foundation and i will post a few more tips each week and try to answer your questions on a weekly basis
      Remember girls Practice Practice Practice
      Sammi x

    • October 30, 2008 12:18 AM GMT
    • Thanks Donna and Nicole, that was really helpful. The process was exactly as you described Nicole, and it seems I was originally given false information in that gels do indeed cover the whole nail in the same way as acrylics, as you pointed out.
      My friend and I both opted for gels, which look and feel fantastic. I had mine done in a lovely burgundy and the colour is still immaculate after a day and half, which is a first for me! I think the brand of varnish they used is called OPI. It’s great to have long nails again, and they feel so strong and healthy, though I am of course being really careful with them!
      I shall have to file them down a bit after my holiday (I’m a keyboard player), and don’t know yet if I will bother to get them filled regularly. If I can disguise the gap with lots of basecoat and re-painting I may just let them grow out, or remove them entirely, or I might just get so used to having such good strong nails I will bear the expense of getting them filled regularly. Time will tell.
      I do love a good bit of pampering and would recommend it to anyone, well worth treating yourself to a professional manicure, the difference is amazing.

    • October 27, 2008 5:17 AM GMT
    • Lucy,

      I can help you out. I started with acrylic nails, and eventually went to gel. Essentially, there are no major differences with their application, other than the basic materials used.

      Personally, I couldn't live without this little extravagance, my nails are so thin and paper-like, I'm unable to maintain any length at all without my gels. I work extensively with hand tools, wiring, and installing equipment in information centers, vehicles, locomotives and offices, so my nails were constantly getting broken, chipped, and damaged in every way imaginable. (Telecommunications technician for the last 30 years or so.)

      If your nails are not grown out to the length you desire, a plastic extension will be glued onto the end to establish a supporting base for the additional length. Then the technician will dip a brush into a solvent, then into a very fine powder which will adhere to the end of the brush as a soft plastic material which will be quickly patted down and shaped on top of the entire nail and plastic extension if used. As far as I can tell, the chemical composition of the solvents and powders are the primary differences between acrylic and gel.

      The plastic material sets up rather quickly, and is then further smoothed and shaped into the final desired shape. At this point, there is another difference between the acrylic and the gel. With the acrylic, they're now ready for nail varnish and a topcoat. For the gel however, a thick clear gel is applied and cured under UV light, which causes an oily substance to come to the surface, which is then removed with alcohol. Now, the gel is ready for varnish and topcoat.

      My experience with both types has been very good, however the gel nails seem to be much more durable and less prone to breakage, which is perfect for me.

      The downside for both types:

      Constant upkeep and expense. Depending on your rate of nail growth, you'll need to have them 'filled' about every two weeks. You are correct, the gap between the cuticle and the acrylic/gel material needs to be filled to maintain a smooth appearance, and if you're using a nail color, there will be a color void there as well. (not so noticeable if you're not using a nail color) My maintenance cost is about $50-$55 per month.

      Keeping them filed to a preferred length is quite easy to do, but removal can be quite difficult and uncomfortable, so it not something you'd want to do regularly. The acrylic/gel bonds very well to the surface of the nail, so removing them causes quite a bit of damage to the top surface of the nail, leaving them thin and rough.

      Some surgeons will insist that they be removed before any type of surgery, as the nail beds are a good visual indicator of the health of one's circulatory system.

      I hope that I've been of some help.


    • October 26, 2008 9:14 PM GMT
    • Hi Lucy I think they look at your nails first and work out how long the nail they put on will be. I was goin to have my nails done with either gel or acrylics but because my nails were sort of long they just maincured them and painted them. They will tell you how to look after them and tell you wat to do if they break off. They might give you some nail glue incase any of the nails break off.

    • October 26, 2008 5:45 PM GMT
    • On Tuesday, for the first time ever and it’s about time too, I am getting my nails professionally done. As I’m on holiday for a couple of weeks I thought I’d treat myself to some sort of nail extensions (need to keep mine reasonably short and they do tend to get broken occasionally due to the nature of my work).
      So does anyone know the pro’s and con’s of gels and acrylics? Which would you recommend? Can I file down gels if they are still intact when I get back to work? Can they be attached to quite short nails?
      As I understand it, acrylics are stuck on top of the nail (gels are attached to the end right?) so a gap will eventually appear between the base of the acrylic and the cuticle as the nail grows out. Are they easy to remove when the gap starts to show? Can gels and acrylics be painted over with regular nail varnish if needed?
      Is anyone else so extravagant to treat themselves to nail extensions?!

    • August 26, 2008 8:16 PM BST
    • Hi All-

      I was going to put this in the Shopping Forum but couldn't figure out a way to do it. "Next time you buy blades check out this site?" Nah. So here it is. I found this site ages ago but it was buried in my bookmarks, I just ran across it this morning while I was looking for something else. It contains all sorts of tips and tricks for that smooth look we all crave. It's very much connected with Dedelynn's thread but perhaps covers more topics so I thought I would start a new thread with it.

      Hugs...Joni Marie

      Whoopsies! Almost forgot to put it in!


    • August 1, 2008 9:29 PM BST
    • i always shave in the shower about every two days or so
      useing a 3 blade razor with dove shower gel it leaves my legs lovely and smooth, but i sill put moisturiser on my legs each time i shower in the summer.

    • August 1, 2008 8:17 PM BST
    • Hi DedeLynn,

      I usually shave while in the shower, so the warm water moisturizes the skin and hair. Then I lather up w a shaving gel and use a new razor blade. After I rinse and dry off, I then apply a good moisturizing lotion. That seems to make my legs smooth and soft to the touch. I used to get red bumps, but now I don't. Suspect it was the new blade + moisturizing.

      Michelle "smooth legs" Lynn

    • August 1, 2008 10:28 AM BST
    • Try shaving using vasolin. It really helps and is a little messy but leaves legs moist and sexy

    • July 29, 2008 6:34 AM BST
    • The up side of being a natural blonde is that my arm and leg hair is not as noticeable. However I have quite a bit and I've had a friend shocked by how hairy I am when I had my shirt off and she actually touched my arms and chest. So I don't think too much about people noticing when my arms are hairless. However....I am a golden teddy bear and the frequent discussions have made me to opt for permanent removal of my some point. Besides I've seen what a pain it is for older men to deal with their beard. They get hard and stiff and difficult to shave.

    • July 28, 2008 6:33 PM BST
    • I may as well toss in my two cents, not worth even that much really, with inflation and all. After having tried them all, waxing, Nair and all the variants thereof, epilating, etc, etc, I have finally decided that, for me at least, wet shaving in the shower is where it's at. I use the Venus3 and a decent quality, nicely scented, liquid body soap and I shave faithfully every single day from my brows to my toes. It adds about 20 minutes to my morning toilette but to me it's worth it. BTW, I don't use the body soap on my face, I use what I normally cleanse with. One thing you might try, Dedelynn, is exfoliating before you shave, just use a loofah sponge and a good quality exfoliant. Myself I use Neutrogena but there are lots of others on the market.

      Good luck, hon.

      Hugs...Joni Marie

    • June 16, 2008 3:46 PM BST
    • I use wax and I'm quite satisfied with the results.I tend to concentrate waxing sessions in the late-autumn,winter,early-spring when thicker,opaque tights/stockings are the order of the day thus hiding the necessary hair growth.During the summer I'll also shave my legs occasionally depending upon growth,weather,what I'm intending to wear etc etc.My lower legs are now 98% hair free whilst the growth on my upper legs is much sparser than it used to be.Hair growth on my arms is also not what it used to be although,from observation here in Germany,it doesn't seem to matter so much if a girl has hairy arms.;)

      Lynn H.

    • June 16, 2008 8:45 AM BST
    • i'm happy with shaving my legs. i used nair but was not happy with the results.i've never waxed my legs but have used wax on other parts of my body with great results. i find shaving my legs everyday, maybe 10 minutes tops, quicker than waiting every few days.i feel for the stubble, a little here and a little there. if i wait a few days then it became more time consuming. it turned into a habit and now have it down to a science. i always keep lotion on my legs and have never had anything but smooth shiny skin.

    • June 12, 2008 9:28 AM BST
    • I've never had anyone complain about my legs, but then one also has to apreciate, I've never had anyone.

    • June 12, 2008 7:32 AM BST
    • If it would just stop growing on my knees then i would throw the razor away

    • June 12, 2008 3:50 AM BST
    • I've used a Venus and an epilator.

      The Venus is nice because it does leave the legs looking nice and smooth...for three days or so.

      The epilator...

      You want a good laugh, read this. You'll never look at an epilator the same way again. (and the answer is yes, I still use one.)

      Luv 'n hugs,

      Mina Sakura
      "Almost-Angel, Girl Genius, and Ultra-Flirt"

    • June 11, 2008 11:29 PM BST
    • I must be fortunate as I have no hairs on my legs

    • June 11, 2008 10:55 PM BST
    • Hi,

      I have to come out as a fan of the Gillette Venus wet shave. Maybe its just me, maybe its an age thing, but I find something pleasing and iconic about the physical activity of shaving your legs.

      But that might be just me!

      Much love

      Rae x