I have been doing spring cleaning throughout my house and I have finally gotten to all of my make-up and beauty products. I have always loved trying out new products. Somehow, while living my life, I got side-tracked and even though I still bought new products, I never had the time or energy to try them out.
Well, I now have the time and energy (divorced and currently not working), so I am getting rid of the old and trying out the new!! I am excited about all of the products out there for me to try. But because of limited funds, I can't just buy up everything like I used to. I have to do my research and purchase wisely.
I am currently passionate about sunscreen. Anyone who knows me is totally shocked by that statement because up until two years ago, I could care less about (and rarely wore) it!! And, if I did, I would only use SPF 2 (yes, really!). I have never burned in all my years of unprotected suntanning. That luck ran out July 4, 2008 when I got sunburned at a pool party which ended up leaving me with a blotch on my forehead and one on each cheek. I tried many products, including:
I tried the Clinique product first. Luckily, it didn't cost me a thing because I had a gift card from Macy's which covered the price. I used it for 4-5 months per instructions. It didn't do a thing.
Next, I tried the Garnier Nutritioniste product. I used that for about 5-6 months last year. It didn't do anything either.
My friend also had the same blotchy patches on her face and used the Ambi product. She said it was only $4.00 or $5.00 and really worked. So, I figured, why not??? Well, I tried it and although the patches have not disappeared completely, they have faded quite a bit!! Even my mom noticed it one day when she came over and I didn't have any make-up on. She wanted to know what I had done to make the spots fade. Go figure, the cheapest product did the best job!?!
I know I said earlier that I never had the time/energy to try out new products, but I really did try those creams out. I just kept the bottles w/my make-up, etc so it was just a part of my daily routine.
So....back to sunscreen. I read somewhere that the highest SPF you should use is 30 since anything on the market over that doesn't do any more than SPF 30. So, last year I started using :
But I still love color on my skin. I have tried a couple of lotions:
I actually haven't used them on a regular basis so I can't say if they really work or not. I never seem to have the patience or time to stand around waiting for the lotion to dry before getting dressed. I have used the Jergens Natural Glow on my face the past 3 days so we'll see if it works. I guess since I now have the time I can have the patience to wait for the lotion to dry before dressing, right?!
At some point, I bought Banana Boat's Summer Cooler self-tanning mist. I just found it in a cupboard in my bathroom......unopened!! So, I thought I would now go ahead and test it out. That, apparently, won't happen since it expired 6/2009.
I found some after-sun lotions in my cupboard. Only the Solarcaine products are new (I bought them last year):
What sun products do you use??
I'm now off to tackle my moisturizers and make-up. I know I'll be throwing a lot of stuff out!! I'll be doing this while watching So You Think You Can Dance and then the Top Chef Masters finale.