The Clock Stops Here...

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Let the Holidays Begin!

Physician's Formula Youth Wear Spotless Concealer

Physician's Formula Youth Wear Spotless Concealer
Drugstore's Nationwide, Ulta 

I'm always grateful when cosmetics products multi-task...Wouldn't it be great if all cosmetics went beyond beauty that gets scrubbed off at the end of the day and actually helped improve our skin?  Friends with benefits, so to speak...

I was doing a CVS run last week and spotted Physician's Formula's "Spotless", a concealer that claims to improve the appearance of, "dark, age and sun spots instantly and over time.


Monday, November 24, 2014

Fashion Flash Monday

It's Fashion Flash Monday!  This week Josephine Lalwan who writes Chic at Any Age is our host.  Each week we share some of our favorite posts on beauty, fashion, wellness and lifestyle.

Some of our topics this week include:

  • Dry skin relief
  • A chance to win a Clinique Black Honey Collection
  • Personal Trainer abuse
  • The benefits of Vitamin B 
  • How to bake a fabulous pumpkin pie                      


Friday, November 21, 2014

Tarte The Sculptor Contouring Face Slenderizer and Bamboo Brush

Tarte Contouring Face Slenderizer $24
and Bamboo Brush $32

Contouring is having a moment, with several companies including Tarte, Smashbox, Becca and Nars coming out with kits that are supposed to make sculpting and slimming your face easier, (I will hypothesize, begrudgingly, that this makeup trend may have its roots in Kardashianism). One of my biggest issues has always been figuring out which shade would be most appropriate for my skin tone for this particular task...

I chose the easy way out:  Tarte's Face Slenderizer only comes in one shade, Park Avenue Princess, a cream version of their popular powder. I'm not entirely certain how one hue could work for all skin tones, but I was willing to give it a whirl.  I also purchased the coordinating Bamboo Brush; I figured it was the only way to fairly judge its effectiveness.

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:
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