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I go where the inspiration takes me, although I tend to stick with Neutrogena for skincare because I trust them (and their Anti-Stress acne line is my new go-to for when I start breaking out). As for makeup, I have my mascara, which is the Cover Girl VolumeExact, and then the rest is kind of up in the air.

Their 3-in-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment is awesome if you have a specific area that tends to break out and don’t want dry patches. I use it on my forehead all the time!

MAC for cosmetics, Dermalogica and Clarins for skincare. I also like Benefit for a mix of both.
I suppose my essential products would be, respectively, the Fibre Lash mascara and Studio Fix liquid foundation; Medicated Clearing Gel and Anti-Bac Cleanser; and Honey, Snap Out of It! face scrub, plus the gorgeous Bathina/Maybe Baby lines. Not forgetting my MAC Lilacrush Lipgelee ๐Ÿ™‚

Boy, keeping me pretty is an expensive habit!

A little bit of everything for make up – although I particularly love Urban Decay, MAC and Too Faced
BodyShop for skin care – my saviour! ;o)

No way, I will try a little bit of everything. After all, that is what makes your own cosmetic collection your own, not exactly the same as someone elses!

Not at all, I don’t follow one brand only, I have products of various brands, and some non branded stuff too. I mainly go by ingredients and how it feels on my skin, so I’m not too keen on branded stuff.

Iยดm more of a “one brand at a time” kind of girl.
I go through phases where Iยดm very enamoured with one particular brand, then my loyalty shifts to another.
Iยดve been heavily into NARS, Bobbi Brown, Clinique and Chanel. But my MAC phase is the longest and most intense ever. I may well be stuck on it for life!
With skincare though, I try to use the best out there regardless of brand, I only go with ingredients there.

Hey Cristine,

For makeups MAC or other gud brand and for lashes Cover Girl Volume Exact its the best.

For skincare also it may change brand wise,i mostly focus on Gud brands,which goes out on my skin type.


I prefer MAC and drugstore brands(Rimmel, Loreal HIP, and Covergirl). For skincare, I get my things everywhere from Lush to whatever looks good in Target.

Rimmel and Covergirl for mascara. HIP for lipglosses and the one blush I own. It’s never that difficult for me because I usually have an idea of a certain product or color I want. It’s when I’m just exploring that it can become all too much, added with the fact you can’t try anything on.

I love variety so I like to try different things time to time if it catches my eye.Everything is branded- non department to department.I have a variety of both because the non department might be better than department depending on what it is.I have brands up to MAC, Iman, Covergirl, Maybelline, Just got into Bobbi Brown and a little bit of Chanel.

I recently started using MAC (when I started with a makeup artist course) and I am loving it! I spent over 3,000 on MAC products already (in about 6 weeks…). I also love Shu Uemura products, they are of good quality as well. For my skin I use super aqua by Guerlain.

i really love MAC TOO FACED AND URBAN DECAY. So the majority of my collection are those brands. that being said I have a list of different brands and what I want to try of their (ex. Sugar: Bronzer, NARS: Blush, Eye Shadow Duo, THEBALM: Lip Gloss, eye shadow, Brushes) So I keep that in mind when I go to sephora that I want a little of everything and maybe the “best” products from each line.

I buy like everything because there is definately something to offer from every brand but MAC takes up about 80% where my make-up are concerned. However where skincare is concerned, I have absolutely nothing from MAC… unless lip balm is considered part of skincare… but then again, the lip balm is tinted as well so it doubles as a lip colour.

Is there any thing good from MAC where skincare is concerned though? I’m thinking of trying those charged waters but I’m not too sure about their function…

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Hey Cosine! A lot of people do like MAC’s revamped line of skincare. Moisturelush cream has gotten great reviews (I love it myself). Charged Waters is something I’d personally skip!

Well I had a variety of make-up until last year when I was re-introduced to MAC by my cousin! I had not been into a MAC store since 2003!!! Boy did I miss out on ALOT!!! I just started adding to my collection since 7/07!! Let’s just say my bank account has gone down DRASTICALLY!!! 95% is MAC, the other 5% is Loreal HIP, Estee Lauder mascara & Cover Girl.
Does anyone know of a GOOD anti-wrinkle craam? I am in my 30’s (gulp!) and need to start prepping my face for the “unexpected”!

Hi Mari – for anti-wrinkle and anti-anything, I like Patricia Wexler’s line. I’m really, really happy with it.

You know what? I have tried her serum (the pinky one)and DO like it! It keeps my skin soft! Thank you, I will make sure to stop at Bath & Body this week-end! ๐Ÿ˜€

OMG I use the serum too LOL! I also use the anti-acne cleanser and the daily moisturizer with SPF30.

actually there was a study done a year or two ago, I think it might have been consumer reports and they tested lower end brands vs the pricy high end stuff and the winner was Avon’s Anew…who would have thought it…but it got the highest rating of all the brands tested…I dont remember what the other brands were but the Anew name stuck in my head as the winner…..and it won by landslide.

Now to answer the question posted – I am totally brand loyal – Mac for make-up, OPI for nails, Eminence for skin and just recently I fell in love with one specific product from Murad. Perfumes, lotions, soaps, shampoo, sunscreen – I will try most anything but I am big fan of LUSH.

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Wow! What made you fall out of love with MAC back in ’03?

Best anti-wrinkle cream is preventative… sunscreen! But if you’re already doing that, anything with retinol is typically good. Lots of antioxidants, retinol or retinoids.

Isn’t that crazy? Well I was prego a year later w/twins and adding 2 to the mix, well let’s just say I had my hands full w/three kids!! But I am back in full force with the “mac addiction”! I just ache when I think of ALL the awesome quads I missed out on! (sniff sniff)

I tend to have a bit of everything. I like to read reviews and check out InStyle and Allure’s “best of” lists. I take note of products mentioned in artiles in mags and online.

Right now, I’m in between skincare, but am going to start using Neutrogena Anti-blemish Anti-wrinkle cream, as I have acne and am finding facial lines at the same time! (GACK!)

I like Biore’s oil-free/oil absorbing SPF moistruizer.

I love the Philosophy microdermabrasion kit. I’ve really noticed a difference since starting to use it.

As for makeup, I like Mary Kay eye shadows, Cover Girl lipsticks (good staying power), Revlon (best cheap foundation I’ve found). . . as for the high end, I like Bobbi Brown, Smashbox, and Benefit. I’m interested in Laura Mercier, MAC, and Urban Decay, but don’t have a ton of extra cash right now to go and try them all out! LOL!

I try everything, especially when it comes to skincare. I change it up all the time because my skin gets used to things and those things stop working. I use Glamour, Allure, Lucky magazine, and beauty blogs for reviews on new products.

As far as make-up though – I went MAC and have never really gone back. I’ve got a few things from Bobbi Brown, Trish McEvoy, and Lancome. Benefit is another line I love for skincare and make-up fake-its, not really for colors (although when they come out with palettes, they are always good). I’ve also been into NARS lately. Unfortunately I can’t afford to haul NARS like I can MAC. I think I need to check out Stila and Urban Decay more – everyone here seems to think they are good brands.

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Isn’t that frustrating? Skincare is a pain in the behind to find a good regimen, and then your skin goes and gets used to it, so you have to find a whole new regimen!

I agree that MAC’s prices, even though higher than drugstore, are still cheaper than a lot of other high end brands. I already cringe at buying a MAC blush, let alone a NARS one!

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