More of a Rant than a Post, really….

Ladies, Ladies, Ladies.  Are you still wearing eye liner under your eyes?  Are you over 40?  Well, stop.  Most of you, just stop.

Ok, I’m really talking about liquid eyeliner.  The kind you draw on with a brush and it drys and cakes up and by the middle of the afternoon it’s mostly worn off.  You know who you are.

By the time we have a couple of “lines” around our eyes we have to change up the makeup game.  Soften the look.  Open the eye.

Yes, I wear color under my lower lash – the outer half – not all the way into the corner.  And, I use eye shadow or a soft pencil (or eye gel for a bit more drama) and never, never black – gray or brown or even navy blue.

And, I wear line my upper lid.  Again, just the outer third – not even half – and not all the way into the corner.  Lining the upper lid completely will tend to close off your lid.  Especially if you have a more hooded eyelid.  And, again, no black – gray, brown or maybe a dark mauve or navy blue.

You can have fun with color – Lord knows I do – but be a bit more soft with the look.

There.  I hope I haven’t offended too many of you.  Just my little make up rant.  Need help?  Come on in and we’ll experiment.

Product of the Month – Face Nourisher

Global warming or not, this weather has been wreaking havoc on skin.  Is it too warm?  Is it too cold?  This is the month to MOISTURIZE.  Fortunately, I have a plethora of Credential moisturizer choices but, this month, I choose to highlight my new fav – Face Nourisher.

Face Nourisher contains 7 – count ’em – 7 – highly potent antioxidants and 14 – yes, 14 – skin nourishing botanicals.  The latest technologies to maintain hydration are featured including yeast derived glycoproteins, licorice and yucca extracts.  Skin smoothing squalane (from olives) defends against environmental stress and preserves emolliency.  A, E, C, CoQ10 and Bisabolol are in there also.  Who could ask for more wonderful goodies in one little product?  Oh, and it’s good for all skin types.  Oh, oh, and a 2 oz. jar retails for just $35 (take that, you overpriced big name products!)

And, then there’s Face Nourisher’s leetle friend, Eye Nourisher.  First, let’s discuss why you might want a separate creme for your eye.  It’s simple, really.  The pores around your eyes are smaller than the pores on your face.  The molecules of an eye creme are smaller than those in a face creme.  Voila!  The eye creme will penetrate those tiny little pores and your face creme won’t.  Want to reduce those pesky little lines around your eye?  Use an eye creme.

Again, Credentials offers many eye cremes but my fav is Eye Nourisher.  A unique blend of green tea, licorice, fruit extracts, CoQ10 and Vitamin A  pampers, hydrates and plumps to perfection!  What price for this little miracle, you ask?  Just $25 for a 1 oz jar.

Let me know and I will be more than happy to hook you up with these 2 little beauties or some other wonderful moisturizer.



This entry was posted on January 14, 2013.

I had my eyebrows tattooed!

So….I got my eyebrows tattooed. Ouch, you say. Yeah, a bit. Not nearly as much I as thought it might. I’ve had a couple of other “real” tattoos so really no more than they hurt. More of a “sting”. Is the little bit of pain worth it? Yeah. Especially if you have scant, balding little eyebrows like I had. Really, my eyebrows have never been bold and thick like I covet on other women (and believe me, I check out everyone’s eyebrows). But, bald patches and non-existent “tails” are not attractive. Could I have continued to fill in with either powder or pencil? Sure. But, there was never any consistency, it would wear off during the day and I just was never happy with it. Price $125 + tip.
I was referred to Jan at Skin Illustrations – . Jan is about my age, owns the business along with her husband, has been doing permanent makeup for 12 years (that’s all she does re tattooing) and so is very invested in how it goes. We met for a consultation a week prior to the deed, talked about shape, color and vision. I looked at her album of before and afters and was gratified to see I knew 3 or 4 of her clients and would not have guessed they had their eyebrows done. The actual appointment to tattoo took about 1.5 hours. She is that thorough. And, I’ll probably go back in 30 days for a touch up. After living with them for just a couple of days, I already know I want a change here and there.
How do they look? Okay, the first day they looked a little Groucho Marxy to me and I was a little anxious. But, the next day when I put on full makeup, they looked fabulous. So far no one has said anything or stared weirdly at my brows like some men stare at breasts (although I imagine now those of you who read this might).
My friend who got her brows done a few weeks ago said she was going to look fabulous every day when she goes to the nursing home. I hope we won’t look like Betty Davis or that they don’t turn purple when I’m 90, like my niece said they might. But, either way, we’ll be very colorful in the nursing home and that’s a good goal to have. Plus, if I make it to 90, who cares what my brows look like! Maybe I’ll just go back in for a touch up.

This entry was posted on November 12, 2012.

Vitamin A – the Miracle Vitamin for your face

Vitamin A – or Retinol – has value for skin on several fronts.

  • It is a cell-communicating ingredient.  It actually tells the skin to behave in a young and healthy way.
  • Retinol helps the skin produce healthier cells or collagen.
  • It is a powerful antioxidant – it neutralizes free radicals, calming the skin and decreasing stress factors.
  • Its exfoliation properties get rid of dead skin cells and allows new ones to grow.
  • Regular use can help restructure skin.
  • It is effective in treating acne as well as wrinkles.

I have been using Credentials Vitamin A serum every night for almost a year.  I can see a difference in fine lines and dark spots.

Ask me about it.  $32 of miracle stuff.

This entry was posted on April 16, 2012.