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5 Things That Women Do That Make Them Look Older

Jessica Palmer

Note: the pictures of these lovely ladies below are NOT examples of looking old or doing things wrong...in fact they are evidence of the opposite! Plus, let's be honest, the pictures break up my long winded soap box! Thank you Lydia Photographyfor the amazing shots from our previous photoshoots!

 

Dear Friend,

You asked for my honest opinion, "Am I looking old? Honestly Jess, tell me. I can take it. I know you'll tell me the truth!," you said. So here it is. And listen, regardless of my answer, you should ultimately do what you love...how you feel is what is most important, so if you do something in this list and you love it then be my guest! It's your right to look haggard err umm I mean everyone is entitled to their wrong opinion---uh What I mean is, more power to ya! And yes friend I know you think I'm a little snarky, but it's only to emphasis my point and because I would NEVER be this unfiltered with a client...but since we are friends, I know you can handle the truth.

1. Your brows are way too thin. Maybe it's over plucking, maybe you're just not particularly hairy, or maybe they've thinned with age but they are too thin. It seems counterintuitive but fuller brows actually make your eyes look more lifted! Thin brows overexpose the orbital bone and makes your eyes appear droopy. A fuller brow is an instant face lift, so grab some filler and make them fuller! Or head to an Anastasia counter for some brow rehab--Don't worry, we can tell the press it was just for "exhaustion."

2. Your lipstick is too brown or too dark...Honestly women are pretty religious about their lipstick. I get it. That shade is perfect right? You've been wearing it for years ya? Well that's just it, you've been wearing it so long you don't know any other way to view your lips. That doesn't make it the best shade for you. Dark lips age, period. Sometimes that's ok if we are going for a vampy look. But for everyday, you should go with something a little more rosy with more life in it! It will brighten your complexion and your smile.


3. You're still wearing the same mattifying or oily skin formula foundation from years ago. You'd be surprised at how many women when discussing their skin type claim to be oily when what they really mean is, I was labeled as oily in my teens and I never reevaluated that as I got older. Oily skin formulas tend to combat shine, sucking out radiance...which when we were much more oily was great, we had radiance coming out the wazoo! But now, you aren't anymore. I mean ya, you may still get shiny or even the occasional zit, but you are not the oil slick gal you used to be (thank God right?!). So using those formulas is essentially making your skin look dull and tired. And you don't need that mega coverage anymore! Something lighter and more radiant is going to make your skin look fabulous! I know I know, it's a total paradigm shift. It's the right thing to do though, I promise.


4. You're not concealing under your eyes. "But I feel like it makes me look wrinkly, or I feel like it settles in my lines." First, let's do some hunting to find a good formula that works best for you! Not all concealers are created equally. Second, darkness under your eyes will make you look more old and run down than a few lines ever will. The lines are there whether you care to acknowledge them or not, the darkness doesn't have to be.

 

5. You're not using good skincare. Whether it's because you think it's too late, or you're in denial of it being necessary...you need to pay attention to your skin. If you're thinking to yourself: should I start using an eye cream? The answer always is: yes you should of started years ago, regardless of how young you are. It's never too late to give your skin what's best for it. That's like not watering a wilting plant...it's not dead yet, so give it what it needs! And if you're old enough to question if you should be using reparative creams or nutrient packed serums, then your answer is yes.


So there you have it friend, I'm only telling you this because I love you...and because you asked my advice. I mean, I think you're fantastic and have great taste (after all, we are friends!). But you know I will always tell you truth when you ask for it, that's why we are such good friends.

PS- if we really do know each other personally and you saw something on this list and wondered, "Is Jess talking about me??" Yes, yes I am talking about you. Coffee next week?

Cheers to Honesty, Friendship, and Aging Gracefully,

 

 

Scent and Memory: Holiday in Mexico

Jessica Palmer

Do you ever smell something and immediately you're thinking of a certain person, or time in your life? Sometimes the memory even surfaces before you realize what you're smelling, "What is that, smells like Christmas!" A diesel truck goes by and I'm mentally transported to Santiago, Chile. Coconut Lime Verbena body spray...I think of my sister. Chanel Chance Eua Fraiche and it's a hot summer night downtown with Andy.

If we naturally link scents with people or events, then why not use that to your advantage and be purposeful about your scent during important times?! Since scent is so closely tied to memory, I encourage my brides to pick a new unique scent for their wedding day (bonus points if you wear it on your honeymoon too!). All of the amazing emotions of the day get intertwined with that scent. And every time you bring it out (on a special event or anniversary) you'll be reminded of all those feelings of love, friendship, and celebration!

I do this in my own life, not just one my wedding day, but whenever there is something significant I want to remember. I recently had a birthday and we decided to celebrate by going on a cruise to Mexico! The perfect opportunity to make a scent-memory connection!

Jenn from Garden Apothecary was sweet enough to send me some birthday treats from her amazing product line. When I saw the Cacao + Cardamom Flower Essence perfume oil I just knew that would be the perfect scent for my Latina Holiday! Its like sugar and spice with a warmth. I made sure to apply it morning and night...Here is a peek into the memories my scent and I made on vacation:


I had never been to Catalina Island before so it was so great to visit a new place. We drove around in golf carts, visited the little shops, and ate ice cream. It reminded me of Sauselito a little!

Mexico was of course great! Full of shopping and delish local food! I even was surprised with a mariachi serenade for my birthday...wow! I felt so spoiled.

Halloween happened while at sea...and it was so thrilled that Andy let me paint his face! So much fun!

It's not a vacation in my opinion without some poolside sunshine.

I love getting dolled up and going out with my husband. More formal sit-down dining happens every night on the ship, so every night felt like date night! There was a vanity desk in our cabin, so doing my makeup and hair seemed extra fun and my Cacao roller ball fragrance made me feel vintage and swanky!

Of course, vacation always ends too soon...but I returned to amazing friends and family that wanted to continue celebrating, so I really cannot complain!

I think I'm going to bust out the cacao fragrance again at Christmas and add some more memories to that scent! What about you? What scents remind you of good times?

What if you wore the same scent on every date night...or found the perfect fragrance for your wedding...or graduation...or promotion...and the list goes on and on! You'd literally be able to bottle those memories. So stay tuned next week for my fragrance hall of fame top picks so you can find the perfect one!

And special thanks to Garden Apothecary! Jenn, your special scent helped make my birthday perfect!

Cheers to Memories, Mexico, and Scent,

Artist Spotlight: Meet Christi Reynolds

Jessica Palmer

Meet my friend Christi of Christi Reynolds Makeup Artistry! With over 17 years of experience in the beauty industry, she is the definition of a pro! Her skill and expertise have helped me both personally and professionally...in fact, Christi is the makeup artist I hired to do my makeup for my wedding 6 years ago! (See! EVERYONE needs to hire a professional makeup artist for their big day!)

I love Christi's style of artistry...with a focus on complexion and a fresh aesthetic, her artistry really lets the person shine! I'm so thrilled she is sharing some of her must-have products with all of us! Here we go...


1. Elf eyelid primer: "This sheer formula doesn't interfere with the color or texture of your shadows...use it and nothing will budge!

2. Benefit's High Beam and Benetint: "I love to mix them together! Looks good on every skin tone and gives a natural healthy flush. Instant red carpet glow!"

3. MAC Mineralize Skin Finish: "I love this powders beautiful coverage, it's not too much, and provides subtle luminosity! Great for setting foundation."

4. Clarins Beauty Flash Balm: "Love it! I reach for this when I know that my skin needs that wide awake, fresh, just had a facial look! Instantly snaps my skin back from looking dehydrated."

5. Lingering MAC brow pencil: "This is super precise so you can mimic the natural shape of the brow hairs."


Christi sums up her beauty philosophy well,"I like to make-up, not make over. I like to correct, define, and enhance...enhance...not create! There's a difference."


So Cheers to Correcting, Defining, and Enhancing,


DIY Sugar Scrub: One ingredient 4 different ways!

Jessica Palmer

Happy Makeup Monday everyone! I thought today would be the perfect day to blog a quick trick of mine that I use all the time! It's fast and easy and can be done a few different ways...it's the easiest way to exfoliate: sugar! So if you're not sure which exfoliating products to buy, stuck away from home without your face and body scrubs, or like the more natural approach, then this is for you!

All you need is...sugar! Well, and a little water too. Mix a few pinches of sugar with a small splash of water and create a paste...then scrub onto your face, body, or lips for silky smooth perfection! Sugar is great for exfoliating. Not only is it obviously granular and works fantastic as a manual scrub, but it's natural properties give you some added benefits! Naturally occurring glycol help with cell turn over...and sugar is also balancing to the skin! Hooray! So easy right?

A few variations:

--add a pinch to a pump of your cleanser for a gentle scrub while you clean your face!

--scrape a little lip balm and mix with sugar for a creamy lip scrub!

--brew some green tea and mix with sugar for even more amazing skin benefits while you scrub!

The video below is an oldie but a goodie! Watch it for more info on the benefits for your skin and a bonus easy step for a DIY face toner!


Cheers to Mondays, Makeup, and Skincare!

 

Toss That Makeup: How old is too old?

Jessica Palmer

It's so hard, letting go. I swear I am a bit of a hoarder. I have such a hard time getting rid of things! What if I need it?! And without fail, whenever I get rid of something I find a reason soon after why I should have kept it!

One thing though we just cannot justify holding onto too long is cosmetics: you risk your health in doing so! As time goes on the product warps, breaks down, stops working, doesn't go on as smooth...and worst of all, collects bacteria. Eye infections, rashes, breakouts? No thank you! So here's a chart to help you remember when to toss things!


A few more helpful hints:
--Take a small stick on circle and label when you open something if you're probe to forgetting! Slap it on the bottom and that way you'll know.
--If you're unlucky enough to get some sort of infection (like pink eye, a cold sore, et cetera). Do yourself a favor and toss whatever came in contact with it. It's not worth reinfecting yourself.
--A lot of products have a small symbol showing an "open" jar and a number next to it under the ingredients or somewhere on the box. This number indicates the number of months you should keep it after opening it. Follow that number as products shelf life varies depending on ingredients!
--This chart is just a guideline. Where you keep your products, the temperatures they're subjected to, et cetera affect their lifespan.
--If something smells funny or off or just wrong, toss it. Just because you haven't had it too long doesn't mean it hasn't gone bad. Often times expired products smell like crayons or playdough or rancid oil. So take a sniff of what you're using. Any change in texture or smell is not a good sign.
--I really can't think of anything you should keep more than a couple years, so if you're past the 24 month mark stop deliberating and toss it!


Hope this was helpful! Remember, when in doubt toss it! Keeping your skin beautiful, and your face infection free is worth it! Just think of it as an excuse to try something new!

Cheers to Trying, Timing, and Tossing,