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!
I have today a very special skin care review: COUI skincare: made with pure love for your skin but powered by science and I will also have a COUI skincare Giveaway for you!
COUI skincare’s co-founders Alessandra Poletti and Dr. Sivak (a renowned biochemist with over 45 years of experience) worked more than 300 hours of trials and errors in research and formulas to create COUI (pronounced "see wii") skincare: skincare that worked flawlessly for both of their skins... and probably for your skin too! ;-)
I tried 3 of COUI skincare products and will tell you my thoughts on them today!
COUI Pure Cleansing Gel
The Pure Cleansing Facial Gel formula includes specifically chosen botanicals (such as Sea kelp bioferment, aloe extract, PEG 16 Macadamia Triglycerides) that cleanse, refresh and purify your skin while removing make-up, toxins and impurities. It works wonders on overly oily skin and clogged pores while restoring the skin’s natural balance. Natural plant power enhances and strengthens this infusion for your skin’s replenishment.
My verdict: I love how clean, pure and fresh this cleanser is and that it does not contain any kind of fragrance- perfect even for the most sensitive skin. This cleanser deep cleanses without stripping your skin of its natural oils. It´s a big yes from me!
The Super C serum is an exceptional serum containing besides of course Vitamin C (in the form of Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate) other unique ingredients such as Epidermal Growth Factor, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Marine Kelp, Hydrolyzed Collagen and Hyaluronic Acid.
My verdict: what an amazing Vitamin C serum! It goes on easy and fast and the light scent of lemons feels refreshing and invigorating. My long time readers know: I swear by a good Vitamin C serum and you can add this one to the list. What is it good for? To get rid of brown spots and achieve an even skin tone! And we all want that, right?
A blended boost of vitamins, nurturing oils and natural botanicals (such as Rosehip seed oil, Coenzyme Q10, Vitamin A, Avocado oil, Sweet Almond oil, Jojoba oil, Sesame oil, Konjac root extract) will rejuvenate and refresh your skin with a youthful glow. This luxurious formula is richly-textured, and is absorbed deep into your skin to replenish and hydrate.
My verdict: this mask will turn even the driest skin into soft hydrated baby skin! Love the added Coenzyme Q10 and Vitamin A but also all the wonderful botanical oils! This mask is super duper deeply moisturizing! I even used it overnight and loved how my skin felt afterwards.
No need to pile this product on- a thin layer will just do the trick. This is not a mask that will become hard to wash off- rather it will sink into your skin. Personally I find you don´t even need to wash it off, if you just use a thin layer- similar if you use a very rich moisturizer. It will be absorbed within 20 minutes to super moisturize and get rid of your dry winter skin!
Also good to know: unlike other skincare companies who guarantee their products for only 30 or 60 days, all of COUI skincare products are backed by 100% lifetime satisfaction guarantee. Alessandra wants COUI members to be 100% happy, not a drop less.
Check out COUI skincare (use the promo code BEAUTY11 to get 11% off) - available also on Amazon, Etsy or Ebay!
Does COUI skincare sound like something you like to try?
Here is your chance to win COUI skincare products: the Pure Cleansing Gel, the Super C serum and the Revital Face Mask! This is a $115 value!
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I have today the best nails colors 2019 for you by LeChat! I am a huge fan of LeChat, because they prove that a quality nail polish does not have to be expensive! For only $6.95 a pop these deliver outstanding quality: amazing color payoff, 5-7 days chip free (though I always recommend using Gelous with it!) and a huge color selection and today I like to show you some of my favorite colors!
Who needs 50 shades of gray when you can have the one perfect gray? This is "Behind closed doors"! Stunning color!
Below is Hush-Hush- the perfect dusty violet that is calling spring!
Below is "Midnight Rendezvous"- a dark violet. Everybody needs a color like that imho.
Below is "Tell me lies" (a baby pink) and on my ring finger I used on top: "Private party". So cute!
Below is "Stolen Glances"- the perfect pastel pink- almost white but not yet! A timeless, elegant and always appropriate color!
Below is "Tell me lies"- the perfect baby pink! Totally not telling lies: this is adorable!
Which one is your favorite color?
Don´t forget to check out LeChat Nails - cause did I mention: only $6.95 a pop? Oh yeah- I did! ;-)
Disclaimer: I received the products mentioned above for free. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Contains Affiliate link. Read my full disclosure.
It´s New York Fashion week and I have another wonderful Fashion Flash Giveaway for you that includes the (hand-signed!) novel "Must Love Fashion" by Deborah Garland and a beauty haul: a Makeup palette, Makeup brushes, Argan oil and the Hollywood Fashion Secrets kit!
Golden Leaf Finalist author Deborah Garland's debut novel brings readers behind the scenes at a top fashion house in this steamy office romance. Dive into the new series Kirkus Reviews called 'promising' and Library Journal called 'a sure bet' and get to know the Mallorys, a tight knit family from the North Fork of Long Island.
Here is a little excerpt of the novel:
"I have bills to pay and need that job at Prada. Even if I told a few white lies to get in the door. Even if I have to work side by side with a crushingly beautiful man who I think hates me. Andrew Morgan has barely said two words to me. Sure, he's mad because I was hired behind his back. But we have a fashion show in Los Angeles in one month. I know how to get his attention... Gwen Mallory is driving me crazy. It's bad enough I have to share my office with that woman and listen to her voice all day, which shockingly soothes my soul. Her scent makes me dizzy and her classic hourglass figure makes me want to drag her down to the production floor and play fashion show. But since my wife passed away eighteen months ago, I don't think I can take any more heartbreak..."
Also included in the Giveaway: a Makeup palette, Makeup brushes, Argan oil and the Hollywood Fashion Secrets kit!
Get the ultimate smokey look with BYS Face Palette Dusk. This all-in-one palette includes a mix of nine matte & metallic eyeshadows, two shimmery highlight powders, a bronzer, blush and an eyeshadow primer. The super soft Revelé velvet oval brushes will help you to apply everything perfect!
Also included in the Giveaway: the Active Argan Ultimate Skin Protector Private Reserve with Ziziphora! This breathable formula is able to soothe and uniform your skin's surface practically instantly. Get that younger looking skin you've been after with this innovative elixir.
Never be faced with an embarrassing beauty blunder or wardrobe malfunction with this 10-piece Stylette Sweet & Smart kit by Hollywood Fashion Secrets! This kit includes: 6 strips of fashion tape, bra converting clip, deodorant removing sponge, 1 pair no-show nipple concealers, 1 pair garment shields, 2 eye make-up corrector and remover swabs, 30 lint removing sheets, leather wipe, stain wipe and a nail file. Put this kit in your purse or car and be prepared for almost any wardrobe malfunction in your life!
Time for you to enter this Giveaway that includes the novel "Must Love Fashion" by Deborah Garland ($9.99), the BYS Makeup palette ($12.99), Revelé Makeup brushes (12.99), Active Argan oil with Ziziphora ($52.99) and the Hollywood Fashion Secrets kit ($15.75)!
Open to U.S. residents only! Good luck!
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This post is sponsored by Bioré, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
Hello my friends, today I wanted to tell you how to get rid of the strawberry nose! What is a strawberry nose, you ask? It means basically just those blackheads on your nose! Cause it kinda looks like a strawberry up-close! ;-)
It´s actually quite simple to get rid of those blackheads: just use the BIORÉ® WITCH HAZEL ULTRA DEEP CLEANSING PORE STRIPS! Working like a super-magnet, they lift out even the most stubborn blackheads and deep down dirt & oil that can lead to complexion problems.
These strips are formulated with Witch Hazel, known to tighten pores & for its astringent properties, these strips deep clean, remove blackheads, refine pores, and help prevent future breakouts.
The process is so easy!
1. After washing your face, thoroughly wet your nose (the strip won't stick on a dry nose) and apply the strip to nose area, smooth side down, pressing down to ensure good contact with skin.
2. Let dry for about 10 - 15 minutes, until stiff to the touch!
3. Slowly and carefully peel off, starting at edges, pulling toward center.
I tell you: there is something deeply satisfying pulling the strip off (and seeing the gunk inside!)
I totally recommend doing this at least once a week. Not everything will come out at your first try- but if you are consistent and keep using the strips regularly, you can control the blackheads- without playing around with your delicate skin (I know I am guilty of doing this!).
This lightweight toner with witch hazel and salicylic acid helps restore skin’s balance as it deep cleans and removes residue a cleanser might have missed. Witch Hazel is known to tighten pores, while salicylic acid controls oil and treats blemishes. This toner feels deep cleansing and super refreshing!
There you go: the easiest combo to get rid of your strawberry nose- just use:
Hello my friends, today let´s do something fun! I have this old magazine: a Cosmopolitan from 1949 and I thought I will check all the ads in it, to see what kind of cosmetic women used back then! Fun fact: in 1949 the price for a Cosmopolitan magazine was 35 cents! I paid a little more than that! ;-)
Also pictured: an original (unused!) Holiday Magic lipstick from 1960! One of my neat finds for my retro collection! ;-)
Feminine hygiene was already a big theme in 1949. I was suprised that the women back then had already tampons! Did you know? Kotex and Tampax were already well knows brands (even the one time applicator did already exist in 1949 -according to the ad below). The majority of ads in this Cosmopolitan were for feminine hygiene products with a total of 4 ads!
Kotex Sanitary Napkins, Ad from 1949
Meds Tampons, Ad from 1949. Fun fact: a box of 10 tampons did cost 25 cents in 1949!
Tampax Ad from 1949. The scary part? Women had to use belts and pins before tampons? Oh no! Also worth to mention: "Good Housekeeping" awards were already a thing! Who knew?
Now this one sounds a little scary to me: Lysol to disinfect NOT the toilet but our private parts? What?!? Surely this can´t be healthy?
Lysol Disinfectant for feminine hygiene, Ad from 1949. Chet neglected her because she stank lol. But thanks to Lysol they are happy again! LOL!!!
I am glad that our deodorants have changed since 1949 and we don´t have to use cream deodorants- and sure enough it seems that none of the 3 brands from 1949 have "survived" either: Arrid, Odorono or Yodora.
Arrid deodorant cream, Ad from 1949.
Odorono cream Ad from 1949.
Yodora deodorant cream, Ad from 1949. Keeps Po away? I would immediately associate Po with poo! Haha! Maybe this was on purpose or poo wasn´t a term back then in 1949?
Soap was another big thing in 1949 and I was surprised to see, that the use of olive oil in a bar soap was already a thing in 1949 (see Palmolive ad below). All soap brands exist to this day: Cashmere Bouquet soap, Lux soap, Palmolive soap.
Cashmere Bouquet Soap, Ad from 1949.
Lux soap ad from 1949.
Palmolive soap Ad from 1949. You can still buy this soap!
The women in 1949 also had already body lotions: Jergens (still exists!) and Toushay.
Jergens lotion Ad from 1949. Interesting that she is learning motor mechanics in 1949!
Toushay lotion ad from 1949. Pretty inventive: this lotion was to be used BEFORE hand washing!
I found 2 fragrance ads in my Cosmopolitan from 1949: Avon and Tabu. Of course Avon is still around- but even the Tabu perfume by Dana is still available to this day!
Avon Cosmetics Ad from 1949. I love that this ad refers to "toilet water". We still use the term- but in french: "Eau de toilette"- it just sounds fancier than toilet water, right? ;-)
Tabu by Dana Ad from 1949. Scandalous called "the forbidden perfume"! ;-)
The only ad for a facial moisturizer in this Cosmopolitan issue was: Pond´s cold cream. Still available today!
I thought it is time again to share with you my current anti aging skin care routine! Which products do I use in the morning and which in the evening and why?
A little about my skin: I have combination skin: dry skin under my eyes, an oily t-zone and the rest is normal. I am 42 years old. I don´t have sensitive skin- with the exception of the under-eye area that can get irritated from some products (usually the fragranced ones!)
My morning skin care routine:
1. Cleanse I cleanse my face currently in the morning with the Pixi Peel & Polish ($24). This is a scrub and a face mask - all in one product! It contains natural fruit enzymes to loose dead skin cells and lactic acid to gently exfoliate skin.
2. Vitamin C serum Vitamin C is a great antioxidant to reverse uneven skin tone! I rotate my Vitamin C serums- there are many good ones out there. I wrote a whole post about it here, but currently I use the gopure Vitamin C serum ($16.99), but I am a huge fan of the belitae Vitamin S serum too. Vitamin C is a natural antioxidant that helps to achieve a more even skin tone and it really gets rid of those dark brown spots (see my before and after pics here)! Make sure you use one that contains 20% Vitamin C for a maximum effect!
3. Eye cream
Women are always wondering, if we truly need an eye cream or not. I wrote about this here and my take on this is: if you feel like you need one: use one! ;-) I definitely feel like my DRY AS DESERT EYE AREA needs one!
I have combination skin with an oily t-zone- so often times I don´t feel like I need and extra moisturizer. However, if it is very cold outside, I sometimes need a little extra. I like the Derma e Ultra Hydrating Serum with Green Tea and Hyaluronic Acid ($23). This is a light lotion that is hydrating, but not greasy and it smells super fresh!
Of course I still use my Frownies! These are facial patches that I put on my frown line between my eyes every single night! It has been 5 years and I have seen tremendous success with it (see my before and after pics here).
I also always have a jar of the best microdermabrasion scrub (imo) in the house and usually about once a week (when I am laying in my bathtub) I do a deep scrub with: the derma e microdermabrasion scrub ($20.80) truly is the best scrub out there- or do you not like your face to feel like a baby butt? ;-)
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Here is my typical natural everyday makeup look with all my favorites! I have had phases where I wore heavier and more colorful makeup in the past- but at the moment I am more into the "less is more" approach. I find it also more flattering, as I get older to wear soft and natural colors. Sticking to browns and earthy tones and enhancing my features- rather than covering everything up!
Let me show you which products I use!
The IT Cosmetics IT's Your Must Haves Palette has it all! The perfect matte bronzer, a gorgeous blush, a translucent setting powder and a creamy highlighter! All in one and so pigmented- you barely need to dip in your brush! Beautiful colors that work great for a natural makeup look!
To cover up my under-eyes I love the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard- there is nothing that this one can´t cover up as this offers super power coverage! Can´t tell if it is better than sex, but it is definitely my favorite mascara: The Too Faced Better than sex mascara gives me both: length and volume! Also pictured: the wonderful Annexea makeup brushes: so soft and beautiful! Makes applying makeup a joy but are also gorgeous to look at on your vanity!
And here is all that stuff right on my face! ;-)
Do you prefer natural or more colorful makeup looks?
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Why Google+ is shutting down and why I lost all my blog comments! Chances are that you, my dear readers, have absolutely no clue what Google+ even is. Well, it was basically an (unsuccessful) try by Google to compete with Facebook. When I started this blog in 2013 Google+ was still brand new and it showed true potential and that is why I back then chose to integrate Google+ as my sole comment platform.
It was only much later, that I discovered how awful and flawed this comment system was: starting with getting absolutely no notification for comments! That meant that over the years, I have gotten so many comments, that I never saw, because I can´t go all the time manually into all my articles to check, if I have gotten a new comment. By accident I stumbled sometimes on old comments that were a couple of month or years old and I never got to see them! Awful! That meant that I did not respond to many of your wonderful comments! And I am so sorry for that!
Why did I not do the switch to another comment platform then? Gosh, I should have! Only problem was, that I knew I will lose hundreds, if not more comments. I could never really deal with the situation, as I was so scared to lose all my comments. Well, this year Google+ took the decision in their hands.
Not only did Google+ not manage to ever compete with Facebook, but they managed to leak TWICE private data of more than 52 millions of users and they are now forced to shut down in April 2019.
And the weirdest thing is, that you are not able to export Google+ comments into any other platform (only blogger native comments can be exported). Google+ offers absolutely no support either! There is absolutely no solution to import those freaking Google+ comments!
And this means for me, that I lost -as of this day -all of my comments, because I did the switch to disqus. It is kind of a sad day! But! It is also a great new beginning, because I am looking forward to finally getting notifications (thank you disqus), so I can actually respond to your comments!
Also: now you are able to comment with your Facebook or Twitter account- or even simply as a guest! Because not everybody had evidently a Google+ account!
Also: I received so many spam comments on my blog that Google+ did not even allow me to delete! Disqus lets me moderate all my comments, delete, respond all those kind of things that should be normal! That means: I did not only lose your wonderful comments, but also all those spammy comments that link back to awful sites! And that is a good thing!
Can´t believe I did not switch earlier!
I managed to manually insert some of your comments via a screenshot- I took the 20 most important articles (of the now more than 1000 articles on this blog) that I have written over the years and made a screenshot of the comments and manually inserted them (for example like in this article). I could have done that with all my articles, but it would have been so crazy time consuming. Can´t believe there is absolutely no way to get those stupid google comments imported.
Anyway: wishing you all a happy and healthy 2019! Exited to finally be able to read and respond to all your lovely comments from now on! ;-)
I have tried the No7 Laboratories LINE CORRECTING Booster Serum for 7 weeks and I took some before/after pictures (of my wrinkles) to see, if I made any progress! The No7 Laboratories LINE CORRECTING Booster Serum is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkles by up to 5 years in 12 weeks! Women even said it reduced the appearance of their deepest, most stubborn lines and wrinkles. The No7 Laboratories Line Correcting Booster Serum, originally launched in the U.K. in April, reportedly with a waitlist 17,000 names long!!!
You can imagine that I was very exited to try this magic serum!
So, what is the magic inside? The key ingredient in the serum is a proprietary blend of fine-line-smoothing peptide technology, called Matrixyl 3000 PlusTM 4, which works to boost skin's production of elastic fibrillin. Elastic fibrillin is a polymer that wanes as you get older and can result in visible signs of aging. Apparently this contains 7x concentration = 7 x more Matrixyl 3000 Plus™ than other clinically proven serums. Sounds good?
The serum has been designed to be applied directly to lines and wrinkles to deliver fast, visible results where you want them most. But after trying out the fancy looking tube, I found the applicator rather gimmicky than actual useful. I think it is best to squeeze some product on the tip of your fingers and then right on the wrinkles, as you will definitely have too much product coming out the tube, if squeezed right onto your wrinkles. And my wrinkles are also not as thick as the applicators opening! Well, thank god for that! ;-)
The serum is a thin white lotion and I find that my skin feels afterwards always a bit sticky. I do have an oily t-zone- so maybe if you have dry skin this sinks in better- I don´t know. I find that makeup application on top of it can be tricky, since my skin never really drinks the serum up. It can create strange patches, if I applied a little too much of the serum.
But let´s get to the point: did this serum help me to look 5 years younger?
Because pictures speak louder than words, here are my before pics. I took an (ugly) up-close of my crows feet as well of my forehead wrinkles. I warn you: these are some scary pics lol! ;-)
Problem is: I don´t see any progress at all! Do you?
I am sorry, I don´t see the slightest difference...
Interesting that the study has been done on 98 women over 8 weeks, but No7 is claiming that this serum is clinically proben to reduce the appearance of wrinkles by up to 5 years in 12 weeks. Where do the 12 weeks come from? The study was only 8 weeks long?
Anyway, I tried this serum only for 7 weeks- but I don´t think that the 8th week will change anything and I have put this serum very generous on my forehead lines and on my crowsfeet- every single morning and night in the last 7 weeks. I think you can say that I gave it a fair trial.
But I am sad to say that: no, I don´t see that this is actually helping to get rid of wrinkles. The search for the fountain of youth shall continue! Let me know if you happen to stumble on it! ;-)
Anyway: I am wishing you all a very happy and healthy New Year!
Disclaimer: I received the products mentioned above for free. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers- as you can see in this review! ;-) Contains Affiliate link. Read my full disclosure.
Today I wanted to share with you, how I believe that I got rid of my (ridiculous) uneven skin tone! See the pictures above? On the left you see my face in 2013 with very visible brown spots- probably due to exposure of too much sun (I was living back then in Florida!). Especially on my cheeks and forehead! On the right you see my face in 2018- 5 years later and my skin tone has dramatically improved. I am wearing mascara and lipstick on both photos- but no foundation!
So, how did I improve my skin tone? 1. Using a Vitamin S serum
I strongly believe that one of the biggest helpers was using a Vitamin C serum every single morning in the last 3 years! Vitamin C is a great antioxidant that can reverse dark spots on your skin (no matter if they are coming from age or the sun). Read also: The best Vitamin C serums.
2. Applying sunscreen
On top of it I took more care of my face and avoided direct sunlight- during summer I apply at least a sunscreen with SPF 50 (I like this one) and try to always wear a hat and glasses. But also during the winter month I make sure to always apply SPF on my face - and if it is just my beloved IT Cosmetics CC cream with SPF 50. Applying sunscreen won´t help you to get rid of the uneven skin tone by itself- but it will prevent further damage and new brown spots.
To sum it up:That is really all: using a Vitamin C serum every morning, wearing sunscreen and staying out of the sun and chemical exfoliation (just don´t overdo this one- once a week or once a month should be sufficient- depending on how your skin needs it! Don´t strip your skin of its natural balance with over- exfoliation and give it enough time to heal. If you are using chemical exfoliater, using a sunscreen is an absolute must since you are exposing fresh skin to the sun and don´t want to immediately get new brown spots.)
Don´t forget that this has taken me a couple years to achieve! This won´t work overnight. Be patient and most importantly consistent!
Good luck... and merry Christmas! ;-)
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