One day you may find yourself half-jokingly agreeing to run a half marathon.
Then, later, as the illustrious day approaches, you may find yourself hoping that the people who invited you to run the race with them, forget (oh please, oh please, oh please!).
Chances are, they won’t.
So you start training.
During your first 10-mile training run on the treadmill, maybe you develop a wicked case of chafing, and maybe it’s directly under the middle strap of your sports bra, right there on your solar plexus.
Maybe it hurts (it does, a lot).
And maybe the only painkillers that seem to work at all are happy thoughts.
Happy thoughts about happy things, like blush. 🙂 Like the new L’Oreal Visible Lift Blur Blushes ($12.99 each, and available in three shades).
Hello, genius! That’s what these new blurring blushes are, especially if you’re a dame of a certain age (if you catch my drift).
Imagine the slick, slippery, silicone-like feel of a Smashbox primer, but in more natural-looking colors, like light peach, medium pink and medium berry.
Introducing the L’Oreal Visible Lift Blur Blushes.
They feel kind of like a mousse…and I think they definitely make the skin tone and texture of my cheeks look more even and smoother.
These are really great disciplinarians when it comes to those pores that are constantly trying to out-diva each other. I have some on the apples of my cheeks that are like Christina, Mariah, Beyonce and Celine, and these blushes make everyone play nice. 🙂
Whenever I wear one of them, my pores look mellower and smaller (but aren’t completely gone, of course), and I swear my skin looks smoother.
I almost feel like a 20-something-year-old ingenue with boundless energy and optimism (please, just let me have this one thing, LOL!), and not a semi-crabby, late-30-something-year-old chickadee who just really wants to eat a huge plate of linguine and go to bed at 7:30.
Haha! Sorry, I made myself laugh. 🙂
Wear time clocks in at about 5-6 hours.
PRICE: $12.99 each
AVAILABILITY: Available now at drugstores, Ulta and ulta.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+ (an A- if they lasted a couple hours longer, and a solid A if they also didn’t contain silicones, which are pretty high up on the ingredient list)
So, runner’s rash.
Yup, my trusty Lululemon sports bra let me down (boo!), and running for me now is about as much fun as getting carrots stuck in your braces, and then stepping on a snail.
I’ve tried turning the bra inside out, putting on a big bandage over the raw area and using that Body Glide stuff, but nothing’s working.
I’ve done a little reading on the subject, and it sounds like I may need a more powerful — ugh, I do not enjoy this word — lubricant and a new sports bra.
This one, the CW-X Xtra Support Running Bra III, gets rave reviews from distance runners and triathletes. I’m not enthused about the $60 price, but a bunch of reviewers say that it’s the only bra that doesn’t chafe them on long runs.
I like that the company is owned by Wacoal (their comfy bras have never let me down), so I just ordered one from zappos.com. Hopefully it gets here in time for my next long run on Friday.
In the interim, I might also grab one of these C9 Seamless Cami Sports Bra by Champion. Their medium-support bras also get pretty good reviews from runners, especially if you double up on them for a firmer hold.
I think I might have to triple up on them now though…
Anyone else out there suffer from bra-related chafing? Anyone? Bueller?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,