The Eyes Have It

PeterThomasRoth eye cream

Review of Peter Thomas Roth Instant Firm Temporary Face Tightener

Before proceeding you should be aware that I’m going to post some pictures. Of my eyes and eye area. Without makeup. Without a moisturizer applied. They are very scary looking. Be prepared.

A good friend of mine gave me this product as a Christmas gift. Yes, I still consider her a good friend. In fact, she may have even moved up my friend scale because she bought me a product that helps me look younger. This is the criteria I use to measure my friends. I am that shallow. Nevertheless, on with the review.

I love this stuff. I use it underneath my eyes and it smoothes out the wrinkles. I cannot go a day without it. Here is a picture of my eyes before applying the product or any moisturizer. You can see the lines underneath my eyes and in the corners.


The Peter Thomas Roth product will leave behind a white residue on your skin. To prevent this I mix it with a little bit of concealer and it seems to do the trick of removing the white residue. Before applying it to my face I first squeeze just a pea shaped amount in the palm of my hand. A little goes a long way with this product. I then add another really small amount of Olay Regenerist Eye Regenerating Cream with a Touch of Concealer. I mix them together before applying. Using my fingers I apply the product beneath my eyes and towards the corners, applying generously and evenly. I use my clean fingers to wipe off any extra and to blend the remaining into my skin.

Here are my eyes with the product applied:


Here is a final picture with the product applied and the rest of my eye make up on:


The end result is a smoother eye area that looks natural. I highly recommend this product for the quality and its ability to smooth out my eye area while still looking natural.


I am so in love

I am so completely in love. Although I have been in love before, and certainly had favorites before, I never thought I would feel like this. This is so smooth and smells like heaven.

Samuel Smith Organic Chocolate Stout is now my one true love. I love beer, and have had many in my past. One might say that I’ve had too many in the past. But I don’t care. This is simply the best ever.


I don’t know where or when this love affair will end. But I do know I am going to enjoy the right to its fullest.

It’s a Hairy Situation


Vanity Post #1

ImageI mentioned in a previous post that I’m a pretty vain person.  I’m not proud of it.  Sometimes I even try to work on it and be a little less vain.  Not with my hair.  I use a lot of products to try and have beautiful, glossy, un-frizzy hair.

Back in the day I had perfectly straight hair.  You know, when curly perms were in.  Now that straight hair is in my hair has turned hormonal.  Crazy cow licks and frizz everywhere.  Throw in thick, unruly gray hairs and you have a mess (breathe…the gray hair is colored).

This is just like when I had a flat stomach and high-waisted jeans were in.  Now that I’ve had two children and am in my 40s the low-rise jeans are in and let’s just say that no one wants to see my belly now.  Not even me.  My body and fashion are totally out of sync.

So here I am, living in humid Florida with hormonal hair still believing that I can attain straight, glossy hair. I’m not even sure that’s possible here.  But I try.  I really try.

Hence the picture of all the products above.  It’s really ridiculous how much time I spend on my hair.  Thankfully I only wash my hair every 3rd day.  But the days I wash my hair takes a ridiculous amount of time.  It’s like I’m a teenager again.

First I wash with the Loreal products above.  Sulfate free (I’m told this is essential but who really knows) and hydrating for the hormonal hair.  I buy this stuff at Target.

Then I smooth in some Moroccan Oil.  I buy this stuff at Target, too.  I just started using it and I like it a lot.  In the past this kind of product has made my hair look oily but this one doesn’t.

Now I begin the blow drying.  I use a brush by Goody that helps take the water out as I blow dry.

Next comes the Tea Tree Styling Wax and the Paul Mitchell Smoothing Gloss Drops.  I put a very small amount into the palm of my hand and mix together.  Then I run my hands through my hair to apply the product, careful not to get too close to the roots.

Finally, the flat iron.

All of this and my hair looks pretty decent.  A final spray of Paul Mitchell Extra Body Firm Finishing Spray.  I really have to resist the urge here to coat my hair in hairspray.  I grew up in the 80s.  The days of AquaNet and feathered hair.  Everyone used to spray their hair until it wouldn’t move in hurricane force strength winds.  I try not to do that anymore because then it screams to everyone that I am old.  #helmethairsucks

Then I walk outside and it all goes to hell in a hand basket.  Ok, that’s an exaggeration.  This combo of products works pretty well.

This is just a pain in the a$$ to deal with on a regular basis.  I’m probably going to chop it all off this summer.  I really like Portia DeRossi’s short hair and might have mine cut to look like hers.  It’s probably better suited to my hormonal hair anyway.

Full disclosure:  here’s my hair in the 80’s, permed, teased and sprayed!



The Vanity of it All

One topic I haven’t addressed in my blog is my own vanity. In the coming months I expect to write more on this topic. Sometimes I might I address my own feelings towards my vanity but mostly I will post about product reviews and fashion tips.

I hope you will let me know what you think as I post these topics. I am still finding my voice with this blog and that you will enjoy reading along with me on this adventure.

Buckle up folks because I am a pretty vain person!