Fast beauty and style tricks for women 50+

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In her neo-feminist book " Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead," Facebook COO Sheryly Sandberg, 43 encourages women to push through fear, skip people pleasing and take more risks. Duh. Thanks Sheryl, but we, the largest, most powerful group of women 50+ ever in history, already know that. Thanks to early mentoring by heavy hitters like Gloria Steinem and Helen Gurley Brown, we are expert negotiators who rival Oprah for chutzpah and have a special gene that allows us to change husbands and wrinkle creams with equal gusto.  Of course name dropping rich peer heroines is easy. A few: Mindy Grossman, 55 CEO of The Home Shopping Network, Stacy Snider, 51 CEO and of Dreamworks Studio, Ellen J. Kullman, 56 CEO of DuPont, Desiree Rogers, 53 CEO of Johnson Publishing Company, Indra Nooyi, 57 Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo, Gayle King, 58 co-anchor of CBS This Morning , Anna Wintour, 63 editor-in-chief of Vogue and Artistic Director of Conde Nast, Katie Couric, 56 host of her own syndicated "Katie" talk show and Oprah Winfrey, 59 CEO of OWN. Unfortunately most women in their 50s, 60s and 70s are finding themselves underemployed, flat out of work, "in transition," and job hunting ...again.  Here are some honest, tough-talking beauty and fashion tips for those millions of  fearless, independent risk-takers ...us:
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Good move Michelle O! Instead of  buying a sports car or bungee-jumping at birthday 49, you freaked out and cut statement bangs. Well, it is a cheap, risk-free alternative. Bangs are the secret of the universe. Here's why: they divert attention away from a saggy jaw or stringy neck, they hide skimpy, over-plucked brows, they cover forehead frown lines and make us look happy, they disguise a thinning hairline, they dress up your face when you pull back your hair and add symmetry to your looks (yes, one side always ages saggier, more wrinkled, more sun-damaged than the other unfortunately) and they are sexy and youthful. Smart, like-minded celebs Goldie Hawn, 67 and Suzanne Somers, 66 have made bangs a lifetime signature.  Whether you chop or not, here are three more beauty band-aids:
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No one loves Downton Abbey more than us. The last episode just aired and we're already having withdrawal symptoms. We're infatuated with the take-me-away storyline, the cliff-hanging relationships, the Maggie Smith zingers and last but not least the romantic feminine looks. Not a leather jacket, legging or nail decal in sight. Instead Elizabeth McGovern, 51, as Cora, Countess of Gratham and Shirley MacLaine, 78, as mom Martha Levinson make us crave Twenties inspired chemises, floaty blouses, low heels and bobs. There's a nostalgia yen going on with women 50+ and it's not for minis or backpacks. Here's how to lose a decade, gain some style and keep Downton going till next season:
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A new year and we've got good intentions: we're going to exercise more, eat healthier, and update our looks to stay in the game. Uh-huh. It's not that these things don't work, they do. But even the thought of all that extra effort when we're already multi-tasking  24/ 7  stresses us out.  Three small changes you can do in five minutes or less can undo a year of gym slacking, de-railed diets and lazy self-maintenance. Start now :
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