Tretinoin – Going from .05% to .1% Strength

After using tretinoin for over a year at .05% strength I decided it was time to move up to the strongest strength. I did have some issues when I started with tretinoin and you can read about my journey here, here, here, here, here, and here. If you want some basic information on tretinoin you can find it here and here. I learned from… Continue reading Tretinoin – Going from .05% to .1% Strength

Acure Organics Day Cream

Another beauty box sample! I get to try so many skin care, hair care, and makeup products from all my boxes. I originally received a sample of Acure Day Cream in Target Beauty Box November 2015. I used it last winter and loved it. It was rich enough for my winter skin without being heavy… Continue reading Acure Organics Day Cream

Summer Go-To Products to Combat Shine

I have normal/combo skin that varies wildly with the seasons. In the winter it is normal with some dryness and I use heavier products to moisturize my skin. The summer is a different story. After a few hours, my face is shiny looking. If I use richer products they cause excess shine or break me… Continue reading Summer Go-To Products to Combat Shine

November Empties

I know that I say this every month but it is hard to believe that another month is over. November just flew by. It was warmer and wetter than usual here in Virginia so I haven’t totally transitioned to cold weather products. I have a ton of empties this month, in part, because I get… Continue reading November Empties

August Empties

If any of you follow beauty channels on YouTube, you are familiar with the concept of “empties.”  These are the products that I finished last month. A few are sample sizes that I was trying out but most are full size. Some of them I will buy again,  and some I won’t. I will list… Continue reading August Empties


This is my first ever blog post! I wanted to write about beauty and skin care for women over 40. There is so much out there by, and for, younger women but not much for more mature women who still love makeup and trying to look their best. I have learned a lot from watching… Continue reading Introduction