March 2014 archive

Fabulous Links of the Day

Salma Hayek on aging, a gorgeous photo of Kate Winslet, oil cleansers for your skin type, J.Crew beauty secrets, and antiaging breakfast foods in today’s Fabulous Links:

A master class on aging from the always gorgeous Salma Hayek [HuffPost Style]

Behold this distinguished pic of Kate Winslet [Glamour]

Oil cleansers. Would you try one? [Daily Makeover]

Beauty secrets from the J. Crew catalog [Well+Good]

Turn back the clock at breakfast. Yum! [HuffPost Post50]



Annabelle Gurwitch

Annabelle Gurwitch

Annabelle Gurwitch

Annabelle Gurwitch’s new book I See You Made an Effort: Compliments, Indignities, and Survival Stories from the Edge of 50, is absolutely hysterical. You may remember Annabelle from Dinner and a Movie on TBS, back in the day. I was lucky enough to chat with her recently about the book, her thoughts on getting older, and her skin care routine. She even spilled the names of some of her fave products.

What inspired you to write the book?

Two things were happening at once. On one hand, as a writer, I was noticing that I would be standing in the supermarket, for example, looking at magazines, and the covers would say something like, “Looking Good at 20, 30, 40, and Beyond.” I was 49 at the time, and I was like, What? You’re sending me to the great beyond? You can’t even say the number 50? Is it that frightening?

And then I got my AARP e-mail. I believe the AARP is really just a wing of the NSA: the minute you hit 49, you get your AARP card in the mail. They send you the card, and you haven’t even joined yet!

Things like this were happening to me, and I felt I was starting to become invisible. When I would talk to my friends about this, they would say, “Oh my God, me too!”

How has your attitude toward aging changed as you’ve gotten older?

I was absolutely terrified of growing older. I was unprepared for certain things, which is why I write about them: I feel that humor is a great way to deal with fear.

You realize your life changes in certain ways at 50, and you can have a sense of humor about it. If you share it with other people, you don’t feel like you’re alone. I feel very passionate about my friendships, particularly my female friendships. I really feel its essential to make time for my female friends.

I feel that turning 50 is a call to action for me to try on a daily basis to have joy and bring a better quality of life to myself and those around me.

In the book, you describe going into a department store to buy expensive skin creams.

Skin care is one of those things where we are not invisible at this age, we are incredibly visible. We are targets for the cosmeceutical companies and their antiaging products. You are up against Hope In A Jar, a name I think should be illegal. Unless there is a time machine inside that tiny jar.

In that story, I am writing about the complicated feelings women can have: you’re buying this stuff, but you know its ridiculous. I also write about my grandmother with her Pond’s cold cream and its cucumber scent. She never spent more than five dollars on a jar of a product. What would she think of me standing in that department store?

Describe your skin care routine.

I wash my face twice a day, moisturize, and exfoliate a few times a week. That’s about it!

Are there any products you can’t live without?

I am addicted to Kiehl’s products. But I also like a line called Elina Organics. I use her scrub and her moisturizer. And I use Malin + Goetz facial cleanser. But I’ve also had laser treatments and fillers, and I honestly have mixed feelings about them.

Many things are available to make your skin look dewy and firm, if you can afford it. That’s the danger in looking to any woman in the media as an example of what a certain age looks like. You don’t know what you’re seeing. You don’t know what she’s had done.

I am trying to walk a middle ground. Women who can’t afford to do these mitigations can feel bad about themselves. I’m just trying to say, “You have no idea what everyone is doing, so don’t look to those people as an example.”




RougeNY, the brainchild of makeup artist Rebecca Perkins and actress Stephanie March, is every makeup junkie’s dream. It is similar in concept to Blushington, which is currently making waves out West. You go to RougeNY, choose a look from the menu, and their makeup artists get to work. They offer everything from the office-appropriate You…Only Better to Total Polish, the full Kardashian treatment.

I dropped the lovely ladies at RougeNY an e-mail, and here’s what Rebecca had to say about her new business adventure:

“RougeNY has been a wild ride! While we were undergoing construction, my partner and I could not WAIT to have the issues we were dealing with stop being about sub-contractor delays and sales tax ID, and have whatever we were dealing with be about our clients, artists, and the makeup! Everything since Dec 11th has been really wonderful.

Training the artists, getting to know our initial clients, seeing how and if our business model works as we planned (it does!) has all been really exciting.  The weather has certainly put a damper to everyone’s business this winter. But it’s not holding us back!

Each week has built upon the previous week. Every scenario that we pictured women finding us for has come to pass – brides, obviously, but also neuroscientists presenting to publishers who want to look pulled together, moms who want their young daughters to learn age-appropriate makeup, women going to dinner with their husbands, and Pulitzer prize-winning journalists who want help culling their makeup stashes. Even men who want help looking camera ready! You name it!”

I personally can’t wait to check it out. I want to go nuts and pop for The Ransack! Who’s with me?