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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

You never get a second chance to make a first impression.

…or do you? I recently got an e-vite to attend my thirty-fifth high school reunion.
Gulp.

Wait.  That’s wrong. I mean… that can’t be right... can it?  Let’s see, take 1975 from 2011… carry the one… ehem…. Yes, it seems to be correct.

My first thought (after completing the math…) was, “Oh. My. Ga. What will I wear? Do I have time to drop those nasty six …or sixteen pounds I have managed to accumulate over the past decade?  Will anyone recognize me? Do I look older than I am?!”

Now, normally I would not say that I am a vain person, but the thought of facing 100 or so of my peers from a point in my life that can only be described as the dorky years makes me feel like I really need to pull out the big guns before facing this crowd of grown-up kids that potentially could look either amazing or appalling. Seriously, it makes the hair on my neck stand up.



It occurred to me that attending a class reunion is a rare opportunity to make a great first impression… for the second time.  I am well aware that my genes weren’t swimming in the same pool as Ali McGraw’s, but I want to look (and feel) the very best that I can these days, with or without the help of the genetic makeup the good Lord gave me, and any and every tool man has created to enhance my appearance, within reason.



Thank God for COVERGIRL.



I may struggle to drink my gallon of H2O each day, and avoid that Jillian Michaels Shred DVD as much as I can, but makeup is a girl’s best friend in the fight to continue to look and feel attractive.



Case in point, my COVERGIRL LashPerfection™ Mascara. It never lets me down. My lashes look long, full, lush, and it doesn’t ever run. The simple fact is, that when we look our best, we feel better. Our confidence goes up six bars and our energy level soars.

It may sound funny, but after passing the half-century mark, a girl needs to feel attractive and confident while facing everyday life, especially when it includes milestone events like the 35th class reunion of the graduating class of 1975 from Silver Creek High.

While we’re on the subject of make-up and looking great, you might want to check out the “Looking Your Best” [ http://goo.gl/K1rSL ] posts in the Life Well Lived section of BlogHer.com. There are some great application tips and ideas for switching up your look for fall!

Want a chance to win a $50 gift card to drugstore.com? In the comments, tell me about a time when using makeup gave you the added confidence you needed for an important event in your life.



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80 comments:

  1. I know you'll knock em' dead at the reunion.

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  2. You are not only cute as a button, your creativity alone could blow all the other women out of the water!
    My twenty fifth high school reunion, which was in 2003, was the first and only time I went to get a makeover. It was so much fun to see what a professional would do and I bought some of the products because I really liked the colors he chose for me. I really felt I looked my best that night and I. Had. A. Blast!!!
    You will, too!

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  3. Girl, you're gonna knock their socks off!!

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  4. I've seen your photos, and you have NOTHING to worry about! Have a wonderful time!

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  5. Mascara is my absolutely must have makeup. If I was stranded on an island in the middle of nowhere, mascara would be of my must have list. Most important makeup day? My wedding!

    Judy :)

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  6. I don't know if I've ever used makeup to add confidence (power from within ladies!), but I do love having long,dark sexy lashes to flash "the look" at my super cute hubs!

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  7. Mascara is definitely something I never leave home without!!!

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  8. How many folks noticed that right there was your pic from the year book, pretty sneeky! I think you are nervous for no real reason! Have a great time! Maybe I will try your brand of mascara, I am always looking for something that will make my lashes longer looking. Candy

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  9. The yearbook photo was the first thing I noticed - because you look the same as you did in 1975!

    Abandon your concern about preparing for the "second impression" and figure out how to sell whatever you've done/are doing to keep that fresh face! There's your goldmine lady ;)

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  10. Liquid foundation is the one make-up item I never go without. Event? Probably my wedding was the time I was extra careful with the make-up I wore. And that was 39 years ago!

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  11. Oops! Forgot to give my email (no blog): mavinger@sc.rr.com

    Sharon

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  12. I'm not just greasing your wheels...you have nothing to worry about. You look great! I'm sure for better and worse life has gone on for them too.
    OK, about the jean problem that was being discussed not long ago. I made the statement I gave up on jeans and stopped wearing them. Well today I actually found the perfect jeans....and cheap!! I wasn't even looking for jeans I was on the hunt for a lime green quilted jacket for the grey days that are coming our way and hang around for six months. Anyway it's Lee Jeans in classic relaxed style. I bought two pair!! Your might want to check that brand out. I figure what a spent on the pricey boots from Denmark I've made up for with the Lee jeans.

    Best,
    Kathy

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  13. Mine was probably my 31st class reunion about 3 years ago. I had been through breast cancer and my hair was short now (always had long blonde hair before that). Was a bit unsure of myself but decided to go anyway. I used all the make-up I could stand and it made me feel so much better, especially since I now had eyelashes again. A lot of people recognized me except for the sochy high class girls that had always ignored me in high school anyway. One of them even ran up to me and grabbed my lanyard which was hanging around my neck with my senior picture in it (they gave everyone these at the door) and said she knew that I was not Susan. That's all she said to me, not a hello, not a nice to see you or nothing. I just had to laugh, funny how some things never change. However, if they noticed me from across the room and were talking about me and wondering who I was, then my make-up had certainly done it's job. I left there feeling like a million bucks!!!

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  14. For me, the makeup I had on for my wedding was like the icing on the cake. It gave me a more finished look, plus tons of confidence!

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  15. My tenth high school reunion was great, while I was recognized, I did, like Jody above, notice the girls in the clique standing off at a distance and talking. A dear friend said she overheard what they were saying. Apparently they were amazed at my success and looks. Wow, that felt good! Since then I've seen no point in flying from CA to WI and will just leave them with the memories, Ha! Having blond eyelashes, I live for mascara and wouldn't be seen in public without it or color for my equally blond eyebrows. So make-up has been a dear friend and morale booster since high school days!

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  16. You were quite obviously a real beauty in high school, just as you are now. You have nothing to worry about. I think all of us strive to look our best when we go to a reunion. You will look beautiful, polished, and happy--I'm sure of it!

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  17. Makeup gave me confidence when I was first dating my husband 16 years ago.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  18. My make-up always makes me feel like I can do more that day than without it. Case in point: I CAN go to the grocery store, I CAN pick up my kids without them dying of embarrassement ("Mom, where is your make-up?!?!?"), I CAN answer the door when someone knocks, I CAN run errands, I CAN head to my favorite thrift store, and I CAN look at my hubby without wondering what he's thinking when he's looking at me ("I could've done much better"!) My make-up is a Can-Do thing!!!
    Ps: I think you look great, no worries!

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  19. If I wear nothing else on my face, I try to wear mascara. It makes me look awake and polished!

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  20. When I was dating I would always make sure I wore makeup as it gave me confidence especially when it was a first date

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  21. http://twitter.com/#!/susan1215/status/122089549353590784

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  22. I’m not a make up person and usually don’t wear any or have very light make ups on. When I attend my husband’s company dinner, I wanted to look my best for him and I put full make up on and I sure felt great and more confidence meeting his colleges for the first time. We both had a wonderful evening at the event.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  23. I can't think of a particular time make-up was the reason for great confidence, but I agree with you that when you look your best, you do feel better and more energy is the result. Thanks for the opportunity to win the gift card and I know you will certainly be a sensation at your reunion. Have fun!

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  24. I guess none of us gals would wear makeup if we didn't think it made us look better, right? Being a redhead with light colored eyebrows and eyelashes I like to add auburn pencil and mascara ... and with a reddish complexion I use a light foundation.

    Enjoy your reunion - don't worry about being judged because at around age 50 classmates are just happy to see each other and remember the good old days!

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  25. Just today, when my rosacea was acting up and my nose made me look like Rudolph-- you know, the red-nosed reindeer! Yikes, I needed make-up to have the confidence to go out the door! :)

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  26. Tracey you are beautiful and I'm sure will be the envy of your classmates. I love make-up, it recently made me feel confident at our son's wedding. I love mascara, not only on my eyes but it's a great touch up for those grey roots showing up on my part before I can get them dyed. I brush it on the surface and use a kleenex to work it in my brown hair. Have fun!
    Jeni

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  27. I rarely wear makeup. I wear it for occasions like job interviewing when it can really boost my confidence!

    thanks also for a chance to win!
    kmassmanATgmailDOTcom

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  28. As a very pale face, I never go out without a bit of blush and lipstick. My sister once told me the gals that came to one of her reunions all realized they were strong, they were not only survivors, but 'thrive-ors' in life. So are you Tracey, and a beautiful one at that.
    Elaine

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  29. Makeup gives me confidence every day!

    katenicole1230ATaolDOTcom

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  30. Blogged! http://www.beautyblogish.com/2011/10/giveaways-galore.html

    katenicole1230ATaolDOTcom

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  31. I graduated in '75 and our 35th was last year - in 2010.

    I am glad I went, Facebook helped me feel comfortable around people I hadn't seen for 30+ years.

    Laurie S.

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  32. Makeup gave me extra confidence in my wedding day!
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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  33. http://twitter.com/#!/tcarolinep/status/123599387053146112

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  34. makeup gave me confidence on my last job interview scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  35. http://twitter.com/#!/DesMoinesDealin/status/124299822638432256 scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  36. Makeup made me feel SO MUCH BETTER when I went to a job fair a few weeks back. It made me feel more alive :P

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  37. Have a great time at your reunion! Makeup is such an easy fix for an instant confidence booster. You look pulled together, awake, and more interested. Great for seeing old friends!

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  38. Mmmm..... couldn't go a day without my Bare Escentuals.... How did I EVAH get along without it..... but I'm going to give that mascara a shot.. I've tried everything from the pricey brands to the not so pricey and still haven't settled on a favorite.

    Well, since I can't remember a single day sans make-up since high school I guess the answer would be EVERY DAY. :-)

    Warm blessings,
    Spencer

    Ps.... Have a glorious time at the reunion.

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  39. Anytime I want to feel better about my self is a good time to wear makeup... I really don't wear it much, but if I am lunching with a friend or going out for dinner with hubby I try to wear some. chefl@swbell.net

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  40. whenever I've had to speak in public, make-up gave me that extra boost
    bingomamanorma(at)gmail(dot)com

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  41. I don't often wear make-up anymore, but when I do I always feel more confident... hmmm, why don't I wear it more often?
    adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

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  42. My wedding!!
    merleandtina@yahoo.com

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  43. http://twitter.com/#!/HappyTina0115/status/126133519985541120
    merleandtina@yahoo.com

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  44. A little make-up gave me confidence when I was a 5' 9", 105 lb teenager and really aware of how skinny I was -- who knew I'd someday be missing those skinny days ... ;-)

    Thanks for this giveaway and the fun story (and comments) about your new life with Ralph. -amy

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  45. Always on the lookout for a fabulous mascara. Thanks for the giveaway chance!

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  46. Thanks for the tip to try Cover Girl Lash Perfecton! I was using another drugstore brand, but have become, shall we say, bored with the same old same old and it was time for a new mascara anyway! Everyday is a good day to add just a touch of makeup, even if it is only lipline and lipstain and a touch of mascara just to make my no-see-um eye lashes a bit more noticeable. I feel better about me wiht just a hint of help!

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  47. To feel confident I make sure to wear make up every day. I have a redhead's pale complexion so if I don't add color to my brows and eyelashes all you'd see is a ruddy face (which I cover with foundation). Thanks for the chance to win a gift card . . . enjoy your reunion!

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  48. I am one of those women that "need" makeup every day. Thanks for the great giveaway! I sure could use the $50 gift card!

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  49. Makeup gave me more confidence when I worked in an office.
    tweety800265(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  50. Tweeted
    http://twitter.com/#!/disneyfan40/status/126756387157053440
    tweety800265(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  51. I recently went to my high school reunion. I wanted to still feel like I was younger than I am and to enjoy myself.
    msgb245 at gmail dot com

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  52. I think wearing makeup on an interview gives me extra confidence and a more professional look.

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  53. Tweet: http://twitter.com/njhhb/statuses/128462819610984449

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  54. it made me feel pretty at my wedding
    sherricrawford70/at/yahoo/dot/com

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  55. Make up gave me confidence on my wedding day!

    melduke26 at gmail dot com

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  56. Mascara is something I never leave home without

    babitababita@hotmail.com

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  57. bloq the giveaway

    http://onenuttywife.blogspot.com/

    babitababita@hotmail.com

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  58. Makeup gives me confidence when I sing in public.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  59. blogged: http://slehan.blogspot.com/2011/10/win-50-gc-to-drugstorecom-from-blogher.html

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  60. Make up definitely made me feel confident enough to make an amazing maid of honor speech for my best friend. :) I always thought I would grow out of my fear of talking to a big crowd, but nope same ol fear, but making sure my make up is just so and that I don't look half bad, sure helps :O)

    thanks for the opportunity! :)

    abitnerdygirl at gmail dot com

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  61. Tweeteroo
    http://twitter.com/abitnerdy/status/130299130768662528

    abitnerdygirl at gmail dot com

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  62. Every day I have to put on some make-up! Without it, I feel naked - and not confident at all!
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  63. tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/KerryBishop/status/130365678833242112
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  64. I remember getting my makeup done professionally for prom and feeling like a princess!

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  65. I always make sure to wear lipstick when going on a job interview. Gives me that extra oomph I need!

    Amy @ A Little Nosh

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  66. i have a ffriend help mme apply mascara on the first day everywhere. i wish i was more graceful. speck135les at yahoo

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  67. I had my makeup professionally done for my wedding and it helped make my day brighter and, since I cried all the way down the isle, I am glad they used waterproof makeup! LOL I knew I would cry a lot during the wedding, so that was one less thing to worry about!
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  68. I tweeted here: http://twitter.com/#!/FotoMacro/status/131797685391994880
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  69. Makeup has gotten me through every job interview I've ever had! There is something about knowing you look good on the outside, that makes you feel good and confident on the inside!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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  70. Tweet: http://twitter.com/coriwestphal/statuses/131921412037423104

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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  71. You are going to be beautiful. Product seems amazing!

    Lzajac0417@aol.com

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  72. I don't use makeup much for confidence - it's more to dress things up when going out with my husband.

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  73. I wear makeup everyday and it always makes me feel polished, confident and pulled together.

    mybeachylife at gmail dot com

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  74. Got to say, in my much much younger days for sure.

    gmissycat at yAhoo dot com

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  75. Tweeted too

    http://twitter.com/#!/gmissycat/status/132434065705013248

    gmissycat at yahoo dot com

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  76. After returning to the country from one year in Europe, I had to look for a job. I hadn't worn make up while overseas but I decided to put on my professional face and head with confidence into those job interviews. I was lucky enough to find a temporary placement that lead to a permanent job in my field.

    swedenesefamily at gmail dot com

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  77. http://twitter.com/#!/guyanese_gal/status/132506020839833600

    swedenesefamily at gmail dot com

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  78. Prom. It must have got me through the night because the next date were I wasn't wearing makeup, well, my date decided I really wasn't hot. Horrible, isn't it? Now I need it everyday of my life =(

    kytah00@yahoo.com

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  79. 2nd entry tweet @ http://twitter.com/#!/kytah00/status/132509850151297024

    kytah00@yahoo.com

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  80. Makeup gave me confidence when I met my inlaws for the first time.

    runningmatey at hotmail dot com

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