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    • October 13, 2010 3:37 PM BST
    • you can't tell what works without leisurely trying on in a friendly wig shop...find one nearby...chnaces are they will have rpovided wigs for others and be happy to deal with you

    • October 13, 2010 9:57 AM BST
    • hi jessi in florida is the place they've got loads of styles and advice both verbal and written give them a go hun.
      hugs x sabini xoxo

    • October 12, 2010 11:21 PM BST
    • I've owned a couple of wigs in the past, and I am thinking of purchasing a new one.

      I am curious what rules/guidelines any of you have used in the past when purchasing a new wig.

      I want the wig to look as natural as possible, fit my age (50), fit my facial shape (oval), et cetera. I am thinking of going shoulder length.

      Input is appreciated.

    • October 13, 2010 3:35 PM BST
    • I had transplants in spring 08. surgeon took a strip off back of my head, cut it into bits and stuck them in front. it worked but I need more.
      what surgeon didn't say and I never thought about was: as he takes a strip of the back he then pulls the scalp back to close the basically I ended up with not much gain!

      but this technique is now oldfashioned and they are doing single plug removal and inserting for a nicer look.

      look up plug grafts as the best technique.

    • October 12, 2010 11:18 PM BST
    • Unfortunately, the hair on the top of my head is really, really, really, really thin...necessitating a wig.

      In this day in time, it is interesting that all the technological breakthroughs we have had, very few involve providing an alternative to a wig as a method of dealing with hair loss. I know a GG who has the same issues due to a genetic disorder.

      Has anyone here tried any alternatives, like a hair transplant or plugs or ??

      Just curious.

    • September 2, 2010 2:45 PM BST
    • I've done some "before and after" pics with and without make-up.
      Girls "after" is better than "before"

    • September 2, 2010 1:39 PM BST
    • As the feminizing process takes place over time, I have found myself using less and less and getting away with it! (smile) A normal day consists only of skin moisturizer, lip liner and gloss, a little blush, and some eye shadow and touch of mascara...of course this is done after a close shave! LOL

    • August 26, 2010 9:56 PM BST
    • Your post prompted me to do some research on makeup and it turns out to be pretty interesting. The oldest record of makeup use was from the 1st Dynasty of Egypt (c.3100-2907 BC). They used something called Unguent to keep their skin soft and moist. The women also "decorated" their eyes with blacks and greens. Over the years the use of makeup has been for things such as providing power to summon the majesty of earth, prostitutes to distinguish themselves, and one I guessed and that was to show affluence. Other than the war paint you brought up, it appears in most cases the makeup was used to enhance appearance in a positive way.

    • August 26, 2010 7:38 PM BST
    • As I sit in front of my mirror trying to apply concealer "just right" to minimize my more masculine features, I sometimes think about just why make-up is such a major part of feminine presentation.

      While having proper "smokey eyes" or "the perfect pout" or eyebrows that begin and end at the right place with just the right amount of arch is great, I don't really think that is the real reason.

      Males, at various times in history have used make-up, usually as "War Paint" to strike fear into enemies. The Celts, African tribesmen, indigenous peoples in the Americas and Australia and many more do/have done this. In Japanese Kabuki Theater the males use make-up to appear fierce and hide their emotions.

      I think the opposite is true for the female use of make-up. It is to heighten, even exaggerate, the emotions which pass over the face. Women are allowed to express their emotions openly in ways that males are not supposed to do. Mascara, eyeshadow and liner and shaped brows emphasize the "mirror to the soul", the eyes. Lipstick and lip gloss serve the same function for the lips. Foundation, powder and rouge provide a palette to focus on the eyes and lips. Nail polish draws attention to the hands and their movements, which also convey emotion.

      Anyhow, that's the conclusion I've come to.


    • September 2, 2010 1:34 PM BST
    • Yes, I too have found Regina's suggestion of applying red lipstick over the blue hue, then your make up, to work quite well...

      That said, Dermablend really does the job too....


    • September 2, 2010 11:20 AM BST
    • One of the least expensive ways I have found is to purchase a very cheap red/orange lipstick. Apply it to the face lightly over the areas that normally give off a blue hue when photographed and then apply your makeup over the top of the lipstick. Voila, no more blue face along the beard areas.

      Hope this helps you.


    • August 13, 2010 6:28 AM BST
    • Hi All,
      Just a followup on the NO NO device....

      It works good on thin hair and ok on coarse hair. However, you need to be extremely careful about
      using it on your chin or upper lip, as it occasionally comes in contact with the skin in those areas.

      Result - Hair removal, but with some small burn marks if it comes in contact with the skin. They go away
      quickly, but it looks like you nicked yourself shaving. A little painful. So be very careful about using it on
      areas of your body that are not relatively flat or smooth.

      Also somewhat expensive.


    • August 5, 2010 5:55 AM BST
    • Hi Kristina,

      I buy a orange stick specifically called beard cover from a local TG friendly makeup shop.

      You should be able to get it a a good makeup shop.

      I am also testing a device called NO NO which is supposed to reduce future hair growth and help get rid of
      existing hair growth. Jury is out on how effective it is, but I am seeing temporary results.

      It works by heating the hair follicle as a heating wire comes in contact with the hair and crystalizing it down to the root.
      You then use a buffer pad to remove the crystalized hair follicles. Over time (2-3 mo), the manufacturer claims a reduction in overall hair growth in the 70-80% range. Some GGirls have seen as high as a 90% reduction in growth (If you can believe the claims).

      It has worked well on my arms, legs and underarms where it was the easiest to use the device. On flat parts of my face,
      it seemed to have significantly removed the hair and the hair seems to be growing back slowly. On the upper lip and chin however, the thicker hair seems to present a problem for the device. I've seen some hair removal, but not significant enough yet. Only time will tell if it works as well on facial hair.


    • July 29, 2010 1:50 AM BST
    • Hi again Kristina
      I left out one thing on the gel, how I use it. I apply it with a small loofah pad, then I shave. I repeat the process one more time. I get a very close shave this way. I hope you get both parts of this

    • July 28, 2010 11:38 PM BST
    • Hi Ashley
      One thing I have found to make the whole battle easier is slowing the growth in the first place. I use two products, one is relatively inexpensive, the other is a little expensive. The inexpensive one is Bikini Zone anti bump shave gel. I realize it's not made for your face but it slows the growth and can be purchased at almost any drugstore for about $6. Everything that I shave, and I shave almost everything, I use it on. There is also a product you can find online called ultra hair away. It is made to use on areas after completing another form of hair removal such as waxing. On areas I wax it has greatly reduced the amount of regrowth, on my face, it has further slowed the growth. It is a little expensive, about $60 a bottle, about $95 if you order 2 at a time. You use less as you go, in the beginning, twice a day. I use it about every other day now. In the beginning you can expect to use a $60 bottle in 3 to 4 weeks. I don't think it works as good as they say it does in the add, but until I can do laser I am hooked. But if money is an issue I think the gel will help quite a bit. If you feel weird about buying it there are similar products made for African American men and are sold in drug stores also. You might find a lot less need to cover if you can slow it down. I used to need to shave at least twice a day, now I can barely feel any stubble after 12 or 13 hours. Hope it helps.

    • August 31, 2010 4:44 AM BST
    • One of the things I do at the end of painting my nails is to use Sally Hansen's Professional Nail Dryer, which is a spray-on that dries the nail polish almost immediately. Give it an extra 5 or 10 minutes, and I've stopped having a problem. YMMV.

    • August 31, 2010 4:17 AM BST
    • I'm envious - I can't keep nice nails.
      I'm in the pool seven times a week. I oil my cuticles to keep them from cracking and try to get the oil under my nails to keep the tips of my fingers "lubed." The nails when they do grow a bit - splinter or break. So ...pitty me?
      Ha! All lies - my thumb nails make great screw drivers...duh... they're tough.

    • August 28, 2010 6:46 AM BST
    • Hi anna,

      i use sally hansen maximum growth as a under coat colour on that then clear top coat but go round to under your nail this seals the front edge.

      x sabini xoxo

    • August 27, 2010 11:45 PM BST
    • Hi Anna-Marie,

      My nails are useless. I glue on false ones that I've previously applied polish to. Once I'm home off they come. I repaint at my leisure.

      Not a solution to your problem, but it works for me...


    • August 25, 2010 5:04 PM BST
    • Anna,

      I use Sally Hansen base coat, lightly rub with a mild astringent to remove oils first, not cheap but the base is excellent if your nails are brittle or bend, some of their colours and top coats also come in realy lovely and far out shades and effects. Sally Hansen also has an online nail clinic and advice, line


    • August 25, 2010 11:55 AM BST
    • Try roughing up your nails first with a nail file it get rid of the smooth surface and helps the nail polish stick and not chip all so I use a nail hardner as a top coat this helps the polish last longer. Hope this helps

    • August 25, 2010 1:04 AM BST
    • I use a couple of coats of ridge-filler as a basecoat, one or two coats of colour and one topcoat. You can apply a new topcoat every day if your colour is still intact. My varnish chips because my nails bend easily. Colour can last for weeks on acrylics or gels because they are so tough and won’t bend, but it is expensive to maintain them.
      So since I’m back with my own nails at the moment I’m just happy if I can get through the night without my colour cracking. My fingers can get a bit of a bashing when I’m working, but the five or more coats usually does the trick!

    • August 24, 2010 11:30 PM BST

    • Marsha, i don't think i have ever used a base-coat, maybe i should give it a try.

      lol xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    • August 24, 2010 7:43 AM BST
    • I've always just used plain clear varnish as a top coat .
      And as for getting both hands perfect?
      I get my GGfriend Fiona to do my nails and I do hers.

    • August 24, 2010 3:34 AM BST
    • Hi Anna, you did not mention whether or not you used a base coat. Here is a UK link to a top rated base coat called CND Stickey Base Coat. It can also be found throughout the U.S. at stores like Ulta.[...]6-p.asp

    • August 24, 2010 12:37 AM BST
    • Never had that problem Anna. I use Revlon creme enamel and it seems pretty good.
      My problem is I can paint my left hand beautifully but my right looks more like the work of Jackson Pollock after a bad trip.
      Caroline xxx

    • August 23, 2010 11:09 PM BST

    • I've got my nails to a half-decent length now, but i have one BIG problem when it comes to painting them. Whatever polish i use, it just ends up chipping & my nails look a right mess. Putting a top-coat on them is a big no-no because that just makes the polish really brittle & the slightest knock will chip them. I think i've tried everything i can think of but nothing seems to work....HELP!!!!

      Lol xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    • August 12, 2010 2:38 PM BST
    • I saw an advertisment on television about a new shaver called the rotoshave. Has anyone tried it? If so, does it work good on other places besides your face?


    • July 17, 2010 1:04 AM BST
    • Hi Jen,

      Another alternative is to wear a "gaff" which is basically a pantie that's made specifically to hold everything in place once you are tucked. Very similar to your swimsuit bottom solution.

      Another solution is to use a sanitary napkin inside panties that that don't have enough strength to hold everything in place. (Just don't try a tampon...)


    • July 16, 2010 11:21 PM BST
    • Regarding tucking and holding things in place, panties work well if they meet certain criteria:
      1) The cotton crotch needs to be as wide as they can be without resorting to something Grandma would wear. Yuk! That's something a girl would never do!
      2) Not all poly/nylon panties will do. A panty needs to contain a certain amount of Spandex, no less than 15%.
      3) The waste and leg bands need to be strong enough not to give.
      4) Though you can easily wear low-rise bikinis', the front panel needs not to dip down too much. In other words it needs to hold its' place and not drop down too much.

      Most panties will do just nicely. However, number 1 and 2 above are critical in getting that rounded, nice and smooth look.

      During this time of year (mid to late-July), one thing you can buy, for next to nothing, that meets all these points exceptionally well, is the bottom of a two piece bikini bathing suit. This works better than any panty you'll find and meets all four points above, especially #1. It would be hard to find a bikini panty with as wide a crotch.

      Support? Swimsuits have so much Spandex in them and are so tight at the bands that a regular bikini panty can come close to meeting these points.

      During the spring and early summer buying a swimsuit bottom costs much more than three of four pair of panties. But starting in mid-July the stores are trying to move their summer stock to make room for the fall stock of clothes. Consequently, summer swimsuits can usually be found on the clearance racks for less than what you would pay for any panty.

      Another big, BIG plus is that swinsuit bottoms come in a huge variety of colors and patterns. Very pretty. Everytime the nurse gives me my injection of hormones in my behind she says, "You always have the prettiest panties I've ever seen. :-) But with this girl, all my panties are that way, not just the swimsuit bottoms.

      When you're wearing tight jeans or slacks the look is wonderful.

      The only drawback is that if you wear a tight, light colored skirt, you will most probably see a panty line. So dress accordingly and enjoy the look and feel girls. This works really well.

      Such a deal! Good luck!

    • July 8, 2010 11:34 PM BST
    • Hi, luvs--

      I've written about my experiences with epilators. In case you've lost the link, here it is again.

      Luv 'n hugs,


    • July 5, 2010 2:48 AM BST
    • I like my epi and have never experienced the wrist issue, but early on when I first got the thing I made the mistake of running it behind my knees. It felt like some meat eating monster trying to get under my skin to devour me from the inside out, not a good feeling. As if that was not enough I eventually built up the courage to try under the arms, big mistake again. Ok, maybe I'm not the brightest so I tried it on my pubic hair, I'm betting the United Nations lists that as torture punishable by death. So now I stick to just my legs and arms and really like it. I have a Braun Silk-Epil.

      As for people noticing the lack of arm hair I get that all the time from customers who have known me for years. They usually start off with something about body hair and then seem surprised when they realize I have little hair on my arms. For me since I live as a woman now it is more of an "Oh wow" thing for these customers that suggests to them that I am clearly in fact more like a woman now.


    • July 4, 2010 9:13 PM BST
    • Hi Girls,

      I mentioned in this thread that I'd ordered a replacement epilator for my old one that finally bit the dust.

      I've been using the new one for a couple of weeks. Works pretty good but has a tendency to grab the flesh at my wrists into the blades. Didn't ever break the skin, but had to very gently free up the trapped skin from the pincers. Left a couple of ugly bruises, but I've learned to make sure the skin is stretched tight in that area when I use it.

      Reason I'm posting is an incident that happened at my local high end supermarket this week. They have the best meat in the area and they stock some premium brands that the other local stores don't. I was buying some steaks for my 4th of July grill and one of the regular checkers was ringing up my purchases.

      I was in drab mode: polo shirt, jeans, sneakers and a "Fox Sports" baseball cap. (I have almost no interest in sports, but it's the best cap I own, a customer loyalty reward from my old cable company.) The checker, as usual, engaged me in a conversation about sports, because of the cap I guess, and I was doing my best to fake my way through based on what I'd ignored while watching my local newscast the night before. Same old, same old.

      Suddenly he saw my hairless arms and went dumb - stopped babbling about sports in mid-sentence. He started staring at me, especially my arms, with the strangest look in his eyes. I was truly worried he was about to come on to me. Strange feeling.

      Since I have never been very hairy anyway, I was totally surprised by his reaction. Guess it takes all kinds...


    • June 29, 2010 11:26 AM BST
    • Thanks for all your tips. Firstly, like I said the last time I tried it was when I was drunk, and the end result made me look like a prostitute. NOT the look I was after.

      But like I said, I gave up booze completely 20 months ago, so all is well.

      Secondly, the reason why I am doing is to make my face match my outfits. I have women's legs, so I would like to go out at some point and show that I am not a man under the clothes. LOL. This will need good make-up, and a good wig.

      Like I say, thanks again for all your tips. I appreciate it. xx

    • June 28, 2010 7:16 AM BST
    • 1. Buy copies of SEVENTEEN magazine. That is how young girl's learn. Trial and error and practice, practice, practice. It takes years to get really good at it, like any learned skill.

      2. BOBBI BROWN BEAUTY - Bobbi Brown & Annemarie Iverson

      BOBBI BROWN BEAUTY EVOLUTION - Bobbi Brown with Sally Wadyka

      3. COLOR ME BEAUTIFUL - Carole Jackson

      4. * HOW DO I LOOK - Gale Hayman

      5. * COMPLETE BEAUTY BOOK - Helen Foster

      6. Understand that your entire presentation starts with your skin color and tone, your eye color, your hair color....all modified by your age. These will determine your color palates for both makeup and clothing. The * marked books have color charts that I find very helpful.

      7. After you figure out your wardrobe colors (Season), get paint chips from a hardware store to match. These will give you carry-along aids to buy clothing that suits you and will go with your other clothing items.

      8. You can prevent a lot of wasted money by reading DON'T GO TO THE COSMETIC COUNTER WITHOUT ME (7th ed. ???}.- Paula Begoun http://www.flawlessbeauty[...]me.html Many cosmetic products are grossly overpriced. You can do very well in a .99 cents store. Some products contents are defined by law and it is very likely that Antarctic Cold Bees nectar in your skin cream will not have any effect...unless you are allergic to bees.

      My personal makeup philosophy is understated. I want to look better without it being obvious that it is the makeup that is doing it.

      Have fun. Have lots of fun.

    • June 28, 2010 12:50 AM BST
    • It would really help to know the motivation behind wanting to do so hon. Are you wanting to be a passable woman, or are you just hoping those around you will maybe see a little femininity in you? Either way you can learn some of the ways to "contour" your face by going to youtube and search makeup contouring. It takes great skill to apply makeup to the point nobody knows you have it on and then to top it off with the proper shadowing to give the impression it is contoured like a woman's is going to be difficult at best. A lot of the look is going to be in how you shadow your eyes, nose and cheeks. What makes this difficult is if you will be seen in normal day lighting versus dusky evening lighting. Now if you have no problem with others knowing you are wearing makeup, then the task will be far easier. And if you want them to think of you as a woman, wearing makeup will go a long way.
      Best wishes,

    • June 27, 2010 8:00 PM BST
    • Make up is essential, well it is for me!
      Just trial and error until you get a look that you're happy with.
      It's great if you've got another girl to help you.
      I had the help of my older sisters.
      There are loads of make up videos on Youtube.
      And like any other activity that requires dexterity it's not a good idea to apply make up whilst under the influence!

    • June 27, 2010 6:42 PM BST
    • I was just wondering if I could learn some make-up tips to make my face more like a woman's. Luckily, I don't have a strong beard growth, and what I do have isn't dark, so I have no troubles with a 5'clock shadow.

      I am gonna buy myself a make-up kit and see how I get on. I have dabbled with make-up before but I was always drunk when I tried it on. LOL. I gave up booze so I have no worries there anymore.

    • June 13, 2010 9:17 PM BST
    • Melody,that would really be nice!xx

    • June 13, 2010 9:01 PM BST
    • Hi Nina,

      I hope some day we can meet in "real life."

      Thank you for the kind comments.


    • June 13, 2010 8:49 PM BST
    • Melody,if by some lucky chance I was to meet you in so-called real life-and I saw a slightly battered middle-aged lady,I would see that as a Bonus,as I've come to appreciate(and annoy sometimes!) the icon on this site as the 'Real' Melody and so I would have two 'Melodies' for the price of one!xx

    • June 12, 2010 7:24 PM BST
    • Hi Melody.
      The lip plumper does look better in real life , it is realy hard to show it on the pics on a PC , for one i am a rubbish photographer and don,t have the lighting like proffessionals do , if i had done another coat an hour later it may have shown up more but i got hungry .
      Anyway i guess its best to give it a try as it realy does work and its not expensive .

      As for age i suppose all we can do is hope we get another go at life after this one , i would love to be 19 as thats how old i feel inside .

      I think on here we don,t judge each other on looks as we are all in the same boat , we all have some beauty (mines in my big toe) (left toe) .I have met a lot of stars in my life and they look beautiful but most of them are as interesting as a peanut some are rude others just stupid and selfish.

      If the sun ever comes back out over here i will do some outside then the effects should show more in natural light .

      You take care hugs Julia xxx

    • June 12, 2010 5:49 PM BST
    • Hi Julia,

      Thanks for posting the pictures. The difference is pretty subtle but I see it.

      Don't know why you are fussing about your pics, they look okay to me. If you are "an ugly old cow" at 53, I don't know what that makes me, I turn 60 this year.

      I didn't say I was a cartoon, I said I'm hiding behind one. Bill Ward's sexy girls will always look better than I (or 99% of GGs for that matter.) I've wanted to post a current photo of myself since I joined TW. That's why I ask so many questions in this Forum: How to minimize facial scars, sagging chin, plumping lips, etc. Still trying to get one that's presentable. (Have thought of posting photos from 30 years ago that I think I look pretty in, but that would be cheating.)

      Speaking of cheating, if somebody wants to post a pic of a woman they think is beautiful I don't think that's a problem. Since most of us will never meet each other in "real life" our icons, pics, posts and chat define us to the others here. Hell, I could be a cute 19 year old girl putting you all on.... (Come to think of it, I wish I was a cute 19 year old girl putting you all on!)


    • June 12, 2010 4:58 PM BST
    • Hi Melody .
      I have uploaded 2 pics up in my profile one with my daily lipwear which is Max Factor lipfinity the other with MAC plushglass , i left the plushglass on for 2 hours and applied it twice , i know as the pics are small it is hard to see the difference but i think you can if you can bare to zoom in , anyone looking at these pics please take note i am 53 this year so thats why i look like an ugly old cow BUT i am a happy ugly old cow lol , plus i do spend at least 20 minutes putting my make up on everyday , it actualy takes longer to get off .
      Back on the subject of MAC plushglass it does tingle as it swells your lips due to its secret ingredient which is not a secret anymore as i asked the shop assistant what is it? her reply was its a secret so i said well what do i tell my doctor if i have an alergic reaction to it? "sorry its a secret" anyway i said i need to know as its my right as a consumer so the not so secret ingredient is Soya Lecithin which is available in capsules so you can make your own by adding it to standard lipgloss .
      Hope that helps i will remove the pics in a few days and put them where they belong "in the recycle bin".
      Hugs Julia xxx

    • June 11, 2010 9:52 PM BST
    • Hi Melody.
      I did,nt know you were a cartoon! I will do the pics tommorow and upload them to my profile pics , and my mug is ugly i know i have to look at it in the mirror , you also said Simone looks good , sorry to be the bearer of bad news but the pic is not her its a model .
      Take care Julia xxx

    • June 11, 2010 8:17 PM BST
    • Hi Julia,

      Maybe MAC didn't do a very good job of promoting the product on this side of the pond. I'd never heard of it and I did a fair amount of searching before I posted this thread.

      Look forward to the before and after pics (don't worry, you look fine to me and you aren't hiding behind a cartoon, like I am...)

      Thanks for the tip,

    • June 11, 2010 7:36 PM BST
    • Hi Melody.
      It seems strange to me that most of the comments in this thread are from the US , why strange? well last year a lip plumper made in the US was voted best lip plumper out of 50 tested and suprisingly it does work .
      It is made by Mac and called plushglass , it was such a hit over here that Mac shops sold out as soon as the results were published , i bought some from my nearest Mac shop in norwich after the rush .
      If i can i will upload a couple of close up pics over the weekend to show the effect (that is if you can bare to see a close up of my ugly mug) i will do a before and after , . If you are wishing to plump your lips before going out though you will have to start applying it about 3 hours before going as you need to apply it every hour or so and you will see your lips plump up more after each application . It did not cost much either i think it was about £10 .
      Hope that helps all the best Julia xxx

    • June 11, 2010 1:19 PM BST
    • Hi Simone and Doanna,

      Simone, in my reply to your post I meant to say your lip technique must be working because you look so good in your pic. (I had a 60lb puppy on my lap "helping" me as I was

      Doanna, your experience with lip plumpers seems to be the consensus - some make your lips tingle a bit have little visible effect.

      Best to you both,

    • June 11, 2010 4:04 AM BST
    • Melody,
      I have tried some of the various "lip plumpers" mentioned here as well. None of them seemed to work well - although they made my lips feel like they had "swollen" a bit.
      What works best for me is to use lipliner, then use slightly different lipstick shades to provide shadows. This gives shading effect to the lips to provide the appearance of volume - much the same as well applied facial makeup can accentuate a facial shape...
      Rembrandt never had it so good... LOL


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