A Simple Summer Outfit and a Hair Product I Don’t Recommend

Hi friends! You may not know this, but Michigan can be extremely humid during the summer. It’s weird here weather-wise. Sometimes there is zero humidity and it’s very pleasant and other times it feels like you are walking through a sauna and you want to die. My hair doesn’t react well to humidity, so I’m always on the look out for that miracle product (other than a hat) that will make my hair behave when it’s humid.

I recently tried Living Proof – No Frizz Humidity Shield at the recommendation of a very high profile fashion blogger who shall remain nameless. Perhaps it worked well for her. It didn’t work for me. At all. I styled my hair and then used it as directed. Which is essentially to spray all over your hair after styling it normally. I sprayed the CRAP out of my hair with the product. As you can see from the pictures below, I still had frizz. It eventually got larger and even more frizzy. Suffice it to say, it was a failure. It wasn’t even super humid the day these photos were taken.

Two thumbs down.

Frowny face.

Generally, when I don’t like a product, I just move on. I’m a believer in the “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all” philosophy. That is why my reviews are overwhelmingly positive. You guys should see some of the stuff I send back! Wooooooo doggie! I can’t post pictures of myself in some of the BAD things I have ordered. However, I’m sure there are other people out there looking for the humidity saving grace and I don’t you all to waste $22.00 USD on a product that does not deliver. I tried it. It was a failure. Don’t waste your money.

I love you guys. You guys are awesome. You deserve honesty. Sometimes being honest is having to say that something SUCKS. I’d love any recommendations if you have found a product that has worked.

And here’s a super basic summer outfit for you.

TADA!

 

grana tee shirt, black lace midi skirt, 40 + style blogger, 40+ fashion blogger denim jacket, white tee shirt, black skirt, over 40 fashion blogger, over 40 style blogger summer look with a denim jacket, t-shirt, and blace lace midi skirt, 40 + fashion blogger, 40 + style blogger lace midi skirt with a denim jacker, over 40 fashion blogger, over 40 style blogger Wearing: Denim jacket – J. Crew Factory (old), T-shirt – Grana (best t-shirts EVER!), Skirt – H&M (old), Sandals – Everlane.

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO,

Ashley

Fancy Finds #17

I’m always on the lookout for skin care products that are of high quality, work, and yet aren’t exorbitantly priced. Skin care products can be such a swindle. The skin care companies feed upon women’s insecurities and make billions doing it. Why must a good eye cream or anti-aging moisturizer cost $100 or more? It’s madness!

The French do it right. They have amazing skin care lines that are carried in their drugstores. They are high quality and affordable. If you are ever in Paris, you must visit City Pharma in St. Germain. I was not the only woman who loaded up on product. Mad props go out to my lovely husband who patiently waited for me while I shopped there… On two separate occasions.

I’m happy to report that I have found a great eye cream that won’t break the bank. Ironically, it’s French. I’ve been using RoC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream for almost a year and am quite pleased with it. It works very well on those fine lines around the eyes. All hail Retinol!

Roc

 

Full disclosure: I also have been using the RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer (with SPF) for the past eleven years. I love them both.

Just as a note, some people find that Retinol makes their skin irritated. I tend to have sensitive skin, so when I first started using product with Retinol in it, I used it every other day until my skin got used to it. Now, I just slather it on.

Result? Two thumbs up.

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Do you have any inexpensive great products that you use? Please share!

 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

XOXO,

Ashley

Fancy Finds #16

Last week in the Fancy Finds #15 blog post I mentioned that the skin around my eyes has become quite oily as I have gotten older. (I was going to say matured, but there is nothing mature about me.) Make-up that I had worn for years no longer worked. One of my biggest complaints was my eyeliner. I put it on in the morning and then by the early afternoon it was just GONE. It simply melted off my face. I’m not one to carry around make-up other than lipstick. I’m a one application and done type of person.

I was introduced to Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Gel Eyeliner by a make-up artist who did my make-up as part of a spa day. She was about 10 years older than me, and informed me that my complaint was quite common among the over 40 female group. She recommended the Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner. She used it on me and I was pleasantly surprised with its staying power. I immediately bought two colors and have been using it ever since.

Bobbi Brown

If you have the same oily skin around the eyes like I do, you may want to give these a whirl. WARNING: This eyeliner is not cheap at $26.00 a pencil. Desperate times call for desperate measures though. So, yeah…

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great weekend!

XOXO,

Ashley