Getting old is for…ME??

Ugh.  I found grey hair on my head.  It used to just be the one or two.  I knew where they were.  I denied their existence and continued with my youthful life until one day about a month or two ago, I found them.  No longer the 1-2 weeds.  No.  This time, there was a FOREST.  A gaggle of them.  Hiding in the depths of my mane.

SATC Grey Hair Scene

Photo: Pinterest

So, I did what any other woman in my situation would do.  I cried.  No, really, I didn’t.  But it did make me feel quite sad.  For someone who has been confused with a 15-year old most of her life due to less than average stature, having grey hair pretty much eliminates any doubt about my age.  I’m old!  Cue sobs.  Loud ones.

Thankfully, my forest of greys is rooted on the right side of my head.  So for now, I just part my hair to the other side! 🙂  Always best to see the glass half full, right??  But, I know that won’t hold them off forever; them being the greys.  In fact, even when I try to style my hair in my default hairstyle – aka topknot/bun – the greys are evident.  So, I have found some temporary solutions that I thought some of you might find useful should you be in the same predicament I find myself in.  This is what I like to call ‘Operation Hide Greys’:

1) Mascara – Not just for tinting lashes.  This magic wand also covers greys!!  Yes!  In fact, when traveling last fall, I was caught off guard and noticed the patch of greys.  So I took the mascara brush and lightly brushed over the area that contained the grey hairs.  Voila!  Greys were masked!  Temporarily of course, but it gave me some peace of mind.  I only use Diorshow Blackout, pictured below, which on my hair, worked wonderfully.  If you have blonde hair, using mascara might not be the best solution.  So, read option 2 below.

diorshow

Photo:  Nordstrom.com

2) Root concealer – If mascara is not a great option for you, perhaps root concealer is!  Mascara is great, but I want to save it for my lashes and not waste it on my hair.  So, I looked for alternate solutions.  This time, I took to Sephora and found this Rita Hazzan Root Concealer spray.

Rita Hazan Root Spray // http://chicinacademia.comSephora Haul, http://chicinacademia.com

Photos: First (Sephora.com) and second (Chic in Academia)

As you can see, I also picked up some other goodies that day.  Let me know if you want my review on any of the other products pictured above.  I’ll plan a separate post for that if there is enough interest!  Anyway, the root concealing spray comes in a variety of shades, but I settled on the ‘Dark Brown/Black’ spray.  For me, it proved to be a perfect match!  The other shades include Light Brown, Red, Dark Blonde, and Blonde.

Rita Hazan Root Spray Shades // http://chicinacademia.comI realize that it’s probably not long before I’ll have to start dying my hair – if I choose to dye it at all – but for now, I’ll stick to these temporary fixes.  I’d love to hear about what tactics you use to hide your greys.  Please share them with me!!  Nobody seems to talk about this stuff, so someone like me is faced with fear and shock and denial and incompetence!  Help a sister out for goodness sake!   Share your secrets!!  Seriously though, in light of the fact that I am now a grey-concealing ninja, I also contemplated putting together a video to show you how I use these products.  Leave me a comment below if you think you might be interested in that at all.

Otherwise, I continue to enjoy keeping up with you on Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest!  Finally, if you happen to follow me on Pinterest, you know that I’m hosting a J Crew giveaway along with some other awesome bloggers.  Check it out!  You might just get lucky and win the pot!!

Until next time!  Stay chic!

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Nighttime Beauty Routine with Pond’s

Disclosure: This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with PONDS® and Latina Bloggers Connect, however all opinions are my own.

It’s no secret that I’m getting older (cue loud sobbing).  I know it, my husband knows it, my friends know it.  There’s no denying it.  Thus, in a vain attempt to slow down the aging process, I take to trying different beauty products in hopes that they will help lessen the signs of aging.  I recently was asked to try the new Pond’s Rejuveness Anti-Wrinkle Cream.  So of course, I jumped at the chance to try it!  Let me tell ya, hubby was pretty excited too. 😉  In fact, he tried it with me!

Me and the product

My evening beauty routine begins with make-up removal.  I used the Pond’s Wet Cleansing Towelettes first to remove all of my make up for the day.  Pretty effective if you ask my opinion.  Check me out below in all of my makeup-less glory…

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Next, I give my face a splash with cold water and then lightly dry with a hand towel before applying my night cream.  In this case, hubby and I tried the Pond’s Rejuveness cream prior to bedtime.

cream close up

We’ve had the product for about a month and It smells amazing and makes your skin feel super smooth!  I think Pond’s has been known for their amazing-smelling products over the years and this one is no exception.  I can’t say that we noticed significant differences in the presence of wrinkles, but I will say that my laugh lines are less noticeable lately.  😉

The Pond’s Rejuveness cream is formulated with AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) and collagen.  The Rejuveness cream is said to visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines in 2 weeks.  It is dermatologist tested, hypoallergenic, and won’t clog pores; all in all, a pretty great cream to have as a night cream.  It contains alpha hydroxy acids (an an exfolient, which gently removes dull surface skin cells and smooths fine lines), collagen, and vitamin E, so it’s definitely packed with anti-aging agents.

ponds products

Both products can be found in the beauty section of most stores, including the beauty section at all Walmart stores.  All in all, my hubby and I were both pleased with the cream, and I definitely love the towelettes.  Leave a comment below if you have tried these and/or other Pond’s products in the past and tell me what you think about them! I can’t wait to hear what you think about these two in particular.

Until next time!  Stay Chic!

$30 and Under Faves from the Neiman Marcus Sale

Have no fear of upscale designer stores, for they too have amazing clearance sales!!  Neiman Marcus is having an up to 50% off sale on many of their items, with free shipping AND free gift packaging!!  How amazing is that?!

By the way, have you noticed how much help I’ve provided for your holiday shopping thus far??  Seems like a little quid pro quo is appropriate, wouldn’t you say??  I accept gift cards to any store that carries clothing, shoes, and/or accessories.  Kthnx!  Just kidding.  Not really.  But I am really kidding.  Haha.  Okay!  Enough. 😛

Here are my picks from the sale.  All priced $25 and under.  Happy Shopping!

Panacea Hammered Golden Linear Dangle Earrings, $20

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Halston Heritage Boxy Slub Jersey Tee, Chalk, $19

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House of Harlow Sunburst Button Stud Earrings, Cobalt, $23

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Jules Smith Long Disc Necklace, Yellow Golden, $22

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NM EXCLUSIVE Four Monogrammed Porcelain Coasters, $17

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Jules Smith Hexagon Chain Necklace, Yellow Gold, $29

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Lilly Pulitzer Charlotte Tech Case, $39

Screen Shot 2014-12-05 at 10.13.05 AMUntil next time!  Stay Chic!