Monthly Archives: October 2015

October Starlooks Lookbook



I’ll have more pix but here’s a look of the Lookbook and me with this month’s look. Loved these cosmetics! #StarlooksBeauty Starlooksaddict



BirchBox October – Subscription Box Review


I have a video on this but this is a little more detailed review of my BirchBox for October. This month, Birchbox offered two curated boxes in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and their new deal with Estee Lauder to offer their products (including Clinique) in the BirchBox store.

I was very tempted to get one of those boxes because it was all Estee Lauder, etc brands and I was familiar with the items. When I was a teenager, Clinique was all the rage and I still remember saving money to get the cleansing regimen at Sanger Harris. But after thinking about it, I decided to go with the unknown, regular BirchBox for the month. I know I can always get Estee Lauder and Clinique samples at my local Macy’s and I do like trying new brands. And, quite frankly, I liked the pink marble looking box this month

For their regular box they were offering the choice of three mascaras and I chose the Benefit “They’re Real” mascara since I had heard so much about it.

Here’s a list of the items I received and the value of the full size version. With BirchBox you receive travel/large sample size versions of the products.


Avene Thermal Spring Water

I wasn’t sure what this was at first but it is a spray water that is great for irritated skin, diaper rash, etc. It feels really great on and is very soothing. I’ve used some other ‘waters’ before and I am always amazed that they can do so many things and that they cost so much money! But this one is quite reasonable compare to others I have seen.


Harvey Prince Hello Body Butter

I received the Hello perfume in my first BirchBox so this was a familiar brand and fragrance. The scent was not overwhelming so you could where alone or you could layer with the perfume without announcing your presence before you physically appear!


Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray

I don’t generally use texturizing sprays because I have curly hair and I have it up more than down. But this also doubles as a dry shampoo so I did try it. There’s a nice scent but not overbearing.


BioRepublic Green Tea Detox Purifying Sheet Mask

If you’ve never tried one, you should do yourself a favor and get a sheet mask like this. I believe these full face sheet masks originated in Korea and they are so convenient and fun to wear. This one was very soothing and most of the product did soak into my skin. You don’t remove the excess product as with some masks. You just rub in the remaining product into your face.  My skin was very soft and clear in the morning so I think this was a great little boost to my routine this week

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Pretty scary, eh.

Benefit “They’re Real” Mascara

The name apparently came about because it did so well at making folks’ lashes look as long and full as false eyelashes that the models kept saying ‘they’re real’ when asked.  Maybe so but for me it felt like I was attacking my eye with one of those hairy caterpillars you see in the summer.  The wand was so short and the bristles so huge that it was just too much brush for my short lashes.  For someone with long lashes, this is probably wonderful.  Just not for me.

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Overall this was a great box this month.  You will find with subscription boxes that some months are better than others.  That’s ok – if you get something you can’t use or don’t like, there is probably someone in your life that would love it.  “Sharing is Caring”

Let’s Have Fun with Subscription Boxes


Do you know what a subscription box is?  I didn’t until a few months ago. Subscription boxes are just that – a box of items you subscribe to on a monthly, bimonthly or quarterly basis. The most popular are beauty boxes – makeup, skincare and/or haircare items delivered to your mailbox. Perhaps you have seen the commercials for Birchbox @birchbox on TV.  But there are many more both inexpensive (Birchbox and Ipsy @Ipsy are both $10/month) to ones that are $40 or more a month.

But there are box subscriptions for most every interest:  for children, foodies, tea drinkers, globetrotters, snackers, etc  i and what do people do that get these?  Are you ready?  They video themselves unboxing their boxes! Yep, “it’s a thing”.  You can find hundreds, if not thousands of folks on YouTube doing just that, including  yours truly!  Yes, shameless plug for my YouTube channel (if you don’t know what that is ask your grandchildren) by the same name as this blog.  I have a short primer (below) on subscription boxes there as well as unboxings and reviews of my subscriptions.  Check it out.  And yes, I film in my bathroom late at night.  Good lighting is important!

In case the thought of me on YouTube is too scary, I will be doing full reviews here on the website as well.

And if you’d like to try one, here are some links to sign up:


$10 to both you and me if you sign up by 11/9

What’s a Nearly Elderly Report?



I read a few years back that the government considers anyone between the ages of 57 and 62 to be “nearly elderly”.  Kinda like a geriatric ‘tween’.

We’re not old enough for Social Security or Medicare but we’re too old to be considered part of marketers’ demographic.  Heck, we don’t even get the Buick commercials anymore (except to be the ones to say “that doesn’t look like a Buick”).

But many of the “nearly elderly” are raising grandchildren or have adult children living with them and/or taking care of elderly parents.  In so many ways, we are in need of an entire array of needs and services from Pampers to Depends – Gerber to Ensure.  And most of us are still working.  Yet we are overlooked by most advertisers.

So, this site is to showcase all the wonderful things out there that perhaps you, fellow nearly elderly person (NEPer) may not be aware exists.

I also have a YouTube channel by the same name.  I’ll be posting videos from time to time – right now I’m posting some ‘unboxing’ videos (if you don’t know what that means, check out my channel).  If you don’t know what a YouTube channel is, ask someone under 30 to show you.  There’s a lot of great information found out there besides cat videos!

Otherwise please come back and let’s see what trouble we can find for ourselves!   If you are not so nearly elderly but have a mom or crazy ol’ aunt or an older friend, bring them by to see me. We’ll have a good time. And you can stick around too!  I’m equal opportunity