Older Girl Beauty

Foreign Beauty Friday: Lancome G50 “Last Night” eyeshadow

*I am lucky enough to know people overseas that send me things. I also have friends and family that travel, so I harrass them make sure they bring me back goodies.

Funny story – The lovely Blogdorf Goodman got me lemming the cult eyeshadow “Erika F” that is not available here in the US. So when my BFF told me that she was going to France, I *knew* this was my opportunity to finally get my grubby hands on it.

So, I armed my friend with a picture of “Erika F” that I had thieved from Pink Sith as an easy reference tool, to help her find this beauty. Unfortunately, the watermark that Pink uses (*the helmet) confused the salesgirl, who thought that my BFF was looking for a limited edition product and that the helmet was part of the case! So, the closest thing they could come up with was the “G50 – Last Night” eyeshadow. Which, turns out, is a glorious grey shadow that I will get more use out of than that stupid olive/silver “Erika F” shadow that I would have just cherished and tucked away in a box, never to see the light of day again. (*she says justifying the fact that she will never have it after all, pouting all the day).

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Sally Hansen Simply Smooths My Legs

I hate shaving my legs. I do. This should come as no surprised to you, as we have firmly established that I am beauty lazy. But there is also the annoyance with trying to balance in my too-small shower, which cream/gel/oil to use and whether my blade is too dull this time & I don’t want to get out of the running shower to get a new one RIGHT NOW. And I have been happy that it has been winter (*was that winter?), that I have had the ready made excuse of only wearing pants all the time for months now to avoid this nonsense as much as I could.

But, the calendar (*and Mother Nature) have determined that it is already Spring and I have got to do something about these legs to make them acceptable on a semi-regular basis. Enter Sally Hansen Simply Smooth Hair Remover Creme.This stuff was made for lazy girls like me, and folks that want easy, multi-day smooth legs.

Just smooth the cream on with the applicator – that snaps into the side of the bottle so you won’t lose it – about a minute or so before you get in the shower. It says that it will stay on in the shower, as long as directly water doesn’t hit it, but I have hard water pressure, so I made sure to stay out a couple of minutes to make sure it was working, just in case. Now, they have this “Odor Less” technology that lessens the smell of the product, and I have to say that it didn’t smell near as strong as I am used to from depilatories. It was still there, as it can’t entirely go away, what with the chemicals doing their magic, but it really was much less noticeable. Anyway, hopped in the shower and after a few more minutes I rubbed it off with water & my legs were smooth. There wasn’t any burning on my can-be sensitive skin, nor any bumps or redness. This was a win.

This will run you around $11USD and is available at mass market retailers and drugstores now.

Are you guys daily shavers? What do you normally use to keep your legs smooth in the warm weather?

*Disclaimer: I received these products from their PR for editorial consideration.

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Beauty Spotlight 3/18/2012

Over at Pretty in Dayton, did Styrch choose to be “Beauty” or the “Beast” for her avant garde photo shoot with local photographer Kidtee Hello?

There’s a new girl in town and her name is Sunday Riley. Beauty Info Zone has the first of several posts about Sunday Riley eyeshadows. Come see what the fuss is about.

Perilously Pale has found the most mouthwatering blush that she thinks will flatter almost every skin tone from fair to deep with Rouge Bunny Rouge Original Skin Blush in Orpheline.

Modesty Brown share the beautiful and very versatile Le Metier de Beaute Aurora Lip Kaleidoscope. There’s also some exciting news for European LMdB fans!

Trip to London planned? London Makeup Girl tells you where to find some British beauty bargains in her Guide to Less Expensive Beauty Shopping in London.

In an attempt to simplify her routine, Zuzu’s Petals at Everyday Beauty tries in vain to find a single brand that meets all her needs and wonders if you’ve found yours.

Lisamarie from Beauty Crazed is ready for spring already and has the nails to prove it! Check out her swatches from the Sephora by OPI Bohemian Brights Spring collection and see if you don’t get a touch of spring fever too!

Paula, from Older Girl Beauty, talks about the new product line from Burt’s Bees called “güd” that has scents so good it made her act like a fool in Target.

The Pink Sith has made her justification to get the Chantecaille Coral Reef Palette. Can she provide one for you?

At Lipstick Musings, Shannon’s found the coolest eyeliner collection EVER with the new Ultraflesh Black Magic palette!

Prime Beauty fell in amour with Lancôme’s new Rouge In Love High Potency Lip Color in In Corail, see why it completes her.

Are you ready to embrace your inner Tinkerbell? Then you *must* check out Pixi’s new Disney collaboration palette: The PixiGlow Fairy Face Palette. It is a must have for an enchanted Spring!

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Foreign Beauty Friday: L’Occitane “Pivoine Flora” Eyeshadow Duo

*I am lucky enough to know people overseas that send me things. I also have friends and family that travel, so I harrass them make sure they bring me back goodies.

Did you guys know that L’Occitane has color cosmetics? Yeah, me, either.



Apparently it has been a thing for a LONG time, but I’m in denial because we don’t have a stand alone store here and I’ve only ever seen the skin care. This pretty duo came to me via France and I love the way that the green has gold in it, while the peach is more matte. That makes for a good base to smudge the green on.

I don’t know if the colors are available in the US, as I don’t see it showing on their American website. Do you guys know? Have you seen it locally in your area of the US? And for my foreign lovelies – have you played with any of their color products over there?

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Sally Hansen VitaSurge on my nails

My nails are generally in good shape, for someone that works with papers all day. Meaning, I get the occasional papercut, hangnails that get pulled and cuticles that get shredded, depending on the folders that week. But the one thing that bugs me the most is that my *thumbnails* peel in layers. None of my other fingernails do this, only my thumbs.

Now, I’ve used Rejuvacote to help treat them before, but it’s just not that easy for me to pick it up around here on a regular basis. So, I was excited to see that Sally Hansen has got some vitamin based products to help me, that can be picked up at any mass market store locally.

The two products I’ve been trying are the VitaSurge Strength Gel (*which is for weak nails that split and peel) and the VitaSurge Growth Gel (*which is for brittle nails that break and crack). I am trying them both, because they both have Vitamins C & E, with the Growth Gel also having Vitamin A, so I wanted to see if there was any significant difference. Both are a fresh, and lightly, scented suspension gel, with vitamin beads, that you massage in to bare nails or over dry polish as often as you want. I’ve been doing it at night before I go to sleep, generously applying it to my cuticles and directly on the front edge of my fingernails, too. It doesn’t dry sticky on me, so I don’t worry about sticking to, or getting it on, my sheets or pillowcase.

After the first 10 days, I do not have any splitting, which is pretty unusual for me nowadays. I also can’t tell the difference between either nail. So, I’d say that you would be fine with either one, but I’d probably go with the Growth Gel, if only to get the added Vitamin A boost, too.

What about you guys? Do you have peeling nails? What do you do to stop that nonsense?

*Disclaimer: I received these products from their PR for editorial consideration.

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