Forty-something beauty, reviews and the truth

Monday, 22 January 2018

A Basically Beauty Welcome

Hello and welcome to Basically Beauty.

What is it and who am I?  Read on!

A blog for forty plusses 💅

I've been in the 'blogosphere' for a while now, since I started my other blog Beauty Aware five years ago.  I've realised over this time that I only actually ever read a few blogs (less than about ten) where the products that are reviewed are 'age appropriate' and by that I'm talking about getting older and all that comes with it, the lines, the skin changes, the way all of a sudden black eyeliner makes me look like Rocky Balboa after five rounds with Mr T, so I've had to switch to grey or dark brown.  It occurred to me that it might be helpful to share all the little ageing changes and the products I'm using now.  The reason it's for forty plusses is because it was around the age of 40 that I noticed my face start to change a bit and started changing my products regularly, mainly face wash and moisturiser.  I remember doing a lot of face wash research as they all seemed to be drying my skin out around that time.

How I feel about ageing 💅

I'll be honest, I really don't mind about getting older.  My philosophy is that despite trying to put the brakes on it, nobody has ever invented a 'stop ageing' drug so we really need to just accept and embrace it.  For older women, the beauty industry is mainly tailored to make us feel like we need to do everything in our power to look young but actually I don't want to look young, I just want to look and feel the best that I can at the age I am.  And if I can find a product to disguise the little ageing things that annoy me when I look in the mirror then so much the better.  Just because we want to look our best doesn't make us vain, it's a personal thing.

My beauty background 💅

I'm not a make up artist or a hairdresser and the only thing I've done in the beauty industry is work for Avon for a little while (which was quite a beauty learning experience let me tell you).  So, I'm not an expert but I have been wearing make up for 30 years, tried several hundred skin and hair care products and an avid beauty magazine and book reader.  So I know what works for me and what doesn't and that's what I want to share, plus any good advice I get from anywhere else!  There's a bit more about me on the aptly named About Me page if you want to know a bit more.

My photos 💅

I'm intending to splash quite a few photos of my face on this blog, mainly to show colours, blusher, lipstick that kind of thing.  I don't airbrush anything out of my face at all, what you see is me, as far as it can be seen on a screen I guess.  For photos of make up I'll always try to get the colour as close as I can to the real thing as it's unhelpful not to.  I don't have a fancy camera so I do have to do some lightening of my make up photos at times.

Finally ... 💅

I really hope people enjoy reading this blog, I can't say how frequently I will post at the moment even though I am determined to properly blog plan for this one but what I will say that I will love it just as much as I love Beauty Aware and I hope people find it useful.  Let's get some beauty chat going forty plusses (and anyone else who wants to join in!)

Love, Maria

Fancy picture of some make up brushes - mine aren't that clean!

*Photo credit:  Free image from Pixabay
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