Minimal fall makeup

minimal fall makeup via besotted blog

I thought with the impending change of season that we could discuss this week–new routines, refreshes and of course one of my very fave subjects paring down. First up is my new make-up routine, I don’t see it changing for fall and I have been very happy with it so I thought I would share. My former routine (pre-baby) consisted of many, many steps (sometimes even false lashes were involved), definitely a hot hair implement of some sort (for curling or straightening) and now it’s down to this and a shower.

Foundation-I found that putting on a powdered mineral make-up foundation so much easier to do than attempting a liquid foundation while there is a toddler underfoot. Using the brush I can sweep it over my face easily,  put the brush down mid-application if I need to stop and chase a toddler, something you don’t want to do if you have liquid foundation on your hands (especially if you have a white sofa).

Blush-As I have gotten older, I have realized two very important things about myself, no matter how much I would love to wear a pretty cool pinky blush (think fair skin Snow White), it’s just not right for my skin tone. The other beauty epiphany, is that I just look frumpy in cardigans, I can’t wear them, they no longer exist to me. The Tarte cheek stain in Tipsy has a peachy tone, which is much better suited for my visage (they have many colors to choose from to get your perfect match). This is insta-pretty, I LOVE this stuff. It’s pretty hard to apply this wrong, I use a brush (made for creme blushes) but my good friend dabs it on her cheeks straight from the tube.

Mascara-Mascara has been a luxury of time item, I can’t wear it unless I know that someone is watching our toddler. Trying to apply mascara with an individual that doesn’t find anything wrong with running right into you while doing so, even though I have explained many times, ‘Mommy likes being able to see out of both eyes’, well, mascara is just not a priority anymore. I keep my brows in really good shape (a miracle) but I have stopped defining them with product, because see the whole mascara debacle above.

Sunglasses-I don’t think I would be able to pull off this minimal beauty routine with confidence if I didn’t have a great pair of sunglasses, I don’t own a lot of things and I am pretty frugal on most, but a classic, quality pair of sunglasses will take you far in life (or the grocery store).

Lip Balm-The Rodin lip balm was a gift, but I love it and feel it really ties the look together, it is not sticky, not too shiny and just feels very luxe to me.

Hair-My hair is either tied back in a low pony tail, top knot or I’ll wear a military type cap.

My beauty routine is 3 minutes (if that) and I don’t feel like I did months back when having enough energy to shower was about all I could muster!

What about you? Any paring down? Any beauty secrets you’d like to share?

mineral foundation / foundation brush / blush / sunglasses (similar) / lip balm

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

Age of Grace |7 famous women that found success later in life

Age of Grace | Vera Wang via Besotted Blog

Michelle and I have been having a great time discovering all these inspiring stories of famous women that have become successful later in life. We thought we would create a list of women that will hopefully get you inspired too, I know that I personally am in awe now and feel very motivated to get something done!

//VERA WANG//

Designer Vera Wang had an original dream of becoming an Olympic Figure Skater, when that didn’t work out she turned to fashion and worked her way up in the editorial world to become the Senior Fashion Editor at Vogue for 15 years. Wang was passed up for the editor-in-chief position (which Anna Wintour did get and still holds). That’s two major dashed dreams, enough to way lay even the most confident individual, but Wang didn’t quit, she re-invented. At 40 years old Vera Wang not only got married but started her eponymous and wildly successful bridal label. An incredible success story. You can read more about Vera Wang here, here, and here (at 62 years old in a bathing suit looking better than I ever have!).

//JULIA CHILD//

Probably one of the most famous names in culinary history, Julia child did not publish her first cookbook until she was 50 years old! You can read more here and here. One of my favorite children’s book ‘Julia, Child‘ here.

//LUCILLE BALL//

Lucille Ball didn’t find fame and fortune until 40 years old! At the time and at that age most actresses would have retired. Ball not only launched her show, she became a huge ground breaker being the first woman to ever run her own Hollywood studio, marrying a man 6 years younger and the list goes on and on of her achievements! You can read more here and here.

//TONI MORRISON//

Nobel Prize winning author Toni Morrison didn’t publish her first novel until she was 40 years old (a full-time working single mother of two at that!). You can read more here and here.

//LAURA INGALLS WILDER//

The author of the famed ‘Little House’ series, didn’t publish her first novel until she was 65 years old, she wrote 12 more after that! Read more here.

//MARTHA STEWART//

Martha Stewart didn’t catch her big break until she was 40 years old after which she became the doyenne of the domestic and the super power she is today.  Read more here.

//GRANDMA MOSES//

World renowned artist ‘Grandma Moses’ didn’t pick up a paint brush until she was 75 years old. An art collector spotted her work in a drugstore window took it to New York and a star was born. You can read more here.

Do you know of any other great stories we can add to this list?

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

Age of Grace | Cindy Joseph

Age of Grace | Cindy Joseph via Besotted Blog

How about celebrating your age and wearing it proudly? How about being an example for younger women and taking on a positive, happy, healthy attitude towards yourself and aging? Would we have benefited witnessing women older than ourselves celebrating themselves? How about celebrating your age and wearing it proudly? How about being an example for younger women and taking on a positive, happy, healthy attitude towards yourself and aging? Would we have benefited witnessing women older than ourselves celebrating themselves?

I only recently discovered model/entrepreneur Cindy Joseph, but I was instantly intrigued. Joseph was discovered at age 49 on the streets of NY by famed fashion photographer Steven Miesel, after which he cast her in a Dolce & Gabbana campaign and her modeling career took off from there! I love stories of people getting ‘discovered’, but to start your modeling career at 49? Amazing. Joseph has become part of the ‘pro-age’ movement a play on the ‘anti-age’ phraseology so common in the media and consumer beauty marketing and recently has become a cosmetic entrepreneur with a ‘less is more’ approach to makeup. I liked her makeup tips for ‘boomers’ (her cosmetic company is called ‘boom’), but I feel like these tips work for anyone that has started to notice there makeup routine is not working the same as it was at 30, 40, etc.

1. Use cream-based, not powder-based cosmetics on your face. Powder adds texture to skin that already has developed texture.

2. A good rule of thumb for lipstick is to find a tone that matches the inner lip or gums.

3. Women older than 50 tend to lose definition in their eyebrows. Just go with that. Don’t recreate the brows you had in your 20s.

4. This is a hard one, but do not wear any eye shadow at all (and especially no contour eye shadow in the crease because it gives the appearance of deepening the crease). A little bit of mascara is OK.

5. Tinted moisturizers don’t work. If you’re going to use a foundation to even out skin tone, find one that gives coverage but doesn’t add texture. Be willing to spend money on a foundation and take your time to experiment and find the exact right shade. Matching your skin tone exactly is critical.

You can read more about Cindy Joseph here, here and here!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

Age of Grace | Linda Rodin

Linda Rodin Age of Grace via Besotted Blog

I think one does feel more liberated and independent when one gets older. More honest and open with yourself and others

It seems to me that there are more and more women that are appearing in the media that are beautiful, intelligent, dynamic and ageless. Last week marked a month until a very big birthday for me. If I had to wrap my mind around the number I would probably be hiding under the covers, huddled in the fetal position, rocking slowly and mumbling nonsensically. Part of birthday’s and aging, at least for me is evaluating what I have accomplished thus far and although I am a natural optimist, I do find myself feeling like I have come up short and should have a lot more to show for all my hard work. The clock feels like it’s ticking rapidly (think time bomb) and I feel like I need to do X, Y, Z before the uhm end. I know dramatic, right? But that’s my truth right now, I suppose in a way, it is what keeps me motivated and  striving for more and by ‘more’ I don’t mean ‘things’, but experiences. After all, you cannot take the Rolls Royce or mansion with you.

We thought it would be apropos this week to feature women that are not only aging gracefully, but are kicking butt doing it. The gorgeous Linda Rodin featured, is 67 years old, she launched her beauty line only a mere 8 years ago and sold it to Estee Lauder recently if that isn’t a story to get you out of the, ‘I’m too old to…’ mentality I don’t know what will (hopefully more stories like this). We love Rodin’s super chic style (she was a fashion editor at Harper’s Bazaar at one time), it suits her perfectly, although both Michelle and I wouldn’t mind emulating some of her looks. In fact, there are legions of young women that love her style and want to be Ms. Rodin when they ‘grow up’. I say why wait? The time is now to pursue your goals + dreams, yes, right now! What will I be pursuing after this little motivational kick in the pants? I do have a lot lined up currently. I was feeling a little desperate, but desperate isn’t always a bad place to be, it can be exactly what you need. I love this quote by Tom Robbins:

In life you need either inspiration or desperation.
Well, I currently have the desperation bit covered, so this series will hopefully give myself (and hopefully you) some inspiration!
//RESOURCES//
Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

Nude Eyeliner? Heck Yes! | Best of Besotted

smashbox nude kohl eyeliner besotted blog

Michelle and I are enjoying our summer (and I hope you are too).  I suppose if you are on the other side of the globe than keeping cozy with your winter (hard to envision winter when it’s 90 + out). We are doing a ‘best of besotted’ this week. These are the posts that you found the most interesting or shared with others (we thank you). Hopefully some of these posts will be new to you and just as exciting as it was for others. Enjoy!

I usually don’t write about beauty on Monday’s but I felt this deserved to be shouted from the mountain tops a.s.a.p. My friend Mary used to be a make-up artist many years ago and always has the best tips, always. I even begged her to do a series of ‘before & after’s’ here so we can see her in action, but alas she declined. This latest tip was too good not to swipe from her arsenal of goodies. Let me segue, I recently was photographed by a majorly talented and lovely photographer, more on that soon. I wanted Mary to do my make-up because she excels at that flawlessly natural look I love, but again she declined because I am super picky and she knew how important this shoot was to me and that I wanted to look like myself (but a heck of a lot better). [Read more…]

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