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How to Safely Remove Eye Makeup

How to Safely Remove Eye Makeup

Today’s market is flooded with so many products, sometimes we get overwhelmed by what’s out there. So let’s go over some basics for the eyes, namely a good quality eye makeup remover.

First of all, choose well, because not all products are alike, and just because it’s cheaper doesn’t mean it’s good. Like my mom always used to say, “You get what you pay for.” 

Medical researchers tell us that the skin around our eyes has fewer sebaceous glands and less collagen and elastin than skin anywhere else on our face. This means that the skin around our eyes is the thinnest and most delicate skin on our face. As people age the fat pad beneath the skin diminishes, which causes that delicate skin to appear even thinner with a hollowed-out look under the eyes. Our eye area skin needs a little extra attention.

So when you go to look for a good eye makeup remover, try to get an oil-free formula. That way there’s no residue to get into your contacts or smear your makeup if you’re applying it right afterwards. Look for cleansing agents that dissolve oils and trap soil. Use those nice little round cosmetic pads that you can find anywhere instead of cotton balls or tissues. Using them with a quality oil-free eye makeup remover will get everything off, including waterproof mascara, without pulling on that delicate skin around your eyes.

You also want the remover to be suitable for sensitive skin, fragrance-free, ophthalmologist tested, non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic.

In the past I have always used an oil-based eye makeup remover with things like mineral oil, etc., in them. But for the last few years, I switched to oil-free and absolutely LOVE it! It makes everything come off so smoothly and easily, and I don’t have that black smeared-eye look anymore. Ha!

Message me if you want to know what I use and recommend. I’ve tried quite a few and yet I keep going back to my one favorite. It’s a best-seller for a good reason!


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We Have No Expiration Date

We Have No Expiration Date

So far, we’ve talked about beauty, confidence, anti-aging, skin care, and overall healthy living. Today I want to address the woman who is like fine wine… with NO expiration date. Maybe she’s been noticing some changes in her skin, her hair or her weight. She may have begun to feel like yesterday’s leftovers, getting passed up for promotions on the job while watching young people half her age get the good company positions and raises.

If that woman is YOU, if you’ve been noticing some changes taking place, like… ugh… aging (gasp!), then I’m here to tell you that you have been fearfully and wonderfully made by an amazing God who sees you as a priceless work of art, and you come with NO expiration date.

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve noticed a difference in how others respond to the older generation. I never paid attention to it in my youth, and I remember thinking anyone over 40 or 50 was seriously OLD. Ha, I’m long past that age now, and 40 or 50 sounds pretty young to me!

Any mother will tell you that our children admire us when they’re pre-teens, tolerate us when they’re teenagers, and look at us like we’re one brick short of a full load when they become adults. But have you noticed how elderly folks giggle all the time? They’re probably thinking, “Just keep on living, honey.”

If you are like me and you’re what some would call “over the hill”, then I have good news for you! First of all, I have yet to find a verse in the Bible that talks about how we’re supposed to “retire” after a certain age. Retire from what? I can understand if someone wants to leave a job they don’t like, but the best thing we can do is go out and do something we like or have always wanted to do.

Working at something you absolutely love is fun, energizing and keeps us young at heart. Some people consider their hobbies as just that, and many a mom-and-pop business began as something fun to do around the kitchen table or out in the garage.

So next time you shop for some new makeup or that new outfit you’ve been eyeing, remember to go for what makes you feel not only good but GREAT. I’m not saying wear things you see on teenagers, and their style is wonderful, but that may be carrying it a bit too far when your grandkids are teenagers themselves.

Wear what your beautiful, elegant self looks great in or go out and enjoy that hobby that began making you some really good spending money. Being YOU is the greatest accomplishment you can master, and you will carry it off with that confident knowledge that you truly have NO expiration date. Seriously, some of us have only just begun!


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How Do We Get Confidence?

How Do We Get Confidence?

How would you describe a confident woman? Is she self-assured? Does she trust her own judgments and abilities? Does she appreciate herself?

Confidence comes from inside ourselves as well as outside ourselves. Inner confidence can be learned, even for those of us whose life was previously a train wreck. Sometimes it can also depend on how we react to outside challenges. Confidence comes from stretching ourselves, and one way is by stepping out of our comfort zone. Taking a risk can be scary, fear can be very real.

So let me ask you a question. Do you like your status quo and playing it safe, or have you ever wanted to try something new, but were a little fearful of what would happen if you failed? Here’s what I have done in the past to be able to move forward with something I really wanted to try. I take a sheet of paper, make two columns, and then write down the pros and cons of what would happen if I attempted something I never did before.

Here’s an example. I love camping, so my husband and I bought a small camper. We always had great fun visiting state parks near us, and we even went camping and hiking in the Smoky Mountains. I also loved visiting my son and his family when he lived in Texas (I’m in Florida).  There were times my husband’s work schedule didn’t permit him to travel to Texas with me, so I thought about taking the camper to Texas. After figuring out the pros and cons of pulling it long distance, and whether or not I could do that by myself, I decided to give it a try. Guess what! I ended up spending many wonderful times with the grandkids in a beautiful state park near their home, and the memories will live on forever in all our hearts. Did I mention I was in my 60’s when I began that journey?

Was it scary? Yes! Was it worth it? Absolutely! It was even worth having to pull into the higher priced gas stations because no one would let me in to the busy low-priced ones. It was such a boost to my confidence when I learned how to pull in and out of them without side-swiping something. Ha! And backing it into the RV sites? Yep, I learned to do that too! It took me quite a while to get the hang of which way to turn the steering wheel and many, MANY attempts of pulling forward, straightening the wheel, etc., etc., but I did it, heart pounding and all! (Hubby always managed to accomplish it in one fell swoop…)

What I’m trying to say is, life is short. Go for that thing you’ve always wanted to try. It can be something as simple as trying a new hair style, buying a new outfit, starting a new business venture, joining a gym, or applying a new makeup look. Who knows? You may be very pleasantly surprised that you aced it and felt great! And if you fail? That’s okay, too. History proves that some of our most accomplished inventors, presidents and other world-renown people failed their first few times, too.

What confidence-building thing are you going to do today?


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Tell me Something Good!

Tell me Something Good!

Recently in church my beautiful Pastor asked us to tell her something good. It was eye opening! Hearing several of my fellow parishioners speak about something good that happened to them recently was such a breath of fresh air. They didn’t talk about any spectacular moments that occurred in their lives, but they glowed with appreciation over the little blessings that came their way.  

How many times each day are we bombarded with negative news? Too often, I’m afraid. We want to be kept up to date on current events, but sometimes it can leave us with just a bit of a bad taste in our mouth.

So, TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD, my friend! What have you accomplished that might have been insignificant to others but it was monumental to you? What challenge did you overcome? Did you lose another pound after fighting your weight for years? Did your child come home from school with a C+ in math after struggling with Ds all year? Did your husband finally get the recognition that was long overdue him? Did the doctor give you a good report after you had been so fearful of the test results you thought might be serious? Did you hear from a dear friend and realize just how wonderful it was to hear her voice?

These may seem small to some folks, but in my book, they’re huge if they have been an obstacle in our lives. It’s the little things that make up most of our days. We get up in the morning, go through our normal routine, and some days we can’t wait for the day to be over, while other days are full of tiny blessings that leave us filled with this quiet joy we can’t explain but we cherish.

Recently a dear friend took me to see a Motown Musical here in my fair city. She had no idea that I grew up on Lake Erie and the only station I listened to was CKLW out of Detroit and WLS from Chicago. Motown was my passion. (I actually saw the original Supremes in concert, Diana, Mary and Flo!) Anyway, the Motown Musical was so full of such awesomely talented young people that if I didn’t know better, I would have thought I was watching the original performers. What a huge blessing to relive my childhood!

As some of you know, I love to ride my bike. I’m not fast, and some days I struggle because of stiff joints and shortness of breath. But I ride mainly for two reasons. The first is because I absolutely love riding, feeling the wind on my face, smelling the flowers and pine trees, and hearing nothing but birds singing. The second reason is because I’ve battled high blood pressure for several years now, so I ride for my health.

There is single-track trail near me that seems like a beginner’s course to most people, but each time I ride those 6 miles, I get better and faster, and my confidence grows by leaps and bounds. I used to start each ride with a fearful and pounding heart, but now I get excited when I point my handlebars towards the trailhead. It feels like I’m riding like the wind! A slow breeze maybe, but nevertheless it’s the wind to me! I won’t win any races and I don’t want to. Not bad for a little ol’ granny, right?

Another thing I love is travelling. Flying has become quite enjoyable to me, even when I’m on several airplanes for pretty much the whole day. Anyone who has flown a few times is familiar with flight delays, cranky fellow passengers, crying babies, tight seating in coach, and crowded airport terminals. It’s a part of life. I’m learning not to get in a hurry (unless of course I’m running for my next flight!) and focus on enjoying the moment. Even after a recent flight that lasted 10 hours where I was stuck on a plane for 4 stops with no food and fighting nausea, I knew I was heading towards my destination and was so very grateful to reach it!

Same goes for driving somewhere. If I’m late, I try to relax anyway, especially after spending years paying my fair share of speeding tickets. Ha! I’ve finally slowed down, probably because I know my blood pressure likes to spike when I’m being, shall we say, a bit like Madea? Just being real here…



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How Microdermabrasion Skin Care Works

How Microdermabrasion Skin Care Works

Microdermabrasion can give your face the look of polished, younger skin with significantly smaller pores

Here are some of the BENEFITS of using a good quality microdermabrasion at home:

Microdermabrasion is a physical exfoliator that reduces the appearance of fine lines and gently refines skin’s texture as it removes surface dead skin cells and build-up from pores.

Once pores have been cleared of build-up and dead skin cells, it’s best to use a serum that helps nourish, calm and comfort your skin. You want one that reduces any appearance of redness and soothes delicate skin.

What is the SCIENCE behind microdermabrasion?

Having clogged and congested pores can lead to stretching the pore wall, making them look enlarged. Eliminating impurities trapped in your pores is a very important first step toward improving their appearance.

You’ll want to look for ingredients such as Persian silk tree bark extract and soy bean extract which are shown to be important to your skin and may help tighten the look of your complexion overall, especially around pores. Skin calming and comforting benefits on the skin’s surface such as sea whip extract and evodia fruit extract are known to be associated with skin calming and comfort.

You’ll want to try a good quality microdermabrasion if you want smooth, polished skin and/or you’re concerned about the large number or size of your pores. If you want an affordable, at-home solution for gentle exfoliation that can very likely help fight some of those visible early-to-moderate signs of aging, then you’ll want to consider using this amazing product.

Since we shed a layer of skin cells two to three times a week, using a good microdermabrasion twice a week with skin calming serum afterwards is a good idea to keep those pores clean and clear. Cleared pores will go back to their normal size once all that gunk is removed.

The best part of using a microdermabrasion product is that your moisturizer and foundation (if you use them) will glide on smoothly and beautifully after removing all that “stuff” that dulls your skin. Having all those dead skin cells gone will give your face a smoother, glowing appearance! And glowing is what we’re all about, right?

A good quality microdermabrasion product, if used properly, can give you spa results without the spa price!

If you’d like to know what products I recommend, message me and I’ll share what I like using for myself!


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What is hyaluronic acid?

What is hyaluronic acid?

We’ve all heard those words, I’m sure, so let’s explore some of the information about what they mean.

Hyaluronic acid is a molecule or lubricating fluid which is naturally found in your skin, your eyes, body joints and fluid. Because it has a really good capacity to hold water, it’s main uses are in lotions, supplements, serums, and even eye drops! Hyaluronic acid also gives structure and moisture to damaged tissue.

Since hyaluronic acid is not harsh and doesn’t strip the skin at all, it’s actually a natural occurring polysaccharide (carbohydrate) in your body. (I love using big words, it makes me feel so intelligent!)

Hyaluronic acid is also a powerful humectant, meaning it’s a moisture-binding ingredient that keeps your skin hydrated, plumper and definitely younger-looking. So if you’re looking for a soft glowing complexion, you may want to look for products containing this ingredient, especially since it’s good for all skin types.

As we age, our body makes less collagen, causing our face and body to show more wrinkles and discoloration. When we use products to increase our collagen levels, it helps keep our skin softer and more supple. Thus, hyaluronic acid is one of the main ingredients that helps restore our collagen production, which in turn helps our skin retain its moisture, and hopefully will slow down our skin’s aging process. We want to do whatever we can to look our best, right?

So now that you know a little more about hyaluronic acid, don’t you feel wonderfully intelligent? Ha! Me, too. We are such smart people, aren’t we!


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Charcoal Masks – Why are they so popular?

Charcoal Masks – Why are they so popular?

Today the latest craze for a type of skin clarifying product is charcoal masking. Yes, that’s me in the photo trying a charcoal mask. Ha! It was fun, and I enjoyed learning all about it.

There are plenty of videos showing the different types that are available, use, results, etc., including likes and dislikes. Let’s explore the ingredients to help you make an informed decision on what is best for your skin type and whether or not using a charcoal mask is beneficial for you.

A good quality charcoal mask will have multiple tasks, including deep cleaning, reducing shine and it will contain clean botanical extracts.

The SCIENCE behind the products in today’s top quality charcoal masks

Activated Charcoal: When charcoal goes through a special heating process, it becomes activated, making it more porous. Activated charcoal is known to absorb up to double its weight in impurities. The power of activated charcoal helps unclog pores, taking skin beyond everyday clean. As a result, your complexion looks clearer and healthier, and pores appear minimized.

Kaolin and Bentonite Clays: Studies show that people with problem skin produce more oil than people in a control group do. (A control group is defined as people in an experiment or study that do not receive treatment by researchers and are used as a benchmark to measure how the other tested subjects did.)

Skin also can become oilier with seasonal changes or other factors, making excess oil a common concern. Adding the absorbent power of kaolin and bentonite clays, a charcoal mask instantly absorbs excess oil and reduces shine.

Honeysuckle and Navy Bean Extracts: These extracts are shown to target the appearance of skin discoloration. Together, they’re a powerful ingredient combination designed to help you leave a troubled past behind and create a clearer-looking future. Additionally, a research study showed that each of these botanical extracts may help soothe skin.


You are looking for an effective yet gentle product to unclog your pores, absorb excess oil and reduce shine.

You have a teenager with problem skin.

You use a good skin care regimen and after hearing so much about it, you’re interested in experiencing the benefits of activated charcoal.

Before buying a Charcoal Mask, you’ll want to look for these things:

It should be suitable for all skin tones and types, particularly those with oily skin. It definitely needs to be clinically tested for skin irritancy and allergy; dermatologist-tested; suitable for blemish-prone and sensitive skin; non-comedogenic; and should easily rinse off. (One important point: I personally have not heard good things about those peel off masks, so proceed with caution if you are considering buying one.)

Arming yourself with the facts will most likely reap great rewards for you, and you’ll be very pleased with your purchase!

Want to try the charcoal mask I like best? Message me and I’ll tell you all about it!


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What is Cellulite and how do cellulite creams work?

What is Cellulite and how do cellulite creams work?

If you are one of the millions of women who have cellulite, you know what it’s like to feel the need to cover up certain areas of your body, especially the hips, thighs and buttocks. The lumpiness of cellulite is caused by fat deposits that push and distort the connective tissues beneath skin, leading to the characteristic changes in appearance of the skin. For many women, cellulite is an emotional issue. It is a condition in which the skin has a dimpled, lumpy appearance. Between 80 and 90% of women will probably experience cellulite, this is also known as orange-peel skin, due to its texture.

Cellulite can affect both men and women, but it is more common in females due to the different distributions of fat, muscle, and connective tissue. In women, the fat cells and connective tissue in this layer are arranged vertically. If the fat cells protrude into the layer of skin, this gives the appearance of cellulite. In men, the tissue has a criss-cross structure, which may explain why men are less likely to have cellulite than women.

The exact cause of cellulite is unknown, but it appears to be the result of an interaction between the connective tissue in the dermatological layer that lies below the surface of the skin and the layer of fat that is just below it. One explanation for cellulite could be hormones, which can play an important role in cellulite development. Things like estrogen, thyroid hormones, prolactin, insulin, and noradrenaline are all a part of the cellulite production process. One theory is that as estrogen in women decreases in the approach to menopause, blood flow to the connective tissue under the skin also decreases.

Lower circulation means less oxygen in the area, resulting in lower collagen production. Fat cells also enlarge as estrogen levels fall. These factors combine to makes the fat deposits more visible. As the fat under the skin protrudes through weakening connective tissue, the familiar dimpling effect results.

Age may also cause the skin to become less elastic, thinner, and more likely to sag. This could increase the chance of cellulite developing, along with lack of exercise, a sedentary life and improper diet. Extra weight can make cellulite more visible. For some people, losing weight and staying at a healthy weight reduces the amount of cellulite they see. If you develop loose skin while losing weight, however, cellulite can become more noticeable. Another way to help counteract cellulite is exercise. Having more muscle makes your skin look smoother and firmer. Replacing fat with muscle can also make cellulite less noticeable.

Today there are many cremes claiming to remove cellulite. Some cellulite products require extensive massage techniques to deliver results, some don’t. A good quality cellulite creme may contain ingredients like glycolic acid, caffeine, argan oil, and botanical and marine extracts. When these are combined into a proper formula, they could visibly minimize the appearance of stubborn cellulite and possibly recapture your skin’s youthful appearance.

If you are a woman with cellulite and you feel self-conscious about it, it may be worth trying a cellulite crème that has been tested and meets the standards of today’s industry. You’ll want one that glides on easily and leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth without any sticky residue. Be sure to choose one that’s been dermatologist tested, is suitable for sensitive skin, and has been clinically tested for skin irritancy and allergy.


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