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Oh god — only ALL EPILATORS EVER. Those things are terrifying: loud and growly and fast-moving, but so worth it overall. I’ve had mine for a few years now, and it’s never so much as looked at me sideways, but I’m always still convinced that it’s going to have a horrible change of heart one day and start ripping my skin off out of spite (or, you know, demonic possession.)
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The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette. I keep shimmer far, far away from my oily skin, and I was on the fence about trying the Hourglass powders, but after seeing the reviews and swatching in person at Sephora, I decided to go for it at the last F&F sale, and while it might not be the love affair of the century, there’s definitely lust happening. I just make sure I use a light hand to keep the subtle glow subtle.

I tried wearing blush through my early-20s, but I never felt it looked right. The problem wasn’t the product, but the colors I was choosing. I wore what I was “supposed” to wear, according to the “experts”, and even shades that came in comprehensive palettes, but I didn’t like any of them, so I gave up. It’s only been in the last year that I’ve been into wearing it, and now that I know what yields the best results, I’ve amassed a nice little collection.

Bronzer was another product I couldn’t get behind, since I don’t go for a “sun-kissed” look, but the right shade, combined with the right blush, can create a nice, healthy glow, and add dimension.

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Yes! I knew I would love NARS TM. I also knew Finland would be too dark for me by a long shot. I have a NARS counter about an hour and half from my place that I go to every few months mostly for fun. As soon as Terra Nueve came out, I scooped it up!

I was also hesitant to try the L’oreal Infallible eye shadows, but I love them!
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I’d have to say bright, bold lipsticks! But truthfully, when I was younger I didn’t feel they suited me. My face lacked the maturity I needed to pull off the look. I like bright lips on younger girls now, but if I think back it was also not a thing/trend when I was in my late teens.

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I was hesitant to try metallic lipsticks. Now, I love how they look against my skin. I absolutely love Milani’s Raspberry Rush and Violet Volt colors. I don’t look like a specimen of the ’90’s.

I was the same way with cleansing oils. It makes sense to use them, though, because as many of us learned in chemistry, like dissolves like! I did try the Bobbi Brown one, and it was just a little bit too runny for my taste. Which one do you use?

As for me, I hated on the Naked Pallet for years and then I finally got one and fell in love.

Blush! And maybe I was right to be, I have bought so many lately. I’ll have to get my lovely sister in law a nice new blush or something as thanks for insisting I try it.

Oooh there are a few. Ambient Powders – I always figured powder was either translucent or matches your skin. This was a concept that I didn’t think would work for me, but low and behold I found 2 that I love. Primer and under eye primer – figured they were just another layer of make-up that could potentially break me out. So no so. Love Smasbox for under my eyes and Tom Ford face primer. Cleansing oils – I thought they would feel awful on the skin – but Tactcha, Josie Marin and Boscia changed my view.

Dark/bright lipstick. I was always told that it’s not for my small, thin lips. I’ve been building my lipstick arsenal since I discovered I love it last year.

I was afraid to try highlighters. I figured that glitter/sparkle didn’t belong on middle-aged cheeks. I’m happy to say that I was wrong.

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You betcha! The 2 that come to mind straight away are MAC Strobe Cream and Naked Lunch eye shadow. When I first really got into makeup and specifically MAC, I was much more about matte shadows and any time a SA tried to put Naked Lunch on me, I would say “No thanks – too glittery and too peachy”. Eventually, I learned just how beautiful a pearly shadow looks on my “not exactly young” eye lids and how it really brightens my whole eye area. Now, shimmery shadows are my favourites though,unlike a lot of people, I don’t like shimmer on the brow bone (too over the top and garish looking most of the time).

Sounds strange, but moisturizer. My skin was VERY VERY oil throughout my 20s and the idea of adding MORE moisture to my face scared me. When I thought moisturizer, I thought grease and breakouts. However, I’ve discovered lighter moisturizers that don’t leave me feeling greasy. Also, my skin has gotten dryer over the years. I’m now 35 so while I still have an oily t-zone, my skin is now combination and can get very dry, particularly in winter. So not only do I now use moisturizer, it is an absolute must.

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