Monday, January 15, 2018

Get Glowing!

This dry, winter weather is turning my skin into sandpaper!  I've kept the holiday potpourri simmering on the stove and put steamers in every room.

https://www.iheartnaptime.net/stove-top-potpourri/

It's helping and the house smells wonderful but my skin still needs extra help and I've discovered some great products...



If you only do one thing for your skin make it a moisturizer with sunscreen.  Drugstore is fine.  Even in winter and even if you're young..



Dry pasty skin is the WORST look for a 'mature' woman.  The trend in highlighters right now is great for us.  Just not all over - we're going for a subtle glow here!




There are so many great highlighters at any price point.   A light touch on the cheeks and forehead is enough for mature skin.




This Brighter Days highlighting moisturizer from Tarte is gorgeous under make-up or on it's own for a natural looking glow.



I've been loving facial oils this winter.  Layered with your regular night cream, a few drops added to foundation...


Don't neglect your body skin if you don't want to feel like an alligator.  You don't have to spend a fortune - just head to Target for the old faithful brands!



Absolutely no flaky legs!  Neutrogena body oil on wet skin right after the shower is a must!


One last thing I can't recommend enough is Dermstore BeautyFIX.  It's a monthly subscription box - I know, I'm late to the party on this one too.  Everyone else is probably SO OVER subscription boxes but I love this one.  It's $20 something a month and totally worth it.

Pamper yourself!
xoxoMary


Thursday, January 11, 2018

A Room With A View

Today I'm dreaming of rooms with beautiful ocean views and blue skies.  As opposed to grey skies and the neighbors across the street who inexplicably have a full size stainless steel refrigerator tucked away on their front porch...








Look at something beautiful today - wherever you can find it!
xoxoMary


Monday, January 8, 2018

Make-Up and Skin Care for Mature Women

One of my favorite discoveries of the past year has been watching YouTube videos.  Specifically, make-up and skin care videos.  I know, I know,  just crawled out from under my rock...

My absolute favorites are uppiesbeads59 and Melissa55.  Tammy and Melissa are my age-ish so I find a lot of their opinions and information relevant.  

uppiesbeads59

Tammy


Melissa

I've always worn make-up and used skin care products so that's not the whole point here.  The thing about watching these beautiful women that has been life-changing for me is taking SO MUCH CARE OF MYSELF.  A  truly radical idea for this particular mother and grandmother.


I had definitely slipped into the trap of thinking my clothes, hair, and make-up were 'good enough' for my age and mostly staying home with kids anyway.  


The first thing I did was get contacts.  I had given up on contacts a few years ago and didn't realize the technology had improved so much.  I love, love my contacts!   I can apply make-up so much better now that I can actually see what I'm doing!


I've really been enjoying taking better care of myself and taking time to BOTHER with make-up and skin care for mature women!

There are great products out there for any budget or kind of make-up look you want to achieve - natural to glam.  I really recommend finding a YouTuber you like and getting inspired!

You're worth it! xoxoMary



Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year!


Wow!  We're facing some challenges here at our home and here in our country.  My husband was laid-off from his job which has us facing an uncertain future.  As all futures are, I know...

A few months ago I was driving to do some errands and a car lost control and smashed into me head-on.  No one was badly hurt which is a good thing.  My car was totalled which does kind of suck.   Everything can change in an instant...


Here's to working hard and being kind in 2018!
xoxoMary

Saturday, July 1, 2017

A Magical Tiny House

I'm totally in love with this tiny house!  A magical maximalist dream...

amazing tiny house

amazing tiny house

amazing tiny house

amazing tiny house

amazing tiny house

amazing tiny house

amazing tiny house

The whole house tour is at Apartment Therapy here.
Happy inspiration!
xoxoMary


Sunday, June 25, 2017

Quirky Campers

I read an interesting article in the Guardian today about a company called "Quirky Campers".  Located in England, they rent out camper vans people have remodeled themselves in a very homey and handcrafted style.  The vans mostly look quite ordinary from the outside.


I guess this is going to make me wonder when I see plain vans on the road now what might be going on inside!


Not what you would expect.  A few of my favorites...








A fun and unique way to see England!  I'm sure they're all at Glastonbury this week-end...
xoxoMary


Friday, June 23, 2017

Our House - Before and After

My grandson found our house on Google Earth and I couldn't believe the difference.  We've owned this house for almost a year and given it a lot of love!


Before


After

Our house is certainly teeny and unassuming by Houston standards but we like it.  It looks much happier now, don't you think?

xoxoMary