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  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).
  16. Once a month, Makeupgeek posts an "Idea Gallery Roundup" of looks, most of which use Makeupgeek shadows (when other than Makeupgeek shadows are used, often comparable Makeupgeek dupes are listed). These are looks created by those who read Makeupgeek and purchase their products. For a complete listing of the "Idea Gallery Roundup" posts, go to: http://www.makeupgeek.com/category/idea-gallery-round-ups/ Once you click on a month, you can scroll down and view all the looks for that month, with a complete list of shadows used and where they are applied on the eyes for that look. These are closeup photos, so it should be easy for you to identify those looks used on models with similar eye and skincolor to your own. Insofar as a primer, have you considered using a cream eyeshadow in a pot (such as a MAC paint pot, or Maybelline Color Tattoo) or cream eyeshadow crayon (like Milani's Shadow Eyez 12 HR Wear Eyeshadow Pencil in Almond Cream) instead? Once applied, these dry and will form a barrier of sorts between your skin and the powder eyeshadows you apply over them. Another bonus; because these are offered in colors similar to skintone, they also even out your lid color, making any shadows you apply over them more true to color.
  17. I used Google Images to search for red eyeshadow looks (http://tiny.cc/ywxmmx). Interesting ideas there!
  18. Thank you so much for this! There are a couple of points I'd like to make in agreement. First, for anyone who uses a bronzer to contour; look at your bare face in a mirror in natural light. Turn your head from side to side, and look at the shadows that are created in the contours of your face. What color are those natural shadows? They aren't brown. They are a greyish taupe. THAT is why no bronzer will ever look natural when used as a contour product. Just as an FYI, NYX makes a powder blush in "Taupe" (http://www.nyxcosmetics.com/p-24-powder-blush.aspx) that can work well on many skintones as a contour, if..... ...you apply it correctly and don't use too much! (If you can see the product on your skin, your face will look dirty - then you have applied too much product). One of the most enlightening videos I've seen was one posted by Lisa Eldridge. It was quite a long time ago, so I don't recall specifically which video it was (I don't think the topic of the video was contouring and highlighting, though). In that video, I saw Lisa gently swirl her brush in the powder contour (which was a taupe shade), then holding the brush perpendicular to the back of her hand, she tapped the tip of the bristles on the back of her hand several times to remove the excess product. She then applied the powder to the areas she wished to define of one side of the model's face. She did not dip the brush again into the contour product compact - to get a bit more product on her brush when she needed it, she gently tapped it again on the back of her hand to pick up the "loose" powder that had been deposited there when she tapped off the excess product before beginning application. With the model's face turned to the side to which the product had been applied, you could NOT see the product on the skin at all. But, when the model turned to face the camera, it definitely appeared the side of her face to which the product had been applied had more defined contours than the side of the face to which the contour powder had not yet been applied. All of us need to learn not all products have to be noticeable after application to have the desired effect. In terms of highlight and contour, less is absolutely more.
  19. If I'm understanding you correctly, you say you sweat the most during that 45-minute period when you're dancing and running around, correct? If that's the case, could you perhaps try applying the Ben Nye Final Seal right before you begin that segment of your day (as opposed to right after you apply your makeup), to ensure it's "fresh" and has maximum "holding power"? I also agree with the suggestion to powder your bare skin prior to applying foundation, but in my experience, the TYPE of powder you use is really important. What works best for me (and others I have recommended this method to), is essentially a powder primer...a powder that only contains the main ingredients you'd find in a primer, but in powder form. In other words, not a talc-based powder, or a powder containing pigments, etc. I'm aware of two I can recommend. The first is e.l.f. Studio High Definition Powder in "Sheer" (http://www.eyeslipsface.com/studio/face/powder/high_definition_powder). It contains Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica, Tin Oxide, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, and Sodium Dehydroacetate - the Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone is a powder silicone which fills pores and fine lines, and the Silica absorbs moisture (the other ingredients are bulking agents and a preservative). The other is a product called "Wrinkle Blur" (http://www.makingcosmetics.com/Wrinkle-Blur_p_112.html). It contains Dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, and silica (essentially the same thing as the e.l.f. powder, but less expensive). Whichever one you choose, I would recommend you apply it liberally to your skin prior to foundaion application, let it sit a bit, then dust off the excess product before proceeding with your foundation. To use as a finishing powder as well, apply liberally, let sit, then dust off the excess. If possible, it might be a good idea (if you have the time to do it right before your "active" segment begins) to gently blot your face with blotting tissues, reapply the powder (either the e.l.f. HD or Wrinkle Blur), let it sit for a moment, dust off the excess, THEN spray with Ben Nye Final Seal. You could probably do this in 2-3 minutes (if you can take a quick break) right before you're "on." Hope this helps!
  20. Love Sinful Colors! Just bought the color "Spitfire" (#1232) and it is pastel Radiant Orchid, for those of you who have embraced the Radiant Orchid color trend. Just lovely!
  21. In my neck of the woods (Rhode Island), Milani is sold (for the most part) in CVS stores, while Jordana is sold at Walgreens. Typically, in Walgreens the Jordana display is on the counter at the beauty department checkout (not "on the wall," like the other brands). According to the Jordana website (http://www.jordanacosmetics.com/locations.aspx), Jordana products are sold at Duane Reade(?), Save Mart Supermarkets (?), Kmart, and Walgreens. You can also order directly from their website. I was perusing the internet trying to find a good article describing the difference between an eyeshadow primer and an eyeshadow base, and found THIS: http://accidentalbeauty.com/makeup/makeup-tips-tricks/eyeshadow-primers-vs-eyeshadow-bases/ I think it's an excellent article and it might help you narrow down what's offered and aid you in selecting a product that does what you want it to do. The ONLY part of the article I disagree with is: "If I wear a cheap eyeshadow without a base, it’ll start to crease on me and the color will fade. If I wear a more pricey eyeshadow without a base (such as MAC, NARS, MUFE), I wont get creasing or dull color pay-off at all. So yes, your eyeshadows play a big part in all of this too. If you’re using a cheap product without a good primer/base, expect cheap results." There are really good inexpensive eyeshadows offered in what we usually call "drugstore" brands <waves at the Wet n' Wild 8-pan palettes>. Likewise, there are some high end brands that have come out with some real duds. It's simply not true anymore that in terms of cosmetics, price always determines quality. The problem with both the Milani ShadowEyez and the Jordana 12 Hour Made to Last pencils is both products dry. Once you've applied them to your lid, you've got enough time to smudge/spread them, but they do not remain sticky like an eyeshadow base would (think NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk - which has become a cult favorite). So, while both the Milani and Jordana pencils will help with creasing and with "neutralizing" the color of your skin to make any powder shadow you apply over them more "true", neither product will adhere the powder shadow to your lid in the same way a sticky base would.
  22. Could you explain what you mean when you say "it's awful and does nothing"? I ask because it would be easier to recommend something more to your liking if we knew exactly what you didn't like about the Milani Shadow Eyez 12 Hour Wear eye pencil in Winter White. Unless what you didn't like about it was the color/finish itself, then chances are you won't like any of the other colors, either, because they all utilize the same formula except for the pigments. Jordana and Milani are related companies, and Jordana released 12 Hour Made to Last Eyeshadow Pencils, and surprise! Those pencils use the *exact* same formula as the Milani pencils. However, the Milani ShadowEyez Winter White pencil is a pearl finish, isn't it? Is the problem you're not getting even coverage with the Milani pencil because it's pearl? If that's the case, then you might want to try the Jordana 12 Hour Made to Last Pencil in Eternal White, because it's a matte white instead of pearl. Also, both Milani and Jordana make the almond shade (Milani is "Almond Cream" and Jordana, "Continuous Almond". Both are matte finish. Just trying to save you some money in your quest to find a base that works for you. If the Milani pencils aren't your thing, and you happen upon the Jordana pencils somewhere, know they're the Milani pencils in a Jordana package (but retail for 3.00 less per pencil than the Milani version).
  23. Yep! Milani and Jordana are related companies, and I just discovered the new Jordana 12 HR Made to Last Eyeshadow Pencils are the exact same product (identical formula) as the Milani ShadowEyez. Not only that, they're less expensive ([email protected], [email protected]). The Jordana colors duplicate the Milani shades, so you can get both matte white and almond. They dry to a waterproof/creaseproof finish, but they are creamy enough so that you do have enough time to spread/smudge them all over your lid, if you're using them in place of a primer. Highly recommended!
  24. Since you don't want to wear any makeup on your face per se, I would recommeng using silica powder. Silica is a substance that absorbs moisture and oil. What you want is pure silica powder - nothing else added. It will apply on your skin clear. NYX now makes a pure silica powder: http://www.nyxcosmetics.com/p-169-studio-finishing-powder.aspx I think it will do what you want, and what's nice is that you'll be able to reapply it during the day if necessary and it won't look cakey (always blot before reapplying). Oh, and BTW....good for you for still using a moisturizer! Moisture (water) and oil are two entirely different things (many women who have oily skin think they don't need moisturizer. Wrong!). Moisturizers do not add moisture to the skin (moisture has to come from within, hence the "drink 8 glasses of water per day" rule). Moisturizer helps to slow the evaporation of moisture from the skin. So, it's always best to apply moisturizer to damp skin. If you have oily skin, look for 'noncomedogenic' or 'nonacnegenic' moisturizers, not necessarily those labeled "oil-free". The problem with products labeled "oil free" is that they CAN contain synthetic oils, just not natural oils. So always read your ingredient labels and know what you're buying.
  25. I think the difference in the quality between high and low-end cosmetics has narrowed considerably in the past three decades or so. I remember when I first began working for a major corporation (and was finally earning a living wage), a friend took me into a department store and introduced me to Borghese cosmetics (yep - dating myself there!). I bought the Borghese foundation, powder, blush, two eyeshadow duos, lipstick - the works. Prior to that I had only used "drugstore" brands exclusively. Fast forward a couple of months, I was at work one day and the guy sitting next to me looked at me and said "You use really expensive makeup, don't you?" and I told him yes, I use Borghese exclusively. He replied "You can tell. Your makeup never looks 'cheap'." Back then, there was a much bigger difference between the quality (texture, pigmentation, etc) and also the colors offered between the high-end and low-end brands. I recall drugstore makeup (especially eyeshadow) was often dry and chalky, the colors more garish, and as for finishes it was usually a choice between matte and SUPER frosty. Cosmetics companies have come a long way since those days. Not only can you find high quality cosmetics at reasonable prices, but paying high prices is no longer a guarantee you'll get a quality product (I'm thinking specifically of all the bad reviews I've read of late of some of the recent releases of MAC eyeshadows). I think most companies, whether high-end, low-end, or masstige, offer some products that perform really well, some that are so-so, and some that are just terrible. So consumers can't just base their decisions on price alone anymore.

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