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“And Here’s To You, Mrs. Robinson”

2014 April 23

Insider blows the whistle on youth-obsessed industry

If you’re at least 50 years old and own any how-to beauty books, throw them out immediately, all of them, and we mean immediately. While you’re at the trash can, toss in every single powder blush on your vanity. And, next time you’re tempted to follow the advice of any magazine or website beauty editor, don’t! That includes the big-name magazines, including Allure, Vogue, and Harper’s Bazaar.

These tips may sound extreme, but considering their source, we’d be wise to follow them. They come from honest-to-goodness beauty expert, FOF Andrea Q. Robinson, whose decades of high-level experience in the industry give her the authority to dispense sound advice.

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2014 April 1

Menopause can wreak havoc on our skin, whether we’re going through it or have passed it. When our estrogen level decreases, so does our collagen production. This can cause our skin to lose its suppleness and show more wrinkles. Stratum C, a UK-based skincare line, has developed a collection of products specifically designed to combat the effects of menopause on the skin. After working wonders for women across the pond, this beautiful range of products just launched in the US—and here’s your chance to be among the first women to try it out!

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The Truth About Red Lipstick

2014 March 18

Carolyn Diamond, professional makeup artist and medical aesthetician, wants you to SEE RED!

Red lipstick is a universal classic, never goes out of style and can be one of the most powerful weapons in any woman’s beauty arsenal. Yet, many of us assume we can’t wear it.

I, too, protested against wearing red lipstick for years. Whenever I’d gather enough courage to wear a new shade of red I’d think everyone was looking at my lips. Truth be known, they probably were. I finally learned that beautiful, red lips are striking, sexy and, an accessory! Now, I’m proud to say my lips are sporting red and, I’m loving it. (I’ve been wearing Poppy Red lip gloss from Glo Minerals).

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The Layer That Protects You The Most

2014 March 7

How thick is your skin? As we age, our skin’s underlying elastin and collagen fibers start to break down, which causes it to lose its firmness and elasticity. While genetics and other factors play a role in this process, our skin invariably becomes thinner. Making matters worse, thin skin is more susceptible to developing unsightly bruises. Sometimes, bruising can occur when you don’t even remember bumping into anything.

Applying DerMend Moisturizing Bruise Formula, twice a day, helps build the skin’s barrier, making it thicker and less susceptible to bruising. Among DerMend’s ingredients are six effective elements that help improve the appearance of existing bruises:

  • Retinol helps to smooth lines and improve the skin’s texture
  • Alpha hydroxy acid exfoliates and helps encourage new skin growth
  • Arnica oil restores suppleness in the skin
  • Ceramides help the skin retain moisture
  • Niacinamide and phytonadione help improve the appearance of skin

We don’t think twice about layering our outfits, to protect us against the elements, so don’t forget the most important layer—DerMend Moisturizing Bruise Formula. It will help protect your skin a lot more than a jacket.

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2014 March 4

Are you sick of new grays popping up between coloring appointments? Gorgeous, gray-free hair can now be yours in a flash, with Everpro’s Gray Away ($13 for 1.5 oz), a temporary root concealer that makes it easy to target problem areas. Gray Away uses “self-adjusting color technology,” which matches the formula to your unique hair, according to the manufacturer. The product is “fast drying, sweat resistant and flake free.” Your color will sustain throughout the day, and the formula “washes out with shampoo.” Gray Away comes in two shades, light brown for medium brown hair, and black/dark brown for black to medium brown hair.*

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2014 February 7

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2013 December 17

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2013 December 3

Luminous skin may be at your fingertips with Freeze 24-7’s new IceSerum Advanced Brightening Facial Serum ($95 for 30ml). Its signature ingredient, White Strawberry Extract, “naturally inhibits the production of melanin,” and Regu-Fade (a pure form of Resveratrol) works to “reduce the look of discoloration and dramatically boost radiance,” according to the manufacturer. The serum also contains Matrixyl Synthe 6, a peptide-rich ingredient which helps “stimulate collagen while smoothing texture and nourishing skin.” Other ingredients include licorice root extract and sodium hyaluronate. The makers of IceSerum recommend applying the lotion to your skin twice daily.

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2013 November 19

A few months ago, we asked you why you wanted to try Albertini International’s Warm Love Pumpkin Exfoliating Masque ($23 for 5 oz). The reviews are in—is this the perfect fall facial?

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2013 November 4

Over the summer, we asked FOFs how they hid their cellulite. After testing BioElixia Body Shaper Cellulite Contour Crème ($49.50 for 5 fl oz), did the testers conquer the cellulite curse? Read the reviews below!

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