Danielle Page is a New York based writer, editor and brand journalist.
Working out has always been a crucial part of Connie Scaparo’s life. She's been teaching aerobics since 1984, and works as the group fitness department head at Lifetime Fitness in Michigan. It had always been a dream for Connie to participate in a bodybuilding competition, and finally this year, with her two grown sons out of the house and her 50th birthday getting closer, she decided that there was no time like the present.
Getting a mani pedi is meant to be relaxing, but are you being too relaxed about your spa hygiene? We spoke to podiatrist Dr. Jacqueline Sutera, and dermatologist Dr. Joshua Zeichner to get to the bottom of nail salon dangers--you'll never believe what they had to say! Read below for their expert advice on how to stay protected while being pampered.
Are all the good FOF men abroad? Rochelle Peachey, an FOF from the U.K., can't say for sure--but what she does know is that there is an undeniable appeal to having a partner with an accent.
"My book teaches you you how to get truly effective medical-level "peels" at home," says Dana, "at a fraction of the cost that medical spas and doctor's offices charge. Yes, you can do it, safely and easily. And it only takes about five minutes of your time every week, for 6 to 8 weeks."
Remember when BB creams were the beauty buzzword? Now cosmetic companies are taking it up a letter with the CC cream. First launched in Hong Kong by Rachel K cosmetics in 2011, CC creams contain all the benefits of BB creams, but claim to provide more coverage, targeting an issue particularly relevant to FOFs--uneven skintone. We spoke to two beauty experts, Tracey Brown who sings the praises of CC creams and Dana Ramos, who thinks it’s a marketing gimmick. Now, we want you to tell us what you think.
BB creams are the latest trend to hit the beauty industry. A craze in Asia for the past twenty years (Korea Herald editors refer to it as “the secret of Korean actresses”), Western beauty companies are now marketing the product to U.S. consumers as the one stop solution for all of your skin needs. Advertised as a moisturizer, primer, foundation, and sunblock in one, is it possible that BB creams can do it all...and do it all well? Or are marketers laying it on thick? Beauty expert Lois Joy Johnson weighs in.
Kathy Spencer, author of "How to Shop for Free," lives off a yearly income of $45,000, feeding her family of six on just $4 dollars per week. (You read that right!) She saves an estimated $60,000 per year with her tried and true couponing tricks. Here, she shares some of her best saving secrets, including the hardest item to get for free (and how she succeeded at getting it), how to become “rich at the drugstore,” and ways to cut down your weekly grocery bill.
FOF Eyvette Manigault and Dan Koch are overachievers when it comes to undergarments. The team works together at The Town Shop--an iconic New York City lingerie store that has been around for over 120 years. Dan Koch's great-grandfather started the store in 1888, which has been past down through four generations of his family. Expert bra and shapewear fitter Evyette joined the team in 1971, and has honed her skills for the past 45 years. She can size a woman for a bra just by looking at her--no measuring tape necessary! The duo sat down with us to tackle four common FOF body issues, and suggested shapewear that will turn flab to...fab! Read on for their suggestions..
Recently we've noticed that our Ask an FOF section has been, for lack of a better word, "skinundated" with questions about...you guessed it...your FOF skin. We interviewed leading dermatologist Dr. Marina Peredo and asked her to address your most pressing skin concerns. Read on to find answers to everything from the pros and cons of using vaseline as a moisturizer to the best brown spot busters...and much more!
“Would love a suggestion on how to deal with adult children living at home,” wrote in one FOF, and we are pretty sure she’s not the only one looking for answers. An unstable job market has led to the rise of what has been dubbed as the Boomerang Generation, the era of kids who return home after college.
Janeson's background in yoga and holistic wellness helped make her very aware of how her body works. "I learned a lot about the anatomy of my own body through yoga," says Janeson. "The potentiality of our bodies is really magical--how those muscles can expand and contract." In the 1970s, she set out to solve a major problem that she was finding in the world of sex toys. "So many sex toys and feminine strengthening devices have been designed for women by men," says Janeson. Feeling that these products fell short, she created her first exploration tool prototype, featuring a loop design which massaged the G-Spot. She shared her early prototypes with a few friends, but ultimately walked away from the project. "There are a lot of obstacles to bringing a product like this to the market," says Janeson.
One company, Albertini International, claims that their in-shower body moisturizer, Divine Skin Hydrator will solve dry skin issues and changes due to menopause and hormonal fluctuations. The company's founder and CEO, long-time beauty expert Valorie Albertini, says that this product fixes one of the major issues FOFs have when applying moisturizer. “One of the things women say is that thought of applying moisturizer while having a hot flash is unbearable," says Albertini, "So the application in the shower is part of what makes it work."
Navigating the dating scene can be tricky for an FOF, navigating the online dating scene can be downright terrifying. Whether you've tried online dating before, or are taking the plunge for the first time, getting started can be overwhelming and confusing. What kind of photos should you upload? How should you describe yourself?
Slipping into your FOFavorite pair of high heels may make you feel sexier, but at what cost? Dr. Jacqueline Sutera, DPM, answered our questions about the long and short term effects of wearing high heels. The good news? You can still wear heels after fifty. (But, read this first!)
Mai Couture’s Blush Papier (retail value: $17.50) comes in a pocket-sized booklet with 50 one-time-use sheets, ideal for makeup application and touch ups while you’re on the go. The powder paper comes in five shades: prettyful, sunset blvd, venice beach, uptown, and sicily. You don’t need a makeup brush, which, according to Mai Couture, “often carries bacteria that can irritate sensitive skin.” Instead, tear off a sheet, and gently rub in a circular motion onto the apples of your cheeks.