Archive for the ‘Makeup’ Category

The Best of Everything After 50 Makeup Tutorial!

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

I love wearing makeup! But, I never wear a lot.

BOE_Lipstick_IntroAnd, as I’ve passed the 55+ mark . . . I find that the less I less I put on, the better I look.

It really comes down to using the right products in the right places, and just enough to look fresh, pretty and modern: lipstick, blush, plenty of moisturizer (with sunscreen) and a few more essentials . . . and you’re ready to rock.

Many women over 50 just give up on wearing makeup all together. Why? Usually because they keep going back to the same products they’ve been using for decades, and quite frankly, what worked when we were 30 may not work for us now.

But, here’s a quick overview of some of the best products specifically for women over 50 to make us look magnificent in minutes:

Until next time, remember this:

We can’t control getting older . . . but . . . we can control how we do it!

Watch. Like. Share. Subscribe. It’s that easy to live your best life after 50: The Best of Everything After 50 AARP YouTube series.

FASHION FLASH! The BEST OF EVERYTHING in Beauty, Style, Health and More! SPRING 2014 EDITION!

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

FashionFlashNEWlogoI have the double honor of  hosting FASHION FLASH this week AND welcoming a fantastic new woman to our fabulous group of experts!

Debbi O’Shea, founder of the hugely popular site DivaDebbi, has joined FASHION FLASH, and will bring her brilliant POV about fashion and beauty to our weekly online mini-mag. We are thrilled to have her!
Okay . . . back to biz! Aren’t you so so so glad that winter is almost over? Now that we’ve finally pushed the clocks ahead it’s starting to feel like Spring is truly around the corner. And that means it’s time for a bit of beauty, style and health spring cleaning! And what better way to kick off the season where hope springs eternal than by hanging with the FASHION FLASH experts?
But, enough yakking. Now it’s time to kick off your heels, grab that glass of Pinot Noir or cup of green tea, relax and dig into this week’s edition of FASHION FLASH!
Diva-DebbiDivaDebbi, our newest Fashion Flash blogger, shares her favorite cleanser from Hada Labo. Debbi says, “I received it in a Glam Media goodie bag. It was so luxe I assumed it would have a price tag to match. It turned out to be both a cheap and cheerful find.” And now, it’s one of her favorites of all time!
Are you eating like a man and gaining weight like a woman? Did you know that women metabolize carbohydrates differently than men?  Nutrition is the number one strategy for disease prevention and management, so how do we apply these gender differences to a woman’s life? Staness Jonekos, author of Eat Like a Woman, brings the latest science in women’s health and applies it to a practical 3-step 3-week program, so you can drop the pounds and feel better than ever. Watch the Eat Like a Woman book trailer.
Photo of Jodell RaymondBlackCatPlus says retail chain Target adds to its woes with the delay of the launch of its plus size clothing line. Hmmmm. What the heck are they waiting for?


FabOverForty logoAre those tired, puffy eyes starting to age you? Dana from Fab Over Forty likes these eye patches to brighten and make the eyes look more youthful.


nononsensebeauty logoDeb of No-Nonsense Beauty Blog  explores a nutritional rock star.

f40 loggo-1Designers have taken inspiration from the sporting world and created game changing versions of athletic wear. Deborah Boland from Fabulous After 40 shows you how to wear dressed up versions of sporty chic in everyday life.
Moving Free with Mirabai logoTo weigh or not to weigh is the question. Mirabai Holland, Women’s Fitness Expert and founder of Moving Free with Mirabai weighs in with the answer!See if you practice all these etiquette tips for today’s modern woman.
Jackie Silver from Aging Backwards went straight to the woman who was born into etiquette, Anna Post, great, great granddaughter of Emily Post.
Prime-Beauty logoCindy from Prime Beauty shares her secrets for her Top 10 face, eye and lip primers! 
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And, to close out the great tips you’re getting this week . . . here’s one from me: 5 REASONS YOU REALLY WANT TO DO THE PUSH-UP!

FASHION FLASH! The Best of Everything in Style, Fitness, Beauty and More for the Week of January 20th!

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

FashionFlashNEWlogoIt’s that time of week again!

Want to know how to keep track of your fitness, what might work better than Retin-A, and how this one exercise might really do it all? Check out FASHION FLASH, which is hosted by Moving Free with Mirabai this week.

But, enough with the chit chat. Pull up a chair, kick off your heels, grab a cup of green tea or a glass of Pinot Noir and dig in! Oh, and if you love what you read — and I know you will — share with your girlfriends!


Best of Everything Beauty . . . From Your Kitchen!

Friday, January 10th, 2014

criscoI have no problem spending money on beauty products . . . especially if they work! For example, I love my stash of Clinique Moisture Surge (amazing) and my little jar of By Terry Baume de Rose for Lips (smells like roses!!). But, they don’t come cheap!

For the most part, alot of our daily beauty routines could be done with products that are a lot less expensive . . . especially if we pull them straight out of our kitchens!

Yep . . . that’s right. I did a little nosing around my kitchen cabinet recently to see what I could use to remove makeup, moisturize and exfoliate my skin, deal with too many onions at lunch, and lots more.Parsley2

Check out my newest video for the AARP YouTube Channel (and please SUBSCRIBE HERE so you can get notified whenever a new one is posted!), and see which products I tried that really did the trick with no extra muss, fuss, added chemicals or cost! Trust me  . . .  you’ll never look at Crisco the same way again.


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Monday, December 30th, 2013
FashionFlashNEWlogoIt’s that time of year again! If you’re like most people around the world, you’re busy making a lengthy list to make major changes in your life: lose weight, new job, eat better, more sex, and so on.
But, why not do something a little different this year? Try this: throw out your list, sit back, relax, grab a cup of green tea or glass of heart-healthy Pinot Noir, kick off your heels, shoo everyone away, and get into the “Happy New Year!” edition of FASHION FLASH! Yay! (more…)

Top 5 “Best of Everything After 50″ Beauty Picks to Carry into 2014!

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

chap 08A new year is here . . . the perfect opportunity to throw out the old and bring in the new . .  EXCEPT if something’s really working for you, like these 5 go-to beauty products I’ve been using for a while and intend to bring right along with me into 2014!

If you don’t usually wear makeup, maybe it’s time to harness the power of a few well chosen beauty products to brighten our faces and polish our looks. And, it’s fun! Remember: embracing your age and wanting to feel pretty are NOT mutually exclusive. (more…)