According to my Instagram account, it was 14 weeks ago that THIS happened.
After which I promptly booked an appointment with my colorist and darkened my hair well beyond my natural mousy-brown in an effort to hide all traces of aging. See below.
Fast forward a few weeks: Yesterday I had an eye appointment in which the doctor told me I had a condition that is “brought on by age.”
Today, I was greeted in the bathroom mirror by approximately five shiny white hairs on my head. And those bad boys are thick and wiry. While I only have about an inch of growth from my last coloring, these roots are totally white and glistening, and totally waving a big “eff you” at me. You better believe that I yanked those suckers out; I couldn’t handle them staring back at me.
I’ve been told that a gal’s thirties are supposed to be some of the best years of her life. However, it will be a challenge watching our bodies change. Things start to sag, hairs turn gray (or white in my case), skin gets spotty and wrinkled (what gives?!), eyesight goes, you develop weird “conditions” and yet we are supposed to enjoy these “best years” of our lives.
I have to say that I have high hopes for all the other stuff to come in this decade. It better make these white hairs worth it.
Simply said, my manicure of choice is a Shellac/Gellish/What-Have-You manicure.
Recently I tried a new type of gel polish that changes colors, called Gel II Reaction polish. My local nail salon (which I may be breaking up with soon for other reasons…) carries two shades out of the brand’s 12 options: Shark Bite and Heat Wave. I tried Shark Bite. When your fingers are warm, the color is a bright blue. But, when they are cold, the polish turns a deep purple. And, the real fun is when the colors are in-between and somewhat half and half. I couldn’t stop staring at my hands all week!
The only downside was that the polish seemed to chip sooner than many other gel manicures I’ve had. I don’t know if I can attribute it to this specific brand or if it’s simply because I spent the week following my manicure in and out of the water in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (Not that I’m complaining!).
Either way, I’ll definitely be getting more of these manicures because I can’t wait to try more colors. Besides, when was the last time your nails were so entertaining?
When I accidentally knocked over my brand new bottle of Josie Maran Argan Oil yesterday and proceeded to sop up the puddle of oil with my hands and feverishly rub it all over my face and body as to not waste the Precious, I realized I had a problem.
You see, I am one of those people who has perpetually dry skin. Couple that with living in dry, dry, Colorado, and you have someone desperate for some legitimate moisture.
I started using Argan Oil about a year or so ago as a face moisturizer and instantly fell in love. It’s not thick or greasy which I find a lot of creamy face moisturizers are. I started using it morning and night and noticed how my skin started to become healthy-looking and even appeared to be radiating from within. Me — my skin — what?
From there, it was just a matter of time before I grew more addicted. Before I knew it, I had so many more of Josie’s products added to my collection. I now have Josie Maran’s Argan Balm as a cuticle treatment (and I occasionally slather it on my dry feet before bedtime), the Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter as body lotion (you can seriously feel it instantly absorbing into your skin), and I regularly keep a stock pile of her Bear Naked Wipes as makeup remover wipes because not only do they swiftly remove even my thick cat-eye liner, but they also have some of the delicious Argan Oil in them. I have noticed that sometimes I just continue to rub the wipes all over my face long after any makeup residue is gone just because it feels so darn good. I also secretly (well, not so secret anymore) add a few drops of oil to my bubble baths (which are becoming my new favorite thing) because your whole body feels silky smooth afterward.
Basically, I have been spoiled for any other moisturizer.
One downside: no SPF. (I use Dr. Jart+ BB cream with SPF 25 every day on top of my Argan Oil, so this isn’t a major issue for me.) Josie did develop a moisturizer cream to alleviate this issue which is at SPF 45, which I also own, but it’s too thick for me to personally want to use on a daily basis. However, when I don’t wear BB cream, I’ll slather some of her moisturizing cream over the oil to make sure my face is protected. And, actually, I think it has been discontinued because I can’t find it online anywhere now.
Okay, that might be a little dramatic, but how have I never heard of Guerlain? Thanks to the lovely @Beauty411, I headed straight to Sephora to find out more. The Météorites Perles is an adorable little tub of shimmery pearls that come in a few different colors – I purchased mine in Teint Rosé, the lightest – which is a light finishing powder. Not high-school-shimmery at all. Let’s be honest, we’re too old for all that glitter.
What I found when I visited Sephora was a “Precious Lights Radiance Essentials Kit” which included a decent-sized sample of the Météorites Perles (pictured above), along with the Météorites Perles Light-Diffusing Perfecting Primer and Precious Light Rejuvenating Illuminator. Now I got to try three Guerlain products for less than the price of one full-sized Météorites Perles. Win.
The other kicker to this story is that I ended up loving the primer and the illuminator even more than the powder!
PRIMER (left): The little pink pearls diffuse into a creamy primer that keeps my foundation on all day and adds a layer of light underneath. I absolutely love it.
ILLUMINATOR (right): The Illuminator has a soft brush to apply the light formula. It takes just a few clicks to awaken your under eye area and any other spots which could use a little brightening up. I’d been looking for a product like this and I might have found my next obsession.
Overall, Guerlain is a definitely a luxurious cosmetic and skin care line. No details spared in the packaging and it makes you feel a special kind of pretty when you put it on in the morning. Next, I cannot wait to try some of their amazing lipstick.
Have you tried Guerlain? What’s your favorite product?
I’ll admit it. I have a glasses problem. I’m a firm believer that if you have to wear them, you may as well make them stylish, and you may as well have a variety to choose from on any given day. I’ve been wearing glasses since about my junior year in high school and I can easily identify when my preference for “fun” glasses began. It was when I got my first pair of Cynthia Rowley frames. They were slightly cat-eyed, and two toned – cream on top, black on bottom. I still update the prescription in the lenses and wear them to this day.
My first pair of Cynthia Rowley frames.
Now you can imagine why I was so excited to find out that Cynthia Rowley’s eyewear lines, Rowley Eyewear (women) and Mr. Powers Eyewear (men), has started a home try-on service a la Warby Parker, Rivet and Sway, etc. Continue reading →
There are a lot of beauty subscription boxes out there, but the two most popular are Birchbox and Glossybox.
I have been a subscriber to both Birchbox and Glossybox for a long time. Because of this, my friends often ask me which I like better or which they should sign up for: “Birchbox or Glossybox.” It’s a tough decision because I like them both for different reasons. For me, I can’t bring myself to quit one or the other because receiving both of them every month is like Christmas for beauty nerds. With beauty products wrapped in delightful tissue paper and ribbons, I can’t get enough.
I recently wrote a post on my favorite looks that came out of Fall 2013 Haute Couture week in Paris. However, being the beauty nerd that I am, I also noticed three very distinct beauty trends that emerged.
Let your skin take center stage
Makeup artists created simple, low-maintenance looks at Fall 2013 Couture. The skin on models at Valentino and Giambattista Valli was glowing and healthy-looking because of the Argan Oil base and highlighters used on the skin. A high-shine natural gloss, lightly filled-in brows and a touch of pink on the cheeks completed the look that really let the skin shine.
Last week another Haute Couture week wrapped up in Paris. Couture Week is by far my favorite of all the fashion weeks and attending is probably the highest ranked item on my bucket list. Twice per year, a small number of couturiers put together their most fabulous and lush collections, made with extreme detail and care, and will sometimes spend more than 500 hours hand sewing and perfecting each detail on one gown alone. It is simply the most gorgeous week of the year.
As I am known to do, I have pinned each of my favorite looks from the shows on my Pinterest page, but I wanted to give my favorites a highlight here on my blog. While I liked something from each designer, for me, this season was all about Valentino, Giambattista Valliand Zuhair Murad.
Last year, shortly after I turned 29, I put together a list of 30 things I wanted to accomplish before I turned the big 3-0. I did make a conscious effort to cross a lot of these items off of my list, but there are still quite a few things I didn’t get to. I’ll be thinking about those pesky items I couldn’t cross off while I’m planning my adventures as a 30-year-old. Well, let’s see how I did!
Pay off my credit cards Took some effort and dedication, but I did it.
Buy a new car that will get me to the mountains Bought a Volvo XC60 with all-wheel drive. I still only made it to the mountains in the winter once or twice.
Road trip home to see my family Done! Jim and I drove to Arkansas for July 4
Spend time on a beach
Run a 5K
Take a dance class with my boyfriend
Hike a 14er
Make my apartment look more adult – e.g. get rid of college furniture, put some actual thought into decorating
Don’t drink for 30 days As much as I love wine and craft beers, this one was a toughy, but I accomplished it.
Go on a spending fast
Go biking in Palisade, CO – Colorado’s wine country Nothing better than biking to wineries. Completed on 7/28
Tailgate at a Broncos game
Relaunch my blog Done! What do you think?
Get back down to my pre-boyfriend weight
Host a girl’s night at my house with makeovers and Friday Night Beauty on QVC This was one of the first things I did and we had an amazing night drinking wine, geeking out over beauty products and making friendship bracelets (yes, just like in the 90s).
Spend a night in Estes Park Check! A night at the Stanley Hotel in February.
Go horseback riding We did this while in Estes Park. It snowed on us and was absolutely beautiful.
Travel somewhere exotic with my boyfriend
Take Spanish classes
Take a yoga class
Learn to fly fish
Have $5,000 in savingsDone!
Go vegetarian for a month and gluten free for a month – It was surprisingly easy for me to be vegetarian for a month. Gluten free, on the other hand, was a little harder to figure out.
Get back into making jewelry by making my friends each a piece of jewelry
Go out on a lake Complete! A bunch of friends rented a pontoon boat and went out on Lake Dillon in Summit County, Colo. Even though the weather didn’t cooperate the whole time, we enjoyed it. Jim and I also took a paddle boat out on Lake Tahoe in September.
Visit five new breweries Piece of cake! I live in Colorado, after all.
Invest in some professional, comfortable high heelsI wouldn’t say I necessarily “invested,” but I did make a concerted effort to buy a few pairs of heels that are professional and work with nearly any office outfit.
Build a nightly skin care routine I still am not great at the “routine” part of this, but I have tested several products, and I am making sure to keep my skin hydrated and to focus on the areas where I’m getting fine lines, like around the eyes.
Read the Hunger Games and find out what all the fuss is about