Glamour Puss 5: 'Tis the Season to be (a) Hottie......

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Cyn, Dec 1, 2012.

  1. Lanie

    Lanie Well-Known Member

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    I really want to buy some new stuff but, I don't really need anything. :drama: I should get rid of a bunch of my lipstick. Some of this is old, and I never wear it anyway, so perhaps I should replace them with things I do wear. I found some almost-new eye shadow I bought about ten years ago. Good Lord.

    I want a Sephora coupon! I should check my junk email...
     
  2. Anita18

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    Speaking of Sephora, I was thinking of getting one of those consultations before my wedding to figure out what foundations and things my skin will like. My skin is really oily but the foundations I've tried always cake up on it. And I have huuuuuge pores. :yikes: Has anyone had those and can offer any advice?
     
  3. Andora

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    I had a skin and makeup consult before my wedding. I asked them to just give me cover-up, under-eye and general foundation/highlight advice, because I was such a noob with bronzer. It was worth it, and I didn't waste time with eye/lip makeup because I had that sorted. The skin consult helped me find a decent eye gel (I can't remember the name-- it's at home) and tips on how to improve my skin even when I'm busy.

    Not bad for free. ;)
     
  4. Anita18

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    The website says $50 minimum purchase and that I have to make an appointment. :lol: Did you just walk in and start asking?
     
  5. Habs

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    I walked in and started asking questions about products... a consultant sat me down, made me up and talked me through the products and process. I ended up buying a couple of things she showed me, but overall, well worth the time it took.
     
  6. Anita18

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    Sounds good to me! :)
     
  7. topaz

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    Anita, are you using a primer underneath foundation? Also, what formula of foundation are you using? Powder, cream, liquid?
     
  8. topaz

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    If I get any friends and family online coupons I'll let you know everyone.

    Last week, YSL, Armani and Nars had 20% off and free shipping on online orders.

    I broke down and bought $70 of YSL and $110 of Armani.

    I bought 3 Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadows in #24, 27 and #6

    YSL - Two mascaras - VOLUME EFFET FAUX CILS in #3(Extreme Blue) and #5(Burgundy)

    I was good because I didn't order for Nars even though I have a few items I want from Nars.

    My next purchase will be from sephora, I received the $20 off coupon last week. I think I'll use it to by the Bobbi Brown 24K Shimmer Brick. On my dark/deep complexion, it's hard to find decent highlighters. I've only had good results with BB and Nars. BB shimmer bricks are multi-taskers, i.e eye shadow, blush and highlighters.
     
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  9. Anita18

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    I sometimes wear primer, but I never notice if it makes a difference. Usually I don't wear foundation at all, just a bit of concealer to cover up pimples and red spots. I have used Bare Escentuals and I find that it can look "flaky" on my skin, like it's dry. To be fair, my skin seems to have a high turnover rate so I'm constantly having to exfoliate if I plan to wear makeup.

    Liquid foundation is usually worse with the flaky look, but I've only tried cheap drugstore brands. I really don't know where to start with the more expensive stuff! I know you can return things easily at Sephora, but it's still a lot of trouble. :slinkaway:
     
  10. topaz

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    Anita I would reconsider trying a primer again. The good thing about sephora, you can get a "sample" of the primers available at the store. I don't have oily skin but from what I've researched the following primers may help you:

    1. Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15 - try a sample or buy the .33 oz size for $18
    2. Too faced Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer - Vitamins A & C, mulberry extract, and a powerful dose of Retinol(if you're irritated by retinol then I would stay away)(works on all skin types)
    3. CoverFX Clearprep FX Matte Foundation Primer and Anti-Acne Treatment
    4. Korres Pomegranate Mattifying Prime


    Foundations I heard Maybelline's dream mousse foundation is a decent, good option for aging and oily skin. Matifying Compact Foundation, Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation
     
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  11. beepbeep

    beepbeep Resident Rude Brazilian

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    Anita, did you try a silicon based primer, like Smashbox Photo Finish?
    They don't dry out the skin and make it really smooth.
    (I have oily, sensitive skin that is prone to flaking around the nose and it works great on me)
     
  12. Anita18

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    I'll keep those in mind, thanks. :) Alf will be hanging out with his best man this weekend and spending all his time skateboarding, so I'll have time to go shopping. :D

    I have that, I don't use it often, but I have it.

    How much do you use at once? It's so expensive that I only use like, the teeniest little dollop when I DO use it. Like, half a pump. :lol: Maybe I have to use more to see a real difference.
     
  13. beepbeep

    beepbeep Resident Rude Brazilian

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    I don't use a full pump either. It's fine for me...
     
  14. Veronika

    Veronika gold dust woman

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    My oily skin defies all primers at this point...sigh. I've just given up and committed to blotting 2-3 times per day. :(
     
  15. Anita18

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    I decided to give this a try - it's AMAZING. The ivory shade is perfection on my skin. I love how lightweight this is and the coverage is fabulous. Thanks for the tip!
     
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  17. PrincessLeppard

    PrincessLeppard Pink Bitch

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    Yesterday, I bought Urban Decay lip gloss? gel? goop? in Perversion. :saint: Love the color, but it is a mess to put on. Doesn't spread on evenly at all, so it takes a bit to get it all looking good. Which, you know, isn't supposed to happen with gloss. Or whatever it is.
     
  18. Anita18

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    So I dropped by a Sephora today and they outfitted me with the Bare Escentuals Ready foundation, which is their usual stuff in pressed powder form. The makeup guy was really good at choosing the right color for me, and also helped me choose a natural-looking blush color too so I could get to my $50 minimum for the $15 gift card. :p

    He also recommended doing my eyes simply because I plan to wear my (extremely strong prescription) glasses to the wedding and I never know what to do with my eye makeup. :lol: Eyeliner is impossible because one eyelid folds under more than the other. :drama: I tried doing liquid eyeliner this weekend and it was like, W.T.F. No idea how to make it look even! :lol:
     
  19. KCC

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    Thanks for the tips on the Oxygen Wow foundation! I bought some yesterday, tried it this morning and so far, I am very happy with it. I get easily overwhelmed in Sephora, but knowing what to ask for helped with that.
     
  20. made_in_canada

    made_in_canada INTJ

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    While we're talking about foundation... I am in desperate need of new foundation. Right now I'm using a Shiseido one which I like but the bottle sucks. I can't travel with it because it leaks. I have combination skin and it's really, really pale (I glow under black light) meaning that most drugstore brands don't come light enough. I like my foundation light and usually favour liquid foundations. Ideas?
     
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    Do you have a friend or relative who is makeup savvy? If so, get that person to do your eyes for the wedding. My friend who had significant experience with liquid eyeliner from getting her daughter ready for dance performances did mine. Someone else can get it even. Plus, if you have a high prescription, I know from experience that it is hard to do eye makeup yourself and get it perfect.

    (Side note--contacts, even if you need glasses over them, usually result in better correction and studies have shown they slow changes of the cornea. They are not just for vanity.)
     
  23. CanuckSk8r

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    I picked up Maybelline MegaPlush mascara the other day. In my small town, it's slim pickings. Not a fan at all.

    The gel type brush is impossible for me to use, it's moveable. The result is that my eyes look like I rolled out of bed and forgot to apply any type of masacra what so ever. Le sigh.
     
  24. beepbeep

    beepbeep Resident Rude Brazilian

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    The current state of my nails
     
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  25. Anita18

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    Can anyone suggest a good hair texturizer? My mom helped with deciding how to wear my hair for the wedding, but even with braids, my hair wants to come out! "It's too sleek!" "Well, Mom, many people pay $500 for keratin treatment to get sleek hair..." The grass is always greener. :p
     
  26. skategal

    skategal Bunny slave

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    I'm as pale as Casper too. What I've noticed lately is that the BB creams come in very light shades. The lightest shade of the Smashbox BB cream is actually too light for me (almost unheard of) and also the Maybelline BB cream lightest shade is too light for me too. (Sadly, the second lighest shade of Smashbox BB cream is too DARK for me, so I can't wear that one at all.)

    For foundation I wear currently is Makeup Forever HD in shade #115. Another tip is to look for European brands (ie. L'Oreal) as I find that they tend to come in lighter shades.

    I got a $25 gift card for Sephora for Christmas. Can't wait to spend it.
     
  27. Habs

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    One of my Christmas presents from my mom is the Ciate mini-mani nail polish set from Sephora. There are 24 polishes and 4 colours of caviar pearls. :cheer:
    I'm still sick so I'm staying home today.... it will be a perfect chance to try out a few new colours!
     
  28. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa Port de bras!!!

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    I am not in possession of a foundation at the moment but need to make a trip to Sephora to pick up mascara but you all got me intrigued about that Oxygen thing. I wonder what shade matches me. I am sort of olive-complexioned with plenty of yellow so all the pink-faced reviewers who complained about the yellow are actually giving me good news.
     
  29. PRlady

    PRlady aspiring tri-national

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    As you know, I'm as yellow as you are. Golden, I like to say. Start with the honey shade which is a tad too light for me, I found out by looking at photos, but is very close.
     
  30. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa Port de bras!!!

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    Thanks! I wouldn't be surprised if we ended up with the same shade. :)