With today being Annie’s, from “Blogdorf Goodman”, birthday, I thought it would be a great day to write her the love letter that I promised her last year.
@annieytown I miss when you used to write online. 😉 Actually, I have a love letter I need to write you. I'm so happy to call you my friend.
— Paula (@oldergirlbeauty) December 22, 2014
Annie is an OG beauty blogger. Her archives go back 10 years, in February. When I first started reading beauty blogs, she was one of the first I bookmarked because she sucked me in with the “40 Days and 40 Nights” series. Not gonna lie, my “Pretend French Vacay” series was based on that, but, holy hell, there was no way I could do 40 days and nights of it, let alone year after year.
Back then, I was pretty much in awe of Annie, like anyone you admire, without any notion that I would really get to know her. Fast forward to now and we have bonded over kitty cats, Erika F eyeshadow, ancestry and Asian beauty. Heck, we even share a Pinterest board for that, so, you know that makes us like BFF’s EVAH!
Unfortunately, real life has intruded on Annie and she doesn’t post any more. But, she is still around on social media. Maybe she’ll take this as a little nudge to get her voice online in more than 140 characters. 😉
Happy Birthday, Annie! I hope 2015 is a wonderful year for you, and I am so happy to be your friend to get to see it!
I don’t know if you are very familiar with it Cosmetics or not, but I got to know them from watching founder Jamie Lima introduce it on QVC. Jamie suffers from Rosacea like I do, so it is always amazing to see her using her products to cover and reduce the appearance of the redness. In addition, she makes sure to include the latest in anti-aging technologies in her products, which is a must for me nowadays.
When I heard about the new CC+ Radiance Palette, which is good for color correcting (*hence that CC+ part of the name), brightening, bronzing and blushing, I knew I wanted to try it out.
Have you guys heard the quote “Use the right tool for the job”? It means that what you are doing will go smoother and easier when you use the best thing to make it happen. It really applies (*see what I did there?) to using the right brushes with this palette, in my case. With my redness, I have to be careful about applying my blush pretty specifically. With the angled French Boutique Blush Brush I was able to get a light application just where I wanted it to be. And, I think we all remember when I showed off my bronzer skills, right? Well, the Heavenly Luxe Wand Ball Brush actually makes that pretty difficult for me to screw up so much now. It let me apply a lot less at a time, to build up to heavy, of which I am too lazy to do. So, a light application really works for me. Of course, my skills still aren’t the greatest, but, this is a big improvement.
But, my favorite of the three powders is the Brightening one. It warms up my sallow skin, but not in a sparkly vampire kind of way. And, because it doesn’t have any talc in it, it doesn’t make my skin itch to where I want to scratch it off 5 minutes after putting it on. It’s also so hella easy to put on with the Heavenly brush, that I can slap it on with my eyeliner and mascara and I am set for the day, even without thinking about it.
All of this and anti-aging ingredients, too? Yeah, I think I’m set for the winter with this palette. What about you guys? Do you have any specific face brightening items you use to get thru the dank Winter? Let me know below, and then you need to go check out what the other lovelies said on their sites about the palette.
*Disclaimer: These products were provided by the company’s PR for editorial consideration.
This was originally posted here, but I want to repost it as October is here again already.
Today is October 1st, which, for the last 25years has been recognized as “National Breast Cancer Awareness Month”. It’s also the day that my friend say, “Cool – I can get lots of pink things at Target now.”. Yep, that’s what it has come to, in my opinion – a month known for the proliferation of pink things, but not really the cause behind it any more.
And you know what? I’m kind of okay with that.
Of course, I don’t diminish the impact that breast cancer can have on a woman and her family – my son’s grandmother is a breast cancer survivor, in fact. Nor do I ignore the need for awareness for a disease that has the second highest incidence rate to prostrate cancer (2009* (*updated) most recently data available), affecting nearly 200k women directly, each year. I just have a problem with the monetization of the awareness.
Have you guys ever heard of “pinkwashing”? It’s a controversial variation of cause marketing that focuses on breast cancer & how *some* of the companies using the pink ribbon & BCA may not be doing it for pure motives. I emphasis *some* because I want to impress that not ALL companies releasing special products for BCAM have ulterior motives – but you know what they say about “bad apples” and all (*did you know that metaphor is actually true?). Anyway…
In no way am I telling you not to purchase a specially branded product – I’m just asking that you educate yourself of the brand’s intentions with this marketing. The “Breast Cancer Action” organization has come up with a site, “Think Before You Pink” to help consumers challenge themselves to ask questions before purchasing a pink branded item. I don’t see anything wrong with purchasing a product because it is pink and you like it, but please do not say you bought it only as a way to support the cause. Own your purchase and if you are sincere about wanting to help, please donate directly to a reputable breast cancer charity – the most notable being the “Susan G.Komen for the Cure” organization, or give of your time in your local community ANY TIME OF YEAR, not just in October, because we all know cancer doesn’t only strike one month a year. And wear your pretty new pink product when you go.