By Estelle Sobel Erasmus
As a former magazine beauty editor, editor-in-chief (Woman’s Own, Hachette Filipacchi’s Body by Jake, Esthetique) and co-author of Beautiful Skin: Every Woman’s Guide to Looking her Best at Any Age (Adams Media), I’ve seen just about every kind of beauty product come across my desk.
From Dior to Avon, the new makeup lines appeared on my desk or in boxes waiting to be unwrapped for the staff to ooh and aah over. It was anathema to me to not put on a full face of makeup for work or play. I also used makeup to cover up the reddish tone to my skin caused by my sensitive skin and mild case of rosacea.
That all changed once I became pregnant with my daughter. Since it was hard enough to move around grounded by the weight of my belly, any kind of artifice lost its allure, and I found myself eschewing makeup and focusing on just keeping my skin looking its best. Less is more became my mantra. So I washed with Cetaphil and used a moisturizer from my dermatologist. And that was my routine. Period.
It took a year or so after giving birth to my daughter that I realized I wanted to start wearing coverup or foundation again . But, this time, I was super picky about what I was putting on my face. It had to feel good, look better; and be moisturizing as well as luminizing, to replace the glow I’d lost after late hours and indulging in worrying, my special favorite pastime as a new parent.
Searching for products in the drugstore or even retail stores was hard. Many did not do a good color match, and the result was an orangey sheen or so yellow that I looked like I had a mild case of scurvy. I found a foundation I liked by MAC, but recently they have stopped making it since they say they are reformulating it, read: I’ll never see it again. Sad horns.
Then as if by magic, I recently discovered L’Oreal Paris Magic Skin Beautifying BB Cream in the color Fair, a perfect match for my skin tone.
I was ready for a change. So I washed my face and dotted it on it on-just one side for starters, making sure to blend carefully with my fingertips.
The invisible beads in the products instantly changed to my skin tone and It made the blotchiness (that I normally cover with a dab of foundation) go away. I also don’t think anyone needs to wear primer or foundation if you’re wearing this product.
(And by the way, the only redness on my cheeks is from blush.) I think I’m also going to check if they have a product for more mature skin that offers even more hydration to my super dry, sensitive skin.
In the meantime, I’m so glad to finally have a go-to-product I can just throw in my bag for an anytime glow.
What’s your go-to-beauty product?
Disclosure: I received a free sample of the product from the SheSpeaks Blogger Society to review. However, as always, the opinions and comments are my own.