Beauty · cruelty-free · Makeup · Mature Skin | Makeup Over 40

7 Makeup Do’s For Women Over 40

7 Makeup Do's For Women Over 40

I don’t want to burst anyone’s bubble but starting at the age of 35, women are unfortunately entering the dreadful “mature skin” category. Jeez I HATE the word mature 😣 !!! So at fortyish, I can vouch that my skin has changed and that I now know the tricks that keep me looking somewhat youthful (in my humble opinion that is).

I’m lucky that people always think that I’m 5 to 10 years younger than I really am (no Botox, fillers or face lift YET 😏). I’m attributing all this good fortune on my makeup since with a bare face, I look my age for sure. “Au naturel”, I have a ton of wrinkles but still manage to look youthful.

Disclaimer: As always, feel free to agree or disagree. If your thing is matte purple lips and extra full coverage foundation, have fun with it my friends. I’m just sharing what seems to look the best on this old gal face!

Today, I’ll focus on makeup and soon, I’ll do the same for skincare…

Aging Beauties
Elizabeth Hurley | Age 52 (Fresh Makeup Look)


Light Coverage

Throw in the garbage all your full coverage mattifying foundations right away since they age us like crazy. I understand that with “maturity”, we deal with sun spots, redness and all kind of weird stuff but still, a natural finish is the way to go. Even a tinted moisturizer will do the trick. Try it for a week and you will never return to a matte, mostly cakey foundation that makes us look 10 years older.

Side note: I now apply only half of the amount of foundation that I used to. Try it, you’ll thank me later…


Dewy Finishes

With the exception of blushes and eyeshadows, matte finishes should be banned when we get older. Go instead with dewy formulas, gold bronzers or glossy finishes. One of the few perks of getting older is that our skin gets dryer by the minute so all the satin/dewy stuff doesn’t look greasy anymore. Finishing powder like the ones from Hourglass also gives a fresh glow.


Cream Products

For some reasons, cream products have always had the worst reputation. Years ago, the formulas were not that great but lately, brands have definitely step up their game and brought us cream products that are to die for. Cream contour, bronzers, highlighters and cream blushes are an older gal BFF. These newer formulas are so darn good that you don’t even have to powder them.

Side note: RMS Buriti Bronzer should be on everyone Wishlist ASAP!


Less Powder

Pilling powder products are a sure way to age yourself. These days, I BARELY set my T-Zone. Skipping a lot of extra unnecessary powder is the key to get that glow from within. Baking should be a thing of the past!

Tip: A setting spray or a simple spray water (Evian type) takes away the dreadful powder look .


Matching concealer

I used to buy only concealers that were 1 to 2 shade lighter than my foundation but lately, I find that matching my concealer colour with my face suits me way better. The aging eye area shouldn’t be emphasized and BTW, the popular Instagram triangle method of application is a sure No-No for mature women (it’s even a bad thing when you’re 20). As previously mentioned, the baking method should be a thing of the past too; a swipe of setting powder is all we need.

Tip: Applying your setting powder with a damp beauty sponge creates a flawless finish if you really like to set your concealer.


Sheer & Glossy Lips

I know that the world (I mean most of all makeup aficionados) are against lip glosses! Yes, they are reminiscent of the 80’s, but the truth is that sheer lipsticks and glosses are WAY MORE flattering than bold lips. Don’t take my word for it, try it yourself! Only a few  can pull those dark red lipsticks or bright pinks over 40 and don’t get me started on those dark beiges or browns. The darker our lip colour, the thinner our lips look!! Inversely, the glossier they are, the fuller they appear. Remember, a fresh face is a youthful one!


Matte Eyeshadows

Aging, droopy and more hooded-by-the-minute eyelids don’t go well with foiled, glittery or metallic shadows. Mattes are more suitable since we certainly don’t want to emphasize our crapy eyelids. Don’t get me wrong, I find it very pretty to apply a shimmery matching shade on my mobile lid but glitters or rainbow vivid colors all over the eyes look almost clownish at our age.  As a test, do one eye with an all matte look (with little shimmer if you desire) and the other using non mattes and see the difference! It’s HUGE…

Let me know if you’ve discover other must-have tips or try any of these. Remember that 40 really is the new 30…

Ingrid 💋

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Beauty · Haul · Makeup · Reviews · sephora

Sephora Spring VIB Sale Haul – UPDATE ❥ 2017


VIB ROUGE: April 18th – April 24th 15% OFF use code: ROUGESPRING
VIB: 4/19-4/24; Use code VIBSPRING to get 15% OFF
Beauty Insider: 4/20-4/23; Use code BISPRING to get 10%

⇒⇒ Need some inspiration: Sephora New Makeup (Spring/Summer 2017)

Since I will not be “hauling” this year, I thought it would be fun to do an update on my last  Spring VIB Sale Haul since I’ve been playing with all these products for nearly a year (with only one exception). Oops, my bad!

 When I reflect on this haul, I harvested a great crop last year! I really bought some pretty good stuff minus two items I kind of regret buying !!! You can read and look (and laugh) at the worst pictures I’ve ever taken in my two years of blogging HERE …

If you see a Bunny 🐰, it means this product is CRUELTY FREE !

Note: I will do an in-dept review on each item in “hopefully” the near future…

Curly Spring Blossom

Sephora VIB Sale Haul ❥ April 2016
Sephora 15% VIB Sale Haul (April 2016)

Here is my “haulage” UPDATE …

Nars Blush in Impassioned🐰

Nars Blush in Impassioned

This blush is so beautiful and practical as it goes with almost every makeup look. This color is the most dazzling and delicate neutral matte pink. The formula is impeccable, pigmented enough and it stays put all day long. Every makeup lover should own Impassioned and /or Madly, a more medium brown, with a touch of orange and peach gold shimmer.

My rating: 9/10 It’s that gorgeous. Pricey but I will use every bit of this beauty.

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Amethyst

Sephora Spring VIB Sale Haul - UPDATE ❥ 2017

I love cream eyeshadows! As I get older, creamy formulas are fast becoming my BFF and Laura Mercier’s Caviar Stick Eye Colour doesn’t disappoint. The brand defines this product as “long-wearing, transfer-proof, and crease-resistant, the color glides seamlessly onto lids and blends and layers beautifully with a rich pigment-payoff ” and ladies, it’s 100% true … To girls with hooded eyes, these items are a godsend!

At the end of a 12-hour workday, all my makeup has melted and creased but my Eye Colour is still INTACT! I own four LM sticks and Amethyst is the one I use the most (it’s currently in my Project Pan), as an overall wash or to replace my eyeliner …

My rating: 9/10. I took a point off because if you don’t put the lid tightly, you will end up with a dry stick very quickly!

bareMinerals 5 in 1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow SPF 15🐰

(Sweet Spice)

Sephora Spring VIB Sale Haul - UPDATE ❥ 2017

I haven’t touch this bad boy once since buying it. Not that I don’t like it, au contraire, but I wanted to finish my old bM 5 in 1 BB in Barely Nude before starting this new one. Sad news however, this item is being discontinued and for the life of me I don’t know why!!! This eye color/primer is as good as my beloved MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots with a SPF 15 as an added bonus.

Recently, I was posting about brands that didn’t have all the recognition they should and  frankly, bareMinerals is one of them. A perfect product that is no longer… What’s the point of praising their products if they just put an end to them? With this termination, there is no cruelty-free version of MAC Paint Pots in the market! At least, I have this brand new one to enjoy for the next season …

My rating: 10/10 but Discontinued (Makes me so sad… This product should have been more hyped!)

Sephora Rouge Gel Lip Liner in Melon-Choly (05)

Sephora Spring VIB Sale Haul - UPDATE ❥ 2017
It seems that I lost this lip liner 😦

I’m not a big fan of the Sephora Collection line but when I saw this shade, I knew it would be perfect for Summer months. I mostly applying it all over my lips and top it off with a gloss. So juicy… and the formula is really great! I may not be the biggest consumer of lip liners but this one fits the bill as it glides smoothly, it’s retractable, non drying, creamy and the staying power is actually as good as a lot of high-end liners. Melon-Choly is a beautiful sunshine matte color. Highly Recommended!

My rating: 8/10. For the great quality at a very good price… 10/10 for the color though!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Angle Cut Brush #15🐰

Sephora Spring VIB Sale Haul - UPDATE ❥ 2017

Anastasia Beverly Hills brushes and ABH brow products are a match made in heaven. This brush #15 was a total impulse purchase and it usually happens when I enter a Sephora store just to window shop… Honestly, I don’t think this brush is a necessity if you already own #12 and/or #14 but if you are regularly using the ABH Dipbrow Pomade, you need to get this brush. This angled flat brush allows for a precise brow shaping and a perfect control of the pomade. It helps create perfect lines as well as fill your uneven brows with product and color. It is also a nice length rather than some of the longer ones on the market which can make it clumsy to hold.

My rating: 8/10 If you are using some types of pomade, this brush will be very useful and so beginner friendly!

Tarte Powder Player Bamboo Pressed Powder Brush🐰

Tarte Powder Player Bamboo Pressed Powder Brush

This large ultra-plush Tarte Pressed Powder Brush is nicely made and after 6 months of washing it,  I can say that it doesn’t shed one bit. The only advantage is that it works perfectly with pressed powder as it picks up just the right amount of product but that’s about it; there is no other usage for this brush as it’s so very dense. Do I feel any buyers remorse??? Yes and no … Yes because I own other brushes that give the same results but No because I use it all the time even if I find it too big!

My rating : 8/10 Because it does exactly what it claims to, but there is no need to run to buy one either!

Marc Jacobs The Face II Brush🐰

Sephora Spring VIB Sale Haul - UPDATE ❥ 2017

I’m forced to admit that I’m a Beauty Blender Sponge type of girl and it will not change anytime soon. However, this brush is fabulous in every aspects: it is luxurious and very beautifully built. Only disadvantages are that it takes forever to dry when you wash it and that  I shouldn’t have bought it in the first place! I NEVER use it!

I even tried to use it in combination with my Kevyn Aucoin Cream Contour but I find myself reaching for my bh cosmetics #114 brush way more!

My rating : 8/10 It’s a stricking gorgeous brush that applies foundation very nicely but not as nice as my sponges. I REGRET BUYING IT but life goes on… I might just give it to someone that will use it to its full value.

Shiseido Tinted UV Protector SPF 43

Sephora Spring VIB Sale Haul - UPDATE ❥ 2017

The only con about this product is that you need a lot of product to cover your face as it doesn’t blend very well. It also does cling a little to dry patches. That being said, I’ve enjoyed this Shiseido Tinted UV Protector SPF 43 all summer long and I didn’t burn nor get breakouts from using it! It gives a natural and healthy hint of colour that looks great even though you didn’t sit in the sun all day!

My rating: 7/10 It’s an ok product, that I’m not sure I will repurchase. My yearly struggle to find the perfect sunscreen continues, I’ve tried so many it’s unbelievable but to be honest, this product is good compared to 75% of the ones I’ve tried so far.

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation🐰

Sephora Spring VIB Sale Haul - UPDATE ❥ 2017

With its beautiful light coverage, Nars Sheer Glow foundation is one of the only foundation that matches my skin perfectly! It just makes my skin glow even though I have combination/dry skin. It’s not too dewy but it still shows my natural skin without any cakiness!

My rating: 8/10 It’s unbelievable that such an expensive foundation wouldn’t have a pump. Seriously, for this reason alone, I wouldn’t repurchase this product (I know the pumps from MAC or Estée Lauder work on it but come on!). Like I previously said, Nars is the brand that matches my skin the best. Really stunning finish, so natural and above all, mature skin friendly!

Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer🐰

Sephora Spring VIB Sale Haul - UPDATE ❥ 2017

Definitely in my top three favorite Tinted Moisturizers. This is such an excellent lightweight foundation/ tinted moisturizer. It’s quite long lasting for a hydrating product and it doesn’t break down like so many others do during the day. It the perfect product for a dewy, fresh skin look. It also provides enough moisture for my dry spots.

My rating: 9/10 I always get compliments when I wear it; people tell me I’m glowing! When I don’t feel like doing a whole face or I want to show my natural beauty, this is my way  go to. Ok, I meant to show my “No Makeup, Makeup”!

Be Happy!

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Beauty · Declutter · Makeup

Makeup Declutter Series 2017| Eyeliners & Lip Liners

Makeup Declutter Series 2017| Eyeliners & Lip Liners (Curly Spring Blossom)

FINALLY, my massive declutter is overrrrrr! I now went through my whole collection, catalogued everything (in my mind at least) and the products I’ve kept will last all year, until my next major declutter, at the end of this year. If I have to do this all over again at some point, I’ll probably throw everything in the dumpster and start anew. Hmmm! Not a bad idea but quite an expensive one! From now on, the products that I will buy, I will hit pan, squeeze the life out of them or melt them away and combine them into other products or maybe into a skillet to hit me over the head once in awhile!!!

So let’s get over this as quick and painless as possible….

Bye Bye to 39 Eyeliners

Makeup Declutter Series 2017| Eyeliners & Lip Liners

Since I have severe hooded eyes and some newfound eyelids drooping – a condition called ptosis arising from the normal (but shitty) aging process, eye liners are definitely not my best friend (liquid eyeliners are a definite no-no). Knowing all these nice and new features about myself, how on earth did I manage to buy that many (and a lot are not even open).

I kept a few, just in case, and they are mostly pastel or brown since I don’t do black. I really don’t force myself to become an eyeliner aficionado since, with my facial features, the basic principles of makeup suggest applying eyeshadow if I want to define my upper lash area.

Bye Bye To 9 Lip Liners

Makeup Declutter Series 2017| Eyeliners & Lip Liners (Curly Spring Blossom)

My allergy to eye liners didn’t really help my love for Lip Liners. These aversions probably come from my lack of any drawing talent whatsoever (I have difficulty drawing a stickman)… And since I’m more of a lip gloss girl (the glossier the better), lip liners are definitely not a makeup item that I use on a regular basis! When I do use one, it’s just to apply all over my lips and cover it with a gloss. Since I will always be a nude/pinky/peachy lover (for my lips that is), I normally go for a very neutral liner. From now on, 2 or 3 in my collection are plenty.


Makeup Declutter Series 2017| Eyeliners & Lip Liners (Curly Spring Blossom)

⇒ Makeup Declutter Series | Concealers

⇒ Makeup Declutter Serie | Nails & Lips

⇒ Makeup Declutter Serie | Eyeshadow Palettes

 Makeup Declutter Serie 2017| Blushes, Bronzers & Eye Shadows

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