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 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 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 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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