Fashion Flash | Special Edition

Welcome December!

So. It's December. The last month of a year that has flown by at light speed! There are only a few more editions of Fashion Flash to go before the new year and trust me, we aren't slowing down.

Fashion Flash | Post Thanksgiving Edition


This week's Fashion Flash - Post Thanksgiving Edition is hosted by Hannah. Go check it out!

Sorry for the brevity of this post. This migraine is kicking my ass and looking at the screen is making my brain vibrate. Good times.

Farmhouse Fresh Chocolate Fig Vitamin Recovery Serum is a Delicious and Nourishing Treat for My Complexion


Farmhouse Fresh Chocolate Fig Vitamin Recovery Serum

A Delicious Holiday Treat For My Skin

What smells like chocolate, fruit, flowers and honey and makes my skin look and feel glowingly soft, smooth and youthful?

Thankful for Fashion Flash!



It's Thanksgiving Week and one of the things I'm thankful for is, of course, Fashion Flash.

Fashion Flash for the Week of November 12th

Okay, who else is freaking out that it's already the middle of November? Where is this year going and why is is going so fast?!

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Welcome to Fashion Flash, the weekly e-newsletter for 40+ readers for the week of November 12th. It's finally feeling like fall around here, this morning it was 21 degrees!

Fashion Flash Welcome November Edition

Fashion Flash Welcome November Edition

It's time for the Welcome November Edition of Fashion Flash and this week's lovely host is the one and only Jackie Silver.

Unboxing My October Boxy Charm Beauty Subscription Box Featuring IT Cosmetics, Kat Von D and More!


My Boxycharm for October Unboxing

I know that it's November but I have my October Boxy Charm Unboxing to share with you. Read on to see what came in my box.

Meet My New Favorite Fall Fragrance | Soar by A Girl's Gotta Spa

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Meet My New Favorite Fall Fragrance

Soar Rollerball Perfume is the new fall fragrance by A Girl's Gotta Spa! This new addition to their hand created perfume line is the warmer, smokier sister to the exquisite Arise. A joyful blend of soft floral, smoky and sweet-spicy notes feels intimate and sexy making it perfect for the cooler, shorter days and long, cozy nights this time of year.

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My Personal Experience

When I apply Soar, I am first greeted by a riotous tumble of searing geranium, soft rose absolute, rich fig and crisp green tea. As those notes begin to softly fade away, cool, precious amber, hot spicy white ginger and sweet, sharp orange rise to take center stage as gentle, feminine white musk joins the dance. The scent continues to morph on my skin and just about the time I begin to wonder what is coming next, the musk quietly steps away, leaving just a hint of it's sensual presence and the white ginger lingers for a while as the scent of deeply banked coals and renewed orange last for a while longer.

Soar Rollerball Perfume is an intimate scent that wears close to the skin and I enjoy it for a good four hours or so before I find myself wanting a refresh. This is a different fragrance from what I normally choose but I'm so happy that I have it because it has broadened my scent horizons a bit. I don't just wear this perfume, I experience it and I love every moment.

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All of the Details

Soar Rollerball Perfume, $24.00 for 0.27 fl. oz/8ml is packaged in a perfect, portable glass bottle with a rollerball making it perfect to pop into my purse or a makeup bag for quick application and touch ups at home at my dressing table or on the go.

Ingredients:

Vitis vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Parfum (A Girl's Gotta Spa!'s proprietary blend of fragrance and essential oils.)

Where Can I Buy It?

You can buy Soar on Amazon or from A Girl's Gotta Spa! This beautiful scent is a perfect little self indulgence and would make a perfect holiday gift for someone special on your list.

This is a Post in Collaboration with My Fellow Makeup Wars Bloggers!

Don't forget to visit their blogs and see what fall beauty they are loving, too. 


Fashion Flash | Hosted by Ladies Road Map


Fashion Flash is live and is being hosted by Ladies Road Map, this week.

My Fall/Winter Cleansing Routine for Very Dry Skin

This week, Makeup Wars is all about skin care and I've decided to share with you my fall/winter cleansing routine for very dry skin. 

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Fall is officially here and with cooling temps and plummeting humidity comes a shift in the way I cleanse my skin. I can't get away with a quick wash in the shower and slap on some serum and moisturizer, like I can, in the summer. 

Fashion Flash Beginning of October


Happy October! This week's Fashion Flash is hosted by Allison at Never Say Die Beauty.

Pamper Yourself this Fall with The Vintage Cosmetic Company's Cosy Comfort Kit

 Pamper Yourself this Fall with The Vintage Cosmetic Company's Cosy Comfort Kit 1

It's officially fall and I am beginning to crave all things soft, soothing, comforting and cozy. I recently received a lovely set of comfort items that are filling the bill, quite nicely. 

Fashion Flash | New for Fall


Fashion Flash is new for fall and it is being hosted by the fabulous Mirabai of Moving Free. Head on over to her blog and catch up with Fashion Flash for the week.

Fashion Flash for the Week of 9/17

It's Time for Fashion Flash for the Week of 9/17

Fashion Flash for the Week of 9/17 is being hosted by Janise of Mama in Heels and features some great articles and podcasts for women over forty.

Makeup I Want to Concentrate on Using This Fall

As a blogger and a makeup lover, I have a rather more sizable cosmetics hoard collection than I would, otherwise and inevitably makeup that I like, that I purchased because it really spoke to me is getting passed over and that isn't fair to my pretties or my pocketbook. So, I decided to do some stash diving and pull some products that I want to concentrate on using, this fall.

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This is not a Project Pan or a Use It Up kind of dealio, I have just decided to concentrate a little extra love on these items, in particular. If you're curious about the makeup I'm concentrating on using this fall, read on.

For the Prettiest Peepers try Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Gold Eye Masks


 Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Gold Eye Masks

Have I ever mentioned that I am a sheet face mask fanatic? Well, I am! And I love eye sheet masks just as much. Today, I'm excited to share with you a new to me eye sheet mask that I think that you need to add to your skin care routine and get your prettiest peepers, yet.

Pai Shau Tea Infused Hair Care | The Real Scoop

Pai Shau Tea Infused Hair Care | The Real Scoop

Let's talk about hair care, shall we?

Fashion Flash Welcomes September

Fashion Flash welcomes September in style.



Fashion Flash | The Dog Days of Summer Edition


Happy dog days of summer! It's time for another edition of Fashion Flash and I am your host, this week.

Fashion Flash | It's a Fashion Flash Summer!



July has come to an end, August has begun and here is this week's Fashion Flash!

Fashion Flash | Hot Fun in the Summer Time


Happy Wednesday! And... Here I am, a little late with Fashion Flash but hey, I figure if we stagger our postings, the word gets out, all week long. Right? So, I totally planned this. Yeah. Totally. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

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

FASHION FLASH IS LIVE 

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

My Three Current Favorite Night Creams for Dry/Maturing Skin | Save - Spend - Splurge 1

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.

I have added an update, at the end of this post for anyone curious to know how I feel about this product, a few months, on. 

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

jesses girl glow stix liquid crystal lip gloss review and swatches

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.