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And the Weight Loss Struggle Continues…

…but I’m finally in the right head space for it!  It’s been a long time coming, that mental (and almost audible) click that is the decision to lose weight.  How do I know this time things are different?  Because I’ve been here before, and the resolve is the same.  The last time I felt this certain, I adopted the habit of working out in the a.m., in addition to workouts with a personal trainer; that habit lasted for about 3 years. So let’s start with diet. During the tail end of 2017 I did a short stint of Keto dieting for about 3 weeks; I didn’t really know what I wanted to do so I fell back to a plan that forced boundaries, and that has produced great results for me in the past.  Throughout this run at Keto, I felt very heavy, even though I lost about 10 lbs.  I went off Keto at Christmas, and as I was trying to drop back into Keto in the new year (without much success), I was doing a lot of soul searching about what I really wanted out of my eating plan.  I wasn’t really sure that I wanted to do Keto again, although I didn’t rule it out at first.  While it worked really well for me; mentally, it’s a very tough diet for me to follow. Throughout all of my pondering, one thing became perfectly clear – in order to be successful in weight loss, and also sustainment, I needed a paradigm shift.  And then it occurred to me that I need to eat to live, not eat to lose weight; and Keto is a specialized plan to lose weight.  Don…

Beauty Steals

I love a good bargain, and I especially love a good makeup bargain.  Lately I’ve been on an affordable makeup binge.  While I do love my high end products, I also think you can find really good quality makeup on a budget.  Below is a list of my favorite affordable makeup finds – some old, some new, all loved. Wet ‘n Wild Photofocus Foundation – $5.99:  If you enjoy a medium, buildable to full coverage foundation, this little gem is the one for you!  There are 20 shade selections, which is great for drugstore.  What I truly appreciate about this foundation is the finish, which is not too matte nor too dewy, and it photographs well.  It gives great coverage, lasts for about 9 – 10 hours on my combination dry/oily skin, and it’s cruelty free to boot.  The one con is that it transfers a bit.  I use a sticky primer (such as the Nivea Sensitive Skin Shave Balm) to help keep it in place.  At such a great price point this is a beauty steal indeed! Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte & Inti-matte Lipsticks – $7.49  A lightweight matte formula that rivals high end lipsticks, these are highly pigmented and extremely comfortable matte options.  There’s a large range of colors and finishes (i.e., metallics) available.  While these aren’t long wear like a matte liquid lipstick, they’re still very nice without the drying effect. Shades shown are Siren in Scarlet, and Almond Rose. Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso – $10.49:  Probably the most beautiful peach toned blush at the drugstore, Luminoso leaves a beautiful peachy, glowing finish on the skin.  It’s a great year round blush but is especially beautiful…

Beauty Wrap Up: 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.  Enjoy! January Boxycharm Unboxing.  My Boxycharm box arrived a bit late, so this video posted close to the end of the month.  There were some hits and misses in this months box. Affordable Makeup Tutorial | Full Face Under $10.  I have really been enjoying recent purchases from the drugstore.  In this video, I thought I’d share a look using low cost products. e.l.f. Beauty Shield Magnetic Mask.  When I stumbled across this new mask from e.l.f., I just had to give it a try, and of course, share my findings with you! Beauty Favorites | January 2018.  And just like that, January has come and gone!  In this video I’m bringing you some of my favorite products from the past month. 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…

e.l.f. Beauty Shield Magnetic Mask

Magnetic masks have made their way to the drugstore!  e.l.f. has recently released a full line of skincare products and I was able to pick up the Beauty Shield Magnetic Mask and gave it a try.  I figured the Beauty Shield is e.l.f.’s version of the Dr Brandt Magnetight Age-Defier mask, which I tried as part of my Seven Days of Masking; I wanted to see how the e.l.f. Beauty Shield compares. First, let’s cover some of the details about the mask.  It’s loaded with oils such as carrot seed oil, argan oil, sunflower seed oil, and a hit of vitamins C & E.  The Beauty Shield is intended to help protect against environmental damage to the skin, as well as replenishing moisture.   The iron filaments work with the magnet that’s provided to pull out impurities, helping to minimize the pores and prep the skin for makeup application. The Beauty Shield mask comes with a magnetic wand that also serves as the paddle to apply the mask with.  I did, however, resort to using my fingers to spread the mask around my nose, where the spatula could not get to.  I had a heck of a time getting my hands clean and I managed to make a mess in my sink.  Of course, they strongly urge you not to wash the mask off.  I suppose it’s because the oils in the mask, in addition to the dimethicone, don’t play well with water.  That aside, I will say that application was not all that difficult. The Beauty Shield has a lovely lime scent; the consistency is whipped, and spreads like frosting. I did feel a little bit of a burning sensation, but…

Beauty Wrap Up: 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.  Enjoy! Luxury Items On My Radar | 2018.  Daydreaming about a few luxury items I wouldn’t mind getting my mitts on.   Foundation Review & Demo | Wet ‘n Wild Photo Focus Foundation.  I’ve found a new foundation at the drug store and have been trying it for several days.  See my application method and hear my thoughts on this inexpensive foundation. 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…

Luxury Items On My Radar | 2018

I love making luxury shopping lists.  It’s my chance to daydream and sum up some of my high end picks, should I win the lottery someday.  Besides, I usually end up getting at least one of the items on the list, whether it be a gift from a loved one, or as my annual self reward for another year of success and hard work.  Below are some of the luxury items I’ve been shopping of late.  Enjoy!   Chloe Small Faye Leather Shoulder Bag.  This bag is divine; I love the contrast of suede against leather.  I’m drawn to the color Tobacco, it reminds me of Texas.  The Faye leather shoulder bag is the perfect weekender; it’s small but still roomy enough for the essentials while out and about shopping. Monica Vinander Baja Stone Bracelet.  I really love the modern simplicity of this bracelet; it’s a nice balance of delicate yet distinctive.  I also really like that it’s adjustable, and doesn’t require a clasp. Lana Jewelry Mega Blake Lariat Necklace.  The Mega Blake necklace is understated elegance.  It’s so lightweight, and as delicate as can be.  The flattened links catch the light so beautifully and twinkle in such a pretty way. Louis Vuitton ‘The Party’ Sunglasses. These sunglasses scream Boss Chick.  Enough said. Tiffany & Co. East West Watch.  Something about this beautiful timepiece gives me a retro Mid-Century vibe. The face has an included benefit for those of us constantly pounding away on a laptop – you can tell the time while typing. Do you pull together a wishlist of luxury items?  What’s on the list…

Beauty Wrap Up – 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.  Enjoy! Drugstore Haul (Mostly).  I went to see what’s new in the drugstore and came home with some real treasure.  I also threw in a few purchases from Dose of Colors. First Impressions | Trying New Makeup.  Of course I couldn’t wait to give some of my new makeup a try! Over 40 Beauty:  Best Matte Eye Shadow Palettes.  A run down of some of my favorite matte eye shadow palettes.  These are especially good for you over 40 gals and guys who shy away from shimmer and metallic eye shadows. Beauty Community Tag.  I was tagged to do this video by my good pal Jody, from PersonalBeautyLab.  This video is a little different from my normal content; I share my thoughts with you on the YouTube beauty community. 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…

Over 40 Beauty: Best Matte Eye Shadow Palettes

I love me a good matte eyeshadow these days.  I’ve really gotten into all matte eye looks this fall and winter, and it’s due to the wide availability of really good matte eye shadow formulas.  It used to be that I would have to collect shadow singles to come up with a perfect matte palette.  For a beauty junkie like me, that’s no biggie.  For busy women that have higher priorities (i.e., sleep) than makeup, it’s probably too much work.  Well, whatever the case may be, there’s cause for celebration!  There are a few all matte eyeshadow palettes that have emerged in recent months, and are some of the most beautiful with soft, bendable formulas that make doing your eye makeup a dream (and could even inspire you to try something different)!  Do keep in mind that my review is biased to warmer tones, for the most part.  I’ll be sure to call out where cool toned counterparts can be found. While I myself love shimmer and glitter, I have also really come to appreciate the sophistication of a strong matte eyeshadow look.  You can go from natural, girl next door, to fierce rocker chick, and everything in between, with practically any color story.  And let’s not forget one of the biggest reason’s to love matte eye shadows:  They’re great for eyes with aging skin.  They don’t emphasize texture (i.e. wrinkles & crinkles), they stay put, and they’re flatteringly soft in finish.  But don’t think that because it’s matte, it doesn’t have any drama!  What I truly enjoy about matte eyeshadows is their versatility, but they have to be really…

Beauty Wrap Up – 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.  Enjoy! Best of Beauty 2017 Part 1 | Skincare, Foundation, Face Products.  Some of the products I’ve loved this past year. Best of Beauty Part 2 | Lashes, Palettes, Lipsticks.  Wrapping up the best of beauty for 2017 with some of my favorite eyeshadow palettes! Too Faced Peach Perfect Mattifying Setting Powder Review.  Have I found a new holy grail powder? Wet ‘n Wild Mega Cushion Foundation Review & Demo.  Foundation reviews are some of my favorite videos and this one is no exception.  Come see what I have to say about it.   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…

Too Faced Peach Perfect Mattifying Setting Powder

I’ve found my perfect setting powder!  The Too Faced Peach Perfect Mattifying Setting powder is my new holy grail.  Peach Perfect powder released earlier this year as part of the Too Faced Peaches & Cream collection but I refrained from trying it simply because I’d been having a love affair with the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Pressed powder.  But, after watching several reviews over the last few months on YouTube, I finally caved and bought it.  Boy, am I glad I did. The Peach Perfect powder is a dream.  First, it’s infused with peach and fig cream, and has a lovely peach scent and flavor.  Yes, flavor.  You may ask how I know this?  Well, when you apply it to your face, especially if you use a brush, powder kicks up and gets into your mouth.  It happens with any loose powder, really, it’s just that this one happens to be sweet.  For me, it’s not an issue.  If this worries you, you can use a beauty sponge to apply it, which will reduce, or outright eliminate, the kick up.  I’m happy to report that like all Too Faced products, the Peach Perfect powder is certified cruelty free. The Peach Perfect powder is very finely milled, and despite being translucent, it has a soft pink tint which acts to brighten, and will work for many skin tones.  It goes on beautifully, perfecting the skin by camouflaging the pores.  To be honest, the first application took my breath away, I looked like I had been Face Tuned on the spot.  I really love how perfected my skin looks with this powder.  This product also claims to control oil, and I have to say, it meets that claim.  My…