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Monday, August 20, 2012

Win $50 Visa from Venus and BlogHer 0823

BlogHer invited a group of bloggers and their daughters to chat about their summer beauty secrets. These posts are so great -- the kids got to turn the tables and interview their moms!  Check out the posts as moms share beauty tips and tricks with their young daughters, along with some safety advice on minimizing nicks and cuts while shaving.
Click on the links below to read their posts. Each blogger is also giving away a $50 Visa gift card so be sure to read them all for your chances to win!

This BlogHer sweepstakes runs from July 26, 2012 to August 23, 2012 and is only open to individuals who, at the time of entry deadline, are legal residents of the United States and are 18 years or older. Winners will be randomly selected from all eligible entries. To read the Official Rules, click here. Good luck!

In which my daughter interviews me about beauty and beauty mishaps with a $50 Visa giftcard giveaway

Mouse: "Mom, at camp they talked about true beauty. They said we should want people to like us for who we are and not for what we look like and that beauty isn't about make-up. They even covered up all the mirrors for a day to show how many times we looked in a mirror to see our appearance. Why don't you wear make-up?"Me: "Well, that's a sort of difficult question. Part of it is what you're talking about. I don't believe we need to hide that we're aging.  

Summer Beauty: A Mother-Daughter Interview

Venus asked a few bloggers to do a follow-up to last month's review/giveaway posts -- but this time the daughters get to interview their moms about summer beauty do's and don'ts. I wrangled Kathryn into helping me with this since she was the main focus of my review/giveaway post. She's the questioner and I'm the answerer.Q: What's the most important beauty tip you'd give me for summertime?A: I'll quote your great-granmama on this one. People often complimented her beautiful skin, even when she was getting older.

Beauty and Tweens

Beauty and tweens.  These two words seem to go together.  I’m not sure exactly when it started, but start it did.  The moment I noticed my daughter was shaving her legs.  Without telling me, that is.  “But Mom, there was so much hair on them!

My baby girl is growing up so quickly!

My baby girl is growing up so quickly!  I thought we'd try something a little different and fun, so I decided to do a vlog with Kamryn.  We discuss our summer beauty do's and don'ts!  Enjoy the video!!

Chatting Sun and Shaving with My Own Tween Queen

Who doesn’t remember their first beach crush? Or their first serious sunburn? Sometimes talking to a tween daughter makes a mother wonder how she is going to keep up – but the folks at Gillette have designed the Venus Embrace, with five blades and a soft grip handle for maximum but gentle control. It makes getting the conversation started with your tween about shaving as smooth as summertime legs.  

Venus Makes You Feel Like Goodess

So, my daughter is interviewing me today about my Summer Beauty Tips! Princess Nagger:  “I bet you’re regretting bringing those cheap disposable razors on vacation, aren’t you?”Me:  “I sure am – how did you figure that out?”PN:  “Well, for one thing, you’ve got scrapes and scratches all over your legs.  Looks like the cat attacked you.”Me:  “Like you like to say: ‘I know, right?’”PN:  “Hey! That’s my line!”Me:  “I gave you credit.”PN:  “OK then.

Summer Do's and Don'ts: An Interview of Me by My Daughter

Summer "Do's and Don'ts," an interview of me by my daughter. Mom the weather is getting hotter. What beauty tips do you have for summer? First off, I try to stay moisturized. I use a facial moisturizer with SPF every day and slather my legs and arms with lotion. You know I spend a lot of time outside so sunscreen is a must. Nothing worse than wearing shorts and your legs look dry and scaly. Keep them moisturized. Oh, and shave every day. Hairy legs are not pretty and no one wants to see that.  

Adventures in Real Parenting: What Not To Shave

As the youngest of three, my daughter Sophie has a few advantages. Her father and I, who have been at this parenting thing for over twenty-two years, are tired. Worn down from enforcing rules and shouldering high expectations, we've relaxed. We're less uptight about details, less inclined to over-program or hover like we did when we were new to this adventure. In other words, well, in the words of Sophie's two older siblings, we've given up. Sophie, in their opinion, gets away with murder. It's not exactly murder.

Marinka’s Summer Do’s and Don’ts

Marinka’s Summer Do’s and Don’tsMarinka, as interviewed by her almost-14 year old daughter.Daughter: Wait, what am I supposed to ask you again?Marinka: Tips for summer beauty.Daughter: Okaaaaay.  If you say so.Marinka: Come on, I have lots of great tips.Daughter: Fine.  What are your “great tips”?Marinka: Well, first of all, sunscreen is a must. A must. And there’s no need for quote marks.Daughter:  Got it.

Don'ts Learned From Mom

I've been blogging about the kids for quite a number of years now, and while I talk all about them and the fun things they do, I've never allowed them to have input on my blog. It's my blog, after all. But I think it's high time I remedy that. In an unprecedented turn of events, I'm allowing my daughter to interview me. I promise to answer (most) questions (semi) honestly. Heh. You could be in for a fun ride, people. The mind of a tween-ish girl can go just about anywhere. Fasten your seat belts and enjoy the ride.

Sharing Summer Beauty Secrets & Mishaps

My girls have been interested in fashion since they were toddlers with very clear ideas about what they did and did not want to wear. Now that they are 10 and 12, it's not only about clothes, but about make-up, skincare, deodorant and shaving. Allie is going to help me write this post today. Her writing will be in pink, while mine will be in gray. I really want to wear make-up, but my mom has said that I have to get really good at remembering to wash my face in the morning and evening so that I don't break-out with pimples.  I asked my mom if she wears make-up in the summer.

Summer Beauty Do's And Don'ts -- A Vlog + Giveaway

As a follow-up to my How Not to Shave Your Legs Post AKA Zakary Needs a Transfusion post, Venus asked me to share my summertime beauty tips.I have a very low-key beauty routine in the summer.  Mostly it includes pedicures every month, drinking a gallon of water every day, and complaining to my husband that we need to install AC because it is 90 degrees upstairs in the house at two in the afternoon and my tinted moisturizer keeps sweating off. As a woman in my mid-thirties, I need the tinted moisturizer. 

Summer Silliness in Florida

Summertime is usually a very fun time in Florida.  It's so HOT that, to beat the heat, we usually spend any free time in the water, be it the beach, springs, or rivers. This summer has been a little less fun than normal, because we haven't been able to do all of the fun things we like to do, due to work, schedules, storms, and just general CRAP.  But it's still important to keep up with our beauty routine, because even just running to the store, we may not wear a bikini (you're WELCOME!) but we do wear flip flops, shorts, and tank tops. Oh, how I need a tan!  

Girls Rule! And a $50 Gift Card Giveaway!

First things first: Thank you everyone who has participated and commented on my Teenage Firsts post! I have absolutely loved reading your comments,and love all of the tips and tricks you have shared on how to talk with your teenager. I still can't even believe I have a teenager, let alone one to teach important things about womanhood!

Interview With Mama

As part of the Venus Embrace/Satin Care Passionista Fruit Shave Gel campaign, Belle and I had the opportunity to talk about fashion! Watch now, as she interviews me about my fashion advice!But first, a couple of notes:1. I am no expert on anything "fashion," as evidenced by my lack of make-up and "un-done" hair. (Hey, I'm getting my hair done soon ... cut me some slack.) 2. I really DO love my Venus Embrace! Extra tips on the Venus Embrace here.3. When did my daughter get so grown-up?  

5 Summer Beauty Do's and Don'ts

The other day Princess, Angel Face and I were sitting at the dining room table chatting, as we enjoyed a rare "girls' lunch date" together. The topic turned to summertime beauty, and as the girls shared their challenges and asked for advice, we came up with some Summer Beauty Do's and Don'ts that we'd like to share with you: 1. Don't Suntan. Ever. "You're so white!" Angel Face said to Princess, comparing arms. "That's because I always use sunscreen; I don't want to get skin cancer," Princess replied. I wish I'd been as smart as she is when I was her age. 

Surviving the Summer Beautifully Requires Venus Embrace

Today, my daughter is interviewing me about Summer Beauty Tips! Enjoy are video! Then find more tips on staying beautiful all summer long, visit Getting Ready with Kendall and Kylie Jenner and the Venus page. Read more for the links...

An Interview by My Daughter on the Topic of Summer Beauty Do's and Don'ts

My daughter Interviewed me on the topic of Summer Beauty Do's and Don'ts. It's always great to be able to get a kid's perspective on the truly important things in life.She wanted to know answers to the following questions:1) Have you ever used lemon juice or other products to lighten your hair?When I was a teenager, it was a big deal to use Sun In in your hair.

Summer Beauty Tips from Me and My Girls

Three daughters+one mom=a lot of beauty products and paraphernalia. And how do you teach your daughters about the appropriate amount of grooming and primping and beautifying, all the while still teaching them about true beauty, which can't come from a jar or a tool? It's not that easy but my younger girls are at the age where they want to talk about it. They want to use a little makeup and are starting to be very interested in shaving. They polish their nails often and dream of using creams and lotions and powders. Oh, I remember the longing to be grown up.  

Summer Beauty Do’s and Don’ts

Grace, my 14-year-old daughter, will be using this space to interview me about summer beauty do's and don'ts. It is so important to talk openly with our girls and give them a chance to ask questions and receive honest answers about their body, hygiene and intimate grooming.What summer look from your teen years do you most regret?There was a difference in summer and winter looks? Remember I grew of age in the early '80s. We set the fashion trends your generation is copying. I never thought I would see leg warmers come back into fashion.

Summer Beauty

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.

Women are from Venus, part deux (plus a giveaway)

Recently I had the pleasure of participating in a review of the Venus Embrace razor and its sidekick, Satin Care Passionista Fruit Shave Gel (with its fruity scent which I LOVE). Both are products that I've used on a regular basis for a number of years. And I'm not exaggerating one bit when I say that the Venus Embrace razor has enabled me to exit my bathroom WITHOUT the telltale dots of toilet paper adorning my legs from the carnage of shaving. I've been able to introduce this system to both of my daughters (ages 12 and 10) who are new to the joys of shaving.  

The Olden Days: Beauty Tips for Summer

Do you remember being a teenager and asking your mom about things that happened in the olden days? Well, imagine if you will, being asked that very question in the present day by your own kids. Talk about an eye opener on many levels, but also a chance to remember the good ole days and share what worked and did not work for you growing up. Below is the transcript of how our little question and answer session went one afternoon between my daughter and myself. Maybe you will remember some of the same things as you read along. Enjoy.

A Summer Beauty Q & A with My Tween

It is 105 today in Richmond, and while going to the pool is an option, my daughter and I decided to stay in the air conditioning and have a summer beauty heart-to-heart.We decided to document this in an interview style so she can come back to this for reference and comparison in years to come. I am sure both of our opinions on do's and don'ts will change dramatically.  

An Interview with my Tween Daughter

I was asked to do an interview with my tween daughter. The catch is, she is the one doing the interview & I am the one on the spot. This will be fun, she’s almost 12. We have these back and forth conversations quite a bit so it wasn’t a stretch to have a conversation like this. I just had to document it this time. The topic...Best Beauty Tips for Summer. Here is what she wanted to know & what my thoughts were on the matter (plus there is a super exciting extra at the bottom).

An interview with my daughters and a giveaway!

When I told my two oldest daughters that Venus wanted them to interview me about "Summer Beauty Do's and Dont's" they were beyond excited.  Maddie is 11 years old, Olivia is 8 going on 25.We set up the microphone and pretended like we were on TV.

Summer Beauty Interview

I'm excited that Gillette has asked me to document an interview with my daughter about summer beauty tips!  I even took some pictures of us together!  It's a rare occasion that I get on the other side of the camera which is why my facebook profile picture is 3 years old.  But it was fun to be silly together and take some ""teenager style"" pictures.  You know the kind where you squish your faces together and put your phone out in front of you, and maybe pucker your lips...  Well, now we officially have a set of those. 

Switcharoos, Sunscreen, Safety, Sunglasses, and Summer Do's and Don'ts: $50 Venus Embrace Giveaway.

With glee, I let my daughter do the asking when Venus recently asked my not-so-little anymore PB to interview me. My 12 year-old took charge and soon we were discussing Summer Do's and Don'ts. Don't worry. As always, I have no filter and she, being my daughter, kept her eye rolls and snickers to an amazing minimum. Heh! I have no idea where she got that attitude from... PB: Soooo mom, let's start by you telling me your beauty don'ts, m'kay?

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