Beauty routine - just for fun

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Beauty routine - just for fun
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Sun, 07-21-2013 - 11:12am

I went to a posh party last night and went through "the works" to get ready for it. I thought about all of the products I use to get ready and I just wondered what other women do. I want to know in detail!

1. Nails. I started on Wednesday. I took off the old toenail polish and filed my nails. Then Thursday night I applied the polish (a coat of Chip Skip, two coats of OPI "Big Apple Red" and a top coat of Seche Vite). I didn't paint my fingernails, I just keep them filed and buffed. (but I love having painted fingernails!)

2. Hair. I use a Dove moisturizing shampoo and conditioner then use mousse (also Dove) before styling. I use three different sized round brushes to blow-dry my hair, pinning it up in sections to dry the lower part first. Once I cool off from that, I use a flat iron. If I need a little more umph, I use my 1 1/2 inch curling iron to add a little roundness, which I did last night. I have a bit of a cowlick that makes my hair look thin in that spot, so I apply a little "Joan Rivers Good Hair Day" which is basically just eyeshadow you apply with a specially made long brush. After all of this styling, I usually have a few hairs sticking up and I hit those with a tiny bit of hairspray. My hair is very high maintenance. I have it colored every 3 weeks and have highlights thrown in once in a while. It's naturally wavy, but not in a good way, and a bit on the thin side.

3. Makeup. It starts with Smashbox lid primer so that my eyeshadow will last and be truer to color. I put a little on my nose, too so I don't get the Rudolf look. Then Estee Lauder concealer under the eyes. I blend two shades of L'Oreal compact makeup, followed by Neutragena powdered blush. Then lip liner and lipstick, topped with a translucent glossy lipstick. Next, the eyeshadow: Bobbi Brown (love the matte finish) "Bone" in the corners near my nose, followed by Slate on the lids. Then I get out my wonderful eyeliner brush which I've had for over 20 years leftover from this wonderful eyeliner Clinique used to make. I wet it and use BB "Smoke" to line my eyes on top lid only. This is followed by a little "Smoke" added with a dry brush on the lower lid. Then I apply a little "Slate" to my eyebrows with a brush. I curl my lashes, and apply Maybelline Great Lash, top lashes only.

4. Legs. It's so hot in Florida, it's torture to wear pantyhose, but my legs need some help. I usually use a self tanner and that hides the flaws in my skin pretty well, but last night I used Sally Hansen "Airbrush Legs". I have a lot of sun damaged spots and some broken capillaries (I am 59 after all), so I touched those up with a little concealer.

5. Clothes and accessories. I chose a Banana Republic sleeveless little black dress. I have to wear a strapless bra with it because of the way the strap and neck area are made. No perfume (I'm looking for a nice perfume. Oh, I have plenty, but I don't like any of them anymore. Suggestions, anyone?). Minimal jewelry: drop earrings (that I bought at a Paris flea market--OK, I just had to get that in there), a narrow Betsy Johnson bracelet with little rhinestones on it, and a silver ring. I wore sandals with rhinestone decoration across the toe. I carried a small oblong silver purse with a little shoulder strap, and annoyingly, it fell apart a little bit during the party. 

It was a nice party held at a museum, and I saw a lot of people I used to work with. And no, I didn't meet any new men. But I had a good time anyway.

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Sat, 08-03-2013 - 4:06pm
Daily routine is just moisturizer, eyeshadow and mascara. I don´t own a blush, but just bought mineral powder which needs to be a part of my daily routine to hide my acne scars from my teens... If dressing up a bit, which I don´t do much (I am a jeans and sneakers girl really, but try to glam it up a bit at times), I would wear heels and maybe a dress. My hair is more than half way to my shoulders again now, and my waves are back. I use a product to mess it up a bit, but the one I have now makes it feel somewhat sticky. I do not need to colour it yet, although a bit of grey is showing in my temples. A little while ago I dyed it mahogany just for a change, I like it. I am not good at painting my nails...and it chips off much too soon. I paint my toe nails though, in the summer anyway. I also have a friend who is a make-up artist as a hobby (she studied it), and it is so much fun when we are going out together and she "does" my face and hair.
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Registered: 04-04-2003
Sun, 07-21-2013 - 8:37pm

Once upon a time, I had really long hair.  A thick head of hair at that.  But now, not so much.  I cut it off several years ago because I wanted to do something different with it.  Now I keep it short.  I have what an inverted bob & it's much easier to manage.  But, I do miss having long hair at times.  Especially when it's hot & all I have to do is throw it up in a clip or pony tail.  

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Registered: 05-10-2005
Sun, 07-21-2013 - 8:36pm

My biggest beauty splurge is getting my hair colored.  I am 38, and about 50% gray.  My hair grows fast so the roots show quickly!  My stylist added highlights last time, which she thinks will make the roots less noticeable.  I hate the gray so much that I think I might end up being that 80 year old who still gets her hair colored.  :)

Besides that, I am fairly low maintenance.  I blow dry out my hair, but don't use a straight iron unless it's a special occasion. I wear powder foundation from Clinique, a little eyeshadow, and mascara.  I get about 3 professional pedicures a year between May and September, and otherwise do it myself.  I have a few perfume samples that I use if I am really going out.

Fun to hear what everyone uses!

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Registered: 10-16-2006
Sun, 07-21-2013 - 7:47pm

I probably will go gray at some point, but I have no immediate plans to do so. My hairdresser said she would highlight my hair as it was growing in--she didn't mention anything about stripping out color. But I would most likely go short at that point--at least while I was growing out. 

I think having my hair colored makes me more youthful looking--not that I think I really look younger than my age (although people tell me this a lot, but then, it could just be flattery) but I think I look more fit somehow, if that makes sense. I wear glasses all the time and that can be aging (but I do have contemporary frames) so I like to counterbalance that. I think gray hair can work as long as you wear some makeup and have your hair in a stylish cut and don't dress frumpy.

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Registered: 11-28-1999
Sun, 07-21-2013 - 7:18pm

Do you think you'll ever let your hair go gray?  My exH actually wanted me to but when it started to grow out, I just didn't like it--I have olive skin and I think the gray hair really made me look washed out plus looking older.  I have an aunt who is 82 and still colors her hair--now I think that's a little excessive, but the growing out process when you have dark hair is a pain too.  I know from FB that one of my friends decided to go gray--she's Italian too, so first they have to strip the color from your hair--now she actually looks blond, but it doesn't really go with her coloring.  I think she looks older than she is cause it's like she married the high school sweetheart and then figured that she doesn't have to care about her appearance any more--she dresses very matronly, so I think w/ the gray hair people will think she's older than she is. 

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Registered: 10-16-2006
Sun, 07-21-2013 - 4:38pm

I wish I were one of those women who could just pull her hair back into a ponytail and put on a pair of earrings and be ready to go. But sadly, that's not the case.

I don't always go to as much trouble as I went to last night, but I do have to fuss with my hair an awful lot. But here's the thing: I used to wear it really short, and when I grew it out into a bob about 5 years ago, I started getting lots of compliments on it. I don't think anyone ever complimented it when it was short. And I just have mediocre, thinnish hair, so for me to get compliments is a big deal. So, I suffer through. I try to just wash it every other day and touch it up with the flat iron, but it depends. And, it's very, very gray, so if I'm not on it, the new growth makes me look like Pepe LaPew. I go to a salon to have it done, it is expensive, but it is my biggest beauty splurge. I love getting pedis and manis, but I haven't gotten one in a long time--I do try to save money on some things!

And even though all of that sounded like a lot of makeup--I really don't have an overly-madeup look. In fact, I've cut back on eye makeup and lightened it up a litte. I think when you get older, too much eye makeup looks really harsh.

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Registered: 04-04-2003
Sun, 07-21-2013 - 4:19pm

You got glammed up, girl!  Sounds like you had fun =]  

I like to get glammed up every now & then.  I think it just depends on the occassion.  I'll get dressed up if I'm going to the symphony or some even like that.  I think the last time I got really glammed up was at my friend's wedding not too long ago.

I usually try to keep my routine simple if I can.  I do get a mani/pedi once a month.  But after a week the polish starts to chip so I just remove it & keep my nails bare.  But I do keep them filed back & buffed.  I actually went yesterday to get my hair cut & colored.  Oh and got my brows waxed, too.  I get that done every six to eight weeks.  Sure I could do all that stuff at home but honestly, I really don't how to color my hair let alone cut it lol.  And I've tried painting my own toes, but I just can't do it as good as they do at the salon.  The girl that does my hair & the girl does my mani/pedi, I've been going to them almost ten years now.  They are considered good friends to me now.

During the work week, I dress business casual.  And my makeup usually takes about ten minutes.  I use Cliniqe almost powder makeup.  As far as eyeshadow, blush, mascara, or lip gloss, I use the drug store brand because it makes no difference to me.  I do like the Kat Von D eye primer, though.  I like her cosmetics line a lot but only get it when Sephora has it on sale.  I wash & condition my hair 3x a week.  I blow dry it straight with a round brush and then use the flat iron to get rid of the frizzies.  But living in the humid South in the summer, that can be a bit tricky!

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Sun, 07-21-2013 - 3:56pm

I'm also low maintenance and since I'm watching what little money I have, I still use drugstore make-up.  I keep telling myself that when I'm grown I'll start getting name brands ;)  Right now, my toes are painted Kelly Green - bought two bottles of $1 polish and mixed them, worked great.  I've only had one pedicure in my life.  I like my nails painted but it's usually a neutral, more natural color so when it starts chipping, it's not as noticeable.  I too, get a $20 haircut and color my own hair.  I was blessed with good hair for a low maintenance chick like ma self ;) I condition it, blow it dry and either let it do what it wants or put it up(it's bone straight and I stopped using shampoo almost a year ago so it's really healthy, knock on wood).  All I wear these days are scrubs, but I'm a shorts and cute-ish-top kind of girl(casual).  Most of my shoes are flats or sandals.  I have an every day ring and hoops are my go-to unless it's a special occasion.  I used to be a perfume person but like musks and discovered that they trigger migraines :(

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Registered: 01-02-2008
Sun, 07-21-2013 - 1:27pm

Wow. It does sound fun but sorry to say if I may be brutally honest a bit high maintenance.. Hopefully its only for special occasions but who am I to tell anyone what to do with their beauty routine..

I just wash and go and that is about it.. I dont think I have every had a pedicure in my life.. I may have had a manicure once .. Although I do color my hair but I do it myself every few weeks.. I do get a 20.00 haircut and I just wash and go.. No hair drying or styling or anything..

I dont even iron clothes anymore and my life is so free and easy.. I love it and wouldnt trade it for anything.It just makes more sense but that is me...

JMHO

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Registered: 07-16-2001
Sun, 07-21-2013 - 1:06pm

Just reading all that makes me tired!  I hope there are some men lurking who realize how much we go through! 

Most of the time, my fingernails aren't painted.  They chip far too easily, even if I use a top coat. My toes are painted in the summer, but that's it. My feet are in pretty bad shape since I run a lot. Callouses are necessary to keep from getting blisters all the time. 

My hair is usually either wavy with a little bit of product and blow drying or I'll straighten it. In the summer, it's usually in a ponytail if I'm not going out. It's the toughest part of getting ready for me. 

Makeup takes me about three minutes. Moisturizer, foundation, eyeliner, eye shadow, blush. Sometimes mascara, but not always. If I'm going out, I usually put on some perfume or body spray. I wear the same earrings- silver hoops- most of the time too.

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