My first experience with bareMinerals was about 20 years ago when I tried their Original Loose Powder Foundation.
I fell in love with it instantly for its lightweight, buildable coverage and radiant finish. I’ve used it periodically ever since and to this day, it remains one of my all time favorite foundations. In recent years, bareMinerals has released several new foundations. I tried them all but didn’t love them. The brand recently introduced their latest formula, bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Foundation Stick. My first thought was Ughhh… a stick… I’ve never had much luck with foundation sticks. But since it’s Bare Minerals, I knew I had to give it a try. In this Foundation Over 40 Review, I’ve tested this foundation on my mature skin over a period of several days to see how it wears and performs. Is Complexion Rescue Foundation Stick a hit or a miss? Let’s find out…
bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Foundation Stick – The Claim
According to bareMinerals, Complexion Rescue Hydrating Foundation Stick is “the first clean, water-based liquid foundation in a stick with SPF 25. The vegan formula combines the hydrating benefits of your favorite tinted moisturizer with medium buildable coverage. In a convenient on-the-go format. The easy-to-blend texture melts into skin for all-day wear that’s lightweight and never cakey, with a radiant finish. Use the multitasking formula as foundation, concealer, contour or for touch-ups on-the-go.”
Formula & Packaging
bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating Foundation Stick is packaged in an elegant, rose gold twist up tube. The tube feels like it’s good quality and the lid fits on very tightly. No worries about it popping off and making a mess in your purse or cosmetic bag. The formula is quite creamy and is made with over 30% enhanced mineral water. There is a cooling sensation that can be felt on the skin when applying this foundation. Complexion Rescue Hydrating Foundation Stick is recommended for all skin types.
bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating Foundation Stick is packaged in an elegant, rose gold twist up tube and is suited for all skin types.
*Cruelty Free *Paraben Free * Gluten Free *Vegan
One thing I love about bareMinerals is their clean ingredients. You know you aren’t putting a lot of junk on your skin with any of their products. Complexion Rescue Foundation Stick is free of Gluten, Formaldehyde, Mineral Oil, Parabens, Phthalates & Propylene Glycol. It contains no synthetic fragrance and is not tested on animals. Awesome, right? This foundation is water based & provides non chemical SPF25 sun protection. Other notable ingredients are:
Volcanic Sea Water – Filtered through volcanic rock and sourced from Jeju Island, this mineral-rich sea water helps deliver a burst of hydration.
Red Algae: Has been shown to possess better hydration properties than hyaluronic acid.
Squalane: Derived from olives, this nourishing ingredient helps to prevent moisture loss.
bareMinerals Pollution Protection Complex – Protects against environmental aggressors, heavy metals and blue light.
This foundation has some interesting good for your skin ingredients like Volcanic Sea Water, Red Algae and Squalane and an SPF of 25.
bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Foundation Stick is available in 20 shades ranging from fair to light to deep. For my fair to light neutral toned complexion, Shade Birch 1.5 was a perfect match for me. In the Original Powder Foundation from bareMinerals, I wear Fairly Light. If you are unsure of your shade, use bareMinerals Foundation Shade Finder Tool Here.
Initial Application: Using a foundation brush, I applied 1 swipe of the bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating Foundation Stick to my cheeks, forehead and chin to achieve medium coverage. This foundation takes a few minutes to dry down. It dries to a flawless, satin to radiant finish. There was no settling into fine lines and wrinkles.
I tested bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating Foundation Stick with a Primer and without. I couldn’t tell much difference in the way it applied or wore throughout the day. If you have oily skin or are oily in the t-zone, you probably need to use a primer. Without a primer, this foundation may look at bit shiny. If you do use a primer, I recommend using a water based formula. Lancome Prep & Matte Primer and Korres Pomegranate Mattifying Primer are good options.
After Four Hours: The foundation was still in place with no shine. There was no settling into fine lines, wrinkles or pores.
After Ten Hours: bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating Foundation Stick still looked pretty good. There was some wearing off and shine on the nose and chin. This foundation did not settle into lines & wrinkles the entire day.
$32.00 USD 0.35 oz.
bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Foundation Stick doesn’t settle into fine lines, wrinkles or pores and lasts a good 8-10 hours.
I love the blendability and natural, radiant finish of bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating Foundation Stick. The stick formula is super easy to apply and convenient to toss in your purse for touchups. It did not settle into fine lines, wrinkles or pores and lasted a good 8-10 hours. Let’s have a look at the Pros & Cons.
Clean Ingredients with skincare benefits.
Convenient Packaging for touch ups.
Built in Mineral Sunscreen SPF25.
Easy to Apply & Blend.
Coverage is buildable.
Does Not Settle into Pores, Fine Lines or Wrinkles.
Wears well with and without a Primer.
Good Shade Selection.
Long Wearing 8-10 hours.
Requires a Primer for Oily Skin.
Needs a Finishing Powder on Combo to Oily Skin.
If you are looking for a no fuss foundation, this may be the ONE for you. This stick foundation really surprised me and turned out to be a keeper!
Have you tried bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating Foundation Stick? Or any of the other foundations from this brand? I would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below! As always, I appreciate you stopping by & reading and hope you found this Review helpful.
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“Good grief, why the heck do I need an eye primer?” Those were the words out of my mouth many years ago when I first heard about eye primers. I thought, okay, this is just another gimmick… by the cosmetics companies to get me to spend more money on makeup! Fast forward about 10 years, and here I am… searching for the best eye primer!
Aging sucks. There’s just no other way to put it! The skin around the eyes and on the eyelids is one of the first places you may notice the signs of aging. All of a sudden, you’ve got crepy, discolored eyelids & and the eyeshadows and eyeliners that you’ve been using for years become more difficult to apply and to blend. If you are in your late 30’s, early 40’s, I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news. You may not be experiencing it quite yet. But at some point in this decade, things are going to change. Welcome to the club.
Thankfully, there are things we can do to improve the texture and appearance of our eyelids and one of those things is to use an Eye Primer. A good eye primer when applied to the lids of the eyes as a base ensures your eyeshadow applies smoothly with no creasing and increases the wear time. I recently tested ten Eye Primers from ten beauty brands in search of the “best” eye primer for mature eyes. I tested both drugstore and high-end brands. For my testing, I applied the same eyeshadow, eyeliner and mascara over the eye primers to give each one a fair shot.
TIP: There is No Need to buy a separate primer for your Lips. You can use Eye Primers on the Lips under lipstick or gloss to prevent creasing, flaking, feathering and smudging!
The criteria I used for testing the Eye Primers was pretty simple. To make the cut, I was looking for the following from each Eye Primer…
Doesn’t Irritate Sensitive Eyes
Provides a smooth base over the entire eyelid with no settling into the crease or lines
Contains little to no shimmer
Lasts All Day (at least 8 hours)
Makes Eye Makeup last longer, extends the wear
Eyeshadow still easy to blend over the Eye Primer
Eye Makeup stays in place over the Eye Primer and doesn’t slip around
Not too much to ask, right??
Out of the Ten Eye Primers that I tested in 2019, only five met enough of the criteria above to be included in this list. Which ones made the cut and which one takes home the prize as the Best Eye Primer for Mature Eyes? Let’s get to it. Here they are, starting with Number 5 on my 2019 Best Eye Primer list and ending with Number One.
The Claim: Gives you all-day, crease-proof eyeshadow security. Prep your lids to maximize the wear and intensity of your shadow.
The Result: Cover Girl Lid Lock Up Eyeshadow Primer is packaged in a tube with an applicator wand. It is a creamy primer that dries to a flesh toned color that provides good coverage of any discoloration on the eyelids. The consistency of this primer is a bit sticky which makes blending eyeshadow over it more difficult. The primer did not crease or settle into lines and did make the eye makeup last all day without moving. But the sticky texture of this primer landed it at #5 on the list. Still a good option for the price!
The Claim: This sheer eye shadow primer increases the vibrancy and lasting power of your eye shadow.
The Result: Hard Candy Eyes The Limit Eyeshadow Primer is packaged in a squeezable tube and is a beautiful light pink nude shade. The texture is lightweight and creamy and just a small dab covers the entire eyelid and upper eye area. It applies fairly easily if you take a little bit and tap, tap, tap it over your eyelid, then blend it in with your finger. It needs to be blended rather quickly to achieve a nice smooth surface. Eyeshadow was easy to apply over this primer and the primer did a good job of keeping the eye makeup in place all day.
The only con for me was blendability. When applied, you need to be quick. Otherwise it does settle a little bit into the crease. Overall, this is a close DUPE for #2 on my list and you sure can’t beat the price!
The Claim: A primer for indestructible, all-day eyeshadow, Eyeshadow Primer Potion delivers everything you could possibly want in an eye primer: No creasing. More vibrant color. Smoother application.
The Result: Packaged in a squeezable tube, Urban Decay’s Primer Potion in Original is a beige colored silky primer that dries to a transparent finish. It applies and blends beautifully and doesn’t crease or settle into lines. The staying power is good and it does seem to extend the wear of eye makeup. It also enhances the pigmentation of eye shadows. My only complaint with this Primer is that it I wish there was a little bit more color to it when it dries. It’s very sheer and doesn’t cover ALL imperfections such as veins and freckles. But overall, this primer checks all the other boxes and that’s why it lands at #3 on the list!
Urban Decay Primer Potion comes in several other formulas including an Anti-Aging formula that claims to fight wrinkles and improve tone and texture over time. It also claims to instantly wake up tired eyes and minimize the appearance of redness, crepiness and other imperfections.
I obtained a sample of the Anti-aging Formula Primer Potion. I didn’t use it long enough to tell if it does anything to improve tone and texture over time. Otherwise, I don’t see any benefit in this formula over the Original as far as application, wear time, etc.. However, it is the same price as the Original Formula, so what the heck, why not? Perhaps over time, the anti-aging benefits would pay off.
Price: $24.00 USD 0.33 oz.
Urban Decay Primer Potion Original Formula is a beige colored silky primer that dries to a transparent finish.
#2: Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer
The Claim: Featherweight eye primer that locks down shadows for 24 hours of crease-proof, budge-proof, waterproof wear and true color payoff.
The Result: Too Faced Shadow Insurance was close to perfect and in fact was the Winner of my Eye Primer testing last year. Packaged in a squeezable tube, the consistency and texture of this eye primer is lightweight and creamy and applies effortlessly. It provides a nice, natural looking base that dries to an almost colorless look. Although there is no noticeable color, it still covers imperfections and discoloration and doesn’t settle into the crease or fine lines. The staying power is excellent, lasting all day long and eyeshadow doesn’t move. The waterproof formula stood up very well to the 100% humidity we are here in South Carolina. The ONLY con to this Eyeshadow Primer is that you must blend it quickly and only use a dab. If you use too much or don’t blend it quickly enough, it settles into the crease.
The Claim: A weightless, color-boosting eyeshadow primer that smooths lids for better blending and longer, crease-proof wear. What it does: Keep your eye makeup on top of its game. Pro Filt’r Amplifying Eye Primer smooths the way for next-level eyeshadow performance, better application, enhanced color, and extended wear.
The Result: Fenty Beauty’s Pro Filt’r Amplifying Eye Primer is packaged in a tube with an applicator wand. The shade is a nude pink that dries to the perfect matte creating a flawless base. This primer does an excellent job of covering discoloration and imperfections on the eyelids. It immediately brightens the look of the eyes. A couple of dots of this primer blends easily and does not settle into the crease or fine lines. Upon application, it is a bit tacky so let it dry for a minute before applying eyeshadow. If you do that, your eyeshadow and eyeliner will look perfect and last all day long. The Pro Filt’r Amplifying Eye Primer runs neck and neck with Too Faced Shadow Insurance with both of them checking all of the boxes. However, Fenty’s Eye Primer takes home the prize due to the beautiful coverage it gives. The brightening effect and flawless base make this the perfect eye primer for mature eyes.
Price: $22.00 USD 0.27 oz.
Fenty Beauty’s Pro Filt’r Amplifying Eye Primer creates a brightened, flawless base that is perfect for mature eyes.
Do you have a favorite Eye Primer? Have you tried any of the Primers on my list? As always, I would love to hear from you! Please leave your comments below. I really appreciate you stopping by & reading!
I discovered Rosehip Oil on a trip to my local health food store a couple of years ago & I’ve been obsessed with it ever since! And I am not alone… Celebrities like Victoria’s Secret Supermodel, Miranda Kerr and Actresses, Rose Byrne, Gwyneth Paltrow & Keira Knightley use Rosehip Oil. They all credit this oil as the secret to their glowing, radiant complexion. The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton used this during her pregnancy to maintain her flawless skin!
What exactly is it and what are the Benefits and Uses of Rosehip Oil? Let’s dive right in and find out!
Who Can Use Rosehip Oil?
Rosehip Seed Oil is a dry oil and can be used by all skin types. It is not greasy and easily absorbed into the skin.
What is Rosehip Oil?
Harvested from the seeds of rose bushes primarily grown in Chile, Rosehip Oil is extracted using a cold-pressed method that separates the oil from the seeds and hips. It is full of antioxidants and essential fatty acids like vitamin E, vitamin C and B-carotene. But perhaps the biggest hype around this oil is that it contains trans-retinoic acid, a natural form of vitamin A, also known as Retinol.
Retinol is widely known as the “holy grail” of treatments for wrinkles and for good reason. Retinol is the only topical ingredient clinically proven by bazillions (or something close to that) of studies to literally slow down your skin’s aging process by increasing collagen production and decreasing collagen breakdown. It is because of this ingredient, that Rosehip Oil is often marketed as an all natural alternative to Retinol.
Rosehip Oil is harvested from the seeds of rose bushes primarily grown in Chile and is high in antioxidants and essential fatty acids.
Is Rosehip Oil as good as Retinol?
The short answer to this question is NO. But it isn’t that cut and dry. To break it down, experts agree that the amount of Vitamin A found in most rosehip oils won’t be enough to have the same effect on your skin as retinol. In simple terms, it won’t be as effective at improving or treating wrinkles. However, the levels of vitamins C and A in rosehip oil will still act as protective antioxidants for your skin. They will still help even out your complexion, soften, brighten, firm and provide moisturization to the skin. If you are someone with sensitive skin that can’t tolerate a traditional Retinol product or someone who prefers an all natural product, this is still a good alternative. There are anti-aging benefits to be had here and a little bit of Vitamin A/Retinol is better than none.
Rosehip Oil Uses & Benefits
Rosehip Oil contains natural beauty essentials like fatty acids and Vitamins A and C. All of which provide anti-aging benefits
Skin Brightening/Reverse Sun Damage, Dark Spots
The Vitamin C and astringent properties in Rosehip Oil help tighten pores, brighten the skin & even out skin tone. The antioxidants in Rosehip Oil assist in repairing damage from the Sun’s harmful UV rays while the essential fatty acid content improves skin tone, pigmentation and texture. Rosehip Seed Oil is also a natural source of vitamin E, which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that calms and hydrates sensitive and dry skin, including sun damaged skin.
Treatment of Scars
Essential fatty acids may help improve the appearance of scars and marks on skin. They may also be able to promote skin regeneration, which can help new skin growth. Rosehip Seed Oil is a natural source of omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids, which help repair and regenerate damaged skin while reducing the appearance of scars.
Rosehip Seed Oil can be used on Nails to restore strength and hydration. Simply massage a drop of oil onto the Nails and Cuticles at Night.
Rosehip Oil contains vitamins A, C, and E, which can help put the shine back in dull hair. Massage a few drops of Rosehip Oil into your hair and let it sit for a few minutes before washing.
Mix with Foundation
Add a couple drops of rosehip oil to your Foundation for a fresh-faced, dewy look.
Mix with Body Cream or Moisturizer
This is something I do every night. Because, why not? Simply add a few drops of rosehip oil to your body cream or moisturizer to transform it into an all over anti-aging treatment for the body.
Use as a Lip Oil
Apply directly to your lips for a hydrating treatment.
Apply Rosehip Oil to your hands to soften them and treat age spots.
What to Look For When Purchasing Rosehip Seed Oil
Quality Rosehip Seed Oil should be certified organic, cold-pressed and wild harvested. Cold pressed oil has a shelf life and can become rancid. It’s important to keep an eye on the expiration date on the bottle. Keep the Oil in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Rosehip Oil should be a bright, vibrant, orange color.
If you’re looking for the exact Rosehip Oil that Kate Middleton uses, this is it! As I previously mentioned, the Duchess of Cambridge used Rosehip Oil during her pregnancy and reportedly uses it daily to maintain her flawless skin. The product she uses is Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil.
This rosehip seed oil is 100% Pure with no added substances or fragrances. Trilogy’s Rosehip Oil is certified organic, sourced from the mountainous regions of Chile and South Africa. Globally recognized for performance and efficiency , Trilogy’s Rosehip Seed Oil is the winner of multiple beauty awards including InStyle’s Best Beauty Buy Award. Just three drops twice a day repairs and restores skin that radiates good health.
Women are obsessed with this Rosehip Oil from Teddie Organics! This Rosehip Oil is the #1 top-selling Facial Oil on Amazon. Over 3700 women have given this Oil a perfect rating of Five Stars! Teddie Organics is a small manufacturer that offers only genuine organic products. This rosehip oil is 100% pure with no additional additives. It contains just one ingredient which is the rosehip oil itself. Apply 2-3 drops to clean, damp or dry skin and massage in gently. Teddie Organics is sure you will love everything about this oil. But if for some reason you don’t, they will refund 100% of your purchase AND you get to keep the bottle.
Rosehip Oil by Kate Blanc This Rosehip Oil is the #2 bestseller on Amazon for facial oils! Rosehip Oil by Kate Blanc is USDA Certified Organic, 100% Pure, Cold Pressed and Unrefined. Rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids, it hydrates and replenishes for a radiant and healthy glow. The company is so confident that you will love this oil, they offer a one year guarantee! If you don’t love the product, return it within 365 days for a full refund!
Kate Blanc Rosehip Oil is Amazon’s #2 Bestselling Facial Oil and can be used on the face, hair and skin! They offer a full one year money back guarantee!Ausganica Rose Hip Oil
Ausganica is an Organic Rose Skincare line previously available in Australia but as of earlier this year, it is now available in the U.S. The company was generous enough to send me a bottle of their Rosehip Oil to try and I can tell you it is fantastic. Ausganica’s 100% pure, triple-certified organic Rose Hip Oil, is the purest form available. An added bonus is the absolutely stunning red jar that the oil comes in. It truly is pretty enough to leave out on your vanity or dresser year round! If you decide to try this Rosehip Oil, use my Coupon Code for 15% Off Your Purchase! Use Code SUSIT20
Mother’s Day is just around the corner! Are you ready? It’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to do for Mom on her special day. Perhaps she already has everything or maybe you just don’t have a clue where to start. That’s OK. I’ve got your back! Here are 20 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for the Hard to Buy For Mom, Grandma or Special Woman in your life. Maybe even a gift for yourself because YOU are SO worth it! The day is quickly approaching so let’s get right to it.
Sol de Janeiro’s Bum Bum Cream is a luxurious all-over body cream that visibly tightens the appearance of skin. Infused with caffeine-rich Guarana extract, Cupuacu Butter, Acai Oil, and Coconut Oil, this cream leaves skin soft & radiant. But it’s the scent that has earned this cream a cult following. Trust me when I say, the Pistachio and Salted Caramel fragrance is one of a kind & totally addictive. Guaranteed to earn Mom at least one “Omg you smell SO good” compliment every time she wears it! P.S. If my hubby, stepson or Shih-Tzu are reading this… I’m just sayin’!!
This Genuine Leather Bucket Tote Shoulder Bag Hobo Handbag from S-Zone is both functional & stylish. The bag is roomy enough to easily fit an 11″ laptop, and there is a removable pouch for holding your iPad, phone, makeup and wallet. The Hobo Bucket style and pretty pastel blue is right on trend for this Spring & Summer! Also available in Black, Brown, Wine & Gray.
To quote the fabulous Oprah herself, “These aren’t your grandma’s readers or sunglasses—unless Granny wears subtly glittered finishes that say “sexy librarian”!” Well enough said, right? Mom needs one of each or maybe one in every color! The Readers are available in six shades & 5 strength options. These special Blue Light Readers filter 40% of harmful uv rays emitted from phones, computers, and tablets and include a 7 layer anti-reflective coating to minimize glare from digital screens. The Sunglasses come in six shades and include UV400 protection. If you’re not sure if Mom needs Readers, trust me, if she’s in her 40’s or beyond … she needs them!
The Good Days Start With Gratitude Journal is a self exploration journal designed to focus on being thankful for what we have, the big things in life, as well as the simple joys. Each weekly spread contains an inspirational quote and space to write 3 things you are thankful for each day of the week. Amazon offers free shipping on this journal if your total purchase is $25 or more so you’ll need to add a little something else with it to get the free shipping. Hint: The Readers above would be a perfect complement to this journal and a great gift for Mom!
Handcrafted in the U.S.A., Lulu Scented Luxury Soy Jar Candles are made with eco-friendly soy wax. They are vegan, paraben free, cruelty-free and have one of the longest burn times on the market. Available in 24 unique scents, these candles look like the expensive candles you find in high-end department stores and luxury boutiques. But you can have one sent straight to Mom for just $19.95!
Ausganica Organic Rose Skincare is a 100% Plant Based, Triple Certified Organic, cruelty-free, vegan, chemical free line. Originally in Australia, the products became available in the US for the first time this year. Ausganica’s anti-aging line is impressive with good for your skin anti-aging ingredients and packaging that is beautiful enough to leave out all the time. Treat Mom to one of their fabulous gift sets this Mother’s Day and use my Coupon Code for 15% off your order! Coupon Code is good site wide! Use Coupon Code: SUSIT20 for 15% Off!
In her latest book, The Path Made Clear, Oprah shares what she sees as a guide for activating your deepest vision of yourself, offering the framework for creating not just a life of success, but one of significance. The book’s ten chapters are organized to help you recognize the important milestones along the road to self-discovery, laying out what you really need in order to achieve personal contentment, and what life’s detours are there to teach us. This is a must read and I can’t think of one Mom I know that wouldn’t love this book!
Empowered by Maya J Bracelets are meant to be gifted and worn to spread love, strength and positivity. Each word is intended to inspire, empower and celebrate women. The bracelets are brass with 1/4″ x 1/4″ letters and plated in white gold. Each bracelet has an adjustable 6”- 8” extender with a lobster claw closure. Available in the words: Empowered, Strong, Inspired, Grateful, Brave and Fearless. Which one describes YOUR Mom?
Women rave about the comfort and “staying put” power of the Core 10 Build Your Own Yoga Leggings giving them a near perfect rating on Amazon. The Build Your Own Yoga 7/8 Crop Legging lets you pick the size and waistband style that best suit your need. No more adjusting mid-class, stay-put medium, high, or cross waist options. Available in an extended range of sizes from XS to 3.
This luxurious hand cream, made in France is blended with 20% organic Shea Butter, Vitamin E and Argan Oil to deeply moisturize, nourish and protect. The creamy texture absorbs quickly for immediate hydration and intense repair, to leave hands soft, smooth and rejuvenated. All packaged in a beautiful, collectible Tin.
This sleek, sculptural ArtNaturals Bluetooth Oil Diffuser glows with soft LED light, which can be set to either one fixed color or seven changing colors. Connect to any bluetooth device to play music and wake up to the alarm clock! This little gem has everything but the oil! No worries though, I’ve got you covered! You can grab an 8-pack of the top-selling Oils Here.
The Echo Spot brings you everything you love about Alexa, in a stylish and compact design that can show you things. Just ask to see the weather, get the news with a video flash briefing, set an alarm, see lyrics with Amazon Music, see your calendar, browse and listen to Audible audiobooks, and more.
Not sure if Mom would like Alexa? I received one for Christmas last year and surprisingly, its become one of my favorite things. I use it ALL the time for everything from reminders & sports scores to looking up recipes and getting answers to my questions. Alexa even helps me research information for my Blog posts! Meet your Mom’s new BFF – Alexa!
LATHER Bamboo Lemongrass 3 Step Set contains 3 of the brand’s most popular products in their signature scent, Bamboo Lemongrass. If you’re not familiar with this Brand, they can be found in luxury spas and hotels as well as 4 signature stores in the U.S. All of their products are free of parabens, sulfates, mineral oil & synthetic fragrances and they are cruelty-free.
I recently had the opportunity to try two of their products which were sent to me complimentary to try and review. I have to say I loved them both. These two products together would make a fantastic gift for Mom! The Honey Moisture Mask with Propolis Extract is a moisturizing mask for environmentally stressed skin. It’s super easy to use, apply & leave on for 20 minutes, massage the left over into your skin. Done. The Australian Plum Night Crème is simply superb. This cream softens and firms the skin and improves the skin’s radiance. Mom will be glowing with this duo!
Share photos in real-time or relive special memories with this Digital Photo Frame from Aura. The Aura app uses advanced software to sort and filter your photos so you don’t have to. Select a person and Aura will display photos of them. Capture a moment and instantly display it on someone else’s frame. This photo frame does this and so much more! Unlimited Storage, Motion and Light Sensor, Wi-Fi, & Facial Recognition. Mom will enjoy this Gift for many years to come. Grab one for yourself too and you can share pictures instantly to Mom’s Photo Frame and she can share to yours!
The Start Where You Are Journal is an interactive journal designed to help readers nurture their creativity, mindfulness, and self-motivation. This uplifting book presents prompts and exercises along with inspirational quotes to encourage reflection through writing, drawing, chart-making, and more. Featuring inspiring quotes from writers, artists, and other visionaries paired with open-ended questions and prompts, with plenty of room for writing and reflecting, this full-color book will make the perfect Gift for Mom! Pair this with a pretty pen to get the $25 Amazon requires for free shipping on this item. This 7 piece Set of beautiful Diamond Pens from Evneed would be perfect!
This cute little Harper bag is on trend with it’s crossbody style and it comes in 34 colors and designs. It is made from vegan leather and has a belt strap included. With built-in RFID protected card slots, this bag is both stylish and smart. At just $19.99 each, why not grab a couple of them for Mom on her special day!
The Fitbit Versa Smart Watch includes all of the core fitness features to track your all-day activity and 24/7 heart rate. Plus smart features like sleep, notifications, apps and 4+ day battery life. The slim, lightweight design is beautiful and it comes in 10 modern, bold color choices. Shown here is Periwinkle with Rose Gold which may just be the perfect one for Mom!
This 9 piece Garden Tool Set with six high quality garden tools, 2 soft gloves & beautiful Tote is the perfect gift for the Mom who loves to garden. It’s so pretty, I want one and I don’t even do much gardening! This set includes a Trowel for digging, a Weeder for weeding, a Rake for loosening soil, a Spade for transplanting and a Cultivator for aerating soil. It also includes two gloves and a tote bag. Mom’s gonna be the coolest gardener on the block!
Audrey Hepburn once said “I believe that Happy Girls are the Prettiest Girls”. It’s so true, right? Whatever your mindset, happy or sad, it’s written all over your face. We can put on the best makeup money can buy but the look isn’t complete without a smile. One of my goals this year was to maintain a positive mindset, to enjoy the moments and to find happiness and gratitude in each and every day. I started a gratitude journal on January 1st and have been writing down something I’m grateful for every day. It’s been much easier than I thought, there are SO many things to be grateful for!
When Jacqueline Pirtle reached out to me and offered to send me a copy of her Bestselling Book, “365 Days of Happiness: Because Happiness is a Piece of Cake“, I knew it would be a perfect companion for my gratitude journal! When the book arrived, included was a book marker with a hand written note from Jacqueline. In today’s culture of email, social media and text messages, it was nice to see that personal touch. Call me old school, but there’s something about a hand written note that just makes me “Happy“!
About the Author
Jacqueline Pirtle a.k.a FreakyHealer has been leading life-changing workshops, talks, and private sessions since 2006. Her passion for “sprinkling happiness” and being “high for life” shines through in all of her work as an energy healer, mindfulness and happiness coach, and author of 365 Days of Happiness. She was born in Switzerland and now makes her home in the United States. To learn more about Jacqueline, visit her website Here.
Author, Jacqueline Pirtle on Happiness, ” Happiness is a live moment to moment kind of feeling”.
What is 365 Days of Happiness?
” Happiness is a live moment to moment kind of feeling. It is an exercise in mindfulness that shows up in many different ways. Happiness is born when you choose it, commit to it, and when you want to learn how to BE it.” ~ Jacqueline Pirtle
365 Days of Happiness is a step by step guide to being happy. This book starts on Day 1 and ends on Day 365. It is meant to be read once per day. Each daily lesson provides a 1-2 page story on how to find happiness, joy and gratitude in everyday life. Jacqueline includes actionable daily tips and inspiration to help you pay more attention to things to improve your day and choose happiness.
The one thing that stood out to me throughout the book was the fact that we must CHOOSE happiness. The universe presents us with opportunities for happiness every single day. If we are mindful and living in the moment, it’s much easier to recognize the things that make us happy. Each passage stirs some kind of emotion, really makes you think and leads you in the direction of something that can make you happy.
Although there were many, here are a few of my favorite passages from the Book.
Day 21 in which Jacqueline writes about Following your Heart..
“Follow your heart! It always knows!” She goes on to say that “Asking your heart produces unquestionable clarity of what you really want and love. It nourishes your passion to feel good and be truthful to yourself. It enriches your being as a person, partner, parent, friend, boss and light-love creator”. Once you’ve heard your heart answer, don’t over-think”.
And Day 187 where she describes how to feed your body with a water energy cocktail.
“By adding ingredients that match your energetic needs to water, you will create your own unique “water energy cocktail” that is filled with “high for life” energy; all customized to your needs.” She even includes a list of ingredients to add to your water to produce the energy you need.
One of my favorites from 365 Days of Happiness is Day 187 where Jacqueline describes how to feed your body with a water energy cocktail.
On Day 81 Jacqueline encourages you to “Gain Clarity with a Yes or No Day”.
“That is a day where no “maybe”, no “probably”, no “perhaps” and certainly no “I don’t know” has any space to even exist. Every choice, question and decision you get to make in that day choose to answer from deep within you with a YES or NO. If you can’t clearly say “YES”, then it’s naturally a “NO”.
Each day there is something to think about, a lesson to be learned and suggestions of actual things that you can do to be mindful and choose happiness. And you can easily read this book in just a few minutes a day. Although I read the book much faster for the purpose of this Review, I’ve already started reading it again in the once a day format. I keep it on my nightstand and read it first thing in the morning. It’s the perfect way to set the mood and mindset for the day. If you could use a bit of encouragement to move you in the direction of happiness, check out this book. I think you’ll love it as much as I do!
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book to read and review. Although the product was a gift, all opinions remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the Author or her representatives.”
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It’s the time of year for bathing suits, sundresses and pool parties. In the summer, you want to look your best and skincare is a big part of that. There are a ton of products on the market for anti-aging. Many of them include ingredients that are drying to the skin and can actually cause wrinkles. I don’t know about you, but that’s what I’m trying to prevent! One of the best ways to maintain youthful skin is with good, quality anti aging serums. I have used and love Timeless Skin Care. With Timeless Skin Care products, you can have beautiful skin in the summer. Their products won’t dry your skin out and won’t wipe off in the hot sun. In fact, once you rub a few drops of the product onto your face, it absorbs into your skin immediately. There is no need to worry that it will come off when you sweat.
Sunscreen for Protection
It is always important to wear sunscreen, no matter what other products you put on your skin. In the Summer, when the Sun’s rays are at their peak, it’s vital to protect exposed skin with a broad spectrum, SPF30 or more sunscreen. You can reverse previous damage done to your skin with the best vitamin c serum on the market. Timeless Skin Care’s Vitamin C + E Ferulic Acid Serum contains a 20% concentration of L-ascorbic acid for maximum benefit. The serum will give you results in a few days. Your skin will feel nourished every time you put it on your skin. Another reason why this Serum is so good is because it dries fast and is not greasy. Once it’s on your skin, it’s quickly absorbed and stays put. The serum will exfoliate your skin, so again, it’s important to wear sunscreen to prevent additional sun damage.
Timeless Skin Care’s Vitamin C + E Ferulic Acid Serum contains a 20% concentration of L-ascorbic acid for maximum benefit. The serum will give you results in a few days.
Say Good-bye to Wrinkles
With any anti-aging product, you have to protect your skin at all times, especially in the summer. You will more than likely be outside in the summer and the last thing you want to notice is wrinkles on your face. One of the best anti aging ingredients for fighting wrinkles is the peptide known as Matrixyl 3000. This major wrinkle fighting ingredient helps aging skin behave like young skin by increasing collagen synthesis up to 350%. Timeless Skin Care’s Matrixyl 3000 Serum contains an 8% concentration of the active ingredient to make it one of the best wrinkle reducers. By using the best matrixyl serum you can reverse the signs of aging. When you go to the beach, you can feel confident in your own skin with a healthy, radiant glowing complexion. The only thing that should be covering your face in the Summer is Sunscreen. Let the real you shine through.
This Anti Aging Serum packs a punch with the powerful peptide, Matrixyl 3000 and Hyaluronic Acid!
Disclosure: I worked with Timeless Skin Care to bring you this Post. As always, all opinions are my own and I only work with Brands when I have used their products and feel comfortable recommending to readers of this Blog.
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I know I’m a little late to the party, but hey … at least I showed up! One of the recent stars of Instagram is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Eyeshadow Palette. Released last year, the Norvina Palette with its stunning shades and pretty purple packaging, has become a social media darling. After seeing how beautiful the colors were in person, I decided to purchase it and put it to the test. Is the Norvina Palette all hype? And how does it perform on Over 40, mature eyes? Let’s find out!
Shades & Packaging
The Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Palette was named after the president of the brand, Claudia Norvina Soare. Claudia is the daughter of the company’s Founder, Anastasia Soare. This palette comes packaged in a pretty purple velvet palette with a large mirror and includes a double-sided brush. Believe it or not, the brush is actually pretty good. Normally the brushes that come with makeup palettes … well, let’s just say they generally get tossed into the trash straight away! This palette includes fourteen shades, seven mattes and seven metallics. I have to say, the shades are absolutely gorgeous. They are a mixture of warm and cool tones ranging from bold and bright to pretty pastels.
The Norvina palette includes the following Matte Shades: (Bottom Row in the photo below)
Base (Matte eggshell)
Soul (Matte wisteria)
Incense (Matte dusty terra-cotta)
Love (Matte mid-tone cool pink)
Volatile (Matte warm charcoal)
Eccentric (Matte dark burnt orange)
Passion (Matte deep garnet)
And the following Metallic Shades: (Top Row in the photo below)
Dreamer (Metallic pink champagne)
Summer (Foiled golden topaz)
Wild Child (Duo chrome frosty pink with a magenta shift)
Rose Gold (Metallic rosewood)
Celestial (Duo chrome plum with a violet shift)
Dazzling (Cool-tone bronze with a violet shift)
Drama (Duo chrome aubergine with a cool bronze shift)
The Norvina Palette contains 14 beautiful shades with 7 mattes (bottom row) and 7 metallic/shimmers (top row).
Formula & Application
As someone with more mature eyes, I am thrilled to see that half of the shadows in this palette are matte! As a general rule of thumb, I prefer to use matte shadows in and above the crease and shimmers on the eyelid and under the brow bone. Although I don’t like rules for what we can and cannot wear in makeup over a certain age, let’s be honest… Shimmer draws attention to and “highlights” the area that it’s placed. I don’t know about you, but I am not really into highlighting my crepey eyelids and hoods.
A darker matte shadow placed in the crease opens up mature eyes and makes them appear less hooded. Shimmer on the lid, corners of the eye and under the brow bone brings the light and focus where it needs to be to make the eyes appear bigger, brighter and more youthful.
The formula of the eyeshadows in the Norvina Palette is creamy for the most part, although a few of the shimmer shades are not as creamy as the rest. The matte shades apply effortlessly and blend out well using eyeshadow brushes. The consistency and texture of the metallics and shimmers make using a brush a bit more difficult, I recommend using your fingers to apply them and blend as needed.
Be warned, these eyeshadows have A LOT of fallout! Be sure to tap your brush off before applying and apply your eyeshadow before your foundation or hold something under your eyes to catch the fallout.
The shadows in the ABH Norvina Palette are highly pigmented. A little goes a long way, especially with the metallics and shimmers.
Wear Test & Looks
I tried multiple combinations of the shadows from the Norvina Palette using a matte shade all over the lid and in the crease and shimmer/metallics in the inner corners of the eye, under the brow bone and the center of the lid. The color payout from the shadows is good, however, I did find that applying an eye primer first greatly increased the color intensity and wear time. The wear time was around 6-8 hours without an eye primer. Using my tried & true, Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eye Primer , the wear time was a good 8-10 hours.
First of all, let’s take a moment to send a huge kudos to Covergirl! In November, 2018, Covergirl announced they were now 100% Cruelty-free, becoming the first Beauty Brand of its size to earn the Leaping Bunny Cruelty-free Seal. This is a huge win for cruelty-free advocates and let’s hope that the other major beauty brands will follow suit.
Covergirl has had a lot of foundations over the years. When I was in high school, I wore Covergirl Clean Makeup Liquid Foundation in the shade Creamy Natural. That foundation has been around since the company was founded in 1961 and it’s still a favorite of scores of women today. It’a funny, I can’t remember a thing I learned in Algebra in High School but I know exactly what makeup foundation, blush & lipstick I wore! Priorities, right?
Now that we’ve got that bit of trivia out of the way, let’s move on to Covergirl’s newest foundation, TruBlend Matte Liquid Foundation. I recently picked it up and have been testing it to see how performs on Over 40, mature, less than perfect skin. Let’s take a look!
The claims on this foundation are pretty big! According to Covergirl, TruBlend Matte Made Foundation is “a matte formula that isn’t drying or cakey. TruBlend Matte Made’s formula is developed with flexi-hold technology that creates a strong, yet flexible film on skin for durability and comfort, while the mattifying powders absorb oil and minimizes pores for a soft matte, flawless finish. Up to 12 hours of wear. 12 HR COMFORT MATTE PORE MINIMIZING OIL CONTROL TRANSFER RESISTANT ALL IN 40 SHADES”.
Formula & Packaging
Covergirl TruBlend Matte Made Foundation is a liquid foundation that comes packaged in a glass jar with a pump. The consistency is a creamy texture that is not too thick or too runny. The formula is oil-free.
CoverGirl TruBlend Matte Made Foundation is a creamy, liquid formula that comes packaged in a glass jar with a pump.
Covergirl TruBlend Matte Made Foundation is a silicone based foundation with 3 of the first 10 ingredients being silicones. This foundation does contain talc and fragrance (the fragrance is not heavy and quickly goes away after application). While I personally do not have an issue with talc, there are some people who find it drying and have an issue with it clogging pores. TruBlend Matte Made does not contain alcohol and unfortunately, there is no Spf protection in this foundation.
TruBlend Matte Made Foundation’s shade selection is excellent for a drugstore brand with a broad range of 40 shades to choose from. The shades are broken down by skin tone into four categories and coded as follows: (L) Light, (M) Medium, (D) Deep and (T) Tan. I picked this foundation up in the shade L20, Light Ivory and it’s a perfect match for my fair to light cool toned skin.
Covergirl TruBlend Matte Made Foundation is available in a whopping 40 shades ranging from Light to Deep and both warm, cool and neutral tones.
Application & Coverage
TruBlend Matte Made Liquid Foundation is a creamy texture that blends well and melts into the skin. I applied 1 pump using a blending sponge and true to the brand’s claim, this foundation dries to a flawless, matte finish. 1 pump provides light to medium coverage. To build to full coverage, I would suggest using 2 pumps. The foundation did a good job of evening out my skin tone, covering redness and it did not settle into fine lines, wrinkles or pores.
The Wear Test
On Day 1, I tested this foundation without a primer using a sunscreen (Bare Republic Mineral Face Lotion SPF 30) underneath. I applied using the L’oreal Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender (pictured above). The wear time was very good. After 6 hours, the foundation looked good with no blotchiness or shine. After 8 hours, there was some wearing off and redness around the nose but overall the coverage still looked good. At 12 hours, coverage had worn off around the nose and chin and some redness was showing through.
On Day 2, I used the same sunscreen and added a Primer. I used a new favorite, Milk Makeup Blur Stick Matte Primer and applied the Foundation using the same L’oreal Foundation Blender. The foundation applied easily over the primer with a smooth finish and no settling into pores, fine lines or wrinkles. At 8 hours, the coverage was looking great with no shine and no redness. At 12 hours, some redness was showing through around the nose but overall it still looked pretty good and still no shine!
On a side note, Covergirl claims this foundation is “Transfer-proof”. It is not. It does transfer onto clothing and phone screens. That being said, I have never discovered a foundation that was transfer proof and I wish Brand’s would just stop making that claim.
$11.49 USD for 1.0 oz.
Overall, this foundation is very impressive. Covergirl TruBlend Matte Made Foundation’s creamy texture blends well and dries to a flawless matte finish. It doesn’t settle into pores, fine lines or wrinkles and has excellent wear time of up to 12 hours using a Primer underneath. Let’s have a look at the Pros & Cons.
Doesn’t settle into pores, fine lines or wrinkles
True to Covergirl’s claim of a matte finish
Stays matte throughout the day
Medium to Full Coverage covers redness and evens out skin tone
Wears well with or without a primer
Wears well under sunscreen
No drying alcohol in the ingredients
Excellent Shade Range
Requires a Primer to achieve the Brand’s claim of 12 hour wear time
Is NOT transfer proof as the Brand Claims
Contains Talc which some find drying and irritating to the skin
I think this is an excellent foundation. If you’re looking for an affordable, liquid foundation with a matte finish, light to full coverage with good wear time and no issues with fine lines, wrinkles or pores, this may be the one for you! I would definitely put this in the Top 5 of drugstore foundations that I’ve tried.
Have you tried Covergirl TruBlend Matte Made Foundation? Let me know in the comments. I would love to hear from you. If you enjoyed this article and found it helpful, please share with your friends and let them know about Foundation Over 40 and 40andholding! As always, I appreciate you stopping by & reading!
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