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    • April 1, 2010 2:03 PM BST
    • I thought I would post a little review of Cover Girl's Simply Ageless foundation. This is the foundation Ellen Degeneres is the spokeswoman for.

      I have been using and for that matter still use Maybelline mineral powder foundation on a daily basis. However, I was curious and wanted to try a cream foundation. After reading several reviews of different products I settled on the CG Simply Ageless.

      I picked up some tips from reading reviews done by others so I would like to share the ones I found most important.

      1. Don't judge a shade by the color, lol. You need to go at least 3 shades darker than what you think matches your skin. Knowing this ahead of time allowed me to get a great match on my first try. Also for the summer if you tend to tan at all you may want to go an additional shade or two darker.

      2. Although CG Simply Ageless is blended with Olay Regenerist Moisturizer, don't skip moisturizing your face well before applying this foundation.

      3. The instructions suggest you wash and thoroughly dry the applicator pad which comes with the foundation after each use. That makes sense, but you may find you get a smoother application if you dampen the pad prior to application.

      4. Maybe this should go first but I don't understand why some had problems with this. It does no good to have all these tips if you can't get the container opened in the first place. Apparently many women have had a problem with this. There are two sides to this container. The one containing the applicator pad you just flip open. The other side containing the foundation is unscrewed.

      5. Don't be confused about the white swirl in the foundation, it does not need to be mixed with the foundation. Just swirl the applicator pad lightly around the top of the foundation and you will see the white has no effect.

      6. A little goes a long ways. So don't grease up your face in an attempt to get that china doll smoothness.

      Ok now that you know how to get this from the container to your face, just gently apply it to your face and neck. I used Maybelline translucent mineral powder to set the foundation. If you have purchased a shade too light you can use a darker shade of mineral powder to set the foundation.

      Whether on us or on other women, we have all seen gals that look like they have either too much or the wrong makeup on. That was my original worry as I started applying this and saw the full coverage. But as I completed the application and set it with the translucent powder, I have to say I was very pleased with results. I used my mineral powder blush with good results, but I'm sure whatever you prefer would be fine. Some of the other reviews I read were questioning how well the CG Simply Ageless lasted throughout the day. I have what is considered normal skin and found that this foundation held up well all day.

      For my type of work this foundation is a little much so I plan on using it more for special occasions like nights out or going to church. Needless to say, I am very happy with the product.


    • March 17, 2010 3:58 AM GMT
    • I have now tried out some more products from E.L.F. Their makeup brushes are just wonderful, it's hard to believe at this price.
      Also there bronzer, primer, and shimmer work very well. My wife is so impressed she ordered some products from there mineral category. I am trying out the liquid eye liner. I only tried it on a very small spot, so this product I am not sure of yet. I was going to a Techno party at Elysium here in Detroit and I did not want to experiment to much. This is really a nice club to go to, but not for the inhibited. Link below for this club.


      Just in case, here is the link for E.L.F. again.

    • March 7, 2010 8:40 PM GMT
    • Hi Tammy,

      Thanks so much for the info. Have to admit I've had very little success with lashes and you are certainly right that ones we are born with do really thin out. (My bad lashes always bothered me more because my younger, gay brother had beautiful ones. At least he was the one with the bulbous nose...)


    • March 7, 2010 8:20 PM GMT
    • Melody,
      They just got these lashes back into stock, but if you want to make things easier, just trim the length down to a size that suits you.
      Actually I started with Andrea # 53, they were easy for me to put on at first. They can be a handful, but once you master them, it is really fun and easy. I love them, would not think about going out without them. As I, (we) get older the lashes start to thin out.


      Also, this link may also help you with the application, she makes it look way to easy though.[...]UE3diu0[...]channel


    • March 7, 2010 7:39 PM GMT
    • Hi Tammy,

      I was just about to post a rant about how much I hate false eyelashes and how many bad experiences I've had with them over the years. I'll have to try these, the price is certainly right.

      Thanks for the tip.


    • March 7, 2010 6:02 AM GMT

    • Nice find Tammy, Thanks for sharing!

    • March 7, 2010 4:42 AM GMT
    • I have been very surprised but delighted to find a few things that are quite inexpensive (cheap) but work very well.
      One is a product by Starry brand, liquid eye liner. I have tried this product and found it works quite well. The applicator brush is very thin, so it gives very good control with a lasting line. I have not tried any other Starry brands but I found this liner in a store and at the price, I thought it was worth the chance.


      Now another product that my wife found for me from E.l.f are these really great false eye lashes, they go on very easily because of the thicker inner rim that holds true to it's shape when they are applied. Which also makes them very durable for multiple applications, and look at the price, now that's a deal and they work. I have ordered some of the other products on this site and will update the review of these products when I get them. At these prices, I thought, well you never know. I was so impressed with the two sets of eye lashes that I tried, so I ordered 20 more of the Dramatic lash # 1714, for ONE DOLLAR.



    • March 4, 2010 7:35 PM GMT
    • I was wondering the same about it......i was looking on ebay to see if there was any on there. Probably have to ring the number on the commercial even if its just to try it . Its only money when it comes down to it and what price do you pay to look good? Stephanie.

    • January 11, 2010 6:40 AM GMT
    • Hi Michelle,

      There are other Aus girls here. Look for the Aus forum in the directory and you should find a few more.

      Yes I want to try it as it looks sooo effective in the commercials, and so easy to use.


    • January 11, 2010 4:52 AM GMT
    • hi selena i have'nt tried it but wonder the same as you, i see you are in melb, im in nsw your the first aussie ive come acrosss on this site maybe we will have a chat some time .

      hugs bejewelled

    • January 10, 2010 1:27 AM GMT
    • Thanks for the reply Karin. I'll try it asap and post the results.


    • January 9, 2010 9:36 PM GMT
    • Hi... I don't know about Sheercover... In the US, I use Dermablend, which is probably very similar. I use the leg and arm rather than the face cover, because I think it is more opaque. I shave as closely as I possibly can, then put just enough Dermablend to cover my whole face below the eyes.... It does a very good job of hiding any beard shadow, and leaves a smooth, evenly colored complexion. Powdering it then sets it and makes it somewhat waterproof. After that , I use a normal liquid makeup from forehead to neck, and apply the rest of my makeup as carefully as I can.
      Since beard can be the easiest giveaway when people see you, I can say that I have actually met a gentleman TWICE, who has called me beautiful (a gross exaggeration, but very flattering)!
      Go ahead and try your Sheercover in this way, and let the rest of us know if that brand works as well!

    • January 9, 2010 11:58 AM GMT
    • Hi girls...has anyone tried Sheercover? This is the product that is advertised on TV as an info-mercial. Seems to work wonderfully well covering up blemishes even birthmarks, and I was wondering if anyone has tried it to cover up the dreaded facial hair?

    • February 26, 2010 6:52 PM GMT
    • The Deep Oil Cleansig Method I suggested above is better described here:

      Of this process, I'm a true believer...give it a try for yourselves.

      And Please don't Overly rely on astringents - they can damage a skin's PH balance and cause dry skin. Astringents are especially bad for older ladies, or those with dry skin...not good to use in winter either.

      Hope this will help some.


    • February 26, 2010 12:50 PM GMT
    • Just wipes for me as well. But I'm going to try baby oil after reading this thread. I was a very hard core punk girl in my youth and I would have needed a blowtorch to remove some of my make-up creations.

    • February 26, 2010 3:11 AM GMT
    • Hi Melody-

      How neat. I was involved in community theater (little theater) back in the early 60's, I was in highschool then, which is where I first learned about Mehron makeup and so on. Ahh, the power of makeup.<lol>

      Hugs...Joni Mari

    • February 25, 2010 10:09 PM GMT
    • Hi Joni,

      When I first posted this thread I was thinking about theatrical makeup remover. I used to do makeup for plays and films in the 1960s and 1970s and there were similar products back then but I haven't done that sort thing for decades. I remember using "Bill Nye" products in those days.

      Thanks for the info.


    • February 25, 2010 9:40 PM GMT
    • Hi Melody-

      You might check out Mehron stage makeup remover if you want to keep something around that will get your makeup off in a hurry for one of those "UH-OH!" moments. Just goop some on, smear it around well with your fingers, let it sit for a minute or so and wipe it off with a soft towel, being gentle around your eyes. It's formulated for getting off stage makeup and takes regular makeup off just like that. Since it contains petroleum jelly it may leave your face looking kind of shiny, which you can simply take care of by washing with any decent facial care product. Don't forget to hide the towel.

      Hugs...Joni Mari

    • February 25, 2010 6:04 AM GMT
    • Thanks Jennifer,
      I thought i posted to this, but it went some where.
      Interesting procedure, never heard of it, but one I will have to give a try, by the looks of your skin, it would be worth it. Skin is one of the downfalls to the aging process.

    • February 24, 2010 11:30 PM GMT
    • For oil based makeups I use oils. Oil and heat is the only proper way to remove other oils.

      A combination of Almond oil (or JoJoba oil) and Castor oil (believe it or not) works very well for subborn oil-based mascara. Castor oil is excellent for cleansing but can dry the skin. So I add only apout 20% to the mixture. .

      This mixture is also good for cleansing the pores of your skin. Massage into your face and neck, leave it on for about 15 minuites (I do it occasionally while soaking in the tub) and place a washcloth with hot (not too hot) water for a minuite or so and gently rub off - then repeat with the washcloth (after rinsing) again for good measure.

      Some women will occasionally sleep with a light coating of this mixture on their face, but I haven't tried...afraid of clogging my pores.

      Surprisingly, a light treatment of Castor oil (applied once a-day - preferably before bed) is also an effective way to re-grow eyebrow hair from over-plucking and lenghten lashes also...takes about 3-4 mnths. for results...sorry, but I digress.

      Not a fast way of make-up removal, but worth mentioning.

      It's very important to always keep the pores cleansed. A quick washing may appear to remove the make-up, but alas, not thouroughly enough.


    • February 23, 2010 11:49 PM GMT
    • Golly gee Melody you could have told the banker you've got the contagious "crud" and can't visit with anyone

      Bye the bye - I use Neutrogena soap - it works for me.

    • February 23, 2010 11:21 PM GMT
    • Varnish remover and sandpaper? Just wondering................

    • February 23, 2010 9:34 PM GMT
    • Hi Rondalynn,

      Thanks for the tip.

      And welcome to TW.


    • February 23, 2010 8:44 PM GMT
    • I have used a little olive oil. worked great and was easy clean up

    • February 25, 2010 5:58 AM GMT
    • Samantha,
      Another new product that you might want to try is, Eye Studio™ Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner by Maybelline, costs about 8-9 dollars U.S. You can catch a deal when they have buy one get one free or any other Maybelline eye product of similar value. I tried it Sat nite, wonderful results, smooth application, and will not smudge. I also tried it on the lower eye lid, and worked great, no irritation, but that depends on the person.
      It works much better than Smash box or Bobby Brown eye gel, and not as expensive.[...]ner.htm


    • January 19, 2010 12:57 PM GMT
    • Thanks all.
      Last night I picked up a brush with the help of a great girl at Sephora at my local mall. I tried all the suggestions given to me by you wonderful girls, inside working out, outside working in. I'm not sure which I found easiest. I can say that my results were much better than before but i still need practice. Maybe later today but I am having a great time trying different ways with different looks and I plan on checking out the sites mentioned above for more info.
      Thanks again girls. Hugs.... Samantha

    • January 19, 2010 6:28 AM GMT
    • Samantha,
      I like to use the L'Oreal Lineur Intense Brush Tip Liquid Eyeliner, and like Jen, I start at the inner eye but just where the lash starts and move the line to the outside corner, but then I wing the line out farther.[...]1126Z82

      To touch up, and finish the inside corner I like a fine line so I use some artist spotter brushes, # 000 or 5/0or 10/0 and 4/0...[...]de=list

      These will give a fine line with nice control. I take the brush from the liner and do the line I want to be the thickest. Then put some of the product on the Lineur Intense brush and apply some liner onto the artist brushes and touch up or finish at will. Also, I use a magnifying mirror when I do this, it gets things up close and personal. I have never got used to the felt point tips, and never have I liked the results.
      Like everyone else, usually I use a pencil on the bottom lid, and smudge, Sometimes I need a more dramatic look so, again I use artist brushes, but a little bigger and then wet them a little and dab them into a powder eye shadow. I use Mac, smash box or bar minerals or similar and put some powder in the eye shadow lid, then dab brush into it, gives more control so I can control the effect. Or if it's the harder type of powder just drag the brush over it, tap off excess then apply.
      Hope this helps.......Tammy

    • January 18, 2010 7:11 PM GMT
    • Also, make sure the brush has a nice pointed tip. Try developing a feel for the brush by twirling it slowly as you draw your line - this will allow the product to flow out of the brush hairs uniformly and help you maintain the same line width...conversely, if you want to make a portion of the line thicker, stop twirling - let the point flatten out a bit and apply slightly more pressure. Try to shape the line in one smooth stroke if you can - and then go back and touch-up if needed. That works better than trying to draw the line wider with another stroke.

      Personally, I start from the inside and work out - but each to their own as long as the job gets done to your satisfaction.

      You can also try practicing line control on the back of your hand, or if it's too hairy, try practicing on the outside of your thumb a few times. After I've applied the product to my brush, I touch the tip of the brush to the back of my hand and twirl forming a nice point and to remove any excess product before applying to the eye. If you suspect your liner is too old, but it's an emergency and you've got to wear it anyway, at least scrape the surface off to remove any impurities

      That liner compact will last a lifetime or two, but you might want to replace it after 2 years to avoid eye infections.

      Have fun with it - if you make a mistake, wipe off w/ a damp q-tip and try, try again.
      You'll get the hang of it!

    • January 18, 2010 6:18 PM GMT
    • Hey Samantha...
      You might try starting on the outer edges first as opposed to the inner because if you apply too thickly initially, you'll be messed up right from the start! By the time you reach the inner edges, your hand is steadier and you have developed the "feel" of the, if you need to wipe off mistakes, and you began on the outer edge, it kinda gives you a nice shadow out there! (smile)
      I too just use a light coating of shadow on the lower lashes, smudge it in, and finish up with a pencil along the outer half if necessary...
      Good luck!

    • January 18, 2010 5:02 PM GMT
    • Thanks Jennifer.
      I will try using a longer brush. I will pick one up tonight and play around with it. I usually line the entire upper lid and slightly beyond, but I think I will try some different looks as you suggest.
      Hugs.. Samantha

    • January 18, 2010 4:53 PM GMT
    • I suppose you're using that small, short little brush that came with your eyeliner kit. You might consider trying a brush used for watercolors - watercolor brushes are longer, and if you hold them near the end of the brush, you can see your target area better. When you use a small brush, your hands get in the way and create shadows making it difficult to see what you're doing.

      Try closing the eye your working on and gently hold the lashes down with your fingertip when you apply the liner. Get the liner as close to the base of the lash as possible. You can also vary the width of the line - perhaps making it a bit wider at the outer edge of the lid - but those would be personal choices that you could experiment with.

      You can line the entire length of the lid to the inner corner, or use liner only where there is lash - it depends on the look you're trying to achieve. After you get the hang of it and you can place the product where you intended - It's fun to experiment - subtle variations can have dramatic effects.

      Liquid liner is a bit too harsh for the lower lash, you want to use a pencil and lightly smudge the liner to eliminate a hard edge.

      Liquid eyeliner is normally used for dramatic effect. For casual or daytime wear, a soft pencil is possibly more appropriate.

      The product you're using is probably as good as any others.

      So, try a longer brush.

      Hope it helps,

    • January 18, 2010 4:21 PM GMT
    • i'm hopeless with a paintbrush, especially a tiny one. i just use a pencil.

    • January 18, 2010 4:00 PM GMT
    • Hi Ladies
      I'm back again looking for advice. I have trouble applying liquid eyeliner. I always seem to apply it to thick and it usually looks terrible. I've tried holding the applicator at different angles and tried putting less on but I still can't get the hold of it. Do you girls have any secrets on how to apply and what you might feel is the best liquid liner? I am currently using Eye Defining Liquid Liner from Clinique. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
      Thanks and Hugs.... Samantha

    • February 6, 2010 5:41 PM GMT
    • I try to let my nails grow out so I can shape them. Unfortunately my job requires hand labor so I uaually break them before they are more than quarter inch long. But I do keep them smooth with a clear polish on as much as possible.


    • February 6, 2010 4:29 PM GMT
    • I am growing my natural nails and shape them.Still i have not used the artificial ones.

    • February 6, 2010 7:10 AM GMT
    • Tammy
      You're an ingineer girl!

    • February 6, 2010 6:39 AM GMT
    • Without resurrecting an old thread, I thought I would start a new one for this topic.
      Some mention was made concerning the best method to polish nails. I believe Marsha, described this method. but here is a pic of my board, a picture is worth a thousand words. Take a thin piece of material, to what ever size you wish and drill ten quarter to three sixteenths holes on a 60 degree angle and use some craft wax sticks, about a half to three quarters of an inch long, melt the ends and slip them into the holes giving you this finished board. Just lightly press your nails onto the top, and polish and coat your nails, without any problem of messing them up, and let them dry for as long as you need. See attached file.

    • February 6, 2010 5:59 AM GMT
    • Melody,
      I have tried many things, without any luck, at least there was no big changes.
      So, I turned to a good cosmetic surgeon, with some reconstruction work, with great results.
      Although, I still look for that elusive facial cream, and fight this growing old gracefully to the end...LOL

    • February 6, 2010 3:50 AM GMT
    • Melody,
      I'm afraid gravity always wins in the end.

    • February 6, 2010 1:19 AM GMT
    • Hugs Melody

      Sorry I can't help, I have no clue on what to do. If hugs will help I've got bunches.

      XOXOX Jeri

    • February 6, 2010 12:13 AM GMT
    • Melody - child
      Sounds like you're catching up with me. The sagging is called "The hound dog look" - join the club.
      Try turtle neck shirts - they hide the neck.
      There are exercises for the luck here.
      I don't mean to drag down your happy thoughts - sorry

      I try to take care of my face - toner and a good facial cream. It does feel good and I think it helps.
      What can I expect while I'm getting close to 80ish?


    • February 5, 2010 11:49 PM GMT
    • Hi Girls,

      As I approach 60 years of age this Autumn, I'm noticing the toll that time and gravity are taking on my face. Lines are starting to form at either side of my mouth that will eventually meet up with the slight drooping either side of my sagging jawline. But these aren't my immediate concern.

      My concern is the way my chin is no longer defined as separate from my neck. I'm developing what I've heard, uncharitably, called "turkey neck." I have a very heart shaped face with a small, narrow chin (think, horrors, Heinrich Himmler) and this really bothers me.

      I need to let you know that my problem is not a "double chin" which comes from carrying excess weight in the facial/neck area. While I certainly could stand to loose weight, I carry it from the shoulders to my waist. My head/neck, arms and from the waist down are downright skinny. (I have no problem wearing a 7 1/2" bracelet for instance.)

      I've seen ads for skin tightening products, "toning" bands/slings that pull the neck up overnight and electrical devices that are supposed to tone up the neck. These tend to run in the US$35 to $100 range. I'm frankly skeptical that any of them are more than scams.

      I realize that plastic surgery is an option, but I don't have the money to do it (and honestly if I did, there are lots more flaws I'd want to take care of...)

      Does anyone else have this problem and have you found any viable solutions?


    • January 14, 2010 2:18 PM GMT
    • I have seen in the photos many actresses and models with beautiful eyelashes.I think that all of them use fake ones and these really enhance the beauty.So i dont think that naturally small eyelashes are a problem.Makeup can make even an ordinary looking person look gorgeous as is the case with most models and actresses.

    • January 14, 2010 4:54 AM GMT
    • Jellene, If you want a very natural looking false lash, use Andrea #53. I have worn these and people swear I don't have lashes on, it takes a little practice, and patience. When I am in a hurry I can pop these on in a flash, unlike the more dramatic ones, but I have been doing this a long time. I start at the out side corner and roll then into the inside corner, tap in place, a little eye liner to hide any crease, I prefer liquid liner. a little mascara if you wish and bingo, your there. They also have these special applicators but I have never had any luck with them. Now as we get older, our lashes get thinner, believe me I know, especially the lower ones. Tammy[...]hes-53/

    • January 14, 2010 4:43 AM GMT
    • For heavens sakes don't pull out or cut your eyelashes!
      Use mascara and eyeliner pencil.

    • January 14, 2010 3:55 AM GMT
    • oops again

    • January 14, 2010 3:55 AM GMT
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    • January 14, 2010 3:49 AM GMT

    • There are several lash lengthening products on the market with varying degrees of success and expense.

      3 products that I know work well are:

      1. Latisse
      2. Lumigan
      3. Promax Rapid Lash (least expensive)

      Everybody reacts differently, but you should notice a difference after 6 weeks (apply once per day - morning is best, prior to application of other products or moisturizers). Some women have even noticed their eye color temporarily changes a little bit with extended use.

      Another home remedy is applying Castor Oil to the base of the lash before going to bed. I've heard women swear it works, but I haven't tried myself.

      heres a link to some product info: (note: I'm not affiliated with any of these companies)

    • January 14, 2010 3:18 AM GMT
    • Out of curiosity, I tried one years ago for a few months. You eventually get desensitized to the pain on the arms and legs - but removing hair from my decolletage and stomach was unbearable. For me, waxing is far more enjoyable, effective and quicker.

      Those contraptions irritated my skin and not all the hairs got pulled from the root - so I had to contimnually touch up patches from day to day - As advertised, I was hoping my body hair would eventually get the idea and give up or at least thin out, but no such luck for me. It became too much of a daily event.

      Waxing leaves my skin much smoother, the effects last longer and I enjoy the process when preparing for infrequent special occasions. Usually, I'll just shave in the tub each morning - and when in a hurry, it only takes me a few minuites - or I can relax, soak and take my time.

      I can't imagine using one on facial hair.

      I'm glad you got some satisfaction, but don't expect any miracles...however, if you do, PLEASE let us know.