By: Honey Good
$800 for a haircut. $250 for an ounce of moisturizer. $1,200 for a facial. There are no shortage of beauty products and services one can buy with an unlimited beauty budget. (Still flush with cash? How about a rose petal and Evian bath with a price tag of $5,000?) But, living within a budget, no matter how high that budget, is an essential part of living well in our Golden Years.
This week we've rounded up some of our favorite beauty deals so that you can splurge on travel with the grand kids, a perfect powder room, entertaining guests and more... while still looking stunning!
Eye Spy an Online Deal
Lorac Cosmetics is a high end collection known as the "Red Carpet Authority," thanks largely to founder Carol Shaw's reputation as the makeup artist of choice to an expansive list of A-list celebs.
The Lorac brand promises to deliver red-carpet worthy results and one of our favorite offerings from Lorac, their FACE selfTANtalizer, is deeply discounted right now, marked down to just $8 from its normal price of $28. FACE selfTANtalizer is packed with DHA to safely build natural color and ingredients such as Avocado, Aloe Vera, Olive Oil, Green Tea Extract and antioxidants A,C and E to help maintain skin's health.
Honey's Tip: This product is perfect for keeping that summer glow alive well into Fall, in a faux glow, healthy way, of course.
Gifts with Purchase Galore
Sure, you can pick up a great lipstick at any local drugstore for under $10. But, if your lips are accustomed to wearing something more high brow, gifts with purchase could be the path to justifying spending $26 for Estée Lauder's "Pink Riot" or $30 for Lancôme's "Red Chiffon."
In-stores and online, Bon Ton has an Elizabeth Arden Gift with Purchase (GWP) right now. With any $34.50 Elizabeth Arden purchase you receive a free seven piece gift valued at $115. The gift includes
- Ceramide Daily Youth Restoring Serum, 7 capsules, .11oz
- PREVAGE Anti-Aging Eye Serum, .17oz
- PREVAGE Anti-Aging Moisture Lotion SPF30, .5oz
- Beautiful Color Lipstick in Breathless, .12oz
- Beautiful Color Luminous Lip Gloss in Precious Petal, .13oz
- All Gone Eye and Lip Makeup Remover, 1.7oz
- Shoshanna Makeup Bag
Also, if you choose to shop online, enter code BEAUTY25 at checkout to receive free shipping.
Honey's Tip: Why not share the products you don't want from a GWP with your grand daughter(s)... she is sure to be eternally grateful!
Nail Summer's Best Manis + Lips and Save
Julep is a makeup collection initially launched as a boutique, toxin-free lacquer collection based out of an individual nail salon in Washington. The line has grown, and with the addition of Julep Maven, a makeup subscription club of sorts. Monthly Maven boxes include two new lacquer colors and other beauty products.
The current welcome box (above) includes two of Julep's mega-moisturizing Plush Pout Lip Crayons, full-coverage lip crayons full of antioxidant-rich oils, sunflower wax, and vitamin E so lips stay hydrated as well as two toxin-free lacquers. Valued at $68, the first box is just under 25 bucks.
So, while a $5,000 bath may not be in your future, you've saved enough to buy yourself the biggest bottle of Evian on the market.
Honey question: What do you know about beauty and style subscription services, darlings? Are you up-to-date on this recent trend? Have you tried a subscription service for beauty products, samples or even clothing? Would love to hear what you think about the subscription shopping trend... please comment on Twitter, Facebook or below and let me know your thoughts on the above!
By Susan "Honey" Good
Bat a lash if you are still use eyelash curlers. Far from being archaic, eyelash curlers are still used by many, and recommended by beauty experts.
However, there are some tips to be aware of when curling eyelashes.
For starters, never curl eyelashes after applying mascara -- this can cause eyelash breakage.
Secondly, heated or unheated eyelash curlers… what's your preference? Just as using a curling iron helps the hair on your head hold curl, a heated eyelash curler is ideal for creating a lash curl that lasts. Of course, picking the correct product is essential, which is why I've included my top five lash curlers below.
Another tip: Just as you wash and condition your hair before styling it, lashes should be prepped as well. Make sure lashes a
By Susan "Honey" Good
I've often mentioned my love for early morning showers. But once in awhile, when I really crave rejuvenation, a take a soothing swim... in a bubble bath, of course!
For all of is us who need to escape, but can’t afford to hop on a jet and fly away, the bathtub is an affordable destination for relaxation and renewal. Just pick your favorite bath time accompaniment and soak up this luxurious escape.
By Susan "Honey" Good
“I’ve learned to see beauty where I never saw it before. But only because my expectations are more realistic. My favorite part of my body is my eyes. Not because of their color… but because of what they see.” ~Diane Keaton
This nugget is from Academy Award winner and bestselling author, Diane Keaton's book entitled, "Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty." This candid and funny book covers aging, laughing, loving and living in a world obsessed with beauty.
By Susan "Honey" Good
There are so many wonderful things about being a mature woman, darlings! However, there are also a few changes we have to deal with. Perspective is everything! When we choose to look at the changes that come with aging as "different" rather than "difficult," we can simply adapt with a great attitude. Thinning hair is one of these changes; here's how to deal...
By: Susan "Honey" Good
I am so excited for this fall's beauty trends. The looks from fashion week this year ranged from edgy to polished and fresh faced, so no matter what your style you can find a runway inspired looks to update your style.
I’ve discovered a new tool that makes maintaining gorgeous skin simple. It’s called FOREO Luna.
The FOREO Luna is a revolutionary face brush and skincare system that goes several steps beyond cleansing to reveal healthier, brighter, and younger looking skin. The unique silicon material of this brush is thirty-five times more hygienic than the bristles of standard brushes and you won't have to buy replacement heads either. The brush also works using T-Sonic pulsations that are hard on dirt and grime but gentle enough for everyday use.
Darlings, I know how much fun makeup can be, but I also know how expensive it can get! I have picked out some of the best beauty products you will likely find at your local drugstore. These are great products that don't break the bank. I know I'm always looking for a fresh new lip color or blush to spice up my beauty routine!
Dry shampoo is a must have if you feel like you’re always on the go or in a time crunch. Dry shampoo isn’t a new product, but it has recently picked up popularity since beauty experts and hair stylists have been recommending washing your hair less to keep it feeling and looking healthy. Most recommend that you only wash your hair twice a week, but with so much time in between shampoos, what do you do when you hair starts looking oily?! That’s where dry shampoo comes in!
The quality and length of sleep you receive every night can have a profound impact on your skin’s overall health. When we sleep our bodies recharge. Not only do our bodies recharge, our skin does as well. Dr. Kaleroy Papantoniou is a board certified NYC dermatologist who explains that, “During sleep we heal, restore and eliminate toxins from the skin. If sleep is compromised, so is the body’s ability to carry out these essential skin functions. During the first three hours of sleep your body will start producing the human growth hormone from the pituitary gland. As we age, this hormone is necessary for the maintenance of youthful and radiant skin. Without this hormone release, skin is not repaired from daily damage and thus induces the aging process.”The quality and length of sleep you receive every night can have a profound impact on your skin’s overall health. When we sleep our bodies recharge. Not only do our bodies recharge, our skin does as well. Dr. Kaleroy Papantoniou is a board certified NYC dermatologist who explains that, “ During sleep we heal, restore and eliminate toxins from the skin. If sleep is compromised, so is the body’s ability to carry out these essential skin functions. During the first three hours of sleep your body will start producing the human growth hormone from the pituitary gland. As we age, this hormone is necessary for the maintenance of youthful and radiant skin. Without this hormone release, skin is not repaired from daily damage and thus induces the aging process.”