If you are like me, with each passing year, you notice a little gray here and a little wrinkle there. Your eyelashes have moved on and dark circles and puffy bags have shown up like a flashing sign saying, “YOU ARE OLD!!” The problem is I don’t feel old. I’m 47 and I have an almost 7 year old boy, so I can’t break out the rocking chair and knitting needles, nor do I want to.
So when my hair started getting noticeably gray I headed for the salon or in a pinch the grocery store for a box. I thought I should start covering up all those flashing signs of aging. The hair was easy to fix. But what about the wrinkles and lack of eyelashes? I wasn’t sure what to do. I didn’t want to look old but there it was staring back at me every morning. I have never worn a lot of makeup but I’ve tried a gazillion different products from $1 grocery store eyeliner to high dollar creams from specialty shops. I eventually accumulated a good sized collection of creams and serums, color palettes and brushes and most of them were only used a few times.
Then I came across Cindy Joseph. She was a huge inspiration. Viewing her YouTube videos I noticed not only was she beautiful with her gray hair and pink lips but she also exhibited a bubbly, joyful, and playful personality. Someone you would want to hang out with. Cindy became a model at 49, the same day she had cut off the last of her dyed hair and sported completely gray locks. Having a made a career as a makeup artist she knew a thing or two about cosmetics and developed her own line called BOOM! and started a “pro-age revolution.”
Only recently, did I discover that Cindy passed away in July after a private battle with cancer. I was so, so very saddened. However, her story, her message and her products will go on and I know her legacy will help women feel stronger, more confident and more beautiful as each year passes.
Not long after I found Cindy, I stopped coloring my hair and I have to tell you, I love it! I have received many compliments and although I’m sure it makes me look older, it has not only saved me time and money, it has brought me freedom!
After I solved my hair situation, I was ready to declutter my drawers of beauty products and make some changes. I tossed everything that I was no longer using or was expired and ordered my first BOOM! products.
My favorite is the BOOMSILK moisturizer. Its made for your face and body and with only a handful of ingredients: Purified water, organic extra virgin olive oil, beeswax with propolis and pollen, raw Pupekea wildflower honey, and d-alpha Vit E. Compare those with what is on the label of your current moisturizer. It is surprising. Here is a short video that explains some of those scary chemicals packed inside most of our cosmetics.
Another favorite is BOOMSTICK Color. It’s a lipstick, blush, and eyeshadow, in one stick and its made for all skin tones. I love to keep this in my purse because I can touch up my makeup without needing a mirror.
Now I needed a really good mascara since, as I mentioned, my eyelashes have thinned out considerably. I discovered Thrive Causemetics through an add on Facebook. Their products are vegan, 100% cruelty free and made without the use of parabens or sulfates and for each product purchased, they donate a product to help a woman experiencing cancer, homelessness or domestic violence. I tried their Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara and loved it so much I also tried the Infinity Waterproof Eyeliner, which comes with a built in sharpener and smudge tip and the Triple Threat Color Stick that is similar to the BOOM! Colorstick. Each purchase has also come with a bonus makeup bag.
All in all these products have saved me time in the morning and space in my cabinet. Additionally, I feel better knowing I’m putting better quality products on my skin and helping out a good cause at the same time. They are more expensive than grocery store cosmetics but I figure since I only use a handful of quality products versus a bunch of cheap ones it evens out.
The products mentioned above are products that I have purchased with my own money. I am not getting paid to advertise. I really love these products and believe in the message BOOM! and Thrive Causemetics promote. That being said, I encourage you to do your own research on products you wish to purchase and make sure they are right for you.
I hope this has been helpful and I’d love to know if you all have discovered any quality beauty products. I’m still looking for a good foundation!
Until next time, embrace your beauty whatever your age and ….Be Well!