Take some advice + makeover tips from #MomTrends

Nicole Feliciano of MomTrends.com

While I have no immediate plan to have children (someday!), I’ve come to realize I have a something in my life, that gets more demanding with age, wants endless attention, exhausts me and brings me more joy then I ever expected at the same time — yes, I’m talking about my blog! (yes, it’s my baby.) And with that I have something very much relate to these busy moms that need no-nonsense beauty and fashion tips, electronics that save time and everyday advice to make life that much easier.  So when the queen of mom blogs, Nicole Feliciano, founder of MomTrends hosted her annual beauty event filled with educational guests including Caryn Effron of GoGirl Finance and Beauty Director, Valerie Monroe of O, The Oprah Magazine, I was all in!

Hosted at Blow, the trendy salon and original pioneer of the blow dry bar in NYC’s Meatpacking District, we got full on makeovers using the QVC bareMinerals line as well as learned 3 easy-but-don’t-look-easy pro worthy hair styles that can be done at home: sophisticated ponytail, retro glam waves and a special-occasion updo?.

Get the look at home! Here’s how (click image for larger view):

Seriously though, how great does the special-occasion updo look?

 {Valerie Monroe, Beauty Director of O, The Oprah Magazine}

When asked about anti-aging, Valerie was quick to point out that products (prescription and over-the-counter) with retinoids are proven to combat fine lines and wrinkle as they increase cell turnover and build collagen. She also shared her easy-how-to for smokey eyes as featured in O Magazine.

{Caryn Effron of GoGirl Finance}

GoGirl Finance is all about helping women gain confidence when dealing with money, a subject that makes most women uncomfortable (myself included!).  Caryn Effron shared some really valuable advice: save early, plan early and ask questions! Create a spending plan, calculate your fixed expenses and make a budget for spending and saving — a great tool to get you started is mint.com. Make your retirement a priority and consolidate your old IRA’s and 401ks and continue saving for retirement with ROTH IRA, Spousal IRA or SEP IRA. She also talked about the importance of teaching your kids about finances, budgets and how to save early –something my mom did for me and honestly, learning to never live beyond my means has helped me stay out of debt since paying off my student loans.

We also enjoyed makeovers compliments of the QVC BareMinerals line. Learn more about the collection at QVC.com or tune into QVC, Wednesday, August 15, 2012 from 3 – 4 p.m.8 – 9 p.m. ET or Saturday, August 25, 2012 from 1 – 2 a.m.9 – 10 p.m. ET.

For more great tips and advice, visit MomTrends.com. Thank you Nicole for a lovely evening!