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    • January 6, 2010 8:13 PM GMT
    • Although I don't have oily skin, I can certainly recommend bareMinerals products, I use their foundation powder and it is very good. It might be worth looking into.

      Nikki

    • January 4, 2010 12:11 PM GMT
    • Hello Samantha,
      You may want to look at my post on 5 o'clock shadow. I am not sure if you are trying for cover or just makeup in general and not worried about coverage. But Mac does make a product for the stage that will work with oily skin, you may still have to use blotting tissues though, with a touch up occasionally, take a look at this.... Mac Cosmetics http:// http://www.maccos[...].com/
      Just tell them it is for oily skin though. Prescriptive's used to make a product for this but they went out of business. These products mentioned here and below work well in conditions that can get quite warm, but then I do nt have oily skin so that maybe the difference. There used to have a three step process but that is to involved to go into here, plus with the products out now that is only a stand by.
      Hope this helps. I have a makeup consultant and I will ask her about this and get back to you.
      Huggs...Tammy

    • January 2, 2010 5:27 PM GMT
    • Hi girls.. I need some help. Does anyone know of a good foundation for oily skin? i have been using Estee Lauder Double Matte Oil Control. Its working ok for me but I'm wondering if there might be something better I could try?
      Samantha

    • January 4, 2010 12:25 PM GMT
    • Hello, Miss Suda,
      I use a product from Benefit, called Brow Zings, and it is a two part product one is a tinted wax with a special brush to use for shaping and fill in, once the wax shaping is done lightly I may add, then you use a second brush to sweep over the brows with a powder, comb it out and I always go over it with a cotton swab to get any excess and smooth out, or blend, I am big on blending everything. Also the brows are already pretty shaped by plucking, it nice to give them that little extra zing.
      http://www.benefitcosmeti[...]nodeID=
      Tammy

    • January 1, 2010 6:42 PM GMT
    • Hi Jeri,

      You might want to try a product called Eyebrowz. They are flexible, reusable plastic stencils. They come in various shapes (curved, arched, straight, etc.), lengths and brow thicknesses.

      You just hold them where your brow is over one eye and use a pencil or powder to fill in. What's really great about them is after you finish one side you just clean the stencil and flip it over and do the other brow. As long as get them started and centered at the same place, your eyebrows are identical.

      I also find them useful for knowing where to pluck unwanted hairs.

      http://www.eyebrowz.com/

      Best,
      Melody

    • January 1, 2010 5:45 PM GMT

    • I have tried the pencils but just couldn't get the hang of them. I was always too heavy, too light, wrong color, too dark, and the dreaded Vulcan look. I just gave up. I didn't know there were powders, thanks Marsha, I'll have to give them a try. I was going to pickup makeup this weekend anyway - good timing.

      I started thinning my brows a couple of hairs at a time, didn't want to go from bushy to thin over night. I wanted to get away from the furry caterpillar look, get them neater – I’m sure I went past just neater and to a bit feminine. When I finally got them where I wanted them, I have been in maintenance mode.


      Jeri

    • January 1, 2010 3:51 PM GMT
    • There are both eyebrow pencils and eyebrow powder. My preference is the powder with a small brush but I'm sure pencils do just fine with practice. Usually brow pencils and powder are used when you have light or thin brows. Mine happen to be dark towards the nose but really lighten up to the point of being hard to see as you move outwards. It really helps to have a magnifying mirror when doing your brows. You will also want to have handy an eyebrow brush/comb. It sounds like you are already able to shape your brows the way you like. What you are trying to do with the pencil is to define and even out the color in your brow. When applying the brow color whether pencil or powder you don't want it to look like a line drawn on your forehead but instead you fill in lighter areas using short strokes. Then using the eyebrow brush/comb you blend in the color and feather the edges giving a more natural appearance. The hardest part is keeping the brows even when drawing or powdering and that all comes with practice.

      A lot of gals may not be familiar with eyebrow powder. It is similar to eye shadow powders but comes in various hair color tones. The brush used to apply it is small, only about 5mm wide and angled. The angle allows you to start your brow a little thicker towards your nose and taper it as you move outwards. I would say it is best used on non-oily skin where it can't be easily wiped away. Otherwise it holds up very well throughout the day.

      Hugs,
      Marsha

    • January 1, 2010 2:10 PM GMT
    • I love to shape my eyebrows.I have arched my eye brows along with shaping it.I want the beginning and the end of my brows to be more pronounced .I need some good advice on the use of eyebrow liner?Can i use it in my home without visiting the beauty parlour and how?

    • December 24, 2009 11:55 PM GMT
    • Just to report back on this... I got one. It's a braun wet and dry one.
      I've found it ace for my arms and my lower legs, and just about bearable on my thighs. However, experimenting on my chest found it /way/ too owie,

      Thanks for all the hints, tips, opinions and advice!

    • December 11, 2009 4:06 PM GMT
    • To me, one of the nicest things about an epilator is that it can be used to thin the hair, rather than remove it all. I have somewhat hairy arms, but after brushing the epilator quickly over them several times, I find that my hairy arms are now still hairy enough not to look strange in male mode, but to look feminine enough when dressed. I use it to completely clean off my wrists and the backs of my hands (knuckles included!), and otherwise the back of my neck and my legs. If you use it regularly, the pain is quite bearable, and the results are great. Hair grows back fine and sparse. I only have to do my legs once every few weeks now.
      And yes, on the arms only I get those red spots, but they go away within a day....

    • December 10, 2009 4:34 PM GMT
    • How dare someone say the E word! Even just the thought of it and I break out with skin iritations.

    • December 10, 2009 2:36 PM GMT
    • I had the Braun epilator and found it h*ll, it was so painful. By a huge margin it was far more painful than either laser or electrolysis and the redness afterwards looked like I had ran naked through a field of nettles! Needless to say it soon went in the bin and I went down the laser/electrolysis route instead.

      Nikki

    • December 9, 2009 3:34 PM GMT
    • Hi Rebekah ,
      I have to agree with Marsha, do not use this on your face. I believe the epilators, have come a long way since the time I tried them. But early on before I knew better, I tried this on my face, and yes I believe I went to hxxx and back Marsha, back was a long trip believe me. I just finally went broke down and started electrolysis, to remove hair on the arms, face and back, it just made more sense to me and it worked. But there was unbelievable pain associated with that also in the sensitive areas, especially the knuckle area of the hands believe it or not, a little off topic now. I also tried the hair removal creams but with sensitive skin that was also a mistake. Electrolysis was my only solution.
      Tammy

    • December 9, 2009 1:28 PM GMT
    • Hi Rebekah,

      I've been using an epilator (an Epilady Ultra) for years and have pretty good luck with it. The first time is painful and can leave your skin red, but if you use it regularly it hurts less and you get used to it.

      I'm fair skinned and have minimal fine body hair, less than some GGs I've known. Depending how much and how coarse yours is you may find different results.

      I've seen ads for smaller ones for facial use but I haven't tried one.

      Remember to use a moisturizing skin lotion.

      Hope this helps

      Best,
      Melody

    • December 9, 2009 1:21 PM GMT
    • I have an epilator and like it. Like you, I drift from shaving to using a hair removal cream and then the occasional epilator. I have the Braun Silk Epil which seems to do a good job with little to moderate pain in most areas. You don't want to use the epi in soft sensitive areas like; behind the knee, bikini area, underarms or on the face. Using it in those areas will have you feeling like you died and went to h*#l. However, and this is depending on coarseness and hair density, the pain is very moderate and feels more like tiny pin pricks that you quickly adjust to. I've never waxed my legs but have waxed my bikini area and eyebrows enough to know you usually check to see if you still have skin attached because it hurt so bad. I think the more you epilate or wax, your pain threshold increases because you learn what to expect and know that you will live through it, lol.
      Hugs,
      Marsha

    • December 9, 2009 12:46 PM GMT
    • Hi,

      Has anyone had any experience, and/or got any advice about epilators, and their use. I've used a combination of hair removal cream and shaving thus far, and whilst it's been largely successful (and the latest Veet - sensitive skin version seems to have avoided any redness or soreness entirely), the time-to-having-to-do-it-again is quite low. I'm not impervious to pain, so a model that limits the agony would be useful though not essentially. How does it compare to waxing?

      TIA!

      Rebekah

    • November 24, 2009 5:05 AM GMT
    • Hello Ashley,
      You might give Dermablend a try, http://www.dermablend.com[...]oducts/
      Or you can try Ben Nye, this is for the stage, but will work quite well for your situation. http://www.bennye.com/
      You really have to try different products to get the results you want .
      Also here is another one you can try by Mac Cosmetics http://www.maccosmetics.com/
      Just Google a store that has Mac, and go there and ask for theatrical makeup, extra coverage, it works well even in places that gets quite warm. Something that you can do after you apply the foundation and set it is, buff it. It makes a smoother look, and will take any residual powder off. Also think about using a light bronzer, it helps things even out, but remember one thing that the late Kevyn Aucoin stressed, blend, blend and blend.... .http://www.kevynaucoin.com/
      One of these should work quite well for you until or if you choose to get electrolysis done. Another tip is to find out what kind of under tones you have to your skin, EX ruddy, yellow,etc. That will determine what kind of foundation or what color setting powder you
      Good luck......Tammy

    • November 19, 2009 1:35 PM GMT
    • Ashley,

      I believe, if you have the usual blue-toned, under-skin, beard problem, that you will need a color negative (orange-toned) foundation base to hide it. I am not positive. I do not have the link tonight. I have one but those files need work to reinstall and sort from a lot of CDs so..........do not wait for me. Check with a professional hollywood/televison make up artist. I suspect there is a store in a big city. Or check Los Angles for stores that supply such make-up to professionals. I would google TG sites that give makeup tips. They address foundation issues frequently. Unfortunately, with the inrush of wonderful mineral makeups, the thick layered make up is out of fashion, probably forever....still it may be the best option without serious, permanent, hair-removal. Hope someone can give you a more definitive answer.

    • November 19, 2009 6:24 AM GMT
    • Hi girls, I need help on covering up my five clock shadow on my face with makeup can any one suggest any makeup I may need because I hate having the hair alignment after shaving the hair off on face.

      With Love,
      Ashley

    • November 20, 2009 2:01 PM GMT
    • Hi Wendy,

      Thanks for the input. Sounds like your back in the day is my here and now.

      Your warning is very true. Driving while under the influence isn't just stupid, it's a danger to everyone including yourself, no matter how you are dressed.

      Best,
      Melody

    • November 20, 2009 1:07 AM GMT
    • Hi, something I use and can recommend is Leichner make up removal.
      Its a kind of white greasy stuff bit like vaseline but smells nicer.
      Works very fast and easy.
      Made by C.H. Fox
      Caroline

    • November 20, 2009 12:08 AM GMT
    • Melody,

      Back in the day, not so long ago, when I felt that I absolutely must keep Wendy a secret....I used to carry an emergency kit in my purse. It consisted of cotton balls, baby wipes, nail polish remover and a small, screw top jar of Vaseline Petroleum Jelly. I had to keep my eyes shut when using the Vaseline, but it stripped off even mascara in seconds. It also moisturized the skin for any irritation (a variation is used on baby bottoms and we all know how smooth those are). I would not use it daily but nothing beat it for a quick gender-presentation reversal. I've even driven in the car with a bag of male clothes (in case of breakdown or flat tire) requiring exit from the car to perform greasy work. It works so fast I knew I could retreat to a separate garage to strip, redress and remove my "paint" in a few minutes and then wander back into the house en homme before roommates could settle in from being out. Back then I preferred the embarrassment of presenting as a naked male to being discovered as a CD male. That has changed but I totally understand the different need of those who "walk the tightrope". Mine has turned into a broad pathway and is far less stressful. I still carry my small kit at times. For that, nothing beats Vaseline for compactness and effectiveness in my experience. At other times, I prefer RIMMEL GENTLE EYE MAKEUP REMOVER which removes long lasting and waterproof makeup and can be used with contact lenses in. In fact I keep it in sight on my dresser since it can easily be explained as a safe eye cleaner for emergencies...it's next to my contact lens lubrication drops.

      GENERAL WARNING: IF YOU NEED ETHANOL TO GET THE COURAGE TO GO OUT DRIVING....DO NOT. NOT UNLESS YOU WANT TO RISK A HOLDING CELL EN FEMME. IT'S STILL WRONG, EVEN IF YOU ARE TG.

    • November 19, 2009 7:04 PM GMT
    • Hey Christine,
      You are so right about the effects of the baby oil.. just wanted to say when you need to get cleaned up quickly, it works very well.
      I try not to get in that situation, but it can happen. When I have time to clean off make-up I use Albolene Make-Up Remover. After good old fashioned Noxema...followed by a good moisturizer. Stay Happy, Mysti

    • November 14, 2009 7:03 PM GMT
    • Marsha,
      Yes it is the same two part product, as a matter of fact I used to use their remover, until I found it cheaper other places. I usually get it for around 5-6 U.S. dollars, or about 3.5 pounds for the UK girls, for a 8 oz bottle or 236 ml. that is only when CVS has a sale for that size, it is usually 6.4 oz or about 178 ml.
      Hugs..Tammy

    • November 14, 2009 6:35 PM GMT
    • Melody ,
      Yes, that is a cute little car, that we were having some fun with by the parking structure, after an event that I did out side of the Detroit Opera House.
      One of the things that I really enjoy is, being with people that have a good sense of humor and like to get a little silly at times, and make the best out of life. They have really picked me up during some really tough times, I cannot say enough about their caring nature.
      Thanks for noticing, I liked it also, they did have a problem when I wanted to drive off with it...LOL.......Hugs Tammy

    • November 14, 2009 3:50 PM GMT
    • Hiya Misty.

      not a good idea to use an oil based product like baby oil on a regular basis for removing makeup. it binds with some of the make up and leaves a thin film over ones face, eventualy blocking the pores. causing spots and rashes. unless you are using an astringent imediately afterwards to remove that film, and too much of that can cause open pores, which will fill up with the next layer of make up, that will cause black heads eventually. deadly if you already have a greasy skin type don't forget in the early stages of transition you will probably be subject to a facial perspiration problem as well, so the base and make up and remover you use will be fairly critical and the last thing you will need to contend with is an already oiled up skin base to appy foundation to..

      cristine xxxxx

    • November 14, 2009 1:04 PM GMT
    • Hi Tammy,

      Thanks for the info on Neutrogena. I notice cetapil, that Marsha recommended is featured on the same page on your link.

      The good thing about having a banker who will come to your house for a signature is I don't have to drive two cities over to take care of it. The bad thing is she gives very little notice she is coming and she's really good at showing up at awkward times.

      Best,
      Melody

      ps, I've been curious about the sparkley little purple car in the background of your photo. Where was the photo taken?

    • November 14, 2009 12:57 PM GMT
    • Tammy, I wonder if that is something like the Mary Kay cosmetics makeup remover. We have some around here and when it sits for awhile it seperates. I have no idea what it cost, but being MK i'm sure it is plenty. I use it with a q-tip or pad around my eyes if I mess up and decide to start over. Works good.
      Hugs,
      Marsha

    • November 14, 2009 6:28 AM GMT
    • Here is another solution that I have found to work wonders in removing waterproof makeup by Neutrogena, you can a CVS, Walmart, etc brands cheaper. It is a two part remover, just shake and apply to a tissue and wipe, presto it is gone. My wife and I both use this product.http://www.drugstore.com/[...]ver.htm
      Depending on what I am doing, I use quite a bit of waterproof makeup to hold up through the course of an evening, or day. And this stuff really takes it off in a wizz......

      I used too use baby oil a long time ago, it works OK, but not like the two part remover, especially when a banker unexpectedly shows up.
      Hope this helps..........................Tammy

    • November 14, 2009 3:07 AM GMT
    • Hi Melody, I would suggest the unscented, but all work equally well. I have a dark beard and use a deep foundation, the easiest way to remove all that make-up is with a good handful of Johnsons Baby Oil. Remember to clean well to prevent any acne problems.
      Enjoy,
      Misty

    • November 14, 2009 2:08 AM GMT
    • Hi Misty,

      I've heard of baby oil as a make-up remover before, but I hadn't known anyone who'd actually tried it. I'll have to add it to my shopping list. Thanks for the tip.

      Best,
      Melody

    • November 13, 2009 9:54 PM GMT
    • Just like to throw in my 2 cents worth. In a pinch I have used baby oil to remove serious amounts of make-up. It works quickly and leaves your skin very soft. Give it a try when your in a hurry it might help.

    • November 13, 2009 6:34 PM GMT
    • Cris, don't worry I did not take it in a bad way. I know often we get caught up in products we like and don't always know what else is available and standard soap products are definitely not good for you facial skin, let alone the delicate skin around your eyes. You are so right about patting your face dry rather than wiping. Another tip on pore cleaning is if you use conditioner on your hair you should wash your face after rinsing the conditioner out because conditioner does clog the pores. And, Cetaphil is an excellent pore cleaner, lol.
      Hugs,
      Marsha

    • November 13, 2009 6:12 PM GMT
    • Hi Cristine, Rae, Traci & Penny,

      Thank you all for your input.

      I hadn't heard of Clarins before, but a Google search shows that is available here in the States. I'm putting in an order.

      Best to all,
      Melody

    • November 13, 2009 5:06 PM GMT
    • Marsha, I was'nt slagging of the product you use, I was just putting my 12 quids worth in, lol You raised the issue of the waterproof eye makeup, so offered a quick solution to its removal, I don't use pads as I said. If you do use soap and water on your face pat it dry, don't rub your face. Use a pore cleanser regularly and a skin conditioning cream.

      Before anyone invests in wrinkle cream, suggest you try it out on your gonads first, if it removes those wrinkles lol, then your on to a winner. (this is a bad taste joke to add some levity to ther thread, lol)

      Translation for our american cousins.....slagging off = belittling or demeaning.

      Hugs Marsha xxXxx

      Cristine

    • November 13, 2009 3:15 PM GMT
    • Cris, I want to point out that the Cetaphil facial cleanser was reviewed in Instyle Magazine and they said it was gentle enough to use straight out of the bottle as a makeup remover. I wear very little makeup myself, however a TV/CD likely would be using concealers and thicker foundation which would have you going through the pads much quicker. Cetaphil is not one of those cheap facial products, we are talking $8-$12 for a countertop pump bottle here in the states.
      Hugs,
      Marsha

    • November 13, 2009 1:26 PM GMT
    • I find wet wipes are brilliant. They arnt expensive and you have great control. Easily get eye make-up off and dont sting your eyes, or dont mine lol.

    • November 13, 2009 10:19 AM GMT
    • Clarins do an instant eye make up remover about £12 and a good range of toners, facial scrubs, pore cleansers etc. Washing directly is probably the worst thing you can do to remove make up initially. End up with saggy and puffed up eye lids, lol. They also do an every day gentle eye make up remover for delicate skin. All allegy tested and opthalmic approved. Just use gentle wiping with the lotions, creams and cotton balls. Some people use pre treated pads, find these work out more expensive and a lot rougher on your skin.

      A lot depends on the quality and brand of makeup you use, relevant to your skin type. But we all go throught the dry skin period and the greasy skin, depending on the diet, thats why its essential you use a good cleanser/astringent and skin conditioner.

      A lot of people tend to neglect looking after their lips as well. Once in a while try a facial skin peel pack.

      Just re-read back, Clarins instant eye makeup remover does the same job on waterproof eyeliner, pencil outliner and lash mascara.



      Cristine.

    • November 13, 2009 1:52 AM GMT
    • Hi..

      I use moist towelettes by Neutragena...takes only two per session and it does a more than adequate job...although I'll use eye makeup remover separately...

      Marsha is dead on correct, do not use waterproof eye makeup for that quick removal...you'll regret it...

      Traci

    • November 12, 2009 9:11 PM GMT
    • Sorry Melody, I'm very much a pads girl so cannot add anything constructive at the mo!

      "but those of us who walk the tightrope between genders" - just loved the phraseology :)

      x

    • November 12, 2009 8:17 PM GMT
    • Hi Marsha and Nikki,

      Thanks for the info, Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser is on my shopping list. Sounds like just what I'm looking for.

      I've had many years of good luck with cleaning pads and squares (though some are more gentle than others). My immediate issue was speed related. It's probably not a big issue if you are full time, but those of us who walk the tightrope between genders sometimes need to make a quick change (wish I could just spin like Lynda Carter in the old Wonder Woman TV show...)

      Thank you both for your relies,
      Melody

    • November 12, 2009 8:08 PM GMT
    • I would like to point out that you should avoid the waterproof makeup if you are concerned with cleaning up quickly.
      Hugs,
      Marsha

    • November 12, 2009 6:58 PM GMT
    • Sorry Melody, but normal make up wipes do the trick for me without any problems so I can't recommend anything.

      Nikki

    • November 12, 2009 2:54 AM GMT
    • I use Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser. It comes in a pump bottle and you just wash your face as you normally would. Occasionally I need to do it twice if the mascara was thick. It is available at most stores in the U.S.
      Hugs,
      Marsha

    • November 12, 2009 2:17 AM GMT
    • Hi Girls,

      Does anyone have any tips about quickly removing make-up?

      I recently had a situation where I got a call saying my banker would be over in 15 minutes. This was someone who I was definitely NOT out to. I was trying out new shades of eye shadow, liner and mascara. I jumped into the shower and scrubbed my eyes red with cold cream and soap. I was presentably drab (mostly) by the time she arrived but it was close.

      I've used cold cream and make-up removal pads but never found anything that wasn't time consuming or irritating to my (sensitive) skin.

      Grateful for any suggestions,
      Melody

    • October 20, 2009 9:15 PM BST
    • If you want to look like the sexiest vampire in town this Halloween, look at this link. I think I might try this look myself, it's simply stunning. I have to get those contact lenses though, they set it off beautifully.

      http://www.youtube.com/wa[...]re=fvhr

      Nikki

    • October 20, 2009 1:14 AM BST
    • Definately concur with the lipbrush - and that long last lipstick will last even longer! :)

      Rae xx

    • October 19, 2009 11:34 PM BST
    • I'd recommend Clinique long last lipstick (can find it on ebay).
      Use a lipbrush, miles better than straight from the stick, blot, re-apply, blot again (very lightly blot).
      When you need to touch up after eating or drinking or snogging, use the lipbrush!
      Buy a good lipbrush - it's essential, I have a nice retractable one which is great for carrying around in the handbag.
      You don't need to match the colour with what you're wearing, it just needs to look right on your face. Use something close to the natural lip colour for the day, or anything that is not to striking, and wear whatever makes you feel good for the evening.
      I spent a fortune trying different types and colours, Almost always I now only use two colours, Clinique "All Heart" for the day, and "Deep Lacquer" for the evening, a lovely deep red.
      For UK girls Body Shop lippy is pretty good too, nice and firm so not easily smudged.
      I tried several of the types that are supposed to last forever without the need to re-apply but they just make my lips look dry and crinkly, and to be honest, none of them do what they claim.
      One other alternative that I quite like though is Lip Ink, which is more like a temporary stain for the lips with a clear gloss to make them, um, glossy. It's pretty good, but takes a bit of getting used to. If you buy any please tell them Lucy from Kendal recommended it to you!
      I do not believe there is any lip product that will not need re-applying after a plate of spareribs and a couple of glasses of wine. So you just need to find what works best for you and re-apply as needed.
      And buy a good lipbrush!!!
      xx

    • October 19, 2009 12:51 PM BST
    • Sparkly gloss is nice for the evening but too much for daytime I think. I do love Max Factor's range though, most of my make up comes from them as it's always good quality, long lasting although lipsticks I usually get from Clinique as they stay on very well without having to constantly reapply.

      Nikki