Friday, May 17, 2013

Not getting any younger

Hello captain obvious, I know. But I'm turning 33 in a week so I'm getting the OhmygoshI'mgettingOLD panicky feeling. Especially since 3 kids + 11 years of marriage doesn't exactly scream 'spring chicken' if you know what I mean...

Anyway, I mentioned here that I'm a slave to proactive, but I think I'm at a point where I can/should try to wean myself off. So I've been thinking a lot about my skin and needing an appropriate skin care regimen for my age (oh my, that was painful to type). My dark circles are fairly noticeable but not terrible, but it's the wrinkles that are freaking me out.

I might be almost 33, but I don't want my skin to look it, right?!

So I've got my eye on some new (to me) products I've seen floating around in blog land and the (online) pages of Allure.


1. Rodan + Fields Multi-Function Eye Cream. Since it's from the makers of Proactiv, it seems like a natural next step or add-on to my current routine. But it's pricey at $59...
2. Neutrogena Ageless Intensives Deep Wrinkle Eye Cream. Much (much!) more in line with what I'd normally be willing to pay, and it's recommended by Allure. But does it really work? I guess for $12 it's worth a shot! I'll probably start here.
3. Josie Maran Argan Day + Night Eye Cream. This one looks really interesting to me. Not only is it dual purpose, but I got a sample of Josie Maran Argan Oil in my first ipsy glam bag (ipsy rocks, btw!) and I've actually been using a dab of that with some regular concealer to go under my eyes during the day which has been working nicely for a while. I wonder if that's basically the same thing as the day cream, or if this pricey ($68!) combo is worth the money.
4. Clarisonic Mia Skin Cleansing System. I've been curious about this one since I saw a review on The Small Things blog. And lately I'm convinced it's something I need (Ariel's post sealed the deal), because I keep getting these weird dry flaky patches of skin on my forehead/temple area. A baking soda scrub has only done so much. Ugh. But I haven't pulled the trigger yet, because it's also pricey--$95 is the cheapest I've seen it.

I'm seriously wondering if skin care products are a 'you get what you pay for' type of thing, or if the less expensive drug store brands work well enough. Because dude. $68 for teeny tiny thing of eye cream seems like a rip. But one I might be willing to splurge on if it really does the job. I'd need someone to really sell me on it though.

What do you guys think? Has anyone used any of the products I mentioned or have any others you swear by? I'm open to suggestions!

Side note: I've seen some people getting a StriVectin eye cream in their birchboxes recently. As much as I've been loving ipsy, that would have been perfect for me! Hmmm, is two beauty subscriptions overkill? ;)


  1. I am wondering the same thing! I just bought my mom some stuff from wally, one of the higher priced Olay products (which is still cheap compared to the $68 price tag) so let's wait a few weeks and see what the verdict is. I'll be sure to let you know! I've been having the same "ahhh I'm getting older" feeling...just went platinum because I figured I needed to try this fashion risk while I was still in my twenties. My thirty before thirty list is getting longer and the years, shorter!!!

    1. Yes, definitely let me know how she likes the Olay product! Was the one of the Olay Regenerist ones? I've been considering one of those as well.

  2. Happy almost Birthday, Becky! My great-grandmother swore by Oil of Olay products...she always had the prettiest skin...even in her eighties.

    1. Thanks, Maria! Sounds like I need to bump Olay to the top of my list with that recommendation :)

  3. This post is stressing me out! One thing I am clueless about is anti-aging products. And there are SO MANY of them. I just keep telling myself that it comes down to genes and there's nothing I can do to stop the wrinkles and or sagging skin. But who knows. Happy early birthday! And thanks for the shout out! You should totally treat yourself to the clarisonic. :)

    1. Ha! Don't stress, my guess would be that your new routine with the clarisonic and OCM will really help. And yeah, I do agree that genetics play a huge part. My mom was always told she looked young for her age, but I'm not sure if that was because of youthful skin, or just youthful features. Because she does have wrinkles now :) And based on the way my skin handled being pregnant, I also know I was not blessed with very elastic skin, so I shudder to think about what my face is destined to look like...YIKES :(

  4. The products sound great. 33 isn't old though, lol, it's barely out of your 20s. ;)

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