Older Girl Beauty

It all started with a resolution…

I decided that this year, I wasn’t going to resolve to some unreasonable goal that I actually had to work for and would ultimately (okay, more like “in a few days”) give up. I decided this year, I would treat myself better by “treating” myself. I would set aside a certain amount of money out of each paycheck and do something nice for myself. That should be easy enough to stick to – I mean, I’m getting a present every two weeks! Of course, things are never as easy as they should be, right?

Let me interrupt by giving just a bit of my background:

1) I will turn 38.

2) My son is 11 and just started 6th grade, which is his first year of Middle School.

3) I am hair dyslexic – no matter what I do, it always does the opposite. So, I usually just give up.

4) I had pretty much given up the daily full makeup routine – usually only had the mascara on when I left the house, save for special occasions.

5) I’m pretty sure I can’t get away with #4 much longer, so I better get familiar with what is out there, except it’s a bit (okay, a *LOT*) overwhelming.

Anyway, it works well the first week, when I get a new haircut. It went south from there. I started really reading the beauty blogs fervently, looking for some insight. It helped at first, then the pages started running together, especially since it seemed so much was geared to the 20somethings. I think I need more specific items for my age, however, I am still wanting to limit myself to my treat amount each check. This is going to be a challenge.

I don’t know what all I will be putting out there, but this is going to be primarily about the products I try. I will also be honest in what my experiences are – good OR bad. I don’t think it does anyone a service by just not reviewing/posting info if you don’t care for a product. It makes me think that no one has gotten around to try it, instead of trying it and not being pleased with it for what ever reason. In fact, I would like to quote Kerry Diamond, Vice President, Public Relations & Communications, LancΓ΄me, from an email she sent out to beauty bloggers:

“We have never expected any quid pro quo for sending product or samples.
We appreciate not only your honesty, but that of the readers who post on your
sites.” “We understand that when we send out product, we open ourselves up
to honest reviews.”

And this is what I aim to do on this site. If you are going to learn anything from me, it will be what I learn, not just what I want to put out there to not make someone mad. That doesn’t benefit anyone in the long run! (/stepping down off my soapbox).

I will also put in a sprinkling of other stuff I find out there from reading the great beauty blogs out there (they are pretty addictive, eh?). Also, I hope to get some feedback from other women who must have the same questions I do. We should all support each other in looking great as we get older. Just because we are getting older doesn’t mean there isn’t a girl inside wanting to play in the makeup.

Welcome to the Older Girl Beauty Blog.


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  1. Lydia says:

    I love your blog! I always buy myself a beauty treat with each paycheck too haha!

  2. oldergirlbeauty says:

    Hiya Lydia,
    Thanks so much – I think it will be a lot of fun! I can’t for this payday weekend – so many choices for the Labor Day weekend sales!
    Have a great day. πŸ™‚

  3. Josi says:

    I’m so glad I found you….silly, you need to tell EVERYONE you are doing this (then look up beauty pr firms and tell them too)!!

  4. oldergirlbeauty says:

    Okay, okay – gah, bossy thing! πŸ˜‰ I am actually working on that – sent my first email to a pr company this evening. My trip to NYC has really inspired me!

  5. Jeanie Cullip says:

    We should all support each other in looking great as we get older. Just because we are getting older doesn’t mean there isn’t a girl inside wanting to play in the makeup.

    I love this! I too love to play with makeup – now I do it with my lil girls! I want to be able to teach them things that my mother never did.

  6. Lori says:

    Great Blog! It’s about time someone does a Beauty Blog for us 40 something year old women! I applaud you πŸ™‚

    1. Paula says:

      Thanks so much! That’s exactly why I started it & I’m glad others enjoy it, too! πŸ™‚

  7. vredechantal says:

    mistake πŸ˜‰

  8. vredechantal says:

    Love the resolution I actually landed on your blog after making a similar resolution. Being a 36, single mother of 2 boys(16 and 8)Β  had me going from frugal to pure self neglect! After realizing that I hadnt spend money on clothes nor shoes for myself in the past 2 years and actually counting bodylotion as a splurge i knew that if I wasnt going to change now I probably never would! So I am proud to announce that I splurged on a pair of golden heels and a killer black dress on sale ofcourse! 60 euro’s for a fab outfit and self love was money well spend.

    Thanks for the inspiration keep blogging and remember life begins at 40 so we are just getting started πŸ˜‰Β 

    1. Paula says:

      Thank you so much for the compliment, V! It is great to hear that you splurged on yourself, too! I am certain that you will ROCK those heels and LBD! πŸ™‚

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