Hey you! So happy you are here in my little beauty corner! I´m an over 40 beauty lover and I am sharing here beauty tips - especially for women over 40- on how to look young and fresh and other inspirational things! I hope you stick around!
Have you heard about the Jaclyn Hill lipstick drama? Jaclyn Hill (a famous YouTube Beauty Guru- in case you don´t know) just released a 20 shade range of nude lipsticks, but people ordering them are complaining all over social media, to have received fuzzy, gritty or moldy lipsticks. A friend of mine bought the whole collection and kindly send me all her up-close pictures of the lipsticks that I will also include in this post.
RawBeautyKristi (another YouTube Beauty channel) even went so far to show the little hairs and little "balls" in a video under a microscope. But please let´s not forget: everything looks crazier under a microscope! Your own skin would look scary under a microscope!
Jaclyn Hill seems to have constantly bad luck with her makeup releases- who remembers the Becca eyeshadows that were apparently dry and patchy and got pulled from Sephora shortly after their release (I wrote about it here) and the recent Morphe eyeshadows seemed to have quality inconsistencies as well.
RawBeautyKristi thinks that the new released lipsticks might be old- also due to the fact that the logo on the lipstick tubes say "JH"- meaning Jaclyn Hill - despite her recent divorce.
However, Jaclyn since then made a statement on her website, clarifying that the lipsticks were not old.
Now let´s see the pictures my friend kindly send me, so we can build our own opinion on them! These are all unused and that is how they looked like when she opened them up.
OK- that last one looks really beaten up. Little air-bubbles are visible on almost all lipsticks. A couple have the tiniest fuzz. None looked as bad as some lipsticks, that I have seen on Twitter or Instagram. My friend, who send me the pictures, said also that the lipsticks smell not so good.
I guess we will never really know what happened here!
What is really important is, that Jaclyn addressed yesterday the issues in a YouTube video. It is clear to me, that she did not intend on having this situation and she addresses it and offers a full refund to all unsatisfied customers.
Hopefully she is able to produce the lipstick collection without issues in the future?
Ladies, let´s talk about teeth! I think this is something we don´t talk often enough about and it gets easily overseen... I mean I talk a lot about anti-aging products, but never about how yellow teeth can make us look older too! I find dental hygiene so important and a beautiful smile with white teeth looks so fresh and yes: I think younger! So here are the top products that I use to get whiter teeth and to maintain them!
1. Oral B electric toothbrush ($40): I swear by this one. Clinically proven this electric toothbrush oscillates, rotates and pulsates to break up and remove 300% more plaque than a regular manual toothbrush. No toothbrush in the world works as good and precise as this little brush-head. I don´t have to tell you that you have to brush your teeth (hopefully) at least twice a day, right? And why not do it right away with the best tool out there?
2. Crest B Whitening toothpaste with Baking Soda and Peroxide ($2-$3) Baking soda and peroxide freshen your whole mouth without a salty aftertaste. This whitening toothpaste is gentle on tooth enamel, while it removes surface stains to reveal the natural whiteness of your teeth. I use this everyday!
3. Listerine Total Care Mouth wash ($5-$6) improves oral health by helping to prevent cavities, strengthening teeth, and leaving a refreshing, clean feeling you can taste! And don´t rinse your mouth with water right after you have finished using your mouthwash. Mouthwash continues to work after you spit it out, so by rinsing with water you dilute the cleaning and strengthening benefits!
4. Crest 3D White Whitestrips ($35-$40) Crest 3D White Whitestrips are thin, flexible strips that are coated with a tooth whitening gel. I use these every 6 month to maintain my white teeth. Whitestrips use the same, effective whitening ingredient dentists use. They deliver the whitening you need where you need it for a brighter, whiter smile! These are my heroes and they truly work! ;-)
5. Plackers dental flossers ($2-$3) Easily slides between teeth to remove unwanted and unsightly food debris and plaque in tough to reach areas with protected tartar pick in handle. You are supposed to floss everyday, but I admit: I do this only once a week. Better once a week than never! ;-)
6. Professional Dental Hygiene Kit ($12.97) The set comes with 1 dentist mirror, 1 dental scaler, 1 tartar scraper/ plaque remover, 1 dental tooth pick. You might think that removing plaque and stain requires a visit to your dentist or dental hygienist- but I honestly find that you can do this easily by yourself. Your teeth are so strong, you can just scrape the hell out of them- not literally lol. But yes: I love that tartar scraper to remove any kind of plaque! It is super easy to do, once you get the hang of it.
I also get at least once a year a professional dental cleaning! Humana offers great affordable dental insurance plans, if you need one! ;-)
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I absolutely love gingham! I could wear it everyday- even though a friend said to me my gingham blouse (last picture below) looks like a table cloth (after I said to her that her bag looks like a picnic bag)! Hahaha! If you love gingham as much as I do, I have 3 absolute adorable gingham pieces to buy right now for you!
3. Calvin Klein Gingham off-the-shoulder top (unfortunately as of writing this article, this blouse is sold out, but I found a similar super cute one here $11.59-$41.05) Don´t know what to wear under a off-the-shoulder top? I found the perfect bra to wear under!!!
I´m sorry Alexandra Shulman, but your apology to Helena Christensen does not count- an open letter to Alexandra Shulman! If you don´t know what I am talking about, I will quickly sum up what I am referring to!
BTW: kudos to Gina for letting me know about this story! Check out her Instagram for beauty inspiration (a beautiful 59 year old California girl! Love her!)
Anyway- back to what has happened: recently Alexandra Shulman, a former Vogue editor, wrote an entire article shaming Helena Christensen (yes the Supermodel) with the title:
"I´m sorry Helene Christensen, you ARE too old to wear that" (read the full article here) referring to the bustier she is wearing on the pic above.
A post shared by Helena (@helenachristensen) on Apr 28, 2019 at 2:28pm PDT
And even though Shulman writes in her article:
"There isn’t a guidebook on how brazenly women can dress as the years pass. And neither should there be. Prescriptive rules and formulaic dressing for your age are dull."
She goes on like this:
"When women’s bodies no longer serve any child-bearing purpose, we find flaunting them disturbing and slightly tragic."
"... it’s more likely that she (Helena Christensen) did it to show she’s not past it."
"No matter how pert your breasts, how great your legs, how invisible your bingo wings, our clothes simply don’t look the same as we age because they are about the person wearing them, not the items themselves."
"As a society, we are frightened of sexuality that doesn’t come accompanied by fertility."
My response to Alexandra Shulman: Dear Alexandra, I think you got that all wrong! I find your whole article very depressing. Claiming that flaunting our bodies would be disturbing and slightly tragic, if we can´t bear a child anymore? What? Old-fashioned much? We are only here to produce children and after that is done we have no use anymore in this world? What?
Because of you I had to google "bingo wings"- now thanks to you I know now that I own those things too! Very depressing indeed!
I thought you are a former Vogue editor and not just a cheap yellow journalist? Or did you switch over to make a quick buck? And yes! Your Instagram profile reveals it: you are now a "Mail on Sunday columnist" (Daily Mail)- so I am assuming you just needed to write something catchy with a good headline?
But Alexandra, Helena does really not need to proof anything. And she certainly is NOT PAST it.
You are suggesting, that even if our bodies are perfect, we are not allowed to wear certain clothes- simply because of our age! And you throw us all under the bus by the statement that society is frightened of sexuality of women that can´t reproduce anymore. But I think it is not society (as the big backlash you received for your article proofed)- it is you Alexandra, who is frightened!
I found it very interesting and ironic that you end your article with a little story that your degree in social anthropology has been of little use. You seem so full of regrets. Your article is so depressing (coming at such a wrong time too in which us women are trying to empower each other- not to pull each other down).
Is this how we should dress (pic below), if we are 50, Alexandra? How sad! :-(
And then: Alexandra Shulman apologizes... "kinda"However, a couple days ago Alexandra Shulman "kinda" apologized for her article, stating that "It wasn't my finest hour... but it's anodyne to be supportive of everything".
She literally takes away from her own apology immediately. And she did not understand at all! All the backlash she received, and she still did not get the point, saying that:
"In other art forms, it’s accepted that you review completely impartially, whether you think an exhibition’s good, a play’s good, a film’s good. In fashion, the idea is that your criticism would be to ignore, but not to actually review and put your point of view. I think it’s an interesting question, how commentary is not really a part of the fashion business."
But here you are wrong again! It wasn´t about you not liking an outfit! It was you, Alexandra, making the rules and deciding that Helena is TOO OLD TO WEAR A BUSTIER!
It is not about you saying that the bustier is ugly or pretty. It is about you telling Helena she can not wear it- despite her perfect figure- only because she is 50 years old. Just that!
So, if Helena would be 26- she would be OK wearing the bustier? If she would be 38 too? What about 45? Yes? 49? So, the line you draw is 50?
That is what it was about! You being judgmental of a gorgeous women with a perfect body that wears a bustier but does not have the right age!
So, a women that does not have the perfect body but is 25 CAN actually wear it?
You said yourself, that there isn´t a guidebook and that there shouldn´t be for women on how to dress when the years pass...yet that is exactly what you are doing!
And that is why sadly your apology does NOT COUNT! You are arguing that it isn´t fair that you can´t criticize fashion- while you can criticize other forms of art like a movie or an art gallery. However, you got that wrong! Yes, you can have an opinion, you can like or dislike fashion. No, you don´t have to like everything. Either you like the bustier or you don´t and that is OK. But don´t tell Helena (or anyone) to not wear something because of their age.
Everybody should wear whatever they please, if it makes them happy.
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There you have my 10 best anti-aging makeup products to make you look young and fresh faced again! ;-)
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I have today for you my anti-aging skin care must-haves!
1. Dermaflage ($40 first time, then $20 for a single applicator- this is enough for 2-3 month): this is my little secret (not anymore!) to cover up the frown line between my eyes! It is basically a silicone filler to fill in gaps such as scars or wrinkles! See here how I do it!
2. Frownies ($20 for 144 patches- that is more than 4 month!): not at all a secret anymore: I am talking about Frownies all the time and I sleep since more than 5 years every single night with one paper triangle between my eyes. It has helped tremendously to smooth out my frown line! See here my before and after pictures!
3. Vitamin C Serum ($16 enough for 3-4 month). I swear by a quality Vitamin C serum- preferably with 20% Vitamin C and water based. I use one every morning since a couple years and it has helped me getting rid of some brown spots on my face and my skin tone looks overall much more even. See my before and after pics here.
5. Nanoblur ($28, enough for 12 month): here is another sweet secret! Nanoblur works amazing in blurring out those fine lines on the forehead! This is just a temporary solution and holds up a couple of hours- but why not use it everyday for that extra spike in confidence? See my before and after pics here.
8. Derma E Microdermabrasion Scrub ($21/2 oz): the BEST FACIAL SCRUB PERIOD! Seriously! I have tried MANY scrubs- but none beat this one. It just has the perfect little particles- not too abrasive, not too gentle. And it smells beautiful fresh and clean and like citrus. It is simply perfect! Got it? Yes, I love it and nobody will change my mind! ;-)
9. Scrubbies ($2.37 for 2): these feel amazing- use them with your (or my lol) favorite cleanser to scrub your face clean. Not abrasive but it feels so good, massaging and deep cleansing! And for that price, you should definitely not even hesitate! ;-)
I love all the tools and gadgets that are available these days- no need to go to an expensive spa to get an (often) overpriced professional facial- do it at the convenience of your own home! This saves money and time with the same great results! Today I like you to introduce to an at-home microdermabrasion tool: the Trophy Skin MiniMD and tell you my thoughts about it, as I am using this tool since 2 month!
First off: the MiniMD looks sleek and elegant and will look so pretty on your vanity with its rose-gold details! But of course that isn´t the most important thing!
The Trophy Skin MiniMD ($99) includes: the MiniMD device, 30 pack of filters, a medium diamond tip, the power adapter and the user manual.
The tool is super easy to use. You gently slide it all over your face. It creates a vacuum, so that the diamond tip can buff away all the dead top layers of your skin (that can make your skin looking dull). It has 2 settings: one very gentle and another stronger setting- try out which one works best for you!
It is so easy to use, takes less than 5 minutes and the results are visible immediately. You can feel it too, as all dry patches will be removed- leaving you with super soft and silky skin!
This kit comes with 30 extra filters. It took me first a little bit to figure out how to change the filter- you have to pull out the whole white tip (Trophy Skin offers different tips to attach, such as for the body or for sensitive skin).
I love seeing the gunk in the filter that collects in it after each treatment- it gives me great satisfaction and is the best proof that this tool is working! It is recommended to use a clean filter after each treatment.
I´d recommend using this tool about once a week, but if you have very sensitive skin then once a month should do the trick.
Check out my before and after pics after using this tool for 2 month (once a week!).
Such an easy tool with immediate results! This deeply exfoliates, smooth and softens your skin to leave radiant, glowing and healthy skin! Highly recommend!
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Have you ever tried brow stencils? Sounds like something that can finally help us to get even eyebrows fast! Who does not want to finally end the struggle to achieve those even eyebrows. Brows that don´t look like distant cousins- but brows that look like twins! Been there, done that. No matter, how much time I invested, or which products I used, I always ended up having 2 brows, that do not look the same.
Well, even without putting anything on my brows, my eyes and my eyebrows simply don´t look the same. So, are brow stencils the solution to make my eyebrows finally look like twins?
My first try was with the Cherry Blooms Mineral Fiber Brows and I used the Cherry Blooms brow stencil in "natural thick". The mineral fiber brows are somewhat messy. No matter, how careful and gentle I try to pull the doe-applicator out the tube- I always get a huge fiber spill everywhere. Applied on top of my brows though, the fibers works pretty well, stick well but don´t create a huge mess on the rest of my face either. Easy to apply too.
However- I did not find that the result was very well defined- the outlines were rather messy. And eventhough I used the exact same stencil on both of my eyebrows, it still did not look perfectly even to me. But see for yourself!
I did not think the result was bad- but still not as exact as I wanted it to be (and the color was off in my opinion too- too much red) and so I wanted to give the stencil another try with my favorite eyebrow product: the Anastasia Beverly Hills brow pomade $18 in blonde (that I bought about 3 years ago and still have not finished! Wow!).
This time I used the "thin" stencil as I don´t like my brows to be too heavy accentuated (I find that makes my face look very harsh).
Immediately I found it was easier to paint the pomade on top of the stencil- much easier than with the fibers. And here is the result (third pic below).
Personally I was pretty happy with the result! It was fast and simple to do and I would say that my brows almost look like twins too!
My verdict is: if you struggle to get even eyebrows, brow stencils might do the trick and help you to achieve 2 almost identical brows. But I definitely would say you need something like the Anastasia Beverly Hills brow pomade as this is easy to "paint" over the stencils! ;-)
Have you ever tried brow stencils?
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We recently visited the Biltmore Estate in Asheville - it was our second time around - but I have to say: every time I see it, I am in awe! It is gigantic! Bring lots of time with you, to discover the more than 250 rooms and the surrounding gardens. Last time we managed to miss the bowling alley, gymnasium and indoor swimming pool! This time we made sure to see those as well.
The tickets include also a wine tasting in the winery (that lays in the winery village, a little further down the road) because the Biltmore owns its own winery. And this wine tasting isn´t a stingy one- come and try out as many wines as you please (or can handle)! ;-)
Why do I think that spring is the best time to visit? Because of the more than 8000 acres of garden that is blooming in all colors: cherry blossoms, tulips, daffodils or hyacinth! How gorgeous!
Fun facts about the Biltmore Estate: George Washington Vanderbilt II build the Biltmore Estate between 1889 and 1895 and it is the largest privately owned house in the United States, at 178,926 square feet (16,622.8 m2) of floor space (135,280 square feet of living area). Vanderbilt named his estate Biltmore, derived from "De Bilt" and it is still owned by George Vanderbilt's descendants.
Approximately 1,000 people daily worked on the construction of the Biltmore Estate! In order to facilitate such a large project, a woodworking factory and brick kiln, which produced 32,000 bricks a day, were built onsite, and a three-mile railroad spur was constructed to bring materials to the building site.
The Biltmore Estate is definitely something that you should put on your bucket list, if you have never been!
Have a snack or lunch at one of the attached cafes!
The Bowling Alley at the Biltmore Estate!
The Gymnasium at the Biltmore Estate
The Indoor pool at the Biltmore Estate
The Winery Village has also many restaurants to pick from!
Wine tasting is included in the ticket price! ;-)
Dry Riesling from the Biltmore Estate!
This was our second time around at the Biltmore Estate, but for sure not our last time! ;-)