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 Nails

Let’s Chat About Nails

 

Yes, nails. As in our fingers and toes. Allow me to confess something horrible; I have been a nail biter for as long as I can remember.  It’s really bad. So bad I have a couple of actually deformed nails. 

But…drumroll please….I’ve stopped. Just stopped. It’s completely incredible to be honest.  I can’t believe it myself.

Sure, I’ve stopped in the past and sometimes it lasts months and I have nice nails but then I just start gnawing away at them and it’s all over.  It made me wonder if there wasn’t some kind of twelve step program for cannibals like me.

Now, I bet you are asking yourself how did this miracle occur and what makes me think it will last.

The answer is…Hypnosis. Yup, that’s right. Just like you see in the old movies.  Well maybe not like that. I didn’t sit in front of some guru with a silver ball on a chain. Nope, I did it the modern way, You Tube. 

Of course, there’s a chance I’m being hypnotized into becoming the next Manchurian Candidate but for healthy nails I’m willing to chance it.

Wouldn’t you love to know how I discovered this magic charm? Because I bet you might have a bad habit that you might like to shed?Ok, my journey started with a story in the New York Times about a phenomenon called ASMR. Have you heard of this? And by heard I’m being very literal. Hearing is what ASMR is about. 

 According to Wikepedia :Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) is an experience characterized by a static-like or tingling sensation on the skin that typically begins on the scalp and moves down the back of the neck and upper spine. It has been compared with auditory-tactile synesthesia.

 Who knew? Right? ASMR triggering videos are all over You Tube and I noticed that some of those helped me to fall asleep. Unfortunately, I’ve suffered insomnia and nightmares all my life and don’t like taking pills due to the sluggishness the next day. So, naturally I was pleased to find that these videos (I only listen to the audio with headphones) worked great.  

As I searched around for more and more sleep help I found Podcasts for ASMR and then some specific for sleep. Fabulous.  Next, I noticed that there are both videos and podcasts for dropping bad habits, drinking, eating etc.  Well, a good friend of mine has been getting hypnosis for here exercise journey and it’s working. Knowing someone who has luck with hypnosis made me search for stop nail biting. Boom! There it was. There are actually several and it is up to you, the listener, to find which one works best. By trial and error I found one that worked great. It sounds like I’m listening to rain on the window and allegedly there are subliminal messages embedded within the audio.  

Two days. Two days is all it took. I stopped biting. Simply stopped. After not listening for a couple days I noticed I was picking the skin on my nails so I put the earbuds on that night. No more biting. 

Far be it for me to tell anyone to try any of this but here is my statement that it has worked very well for me.  The sleep hypnosis also works and I really like sleeping without nightmares.

Once my nails look really nice, I’ll post some pix. 

 What about all of  you? Do you bite your nails? Do you have insomnia? What about ASMR, does it trigger you? 

Let’s chat some more in the comments below.

 

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 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 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 Confidence

Let’s Chat About Confidence

Good Day to you all lovely people!!

I am so happy that you are here.

If you recall, last Friday I asked if any of you were familiar with the Rule of Three when styling an outfit and I mentioned that I was trained in retail styling that the rule was five, but that Coco Chanel’s rule overrode everything else.

What in the world was I talking about?

When planning an outfit for the day count your pieces. Top,pants or skirt and shoes consider as TWO pieces. The Rule of Three means that you need to add a jacket or sweater on top of this.  This is what I refer to as dressing with intention.  When you are getting older and your colors are changing/fading it is crucial to dress with intention. A woman, who cares, will dress using the rule of three in order to look like she gives a shit.  Why should you look like you give a shit?

Because, believe it or not, it is not for the folks who are looking at you as you stroll through Walmart, it is for you. Looking pulled together and chic gives a person confidence and again, believe it not, we all need confidence.  It’s one thing to say “Oh, I don’t care what others think of how I look!” Great that’s a super attitude if you can pull it off. But we all know that every single one of us wants to fit in, somehow. Even if you want to fit in with the non-conformists, you are still trying to fit in.

There you have it, the reasoning behind dressing with intention or The Rule of Three.  Now, my Rule of Five is exactly the same but you need to add jewelry to that and or a scarf. Simple, yes?

Now, picture yourself in your closet and you are in the process of growing out your hair to gray so not really looking fabulous in that department. Again I ask, do  you want to look like you climbed out of the dumpster? No, no one does.  So, you’re in your closet and you say, well I only need jeans and T to go to the grocery store. Yup, ok, put those on. Next look at your cardigan and blazers there on the rack. Pick a cute one. It doesn’t need to be fancy just a complementary color to your shirt. (every color goes with denim it’s a miracle of life). 

Ok, so you’ve got Jeans, a top and now a blazer. Nothing fancy, just pulled together. Now pick shoes. No, you are not going to the gym or the pool so NO gym shoes or flip flops. Weather dependent choose a boot, sandal or some other cute shoe. Do you like high heels? Flippin’ put them on. What are you waiting for? 

Now, go to your scarves? Anything look good? Oh, what? You say you don’t know how to tie them.  There’s a You Tube for that. It’ll take a second, go ahead and watch it, I’ll wait.

Ahhh, no time for that or no scarf you like? Then we move on to necklace, rings  and bracelet and if you are so inclined earrings.  Ok. You did it. Step back and look in the mirror. Take a good look and now remove ONE accessory. That my dears is the Coco Chanel Rule. Accessories also include hair barrettes and headbands so take that into consideration also.

Whew! That was a lot yes? But it is so simple. You are puling yourself together to feel confident and exude that confidence. And also to look like you actually give a shit that you are here, on earth and ready to load up on some damn fine groceries.

Please leave your comments, opinions and questions here so we can continue this chat all week.

Yours in technicolor

Ge-Ge

Let’s Chat About The Rule Of Three

Let’s Chat About The Rule Of Three

 

Alrighty gang, I believe that we have covered a lot of information in the las month or so. Don’t you agree?

We’ve chatted about eyebrows, moisturizer, mascara and watched a couple of terrible videos.

What we have not covered is fashion. How is an aging, older stylish woman dress? Does it matter is the greater question but that isn’t what we are here to read about. Am I right?

Writing these missives I believe I am writing to three different types of women. (I say women as a collective, I’m equally happy writing to anyone who enjoys reading about getting older, no matter what if any gender you relate)

These three are :

  1. Someone like me who loves makeup and has to embrace the aging process.
  2. Someone who doesn’t feel confident with makeup or fashion and wishes to learn.
  3.  Someone who is a certified expert in beauty, fashion and aging but reads these so that they can get a laugh. I’m fine with that. 

Okay, regardless of which reader you relate to I want you to know that I am here as a resource (or comic relief) to help you navigate the road of fashion and beauty as the years roll in upon us.

Today we don’t have a video but I’d like set up the stage for Monday’s post.

Monday, we will be here to chat about the Rule of Three in fashion.  I prefer to use the Rule of Five as that is how my work in retail trained me.

Do you know these rules? Do you follow them? How about the great CoCo Chanel’s rule? do you know that one?

Lastly, remember that it is truly easy to give up on one’s self as we age and things discolor and sag. DO NOT GIVE UP.  The worst thing you can do is allow yourself to look like you crawled out from behind the dumpster at Target just before you walk in the door.

Come back on Monday for an in depth look at these fashion rules. In the mean time…

Please comment below so we can continue this chat.

Talk soon,

Ge-Ge

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