Summer Beauty: A Mother-Daughter Interview {Visa Gift Card Giveaway}

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 here:

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. Actually, at 85, she still has pretty skin for her age. She always told people her beauty secret was “Oil of Olay and a sun hat.” So really, she means she has made a point of taking care of her face and never getting too much sun. I do like to get a little bit of a tan in the summer, but I don’t want to look like leather when I’m older, so I try to protect my skin — and I think that’s most important on your face!

Great Gran at about age 72

Q: What was the worst thing that ever happened to you as far as summer beauty stuff goes?
A: That’s a tough one. I’ve had plenty of beauty disasters (like that perm my friend Lisa talked me into in 9th grade or that time my hair turned a very strange shade of purple after a henna dye) but most weren’t summer-related. I guess badly-timed sunburn would be the worst. Sunburns just never look cute — and peeling skin is even worse! Oh and too much bronzer!
Lisa and Jamie 1987

Q: Some people only shave their legs when they’re going to wear a dress. Is that what you do?
A: I shave my legs just about every time I shower, even in the winter, because I hate stubble — but even more so this time of year when we’re going to the pool and I’m wearing shorts or summer dresses! I’ve found that the Venus Embrace 5-blade razor is easy to grip and is less likely than some other razors to nick my skin when I shave. And summery-smelling Satin Care Passionista Fruit Shave Gel helps prevent irritation, which is a big deal with my sensitive skin. Sometimes girls try to shave without shaving cream or gel, but that can lead to razor bumps, which aren’t pretty at all! [By the way, moms, there are some good tips from Venus on the “Tips and Hints” page for moms of daughters who might be getting ready to shave.]

Q: I thought chlorine from the pool made your hair get weird. Is that true?
A: That’s especially true for anyone who has bleached their hair, but even if you don’t color your hair the chlorine and chemicals in pool water can dry it. It’s a good idea to rinse it out in the shower at the pool. Using a good leave-in conditioner can help, too.

Q: It seems like you don’t wear much makeup in the summer. Why not?
A: It doesn’t take much to get sweaty in the summer here in Georgia — like just a trip to the mailbox! So wearing a bunch of makeup would be pointless because it would just melt off. Plus, I think casual summer outfits just don’t call for much makeup. Some summer days, I don’t wear anything more than a tinted lotion with sunscreen, but if we’re going somewhere a little bit fancy, then I do wear a little more makeup.


Thanks to Kathryn for helping me with this post, and thanks to Venus for offering you another chance to win a $50 Visa gift card! To enter, leave a comment sharing your best summer beauty tip OR your funniest beauty mishap!

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