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!
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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

Nars Cosmetics | Fonts in the Wild

Nars Cosmetics font | Fonts in the wild via besotted blog

It was a no brainer that on a beauty week the font I was going to choose to highlight would be the one used on the Nars packaging. Helvetica is a classic (they even made a documentary on it). It is one of my all time favorite fonts and I used it in various weights for the branding of my former PR company.  If I were to pull together a new logo for my brand consulting I would most likely use it again. Elegant, modern, classic, it just resonates with my minimalist vibe. Although the Nars collection launched in 1994 the packaging still feels fresh and elegant in its simplicity. This is such an excellent example of ‘less is more’. When you are designing, cut the fat, see what you can pull out, watch for things that may date your brand. I have made many a design mistake in my career, fallen into the trap of designing to please an audience instead of sticking with what I revere and I can tell you it always backfires. Find some fonts that exemplify your aesthetic I have my list, even though I will throw in a handful of hand lettered fonts for interest sometimes in things that are more ephemeral like an email blast for a client or a blog post, I won’t use a hand writing font for something like a logo (actual lettering is a different story) I don’t stray too far from my base.

How about you, are there fonts that you just adore? Let us know, we love to hear from you and I do have to say I was pleasantly surprised by last weeks font discovery as that is a font I would have never even looked at twice and now I am trying to find ways to incorporate it into projects!

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Font family

Fave Nars Cosmetics: Blush, lipgloss, illuminator, bronzer, body glow

Nars bio-This man is amazing, not only is he the founder/creative director of his namesake company, he’s also the in-house photographer and copywriter!

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.

L’Oreal True Match vs. Maybelline Fit Me dewy + smooth

L'oreal True Match vs. Fit Me! Dewy + Smooth via Besotted Blog

Gosh, you must think all I do is sit around all day trying BB, CC creams and foundations. I have written my fair share of reviews on these subjects and have been quite opinionated on them all. Drugstore foundations are probably the hardest to test since color matching is a Herculean task and who has the time to return a used foundation? Ah, but the sheer glory of finding an amazing drugstore foundation that actually performs like a luxury one? Well, that feeling is hard to put into words.

I am going to give you the pro’s and con’s on each of these as I always feel like that helps to balance out a comparison review.  My skin is dry, there is so many things wrong with dry skin but the worse is that make-up can easily look cakey and exacerbate the look of lines, not a look I am trying to achieve. My goal is always to look as ‘non-make-up-y’ as possible. I want enough coverage so my skintone is even, but I still want to maintain my skin texture (I don’t want a foundation ‘mask’). Maybe because my skin is dry I prefer a more ‘glow’ (think J.Lo) to my look and veer away from anything that is matte. Both True Match and Fit Me! Dewy + Smooth were highly recommended for dry skin and since I was in the market for yet another foundation I thought why not give them a go?

I have raved about the L’Oreal Magic BB Cream, the drawback on that product is that it has no sunscreen, I love the feel of the BB Cream, almost like water, like you aren’t really adding anything to your skin. Both the True Match and Fit Me have this same unique watery/light consistency, which gave me hope, the cons on both products is that they have no pumps, application gets messy really fast. The True Match was a near perfect match for my skintone and I found it infinitely easier to find a shade via their quick quiz. The Fit Me was impossible to color match, I ended up taking in my True Match and holding up the bottle to the Fit Me to find the closest color. When I first tried the True Match I thought I may have found foundation nirvana, it feels as if you aren’t wearing anything, the color was perfect, the coverage was nice, I loved it, it even had a nice glow to it. Not even half an hour later it set in as a very matte finish, my face looked like a craggly desert. The worse part is I had gone to a client meeting like that–gasp! The Fit Me on the other hand, even though the color was not perfect, it was very, very close, it also stayed dewy all day (even in this blistering heat). I am going to say if you have skin on the drier side and want a glowy finish than I would go for the Fit Me! If you have normal to oily skin there is another Fit Me! option called Matte + Poreless, my MIL tried it and I can attest how radiant her skin looked. I am going to be using the Fit Me! for the rest of the summer and then who knows what discovery I will make next?

Have you tried either of these foundations? Do you know of a better way to color match a drugstore foundation? We would love to hear if there’s a drugstore foundation you are loving right now!

P.S. I found this site that helps you find foundation colors based on what you have bought before!

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L’oreal True Match Foundation

L’oreal Magic BB cream

Fit me! Dewy + Smooth

Fit me! Matte + Poreless

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.