Last week, a good chunk of the Midwest was hit with a pretty decent storm. (Some might say I'm underestimating that... but I know that 10 inches of accumulation is just a few light flurries in some parts of the country.) Pretty much everything was closed/canceled on Thursday, and I was excited to not go ANYWHERE. Baby and I tend to find ourselves out of the house three to four mornings a week, and that means I spend his naptime doing chores, catching up on household things, and taking a bit of downtime that rarely recharges me enough for the rest of the day.
So on Thursday... I was excited! I was a bit behind on my monthly schedule because I'd had family in town for my dear grandmother's funeral. It was driving me crazy, and I was desperately hoping that Baby would be amenable to a good housecleaning party.
We had an absolute BLAST!! Over the course of the day, we dusted and vacuumed the entire house, washed the windows (more fun because opening all the blinds and curtains allowed us a better view of our winter wonderland), caught up on the dishes, cleaned the microwave, shined the front of the oven, polished the stainless steel fridge, cycled through several loads of laundry, and swept and mopped the kitchen/powder room/laundry room/entryway/front hall. During naptime, I got a chance to practice piano for a bit and then folded all seven loads of laundry.
|He wanted to help ("this clean!") -- who am I to say no to that??|
After I got Baby down for his nap, I went to brush my hair and cringed. I looked awful. I had skipped my shower because I knew I would be working up a sweat with all the house cleaning, and my face was not only bare but red and splotchy from the exertion. So I gave it a quick wash and decided that today was as good a day as any to do a side-by-side comparison of my "regular" skin care routine vs. what I've been using for the past month as a SheSpeaks blogger.
I really hesitate to put these photos up... I look awful, even in the "after" photos. It was not a "pretty" day for me all-around -- but I certainly felt better after I put on some color!
|before -- on a bad everything day!!|
|Olay Regenerist moisturizer|
+SMM Cosmetics powder foundation
|scrubbed clean again, then|
L'Oreal Paris Magic BB Cream
|Look! I can wear makeup!!|
This is my "finished" look, with the L'Oreal BB cream as my base
But I have to say this: the L'Oreal Paris Magic BB Cream is much more of a one-step product. It's a lovely lightweight, tinted cream that I use as a combination moisturizer and foundation. It comes in a pretty small tube (1 oz.), but a little bit goes a long way. I think it makes my skin tone look really even and blended and is a great base.
Unfortunately, I requested the Light color, which turned out to be just a tad too deep for my winter skin. I'm pretty sure that, if I'd had the Fair formulation, I would have been really happy with it. With the Light, I have to be really careful to not over-apply, or it looks painted on. Yuck. As a result, I'm not able to use as much as I would like for the moisturizing effects.
In the end, I think I will buy this in the proper color to give it a chance. It's pretty reasonably priced for what it does. If I were having a dry-skin day, I definitely would use a more moisturizing cream. But for everyday use, I love the convenience of the BB cream. The tube says it "primes, perfects, hydrates, corrects" -- and having all of that in one little squeeze is hard to pass up.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary from SheSpeaks/L'Oreal to facilitate this review. As always, all opinions shared on this blog are my own.