Done With Baking and Cooking My Face. Happy to Say, I’m Medium Rare!

Three days later, I’m still traumatized from the after effects of baking my face.  In fact, I’ve established a new medical term “BTSD” Baked Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Don’t judge. It isn’t the only disorder I’ve gone through.  I have a long list—OK?

Coming to terms with the thick paste of cosmetics bringing my deep ravine of wrinkles to the surface, it was difficult to focus on anything else but me. (Now that’s a real surprise-but then it’s always about me!)

Then, on Friday, I received a phone call. The call was from a sales assistant at Ulta Cosmetics.  She called to remind me about a makeover that I was scheduled to have. The makeover was to take place Saturday, yesterday, at noon.  Mally Beauty was having an event and Mally Roncal, the creator and makeup artist supreme, was going to be there in person.

Mally Card

This is the event I signed up for–and was so traumatized by overcooking my face, I almost didn’t show up!

Previous to my infamous face baking, I had signed up to be made over during this event.  Under normal circumstances, I despise in-store makeovers.  I’ve never, ever, walked away from one of those makeovers without looking like a circus clown, or an oxidized Jackie-O-Lantern version of myself, or being pressured into purchasing every piece of shit that was slopped onto my face.  In addition, the contracted makeup artists do not give a damn about what your beauty needs, concerns, or preferences are. They are there for a sale. Period. End of story.

My free gift

Another reason for showing up is that I was gifted with this bag when I signed up to receive a makeover. I would feel bad after receiving this and not showing up.  This’ll make another great shopping tote!

In all honestly, I was going to brush this little makeover event off. And it wasn’t until the last minute that I decided to attend.  First of all, I needed to get out of the house.  Secondly, I am intrigued by Mally Roncal. I’ve seen her on QVC. Although I’ve never purchased any of her cosmetics, I’ve always enjoyed watching her.  She is just so goddam adorable and enthusiastic and passionate.  Her smile is irresistible and she just seems—well, she seems likeable and truly kind! 

I also figured that any makeover couldn’t possibly make me look as bad as baking did.

Ulta was a mob scene when I arrived. It was rock concert mobbed. And what I found of great interest was the age range of women.  There were many young girls there with their mothers. There were college girls and professional women.  But what I found incredibly encouraging was that there were women that were in their fifties and up to their seventies at the event.    I also noticed that the makeup artists were seemingly enjoying themselves and engaging with their customers. From the corner of my eye, I noticed one artist who was incredibly animated. He was smiling and laughing and was doing a damn good job on the woman he was making over.  I crossed my fingers and then crossed my eyes a bit more in hopes that I would get him to do my makeup.

When my name was called and I was escorted through the crowd, I was still hoping.  I couldn’t believe it. I was led to the artist I wished for.  Adrian introduced himself to me with a smile and we immediately clicked.  I explained to him that, in my efforts to have skin like my beauty icons, Pandora Boxx and Miss Richfield 1981, I baked my face.  I also explained that I was overdone and that any desert on earth was more hydrated than my face was.  I told him that I was going to be 61 years old next month and I felt that I looked more like 161 years old.


Adrian and I clicked when I told him my beauty icons were Miss Richfield 1981 and the beautiful Pandora Boxx, above. Like Pandy, I needed a little something something too!

Adrian was so kind!  He told me that I did not look 161 years old and he also told me that I should never bake and baking was not for an everyday look.  He proceeded to work some very cool magic on my face.

Adrian opted for a BB cream foundation for me and did so with a light hand and light brush.


He applied Mally’s Face Defender BB Cream Foundation in Light.  BTW, I’m adding the links to the products so you can click to get a better description. I want you to click because these products are GREAT for “mature” skin! *wink*!

He did my brows.  Now—I have to tell you, my brows are a bone of contention between Bonaparte and me.  I’ll admit, I have a tendency to get a bit heavy-handed but I’m trying to capture the essence of what my brows once were before menopause thinned them out in an unattractive way.  I use a black shadow or sometimes a gel to brush in a heavier brow look. It can come off as harsh, but I like to think it looks better than the “no brow” look.

Brow Pencil on left. Free gift of gel on right

Left, 24/7 Brow Express in Sable. I KNOW–it looks light but it is a true taupe. On the right is a gift with the purchase. A brow gel to set the pencil. 

Powder end of 24 7 brow express

The other end of the 24/7 Brow Express houses a brow powder to further fill the brows in. This is a great product. I’m glad I made the purchase. 

When Adrian handed me the mirror after doing my brows, I was shocked!  Seriously shocked.  The brows that looked back at me from the shiny metallic looking glass were not black, but a brownish taupe. Not orange/brown, but a true neutral.  My brows were not thick nor were they pencil thin. They were brows that even Goldilocks would have chosen. They were just right.  They looked beautiful!

Left. The eye that Adrian did.  See how natural the brow is?  He also applied from the Mally Nude Attitude Shadow Palette “Cafe Au Lait” as an all over color and Chestnut on my lids.  Right eye.  I duped this today. I need a bit more practice with the brow–I need a lighter hand but I kept it thinner than usual.  I used my Stila In The Know Palette’s “driftwood” shadow on my lid and Wet ‘n Wild’s “Brulee” as an all over color.  I’m sorry there is no link for the Stila palette but it is no longer sold.  I’m so angry at myself for not purchasing the Nude Attitude palette because it is sold out at Ulta. Dumb move on my part for not making the purchase! What do you think though? Did I do a decent job duplicating Adrian’s look?

Next he applied shadow on my lids just up to the crease.  He chose a dark but cool hued brown. I asked him why he chose that particular brown and he said that my eyes had flecks of green and the brown would work to bring out the green.  (He was correct, my eyes are Hazel).

My Hazel eye

See the green mixed in with the brown?  My eyes are true Hazel–but are a darker Hazel.

He smudged a bit of the color as liner on the bottom then went with black eyeliner which he smudged.  He applied a cream highlighter as well—both under my eyes and under the brows.


Perfect prep under eye lightener. I'll looks like mustard.

This under eye brightener certainly does have an appropriate name–Perfect Prep!  It may look like mustard, but it does a great job of brightening and getting rid of that blueish tint under the eyes!

He explained what he was doing as he applied each product and why he chose to do so.   He asked me what kind of lip color I preferred.  I told him that I usually went with a neutral but I wouldn’t mind a bright pink.

Lipstick on left. Gloss on right.

Left is Mally’s H3 Lipstick in Flush. It goes on a more bright but pretty pink. It glides on smoothly and has excellent lasting power.  On the right is the High Shine Liquid Lipstick in Must Have Pink.  It is nice and shiny and gives the lips a bit of a plumbing up. And that plumbing is just what 60+ lips need to look younger!

Adrian picked out the perfect pink lipstick and went over it with a shiny gloss. Just the way I like to apply lip color. Gloss over lipstick.  His last steps were taking a bit of the lipstick to use as blush, a bit more highlighter and he completed the job!

When he handed the mirror to me for final approval, I was so awestruck that I dropped it. Yeah. Thank God the mirror didn’t break—I’ve had enough bad luck to last a lifetime. OK?  But I just could not believe the me that was looking back at me!!  I wasn’t overcooked!  I was medium rare!!!!! The dewy layer of BB cream foundation was lighter than a regular liquid or stick foundation. The brows were perfect.  My face had a healthy pink glow and I looked hydrated! I swear I looked 20 years younger. OK maybe not 20 years but Adrian did manage to take a few years off my face with a light hand and age-friendly cosmetics.

Yo! Adrian!!!!  Didn’t he do a fantastic job???  I wish he could do my makeup all the time!  I’m so happy with the job he did. He’s such a sweetie pie!!!

I didn’t get to meet Mally but I did see her from afar with her mega-watt smile and very pretty floral dress. She looked like an ethereal sprite.  But I was fortunate because I had Adrian!!

mally. She's too cute

It’s ok Mally! I’m not upset that you didn’t run over to me so we could tawk. I mean, we’re both born New Yorkers–but I realize you were way, way busy. And you look so adorable in real life. I wanted to run up to you and pinch you but I would have gotten arrested!

And when Adrian was done with me, he didn’t give me the hard sell. We discussed what I could use and I made a few purchases. The brow products, the lip products and the little pot of yellow highlighting concealer.

I don’t know if Mally Roncal is aware that her products are incredibly “old lady” “mature woman” friendly, but they, along with the fabulous Adrian, made this old lady extremely happy.  And when I arrived home, Bonaparte was in awe of my brows! Actually, he mentioned that my face looked beautiful!  So thank you, Adrian. Thank you for giving me my groove back. And thank you Mally, thank you for a cosmetics line that truly is mature woman friendly!


A look I was Able to Achieve Face

I tried to channel my inner Adrian as much as I could with my new products. The lips, eyes, and brows do look great. And I don’t look over cooked or over baked! LOOK!! I’M MEDIUM RARE!! Nice and Pink!

Speaking of baking, I noticed that I had a couple of packets of yeast that were coming close to the expiration date.  Too lazy to look up a recipe for a quick bread, I created my own. Here’s what I did:

I emptied the contents of the 2 yeast packages into a cup of hot water from the tap. I let them sit while I measured 4 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour into the bowl of my kitchen aid stand mixer.  I then added 2 Tablespoons of Kosher Salt to the flour and mixed these dry ingredients with my dough hook just to blend the salt with the flour.   I then added two cups of warm tap water to the flour and salt and turned the mixer on to low just to get the flour/salt moistened and then added the yeast in the one cup of water to the mix.  I turned the speed to medium high, set the timer for 7 minutes and sat down to a game of Soda Crush.

After 7 minutes were up, I turned the dough onto a floured surface, did a few kneads and turned the ends of the dough under. I placed the dough in a bowl that I thinly coated with grapeseed oil. I loosely placed plastic wrap over the bowl, covered with a kitchen towel and placed in a warm area of the kitchen (in this case it was the microwave) and let the dough rise for two hours.  After two hours, the dough rose quite a bit, I punched the dough down and set it in a corner for another hour to rise again.

The hour over, I turned the dough onto a floured surface, divided the dough into two parts.  With one part of the dough, I formed it into a rounded rectangle and cut three slits into the top.  I baked in a 375 oven for 50 minutes. The end result was a lightly crusted loaf with a nicely chewy inside.  I divided the other part into 6 separate parts and formed them into balls.  I placed them into a 375 oven for 30 minutes and had some nice dinner rolls.

My “I’m-Too-Lazy-To-Read-A-Recipe” dinner rolls. They turned out great!

A rustic loaf of bread from the same recipe–which also turned out great. I shall stick to THIS type of baking from now on!

That’s the kind of baking I’ll stick to from now on!  Beautiful me. Beautiful bread!  (Sorry for the hypocrisy but I went full-on gluten this weekend!)

Christina Aguilera “Beautiful”. A beautiful song written by the beautiful and talented Linda Perry. I thought this would be a great song because we are all beautiful! XOXOXOXOXO!


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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27 Responses to Done With Baking and Cooking My Face. Happy to Say, I’m Medium Rare!

  1. spearfruit says:

    That certainly was well worth the trip – you look beautiful Catherine and the bread looks darn good also. Happy Sunday! 🙂

    • Catherine says:

      Happy Sunday to you too Terry! Thanks–I swear I am thrilled with the end result of the makeover! My face feels like face again! Yeah. I went off the gluten-free wagon after I baked the bread. I forgot just how great home baked bread really is. Bonaparte ate most of the dinner rolls and hinted that I should be baking them more often! Tonight-I will have more bread for dinner! XOXOXOXO!

  2. Judy says:

    You look fabulous, Catherine, and that young man is worth adopting – send him over, please!

    • Catherine says:

      Thanks Judy. OMG! Isn’t Adrian the most adorable young man on earth? I want him to be my third son! He’s sooooooooooooooooooooo incredibly sweet!!! XOXOXOXO!!!

  3. hipchick66 says:

    I’m so glad you had a good makeover experience! You look great! I’ve only ever had one good experience, at a Laura Mercier counter and I still remember how beautiful the low key makeover made me feel 🙂

    • Catherine says:

      Hipchick. Right??? I was thinking about this. And other than this Mally makeover, the only other makeover that I’ve had that was truly successful was Stila. To this day, I still keep white eyeliner. Those low-key makeovers are the best! XOXOXOXO!!!

  4. Haylee says:

    As I said the other day when you modelled your trench coat – looking foxy! He’s done a great job on your brows, I know how distressed my mum used to get over hers. She over-plucked in her youth and they were virtually non-existent. She opts to have semi-permanent tattooing done now to enhance them but it can look a little harsh if not done well.

    • Catherine says:

      Haylee. Oh. He did a fantastic job on the brows. In fact, Bonaparte mentioned the job I did trying to dupe Adrian’s look. Bonaparte said I still need a bit of practice. I will not comment any further on where the convo went! XOXOXOXOXO!!!

  5. gk says:

    wow, great job!

  6. Baked to perfection. LOL

  7. calensariel says:

    You are one brave chica! I would die of humiliation if I ever had to go through that! I go out of my way to avoid the makeup counters no matter where I am! You looked great, girl. But then I think you always look great. You’re so hard on yourself!

    • calensariel says:

      You know, how we look has more to do with attitude, and you have that by the bushel!

      • Catherine says:

        Aww shucks Lady Calen..thanks!!! But seriously. We mature women need to make a presence when it comes to makeup purchases. Damn. The cosmetics industry can be so naive at times. WE need the help more than the young’uns! We should be their more targeted audience of consumers! LOL. Yeah. I certainly got that attitude down! XOXOXOXO!!!

  8. You ALWAYS ALWAYS look MAVVVVVVELOUS!!! 😘😘 I’ve never had or done a makeover, though I’ve been curious,,more so just to see how I’d look as I’m not to ‘versed’ in the ways of makeup!!!!

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Linda. Thank you so much! OMG. You should get a makeover for the fun of it. Even if you don’t like it–it’ll be tons of fun! XOXOXOXO!!!

  9. iolacontessa says:

    YOU are MY type of GAL………FUN and GORGEOUS!Now, where do I sign up for this BLOG?Off to sign up!

  10. LosiLosLoco says:

    OK. TOTALLY RANDOM BUT I’VE SEEN ADRIAN BEFORE!! SWEAR BY IT! FROM WHERE? I DUNNO!! But this was wonderful. He had your face beat darling. Absolutely stunning. 🙂 And that bread “recipe”, fantastic! I haven’t made any but, I just might! Who knows? Thanks for sharing dearest!

    • Catherine says:

      OMG. Pineaple! FROM CALIFORNIA????? Adrian lives in Cali. He’s adorable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love him!!! Honestly, if I was a celebrity, Adrian would be my personal make up man! This is too funny!! XOXOXOXOXO!!!

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