5 Things I’m loving right now

When you slide into your 50’s a lot of things change… including your skin, hair, and body! hah! Pretty much everything, right?

I thought I’d share some of the personal care products I’m using these days and have found to be particularly nice for the 50-something body I’m living with right now.

Haircare

Better Not Younger Bounce Back Shampoo and Conditioner
I tried not to succumb to the social media ads. I resisted for months. I really did. But after dealing with “poofy” hair that lacked definition and was sooo dry, I decided to give this a try. I’ve tried a few other online hair care lines and was not very impressed. However, this curly-girl-friendly line had rave reviews, was aimed at over-50 women and I just couldn’t resist. I’m glad I caved. I really like it. My hair is so soft and bouncy. I’m not wild about the smell (think grandma’s shampoo) but the results are worth overlooking the smell. It’s a winner for me. And if you’re not sure, you can do like I did and buy the travel sized set to try out without a huge investment.

Bounce Back Super Moisturizing Shampoo for Curly Hair 8oz

Uncle Funky’s Curly Magic
This stuff has really made a huge difference in the definition and spring of my curls. I use two small pumps on soaking wet hair and follow with some gel. My hair is bouncy, happy, and very, very curly. It’s lightweight when it goes on your hair and while it says it is a “firm hold” gel, I find I need another gel on top to “seal the deal” but that just may be overkill on my part, or the very humid environment I live in.

Skin Care

Go-To Face Hero

I received this in an Ipsy box a few years ago and fell in love. It is the perfect nighttime moisturizer for my wintertime dry skin. It’s a little too much in the humid days of summer but as soon as the nights start to cool and the heat gets turned on in our house, this comes out of hibernation and becomes part of my nightly routine. After I cleanse, I use it as my moisturizer. My face feels soft, silky. smooth and very hydrated the next morning. It only takes a few drops (less than half a dropper-full) and I love how if feels and smells (think cupcakes) I will keep buying this one for sure.

Goldfaden MD Vital Boost

Another Ipsy find, this Goldfaden MD Vital Boost daily moisturizer is one of my favorites. I’ve been hoarding my sample tube and finally decided it was silly to save it – I’m so glad I decided to use it. My face loves the lightweight cream and it goes well under my makeup. It’s one of the few hyaluronic acid products that my skin doesn’t hate.

It’s a little pricey ($68 for a 1.7 oz container) so I don’t know if I’ll indulge once my Ipsy tube is gone, but for now I’m really enjoying this on my skin.

Vital Boost

Makeup

My final favorite to share is the newest makeup I’m in love with. Ilia Beauty. These products have really made an impact in how I look and feel in my 50’s. They’re lightweight, not heavy or clumpy, and make my skin feel divine. I have been using the Super Serum Skin Tint for over a year and find that single bottle will last me about 3 months (with daily use). The formula is light and makes my skin feel and look fresh and bright. Youthful, even.

Once I tried the skin tint, I quickly reordered for some additional products and now pretty much my entire makeup routine revolves around Ilia products. I love the Multi-Stick for a blush with a light pop of natural-looking color, the concealer, and soft-focus finishing powder to finish up my routine. I’ve just recently started using the chromatic eye tint, so the jury is still out there, but so far I like the natural highlight it gives to my eyes.

The tinted lip oil is also a winner – I keep a little trial size in my purse for a quick, moisturizing natural swipe of color when I’m out and about.

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So that’s it for my current favorites. What are some things you’re loving right now?

I’m not a fashionista, even if I wanted to be

I’ll admit it. I’m not a fashionista.

Never have been.

Probably never will be.

I love to look “smart” and to dress nicely but sometimes I think my idea of what is “nice” or “smart” is just a little off from what is fashionable these days.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t expect much here – I’m  a middle-aged momma for Pete’s sake. I don’t want to look like a Desperate Housewife (even if I had the financial means to do so).

But I do want to look put together – and look like I am at least somewhat aware of the current trends in fashion, even if I am not a slave to them.  I work from home so there is really very little reason on most days to get out of my yoga pants and sweats, but I don’t think it is a good idea to fall into that trap long term.

I like looking nice. I want to look nice for the girls and SuperMan when they come home in the afternoons.  And I think I am more productive at work when I take the time to get myself together in the mornings. Kind of puts me in the right frame of mind.

And I most definitely don’t want to become a frumpy middle-aged momma. No way. No how.

I got an idea from a fellow blogger not too long ago… (hi, Daenel!)

She mentioned that she pins outfits she likes and then uses that to shop her closet and try to come up with similar outfits.

Isn’t that just the coolest idea?

She also posts a “What I Wore Wednesday” weekly post that I can’t wait to see each week. She has the greatest, quirky (self-proclaimed) style. I love seeing her outfits and wondering if I could pull them off, too. She’s inspired me.

To that end, I’ve gotten rather addicted to looking at the “Fashion” category in Pinterest. Granted, it’s kind of like looking at million-dollar homes and wishing that one day I’d have the means to live that way.  Most of what is on those “fashion” pins is aimed at a generation twenty years younger (or more) than me and for gals who are either not moms or have flatter tummies than I have Winking smile

as well as bigger shopping budgets than I do.

So, I’ve started pinning some things to challenge me to step outside my usual outfit combos.  I want to see if I can come up with some new outfits to wear without having to buy something new.

I’ll let you know how it goes –

In the meantime I thought I’d share some of my current favorite pins with you – (click on the picture to pin)

^ LOVE this – casual, yet fashionable & chic – especially the sweater &  necklace (and handbag!)

^ And loving the sweater, earrings & shoes above – I need to get some ballet flats this spring.

(can you see a trend here? – jeans, jeans, jeans)

^ This one I am in love with the necklace and top.

And I LOVE the lace top below. I bought an off-white lace top last year at T J Maxx and have yet to wear it because I didn’t know what to do with it in spite of being in love with it – this outfit gives me an idea or two –

I just need to get my hands on a rustic leather jacket now Winking smile

I have a grey sweater almost identical to this one – I think I’ll be trying this out this week (once the weather warms up)

And, finally, loving the polka dots and ruffles here. Every time I see polka dots it reminds me of my grandpa. He loved polka dots.  This is such a girly outfit, I just love it.

Now that I’ve pasted these here, I’m also seeing more than just a jeans trend – neutrals, feminine, etc.

It’s interesting to see what your tastes are when you’re picking without thinking about anything other than “hmmm…. I like that” and then you see the pattern that emerges.

Now to go plunder in my closets and see what I can come up with…

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