Is Home a State of Mind? Or Just A State?

Well, I have to say that the weekend trip to Cincinnati to see Oona was a successful one all around.

Ahhh..the weekend trip.  It’s great because only a carryon is needed!

And let me tell you something. It was hotter than July!  I ended up changing into shorts as soon as I arrived at Oona’s house! This outfit was way too warm!

She found the perfect wedding dress –it is spectacular and she was radiant when she wore it in the shop’s bridal suite.  I can’t give details away.  But I can assure you that when you finally see the dress on my daughter, it’ll take your breath away!

I’ll share a photo of Oona, on the right and her best friend and Maid of Honor Lauren on the left.  We were all relaxing with Mimosas and high-calorie food after the dress was purchased!

Dress and wedding plans withstanding, overall, it was a great weekend.  The night before I flew out to see her I received a text.  And it was one that made me realize no matter how independent the kids are, mom still has a purpose.  It was a text asking me to make dinner for Saturday night. How could I refuse that offer?

Note the “IF YOU SAY YES”–as if I’m gonna say “NO”!!  This is the greatness of being a mother.  Even when they are adults they still love mom’s cooking. And not only did I make ONE Nougatine–I made TWO!  Jake is making a stopover this weekend before heading to NYC on a business trip! It’s his favorite dessert!

It was also the weekend to be introduced to the newest addition to Oona and Sam’s family—their Goldendoodle puppy, Gracie.  And she’s the cutest little nugget I’ve ever seen.  Sam and Oona are epic doggie parents because Miss Gracie is already housetrained—in a week!  And she can sit and she listens!  They are far better dog parents than I ever was!

Look at this little nugget–meet Gracie!  Eight weeks old and the cutest puppy ever!

Drinking coffee in the morning, sitting down relaxing watching TV, running errands, getting dinner and dessert ready, enjoying drinks before dinner—it sounds very mundane but there comes a point in your life when your relationship with your child changes into an adult relationship and it’s one of those moments in life when you realize that it’s all just so good.

Hanging ’round in the AM enjoying cawfee with my daughter. It’s all grand!

Cincinnati is now my daughter’s home. It is the city where she works.  It is the city where she met her future husband.  It is the city where they purchased their home.  It is the city she has settled.   And when she and Sam raise their family, Cincinnati will be the city where their children will have their roots. It will be the foundation of their lives.

And they’ve made a lovely little home!

And I love the city where Oona lives.  The homes are older and have a ton of character.  There’s history in each and every home.  The neighborhoods surrounding downtown Cincy have history.  It’s charming and there are many areas going through growth.  It’s great to see and makes me very happy.

And we all know that if mommy is happy, the whole family is happy!

And as all great weekends come to an end, Sunday rolled around so quickly.

Grandma had to give Gracie departing kisses–I think she’s wondering why my hair changed from long and layered to a chin-length bob.  I travel with hair. It’s easier!

My grandpuppy wanted me to stay!

For the first time in a very long time that “Sunday night feeling” came over me a few hours early.  You know the feeling I’m talking about.  It’s that empty anxious feeling you get in your stomach with a touch of sadness and melancholy—and it only occurs on Sunday usually beginning late afternoon.  It happens more often in the winter than the summer too. I don’t know why—but it does!

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True dat!  Sunday nights should be better spent so that feeling goes away!!!

I had that feeling as I exited the car and we kissed each other goodbye.  Entering the CVG (Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky) Airport though was a bit uplifting though.  Truth be told, it’s one of my favorite airports because it’s so dang manageable!   There’s never a line for check-in and the TSA lines, though long, move briskly with the only TSA agents I’ve ever come across that are all pleasant and friendly—they actually like their jobs!

I kid you not Sara Ducker and Thomas Gibson are Transportation Security Administration agents at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. This photo is from an article that was written in the Cincinnati Enquirer and it’s true.  This airport has THE friendliest TSA people ever!

There’s a tram to the gates but since I’m the laziest woman on earth who needs any form of exercise she can get, I always take the opportunity to walk to the gate!  And here’s where the airport gets really good.  The Cincy museum has dinosaur skeleton exhibits on loan.  I freaking love that airport.

The only thing that could make my more gleeful than this Mastodon skeleton would be the skeleton of a Woolly Mammoth!  

Best airport in the USA!

Back at the gate and preparing to board, the weekend played over in my mind like a cinematic big screen event.  And that Sunday feeling dissipated until I arrived back in Philly.

Back to Philly!

It’s difficult to put my finger on it but I’ve just never warmed up to the Philly area.  I live here but it isn’t home to me.  When we moved from Manhattan to New Jersey, I warmed up to the Pennington area because the kids were so young that eventually it was home for a while.

But my true home will always be New York.  I love New York.  The City. Long Island. Upstate—there isn’t one place in New York that I don’t love.

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I’ll always be a New York City girl!!

And when I arrived home, New York was waiting for me. Yeah. It was.

I’ll explain…

A couple of weeks ago, the folks at Messages in Metal reached out to me.  I thought it was a company that made messages out of metal sheeting to hang on the wall.  But, the company creates jewelry.  Affordable and quite nice. Here’s a link to the website so you can see the offerings. Messages in Metal Website  Anyway, I was asked if I would like to choose an item to review.

One of the most unique items the company makes is the state necklace.  You can have the state of your choice embellished with your local area code or with the word “home” or “love”—clearly a message on how you feel about your home state—or the state you’ve grown to love!

Montana.  Home of Area Code 406 and home of Messages in Metal

And after perusing the site, I decided to order a New York State necklace with the area code that I used for many, many years—the NYC area code of 212.  I chose the copper and silver model—simply because the combination of those two metals looked irresistible!

I love the combination of the copper and silver! It’s unique and sharp!

And I couldn’t have been happier!

The necklace came very well-packaged.

The necklace was delivered very quickly and the packaging secure!

In the big box was this smaller box..

…and in the smaller box was a velvet box with my necklace!

The workmanship is excellent—it’s definitely a high-quality product for an affordable price.

The necklace is weighted perfectly. It’s heavy enough that it hangs beautifully but doesn’t feel heavy!

The weight of the actual pendant is heavy enough so that the it lays flat and isn’t moving every which way when you move.  But it doesn’t feel heavy at all.

It’s honestly such a unique piece and I received many compliments and inquiries when I wore it to work.  Everyone agreed that the idea of your state with your area code was genius!

Although my photography skills leave much to be desired, I love the size of the necklace too. It isn’t large and is delicate enough to wear even for dressier occasions.  I wore it to work the past two days!!

For those who would want more of a traditional necklace, Messages in Metal offers Birthstone necklaces engraved with the names of children, or grandchildren or a significant other.  I’ll bet you could even have a necklace made with your dogs’ names too!

Gold Four Name With Birthstone Dog Tag

This dog-tag necklace is a great mom or grandmother gift.  Hmmmm.  I should get one with Ruby, Dorothy, and Chippy’s names on it–making it a true dog tag!

Integrity Silver Birthstone Name Tag Necklace

You can even gift yourself!

With the Holidays just around the corner, these necklaces would make great budget-friendly gifts.

If I were to order a Jake, Roman, and Oona necklace–this would be the one!  What do you think?

And they are made at home—in the USA!!

I think Mr. Bald Eagle wishes I were a bit lighter. Don’t worry, I’m back on Weight Watchers!

I want to thank Hallie from Messages in Metal for lifting my spirit after a memorable weekend with my daughter.

And after I put that necklace on, and came downstairs to have dinner with my husband, I realized that I was home. To the home that my husband and I made together!

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And my favorite little nook at home is the sunroom!  It’s next to the kitchen and the heart of the home!

Anywhere your heart is—is home! And I hope you can see this little video of Gracie!!

 

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What’s in The Vault? It’s The Money I Saved and More!

Hi All!  Well, in my last post I did a review of all the new drug-store brand makeups I purchased.

One item was left out of the review mix because I was just too lazy to take my old eye makeup off and replace it with the new!

Sometimes I just take the wig off, take the bra off, leave the makeup on and chill!

And that new eyeshadow palette is part of The Vault Collection by Morphe.  It’s a collaboration with a very famous beauty guru—Jaclyn Hill.  Sorry to say that I don’t follow her because I’m not into that overly glamourous look and I think that’s what she’s into.

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The Vault Collection from Morphe consists of four separate palettes.  The one I purchased is  Dark Magic on the bottom left.  

Actually, I’m sorry-not-sorry I don’t follow her.  For if I did, there’s a chance I would have passed this shadow palette curated by Jaclyn Hill.  Why would I have passed it by?  Apparently, there’s a lot of negativity with this palette.

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Jaclyn Hill is a little bit over the glamour chart for me. But I would love to get my lips filled like hers.  Is she photoshopped or full of fillers?  I don’t know but the Vault palette I have is good so I’ll leave it at that!

Not from me though.  The palette was $15.00 and was worth every cent.  In fact, compared to the price of higher-end eyeshadow palettes, I was able to deposit more money into my savings vault!

A slim and pared-down palette–easy to store..

And the colors are right up my alley.  Neutrals and deeper-hued colors.

Here’s the swatched shadows:

From the top row of the palette.  You will notice that the color “poof” really looks like nothing. It goes on almost nude which makes a great base for the rest of the colors.  “Power cut” is a great metallic that can be applied as light as possible or full-on glitz.

And from the bottom row. It’s funny because in the lighting the colors “busted” and “inside job” look a like. Fact is “busted” is a gorgeous teal whereas “inside job” is a deep green–like a Christmas tree!

The colors look better swatched on my fingers.

Anyway, the past two days, I wore the shadows from this palette and I’ll tell you this–the colors can work as everyday neutrals with a bit of an edge.  I’ll show you.

This was yesterday’s look and you can see that the eyes are not overdone.  I did apply a bit of “power cut” on my lids. Who says women over 50 can’t wear shimmery shadow?

You can see how a light touch makes for a nice eye. I even managed to apply some shadow to the lower lid!

This morning I applied the shadow “Shhh” as a transitional shade from crease to under the brow bone.

Shh” is a caramel brown–it’s got some brightness and even though it looks warm, it’s flattering to all.

 

Next up was the shade “potion”.  Its an olive green, which is a shade that usually looks so awful on me–but this is a bit on the brighter side so it worked out very nicely. I applied this to my crease.

Surprisingly “potion” is an olive green that works!

The first two shades applied and building up the eye.   Excuse the hair. I need to color my roots but wearing a wig every day makes me very lazy!

Next I dipped my finger into “power cut” and applied it to my lids.  This shade is absolutely gorgeous.  In my pro-aging, I’m finding that I really, really love the glimmery shades!

“Power cut” is my favorite shade of the palette. It’s just so beautiful and looks great on.  Applied lightly its so flattering and not over-the-top!

This photo is out of sequence but see how subtle the “power cut” shimmer shadow is on the lid?

The eyes were finished with  “Diversion” on the outside of the crease and along the bottom lash line!

“Diversion” is another shimmery shade.  It’s not as bold as “power cut” but it is well-pigmented and goes on nicely!

Bottom lid was lined with “diversion” and the entire eye look turned out perfectly for an everyday look!

Another look in better lighting.  I also want you to look at the lines around my eyes. They are there and not going anywhere.  Still–those lines will not stop me from wearing the makeup that I want to wear. I ignore my wrinkles for the most part!

And here’s today’s look.  The eyes look great for using a lower-end eyeshadow palette–don’t they?

When I tell you that I am now convinced that the lower-priced eyeshadows are just as good as the higher end–I’m not kidding.  Look.  How many of us are makeup artists?  How many of us are going to press events and fashion weeks?  The great majority of us are normal, average women living normal, average lives and having a wonderful time being us.  We want a look that is attractive, basic and nothing flambouyant.  I have to say that the “Dark Magic” palette I purchased was money well-spent.

What say you?  What are some of your favorite eye shadows that you didn’t spend a fortune on?

I’ll be packing for my weekend trip to Cincinnati tomorrow night.  Mother and daughter will be looking at wedding dresses!   And in closing today, I give you my new YouTube video on The Power of Wigs!  It explains a lot!

 

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More Praise For “Drug Store” Makeup—It’s Mature-Skin Friendly and Inexpensive!

One of the things I love to do as I delve deeper into pro-aging is playing around with makeup.  As you may know, I am a huge proponent of using cosmetics to enhance what we had in our youth and to look glowing in our maturity.  But more than that, makeup gives us a confidence.  When we look good we feel good.  And the entire process of how makeup can transform us is just incredibly fascinating and intriguing to me.

My toys.  Makeup and wigs! At least I’m not at the casino gambling my earnings away!

And as we get older, we do become wiser.  And I’ve acquired a bit of wisdom where makeup is concerned.

Oh yeah.  Now THIS is the face of wisdom………..in immature maturity!

These days, I’m leaning more and more toward the “drug store” or rather “lower-end” cosmetics.  It’s funny because both of those descriptions make the more inexpensive cosmetics sound either mediocre or lacking quality in the products.  But hear me out.

I used to be a kind of makeup snob.  My cosmetics purchases were made at high-end department stores and the brands that were purchased were 95 percent luxury brands.  Within the past year, I’ve learned something valuable though.  There isn’t much difference between the luxury brands and the lower-end brands.

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Will the luxury cosmetics cases be accompanying us in the lifeboats?  We’re makeup snobs!

Another thing that made me stop and turn around from the luxury brands is that they don’t care about my demographic.  Estee Lauder and Dior both stopped marketing to the mature woman and dropped us like hot potatoes to concentrate on selling to the demographic of the young, very young woman. With the exception of Lancôme bringing the beautiful Isabella Rossellini back as spokesperson, all the major cosmetics companies are catering to a younger demographic.

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Thank you, Lancome, for bringing back the beauty of pro-ager Isabella Rossellini.  I believe I need to revisit and get back to purchasing some Genifique Serum!  

Why then, should I support companies that don’t care about mature women?

I would rather spend less money on cosmetics and the way to do that is to purchase the lower-end products.  (And yes, I realize these companies don’t include older women but at least I’m not spending as much money)

But—enough about cosmepolitics, let’s concentrate on some of the purchases I’ve made recently.  I’ll tell you, every single one of these products is a winner—proving that you don’t need to spend a fortune.  It’s all about applying with a light touch and blending.  Also…if some products have less pigmentation, that means they are more buildable.

Here’s a few of the winners I’ve picked up recently and I did my face before I wrote this blog post will all of the products except the eye shadow palette.  I’ll review that separately:

Before I wrote this post, I washed off the makeup that I applied this morning and replaced with everything below–except the eye shadow!  I double-dog dare you to see the big difference between high-and low-end!

Revolution Base Stick Foundation.  At $9.00 this is one of the most inexpensive foundations of the lower-end.  The funny thing is that I almost passed it by but it reminded me of the old Max Factor Pan Stick foundation from years and years ago.  The Pan Stick was great for covering up pimples but that was it.  It was heavy and dry and looked like a mask—but then again, when you are 16 years old, you only need that stick for pimples!  Anyway, I was being sentimental when I decided to buy this.  I’m glad that I did.  Even though this is a stick—there is a satin finish that comes with it.  It has a nice feel on the skin because there’s some moisture in it. It’s not dry nor does it come off as matte after blending it in.  It applied much better with a blending sponge as opposed to a brush.  The brush was just too soft.  But—when I buffed it with a dense brush after applying with the sponge, the finish was beautiful.

The shade is F-3 and is very compatible with my skin tone.  I see that it is .21 oz in weight.  But–a small amount goes a long way..

…a view from the opened tube. It’s two-toned but glides on very blendable..

As you can see, the foundation has a dewiness to it. It isn’t a matte finish.  There is definitely some moisture working here too!! It blended into my face quite nicely!

Revolution Conceal and Define Concealer: As if I needed another concealer—but why not? This is $7.00—perhaps a bit higher than the average price I spend on drug store/lower-end concealers but I like Revolution’s products.  This is good.  It does the job and isn’t too thick.  A medium to low thickness in concealers works better for my mature skin because it doesn’t dry up or look heavy.  The shade, C-3 is a perfect one for my fair skin.  If you are fair skinned with pink undertones, this shade is fantastic!  The applicator is a riot though.  It’s an oversized doe-foot!  Surprisingly, it works so well to apply the product!  This blended very nicely. VERY nicely!!

In the above photo, the foundation stick is on top of the Revolution Conceal and Define concealer.  The concealer does come in a sizeable tube..

The oversized doe-foot applicator turned out to be a great little surprise. I though it may have been cumbersome but it wasn’t!

The shade, C-3 is a perfect shade for my pasty white skin!

The applicator worked like a charm. And the concealer is a great consistency. Not too thick. Not too thin!

Elf Blush Palette. The majority of blushes I own is cream blushes.  I have one powder blush by Laura Geller and I like it.  But I wanted another blush that was a bit more to the pink side.  It’s so hard to find a decent powder blush and I found this at Wegmans.  Coming in at $6.00, it’s a great buy.  The colors range in various shades of pink with the exception of one rather warm brownish/pink that makes a decent contour.  These blushes are buildable and with a light hand blend in very well.  The powders, thankfully, are not ashy.  This was a great find.

This blush palette by  elf comes in two shade selections, light and dark.  Naturally, the lighter of the two works better for fair skin.  At six bucks–this is a great foursome of blushes. Actually, a threesome of blushes and the brownish shade makes for a decent contour!

It’s got a decent mirror too!

Pointing to the pink shade I used for this post..

Check out the cheeks.  The blush looks great.  I didn’t put lipstick on till last!

Revolution Incandescent Face Quad Highlighting Palette.  WOW!!  At $15.00 the highlighters in this quad are bright enough to light up a village! Highlighters are my new fun makeup item and I’m telling you they were made for mature skin.  What’s great about them is that with a little bit brushed on the cheekbone and the nose and a bit on the forehead, they can give you a luminous and dewy-looking glow.  This quad—its just as good, if not better than many higher-end and pricey highlighters.  I’m so happy I purchased.  Revolution climbs higher up the ladder of quality with each passing year and the brand manages to keep the price point down.  This quad is absolutely beautiful and a complete winner. I wish I had purchased it before I wrote my post on Highlighters!

This highlighting palette is crazy great!  AT $15.00 it it worth every cent and then some. It’s better than most of the higher-end highlighters too!

 

Morphe, Jacklyn Hill The Vault Dark Magic Eyeshadow Palette.  This palette is $15.00. I have yet to use it but if the colors blend and look as good on my eyes as on my fingers then this is a great buy.  Eyeshadows in the higher-end have gotten so ridiculously expensive its criminal.   Some higher-end shadow palettes are $100 and up.  No effing way am I spending that kind of money on eye shadow when there are lower-end brands that I’ve been incredibly happy with.

The shades in this are beautiful and I love a dark eye.  I’m a neutral gal but lately I’ve been getting into more color on the eyes and the selection of this palette is stunning.  I’m also quite intrigued because there’s been a ton of controversy about these Jacklyn Hill/Morphe palettes.  Many youtubers are really giving this a lot of negativity—so we’ll see.  I purchased this today and was just too lazy to take my present eye makeup off and reapply!

Dark Magic Eyeshadow Palette from Morphe/Jacklyn Hill collaboration. There’s been a ton of drama over this but I love a dark eye and these shadows are pretty dark so it looks like this will work out well and for fifteen bucks it’s probably just as good as the “over $100” eyeshadow palettes–which I think is criminal that eyeshadow palettes are being sold for that much money. I’ll be reviewing this soon!

 

So yeah—you can make these lower-end products work and work just as well as the higher-ends.  All have great formulations, all are well-pigmented and remember, a light touch is all it takes. I stand my ground.  I refuse to give my hard-earned money to cosmetics companies that ignore my demographic.  If I’m gonna wear cosmetics, I’ll stick to the lower-end ones from now on.

Sorry not sorry!  My over 60-year old face is doing just fine with drugstore/lower-end brands! Nothing looks heavy or caked on.  It all looks good and that’s all we ask for!!

What’s your view on drugstore/lower end makeup?  Are you a makeup snob?  Aren’t you angry at the luxury brand cosmetics companies for ignoring us?  Do tell in the comments. It’ll be fun to get everyone’s opinions!

My recent YouTube video is up and running—I go into more depth about the Korean cushion foundation and the Laneige Cushion Brow!

 

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Go Ask Alice—She’s Not Ten Feet Tall But She’s A Great Head of Hair!

Two weeks ago I received a wig to review from my friends at Uniwigs Lavivid Collection.  Having two Carrie wigs from LaVivid, I can attest that the wigs are incredibly well-constructed and completely on trend.

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LaVivid’s very blonde Carrie–and I feel like a bombshell when I wear her!!

The wig I received is Alice—a new…. LOB (that’s cool talk for “long bob”) Now—me, being the queen of bobs also has a soft spot in my heart these longer-length bobs.  The length is a perfect choice for those who don’t want to go into the “too long” area with hair but don’t want something too short either.

This is Alice right out of the box after I snipped the lace off.  How impatient was I to try her?  Well, for starters, my nightie is inside out and I was just about to take my makeup off for the day!  She’s an adorable long bob!

Longer bobs are flattering to every face shape and they are a welcome change for the cooler weather.

Excuse the lighting please but it rained all day.  I have a very square jaw and with the strands pulled slightly forward on my face, Alice is incredibly flattering to the angular face shape!

As soon as I arrived home from work, I could not wait to get her out of the box and on my head.

In the box you can see how beautifully blended the colors are!  Notice she’s in a hairnet. I NEVER get rid of the hairnets that my wigs arrive in.  After every use, I put the wig back into the net. It helps retain the shape if I’m not going to wear it the next day!

The only manipulation that needed to be done was to trim the lace front.  I’m a fan of LaVivid’s lace fronts because it isn’t the soft silk type lace—this means it won’t roll back during the day!  Very important!

Here’s a photo of Alice in the shade Almond Frost.  I copied this from the LaVivid site so you could see the lace before it’s cut off! There isn’t a lot to cut either!

I also added a touch of powder to the front of the partial mono-top parting space because I like a slightly wider part.  Other than that, Alice was good to go in my wonderland!

No tweezing needed!!!  The parting space is fine–I just happen to like to add a bit of powder! But check out that hairline!

Now here’s the thing—I’m a huge fan of Permatease. It gives wigs a lift and adds volume.  It’s a layer of shorter strands of hair under the outer layer of hair.  I love this because big hair is my happy hair.  I was born in Queens, NY—a Borough of NYC and grew up on Long Island.  Both big-hair habitats.  It’s hard for some people to understand the love of huge, big, enormous hair.

Momma’s got some Permatease and seriously big hair here.  But not everyone wants hair this big.  I get that!!!

And many women who wear wigs do not like this quality in a wig.  For a number of wig wearers, it is a deal breaker.

So.  If you are of the group of women who prefer a wig without Permatease, boy, is Alice the hair for you!

No Permatease please!  But Alice doesn’t need it to look great!

She lies flat on the head without any lift.  But wait!  I thought this would be a huge issue for me and it turns out that it really isn’t.    She’s just fine the way she is!

Density.   Density is another quality I love in a wig.  My bio hair, when I had all of it was incredibly thick and dense.  Even now with my bald spots, the hair that remains is ridiculously thick and dense.  So, you can probably imagine my concern when I took a better look at Alice.

My big concern was that Alice would be sparse because she isn’t as dense as many of my other wigs.  I really gave this girl the once-over, the twice-over and the thrice-over.  She passed on all points!

She isn’t the densest wig I’ve ever worn.  However, she’s so well-constructed that she doesn’t need all that density.  My big concern was that, because she’s not ridiculously dense, the wefting would show.  Well—it doesn’t.  I wore her to work and asked co-workers if they could the wefting and nobody was able to. I had my husband take photos of the wig from the back so you could see that it’s true.  You absolutely cannot see any wefting at all. This is a solid wig.  The synthetic fibers are very close together so you can move freely without the fear of any tell-tale signs.

A view from behind.  You can’t see any wefting at all…

No thinning spots on this baby!!  She is tightly wound–in the best possible way!

The cap construction is super-comfortable.  A bit of stretch makes the cap large-head friendly.

The cap has some stretch making it larger-head friendly and the wefting is nice and close together.  It is well-constructed!

There are adjustable bands in the back and the ear tabs are larger, bendable, fabric-covered and comfortable. The wig also comes with two small combs that you can sew into the sides for more security, but honestly, the wig cap is such a great fit that you don’t need any extra help!

The two sew-in comes are in the little plastic bag in the middle.  LaVivid also sends woven wig caps!

Adjustable straps in the back for a better fit…

The soft ear tabs offer comfort and ease–especially for women who wear glasses!!!

The mono part is excellent.  The parting space is a good amount.  The only reason I used powder is that I like a very defined and exact part.  It’s a personal choice.

To the left is the monoparting space and next to that is the lace-reinforced top.  This is a very well-constructed head o’ hair!

The color.  Chocolate Caramel.  A medium to darker brown base with golden, caramel and blonde highlights throughout.  LaVivid got this right!  The colors are so well-blended, nothing chunky or uneven. The highlighted strands look as though you spent a fortune at the salon to get that perfect sun-kissed look.

That color though!!!  

 

The wig is lustrous without being shiny and silky without looking like doll hair.  Overall, Alice is a wonderland of hair!

There’s also good movement with this wig as well!

If you are looking or searching for a wig without Permatease that is on trend, modern, a great length and a beautiful color, I think you will love Alice!!! And remember–ladies of a certain age!  You can pull this off just as well as your younger peers!  Don’t let age get in the way of a longer-length wig.  You’ll look fabulous!!!

LOL–I thought my camera was broken because the photo is so fuzzy.  I had the phone in the kitchen and got butter on it!  Sorry about that!  But seriously–give Alice a try if you are looking for a wig with no Permatease!

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More Korean Beauty Products—And Randomness on This Last Day of Summer 2018

As I write this post, it is 7:15 on Thursday, September 20, 2018.  The last day of summer.  It isn’t light outside but not yet fully dark.  Just past twilight.  And it marks the end of the season.  Summer will linger, though, as she always does.  She never quite leaves quickly but takes her time.  We will still be wearing summer clothing—or at least I will for a while because I can’t stand the feel of being sweaty and hot with too many layers of clothing.

Here’s what I’ve been wearing at work this week.

Monday was rainy but hot and I didn’t care–I wore sandals anyway.  I needed to squeeze another wear out of them.  

Tuesday I went Body-con in this midi dress. It was still hot and the heeled sandals gave the look a better proportion!

Yesterday’s outfit was inspired by Chippy’s toys and let me tell you, I died in that green sweater!  It was cool in the morning but as the day went on, the temp hit the mid-80’s and I realized why I’m still wearing summer clothing!

And today, I was very comfy in a cotton skirt, a cotton blend short sleeved lightweight sweater and fake-tanned legs!!

And even though I’m dressed for summer, I’ll be inching into the cooler clothing shortly!!

I have to tell you, I’m loving the Korean Beauty products more and more.  My new additions are a cushion foundation and a blur/primer that I started using last week.

Magic Cushion Moisture Foundation with SPF 50 by Missha Cosmetics and Face Blur by Etude are both Korean products that I’m starting to become very fond of!

The cushion foundation is so beautifully hydrating and moisturizing that it feels like nothing!  Not full coverage but buildable, it manages to even out my rather uneven skin tone and stays put all day!

I’ve been using this lightweight and hydrating cushion foundation all week and so far–it’s great!

Let’s have a look….

It comes in a very sturdy and streamlined compact…

There are two compartments:  A top compartment holds the application sponge.

I have to say, the applicator sponge is good.  I dip it into the foundation and stiple it on, then blend in with the greatest foundation brush ever–iT cosmetics double-ended brush. The wider end for foundation and the smaller for concealer!

After applying the foundation with the sponge, I blend with the wider end of this fluffy brush!  Works like a charm!

A decent mirror is also housed in the compact..

And here’s the cushion foundation!  It looks darker but applies nicely for fair skin. This is Number 21.  Number 23 is slightly darker. Unfortunately the range is only the two shades.  I’m guessing its because Korean skin tones are very pale.  Hopefully the company will start creating darker foundations!

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Both shades are very light–I may go with 23 next time around!

Another plus of this cushion foundation is that refills can be purchased.  Two for $19.99 –making this a great companion for your travel kit or purse for touchups.

Missha M Magic Cushion Moisture Refill #21 (2pcs) + SoltreeBundle Natural Hemp Paper 50pcs

The refills-I’ll be ordering these from Amazon!  I added them to my Korean Beauty Products Idea List!

The blur/primer is from a brand named Etude.  It was $12.45 on Amazon—which is a great price.   I compare this to Fenty Beauty’s primer in that the two products are just about twinning in color.  A rosy hue that glides onto the face with a whitish tint but dissipates upon drying.  Both primers have a nice texture and are not greasy nor oily.  The Etude Blur is a bit more liquid than the Fenty but the Etude costs almost three times less than the Fenty.

The Etude Face Blur reminds me a lot of Fenty Beauty Primer.  The main differences are that the Fenty Primer is slightly thicker and more expensive!

Fenty on the top and the Face Blur on the bottom.  You can see that the Face Blur is not as thick but both products do a great job in priming the face!

At 1.23 oz. you get a decent amount of product for a low price!

A look at yesterday’s face. I used both the blur and the cushion foundation. Look closely, my freckles are still in view–I like that because this foundation isn’t full-coverage but still evens out my skin tone!  I used my EmilyNoel83 The Wants palette to do my eyes!  

And a closer look at Monday’s face with both products.  I’m happy because it really hydrates the skin and at our age, it’s all about the hydration!

Well, I finally got around to cleaning my makeup brushes.  It’s been a long time coming!  There’s something so luxurious about clean makeup brushes.

Can you find the brush that Chippy ate?  I used Suave Clarifying Shampoo to clean the brushes!!

But—there was one fail.  This Morphe fan brush.  When it was dirty it was great for applying highlighter.  But after I cleaned it, it frizzed!  Can you believe it?  All my life, until I started to wear wigs, I had to deal with frizzy hair.  Now I have to deal with a frizzy brush.  If anyone knows of a great fan brush—I would love it if you shared the information.

Can you believe how this brush frizzed?  No Morphe of this stuff for me!!

On the other hand, one of my favorite vloggers and beauty guru’s made me so happy!  I was included in one of her Instragam posts!!!!

Not only happy to be included in this post about The Want’s palette, but EmilyNoel83 included older women, guys and a great diverse mix!  That’s to be appreciated!!!

Well, tomorrow Roman comes back for the weekend.  He’s taking it easy for the last weekend before SNL resumes.  Then his weekends will be busy with work. I made cookies last night!   This diet of mine will never resume!!!!

When I wrote that it was a long time coming with the brush cleaning it reminded me of the Crosby, Stills and Nash song: Long Time Gone.  Remember this nugget of greatness? Have a great evening!!!

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Back in the Saddle (Shoes) Again!!

You know, it’s funny.  I was thinking about walking.  Not for exercise, but in general.  When out and about during the summer, my main choice of footwear is sandals.  I love them and my feet are always happy to have some much-needed freedom during the warmer months.

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Whether I’m wearing my Rondini sandals or..

 My Palm Beach sandals–my feet love the freedom that the summer allows!

When at work, I love my pointy-toed heels or ballet flats or perhaps a shoe with an edge. It depends on my mood and if I’m going casual or all-out professional.

Re-inventing the (w)heel

Heel to the Queen!!  That’s what they say when they see me coming into the closet every morning!

During the winter, it’s pretty-much the same, I don’t wear boots as much as I used to.  They feel very cumbersome on my feet if worn too long.  I keep the boots for short-term wearing.

Sneakers?  I have one pair.  Converse All-Stars.  A special low-top slip on. They are comfortable and, in the fall, and spring I wear them quite often.  But—after long periods of time walking around, the comfort level subsides.

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These cute Conversa All-Stars are the only sneakers I own and I love them, but they aren’t the most comfortable for walking around ALL day!

Loafers?  Yes!  I adore my old, broken, in Bass Weejuns and wear them on a constant basis.  As you know, I’m not a socks person so in the winter my feet get a bit cold—especially when we’re in New York or DC or even locally in Philly hoofing it on city streets.

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These Weejuns are twenty years old.  Purchased in 1998 and I need to bring them to be repaired.  I can’t let go.  They are just so broken in but not the best shoe for walking around without socks in January or February!

And so…I started to think some more.

Hmmmm.  Let me think…….

Trust me, my closet is full of footwear and I don’t even need to make any purchases for the upcoming fall/winter season.  But…I wanted a shoe that would be comfortable for walking and yet fashionable.  A shoe that I could tie—being that my feet are narrow, I don’t want anything that’ll slide right off my feet.  In addition to that, we’ll be walking all over Paris in November.  I swear to you, I can’t stand sneakers—and I don’t want to spend the day walking around in Repetto ballet flats either because by the end of the day, the dogs can start to bark.

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I love my Repettos and wear them constantly but won’t spend the day walking in them!

What to do?  What to do?  And as I pondered, I thought about the shoes of my life.  The shoes I wore as a child to school.  The shoes I wore with my uniform.  And it hit me.  Why not saddle shoes?

Why not?  Who says that only schoolgirls can wear these?

These black and white oxfords have always looked good.  Wearing them with a uniform skirt, they were never “on trend” but they were never hideous enough to despise.

I dunno what school she goes to but the nuns would not allow us to wear red sweaters or tights because they were the color of the devil.  I think the “bad” color has changed to orange!

In the Forties and Fifties, they were a staple in both young girls and mature women’s wardrobe.  Maybe they were never considered chic or elegant, but they were more than a trend.  They were a classic look.

This photo was taken in 1939.  We all know who the cool girl is here–don’t we?

How come they aren’t popular anymore?  And what did I care if they were popular or not?  The saddle shoe seemed like a very pragmatic choice for me.  They could be dressed down, or casually dressed up a notch.

Now these ladies have a sense of style.  Loafers and saddle shoes–right up my alley, especially the brown oxfords–I had a pair of those one year that was worn with the uniform.  And those blouses–I want one!

And so, I hit the internet to see what, if any, kinds of saddle shoes could be found.  I found them alright.  And the price was a lot different than back when I was a student at St. Patrick’s School in Bay Shore, NY!

If saddle shoes were still $3.98, I have multiples!

The more I looked at them, the more I wanted a pair.

Imagine. I could play “A My Name Is Alice” with a pink Spalding ball while wearing Spalding saddle shoes!

And didn’t I hit pay dirt at Nordstrom Rack!  The day after I perused the net, I ran to Nordstrom Rack after work—it was by chance, actually.  I had to pick up some makeup at Ulta, and being that Nordstrom Rack is next store, I sauntered on over.

Being more of a “miss” day in the clothing department, I headed over to the shoes.  And what did I see?  In a box?  In the size 8 ½?  The Eastland Saddle Shoes I saw on the net.  For a fraction of the price!

Look what mommy found!!!

I tried them on.  They fit beautifully.  I ran to the cashier and upon entering my whip (that’s cool talk for car), I took them out of the box and caressed them like a mother caresses a newborn.  They felt so good.

And what happened when I wore them?  Due to the “Active Memory Foam” the shoes are lined with; my feet were miraculously comfy.  But the best is that I received compliments by the tons.

Oh look!  Eastland shoes are the same age as me!!  But boy is this Active Memory Foam comfortable.  It’s almost like wearing slippers!

And the foam is lined throughout the shoes!

The first time I wore them, I expected an eye-roll from the Frenchman.  However, Bonaparte mentioned that they were rather nice on my feet.  And when I went into Wegman’s to do some grocery shopping a couple of women stopped me to tell me that they loved my shoes because they brought back memories!

I’m dressed like a human Saddle Shoe!  White shorts. Black Tee.  Saddle Shoes!

When I wore them to work—everyone had something nice to say about these special shoes!  Again, women smiled as they said the shoes reminded them of their school days.  Quite a few women wanted to know where I bought them.

True. I wore them to work and everyone was so happy!  These shoes put everyone in a good mood!

And on our recent trip to DC (which I’m still working on another post about), I had a woman at the hotel go crazy with delight over the shoes.  At the Holocaust museum, my saddle shoes were the bright spot of a very somber visit.  Even at a quiet, reflective museum that tells a horrific story, women smiled and came up to me to tell me how much they loved my shoes.

I wore this outfit to DC and the next day to the Holocaust museum. It is very unusual to have so many random strangers approach me so favorably about my saddle shoes!  They need to be a little dirtied up though!

It dawned on me that these saddle shoes I bought made people happy because these plain, and rather unfashionable shoes brought memories to many.  Good memories.  Memories of a time when the only stress we had was if we studied enough for a test.

Ha cha cha cha cha!!!  I love these shoes!!!!

It’s amazing how one article of footwear can make so many smile—isn’t it?  And you know what?  I’m glad that I bought these.  During the winter, my saddle shoes will be getting a lot of wear, and I think they’ll make me, my feet, and everyone who spots them happy!

It’s fun to wear something that brings good memories.  These are for the bit of nostalgia in us all!

Don’t be afraid to wear something that isn’t presently in style—chances are, at one point it was.  Besides that, it may make others smile!

This song reminds me of how I felt when I first put these shoes on as an adult.  Huey Lewis and The News.  It’s Hip to be Square.   It certainly is!!

 

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In Like Finn—The Most Natural Wig You’ll Ever See!

It’s no secret that I’m thoroughly thankful for wigs.  Because of the irreversible damage I’ve done from the picking and pulling from Trichotillomania, the crown of my noggin is bald.  The hair ain’t ever growing back.

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This was taken two years ago.  My noggin is more hairless these days!

Luckily, wigs have given me back self-esteem and more.  And I’ve made great friends with the people at Estetica Designs.  Last week, I was very honored to receive one of the brand’s new wigs to review.  I’ll be honest, I had a bit of trepidation simply because their bob, Jamison, is my number one favorite wig of all time.  It’s the hair I always wanted and never had.

Jamison, I still love you but there’s a new gal in town–and her name is Finn!

The hair I did have was coarse and wiry and wavy and curly.  There was a two-to-three-year period back in the mid to late 1980’s when my hair was cut to enhance the layers.  I have to admit that I loved that style.  It had pros and cons.  The pros were when the weather permitted, i.e., dry, no humidity, no precipitation, cooler weather, the style looked fantastic.  The cons were during those summer months of humidity and haze, the cut morphed into a mass of steel wool.

My 80’s hair in the summer. It got really big!

It was so much upkeep that eventually I let the cut grow out and wore my wavy hair loosely pulled back.

But despite those too-short bangs,  this style behaved so well in the cold weather. I didn’t even have to blow dry it!!  I really loved this style!

But back to the wig.

Estetica created a new layered wig and named her Finn.   My first impression of the stock photo was that the unit reminded me of how I used to wear my hair back in the 1980’s.  But since I have become so used to bobbed wigs, I was slightly unsure of how she would look. I’m going to tell you right now, I am not unsure anymore!

Let’s face it, I’ll never look as fetching as this model but the hair is sooooooo fine!!!

In fact, I’m in love with Finn.  And there are quite a few reasons why.

Let’s take a look at her and I’ll explain.

The layering is outstanding.  I do not know how they managed to design a wig with such intense layering, but the layering is soft.  It’s slightly choppy but not uneven.  It is layering at its best.

Take a look at this layering.  It’s absolutely stunning and it is layering done right!  The wave pattern is gorgeous and the color!!!

Here’s a better look at the back.  I could faint!

Another shot of the side.  The cascading of the layered waves is just perfect!  Better than real hair!

Wednesday night. Straight outta the box, I didn’t even put my fingers through.  I knew immediately that Finn was special!

Now…the color Estetica sent me is Caramel Kiss.  This happens to be one of my favorite wig shades of all time because it’s so incredibly flattering for all skin tones.  A medium brown base with lots of light brown and golden highlights—it’s the perfect color for those of us who do want to go a few shades lighter than our dark natural hair color that was befitting of us in our younger days, and as we’ve aged, we’ve realized that darker shades aren’t as flattering anymore.

Hot Diggity Dawg, Finn is just gorgeous for we of the mature demographic! And the Caramel Kiss color has got to be one of the greatest shades of all time!

The construction.  There’s permatease but not a lot.  In fact, the permatease helps to keep the rest of the wig in perfect proportion.  The layers give the wig some bigness and a bit of lift is important on the top so that the wig doesn’t appear uneven.

There’s a bit of Permatease in the crown.  Mommy loves that!  But the small amount really adds to the porportion of the wig!

The cap is comfortable as all get out.  Bendable ear tabs are made for a comfortable wear all day.  The lace front hairline is magnificent (as are all Estetica lace hairlines). Finn has a partial mono top which allows for multiple parting—whether in the middle or off to the side—whatever fits your face—you got it!

Bendable fabric covered ear tabs.  Comfortable and a friend to those of us who wear eyeglasses!

Dig that lace front.  Estetica has the best and most even hairlines.  The partial mono allows for multiple parting.

The soft lace at the crown also adds to the comfort and the wefting is nicely constructed as well.

The soft lace at the crown adds to the comfort –and keeps that permatease in place!

Adjustable bra straps to give the wig a better fit. When I put Finn on for the first time, she was a perfect fit.  There was no adjusting for me at all.  She’s large head friendly which is a good thing because quite a few wig brands have a very snug and more geared to the smaller head.

Adjustable straps in case you need a better fit and the wefting is nicely spaced!

She’s dense without being unmanageably thick.  The density is beautiful.

Dense without being overly thick.  

Again, the wave pattern is just so natural.

But there’s more.

The layers frame the face.  This is a gift for those of us with square faces and very angular jawlines.  The layers soften those square lines.  In addition, for those of us in the mature demographic, our aging faces lose the tightness we once had and we get those jowls.  The soft layering detracts from those jowls.

Finn is a miracle worker in softening a square face–hey, I don’t even have to contour!!

The length is perfect.  Below the jaw and resting on the shoulders.  I do not foresee any damage from textured sweaters with this—but we’ll see how she wears.

A perfect length Finn grazes the shoulders without being too long!

To test the waters, I wore her to work on Thursday—and Friday and the consensus was so positive. In fact…everyone loved her more than Jamison.  All votes from my coworkers were that Finn is the best and flattering wig I’ve ever worn.

I wore her to work and was bowled over by the compliments received!

See how natural she looks?  

The husband loves Finn.  His only “thing” is that he wishes I had a darker color.  This is for sentimental reasons.  When we first met, I had darker hair and he loves my hair slightly darker.  I’m very happy with Caramel Kiss!

Frenchman approved (but he still prefers a darker shade)–he is in love with these layers.  And check out the hairline!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In fact, I can’t stop wearing her.  She’s been on my head all weekend.  She really changes my entire look -I honestly feel she makes me look a bit younger and softens my lines!!

Earlier this morning getting ready to run errands!  I can’t stop wearing her!!

My overall rating:  A++.  Finn is a wig that is flattering for women of all ages, but for the mature woman or the woman with a square face, she’s even more flattering.

Yup!  This is an A +++ all the way!

A little bit Farrah, a little bit shag a little bit 80’s and a lot bit beautiful!   I’m in like Finn!!

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A bit of Farrah iconic hair!!

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A bit of the shag do!

Finn by Estetica Designs is definitely a winner.  If you are new to wigs or if you wear wigs regularly, this should be a part of your collection!

Here’s my YouTube review so you can get a better look at her!!!

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