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.
Yes, I know that this is posting a little late. Sue me.
I love beauty box subscription services. For a small monthly outlay, I receive in the mail a little box packed with beauty goodies ranging from skin care to hair care, nail pretties to makeup and it's all a guessing game as to what I'll find when I open it up. It's so much fun.
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Fashion Flash - Let's call it Galentine's Day Edition is hosted by Ladies Roadmap with JoJami and Lana. Here is a peek at what the ladies of Fashion Flash have up our sleeves, this week:
that perfect red polish
getting out on the dating scene, again
a fabulous giveaway
a heart shaped blush stamp
heart healthy Valentine's choccies
go on a romantic cruise
a hydrating facial serum you need
💖💖 Happy Caturday, everyone and welcome to The Beauty Spotlight Team. This week, love is in the air and the Beauty Spotlight Team bloggers are here to help you have your happiest and most beautiful Galentine's Day, ever. We have beautiful skin and hair care, stunning makeup, glorious holiday nail art and a fabulous giveaway just waiting for you so come on in and let's get this party started!
Gentle reader, are you as sick and damned tired of winter as I am? I swear that the cold and wind, running the furnace and my fireplace are conspiring to wreck my face. If you feel the same way, read on because I am going to share something that I believe will help.
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This paraben and preservative free hydrating serum helps combat the visible signs of aging. Plant stem cells help to support the critical skin cells needed for healthy looking skin, and help to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while rice, soy and sweet almond extracts and hyaluronic acid plump surface skin cells and help to increase the skin’s ability to retain moisture. Powerful patented anti-oxidant blend of white, red and green tea extracts combined with goji berry, pomegranate and grape seed extracts help to neutralize free radicals, protect skin from environmental toxins and combat the visible signs of premature aging. After using this hydrating serum, skin is left firmer, smoother and more youthful in appearance.
Yes. Yes and yes.
Why It's a Favorite of MineJune Jacobs Intensive Age Defying Hydrating Serum is a silky, feather light liquid that has a very light, natural rose scent that dissipates upon application. As I pat this serum on, it drops into my skin and instantly goes to work, hydrating and nourishing my complexion, leaving it feeling velvety soft, smooth and comfortable. As lovely as that feels, it is after I apply face cream that the real magic happens. I don't know how it does it but this serum amps up any moisturizer or eye cream I use, instantly transforming it into an hydrating powerhouse. Even moisturizers that I formerly found a bit too light for my very dry skin suddenly work for me. It's just the craziest, most amazing thing!
The result of using this serum consistently is that my skin is overall more deeply hydrated and it feels softer and firmer, especially along the tops of my cheekbones and my jawline and it looks plumped up; my fine lines and wrinkles appear smoother and diminished and my complexion has a lovely, natural glow. I have yet to combine use of the June Jacobs serum with any other skin care product in my arsenal and have them not get on together. Whether I use a lightweight lotion or cream, my normal rich, ultra hydrating moisturizers or go with a facial oil or combo, it just works, every time.
I am not someone who uses words and phrases like holy grail or must have lightly. I can happily use them for this lovely stuff. I also don't tend to keep many backup products around. I have backup bottles of a couple of very special nail polishes, one of a favorite cleansing balm that I love and of course, this serum, as it is a product that I don't ever want to be caught without.
Where to Buy ItThe June Jacobs Intensive Age Defying Hydrating Serum is a little spendy at $140.00 a bottle but in my opinion, it is worth every penny. If you sign up for the June Jacobs newsletter, you can save 15% on a future purchase and they do run specials. There is also EBATES to help defray the cost even more. If you are not familiar with EBATES or have never used them, simply put EBATES is an effortless online rebate program that costs you nothing to join or use and with the click of a button, pays you back cash for shopping. How easy and fantastic is that? I mean, if you're going to shop online, anyway why not get paid for it?
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I have been seeing the Juno & Co. Velvet Microfiber Makeup Application Sponges all over the place and I was curious about how well they really work so I was happy to give them a go, when they came my way.
What It Is The Juno & Co. Velvet Microfiber Sponge is an hydrophilic polyurethane sponge that has a flat bottom for fast, effortless blending all over the face while the angled cutout is perfect for getting into tight spots around the eyes, nose, mouth and chin and you can gently "roll" the curved back across the skin to put the polish on your flawless finish. The Microfiber Velvet Sponge is perfect for precise application and blending of creme or liquid concealer, contour and highlight and it blends creme blush into the cheeks for a lit from within flush.
The silky soft, microfiber velvet coating was created to hold more of your foundation or concealer on the surface of the sponge so that you can use less makeup and get the even, full coverage look that you want, every day. If, like me you prefer lighter coverage, this little guy can deliver it. Grab a dry sponge and you have a powder puff that can be used to lightly set your whole face or place powder just where you like for baking.
How to Use and Care For These SpongesThis sponge is so easy to use. I get it good and wet under the faucet then squeeze out the excess water. I dot on a little of my foundation then bounce one of the flat edges on my face to quickly blend my makeup into my skin, giving me a light, fresh finish.
Cleaning my Juno & Co. Microfiber Velvet Sponge is a snap. Some nice warm water and a little Dawn dish liquid cleans away the most stubborn makeup, even under eye corrector out of the sponge, leaving it sparkling clean. Read my article about how I clean my beauty sponges. To answer the question, do I love them or did I leave them the answer is... I like them. While they will never by my Number One, they are solid performers that give me the results I want and I enjoy using them.
How is it February, already? Time. It just flies faster and faster as I get older. Somehow that is so unfair! One good thing about another week having gone by is of course, a new edition of Fashion Flash, our weekly e-news letter for forty plus readers.
This week, Fashion flash is hosted by Marcia at Beauty Info Zone. She's got a great lineup of fun reads and I've got a little sneaky-peeky:
what to do to shed those pounds once and for all
a list of the best podcasts
does smiling cause wrinkles?
a podcast about wine
a year of skin care faves
new hair care
flaxseed a superfood?
a new discovery
a realistic weight loss plan
Enjoy these great reads and have a wonderful week!
Well, today is the day when a bunch of people get together and haul a poor, sleeping marmot out of his warm, dark den and make him tell us when spring will arrive. My calendar says March 20th. In about six weeks. Hmmm...
Today is also my first post as a new member of The Beauty Spotlight Team! Enjoy this week's roundup and don't forget to stop in and say hi to the newbies and some old timers returning from hiatus.
Blushing Noir stepped out of her comfort zone this week and proved that people over 35 can wear pink eyeshadow & shimmer! Check out her tutorial on the Lime Crime Venus III Eyeshadow Palette & see how wearable this look can be!
If you're looking for some skincare to promote a glowing healthy look, maybe Polarbelle can help.These products work for anyone, even the over 40's like Shelley.
The NEW Aftelier Perfumes Lavender Face Elixir is, without question, a peerless and otherworldly luxury lavender face oil. Lola's Secret Beauty Blog has never found a more exquisite lavender oil, and its creamy, warm and delectable aroma is smooth, hypnotic and intoxicatingly beautiful. It is unlike any lavender that you have smelled, and it truly must be experienced to be believed. #AftelierPerfumes #AftelierPerfumesLavenderFaceElixir
Thank you for stopping by and reading. I hope that you enjoyed this week's Beauty Spotlight Team roundup. Welcome to new gentle readers and I hope that you'll stop by again, soon!
Oh! And in case you were wondering, old Punxsutawney Phil isn't very accurate. He's only been right about 39% of the time in the 120 - plus years he and his ancestors have been doing this gig. Maybe it's time to just leave the little dude to his dreams and I don't know... Watch The Weather Channel, maybe?