I’m Going Naked! And Other Musings!

Happy Friday!

On this day off from Retail Hell, I sit working on a longer post, (Hint. It has something to do if I was a “certain political figure”) and I realize that I’ve been waylaid!

Waylaid because it is not summer yet. Summer isn’t supposed to arrive till the end of next month. Alluding to that, our spring has been wet, gray, and chilly.

There is a new, fifth season upon us “Sprummer”—when Spring suddenly disappears and Summer sidles her way in. Overnight!

Today I woke up with two little slits as eyes because of Spring allergies and big huge hair as an effect from Summer humidity.

big hair little eyes

My Sprummer look. Huge hair and small eyes. Thanks to Humidity and Allergies!

It’s a mathematical equation.  Spring + Summer = Sprummer.

Oddly, Bonaparte wanted to turn the A/C on.  Even more oddly, I argued.  No A/C until June.  We have a nice breeze coming through the front windows from Chateau Bonaparte and in the afternoon, the back of the chateau gets a beautiful breeze.  I lost the battle!

I’ve got errands to run.  Bonaparte is stressing out at the mess in the room where I’m throwing all my stuff in piles preparing for the packing of our trip to France. And I’m really trying to work on my next post.

Bonaparte is stressing from my incredible mess.  I say “It gets worse before it gets better!”

In the meantime, I’m going naked in this heat!  No—not that Playboy centerfold kind of naked.  My face is naked.

Somewhat naked.  In the heat blended with humidity, I’m foregoing primer and foundation and concealer and contour.  Oh. I’m still wearing makeup—but with a light touch.  And it doesn’t matter that I have 60+ skin. The sweat will give me a luminous glow.


This is why I forego foundation and go with a light application of makeup during the hot months!

Sweat = illumation for older ladies!


Yeah–but the ILLUMINATION will make you look sexy!

Honestly, let the flaws shine through. Foundation will only melt off and become a hot mess.

Here’s what I did.

Still life with naked products

Still life of today’s cosmetics. Left to Right.  Tarte Showstopper Clay Palette.  Wet ‘n Wild Ticket to Brazil bronzer. Maybelline’s The Falsies Flared Mascara. Lipstick Queen St. Fire Red lipstick. NARS Multiple in Riviera and the two eyeliners. Stila and elf.  Not pictured is Mally’s 24/7 Brow Express

From my Tarte Showstopper Clay Palette, I swept the both the “You’re a Natural” and “Showstopper Copper” eyeshadows over my lid and up to the crease.


Photo of Tarte’s labeled shadows courtesy of the blog A Girls View”  The two shadows I used were very neutral! BTW, this is a great palette for travel!

My eyebrows are filled in with Mally’s  24/7 Brow Express.

Mascara is Maybelline’s The Falsies “Flared”.  No mascara on bottom lashes due to the sweat factor.

I lined first with Stila’s “Snow” Stay-all-Day liquid eyeliner.  I love this white liner because it brightens the eyes!

Then, I lined close to the lashes with elf’s Waterproof Eyeliner Pen. At two bucks, this is a decent liner that does stay put all day.

Next I swept NARS Multiple Stick in Riviera over my cheekbone and blended in with a brush for a bit of allover color.

Over that, I swept Wet n Wild’s Ticket to Brazil bronzer for a bit of warmth. Also—the powdery bronzer is good in this weather. The sweat keeps it from looking cakey. This bronzer is a steal—I got it last year at Rite Aid for $3.99 and there’s plenty left till I hit pan on it!

Lastly, I applied Lipstick Queen’s Saint Fire Red on my lips with a very light hand. I literally dabbed it on!

Five minute Sprummer face! As naked as it gets!

Naked Face done

My (nearly) “Naked Face”!  Bonaparte mentioned that I looked nicer with less makeup.  It’s the glow from the sweat!

I also had to fill in a few spots  on my legs and feet with fake tanner.

Naked feet

Gotta get the feet evened out with the fake color!

You know that I’m all over the place with various fake tanning products but since I change up my mind so often on this subject, my current favorite of the moment is Ocean Potion’s Ever Glow Daily Moisturizer with Gentle Skin Darkener. I just realized that the company refers to this as Gentle Skin Darkener rather than sunless tanning.  Either way, it moisturizes and gives a nice color. And—it’s dirt cheap. $4.97 at Walmart!

Ocean Potion

The amount of product you get for the price is incredible.  A bottle of this will last almost a year!

The budget pricing of this moisturizer won’t leave your wallet naked!

I’m in shorts and a navy shirt today. Very casual.

shorts and shirt

A great and simple look for running errands.  I love my big, cheapo hoop earrings!

I’ll tell you; this sleeveless shirt was a great purchase at Ann Taylor Factory.I paid less than $15.00 for it.   The front of the shirt has an overlay of lace with solid navy underneath. The front of the shirt is composed of 93% nylon, 7% spandex and the back of the shirt is composed of 95% cotton and 8% spandex, giving the shirt a nice flattering fit. I also like the way the neck is a bit higher cut and the length of the shirt is a bit longer.

Shirt detail

Detail from the front of the shirt. I’m not a “lacey” kind of woman but I really like this shirt a lot!

And yes!  This outfit is absolutely appropriate for women over 60!

Gotta go!  Going back to my long post that I’m working on and then off to run errands!

Have a great, great Memorial Day Weekend everyone!!! Let’s remember our military of past and present. Let’s stop to think about the lives sacrificed for us.


Grave at Normandy

Let’s think of those who selflessly gave up their lives for us.

Thank you to all military personnel and the families of the military.

Pete AF Honor Guard

My brother Pete when he served on the USAF Honor Guard in DC. 

Lartigue in the army Bonaparte

Bonaparte during his military days as a soldier for France in Algeria. We thank ALL military!


Flowers of thanks and love for all military personnel and their families. Thank you again and again!

Here’s some Sly Stone. Hot Fun in the Summertime. But it should be retitled “Hot Fun In the Sprummer time!



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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18 Responses to I’m Going Naked! And Other Musings!

  1. Wow, you look great💕

  2. Bernadette says:

    You look marvelous darling. Have a great weekend.

  3. Sabiscuit says:

    OMG your skin looks amazing!!!! Have a love weekend, lovely.

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Sabiscuit! Thank you. I have to say that I’m really loving my DIY skin cream from Skin Actives–it’s really hydrating–and I need that. Have a wonderful weekend and a fun and safe one! XOXOXO!!!

  4. spearfruit says:

    Catherine, you look beautiful naked! Seriously, you do! Thanks for mentioning our military and family, very much appreciated. Have a safe and wonderful weekend dear. 🙂

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Terry. Politically I may be a liberal, but our most important Americans are our military. We can never forget that. And our government needs to take better care of our troops when they arrive home! You have a great weekend too!!! XOXOXO!!!

  5. elisabeth says:

    You look mahhhhvelous, dahling! And your blog just picks me up and makes my day sparkle!!

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Elisabeth! Thank you sweetie! I’m so happy that my blog is making your day sparkle! It means I’ve done something good! Thank you! XOXOXOXO!!!

  6. Haylee says:

    You don’t look your age anyway but it does make you look even younger with a ‘sprummer’ palette! I feel your pain with the hair humidity – mine will be rising soon no doubt!

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Haylee! Thanks–nothing like looking a bit younger! Hey. Have a great vacation! XOXOXO!!!

      • Haylee says:

        Thank you (finally packed 👏🏼) and enjoy your weekend. I didn’t know it was Memorial Day weekend for the US until I saw a few posts.

  7. calensariel says:

    You know sometimes I think we look younger without the foundation. I don’t wear it often. I use a finisher cream from Avon and just stipple powder over it. Btw, the white footed fruit bowl on your desk? If it has grapes on it, I have one just like it! 😀

    • Catherine says:

      Catherine! It DOES have grapes on it! I picked it up in a thrift store. I love those white bowls! Yeah, I’m definitely re-thinking the foundation thing. I notice the lines don’t look as deep without it! XOXOXO!!!

  8. I love your blog, wow, the black shirt is perfect on you…I use the eye mascara you use too, wow. Your flowers are so pretty. I really like that you and I have so much in common. Thank you for caring enough to comment on my blog today it made my day for sure!! ♣

    • Catherine says:

      Thanks!!! I’m so happy you are enjoying the posts! Bonaparte brought the flowers home the other day–we both love having fresh flowers in the house because they brighten up our day!! XOXOXOXOXO!!!

  9. Liz McGarry says:

    I agree with Bonaparte…I think you look lovely with your near naked “sprummer” face. Your skin looks fresher and much more smoothe. The lipstick looks lighter, too. You don’t need all that other stuff. Let your beautiful self shine through!

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