LINDA

pc7qde227d8-kelly-jeanWHAT IS YOUR FIRST BEAUTY MEMORY?
Getting make-up at age twenty-six.

HOW HAS YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE CHANGED OVER TIME?
Trying different products.

WHERE DO YOU LOOK FOR MAKEUP AND SKINCARE RECOMMENDATIONS?
Usually a recommendation from a friend.

WHAT PRODUCTS ARE YOU LOVING RIGHT NOW?
Aveda skincare and volumizing shampoo.

WHEN DO YOU FEEL THE MOST CONFIDENT?
After I have blow-dried my hair.

Linda is a 72-year-old who likes scrapbooking, quilting, reality shows (especially Survivor), and playing Bridge. She loves coffee,  jicama, and ginger.

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LEXIE

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WHAT IS YOUR FIRST BEAUTY MEMORY?
Although I would typically say I have a horrible memory (thanks, kids), I think my first beauty memory would have to be of my mother, completely comfortable around my sister and me, in the nude. In our house, the bathroom door was always open, and I think it taught us to accept and feel comfortable in the beauty of our own natural bodies. Even though I am raising boys, that is a feeling and confidence I hope to pass on to them as well.

HOW HAS YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE CHANGED OVER TIME?
I do not have the time that I used to. With three kids, I now appreciate the moments I have to focus solely on myself.

WHERE DO YOU LOOK FOR MAKEUP AND SKINCARE RECOMMENDATIONS?
I usually look to friends for recommendations, and honestly, beauty vloggers on YouTube if I have the time. I have many female friends in MLM (multi-level marketing) businesses, and I try to support them as much as possible too.

WHAT PRODUCTS ARE YOU LOVING RIGHT NOW?
My peach eyeshadow palette by Too Faced, and Lipsense lip color by Senegence. All the LuLaRoe!

WHEN DO YOU FEEL THE MOST CONFIDENT?
When I am comfortable in my clothing and have at the very least lipstick on.

Lexie is a thirty-year-old mom to three boys, sharing her love & knowledge of nature, art, music, and food with them.

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JILL & SHERI

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Today’s Beauty Biography features Sheri & Jill, mother & daughter.

WHAT IS YOUR FIRST BEAUTY MEMORY?
SHERI: High school and blue eye shadow with lots of mascara.
JILL: I remember my mom putting pink foam curlers in my long straight hair before bed so I would wake up with curls.

HOW HAS YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE CHANGED OVERTIME?
SHERI: I wear less makeup, and I am more conscious of using moisturizer.
JILL: For years I used the Proactiv 3 step system which worked beautifully if I consistently cleansed morning and night. Over time I think it became too drying for my face and may have contributed to melasma on my forehead. I switched to a Clarisonic and a less drying cleansing wash.

WHERE DO YOU LOOK FOR MAKEUP AND SKINCARE RECOMMENDATIONS?
SHERI: Reading a lot on the internet.
JILL: I don’t search much for makeup, but I have done internet searches to find skincare information.

WHAT PRODUCTS ARE YOU LOVING RIGHT NOW?
SHERI: Brilliance Skin Care. Noxema for cleansing.
JILL: My Clarisonic and Exuviance Gentle Cleansing Cream. Perricone MD Blue Plasma Cleansing Treatment. Clinique Turnaround Daytime moisturizer; as well as, Clinique Turnaround Overnight– when I get around to actually washing my face before I go to bed!

WHEN DO YOU FEEL THE MOST CONFIDENT?
SHERI: Full makeup and dressed up.
JILL: I feel most confident when I am just done getting ready and leaving the house to go out on a date with my husband. I love it when I have a nice outfit and my hair is doing what I want it to do.

Jill is a thirtysomething newlywed and dental hygienist. Sheri is a sexagenarian that loves nature, gardening, knitting, sewing…well, anything with a needle. 😉

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CINDY


WHAT IS YOUR FIRST BEAUTY MEMORY?
My first memory is probably my mom and her lipstick. My mom always wears makeup (she even recently got purple eyeliner tattooed, which she loves), but most importantly would not get out of the car without a fresh coat of lipstick. I remember thinking how silly it was or annoyed at having to wait to get out of the car. I have always been more of a tomboy, never really wearing makeup until my late teens and even then very rarely. In fact, my husband didn’t see me in makeup until a year into our relationship! I remember my mom being excited when I wanted to go and buy jeans in high school – up to that point, it was all about the sweatpants. Luckily I have evolved since then! Though now I do enjoy the occasional (like once a month or so) getting dressed up and putting full makeup on, it is definitely not a daily thing for me.

HOW HAS YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE CHANGED OVERTIME?
I never really had a beauty routine in the classic sense. I have been lucky with fairly good skin, so just using a facial cleanser (Clean & Clear Blackhead Eraser Scrub) was all I really did. I am now trying the Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser instead (trying to get away from the plastic microbeads that are in many cleansers and are really bad for the environment, oceans in particular). As a marine mammalogist in Florida/Bahamas for over 10 years, my routine did involve a lot of sunscreen (SPF 50+ as I am very pale, Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch). I will also use hand/body lotion on occasion when needed (particularly on my hands during cold weather). As I have gotten older I have become more interested in other types of beauty care, due to just curiosity and some necessity. I recently began having redness issues from Rosacea, and when the prescription lotion was way too much $$$$, I searched for other options. My doctor said that Retinol A was an ingredient to look for in over the counter items. So after a few tries, I found Neutrogena Rapid Tone Repair Moisturizer for day (with sunscreen) and night (both with accelerated Retinol A). They have worked great and I haven’t been this happy with my skin in years. Due to talking with my friends about this type of stuff, and recently getting a mini facial on vacation, I recently decided to try a face mask (first time!) – the Studio 35 Beauty Peel-Off Cucumber Mask. I think it, or something like it, might become a routine, my skin felt refreshed and I felt a little pampered, even for just 15 minutes, which is hard to come by as a busy mom.

WHERE DO YOU LOOK FOR MAKEUP AND SKINCARE RECOMMENDATIONS?
Well, I suppose that would mean I had to look?? I guess since I haven’t had a lot of interest in the past. I have asked friends sometimes, but other than that I just look around the store, read the labels and try to decipher what would be the best choice, try and repeat until something works. It can be pretty daunting with so many options available, I suppose the internet would be my next option, though what good sites to go to are a mystery to me!

WHAT PRODUCTS ARE YOU LOVING RIGHT NOW?
My main love is the Neutrogena Rapid Tone Repair Moisturizers that have cleared up my Rosacea issues. The Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch sunscreen has been a favorite for years, especially for someone with oily skin. For my make-up (the occasional time I wear it!) I found Almay Intense i-Color products (shadow, liner and mascara). These are great because they tell you which colors to buy based on your eye color, and the shadow is in a little container that easily shows you which color goes where (lid, crease, highlight) – for people like me with very little experience with make-up it makes it easy to do a decent job.

WHEN DO YOU FEEL THE MOST CONFIDENT?
When I can find a little time to myself – taking a shower without rushing, blow-drying my hair, getting in a run, doing a 15-minute face mask, or those occasional dress-up times. It is amazing what a few minutes focusing on yourself can do to your confidence, and how hard it is to find those minutes in the busy days of working and being a mom!

Cindy is a married, thirtysomething marine mammalogist and mother of one. She loves nature, animals and anything geeky (see replica lightsaber on her mantle). Oh, and also anything that involves peanut butter.

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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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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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