A little beauty diversion…


I might get older, but I’ll probably never quit loving makeup 🙂 I had to learn how to do a selfie with my phone for this post, but I’m getting there.

Truth – I’ve been researching makeup techniques for ‘mature’ skin and so on. Pinterest has been a great source of Youtube videos on the subject. And I think I’ve learned a lot!

So, today I was in Target for lampshades and visited the beauty aisle. I was looking for lots of new stuff based on what I’ve seen. This afternoon I decided to do one half of my face with the suggested techniques – and I have pics! What a difference.

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These photos are untouched, so give me points for being brave, right? And I didn’t do any concealer on my nose, so my morphea lesions are visible.

I don’t mind getting older (I think it’s a blessing), and I accept that my skin is looser and so on with age. Plus I have telangiectasis and morphea on my face, everywhere in fact, from scleroderma. I really don’t try to cover them, because most concealers, if not all, just look so artificial. But I want to look alert, bright, happy, and healthy.

On to play with makeup!

Foundation – I’ve been using Neutrogena Hydro-Boost for a couple years. It’s light and hydrating, and doesn’t settle in wrinkles and lines. The thing I learned is to apply it as a concealer in a triangle rather than use concealers that create owl-eyes.





Foundation laid, I used an eyelid primer for the first time in my life. Wow – this is a great product. It lightens the entire area between eye and brow, and creates a wonderful surface for eyeshadow.


Applying shadow – I have typical hooded lids for my age, and the Youtube videos were so helpful. I want a neutral/nude look with contouring that lifts my eyes. I chose Elf’s Shadow, Brow and Liner Palette. All the colors are matte and very dense. A little goes a long way. Elf is a new product at Target, and apparently it’s pretty popular. I was looking for Boots No7 products, but no go. My Walgreens does carry Boots, an old love from when I was based in Brighton. Great quality and selection.

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And a weakness or an asset: I only use brushes for eyeshadow and so on. I’ve tried many sponge applicators and just don’t like them. I do keep my brushes clean, it just takes a minute to soap, rinse, and set aside to dry.


Those eyebrows – I used to have very thick brows, and now I have the sparser brows typical of my age. I want those super pretty outlined and shaped brows that look so presumptuous and pretty. I got Revlon Brow Fantasy in dark blonde. It has gel/brush on one end, and pencil on the other. Fantastic. I applied the gel first, then the pencil, and I was able to draw just the brow I wanted. Whoopee1

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I don’t use mascara, it’s just too much of an irritant. And I have a similar aversion to lipstick. But I’ve found a way to overcome the latter. I line my lips with an NYX taupe brow pencil, and fill in with my creme blush! The result is matte, not heavy, in fact I don’t mind it at all.


That blush – it’s generally my last touch. If I feel that any areas of my face are too dry, I dab a little olive oil on them, and then I apply Revlon Insta-Blush, which is a cream blush stick. I follow Queen Elizabeth’s example and put it fairly high and outside on my face. No apples for me. Plus she has great makeup.


Ta da – one half done. This was fun! and now I’m going to cleanse my face with Roc Resurfacing Disks. I love this product, it simply leaves my skin so clean and supple. Daily item, and I included it in my daughter’s Christmas stocking 🙂

roc Ciao! Coco

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17 thoughts on “A little beauty diversion…

  1. I started reading the post about the Kaylee jacket, came to over to the new blog place and started reading. Low and behold, I read, “And I didn’t do any concealer on my nose, so my morphea lesions are visible”. Here’s the deal, my daughter has two morphea lesions on her back. You are the third person I’ve met (ish) with that condition. I’m glad you’re doing well.

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  2. You look beautiful, not over-done, just perfect! I have sensitive skin and am just wondering if you do also. I’d like to try the Neutrogena foundation and don’t want to upset my skin. I’ve used Clinique for years but I would like to try something new. Thanks for much for your research. This was such a fun post to read!

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  3. Thanks so much for your honesty and generosity in sharing bare and made-up pics. Inspirational!!
    As I am in the UK I can buy No.7 from Boots. What do you recommend particularly in their range?
    Thanks again

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  4. Very inspirational, Coco! You look fabulous, truly. Maybe I will try to do some research as well. I have never worn a lot of makeup, but now that I am old, I really am at a loss as to what to wear and end up not wearing any. This is just the look I want as well, healthy, natural, the best I can look without looking made up. Thanks for the nudge.

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  5. You are a brave soul. Thank you for your analysis and your recommendations. I’d like to give another shout out for CC+ makeup at QVC.

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  6. Amazing Coco! Great tips & tricks, as usual. My biggest issue (other than dry, dry skin from medical issues) is trying to find the right palette for my new skin tones. I’m going to check out the foundation for sure. Thanks.

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  7. I love make-up, also, and think it’s the icing on the cake and finishing touches for a great outfit! You look beautiful- thanks so much for these great suggestions. I also love “It” make-up and especially like CC+ …color correcting illuminating full coverage cream + anti-aging hydrating serum- and it’s SPF 50+. It’s gives very light coverage, and doesn’t even look or feel like make-up. A friend told me QVC has the best prices, and she’s right. It’s a little more expensive but a 1 oz. tube lasts me a good 8 months and I wear it every.single.day. You look wonderful…may you enjoy make-up forever! ❤️

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  8. Beautifully done. And I do so love your hair. Mine is still in the dingy, drab-rat-gray stage and therefore into the dye pot I go. I can only imagine the freedom of your natural beauty!

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