I’m trying to figure out a balance between social issues and beauty reviews, bellas. I’ve been in a contemplative mood these days, so now I’ll lighten it up with some beauty stuff.
Back to my regularly scheduled post, which is long overdue!
I did part one of Moisturize Your Situation (hair edition) back in December, and I started writing these product reviews at least three different times. Every time, I come crashing to a halt. Why? Because I’m tackling something a bit new and there’s so much to say!
“Winter” in Miami has been particularly disappointing this year. I’m probably running the risk of pissing some of you ladies off right now… but December and January are the only months of the year that I get to wear a long sleeve shirt or a sweater here, and it’s been strictly in the Seventies all month. But I watch the news enough to see that extreme cold is gripping the rest of the country, which makes for some beauty issues that are foreign to me.
Confession – I didn’t really KNOW what ashy was until I went to visit my in-laws in Chicago for Christmas. I mean, I’ve had ashy knees, kind of dry skin… but that December it was like I had rubbed my face and body with grey chalk. All of a sudden my formerly supple skin looked aged, my hair was parched and frizzy, and my lips took a turn towards Tyrone Biggums.
I realized that the heavy moisturizers that I was never really been able to enjoy in the hot climes I reside in are damn near essential in colder environments.
Bellas on a budget might want to do what my coworker recently did, and slather on some good old fashioned Ponds under your makeup. Ponds will moisturize the heck out of your skin, and I love it as a night cream. But if you wear it out during the day, like the C&C Music Factory, it’s gonna make you sweat, baby!
My new favorite supermoisturizing day-to-night cream is the curiously named Complex C Cream Creme. This teeny jar will set you back $55, but if you’re concerned about aging and want a fantastic, emoillient product that will leave your skin feeling nourished and looking refreshed, this could be the one.
Just because I have oily skin and I live in a virtual sweatbox doesn’t mean that I don’t need moisturizers, though — we all do! If you wear makeup (especially powder and foundation), you need a good moisturizer to protect your skin, otherwise all of that gunk is going to clog your pores and lead to breakouts.
Start your face off with a good base of moisturizer, and your powder is less likely to settle into your pores and fine lines, as well. Currently I’m using Skin MD, a shielding lotion. It’s great for hand and body use, but personally I am using it as a face moisturizer. ‘Cause I’m brave like that.
The science behind Skin MD is intriguing, and from a quick read it would almost make you think that this product would make your face or hands greasy with surface layers of humectants and all that. Not the case!
This stuff is light to the touch, absorbs effortlessly, and just makes my skin feel soft and look dewy. The ingredients include aloe vera, vitamin E, comfrey, and chamomile, so it’s gentle enough for those with more sensitive skin as well, and it’s recommended for the treatment of eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis.
Even though I normally sweat profusely in the sun, this particular product hasn’t made my makeup melt off in the Miami heat. My only concern is the lack of SPF, I generally prefer a face moisturizer to have at least SPF 15. I hope that Skin MD will release a sunscreen, but currently, I’m still using it as a great day-to-day moisturizer for my face and hands. Two thumbs up for Skin MD!
Two of my favorite office friends are simulataneously pregnant, and they’ve made me realize that pregnancy brings unique beauty dilemmas as well! Both of them complained of having drier skin, especially their hands. When I recieved some adorable product samples from Warm Spirit and My Earthly Basics, I had to pass them along to my office bellas.
Nadine liked the My Earthly Basics Skin Repair Cream. “It’s got a nice lemongrass scent. Texture is a bit waxy/greasy, so I think it’s best for extremely dry patches. I like using it on the backs of my hands, because even after I wash them, my skin is still soft,” she says.
Karen more or less agreed, although she tried a less waxy formula: “My Earthly Basics Passion Fruit Body Butter is sweet smelling and not too greasy, but very moisturizing. It won’t fade away quickly and soothes dry, itchy skin.”
Both of these bellas also tried some teeny tiny Warm Spirit cream samples I got, with adorable names like Kindness Cream and Special Attention cream. Karen liked the Special Attention. “It’s very thick but is definitely best if you are in need of concentrated moisture. It is a bit greasy and will not come off easily which is great for very irritated skin but don’t use it for light duty touch ups. The Mango Body Butter smells great and is also very thick. At first it will have you looking shiny but it absorbs well and then leaves skin very soft,” she added.
The Warm Spirit creams put Nadine’s nose into overdrive. She was picking up on scents I never could have pinpointed! “Something about the scent of the Warm Spirit Kindness Cream reminds me of horses — not horse manure, but the way their hair/skin smells, kind of grassy. It goes on smoothly and absorbs nicely, not greasy or sticky. I really like the way the Vetiver Body Butter smells — very warm, kinda vanilla-like. I could eat it. It goes on greasy at first but absorbs nicely. It looks a little like Vaseline, which kind of turned me off at first, but once I smelled it and rubbed it in, it became my favorite of the bunch!”
Faces and hands aren’t the only areas of your body that crave moisturizer. Baby Magic has been my daily moisturizer of choice for a long time.
The familiar pink bottle with the adorable lamb just brings back childhood memories. Plus, the scent is light and heavenly and it really makes my skin feel soothed and hydrated.
(Note to mamas and bellas who love to baby their skin – Baby Magic now has a Banana Boat Sunscreen with SPF 50! And a Baby Botanicals line. Gotta check that out).
But recently, I was going out in a skirt that showed off my gams to fabulous advantage, and I reached for the tub of Maryam’s Soap Nook Whipped Shea Monoi Body Butter.
I leave the tub on my night stand for back-massage purposes. This stuff is so rich, so moisturizing, so highly fragranced, it’s almost over the top. The scent I have, Coconut and Cream, is rich to the point where if it were a dessert, I would only want to take a teeny bite. (I bet the Tahitian Petals and Vanille de Madagascar would be absolute heaven!)
But this cream could be what cold weather bellas need – super rich, thick butter that slathers on to your skin, and leaves it looking shiny at first before moisturizing to the core. Seriously, just a dab is enough to preserve your sexy all day long!
Do you have a favorite lotion I haven’t tried? I’m always looking for more products. Talk to me, cold weather bellas — what’s your favorite save-your-skin cream?
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