Happy Friday friends! Yes, it’s sad, but true – I am 1 day away from turning the big 4-0! Honestly, I can’t believe it! The age I ALWAYS think of when people ask how old I am is 34, soooo I’m stayin’ 34!!!
That said, there are a few skin / skincare products I am relying HEAVILY on as I enter my 40’s, and they are as follows:
IT Cosmetics I’ve mentioned this brand before, but have since fallen in LOVE with their products. I started with their Bye Bye Under Eye because I started feeling like my under eye area needed a little special attention & my goodness this product DELIVERS! The tiniest amount worked like a charm! No more dark circles!!! Next, I moved on to their “famous” Your Skin But Better CC Cream. I liked the fact that this product was infused with an anti-aging serum made of hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, niacin, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and vitamins A, B, C and E. I mean, all of that in a CC cream? Yes, please! Not to mention the fact that this CC cream has amazing coverage…..never cracks or creases! Again, too, the TINIEST amount goes a LONG way! It’s truly incredible! The third product by IT that I am currently “waiting” to try is their Confidence In Your Glow which is a blush, bronzer & highlighter all in one palette! I am in desperate need of both a good blush (that stays put) and bronzer, so I was immediately drawn to this product! I love that fact that it includes a highlighter too! I can’t wait to get it (just ordered it yesterday)! I’ll share my “full review” soon, so stay tuned! I just can’t say enough good things about these products & apparently I’m not the only one because they are receiving RAVE REVIEWS everywhere! Follow IT and IT’s CEO Jamie Kern Lima on Instagram! The transformation videos are INCREDIBLE! (***IT is currently doing their “Friends and Family” promotion where you get 25% off all products and FREE SHIPPING on orders over $30! Simply use the code: ITFRIEND17 for the amazing discount!***) In the future I’ll definitely share my own before / after, so stay tuned….
(Whoops – almost forgot that I also use IT’s Bye Bye Poreless Finish Airbrush Powder to set my concealer & CC cream. It seriously leaves your skin looking like you used a fancy Instagram filter. It’s that good!
SELF TANNING: I cringe when I think about all of the damage I probably did to my skin while I was in college – – – like MULTIPLE trips to the tanning bed each week! Ugh! That said, I still LOVE a good healthy glow & rely HEAVILY on self tanners to work their magic! I admit, too, that I’ve tried TONS & have finally settled on ONE that I’d consider the BEST I’ve tried ….. It’s called Flawless by Fake Bake & it is incredible! It’s a spray that you actually spray onto a glove to apply. It’s seriously foolproof & the color is always perfect! I use this product every other day & maintain a healthy glow all winter long! LOVE it! (Not to mention, it DOES NOT STINK! Another HUGE bonus!) It’s a #1 seller on Amazon & for under $13, you can’t beat the price!!! Try it!!!!
Neutrogena Skincare & Botox (yes, Botox): I’ve relied heavily on Neutrogena skincare products for several years. Yes, I’ve also dabbled in some pricier lines (which definitely WORK), but I keep going back to good old Neutrogena. As I’ve gotten older I’ve noticed my skin has gotten more dry, the tone a little more uneven and those darn creases in my forehead have continued to multiply! For my skin’s texture and tone, I use these four products: 1. Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser (to cleanse/hydrate my skin AND remove makeup) 2. Neutrogena Rapid Tone Repair (AM) for uneven skin tone 4. Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair with Retinol (PM) for fine lines & wrinkles 3. Neutrogena Dark Circle Repair for dark circles (works miracles quickly). This little combo is GREAT (and all easily / inexpensively available via good old Amazon)!! I highly recommend all of these Neutrogena products! Next up….the Botox. I love it. Now, would you have known if I hadn’t told you? If you answered no….then, that’s the point AND my esthetician does a great / very conservative job! I started getting Botox regularly a few years ago & haven’t looked back. I don’t feel like the amount I get (forehead area – most of it, especially those lines between my brows) is that excessive. I just think it makes me look more “refreshed.” It’s definitely an investment, but one I feel I can justify if the results last up to 4 months AND it makes me feel better about myself. If you’re considering Botox, my advice is to find someone you trust (recommendations from friends / family), don’t try to find the cheapest price (that can be sketchy), and start small. I think the first time I had 20 units done which is like the bare minimum. It allowed me to see just how good it looked with those pesky forehead lines smoothed out….and then I went back for more! If you live here on the Northside of Indianapolis, I highly recommend Simply Skin. Tell them Jamie sent you!
Body Lotion: I know I’ve raved about the Coconut Body Butter from Trader Joe’s & I also LOOOOOOOVE the entire OGX line found at Target (yay!) I use the Coconut Miracle Oil Lotion. It smells AMAZING!
Phew….that’s a lot of products for this old bod! Haha! Seriously, though, this is all SUCH GOOD STUFF! I highly recommend all of it (especially the Botox – haha)!!!
That’s it for this “old girl” on Friday afternoon! I just got back from an amazing lunch at my fave spot (Patachou) with two of my fave ladies! I hope you all have a great day & an even better weekend! Cheers to 40!!
xo – Jamie