Featherings: the Foundation of it all

Ok, first order of business:

I’m a post behind already! Blame it on winter maladies that have taken a toll on me with fatigue.

Back to the business at hand—today is all about skin care in my 60’s. While it may sound a bit blasé or trite, let me say that this wisdom has come from some deep evaluation that is part and parcel of my divesting mood and my general processing of place in life. Bottom line, if you really don’t care to hear about skin care, check out now and I’ll catch you soon. However, there is some grounded reflection that leads me to this post.

I have been blessed with good skin. I thank my paternal grandmother for this gift every day! A great deal of money and time is given to skin concerns in this country. I have contributed to this cause as well, which has only augmented what I’ve been given. One of those augmentations is my use of facial foundation.

For the last three years I’ve been using Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. I find this product to be fabulous! It melts into and becomes a part of my facial contour, unlike so many other products that sit on top of one’s skin. A bottle lasts me about a year, and my year was just about up, causing me to call up the Sephora website. Before hitting the order me now button, however, I decided to rethink my regimen.

Let’s step back for a minute. Like many other women, I have been experimenting with facial oils. I have tried Versed, Body Shop Vitamin E, Mario Badesco Vitamin C, Origins Vit-a-mins, and a fabulous (and expensive) oil through Cause Box—Malin+Goetz. Each of these has different uses, price points, textures and effects but generally, they support great skin care for me.

In my blog scannings, I came upon a story about Kosas tinted facial oil. The very idea of a tinted oil intrigued me, since I was seeing great effects from the other oil experimentations I had been doing. In fact, I began to wonder, do I really need foundation at all?

I have had a love/hate relationship with facial foundation since I began to use cosmetics. I never wanted that thick, mask-ish stuff on my skin as a teen, and quite honestly, did not need it. (Again, thanks Grandma!) Once, my aunt—a cosmetician by trade—stopped by my house on summer evening to give me a “look”. I was unsure of where this was coming from—was I looking shabby? At any rate, after she left, I wanted to tear the stuff off of my face! I felt fake and uncomfortable. The next time I wore foundation was four or five years later in college when I modeled for my Senior year Fashion Show. Again, I felt like a concrete mask had been applied. But, strangely enough, a year or so later, married and pregnant, I sought out some cheap foundation as my pregnant skin was uber ruddy.

Fast forward to my late forties, early fifties.  My menopausal skin began showing spots, wrinkles, and mottling, although it still looked generally good. I tend to be pale, however, and wanted to even out the skin tone and have a good base for blush to adhere to. Fortunately, cosmetics had come a long way in thirty years. I fell in love with Double Stay by Estee Lauder and it became my go to for about eight to ten years.

And then Kendall Jenner happened. What??? You may ask? Uber editorial moment here: Estee Lauder took on Kendall Jenner as the face of their brand. This was a final straw for me in a deep frustration that had been building for years. I am not now, nor ever will be an airbrushed celeb. I am not interested in looking like one either. Add to this irritation the fact that I was nearing sixty and looking for real women in ads and seeing very few, if any. I did write to Estée Lauder a couple of times about this idea. The first time I wrote, they replied that Kendall was a universally recognized face and good for their brand. The second time they did not respond at all. I did, though. I stopped buying their cosmetics, although I do still use their fragrances.

So, onto the search for a new foundation. I took a chance on Giorgio Armani, as their silk foundation was always recommended as a top product in any type of article on “the best of” online and in print. As mentioned earlier in this treatise, I have been very pleased with this product.

But here is the part where the wisdom thing kicked in:

Since my decision to go gray this past year, the dominoes keep falling. If I can be honest with my hair, how about I let my lovely skin show through? And if I do this, what other grown up ideas might I embrace regarding my physical person?

And thus, Kosas tinted skin oil has come into my life. It is soothing, moisturizing, and offers just a hint of coverage where I need it. For now, at least…

Courage comes into my life in the oddest ways and at the least expected of times. While I realize I am only talking cosmetics here, my appearance is a priority for me. Why? Sure, I have a fair amount of vanity to contend with. There is something deeper, however, and that is a sense of self respect and care for this body I have been given.

And that is the tale I offer today.

What is your beauty wisdom as you age?

only lipstick here…

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I am a fabric artist and a professional minister in the Catholic Church. I am married for 40+ years to a most fabulous man. We have 4 adult children, 2 daughter-in-laws ( who we also consider to our children!) and 4 grandbabies. I love to weave, paint silk, sew and design garments for myself; bead, read, write and color. I am also a spiritual Companion/Director and have a special place in my soul for women who are healing and in need of healing from trauma and abuse. I love coffee, quiet reflective prayer time at my kitchen table and long walks to breathe in the Holy Spirit. I would like to learn how to spin yarn and will someday create a spun, hand dyed/painted, beaded, woven fabulous garment of peace!

2 thoughts on “Featherings: the Foundation of it all

  1. Beautiful! I love Kosas lipsticks and glosses but have not tried the foundation. It sounds like a winner. I can’t stand anything that “feels” like foundation so this might be a good bet!

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