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 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 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 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 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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https://youtu.be/jphr29Fy7_U

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

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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