Looking and Feeling Our Best & $50 Giveaway

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In spite of the fact that I was a major tom-boy growing up, makeup has been a huge part of my life since I was around 14 years old and began experimenting with those lip glosses and blushers from Woolworth’s. Oh, how exciting it was to pick up those shiny containers of makeup and start using them on my youthful face.

(Thrifty clothes finds from yardsales:  Chico’s skirt and Ann Taylor shirt, shoes from TJ Maxx, necklace from yardsale).

I wasn’t officially allowed to wear much makeup until I turned 15 or so and boy, did I have some fun then!  I didn’t go overboard with makeup (until those over the top 80’s hit, then I confess I got a wee bit carried away), but I remember how it made me feel to get that color on my face.  My eyes glowed and came alive.  Mascara made those blonde lashes of mine come to life.  Blusher on the cheeks gave me a rosy glow.  Oh, how I fell in love with makeup back then.

It’s been a love affair ever since.  Without a doubt, makeup is the single biggest transformation a woman can do to make herself feel good.  Like she can conquer the world with the right shade of lipstick.  Gather courage with artfully applied blush and highlighter.

Evening out skin tones comes first, along with applying coverup under the eyes.  Those undereye circles can be ugly you know. :)  Get the face primed with makeup and then you have a face ready to add color.  I use eye liner to bring my eyes out front and center, usually a gray or blue/gray or even brown.

I finally came to the conclusion that brown shades on my eyes actually make my blue eyes bluer, so now I alternate between browns and grays.  Three shades of eye shadow are always added, with the darkest shade contouring the eyelid to show it off to the max.  Mascara is the final touch, making those eyelashes extra long and lush, the better to flirt with you know?!  Oh, how adept I became at putting on the makeup and making myself the best that I can be.  Not that I’m an expert, I’m not.

Yep, as mentioned above, here’s a funny pic of the girls in my family, circa 1985, Mother/Daughter banquet.  Big hair ruled and apparently I thought that more makeup was the bomb back then.  Heavy handed any?  I definitely took that tight skin for granted.  My sister will probably kill me for putting this up, she was still a brunette in those days. :)  Wasn’t that Lauren a cutie-pie back then too? And our sweet mama has always been a pretty lady.

So began my journey with makeup.   And it hasn’t stopped to this day.  Now, my young and dewy face is a thing of the past and middle-age has arrived (uggh, when did that happen?!).

What’s a girl to do? 

Well, for one thing, makeup still covers a multitude of sins.  I don’t care how naturally beautiful a woman is, makeup definitely enhances that beauty and not one single woman I know looks better without makeup.  Not a one! Have you see Oprah without her makeup?  Or any Hollywood celebrity for that matter?   Sort of makes me smile when I see a celebrity without her makeup and looking so plain and normal. Yep, they look just like you and me.  Makeup helps us all and I’m a huge proponent of cosmetics to make me look and feel better about myself.

Talking about this subject is easy for me.  These days, working from home, I often go a couple of days without putting my makeup on, but I can tell you I sure don’t feel pretty without it.  And if you saw me, you’d most likely agree! :)  I can totally look like a hagatha some days.

Makeup enhances and just gives me that inner security that I need to get out there and face the world.  With my face made up and dressed in some stylish threads, I’m a new woman.

Back in June, I went to a college reunion along with about 100 people who graduated from the college we all went to back in the 70’s. It was a lot of fun.  Getting dressed up and feeling good about how I look at this stage in my life was a big part of the experience.  We all want to look our best at a high school or college reunion.  We still want to feel cute and matter.  I did feel good at my reunion and here I am with a couple of my long-time friends from college, Susan and Chris.  We all felt good for that matter and yes, we are all wearing makeup. :)  (if you click on that link above to a post about the college, you can see what me and Chris looked like from the yearbook photos that year).

How about you?  Don’t you feel SO much better when you have your full arsenal of cosmetics on the face and a cute outfit on?  I know you do! Being made up just does something good for a woman.

So, when I was asked to try out the new COVERGIRL LashPerfection™, I was thrilled to accept.  Try out new makeup?  I don’t need my arm twisted for that.  I was sent a new package of Black/Brown and started using it that very day.

I used to be a snob about makeup and only shopped at the department store counters.  You know, the pricey stuff.  I’m not that particular anymore.    I’m just fine with inexpensive mascara, as long as it performs well.

Can I just tell you this?

If you really want to humble yourself, ask your practically flawless now-29 year old niece to take close-up pics of your eyes all made up and try to get a decent one without showing all the sags and wrinkles.  She will be happy to oblige, all the while looking at the after pics and your eyes in person, with an equal mix of pity and I’m-so-glad-I’m-still-young smugness on her face.   :)

Love you, Lauren!  As much as it seems to be in the way distant future, this aging thing will happen to you too one day.

Cropping helps!  This will do nothing for your self-esteem, but I’m keeping it real and showing you anyway.  :)  Look you can see my contacts floating up close and personal.  I’m blind as a bat without my gas perms.

COVERGIRL LashPerfection™ in Black/Brown performed very well and got my stamp of approval!  It went on smooth, didn’t do much clumping (which I hate) and wore very well.  I hate when I get a new mascara and the wand is so clumped up with mascara that it’s hard to brush it on without it clumping up my eyelashes.  Did that make sense to anyone but me?  Clumpy mascara is not my friend.  This one did a nice job and I would definitely recommend it.

So, tell me girlfriends…don’t you just feel better when your face is all made up and you have on some stylish clothes?

While we’re on the subject of make-up and looking great, you might want to check out the “Looking Your Best” posts in the Life Well Lived section of BlogHer.com. There are some great application tips and ideas for switching up your look for fall!

I’d love your take on makeup!  Do you love it as much as I do for a self-esteem booster?

Great news!  I’m giving away a $50 gift card from Drugstore.com

You can try out some products too!


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  1. There are many Saturday mornings that I just put on liner, mascara and lip gel and head out the door – knowing that since I did not put “full face” make up on, I’ll run into 10 people I know. And, I do. I’m not scary, but certainly don’t look my best without the foundation/blusher/shadows.
    When you did yardsales on Saturday, did you do full makeup before heading out that early?

    • Hey, Mimi, I did try to put on some makeup before I left the house & most of the time I did. Not the full arsenal, but the basics on eyes and lips.

  2. I used to think mascara was my must have makeup. But now, I believe it’s foundation. Yep, definitely getting older!

  3. If I wear nothing else on my face, I try to wear mascara. It makes me look awake and polished!

  4. Susan Smith says:

    I always wear lipstick when I leave the house.

  5. Susan Smith says:
  6. Lipstick is a must for me!

  7. Well, I have to have moisturizer or my face feels like sandpaper. I’m not luck enough just to do mascara and lipstick and be done. I have to have an eyebrow pencil or I look weird with no eyebrows since mine are so sparse. So I would have to say a little foundation mixed with moisturizer, eyebrows, lipstick and mascara is the minimum!!
    By the way, I think we all look better as we age. You, for example, are in your prime based on pictures I have seen!!

  8. Burt’s Bees colored lip gloss:)

  9. concealer for my dark circles under my eyes!

  10. unfortunately it’s moisturizer due to this ole dry skin but if that doesn’t qualify it would have to be mascara!

  11. Kathy in Michigan says:

    May sound boring but lip balm. Good for lips, eyebrows and all sorts of other things!!

  12. Well…..I had my eyeliner, top and bottom, and my eyebrows tattooed for my 50th birthday. I have to have lipstick, if nothing else. I love to put my makeup on everyday. Maybe not all of it, it depends on whether or not I want to wear my glasses or contacts. If I wear my contacts, it is all out. Glasses, my eyes are hidden, so face makeup, blush, lipstick. Just can’t help it, I like to look nice when I go out. Heaven forbid, I should run into someone I know without my makeup, it just won’t happen.

  13. I rarely wear makeup. I wear it for occasions like job interviewing when it can really boost my confidence!

    thanks also for a chance to win!

  14. I don’t go a day without powder!

  15. Simply Sara says:

    Fav beauty product, would have to be lip gloss!

  16. Simply Sara says:
  17. What a great giveaway? will be perfect for my bday.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  18. makeup gives me confidence every day!

  19. I wear very light makeup daily (tinted moisturizer and little bit of blush). It makes me feel confident and pretty. The makeup on my wedding day was fabulously gorgeous and got lots of compliments.

  20. Janice Cooper says:

    I love mascara. This is one piece of makeup I love to wear on a daily basis if I’m going out even to the store.

  21. Janice Cooper says:
  22. Always gotta have just a little bit of eyeliner. Especially in the morning it makes me look more awake!

  23. Andrea Watts says:

    I can’t leave the house without eyeliner!

  24. I love mascara. I have always loved Cover Girl products from the time I first started wearing make up. Cover Girl was the First brand I ever used. :)

  25. I definitely couldn’t live without mascara. It’s so quick and easy to apply, and it has such a HUGE effect!

  26. I love the new fat lash mascaras!!

  27. My current favorite makeup item would be the new Lipstains called “just bitten” due to the vampire craze of today!

  28. mascara !!!

  29. Tammy kinsey says:

    A chance to reflect, The only makup I have not changed in my 30yrs of wearaing makeup is my cover girl mascara,(you know the one with the pink and green tube). It would take some doing to try something new,I would trya new formula of Covergirl.I love that they have partnered with Olay!!

  30. I’m not sure if I could say one thing is my favorite but I always have to have lipstick! I carry it around in my pocket, I can slap that stuff on without ever having to look in the mirror. I always have to have my full arsenal on if I plan on leaving the house otherwise its a no go!

  31. I rarely wear make-up (except tinted lip gloss) anymore, and I don’t know why since it always makes me feel more confident

  32. Please don’t talk about wrinkles – I’m 80 and have a face full. But even so, make up always gives me an extra sparkle

  33. If I were on a deserted island and could only have ONE item of cosmetics, I think it would have to be foundation– to even out my complexion. I do agree; makeup DOES help improve our looks! 😉

  34. Mascara and eye pencil…I have those blonde eyelashes like you do….and next thing on my list to afford is Latisse. It seems pricey, but you can actually just use a q-tip to apply it and they grow crazy long. So instead of just lasting 3 months, it is 6 months….

  35. I need some blush.

  36. sherri crawford says:

    i love stay-all-day lipstick

  37. Mascara is a must for me!

  38. My favorite would have to be my moisturizer witch contains SPF15 and is tinted so it does three jobs all in one!

  39. I am always on the look out for a new and better mascara – that’s my must have!

  40. Makeup gives me confidence when I sing in public.
    Thanks for the contest.

  41. I can’t live without my eyebrow pencil!

  42. I remember getting my makeup done professionally for prom and feeling like a princess!

  43. I can’t live without eyeliner.

  44. beveanne mckinley says:

    the best thing about covergirl is if you cry at your wedding i did it wont make you look like a raccoon it didnt

  45. I don’t actually wear any makeup, aside from my lip balm addiction! LOL I use it several times a day and sometimes in the middle of the night when I wake up to go to the bathroom!

  46. Absolutely! There is something about knowing you look good on the outside, that makes you feel good and confident on the inside!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  47. I use makeup more as an accessory to what I’m wearing.

  48. I can’t live withour mascara!

  49. I wear makeup everyday and it always makes me feel polished, confident and pulled together.

  50. Much more so in my school years than now.

    gmissycat at yahoo dot com

  51. Tweeted here


    gmissycat at yahoo do tcom

  52. swedenesefamily says:

    Lip gloss is the quickest and easiest and cheapest way to put a little pep in your day.

  53. swedenesefamily says:
  54. ANGEL JACKLYN says:

    YES, I SURE DO! It’s amazing what 10 years can do lol. I didn’t need makeup 10 years ago, but now it’s an absolute must. My complexion is so ick. Lovely photos by the way. Liked your “niece” tip =)

  55. ANGEL JACKLYN says:
  56. I can’t live without mascara.

    runningmatey at hotmail dot com

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