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5 Retro Beauty and Fashion Trends Return For Spring

Posted on 04/17/2014 by | Beauty | Comments

Beauty & FashionIn beauty and fashion, everything eventually comes back — but never the same way. Fresh details and an updated attitude make the difference. Before you say “been there, done that,” check out these five new-again trends. Each provides a de-stressing fix that’ll make spring and summer 2014 a breeze. COMFY JEANS. No, not “mom” jeans! I mean the new slim boyfriend jeans, pared down from the baggy originals with the same a-a-ah factor but with a feminine fit. Look for …

5 Beauty Solutions for Red Itchy Skin

Posted on 04/11/2014 by | Beauty | Comments

Beauty & FashionApril is prime rash season for those of us with rosacea, atopic dermatitis (a prevalent form of eczema) or chronic itching. It’s also National Rosacea Awareness Month and National Stress Awareness Month — an ironic duo since a red blotchy face and scaly body patches are total anxiety boosters. Aside from the extreme physical discomfort, there’s the visible issue of irritated skin to deal with on top of all our other aging woes. Here’s how to stay calm and carry …

5 Secrets of a 50+ Beauty Industry Executive

Posted on 04/10/2014 by | Beauty | Comments

Beauty & FashionAndrea Q. Robinson is a beauty industry legend and one of my mentors. She revolutionized makeup by creating The Nakeds by Ultima II for Revlon back in the ’80s. Until then “neutrals” didn’t exist (not even Bobbi Brown!). In her new memoir Toss The Gloss-Beauty Tips, Tricks & Truths For Women 50+ ($17.67,amazon.com), Andrea, a former Vogue beauty editor who has also been president of Ralph Lauren Beauty, president of Tom Ford Beauty and chief marketing officer at Estee Lauder (see …

Is Your Bra Aging You? Here’s How to Tell

Posted on 03/27/2014 by | Beauty | Comments

Beauty & FashionStop trying to fit your 32F chest into your old 34B bras! At 50 your body has moved on, and so have your breasts. Even after an in-store professional bra fitter diagnosis, we’re skeptical. The truth is that mature breasts vary a lot in shape, fullness, proportions, position and spacing, even though thousands of women may wear the same bra size. Here’s how to choose: IF YOUR BRA AND BREASTS SAG: The band or cups may be too big. Lots …

Eyebrow Rehab: 3 Tricks for Women 50+

Posted on 03/13/2014 by | Beauty | Comments

Beauty & FashionGood eyebrows — lush and extended — are usually made, not born, at 50. They do for your aging face what a blazer does for your body, adding structure and definition. Unfortunately, too many of us got a little tweezer crazy back in the day; others are dealing with skimpy, misshapen or balding brows due to thyroid or hormonal changes. And brows do change with age. Even Brooke Shields, who is famous for her full brows, now has shapelier, more groomed …

5 Tips for Preventing Hair Loss

Posted on 02/11/2014 by | Beauty | Comments

Beauty & FashionSkimpy hair is a real confidence slammer for women 50+.  We blame bad genes or menopause, stock up on volumizing products, do the flip-over blow-dry and get on with it. But the true culprit may be hiding in plain sight: your shampoo and conditioner. New York City hair specialist and restoration surgeon Dr. Robert Dorin has identified a number of ingredients that may be at the root of the problem. Here are some to avoid: Foamers and thickeners. Dr. Dorin …