Best Way to Handle Menopause? Eye Makeup!

Wasn’t there a cool babe in this mirror just a week ago? My hormones are out of whack. I’m tired, stressed out and cranky about aging. But then I put on my eye makeup, and it kicks my bad mood to the curb. In five minutes I feel and look 10 times hipper and sexier — like a blond version, I like to think, of Charlotte Rampling (right), who at 68 is the new face of NARS cosmetics. >> Too Old …

3 Smart Reasons for a Makeup Splurge

What’s your favorite cure for “The Blahs”? Mine’s the beauty binge — and apparently I’m not alone: In 2013, women 50 and older comforted themselves with $4 trillion worth of beauty indulgences. That statistic confirms what I’ve long suspected: Shopping for cosmetics is like having a brief and wild love affair — with no complications. And let’s face it: Some especially virulent cases of “I feel fat/old/stressed out” moping — even though you and I both know they are utterly …

Burt’s Bees Founder Still a Maverick at Age 79

Burt Shavitz, the 79-year-old founder of Burt’s Bees cosmetics, lives the life of a recluse. And he’s very happy about it. “There’s no noise,” Shavitz, 79, told the New York Times by way of describing his 40-acre spread in northern Maine. “There’s no children screaming. There’s no people getting up at 5 o’clock in the morning and trying to start their car and raising hell. Everybody has their own idea of what a good place to be is, and this is …

7 Surprising Beauty Musts For Women 50+

Never a dull moment. Every day there’s a new beauty app or techie tool to fill a so-called void. Well, there’s a difference between availability and need. Do you really need an iPhone app that scans your moles, evaluating and tracking them, or one that alerts your frizz-prone hair to rain or humidity? Do you need a portable antimicrobial pad to germproof your pull-down tray on planes to do makeup before landing? OK, maybe you do, but I don’t. Seven …

Snail-Slime Facials … Really?

Seekers of the fountain of youth can add one more bizarre treatment to the list: slime. Not just any slime. Snail slime. The Tokyo branch of the international spa Ci:z:Labo recently debuted an hour-long “Celebrity Escargot Course.” For $245, the salon’s clinicians place five snails on clients’ faces during a series of massages and masks. Related: Look Cool When It’s Hot: Best Summer Makeup     The salon claims that snail slime is a natural moisturizer that soothes inflammation caused …

FDA Warns Avon About Antiaging Creams

Maybe the government can’t quite protect us against injections contaminated with deadly fungal meningitis, but beauty hype — that’s another story. The Food and Drug Administration has warned Avon that it must stop advertising its Anew skin-care products using language that makes them sound as if they have medical effects, Reuters reported. In a letter dated Oct. 5 and posted on the FDA website, the agency objected to antiaging claims made about Anew Clinical Advanced Wrinkle Corrector, Anew Reversalist Night …