Spending the Night-How to Look Ok in the Morning

Like I said before guys have it easy in this area. They pretty much fall out of bed in the morning the same way they looked the night before.  A few may have bedhead but pretty much no change.

I know it’s a double-standard, or maybe it’s just pressure I put on myself, but dating again after being in a long relationship is a little nerve-wracking.

What does he think, I look like this all the time? Does it matter to him?

My advice on looking half decent when you wake up is a little preparation.

Hydrate, meaning drink plenty of water.  Not to the point you have to go to the bathroom a bunch of times, but for every glass of wine you drink, drink a full glass of water (10-12 oz.)

Avoid hard liquor. You can’t possibly thinking downing those tequila shots all night are not going to have a bad effect on your looks the next morning or for the next years.

Don’t mix alcohol. You’ll probably get a headache and frown in your sleep.

Go for food that isn’t salty-avoid the bloat. Helps with puffiness under the eyes too.

TAKE OFF YOUR MAKEUP!  I found some awesome wipes that are’t greasy so they don’t require more cleansing.  They take it all off.

If you have long hair you might consider putting it in a one ponytail bun, or pony, or otherwise, kind of lay it out.  Believe it or not, it works so your hair isn’t all hema-jeng the next morning.  You know, how some people when they come to work in the morning and they tried to plaster their hair down.

Not having a lot of hair product in your hair helps in the above.  If you plastered your hair with hairspray and teased it…….you’ll look like Helena Bonham Carter in Sweeney Todd.

Moisturize your face. Floss your teeth.  Brush your teeth.

I can’t help the fact my feet are a disaster.  One of my dance friends said she is proud of her callused feet – she needs them to dance. Me too.  But have nice toenail color.

If you wear nail color, take it off if it is chipped.  Nothing is tackier in the morning. Think of horrible claws wrapped around a coffee cup.

(When I say snarky things like that, it’s when I am picturing the hair-sprayed, red-lipsticked mess, spider-mascared, “lady” in the client’s building).

In the morning, resist putting on your full face. Brush your teeth, moisturize and fluff up your hair.  Think radiant thoughts.

Stretch a little, gets the blood going.

Post-shower.  Light make up. Bring colors that are suitable for morning light, and use a light hand.  Moisturize your body and face with sunscreen.  My morning/day make up includes moisturizer, sunscreen, tinted sunscreen, rose balm, mascara, eye brow, and brown liner, neutral eye shadow.

Me, a little better.


The Case for A Little MakeUp-Moving Looks

I recently moved. And then, I moved again!  In June, I moved from one place to another, and then last month I moved again.

I get along with my now-former bf. The first was one reason, the second move was for myself.  Anyway…

My experience in June.  My hair is long so I put it up in two high ponytails and then twirled them around so they are little buns-kind of that Chinese doll look.  I thought it did the job of getting my hair out of the way, stayed in place, and when I took it down, gave me nice swirly waves.

I had my moving outfit on–shorts and a t-shirt and platform slippers and went to the bank.  The guy at the counter was new, young and looked slightly metro.  He looked at me in disbelief-like I had rollers in my hair.  I said, “I’m moving-this works for me.”

Obviously, for a guy 25 years younger than me, it didn’t.

So many weeks later, I went back in, dolled up for an appointment and had the same guy.  This guy really needs to hide his facial reactions.  This time, he looked at me like I must be in his ballpark age range, because his reaction was like, “Wow!”.  Instead of….

Hardy har ha.

So I moved again a few weeks ago. Mostly in my dance togs as I would load up my car and bring it back into “town”. I moved stealthily in the mid morning when only the neighbor with the twin stroller was going in and out.

So, there is no big story on my second move, but I did avoid the bank teller!

The case for being a little madeUp is-when you don’t want to be noticed, they notice.  And when you want to be noticed, they notice, so put your best face forward…for yourself of course!

Look for the red fingernails coming soon!


Glibby, Glop,Gloopy-Eucerin Everyday Protection SPF 15 vs Kiehl’s SPF 30

In my search to extend sun protection from my face to my neck, arms and legs, I tried Kiehl’s SPF 30, Creme de Corps, Lightweight Body Lotion.  Pleasantly scented like coconut milk, I really love the fact I can protect my skin from the Hawaiian sun.  It’s a little pricey at $28 for a small 8.4 fl.oz bottle, so I looked in the drugstore for some options. Settled on Eucerin Everyday Protection Body Lotion with SPF 15, priced at $10.89 for 13.5 fl.oz.   Much lower spf protection, than my beloved Kiehl’s, but I bought it anyway in the name of economy.

Talk about sticky and thick.  I believe the sunscreens made for the beach go on better and smoother.  The Eucerin product has that synthetic feel to the formula, that I don’t care for.  Kind of like spreading on that stuff you caulk your bathroom tile with, oh yeah, that is caulk.

Anyway, as is my habit, I slather on the product generously, and go on with my day. Within a couple of hours, I feel like my skin can’t breathe, like it’s encased in a rubber kitchen glove.

Thumbs down on the product.  Less than superior spf, and terrible consistency.  I’ll stick to Kiehl’s until further notice.

My Friends Have Asked Me To Blog About Skincare and Makeup Products I Like

I realized about 15 years ago that I should take better care of my skin and my appearance. Starting with the basics, I used sunscreen everyday, drank lots of water and got plenty of exercise. Over time, I became very interested in skincare and makeup products-mostly because they are fun to learn about and that many of my friends share the curiosity.  At the same time, many people commented on how I’ve retained youthful skin and few wrinkles at rest. So, nowadays,  I just love products and sharing what I discover about how effective they are for me, and make recommendations when people ask me.  My bf said to include the fact that I don’t get paid by the various companies to write about them.

I pretty much plan to review products as I use them, making an honest attempt to keep my testing of products as pure as possible, or I will mention if I am doing otherwise.

What I hear from my friends is their main concerns are brown, dark, sun spots on their faces, wrinkles, foundation, eye liner that doesn’t run and just about anything else related to aging and maintaining what they’ve got and trying to prevent further damage.

Here and there I will probably post about other stuff-mainly my passion for taking ballet and jazz dance classes, and my doggies.

So here goes!