The Retro Housewife’s Top 5 Beauty Products!


After years and years of trying what it seems like every makeup there is, I feel like I’ve finally settled on my top 5 makeup essentials.  When I’ve tried it all, trust me, I mean it.  I’ve tried things from the dollar store, to Avon and Mary Kay, to Chanel and Dior.  After years of trial and error, here you have it.  My top 5 beauty products!

1168958_fpx                                           Benefit They’re Real! Mascara  – it only comes in black

I was very fortunate that God blessed me with relatively long eye lashes, the only problem is that they’re blonde.  This requires many, many coats of mascara… that is until I came upon this little beauty.  Just a few brushes across my lashes and I have beautiful bombshell eyelashes!  It runs for about $20 at Ulta, Sephora, any any department store that carries Benefit cosmetics.


 Sonia Kashuk Brow Definer Pencil in Taupe

I am naturally blonde and fair skinned, and if I don’t pencil in my eyebrows it looks as though I don’t have any at all!  This pencil goes on very smoothly, and looks very naturally.  It definitely doesn’t give that “drawn on” look like many eyebrow pencils can do.  Besides working wonderfully, it’s only $6 at Target!


Mac Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 Foundation

For many years I used a powder mineral foundation.  Unfortunately when I moved to Arizona I found that it didn’t work well because I ended up sweating it all off.  You would think I might have the same problem with this one, but not at all!  With very dry fair skin, I love how it moisturizes and protects me from the sun.  I use the shade NW20.  This foundation costs $35, but trust me, a little goes a long way so it lasts forever!

2251723Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette

I have more eye-shadows than I can count.  One in every color, every shade, for every occasion.  In fact, I have an entire drawer full of them!  For everyday use however, there is one palette I always turn to.  The Urban Decay Naked Basics palette is fantastic.  All the colors are neutral and matte, and are just perfect for everyday use.  If you’re looking for something new for everyday use, I highly, highly recommend getting this!  It consists of 6 colors, and costs $29.  You can find it at Ulta, Sephora, or any other stores that carry Urban Decay.

773602088409Mac Viva Glam 1 Matte

Every retro or modern woman needs a wonderful red lipstick.  One of the things I love so much about Mac is that they allow you to try on as many shades as you like until you find the perfect one.  Because my skin is so fair, my hair is blonde, and I have green eyes, I try to find something a little darker but still a nice, rich red.  I found exactly what I was looking for in Mac Viva Glam 1 in matte.  It gives me a lovely red color without being too bright or “in your face”.  I don’t want my lipstick to be the first thing people notice about me.

So there you have it, my top 5 beauty products!  I hope you enjoy and maybe will go out and try a few!

What are your favorite beauty products?


Keeping Up Appearances Part 2

Now that I’ve stressed the importance of keeping up your appearance, it’s time to discuss the execution.  How do you actually go about doing this?  How do you take yourself from a frumpy housewife to Grace Kelly?

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As every good housewife knows, schedules and organization are everything.  Nothing is done randomly, everything is done with purpose and order.  Things are planned out in a way that makes the most sense and is most efficient.  All you need to do is add this into your daily schedule.  If you have really little ones, this is definitely more difficult, especially if they are not on a regular sleeping schedule.  If your children are in school it’s a bit easier. Whoever gets up first, whether it be your husband or children, wake up at least 20 minutes before they do.  This should give you plenty of time to wake yourself up and put yourself together.  Make sure to pick out what you are going to wear the night before, you don’t have time to spend staring at your closet with no idea what to put on!  If you are just seeing your husband off or dropping the kids off at school and returning home, there’s no need to do a full face of makeup.  Mascara, concealer, powder, blush/bronzer should do it.  If you are doing more than that then you should do your full makeup and will need to wake up early enough to do so.  Make sure to cover up any puffiness or dark circles under your eyes, you don’t want to look tired!  You want to look fresh and awake and give your family a wonderful start to their day.  Think about how much your husband will love walking into the kitchen before he’s off to work and there you are, his beautiful wife all dolled up for him early in the morning cooking his breakfast.  He will appreciate this extra effort more than you can imagine, and it will be an image he keeps in his mind throughout his day at work.


Some of you may be thinking “Why on earth would I go through all this trouble?  My husband probably wouldn’t even notice the difference!”  I will tell you that is definitely untrue.  Your husband WILL notice the extra effort you are making for him, and will likely make extra effort in return.

Another thing you’ll want to do is be sure to look just as nice if not better when he returns home.  Take a little bit of time to relax before he comes home, touch up your makeup and hair.  Spray on some perfume.  Another thing a man loves coming home to besides his beautiful wife is the smell of his dinner cooking!  Does your husband like to have a drink to wind down and relax when he gets home from work?  If so make sure you have that drink ready for him.  Greet him at the door with a smile and a kiss.  Help him with his things.  If he likes to sit down on the couch right when he gets home, go over and take his shoes off for him, rub his feet a little if he likes that.  You should do whatever you can to make him feel happy and relaxed to be back home after a long day of work.  Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, it is not asking a lot for a wife to rub his husbands feet when he gets home.  I think this again has to do with the ridiculous amount of pride we have these days.  Women think they are “above” doing such things, that they are better than that.  Newsflash, we are not!  We are here to serve our husbands as we serve the Lord.

So ladies, what do you say?  Can you make that extra effort for your husband?  What’s 20-30 more minutes to wake up in the morning and look your best for your husband?  He will appreciate it more than you can believe.

Keeping Up Appearances Part 1

Think back to when you first started dating your husband.  You spent hours picking out the perfect outfit, doing your makeup, and getting your hair just right.  You tried so hard to impress him, to make sure you looked your absolute best.


Now you’re married, perhaps you have kids.  Take a peek in the mirror, what do you look like right now?

Are you the housewife that has a closet full of yoga pants and sweatpants?  Do you consider it a good day if you’ve run a comb through your hair and put on a little concealer or mascara?  Let me ask you this… what happened?

Hey, little girl, comb your hair, fix your make-up, soon he will open the door,
Don’t think because there’s a ring on your finger, you needn’t try any more.
For wives should always be lovers too,
Run to his arms the moment that he comes home to you.
I’m warning you,
Day after day, there are girls at the office and the men will always be men,
Don’t stand him up, with your hair still in curlers, you may not see him again.
Wives should always be lovers too,
Run to his arms the moment he comes home to you.
He’s almost here, hey, little girl, better wear something pretty,
Something you wear to go to the city,
Dim all the lights, pour the wine, start the music, time to get ready for love.
Time to get ready for love, yes it’s time to get ready for love,
It’s time to get ready for love…

Frank Sinatra , “Wives and Lovers” 1964

This song speaks volumes.  Wherever your husband may work, an office, a hospital, etc., chances are there are plenty of pretty women there that woke up that morning and actually got ready for the day.  They are at work looking their best, and the men around them are noticing.  What did you look like when your husband went off to work this morning?  Were you still asleep, yesterday’s mascara smudged around your eyes, hair a mess?  Were you in the vanity with half your hair in curlers and no makeup on rushing to get ready?  What were you wearing?  Were you in over-sized sweatpants and a t-shirt or a bathrobe?

That was the image of you your husband had when he went off to work to be surrounded by lovely women.  Lovely women that are attracted to a hard-working, successful, handsome man like your husband.  Women that would be more than happy to take your place if they had the chance.  And perhaps if your husband’s last image of you was smudged mascara and bedhead, saying no to one of these lovely ladies might be a little harder.

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I have three little ones at home; 4, 5, and 6.  I get it.  There are days when the thought of getting out of bed and getting dressed makes me want to gouge my eyes out.  The alarm goes off and I want nothing more than to throw it out the window and pull the covers back over my head.  There are days when those comfy yoga pants and a zip up sweatshirt seem to be calling my name.  Then I remind myself, who am I getting ready for in the morning?  What kind of example am I setting for the children?  I’m not saying that you should be in full makeup and 4 inch pumps at 6:30 in the morning, but you also shouldn’t look like you just rolled out of bed.

The way you look and are dressed changes your whole attitude.  Think of the way you walk when you’re wearing a pair of pumps vs a pair of flip flops.  What is your attitude like when you’re in a pair of jeans and a t-shirt vs a nice dress with matching accessories?  It’s like you’re a whole different person!  The appearance of a 50′s housewife is something that I truly admire.  They wouldn’t dare let their husbands see them in less than their best, even while feeding a baby, dealing with a screaming toddler, and making breakfast all at the same time.  How many of you have seen the movie The Stepford Wives?  Yes, they were robots, I understand that.  But they looked absolutely stunning all the time.  And that is something a real woman can do just as well as a robot with a little effort.  Why is it that once a woman is married she loses that desire to look “perfect” for her man at all times?  Wives get so comfortable in their relationships, they get this whole thought of he married me, he loves me for who I am, I no longer need to put effort into how I look.  WRONG!  Absolutely wrong ladies.  In fact, it should be the opposite.


You should look lovely when your husband sees you in the morning.  Wake up before he does, put on some mascara and powder or concealer at the least, add a little blush or bronzer to your cheeks.  Give yourself some color.  Brush your hair and give it a simple style that you can go back and perfect after he’s gone to work.  Put on some perfume.  What does your husband like to see you dressed in in the morning?  Have you ever even bothered to ask him?  Perhaps the sight of you making his eggs and bacon in your lace nightgown drives him wild.  If he’s too rushed in the mornings to really notice then you can put on some nice slacks or skirt and a blouse, or if you have time a nice dress.  Leave him with the image of you that keeps him staring at the clock all day because he can’t wait to come back home to you.  He goes to work everyday and works so incredibly hard so that YOU can have the best job in the world of staying at home and caring for your family.  The least you can do for your husband is put some effort into looking nice for him.  Don’t let him lose sight of that beautiful girl he fell in love with, the one who made sure she looked her best for him at all times.  Remind him that he made the right decision in choosing you!