Saturday, September 9, 2017

Make up for over 50

Have you noticed that the Makeup industry has really changed over the past 8-10 years and I feel like I have been so out of the loop.  For 8 years I ran my own bakery, so I wore little to no makeup on a daily basis, so I had a lot of catching up to do in the makeup department.   I believe in the saying, "What comes around, goes around."  Today's makeup trends definitely reflect aspects of years past, that we grew up with.  A couple of examples would be, the 70's cat eye look, making liquid eye liner the rage, and the 80's was all about bold colors and extremes.  While those styles are still considered dramatic, the industry as a whole has embraced the whatever floats your boat mentality.  If you like bold and dramatic, then go for it.  If you like natural, there are amazing products to help you achieve that youthful, dewy glow.  The thing that amazes me about make up options today, is all of the sparkles and glitter.  Seeing some of the adds or You Tube videos with so much glitter on the eyes, almost make my eye water, just seeing it!  Ha!

If you type in Makeup Over 50, you will find several videos/tutorials to watch and it can be a little overwhelming.  There are videos on eye makeup, contouring, highlighting, etc.  Most of what I found focused on the eyes, because let's face it ladies, the skin around our eyes change as we get older.  It definitely thins out and even thought I don't like this word to describe what happens, it does describe it fairly well....crepey.  I have noticed that the skin around my eyes have gotten drier, so finding a good moisturizer for that area in particular is so important.

When watching videos on You Tube you have to watch with a grain of salt.  Some of the videos give the feeling that they are showing the ONLY way for older women should do their makeup.  I watched one video that stated that mature women should never wear anything shimmery, sparkly or glittery, that we older women should leave that to the teenagers and 20 somethings.  While the glitter trend is not for me personally, I don't feel that there are hard and fast rules for aging women.  If you want to rock the glitter and that makes you feel comfortable in your own skin, then go for it.  I also watched some very informative videos on how to accentuate your eyes with shimmer shadows, so that you can feel trendy, but not step too far our of your comfort zone.  I noticed that a few of the videos were younger girls doing the make up on the models, so their train of thought might be what they would want their own mother's to wear, so they may be a bit biased of what a "mom" or "grandma" should look like.  So, while you may be able to learn a new technique, keep in mind, that you want to be you.

The videos that I enjoyed and got the most useful information from, were other fifty-somethings doing their make up on camera.  I tend to open videos that look interesting and look pleasing to the eye, because that is ultimately what I'm after, right?  The desire to be more pleasing to the eyes.  I have to give it up these ladies for going on camera (You Tube) with not a stitch of make up on, for millions to see and match over and over again.  I will link a few of the videos that I enjoyed below.

My message for this post is to just be yourself.  We are fortunate enough to live in a time when we don't have to conform to what society thinks we should do. Our younger, more insecure days are behind us.  Our 50's and older can be the best times of our lives.  Be who you are, own it and enjoy it.  We can take life, fashion and make up a little less seriously and dabble in new products, styles and enjoy all that this industry has to offer.  So glam it up, or glam in down, whatever suites your mood, or style.

Any and all of the videos by Dominique Sachse are highly recommended.  They are very professionally done because she is a news anchor in Houston Texas, but she does a great job with make up and hair tutorials.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Signature Scent

Have you ever smelled a fragrance that immediately transported your mind back in time?  My mother used a select few colognes, but her favorite was L'aimant by Coty.  I remember holding and smelling the beautiful bottle when I was little.  My older sister still has the last bottle that our Mom had when she passed away.  A few years ago, I remember being out shopping and caught a whiff of a woman's cologne and it instantly made me think of my mother, she even had beautiful white hair like my mom. It was kind of freaky and comforting at the same time.

Fragrance is such a personal thing to each woman.  Back in the 70's, I remember begging my mother to buy me some Love's Baby Soft.  Do you remember that scent?  Pair it with some Bubble Gum Lip Smackers and you'll be back in the 70's in your mind. 

In the 80's it seemed that everyone was wearing Ralph Lauren.  Polo cologne for the gents and Lauren for the ladies.  One of my first purchases, when I received my first paycheck, was a bottle of Lauren.  Once I met Darryl, I had to buy him a bottle of Polo.  It was the 80's and not only did we have matchy-matchy colognes, but of course we had matching airbrushed t-shirts too!  lol 
I recently walked into an elevator that was filled with the scent of Polo and my mind went right back to working at Goldies department store before Darryl and I got married.  Of course, I was snapped right back into present time, by wondering if they still make that.  haha

My signature scent in the 90's was Calvin Klein's Escape, and that was the only thing that I wore.  My mom had passed and I wanted my kids to remember my favorite scent, like I did about my mom.  Calvin Klein went on to introduce other scents like, Eternity, Obsession and CK One, but it my mind, nothing compared to Escape.  It eventually got harder and harder to find this cologne, other than online or occasionally at TJMaxx or Marshalls.  I'm sure if any of my three kiddos caught a whiff of someone wearing that, they would have similar memories of me, like I did of my own mother.

Somewhere in the 2000's, I decided that I needed to mix things up in scent department.  Some of my favorites are DKNY Be Delicious, Marchesa Parfum D'Extase, Tory Burch, Hernri Bendel Suite 712, Tocca Simone, but my top 3 favs are Pop by Stella McCartney, Black Opium by Opium and Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel.  I mean, who doesn't love Chanel....anything, right?

Do you have a "signature" scent or do you like to mix it up?  I would love to hear about your favorites.