Fathers Day Gift Guide

Father’s Day Gifts for Every Dad & Role Model

We’re pretty sure we found a gift for everyone here. For you Dad, your Grandfather, your Uncle, for your husband, for the guy who is like a father to you, all the guys who make all the kids feel like they have a hero to worship.

When we were sent an iPad cover from Urban Armor Gear Jessica snagged it right away. It was supposed to be a Father’s Day gift for Mr. G but she’s terrible at delayed gratification, good at dropping iPads, and waiting seemed like a terrible idea. It’s sturdy, it’s attractive, it’s decidedly masculine, and it meets military specs for drop testing. Impressive

 

Stefanie’s husband is getting something from this board. Maybe more than one something…

Fathers Day Gift Guide for every man in your life

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On a budget? Most of the Dads we surveyed on social media didn’t really care too much about the gift. They wanted time with their families. If you’re like us you get great joy from giving gifts. So with that in mind here are some great Father’s Day Gifts for $50 or less.
Fathers Day Gifts for 50 Dollars or Less
  1. It’s called the Space Pen in part because you can write with it upside down. Thiscan be engraved with the first line free. Because it’s raw brass this will develop a patina unique to Dad’s hand and grip. $17
  2. Alaskan Salmon Caviar from Khavyar is a great gift for Dad. Mostly though we want to share this with him. We love ikura and the presentation is gift worthy. $13 to OMG
  3. Jessica got her hands on The Alter Ego water bottle at C2 in Montreal. It’s a water bottle with a built in filter. It’s $65, goes over budget (sorry!) and is worth every penny.
  4. Dune Jewelry has the greatest gift for the golfing dad. This divot repair tool features sand from his least favorite part (the sand trap) of his favorite course.  $20
  5. We love the socks from French designer Emile Lafaurie for Sean and encourage you to poke around their site for some really interesting takes on classic looks. $20 each
  6. New Dads need their own baby bags. Seasoned Dads need a really great gym bag. This small cammo duffle from Quilted Koala is reduced to $50 just in time for Father’s Day. Normally $138.

Some Dads just can’t stay away from the grill.

When we asked our Facebook Friends what they wanted for Father’s Day the first answer was a vague, “time with my family.” And everyone who got specific talked about grilling in the afternoon or the evening. We heard you! Here are our favorite finds for the dad who just wants to grill the day away.
Fathers Day Gift Guide for the Dad who loves to grill end up being gifts for the whole family.
  1. The Broken Cleaver Butcher Apron has us swooning $75
  2. The DynaTrap Mosquito Murderer (Okay it’s actually called a trap but we are vengeful women and the mosquitos have it coming). Starting at $139 for outdoor traps, these are safe for hummingbirds and honey bees. Dad will enjoy his garden again.
  3. Music and grilling go together. These outdoor speakers have great ratings and are just $40.
  4. Everyone needs at Pit Mitt. You can pick coals up with one on. A glorious experience. $16
  5. This All Clad Grill Set will last a lifetime and perhaps most importantly it stores neatly. $120
  6. A Kamado cooker is a luxury that every griller dreams of. You can cook, sear, and smoke on these unique and precise grills. $759
A case study in how to not apologize

When Mean Girls Hit Midlife

This morning Jessica posted this photo to Instagram.

Like a lot of women who are born and bred in Los Angeles I have a difficult relationship with the sun. I love it. I love summer more than anything and if I had a zillion dollars I’d chase the summer all over the globe. Alas, the sun is responsible for most of our skin’s aging and we need to protect our eyes as well. So I’m slathered in sunscreen (read about that on the blog), and often in a hat and sunglasses too. I’m enjoying this off the shoulder romper but I think that the blousy style is more flattering for women with smaller bustlines. I’m worried that I’m adding loads of fabric and creating heft. You’ll see tomorrow when I show the whole look. #romper #ChanelSunglasses #clubmonaco #over40style #realoutfitgram

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You’ll notice that the caption ends with:

I’m enjoying this off the shoulder romper but I think that the blousy style is more flattering for women with smaller bustlines. I’m worried that I’m adding loads of fabric and creating heft. You’ll see tomorrow when I show the whole look.

Jessica and I have very different figures but we are exactly the same size in clothing and shoes. We don’t wear the same things often because every body is different and one of the things that we’ve both experienced since launching @WeAreMidlife is an appreciation for our bodies as support for our minds, emotions, and health. Interestingly all these photos have freed us from some levels of vanity. We wear less makeup, we don’t touch up imperfections (except cracks on walls), and we’ve learned to delight in the photos our midlife community shares on Instagram. It’s a really special corner of the web most of the time.

We share photos of ourselves in outfits and settings where we are not always feeling most confident.

Shortly after posting this morning Jessica texted me a photo that the founder of a blouse company had shared. It’s a woman who looks an awful lot like Jessica sitting on the subway, minding her own business, and looking adorable for springtime. Unfortunately the founder of this company snapped this woman’s photo …. well, you take a look.

When Mean Girls Hit Midlife: This photo was taken of another person without her permission and shared publicly as what not to wear. We disagree. We think she looks fabulous on the outside and we're willing to bet she'd prettier on the inside than the person who took her photo.

You will never convince me that humiliating strangers will sell a blouse. For the record (not that it should matter), this subway riding lady looked good.

Since we share an account, before we do anything that could be seen as controversial we always chat. After a quick phone call to follow up we left the following comment:

Gentle reminder: this is a real person with real feelings. 

After which many other comments were left in the same vein. Some not so kind. Some downright angry. The account owner was defensive and seemed to genuinely believe that this photo was providing some sort of public service.

After a few back and forths with a rabid Instagram community the photo was removed and this was posted. I’ve blocked out the names because we do believe that the account owner is entitled to make mistakes in relative privacy. It’s a small account and we hope that after some introspection there will be enlightenment.

A case study in how to not apologize

@WeAreMidlife has been on Instagram for almost a year now, and we started this account to celebrate women in midlife – but really women at any age. This is the first online community that I can say I’ve created. I’ve found it to be both rewarding and fascinating. Many people that we follow and who follow us feel like friends now, and I enjoy that immensely. This is a new and exciting experience for me.

Recently a woman who I’ve never met before, but have interacted with a lot on Instagram was body shamed. Many people stood up to the bullying, reported it to Instagram, and then Instagram shut down the account.

Glamour Magazine’s Do’s and Don’ts page was a source of young adult angst for me. I remember getting dressed in my early 20’s thinking, “Thank God I don’t live in New York City – I am sure that I am a Glamour Don’t right now.” It took me a while to figure out my style and I made many a fashion faux pas.

I can’t imagine a photo of me being on the internet as the subject of ridicule, can you?

Author Brene Brown said in her book Rising Strong, “appearance and body-image fear- the most common shame trigger for women.” When you want to hurt a woman emotionally, criticize her appearance.

Not long ago former Playboy model Dani Mathers took a picture of an unsuspecting nude 70 year old woman in the locker room of her gym. When she posted it on SnapChat for all of her followers to see it became a crime.

What I saw today was no different than what Mathers did to her victim. Which leads me to say, a 70 year old women should be celebrated, heck she’s at the gym-you go girl! Dani Mothers is now banned from all LA Fitness gyms and has been sentenced to 30 days (240 hours) of graffiti removal and had to take an anti-bullying course. After looking at her twitter account I am not sure she has learned much from this experience.

I am glad to see people standing up to body shaming and bullying in any way.

I am hopeful that we can present our daughters and sons opportunities to build their self esteem so that they are builders of communities like our friend Jaimie. I hope that I’m raising kids who recognize the beauty in the people around them. I hope that younger women on Instagram can see our account and see that there is so much to benefit from by encouraging everyone. First they must have solid role models, and we are obligated to be those role models.

What three items should every tennis bag have in the hot summer months

Tennis Gear Discoveries

This week I had three discoveries in the tennis pro shop that are changing my game. Firstly, it’s hot here. Not a little hot. Very. Saturday’s match began in 90° heat. USTA rules don’t call games for heat unless the temperature is 95° or higher when you begin.

So we played. And we struggled and my opponent tried to sit longer than 90 seconds when we switched sides, and I tried to move her along without making either of us too miserable.

I had a secret weapon and it’s about to be the worst kept secret ever because I’m basically telling everyone I know that Endurolytes will change their game.

You’re supposed to take two an hour with lots of water. The guys at the bike shop explained to me that it’s important to make sure you’re drinking a lot of water with them or you’ll be out of balance. One said to treat water and Endurolytes like peanut butter and jelly. I nodded thinking I’d just bought the world’s most expensive placebo. But during my match when I was drenched with sweat and popping just one capsule an hour while feeling no effects of the heat I decided that Endurolytes were the best trick ever. Even better than the salt packets I stole from fast food joints when I used to run marathons.

Endurolytes saved me from muscle cramps and fatigue in the heat.

The next time I play I’ll try taking two an hour. I just love getting electrolytes without having to drink sweet things or eat candies.

My second discovery only applies if you wear a women’s sized shoe up to size 9.

I’ve had a really tough time finding no-show socks that don’t slip down my shoe when I’m playing. It seems as though when I jump or serve the socks sort of slide down my heel and into the arch of my foot in the most uncomfortable way. I mentioned this to one of the ladies in the pro shop and she said, “Don’t you know about the socks.”  And I just stared at her dumbfounded. I did not know about the socks.

Nike No-Show Tab Socks in a Youth large size is the right size for most women

Apparently the Nike Elite Cushioned Support socks in 4-6 youth is the perfect size for my foot (Women’s size 8.5 US). Buy some, you’re welcome.

Lastly I found that CVS’ spray bottle hand sanitizer is a lifesaver when you need to get sunscreen off your palms during a match.

I coat myself in sunscreen before I warm up, spray my body again after warming up and reapply to my face and neck. Every 30 minutes or so I’m spraying again so by the time I’ve had a couple of hours on the court (sometimes three if I’m playing doubles) there is a thick layer of sunscreen all over me and it does nothing to help my grip.

I found that a couple sprays of this hand sanitizer is extremely helpful when there just isn’t the opportunity to wash your hands.

CVS hand sanitizer is a must have for your hot weather tennis bag.

I’m ready for a hot summer with plenty of great match play. What are your hot weather gear tips?

Win two passes to the 2017 WITI Annual Summit in San Jose

Women In Technology Summit (And Girls Too)

WITI (Women in Technology International) is one of the first groups for Women in Technology. With a global network approaching 2 million women it’s been a favorite resource of mine throughout my career. In a few days they’ll host their 23rd Annual Summit in San Jose, California and for the 16th year in a row I will be unable to attend because my children seem to attend schools where the WITI Summit is smack dab in the middle of Final Exams or High School Graduation.

Allow me a moment to melt down at the fact that I am nearly in possession of a high school graduate.

Anyhow, back to WITI. This year they have a Middle School and High School track on June 11th. I was offered tickets for myself and my daughter but getting there would be impossible so I want to open it up to you guys.

Would you like two tickets to the 23rd Annual WITI Summit? The program is here and it’s chock full of learning from leaders in their fields. I can tell you this, with Amanda Coolong as emcee and Laurel Mintz hosting a panel I know there is content that will entertain and enlighten. These are two of the smartest women I’ve met in my decade with the Silicon Beach gang.

In any event I asked for the tickets even though I can’t go and two of you are going to win them.

If you’d like to ensure tickets for yourself you can sign up here and use the promo code INSPIRE17 to Save $250 off the conference pass and get a year of WITI membership free. 

If you win the giveaway after having purchased we’ll have WITI refund your purchase price.

We’d be so excited if one of you brought your daughter to the teen program on the 11th which is a partnership with Code Circle.

As someone with a background in both education and technology I cannot emphasize enough how impressive it is that Code Circle teaches the logic behind programming. Anyone can memorize snippets. A real education has girls understanding why those snippets of code exist.

Women In Technology Teen Track

 

Good luck! I wish I could be there.

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Shopping tips to stay on trend but still in a classic style with straw purses, the must have accessory for spring time.

Straw Bags for Springtime

If you’ve ever sat with Jessica and me you’ve heard us talk about the difference between a trend piece and an investment piece. We are never opposed to owning fashion or accessories that are on trend but we blanch at overspending on them.

Style is lasting. Trends come and go. Every so often there’s a trend that you know is really a classic in disguise and this summer the straw handbag is exactly that trend. It’s a classically elegant style that comes out of hiding once or twice in a decade.

We love straw bags because when you’re trapped in the city you feel like you’re in the country. When you’re trapped in the country you can pretend like you’re on a beach. When you’re on the beach you can shake the sand right out of them without opening a zipper, latch or drawstring.

This spring’s ubiquitous bag is clearly the Indigo & Lavender straw bag from Madewell. You’ll see it all over Instagram and all over town. Sometimes when you see a bag everywhere it’s because it’s a great idea. Sometimes when you see a bag everywhere it’s boring as all get out. We’re going with the former.

We are in love with the giant straw disc.

I have my own favorite straw bags. I have bought them over the years, one was a Mother’s Day gift from my husband. I typically only wear them a few days a year but this season will be different. This is the year that my bags get a lot of wear.

You see, straw bags really are an investment piece. It’s an accessory that’s timeless and will pay you back in a few years when the trend is straw bags and yours is just a little different.

Summer Basket Purses

 

Here are some great options ranging from  a modest $54 to very not modest numbers

Weaved basket
$54 – chairish.com

Betsey Johnson glitter handbag
$108 – macys.com

JADEtribe round purse
$142 – saksfifthavenue.com

Patricia nash bag
$149 – macys.com

Orange home decor
$150 – shop.harpersbazaar.com

Edie Parker tote bag purse
$995 – modaoperandi.com

Edie Parker crossbody tote bag
$1017 – net-a-porter.com

Mark Cross leather bucket bag
$1786 – matchesfashion.com
I learned early on that the right undergarment makes all the difference in how your clothing looks and getting properly fitted for a bra is just as important as proper tailoring. www.wearemidlife.com

Q & A With Sandra Mimran: Founder of Boost, Lingerie for Small Frames with Big Bustlines

We first noticed Sandra Mimran and Boost on Instagram @boostwr. Like Sandra, Jessica has a larger bust line on a smaller frame and solutions are always welcome. When we noticed that she was launching this company at 50 we were immediately fans and peppered her with a million questions (okay 29 of them). For everyone who ever wanted to know what it’s like to launch a brand at 50 here’s our Q & A with Sandra Mimran of Boost.

What is your work background? 

When my kids were younger I worked in an internet startup which procured auction experiences for charities. When the kids got a little older I transitioned to residential real estate, which I’ve been doing for the last 14 years.

When I turned 50 I wanted to change direction and pursue something where I could integrate a fashion brand with a cause. My passion for fashion started in utero, as my mother was a high-end seamstress, and although I can’t even sew a button I’ve always had an eye for design and detail. Lingerie has been on my radar since I was 16, when it became clear there was nothing available for my body type. It’s something that I kept coming back to, especially since my shape was changing and there was still nothing suitable in the marketplace. I knew that I wanted to address this in the marketplace through an effective design but finding the right team to execute my vision took much longer.

Currently the most common bra size is the US is 34DD

 

How long should a bra last?

Two years max, depending on the wear and tear and how often they are hand-washed. Bras stretch over time, but more importantly our bodies are constantly changing, which also means breast sizes change. I can be 3 different sizes in a month.

How many times should a bra be worn before it’s laundered?

I’m a pretty active person and with my hormone fluctuations I feel warmer than most, so for me it’s 3 times, then a hand wash.

Do people really expect us to hand launder these things?

My garment is “machine wash” which I know is important for convenience. As for a bra, hand washing them is the only way to keep it’s shape and fit. And for us bustier girls, where the average bra is at least $80.00, we’ll take the time to give them some TLC.

[Editor’s note: We asked this question before getting the answer that Sandra actually hand washes her bras. Jessica pleads guilty to sending very expensive lingerie through the washing machine but at least it’s on the hand wash cycle.]

Where can a busty woman find a properly fitted shirt?

For me it’s been trial and error and it’s a combination of material and cut. There needs to be a bit of stretch in it and the shirt needs to be a little longer, since busty girls tend to be short waisted. I like Pink, Theory and Skinnyshirt for layering. I always carry Fashion Tape, just in case.

Are there underwires in this?

Boost is not a bra. I purposely designed Boost without underwire because chesty girls usually have to wear them all day and the last thing they want to do is lounge or sleep in it, but we constructed the garment in a way that still gives you a shape without any constriction! The pattern is very technical.

What do you friends say about this? Has anyone recommended therapy? It’s a BIG project.

lol…My friends have been extremely supportive (pardon the pun) and ironically the people that have inspired me the most have been from on-line communities, where I’ve never met any of them. This has been something I’ve wanted to do for years and it was now or never, has it been scary, hell YES, but facing my fear has been my therapy (and if you knew how much a NYC therapist costs, it’s actually cheaper to start a business).

What comes after Boost? Is this the beginning of a line?

The goal is to turn Boost into a brand, I have a lot of designs in my head, especially in activewear. The marketplace is slow to catch up with our changing shapes, and having shopped extensively and been routinely disappointed I know that I can come up with some solutions.

 

Do you think that it’s limited to the midlife + demographic?

Not at all! I really made this for my 16-year old self, when I shot up from a size A-DD in a year, and it evolved to my 50-year old self where I’m still the same size only now, I need a lift! I had a soft launch in November with a well attended trunk show — my customers ranged from 16-60, so I’d say it’s for everyone.

James Patterson’s New Illustrated Book Asks: What if Penguins Behaved Like Humans? And the Results are Hilarious

This post is sponsored by Little, Brown & Co.

James Patterson is on the morning shows talking about the thriller he cowrote with Bill Clinton. This should not be confused with the dozens of other thrillers he’s written, the 45 (and counting) short books under 150 pages and, no, it’s not an Alex Cross thriller.

Stefanie and I are more concerned with his new illustrated book Penguins of America. We appreciate that we only had to wait three pages for a potty joke, six pages for a tattoo of regret and seven for a jab at the ridiculous drinks that barristas everywhere are forced to make.

It’s been a while since either of us have bought our own children picture books, so we end up buying our friends’ kids nostalgia from our own childhood or the books we read to our kids. The problem with that is we’d miss out on gems like this:

What is more ridiculous? The idea of a Penguin ordering food at Starbucks or the actual orders that humans make?   http://wearemidlife.com

Penguins of America is a hilarious depiction of our daily lives were penguins were to take a walk in our shoes.

Does anyone have a recipe handy for a mini-jumbo, skinny-nonfat, chocolate-cod, sugar-free, triple-espresso, extra-hot, no-froth decaf?

I asked Stefanie and her reaction was

When I asked her what the problematic ingredient is she simply replied, “Decaf”.

I have a little collection of books that I’m gifting to my friends four year old daughter. Two are Madeline (nostalgia), two are early readers (I can’t help myself), and the last one is Penguins of America. The illustrations are the for the kids, the cheeky words are all for mom.

You can check Instagram and Twitter for your favorite pages, they’re using the hashtag #PenguinsofAmerica

We’ve also partnered with Little, Brown & Co to bring you a copy of Penguins of America as well as a $50 gift card to Starbucks. The only requirement is that you promise to never use it to buy decaf anything. Stefanie does not approve.

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When a fashion house blocks you on Instagram is it because you've done something wrong or is it something else?

I Wear Lanvin Even Though They Blocked Us On Instagram

Lanvin blocked our Midlife account on Instagram and I am befuddled by the action. With more than 3 million followers how did someone at Lanvin decide that we are the women they don’t want to hear from?

I’m not supposed to have a favorite, but I do. My favorite shoes are a pair of Lanvin Mary Janes that feature a brass chain. They are the kind of shoes that you wear when you want compliments all day long.

Maybe this Instagram photo wasn’t to their liking? 

My second, third, and fourth favorites are also Lanvin. I have slides, I have ballet slippers, I had athletic shoes but there was an unfortunate kitten event when he got locked in my closet… I have flats and I’ve bought footwear for both my husband and my son. I am a ridiculous human being. No one needs these shoes but they bring me pleasure, so I buy them. I love dressing my family nicely. I buy some of the ready to wear as well. I adore great style. I am light on fast moving trends.

Admittedly, at 47 years old I understand that I am the target demographic for few brands. I had assumed that folks will sell me clothes because I can pay for them. But never truly embrace women over 35 in their finery.

For most of my life I had acknowledged the disappearing 40+ woman as a harsh reality and chosen to ignore the phenomenon. Giggled even. And then last August I started an Instagram account with my friend Stephanie. We were both tired of the world pretending we were invisible.

We Are Midlife is the name of our website and of our Instagram account. It’s made some of our friends recoil in horror. One had a meltdown that she almost got into a photo with us. Midlife is a hard word for some folks to say.

We live in the space between Free People and Chicos.

I have no reason to buy dowdy clothes just as I have no reason to wear my teenage daughter’s clothes. Lanvin was one of those brands right in the middle.

So I wore my Lanvin shoes on Instagram. Maybe one too many times?

Lanvin blocked me. Like we just don’t exist to them anymore.

At first I was really sad, and I didn’t want to wear my shoes or my blouses. Then I remembered that it was just one person with access to one Instagram account. Maybe they were having a bad day? I tried to not take it personally.

But later when I went to go open my blue shoe boxes, and loosen the silky bows that hold them closed, I didn’t feel very good about the brand.

Why would they block our account? Are we too old? Too ugly? Too suburban? Too white? Too enthusiastic? Too American? We’re too something, we just don’t know what the something is.

It’s unlikely that we ever will know. I’ve DM’ed @LanvinOfficial from my personal account, the one with the puppy pictures and the tennis store with the dusty taxidermy owl. No response.

I understand that there’s a push and pull with brand management. You want young and willowy women with toothy Kennedy smiles posing for photos bedecked in Lanvin. And then you want those photos cross posted to Pinterest where they will be seen by women a tiny bit younger who will save for an investment piece. All of this will happen if Lanvin happens upon the trend du jour. Or if their moms buy them a gift.

I did note that of the 427 people @LanvinOfficial follows on Instagram there are a few in my age group. A Frenchwoman I cannot identify, Linda Evangelista, and Michelle Obama. We share an adoration of Michelle Obama’s style, me and whomever it is that runs the account.

Women like us, who are devoted to quality, wear their investment pieces everywhere. We know that saving things for special occasions simply translates into never wearing nice things. Later never comes.

And maybe this sounds a little Single White Female of me. But Lanvin, I will always love you.

And I will most likely continue wearing Lanvin clothing and shoes on Instagram, I just won’t tag you in it, because you blocked me. And I’m not sure why that happened when there were so many other options, including the option of clicking twice and untagging @LanvinOfficial.

I did notice that even though the Lanvin account has more 3 million followers and mine has yet to hit 30,000 we routinely have more comments and interaction with our community. Maybe there’s a great strategy in being aloof and never responding to anyone? You know, like that really popular boy in high school who never noticed you and your crush grew deeper.

I strongly suspect that this block has to do with a number. And the number was unlikely the thousands of dollars I’ve spent in your shoes.

These are all instagram photos where the brand @LanvinOfficial was tagged.

Cop Copine Dress details

Playing at the Cop Copine Showroom

This week Stefanie and I got to live a dream. Cop Copine opened their showroom for us and we were able to preview their fall lines as well as try on their Spring/Summer collection. I already own a few pieces from the current collection as you’ve seen here, here, and here.

We pulled out my Huawei P9 camera and I’m only telling you this because I think these are some of the best photos we’ve taken in a while (be generous we are NOT photographers). And we have edited none of these photos. The photos have been resized but are otherwise completely untouched.

All the clothes on the rack are a size 36 and I wear a 38 so there will be no close ups of the jumper where my bra is sticking out, but trust me, it will be adorable in a size that actually fits.

Here are our favorites from Spring/Summer 2017, these items are currently in the stores. In August we’ll bring you the Fall/Winter lines. We’re not allowed to show you what they are but we can tell you that the colors are splendid, the fabrics are interesting, and the workmanship is decidedly French.

 

Currently Cop Copine has two stores in the US, both are in California but you can shop online. They’re very true to size and I’d urge you to not be afraid of the more body conscious dresses. They use thick enough fabrics with some great detail so we’ll be showing off our assets not our imperfections.

Shop online at cop-copineus.com/eshop/

Instagram: @CopCopineUSA

If you go to the Pasadena store everyone is really wonderful. I particularly enjoyed working with Anthony:

Pasadena
One Colorado
Old Town Pasadena
12 Douglas Alley
Pasadena, CA 91103
Tel: (626) 796-1985
pas@cop-copineus.com

San Francisco
352 Sutter St.
San Francisco, CA 94108
Tel: (415) 989-9035
sf@cop-copineus.com

Dr. Jessica Wu and Robin Mc Graw playing with their skincare line Revelation.

Robin McGraw Revelation Skincare Review: Magical

Robin McGraw’s Revelation team offered to give us samples of her skincare line. We expected a few drops of each item in a little sachet but were surprised and delighted to find instead full size products. We’ve been playing with Foaming Joy facial cleanser, 50 Fierce moisturizer and sunscreen, and Vita-Boost vitamin infusion serum. These three products make up the Good Morning Sunshine line. It’s safe to assume that this should be every woman’s morning routine.

The three products work very well together. Cleanser and sunscreen are two products that every woman at every age ought to take seriously. We live in Los Angeles and it’s a dusty, dirty, smoggy city with bright sunlight nearly year round. Trust us, if you can only have two products in your arsenal we’d recommend a high quality cleanser and a high SPF sunscreen.

With that being said we need to confess that we have a favorite.

Vita-Boost from Robin McGraw Revolution is our favorite serum, it's never oily and soothes your skin preparing it for moisturizers.

The Vita-Boost Vitamin Serum looks like liquid gold and is magical.

A drop of serum on clean skin is transformative. We’ve had some hot and windy days where our skin was very aware that this is a desert with a city plopped on top of it and the Vita-Boost had us looking radiant and never oily.

Additionally Jessica has rosacea and is quite sensitive to harsh skincare. We were pleasantly surprised to find that the Foaming Joy purifying facial cleanser caused no redness. Sometimes gentle cleansers just don’t get the job done, this one does.

Robin teamed up with Dr. Jessica Wu to create this skincare line. “As a dermatologist, I see the difference in my patients’ skin when they take care of themselves. But as I tell my patients, it’s not just about the skin; it’s about taking care of the whole person inside and out,” says Dr. Wu, Exclusive Chief Medical Advisor for Robin McGraw Revelation.

“Robin and I realized that by working together we have the opportunity to help women everywhere with an offer of professional-grade skincare products at attainable prices.”

We all know Robin McGraw from her husband Dr. Phil. You’ll find her in the audience at nearly every show. What you may or may not know is that in addition to being a beauty junkie she’s a philanthropist. When Georgia Smiled: the Robin McGraw Revelation Foundation creates and advances programs that helps victims of domestic violence and sexual assault live healthy, safe and joy-filled lives.

We all know beauty is more than skin deep. Robin McGraw’s Revelation left us feeling good about our skin and about our purchase.

Follow Robin on Instagram @Robin_McGraw 
Find Robin McGraw Revelation online.