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    • December 7, 2011 2:16 PM GMT
    • I use simple cleansing facial wipes- they are kind to skin, have no perfume -and they work

    • December 1, 2011 1:14 AM GMT
    • Tara,
      I use some pre-moistened eye makeup remover that I keep in my purse. Works wonderful.

      Michelle Lynn

      BTW: I would have answered YES and asked her how she removes it. (just kidding)

    • November 28, 2011 4:18 PM GMT
    • Boots also do two of their own versions - cucumber and a cream, the cream one is slightly better (£1.42).

    • November 28, 2011 3:16 PM GMT
    • You should easily find makeup remover towelettes in the makeups section of most pharmacies. (I use Neutrogena.) They work quite well.

    • November 27, 2011 11:16 AM GMT
    • Hi!


      I've been experimenting with makeup recently. I bought a decent kit online... the makeup washes off pretty easily with my standard soap and water. However, I bought myself better eyeliner than the kit had in it. It's a MAC brand eye liner.


      My issue is that it can get difficult to remove -all- of it. I can get most of it between my soap and moisturizer (either applied to a cotton pad so as to keep from hurting my eyes). However, enough of it stayed on to cause me some trouble at work.


      One of our lady security guards asked if I'd been wearing eyeliner... asked if I'd been dressing up as a girl... She was so close I freaked out a little... well inside... I kept level on the outside and went to the bathroom... I guess some of it managed to stick around my eyelashes enough to almost give me away... I managed to dodge the bullet, but it'd be nice to know of any other ways to get almost all that eye liner off!


      Please, Thank you! HUGS!


      <3 Tara

    • October 12, 2011 10:40 PM BST
    • Thanks for That Trace, i'll have to give it a try.


      A-M xxCool

    • October 12, 2011 6:26 AM BST
    • AM, want to kill two birds with one stone?  Use a good hair shampoo/conditioner on your legs, then shave them and rinse...when finished, they are sooooo soft and smooth it's unbelievable!  I use Pantene's 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner on my body if/when I need to shave....

      Traci  xoxoxo

    • October 10, 2011 11:40 PM BST
    • Here's an interesting tip that i didny think would work but it did. When shaving your legs, instead of using talc on them once dry try rubbing in some moisturiser. I tried this and it certainly made my legs feel a lot might do the same for you.



      Anna Trindall xx Smile

    • September 20, 2011 1:33 PM BST
    • hiya all ok i have the one and only solution...I had french tips put on in my local nail place, fab for a week or so then sooo boring cant do anything with them and you cant get your contacts out... but boy are you nails protected!! but the tips will break off, so 6 weeks later for the first time in years my nails were past my fingers happy days. I had the tips removed and the gel they use to fill the gap between cutical and french tip, put on the whole nail, hey presto my own unbreakable nails that can be shaped and painted, only thing is the in fill every three weeks or so but hey its well worth the extra cost....


      happy pampering sabini xx 

    • October 16, 2010 11:01 AM BST
    • I've found that my nail condition has improved hugely since taking some evening primrose every day, and so my polish even survives my gardening work, I buff and file then a lot too, almost OCD about it really. lol


    • September 18, 2011 11:13 AM BST
    • Hello girls, I've never used a pencil and didn't know they made powders but if you are dark haired like me a light mascara highlits and controls brows well for those that are limited on make-up supplies. Plucking is a must and I guess stencils are for those that have to darken their brows? I know my alternative isn't as professional but if you're on a budget and you use care it can work well untill you can afford otherwise.

    • July 15, 2011 6:30 PM BST
    • Hi Lillith,


      I too am going through laser right now. I am using a 1064 nm wavelength  Nd Yag Coolglide laser which is supposed to be good for thicker dark hairs(the face). I was told to use Yag first and then switch to a 800 nm Light Sheer laser which is better for hairs not so deep and of a finer thickness . From what I understand laser can be hit or miss depending on your hair type and skin type. The best canidates have dark hair and light skin. I'm on session number 6  and see a definite reduction of hair. As Donna says white hairs won't be affected by laser and electrolysis is your only option there for permanant results. I pay 100 dollars a session for my entire face. If you look around carefully I'm sure you can find a comparable price.


      As far as the home laser kit. I would be skeptical. It is actually is not a true laser. It is an IPL machine. Intense Pulsed Light. I have never tried one though so I can not be sure. I have herd IPL works but is slower and less permanent. I did a quick look at prices of the home kits and they are around 300 dollars to buy. My laser technician told me her yag machine was over 35,000 dollars used!! If this thing works for 300 I would be amazed. It may be worth gamble to see but for that price you could have 3 laser sessions and be sure of some results. After 6 treatments I still have some hair on my lip and chin growing but my cheeks are pretty clear and my neck seems totally clear. Hope this helped some. Good luck with it. If you get the home kit I would love to hear your thoughts on how it works.  Jessica <3

    • July 14, 2011 9:13 PM BST
    • Hi  , 

      I have had a few sessions of Laser for facial hair removal . Its costly , but someone else is doing the job , and has an experience of the settings,safety etc .

      Its worth getting an Appreciation of what the Laser Hair Process is from a professional  and how you respond to it [ especially before parting with your own money or attempting to do this yourself] . Some Places offer a free trial  and do a test patch, so might well be  worth investgating  this . You can always ask questions at the trial -I did.

      Consider that this might be painful , and consider if you really can do this to yourself in a controlled SAFE way also .[ that means consider eye protection,  and a safe environment, NOte  laser light is potentially very Harmful to certain tissues  ].

      The effectiveness  depends a lot on your own hair type and its ability to absorb the laser light, and also sensitivity of your skin. Dark pigmented Hair is more easily removed as it absorbs more laser light energy  .  [ Maybe  you have a mix ,eg some dark  maybe some white[ I have ] , 


    • July 14, 2011 7:20 PM BST
    • has anyone tried the home laser hair removal kits? How effective are thy and are they worth the money? etc

    • July 14, 2011 7:20 PM BST
    • has anyone tried the home laser hair removal kits? How effective are thy and are they worth the money? etc

    • May 7, 2011 9:58 AM BST
    • Gee Tammy, what defects?

      Us "older ladies" have no defects!! - we just choose to visually alter certain areas of our face...on a regular basis.Cool



    • April 18, 2011 6:04 AM BST
    • Tammy, thank you for your post. You are right about foundation being tarnished by eye-make-up mistakes, but in this case I just clean with make-up remover and re-apply. I just got used to applying foundation first before doing my eyes. Maybe I'm afraid of tarnishing my eye make-up with foundation mistakes!

    • March 24, 2011 5:03 AM GMT
    • Great tips Rachael, I love makeup, it sure can make an older lady hide some defects if done right.
      I find pencil eye liner really does not work for me that well. Just can't get it to have any staying power or the effect I want. I find that a good eye shadow works well. Basely the same as a pencil, except, I wet a good detail brush and apply black eye shadow to line the inner lash area. Then with a dry flat detail brush, apply black shadow into the eye lash and just below a tad, then with a lighter shade of black or charcoal shade, blend it in with the black. Gives a very nice smoky look, and if you get to much black, just use a cotton bud, and clean up the area, it also smooths everything out. I know this look is not for everyone, but it can be transitioned from day to night with just a little touch up and drama. Upper lid, I use L'Oreral liquid lineur with a brush tip. It takes some practice to get a nice even line, but the effect works great with false lashes.

      Now, I have always wondered, is why some people put there foundation on first, then do the eyes, when it can be tarnished by eye liner/ shadow/ mascara mistakes.
      I know a lot of people do it that way and some do not. While trying both methods, I found it easier to do my eyes first, clean up the area then primer/foundation, since I do not put foundation under my lower lid area any way, it just shows the creases, at least for myself.
      Just my thoughts, concerning what works for me, and it took some time to find that out...LOL ;)


    • March 23, 2011 8:06 AM GMT
    • It's been so long since I've gone to the trouble of applying makeup, I've likely forgotten everything I ever learned. Maybe tomorrow, for the Procrastinator's Convention.

    • March 23, 2011 3:02 AM GMT
    • Applying eye make-up effectively is a skill that can take a long time to develop. Eye liner was always a problem for me. I often found it difficult to apply the stuff cleanly and evenly without creating a black smudgy mess under the eyes. If you watch Youtube videos on how to use, for example, a pencil eye liner you will be amazed how the women presenters can apply one perfectly with a single bold stroke. Anyway, what I have learned from experience is not be tentative or afraid of smudges. Apply the eye liner first and then deal with any smudges or unevenness afterward. The secret weapon in this case is cotton buds. Go to work immediately after applying the eyeliner by brushing or scraping back and forth gently under the eye with a cotton bud. This not only removes any smudges, but also neatens out the eyeliner. It also avoids the problem of unintentionally removing foundation and powder that can occur if you use a pad or a tissue under the eyes. Finally, reapply powder and brush under the eye.

      Apologies if I'm stating the obvious here with my would-be advice, but sometimes the obvious solution eludes us at the beginning (or at least it did me).

    • April 22, 2011 5:38 AM BST
    • Thanx for the info Katie, I am going to see if there are any video's on styling. I do some, but mostly I have a professional hair stylist do mine. Just not worth my time when he does them for ten dollars US.


    • April 18, 2011 5:39 PM BST
    • We've got nearly 80 videos on the subject of Wigs including many on how to go about washing them, in our Full Member's GSTV video area here...

      Hope that's helpful.

      Hugs, Katie   x


    • April 18, 2011 5:48 AM BST
    • I was just wondering what techniques or tips people have for washing and rejuventaing tired-out synthetic wigs. I simply use cold water and a special gentle-wash detergent and leave the wig to steep for ten minutes or so. In my experience, this simple approach produces very good results and even restores curls (in formerly curly wigs). The use of warm water and curlers can also add curls to a synthetic wig. I also leave the wig to dry naturally, and can imagine that the use of a hair dryer might be detrimental though I'm not sure about this since I've never dried one in this way.

    • April 22, 2011 5:30 AM BST
    • Your so right Rachael,


      Here is a good link to ELF, which is Eyes lips face. They have lashes for one dollar US, which I use quite regularly. You may have to trim the ends, as they tend to be long, but work quite nicely. They also have some great prices on many things, especially brushes, which I use and work quite well. I also wonder how many ladies use fake lashes?




    • April 18, 2011 6:21 AM BST
    • I know there is a thread about false eye-lashes somewhere in the forum because I remember reading it a few days ago, but now I can't find it. So, apologies for this superfluous thread. Anyway, I just wanted to agree with those who stated just how important and utterly transforming false eye lashes are. As they say, the eyes have it, and more than any other make-up tip or trick I can think of, false eye lashes have the most dramatic effect on feminizing your face. They are also extremely daunting to wear the first time around, what with the cutting, gluing and placing. And so, when you intend to wear them, I recommend setting aside an hour or two hours to first master their use. You should expect to make mistakes at first, not to mention get very frustrated and so should maybe should buy a few cheap pairs to use as crash-test dummies, so to speak. There are lots of good instructive videos on Youtube wear you can pick up some great tips on how to wear them.

    • March 23, 2011 2:38 AM GMT
    • I'm surprised no one has mentioned the most obvious and even feminine solution to this problem: use a panty liner (if you can stand the strange looks you get when buying the damned things). They are comfortable and effective.

      p.s. apologies if someone has already mentioned this as a solution.

    • January 16, 2011 3:08 AM GMT
    • Sabini, I love it. Taping is how I started with "hiding the boys". Now I just don't worry about it. I wear a dress or a skirt. and a panty gidle. That's enough work for me.

    • January 13, 2011 11:39 PM GMT
    • Look on Rbay and you'll find "lots" of bikini botoms usually for around 5.00+ shipping.
      Search youtube and you'll find all kinds of videos on tucking. You can also find many videos for making cleavage, and doing your make up, etc.

    • January 13, 2011 8:06 PM GMT
    • I wear "control knickers " that have an elasticated front panel. They're not very pretty but they definitely send "the boys" elsewhere.
      A pencil skirt with a bulge in the front?

    • January 13, 2011 8:05 PM GMT
    • Many stores now sell bikini suit bottoms and tops separately as a lot of women do not have balanced tops and bottoms. This should cut the cost of using suit bottoms to tuck.

      Jen, there is a good chance your grandmother did not always wear a bra. TMI?

      I wish I could remember if Joni served any dishes with peas in them when I visited her. Or maybe I do not... Spare the Peas; sit in a tub of ice water.

    • January 13, 2011 7:08 PM GMT
    • Hi Jen,

      Your comment about "blah colors" confuses me. If anything, the ones I've seen advertised are all Red, Black or White. I would welcome a blah nude one, lol. I only have one in my wardrobe, a black one that I wear in Andro mode when I'm in jeans, since regular panties don't hide anything.

      Pricey, yes. But you get what you pay for if you buy quality.

      Never tried the swimsuit idea, mostly because I don't have a 2 piece suit (I have no waist without a corset, and that's not a swim accessory.)

      When I go out fully dressed, shapewear makes the point moot.

      Think it comes down to whatever works for you.


    • February 28, 2011 6:53 AM GMT
    • Well, this will be my first post and thread on the new site, yea...

      Now to the point. I just ran across a great youtube presentation concerning the different applications of liquid foundation.


      First, I have not tried the Benefit Pore-fessional Pro Balm, but I do use the primer. When you watch the video you'll see the product and it's uses.It really makes a difference on his face when you look at the before and after results when he applies both, impressive. Especially for the large pore coverage.

      Now this is done by I believe a transgendered person, so this well make for a far more realistic end result. Now some of the technique's he uses I use also with great results. Except for, and I do find it interesting, is spraying the makeup brush with Mac charged water. Seems quite logical.

      Now I use the brush that he does not prefer, but what he say's and demonstrates,  was impressive, an will try!


      Now as far as the setting powder, I do it just a tad different, but his method is worth a try. I just do not use the pad  but use a brush, until I am all done then I use a slightly vanilla sparkle dusting powder with the pad to smooth things out and gives a wonderful smell with just a touch of glitter

      I hope I get the link in hear right.

      BTW, I am going to post this in the old site, something about saying old gives me a shiver..LOL...and yes I am going to miss the other site also.

      Huggs Tammy


    • February 28, 2011 5:58 AM GMT
    • Well, this is posted in the new site also.

      Now to the point. I just ran across a great youtube presentation concerning the different applications of liquid foundation.

      First, I have not tried the Benefit Pore-fessional Pro Balm, but I do use the primer. When you watch the video you'll see the product and it's uses.It really makes a difference on his face when you look at the before and after results when he applies both, impressive. Especially for the large pore coverage.

      Now this is done by I believe a transgendered person, so this well make for a far more realistic end result. Now some of the technique's he uses I use also with great results. Except for, and I do find it interesting, is spraying the makeup brush with Mac charged water. Seems quite logical.

      Now I use the brush that he does not prefer, but what he say's and demonstrates, was impressive, an will try!

      Now as far as the setting powder, I do it just a tad different, but his method is worth a try. I just do not use the pad but use a brush, until I am all done then I use a slightly vanilla sparkle dusting powder with the pad to smooth things out and gives a wonderful smell with just a touch of glitter

      Huggs Tammy[...]related

    • January 12, 2011 5:26 PM GMT
    • Professional make up products:
      For some who need to really cover skin color variations problems, like red patches and others, I professionaly use for my models (I'm photographer...) a camouflage fundation who work well. It could cover tatoos.
      Those professional make up is from Kryolan products company in Germany. It's a little expensive, but you can use it only in the area in need, provided it is fitting color with your usual foundation.
      I search a long time the chart color for their products for that reason and finally find it there:
      Camouflage color chart:
      The site doesn't sell, but if you want a reseller, search on the net or email me.

    • January 6, 2011 10:29 PM GMT
    • Hi Lavender, you're right, with a good make up, false eyelashes gives you a real feminine look. You don't need exaggerated items. I use them since many years and that change my life... A little difficult to pose, but...

      If you like Blondie, this is another pic of her with a make up I really like

      For Penny: Yes! Eye liner is a religion for me! Everymorning this fabulous fantastic little thing turns me as a... real woman. Since 35 years!

    • October 25, 2010 8:01 PM BST
    • Penny, I had this Blondie poster in my bedroom for years.

      I was thinking of getting false eyelashes, and your post was the nudge I needed!

    • October 25, 2010 6:10 PM BST
    • Hiya Lavender, An inspired thought from your post, one of the looks that I really like is very heavy black eyeliner and shaddow with huge eyelashes. The lashes dont need to be false but helps. This is a look quite common in the 60s and sported by such people as Blondie. I plan to try it one day. Love Penny x

    • October 24, 2010 5:22 PM BST
    • I just love to wear make up because it helps me to feel more feminine. The way lipstick was formulated years ago used to have a unique taste and smell to it, one that was extremely sexy and arousing to me, one that shouted "GIRL" to me. The lipstick industry has changed and sadly that taste and smell is missing now. I have a very "guy" face and I really have to juice it up to make it remotely feminine looking. I've always loved heavy makeup on women, the 50's when I was growing up were a heyday for that (but I never liked the shaved off and penciled in eyebrows of that era) and it made an impression on me. I can dress to perfection, but I just don't feel fully feminine unless I have applied makeup to my face.

      So, rather than to enhance the expression of my emotions, I'd say I used makeup to enhance the expression of my femininity.

    • October 24, 2010 2:20 PM BST
    • When I first came out, I used a little bit of makeup. But when I landed in Tulsa and identifying as a lesbian, I noticed that most of the lesbians my age didn't wear any makeup. So, I lazily decided that I didn't need to wear any makeup. Well, I was fresh off facial surgery and I was feeling very confident about that.

      Now, however, it seems my long, slow pendulum of sexual attraction has begun to swing back toward guys. I am absolute sh1te with foundation and powder and I have accquired the "Deep Stealth" vid about makeup. I can skip a bunch of the video, especially when she talks about how to hide shadow. But damn, I was just not ready for that interest in men to be rekindled, now I just wish that I could prefer women and just leave it there. BTW Janis, if I could do my makeup as well and unobtrusively as you, I'd be a very happy girl.


    • October 24, 2010 1:11 PM BST
    • LOL, I had an out of town friend arrive at my home around noon on a Saturday. I had just finished mowing the lawn. She looked at me and asked, "You wear makeup to mow the lawn?" I told her I don't walk out the door without my makeup. I once read a Hollywood person was asked what is her secret to always looking so good. She said the secret is to never let anyone see you without makeup. Works for me, lol.

    • October 24, 2010 8:12 AM BST
    • Tammy, you're very kind, thankyou.
      I don't know anything about ancient civilisations wearing makeup, but I do know one modern Scotswoman who wouldn't even look out of the window without the benefit of full warpaint, far less venture out of doors without it.
      Makeup is a gift to women from the gods!

    • October 24, 2010 5:51 AM BST
    • Janis,
      I think you would look fabulous, no matter what you ware.

      Huggs Tammy

    • October 24, 2010 5:03 PM BST
    • I have found a little luck using rimmel primer and there 25 hour foundation. took a bit to get the right shade but so far fairly happy and when used with the primmer, lasts most of the day, 10 -12 hours. I would doubt the 25 hrs they claim but. But i agree with you marsha that using the primer really helps the foundation for sure.

      Still looking for better and always learning

    • October 24, 2010 1:02 PM BST
    • Thanks Tammy, only recently did I start using a foundation primer on a regular basis. I use the new Simply Ageless primer by CoverGirl when I use either mineral powder foundation, or for special occasions the Simply Ageless foundation by CoverGirl. I wrote a review here not too long ago about the Simply Ageless foundation. I really like it and find that it holds up well the entire day for me. Even on days where I went to church in the morning followed by jet skiing on the ocean in the sunny afternoon. You can really see the difference when you use the primer. It really allows the foundation to go on smoother and more even.

    • October 24, 2010 5:48 AM BST
    • Hi Marsha,
      I use the Halo as a setting powder and bought up all the Prescriptive's foundation that was my flavor, before they went out of business. I will be looking for a new foundation soon, and will have to give your foundation suggestion a try. What I liked about Prescriptive's is, they would do a skin test to find your right color combination and mix it for you if it was not in stock, and keep your formula on record. My skin has a ruddy complexion and this worked well. Actually my daughter told me about it many yrs ago since it was the only one she could use.
      As far as touching up the Halo, I find that after about 5 hrs I might have to run the applicator pad that comes with a compact over my face to smooth things out again, other wise things would cake up like what you describe. Usually I leave it alone, my skin is not oily, another condition of aging skin, at least for myself.
      Do you use a primer? I use the SmashBox Photo Finish, I find it works well for to diminish pore size, and actually hydrates my skin, which I need. Yes my wife uses that also, but that's very neat since we share the same products.

    • October 24, 2010 1:02 AM BST
    • Hey Tammy, yep a thumbs up to Bare Minerals I've used them many times over the past few years. Often, a natural mineral base is the only make-up I use (apart from a little concealer). It covers well and it won't clog your pours or cause problems if you leave it on over night. And a little goes such a long long way!

    • October 23, 2010 2:03 PM BST
    • Hi Tammy, great review. I still shy away from the $60 mineral foundations and opt for my $8 Maybelline mineral powder foundation with excellent results, but our techniques are very similar and I think that is the key to making any foundation look its best. Like you, I use a kabuki brush, swirling it gently around to blend the final look. I have also found that using your fingers to gently blend the finished look works well, especially on creme foundations.

      On the Smashbox Halo do you find it lasts all day, or do you feel you need to reapply to make it through the evening? You also mentioned your wife uses it as foundation, do you also use it as foundation or do you use it as powder over another foundation? And if so, which foundation? The Maybelline mineral powder worked fairly well for me over CoverGirl Simply Ageless foundation, but you had to be careful not to over do it or it would cake up.


    • October 23, 2010 8:06 AM BST
    • Hi everyone,
      Here is a product that I love, after I started using it, my wife tried it, now it is all she uses. She uses it as a foundation like Bare Minerals, and finds that it does not clog her pores, as does Bare Minerals.
      I am also finding that as time goes on, my wife is getting into my makeup trends, which I find it very entertaining.

      You just turn the applicator top and scrape off just enough, no waste and a fresh a fairly uncontaminated powder.
      It is great for aging skin. I give two links, one for the Smash Box site and the other one describes a very good method of application, one that I have used for a long time. Except after I am done with everything, blush, bronzer, etc, I use the kabuki brush, and do a swirling brush down of everything. It gives a nice smooth blended finish. I need every trick I can for a smooth skin appearance, plus I do not smoke, number one killer for nice skin, especially as one gets older.

      Smash Box link...[...]-POWDER

      Now a good application method link...

    • October 23, 2010 8:39 AM BST
    • Hi again Jessi,
      This is the hair night, love it.
      I have a hair dresser and she orders hair pieces that are made just for my head and bonded to my existing hair. they're expensive for a good one, but no one ever guess's that I have a hair piece. They make a mold of your head and then send that to the manufacture to have it made. It stays on all the time, until I go in about every one to one and a half months to have it re-bonded, colored, and my own hair cut. That costs about 55 dollars US. I use this in male mode, but the same process can be used for women' s hair. As a matter of fact she does women's hair also. When the new hair piece comes in, it is usually shoulder length, and it is cut to your needs.
      My hair dresser that does all my wigs, was shocked when I told him it was a hair piece, he was totally fooled, and he thought he could spot anyone with one.
      Good luck...Tammy

    • October 23, 2010 8:22 AM BST
    • Hi Jessi,
      Here is a good link that can get you started in the right direction. Gosh you have an oval face, so lucky, anything works. Just coordinate the right color, and your there. I am so envious, mine is rectangle, so I have to have some volume on top, and curls on the sides to soften the lines. I just love nice hair....