The Transformation of the Mature Woman. Into The Dolce Vita!!!

Sometimes we can get into a cosmetics rut.  I’m not necessarily talking about going out and purchasing a ton of new cosmetics. No. Not at all.   I’m talking about a rut with how we approach cosmetics.

Perhaps some of us are too light-handed and conservative in our application.  Some of us may be too heavy handed (Guilty!!).  And some of us may just simply be afraid to experiment!

My Kardashian selfie. My push up bra needs to be more pushed up! The mouth looks filled though!

Remember the last time I went very heavy-handed and tried to turn myself into a Kardashian?   (Click the underlined to find out)

For me, I know what I like—dark eyes and a light lip.

The rest is up for grabs.  It’s always fun to learn a new way to apply foundation or new makeup tricks to enhance our features. And as we age, it’s always good to change things up a bit.

Trust me, I’ve had horrific experiences with some in-store makeovers because it sometimes seems that the sales assistant isn’t listening to you and only wants to make a sale or they insist on making you up to look like either a jack-o-lantern or a twenty-year-old.

Yes. I HAVE come home crying from in-store makeovers because nobody listened to me!

It’s daunting!

When I worked in the Handbag department at Nordstrom, the Cosmetics department was close by.  There always seemed to be a crowd where one particular young man was working.  He wasn’t only a sales assistant but he was a young makeup artist.  His name was Jochy and he was incredibly talented.   When I got bored (which was often), I would walk over to the counter where he worked and would watch and study him.  I had never seen any woman leave his chair without looking spectacular.

This guy.  Jay. The Master Jay. Makeup Artist Supreme!  Look at the lipcolor he’s wearing!  I want it!  And those brows!!!!

But the other thing is—Jochy was just such a nice and sweet guy. He was never in a foul mood (like me), he was always kind and always helpful.  I wished Jochy, or “Jay” as he is called, had done my makeup.  But I just never had the time.

Until now.  I ran into him a couple of times and ran it by him that it would be great if we could get together and do a blog post about a transformation on me, the “older” woman.  Would he be up for the challenge?    He was all about it!!

And on Sunday I had the pleasure.  I was very afraid that I would scare people as I exited my car without a stitch of makeup on. I didn’t even have Chapstick on!  My brows—well, let’s just say the hair on my upper lip was probably darker and thicker—ok?

Not a stitch of makeup. Just wait till you see the photo of me like this in department store lighting. I was scared of me!!!

Jay is working at Charlotte Tilbury these days and has been for quite some time.  Tilbury started out as a makeup artist and worked her way up to being a successful, very successful businesswoman with her cosmetics empire.

But this is about the transformation.  What I love about Jay is that, even though he’s young, he absolutely adores working with women of all ages. His motto is “I want to make women of all ages beautiful”.  And I will vouch for that.  When he was making me over, I was his main focus. He wasn’t looking around the counter for prospective customers. He was attentive, patient and worked his magic while educating me.

Here’s Jay with co-worker Allison. Is she adorable or what?  I was surrounded by beauty, I was!

Here’s how I went from ghastly to beautiful:

I came in naked—which was a pretty profound step for me—but it’s important to be real and to show you what I really look like when I’m not posing for one of my at-home or car selfies. This is hard-core, unforgiving department store lighting. And it is the ugly truth!

I swear to God, I have NEVER seen a worse photo of myself than the one of the left. OK, this could be the second worst. The first worst was my eighth-grade graduation photo. I looked like boy. I’m not kidding. My mustache gave me that handsome look!  But look at the photo on the right!  Yeah. Same person! Can you believe it? And my eyes don’t even look crossed!   How did Jay do that?

First, Jay made sure that my face was cleansed from any residue (like how did he know all I did to wash my face was to splash cool water on it?)

Then he massaged Charlotte’s (I’m not being sponsored. I’m mentioning all the products that Jay used on me. It’s cool.) Multi-Miracle Glow into my face. I’m telling you, it was so soothing that I almost fell asleep!  It was having a mini facial. J massaged “Angel Wings” style. Down and out and up, and kept massaging and massaging the cream in until my skin felt hydrated and supple.

I smelled rose and when I asked, he said that rose hip oil was one of the ingredients.  I have to admit that my skin felt really nice after this was applied.  At $60 for 100 ml, it was a pretty generous sized jar. I was going to make the purchase but Nordstrom ran out of stock.  I’m going to say that it must be a pretty decent product for Nordie’s to run out.  I need to do more research on this.

Next step was the Clay Mask.  Ok. Not gonna lie. This is pricey! $70 for a tube. However, a little goes a long way. He applied what looked like a very small amount but darned if it didn’t cover my entire pasty face! Surprisingly the mask didn’t dry to the point my skin looked like the arid desert.

What a sight!  The clay mask was a huge treat. Relaxing and hydrating.  

I relaxed while Jay took care of a phone call from a customer and ten minutes later it was time for him to take the mask off.

I asked when he started to become interested in makeup and cosmetics.  He told me that as a child he was fascinated with the makeup his mom used and he would gravitate towards the makeup whenever they went shopping.

I’m having a hard time believing Jay ever had issues with his skin. It’s in great shape now!

As a teen, he had bad skin (who didn’t—right?) and when he “discovered” foundation, it was his “aha” moment.  He went on to explain that his first foundation was one by Maybelline and he practiced, practiced and worked it until his skin looked much better.  Foundation was his defining moment!

From there on, he played around with cosmetics and took them seriously. He’s completely self-taught. I have an incredible amount of admiration for him because, let’s face it—how long have we all tried but couldn’t perfect?

He works hard and earnest.  And his goal is to become a makeup artist for celebrities one day.  Let me tell you, if I was a celebrity, Jay would be doing my face on a regular basis!

Is Jay re-thinking about the transformation?  No. He is deep in thought about how to work magic on me!

Ok. Back to the canvas known as me!

After the mask, Charlotte’s Magic Cream was applied.  Again, the floral scent of rose was so mesmerizing and pleasant.  This is another product that is not inexpensive. $100 for 50 ML.   I was also informed that Tilbury’s company was founded upon the success of this cream. It plumps and hydrates and feels good on the skin.

He explained that if you are going to spend money, spend it on skin care products before you spend it on the cosmetics. You can’t get a great look without preparation first.  He’s right about that. And I loved his honest approach as well. Point well taken!

The point is that, as we age, or since we already have aged, we need to take care of our skin more importantly.  And, we can find a plethora of skin creams that run the gamut from inexpensive to pricey. It all depends on your budget.

Up next Jay applied Wonderglow, it’s a primer, but it is a bit more. It gives the skin a bit of a glow and can be worn alone.  I have this and don’t use it every day. It costs $55 so I save it for special occasions. And in all honesty, I use it more for a glowy look than a primer.

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I purchased this from Jay back in November and wrote about it–and how I use it as more of an illuminator rather than a primer. It’s good stuff!

And speaking of primer, he believes that in many cases, moisturizer works as well as a primer and can be used as a primer.

Now it was time to move on to the transformation of a browless, pasty-skinned, 62-year-old woman into a beauty queen!

Tilbury is a marketing genius.  She sells different looks and specific products to achieve that look. The look we went with was “The Dolce Vita”. I decided on this look because I loved the dark and smoky eyes. It’s a great look for going to an event or a wedding or big gala.  And yours truly never gets invited anywhere—I have no friends.  So I decided to make my own event!  Look. That’s what makeup is for. It’s the stuff experiments are made of. Let’s do this!

This is the look we went with.  No. I did NOT end up looking like HER. I still looked like me, but a more va-va-voom version!  Tilbury is a marketing genius. She has various “look” and cards that show you the end result. On the back of the card are the products used and she sells the coordinating kits. Oh if only I was an heiress!–the stuff I could buy!

He started with the brows. I’m lucky he could manage to find the remnants of the brows that once were.   Here’s where it gets good. He used brow pencil. I always use a powder because I’m too heavy-handed.  His touch was so light and feathery.  He gave me the brows I had when I was younger.

He’s a huge fan of brows. My God. I wish I had Jay’s brows. They’re perfect!

They may have been thick, but they looked so natural!  These were the brows I had in my ’20’s and ’30’s.  Now I’m used to no brows so It took me a while but I loved them! There’s no way I would be able to dupe this brow look!

He’s also a fan of “eyes first” because there is always the chance of the elusive fallout from shadow or a smudge from liner or mascara.  You don’t want to wipe good foundation and concealer off after applying. Best to leave that for the end.

A bit of Smashbox primer for eyes to keep the shadow in place and then Tilbury’s “Bette” cream eye shadow.  This shadow has a nice golden sheen. It looked great and I’m going to say that it would look fantastic for an après beach dinner or event.

Next up was the shadows from the Dolce Vita palette, which I ended up purchasing.  At $53, it’s a pricey little quad, but the colors are wonderful and heavily pigmented. Plus, it’ll travel well (another item for my travel bag—right?).

I’m looking at this now and am still amazed at how well-blended this is. I LOVE the liner and the shadows…and the brows!

I asked how to apply shadow or liner to the bottom lid without looking hard or harsh.  He did it!!  He ever-so-lightly, barely touched my bottom lids with shadow giving me a defined look that was softer.  I learned something!!!

When the eyes were done, foundation was next.  Magic Foundation in Number 4, Fair was used.  He applied with a brush. I asked him if he liked the spoon brushes (that I adore) and he wasn’t a fan.  He’s very particular about his brushes and he had some good ones.  He’s also a fan of Sigma Brushes. I gotta check this out.

He stippled, stippled and blended, blended, blended. I think he got a bigger workout blending the foundation on my wrinkly skin than he would have by going to a gym!  Same with the concealer. He applied and blended up and out. Up and out lifts the skin a bit.  You know I’ll remember that!

I’m starting to look like very hot stuff rather than a hot mess!  

Bronzer was next, and he used it as contour. O.M.G!!!!  What a difference when a professional sculpts your face!!!  I was in a state of shock.  It looked like a natural shadow and unlike anything I do when contouring!  *Please God. Please let me win the lottery so I can hire Jay to do my makeup every day. Amen*

Look how sculpted and glowing my face is!  I’m stressed just thinking about how I could do this by myself.  Jay–can you come over????

When he approached me with the face powder I balked? I can’t wear ANY powder because it makes my face cakey.

Um. He used such a light touch I didn’t even realize the powder was there! And it wasn’t cakey!

Ugh. My camera sucks.  This is the bronzer Jay used.  Filmstar Bronze and Glow in Light to Medium.

A little bit more bronzing with the Beach Stick in Ibiza.  I looked very dark but went on a lot lighter. I wanted to purchase but I’ll have to wait to do so because, just my luck, they ran out of stock.

A few of the products Jay used on me. The Ibiza Beach Stick is on the far right. I wanted this so badly. I was bummed that they ran out!!

Lip liner and one of the most beautiful lipsticks I’ve ever seen. Penelope Pink (I bought it. As if I need another lipstick).  A satin lippie that, surprisingly, is very long-lasting!

Penelope Pink. This is a beautiful lipstick. Beautiful!!!

This is the Penelope Pink in natural light and not department store light. It’s even more beautiful!

Mascara, setting spray, and J had not only met the challenge, he freakin’ mastered it!

More before and after.  Look at how large my eyes look!  My skin was absolutely glowing and is so dewy and hydrated!  I honestly felt gorgeous. And confident. Some women may pooh-pooh cosmetics as we get older but you cannot deny that the use of cosmetics ENHANCES what you already have–or once had.  

Poor Jay. I just about attacked him I was so happy!

There’s no love like selfie love–now is there?

I was so happy I didn’t want to take my makeup off when I went to sleep.

Another pic in natural light.  Jay knows his stuff.  The cosmetics not only looked fantastic in store lighting but looked so naturally pretty in natural lighting.  I can’t say that’s ever happened before!  I really love this look!

I may have taken my synthetic hair off my head, but I just could not part with the makeup that Jay did for me.  I slept with it on!  I KNOW, I’m disgusting!  

Here’s the disgusting thing. I didn’t take it off. I slept with the full face. I couldn’t help it. I wanted to go to work with my face on!  And I did!  I slept on my back. In the morning, all I had to do was wipe a bit of smudge from under my eyes and then reapply some of the shadow.

And it looked great the day after!

Was The Dolce Vita a look that I would wear every day?  No. It would take forever for me to duplicate the magic that Jochy performed on my face.  But I will remember the “up and out” way to brush my foundation. And I will apply foundation after my eye makeup.  And I will spend a bit more on skincare. I realized that after looking at my skin naked. It looks awful. I’ll also practice with the brow pencil!

I also learned from Jay that I can still have my dark eyes with a lighter hand.  I use liquid liner and I learned that I can “soften” it by going over with a smudgy pencil and tightlining in between the lashes to create a more wide-eyed look.

Thanks to Jay, I received a lot of compliments on my skin (which I never do), and my eyes (which looked less crossed) and my makeup.

Thank you Jay!!!  I give you another kiss!

All it takes is the magic of a great makeup artist.  Nordstrom and Charlotte Tilbury are very fortunate to have the Jochy Rodriguez working for them.  Something tells me that one day, he will be a celebrity make-up artist.  And I’ll have bragging rights!

Thank you so much Jay for turning me into a more mature version of Cinderella!

One of the perks from my days at Nordstrom was meeting Jay!  I’m truly happy I had the opportunity to have been transformed by him!  If you are ever at Nordstrom King of Prussia, stop by to see him!!

Sometimes, we all need that transformation.  Are you up for the challenge?  Get your fierce on and go get that makeover!  Show the world that we older women are beautiful and we love learning about what makes us feel good and look great! Because sometimes you just need to do something special for yourself!

Joe Cocker. You Are So Beautiful. Because YOU are!

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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43 Responses to The Transformation of the Mature Woman. Into The Dolce Vita!!!

  1. Wow! Is he going to be in Milwaukee anytime soon? He’s amazing and you look fabulous!

  2. 3C Style says:

    I enjoyed reading you. Got me thinking on how to get these products (are they available in Canada?) and even laughing. Your a funny person and reading you is relaxing. Let’s do that again soon. You look amazing!

    • Catherine says:

      Thank you 3C!!! I’ll bet the products are available in Canada. Hey. My aim is to make you laugh. We cannot take ourselves too seriously in this world!!!! Thank you so much! XOXOXOXO!!!

    • Momcat says:

      Hi 3C Style, you can get Charlotte Tilbury in Canada through Holt’s. If you happen to live in a hopeless backwater ( Ottawa;) like me where Holt’s has closed its all available through their on line program. It’s available at two Nordstrom’s in Toronto and the Nordstrom Pacific Centre store in Vancouver but nowhere else. Hope this helps. Holt’s ships anywhere in Canada. I thought it would pop up in Montréal but no.As an aside if you like luxury bargains or are lusting after a particularly expensive bag check Holt’s Black Friday sale! Snagged my precious Longchamps bag for 50% off!! Not just for rich girls!!


    Great article! You are so funny but beautiful. I use luminous air brushing and I love it. 2 min or less and my foundation is done!

    • Catherine says:

      Thanks Enid. I don’t know what happened to my original reply to you. I think my laptop ate it!! Thank you! Thank you for your compliment. The airbrushing foundation has always intrigued me but I’m so clumsy–I’m afraid I would hit the wall instead of my face!!! XOXOXOXO!!!

  4. marsha says:

    So love your information and your sense of humor!

  5. mareymercy says:

    Ooooh love it, you look GREAT! How fun!

    • Catherine says:

      Thank you Cynthia!!!! It was fun. Now if I could only take photos the way YOU do. I’m on my way over to your blog now!! XOXOXOXOXO!!!

  6. Anne says:

    Catherine, you look absolutely stunning!!!!!! So, so beautiful!!!! How I wish l lived closer to you so that I, too, could have that great makeup artist work his magic on me. I can’t stop looking at you!!

    Catherine, you did not mention what Bonaparte thought of your make over. ??? If he loved your Kardashian look, I am wondering what he thought of this more natural, younger, beautiful looking you! I love it!!!

    I can’t wait to see you put some of these products and application tips to use.

    Again, you looked stunning!! 😘


    • Catherine says:

      Awww-Anne thank you so much!! You know, I feel really awful that I never mentioned Bonaparte’s reaction. I was so focused on the transformation. He LOVED it. Go up to Hipchick’s reply to see what he said. He also said that he loved looking at the pictures–and the best thing is that he liked the photo of me in the car before I had the makeover! Thank you so much!!! XOXOXOXOXO!!!

  7. Anne says:

    I forgot to ask you. Do you know what brow pencil he used on your brows? Mine are nearly nonexistent, and I struggle for at least a half hour or more to draw natural looking, symetrical eyebrows on each time I wear make-up. So frustrating. On a bad day it can take an hour or more to draw them on! Recently, though, I finally found a pencil that works pretty well and makes the job easier; Elf evebrow pencil. Who would have guessed that after all the expensive products I have used, I have found this inexpensive brow pencil works the best for me!

    Again, if you know what brow pencil was used, I would love to know. Thanks! 🙂

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Anne. Sure. I forgot to write what brow pencil he used. It was “Brow Lift” and I believe the one he used on me was Naomi. The pencils have names. It’s so cool! LOL. I have a very inexpensive NYX brow powder and I also have the elf pencil but I apply it with a brush. Oh the things we use on our brows.!!! XXoxoxoxOXOXO!!!

  8. junedesilva says:

    Wow! What a guy! I have never had any luck with in store make overs. You look amazing & I love the fact that you slept on your back.😂😂😂 Yes, I was also wondering what B thought of your transformation. On a different note, I’m still delighted that I have woken up in a country that does NOT have a National Front president. Vive la France! Xoxo

    • Catherine says:

      Thanks June. Oh. In my entire life of hundreds of in-store makeovers, I’ve only had two that were great. Jay’s and last year Adrian at Mally. Both men love what they do and I think that’s why they are so good at it! OMG. Bonaparte was practically sobbing with happiness on Sunday. Vive la France is right–no, left–no moderate!!! XOXOXOXO!!!

  9. HelloIm50ish says:

    Jay did a wonderful job on you Catherine!
    Amazing eyebrows!

  10. hipchick66 says:

    That is one of the nicest, most flattering, makeup applications I have ever seen! You look fabulous, you look like you just more polished, and Jay is very talented! And I totally get you not washing it off…lol. That’s how I felt after my only good makeover at Laura Mercier.

    • Catherine says:

      Lori. Isn’t it though? If you are at KOP mall, you should stop by and see Jay. He’s always happy to stop and chat and offer tips and help! I’m so glad that you get me. There was no way I was washing that stuff off! Bonaparte LOVED the way I looked. His words were “Ou lowk lek un ‘ot mama!” XOXOXOXOXO!!!

  11. Nancy says:

    You look beautiful, as always. Love the look you picked and he created, truly an artist. I also wear “statement” glasses and as much as I love them I sometimes feel like my eyes get lost under them. Love how your eyes “pop” …did he suggest mascara on your bottom lashes as well as your top ones? The lipstick is PERFECT! I wish it was easier to buy drugstore brands because I know there isn’t always a huge difference in quality BUT…isn’t there always one of those “buts” haha…its trying to figure out the right colors without trying them or at least seeing them against your skin. As I age…everything is such a challenge….which jeans at least look acceptable? Which color lipstick is flattering, brightens my face but isn “too much” ? Which hairstyle takes 50 years and 50 lbs off?????? ha

    I leave tomorrow for Provence….so excited…Au Revoir

    • Catherine says:

      Nancy!!!!! OMG. Have a GREAT time in France. I know you will love it. And enjoy the sights, the food, the shopping and the people. I wanna hear all about it when you get back!! Go to a couple of pharmacie’s and buy random skin creams. It’s fun!
      But I hear you on the statement glasses. Our eyes sometimes do get lost. The flip side of that is we can wear more eye makeup than those who do not wear glasses!!! Right!!! Bon Voyage and Bonne Chance!!! XOXOXOXOXO!!!

  12. pasunejeunefille says:

    Jay did a great job but he did have a great canvas to work on. I will be looking for him next time I’m at KOP.

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Jane! Oh..better yet, call the Tilbury counter and ask for him before you go. You would love him–he is so sweet and you would love the application he would do!!! XOXOXOXO!!!

  13. jilly tamba-nhabay says:

    Darling girl , I feel I can say this because we are friends, right? Weeeeel…..I don’t like it ! I see a well made up face, but it’s not you. You look much better when you do it yourself. This is a face that has just been freshly done by a professional, it is not the face we know and love You NEED your eyebrows and you do not suit a pale lip , all the fun part of your personality is gone . I know I’m going against the grain here but , well… that’s what i think.
    When I sit down with my first coffee in the morning I always get a lift when I see your post, so thankyou , love your blog.
    Jilly xx

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Jilly! Hey. We are all friends in this little community and you can say whatever you like! Honesty is always welcomed! It’s A-OK if you don’t like it. And I have to give you a big thank you for complimenting me on the job I do myself! Thank you!! But ya gotta admit, Jay can work magic!!!
      And I’m always happy when my blog gets love–especially with that first cup of morning cawfeeeee!!!! XOXOXOXO!!!

  14. fiona says:

    Wow! I want that bloke to do my make-up….I look like the walking dead at the moment! I just flew back from France sans make-up with my head down in my book cos I still look like crap. I think you look fabulous Catherine, Jay certainly has some talent there. Btw I’d rather have your sweater than any of those cosmetics….c’est génial. xx

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Fiona! Hahahaha! I’ll be flying toFrance sans make-up, hopefully my spray tan will act as a makeshift foundation!! Jay is unbelievably talented. He better never leave Nordstrom any time soon. I’ll stalk him!! You like my sweater? J. Crew from a few years back–the infamous French Hen sweater, which, by the way, I’ve worn more this year than any other year!! XOXOXOXO!!!

  15. JulietC says:

    Crumbs even with a naked face or a clay mask you look dammmmmmn good! Me – without makeup I look like a wee potato face, makeup is a necessity and I love how Jay pays so much attention to the skin care, really unless you focus on skin care you are selling yourselves short I think and that gets more important as we age – I am not talking wrinkles or other character, I am talking about our skin reflecting our general health, our nutrition and general wellbeing including mental health. Seriously looking after our skin is an investment in ourselves and a chance to just chill and put ourselves right.

    As for Charlotte Tilbury I have just bought her “muse” eyeshadow palette as a birthday present to myself – it is soft pink and greys with a purple “pop” you wash over, it looks really leery in the pan but on – gorgeous for cool skin tones, I think you’d really suit it too. It is proper gorgeous. The daughter actually got her eyes done a month of two ago at the local Charlotte Tilbury – she has big Bambi hazel eyes and honestly looked adorable, really soft and natural and adorable. When Madam comes back up here from uni we are planning a mother daughter trip together to Charlotte Tilbury, it will be fun – and the make up is really good quality, neither of us has reacted or had any issues – it really is great stuff. A wee tip for any UKreaders is that the Rosie HW stuff in M&S is made by the same producers – lovely colours (not quite as fabulous maybe) and if you can find the colours instore – try them, then order online as sometimes in the free for all people break open the seals and have a good rootle about – not good, not hygienic.

    Finally the Charlotte Tilbury range have great online tuition and guidance – really clear, but the staff all seem pretty fantastic too

    • Catherine says:

      Wow! Juliet! Thank you for such an educational comment. I wonder if M & S ships to the US. I’m checking out their site later. I am really looking forward to the day that Nordstrom gets the Ibiza beach stick back in. This is a good thing all around because I had not idea that Charlotte Tilbury got so much love. She’s relatively new in the USA but from what I’ve seen and from what was used on me, I’ll be looking into more purchases! A mother daughter beauty trip!!!! I’m loving that–it makes me wish Oona lived closer to home!! Xoxoxoxoxo!!!!!

  16. Bridget says:

    What fun to get a real makeover by someone who knows what they are doing! It sounds like the Charlotte Tilbury stuff is as nice as it appears to be. I would love to try one of the palettes – maybe I’ll treat myself.
    I think that sometimes if you get a decent makeup artist, there can be one really great thing, technique, whatever that you can take with you that makes a difference. And when you feel like you look good, you feel good about yourself!

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Bridget. You know, I really really liked the Charlotte Tilbury brand a lot. Last night I used the night cream and I woke up with hydrated skin. I really was knocked over! It’s also wonderful to read that the brand has a lot of love within our Atypical60 community!
      You really touched on a great point. If you do get a decent makeup artist and learn one thing to take away, its a resounding success!!!XOXOXO!!!

  17. LA CONTESSA says:

    YOU LOOK STUNNING with and WITHOUT THE MAKE UP!JAY is an ARTIST NO DOUBT ABOUT IT!I have only done this ONCE………..perhaps time to do it again!Bottom line how much did YOU SPEND by the end of the session?Even if they were OUT OF STOCK of two items!
    PS.Did you know I worked for NORDSTROM’s way back in the day!I can still recall my employee number……..48105-3.
    DID THE FRENCHMAN APPROVE?????????????????

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Elizabeth! Thank you!! Jay is an incredible talent. I spent about $70 bucks–I’m in love with the lipstick and eyeshadow palette I purchased!
      Whoa! I can remember a bit of My Nordstrom employee number 19800 something. Bonaparte loved and approved of my look!!! XOXOXOXO!!!

      • Anne says:

        Catherine, how did you only spend $70 for the eyeshadow and lipstick? They totaled about $122 when I priced them on her website. I would love to get both of these to use for special occasions.


  18. Patti Dickinson says:

    Wonderful, marvelous…I end up looking like a female impersonator after a makeover!

    • Catherine says:

      Thanks Patti! LOL. This is one of the two makeovers I’ve ever had in my life when I did not look like a drag queen!!!!! XOXOXOXOX!!!

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