This stuff really works

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Back in the old Lucky days, I had to attend a lot of black-tie events—none of which were very fun, but all of which were very important, as I was often seated with important advertisers. The events were often endless and slightly tortuous, but I enjoyed the prep: a few days before, a market editor would wheel a rolling rack of designer sample dresses into my office, and I’d try them on and choose one. Then the accessories editors would pick out jewelry based on whatever dress I had selected, and all of this was pretty cool (even though I never got to keep the dresses and jewels, obviously). Then the day of, a hairdresser would come give me a blowout, and, last, a makeup artist would make me look pretty. My favorite of these makeup artists was a woman named Wei Lang, who always made me look like myself only much, much better. In particular I was always amazed at how big she made my eyes look. Well, the other day, I bought a tube of this Superhero mascara, and after applying it, my eyes looked almost as good as when Wei used to transform them. Literally no other mascara I’ve tried has made my lashes so long. I know I never stay faithful to any one mascara formulation for long, but this time might be a different story.

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    Carol Wayne
    26 Apr 2022
    1:20pm

    Thank you for the recommendation..its fabulous!

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    Mamavalveeta03
    20 Apr 2022
    11:08pm

    Kim, you said the magic mascara word for me: length!

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    Francine
    20 Apr 2022
    8:28am

    Thank you for all the recommendations! (Apologies to Kim for hijacking the post.) filling up my Amazon cart with 6 new sunscreens to try 🙌

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    Francine
    19 Apr 2022
    9:44am

    Yes! I’ve been using Hourglass Unlocked as well and I completely agree with you. Does not budge, even wearing eye cream and concealer. And yes, those squiggly things that come off freak me out every damn time. Ladies, any recommendations on an SPF 50+ for the face that’s not matte but also not shiny/greasy looking? The eternal quest…

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      Lisa
      20 Apr 2022
      9:26am

      Glad to read all these recs – I use Bare Minerals tinted complexion rescue or Cotz as a sunscreen/minimal foundation. They seem to work on my sensitive skin. Though if I have rough skin or pores, it doesn’t help that.
      What does everyone put on over (or under) sunscreen/tinted moisturizer to smooth things out?

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      Cora
      19 Apr 2022
      4:15pm

      Cosrx Aloe Soothing Sunscreen SPF 50+, La Roche Posay or Mimitika work best for me – Mimitika is good enough as a moisturizer plus sunscreen and apparantly encourages a suntan.

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      Hannah
      19 Apr 2022
      1:35pm

      If you don’t mind chemical sunscreens, Japanese are the best. They’re usually a combination of both physical and chemical. RatzillaCosme does a review every year of new formulations (they change often in Japan) and if you’re based in the US they’re easy to find on Amazon. I like Bioré and Rhoto Mentholatum Skin Aqua. They come in different formulations based on skin type.

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      A GOACA
      19 Apr 2022
      3:05pm

      I wore Olay Regenerist Mineral Hydrating Moisturizer SPF 30 all last summer and was pleased with it. This contains 17.5% zinc oxide and is not tinted. It does not mention nano on the label. Be careful when you buy it, because it comes in SPF 15 and in a non-mineral formulation, all with almost identical packaging. I usually buy Avène in a tinted mineral formulation, but the last batch was Cheetos orange on my skin. The Olay Regenerist Mineral SPF does not leave a white cast on my skin, nor does it cause breakouts for me. It is not shiny or greasy. It is not, however dermatologist-approved. I buy it at Walmart and Shoppers Drug Mart online.

      Ombrelle Face Mineral SPF 60 tinted lotion is another hypoallergenic favorite of mine that is non-comedogenic, lightweight and can be worn under makeup. It’s water-resistant, and has the Canadian Dermatology Association seal of approval. It has just enough of a tint to not be white, nor is it orange. The active ingredient is 15% titanium dioxide. The packaging looks almost exactly like the non-mineral option, bit with green on the label. It’s less expensive that Avène.

      Both of these last a long time.

      I am about to try La Roche-Posay Anthelios Mineral One 50+ Daily Cream. It has 13.8% titanium dioxide. It is tinted.

      If you need a non-mineral SPF CC cream (I know you didn’t ask), I like Marcelle CC Cream with SPF 35. It comes In a shade light enough for my Celtic skin and does not cause reactions for me.

      Mineral powders are another added layer of SPF, but I always stay away from talc. No brand preference.

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        A GOACA
        19 Apr 2022
        3:51pm

        One more to try: Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Mineral Defence (titanium dioxide 15%), a lightweight formula for sensitive and acne-prone skin, in a sheer, universal tint. This one is water-resistant. I like this one, too.

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      Viajera
      19 Apr 2022
      12:45pm

      I sometimes use a LaRoche-Posay Anthelios melt-in milk sunscreen which is labeled 60 spf. I haven’t noticed it being matte – but it may be. (I usually worry more about how it feels on. And this doesn’t bother me too much.) I don’t notice how it looks once it’s on, but I also don’t put anything over it. Is that the issue with the matte-ness? how well it gets along with makeup? I am just curious. … … … Meanwhile, if anyone ever comes across a mineral un-tinted sunscreen which is non-nano and *actually* clear, please do share, people! I got sick of trying and just made peace with the chemicals. … … … And I do plan to try the Elta clear sunscreen, which people here have kindly recommended.

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      Jenny
      19 Apr 2022
      12:04pm

      I love MDSolar Sciences SPF 50 Mineral Moisture Defense (it’s a body sunscreen but I use it for my face) and their Mineral Crème spf 50. I have a high tolerance for shine, so they might fall in the side of greasy for you. The crème is less shiny, I think. They leave a bit of white cast, which I appreciate bc my skin on its natural state is quite rosy. There’s a lot of dimethicone in both formulas, so if that’s not your thing, skip them. Aylabeauty.com has good descriptions of the products & you can get samples from them as well.

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    Betsy P
    19 Apr 2022
    10:01am

    Do either of you ever have issues with eye make-up intolerance, and if so, does Hourglass do okay on your eyes. I don’t think I have allergies per se but some mascaras seem to make my eyes dryer/itch.

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      Michele
      19 Apr 2022
      4:29pm

      I don’t have eye makeup intolerance so it may not be helpful to know the Hourglass doesn’t bother my eyes 😉

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      kara
      19 Apr 2022
      6:32pm

      I do have intolerance (itching and watering particularly) and the Hourglass has been fine for me. I really like it. No itching, no sweating/migrating, and no stiffness.

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    Michele
    19 Apr 2022
    8:11am

    In the last year I’ve become devoted to Hourglass Unlocked Instant Extensions mascara. It doesn’t clump on me, my lashes are long and curled, and … AND it never ever smudges. Not even at the dentist, not even with my eyes tearing from allergies. But, it’s not waterproof & comes off easily with my regular DHC Deep Cleansing Oil (which I’m also devoted to). The only downside is that the little squiggles of mascara look very odd when you’re washing them off.

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      A GOACA
      19 Apr 2022
      3:09pm

      Why is it that a good, hypoallergenic brown mascara is so hard to find? Black is too harsh for me.

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        Heather
        20 Apr 2022
        8:04am

        Agreed! Not nec hypoallergenic, but Cover Girl recently went cruelty free so I am trying one of their mascaras and like it pretty well. It comes in black, brown and “black-brown” which id what I use.

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          D.Morgendorffer
          20 Apr 2022
          11:38am

          Covergirl actually has a genuine brown, as opposed to black-brown, in their lashblast volume line. The shade number is 815 https://www.target.com/p/covergirl-lashblast-volume-mascara-0-44-fl-oz/-/A-13697496?preselect=11206181#lnk=sametab It’s my everyday mascara, though the unfortunately expensive Chanel has the best auburn mascara to which I treat myself on special occasions.

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      Anja
      19 Apr 2022
      3:39pm

      Hourglass Unlocked is my ‘holy grail’ of mascaras – I have oily skin that resulted in all previous mascaras (long-wearing, waterproof, budge-proof, whatever the claim; feels like I tried EVERYTHING) giving me ‘raccoon eyes’ within a few hours. The skin under my eyes was getting irritated with how often I was wiping and washing the transferred black smudge. Hourglass stays put all day, and comes off pretty easily with a makeup wipe, or with face wash. I keep a constant backup supply on hand, should it ever be out of stock or experience supply chain issues!

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        kara
        19 Apr 2022
        6:35pm

        Same! And no one ever tells me I look like I have two black eyes. The mirror has to surprise me. There’s that golden moment when as the mascara and eyeliner start to slip it looks like a “smoky” eye but that’s extremely short lived.

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    Gablesgirl
    19 Apr 2022
    7:54pm

    The two matte sunscreens I swear by in a hot, humid South Florida climate are Isdin and Cotz. Both are excellent and are mineral sunscreens. My dermatologist gives a thumbs up to both of them.

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    Bobby
    19 Apr 2022
    3:10pm

    Kim, have you found a dupe for my holy grail product (which you turned me onto!)? That would be the BECCA anti fatigue eye primer in green. So far when I google TULA primer keeps coming up, but I’m not sure…. I still have two BECCAS left.

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    Sarah H
    21 Apr 2022
    3:17pm

    If you haven’t tried Atelier Westman (makeup artist Gucci Westman’s new venture, funded by same people as Frederic Fekkai’s haircare line that’s aces)… I recommend. Great size samples too. Went back and bought the mascara after trial. (and the lip stain in Pipsqueak!) The packaging is really nice too. Her TerraCotta for a swoop of color reminds me in color and wearability of Guerlain’s…

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