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02 June 2009 @ 01:38 pm
Try These. You won't be Disappointed.  
Before I moved to Amarillo from the more humid climate of the Dallas area, I didn't have any wrinkles.

Of course, I was 25, then. But I maintain that one of the reasons I have more wrinkles and dry skin is not because I'm eleven years older now, but because the climate here is so very, very arid. It's dry, y'all. We have a celebration when it rains, which it did last night. I did a little dance and stood on the back porch watching it for about 20 minutes. Good times.

But I digress. I preface with the wrinkle/old whining because I'm doing another one of those "Things I Can't Live Without" Product endorsement posts.

First off, BURT'S BEES. Who, having tried the products, does not love Burt's Bees?

I've tried a lot of hand creams in my day (Oh, Lord, I sound like my Granny), but I discovered this particular one when I was doing dishes over at my Mother-in-law's house. The woman has hot water. No, I mean HOT. Like the seventeenth-level-of Hades- it-makes-the-Devil-sweat this water's so hot. It's heck on hands, let me tell ya.

When I got finished, like the dutiful daughter-in-law that I am, my already dry and cracking cuticles were beyond hope, so my Father-in-law hands me a little pot of hand cream. Now normally, FIL's and my taste do not run in the same channels, if you'll pardon my mixed metaphor. But this cute little pot of hand creme smelled like almonds (cherry, sort of) and although a bit greasy at first, soaked into my skin, nails and cuticles and improved the quality of the skin on my hands in seconds. It's miracle stuff. I want to fill up a bathtub and just wallow in it, it's that good.

Now that paints quite the picture, doesn't it?

Onto other parts of the body, my husband used Chapstick for years (pththththtt - the taste of that stuff is just GROSS) but when I let him use my Beeswax Lip Balm, he stole it out of my purse and has never looked back to regular old "lip ice," as he calls it.

Gah, he's such a hick.

I adore him.

The lip balm also comes in a cute little tin that I keep on my bedside table. Nolan won't use that. He says that's too girly. Plus, he doesn't want the lip stuff on his fingers. I say... whatever.

I've also used their lip gloss (in Nutmeg), but it doesn't stay on as well as lipstick, which I am NEVER without. Ever, ever, ever. But I used the lip gloss at the pool yesterday. So there's that.

Speaking of Lipstick, I went on a buying spree and tried several different kids at my neighborhood drug store. Yes, I have some expensive makeup, but there's something satisfying about walking into a Walgreens and walking out with the ingredients of a new look. Cheap fun. Here goes:

The first one I tried was L'Oreal Infallible Lipstick. It comes in a cute compact, but that's where my love affair ended. It's two steps to put on, having to wait several minutes between the two for optimum results, and very soon after, my lips felt gravelly, as if the pigment was balling up. Uncool. The color did stay on, in fact, I had to buy some makeup remover to get it off, as soap and water didn't seem to do the trick. I still use it occasionally, but for the $12 price tag, does not make me feel warm and fuzzy when I wear it. Mostly I just feel irritated. I also bought the L'Oreal Infallible Lipgloss, which runs along the same vein. It's sticky. Sticky lips=Not good. Not exciting. Good name for a punk band, though. If I ever start a punk band (doubtful), I call dibs on Sticky Lips. In addition to the infallibles, which weren't, I got some of the Endless Lipcolour in Chocolate Obsession and Extreme Spice. I like this very much. In fact, it happens to be my favorite at the moment. But my favorite changes like a plastic grocery bag on the breeze, so ...

The Infallible eyeliner? REALLY good stuff.

Rimmel London also makes a Lasting Finish Intense Wear Lipstick that I ADORE. I can't always find Brazillian, which is my favorite shade, so that's disappointing. But it smells great. Why is it important for lipstick to smell good? Oh, honey, if you have to ask...

For your tootsies (I am channeling my father's relatives today. That was my Aunt, I think), my very fave thing ever is to go to Q-Nails by Target and get a pedi. It's $25 and you've never met people who work harder to make your feet pretty. But if you don't have that to blow, or can't afford the airfare, I like Badger Foot Balm. It makes your cracked, dry feet smooth and a delight to look at in a pair of flip flops. Important stuff, that.

Last but very definitely not least, is moisturizer. For an all-over body lotion, I'll use just about anything, (Japanese Cherry Blossom from Bath and Body Works) but the older I get, the more I wished I'd paid attention to my mother when I was younger and worn SUNSCREEN. Every damn day. I have fricking AGE SPOTS on the backs of my hands and even a few on my arms. Right now, they aren't more than large-ish freckles, but they weren't always there, and they only seem to be getting bigger. I. AM. NOT. AMUSED. So I've started putting Anti-Wrinkle Oil of Olay with SPF 15 on my face, chest, neck and arms daily. My skin has improved from that, and due to the fact that I take minocycline once a day, and Ziana as needed. For the first time in my life I have absolutely NO blemishes. It's LOVELY.

I also use this. My word, I'm vain.

In non-vanity related products, I've fallen in love with WoodWick candles. They smell GREAT, and they sound like a crackling fire as they burn. Nifty.

So that's it. What's your favorite beauty Product? Other product? Thing you absolutely cannot live without? Share! I want to know!
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Laura: make updream_mancer on June 2nd, 2009 06:45 pm (UTC)
Wow. I'm impressed. I could probably do a similar post, because I love all things beauty projects.

I'm a die-hard Nicole Miller fan. She has skin care products made for different skin types, which is nice since I have combination skin and sensitive skin. Her make-up is also awesome.
nbaeker: sam addicted to LJnbaeker on June 2nd, 2009 06:50 pm (UTC)
My hubby's sister looooooves burts. for my soaps and lotions I generally use either my mother in law's homemade stuff, or my aunt's homemade stuff. Same with lip chap. (thanks MIL!)

Make-up though? What is this makeup you speak of? I only wear that stuff on stage :D
Not a lady at all: wordy: jennycosmo_jenny on June 2nd, 2009 07:14 pm (UTC)
I am still using a lot of products aimed at teens and designed for teenage skin. My favorite is the store brand of a local drugstore, BALEA by DM.
I use a matting fluid and a normal creme for my face and I have a anti blemish fluid from Manhattan Skin.

I started using hand creme about a year ago. The only brand I tried and use since then is by essence and it is awesome. It feels a bit gel-y when first applied but is absorbed fast and leaves no fatty hands.
Right now, I have a bunch of hand care products which most focus on my cuticles, so I have a cuticle softener with a handy device to push it back after the oil soaked in and just cuticle oil.

For make-up,.. ehhh, don't use it much.
I have a mascara by Maybelline, Long Lash, I think, and it is fine as is my compact powder.
I have a bunch of chapsticks and lipglosses in light pink (Some would call it rose).
My latest pruchases were a tube of lip balm to squeeze but the balm itself is pretty liquid and I don't like the way the applicator is formed. The other purchases was non-sticky lipgloss and OMG that stuff is amazing.

Most of this stuff (all hand care products and the lip sticks) come from a brand called essence which is pretty cheap but also pretty awesome. I guess, it is aimed at teenage girls who like to experiment and don't have a lot of money to spend on make up, but the quality is really good.
Embellishedembe11ished on June 2nd, 2009 09:35 pm (UTC)
One of my greatest addictions is my lip balm: Lycall. It's technically a cold sore ointment but it also works as lip balm. It and Burt's Bees seem to be the only lip balms out there that aren't petroleum based, which is a must for me because I developed an allergy to the petroleum ones a while back. (The discovery of the allergy was not fun, let me tell you!) I tried Burt's Bees, but it leaves my lips feeling like they're coated in wax (which, I guess they are), and that drives me crazy. Lycall is an ointment and gets absorbed into the skin. Plus, it leaves a nice tingly feeling. :) Anyway, that's my one thing I couldn't live without.
maureenmaureen on June 2nd, 2009 11:07 pm (UTC)
I'm a big fan of Burt's Bees stuff.

For face washing and make-up, I'm a big fan of Clinique. I have that olive colored, oily skin that tans well but it prone to break-outs. The Clinique acne line is better and cheaper than proactiv. I saw a dermatologist once who told me it's the best stuff you can buy for your face without going to a doctor. It's worked well for me for YEARS and is very reasonably priced.
dragonsangel68: GR - Princessdragonsangel68 on June 2nd, 2009 11:28 pm (UTC)
I don't wear a lot of makeup anymore, except if I'm going our somewhere special (like to dinner). However, there are a few products I simply can't live without:

Neutrogena Invigorating Deep Clean - I have to have a clean face and that's the best 'off-the-supermarket-shelf' product I've found. It does the job and leaves my face feeling nice :)

Olay Total Effects - got to fight against the dry conditions somehow ;)

The Body Shop's Hemp Hand Cream - brilliant stuff! Smells awful, but it's the only cream I've ever found that will repair any damage in one application. My hands dry out and go scaly whenever I peel potatoes, but one application of this and they're back to normal.

I have fricking AGE SPOTS on the backs of my hands *nods empathically* I only have them on the back of my hands, but I fear them spreading.
Hyacinth Girl: Tosh in Redeustacia_vye28 on June 3rd, 2009 12:08 am (UTC)
I'm not much into makeup, though
A friend turned me on to Bare Escentuals for foundation. I love this and wish there was something like it sooner, because I always looked oily and shiny by noon with liquid foundation.

I have Rimmel's Glam'Eyes mascara at the moment, which is nice. I have eyeshadow from Neutrogena, L'Oreal and Revlon. I have lipstick from Rimmel and I just got a cheap tube of gloss from NYC to throw in my bag for when some of the lipstick slides off from lunch.
Adelagia: sleeping beautyadelagia on June 3rd, 2009 02:55 am (UTC)
Ooh, fun post! I'm a total sucker for beauty products, so I'm filing all these recs away for future experimentation. As of now, I'm big on Bare Escentuals for foundation and Philosophy's Hope in a Jar for moisturizer (the 'extra-strength' version, whose name I have forgotten, was super helpful for those awful, dry Chicago winters).
7veilsphaedra7veilsphaedra on June 3rd, 2009 12:54 pm (UTC)
I am fond of Biotherm's Biosource facial cleanser. It's supposed to be a foaming cleanser, but it feels like it has some sort of salt clay content which makes for gentle exfoliation. I follow it with old-fashioned Ponds moisturizer. Works like a charm.

Since I'm not close to a decent parfumerie or department store, I like to order samplers from The Perfumed Court. They specialize in rare, vintage and obsolete fragrances (like the original Zen!) The only caution I would have about ordering from them, if you or others are tempted, is to compile all the samples that tempt you in a single order or the shipping charges will kill you.
Elizabeth: deanlittlebit_liz on June 4th, 2009 07:37 pm (UTC)
Ugh I know, as much as humidity feels gross, it really does help with your skin. My problem isn't wrinkles, it's just dry skin, but yeah, I never really had to deal with it that much when I lived in Houston, but now my lips are always dry. I use Burt's Bees beeswax lip balm for that, and it's awesome. Nothing else has ever worked as good.