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post #21 of 49
I have used Mary Kay since I was about 14. Love it. You have to call a consultant, but she should have the product on her shelves and you can try before you buy. They also have predone kits of colors (not kits really, but it's called color 101 and they're complimentary colors). You can go to www.marykay.com and find a consultant as well as look for different looks.

Not all MK reps are pushy and try to sell you everything. If you don't want to talk to anyone, you can even order online after you decide what you like. If you don't like it, there is a money back guarantee.
post #22 of 49
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Originally Posted by shelbean91 View Post
I have used Mary Kay since I was about 14. Love it. You have to call a consultant, but she should have the product on her shelves and you can try before you buy. They also have predone kits of colors (not kits really, but it's called color 101 and they're complimentary colors). You can go to www.marykay.com and find a consultant as well as look for different looks.

Not all MK reps are pushy and try to sell you everything. If you don't want to talk to anyone, you can even order online after you decide what you like. If you don't like it, there is a money back guarantee.
I DO use some MK skin care products.. my consultant is SUPER nice.. otherwise, I would probably buy something else just for the time saving/convenience issue.. (ie I don't have to track her down)
post #23 of 49
They'll usually mail the products to you.
post #24 of 49
Your mileage may vary with the dept. store consultants. If you do use a dept store brand, I highly recommend MAC (Makeup Art Cosmetics). Their staff are generally very well-trained and knowledgeable, and MAC cosmetics are excellent (and usually a bit cheaper than Lancome and other similar brands). When you watch your favorite actress on the screen, she is most likely wearing MAC! MAC also has free-standing stores in some locations.

Another awesome brand is Stila--gorgeous colors and textures. Again, a favorite of actresses due to the color selection and quality. Stila products are sheer and can be built up to the desired intensity.

If you decide to order online, sephora.com has a wide selection of Stila and other brands. MAC has its own website (maccosmetics.com).

Mineral cosmetics have been mentioned, and though they can be a bit tricky to get the hang of at first, they are truly fabulous and tend to look the most natural. I currently use a mineral foundation called Alima (alimacosmetics.com) and I have found it to be by far the most natural looking and the best value. They also carry their own line of blushes and eyeshadows that are very lovely.

For great reviews of any cosmetic under the sun, go to makeupalley.com. I think you do have to set up an account to read them, but it only takes a sec. and I don't think they really ask you for any personal info. It's free. I have read so many great reviews there that have saved me a bundle on products that don't deliver!

Good luck!
post #25 of 49
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Originally Posted by trinity6232000 View Post

If you want your eyes to look fantastic, and your willing to spend a little more, I suggest buying
Diorshow Mascara. My cousin works at Sephora and from time to time gives me products to try.
This is my one of my all time favorite products. Not for everyday, if you like a natural look. Your
lashing will not be all sticky or clumpy, BUT they will be long and beautiful. I love it. :
I got some good make-up advice here at MDC a while back, and someone recommended Diorshow mascara. It's absolutely great! I also got some Du-Wop eye makeup, which has also been really wonderful. I got the powder/eyeliner combo and some Shadowlift eye shadow.
post #26 of 49
The Body Shop has lovely natural & not tested on animals make-ups. I wear their lipstick everyday!
post #27 of 49
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The Body Shop has lovely natural & not tested on animals make-ups. I wear their lipstick everyday!
The Body Shop is fine but their products are no more natural than anyone else's. They contain petroleum, waxes, coloring agents, etc. like all the others.

Also, very few companies test on animals these days.

I had a Body Shop lipstick called "Coffee Bean" once that was great (I'm a brunette). I should buy it again!
post #28 of 49
Last week they told me otherwise and showed me an ingredients list for the lipstick I was buying. Unless it was make believe, I'd say they have a line of products that are more natural.

This is the ingredients - found on Amazon (and I can't say I know what these all are, only what they told me at the store):

Ricinus Communis (Castor Seed) Oil, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Lanolin Oil, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Beeswax, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Copernica Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Polyethylene, Ozokerite, Lanolin, Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Propylparaben, Vanilla Planifolia Extract, Talc, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Tocopherol, Mica, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Red 7 Lake.
post #29 of 49
Also, while lots of make-up companies now don't test on animals, many still do. You can see a partial list here (bottom of the page) including companies like Cover Girl


http://www.freewebs.com/animalmac/animaltesting.htm
post #30 of 49
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Originally Posted by MSAX View Post
Last week they told me otherwise and showed me an ingredients list for the lipstick I was buying. Unless it was make believe, I'd say they have a line of products that are more natural.

This is the ingredients - found on Amazon (and I can't say I know what these all are, only what they told me at the store):
from
http://www.organicconsumers.org/body...ngredients.cfm
....Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2,
Quote:
this ingredient is not simply vegetable oil. It is a synthetic oleochemical of the glyceryl ester family.

According to the European Union it is defined as follows: BIS-DIGLYCERYL POLYACYLADIPATE-2 Adipic acid, oxybispropanediol diester, esters with mixed caprylic, capric isostearic, stearic and hydroxystearic acids

According to the US EPA, Adipic acid (C6H10O4) is a white crystalline solid used primarily as the main constituent of nylon (nylon-6/6), representing about half of the nylon molecule. It is also used in the manufacture of some low-temperature synthetic lubricants, synthetic fibers, coatings, plastics, polyurethane resins, and plasticizers, and to give some imitation food products a tangy flavor and as an acidity regulator.

It is produced in 4 facilities in the U.S. Worldwide and demand for adipic acid in 1989 was nearly 2 billion tons, with growth continuing at a steady rate. The U.S. is the world's major producer, with three companies in four locations accounting for approximately 40 percent of world production.

Adipic acid production is the largest potential source of industrial N2O emissions. {Nitrous oxide is generated as a by-product of the nitric acid oxidation stage and is emitted in the waste gas stream.)

The EPA states that N2O is a potent greenhouse gas (GHG) and that "two large industrial sources of N2O emissions are adipic and nitric acid production."

Adipic acid historically has been manufactured from either CYCLOHEXANE
(a
petrochemical) or PHENOL (extremely hazardous chemical), but shifts in hydrocarbon markets have nearly resulted in the elimination of phenol as a feedstock in the U.S. This has resulted in experimentation with alternative feedstocks, which may have commercial ramifications.
.......
Adipic acid may be an irritant to the eyes and upper respiratory tract and a mild irritant to the skin. Effects of exposure to adipic acid may result in skin irritation, evident by a rash or skin discomfort, and/or eye irritation, indicated by tearing, discomfort, or blurred vision. Slight to moderate corneal injury may also result from contact with adipic acid. Irritation of the mucous membranes and the upper respiratory tract are also possible when adipic acid is inhaled or ingested.
post #31 of 49
Yeah, I looked up some of the ingredients and found that same cite through google aslo - thanks for the info though.
post #32 of 49
MAC
MAC
MAC

They are the best. BEST colors of any company. I've known several people who worked for them and they are a good company to work for, too. Not true of many other dept store companies.

Also, for every 6 empty MAC containers (any product) you return to them for recycling, you get a free lipstick.

I also like their Viva Glam campaign. All sales from the Viva Glam lipstick goes to AIDS research.
post #33 of 49
Another MAC lover here. They may not be all natural, but they are good at what they do.
post #34 of 49
The Body Shop was bought out by L'Oreal a year or so ago. They probably still don't test on animals, but I don't think that the Body Shop ever touted that their make up was "all natural." They were more into recycling, non-advertising, less flashy packaging in order to pass on savings to consumers. And their products did use some nice natural ingredients, but it wasn't completely natural.

I got the BEST makeover ever at MAC. I was seriously vain for the rest of the day trying to catch glimpses of myself in every single department store mirror! I just looked so dang good until I washed it off!

Unfortunately, the OP is going to drop some money no matter what department store line she chooses.

In the future, and with a little more time ahead, I would also suggest a mineral makeup line. Mineral makeup, since it doesn't have or need preservatives, is supposed to last forever, although even those companies suggest replenishing your supply once a year at minimum. I love mineral makeup - I'm a recent convert!
post #35 of 49
Disclaimer: I am a Mary Kay independent beauty consultant.

Having said that, the reason I joined the company is because I love, love, LOVE the products. Both the skin care and the makeup are fantastic.

To the OP, you can go to marykay.com and do a virtual makeover entering your stats and it will tell you the best colors for your face shape, eyes, etc. You can then find a consultant who SHOULD be able to let you try the look out before you buy. No high-pressure sales tactics, just an enjoyable pamper session for you. You can find a consultant right off of the marykay.com site.

Hope that helps. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me: candymiller1@marykay.com. That goes for anyone who has questions about skin care, color questions, makeup application tips, etc. I love to help.
post #36 of 49
Agreed that MAC has lovely colors. I like Nars as well, and Benefit.

Bobbi Brown has great products and a more natural feel than the above brands, which tend towards trendy.

The absolute best makeup artist I ever had was at Neiman Marcus at the YSL counter. I'll say that I've had better luck by going straight to saleswomen who have their makeup done in a way similar to the way I'd wear mine...however, just because the woman at MAC has a fantastically over-the-top trendy look, that doesn't necessarily mean she can't help you find a muted, natural look.

'Cause, seriously, if I had all that makeup to play with? You bet I'd take advantage.
post #37 of 49
I love MAC and NARS. I also suggest you check out makeupalley.com As it's been said, they are a great wealth of information and the reviews really help me a lot when choosing.
post #38 of 49
I use both MAC, Chanel, and BeneFit.

I agree w/ a pp that MAC can definitely be used for a more natural look. I had my makeup done by them one time and spent the whole entire day looking at myself. They also tell you how exactly to apply things so you can replicated the best look for yourself.

Chanel I only use for their lip gloss and mascara because they are a litle pricey and to be honest I can't spend $36 on lip gloss to often.

BeneFit is great and all their makeup gives me a nice glow. Most sale associates I've met are also really generous when it comes to letting you try things. If you go with BeneFit I reccomend their Calfornia Kisses lip gloss, it has a blue tint in the tube which when it goes on makes teeth look really white.
post #39 of 49
Ah, I forgot Nars! They make the BEST blushes..I have two of them. They are SO pigmented they last and last!


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Originally Posted by DoctorGirlfriend View Post
Agreed that MAC has lovely colors. I like Nars as well, and Benefit.

Bobbi Brown has great products and a more natural feel than the above brands, which tend towards trendy.

The absolute best makeup artist I ever had was at Neiman Marcus at the YSL counter. I'll say that I've had better luck by going straight to saleswomen who have their makeup done in a way similar to the way I'd wear mine...however, just because the woman at MAC has a fantastically over-the-top trendy look, that doesn't necessarily mean she can't help you find a muted, natural look.

'Cause, seriously, if I had all that makeup to play with? You bet I'd take advantage.
post #40 of 49
For experimenting and needing something quick, I like the cheapo brands at drugstores and Target and such. Brands like
http://www.eyeslipsface.com/default.asp
http://www.newyorkcolor.com/
are fun and cheap and easy to try a bunch of different things.

I especially love the ELF (above) because everything is $1. For $10 you can try all kinds of things!

Not crunchy, I know. But I'm cool with that!
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