Older Girl Beauty

Beauty in all forms

You guys know, I don’t get into “sizeism” here. I’m a big girl, I think I’m beautiful & I really try to encourage other women to appreciate how beautiful they are, too, by way of compliments and encouragement. That is why it just gets me so disappointed when I hear other people being discouraging – whether they intend to or not.This is Gabby Sidibe. She is a beautiful and talented Oscar nominated actress that just radiates joy. She was so pleased with how she looked on Oscar night, she declared herself “fashion porn”. Even famed film critic, Roger Ebert noticed it when he tweeted: “Gabby picked a great dress. But what do I know? She was so happy. Comfortable within her ownself.”. I absolutely agree.That is why I got so disappointed last night, when, while tweeting away with so many lovely people last night about all of the things going on, I recieved this message, re: Gabby:

“I do hope that she (*Gabby) loses some of the weight. She will probable (sic) never be an 8, but she is too pretty (*to be a big girl).”

This came from a (shall remain publicly nameless) beauty blogger that has been active for over 3 years & has over 4,000 twitter followers, so, they aren’t a newbie or someone that people haven’t discovered, yet. They are someone with a voice that can, and is, heard far and wide. I think that is what stung so badly – they actively promote beauty, yet they project an image of one that appreciates beauty in a narrowly focused vision, which is a damn shame. While we may not always agree what is “beautiful”, we all should know that we can, and do, impact other people with our opinions and actions. All it takes is encouragement to spread joy, no matter what we see. Please take the time to continue to foster that thought, instead of knocking something because it’s not what *you* would like to see. Especially on this “International Women’s Day”.*Edit: As of this morning, before this post, the quoted tweet was deleted. I’m going to hope that they reconsidered what they said, instead of just not wanting to deal with the possible pushback from people seeing it.

Live tweeting at the pageant

You guys – I am so lucky today. I have had the opportunity to “live tweet” the behind the scenes rehearsals, and the pageant itself, for the Mrs. Oklahoma pageant.If you are on twitter (*and why wouldn’t you be?), then follow @TheMrsOKPageant. Or if you *aren’t* on twitter (*Why not?), or you just don’t want to add to your follower count, you can follow along by searching the hashtag #MrsOK2010.I do hope you will check in with what is going on here at the pageant, as these lovely ladies have been working very hard and would love the support of their platforms, too.

It’s not always a powdery world

When I was growing up, the only kind of blush I ever used, or was even introduced to, were powder blushes. I have come to learn that there are so many variations besides powder now, that I want to make sure you know, too.

In this video I mention several different types of blushes/brands. They are:

I forgot to mention a couple of brands/products that def deserved to be shown, too. The first is the Sue Devitt Starbrights Lip & Cheek Gel in “Capella” (*got in a gift bag). This cheek gel scared me when I first saw it becaus it is *purple*. But after the lovely MUA put it on my cheeks and showed me how pretty it could be on my skintone, I was hooked.

The second one that should have been in the video is the Covergirl & Olay Simply Ageless Sculpting Blush. Besides being a creamy blush that goes on easily, it is also the only blush that incorporates Olay’s Regenerist Serum into the mix – making it not only pretty, but good for your skin, too. (*of course, I can’t help but to mention that I was lucky enough to have celebrity MUA Jake Bailey apply it on me and it looked *good*). (*warning: I may be biased).

Like I said in the video, the colors are going to look more intense in the package, but with a light touch, you make just about any color work for you. Also, don’t forget what I said about layering – you can start with an alternate type of blush, finishing off the top with your powder blush for a longer lasting cheek.

Let me know if you have tried any of these, or if you have heard of another blush type that I didn’t list here. I would love to hear about it.

Easy on the eyes

You guys know that I have talked about Talika on the site before. Heck, I even gave away a Beauty of Your Eyes kit in my blogiversary giveaway. Well, one of the products in that kit deserves a post/rave of its own.

Simply put, the Talika Lash Conditioning Cleanser is one the most gentle, effective eye makeup remover you will use. Of course, this is merely my opinion, but I think if you try it you could def be persuaded to think the same. It is described as “An oil-free eye make-up remover for waterproof mascara.”. I don’t wear waterproof mascara, so this just dissolves my regular mascara as if it wasn’t there. I know it says its for mascara, but I use it for all of my eyemakeup just as easily.

This is a gel that feels cool to the touch, without any scent. It is not sticky, nor does it leave a film after use. It doesn’t burn or sting my eyes, nor does it blur my vision after I use it. I put one or two pumps, depending how much eye makeup I have on, on a cotton round, fold it over to spread it out and then place it on my closed eye for about 10seconds or so. Then I wipe it away – along with my eye makeup. It may take a swipe or two to get it clean, but that is only to make sure it gets it all, not because there are layers of film to wipe away. As for lash conditioning, my eyelashes do feel softer, but I truly can’t tell much of a difference with anything else. I’m just more impressed by the cleansing, which I think helps them anyway.

Don’t just take my word for it, either. Meredith, from RetroDiva’s Beauty Bar recently had a chance to try it and I think her exactly words were something like, “Holy Crap – that really works! I have got to get me some of that!” (*I may be paraphrasing, as there might have been a curse in there somewhere, but the sentiment is the same). If you do try it/have tried it, let me know what you thought & if you didn’t like it, I would love to know why.

First time for everything

So here’s something I didn’t know – Estée Lauder has never participated in Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Until this season. I’m actually really surprised by this – you would think at some point in it’s 64yr history that they would have been a part of it.And boy, did they jump right in, with “bold blue eyes, copper lips, matte skin, bare cheeks and neutral nails” at the Derek Lam Fall/Winter 2010 show. Estée Lauder Creative Makeup Director Tom Pecheux led a team of 15 artists to create the stunning look on 22 models – While famed manicurist Jin Soon Choi and her team polished their nails with a new color that was tested backstage!“When Derek showed me the fabrics that inspired his Fall 2010 collection – bold and muted tones mixed with earthy pigments including terracotta, greens and browns – I thought the makeup shades should be complimentary. So we chose a blend of bold blue shadows on the eyes, shimmering copper lips and flawless, matte skin created with a light foundation — an on-trend beauty preview of what we will see for Fall 2010.” Tom Pecheux, Estée Lauder Creative Makeup Director. One of the things that Tom is doing as the new Creative Makeup Director is working on new high-impact colors that will be on Estée Lauder counters in Fall 2010, but he runway tested some of them backstage for this show:Eyes: New Estée Lauder EyeShadow Tested Backstage – Shades Launching Fall 2010 Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil in Midnight Blue Estée Lauder TurboLash All Effects Motion Mascara in BlackLips: Pure Color Crystal Lipstick in Crystal BeigeCheeks: BareSkin: Estée Lauder Double Wear Light FoundationNails: New Estée Lauder shade Tested Backstage (*I hear it is a sheer, milky white kind of color with some, not a lot, of sparkle to it.)I can def say that I look forward to checking out these new colors when they hit the counter this fall.(*Credits)Makeup: Tom Pecheux for Estée LauderNails: Jin Soon Choi for Estée LauderModel Photo: Liu Wen (Marilyn) Photo Courtesy of Estée Lauder

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