What beauty products have changed your life?

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For me it's quick-drying nail polish! I'm kicking myself for not trying it before now!

-- Anonymous, March 15, 2000


Hi Jennifer! For me it was concealer. Now I look only somewhat tired instead of really, really tired. Is your polish still holding on? The quick-drying stuff chips easily. In my experience, the only kind that stays on even a little is Revlon Top Speed. I thought of you the other day when I went to see Robert Thurman speak at the Springfield Library & Museums. (I live in Northampton.)

-- Anonymous, March 15, 2000

Revlon Top Speed is indeed what I'm using, and it seems to be holding up pretty well so far. Every nailpolish I've ever used has chipped within a day or so anyway, and this stuff doesn't seem significantly worse than the others.

-- Anonymous, March 15, 2000

Do y'all find that the quick-dry polish dries to a dull finish? I tried the Loreal, and it looked really flat and dull when it dried. I ended up having to put a coat of clear over i

-- Anonymous, March 15, 2000

The Revlon color I'm wearing ("Baby") doesn't look flat, but it's a shimmery shade rather than a matte one, so maybe that's why.

-- Anonymous, March 15, 2000

OK. I know, this is one of those things best not brooched flippantly (or maybe it is?) but I really, really have to say Tampons with vehemency. I count them as beauty products because, well, what is more beautiful than an untarnished pair of underwear? Especially after years of wearing pads, which are a pale excuse for any kind of useful object...

-- Anonymous, March 15, 2000

Oops. "Vehemence", that is. I don't want to sound unedjumacated...

-- Anonymous, March 15, 2000

MAC lipstick. It actually stays put for a reasonable amount of time, and the colors are intense.

-- Anonymous, March 16, 2000

Yeah, but does this fast dry nail polish smell as good as the old stuff?

My favorite beauty product is Oil of Olay daily foaming face wash. It cleanses without drying out the skin.

-- Anonymous, March 16, 2000

well, using lots of nail polish probably causes you to lose some IQ points over a lifetime. (those fumes can't be good for you)

-- Anonymous, March 16, 2000

Sara, the Loreal quick dry stuff sucks, as does the Maybelline. Only Revlon is decent.

-- Anonymous, March 17, 2000

My fake eyeball keeps strangers and small children from running away screaming when I approach.

Of course, when I sneeze really hard and it pops out, it can be annoying.

-- Anonymous, March 19, 2000

Hi, Jen! I tried the fast-drying nail polish, but it's also fast-peeling. I'm playing guitar these days, so nail polish is out, anyway. I like the Avon Banishing Cream. This stuff really fades sunspots (aka age spots). I had one in the middle of my forehead. Gone. Ditto the one on my left hand. I'm working on getting rid of the one on my right hand, and one on my left cheek.

-- Anonymous, March 19, 2000

Anything Kiehl's has changed my life..

The blue astringant has tamed the oil-slick formerly known as my face.

The oil-free lotion makes my dried and tight face glow with health, not oil.

The hair groom weighs my excessively thick hair down (it's just about chin length right now, and it's a fight to prevent "triangle- head", or triangle shaped hair) without making it icky or greasey. It's too bad that it's so freaking expensive or else I'd try their shampoo and conditioner and all sorts of other stuff. I highly recommend it (found in Saks 5th avenue, Kiehl's speciality stores, and other fine department stores :)

-- Anonymous, March 20, 2000

Star Powder. It's this intense, metallic loose eye shawdow made by Makeup Forever, a company based in Paris that used to be in some nice dept. stores but isn't anymore. I don't actually own any star powder, though - my friend Alicia used to always wear it, before I really knew her, and we became friends when I asked her about it. So Star Powder changed my life, because Alicia is stilll one of my better friends. I believe L'oreal just started making cheap knockoffs of star powder... I don't know if they're any good, though. -Katy, The Secret Hypertext Diary of Katy Lloyd

-- Anonymous, March 20, 2000

The other day on a local program on our local NPR station on which Ian Frazier was the guest host, people were calling in with what 5 things they would take with them for a year on a desert island: Miles Davis records, New York Times subscription, Recherche du Temps Perdus, golf set, etc.
I felt incredibly shallow because my list was: moisturizer, lip balm, sun block, freshening toner, advil (b/c i could get through my period -- alone, on a desert island -- better without tampons than without pain killer).

-- Anonymous, March 22, 2000

I love phytodefrisant - I have naturally curly hair that I like to straighten occasionally, and this stuff is like a miracle. Also, Kiehl's lip balm. I should buy this stuff in gross because I use so much of it. And DHC mild soap - perfect for every day.

Those are my must-have products.

-- Anonymous, April 01, 2000

Water. And lots of it.

-- Anonymous, April 09, 2000

Beautiful on the run...most definately Mac pressed powder!

-- Anonymous, November 15, 2000

Cetaphil. Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturizer. Stila Lip Glaze. Bumble and Bumble Moisturizing Shampoo and Rich Conditioner-- Deeep for weekly deep conditions.

-- Anonymous, August 13, 2001

Hi! I'm doing a project for my science class in which we had to choose a product and test it to see if its slogan is true, and my group chose Maybelline's quick-drying nail polish ('From wet to set in one minute flat'). I need to find some background information on quick-drying nail polish to use as a reference. I've looked all around the internet but I haven't found anything. Any sites that you know of or articles you've seen in magazines would be wonderful! This project is due a week from Monday, so please write me ASAP if you have anything. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!!!

-- Anonymous, September 02, 2001

self-tanner is the greatest invention known to man in the winter you can use it on your face and you don't look dead.

-- Anonymous, October 05, 2001

Tweezerman tweezers!!! They are expensive but worth every dime...and you can send them back to be sharpened free of charge whenever you want..just pay postage. Makes eyebrow maintenance easy for those of us who have had BAD waxing experiences!

-- Anonymous, January 06, 2002

My older sister got her eyebrows done and b accident her whole eyebrow got ripped off.she was crying so bad she didnet even dare to go to party.

-- Anonymous, February 04, 2002

Kiehls Ultra Facial Moisturizer, Cetaphil, Lots of Sleep and WATER!

-- Anonymous, July 02, 2002

L'Oreal Shine Specialiste Top Coat (from their nail care line). Dries super fast and shiny! But, help. I can't find it anymore in any of the local stores!!! Haven't found it on line either. Anybody know where I can find it?

-- Anonymous, July 13, 2002

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