Monday, June 21, 2010

My Five Favorites a/k/a Presentation Aids

Okay girls, gotta admit I'd NEVER go away for the weekend with only five products. Otherwise, I'm sure I'd be mistaken for someone who needs medical attention. But, to facilitate the baseline - - I-am-breathing-and-not-in-need-of-intervention - - look to greet the rest of humanity (even my cat appreciates it), below are the five products I could not exist without. For the record, I am also very cheap frugal. As I always say, there is no status in overpaying; stupidity maybe, but no status. So, I've found things that work and I stick with them. Believe me I've tried the department store brands and maybe there are new things out there that could transform my aging face, but my regimen seems to be working - - I even get the occasional "your skin looks so young" comment. Though the ultimate compliment "may I see your i.d.?" hasn't been tossed my direction in months years. Nonetheless, I'm happy with the following and even more happy that I'm not overpaying for things I use every day and can save my pennies to really indulge in the occasional girlfriend pampering weekend - - pedicures, massages, spa treatements, lots of wine . . . . ahhhh, I'm going to my happy place.

Available at all fine retailers (Wal-mart), this little Rimmel eyebrow pencil can double as an eyeliner in a pinch and the brush on the end helps soften things up. Without my eyes on I might as well give it up. If I could only make up one feature, it would be my eyes and I can get a lot of mileage out of this product for about $7.

I've never had naturally good hair. It's fine, limp and fuzzy if no product is applied. Suave's gel is inexpensive and let's me tell my hair where to go. It's not the only product I use on a daily basis but complying with the challenge here, it would be the one to go with if I could only pack five.

A razor, any brand. Those of you of also of Italian descent know what I mean - - a day without a razor would mean stay away from anything Velcro.

Oil of Olay Daily Beauty Fluid SPF 15 or the Wal-mart Equate version. Either are perfect for slathering all over face and neck before putting on foundation. At night I use a thicker version without the SPF, but when traveling one bottle is great for twice a day and at the low price of about $5.97 for the Equate bottle, I can use it as a sunscreen on my shoulders, arms and hands when I feel like I need a little extra protection (daily).

And finally, my own personal fountain of youth. I've used the Buf Puf since a dermatologist recommended it for deeper cleaning in my teenage years (decades ago). I use it twice a day every day without fail. I'm one of those who cannot, under any circumstances, sleep in make-up. Just can't do it. The Buf Puf is my wash cloth and it provides a gentle exfoliation every day. I am convinced it is the reason I get so many compliments on my skin (cause it's not genetic - -no offense to the gene donors on either side). I've never used expensive cleansers, exfoliators, masks, etc., just a Buf Puf and Dove soap (switched to Dove in my late 30s from Safeguard the dermatologist recommended for teenage skin). I've read that the reason men have smoother face skin than women as they age is because of the constant exfoliation from shaving. If that is true, it makes sense that a daily Buf Puf could provide the same results. In any event, I now order these little guys (about $4) in bulk from Amazon since my three tweens are starting to pay attention to skin care and because I'm constantly worried they are going to stop making them. I keep one in the shower and one in my travel soap dish which travels, but also lives under the sink so they are both within reach morning and night.

There you have it. Hope you try at least the Buf Puf!

Thanks to Rene at Cottage and Vine for a GREAT idea for a Linky Party!


  1. So I'm guessing your are naturally gorgeous. I had to have a lot more "face" stuff to get by. :) I like a buff puff too and I will give the Rimmel a whirl. Thanks for the laughs and hints.

  2. I have always loved buff puff and had forgotten about those little things. May have to revisit.

    Thanks for linking with me today.


  3. When I became unemployed, I found using the luxuries of beauty products for me wasn't going to be able to continue! So I started checking out Wally World and Walgreens for some quality. I haven't found anything better than Oil of Olay. I have used the Equate version with success as well. I am definitely going to use the Buf Puf!

  4. We are big buf puf fans at my house! My kids even use them!

    Wonderful choices!


  5. Haven't seen a buf-puf in years, but I may have to have one again soon!


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