Some of the issues I tackle are introduced in this blog's first post. You could say I started this blog when I began to notice those first signs of aging on my face and within my body and felt a bit ... shocked. I guess I was not prepared for, what seemed to me, the sudden transition. Youth can be so arrogant, and then one day you wake up and realize you're staring at the second half of your life, and things seem to be winding down, rather than winding up. It can be both liberating and quite sobering.
This blog's focus is not solely about makeup reviews (though I do enjoy reading and writing reviews), and you won't find tons of skincare reviews here, either, because I tend to stick with a regimen that works until it stops working, and then I move on to something else, so my skincare changes move at glacial speed. This blog's theme is more about discovering this new, older landscape, which I hope to write about with brutal honesty, acceptance, and hopefully a little self-deprecating humor. If my posts say "you," they mean the collective You, which includes me.
Aging is natural, and although there is only one certain outcome at the end of the journey, aging is not a disease, and we are not invisible. Beauty can be found just about everywhere, so I hope to share my discoveries in a celebratory way.
Note that I write about my own experiences, and I have opinions about their effect on me and my life, which might sound like I am making recommendations. That isn't the intent. I share information in the spirit of support, empowerment, and entertainment. Period. Everyday Beauty blog is not a professional advice forum, and no one should use it as such. For medical problems, consult a medical professional.
My most used products. I often get asked what my favorite products are. I am curious, drawn in by pretty as much as anyone else, and I can be fickle. That said, some items have stood the test of time, all of which I still use regularly. Below is a list of the products I am currently using daily, which I have used for more than a year (and some for between 10-20+ years!):
- Pre-cleansing/eye makeup remover: Boscia Makeup Break-up Cleansing Oil (winter) and Bioderma Crealine H2O Ultra-Mild Non-Rinse Face and Eyes Cleanser (summer).
- Cleansing: Ivory or Caudalie Foaming Face Wash or Cermo Face Wash.
- Toning: Clinique Clarifying Lotion II.
- Eye treatment: Reviva Labs Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C Ester & DMAE Firming Eye Serum on creases, and Prescriptives Vibrant-C Skin Brightening Eye Cream under the eyes.
- Moisturizer: Cremo Face Moisturizer or Olay Moisturizing Lotion for Sensitive Skin. The fewer ingredients, the better.
- Foundation: Jane Iredale PurePressed Mineral Powder in Light Beige since 2000 (contains SPF 20).
- Sunscreen: Jane Iredale PowderMe SPF 30.
- Lipstick: Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color Rose Blossom, Lipstick Queen Jean Queen, Chanel Rouge Coco Shine #55 Romance or Bonheur, Clinique Butter Shine Fresh Watermelon, Prescriptives Rosemarine.
Post schedule. I generally post on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, with Beauty Spotlight posts on alternate weekends. Sometimes I'll write less often and sometimes more often.
[UPDATE September 2012: I'm taking some time off, so my posting schedule will be sporadic.
Swatches. I am moving toward swatching product on white paper. Even though my skin tone is light enough to show most colors well (NW15/20), it's still affects color. Also, I recently got rid of a huge amount of makeup, so I no longer do comparison swatches.
Why I review a limited color range. For anyone interested in seasonal color theory/typing, I am a True Summer, which means no cool color can be too cool for me. You will almost never see reviews on this blog about golden browns, corals, peaches and just about anything with brown or orange in it. I mention this only because I spend my money on makeup and clothing that harmonizes with my skin tone; I see little point in buying anything else.
Requests for ... I often receive requests to post my EOTD when I review eyeshadow, and I have but one primary reason for not doing so besides privacy: It won't show up. I wear natural-looking eyeshadows, which are slight extensions of my own coloring, so not only do those colors not translate well via camera, such a subtle look can't possibly interest anyone but me.
As for other requests, like color comparisons or special swatches, I'm not your best source. I don't hang onto products I am not using regularly, and there are many other blogs that do an excellent job at comparison swatches, like KarlaSugar.
Comments/Contact. I love reading comments and try to respond to every one, but I sometimes get very busy, and a day goes by, and more comments come in and ... My silence is not meant as a slight, so if you have a question or want my input on something, please feel free to write me at my gmail address theeverydaybeauty. I will write back if you ask me a question, but it might take me a little while to respond.
Link exchanges/guest writers. At present, I am not interested in link exchanges with businesses, and I am not taking requests for guest writers from same unless I invite a writer myself.
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