What’s on YOUR Summer Face? Mine’s Kinda Naked!

The middle of July and I’m just beginning to put my makeup into summer hiatus!

I’m also cleaning and tidying up because the wonderful Miss Oona will be arriving tonight for a long “Mommy and Me” weekend before she moves away from helicopter mommy to Arkansas. ( We will not visit my emotions on this subject anymore—well, until Monday when I post about our weekend!)

Sure—during the winter I use just about every product imaginable. From primer to foundation and concealer and highlighters and dark eye shadow—sometimes fake lashes. The whole shebang!

Summer is a bit different.

Always prepping with sunscreen, I leave the skin naked.

When I was a kid I hated my freckles. Now I love them because they hide the wrinkles!

Me. Wrinkles, Ripples and freckles. NO MAKEUP

Younger readers–don’t freak out. THIS is the face of a 60 year old lady who cannot afford fillers or Botox. Wrinkles, ripples and all. Well, the freckles DO hide some of the wrinkles!

I took out my big ass makeup case and started shoving more junk beauty products into it.

Makeup case before. It's still pretty stuffed.

If you think this makeup case is full now, wait’ll you see it later. It’s like packing luggage!

Bye bye brushes I use for foundation. Rest easy in your quilted little comforter!

Sleep in comfort little brushes

Enjoy your rest–you’ll be working overtime and extra hard once September rolls around!

So long foundation. See you when my face gets all pasty and disgusting.


Dream about the coverage you will give me when I take you out!

Bye-a extra eyeliners and primers.

Hourglass primer.

Don’t cry little Hourglass primer. I should be crying over the amount of money I spent to have you. You will be appreciated during the cooler and cold months!

I’m going naked!

Here’s what I kept.

I really need my Well-Rested. It multitasks. I use it to cover the darkness in the corners of my eyes and it doubles as a highlighting shadow. This is Holy Grail.


My apologies for the blurry pic. Whenever I start getting low on this, it’s off to Bare Minerals for more. I LOVE this and am NEVER without it!

The Sweet Pea cream blush stays too. I love the pink tone of this—it looks bright but blends so nicely.

Stila Sweet Pea cream blush

Stila’s “Sweet Pea” is the perfect dupe for the now discontinued  Too-Faced cream blush!

Bright but blends in

Sweet Pea looks really bright but blends in beautifully. Ugh. My hands. They are looking so “old lady” these days! Can I Botox them?

Sephora black eye shadow as brow powder and my “it” cosmetics brow brush. My sparse brows need filling in all year!


Black eye shadow works just as well as brow powder and there is no “fallout”! Lasts forever!

Tarte Cosmetics “Lights, Camera, Lashes” mascara. I’m almost at the end of one tube so the other is on backup. This mascara is so great that –OK—this is bad, but I’m “atypical”—I’ll go to sleep with this mascara on and gingerly wash my face the next day and still keep the mascara on. That’s how lasting it is. Don’t judge. We all have our dirty, filthy, nasty little habits, lol!


This is a great mascara. Really makes the lashes lush!

Liquid Eyeliner. I put my NYColor eyeliner away because in the summer I like a bit of a thicker line. I use the L’Oreal “Lineur Intense”. I have a Sephora liner on backup.

L'Oreal Liner

A great liner for a thicker line–and easy to give a retro look!

Sephora Liner

The Sephora back up liner!

Lip Gloss. I kept these two glosses out. One is L’Oreal (the bright pink one), which goes on transparent and the other is so worn out I don’t even know what brand it is. Point is, I threw all my other glosses and lipsticks into the big makeup case. Oh…and I have a million Chapsticks all over the house and in each purse!

Lip glosses

Top gloss, L’Oreal’s Colour Riche. The pink is completely transparent. Bottom gloss is so worn out I cannot remember what brand it is but it gives a nice nude look.

Urban Decay’s 24/7 eye liner pencil in Perversion . This color is the blackest black! I tightline with it. It’s almost down to the nib but I love this because it stays put!

Urban Decay

Soon it’ll be time to replace this. The UD 24/7 is a great pencil for tightlining. It stays put all day!

Guerlain’s Terra Cotta Sheer Bronzing Powder in Light. This is a new addition, but I’ll only use it when we go out to dinner or something like that. I don’t have it on today….

Guerlain Bronzer

I’ll wear this Guerlain Bronzer when we go out to dinner on Saturday night!


Just about stuffed and ready to go into the closet for the remainder of summer hibernation!

Here’s my naked look. BTW, Adam did a great job on the blow out last week. This is my hair after a week!

Me. Better lighting and with the minimum makeup. Finger-combed hair and coffee

Minimal makeup but maximum impact. I look human–I’m also in better lighting, had cawfee and finger-combed my hair.

Off to run errands in a casual slob look. This is what I should have worn yesterday in that horrific rain. Right?????


OOTD. White denim shorts from J. Crew Factory from last year (thank god for stretch–they still fit!). Old Navy V-neck fitted tee shirt ($4.00 steal). Some folks think we old ladies should not wear shorts. I say who cares. You don’t like it? Don’t look at me!

WAIT! Before I forget. Remember, yesterday,  how I told you I purchased Rachel Khoo’s “My Little French Kitchen”?

Rachael Khoo Little French Kitchen

This little book is going to get big use!

Well, I made one of her recipes last night—actually I did the prep work. I’ll bake it tonight. It’s her “Tian Provencal”—a nice blend of fresh summer veg. Here’s a pic that I took after I prepped it!

My take on Rachel Khoos Tian Provencal

Rachel has thyme in her ingredients. I forgot to buy it so I subbed with Herbs d’ Provence! Looks great, right??

I also took pictures of the recipe from her book to share with you. It’s really easy and I know it’ll be delicious and healthy!

Ingredients for Tian Provencal

 I hope Rachel doesn’t sue me for this, but it’s fun to share a great recipe! Ingredients.


Rest of the recipe. Enjoy!

XOXOXOXOXO. Enjoy the day. Speaking of “Naked”—here’s Barenaked Ladies “One Week”!

About Catherine

Far from perfect, but enjoying life as a non-perfect and flawed individual at 60 years young. I'm still wondering what I'll be when I grow up! The characters in my life's screenplay include my better half. He is a refined Frenchman who grew up in Paris and summered in St. Tropez. I grew up in Long Island and summered in Long Island. I am not refined. My three grown children are also a big part of my life. For their sake, they happily live where their careers have taken them! But I can still mother them from a distance! I write about the mundane. I write about deeply shallow issues. But whatever I write or muse about--it'll always be a bit on the humorous and positive side! It's all good!
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6 Responses to What’s on YOUR Summer Face? Mine’s Kinda Naked!

  1. Jean says:

    The recipe looks very tasty and healthy as well as pretty! Also enjoyed your book list. I’ve read some of them. May I recommend Nightingale? Reading now and thoroughly loving it. Next on my list is Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat. Never read the author before but liked the title. Yea shorts! I live in sw Florida and couldn’t care less in this heat what anyone thinks. Although, laughably, I’m on the younger side of this population. Love it. Who’d have thought there’d be a place to make that a reality? Tried emailing you but it didn’t work. Have a pic of a nat & nit (?) bag I want to show you and ask you about

  2. Catherine says:

    Thanks for the recommendations!! Hmmm email me at wynstep@verizon.net. I’ll answer your bag questions 😃XOXO!

  3. Leslie Preston says:

    Loved the post, as usual. In order to minimize my “putting my face on,” I’ve had my eyebrows tattooed in (I still have eyebrows, but they were sparse), as well as eyeliner, AND lip color (sort of pinkish/skin color, but better). It sounds scary, but I can’t tell you how much time it saves me, and it’s nice to always have some kind of lip color. I was in CA when I had this done (now I’m in UT), but I flew to Spokane, WA, because Alicia is the best. It’s been a couple of years, and it needs to be “refreshed.” (PM me if you want details.)

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Leslie. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…this eyebrow tattoo and eyeliner sound intriguing to me! I will be PM-ing you sometime this weekend about it!!!!! XOXOXOXO!

  4. gk says:

    Do you read this blog? http://mimithorisson.com
    French lifestyle blog, lovely photos.
    No makeup for me pretty much all the time aside from special occasions.

  5. Catherine says:

    gk–I’ve seen her blog before–and I just signed up to follow her. But I’ll be honest (OMG I’m SOOOO bad!), I get all “ugh” about women like her who are just so friggin’ PERFECT! Yes. That’s right! Her blog is perfect–her hair and clothes are so perfect. I don’t think she’s ever gotten her kids’ snot on her clothing! However, she does have an epic and envious blog–I’m going to be very voyeuristic with her blog! XOXOXOXOXO!

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