Tuesday, March 10, 2015


Why, oh why, do I still get breakouts?

(Well, diet seems to do it for one. Dairy is a one-way ticket for me. I think it is probably the hormones in the dairy products...)

Regardless, I depend on this little lady to fix the problem pronto.

2% salicylic acid is my daily lifeline and if you have any blemishes, it could be yours.

I get mine from the Natural Skin Shop because it is simply salicylic acid, water and alcohol (you need that to dissolve the acid).

It runs around $18 for two ounces but they have plenty of specials for a better deal.

I use it in the evening after cleansing.

I have other versions including. 5% and even a 10% that I'll use on an individual pesky spot.

And I still use a 10% glycolic peel a couple of times each week.

But salicylic acid is the thing that keeps blackheads at bay also so I can use a lot less concealer and foundation.

I apply with a gauze pad and either leave it on overnight (it'll stop working in about ten minutes.)

Expect your skin to flake a bit but you can solve that probably with a gentle washcloth wiping plus a moisturizer.

And remember, the pH needs to be low or the salicylic acid won't work which means a lot of the "acne" products sold in drugstores won't work as well as this one. (I'm talking to you, Neutrogena!)

Monday, March 2, 2015


I wear foundation, I don't wear foundation. I hate foundation, I try to love foundation.

Finding a foundation for a face over fifty that really covers redness and STAYS ON  has been one of my greater challenges.

This winter's weather brought more redness than I could stand to see and - finally - I had to breakdown and wear something so I didn't look like I have a perpetual sunburn.

I caught Lisa Eldridge's excellent video on covering rosacea and hopped on the DoubleWear train.

What took me so long?

I wince when I use the term "age appropriate" pertaining to cosmetics. Especially color cosmetics. I believe they should be fun for all ages but I am slowly/quickly losing my affection for Ulta and Sephora - where it becomes harder and harder to find options for aging skin. Unless you define aging as 29.

But I digress.

I was pleasantly surprised that Lauder had a shade light enough for me - 1C1- and spent the $37.50 with fingers crossed.

I'm sure many of my readers already use this product. It works best over well-moisturized skin and it "sets" pretty quickly. The setting process makes it virtually unmoveable. As in scarves and high collars won't touch it.

That feature is a little scary. But it was just what I needed.

It's also best applied with a brush.

But boy does it kill the redness!! So much so that I actually needed some blush.

Removing it is the biggest challenge. I like the Lauder "Take It Off" wipes followed by my own creme cleanser - and even then I have to check to make certain my face is clean.

But I don't breakout from it and it does what I need it to do.

If you suffer from rosacea and you need some coverage, give this a try. The Lauder counters will provide a generous sample.

And it is the one counter that you will never feel out of place.

Sunday, January 25, 2015


I'm breaking up with powder color cosmetics. And matte lipstick, too, but that's another post.

There is no amount of primer (and I hate primer) that can make my almost-sixty year-old face look like one of the Kardashians. Even Kris. (She should stop with all of the make-up, BTW.)

And I'm just fine with that. I hope you are, too.

No matter how fine the pigment and fillers (that's what cosmetics are), it's like the difference between spreading say, flour, on a surface like marble vs. wood. Even finely sanded wood. That flour will grab.

If you are getting a blotchy eye shadow and blush application no matter how much you blend, perhaps it's time to switch to creme options.

Fortunately, there are PLENTY!

If you are a true make-up aficionado, go right over to www.makeupmania.com and check out the professional options from Graftobian and Ben Nye. That's where the pros go!

If you just want to be able to pick up a few options in a department store, I'm loving the Clinique Chubby Sticks. The eye options have a little glimmer but you can blend it out.

Since most of my make-up application is done in the car at the train parking lot, I am grateful for these babies.

But there are plenty of other high and low end options.

Just make certain that the formula is sheer and that there is not too much glimmer (I'm talking to you, Chanel!)

Turning the cosmetic corner can be a little sad. Even letting go of what worked in my forties and early fifties no longer does.

But the key is to find what works. If you're stuck, shoot me an email at facefifty@gmail.com

I'm always happy to help!

Sunday, January 18, 2015


Mascara - for faces over fifty - starts to get a little hairy (ha-ha) because of the droopy eyelid syndrome.

I've had that all of my life.

Like the rest of us, I've tried all kinds of mascaras. High end, low end, free. And I've settled on this one.

I've evenbeen foolish enough to go back to the store AGAIN and buy another just to see if I REALLY like it.

And I do.

So why is this so different from all of the other Cover Girl mascaras? Well, know this. Procter & Gamble doesn't have a"mascara factory." So whoever formulated - and manufactures -this for them did a great job. By that I mean that one could come from here, one could come from there, and so forth. The magic of the cosmetic business!

Not only do I get great wear from this (minimal underneath smudging and then only if I am foolish enough to have a trace of moisturizer or concealer) it comes off easily, too.

I always use a creme or lotion cleanser (Yep, my own. More on that later) and don't add an extra step of eye make-up remover.

Did I say it was cheap? You can find it in a TWO-PACK for $7-ish.

I've got my whole office wearing it!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Er...HAPPY 2015!

So, if you're a regular reader, you know that I stopped posting on this blog about a year ago.

I thought I'd switch to WordPress and to a new format.

I really disliked WordPress.

And a funny thing happened: I have more readers on Faces Over Fifty than ever. (Hello!)

So I'll be posting here again. Until I figure out how Google sticks advertising everywhere, please excuse the links that they add in for completely unrelated items - so sorry about that.

I have some great products to review and lots of good advice coming!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014


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.

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


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


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


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!)


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!!!