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This Week on Style & Lipstick

Hello everyone!  I hope you’ve had a great week.  Here’s what’s been going on across the blog and my YouTube channel over the last week.  Enjoy! Best & Worst:  Concealers.  I’ve started a new best & worst series and decided to start out with concealers.  This video is a run down of those concealers I’ve been loving and those that didn’t quite work out. Makeup Tutorial | Throwback | Lorac Pro Palette 2.  In this video I pull out the Lorac Pro 2 palette from the archives.  I’m always moving on to the next next newest palette and have been so focused on really warm looks, I decided to throw it back to one of my old favorites, which happens to be a cool toned palette! Want more Style & Lipstick?  Check out my Instagram account @styleandlipstick20 where I post frequently and am hopelessly addicted to Instagram Stories.  Stories only hang about for 24 hours so be sure to check back frequently! I hope you enjoy my weekly postings, subscribe to my blog and my YouTube channel for more over 40 beauty content! xoxo…

This Week on Style & Lipstick

Hello everyone!  I hope you’ve had a great week.  I was not able to post my weekly summary last week so I’m including what’s been going on across the blog and my YouTube channel for the last two  weeks.  Enjoy! Week of July 24th July Boxycharm Unboxing:  If you don’t know about the Boxycharm subscription service, check this video out.  I have to say, July’s box was the best one yet! Current Beauty Favorites | July 2017:  Sharing some old, and some new beauty loves through the month of July.   Week of July 31st Get Ready With Me | Trying on New Makeup:  I’m getting my makeup on for a party and decide to try some of the new makeup I’d recently purchased.  How does it turn out?  Come watch and see. Jouer Lip Product Review | High Pigment Gloss | Long Wear Lip Creme:  I’ve been interested in the Jouer brand for a while and decided to pick up two of their lip formulas to try and review for you.   Want more Style & Lipstick?  Check out my Instagram account @styleandlipstick20 where I post frequently and am hopelessly addicted to Instagram Stories.  Stories only hang about for 24 hours so be sure to check back frequently! I hope you enjoy my weekly postings, subscribe to my blog and my YouTube channel for more over 40 beauty content! xoxo…

This Week on Style & Lipstick

Hello everyone!  I hope you’ve had a great week, here’s a little bit of what’s been going on across my blog and my YouTube channel.  Enjoy! Beauty Haul!  Drugstore, Sephora:  I’ve been doing some shopping this past month and shared all the new goodies I purchased. Over 40 Beauty: To Bake or Not to Bake?:  Sharing my thoughts and experiences with you about the baking trend; just in case you’re curious to know if it’s doable for those of us over 40 beauties. Bite Beauty Liquified Lipsticks Lip Swatches & Review:  And lastly, I reviewed and lip swatched a few of the Bite Beauty Amuse-Bouche Liquified lipsticks.  Watch and find out what I think of them.   Want more Style & Lipstick?  Check out my Instagram account @styleandlipstick20 where I post pictures and am hopelessly addicted to Instagram Stories.  Stories only hang about for 24 hours so be sure to check back frequently! I hope you enjoy my weekly postings, subscribe to my blog and my YouTube channel for more over 40 beauty content! xoxo…

Over 40 Beauty: To Bake or Not to Bake?

What does baking have anything to do with beauty, you ask? Well, it’s an old makeup technique with a new name and better explanation.  In beauty, baking is the act of placing an excess of powder on the skin, usually in the under eye area, to help set makeup, and prevent it’s breakdown.  Back in the day, people used this trick to help eliminate eye shadow fallout, the dust would fall on the face powder instead of the skin, then you’d just flick it away with a brush.  The powder is meant to sit on the skin anywhere from a couple of minutes to upwards of ten minutes, it really depends on how much time you’re willing to give it.  Essentially, as the powder sits on the skin, body heat helps it to “bake” or “cook”, which really locks it in; the longer the bake, the better the lock.  Ultimately, it helps prevent oiliness, can minimize the appearance of pores, and leaves you with a velvety, matte finish. I know those of you older gals & guys like me are cringing; especially if you have dry and/or crepey skin.  Yes, baking is very drying.  I personally don’t bake the under eye because, while it leaves the area looking flawless at first, after an hour my under eyes look like a cracked, craggy, desert with every line and wrinkle emphasized for all to see.  By end of day, I’m an absolute fright! My recommendation is to bake only in those areas that tend to get oily and cause makeup to breakdown.  For me that’s the T-zone, minus my chin, as it tends to be dry.  Also, the summer months are the…

This week on Style & Lipstick

Hello everyone!  I hope you’ve had a great week, here’s a little bit of what’s been going on this week.  Enjoy! Quick Day to Night Makeup | Summer 2017 Edition:  How I go from day to night in a few minutes, with just a few products.   Seven Days of Masking:  My experience using 7 different face masks over the period of a week.   Chatty Get Ready With Me – Everyday Makeup:  Thought I’d sit down and chat with you guys while getting ready for work.   Want more Style & Lipstick?  Check out my Instagram account @styleandlipstick20 where I post pictures and am hopelessly addicted to Instagram Stories.  Stories only hang about for 24 hours so be sure to check back frequently! I hope you enjoy my weekly postings, subscribe to this blog and my YouTube channel for more over 40 beauty content…

Seven Days of Masking

I love masking.  I started using masks as a result of this blog and I have to say, it’s a real treat that my skin loves.  Masking forces you to slow down for a even just a few minutes and is such a small, yet great way to pamper yourself.  The true benefit of masking comes from the fact that, in most cases, they bring concentrated skin care.  Masks run the gamut from hydrating, resurfacing, clarifying, firming, and the list goes on.  There’s such a huge variety of masks out there, these days.  I mean the selection is staggering what with clay masks, gel masks, sheet masks; there are even masks for your eyes, feet, neck, and hands! Most masks will take anywhere between 10 – 30 minutes, and even with using masks once, or maybe twice a week, they’ll bring great benefit to your skin.  That being the case, I wanted to see what 7 straight days of masking will do for my skin.  So, that’s what this blog post is all about – determining what consistent daily masking can really do for my skin – will it improve it, or will it be overkill and maybe cause problems?  I’ll review each mask daily, and report back on the overall condition of my skin when this experiment is over. To start, my skin is not doing so great, but only because I haven’t been taking care of it the way I should.  The day before the beginning of this experiment was spent out in the sun for a few hours (with sunscreen, of course).  Having mild rosacea that’s aggravated by heat and sun, my skin was not very happy.  Also, it has been several weeks…

This Week on Style & Lipstick

Hello everyone!  I’ve decided to start a new “series”, bringing you the latest entries from the past week across this blog and my YouTube channel.  I don’t always post my YouTube content here due to lack of time; I hope this weekly summary will help make sure you don’t miss out on all the different avenues I use to connect with the over 40 community.  That said, here’s a little bit of what’s been going on this week.  Enjoy!   Beauty Favorites | June 2017 – A rundown of everything I’ve been loving in the month of June.   Warm Palette Review:  Which One’s are Worth the $$ – So many warm toned palettes are out there, which one is best?   Want more Style & Lipstick?  Check out my Instagram account @styleandlipstick20 where I post pictures and am hopelessly addicted to Instagram Stories.  Stories only hang about for 24 hours so be sure to check back frequently! I hope you enjoy my weekly postings, subscribe to this blog or my YouTube channel for more over 40 beauty content…

Great Skincare Finds | Over 40 Beauty

Lately, I’ve become a fiend about skin care. So much so, I put in a lot of time researching, reading, and getting opinions from my friends and family (mostly my sister).  Since giving in to my passion for makeup, I’ve come to realize that great skin care only makes makeup apply and look so much better; plus, all those selfies have brought to light the fact that great skin care is really where it’s at. That being said, I’ve come across some really great skincare finds in the last several months, but they’ve been pretty pricey.  I tend to think that when in comes to skincare, you get what you pay for in most instances; and because you’re throwing down lots and lots of dimes, it bears some time to research, read reviews, and talk to people around you to find out what they use and recommend.  Or you can cut to the chase and read blogs like mine, lol. So, enough dilly dallying, let’s get to it. La Mer The Renewal Oil This product is by far, the star of my morning skin care routine.  It’s pricey at $130 for .5 oz, but my skin loves it!  This oil does wonders for controlling the oils in my T zone.  An oxymoron, I know, but it really does help keep my skin hydrated so it doesn’t feel it needs to over produce oil.  It balances my skin out in a way I’ve never experienced before.  I was a skeptic, thinking that an oil would be too heavy but my skin just soaks it up.  Infused with the La Mer “Miracle Broth”, which is derived from kelp and algae…

La Mer ‘The Cleansing Oil’ Review

Taking makeup off has become serious business for me these days. What is at times a chore, becomes a luxury using The Cleansing Oil from La Mer.  It was a gracious gift from my sister and while I am very appreciative of it, I have to be honest, I tried really, really hard not to like The Cleansing Oil.  It’s pricey, coming in at $90 for a 6.7 oz bottle.  You massage it into the skin, allowing the oils to break makeup down, then add a little bit of water to change the oil to more of a cleansing milk. The most obvious reason not to like it, is the smell. So why do I love it so much? Oh, the smell – which I must admit, I was a little put off by.  I honestly thought I might have gotten a bad one because it smelled of oxidized oil.  I went back to Nordstrom to try the tester, to see if it also smelled that way.  It does.  Like the La Mer Soft Fluid Foundation, it has a unique scent that takes some time to appreciate.  The benefits make them easier to take; luckily I actually like the smell of it now. It doesn’t take all of my eye makeup off.  And yet, I conveniently overlook it. I was smugly annoyed at the fact that when I first tried The Cleansing Oil, it didn’t take all of my eye makeup off.   I can live with the smell but for 90 bucks this had damned well better take it all off.  Keep in mind, I had never tried a cleansing oil (the concept was kind of weird to me).  So I decided to also try the Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm…

Getting Back to Working Out

I’ve recently starting working out again and it’s kicking my ass.  My return to the gym has made one thing very clear in my mind:  I am at the beginning again. It’s frustrating because I worked really hard to be fit and strong.  Over the span of 4 personal trainers and 10 years I’ve done countless lunges, an eternity of plank, and what feels like more crunches than there are stars.  Ok, I’m being facetious, but I was fit.  And now, to be back at the beginning really pisses me off. This epiphany has a silver lining, though.  This time around, I know what to do.  The question is, can I motivate myself to do it or should I hire help?  Right now, I’m inclined to say motivate myself.  First, I need to get back into the habit, both physically and mentally.  I know I need to set up a steady routine, and I need cardio conditioning.  It’ll enable the rest of the work – resistance or some form of weight bearing exercise.  Second, I’m over the dependency on a trainer; the mental motivation (a.k.a. sense of dread) on training day would hang over the entire day like a rain cloud, even with my favorite trainer.  At the moment, I’m just not into it.  I’ll reassess after summer is done. Speaking of…my plan is to focus on getting cardio conditioning back over the summer, and getting back into a morning workout routine. That means I’m going to enjoy a nicely air conditioned gym, lol.  Of course, I’ve awakened at 4:30 a.m. every morning this week, stressed out about going to…