Why Does Beauty Matter? by Deborah Chase

Why Does Beauty MatterThere is a double standard about a woman’s appearance.  The media is obsessed with every detail of style icons like Kate Middleton, Beyonce and random Kardashians.  But when the averge woman, especially if she is past 50, shows an interest in  beauty  care and fashion we are labeled vain, narcissistic  and even anti-feminist.  Not fair.

Why Does Beauty Matter So Much?

Preoccupation with beauty is not an expression of a shallow and materialistic society.  Hundreds of studies published in dozens of academic journals have shown  that for centuries humans are hard wired to admire beauty.  Throughout the ages, poets have immortalized beauty, writers have made them the heroine  and artists have painted and sculpted their image.  Even  babies just a few months old smile naturally at a beautiful face and cry  … Continue Reading…

Mid-Fall Makeover- Part 2

Three years go,  I started  my No-Nonsense Makeover with IPL( Intense Pulsed Light)   and it made a huge difference in my skin.  I was diligent about using sunscreens every morning, but  rarely reapplied  sun  protection during the day.   Darker spots  and redness  gradually crept back and after  a sun filled weekend at the beach with my grandchildren,  my freckles came back in full force.   This mid-fall makeover is using   a second generation of broad  band laser ( Sciton Joule laser) combined with infrared skin tightening– a treatment called Forever Beautiful BBL.   Two days before my date with this laser treatment, I stopped using  Retin A, glycolic acid and  even my  Clarisonic.   I will avoid them  for two days after  treatment.

Just after MakeoverWhen  Carissa finished  working on my skin,  my face felt tight and warm  like I had spent the day in the sun.  My … Continue Reading…

Its Fashion Flash Monday!

Fashion Flash logoThis  week Cindy of Prime Beauty is hosting Fashion Flash.  She is  one of my top  make-up gurus and her recommendations are  always right on target. Before I became addicted to  Prime Beauty, I would waste  way too much hard earned money on  eye liners that did not line or lipsticks  that   looked great  in the store and  strange on my lips.  Cindy  has done all the heavy lifting and  her picks  have allowed me to buy  top  brands  while still saving money by not  having a drawful of unusable  products. 

At the start of December, the Fashion Flash bloggers are  looking at a wide range of topics. For example,  Menopause Makeover  looks at  ways to reverse declining libidios,  Fab Over Forty has found a source of affordable  custom made … Continue Reading…

Its Fashion Flash Monday!

Fashion Flash logoFashion Flash this week is hosted by Staness of Menopause Makeover.  Recently, my  doctor  confided that  past menopause,  our metabolism slows down to a crawl and weight gain is inevitable.  Clearly she has never met Staness. When menopause hit  and hit hard, Staness  felt bloated and exhusted.  Since she had  just met the  love of her life,  this was not acceptable.  Working with world class experts she developed a health, diet and exercise  makeover plan  that restored  her energy and shape.  Staness complied all her info in her best selling book Menopause Makeover that is  a must read for all of  us at midlife.  This week  she is giving away  a copy of her book on her site. Check  her out and  click thru to  the  always interesting Fashion Flash bloggers.  

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Fashion Flash Monday!

Fashion Flash logoThis week Mirabai of Moving Free with Mirabai is hosting Fashion Flash.  I  have to confess I am not a gym bunny.  I don’t like to exercise, I don’t even like to talk about exercise. But with Type 2 diabetes exercise is not an option and so I am always looking for  exercise that I can enjoy and that doesn’t  leave me  drained and sore. Mirabai was a dancer and her exercise programs reflect  a dancers respct for their body.  Her moves and routinues are created to  devleop that wonderful  long  line that dancers need to showcase choreography.    She tones the body so that my clothes  just look better even without losing weight.  And when I do  lose a few pounds,  her approach to fitness  makes the most of  even a … Continue Reading…

Its Fashion Flash Monday!

Fashion Flash logoFashion Flash is hosted this  week by Kari of Faboulous Over Forty. There is  a lot of  beauty  and fashion advice out there but often its directed at the Mommy Universe.  There is good info  on how to lose weight after pregnancy, how to  be a great looking soccer Mom and for  single moms, what to wear for an evening of  speed dating . But that’s not me and my Fashion Flash  tribe.  And that’s why I love Fabulous Over Forty. Kari is one of use but she has the  make-up skills and style sense to  know what works in our lives.  She has a knack for picking  just the right type of foundation to make our  skin glow and the best  gloss to make  our lips  look fresh and moist, not oily.  I have a … Continue Reading…