Category Archives: Talking Beauty

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Lip Service

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Tuesday, August 2, 2016 IN: Talking Beauty

Lip Service
Friday, July 29th was National Lipstick Day!  One of those dubious recognition days on the calendar that I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to give some lip service.

Lip Service

By now you know that I like to go back in time to learn the history of things. Let’s dive into the history of lipstick.
Lip Service

Wearing: Carmen Marc Valvo plaid dress, Kate Spade "Licorice" coral patent leather heel, Chanel Woven Straw Raffia Framed Purse from Fashionphile, Ray-Ban orange Aviators

Wearing: Carmen Marc Valvo plaid dress, Kate Spade “Licorice” coral patent leather heel, Chanel Woven Straw Raffia Framed Purse from Fashionphile, Ray-Ban oOange Aviators, and Suzi Roher Cinch Elastic belt.

Guerlain created the first bullet lipstick in 1870. It was called Ne M’oubliez Pas.

1870 Guerlain Ne m' oubliez pas

1870 Guerlain Ne m’ oubliez pas

Guerlain, a French perfume and cosmetics and skincare house, among the oldest in the world, was founded in 1828 by Monsieur Pierre-François-Pascal Guerlain. I plan to visit the Guerlain boutique on the Champs – Élysées in Paris when I visit in November.

 

Ne m' oubliez pas lipstick and refill, circa 1920 photo.

Ne m’ oubliez pas lipstick and refill, circa 1920 photo.

Check out these three beauties  from the movie, The Women, perfecting their pouts in the lady room.  This movie is one of my favorite black and white comedy drama.

Paulette Goddard, Norma Shearer, and Mary Boland perfecting their pouts in the ladies room in the movie, "The Women."

Lip Service.  Paulette Goddard, Norma Shearer, and Mary Boland perfecting their pouts in the ladies room in the 1939 movie, “The Women.”

According to Ladies’ Home Journal, 65% of women use lipstick daily and 25% won’t leave the house without it.  How about you? Is lipstick your one item you wont leave home without?

Elvis Presley couldn’t resist the opportunity to lend his name to lipstick for his teenage fans.

Elvis Presley lipstick marketed to his teenage fan club. Image credit: Elvis Presley Enterprises Estate.

Lip Service.  Elvis Presley lipstick marketed to his teenage fan club. Image credit: Elvis Presley Enterprises Estate.

90% of women believe that wearing lipstick makes them feel better about themselves and don’t do it to attract men.

1960s Psychedelic LipSticks from Avon.

1960s Psychedelic LipSticks from Avon.

Coty, Yardley, Max Factor,  and Helena Rubenstein were the major manufacturers of cosmetics but many are no longer producing products or were absorbed by larger corporations.  Avon is still ringing up sales door to door and office to office.

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As we age, our lips thin, they can become more wrinkled and lines may develop around our mouths. There is such a thing called wrinkle lip syndrome which is more evident on long time smokers and people that don’t protect their skin with SPF (sun protection factor.)  Help yourself age gracefully by not smoking, getting exercise, limiting alcohol, wearing sunscreen, and keeping yourself hydrated.

My National Lipstick Day Instagram photo. My daughter gave me this extravagant Christian Louboutin lippy last year for my milestone birthday.

Lip Service.  My National Lipstick Day Instagram photo. My daughter gave me this extravagant Christian Louboutin lipstick on a silk ribbon last year for my milestone birthday.

There are no limitations to how you can color your lips.  There are many choices and styles, crayon, lip cremes, gloss and even custom lipstick.

This post isn’t just lip service but some fun information about lipstick, I hoped you enjoyed it.  Let me know your thoughts!

Don’t forget to be fabulous ? ?

Siggy

Countdown

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, May 23, 2016 IN: Talking Beauty Talking Fashion

Countdown

Every year in late May, right around Memorial Day Weekend, I look forward to our annual Club 21  dinner dance.

Similar to the fashionable crowd that attends the Met Gala in New York City, I want to look my best.  I start my countdown at least four-months before to prepare.

Countdown

I developed my own must-do checklist after twenty years of attending the soiree, that includes the following:
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I Got Spring Fever

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, February 29, 2016 IN: Talking Beauty

I Got Spring Fever

Are the crazy winter temperatures driving you to think warmer, spring-like thoughts? March’s arrival looks promising — Daylight Savings Time less than two weeks away and spring starts Sunday, March 20th.  Plus, Easter,  St. Patty’s Day, and the Philadelphia Flower Show (this year’s theme being is the centennial of the National Park Service) are giving me spring fever.
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Mole Hill

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, February 8, 2016 IN: Health Awareness Talking Beauty

Mole HillLately, when I look in the mirror, I feel like I’m looking at a mole hill. The amount of moles on my face and body have exponentially exploded since I’ve gotten older.

Mole Hill

When I was in my teens, a dark regular mole on your cheek was considered to be very attractive.  Who didn’t want a beauty mole like Elizabeth Taylor had on her lower right cheek? So I relished mine, thinking it was the mark of beauty.

Wearing: Lafayette 148 NY double-faced wool jacket, J. Crew fit and flare glen plaid dress, Cole Haan Bernard StormCloud Suede boots with Portolano black leather gloves from Gilt.

Wearing: Lafayette 148 NY double-faced wool jacket, J. Crew fit and flare glen plaid dress, Cole Haan Bernard StormCloud Suede boots with Portolano classic long black leather gloves from Gilt and J. Crew Factory muiltistrand pearl necklace.

Moles are one of the most common skin conditions in the world. However, I notice more moles on darker complexions especially elderly African Americans. Anyone seen actor Morgan Freeman lately? Sorry Morgan, but you definitely have a mole hill.

Mole Hill

Having fun at Bite Beauty Lip Lab in Soho, creating my custom made lip color.

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Oldies But Goodies

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, November 23, 2015 IN: Talking Beauty

Oldies, But Goodies
For years when my daughter still lived at home, we would travel nearly 100 miles southeast to the nearest Nordstrom’s. The destination shopping trip was our girl bonding time to discover the latest beauty products. Especially when we would attend the bi-annual Beauty Trend shows in the spring and fall. However, lately I’ve discovered right in my own backyard beauty items that are oldies but goodies.

Oldies, But Goodies

Perhaps because I’ve lived in small town USA for the last 30 years that I’ve grown accustom to limited retail beauty options. However, I just recently discovered less is more when it comes to some of my beauty regiment products.

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Custom Made

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, October 26, 2015 IN: On the Road Again Talking Beauty

Custom Made
Ever at a loss to find the perfect shade of lipstick? Are you growing tired of the same old same old selections to add a pop of color to your lips?  Looking for more natural options? As fifty-plus boomers wanting to keep up our beauty game.  BFF Cynthia and I traveled to Manhattan recently to meet up with our fave millennials for custom made lip colors at the Bite Beauty Lip Lab in Soho.

Custom Blend

In 2009 Susanne Langmuir, after 16 years designing and formulating beauty products,  Susanne began to develop sensitivity to non-natural ingredients and fragrance chemicals.  When her search for a natural, high-performing lipstick left her disappointed, she headed into her own lab to formulate something better.  In 2011, Bite Beauty Lip Lab debuted in Toronto, Canada.  In October 2013, the Bite Beauty summer pop-up shop converted into a permanent store at 174 Prince Street in Soho.
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The Dream Machine

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, August 4, 2014 IN: Rejuvenate Talking Beauty

My face mapping Fiverr.com photo

My face mapping photo from Fiverr.com

As I entered into menopause, I heard about the classic symptoms from hormonal imbalances –  hot flashes/night sweats, mood swings, insomnia and hair loss.  Who knew that declining estrogen levels could cause acne? My experience has been the classic symptoms as well as skin changes, mainly facial skin with acne.  I hope you had a chance to read my recent post on face mapping  that showed why acne occurs on certain areas of your face.

It was during the perimenopause phase that I sought out a dermatologist to combat the fierce case of acne I developed–helping to get it under control. My esthetician recommended the latest and greatest at that time to combat acne scarring and reduce my large oily pores on my face. For many years, I happily endured microdermabrasion and chemical peels that brighten my acne dulled skin.

Now, no more harsh chemicals or lasers for me, enter in the newest skin rejuvenation and skin resurfacing treatment in cosmetic medicine, the $60,000 dream machine that offers the HydraFacial.  The Hydrafacial targets fine lines and wrinkles, congested and enlarged pores, oily and acne-prone skin, hyper-pigmentation, and uneven skin tone.  Sun-damaged skin can also be treated with HydraFacials. Sounds like this machine was developed for women like me, as this stage of my life, I seem to have a variety of skin issues the HydraFacial can address and repair.

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About Face

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 IN: Alternative Health Talking Beauty

AboutFace-Face Mapping
Your skin can say a lot about your health especially about your face. It’s viewed as the mirror to our health. Can you tell I have a mild fascination with non-traditional alternative medicine?  First, I mentioned the Ayurvedic (Indian) medicine method of dry skin brushing, and today, I want to talk about face mapping. This practice, falls under the umbrella of ancient traditional Chinese medicine (TCM.)
AboutFace - Face Mapping

TCM is based mainly on the prevention of illness, uses herbs, acupuncture, acupressure, massage, exercise, and diet to promote good health.  It especially emphasizes changing lifestyle habits.  The key to understanding Chinese medicine is to understand the idea of balance.

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Skin So Soft

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, May 12, 2014 IN: Talking Beauty

Wearing (old) Lafayette 148 NY dress

Wearing (old) Lafayette 148 NY dress

Earlier this year, I shared with you in January, Give your Skin the Brush Off.   I highlighted Dry Skin Brushing, an Ayurvedic remedy that is an ancient natural healing technique that helps provide benefits to the skin on the outside as well as the inside. I adopted this quick and easy ritual to my morning beauty regiment and my skin is oh, so soft.

Wearing my first pair of Manolo Blahnik pumps, Mother's Day gift

Wearing my first pair of Manolo Blahnik pumps, Mother’s Day gift

Knowing that the skin is the largest organ on the body, it must be protected  all year round  using an SPF especially in the warmer months when we wear less clothing and are exposed more to the harmful UV rays of the sun.

Mother's Day gift Manolo Blahnik pumps

Mother’s Day gift Manolo Blahnik pumps

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Give Your Skin the Brush Off

BY: Eugenia PUBLISHED ON: Monday, January 6, 2014 IN: Alternative Health Talking Beauty

Me holding my dry skin Elemis brush

Me holding my dry skin Elemis brush

Once again, Happy New Year!  Welcome to 2014!  It’s official, winter is here. January already has a wintry mix of snow, wind and frigid temperatures along with harsh winds and the typical dry air which can wreak havoc on normally healthy skin. It can be disastrous for already sensitive and dry skin. So what’s the cure?  I think I found a solution, brush-off dry skin/ash with the ancient self-massage called Dry Skin Brushing.

I talked in an earlier post about the importance of protecting one’s skin all year long. Today, I want to highlight Dry Skin Brushing, an Ayurvedic remedy that is an ancient natural healing technique that helps provide benefits to the skin on the outside as well as the inside.

Spa expert Ronel Corbin,  Senior Vice President for ESPA provides some insight into dry skin brushing.  Dry skin brushing stimulates the body’s circulation and lymphatic systems.  Corbin says that many naturopathic doctors use dry brushing to help with bloating because massaging the lymph nodes helps  the body shed excess water and toxins.

Dry brushing leaves your skin exfoliated more readily able to excrete toxins through swear, absorb nutrients you apply with lotions and oils, and helps your lymph flow to keep your body healthy, and it takes less than 5 minutes.

Ayurvedic texts recommend daily skin brushing to keep the urinary system working properly, as the skin is known as the third kidney.  Properly conditioned skin will have less break-outs and other undesirable skin conditions. The historic theory is to move all of the toxins in your bloodstream and lymph toward your digestive system so that it can be eliminated from the body.

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