Fashion Flash Monday


It's Monday and that means that Fashion Flash, the weekly e-news magazine for 40+ women is live and ready for your perusal.

Arise | The Perfect Summer Fragrance from A Girl's Gotta Spa!

Arise | The Perfect Summer Fragrance from A Girl's Gotta Spa Review

I freely admit that I'm a little bit of a perfume junkie and while I have my solid favorites, I love to try and wear new fragrances, on a regular basis. Much to my delight, I recently received a bottle of a brand new fragrance that was lovingly created by a friend of mine to try and gentle reader, you have to know about this perfect summertime - or any time, really - scent!

Farmhouse Fresh Mighty Tighty Banana and Turmeric Tightening Mask Serves Up Firmer and More Radiant Skin

Farmhouse Fresh Mighty Tighty Banana and Turmeric Tightening Mask

At my age, anything that promises firmer, brighter, younger looking skin is welcome to come on over to my house any time it likes, get all over my face and show me what it can do.

Fashion Flash | The Sweet Spot Of Summer



It's the sweet spot of summer, the perfect time for the lovely and very sweet Allison of Never Say Die Beauty to host Fashion Flash.

Fashion Flash | Welcome July!


It's a new week and that means that it's time for a new edition of Fashion Flash, the weekly e-news magazine for 40+ women.

Unboxing My June 2018 Boxycharm

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I have tried a few beauty subscription services of different price ranges and product makeup over the last few years but I was recently introduced to my favorite, yet. Boxycharm is a monthly beauty box subscription service that, unlike most services packs their boxes with four to five full sized products from names like MAC, IT Cosmetics, Ofra, BECCA, CoverFX and more for only $21.00 a month and each box has a minimum retail value of $100.00. I've received a couple of the boxes, now and I'm pretty happy with them. Read on, if you'd like to see my June 2018 Boxycharm unboxing.

Fashion Flash Tuesday


It's time for Fashion Flash, the weekly e-newsletter for women over forty. This week, our host is Deb from No Nonsense Beauty Blog.

The Perfect Lazy Girl Facial | REN Wake Wonderful Night Time Facial

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I don't know about you, but I'm not always in the mood to actively do facial treatments but I always want my complexion to benefit from facial treatments. So... What's a lazy girl to do?

Fashion Flash | Three Years Later and A Giveaway Alert

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This week, Melanie of Society Wellness is celebrating three years with Fashion Flash and she is this week's lovely host.


My Three Current Favorite Night Creams for Dry/Maturing Skin | Save - Spend - Splurge

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I admit, I love night cream. The ritual of sitting down at my dressing table just before bed and cleansing my face, applying my essence and serums, eye cream then... My night cream. Smoothing the rich, silky stuff across my skin, gently tapping it in and waking up to a soft, plumped up, glowing complexion. Yeah. I love night cream. Today, I'm sharing with you my three current favorite night creams for dry/mature skin and I'm giving you three budget options, too.

Love It or Lose It? | Testing the Butter London PureCure Peel the Love Gel Manicure System

Love It or Lose It? | Testing the Butter London PureCure Peel the Love Gel Manicure System Pretty Box

I have been curious about gel manicures for a while... The beautiful, glossy finish, the long wear, the potential for all kinds of simple or intricate nail looks. But the expense of gathering up all of the stuff I would need and knowing that removing gel polish from my somewhat fragile nails could wreak havoc on them has held me back from exploring gel polish. Until now.



Fashion Flash | It's Almost Summer!

It's time to start a new week...

I don't know about you but this time of year, I get the urge to purge. Clean out the excess, clear clutter, organize and have everything fresh and at my fingertips. I've been taking care of my beauty stash; I tossed expired stuff and passed along to family and friends new/nearly new and nice things that I hated to see go to waste. Next came closets and kitchen cabinets and my husband and I went through all of the papers that accumulate, over time and shredded bags of old stuff. Ahhh! I love getting rid of old junk that is just taking up space. Then it was time to turn to my computer. Since it's fairly new, I didn't have to do too much but I did spend a good hour or so cleaning out my contacts list. Holy shit! How did that become the bloated monster it did? I'll tell ya, clearing out that insane list of contacts, many of which I haven't used in years was so satisfying!

Now to tackle my inbox...

If you don't hear from me, please call search and rescue because something in there got me.

While you're waiting, check out all of the fantastic articles from Fashion Flash, the weekly E-Newsletter by a fabulous group of savvy, forty plus women.

Refresh Your Summer Complexion with DERMA-E

Summer is here, even if the calendar says that it's still a few weeks away. Summertime means increased oil production, sweat, heavier sunscreens, wind, salt water and chlorine and these factors can all wreak havoc on our skin, resulting on dry, flaky patches, clogged pores and breakouts. Happily, a little extra pampering can quickly set things right.

Refresh Your Summer Complexion with DERMA-E

Today, I'm sharing a couple of products from Derma E. If you read here with any regularity or follow my Instagram you know that I have been using and loving Derma E skin care for a while, now and for very good reason. Derma E offers high quality, efficacious, cruelty free and vegan skin care for all skin types, from young to mature, oily to dry and every combination, in between at an accessible price point. If you've never tried this line, I encourage you to hop on their page and check them out. I think that you'll be very pleasantly surprised.

Derma E Purifying Daily Detox Scrub, $15.50 - 4 fl. oz. combines activated charcoal, seaweed extracts, apricot seed powder and green tea to gently lift and sweep away dead skin cells, cleanse and purify your complexion leaving your face feeling sparkling clean, fresh and silky smooth.

Ingredients:
Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Gel Extract*, Cetyl Alcohol (Plant Derived), Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Seed Powder, Glycerin (Vegetable Derived), Coco-Caprylate (Coconut Derived), Charcoal Powder, Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwrack) Extract, Undaria Pinnatifida (Wakame, Kimarine®) Extract, Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract*, Menthol, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate (Vegetable Derived), Xanthan Gum, Diheptyl Succinate, Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Menthyl Lactate, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Coco-Glucoside (Coconut Derived), Glyceryl Oleate (Plant Derived), Iron Oxides, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.

Derma E Purifying 2 - in - 1 Charcoal Mask, $19.50 - 1.7 fl. oz. This is a natural kaolin and bentonite clay based mask enriched with apricot seed powder and natural seaweed extracts that gently exfoliate and deep clean your complexion and leave it soft, glowing and fresh.

Ingredients:
Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Gel Extract*, Kaolin (Clay), Bentonite (Clay), Glycerin (Vegetable Derived) , Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Seed Powder, Charcoal Powder, Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwrack) Extract, Undaria Pinnatifida (Wakame, Kimarine®) Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium (Canadian Willowherb ™) Extract, Panthenol (Provitamin B5), Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract*, Menthyl Lactate, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.

Have you tried Derma E Skin Care? What are your favorites from this exemplary and affordable brand?

Fashion Flash | Summertime Fun Edition

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Fashion Flash is Live. This week's edition, Summertime Fun is hosted by Barbara Hannah Grufferman. Topics this week include:
  • Barbara's book tour (spoiler: the book is fantastic!)
  • Belly dancing
  • Some place special in Germany
  • Sampling delicious beauty loot
  • Luscious lip colours
  • A workout helper
  • Safe summer tanning
  • A fabulous giveaway
  • Delicious nutritious
  • Exercise for water babies
Head over to Barbara's blog to enjoy all of the articles. And we'll see you, next week!

Amp Up The Power of Your Eye Cream with Farmhouse Fresh Crow Catcher Eye Transforming Serum

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If I told you that adding one quick, easy step to your skin care routine can result in a more hydrated, smoother looking eye area, would you be interested? Yeah, I thought so. Get ready to amp up the power of your eye cream and see and feel a real difference, fast.

Why You Need Dermalogica Sound Sleep Cocoon Transformative Gel-Cream in Your Skin Care Routine

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Taking care of my maturing, very dry skin is almost a full time job, these days. I kid you not! I am devoted to my morning and evening multi step routine and I am forever on the hunt for the next great thing that will hydrate and make my skin look and feel it's very best. If it smells gently of lavender? Bonus!

A Step By Step Guide to a Glowing and Safe Summer Tan

A Step By Step Guide to a Glowing and Safe Summer Tan Easy

Ahhh... What says "summer" quite like warm, glowing, tanned skin? I freely admit that I love having a good tan but once I learned about just how extremely dangerous a tan from the sun can be, I made the switch from laying out to laying it on. Sunless tanner, that is.

I know... Just the thought of sunless tans can evoke some not so happy mental images. We've all seen pictures and video of sunless tanner abuse and it's not pretty! But, when it's done right; when you prep well, take your time and maintain your tan carefully, you can enjoy a sexy, golden, glowing and safe summer tan without the risk of premature aging, skin damage or worst of all, skin cancer. A great sunless tan isn't fast or effortless, it's a look that requires some work and dedication but the results can be worth it.

Fashion Flash | Winding Up May in Style



This week's Fashion Flash is hosted by our lovely and so so fantastic Marcia of Beauty Info Zone. This week, Fashion Flash is wrapping up May in style so be sure to head on over, if you haven't yet!

Fashion Flash - Better Late Than Never


Fashion Flash - the weekly e-news mag for beauties in the know - is being hosted by the fabulous Janise at Mama in Heels.

Bargain Beauty Find | My Favorite Dry Shampoos



Let's talk bargain beauty finds. Let's talk about dry shampoo. And, let's make it quick. My Internet is giving me hell... I think that my router is crapping out. Blech. Anywhoo, I thought that I'd share with you my favorite dry shampoos and why I like them so much. Both of these dry shampoos have several great things going for them; they are easy to find at the drugstore or Ulta Beauty, they are both super affordable and they both do their job, splendidly. Oh! And they are cruelty free.

Fashion Flash for 4/30 - 5-6



This week's Fashion Flash is being hosted by Mirabai at Moving Free. Hop over and check out the wonderful posts by our savvy 40+ bloggers.

Jesse's Girl Glow Stix Liquid Crystal Lip Gloss is Festival Ready in a Flash

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It's spring. Festival season is gearing up, summer is right around the corner and everyone (myself included) is going koo-koo for Cocoa Puffs over iridescent, shimmery, colour shifting makeup and the return of lush, glossy lips.

My Holy Grail Primer and Foundation


In the evolution of my makeup wearing life I have had a very few beloved foundations. L'Oreal Visuelle. Revlon New Complexion. Bare Minerals. Foundations that gave me the coverage I craved and made my skin look like I wished that it did, without makeup; even toned, smooth, pretty. It's been a while since I've had a foundation that makes me completely happy, when I apply it. A foundation that I can call my Holy Grail. Today, I'm sharing with you my holy grail face primer and foundation. Read on to find out why I love these products, so much.

Fashion Flash for the Week of 4/9


Fashion Flash is Live and this week, it is being hosted by the fabulous Cindy of Prime Beauty.

My Top Ten Beauty Tips from Love Your Age The Small Step Solution to a Better, Longer, Happier Life



Welcome to the Fashion Flash Book Tour featuring Love Your Age The Small Step Solution to a Better, Longer, Happier Life by Barbara Hanna Grufferman.

This post was originally slated to be a book review post but it became apparent, in pretty short order that yours truly is not cut out to be a book reviewer! I decided to change tack and I hope that I did the book some justice. 

Refresh Your Complexion with Osmosis Tropical Mango Barrier Recovery Mask


Osmosis Tropical Mango Barrier Recovery Mask is a treat for dry skin.

The scent of sweet, ripe mangoes. A buttery smooth texture. A pampered, refreshed complexion. What do all of these things have in common?

This Spring Try Farmhouse Fresh Moon Dip Back to Youth Ageless Body Mousse For Soft and Pampered Skin


Farmhouse Fresh Moon Dip Back to Youth Ageless Body Mousse

If there is one thing I know about getting older, it is that taking care of my skin is becoming more and more of a challenge. Happily, I have a partner to help me and you can, too.

Fashion Flash | Spring Has Sprung

It is spring, at last. The sun is shining, birds are chirping, the buds are bursting and my allergies are on a mission to completely destroy me. Ahhh... The season of renewal.



This week's Fashion Flash is ready for spring! From fitness tips to trivia to beauty goodies curated for the season all you need to know is right here, at your fingertips so kick back, read and enjoy.

The Best Spring Blushes for Fair Skin | Save, Spend and Splurge

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Spring has sprung, in my part of the country and my thoughts are turning to the perfect blush colours to wear on my fair skin as the days warm up and my allergies shift into high gear in their never ending quest to do me in, once and for all. Today, the Makeup Wars bloggers are sharing some of our favorite blushes for spring. I did some stash diving and I came up with three pink and three coral blushes perfect for the bright, warm days ahead. I decided to choose blushes in different price points so that everyone can find something fresh and pretty for the new season.

But First, Fashion Flash


Good Monday morning, all! I am beginning my week with two of my favorite things... Guzzling coffee and reading Fashion Flash, hosted by the marvelous Mary Lou of Second Lives Club. Grab your favorite morning elixir and head on over to read up on a great sunscreen to protect your delicate flower face, fun purple nail polish, fitness inspo and so much more.

Have a beautiful week, everyone.

Four Purple OPI Polishes Everyone Needs

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Makeup Wars is celebrating the Pantone Color of the Year, Ultraviolet and I'm sharing with you my picks for the four purple OPI nail polishes that everyone needs. 

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First, please allow me to apologize. My camera is no longer picking up purple as well as it used to so these polishes do not translate anywhere close to true to life.

OPI You're Such a Budapest, a gentle lavender crelly enhanced by the finest of multicoloured sparkles.

OPI Do You Lilac It? is a beautiful lilac creme. This beloved core line shade screams spring.

OPI Do You Have this Colour in Stockholm? Intense, perfect royal purple creme.

OPI Lincoln Park After Dark, this deep, dark true purple is the queen of all of the vampy polishes.

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Behold swatches, from index to pinkie, in the order listed above.

All four of these polishes have a flawless formula, they all apply like a dream and are perfect in three easy coats.

If you're looking for new to your stash nail polishes to celebrate the Pantone Color of the Year, grab one or all of these exceptional OPI purples and splash them all over your nails!

Scroll to the end of this post to read the purple picks from my fellow Makeup Wars bloggers!

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Dermalogica Double Cleanse for Spring Fresh Skin Every Day

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Double cleansing is having a major moment, both in the beauty world and in my skin care routine! Taking care of my complexion is major, for me and I'm always happy to try new, quality skin care that helps me do just that. If you'd like to know more, read on.

Fashion Flash is Live


Fashion Flash is live and this week's host is Society Wellness. This week's edition will inspire and entertain you so hop over and take a look!

Makeup Wars - This Winter's Must Have Product That I'm Loving

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This edition of Makeup Wars is This Winter's Must Have Product that I'm Loving. While I haven't been using this particular product for very long, I'm already in love with it! I mean, Alpha Hydroxy Acid? Almost overnight, visible results that I can really feel? Yeah. This is my must have skin care product for winter and I think that, once you've taken a look, it will soon become one of yours, as well.

Is the Erno Laszlo White Marble Dual Phase Vitamin C Peel Worth the Exorbitant Price Point?


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I don't know about you but I am always happy to find fantastic skin care products that help my complexion to look it's very best and, if they slow the advance of the effects of time, all the better! But in this case, are the results worth the exorbitant price point?

Fashion Flash - Dead of Winter Edition

It's my turn to host Fashion Flash and I thought that since it's the dead of winter, that's what I'd name this edition.


If any of you read my last post, you know that I've been down with the plague. I'm happy to say that I'm feeling much better and aside from a bit of residual cough that will fade away, in time I am almost back up to full steam and I'm ready to get back to my old blog. It's a quiet Sunday night, here. I'm working on this post and my husband is watching Bad Santa. Okay, I need to stop getting distracted by the TV and just buckle down.

Some of My Favorite Fragrances from Define Me

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So, here I sit, sicker than a dog with the plague (curse my husband into next year for passing this virus on to me... I will have my revenge) trying to prod my brain into action and my fingers into doing their clumsy dance across my keyboard and compose this post. I need to write about fragrance for this edition of Makeup Wars when I'd so much rather be vegging out by my fireplace, sipping on a mug of boiling hot chicken soup and binging something on Netflix.