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July 20

Searching for cotton bras with pockets for inserts

I want to find some cotton bras which have room for inserts. Most cotton bras are unlined, and if I'm in a formal situation and choosing to suffer through the rare miserable discomfort of a bra to begin with, I'd like to have full coverage, and want to be able to slip in those thin silicone things which solve the problem well. [more inside]
posted by asimplemouse at 7:20 AM - 4 answers

Endless split ends - how to remove far-up ones while retaining length?

I just had a haircut - from a hairdresser who'd received very good reviews, the director of the hair salon. (I hadn't had a haircut for about six months beforehand.) My hair is still full of split ends, though, even just after this haircut with a hairdresser who should be objectively pretty good. Some are pretty far up, maybe at shoulder height. I think I treat my hair pretty well - no heat, wash roughly every third day. So... what should I do: a) to get rid of the split ends I currently have. Can I somehow preserve the length while getting rid of split ends? Is this a thing a hairdresser can do for me - presumably sit there for ages cutting individual hairs?? Or do I just have to chop it all off? (I have heard of a thing called a "split-ender" - I don't know if this is any good in practice.) b) especially if I do have to chop it all off and start again (but even if not!) how do I avoid getting so many split ends?
posted by tangerine_poppies at 7:18 AM - 0 answers

July 19

Help finding a dress!

Can you help me find a dress exactly like this that's available in my size (US 16)? I'm looking for knee length or midi, button down, cotton or linen, seersucker or white or chambray, with straps wide enough that I can wear a normal bra.
posted by stellaluna at 4:32 PM - 7 answers

Need ideas for a non-pointy wizard hat

I'm in the process of assembling a wizard costume I'll be wearing at a con in a month. I don't particularly care for the traditional pointy cap, though. MeFi, please give me your best ideas for non-traditional, non-pointy wizard hats.
posted by isauteikisa at 3:44 PM - 13 answers

July 18

AskMe, will you be my shopping buddy?

I want to spend a lot of money (for me, anyway) on a dress I may be unreasonably obsessed with. Give me the go-ahead or talk me down? Plus size dress question inside. [more inside]
posted by PussKillian at 1:47 PM - 47 answers

Design help for a tattoo

I have a couple of vague ideas for a new tattoo. I have an artist picked out, but I think I need to go through a couple of iterations with someone who has a solid grasp of tattoo design before I take the idea to him. Have any of you used online design services or freelancers for this kind of thing? Other ideas?
posted by mr_roboto at 1:18 PM - 13 answers

July 16

Help me find a new glow lotion

I used to love Soap & Glory Glow Lotion but can't seem to find it anywhere anymore. What's a similar product that will give me glowy skin without a fake tan effect? [more inside]
posted by noxperpetua at 3:27 PM - 4 answers

Help me find a better plain white tee

Plain white t-shirts (paired with more statement-y shorts, pants, and shoes) have become my uniform. I have so far been well-served by uniqlo's offering, but if I'm going to be wearing the same shirt 3-5 days per week I think I can do better than basically an undershirt. Additional requirement: ethically produced, and not more than $30 each. Help?
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 9:45 AM - 8 answers

I did something bad; I was wrong and I'm sorry (skin care edition)

I picked a scab on my face. It won't go away. It NEEDS to go away - by Saturday. Hope? [more inside]
posted by St. Hubbins at 7:39 AM - 14 answers

July 15

What could I wear that ISN'T clothes? (Creative costume filter)

Getting ready for Burning Man and trying to think outside the box. I want to make some unexpected costumes / accessories. Maybe a bra made out of two little strainers attached to one another, for instance. What is the thing that's a spoon ring, but for your *whole body?* I'm a ladyperson with a slim athletic build.
posted by red_rabbit at 3:50 PM - 16 answers

Grease is not the word.

My favorite shampoo, Pantene Weekly Deep Cleanse, has been discontinued. This shampoo let me get away with washing my grease-prone hair only once every 2-3 days, but now I'm down to my last bottle and I have to find something else that works. I think I've tried Neutrogena and didn't like it. Whole Foods store brand shampoo for oily hair is okay but not great. What's a good alternative clarifying shampoo, preferably at drugstore prices?
posted by Ralston McTodd at 3:11 PM - 14 answers

Help my mom find clothes and shoes that fit her and her style.

I'm getting married next year, and my mom is looking for nice clothes for the wedding and surrounding parties. She had a favorite place in our hometown that had clothes that fit her style - flowy, but tailored, in multiple shades - but they shut down. She's also looking for shoes that work with her feet - she has wide feet and a high arch, and the only shoes she's found that reliably fit are Birkenstocks. I was wondering if anyone here knew of retailers that would sell clothes like what she likes, or cute shoes that would work with her feet.
posted by protocoach at 9:17 AM - 18 answers

July 14

Large amount of urine/poop stains in clothes and bedding: what now?

Need advice on getting the odor and stains, for a large amount of urine and poopy in clothing and bedding. [more inside]
posted by magnoliasouth at 2:38 PM - 30 answers

Matte liquid lipstick!

Kat vond D Everlasting Lipstick versus Beauty Bakerie versus Stila All Day versus???? [more inside]
posted by joyceanmachine at 8:45 AM - 16 answers

July 13

I want formal dresses with leaves on them!

I love dresses that have lots of plant imagery on them. Incidental flowers are OK but what I really want is green leaves! Can you find good options for me? [more inside]
posted by potrzebie at 3:59 PM - 22 answers

Can I put an underwire bikini top in an extractor?

That's pretty much my question. I'm going swimming with a friend at the Y tonight. Last time we went I didn't use the water extractor spinny thing because I didn't want to muck up the underwire on my bathing suit top. But then I got stuck with the soggiest bathing suit on the subway. So I'd like to use the extractor but I also love my bathing suit so I'm hesitant. Should I or shouldn't I? (I should note that this top is a 42DD so it's no small thing, in case that makes a difference.)
posted by Neely O'Hara at 2:45 PM - 7 answers

What's the best nonsurgical fix for the vertical age lines above the lip

I'm 52, and all that smoking is starting to catch up with me: I'm starting to see slightly deeper lines above my lip. I would like to fight 1) lipstick bleeding, 2) lines on my lips, and 3) and the worsening of those lines as much as possible. I know products exist that addresss these issues, which, if any, have you found worked for you? (Makeup Alley has conflicting and confusing products/advice.) [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A at 9:01 AM - 10 answers

July 10

LESS Expensive Non RX Sunglasses for existing frames??

I'm starting to use contacts. I LOVE a couple of my glasses frames so I want them as non RX sunglasses now. What's the best and cheapest way to do this? [more inside]
posted by Crystalinne at 2:19 PM - 1 answers

July 9

Variations and combinations in makeup styles

So I'm getting back into doing makeup after a few years. I'm a twenty something dark skinned woman who has lots of lipstick, eyeshadow and basic face things like concealer, blush, and bb cream. What I'm trying to figure out is what kind of makeup styles I can do. I know about stuff like smokey eye, blending and things like that. I lean towards doing basic looks, like yesterday I did a gold sparkle eyeshadow and warm pink lipstick. [more inside]
posted by starlybri at 9:43 AM - 7 answers

July 7

Maternity tights in fun colors/styles/patterns

Looking to purchase some maternity tights that are a bit more fun than the usual black or nude that you often see—seeking fun colors, patterns, styles. Prefer to buy online. Thanks for your tips!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 8:30 AM - 2 answers

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