Remember the fable about the Emperor’s New Clothes? Are we as cosmetic consumers prone to that same power of suggestion? Cosmetic labeling can either make or break a product, regardless of what is actually inside the bottle. We expect, without fail, that a magic jar of cream with an equally incredible price tag will yield worthy results.
Products coax us to dust the cobwebs off our credit cards with promises of a more refreshing and youthful appearance. That one little vial can remedy our dull, tired, lackluster (I love that one) skin and eradicate the dark circles and bags with one pat-pat-pat of a fingertip.
Wikipedia states: “Cosmetics are substances used to enhance the appearance or odor of the human body.” Hmm. Far less romantic and hopeful than what it says on the outside of that box of serum I just got.
After over 2 decades as a cosmetic consumer and 15+ years with my nose to the lip glossy grindstone, I’ve come to the realization that while there is no miracle in a jar, the proper use of good skin care products definitely can improve the quality of skin and provide undeniable anti-aging properties. For many of us, the mere act of self-pampering can lower stress levels and gives us a chance to focus on our feminine side.
So where do I sign?
Pictured: NEW! Shu Uemura Ultime8 Sublime Cleansing Oil (Launches July 5).
← Minnie (she looks good in blue eye shadow!) & me at Aulani Character Breakfast
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TOO FACED LA CREME COLOR DRENCHED LIP CREAM ($21, toofaced.com). With whimsical names like Marshmallow Bunny and Honey Bear, these richly colored lip colors get serious and hydrate lips with white lotus flower and power peptides.
♥ BOBBI BROWN DESERT TWILIGHT PALETTE ($60, bobbibrowncosmetics.com). A beautiful dusky palette of 8 shades ranging from Chocolate Mauve to Water Color Pink Sparkle. BLISS FAT GIRL SIX PACK ($38, sephora.com). A tool/formula duo that will help sculpt a firmer, more toned mid-section. Yes – you still have to exercise! ♥ CAUDALIE DIVINE OIL ($48, sephora.com). This gorgeously scented multi-purpose oil leaves hair and skin deliciously dewy – not greasy. ♥ ALGENIST TARGETED DEEP WRINKLE MINIMIZER ($45, sephora.com). Concentrated priming gel uses alguronic acid to plump and smooth deep wrinkles and uneven skin texture. Works wonders on wrinkly lip lines. THIERRY MUGLER ANGEL AQUA CHIC EDT ($85). An aromatic water infused fragrance featuring a fresh take on a delicious classic.
♥ – Tried it. Loved it. (Images: bobbibrowncosmetics.com, sephora.com)
La Mer The Brightening Infusion Intense ($95, cremedelamer.com). Discoloration and skin sensitivity are my two biggest skin challenges. More often than not, products meant to quell those telling age-spots leave my skin bumpy and red. This pre-treatment toner-step sea gel targets dark spots and soothes sensitivity in one step.
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This potent sea gel delivers extreme brightening and is designed to target dark spots and boost the benefits of The Brightening Essence Intense. With the nutrient-rich Miracle Broth™, the heart of La Mer’s profound powers of transformation, tone looks more even, skin is immersed in moisture, sensitivities soothed, radiance restored.