During this pandemic, I’ve made some quick adjustments to my Face Beauty Routine to “put my best face forward.” Like the area above my mask to highlight my eyes, a lip stain that stays on under a mask or for video calls, and hair products to help me out with fewer trips to the hairstylist.
Here are my tips that I use on my Over 50 face…way over–as in 64 years old–just had a birthday. In fact, I’m going to lunch today with Elizabeth, Kim, and Cindy for a belated celebration.
Best Face Forward Beauty Routine
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Skincare is important. I wash my face each night with my Clarisonic (which is going out of business…even though I think it’s great). I’ve heard that FOREO LUNA 2 is a good replacement for when my Clarisonic brushes wear out.
I use Lancome night and day cream (with SPF 30, firming and dark spot correction) and also Eucerin Q10 Anti-wrinkle for a less expensive option.
In addition, I lower my mask in the car and take it off at home. Since people are getting mask acne…I think it’s better to let your pores breathe when you can.
For every day, I use my favorite eyebrow pencil (which I REALLY need for my disappearing eyebrows), multi-use concealer I use it below and above my eyes and anyplace else that needs camouflaging and a good mascara. During Covid, I’ve added this inexpensive eyeliner (liquid eye pen) to make my eyes more pronounced. I save eye shadow for a special occasion like going out to eat. I’m just lazy that way.
I like Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment (it has a tip that you can use as a liner–doesn’t bleed–so just one step). I’m using the American Woman shade but am open to trying new colors.
Then, if I am staying home (so that it doesn’t get on my mask), I add Fresh Sugar Advance Therapy lip balm to soften my lips.
That’s enough close-ups for the next several months! My glasses are readers from Target.
I’ve mentioned before how my sister told me about Trader Joe’s Coconut hair mask. And recently before blow-drying my hair, I use a small dab of Kératase Nutritive smoothed over washed hair. It has helped my damaged hair with less frequent hair salon visits. Although thankfully salons are open again with precautions in San Francisco.
And that’s what’s working for me for my Face Beauty Routine during this crazy time! Have any suggestions for me?
Paying Sales Tax = Smile
I just finished paying quarterly sales tax to the state of California for items I have purchased for clients. Filling out the forms is complicated (all the different counties, rates, etc). One time I messed up by paying too early (I was going on vacation). They were going to issue a credit that never came and so I waited to pay the tax. Wrong. Big penalties. Yawn…sorry. Stay with me.
I called and emailed the state. The representative ironed it all out. And when I paid the following quarter’s taxes, I got a call from the representative. She said soberly “I just have to tell you something.” I thought…Oh, sh*t…what did I do now? She said, “Your return looks good. And…I just love your style and your blog. I’m a subscriber!” BIG SMILE. My blog link is on my email signature. Anyway, every time I pay the taxes, I smile now…who does that?