Who doesn’t love a retro bleached blonde? Despite the blonde exposed to chlorine hair color, I love Mylène’s look. It’s that lovely late 50’s nice but still a fox look. It’s a classic look that will go with a variety of hair color/eye color combos.

FACE: Like most babes, the complexion is perfect. Apply concealer where needed. Clinique All About Eyes Concealer is great for the under eye area.  Apply a nice foundation like MAC Studio Fix Fluid in your shade. Apply a light dusting of a translucent powder like Clarins Loose Powder to absorb shine and to make foundation stay on longer. Cheeks have a soft pink glow. Apply a soft pink cream blush to the apples of cheeks for a natural glowing look. I love the shade of Clarins Multi-Blush Cream in Raspberry. It looks very natural and it is easy to blend.

EYES: Fill in brows with a brow powder if necessary. Estee Lauder Brow Perfecting Duo is nice because it has a powder and a wax to keep brows in place. Apply a soft matte shadow from lash line to brows. Revlon Matte Eye Shadow in Vintage Lace is a great color to even out the lids. Line the top lash line with a black gel liner. Make sure to wing out for a retro cat eye look. Do not apply liner to bottom lash line. Apply false lashes or a few coats of mascara to top and bottom lashes.

LIPS: Lips are such a soft petal pink. Lipstick Queen Lip Liner in Pink lacks “harshness”. Apply a soft milky mauve lipstick like Lancome Color Design Sensational Effects Lipcolor in Love It. Top with a delicate pink lip gloss such as Covergirl Wetslicks Amazemint Lip Gloss in Pink Positive.


This 1949 pic of Esther is a bit grainy but she is still looking great. This gal transitions nicely from mermaid to snow bunny. This is how you get this wintery look:

FACE: Esther’s complexion is luminous even in the harsh winter air. Apply an illuminating foundation during these “dull” times. A nice one with more coverage is Clarins True Radiance Foundation. Apply an illuminating concealer under the eye area if needed. Almay Bright Eyes Concealer + Eye Base is a multi-use product that provides coverage and not just “shimmer” like most eye illuminators. Apply this product to lids as a base as well. Set makeup with a loose powder. Bare Escentuals BareMinerals Hydrating Mineral Veil is nice for dry winterized skin. Apply one of my favorite complexion pick-me-ups, Benefit High Beam. down the cheek bone. Blend. Apply MAC Blushcreme in Ladyblush to cheeks. Apply as much as you see fit and blend.

EYES: Brows are pencil perfect. Fill in perfectly shaped brows with a powdery eye pencil like Lancome Le Crayon Poudre Powder Pencil (not pictured) in your shade. Sculpt in to place with the spoolie. Eyes are very simple and it is all about flirty lashes. The base has evened out your lid. Apply a nude-to-you shadow. For Esther, this would be something like Laura Mercier Mineral Eye Powder in Gemstone, a sheer light peach. If you feel a bit more definition is needed. Apply a light brown shade to the crease. Try a shade like Maybelline ExpertWear Eyeshadow in Silken Taupe. Line top lashes with an eye liner to “thicken” lashes. I would apply a smooth liner such as Neutrogena Nourishing Eye Liner . Curl lashes and apply a lengthening and curling mascara like L’Oreal Panoramic Curl Extreme Mascara. Apply a few coats to top lashes and one coat to bottom lashes for a wide-eyed look.

LIPS: This is such a classic beauty look. Apply a rose lip liner such as Dior Crayon Contour Lip Liner in Candy Rose . Apply a satin rose lipstick like Milani Velvet Lips Lipstick in Lavish, a mulberry rose. Add some shine with a clear lip gloss with silver shimmer such as Lipstick Queen Shine in Silver Saint. If you really want to warm up in winter, apply DuWop Moon Venom. This adds a silver sparkle and lots of lip plumping “burn”.

And for a fragrance to finish this flirty mermaid-turned-snowbunny-look, I recommend Karl Lagerfield Kapsule Light EDT, a mix of juicy citrus, flowers, and winter spices.

Such talent and style! I love Stevie Nicks. I find that she is one of my accidental style icons. Somebody that I’ll see a picture of and realize that I wore an outfit very similar without even knowing. It must be that closet gothness that we both share. To get this look:

FACE: First apply concealer where needed, Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Concealer. Apply a satin, light-weight foundation like Bobbi Brown Oil-Free Even Finish Foundation in your shade. Dust a translucent powder over foundation to prolong wear and absorb oilies, Almay Pure Blend Loose Finishing Powder. Cheeks are very nude with a slight hint of color. Take a fluffy blush brush and apply a color like Estee Lauder Signature Silky Blush in Nude Rose.

EYES: Well, we really can’t see the brows in this picture but I can imagine that they are groomed into place with a clear wax like Anastasia Brow Fix Clear Wax Pencil. Eyes are all about looking awake and wide-eyed. Apply a slightly tinted eyeshadow base like Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Shadow Base all over the lid. From lash line to crease apply a white eyeshadow like Clarins Single Eyeshadow in White Marshmallow. Take a warm brown eyeshadow and lightly blend it into the crease and on the bottom lash line, something like Covergirl Eye Enhancers Eyeshadow in Brown Smolder. Apply a pencil eyeliner very closely to the top lash line in a dark brown shade. I like the smoothness of Clinique Quickliner for Eyes in Dark Chocolate. Apply a few coats of mascara to top lashes and one coat to bottom lashes, a formula like Bobbi Brown No Smudge Mascara will do.

LIPS: Lips are shiny and a rusty bronze shade. Apply a lip gloss in a bronze shade like Pur Minerals Pout Plumping Lip Gloss in Bronze Sassolite or Iman Luxury Lip Shimmer in Copper Tone (not pictured), whatever you use, it needs to be super glossy.

That’s it. Oh, don’t forget those finger tips! use something like SpaRitual Nail Lacquer in Inner Sanctum or Butter London Nail Lacquer in Aston (not pictured). I think this look demands an ambery perfume. I’m thinking something like Regina Harris Amber Vanilla Perfume Oil, doesn’t the bottle just look like something Stevie would have?

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We all know that sun damage is no good. I’m not going there. If you are even reading this blog, you know that. When I lived in Tennessee and had a 4 hour commute to work daily, I was a huge fan of body lotions and hand creams that contained a SPF. I was getting tons of sun exposure just from driving, not to mention my other daily activities. I still experienced a change of color but never burned. I really hope that using a product with a SPF helped with any future damage as well. Now that I live in Washington, I only see the sun for 3 months out of the year. I no longer have a long commute. I only use these products during the summer here. The rest of the year I have a vitamin D deficiency. Docs here advise not to wear sunscreen during these “rainy” months. In the summer I’ll get my 15 minutes of sun exposure and use these moisturizers. I usually go for the cheaper ones with a SPF of 15 or lower. They do their jobs.

Bargain Body Lotions (under $20): If you want SPF, shimmer, and gradual self-tanner, try Avon Skin So Soft Satin Glow Ultimate Body Moisturizing Lotion SPF 15. It is a “do it all” product that retails for $12. Victoria’s Secret Bare Bronze Sheer Tinted Body Lotion with SPF 15 (not pictured) has a sexy bronze shimmer and warm, nutty scent. It goes for $18. Vaseline Aloe Fresh Protecting Body Lotion with SPF 15 retails for $8. It is light-weight and a bargain. I am a fan of Palmer’s products. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Body Lotion with SPF 15 has a rich cocoa scent and rich moisturizers. It retails for $8. I mainly use Eucerin Everyday Protection Body Lotion with SPF 15. It is light-weight and fragrance free. It goes for $10. I also like Nivea Body Natural Tone Body Lotion with SPF 4 (there is also a hand cream in this line). The fragrance does not interrupt with my fragrances. It goes for $7. Aubrey Organics Unscented Body Lotion with SPF 15 is nice. There is no odor but it does need to be rubbed in a little bit more. It retails for about $13. Alba Botanica Very Emollient Daily Shade Body Lotion with SPF 16 is rich and makes the skin look younger with alpha hydroxy acids. It’s a pretty awesome product and retails for $16.

More Expensive Body Lotions: Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Light-Weight SPF 30 body lotion is very nice for summer. It is light-weight and has a higher sun protection which means that you can stay out in that summer sun longer. It retails for $26.50. Juice Beauty Green Apple SPF 20 Body Moisturizer contains fruit acids to help skin look younger while protecting skin. It retails for $29. MD Skincare Firming Body Lotion with Vitamin C and SPF 8 (not pictured) is a nice fix and protect product that goes for $42. Glytone Body Lotion with SPF 15 exfoliates skin and moisturizes it with shea butter and glycolic acid. (Probably needs a SPF so you don’t get burned). It retails for $44, but it does come in a big bottle. Clarins Bright Plus Breezy Cool Body Lotion with SPF 30 helps skin feel cool/fresh, helps with discolorations and protects. The texture and feel is very nice for summer. It retails for $40. Duwop Revolution Body Moisturizer contains tint, shimmer, and a SPF of 15. This product looks great on legs. It retails for $25 and comes in a few shades.

Hand Cream: Borghese Radiant Lightening Hand Cream contains SPF 30. This product moisturizes, help fight discolorations, and help prevent any further damage. It goes for $15. Shiseido Benefiance Protective Hand Revitalizer with SPF is a rich cream perfect for daily use. It isn’t greasy and it retails for $37. Clarins Age Control Hand Lotion with SPF 15 is very moisturizing. It does have a strong scent and retails for $30. I really like Kiehl’s Unusually Rich But Not Greasy At All Hand Lotion with SPF 10. It is what the name implies and goes for $15.50. Studio Gear Handiwork Protective & Brightening Cream with SPF 25 retails for $22.50. It’s a rich cream that helps lighten discolorations on the hands. There is Erno Lazlo Intensive Hand Cream with SPF 25. I’ve used this one and it goes for $55. It’s lightweight, so I had to apply frequently. Natura Bliss Hand Silk Cream with SPF 15. This product claims to be waterproof which is really nice since we wash our hands throughout the day. It retails for $32. Lippman Collection Rich Girl Hand & Cuticle Cream with SPF 25 hydrates, protects, and brightens without bleaching. It goes for $24.

Just because a product has a higher number doesn’t mean it is better or more efficient. I really don’t think those high number products are necessary for daily wear or at least for my lifestyle. I only get about 30-60 minutes (that’s being very liberal) of direct sun exposure daily 3 months of the year. I burn at over 30 minutes of sun exposure with no SPF. If I am going to be out for a few hours I will use a longer wearing sunscreen product. With the hand creams, I apply those throughout the day due to frequent hand washing.

Oh, geez. Our brains are going to fry here in the Northwest today. We are experiencing temps in the three digits. I have no air conditioning and I have to be out of the rental home this Friday, so I’m moving all my stuff. Ughh, SPF is the least of my worries right now!

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WEELKY CHEAP SECRET:

Sometimes I will stumble across something that I would of never, ever purchased in a million years. However, I will try it (usually by accident or random sample) and find that I really, really like it. This is one of those products.

I was in the local Walgreen’s (which one? every town has like 50). I was picking up the usual necessities and drugstore faves and couldn’t wait on a drugstore.com order. The nice teenie bopper behind the counter gave me a handful of samples, which I wasn’t aware that Walgreen’s even did this. I went home and looked them over and it was this unknown Merlot brand. I had them stored in my little 50’s poodle “sample and GWP” box. I ran out of my usual favorite Clarins cream and was waiting on an online order. I grabbed a few samples out of the rainy day box. I started to use the Merlot Day Moisturizer. I was really impressed with its texture, smell, etc. Well, I ran out of Clarins and actually decided to buy a jar of this instead.

I had to look Merlot up. Don’t judge them by there looks. It looks like a mail order product but obviously it is carried in some stores (based in El Paso, TX). However, the website does offer free shipping on purchases of $50 or more: merlotskincare. com. There schtick is that everything contains red grapeseed polyphenols and claims to be a super awesome antioxidant for the skin, better than Vitamin E and C. I have read a lot about red wine and its antioxidants. I’m sure we all have, we love to hear positive health news about some of our favorite vices 🙂 I know that we would have to drink like a million gallons a day of wine to get as much of the polyphenols that we need to make our skin look youthful. But, there is some very positive studies our there about applying the grapeseed extract to skin. Many skincare brands add this to their mix, expensive or not. Anyways, Merlot appears to be an “antioxidant” skincare line to protect and preserve. I don’t know if I believe any of it, skincare in general. I mean I don’t know if we can smear some stuff topically onto our bodies for a positive effect. I just know that I want to believe in it and the power of positive thinking is great thing. Worries cause wrinkles and believing that  I’m using a great product keeps me from worrying!

Anyways, It is carried at drugstores and does carry a drugstore price tag which is really nice when I am saving up for a down payment for a house. I got the huge 4 ouunce jar with a “travel” sized bonus for under $15. It is almost a gel cream texture. It is super lightweight, really nice for warmer weather. It absorbs very quickly but leaves my skin feeling moisturized and a bit “cool”.  Usually I would have to use a very heavy cream to get that “taken care of” feeling. But, this leaves absolutely no residue. It also contains an SPF 15 which my Clarins or my other go to, Shiseido, did not have. Another bonus for summer since that is the only time the sun shines in the Northwest. It claims to have no fragrance. I find that hard to believe. It has a slightly fresh, fruity stone fruit or “grapey” aroma. I really like the fragrance. It only “smells” when in the packaging and quickly disappears when the moisturizer absorbs. My makeup blends beautifully over it. I have younger skin so I can’t say that I’ve seen a difference using this stuff as far as wrinkles go. But, my skin does “glow” a little more and I feel my complexion isn’t so dull or blotchy. I have pretty normal-to-dry skin that gets more normal in the summer. This is the perfect warm weather moisturizer match for me. I would say that since is a good “preventive” cream. It is lightweight, contains SPF, and contains antioxidants. Perfect for the 20 to 35 age range.

The downside to this product is that it has butt ugly packaging. But, that is OK. I may be a packaging whore but I know that a product is not worth its packaging. That is the downside for the product though because if left up to me, I would of never wanted to try it because it didn’t look interesting. The cream is also a strange lilac shade in the packaging. It doesn’t tint the skin or anything. I just think it is a weird color for a face cream. But, those things are very minor and quite petty really.

I really like this line and I know that I’ll give the body products a try. I needed a lesson like this. I needed to be reminded that price (or packaging) has nothing to do with a product’s quality or effectiveness. I needed that because I feel broke going through this stupid path to home ownership process.

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My lesson: You get what you pay for. This isn’t a horrible product, it is just isn’t as good as other products on the market such as Clarins or Vichy.

I am a cellulite cream addict. Not because I really need it, but because I like the “firming” feelings. I have used so many in the past. They all “work”, temporarily that is. They all mainly tighten and firm or make the skin tingle for 5 minutes to try to convince you that it works. But, these creams do work. They stop working once you stop using them. So I am a fan of these creams especially if you know you are going on a bikini wearing vacation, etc. But, I don’t have moon craters or an extreme case of cellulite. I’m just jiggly and use these creams to firm the skin a little bit.

Anyways, I thought I would give a drugstore brand a try since Lancome, Clarins, Vichy, Estee Lauder, and all that jazz can be expensive. St.Ives Cellulite Gel Creme retails for $8 for 6.7 ounces. It has a nice texture: a gel creme. It is light and refreshing. It feels almost like a silicone based hair serum but it is not greasy and is super fast absorbing. It almost absorbs like a powder. It has a fruity citrus fragrance that isn’t offensive and doesn’t hang around. It just smells fresh. It contains many of the ingredients of the more expensive creams: green tea, caffeine, citrus extracts, menthol, etc. It has a nice texture and an OK fragrance. It claims that you “can feel it working”, I assume this must mean that it tingles. I haven’t had that at all. I’m used to my industrial strength products that “tingle” the cellulite demons out of your skin. So, for me it doesn’t burn, tingle, any of that. I don’t have a problem with that. My beef is that I haven’t seen a difference. I mean, I feel no firming at all. I can skip an application without noticing any negative effects. This is just a lightweight toning lotion in my opinion. That Jergen’s firming lotion does the same as this except it is heavier. This is lightweight and may make a nice “lotion” for the entire body in the summer. It isn’t’ a horrible product it is just an extremely “mild” product in contrast to what I usually use. It may work for you. I find that these products are like lip plumpers, everybody has their favorite.

I know I could live without cellulite creams at all. I don’t really need them. We all know that diet and exercise and being skinny is what really diminishes cellulite. We also know that we can be more prone to it because of heredity just like stretch marks. I also know, from doing makeup for photoshoots that skinny bitches has a few body dimples as well. No cream is going to rid these flaws. I just like the temporary firming feeling. Nobody really sees my body. I do it for myself. And I like to waste money on stupid things…

Clarins Eau Dynamisante is the kind of fragrance that nobody would purchase if they just sniffed it on a blotter card. It is the kind of fragrance that needs to be worn to really “develop” and to figure out if it works for you. It’s a unisex fragrance, so no Red Velvet cupcakes or honeysuckle blossoms here. It is citrusy and herbaceous and really lives up to its invigorating name. It kind of shocks the senses with a burst of lemon zest. Yes, the fragrance smells good enough to dip a French loaf into and smells mainly of items found in the herb cabinet or garden: lemon zest, thyme, bits of rosemary, a teeny tad of lavender. However, it is grounded by patchouli. The patchouli doesn’t take over, it still smells very green and citrusy. It is a cologne or EDT, so the lasting power isn’t so great. It lasts less than an hour. However, the fragrance isn’t even marketed by Clarins as a fragrance. Instead it is marketed as a “well-being” product. This is appropriate since the wear is short termed. It is an invigorating burst, a pick-me up. So, it would need to be sprayed a few times throughout the day to clear the mind. One “burst” doesn’t keep us going throughout the day anyways. I mean I know we all have more than our morning cup of coffee. This fragrance is very fresh, very energizing. It is perfect for summer because it isn’t heavy or offensive. It wears lightly and smells of citrus and in season herbs. The scent really shines with body heat. The warmth of the fragrance is really seen with the warmth of the body. It will begin to smell a bit more of rosemary and patchouli. It is very neutral and natural. I love it. I always have it around in the summer. It isn’t the most beautiful fragrance I own or even the most interesting. It is just so fresh and easy to wear. It’s gladiator sandals and a jersey knit dress in the summer. It’s just that easy to wear. It retails for $46 for 3.4 ounces. I really wish it came in a smaller and portable bottle so that I could haul it in my tote in the summer to spray and to sanitize mass transit 🙂 . I have chilled the bottle in the fridge for a summer shocker. It lives up to its “dynamite” name. It is available at fragrancenet.com.