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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6810 on: February 12, 2013, 12:11:58 PM »
I always kept a slip of paper in my wallet with the passwords on it.   It's very safe.  The paper doesn't say anything about what the strange list of numbers and letters are - it's just a small list. 
Yeah, someone could try them on everything over and over, but that's work. 

For valuables...for a short time, I kept a pile of cash in my apartment, and one of my friends suggested that I double-bag it in ziploc baggies, and bury it at the bottom of the litter box.  We called it the Bank of [cat's name].    I also keep valuables buried in my fabric 'wall'.   You'd have to pull every piece out to find the money, and yes, there is a LOT of fabric - hence the name Fabric Wall.

I don't think that list is very safe at all, if it was an odd string of letters and numbers I would guess it a password/code very quickly; but to each his own.
I keep my various PINs and account numbers in my cellphone, disguised as phone numbers.  *I* know that "Aunt Mary" at 444-427-1234 isn't a real phone number, since I don't have an Aunt Mary, but a stranger who steals my phone/wallet won't know that.
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« Reply #6811 on: February 12, 2013, 12:15:58 PM »
I always kept a slip of paper in my wallet with the passwords on it.   It's very safe.  The paper doesn't say anything about what the strange list of numbers and letters are - it's just a small list. 
Yeah, someone could try them on everything over and over, but that's work. 

For valuables...for a short time, I kept a pile of cash in my apartment, and one of my friends suggested that I double-bag it in ziploc baggies, and bury it at the bottom of the litter box.  We called it the Bank of [cat's name].    I also keep valuables buried in my fabric 'wall'.   You'd have to pull every piece out to find the money, and yes, there is a LOT of fabric - hence the name Fabric Wall.

I don't think that list is very safe at all, if it was an odd string of letters and numbers I would guess it a password/code very quickly; but to each his own.
I keep my various PINs and account numbers in my cellphone, disguised as phone numbers.  *I* know that "Aunt Mary" at 444-427-1234 isn't a real phone number, since I don't have an Aunt Mary, but a stranger who steals my phone/wallet won't know that.

Right, but that's not written on a piece of paper in a wallet alongside other such strings.

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« Reply #6812 on: February 12, 2013, 12:27:25 PM »
Outdoor Girl wrote:

"I have a hard time remembering my PIN number for all my various cards.  And some of them can't be changed.  I ended up inputing them into my cell to make them look like local phone numbers and used a name that would remind me what those numbers are.  So if I used Acme Bank, the name in my phone would be Amy B, as a made up example."

Just write it on the card.  The trick is to slide it such that the number on the card is not your actual PIN but it's easy to figure out, like adding two to each digit or something more complex like subtracting your birth month from the first two digits and your birth day from the last two.  Another advantage to this is that, if someone finds the card and tries the PIN, they'll be using the wrong PIN and the card will get captured.

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6813 on: February 12, 2013, 03:42:28 PM »
I always kept a slip of paper in my wallet with the passwords on it.   It's very safe.  The paper doesn't say anything about what the strange list of numbers and letters are - it's just a small list. 
Yeah, someone could try them on everything over and over, but that's work. 

For valuables...for a short time, I kept a pile of cash in my apartment, and one of my friends suggested that I double-bag it in ziploc baggies, and bury it at the bottom of the litter box.  We called it the Bank of [cat's name].    I also keep valuables buried in my fabric 'wall'.   You'd have to pull every piece out to find the money, and yes, there is a LOT of fabric - hence the name Fabric Wall.

I don't think that list is very safe at all, if it was an odd string of letters and numbers I would guess it a password/code very quickly; but to each his own.
I keep my various PINs and account numbers in my cellphone, disguised as phone numbers.  *I* know that "Aunt Mary" at 444-427-1234 isn't a real phone number, since I don't have an Aunt Mary, but a stranger who steals my phone/wallet won't know that.

I was coming here to suggest that very thing.  I actually did that once. A cell phone is a marvelous place to store data like that.  :D
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6814 on: February 12, 2013, 07:38:19 PM »
What is my eye shape?  One person told me deep set and another told me hooded.  I'm trying to figure out how to best apply eye shadow because every time I do it I look atrocious.


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« Reply #6815 on: February 12, 2013, 07:55:16 PM »
Deep set. Mine are also deep set. I find I am best off using one color from brow bone to lashes, then a slightly deeper tone in the crease. I also use an eyeshadow primer.
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« Reply #6816 on: February 12, 2013, 09:03:45 PM »
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« Reply #6817 on: February 12, 2013, 09:43:49 PM »

What is my eye shape?  One person told me deep set and another told me hooded.  I'm trying to figure out how to best apply eye shadow because every time I do it I look atrocious.



Almond and deep set.  Mine are similar.  Your technique actually isn't too bad, but the color is a problem.  It clashes with your skin tone and eye color. 

Try for warmer tones...peaches, pinks, mauve, plum.  Try using a plum eyeliner and not passing the halfway point of the center of your eye...doing so can make them look narrow.


Personally, I use a very light, nearly white color that I sweep from my inner nasal eye area just under my brow, a pink on the lid and either deepen the pink for the crease, use a mossy green or a purple.  Typically, I skip the eyeliner because it makes my eyes look smaller.
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« Reply #6818 on: February 12, 2013, 10:04:11 PM »
What is my eye shape?

Gorgeous.  :D

Awe, thanks *blushes*



Dazi...I was using purple, but I don't actually have the right brushes so it didn't apply as well as it should have.  What looked like a lavender on the palette came out almost gray; I couldn't get it it to apply thickly (for lack of a better word...kind of like when you need 2 coats on nail polish so it doesn't look transparent).  Also, the picture was taken with my MacBook built in camera, so it lightened things a bit.

That was my first go at something I saw on YouTube.  I used the only colors I currently have because I have always been too cheap to buy make=up and have had that one for years.  Thanks for the tips!

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« Reply #6819 on: February 12, 2013, 10:38:29 PM »
If you have one nearby, you might try going to Sephora. I've learned all my best eyeshadow application tips there. They have people on staff who can help pick out colors and show you what to do with them, and you don't have to buy anything if you don't want to.

The other thing is that eyeshadow is one type of makeup I am always willing to spend at least sort of significant money on. Drugstore brands almost never have anywhere near enough pigment to be useful, so I stopped using those a long time ago. I also personally tend to buy eyeshadow that comes with more than one shade in a package. I'm not always very good at color matching, and you can be more assured that the colors in question will at least look good together if they come packaged together.

One thing I have discovered about eyeliner is that using dark-colored shadow and an angled brush, and just sort of pressing it into your lash line can often help define your eyes and lashes without really looking like you have eyeliner on. I have very fair skin and not very dark lashes, so mascara alone sometimes looks a bit unfinished on me.

The brushes you use also make a difference. I use a very dense brush to apply the eyeshadow that covers my whole lid, and use a fluffy and much less dense brush (that is shaped to fit into my eyelid crease) to apply shadow to the crease and to my brow bone. I also use it to apply a tiny bit of my highlighting shadow to the very inner corners of my eyes. It's easy to go overboard, but if you keep it subtle it can make you look more awake (and in my case, draw attention away from the dark circles that I can never completely cover).


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« Reply #6820 on: February 12, 2013, 11:33:33 PM »
I have fairly deep-set eyes. It's unfortunate when you have fair skin; I look like a corpse sometimes, since I also have dark circles. :P I agree with Dindrane; eyeliner can be hard to pull off. I put the tiniest, tiniest bit on the outer corner of my eye if I'm going to be in low lighting. It's the one time where it make my eyes look larger instead of beady. I use purple, which complements my eye color. And then instead of using eyeliner outside the lash line, I use a color that matches my lashes and (gently!) pencil it in amongst the roots of the lashes themselves. This is also handy when I don't want to wear mascara, for whatever reason. You can't even see it unless I put it on one eye and not the other.


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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6821 on: February 13, 2013, 05:28:11 AM »
What is my eye shape?

Gorgeous.  :D

Awe, thanks *blushes*



Dazi...I was using purple, but I don't actually have the right brushes so it didn't apply as well as it should have.  What looked like a lavender on the palette came out almost gray; I couldn't get it it to apply thickly (for lack of a better word...kind of like when you need 2 coats on nail polish so it doesn't look transparent).  Also, the picture was taken with my MacBook built in camera, so it lightened things a bit.

That was my first go at something I saw on YouTube.  I used the only colors I currently have because I have always been too cheap to buy make=up and have had that one for years.  Thanks for the tips!

You do have lovely eyes.

hmmm...as to the purple looking grey...I think this might be either the shade of purple or the makeup itself not having enough pigment. 

Here's some over the counter products that are fine to use and won't break the bank.

http://www.almay.com/products/eyes/eyeshadow/almay-intense-i-color-smoky-i-kit.aspx

http://www.drugstore.com/physicians-formula-eye-enhancing-shimmer-strips-shadow-and-liner-candy-collection-brown-eye-candy-7370/qxp340301?catid=183538
this is a bit darker, but would probably work

http://www.drugstore.com/physicians-formula-shimmer-strips-custom-eye-enhancing-eye-shadow-natural-nude-eyes/qxp466938?catid=183538
I use this a lot...there is a slightly darker version of the same

http://www.drugstore.com/products/prod.asp?pid=198549&catid=183538&cmbProdBrandFilter=57231

I also agree with Dindrane and MrsJWine on using eyeshadow as liner.  It's a nice look and doesn't make your eyes look beady, but makes them pop nicely.
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« Reply #6822 on: February 13, 2013, 09:50:19 AM »
I agree with Dazi that Physicians Formula and Almay are definitely among the nicer drugstore brands. I bought an eyeshadow palette similar to the last one a few years back, and it definitely had more pigment than a lot of other brands.

One thing I'm personally super sick of, though, is the way a lot of brands categorize eyeshadow colors based on eye color. It's not a bad idea necessarily, but just because I have blue eyes does not mean I should be wearing blue eyeshadow. Blue eyeshadow is an extremely difficult color for me to pull off, and it doesn't make my eyes pop so much as it makes me look ill. I wouldn't mind this trend so much if any of the other eye color palettes had better colors, but they all have colors that really don't work well for me. I need super earthy colors, to counteract the pink in my skin and offset the blue of my eyes. So you might want to take those kinds of eyeshadow palettes with a grain of salt.

I might have to check out that nude palette you linked to, Dazi, since I can't recall having seen it before.


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« Reply #6823 on: February 13, 2013, 10:46:08 AM »
What is my eye shape?

Gorgeous.  :D

Awe, thanks *blushes*


I agree, gorgeous!

I love Bare Escentuals.  http://www.bareescentuals.com

They also have their own boutiques where employees will gladly give you a "make-under" and help you determine which colors work for you, and the products are sold through Sephora, Ulta, and other stores as well.  The colors blend super-easily and you can get as subtle or bold a look as you want with them.  The pots of loose mineral shadow are around $11 and last FOREVER. They also have palettes in mirrored compacts now that are amazing. 

You may like the ease of the READY sets..
http://www.bareescentuals.com/READY-Eyeshadow-2.0/US56374,default,pd.html

Or, there are "Last Chance" items like these tiny pots of loose shadow.  "Present", "Overjoyed" and "The Gift" are pretty pinky-browns
http://www.bareescentuals.com/bareMinerals-Mini-Eyecolor/USMasterminieyecolor,default,pd.html

Don't forget your lips! These are made with peppermint oil.  (yum!) 
http://www.bareescentuals.com/Hot-to-Trot/US60515,default,pd.html

I swear I'm unpaid advertising for Bare Escentuals, I love so much of their stuff. 

I recently went on a road trip, returning by plane with only carry-on bags.  I took a READY foundation compact and retractable brush, a READY shadows compact with a tiny primer, a couple shades of Moxie (seriously love the stuff) and the travel-sized cleanser and moisturizer.  The shadows and foundation look brand new after being used daily for 3 weeks.  My bf says Moxie "Smooth Talker" smells like SweeTarts, and every time I put it on he'd kiss me then rub his own lips together.  :D



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« Reply #6824 on: February 13, 2013, 11:35:38 AM »
I agree with Dazi that Physicians Formula and Almay are definitely among the nicer drugstore brands. I bought an eyeshadow palette similar to the last one a few years back, and it definitely had more pigment than a lot of other brands.

One thing I'm personally super sick of, though, is the way a lot of brands categorize eyeshadow colors based on eye color. It's not a bad idea necessarily, but just because I have blue eyes does not mean I should be wearing blue eyeshadow. Blue eyeshadow is an extremely difficult color for me to pull off, and it doesn't make my eyes pop so much as it makes me look ill. I wouldn't mind this trend so much if any of the other eye color palettes had better colors, but they all have colors that really don't work well for me. I need super earthy colors, to counteract the pink in my skin and offset the blue of my eyes. So you might want to take those kinds of eyeshadow palettes with a grain of salt.

I might have to check out that nude palette you linked to, Dazi, since I can't recall having seen it before.

I heartily agree with the bolded. Blue eyeshadow makes me look like a reject from the 80s. I have only gotten lucky with one of those "eye color enhancing" palettes - it had taupe, dark brown, and copper. Those are the colors I can actually wear. (And of course they discontinued that specific combo...  ::))