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Re: makeup and cosmetics

Post by Woodbine » Wed Sep 09, 2009 11:19 pm

I wear them sometimes, you're right in that they do look a bit fake, but they are fake! If you want eyelashes that long they're going to look fake whatever you do. I just get the Naturalites ones from Boots etc. which are about a fiver, which aren't as long as the Shu Uemura type ones. You can normally get a few wears out of them if you're careful when you take them off, and I can normally leave the glue to dry whilst my eyes are open. I've never had one fall off, even when I've been totally shitfaced, but I have mistaken them for a spider!
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Re: makeup and cosmetics

Post by let it ride » Fri Sep 18, 2009 9:24 pm

Bellasugar.com (awesome daily read by the way), tells us the sad news that Prescriptives are dunzo:
After 30 Years, Prescriptives To Bid Adieu. Boo.
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Well, this is a disappointment. After 30 years in the cosmetics business, Prescriptives — the makeup company known for its "colorprinting" approach to matching skin tones — will be shuttered by Jan. 31 of next year. Officials from parent company Estée Lauder told WWD, "After a thorough analysis of the Prescriptives brand, management concluded that the brand’s long-term business model is no longer viable, given the current market environment." Thanks a lot, recession.

This is unfortunate news for women who have difficulty tracking down the right foundation shade, as Prescriptives offered a better-than-most range of options for women of color. And if that didn't work out, its Custom Blend service (rave review here) provided the opportunity to get a precise match. In the grand scheme of things, that might not seem like a big deal. But for anyone who's been told that a makeup company doesn't make foundation in her skin tone, it was an excellent option — and perhaps, for some women, the only option for a perfect match.

Prescriptives will continue to be sold online, while the inventory lasts. So if there's a product you absolutely love, grab it now — because in a few months, it won't be an option. (I'm rushing off to get one last Custom Blend foundation while I can.) Are you surprised by this development?
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Post by stolenwine » Fri Sep 18, 2009 10:53 pm

NOOOOOOOOO! OH MY FUCKING GOD. this is horrible. i've been using their foundation since i was like, 17. it's the perfect colour match and works great for me. shit. oh man, i feel like such a loser getting upset about makeup but the perfect foundation is hard to find (especially when your colouring isn't er...catered to in all lines) and now i imagine i'm gonna be stuck with ashy colours because so many lines have no idea how to handle darker shades. and i liked that the virtual matte was good coverage, spf, oil free and everything. i'm just gonna have to stock up on enough of it to last me another 10 years.
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Re: makeup and cosmetics

Post by sarahluv » Fri Sep 18, 2009 11:50 pm

oh shit. there goes my perfect foundation too :(

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Post by stolenwine » Fri Sep 18, 2009 11:53 pm

i've been looking up um, "good foundation for indian skintones" and already come across 2 sites which tell you how to lighten your skintone. ffs. it looks like a lot of indian girls are using prescriptives though and that i'm not the only one that is upset about them shutting down soon.
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Re: makeup and cosmetics

Post by let it ride » Sat Sep 19, 2009 12:05 am

Awww, no it's understandable! I know a lot of people don't fit into the usual 5 or 6 shades offered. I am in that range most of the time, but I still find it hard to find the right shade that doesn't get it slightly wrong. It must be so frustrating to not be catered for by mainstream beauty companies.

From what I've understood, MAC are meant to be quite good with covering a lot of shades. I do love their tone-to-tone concealers.

Beverley Knight has just started up her own cosmetics line for darker skin tones which will be available at Selfridges very soon:
http://www.kbybeverleyknightcosmetics.c ... .php/about

I also love Urban Decay's Surreal Skin Mineral Make-Up (powder foundation) for its matte but not cakey coverage, which comes in a lot of different shades:
http://www.urbandecay.com/categories/MineralMakeup.cfm

Becca and Bobbi Brown are meant to be ok too.

Those are the ones I can think of off the top of my head... A lot of my very pale friends seem to love MAC's foundations... or Make-Up Store but I don't know where they sell that in the UK. ID Bare Escentuals is also meant to be great for covering a lot of shades.
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Post by String Bean Jen » Sat Sep 19, 2009 12:16 am

That is HORRIBLE news! I use Prescriptives' powder as they are one of the very, very few cosmetics companies that make 'non-acnegenic' or 'non-comedogenic' makeup AND have super matchable shades for people who fall outside the middle spectrum of skin colours. Arrrrrrrghghgh. I guess I will buy a couple of powders online or from Selfridges but they probably aren't meant to keep that long, are they? Terrible news. :-(
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Post by stolenwine » Sat Sep 19, 2009 12:20 am

who else does a big range of colours/finishes/formulations? i think bobbi brown does, right?

mac foundations/powders make me break out really badly, otherwise i'd have gone for those. a lot of my friends use them and the shades are pretty good.
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Post by let it ride » Sat Sep 19, 2009 10:50 am

Awww! I feel so bad for all of you. I remembered some of you used Prescriptives but I didn't realise so many of you loved them so much because they offered something no other brand offered you.

Bobbi Brown seems to be the most recommended one apart from MAC, from all the reviews I've read. Here are their foundation and concealers:
http://www.bobbibrown.co.uk/templates/p ... ID=CAT6087

They're also meant to do some of the best concealers in the business. I've always wanted to try the shimmer bricks and their lip shades.

Laura Mercier are meant to be quite good too.

NARS seems to have a wide range too: http://www.hqhair.com/code/products.asp ... 1175&pID=1#

Stila are meant to be good for paler shades too:
http://www.hqhair.com/code/products.asp ... 7003&pID=1#

I'm sure that doesn't help much but thought I'd google around a bit.
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Post by stolenwine » Sat Sep 19, 2009 12:48 pm

thanks, astrid. i'm gonna try bobbi brown and nars. hopefully i'll find a good equivalent. i also found out yesterday that my FAVE JEANS have been discontinued and are nowhere to be found. the world is out to get me i think. SADFACE.
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Post by stolenwine » Tue Nov 03, 2009 8:20 pm

i finally got myself one of those sephora train cases:

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i've been organizing some of my makeup and it's so nice to know that most of it will all be in once place soon, instead of randomly scattered around in various places. there is so much stuff i just don't use though and i've thrown loads out. i like the train case, but the compartments on the "2nd level" are kind of awkward - the whole compartment isn't exposed so if you put stuff in them and it gets pushed to the back, it's hard to see it/get it out. but anyway, better than throwing everything into a big box, right?

how do you all organize your makeup? i have a bag with everyday stuff (i don't really wear a lot of makeup) and then the rest of it is in random places (well, it won't be after i'm done putting it all in the train case)

i also think i finally found a lipstick that is just a shade deeper than my natural colour. it's by MAC and it's called twig. it's really similar to their taupe and canada by vasanti, but with more pink than brown (i think). i really wanted to tell the MAC girls that i wanted a whole new less boring makeup look and see what they came up with but i didn't have the time.

i also went to sephora and when mr.stolenwine eyed up what i had in my bag, he was like "didn't you get any philosophy stuff?" and i was like "no, i prefer soap to shower gels anyway" and he goes "can we get some of the shower gels?". HA! he's totally converted now and asks for lush soap and philosophy shower gels! so i bought the cookie exchange. i used the chocolate chip cookie one just now and it's awesome!

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Post by let it ride » Tue Nov 03, 2009 9:54 pm

awesome! i've never tried philosophy stuff but i've smelt sample bottles in shops and they're always heavenly!

well, i do have an argos computer table that i have made my beauty/vanity table (haha, that sounds so sad). but i keep everything there, like jewelry, hair products, body stuff, all my accessories/jewelry and make-up. a lot of stuff basically!

but it's so disorganised. i try to keep things in cath kidston rip-off boxes, and i have some make-up bags from 10-gruppen in Sweden.

that case looks really great! i might have to look into getting one of those...

i'm trying to organise the house in general, so the vanity table is next!

and that's great about the lipstick! i found my shade like that in the body shop's christmas collection of all random places, but it's nice to have on something that is still a colour, but you can kind of match it with anything. i really hate the idea of using the kind of beige/weird metallic/baby pink glosses that a lot of gals seem to like... who has natural lip colour like that? it looks super weird!

we should have a makeover sesh sandy! make-up is the best fun ever. i'm obsessing over urban decay's heavy metal glitter eyeliners at the moment. i've never been a fan of glitter (not since i was 12) but i just LOVE it, suddenly. i'm wearing weird glitter nail polishes, and i am especially on the lookout for clear polish with chunky big bits of glitter in... i've got some low quality one from clarie's accessories (haha) but i want one packed with it. plus it's nice because it can't really chip. but yes, the glitter eyeliners look really cute with sin (urban decay eyeshdow in kind of beige/champagne), just painted on the upper lashline. i've got the light green, the purple one and the bronzeygold one.

it's like i want to wear christmas on my face.

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Post by hayleygerms » Tue Nov 03, 2009 10:44 pm

Sandy, that case looks amazing. I need something like that, all my make-up is spread across two tatty old foundation and mascara stained make-up bags and it's so disorganised - every morning I have a battle trying to pick up eye pencils that have sunk to the bottom of the bag and slipped through a tear in the lining. That case looks nice and easy to clean as well, and oh the compartments! I love me a good compartment or 20.
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Post by stolenwine » Tue Nov 03, 2009 11:22 pm

it is! and you can move the dividers to increase/decrease the size of the compartments. it looks kind of hard to clean them but i think you can remove them and wash maybe? i should probably line them!

astrid, i've also got a whole dresser dedicated to makeup/bath and body stuff/jewellery etc. but it's such a freaking mess. i dread opening those drawers! this will make everything a lot tidier, i hope. i've vowed to stop buying makeup that i'm never going to use. it's so hard being in sephora and not feeling like you NEED EVERYTHING THERE.
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Post by String Bean Jen » Wed Nov 04, 2009 2:37 pm

stolenwine wrote:i finally got myself one of those sephora train cases:

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i've been organizing some of my makeup and it's so nice to know that most of it will all be in once place soon, instead of randomly scattered around in various places. there is so much stuff i just don't use though and i've thrown loads out. i like the train case, but the compartments on the "2nd level" are kind of awkward - the whole compartment isn't exposed so if you put stuff in them and it gets pushed to the back, it's hard to see it/get it out. but anyway, better than throwing everything into a big box, right?

how do you all organize your makeup?
That's awesome, Sandy! I have been meaning to buy one of those proper Sephora makeup organizers for YEARS and have just never plunked down the money for it. I do organize my makeup nicely but I've needed something bigger for ages. I basically have a smaller kind of travel version of what you posted above that I keep most of my makeup in. I have a pretty vintage train travel case that I used to store all my makeup in (but it's not intended to organize cosmetics so it was always too full). I lived without that (and some makeup I didn't use much) for 3 months while my stuff was in storage. Now that I have it back, it sits in the bedroom unused. I guess it's helped me realize I don't need as many products as I had. I still would like a bigger case though!

I miss Sephora as well and I'll be stocking up when I visit. My Beauty Insider card sits lonely in my wallet. I was at Westfield Mall last week and there was a store that was like an artist's palette of makeup. I forgot the name but it kind of reminded me of Sephora but it only had its own brand of makeup. Oh, it was kind of like Make Up Forever in that it had every single colour of nail polish, lipstick, lip gloss, eyeliner, etc you could possibly think of in plain black packaging. I tried on many lip glosses and lipsticks and as it was Halloween, all the staff were wearing really crazy makeup. So one of 'em sat me down and did black lipstick on me. It was totally fun and funny and there was no pressure to buy. Recommended.
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Re: makeup and cosmetics

Post by Woodbine » Wed Nov 04, 2009 8:09 pm

let it ride wrote:i am especially on the lookout for clear polish with chunky big bits of glitter in... i've got some low quality one from clarie's accessories (haha) but i want one packed with it. plus it's nice because it can't really chip.
You used to be able to get those from Barry M - I used to wear it a lot when I was at uni and was once told that my fingers looked 'like a box of Quality Street'. I'm not sure if that's the look you were hoping for! I often used to put a colour underneath too. Barry M is probably not that much better quality than Claire's to be honest but I guess it doesn't really matter with something like that.
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Post by let it ride » Thu Nov 05, 2009 12:32 am

thanks gina... i've had a look on their website but it's actually not chunky and big enough glitter bits. i want stars and sticks and things. i don't know why i want it so much suddenly, but i do!

i remember selfridges having done something like it once, because when i collected nail polishes, my godmother brought me some AMAZING glitter stick nail polish from selfridges with her.
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Post by Woodbine » Thu Nov 05, 2009 8:29 am

Gah, they definitely used to do it!

Found this, although it looks kinda dubious....

http://www.carnivalsource.com/store/p/1 ... ozen-.html
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Post by caramarydaisy » Thu Nov 05, 2009 9:12 am

let it ride wrote:thanks gina... i've had a look on their website but it's actually not chunky and big enough glitter bits. i want stars and sticks and things. i don't know why i want it so much suddenly, but i do!

i remember selfridges having done something like it once, because when i collected nail polishes, my godmother brought me some AMAZING glitter stick nail polish from selfridges with her.
what about making yr own? craft glitter is pretty chunky, you could put a layer of (clear/coloured) nail varnish on and then sprinkle glitter etc and put a clear layer on top..
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Post by Sylvie » Thu Nov 05, 2009 11:31 am

let it ride wrote:thanks gina... i've had a look on their website but it's actually not chunky and big enough glitter bits. i want stars and sticks and things. i don't know why i want it so much suddenly, but i do!
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