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    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeMar 29th 2013 edited
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    Good Videos! I've actually been wondering if I should just make one of my own for foundation and stuff, but not sure I can get good lighting as well as good angle while still having a good view of the mirror.

    Gonna go a wedding makeup post later. It's basically my "totally made up but still natural" look, so figure it could be helpful.

    Argan oil: I use pure oil and then just use a couple drops over my face after moisturizing. Sometimes I use a different oil I made which is just a blend of jojoba oil, Vit. E oil, and a bit of tea tree oil. As long as the fillers aren't anything bad, you should be fine. As far as creams and stuff, if the rest of the cream works for you, that's okay, too. I personally just prefer using it separately on its own.

    Clarisonic: I had one for a while and then I gave it to my sister. I loved mine while I had it, but I don't feel deprived without it, either. It can be a nice little extra to add to your skincare routine to really get it squeaky clean. It also takes of makeup like a charm. I gave mine away cos i mentioned in SPIT that I went through a weird flat wart phase that was awful, and I kept reading about how sometimes they spread if you scratch yourself so I just didn't want to risk anything with the clarisonic. Luckily you have to change the brush heads every 3 months so giving it away was no problem. It has a 60 or 90 day money back guarantee if you really want to try it. Like I said though, while it was nice, I don't feel deprived without it. It was nice but not miraculous.

    If you have issues with black/white-heads, which I always did, you might want to see if you can get a low strength retinoid. I've been having significantly way less blackheads since I've been using mine. Mine is a 0.1% though and makes me peel like crazy, so I'm gonna see if I can get a weaker one.
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      CommentAuthortrini_naenae
    • CommentTimeApr 3rd 2013 edited
     (11027.22)
    @Argos: Yes, please make a video. And I'm looking at the Lisa Eldridge videos right now!

    Have used the BB cream foundation once and the dream matte foundation (both Maybelline) twice so far, and so far I really like the dream matte foundation, but a bit uncertain about the BB cream foundation. I think anything with moisturizing anything is probably not for my skin as it is so oily, especially as the weather is getting warmer and more humid. It probably also doesn't help that my bathroom is tiny and has bad airflow.

    How do you organize/clean/etc your stuff? I'm finding the more stuff I'm using, the more ridiculous it gets in my bathroom, especially since there is nowhere to put my stuff near the sink/mirror.

    Edit: Forgot to ask/mentiong: Any preferred lip stuffs? Especially the long lasting variety. And as I have small eyes, any makeup tips to make one's eyes look bigger/pop are always interesting to me.
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeApr 3rd 2013
     (11027.23)
    @trini - I set my BB cream with a fine, translucent setting powder. After that i find it's okay, even with my oily skin.

    I store my cleanser on the sink counter next to the hand soap, my moisturizers, foundation, primer, and oils go in the medicine cabinet, the makeup I use most often goes in a makeup bag under the sink where it's easy to reach, makeup I use less often goes under the sink out the way, face brushes I keep in a small cup on the sink counter, eye brushes in a different cup also on the sink counter. Unfortunately, it does get a bit out of hand the more stuff you get. My solution to that is tends to be "toss everything in a bag and stick it in the space under the sink."

    As for cleaning, I wash foundation & concealer brushes after each use, and lay them down flat on clean cloth on the sink counter. Powder brushes I was once a week and lay those down flat on paper towels on either a clean kitchen counter or the dining table overnight.
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    @Argo: Any particular types of cleaner, or just whatever anti-bacterial handsoap is around? And I think I should take a photo of my sink/mirror area to give an idea of how cramped it really is. At this point I think it's time for me to go into full brainstorming mode, because while it's not a problem when I have everything put away, it's a bit sad trying to figure out how to make things work when I want to actually put it on.
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      CommentAuthorsseloske
    • CommentTimeApr 3rd 2013
     (11027.25)
    @trini I have a tiny bathroom too. I find one of those collapsing makeup boxes works best for keeping things organized. I limited how much I own by what will fit in the box in an organized way. I keep that on top of the toilet tank. I keep my brushes in a brush cup on the sink. I have some old (but still really good) brushes. I just clean them with hand soap and have never had any problems at all. Antibacterial isn't even necessary as long as I use hot water.
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeApr 3rd 2013
     (11027.26)
    I use my facial cleanser for the after every use brushes, cos it's right there, and for the mass cleansings I just use a gentle dish soap. Doesn't have to be antibacterial, but it can be.
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    @Argos, that's awesome stuff. I have never gotten the hang of false lashes...so jealous.
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeApr 5th 2013
     (11027.28)
    I'm gonna call this skin care because it's skin-related, even though it's also partly hair.

    Dandruff!

    Dandruff. Tiny, itty bitty flakes of skin and a fucking itchy scalp.

    I have curly hair so I can't shampoo much or my hair dries out. I also have an incredibly itchy scalp as of about 8 months ago. Head & Shoulders Itchy Scalp hasn't really done much. I plan on asking my dermatologist about this since Head & Shoulders hasn't done a ton, but I figured I'd also ask you guys for advice.

    Are there any dandruff solutions that you've used that are gentle? Add on solutions? Oils? Conditioning treatments? Whatever.

    Complicating factor: I also have a pretty serious gluten allergy (celiac) and so I avoid gluten-containing beauty products. THey don't bother me topically, but the possibility that they could get into my mouth and get me sick is enough for me to avoid that shit HARD CORE.
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    @dorkmuffin-Have you tried tea-tree oil. I think that is supposed to be good for dandruff and itchy scalp.
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeApr 5th 2013
     (11027.30)
    @Cara, I started with a rosemary/tea tree oil shampoo but it didn't do enough. I'll look into the straight stuff and figure out what I'm supposed to do with it.
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeApr 5th 2013 edited
     (11027.31)
    #Dandruff

    A few months ago I got hit with super itchy, dandruffy scalp. Apple cider vinegar has solved the problem for me. After every shampoo I soak my scalp with unfiltered apple cider vinegar, full strength (close your eyes!), let it soak for about a min, and then rinse. As long as I do this 2-3x per week the itch is no more. It'll sting at first but as your scalp gets better it'll go away. Some people recommend diluting it so it's a 1:1 ratio of water & acv, then use a spray bottle to soak your roots and let it soak for 20min before you shower, but I prefer just dumping it on my head full strength while I'm already in the shower and soaking it for 1min.

    Then when I get our of the shower I rub a few drops of argan oil on my fingers and then run my hands through my hair so it doesn't get too dry. just avoid the roots since your skin can produce its own oil and you don't want to make your hair oily, just moisturized.

    If you want to use tea tree oil straight, I'd probably just rub into my scalp with a carrier oil (like jojoba, maybe 1:1 ratio) cos it can be pretty intense full strength (it will tingle). Then let it sit for a while to let it do its thing, then shower so you're not left with an oily scalp.
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      CommentAuthorglukkake
    • CommentTimeApr 5th 2013
     (11027.32)
    #dandruff

    I've started using this African Black soap masque thing instead of shampooing recently. It's helped with itchiness and dryness of my hair - though it also might be because i've been growing out my hair and not bleaching it as much. I got sick of having roots all the time.

    In any case, I use it a couple times a week, never use shampoo or conditioner any more and it seems to be working super nice on the days right after. They seem to have other products in their line if it doesn't seem exactly like what you want. I use their lotion and it is the best damn feeling lotion I have ever stuck on my skin. And I am usually on the fence of if body lotions actually do shit to help.


    In a tangent, I've noticed that I'm happier buying products that are filled with a checklist of noes (ie: no ) than if it tries to tell me what is actually in it. This stuff does have tea tree oil & other nice things in it too though.
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeApr 5th 2013
     (11027.33)
    Heh, the list of noes totally works for me, too. The facial moisturizer I just bought I chose partially because of things it listed it didn't have.
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeApr 5th 2013
     (11027.34)
    Yeah, I have to buy stuff that's specifically gluten free, and that stuff is usually made for super picky people who want to be natural, so I end up with a lot of products like that.

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