The Emmy Awards (OMG, I’M GOING.)

The Emmy Awards. Rosacea. Two peas in a pod, right? Hmmm, let me see if I can bring you full circle.

If you’ve been around here for awhile, you know that I deal with mild rosacea. (I’ve mentioned it here and here. Also, here’s a short video on the condition.) For me, rosacea USUALLY means flushed cheeks while drinking wine or a ridiculously bright red face while working out. Apparently this week, however, it means I’M GOING TO THE EMMY AWARDS, as a guest of Galderma. (Galderma makes Cetaphil, and their Gentle Skin Cleanser, combined with a few other products in my arsenal, has been the key to managing my rosacea for quite some time.) Funny how these things work, no? Circle complete!

This Sunday morning, I am heading up to LA where I will spend the day getting red carpet ready (hair, makeup, the works!) with two other beauty bloggers before attending the awards with D that evening. I DIE. Okay, okay…let’s get to the pressing issues…what am I going to wear? Well, as much as I want to rush out and buy something new (because I DO), I am going to save my pennies and wear an old faithful. Have you ever bought a dress off the rack that felt like it was specifically made for you? I found a black, vintage-inspired Dolce & Gabbana dress years ago at a Neiman Marcus final call sale, and it was love a first sight (and fit). Since it’s black, I figured a little sparkle on my shoes might be nice.

As for hair and makeup, I’m thinking a side chignon and red lip. I’ll keep you posted on that one…no matter what, I will be firmly enforcing Operation No Hot Mess with the makeup artist, as to keep my face from looking like the last time I had my makeup done professionally in LA.

Enough about me, let’s talk about the actors I could possibly see in person. Jon Hamm, Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, Jane Krakowski (huge 30 Rock fan over here), Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Christina Hendricks, Jon Stewart, Cat Deeley (SYTYCD, holla!), Jane Lynch…the list goes on and on, but let’s get real, folks. Friday Night Lights was my favorite television show ever, and it’s up for Best Drama. Seeing anyone from that show will give me heart palpitations, but could it be that Tim Riggins will be in the house??? D will have to restrain me from chasing after him like a rabid dog. (I kid, I kid. I am always a lady. A “lady forever,” I suppose. TEXAS FOREVER, TIM.) Who else should I be on the lookout for? Should I just stay in the ladies bathroom all night, waiting for a big time celebrity to walk in? I’m considering it.

Can you sense the excitement over here? Really, really excited.

Back to reality for a second. I’m doing a little giveaway for my fellow rosacea-prone friends out there. Galderma is offering a prize pack of Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser and and Cetaphil Facial Moisturizer to 2 readers. To win one of the prize packs yourself, submit a rosacea-related makeup or skincare question in the comments and you’ll be entered to win. Winner announced Monday, September 19th.

(To everyone, though, remind me who needs to be on my radar! Who would be your #1 celebrity sighting? My head is spinning. TIM RIGGINS, Y’ALL. I AM FOURTEEN YEARS OLD.)

  1. Beth B

    September 15, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Awesome – that is so exciting. Killer shoes too!

    I have rosacea and my question is along the lines of looking for something i could dab onto those areas under my makeup to lessen the redness. Something that is also a “treatment” would be good too – treats and covers.

    Be on the lookout for Tina Fey!! Have so much fun!!!


  2. Mea

    September 15, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Hooray! Enjoy the red carpet… just don’t be RED on the red carpet (as a rosacea sufferer, I can say this to you and not be insulting, right?)

    I have used Clinique Redness Solutions over the past year. Is it really making a difference in my redness? Meh. It’s expensive. It has calming properties and makes me look less like a baby-butt rash… but not sure if the calming really lasts under foundation.

    So here is my makeup-related rosacea question–have you found a foundation that REALLY covers your redness to your satisfaction, and provides redness coverage that LASTS? Need help stat!

    Thank you for bringing this up. I hate my red skin only a little less when I drink… but only because of the effects of the alcohol. I really would like to find something that works!

  3. amelia

    September 15, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Really? I didn’t know that my bright bright red face while doing anything exercise-ish was attributed to rosacea!! What else do you use skincare wise to keep it under control? Thanks

  4. Evi

    September 15, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Awesome! Have fun and enjoy!

    I have rosacea and it has been under control for the past year. I too use Cethaphil as a cleanser. For moisturizer, CeraVe is my favorite. I used two different ones, during the day (CeraVe AM) and during nights (CeraVe PM). I switched make-up to BareMinerals, a little pricey but works for me.

    My skin gets red when I drink wine, eat some spicy food, eat chocolate (which I love!) and/or I’m under stress.

  5. Shawna

    September 15, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    I have rosacea. Crazy-mad rosacea with otherwise pale skin. Disaster. I used an (expensive) Joey New York rosacea-specific product for a long time until they stopped making it. It was . . .OK. then I switched to Clinique’s Redness Solutions line. It’s . . .OK. I never thought to just use a gentle product, I was always thinking that I had to find something rosacea-specific. Have you found a foundation that works for you that the red doesn’t just shine through? Do you use blush of any sort? i’m always afraid that the two tones will clash and I’ll look like a bizarre clown.

  6. Kerri Anne

    September 15, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    HECK YES. You are going to have amazing amounts of fun. UH-mazing! Can’t wait to see pics and yeah, there would be so! many people I would be psyched to see/meet/ogle shamelessly at the Emmys.

    Michael C. Hall, Hugh Laurie, Timothy Olyphant. TIMOTHY OLYPHANT.

    And now I’m not going to be able to concentrate for the rest of the afternoon. (Not that I’m complaining.)


  7. Melissa

    September 15, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    I also have mild to OMG FLAMING FACE rocacea. I have the same question as Robyn. I would love to know what other products you use too. I feel like I have tried everything on the market and it all sucks.

  8. Rae

    September 15, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    I have been trying to cover up my rosacea ever since I can remember! I am so embarrassed of how red and splotchy my face gets when I work out–but even worse, how long it stays like that long after the exercise is over. Is there a way for us to get our faces more speedily/completely transitioned back to normal face colors?

  9. Alecia

    September 15, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Not entering the giveaway, but wanted to say I’m a HUGE fan of Cetaphil products and have used them exclusively since I was 16 years old. The only problem I have with them is that they are made with almond oil and I have a daughter allergic to nuts, so she can’t use them on her super-sensitive skin. :(

  10. Krysta

    September 15, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    While I love me some Riggins, I would die for Coach Taylor. So look for him for me please!

    Also Tina Fey.

  11. Amanda

    September 15, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Oh, I loved FNL, too. I’m going to cry if Tami Taylor finally gets her Emmy, y’all.

  12. Carrisa

    September 15, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    How exciting for you!

    My mom deals with rosacea and hers can get pretty bad underneath her eyes. So much so that she hasn’t been able to wear makeup for years. She has no health insurance either so she’s kind of had to adapt to having it. I think I might recommend these products to her.

    She’s only had this come up in the last five years so I’m not really sure what caused it. But it can be pretty painful for her at times.

    I’m not sure I have much of a question to ask, just excited to maybe offer her some relief with their products.

    Also, I’d be running to Kyle Chandler while you ran to Taylor Kitsch. And I would probably even plant one on Connie Britton. I think Tammy Taylor might be one of my favorite fictional characters of all time. I can’t wait to see Connie’s new show on FX this fall.

  13. cj4

    September 15, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Two words I never thought I’d ever hear from you: Texas Forever.

    (Have a great time – I can’t wait to hear all about it next Thursday)

  14. Christine H.

    September 15, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    I also would like to know what your other products are and which ones, if any, help with rosacea-acne on either side of the nose. This is my biggest problem; my face looks worse than in high school.

    Congrats on going to the Emmys!

  15. JK

    September 15, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    I am also a rosacea sufferer and have been interested hearing your secrets since your skin always looks so nice.

    I have tried prescriptions and they have never worked. I have much the same type of rosacea you described – red wine and exercise induced. Also anxiety induced which is a fun one! My questions are much the same as the ones above:

    What other products do you use? Have you seen a dermatologist for the issue?

    Thanks for talking about this, it’s always nice to hear what others have tried!