Finding My New Makeup Routine

Makeup over 40

Getting older is not easy.  The aches and pains, struggle with staying in shape, and changes with my skin.  I noticed my face becoming more combination skin than it had ever been and all my fine lines becoming more defined.  I realized that my everyday makeup and skin care routine was just not working anymore.  So, I set out to try new brands and products.  After spending a ton of money on foundations (that I never had to wear before), powders, mascaras (mine old one all of a sudden started to run on my under eyes), eyebrow pencils (never had to use before), moisturizers, anti-aging creams, and finally eye creams…….. I finally found the perfect products for me.

IT Cosmetics!     

First of all it is important to mention that most of IT cosmetics contain an SPF of 50 and all contain anti-aging ingredients.

I struggle with wearing a foundation.  I hate the feeling of anything on my face and I never had to wear a foundation prior to turning 40 something…  I absolutely love their Bye Bye Foundation Full Coverage Moisturizer with SPF 50.  It is so light on my skin and a very little goes a long way, so my skin looks like my skin and not covered in heavy makeup. I use the Fair Light shade for reference.

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Next, I had to find a powder.  You actually do not need a powder with the Bye Bye Foundation as it dries matte, but I just like to set everything with a powder.  I found Bye Bye Pores Pressed Anti- Aging Finishing Powder.  LOVE IT!  The color is translucent so it does not layer more color on your face and just softens the look of your foundation.   I pair it with the Bye Bye Pores Blush and combined they make my skin look and feel so soft.  And my pores disappear!

Now, for my mascara problem.  The mascara I had been using since I was in my teens (literally) started to flake and run.  It looked terrible!  I guess my eyelids and lashes are more oily.  Since I had so much luck with the other IT products I had tried I decided to give the Superhero Mascara a go.  Great purchase, love it more than my previous mascara!  It does not flake or run and makes my lashes full and so pretty.


Eyebrows…..  Where do they go after 40?  All of a sudden one day they were thinner than the day before and so on and so on….. This was new territory for me, as I have never had to use an eyebrow pencil before and was worried that they would look so unnatural.  Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil by IT is perfect for a beginner like me.  It comes one color that matches back to all hair colors.  The point is soooo skinny it is so easy to control and the color is so soft you can control how dark it goes on very easily.

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Believe me I am very aware that makeup is a very personal thing and what works for me may not work for everyone.  I am just so excited to have found a product line that has helped me feel good about myself again and wanted to share with all of you.  If you are going through what I did, don’t give up and keep trying different lines of products.  There are so many out there that specialize in all kinds of skin issues.  GOOD LUCK!


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Josie Maran Skincare

I don’t know about you guys but as soon as the air gets colder and heat is turned on in the house my skin turns super dry. I have tried so many different moisturizers and didn’t like the greasy feel of most or the nothing feel of others. It wasn’t until I took a leap of faith and tried the Josie Maran Body Butter and Hand cream that I found products that work. These products, as with all of Josie Moran’s products, contain argan oil.

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The Body Butter and Hand Cream are not greasy and melt into your skin leaving your skin feeling silky smooth. A huge benefit is that you can use these items on more than just your hands and body. I use them on my cuticles, face, and if any excess on my hands I rub through my hair. I have also used the hand cream on my lips when they are chapped and it cured them in a day!

I stick to the unscented because I can’t take many scents, but they do come in other scents. I do know that even the scented products are very light and the actual scent is supposed to go any as the product melts into your skin. They make it known that this will not substitute for your fragrance.

The Body Butter: I have pictured the 13.5oz size, which I just received.  I had the 8oz size and it lasted me just about all year!  A little goes a long way with this stuff!  

2 13.5oz special price on QVC  This is 2 13.5oz tubs for $69.36, which is 34.68 per tub.  Huge deal because 1 8oz tub is normally $35.00!  In this deal you will receive 1 unscented and 1 scented.  I think this is a nice way to try one of her scents for the first time.

4 4oz tub special price on QVC  This also a great deal to try this product for the first time as it includes 4 4oz tubs for $39.94.  So again, keep in mind that 1 8oz tub normally retails for $35.00.  And you get 1 unscented and 3 different scents to try out.

The Intensive Hand Cream:  I have it pictured here in a 4.6oz tube.  Please note that this tube has also lasted me all year and I use it several times per day.  Again, a little goes a long way.  This item is generally hard to find alone on its own.  It is mostly added to sets, but I was able to find it alone on Josie Maran website.

Whipped Agran Oil Intensive Hand Cream  Note that I like to use the unscented but I could only find scented at this time.  But like I said before the scents are very light and fade away as the product melts into your skin. Check them out!  The 4.6 oz retails for $40.00, but please keep in mind that this size has lasted me all year!  So for me was worth the splurge!  There is also a 2.37oz tube on her site right now retailing for $22.00.

I hope you enjoy these products as much as I do!! Here’s to fighting dry skin all winter long!! Cheers!!