Let’s Chat About Micellar Water

Let’s Chat About Micellar Water

Let's chat about micellar water

 

 What is micellar water and why do you need it? Better question: why do I LOVE it?

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micellar water

 
 

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micellar water (plural micellar waters)

  1. (cosmetics) A colloidal suspension of micelles composed of surfactants in water, used as a cleanser. This usually has a viscosity close to that of water. This has similar uses to other human cleansers, such as liquid detergents (ie. body wash, shampoo) and liquid soaps.
 
Basically, it is soap and water in a bottle. Right? There’s even all kinds of DIY projects out there for you to make your own. If you are into making your own stuff cool. Me? I make lots of stuff but when I can get a bottle of micellar water at Walmart for under $5, I’m pretty good with just buying it.  Again, up to you.
 
Now for the real question, why? I love this stuff because it cleans away anything, like makeup, that didn’t come off with my nightly cleanser. More than that, I LOVE this stuff in the morning because I don’t want to wash off all of the good moisturizing I’d done the night before. Do you get that? 
 
Let’s walk through the routine real quick once more. Evening, wash face of all makeup and grime using gentle cleanser. Next apply moisturizer, serum and eye cream. Oh and vaseline the lips. Now, the next morning do we really want to cleanse all of that good juicy moisture away? The answer is no. And unless you sleep in a dumpster your did not collect more dirt and grime on your skin while sleeping. In walks micellar water. 
Naturally, you are saying “But I’m in the shower, can’t I wash my face?” You can do what feel right to you but for me, right before I start putting on makeup (shower wash or not) I use the micellar water on a giant cotton ball and to me, it feels like I’ve readied the face for the daily makeup application. Pictured is the brand I use. 
 
 
Think back, if you will, to when Toner was a thing sold at cosmetic counters? The younger me used it in the same way that I use micellar water. I even had a very high end rose water type that I loved but now I can’t afford it even if it still exists. 
 
Let’s wrap up the message here: Micellar water equals a great gentle toner and will work as a secondary makeup remover.  It doesn’t work great on mascara or all day lip color so keep a back up of makeup remover.  Can  you use it as your over all face cleanser? Try it and see. It’s inexpensive, easy to find in stores or online and easy to use.  There’s your answer and mine.

 

 

Please comment below about YOUR experiences with toner or micellar water so we can continue this chat.

Talk soon,

Ge-Ge

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Let’s Chat About Exfoliating

Let’s Chat About Exfoliating

Exfoliating…

It seems that January has turned into a theme of learning about makeup, even when you are of a certain age.  This is a great theme in my opinion and I have my Facebook makeup junkie groups (of which I belong to many) for putting this idea into my head. So, thanks all of you in FB land.

What we makeup junkies have learned, through trial and error and reading blogs, talking to experts etc., is that there is one vital step to learning about makeup; skin care.

You must take care of your skin. If you were an artist you wouldn’t paint on an old ripped, dirty canvas would you? Well maybe you would if that’s your style but that won’t work for skin.

My skin is very dry. Like Sahara dry. Which means, as I’ve noted before, moisturizer is my best friend. However, there is one other step which I take BEFORE the moisturizer. That step is exfoliating.

If you’re saying that you’ve never done this before and the thought makes you anxious it’s ok, because you likely have exfoliated your face and just didn’t call it that. have  you ever scrubbed your face with a wash cloth? Yes? There, you exfoliated.  It’s that simple. You sloughed off dead skin cells. That’s all it is.  Now, let’s complicate things…

You don’t want to scrub too hard or scrub like that every day. Ok? Not bad.  You can also but products (there’s always products on products) to use that match your skin type and may possibly improve your skin.  Here is where we go complicated and offer some important advice.

A dermatologist is an educated skin expert. A visit to the dermatologist is worth the time and money to get a baseline look at your skin. If you are from the 1970’s like me, in all likelihood you sat in the sun with baby oil on your skin and an double record album covered with tin foil. Right? So do yourself a favor and see the skin Dr.  Ok, check that box.

As for products, as I’ve said there’s a plethora. (what a word but it’s accurate) All you can do is try some. Your Dermatologist may recommend some too. Or the folks at Ulta, Sephora etc. may offer some. So, here’s my list and feel free to try them or ignore them.

Cetaphil face wash. This is inexpensive, gentle and can be used with a wash cloth whenever you like.

Neutrgena makeup removal wipes. These I love but they’re a bit pricey.  I’ve read some girls use baby wipes but I have not personally tried these.

Exfolikate by Kate Somerville is my all time favorite and I only use it once a week or less.  Also, it’s VERY expensive. It’s green and scrubby (is that a word really) and it makes my skin feel like satin. 

Finally, Angels on Bare Skin from Lush. This product I’ve used for years. Even one of my sons, who is high school was acne prone, uses this product. It does have some sort of “twigs” in it and it has a clay-like texture (oh and it’s expensive too) but it also gently exfoliates and makes my skin feel satiny.  Why, you ask don’t I just use that everyday.  Well, because with my very dry skin I occasionally (read weekly) need extreme exfoliation and through trial and error I discovered that the Kate Somerville gives me the result I desire when I’m feeling like my skin is “dull”.  Does that make sense. 

Of course since you may be new to this beauty stuff you’re shaking your head and saying this is all too much. But, I’ve been at this FOREVER and it took me a long time to firm up what products or cleansing routines worked for me. I’ve been to all of those home parties where they try to sell you the 20 step method. This is simply what works for me and it’s not everyday. Cetaphil cleanser, yes maybe everyday. At least at night to clean off the makeup.  The above list is what I do. You can work out your own system, and I hope you will.

Please, leave a comment below and tell us what you’re trying, what you’ve tried and how it’s going. We love to really chat in the comments.

Talk soon

Ge-Ge

 

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Let’s Chat About Makeup

Let’s Chat About Makeup

Makeup…

Beautiful woman in full makeup

How long ago did you start wearing makeup? Do you remember? Have you never worn it?

For those of you saying you have never worn makeup, first I applaud you. Second, I ask how did you do it? Maybe I just fell for all the beauty magazine hype in the world when I was quite young or maybe I had terrible self esteem but both of those are for someone with a higher degree than mine to analyze.

Suffice it to say I was a young teen when I started wearing make up daily and I was voracious reader of Seventeen magazine, Glamour, Mademoiselle etc. Again, we are not going to analyze the value of this, we are just setting the mood if you will. Reading these magazines taught me how to use and apply makeup and I believe it was a worthy education as I am still in love (obsessed) with beauty products today.

Today, as I see from the many Facebook Groups about makeup and beauty I belong to, YouTube is the go to learning method of makeup application. Which circles us back to where I wanted to go in the first place: how to learn to apply makeup.

Honestly, a lot of learning about makeup, especially at an older age depends on what you are trying to achieve with makeup. Personally, what I want from makeup is not look faded. As we age our hair goes gray, including brows and lashes. So, number one for me is to increase the color in those two areas. If you are new to makeup and you look in the mirror and see a more faded version of your beauty then try just those steps, brows and lashes. (I go into mascara more in depth here ).

Eyebrows have become much more of a “thing” lately. For a laugh check this out. But if you want to start with your first attempt at eyebrows then I suggest Gimme Brow from Benefit Cosmetics .  They have lots of colors so you can choose one that most closely matches your own brow color. This is a good place to start. Go lightly at first until you are feeling more confident with the “new” you.

Another great suggestion I have for anyone of any age just starting to wear makeup is go to a department store such as Sephora (personal fave), Ulta, Macys etc. and have one of the employees make you up. You do not have to purchase all of the makeup that they put on you. You can get a little here and there until you feel confident.

I’d love to hear about your escapes into makeup whether you are new at it or a seasoned beauty product expert. Please comment below so we can all share.

Talk soon

Ge-Ge

Let’s Chat About Aging Hair

Let’s Chat About Aging Hair

Aging hair…

Isn’t that why we’re here? We are here because we are all getting older and our bodies are changing.

As I’ve mentioned  before my hair is no longer blue because I let it fade for my son’s upcoming wedding in October.  However, that doesn’t mean that I’m just ignoring the grey/blond/white/brown tresses and leaving them to their own devices.  

Sure, I was experimenting with letting it all go grey but it isn’t going.  It’s muddy and frizzy and blah. Yes blah. If that isn’t bad enough, I made a judgement of another woman and that made me think harder.  You see, I was standing on line and I judged the couple in front of me as a kindly son and his Mom until the woman turned toward me and I saw her perfectly unlined face. It was hersilvery, white hair that made me judge her as “old lady” instead of a peer.  These “judgey” thoughts knocked me over.  First, I try really hard to not judge. It’s just a code I try by which I personally try and live. However, I really like my husband and don’t want him to be judged as a nice son taking his Mom to the movies. I’d like him to be proud to hang out with me.

But what can I do short of dyeing it all over? Well, I gave this some thought and here’s what’s happening. First, I’m super careful about keeping the frizz down to a minimum. This keeps even grey hairs looking more attractive.  To do this I use Ghost OilThis is not a sponsored post. I just LOVE this product.  To smooth it through I recommend a wide toothed comb. 

 

 Like this one from The Dollar Store. (Again, not sponsored just a fan)

If you don’t use a wide tooth comb for conditioner or for wet hair, GET ONE NOW.  Not even joking. It is critical for your hair. Keeps it from snarling, distributes product perfectly and helps prevent  breakage. 

These are my number one “go to’s” until I can go blue again. But, I’m also going to do at home Clairol balayage.  Yup, at home.  It’s been done before. Do you remember “Quiet Touch” hair painting? me too. Let’s see how it goes alright?  I’ll let you know next week. If there’s no pix then you know it’s a DISASTER.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please comment below so we can continue this chat.

Talk soon,

Ge-Ge 

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Let’s Chat About Opening Sephora Play Box

Don’t you LOVE the subscription beauty boxes?

It’s like a mini holiday gift for yourself. Now, I know that I make Truly Terrible Videos but I have so much fun making them.

 

Here’s one more. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTiI1Goq6Ns

 

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Let’s Chat Vivid Color Hair Care

Let’s Chat Vivid Color Hair Care

 

Hello Lovelies!

It’s always great coming by here to chat. I figured it was time to discuss caring for these new, fabulous, vivid hair colors. You might not realize that by using your everyday shampoo you will be stripping away all that gorgeousness. Yes, it’s true. That vivid blue, green, red or purple will succumb to ordinary suds. And after sitting in the chair for five hours having it done and paying who knows how much for the privilege, you want it to stay vivid for as long as possible, right?

Ok, number one thing to remember is COLD water. Yes, it sucks but hot water sucks the color from your hair. So suck it up and use cold. (did I really use the word suck that many times, I apologize)

Number two  NO SULFITES.  There are a lot of shampoos out there that, if you read the contents have no sulfites. Pantene has one and I’ve used it and it’s fine, not too expensive and I still use it on occasion. Something to notice when using this type of shampoo is that it does not suds up like all the shampoos in the world, so just take note of that and don’t think you need to pour on more for the suds. 

Number three, and I know you can do this, wash your hair less often. Yes, we all grew up with the commercials for every night shampoo but seriously, that was merely to sell more product. It may take a few days to get used to not washing so get a good dry shampoo. If you can’t get that then dab some baby powder on the roots and brush through.  Don’t dump the container of powder on your part or you will defeat the entire purpose of greying gorgeously.

Finally, number four if you are so inclined, is purple shampoo. It definitely costs more but I’m super impressed with how it tints my blues back to blue and my grey skunk stripe looks more silvery.

Below, I will post some pix with links to  in case you wish to try them

As always please comment below so we can continue this chat. I’d love to know what you try and how you like it. Send pics of your vivid hair too!

Yours in technicolor,

Ge-Ge

Purple Shampoo
Light Blue Shade
Purple Shampoo
Scruples

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Let’s Chat About New Sephora Play! Box

Let’s Chat About New Sephora Play! Box

Wow, my friends, this has been a busy, busy month. 

I’ve started this blog, I’ve made some videos and made friends with so many new people within the “blogosphere” as they call it.

Videos are so much fun and to top that off making a video unboxing my new Sephora Play! box for the month of April is doubly fun. 

Let’s face it, all of this beauty product stuff is fun!

So, take a peek at the new vid and let me know in the comments below what you think.  Better yet, subscribe to the Blue Haired Granny You tube Channel. 

 

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Talk soon,

Ge-Ge

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Let’s Chat About FaceBook Groups

 

Good Morning Lovelies!

Today I need to make a horrible confession; I didn’t post a Terrible Video on Friday.

Shame on me. However, the only excuse I have is that the video was inordinately terrible. Really more terrible than any before. But, this Friday I will have a truly Terrible Video unboxing a NEW Sephora Play! box. 

Then what about today? What shall we chat about?

Let’s chat about FaceBook groups.  I’ve learned that there are a whole lot of groups there for beauty product hoarders like me.

Do any of you belong to any? I’m a particular fan of Caked Face. All of the group members there are very supportive of one another when someone posts a picture of makeup looks that they’re trying.

Even for an older woman like myself I’ve found a lot of encouragement there to try new trends, colors and techniques.

Please post which, if any,FaceBook groups you belong to so we can all meet together.

 Please comment below so we can continue this chat.

Talk soon,

Ge-Ge

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Let’s Chat About… eyebrows

Let's chat about eyebrows

Do you have eyebrows? Take a look in the mirror and tell me what you see.

Are they there or did you paint them on? Are they white? Salt and pepper? Do you HATE them as much as I HATE mine?

Let’s travel back in time to when we were younger ok? First all women, according to fashion magazines and TV stars, had skinny little eyebrows. Me, as a teen, barely paid attention to mine until the day I SHAVED, yes shaved them off. Not all the way of course, just a half of each one. 

Unfortunately, I wasn’t self aware enough to see how idiotic I looked. My mother did and she had a great chuckle over it before she started bawling, which I didn’t understand. They were my eyebrow halves not heres. 

Honestly, if any of my peers noted oddly shaped brows I don’t recall. 

A short few years, maybe months, later, a lovely young model, named Brooke Shields, came on the scene. Her eyebrows are legendary.  Even now watching her play the crazy Grandma on SVU she’s got some dark purring caterpillars up there just like she had forty some years ago.

Now, I once again have no eyebrows and a shave was not involved. The poor little things are gray, white, sparse and sad.

Well, they make me sad anyway.  So, what do we do about this aging thing? 

For me, I put makeup on my brows immediately after moisturizer. However, now that I have blue/gray hair on my head it’s been a challenge to find the right color for makeup for my eyebrows.

So far I’m happy with Gimme Brow from Benefit because they have a tiny brush and extra fibers. Plus if I’m really getting made up I’ll add a light, very light, dusting of matte dark brown eye shadow.  I use Sephora brand, it’s less expensive and stays on nicely and comes off easily. The only drawback to this shadow is its’ container. I’ve got what some people in New England call “The Arthur-Itis” or as I call it arthritis in my hands which makes it hard to open.

What about the straggling hairs? Tweeezerman tweezers are bar none the best. They are worth every single penny and they are not cheap. But be careful what you pluck because if you are like me, the brows are sparse. A nice brow brush is handy to brush up the hairs and see if there’s any kooky hairs but also remember, it’s OK to trim the brow hairs instead of plucking.

That’s my eyebrow show. What about you? Have the changes to your skin and hair caused you to change your makeup colors? Are your eyebrows vanishing from your face? Do you have any special ideas to share with me?

Please comment below so we can continue this chat.

Talk soon,

Ge-Ge

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