Thursday, May 25, 2017

Glowing Out Loud!

So didja miss me?

It has actually been since January of this year that I last posted. But I need to share some new cosmetics tips with you, my friends.

I have found an amazing new (to me) line:  It used to be Boots No. 7...now it goes by No. 7. You can buy it in Target stores, Walgreens and cosmetics shops.  They are great quality products and, I am happy to report, they do NOT test on animals. This British line is in easy to handle containers with clean, clear labeling.

And the Lift and Luminate Foundation is, no lie, a great make up for women "of a certain age"!
I went to a specific Walgreens that does No. 7 Foundation matching through a "scientific" system. It was an unimpressive system and was actually wrong. The Cosmetics rep tried to put me in a foundation that was two shades darker than my skin and it made my skin look muddy. But they do let you try it on in the store, so you can find the best true color for your face. (They have makeup wipes to clean your skin before and during the tests). I ended up buying Cool Vanilla which was the lightest color available and it is a perfect match.

Here's the reason it rocks:  It actually does luminate my face.  I have a glow on my face.  A shine. And it is flattering and makes me look more youthful.  I wore it to my volunteer job and kept getting compliments from a sweet young man who just raved about how good I looked.  It was the foundation.

I was watching "Grace and Frankie" on Netflix and noticed that Jane Fonda (who looks so freaking beautiful) has a glowy face. She has that dewy glisten on her cheekbones, forehead and looks great.

I have since decided not to put any on my nose or chin, because I get extra shiny there. So I just put primer and powder on those areas. And I even add some additional MAC Strobe Creme on my cheek bones (being round faced, they are hard to find).  I don't use any powder on the remainder of my face. And I love how I look with this great makeup.

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I also have their Face Serum, based on a recommendation my little sister saw on a TV show. I haven't seen any improvement but it sure feels good.

And when my current mascara and lipsticks run out, I'm going to buy their brand, as well.

So, ladies, it isn't expensive (approx. $17), it is flattering and God's creatures will thank you for not buying from brands that torture animals to sell product.

If you do decide to buy it, please let me know what you think. I hope you will find it to be exactly what you want in a youthful, less ageing face.

This quote is perfect for today's post:

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Until next time, I remain,

Stylistically yours,

Sooz

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Do You Smell What I Smell?

It has been waaay too long since I posted. Not because I'm lazy (okay, maybe a little) but mostly because I had run out of topics.

But today, it is chilly outside so I feel this is a great time to talk about winter wear.

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First, let me say that my old Moto jacket that I wrote about a couple of years ago finally had to go to the trash. If you recall, it was black vinyl with shiny "gold" zippers that I bought at Ross for next to nothing and I loved it. However, having hung it in an upstairs closet all summer, the heat "cooked" it and the first cold day this season, when I wore it, it started shredding and falling apart. It took me a month to be able to throw it away.

So Santa brought me a lambskin leather one. It is sooo soft and has a card that came with it that it comes from a farm that states "the leather used in this garment originates from animals reared on farms for food purposes, never from animals reared solely for the purpose of commercializing their hides."  Somehow, that makes me feel better about wearing it.

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Now back to my post....

It is cold outside, no matter where you live, and here's today's topic....smells.

Do you store your wool and cashmere in mothballs and then pull them out to wear?  If you do, do you notice people moving away from you in cashier lines and other crowds. Hopefully, you don't use mothballs because they are so toxic in your breathing.

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I have found cedar to be much nicer for your clothes, your lungs and your home. I buy cedar squares and put them in my closets, drawers and stored clothing.  Every Spring season, I spray them with cedar spray that I buy at Ace Hardware to refresh the cedar's ability to repel moths and worms.
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And for my new jacket, I am going back to Ace Hardware for a nice leather protection cream before I store it for next year. And am packing a couple of silica packets in with it. Mildew can be a problem in damp old Florida.

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If you do use mothballs, be sure to spray with a mixture of vinegar and water and hang the garment in the sun. You may have to do that several times to get rid of the odor.

Cedar's odor, however, is lovely and will not offend. It might even make you feel you are walking in a forest!

So, enjoy wearing your warmer clothes out and wash your hands to avoid colds and flu!

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Until next time, I remain,

Stylistically yours,


Sooz



Sunday, September 11, 2016

A Few Things To Bring Up Today!

There's a lot to share with you on this post.

1.  I bought a great pair of espadrilles at TJ Maxx (online price was $70...I paid $29.99). And, just like a million years ago in high school, they rubbed blisters on my heels right away.
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 I used to spend the first month of school wearing bandaids on my heels every day until my shoes were broken in...or my feet were.

There was not the great solution and outstanding product that you can buy now and, trust me, these are amazing!

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I buy the nude ones at Payless Shoes for under $5.  You peel the sticky back off and place them in the counter part of your shoe. They cushion and protect and prevent chafing and rubbing.  I buy them in bulk because almost every shoe I wear tries to cripple me. The only negative is that the glue doesn't really hold as well as I'd like, so a little Gorilla Glue when they let go will fix you up perfectly.


2.  I was sitting in church a while ago and was gobsmacked at how many women were wearing white clothes and the labels inside were big, bold and obvious.  So I want to say, unless you really care about the washing instructions or if you want everyone to know it is a designer piece, you should cut those obnoxious labels out. Use manicure scissors and cut the labels as close to the seam as possible.
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It's like those tags on your pillows and mattress that say "do not remove under penalty of law"...their message is not for you, but for the sales team. You have complete authority and permission to remove any and all labels from your bedding and your clothes. Now!
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And how many times have your tags stuck out of your back neckline?  End that problem by removing your tags the same time you remove the price tags. Besides, those tags frequently show your size! Yikes!

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3.  A friend just shared with me a list of cosmetics firms that do not test on animals and is cruelty free. Sadly, L`Oreal is not one of them (RIP) but there are many other firms that are affordable.  I have posted it below from Pinterest. And quit buying from firms that think torturing animals to sell cosmetics is acceptable. It isn't.
List of 100% Cruelty-Free Brands (2016): Cruelty-free makeup, skincare, and hair care brands! Updated 2016. #crueltyfree #makeup:

4.  I recently bought two workout, racer back bras at Marshall's for only $12.99.  I have resisted buying workout bras because they all have padding. But, happily I discovered, that padding can be removed and stuck into a drawer.  I don't want "the girls" to salute anyone but I also don't want them to be enhanced. So if you're like me, take `em out and put them away. Go buy new ones periodically and don't forget to lift weights....they grow bones better than taking calcium!


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So with that in mind,


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Until next time, I remain stylistically yours,

Sooz

Sunday, August 21, 2016

I Read Something Really Wonderful! So I'm Sharing With You....

Things You Shouldn’t Wear After 50

 February 5, 2015 by  Combs 


Google ‘what not to wear after age 50’ and you will have your pick of thousands of articles telling you what looks terrible on your old ass body.

I want to point out to the writer who wrote the ‘no-no’ article, you need to remember you are writing for women over age 50, not preschoolers. I don’t think I’ve said ‘no-no’ since my youngest was a toddler.

We could spend hours studying the clothes we shouldn’t wear and the slang we shouldn’t use and the makeup techniques we need to retire.
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Here’s me, weighing in on this topic.

You are over 50 for f***'s sake. Wear whatever you want. If you’ve made it to 50 and still need to consult articles on how to dress appropriately then you are so missing out on one of the best things about being over 50. One of the best things about getting older is realizing that we don’t have to spend our energy worrying what other people think and we get to be comfortable in our own skin with our own freak flags.
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Still, there are a few things that women over 50 really shouldn’t wear:

1.  The weight of the world. When you wear the weight of the world on your shoulders, you age. If you like the feel of the world’s weight and don’t want to give it up, then try scaling back a bit. Perhaps just wear the weight of a few of the smaller continents. For instance, I am only wearing the weight of Australia and a made up country called ‘Michelloponia’. I think they have a slimming effect.

2.  Shame and regret. So few people can carry this look off. Most of us just end up looking haunted or like we were forced to eat liver and onions. Shame and regret are especially hard to wear after fifty. Wearing shame and regret past fifty is one of those things that make your eyes all red and runny looking. The downward spiral just snowballs from there. Once the eyes get old lady looking, then you have to re-evaluate the wisdom of black eye liner. I say give up wearing shame and regret and f*** giving up on black eye liner.

3.  Rose colored glasses. Oh, sweetheart, you know who you are. Those glasses do nothing for you. Not only do they make you look like you’ve been smoking weed for days, they also keep you from examining life and your surroundings realistically. Yes, reality sucks, but by the time we hit fifty, we need to suck it up, take those glasses off and dick punch reality into submission. Or just get some really big dark sunglasses instead. They cover all manner of sins.
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4.  Stiff upper lip. There is a time and a place for the stiff upper lip, but damn, it can’t be worn all the time. Too much stiff upper lip causes those funky vertical lines between your upper lip and your nose holes. We don’t always have to be stoic. I’m not suggesting that you wear your heart on your sleeve, but that is a much softer look than wearing a stiff upper lip.

5.  Too many hats. Personally, I can’t pull off wearing one hat much less many hats. I don’t have a hat head. My hair poofs out and my ears look like car doors when I wear a hat. Wearing too many hats just exacerbates these issues. When you wear too many hats, it’s easy to forget which hat you’re wearing. For instance, are you wearing the ‘no nonsense corporate’ hat when you meant to wear your ‘quirky and kicked back’ hat? We’re not getting any younger, you know. Sooner or later you’re going to accidentally wear your court jester hat to the gynecologist and then where will you be? I’ll tell you where you’ll be. You’ll be in an undignified position and wearing a stupid hat is where you’ll be.
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6.  Resting bitch face. Hahahahaha! Just kidding. Wear that one all you want. Although, it wouldn’t hurt if every once in a while, you had a welcoming and kind look on your face. At least that’s what I hear from other people.

There isn’t anything wrong with getting advice about updating your look or what to wear, but we are just inundated with that shit, aren’t we?

Who says what is appropriate? From where I sit, it seems ‘appropriate’ changes based on geography, social status, income and size. After a while, the advice becomes a confusing blur. I think I’ll just keep wearing my Keds and jeans and black tee shirts.
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Oh, I do have one real tip. Stop wearing holiday theme clothes. Seriously.

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So, I felt this had a valuable message in a fun, different voice than mine. She's right, about how to live your best life....including not wearing holiday themed clothes!


Until next time, I remain, 

Stylistically yours,

Sooz