Ten Simple Tricks to Not Look Old

10 Simple Tricks to Not Look Old

People who meet me always think that I am younger than I really am. I don’t feel 43 years old and I have no desire to look that old. I refuse to grow old gracefully and I plan to fight it every step of the way. Over the years I have found some great products and learned some simple tricks to prevent unnecessary signs of aging, the biggest being to stay out of the sun.

None of these are earth shattering or that difficult to do, and I’m sure some of them you have already heard of, but they really do work. So here is a simple list to share with you for how I fight Mother Nature.


  1. Grow some bangs. Brow lines are unavoidable and can cause you to look perpetually angry. Just the day to day action of speaking and expressing yourself is going to give you brow lines. True, you can Botox the heck out of your forehead and lose the ability to raise your eyebrows, or you can simply have your hair dresser give you some fringe to hide those pesky lines. Bonus, bangs are cheaper and less painful than seasonal injections of poison into your forehead.
  1. Drink lots of water. Dehydration causes your face to look ashy, drawn, and gives you a lovely case of dark raccoon eyes. I’m not going to tell you to drink eight glasses a day because not everyone has the time to pee every half an hour, but definitely drink as much as you can. I carry a refillable water bottle with me every day. It holds 22 ounces and I try to drink three bottles full a day. Lots of water also helps to detoxify your skin which helps with blemishes.
  1. Argon Oil. One of the big things I notice as I turned 40 was that just using a good lotion wasn’t enough anymore. Aging causes huge changes in skin. Not only do you need to replenish lost moisture, but you need to replenish lost oils. I was also suffering from a return of pimples and breakouts like I had back in high school. It seemed crazy to be using wrinkle cream and zit cream at the same time. Changing hormones, however, will cause your skin to react differently to products you have used forever. An article in More magazine told me about Argon Oil and its ability to fight aging and acne. After giving it a try I now swear by the stuff. At bedtime each night after cleansing and removing my make-up I apply several ArganOil_Traveldrops of 100% pure Argon Oil to my face and gently rub it in. Then I apply my Olay Regenerist Serum on top of that as well as my eye cream. In the morning my skin is plump and my acne has since disappeared.

I also use Argon Oil on the ends of my hair. Skin isn’t the only thing to dry out with age. Hair tends to become finer and a bit brittle. While my hair is still damp from washing a few drops of Argon Oil are rubbed into the ends. It keeps hair healthy and protects against heat damage.

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  1. Hair, Skin & Nails. I started taking these dietary supplements about four months ago. I can honestly say my hair is growing faster and my nails are stronger. Luckily for me Costco sells these in bulk so I get them cheaper than at the drug store. Regardless of where you buy them, they are worth the money.
  1. Exfoliate. As we age our skin cells don’t renew as quickly as they used to so it becomes up to us to slough off the dead stuff. The trick here is to not be too harsh because over exfoliating can be worse than not exfoliating. I really like using Alba Botanicals Pineapple Scrub once a week and then doing a Juice Beauty Apple Peel for Sensitive Skin once a week. It’s just enough to keep my skin fresh without causing irritation.

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  1. Eyelid Primer. As we age our skin becomes thinner. Suddenly veins and capillaries that weren’t noticeable before start to show up. Not only will a good eye primer help your eye shadow stay in place all day but it will conceal those nasty little purple and blue lines that are now there to stay.

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  1. Concealer. You have probably been using a concealer under your eyes for years, but don’t forget to conceal around your nostrils. As we age the skin around our nose becomes redder and adds a shadow to your face. So when you swipe your concealer make sure to go under the eye, around the nostrils, and I even add a dot to my chin because I get redness there as well.
  1. Retinols and Sunscreen. Retinols are the best product on the market right now for fighting wrinkles, age spots, and dullness. As awesome as retinols are, however, they actually make you more susceptible to UV rays from the sun. So make sure you are using a product that has both in it. Nothing will age you faster than sun exposure! I love my Roc Retinol Day Cream with SPF 30. I use it every morning and let it soak in while I fix my hair. Then I apply my make-up as usual.
  1. Think Pink. What do you notice when you look at little kids or teenage girls? It’s those rosy cheeks and that youthful glow. Sure, a red pout can look sultry, and a smoky eye can look very dramatic, but if you are going for everyday youthfulness soft pinks are the way to go. No one does pink better than Angie Harmon. In her 40’s she is stunning.

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  1. Pluck those eyebrows. I can think of no better way to spend $10 than to have your brows professionally done. I swear it is an instant and natural facelift. A perfect arch seems to raise your entire forehead and by removing those stray hairs from your lids it makes for a fresh and open eye. Plus, once they are done you can maintain it yourself for a month or two just following the line the professional created.

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Bonus Tip

  1. Don’t turn yourself into a lion. I am not against plastic surgery. If I were to suddenly develop a turkey gobbler neck or hooded eyelids that literally drooped over my eyes I’d sign up right away to have that fixed. But let’s be totally honest, most women look better before plastic surgery than they do after. It is just too easy to recognize the tight drawn lion face, the bloated, over stuffed lip injections, and those expressionless faces you see on any one of the Housewives of Blah Blah City on Bravo. Don’t do it ladies!

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Wake Up with The Busy Mom Guru

Wake Up with the Busy Mom Guru

Anyone who knows me knows I haven’t left the house without make up since the age of 13.  Seriously, except for my immediate family and my children, no one knows what I look like without make-up.  NO ONE!

For years people have complimented my skin.  I’m not entirely sure why because truthfully it is pasty white and never tans.  I admit except for some brow lines I am relatively wrinkle free, but that is more from my limited sun exposure due to burning and never having smoked.  I can’t lie, I do come from some good genes.  Grandma Stretanski never aged.  From 45 till the day she died at 81 the woman looked exactly the same and I am pretty sure the only products she ever used were Dove bar soap, Jergen’s Lotion and a tube of Cover Girl Lipstick.  Grandma Casey was a similar story, until severe illness finally robbed her of her flawless skin.

Good genes aside, I can honestly say that now that I am 40 it requires a little more work to keep my skin looking nice.  Gone are the days when I could ignore my face and skip washing off my make-up for a week at a time.  My skin routine is firmly established and never skipped these days.

So, what do I look like without make-up.  I am going to show you.  Warning, it ain’t pretty.  This is possibly the scariest thing I have ever done.  So, here goes.  This is me make-up free, in my pajamas, bed head and all.


Okay, so now you know.  I wasn’t kidding about that plain pasty white skin.  But luckily for me they sell beauty in a bottle.  I am very serious about getting as many toxins as possible out of my beauty routine.  In the last couple of years I have done a lot of research on parabens, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulphates, and other toxic chemicals in the products we use daily.  While I wish I could say everything I use is totally safe and organic the truth is sometimes you have to chose function over organic.

The beginning of any great look is a great foundation.  Here is my secret, True Match foundation and Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer and Brightener.


 I used to use really expensive items from top brands and spend a fortune, but you know what, these work better!  Honest.  A few dots of foundation are smoothed all over,


In the inner corners of my eyes, around my nostrils, and on any blemish I use the Age Rewind Concealer.  Then lightly tap with a finger until everything is smoothed out.


The Age Rewind Brightener is used under the outer eye area to open the area up and fake being awake.  I also use the applicator and run it down the center of my nose, then blend it all in.


Next comes cheeks and eyes.  I use dark brown L’Oreal Eyeliner and smudge it a bit.  At Sephora I found the most adorable compact from Tarte, an all natural mineral based make-up.  A little blush on the apples of my cheeks and light on the lid, dark in the outer corners, and white at the base of the brow.



Then I take a clean brush (I love my Eco Tools) and blend the three colors together until you get a seamless eye shadow.

After the shadow I have to deal with my eyebrows, or lack there of.  Usually I have really long bangs that hide them, which suits me fine, but a really bad hack job left me with ridiculously short bangs and suddenly my brows could be ignored no longer. Not only are they sparse, but they don’t match.  One has a lovely arch, the other goes straight across.  One gets plucked from the top to lower it, the other get plucked from the bottom to raise it.  Yeah, its a pain in the butt.  I really needed help.


Browzing from Benefit came to the rescue!

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This stuff is the bomb!  The little chiseled brush and the wax perfectly outlines your brow, and allows you to draw in some where there are none.  Then the blender brush and the pigment fill in and replace what nature forgot to give you!  It even comes with a super tiny set of tweezers to get rid of those out of place hairs.  Ta Dah!!


Finally to wrap this whole thing up is lashes and lips.  I have tried organic mascara.  Do yourself a favor and save your money.  They all flake and smear within hours.  Totally wasted my money.  But, I did find an amazing substitute for lipstick!  Lipstick is one of the most toxic products women use because we actually ingest it when we eat or lick our lips.

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I love Lancôme’s Definitions in Brown and Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer in Raisin.  Burt’s Bees is made from all natural plant based products and yet has awesome pigments.


My make-up is now finished but not my beauty routine.  Below are the products I use to keep my skin healthy using as few chemicals as possible.  First is cleansing.  I used to use Olay Cleansing Wipes but decided to go for an organic solution a while back.  Green People Cleanser and Make-up Remover and a package of Honest Baby Wipes work better than the Olay and are seriously chemical free!  To scrub off dead skin cells and keep skin glowing I love Alba Pineapple Enzyme Scrub.  After cleaning and sloughing, I apply the tiniest amount of Josie Maran Organic Argon Oil.  One of the big shockers for me when I turned forty was the return of teenage zits.  Seriously, now I have to fight wrinkles AND acne?  How is that fair?  Anyway, Argon Oil ended up being a real blessing.  Who knew it took an oil to fight an oil?


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147sThe last weapon in my arsenal is Roc Retinal.  No, this is not organic, but the truth is I refuse to grow old before my time and retinols plus sun screen really are the best thing out there for slowing down your skin’s aging.  So every morning this goes on before the make-up.  I apply it before I curl my hair so it has time to absorb.

I know what some of you might be thinking, good grief that is a lot of work, and when you break it down step by step like I just did, I admit, it does seem like a ton, but the truth is I get all of this done in about five or six minutes each morning.  The Browzing added an extra minute or two when I first started using it but like everything else I quickly figured it out and it just became one more step in the program.

If you use or like any of these products let me know how they work for you.  If you try some of these products from this post make sure to come back and let me know if you liked them.

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