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My makeup collection

It’s not hoarding if it’s makeup.

For some women it’s shoes – for me, it’s makeup.

Actually, for a lot of women, it’s makeup.  There’s a minor universe of women out there on the web for whom makeup is their self-indulgence, more of a hobby than a product.  I suppose that’s true for me as well.  It’s a fairly affordable creative outlet which gives you a few minutes of “me time” each morning to play with color and texture and shine.

And then, of course, there’s the added benefit of how it makes you look and feel.  Pre makeup, I look a bit like a blotchy, sleepy, perhaps slightly feral woman.  Post makeup, I feel polished, brighter, and ready for the day.

There’s lots you can learn about skincare, makeup, tools, and application techniques from the ladies of the web who post their tutorials and reviews, and I’ve learned a wealth of tips and tricks from them over the years.  Below you’ll find a short list of the ladies (and a gent) whose videos and blogs I enjoy most.  If you’re new to cosmetics obsession, I recommend checking them out. And you’ll find makeup and skin care reviews here on my site, too – check out the links below.

Remember when you were a teenager and wanted to look like the models in the magazines? When I felt down on myself, my mom would remind me that I had lots of pretty features which other women would covet, as well – like the natural reddish tone in my hair or my plump lips.  At that age, for me, beauty was about wanting what everyone else had.  At midlife, I’ve learned how to use brushes and where to place color to create certain effects and to make the most of my own special features – which is what my mom was trying to tell me all along.  Makeup can help you appreciate the best in you.

I hope you’ll enjoy the links and resources below, and if you find something useful here, or have a great tip to share, please take time to comment and let me know!

~Stephanie

 

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Beauty Posts from The Beauty of Midlife

In September I shared with you how much I hate baked powder cosmetic products.  I’m always seduced by their in-palette beauty, and yet their color payoff always disappoints.  Then recently, that changed - I had a breakthrough with baked powder ...
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I love high-end cosmetics.  Brands like Benefit, Too Faced, and Urban Decay make me swoon! But, there are some smokin' deals to be had at the drug store, and today I wanted to shine a light on one brand in particular: Jordana ...
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I can squeeze a little more out of this eyebrow pencil, right? ...
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I love makeup - so why am I nonplussed by the entire “primers” category? Is it just me, or is the word “primer” a bit off-putting when it comes to cosmetics?  The concept is clear - just like with wall ...
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I'm going to keep this short and sweet: if you like having an outrageous choice of lipsticks in your collection, get to know Wet N Wild.  I got turned on to Wet N Wild lipsticks about a year ago by ...
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I've always been fairly traditional with my nails - no blue/green polishes, all nails the same color, and no fancy nail art designs.  I always love nail art on other people, but on me? Not so much.  That all seems ...
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It’s been awhile since I’ve talked or thought much about makeup. (That’s a real sign of how focused I’ve been on the new house!)  But last weekend I had some time to watch a few of my favorite YouTubers, including ...
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I never thought I would learn something from Buzzfeed. But according to this article, I really need to wash my makeup brushes more often.  Buzzfeed’s professional medical opinion (?) is that I should be washing them daily. That seems like ...
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In mid March, one of my very favorite YouTubers, Emily Eddington, reviewed various palettes including this one: the new matte Natural Eyes palette by Too Faced.  During her review she compared it to the original Natural Eyes palette (same colors, ...
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I’ve tried a zillion skin care products with varying levels of success. My main concern skin care concern is age spots and freckles caused by sun damage, and the latest weapon in my arsenal is Rodan and Fields Reverse Regimen ...
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Thumbs up to Smashbox!  They created an interactive video marketing campaign to get their fans involved in promoting their new Smashbox Double Exposure 2 palette.  The campaign allowed users to create an altered “double exposure” image of themselves simply by ...
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Beauty products fascinate me, and especially eye shadows. I have a particular affinity (read: addiction) for eye shadows because there’s such a wide selection of colors and shimmers.  Over the past few years I have really started to appreciate certain ...
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