Drum roll, please... We've compiled a list of our 15 favorite beauty products and gadgets, fashion accessories, books and more that we've featured on FabOverFifty in 2011. The best part? You can win them all. Find out more here.
1. PaloVia at-home laser
, $499: PaloVia, how we love thee. Let us count the ways. First, you replicate expensive in-office laser treatments so now we can do them in the comfort of our homes (for a much lower cost). Second, you've been proven to reduce fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes. And third, our members said you really do work(!)--read all their rave reviews, here
2. The Baking with Dorie app,
$7.99: Our favorite FOF cookbook author
now has her own app. Based on the idea that we all have different cooking styles, the app has four different ways to view each recipe. Have cookbooks gone the way of the dodo? If this app is any indication--it's certainly probable.
3. A hand-painted scarf from Jill Kirsh
, starting at $150. We ran a giveaway with Jill's gorgeous scarves
in October, and it turned out to be one of our most popular fashion contests to date. These scarves have it all--they're one-of-a-kind and hand-painted in your most flattering colors according to Jill's color matching system
4. The Makeup Wakeup: Revitalizing Your Look at Any Age
, $15.64: Two of our favorite FOF makeup experts, Lois Joy Johnson
and Sandy Linter
, have teamed up to create a beauty book for FOFs. It’s chock full of product recommendations, step-by-step tutorials and cosmetic solutions (surgical and non-surgical), just for us!
5. “Graham” leather stud bracelet from Gorjana
, $55: Over 200 of you raced to enter our giveaway last month for these gorgeous leather wrap bracelets from Gorjana--reminiscent of the iconic Hermes double-strap watch
, but at a price point slight less than $2,700. At just $55, we couldn't believe they're made from genuine leather and 18K gold-plated accents. Oh, and they come in over 30 colors. We’d give our right arm for this, and apparently you all agree
6. Victoria McGill Eye Defining Contour Strips
, $9.99 for 16 strips: One of our most popular beauty giveaways
yet--nearly 500 FOFs entered to win this product that promises a non-surgical solution to droopy eyelids. Anything to avoid going under the knife, right?
7. BeautySleep drink
, $21.90 for 6 bottles: A drink that helps you get more shut-eye? Sounded like a bunch of baloney to us, too. But, your raving reviews
made us BeautySleep believers. How could we have been sleeping on this one until just now?
, $28 for 10: A bestseller this year in the FabOverFifty shop
, this genius keychain could save your life. Find out more
9. FabGown by Goodnighties,
Another FabOverFifty shop
bestseller, this night gown is made with the same material that pro athletes wear--so it keeps you cool, eases pain, improves sleep and looks great. "Thank you FOF for... such a great product!" wrote an FOF who bought one and reviewed it. "I love this fabric - it's like magic and I've never slept better!" Read more 5-star reviews
10. Alpine Rose 3-Step System by Dermelect
, $193: We run weekly beauty product tests
on our site but one of our most favorable responses yet, was to this product trio by Dermelect made with cell extracts from the resilient Alpine Rose. "After 10 days using this, I stopped wearing my foundation," wrote one FOF in her review
11. Wheat Belly book
, $15.96: You couldn't stop buzzing about an interview with Dr. William Davis
we published in November. His groundbreaking new book suggests eliminating wheat from your diet to lose weight. But, does it actually work? "I have downloaded his book.. and read it. I have lost 14 lbs and I can boast, I am not hungry," commented one FOF on the story. "Dr. Davis gives great advice and I can attest to the diet actually working. Bravo, easiest diet I have ever been on."
12. Locket from Stella Saves the Day
, starting at $88: Over 200 FOFs entered a giveaway last month
for a custom, embroidered locket from the Etsy shop Stella Saves the Day
. "Love the retro look of the locket, but with a a new spin," wrote FOF FabulousMimi. We couldn't have said it better, ourselves.
13. Tarte ReCreate anti-aging foundation with Wrinkle Rewind technology
, $37. FOF Beauty Guru Tracy Brown, of the BlingingBeauty
blog says she splurges on this foundation from Tarte. "As we age, our skin has so many more needs. Look for foundations that contain anti-aging properties such as this one." If there's such a thing as an FOFoundation--this is it.
14. Brazillian Peel
, $78: Remember the episode of Sex and the City
where Samantha gets an impulse peel, her doctor leaves it on too long, and she ends up looking like a boiled lobster? This is virtually impossible with Brazillian Peel, a chemical treatment that actually turns itself off. Then, it “brightens, tightens, and smooths your skin” Revolutionary! (Plus, FOF Founder Geri Brin
is a huge fan.)
15. Bras by Le Mystère
, starting at $36.99: The line for Le Mystère bra fittings wrapped around the room at the FOF Beauty Bash this year. No surprise here--these bras are comfortable and
gorgeous. “It gives extra support under fitted clothes and light fabrics without feeling like you’re wearing a mattress,” says Today Show style expert and FOF Charla Krupp about the bras.