Older Girl Beauty

I can tell you the future…

No, silly gooses, I am NOT a psychic – but, damn I wish I was, because I would be typing this from a beach, on the other side of the world, that I just bought with my winnings from the Powerball lottery. Unfortch, I’m not. But that doesn’t mean I don’t know what is *going* to happen. Let me tell you how.

In doing this blog, I have been lucky enough to be able to get information on upcoming events, collections, etc. However, just by the nature of how I write this site, a lot of times that info just doesn’t work itself into a post. So, instead of letting that info slip by, because it might be something you would really have liked to see, I’m going to post some of the in their own section.

Up in the navigation text at the top, you will see a new button called, “PR Preview”. If you click there, that is where I will be adding things that might not fit into a regular post. I figure it will range from info about different upcoming collections, events or just something new I might have heard about. These won’t post here on the front page, but will be in the timeline. There isn’t anything there yet, but I will be adding to it going forward.

I just wanted to let you know what I was adding and encourage you to take a peek once in a while up there, too.

What condition my condition was in…..

Okay, you guys, do you remember when I told you that I would tell you if something needing to be disclosed? Yeah, well, nothing dramatic has happened, I just thought I would update you on what I was thinking about doing around here.

 I dunno whether you have noticed or not, but I haven’t been running advertising here. I’ve had pretty distinct reasons for that – mostly just to keep this site on my own terms. Apparently, it seems that there may be people out there that think I might have some influence on people. So, I have had some advertising opportunities come up. Now, not all of them are interesting enough to me, or even right for me, to put up here. But, I may actually entertain the notion of displaying them to you.

You may see some sponsored stuff, too. Like, I have a post going up about hosting a sponsored “Dove VIP Red Carpet Event”. They provided everything for the party, which I will explain in the post, but I didn’t want you to be surprised. Also, you may see some tweets, like this one for myshape.com, that are ads for things I think you *might* be interested in, but they’ll be designated as an #ad, so you know what it is, too. I may also put a Shopstyle.com widget in a post, or in the sidebar, for you to purchase something directly, if you want. One reason I would do that is that even tho I do, usually, post a link to the product’s website, you may not be able to buy it directly from there.

Really, this all comes down to the fact that by doing any of these things, I would benefit – usually monetarily. I’m sure you guys are smart enough to know that, but I just like to make certain that it is out there. I don’t know that these are the only avenues I will look at, but, at least it’s a start to tell you guys. Like I’ve said, I’m not very shy about what I’m doing around here, just making sure you remember that, too.

Pen-t up beauty

Last week on twitter I commented, “Would really like to see liquid liner pens in different colors besides any variation on “Black”. I said that because I had realized that *if* you could find an eyeliner “pen”, more than likely it was going to be some shade of black & maybe a dark brown. Maybe.So, I went on a hunt to see if I was more crazy than usual in wanting something “not typical”. I didn’t have much luck looking online with just normal searches. However, me and my dumb luck walked into Sephora and stumbled right into two colored eyeliner pens – Green (deep forest green) and Blue (teal blue). AND, while talking to the SA, she mentioned that the tokidoki perfetto eyeliner pens were getting ready to hit the shelves. The neat thing about these is that not only do they come in *8* shades (Arlecchino (dark blue), Carina (eggplant), Ciao Ciao (periwinkle), Donutella (medium pink), Mostro (spring green), Rondine Love (white), Sabochan (black) and SANDy (dark green)), they also come with a “chisled” tip so you can easily make thick or thin lines and even create a temp tattoo, if you wanted.Then, today, I look on the Eyeko website and see that *they* are getting ready to come out with 3 new colored eyeliner pens, Brown, Purple and Navy Blue, to go along with their existing Black Graffiti Eyeliner Pen.Okay, so, I gotta admit it is nice to know I am not the only one that wants the ease of the felt-tipped eyeliner pen, but in more colors than black. I think the thing that surprises me is the lack of mainstream availability. I mean, it didnt occur to me to even check Sephora’s house brand, I literally glanced down and there they were, tokidoki is a limited collaboration with Sephora and Eyeko is a UK brand. Makes me curious why the larger brands don’t create more brands – like, is it a physical product issue or just a marketing, “we don’t think we could sell it in any other colors”, kind of thing. Either way, I am just happy to see the option out there.If you know of another brand that carries colored eyeliner pens, please let me know – I’d really like to know about’em. Also, if these make you want to try a different colored pen out, let me know, too. I kinda like knowing I’m not the only one that wants’em.

Maggie G at the Oscars

On Sunday, I was front and center for what I call “my own personal Superbowl” – the OSCARS®. I love all the granduer and glamour associated with it (*and apparently the letter “u”) – and get choked up over winners to movies I had never heard before, let alone could pronounce its name. I just get “involved”.Part of the big “pregame” stuff before the show is the “Red Carpet”. I love seeing what everyone is wearing & how they are made up. Now, I’m not going to get all “armchair quarterback” on you with my opinions on everyone. I just wanted to point out one actresses’ look & how she was made up – and esp about one product that *immediately* caught my eye when I read about it. (*watch the bold words).-Maggie Gyllenhaal’s Oscar beauty look, by COVERGIRL celebrity makeup artist, Molly R. Stern:

“Oscar day with Maggie!! Maggie is the muse of spring. Her Dries Van Noten gown is a swirl of bright colors that fades into white. For her makeup I wanted to bring out the color of her eyes with some depth while keeping with the brightness of her overall style. We started off the look by refreshing the skin with Jurlique Rose Water spray. Then I prepped the skin with Shu Uemura red:juvenus vitalizing concentrate and lightly moisturized with La Mer moisturizing lotion. For a flawless complexion I primed Maggie’s skin with COVERGIRL & Olay Simply Ageless Serum Primer (out in July!!). Then I lightly applied some Chantecaille future skin foundation in the color ‘cream’ only where she needed it. Then lastly I dusted La Mer powder foundation in ‘Ivory’ to set the skin for the big night. For her amber peachy cheeks I used COVERGIRL & Olay Simply Ageless Sculpting Blush in Rich Cinnamon. And dusted some NARS ‘dolce vita’ blush on the apples. For Maggie’s eyes of layered copper smoke I based her eye with COVERGIRL Smoky ShadowBlast in Bronze Fire. Next I deepened her lid with NARS soft touch shadow pencil ‘skorpios’. Then I blended into the crease Shu Uemura pressed eye shadow ‘p brown 810’ and lastly I lightly dusted Shu Uemura pressed eyeshadow in ‘n me brown 860’ all over the lid for a golden finish. For the undereye, I resmudged the COVERGIRL Smoky ShadowBlast under her lash line to bring out the blue of Maggie’s eyes. Finally I defined her lashes by combining brown and black mascara. I painted the lashes with both colors using COVERGIRL LashBlast Length for perfectly flirty long lashes. On Maggies lips I applied NARS ‘schiap’ lip color -it was the perfect shade to finish off the look. Its bright hue matches Maggie’s vibrant sense of style and confidence. The finished product was perfection. She looked like herself. Authentic, cool and beautiful. Being a part of Oscar day with a nominee is such an honor. It’s like an actress’ wedding day with Hollywood. I love being here. I feel so blessed.”

Didja see it? Covergirl & Olay are teaming up again for another Simply Ageless product, to complement their existing Foundation, Blush, Concealer and Corrector – for a Primer! I love me some primer. In fact, I should really do a video about some different ones, soon, I think. Anyway…it’s not going to be released until July, but I am hoping to get some info sometime May/June timeframe. As soon as I do, you know I’ll let you know, too.

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.

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