Well it was sort of a wasted weekend here at the Okay Corral- I kind of had to work and it was threatening rain so I ended up staying in and doing things that didn’t involve testing out the perfume samples I have. Work stuff would involve other people that I had not met and it is not necessarily the best first impression to be drenched in the latest floral muskrat creation that I am testing and enamored of (because you know if it’s floral muskrat I am going to bathe in it..) So this weekend was the square-jawed dependable FM French Lover (despite the name, something that you would comfortably wear before a judge), Miller Harris Fleurs de Sel, and today (Monday) Guerlain Spiriteuse Double Vanille, perfect for an overcast and drizzly Monday.
But I do have something I can go on about: creams. As I am about to hit another birthday (39 again!) I have found that my skin actually needs moisturizer. Not just when I have been out in the sun or wind, but just in general. Not just the old puss, either, the hands and arms as well. I am not quite at the Crepe Erase years yet (does that stuff work, or is it just Jergens with the Dr Quinn seal of approval?) but I do use some things, three os which are sitting in my office right now.
The first (and one I have been using for a while) is La Roche-Posay Tolerine face moisturizer. I got a kick-ass deal on that one: I think it was free when I replenished a supply of their Anthelios SPF 10000, to which I am devoted, even if it does tend to get in my eyes. The Tolerine is a nice light moisturizer that absorbs fairly quickly and doesn’t feel like Spackle. It’s $22 for 2.5 ounces, but you can usually score a deal on it.
Another is Trader Joe’s Argan Oil hand and body cream. This is one that I picked up a while ago when I was at TJ’s. I mostly bought it as a response to all that use of antibacterial hand sanitizer which is just jellied alcohol and was drying the heck out of my skin. It’s a nice one, and I think it was $5.99 so if you see it, grab it. Trader Joe’s has an annoying habit of dropping things as soon as I find I love them. I don’t see this one on their website but do see it listed on eBay for twice the price. No thanks.
The last is one that I’ve heard of for years but believe it or not never tried. Plain old Nivea, in the tin. Supposedly this is the original one, which is supposed to be 85% of Creme de la Mer for 95% less money. I do have some CdlM and it is all that- I use it when I have had too much sun, and it works, and a small amount goes a loooong way. Several Beauty “Influencers” including no less than RhoNY Betthany Frankel swaers by this stuff, so I had to try. And yes, it is about 85% of the la Mer. I am sure that there are people out there who will tell you it’s just lanolin or Yak Fat and clogging your pores, giving you milia and killing the ozone layer but I find it very moisturizing and if I still faced winters with a chill wind whipping I would likely be putting it on with a trowel. Two giant tins of this (just short of 17 ounces total) are $16 at Amazon, so feel free to trowel away.
So this one has been relatively brief (more people coming to bother me soon). What are your recommendations for face goop? Share in the comments.
All items were purchased by me at the vendors mentioned. Photos are Pexels and mine.