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 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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gVQI4OitTE

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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Let’s Chat About Mascara

Let’s Chat About Mascara

 

Let’s Chat About Mascara

We’ve talked eyebrows and moisturizers now let’s discuss the other beauty product I personally cannot live without: mascara.

Ever since my first pink and green tube of Maybelline Great Lash I’ve been hooked. There’ve been other brands throughout  the decades and now but I was very loyal to that colorful tube.

You’ve heard me talk about being careful with mascara because it is very susceptible to bacteria. I’m not joking. I’ve had plenty of eye issues and there’s no doubt some were caused by old mascara or pumping the wand up and down too many times, or both.

Learn form my mistakes and throw the tube away when it is three months old.

Now, about that pumping the wand thing. Sure, we all did it, our female role models as kids did it. All you need to do is open the tube a bit and kind of swirl the wand around inside the tube. You’re going to get big swirl action going but enough to put plenty of mascara on that wand.

Next, what color mascara are you using? If you said blue, please subscribe to this blog and all other beauty blogs out there.  What about brown? Do you wear brown mascara because in the nineties you were a “summer”?  Are you still blonde? Really? I thought I was too until a big slice of grey interrupted me. So, take a look at your hair and eyebrows and eyelashes outside in natural sun light. What color are they? What color is your hair? 

My recommendation, based totally on my own experience, is that you might need to change over to cooler tones. Meaning black mascara, adding dark brown or black to your eyebrow makeup and NEVER using black liquid liner on the lower lid.  Or blue. No blue.

Alright now what brands are best? Maybelline Great Lash is always excellent, easily found and a value.  Right now I’m in love with Roller Lash from Benefit because I like the brush and the texture. And also a new Clinique with last extension fibers.

There’s a Bobby Brown Smoky Eye mascara that I had a sample of “thought” I bought the full size ($40 no lie) and it was awful. Gloppy and goopy but then I realized I didn’t buy the Smoky Eye type it was another type. It killed me to throw that away because of the cost but I hated it.  Good ole L’Oreal has a any number of fine mascaras as well.

Go to the drug store, Ulta or Sephora and take a close look at what is out there. You may need to switch from brown to brownish black or black. The women who work at Sephora are super helpful and will show you all sorts of mascaras. Don’t be shy.

Let’s chat some more about this. Tell me about your mascara thoughts in the comments below.

Talk soon,

Ge-Ge

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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

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 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 Sephora Play Box

Let’s Chat About Sephora Play Box

Let’s Chat About Sephora Play Box

Hello Lovelies!!

Just a quick post to let you know that I’ve uploaded another Terrible Video on You Tube.  This time I’m un-boxing one of my favorite things SEPHORA PLAY monthly subscription box. It’s so much fun and I am so terrible on video, it’s worth a laugh at least.

Please comment below so we can continue this chat.

Talk soon,

Ge-Ge

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