Older Girl Beauty

Chillin’ with Mario

I know that I have mentioned the Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herbs And Rosewater before, but back then I wasn’t even keeping in the the fridge. When I switched to storing it there this summer, it definitely amped up the love. The cold refreshing spritz to the face startles the hell out of you at first, then it just feel so good and cooling. And with the “good for you” ingredients in it too, its better than just spraying water in your face.  It’s a great wake up spray, too, but I tend to just use it when I come in from outside and need a quick pick-me-up to get thru the heat.

Another of the ways to cool down, and clean up, is with the Mario Badescu Special Cucumber Lotion.  This astringent is “Sulfur and soothing Cucumber based, acne fighting formula that is non-drying and non-irritating”. You are supposed to use this after you have washed your face to get rid of all the extra dirt still there, but I will use this as soon as I come in from being hot and sweaty and just get all of the nasty dirt off of me quick – then I’ll wash properly at some point after that.  Even if I do use it after washing at night, cold or not, it just makes my face feel clean – with out being squeaky.  Now, I am not normally an oily girl, but this really does seem to help keep my skin form breaking out, at least from that.

Oh, and speaking of breaking out, Mario Badescu just launched a new “Acne Resource Center” on their site. It’s their central location for acne information, including its causes, how to get rid of it and even get introduced to their “tried and true acne treatment regimens”. It’s really got a ton of info with even videos of how to use some of the products.

It’s not Mall Hair gel

(*I really wish I could remember on who’s site I originally saw this moisturizer on, because I would give them a huge “Thank You!”.)

Now, we all know I am not one to get out in the sun, but I still get dry arms and legs that I need some moisturizer on them – even coming in from the heat. When I read about Avon’s Skin So Soft Summer Soft Cooling Gel Moisturizer (*gawd, that’s a hell of a long name), I knew I had to try it.

I can’t stand a heavy moisturizer during the heat of the summer – it just makes me feel like I am smothering in it. That is what makes this so good – it is a gel and goes on so light. Since I keep it in the fridge, it goes on so cool that it can make my body temp feel like it goes down at least 5 degrees or so. Now, I don’t know if that is the case (*i’m betting it’s not), but it still feels so good.

It contains Aloe and Cucumber and had a light scent which goes away pretty quickly, after it’s absorbed. Now, we know I love me some Cucumber smell, but this isn’t really as detectable as that, just mostly a light, fresh scent.

I picked mine up earlier this summer on sale, but I see that they are running a 50% off “While Supplies Last” special for $3.99/6.7oz tube. If you are live anywhere like I do, even tho the calendar says summer is almost over, we still have some heated days ahead of us, so I would try to pick this up while you can, just to cool off and get rid of the heat dryness for now.

Can’t look you in the eye the day after

Ahh, Summer. The time for socializing.  I mean, yeah, it’s hot, but the nights can be comfy to hang out on the deck, crack open some vino and laughing till really late. Sometimes too late, and too much vino. And you know….you just KNOW, that it’s gonna show up the next morning, with the puffy eyes and dark circles. Well, I know of something that can help that.

It’s a product from France, called the Talika Eye Therapy Patch.  You put this patch on and in 30min you look like a rested, functioning human being. They say, “This reusable patch, spectacularly reduces all trace of fatigue appearing under the eyes. It is a pleasant, effective, natural and comfortable solution for combating wrinkles, circles and under-eye puffiness. The results are visible and have been clinically proven by Dermatologists at the “Hôpitaux de Paris de la Salpétrière”.

I say, “You can keep these in the fridge for an added burst of coolness. Put these on and lay down – either to go to bed, or when you wake up in the morning feeling ‘under the weather’ – and in a little while, your eyes really do feel better.” Now, I don’t really have eye wrinkles – *knock on wood* – so I can’t really speak to the effectiveness on those, but it truly did reduce puffiness and lessen the darkness under my eyes when I had a chance to try them. (*You are not required to keep these in the fridge – in fact the carrying case makes it easy to take these with you.)

You can get these patches online for $62, which includes a jewel case with 6 pairs of patches, that can each be reused 3 times or so. There are also refills available for $56.

I hate sunburns

I am so pale that I will sunburn if someone just mentions going out in the sun. It doesn’t matter how much sunscreen I slather on, there are still those days when I get as pink as Barbie’s Dream House. Yes, Aloe Vera is the best thing for soothing the burn, but I sincerely hate the stickiness that comes from Aloe Vera gel.

So, I was so happy when I found Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera Skincare Lotion. This lotion has Aloe Vera as the number one, first, ingredient, so you are getting as much relief as with the gel, only with lotiony goodness. It absorbs quickly, and helps keep peeling to a minimum, in my experience. Seriously, even as pale as I am, if I put this on several times a day, after burning, I have found that I don’t peel like when I used the sunburn relief sprays or sticky gels. And, by leaving it in the fridge, it feels so good going on the burn – so cold and refreshing, it takes the heat right out of the burn.

The only downside I know of right now, is the fact that I used to be able to buy the large, regular sized bottles at my local Wal-mart, but I can’t find it there at all any more. Now, I have been lucky enough to find a travel sized bottle at CVS, so I grab a couple of those, just to have around.

Speaking of masques….

I don’t use face masque all that often. But when I do, it is usually a gel based one versus a clay one. I don’t have a big problem with oiliness (knock on wood), but I do like a deep cleanser every once in a while. Esp, since this heat causes me to sweat (*no, I don’t glisten or glow – momma sweats, that’s all there is to it!), which in turn causes the possibility of clogged dirty pores. Yes, I use my Clarisonic brush, but sometimes you need/want a little more.
So, again, I have found another great way for me to lay naked under the fan and watch crap tv in the name of beauty – the Exuviance Rejuvenating Treatment Masque. They say, “This powerful deep cleansing masque combines a clinically proven blend of concentrated Alpha and Polyhydroxy acids (AHA/PHA) that offer full-strength anti-aging benefits without irritation. Gluconolactone, a potent Polyhydroxy Acid decreases lines and wrinkles by strengthening the skin and building the dermal matrix so skin appears fuller and plumper. This gentle exfoliant and natural antioxidant also improves the skin’s clarity, luminosity and refines pore size, leaving skin truly refreshed and rejuvenated. The addition of Mandelic Acid (AHA) helps to visibly reduce wrinkled areas, while Vitamins A, C, E and a Pro Vitamin B Complex provide superior moisturization.”

I say, “This gel has a slight cucumber smell that smells nice and when you put a thin layer on your face, neck and decolette, it dries to a kinda rubbery sheath you can pull off in strips, or you can wipe off with a warm wash cloth.” It doesn’t dry all hard and pulling at your face. It didn’t make me itchy, but be careful of your hairline, as it will cling on to your hair if you don’t get it all. And when you put it on cold, it feels oh so refreshing, which you can’t really say or do with a clay mask, because it would harden up in the fridge and be a pain to put on – literally.
You can pick this up online for $26 for 2.oz. I managed to get mine in a BeautyFix kit (*have you signed-up for that yet – I’m serious, the deal is crazy good for the products) which made it a heck of a deal for this masque.

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