I’m a Gilded Girl. Not a Golden Girl!

Gold. What a word.  It has so many meanings.  Gold jewelry conjures up visions of wealth.

Unfortunately, I won’t be purchasing any of this anytime soon. I did not win the 700 million dollar Powerball last night!

During the summer, we strive for that golden tan.

The only way I can achieve a golden tan is to purchase one via spray. Remember my spray tan post from 2016?  I got Sprayed–not Spayed!

Remember the goose that laid the golden egg?

Sorry but I’m not greedy. A golden egg does nothing for me. I would rather have the foie gras!

When we bake, we always achieve for the golden-brown top!

Check out the golden-brown tops on the pain aux raisin that I made for Bonaparte!

Many who know me look at me and tell me that silence is golden!

Gold lamé clothing, metallic gold shoes, the list goes on.

I dig gold stuff with one exception.

The Golden Girls. Ugh. I couldn’t stand that show when I was younger. And now that I’m old, I find the show more offensive than ever.  They all had awful hairdos. They all had horrific clothing. They were the stereotypical woman of the “golden” years.

I love Betty White but boy did I despise this show.  This is not today’s Golden Girls. It’s a ridiculous stereotype that needs to be stamped out!

Not this old broad baby. I’m a Gilded Girl!  And I’ll tell you why.

I’ve decided that if the damned cosmetics companies are not going to feature us old women on their websites, and if they continue to discard us and set us aside, I’m just going to have to be a model figure for the empowering demographic of women over 50, 60 and upward! I’ll do it myself. I’ll be a one-woman army!

The tables need to be turned. Upside down.  And I’ll be the one to do it!

So here goes—You remember my recent Laura Geller review—right?    Well, I’m still annoyed that Laura Geller celebrates only the young customer on her website, but the baked foundation and bronzer were so good that I made another purchase.  She sells her wares on QVC. And QVC oftentimes has great values on kits.

Yes. I saw a kit for Laura Geller’s “Gilded Collection”. It was on a Today’s Special for under $50.00 (the current price is $54.96 and still an excellent value for the items that are included.

The products came in this very fancy box.

At first, I was a bit on the fence about ordering because the collection looked a bit on the warm side for my cool coloring.  But then again, Autumn is on the way and it could be a changeup. Besides, the Balance-n-Brighten Baked Foundation is included in the kit.  It would be essential for me to put the foundation in my travel bag!

Let me add that I ordered this in “Fair” so I was able to order the lighter foundation!

The products were displayed in this plastic case. Truth be told. I wasn’t thrilled with the plastic. It’s not good for our environment. I wish companies would spend less on the packaging–especially when the product is good!

The kit comes with:

A full-size of Apricot Berry Blush. I thought this would be way to orange but it isn’t. It gives a nice flush.

Baked Illuminator in Gilded Honey.  This is very soft and only a touch is needed.

The eyeshadow duo isn’t bad either. I liked the staying power.

The blush and illuminator on my pasty skin.  They didn’t look “off” at all.  

The eyeshadow duo the brown looks better on than in the compact.

I decided to use the items on my face today—it would give me a chance to see how the products last during my working hours.

The lighting pretty much sucked early in the morning but this was after applying. The colors are pigmented but …

In natural light, and with my hair on, you can get a better look at the finished face.  I’m very happy with this warm glow and I LOVE the lipgloss!  The color is Honey Caramel, a beautiful neutral shade!

The products are a clear winner. I was most surprised at the brown eyeliner.  It is smooth and creamy and stayed put all day. I very lightly glided it along the bottom of my eyes for a softer smoky look.

This was worth the money. I dunno what it is, but I’m sure glad that I revisited Laura Geller. I’m angry that she doesn’t feature mature women on her website, and I wrote to her company with NO RESPONSE FROM THEM.   Perhaps if we all go to her website and scroll down to the “contact”, we can all write and voice our need to be included.  There is power in numbers.

Laura. Why your people so scared of me?  I’m buying your products, using them, and raving about them. Someone could at least answer me!

In the meantime, I’m not getting on the scale this week.  It was not a good week for me diet-wise.  This happens from time to time.  I am now back on track.

I may be a bit bloated but at least I’m gilded!

Chippy ate nearly all the contents of my new Longchamp purse. Thankfully, he isn’t a fan of French leather or Hermes because he left the purse, along with the Hermes scarf I have tied to the handle uneaten.

Can you believe it?  My fake sugar tablets are inside my dog. Look what he did to my Lip Vitality?  Ugh..

How could I stay angry at this face???

Mornings and evenings are getting a bit of cool these days. It’s a gentle reminder that the summer of 2017 is bidding us farewell in a few weeks.  The lighting is also slightly changing.  As I drove home from work this evening I noticed that the sky is taking on that transition into fall as well.    But—the summer clothing will linger because September often gets a wave of incredibly hot and humid weather.

Have a great weekend and remain happy! Here’s how I’m transitioning to the cooler mornings:

Monday’s weather was so threatening. I wore black skinny jeans and a tunic.

Tuesday was back to incredible heat. AND incredible ragweed pollen. My eyes were shut and puffy all day.

Wednesday’s weather looked bad again. It was back to pants and a pom pom shirt from last year.  The shoes. Don’t get me started. I paid good money and purchased these Gemma flats from J. Crew. They looked like crap after three wearings. Now I only wear them if I think it will rain heavily.  What a disappointment!

Today’s outfit. Can I just say I LOVED what I wore today.  The leopard print skirt from J. Crew Factory is an all-season charmer.  The ballet neck tee has some good stretch and the size S fits like a glove. This was 4.99 at Old Navy!  The inspiration for this outfit was the gilded makeup I wore. It just gave me a warm feeling.

All that gold talk brought this song from David Bowie to mind. “Golden Years”.


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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14 Responses to I’m a Gilded Girl. Not a Golden Girl!

  1. Cathe says:

    Chippy you made my day! Especially after being attached by a trump supporter on Facebook. 😫

    • Cathe says:

      This pretty much sums up my day since being “attacked” on Facebook. Is it over yet?

    • Catherine says:

      Ugh. Cathe. The one thing I have noticed with Trump supporters on FB is that they “troll” other’s pages. I don’t even bother to answer on any Trump supporter’s pages because a. They are ignorant, anti-american in their love of all things Putin and Hitler. B. are mostly men in their 40’s who are single, jobless, overweight, missing “teef” and live in mommy’s basement. The dregs of society.
      I ignore them!!! XOXOXOXOXO

  2. fiona says:

    Your new make up looks great Cathe! …..blimey, so do those pain aux raisins, Bonaparte is a lucky bloke. I loathed the Golden Girls too, I thought the humour was lame. No offence but I don’t really like American tv comedy, and don’t get me started on Everyone Loves Raymond,
    (I f***king don’t!) which is currently on our screens everyday! Oh no! Naughty Chippy, at least there’s not too much damage to your new handbag, look at those eyes begging for forgiveness.
    Unfortunately David Bowie wouldn’t play for me…. do you like Cargo de Nuit – Axel Bauer, (they play it on Nostalgie, morning, noon and night)….I can’t get enough of that tune right now.
    Have a lovely weekend. xxx

  3. patricia blaettler says:

    Our dog ate my favorite Cole Hahn (sp?) loafers, suede and leather. They fit perfectly, I loved them!
    And of course, I can’t find them anywhere to replace them…SO SAD!

    • Catherine says:

      Cole Haan has a way of discontinuing great items. I have a pair of the CH Air Nike Ballet flats. I swear I’ve had them ten years and they don’t wear out. But—they are discontinued. Chippy snacked on a strap of my Tropeziennes and Rondini was able to replace the strap. That’s why I love their sandals so much–they are true artisans!!! XOXOXOXO!!!

  4. doodletllc says:

    Love the funny/guilty dog face…Chippy’s…Your gilded look is wonderful…warm and sunny and perfect for summer into fall. On a separate topic, I am going to have to research your blog for wig options…looks like we may be headed in that direction…any thoughts on partial hair pieces…I’m not sure what they’re called…like the ones Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie) was taking off in Series One/Episode One…remember? That could be an option and (maybe) wouldn’t feel so heavy and “wiggy”. The hairdresser doesn’t recommend extensions because they will fall out with the hair loss. Sorry I am going on and on…yes…I’m concerned and you are a wonderful resource. Happy Weekend ,Catherine! 🙂

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Jeanne. No. Extensions are not a good option. Your hairdresser is correct. Toppers may work—-but I think a wig may be a better option. I’ll be doing another wig post soon and will keep you in mind!! XOXOXOXO!!!!

  5. Q.D says:

    Bad Chippy BAD!!!

    That apricot blush is gorgeous looking! I know you have blackballed Nars (or at least I think you have), but have you tried their Orgasm blush? I would love your review if you have.

    It snowed on me at work two days ago, I am ready for summer so much!

    • Catherine says:

      Q!! Hi!! NOOOO. I didn’t blackball Nars at all. I love their Multiple stick and I have an illuminator that I never use. My daughter LOVES Orgasm bush. I’m going to have to eventually pick it up and review!! You’re ready for summer and I’m ready–I dunno what I’m ready for!! OXOXOXOXOXO!!!

  6. shelbeeontheedge1 says:

    Cathe, I love this post as I do all of your posts! You are looking so marvelous in all of your styles. And while I did love The Golden Girls (because Betty White), why were they so “old.” As I approach that age, I am like “WTF? I’m not going to be that old when I am that old.” I plan on being more like Ann Margaret’s character in Grumpier Old Men. She’s my cup of tea! Rock on, my friend, and turn these make up companies on their clueless young heads! Thanks for linking up with me. #SpreadTheKindness


    • Catherine says:

      Hiya Shelbee!!!! It’s so true. The Golden Girls were “OLD” even though I don’t think they really were as old as they appeared. I’m 62 and damn, momma ain’t gonna be lookin’ like that!! Ann Margaret. YES. Although I do have a penchant for her look in Viva Las Vegas, the best Ann Margaret film of all time–and Elvis just happened to be in it too!! XOXOXOXOXO

  7. Juliet says:

    Oh look that wee doggy face, I bet that pup gets away with everything. Yeah the Golden Girls, hmmmmm I loved (still love the idea of a house of women all independent and living a riotous life) but really, really????? Not one of them was anything other than a figure of fun and a kind of sad individual, not one was displayed as anything other than some sort of left over high-tide detritus. Pffffffft and each of them was actually attractive and intelligent in their own life. Loving the makeup and the outfits – the dog-ends of summer really are hard to dress for – everything is so “meh” by now – although Scotland has yet to experience summer in any shape or form

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Juliet! Oh. Chippy gets away with everything. Almost. Oona refers to Chippy as “your favorite child”. I love your description of The Golden Girls. Spot on! Yeah. I’m too meh to go to the beach so I’m writing instead. It’s funny, I find the dog-days of summer to be a bit sad but I cannot stand the winter weather either. Dark too early. Cold. I can’t drive barefoot. Are we ever satisifed? LOL!!!!! XOXOXOXO!!!

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