I work hard for my money, and I bet you do too. It's frustrating spending that hard earned money on beauty products that don't deliver. Consider me your beauty explorer, hacking my way through the jungle of empty promises and false beauty claims. This month, I've discovered Five Fab Over Fifty Beauty Buys I think you're going to love. (These are not affiliate links, just products I purchased and genuinely like.)
Buxom Show Some Skin Weightless Foundation
I love this liquid foundation from the folks who make Bare Escentuals. Yes, it's more expensive than a drug store brand, but foundation can be tricky on older skin. Heavy foundation can make you look older, and that's counter productive. I just want to cover a few things without looking like I'm wearing a mask, so I apply this judiciously with a foundation brush. Show Some Skin offers sheer, lightweight, build-able coverage that lasts all day. It doesn't flake, cake, or settle into fine lines and wrinkles. It does hydrate, brighten, and smooth. It includes vitamin C, tamarind seed, and marine sugar extracts to moisturize your skin while you wear. It also includes broad spectrum SPF 30 protection. IMHO, it's worth the investment.
Maybelline The Falsies Push-Up Angel
.33 oz. $9.49
The name is insipid, but this is the best mascara I have ever used. Ever. The secret is the wand. Instead of a brush, it's a fine toothed comb. It separates your lashes and coats each one with a dark black non-clumpy formula. I have maybe six eyelashes, but this makes it look like I have at least forty. Huzzah!
Maybelline Master Strobing Stick
.24 oz. $8.99
The secret to looking younger? Seek good lighting. If you can't find good lighting, manufacture it with a strobing stick. Add a dab of this to your cheek bones, the little bow above your upper lip, down the center of your nose, under your brows...et voila, instant good lighting. There are lots of more expensive versions, but this drug store brand does the trick for less. I use Light Iridescent. (Tip: Less is more)
Macadamia Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner, Deep Repair Masque
Shampoo 10 oz. $21.00 Conditioner 10 oz. $24.00 Repair Masque 8 oz. $36.00
As we age, our hair texture changes. My dyed pink locks are in constant need of mega doses of moisture. I spend good money having them colored, so I use good quality hair products. This trio of macadamia oil infused products delivers soft, supple, shiny tresses. They're free of harsh sulfates, and are color-safe, paraben-free, gluten-free and cruelty-free. Best of all, they come in a variety of formulas for every hair type. The Deep Repair Mask is amazing, even if you use other brands of shampoo and conditioner.
TonyMoly Intense Care Snail Hydrogel Mask
Single Use Mask $8.00
First of all, yes, this mask contains snail mucin. No, I'm not sure how I feel about that. My husband brought back a bunch of these hydro-gel masks from a recent business trip to South Korea. It's a two part mask, which is interesting. There are upper and lower face segments. Peel the covers off to reveal the flexible mask. The mask is made of a gel medium that wraps around your face/eyes/mouth without any gaps. It feels kinda creepy in a Silence of the Lambs kinda way, but your skin will look fabulous after thirty minutes. Rub in the remaining product after you remove your mask. If snail mucin isn't your thing, TonyMoly has an array of vegetable based masks.
If you have some fab over fifty beauty buys you'd like to share with the class, let us know in the comments! I'll be back next month with a fresh batch.