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Post by stolenwine » Sat Sep 29, 2007 1:35 am

i found out on another website that boots have a boutique section now with some more "upscale" and fun brands (like bliss and ole henriksson and murad) and you get tons of those boots points if you spend more than £50)

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http://www.boots.com/onlineexperience/f ... id=1049967

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Post by let it ride » Sat Sep 29, 2007 1:52 am

oooh..!

tempting!

my favourite things right now:

-eyeliner that is like a thin crayon, rather than pen or liquid, as it goes on easily, you can smudge for extra grunge or pretend-i'm-not-wearing-any-make-up points, and it stays put, and most importantly: goes on neatly and quickly when you are in a hurry! i am using one in dark brown.

-bourjouis and the body shop's eyeshadows, plus the latters eyeshimmer. the shimmer can be worn on its own for a hint of colour and shimmer, or layered on eyeshadows. i use a goldy bourjouis eyeshadow with copper shimmer on top and it makes my eyes look extra blue.

-the body shop's vitamin e tinted moisturisers. the stuff of dreams. evens out my skin tone, blends so easily you don't even need to check it, and offers sheer and moisturising coverage. SO good! i like this instead of foundatin, especially together with:

-l'oreal's infallible concealer. in the book 'confessions of a beauty editor' the description of the perfect concealer to cover dark rings under your eyes was to find something super close to your own skin tone in a creamy texture, rather than light-diffusing, colour-cross-out-stuff or all the other things. and you know what, this is so true. adding a little light-diffusing product on top works fine, but as a base, this concealer is a dream.


ok, sorry, crazy rant over, haha!

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Post by stolenwine » Sat Sep 29, 2007 2:01 am

i really need to get an undereye concealor because i have permanent panda eyes due to not sleeping on time, ever.

i used to only ever wear those pencil-y smudgy eyeliners when i was a teenager, and i have no idea why i stopped. they were so easy to apply (much easier than powder/shadow liner and gel/cream eyeliners like mac blacktrack) i think i'm gonna get one again. whenever i'm rushing my makeup (which is usually) and i'm using eyeshadow liner with an angle brush, bits of eyeshadow always end up sprinking under my eyes/cheeks, no matter how much of it i dust off. it's so annoying.

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Post by let it ride » Sat Sep 29, 2007 2:07 am

ah yes, i get that too!

a good tip for that is to put some loose powder (loose translucent powder is my new best friend by the way, how come i never realised it was so good?) under your eyes, so that it lands on that if it falls down, and then you can quickly brush it all away.

i'm trying out quite a few new things at the moment. my aim is to look like someone who has made no effort, yet looks awesome.

easier said than done, that!

but yes. concealer is the one product i always look out for. my dark rings under my eyes is easily my biggest hang-up on my face, i just completely obsess about them.

if i could have my way, i would have a whole tube of concealer under each eye all the time, haha. although it is dangerous to do the whoel too bright concealer thing too, then you get the reverse raccoon eye!

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Post by cuppie » Sat Sep 29, 2007 3:30 am

ooh astrid! i was genuinely sad when you left bowlie because i was afraid it would mean that the makeup thread would die or just be stupid. well i think it might be stupid now, but i haven't checked.

it's fall so i'm going to start wearing red lipstick again.

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Post by Sylvie » Sat Sep 29, 2007 10:49 am

The concealor I swear by is by Prescriptives. I've been using it for about five years now! I find their shades work really well with my pale skin tone and they have a wide range of colours.

http://www.prescriptives.com/templates/ ... ID=PROD998

Also, this is really good as a very light foundation and it creates the most flawless finish. I only really wear it if I'm going somewhere special as I'm too lazy to put foundation on everyday.

http://www.prescriptives.com/templates/ ... D=PROD1028

Yeah, kohl is ace. I smudge all round, then put mascara on my top and bottom lashes. I always hope it's like a modern day Twiggy look.

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Post by Woodbine » Sat Sep 29, 2007 10:52 am

Talking of Boots points, does anyone know if they can be added to your card at a later date? I spent £40 on some perfume yesterday which I assume entitles me to one billion points or something, but I've nowhere to put 'em. I keep getting those temporary ones and then losing them before I get the proper card sorted out. I'd probably have enough points to buy an entire branch of Boots now if I hadn't kept doing that.
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Post by Sylvie » Sat Sep 29, 2007 11:16 am

Cuppie wrote:ooh astrid! i was genuinely sad when you left boulaye because i was afraid it would mean that the makeup thread would die or just be stupid.
The whole of Boulaye has gone stupid! Yep, it's great to see Astrid!
Woodbine wrote:Talking of Boots points, does anyone know if they can be added to your card at a later date?
I think if you take your card and receipt in then they add it to your card. I can remember if there's a certain timeframe though.
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Post by let it ride » Sat Sep 29, 2007 1:02 pm

My favourite lipstick is 'Rouge Allure' by Chanel for proper good lipstick, they have amazing shades of red!

Although at the moment I really like sheer lip colours, lipstick has so many potential go-wrong-factors and all of the sudden you are home after a long, great day and realise you have lipstick all over your teeth and you feel sort of 80s AND really old and teethy. Ew. No one likes that.

I have heard great things about Paula Dorf lip colours, Clinique's Butter Surge lip colour. I use Eyeko Fat Balm and The Body Shops sheer lip colour and L'Oreals Glam Shine cream which is less scary than it sounds and smells awesomely of berries.

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Post by stolenwine » Sat Sep 29, 2007 5:53 pm

Sylvie wrote:The concealor I swear by is by Prescriptives. I've been using it for about five years now! I find their shades work really well with my pale skin tone and they have a wide range of colours.

http://www.prescriptives.com/templates/ ... ID=PROD998
thanks sylvie! i've been using prescriptives foundation for years and i totally love it. i tried one of the concelaors a few years ago but it had shimmery things in it for some reason. looks like they've got new stuff since then though, so i will definitely try it out.

how much is prescriptives here? i always buy my foundation when i go to canada where it's about 50 dollars.

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Post by Sylvie » Sat Sep 29, 2007 5:59 pm

stolenwine wrote:how much is prescriptives here? i always buy my foundation when i go to canada where it's about 50 dollars.
I think the concealor is somewhere between £8-15. It lasts for ages though. You can't get it here, which is annoying.

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Post by stolenwine » Sat Sep 29, 2007 6:14 pm

oooh...that's not bad at all.

how do you girls like applying your concealor? brush or dab it on with your fingers? i don't use concealor (not because i don't need it, i REALLY do, but because i haven't found one i like yet)

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Post by Sylvie » Sat Sep 29, 2007 7:29 pm

I sort of dot it on the areas I need it (normally just under my eyes), leave it for about a minute then blend. I think if you try to blend it in straight away, most of it comes off.

I think I must have left one of my kohl eyeliners in a hotel on holiday, I can't find it anywhere. Am I crazy because I use two eyeliners? One kohl liner for my upper lid and another for my lower (different brands)?

Oooh, I might paint my nails now.

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Post by let it ride » Sat Sep 29, 2007 10:58 pm

I find a brush makes it a bit streaky. I like using it with my fingers, and as you say there, leave it a little bit to not end up with it all on my fingers!

The infallible one from l'oreal is feeling great, i feel really happy with it and don't feel the need to incessantly check my compact mirror or add more.

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Post by lynsosaurus » Sun Sep 30, 2007 12:28 am

I am having an ongoing battle with concealer. I've tried a few different brands, but none of them seem to do the job properly. I do think I have really bad dark circles, but it's nothing to do with diet or sleep or anything. I've had them since I was quite young. Concealers that I have tried do make it better, but they're still obvious. It's so infuriating. Plus, I hate getting that reverse panda eye thing where using too much concealer makes your eyes look weird and too bright. Help plz.

Yesterday I bought some of that stuff for highlighting cheekbones. I was tempted to get the Benefit High Beam stuff, but they didn't have any in the branch of Boots I was in, and I'd noticed Boots promoting their own range one. I ended up getting some for £5, just the cheapest of their own ranges (17?). I used it last night and it works just as well as the High Beam did when I sampled it.

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Post by roobee » Sun Sep 30, 2007 12:33 am

lynsosaurus wrote:I am having an ongoing battle with concealer. I've tried a few different brands, but none of them seem to do the job properly. I do think I have really bad dark circles, but it's nothing to do with diet or sleep or anything. I've had them since I was quite young. Concealers that I have tried do make it better, but they're still obvious. It's so infuriating. Plus, I hate getting that reverse panda eye thing where using too much concealer makes your eyes look weird and too bright. Help plz.
It sounds like you suffer the same as I do. I've pretty much given up on finding a solution - my mum's always had pretty dark circles too, so I figure it's my due. To be fair, I'm not a big make-up person, so maybe haven't really researched a solution particularly well, but would also welcome any tips from folk who suffer similarly.

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Post by let it ride » Sun Sep 30, 2007 1:25 am

Lyns, I have never EVER thought about you as someone with dark circles, so it is probably more in your head than anything.

Saying that, I am obsessed with mine, and sometimes it feels like they are there just to mock me "HA HA! Always shinin' through whatever you put on us, ha!" and it rarely looks as bad in pictures as it does in the mirror.

That said, concealer is probably the product I would hate leaving the house without the most.

But yes. I am following Linda Wells' advice from the Allure book that I am loving, that a good concealer that should cover your dark circles should be creamy and just the same tone as your skin, rather than like red to cover up blue or green to cancel out yellow or all that kind of stuff, or light-reflecting.

It is amazingly good advice.

And loose powder, oh man! Great!

And it smells so lovely, it reminds me of mum's make-up when I was growing up.

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Post by lynsosaurus » Sun Sep 30, 2007 1:28 am

I've been using this matte effect powder which is slightly creamy, and it works a treat. I love it.

Also, Boots have started selling Barry M stuff now too. They never used to.

I think you're right, the dark circles have become almost an obsession now, so I probably do think they're worse than they are.

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Post by Woodbine » Sun Sep 30, 2007 11:50 am

I think concealer would be my must-have too. I would hate to live without eyeliner, but if I had to choose between the two I think concealer would win. The only one which has ever worked for me is also the cheapest - Rimmel's 'Hide the Blemish' (I've no idea if it's actually still called that, I just pick it up without looking). I've never found the right texture with anything else. I reckon some of the more liquidy ones might be okay, but as I normally wear tinted moisturiser underneath, I think I'd struggle to get them to blend into the right places.
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Post by Sylvie » Sun Sep 30, 2007 9:35 pm

Ooh, I've just remembered I have £25 voucher for Neals Yard that Andrew's mum gave me for my birthday. I just need to decide whether to go to Bath or London to spend it.

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