Older Girl Beauty

Speaking of masques….

I don’t use face masque all that often. But when I do, it is usually a gel based one versus a clay one. I don’t have a big problem with oiliness (knock on wood), but I do like a deep cleanser every once in a while. Esp, since this heat causes me to sweat (*no, I don’t glisten or glow – momma sweats, that’s all there is to it!), which in turn causes the possibility of clogged dirty pores. Yes, I use my Clarisonic brush, but sometimes you need/want a little more.
So, again, I have found another great way for me to lay naked under the fan and watch crap tv in the name of beauty – the Exuviance Rejuvenating Treatment Masque. They say, “This powerful deep cleansing masque combines a clinically proven blend of concentrated Alpha and Polyhydroxy acids (AHA/PHA) that offer full-strength anti-aging benefits without irritation. Gluconolactone, a potent Polyhydroxy Acid decreases lines and wrinkles by strengthening the skin and building the dermal matrix so skin appears fuller and plumper. This gentle exfoliant and natural antioxidant also improves the skin’s clarity, luminosity and refines pore size, leaving skin truly refreshed and rejuvenated. The addition of Mandelic Acid (AHA) helps to visibly reduce wrinkled areas, while Vitamins A, C, E and a Pro Vitamin B Complex provide superior moisturization.”

I say, “This gel has a slight cucumber smell that smells nice and when you put a thin layer on your face, neck and decolette, it dries to a kinda rubbery sheath you can pull off in strips, or you can wipe off with a warm wash cloth.” It doesn’t dry all hard and pulling at your face. It didn’t make me itchy, but be careful of your hairline, as it will cling on to your hair if you don’t get it all. And when you put it on cold, it feels oh so refreshing, which you can’t really say or do with a clay mask, because it would harden up in the fridge and be a pain to put on – literally.
You can pick this up online for $26 for 2.oz. I managed to get mine in a BeautyFix kit (*have you signed-up for that yet – I’m serious, the deal is crazy good for the products) which made it a heck of a deal for this masque.

A face mask that isn’t good for sports

One of the quickest ways to cool down in this heat, besides the getting undressed and laying under the ceiling fan, is to cool your face down quickly and rest. Ramuan Health makes this so easy to do with their “Relaxing Face Mask”. They say, “TONGKAT ALI is prized for its legendary revitalizing effects. In this relaxing face mask, it is blended with select fruit and seed extracts, along with herbal moisturizers and soothing agents. Use it for a gently uplifting freshness with glowing radiance. A nourishing and revitalizing treatment to soften & condition skin.” I had a chance to try these and I say, “This feels like a cloth face mask, soaked in soothing moisture”.
It really feels like it is going to be all drippy wet, but it’s just shy of that. It takes a sec to get placed on your face correctly, matching up the eyes, nose and mouth holes (making you feel a bit like Ed Gein, I hate to admit), but once it is on, it really feels nice and cooling, esp right out of the fridge. I left it on for a littl more than half an hour, while I chilled out watching tv and it still had some moisture in it. I patted my face dry and it really did feel smooth an plump. There was not any stinging or burning, and hardly any smell – making this a great relaxing mask.
You can buy them online for $3.37/ea. It also looks like GNC is starting to carry this brand, so keep an eye out in their stores for these soon.

Don’t mind the dust and clutter

So, Lovelies – I haven’t melted from the heat and forgot about you. It’s just I have been trying to play around in the background of this fair site and do some updates/changes.

As you see from the redirect, I am now at my own domain (http://www.oldergirlbeauty.com) so pretty please update your bookmarks. I am going to be making sure the RSS feeds still pull over, but that may take a bit of tweaking. (*Update: I updated the feed addy, so this should be smooth. If not, let me know, plz.)

Please bear with me as the colors, headers, sidebars may change at my whimsy – I’m still trying to make this a pretty place and learn all the new bells and whistles I can do over here.


Holy crap, it’s hot.

I am not even playing. These triple digit temps here in Oklahoma have been miserable. (*what did I say the other day? 104 should only be the answer to what is 52 + 52.) Granted, while it’s a chilly 94 today, I *know* that the triple digits will be back. It’s Oklahoma. It’s what we do. But, since I have lived here my whole life, I’ve picked up a few ways to beat the heat at the end of the day. And, while the products may change, the thought remains the same.
I have an extra fridge out in the garage, and I have a shelf in the door that I keep a bunch of beauty products that feel oh so good when put on cold.
The things I have in there currently range from toner, to masks, to masque, lotions, sprit and scent:
In addition I have a couple of other items that doesn’t go in the fridge, but are still important for summer use:
I’ll let you know in the next few posts why I like this stuff enough to give it shelf space in the fridge.

Neon nails for the weekend

Since the child is in NYC for the summer (July 28th is still so far away) I have lots of free time to fill in the days. So, I decided to play around with some glue-on nails I had been sent to try from Kiss Nails. They’re funky Neon colored French Manicure tips for the fingers and toes.

They come in Pink, Orange, Green and Pink for the toes.
Let me say this first. I am not a fake nail girl. I went thru the “getting my nails done” phase in college, but so could not keep that up. I *do* appreciate a good mani, but only on my natural nails, no tips for me. So, you know I was bored/interested enough to give these a try.

Lemme just tell you what I didn’t care for up front: I didn’t like the glue factor. I wish these had been with stick on tabs, instead, because I am just all thumbs, let alone with fake nails on. I was so messy with the glue that I got it on top of a coupla nails, making their finish icky, not smooth like they were when I started putting them on. Second, these were just too long for me. They were in “Medium”, but that is still quite a difference from my fingertip length I usually wear. This made typing terribly difficult for me, which is pretty important as much as I am on the computer. The toe length was much better, but I made the mistake of trying to put them on *after I had put the finger ones on, so I didn’t get them applied as well as I could have, I’m sure.
But, I can see where these would be good for several things. These would be great for the lovely that wants to dip a finger in the neon nail polish trend, without going full on nail, which can be a bit much. Or for the lovely that is going out for the weekend and wants to something completely different and bright. These will be chip-free and last around 3 days, or up to a week, depending on your activity level. You can find them for $5.99 at all major drugstore chain, but hurry, as these Neon colors are only available thru July.

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