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I am 61, live in Seattle, and have a mixed-race heritage. My mom was East Indian and Welsh, from Calcutta, India, and my dad was a German Jew. That’s how we ended up on the “left” coast, as they came from India in ’47. I have always been interested in caring for my skin, and have always had drawers full of half-used products. I found TIA a number of years ago when searching for information about “best eye creams,” and as a result was finally liberated from the need to keep trying to find something that works. I have found products on the site that really do work, and as I age, I will continue to trust Marta and other reviewers to point me in successful directions. I don’t spend so much time in department store cosmetic sections as a result, and that feels great! I’m on a pretty tight budget, so I’m careful with how I spend my beauty bucks.

I am not actually “anti” age! I am allowing my hair to go gray (so I love to wear hot-colored lipsticks), and find I actually can love some of the creases and the downward drift that is part of the map of my face: I have been around more than a few blocks in my time, and consider these changes manifestations of a life well lived and enjoyed. Seeing other beautiful older women (yes, I consider myself pretty fine most of the time) gives me hope that my own daughter, just 18, won’t beat herself up as she ages, but will find ways to love herself for her accomplishments personal and public. I am an actor, playwright and teacher, and it is my delight to show my students and audiences what “real” women are like at many ages. I am probably not one who would go under the knife to try to stop the etchings of time, but I am all for the “soft landing” that certain products can give those of us who are easing into the last great chapters of life.

Articles By Ki

  • February 17, 2017

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    SkinOwl Neck+ Concentrate

    Although I often pay compulsive attention to the minute changes accumulating on my face as I age, I always figured my neck would be just as happy with the leftovers of whatever serum, spray or cream I slathered above the jawline. Really, I assume that smoother skin around my ever-more hooded but lively eyes would always pull focus from the the wattle, so I spent most of my beauty budget on eye cream.

    Although my attempt to grow old gracefully is periodically threatened by the missives about the latest miraculous and expensive products, I mostly feel that if I let myself focus on wha ...Read More...

  • February 15, 2017

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    Volante Skincare Transformative Eye Crème

    I am 65 and have used YBF Correct for years, with little forays into other products but always returning to my favorite. Testing Volante Transformative Eye Crème($75 in the shop) was edifying in some respects. Because it is half the price of my favorite, of course I wanted it to work well — and in some ways, it really does.

    I like that this eye cream has no nasties and is elegantly packaged. It comes in a square shaped jar with any easy twist off top.  You remove the plastic inner liner sea ...Read More...

  • March 30, 2016

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    BRAD Ultra Peel Exfoliating Gel (New Formula)

    Three years ago I was asked to review the first version of this product. Looking back at my review reminded me of the positive and somewhat negative issues that arose for me using BRAD Ultra Peel Exfoliating Gel ($175) the first time around. Yes, it did seem to lighten and tighten, but I experienced peeling around my nose, and an actual “burned” feeling after using the product every day for a week. I backed o ...Read More...

  • August 3, 2015

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    Mukti Hydrating Moisturizer

    When I first began using this Mukti Hydrating Moisturizer ($48), I was pretty sure it was not going to work out for me. Although the delicate scent (roses?) and light texture made this creamy lotion sweet to use, my 63 year old skin seemed to soak it right up and beg for “more”. The product seemed to disappear, and not leave much in the way of plumping, which is what I think of when I think “moisture”. Why would I use this stuff, I thought, if I could get something with a little more “punch” (perhaps “grease” is the word I should use, as I ass ...Read More...

  • September 15, 2014

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    Moana Moisturiser

    I'm in my mid-50s, and I feel lucky I have had the pleasure of using the Moana Moisturiser (NZ$99 or $78 USD in the shop) for the past four weeks. It comes in an elegant pump bottle, dispensing the exact right amount of light creamy white lotion to cover face and neck, with a smidge left over for the back of my crepey hands. The first time I used it, I noticed a bit of a tingle and tightening, but nothing radical. The odor is clean, dissipates quickly and is pleasant while it lasts; it’s very natural and not ...Read More...

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