Perfect, Per-fekt

I have been blogging for two years now and I really love it.
But, what I love even more than blogging is reading other people's blogs.

Since I've entered this wonderful blogging world, 
I've found so many wonderful blogs full of beautiful homes, delicious recipes, and some of the most stylish people that I've ever laid my eyes upon.

Maybe I haven't searched enough, but what I haven't found is a site (that I find relevant, my own opinion) with beauty advice/reviews, etc... for women my age.
That age is 40, if you were wondering.

I DO NOT think that 40 is old, or a bad age.
I think that 40 is actually pretty awesome.
I really feel like I've never been better.
(Maybe I'm a little bit heavier, have a few more lines, but I feel the same as I did when I was 25 and now (thankfully) I'm in a place in my life where I am able to indulge my passion for makeup and beauty products.)

What I DO think is that beauty (products, looks, etc...) is very different depending upon your age.
I never, in a million years, thought that I would be saying this,
but I don't want to look like a 25-year old !!
(well, maybe my boobs and butt)
I DO want to embrace my positives, though, and look the very best that I can.

I try very hard to stay up to date and current, but the skin of a 40-year old woman is very different than the skin of 25-year old woman.  

This blog does not belong to a fashionista or a work-out queen!

But, I do feel like that I have quite a bit of knowledge about make-up, beauty products, and skin problems.
I am not an expert in any of these areas, though.
I am just a hopefully knowledgable consumer.
I feel super lucky to have good skin, (I've never had acne, just very occasional break-outs),
but I have horrific allergies and they are getting worse the older that I get.

I don't know about you, but I am one of those people that spend a lot of time and money on beauty products and I find customer reviews very helpful in making my decisions.

I usually stick with recipes and home decor on my little site, but I really hope

 to share with you my trials, finds, and misses with beauty products and makeup
(and sadly how they all relate with allergies and 40-year old skin).
I do not plan on not blogging about decor and recipes, but I hope to add a few more things that I
(and hopefully you) will find relevant for the 40-something year old woman.

So here is my first beauty post-- hope you enjoy!!

A few months ago I started receiving "Birchbox" every month.
(If you haven't signed up for it yet, I would definitely recommend.)
It's full of great samples.
Things I would have probably never tried.

In December I received a sample of Per-fekt Lash Perfection Gel.
(I am not promoting this product, just sharing a review.)

I'm really picky about mascara so I didn't know if I would like or if I could even wear this "lash perfection gel".  
I have the most sensitive eyes in the world.
They water all of the time.
So I have to be really careful about what I put on my eyes so that I don't irritate them.

I gave it a try and was so happy with the results.
This little mascara is pretty awesome.

My top three reasons for calling it awesome:

I did not experience any irritation or problem at all with this lash gel;
I did not have any clumps, even with repeated applications;
and the brush is really nice making it easy to apply giving me long, full lashes.

Here's how it works on me--
(sorry I look a little bit cross-eyed in the pic)
My eyelashes are blond and basically don't show up at all.
(I usually don't wear bottom mascara unless I'm going out.)

I don't really have a negative right now.
I like how the lash gel applies (good brush), wears throughout the day, how it comes off (easily with eye make-up remover), and it doesn't smudge or flake.
I don't love the cost ($28.50), but we will see how long it lasts.
(I'll definitely let you know about this last point.)

Here is what Birchbox says about it:

Birchbox Breakdown
This innovative lash enhancer may look like an ordinary mascara, but the similarities end there. The high-tech gel formula combines a flattering black pigment with a nourishing cocktail of ingredients to prime, condition, darken, and lengthen your lashes. It goes on smoothly and won’t clump or smudge, so you don’t have to worry about your eye makeup wandering all over the place. Plus, the non-allergenic formula is made without sulfates, parabens, or artificial fragrances.

How it Works
The creamy black gel is made with a natural rice wax base and contains a cocktail of lash-boosting ingredients. Marine plant glycogen helps lashes appear longer, while hyaluronic acid and panthenol have moisture-boosting abilities for a lusher, fuller fringe. Each tube comes with a multi-coiled brush that helps you lift and define each and every lash, including the tiny ones at the corners of your eyes.

I hope that you find this review helpful.
I hope to share more review on beauty products (and not just the one's that I really like).

1 comment :

  1. Hi Sabrina, Oh you are so right about finding blogs that talk about makeup for women who are 40 and over. As a matter of fact I don't even see much in the way of fashions for women 40 and over. I would love to find a blogger that is at least 40 and blogs about elegant fashion for women who are not in our 20's and 30's. I don't want to look matronly either though. I love Chanel fashions because it is an elegant and timeless look, however I want it at more affordable prices.

    As far as makeup goes I stopped buying matte foundations. They were great when I was in my 20's and 30's but now I find that matte foundation accentuate any lines you may have on your face. Now I buy moisturizing foundations. I just found a great one by MAC that I have been meaning to blog about.

    When it comes to moisturizers I can no longer wear store bought moisturizers. My sensitive dry skin sucks them up within minutes of application. What I have been doing for the past couple of years in making my own moisturizer. I buy blocks of mango butter. I had a great source on eBay before she closed up shop for personal reasons. :-( Anyway, I slowly melt the mango butter on the stove on extremely low heat. I don't own a microwave oven and never will. I melt the mango butte first because it is easier to whip it. Once the butter is melted I put it in my Kitchen Aid stand mixer and start whipping it; first and low speed. As I go along I add a little bit of distilled water, vitamin E oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, and almond oil. I confess to never measuring anything. I just go by instinct. I keep whipping it all and increasing the speed of the mixer. Before too long I have what looks like very creamy, smooth and very light whipped butter. It looks so delicious that you are tempted to spread some on a slice of toast and eat it. When I am done whipping I put the butter in plastic jar containers. The butter will become firmer in about 24 hours. My skin loves this home made concoction. It is absorbed into my skin slowly throughout the day and is a wonderful moisturizer to put on before foundation. I actually use this in my hair and all over body. It is so very cost effective too because depending on how much I make it is a good while before I have to whip up another batch. I would say about once three months.

    Many African Americans either make their own moisturizers or purchase it from companies that specialize in producing moisturizers that only contain natural ingredients. Many black women purchase whipped butter than contains shea butter, but I find that shea butter makes my skin itch, so I no longer include it as an ingredient in my whipped butter moisturizer.

    Chanel and some other higher end companies make great quality cosmetics but rarely cater to black women when coming up with color palettes, so that is an added challenge for me. Sleek makeup is awesome and they definitely have black women on their radar. Sleek makeup prices are also very affordable and I think the quality is very good. I also like makeup by Graftobian (their foundations), and Iman Cosmetics.


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