Category Archives: Beauty and makeup

Under The Influence


Personal style follows the 80/20 rule, i.e., 80% defining and refining, and 20% experimenting. Within that framework, isn’t shopping with friends one of the most comfortable and enjoyable experiments of all? Most of you probably know the blog, Une Femme d’un Certain Age. I’ve been following Sue for ages, and have met her in person. [...]

Life’s Little Privileges: L’Occitane’s Shea Butter Lip Balm


I never used lip balm much. But the St. Regis Princeville keeps L’Occitane toiletries in their bathrooms. (Amenities seems like such a euphemistic word, does it not?) And on our honeymoon, I started using this. I’ll buy it again, for $10, when I run out. I now understand why people bother with the stuff. This [...]

7 Hints For Putting Your Best Face Forward When You’re Over 50


Planning for a dress-up event ? Your child’s wedding? A fund-raiser? The holidays? Are you over 50, perchance? In the face of a big event, young women may attempt a “cleanse” of one sort or another, Spanx in volume, or sequins and green metallic eyeshadow. We in our sixth decade, not so much. As I [...]

Do You Need Different Makeup For Gray Hair?


Gray hair on women often provokes controversy. Let’s move beyond the controversial to the practical, as Sturdy Gals will, and assume everyone’s capable of making their own choices one way or another. Let’s ask, if you go gray, will you need to make other changes in your style? In particular, will you need to change [...]

3 Trends To Try Right Now


By the time we reach 50, we might say no to trends. We might settle back comfortably into a black safari jacket, some tasteful knit trousers, or our tried-and-true pencil skirt and blouse. Alternatively, we might experiment, judiciously. Judiciously, I say, for trends will come and go. That’s their nature, they cannot help themselves. The [...]

Is It Worth Getting Your Hair “Done” For An Event?


Last Saturday my company held its annual Holiday Party. I splurged on a salon-made updo, just as I had the previous year.  This hair sortie was not inexpensive, as my venue of choice sits inside the San Francisco Four Seasons, and is priced as you’d expect. This year I also had my nails painted. I [...]

The Best Skin Care I Have Ever Used


I’ve found it. A skin care line to fall in love with. Even marry. I’m designing our rings right now. What’s it called? Apriori Beauty. Huh? Never heard of it? Well, it’s a company started by a woman entrepreneur, and represented here on Privilege by Candace the Commenter. That’s not her name, of course, but [...]

Building Attractive with Everyday Beauty: 6 Secret Ways To Make Makeup Your Best Friend


I find it ironic that only now, at 55, am I comfortable with my makeup choices. It was scarcely two years ago that I was having my eyelids brutalized by Eastern European makeup artists. I have you all to thank for my newfound courage. Had I found it in my pretty days who knows what [...]

Cheap Thrills At The Corner Store, Or, Walgreens Is My Friend


(Thanks to Walgreens for underwriting this post. I was paid as a member of the Clever Girls Collective, but the content is all mine. Visit http://www.discoverbeautywithin.com/) Back in the lean years, I loved nothing so much as a trip to the corner drugstore. The grey-linoleumed aisles, irregular stacks of transparent inflated swim toys on high [...]

Building Attractive: The Skin You’re In


The next step in building attractive, since we seem to be moving from inside out, takes us to skin. On the Darwinian side, clear skin usually signals health. Indulgently, taking care of your skin means stroking your cheeks while  inhaling perfumed lotions at will. What’s not to like? You guys, I don’t know. I did [...]