Today: A Stages of Beauty giveaway.

[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false] It’s high time we had a giveaway On Tap, wouldn’t you say?  With grey snow piling up in Boston, and seemingly perpetual gray skies above, my winter could use a little brightening.  I’m finding that a few small changes make  a big difference in keeping the winter blues and blahs at bay.

Keep fresh flowers on hand

"Pink and Yellow," my soon-to-drop awesome rap jam.

I try to pick up a few inexpensive bunches of flowers at the market each week– usually tulips or roses, in bright, cheery hues.  I am strictly anti-baby’s breath, and think the most simple arrangements are also the most gorgeous.  I worked at a florist when I was in high school and swear that I am the rose whisperer.  I can de-thorn a dozen roses faster than, well, someone who doesn’t know how to.  Bringing a little natural beauty indoors is a great mood elevator.

What do you calla this lily? Get it...? Oy.

Nick took over flower duty this weekend.  They’re so beautiful, our wallpaper person thought they were fake.  Until he poked them.  For the third time.

Work out more than once a month (and enjoy it)

Get a grip, woman. Or at the very least, take a shower.

I feel like I am finally bouncing back from a little (um… month long) motivation rut and exercise hiatus following the marathon.  During the week immediately following the race, all I wanted to do was run.  Our coach had us under strict orders to do nothing of the sort.  As soon as we were cleared for light cardio and easy runs, all I wanted to do was curl up like a beetle on the couch and be fed cheese doodles by my French bulldog.  Not normal.  I’m happy to report though, after sweating like a man during last week’s soccer game and running faster than I’ve ever run before in this weekend’s 6k, I’m finally feeling like I have some motivation back.  Hey, if Stella can get her groove back, who says I can’t run for more than two minutes today?

Woo! Exercise is scientifically proven to make you happier!  And happy people do not flip off plow drivers or shovelling-challenged neighbors.

Re-evaluate my beauty routine

Between whipping winds outdoors and poor air quality indoors (I think our office thermostat is permanently set at “Sahara”), the winter always punishes my skin.  I was definitely in need of a change when this arrived at my door:

Hey, beautiful? Oops, was this for Clark?

Stages of Beauty is a new skin care line, developed just around the corner by a brilliant young woman in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Their full line is launching soon– I was thrilled to get a little sneak preview.

What I love:

  • All of the products are dye-free and fragrance-free.  As someone with hyper-sensitive skin (and feelings… juuust kidding), this is a major plus.
  • I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by it’s cover, but beauty products are not books.  So I can judge freely.  Stages of Beauty‘s packaging is whimsical, cheery and eco-friendly.  First impressions matter, and fabulous first impressions really matter.
  • The line of skin care features four special formulas for women in their 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s– each line addresses the special challenges and priorities for those age sets.  For example, women in their 20s benefit from the Radiance formula, which help to protect skin from daily stressors and sun exposure.  Factors such as hormonal changes, changes in sun sensitivity and moisture levels helped to determine these different formulas.
  • At the risk of sounding like a Spice Girl, I love that these products were developed by a young woman.  I’m all about the girl power.
  • It works.  I wouldn’t be saying this if it didn’t.  I’ve been using the Radiance treatment cream for a few weeks and just this morning, as I checked myself out in the glass door of our condo building, I thought– Yowza!  That is one good lookin’ lady!

What I’d love to see:

  • I’d love to see some SPF injected into the treatment creams in the future.  Otherwise, I think this product is pretty much perfect.

Whether it’s fresh flowers, a fresh attitude, or a fresh face, trying something new is a surefire way to keep  a smile on my (glowing) face this winter.  I want you all to keep smiling, too, sooooo….

The lovely ladies at Stages of Beauty are offering one lucky reader (US only, sorry my beautiful Canadian friends) a full line of their age-appropriate products: Radiance for the 20-somethings, Harmony for the 30-somethings, Elegance for the 40-somethings, and Grace for the 50-somethings.

To enter:

  • In the comments section, let me know what you love about your age.

For extra entries (please leave an additional comment for all extra entries):

A winner will be randomly selected on Friday, February 18th. 🙂

So let’s hear it.  What do you love most about your age?

49 thoughts on “Today: A Stages of Beauty giveaway.

  1. I just wanted to say that I, too, hate baby’s breath!! The worst is when you see it in bridal bouquets. It makes it looks like the bouquet was purchased at the grocery store.

  2. Awesome giveaway. I am about to leave my 20s for my 30s, so I’m sort of in limbo — but what I do love about where I am in life is the comfort in having some parts of my life and myself “figured out” while also looking forward to the many adventures/unknowns ahead. I wouldn’t trade 29 for 22 if you paid me!

  3. My favorite part about my 20’s is the fact that I am figuring out all the things I love to do, work, relationships, free time. Its nice to put aside the pressures from other people and just do what you love!

  4. I think life is getting better and better with age, so I love 28, but can’t wait for 29 (sooooon fellow Pisces!). I also like that I’m not 30…yet. I’ll be ready for it next year, but not right now. The 20s have been pretty good to me.
    p.s. Give a bouquet of JUST baby’s breath a chance. So pretty!

  5. I have grown and experienced so much in my 20s, discovering love, new countries, and what makes me happy! I turn 29 in April and can already hear 30 knocking at the door… before that happens I’m going to try to squeeze some more out of the 20s!

  6. I turned 29 2 months ago and I’m petrified of the that “30” number coming up, but there are good things (that I have to remind myself of) still! Like, I’m more stable in my job, I’ve found good love, I’m more self-confident than ever before and I know what I want out of life. During your 20’s, you are definitely finding yourself. I think I’m at least closer to being found;)

  7. So, I love being 25. It’s shaping up to be the best year of my life. I have a job I love, great apartment, and am finally returning to my love of writing through my blog.

    I’m slowly learning to be more confident and I’m so happy. I want to love the skin I’m in.

  8. I’m going to be 31 in March…and I love that I actually enjoy being in my 30’s. I feel wiser, cooler, and well, I do look younger than I actually am. But being single in my 30’s–I thought I’d be married with a couple kids by now…I’m OK that I’m not. I feel free. And I have time to use skin care products. 🙂

  9. I love your list, and the dog picture most of all 🙂 that’s a look I get in my house too! I think what I love most about my age is finally being happy and doing what I love. With age comes wisdom, confidence and knowing what is most important in your life and when you’re happy on the inside, you feel it in every part of your life.

  10. I will turn 40 in April. Most women fear the big 4-0, feeling their youth has passed. I feel the complete opposite. My skin looks better than it did in my 20’s, I’m more confident and content in my personal life, and age is now only a number which has less and less meaning with each passing year. So to finally answer your question “What do I love about my age?” I love everything!!

  11. I love being 40 because I feel more confident that I ever have. I am enjoying the fact that I don’t care as much about what other people think, and I am having more fun than ever with my children since they are both at a great age!

  12. What I love about being 23 is that I’m fearless. I feel like my whole life is ahead of me, and I’m unstoppable. My mortality is not real to me. Sometimes I worry that one day I will lose this ‘I can do anything!’ spirit. But I can’t think about that now- because for now, I really can do anything.

  13. What I love about my age is that I’m old enough to realize that things I worried about when I was younger don’t really matter, but I’m young enough to still change, learn, and grow.

  14. Also, already “liked” you on facebook, but just “liked” Stages of Beauty. This stuff seems really cool. Guess I’d be good with the Radiance products for my 20s.

  15. What do I like about being 38? I like that I have gotten to a point in my life where I fully accept that I dance to the beat of a different drummer and that there is nothing I can or should do to change that fact. When I was younger I wasted a lot of energy trying to do things the conventional way without success or satisfaction and I wasted a lot of time obsessing about why the things my peers valued highly seemed so foreign and held so little interest for me. In lots of ways I don’t think MY life really began until my 30’s and I started to think about and pursue what I wanted instead of what I thought I was supposed to want.

  16. I’m almost 55 (yikes!) but one important thing I cherish as far as my age goes is that I am still the baby/youngest of the family regardless how old I get. My sisters are 5 & 7 yrs older than me. They have been like a forefront in life for me. From their experiences, it was like taking a peek at my own potential future. At age 12, I was certain 17 would be too young to have a baby. In my 20’s I was the best mom I could be. My 30’s experienced huge challenges and I became more aware of my comradeship with all women. I had devoted most of my 40’s to caring for my aging parents. My relationship with my sisters and my daughter developed into strong friendships during this time. In my 50’s those friendships have grown even more deep. I find I do things differently now than I would or could have any other period in my life. I’ve also gone on more camping trips in my 50’s than any other time! These brand new Stages Of Beauty products remind me of my changing stages of life. Can’t wait to try the 50’s cream!

  17. I’m about to hit the end of my first year of the 30’s and I’m having a blast! Instead of worrying about what’s the ‘right’ way or ‘right’ path I am pursuing my interests and doing what I like.

  18. I love that I’m still in my 20’s!! Less than 2 years left though…which left me thinking if I won, would I get the line for the 20-somethings or go for the 30’s products! Eeeeeek!

  19. I hate the ‘give aways’ that automaticly sign up for a product. Would rather try a product that I purchase. A product that traps you into buying that product every month with a bill envades your privacy.

  20. I am turning 60 and the best thing about getting older is you learn to cherish life more each year. You realize family is so important and hopefully have grandchildren to help keep you young. I am loving life and learning everyone has some sort of insecurity. We tend to think if you are beautiuf, thin, or rich, you have it all. You just have to read about the celebrities to find that isn’t true. So, when you know everyone has insecurities, you are move forgiving for their actions, as many unpleasant people are just hurting. The best thing about getting older is you finally figure out you can be and want to be real. No one is perfect, so relax, be thankful for life and enrich others. However, I would love to see if this cream would enrich me!
    Thanks,
    Cheryl

  21. I am one of those that use a sample. I will like to confess that the product(Grace stage of beauty) is wonderful on my skin. It dried my break out, give me yonger looking and even skin. W am very grateful. I will like to continue the product if it is not too expensive. Again I will like to tone up a little.

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