Well, technically, it isn’t summer yet. But with all the rain and chilly weather we’ve had, it’s more like March or October!
On second thought, maybe I should be happy it isn’t full-on summer yet! I don’t want to be shark food!
Perhaps I should be watching the movie “A Summer Place” to get into the mood of summer!
Sandra Dee and Troy Donahue as the young lovers of “A Summer Place”. The movie was greatness and bordered on camp. Summer Camp!
But, if you really want to get prepped for your summer place, start with the summer face! Heavy foundation—actually, foundation in general, can seem very heavy during the summer months. And when you’ve been out and about in the sun, your face is going get a shade or two darker—even with tons of sunscreen.
Since I don’t feel like spending money on a darker foundation, and as I like my face to breathe a bit when the heat and humidity roll in. I normally forgo foundation completely and rely on bronzer and a bit of blush to even out my blotchy skin.
Anyway, I rediscovered tinted moisturizer this morning while getting ready for work and it was an “aha” moment. There was an old tube of elf tinted moisturizer in my makeup cache so I figured what the heck. And decided to apply it.
As you can plainly see from the looks of the tube, this tube of tinted moisturizer has been around for a while!
I must say, I was pleased with the results. Coverage wasn’t something I was going after. Instead I just wanted to even out a few bits on the visage and it worked. At $3.00 a tube, I’ll make a purchase before we leave for France next week. In fact, I wrote about this tinted moisturizer last fall. For transitioning into cooler weather makeup, I wasn’t enthralled about this product. However, transitioning into hot weather, it’s much better!
Top right before I applied the tinted moisturizer. Bottom right gives you a good look before blending. It’s light and really doesn’t give great coverage. Photo left. The end result. It gives a nice finish for a warm-weather face!
Did I ever mention my love for drugstore mascara? I’ve purchased high-end brands and was always pleased but for the price, the right cheap mascara works just as well. My present favorite mascara is Maybelline’s “The Falsies”. However, in my supreme cheapness, I’ve noticed the price has risen—at Walmart no less!
My fave mascara on the right–Maybelline’s The Falsies. It made my “Best of 2016″ listing!
Ever the mascara cheapskate, I went on the prowl and discovered this mascara by Essence. Essence has great budget lipstick and glosses so I went for it and was very happy.
Forbidden Volume Mascara. I am liking this a lot!!1
Snapping these pics this morning almost made me late for work!! Left pic. Before the mascara. Middle Pic. First Coat. Right pic. Second Coat. Cannot complain about the result!
At $3.99, I’ll pick up a few more!
Ok. Let’s talk shoulders! The new trend, which sort of isn’t new at all, since Lucy stomped grapes with this look, of the off-the-shoulder look is going strong.
Well, it’s more of an Off-ONE-Shoulder. But do you see the leopard scarf around her head. Lucy was a trend-setter!
Here’s our Lucy in a more demure state and both shoulders are displayed. Thank you Tumblr!
The look is summeradorableness but not all off-the-shoulder looks are created equal. I’ve tried quite a few tops and many of them had shoulder roam. The off-shoulder didn’t stay off and crept up. Also, wearing the right bra can be challenging. Truth be told, I either just tuck my bra straps inside my bra or take the damned bra off and go braless.
Lets have a look-see, shall we?
I picked this shirt up at Marshall’s the other day. I am in love with it..
The shoulders are more angled which make the fit fantastic!
See the sleeves? just below 3/4 and the sleeves tie. It’s really a great look for summer.
And it buttons up the back!! Don’t pay attention to the unbuttoned one. Actually, the button fell off and now I have to sew another one one.
I really love this shirt. Notice the mess in the background. I still have to pack and the pile is only getting worse. BTW, I’m not wearing a bra and you can’t even tell!
My denim Off-the-shoulder dress from Primark. This dress is great! Comfy and pretty!
At $16.00 the quality is outstanding!
The ruffle isn’t overpowering…
It’s slightly A-Lined. Ever so slightly!
Oh dear God. Bonaparte is going to have a fit because of the mess behind me. He’s sure to be even more upset that I had the nerve to post a photo with a horrific pile of clothing to be packed! Believe me–the rest of our home is spotless (except my bathroom)
OK. Here’s where the Off-the-Shoulder look is just “meh”. This is the dress from J. Crew that I had to size down from a Medium to a Small. The ruffle is just overwhelming. Don’t get me wrong–the weight of this dress is super light and great for hot, hot days, but I like the Primark dress much better!! Luckily, I got this on sale for $35. I’ll still wear it though!
I’m waiting for the fashun experts to come out in force blabbing that women of a certain age shouldn’t be wearing this look. But you know what? This look was made for us. We get to show those beautiful shoulders of ours that have been hidden for years.
Although not a fan of smoking, take a look at that beautiful dress our Lucy is wearing. It’s a stunner. Note the neckace–it’s just a tad longer than a choker and doesn’t dangle. I love this look..
More proof this look isn’t a trend. It’s just been revived is all. Why can’t I find a top like the green plaid one?
It’s a great look—off-the-shoulder ruffles are their own accessory! You don’t need a scarf and I find you don’t even need necklaces—less is more!
What do you think? Have you tried this look? Thinkin’ about it? Do tell!
Naturally, there was only one song that could relate to “A Summer Face”—the theme song to “A Summer Place” Ladies—Percy Faith. Remember this goodie? I still get goosebumps listening to this because I was five years old when this movie/song came out and I can still remember my parents listening to it.