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Nov 7, 2007
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Hey girls, so I've decided to get rid of my current batch of cosmetics and I need some recommendation on what to buy. I honestly think I suck at makeup and there are some stuff which I'm still unsure of. So I need all the help I can get.

In particular, I'm looking at Chanel, Bobbi Brown and Benefit. Any raves or rants on these brands? I'm open to other brands as well so feel free to plug lol.

Next, should I get all from the same brand or not? I like the idea of some freebies or complimentary makeover when I spend a certain amount at any counter, especially with all the xmas promo that is going on. Or is this a trap I should avoid?

Okay just to give you guys an idea, my skin type is oily and acne-prone. Add to that, the terrible humid weather that we have here in Singapore. Oh, my skin is slightly better now but definitely far from clear. My main concern is covering up acne scars and dark eye circles. So what should I look out for when buying?

I'm looking to get:


Concealer (for under-eye and blemishes)

Loose Powder

Eye pencil (I have set my eyes on Benefit's Bad Gal Eye Pencil, is it good? I need to be long-lasting.)

Eye shadow (I rarely use them ever but if anything, I'm looking for those that are neutral-coloured. Maybe something in a light pink shade perhaps?)

Mascara (I want something that gives lots and lots of volume; I have tried L'oreal's but didn't really like it)

Blush and bronzer (Can I put on both at the same time?)

Brow liner (I tried them once but I didn't like how it turned out?)

Stuff for lips (I rarely put any on my lips cos I don't like the feeling. I'm looking at Benetint. Can I use it alone?)

Are there other stuff I should get besides the ones listed above? Can somebody tell me what's a primer? Is it the same as a make-up base? I just got the latest local issue of Elle and I like the complexion of the model. I looked it up and saw that she's used Chanel Base Lumiere Illuminating Makeup Base. Has anybody tried it before? How do you find it?

Last questions: Any recommendations on makeup that brightens up dull complexions and eyes? They are my main concerns. How much should I prepare to spend?

Well ok, I think that's all for now. Thanks in advance if you could help. And sorry for the long long post!