Confessions of a Beauty Junkie

Friday, May 7, 2010

Nashville Rises

Hey everyone. It's with a heavy heart that I write this feeble little blog entry. Hopefully by now you've seen the news coverage of the devastating flood that overtook my city of Nashville last weekend. It's now being called a "thousand-year flood." My family and I escaped all damage and consider ourselves very, very fortunate. The hubs has diligently worked all week to help our neighbor-friends pull up their waterlogged carpet, hardwood floors, etc. Our neighborhood took a significant hit, as did many other parts of Nashville. Please consider donating to the Red Cross to support relief efforts. Also, there's a new FB group titled "We Are Nashville" that's selling t-shirts to raise relief funds. I'd tell you that being generous makes you beautiful (which I think it does), but I'd rather just admit that so many people here still need so much help. Thanks for considering.

Okay, I feel better. Now, onto my May VIP Williamson County column. I've started dabbling in a few new skincare products, and have been pretty pleased so far. Read and learn, read and learn. Much love, bitches.


‘Hope’...and change?

Now, I know what you’re thinking, and stop it right now. The Beauty Junkie has no desire to wax political (at least not in this column). It’s just not my place. What I DO want to talk about is my newest discoveries in the realm of skincare. Can these products make us look younger and more beautiful than everyday? This Spring, can hope spring eternal? Here’s hoping.

The ever-popular brand Philosophy is a favorite among my group of friends and fellow beauty junkies for their pure skincare and delightfully fragranced bath and body products (if you haven’t tried any of the Amazing Grace products, put this magazine down this very instant and either go to the Cosmetic Market or click over to www.philosophy.com-- do not pass “go,” do not collect $200). Besides the gentle formulas, I get a kick out of the clever product names and the uplifting vignettes on the packaging (and even recipes, like the Cinnamon Buns bath and shower gel). I hadn’t ventured very far into the skincare line, until one of my besties asked if I’d tried the Hope Springs Eternal deep sea ultra-fine hydrating mist.  She also suffers from dry, sensitive, easily-angered skin, and is always going on and on about the Hope in a Jar moisturizer and Purity Made Simple one-step cleanser. I hadn’t tried Hope Springs Eternal, and apparently that had to change ASAP, and my gracious-- this stuff rules the school. This affordable pump bottle of delicate mist is the perfect answer for everything from allergy attacks to dehydrated skin to keeping loose powder and mineral foundation from looking too matte. Stash it in the fridge during the summer for a quick, refreshing cool-down. Hope Springs Eternal has a lovely, non-irritating scent, thanks to sea minerals, and can be used all day, everyday, without aggravating sensitive skin. Rest assured that, once a travel size is available, I will keep one in every room of my house... and my car... and my purse...

Hope Springs Eternal was just one of a three-product trilogy from Philosophy I’d decided to try over the past several weeks, and I’m so very glad I did. Upon my first use of When Hope is Not Enough extra moisturizing cleanser, I noticed its consistency: not a gel, not a liquid, more of a squishy balm. The language on the tube says that a little goes a long way, and I found that to be spot-on. I was left with a squeaky-clean, makeup-free face that was neither tight nor dry. (Apparently, omega fatty acids prevent the skin from being dried out during the cleansing process.) I love it. You will too. When Hope is Not Enough spans an entire line of anti-aging skincare for dry, dehydrated skin, ranging from body scrub to daily serum capsules. After cleansing and misting, I slap on some of the Hope in a Jar daily moisturizer with SPF 20. I usually look for a daytime lotion with a higher SPF, but layering mineral foundation over Hope in a Jar doubles up on sun protection. Furthermore, it’s very hard to find a moisturizer with broad-spectrum SPF that doesn’t irritate or roll up under foundation and isn’t greasy (it’s also available oil-free). Hope in a Jar has it nailed, y’all. All three products together add up to less than a hundred bucks, which is hard to beat for quality anti-aging skincare.

Once I had ‘hope’-ful skin, I could return to my obsession: eyelashes. Y’all know how hell-bent I am on getting full, long, glossy lashes, and I’m still too cheap to try Latisse (and too chicken to order the generic knockoff online). So, naturally, that led me to the over-the-counter versions of lash-boosting serums. I snagged L’Oreal’s Lash Boosting Serum a couple weeks ago, after I’d already tried its corresponding Double Extend Lash Boosting Mascara and been a bit underwhelmed. I was excited about the idea of a primer with a lash-fortifying serum built right in, but alas-- like most other drugstore mascara-and-primer duos, I ended up with lashes with plenty of length and not nearly enough volume. The primer claims to, over time, produce fuller, longer lashes, as does the serum. (For the record, so does my beloved Lancome Oscillation Power Booster mascara primer.) I’m still using the serum at night and under mascara in the morning, and haven’t seen much improvement yet. I guess I’ll keep using... and hoping.

Buying Guide

Philosophy: Cosmetic Market- Green Hills, Cool Springs, Hillsboro Village
L’Oreal: local drugstores