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Beauty is in the eye of…Sephora?

July 1, 2009

So people are always asking me for advice about beauty products and fashion. No really, they do. A lot. Probably has a lot to do with the fact that I am a (self admitted) big ol’  product whore.  The irony is not lost on me that this is actually completely really ridiculous. Largely due to the inordinate amount of time I spend bare-faced in cutely patterned pj’s (and also some days it’s afternoon before I start to wonder if I’ve brushed my teeth-but I do love Rembrandt whitening toothpaste. Aquafresh white trays? Not so much.). Quite a few of my pj’s even have beauty products on them. Though some have shoes, frogs, cherries, or polka dots but I digress…

But, by request, I decided to make a list of products that I just love, love, love. And also Ab has walking pneumonia and I’m pretty sure the sweet little carrier monkey has shared, so we are stuck at home. Fyi, I doubt any of you boys will be super interested in this so you may want to wait for the next time I cover myself in dog poo, set something on fire, cause an international incident, etc.

I’ve figured out, literally thru years of research and blood loss (and probably sweat and tears), that the key to perfectly smooth legs is a four or five blade razor with shave gel for sensitive skin. Follow this up with Benefit Bathina Touch Me and Try to Leave body cream/lotion/stuff. Heaven. Truly. You won’t be able to stop touching your legs. My husband always knows when I have followed this regime because from the second he walks in the door I’m pretty much ordering him to feel my legs.   Bikini line? Take it from the chick with the most sensitive skin ever, Nair shower power.

Since I am in the process of abandoning my sun worship and actually using heavy duty sunscreen and weaning myself off the tanning bed, I would like to mention that I also adore another Benefit product: their Hula bronzer. Not shimmery (you won’t glow like a stripper on a pole in a dark room in a spotlight. And wow, stripping comes up a lot in my blogs.), good color, and buildable coverage. All excellent features. Am currently trying out various lotion/gradual tan combo things so am open to suggestions on that. I don’t like the way the jergens one smells. And if it reduces cellulite, that would be lovely. As previously mentioned, my cellulite is so not happy when my skin is transparent (my normal, natural, unfortunate shade).

Since I am getting older and that brings things like baby wrinkles and more visible pores (and that’s just on my face) I have learned that powder blush is not so flattering on us older-ish folks. Tarte Natural Beauty cheek stain is a god send. Totally makes you look like you just had an orgasm or ran a whole bunch. At least, I hear that’s the flush you would have if you ran a whole lot…I don’t so much do that. My elliptical pretty much kicks me off after thirty minutes.

Until I find a doctor that will prescribe me Latisse, (which kills my hubby. He’s all but it can cause darkening of the iris and blah, blah, blah I don’t really care because I am tired of all the eyelashes that randomly fall out and cause my mother to gleefully exclaim that it’s because I didn’t listen to her and wore makeup to bed all those years. Like I need MORE things my mother was right about) I am sticking with my most favoritest mascara ever. If they quit making it, I will cry. Estee Lauder Sumptuous. Close second? And cheaper. L’oreal Voluminous. And, of course, both of them in the blackest black you can get. Unless you’re highlighting your eye color with a coat of magenta or something OVER the black, there’s no reason for any of this brown or light black or colored or clear mascara crap(unless you’re putting clear mascara on your brows. That’s okay).

I’m not big on foundation. For years, I wore Estee Lauder foundation in the lightest coverage, in the sheerest shade they had. Which, I now realize, sort of defeats the point. I was blessed with great skin (yes mom, despite your warnings about my face turning brown and skin falling off  if I slept in powder and eyeliner one more time. Jeez. Got it already). But again, damn age and visible pores. So now I like a little something. In cooler (read humidity less than 60% when your face won’t slide right off the second you hit outdoor air) I am a big fan of  Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer. The rest of the time, ie typical Alabama, I love Stila’s powder foundation. Lovely.

For the cosmetically challenged, and I’m not but I still love it, Cargo eye palette (I like the cool neutrals but I have rather pinkish skin-most folks would probably like the warm hues). The kit comes with 4 colors labeled brow, lid, crease, outer corner. Perfect for that refined but not “done” look. Not that I don’t love a dramatic look but you can’t so much wear fake eyelashes, red lipstick, or a smoky eye every day. Although I have been none to wander around the house in pearls, pj’s, heels, a tiara and on occasion a  boa- even I think some things are just too much. My dad came over the other day to find me in sparkly heels and pj’s and looked a trifle confused when I explained to him that you have to keep in practice with heels or you lose the ability to wear them. (Really. Truth.)

Hmmm…other things I love? Aussie 3 Minute Miracle, Essie in Watermelon, Smashbox O-gloss, Ulta kohl liner, Lolita Lempicka fragrances (the original and the new fluer de corail), Chanel No. 5, St. Ives Apricot Scrub,  Lush Dark Angels scrub and plain old Vaseline.

And rosebud salve, can’t believe I left that off. And I link I effectively covered my love for Aveda Phomollient in my porn-star hair blog.

© Amy Lloyd Mayfield and Amy’s Blam, 2009. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Amy Lloyd Mayfield and Amy’s Blam with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.
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