Posts Tagged ‘beauty’


By Vernalee

Diverse group of women putting on makeup

Diverse group of women putting on makeup

Ladies, listen up! Have you ever calculated how much it takes to maintain our beauty regimen? Without adding any of the bells and whistles, a basic package for us averages several thousands dollars yearly. By basic, I am referring to the routine maintenance of our hair regimen (shampoos, styles, and color); nail care (manicures and polishing); and pedicures. No wonder our pockets are occasionally empty.
The bells and whistles regimen which include the extras and the extravagant care are much more pricey. Cha Ching! Facials, bikini waxes, makeup, waxing, massages, eyebrow shaping and lash implantation, among other cosmetics enhancements add up. It is a time consuming process to have these services performed as well. Conserve your energy as you count your hours to find the required time. And of course, unless you are a do it “yourselfer,” the cost for these cosmetics services and products must be factored into your budget.
To be pretty, Madame Noire Magazine reports that celebrities Beyonce and Kim Kardashian spend one million a year on their beauty care. According to the Wall Street Journal, the money spent on selective beauty services covers a wide spectrum. For example,
* Blowouts, Haircuts And Hair Cuts can range from $40 – $215;
* Brow Shaping & Eyelash Extensions, $25 – $140;
* Chemical Peels, $20 – $600;
* Vitamin C + E serums, $162;
* Ultherapy, $ 1,000 – $5,000;
* Cleaning Serums and SPF 30 Sunscreen, $42 -$45;
* Kybella Injections, $1,200 – $2,000;
* Décolleté Cream, $285.
Did I mention makeup? Foundation, eyeshadow, mascara, lipstick, and moisturizers add up. Carol’s Daughter, Maybelline, Fashion Fair, Loreal, Lady Clairol, Covergirl, Black Opal, … are all familiar brands that we have in our cabinets and carry in our purses.
When all is said and done, if you care about your personal appearance and how you look, though it may be costly, it is money well spent. First, you want to look good for yourself! Rave reviews from your better half are welcomed. When you look good, you feel good. The confidence booster is priceless. We know that beauty is only skin deep. The Temptations put in words years ago. Forget those lyrics for now! When we want to feel beautiful, nothing beats that aroma. Now, let me spray a mist of my expensive $215.00 Flowerbomb Eau De Parfum. I want to smell sweet! The fragrance rounds out my appearance and makes me smell as rich as I feel. I love to pamper myself and be pampered. I’m worth it!
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PostHeaderIcon True Signs of a Lady with high standards

By Vernalee
This is a shout out to my women followers. We are queens. We stand tall as we maintain high standards, keep our heads lifted high toward the sky, and of course strut in our high heel shoes. Go girl! Let me not ignore our kings. We deserve nothing less; only the best! Our guys love us because of the class and integrity that we exude. It extends higher than high. We are the virtuous women that are described in the Book of Proverbs, Chapter 31. Our value is far greater than rubies; we are priceless! As women, our internal beauty should be as radiant as our glow that is shone externally. We reign!
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PostHeaderIcon Is 60 the new 40?

By Vernalee
Is 60 the new 40

No matter how we try, we cannot stop the aging process.

Crow’s feet around our eyes, flappy chin, parenthesis around our lower face, wrinkled skin; dark circles under our eyes are bound to happen.  Lest not forget the gray hair which is imminent.   It is amazing that the effects and signs of aging hit our face first, a place where we least want it to appear.

As it relates to me, I feel youthful.  People tell me I look younger than I am.  “Flattery gets them everywhere!”   There are days however that my body feels my age.  That is a fact that cannot be hidden cosmetically.

Many women buy tons of cosmetic products to restore what age has taken away.

Unfortunately, to date, no one has discovered the fountain of youth; although they are still trying to invent that magic formula.  If it comes to pass, I along with many of my colleagues will be in line anxiously waiting to make a purchase hoping to return ourselves to our once beheld glamour and youthful appearances.

Until then, Lady Clairol, Oil of Olay, Lemur, L’Oreal Youth Serum, makeup concealers and other cosmetic novelties will be abundantly stored in our cosmetic cabinets.  Celebrities (Cindy Crawford, Vivica A. Fox to name a few) do infomercials pitching youth restoring products to influence our buying decisions.  Certainly, we want to look glamorous like them.   Show me a woman who hasn’t used a cosmetics enhancement and I will show you a liar.

Unequivocally, we can cover up age lines; we can even have them surgically removed. Younger looking skin is a goal for most women. I swear by my Fashion Fair moisturizer.  I never leave home without it!

The commercialized slogan, “60 is the new 40,” may be vogue.  Of course, that slogan may have been created by younger public relations professionals.  Mathematically, for those of us baby boomers who are around the 60 age mark and who will never see another four in our life time (unless it is the second number, i.e. 64, 74, et al), we do care about our appearance and the removal of age lines.

For me, there is nothing wrong with trying to recapture a younger look.  My vanity does not prevent me from making that admission. There may not be a youth serum yet, but I will continue with any and all embellishments that will minimize aging.  If you are honest, so will you!

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