Older Girl Beauty

Just the 10 of us

Okay, really, when did I become the girl with 10 lipglosses/lip balms/lipsticks in her purse? Seriously, this is what I have in my purse RIGHT NOW:

C.O. Bigelow Cinnamint Mentha Lip Shine (Remind me to tell you about going to the original apothecary)
SoftLips Cherry Lip Protectant (mmm…cherry)
Philosophy Green Apple Flavored Lip Shine (OMG, seriously, I eat this stuff off my lips)
Hershey’s Almond Lip Balm (I have *such* a soft spot for Almond flavor/scent)
Blistex Lip Infusion Soothing Splash (this is like putting water on your lips)
Clinique Black Honey Almost Lipstick (my first “fancy” (upscale) lipstick)
MAC Petting Pink Tinted Lip Conditioner (my current fave!)
CoverGirl Mauve Shine 490 TruShine LipColor (pretty color – mauve looks good on me)
CoverGirl Petal Shine 425 TruShine LipColor (so light, but goes well over others)
Avon Sparkling Mauve Ultra Color Rich Lipstick (got this after I wanted to try it on – mauve – again)
bareMinerals Brillance Lip Gloss (From the Champagne Diamond collection on QVC)(see?)

Okay, maybe I just don’t want to take any of these out, because it seems like they are all mostly different, but still….wow.

Downward facing toes

Can I tell you how long I have been lemming some Yoga Toes? I don’t even wear heels very much (ie. AT ALL) but that doesn’t stop these heel spur ridden feet from aching at the end of the day. But, I just couldn’t make the $50 leap for them. Thankfully, the makers of my blessed PedEgg decided that I needed a cheaper alternative. Enter my new PamperedToes:

pamperedtoes Downward facing toes
I slide these things on my toes (without lotion) after I settle in for the evening and leave them on for 10-15min, wiggling my toes every once in a while. And, man, these things make my feet good, but then, I like to stretch my feet out by spreading my toes out like fingers anyway, this just lets me do that longer and easier. These are made of a soft gel that is very flexible and are not uncomfortable to wear, but if you wear them for too long, your feet can get a bit fatigued.

It was also very cool to see that I am not the only one who appreciates a good toe stretch. I was reading about Sandy Linter over at BeautyBlitz and it looks like her Yoga Toes are her most atypical beauty secret. If I can get the same results, but for less money, it makes me feel like we have so much in common, aside from the fact that she is a world reknowned makeup artist and I am, well, not.

I found these at a local CVS, but it wasn’t my usual one, as not all of them have these yet. It was over in their “Seen on TV” section, but I have seen it up front in the new items area when you walk in. They were only $9.99 and worth it for me. Give’em a shot and let me know what you think.

Gettin’ my fix…

beautyfix Gettin my fix.....my Beautyfix, that is.

Beautyfix is a new quarterly beauty product sampling program. It is $50 (plus $6.95 shipping) and the value far exceeds that price. For example the first kit came with 5 full size products and 4 generous sized samples, a $25 gift cert to glow.com, all packed up in a black zippered cloth train case – all total an over $400 value. These are the products that were in the first kit:
Amarté Aqua Veil Pure Hydration Serum – Full Size
Amarté Natural Wonder Cream – Deluxe Sample Size
Jane Iredale Shimmer Powder in Rose Gold – Full Size
Kronos Phyx Overnight Repair Masque – Full Size
M LAB Anti-Aging Treatment Cream – Deluxe Sample Size .5 oz.
PCA SKIN pHaze 9 Purifying Mask – Full Size
PerriconeMD Firming Neck Therapy – Deluxe Sample Size
Redpoint Noc-Out Cover-Up Compact – Full Size
Sensa Weight Loss System – 15 Day Supply
I haven’t tried everything yet, but have tried some of the products and will post my opinions as I go along, while working my way thru all of them. I do have to say that I was impressed with the selection that was in the kit, but there seemed to be some early confusion on what was going to be full size up until the kits shipped, ie, the Amarté Natural Wonder Cream was supposed to be full size and the Perricone MD was shown as full size in the pictures. But, even with those, the samples were still nice sized to try out. Another thing I am wondering is if each kit will come in the train case, because I am thinking that I don’t know if I will have a use for 4 cloth cases a year – maybe that could be made an option for returning quarterly members?

If the bathroom is a buzzin’…

clarisonic If the bathroom is a buzzin...
..then I am prolly using my new Clarisonic cleansing brush. 

I decided that I was finally going to break down and get one of these when I saw it on QVC* for 5 easy payments of $39 for the $195 cost of the brush, the Kate Somerville Gentle Daily Wash, which I was already loving from my sample kit from earlier this year, 3 brushes and come Clarisonic cleansers. Besides, its the holiday season and I can return it up until January 31, 2009, which gives me plenty of time to decide if it’s going to work out. Anyway, it came in the night before I left for NYC for 5 days and there was no. way. I was going to leave it here, just waiting to be tested out. So, into the suitcase with the whole box.
As soon as I got settled the first night I plugged that bad boy in for the “24 hour charge before first use” charge. Now, remember, I have pretty decent skin, save for blackheads in my t-zone, so that is really where I was hoping to make a difference. So, after I waited all that time (by, ya know, going around NYC and not staring at the blinking green light), I gave it its first run. Boy howdy, did that little devil feel oh so good. It really is a quick treat, with just 20 secs on the forehead, 20 secs on the t-zone and 10 secs each cheek, a quick rinse and that was that – smooth soft skin just like that. After a weeks worth of usage, my nose is starting to show a smoothness that wasn’t there before and the chin is def looking clearer. That said, I am waiting for the inevitable bounce back of mess before it really stays clear, but so far so good.
*(If you stick around, you will see I have a grand affinity for QVC. They have some of the best beauty brands, so many great ez pays, special Q only products/treats and a great return policy if something doesn’t work out – what’s not to love?)

Question for the Bigger Girls

I gotta know something. Where in the world do you bigger girls in NYC buy your clothes? I only saw *1* Lane Bryant around town, but tons of smaller sized boutique stores around. I glanced around in the department stores, but wasn’t all that impressed with the plus sized selections, so I am truly just curious if you buy off of the island, online or did I miss somewhere that I def need to stop at next time I am in town?


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