SUE

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WHAT IS YOUR FIRST BEAUTY MEMORY?
When I was in Junior High I started getting a subscription to Seventeen Magazine. My favorite model was Susan Van Wyck. She had brown hair and eyes like me. I wore my hair in a flip (like hers) and hoped that the clothes that she was modeling were at the Brandeis department store downtown.

HOW HAS YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE CHANGED OVERTIME?
I used to use Dial soap to wash my face (a carry over from my teen years), but I have switched to Basis or Olay Gentle Clean. I also look for products that have SPF built in.

WHERE DO YOU LOOK FOR MAKEUP AND SKINCARE RECOMMENDATIONS?
I received a nifty sample bag of products from Sephora from my daughter at Christmas. I have had fun using the samples and am going to start adding some to my daily routine.

WHAT PRODUCTS ARE YOU LOVING RIGHT NOW?
My hands and fingertips crack from housework and cold winter weather. I am using Amir Argan Oil Moisturizer and love the smell and the results. Also, I am currently using L’Bri Pure n’ Natural Body Wash. It doesn’t dry out my skin like other products I have tried.

WHEN DO YOU FEEL THE MOST CONFIDENT?
I feel most confident about myself after my Strong Bones class. I can think of a thousand reasons not to go but once I am there and finish the exercises I’m glad I took time for me! And if my hair looks good that’s a bonus, too.

Sue is a soon to be seventysomething Baby Boomer, mother of 3, and quilting grandmother to 8!

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KATI

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WHAT IS YOUR FIRST BEAUTY MEMORY?
Watching my mom sitting on the floor in the morning sun with her tiny mirror, her tweezers, and her eyelash curler, wondering what the heck she was doing. But I inherited her brows, so now I understand fully.

HOW HAS YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE CHANGED OVERTIME?
I have to say that my routine has gotten shorter over time; I was blessed with pretty nice, clear skin, so I actually have more problems with break-outs if I fuss with it too much. I am very pale, so I make sure to use a tinted moisturizer with SPF every day. Otherwise, my make-up is pretty pedestrian, but I spend a lot of time on my hair to make it look like I didn’t spend any time on it. I’m a Kevin Murphy fan all the way.

WHERE DO YOU LOOK FOR MAKEUP AND SKINCARE RECOMMENDATIONS?
Friends mostly, my stylist, magazines while I’m sitting in waiting rooms

WHAT PRODUCTS ARE YOU LOVING RIGHT NOW?
I love the Clinique Chubby Stick! That’s in my purse no matter what. I always have lip gloss of some sort, too. I’m surprised by how much I like the Victoria’s Secret gloss.

WHEN DO YOU FEEL THE MOST CONFIDENT?
When I have a regular exercise routine in place I feel the most confident. And when I’m surrounded by the people who love me most, who make me feel great about myself whether I’m dressed up to go out or in my sweatpants on the couch. I never want to look my age, so as long as I keep hearing gasps when I say how old I am, I feel pretty confident.

Kati is a fortysomething mom in a blended family of 5 kids, librarian by day, couch enthusiast by night.

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FACE MASKS*

*a BEAUTY BIOGRAPHY appendix

If there is one thing I love, it’s a good face mask. Over the years I’ve tried quite a few, and through some trial and error, I’ve gotten into a solid routine. (And by solid routine I mean I pretty much do some sort of face mask EVERY DAY.) Here’s a little bit about what I do, and what I’ve learned._mg_56271For me, face masks are the epitome of a spa day at home, and it takes my skincare regimen to the next level. When I first started implementing them into my routine, I wasn’t considering what benefits I was seeking to achieve in my skin (read: face masks willy-nilly). I’ve become much more mindful when choosing masks to purchase, and I pay attention to the condition of my skin before applying. I have normal skin…maybe a little dry in the winter and a little oily in the summer. I have hyperpigmentation. I have dullness. I have congested pores around my chin. So, when I look for a mask I want it to address those issues. I’ve experimented with different ingredients and learned what my skin will tolerate.

In the mornings, I look for masks that “promise” radiance and will eradicate the dull factor. If it does what is says it’s going to do, then I want to see it all day long…not at night while I’m sleeping! I found a couple of quick mask treatments that I can fit in my morning routine a few times a week._mg_55991I really like ExfoliKate® Intensive Exfoliating Treatment. It’s pricey, but it takes way less than a dime-sized amount, and Sephora has a 0.5 oz size that’s a lot easier to swallow. It’s a combo physical exfoliator/chemical peel that uses lactic acid; as well as, papaya, pineapple, and pumpkin enzymes to reveal soft, glowing skin. It smells like Christmas and only takes 2 minutes.
I recently picked up Clinique’s Turnaround Revitalizing Instant Facial.  It takes 5 minutes, and my skin feels really smooth afterward. Given its price point, I’ll probably stick with it over the ExfoliKate®._mg_56071If I have a little more time, I’ll use the Kiehl’s Tumeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque. I like the results, and it gets tight as it dries so it feels like my skin is getting a nice pore cleansing as well. BUT, it does have little cranberry seeds in it that seem to get stuck all over my washcloth when I take it off. Even though I like the mask, I’m not sure I’ll repurchase.
Fresh recently came out with their Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Mask.  It literally has chunks of citrus in it, smells super yummy, and is a perfect pick-me-up morning mask. The fruit acids smooth and soften my skin while combating dullness. I’ll probably stick with this one as my go-to morning mask. It’s delicious._mg_56111I jumped on the Glossier bandwagon a couple of weeks ago. This minimalist brand has been all over social media and YouTube, and, I’m not gonna lie, I wanted to be one of the cool kids. I was in need of a nighttime detox mask to address my congested chin. So far the Mega Greens Galaxy Pack is living up to the hype. Kaolin clay and fruit acids clear pores and refine texture…exactly what I need. I usually follow up with their Moisturizing Moon Mask. In addition to the hydrating boost from hyaluronic acid, it has licorice root and lemon to even out my complexion (goodbye hyperpigmentation!). I’ve only been using these for a couple of weeks, so I’ll report back on how well they worked long term._mg_56151About once a week, I’ll pull out First Aid Beauty’s Facial Radiance Intensive Peel. On application, it resembles a cooling clay mask due to the kaolin and active charcoal, but it’s also packed with acid exfoliators: salicylic and lactic. The directions indicate to leave it on for 1-5 minutes, and for good reason: Feel the burn!  Although a radiance mask, this one is better suited for me at night. I always follow it up with the Moisturizing Moon Mask.

So, that’s my current routine in a nutshell. I’m hoping to find a firming mask to add to this arsenal. What are some of your favorite masks?

 

 

COLLEEN

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WHAT IS YOUR FIRST BEAUTY MEMORY?
It would have to be the smell of my mother’s Opium by YSL perfume. She didn’t wear makeup, except for lipstick, but she always put on fragrance when going out somewhere special. I also remember (or can’t forget) the distinct smell of Noxzema, which both my mother and grandmother used.

HOW HAS YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE CHANGED OVERTIME?
Just having a routine is fairly new to me. I never used to wash my face or put anything more than tinted moisturizer on. Now I use a gentle cleanser, like Cetaphil, in the morning followed by Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculping Cream. At night, I use Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water to wash off my makeup followed by moisturizer and RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream.

WHERE DO YOU LOOK FOR MAKEUP AND SKINCARE RECOMMENDATIONS?
My main source is probably magazines and YouTube beauty videos. I do enjoy browsing at Sephora and the drugstore, too. It’s disappointing to get recommendations and finding that the products just don’t work for me. For instance, I’ve heard so much hype about different kinds of under eye concealers and how well they work, yet none of them have worked for me.

WHAT PRODUCTS ARE YOU LOVING RIGHT NOW?
The Anastasia Brow Wiz has been one of my favorite products. It is so easy to apply and has such an impact; it brightens my whole face. My eyelash curler is also a must have! I can’t leave the house without curling my lashes. I’m also loving IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream. It gives my skin a natural, dewy finish and I love that it has SPF 50.

WHEN DO YOU FEEL THE MOST CONFIDENT?
My wardrobe consists mainly of jeans and pullover sweaters in dark colors. If I stray too much from that I just don’t feel like myself! I feel best with minimal makeup and clean, blow dried hair.

Colleen is holding on to her thirties for a few more months, a part-time library assistant, full-time mom to three boys, and a Netflix binge watcher. 

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MACKENZIE

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WHAT IS YOUR FIRST BEAUTY MEMORY?
My sister’s metallic silver Clinique eye shadow when she was in high school and I was too young to wear makeup. She was so cool.

HOW HAS YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE CHANGED OVERTIME?
It has gotten much more complex. The more I try, the more I love. Repeat cycle.

WHERE DO YOU LOOK FOR MAKEUP AND SKINCARE RECOMMENDATIONS?
I try a lot of skincare samples at Sephora. You can try everything, so why not?

WHAT PRODUCTS ARE YOU LOVING RIGHT NOW?
The Fresh skincare line (soy cleanser, rose face mask, rose toner, rose eye serum, sugar lip polish, sugar lip balm) and Glamglow DREAMDUO™ Overnight Transforming Treatment (hello softest face ever).

WHEN DO YOU FEEL THE MOST CONFIDENT?
With my glam makeup on!

Mackenzie is an almost thirtysomething obsessed with all things beauty.

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BROOKE

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WHAT IS YOUR FIRST BEAUTY MEMORY?
I remember wanting to wear makeup in elementary school. My parents wouldn’t let me, so I snuck some to school and wore pink and purple eye shadow.

HOW HAS YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE CHANGED OVERTIME?
Since having kids it has become practically nonexistent, yet needed more than ever!

WHERE DO YOU LOOK FOR MAKEUP AND SKINCARE RECOMMENDATIONS?
From my friends.

WHAT PRODUCTS ARE YOU LOVING RIGHT NOW?
I don’t have too many products in my arsenal right now, but a friend gave me Olay Regenerist. I like the light non-oily feel and the hope it gives me towards reducing any wrinkles! I also LOVE Blinc Kiss Me Mascara!! It goes on and “tubes” around your lashes. Takes your fingertips and a little water to slide right off. Magic!!

WHEN DO YOU FEEL THE MOST CONFIDENT?
When I have showered, somewhat done my hair, and have completed my makeup application to its fullest.

Brooke is a thirtysomething mother of two little boys, loves dark beers and ANY reason to get some ladies together for an afternoon out. 

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JILL

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WHAT IS YOUR FIRST BEAUTY MEMORY?
My mom putting super red lipstick on me for my Halloween costume at age 4…which by the way, was a 1920s cigarette girl.

HOW HAS YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE CHANGED OVERTIME?
Well, now I wash my face every morning AND every night. I figured out the value of sunscreen…not until about 30. A late bloomer. Wrinkles seem to wait for no one.

WHERE DO YOU LOOK FOR MAKEUP AND SKINCARE RECOMMENDATIONS?
Online. I read about products, and if one sounds interesting enough (and I won’t have to lop off a leg for it) I’ll try it. Of course, recs from trusted friends weigh heavier, obvs.

WHAT PRODUCTS ARE YOU LOVING RIGHT NOW?
Matrix Biolage Blue Agave Thermal-Active Repair Gloss

WHEN DO YOU FEEL THE MOST CONFIDENT?
Fresh out of the salon after a cut and color….also, about a day after I’ve received a botox injection for a permanent vertical furrow line I have in between my eyebrows. It became apparent when a VP I worked for pulled me into a one-on-one to ask why I was sulking and angry looking all the time.

Jill is a mid-40s senior account rep and wannabe foodie who loves all things bubbly and IPA related.

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