Let’s Chat About Hair Bushes

Hair brushes. And or brushing. It’s worth a conversation.

If you are reading this blog I’m going to venture a guess that you read other blogs about makeup, hair etc. Then you have probably read somewhere that it is now frowned upon to brush your hair with a hair brush. Ok, so what do you do with unruly hair?

Here’s the deal. I still use a hair brush. Actually, I use two. Plus I use a comb. 

Oh heavens to Betsy you are all screaming. That is too much work AND you are yanking your tresses out of your head. To you I give a hair flip and say bye bye. Why do I ignore your screaming? Because it works. This method works for me because I have basically straight hair. As well as I prep my hair in advance of using any brush at all. Which brings me to the most knowledgeable part of this post. 

What is more important than a hair brush? Do you know? It’s the WIDE TOOTHED COMB. Say it with me now..wide toothed comb. I’m pretty sure I own 3 of them. Where do you get them? The Dollar Store. Yes folks the Dollar Store. One of the the best features of these combs is that they have a sort of hooked bottom. Why is that great? It’s great because you can hang said comb in the shower.  Oh silly me why would I want to do that? Here it is, the big secret…you need it in the shower to PREP your hair. There, I said it again “to prep your hair”. Prep your hair for drying, styling, brushing whatever you want to do to it.

When you are in the shower washing your hair (we’ll get into the whole no need to wash everyday thing some other time) you will do your hair a great service by using the wide toothed comb to comb the shampoo, if you can and then the conditioner throughout your hair.

I said comb through the shampoo if you can because I realize not everyone’s hair is combable (made up word) when wet.  One of my bonus daughters can barely get a comb through it with conditioner because she is blessed with some gorgeous curls. But, the number one best favor you can do for your hair is to use the wide toothed comb on it with your conditioner. You will thank me and your hair will thank you.

As for brushing, do not brush wet hair. Simple. Don’t do it unless you want broken, frizzy hair.

Before you blow-dry again, wide toothed comb. 

Personally I won’t blow dry without protection and my favorite has gone off the market and is now a black market item. I feel a lot like Elaine in Seinfeld when her preferred method of protection, the sponge, was taken off the market. My

supply is so low at this point I ask myself if my hair on a particular day “is it V05 worthy” and sometimes the answer is no and I throw the whole wet mess in a bun and don’t dry it. 

But back to brushing. Of course there are times you need to brush. I’m a fan of the wide paddle brush. But at night, before I go to bed I use a natural bristle brush to distribute the oils though my hair to the ends. Which brings me to the topic of our next chat…co-washing.

 

Tell me, do you use a heat protecting spray before yo u blow dry? Do you use a brush?

Be sure to comment below and share if this post.  It really helps.

Talk soon,

Ge-G

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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 Moisturizers

Let’s Chat About Moisturizers

 

What’s new beautiful readers?  

Is it hot where ever you are? I refuse to complain about the heat but my hair hasn’t been out of a ponytail or a bun all summer.  

Moisturizer is my best friend.  It always has been but lately oh boy I don’t miss a day.  Also, let me share one of my favorite indulgences; LUSH.  Do you know their products?

This is NOT a sponsored post. LUSH is just one of my favorite brands and I love their products.  As for moisturizers lately I’ve been using bath oil from LUSH that’s in the form of “bubbleroons” which is a fun word.

My favorite is called Rose Jam and you can click on the link right there. Not only does it make my skin the softest it’s ever been but it smells glorious.

In the past I’ve used the “Scrubee” which is great and exfoliates but I don’t love that fragrance.  You might. though.

Also, LUSH has vegan options and they fight against animal testing. Always.  

Give it a try and let me know what you think?

 

Please comment below so we can continue this chat.

Talk soon,

Ge-Ge

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Let’s Chat About Melting Makeup

Let’s Chat About Melting Makeup

Readers, readers readers, my dear friends!  

How have you all been these last few weeks? I have missed you BUT I have been extraordinarily busy. Not exaggerating at all, busy.

Flew to Dallas to look for a new home. Flew to South Carolina to help care for my little hearts, I mean grand babies. Came back home, sold the house we live in and then…got married. Whew. That’s a darn busy few weeks right?

But I never forget about aging beautifully with all of you.  

One new item that I have added to my makeup bag is makeup setting spray.  Do any of you use that? Living in New England all of my life it was really never a problem having my makeup melt off of my face. We have about three weeks of hot weather here if we are lucky so I can go makeup-free on those days. I’m probably pool or beachside on those days so makeup-free, that is me.

One summer, it was 1988 I recall, it was SO SO hot. I however was SO SO pregnant that I pretty much felt like a furnace running in February.  Back then the house where I lived had no air conditioning so I spent almost everyday at the movie theatre. Die Hard came out that year as well as Dirty Dancing it was a fabulous way to cool off.

So, that summer prepared me a bit for the new climate I ma about to enjoy in Texas. Since almost everyday is going to be makeup melting hot I have discovered the enormous value in makeup setting spray.  

The brand that I luckily had with me (it was from a Sephora Play box ) was Urban Decay.  I’m already a happy customer of that brand so I trusted that it would come through like all their other products.  Which it did, perfectly. 

One thing I wished I had done was suck in my lips because the spray is not tasty.  

Do any of you use setting spray?  Is there one out there that’s tasty? Tasty but actually works?  Any DFW readers here? I’d love some more tips for the area.

Talk soon,

Ge-Ge


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Let’s Chat About Callouses

Let’s Chat About Callouses

Hello all of you lovelies!!

Has anyone told you today how fabulous you are? Well you are fabulous and thanks for being here.

Today we are going to chat about some good news as well as some not so good news.

Don’t worry, it’s nothing earth shattering is only about calloused feet.

Yes feet.  You know it’s so easy now to go out for a pedicure, there’s a Mani/Pedi parlor on every corner and are reasonably priced. If you are anything like me though, you might like to pinch a penny or two so mani/pedi might be off the list occasionally. Or, like me, I like the do-it-yourself method at times.

That is what brings me to the good news. I bought the rumored “Baby Feet” home foot mask this Christmas season, for all of the girls on my list. Kind of forgetting I even had one that I gifted myself I pulled it out the other day to give it a go.

I cut open the package, release the little booties and place them on my feet. Yes, gooey feeling but not horrible.  As per instructions I used the tape that is supplied to seal the baggies around my feet. Me, personally, put sock on over the booties.

The instructions state to leave the bags in place for one hour so I do. After the hour is up you are to wash your feet off. Oh, and I should mention that you are supposed to wash your feet prior to booting up. 

After you wash the gooey from your feet you are free to go about your normal day.  Now, if you read the instructions, it says that you will have better luck with the product if you soak your feet in warm water everyday.  Really? I’m going to make time for that? Nope.

Which here is the not so good news. Not too many callouses removed.  Some skin shedded off. More than the pumice stone usually gets off but not nearly the huge sheets flesh shown on the package and in the ads.

Moral of this story? Can you guess? Read and follow all instructions.

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. 

 

Click Here to see another Truly Terrible Video

 

 

 

 

Talk soon,

Ge-Ge

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Let’s Chat About Moisturizers

Let’s Chat About Moisturizers

As I was about to write this, and it was planned a week ago, I noticed that our last chat was about the Hannacure mask. It would seem that Ge-Ge is skin obsessed. But why? After contemplating this (and petting little Ollie at the same time) I realized that our skin is the largest organ of our body. Think about that for a second; skin is an organ.  So, yes, beauty products are geared toward our looks but this skin of ours, this organ needs extra care.

Personally, I am a dry skin woman and I hate it. When I take off a pair of black leggings (you know the Mom uniform) there are so many dead skin cells I feel a bit nauseated.

When I was a teenager I was lucky and didn’t know it. My skin then was classic combination and had few break outs. Of course I abused that skin which is why I’m a fervent moisturizer fan now.

My routine with moisturizers varies but the one thing I have learned is to moisturize the neck!  Even if you are eighty years old and reading this, moisturize your neck and décolletage. (The décolletage, in case you didn’t know, is the flat expanse of chest skin below your neck and above the boobs. Mine is so sun damaged from sitting out on the lawn slathered in baby and tin foil covering the album “KISS Alive” to reflect more ultraviolet onto me. You know you did it too, don’t pretend.  Oh sometimes I used the Beach Boys “Endless Summer” album instead of KISS.

Today, having learned some lessons I keep a jar of store brand coconut oil IN THE SHOWER. Yep, that’s right. I slather it on like lard from the jar, right before I’m ready to step out. Now, if I was faithful in doing this I could probably prevent myself from puking every time I take off my leggings but who is perfect right? Not me for sure. Oh and the coconut oil, also took away the PK bumps on my upper arms. So, for a five dollar jar of coconut oil you can solve a couple issues. (It’s good for hair too but let’s explore that further another day.

After the shower and it’s time to get makeup of the first, absolute first layer is moisturizer. My two favorites are Neutrogena and Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion for daily use and I have a Kiehl’s  overnight masque that I love for bedtime.  My kids bought me that one year for a birthday gift so I’ve used that sparingly and it’s lasted all this time. Don’t look too closely at the photo ‘cuz you can see it’s a tad cruddy from love.

There is one other product in that photo that I bet you’ve not heard of before. It’s the  EGG MELLOW CREAM . I’m kid of a cheapskate so this is one I use very sparingly. It’s no joke. This cream REALLY firms your skin. So this one I use either at night or sometimes during the day if I’m doing a full makeup face and want/need some firming up. This Egg Mellow Cream I discovered in a Sephora Play box and immediately bought the full size, keeping the sample for travel. 

There you have it. A variety of moisturizers in  a variety of consistencies and price points. Neutrogena you can get at the drug store and it works wonderfully. It really does.

What’s your moisturizer routine? Let’s chat about it in the comments. I’d love to hear some new ideas.

Talk soon,

Ge-Ge

Oh and don’t forget, we’ve got another Terrible Video coming out on Friday.

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Let’s Chat about Squats

Let’s Chat about Squats

Let's chat about Squats

Somewhere, sometime ago,  I read or heard that if a person does only one exercise ever then that exercise should be squats. Yes, those painful deep knee bends as the nuns called them in gym class so long ago. Or in yoga terms; chair pose.  No matter what you call them they all add up to the same thing, pain.

However, what is more painful both physically and emotionally is when you do go into a squat, say to feed the dog, and then you struggle to get up the embarrassment is legion. Right? Do you feel me here?

Mostly, my favorite form of exercise is bending my elbow with seven ounces of Chardonnay, but after several embarrassing incidents of being stuck to the floor, I’ve decided to squat, squat, squat.  I would say, squat my ass off but I already suffer from flat ass.

Where to start? Lucky me, I found the 100 squats a day challenge on Buzzfeed

Naturally, being impulsive, I started right off the bat. No bothering to measure my flat butt like I should have but at least I did start right?  But how do you stick with it and make progress?

This is how I do it and maybe this will be a help to you.

Every morning, while I brush my teeth, I squat.

My toothbrush runs for something like four minutes and in that time I can proudly say I can do fifty squats.  Could I do that many the first day? No effing way. Maybe I could do ten but I stopped after probably three.  Today, I don’t have to stop until thirty-seven-ish.

But wait you’re saying that’s only fifty. Well, don’t you brush twice a day? Yeppers, I get the other fifty in at night.  Plus I’ll deep knee bend a few times while the water boils, the coffee brews and sometimes waiting for the dog to poop. (With Ollie I can get in close to forty waiting)

Did I do one hundred every day for the first week? HA! Heck no. I worked my way up after days and weeks. It’s been thirty days now and the difference I feel is nothing short of amazing.

As a chronic low back and hip  pain sufferer it’s easy to pass on exercising because everything hurts. The paradox is though that if you exercise it hurts less. So I stuck with the squats and now, drumroll please I feel so much better all over.  My hip feels new, my lower back is nearly pain free and best of all I can get up off the floor with out feeling like I’m thirty years older than I am.

What about you all? Do you love exercising? Do you hate it? Do you want to join me in the 100 squat challenge?  Tell me all about it in the comments below. Let’s keep chatting!

Yours in techni-color

Ge-Ge

I am not a doctor an exercise professional. Please check with your own doctor before starting any exercise program.

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Let’s chat skin care masks

Hello Beauties!

Here’s a quick post to link you up to a video I made when I tried what I  hear is the latest and greatest trend in at home skin care.

If you are old like me, these peel off and wash off at home masks are not news.

In the 1970’s (my era) a popular one was by Max Factor and it was strawberry scented.  Here’s a pic      fromGoogle, not my photo

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Well, you’ll just have to watch my little vid to see if the Hannacure skin care mask really does make a person look like a Zombie or not.  Plus, if you are on Instagram check for #hannacure and see some other  silly folks like me giving this a go!

 

Please oh please like and/or comment after you watch. Even better subscribe! I don’t get this ugly for just anyone you  know.

 

Yours in technicolor,

Ge-Ge