Beauty over Forty

Keeping up appearances when age is just a number


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Makeup Brands, Best at what?

I thought it would be fun to do a little mental exercise of going through a few of the brands I own and identify what I think they do best in product. Here is what I came up with, it might help you if you are building your collection 🙂

Brand Product
Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyebrow Products & Eyeshadow
Becca Highlighter
Benefit Eyebrow Products & Blush
Bobbi Brown Lipstick & Eye Shadow
Cargo Eyeshadow & Lipstick
Chanel Lipstick
Charlotte Tilbury Lipliner
Essence – Catrice Highlighter & Mascara
Guerlain Primer, Powder & Bronzer
Hourglass Foundation, illuminating Powder
L’Oreal Mascara
Lancome Foundation & Blush
Laura Mercier Illuminating Powder
Lime Crime Liquid Lipstick
MAC Lipstick, Lipliner & Setting Spray
Nars Eyeshadow, Lipstick, all powders
Natasha Denona Eyeshadow & Blush
Physicians Formula Bronzer
Shiseido Foundation & Powder
Smashbox Contour (Powder)
Tarte Concealer, Blush & Mascara
TheBalm Highllighter & Liquid Lipstick
Too Faced Eye Shadow & Mascara
Urban Decay Eyeshadow, Setting Spray
Viseart Eyeshadow

I would love to hear your thoughts on what particular brands do best 🙂

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Liquid Eyeliner for Klutzes like me…

I am clumsy, I am a klutz, I am impatient too and avoid liquid eyeliner. I just don’t have the time in the morning to do an eye look, then ruin it with eyeliner and need to fix it. Plus I am passed the age where cat eyes suit me, so am pretty ambivalent about liquid eyeliner, that is until recently… Having recently celebrated the FINAL arrival of Physicians Formula products in Germany, I was intrigued to notice that they have a liquid eyeliner which is also supposed to be a lash boosting serum called Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum which retails for only around 10 USD. A good liquid eyeliner usually costs me more than that and a good eyelash serum way over that, so I reckoned I had nothing to lose and bought it in Ultra Black.

dsc00150User experience: the pen is small and easy to maneuver, the point is a small, sturdy but fine brush tip. The product applied smoothly and easily, despite my clumsiness it did not go on messy. You can easily make your line as fine or thick as you want. I of course opted for fine. The product stayed on all day without flaking or smudging. It faded slightly towards the latter part of the day but still looked presentable.

I can not vouch for any lash growth effects as I have only used this twice so far, but this really is the easiest liquid eyeliner I have ever used. It is currently on special offer for people in the US at Ulta and if you are in Germany you can order it from Douglas here.

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Great News for Beauty Lovers in Germany!

Well knock me over with a feather, the days has come that I never thought would happen. Physicians Formula has come to Germany. I would like to think that this is due to me harassing them on twitter, but I guess I am not that important.

Two days ago I was slating Douglas for never spotting a good thing and being old fashioned, well they did spot a good thing and as of yesterday they have following range of Physicians Formula Products for sale.

Gone are the days of overpriced products on Amazon, or having to go to the customs office to pick up an i-Herb order. This really makes things far easier for us in Germany.

If you can’t quite follow why I am so excited, their Butter Bronzer is my favorite Bronzer of all time (and I own a lot of bronzers) I have not been able to try anything else from them due to the availability, but I have heard so much.

Granted, the range at Douglas is not their full range, but it is a start! I already have their liquid eyeliner, youthfulwear foundation and eyeshadow in my shopping cart.

Fellow makeup junkies in the US, what else should I try?

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Best of the Best: Makeup 2016

The year is coming to a close and what an exciting makeup year it was. I thought it fun to list out the very best products I have enjoyed this year. Do note that I am writing from the perspective of a pale skinned, cool toned person, who has fine lines and some wrinkles. My requirements of products may be different to yours. When I list products ranked, it means that I think all the products listed are great, I just have a slight preference for the higher ranked product. Disappointing products are not on this list. So without further ado, let’s get started in the order I would normally apply products.


Joint 1st place to Guerlain’s D’Or (non-silicone based) & Becca’s Backlight Radiance Primer (silicone based). Both are beautiful. The Guerlain L’Or was overhyped earlier in the year on YouTube, but still a lovely product in its own right. Just pricey, but great for experienced skin and who knows, maybe it really does have a lifting effect. The Becca primer is amazing, wonderful glow. I wrote a post about my favorite product combinations with it. An absolute must-have in my opinion.


#1) Shiseido Synchro Skin. This stuff is a dream, looks beautifully natural, stays put, wears beautifully, no creeping into fine lines or wrinkles, great coverage, extremely lightweight, medium to full cover, easy to build, can easily be sheared out. A miracle!

#2) Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Extreme Cover. The limited Shade Range and weirdness of the shades delegates this to second. Apart from that it performs just as well as the Shiseido, with full cover. This is extra great if you can’t find a good concealer for the under-eye area. With this foundation you shouldn’t need one.


Under Eye: Maybelline Age Rewind. Of all the concealers I have tested (18 so far) this outperforms even the most high-end in cover and in its ability to restrain from creeping into fine lines. For hiding blemishes: L’Oreal Infallible stick concealer stays put for a very long time.

Finishing/Setting Powder:

Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder. I don’t need a powder to bake, just to finish and this powder is beautiful. Wonderful glow, almost impossible to overdo it. A discovery of December, I thoroughly enjoy it.


Smashbox Contour Palette. I have been using this for 3 years and did a lot of research to see if I could find one better, but I failed. The contour shade in the light/medium palette is just perfect for my skintone and this remains my go to.


Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer, in the unimaginatively named shade: “Bronzer”. I own a lot of bronzers, so making it to the top is a great achievement. Lovely smooth application, natural looking shade and stays put all day.


Joint 1st to Milani’s Luminoso & Lancome’s Blush Subtil in Brun Roche. Luminoso is such a beautiful peach shade, it suits so many skin tones. Being a drugstore brand it’s also very affordable, even from Europe via Amazon (it’s a US brand).  Brun Roche is a brown toned Rose, very subtle and very natural looking with great staying power. Wouldn’t want to give up either of these.


Becca Moonstone Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed. Just perfection.

Eyeshadow Palette:

Tarte’s tarteist™ PRO Amazonian Clay Palette. Having hooded eyes, I am not to bothered by reports of 5 colors muddying together when blended, because on hooded eyes you really don’t use that many colors. I may use up to 4 and they are not all the same tone, meaning I don’t experience those complaints. What I do experience is great color payoff, blendability and staying power and a very attractive shade range for a cool toned person like me. Love it.


Too Faced Better than Sex. I have lost count of the mascara’s I have tested this year, but I always come back to this one. Great volume and lengthening. Manages to make me look like I am wearing falsies and believe me, my natural lashes are nothing to write home about. Maybelline’s The Falsies Push Up Drama nearly upstaged this one, except I seem to be slightly allergic to one of the ingredients. I would still recommend that others try it out. At that price point, if it turns out you are allergic it’s no biggie, but if not; it really is a fabulous mascara.

Liquid Eyeliner: still searching for a holy grail

Pencil Eyeliner:

Cargo Swimmables. Formulated for the water ballet, in lovely shades these stay put on the waterline all day.

Liquid Lipstick:

TheBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes. I dedicated a whole post to these fabulous liquid lipsticks. Love, love, love, beating these would be a tall order.

Traditional Lipstick Favorite formula:

Mac’s Satin. I love this formula, it doesn’t feather out and has a nice smooth application & finish, not glossy, but also not thoroughly matte. My favorite shade is “Amorous”, beautiful for the fall/winter.

Best Lipliner:

Mac’s Pro Longwear Lip Pencil, as the name says, a long wearing dependable friend, it applies smoothly, no skipping or tugging.

Best Lipstick Primer:

Guerlain’s KissKiss Liplift plumps, fills in fine lines, cancels out pigment and keeps your lipstick on about twice as long. A great product.

Gloss: still no holy grail

Lip Plumper:

Glamglow Plumprageous Gloss Lip Treatment gives me the plump without the pain. This year I tried 4 plumpers and this is my winner. This product will not be suitable for everyone as everyone’s lips react differently to different plumpers. I experienced no real pain with any plumper. Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme did a slightly better job of plumping, but around 2 days later my skin would peel. I do not experience with the Glamglow product, where I get a minty tingle and my lips actually get conditioned and plumped.

Setting Spray:

Urban Decay All Nighter keeps everything on from dawn to dusk until it gets taken off. I only use this if I am out for the evening.

So, that’s it folks! I am excited about the new discoveries I will make in the coming year, thanks for reading along and making them with me.

My ultimate Bronzer favorites (and one expensive fail) for medium/light skintones

Up here in the northern hemisphere the sun has gone on vacation. For people of palor (that would be me) now is the time to grab that bronzer.

Pale people need a bronzer that bronzes and we are at a higher risk than most of looking like an oompa loompa if we get it wrong. Here is my personal ranking of all the bronzers I have for a daytime natural look.

physiciansformulabutterbronzer#1 Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer. Price for EU, 27.29 Euro via Amazon.  USD 14.95 for 11 grams. This bronzer gets the tone just right, no orange, a light silky sheen (not glitter) given a very subtle glow erring more towards matte. Don’t opt for the shade light, that won’t show up enough, the normal basic shade is just right. It stays on all day.It won the Women’s Health 2016 Beauty Award and I congratulate the jury on this one. It smells a bit like a Pina Colada, so if you don’t like the sound of that go for my #2.

#2 Too Faced Soulmates Blushing Bronzer Ross & Rachel. Price 12 Euros for me from toofacedrossrachelTK/TJ Maxx! For EU 26.79 Euro via Amazon, 30,60 USD for 18 grams. I love this bronzer which I believe consists of Too Faced Chocolate Soleil with a blush thrown in. The size of the item means that your brush will not touch the blush if you don’t want it to, plus you get two products in one, both are long-wearing. Again a silky sheen (no glitter), great natural color. Some may prefer to get Chocolate Soleil alone, but for me (and other Europeans) getting that via Amazon would be upwards of 40 Euros. I get a much better deal with the two in one. Both products are longwearing and smell of chocolate (there’s real cocoa powder in them). They also got the tone just right. This would be my number one except not everyone wants 2 items in one.

guerlain-terracotta-terracotta_4_seasons#3 Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons in the shade Natural Brunette 03. Price 65,95 Euros, 76 USD for 10 grams. This is the most versatile bronzer I have. You can mix the shades according to the season you are in based on how deep your own skin tans. This also means you can use it on your friends. The finish is matte. It’s long-wearing and seemingly unscented. This stuff is expensive, but given it’s versatility this may be worth it for you. A little goes a long way.

cargo-medium_bronzer_#4 Cargo Cosmetics Bronzer Medium. Price 29 USD for 8.9 grams. I got this in a starter complexion kit (containing bronzer, concealer and eye-liner) at TK Maxx (TJ Maxx for our US reads) for 14 Euros. There are a lot of these kits going around in Germany, so grab this, it is a bargain, it is a great product. It has a silky translucent sheen and will be my favorite for holiday parties. The tone looks slightly orange in the pan, but there is no sign of that on the skin. #bestbargain. #greatdeal


#5 Benefit Hoola. Price 33 Euro, 29 USD for 8 grams. Hoola is a cult classic. It a great bronzer, good tone, matte finish, slightly chemically smell, good staying power. You either love or hate the packaging. It was my first bronzer that had the right tone, unfortunately I have gone off it a little due to the smell and having found better alternative, still a great product though.

wetwild#6 Wet n Wild Coloricon Ticket to Brazil (or Bikini Contest), Price 7.79 Euro, 3.99 USD for 13 grams. How do they do it? This stuff is awesome. It has a shimmery finish goes on really well and stays on pretty long. The smell is faint and slightly medicated. This is an amazing deal and now that I have picked it up, I am not sure if it beats my Cargo or not. What a stunner! #mikedrop

All the above are great bronzers for lighter skin tones, none of them are orangey, all hold up well and give a natural glow. And now the a catastrophic high end fail:


WTH La Prairie!

La Prairie Cellular Treatment Bronzer, Price 55 Euro, 65 USD for 13,5 grams. I would love to say I was drunk when I bought this. I was duped by the salesperson who had already convinced me to spend ridiculous amounts on face cream as she assured me she was wearing this herself. This peeps, is the stuff of the high end oompa loompa. As beautiful and luxury as it is, don’t do it! Step away from the counter!

Restoring Donald to Greatness

*disclaimer: the below is lighthearted, enjoy!

Well, the world knows it, Mr Trump has gotten himself elected to be President. We all have to trust that he will have the best advisors in place to help him fulfil this office. Seemingly to date he may not have had the best beauty advisors. Let’s fill that gap and help him create a more presidential visual.

Mr Trump in 1988, Ash blond hair & natural tan skin:


Mr Trump in 2016, yellow blond hair (dye), orange tan:

Donald Trump

Now trying not to state the obvious; yes dying gray hair can result in tones that can seem a little brassy and unnatural, an ashier tone would look more natural and be more in line with his natural tones. A purple/blue color correcting shampoo should be able to help that. I use them myself. Revlon makes a good one, if he would like to go upbeat there’s Lush Daddy O Violet Shampoo, pretty aptly named for the potential user.

That tan shade needs more attention. If little girls participating in beauty pageants can get their spray tan right, then there must be help in hand for POTUS. I’d suggest letting the orange fade and even trying bronzing powder. Nice matt or slightly shimmery cooler tone bronzing powder for lighter skin shades include Guerlain 4 Seasons , Too Faced Chocolate Soleil , The Body Shop Honey Bronze and Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer.

As Potus, this individual will be more in the public eye than most. So any immediately evident cosmetic procedures would be quickly noticed. Maybe not go there, we all get older, but we all want to look fresh and healthy. To help with elasticity of the skin I might suggest microneedling. It’s good enough for Kim Kardashian and it’s good enough for me, maybe it’s good enough for POTUS. There is no down time involved in microneedling. Yes, you get red in the face, but hey that can be explained by having had a good session at the gym. 🙂

Microneedling is collagen induction therapy, its way of working involves causing micro damage to the skin, triggering the skin’s own repair functions thereby generating more collagen and improving the elasticity of the skin. It also improves pore size and has an immediate effect. I will do a detailed post on that in the next few weeks. There is no scarring or scabs, just a flush to the skin.

Glycolic or Lactic acid face peels would help with cell turnover, this also improves skin firmness. Drunk Elephant makes a great glycolic acid night serum.

Finally Botox; expertly used can be imperceptible. Badly applied could hamper the person’s ability to speak. We’ll find out if that’s a good or bad thing 😉

Good Luck Mr President, I shall be watching you to see if you are trying out my advice.


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