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The DIY Facelift on Your Bathroom Shelf

Posted on 04/24/2013 by |Beauty | Comments

Beauty & FashionDid she or didn’t she? I love the way Bo Derek, 56 and Lauren Hutton, 69 are aging but I actually have no idea what these former sun tanners do to look so amazing. We all have friends, colleagues and neighbors who look suspiciously good these days too. Is it a facelift? Lasers? Fillers? Maybe, but the real secret might be retinol — the non prescription alternative to Rx Retin-A.  I know what you’re thinking; lots of us still have …

Is Green Beauty All Hype?

Posted on 04/17/2013 by |Beauty | Comments

Beauty & FashionEarth Day is April 22 and I feel a little guilty. There’s Helen Hunt 49, wearing an eco-friendly H&M gown at the Oscars, Meryl Streep 63, promoting environmental food awareness, Bette Midler 67, greening up with her New York Restoration Project and Darryl Hannah 52, chaining herself to trees.  All I’m doing is recyling, buying organic, doing yoga and worrying obsessively about climate change, polar bears, whales, bushfires, earthquakes, the next tsunami, and carbon pollution in the daily news. I …

Grey Hair Gets Hotter!

Posted on 04/3/2013 by |Beauty | Comments

Beauty & FashionGood news! The “things-that-make-us-look-old” list is getting shorter. We’re down to three: wrinkles, brown spots and a saggy body. There used to be five but whitening strips eliminated yellow teeth and now grey hair –the ultimate taboo –is a definite do, not a don’t. It’s so super-cool that even Madonna and Nicole Kidman were spotted recently with grey roots.  The beauty chatter I’ve been hearing lately is from dye-hard fans, 50+, who can’t wait to go grey. But here’s the catch, …

Bobbi Brown’s Own Beauty Secrets for Women 50+ !

Posted on 03/13/2013 by |Beauty | Comments

Beauty & FashionI met makeup guru Bobbi Brown, founder of her best-selling eponymous brand back in the 80s. She was a freelance makeup artist and I was the beauty editor working with her on a photo shoot. Even then as a rookie she had star power and strong opinions.  She wanted skin to look authentic and used neutral colors that enhanced faces and features. She’s stayed true to that mantra.  Celebs like Meryl Streep, Susan Sarandon and Blythe Danner are fans of …

Look Healthy and Hot Even When You’re Not!

Posted on 02/7/2013 by |Beauty | Comments

Beauty & FashionThe New York Times reported fashionistas are looking forward to Fashion Week (starting February 7) with rising panic. This time however, it’s not about the clothes. Any attendee seen sniffling or clutching shredded tissues will probably be downgraded to standing room only.  Editors, buyers or front-row celebs with runny noses tossing down DayQuil will be out on their Pilates-toned derrieres. It’s flu season and paranoia is up. Of course smart, mature babes like us prepped with a flu-shot (and for …

Here’s What 50 Looks Like!

Posted on 09/26/2012 by |Beauty | Comments

Beauty & FashionOur mothers warned us to look good 24/7 because  “you never know.”  This is why photos of celebrities like Madonna and Sharon Stone without makeup are one of our favorite guilty pleasures; the naked truth is a great equalizer! Oddly enough show and tell has become a huge trend for television stars.  Today’s Kathie Lee Gifford, 58, and Hoda Kotb, 47, as well as The Talk’s Sharon Osbourne, 59 and guest Jamie Lee Curtis, 53, both did on-air segments bare-faced.  And isn’t it weirdly …