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:
When Helen Mirren, 67, turned up with punky-pink hair at the BAFTA awards in London, we cheered. When Maggie Smith, 78, admitted to being "spiky" and using the f-word a lot during her 60 Minutes interview, we laughed. We adore Helena Bonham Carter, 46, for her off-beat ensembles like wacky Madame Thenardier's in Les Miserables. Trudie Styler, 59, wears leather and clingy dresses to save the Rain Forest and keeps Sting going after thirty years! Even the Queen is cool and quirky. Think it's easy to color coordinate head to toe every single day in look-at-me hues? Maybe British girls are onto something when it comes to celebrating age. They don't seem to care what anyone else thinks is "age appropriate," they simply keep calm and carry on. Here's how:
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:
No, de-aging jewelry is not a pierced belly button ring or a nose stud. That looks like you're trying too hard. It's certainly not a watch since everyone n0w checks the time on their phone. Your everyday jewelry at 50 is probably a mash-up of real and fake selected by habit, emotional memories or a random just-throw-it-on attitude. Time for a rethink. I know you're picky about everything from wrinkle cream to heels that won't kill your feet so why not apply that gutsy attitude to your jewelry. Nothing personalizes or de-ages a wardrobe faster than jewelry. Three big swaps to make now:
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 :
Standing in the skin care aisle of any drugstore or mass marketer and it is easy to become overwhelmed as hundreds of anti-aging products claim miracles. Jars, tubes and pump bottles say they "sculpt and lift" saggy skin, provide "an immediate tightening sensation" or "instantly correct dark circles." Some boast having the highest percentage of collagen boosters or the most peptides or exotic ingredients like dragon's blood (don't worry, it's tree sap) or stem cells. Uh-huh. We weren't born yesterday so we know treatments take weeks to show results, but we don't know which to choose. Top skin care brands know words like deep-wrinkle, ultra lift, regenerating, repair and radiance boosting get our attention but do they work? I asked Johnson & Johnson's top chemist Samantha Tucker- Samaras for the naked truth. Here's what you need to know:
Hands provide good, bad and downright ugly "gotcha" moments for us. Good because we get to wear trendy polish that shows our ageless style attitude. Bad because despite whatever we do neck up --facelift, Botox, laser, filler --hands give away our true age. Ugly because if we do dishes, garden or brave the cold minus gloves, and skip hand cream or sun screen we're left with visibly rough, dry, wrinkled, spotty paws. You can go the dermatologist route with Radiesse, Fraxel and sclerotherapy to plump and clean up your hands, but it's super-pricey, time consuming and not exactly pain-free. Every woman in the news from Michelle Obama to Vogue's Grace Coddington makes statement nails a must-do. I dished with peer-pro Jan Arnold, co-founder of Creative Nail Design (CND) whose behind-the scenes runway teams start the hottest polish trends from New York to Paris. Here are three tips to transform your old mitts from miserable to marvellous and all by yourself!
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