Surprising Finds Day 1 of 5: Makeup Remover Wipes from Body Prescriptives

I took a trip to TJ Maxx Friday night looking for a pair of flats for the new teaching job and I walked out with no shoes but I did leave with five new beauty products that I couldn’t wait to try out.

TODAY’S REVIEW is on the Body Prescriptives Micellar Makeup Remover Wipes.  Before I opened the package, I Googled the product to see if it was a complete loser of a product.


I couldn’t find any reviews. This large picture above is what I purchased at TJ Maxx, which is packaged differently than the package on the left from Amazon. I did notice that the one on Amazon was for sensitive skin.  The one I picked up was a hydrating formula.  Both products offer 60 wipes and I will say these are Bounty Towel size wipes. Okay, I’m exaggerating but they are larger than the average makeup remover wipe.

What I really like about these giant size wipes is one, the size of course, but also, unlike the popular Neutrogena Makeup Remover Wipes these wipes really did remove most of my makeup with one wipe.  I usually tend to use 2-3 wipes when I’m removing my makeup. I do love the way this wipe is made. It grabs a lot more makeup, I’m assuming because of the raised pattern.  The other thing I notice is that the formula didn’t sting.  Lots of times when I try makeup remover wipes, they tend to sting my face for a few seconds after I wipe.  These did not.  The scent was super pleasant.  The cost was $3.99 and being that I’m not brand loyal when it comes to makeup wipes, this purchase got me super excited.


I often wonder why these products end up at TJ Maxx.  I know that not everything there is a reject.  And the only caveat to buying beauty products at TJ Maxx is,  lots of times I’ll find something I really like only to find out it was discontinued and now I can’t find it any longer. And as much as a risk taker I am when it comes to buying random beauty products, I refuse to go home with the entire shelf without first testing the product.

So here’s my final take on this product: I love it!  I think I’ll go back and purchase the other pack I saw on the shelf.  60 wipes is so much more than you usually get.  Now, as I was  writing this blog I decided to take a photo of the back of the product, in order to share the ingredients and other info.  Well, check out the date.


Today is January 27th, 2018.

Truth is I’m still going to use the product.   And this answers my question about why great products end up in TJ Maxx. LOL

Stay tuned for my next TJ MAXX beauty find review: Australian Charcoal Mask



Tarte Maracuja Neck Treatment: a game changer?

No, the Tarte Maracuja Neck Treatment is not a game changer but it’s a pleasantly scented, thick cream that smooths lines and wrinkles and only smooths them faintly.  It doesn’t make my lines and wrinkles disappear or even blur them, but it does give my skin a nice smooth appearance.


My favorite thing about this cream is the scent and the pretty packaging!


Too Faced BORN THIS WAY foundation review!


IMG_3071.jpgI just spent a good 30 minutes reading the bad reviews on the site for the Too Faced BORN THIS WAY foundation.  I really do believe that sometimes, as consumers, we forget that makeup isn’t a one-size fits all thingy.  Yes, there are products that don’t work well, but sometimes a great product might not work for everyone.  And that’s fair.  So how does it work for me?


Here’s my experience.  Again I always point out that I have dry skin with a slight oily T zone.  Foundations don’t always sit well on my dry skin and my skin is so super sensitive that a lot of the primers on the market cause me to break out.  I have a few lines, a few wrinkles, and large pores.  I also tried this product with and without a primer.  I use the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water: Holy Hydration! and it seemed to work well with and without the primer.

As you can see from the video, the coverage is actually very good.  Even under the eyes!


So here’s my bullet list of things I like and don’t like:

  • Like: The color choices.  I bought Natural Beige.  I applied the foundation with a brush.  It went on well and covered all the redness on my face.
  • Like: Smooth application.  It really does cover imperfections.
  • Sort of Like: On the product it states it’s Medium to Full coverage.  True.  One application gave me medium coverage.  Double application gave me full coverage.  But after 8 hours my foundation was wearing off.
  • With or without the primer nothing changed for me.
  • If I was giving this product 1-4 stars, 4 being the best, I would say this foundation gets a 3.5.  Only because I don’t think it’s the best all around foundation for my skin texture but still good enough for me to continue using for casual day wear.

I will be purchasing HUDA soon! Stay tune for my review.




Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water: Holy Hydration!

Holy hydrating! If you follow my blog you know that my first post was about me searching for the best moisturizer for my face.  I live in NY and the winters can be brutal here on skin.  Also, I’m 54 years old and have dry skin and a T zone that is (at this point in my life) only slightly oily, so I am constantly dealing with oily moisturizers that don’t hydrate me and love to cause break outs.  Here’s what I’ll say first about the new moisturizer after having tried it for a few days, Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizer Cream is good on days I don’t need to wear a lot of makeup and it also works well as a nighttime moisturizer for me.   However, again, I was disappointed to find out that it made me look shiny when I did apply makeup and it also caused a few pimples on my cheeks to surface.

So now enter winter relief: Smashbox Photo Ready Primer Water.  Yass! Gurl! This is what I’d been searching for.  This what this old chick needed for a more hydrated look and feel.  This was an impulsive purchase and I’m so glad I didn’t overthink the $32 price tag for 3.9 ounces of “fancy agua”.

How I use it: Before I apply any foundation, I spritz it all over my face until I’ve dampened my entire face.  I wait for my face to air dry a bit, yet keeping it slightly moist. Then I apply my foundation with a foundation brush.   After I apply all my makeup, I spritz my face again.   It makes my face look and feel dewy.  I crave dewy people!  Because smooth and dewy skin doesn’t come easy for me.  And the scent is pleasant.  I’ve read reviews that stated there wasn’t a scent. No, there is, it’s a soft feminine (not in the Summer’s Eve way) scent. Not overbearing, and it doesn’t linger at all. It disappears.

I highly recommend this product.  It’s pricey and I’m sure one bottle will last me just under a month, but it actually works for me.  In the description on it recommends storing this in the fridge.  I have no idea why.  If you find out please let me know.

Happy Hydrating!

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My eyelashes have a new crush.

Remember this? Who was crazy enough to do this?


Okay, I’ll be honest, I remember doing this very thing thinking it was the greatest hack for combing out my clumped up lashes.  What in the world was I thinking?  This is a freak accident waiting to happen.   So many things could go wrong here.  Like your Great Dane decides he needs a hug and comes up from behind, jumps on you, and oops, there goes your eyeball.  Mascara clumps would be the least of your problems.  Or worse, this is a recipe for a massive eye infection.  I was going to Google the horror stories but my imagination is doing a great job on its own.

What I don’t understand is why didn’t we question the quality of the product rather than sticking a pin a millimeter from our eyeballs?

I was told, by every beauty magazine, that Maybelline’s Great Lash is not only the best bargain but it’s also a great mascara.  Looking back, I have to disagree.  I remember having to buy a new tube every month and the damn thing would become thick really quickly.  And I was kind of brainwashed in my twenties and thirties into believing no other mascara would do.  But yet I kept buying more of this cheap pink stuff.

Well, thank goodness things have changed.

Most recently I was using a product I received in a 2017 Ipsy Subscription(I’ve since canceled this subscription because how many Argan oil products does one need?) The mascara was Lash Domination by Bare Minerals.  At first I thought it was great.  Look at that brush.

Lash Domination Wand

But in time I noticed that during the day the mascara would flake and land on my cheeks and many times into my eyes and dirtied up my contact lenses a lot.

So I went searching for a mascara a week ago that would lengthen and not clump my lashes and low and behold “I think” I found it!  Stila Extreme Lash Mascara!

So far so good.  It retails for $23 and it lengthens your lashes really well.  It doesn’t clump.  And I don’t feel too made up, yet my lashes look great. So far no flakes but I’ll update this blog if anything changes.


I don’t expect this mascara to be the end all mascara.  Like most crushes in life, there’s always something bigger and better.  Uh, I mean better 😉

For now I’ll flirt with it and see where this relationship goes.

Have a great day!


The Invisible Woman

Being female in a particular time in history, I feel, has everything to do with who we become in our lifetime.   I know that many like to think that the key to success is in our minds, and that all it takes to make it in this world is grit, fearlessness, and ambition.  That statement is partly true.  The other half, which many people fail to see is, we live in a world where rules and ideas are implemented on behalf of us by those who sometimes don’t have our best interest at heart, or who simply don’t know who we are and therefore don’t know what we truly need and want as women.  So many of us hang on to someone else’s idea of who we should be, especially when we hit our 50’s.  Suddenly the media begins to dictate all the things 50 year-olds need to say away from.


*Don’t use glitter eye shadow after 50!*

Fenty Eyeshadow

If I want to wear GLITTER EYE SHADOW at 60 or 70 or 80 it’s my business.  I want to experience Rhianna’s Fenty Fabulousness too!

Why must I make myself small to make you feel comfortable?

With the exception of celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani, and Angela Bassett, the rest of us become invisible sometime in our forties.  What I mean by invisible is, we begin to see less versions of ourselves in the media.    A lot of folks (women too) seem much more interested in following the lives of the Hadid and Kardashian sisters.    No one cares about the wise and experienced middle aged YouTuber.    When you get to be my age, it begins to feel like you’re living in an alternate universe.  Where all the less experienced people are ruling the world. Oh boy, yeah, let’s not get into that right here.

I believe beauty is in the heart the way “Groove is in the Heart”.

You’re only invisible if you think you should be invisible.

Share your beauty!



Will Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream Save My Dry Skin?

I hope so. My skin is in bad shape this winter. Lots of flakes on the bridge of my nose and in the corner of my eyelids and dry red itchy patches on my chin and forehead. My face literally hurts. The Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel moisturizer was no longer working for me.  So I went on a search for a new moisturizer.

When I turned 50, four years ago, I noticed a major difference in my skin texture.  For most of my life I had oily skin and never had a need for moisturizer.  But over time we lose collagen, lots of it.  I didn’t start using a moisturizer until I was in my 40’s and one of the biggest issues I had with any moisturizer was the occasional acne flareup.  So I’d wear it for a week or two and stopped altogether.  But now at 54, things are different. Plus my hormones have changed a whole lot due to the fact I needed a full hysterectomy three years ago because of fibroids and I am hypothyroid now for 6 years.    I find that, in the winter especially, I develop small round dry patches around my face.  So it was time to find something that would take me out of my misery.

I Googled “Best face moisturizer for dry skin” and these were the top 3 results:

With my Macy’s gift card in hand I decided to purchase the top rated product on Google which is Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream. Note that there are three versions of this product.  There is a gel, a lotion, and a cream.  The cream is for super dry skin.  Here is a great article that explains the differences between the three types:  Cream vs. Lotion vs. Gel.

I’ll be trying this out for 14 days to see if I see any real change in my skin texture.

A little goes a long way with this product. The consistency is light and non-greasy. It disappears into the skin nicely and dries quickly.  It appears to be non-scented.

Tomorrow I’m going to try it on with my foundation to see how it takes. Will take notes and let you know.  In the meantime, if you have any suggestions, please feel free to send me a message or comment.

And by the way, HAPPY NEW YEAR!