9 Sensational Summer Haircare Tips

Summer may be a time to have loads of fun outdoors, but the incessant heat and humidity can play havoc on our hair. Take the advice of these wise FOFriends, and your tresses won’t look like they need a vacation after you’ve taken yours!

Sleep on a silk pillow for much more manageable hair the following morning. Works even after a sweltering and sweaty sleep.”

After you shampoo, apply a good conditioner like Aveda damage remedy, leave in hair for 15 minutes to half an hour.”


Better Than A Loofa!

I am in love with a new kind of skin exfoliator I recently discovered at a Brooklyn shop that offers unique natural health and beauty products. Called The Ayate Washcloth from Flower Valley, it’s hand woven in Mexico from 100 percent natural agave fiber (from the same plant that gives us Agave syrup), and it works better than any loofa I’ve ever used.


How Does Victoria Principal’s Skin Stay So Beautiful?

This is a “sponsored post.” Principal Secret compensated FOF with an advertising sponsorship to write it. Regardless, we only recommend products or services that we believe will be helpful for our readers. All insights and expressed opinions are our own. —Geri Brin

I don’t think I missed a single episode of Dallas, the nighttime soap opera which ran for 13 years.

I unabashedly admit that I fantasized about being Pamela Barnes Ewing, played by enchanting Victoria Principal. It’s been 25 years since the show ended, but Victoria, at 67, has her act together more than Pam ever did. Victoria is a successful author and businesswoman, not to mention she’s still beautiful!

Victoria seems to keep her skin looking as fresh, firm, and flawless as when she played Pam. I’ve seen her in infomercials over the years, where she attributes her lovely complexion to a continuing quest to create products with the most effective ingredients on the market. “I’ve had an affinity and love of skin since I was eight years old, and wanted to give everyone a facial,” she laughs.

Victoria was so passionate about her skin that she launched her own skincare brand, Principal Secret, and she’s been sharing her beauty secrets with women  ever since–now more than 25 years.

To tell you the truth, I’ve been covering the beauty industry for a lot longer than that as an editor, and I know for a fact that a brand would never EVER thrive like Principal Secret unless it delivered what it said it would! So when I was asked to try Victoria’s state-of-the-art skincare secret, RECLAIM® with Argireline Molecular Complex, I was beyond intrigued.  

I was impressed to learn that RECLAIM® is created from some of the most effective age-fighting ingredients ever to be blended into skin care. Argireline is considered by many to be like a gentler, healthier, topical alternative to Botox®–it works by relaxing facial muscles to help smooth the appearance of lines and wrinkles.  Argireline instantly penetrates those pesky wrinkles that pop up after years of using our facial muscles to smile, laugh and frown.    (more…)

Eyeshadow 101: Buying & Applying

Sherry Hafassa is a 53-year-old, French makeup artist and beauty expert who has trained at the prestigious Steiner beauty school of London, appointed by the Queen.

sherryDuring her career, she has worked as a makeup artist for Bobbi Brown cosmetics in London and Dubai, and now is a freelancer in the UK and France.

Sherry is frequently complimented about the glow of her skin, and wants to share her beauty expertise and makeup tips with other FabOverFifty women. Today, she’s bringing us tips about choosing and applying eye shadow. Although she believes that less is best when it comes to applying color to our eyes, it doesn’t mean that we can’t use a wide range of lovely warm, golden, frosted colors, she explains. (more…)

Tried-and-True Beauty Tools: Wild and Wooly To Straight And Smooth

After I wash and quickly blow dry my hair, it looks like the photo on the left. Not especially curly. Not wavy. Just a little crazy.

I finally found a tool that straightens, smooths and styles at the same time, in less than two minutes. The Sutra Beauty Ionic Heat Brush has silicone tip bristles and adjustable digital temperature that quickly heats up the unit to as much as 450 degrees F. (more…)

The Best Haircare Advice For Women Over 50

Ask 10 women for their hair care advice, and you’ll likely get 10 different recommendations. What works for Sally’s thick curls is vastly different than the product Megan uses on her fine straight hair. Here is a selection of hair tips from FOFans that sound mighty promising.

“Use Living Proof Amp for fine hair. Great!!!”

R Margarita Castañeda    


[GIVEAWAY] A Beauty Product With A Critical Ingredient

This post and giveaway are sponsored by Neutrogena.

If you ask any respected dermatologist or plastic surgeon what ingredient should absolutely be included in an anti-aging skin cream, they undoubtedly will answer “retinol.”

That’s why we were excited to learn about Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Regenerating Cream ($24.31 for 1.7oz), which provides a generous dose of retinol at an affordable price. We’re also offering one lucky lady the chance to win a jar of this miracle worker!


Introducing A Powerful And Innovative Anti-Aging Roll-On Serum

I On Youth Collection sponsored this post and provided FabOverFifty with product and compensation, but all opinions and copy are those of Geri Brin and FabOverFifty.


We’re always curious when we’re introduced to an innovative way to use a popular skincare product. So we couldn’t wait to try the I On Youth Collection by Irene Michaels Roll-On Serum, sold exclusively on Amazon, because it’s applied with a rollerball! Irene was a star from General Hospital in the 90s, and she’s got impeccable skin. She created her line on the premise that when we consistently use high-quality skincare products, and maintain a healthy lifestyle, we can look and feel great regardless of our age.

Geri Brin, founder of FabOverFifty, tried Irene’s four products. Here’s the rundown, and Geri’s take on each.

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How Probiotics Can Help Revitalize Your Skin

Before FabOverFifty shares a new skin care or beauty product with you, we dig in to understand the science behind the product that can benefit your skin. We also look for brands that have intense research behind their formulas, making them especially appealing and definitely worth passing them along to you.

An exciting new line, called BioEsse, has been structured to interact with the microbes on our skin to brighten, smooth, strengthen, and protect it. That’s great news because our skin is the largest organ in our bodies.

Microbes, for those of us who long ago forgot 8th grade biology, are microorganisms that can only be seen with a microscope, and live inside us, around is, and on us. As a matter of fact, the microbes in our bodies outnumber the cells of normal human bodies by 10 times. 99 percent of microbes are beneficial: They facilitate food digestion to give us energy, synthesize vitamins, and stimulate our immune system and prevent infection. (more…)

Enhancing Lips 101

Many of us wouldn’t mind having fuller lips, maybe not Kardashian-style lips, but plumper than they are now. They’ve definitely lost volume, not to mention shape and moisture, during the last few years. Injections are an option, but we’ll leave that choice to the celeb sisters.


Lip-plumping glosses are a lot cheaper, not to mention less painful. They’re formulated with natural ingredients, like cinnamon, spearmint, or peppermint, that stimulate blood flow by actually irritating the lips, making them tingle and appear plumper. Glosses blended with nourishing moisturizers, like shea butter, also help contribute to fuller lips, even if for only a few hours. And, gloss with shimmer brings light to your face, another magnifying trick.


Note: Avoid lip gloss if you have tiny wrinkles around your upper lip since it will smudge and look messy. Use a matte light lipstick instead, with a dry matching lip liner.

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