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Top 10 Holiday Wish List Products

November 25, 2015

We’ve been gone. Did you miss us? Sure you did.

LeeAnn wrote her list of products she’d like to try in 2016 (go on, call it a Wish List), and here is my list to go along with that. Keep in mind that we shop differently. There are products on my list that I already know I love but that I’ve just been too cheap to replace.

We hope you find some things in one or both of our lists that you decide to try and that become favorites.

1. Vera Wang’s Hippie Princess perfume ($60 for 1.7 oz)

Blame LeeAnn for this one. She suggested I smell it & tell her what it was like because she likes the other scents in this line. I now can’t go into Ulta without spraying this just all over me. My daughter also likes this one, which isn’t a real selling point for me.

2. Urban Decay Naked Palette ($54)

This is the benchmark of nude and near-nude palettes. There are multiple options to choose from within the Naked line. I prefer the Naked 2, but I swear, I’d take any of them. I’ve reached a point in life where I prefer a muted eye with a darker liner as opposed to the brighter shadows I wore when I was younger. These palettes have just everything. And Urban Decay is a Cruelty Free brand.

3. Lily Lolo Mascara ($20)

I am a dedicated user of my CK One mascara, but I’d like to try a CF brand. The Lily Lolo is the highest rated CF mascara I can find. Whether I love it or hate it, I’d like to try it.

4. MyChelle Fruit Enzyme Scrub ($18)

This is one of my favorite finds from PetitVour. This fruit enzyme scrub is wonderful. You can leave it on just a few minutes or a few minutes longer, depending on how your skin reacts. It smells wonderful and leaves my skin feels smooth and clean.

5. Tarte LipSurgence (Holiday Set $34 for 9 minis)

If you haven’t tried these lippies, you’re missing out. They feel like a balm and look like a great lipstick. Now, I’ll admit, I don’t like the matte options. But the others are amazing. For several years now, I’ve bought the holiday set (it’s a super value), and divided it up between gifts for others and for myself.

6. Tokyo Milk ($20)

I love this hand lotion. It is hydrating without being greasy, and the scent lasts forever. My favorite scents are the Dead Sexy and Kabuki No. 9. Every handbag should feature something this lovely.

7. nyl Skincare Organic Shimmer Sugar Scrub ($38 for 8 oz)

Ever since I started getting PetitVour boxes, I’ve been eyeing this sugar scrub. Who doesn’t love a sugar scrub? One that gives your a golden shimmer? Even. Better.

8. 21 Drops ($29 each)

I want all of these. Just all of them. We have the Sleep oil and love it. I’d like to try so many of these. They do have some holiday sets that might be good starting points.

9. BITE Beauty lippies

I am in love with BITE’s lip mask. In. Love. And I’d like to try one of their other lip products. Just any other one.

10. Anything LUSH

Seriously. For real.

Now, share with us your wish lists. Maybe we’ll add some of your products to our lists.



Here they are: Products that didn’t make the 40s ReStyle cut.

June 28, 2015

We’ve all heard that warning “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. Or come sit by me and say something that isn’t nice.”

Regardless of how YOU view saying not-so-nice things, it kind of makes me uncomfortable–especially in a public forum such as this. Yet, that is what this forum is for. I’ve shared with you my love for Bare Minerals, Origins, and even Loreal. Today I feel the need to discuss two products: Sephora Eye Mask and Urban Decay shadow primer.

I will start with saying that I love Sephora. I love their products, samples, VIB Beauty Insider club, and helpful staff.  I love it all. I love their line of makeup and their online store. I buy all my products there. I research new products there. I create long list of things I love because who knows, I might get amnesia and can’t remember what products I used and loved.

I bought two products recently from Sephora.  The Sephora Eye Mask ($6.00 for one mask set) and Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion Tube Original ($12.00–$20.00 depending on size).

The Sephora Eye Masks come in eight different scents and are supposed to do different things.  I purchased the pearl one. It felt good and smelled good. It was supposed to help irregularities around the eyes and help their contour. Again, it felt good and smelled good, but I did not see any of the results they suggested. My husband is a pharmacist. He said to put tea bags on your eyes. The caffeine will help them puff up a bit and you will look rested and have fewer wrinkles temporarily. He also suggested I could use them cool or warm. Whichever I liked. I think I’m going to embrace that home remedy and save the $6.00 I spent on the Sephora Eye Mask.

The Urban Decay shadow primer reinforced my fear of wrinkles. It showed every little crease on my eyelid. The combination of primer and eyeshadow made me look like I had wrinkles all over both lids. The worst was that my eyeshadow faded after a few hours. So wrinkles and faded eye shadow puts this product into the not-worth-it-give-it-to-a-friend-pile.  The next day I used some of the Bare Minerals primer on the eyelids. It worked as well as Urban Decay to keep my eye shadow on most of the day. It also didn’t settle in the wrinkles either, making them more obvious. My take, use your face primer on your lids, and get some tea bags for your eyes.

See, I just saved you money. Go me.


Photo Credit: Courtney Rhodes

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Cruelty-free Products Worth the Fight

June 8, 2015

As I get older, I learn to pick my battles. In my younger years, I was passionate about everything…for about 10 minutes. As I go through my 40s ReStyle, I find some causes don’t affect me like they did when I was 20. Other issues I just can’t ignore. For example, I am not a member of PETA. (I like pretty leather purses and shoes.) Vegan products don’t interest me much. I am not swayed by the all-natural trend.  BUT…animal testing for beauty products and fragrances that, in all honesty, are no more than luxuries, upsets me.

There are all sorts of opinions out there. Medical research is one area I’m sure that there are arguments for animal testing. I am not drawing a line in the sand.  I know that with this, and many other issues associated with animal testing, there is A LOT of gray area. I am not trying to persuade anyone to support or discard one brand or another. I am all about making informed decisions, though.

Armed with all the information I can find as I go through MY own 40s ReStyle, I am making better, more informed decisions about how I spend my money on luxury items.   From now on, I will seek out products created by companies that do not test on animals.

I wish I had known all this when I revamped my entire skin regime a few months ago. The Origins products appealed to me when I was looking. I bought it, and it works well. I doubt I’ll buy it anymore. The company does animal testing. Come on Origins!  We could have been a great match!  I had already recommended you to so many people.

I was angry when I read the article, but I’m renewed in my quest for quality products that I feel good about.  I was skeptical too, so I read other articles and visited product websites. After weighing my options and with a bit of sadness, I leave behind brands like Origins, Benefit, Coach, and Urban Decay.  I will miss you a bit. Yet as I research cruelty-free beauty products, I find there is so much out there. There will be other products to love and recommend. In fact, there are some smaller companies, as well as big name brands, and quirky little lines I find incredibly interesting. I suppose this 40sRestyle is all a process. It is definitely all about learning and changing for the better.


Deslick that Oil with Urban Decay

May 17, 2015

Something happened when I hit 40. After revamping my skin care and foundation, I felt the need for products–lots of products.  I had success with a new skin care line and new foundation. I suppose I was giddy with success.  I was full-on 40s Restyle.

A product would claim to get rid of wrinkles?  Don’t mind if I do.  Highlights eyes?  Well, who wouldn’t want that?  Makes your eyes bigger and lashes longer?  Yes, please.

I asked my long time friend and makeup guru, “Do I need a finishing spray?  I just started using a primer. This is really starting to sound like I buy all my makeup in the paint section of a hardware store, not a cosmetic counter.”

Whatever it sounded like, I suddenly felt the pull to purchase primers and finishing sprays and everything else, though. I was a salesperson’s dream. Where did this come from?  I had no idea. I waffled between buying it all and thinking so much for fresh faced and minimal. I kept telling myself that I was getting into serious makeup now. I’d ask myself if I really wanted this.  Sometimes I laid out all my new makeup purchases and still felt like a little girl playing in her mother’s makeup drawer. So why did I feel the need to purchase these products at forty-something but I never felt that way before?

I quickly realized some of these products lived up to the hype. Some products were kind of decent. Other products were a load of crap, and I wished I’d never given money for them.

One product worth every penny was Urban Decay Deslick Oil Control Makeup Setting Spray (1 oz. $14.00). It gives a dewy glow without being shiny and oily looking. It really does help the makeup last longer throughout the day. I have also noticed far less oil as the day progresses. Best of all, in my opinion, it cuts down on the powdery look that is easy to get as we get older when using a setting/finishing powder over our foundation.  The spray has not caused my sensitive skin to breakout either–big plus and a deal breaker if it had. So to answer my own question, evidently I do need a finishing spray–but only if it’s Urban Decay.


Photo Credit: Kevin Dooley