Thursday, July 26, 2012

summer beauty

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I'm 32 years old. I have five children. I think I can reasonably be called an adult.
And yet every time my mom sees me rub my eyes she yells at me: Don’t rub your eyes! That skin is very delicate! Do you want to get wrinkles?

This tells me a couple of things:
1.) Your mom is ALWAYS your mom, no matter how old you are.
2.) Your mom is a great source of beauty advice ... even if she’s yelling it at you.

With this in mind I sat down with Guinevere to talk about beauty-related things. A couple of weeks ago she asked me about wearing makeup. I helped her pick out some light lip gloss and clear brow tamer/mascara (my girls got their daddy’s eyebrows … those things NEED some taming).
But there’s so much more to beauty than just makeup, particularly in the summer.

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We spend a LOT of time outside in the sun during the summer -- at the park, at the beach, in the yard, riding bikes. and now that Guinevere is getting older, there’s more involved than just letting mom slap 50 SPF on her wiggly body.

So we sat down to talk, and I asked if she had any questions for me. This is what she came up with:

Guinevere: Did you ever have any problems? Or have anything go wrong during the summer?

Well, the number-one thing I can think of is my skin. Everyone should wear sunscreen all the time, but as a fair-skinned redhead it’s like quadruple important for me! And as a hard-headed teenager there were plenty of times I skipped the lotion at the shore. I wanted to be like all my tan friends -- and I PAID THE PRICE, BIG TIME. I remember getting burned one time so badly that it peeled within a couple of hours. That is SOOOO bad. Now that I’m older I’m nervous about skin cancer and wrinkles and all the damage I did to myself. STUPID STUPID! So my advice to you: Wear SUNSCREEN! Trust me, it's worth it! Fortunately all you kids are blessed with your grandmother’s skin -- not the fair redhair-type skin. But the advice still applies!

IMG_1046See, now I have to do crazy stuff to try and repair the damage!

G: What sort of things should you NEVER EVER do in the summer?

Well, obviously never skip the sunscreen. Definitely take showers as often as necessary, but not more often than necessary, if that makes sense. Like, if you’ve been sweating and gross, definitely take a shower to clean up and so you don’t break out. But don’t just shower if you’re hot or bored—too much will dry out your skin and you’ll break out from that too!

G: Any other beauty tips for me?

Oh -- this is important! Sometimes all the shaving we do in summer can irritate the skin -- especially in the bikini area. So after I shave I use a little bit of witch hazel on a cotton ball to sooth any sensitive areas.
The other important thing is to use a good, sharp, clean razor! We’re still loving the Venus Embrace razor. It has five blades for a close shave, and the moisture ribbons around the blades help minimize nicks and cuts, which are never fun! Venus has some more great tips about shaving on their website.


Oh and of course: DON’T RUB YOUR EYES! Do you want to get wrinkles? Hahaha!
But really, don’t rub your eyes.

This was fun! Entering this new stage with you, Guinevere, is so exciting to me! Plus I’m loving all the mommy and me time we spend together -- like last week when we did home pedicures together sitting on the edge of the tub!

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looks like it’s time for a new one!

And to the rest of you: What’s the best beauty tip you have shared with your daughter to prepare her for the summer? Or share your funniest beauty mishap for the chance to win a $50 Visa gift card! Personally, I’d love to hear all the funny mishaps, because I like to laugh

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80 comments:

  1. My mother always told me to use plenty of sunscreen. She has great skin so I know this is so important!

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  2. tweet:

    https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/228626738102554624

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  3. My mother told me to use moisturizer and sunscreen whenever you're out in the sun!
    reklaw422 at hotmail dot com

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  4. I always remember telling my daughter to use skin moisturizer and to keep away from the sun. It paid off, because she has a very nice skin.

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  5. https://twitter.com/rosorior/status/228649095236026370

    roso1946@gmail.com

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  6. wash your face twice a day and exfoliate once a week

    vanitizebaby at yahoo dot com

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  7. tweet

    https://twitter.com/MeandBells/status/228848038209277954

    vanitizebaby at yahoo dot com

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  8. Beauty mishap...one word: Epilady. Enough said.

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  9. the best tip i give is to be your self :) and wear SPF!

    freebiel0ve@yahoo.com

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  10. tweet: https://twitter.com/akronugurl/status/228913111183282176

    freebiel0ve@yahoo.com

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  11. my mom told me to ALWAYS apply sunscreen on your face everyday. amypugmire@live.com

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  12. tweet. amypugmire@live.com
    https://twitter.com/1amypugmire/status/229021726523129856

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  13. my tip is to wear sunscreen every day

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  14. https://twitter.com/ElenaIstomina/status/229061075134472192

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  15. The best summer beauty tip I've given is to wash your face every night before bed especially if you have makeup on.

    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

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  16. https://twitter.com/aes529/status/229256775696781312

    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

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  17. my best beauty tip is to always wear sunscreen! the sun damage you get as a kid will affect you as an adult!


    kitraz13 at hotmail dot com

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  18. funniest beauty mishap: my first perm at 8 years old when my friends thought i was wearing a wig and tried to pull my hair off!

    thismomwins@gmail.com

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  19. tweet https://twitter.com/thismomwins/status/229276422521356288

    thismomwins@gmail.com

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  20. tweet: https://twitter.com/kitraz13/status/229282644855234560

    kitraz13 at hotmail dot com

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  21. my biggest mishap was wearing blue eyeliner, yuck! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  22. https://twitter.com/DesMoinesDealin/status/229321051639803904 scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  23. https://twitter.com/DesMoinesDealin/status/229321274072121344 scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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    1. oops pasted the wrong tweet! here is the right one! https://twitter.com/DesMoinesDealin/status/229321051639803904 scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  24. My biggest beauty mishap was when I tried to highlight my hair at home; It was one of those kits where you pull the hair through the cap with a little crochet needle and someone how I ended up with a boatload of highlights on the left side of my head and very few on the right (I assume because I'm right-handed, it was easier to pull out from the left). I ended up calling my mom to come over and redo the right side for me. It still wasn't even but it was better. Seriously, "Kids don't try this at home" was really written for me.
    shel704 at aol dot com

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  25. https://twitter.com/auntiethesis/status/229647028588773376

    shel704 at aol dot com

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  26. My funniest beauty mishap happened years ago. I was getting ready for work....during a storm. Power went out. No lights in the bathroom as I was finishing getting ready for work and putting on my makeup. I thought...I have done this so many times...I could do it in my sleep! Haha..wrong. My blush and powder foundation where in a container that looked almost the same. I ended up putting my blush on all over instead of the powder! Haha.....I laughed so hard when I got in the car and looked in the rearview mirror!
    landfjacobson @ charter.net

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  27. I tweeted
    https://twitter.com/Ilovemybeagle2/status/229744644085383168
    landfjacobson @ charter.net

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  28. The beauty tip I give my daughter is to wear her hair up in the summer months, either in ponytails or buns, to keep her cool and her skin free of sweat.
    kellywcuATyahooDOTcom

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  29. tweet
    https://twitter.com/Kellydinpa/status/229777967646142464

    kellywcuATyahooDOTcom

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  30. Wear plenty of sunscreen to protect/preserve your skin!
    family74014 at gmail dot com

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  31. I stress the importance of sunscreen.
    huntandride@hotmail.com

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  32. https://twitter.com/jen_r_horn/status/230350749454966785
    huntandride@hotmail.com

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  33. Moisturize and wear sunscreen everyday!

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  34. I tweeted: https://twitter.com/candyland0606/status/230833406852886528

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  35. My best beauty tip - always remember to wear sunscreen. It's just a simply step daily but goes a long way to keep your skin healthy.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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  36. https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/230881614769573888

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  37. Christina Kelbel8/3/12, 3:02 PM

    https://twitter.com/intent/tweet?source=webclient&text=http%3A%2F%2Fgoogiemomma.blogspot.com%2F2012%2F07%2Fsummer-beauty.html

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  38. My biggest mishap was usinga mayonaise hair mask back in the day. What a mess that was!

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  39. Shampoo is a great alternative for when you run out of shaving cream & you hotta get them bad boys shaved =)

    kytah00@yahoo.com

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  40. 2nd entry tweet https://twitter.com/kytah00/status/232560795752476672

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  41. wear sunscreen all the time
    merleandtina@yahoo.com

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  42. https://twitter.com/HappyTina0115/status/232608848203104256
    merleandtina@yahoo.com

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  43. always wear spf & moisturize!!!

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  44. tweeted - https://twitter.com/luvx143/status/232634723262947329

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  45. My tip would be to find products you love and stick with them. It can be so tempting to try the latest and greatest, but I think loyalty in cosmetics goes a long way and makes getting ready so much easier!

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  46. I tried to coverup acne with makeup that didn't match my skin color, made my acne worse too. Thanks for the tips and giveaway.
    songyueyu at gmail

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  47. tweet: https://twitter.com/syytta/status/234815494098661376
    songyueyu at gmail

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  48. Apple cider vinegar + witch hazel as a toner has really helped to get rid of my pimples. I started getting pimples in 5th grade. It was difficult because not only was I probably the only person with that much pimples in 5th grade but my mom and grandma would keep telling me how they almost never had pimples so how come I have them >_< But yeah... Hmm, an embarassing moment would have to be the time in HS when I fell asleep while my mom was cutting my hair and I guess my head dropped suddenly and my mom accidentally snipped one section of my bangs much shorter... like it was 1 inch long >_< I woke up and I was like mom!!!! and she told me it was stylish =__=;;; in retrospect, it was a funny moment... Also, fresh aloe vera is great especially when you forget to reapply sunblock and get a bit sunburned :)

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  49. Not so much of a beauty mishap, but something skin related that I just recently learned (the hard way). Never ever EVER put Icy Hot on slightly damp skin. EVER. It will burn with the fire of a thousand white-hot suns and there is NOTHING you can do about it. No amount of "rubbing it in", trying to wash it off (water is the enemy here), or fanning the affected area to cool it off will work. The only thing to do is find a happy place, suffer through it, and vow never to let it happen again.

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  50. Tweet: https://twitter.com/kwashington512/status/235114127733960704

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  51. SPF Moisturizer & chapstick year round

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  52. twwet https://twitter.com/hburmeister/status/235192251993694208

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  53. My worst mishap was running out of shave cream when I was about to shave my legs....I thought hmm I have Nair . well all went well UNTIL I finished , was rinsed dried and went to the sink to wash my face..( it was very hot in the bathroom when I got done) Lo and behold I had rinsed my hands all during the progress but not well enough. While wiping the sweat from my brow I also wiped my eyebrows OFF .

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  54. i tweeted here:

    https://twitter.com/bellows22/status/235333927441670145

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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  55. i always told my daughter to take pride in her appearance

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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  56. I had always been a blonde, and when I say blonde, I mean a hay-colored almost Barbie-esque color. Well, deciding I was tired of this in early college, I decided to do something about it. Being a typical college student, I opted for something cheap and fast, (and since I was/am all about enivornmentally conciousness) I went for the henna option. It was my first time dying my hair, and afraid I would chicken out if I didn't just "dive-in", I didn't do a test strand. The result was ORANGE. Like Gatorade-esque, road-worker-vest, I'm-a-human-tangerine orange. I actually stuck with it for a total of two weeks before opting for professional assistance.

    It was fun, but my tip remains: ALWAYS do a test strand! :)

    girl.in.spades(at) gmail (dot)com

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  57. I don't yet have a daughter to pass on my wisdom, but I believe that spf protection on our face is essential

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  58. sometimes less make up is more

    seanm1999 at hotmail dot com

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  59. When we were younger my sister stole my liptsick and smeared it all over her face, and she thought she looked pretty. It was too funny.

    Artisticbaker at gmail dot com

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  60. Wear a hat as well as the sunscreen & sunglasses when you're out & about drinking the water you always have by your side.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  61. blogged:
    http://slehan.blogspot.com/2012/08/win-50-visa-from-venus-and-blogher-0823.html

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  62. I broke out in a head to toe rash because I didn't test a new soap before using it in the shower. Lesson learned.

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  63. My only tips to my daughters are to wear what makes them feel good.
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  64. tweeted: https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/238087782436851712
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  65. Tweet - https://twitter.com/willitara/status/238259633385512960

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  66. I remember one summer where we were visiting a local pool and at the time I was blonde. I noticed all these little green haired kids running around! I then noticed they were all blonds too! yep...green as grass!!! Was some sort of chemical mistake in the pool!
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  67. I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/238387558571200513
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  68. I introduced lip balm with spf for sun protection.
    momznite_at_yahoo_daught_com

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  69. I tweeted:
    https://twitter.com/momznite/status/238680408127057920

    momznite_at_yahoo_daught_com

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  70. My worst beauty mishap was using the wrong haircolor shade and dyeing my hair blonde!

    runningmatey at hotmail dot com

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  71. https://twitter.com/LuckyDuckyToo/status/238696913522798592

    runningmatey at hotmail dot com

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  72. my fave beauty tip
    Spend money on key beauty products

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  73. https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/238763131566972929

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  74. To always apply body lotion after a shower
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  75. tweet
    https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/238806674176094208
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  76. my best beauty tip was apply moisturizer directly after a shower even before you dry off for silky smooth soft skin! Thanks for a super giveaway!
    My email: anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  77. Tweeted:
    https://twitter.com/anashct3/status/238814181695033345
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    email: anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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