Random Smiles & Lovely Finds

How are you, friends? It was a busy day for me, and I’m in a mood for random so I hope you won’t mind!

Smiles from Pets

I ran into the cutest Scotties in tartan sweaters today so I have to share more canine cuties with you.

Photo: With Permission from PetsVnn

Photo: With Permission from PetsVnn

Photo: With Permission from PetsVnn

Photo: With Permission from PetsVnn

Photo: With Permission from PetsVnn

Photo: With Permission from PetsVnn

Random Smiles & Lovely Finds

Fun Customized Socks!

Would you, could you, put your pet’s face or your partner’s face on socks?

Custom Socks from DivvyUp…Aren’t they darling!?!

Pretty Vignettes

So many pretty spaces shared lately! Dig into my archives to catch up if you missed ’em.

Interior Design: The French Nest Co Interior Design. French Farmhouse Christmas Decor Inspiration…certainly lovely indeed! See more of this home HERE.

Hello Lovely Studio

Hello Lovely Studio

Design & Photo: My Petite Maison. French Nordic Interior Design Inspiration…certainly lovely indeed. Beautiful white on white decorating ideas, shabby chic style, and Swedish inspired interiors. Nordic French home tour here.

French Nordic Interior Design Inspiration...certainly lovely indeed. Beautiful white on white decorating ideas, shabby chic style, and Swedish inspired interiors. Come see this Nordic French home tour.of My Petite Maison. #nordicfrench #frenchnordic #swedishstyle #frenchcountry #housetour #shabbychic #whitedecor #jeannedarcliving #scandinaviandecor

Design & Photo: My Petite Maison. French Nordic Interior Design Inspiration…certainly lovely indeed. Beautiful white on white decorating ideas, shabby chic style, and Swedish inspired interiors.

Interior Design: The French Nest Co Interior Design. French Farmhouse Christmas Decor Inspiration…certainly lovely indeed! See more of this home HERE.

Design & Photo: My Petite Maison. French Nordic Interior Design Inspiration…certainly lovely indeed. Beautiful white on white decorating ideas, shabby chic style, and Swedish inspired interiors. Nordic French home tour here.

Feel Good Favorite Christmas Movies

When I recently polled you friends on Facebook HERE, there were a few standouts (if you have yet to respond on the thread…do leave your favorite movie or a GIF!)

See clips from the first seven favorite movies I previously shared HERE.

8. POLAR EXPRESS

9. MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET

10. HOME ALONE

11. The Bishop’s Wife

12. The Santa Clause

Whimsical Quote & Doormat!

I saw this quote on a notebook today while shopping:

Ha!

HGTV’s Flip or Flop Atlanta is on as I type these words, and I just spotted a welcome mat like the one below at a fabulous flip they did (and they painted the front door a lovely pale pink like this one I snapped in London).

Pink door on a pink townhouse in London. Hello Lovely Studio.

Hello Lovely Studio

Isn’t this fun as a housewarming gift or for your own front door?

Michele in oversized white Domi pajamas. Hello Lovely Studio. #over50

Make Winter Skin Smile

If you have the kind of skin that glows without babying it, lucky you! The skin on my 50something face has seen better days! While it may look acceptable after makeup application, I saw the dermatologist this week for a couple of issues including rosacea. It has been years since my rosacea has flared like this, and there are so many possible triggers that it’s hard to sort out the culprit. Stress? Not enough sleep? GI issues? Temperature changes and cold weather are triggers as well, and as a result, I got to thinking about the importance of soothing the skin we’re in a little extra in winter.

We all know skin is an organ which needs more hydration in winter so it is important to moisturize day and night and drink plenty of water. Here are some excellent goodies to keep skin hydrated:

For the Face

High quality, friendly priced alternative:

Mid-priced at the salon (and what I use):

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

Aveda Botanical Kinetics Intense Hydrating Rich Creme: FIND HERE.

My mom swears by this one (I like it too for a splurge), and she has minimal lines and wrinkles:

Chanel Hydra Beauty Creme

Chanel Hydra Beauty Creme: FIND HERE

Ha!

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

yep.

Expurtise Eye Serum is a healthy smart way to address delicate skin around your eyes. It’s also one of those delicious products that smells yummy enough to eat.

More Skin Care Products in My Arsenal

Exfoliating is important when you want to glow. Here are some skin care finds I use everyday which 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

Michele in white Domi pajamas. Hello Lovely Studio. #over50

To Stimulate New Skin Cells & Treat Discoloration

While I cannot use it right now since my rosacea is flaring, SkinCeuticals makes the formulation of Retinol 1.0 I have used for years. THIS PRODUCT HAS DONE EVERYTHING IT PROMISES FOR MY SKIN, and I can’t say enough about how powerfully it does the job. The tricky thing about using a retinol product is giving your skin time to get used to it. Temporary irritation (feels like windburn), some pinky redness, and excessive dryness can happen. And you have to be cautious about sun exposure for good reason! The fresh skin this product uncovers is tender and baby-like!

Pure-Retinol-Cream-Retinol-1.0-SkinCeuticals

SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0 Cream: FIND HERE.

When You Want to Wear Turtlenecks Everyday

This is a cool newish wand created by beloved Hollywood makeup artist Spencer Barnes (think Julianne Hough, Meghan Markle…). If you have a crepey neck like mine, here’s a fun way to address it. Did I just use the word ‘fun’ in a sentence with ‘crepey neck?’ 🙂 The product delivery (a roller ball on top works in the product on chin, jawline, and neck) is sort of genius, and one pump delivers an optimal amount of yum.

Spencer Barnes Neck Chin & Jawline Sculpting Wand

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

Michele in pink pajamas from Domi. Hello Lovely Studio #over50 #pajamanista

For the Body

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.

Supplements for Skin

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

Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies with Biotin: FIND HERE

Preach!

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!

It wasn’t until my diagnosis with BRCA2 genetic mutation almost 6 years ago that I became more mindful about reading product labels. I never really thought about what I was massaging into my skin and how it could influence this anti-cancer journey.

As far as makeup, I have always loved it! I was an adolescent with problem skin so I appreciated having options to improve the look of my complexion.

Michele of Hello Lovely Studio. #over50

My Makeup

Omg, what would I do without this foundation right now with my problem skin flaring as it is!?! I can go leave the house with more confidence since this stuff covers the red, bumpy areas I need to conceal. Bonus? 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

Dark under-eye circles get a velvety smooth kiss and lightened with this beautiful coverage.

bareMinterals 16-Hour Full Coverage Concealer

bareMinerals 16-Hour Full Coverage Concealer: FIND HERE

So luxurious and the prettiest colors…

Chanel Powder Blush

Chanel Powder Blush: FIND HERE.

A gorgeous mineral based bronzer:

bareMinerals Invisible Bronze Powder Bronzer, Medium, 0.24 Ounce

bareMinerals Invisible Bronze Powder Bronzer: FIND HERE.

YES!

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

These palettes are so fun and last forever. See the dark brown? I wet a liner brush and use it to line my eyes.

tarte Ladies Night Clay Palette

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

The best mascara I have tried:

Chanel Le Volume Mascara

Chanel Le Volume Mascara: FIND HERE

A trusty  eyeliner with staying power:

Smashbox Always On Gel Liner, Fishnet, 0.04 Ounce

Smashbox Always On Gel Liner: FIND HERE.

Believe!

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

Thanks for playing along, friends!

Peace to you right where you are.

~michele

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3 Comments

  1. Connie
    December 7, 2018 / 11:43 am

    Some quick comments—

    I once saw a video interview of a model who was in her mid 70’s and still modeling. She looked fantastic of course! They asked her about her skin care regime over the years.

    She said “Back when I was first starting out, I had no money. I used whatever I could, well we all did!, to keep moisture in our skin. I remember using lard when I couldn’t afford anything else.” Oh yeah? I often wonder how much all these expensive creams, lotions, potions really do for us? How much of our skin condition is more heredity than regime?

    All that being said, I think I’ll stick to a real face lotion and leave the lard for baking pie crusts. 😉

    • michele
      Author
      December 7, 2018 / 1:01 pm

      Ha! That’s interesting. I have polled so many women and pros about this – one swears by slathering on vaseline each night before bed, another says anything other than shampoo is ridiculous. Professionals talk about the QUALITY of the ingredients. My skin is sensitive so I am always seeking gentle yet powerful formulations. And I only report on what is working well for me as I try to pay closer attention to ingredients. The problem is everyday some new research reports that a certain ingredient causes ____. xox

  2. Joanna
    December 7, 2018 / 3:14 pm

    My mom had beautiful skin, even as an eighty year old. She used a simple night cream from Avon (anyone remember “Avon calling “) and ivory soap & water splashed on her face morning and night. A touch of powder and a red lip and she was out the door. We seem to be searching for beauty in a jar when I think you are either born with good genes or not. Now smoking, drinking, illness and too much sun can effect how your skin looks as you age. I’ve bought the expensive creams but saw no difference than when I use the cheaper drugstore variety. I’ll keep my money for fun things like travel or new shoes.😀

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