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I'm a fifty-something, coffee addicted, empty nesting, sarcastic beauty/lifestyle blogger who believes that life is too short for stupid rules, especially those that pertain to people in my age bracket. Beauty of a "Certain Age." Reviews, how-to's, all about the beautiful things I love are in the Notes from My Dressing Table.
This edition of Makeup Wars is This Winter's Must Have Product that I'm Loving. While I haven't been using this particular product for very long, I'm already in love with it! I mean, Alpha Hydroxy Acid? Almost overnight, visible results that I can really feel? Yeah. This is my must have skin care product for winter and I think that, once you've taken a look, it will soon become one of yours, as well.
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Ren is a skin care brand that I have wanted to try for some time, now so I was thrilled to receive the product that I am sharing with you, today to try. In times past, I've not been the biggest fan of toners but recently, I've been using them more and more consistently and I have to say, my skin seems to be enjoying them. The thing is tho, while those toners I've been using are nice; they sweep away any left over makeup residue and make my skin feel fresh and sparkling clean, they don't contain any active ingredients that make a real, visible difference in my skin.
Until now. Ren Ready Steady Glow AHA Daily Tonic, 8.5 fl. oz/250 mL - $35.00 at Sephora is an effective, skin resurfacing toner that exfoliates, brightens and provides a radiant glow yet it's gentle enough to use, every day.
Lactic Acid, Willow Bark Extract and Azelaic Acid Precursor join forces to stimulate my skin to increase cell turnover and exfoliate while it smooths, improves tone and helps to reduce pore size. My skin looks brighter, more radiant, it feels even softer and more silky smooth and call me crazy but I think that it even feels a little firmer. Consistent use of AHA can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Did you know that achieve a natural glow, our skin needs to reach a pH of 3.5 to 4? I'm delving a little more into the scientific side of skin care, as opposed to simply the anecdotal and pH is a subject I want to know more about, as I want to continue to maximize the effectiveness of my skin care while making sure that it has an optimum formula that can do the most good.
This toner has a very light, fresh, natural citrus/floral scent that I think won't bother unless you are extremely scent sensitive or averse and the fragrance dissipates, almost immediately upon application.
I like to use Ren Ready Steady Glow AHA Glow Tonic after I cleanse, before I start applying my essence and serums. This toner has one of those handy, dandy push-pump delivery system that helps me to control just how much of the product I am dispensing and it's clean and neat to use, while eliminating the possibility that this fumble fingered klutz will spill the contents of the bottle out all over my dressing table where, I can assure you, it will do the faux marble surface not even a tiny bit of good.
I use a Shiseido Facial Cotton square to sweep the formula all over my face, avoiding my immediate eye area and my lips. This glow tonic lays a pretty good little sting on me but it isn't that uncomfortable and it doesn't last long and it's something I can handle it, easily enough. Once it sinks in, I go on with the rest of my skin care routine. I love that this toner doesn't make my very dry skin feel dried out or too tight. I've only used this product a few times but my skin is already responding. I can't wait to see what this lovely stuff can do for my complexion, over the longer term.
Needless to say, if you are very sensitive of skin or you are new to Alpha Hydroxy Acids, test a small area then go in slow, using it a couple of times a week and building up to daily. Don't forget to use an effective sunscreen, every day to protect your new, fresh, glowing complexion and prevent further UV damage.
Ren Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic is cruelty free, vegan, free of gluten and nuts and Ren recycles their packaging and uses responsibly sourced board, natural inks and natural fragrances.
Have you tried or do you use Ren skin care? So far, I'm incredibly impressed with the quality of this glow tonic and this line is one I would love to explore, further.
This post is in collaboration with my fellow Makeup Wars bloggy buddies, please scroll to the end of this post to find the links of all of their posts and see what beauty products are their must haves, this winter.
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It's my turn to host Fashion Flash and I thought that since it's the dead of winter, that's what I'd name this edition.
If any of you read my last post, you know that I've been down with the plague. I'm happy to say that I'm feeling much better and aside from a bit of residual cough that will fade away, in time I am almost back up to full steam and I'm ready to get back to my old blog. It's a quiet Sunday night, here. I'm working on this post and my husband is watching Bad Santa. Okay,I need to stop getting distracted by the TV and just buckle down.
Let's get started on the wonderful posts that my fellow Fashion Flash beauties are sharing this week:
Are you really flushing your vitamins down the toilet? Society Wellness shares the surprising answer.
Healthy Life! It's a simple formula from Mirabai Holland from Moving Free.Learn how to maximize your chances of health and longevity.
We often take tools and accessories for granted but they are so important in our beauty routines. Allison from Never Say Die Beauty shares her favorite beauty tools.
Barbara Hanna Grufferman Writer, Speaker, Positive Aging Advocate: Pre order now, Love Your Age the Small Step Solution to a Better, Longer, Happier Life.
Have you tried Define Me fragrances? Define Me makes beautiful scents that are cruelty free, vegan and they give back, too. I have all of the details, including scent notes, base ingredients as well as information on how you can be a part of a very worthy cause when you purchase these perfumes.
I hope that you enjoyed this edition of the Fashion Flash Weekly Newsletter and all of the wonderful articles written by my blogging friends.
I don't know about you but I am always happy to find fantastic skin care products that help my complexion to look it's very best and, if they slow the advance of the effects of time, all the better! But in this case, are the results worth the exorbitant price point?
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One of the ingredients that I rely on to exfoliate, brighten and refine my skin tone is Vitamin C; in fact, I call Vitamin C one of my skin's "power ingredients" because it has made and continues to make such a huge difference in my complexion!
One way to deliver the power of Vitamin C to my skin is through a peel. I like to do home peels, they are easy, safe, convenient and they deliver real results. One peel that I have been using, lately is the Erno Laszlo White Marble Dual Phase Vitamin C Peel, $100.00 at Sephora. If you're not familiar with Erno Laszlo, he was the premier skin care guru in New York City, his practice was frequented by the who's who of society and entertainment, for decades. His products and methods have been a staple of many beauties and that legacy continues, today.
The White Marble Dual Phase Vitamin C Peel is easy to use. First I cleanse my skin, of course. Then, pick up a generous dollop of the lightly citrus scented Step One scrub and work it into my skin for about three minutes then, add a dropper full of Step 2 Activator, work it well and let that all sit on my skin for a minute then rinse and voila! Silky smooth, glowing, fresh skin. Consistent use of Vitamin C in various forms has faded discolouration, brightened and evened out my skin tone and I think that it also helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. A boon, to me at my age!
I like this peel, it is easy and pleasant to use, it does what it says it will do and if you feel like splashing out, this peel is a lovely little splurge. That said, I have purchased the same kind of two step Vitamin C peel for a much lower price point that worked just as well.
-Lactic Acid: Gently exfoliates skin. -Carrot Seed Oil: Balances skin while fighting age spots and sun damage. -Vitamin C: Reduces the look of dark spots and lightens skin.
Bottom line, the Erno Laszlo White Marble Dual Phase Vitamin C Peel is an excellent treatment that delivers results but in my opinion, it is a bit too expensive for what it is and more affordable options work just as well. Have you tried this Vitamin C peel or one like it? What did you think of it?
So, here I sit, sicker than a dog with the plague (curse my husband into next year for passing this virus on to me... I will have my revenge) trying to prod my brain into action and my fingers into doing their clumsy dance across my keyboard and compose this post. I need to write about fragrance for this edition of Makeup Wars when I'd so much rather be vegging out by my fireplace, sipping on a mug of boiling hot chicken soup and binging something on Netflix.
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Define Me Fragrance is a collection of six beautiful perfume oils in a skin and hair loving base of coconut oil, chamomile extract, aloe vera and Vitamin B5. Each scent is packaged as a powerful, self aware, barrier busting modern woman. I love all six scents and I also love that I can wear each one alone or mix and match to create one a of a kind, personal fragrance to suit my mood that day. To be honest, I've mixed all six, just for shits and giggles and I smelled incredible, all day long.
Speaking of all six scents: Define Me Rollerball Fragrance Sampler Kit - $21.00 is a set of 1 mL. .03 oz rollerball vials that is the perfect way to get to know all of the perfumes and decide which scent or scents are your favorite. The tiny vials are also perfect to pop into an evening clutch, handbag or pocket to freshen your scent on the run.
Payton - Orange Blossom, Mandarin, Clove Buds and Musk
Audry - Peony, Rose, Jasmine and Sandalwood
Sofia Isabel - Mandarin, Black Current, Jasmine and Sugar
Clara - Lily, Lilac, Violet, Hibiscus, Soft Musk
Harper - Grapefruit, Bergamot, Honeysuckle, Amber
Delphine - Lilac, Freesia, Ylang-Ylang, Coconut and Rosewood
I'm not huge fan of woods in fragrances but the woodsy notes are quite subtle and blended in these perfumes and they balance and enrich without being so forward that they bother me. I'm sorry that I can't describe my personal thoughts about each scent as I normally would but this virus has left me with a busted sniffer.
Define Me Sofia Isabel Fragrance Mist - $68.00 1.7 fl. oz. Sofia Isabel is a fresh, slightly sweet free spirited blend of mandarin, black current, jasmine and sugar in a base that includes coconut oil and an organic alcohol derived from sugar cane. The heavy, square glass bottle is so beautiful to display and when the scent is used up, I'll be repurposing it, as it's too pretty to throw away. I need one of these in Audry to round out my collection of that scent.
Define Me Audry Hair Mist - $38.00 2.0 fl. oz. Peony, rose, jasmine and sandalwood comprise my favorite scent of this collection. The Hair Mist is a lighter version of the perfume oil and is perfect for daytime or any time, really. The base of coconut oil and naturally derived from sugarcane organic alcohol make this mist gentle on my hair and skin.
Define Me Audry Perfume Oil - $39.00 0.30 fl. oz. This is a concentrated fragrance oil with a rollerball top. The bottle is pretty enough for display yet it's small enough to toss into a bag or backpack.
Define Me Trois Amis Fragrance Oil Kit - $39.00 for three 2 mL. bottles. These are concentrated fragrance oils with rollerball tops. In addition to Audrey and Sofia Isabel, Payton joins the party with a warm, sparkling blend of orange blossom, mimosa, clove buds and musk.
It is rare that I like all of the scents in a fragrance collection but I can honestly say that I like all six Define Me perfumes. Define Me is not only about enjoyable scents, they believe in giving back. For every bottle sold, one dollar is donated to She's the First, "a non profit that provides scholarships to girls in low income countries with the goal to creating first-generation graduates and our next generation of global leaders."
Have you tried Define Me fragrances? Which are your favorites? Define Me fragrances are cruelty free and vegan.
Okay, I hear the plague cart rumbling down the road to pick me up so I'm going to go. Please don't forget to scroll to the end of this post and hit the gallery of my fellow Makeup Wars bloggers and see what fragrances they are enjoying.
I LOVE FACIAL MISTS. Actually, I'm a little obsessed with them. They are cooling, refreshing, lightly hydrating and they are an integral part of my overall beauty routine. Today, I have a new one to share with you and three really great reasons why I love this one and why I think that you will, too.
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REASON ONE:I LIKE A FACE MIST WITH A LITTLE SOMETHING EXTRA. Farmhouse Fresh Vitamin Berry Facial Tonic, $36.00 is a face mist with a difference. A real skin care benefit difference. U.S. grown organic Aronia berries are rich in skin loving antioxidants that protect from environmental free radicals. Polyhydroxy Acid gently exfoliates and reduces the appearance of fine lines while it brightens and refines my skin's texture. A natural filter effect is said to help pores appear smaller - I'm not appreciating that particular claim but I don't really care about that - and nourishing rose water provides additional hydration and soothes my skin. Vitamin Berry Facial Tonic has a light, sweet berry fragrance with the barest zephyr of a floral undertone that reminds me of summer days and sunshine. Can you tell that I'm already so over winter? Spring can't come soon enough, as far as I'm concerned!
HOW DO I LIKE TO USE FACE MISTS? Well, aside from just grabbing one and giving my face a quick, cooling spritz on a warm day, I incorporate them into my everyday skin care and makeup routines.
REASON TWO:MISTING WHILE I APPLY MY SKIN CARE offers multiple beauty benefits. After cleansing and toning, I layer my skin care steps with misting. Step one is to lightly mist my face then, while my skin is still damp, gently pat in a small amount of facial essence. I repeat these layers several times at a pace that keeps my skin from drying out between applications, ending with mist. Then come serums and eye cream. If I'm going out, I apply a mineral sunscreen and my daytime moisturizer. After I have let it all sink in for a few minutes I'm ready to apply my makeup. If I'm getting ready to hit the sack or I'm not going to wear makeup that day, I pat on night cream then give my face a final misting. It may sound like a lot of extra work but I notice a difference in the overall hydration level of my skin, when I take these easy extra steps.
REASON THREE:USING A FACE MIST WHILE DOING MY MAKEUP just makes everything a little prettier. A light misting of Vitamin Berry Facial Tonic sets my makeup and tones down that "powdery" finish, as it helps keep my complexion feeling hydrated while giving it that coveted youthful, dewy glow. If I want to intensify an eye shadow or bump up the pow factor on my highlighter, a light misting of my brush before application does the job.
THERE YOU HAVE IT. Three good reasons why I love Farmhouse Fresh Facial Tonic and why I think that you will, too! Farmhouse Fresh is cruelty free, their products are formulated with natural and organic ingredients. Many, including this face mist are paraben, sulfate and gluten free as well as being vegan. So, four reasons? Five? Six? Aw! Who's counting? What really matters more than mere numbers is that this is a beautiful product that feels nice, is good for my skin and I am happy to whole heartedly recommend it to you.
Last year, I got to receive and share the Jan Marini Holiday Exfoliator in Chocolate Truffle so I was delighted when the opportunity opened up to get this year's flavor. I love the smell of sweet, spicy sugar cookies but don't let the sweet, delicious fool you; this is a serious treatment that delivers real results.
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Jan Marini Holiday Exfoliator, $90.00 smells so yummy that I can forget that I'm actually giving my complexion a deep, revitalizing treatment. Tiny particles gently scrub and lift flaky, dead cells and surface debris while they release a protective ingredient that helps protect my skin from feeling dried out or stripped. Glycolic Acid, Papian from green papaya and Bromelian from pineapples exfoliate, encourage continued cell turnover and make my skin feel silken soft and leave it noticeably brighter and radiant.
So, how do I like to use this? Well, after my evening cleansing, I dip up a little of this whipped, airy feeling golden stuff and smooth it gently across my damp skin, working it with gentle pressure in circular motions for a minute or so then I rinse with warm water and gently pat dry. I follow up with essence, Jan Marini Hyla 3D Activating Complex for extra moisture retention and my favorite night cream and eye cream. In the morning, my skin looks and feels so glowing and fresh and feels baby soft.
The natural chemical exfoliants in this scrub can cause temporary warmth and mild stinging and my skin is a little pink, after but it soon settles and looks and feels so lovely that it's worth a little very mild discomfort. If your skin is sensitive or if you've never used chemical or physical exfoliators, test this scrub on a small area and see how your skin reacts before you go all in. If you are under a dermatologist's care for any skin condition have a little chat with your doc just to be on the safe side. I don't want to spoil all of the benefits from my treatment so I make sure that I use a good sunscreen - mineral, of course - to protect my complexion from the harsh rays of the Arizona sun. Yes, even in winter and on cloudy days. UV is relentless, gentle reader, we must be diligent in our efforts to thwart it's negative effects.
Okay, lecture time over. The upshot is, the Jan Marini Holiday Exfoliator smells like fresh baked Christmas cookies and it makes my skin feel incredible and you really. really need to get you some because you're going to love it as much as I do.
This week, the Fashion Flash bloggers are gearing up for the holidays and Allison of Never Say Die Beauty is our lovely host. Head on over to read our online e-newsletter. Are you ready for the holidays?
An organized makeup collection. Who doesn't love that? I know that I do! If you look around, you'll see that there are a million different storage solutions available and it took me a while to decide just what I wanted, based on the size of my collection, my aesthetic sensibilities and of course, my budget. I really like acrylic makeup cases; they are good looking, allow me to organize things just the way I like and have them at my fingertips. There is the added advantage that they sparkle when the sun light hits them. Sparkle is good, right?
The problem is, I kept running across beautiful acrylic storage that was waaaay too expensive. I mean, three, four, five hundred bucks for plastic boxes to store my makeup? Yeah. In what fantasy land would that ever happen? Then I started searching on Amazon and I found a lot of good looking and really affordable acrylic storage options that fit all of my criteria. Would you like to see my favorites? These are the items I bought for myself, have used for years and recommend without reservation.
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One of the first organizers I bought was the Acrylic Cosmetic Organizer with 3 Drawers, Removable Dividers and Top Shelf by D'Eco, $25.99. These compact 11.2 x 11.2 x 9 inch acrylic cases have three drawers; the bottom drawer is tall enough to stand up a Zoya or Essie polish, a stack of palettes or skin care jars. The top two drawers can hold ColourPop jars stacked two high and the top has a lip to hold my stuff back from falling off.
While the acrylic isn't super thick, the case is sturdy and well constructed and has some heft to it. All of the drawers glide smoothly and, unless they are overloaded they don't stick or drag. Each organizer comes with several straight and an X dividers that make it easy to form sections and organize my stuff just the way I like it.
Staged with some of my makeup to give you an idea of the depth of the drawers and because I think that I'm just tooo artsy. These little cases hold a lot of stuff! They would be great for not just makeup but jewelry, art or craft supplies, stationary, adorable little collectibles. The D'Eco Acrylic Cosmetic Organizer is so useful that I have accumulated four of them. I have three on my dressing table, holding everyday stuff like foundations, powders, concealers, liners and brow stuff and palettes that I reach for, all of the time. One holds "makeup basket" items... Palettes, blushes and highlighters that I like to rotate in from my main storage for easy use and one holds skin care. Well, some of my skin care.
If you have a "normal" non blogger or hoarder collector mentality, one or two of these cute little darlings may be all you need. I remember when just one would have been plenty of storage for me, with room to grow. What happened to that me? Oh, that's right... No regrets. We all have to find what we love and run with it.
On top of a nearby shelving unit live my two Whitmore 5-Tier Acrylic Cosmetic Organizer Clear, $72.99 (dividers sold seperately) cases. Measuring in at a generous 9.5 x 12.0 x 12.25 These large makeup cases are well constructed of high quality, crystal clear acrylic, they are hefty without being too heavy and they hold a ton of stuff without covering a huge footprint. I own two of these and I'm seriously considering purchase of two more, just so that I can further refine my organization and have some more room to grow my collection.
The lower drawer is the deepest and it easily holds my tall tin of Guerlain Meteorites pearls with some room to spare. Then there are three more shallow drawers deep enough to stack palettes, blushes or will accommodate makeup items in thick packaging very nicely. The top section has a lift open lid that swings freely to lie flat, against the back of the organizer, if you want to keep it open to hold tall items like foundation bottles, skin care, makeup brushes, fragrance... You name it. These cases have soft little clear feet on the bottom to guard against them sliding and make them furniture friendly.
Caboodles Cosmetic Cutie Organizer, $15.99 has ten compartments to easily store skin care, makeup, brushes, Q-Tips, Cotton pads... I really like this little organizer. The lid will work on the square compartment on either side. I just wonder why there aren't two. But for the quality build of the item and the price, I can't really gripe.
As you can see, there is lots of room to arrange beauty supplies just the way you like and the crystal clear acrylic looks so sleek and clean on my dressing table.
Kantek Acrylic Mini Sorter, $11.93 is a two section letter organizer that does a very nice job of holding and displaying a few palettes. I actually meant to order this one because it was a Prime Deal of the day but somehow, I ended up ordering the one, you see. I can always pick up the other one, some day.
This letter organizer easily holds and displays palettes of various sizes and thicknesses without falling over or blocking the pretty packaging. I mean, isn't pretty packaging half the reason why we buy a great palette?
While I like how these lipstick holders look, a couple of mine won't hold larger tubes, like the ones in the try to the side but they do hold up to a Tom Ford lipstick, easily. Ideally, I'd love a lipstick holder that can accommodate the big and awkward sized lippies, too.
Acrylic is not difficult to take care of. To maintain their clarity and sparkle, I dust mine, on a regular basis and when they start looking smudged and dusting or spot wiping up isn't doing the job, any longer, I empty the organizers and clean them with plain water in a spray bottle and a lint free cotton cloth. If that isn't doing it, into a sink full of warm, soapy water, they go to be washed, rinsed then dried. Do not use glass cleaner or alcohol on acrylic, as the material will craze and discolour. All of these items are available and you still have plenty of time to order and receive them in time for gift giving if you use Amazon Prime. You can also use EBATES. If you aren't already a member, it's fast, easy and free to sign up and when you do, you get ten dollars! Just click the little EBATES icon in my sidebar and you're on your way to getting paid to shop.
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