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    • December 29, 2014 8:10 PM GMT
    • Hi Robin. Thanks for the tip. I think i'm going to have to have a look at the Tria. Not cheep i know but at least i can do it from home. Thanks again. Hugs Lillith

    • December 28, 2014 11:30 PM GMT
    • Tria laser: i bought one on the recommendation of Marcie Bowers, MD, and i can tell you it does work, and yes, it hurts on the highest setting, but you can go one down and still get zapped good, esp in that sensitive area Marcie concerns herselfwith, mostly. i've been using it about two months and have another month to return it to Sephora if i don't ike it, but i don't see that happening. one drawback is thgat the laser light area is small, maybe 3/8"x3/8" aat best, so it takes a while to do a large area. It is best suited for the forementioned area, which y9u may not wan to thave ttreeated by a laser tech, or touch up later on, as hair does grow isn't permanent, but burns enought of th e follicle or whatever so it takes months for it to show up again. the TRIA is  perfect for staying after your facial hair. HTH


    • March 6, 2014 7:45 AM GMT
    • Hi,

      I have tried the Tria Lazer, $400.  I used it for almost four months.  It is quite painful if you use the highest setting, which is the setting you need. It was time consuming, and I was not impressed with the results. 

         I have also used No-No, $300.  It doesn't provide a close hair removal, at least for me.  I did see a reduction in hair growth after about a couple of months.  They have a new stronger model now, which I would think it would work faster, closer, and greater results. 

         I have only been on  HRT for about three months, so my hair although light brown was kinda of thick.  Now it is much lighter and not as thick.  I would probably use professional treatments, and know that it will last.


    • September 21, 2014 8:46 PM BST
    • thanks for this Sami x

    • September 21, 2014 12:35 PM BST
    • Fantastic post Sami, thank you!

    • September 21, 2014 2:37 AM BST
    • I am not out to the general public, but I do like to do little things that work toward that, as I become more comfortable. One is my nails. I used to chew them, so I started growing them out a bit and applying clear polish in order to avoid doing that.


      One disadvantage of the clear polish is that it looked hideous when I got dirty under the nails. I decided to accomplish two goals: hiding the dirt until I had a chance to clean underneath, and start showing more of my feminine side to the public.


      I experimented with several colors and have settled upon a new color by Sally Hansen. The color is #210, Shall We Dance. The reason why I like this color is that it is very thin and slightly more pink than my natural nail color. I started with wearing just one coat as an experiment, which does show but not much. I then graduated to two coats, which hides more of the underneath while also being slightly more pink. I am now wearing three coats all of the time.


      The first picture shows the natural nails after they have been trimmed. The second picture shows after the first coat. The nails are shinier then, but still show much of the natural color. The third picture steps it up a bit more with two coats. All three coats are shown in the fourth picture. The last two pictures show the bottle of nail polish in case any of you want to give it a try.


      For those of you who are still afraid of what others think, I can report that I live in a conservative town and have never had anybody make a comment or give a strange look after about 3 months of wearing this color. This has helped me with my self confidence.


      Love, Sami

    • September 4, 2014 12:35 PM BST
    • Debbie, 

      You are quite right about there being no one set of "rules" for makeup.  The closest "rule" I know of it keep skin clean and, as you, moisturize.

      The quit smoking was a rough one, but I did it because I am in the early/mid phases of HRT, and they do not go together.


      But to eliminate excess drinking, I would rather have my left arm removed (and I'm left handed).  I always wait till 5:00, but I'm sure its 5:00 somewhere.



    • September 2, 2014 9:21 PM BST
    • its true that too much powder and/ or foundation can emphasise wrinkles rather than hide them. the secret is in moderation (which is a learned art!). im nearly 52 and moisturise everyday whether i wear make up or not. scrubbing cleansers i think are great too..i'd use them about as frequently as Bobbie..once maybe twice a week.

      having said that, there is no hard and fast rule for everyone, each of us has different skin types which may benefit from different applications. avoid smoking and excess drinking...aww who am i kidding! that was meant for everyone else.

    • August 13, 2014 12:58 PM BST
    • Julia, 

      I receive that comment much more often than I care for.  In my case it is mid 50's- early 60's.  According to my Driver's license I am 71.  Personally I don't see it  Maybe just my outlook on life showing through.  I do cleanse with mild soap and water, and twice a week use a scrubbing clenser.  I use moisturizer daily.  rarely any make-up ( here I am world, take me as I am).  

      I may never be a beauty queen ( poor choice of word), or even a "why did she bother signing up?".  But I am proud to be the girl I am, and someday, maybe, I 'll be the woman I dream of.



    • August 2, 2014 9:15 PM BST
    • People in my life whom I meet daily say they do not believe me when I tell them I am getting close to 57 years old. I usually just say , don't lie when they say I look in my early to mid forty's. Officially with the life I have had I should look about 134 years old. They ask what is my secret?. I do not have one. My make up takes me about 10 minutes to apply. It is very minimal , yes I do have a few wrinkles but over doing it with foundation will make them stand out. When you apply foundation you could do as I do , just a tiny blob (less than half a pea size) blended in on one side of the face and nose then the same for the other side. Then a tiny blob on the chin blended downwards and sidewards on the neck.

      I use no moisturiser morning or night , the one thing I do use is a facial scrub morning and night. A good facial scrub will remove any dead skin , that also removes all traces of make up , it feels good too. Keeping your pores clean is very important , at night or day after use with the facial srcub your natural skin oils will appear , that means no need to add artificial oils.

      I still say I do look my age but when I meet others my own age I can see what others mean. Some people just let themselves go , all I can do is my best with what I have , my best is least not more.

      If you are in my age group or any age group just give it a go. You can pay well over the top for what they call natural skin care products. If you look at the ingredients they are not natural. The word Natural is just what it says and means , nothing artificial.

      The attached photo was taken today , 2nd of August 2014 , it is raw , that means it has not been enhanced or messed with , just resized for upload. So this is just how everyone in my life see's me , it took me just 10 minutes to apply my make up as it does most days. It is not a pretty sight but I get by just fine.

      Take care , Julia xx

        Edit: Image removed

    • July 7, 2014 11:53 PM BST
    • Maxxine Harding said:
      Madeleine Grant said:
      Haven't tried any yet, have been kinda curious to try tho. I may get around to it at some point... : )
      Madeleine hello xo
      You really should and if you do please post so I can see :)  I think your avatar pic is very pretty.
      Take care

      Haven't tried yet, but thanks for the kinds words! : )

    • July 7, 2014 11:42 PM BST
    • Beautiful Maxxine!  


      Virtual Makeover sites are so helpful!!!  


      The one thing that is very important is foundation and concealer.  They are important for accentuating your facial features.  This is one thing I liked about - give that site a try.  Also Taaz gives you more ability to shape your lips.  I have very narrow lips.  But by experimenting with lip liner and lip stick, I could make my lips look fuller. 

    • June 4, 2014 4:16 AM BST
    • Madeleine Grant said:
      Haven't tried any yet, have been kinda curious to try tho. I may get around to it at some point... : )
      Madeleine hello xo
      You really should and if you do please post so I can see :)  I think your avatar pic is very pretty.
      Take care

    • June 4, 2014 4:15 AM BST
    • wendy larsen: Assistant Forums Manager said:

      And your complaint with that picture was....I can not imagine?


      Hi Wendy :)  I don't have a complaint at all . . . I just really had a lot of fun doing it and wondered who else has tried. :D

    • May 30, 2014 8:43 PM BST
    • And your complaint with that picture was....I can not imagine?

    • May 20, 2014 3:16 AM BST
    • Haven't tried any yet, have been kinda curious to try tho. I may get around to it at some point...
      : )

    • May 20, 2014 2:26 AM BST
    • Hello lovelies <3


      Who has tried the virtual makeover on the site? If so I would love to see if yours came out better than mine. 


      I will show you my "masterpiece" lol


      I am sure some of you know of another virtual makeover service, if so, please share :D

    • May 20, 2014 2:44 AM BST
    • Hello lovelies xo


      I didn't see this tip here and wanted to offer some advice I received while shopping in the Sephora store. 



      P.S. If you didn't already know about them (yes I know it's expensive) they will give you a free makeover and teach you tips and tricks :D


      #1 for any makeup application, having the proper and quality brushes makes a world of difference. 

      #2 by wetting your makeup brushes (eye shadow and using eyeshadow as liner) you can create a more dramatic look with richer color depth that stays!

      #3 quality does matter.  You will never get the professional results from Revlon products.

      #4 Dermablend is an amazing cover up!!!  It's a bit tricky to use at first, but once you get the hang, it's your BFF.


      You know those little double ended sponge sticks that come with eyeliner?  What about those bacteria loving pads in the powder foundation compacts?  Well, you will never use one of those again once you have a nice brush set.  You will need:


      Eye shader brush

      This brush is used for packing color on the lid. You can also use the tip of the brush to smudge color under the lash line, or to create a defined line in the crease.


      Stiff Dome Brush



      This brush is great for feathering out color to create a smokey eye, or blending out the crease. The bristles are stiff, making it easy to move the eye shadow where you want it.


      Pencil Brush


      This pencil-like brush is perfect for precision shading on the lid, in the crease of the eye, or along the lash line. This brush can also be used for smudging liner along the lash line, or darkening the outer-v for a dramatic look.


      Soft Dome Brush

      This dome shaped brush has very soft bristles that make it ideal for blending out any harsh lines below the brow bone. This brush can also be used for blending out concealer under the eye to help hide dark circles and bags.


      Bent Liner Brush

      Designed specifically for applying gel eyeliner, this brush has a bent head that lays perfectly on the top of the lashes, and glides with ease. The pointed tip helps create a fool proof line that will have even the beginners pulling off a stunning cat eye.


      Dual Ended Brow Brush

      With this brush, you get double for your money! This dual ended brush has a spoolie on one end allowing you to brush through your brows. The other end has an angled brush which is ideal for effortlessly filling in your brows.


      Angled Contour Brush

      There are many of these on the market today in a various array of shapes and sizes. With this particular angled contour brush, you can swipe the brush downward diagonally from your cheekbone, and in one fluid motion achieve a flawless application.


      Cheek Highlighter Brush

      The cheek highlighter brush is completely optional, but the feathery, soft bristles give a very nice finish to any product used with it. This brush is very easy to use when applying a highlighter to the top of the cheekbones. You can also use the cheek highlighter brush with cream blushes to stipple the blush onto the cheeks.


      Foundation Stippling Brush

      The foundation stippling brush is perfect for those of you who love a full coverage look to your foundation. The large flat head is specifically made for the foundation to be stippled onto the face. This technique assures there are no streaks in the foundation, resulting in a flawless look to the skin.


      Flat Foundation Brush


      And finally!  My Secret weapon!  The beauty blender!!!

      Technically, this isn’t really a brush, but it is a great tool and we didn’t want to leave it out. The egg-shaped design makes it ideal for getting under the eye and in other small areas you can easily miss with a brush. This is also used to achieve an overall airbrush finish to your foundation.



      I hope you enjoyed!  xxoo

    • March 15, 2014 2:18 AM GMT
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    • March 12, 2014 11:42 PM GMT
    • Yes it does!!! Have fun!! I'll be flinching right along with you...  ; /

    • March 12, 2014 6:03 AM GMT
    • robin w said:

      Thanks Nicole, shaving is a lot easier now that i have had lazer on my face! Still have some grey hair to "electrocute" out!



      -Robin ; )

      I'm in the same boat actually. This thursday I am getting my 4th laser session for my face... I have 2 more after that, spaced 4 weeks apart. I am 36, so I have my fair share of silver hairs... especially on my chin and neck... I DESPISE the neck ones, especially right over my trachea. I can't ever seem to get those completely smooth unless I am willing to shred my neck with razor cuts. I am super pleased by my cheeks though, it looks like I never had hair there before.


      I am not looking forward to electro, mostly because everyone tells me that there is potential scarring and it hurts like HEEEEELL!!!

    • March 6, 2014 11:53 PM GMT
    • Thanks Nicole, shaving is a lot easier now that i have had lazer on my face! Still have some grey hair to "electrocute" out!



      -Robin ; )

    • March 6, 2014 7:23 AM GMT
    • Hi Robin,

          What works for me, is to shower, wash face, and rinse off, then soap your face again using Dove soap.  I found that the water softens up the beard, then I shave while still in the shower.  I know it wastes water, but the running water and steam keeps the soap from drying, plus, no other way ever worked for me. Also, I use Gillette Fusion. Pricey, but the blades last about two months. 


    • September 28, 2013 3:08 AM BST
    • I always shaved before and after shower with a battery operated razor (not an electric razor). I had great results.

      I have since did more than a year of laser and almost no facial and neck hair to speak of.

      I had to stop for a while and still have very little facial hair.

    • September 21, 2013 3:03 PM BST
    • Yes, i always shave after a shower, but my 2nd shave may not be for hours later. i have used gels, hot towels, I do shave twice anyway even after shower-shave, once and then again "against grain". Also, teh ladies Hyrdo razor works well, with a release of soap or something as you shave....

      -Robin xxx

    • September 21, 2013 12:29 PM BST
    • I´ve found a solution with my dark and medium growing beard. I always shave in the shower. First I use Gilette "Pre-Shave" gel,

      Then I use Gilette Lady Shave gel instead of male gel. Gilette also have a trimmer set including a fantastic vibrating razor,

      And after the shaving I put on a facial scrub for the total finish. Works for me, I´m satisfied with the result of my "tranny-shave".



    • September 18, 2013 4:52 PM BST
    • Thanks Julia, it sounds like it is something I may have tried in the early days, but I've had a lot of laser and electrolysis now so it's probably not worth it. 

    • September 15, 2013 10:58 AM BST
    • Hi Nikki , I was very lucky I suppose because I have never had hairs on my legs and very little on other parts of my body , it just won't stop coming out of my head though , I rekon it grows 2 inches a month. Vaniqa would have worked on course hair or not as it is absorbed through the hair to the folical and slowly disables it , they are always there though just dormant , and can cause a few ingrows but it has more benifit to those who cannot afford laser and electrolysis if obtained through your doctor on prescription.

      On internet sites and maybe even the instore Pharmacy (if it is still here) it is very expensive so laser would always be best in the long term. Any search engine will tell anyone about it.


      Julia x

    • September 15, 2013 10:01 AM BST
    • I haven't heard of that product before Julia, but then, I'm not in the UK. I would have been surprised if it had worked on me though, as my facial hair was very course and thick. 


      Now though, I don't have anywhere left to laser, my whole body has been done! Sheer bliss!

    • September 14, 2013 11:04 PM BST
    • Or you could do like I do and just put a bag on your head! Don't forget to make 2 holes so you can see where you are going , it works wonders and I look just like Julia Roberts but with a bag on her head . If me and her stood side by side with bags on our heads you would never tell the difference , just like twins we are.


      On a serious note , like Nikki I spent a small furtune on laser but there is also a product called Vaniqa, it is available here in the UK on prescription for £7.85 GBP (12.45 USD) but can be bought for a ridiculous amount of money on the internet £60.00 GBP (95.26 USD) It keeps the little buggers from coming back and also prevents/slows growth if you have not had laser or electroysis .


      Julia x.

    • September 14, 2013 8:33 PM BST
    • When I had this issue, (and I had more shadow than Indiana Jones), I simply shaved with the grain and then against it. I always used a gel instead of foam as that was nicer on my skin and of course put some lotion on afterwards. Despite having a heavy growth at the time, it worked great and never left me sore. After a lot of money spent on laser and electrolysis, it's not necessary anymore. (A lot of money but money well spent).  

    • September 14, 2013 8:21 PM BST
    • Ok, I have been doing the "shave after shower" routine, and then shaving AGAIN right away. Love the razor burn. And it never seems to be close enough, does it? So while i am waiting for lazer, and am gettiing all those grey hairs zapped by electrolysis, I have discovered a product that actually WORKS! It is Clinique Face Scrub for men. The difference between teh men's version is "a cool menthol feeling" (there is) and supposedly softens facial hair. So this morning, i showered and shaved, then used teh face scrub. The shaved again. Big difference. No razor burn and definately closer shave. Try it, it is about $18 USD, but you only need to squeeze out about 1.5 inches or so to so your whole face. Should last a while, well, depending how much you shave! Don't leave it out and brush your teeth with it by mistake!

      -Robin xxx

    • January 3, 2014 6:16 AM GMT
    • Tips for security wigs: cap construction, right size and elastic band.

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    • September 29, 2013 1:39 AM BST
    • The better wigs I've owned all had adjustable straps in the back. They didn't slide or move. A wig cap, two sided tape, and other innovations can keep you style in place.

    • July 1, 2013 12:05 AM BST
    • Hi Elle.


      Thanks for the pointers. Am sure all the info I ever needed is out there, its just trying to find it, lol.


      Tina x

    • June 30, 2013 6:30 PM BST
    • Hi Tina
      There are also some really good make up tutorials on YouTube. How to do French manicures, how to use liquid eye liner, etc...
      They are good to help you start out.
      Have fun though. You can always clean it off and start again.

    • June 28, 2013 4:05 AM BST
    • Thanks for the useful tips Wendy.



    • June 27, 2013 10:23 PM BST
    • Start by buying inexpensive cosmetics which are often just as good as expensive brand names.  Then if you realize that green lipstick and yellow nail polish are not your colors you have wasted little money.  I buy a lot from the 99 cents only store.  It's as good as expensive brands in many cases (yes, I said that twice).


      Understanding your color seasons can help you look your best.    Your skin color and oil levels are the basics that everything is built upon.  Your eye and natural hair color come next.  Age appropriate makeup is also a must to blend in.  This doesn't mean to not have fun with some wild choices, especially at home.  That is part of the maturation pattern of ggs...usually pre and early teens. Learn to care for your skin.  Take off your makeup at night.


      If you want to be serious about learning makeup, a good set of brushes is an asset.  Here is where to spend money on quality.  There are some good free websites that can teach you the basics and there are more expensive DVD courses in more detail.  You may start to learn with your male brain, but at some point you need to let "her"  loose to get really good at doing your makeup.  Light blue eyeshadow is a disaster that all girls fall into.  It can be amazing if used in over the top club makeup that takes a lot of skill and experienced judgement.    Also quality/professional makeup may be a necessity there.  I use blues but usually navy eyeliner or mascara because I have blue eyes. A little blue often goes a long way.


      Know your climate.  in SoCal your makeup will melt off your face in the summer.  Have an air conditioned car.  I do not want to even consider the Deep South in summer.  In UK, watch out for rain.


      I'll post another later with some book titles for learning techniques and buying cosmetics.  COSMOPOLITAN  and SEVENTEEN magazines are useful for learning and keeping abreast of the latest fashions.

    • June 26, 2013 1:21 PM BST
    • Hi all.


      Have decided to start out from the begining and am looking to pick the brains of all you lovely girls.


      Looking for advice on what you would consider are must haves in any make-up kit. Tips, tricks, no-no's, online resourses, everything and anything really.


      would really like to move away from the " slap it on and hope for the best"  method.


      I will cherry pick what I can from the previous posts, but am sure new products are always coming out.


      Any help greatly appreciated.


      Tina x

    • June 19, 2013 11:05 AM BST
    • My first epi arrived today, tho wish i had read this forum first! Just gave it a quick try on legs, just a little, lol. as I only shaved them 2 days ago, it seemes ok, wondering if it worse on unshaved/longer hair areas? 


      Any tips would be greatly appreciated


      Tina xx

    • June 3, 2013 3:02 AM BST
    • Congrats Maggie,

      In giving up on the drink, never led me to any good either. Actually made me a better lady, and more confident than finding that sort of thing in a bottle. Closing in on 29yrs without the monkey on my back. I go out with my head up, confident and a MUCH nicer person, and really enjoy myself without any remorse.

      BTW I do not seem to lose my purse like some of my friends that over indulge.Smile

      Huggs Tammy

    • May 27, 2013 9:23 PM BST
    • Ha ha. I would try the Dutch Courage full glass of whisky but I do not drink anymore. :D

    • May 24, 2013 1:49 PM BST
    • "Down these  mean streets  a woman must walk who herself is not mean"

      I parphrase  of course.

    • May 24, 2013 1:20 PM BST
    • Too true Heather! If you look at someone looking at you they will look away. Every time. When people talk to me in the street and perhaps verge on being a bit cheeky I look them straight in the eye and say "try and play nice fellas...." They usually get what I'm driving at. I think they put it in terms they understand themselves, as in - "how mental would you have to be to go around dressed like that, and not be intimidated by me and my gang?" Their own egos won't allow them to say anything other than very mental indeed. The important thing is you walk away without incident and with your dignity in tact. So do the fellas come to that. It's probably the first time they will have ever been so close to a genuine bona fide Tgirl. I don't know how it works but I always think it's them who feel more intimidated by me.

    • May 24, 2013 12:41 PM BST
    • Maggie I'm glad to hear you've kicked alchohol into the bin.  Drink is a good friend , but a bad enemy, a bit like fire and water, (firewater!).  As to those who don't like you?  Look them straight in the the eye.

    • May 24, 2013 12:15 PM BST
    • Get militant!
      I'd been getting to the door and freaking out time after time for weeks. I don't/can't drink any more so I had nothing to give me a little edge. It was making me crazy. You know the scenario. It's horrible.
      I couldn't figure it out. I'm basically afraid of nothing. That also translates as reckless!
      I thought to myself, no one has ever dictated the terms on how I should live my life. Ever. Why am I letting what people may or may not say to me prevent me from doing what I want to do? The 21 year old me would have slapped me around for being such a pathetic pussy!
      And that was it. I got angry, I actually wanted people to say something, I dared people to confront me. I was furious at the very notion I was cow-towing to other people's ideas of what is right and proper. Well I would soon show them! Bring it on mofos! And so on and so forth.
      It worked for me. It got me out there. I couldn't wait to get out.
      It still works, I'll stand my ground every time. Be it half witted council employees or that herd of yoofs who don't know how to buy the right trousers who hang outside the bookies, or some uppity check out girl.
      Obviously confidence is the key and practice makes perfect. Most days it doesn't even enter my head, I'm just the same as any other girl going about her business. I think that attitude helps you pass and move around without incident more than any make up or clothes ever could.
      Drinking for Dutch courage led me straight to rehab last time round. Drinking became linked to dressing and it didn't take too long till I had to be wasted to go anywhere. Not good at all. Be careful with that.
      The very first time I went out, I was 16. We were sent home from college early. I got dressed and walked into town and back. No problem whatsoever. Each time after that got harder and harder until it became impossible. I know why too. Quite simply, I thought too much about it! I turned it into a thing in my head. Took years to undo all that. And it was the militant thing that set me free from that too.
      By any means possible!

    • May 24, 2013 11:03 AM BST
    • if only i had a bottle of whiskey

    • May 24, 2013 10:56 AM BST
    • Brilliant post Julia! I wondered where that picture of me got to xxx

    • May 23, 2013 4:08 AM BST
    • Get extremely drunk.  Leave your bag in the taxi.  Get the girl next door (who's never seen you dressed as a woman) out of bed and convince her to climb over to your balcony and  open  the front door.  Not one of my best nights.