Older Girl Beauty

Eye on the prize

When I am hot and drained, my eyes feel so heavy – like I am sleepwalking in the middle of the day.  When it gets that bad, and I need a pick-me-up, I reach in the fridge for my Tammy Fender Firming Eye Gel, which is a soothing botanical gel that goes right in the skin.

They say “This extraordinary firming gel complex contains a multitude of hydrating botanicals, herbal extracts and omega 3 & 6 nutrients targeted to restore immediate hydration; firming and protecting the delicate eye area. The concentrated blend of Elder, Chamomile, Rose Hip Seed, Borage, Green Myrtle and Nettle, rapidly absorb; nourishing and toning tissue, increasing elasticity and renewing softness.” I say that this wonder soothes my eyes, has a light smell, isn’t sticky and helps reduce the puffiness of my eyes quickly. (*I like it enough that I even rec’d it to “Nadine Jolie” when she was looking for eye cream rec’s.)

In addition, I really like the philosophy behind this line – “Beauty and health begins with intention.”  Tammy Fender is an aesthetician who has journeyed throughout the US and abroad; researching and studying in the fields of botany, aromatherapy, holistic chemistry and medical science; specifically, the healing properties of essential oils, plants and vitamins. She says her “energy and meticulous attention to purity will be with you as you nurture yourself”, as she creates formulas to address one’s physical, emotional and spiritual well being. I personally appreciate a whole body approach to things over a topical salve, ya know?  It just soothes me, I guess. I’m happy that I had a chance to try it out.

Now, this is a bit on the higher end ($72), but a little goes a long way, so this bottle will last you for a good while. I do think you are paying some for the philosophy behind it, and you have to decide if it is important enough to pay that extra or not.

I rock the Black Amethyst

No, silly, not a stone in some bling. I am talking about some Bath and Body Works Black Amethyst Fragrance Mist. I swear, I do not care what the season is, you will find me rocking this darker, more “seductive” scent year round. It is the kind of scent that is not too flowery for me. They call it “Our Sexiest Fragrance Ever! Exotic and Intricate. Sexy Redefined.” All I know is that I loved it from first smell and I spray it all over me like a fool. BUT, I have to say it is the scent that I have gotten the most compliments on – ever.  It’s to the point now that people wonder about me when I am not wearing it – like something just isn’t right for the day. Ha.  As for keeping it in the fridge, it has been just a great last cooling burst before heading out into this humid, muggy weather. Just something else to keep cool until the A/C can kick on in the car.

In fact, this scent is so suited to me, that when I took the quiz on Bath and Body Works new Fragrance Finder widget, sure enough “Black Amethyst” came up as my recommended scent. You should go over and play around and see what scent it says would be right for you and let me know. I’m curious who else rocks the BA like I do.

Chillin’ with Mario

I know that I have mentioned the Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herbs And Rosewater before, but back then I wasn’t even keeping in the the fridge. When I switched to storing it there this summer, it definitely amped up the love. The cold refreshing spritz to the face startles the hell out of you at first, then it just feel so good and cooling. And with the “good for you” ingredients in it too, its better than just spraying water in your face.  It’s a great wake up spray, too, but I tend to just use it when I come in from outside and need a quick pick-me-up to get thru the heat.

Another of the ways to cool down, and clean up, is with the Mario Badescu Special Cucumber Lotion.  This astringent is “Sulfur and soothing Cucumber based, acne fighting formula that is non-drying and non-irritating”. You are supposed to use this after you have washed your face to get rid of all the extra dirt still there, but I will use this as soon as I come in from being hot and sweaty and just get all of the nasty dirt off of me quick – then I’ll wash properly at some point after that.  Even if I do use it after washing at night, cold or not, it just makes my face feel clean – with out being squeaky.  Now, I am not normally an oily girl, but this really does seem to help keep my skin form breaking out, at least from that.

Oh, and speaking of breaking out, Mario Badescu just launched a new “Acne Resource Center” on their site. It’s their central location for acne information, including its causes, how to get rid of it and even get introduced to their “tried and true acne treatment regimens”. It’s really got a ton of info with even videos of how to use some of the products.

It’s not Mall Hair gel

(*I really wish I could remember on who’s site I originally saw this moisturizer on, because I would give them a huge “Thank You!”.)

Now, we all know I am not one to get out in the sun, but I still get dry arms and legs that I need some moisturizer on them – even coming in from the heat. When I read about Avon’s Skin So Soft Summer Soft Cooling Gel Moisturizer (*gawd, that’s a hell of a long name), I knew I had to try it.

I can’t stand a heavy moisturizer during the heat of the summer – it just makes me feel like I am smothering in it. That is what makes this so good – it is a gel and goes on so light. Since I keep it in the fridge, it goes on so cool that it can make my body temp feel like it goes down at least 5 degrees or so. Now, I don’t know if that is the case (*i’m betting it’s not), but it still feels so good.

It contains Aloe and Cucumber and had a light scent which goes away pretty quickly, after it’s absorbed. Now, we know I love me some Cucumber smell, but this isn’t really as detectable as that, just mostly a light, fresh scent.

I picked mine up earlier this summer on sale, but I see that they are running a 50% off “While Supplies Last” special for $3.99/6.7oz tube. If you are live anywhere like I do, even tho the calendar says summer is almost over, we still have some heated days ahead of us, so I would try to pick this up while you can, just to cool off and get rid of the heat dryness for now.

Can’t look you in the eye the day after

Ahh, Summer. The time for socializing.  I mean, yeah, it’s hot, but the nights can be comfy to hang out on the deck, crack open some vino and laughing till really late. Sometimes too late, and too much vino. And you know….you just KNOW, that it’s gonna show up the next morning, with the puffy eyes and dark circles. Well, I know of something that can help that.

It’s a product from France, called the Talika Eye Therapy Patch.  You put this patch on and in 30min you look like a rested, functioning human being. They say, “This reusable patch, spectacularly reduces all trace of fatigue appearing under the eyes. It is a pleasant, effective, natural and comfortable solution for combating wrinkles, circles and under-eye puffiness. The results are visible and have been clinically proven by Dermatologists at the “Hôpitaux de Paris de la Salpétrière”.

I say, “You can keep these in the fridge for an added burst of coolness. Put these on and lay down – either to go to bed, or when you wake up in the morning feeling ‘under the weather’ – and in a little while, your eyes really do feel better.” Now, I don’t really have eye wrinkles – *knock on wood* – so I can’t really speak to the effectiveness on those, but it truly did reduce puffiness and lessen the darkness under my eyes when I had a chance to try them. (*You are not required to keep these in the fridge – in fact the carrying case makes it easy to take these with you.)

You can get these patches online for $62, which includes a jewel case with 6 pairs of patches, that can each be reused 3 times or so. There are also refills available for $56.

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