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    Default Makeup, Beauty, and Health Products Thread

    Discuss your least/ favourite makeup and beauty products here.

    You may post videos, pictures, comments, questions, recommendations, reviews, favorite gurus, and so on.

    Enjoy!


    Thanks to @mmhmm and @Nijntje for the idea.
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    Dear Dee. I <3 you for this. I will bombard you with my beauty/cosmetic faves soon <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

    Terrible things happen to good people every day.
    Consequentially, I am not one of the good people.
    I am one of the terrible things.
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    P.S. i totally just gave you seven hearts, you'd better be putting out tonight <3

    Terrible things happen to good people every day.
    Consequentially, I am not one of the good people.
    I am one of the terrible things.
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    I absolutely LOVE Jergen products. They're amazing. I've tried all sorts of lotions, and their cucumber cooling sensation(my favorite) is the only one that cools my face, is gentle, and doesn't cause oily skin/break outs.



    Estee Lauder Idealist Pore Minimizing skin refinisher. Really soft finish; skin feels like silk




    I switched over to Benetint by Benefit around 6 years ago, and it has been the only blush I've used since(daytime) .





    I use Orgasm by Nars on occasion. A find it a tad too pearly at times, but it is my second favourite.



    My favorite mascara. Estee Lauder Double wear-zero smudge Mascara. Never smudges. Doesn't flake. Doesn't clump, dries quickly, and makes my eyelashes look lonnnnggg.




    Lumene Chubby Eyeliner- in navy. Really easy to use, goes on fast, and I like the variety in thickness achievable--without buildup.




    Nivea cream metal- soft gold. Soft, quick to use, not heavy.




    Bang Bang Red LA LAQUE FEVER by Lancome(doesn't usually produce high quality products, but I loveeeeee this lipgloss). Gorgeous colours, stays on for hours.




    Labello Lip balm- Strawberry flavored. Love the smell, taste, and duration!




    Bodyshop lip cape-stick in Cocobutter. Hydrates, is a little tough to put on, and a little heavy, but it tastes/smells delicious, and does the job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by YWIR View Post

    I switched over to Benetint by Benefit around 6 years ago, and it has been the only blush I've used since(daytime) .
    benetint swatch:

    i really love benetint, i've been using it since college,
    so over 10 years already. this the original one from
    the tint line and it also has the most liquid-y consistency.
    i like using it on a bare face + moisturizer (but no foundation),
    because i think it's easier to work with... because this formulation
    tends to set/dry faster than the other ones in the range.
    and if you don't blend it out well you get those streaky marks.

    the other ones are below + swatches: and they have a much
    thicker consistency, almost gel like, which i find MUCH easier
    to work with on a bare face or fully made up face. posietint
    is a beautiful pinkish colour, which still gives you that flushed
    look that original benetint gives.




    most people really like using high beam as a highlighter, and
    i do too, for winter, it just illuminates, you only need to use
    a little it goes a long way (apply about a finger's width under
    your eye all over your cheekbone after you put benetint on,
    so there's no streaking, if using with posietint/chachatint, it
    blends very well).

    but my go-to is definitely moonbeam, i love the gold, and it
    warms up the face, and i think it's a way easier colour to work
    with, plus, it photographs much better--don't have to think about
    it too much when applying. i use it on cheeks, bridge of my nose,
    and cupid's bow.

    price-wise: benefit cosmetics are not cheap. a full size bottle
    is US$29 and even more expensive in the UK - £24.50, however
    the product lasts an insanely longtime. i've had my benetint for almost
    2 years already, and use it regularly and less than half is gone.

    if you're starting out, check out the mini kits, which i really love
    and it's only $15, you get 3types: (full size is 0.45 oz compared to the 0.13 oz minis)


    This set contains:
    - 0.13 oz Posietint (poppy pink)
    - 0.13 oz High Beam (shimmering pale pink)
    - 0.13 oz Benetint (rose)



    cha cha tint, is their newest one,
    which was just launched over the summer.
    and it's definitely my new favourite. it's
    a very subtle pop of colour, and it's a colour
    i can wear through out the year.

    lips a lot of people use the tints are lip stains
    also, but i don't use it on my lips because i have very, very
    dry lips and is prone to have a rougher surface from the dry
    skin, especially if i'm not buffing it regularly. when i put the
    liquid tints on, the colour gets caught on the outer ridges of
    the dry skin, and it's not pretty, makes me look like i have
    cracked lips.



    i think this is an issue benefit had with their users with dry lips,
    so a few years ago... they came out with the benetint lip balm SPF 15.
    THIS is my favourite product of the entire tint line: conditioning + colour + protection (spf15).

    my favourite products always serve multiple purposes. and with this, it's an
    effortless upkeep of the lips (i'm really lazy about buffing lips) and this keeps
    it soft, and i have yet to find another product that gives this exact colour with
    the conditioning properties (not even Fresh's Sugar Lip Tints - though their
    colours are also great..but it really doesn't condition as well as benetint lip balm)
    the colour is very sheer, and you look like you've been eating berries all day.
    and just super super soft lips.

    yeah. i really like benefit.
    every normal man must be tempted, at times,
    to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag,
    and begin slitting throats.
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    I was once an aspiring MUA. So I have soft spot for Ben Nye cosmetics.

    http://www.stagemakeuponline.com/

    Some people might think these lines are too old school and greasy but they have a line specifically for film (much more user and wearer friendly) and not theater. The prices are generally much better than department store brands. I'm not a fan of Benefit cosmetics, their products always had so much hope but I decided it was mostly good marketing and packaging. Also, make up is kinda pointless IMHO if you have problem skin, which I had for many years. So I still mainly like lip gloss

    I do remember liking Max Factor 1000 calorie mascara or whatever the name was. Maybe I was still young and just in awe of mascara in general, but that stuff really did fatten up your lashes. I tried using the old pink standby (Covergirl?) for mascara when I MUA freelanced, but I really didn't see the big deal. Until recently with all the new applicator breakthroughs, I found most mascaras to be extremely similar no matter their cost. I also tried that white thickening powder before mascara but it would just clump up and blind me. :P
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    Burt's Beeswax Lip Balm - It's inexpensive and it keeps my lips from chapping and crackling. Does a good job fighting dry skin. Love the way it makes my lips feel, and the tingle.



    Bath and Body Works Aromatherapy Stress Relief Eucalyptus Spearmint Sugar Scrub - Good value. The only time my hands actually feel moist is after I use this product. Leaves my skin baby soft. I also love the scent.



    B&BW Intense Moisture Body Butter - Another good value from B&BW. I use this not because it is the best, but because it's the best I've found for the money. The scents are nice, and it leaves my skin feeling nicely moisturized without being sticky. The consistency is thick, and I like thicker creams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CzeCze View Post
    I was once an aspiring MUA. So I have soft spot for Ben Nye cosmetics.

    http://www.stagemakeuponline.com/

    Some people might think these lines are too old school and greasy but they have a line specifically for film (much more user and wearer friendly) and not theater. The prices are generally much better than department store brands. I'm not a fan of Benefit cosmetics, their products always had so much hope but I decided it was mostly good marketing and packaging. Also, make up is kinda pointless IMHO if you have problem skin, which I had for many years. So I still mainly like lip gloss


    i have some ben nye products. i have some colour wheels
    and the 12 colour lumiere grande colour palette, and it's
    great for face and body painting (can be applied dry or wet)

    (i love the chartreuse green )

    the good: it's super pigmented, a little goes a very long way
    plus it's cheaper than mac. and easier to use that mac's loose
    pigments. and you can still get a sheer colour (use dry) or
    a very intense colour (use wet).



    the bad: i HATE the packaging. i hate the plastic covers
    i think they're a pain in the ass. and i think it's 'dryer' than
    mac shadows, and the darker colours are harder to blend
    and have higher likelihood to get muddy on your lids especially
    if you're still new to blending.

    Quote Originally Posted by CzeCze View Post
    I do remember liking Max Factor 1000 calorie mascara or whatever the name was. Maybe I was still young and just in awe of mascara in general, but that stuff really did fatten up your lashes. I tried using the old pink standby (Covergirl?) for mascara when I MUA freelanced, but I really didn't see the big deal. Until recently with all the new applicator breakthroughs, I found most mascaras to be extremely similar no matter their cost. I also tried that white thickening powder before mascara but it would just clump up and blind me. :P
    i don't like western brand mascaras.
    they smudge and don't do much for
    my lashes which are very straight
    and short. i love majolica majorca
    and fairydrops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmhmm View Post
    i don't like western brand mascaras.
    they smudge and don't do much for
    my lashes which are very straight
    and short. i love majolica majorca
    and fairydrops.

    1) Damn, you are like a make-up pro! You probably have enough in your personal collection to use as an MUA kit. Yeah, the thing with the pro-theatrical lines like Ben Nye and Mehron are less user friendly and often dry or dries out the skin. Even the greasy consistency stuff will dry your skin out. I love the Ben Nye cream blushes though, I think I had the color wheel for myself years ago. I also heard a tip about dumping "sparkly dust" (loose pigment) in hair conditioner to make your hair 'extra shiny'.

    2) Ha, after I realized no mascara would do anything for my Asian lashes (they are long but but stick straight and thin), I got eyelash extensions. Badabing badaboom! I've also used eyelash growing formulas which worked. Latisse kinda works but makes me look like a red-eyed coke fiend or someone possessed in a Japanese horror film.
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    Ok, more.... I can't sleep

    Might have to try some Ben Nye......
    I'm pretty new at makeup, and don't have a lot of time for it, but I do like to try new products, experiment, learn new methods, and have fun with it. I've learned alot from Marlena at Makeup Geek.



    Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Foundation Primer - Works miracles. Can't live without it. (Well, maybe I'm exaggerating a bit. )



    I used to have chipped nails after two days..... Now, with Orly Bonder and Won't Chip, and Opi Nail Lacquer, I can keep a manicure for two weeks with minimal maintenance.



    Phyto Phytodensium Anti-Aging Mask - Holy Freakin' Grail. A volumizing product that actually works. I've only tried this one product by Phyto thus far. I got a sample of it from Sephora, and went back to buy the full jar. I'm planning to try a lot more of their products.

    Although I've tried a few (and only a few), brands of skincare, I find that Dr. Perricone is my current winner. I haven't been blown over by anything skincare-wise, thus far. I used Lancome for awhile because I liked the free gifts, which are plentiful, and are a good way to build up a daily makeup kit from nothing. I love the consistency of their moisturizers, and the way they make my skin feel, but I think Dr. Perricone products are overall more effective. The dry patch on my neck is gone now, whereas, with Lancome, it was more prominent.
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