How To Fix A Black Eye

This step-by-step guide to fixing my black eye may come in handy for those of you how may be a bit clutzy… or those who have a birthmark or other so-called ‘flaw’ that you may want to cover

Step 1.   Get yourself a black eye.  This can be easy if you have stone steps leading down to a stone patio. Add in bifocal glasses that slightly throws off your depth perception. As an additional factor, make sure you land on your face, so those self-same glasses punch you nicely in the eye. Simple, right?

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Step 2. Go to Sephora and promise to spend a wad of money if they will show you how to cover up a black eye. Then be really really happy because they can do it with only TWO products. (and a little loose setting powder):

Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid  (in Deep Peach)
Too Faced Born This Way Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer (in a warm shade that matches your skin tone – in my case, Golden Beige)

 

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Step 3.  Appy the color corrector on the discoloration you want to hide. You want to apply it as carefully as possible – neutralizing only the discoloration, and not applying to any unmarked area. This looks pretty crazy –  now your bruise is orange, not purplish black. But the orange is much easier to cover than purple. Set the corrector with a bit of powder. I used a small pointed concealer brush for the corrector and a small but fluffy eyeshadow brush for the powder.

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Step 4.  Apply the concealer. Apply everywhere around the eyes and to both eyes. You want your eyes to sort of match, after all. Over the bruise, you may want to apply more concealer than you normally would. Pat this in, don’t rub. You don’t want it to move.

That’s one of the reasons that the Born This Way concealer is so good. At my age, I normally use a very moisturizing, creamy concealer. But you want a drier consistency for this purpose. And Born This Way is very high coverage and dries very matte. (By the way, I LOVE this concealer, and now that I have found it, I’m using it even now that my bruise has faded.) Once again set with a little loose powder. That’s a lot of powder for older skin, and it will crease a bit after several hours, but the bruise will NOT come through. I found that using a beauty blender to gently tap the area after a few hours reduced the creasing.

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Step 5.  Finish your makeup.  Go a little bright and rosy with blush and lipstick – it will help make your eyes look lighter. In the photo below, you can see that my right eye is a bit swollen, and a tiny bit of the bruise still shows – but it doesn’t look horrible. I can go out in public without scaring any children.

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I was extremely happy with the result. I didn’t feel self-conscious. I felt terrific and confident for the 10 days I endured the punched-in-the-face look.

AND I found a terrific concealer in the process.

Here’s the Before and After – photos were in the same lighting just 15 minutes apart.

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Why I’ve Been Quiet

I haven’t posted on this Beauty Blog in quite a while.

The reason is actually pretty simple.

I am currently in love with the products I’m using, and have not tried anything new.

This is a good thing.

When I first started this blog, I was trying new stuff almost every week. But everything was piling up – and it was expensive and wasteful – even though it was kind of fun.

But with all the purchases I have made – and there have been a TON – I seem now to have stumbled upon a combination that really works for me.

I’m sure eventually I may get bored with this look, or want to try something else, and I’ll be shopping again.

But in the meantime – I am LOVING the way I look and saving a lot of money.

So here’s what has been my go-to look for several months now:

Daytime moisturizer:  Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream. It’s light, fresh, absorbs easily. Perfect for summer.

Primer: L’Oreal True Match Lumi Glotion in 902 Light. This is marketed as a highlighter and natural glow enhancer, and not necessarily a primer. But I find it works exactly like BECCA’s Backlight primer under my makeup and looks beautiful. I love a glowy look, and this is lovely. And it’s cheaper than Backlight.

Foundation:  IT Cosmetics CC Cream Illumination in Medium. Like with the primer, I like the bit of glow I get from this foundation. And the coverage is very good without looking heavy. If I’m at my palest, I mix this with a bit of any lighter shade of foundation I happen to have, but Medium works better for me than Light. Plus it has an SPF of 50.

Concealer: Clinique Beyond Perfecting Super Concealer in 06 Very Light. This concealer has great coverage for my undereye dark circles without settling into my crepey lines. It comes in a ton of shades too, so you can get a really good match. I only need the tiniest amount, and I spread a bit on my upper lids too to give me a nice even base. If I feel the need to set with a little powder, I use Clinique’s Invisible Blend loose powder – again just a bit. But the concealer alone sets quite well.

Bronzer:  Urban Decay Beached Bronzer in Bronzed. I have quite a few bronzers that I like, but this one – although it’s described as matte – gives me a lit-from-within healthy glow. I think this may simply be because it seems to be the absolute perfect shade for my complexion.

Blush: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush. This is described as a rose blush with champagne highlights. It’s a warm rather than a cool rose, and like the primer and foundation, gives the most beautiful glow. I brush this on the apples of my cheeks and then lightly go over the bridge of my nose too, to look like I have been at the beach.

Highlighter: Too Faced Candlelight Glow Highlighter Duo in Warm Glow. Like with the bronzers, I have several highlighters that I like, but this one is not too “in-your-face” while still enhancing the high points of my face. It also doesn’t emphasize my crowsfeet.

Eyes:  Aha!  No Specific Shadow! Here’s what I have discovered (from a YouTube beauty blogger) that is easy, flattering, and pulls your look together.  I am using my bronzer, blush, and highlighter on my eyes too. Bronzer in the crease, and with a fine brush, and as liner on the outer half of my eyes for definition. Then a touch of blush on the lids, which makes my blue eyes glow. As a final pop of shine, a tiny bit of my highlighter dabbed on with my finger right in the center of my lids… really opens my eyes up.

Liner: Marc Jacobs Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayon in Earthquake. This is a bit of a splurge, but the lasting power of this liner is amazing. Plus, if you work quickly, you can smudge it just a bit so it doesn’t look too harsh. I line the waterline of my upper lid (nothing on the lower) and then smudge the very outer corners (upper and lower) of my eyes… like a V.

Mascara:  Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect in Black. Where the liner is pricey, this is a steal at $4.99. And it works just as well as expensive mascaras.

Brows:  Essence Make Me Brow Gel Mascara in Light. Another savings here. (I also like Ulta’s own brand of brow gel). I don’t have unruly brows and I have long bangs too… so I don’t need anything fancy. Just a little definition now that my brows are thinning a bit and going grey.

Lips: Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon in Send Nudes. It is difficult to describe the finish of this lip product. It has a sheen but is not glossy. It lasts, but it’s not matte. And the color is terrific… although it is described as a brown nude, it is darker than most nude lip shades and has a natural pink undertone. It’s expensive, but to me, it is worth every penny.  (I also line my lips – because my definition is fading with age, and I like Rimmel’s Exaggerate lip liner in Epic…. but almost anything will do with this neutral lip color.)

Powder: I only powder one spot on my face – the tip of my nose. I have a freckle/age spot right on the tip of my nose that drives me crazy, and concealer can make it look weird and unnatural. But a dab of Hourglass’ Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light applied with my finger right on the tip of my nose plays down that little freckle very naturally. I bought the small travel size to try this, and I am glad I didn’t buy the big expense one, since using it only on that spot, the small compact will last forever.

Setting Spray: Cover FX Illuminating Setting Spray. If I need my makeup to last for hours, this is the setting spray I reach for. Mostly because I love the very fine mist. And it continues the dewy look I love without looking too sparkly. I use my beauty blender to pat it in place after spraying… it seems to give a natural understated and blended look.

This all sounds like a lot, but I can do it all in under 15 minutes, which I think is really quick, considering all the products I use and how polished – and beautiful – I feel.

And although I’ve said it many times, I feel the need to emphasize that I am 67 years old.

To look this beautiful – and feel this confident – when I am less than three years from 70 – well, – it may be a long while before you hear from me again, because why in the world do I need to shop for anything else?

 

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L’Oreal Colour Riche Shine

I have seen a lot of great reviews lately for L’Oreal’s new series of glossy lipsticks, the Colour Riche Shine Lipsticks.

They are part gloss, part lip balm, and part color, and just about everyone who has tried it has very much approved.

So I made a stop at CVS the other day, and the new line was right in the front of the store. I figured it was a sign from heaven, that the drugstore would make it so convenient to pick up the product I have been hearing so much about.

I bought the color ‘Varnished Rosewood’, which is right up my alley, being a muted browny pink – I probably have two dozen lipsticks in various shades of muted browny pink. I have mattes and cremes and glosses and liquids – and I pretty much love them all.

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‘Varnished Rosewood’ is no exception to my love for this “your lips but better” shade.

It is pinker on my lips than some of my other neutrals, and it is so nice to have a pretty, feminine shine after a winter full of darkish, brownish, mattes.

The staying power is not great – but this is to be expected from a balm/gloss. Those matte liquids that dry down are capable of staining your lips for days, and certainly have their place, but the warmer weather just seems to call for a healthier (if temporary) shine. I did find that I achieved a bit more lasting color by using a soft lip liner in a neutral shade all over my lips first. (I like Urban Decay’s ‘Broken’ for this. It doesn’t change my lip color at all, and so the true color of the ‘Varnished Rosewood’ comes through.

The Colour Riche shine lipstick feels very good on the lips – not slimy or sticky. It definitely feels moisturizing, and the color is richer than with just a tinted balm. (And although it’s what’s inside that counts, the case is extremely pretty and looks like a more expensive lipstick than it is.)

BTW, I’ve seen it priced anywhere between $7.99 and $9.99 – and of course, it was $9.99 in my neck of the woods. Have you noticed that drugstore makeup is getting more expensive?  It’s annoying, but I have also seen dramatic improvements in the quality of drugstore makeup over the last couple of years.

I like the Colour Riche Shine lipstick in ‘Varnished Rosewood’ enough that I may consider picking up another shade or two.  ‘Glossy Fawn’, which is a neutral or ‘Burnished Blush’ for something pinker are two I would consider.

Here’s Varnished Rosewood:

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L’Oreal Colour Riche Shine Lipstick in Varnished Rosewood

Here it is in natural light. I was stuck in a traffic jam, so why not make the best of it?

By the way, I am looking for a good lipstick with a high SPF for summer…. any suggestions?

How I Saved $33 (And You Can Too)

In deciding what to buy at Sephora’s sale, I spent hours pouring over reviews on blogs and YouTube.  (I just typed YouRube, and you know, I thought about leaving it.)

Anyway, I decided that the new Nars highlighter in Fort De France looked just perfect for me.

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In the above photo, there appears to be a slight pink to the color, but on the skin, it is as described by Nars:  A pale, warm champagne. With no glitter.

It has a super soft silky texture and, because of how finely milled it is, it applies beautifully. It is extremely subtle – just imparting an understated glow.

When I went to Sephora, it wasn’t even out on the floor yet. Nars’ new series of highlighters – including Fort De France – had just arrived and were still in the stockroom, awaiting pricing and the proper display.

But I had to have it – I was thoroughly entranced and determined by this point, so the store manager was extremely kind, and brought one box out for me to see – and of course, buy.

It was $38, and with the sale discount of 15%,  I paid $32.30.

I love most Nars product and this was so very pretty.

I got home and immediately took off the highlighter I was wearing, re-prepped with foundation, and applied my new highlighter.

And truly, it looked beautiful – soft, and flattering, and very subtle.

HOWEVER.

As I looked at myself in the mirror, I suddenly thought to myself…”this look familiar.”

And I dug out another highlighter from my stash.

Essence’s Pure Nude Highlighter.

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This, like the Nars Fort De France highlighter, is a pale, warm champagne without glitter.

It is very silky and also very subtle.

It is $4.99.

I swatched both the Nars and the Essence side by side. They were practically identical.

So I tried the Nars on one cheek and the Essence on the other. They were practically identical.

Is the Nars better quality? Absolutely.  And it does look so lovely on. I am not knocking it. It’s beautiful.

But the Essence highlighter is so close. It was close enough for me to recognize almost immediately upon applying the Nars product, that I already had a product with the same look.

Because the Nars product is so pretty (and by the way, contains double the product as the Essence highlighter), I thought about keeping it anyway.

But if I can hardly tell the difference on my skin, I am sure that no one else would see any difference. So why wouldn’t I spend that money on something that broadens my collection rather than duplicates it?

So I returned it.

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Me, looking smug in my $4.99 highlighter.

 

Success! Eye Shadow I LOVE!

In my never-ending quest to find eyeshadow that works for my older, dark, hooded, crepey –  and even somehow oily – eyelids, I may have stumbled on a really good one.

So far, I only like the Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes palette, and a few shades in the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette. 

During the big Ulta sale, I tried and returned two palettes, the Persona Identity palette and the Tarte Maneater2 palette. The Persona palette – although the colors were lovely, just didn’t seem to work with my older eyes, and the Maneater palette was one of many palettes that just disappear in a few hours on my rather oily eyelids.

But I tried another big palette. Ulta is now offering Morphe shadows (and their extremely good brushes, btw). I have seen wonderful reviews on the relatively inexpensive Morphe eyeshadow, so I bought one – I purchased the 25B ‘Bronzed Mocha’ 25-pan palette. bronzed mocha

This is a lot of product for $18. But to tell you the truth, I found the quality just sort of average, and many of the shades are nearly identical look when applied. Lasting ability, which is important to me, was okay, but not spectacular.

I bought this palette after considering the 9B Bronzed Babe – a nine-shade version in the bronze category. But the nine shades were $12 and the 25 shades were $18, so I thought it was worth it to go with the bigger version. In retrospect, given how similar a lot of these colors look, I would have probably been just as “averagely” satisfied with the smaller size. But I did keep the product and I’m using it occasionally.

HOWEVER…  I did find a terrific small palette!

I saw a review by a YouTuber I like very much, and she mentioned a tiny palette from L.A. Girl –  the Eye Lux mesmerizing eyeshadow quad, in the version called ‘Eternalize’.

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This quad consists of 3 shades of rosy brown… a light matte, a dark matte, and a shimmer shade, and a white matte. The retail price at Ulta is $5.99, but I happened upon it on sale for just $3.00.  Yes, $3.00!

And OMG, the shadow is creamy and well-pigmented. I don’t really have too much need for a white shadow, but the three rosy brown shades are SO FLATTERING.

And they last on my lids all day – no creasing or fading.

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If you were traveling, and needed to travel light, this palette could be all you need.

Here’s the whole look…

I’m on my way to the gym here, but had to stop at the store first and wanted to look presentable (and I confess, I wear makeup to the gym), so I have a nice light application.

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And yes, it’s April and I am still in my parka (it was snowing!).  But my makeup is all spring, with rosy cheeks and a pretty pink lip.

The blush is Clinique Cheek Pop in ‘Black Honey,’ which I think might be a limited edition, but may still available exclusively at Sephora. It is highly pigmented and looks quite dark in the pan (although not quite as dark as it appears in the photo), but it’s sheer at the same time, so blends out to a healthy flush. I brushed it across my nose as well, to get that summery look.

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On my lips, I’m wearing just a touch of Buxom Powerplump Lip Balm in ‘Glowing’. This is one product that proves you shouldn’t rely TOO much on reviews, as the reviews on this are not exactly “glowing”. But I tried it in Sephora and absolutely loved the way it translated to a warm pink on my lips. And it has a refreshing and soothing minty smell and taste. (Don’t take the plumping claim too seriously though – some of Buxom’s lip products are quite plumping but not this one.) And for a balm, the color is extremely long-lasting.

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These three products – eye, cheek, and lip – work really well together.

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Different day, same look  (with my best friend).

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Two Eyeshadow Palettes That Didn’t Work For Me

I took advantage of the 21 Days of Beauty at Ulta.

Unfortunately, two of my purchases just didn’t work out.

I was really excited to see that Persona Identity Palette was offered (online only) at half price. I had heard and seen so much about this beautiful palette – the first offering by YouTuber Sona Gasparian, who has started her own makeup line.  Instead of the regular $32, I was able to order this for $16.Identity_Palette-half_open

The palette has 12 natural wearable shades, 6 mattes and 6 shimmers. What appealed to me the most about this palette was that, although the shades are highly pigmented, they are also somehow soft and muted – and the looks I have seen created with this palette are just lovely.

However, for me, the unusual combination of “muted” and “pigmented” just did not work. The results for me were invariable muddy.

I think you need to have younger eyelids. Mine are wrinkled and very dark. Even with eyeshadow primer, I looked dusky and muddy – and although that might be pretty when you are twenty – it just didn’t work for this particular 67-year-old.  I returned it.

Let me say again, however, that it is a really pretty palette with high-quality product, and seems to work for others beautifully. I think my mistake is in hoping it would work for an older woman. And it is a pity that I couldn’t see or test the colors first-hand, since it is online only, and not available in the store.

When I returned the palette, I consoled myself by buying another one that had been my second choice. However it was not on sale, and I paid the full $30 price.

It’s Tarte’s Maneater 2 eyeshadow palette.

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This nine-shade palette includes some of the rosier tones I love, and I had been wanting this since it was first introduced. And there was a tester in the store, and swatching the matte shades won me over immediately.

But unfortunately Maneater didn’t work for me either, but for a totally different reason. The colors applied beautifully and looked fresh rather than muddy, and I was extremely happy with the looks I achieved. But they had no longevity.

Less than three hours after I did my makeup, I had NO shadow left on my eyes. This is an issue I have with some shadows. I have rather dry skin, but very oily lids, and some eyeshadows just disappear. Shadow primer helped a bit – but not much.  So I returned this one too.

(I am trying another one right now… but the jury is still out. I’ll let you know.)

In the meantime, I’ll share another look from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette.

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For this soft look, I used Tempera and Warm Taupe, with just a touch of Vermeer in the center of the lid for a little glow and a hint of Cyprus Umber on the outer corners.

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With my hooded eyes, most of my shadow does not show with my eyes open, but I thought I would post this photo anyway, because I am so desperate for Spring that I have been dusting my blush and bronzer across my cheeks and nose, so I can at least look like I have been in the warm sun.

Making Modern Renaissance Work

Back in December, I treated myself to a completely frivolous purchase.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette.

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I had been lusting after this palette for months.

It is so beautiful – the 14 velvety warm colors just made me swoon in the store. However, it doesn’t exactly read “mature eyes”, and so I reluctantly passed it by.

But then, during Christmas week, Ulta offered Modern Renaissance for 20% off the $42 price. And I succumbed. I stopped by on the morning of Christmas Eve, and bought myself a present.

ABH Modern Renaissance is the hands-down favorite of beauty bloggers and YouTubers everywhere, with no competition in sight. So much has been written about this product –  the rich, lustrous, highly-pigmented shades, the uniqueness of the colors, the multitude of looks you can achieve, that there is little more I can add.

However, it’s also so strong that it can get muddy and make your eyes look smaller, and the formula has a lot of kickback, so you have to be very careful in your application, so you are left with lots of fallout under your eyes and on your cheeks

The dark warmth of the colors can be difficult on older, wrinkly, droopy eyelids – which is why I hesitated so long before I purchased this. I cannot carry off the dramatic looks that are so beautifully worn on the younger women.

For that reason, it is not my favorite palette. That award goes to Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes – (so far anyway), which is so flattering to older eyes.

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But, because it is so versatile, I CAN make Modern Renaissance work.

Here’s the look I like best.

I start by priming my lid with concealer.  I like IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye for this – because it is so opaque it covers my purplish eyelids and gives me a clean canvas so the colors will look clear and not muddy.

I then use just a bit of my bronzer as a crease color/transition shade. In these photos, it’s Urban Decay’s Beached Bronzer in ‘Bronzed’.

Then I am ready for the Modern Renaissance palette.

I use the three shade in the top center, Vermeer, described as an iridescent shell, Buon Fresco, a matte dusty lavender, and Antique Bronze, a bronze with a slightly purplish tone and a finish that is both a bit metallic as well as satiny.

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Buon Fresco goes over my entire eyelid to the crease with a fluffy shadow brush. Then with a more precise smaller brush, I add Antique Bronze on the outer corners and the outer half of my lash line. With my fingertip, I then smudge a little of the Vermeer in the center of my lid, to brighten and open up my eyes.  On my lower lash line, with a tiny shadow brush, I apply a thin line of Buon Fresco to the outer half, combined with a bit of Antique Bronze on the very outer corner.

The look I get is fresh and flattering – and not aging.

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In the car, in natural light, after four hours of wear. You can see how hooded my eyes are – which hides a lot of the shadow. But still, the look makes my blue eyes pop.

 

IT Cosmetics – Illumination!

I know that everyone right now is reviewing IT Cosmetics new Bye Bye Foundation, but I have just tried their CC+ Cream Illumination – and I am pretty wowed.

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It’s as full coverage as an illuminating finish can be – and it’s 50 SPF.

And I got a DEAL!

I have been using the regular IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream (in rotation with a few other foundations) but just used my very last drop, so I was going to get another tube.

But the Internet knows EVERYTHING… and I got an email from QVC, where I have made only two purchases in my life – one for shoes for my mother, and one old-lady old-fashioned zip-up bathrobe for me. But QVC emailed me that they had a  deal about to expire for an IT Cosmetics’ IT’s All About You Customer Favorites collection.

I hopped right on – and found it was for the Illuminating version of the CC cream.

I have seen both good and bad reviews for the illuminating cc cream. But my God, what a deal.

Instead of the usual 1.08 ounces for $38 – it was $59.96 for 2.53 ounces – more than twice as much product. And that wasn’t all – they included a full-sized Bye Bye Pores Blush, a tinted lip serum, and a foundation brush.

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AND – free shipping!

I would have gone over to Ulta and Sephora to give the products a test drive, but it was well into the evening, and the sale was over in a few hours.  I thought it was worth the risk.

I received the shipment 4 days later.

OMG – it is so beautiful!

The illuminated finish on the cc cream is exactly what I like – I had actually been mixing in an illuminator with every foundation I have. (usually No7 Skin Illuminator, which I have in both Nude and Bronze.)

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I bought the Medium shade of the CC cream, which is just slightly dark for me now at the tail end of Winter, but I do wear the Medium in the regular version, as the light is just a bit too pale. But Medium works great for me as soon as we get a little sunshine, and I can always mix in a bit of lighter foundation.

The foundation brush is a very nice brush, but I prefer to apply my foundation with a beauty blender. But it’s a quality brush, and soft enough, I think, for powder.

The lip serum is a nice pink, in IT’s Je Ne Sais Quoi shade, but I’m not crazy about really glossy lips.  However, I gave my lips a swipe at the beginning of my makeup application, and let it sink in a bit. Then when I was ready for my usual lip color, I wiped off the excess, and it really did seem to give my lips a beautiful soft nourished surface for my favorite Marc Jacobs lip crayon.

The bonus blush is fabulous. The shade is Sweet Cheeks – a warm peachy pink.

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This photo doesn’t even convey how warm and fresh-looking it is. And it’s called Bye Bye Pores blush for a reason – it really goes on smoothly and doesn’t accent the texture of my 60+ year-old skin.

So – all in all – even if I NEVER use the lip serum or the brush – I got a great deal! The foundation alone – at 2.53 ounces – is worth $89. And the blush retails for $24. That’s a total of $113 for $59.96.  (and I DO think I will use the lip product and the brush – so they are just terrific extra freebies.)

The special offer is gone now, but QVC is still selling the set for $73 – which is still a fantastic deal.

So if you like a dewy finish like I do, it’s really something to consider.

Here’s the look. I did not lighten the foundation at all – so this is a true idea of the Medium shade, with the Sweet Cheeks blush.  My setting spray is a dewy finish too (Cover FX Illuminating Setting Spray) so I am all aglow. I also did not use a finishing powder today, to better show the actual effect, but you absolutely could, if you want a slightly more satin finish. I also did not put concealer on the freckles on my nose, which peek through, but the cc cream did cover the age spot on my upper lip almost entirely.

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This is a look that will be perfect for warm weather.

A Quick Fix For Cake-Face

Here’s a quick fix to a problem I encounter once in a while…  a fix that I discovered out of desperation.

I was on my way to a little event and screwed up my makeup. What I did – and still do once in a while – is OVER-POWDER.

Too much powder on any skin can look cakey. It somehow looks really flat while at the same time shows wrinkles you didn’t even know you had. And so it is really Aging. And when you are already aging, looking extra old is not exactly a look you are going for.

And the day I discovered my fix – I had WAY over-powdered (I don’t even know how I got it so wrong) and did not have time to start over.

I took a clean soft brush and tried to brush the powder away, but I still looked dry and cakey. I needed something better than setting spray to soften the look and add some moisture back into the look of my skin.

And out of desperation, I took a little of a very soft, very silky silicone-based primer. I spread just a tiny amount onto the pads of my fingers and lightly tapped it onto my cake-face. I tapped it on my cakey undereyes, my cakey cheeks, my cakey smile lines, the cakey frown lines over my eyebrows.

And it worked.  My “finish” look softer and I recovered a little bit of a glow.

What I used was this:

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Maybelline Baby Skin. It’s called a “pore-eraser” primer, because of its blurring effect. It is colorless and extremely silky to the touch.  And it’s only about $6.99 for .67 ounces.

Now, pressing a little of this primer over your powder as a last step will not make your makeup last longer, like a setting spray does. In fact, it probably lessens your wear time.

However, if you are running late and looking too powdered and dry – it’s a fast fix that will solve your issue and get you out the door.

Today I did it again. Over-powdered because I was texting and doing my makeup at the same time. And I used my Baby Skin trick, and it worked.

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After fixing my cake-face with Maybelline Baby Skin. I got my glow back.

 

Just FYI… lipstick in this photo is Marc Jacobs’ Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon in the shade Send Nudes. Beautiful color, texture, and longevity.

Makeup To Accommodate My New Reality

For several years now, I have been dealing with a physical issue that had me mystified. I would awaken in the middle of the night unable to open my eyes.

At first, I thought perhaps I was just deep in a dream, and so it would take several seconds to fully wake up. But it got worse. I truly could not open my eyes unless I physically pried them open with my fingers. And that would hurt.

The ophthalmologist I was referred to finally figured it out. My eyes were so dry that during a long period when my eyes were closed (i.e., sleeping) my eyelids just plain stuck to my eyeballs. A bad case of Dry Eye Syndrome. (I knew I was just like Jennifer Aniston!)

How could my eyes be that dry and I didn’t even know it? Because it happened so gradually my body was lulled into the idea that everything was normal.

The doctor prescribed several kinds of drops and ointments to help lubricate my eyes, which helped a little but not a lot. So last week I had my follow-up visit, and the doctor was not impressed by my progress.

One remedy for this, that does not require any drugs (which is good) is to close the tear ducts so that one’s tears will not naturally drain, and so will increase the lubrication of the eye. so that’s what the doctor did. He placed plugs (called punctal or lachrymal plugs) into my lower tear ducts.

I told the doctor I would not want the plugs if it meant:

A) I could not wear my contact lenses.
B) I could not wear makeup.

But he assured me I would be able to do both. And so now I have plugged tear ducts. It doesn’t really show – if I pull down my lower eyelid you see a tiny white plug in the inside corner, where you normally see the little dot that is your tear duct. And it doesn’t really hurt. It is slightly uncomfortable at times, but I think that feeling will disappear  – I already notice it less after just a few days.

HOWEVER.

I did my research after I came home from the doctor’s office. And although lots of women with these plugs still wear eye makeup, there are a few recommendations.

To reduce the risk of infection, you are advised to forego any lining of the waterline. And also, so that you don’t tug at the lower lash line, to skip mascara and/or shadow on the lower lashes so that you are not rubbing your lower eyelid to remove the mascara at the end of the day.

I like to line my waterline – my top waterline with dark brown or grey liner to make my lashes look thicker, and my bottom waterline with a flesh-colored soft liner to make my eyes look bigger and more open. And I always wear mascara on my lower lashes AND shadow below my eyes.

So this new reality means a change to my makeup routine.

But here’s what I have found.

It’s not so bad at all!

Without mascara and shadow on my lower lash line, I don’t really need a light liner on my waterline to widen my eyes. They look bigger without any darkness below – what do you know?

And although I do miss lining my top waterline, I can smudge a little liner just at the top of my lashline, and the effect is okay.

Here’s the result:

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Now I may not look as completely “done” as I prefer, but I can live with it.

And even perhaps, now that I am getting a bit closer to 70, dropping undereye makeup might even be a good thing.

And it points out something that I think is important to everyone: take care of your health first – you will look better if you are healthier, anyway!

Just FYI… most of my makeup in these photos is from Too Faced, especially from their peach collection:

Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Palette
Too Faced Just Peachy Matte Eyeshadow Palette
Too Faced Sweetie Pie Radiant Matte Bronzer
Too Faced Candlelight Glow Highlighting Powder Duo

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Here’s looking at you, kid!