Besides, in the words of Billy Crystal, "It is better to look good than to feel good". And so, before I go quoting myself or archaic SNL sketches again, I'm hereby making an unladylike gesture at reality and just focusing on bringing you the new beauty products I've recently tested out. I hereby give the following my uber-prestigious Pretty Seal of Approval:
(Older house --> limited counter space --> photos atop toilet tanks. It's a glamorous* existence here at the Pretty.)
*As my Twitter friends know, yes, I did have to pause & start singing "G-L-A-M . . ." before typing that. Yes, I am ashamed.
Ahem. Going from left to right:
- Neutrogena "Age Shield Face" SPF 70: I've earned every sun spot & wrinkle, but am now doing my best to keep things from falling further apart. This goes on with a minimum of grease and none of the Casper-the-ghost white filminess that so many sunscreens get. It also blocks UVA & UVB rays, doesn't sting my eyes, costs $10, and does a bunch of other impressive stuff I don't really understand.
- Phytomer "Douceur Marine": Although I look just like Grace Kelly, see above about the sun spots & fair complexion. This does a nice job of moisturizing and evening out my ruddy, combination skin without clogging my pores. This is a pricier buy - around $60 from my aesthetician - but the best I've found after trying many other, including much pricier (rhymes with "La Mer"), options.
- Phytomer "Expertise Age Control": Again, strikes the right moisture balance
or will until the Botox fairy eventually comes for a visit. Nearly as good as my absolute finito eye cream, which you can find here, at a fraction of the price.
- Finacea (prescription only): Same idea as Retin-A, but using a different ingredient and less of a scorched Earth approach. I've found this a better fit for my rosacea & combination skin issues.
And since good hair is just as important as good skin in looking Prettier Than Everyone Else:
- Chi Professional Rocket Low EMF: It may sound and like something out of NASA, complete with flashing Lite Brite-style doodads on the side, but let me assure you - this is the best $100 you will spend on your hair. I've known about and used Chis for years, so when mine tragically perished off the coast of Stockholm, I ordered this upgrade the second I returned home.
This model has cut my drying time by 5 minutes, and those 5 minutes in the morning are of course precious moments I could be spending plotting my eventual Junior League / world (whichever happens first) takeover. Buy this.
Any other new, or new to you, products I should know about?