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Beth Fixes your Ass

I have a problem with jeans. Ok, actually I have many problems with jeans. I have very short legs so even so-called "short" jeans run about an inch and a half too long, I have a big booty and chubby thighs and relatively small hips, which means that I have to choose between jeans that fit my hips well enough to actually stay up which then prevent me from sitting down or walking, and jeans that fit my heinie that have to be belted so tightly to keep them from plunging to my ankles that I am left with a belt-induced polterwang. Not really attractive, either way.

If any of that sounds familiar to you, check out DKNY Soho Jeans. I got mine on sale at Macy's for about $35. But! If you go in search of these jeans, make sure to buy the ones with $59 on the tag and not the ones with $48 on the tag. I originally bought two pairs that looked identical, all the same tags and everything, but one pair was $10 cheaper. The cheaper pair stretched out so much that I could have fit two of you in there with me. All I can figure is that DKNY also makes these jeans for outlet stores at a lower prices and much lower quality, and that both kinds are currently for sale at my (and possibly your) local Macy's.


Beth Fixes your Lips

I've started this thing lately where I am telling my children to deal with themselves and doing my hair and makeup every day. You know, like an actual adult or something. It is nice to no longer be the grungiest mommy everywhere I do. Well ok, sometimes I am still the grungiest mommy, but at least I am not always the bottom of the pile anymore. Also, we are rapidly approaching the point where it will be necessary to Do Something about my grays, and if I am going to Do Something I ought to at least be doing my hair, right? Right. But I've been having this lip issue, in that I hate lipstick and lip gloss and while I have accepted chap stick as my personal savior it doesn't do much in the de-grunging department. Enter Pixi Lip Blush, which is basically what it sounds like - just color without goop. I like it in "Purity" and it goes great under chap stick. It claims to last eight hours, but that is an absolute lie. It also feels a little tacky right after you put it on, but stick with it, it gets better. Costs $18, which I didn't notice until they were ringing me up at Target and I about died, but now I think it may be worth it. Almost.


Beth Fixes your Whole Face

Not that there is anything wrong with your face, it is lovely. The thing that has been wrong with my face is that I can't get my makeup off of it. I use this and I can't use most make-up remover because it fries my skin and even after scrubbing my face with my regular stuff (more on that later) I leave stripes of makeup on our white towels. Blech. But, these Neutrogena towel things take the makeup off without leaving me looking like I've spent 20 minutes being bitch slapped. They claim to remove waterproof mascara too, but even with non-waterproof mascara it takes a heck of a lot of scrubbing, so I'd imagine it does work on waterproof provided you have 30 minutes to devote to the process.


You Give Back to Beth, Who has Given So Much to You

Now that I have tipped you off on all my favorite things of the moment, it is your turn to help me. My face wash was discontinued a little over a year ago, and I drove all over town buying all I could find at 50% off, which rocked, but I am on my very last bottle, which sucks. I need a new one. I also need a waterproof mascara that neither flakes off like so much nasty black dandruff nor ends pooled under your eyes by 4:00 every day. Bonus points awarded to anything I can buy at Target.

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I use Ivory bar soap. It's, like, $2 for 10 bars. I also look like an 80 year old crack smoker, so maybe you ought not take advice from me.

You want tube mascara. I originally spent $25 whole dollars on the Blinc Kiss Me kind, but now L'Oreal makes it too. And it works just as well. And it cost less than $10. At Target. You're welcome.

i LOVE Rimmel waterproof mascara. And its like $3, AND you can get it from Target. Seriously, its great, I switched from Estee Lauder.

I don't think you can buy this at Target, but Kiehl's Foaming Non-Detergent Washable Cleanser works wonders on my oily skin. Kiehl's also carries other facial cleaners for various skin types.

I have a mascara solution! It's a miracle, trust me. The L'Oreal Double Extend mascara (red and white package, most definitely available at Target) is awesome. It doesn't flake; in fact, if you were to not have the energy to take it off at night, it STILL will not have flaked by morning. (Not that I'd ever do that, right?) There's none of that smudgy stuff where you need to lick your fingers and try desperately to scrub it off before going inside Mother's Day Out to retrieve your kiddo.

I've used Cetaphil wash for years and years. I use the oily skin one normally (it's not too drying, but it's a gel not a cream) or the dry skin one (a cream) when I'm prego and have drier skin. I have crazy stupid skin and am an ex-aesthetician that has tried lots of the expensive stuff, but I keep going back to this. It is sold at (my) Target.

mascara... I like this one (http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P168368&categoryId=C10480) you can get the "half-size" bottle and then you waste less. I don't think it is waterproof by definition, but it doesn't flake me raccoon eyes that much either.
for cleansers I like this line (http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P147405&categoryId=B70) but am obsessed with the idea that I have big pores. if not them then I suggest Mario Badescu (http://www.mariobadescu.com/products.asp?CatID=1&filter=) I also LOVE their moisturiser (http://www.mariobadescu.com/productDetail.asp?ProductID=133&CatId=8)

why yes I am a product whore... what of it :)

This was hilarious.

I love maybelline for mascara.

Aveeno for face.

I have some skin allergies, and Maybelline is the only mascara I've tried that doesn't make my eyes itch like crazy. I only wear waterproof, mostly because in the winter here it gets so cold that my eyes water when I'm outside, which then leads to football player eyes when I come in if I don't use the waterproof. I prefer Lash Discovery, which is about $5 at Target. It's a tiny little brush, so it definitely doesn't put too much on and get goopy (except for maybe the first few times you use it, like all mascaras).

And for face wash, I prefer to use Neutrogena Anti-Wrinkle Anti-Acne stuff. It keeps me looking young, but not too young, if you know what I mean. But really, I like all the Neutrogena skin care products, since they have one for just about every need. All available at Target, of course.

As far as face wash, I love the Neutrogena Fresh Foaming face wash. It's easy on my (very sensitive) skin, soap and alcohol free, and not too bad on the pocketbook (and totally available at Target).

I don't have a recommendation for mascara, as all of the waterproof formulas I have tried do exactly what you described.

I've had mascara problems for years, and even the expensive stuff flaked off way before noon.

A couple of years ago someone convinced me to try CoverGirl VolumeExact. Miracle of miracles, it stayed on! After I've had the tube for a while it'll start to flake, but I've discovered that just means it's time for a new one.

I use Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser and I love it. Its very mild but still a good cleanser and you can buy a big bottle of it at Target.

I really like the Patricia Wexler MD Anti-Aging Cleanser. It doesn't dry out my skin AND it removes makeup (even eye makeup), which means not only does it save me time, but it doesn't sting if it gets in my eyes.
Bath & Body Works sells it for $16.

I use Cetaphil also - i am very fair and have sensitive skin.

I just bought some mascara at Costco - kirkland brand - and I like it so far, day #3 and I do not have any afternoon smudges.

I love St. Ives Apricot Scrub for Oily skin. I know some skin is too sensitive for an exfoliating cleanser every day, but my skin really loves it. My favorite mascara is Maybelline's Lash Discovery. It has a teeny tiny brush that lets you get even the itty bittiest lashes.

Have you tried Kanebo 38 degrees C mascara?

Waterproof but washes off with hot water.. so it stays on, but no need for make up remover.

I don't know where or if it's on sale in the US but I found this link for it http://www.reviewcentre.com/reviews57703.html

I love Lash Exact by Cover Girl. The rubbery bristled brush works so much better than the other kind for me and it sticks to my lashes like a champ.

I'll second the Neutrogena foaming face cleanser, especially if you already know you like the wipes. My skin and I do not agree on much, but the face cleanser appears to be a crowd pleaser.

Origins body butter, which I'd bathe in, if it were humanly possible. But also their lip balm. God I love that stuff.

Neutrogena deep clean facial cleanser. Not too slimy, not too dry, just right. I used to use the bars (messy) but this comes in a pump and I swear by it. For oily/acne days, you can also use the deep clean gentle scrub but it leaves a little residue, so I always follow up with the rgular facial cleanser. Really. We wouldn't lie. This stuff rocks. And though you didn't ask for it, I'm going to tell you about Clairol Natural Instincts hair dye. Washes out in a month so if you hate it, it's temporary. No nasty root touch ups. Good colors. I swore I'd never color my hair and the good folks at Clairol have made a liar out of me.

You can't find it at Target, but I love the Clinique sensitive skin facial bar. One of those bars will last you *forever* (I think the one I have now is coming up on a year old and is still going strong), so the cost sort of evens itself out.

For Target items, I'd go with the Neutrogena bar. That's what I throw in my gym/travel bag.

I go back and forth between Aveeno and Neutrogena face washes. Aveeno is a little rougher on my skin, but during really dry weather (and I live in southern California, so there's plenty of that to go around), it's better than the Neutrogena for me. So I switch based on the weather or what it feels like my skin needs.

I don't wear mascara, so I can't help you there. Good luck!

I've been using Aveeno Ultra-Calming Foaming Cleanser, and I love it. Cleans really well without leaving my face feeling all tight and dry.

If you find the perfect mascara, please share. I am on my 500th variety, L'Oreal something- telescoping? maybe? It's...feh. Like every mascara I have ever tried.

For the face I like Aveeno or Neutrogena. I find Neutrogena works better when I have oily skin (Oil Free Acne Wash).


You might like Burt's Bees Lipstick. It is like their chapstick with color. I got a three pack of colors at Target. Good price, natural shades.

I am a short lady with a good ass on me. I hate shopping for pants because nothing ever fits without shortening the legs. I found a great pair of jeans that are super soft and cut in the trouser style. They are Dockers (I have never owned prior to this pair). I found them in a 'petite, short.' They are the first pair of pants that fit off the rack. Plus I can wear them to work. Yeah for me!

I use the Clinique stuff, I have really sensitive skin and it's fabulous. I'm allergic to most mascaras, even Mary Kay (which is supposed to be super-hypoallergenic) but the new waterproof kind by Clinique is right up my alley - it applies a nice, even, thin coat of waterproof mascara with a thin wand that doesn't get all sorts of goop on the end then spread it over your just-carefully-completed eye makeup.
And no, I don't work for Clinique, I just love it. ;-) The price is kind of up there, but totally worth it.

ZOMG I love this. Okay, here it is, I have all your answers. When I am done feel free to worship me.

Facewash: I have used every kind under the sun and the only one I can use without either making me break out or turning my face into the Sahara is Purpose. It is simple, pure, and awesome. It also takes off my Bare Minerals flawlessly. If you can find Basis anywhere, BUY IT. I used it for years and though I know they still make it I cannot find it anywhere.

Mascara: I feel I have been on The Hunt for the Perfect Mascara for about five years. I will spare you the details, but I have the same issues. I just started using Lancome Definicils at the recommendation of a makeup-guru friend, and I LOVE IT. Long full lashes, does not clump, DOES NOT FLAKE.
As for Target availability: I hate waterproof mascara because it always makes my lashes fall out but I accidentally bought Covergirl Lash Blast waterproof recently, and it might be the best mascara ever, because except for that pesky lash thing it is pretty much Awesome Sauce and doesn't flake. So I use it sometimes and we have basically a love/hate relationship.

Assvice: Aveeno makes a chapstick which is deliciously moisturizing and has a touch of shine without being sticky or greasy. LOVE IT. It might be nice over your lip blush.

Um, and I just found this. Read about the Awesomeness that is Aveeno and then feed your chapstick addiction!

http://chaptastic.blogspot.com/2005/12/aveeno-oatmeal-in-tube.html

I'm also a Neutrogena Foaming Face Wash girl. I also do The St. Ives Apricot scrub but only a couple of times a week. For mascara, I use Maybelline in the grey tube (the blue is not waterproof). My worst problem with that is clumping but I always forget when I buy them and there is a good chance I use them far past when I should get a new tube. Thats gross but you told me you were grungy sometimes so I thought it would be ok to share.

As far as face wash, I use Biore Daily Scrub. It smells like pomegranates and is about $7 a bottle. It's an exfoliant, but I swear to you that it is gentle enough to use every day! (I sound like a commercial).

I can't help with mascara, as I am a Sephora devotee and use this fancy schmancy Bare Escentuals Buxom Mascara that I got as a sample but in reality probably costs $30 a tube...in which case I'll go back to the old standby, which is Great Lash.

i used to be fancy and use philosophy but honestly? you just wash and rinse off so i use cetaphil now. easily at target.

i use covergirl lashexact waterproof mascara. it really does lenthen and isn't overly clumpy. also at target! hooray!

I use the Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser cos it is great for sensitive skin like mine, gets off all my makeup (mascara and liquid eyeliner included) and never gives me the tight-skin feeling. It's soap-free, oil-free and dermatalogically tested. It's also really cheap and can be found basically everywhere.

And I really like Maybelline's Great Lash Waterproof Mascara. Good stuff. Cheap too.

Hope this helps. :0)

I use the Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser cos it is great for sensitive skin like mine, gets off all my makeup (mascara and liquid eyeliner included) and never gives me the tight-skin feeling. It's soap-free, oil-free and dermatalogically tested. It's also really cheap and can be found basically everywhere.

And I really like Maybelline's Great Lash Waterproof Mascara. Good stuff. Cheap too.

Hope this helps. :0)

I use the Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser cos it is great for sensitive skin like mine, gets off all my makeup (mascara and liquid eyeliner included) and never gives me the tight-skin feeling. It's soap-free, oil-free and dermatalogically tested. It's also really cheap and can be found basically everywhere.

And I really like Maybelline's Great Lash Waterproof Mascara. Good stuff. Cheap too.

Hope this helps. :0)

Well, I guess I should try the Neutrogena face wash, sounds live everyone else loves it.
I've always been a face wipe type girl, very quick and easy. I usually buy what's on sale or clearance, love Target for clearance! However, I think the Ponds face wipes work the best (bought them on clearance in California while visiting my dad &love them). I do have a face wash and it's Garnier, I have really dry skin (midwest cold weather) and like it.
Macara, hmmm tried several, I like some of the Rimmel (at Target) and also splurged for a clinique one not for sure, but I have super non-existant lashes and the one with the skinniest brush works best for me. I also like the green tube garnier, once again bought on sale with a coupon-double score and really like it a lot.
Let's talk about make-up some more.
Love it!

I think someone else mentioned it already, but a cheaper, good lip option is Burt's Bees tinted lip balm. Heavier than a gloss, lighter than a lipstick. Has enough color to make you look good but light enough that I can put it on without a mirror and not fear the repercussions. Cheap enough to keep one in every bag. I don't bother with lipstick for anything but the fanciest occasions anymore.

I also use Burt's Bees face soap (carrot version) and it works well.

(I am not paid by them I swear.)(Although, have you tried their diaper cream? Also good.)

I'm going to second (third? fourth!) the love for Maybelline mascara.

And now I'm going to be hunting down this Pixi Lip Blush like it's a full-time job.

I've been using Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash for years. No frills, and it actually lives up to its claims. My favorite mascara (and I've tried all of them) is Maybelline Full 'N Soft. It's great for adding volume and color, and I've never had a problem with flaking.

I have that problem with jeans too -- where the waist is enormous. It is so annoying. I will check out those jeans for sure.

I'm a big fan of Cover Girl Lash Blast mascara. It's the one that comes in an orange tube, and is definitely available at Target.

cetaphil rocks.

also, i need waterproof mascara but hate the way it dries my lashes and even makes them fall out, so I use Neutrogena Lash Tint.
It isn't waterproof, but it sticks to your lashes like one but it doesn't rub off and it easily washes off.

It's a true miracle

Aveeno Ultra calming foaming cleanser. I love it. It helps with my redness, leaves my face feeling clean. I've been using it for a couple of years now. A friend who is a beauty editor for Allure magazine recommends it too.

I can't help you with the mascara but here is my face washing routine:

In the morning when I don't have make-up on I use Target brand Cetaphil--soft and not spendy. To get my make-up off at night I use Target brand St. Ives Apricot scrub--I love it. Aaaaaand in a pinch if I'm out I'll use two baby wipes and the make-up comes off almost as well. Hey, desperate times call for desperate measures.

I have the same problem with jeans and I have a pair of DKNY Soho Jeans too that fits perfectly! You could try the Lucky Brand jeans too: http://www.luckybrand.com/Default.aspx

And I love anything Clinique. (for the face :)

Totally agree with the Soho jeans. I have huge thighs and an insanely tiny waist in comparison and I so love these jeans...

My face cleanser is G.M. Collin Puractive + mild cleansing gel. Pretty expensive at around $30 a bottle, but will completely remove dirt & makeup. And is really good if you (like me) still have trouble with the occassional acne.

I would recommend, for feeling beautiful on the fly, Sally Hansen Hand Repair Hand Nail & Cuticle Cream. I can't really do manicures since I have no nails to speak of (I play the violin) but this stuff will make your hands look gorgeous.

philosophy purity made simple is the best face wash ever and you dont have to use toner. One step. i haven't had a breakout since I started using it.

philosophy purity made simple is the best face wash ever and you dont have to use toner. One step. i haven't had a breakout since I started using it.

the one and only mascara that has never failed me - never smudges when i take naps at work and bury my face into my cushion, never streaks when get teary from all the yawning, has never flaked off even doing an all-nighter in the studio...

Estee Lauder Double Wear Zero-Smudge Lengthening Mascara = TEH AWESUMZ!@!1!!ONE!!!


I can't help with the facial wash, though, as i'm oily-combination skin and i have no clue what would be good for your type of skin. However, i do recommend Clarins and this other french brand called Biotherm, their formulas are simply magic and are a bit pricier than those you can find at Target but completely worth it!! =)


And are you moisturising and applying a make-up base before your foundations and powders? Maybe that will help with the make-up removal, just changing or adding those two elements in your morning routine? My make-up comes off super easy because of my skin type so it could just be dryness or lack of oils??

Keihl's everything is wonderful, all natural. Having said that, I had a product forced upon me and am embarrassed to admit that I love it. It's a cleanser than has very little fragrance, and very gentle exfoliating thingys in it. Now, for the joykill - it's actually Mary Kay (I know!) It's called Timewise cleanser and it rocks. No, I don't sell it - as I said, it was forced upon me by someone I met who does sell it and now I'm hooked on it (but I still refuse to attend the parties!)
Mascara - Chanel Inimatble (again, I know!) but it totally rocks and is worth every penny. Stays on, yet washes off easily. Also again, I was sent a free sample and am - you guessed it - hooked.
No bonus target points for me, which is sad cause I love target...

I am way late on this, but I do not care. I love a good product rec!

I recently switched from the Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Face wash to their Extra Gentle Cleanser. The foaming wash worked great, but dried out my skin.
I have the Goldilocks of skin types over here - not too dry, not too oily. Also, fair skinned. FWIW.
The extra gentle cleanser is creamy, not foamy. It rinses clean, and removes my makeup with little effort. I wear mineral makeup, and drugstore mascara. Sometimes I wear liquid eyeliner, and it handles that well, also.

Speaking of drugstore mascara...the best thing you can do is wait until there's a sale or something and try several. Some mascaras that have been raved about are just so-so for me, and some that others really seem to hate have worked great. I think a lot of it has to do with your specific eyes, regardless of the product.
My latest find is Maybelline Lash Stiletto, which has worked marvelously for me - lengthens, stays on, no flaking or puddling. My roommate hates it. There's just no telling.

For makeup removal, I use Johnson's Baby Wash, the regular yellow stuff. It's really gentle and you can put it right on your eyes and it won't sting. Any makeup remover tortured my eyes. This is gentle enough to not leave you dry and sensitive, but totally effective.

I don't use waterproof, but I love Covergirl mascara. The one in the pink bottle with the green top. I think it's Covergirl. Cheap as all hell, too.

Can't help with the waterproof mascara because I don't use it. But I can help with the face wash. I use Purity by Philosophy and love it. It gets all the Bare Minerals (yes, I use it) off and my regular mascara. And I only wash for about 30 seconds or so. It doesn't sting so I can use it instead of an eye makeup remover. Also, you only have to use a small amount, like maybe the size of a nickel.

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