It’s never too late to get on the bandwagon for “new” trends in cosmetics and beauty. And it seems that color correctors are the latest and greatest.
Here’s the weird thing. I’ve always been under the impression that yellow neutralized blue. I have yellow product to prove it. But orange? No. Just. No. Who has time to put all this on their faces anyway? Wait. That dark pink next to the green–do I put that OVER the green to neutralize it?
The funny thing is-I distinctly remember a product by Revlon back in the early 1970’s when I was in high school. My face has always had a tendency toward rosacea. Otherwise known as the “Irish Glow”. And I purchased this green liquid that promised to get rid of redness.
It did. I walked around with a green pallor on my face until the school nurse stopped me in the hall and suggested my parents take me to the doctor for blood work.
That was the last time I used a color corrector.
The green color corrector didn’t work for me back then!
Fast forward to now. I managed to get the gist of contouring. In fact, I really do like the way contouring gives my features more definition and softens the angles of my bone structure.
And my skin still gets red. And now that I’m aging, I’ve noticed a hint of blue under my eyes and in the corners of my eyes.
I love my Well-Rested concealer, which I am never without. It still remains the best concealer I own. And I do have two other products for getting the “blue” out. One is a yellow cream by e.l.f. and the other is more like a whipped mousse by Mally. Both do a decent job, but both take more time and effort to “get it right”.
Bottom is another e.l.f. product. A creamy yellow to get rid of the blue–or purple. Above that is the Mally corrector. A little of that goes a long, long, long way!
Anyway, on a recent trip to Target, I stopped by the e.l.f. cosmetics display to see what was new and inexpensive. I came across a color correcting palette—Corrective Concealer Palette to be exact. At $3.00, I couldn’t resist.
There are four little creams in this palette. It’s actually pretty sturdy. It comes with a built-in mirror and a little brush. (The brush is a waste). The colors correct and neutralize.
Yellow, Blue (or is it Lavander) Green and Peach make for a colorful face. Actually these are supposed to help take color away!
The only two I’ve used are the yellow and the green.
The first time I used this, I went with a bit of a heavy hand. The second time, I went a bit lighter. I ended up applying the product with a damp beauty sponge and blended very well. I’m not gonna lie or give you alternative facts on this.
I’m tellin’ it like it is when it comes to cosmetics!
It takes a while to blend this stuff in. The consistency of the cream is great for more mature skin because it is more hydrating.
You can see the blotchy redness on my face before applying any product.
Green and yellow will make my skin look more even in tone. I just realized my nose is crooked!
But when I have to get ready for work in the morning, I want a fast face. In between lingering sips of my morning coffee and checking social media, because social media is the only form of social life I happen to have, taking tissues out of Chippy’s mouth, and getting my fake hair ready, I don’t want to spend a ton of time trying to get the red off my face or the blue away from my eyes.
Welcome to my morning! THIS is what I spend the most time on. Taking tissues away from Chippy. Tissues are his favorite snack food!
Did it work? Yeah. But nothing that concealer and foundation wouldn’t do faster. I’m beginning to think that less is more these days with all these products. My routine is just that. A routine. I put moisturizer on and follow with primer. I give myself five minutes to let the primer soak in then I start with the other cosmetics.
This photo was taken after I left the office for the day. The redness is covered. BUT, I also have foundation on and my foundation outlasted the ashes from the morning!
I don’t want to add any more time to my already hectic morning schedule. After all, I am a bit on the lazy side….
The colors in the palette remind me of Spring, which is just three weeks away. Spring reminds me of Easter. Speaking of which, yesterday was Fat Tuesday. The day before the Lenten season begins. I ate a ton of these beautiful pastel Robin’s Eggs. Delicious chocolate covered malted milk balls in the shape of eggs and covered with a pastel candy coating. I ate so many I almost laid eggs this morning!
I would have been better off rubbing those yellow eggs under my eyes instead of them going right to my hips. And YES. I ate all of these. I was afraid to go to the bathroom this morning in fear I would lay a couple of these eggs! They don’t call it “Fat” Tuesday for nothin’!
And Easter reminds me of Lent. My old-school memories of Lent are not ones of suffering and giving up things I love in order to sacrifice. My memories are fond ones. In fourth grade I gave up sugar and surprisingly to this day, I still have tea with no sugar. Some things last forever.
I remember the nuns taking us over to church for what seemed like hours on Friday afternoons. Oh wait. It was for hours!
This is an example of the kind of nuns that would march us over to church during Friday afternoons in Lent. What a start to the weekend!
And those nuns put the fear of God in me. We have a very old crucifix at home. It’s one of those old-school ones that slides open and inside are candles and a small bottle of holy water. And there are two holes drilled into this cross in which the candles are placed.
OK. Jesus fell off the crucifix some years ago. BUT–I’m afraid to nail him back on the cross for obvious reasons! I’m not nailing HIM back to the cross. And he’s too heavy to glue. I’ll just tie him with a ribbon….
This is if you need “Last Rites”. Or, as it used to be called, “Extreme Unction”. If someone is dying or that sick, I don’t think the dramatic ones, such as myself, would be thinking of getting the candles and holy water out of the crucifix. It’s too extreme!
WTF??? What an awful name for a sacrament!! This man doesn’t look too happy to be seeing Hipster Jesus or the Angels. I don’t think he wants to go just yet!
And I remember all the women going to church and wearing hats or mantillas on their heads. Covering a woman’s head was so important back then that my mother carried tissues and bobby pins in her purse. Just in case we happened to stop by church to pray. I’m not kidding. This is true. Tissues. On the head. I always double-checked to make sure they were not used.
Only Catholics would walk around with tissues on their heads. It’s an added way of suffering!
Today I went to Mass and not only was there nary a hat or mantilla in sight, but one girl had a pair of shorts so short that her origin of the world was practically exposed! Things change over time.
If I can find one of these mantillas I’m going to start going back to Mass on a weekly basis. I want to be like Jackie! Maybe I’ll get gloves too!
Lent always has a special place in my soul and my heart. I think it’s because I miss those days of ritual. I miss those Friday afternoons in church. While we were supposed to be praying, my mind would oftentimes wander to other things that had nothing to do with the Lent or Christ’s suffering. I was usually thinking of what I would be doing on the weekend.
Or perhaps it’s the fun I had at the Friday Night Fish Fry’s at the Hibernian Hall in Hamilton when we lived in New Jersey. It was a community of people who got together and just had a great time. To this day, my kids talk about those fish fry’s!
Hands down. Best part of Lent is the Fish Fry!
And I liken Hipster Jesus’ 40 days in the desert with Satan’s temptation to that of the four years of suffering that I will go through with Trump as (notmy) president.
Jesus got off easy. He only had to deal with 40 days of Satan. I gotta deal with four years of the new Satan! I’ll pray he goes away. For good!
Either way you look at it, the next 40 days will be a time when I won’t give up my gutter mouth. Nor will I give up the occasional piece of candy or cake. Instead, it will be a time when I’ll just try to be a kinder person.
And I will be much kinder because “Awards Season” is over so I have nobody to snark on! Oh..those Oscar dresses–truly tasteless for the most part!
Enjoy this first day of March. The warmer weather is on the way and the days are getting longer. We’ve got good times to look forward to!
I’ve been listing to Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” in my car—and love listing to “Spring” because it’s just around the corner! It’s so beautiful. Don’t you think?