Tell me your favourite 'natural' skincare recipes and why, and share your experiences of chemical vs natural skincare. Can natural ever match up to today's modern formulations? [more inside]
When in the US earlier this year, I bought this cleansing water - mostly because I really like this kind of dispenser and it prevents me from pouring half of whatever's in the bottle all over me. Now the cap's snapped off and I want to replace it, but there doesn't seem to be many things in the UK with this packaging. It's like a 'dish' where you press down and the liquid flows into the middle, allowing you to soak it up with cotton wool - here's a better pic. What's the name for this kind of cap?
Husband flying to Japan and China shortly. I like beauty products and skincare, and asian beauty products are nifty and not always readily available in the states. What do I want him to pick up for me? [more inside]
Makeup wearers of Metafilter- what can you recommend for a foundation that is both sheer AND mattifying for a person with naturally "dewy" skin? [more inside]
I am currently using this Neutrogena face lotion, and I like it a lot, except for the packaging- a small opaque glass bottle. I feel like I constantly have to buy a new bottle since it's so small, and hate that the jar makes it impossible to get the last bits of lotion out. Do you know of any similar facial moisturizers (day, SPF, retinol preferred) that come in a plastic bottle?
What ONE skincare product should I add to my current sunscreen-moisturizer-cleanser routine in my twenties? [more inside]
I have been thinking about getting my haircut a la Gone Girl, but don't know what kind of day-to-day work/styling/upkeep it would need. more details inside. [more inside]
I've just moved to Columbia Heights from California, so I'm looking for new everything: for hair cuts and color, mani/pedis, and waxing (brows and more sensitive areas). [more inside]
How do still life photographers get the kind of cosmetic images you sometimes see in magazines? Some Examples here. [more inside]
I'm new to beauty/fragrance buying - lend me your expertise! [more inside]
I spend a lot of time thinking about and feeling inadequate, especially about my appearance. What helps to make this better? And what might help me to feel less angry about it all? [more inside]
I bleached and dyed my hair grey/silver from brown and now I look different. Not only do I not know what colors would look best with my new hair I would also like to branch out from "everyday" makeup. What makeup and colors should I wear now? [more inside]
I already know of Makeup Alley and Temptalia, do you know of any others? I am looking for makeup/beauty focused community websites or apps. Not a blog with one person's view and people talk to each other in the comments, but communities where members have their own profiles and participate.
I enter the last year of my 30s next week and I have noticed a recent interest in being, well, a little fussy about my appearance. Ladies of MeFi, give me your tips/tricks/suggestions for looking good! Self-centred snowflakes within. [more inside]
I'm not sure if I'm putting my foundation on incorrectly or maybe using the wrong products. But my foundation always looks cakey and I have no idea how to fix it. [more inside]
I can just about get a handle on special occasion make-up, but I have no idea what to do with my face on a regular workday basis that makes me look better than normal but also doesn't involve a dozen different steps and expensive products. I think the best way of doing this would be to tell me a little about your daily, workday make-up routines. [more inside]
I can't tell if the new conditioner I tried (Kiehl's Superbly Smoothing Argan Conditioner) is awesome or if I think it's awesome just because it removed whatever build-up I had from my previous shampoo/conditioner routine. [more inside]
I realize this is almost a bratty question to ask, but it's giving me a hard time. I am happy. Things are going well. I feel like I'm looking at a pretty sunset and thinking "eh, okay. enough of that. ho hum." How can I maximize my enjoyment (?) of this blessedly uncomplicated time in my life without screwing it up? [more inside]
I have used retin a for years but avoided my eye area. I've googled but never found a consensus. I have a low .25 percent strength cream... Can you beauties of askme give advice or experience?
After asking for ideas for the perfect planner, I fell down a YouTube rabbit hole of videos about planners which led me to the whole beauty / lifestyle vlogger genre, so now I'm seeking more. [more inside]
Hello, MeFi! I was at a class reunion last weekend where some photos were uploaded to Facebook. Urgh. I look horrible. I am not aging gracefully. I am shocked at how much I've changed in just a couple of years and am saddened that I'm now looking "my age" - late 40s. What are some of the things you do to keep yourself looking and feeling great? [more inside]
How does a chubby middle-aged lady bring out more of her femme side? [more inside]
Tips for dealing with the first white/gray hairs... hair pulling trigger warning. [more inside]
Please keep in mind that I don't mean random novelty items like the ones in ThinkGeek or any shop in Etsy, but websites that provide quality stuff in any of the following categories: home/decor/kitchen, stationery, clothes, accessories, beauty/skincare. [more inside]
I am putting too much empahsis on women's beauty in my relationships. My last relationship ended couple of two months ago and it was a disaster. My ex-girlfriend was very beautiful but she had a poor character. Our relationship lasted about a year. It was not an equal relationship and she expected to be treated like a princes. In the beginning I was treating her like that and had no problem. However once the honeymoon phase passed I demanded equality in our relationship and she was not willing to make any compromise. [more inside]
When I was younger, I somehow got the message that having acne, thin hair, tendency to gain weight, being emotional-- constituted some sort of moral failing. I spent years feeling like I had to apologize for my ugly existence. Now I'm learning that those aspects of my appearance were symptoms, not reflections of the fact that I was an all-around inferior person who didn't take good care of herself. I thought I'd be glad to get a diagnosis, but instead I'm upset and not sure where to go from here. [more inside]
I am in search of best practices for using makeup on eyebrows that are increasingly delicate and thin. OK, I know the best best practice is probably "don't use makeup on them," but how about second-best practices? [more inside]
My nails have never been pretty, but I want them to be. What could I do over the next 30 days to make them even a little improved so that they don't look bad when I dress up for Comic Con? [more inside]
Can you recommend some beautiful, minimalistic music for me? [more inside]
What are some works of SFF that showcase beautiful language on a par with All The King's Men, Gilead, and Raymond Chandler's detective novels? I've read plenty of SFF that has transported me, but little that's struck me as gorgeously written. Thanks!
A few of the mainstay items in my beauty regimen aren't cruelty free and I'm having a hard time finding replacements that don't give me acne or allergies. Can you recommend alternatives to these products/brands so I can stay true to my desire to be a cruelty free consumer? [more inside]
I can't afford to go to a spa but I've always been enticed by the idea of a mud bath, getting a massage, etc etc. Sometimes I take some time to do a clay face mask and polish my nails which make me feel pretty good about myself not to mention relaxed. I'd like to create some sort of budget-spa/pampering experience in my own home. [more inside]
I'm a healthy 30 something year old who has had scoliosis all her life but didnt show until I started developing. As a performer I have to keep in shape and look extremely camera ready. Please help. [more inside]
Have you used the Tria 4x? Does it work? [more inside]
I have the oiliest scalp. If I wash in the morning, it's oily by 5 and I look like a greasy wreck. Is there a shampoo that will help with this? [more inside]
Need help in making my ends look a little less straw-like! [more inside]
I used to look perfectly fine without make up - barely an under-eye circle to be seen. Since I turned 20 two years ago, my face looks more haggard, my eyes look more puffy and my under-eyes look dark and gross. I've resolved to drink more water, eat more green fruits and veggies...and..what? What else do I do to get rid of my under-eye circles and my haggard-ish, puffy face? I just don't want to reply on makeup anymore to look nice. Pics below the fold : ( [more inside]
My eldest will be heading off to Portland this summer, with plans of attending the Paul Mitchell School downtown. I'm trying to get a sense of what our housing options are, so I can budget and she can plan (she really likes things to be planned out). My ideal would be something as dorm-like as possible-in the sense that there are staff onsite, or available much of the time, other students around, and perhaps some of the extra costs are already rolled into your rent (utilities, internet, etc). [more inside]
Hi all. For the past few years, I have been cutting my own hair with whatever scissors available, keeping it at a little shorter than shoulder. How should I cut my hair? Here are some (poor quality, sorry!) webcam pictures of my face: Front Profile Profile 2 Bangs, kinda [more inside]
People of color - what common health/beauty/hygiene axioms have you found not to work for you? Conversely, are there any regimes that you follow that aren't commonly seen as advice online? [more inside]
In the spirit of self-care in the dead of winter, I want to treat myself to some fancy soap. I am not really aware of high-quality hip-or-classic skincare brands that might have a bar soap (not liquid!) that fits what I'm looking for:
a unisex scent palette (I like savory, spicy, vanilla-y scents more than florals),
a bit of exfoliant [more inside]
I am 33, newly pregnant and most of my usual skin care products are not allowed (retin-a, green peels, botox etc) I am interested in purchasing one of the more expensive beauty lamps using Red LED lights (not hand held) but I would really like to hear some experiences before I shell out any big bucks. Any other pregnancy skin hacks are welcome! My budget is about $1300 a year... but I like to spend it on things that have visual longer lasting effects. Thanks in advance!
Hello. Female, 33, I've been using retin-a for years but never in the eye area. I would like to start using a very light .025 cream around that area but I'm really not sure yet, I've heard that it makes the area look crepey but that it then really improves. Have any of you beauties taken that plunge? What happened? How did it work for you?
I'm maid of honor in a wedding this Saturday. And I just realized I have a farmer's tan. How do I fix this? [more inside]
Hi all, I've been dealing with severe hair loss since the end of my Accutane course in 2010. It's now coming up on 2015 and I've lost probably 90% of my hair. [more inside]
I've always followed the same, for want of a better word, 'beauty' regimen and until now there have been no issues. But now suddenly, I am experiencing many appearance-related issues and having to rethink decades-old methods. My problems are with my hair and skin. Is this a thirties thing? I could do with some advice on how to look decent again, as well as some help dealing with the emotional repercussions of suddenly looking terrible all the time. [more inside]
What's your holy grail beauty product that makes you smell incredible? [more inside]
I need a birthday gift for a glamourous 35 year old daughter of a close friend. Not a book nor a gift voucher, nothing for kitchen or home, more like beauty or fashion oriented of which she has a lot but never mind, it's the thought that counts -right? Something I can wrap and hand to them. She wears about a size 8. Budget of around $50 or £30-£40. I am really stumped-please help and thank you. And I did search previous questions.
What outside-the-box-color nail polish would best accent a black cocktail dress (with silver accent beading) and silver shoes? [more inside]
I've just moved to Boulder from NYC and I'm looking for an experienced, no-frills men's barber that can handle a classic tapered haircut. I have had great Russian barbers in NYC but this is CO, and I can't find much. Looking for a barber that can handle an all scissors cut and one that is relegated to guard clippers. I'm willing to travel to a nearby area but would prefer not having to make the trip to Denver.