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Fashion Talk: Why do People Write the Bad Reviews They Write About Apparel They Buy Online?

January 26, 2021

Have you ever found an item you really liked and before you purchased it, you decided you wanted to read the reviews to learn what other customers thought about that same item?  I can understand the reviews that talk about how they received a defected item (i.e., had holes in, rips, stains, etc.).  They have pretty good reasons to be disappointed because they paid their money and were expecting a quality product.

When they go on to blatantly tear the item down, you kind of have to read more into it to determine what what the real problem is that they found wrong with the item.  I found it interesting when in many of the reviews I have read when I was online shopping for various fashion items, There were always one or two who said:

  • Very disappointed because the item looked cheap
  • It was poorly made
  • Not flattering
  • Horrible item
  • Photo not accurate
  • Color not the same as shown
  • Doesn’t fit, way too big or too small

And the more I read these reviews I had a conversation with my daughter and we came to the same conclusion that it just may be something with the customer, that they don’t realize that with online ordering, items are not always as shown in the picture, and you have to take into consideration that depending on where it is coming from, it is going to run small, run big, or fit as expected which is why I read the reviews to see what others in my weight class bought and what they felt about it.

TanSweater2After the last reviews I read the other day, I was prompted to write this post.  So, my daughter bought me this amazing sweater on Amazon.  I absolutely love the sweater and the detail.  She knows I like sweaters that are different, have the right kind of appeal and really stand out, and it was such a coincidence that for Christmas she got the same exact sweater I had been looking at.

It’s the right length, the right size, and the cold shoulder look is what I like, with one extra detail that really caught my attention.

I loved the sweater so much I actually found the sweater again, but in a powder blue, which in this style makes it just even more beautiful, except I got in a size large this time because I am in the process of losing weight.  Don’t worry I know how to take in a sweater if it gets too big without have to try and shrink it.

BlueSweaterNow when I found the sweater, I wanted to read the reviews to see what others felt about the item.  And some of the reviews I read I didn’t quite understand what the actual problem was.  I ordered it anyway and I receive it, the sweater was shrink wrapped which let me know they took time to ensure the sweater was protected.  One of the reviews I read said it arrived with a noticeable snag in it.  I did not use any sharp object to open the package for the purpose of not damaging the product.  First thing I noticed is the color was exactly as shown online.  No disappointment there.

I laid the sweater out on my bed and inspected every part of the sweater, looking for any defects, snags, holes, tears, anything that would warrant me to return it. I look at the neckline, the sleeves, the entire body of the sweater and I have to say that I found absolutely nothing wrong with the sweater.  In fact, it was in perfect condition.

The wrinkles in the sweater come from it having been tightly shrink wrapped which I can only assume they did that to help keep it from being damaged in shipping.

BlueSweater2I tried the sweater on and it fit like a charm.  I like my sleeves long and I like my sweaters to fit a certain way and this one fit just right.  Not only do I love the cold should detail, but I love the open back these sweaters have.  That’s why when I tried on the tan one I have, I was like, “Oh, yeah!!!”

Look at that backing!!! Tell me if this is not your regular ultimate sweater.  So, you can understand why I got so excited when my daughter got me one for Christmas.  If I can find a white me,  believe me, I will be ordering that baby lickety-split!

So, let me give you my review of the sweater.  I already mentioned how it came packaged.  The sweater is soft, the sleeves are the right length.  The sweater falls just at my hips which is how I like my sweaters.  The quality of the sweater is very nice, no stitching errors.  I based the size on my overall body type in order to avoid getting a size too big and too small.  

It’s fact that everyone has their own experience when ordering online, but you also have to exercise some common sense to ensure you’re not only getting what you paid for, but you want it worth the money you paid.  You have to keep in mind that not everything ordered online is going to be expected. I have had this happen to me several times but I did not return everything because I could live it — it was not too bad to where I had to demand my money back.  There were those instances where the seller just said keep the item and they refunded my money because of my dissatisfaction of an item.  It will happen, but if you know you can avoid ordering issues, then by all means do so to avoid the headaches that being disappointed can cause.

Don’t be surprise if you write a review that is so bad that the seller will reach out to you personally and ask what can they do for you to get you to amend your review.  That’s happened to, but they have to keep in mind that if they did not deliver quality products, misrepresented products, they are bound to get the bad reviews.  Nothing they can do there.

In closing, next time you write a review, take the time to think about what you’re writing that review.  You could be adding to the popularity of the seller, or adding to their bad reputation.

Shoe Review: The Jessica Simpson Wedge Boots

January 2, 2021

JS_Wedge Boots4As we were saying goodbye to 2020, I thought I would see what boots I could find that would be head-turning type of boots.  I came across the Jessica Simpson wedge boots that are very nice in style and color combination.  Just the kind of boots that are (for me) different.

I think the pink brings the brown and tan tones together, and you can get away with wearing something pink and not take away from the style of the boots.  The wedge I would say measures just at or a little below 4 inches, making the boots easy to wear. 

There are a few things about the boots I found could have been done better, one is the zipper could have been longer to make for more ease of slipping the boots on. 

Secondly, with regards to size, they do run a bit small.  Which I found very surprising because I had a pair of her high heel pumps that were a size 6.5 and they fit like a size 7, but then again that was several years ago.

The surprising thing is I wear a size 7 and I got these in a size 7.5 and found them snug around the ankles, and my feet and ankles were not even swollen at the time I tried these on, in fact I had skinny ankles 😉 so getting these a whole size up would not be a bad idea.

Thirdly is they are tight around the calf.  Even though they tried to allow for fitting the calves, they should have made them a bit wider because taking them off if you’re not wearing a nylon is going to be a pain in the next.  You cannot wear them with thin socks because they will be too tight and too uncomfortable.  You stand a better chance wearing them with super thin or sheer nylon socks or stockings just for the easy of getting them on and off.  Where they made the boots loose just above the ankles, they should have added some of that looseness down around the ankles to not make it so tough to zip up.

JS_Wedge Boots5I absolutely love the style of the boots.  I’ve seen multi color boots but not in this particular style where the wedge itself is partially covered.  The pointed toe adds to the overall style of the boots and gives them a classy rustic look and appeal.

They would be ideal for wearing with a sweater dress, or suede skirt ensemble just to set the off and make them stand out.   These do come in all black, but they are not as fun as these here with the color combo.  Makes them more fun.

As far as price, I bought these at Ross one day a couple weeks ago when I happened to have gone in looking for a sweater and stopped off in the shoe section to see what they had.  There was only one pair in the entire store, and I paid $19.99 plus tax.  You can also find these on HSN.com for $103 and on Amazon for about $108, which I don’t see them being worth that much simply because they run small and you would probably have to go up a whole size just for the ease of slipping them on, zipping them up, and getting a good comforting fit.

Overall I love the style, but while zipping them up can be problematic, I can zip them up nonetheless and my toes are not snug.  It’s just mostly around the ankles and upper calves.  Would I recommend them?  I honestly would, but I would also suggest going a whole size up…oh, I already said that, but you know what I mean.

Beyond that, they are super cool boots, no denying that.  They are best worn when it’s not raining buckets and pails out here in the Pacific Northwest.

Entertainment: Cardi B’s Beefing With Peppa Pig

December 28, 2020

In the news today on the internet comes the latest crazy celebrity beef and this time it comes from Cardi B who is said to have beef with the popular cartoon, Peppa Pig.  The fact this made headlines on a couple of sites including Billboard, is almost laughable.  But you gotta love Cardi B’s fire!  

The whole thing is surrounding the very fact that one of the things that Peppa does is stomp in puddles.  I don’t think there is a cartoon episode where Peppa is not stomping in a wet puddle, or her little brother.  Hey, it’s what makes the day fun for them.  At the same time, and because her daughter is obsessed with the cartoon, Cardi B feels it is influencing her daughter in a way she is disagreeing with and probably on all levels.  Specifically with messing up shoes, to be quite clear. 

I respect Cardi B, and in a very big way.  I can honestly say she and her music has somewhat grown on me in the last year or so.  I can say she is quite a talented artist who has a no nonsense personality.  She relates to her fans and when people bark at her, she barks back with a bigger bite.  She becomes momma bear when it comes to her daughter.  So, it’s no wonder I am in amazement that she could probably be one to give Peppa Pig a run for her money.

Look, I am a mom, too, and a grandma.  When my daughter was growing up, I can’t count how many times she has stomped in wet puddles.  I have even stomped in quite a few with her.  It’s letting her be a little kid and enjoying all the things that came with with being a little kid. We didn’t have Peppa Pig back then when my daughter was a little girl, in fact she got to see a lot of the old classic cartoons.

Now my daughter is a mom and my granddaughter watches Peppa Pig and other cartoons religiously.  I can remember sitting in the living room of our old apartment with my granddaughter watching a marathon of Peppa Pig [twice].  And I admit — after a while I thought I lost brain cells, but she wanted to spend an afternoon watching it and I did not take that away from her. 

Look, if you’ve seen the cartoon, I think we are forgetting what the cartoon reflects…kids being kids.  And if parents feel watching Peppa Pig stomp in in wet puddles is a bad influence, then stop the kids from watching the show.   See how well that goes!   Or if you’re going to get bent out of shape over it, do like we do my granddaughter, steer her away from the puddles and/or buy shoes they can wear specifically for stomping in wet puddles. 

My granddaughter loves stomping in wet puddles, that is why when we have somewhere to go on a particular day, we make it clear no puddles, but if we’re just messing around for the day and going nowhere in particular, or just running quick errands then we let my granddaughter (now 4) attack the puddles.  

I see it as a right of passage to enjoy being a kid before growing up becomes apparent, and having a childhood she can look back on and have happy memories. If the network drops Peppa Pig, we can say Cardi B singled handedly took out a cartoon…literally. Will she do it? I don’t know…there’s no mentioning that she would, but then again…with her fiery attitude and personality, I would not doubt it.

A Note From the Moderator: Saying Goodbye to 2020 and Hello to 2021

December 27, 2020

ReneAtStudio5_12.26.20_1This year was definitely a challenging year for a lot of people, but I hope that through the holiday season many of you were able to take comfort in spending time with your loved ones to help take your minds off of the struggles many have faced and are continuing to face even after the Christmas Holiday.

Even through the difficulties we’ve all faced this year, we are still trying to survive the aftermath the pandemic is leaving behind.  And many of us have or are rising from it and seeing new days ahead.  

With that being said, I can’t thank everyone enough who have continued to stop by to view the blog to see what’s new.  And with my Christmas Holiday Edition for 2020, the views are almost at 75,000.  I am stoked at that number!!!  Because that let’s me know people are paying attention, and that makes me happy.

I know we cannot predict how 2021 will start out, but I am confident it will be off to somewhat a good start even with the many restrictions we are facing in the states we live in that limits how we go out about our day-to-day activities, we can still try to look forward to better days.

Looking forward I hope to be incorporating more into the blog.  The newsletter is still in progress.  It may not debut at the first of the year as hoped, but know that it is still forthcoming.  

I would like to do sample photoshoots, so anyone interested in collaborating with me on this project in 2021 can email me at atstudio5enterprises@gmail.com same with contributing to the newsletter.  For the newsletter I’ll looking for beauty tips, product reviews, tutorials on how to apply makeup, and other beauty related information.  Later on I’ll be looking to create a more magazine based publication to include beauty, fashion, entertainment and lifestyle, so stay tuned for that information.

I will be revising the guest writer guidelines in the coming weeks. I do not provide the guest writer guidelines until the potential guest writer has had a chance to review the content of the guide to determine of this is a good fit for them to submit their content. I have had emails from individuals requesting to write for AtStudio5, but never respond back to me, which I understand and it does not bother me at all, I just want this blog to be looked at seriously, which is why I am branching out to put the blog on a different level.

In closing, as we are preparing to say goodbye to 2020, let’s look ahead with our heads held high, our optimism at the highest it’s ever been, and think positive because times can only get better. This hardship shall past.

~~I celebrate you all and pray that you all find happiness, love, and strength in each other and in the new year.~~

AtStudio5ENT: Christmas Edition 2020 Featuring Liliane H.

December 20, 2020

Lilian H Christmas Edition 2020

AtStudio5 Enterprises is proud to announce the Christmas Edition 2020. Liliane H., Washington State. Join me in welcoming her as AtStudio5 Enterprises first feature for the Holidays as we close out the year.

AtStudio5ENT: Christmas Edition 2020 Features of the Month

December 2, 2020

2020 Holiday EditionHello to all my readers, followers, friends and family reading this post tonight.  If you are following my Facebook page you would have seen that last night I made an announcement.

I am looking to feature five people on my blog for the Holiday Edition of AtStudio5ENT Features for the month of December.  I will be accepting the first 20 photos I receive via email at atstudio5info@gmail.com.  AtStudio5 is not about me.  It’s about all of you out there who are responsible for AtStudio5 continuing to grow and gain traction, and nearly up to 75,000 views.  Let’s keep that number growing and let’s get more followers to join in on the fun.

As I am working continuously to grow my community, I cannot do this alone and need for you to get involved.  Get the word out there about the blog in order for to become a name people can become familiar with.  

The guidelines to submitting a photo for the Christmas Edition of AtStudio5ENT Features of the Month are as follows:

  • Must be 18 or older submitting photos
  • Willing to consent to allow the photo to be posted for the month of December
  • Send one photo — doesn’t matter that size because it can be resized for posting.  If you use more than one email, please use your preferred email for contacting you.
  • Photos can be full or half body photos
  • No nudity.  Any nude shots are not accepted and will be deleted automatically
  • Looking for glam photos, not you and your friends acting wild and out
  • This is a holiday feature, so the photo must be nicely composed
  • Include a short bio about yourself, including where you are from.  A few sentences would be fine, please do not send an entire paragraph.
  • Photos not selected to be featured, some may be selected for “Beauty of the Month Feature” beginning January 2021.  If your photo is not selected, please include in your email if you would be interested.

The deadline to submitting photos is December 15, 2020 if you want the chance to be selected for the Christmas Edition of AtStudio5ENT Features of the Month.  Final selection of the photos will be done on December 20, 2020.  Those chosen will be emailed immediately, so be sure to be using your correct email address. 

If you’re not already following my Facebook page, be sure to do so at AtStudio5.

I can’t wait to hear from you.

~~Happy Holidays to you all~~

Commentary: The Year in 2020

November 20, 2020

Times are so different now that our priorities in life have been greatly shifted. Our lives have been displaced to the degree to where we have gone from one extreme to the next, in the efforts of keeping our families together, for the purpose of trying to survive.

Jobs have been lost. Homes have been foreclosed on. People have become homeless all in the face of this pandemic. And here we are, the state of Washington is one again in a state wide shutdown.

The fight to survive is far greater than we ever imagined. And even as stores have reopened, nothing really returned to normal. People are more afraid than they ever have been. Men. Women. The elderly. Children. Constantly at risk, where many have died from the virus.

It is fear that causes us to act out of content. To fight for reasons we really don’t understand, except we all want the right to see another light of day and be able to get the COVID-19 far behind us. Being kind to one another is putting the foot in the right direction. It’s not about entitlement…or who has the right to live…but it’s about solely surviving and coming together as a nation to make this happen, to hold each other up when there is no one else there.

2020 is coming to an end. While we continue to face uncertainty, let’s try to keep hope alive in a positive manner. Let hate be so distant from your mind that you forget the meaning of the word. Let’s not judge each other by the color of our skin, but our ability to embrace one another during these difficult times.

I am a mom. I am a grandma. And I never thought my daughter and granddaughter and expecting grandson would be a part of nation so torn and divided and frightened at the same time. We have the power…the voice…to stand together with each other. Let’s not forget…we are all in this together.

One love…One nation…Under God. Be safe. Be strong. Be there for one another.

I Am AtStudio5: November 2020

November 20, 2020

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Beauty: Let’s Talk Makeup Techniques

November 12, 2020

Everyone has their own techniques to how they apply makeup in order to get that glam-glam look, and though that may be the case the one rule that stays the same is always start with the eyebrows and eyeshadow.  But the interesting thing about that is we all have our own style to how we construct the perfect eyebrows.  Some do the unibrow thing, trying to make twin eyebrows, some go for a more dramatic look, and some, much like myself, go for a more natural look.  Once the eyebrows and eyeshadow look has been established, everything else takes form.

Rene2020-10There is a science that goes into wearing makeup, meaning each product has its own purpose and meaning that we give life to once we embark on the journey of creating the perfect look. 

Learning how to wear makeup is nothing something we can learn overnight.  Some of us are a natural at it, whereas others  have to practice over and over again until we get it right, and then there are those who just have no patience and would rather have others do it.

So, in this post I am going to talk about the process (or the technique) that I used to create this look which I have to say is one of my favorite looks since I have been doing makeup series.  I did not really learn how to do my eyebrows until earlier this year and eyelashes….well, I didn’t get into those until just within the last week or so.  I became fascinated by how they can bring an entire look together.

Rene2020-12What I do:  I always start with cleaning my face thoroughly.  If I scrubbed my face earlier that morning, I clean it again or I go over it with a makeup remover wipe.  It helps to remove any oil build up and deposited dirt.

I don’t put any lotion on because I am going to be use a face primer by Maybelline.  I use enough to cover my entire face so when I start the process, the foundation goes on smoothly and has a smooth finish after I apply the  press powder.

It’s important to start with a clean canvas because you are going to be creating a work of art.  Just remember that each time you sit down to your mirror to get creative.

For a long time I always did foundation first then whatever I was going to do with my eyes.  But it was always a hit and miss and I would just shape up my eyebrows, throw on some eyeliner and I thought I had a masterpiece until I would see someone else and I would be wishing I could crawl under a rock…LOL.  Makeup is a trial and error type of thing…you either have it or your don’t, the good thing it’s something you can learn to perfect.

So, while all these years I was thinking you did eyes last I learned the lesson that you do eyes and eyebrows first.  At first I couldn’t understand why until I started watching tutorials and it all became a new reality to me.  Remember when I said there’s a science to wearing makeup?  Yeah…it starts with the eyebrows and eyes.

This where your patience is really challenged.  If you are person who does not have patience, you will certainly develop some with makeup.  When I first started doing my eyebrows, I was using a black eyebrow pencil that trippled as a smudge, mascara for the eyebrows, and a liner.  I looked like a clown with plastic eyebrows.  It was over a year and a half before I tried eyebrows again because — fortunately — there are ladies who are kind of enough to create easy to follow tutorials that walk you through how to do eyes from eyebrows, to eyeshadow, and right down to doing wings and lashes.  Of course, it will take you some time to find the right one, they are out there.  You’ll just have to spend some time hanging out on YouTube.

Rene2020-13Moving right along.  So, once the eyebrows are ready to go, get yourself some really good concealer.  This process I call defining the eyebrows because you are going to trace the eyebrow pencil with the concealer top and bottom using an even coating.  I say that because once you’re done you are going to blend out the concealer going down to the eyes and then up top you going to blend up just enough to where you can’t see it.  It’s like the concealer makes the eyebrows pop…pop…pop. I don’t care for when some ladies use white up top and bottom…to me that just looks like it’s not going to blend well with the foundation.  Before I do anything else I put on my eyeliner.

Now that the eyes are set in stone, ease into the eyeshadow base.  Determine if you’re going for a overall blended look or if you’re doing a cut crease.  Let me tell you, if you’ve never done a cut crease, I suggest watching lots of tutorial videos, make sure you have the right type of brush, and a whole lot of patience.

Rene2020-14On this next step, it really surprised me because in all the tutorials I have been watching over the last three years, I had never seen setting powder be used before the foundation.  I saw that and thought to myself, “something different’s been added!”  I tried it, careful not to ruin my eyeshadow and eyebrows, and I was actually amazed at the outcome because after I applied the foundations.  The foundations is where you really have to take into consideration the right shade, single or dual tones, meaning more than one.  I use a combination of two one is a liquid/creamy foundation and the other is a pressed powder.  For me the pressed powder keeps the shine down and adds for a flawless clean look, and the setting and finishing powders is like the icing on the cake.  I personally don’t do the contouring or highlighting because I don’t like the different tones, looks unbalanced to me…then again that’s just me, and at my age I don’t need all that glow.  Once  I have finished doing all the blending I am going to do I polish it with either a lip gloss and liner or a lipstick, eyeliner and my eyelashes…and you look like a millions bucks.

The thing to do is develop techniques that suits your personal style.  Everyone has something different that they like to do that is unique to them, like how I like to do my makeup is unique to what I like.  

These images are from my Wednesday 11/11/20 Makeup Series.  I hope you like the look, and if so please comment below.  If you have any questions, tips, suggestions, if you like this look, please feel free to leave me a comment.  Remember to like this post, and thanks for reading.

Style Files News: Makeup for the Woman Over 50

November 11, 2020

style-file1Welcome to another edition of Style File News.  I hope everyone is staying safe during these times we are currently living in.

Let me get started by saying we are coming up on the end of another year and many of us are steadily trying to maintain some level of normal. My new level of normal has been indulging myself in makeup.  After I have spent an entire week working sometimes 10-hour days, I like to unwind by checking in with my makeup group to see what the ladies have created for the day or for the week and this is after I have had a chance to spend some time with my family.

In this issue of Style File News, I wanted to talk about makeup in the beauty industry for the woman over 50.  I am finding that there are a lot of women who are struggling with their appearance which is or has effected their self-confidence.  Once they make a decision to find themselves, they look to what their options are.  And there are women who are starting to explore makeup after returning to it several years later only to find so many things have changed.  Along with that the techniques have become so far advanced that the lingo has evolved as well.  The new term I am hearing more of is, “beat the face.”  For some it holds a negative connotation if they do not know what they are referring to, and for others who are long time followers of the makeup and beauty industry, they can relate to its meaning.  Therefore, this is a new adventure for someone women.

The beauty industry can be overwhelming especially if you don’t know what you’re looking for when you start out on the quest of redefining yourself.  You don’t know what it is you want, or where to even start.  Even though many products and techniques have changed over the decades and skills have become more advanced than what we have seen since the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, those of you who recall those eras, the rules to wearing makeup have pretty much stayed the same.

In today’s era of this generation of MUA’s (both men and women makeup artists) have transcended into skillsets that are above remarkable showing us that there are levels to wearing makeup that works for the office, everyday wear, evening wear, and television and photography, but with a twist; and with that comes different techniques that provides for flawless enhanced looks.

Rene2020-1The good thing about it is we can learn these techniques right at home watching YouTube tutorials and it all starts with having the right tools, products, and a level of confidence to pursue the look you want to achieve.  Overtime you can be at expert level without attending any school or academy.

I’ve been exploring makeup since I was 15 years old, yet it took me 21 years to dive back into makeup and learn all over again how to wear it properly only because my late husband did not like me wearing makeup and we often had heated discussions about it.

The most he would be ok with was lipstick and eyeliner and the occasional lipliner and lip gloss.  Anything beyond that, and he would give me that look. But now, and only within the last six or seven months, I have learned so much in terms of eyebrows,  eyelashes, blending, cut creases, contouring, what you can do with concealer and setting powder, and the different techniques that have helped me see wearing makeup in a whole new spectrum.  I have even learned how to better care for my skin in the process.

Along with this comes face primer, concealer, contouring pallets, setting and finishing powders, highlighters — products you didn’t think you would need way back when, but makeup brands are continuing to add more and more to their product line to meet all skin type needs, and more and more people are coming out with their own line of products that the variety pool is larger than life.

So, how do you decide on what to buy in starting the journey of wearing makeup?  First understand that makeup is its own journey as well as it is its own investment.  Some people start by buying their products from the dollar store, which is fine because unless you have the money to buy high end, where else are you going to start.

Beauty supply stores, and brands like Wet & Wild, Elf, and Jordana.com have products that are pocket book friendly and won’t break the bank.  And there are products hitting the market that you never heard of, but are topping the charts on social media platforms.  If you’re like me, and you want the absolute best for that absolute flawless look you are more than likely going to set your sights on top of the line products from NYX, MAC, Clinique, Maybelline, Estee Lauder, Revlon, just to name a handful.

It’s been several years since I’ve purchased department store products, therefore I am sure the cost is way up there and they have a lot to offer.  And then there is Sephora with a Rene2020-2plethora of products that your head will swim once you walk through the doors.

If you’re a woman over 50 much like myself at 53 and you are at the point where you want to do something to make yourself feel more glamorous, you want to change up your look, now is a good time to head to YouTube and look for makeup groups on Facebook, which I happen to belong to two really good ones for women of color.  It’s not too late to start a new chapter in terms of doing for yourself, but you will want to consider how far you want to take it.  I’ve added lashes…so you know I am getting more serious. 🙂 As I continue to explore makeup, my collection has grown to where I am sure I have spent close to $500 more or less within the past three years.

Once you start piecing together a collection of makeup, you will start to notice the amount of money you’re spending, with that being said, consider setting aside a small budget to get you started or factor in what you think you might want to spend.  This is where your research begins because now you have to take into consideration your skin type.

With COVID-19 you probably will not find the makeup kiosk in the department stores like before where you can walk up and ask for a courtesy makeover, but I’m sure you can talk with someone who can guide you in the right direction of what you will need to start with and the different types of moisturizers you can use.

Rene2020-3The key thing is to have fun with it.  If you are looking for an everyday look, there are YouTube videos that can help you identify some really fantastic looks for in the office.  If you want something simple for when you’re out running errands, there are videos for that, too.  But if you want a more classic but elegant look for an evening event or other special occasion you will definitely find a YouTube video for that as well.

My advice is don’t just run out and buy the first thing you see.  There is a lot to consider.  Read the labels, inspect each and every product you are thinking about trying.  Look online to see how well or how poorly they are rated.  Once you start making your purchases, you will discover what your favorites are just by how good they work for your skin.  I know because Mayebelline is my all time favorite because of their face primer, concealer, SuperStay stick foundation and applicator, Fit Me pressed powder in Nutmeg, and their tattoo liquid eyeliner.  My other favorite products such as lip glosses comes from Covergirl and Revlon.  I love the TruBlend foundation by Covergirl.  And NYX has a really good eyeshadow base that I really like.  So, overtime you will find what products are your absolute favorite.  

Rene2020-6Some ideal sites I like to go to for makeup are Morphe.com and my newest favorite, WooshBeauty.com.  Stay tune because this weekend I will be dropping my personal discount code to WooshBeauty.com so be sure to head on over to that site and checkout their innovative products.  I will  be providing more information on this in a later announcement.  If you are not already following me on Instagram, head on over to @MsNae716 and my newly created Instagram page, @AtStudio5ENT.  So make sure when you head on over there to be sure to follow both the pages.  I check them daily and will start posting more regularly now that I am an influencer.

Back to the discussion…As you are making your approach to the new world of makeup, don’t stress out so much on what you will need.  Key items that I would recommend to start with are:

  • Makeup remover wipes — so, you will especially need these to remove your makeup before you actually cleanse your skin.  Sometimes what I do is I use them to go over my face before I am going to apply my makeup if it is later in the day or evening.  This helps me to remove oil and any deposited dirt from being out and about and after working all day.
  • Facial scrub — if you’re not familiar with facial scrubs, let me recommend the peach scrub.  St. Ives has one and Equate has one, the difference is in the price.  I buy Equate’s peach scrub because it’s under $2, and it provides the same results as the one by St. Ives.  It’s safe enough you can use it daily.  I follow up with Noxema and Ponds cold cream designed to even the tone of the skin.
  • Face primer (Maybelline has really good ones…that’s the only one I buy) — I discovered using a face primer in 2019 from watching a YouTube tutorial.  What I also discovered was that it makes your skin so much smoother after you’ve applied your makeup.  It gives you a more flawless look especially in photos.
  • Concealer — you can use this in many different ways.  One way is in defining your eyebrows once you’ve gotten them detailed.  You can use it under your eyes, the T-shape of your face, forehead, chin and cheeks.  It brings out the overall shape of your face and the contouring just pretty much seals the deal.
  • Foundation (liquid and/or pressed powder — I do both) — I am one of those who likes to do a combination of liquid foundation (or my stick foundation) and my Fit Me pressed powder.  I tend to double up on the liquid foundation just to ensure I have covered all the basis, the I put a couple of layers of the pressed power.  Understand the shades have to be so close to my skin tone in order to not look too light or too dark.  So when I go in with the finishing and setting powders, it really doesn’t affect the overall look.
  • Eyeshadow base if you want to explore different eyeshadows (NYX has a good eyeshadow base, works really well if you’re doing cut creases) — so, when I started using eyeshadow base, I was turned on to it by my daughter.  She recommended that I try using it because I had a lot of questions as to why I could not make my eyeshadow pop.  Then when I started using it, had a favorite that I liked, I could no longer find it and that forced me to set out on a search to find one that was good and would allow me to create the look I wanted to satisfactory results.  Covergirl has a good one, then there’s Elf, I think Rimmel has one, but the one I really like is the little jars by NYX.  It really gets the job done.

Everything else will fall into place once you have started to experiment and you will start to add products such as:

  • Eyebrow pencil
  • Eyeliner
  • Liquid eyeliner
  • Finishing powder and/or setting powder
  • Contouring palettes
  • Highlight powder
  • Eyelashes 

Essential tools would include makeup brushes, a sharpener specific for sharpening eyeliner pencils and lip liners if they are not retractable.  And it all depends on what your overall preference will be.  I prefer retractable eyeliners and lip liners, but then again not all of my favorites are retractable, a couple of them are pencils.

Going forward. have an open mind going into this process.  Match foundations to your skin tone.  Look for shades that you will feel comfortable with.  Don’t be afraid to be bold and daring.  Your foundations should not be too dark or two light.  If you do, you can use a pressed powder to take it down if it’s too light or to bring it up if it’s too dark.  You have to find an even balance.

Being in our 50s is not the end of the world.  I’m a mom, a grandma and as a widow I have become reacquainted with myself, I am in a new piece of mind and makeup helps me to live in my new found level of confidence.  the 50s is not the end of the world.  In fact it’s new beginnings.  My mom always say be true to yourself and love who you are, don’t neglect yourself because there’s only one you. 

So, that’s all I have for today.  I hope you enjoyed this post, I know it’s been a while since I last posted.  But if this has been helpful, or you know someone who can benefit from it, please share this post with them.  If you have any questions or comments, you can leave them below or send me an email at atstudio5info@gmail.com and I will get back to you within 24 – 48 hours.

Remember to keep checking back for my personal discount code to WooshBeauty.com and remember to follow me on Instagram @MrsNae716 and @AtStudio5ENT.

Stay safe and take care….I’ll be back with more content for you to enjoy.  Thanks for reading.

 

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