Sunday, March 25, 2012

Matte vs Shimmer

Watching QVC last night, Mally of Mally Beauty was on she was selling one of her kits. As they were presenting the kit she said something that has been debated by women applying their make up for years.She was presenting a highlight and blush glow kit. She said that we (more mature) women need some glow and highlighter on our face, THANK YOU MALLY!!!! I have been saying this for years, as we age we lose color in our face and become monochromatic. I have read and seen articles and make up companies say that after a certain age, I think I have read the magic age is 40 LOL!! you should never put shimmer on your face. Well, sometimes matte make up makes us look older (my opinion) because some matte make up looks very dry on the skin and has no movement.  I am not saying that you should wear super shiny and sparklie make up. If you think you face looks better with some shimmer and you are over the magic age then wear it, there are no set rules. If you look and feel great then go for it. Use a matte underneath the shimmer, if the shimmer is too much, you can tone it down, but it will still have some depth. The foundations we make are matte, but they have some movement to it, they do not look dull. We do not use anything that sparkles in ours like some do. Our blushes and shadows have shimmer to them, not over the top shimmer. You can buff the shimmer down if it is too much. You can also take your matte make up and add a bit of shimmer to it. I have found that if I take a foundation maybe 2 shades lighter than my normal color, and put on my face at the middle of the face, apply some on chin ad forehead. Then the normal color on lower part of face, then apply blush. My face looks brighter and much better!  You can also do you face with your foundation and just add a highlighter to those areas, play around and see if this work for you. There are no rules set in stone with applying make up, do what looks best on you.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Skin Care Yet again!!

I get a lot of women come up to my and say Oh your skin is so nice, what do you do. Or what do you sell that I can use t make my skin like yours. Well I go in to my speel about skin care and MY routine. I get the deer in the head lights look like this is way to much information, or I just want to buy something to use, or my all time favorite line well that is too much work and I am not going to do it. Why I am writing this is the last time this happened to me, I am answering this women and I can see in her face that she is getting annoyed , she tells me what do you have that I can use, and I tell her go to the website and see what I have, and try it I cannot tell you it will work we have waaay different skin. Then tells me she wants something cheap, she doesn't want to spend a lot of money.
I have had a skin care routine of some kind for 30 or more years. First of all I am not licensed to tell you what is wrong with your skin, or what to do. I can only tell you what I do and what I use. Here are my suggestions, go to an esthetician get a facial, they will tell you what you need to use. I hear well they are only there to sell their products and tell you you need so many treatments just to make money. Are they there to sell their services and products yes they are, a lot of them no their stuff and can point you in the right direction.  But you have to take a chance and start some where. My biggest tip is do not use soap on you face, get some facial products to lean your skin that are not soap!!  This maybe a long process for you, not all products work for everyone. Also have realistic expectations.   Just because I use it and works for me doesn't mean it will work for you.  You can get some very good skin line at reasonable prices, at QVC, HSN, ShopNBC, drugstore brands have evolved over the years.Go to the counters at dept stores and talk to someone, see if you can get samples.  If you buy something see if there is a return policy, use it like the directions tell you and see if your skin changes, if not return it. A lot of skin care companies now have trial paks to try great way to start out.  Get on Facebook and Twitter a lot of talented and knowledgeable people on it to talk to, but again if they do not see your skin they can only give you ideas and their views on products. Bottom line you have to be consistent in whatever skin care routine you use.