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Anti-Aging Eye Creams for Every Budget

By Charlotte on April 19, 2017 7:20 AM | Read More

Ever feel like you're turning into your mother? Mine has always had trouble sleeping. And, I'm getting more and more like her every day. I wake up around 2 a.m. most nights and my brain starts racing. I spend hours obsessing over everything from picking the perfect paint color (Alabaster, Cotton Balls, White Dove, how many whites can there be?) to planning my next landscape project.

I'd like to think I'm no worse for the wear. But the dark circles under my eyes beg to differ. Combine lack of rest with my 50ish complexion (I'm actually 60 as of April 12 - yikes!) and Houston, we have a real problem.

That's why I'm thrilled to have found these seven, eye-opening creams. They're great for anyone (girls and guys) concerned about dark circles, puffiness, wrinkles and other frustrating signs of aging. And with prices starting at $38, there's a bright eye-dea for every budget.

IT Cosmetics Confidence in an Eye Cream

What it is: A new, anti-aging eye treatment clinically shown to improve hydration that's made with ceramides, peptides, collagen and other skin-loving ingredients.

What I like: Acting like a wake-up call for tired eyes, this rich, caffeine-infused cream refreshes your entire eye area. It's super moisturizing without feeling greasy and soaks in quickly. I love using it morning and night to help reduce inflammation and puffiness wConfidence in an Eye Cream 400.jpghile brightening my skin.

Developed with plastic surgeons, IT Cosmetics Confidence in an Eye Cream boasts a special apricot tint plus Drops of Light Technology to aid color correction. Nice!

The innovative formula plumps and fills lines and wrinkles, nourishing skin with avocado, hyaluronic acid, licorice and more. Put it on before applying under-eye concealer to help keep your makeup from sinking into and emphasizing trouble zones. You'll begin seeing the benefits immediately with more powerful results promised over time. Plus, this winner is from the beauty experts who brought us the best-selling Confidence in a Cream moisturizer and the smart, Confidence in a Compact foundation.

On the shelf: $38 at itcosmetics.com, Ulta Beauty and Ulta.com.

Jurlique Herbal Recovery Eye Cream

What it is: A high-performance, antioxidant eye cream featuring potent botanicals and plant oils that fight early signs of aging. It helps improve skin firmness, moisture, lines and radiance.

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IT Cosmetics New Confidence in a Compact

By Charlotte on March 3, 2017 9:39 AM | Read More

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Some beauty bloggers try any and everything. But I'm pretty picky about what I test, especially if I'll be putting it on my face. Unfortunately, I'm on the sensitive side and making a wrong choice could (and has) cost me days, even weeks of recovery time. Yikes!

That's why I'm big on brands I know and trust like IT Cosmetics. They're one of my fav anti-aging makeup and skincare lines. Think Bye Bye Lines Serum, SuperHero Mascara and much more. The folks at IT work with doctors to develop serious beauty solutions based on ingredients that are both cutting edge and good for your skin.

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12 Christmas Presents to Play Up Her Beauty

By Charlotte on December 9, 2016 2:53 PM | Read More

Merles Kisses 2 250.jpgWhen I ask my mom Patsy what she wants for Christmas, she usually says "Just anything," "I have everything I need" or "You always pick out something nice."

Sound familiar? If you need a gift idea for a special woman in your life, try one of these bodacious beauty buys. They're great alone, as stocking stuffers or tied to the bow of another present when you want to do a little something extra.

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IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Collection

By Charlotte on October 26, 2016 7:31 PM | Read More

My mother has a to-die-for complexion. Sure, she's old enough to be you know, my mother, but you could never tell it by looking at her skin.

Although I'd like to think I take after mom, the mirror has me worried. That's why I was thrilled to try IT Cosmetics' new Bye Bye Collection. In addition to It Package open-450.jpgconcealing problems, these talented multitaskers work to help you bid adieu to everything from dark circles and pores to stubborn makeup and fine lines.

When I told my dear friend Becky I was testing them, she immediately asked "What's IT?" So let me start by saying they're one of my fav anti-aging makeup (think SuperHero Mascara) and skincare lines. They work with plastic surgeons to develop serious beauty solutions based on ingredients that are both cutting edge and good for your skin. Nice!

IT Cosmetics' new anti-aging Bye Bye Collection includes multitaskers to help you bid adieu to everything from dark circles and pores to stubborn makeup and fine lines.

I tried these eight products from IT's Bye Bye Collection, available at itcosmetics.com, Sephora.com and select Sephora stores. You can also find the eye cream, lip treatment and makeup remover at QVC and QVC.com.

Bye Bye Lines Serum

Advanced Anti-Aging Wrinkle-Smoothing Miracle Concentrate

s1868199-main-Lhero lines 100.jpgWhat it is: A hard-working anti-aging serum proven to deliver 10 powerful clinical results to your skin. It takes on everything from dryness to wrinkles to give skin a younger, healthier look in as little as 10 days with more dramatic results over time.

What I like: Not your typical serum, this super-light cream leaves my skin silky smooth and glowing. It includes one of my go-to hydrators (hyaluronic acid) plus argan oil and babassu oil for an instant burst of moisture. Using it in the morning and at night after cleansing soothes my parched skin without any icky, oily feeling.

You can wear IT's Bye Bye Lines serum underneath (my choice) or in place of your normal moisturizer.

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10 Lash-Boosting Mascaras You'll Love

By Charlotte on April 20, 2016 6:07 AM | Read More

I am lost without my mascara. I absolutely have to put it on before letting anyone except Bob, of course, see me. Otherwise, my light, skimpy lashes simply disappear...a thought too frightening to bear.

But after losing every last hair to chemotherapy several years ago, I don't go for anything rough. That's why I adore these lash-boosting formulas. They darken sparse fringe beautifully, have all-day staying power and come off without a struggle. Plus, with prices ranging from about $6 to $36, you can buy several and have fun layering them for a show-stopping look.

Read on for details on these must-try mascaras: Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance, Arbonne It's a Long Story, IT Cosmetics Superhero, Too Faced Better Than Sex, Osmosis Colour Mineral Curling, Tarte Lights Camera Lashes, Mineral Fusion Glow & Go, Fiona Stiles Ultimate Lash Icon, Maybelline Lash Sensational and Rimmel London 24-Hour Supercurler.

Mascara Lineup - 600.jpgElizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara

What it is: A multi-tasking formula that volumizes, lengthens and lifts lashes with dramatic results. 

This vitamin-rich Elizabeth Arden formula helps lashes look fuller, lE Arden Mascara 145.jpgonger and healthier.

What I like: I'm a long-time Elizabeth Arden fan. I give my mother Elizabeth Arden's holiday gift set every Christmas and she gives me the mascara. It's one of our favorite traditions! 

Like the rest of the Elizabeth Arden family, the Grand Entrance mascara offers a lot to love. The glossy formula helps my lashes look both fuller and longer. Rich in vitamins, it promotes healthy lashes and I'm all about that. Since it resists water, I don't have to worry about my teary allergy eyes ruining the look. I've seen no smudging or flaking and it comes off easily with makeup remover. The small bristles on the slightly curved brush grab and coat every single hair, even tiny lower lashes, without clumping. Everything about this one, including the eye-catching red packaging, is designed for big impact. Try it in Stunning Black. 

On the Shelf: $24 at Beauty Brands stores and BeautyBrands.com

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Enter to Win 5 Anti-Aging All-Stars from RoC Skincare ... FREE

By Charlotte on November 17, 2015 6:09 AM | Read More

Dark circles. Fine lines. Sagging skin. Deep wrinkles. Ugh!  If you're anything like me, you long for a skincare routine that's tough on all those irritating signs of aging (and more!) without irritating your skin.

That's why I was thrilled to team up with the skincare pros at RoC for a beauty-boosting giveaway. They've joined us to offer one lucky reader a fabulous set of five anti-aging all-stars designed to tackle everything from a dull complexion to deep wrinkles. Valued at more than $125, this Boomer-perfect package will help you fight your top concerns around the clock without risking an upset.


Gold Deep wrinkle Serum- Hi Res 150.jpgCalling all Boomer Babes! We're giving away a fabulous gift from RoC Skincare including 5 anti-aging all-stars designed to tackle everything from a dull complexion to deep wrinkles:

You could win this face-saving, $125-value set ... FREE. Read on for details on how to enter*. Contest ends Dec. 15.


What's so great about RoC? To start, I share a birthday with this popular French skincare brand. It's been focused on helping women achieve healthier, younger-looking skin since 1957. Let's just forget doing the math and say that's more than 50 years so they gotta be doing something right. The pharmacist who founded RoC , Dr. Jean-Charles Lissarrague, created the first hypoallergenic skincare product and the first SPF sunscreen. The company went on to patent the first pure, stabilized form of retinol in over-the-counter beauty aids.

Besides developing award-winning products, the folks at RoC work closely with dermatologists and perform tons of tests to make sure their solutions are both effective and suitable for all skin types, even sensitive souls like me. Even better, my own dermatologist tells me it's good stuff.

Our giveaway includes the following five anti-aging heroes, which are gentle enough to use every day. After testing them for several weeks, I'm excited to report that my face is happy, healthy and holiday ready. And I've had no problems with the dreaded rashes, redness or dryness that can occur if I go near anything too harsh.

Gold Deep wrinkle Serum- Hi Res 150.jpgRetinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum

Clinically shown to reduce even deep wrinkles, this lotion-like powerhouse goes to work on creases with a blend of pure retinol and an essential mineral complex. It also helps improve skin tone and firmness.

Since retinol is known for its skin-smoothing abilities, I couldn't wait to try this yellow-toned serum on my forehead in particular. I swear I've had mega-lines there since I was born. (Thank goodness for bangs.) You can use it morning, night or both (my choice) after cleansing and before moisturizing.

With continued use, it promises a visible reduction in both fine lines and deep wrinkles so I decided not to stop at my forehead. I've been massaging it over my entire face. Although the label says you may notice a mild tingling after applying this one, I haven't had any unpleasant reactions. Instead, it's light, absorbs in no time and gives my skin a nice glow. What a way to start the day. ($22.99 for 1.0-fluid ounce bottle)

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4 Skin-Kind Finds Under $30

By Charlotte on October 1, 2015 5:03 AM | Read More

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Finding the right skincare routine can be like walking a tightrope. I've gotta have beauty products strong enough to do the job without sending my sometimes sensitive skin over the edge.

That's why I like to play it safe with skin-kind finds like these. They're designed to deliver powerful results with no fear of unpleasant side effects. You can pick up these budget-friendly buys at your local Target, one of my regular haunts. (I shop Friday mornings to miss the crowd.) And now to the end of October, Target is offering special discounts on these and other fan favorites from Neutrogena, Aveeno and RoC. (Check the end of this post for details.)

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Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare

By Charlotte on May 3, 2015 3:05 PM | Read More

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Christie Brinkley stole the show when she starred in National Lampoon's Vacation in the 80s. And she's still hot after all these years, thanks in part to a to-die-for complexion. You'd never guess she's 61! 

So when I heard she'd collaborated on a new anti-aging skincare line, I couldn't wait to give it a try.

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15 Favs for Chilly Days

By Charlotte on February 13, 2015 12:27 PM | Read More

Bob lives for winter. The temperature has to drop to artic levels for him to go near the coat closet. I'm the exact opposite. Summer is more my season so I grab boots, sweaters and as many other protective layers as possible at the first sign of frost and keep them close till May.

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18 Eye Makeup Heroes Starting at $8

By Charlotte on November 11, 2014 12:54 PM | Read More

Eye makeup is a big MUST for me. Just ask Bob. He knows we'll be hitting Taco Bueno's drive-through for lunch if I'm ever au natural. After all, you never know who you might run into inside!

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In the Mirror: Breathe Right Sleep In

By Charlotte on October 28, 2014 6:00 AM | Read More

I joined the Breathe Right Sleep In movement to try and catch up on my beauty sleep. Talk about a challenge!

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In the Mirror: 13 Eye-Opening Treatments Under $100

By Charlotte on September 16, 2014 6:11 AM | Read More

Your eyes never lie. But with the right help, they might at least stretch the truth when it comes to revealing your age.

So it's important to pamper your peepers with smart pick-me-ups like these. They do a number on getting rid of wrinkles, dark circles, thinning lashes and everything in-between. Besides costing under $100, they all tackle several top eye concerns at once. Some are for sensitive types, others are all natural and some are as close as your nearest drugstore

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15 Must-Try Beauty Multitaskers under $120

By Charlotte on August 15, 2014 6:01 AM | Read More

My sister Pam is the queen of multitasking. She often handles email, grocery shops and cooks dinner while on the phone with me, never missing a beat in the conversation.

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19 Summer-Perfect Beauty Buys Under $45

By Charlotte on July 15, 2014 6:24 AM | Read More

Looking anything but red and wilted can be a challenge when the temp tops 90 most days (welcome to summer in Texas!).

That's why I'm lovin' these 19 fabulous finds. Made to take the heat, they're a sun-sational boost to your beauty routine.

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In the Mirror: jane iredale Mineral Makeup

By Charlotte on May 11, 2014 6:49 AM | Read More

Mineral makeup maven Jane Iredale was practically in our backyard last week. She visited Soft Surroundings in Southlake, TX, where I was first in line to try her summer launches and chat with the natural cosmetics guru. (Sure, it was FUN but please tell Bob I was working!)

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In the Mirror: Terrific Treatments for Toughening Your Tresses

By Charlotte on March 2, 2014 1:54 AM | Read More

Going gray is the least of my worries. At 56 (practically 57, yikes!), my once-blonde hair has gotten darker with no trace of silver just yet. It came back brown after a life-saving double mastectomy and 6 rounds of chemotherapy in 2009 ... but that's another story.

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In the Mirror: Aveeno Positively Ageless

By Charlotte on February 9, 2014 1:44 AM | Read More

In January, I hosted a simple dinner for the lovely ladies in my Bunco group. The 12 of us have been meeting monthly for about 20 years. In the beginning, we played the dice game that brought us together religiously. These days, there's really no time for that because we're busy discussing the joys (our children and grandchildren), challenges (divorce and health scares) ... every detail of our lives.

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Terrific Treatments for Toughening Your Tresses

By Charlotte on February 2, 2014 1:33 AM | Read More

Going gray is the least of my worries. At 56 (practically 57, yikes!), my once-blonde hair has gotten darker with no trace of silver just yet. It came back brown after a life-saving double mastectomy and 6 rounds of chemotherapy in 2009 ... but that's another story.

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In the Mirror: 15 Flirty, Fall Beauty Buys

By Charlotte on October 26, 2013 9:45 AM | Read More

Our one-and-only son Cole came home a few weeks ago for his friend Nick's wedding. Since Nick's practically part of our family, Bob and I were thrilled to be attending. It promised to be a fun evening for the two of us considering Cole would be busy with best-man duties. So I bought a dress (thanks for the coupon WHBM!), wore the heels I fell in love with in Paris and took extra care with my makeup.

Planning a big date with your sweetie? It could be time to go glam.

Perfect when you need some OOMPH, these 15 fabulous finds can amp up your look in no time.

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Bruise Control

By Charlotte on September 15, 2013 1:00 AM | Read More

The things we do for beauty! After being diagnosed with the big C and having a double mastectomy in 2009, I went through a year's worth of procedures to rebuild my breasts. It was a pain (literally) but the girls ended up somewhat larger so at least I checked something off my beauty bucket list!

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7 Faves for a Natural-Looking, Sunless Tan

By Charlotte on August 25, 2013 1:00 AM | Read More

With summer winding down, we'll soon be saying good-bye to long, lazy days by the pool. But that doesn't mean you have to bid adieu to gorgeous, bronze skin.

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10 Must-Haves for Your Summer Bag

By Charlotte on August 6, 2013 2:57 PM | Read More

Sand, surf and sun ... glorious sun. I'm wild about summer and most everything that comes with it.

But surviving my favorite season without burning, melting, wilting or worse can be a challenge, even when you adore the heat as much as I do. That's when these 10 warm-weather musts come in handy. Great for your body, face and hair, they'll help keep you looking and feeling your best while out and about this summer.

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8 Summer Lip Colors to Love

By Charlotte on July 14, 2013 6:53 AM | Read More

Bob and I thrive on routine. We ALWAYS go to the grocery store first-thing Friday morning, eat pizza at least once a week, and prefer red wine with cheese, peanut butter, make that just about anything.

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5 Fast Fixes to Help You Look Younger

By Charlotte on June 23, 2013 8:07 AM | Read More

Watching This Is 40 recently, I really related to Debbie's (Leslie Mann's) dilemma. She's a busy working mother/wife struggling with turning the big 4-0. In fact, she hates the idea so much she hides the truth, telling everyone she'll be 37 or 38 instead depending on her mood.

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7 Sun-Sational Bronzers

By Charlotte on May 5, 2013 6:28 AM | Read More

A few weeks ago, the girls took me out to celebrate my 56th birthday. Wanting to wear something fun, I reached for my favorite maxi dress. It's a pretty, blue-and-white, sleeveless number from Macy's ... one of my best buys ever because it works everywhere from girl's night out to graduations!

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5 Winning Ways to Take It All Off

By Charlotte on April 14, 2013 6:44 AM | Read More

I always take EVERYTHING off before bed. (Relax, I'm not about to make a 50 Shades of Grey-type confession here. We're talkin' makeup!)

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5 Brilliant Ways to Boost Your Smile

By Charlotte on March 8, 2013 6:14 AM | Read More

Being a Boomer Babe can be SIC ... a self-improvement challenge. 

Besides having issues with weight and waning eyesight, we've gotta worry about our lips doing a disappearing act. Unfortunately, they get thinner and prone to lines as we age because our bodies produce less of the stuff (collagen) that gives your pout that perky plumpness. The lines get worse if you smoke or, like me, haved an addiction to straws (no more of that!).

We could curse Mother Nature but why waste time? A little help from talented smile specialists like these can provide a lift that helps you forget your lips were ever a sore subject.

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LiLash Purified Eyelash Serum

By Charlotte on February 7, 2013 3:08 PM | Read More

Time for a victory dance! I'm celebrating because one of my favorite doctors, Dr. Danielle LeBlanc, found no cause for alarm during my annual breast exam. Whew! That is HUGE for a three-almost-four-year breast cancer survivor like me.

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4 Magic-Making Mascaras

By Charlotte on January 16, 2013 6:30 AM | Read More

Sometimes, we don't appreciate the little things until they're gone. That realization hit me big time Thanksgiving three years ago.

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80 Acres Body Care

By Charlotte on December 26, 2012 1:11 AM | Read More

Staying comfortable while winter does its worst can be a challenge. Besides delivering a big chill, my least favorite season can do a number on your skin leaving it dry, scaly and anything but touchable.    

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15 Stocking-Worthy Beauty Bargains Under $15

By Charlotte on December 6, 2012 5:04 AM | Read More

Finding cool stocking stuffers for the girls on your list is a breeze when you think beauty.

 

Perfect when you're looking for a sassy little something, these 15 fabulous fix-me-ups will delight divas of every age. Even better, they up the glam factor at such budget-stretching prices there's no need to stop at just one.

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Minimergency Kit

By Charlotte on November 21, 2012 6:17 AM | Read More

My friend Debbie always looks trendy, sporting a cute, little crossbody bag. I wish I could do the same, especially when we travel, but I normally carry too much stuff. First off, I've got to have credit cards, coupons and keys. Then hairspray, lip balm and breath mints along with tons of other just-in-case-I-need-'ems.

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Brazilian Peel Antidote to Aging System

By Charlotte on November 7, 2012 6:48 AM | Read More

Sometimes, my brain has to take a beat before remembering my age. Then it hits me. I'm 55. I don't feel much different than I did in my 30s or 40s. But that "middle-aged" woman in the mirror looks more and more like my mother every day. (Thank goodness, my mom has sensational skin!)

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14 Fab Fall Beauty Boosters

By Charlotte on October 24, 2012 10:23 AM | Read More

Forget all-natural. This fall, the biggest trends call for adding a little drama.

 

That's why I'm so excited about these 14 must-try beauty boosters. From bold eyeliner to deep red lips, they deliver instant updates that'll help you get gorgeous this season and beyond.

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5 Ways to Find Bath-Time Bliss

By Charlotte on September 5, 2012 6:22 AM | Read More

Like most mothers, I spend much of my day thinking about others. Well, one in particular.

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16 Potent Beauty Problem Solvers

By Charlotte on August 22, 2012 9:06 AM | Read More

"Be prepared" may be the Boy Scouts' motto, but it's also great advice for us girls.

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Easy, DIY Anti-Aging Facial

By Charlotte on August 8, 2012 8:15 AM | Read More

I had my first facial in years when Bob and I visited the JW Marriott San Antonio's Lantana Spa last spring. Loving the lift it gave my complexion, I vowed I'd repeat the experience soon and often. Then I got busy blogging and totally forgot about making an appointment!

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11 Terrific Eye Treatments under $100

By Charlotte on July 25, 2012 6:25 AM | Read More

Our eyes may be a mirror to our souls but they don't have to reveal our age! Why give in to dark circles (they're rampant in my family), bags and crow's feet when you can turn to terrific, at-home eye treatments like these for under $100?

 

Besides helping eyes look younger, they're a pleasure to wear under makeup and even when you head to bed. You only need a dab. They go on easy, absorb quickly and leave lasting moisture without any greasy feeling. Bonus!

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11 for the Road

By Charlotte on June 25, 2012 6:12 AM | Read More

Bob and I are always up for a road trip. Show us a free weekend and we're sure to drive two hours to the ranch in Cransfills Gap, TX. Given more time, we'll choose the 12-hour haul to the Alabama Gulf Coast in a heartbeat. Either way, the less I stress about packing the better.

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Protect & Serve

By Charlotte on June 12, 2012 8:59 AM | Read More

Bob has trouble understanding why I put on makeup before hitting the beach. But my fair skin NEEDS both sun protection and color.

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amika Clip-Free Tourmaline Curler

By Charlotte on May 28, 2012 6:36 AM | Read More

Curls can be a girl's best friend, especially if you have fine, thin hair like mine. Besides being right on trend, they bring limp locks to life, making them look lush and full.

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Match Game

By Charlotte on May 14, 2012 6:16 AM | Read More

For Bob and me, Sunday nights mean pepperoni pizza, red wine and the latest episode of AMC's Mad Men. In the ad/pr game since the '80s, Bob says been there-done that to the multiple-martini lunches, late-night brainstorming and crazy client demands at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. Me, I'm in it for the fashions.

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Nine Hot Lip Looks

By Charlotte on April 30, 2012 6:13 AM | Read More

Feel like your pout could use a pick-me-up? Think color. Orange (it is the color of the year) and pink are some of the hottest shades for spring and summer. Other fun hues making lip news include red (it's not just for winter anymore), natural tones and even purple.

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A DIY Treat for Feet

By Charlotte on April 16, 2012 6:39 AM | Read More

With strawberries coming back in season, I'm looking for more and more uses for my favorite fruit. Sure, they're utterly delicious in everything from salsas to muffins and jams. But who knew they could also be fantastic for your feet?

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Four Paths to Happy Feet

By Charlotte on April 2, 2012 6:00 AM | Read More

Spring spells time to show off your feet. So I've been packing away the comfy Uggs and riding boots of winter while pining for fancy flip flops (make mine leopard gladiators from Tar-jay, Dahling), color-blocked sandals and sky-high, ankle-strap wedges that put the focus on my feet.

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Water Color Nails

By Charlotte on March 19, 2012 6:09 AM | Read More

Tangerine prod-swatch.jpgOrange tops my list of must-have spring shades. Besides being 2012's color of the year, it's fun, full of life and packs some heat. That's why I had to have Hidden Reef, the simply gorgeous shimmering coral nail polish that's part of SpaRitual's new Water collection. 

2012 Color of the Year: Pantone Tangerine Tango

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Algenist Overnight Cream

By Charlotte on March 5, 2012 6:33 AM | Read More

I walk a fine line when it comes to face creams. Being almost 55 (it's not April yet!) means I need a seriously strong wrinkle fighter and all the hydration I can get. But my sensitive skin tends to rebel if pushed too far.

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Four Must-Have Hand Creams

By Charlotte on February 20, 2012 6:14 AM | Read More

Our hands speak volumes. I started worrying about the message mine were sending after talking with one of my girlfriends (who shall remain nameless!). She laughingly confided that her cute, little granddaughters always wanted her to play the wicked, old witch because she has "wrinkly" hands.

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Hair Hopes

By Charlotte on February 6, 2012 6:11 AM | Read More

Go, go, go. I run from my desk to errands to meetings. Next thing you know, the day's done and I have only minutes before book club, Bunco or date night with Bob (still a thrill after 30+ years of marriage!). If I'm not careful, my fine, thin hair can look as frazzled as I sometimes feel.

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Lip Savvy!

By Charlotte on December 26, 2011 6:59 AM | Read More

I'm VERY particular about lip gloss. Although my smile cries for color and shine, it tends to rebel if I'm not careful. Besides battling chapped lips, I have to contend with those fine lines that creep up on us Boomers as we age.

 

But I couldn't resist trying Lip Savvy!, the new do-it-all gloss that promises to plump, moisturize AND promote younger-looking skin.

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Omega Body Buff

By Charlotte on November 28, 2011 6:46 AM | Read More

I'm a BIG, admirer of sexy, golden bronze skin. Since I don't come by it naturally, I like getting my color out of a bottle. No tanning beds or spray tans for this Baby Boomer. Give me a Fake BakeGuinot Paris or Jergins sunless tanner, five minutes and a hand with my back, and I'll show you some healthy-looking skin.

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Eye Makers

By Charlotte on November 14, 2011 6:42 AM | Read More

Big, blue and fringed with long, luscious lashes. My friend Margie Montague (now Thieleman) has the most gorgeous eyes.

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DIY Facials

By Charlotte on October 31, 2011 6:21 AM | Read More

Fresh cranberries, pumpkin and heavy creams often star in our holiday menus. But beauty expert and Bonding over Beauty author Erika Katz says this delicious threesome can also work wonders for your skin. She recommends these easy, do-it-yourself facials for a youthful, glowing complextion:

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amika Ceramic Styler

By Charlotte on October 17, 2011 6:15 AM | Read More

I'm sometimes taken over by I-Love-Lucy-like tendacies. One of my worst episodes happened back in 1977 when Bob and I were dating.

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Kind Cleansers

By Charlotte on October 3, 2011 9:00 AM | Read More

It's a treat to lather up with these all-natural cleansers. Made with good-for-you ingredients, these kind-and-gentle choices contain no harsh chemicals. Plus, they nourish as they cleanse.

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Almond Delightful Shape

By Charlotte on September 5, 2011 6:39 AM | Read More

After spending ALL summer in skirts, shorts and dresses, I've been dreading pulling out the skinny jeans that are my go-to garment for fall. Sure, they look great with flats, booties or stilettos (another good reason to buy more shoes), but thigh-hugging denim is not always my friend.

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Stay Don't Stray

By Charlotte on August 22, 2011 9:04 AM | Read More

Undereye circles can be a real challenge. Lightening them has me constantly applying and reapplying creams and concealers, especially if I'm going out at night. So after hearing that Benefit's Stay Don't Stray eye makeup primer "locks on concealer," I just had to give it a try.
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Jack Black Performance Remedy Skin Care

By Bob on August 8, 2011 9:06 AM | Read More

We live in Texas and spend big chunks of the year at the beach. Both of these places can be so unbearably hot and humid during the summer that the only sensible thing to do is sit on the front porch and drink (meebe that's why we all   talk   so    slow    y'all). As any southern Boomer brother will tell you, the weather and sun can play hell with your skin. By Labor Day, I usually look like 40 miles of bad road.

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Hot in Boomtown

By Charlotte on July 25, 2011 11:26 AM | Read More

With Modern Family in reruns for summer, Bob and I have been getting some laughs from Hot in Cleveland. But I'm the one who really relates to this TV Land sitcom.

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Lip Savers

By Charlotte on July 11, 2011 8:00 AM | Read More

It's HOT. We need rain. And what's up with all this wind?

Instead of a nice, cooling breeze, we've had gusts so strong that Bob's been back-and-forth to Lowes buying buckets of bungee cords for the backyard. (Yes, he is in heaven.) You won't see that look in Southern Living but tying things down has been the ONLY way to prevent breaking, blowing and unplanned trips to our neighbors' yards.

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Maximum Heat Protect Spray

By Charlotte on June 27, 2011 5:25 PM | Read More

2009 was one of those P-L-E-A-S-E don't-send-me-back-there years. In June, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. In July, I had a double mastectomy (with reconstruction, of course). In August, I started chemotherapy and, two short weeks later, lost every last bit of my hair.

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Rapido Nail Lacquer

By Charlotte on June 13, 2011 6:07 AM | Read More

It's sandal season in Texas so you won't catch me without a splash of color on my toenails.

 

My poor fingernails, however, are another story. I usually ignore them, pretending to prefer an au natural look. But the truth is I hate holding my hands still long enough for polish to dry and it just never seems to last on my hard-working fingers (I guess that's the price of all this blogging!).

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Burn Notice

By Charlotte on May 30, 2011 8:00 AM | Read More

Painful. Red. Scorched skin. Ouch! I've been there toooo many times.

 

Just ask my girlfriends. They'll tell you that I always burn on our beach trips. Like last year, when we went to Grand Cayman Island to celebrate my neighbor Shelley Tyler's 50th birthday (she's the baby in our group!).

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Hair Rules

By Charlotte on April 4, 2011 8:00 AM | Read More

In junior high, I wanted nothing more than to be like Julie Barnes (Peggy Lipton) on Mod Squad. Forget fighting crime. I envied her tall, thin frame; simply natural beauty and -- most of all -- her LOOOONG, blond hair. I just knew those luscious locks were the key to her success in life and love.
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Date Night

By Charlotte on February 8, 2011 1:46 PM | Read More

Why not set the stage for romance this Valentine's Day? Whether you're planning a cozy dinner at home or a big night on the town, you could just steel the scene with a little help from these date-night-perfect beauty boosters.

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Facing a Big Chill

By Charlotte on January 10, 2011 3:24 PM | Read More

Winter weather can play real havoc with your skin. If I'm not careful, my face gets red, my lips chap and my poor hands hurt. So when the temp drops like we're experiencing this week (lows in the 20s in Texas), it's time to pour on the protection.

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I Need to Replenish

By Charlotte on December 27, 2010 8:00 AM | Read More

I'd like to have my mother's skin. What a complexion! She may be 70ish but her skin looks as healthy as that of her 26-year-old granddaughter Jacquelin.

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Party Prep

By Charlotte on November 29, 2010 9:59 AM | Read More

Celebrating the season with friends and family is the best part of the holidays. So let's get ready to party! Even if seemingly endless to do's have you feeling frazzled, you'll be positively gorgeous in no time with a little help from these foolproof fix-me-ups.

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Flirty Fragrances

By Charlotte on November 1, 2010 8:02 AM | Read More

Fragrance is the finishing touch to any look. So when Bob and I step out, I want a sexy, sophisticated scent he'll appreciate. That can be tricky because that man has a keen sense of smell (think Gus' super sniffer on USA's Psych and you'll have the picture). To win with him, a fragrance must be interesting but not overpowering like these new favs from Coty.


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120 Color Palette, 3rd Edition

By Charlotte on October 20, 2010 9:06 AM | Read More

I may skip other steps but I never leave home bare lidded. I need at least a dab of shadow and mascara to keep the focus on my eyes.

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Midlife Moments

By Charlotte on October 1, 2010 6:11 AM | Read More

Girls, midlife "moments" can make us mirror shy. Hot flashes so intense your skin flushes, your heart races and you're instantly drenched in sweat aren't pretty. And spending night-after-sleepless-night waiting for the elusive Mr. Sandman doesn't help the picture.

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Vichy Neovadiol Gf

By Charlotte on September 1, 2010 8:00 AM | Read More

Menopause isn't for the meek. Besides delivering hot flashes, sleepless nights and memory loss, the onslaught of erratic hormones can impact our faces. Declining estrogen levels combined with genetics and sun damage can cause skin to sag, dry out and loose elasticity (and the guys wonder why we're depressed).

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Hylexin

By Charlotte on July 14, 2010 8:18 AM | Read More

Dark under-eye circles run in my family. Or so it seems because my younger sister Pam and I have searched many a shelf for ways to lighten the racoon-like patches under our eyes. That's why I was excited to try Hylexin, "the first product specifically developed for serious dark circles."

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Panko Ranch Chicken Strips with Dipping Sauce

Panko Ranch Chicken Strips with Grilley Soy Pepper petites 600.jpgBy Nancy S. Hughes, author The 4-Ingredient Diabetes Cookbook

I consider myself a lazy cook. I'm always looking for that shorter cut, that quicker way, anything to help me avoid work but, at the same time, I want my efforts to count.

So I created more than 160 recipes that use only 4 ingredients, meet the American Diabetes Association's nutritional standards, and are jam-packed with flavor like these pan-fried chicken strips.

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Doctor Foster

You know the old saying, "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned"?

Well, if you're into that sort of thing, I've got the perfect series for you: Doctor Foster

The British series originally aired on BBC One in 2015 and it's a gem (pun intended). Doctor Foster centers on Doctor Gemma Foster, a loving wife, mother and trusted doctor whose perfect world is upended by her husband's affair with a 22-year-old.

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