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Thursday, November 20, 2014

On the Rocks: Smashbox Holiday Eyeliner Set

Smashbox On the Rocks Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Liners
Special Gift set $39

Sometimes a good deal is just too hard to pass up.  Sephora, come Holiday time, is a palace of temptations. Cosmetics companies really do put together gift sets that are fantastic values; such was the case with Smashbox on the Rocks Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Liner Kit.

I have reviewed these Smashbox liners before and was impressed with their depth, easy to apply formula and long wear.  The only thing that I wasn't crazy about was their very short shelf life.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Behind the Scenes: My Olay Timeless Holiday Beauty Shoot

I don't know about you, but I cannot believe we are already approaching the Holidays, because frankly, Labor Day feels like it was 3 days ago.

At the end of the summer, I had the pleasure of participating in Olay's Timeless Holiday Beauty shoot for Real Simple Magazine's Holiday Spectacular issue.
I posted about my fun filled beauty adventure with fellow bloggers Grace Atwood and Tonya Staab. It was a blast!!!

There was so much hustle and bustle, that after a short time, we were no longer aware that videographers who were documenting the action behind the scenes.

Yesterday, I received this wonderful video which captured the essence of our day. I'm so excited to share it with you below!!!


To see the complete advertorial and your chance to win a $10 gift card to Target for purchasing our favorite Olay products, pick up your issue of Real Simple's Holiday Spectacular issue today.

I hope you enjoy it!


Fashion Flash

Cindy Ingalls of Prime Beauty Blog is this weeks Fashion Flash Host. As always our group of talented bloggers strive to bring you interesting reads on fashion, beauty, good health and life style issues for women over 40.

Please click here to read more.



Sunday, November 16, 2014

Revlon Photoready Skinlights Face Illuminator

Revlon Photoready Skinlights Face Illuminator

Last week I wrote about my splurge purchase, Armani's Fluid Sheer Highlighter.
It felt very extravagant to spend $62 on a highlighter, but in a weak moment, I had to see if it lived up to it's cult status.

I was curious how it stacked up against Revlon's Photoready Skinlights Face Illuminator, a similar product that costs nearly $50 less.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Fashion Flash Monday

It's Fashion Flash Monday again.  This week our host is the fabulous Kari Solyntjes who writes one of my favorite beauty blogs, Fab Over Forty.

Each week, we try to give women 40+ the best tips on beauty, fashion, health and wellness.  Click here please, to see what our busy bees were buzzing about.



Sunday, November 9, 2014

Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer

Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer #10

Have I lost my mind???  I'm still trying to decide...I do spend a small fortune on cosmetics, but the total tends to be cumulative; not because I'm splurging on $50 Tom Ford Lipsticks and Christian Louboutin Nail Polish's.

Why then did pull the trigger and purchase Giorgio Armani's Fluid Sheer? Because I still believe in fairies and fairy dust.  Because Fluid Sheer is rumored to be both J. Lo and Beyonce's favorite go-to glow maker. Because might it be worth splurging on something that might make me feel a bit more radiant each day?...

Or am I just rationalizing???

Friday, November 7, 2014

A Bomb: CoverGirl Bombshell Intensity Felt Tip Eyeliner

CoverGirl Bombshell Intensity Eyeliner

When I'm on vacation, or just a Girl's Getaway for a a few days, I always look forward to taking a break from my morning makeup routine--Sometimes it just feels great to let your skin and lashes breathe.

While doing a last minute CVS run to pick up some fresh sunblock, I naturally did a quick cruise of the cosmetics aisle.

I spotted what I thought might be a potent, portable, waterproof eyeliner, CoverGirl's Bombshell Intensity Eyeliner.  Would it really be so terrible to do just a quick swipe everyday? Otherwise, I might have to wear a name tag for my friends to recognize me.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Benefit Beauty on the Go!!!

Be still my heart!!!

I am enjoying a few days in Palm Beach with some of my Gal Pal's.  Saturday was a dreary, rainy day in Greenwich and despite my every intention to do a Sephora run, the day got away from me.  What was I hoping not to live without for a few days???

Benefit's Ooh La La Lift.  Ooh La La Lift, is a gel like, pink primer, that is used to brighten the area under the eyes.  If you are hoping to use this product alone to achieve complete coverage of dark circles, you will be disappointed.  If you choose to use it as I do, underneath my concealer and as a midday pick me up, you may find that you might not want to be without it.


Fashion Flash Monday

This week Cindy Ingalls, who writes Prime Beauty Blog is our Fashion Flash host.  Each week, our group tries to bring you our most interesting post on beauty, fashion, good health and fitness.

Please click here to read them all.



Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade

Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade
8 shades $18

My brow fixation continues...I've come to believe, brows, not the eyes, are the window to my soul.  I feel absolutely naked without a finished brow and it's the starting point of my makeup after BB cream or foundation.

Anastasia Beverly Hills definitely produces the best brow products on the market. I have used both her Brow Gel and Brow Wiz pencils; both excellent.

I decided to tip into her Dipbrow Pomade after admiring them at Ulta.  There are 8 shades and find your best match can be a bit tricky, so I asked for advice. Naturally, the shade we decided on, medium brown, was sold out.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Two Great Products from Exuviance; Day Repair and Night Lift

$113 together- a $34 Savings

My love affair with Exuviance Age Reverse continues...particularly their Day Repair cream. Yes...  I know I should be using  moisturizer with some serious SPF daily, but I loathe the chalky residue and heavy texture of the many I have tried.

Exuviance Age Reverse Day Repair is in a class by itself.  For starters it smell delicious.  It has a creamy, gel like consistency that leaves my skin completely hydrated and dewy looking...It's hard to believe there is SPF 30 in there, but I'll take it face value and I'm grateful for it.

And I'm not the only one who thinks its terrific.  Good Housekeeping awarded Exuviance Age Reverse Day Repair as one of their 2014 Beauty All-Star Award winners.

It's a goodie...

Fashion Flash Monday

It's Fashion Flash Monday and Deb Chase, our groups founder and popular writer of the No Nonsense Beauty Blog is our host this week.  As always, we strive to bring women over 40 a concise and diverse read.  Please click here to see what we shared with you this week.



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

What The Zell Happened to Renee???

Renee Zellweger (right) Renee Zellweger (left)

Can we tawk???

Last December, I posted a blog about the radical change in Renee Zellweger's appearance. Far from a classic beauty, Renee had a unique look that was borderline adorable.  She also has a slamming bod, and wears clothes as well as any runway mannequin.  Put it all together, and her look charmed more often than not.

Why did she feel the need to reconfigure her face, (rumored to be in the image of Jennifer Lawrence and actress nearly half her age.)  Perhaps it the pressure of approaching middle age in Hollywood, where younger talent is continually up and coming.


Sunday, October 19, 2014


Nyakio ABC African Beauty Cream

Nyakio ABC African Beauty Cream
$39- Available in 5 shades

There's a new beauty cream launching this month and it's not a BB or a CC but an ABC; Nyakio's African Beauty Cream.

Nyakio's brand founder and namesake, is Nyakio Kamoche Greico. Nyakio, is a first generation American of Kenyan descent, whose family included medicine men, farmers and educators.

The brand pays homage to her families heritage and her passion to bring the best of natural African ingredients with highly effective skincare, to women of all skin types and ethnicities.

I am already a fan of Nyakio's Kenyan Coffee Body Scrub, so when my friends at Kaplow PR asked me if I was interested in having a sneek peak at ABC African Beauty Cream, I happily complied.

Friday, October 17, 2014

It No-Tug Waterproof Gel Eyeliner

It No Tug Gel Eyeliner
10 Shades $22

Why am I always in pursuit?  I wish I could answer.... Just last week, I took pride in being able to successfully wield Smashbox Limitless Liquid Eye Liner, without a 10 Q-tip clean up. Why was I still hankering for yet another liner?

I think partly because I have always liked gel eyeliners, just not the pot and brush that come with them.  Here I was eyeball to eyeball with a gel pencil.  How could I possibly resist buying it?

I couldn't...

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick
22 Shades $22

Oh, this was a happy find...I normally don't shop at Ulta, not because I don't appreciate this high brow, low brow cosmetics mega store.  It's just less convenient to get to.

The first thing that caught my eye about Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick, was the display of pretty, wearable colors, from nudes to brights. The difference between some of the shades was just a nuance of depth.  Be still my heart...4 rosy nudes in one collection? Spectacular. I almost threw a dart, but I'm happy I chose "Rush".

It's perfect. But that's not the only thing that's impressive...

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Saturday, October 11, 2014 Fall's Most Colorful Cosmetics

It's time to shake up your makeup routine with these on-trend shades

Fall's Most Colorful Cosmetics

This is a Makeup article

Fall may be in full swing, but that doesn't mean you have to give up colorful makeup. This fall, it's all about ditching your neutral makeup colors for moody, rich shades that complement your skin tone.

See the colorful fall makeup trends to try.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Be a Glow Getter: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder
6 Shades (Radiant Light pictured above)

I've never been a powder fan...When you work as hard as I do to achieve glowing skin, it just feels counter-intuitive to finish with powder, no matter how finely milled.

I have long been aware of the cult following for Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder. Lalalalalalalalala...I blocked out the chatter...but then I saw them at Sephora and in an instant,  knew the likelihood of my leaving without one was nil. One swipe and I was a goner.   

Rather then looking matte and dull, my skin appeared to look lit from within, imperfections blurred, less flawed.  Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder comes in 6 shades, each created for a specific skin type.  Radiant Light, which casts a golden glow, was right for me.  Here are the details:

Monday, October 6, 2014

Exuviance Perfomance Peel AP

Exuviance Performance Peel AP
Available at Ulta stores and

Exuviance is turning out to be one of my favorite anti-aging skincare lines. I have already written glowingly about their Age Reversing Neck Cream, (which has done nothing to harm my knees either).

I love peels, and when my friends at Melissa Kelz PR told me that Exuviance Performance Peel AP could produce dramatically good at home results, simply, and in just 6 weeks, I let them twist my arm into sampling it...

Simply Chic

Saturday, October 4, 2014

On the Fringe...

Tarte Timeless Smoothing Primer

Tarte Smoothing Primer

Is it too much to wish that someone in the cosmetics industry could develop face Spackle???   My dream product would gracefully fill in fine lines and then be smoothly covered with foundation or a good BB cream. How does that sound to you?

My internet search was fruitless, though I did discover that Dr. Andrew Ordon of TV's The Doctors fame did create a product that temporarily fills out fine lines. It is not so much a filler as an inflammation; reviewers reported swelling from allergic reactions.  With my luck, I'd go into anaphylactic shock, and my throat would close...Literally, I would, "die in vain".

So, my search continued to Sephora, where I was attracted to the Tarte display, that included a split photo of an average looking woman.  One side showed her "before" Tarte Timeless Smoothing Primer and the other, the "after".

Impressive...OK, so it doesn't fill, but I will settle for the 91% reported "blur" 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

18 Years and Counting....

It's National Brow Day

Did you know today is National Brow Day? From Wink Brow Bar to Smashbox, today is a wonderful day to celebrate this wonderful feature with two of the most famous brows – Audrey and Elizabeth!

Their impeccable and lush brows further prove that this trend is here to stay, so lets look at the past to predict the future, as 2014 and now 2015 are definitely going to be the brow years to look forward to, from young ingenues like Lily Collins to Ashley Olsen.

What’s the modern way of shaping and filling in brows to create this lush effect? Look no further than threading, especially such as the West Village’s Wink Brow Bar, which specializes in organic threading. Anti-inflammatory and best for both shaping and growing a lusher set, read below for owner Umbreen Sheikh’s tips and tricks:
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