Six Easy Pieces

No…I’m not referring to the classic Jack Nicholson movie by almost the same title – but if you haven’t seen it, get thee to Netflix (or whoever you download films from) and watch “Five Easy Pieces.”   There is a scene in which Jack’s character is in a diner and trying to get toast to go with his meal.  Imagine the Stones singing “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” in the background.

But you…you can get what you want.  And easily, to boot!  Recently, a beautiful young friend, who shall remain unnamed, said that she’d reached that age where she couldn’t go out without make-up anymore. Then she changed it to, she could…but she shouldn’t.  I have to disagree, her skin is amazing. 

I know a few women around my age who still have amazing skin – they shunned the sun, while I smeared baby oil all over mine and tanned gloriously.  Fire Island! The Hamptons! Who could blame me?  Now…it’ll take a bit of dermabrasion, or lasers, to erase all of that fun!  

For the rest of us, who prefer not to go out bare-faced,  here are six quick and easy steps to cover uneven skin tone, add sunscreen, maintain moisture, and have everyone looking into your eyes and eating out of your hand! image

  1.    A creamy moisturizer with Vitamin C, applied to damp skin.
  2.    BB or CC cream, applied with a moistened sponge.
  3.   A matte eye shadow in a color to compliment, not match,  your eyes.  e.g. – mine are greenish, so I use a pale mauve. Blue?  Use soft coral.  Brown? Use a rich beige or soft cream.
  4.   Brow powder. Since our brows thin as we age. Brows are the frame around a beautiful painting. The finishing touch.
  5.   You could skip this, but I love a thin eyeliner smudged on my top lid along my lashes. You can do lower, too. But never lower only!
  6. Last step – mascara.  I recently learned a new trick: take a tissue and clean of your brush before applying it. It goes on cleaner, no clumps.

So there you have it.  A fast morning routine that will have you protected, and feeling sexy, in under ten minutes!  A swipe of tinted lipgloss, or sheer lipstick, a dash of perfume,  and you are ready for whatever the day may throw at you.

(For my gentlemen readers – After shaving,  I really encourage you to use a moisturizer with an SPF 25 or 30. Carry it up to your hairline, and on your ears and your neck. Ooh, remember cologne!)

XO  Donna

Here comes the sun

austinbigWe’ve had a remarkable spring here in Austin, Texas! It’s been cool, cloudy and rainy…some people are even complaining that it feels like Seattle. As if!  It feels like the good old days. The days before the drought that has lasted for years, began. The grass is green. The plants are flowering. The vines are snaking their way up trees, across fence tops and twining all through their trellises, and the smell of Star Jasmine fills the air. Pretty. Magnificent.

(Amazing photo by Debra Lineberger, 2012)

But…the sun will come out tomorrow. Or later this afternoon. It will burn off the clouds and will be just-what-everyone-needs, for a while. Then it will become hot. Unbearably hot.  XXX Texas hot!

The point of this is that May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and this is a friendly reminder. Skin cancer is the most preventable type of cancer…if you take precautions and protect yourself. Sunscreen is your friend! And avoiding the sun between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. when the sun’s rays are the strongest is a good idea. Get your exercize in early…which is when it’s coolest here, anyway.

For you younger people: Mr. Sun dissolves collagen and elastin in the skin. These are the elements that keep your skin smooth, full, and wrinkle-free. Working on your tan ages you faster. And trust me, it all comes fast enough!

For we ‘sexy-past-sixties’: let’s circle-the-wagons, and minimize any further damage.

For everyone: Remember to put sunscreen on your hands whenever you’re out. (We seem to remember our necks, faces and decolletage, but rarely our hands). They will give your age away faster than a jealous cousin!

A broad-spectrum, physical sun-block (containing zinc-oxide or titanium dioxide) is best at protecting you from UVA and UVB rays. (A = aging. B = burning).  You should wear sunscreen every day, whether it’s sunny, partly cloudy, or cloudy. Whether you’re running errands for a few minutes, or playing a game of tennis mid-morning!   It is NOT a myth that the left side of your face ages faster from driving because of accumulated sun exposure coming through the window of your car! And your hands – Mr. Sun is shining on them as they grasp the steering wheel to get you where you’re going – please protect them.

CLINIQUE CCThe easiest way I have found to protect my skin daily is by adding a CC cream on top of my sunscreen.  Yes, I’m still pushing BB/CC creams…if only I could get one of them to sponsor me!  I love them, I believe in them, I use them!  If you have a favorite make-up line, see if they formulate a BB or CC cream. If not, go to Sephore or Ulta and ask someone there for a recommendation based on  your skin type, and how you want the cream to feel. Dewey, (no, not Donald Duck’s nephew) and moist, or a powdery finish. Super lightweight, or more coverage. Try them on. A quick perusal of Sephora’s website revealed BB and CC creams from:  Clinique, Urban Decay, Sephora’s own, Boscia, Bobbi Brown, Dr. Brandt, Shisheido, Peter Thomas Roth and many, many more!  

What is the difference between a BB and a CC cream, you ask?  Well, BB creams are lighter (generally) than foundations, provide coverage + skin care benefits such as an SPF and anti-oxidants, depending on the brand. CC stands for Color Correcting – useful for correcting redness and sallowness by utilizing light-reflecting particles. They are generally more lightweight on the skin, with a fluffier feel. Think of them as an improved version of the BB creams that can be even better for mature skin!

Here’s a great link from Allure:  umbrella drink

For now, I will continue enjoying this cool weather and it’s verdant results…but I know, some like it hot!  Get ready by applying your sunscreen, adding some CC cream and a luscious lip gloss, find a shady spot and stick a little umbrella in your cocktail! 

XO Donna