Atypical 60’s Best of 2016—The Best Stuff for Mature Woman

As we sidle into 2017, we will be venturing into all things new and improved.  Thusly bringing our indecisiveness to the top of the emotional heap!  But, as we do move forward, I want to take some time to share with you some stuff that needs a shout out.


Yes. This is the face of a 61 Year old woman. And although no products I use have created miracles and turned the face of time back to give me the appearance I had thirty or forty years ago, I still have my best products and other stuff of last year that I want to share!

As Oprah has her favorite things, so do I.  But mine are mostly more budget-minded and work well for the mature woman.  Since the beauty and fashion industries continue to ignore us older ladies and focus solely on youth, I feel it is my personal mission to get our empowering and beautiful demographic of women noticed. Well, I’m sure to fail in getting us noticed but I’ll take the initiative here and share some of my favorites that got me sailing through last year!

Without further ado, I give you my best stuff for 2016!

Best Makeup Remover: Albolene. Hands down, this is the shit! I’m sure all my  drag queen besties will attest. Albolene gets rid of every speck of makeup—no matter how heavy you slop it on!  Makeup just melts off.  The price is great too.  For a huge mutha of a jar, I don’t think I’ve ever spent more than $14.  A little goes a long way. In addition, you don’t have to “tug” at your skin to get your makeup off—and at our age, tugging is a no-no!


I took this photo in August of 2015. The very same jar is in my bathroom and still has about 1/4 of the cleanser left. I don’t call this a cleanser though. I use it as a makeup remover!

Best Primer(s):  I’ve spent money on high-end primers and I have to admit. The ones that work best for me are the low-end.  elf and Hard Candy. Both smooth and prep the skin in a lovely way—especially the Hard Candy—it is very hydrating. A little goes a long way. At a price point of $6 for the elf, and around $8 for the Hard Candy, your skin—as well as your purse strings will thank you!


With these primers, there is no need to waste money on the high-end. I know this. I’ve learned my lesson. Less expensive is better.

Best Foundation: This is a tough one because I have gone through so many foundations in my mature and immature lifetime!  I’ve narrowed it down to three. And after much thought, my number one is  Marc Jacobs Full Coverage Foundation.  It literally glides on. If you want more coverage, you can build.  However, this is a light foundation that does the job to cover and stays put all day! And in all honesty, it is the most “old lady” friendly because it isn’t cakey.  I’ve hemmed and hawed during 2016 as whether to repurchase—and after almost a full year of using this, I will. A bit pricier at $55., but given the fact it’s almost a year old and I’m still using it—the price isn’t really too bad.  The next two are “best of’s” but for different reasons. Becca Aqua Luminous Foundation is a wonderful color match for me—and it does offer a bit of luminosity and is long-wearing.  I find that if applied too heavily it can look a bit cakey—you gotta tread lightly. At $44, it could be pricey if you use a lot but t it’s still a very good foundation. Coming in next is the elf Flawless Finish Foundation at six bucks, this foundation is an excellent buy! I’m not kidding!  This is my go-to travel foundation. (if you know me well, you are aware that I travel with low-end cosmetics because I would freak out if I lost the good stuff or left it behind!). Coverage is excellent. Not a lot of shades to choose from but if you find a match, you are in luck!  Long lasting.  Only issue I have is with elf’s pumps. They have a tendency to break fairly quickly.  Overall though, this foundation is an excellent buy!


From left to right. Becca, elf, Marc Jacobs. All 2016 Best Of’s!

Best Eye Shadow Palette: Two have become my favorites last year. Yeah. I have the Naked’s and I have Stila and more. However, I’ve used two palettes during 2016 over and over again.  Mally’s Nude Attitude is a great palette.  The shadows have a bit of a subtle sparkle but still manage to work well on mature eyes.  Nice nudes with a couple of colorful shades, the pigmentation is excellent and the shadows stay put during the day—and I don’t use an eye shadow primer either.  A bit of fallout but cleans up so easily. If applied with a light hand, no fallout issues.  $35 is the price point. Not overly expensive but certainly not inexpensive.  Revolution Redemption Palette Iconic Elements–I have to thank fellow blogger Adryana of Adryana’s Beauty Blog for introducing me to the Makeup Revolution brand.  Wow! Just. Wow!  This palette of matte nudes is only $7.00!! Seven Bucks!  I cannot say enough about these shadows. They go on so silky smooth and there is virtually no fallout.  The pigmentation is incredible and as mattes can be a bit on the “ashy” side, there is absolutely no “ashy” look to these shadows at all!  I kid you not when I say that every woman should have this palette in her collection!


Top–Mally Nude Attitude Palette. I’ve hit pan on the color Cafe au Lait and just hit pan on Sand.  I’ll be hitting pan on other colors shortly.  Bottom:  Revolution Redemption Palette. I can’t say enough about how great this seven-buck palette is.  The after effects of the shock of this low price point still gives me the chills!  I highly recommend this palette to everyone!

Best Lip Glosses/Sticks:  Oh how I miss the bee-stung mouth I had back in my twenties and thirties. I could wear dark lipstick. I could wear neon lip color! I could wear the burgundy’s. Sigh!  Alas, my lips have aged. I would say my mouth is the one area of my face that has aged the most.  Reds and dark colors look harsh on me.  I’m mature and wise enough to realize that “color” no longer works for me.  Pinks can be difficult too—my skin coloring is pale with pink undertones and I need a more muted pink in order to look halfway decent.  The following are my faves from last year.  IT Cosmetics Lip Stain, Lip Vitality and CC Lip Serum.  I find IT cosmetics to be very hit-or miss.  The foundations are horrible for my aging skin—although the products are advertised to be anti-aging. However, the lip products are epic!  The lip gloss stain and vitality flush in the color “Je Ne Sais Quoi” are the perfect hint of color—especially if you have heavily pigmented lips like mine.  I’ve also used the Lip Vitality Flush as blush in emergency situations.  The Lip Serum in the color “Love” is a wonderful almost caramel pink. I have to say that I have three separate “sets” of these products, two in purses and one at home. The price point of these items runs around twenty bucks apiece but it is so well-worth it. These are my lip holy grails!  Coming in second are the NYX products.


My “Holy Trinity” of lip products!  IT Lip gloss stain and Vitality Lip Flush in “Je Ne Sais Quoi” and serum in “Love”.  Stellar. Just. Stellar! And for mature lips, the no-color colors work so well..

the-lipsAlso on my “best of” are NYX lip glosses, sticks and butter gloss.  The color on the photo of the products looks more peachy, but the bottom photos show the true color once applied.  Oh..and that Sephora gloss that snuck in there is pretty good too!

Best Mascaras and Eyeliners:  Mascaras-my best of’s are the Bella Rose Lash Fiber Mascara and Maybelline’s The Falsies for my top lashes.  Both products are great.  I love the Bella Rose because of the lushness it gives the lashes.  I am a fan of The Falsies because of the same lushness it gives my lashes. I interchange between the two.  I order Bella Rose from Amazon. At $14.99 it is a great buy.  The Falsies I purchase at Walmart because Walmart offers the lowest price–around five bucks–and I go through Mascara the way the president-elect, what’s-his-name goes through lies!  On my bottom lashes I use Wet ‘n Wild’s MegaLength and New York Color’s SkyRise Mascaras. It depends on which one I grab first. I LOVE both these mascaras for the bottom lashes because of the wands.  They both have a thin wand which doesn’t pick up a ton of product and makes it a cinch for applying mascara to the lower lashes. Each mascara costs around $2.00, making them inexpensive but great bargains!

New York  Color also has a favorite eyeliner of mine–and has been for quite a few years. In fact, I hoard this eyeliner.  Under three dollars, it is a liquid liner that has a super-thin brush and the liner is dark and lasts all day!  I’ve had a difficult time finding the right felt-tip liner.  Many of them don’t house a lot of product and the tip just wears down. Not so with this Tarte Lights Camera Action Precision Liner. The tip is thin and has managed to not wear down. It is easy to work with and makes a great line.  I did buy this on a special sale at Ulta for $10.00. Normally $20.00 it is still worth spending the money on!



Top: Bella Rose Fiber Mascara and Maybelline’s The Falsies.  Bottom:  Wet ‘n Wild Megalength and NYColor’s Sky Rise mascaras. Great “best of’s”!!


See what I mean about the bottom lashes?  Both these mascaras do a fantastic job!


Top: Tarte’s liner. Bottom NYC Liner. I’m a lover of eyeliner only on my top lid.  I can’t line the bottom because it looks aging and harsh. Instead, I’ll apply a thin line of a lighter shadow.

Best Cosmetics Brushes:  Years ago, Oona and I purchased cosmetic brushes from Vera Bradley.  Yes. That Vera Bradley.  The brushes were amazing. Great quality, no shedding, wooden handles and they came housed in cute Vera Bradley brush holders.  These little wonders were discontinued.  But I still have them.  All my regular brushes have been packed away on a little vacation.  So have my beauty sponges.  They have made way for the new kind of brush that has intrigued me since I saw them.  What do you call them?  Spoon brushes?  Tooth brushes?  Whatever they are called, this new, oversized, heavily dense kind of brush is (in my Oprah voice) AH-MAZE-ING!!!  Oona gifted me with a set this Christmas. I know, I know—I received these gems at the very end of the year, but in the week that I’ve played around with these brushes—and play around I did, I found that the blendability is superior, less product is needed, and you can really go light-handed.  The set that Oona purchased for me is around $30 on Amazon.  I know you can spend upwards of $400 for this type of brush but this less expensive brand, Bestidy, makes a great brush.  I’m definitely a fan!


The more I use these, the more I love them.  The really thin brush on the left hand side, I’ve been using it to apply powder shadow as a liner on the bottom lid and works like a charm…


I place a bit of product on the brush and blend..


better for contouring than a blender sponge..


Finished face–all products except lips, liner and mascara were used with these brushes..even brows!!  I’m sold!

Best Cleanser:  2016 was a year that I found myself becoming increasingly interested in skin care because…well, I’m in my ‘60’s now. I can’t afford a face lift. I’m wary of fillers, which I cannot afford either.  I also am pragmatic enough to realize and see the reality that wrinkles happen! Lines happen! Aging happens! We need products that offer hydration and elasticity.   My favorite cleanser is Vivant Skincare’s Mandelic Acid 3-in-1 Wash. This cleanser has become  my “go-to”.  I use it after taking the makeup off with Albolene.  A gentle cleanser that works, you only need a tiny bit—it lathers up well and your skin doesn’t feel taut or tight after washing.  At $40, it is not cheap—but considering the small amount you need, it is worth the price.  I use this sparingly. I do NOT use this in the morning. In the morning I use only warm water to wash my face because my face was already cleansed.  Water. It’s the best and least expensive beauty product!

Mandelic cleanser

I’ll be honest. I did discover Vivant SkinCare through their sending me products to try, but I’ve since purchased and this has turned out to be my Number One cleanser! I will continue to purchase!

Best Moisturizer:  Moisturizers are like Lay’s Potato Chips—you can’t eat just one!  With moisturizers, you can’t use just one!  I have a few.  First is actually a “kit” by SkinActives.  It is supposed to be a DIY version of La Mer and it is the “Formulation for Beginners” kit. *Reminder to self—order more when you finish this post! The kit is $29.50 and the product you “make” will last a long time. The skin cream made from this kit is so hydrating that my face almost drowned! It feels so good going on your face, wet and cool and, ohhhh, I just love this so much!


I was also very fortunate to be gifted with this kit from SkinActives to review. It turned out to be such a favorite that I had a giveaway.  And yes, I STILL order from SkinActives and will continue to order from them.  This is a fantastic kit and allows you to specialize it to your personal needs. When I finish up this post, I need to order more!

To my “best of” regimen are a couple of other items:  Caudalíe Polyphenol Anti-Wrinkle Protect Cream.  Look, this ain’t getting rid of my wrinkles any time soon, but I do notice that it makes my skin appear slightly better.  There is a good amount of SPF in this, AND does not irritate the eyes if it gets too close (that is my main issue with all products that contain sunscreen—my eyes are sensitive). This is unscented and a teeny bit goes a long, long way. There is a large price range on this and averages around $40. I’m not gonna lie. I paid half-price at City-Pharma in Paris so I stacked up on Caudalíe products. Another product by Caudalíe is the Resveratrol Night Infusion Cream.  Quite honestly, I almost shit a brick when I saw how much this cream is selling in the USA and on the Caudalíe site.  $76!!!  Again, I purchased this at CityPharma in Paris. I think I paid 29 or 30 euros. Had I known how pricey this is here, I would have purchased three of these!  This is a fantastic cream, and you know I don’t lie. Using this does firm without feeling dry. Again, I use this very sparingly.  Would I pay $76 for this?  Hell no. If you can afford it, go ahead!  But you can bet that on my next trip to France when I’m NOT in Paris, I will search high and low through every pharmacie to find this at the best price.   Oona discovered this in my stash when she was visiting over Christmas and loved it!  She’s in her twenties and it is never too early to start the skin care regimen.  I’ve also become quite the fan of Bi-Oil.  I use it before applying primer during the day and after moisturizing in the evening.  It keeps the skin hydrated without being greasy. It also works well to keep the ends of my hair from getting dried out in between trims! This has a much more purse friendly price of around $12 for four ounces!  The amount of hydration this offers is epic!  Nuxe also offers an oil too–but I find that I’m leaning more toward the Bi-Oil because of the price.  The Nuxe is around $30.00. Still a great oil though. And last of all, the infamous original Olay Beauty Fluid Lotion. Eight bucks!  Inexpensive and does the job. This is my travel moisturizer.


Clockwise?  I still get confused. Anyway, pictured is the Nuxe Oil, Caudelie Resveratrol Lift Cream, Bi-Oil and the Caudalie Polyphenol cream.  

Best Blush/Cheek Colors: NARS Multiple in Riviera a multi-purpose stick, I use this as a cheek color.  A peachy pink that gives a subtle color and glow, this was used on a constant basis during 2016.  I paid $40 at Sephora. Given the fact it has lasted for an incredibly long period of time and is nowhere near the end of the stick–it’s a great buy.  Also on my best of is a little inexpensive liquid cheek stain from New York Color–Lovatics Lip and Cheek stain in the color Cheeky Pink. This is a very pretty berry pink color that I like to wear during the warmer months with a bit of a fake tan or bronzer–you have to work fast because it dries quickly.  The price was around $4.00 and a higher brand could make this and sell it for ten times more! This is an excellent product and a little bit goes a long way making this the bargain of the year!

NARS Multiple and NYC Lovatics Lip and Cheek Stain. Two great products that became bests during 2016!

Best Illuminators:  Ok. This is an extra. I received the Benefit Girl Meets Pearl from a co-worker. She was giving away a ton of beauty stuff she never used when she started purging for a move. I got lucky because I LOVE this product. I apply it over blush when I want a little bit of a dewy look.  The tube it comes in is also quite handy. You twist the bottom and there’s little holes on the top that the product comes out of.  A tiny bit goes a long, long way.  At $30.00 it is a bit pricey and I think I would look for a dupe before giving up the three tens for this. But then again, it works really well.  So the second “best of” illuminator isn’t really an illuminator at all. It is a primer. Well, it’s kind of both. I received a sample of this Wonder Glow Radiant Soft Focus Beauty Flash  primer from a CharlotteTillbury sales assistant at Nordstrom.  To tell you the truth, I loved the sample so I went out and made the $55 purchase.  Ouch on my purse strings but not on my face.  I use this to give my skin a very nice glow and use it OVER foundation. The “glow factor” is what makes this a “best of” and when I say a little is all you need–I mean it.  I guarantee this will last for two years! That comes out to a cost of $27.50 per year and makes it a more user friendly price point.  With that being said, Tillbury came up with a winner!  During 2017, I plan on checking out more Tillbury products..we’ll see….


Charlotte Tillbury’s Primer cum Illuminator and Benefit’s Girl Meets Pearl. Both products give off a great glow and luminosity.  Both are not inexpensive either but they both work well!

Best All-Around Multi-tasker:  Chapstick!!! It isn’t just a lip balm. I use Chapstick (and have written about this) as a “blur” for lines by my eyes and mouth.  The waxy texture fills into those tiny lines like a charm!  I also use this as an illuminating product from time to time. It gives a nice “glow”.  And at a buck a stick—you can never go wrong. I have one in every purse. But use the “original” Chapstick for multi-tasking!!


I don’t know what that line in the middle of the photo is from. Obviously my iPhone’s camera was malfunctioning. Again!  But Chapstick is the great multitasker.  The Laino lip balm underneath is a great moisturizing lip balm I picked up at CityPharma in Paris. I’ll be frank–the most moisturizing lip balms I’ve ever had were purchased throughout France for one euro.  Why can’t we formulate the same at the same price equivalent here in the States?  Chapstick is the great multi-tasker but isn’t as moisturizing as the ones the Frenchies make!!

Best Helper Hair/Hair Helper: Look. As we age, our hair changes. A very small percentage of women are lucky enough to have a thick head of hair throughout their lifetime.  A large percentage of us suffer the pangs of thinning hair and worse. There is nothing wrong with a little help from your fake or real helper hair! Believe me, I know this!   If you need a bit of help, try Uniwigs toppers.  They run specials all the time and you can find a great topper for under a hundred dollars.  Toppik hair fibers are also a great way to fill in the thinning spots. I’ve been using Toppik for years and still use it when I “wear” my bio hair!

My helper hair. To tell you the truth, ALL of these are “best of’s” and if you suffer from hair loss you know what I’m talkin’ about!  From left to right. Uniwigs Yaki Hair Topper. This is my favorite and my best of the best!  The Yaki hair, resembling straightened African-American hair blends in best with my coarse and wiry hair. I love it. A lace closure which blends well, it is my favorite! Next is a “Tony of Beverly” topper, at $55, it is a steal but you need to play with it to get it just right.  The synthetic is softer than the Yaki hair but it is thick enough in density to give my bio hair the appearance of thickness it used to have.  Next two are wigs.  Both inexpensive.  The first of the wigs, I threw on over my bio hair–don’t judge–it works for me. it is a Noriko wig but I can’t remember the name of it. It is NOT the Milan topper-my Milan did not make it to my best of list.  Adam trimmed the bangs for me and I do believe it looks pretty natural.  Last of the group is the Vivica Fox Brie V wig. I took this pic with the wig straight out of the box without styling it. It is my second Brie. I ruined the first one by cutting the bangs too short but turned it into a topper so I can still wear it. This wig is less than $40 and is a great, great bargain. It lasts a long time without getting all knotty and frizzy!


It may be a stock photo, but I was too lazy to search through my many archived posts about my love for Toppik.   The price ranges from low twenties to high twenties on this. I purchase my Toppik at Sally Beauty. 

Best Fake Tanner: Jergens Natural Glow. Other than getting sprayed, Jergens is my top fave self-tanner. It is the one I keep going back to and in 2016 I played around a lot with the fake tanning.  It is very moisturizing.  They’ve improved upon the color over the years as well as the smell. It no longer smells really bad. It doesn’t smell like a bed of roses either but for the color you get, one can deal with the smell!  My pasty-white legs use this year-round.  And the price can run from $2 for a travel size upwards to $10.  It’s better than baking in the sun!  a sampling of my fake tanners

The winner here in the Best of for 2016 is Jergens. Ocean Potion is number two and the Build-a-Tan is just too messy!

Best Bras: In 2016, I discovered that I am over Victoria’s Secret.  I’m tired of the over-padding that make my titties look like two mountains one could ski down. I want a more natural lift.  Trust me it is difficult as you age because the girls sag a bit and start to look –well, like old ladies under a sweater!  I found the perfect bras in 2016. Princesse tam tam.  The bras really have a great fit and the padded ones give that subtle face lift to your chest.  The price point was around $50 each for the two bras I purchased in Paris back in November.  No different than the price of a Victoria’s Secret bra.  I’ve been doing research on where to purchase Princess tam tam in the States. It’s been difficult but I’m continuing my search!bras

Two two bras that made the “Best of” list–both by Princesse tam tam.  The one on the top has no padding but has lift from the soft underwires..the perfect bra to wear under a button down shirt.  The blue one looks heavily padded but isn’t…


Yes that is me and yes, this bra is a beautiful fit and no side boobage sticking out. Best bras ever. Thank you Princesse tam tam–now start selling your bras at Nordstrom please! Giving a lift to old saggies!

Best Tweezer: I still have not found one.  I have a couple of Revlon tweezers and one Tweezerman but neither “grab” those soft, unsightly lady whiskers the way they should. If you have a best, can you share and let us know?

Best Way to Store Cosmetics: In my quest to be organized, which I usually fail miserably at, I found hanging jewelry organizers. They work like a charm and house all my makeup. I’m so glad that for once I had a bright idea that worked! Three dolliz each at Five Below!


There is a little place for everything with these jewelry organizers that I turned into makeup organizers!

Best Online Shopping:  J. Crew. Yes. My name is Catherine and I am a J. Crew addict. But the brand’s clothing is my style. What can I say?  I’m not a fan of Jenna Lyons, but I love the fit of both J. Crew and J. Crew Factory’s clothing for me.  The two exceptions being their jeans and heels. As beautiful as the heels are, they are painful to wear—and the jeans just do not work with my body.  However, the site has fantastic sales. I never buy full price at J. Crew and neither should you—especially since the discounts from the site are unbelievable! And even if you aren’t a fan of J. Crew, check out the websites from your favorite stores—you can always find great bargains! I have to admit, 2016 was the year that I started to shop online and grew to love it!

Best Jeans:  The weight that I lost also brought back my love for jeans. When I gain weight, I feel too restrained when wearing jeans. When I lose weight, I find jeans more versatile and comfortable. And I love skinny jeans.  AG Jeans were my “best of” for 2016. I love the fit!  I love the way they look.  They are over my budget but at Nordstrom Rack, I found two pair that were less than $65.  Loft also has great fitting jeans for a great price when they are on sale!


While I realize the ripped jeans do not get a lot of love, the fit of these AG Jeans is incredible and flattering. I also have a pair of unripped ones!  These are the best of 2016 in the world of Atypical60!

My best looks from 2016:  Here they are…

Lots of different looks but these are my faves…

My blog is almost two years old and I STILL have not figured out how to edit and resize photos for the blog. Am I THAT pathetic or what?  Anyway, these are some of my other favorite looks.  I need to get a spray tan. Soon!

I know this post is long—probably annoyingly long.  But I wanted to showcase some of my favorite products that worked best for me during the past year.  We all have our best and favored products. And they can change from year-to-year or we can come across new discoveries.  It’s important that we, as older women keep finding great stuff! We have only each other!  Are you with me on this?

I’m so against ageism—in all aspects of life. So, ladies—embrace the coming year. We are going to be another year older, wiser, more empowering and more beautiful!

The Best is Yet to Come. Tony Bennett knows that!!


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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56 Responses to Atypical 60’s Best of 2016—The Best Stuff for Mature Woman

  1. Yolanda says:

    Thanks for the rundown of favorites. Sometimes I feel like I’m drowning in information overload. I’m more into bottom line the older I get. You did a nice job of picking and why. And with some of the new ideas for common “older” issues, you’ve taught this old dog a couple of new tricks!

    • Catherine says:

      Thanks Yolanda. I really appreciate the fact that you read this laboriously long post. I couldn’t shorten it! But I like to be detailed. I’m glad that you liked what I wrote and why. Isn’t it funny though–when we were younger we definitely did veer toward the higher end of products, Now its a mix of high/low. I’m incredibly pleased with the lower end products I use–they really are keepers!! Thanks again! XOXOXOXO!!!

  2. lorigreer says:

    Love, love, love this post. I am going to print it to take shopping with me/keep for reference. Thank you for sharing!
    Happy New Year! Hugs, Lori

    • Catherine says:

      Happy New Year LoriGreer! Hey–that’s a poem!!! Wow! Thanks so much. I’m so glad to be a reference point. We mature girls need to stick together and share with each other because I’ll tell you, the professionals only care about the Kendall’s and Gigi’s of this world..LOL! XOXOXOXOXO!!!

  3. Luísa Vasconcelos says:

    Hello Dear Catherine. I’m glad you had a wonderful Christmas. Mine was ok, but it’s not time to dwell in less then good prospects. Once you said that in Philadelphia you have no friends to invite, or to invite you. But, see, you have a lot of friends around here. Once I read that having virtual friends is like having money and properties on Facebook and other social media. It’s true, but sometimes you get to know someone you really feel good about. I’m almost 59, Portuguese and live in Lisbon, but, despite the differences in our life experiences, in the end, I believe we feel alike and value the same things: Family, friendship and the need to enjoy the small things of everyday life, especially if one has already experienced some crappy things. And you have a incredible sense of humour!!!!
    Now, your suggestions are great. I think I’ll try the Marc Jacobs foundation. As for the mascara, for me, the best best best is Grandiôse from Lancôme. Have you already tried it? It gets you the most incredible eyelashes. Oh, and, for a 61 year old, or of any age, you look great. I feel envious of your hair!!! I don’t give a damn if it’s fake!!
    Have a great year, with the most wonderful events for you and your family. Keep making us smile
    XOXOXO Luísa

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Luisa!! Happy New Year to you my friend!! have no idea how badly I am wanting to visit Portugal! When my son Jake was in grade school at St. Ignatius a family moved over from Lisbon and they were great and so kind and warm. I imagine that everyone in Portugal is the same genteel way!! I’m thrilled that you like my suggestions. Definitely try the Marc Jacobs foundation. I’ll tell you I haven’t tried the Grandiose mascara, but it is my daughter, Oona’s favorite and the only mascara she wears-wait, that and Dior. I will have to try that mascara! Thank you so much for your kind comments!! I’m glad that we are friends!!! XOXOXOXO!!!

  4. Luísa Vasconcelos says:

    How dum I am. It’s like having properties on Monopoly, goddamn it!!!!

  5. Nancy Bennett says:

    Loved the “best of” post–it’s nice to have all of your tried-and-true faves in one place. Happy to have the candid advice. Also cool that you’ve lost weight this year–since relocating to Arizona from the midwest, I admit to letting the “stress” of getting a new house/new job/etc to justify extra cocktails/wine/etc. But now that I’ve been here five years, it’s clear that those excuses no longer work. So, as a “frequent alum” of WW myself, I’m toying with the idea of going back. Are you doing the WW online? And if so, how do you find it as opposed to WW with meetings? Anyway, Happy NY!

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Nancy. I DID join the WW online when I decided to lose the weight around Labor Day. However, I didn’t use it that much except to track. I’ve been thinking of going to the meetings since I’m a lifetime member, but when I get home from work, I just want to chill. I still follow a WW train of thought but this time around I am not as “point” obsessed.
      I overindulged during this Christmas season. I’m being honest. And not this week, but next week I will resume with my weight loss posts. I need a good week to get back to “normal”. I gotta tell you, I felt very bad throwing out so much food the other day but if I kept the remainder of all the baked goods AND the ingredients such as the chocolate chips, I would have eaten them–it is almost like a drug addict.
      We can do this together again. Next week when I resume I will try to post more recipes.
      Have a great 2017!!! XOXOXOXO!!!

  6. Miss Bougie says:

    Thanks for this post, listing all your favourite products. Interesting to see what you’ve chosen. I need to investigate Caudalie products. I have been tempted several times but was never able to get a free sample of any of their potions. I tend not to buy if I haven’t been able to try first. Saved me a lot of euros over the years.
    Oh and, keep the posts coming. Love them!

    • Catherine says:

      Hey Miss B! I never realized how pricey Caudalie products were until I researched the two creams I purhased at CityPharma. I’ve gotten other Caudalie products on the cheap at the same store but never knew they were upscale. I’m definitely a fan but I have a hard time coming to terms on spending over 75 bucks on a cream that is 1.7 ounces a jar The stuff is good though and I mean GOOD!!! I’m having a dilemma here. I will absolutely load up when I return to France later this year. Glad you are enjoying the posts. Thank you!!!! XOXOXOXO!!!

  7. Catherine, I read it all. My wife is a mirror of your difficulties, with makeup, thinning hair, non-fitting bras: at age 73. But in the past year she has gone from a 12 to a 6. And petites, too. (She’s still shrinking.) I am amazed at all the stuff that goes into a woman to make a woman. Us? Me? I just have to find 46/29, and pleated. XXL shirt now works for my 245 pound medically “obese” weight. I like my hair high and tight; all the others want it long and comb-able: “You look so handsome with your silver hair,” I have to put up with. Pears or Neutrogena on the bathroom sink. DOVE Men Care for the shower. For my silver locks: Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Shampoo, or T-Gel, or Neutrogena Shampoo (Anti-residue). Now for the face that women do NOT have to attend to: Gillette Mach3 Turbo, bowl and brush, Barbasol with soothing aloe. AND, occasionally, Shea Moisture Shave: African Black Soap Shave Butter Creme. OOOO, so smooth. I think I have covered most of it. Oh, wait: 2XL undies. Duluth Trading Company, of course, Men’s Free Range Cotton Boxer Briefs. (I do use Gold Bond Men’s Essentials Everyday Moisture.) I love your site–and needed to share what some old guys do and use. (You have great legs! I once won a Hot Legs Contest. Once. Not now. After three knee surgeries? Not hot anymore. But I do wear shorts most of the time here in Florida, where it is 82 degrees now, at 5:30 pm.) Write on, Catherine! There are guys out here who are your following. :o)

    • Catherine says:

      Thanks John. It’s great to hear from a male POV. I hope that my post has given some information to your wife in connection with thinning hair/loss. As for you, I think you need to write a best of for guys for last year!!!! I LOVE your comment so much. Thank you!!! XOXOXO!!!

  8. Raquel says:

    I love, love, LOVE this post! I

  9. vadalia says:

    Hi Catherine! Thanks for the detailed make-up recap. I feel happy when I see your post on my email. I know I will have something fun – and informative – to read.

    Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Season’s Greetings! and Wishes that 2017, et al, will not be as terrible as we think they will be!

    I inherited great skin from both my Dad and Mother. At age 71, I have only fine wrinkles and a small waddle under my chin. I believe, as we age, less is more. I also drink lots of water to stay hydrated, and eschew colas, dairy, wheat, corn. My diet is mainly organic green, red, yellow vegetables, rice, nuts, fish, and chicken with lots of spices, herbs, lemon, garlic, and chili peppers. Occasional eggs and chocolate.

    For facial care, I use a mixture of Botaneco Garden® Organic Argan & Virgin Olive Oil (made in Thailand)* and Boiron® Calendula Lotion as my base moisturizer over my face, neck, shoulders, arms, chest – and well, my entire body. Sometimes, if my skin or environment is extra dry, I will use 2 coats of lotion. After I wash my face and neck before sleep, I use this lotion as my overnight moisturizer. Many women forget to treat their necks and chests just like their faces. Necks and hands tend to show age faster than the face.

    My foundation is Neutrogena® Mineral Sheers Loose Powder Foundation lightly brushed on face, neck and upper chest; then, even more lightly, highlighted with Catrice® Pure Shimmer Highlighter, atop my cheekbones, tip of nose, brow, chin, and upper chest (sometimes on the top of my hands, too).

    Next comes Neutrogena® Healthy Skin Blends Sheer Highlighting Blush on ridge and curve of my cheekbones AND under my chin and upper neck.

    Then I use CoverGirl® Eye Enhancers eye Shadow on my eyebrow bone, and under my chin and jawbones from ear to ear, and blended downward toward the nape of my neck. Use a light hand and blend well.

    Lastly, for my lips, Neutrogena® Moisture Smooth Color Stick, usually #60 Soft Raspberry or #40 Bright Berry.

    Rarely use eyeliner, mascara. Hair is gray, eyebrows still naturally dark brown.

    *I buy this lotion in Singapore, haven’t found it in the USA yet.

    Check out my facebook page if you want to see my photo. Carolyn Mann, Austin TX

  10. patricia blaettler says:

    Two bra brands which I am sure will be just as good: Chantelle and Fantasie. They lift and hoist and are lacy and seamed. If you visit Personally Yours in Far Hills NJ (on route 202) you’ll find excellent bras and you’ll have enough fun for a blog post. The ladies just eye you and hand you a few to get you started…no measuring at all.

  11. Great post! Isn’t it great to find lower priced alternatives? I’m pretty cheap and only splurge on mascara myself. I’ve tried some clip in hair, but having naturally curly, fine, frizzy hair, I can’t make the fake match my real hair. I love yours however. How brave to post a photo of yourself in your bra! Here’s my best of 2016.

    • Catherine says:

      Thanks Contessa. A pic of my girls in my bra isn’t brave. Its honest. LOL–there’s more fabric in that bra then in my bathing suit top!! The older I get the less I want to spend a ton of money on products!!! I’m going to read your best of right now! Thanks for sharing the link!! XOXOXOXO!!!

      • I don’t think mine would fit in one shot! LOL! I’m with you on saving money. Being on the downward slope to retirement, I’m learning to live on less, but still live well.

  12. Momcat says:

    Great post Catherine! I am such a beauty product junkie ( Sephora is my pusher…:) I love Nars Multiple and wore Orgasm for ages but eventually found that it’s spark-ly component wasn’t working for me, will check out Riviera. As I said I am a bit of a product junkie but for the past five years have been quite faithful to a company in California called Skin Biology. The products are packaged very plainly, most don’t have the sexiest odour ( slightly medicinal) and they are not inexpensive ( I am translating my CDN$$ into USD😱) but this stuff is amazing, most of the products are based on copper peptides and were developed by a chemist who stands behind them 100%. My skin at 61 looks great! I work with a large group of female health professionals and the youngin’s are blown away when I tell them my age! Even my porcelain complexioned dermatologist is impressed! I mean I rarely wear foundation just Bobbi Brown CC cream, Makeup Forever eyeliner pencil and Lancome lipstick ( because it’s the only one that stays on my lips)
    A wise woman once told me you need three people in your life to ensure you always look fabulous, a good hairdresser, a good dentist and a good doctor. She felt that nothing was more aging than bad hair, bad teeth and bad health!! I would add keeping glasses current! Yours look so sexy and cute, nothing can take a woman from 60 to crone faster than outdated specs!
    I must find those makeup brushes, they look so interesting.

    • Catherine says:

      Momcat, I bookmarked that Skin Biology site! I’ll be heading over there shortly. I’m very intrigued by what you write about Lancome lipstick. My one complaint about lipsticks is that they wear off and my lips are so heavily pigmented than when lipstick wears off on me my lips get this weird color.
      I wanna know who that wise woman is because she is 100 percent spot on!! Trust me, my hair isn’t what it used to be but between the fake hair and what Adam does to my hair, it’s so important to be current with the coif!! Go on Amazon to get the brushes. I’m telling you–for $30. you can’t go wrong. I’m really loving them!!! XOXOXOXO!!!

  13. Yay, Catherine, three cheers for your blog which I totally love. Your best look? That yellow plaid mini-skirt is tops, I think. A very Happy New Year to you and may you do many more posts xxxxx

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Penny! HAPPY NEW YEAR!! My son is in London right now. He has been there just before New Years and he was there when the love of my life, Ray Davies was knighted!!!!! I think my son is going to go on up to Muswell Hill tommorrow!!! I love that yellow plaid skirt to much–it’s my favorite too!!! XOXOXOXO!!!

  14. Beautifully written 💕I love how in depth you have gone on each product xx

  15. Rachel says:

    Not too long at all!! It was the perfect companion to my breakfast – thank you 🙂
    It felt like window shopping without having to leave the house. Ideal!

  16. Bridget says:

    I don’t think it is too long – there’s a lot here, and some things that are new to me.

    A few years ago, I read an article about how to help yourself determine the value of a makeup product, money-wise. When you start using it, you mark that date on the bottle/tube/whatever. When you have finished the product, divide the amount of time it lasted into the price, to get a price per use. I don’t do this with every single thing, but it has helped me to determine that some pricier things are less expensive in the long run, and other times, drugstore finds are the best deals. A friend of mine has given this process a name – the BMST (Bridget’s Mathematical Spending Theorem). 😉 But it has been useful!

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Bridget. I like that equation. I like it a lot and I’m going to put it to good use beginning my next purchase. I think that is a very pragmatic way to validate costs. It definitely will be useful to me in the future! THANKS!!! XOXOXOXO!!!

  17. Adryana says:

    I loved the post. I can’t really give my two cents in because I am still in my 20s but I think it was a great post and guidance for those who are in the age group. Also, thank you for mentioning me 🙂
    I hope you have a great year ahead of you! 🙂

  18. calensariel says:

    I always enjoy these posts. They’re like having one’s own personal beauty consultant. 😀

  19. Might have to some of these out even with me 18 year old skin…

    Clary |

  20. junedesilva says:

    I’m off to buy a Chapstick…! Xoxo 😘

  21. Yvonne says:

    Fabulous post and you are so generous how you share. I accidentally discovered NYC in CVS when I first arrived and recommend the poor minimiser. I bought the butter gloss when you posted about it and it’s much better than the YSL liquid lipstick I bought in Sephora. I am going to buy the mascara and cleanser. The Bio Oil has been very popular in Australia for years and is much cheaper may be because we have a large South African community and SA makes the oil. It’s very good. Love the Tony Bennett- such a rich voice.

  22. Adrienne says:

    I love your blog and the Best Of is great! I have used many tweezers over the years and like the pink Anastasia slant-edge the best. (My 30-something daughter validated my choice which always gives me confidence.) Thank you again for the information and the laughs.

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Adrienne! OMG. Thank you! I’m thrilled that you are enjoying my blog and am grateful that you have a tweezer recommendation. I don’t need one for my brows–just the lady whiskers and I’ll be on the lookout for that Anastasia slant-edged one!! You are quite welcome for the info and the laughs!!! XOXOXOXO!!!

  23. JulietC says:

    A belated happy new year, I just love this post, possibly cannot access some of this in the UK – but it still gives me loads of ideas to explore (thank you!!). I love Nyx lip gloss (Prague is a fabulous deepish pink colour which is not too dark – I get loads of compliments when I wear that) and Nuxe face masques are brilliant – really, really good and cheap! Apart from that I am Kiehls and Bobbi Brown as I have suffered awful skin reactions to the most anodyne things in the past.

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Juliet! Belated Happy New Year to you too!! Oh..NYX Tiramisu is my fave color!! I have Nuxe shower gel too but I’ll have to be on the lookout for the mask. I love Kiehl’s Creme de Corps–that’s a good one. Bobbi Brown–surprisingly I cannot wear her makeup. The foundation is just too yellow for me and her colors just oxidize on my face. Too bad because she has a great line! XOXOXOXO!!!

  24. Vanity And Me Style says:

    Hi there! Found you on Not dressed as Lambs link up! Always looking for a more mature blogger like myself!
    I like the sound of the primers you are using. That’s going to be my next buy. I haven’t used a primer yet. Lots of interesting ideas too. I like the make up tidy, great idea!

    • Catherine says:

      I’m always looking for a more mature blogger like me too! I went over to your blog and am liking it so much–but I am unable to “follow’, I hit the follow button and nothing happened. Damned Google plus. I am not following you on Instagram. Your dogs. Your dogs. I’m dying!!! XOXOXOXOX!!!

    • Catherine says:

      Thanks!! I subscribed to your blog. I’m glad to have found it! You rock the white jeans!!!! XoxOXOXO

  25. Cathy says:

    Love your blog. Just happened upon this and was about to give up on makeup as I am 63 yrs old and feel makeup is making me look older than my age. You look beautiful so I am going to try and give makeup a go of it again with all your picks. Thanks for the direction. *Can you tell me shades you use in the NYX lip products? I have ordered the “It” lip stains and would like to order NYX as well.

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