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Where and how do you store and organize cosmetics?

I have, at conservative estimate, a TON of makeup. Not a lot of big, oversized palettes (2? maybe?), mostly individual eyeshadows, lipsticks, blushes, pencils, mascaras, glosses. I cull through often for expired stuff, old stuff, stuff I don't use, but it still kind of takes over bathroom counter space. I have a couple sets of plastic drawers on the bathroom counter, and a segmented acrylic cup thing (for pencils and brushes), but it's still just a hot mess and I can't find things. I need advice and inspiration - how do *you* do it?
posted by ersatzkat on Jun 6, 2014 - 28 answers

How do I eyeliner?

I'm late to the makeup game and would like to get better at applying eyeliner. I am especially interested in doing the cat-eye look that's become so popular recently. Unfortunately, I have had some problems. [more inside]
posted by pxe2000 on Nov 30, 2013 - 33 answers

Old wisdom about beauty

I'm looking for books featuring old wisdom about skincare and haircare. Recipes and advice. I'm thinking orris root powder, muslin cloths and buttermilk, brush your hair 100 times before bed. From the English-speaking world or otherwise. Either written in previous centuries, 20th century, or recently. Even 1950s-60s if they don't rely too much on commercial products. There were a lot of books about grandma's beauty routine printed in the 1970s. Can anyone suggest some classics or particularly good ones? Similar to this. Note: there should be absolutely no mention of Dr Bronner's or the oil cleansing method.
posted by inkypinky on Oct 9, 2013 - 4 answers

I'm Held Captive by Dior's Eau Sauvage Parfum! What Else Is Similar?

I'm a huge fan of Dior's perfumes, but I picked up a sample of their Eau Sauvage Parfum and I'm destroyed by it. What else am I missing out on in the Fumiverse that is reminiscent of this group? [more inside]
posted by Lipstick Thespian on Jun 22, 2013 - 8 answers

My eyes are up HERE

Help me cover up this big dark bump on my shoulder with makeup or other tricks! [more inside]
posted by Ms. Toad on May 16, 2013 - 13 answers

My paws are a disgrace. How to get lady hands?

My hands are a mess due to neglect. Dry, flaky and raggedy cuticles. I don't have spare cash or time for regular manicures - think my last one was 2 years ago. Can you recommend a good hand cream or oil that will get rid of my scales, soothe my cuticles and maybe even strengthen my peeling nails? My skin can be sensitive so nothing too perfumed but I like fancy toiletries so nothing too basic either, and I don't have time to make my own. Sunscreen would be a bonus. I'm in the UK so something available here or that ships to here. And preferably something that will fit in my handbag, or comes in full size and travel sized versions. I thank you.
posted by billiebee on Apr 10, 2013 - 29 answers

Does moisturizer even work?

I was wondering if there is any scientific basis to the idea that using moisturizer improves the texture of skin to the point that it prevents aging. My thoughts are that if moisturizer did what it claimed to do, no one would ever need an acid peel or botox. Does spreading emollient on your face actually really do anything apart from line the pockets of cosmetics companies?
posted by abbagoochie on Feb 25, 2013 - 23 answers

How do I find a discontinued Burt's Bees item?

The product was called Burt's Bees Carrot Seed Oil Complexion Mist. I was in love with how it felt on my skin and especially its (slight) hippie smell: subtle enough not to offend people, but hippie enough that my winter hat still wafts patchouli when I put it on. [more inside]
posted by blueberry sushi on Jan 19, 2013 - 4 answers

I don't want Cruella De Ville's dressing table

Is it still moral/ethical to buy cosmetics from companies who have decided to enter the Chinese market? If not, are there any mainstream/high-street options left? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Dec 12, 2012 - 16 answers

ELF on the Shelf!

What are the best deals and favorite finds at the makeup site e.l.f.? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Nov 27, 2012 - 18 answers

Help Me Craft The Greatest Home-made Lotions Ever

Homebrew Cosmetics Crew - tell me about your lotion/perfume/body butter-building experiences! [more inside]
posted by Lipstick Thespian on Nov 14, 2012 - 6 answers

Need some carcinogen-free lipsticks.

Brands for carcinogen-free lipsticks? [more inside]
posted by xm on Nov 5, 2012 - 9 answers

Best practices for applying powder foundation from a compact?

Most efficient way to get makeup from the compact to my face? [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust on Oct 22, 2012 - 5 answers

Cosmetics 101 help needed - Australia

I need help working out what cosmetics to buy for a basic make over and how to learn to apply them. Also looking for explanations about what different products are 'for'. [more inside]
posted by JeanDupont on Sep 5, 2012 - 21 answers

Square, squat and framed

Help me hunt down more/larger rectangular frame cosmetic bags [more inside]
posted by atomicstone on Aug 21, 2012 - 7 answers

Help me help a friend find a "low profile forest green one ounce cosmetic jar".

Help me help a friend find a "low profile forest green one ounce cosmetic jar". [more inside]
posted by jengapiece on Jun 14, 2012 - 2 answers

Cue makeover montage

I am just terrible at being a lady. All the usual Beauty Stuff, stuff that it seems like everyone else was either born knowing or learned as teenagers, is a giant mystery to me. I need, like, a checklist or something for being a presentable-looking grownup. [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on Jun 13, 2012 - 59 answers

Better way to buy beauty products online?

How/Why to buy beauty products online? [more inside]
posted by lapsang on May 30, 2012 - 11 answers

How do you refill empty squeeze tubes?

How do you refill empty squeeze tubes? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Mar 12, 2012 - 9 answers

Help my stupid looking eyebrows

Where can I find or approximate auburn eyebrow cosmetics? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey on Jan 4, 2012 - 14 answers

Night cream recommendations for sensitive eyes?

Need recommendations for a night cream that won't make my eyes itch. [more inside]
posted by Jess the Mess on Nov 12, 2011 - 17 answers

Help me figure out this whole makeup thing.

I'm a 30 year old woman and I've never worn makeup before. I think I'd like to start, but it's all so overwhelming. [more inside]
posted by Kicky on Aug 20, 2011 - 56 answers

She wants "makeup" for her birthday. What should I buy her?

She wants "makeup" for her birthday. What should I buy her? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 14, 2011 - 51 answers

Please help me make up my mind about a makeup bag

I need a new makeup bag that meets certain criteria: elegance, cleanliness, and durability. [more inside]
posted by orange swan on May 5, 2011 - 16 answers

Beauty without animal cruelty

What cosmetic brands would you recommend to someone who is trying to choose products developed without animal testing? I've methodically flipped over the back of packaging at major supermarket and pharmacy chains when hunting for mascara, for example, with no joy. Ordering products that need shipping would be problematic since it's already 90+ F (32+ C) where I live during the day. Suggestions much appreciated.
posted by woodway on Apr 9, 2011 - 17 answers

Given globalization, what are the very best souvenirs to bring back from abroad?

What are the very best things to bring back as souvenirs from outside the U.S.? It seems that the things I used to request from traveling friends (Petit Bateu shirts from Paris, weird candy from Japan, Elnett hairspray from Europe in general, etc.) are now just as easy to get in the U.S. as they are elsewhere, thanks to the internet/globalization/changing FDA regulations. But surely there must still be amazing things out there that are impossible to find stateside (or in the case of cosmetics, not FDA approved). What are they?
posted by hels on Mar 24, 2011 - 25 answers

Help me become a natural beauty

Help me become a natural beauty! [more inside]
posted by mrfuga0 on Mar 21, 2011 - 31 answers

Time to kick my foundation up a notch?

Seeking a makeup refresh and can't decide what to get with a budget of $100. [more inside]
posted by Mertonian on Feb 26, 2011 - 17 answers

Discount Perfume Online?

Are online discount perfume retailers legit? [more inside]
posted by hefeweizen on Jan 28, 2011 - 12 answers

No masks please--just a little makeup!

Please help a non-makeup-lady find some makeup! [more inside]
posted by bookmammal on Jan 16, 2011 - 32 answers

What makeup books are makeup artists reading?

Makeup Artists: I want your beauty school syllabi. What books did your teachers assign you?
posted by melancholyplay on Nov 17, 2010 - 3 answers

I need a new lipstick

What are some recommendations for matte, long-lasting lipstick? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Oct 7, 2010 - 26 answers

Homemade skin-care for the itchy

What resources would you recommend for making lotions, cosmetics, etc., for super-sensitive skin? [more inside]
posted by WorkingMyWayHome on Aug 20, 2010 - 13 answers

Treatment in NYC for sagging skin and puffy eyes

Where in NYC can I get cosmetic help with sagging skin and bags under the eyes? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 8, 2010 - 5 answers

Why moisturize?

I'm a guy. Do I really need to moisturize every day, or do anything to my skin apart from wash it? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry on May 14, 2010 - 37 answers

Primer primer

Cosmetics experts: will primer destroy my face? [more inside]
posted by almostmanda on Apr 10, 2010 - 7 answers

I wonder...?

Are discount cosmetics/perfume retailers online or in-store selling old/expired/liquidated merchandise? Please explain how cosmetics industry works. [more inside]
posted by hedonic.muse on Mar 26, 2010 - 5 answers

Hunting for Italian cosmetics: How to be bella in Italia?

I love cosmetics, and I'm in Rome. What should I buy here that I can't get in the United States? [more inside]
posted by purpleclover on Dec 8, 2009 - 12 answers

I've just seen a face...

Yikes! Nearly every 'healthy' cosmetic brand has toxic waste in it! Here I thought using Burt's Bees was good for unicorns and everything, apparently they have issues too! So does the Body Shop - badly. Search the database... Anyone have a good, healthy brand line? Please no "Stop Using." Try telling that to a 13 year old who just got permission.
posted by eatdonuts on Nov 23, 2009 - 20 answers

Avocado oil for dry skin?

Dry skin and Avocado oil: My wife has excellent results with with an Avocado oil based product designed to prevent dry and flaking skin on her face during winter. We bought a tiny bottle of it at the cosmetic department of a department store that cost 55 euros. After reading the ingredient list it seems a bit of a ripoff... [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Nov 14, 2009 - 8 answers

Where can I find a discontinued LUSH product?

Where can I find LUSH's discontinued Sweet Japanese Girl? [more inside]
posted by runningwithscissors on Nov 12, 2009 - 11 answers

Changing the world, one kiss at a time...

Cosmetic manufacturing in China. I've noted that certain regions of China specialize in different types of consumer goods manufacturing. Which city or region is ground zero for cosmetics manufacturing in China? [more inside]
posted by Muirwylde on Oct 26, 2009 - 2 answers

I'm not allergic to my cat. I'm allergic to bugs, but only in my makeup. Apparently.

Not sure what sort of doctor to go to about an allergy in my eyes that is not due to dust, pollen, mites, my cat, or any of the usual suspects. [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven on Oct 6, 2009 - 13 answers

Looking for Changi Airport MAC makeup colour advice

Looking for information about MAC cosmetics in Singapore, both about where to find certain products, what's available there and what colours might suit me. [more inside]
posted by Jubey on Sep 3, 2009 - 4 answers

A webcam as a means for recording changes in facial appearance over time?

Using a webcam (instead of a camera) for recording changes in facial appearance over time - good or bad idea? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 27, 2009 - 2 answers

Beauty items not packaged in plastic?

Plastic-free beauty filter: I'm researching how to diminish the amount of plastic I am using from day to day, and I'm about to attack my personal-care items. Does anyone have suggestions for shampoos, deodorants, face washes, lotions, toothpastes, etc., that don't come packed in plastic containers? I'm interested in commercially available stuff and also recipes I can make at home if the components aren't too plastic-y.
posted by toomuchkatherine on Aug 5, 2009 - 19 answers

Recommend a professional skin care brand?

What is your favorite professional skin care line? [more inside]
posted by pinkbungalow on Aug 2, 2009 - 25 answers

Why do women use black eyeliner on the bottom of their eyes?

Why do some women paint the bottom of their eyes with black eyeliner? I'm not talking about Goth women. These are women who are otherwise conventionally dressed, coiffed, and made up. I understand other make-up, such as mascara, lipstick, foundation, and blush, but do people really find dark eye bottoms attractive? They make me think of raccoons.
posted by espertus on Jul 30, 2009 - 27 answers

Can anyone confirm the existence of the Arbonne Institute of Research and Development in Sion Switzerland?

Is there anyone here who lives in or around Sion Switzerland? I am looking for confirmation that the Arbonne Institute of Research and Development (AIRD) has a lab at "chemin des Orlons 10, 1860 Aigle, Switzerland‎." [more inside]
posted by doppler68 on May 13, 2009 - 11 answers

Help me find websites that trade or sell gently used cosmetics.

Help me find websites that trade or sell gently used cosmetics. [more inside]
posted by scazza on Apr 28, 2009 - 9 answers

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