Your Face is your Story - So you better keep it Real!- Sabine Reichel http://grayinlosangeles.blogspot.com
I have an uncomplicated relationship with beauty and cosmetics. Lucky that I am (thanks Mom!) I still have some (at 69) what is called "flawless" pale skin. I never smoked, never drank much alcohol or any soft drinks, never fried for hours in the sun. Didn't like any of it. Boring? Worked for me.
It's all very simple. Age means more wrinkles, drier skin, mostly on the body, and very dry hair when it's gray! Logic: Less decorative cosmetics, more rich body lotions, hand creams and hair oils. Less showers, too (especially in California).
Once made up like a model - I've dropped it all after 50, just like any other pretense and became a minimalist. You are You! Finally. No raccoon-eyes and too dark lipstick for me. My motto is: Don’t enhance your eyes, enhance your views. Look for your buried dreams not BB-cream on sale.
So, instead of wasting loads of money on useless magical anti-wrinkle-creams, I travel, discuss hot topics with strangers, laugh a lot, buy books and eat good food.
What's really good is that I have a lifelong love affair with cheap drug-store-cosmetics I can pick by myself (also in foreign countries!) since I dread snooty cosmetic counter ladies. So my trick is the mix - a little bit like with clothes. I only rarely throw in a few items that are fancy and expensive -which is much more fun.
So - right now I clean my face with "Facial Foam Cleanser" from "Trader Joe's" (6.99), the best I think. I recently bought organic Korean Ginseng Milk from Erboria (39 $) for my face lotion. Feel guilty about the price! And equally guilty about another item, but what can you do, right?
Hands, a dark topic. Why, oh why did I touch even one dish without using rubber gloves in the last 25 years? L'Occitane has the best Shea Butter hand cream, it's very rich and expensive (28 $) but I have to be nice to my abused hands!
I always wear a little makeup and sunscreen since I'm 25, only because an old charming skin specialist once explained that it protects you from the environment. My sister bought me Georgio Armani "Maestro Fusion Makeup" in a chic black compact with a 29 sunscreen. It's light beige and creamy, I like that. No powder for me.
My other "best friend" is a concealer - a must for under-eyes and dark spots. I have a liquid one from NARS and a stick from "Wet n Wild" (2.99$).
I was born to wear lipstick till I drop dead, and I'm sticking to it. I'm not even dropping my trash without putting on lipstick. I'm often asked which brand and color I'm wearing. Many different ones. I go by shades. I have gray hair so I ALWAYS pick only dark pink, fuchsia, wine and mauve tones, or the famed DIOR red, which is really good but expensive.
I adore SEPHORA, so there is one shade of their own cream lipsticks called "Private Selfie" (No 51) that I like (12.99). On the cheap front: NYC lipsticks (from 2.99) and Wet n Wild (from 1.99), all in drugstores. Never buy matte lipsticks.
Last not least. I have two staples that always work:
Being German, of course I still use NIVEA (only in the blue tin, no tubes!) cause I grew up with it. It's perfect for lips, removing eye-makeup and carrying around in your handbag. The other one is Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (in a jar, for 5.99 $) from "Trader Joe's" - that can go anywhere: your hair, your legs and your frying pan.
My cheapest and most effective beauty-secret is simple and can be used by anybody (including men!). I'm not crazy about the vertical lip-lines, and so I smile a lot. And I mean naturally! First, because I see the funny and absurd side in everything (that philosophy grows in age), secondly, because I'm friendly and like to smile at people and connect. The result is natural Botox and a life not filled with fillers but humor and gratefulness for the fact that I still can put on lipstick by myself!