Thinning Brows Don’t Do Your Face Any Favors (In The Age Department!)

Take a peek in the mirror. You’ll probably be
surprised to see that while you were concentrating on those irritating crow’s feet, your once-beautiful pair of eyebrows isn’t exactly making you look like a
bright, young thing, either.

Well, guess what! Your eyebrows, not your crow’s feet, are adding years to your face. Of course they are! After all, they’re your most defining features, and now that they’re sparser—maybe even coarser and grayer—they’re not doing your face any favors. “Our brows tell others when we’re surprised, happy, sad, or concerned. If they don’t look their best, the only thing they’ll show is our age,” says Eliza Petrescu, owner of Eliza’s Eyes in New York City, who knows how to turn brows into works of art.

Why Brows Count

You may be slathering costly, anti-aging creams, lotions and serums on your wrinkles and lines, but no one even notices them but you. Your eyebrows, however, literally frame your face; if the ‘frame’ doesn’t compliment the picture (YOU!), you’re just not going to look as great as you could. Voluptuous, well-shaped brows are more essential to youthful good looks than injections and skin creams. They’ll open your eyes, making you look alert and sparkling.

Lackluster, thinner eyebrows have a variety of causes, ranging from hormonal changes during menopause; taking certain medications to years of over plucking. Brows naturally thin at the outer edges (by your temples) first. “The tail of the brow is the part that sets off the arch, which makes eyes look youthful and sexy,” Petrescu explains. “Without it, eyes seem droopy and tired.”

Simple Brow-Enhancing Solution

There’s delightful news, however. Unlike costly and time-consuming plastic surgery or injections to erase wrinkles and lines, a brow makeover is quick, inexpensive and truly an anti-aging phenomenon. We’re not talking about often unnatural-looking, permanent makeup (a.k.a. tattooed eyebrows) that was all the rage a couple of decades ago. And brow pencils may come in handy when you want to “fill in” your brows a bit, but don’t use them to play artist and draw on a new set of eyebrows.

We are talking about an eyebrow enhancer like Cute Couple, from eSalon, a conditioning serum that goes right to the root of brittle sparse brows to revitalize and protect them. This daily brush-up, enriched with peptides and natural plant extract, is a beautiful way to bring back beguiling brows that look thicker, fuller, healthier and younger, by up to 25 percent.

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Gray, Gray Go Away!

If your brows aren’t only sparser, but are noticeably grayer and lack the depth of color they once had, you’ve got a couple of really good options. Have them dyed in the salon or at a spa, which usually covers the gray anywhere from two to six weeks. Or you might want to try a temporary color, like eSalon’s Two of a Kind, a perfect complement to the Cute Couple brow enhancer. This gentle, brush-on gel/cream—in five shades—tints, tames and creates shapely, fuller and more vibrant brows without flaking, and can be used every day.

“From afar, your gray or white brows disappear completely, which makes your features look unbalanced,” says Petrescu, who advises using a tinted gel that’s slightly lighter than your non-gray hairs. Even if the hair on your head is silver or gray, she recommends coloring brows light brown. “It creates a frame for your eyes that plays up your features for a more youthful look.”

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I Vote For Retinol In the Skincare Competition

Sometimes, pictures do indeed “say 1,000 words,” like these photos of my completely unmade up face…

…taken on 7 consecutive nights, at exactly the same time (11 PM), in exactly the same spot (the SE corner of my living room), with exactly the same lighting. I also tried to keep my face pretty much expressionless.


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{Recommendation} Mirenesse Mascara & Defense Powder

A few months ago, we asked you why you wanted to try this duo from Mirenesse Cosmetics.

DD Velvet Skin Line Minimizing Powder SPF25 ($62) is a concealing powder with a creamy, whipped consistency.

The Secret Weapon Supreme 24Hr Mascara ($45) “instantly creates super long full lashes,” according to the manufacturer. The water-based formula includes organic waxes for a glossy and light look.

Did these products bring out our bold side?
See what our testers had to say!


{FOF Recommendation} A FFF Cream (Fab Firming Face!)

Fifteen FOFs recently tried Laurie Hermann’s Skincare Face Lift Firm It ($49 for .5oz). Her #1 best seller, the luxurious moisturizer, can be used daily on the “face, eye and neck,” according to the manufacturer. The “all-natural” cream includes Moroccan argan nut and pomegranate seed oils, which promote collagen and elastin production to “firm up your skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.”

Did this all-natural product bring out a gorgeous glow? See what our testers had to say!


{Test This} DerMend® Alpha + Beta Hydroxy Therapy

This post is sponsored by the marketers of DerMend® Moisturizing
Bruise Formula. FabOverFifty appreciates their support!

Make sure to give dry skin a cold shoulder this winter!

The marketers of DerMend Moisturizing Bruise Formula have brought us a powerful team of skin protectors for FOFs that won’t let the harsh winter weather get to us. Works for those of us in warm, dry climates too! This dynamic duo will help soothe dry skin and restore its protective barrier.

DerMend® Alpha + Beta Hydroxy Therapy Lotion ($26.49 for 12oz) is fragrance-free and delivers glycolic and salicylic acids to help skin slough off dead cells, while the formula’s rich ceramides and urea help skin feel new again. Packaged in an easy-to-use pump bottle, the body lotion works wonders on areas like bumpy skin on shoulders, upper arms and dry legs. It’s also non-comedogenic, so it won’t clog pores.

DerMend® Alpha + Beta Hydroxy Therapy Cream ($17.99 for 4.5oz) provides similar benefits to the lotion, but has a thicker consistency, and works to relieve areas of severe dryness, such as elbows, knees, and feet.

Uncover your softer side. 10 FOFs will test this duo!


{Sponsored Giveaway} StemLife Beauty Bundle

Stem Cell Beauty is giving away a beauty bundle from its StemLife line of rejuvenating products, valued at $389!

All of these products incorporate StemLife’s patent-pending FixT Technology©, using a proprietary blend of molecules from human stem cells to “enhance your body’s natural healing powers” and give you a radiant glow.


The Top Hair Concerns Of FOF Women

You might be surprised to learn the top 7 hair concerns of 635 FOFs, which they revealed in a recent study we conducted. After you read the countdown, make sure to let us know in the comments section about YOUR number one hair concern. The more knowledge manufacturers have about our needs, the more they can help!


{Tested} Two Good Scents Sugar Scrubs

Fifteen FOFs recently tried a sugar scrub from Two Good Scents ($10 for 8oz), available in seasonally changing, heavenly scents, ranging from Pumpkin Pie to intoxicating Blossom.

Did these scrubs exfoliate, soften, and polish
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“I loved everything about this product! The scent was perfect, but not too strong. It was not harsh on my skin at all—my skin was so soft. I loved it and am planning on buying more for Christmas presents!” reports Barbara of Brooks, GA.


{Sponsored Giveaway} derma e Firming DMAE Moisturizer

Firm up your face this fall!

derma e® Firming DMAE Moisturizer ($22.50 for 2oz) promises “to help visibly firm, lift and smooth skin as it moisturizes,” according to its manufacturer. The product’s signature ingredient, a compound named DMAE, is shown to improve skin tone and increase tensile strength of the skin, suggesting that the topical application of DMAE firms skin and restores elasticity. Potent antioxidants Alpha Lipoic and C-Ester are also added to help support healthy collagen and elastin and powerfully address the visible signs of aging. It’s recommended for use twice a day on the face or neck.


How Pure Are YOUR Argan Oil Beauty Products?

You’ve probably tried a beauty product containing argan oil sometime during the last couple of years, since it’s one of the trendiest ingredients for everything from eye cream to hair conditioner.

Chances are, however, that the product you bought wasn’t produced with the best argan oil available.

Argan oil comes from the nut of the argan tree, which is grown in a region of southwest Morocco called Arganeraie. Reportedly one of nature’s most remarkable oils, argan oil is naturally rich in Vitamin E and antioxidants and contains the highest concentration of essential fatty and linoleic acid. Among its benefits are fighting free radicals that cause cell damage; moisturizing and strengthening brittle and nails; adding lustre and bounce to hair, and making hands and feet feel soft and silky.