Tuesday, March 3, 2015

CONFESSIONS of a 50 Y.O Makeup Junkie...

Why hello there!
How are y'all doing today?
It's just me, your friendly, LAZY blogger:)
What can I say.........
I've been getting a few things ready for my friend's shop AND for some reason,
I've had a run on tutu orders.
The Beach Gypsies are back in business!! 
 I think. LOL
But more about that another time.
For today it's a beauty blog..........
for us chickies who are over the magic number of 50.
(And everyone else, too:)
So let's get to it!

I really am a makeup junkie.
But fortunately, I am a CHEAP makeup junkie!
And when I love something, I will use it to death.
(Or at least until something else catches my eye;)

HOWEVER,
this time, I feel really good about what I have chosen
AND
I have been using this stuff for quite awhile now.
See what you think..........

First up is SKINCARE!
OOOOOHHH.......this is a biggie for us over 50 chickies:)
Some things go unspoken but assumed.
Like...........SUNSCREEN!
~Considering the fact that I grew up BAKING in Michigan as a teen,
and have lived in South Florida (ahem.......the sub-tropics, technically)
for just over 20 years, I know a bit about sunscreen.  
Actually, I know about the PRICE you pay for baking in the sun,
which led me to know a little about sunscreen:)
Here is what I have to say about it...........
Use ingredients that have it added so when you forget, you have some help.
If not, use at least 30 SPF.  50 SPF if you really want to.
But most dermatologists will say the 100 SPF is just hooey.
Don't ditch your 30 and run to the store for 100 thinking it's better.
That's just good ol American marketing at work!
I like SunBum, Australian Gold and Neutrogena.  But that's just me:)

But here's what I really want to show you and it's for every day skincare.
For less than $40.00
y'all can keep your skin soft and mostly wrinkle free!

* Prices above are approximate, within 20cents, from Amazon.
Let's face it.........most of us are fighting dryer skin in these magical years.
And wrinkles.
So those are the issues I'm addressing here.............
#1 Coconut Oil  
I've talked about this (as everyone else has) many times before.
But in a nutshell, it's the BEST I have found for removing makeup (especially eye makeup),
moisturizing skin all over your body, and adding shine to hair.
Oh.......and it is a FABULOUS shaving cream:)
Seriously!  
I use the brand pictured above 
but just make sure you get any extra-virgin coconut oil.
I also use Lou-Ana, found at the grocery store.

#2 Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Serum
It's actually a very light cream in a tube, but we'll go with serum;)
Now, it boasts the claim that you will see improved skin in seven days.
And guess what?????
I DID!!!  I really LOVE this product and slap it on AS WELL AS coconut oil.

#3 Pond's Cold Cream
 If you are buying expensive cleansers, you're kinda crazy.
Sometimes you have to give Grandma credit for her soft skin back in the day.
My absolute FAVORITE cleanser is Pond's Cold Cream.
Again, I'm SOOOOOO SERIOUS!

Makeup...........
For simplicities sake, I am sharing my number #1 favorite drugstore line.
After that, I'll show you a few favorites from other lines.
But for me, the winner in the all-around make-up line,
the one that makes you say your friends are crazy for buying expensive stuff is.............
NYX.  (NEVER to be confused with NYC makeup)
I was a bit of a M.A.C junkie..........and I still could be.
(more about that later:)
But this is a copycat line that is significantly cheaper!
My advice is to go to Ulta for your NYX.  
They carry a HUGE selection and drugstores are only just adding in bits and pieces.
In the above photo, you will see the items I use.  
Shades are individual but I can say I like the brown, purple and black eyeliner,
 mascara in jet black, blush in desert rose
 and the lipstick is awesome in Audrey, Tea Rose or Natural!

Honorable mention goes to:
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer
which I also use with the desert rose blush.

Since my eyelashes seem to have disappeared, 
I use a primer before my mascara.
My fav is M.A.C Prep + Prime.

Lip Pencils........
You're gonna love these, cause they are awesome and even CHEAPER than NYX,
 which are pretty cheap:)
ESSENCE Lip Pencils (at Ulta) are $1.49!!!!!
And their lipstick is pretty great too...I like Natural Beauty.

Okay, I think that covers makeup:)
Moving on to HAIR.........
Mine is short these days.  (Very short!) 
So I wear it piecey and I like it soft and shiny.
So.........Garnier Fructis is my choice, partly because of the AMAZING scents;)
I love Pixie Play for the tousled/messy look:)
And next to Coconut Oil, I am in LOVE with shine serums.  I use this one,
 but most work great.
And not just for hair.........they are AWESOME for dry skin too, everywhere:)

Okay BEAUTIES, I'm done.
Rambled enough.
Showed you how cheap I am:)
Shared my confessions with you.
Hope you enjoyed this and found something you want to try also!
Suzanne

Wait.........I forgot to show you what I'm excited to see.
M.A.C Cosmetics CINDERELLA line, coming out this week.


So pretty............
Aaahhhh...stay tuned.  I'll be sure to let you know if I try it;)

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