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Summer’s Glowing Glistening Skin

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Summer’s Glowing Glistening Skin

Summer’s Glowing Glistening Skin sounds almost poetic doesn’t it? A more truthful title might look something like this: Summer’s Slick Slimy Sweaty Skin. Sadly, I don’t think the proposed title would garner any attention.

Steph’s Summer Oily Skin Remedy

Glistening skin is foreign to me. I sweat! And when I say “sweat” I mean buckets. So today I’m going to share my summer skincare routine.

Bold Blind Beauty believes true beauty resides within. Sometimes the way we appear on the outside may not necessarily reflect what’s on the inside. For example, when it’s hot, hazy, and humid I find it difficult to feel beautiful. Toss in a hot flash and it’s a wrap.

It’s hard to feel beautiful when you really feel like a slimy, sticky slug. The past few days have been so sticky and hot the thought of putting on makeup made me nauseous. So what do I do to combat my summer oily skin? A simple 3-step skin care regimen which includes a tinted moisturizer. When the temperature gauge hits 90’s+ any attempt at applying foundation flies quickly out the window.

Recently, I swapped out a couple of my regular skin care products with an oil reducing cleanser and a tinted moisturizer. So when it feels hot enough to fry an egg on my face I cleanse, exfoliate, then use the moisturizer with SPF. After this, I throw some eyeliner, mascara, brows, and lips then I’m good to go.

So when it’s hot as a blast furnace my skincare routine allows my outside to more accurately reflect my inside. Translation: I don’t feel like a walking/talking puddle of mush.

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The Sweet Results Of No Sugar

Parting Really Is Such Sweet Sorrow

Collage including a photo of my face, Paula's Choice Clear Regular Strength kit, BareMinerals BareSkin Makeup.For the first couple of hours during a brand new day I would be alright and then like clockwork it would begin with a slight twinge. If I made it through the day without feeding the hunger, by evening I was ravenous. Unfortunately it was one of those types of yearnings that wouldn’t go away until it was fed but the funny thing was the more I had the more I wanted.

You know you have a problem when you feel the need to hide your consumption level. Silly things like planning how, when, and where to make a purchase or being ashamed to ask someone to buy it for you are constant thoughts.

Something had to give. Tapering off was not an option, so a couple of months ago I totally gave up sugar. I began drinking more water and eating more fruits—a much needed replacement to get me through the rough patches.

Among other things, acne is one of the negative consequences of indulging in poor eating habits and I needed a remedy. Since I’ve used Paula’s Choice skincare line for a couple of years now, I thought I’d try the sample Clear Regular Strength kit to see if it would improve my skin. Within two days my face cleared up and my skin felt smoother and softer.

I’m often asked how I apply my makeup when I cannot see well and the answer is two-fold: I’ve had many years experience prior to sight loss and I learned new application techniques. Many women who can’t see wear cosmetics and wear them extremely well. The lack of sight has little to do with being adept at makeup application or many other things for that matter.

As my skin began feeling and looking better I wanted to try a new foundation and settled on Bare Minerals BareSkin liquid makeup. While I’ve had great results in the past with Bare Minerals powder and their Buxom liquid foundations I did not achieve good results with this particular formula because my face looked and felt greasy. So for now it’s back to the drawing board but rest assured when I find a foundation that works I’ll let you know.

On my sugar addiction, the struggle is real. Yet this is longest I’ve gone without it and the only thing I can do is take it day by day. Thinking beyond today is a sure recipe for disaster.

Have a lovely Sunday!

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The No Makeup, Makeup

Fresh Faced Minimalism

~YouTube Video: 100 Years of Beauty in 1 Minute from www.cut.com is a time-lapse of a model getting her hair and makeup done to match every decade from 1910 to 2010.

In case you haven’t heard, the spring 2015 trend in the cosmetic realm is the no makeup look. So how does one wear makeup to appear as if they aren’t wearing any? And why wear it in the first place if the objective is to look natural?

Last weeks’ post: Your Best Skin Ever partially answers the first question in that a good skin care routine is the start of the no makeup look. Toning down makeup by using less, opting for a more neutral color palette, and learning subtle contouring techniques combined, add to the ‘less is more’ fresh-faced, natural look.

When taking proper care of the skin achieving a dewy au naturel appearance is a cinch. I have a good friend from childhood days who, with the exception of a little lip color, has never worn makeup but she has always taken great care of her skin and let me you she is gorgeous. Her skin always looks healthy and luminous and honestly adding makeup to the mix would be an unnecessary extra step.

The answer to the second question – why wear makeup if the objective is to look natural is two-fold: number 1 – it’s still fun and number 2 – it’s an art to wear cosmetics with goal of looking healthy and makeupless. Who would have thought from back in the glamour days of “Greta Garbo, and Monroe, Dietrich and DiMaggio” we would come to this point in time where going bare-faced or at least appearing to would be in Vogue?

Less Really is More

For those of us over 50 who are blind or vision impaired, swapping out cosmetics better suited to our evolving skin and having to contend with fewer products is not only beneficial to our skin but also makes it considerably easier to apply. If you have never worn makeup because you weren’t sure you could pull it off, now’s your chance.

A good place to start would be a department store cosmetics counter (I recommend taking a trusted friend or relative) for a makeover where you can learn what products are suited to your skin tone and how to use them. Sephora is one of my faves specifically for their beauty services. You can opt for a free 15 minute walk-in makeup session or a full-blown 90 minute custom makeover and personal shopping session (complimentary with a $125 minimum purchase).

Last summer I stopped by my local Sephora to get my foundation Color IQ (individualized color-matching service to find my precise foundation shade) and ended up with a mini makeover. I used to swear by mineral powder foundations but have since switched to a sheer liquid formula that is so weightless it doesn’t feel like I’m wearing anything on my face. What I like most about this foundation is when I apply it with my fingers, because it is so light-weight, it’s remarkably easy to blend without streaking and my skin looks and feels great without that cakey, made-up look.

The consultant who helped me also showed me how to use concealer over my foundation then taught me how to use a highlighter to accentuate positive features and deflect flaws while using a bronzer to contour. A couple of notes on the concealer: like the liquid foundation, I find creamy formulas easier to apply with the fingers as I can feel when the product is absorbed, the color should match the foundation, and it can be used either before or after the foundation is applied, it’s a matter of personal preference.

Subtle is the Keyword

If you are like my friend who was blessed with great skin (and to keep it she took great care of it) then you will not need to use concealer, primer, or foundation all over your face. Rather you can spot use these products or if they aren’t needed then go without.

For lip color (just a dab) you’ll want a shade very near the natural color of your lips. A very minute amount of this same color can be used on your cheeks for blush. Curl your lashes then call it a day or you can work some no-makeup magic on your eyes (discussion for another day).

Following is a list of products referenced in this post at three price points from lowest to highest in each category. Please keep in mind this is just a small sampling and does not represent products for every skintype. All the products listed are free from animal testing and are rated the Best on Paula’s Choice Beautypedia:

  • Concealers (Cream)
  1. Soft Cream Concealer by Paula’s Choice
  2. Maracuja Creaseless Waterproof Concealer by Tarte Cosmetics
  3. Cancellation Conditioning Concealer SPF 25 by Mally Beauty
  • Primers
  1. Studio Hydrating Face Primer by e.l.f. Cosmetics – Studio
  2. Prime Objective Skin Perfecting Face Primer by Studio Gear
  3. Age Intervention Prime Face Primer by Jan Marini Skin Research, Inc. – Age Intervention Line
  • Foundations (Liquid)
  1. Studio Flawless Finish Foundation SPF 15 by e.l.f. Cosmetics – Studio
  2. Stay Perfect Foundation SPF 15 by Boots – No7
  3. Liquid Halo HD Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 by Smashbox
  • Lip Colors (Sheer)
  1. Lip Service Lip Butter by Flower Beauty
  2. Sheer Temptation Lipstick by Boots – No7
  3. Sheer Lipstick by NARS

Takeaways from today’s post: To achieve a no-makeup look implement a good skincare regimen, concealing where needed, using less product (no harsh lines) and working with neutral shades that compliment your skin tone.

And remember – when you feel good, you look good!

Questions, comments, suggestions? Leave a message in the comment box or email me directly at boldblindbeauty@gmail.com.

Have a wonderful week!!   

“If you feel beautiful, then you are. Even if you don’t, you still are.” ~Terri Guillemets

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Secret Indulgences

Time-Wasting Guilty Pleasures

Step 1 is Cleanse
You can barely tell that I’ve applied the cleanser.

Documentation of actual unscripted situations, otherwise known as reality TV, has not appealed to me. This was up until one lazy Sunday afternoon on flipping through the channels I happened upon a Keeping Up with the Kardashians marathon. Hours later I found myself absolutely needing to know was Kim really going to marry Chris Humphries? On a more recent episode, Kourtney (who’s pregnant with her third baby) was upset that she faced the real possibility of becoming a single mother of three children because her paramour, Scott, is not a reliable person.

So it shouldn’t have been a surprise when out of boredom I thought I’d catch one episode of Bachelor in Paradise (I couldn’t help myself, I wanted to understand how this series was gonna work). I don’t have to tell you that this was a bad idea because just like a MacDonald’s French fry (you can’t eat just one), the same holds true for Bachelor in Paradise. All I can say is if you can hold out until the series has ended you can watch On Demand for back to back segments at your leisure.

Even though I wasn’t particularly crazy about the show, I’m still trying to come to grips that I’ve shamelessly watched all 11 Bachelor in Paradise episodes. This show featuring previous contenders from The Bachelor and The Bachelorette is set in what can only be described as Utopia. Here the contenders vie for a second chance at love as they explore new relationships.

Essence of Beauty

What I found Interesting was the female vs. male reactions when new bachelors or bachelorettes were introduced to the group (during the rose ceremony at the end of each show two people always had to leave). Each time a new bachelorette would come on the scene we would see the other women talking about the beauty of the newcomer. Keep in mind all these women are gorgeous and I thought hmmm if these women felt threatened by what they perceived as a more beautiful woman then this feeling must be sort of a universal epidemic.

Historically women compliment other women but sometimes the nicety sounds as if it comes from a place of envy or lack of self-esteem. I’ve said it before and I’ll continue to say with over 7 billion people in the world all of us are going to come across someone who is more this or better that than us. The point is even with this many people on the planet each and every one of us is unique.

Step 2 Exfoliate
Just a dab of the exfoliator will do you.

The Foundation to Makeup

Not too long ago I talked about the time my mother told me I should never leave the house without my makeup. After mulling it over a bit my mother wasn’t saying this to be mean (even though I can look all kinds of crazy without my face on), she comes from a place of ALWAYS, and I mean ALWAYS, looking her best. Even though it’s been years since she was diagnosed with Dystonia she still gets up early every morning, cleanses herself, applies her makeup and gets dressed. Most days she doesn’t leave her apartment but this routine is one that has remained with her since she began wearing makeup.

Me on the other hand, I can take it or leave it but when I need to present the best me, I put on my makeup. Let’s face it if makeup didn’t enhance our appearance the cosmetic industry would go broke.

Early in the year I said that the outcome of fantastic makeup was in a good skin care regimen and I still stand by this statement with one major change. For many years I used Mary Kay’s Timewise and after checking the reviews on Beautypedia.com I decided it was time to sampled new products.

After using the various samples I selected a simple 3-step routine that I use morning and night. It’s been about 4 weeks now since I made the switch from Mary Kay to the new product and my skin looks and feels wonderful. The thing I like most about my skin is that it appears tightened, toned, and even the under eye bags don’t seem as prominent. I’ve uploaded pictures demonstrating the 3-steps and below I explain what I’m doing in the photos:

Step 3 a dab of Moisturizer
I just dot the moisturizer all over my face and rub into the skin.

Step 1 Cleanser – Resist Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser: When I used the samples of this cleanser I fell in love with its silky, smooth texture as I worked it into my dampened face. Unlike the previous product I used, this formula is very easy to work with and it wipes off easy with a warm wash cloth. It comes in a convenient pump bottle and it only takes one pump per use.

Step 2 Exfoliant – Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 1% BHA Lotion: This product (which sheds dead skin) also comes in a pump and like the cleanser, I only use one pump each time I use it (a little goes a long way). Then I dot the lotion on my forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin then, gently rub it into my skin. I should note that when I used the sample 3% AHA lotion my skin was tingling so I consulted with one of Paula’s Choice representatives who recommended I try the 1% BHA.

Step 3 Moisturizer Plus SPF – Mary Kay Age-Fighting Moisturizer: Though the TimeWise 3-in-1 Cleanser didn’t score well on Beautypedia.com this moisturizer fared okay due to the SPF. Plus I still had some left and I’m using it until it’s gone. I can tell you that the Resist Cellular Defense Daily Moisturizer SPF 25 samples were very good.

This new skincare routine is so simple and more importantly I love the results I’ve obtained. Next week we’ll review Paula’s Choice Supercharged regimen.

“There are a lot of things that are personally uncomfortable to show, especially me without makeup and completely bloated or crying. But I’ve realized that it’s time for me to show my audience that you don’t have to be perfect to achieve your dreams. Because nobody relates to being perfect.” Katy Perry