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Started by binturong on Mar 6, 2011 2:35:24 PM
All-new toiletries, skincare and sparkly thread

Sparkle here.

ottoline07 - 06 Mar 2011 14:44:23 (#1 of 15971)

Hello. Nothing to say apart from it's like seeing all the carriages pull into the station.

binturong - 06 Mar 2011 17:27:26 (#2 of 15971)

I've been experimenting with making moisturiser today. Difficult to be certain until it's finished cooling, but I think it may be rather rich.

bernardlion - 07 Mar 2011 17:11:38 (#3 of 15971)

Hello chaps.

binturong - 07 Mar 2011 17:18:09 (#4 of 15971)


Moisturiser verdict - recipe no good. It's effective, but very difficult to apply. Ho hum. Back to the drawing board.

bernardlion - 07 Mar 2011 17:24:35 (#5 of 15971)

How can it be difficult to apply, bint?! I'm intrigued.

binturong - 07 Mar 2011 17:28:54 (#6 of 15971)

Too solid. It's okay once it warms on the skin, but to start with it just sits there in a lump. And I'm pretty certain it shouldn't crunch when scooped out of the pot.

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bernardlion - 07 Mar 2011 17:32:55 (#8 of 15971)

Hm. Crunchy moisturiser... no, that doesn't sound like a winner TBH.

binturong - 07 Mar 2011 17:33:46 (#9 of 15971)

I'm on a roll after the lip balms. Can't really expect first attempts at everything to be that successful.

To be honest I had my doubts about this recipe when I first read it - it's almost all cocoa butter, with hardly any oil at all. I think I need to even up the proportions.

binturong - 07 Mar 2011 18:28:16 (#10 of 15971)

Here's a blast fom the past. As posted on the original sparkly thread, rescued fom deletion by lucicle and posted on the second thread, and from there scooped up by the Ebadluniser, I give you, once again ... the liquid eyeliner post:

lucicle - 05:08pm May 23, 2003 BST ( #364 of 8142)

Oh, and here is the ultimate eye-liner guide, saved from oblivion.

1) buy one with a good brush (fine, with straight bristles and a good natural point)

2) arrange dressing table/mirror/self so that your elbow is resting on the table and the mirror is at eye level

3) tilt head back so that you are looking down your nose straight into the mirror with your eyes half closed

4) hold eyliner brush like a pen

5) steady head with relation to face - depending on hand size/finger length/brush type you can either rest your chin on your hand or rest the tip of your little finger on your cheekbone - you'll need to practice a bit to find a comfortable psition that leaves the brush pointing down at a slight angle so it clears your eyeashes and so you can still see the end of the brush clearly in the mirror. Keep both eyes open so you can judge distance properly

6) with the brush pointing slightly down and the tip right up against your top lashes, about 1/4 of the way along your lid (1/4 of the way out from your nose) sweep to far end of lid, staying close to lashes. Push a litle harder over the middle half of the sweep, then gradually take the brush away so it is barely touching the skin by the time you reach the end of the line (tilt the line up a bit at the end if you are planning to go a little beyond the lash line ) . For a less subtle, more '60s look maintain pressure and start to raise the line above your lashes on the final 1/8th of the eyelid, then go back and fill in the space underneath. When your eyes are open, the bottom line of this 'wedge' should follow the curve of the lashes.

7) touch tip of brush to tongue to dilute the colour a little, then just touching with the very tip of the brush,sweep in from start of line you have just made towards nose

8) without redipping the brush, change the angle so it is pointing up and paint from the outside corner of the eye inwards to the centre of the bottom lashes (the chin on hand position is best for this bit, with the brush at a steep angle to tilt under the bottom lashes). Experiment with this line - different finishing points suit different eye shapes.

VeniVidiVicious - 07 Mar 2011 22:29:28 (#11 of 15971)

Hello darlings!

VeniVidiVicious - 07 Mar 2011 22:34:26 (#12 of 15971)

Perhaps we could kick things off with our personal Top 5 Beauty Products? Things which we like and think are worth recommending to others?

I think mine are:

1) Neal's Yard Frankincense moisturiser

2) Max Factor Masterpiece Mascara

3) Mineral foundation (I like Lily Lolo, but the Max Factor one is crap).

4) Benefit Dandelion blusher

5) Guerlain's Midnight Secret

I've tried squillions of mascaras and foundations, and those are the best I've found. Dandelion is brilliant as it gives you a bit of natural colour and structure to your face without looking like you're wearing blusher (it's the blusher for people who don't wear blusher!). Neal's Yard cream is brilliant as it has no vile additives but still really works. And Midnight Secret as it's a miracle product that lives up to its promise: you can have a night on the razz and 3 hours sleep and still wake up looking radiant.

TatiaCamilla - 07 Mar 2011 22:40:56 (#13 of 15971)

I'm not sure I could come up with five.

1) Kiehl's Silk Creme Groom thing wotsit

2) Guerlain's Midnight Secret (shame I can't afford any more)

3) Aqueous cream as a facewash

4) Avene Diroseal for rosacea/red cheeks

5) Mitchum 48 hour unscented deodorant - very boring, but does the job (and I'm a sweaty mare), and being unscented won't clash with perfumes. I've never had white mark problems if I let it dry before putting my top on (doesn't take long - I apply deodorant, do my hair, then get dressed).

TatiaCamilla - 07 Mar 2011 22:41:40 (#14 of 15971)

I loved the smell of the Frankincense cream, but turned out to be allergic to something in it.

RoseRed - 07 Mar 2011 23:22:20 (#15 of 15971)

Dermalogica sensitive facewash

Benefit dandelion

Benefit high beam

Dr Bronner's liquid soap

Muslin cloths for facewashing

TatiaCamilla - 07 Mar 2011 23:25:07 (#16 of 15971)

I am having hairbrush angst. I've never really been happy with a hairbrush since the cheapo nylon one I had as a child died - 15 years ago. Currently I have a largish brush with those plastic spikes with a bobble on the end, but I've never really been convinced it's the best thing for my hair (thick, unruly, wavy-to-curly).

What do other people use? Particularly those with celtfros or similar.

VeniVidiVicious - 07 Mar 2011 23:53:41 (#17 of 15971)

If I were you I'd get a wide-toothed comb, Tats. I rarely bother with a hairbrush, I just run my fingers through to get tangles out now and again. I have a metal pin hairbrush for when you want that glass-smooth look, but then my hiar is wavy-straight. On curly hair those kinds of brush are a nightmare.

TatiaCamilla - 08 Mar 2011 00:02:06 (#18 of 15971)

Do you mean an Afro comb? Anything that could be described as a normal comb just gets stuck in my hair. I think it eats combs.

I can get away with finger-combing if my hair's been up or plaited all day, but if it's been loose or in a pony-tail there are so many tangles and knots that finger-combing would take all night.

I've been searching the internet for anything remotely like my hairbrush of beloved memory (just as I've been searching shops for 15 years) but can't find anything similar. It was nylon bristles, quite coarse, but flexible, in clumps. Medium size, very very cheap. It used to get the tangles out and smooth my hair without losing the curls, and nothing since has been as good by a very long way.

TatiaCamilla - 08 Mar 2011 00:07:14 (#19 of 15971)

I had an Afro comb when I was 17, actually, and never made it work for me (lacking the ability to google for instructions then). It's almost certainly still in a box somewhere, and I could have a fairly good guess which one.

VeniVidiVicious - 08 Mar 2011 00:26:54 (#20 of 15971)

Essentially, yes. Basically, what you're hoping to achieve with a brush or comb is to detangle the hair, i.e. separate them from each other. However, a brush will separate too many hairs, and result in the curly-haired having a giant frizzy mass of unruly individually separated hairs. With wider gaps you will separate wider strands of hair, which will look better.

Amateur Googling reveals some handy resources, such as this:

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