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About TwirlyGirly

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  • Birthday May 22

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    Warwick, RI
  • Interests
    Makeup. Cooking. Reading. Traveling. Cats. Oh, and did I mention....MAKEUP!


  • About Me
    I'm a single mom of one smart, witty, and beautiful 18 year-old daughter.<wink> We're both makeup addicts, so we have a ball perusing cosmetic company websites, and stores such as Ulta and Sephora, together.

    I was born and raised in southern Connecticut. I worked for American Airlines (AA) for 22 years, and moved to Dallas/Ft. Worth Texas shortly after AA relocated their corporate headquarters to Ft. Worth from New York. I lived in Texas for a LONG time (my daughter was born there), but moved back to the East Coast six years ago, choosing Rhode Island because I had lived here while attending the Rhode Island School of Design years ago.
  • My Interests
    Together we have two cats - Tripod and Nicodemus. Tripod is my daughter's three-legged black and white kitty. Nicodemus is my orange and white tabby. We also have a bunny - Dusty ("Dust Bunny" - LOL!)

    We also share other interests. We're both Whovians, and we both enjoy reading and cooking/baking.
  • My Occupation
  • Country
  • My Favorite Movies
    Gone with the Wind, Harry Potter, Under the Tuscan Sun, The Devil Wears Prada, Private Benjamin, Protocol, Steel Magnolias...I like light entertainment!
  • Favorite Music
    Old disco dance music - especially Donna Summer. I also like Queen, Barbra Streisand, old Peter Frampton, and Adam Lambert
  • Favorite Books
    Gone with the Wind, Stones from the River, Maybe the Moon...I'll add more as I think of them!
  • My Favorite Makeup Brands
    Urban Decay, NYX, also some of the Sephora + Pantone Universe Color of the Year Collection items....LOVING the Sephora + Pantone Universe Color of the Year 2015 - Marsala!
  • One Interesting Fact About Me
    My mother was born on May 22. I was born on May 22.And....my daughter was born on May 22.Freaky, huh???
  1. I'll second the motion for NYX blushes - they are excellent and reasonably priced. NYX also makes cream blushes in shades complimentary to their powder blushes, so if you have issues with your blush fading through a long day, if you layer the powder blush on top of the cream, that blush isn't going ANYWHERE.....
  2. Last year I bought a tube of Stila Stay All Day® 10-In-One HD Bronzing Beauty Balm With Broad Spectrum SPF 30. During the summer months, I can add a dollop of the product to either a BB cream or foundation to match my skin tone. It works quite well!
  3. Coastal Scents offers two blush palettes that are well pigmented and are comprised of both matte and satin finishes. I really like them for the range of shades offered in both palettes (not to mention the price is great). Their "Blush Too" palette dupes a number of MUFE shades.
  4. Yes, they can be sharpened (looking at my NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk, which is now about 3/4" long - guess I should replace it!) If you don't already have a sharpener in which the pencil will fit, Milani makes a dual sharpener that works great for the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils. If I remember correctly, it's about 6.00.
  5. Just as a clarification, I wanted to explain something in the post above in which I mentioned the similarities between false eyelash adhesive and rubber cement. The reason for the comparison is because with both types of adhesive, you always apply the adhesive to the piece you want to later remove, NOT the piece you want to remove it FROM. That is why applying false eyelash adhesive to your eyelids is a really. bad. idea. If you do, when you peel the lashes off later, the adhesive will remain stuck to your eyelids. (Not to mention you risk getting the adhesive in your eyes and/or on your natural lashes). In any case, it's going to be difficult to get that glue off. If you're thinking about trying this "new technique," just don't. Really.
  6. I found it difficult to remove from the false lashes; not my eyelids. With the Duo latex adhesive, generally I can easily peel off the old adhesive from the band of the lashes after I remove them. But that was challenging with the Revlon Precision non-latex adhesive. Once I realized I am NOT allergic to latex, I switched back to the Duo Eyelash Adhesive for that reason.
  7. I think all of the replies to this topic are excellent! One of the factors I did not see mentioned is TEETH. Bear in mind if your teeth are less than pearly white, warm reds (reds with orange undertones) will make your less-than-white teeth more apparent, while blue reds will make less-than-white teeth look whiter. So, it really is a balancing act (teeth, skin tone, haircolor, colors of garments worn close to the face, other cosmetics you've already applied, etc.) and one which, for some of us, requires MUCH trial and error. But I agree with all of you who said there really is a red for everyone. Finding that perfect one for you can be a challenge (and the red that works for you in December may not be the same red that works for you in June). If you'd really like to wear red, perseverance is key!
  8. Good to know! It looks like the OP was given some bad information then, as none of the three Estee Lauder Double Wear foundations are water-based. @Sigrun.....Can you tell us which of the three foundation formulae you purchased? We may better be able to advise you on primers with that information.
  9. I usually use Duo Eyelash Adhesive. For a while, I thought I had developed an allergy to latex adhesive, so I tried a Revlon non-latex adhesive, but I didn't care for it because I found it extremely difficult to remove from the lashes. When you're wearing lashes almost every day, you want to resuse them multiple times, believe me! The Duo Eyelash Adhesive is sold in both "Clear" and "Dark." I use the dark all the time now, but I think the clear is easier for beginners because its easier to see (IMO) it change from opaque to clear as it dries.
  10. Good information! I did a bit of research, and Estee Lauder makes three "Double Wear" foundations; Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place, Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Stay in Place, and Estee Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover. I'm not sure which of the three foundations Sigrun purchased. I had to really hunt down the ingredient lists for these (I am not fond of cosmetic companies that don't post the ingredient lists for their products, especially since so many people are buying cosmetics online these days). I am by no means an expert regarding cosmetic ingredients, but it appears to me all three formulae are silicone-based, not water-based as the OP thought (please correct me if I'm wrong!): Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Tribehenin, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Magnesium Sulfate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Methicone, Laureth-7, Xanthan Gum, Alumina, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Cellulose Gum, Propylene Carbonate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Iron Oxides, Mica, Titanium Dioxide. Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Stay in Place: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Butylene Glycol, Trimethyl Pentaphenyltrisiloxane, Phenyl Trimethicone, Silica, Magnesium Sulfate, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Tribehenin, PEG-10 Dimethicone, BIS-PEG/PPG-14/14 Dimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenyl Methicone, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Laureth-7, Glycerin, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Hexyl Laurate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria), Disteardimonium Hectorite, Methicone, Propylene Carbonate, Tetramethyl Hexyphenyl Tetrasiloxane, Cellulose Gum, Xanthan Gum, Dimethicone Silylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Alumina, Sorbic Acid, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol. May contain: Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Bismuth Oxychloride, Mica, Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide. Estee Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover: Active ingredient: Titanium Dioxide Ingredients: Isododecane, Titanium Dioxide, Isohexadecane, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Petrolatum, Glyceryl Stearate, Quaternium-18 Hectorite, Ethylene Mixed Copolymer, Microcrystalline Wax (cera microcristallina), Kaolin, Cholesterol, Aloe Barbadensis Extract, Lavender, Sandalwood, Tocopheryl Acetate, Isomerized Linoleic Acid, Geranium, Silica, Jasmin, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Bisabolol, Propylene Carbonate, Polyethylene, Rose, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, BHT, Mica, Bismuth Oxychloride, Iron Oxides, Chromium Oxide Green, Chromium Hydroxide Greens. If I am correct in that all three foundations are silicone-based, then Sigrun, you will need a silicone primer, not a water-based primer.
  11. As mentioned in my OP, WIndows 8.1 and IE 11. Did that. Didn't help, unfortunately. And that appears to have been the issue. Initially, I didn't try other browsers as the only browser I had on this new computer was IE 11 (has worked fine for everything else thus far; if it ain't broke.....) But, as a last resort I did download and install Firefox, and Voila! As long as I access MakeupTalk with Firefox and not IE, I can copy, paste, & quote. (As evidenced by this reply... ) Kind of annoying, though, to have to use a different browser for MT than I am able to use for everything else I do ( I've had this new computer for a month now and this is the first website I've visited that has presented issues for me when accessed with IE, but of course I could easily stumble upon more over the next days/weeks). Is this the sort of issue you would normally report, so that it can be corrected for other users of IE?
  12. It's been a few months since I've posted here, and have replaced my computer in the interim. Today, I logged in and tried to respond to a couple of posts, and discovered I can no longer copy and paste! In addition, the quote function isn't working for me....if I try to quote a previous post by hitting the "Quote" button in the lower right-hand corner of a post, my cursor jumps to the "Reply to this post" window, but the text from the post I'm quoting doesn't appear. If I hit the "Quote" icon in the "Reply to this post" window toolbar, the quote window opens, but then if I highlight the text from a post I wish to quote, copy, and then place my cursor in the quote window of the "Reply to this post" and click "Paste," nothing pastes. This is true whether I use either of the "Paste" icons on the post toolbar, OR the "Paste" icon on my IE toolbar. When I use one of "Paste" icons on the post toolbar, I do get the pop-up asking permission to access my clipboard, and even though I accept, STILL nothing pastes! I've also tried (just as an experiment) writing something in an email pane (in my email client), copying it, and trying to paste THAT into a reply here, and still nothing. As a third experiment, I copied text from a website and tried to paste it into a reply window, and nothing happened, yet I could paste that same text into an email. Is it me? Did something change, and I didn't get the memo? BTW, my new computer is running Windows 8.1.....(maybe that matters) TwirlyGirly Edit: I'm accessing the site using IE 11, and I have turned off my Ad Blocker for Makeup Talk.... Edit: I just discovered I *can* copy & paste text into various fields of my profile...just not into forum posts. Weird!
  13. It comes from experience...personally, I think it's easier to see with the adhesive that dries clear, as opposed to the dark one. When it's wet, it's opaque. When it's completely dry, it's clear. The "tacky" stage is when the adhesive is translucent. You can always practice with an old pair of lashes on the back of your hand. Apply the adhesive, wait about 30 seconds. Apply to the back of your hand. Are you getting an immediate bond? Is excess adhesive oozing out from under the band? If so, wait until the adhesive dries completely, peel it off the band, and try again - this time, using a bit less adhesive and waiting a bit longer before you apply the lashes to the back of your hand. I didn't mean to imply if you follow Zadidoll's removal suggestions you will rip out your natural lashes. ;)But, that method is more time-consuming than if you're simply able to gently peel the lashes off, which you can do if you've applied them correctly to begin with (correct amount of adhesive, and allowing it to dry to tacky stage before laying the lashes down on your eyelid). Practice makes perfect. I wear false lashes every day (due to a little accident I had with a sunlamp when I was a teenager - nobody told me to wear googles... I ended up burning my eyelids and apparently damaged the lash follicles...causing sections of my lashes to fall out, never to grow again). BTW, really good "practice" lashes are the "Dramatic" lashes made by E.L.F. 1.00 a pair! They have a nice flexible band (which helps make them easier to apply) and while the lashes are long, they aren't terribly dense and I think, look pretty natural. I usually get 5-6 wears out of one pair if I take good care of them.... I'm wearing them in my avatar pic (and if my bangs weren't so darn long, you might even be able to see them!)
  14. Eyelash adhesive is very similar in composition to rubber cement (WARNING: NEVER use rubber cement to attach false eyelashes!!!). You've probably used rubber cement at some point - it's used to temporarily or permanently bond together two pieces of paper/cardboard. For a temporary bond, the rubber cement is applied to the back of the piece you may want to remove later. The rubber cement is allowed to dry until tacky, then the piece is applied to the background paper, adhesive-side down. Later on, that piece may be peeled off and the rubber cement will come with it, leaving behind a clean background. For permanently bonding paper, the rubber cement is applied to both surfaces, let dry until tacky, then pressed together. Eyelash adhesive works the same way. You apply the adhesive to the band of the eyelash strip, let dry until tacky (how long this takes depends upon how much adhesive you apply and the relative humidity in the room), then apply the lashes to your eyelid. Optimally, the adhesive should be dry enough so that you get an instant bond with no leakage of the adhesive (this is tricky, though!). If you consistently end up with adhesive oozing out from under the band when you place the lashes, and/or are able to move the lashes around when applying them, you are either applying too much adhesive, not allowing it to dry long enough, or both. This can lead to your losing some of your natural lashes, because if the wet adhesive seeps onto them and dries, those lashes can be pulled out when you remove the false lashes. (Follow Zadidoll's instructions for removing false lashes, above). When applied correctly, when you remove the lashes ALL the adhesive should go with them, and there should be no residue left on your eyelids/lashes. In most of the videos I've seen, the individual has not waited long enough for the adhesive to dry before applying the lashes. You really have to experiment with this - it takes longer than you think! Work on consistency with the amount of adhesive you apply, and observe changes in color/opacity of the adhesive as it's drying so that you learn to recognize what it looks like when it has dried to the "tacky" stage.
  15. Milani also makes a good brow kit (I looked, and discovered Milani began selling in Romania in 2012). Here's a link to the Milani brow kit from the Milani website: http://milanicosmetics.com/Brow-Fix-Kit.html If your brows are both sparse and light, for the most natural look I'd recommend you use a powder or pencil to fill in your brows and something to tint your brow hairs as well. I make my own brow tint using e.l.f. Essential Wet Gloss Lash & Brow Clear Mascara (http://www.eyeslipsface.com/elf/eyes/mascara/wet_gloss_lash_and_brow_clear_mascara). I take the tip of the brush from the Lash & Brow Clear Mascara (either end will do), and touch it to the tip of the brush from a regular colored mascara (not waterproof - either brown, dark brown, or black). When I've picked up a bit of the colored mascara on the brush, I insert the brush from the clear mascara back into the tube, and swirl it around a bit. This tints the clear product and when you apply it to your brows, it will tint the hairs as well. If the results aren't dark enough, just repeat the process until the clear is tinted according to your liking. Because this tints the brow hairs with a translucent color (as opposed to opaque), the result is quite natural in appearance (with the added benefit of keeping your brow hairs in place).

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