What’s Making You Look Older?

What’s Making You Look Older?

I’m not going to say I agree with all of the information that is given in the link, but it does give one cause to think. I don’t wear eye shadow, and haven’t heard the word rouge in years. I think I can probably fit into my youngest daughters clothing, but would I–not no, but hell no. There is a 30 year age difference, and it does matter. Enjoy the reading.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

Summer Heat and Women of a Certain Age

Being a woman of a certain age and living in Texas in the summer hair and makeup can become let us say hard to maintain.  The good thing for me is that I have not worn liquid makeup in years. It can get so hot in Texas that even wearing alternative hair can make you feel like you are in your own personal summer. So you must find another option.

For a lot less than $10 I found a cute little straw hat that works good for me. I pull my hair back, put on a little moisturizer with sunscreen and add a pair of sunglasses, and I am ready to run errands in the Texas heat.



What do you do to maintain hair and makeup in the summer? Share with us. 

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

***Notice the car seat in the back for Honey’s baby?


It is finally here–fashion icon Iman’s Cosmetics line has come up with a BB Cream for all women of color.  Recently she was on Good Morning America talking about her new BB Cream, and I was so excited to hear about this product.  Since I am a woman of a certain age, I don’t just go out and buy something without first at least a little investigating. So here goes.

Iman BB Cream

I had wondered why no one else had come up with this idea.  Women come in all shades.

BB Cream

Iman’s BB Cream comes in 4 shades much like her bronzing power which is wearable for fair to dark skin.  I have not had a chance to try the product, but I have heard good things about it, and after going online I found the perfect person to tell us about it–You Tube star Thomas Adrianna.  She may be young, but she is a woman of a certain age with knowledge and a likable personality.  You can go to her video to hear her honest review of the product as she applies it.  You can also follow her at thomasAdrianna on Twitter.

Thomas Adrianna’s video on Iman’s BB Cream http://youtu.be/vTQTq2nHVFQ

Iman’s BB Cream will be sold where her cosmetics are now sold–Walgreens, Walmart, Target and many other places.  You can go online and find it at www.imancosmetics.com or www.drugstore.com.  The price is $20 which is a very good price for a product that takes the place of many.

Iman's Women of Color

Take a look at my other articles on BB Creams, they are:  http://thisisyourbestyear.com/2012/07/31/bb-creams-miracle-workers/   and http://thisisyourbestyear.com/2012/08/10/bobbi-brown-bb-cream-now-available/

If you have a favorite BB Cream let us know–share with us.  Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

Bobbi Brown BB Cream Now Available

Bobbi Brown BB Cream is now available. It comes in 5 shades: extra light, light, fair, medium and medium to dark. It looks like more women of color will be able to try it, but it still does not seem to have a color for the darker skin tone s. Here is a link to to the site. You can also find Bobbi Brown products at department stores such as Nordstrom, Macy’s, Sephora, Neiman Marcus and others.  Remember “thisisyourbestyear“.



I just read an article in the local newspaper-The Star-Telegram which talks about the newest beauty cream sensations–BB Creams. Here is the link to the article which was written by Courtney Ortega: http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/07/27/4132148/how-do-new-bb-creams-stand-up.html.

I first heard about BB Creams this summer on the Dr. Oz Show, they are supposed to be the next best thing for skin especially if you are a woman of a certain age.  They contain all sorts of good things such moisturizer, sunscreen, a hint of color or not, antioxidants and even skin lightening ingredients.

BB creams can be worn alone or used with foundation and/or powder.  I decided to try this magic.  I ran into a problem that it seems the cosmetic industry is just now starting to realize.  The products do not have deeper/dark colors for the most part.  I will admit that I did not try all of them.  I did however go to Neiman Marcus and talk with the ladies in the cosmetic department.  I was informed that several of the larger brands such as Bobbi Brown and Clinique are in the process of formulating deeper colors.The ladies then decided to apply Estee Lauder DayWear BB Cream on me.  It comes in two shades.  The darkest of the shades was still far too light for me even with the expert makeup artist applying it.

The first BB cream that I tried on my own was Garnier Skin Renew BB Cream which comes in two shades:  light/medium and medium/dark.  I chose the medium/dark–go figure.  It claims that you will save time with just one multi-benefit product that offers advanced skincare + immediate skin perfecting coverage. This hybrid formula renews radiance, brightens complexion, evens skin tone, hydrates and protects with SPF15 UVA/UVB sunscreen. Get results you can see and feel instantly.  I tried to apply the product without first applying a moisturizer, but decided that since I was a woman of a certain age it would work better with a moisturizer applied first.  The medium/dark was not for me–still too light.  It made me have that “ashy gray” color that I call the color of death.I did however give this one to my sister whose skin tone is a couple of shades lighter than mine.  She applies it with a moisturizer also, and it looks okay, not good, but okay. It still seems like she is wearing a bit too much makeup for me.

The next one I tried was Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream which comes in five shades, fair, light, light/medium, medium and dark.  I chose the dark in this product.  Smashbox claims for this product says that it is a five-in-one set secret for achieving flawless skin on camera and beyond.  It states that this multitasking tinted cream formula with SPF 35 moisturizes, primes, perfects, controls oil, and protects for flawless skin on set and beyond. Formulated with emollients and optical pearl pigments, this BB Cream gives skin a glowing, ethereal look and provides a hydrating veil for the complexion to maintain moisture on the surface of the skin. With its ultra-smoothing finish, it instantly re-texturizes to create a smooth canvas. Especially when worn under foundation, it enhances the wear of makeup. I again tried to put it on without first applying moisturizer, and again decided that it would work better with the moisturizer.  The dark was great for me, it blended smoothly without a lot of coverage, just enough.  I wore it for an entire day, in and out of the sun and by the end of the day it still looked good.  I did not put anything else over it at this time.  The next time I wore it, I did apply a small amount of Bobbi Brown Bronzer just because I like that look.  Bobbi Brown Bronzer is my go to, always must have product.Since I think the dark was good for me, they do need to get ever darker/deeper colors so that more women of color can use this product.

I like this product for several reasons.  One of the main reasons that I like this product is that you can put your sunscreen and makeup on in one application, and if you believe the hype, you can also put on your anti aging creams at the same time. I do not suggest that you then put on foundation, it seems a bit too much for me.  Since I live in Texas, I do not wear a lot of makeup and I choose it very carefully, and this is one that I would keep with my cosmetics.  For the most part, I am a bronzer person–no foundation., but I will keep this product with me and carry it when I travel, if for no other reason than it can save on space, and you can get it in that little plastic bag that TSA gives you.  The prices of BB Creams are drug store prices to high-end store prices.  Take your time, try a few and then decide if this product is for you.  If you have tried BB Creams, please share your experience with us.

Always remember: thisisyourbestyear”.

Looking Good When You Don’t Get Enough Sleep (Quick Fixes for Sleepy Skin)

You partied a little too much last night or you just couldn’t sleep last night, but now it’s time to go to work.  You look in the mirror and you don’t like what you see.  It’s time for a quick fix that can get you on your way.  Make no mistake, the best way to look good is to get enough sleep, but we all know that sometimes we just can’t do it.

There are many products out there that claim to work miracles, and we will touch on them as we go, but this time we are going to discuss remedies that are free or almost free. These items will help wakeup your face.

First off please remember that applying too much makeup over sleepy skin looks like too much makeup over sleeping skin.  It is not a good look.  In this case less is better.

Both solutions can be found in the refrigerator.  The first remedy is ice, just plain ice.  Fill a medium size mixing bowl with ice, pour the ice into your bathroom sink and add cold water.  Splash your face with the cold water (if your hands are not cold, then add more ice) about five times.  Then take an ice cube and rub it under each eye to help with puffiness.  You will be surprised—this does help.

If you can’t stand the cold, then go back into the refrigerator and get that box of baking soda.  Wet your face, then pour a small amount of baking soda in your hand and apply it to your face.  While your face is wet and has the baking soda on it, gently rub your face in a circular motion—you re exfoliating dull skin. You can then rinse your face with plain water.

Each one of these remedies can be used in the case of an emergency fix. After you have done either of the suggestions above, follow your same routine for applying your makeup, but remember that today, less is more.

Ladies if you have any solutions for sleepy skin, please make comments.  It’s all about sharing—we’ve all been there.

See you next week.  Thisisyourbestyear.