Question for ya: Have you arrived at that point in life when you don’t care if the world sees the weird things you do to bend your hair to your will? Although I’m not quite the lady at the supermarket with the giant pink curlers in her hair yet (because she don’t give an eff what people say when she’s buying frozen breakfast burritos!), I’m almost there. I’ve taken to wearing these long hair clips when I’m chillin’ at home, or driving in my car, or taking a walk around the neighborhood. I use ’em on wet hair, along with half a pound of flexible hairspray to smooth and flatten out my roots (which are getting progressively more wiry and untamed with each and every new gray hair) as they air dry. El Hub says I look a little crazy, but I’m like, “Hey, man, you gotta do what you’ve gotta do.”
Trader Joe’s alert!
Speaking of the shameless things we do in the name of beauty, I was waiting in line at TJ’s last week when I noticed the woman in front of me had four bottles of this lotion in her cart — and absolutely nothing else. No food, no Joe-Joe’s cookies, NOTHING. Of course, then I asked her to watch my wagon so I could run to the beauty section and grab a bottle of my own.
They’re only $3.99! For a big 16-oz. bottle! I may or may not have done a victory dance in the middle of aisle. 🙂
I have lizard lady skin, but a few pumps of this lotion makes my legs look and feel smooth and moisturized without making my skin feel slick or greasy. Even my heels are happy!
Heads up: Even though the label says it’s unscented, I think it smells a little like a kale, spinach and apple green smoothie…which I don’t mind at all.
This is IT
And that wasn’t the only new thing I tried last weekend. I also took this It Cosmetics foundation for a spin.
The foundations in the It Cosmetics line are famous for doing a little bit of everything and then some, and their CC+ Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream lives up to that multitasking rep. The It crew packed seven products into one tube — a full-coverage foundation, a physical sunscreen with SPF 50, a brightening color corrector, a hydrating anti-aging serum, a pore-less finish primer, a dark-spot concealer and a moisturizing day cream. Plus, a tiny bit goes a long way.
The trick is to find the right amount to suit your needs. It Cosmetics recommends 1-2 full pumps, but I think that’s way too much for me (I like more of a naturally perfected finish). I use about half a pump, and I blend it in with a wet sponge or a damp skunk brush. That small amount is enough for me and doesn’t feel thick or heavy on my skin.
When I do this with the Tan shade (which is closest to my NC42 skin), my cheeks, where I like the most coverage, look like I took the time to carefully layer a pore-busting primer, a concealer, a demi-matte powder and a full-coverage foundation. This product is full coverage, so you can easily camouflage every freckle and pore in sight.
Alright, friend, onward to the rest of this beautiful Tuesday! — but before I leave ya, here’s a song to jump-start your morning (or afternoon or evening, whenever you’re reading this!).
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,