From The Style Cave: Grey Is The New Black

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Grey Is The New Black
via Style Cave 

Age is not a number. Age is a doomed and inevitable conclusion, marked by wrinkles, health defects, degenerative memory loss and sending birthday cards that match neither the gender nor age of the recipient.

Ageing is a fearful process, dragged along by apprehensive changes coloured by the harrowing stigma of a deluded societal preoccupation with retaining youth. In fashion, age is the last looming taboo, following in the anxious footsteps of race, weight, height, sexuality, gender and class, but, as the quest for eternal youth reaches a dead end, it seems that boundaries have been bent to their limits.

Swishing a long silvered mane, 45 year old Kristen McMenamy is the mature yet flawless face of these rewritten cliches. Working professionally since 1985, Kristen’s modelling portfolio is unfolding much further than that of her younger counterparts, even today, as she continues to mount her peak; walking for Chanel, covering Vogue and posing for Lanvin.

Beyond her age, however, is ethereal beauty drawn with covetable bone structure and willowy limbs that connote an ironic, yet innovative, sense of androgyny. She is the answer to our western woes of cosmetic obsession; rejecting directions to the fountain of youth and embracing yourself by virtue of individuality rather than in spite of it.

“The body you‘re given, the mind you‘re given, the morality and the hang ups you‘re given, they‘re yours. Deal with it. ”


Beat The Heat With Facial SPFs

I’m bringing this one back out of the archives because it really is so very important. And because my new readers may not have seen it yet.
Its all about staying youthful. And melanoma free.
My dermatologist loves me for it 🙂

Beat The Heat: SPF

We just shot a really important segment for the Daily Dish on SheKnowsTV that was all about facial SPFs.
Here are some of the key points we covered, and the product details.

*Facial SPF is a crucial component in your skin care regimen, possibly the most important component. 
*Up to 90% of skin aging comes from sun damage. This damage won’t necessarily show up immediately. 
In the years ahead you will start seeing dark patches, or hyper-pigmentation, which are very difficult and expensive to remove.
*The sun breaks down collagen, which in turn leads to a loss of elasticity, leaving you with saggy, lifeless looking skin. 
*Lack of sun protection also opens you up to the dangers of skin cancer.

*Regular sunscreen that you use on your body will frequently break your skin out and leave it with a coarser, thicker texture, so it is important to have a separate facial SPF product.

*Sunscreen needs to be applied liberally. You should coat your face, throat and decollete every single day with an SPF of at least 30.

* Although there is debate as to whether or not an SPF higher than 30 is actually more powerful or not, it is generally accepted that the higher the SPF, the longer the protection.

For example: if the UV index today is 10, the average person has about 10 minutes before their skin will start to burn. If you wear SPF 30 you will have 30X 10 minutes, or 300 minutes before you will burn.

The clock starts when you apply the product, so if you apply SPF 30 at 7am when you’re getting ready for work, it has probably run out by noon, or at least lost significant potency. So go for the highest SPF you can find.

* We get most of our sun damage just doing our regular daily things, such as walking to and from our cars, which is why dermatologists want everyone to wear sunscreen every single day.

Here are the products I discussed on the show:

For Everyday use

Rhonda Allison Zinc Protection Cream

This is a fabulous daily SPF that can be 

used alone or over moisturizer.

Great for all skin types

Kiehls Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50
This very lightweight, translucent, oil free and 
water resistant sun protection leaves the skin 
with an ultra matte finish. It has powerful,
long lasting broad spectrum UVA and UVB
protection, which is photostable. (maintains
the level of protection)

For A Day In The Sun  

Heading to the beach? A picnic or a BBQ? Or maybe you’re doing an outdoor activity? Anything that’s taking you outdoors for the day requires an even stronger formulation. Here’s what I recommended:

I love this SPF 58!

Cotz is free of chemical sunscreen filters. Its water and sweat resistant, dries clear and is fragrance free.

I love this one too!

Individual sachets, each containing one SPF 30 towelette. What I especially love about this is that it is fragranced. Tocca’s beautiful Stella fragrance. So when you’ve been out in the heat and need to reapply your sunscreen, the convenience of a single serve sachet combined with something that doesn’t smell like coconuts and pineapples is so refreshing!

Probably more for the body than the face, but I had to include it – its so lovely!

 How fabulous is this??

SPF 30 in crushed mineral form. (Also available in SPF 50)

Great on its own as a facial SPF, Colorescience Sunforgettable also makes the absolute perfect touch up SPF product, for everyday use or for the big day out.

Super convenient to slip into your handbag, lightweight and easy to apply and reapply over makeup, you can top off your sun protection before heading out to lunch, before going out for after work drinks – anytime you need to add more facial sunscreen.

Perfect in both humid and dry climates, the sheer convenience of it will keep you reapplying.

Recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation.


How To Choose The Right Hair Style For Your Face Shape

Having trouble deciding which hairstyle is right for you?
Many of us will see a gorgeous haircut on a celebrity or a friend, but when we try to copy it on ourselves it looks nothing short of goofy. Or hideous.

So here’s the 411 on how to choose a hairstyle.

First up find out which face shape you have. Stand in front of a mirror, pull all your hair off your face and look at the width of your cheekbones, the length of your face from the highest point to your chin, and the width from temple to temple, jaw to jaw.

Typically you will fall into one of the following categories:

Diamond Face Shape

Slightly more pointy chin, narrow forehead and wider cheekbones
Look for styles that are narrow at the cheekbones and wider at the forehead. Add a little more fullness at the crown if required.

 Actress Kim Raver has a Diamond face shape

Heart Shaped Face:

This face shape has a more narrow chin and a broad forehead. The cheekbones are very visible. This great shape lets you choose from shorter cuts, like the pixie, a short layered cut, or a short ear length bob.

Beautiful Victoria Beckham has a heart shaped face

Naomi Campbell’s perfect face is a heart shape

A shoulder length layered cut, with the bangs swept to the side flatters the heart shaped face and fills out the chin. Other fabulous styles include a layered bob with extra volume and outward flicks at chin level and  asymmetric cuts are also flattering heart-shaped faces.
Just avoid blunt bangs, or too much hair pulled back off the face.

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Oval Shaped Face:

You’ll see a high forehead and narrow, slightly rounded chin.

Julia Roberts oval face shape

This is the most balanced face shape and almost perfect for any type of hair style. Basically no matter what you do you will look gorgeous.


Rectangle Shaped Face:

Normally you will see an almost equal width across the temples, the cheekbones and the jaw, as well as a slightly longer face.

Gwyneth Paltrow rectangular face shape

Kate Bosworth rectangular face shape

The most flattering styles are like chin or shoulder-length cuts with a fringe that hides the long forehead.  Long straight hair accentuates the length of the face, so you need some movement to break it up, ideally bringing in a little softness and roundness.

                 , Inc.



Round Shaped Face:

You’ll see a wide, short forehead, full jaw and chin, and an overall roundness.

Note the difference in Kate Winslet’s round face shape when the hairstyle is softened and gets some movement

The round shape normally makes the cheeks appear wider. Try to keep the length below the chin and add some fullness on top. A soft cut with sophisticated, face framing that curve to the sides is very slimming. Soft curls will also flatter the frame of a round face. Side swept bangs are very flattering, and break up the roundness.
Avoid bobs and chin or jaw length cuts, as they can accentuate the round look and make your head look like a ball.

Square Shaped Face:

You will see a wide, short forehead and square jaw. The main difference from the rectangular face shape is the shorter length of the face.

Go for graduated layers with some volume at crown, soft curls, side swept bangs. Avoid cuts that end at chin or jaw length, and look for a style that has some movement.

Triangular Shaped Face:

This face shape is the opposite of a heart shaped face. Picture a heart upside down. This face shape has a wider jawline and your face gets gradually narrower as you go up. You can wear a shorter hair style to balance this out.
Try styles with more fullness at the forehead that get gradually narrower at the chin.


Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model Kathy Ireland has a triangular face shape

Most short hair cuts work for this type of face. Avoid styles with too much volume at the top.

Look for distinctive features like your nose, cheekbones, or jaw line. You can then decide to downplay or highlight these features with the style you choose. Try to pick hairstyles that enhance your best features while camouflaging any flaws.

Adding color can really enhance your cut. Highlights and lowlights can direct the eye along the shape of your new hairdo and really bring out the best in your features, as well as totally compliment and light up your skin.

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