Older Girl Beauty

Is your hair reality ready?

Have you always wanted to be a Reality Star, but the thought of living with a bunch of other people, trying for the “heart” of someone not your cup of tea? Well, Pantene has the contest for you. Now, thru April 18th, they are looking for the “World’s First Reality Hair Star”.

Pantene is reinventing itself again and wants to put its products to the LIVE test. They are looking for one lucky lady to test them out in a nationally advertised spot with Pantene spokeswoman, Stacy London. In addition to the chance to be live on national tv on May 25th, she will also “win the “Be the Rock Star You Are” experience from Bret Michaels, which will include tickets to one of his concerts this summer, first class airfare, a ride in Michaels’ tour bus, and backstage passes.”

To enter, you need to go to the info page and read all of the requirements to enter. Also, while you are there, make sure and check out some of your competition on the “Must See Videos” page, like Snooki and Lo Bosworth. (*I hear they may be more competition added, so keep checking back.)

If you DO enter, or if you just see an entry you really like, let me know about it so I can check out the entry, too. Good Luck!

Win your own "Dove Visibly Smooth" sticks – you don’t have to share

Remember when I told you guys about the “Dove Red Carpet Event” I hosted and I said that I would be giving away *5* sticks to 5 lucky readers? Well, it’s time to give them away. I’ve even made it easy peasy. Just enter your name and email address in the box below and it will pick 5 random winners. This contest will run from Monday, April 12th at 12pmCST to 11:59pmCST Monday, April 19th. (*Limit one entry per email address and for US residents only.) Good luck!

A reversal of fortunate skin

Last week I was lucky enough to get the chance to talk to Anthony Gonzalez, Senior Manager, Global Skin Care Product Development – Global Research & Development for Avon (*heck of a title, eh? Whew.) about Avon’s “ANEW Reversalist” line. This is their anti-aging skincare line for 40+ folks with moderate signs of aging, including wrinkles, loss of firmness and discolorations.

The primary component of this range is the “Activinol Technology”. I know, you’re like I was – what’s that? So, I asked. Anthony told me that “it is based around the protein “Activin”, which helps promote healing & that this is important because aging is really accumulated damage under the skin (*says wrinkles are micro-injuries to the skin). The good thing about this Activin is that it can be “stimulated” to reactivate the healing/repairing by the “Activinol Technology”. Avon is the first to use this patent-pending complex of two highly purified fractions of specific plant components: 1) Amorphophallus: Stimulates Activin production to help trigger skin’s repair process & 2) Sesbania: Boosts skin’s support structure.”

There is actually a complete “holistic” system to the Reversalist line, from cleanser to moisturizer, but we were talking about the two lastest additions, the “ANEW REVERSALIST Day Renewal Cream SPF 25” and the ANEW REVERSALIST Illuminating Eye System. The Day Renewal Cream seems to have some pretty dramatic results:

  • Instantly, helps reduce the look of dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes*
  • In 2 weeks, fine lines and wrinkles visibly improved up to 25% **
  • Over time, clinically shown to improve the look of dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles **
  • (*In a consumer-perception study. **In a clinical study.)

In addition, it contains SPF 25 UVA/UVB, which we all know we should be applying every morning anyway, right?

As for the Iluminating Eye System, it has two parts to it. 1) The first part is the eye cream itself, which can be used all over the eye area, including the eyelid. Now, I did ask Anthony about this, as most eye creams don’t want you to get it too close to the eye, let alone on the eyelid. He said that “thru the screening process, it was determined that it was mild enough for the eyelid, without stinging, so that it could be used there”. I like that because usually I wonder if it am getting enough around my eye, since I stay so far back with cream to not get it IN the eye. Anyway, this cream “visibly reduces dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles over time”. 2) The second part is the “Sheer Veil”, which contain “potent skin brighteners”. It has a very soft feel about it and when I asked Anthony about what it was made up of, he told me that it used pigments and MagiX, which made me very happy to hear because you guys know that I really like me some MagiX. Again, this one has some pretty dramatic results, too:

  • Instantly, helps reduce the look of dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes*
  • In 2 weeks, fine lines and wrinkles visibly improved up to 25% **
  • Over time, clinically shown to improve the look of dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles **
  • (*In a consumer-perception study. **In a clinical study.)

Now, I haven’t been using this for too long, so I haven’t seen dramatic results, but I can say that they feel really good on. I really like the feel of the Sheer Veil in the eye system, but I may be biased since I already like the MagiX. Have any of you guys tried this? If you have, I’d like to know your experinces with it so far, too. And, if you would like to, as always with Avon, you can shop online or from your local Avon rep. (*if you don’t have one, you can find one of those on their site, too.)(*Thanks to Anthony for his time to speak to me and to the teams for putting this together. I really appreciate it.)

Sponsored Post: Be Visibly Smooth on the Red Carpet

You guys, I recently had a chance to host a “Red Carpet Event” sponsored by Dove Visibly Smooth Deodorant. (*And when I say sponsored, I mean they were generous enough to provide a flip camera to record the fun, funds for food, drinks and goodies for a gift bag for the party, jewelry for the guests to help them feel dressed up for the Red Carpet and samples of Dove Visibly Smooth Deodorant to try.) Unfortunately, my party wasn’t able to be scheduled for an Oscars viewing party, but I did have the Red Carpet vibe by showing Meryl Streep’s Oscar nominated performance in “Julie and Julia”, where she plays Julia Child. (*Did you know that that was her 16th nomination – more than any other actor/actress in the history of the Academy?). I also enjoy the “Julie” (*played by Amy Adams) side of the movie, as I can kind of relate to someone starting their own blog & enjoying when people discover it, too. But, before we started the movie, we chatted about Dove’s Visibly Smooth Deodorant. Have you guys heard about this? They say it “is an anti-perspirant deodorant that works to minimize the visual appearance of underarm hair over time, while providing effective 24-hour odor and wetness protection. Its unique formula contains Pro-Epil Complex and natural extracts, as well as Dove 1/4 translucent moisturizers.” This pretty much means that it’s got 24hr protection and while its NOT a dipilatory, it will make your underarm hair less noticable *over time* – not instantly. It also smells really nice. We had a chance to try the “Wild Rose” scent, but there is also a “Nature Fresh” scent that I have smelled, too. Since I haven’t used it for all that long, I can’t say that I have gotten the full benefit of the “over time” visible difference, but I can say that my underarms do feel softer already, so that’s definitely something.You can pick up either one of these scents up at any local mass market drugstore or big box store for around $5, but if you click here right now there is a $2off coupon for you to use. PLUS, very shortly I will be giving away *5* sticks to 5 lucky readers. Can’t beat *free* right?

Goodies for the party
We had all kinds of snacks for the party, including meats, cheeses, fruits and chocolate dipped strawberries, pretzels and marshmallows.

Chocolate dipped goodies
We even made chocolate dipped pretzels & strawberries. They were stupid simple to make, leading me to wonder why I don’t do that more.

Cynthia and the necklace
One of the gifts that Dove provided was a necklace for each of the attendees.

Jenna checking out her own necklace
The necklaces were in different colors, so each lovely lady had her own color in their gift bag.

Putting it on
Cynthia couldn’t wait to try the deodorant out – not that she smelled funny or anything. We didn’t make her put it on, I swear.

Dove Giftbag
Not only did I make sure everyone got a gift bag with a necklace and a deodorant to try, I added a few extra goodies to the bag, too: some sister Dove products like soap, hair spray and chocolates, there were also some e.l.f. products like eyelashes for glam eyes and even gloss in “Red Carpet”.

Us watching Julie watching Julia
Our “Red Carpet” movie was “Julie & Julia”, starring Oscar nominee Meryl Streep. We had a blast eating snacks and hanging out watching the movie.

Stand up straight, girl, you slump too much

I’m a slumper. Bad. I blame it on my “girls” (*which, if you’ve met me, it makes for a grand excuse), but it’s there. I do it. And I don’t realize how it makes me *look*, it’s just a lazy way of walking. Even tho I KNOW better. Mom always said, “Stand up straight. It’ll make you look slimmer.” Yeah, of course, she was right.

Charla Krupp knows it, too. In fact, she wrote a book about how to look slimmer, “How to Never Look Fat Again: Over 1,000 Ways to Dress Thinner–Without Dieting!”, which has mulitiple sections adressing specific areas of the body, in additon to bullet-point lists and even a “High-Fat/No-Fat” way of dressing to your strong points, and I was lucky enough to get to interview her this week.

Let me tell you right off the bat, just like Charla does in her introduction, if you are more than 100lbs overweight you will NOT get the full benefit of all of the advice in this book. But, that doesn’t mean that you can not get a ton of helpful advice from it – you can. Here are a few things I picked up:

  1. Wide Feet & Ankles: I should never wear shoe with an ankle strap; it looks better to wear a shoe with a bit of a heel & that a d’Orsay pump is actually the best style, because of it’s open sides. (*hell, i didn’t even know the NAME of those kind of shoes, let alone that they would be the best style for me to wear.)
  2. Heavy Calves: It is okay to wear a skirt, I just need to make sure it hits the “sweet spot” – which is at the back of the knee where the thigh connects with the calf and curves inward.
  3. Big Bust: While I know it is nescessary to get a properly fitted bra, you actually need a variety of these, as you will fluctuate. And by properly fitted, I mean, no bulges over and around & lifting your bust off of your ribcage & being positioned equally between your shoulder and your elbow. That’s the “sweet spot” for your boobs.

A couple of other things that we discussed that help you look slimmer is when your skin is soft & moisturized and using some self-tanner or bronzer. The need to moisturize should be easy to figure out, soft skin feels good and helps your body, but did you realize that it can also change the perception of how old you look? According to a survey (*sponsored by P&G Beauty), one of the things they found was that “When judged independently from the face, body skin, if maintained, is perceived up to 10 years younger and adds to the overall perception of youthfulness.” These findings led to a conclusion of:

“The study indicates that body skin around the neck and chest, arms, and hands are important areas for women in terms of age perception,” said Dr. Bernhard Fink, Senior Scientist, Institute for Zoology and Anthropology at the University of Göettingen. “Keeping your skin moisturized is one of the most basic things you can do to prevent visible signs of aging on the skin. Using products that go beyond basic moisturization to provide additional anti-aging benefits can be a further help.”

As for the self-tanner/bronzer, it has the ability to hide veins and bruises. Now, I’m not a whiz at self-tanning, I am such a fair-skinned girl, I’d rather laze in the nice air conditioning, but I DO know that to get a good application, you need to have smooth skin. I’m not even going to try to think that there are some of you out there trying to put it on over some stubbley legs.

Well, Charla has a coupla ideas to help with both of these things and they are both drugstore buys, which you know I love. First, she says to use the new Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Advanced Anti-Aging Body Wash, with its ability to fight “the 7 signs of body skin aging for radiant, younger looking skin. So, not only are you clean, you are also helping to improve your skins elasticity and improve how it looks – (*sugg. price $5.99 or $7.99, depending on size). And for smooth legs, she suggests the first disposable razor with 5 blades, the Venus Embrace Disposables. It gives you the same close shave as with the other razors, just without the need to change blades. (*3 to a pack. sugg. price $9.99 to $13.99). Let me know if you pick up this book and if you take any of the tips to heart. I know we are all different and have diff things we try to adjust for, so, I may have skipped one that you found super helpful. I’d like to know about it. (*Big thanks to Charla for her time and the teams that made it happen. I really appreciate it.)

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