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    • June 11, 2010 12:18 AM BST
    • Hi Simone,

      You certainly look good in your pic!


    • June 11, 2010 12:10 AM BST
    • Hi melody I use a lip plumper from avon with lip gloss and am very happy with it

    • May 7, 2010 6:06 PM BST
    • Hi Girls,

      I may have discovered the answer to my own question....

      I was bent over to put his leash on my new Lab/Hound Mix puppy to take him and Choca tor a walk in the park.

      As I was attaching the leash he jumped up and hit me in the mouth with his face. Pain and immediate lip swelling. Not even but sort of close to the effect I was looking for. A "fat lip" is not too far from a pump lip.

      Hope it doesn't leave a bruise when the swelling goes down...


    • May 3, 2010 11:21 AM BST
    • "Those bee stung lips"
      I can't remember where it comes from.
      Probably the bible or Shakespeare, (most quotes are.)
      And as for having bee stung lips?
      Girls, please do not try this at home!

    • May 3, 2010 6:32 AM BST
    • I've read that cinnamon oil will plump your lips, though I haven't tried it myself.

      I suppose a little powdered cinnamon mixed in veggie oil could work; it would certainly be very inexpensive to try. Perhaps the next time I'm using cinnamon in the kitchen.

      There are many places to buy cinnamon oil, made from cinnamon bark, or cinnamon leaves. These oils are super concentrated, and should be diluted with another carrier oil before applying to skin.

    • May 1, 2010 3:25 PM BST
    • Hi Renee,

      That's a new one. Wonder if you could substitute apple sauce for the oil? (I always have cinnamoned apple sauce as a side dish when I fix pork chops.)


    • May 1, 2010 12:47 PM BST
    • Renee,
      Vegy oil and cinnamon?
      Sounds like a very green brekkie cereal!

    • May 1, 2010 12:15 PM BST
    • Hi all this may seem a bit weird BUT it worked for me and it;s VERY CHEAP if you mix Cinnamon (as in the spice) with a little vegy oil THATS RIGHT VEGY OIL AND CINNAMON!!!! and dab it on about five ten min before applying lippy it causes your lips to swell a little with no known side effects and as it wears off you can just dab it on top and it seem to gloss up your lippy at the same time. Be warned though it dosn't tast the best but it's not bad either. It works for me but I can't say it will work for every one Hay!! give it a go if it works great and if it dosn't you haven't spent a fortune.

    • April 30, 2010 5:12 AM BST
    • Hi Melody...

      Here's the link I've ordered from in the to purchase three tubes for $100 rather than one for $50. That said, I found it before for $60 for 3 tubes. It is probably the best out there and you do not need to apply more than once or twice per day to maintain the "pout"



    • April 29, 2010 6:19 PM BST
    • Hi Jessica,

      Thanks for the tip, I'll have to swing by Target. As has been previously noted, experimenting with new products can get very expensive. Nice to find out about one that doesn't empty the purse.


    • April 29, 2010 1:17 PM BST
    • Hi Melody.

      I just thought I'd put in my 2 cents worth on this subject as I found out about plumpers last year. If you want to test a cheap plumper try SexyMotherPucker (Like that name? lol) It is cheap and can be bought at Target for about ten dollars. I got clear but they have some tinted ones also. The basic run down from my perspective on them is they do work for a little while. I notice my lips do plump a bit. They tingle too which for me is kindof fun because you know it is working. Reapply every hour or so to keep the effect going. Besides that... the tips shared already on cosmetic enhancment are a good idea and something to try. Pucker up!!

      ^.^ Jessica

    • April 27, 2010 5:33 AM BST
    • Thanks twice Traci,
      And thanks for that tip, I never heard of that one about lining the lips with two different widths of lip pencil.

      Another method I also use is after you apply your lip stick, put a lighter shade right in the middle of the bottom and upper lip. It will make the lips look a little bit of that pouty look.

      Melody, and others, here is some links that you may like.[...]0HKCA7E[...]ps.html

    • April 27, 2010 1:01 AM BST
    • Thanks for the info, Traci

      Do you have a website for "Celebrity"? I've never heard of it before. (Googling Celebrity is likely to come up with millions of non-makeup hits, lol)


    • April 27, 2010 12:49 AM BST
    • Hmmm...surprised none of you have tried or heard of "Celebrity" does work, but lower your expectations from an Angelina Jolie look to something that will puff yours to a fuller "you". Add a THIN line around middle third of upper lip and a longer line on lower lip with a pencil one shade darker than lipstick and you'll have an invisible enhanced version of the old you...drawback is that Celebrity is not cheap. Upside is that you can apply it first, then pencil in your lip line as described above, then when done with your face, apply your regular lipstick. It will stick and it will appear somewhat glossy...


    • April 26, 2010 7:07 PM BST
    • Hi Mary Grace,

      Your experience seems to be the consensus so far. One of Tammy's links mentioned that lips get thinner as we age. I can certainly testify to that. Mine were never what you call full, but they are now very, very thin.


    • April 26, 2010 6:54 PM BST
    • Melody
      I've beenn out of the loop, sorry I didn't read this post earlier.
      I've used the lip plumpers and still do -on occasiion..
      1 Minimul - it doesn't last long
      2 Too expensive
      3 can't put gloss lipstick over it.

      My bride says she sees a difference but I don't.

    • April 26, 2010 6:28 PM BST
    • Hi Tammy,

      Thanks for the info. I guess what I'm really looking for is the illusion of fuller lips, tho a product that actually did it would be fabulous.

      I currently use lip liner to outline my lips just outside the actual natural lip edges and then apply lipstick and/or lip gloss. Does seem to help somewhat. (I've learned that using the liner very far from the lip edge puts you into "Drag Queen" territory pretty quickly.)


    • April 26, 2010 7:10 AM BST
    • Sorry Melody for the slow reply.
      I use a product called LipFusion . Now my wife say's she see's a little difference, it feels like somethings is happening...but even if it doesn't, it gives me that placebo effect mentally. A dear friend of mine used it and she thinks it, does it????????????

      Now I am going to try a product called City Lips duwop lip venom lip gloss....sounds exotic... if it works, who knows, if you think it does, you'll feel better about it. When I try it I will post it. But it will be a while for this one. I like I have said in other posts, I love trying things that I research, that seem like they have some creditable evidence supporting their claim.


    • April 24, 2010 6:12 PM BST
    • Thanks Marsha, Nikki and Janis for the replies.

      I kind of expected what you all said but was hoping for a miracle. Guess all the wonderful claims the cosmetics companies make are a bit exaggerated. (I feel disenchanted...)


    • April 20, 2010 11:47 AM BST
    • Melody.
      I've never come across any lipsticks that actually work either.
      And as for injections, well there was a British actress called Leslie Ash, (Quadrophenia) who was a really nice looking girl and for some reason only known to herself got lip injections and ended up looking like a fish!
      I'm sure there must be some professional tricks with makeup to make lips appear fuller.

    • April 20, 2010 7:25 AM BST
    • I've never found anything that works and the salon where I get my electrolysis treatments, (and sells lip plumpers amongst their cosmetics), have also said that they don't make a difference.


    • April 19, 2010 7:52 PM BST
    • I've tried one from Physicians Formula and also one from Loreal and would have to say I couldn't really tell any difference. Plus as you probably already know, none of that stuff is cheap.

    • April 19, 2010 7:13 PM BST
    • Hi Girls,

      Does anyone have experience with the various "lip plumping" lipsticks and lip glosses that are out there?

      I have very thin lips (think the Prussian Colonel in WWII movies - just need a monocle) and I'd like to make them look fuller.

      I'm currently using Bare Essentials Buxom lip liners/sticks/glosses. Work okay, I guess, but nothing dramatic on the fullness front.

      Any recommendations?


      PS, Not interested in injections or surgery. (Been cross-dressing for over a half century and I'm still too chicken to get my ears pierced...)

    • May 25, 2010 8:30 PM BST
    • After at least 14 years, my beloved (and to be honest sometimes hated) Epilady Ultra has died. Just wouldn't recharge any more. R.I.P.

      Luckily, Home Shopping Chanel (HSN) is offering an Emjoi Elegant Multi-purpose Epilator which also has two other interchangeable heads, a shaver/trimmer and a exfoliator for both face and body. It's their "Today's Special Value" for $69.95US. That's about half of what I paid for the Epilady a decade and a half ago. Hope it works as well and lasts as long.

      Hoping to be hairfree again on June 4 when it's scheduled to arrive,

    • April 22, 2010 6:07 PM BST
    • Hi Marsha,

      What do you win?

      To quote Blazing Saddles' Howard Johnson, "it's my privilege to present a laurel and hearty handshake."


    • April 22, 2010 5:33 PM BST
    • WOW, you mean I got something right. What do I win? How about the insurance deductible for my nose job next week. And speaking of the nose job, I'm going to need a lot of Cetaphil Facial Cleanser to get off all the concealer hiding my bruised face, lol.

    • April 22, 2010 4:48 PM BST
    • Hi Girls,

      Since this thread has worked it's way back onto the most viewed list again, I thought I'd do an update.

      I tried all the products that were suggested (at least the ones I could find) and all of them worked pretty well. The oils were a

      And the winner is...(drum roll, please)...Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser. It worked as well or better than the others, but the main reason I'm using it is availability. My local drug stores and high end supermarket carry it. The others I had to get at department stores or online. I like being able to get a product at the same place as I buy vitamins or bread.

      Thank you, Marsha, for suggesting it.


    • April 15, 2010 10:03 AM BST
    • Hi Tammy,
      Along with all the other stuff I always carry spare knickers and tights in my bag and I have done for years. (Not the same ones!).
      I carry them in case of accidents such as snagging my tights, I'll leave any knickers accidents to your imagination!
      It's a common thing where I live, most girls I know do the same. I think I probably picked up the habit from my older sisters.

    • April 14, 2010 4:56 PM BST
    • If its not on the tray on our dressing table, it might be in the bathroom, if its not in the bathroom it could be in any one of the last 4 or 5 bags I have used, erm or it could be in the glove box in my car or Cass's car, or did i leave it in the ladies or did I just finish it,
      spose i will have to get another one. rummages for an alternative. perhaps Cass has one, or Julie.


    • April 13, 2010 2:57 PM BST
    • Marsha, I would have to go with your second photo there, I really don't have too much and never have. Mostly that is down to my wife having the knowledge that I was lacking at the time, which prevented me from buying 'everything on the make up counter' and then experimenting with it all, lol. So much would have been discarded, or used to open my own counter of course!

      Even then, I use hardly anything today that I started out with, some of that is down to finding better products, or shades that are better suited to me, while some of it is down to not having the need to cover shadow anymore. Yay!!!


    • April 12, 2010 2:17 AM BST
    • A "collection of mistakes", what an excellent term Emma. I imagine many gals feel because they had spent good money for those "mistakes" it makes it hard to discard them. I recall tossing out a lot things a number of years ago, but I really can't give an accurate account of what was included. Some of everything I think.

      Tammie, as for whose makeup drawers are those pictures of, actually I just got them from Google Images. However I have seen many vanities cluttered with far more than that picture above.


    • April 11, 2010 11:50 PM BST
    • The purchase of make up in the early days was as a guy and under pressure, without any real knowledge or understanding. Neither did I initially go out and certainly not in daytime. How things have changed these last 20 months!

      I am now in a position where I know what works for me and as a result, my current make up collection is probably no more than my wife's, leaving me to dispose of what is a substantial collection of mistakes and now out of date products.

      My current regime is:-

      Kryolen water based cover set with powder across my beard shadow area and jawline.

      Mac NW30 foundation blended in, Mac powder to set and Mac blusher

      Revlon pallette of powder applied eyeshadows, my current favourite being pinks and mauves

      Dark grey / black powder applied with a chisel shaped brush for eyeliner

      Max Factor mascara

      Revlon lip liner in dark pink and a L'Oreal lipstink in Pink Rose (216) (although I do have a large collection of lipsticks of every texture and longevity which I use to match what I am doing and wearing.)

      Max Factor lip gloss in pink

      Various nail polishes - Chanel, Max Factor and Revlon

      Through practice and the fact I get out a lot more these days, I can finish my face in 20 minutes, somewhat quicker than the 1 hour+ I took when I first started going out and certainly far more passable.

      Emma xx

    • April 11, 2010 4:41 PM BST
    • Marsha, I have to agree with Donna, whose makeup drawer is that if you can say. That makeup drawer would drive me nuts....well alright maybe I am there already.
      All my makeup is organized on a counter top according to what I am trying out otherwise it is stored in a cabinet in my makeup room.

      Now my purse or shoulder bag has
      Two lipsticks
      One compact for touch ups
      One wallet, for the obvious
      One hand sanitizer
      One pair of reading glasses
      An assortment of hair pins and a couple of safety pins...a never know.
      One cell phone
      No knickers...LOL ...I still like to know about that.

      A still, very curious Tammy

    • April 11, 2010 1:03 PM BST
    • Hi Marsha,

      My cosmetic collection tends to be at the minimalist end of the spectrum, with the exception of eye-shadows which are my Achilles heel. I have:

      2 concealers
      1 foundation (Max Factor Seamless)
      1 bronzer
      1 blusher
      1 powder (Rimmel Stay Matte)
      1 eyebrow pencil
      4 eyeliners (black, green, brown, white)
      9 eyeshadows (warned you)
      1 mascara
      1 lipliner
      3 lipsticks
      1 clear lipgloss
      2 nail polishes (clear and fire-engine red - the clear gets a lot more use)

      That's it - though that list is the distillation of a lot of trial, error and disposal over the last year and a half!



    • April 10, 2010 8:40 PM BST
    • Marsha,
      One of those pictures looks like the "drawer that time forgot."
      My makeup drawer looks more like the bottom picture....but a much bigger drawer..

    • April 10, 2010 5:06 PM BST
    • Actually Nikki I wasn't after what we wear at one time, but rather what we possess. Do you keep a lot of different makeup items around or have you whittled it down to a handful that you use on a regular basis? Do you discard products you likely will never use again or are you saving everything you have purchased for the day you open your own makeup store, lol?

      Is your makeup drawer like this:

      Or like this:


    • April 10, 2010 3:39 PM BST
    • Hmmm, I think the best way to answer this is to go by my day to day items.

      Mineral powder foundation
      Eye liner
      Eye shadow

      Tha...tha...tha...that's all folks.

      It takes all of about five minutes to apply in the morning and leaves me looking very natural, which I prefer.

      Tammy - I have also been known to carry spare tights in my bag, as you can guarantee you are most likely to get a run in them when you are nowhere near a shop to buy another pair!


    • April 10, 2010 4:58 AM BST
    • Hummmm, may I ask a question Janis?
      Yes.... well OK.....why is there such a thing about knickers in the UK...LOL... do you really have a ...quote "Plastic bag with spare knickers and tights " in your shoulder bag.
      Just kidding but ...A very curious Tammy

    • April 10, 2010 12:06 AM BST
    • Good point Joanne. Cost is a factor for many of us. I try to watch for coupons for the products I buy. Whether $1.00 off or buy one get one free, I have found the name brand beauty products constantly have coupons available. We have a fabulous Ulta store here with nearly any beauty product you want and they routinely have $5.00 off coupons in Instyle magazine each month.

      Let's see what my makeup costs at regular price.

      Maybelline mineral powder foundation $7.94
      Maybelline mineral powder blush $6.94
      Maybelline mineral powder translucent $7.94
      Maybelline mineral concealer $6.98
      Maybelline Great Lash Mascara $8.96 (2 pack)
      Maybelline Eye liner pencil $5.94 (2 pack)
      Almay Trio for Brown eyes $5.96
      CoverGirl Simply Ageless foundation $15.12
      CoverGirl Perfect Point eye liner $4.99 each
      CoverGirl Wetsticks $5.12
      Milani Brow kit $6.49
      OPI nail polish $7.50
      Revlon lipstick $5.49

      So that totals $95.37 and figure I have several polishes and probably missed something, so I'm thinking I probably have around $150 worth of makeup. The good news is most of this lasts for quite a long time so spread out over time this is pretty reasonable. I'm almost embarrassed to say I probably spend half that much every month or two on skin care products like Olay ProX Age Repair spf30 daily moisturizer and various other moisturizers and eye firming creams. LOL, do we need to get into shampoo, conditioner, and hair color products also? And where does bubble bath fit in?


    • April 9, 2010 11:12 PM BST
    • And the cost ?

    • April 9, 2010 5:33 PM BST
    • I think Marsha has an good "uncomplicated" approach that most of the Girls in here would be wise to follow. That doesn't mean we can't have our "special" makeup case when we want to look SPECTACULAR! ....I try a new "look" every couple of weeks.
      Most of us here did not have the opportunity (or good fortune) to experiment with makeup etc. through our teenage years as most GG's (ovarians) did - so a little "Catching up for lost time" is not unreasonable.

    • April 9, 2010 5:09 PM BST
    • I'm really impressed with the responses. There is Tammy on one end of the spectrum and Janis on the other. Reading through Tammy's made me realize I forgot to mention the very light mineral concealer I use on the inner corners of the eye to hide the dark circles and make the eyes pop.

      My everyday daytime look for my eyes is pretty simple, I use a little light concealer on the inner corners, followed by liner on the upper lids, then liner on only the outside quarter of the lower lash. Then I use Maybelline Great Lash mascara. Notice, no eye shadow.

      For daytime events like church I apply a lilac shadow on the lid with a medium brown in the crease, followed with a off-white under the brow. Then I fully line the upper and lower lash lines. And again I stick with the Maybelline Great Lash Mascara.

      For evening socials I will use the same colors along with using the pencils and a little lilac under the lower lash to create a smokey eye look. And again I stick with the Maybelline Great Lash Mascara.

      I like the mineral foundation for everyday wear as it holds up well for me in the hot summers here in Georgia. I recently decided to try the CoverGirl Simply Ageless foundation probably because all the pics of Ellen Degeneres looked so good. I wrote a review here in the makeup forum. I am very pleased with the coverage and overall look of this foundation. It takes a little more work so I save it for the special events rather than use it daily. I follow the CG creme foundation with Maybelline translucent mineral powder.

      I use mineral blush just because, lol. It seems to work well for me so why bother changing.

      I rarely where lipstick. Most often I wear CoverGirl Wetsticks in a plum color. When I do where lipstick I tend to go with a Revlon peachy pink colored one.


    • April 9, 2010 1:20 PM BST
    • I've been doing my make-up for so long I think I could do it in the dark.
      But I'm not going to try it so relax.

      Maybe a change?
      Purple lippy?
      Green nails? (divine decadence)

      I'm afraid you're stuck with me.

    • April 9, 2010 11:14 AM BST
    • I have my dressing table top set out so that every day I can do the exact same thing in ten minutes flat in this order.
      It used to take an hour.

      Boots No7 Anti wrinkle moisturiser, face and neck.
      Maybelline Vanilla Rose Mineral Foundation, all over face with floppy(ish) brush.
      Maybelline Golden Sand Mineral Foundation, just on chin and nose to minimise them, also on neck.
      Boots No7 Soft Apricot Blusher (pink actually).
      Boots 17 Shine Control Loose powder, not really needed but blends the blusher really well.
      Max Factor Lipfinity Lipstick, stays on all day really well, range of colours to suit whatever clothes.
      Boots No7 Deep Brown retractable eyebrow pencil. (Whilst waiting for lips to dry).
      Max Factor Lipfinity clear lip gloss.
      Revlon Matte Aubergine eyeshadow, done smokey.
      Boots No7 Black Intense Volume Mascara for my feeble lower lashes
      L'Oreal Black Explosion for my upper lashes, (the spiky ball brush works better).

      Sometimes Maybelline Golden Sand Mineral Foundation for cleavage, dependant upon neckline.

      I find that works well for everyday, however, going out at night is another matter, in a box under the table I have...........

    • April 9, 2010 9:10 AM BST
    • I'm getting my make up bag out of my shoulder bag right now, and in it is..........
      A lipstick
      Tub of foundation
      Little spray bottle of scent
      Small mirror
      A powder compact
      Plastic bag with spare knickers and tights
      Pair of scissors
      Little sewing kit
      60p in small change?

      Not to much really compared to some other girls I've seen.
      But of course I can't get out the lippy & mascara without doing a repair job.
      So if you'll excuse me for a few minutes.

    • April 9, 2010 5:59 AM BST
    • Wow Marsha, you have really put me on the spot here, and not sure how to start. But I am combining two post here in one, easier for description.
      Now don't chuckle to much. But I am about much.
      Do I use it all, yes at different times, but it is understood that I do not go over board on makeup, but I like dramatic, not thick.
      I am the type that likes to try different types of makeup, and applications.

      My foundation is by Prescriptive's ( they are out of business now) Which I have blended for my skin type. This required a skin test at the store. My cosmetic specialist now works for Channel and she said she can match it up. I bought enough to last a while before they went out of business.

      Foundations....I do have several...I experiment. There used to be a process that required a triple layer, each one buffed down and darker with each shade...I learned this from a makeup artist, it works quite well but takes time.....but I do not use it any more.

      Setting powder, again several...from translucent to pink to an ageless cover. Smash Box Halo Perfecting powder Light, my favorite. Reason, for just turn the inside ring and it scrapes off a fresh setting powder off a compressed cake, and you can get just enough.

      Blush...three, varying colors of pinkish red

      Five lip liner pencils ...again depends on color.
      Lipstick...OMG a bit of a fetish here, and not enough fingers. I do like to combine at least two different colors to get my desired shade depending on my mood, nails, and clothes.

      Eyebrows...I have three, one pencil and two in a wax application first then a brown setting powder,

      Eye shadow..I am impossible here, to many to count. My main look is a dark smoky winged look.
      One black eye pencil, three cream liners, four liquid eye liners...again I like to experiment, but I do write down what I do so as to replicate it if I like the result.
      One light pink pencil...this goes just under the eyebrow
      Two types of whitish cream shadow, for the inner corners of the eye.. makes things pop.
      Yes I am a bit of a fanatic, when it comes to makeup. But I like to be on the edge, and don't ask me what edge...I am still trying to figure this out.

      Mascara, don't laugh but just two, and I find the cheaper brands work very well, Great Lash by Maybelline my all time favorite and I am trying ELF

      Bronzer's...three, color is dependent on time of the year.

      Shimmer powder...ha, you probably thought I was getting obsessive. bare minerals..great to cover those little pesky spots that pop up.

      Nail wife and I share several different colors...what does several mean...many of course, you know this by now. makeup counter looks a bit like I am doing a portrait..I like brushes, and I am a tad fussy.

      Oh I forgot, one lip plumper

      But now, if I travel, I can pack lightly, for I know what works well for myself.

      Do I dare go on, I think this covers it.......I have many different types of techniques, I prefer just a few now, some I forgot..senior moment, I can say that.

      Nite everyone....Tammy will to if you get this far.....LOL

    • April 9, 2010 4:09 AM BST
    • Karen Brad made an interesting comment in her blog about having bought too much makeup at one time. I know everyone has a learning curve as to what works best for them so we may have lots of makeup we likely will never use again. My work happens to take me into hundreds of households each year and I see everything from counters filled with makeup to a single lipstick dispenser. So I'm curious as to what others like to keep around. There is no right or wrong answer here.

      I keep things really simple. I have two mineral powder foundations and one cream foundation for special occasions.
      1 translucent powder to set the creme foundation.
      1 peach toned blush
      2 lipsticks, 1 gloss
      1 eyebrow powder
      3 eyeliner pencils; black, gray and white
      2 Mascaras
      1 3-color eye shadow set
      Maybe 6 nail polishes including clear. My favorite is OPI Helen of Troy, kind of a peachy pink color.

      I'm trying to let new gals know that they don't need a suitcase full of cosmetics. However there is nothing wrong experimenting with lots of different things. Just don't forget they recommend replacing cosmetics periodically. Last I read mentioned up to 2 years for foundations, powders and lipstick. But only 6 months to a year on eye makeup for health reasons.


    • April 1, 2010 7:12 PM BST
    • Foundation, eye-shadow, little bit of mascara and lippy.
      Less is good.