Smart Styles for Silver Hair

Aging Gracefully Category

What makes a style work for you? If you’re looking for a smart style to suggest to your hairdresser next time a haircut is due or just dressing up a bit for a night out. I’m creating a curation of some of my favorites for future reference, here. Maybe they will suit you, too.

silver hairstyle
Simple, and tousled

What I Like

With a bob that has casual side-swept bangs the tousled “not too done” look is very European.  It looks elegant, yet seems effortless. For a more polished look, smooth it with some serum, add a bit of shine spray.

 I use this one by Paul Mitchell and absolutely love it. It leaves a beautiful polished shine without any weight or stiffness. The light fragrance of the “Wild Ginger” line is a great plus in my book.

I’ve used this product for several years, going back for more whenever I run out. It makes my hair look healthy, even in winter, which is notoriously hard on gray locks.

Useful for any style on this page- wavy, straight, casual, or updo.

Next Up(do)

I love this updo because it is easy, can go from housework to out on the town, and is a great way to corral longer hair. The important thing is to smooth all stray hair into the topknot ponytail. The topknot itself can be looser, but to look smart, the sides, front and back need to be kept smooth and neat. A good hair wax or strong hold hair putty will work.

Smart Topknot
Smart Topknot

Holiday Hair Short Styles

Keep it shiny, and somehow short hair transforms into a classy holiday look.

Silver Holiday Hair
Silver Holiday Hair

No one does Silver Fox classy better than either Helen Mirren or Judy Dench. Anyone who takes a leaf from their style book is going to look more beautiful, I believe. They start with a core style, but vary the length or polish of the pixie cut ( Dench) or short bob (Mirren) for all sorts of great looks in all types of fashion situations.

Their look is equally wonderful with bangs or if you would brush it back from your face. The versatility of this with just a little different comb-out or more or less messy or smoothed makes these smart styles for mature women.

Silver Fox Inspirations

Long Holiday Hairstyles
Long Holiday Hairstyles with far right style from instagram /@brushwithlove

If you have some length to your hair, the updo with soft curls or a smooth, loose chignon can be a way to level up your look. A bit of sparkle inserted into the french roll is a marvelous touch.

Hope you liked this bit of inspiration for smart hairstyle that will look good on any occasion.
Starting the New Year off right with ideas to give yourself an update and bring an experts advice into your choises for hair, makeup, and fashion.

I really liked this book for the perspective its gives in developing your own style, rather than try to run after trends (many of which can be less than becoming).

For me, that emphasis helps the most when choosing how I want to wear my hair… or especially when trying to make my way to buying clothing that looks best for who I am now.

Jamie Lee Curtis, Good Looks At Any Age

Aging Gracefully Category

Looking Young Naturally

Face of Jamie Lee Curtis

I think Jamie Curtis is absolutely gorgeous. She has a look that is healthy, natural, and which any woman might want to emulate. Jamie Lee Curtis and I share something in common: we have some Hungarian ancestry.

With her athletic, yet feminine build, the gamin haircut has been the perfect foil for her, and it melds perfectly with her lively persona.

For those who want to borrow the style and look of this beautiful and magnetic star… read on….

Jamie’s Style: Her Look, Her Hair, Her Makeup

“…a classic cut for Ms. Curtis. Jamie Lee’s back and sides have been angle cut to create a messy, sexy look and her top section has been razor cut to add body and movement. This is an easy style to maintain with regular trims.” –

Of her Pixie haircut one commenter said, “you need good bone structure and a bit of bravery, since there’s no hair to hide behind” about choosing this style.

If you look at lots of pictures of her, it becomes apparent that her general style is to be very simple and striking in flattering cut clothing with usually one focal point of jewelry, fabulous earrings, or a stunning necklace. she often chooses silver metals with diamonds, but not always. The key is that with simple well fitting clothing and her short haircut the jewelry serves to highlight her face. It is a very effective look for an older woman.

One thing that is readily apparent about Jamie Lee Curtis is how fit and athletically slim she is. If you have rolls or extra pounds on your frame you can’t wear her clothing styles. but you can use her sense of color and design for your overall look.

“Jamie Lee Curtis enhances her gray locks with soft, neutral makeup.”

Beauty Tips for Women With Gray Hair

Natural Style
Natural Style

Jamie Lee Curtis source:NewsHound

  • Adjust your makeup to gray or silver hair:
  • Choose cooler tones for eyes like pewter and lavender.
  • Choose warmer tones for cheeks and lips like golden pinks and apricots.
  • Choose a light shade of brow color and define the eyebrows.
  • Add extra sheen to your hair with finishing sprays that have glisteners, use mineral powder foundation with illumination for your skin.
  • No copper or orange shades of makeup- choose peachy instead.
  • Steer clear of dark lip colors, and make the lips look plump and juicy with shiny lipgloss.

A pomade gives hold and shine and is great for short gray hair like Curtis’ pixie cut. I haven’t seen what particular line of hair products she uses, but her stylist spilled about one that is both good for your hair and keeps a well groomed natural look like Jamie Lee’s signature style.

Jamie Lee Curtis Style
Jamie Lee Curtis Style

Fabulous Makeup Products – Get the Look

To get Jamie Lee Curtis’ flattering natural look, all luminous and bronzed, consider that she endorses “Sheercover Makeup“.

Studying her photos, she almost always opts for a very natural look that includes pink lipstick, some blush, and accents her eyes with shadows and mascara, done with a light hand.

Glammed-up events occasionally break the rule, but rarely appear better than her signature look.

Aging Gracefully

Sometimes it really helps to have some guidance when entering a new phase of life, like becoming a mommy, re-entering the workforce, or any big and important, new phase of life. Aging is no different.

I liked the advice given in this book and the way it is presented. Maybe we have felt our best was behind us -looks wise, anyway, but the idea of “making a comeback” puts it in perspective. We just have to fine tune some things and polish up a bit… we are on our way to a new and exciting chapter of life.

Shimmer, Shine, and Health

Find Your Silver Fox Style

Analyze Jamie Lee Style

Hair Products With Celebrity Status

Recently stylist Sean James is quoted as using PHYTO Volume to style Jamie Lee’s hair for her FOX Los Angeles Screening Party of Scream Queens.

What Style And Aging Means To Her (And Oprah)

I made a commitment to being physically strong — at 51


Getting fit is a big part of the look

Jamie Cool Casual
Jamie’s Cool Casual Look

Getting fit is important to any woman’s health, and the look of the simple form-following wardrobe that Jamie Lee Curtis wears hangs on a body that is not skinny, but certainly is not packing extra pounds.

In recent years Curtis cut back on her favorite carbohydrates in breads, etc. to cut her weight for health reasons. Modifying your weight by losing extra pounds will reduce the blood pressure and the cholesterol readings. It also makes you look better in your clothes.

True confession: I’m writing this as motivation for myself- to eat healthier and see these results.

You like a Gap T-shirt, and then six months later you want the same one because the baby pukes all over you. And then they don’t make it anymore. So I’m a replicant. When I know something I like, I just want to replicate it.

— Jamie Lee Curtis

Staging Your Comeback: A Complete Beauty Revival for Women Over 45
Staging Your Comeback: A Complete Beauty Revival for Women Over 45

It’s not over yet! We are just beginning to awaken to making the most of our beauty now. A mature beauty, yes, but it has its own attractiveness. Just as we see in celebrities like Jamie Lee Curtis!

What most helped me is the advice on clothing. That is more of a challenge than hair or makeup for me. This book has it all covered, though. Chapters on each part of your look given in an encouraging, spirit uplifting way.

Fun and Freaky Movie

I had so much fun watching this movie.

Freaky Friday is my favorite Jamie Lee Curtis movie. Her great comedic talent really shines out. Jamie Lee was perfect for this part. It is a light and well-paced comedy that plays off the fact that we all imagine we would play another’s role in life so much better: mothers would behave better if they were in their daughters shoes, and the daughter would presumably do everything differently. Yes, there is a moral here, too- that everyone should give a bit more love and tolerance to each other.

Her Activia Commercials

One of the ways you might have seen Jamie Lee Curtis is due to her involvement with representing the yogurt ‘Activia’ in TV commercials.

“A lot of celebrities do product endorsement. Curtis just stumbled into the big one. “I never in my life thought when I first was asked by this company, Activia, Dannon, to be their representative, I really don’t think it was just like, ‘Oh, it’s going to be a check, I’m going to do it.’ I really thought, ‘Okay, wait a minute. I’m going to go out and talk about bowel movements and about how people’s digestive tracts work. Some work better than others and why and blah blah blah and that this will help.’ I really thought, ‘Okay, is that going to be weird? I mean, is that going to be weird? You’re an actor, you’re a writer. Is that going to just be a weird thing.’ It has turned out to be the most fun thing.””

-from Starpulse

What do you think about celebrity commercials?

What do you think of Jamie Lee Curtis in the Activia commercials?

What Are You Doing? – How Do You Feel About That?

How Jamie Lee describes our parenting now…. She is a funny, and articulate. person.

Try to discourage your loved ones from falling prey to this system of dissatisfaction. Men, honor your women and girls. Tell them that they are beautiful and show them that you mean it. Pattern your behavior so that young men can learn about what are and are not appropriate ways to talk about women. There are plenty of things to be anti about as a family. Let’s try to stop aging as being one of them.

— Jamie Lee Curtis on The Huffington Post

Continuing To Grow

People know Jamie Lee Curtis as an actress, child of actors, and as a spokesperson for Activia on TV commercials, but she is also a children’s book author.

Her books are best sellers.

I like celebrities who have more than one side to them, who have taken time to develop other talents.

Book Written By Jamie Lee Curtis

Today I Feel Silly: And Other Moods That Make My Day
Today I Feel Silly: And Other Moods That Make My Day

An endearing book for little children. Fun to read and a great way to connect with your grandchildren.

The illustrations are colorful, breezy watercolors that capture the best moods of childhood.You will like reading it as much as your grandchild loves hearing it.


Her Talent

Jamie Lee Curtis is Part Hungarian

Hungarian pepper stickers
Hungarian pepper stickers

You knew Jamie Lee Curtis is partly Hungarian, right? Her father , Tony Curtis was an Hungarian Jew (his father was born in Ópályi, near Mátészalka, and his mother was a native of Nagymihály).

She and her father helped finance the rebuilding of the Great Synagogue” in Budapest, Hungary.

Everyone Has Role Models

Who was Jamie Lee Curtis’ role model for aging gracefully?

Jamie’s Ideal of a Beautiful Celebrity

Jamie's Ideal of a Beautiful Celebrity is another great actress who aged with beauty and grace.
Jamie’s Ideal of a Beautiful Celebrity is another great actress who aged with beauty and grace.


Everyone has heroes, and the actress that Jamie Lee Curtis looked up to was Jessica Tandy. She was another fine actress who was well known for her great character roles and for aging well.

She acted well into her older years and wore her gray locks beautifully.  I think Jamie Lee has followed her own inspiration and given us a role model of aging with grace and panache.  Her whole look inspires woman to be more natural and make efforts to be healthy and vibrant.

We can take cues and add notes to our own integration of those things into our own choices as we age.

Garnier BB Cream Review

 Why I Use It On My Sixty+Plus Year Skin

I Give This Cream Top Marks

Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector B.B. Cream, Light and medium, 2.5 Fluid Ounce (Packaging May Vary)
Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector B.B. Cream, Light and medium, 2.5 Fluid Ounce (Packaging May Vary)
This is the exact product I buy -repeatedly. It comes in shades that match Caucasian skin well, and if you have another type of skin, experiment because the product is not expensive.

Makeup Or BB Cream?

I actually became aware of BB creams by reading a review about them, and since then have tried a few brands. I have been purchasing the Garnier brand, despite a few detours trying out other brands, because of its skin enhancing qualities.

What Do I Like About This BB Cream?

  • Garnier makes theirs with a smooth application, it glides on.
  • I like the smell of the product
  • It is something between a cream and a makeup giving decent coverage to my aging skin
  • Sun protection!

I think it improves my skin. There doesn’t seem to be anything that is “not to like“, although my daughter considers it a little too “heavy”. I don’t agree, but thought it might help someone who is looking for the lightest possible feel. She likes Aveeno Positively Radiant moisturizer instead.

I’ve also used “CC” creams (Read on for comparison of the two types).

But again, I like this brand of tinted cream better for everyday wear.

I feel it protects my skin when I go outdoors (which is often, given that I’m an avid gardener), and it is moisturizing. It has a sunscreen level of 15, which is enough for most of the year in my Northern climate.

I use separate sunscreen to boost the protection in summer and when I go to sunnier climes.

More To Like

Easily available, and it is economical. I think the price point is important. Why spend more for products when Garnier has created a BB cream that works, feels good on your skin, improves it, and smells nice? I spend more on a full coverage makeup, but this is the tube I grab on most days, and sometimes use it as a prep for other liquid makeup.

A comparable product, L’Oreal brand is one I have also used and I didn’t like it nearly as well. Compared to Garnier it felt dry and powdery on my skin, with its medium shade too light. So I went back to using that bright gold tube with the grass green logo which I started out with.

How To Describe it?

Remember those sheer makeups that came out years ago? I always liked them and this product looks very much the same. They even out my tone, which in aging skin like mine has sun damage, gets dry easily, and needs some under-eye lightening. When I use this cream it smooths out that unevenness.

It goes on quickly and doesn’t look streaky . Yes, some products with pigments look a bit streaky when not taking time to blend in, but this one doesn’t need that extra step, which makes it great for busy mornings.

BB cream And Little Else

My skin with Garnier BB cream
A daytime application for “out and about” in a botanical garden. I no longer wear much makeup in my daily routine: the cream and a swipe of lipstick is about it!

A daytime application for “out and about” in a botanical garden.

I no longer wear much makeup in my daily routine: the cream and a swipe of lipstick is about it!

A Few Tips For Getting a Great Look

  • Apply in layers until you get the coverage wanted
  • Apply with your fingers, it goes on easily
  • Blend, if desired, with cosmetic sponge or Kabuki makeup brush
  • I also use it to cover imperfections elsewhere on the body (mosquito bites, etc!)

*I noticed that the demonstrations in the videos on this page often use blender brushes.

I have made the Garnier B.B. one of the first choice products for my makeup bag and to take traveling.

BB stands for “Beauty Balm”

BB vs CC Cream

What is the difference between these two types of products?

  • BB creams are lighter than foundation but heavier than tinted moisturizers
  • CC cream has a fluffier feel, while BB feels more like a moisturizer
  • CC stands for “color correction” and theoretically provides more coverage

The OPINION Report

Have you tried this cream? Do you like it?

Have you tried this cream? Do you like it?

I do recommend this one. Try it out for little cost. You might stick with this choice like I have, or move on to more expensive brands, but I think you will like BB creams.

How to Apply BB Cream

Basically, smooth on the first coat just like tinted moisturizer. Then add additional thin layers to areas where more coverage is needed. For spots or blemishes, dab on extra coats with the tip of your finger and feather it invisibly into the surrounding skin.

This video illustrates the technique:

When you want something for those undereye circles

Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter Sheer Tinted Eye Roller, Light/Medium 0.5 oz
Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter Sheer Tinted Eye Roller, Light/Medium 0.5 oz
If you like the idea of BB cream with its light feel, but great coverage and the added benefits of skin nurturing ingredients… you might find yourself in the market for something formulated especially for the eye area.

I have some circles (who doesn’t?) and the roller ball is pure genius.

This cosmetic brand has been creating a line of truly beneficial products and the price is economical.

If you have dark circles under your eyes and want a quick fix, put this into your makeup bag arsenal.

BB Creams I Didn’t Like

For comparison sake: from L’Oreal

I also tried L’Oreal’s, and did not like it very well. Although the white color from the tube turned to the proper shade on my face, it felt all chalky and unpleasant. It went on more heavy, too. In comparison, the Garnier brand felt more like a tinted moisturizer.

I also did not care for the smell of this product.

From Hydroxatone

I also tried this brand, which I purchased at Costco ( also available online). It had a dry application that felt and smelled a little like something “plastic”. The color was dark and not completely natural for me.

On the plus side it has a stronger sun protection, which is why I purchased it. I still chose the Garnier brand!

Love Your Gray Hair: Silver Is the New Blonde

Ilona Erwin

If you decided to go silver, winter is time to love your gray hair and take care of it. That includes protection from the elements, using the right hair care products, and styling.

Now that I have spent a number of years allowing my hair to grow into its natural silver and white, it is time to spill the beans on the realities of keeping my mane looking its best.

Problems and solutions follow, along with some hairstyle looks for inspiration.

As Years Go By

Do I still love it? Yes, going gray was one of the best beauty decisions of my fifties. Has it rendered my haircare totally carefree? No.

I should get my haircut refreshed far more often than I do. What a difference a professional cut can make- giving shape and movement to create a more lively look.

I have also learned the hard way that a pennies amount of protection and prevention is worth a pound of cure when it comes to maintaining the good looks of gray.

I continue to seek the perfect style. (I am starting to believe this dissatisfaction has more to do with losing bodyweight than fixing my hair.) I did want to update a few of the tips which have stood me in good stead for that past few years.

When Gray Isn’t at Its Best

I have had some challenges as a Silver Fox that I never had when I was a Brunette.

The most irksome:

  • Yellowing. This is the worst problem and the one which has been hardest to deal with.
  • Flyaways and thinning, related to aging, rather than the color; but requiring care and products to manage.
  • Challenges of growing it long and keeping it looking good.

Those have to be the top three problems for most gray locks ( except for the last one, not everyone wants to have long hair!).

Silver Styling

bob hairstyle
This is the default long bob hairstyle, that I will ask my hairdresser to use if the longer lengths do not work out.

Short Gray Hair

Not everyone needs or wants to chop the length, but it is one way to deal with the above named topknot troubles. It was easiest for me to maintain shine and silveriness when I had a mid-length bob.

Cutting off hair that has been damaged by the elements or heat styling is a tried and true way to control the dryness and discoloration.

It also gives a fresh new look that is instantly rejuvenating.

Love Really Short?

pixie for over 60
pixie for over 60

Growing It Long

long gray hair

I know there are many women, like me, that see those gorgeous long locks of shining gray hair. It is so tempting to desire those below the shoulder lengths.

So I gave in, after two or three false starts, and began to grow out the length of my hair. I must be honest and say that the results are mixed. I haven’t given up yet, but if I remain ambivalent about this look, I will go back to the smooth, mid-length pageboy.

long grey hair style
I like this loose, slightly wavy style.

What Is My Beef with Body?

Thinning means less hair to give “body” to a style, and I have had layers put in to keep the style from going flat. Layers, however,  can be more prone to flyaways when the weather turns cold (a trial for all types of hair).


Tame Flyaways
Serums are still the best bet for taming flyaway hair, although hair pomade like Alberto VO5 works, too. Beware of too much which can weigh down and flatten your style.
GLOSS Moderne High-Gloss Serum, 4 fl. oz.
List Price:$49.00
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Have you tried to grow out your silver locks? What were your hurdles?

Stop Turning Yellow!

salt and pepper hair

I admit it, I didn’t use the color correcting products as often in the past year. The shampoo and conditioner formulated for gray hair make a huge difference under most circumstances.

I had an  experience with battling a bout of yellowing after a beach vacation two years ago. I am convinced that using sun protection would have prevented it. I even went to my stylist and had a “Malibu Treatment” at the time, but I felt the results were negligible. Perhaps it will work better for you?

I’ve written about fav hair products, here.

So far, the best antidote has been Paul Mitchell’s Forever Blonde line. In the future I will make a review comparing and contrasting several product lines, but this is my top tip so far.

Natural Tip
Try rinsing with the juice of a lemon added to two cups of water. It will help clarify and brighten.

I have to contend with hard water,  exposure to the elements ( LOVE being outdoors), what are your bug-a-boos? City pollution? Certain hair products? Chlorine?

UhOh Argan Oil

Maybe this personal anecdote is silly, but every time I used Argan oil, which makes hair very soft and pretty and is good for skin, I noticed a yellow cast to my hair. Hard water is also an issue in my area, but I believe the Argan oil was yellowing. Coconut oil is a better solution when moisturizing hair.

Alberto VO5 for gray hair has been my go-to for smoothing when styled, but I like natural oils for occasional replenishing.

The New Blonde

The longevity of the gray Celebrity fashion has been a happy circumstance. More and more models and actors display silvery manes. It is no longer remarkable when seeing women “of a certain age” with natural looking hairdos.  The beauty of maturity is accepted and even celebrated, though I believe we have a ways to go in appreciating the middle-aged and aged.

A few highlights for a vibrant look in maturity:

  • Keep the style “young”, but not faddish.
  • Keep hair healthy, whether short or long.
  • Good grooming is always in style, don’t go for frumpish.
  • Shampoo often
  • Protect from too much sun and heat.
  • Take vitamins- good looks are from the inside out!
  • Find the products that work best for you- experiment.

I hope these tips, styles, and reminders are helping you keep up appearances in the best possible way.  I love my gray hair and would never go back to the artificial coloring regimen. I think it has the lighthearted feel of a Blonde, with the intelligence attributed to the Brunette, and an attitude of confidence all its own.


Beauty Appliances for Aging Gracefully

Facial Steamers

When I was a young woman I regularly used a facial steamer. It lasted me for many years… Until one of my teenagers rendered it unusable (don’t ask me how! I have no idea).

I recently decided it was time to begin facial steaming again.

Years ago, it was a Conair brand that served me well. Now I wished for some updated features.

In my research into reviews, the “KINGDOMCARES NanoSteamer” came up regularly. I like the features, although it came with a few negatives. Comments such as ” water reservoir was too small”, or complaints about plastic odor were offputting.

Pure Daily Care Nanosteamer

It was a close runner up to the one I have decided to purchase which is the “Pure Daily Care Nanosteamer“. Two features tipped the balance:

  1. Long running time (up to 30 minutes)
  2. Towel warming feature

This steamer comes with a bonus (extraction tools), but that did not weigh into my decision. It was named in the short lists for a number of recommended steamers, although never as #1 choice; Panasonic brand rated more highly, but was twice the price.

This appliance’s moderate price was a factor for me.

I would have liked the addition of aromatherapy features, but decided the quality of the steam, reliability of machine outweighs that addition of having essential oils at this time.

Most all of the steamers recommend using distilled water to reduce calcium buildup. Many customers of different brands reported problems if they used oils or tap water water. For aromatherapy, it seems best to use an appliance specifically for that purpose.

Lighted Magnifying Mirrors

My mother always had magnifying mirrors, so this was not new for me. What was new is the revelation of how important a lighted mirror with good magnification would be for aging eyes.

In a guest bathroom, a whole new view was revealed when I saw myself in a lighted 10X Vanity mirror. Hairs to pluck! Skin texture to exfoliate!

I knew it was time to order a mirror, and I knew which features I wanted:

  • high magnification
  • lighting
  • with a cord
  • one with good reviews

I ended up with two mirrors, one ordered from Amazon, and one my husband picked up at Costco. Read my comparisons here.

Conair Oval Vanity Mirror

After much research I bought a Conair brand mirror that had less magnification, but better looks. Initially, I wasn’t as happy with my choice, but after use it has proved its assets.



This is the exact one I bought. I love the Satin Nickel finish. It is a very good looking mirror, and the lighting is pleasing. At first I felt the 7X was not strong enough magnification, but I believe this is one of the best mirrors to buy after a couple months of actually using it.

The Costco Mirror

I am less happy with this one. It was very economical ( which is why my husband bought it), but it has a buzz that is unpleasant when the light is on. The lighting is also very harsh and bothers my eyes. The 10X is useful, and I do use the mirror, but the glass quality seems lacking.

It is definitely a case of “you get what you pay for”.

Why Have Beauty Appliances?

In this time of life when my major goal is “divesting”, it is fair to ask why I am buying more appliances. I’ve done fine without them for so long…. why now?

For the mirrors, my aging eyes have had increasing trouble seeing my face for beauty regimens, including putting on makeup. The magnifying mirror with good light is a necessity. More important than a hairdryer, for me.

The steamers serve more than one purpose, and these things have to do with luxury and comfort. In a way, it is also more economical to give myself a facial than to spend extra on spa services.  The steamers are good for home health, since they moisturize the air and skin.

So what appliances do you now feel are necessities for you? One of these or something else? Leave a comment to tell me about your favorites.

The Prettiest Nail Polish Trends

Who doesn’t like pretty nails?

A woman’s love for shoes is well known, but what about the beauty of those feet inside the shoes? The finishing touch for a pedicure, the toes peeking out from sandals, and otherwise unadorned feet on the beach all deserve a little attention that comes from pretty polish.

Top Trends for Spring

In spring and summer those sandals shod or otherwise bare feet are on full display.

FOR fall/winter 2017

During the winter season, hands take center stage with bling, deep color, contrasts, and matte looks..

What colors are trendy? Which ones are classic? Nothing is easier to change and experiment with than nail polish.

So I thought I’d gather together a few of the thousands of choices available.

Whether you give yourself a home pedicure, or book a professional salon, these are the colors and looks to get for this year.


My Favorite Nail Polish Color

What is your favorite manicure style?

photo by lloria
photo by lloria

Trendy Colors

What’s The Newest Fashion?

For 2016, gray and metal have gone to chrome. Ombre is taking the Pantone duo of Serenity blue and Rose quartz and mixed them one into the other. Yellow appears for spring.

Going into fall, matte looks and geometrics with bling are on trend. Take the ombre idea and make it matte with your fav wardrobe colors.



There are always seasonal changes, deeper colors for fall/winter and lighter ones for spring/summer, but what about fashion forward trends?

The buzz: BLUES are big. For 2015, it was cobalt, specifically. Freshen up your blues with this strong color that fairly sings (like a bluebird?). It will make you feel happy.

Autumnal shades are also a beautiful look. Try them in sheers or marbled looks.

Then there is the true gray color that has the same effect as the Gothic black (which is still popular), but looking newer.

For Spring?

Look for pinks, gray and neutrals, pastels on a sheer base for an almost nude look.

found on
found on

Lots Of Matte Look

Some say adding eye shadow or cornstarch to polish gives you the effect. For 2016, it is back to black


These were the Top Ten looks for 2016:

  1. Navy with sparkles
  2. Milky white, Creamy Beige opaques
  3. Unusual French Nail Colors
  4. Nail art.
  5. Silver Metallics
  6. Apple Red
  7. Seafoam Green
  8. Glitter
  9. Gloss finishes
  10. Geometric and Abstract designs

For 2017: Keep the Navy, Get Edgier With the Art

Found on this deep blue was popular for 2015. Update the design with vintage or geometric asymmetry.
Found on this deep blue was popular for 2015. Update the design with vintage or geometric asymmetry.

Past Looks, Which Will Stay?

How it looks in 2016:

Gorgeous Red takes on a pure red apple look.

Nail Art goes to the art museums for abstracts, 3D, and geometrics.

Nudes with flat beige.

Marbled went to “Oil Slick”.

Compare this years spring looks with the slightly weird stuff of 2014

For 2015: Gorgeous Red…. Dreamy Creamsicle Orange…. Super Natural…. Ballet Pink….

Get the picture? Classic reds, chic corals, soft pastels, and nudes are 2012’s colors. For 2013, the reds are tempered with art effects: half moon, racing stripes, and blood dripping art.

Get with 2015 and use sheer colors, tribal or marbled painted look. Or sophisticated gold stripe across every nail.

Nudes which are strongly blush pink and milk white, nail art.

Black is still strong …Pearl effects …Skin matching …Racing Stripes … the verdict is IN.

New Looks

Pantone’s color of the year: Rose Quartz

Blues are navy.

Grays are charcoal.

Greens are seafoam.

Reds are apple.

Matte is Strong for 2016/17

DKNY matte nails
DKNY matte nails

Green Tips

green nail tips
Monique Lhuillier, IMAXTREE

French Manicure – Is Back! But Different

The look of a French Manicure is classic and elegant. A natural colored nail with a white tip that is given a satin glaze.

The History of the French Manicure

Some stories tell it that Max Factor invented today’s “French Manicure” in the 1930s for Hollywood stars. It is one of the most requested nail designs.

This polish style had fallen out of favor with fashionistas, and the natural nail or black nail replaced it. The variation of the “American nail” with an off-white tip is considered more fashionable than stark white tips, today. And this is the basic way it has re-emerged.

For some, it was always be the favorite choice, and they will be happy this year.

The newest way to use a French nail look is with the edge stripe in pastels of green, blue, or pink. Fantastic art effects can also be found.

In 2016

It takes a new tack: tips are done in color. Emerald green made an appearance…

Give yourself a manicure?

The Frugal Way To Be Fashionable

Gather together:

  • Pack of cotton balls
  • Paper towels / Makeup removal pads
  • Nail polish remover
  • Nail polish
  • Emery board
  • Nail trimmer
  • Cuticle remover

LUSH has some of the most delicious products that are good for you and smell heavenly.

  1. Soak hands in warm soapy water
  2. Remove Nail Polish
  3. Trim your nails
  4. File your Nails
  5. Remove Cuticles
  6. Apply 2 Coats Nail Polish
  7. Apply Lotion

A paraben-free formula with 14 natural oils including Jojoba oil, Almond oil, Evening Primrose oil and now Argan oil and Borage oil. Zeva creates this luxurious emollient in a convenient pen applicator.

Keep your cuticles cared for – These are the best beauty buys for nails

Reading the advice of top manicure experts, you will no doubt come across recommendations for the best nail care products. The implements and time saving ways to keep your nails in top form. Take some time to look over these selected nail care products for gift ideas or to give your own nails the care they deserve.

Best way to Accessorize?

Cute manicures and pedicures!

Sanitation Is Important

At home, but especially when using a salon, remember to keep implements clean and sanitized for good foot health.

When was the last time you had your nails done?

Maybe its time to get a pretty pedicure

Maybe you are like me and tend to forget about your nails until there is a special event… like a wedding or a vacation where you will wear sandals, and you think, “Oh no, I need to do something for my nails!” Now, with all the pretty nail polish colors available, and the relaxing experience of a pedicure or a manicure, maybe it is time to put an appointment with a salon on your schedule a little more often. It isn’t a big thing, or an expensive thing, but the time spent grooming and painting your nails can add a little good feeling into your day.

photo by Multiple fragments of tissue
photo by “Multiple fragments of tissue”

More than just a chance to pamper yourself, it can be a part of your health regimen. Cleaning with proper cutting and clipping of the nails can prevent ingrown toenails and infections. This is doubly important if you suffer from a condition like diabetes. If you opt for the professional pedicure or manicure, a massage is often included which improves the blood circulation.

Probably the most important concern is not the choice of a pretty polish color, but of the sanitation practices of the salon. You can always bring your own polish color, but the conditions of the facility is far more important for the health of your feet.

Body Toolz Deluxe Manicure/Pedicure Kit

Blue – Can still be found, but the newest trend is Navy

Pretty Colors From OPI

Love their colors, their quality, but admitting that their whimsical color names have something to do with it,too!

Look for blushy pinks, matte neutrals, and bold metallics

Try their “local” color collections: Hawaii, San francisco, New Orleans…

Best Colors in a Mini Collection

No need for a big bite out of your budget when you want to experiment with the trends in nail color.

Small sizes of polish give clear opportunity to try out a look before spending money.

Prettiest summer colors including trends of the right red and the new green.

Vintage Trends through the Years

Polished with Color or Natural? – Which manicure would you opt for?

Which do you think is better? Polished or natural nails?

How to Manicure Your Nails

When Only Sexy Deep Red Will Do – A dark red nail may be the classic sultry look

Oxblood is still IN. You might want to step up the brightness to an Apple red for summer and in keeping with the latest fashion looks.

What if you want to go lighter, but still give your nails a rich color? The color of the year is “Rose Quartz”, which is a dusty pink. Consider giving it some glitter or opal effect.

A color that will take you far this summer is the new beige or a charcoal gray.

Take a look at your wardrobe colors and pick a trend that is a versatile harmony with the colors you will be wearing this summer.

Pamper Your Hands and Feet With A Home Pedicure

wood floor with pretty feet

Beauty 101: Nail Prep!

Illustrated how-to From directions to remove nail polish to full instructions on how to polish!

You can shell out your hard earned money for a pro manicure or pedicure, or you can get real luxury results at home by learning how, yourself .

Pretty Hands and Pretty Feet for Dancing

Giving yourself a home pedicure or manicure is easy and saves time and money that you might not have to spare at this time of year! This guide was written for those who like to perform belly dancing, but anyone who wants to show off pretty hands and feet are welcome to all the tips here…

Get ready to shine for the holidays.

Most bellydancers use a barefoot look, and all of them use expressive hand movements, so a good grooming regimen with pedicures and manicures are actually part of the costume. You can get it done professionally or save money by doing your own manicures and pedicures at home.

Why not try to care for as much of your foot grooming and manicures at home? Follow the links, get some luxurious products and make your graceful hands and feet beautifully cared for.

Nothing softens like a paraffin foot bath

Pretty Feet poster
Pretty Feet

Ancient Romans and later the French and British utilized the benefits of a paraffin for skin.

Gena Ultimate Spa Paraffin Bath With Wax

Gena Ultimate Spa Paraffin Bath With Wax

Paraffin Benefits

Paraffin wax is a common option in heat therapy treatments for people with arthritis- relaxes, relives pain, and moisturizes.

Paraffin increases the permeability of molecules into the skin. It is one way to drive beneficial ingredients into the stratum corneum skin layer.

Benefits of warm paraffin treatments include: an increase in extension of soft tissues; removal of toxins from cells; enhanced blood flow; increased function of tissue cells; relaxation of sore, stiff muscles; and relief of painful arthritic joints.

Gena Tropical Paraffin Wax 1 lb.
Gena Tropical Paraffin Wax 1 lb.

OPI Manicure Pedicure Green Tea Scrub 8.5oz
OPI Manicure Pedicure Green Tea Scrub 8.5oz

How To Give Yourself A Pedicure

Have your polish picked out, and all the supplies on hand. Carve out at least an hour so that you can benefit from a relaxing foot soak, too.

OPI Pedicure - Pedicure by OPI Trial Kit
OPI Pedicure – Pedicure by OPI Trial Kit

Ooooh, how fun to get a kit with so many fabulous products. Opi fine quality. Half the fun is a long lasting polish in a fun fashion color. This brand is one of my favorites, and I usually pick it from the selection at the salons, too.

These two videos make it easy to assemble your supplies and follow along in the steps needed to pamper your own feet. While we all love a trip to the salon, it isn’t always possible time wise or within the budget.

Finishing Touch

Opi Axxium Gel System- Intro Kit

Opi is the premiere name in nail care- they have such high quality products! They give your nails a professional look, and in fact I have had pro nail services that use Opi products and polishes. Love them.

Source: via Kiki on Pinterest

A Dancer’s Feet

Few things are more important to a dancer than the condition of their feet- something that we can all take notes from. Our feet are often neglected and even abused by our modern lives. We stuff them into shoes that squeeze them and leave them hurting. We forget them until they give us a problem- but taking care of our feet can give a sense of well being and will prove surprisingly refreshing.

Take Time For Your Feet!

Dead Sea Spa Products: Nail Kit
Dead Sea Spa Products: Nail Kit
Dead Sea Spa Products: Nail Kit — Buy 1 Get 1 Free

I love the mineral treatments that come from the Dead Sea. I use a nail kit to buff out my nails and make them shine.

photo by beglig
photo by beglig

Give Yourself a Pedicure

Easy when you know how

Remove Old Polish

Cotton balls and mild polish remover are all you need.

Cut & File Nails

Use high quality clippers made for clipping toenails

Soak Your Feet

Add a quarter cup of milk to a warm foot bath with epsom salts

Care for Cuticles

Cuticle remover and an orange stick to push back the nail cutices

Exfoliate with foot scrub

Use a foot file to smooth feet


Cuticle cream and a good foot cream.

Polish Toes

Acetone remover to get rid of excess oil on the nails.

Basics: A good quality polish by a name like OPI, apply 2 coats;and a topcoat.

Dry for at least 40 minutes

Spray with a moisturizing oil

California Mango Mist Moisture Spray


Recommended products:

Footlight Links


  • To the Tips of Your Toes: Belly Dance Costuming for Your Feet
    When planning your belly dance costume, don’t forget about your feet! Use this article to help you complete your look. This page appears on The Art Of Middle Eastern Dance by Shira, which offers over 1,000 articles related to belly dancing: historica

Pedicure/Manicure Poll

mind and body connection
Go back to  Body Beautiful index page

Gorgeous Gray Hair: How To Maintain Silver Locks

More women are finding that their gray and silver locks can be stunning. No need to color their hair and struggle with roots that need touch-ups. Stay gray and love your healthy hair.

Maintain Your Silver Locks

I Say Silver is the New Blonde

Gorgeous White

You are seeing more of us everywhere: women who flaunt their silver locks. Gray hair is no longer a source of shame. Embracing our age gracefully, we have stopped coloring our hair and now revel in the healthy feeling of our own hair color, accentuating and not covering it up.

Of course, it helps that the likes of Lady Gaga and Emmylou Harris are photographed with their beautiful gray hairstyles.

But what about those of us who will remain gray after the momentary fads of fashion fade away? There is an art to dealing with the changes that aging makes in our skin and hair, and we are in no less need of beauty tips and great products to help us look our best. Growing older is no longer something women need to keep a secret, and it isn’t trying to look younger that needs to concern us, so much as looking and being as healthy and strong as possible.

That has always been the top beaut secret at any age, it just hasn’t been as aggressively marketed.

Maybe it is time to change that oversight.

My Story, the Evolution of Gray

My Twenties

I had dark, shiny brunette hair, and it being the seventies I wore it quite long. I didn’t color my mid-back length hair, but used coconut infused shampoos and gave it olive oil treatments. I cut it myself every once in a while. Being young, my main concern was shine and keeping split ends at bay.

My Thirties

Gray began to appear… I blame my kids ( just kidding). So, off to the hairdresser I went and blonde or caramel highlights began to become part of my “cover story”. It was a subtle way to blend the gray and disguise it .

As the years progressed through the decade, t e highlights grew chunkier and took up more brunette hair real estate, until it was obvious that this was not going to be sufficient to color the amount of gray that was replacing my originally very dark brown.

My Forties

In my fortieth decade I started coloring my hair, and not satisfied with mere experiments of dark browns, caramel browns, or golden browns, I added highlights on top of the brown, because time was marching on and my skin was fading from the color that used to match the glossy brunette hair color of my youth. I wanted it to look as becoming and natural as possible. And the hair stylists did make me look good. For awhile.

But oh, those roots.

Closer hair appointments, more complex color services, added hair products to preserve those effects, and additional conditioning treatments, oh dear, this was all getting very expensive for my middle class budget. but, I was willing to pay it, and my husband complimented the results, so on with the carousel ride I went.

But I kept considering how women older than me were adjusting to their aging physical appearance and admired the ones who were comfortable in their skins, and noticed the gap between the look of the hair color and the look of the skin. It was apparent that at a certain point the hair and skin did not match up.

The Fifties

As I approached my mid-fifties, the decision was made. At some point I would go “cold turkey”, it would be time to tough out the dreaded “growing out” period, the half color/half natural stage that must be endured.

It wasn’t really so hard when the time came. I had gradually become almost “blonde”. ( Which is another hair color story almost in itself- do you know people treat blondes differently?) The gray transition was a bit tacky, but I didn’t have to cut all my hair off (I wear it mid-length,usually). It went gray, and has stayed that way ever since. I turned sixty this year.

Yes, a woman who will tell you her age will tell you anything. It’s true.

The Reaction To Shades Of Gray

I have a nice silver gray, it’s true, but I was not prepared for how (most of the time) the reactions of people to my gray hair is quite complimentary and positive.

Of course there was that shock when transitioning to the natural shade of color, when someone in the grocery line behind me telephoned their mom “Im in line behind the old lady”. Well, I am older, and not everyone is going to say “the nice looking old lady”! But that is okay, because it is very freeing to become comfortable in ones own skin… and hair.

Comfy, Yet? Easy Gray Hair Care


Take Care Of Your Hair, Maintain Shine And Health

When hair loses its pigment, it also often changes in texture. Like many women who go gray, my hair became more coarse and curly.

I have learned since allowing my natural hair color to reign that shine and a smooth look are more becoming, especially when I want to look my best. Certain hair products are essential for this. I like shampoos formulated for silver hair, and smoothing serum to tame the frizzies. If I really want to look my best I run a flatiron over my hair to style it.

Are You Comfortable With Your Graying Color Yet?

Give Your Silver Some Shine Image courtesy of Ambro Give Your Silver Some Shine Image courtesy of Ambro

One of the ways that gray hair grows on you (a little pun, there!) is by seeing other women who have changed to their gray and look beautiful. Think about famous actresses like Helen Mirren, Jamie Lee Curtis, Meryl Streep.. and models like Maye Musk, Cindy Joseph, and Yasmina Rossi. They are all examples of just how gorgeous a gray haired woman can be.

One thing they all have in common is that their hair has a healthy look, and taking care of hair inside and outside has always been a secret of women with beautiful hair.

Improving the Outside?

  • Yellow cancelling shampoo
  • Serum for smooth shine
  • Gentle shampoos, moisturizing conditioners
  • Protection from sun and wind

Improving the Inside?

  • Good health habits in general
  • Vitamins A, B Complex ( that means all of them together), D and E are all of vital importance to hair health.
  • Eat more eggs, walnuts, lentils… even oysters! All have nutrients that are great for hair health.

Going Gray

Spring in her step, stylishly coiffed
Spring in her step, stylishly coiffed Source: mvplante on Flickr

What Causes Hair To Go Gray?

It wasn’t until recently that scientists discovered the role that hydrogen peroxide played in the loss of melanin in the hair. The hydrogen peroxide that is produced by the body interferes with the production of melanin which is the pigment for hair color. As we age the enzyme that breaks this chemical down into harmless water and oxygen is no longer produced so well.

Does this mean you can prevent your hair from turning gray? No, not yet. Scientists don’t quite know what to do with their new findings, but they are working on it.

Can stress turn your hair gray?

Scientists don’t think so. It seems to be more a product of your genes. Your genes and the decrease of certain metabolic enzymes like catalase.

Can I reverse the gray through supplements?

No, it doesn’t work that way. The enzyme, that your body is producing less of, is unstable and it isn’t possible to direct it to the hair follicles where it would make a difference in the production of melanin.

How Do I Make My Hair Look Amazing?

Pravana Pure Light Sulfate-free Brightening Shampoo for Blonde Silver or Highlighted Hair 10.1oz(300ml)

Pravana Pure Light Sulfate-free Brightening Shampoo for Blonde Silver or Highlighted Hair 10.1oz(300ml)

This is one of the most popular shampoos for cancelling out yellow. It has color properties that highlight the silver hair, but one of the big reasons users like it is because of the fact it is paraben-free. Best results are for well conditioned hair, so be sure to use a conditioner, as well.

A Great Silver Hair Product, Reviewed

Gray Hair Truth Or Dare

What do you really think of gray hair?

Silver is the new blonde! Make your declaration, Silver Fox.
Silver is the new blonde! Make your declaration, Silver Fox.

Go For The Silver

  • Helen Mirren’s Style
    We live in a forever young society and no one mirrors that more than our celebrities, but for aging well, Helen Mirren is the perfect role model.
  • The Silver Fox, Stunning Gray Hair Styles
    What are the best products to keep silver hair in top condition? Which celebrities have gone gray and flaunt it? Find out and get style ideas, too. Beautiful up-to-date hairstyles.

Growing Out Silver Gray Hair

Books That Encourage

Staging Your Comeback: A Complete Beauty Revival for Women Over 45
Staging Your Comeback: A Complete Beauty Revival for Women Over 45

Your own guided makeover to stage your best look, Refresh, revive, and revamp.

Putting The Shine On Silver Hair

There are some fabulous products that really rev up the shine that is so vital for great looking silver hair.

Having gray hair was once, and for many still is, a dreaded sign of age. This was a change to be denied with frequent trips to the Salon or Drug store so that  “only her hairdresser” knew for sure whether there were streaks of gray growing in that crown of glory.

Times have changed and with many women accepting,  even reveling, in their gray tresses, lots of beauty products have come on to the market to make the best of the silver color.

Silky Gray HairThere are three main things for great looking hair that has lost its pigments (the things that make strands black to blonde and everything in between)

  1. Healthy habits that give strength and vitality ( the hair has to start out in good condition)
  2. Keeping the hair clean and moisturized, which removes dulling buildup and prevents dry frizzies)
  3. Using hair products that cancel yellowing, product to give shine and polish, gentle care when styling.

Let’s Look At Shampoo And Conditioner

Look for something gentle:

Keeping hair moisturized and healthy-looking is a matter of being gentle with it: no harsh products that strip away the oils and out er layer of the hair shaft. No overuse of heat from dryers and flatirons, or chemical treatments (permanents or straighteners).

Personally I have been using Paul Mitchell’s Forever Blonde, which tones and shines up my silvery hair.

If you’d like to try an intro pack of full size bottles in a case, I think you might be pleased with this combo sold on Amazon. The formuas are sulfate-free, gentle and moisturizing , and I love the toning color effect on my hair.

What about parabens?

Parabens are preservatives. The worry was that, as xenoestrogens, they would contribute to cancers- especially breast cancer.Commonly used in shampoos and other cosmetic formulations, if you have concerns seek out a Paraben-free product.

What about sulfates?

Sulfates are more potentially dangerous, and connected with a number of health issues, including hair loss.

The most popular of all the shampoos/conditioners that are used by women who frequent my pages on Silver hair is Pravana. It is free of the offending additives,

Full length review is found here

These two choices are the top two brands I would personally recommend, on all counts.

Styling And Shine

Finally we come to the main topic, which is how to add some real wattage to your hair, bringing out all the beauty of silvery hair. (And that includes, the salt and pepper and steel variety of grays, too),

I Love Serums

The first must have is serum. There is more than one, but again I am partial to Paul Mitchell’s Awapuhi Wild Ginger Styling Treatment Oil. No, I’m not paid to recommend these products. This brand has just worked out very well for me.

I love this stuff and not just for the gorgeous scent (which is one of the selling points that I would certainly gush on about).

Most any serum is going to give you the sleek look you are looking for, and I have used many types, Garnier, L’Oreal, John Frieda-and more. But the Wild Ginger Treatment Oil  has natural extracts along with the silicone that produces the shininess. It is very lightweight and doesn’t weigh down your hair.

Apply it right after washing your hair, while it is still quite damp.

Buy Two, because you will love the way it makes your hair feel, small, and look. Actually I use this entire line of products. From the shampp through the sea-spray, to the hair styling mousse and more. What can I say? I fell in love with the fragrance and the way my hair looked.

(For shampoo and conditioner I switch off between the Forever Blonde and the Wild Ginger…with occasional use of Bumble and Bumble) I happen to be a big believer in rotating through different formulations for hair products.


The Gray Hair Pep Talk

For More Information

I started out writing about gray hair after deciding to grow it out, and doing some research and experimentation with what products worked best for me. Getting older meant lots of beauty choices changes and this was one of them. I collected lots of info and hairstyles which I included in an article posted on Squidoo.

Then I included an article showcasing hairstyles just for my type of hair: gray, medium texture, wavy, and shoulder length.

If you haven’t seen this yet, or trying to decide whether to grow out your gray hair, listen to my opinion on the topic.

Beauty Haul

GraceAnne made a terrific beauty tips video, and stuffed it full of great makeup advice for any age group. I’ve worn makeup all my life and I learned some things!

I’ve always loved this type of mini review of products, partly because I like to find great products, but also because there is such a huge amount offered that it is hard to sort through them all. A shortcut to recommended brands which create a great look is a money and time saver.

I’m going to post the video here, but please consider going to Youtube to follow GraceAnne and give her thumbs up. Following the video I’ll post some links to the recommended products (the only thing missing from a perfect beauty haul review).

Tarte Maracuja Oil

This is the one I really want to try. I started using face oil a few years ago, but not this particular brand and I really like the sound of how this one works.

MAC Studio Fix Fluid

Using foundation since I was thirteen and now I’m in my sixties. I think it gives a finished look, protects skin, and today’s formulations can actually be really good for your skin. MAC is one of the best names in makeup- but the price has always stopped me from trying this brand. Now that I know the qualities that make it worthwhile, I think I will try it next time I run out of foundation.

Kat Von D Blush in ‘Love Song’

Have to agree that this color is fresh and pretty and looks like it gives a very soft, natural look.

Tarte Maracuja Lip Scrub

Totally new product for me- I just used whatever facial scrub, but the fact that this one has the facial oil in it sounds ideal. I’ll consider this one, even though a lip scrub is not high on my personal list.

Fresh Sugar Lip Tint

I already have used this for years- love it! It has a very pleasant fragrance and feel, goes on smoothly without the sticky feel that other similar products often have. The color is perfect for more mature women who want light youthful color.

Maybelline Color Tattoo Eye Shadow

Intriguing. I wonder if this tip will work for aging eyelids- I am definitely going to try it. Maybelline is a very economical and easy to find brand, so it is a cinch to experiment with.

Maybelline Stiletto Eyeliner

I use pencil eyeliner and prefer cake when I can find it. So I’ll leave this type of liner for the younger set. I revisited liquid liner, but my eyes are already sensitive and I didn’t like the heavy look. Personally, I will pass on this, but GraceAnne’s eyes look great with it- so for the economical price- go ahead and give it a try to see if it works for you.

Nars Lip Liner

I used lip pencils and it is great for making lasting color- especially if you like the “stained” look with gloss on top. Older lips need the defining line … and I love this color- would most definitely buy it! On my list, now.

By the way, about “Rikugien”: The name Rikugi-en means Garden of the Six Principles of Poetry, read more? Nars borrows the name for its muted pink satin pencil.

MAC lipstick

Plumful is really a pretty color! I have never tried MAC lipsticks, but just love lipsticks, so another one has made my list. I may skip eye makeup, and often just use BB cream instead of foundation now, but I always carry and use lip color.

Urban Decay shadows

This is one eye shadow collection that is truly worth it. The neutral colors will give you a look that can be subtle or dramatic and not look garish.

Over Fifty? Start The New Year With A Beauty Toolkit

Aging Gracefully

I’m Older, Saggier, Gone Gray – Now What?

You wanted a prettier picture, didn’t you? But prettier pictures aren’t true reflections of reality, and we are just going to feel, and look, more frumpy until we take that reality and turn it to our advantage.

OK, that sounds pretty dismal, doesn’t it? The reality is that though aging isn’t what it used to be, it still presents challenges. (Let’s be honest here).

If you are like me, and find that aging is sometimes much more awkward than graceful, but you are ready to tune things up and refurbish your chassis a bit…. this is the toolkit for you.

Aging Gracefully

While some of the most helpful tools and tips for anti-aging are included here, reader tips are quite welcome (actually if you could see me I am begging with pleading eyes). Please share any tips that you have found to help the rest of us maintain health, preserve beauty, reconstitute our dreams, or whatever is in YOUR toolkit…

helen mirren
Stylishly Dressing The Part

Helen Mirren’s Style Helen Mirren elicits admiration from many, including me, for her her mature beauty and elegant style. I’ve looked to her for clues in how I might gain this look for myself.

I am no longer young and slim, so what do I wear now?

older woman of the past
Aging has never been easy

It doesn’t matter if the only part of that statement is that you are no longer young. No, I take that back… you are actually a step ahead if you had to deal with a curvier, heavier body to clothe, because you know that there are clothes that make you look better and feel more comfortable and those that are a crime to wear. You know the clothes I’m talking about, the ones they sell to us, every season, which some of us ( not naming names) buy …every season… because we haven’t learned our lesson yet.

But like some other parts of the toolkit, this one has a few universals, too. Like posture. Good posture gets rid of lots of rolls that you thought you had, but were just re-situated flesh. More flesh just makes that more obvious. Besides, you feel better and your frame operates better when you have good posture.

Good posture is one of those things that depends on the strength of your muscles, especially your abdominal muscles. Yes, those. Whoa, Nelly, why are we talking about good posture when this was supposed to be about the fun stuff, like buying clothes? Well, hold your horses, there, friend… you have heard of a clothes horse, haven’t you? ( yes, I’m having too much fun with this).

A woman who has good posture has an air of confidence, and her clothes just look better on her. As older women we need that. Put that in your toolbox.

Changes in Clothes

I had to change the types of clothes I buy. I now appreciate stretchy waists ( I know: the abdominal exercises, etc… but I am not totally there yet). Looser flowy ( but not too flowy) tops are my friends. Tight Tshirts and low waisted jeans are my enemies until I lose alot of weight, which is not happening soon, but hopefully at some point. That admitted, my body has rearranged and I am not sure what exercise and weight loss is able to do about that.

Better to have shirts and jackets that skim the waist, don’t tuck things in or cinch them if your waist and surrounding areas are a little bulgy.

Clothing tool #1: refuse to wear something too tight

As always, I LOVE white cotton, buttoned shirts. LOVE them. They are my best friends.

Clothing tool #2: wear good shoes that are comfortable for you

Clothing tool #3: get a good quality, well cut coat.

Another tool in my personal toolkit is to take my tasteful, honest daughter shopping with me. I made my better choices on a coat and purse that way. My look tends to stay in a rut, otherwise.

Clothing tool #4: find brand names that work for your body.-buy those brands.

Don’t buy your ‘age’, buy your ‘style’.

I almost wish girdles were back in style, though. Never mind, pretend I didn’t say that.

Even if you color your hair, but especially if you have gone gray, your skin fades, and that needs an adjustment in the hues you buy for your wardrobe.

I’ll tell you a personal story. I colored my hair for a number of years, I chose a warm brown with caramel highlights mostly ( the stylist did the work, but I chose the general color I wanted). Warm colors and I went with an Autumn wardrobe palette, even though I’m one of those hard to pin point seasonal colors (“Winter? Autumn. Autumn? Winter… um I don’t’ know ..OK Autumn“) Anyways, once my hair turned steely gray with a winter white shock of it near my face, the oranges and mustards didn’t look so good on me anymore. Corals were a bit iffy, too. Yellows were downright bad. So I had to rearrange the color scheme of my wardrobe.

Unfamiliar with the “color seasons” wardrobe concept? Read about it here.

The one color I know I look good in is Charcoal. Still in the learning curve.

stylish coat
Fashion Coat

Clothing That Fits
Your middle is thicker, you may have changed dress sizes, and your bra may not fit right. Adjust your self image with your reality. That doesn’t mean old fashioned style! Keep open minded about incorporating new style into your look. Quality construction and fabric count. Smooth, well fitting clothes shaves off the years.

Get a Good Looking Jacket

Mac and Jac Is One Designer with Class

Find a Brand that Fits YOU!
Certain brands are kinder to the mature figure

Look for stretch fabrics, good cut, forgiving waistlines, tummy minimizing panels.

Gloria Vanderbilt pants and jeans always fit me well. I now stay with brands that cater to women who have my shape- older women, that is. A slimming pair of pants are ones that fit well, and are comfortable at the same time. This is one of those brands that fit.

The little extra bit of stretch and the cut are what set these jeans apart.


Have a Favorite Handbag?


Does Its Style Flatter You? – Carry it fashionably


A bulky, out of date handbag can date you. Take cues from fashion and the younger generation on this accessory.

My daughter-in-law picked out my all time favorite handbag as a gift for me. It holds everything, but has a very slim outline and not too heavy. When I go on vacation I like something bigger to carry more with me. For most occasions, too big a bag weighs me down with everything I am tempted to carry around in it, so a smaller bag with lots of organized pocket space helps save my energy.

Look in a mirror when choosing a handbag to see the overall silhouette. Better quality materials, as in clothing, makes accessories to contribute to an overall svelte or youthful look.


As you can tell by now, I let brand names guide me when it comes to fashion, style, and fit. Fossil is my fav name in purses.

Tools For Health

Keep Active, Eat Right, Use Effective Products

Jamie Lee Curtis is a good role model

Jamie Lee Curtis Jamie Lee Curtis,Good Looks At Any Age

I think Jamie Curtis is absolutely gorgeous. She has a look that is healthy, natural, and which any woman might want to emulate. Jamie Lee Curtis and I share something in common: we have some Hungarian ancestry. With her athletic, yet feminine style, she has a youthful look to emulate

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Advice and confessions

First a confession. I stopped coloring my hair and went naturally gray a few years ago, and I am radically happy about it. That doesn’t mean I am going to evangelize the rest of the women in the world to do the same. I am going to celebrate my choice. That said, the tools we are going to use for maintaining our beautiful (think positively, now) mane of hair are applicable across the spectrum of no color, highlighted, full-on colored treatments. In fact, most of the tools are things we should do no matter what our age.

Cross-Generational and Cross-Color Tools:

  • Vitamins
  • Good nutrition
  • Regular exercise
  • Keeping the scalp clean
  • Gentle Handling
  • Conditioning
  • Right Products for the (our) Hair

Actually what you will notice is that many of our tools are going to be multitasking to improve our skin, our energy levels, and our moods. That is because the foundation that ought to have been drummed into us when we were younger was that the the basis for beauty is good health. In fact, good health is the basis for a lot of the better things in life.

So we might as well make up our minds right now that we are going to learn how to use these tools properly and work with them every day. It is our job. Our job is to learn how to live our lives to their fullest. Sure, aging and all sorts of things get in the way, that is the backbeat of life, but our job is to maintain ourselves to the utmost of our ability. Why? Do I need a reason why? Of course I do, because like most everyone else I tend to forget: I cannot trade myself in or get replacement parts when somethings starts giving out.

We need to take care of ourselves and keep ourselves as healthy as possible.

That ought to be listed in the tools: a right attitude towards ourselves and our health.

Once Your Hair Is Healthy

Once your heir is healthy, keep it shined with a serum. Use a straightening iron to keep it smooth and bring out even more shine.

Older women need a bit of color, but nothing garish. Compliment dark clothes, and silvery hair with soft roses in your cheeks and on your lips.

Similar to losing color from lips, our eyebrows sometimes thin and need some accenting. I use eyebrow powder and like it much better than pencils. When I was young I had quite think dark brows, so this is another side effect of the growing older.

Getting Fit

My favorite exercise is yoga stretching and gardening activities. Taking walks has become a commitment my husband and I have made to each other.

Improve Your Brain

Feel Younger, Keep Sharp

More than Skin Deep!

Not just what goes on cosmetically, when we utilize the tools of nutrition plus other activities to keep the brain healthy we are preserving our health, beauty, and life.

I was introduced to Dr. Amen through PBS and what he has to say makes great sense. A better brain and keeping your weight down? I’m sold on that.

Brain Matters
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Dr. Amen’s Books

Vitamin Supplements

Improve your nutrition

There are sooo many supplements and companies that produce them that it might make your head spin. Generally I like to stay within certain brand names that I trust, but if you look at features such as “standardized” ingredients, you are likely to find good quality products.

I’ve used “New Chapter” for years, ever since my health-conscious daughter recommended them.

Although there are quite a few special formulations, I like to use a multi-vitamin as a basic start for good nutrition.

I know there are lots of arguments (still!) about whether we should use vitamin pills, but I think that with modern farming methods that often strip away nutrients it is important to take supplements.

I notice a difference in my health between times I am diligent in taking my vitamins and when I get lax.

Healthy Skin For Naturally Aging Better

A Good Skin Cream – For night repair

Don’t forget to get a good night’s sleep, as well. “Beauty sleep” is more than a blithe cliche. Try out RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream, 1 Ounce. I use it.

Anti-Aging Beauty Advice

Keep these tips in your toolkit of daily habits:

*You use sunscreen, don’t you? AND get plenty of time outdoors to get the vitamin D from the sun? It sounds contradictory, but you need to protect your skin from sun damage, getting sunburned, but good health requires some outdoor time, since the skin makes important vitamin D.

A Good Skin Care Regimen

I love Shiseido! I’ve tried many brands, but this has to be my all time favorite for great products with fantastic results.

Take Care of Your Aging Hair

Gray hair can stay- looking healthy

Lovely gray hair

One of the most helpful tips I learned about my hair which seemed to be thinning out was to keep the scalp clean. I thought too many shampoos would make my hair too dry, but actually it is important for the health of the hair follicles to keep the scalp clean. Check out the Silver Fox gray hair lens for great hair products.

Got Gray Hair? – Leave a note about your favorite aging gracefully tip

Rose Water

Flower waters can be so refreshing especially on a hot summer day. I love to use them as skin toners, or as a light perfume, when summer heat means many perfumes are too heavy. Rose water is one of my favorites, and the most all-around useful.

Types and uses of rose water:
Since rosewater can lend a subtle flavor to foods, there is a culinary type, but the most popular use for it is as a beauty aid. Bulgarian Rose Water is some of the most famous that is commercially available, and it can be used for a hydrating skin toner straight from the bottle on a cotton ball.

“The different species used for oil production yield different compositions of oils and thus different scents. Moroccan Rose Oil (Rosa centifolia) is rich in Phenylethanol (63%), but contains less Citronellol (10-15%), Geraniol and Nerol (8%). The Bulgarian type (Rosa damascena) is naturally rich in Citronellol (35-55%), Geraniol and Nerol (40%) but only 2% Phenylethanol. Although traditionally Rosa gallica supplied the demand for Rose petals used for medicinal purposes, it is no longer possible to ascertain the exact species of red roses in circulation in the trade today. Rose petals used medicinally should be of a healthy, deep crimson colour and have a strongly aromatic scent.” –about rose water

I recently bought a spray on from the Wild Oats store and that has been an easy way to spritz a little on when the day is hot and I want something cool on my face and neck. Redolent of the beautiful Eastern custom of sprinkling rosewater on the hands and faces of guests.

Physically, rose water applied to the skin is supposed to not only hydrate but be anti-inflammatory. It is used to treat acne and skin irritation, and calm sunburn. Rose petals have tannin, which is an astringent. The 30-petal damask rose (Rosa x Damascena trigintipetala) has been cultivated since ancient times for the precious attar (rose oil) and rose water. Its aromatherapy reputation is that it aids strength and vitality while enhancing harmony and balance.

rose water skin care recipe
make your own floral water
Rose water is used a great deal in the Middle East, used for anything from adding flavor to their cooking to freshening bedroom linens and, of course, in perfumes.

Beauty Tips

Beauty Tips

by: Audrey Hepburn For attractive lips, Speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, Seek out the good in people. For a slim figure, Share your food with the hungry. For beautiful hair, Let a child run his fingers through it once a day. For poise, Walk with the knowledge that you’ll never walk alone. People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed & redeemed. Never throw out anybody. Remember: If you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm. As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands. One for helping yourself, the other for helping others.