Category Archives for "Beauty Secrets (and sorrows)"

A Sailor’s Guide to the Galaxy (of Makeup Application)

While Heels Diva Lynnelle may have makeup tips and techniques to share (a flick here – a tap, tap, tap, there), Teva Diva Barb shares the ultimate efficiency, minimalist, gitterdun-approach to makeup tools and application techniques that NOT-only a sailor could love.  Forget about fancy toners, contour kits, and microblading… Barb get’s real and down to basics. Watch as she shares the reality of the Teva-Diva’s makeup routine.


Is Using Anti-Aging Products “False Advertising”?

A recent article on the website Sixty and Me talked about a point that Shark Tank’s Mr. Wonderful, Kevin O’Leary, made. Evidently Mr. Wonderful excuses himself from the competition (He says, “I’m out”.) when a presenting entrepreneur’s product pitch promises a result he feels is, or results in a misrepresentation; especially if the promise is for a physical transformation. The example the post uses is an entrepreneur presenting his hair extension product. Mr. Wonderful said that a woman wearing the hair extensions would would be a deception; she would be misrepresenting herself. If this were a first date, for example, the unsuspecting suitor would believe his date’s hair was her own, which would be setting him up for disappointment on the third or forth date.

A Visit to the Dermatologist

Be like the Teva Diva of Heels and Tevas—not like the Uber Driver. Watch those spots and get them early.

Barb here.

The other day I took an Uber ride out to my physician’s office. Charles (his real name) is an older gentleman, retired, married to a younger self-employed woman. (You find these things out when you talk with people. Lynnelle is always kind of amazed with how I engage pretty much everybody.)


A Cautionary Dermatological Tale

I mentioned I was seeing the dermatologist to have him look at a couple of suspicious (and I suspected “pre-cancerous”) spots and so the rest of my sunlight exposed body could be perused by a professional spotter of things cancerous and pre-cancerous.

“Do you know that for skin cancer now, they remove it and go test to see if they got all of it and come back and cut some more if they didn’t get it all?” Charles asked. This type of scary stuff is not really necessary when one is going to the dermatologist. I may have murmured “No,” and Charles continued.

“The last time I was in for a spot on my nose. I got in at 7 AM and he cut me 7 times. I didn’t get out of there until 7 at night.” Ugh. “Yep. They freeze ya, but after a while it doesn’t work. The last time he came in to cut more I told him it was his last try. So I think he took a larger hunk that time. This is a big skin doctor practice and they have a whatchamacallit working with them.” I pondered. “Lab?” “No. Well, yes, but that’s not what I meant.” After two more false leads we settled on plastic surgeon. “Yep. That’s it. She was nice enough. Came in to the room took one look at the hole in my nose and said, ‘I don’t know if I can cover this.’ I told her to do her best. Problem was, the freezing thing no longer worked on me so I felt every stitch. She did a good job, though.”

Yes, one part of me wanted to ask him to take me back to the marina, but I persevered, knowing that this visit was to prevent cutting down the road.

My Voluable Dermatologist

My dermatologist has a main office in Jacksonville and a part-time office in my physician’s practice where we’d met a couple of times when I did some professional work for the office. He’s a fast moving, fast talking, no holds barred kind of doc. I like him. (Which is a good thing, or I might have injured him.) Once we established that we knew each other, here are the things he said while I was largely silent. (Rare, but it happens.)

“Oh yeah. That’s precancerous. We’ll take care of that.”

Hey, here’s another one.”

Looking at my face, “That’s a mole, that’s a mole. You have a lot of moles. Age spot. Age spot. That’s an age spot, too. How old are you?”


Oh. Getting up there.


He ignored that and moved on to my legs. “Mole. Mole. Mole. You have a lot of moles.” We’d established that. I do. “What’s that?” “Oh, I nicked myself shaving this week.” “Guess I can ignore that, then.”

He checked my shoulders and down to my bra from the top of the Fresh Produce dress I had chosen for easy access. Once he seemed to be done, I said. “Do you mind just lifting my dress and checking my back? I’m never sure my husband knows what to look for.” “No problem. I do this all day,” he said as he whipped up my skirt. And a few minutes later, “Just a lot of moles.”

He used that freezing spray on both moles. (Cryotherapy.) Told me they would “Be as ugly as hell for a couple of weeks.” And I was done.

Most entertaining and effortless medical procedure I’ve had in years and after the cautionary tale from my Uber driver, this is an appointment I’ll be sure to make on a regular basis—even when I get “up there” in age for real. (Whenever that occurs.)

So, Heels and Tevas Tribe, we love you. Please remember to get your skin checked on a regular basis. Know your body and know what to look for. In my case, I’ve had these exact type of bumps in the past and I recognize them quite easily—which does not mean that I’m complacent about checking for other types of skin cancer.

Anti-Aging Creams for (normal) Women (on a Budget)

Barb here:

Goop” is what my dad called mom’s anti-aging products—usually just after he kissed her and got a taste of something that didn’t appeal to him. (Perhaps bacon flavored facial creams would have a market?)

My mom, was a well freckled red-head. (She would say “auburn”. I was known to say “carrot-colored” until I learned tact.) When she died in her seventies, her salt and pepper hair was salt and chili peppers, and her skin was flawless—soft, unlined, and beautiful.

Makeup Chat – Eyeshadow Illusion and the Melting Icecap

Aging Eyebrows and the Polar Icecaps  

(The video is below) 

Over time, many parts of our physical person begin to wrinkle and droop. Yes, there are procedures that some have opted for – botox, fillers, lasers, plumps and lifts. We (Barb & Lynnelle) have opted for the less invasive (and less expensive) attack on the effects of aging.  In this post we’re talking about the eyelids. Women over 60, or even earlier for most of us, begin to see less space between our eyebrows and lash line. (this is NOT the case for those who have undergone the knife, where the opposite is more likely to be true)  In addition to less distance, the eyelid itself is slowly disappearing. Sort of like the icecap at the North Pole, at first you don’t notice it but, one day you wake up and… it’s half gone and going f.a.s.t.  


We’re not going to go under the knife (unless we win the lottery- maybe then, so if that happens, we reserve the right to edit opinions mentioned here, maybe) and therefore, have turned to chemistry and artistry. We’ll have another post about the lotions and potions, but today our focus is on artistry. The illusion of light, to be more specific.

The Illusion of Light and Dark

Light elevates and brings forward – dark lowers and recedes. Previously noted, as we age our eyelids sag down and our eyes look more sunken, using a darker shadow ABOVE the normal eyelid crease and a lighter shadow/highlighter directly under the brow and right at the lash line will work to lift the brow, open the eye yet still leave the image of nice contour.

Using eyeliner and mascara can increase the depth and darkness of the eyes, countering the above efforts to lift and recontour. Using the right colors and the right application methods can actually enhance the highlighting and bring out your eyes.

We are Not Experts (but, we’re really cool women)

We are not experts, and the following is not expert advice, but one individual’s personal opinion (mine, the Heels Diva of Heels and Tevas) and another’s agreement to post said opinion (hers, Barb, the Teva Diva of Heels and Tevas) in video form. This video has not been reviewed nor approved by a professional makeup artist. We are not being paid by any company or product mentioned here – although we think they should pay us… especial NYX products, as you’ll see. We wish they would. If they ever do, we’ll let you know.

Favorite Eye Makeup of (at least) one Over-60 Woman

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