Skin Care Routine & Healthy Makeup Essentials

I became intentional and more disciplined about daily skin care about 7 years ago. I don’t know if that is when I started to see some scary things reflected in the mirror or it had something to do with so many more photos being snapped left and right!

Humor quote. I'm just a girl standing in front of a salad asking it to be a donut. #hellolovelystudio #humor #quote #womanhood #dieting #nottinghill

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When I was diagnosed with BRCA2 genetic mutation in 2013, it suddenly became more important to me to read labels to understand what I was massaging into my skin on my anti-cancer journey. As far as makeup, I have always loved it as an artistic expression – the 80’s were so fun for glamming it up, and I continue to enjoy how it adds a layer of creativity and drama to my daily days.

I think I have admitted this to you before, but those late night infomercials which feature makeovers of everyday women on TV? They relax me, and I can’t turn away from them! It must be the whole transformation/before and after thing that sucks me in.

If you are the type who is plain OVER vanity and products to enhance your appearance, I honor you. If you love to play with color and beauty secrets, I honor you. There is never one way to age or improve in healthy ways – and it’s all those different nuances that keep things dynamic and interesting.

Try to accept what is. Begin to let go of what was. Have faith in the good that is to come. Encouraging quote on hello lovely studio. #quote #wisdom #hellolovelystudio #faith

A New to Me Lifestyle Vlogger

I found Dominique Sachse’s content while browsing online for over 50 beauty – she is such a wonderful teacher and has an engaging conversational style you may love too (the video below is one of my favorites for makeup ideas).

Dominique’s top makeup tips for a more youthful look includes these smart points:

1. Use a light dewy foundation (i.e. tinted moisturizer or sheer coverage).
2. Apply concealer to cover darkness under eyes, along with eyelid primer.
3. Use highlighter on cheekbones to lift and bronzer to recess.
4. Light dusting of powder.
5. Fill in brows.
6. Matte, natural eye shadows.
7. Tightline upper lid only and mascara upper lid only (watch video to understand “tightlining”…it was new to me).
8. Light blush application on cheekbones, not the apples.
9. Always line lips to keep lipstick in.
10. Lighter shades of lipstick to match liner.

My Favorite Products for Healthy, Glowing Skin

Here are the skin care finds that I use everyday and work well for my sensitive skin.

I keep Aveda Botanical Kinetics Radiant Skin Refiner in the shower and use a tiny amount to exfoliate my face. Since I use a retinol product (you’ll find it below), exfoliating removes dry flaky skin to reveal the glow underneath.

Aveda Botanical Kinetics Radiant Skin Refiner 3.4 oz

Aveda Botanical Kinetics Radiant Skin Refiner: FIND HERE

Here is the product I use to hydrate my skin day and night:

Aveda Botanical Kinetics Intense Hydrating Rich Creme 50ml/1.7oz

Aveda Botanical Kinetics Intense Hydrating Rich Creme: FIND HERE.

If you want to treat yourself to a more splurge-tastic moisturizer, Chanel’s Beauty Creme is something special!

Chanel Hydra Beauty Creme

Chanel Hydra Beauty Creme: FIND HERE

SkinCeuticals makes this formulation of Retinol 1.0 that I have used for years, and I can’t say enough about how many benefits I see. The tone is more even, the texture is smoother, and lines are diminished. The tricky thing about using such a powerful product is taking it easy so your skin can get used to it. If I overdo it, I will notice temporary irritation, some pinky redness, and excessive dryness. I must also be careful with sun exposure…but that is for a very good reason! The fresh skin this product eventually leads to is more tender and baby-like!

Pure-Retinol-Cream-Retinol-1.0-SkinCeuticals

SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0 Cream: FIND HERE.

At my age, flowers scare me. Quote by George Burns on Hello Lovely Studio. #hellolovelystudio #quote #aging #humor #georgeburns

Ha!

The skin on my neck is quite damaged from sun exposure so now I extend more kindness to it. That means getting away from the negative self-talk about it (our skin has served us so well!) and treating it to luscious skin care.

Not sure if you have seen this product created by beloved Hollywood makeup artist Spencer Barnes (think Julianne Hough, Meghan Markle…), but I was excited to see something formulated for over 50 necks! The product has a fun roller ball on top to work in the product on chin, jawline, and neck. One pump delivers the optimal amount of product, and the application is more pleasant than you might imagine.

I have been using the sculpting wand for a couple of weeks, morning and night and especially appreciate the immediate improvement in my skin’s texture. I have never had much luck hydrating this area so the instant smoothing and softening effects are oh so welcome.

Keep the formulations for over 50 skin rolling, Spencer! I’m looking forward to the longer term positive effects as I continue to roll on the lovely and baby the skin on my neck.

Spencer Barnes Neck Chin & Jawline Sculpting Wand

Spencer Barnes – Neck, Chin & Jawline Sculpting Wand: FIND HERE

This is such a spa-like creme with a natural, complex fragrance that calms me. I keep it in my nightstand and massage it into my hands and feet at bedtime.

Aveda Stress Fix Body Creme Moisturizer

Aveda Stress-Fix Body Creme: FIND HERE.

Do you take vitamins especially for hair, skin, and nails? I started making these a daily ritual after my surgical menopause when my hair began to thin.

 

Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies with Biotin: FIND HERE

Age is an issue of mind over matter. Mark Twain quote. #hellolovelystudio #aging #quote #marktwain #midlife

Except no matter how mindful I am, these joints still ache!

Makeup I Love & Use Daily

So velvety smooth and a beautiful coverage for darkness under my eyes.

bareMinterals 16-Hour Full Coverage Concealer

bareMinerals 16-Hour Full Coverage Concealer: FIND HERE

This is a newer find, and I was so surprised to get moisture, full coverage and SPF from one product!

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Foundation Full Coverage Moisturizer with SPF 50+: MEDIUM - 1 oz-30 ml

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Foundation Full Coverage Moisturizer: FIND HERE

So luxurious and the prettiest colors…

Chanel Powder Blush

Chanel Powder Blush: FIND HERE.

The exact bronzer I have used for a decade is Revlon Color Stay Mineral Finishing Powder (Sunkiss) HERE, and what I love is it is three shades swirled together rather than just one. But since it is hard to find now, here is a comparable one I like:

bareMinerals Invisible Bronze Powder Bronzer, Medium, 0.24 Ounce

bareMinerals Invisible Bronze Powder Bronzer: FIND HERE.

Live your life and forget your age. Quote by Norman Vincent Peale. #wisdom #aging #quote #hellolovelystudio

Have you tried these tarte palettes? They last forever and are so fabulous.

tarte Ladies Night Clay Palette

Tarte Ladies Night Palette (Blush, Bronzer, Highlighter & Eye Shadows): FIND HERE.

Have a tried and true favorite mascara? This one’s my favorite high-end product, and the one following is a low cost runner up.

Chanel Le Volume Mascara

Chanel Le Volume Mascara: FIND HERE

L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara: FIND HERE.

This has been my go-to eyeliner for years!

Smashbox Always On Gel Liner, Fishnet, 0.04 Ounce

Smashbox Always On Gel Liner: FIND HERE.

I use these inexpensive wipes to remove makeup at night.

Huggies Natural Care Wipes

Huggies Natural Care Wipes, 3 Pack: FIND HERE

You are not getting old. You are becoming a classic. Quote about aging. #hellolovelystudio #aging #humor #wisdom #encouragement #birthdays

Thanks for playing along! I’d love to hear about your favorite products and secrets.

Peace to you right where you are.

michele

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8 Comments

  1. Joanna
    August 24, 2018 / 1:51 pm

    I thought I would not mind getting old, or rather looking old, but…I do. It’s those surprise glimpses in the side mirror while driving or passing a mirror in a store that scare me. Eek!
    I use very little in the form of creams or makeup. I do use a night cream, sunscreen or tinted BB cream with sunscreen during the day. As far as make up goes – mascara, a touch of foundation plus some lipstick ( never too dark). I added lipstick to my strenuous morning routine when I hit 55. I think it makes me look more glamorous. See! You agree!
    I buy whatever takes my fancy at the time, so I can not recommend any one product. I believe a smile is our biggest beauty lift. So, I must add that healthy, white teeth are a must! I floss twice a day, brush four times a day and smile like a fool. Have a happy day all! 😀

    I stress the importance of sunscreen and night cream to my daughters hoping their skin will “hold up” better.

    • michele
      Author
      August 24, 2018 / 11:34 pm

      Thanks for playing along! I hear you about the white teeth, and I need to be a superstar flosser like you. Wish I had stayed out of the sun like my smart mom – she has less lines and wrinkles than I do! Happy weekend, friend. 🙂

  2. Karen H.
    August 24, 2018 / 10:42 pm

    Great post Michele. So many products I want to try! I enjoy watching Dominique on YouTube as well. You look terrific! Have a lovely weekend.

    • michele
      Author
      August 24, 2018 / 11:23 pm

      Thanks for playing along, friend. Bon weekend! 🙂

  3. Lynn
    August 25, 2018 / 2:28 pm

    Love posts like this! Question: the neck wand says it is good for 104 uses; then what? Do you have to buy a new one or can you put more product in it?

    • michele
      Author
      August 25, 2018 / 3:52 pm

      While I am not an affiliate for the company but rather just a customer, as far as I know you buy another one rather than refill. The wand is actually lightweight like a typical moisturizer container and is not at all like an appliance. Hope this helps!

  4. August 25, 2018 / 8:18 pm

    I love your blog and I enjoy it everyday. I am so glad you found Dominique Sachse’s video. I get to see this beautiful lady every night on the 10:00 pm news on NBC because she has been our news anchor for many years in Houston, Texas. Beautiful, kind and funny are just a few of her great qualities–Houston is so proud to have her! I enjoy her on Utube also. She just keeps getting more beautiful everyday.

    • michele
      Author
      August 26, 2018 / 10:48 pm

      I’m so glad too! She is such a pro, and I can see why she is a treasure in Houston. Thanks so much for adding to the beauty here. 🙂

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