Tuesday, March 25, 2014

VISIT MY NEW BLOG!

I have a new blog! Come visit!
My new blog: SkincareSixty.com

Sunday, February 16, 2014

MY LAST POST!

I've been writing this blog for almost four years.

I have loved make-up since I was a girl! I love the colors, the textures, the formulas! 

I've loved seeing lines evolve: Like Bobbi Brown that went from a simple collection of nine lipsticks to hundreds of products. 

But my personal philosophy about what I/we put on our skin and what we purchase as consumers has changed dramatically over those four years.

I've become more minimalist...and it's hard to justify trying and purchasing cosmetics for the sake of my blog. Since I never write about products that I don't like, what you see represents probably a tenth of what I've tried and purchased.

I hope you have found these reviews useful! I've met many wonderful friends via the internet! I've loved helping you make product selections and recommendations. And I hope you have found joy in using them!

But I won't stop writing! And I look forward to creating a NEW blog about minimalist Skincare and cosmetic choices. 

If this appeals to you, drop me a line with suggestions! I love hearing from you: facefifty@gmail.com

On the Janet Lamar Skincare front, I've been working diligently to reproduce a petite line of body products that is an ode to my favorite fragrance of all time: Love's Fresh Lemon!

You can't imagine the number of lemon types out there!

So in the spring, you can see all about that on my other website, www.janetlamarskincare.com

Thank you, thank you, thank you for being readers!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

TARTE CC COLORED CLAY CC PRIMER: SMOOTH MOVE FOR FACES OVER FIFTY

This is an interesting little product.

It comes in a twist-up stick not much taller than your thumb.

Inside, the product is in a pie shape of four quarters: two skin-colored pigments, one of green and one of violet.

That seems to be for the "color-correcting."

I use it as a lightweight "base" to blur out discoloration and as a "base" for a light application of concealer where needed.


But obviously, you can apply it all over your face.

It's not going to hide anything, that's for sure. But if you tend to steer away from foundations but don't want to be bare-faced, then it is an option.

It comes in four shades and runs about $36. That's a little high for a primer, I think. But I love the convenience of the tube and - if I use a brush - I can grab just the green for red spots.

INGREDIENTS:
Lavender and Green Fair, Light, Medium, Tan, Deep Ingredients: Propylene glycol dicaprylate/dicaprate, polymethylsilsesquioxane, dimethicone, aluminum starch octenylsuccinate, HDI/Trimethylol hexyllactone crosspolymer, silica, Candelilla Cera/Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax/Cire de candelilla, polyethylene, coco-caprylate/caprate, polysilicone-11, barium sulfate, hydrogenated castor oil hydroxystearate, Cera Carnauba/Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/Cire de carnauba, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, euterpe oleracea fruit extract, punica granatum sterols, oryza sativa (rice) lipids, caprylyl glycol, phenoxyethanol, tocopheryl acetate, magnesium aluminum silicate, kaolin, montmorillonite, mica. May Contain/Peut Contenir/(+/-): Titanium dioxide (CI 77891), iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), ultramarines (CI 77007), chromium oxide greens (CI 77288), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850).

There is a warning about keeping it away from your eyes which makes it unsuitable as an eye shadow or under eye concealer primer...and that's too bad.

Tarte CC Colored Clay Primer

Sunday, January 19, 2014

PHILOSOPHY THE SUPERNATURAL AIRBRUSHED CANVAS SPF 15: A GREAT OPTION TO BARE MINERALS FOR FACES OVER FIFTY

Regular readers know that I've given up on foundation. And my skin is all the better for it! But I do have some nose/rosacea redness that I wouldn't mind covering once in awhile.

Philosophy created a similar product a dozen or so years ago. It was a super light mineral product that didn't do much of anything, actually. It simply did not contain enough pigment.

This time around, they've gone in the other direction.

Packaged in an odd but unique brush-in-cap jar, this powder will cover redness immediately.  The burst is an excellent tear-drop-shaped antibacterial tool that sits in a a vortex-shaped container. You've got to see it to get it.

The downside is that I keep getting too much product on my brush but maybe I just have to work out the kinks.

There is nothing "unique" about the powder foundation itself  - it is a standard issue titanium dioxide/zinc oxide blend but - once you master the brush - it's a fast application.

And that may be just what you need.

As with any powder, I avoid all of the areas of my face with fine lines. And like all mineral powders, careful cleansing is mission critical or the zinc oxide and titanium dioxide will linger to clog pores. 

And remember, if you break out from mineral powders, there is nothing new or gentle about this formula! In other words, you'll probably break out from this, too!

But-most important-the shades are real skin shades. I don't often see that even when they are over a dozen options. The cools have too much pink and warms have too much yellow - but these are actually flesh-toned!

Philosophy also created some new liquid foundations (and a creme concealer that I actually thought was too heavy) that look good - if that's you're option . Not surprisingly, they've already sold out in many locations and online.

INGREDIENTS: titanium dioxide (11.03%), zinc oxide (5%). inactive ingredients: bismuth oxychloride, mica, iron oxides, caprylyl glycol, silica, aluminum hydroxide, phenoxyethanol, triethoxycaprylylsilane, sodium dehydroacetate, may contain: chromium oxide greens.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

URBAN DECAY SUPER SATURATED HIGH GLOSS LIP COLOR IN NAKED: QUICK ANDEASY FOR FACES OVER FIFTY

I have a tendency to avoid Urban Decay because I find that their products are targeted to a younger audience. Even one of my favorite palettes, Naked Basics, can get a little chalky if not blended out with care.

I was in need of a quick, daily lip stick and I quite literally grabbed this one day.

And have been using it for weeks!

It's a pencil that requires sharpening but it is perfect to keep in your desk drawer to grap when you need a no-fuss lip color. Neutral enough for day, it also provides a little punch for a simple classic evening look.

While it stays on as well as any gloss, it still is a gloss so lower your expectations in that department.

There are a handful of other shades but honestly I think that the formula would not lend itself to a bright  pop color.

So if you're looking for a red or deeper shade, go in a different direction - this isn't your product.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

BACK AND BETTER WITH BATH AND BODY PRODUCTS: JANET LAMAR SKINCARE!!!

Janet Lamar Skincare

My new website is up and I'm back in business bringing you the best bath and body products - as well as my (happily!) popular facial care products!

I've spent over a year customizing some really terrific products for bath and body! Like many of my readers, I've longed for Love's Fresh Lemon from the late 60's and early 70's.

How many of us remember that super fresh lemony scent in every form you could imagine: Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, powder, lotion, and on and on.

And while it's floating around out there in discount store, everybody knows it isn't the real deal any longer.

For months, I tested variation after lemon variation (you have no idea!)

Was it Meyer lemon? Did it have a touch of green or "sugar?" Was it multiple lemon scents?

And if you don't believe that women could be obsessed with this scent, just check out eBay sometime where - when they even pop up for sale - the oldest, used versions of these products sell for hundreds of dollars!

I think I came up with the perfect lemon!

Along with other scents like key lime and coffee!

And my products are not scented by chemical fragrances: They contain real kitchen-quality ingredients that provide the color and scent like Godiva chocolate and organic extracts.

If you are looking for a unique Christmas gift or even a basket, come visit me. You won't find these products anywhere else.

And still available, my the original Vitis Vinifera Moisture. Every single customer has been a repeat buyer. Why? Because it works on your eyes to your toes. No complex additives - just an excellent mositurizer.

Anyway, enough of the shameless promotion...

I liken it to showing off baby pictures. And - as I have always done - I try to keep my prices as reasonable as I possibly can. I could easily charge more - but I don't because part of my core philosophy is creating a unique and extraordinary product that you can purchase as a treat without breaking the bank.

And finally, sign up for newsletters and specials while you're there. (Your email information will always be safe with me!)

COVER GIRL PROFESSIONAL MASCARA: MY ALL TIME FAVORITE

Selecting a favorite mascara - and then actually saying it is your favorite mascara - opens you up to all KINDS of emotional responses!

Let me say this: I've tried them all. ALL.

From the low end to the high end; volumizing, lengthening, colored, clear. I've left no mascara unturned.

And this is the one that I buy over and over and over.

I've recently tried the "super volume" version but I keep going back to this baby in the blue tube. I recommend it to anyone who will listen and they recommend it to their friends.

When you go to buy it at, say, Target, look along the bottom rack next to the floor. It's always hidden away.

That's because there are too many "new" mascaras out there and this has been around for years.

The trick, however, is ONE COAT. That's right, don't even consider going for two.

And that's why it is perfect for faces over fifty. Who should not be piling on the mascara anyway.

I always buy the "smudgeproof" NOT the waterproof. Unless you expect to cry a lot. Know that the waterproof does NOT remove easily.

You can skip the $20+ mascaras (I think my top purchase price was $42 for Tom Ford. Hey, I was in NYC and went cosmetic shopping after a martini - never a good idea!)

This tip is my holiday gift to you!!!


Sunday, December 1, 2013

WELL RESTED (I WISH I WERE!) BY BARE MINERALS - A LIGHT TOUCH IS THE SECRET!

The December holidays are upon us again.

The mere thought of them has me reaching for a my nightgown. Could I just sleep through it and wake up on, say, January 3rd?

I'm starting and ending my almost two-hour-each-way commute in the dark and I rarely see daylight in between. I try to get to the gym on my drive home from the train - but too often I drive right by.

And because we've had many losses in our family (who hasn't once they hit their fifties?) the holidays often feel bittersweet.

Have I given you enough excuses for why I am not well rested?

I've not been a big Bare Minerals fan for sometime. Many faces over fifty swear by it but I've stayed away for a couple of years. I was playing in Ulta one evening (when I should have been at the gym!) and tried "Well Rested" - that slightly lemon-toned powder. Because I am pale with lots of pink, this actually works for me - but I think it depends on your skin tone.

Anyway, I brushed a bit under and over my eyes and was pretty amazed by the way it covered.

So I bought it.

And I don't go anywhere without it! It's always in my bag - and not because it doesn't wear well (it does) rather because It has become a little cosmetic security blanket!!

If you have a darker skintones, you could easily sub Well Rested with something else - perhaps one of the deeper powder Concealers or even a matte eye shadow and get the same effect.

The key to Bare Minerals has always been "less is more." If you can see the powder, buff it down. (That's one of the big mistakes many women make with minerals!)

So until I actually am well-rested, I'll be using this instead!!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

FACIAL OILS FOR FACES OVER FIFTY: I LOVE SUNFLOWER AND JOJOBA!

Before I write a post, I like to review other blogs and sites to see what is popping up in the beauty world.

And I continue to be stunned by the number of products on the market that make all kinds of crazy promises. Vendors will say ANYTHING! I like to read the comments from users, too: "I love it! I hate it! I love it! I hate it!"

What in the world should you use?

But I also read the newsletters that circulate through the cosmetic chemistry world as well as research ingredients in multiple places.

If you aren't subscribed to the Environmental Working Group, please check it out BEFORE you waste your hard-earned money on new products.

My personal conclusions lead me to the proverbial "less is more."

So while I am not judging anyone for spending $300+ for a jar of someone's creme (yes, I've done it myself!) I feel that my skincare "goals" have changed - even since I started writing this blog.

This is a long introduction to a simple product that just could change the game for you.

Oil.

I've reviewed a couple of facial oils in past posts.

But at the end of the day, I find myself combing a little jojoba with a little sunflower and smoothing a few drops on my face and hands.

It absorbs almost immediately. It feels good and it leaves me skin smoother and softer.

Remember this little principle about cosmetic chemistry: cremes are simply some oil and some water and something to bring those two things together.

Mostly, women wait too long to apply a moisturizer after washing so the water adds the hydration and the oil "seals" it against the skin.

Apply a couple of drops of oil immediately after washing.

You'll see the difference.

This works for skin all over!

Now if you are wearing make-up on top,  you've got to know that the oil will oxidize added products. like powders.

Not a good idea.

But you know how I feel about powders on faces over fifty anyway.

The point is that you can have lovely skin on a couple of bucks. You just can.

And if you want to see some serious "changes," save your money for medical procedures that will - in fact - make a visible difference.

But you won't see it with a creme.


Monday, November 4, 2013

BARE MINERALS ADVANCED PROTECTION SPF20 MOISTURIZER: NO BREAKOUTS FOR ME!!!

Any regular readers know that sunscreen and I just can't be friends! I'm always walking the line between sun damage and breakouts and I suspect many of you are, too.

So when I tried this Bare Minerals product, I kept the receipt because I fully expected to be returning it to Ulta.

Now I actually keep it in my handbag! It works that well!

I'm using the Combination version and I have to say that so far (3 weeks) so good.

Perhaps it is the lower SPF (with only 5% titanium dioxide and 3% zinc oxide) or just the general lack of emollients but this product allows me to skip the moisturizer and add a touch of concealer to cover red marks with no "pilling" or oxidation.

That being said, yes, I have some whiteness so darker skins should give it a good test drive.

But the product has a matt-ness to it and doesn't end up as a greasy mess which cannot be said for most mineral sunscreens.

I do believe that I am seeing an improvement in sunscreens this year. Chanel had some winners as did some of the drugstore brands.

So if you haven't found "the one," keep looking!!