Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Who Says Women over 40 Have to Cut their Hair?

I always thought when I turned 40 that I would cut my hair because of the “women over 40 should not have long hair” rule. Who made up that rule anyway? Personally, I’ve had long hair most of my life and when I turned the big 4-0, I just couldn’t cut it. I do think women over 40 can have long hair and look fabulous if they keep these simple guidelines in mind.

Keep your hair healthy. Get a trim every 8-10 weeks and invest in good products for your hair type.
Maintain a current style. There is nothing worse than 3 feet of long hair with NO style. (That will make you look older.) 

Select and maintain a hair color that is flattering for your skin tone and eye color. (If you don’t have to color your hair at all, keep rocking what the big guy gave you.)

Look at these gorgeous women (all over 40) who wear their hair long and still look amazing!

Jennifer Aniston
Cindy Crawford
Julianne Moore
and Christie Brinkley who is still stunning at age 57.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Favorite Product Friday - Sunscreen

With spring finally here and summer right around the corner, don't forget to protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun. If you are looking for a great sunscreen to protect your beautiful face, search no more. Last summer, I purchased Peter Thomas Roth's Ultra Lite Oil-Free Sunblock SPF 30 and I've never reached for anything else.

Please Note: These are products that work well for me and my skin type. As with any product, some will love it and some will hate it. Just for reference, I have sensitive, normal to dry skin.

My favorite product this week is Peter Thomas Roth Ultra Lite Oil-Free Sunblock SPF 30

What does Peter Thomas Roth say about this product?

This fast-absorbing, greaseless complex delivers maximum sun protection without leaving behind any sticky residue. The secret to the formula's weightless protection is the advanced ingredient, Parsol® 1789. This smooth essential is ideal for everyday wear. Infusions of skin-calming allantoin; soothing aloe vera; moisturizing pro-vitamin B5; and vitamins A, C, and E offer antioxidant protection against free radicals.

Formulated without:
- Sulfates
- Synthetic Fragrances
- Synthetic Dyes
- Phthalates
- GMOs
- Triclosan

How much does it cost?
$26 for 4 oz.

What do I think about this product?
This non-greasy formula is so light on your skin that you don't feel like you are wearing anything at all. In the summer, I wear it daily under my makeup and it works great as a primer. It doesn't have a harsh smell, nor does it leave a white residue on my face like many sunscreens do. I love the fact that this product has never caused a break-out, clogged a pore, or left a white cast on my face. A bit pricey for a body sunscreen, but well worth it for your face.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Not All Brushes are Created the Same

With so many hair brushes on the market, it’s good to know what each brush does so that you can achieve your desired look.

Paddle Brush 
Flat, wide brush
Best for medium to long hair
Works well on fine hair
Creates straight, smooth look
Great for detangling dry hair

Cushion Brush 
Similar to paddle brush, but more oval in shape
Great everyday brush for short, medium and long hair
Cushion is great for distributing oils throughout your hair
Most popular cushion brush is the Mason Pearson

Vent Brush 
Works best on short to medium hair
Vents allow air to flow through and create root lift
Can also flip out the ends on naturally wavy hair

Round Brush
Works well on all hair lengths and textures
Come in a variety of barrel sizes and bristle types
Creates lots of body and fullness

Teasing Comb 
Perfect for back combing or “teasing”
Creates lift at the roots
A must for any up-do

In this video, I explain how different hair brushes can be used for specific styling techniques.