Older Girl Beauty

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?

The Departments of NYC Shopping

For my trip to New York, I decided it was going to be my “Things I Can’t See In Oklahoma” trip, which is quite a bit. I decided that the first thing I was going to do was to go to the big department stores and see what their beauty departments have that I can’t see at home.

First stop was Bergdorf Goodman:

I gotta admit that nowadays I tend to think of the great blog Blogdorf Goodman when I think of this store – which is def a compliment to the store, let me tell you. However, the store isn’t half bad itself.

I was lucky enough to get to try some La Mer cream. I am sure my little sample wasn’t near enough to make me appreciate the joy that this is supposed to be, because as of now, I am all very meh about it.

I also got the chance to see the Paul & Joe’s Disney line, which was mostly all sold out and taking pre-orders for their new shipment. And I had the loveliest Estee Lauder MA assist me with the solid perfume compacts they had for the holidays.(Loved the Nesting Dolls, but they were too much, and the Gingerbread Man, but he was sold out). Boo.

And lastly, I had the chance to try the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer that all the kids are raving about. Okay, maybe not the kids, but all the in the know beauty ladies. I originally thought I wanted the Illuminating TM, but apparently that was just a bit too shiny for such a lady of age as I am, which I actually agreed on after seeing it in person. I did get a little trio of plum colors to throw in my purse, but decided against the TM for now. (This also happened to be the first of *3* times I was complimented on my skin that day, but got dinged for the dark circles under my eyes.)

Then I made it over to Henri Bendel:

I gotta say that right now I cannot think of a single thing to say about the makeup counters here, so I am guessing that I just didn’t see anything that caused me to stop and spend any time there.

With a side trip over to Barney’s:

Here I got to spend some time playing with the Nude Skincare line. It was nice, and had a really nice scent to it, but it just didn’t grab me enough to pick up any that day. Maybe I will try it again next time I go down to Dallas.

Just as I was leaving, a delightful male MA stopped me on my way out to tell me just how lovely he thought I looked, but if he could change just a couple of things, he would change my eyeliner (the Laura Mercier MA had put it up under my top lashes, which was unusual for me, so I didn’t entirely disagree on that point) and my dark circles (See? This was round #2 – after the Laura Mercier MA had had her way with them.)* So, he pulled out his handy dandy wand of T. LeClerc Makeup Corrector Fluid and gave it a shot. Now, I have to say that I really liked this stuff, but since it was going over all ready concealed eyes, I couldn’t judge it just for itself. However, I did like the feel of it, and the MA was a sweetheart, too. He was French.

And a last stop at Bloomingdale’s:

I have to say that I had the *most* fun here out of all the counters that I visited. It was crazy time in there and all the perfume samplers were out in full force – seriously, like every 10ft. And this time they were pushing “Viva La Juicy” by Juicy Couture hard and heavy. And after smelling it, I know why they were trying to push it, because I didn’t think this scent would walk off the shelves by itself. But, that’s just me.
After avoiding the vultures, I made my way back to the Benefit Cosmetics area where I was greeted by the very fun, Sherry. We went thru ton of products just messing around, talking about the benefits (Ha!) and the dislikes of them and just shooting the breeze for a while. It was such a nice time. I ended up with some more Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow in Stiletto, a Get Bent Liner Brush and Gilded Highlighting Pencil. Fun stuff.
I also managed to buy some tights there, since they were on sale for 2/$15, so I couldn’t beat that with a stick. (Which leads me to a question for bigger girls that I will have to ask in a seperate post.)

After all of those, I was pretty much done with the department stores, and then started in on the smaller shops that I wanted to see. I will let you know where I went and what I thought coming up.

*(In case you were wondering, the third time was when I popped in to a Sephora on the way in for the night and the lady demo’ing the Givency Mr. Light concealer pen got a hold of me, but I was so tired, I knew that *nothing* was going to help me by that time.)

NYC is an inspiration….

After some technical issues that happened between the keyboard and the chair, I lost many a post, leading to a frustration that a trip to NYC has since cured.
I was lucky enough to go to NYC for my 38th birthday this year. (I am typing this now instead of packing for a too damn early flight back to OKC). I made a point to go see many beauty places and things that are just simply not available to me in Oklahoma. It is one thing to read about something and to touch/smell something (La Mer anyone??) in person. That is what this trip was for me – a chance to experience many things I just can’t do at home, and meet people in person that I had only talked to online. What a treat to do these things in person.
So, this is a round about way of saying that I am going to make more of an effort to bring my views of what I try and see if I can inspire someone else to go out and experience it, too. Now, I’m not saying that everyone is going to go gaga over something just because they touch/smell it (La Mer anyone??), but at least it might get them to at least go experience it for themselves.
That said, let’s try this thing again.

Venetian Beauties

One thing you can say about Tilda Swinton is that she she keeps some really great looking company:

(I’m not going to say a word about Brad’s shoes – they are what they are, along with that hat.)

She has always had her own style and way of doing things. Like living with her long time love, and father to her children, while traveling the world with a much younger boy toy – and everyone is happy with it. And she is able to do this with such panache for a woman who has such androgynous features she’s been mistaken for a man and proudly sports unshaven legs and “gnarled” feet.

Speaking of her gnarled feet, check out these rockin’ heels she was sporting for the photocall for her upcoming film with George and Brad, “Burn After Reading”, which opened the 65th Annual Venice Film Festival yesterday.

I don’t really see too much wrong with her feet, but, I gotta say, as awesome as those heels were, I prolly woulda gotten a pedi for the carpet. That’s just me, and I can appreciate her laid back style. But, if you are gonna rock the jeweled shoes and draw attention to your feet, paint the toes. Just my opinion, of course.

That being said, I enjoy watching her at all the Red Carpet events that she takes her younger lover. But, really, the best thing to watch on the Red Carpets are the gorgeous men in their wonderfully fitted tuxedos:

(Okay, yeah, I posted this whole thing just so I could put up this hot pic of Brad and George rockin’ the tuxes and Damn! they look good.)

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