19 Oct 2015 21:36
I wash my brushes twice a week, and wash my foundation brush after every use. I use Philosophy 'Purity' to wash them. Technically this is a face cleanser but I ended up with a large bottle of it and I didn't like it anymore as a cleanser, so I started using it to clean my brushes after it was established as a good product to use for this. I wash off my brushes facing down, tipped into the stream of water to avoid getting the stem wet, which can damage the brush.
I also have an MUF Instant Brush cleaner spray bottle (alcohol-free) which I use as a quick cleaner if I'm using different coloured products and don't want any colour residue transfer.
I don't share make-up but I know you can sanitize it with an alcohol spray. I've seen people selling makeup second-hand (eyeshadow palettes, blushes etc), using this method to clean it, but I still can't bring myself to buy used make-up. I don't like store testers either, even when they're freshly 'sanitized'.
As others have said - I chuck any make-up that looks or smells funky. I've pretty much been living off mascara samples for years (I always get tons of deluxe samples), so they get used-up and tossed very regularly.
Topic my lips!!!!!
19 Oct 2015 06:13
It totally depends on what look you're going for. Do you want a more classic/conservative look, or do you want to experiment with more bold colours? There are a ton of holiday gift sets at Sephora at this time of year, featuring deluxe-sized products - you might look into picking up a lippy one so that you can try on and play around with different colours and finishes in an inexpensive way, until you settle on your own personal style.
One of my fave go-to lip products is the YSL Volupte Tint-in-Oil range. Non-sticky, super glossy, healthy lip conditioning and I absolutely love the pretty stain left behind on the lips.
For a more pigmented, long-wearing matte look, I like the Hourglass Liquid Lipsticks. These last a long time but don't feel as drying as other matte formulas.
Topic The Walking Dead
19 Oct 2015 06:00
Great Walking Dead episode last night. I think that was the most exciting hour I've seen in a long while - somehow even surpassing Terminus and endless gory walker episodes. There's something extra anxiety-producing about living humans who have given themselves over to ultraviolence in such a Manson'esque way. It's somehow scarier than Zombies.
And Carol is 'the man'! I love how she single-handedly diffuses these epic disasters - first dispensing of the Cannibal nest and now knocking off the Wolves like a stealth ninja. And all in the time it takes to bake a casserole. Love her.
And lastly... Enid. Possibly a wolf in sheep's clothing? Poor Carl.
Topic How often do you write a story that ends up somewhere you didn't expect?
10 Oct 2015 05:43
Never. I plot all my stories with little bullet points before I start and then stick very close to that plan all the way through.
I like being able to nuance things in the story that slowly build or become more clear, already knowing how the characters need to evolve and how the story will ultimately end.
I do character sketches and detail all the plot points before starting. It's not totally mechanical though. I see the scene(s) play out in my head, almost like a little movie, before I start writing, so it still feels organic - just an organized version.
Topic *HAPPY BIRTHDAY BEN LUPUS!!!*
28 Sep 2015 18:57
You win a comp *and* it's your birthday?? Shine bright and celebrate, Superstar!
Hope you have a fun one!
Topic What did you have for breakfast?
28 Sep 2015 11:25
Lies! I heard it was a six-inch stack of pancakes, slathered in butter and maple syrup, with a side order of crispy, applewood smoked bacon. And a black coffee.
Aaaaand a doughnut.
Actually I'd rather have eaten a sexy redhead slathered in syrup for breakfast. Tongue through the donut hole, of course. And maybe a quick game of 'find the blueberries'. Still low cal. but plenty of sugar. :)
Topic Announcing the Winners of our "Historical Erotica" Competition
28 Sep 2015 09:39
Yay! Massive congrats to Ben for taking the well-deserved first place honors! I told youuuuu...
Congrats to the other talented winners and top ten and everyone who entered the comp! It was a challenging genre and there were some great pieces of writing in this one!
Topic Advice for my story idea
27 Sep 2015 09:05
Thanks for the advice, everyone. I really appreciate the helpful feedback and suggestions. So based on the responses that my thread has elicited so far, I think I'll divide the story into the three chapters, with each being a fully developed story by itself. The first will pertain to the existing relationship between the husband and wife, as well as the obstacles that they've encountered in trying to have a child, while the third will detail the husband's motivation for deciding to allow the masseur to impregnate the child. In your opinion, will the tripartite division enable the readers to understand the decision making processes motivating the central protagonists? Again, thanks
I don't think you need to elaborate on their fertility struggles so much that it needs its own chapter and heavy storyline and detailing.
Just infuse it into the present-day story you're telling. You can weave in little snippets of the backstory where appropriate - to explain why she's distant at first, or why her mood is improving with the new scenery and living circumstances or how devoted the husband is to her happiness etc. The reader will be able to fill in the rest with their own imagination.
You can start in Singapore and in showing us who these characters are in a seemingly unrelated scene (shopping, unpacking, morning coffee, post-sex pillow talk etc), their whole struggle can be revealed in the way they behave, converse, and in how they relate to each other.
Topic Advice for my story idea
25 Sep 2015 14:25
As Mazza mentioned, I would definitely establish the dynamic of the couple before they go the masseur. Earlier in the story, you could use the move to Singapore to mention how there is hope that the wife will be able to immerse herself in a new culture and explore a new city and have something to focus on, thus hopefully taking her mind off their infertility issues and her longing to have a child of her own etc. You could even mention that they'd been trying IVF in Australia etc without success and the couple was hoping the move would be a fresh start for their marriage, away from the stresses of trying to conceive.
I think this would help the reader understand and empathize with the husband's decision later on during the sex scene.
Topic *HAPPY BIRTHDAY RACHEL SPRITE!*
22 Sep 2015 17:13
You'll always be Supergirl to me!
Happy Birthday, Rachel!
Wishing you the sun, the moon, the stars, and everything in between.
The darker the night sky, the brighter you shine.
Love you always,
Topic Review: Icicles Collection (Glass Dildos)
22 Sep 2015 10:44
I have a very basic curved double-ended glass one - one with a smooth end and the other with gentle smooth graduated balls. I really wish I had gotten one with ridges and bumps. The sales person at the store I bought it from considered herself an expert in glass toys and insisted I need to 'build up' to the more interesting models and that the ridges and bumps would be 'too much for me'. *sigh*. I like the model I have for g-spot stimulation and hot/cold play mostly. Glass toys are so pretty.
Topic Review: Dr. Joel Kaplan Gyrating Massager
22 Sep 2015 10:39
Does lube help ease the 'oh no' sensations and the irritation on the seam?
I can see it being a fun one for BDSM or for one partner to use on another while restrained.
The price is great on this one.
Topic Review: Je Joue G-Kii
22 Sep 2015 10:33
These look really great! I like the intense curve on this model. I'll admit, I'm kind of crushing on the silver Njoy Pure Wand you posted as well!
Fantastic review, SP!
Topic HAPPY BITHDAY TO OUR LOVELY FRIEND, POPPET!!!
21 Sep 2015 11:11
Sneaking a belated cupcake in. I wished you a happy birthday on FB, but missed this thread!
Hope it was a fun one! :)
Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
19 Sep 2015 18:47
Please do not clog this thread with endless bickering.
Make your suggestions and short argument (if necessary) and move on. Nicola, Gav and mods review suggestions and if there's merit, they may be implemented or discussed further.
If anyone wants to get into one of these topics in more depth (such as scoring, anonymous votes etc), feel free to create a fresh thread in 'Ask the Reader' or 'Ask the Author' and you can link it back to your post here as reference.
Topic Wine Ice Cream - Has anyone tried these?
17 Sep 2015 09:18
Ooooh - I haven't tried these. They look amazing though - especially the Cherry Merlot and Chocolate Cab!
I've tried champagne jelly before and wasn't a huge fan, but you can't go wrong with ice-cream. :)
Topic Okay Ladies... What really makes you cry?
09 Sep 2015 18:16
There is a depth and compassion to your soul that is unfathomable. You are truly the "real deal". Dancing Doll
You're so sweet. Thank you! xx
Topic Today we reached 35,000 published stories and poems
09 Sep 2015 12:43
Wow - those are some crazy impressive numbers!
Congrats to all the talented writers who put in the effort, the hard-working story mods who have verified each and every one of them, and to Nicola for her original vision and tireless dedication to creating the best erotica site around!
Topic Okay Ladies... What really makes you cry?
09 Sep 2015 10:47
Death and seeing people in genuine grief. Whether it's personal to me, fictionalized in a movie, funerals of people I barely know (or don't know), certain news stories. The tears flow. My worst break-up pales in comparison to losing a loved one, so even seeing others in that kind of pain instantly brings sympathy tears.
Topic Bad Girl Barbie 😉
04 Sep 2015 13:17
All of these images just look like Ashleigh Doll's real life.
Here's me coming to terms with my last bad break-up. And I didn't even break a nail!