I’m Still His Cover Girl After All These Years

Rare Date Night with B: I just HAD to get my face on first!
Let me explain something about myself. I’m vain. I’m not your run-of-the-mill vain person…I’m pretty much obsessed with youth, beauty, and makeup. 

I’m kind of like one of those incredibly famous divas in the fact that if you don’t live in my house or aren’t a member of my family, you’ve probably never seen me without makeup on my face…and you likely never will. 

Yes, that vain!

I haven’t had any invasive procedures done but I promise you, if B wasn’t so opposed to it, the deed would already be done. And my wheels are still turning. I’ll convince him it’s the right thing to do soon (I hope). But in the meantime, what’s a vain girl to do?

I need my own personal beauty consultant but that’s not something that’s really in the budget. Or is it? I heard that an expert beauty consultant would be at a local Walmart and I couldn’t pass up the chance to see what advice she had to offer me and my aging skin. B, Bug, and I loaded up the truck and headed to Walmart on my quest to find youth and beauty.
Imagine my excitement when I rounded the corner to the cosmetic aisle and not only found my expert beauty consultant, Lena, but a long-time blogging friend that I’d never met in real life, Heather Brummett of Living On Love and Cents. *SQUEEE* What an exciting day! We talked a bit about Heather’s experience and then it was my turn to get my full personal #BeautyScoop. 

Lena was AWESOME and she took so much time listening to my needs, wants, and constant whining about my sagging face. And so it began, a life altering hour. No, I’m not being overly dramatic here. I told you I was vain. 

We went product by product, issue by issue, until we’d covered every aspect of my beauty needs. 

I took up a lot of her time but I was polite and “shared” her with other customers as they came up with their questions.

With Lena’s expert beauty advice, these are all of the products that I came home with for my new younger, fresher look. Here’s what my new beauty routine consists of:
  • Olay Regenerist Detoxifying Pore Scrub to combat the ever-growing pores that come with aging.
  • Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream to help promote firmer skin and provide intense hydration.
  • Olay Total Effects 7 CC Creme for color correction, moisturizing, and sun block. If you’re younger than 30, you might want to check out BB Creme instead. Same principle but it hides blemishes and you probably don’t have the uneven complexion yet (don’t laugh…it’ll happen).
  • CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous Foundation for all over coverage to help mask larger pores and these pesky wrinkles.
  • Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Eye Cream & Lash Serum Duo to help smooth and lift lids and nourish your lashes.
  • CoverGirl Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner in Espresso (oh my…I’ve always used black liner but Lena knows best).
  • CoverGirl Clump Crusher Mascara in Black/Brown (there’s that brown creeping in again)
  • CoverGirl Lip Perfection Balm in coral which is something totally different for me. You probably already know this, but I like pink.

I couldn’t wait to try out all of my new beauty products, using Lena’s beauty tips of course. Here are the tips that stand out the most in my head from our hour-long consult:
  • Use a specifically designed brush to cleanse your face because it actually gets in to your pores and cleans them which will help reduce pore size. She recommended Va-Va Vivid.
  • Do NOT use pressed powder if you have larger pores. The pressed powder is seeping down in to your pores and actually causing them to clog, giving them an even larger appearance. Oops! Guilty as charged!
  • This was the hardest one to listen to: Do not use dark eyeliner or mascara if you are trying to hide fine lines and wrinkles. Wrinkles appear darker than your skin anyway, so adding those dark colors actually draws attention to your flaws. Oops #2: Totally guilty of this one!
  • Condition your eyelashes like you do your hair. This helps avoid breakage and fall out plus gives them a fuller look. You can use an eyelash serum on your eyebrows too.
  • When applying mascara, especially if you have long lashes and deep-set eyes like I do, hold a Qtip on your lid just above the lashes. You’ll avoid getting mascara on your lid PLUS the lashes curl around the Qtip so you don’t have to use that death-defying eye lash curler anymore…SCORE!
  • Don’t be afraid of color or sparkles at any age. Make sure the color palette matches your skin tone, eye color, and hair color. Lena recommended golds for my shadow. UGH…that’s the only thing I ever used brown for. I fail!

And after finding out I’ve been doing almost everything wrong with my makeup for YEARS now, I bought everything she recommended, in all of the colors she recommended. Time to get my face on! I went through all of the steps and there’s actually a pretty dramatic difference.
So what if I don’t look years younger…yet? Let the Olay do its magic and I’ll check back in with you in a few weeks to let you know how that goes (if it doesn’t work, I swear I’m calling about invasive procedures). Even though I fought some of the changes, I have to admit, it’s a totally brighter and fresher look for me and my face doesn’t look nearly as washed out and heavy.

I was so excited about my fresh new look that I put on a dress, picked out some clothes for B, and we headed out the door for a much needed, much overdue date night…ALONE!
It was a beautiful evening bay side on Pier 21 with live music while we waited for our table. 
Mmmmm…Nonno Tony’s is one of our favorite restaurants on the island. If you’ve been following along here at all, you know that Saturday, which was our date night, marked the day I came off of my 10-day Green Juice Detox so I’m certain it will come as no surprise to any of you that the moment we sat down, B ordered cheese for me!
Glorious cheese, battered, fried, and covered with more glorious cheese!

It was a beautiful night spent with the love of my life…just the two of us. Fresh look, fabulous food, and amazing company. And the best part of all? B always tells me I’m beautiful no matter what, probably a minimum of 5 times per day. But on this particular night, he kept staring at me, smiling, and telling me I was stunning. Was it the mood? Was it the ambiance? Or was it the fresh new look I was able to achieve with the help of my expert beauty consultant? Eh…who cares! I just appreciate that he still thinks I’m beautiful even after all of these years!
Disclosure: I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias®, CoverGirl and Olay. As always, all ideas, opinions, and photos are entirely my own. #BeautyScoop #cbias #SocialFabric
About Christy

Christy Gossett, managing editor of SoFabFood and creator of the healthy living blog, Insanity Is Not An Option, is a WAHM of 6 kids ranging in age from 27 to 8. She enjoys sharing her heart-healthy, low sodium recipes to help others with dietary restrictions enjoy a flavorful life while maintaining a healthy diet.

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  1. You are beautiful! SO fun that you ran into Heather!!! How cool!

  2. clgossett says:

    It was such a fabulous day all around. I love when the stars align like that!

  3. Nicole Elliott says:

    Too fun! I love that you got to have the awesome consultation AND meet a fellow blogger–AND have a great date to top it all off 😀 😀

  4. clgossett says:

    And you got all smokin in your smokey eyes. This was the most awesome experience ever. 🙂

  5. What’s wrong with invasive procedures? Not that I would do anything like that but B should totally be on board with YOU doing it. 🙂
    So are you planning to go for brown liner now when you get the permanent deed done???

  6. clgossett says:

    I’ve seriously been struggling with that exact issue. Black or brown? Black or brown? This is permanent. I’m thinking very, very deep brown that I can put black over if I need to or put a lighter brown over to tone down during the day. #firstworldproblems

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  8. What fun! Love the makeup!! And how cool to get to meet a fellow blogger!

  9. You are beautiful Christy!! That is awesome that you saw Heather too! I need to pick up some Olay if I could look like that!

  10. clgossett says:

    The meet up was short but great! Can’t wait to spend more time with her at SoFabCon. I’m still totally bummed that you won’t be there. 🙁

  11. clgossett says:

    Teeheehee…that Walmart had stock issues so I took Lena’s other suggestions and bought more products today. 😉

  12. Christy, you look so much more natural in what she helped you to find and use!! The Olay CC cream is awesome ! I’ve been using it for a few weeks now, and love it. Sometimes I don’t even use a concealer with it, just some eyeliner and MK lip gloss!!I love your new look!

  13. Julie Kieras says:

    You look fab! I love that lip gloss in the new look too! 🙂 And they said to use SPARKLES! 🙂 You must be so excited!!! 🙂

  14. What a fun day and night out, especially looking so lovely 🙂 I am drawn to the colors but the last time received a bit of professional guidance, I was a blonde. Now that I’ve gone naturally brunette ( those are blonde highlights, not gray mind you) I’m certain I need to be re-educated. What a convenience to have an expert at Walmart! Thank you for sharing your story 🙂

  15. thecreativeprincess says:

    Wait! You have PINK HAIR! This totally takes #teamsparklepants to a whole new level! Love the new look!

  16. clgossett says:

    Of course I have pink under hair. Was there ever any doubt? #teampinksparklepants doesn’t play games like that silly #purplearmy does!

  17. clgossett says:

    Time to get a consult. 🙂

  18. clgossett says:

    I was THRILLED about the sparkles. And I got an even more fabulous lip color since then. They have this “flip” double tone blending lipstick. It’s incredibly awesome!

  19. clgossett says:

    I still use concealer but no evil powder and most days, I don’t use the foundation. The CC cream is great for an every day look.

  20. I love makeup too! I never leave the house with out it! I would love to get my brows done permanently but I’m scared some crazy trend will last for too many years and I will look silly.

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