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Tuesday Beauty Poll

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012
By Glinda

For 34% of you, it only takes 10-15 minutes to put your makeup on for a normal day out, and for 26%, it takes less than 10 and also less than 5. 5% take 15-20, and 3% take 30 minutes or more.  I would say it takes me somewhere around 15, and I attribute that mostly to the fact I have a toddler.

Now, the picture above of a makeup-less (or mighty close to) Heidi Klum has been making the internet rounds, and it seems the internet had quite a bit to say about it.  Let’s see where within the spectrum your opinion lies.


Androgyny 80’s Style: Annie Lennox

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012
By Glinda

Of course the androgynous look had been around long before this Eurythmics video came out, but seeing this video in 1983 was the first time I had ever really noticed it.

Annie Lennox is, of course, a stunning woman.

So when I saw the combination of uber-short hair, heavy makeup, and the business suit, I was in awe.

I managed to copy the short hair (although not quite as short as hers) and the heavy makeup, but never really got around to the business suit part.

Watching this video today for the first time in years, I am still struck by the uniqueness of her look.

And let’s not discuss the cows.  I have absolutely no idea about the cows.


Tuesday Beauty Poll: SAG Awards Fab-Off

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
By Glinda

What happened to Monday?  Did it really already go by without me noticing?

Tsk. Tsk.

It seems that skin care was the big winner in the money-spending sweepstakes, with 25% of the vote.  Next came mascara with 16%, and hair care at 13%.  Foundation, lipstick, and beauty tools all received 11%.  I’m going to say that I am most willing to splurge on a really expensive lipstick.  If you are new to this blog, then hello, you should know that I adore lipstick.

Since the Golden Globes fierce-off was so popular, how’s about one from the SAG Awards?  My hat is off to both of these ladies, they looked fantastic!  So hard to choose!


Tuesday Beauty Poll

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012
By Glinda

Well hello there! Long time no see!  Well, that was actually all my fault, but I’m ready and raring to go here in 2012.

Our last poll was about metallic makeup and if women past a “certain age” should take a pass on it.  Interesting, it seems no one can ever agree when that “certain age” begins, though.  Young people and older people alike think it means everybody but them!

The voting was a bit tight, with 41% saying metallics should be given the heave whenever that nebulous age is reached, while 58% say anything goes.  I’d like to join the 58% and say that if you are still interested in wearing makeup at 80, you can wear whatever the hell you like.

Today, Kate Shapland at The Telegraph gave a list of the worst beauty trends of 2011, and I’d like to hear your thoughts.  I didn’t include all of them, because ‘Scouse brow isn’t really being done here.

How Refreshing

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011
By Glinda


Iris Apfel collaborates with M.A.C. for a collection due out on January 5th.  They are calling it “a colour collection inspired by a rare bird who has always been ahead of her time.”

The above is the publicity photo.

Glinda approves.

Monday Beauty Poll

Monday, December 19th, 2011
By Glinda

A big thumbs down was given to the new Marc Jacob nail colors.  65% of you yawned mightily and took a nap, while only 35% of you thought it was nice enough.  The only way those particular shades could be fantastic is if the color depth is phenomenal, and I haven’t seen it in person, so they very well might be.  But, I still think I’ll pass.

Today I’m about the metallics.  They are a hot trend right now, and I’ve got a question.  Be honest, now…

Gen-X Ladies Looking Good

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011
By Glinda

According to this article in the LA Times. Gen-X ladies are working it.

As a proud Gen-X’er, this makes me happy.

I think I can honestly say that I don’t look 40.  I don’t know exactly how old I look, but it isn’t 40.

I agree with the article in that I think we look younger at 40 than our moms and grandmothers did.

It also says that we hit the anti-aging stuff pretty hard as well, word.

What do you think? Are Gen-X’ers looking quite sprightly for their age or are we just deluding ourselves?

Beauty Icon: Sophia Loren

Friday, September 9th, 2011
By Glinda

Not only beautiful, but an accomplished actress as well.

I’m not really sure that I found even one picture where she didn’t look less than stunning.  Hair up, hair down, from the left side, from the right side, smiling or not smiling, they were all lovely.

She is no “classic” beauty, but the combination of her hooded, slightly slanted eyes, full mouth, strong  jawline, and classic Roman nose makes her one of the most unforgettable women in the world.

The killer bod certainly didn’t hurt, either.

Monday Beauty Poll

Monday, June 27th, 2011
By Glinda

It would seem that 48% of you do not make any of your own beauty products, and I am right there with you.  Although I do have to say that I would probably join the 31% who would if they had more time.  Most days,  I am lucky to take a shower of any decent length, much less concoct my own lip balm.  19% of you DO in fact, make your own stuff, and just know that I’m sort of jealous.

Today I want to go beyond your normal creams and lotions and go into an entirely new direction.  Look eastward, my friends.

Cosmetics Cage Match: DDF Glycolic Face Wash VS. Alpha Hydrox Foaming Face Cleanser

Friday, June 24th, 2011
By Glinda

I’d been using Alpha Hydrox Foaming Face Cleanser for at least five years. Maybe even more.  Then the store I bought it from stopped stocking it, and fickle consumer that I am, I decided it was a sign from the Big Guy that I look for something new.  That’s when I bought the DDF Glycolic Face Wash, and was happy with the results.

But, in a mano y mano beauty match, who will win?

I’m going to base my reviews on the following criteria: Anti-aging properties, effectiveness at cleansing (i.e. dirt and makeup), breakout prevention, and finally, price.

Anti-aging properties

DDF: Very good at overall decrease in fine lines.  Very good at making skin look smoother and more refined.

Alpha Hydrox: Also very good at overall decrease in fine lines and smoothing out skin.  Perhaps maybe a tad bit better than the DDF, but just a skosh.

Cleansing Effectiveness:

DDF: Very, very good.  Had a problem only one time getting some waterproof mascara off, but it was probably my fault somehow. 

Alpha Hydrox: Gets anything and everything, no problem.

Breakout Prevention:

DDF: For me, this product was very good, but I still have occasional issues.  Mostly hormonally related though, so it may not be fair to blame it on the wash.

Alpha Hydrox: Excellent at preventing breakouts on me. 


DDF: Mmm, yeah.  Pricey at about $35 a bottle.  But one bottle lasted about eight months.

Alpha Hydrox: Try about seven bucks a bottle.  One bottle will usually last about six months.


You knew it was going to be the Alpha Hydrox, didn’t you?

There is no way I could recommend paying so much more for a product that does not outperform the inexpensive one by leaps and bounds.

My only caveat being that as with any cleanser containing an amino acid, it can be a bit harsh for sensitive-skin types.

But for all others, go out and get the Alpha Hydrox.  Now!

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