Cocktail For Your Face

As you know it takes me a while to tell you about a product.  As  women of a certain age advertisers are always trying to sell us that next best thing.  You know that one thing that reduces, or puffs, or diminishes, hydrates and on and on.  I have found some things that work for me.

My latest finds were at CVS Pharmacy, yes they were at the drugstore.  Here they are:

LumeneBoth products are by Lumene and are relatively inexpensive.  We all know that one day we woke up and wondered where the moisture in our face had gone.  The Vitamin C+ Dry Skin Comfort Radiance Cocktail is a product that will give your face a welcome jolt of moisture.  You shake it up and apply it to your face/neck.  It is not a heavy oil.  You can use it in the morning or at bedtime.  Some days I use it as the only moisturizer I need  and others I may add another moisturizer. This product truly does “comfort” the skin.

The night moisturizer Lumene  Vitamin C+ Pure Radiance Night Cream is not oily; it leaves a silky fresh feeling that you can even wear under makeup.  It seems to do be exactly what it claims, it is “rejuvenating”. They do have a daytime moisturizer that I have not tried as of yet.  I think that for the moment the night-time moisturizer will do for both day and night.

Lumene 2As women of a certain age, we know that our skin is constantly changing, and we are always on the lookout for a product that is for the moment.  I honestly recommend these two products if you are suffering from dryness.  They have worked for me, and the price is right.

If for some reason these products don’t meet your needs you can put them on the “B” team.  Put them in your gym bag, pack them in your travel bag.  For the price they can’t be beat.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

 

You can read more about the products of Lumene at:  http://www.lumene.com/choose-your-country

 

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.

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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?

IMAN’S BB CREAM FOR ALL WOMEN OF COLOR (FINALLY)

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“.

http://www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com/product/9339/21694/Whats-New/BB-Cream/BB-Cream-SPF-35/index.tmpl

BB CREAMS–MIRACLE WORKERS?

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”.