Hi, my name is Barbara and I love cosmetics and skincare. I'm in my 40's now, but I've been wearing makeup since I was a teenager. Since that time, my obsession has only grown. Now I want to share all that experience, and hopefully it will help some of you to feel more confident and have more fun.

I used to live in San Francisco. One day, I was doing some reorganizing and decided to take a quick inventory of my lip products. I laid them all out on the bed and took a quick count: 56 tubes, and that didn't include pencils or glosses.

Panic ensued.

What was I doing with all that lipstick? How was I ever going to get through them all before they started going bad?

Around that time, my roommate wandered in and suggested that I start a blog. I could do swatches and reviews, let other people learn from my (over)shopping experiences.

And thus a blog name was born.

I bought the domain a few years ago and have been sitting on it ever since, wondering when I would find the time. Then recently, I saw an online ad for a web site outlining all the things that women over 40 shouldn't wear on their faces. And every single item was on my vanity table at the time.


I don't believe there should be a limit on what people can or can't wear after a certain age - whatever makes you feel pretty, whatever makes you feel fun and alive, that's what you should do. My hair is bright pink. I experiment with a lot of color. I love acid green eyeshadow and purple lipstick and sometimes glitter.

By the way, that picture in the sidebar was taken in New York City, on a summer afternoon at Lincoln Center. The tattoo that you can't quite see on my left arm is a quote from the movie 'Blade Runner', the last words of Roy Batty as his replicant life span comes to an end:

"I've seen things you
people wouldn't believe.

Attack ships on fire off
the shoulder of Orion.
I watched C-beams
glitter in the dark
near the Tannhäuser Gate.

All those moments will
be lost in time,
like tears in rain."

Life is too short. Just buy the lipstick.