I have never really been interested in wearing makeup….actually, I have never worn makeup. Maybe that’s what attracted my husband to me. In fact, I know it was. He prefers his women without makeup. In fact, most men that I speak to prefer women without makeup. Probably the reason why I don’t wear any makeup is largely due to the fact I’ve been blessed with pretty decent skin – my German mother has beautiful European milky skin which looks way younger than her physical age of 60+… people always comment on her not looking her age, and I used to be the same – always getting asked for ID up until the last few years. But now all of my early years of laying out in the sun tanning (remember, this was the 80s and 90s!) and not wearing sunglasses until recently, have finally caught up with me and skin. Now that I’m in my 30s, I’ve noticed crow’s feet developing, wrinkles around my nose from too much squinting in the sun, and the fine lines around the mouth… and I don’t even smoke!! As a result, I’ve started to take an active interest in facial skin care. My daily facial routine takes less than 15 minutes a day. To put myself into a skin-type category, I would have to say that my skin would fall into the oily t-zone category with normal cheeks.
My daily facial skin care routine:
- Nivea cleansing wipes – I alternate between the Pure & Natural and the exfoliating ones. I also cut these in half before I use them – I find that one wipe is too big therefore unnecessary, and it extends the life of one packet of wipes. Mostly I buy them when they’re on a half price special at one of the supermarkets!
- ALDI Lacura night moisturiser. My mum once read an article about how this brand was rated the #1 facial moisturiser in the UK.
I found a sample of Loreal Paris Revitalift Magic Blur cream in a magazine. The word “blur” seems to be the flavour of the month – it’s the new BB cream (which, mind you, I have never tried)!! Whilst I initially thought the sample was a moisturiser, I quickly put it on before I went to work. Little did I know that the sample was more of an after product – like a finishing cream to put on AFTER moisturiser – I realised this while I was driving in the car on the way to work – a quick check in the rearview mirror showed my skin to be slightly lighter in colour and it had a slight powdery feel to it. Although I don’t like makeup, I was still intrigued. When I got to work, I googled the product and discovered there was a magic blur moisturiser – although I could not bring myself to buy it, as it felt as though I was starting down the path of wearing makeup. The price of the moisturiser was a little off-putting as it retailed around $32 for a jar.
The saving grace was Woolworths – they had it on special for $21. Most of my expensive skin care purchases end up in the back of the bathroom cupboard – I try them once, decide it isn’t suited to me and move onto the next product. The amount of guilt I feel for purchasing all of these products and not using them is ridiculous, which is why I now seriously think about the purchase and decide if I REALLY need it. Was this just going to be another purchase that will end up with the other unused products?
Regardless of what time I drag myself out of bed in the morning, I always end up rushing in the last 5 minutes before I leave for work – this is the time where I brush my teeth and apply face products. I opened the Magic Blur with excited anticipation – the first thing I noticed was the scent of the product – a strong fruity smell. The cream itself is pink, and quite thick. I tried to quickly smooth it onto my skin, but the thickness (and probably the ingredients) prevents it from being quickly smoothed onto the skin. It takes a level of concentration and a small commitment of time to put it on. I felt as though it doesn’t absorb into the skin quite as readily as the Olay Total Effects moisturiser. It leaves a powdery finish on the skin. It almost instantly lightens the skin (which doesn’t affect me – I have pale skin anyway!) I drove to work again with the sinking feeling of purchasing yet another expensive moisturising product that I’ll never use again. The cream, aimed at 35-55 year olds, claims to improve skin tone in one month, along with reducing wrinkles and firmer feeling skin. The good thing about this product is that it doesn’t specify what type of skin you need to have in order to use this product – most likely a “one size fits all” cream.
One of my bedrooms has a whole heap of natural light coming into it – so I try to avoid walking past the mirrored wardrobe doors, as seeing my “true beauty” in natural light hits WAY too close to home!! But walking past this door on Christmas morning made me do a double-take – my skin did seem a bit smoother and lighter and it made me want to keep on using the moisturiser. I am also biased to German-made products, which this is (I noticed not so long ago that Olay Total Effects is made in Thailand – which disappoints me – I support Australian-made products, with German-made products coming a close second). I have only been using the Magic Blur cream for around four days now, but I am extremely curious as to how my skin will look and feel after 30 days. We can only wait and see!!!
Two in three women ‘wear too much makeup': Men say they prefer the natural look
Do men actually prefer the ‘no make-up’ look or is it a big lie?