Ok, Mr. DeMille…

Feb 26, 2011 | Beauty and Style | 22 comments

What I 
about Blogland is you girls that will just write me up and ask me just about anything from why I don’t take my kids to the doctor to the paint color formula in my kitchen!  Perhaps it’s the safety in the certain amount of anonymity maintained thru the internet or perhaps it’s the boldness that email allows us!
In the last year or so some have come in inquiring about  my preferred “beauty products.”  So hey,
why not?
I love to go without makeup and it’s not hard to do with three munchkins and no other Mom’s to impress (since I don’t drop them off for school in the morning, if I did… Yikes, I would be wicked competitive).  But every time I take the time to put even just a little makeup on I think, “What is my PROBLEM?  I should do everyone a favor and do this every day!”  I know it’s just a phase of life… and with how sick I have been… looking like death warmed over even more than normal… in fact… the other day I went to a funeral and it was sad in more ways than the obvious cause I felt GREAT!  Full makeup, clean hair, great ensemble… 
Pitiful really.  
The slacker snares of being a stay at home Momma.
I sold cosmetics, BeautiControl, in fact for a LONG time, a long time ago.  I was a maniac, 24 recruited consultants, conventions… I was young though and it was hard to sell their amazing products (most of the anti-aging) to women 15+ years older than me.  Sometimes I think about going back to it…
But in the meantime we all have to be grateful for what we have to work with and find products out there to pick up the slack where needed… I hope I don’t read like I am completely obsessed with my appearance… if I was I would weigh 115 pounds and wouldn’t wear my pyjamas around the house like I love to do, but taking care of yourself can be fun… Here are the products that THRILL me and simply help create a clean, fresh palette (aside from the red lipgloss) and make me feel like I can walk out the front door!
Beauty Elixir is no joke… my sister and I SWEAR we are prettier after just a few squirts. I know I’ve included it in giveaways and probably mentioned it a hundred times on this blog… Based on the recipe used my 17th Century Hungarian queens this is what I use for a Toner/Tonic after washing my face.  ALL Caudalie products are life changing but this is the one I would start with if I were you.  It comes with a hefty price tag but my aunt once told me as a child, “Pain for Beauty.”  She is now 60 and looks fab!
BeautiControl’s Regeneration Gold Eye Cream… in fact, skip the Gold and just go straight to their Platinum one.  Say goodbye to puff, stuff and purple and “Bonjour!” to younger looking eyes.  I have… now don’t laugh... I have been using their eye creams since I was 17 and am happy to say that at 35 I have NO crows feet… straight faced that is… I did just notice them in the last year when I break into a big smile though… bummer… 
suppose you can’t avoid that one.
Someday, when I am done having babies I am gonna go get my face SANDBLASTED!  I have so many dark spots and uneven pigmentation around my forehead, temples and mouth it drives me nuts.  I went to Sephora, on my 35th birthday last year sans makeup last year and said, while making frantic gestures to my melasma ridden face, “Hook me UP!”  And boy did they.  This is tattoo concealer and it ROCKS!  It’s not like spackle… it’s nice and light but it does the trick.  
Hello uniformity!
When I was there they gave me a sample for the at-the-time-new BareMinerals Matte loose powder… I was a smitten kitten and think it will be a long time til something can impress me as much as this foundation has!  
Oh my gosh.  Do I LOVE eyebrows!??? Or, “eyebrowns” as Amélie calls them.  I am crazy for them and could easily be “The Eyebrow Fairy” and just walk around all day, tweezing, waxing and penciling in woman’s brows.  I can not TELL you how many brows I have shaped in the last 15 years.  I am obsessed with the proper shape… really, I could roam the streets like the Eyebrow police.  Maybe I’ll give a tutorial on the blog here someday… I am SO jealous of you girls with thick, afro-brows to work with!  
BUT would you believe, with how obsessed I am and how I think/thought I knew everything, one of those scary-over-made-up ladies at Sephora suggested that mine were coming down too far on the outsides, thus making my face droop down?  Darned if she wasn’t right.  It was like an instant face lift!  Now I am even more dangerous, and with this Anastasia pencil… this pencil ROCKS, I just converted someone else last month.  And I used to be a die-hard brown eyeshadow user!  This pencil draws “like” real hairs or just fills in.  It doesn’t smudge, the colors she offers are perfect, real hair colors, not those bizarre colors that some brow pencils are.   Really, I know I overuse the word “love” but I LOVE this pencil, and after using it, sigh a sincere, 
“That’s better.”
Silly, I know.
While we are on the eyes… I have two words for you:
I like to wear LOTS of mascara, and this one is amazing!  It builds your lashes for REAL! This mascara makes your lashes so long it’s scary and you can work it into the base of your lashes to get that thick look too.  For someone who does like a lot of mascara this one is nice because I can put on a bunch of coats and it still slides right off when I wash my face at night.  (If you are a light mascara user you will get long, individual, natural looking lashes with Fiber Wig)   Follow up with an eyelash conditioner for the evening – they are wonderful.
I suppose you could say all blushes are created equal… but then, along came Cargo’s Blue-Ray line.  Supposedly made for high-def T.V. this blush is not too pigment heavy making it easy to add more instead of trying to blend out a disaster, it’s very luminescent and the colors are youthful and natural.  

You already know my obsession with my “signature reds”….

Here’s my cheap little secret.  Available at Target for FOUR BUCKS!  Lippin Large is a WONDERFUL everyday lipgloss, I believe the name of the color I like is Toffee Kiss, unless that’s the brownest one of the bunch… whatever one it is (it’s worn off my tube) the one I use is the most neutral… not pink, not brown, just right in the middle.  It totally brightens your face and is killer if you have just used your Crest White Strips!
Oh- that was too fun… I could get totally carried away and start posting eye shadow techniques and all sorts of craziness but I think you can find most of that stuff on Youtube.   
After 7 minutes with the products listed above…
“I’m ready for my close up.”
What products get your ready for YOURS??


  1. Theanne and Baron

    I have so not worn makeup for years…Don loved me with it or without it! But I enjoyed your post, I love “listening” to the young women of today talking about their makeup.

  2. Privet and Holly

    Thanks for sharing
    your beauty secrets!
    I try to go minimal
    so that when I want
    to go MAX I am able
    to shine a bit more : )
    Congrats on Artful
    Blogger, too!
    xx Suzanne

  3. Jamie Willow

    I also have uneven pigmentation on my forehead as a result of pregnancy. I went to a dermatologist recently and wondered if she would even notice and she honed right in on it with in a second of looking at me. sheesh! I didn’t think it was all that obvious. Anyhow, I am now putting on bleaching moisturizer 2x a day and supposedly within 6 mo it should be gone.

    anyhow…loved the blog, it is always nice to take a peek into someone else’s medicine cabinet…and once upon a time we had to sneak a peak when we were over for dinner and using the restroom quickly…I like this way better 🙂

  4. Semi Expat

    Love these beauty tips and secrets – thank you! You look great in your blog title photo by the way…! X

  5. TheEccentricLady

    Thanks for the BeautiControl plug! We have a great age spot product that would work on the pigment problem and their Tight, Fill and Firm products rock. I don’t wear anything but eye shadow and my skin looks good because of it! I love being 50 coz “I can do what I want” and no make up is one of them!

  6. Farmchick

    I also love the bare minerals powder. Nothing like it.

  7. Alice

    I’ve never worn makeup. Growing up my father thought it made girls look like ladies of the evening. And later when I was on my own I found that I am allergic to most of the ingredients in makeup. It’s such a hassle to spend money on the next best thing only to find it doesn’t work.

    So my beauty secrets: Stay out of the sun, wear sunscreen when you have to be in the sun, drink lots of water, don’t smoke, don’t drink excessivly. I just turned 48 today and have no wrinkles or sun spots.

    But I’ll be honest, I’m totally jealous of women who can rock the makeup while still looking very natural.

  8. Lorilee

    I would love a tutorial on “eyebrowns”.

  9. Mrs. B.

    On my most minimal of days I am a mascara girl. LOTS of mascara – just the classic (cheapy) stuff in the pink & green tube works for me.

    But, alas, I think I am in dire need of your help (or someone’s!) for my eyebrowns. Or, more accurately, the blonde catapillars that live above my eyes. They’re bad. Bushy and bad.

  10. Caitlin

    I’m a soap and water girl with a bare minerals base and a little mascara.

    I can’t wait to try out the Fiber Wig! My lashes are blonde so I need all the help I can get. I wish you were close enough to doctor my brows. They are blonde and barely there. I haven’t had to tweeze since I was 25.

    Thanks for the list!

  11. Joannah

    I think you might want to consider a photo facial when you’re done having babies. I’ve had two or three in the past. I had a darkish spot, two cherry angiomas, and lots of broken capillaries. The dark spot and the angiomas were history after just one photo facial! I hate the sensation of the photo facial, but the results are nice.

  12. Parisienne Farmgirl

    I totally get you about going minimal so you can ROCK it when you need to!
    Your experience sounds like mine, I went for the first time last summer about my “spots” and I thought for sure I would at least get some sort of positive affirmation like, “Well, you don’t have any wrinkles and that’s great for your age but…” and NADA! She honed right in on all my problems… in the meantime her skin looked like fricken’ satin and she had to be 55 years old. Humbling.
    The TIght Firm and Fill products ROCK!!!

  13. Genuine Lustre

    Thanks for sharing these.
    At age 45, I have become high maintenance — thin dry skin (a lifetime of outdoor winter sports) with hormonal breakouts on my chin.
    I like Aveeno tinted moisturizer mixed with L’oreal Age Perfect foundation – a tiny blob of each and applied with a damp sponge.
    I cleanse by massaging in olive oil and wiping off with a warm cloth. Coconut Oil makes a good night cream, and Clearasil as needed!

  14. bv

    …hope you get a bit of credit…i just bought 4 products you mentioned…love shopping on a sat morn in pj’s…i will let you know how ‘beautiful’ i get…love, love, love your blog. you are a perfect mix. we may have been seperated at birth except I am 30years older!

  15. Mari

    Lucky I know my tattoo concealers :)))) but for those who cannot read the funky gothic print sideways, it’s Kat von D Tattoo Concealer. Sephora exclusive.

  16. Lylah Ledner

    What a very fun post! Loved reading what you love…and some of those items I’ll have to check out!

    xoxo lylah

  17. Tracie~MyPetiteMaison

    I go au naturel every Sunday and am finding much more of the time now that I work from home selling French goods from my store. Thanks for passing along some of the products you love, I am a real lip gloss fan, who isn’t?

    For skincare, I love Melvita goods from France and can’t get enough of them. Love so much that they do no animal testing themselves and voice against it too. They’re ecological & organic, of course.
    Happy Sunday, hope things are great w/you!

  18. Renata

    Oh you put me to shame! I loved this post & reading all your secret potions! I need to get some of that mascara – my husband says I am “eyelash impaired” – of course he has the most long, luscious eyelashes imaginable (thankfully the kids take after him)!
    Hope you have a wonderful day & begin to feel better!

  19. Priscilla

    Super fun post.
    My daughter has golden eyelashes and has them dyed regularly. So nice for her not to have black streaks running down her face in the pool!
    Have you tried any of the Benefit products? The “Stay Don’t Stray” base for eye mak-up and “Benitint” rose perfumed tint for cheeks and lips are great.
    I like Este Lauder products for older skin, of which I have lots. I’ve given up mascara because of allergies thus producing too many tears.
    You are so very French in your thinking. I read somewhere that women in Texas spend the most on makeup, but the women in France spend the most on skin care. And I think they look much better. (I’m French)

  20. Stephanie

    Great list. I keep meaning to try that elixir you mention. I have tried to find a good drugstore mascara that meets my long list of criteria, but I keep going back to YSL Faux Cils. I just bought a fresh tube and it reconfirms my love of it every time I go back to it.

    For moisturizer, I’ve been using regular old Olay unscented. It does nothing for the glam factor in packaging, but my skin seems to like it. Sometimes I think our grandmothers were onto something with that brand.

  21. Victoria

    I got a great book idea the other day (one I would actually love to write) and make-up would be a good topic to include.

    I received my sephora order yesterday, immediately tried all the products and as very disappointed. Maybe I should’ve invested in more pricey stuff, but figured the namesake brand would do. Not so.
    I’m very conflicted now because I’d love to look great but can’t afford the $18 eyeliner because I wear it every day.

  22. Karina Russell

    I was a BeautiControl consultant too. These days, I love Smashbox anything, especially Photo Finish.


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