Older Girl Beauty

Five. Five dollar footlongs. Five for fighting. Etc…

So, I realized that an entry I made into a contest was actually a really good look back at some of my favs from this past year and what I would like to try this year, and I figured, hey – I’ve got a beauty website, why don’t we post that damn thing up there, too? (Because I am a genius like that, ya know?).
Without much more fanfare, here are 5 things I came to love this past year and what I wanna love this year:

My Favorite Five:
1) Kate Somerville Exfolikate – I got to try a sampler kit from QVC this year and have just been blown away by how my skin feels after I used it. The tingle is just enough to let me know that something great is going on and makes me feel so clean and fresh afterwards.
2) My travel MAC brushes – I was lucky enough to get a travel set of 5 brushes in a Nordstroms anniversary set. They aren’t as big as the regular brushes (so I can only imagine how good those work), but I have really come to appreciate how much a good set of brushes can make my makeup look and apply.
3) My Clarisonic brush – I finally gave in to the hype as a birthday present to my self (Thank you ezpay QVC gods) and am wishing I had got this for myself sooner. In just no time at all, I can have fresh clean skin that is so much cleaner than I could have ever gotten it with just my little washcloth. (This came with some Kate Somerville Daily Cleanser, which I also fell for in my sampler pack I mentioned earlier.)
4) My Covergirl Lash Blast mascara – Holy smokes – I adore this brush. Its huge and just makes my eyes pop so easily.
5) My Venus Embrace razor – With all those blades and the squishy handle its a breeze to shave and stay smooth for days. (Which is really great in the winter when I really don’t wanna be all tied to the razor every day for shorts, etc.)
And My Wannabe Favorite Five:
1) Kate Somerville Deep Tissue Anti-Aging Treatment – I feel like I am on the hunt for the holy grail moisturizer, and I think this might be a great contender, considering how much I already love her other products.
2) T3 Featherweight Dryer – Once again, all the raves for this and I would love to try it out. It seems to take forever to dry my hair and then, oops, 2 min too long and its all frizz and my arms are too tired to wanna iron it out. Would love to see just how quick and easy this is.
3) Jurlique Biodynamic Beauty Serum – Amazing company in how the grow, harvest and make their own product. It is not easily available locally, but would love to try this serum as it is supposed to do amazing things for aging skin, naturally.
4) Daniel Sandler Watercolor Blush – This just looks too amazing not to try. A waterproof blush that looks so natural in such a range of colors. The link is to QVC, which comes with a brush, but is really limited in colors – hopefully they will add more colors, or else I will just order it from overseas in a diff color.
5) Prescriptives Custom Blend Tinted Moisturizer – I am not a heavy foundation girl, because I have freckles and don’t like to cover them up. However, tinted moisturizers can be difficult to match. That is why I would love to try this, because it would eliminate the guesswork and be a match just for me and not everyone else that walks in off the street.
I guess I better get started – the year is slipping away already…

I’m pretty sure I bought that back then….

Just a reminder about the Cosmetics Settlement class action suit. There will be $175 million worth of cosmetics given out as part of a class action settlement starting on January 20th, for a maximum of 7 days or until all producct is given out (no rainchecks to be issued).

The locations to get the products is a pretty extensive list of department stores, but it is a limited list of products that are available – and they don’t appear to be full sized:

  • Boucheron (USA) Ltd.:
Femme Eau de Toilette (1 ounce/30 ml)
  • Chanel, Inc.:

Coco Mademoiselle body lotion (3.4 fluid oz)

  • Christian Dior Perfumes, Inc.:

J’Adore Eau de Parfum (15 ml)

  • Clarins U.S.A., Inc. (customers will have a choice of ONE of two products, while supplies last):

Clarins Energizing Morning Cream (30 ml)


Clarins Beauty Flash Bomb (30 ml)

  • Conopco, Inc. (distributed by Coty, Inc. on behalf of Conopco, Inc.) (customers will have a choice of ONE of three products, while supplies last):

Calvin Klein Euphoria Bath and Shower Crème (6.7 oz)


Vera Wang Princess Body Polish (5 oz)


Lovely Sarah Jessica Parker Shower Gel (6.7 oz)

  • The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. (customers will have a choice of ONE of two products, while supplies last):

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair (15 ml/0.5 oz)


Clinique Moisture Surge (30 ml/1 oz)

  • Guerlain, Inc.:

My Insolence Eau de Toilette (15 ml)

  • L’Oréal USA, Inc. (formerly known as Cosmair, Inc.) (customers will have a choice of ONE of eight products, while supplies last):

Lancôme UV Expert 20


Lancôme Cils Design Pro Mascara


Lancôme Fatale Mascara


Lancôme Courbe Virtuose Mascara


Lancôme Primordial Skin Defense


Ralph Lauren Romance Shower Gel (6.7 oz.)


Giorgio Armani ACM Shower Gel (6.7 oz)


Lancôme Hypnôse Shower Gel

  • Parfums Givenchy, Inc.:

Very Irresistible Givenchy Eau de Toilette (15 ml)

Now, don’t be thinking you are gonna get all greedy with this, because even if you bought more than one thing from them, this offer is just *1* product to a person – so, choose your replacement carefully.

Feed a cold, starve…

…the jerk that gave me this crappy sick bug.

Holy smokes, have I been knocked down by this whatever mess is spreading around right now. It started before Christmas, and only got worse from there. (Nothing like spending Christmas with a house full of family, a hacking cough and 102.3 fever, eh?).

So, yeah, most of it is over, save for the remnants of the cough and NO VOICE. That’s right – I can only whisper – which, if you knew me IRL is like hell on earth for me. But, hopefully that will get better this weekend, when I pull myself together and back to my everyday awesome self.

Everyone better enjoy themselves tonight, as I will be living vicariously thru you all!

Be safe and I’ll talk to you next year! xoxo

A time for yourself

I am sure in all of the hustle and bustle of this season, you have made time for yourself and scheduled your mani/pedi’s, relaxed with a glass of wine and just made sure you were taken care of nicely. You haven’t? Join the club. The only pedi I have had was because I got an early xmas present, and it was at the mall so we combined it with gift shopping, not an all day enjoyable thing. (Not that I begrudge a prezzy of pretty, ya know?). I also know that in the season of giving, I don’t have many extra pennies to rub together, let alone spend it outside the house. But I still want/need to have pretty hands and feet. Luckily, Kiss Products understands my pain. 

They have made manicure and pedicure kits that have every thing that I need
treat myself to mani/pedi’s at the house, and save myself money and the time it takes to go to the salon and make small talk with the technician, because, face it, by this time, christmas shopping has made us not want to be around people ever again. Or is that just me…..  Anyway, these kits come with buffers, clippers, files and extras in a zippered pouch to keep it all together and easily grab them when you see you have a few minutes to yourself. And they are cheap – $9.99 at Walgreens. That is so much less than going to the salon. (And I know I said that I wouldn’t push xmas gifts, but really, if you are stuck for that last last minute gift, these would really be great to pick up.)

Kiss also has a fun kit of press-on toenails for that last minute get together where you need to look fab in your peeptoes, and no time for that last minute pedi. These kits look like you have a french pedicure with out the time and trouble to get one. They are temporary, last only up to 3 days, but can be soaked off after your fun night out.
They really are just a fun addition of something different, and are only $5.99 at the drugstores, too.

I must have been a very good girl this year…

…because guess who won Three Custom Color Specialists “Make a List and Check it Twice” contest.

I was so surprised when I heard I won this, and am super excited to get to try out what will be a great haul from them. This will be my first time to try their products, which get such great raves. The list was so hard to narrow down, but thanks to you lovelies input and reviews, I think I got some great things. I can’t wait to let you guys know what I think, too.

Thanks so much to Three Custom Color Specialists (and the very nice Tess) for this great contest!

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