The Clock Stops Here...

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Happy 4th of July!!!

The Fourth of July, America's Birthday, is a beautiful holiday that celebrates our freedom and independence. Fun, food, family and fireworks...what's not to love?

Our debt for that privilege, remains with the brave men and women who have and continue to, fight to protect our liberty. The families who support them also deserve our huge thanks, as well.

We are not a perfect nation, but we are a free one.

Happy 4th to you and yours. God Bless America!


Friday, July 3, 2015

What In the World is Face Baking?

Face Baking courtesy of Refinery 29/Youtube

Do you have not a clue???  Neither did I, until this morning, when my friend Linda Levy asked me if I have tried it.  I couldn't possibly, since I somehow missed the newest beauty fad to hit the blogosphere.

Is it surprising that this half baked trend has Kardashian roots??? Not really.  Contouring madness has reached a new zenith due to the K. clan, which no doubt also includes Caitlin. Supposedly, Kim's makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic has been baking her and recently went public with the technique.

So what's it all about???

Sunday, June 28, 2015

In Miniature

In Miniature

Eylure Lashes; Get an eyeful

Eylure Lashes
$5.99 at Ulta 3 Pack $9.99

Here's the thing about me the kind of chickadee, who wouldn't dream of going to the grocery store without makeup; the opportunity to zhush things up when truly special occasion crop up is limited.

One of the tools that's left in my arsenal, is false lashes. I've tried a bunch, Ardell, which I think hark back to the 60's and have remained a drugstore fixture like Revlon's Cherries in the Snow, ever since, and more recently, Katy Perry's, line from Ulta.  I was excited to receive a pair of mink lashes to review as well...
The trouble was, no matter how I tried to trim and thin them, they still looked like road kill on me, simply a case of too much of a good thing.

I am also not a fan of a full strip of lashes. I could see wearing them if I was appearing on T.V. (Diane Sawyer is never on air without,) but for mere mortal wear, I find them overwhelming.   My method is to cut one lash in half, and apply it to the outer third of my eye, with the longest lashes extending out to the corner.

For me, it adds a touch of glamour without making me look, God forbid  like a Kardashian.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Living For the Weekend

Living For the Weekend

Murad's Radiance Duo; All about the glow

Murad Advanced Active Radiance Serum
Murad Essential-C Day Moisturizer

I'm often asked what is my favorite serum.  I think the best answer is the one I circle back to most often, Murad's Advanced Active Radiance Serum. At $89 for one fluid oz, it's pricey, but not as pricey as my once beloved Skinceuticals Ferulic Acid Serum.  (And Lord knows, it smells better!)

The immediate glow, literally makes my skin look lit from within.  Could you ask for more?

In May, I received a gift from Murad, as a reminder of Skin Cancer Awareness month. It included the Advanced Active Radiance Serum, their Essential-C Day Moisturizer with SPF 30 and sweetly, a pair of bright orange sunglasses.

Saturday, June 20, 2015



Sleek by divadebbi featuring a flower stem

Flashback Friday: Benefit's gimme BROW

Benefit Gimme Brow
Originally $22 creeping up to $24...but worth it

I love getting calls from my GF's when they are excited about their latest beauty find.  They usually want me to try it so I can blog about it and share it with my readers.  Such was the case when my pal Monica called after spending some time at a Benefit store in the NYC and being schooled on the charms of gimme BROW.

"Oh yes, gimme BROW is great...I wrote about it over 2 years ago", I blithely replied....but then it occurred to me--if it was so good, why had I moved on and tried at least another 4 products since then?

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Untitled #1016

Untitled #1016

Lancome Miracle Cushion Foundation; A knockout

Lancome Miracle Cushion Foundation
11 Shades $46.50
Refills available for $39

There has been a tremendous amount of buzz about Lancome's Miracle Cushion Foundation as being a completely new, portable foundation.

Actually, Pur Minerals beat them to the punch, with their Pur Minerals Air Perfection Cushion Compact Foundation.  I wrote about it, with love, back in September.  Available in only 3 shades, I was riding the crest of my summer color and was using the "tan" shade...Too dark for my winter pallor and relegated to the back of a drawer, I honestly forgot about it.

Friends had been raving about the light-medium coverage and glow they were getting with Lancome's Miracle Cushion Foundation, so needless to say, I had to try it for myself, STAT.

I blogged last week about having some really good skin days and teased that I was also testing out an unarmed foundation. Since  I also started using Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer at the exact same time,  I couldn't be sure if my great results were from the primer, the foundation or the 1-2 punch of the two together...I'm pretty sure it's the latter, so be prepared to invest in both.

I can say the exact same thing about both products, "it's a snap to use, the cool, lovely texture blends seamlessly and with ease. In seconds, your skin will appear as close to flawless, as it might ever be. Score 1 for Lancome, Miracle Cushion Foundation, that it is also infused with treatment ingredients to hydrate and brighten.

Truly, it's such a simple concept, that makes so much long as we are applying something to our face, why shouldn't it also provide benefits?  Amiright???

DivaDebbi wearing Lancome Miracle Foundation in Buff 220

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Wondering about NYX Wonder Pencils?

NYX Wonder Pencil
When it comes to beauty products, I love hearing about whatever my friends, relatives, colleagues, readers, and now instructors are swooning over.

Whenever possible, I attend Emma Swain's Saturday Mat Pilates class at Equinox Greenwich.  Not only is she fabulous teacher, whose "booty extravaganza" never fails to bring me to the brink of tears, her giddy, witty, repertoire makes the hour pass in a blink, thank God.

Somehow, after class last week we got onto the subject of beauty products and she quickly jotted down the web address for DivaDebbi. Emma is a fan of NYX Wonder Pencils. She pointed out, just how useful a point can be in the art and artifice of concealment.

Polka Dots circa 2015

Polka Dots circa 2015

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

I'm Primed: Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer

Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer
3 sizes: $18, $52 $72

Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer is one of those products that women talk about it hushed whispers, irrationally, I imagine, so as not to diminish its magical powers. Of the thousands of reviews on Sephora's website, a whopping 2/3rds of their nearly 3,000 reviewers gave it 5 stars. Unheard of...

I'm not necessarily inclined to want to add another layer of stuff to my daily routine as we head into stickier weather, but if it keeps my morning application in place and minimizes touch ups, I'm game.

Frugality is not a long suit of mine, but I could just never pull the trigger on spending $52 on a primer. Fortune smiled on me during a recent Sephora run, when I spotted Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer in their new $18 travel size pump. This was too much to resist.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

One to Skip: Cover FX Custom Color Drops

Cover FX Custom Color Drops
Like others who purchased Cover FX Custom Color Drops, I was enamored with the concept; customizing your foundation...How novel.

Want full coverage? Use it straight up.  A tinted moisturizer? Mix a few drops with your favorite moisturizer or serum. More coverage? Add a few more drops. Less? Vise versa. The potential for use as a multi-tasker sounded good, plus I liked the idea of playing chemist.

The first challenge was selecting a shade. Sephora had a large selection of shades of Cover FX Custom Color Drops to choose from, (though I counted a whopping 24 online.)

Nothing seemed to match my skin tone, which has yellow undertones.  Oddly the only thing that came close was from the pink hues.  I struggled for about 15 minutes before choosing.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

CoverGirl Super Sizer Mascara

CoverGirl Super Sizer Mascara
$6.89 (ish)

An odd thing occurred...I ran out of mascara. Stranger still, I had no back ups in my stash.  Any of them...

Greenwich Avenue on a sunny Saturday, (Ok, even rainy ones), has become too trying to navigate. People jockey for parking spaces with nerves of steel.  My Sephora/CVS run would have to wait, (happily, they are neighbors, a delightful convenience.)

Then I remembered the behemoth CVS that was built in an office park, nearby, with its own lot!  That would do... 

I hadn't a clue which mascara I was going to purchase.  I find it incredibly overwhelming. Most brands have at least a dozen incarnations of their fuller, thicker, longer, fiber filled, lash blasting mascara...and that does not  even include the waterproof versions.

Maddening. Do you agree???

Southampton Summer

Southampton Summer

Friday, May 29, 2015

I'm Over Over Exposed!

A tawdry Jennifer Lopez at the 2015 Billboard Awards 

I've never considered myself a prude, but when I see women like Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian, Rihanna and Beyonce strutting all the junk in their trunks and more, I just want to throw an army blanket over them.

It feels desperate and sad to me.

LOOK AT ME!!!!! Pleeeeeeaasse...Pathetic Ladies.  How about wearing some pride instead???

There was only one fashion scandal to erupt during, 12 days of fantastic Red Carpet moments at this years Cannes Film Festival.  Literally, women were barred from entering events, because they were wearing, quelle horreur, flats.

Believe me, I wouldn't be caught dead in them with cocktail or black tie attire, but to be ejected, by hulking security guards at elbow point for breaking code, is both laughable and absurd.

Overall, there was a movement towards delicious, elegance and when there was a bit of skin, it was tasteful not offensive.

Here are some of my favorite looks, worn by the Red Carpet savvy, Cate Blanchett, Naomi Watts, Natalie Portman, Diane Kruger Emily Blunt, Emma Stone, Sienna Miller and Karlie Kloss. They succeed, not only because they look exquisite, but because their inherent sense of confidence and style shines through.


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

One to Skip: Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster

Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster

I like novel beauty products, out of the box, "why didn't someone think of this sooner?" stuff. When I purchase them, it is always with exquisite hopes of success.

Clarins, is a long time leader in the Self Tanning field, (other than QT), Clarins Self Tanning Milk was my first self tanner and one that I was loyal to for several  years in my twenties.

The 'novelty' of their Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster, is the ability to customize your level of tan, simply by adding or subtracting the number of drops you add to your own moisturizer.

Nice! I love control...


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