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Monday, June 27, 2016

News Flash: Finally Found! The Drugstore Mascara of My Dreams and Maybe Yours!


I've really gotten to spend more time with my equally beauty obsessed cousin Karyn.  We had a bite out recently and the waitress thought we were fraternal twins.

Essentially, we have been snapping pictures and texting each other scads of "must have", "Cant. Live. Without."  products from our home arsenals.  Karyn is a Latisse user, but her eyelashes are spectacular and I immediately had to know what mascara she was using...

As someone who cottons to the really good stuff , I was ecstatic to learn her Holy Grail mascara was CoverGirl Lash Blast Volume.  Music to my ears.  I ran out to CVS the next day to buy it.  I also found the newly launched Maybelline Colossal Spider Effects Mascara, that I had searched for a few days before. 

As you may recall, it was on the most loved list of a TotalBeauty editor who swore off her prestige cosmetics for a month, replacing it with drugstore products only. I made a list of what I was interested in trying and this was at the top of it.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Flashback Friday: L'Oreal Superstar Mascara

L'Oreal Superstar Mascara
$11.99. Cheaper when purchased anywhere else than Greenwich Ct.


If any of you are wondering how I fared with the original Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara, you would have to ask the lovely man at CVS who accepted it's return.  I found it to be no more inspiring than the new "Luscious" Lash Sensational Mascara, that they recently added to the already brimming portfolio and I had already boomeranged back.
While there, I did purchase a new 2 step, L'Oreal Superstar Mascara...not that I will actually be using it...to clarify, I purchase it because the step one primer is the real superstar here.  I LOVE primers.  I adore being able to slap on that first "coat" with abandon.  A good primer will thicken and lengthen anything that goes on after it. Pinky swear.

I used to always buy Lancome's Cils Booster XL Lash Primer for just this purpose.  When I ran out one day, I decided to try the primer that comes with L'Oreal Superstar Mascara and hope for the best with the mascara.  The mascara disappointed, but not the primer!  It far exceeds big sister Lancome's primer (they are owned by the same parent company, as most of you know), and at a fraction of the price!

Once you use a primer, you will be a lifetime convert.  Rather than thinking of it as yet another product, think of it more as your first, best coat of mascara.

As always, you are so very welcome.  Happy Weekend All!

xox,
DD

Thursday, June 23, 2016

DERMWORX; two products that do the job of three

Dermworx  Day Serum
$75/60 Day Supply




Dermworx Pure Balance Sunscreen
$32 4.0 oz.



I was unfamiliar with DERMWORX, a professional skincare line often sold exclusively through skin health professionals, but was intrigued to their best selling two step daytime treatment. So, I happily agreed to sample it.

DERMWORX Day Serum blends peptides, antioxidants and phytonutrients and Vitamin C, in biodegradable, single use capsules that ensure maximum potency.  A little goes a long way and with a little practice, one capsule handily will cover your full face when dabbed and spread outwards as directed.  I like the velvety consistency.

For me, the real star is DERMWORX Pure Balance Sunscreen.  Why? Because I know I really, really should be using sunscreen daily, rain or shine, but often don't.  Seriously, how many things can we slather on before even getting to makeup?  The other deterrent is that sunscreens often are zinc based, which are notoriously chalky.  Pure Balance Sunscreen is created instead with a Broad Spectrum SPF 25 that is mineral based, thus once applied, I don't have to worry about looking like a Geisha.

Monday, June 20, 2016

The Drugstore Discoveries a Beauty Editor Made When She Ditched The Good Stuff








When I do my daily rounds, scouring different beauty sites for interesting tips and tidbits to share with you, I always zero in on the ones about drugstore beauty bargains. If there is a hack for an expensive eye cream, mascara or foundation, I want in.

Today TotalBeauty.com ran a feature slideshow by one of their beauty editors. Allie Flinn made the ultimate sacrifice and gave up using luxury beauty products for a whole month.

Poor Darling...

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Maybelline Lash Sensational- The Original

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara
$8.99



Like a dog with a bone, I have not given up on my fantasy, that this editor and reader reviewed revered mascara will love up to the hype.  I just bought it today and will update you with my findings tomorrow.

As recently reported, Maybelline's lastest entry, Lash Sensational Luscious Mascara was a whoofer.  Let's see how the original compares.

In the interim, I went back to a former Holy Grail, Benefit's They're Real Mascara.  1) It's not nearly as great a I remembered.  2) It's still nearly impossible to remove.  Benefit did add a pricey remover to their line, specifically for the purpose of getting this stuff off, but I did not acquiesce.  Turpentine, did cross my mind as an option.  The only thing I really love is that my lashes are inky black. The depth of the color is striking enough to do with one less coat.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Mascara; Is newer better?



Maybelline Luscious Lash Sensational


Right off the bat, I would have to say NO, though I have yet to try the original. The original Maybelline Lash Sensation is a highly rated, award winning drugstore mascara.  Long time DivaDebbi reader's know, one of my life's mission is to find the truly perfect, cheap & cheerful drugstore mascara.  I have read about Lash Sensational so many times, I finally caved and decided to try it for myself.

Alas, as drugstore mascaras notoriously do, they sporn and multiply faster than dandelions.  What to do??? Purchase the new and improved, "luscious" or go for the the tried and true???


My bad, I think.  I went for the new and improved... The brush reminds me of Benefit's They're Real, a tapered quasi comb like brush that expertly allows you to coax out the lashes hidden in the inner corners.

Their bad, the product is lousy. Clumpy, no length, no curl, no volume.  It is boomeranging right back to CVS. Now of course, my curiosity is even more piqued about the highly lauded original.



Maybelline Lash Sensational- The Original

So stay tuned, Lovelies.  The hunt continues...

xox,
DD

Monday, June 6, 2016

DivaDebbi's Summer Must-Haves for Stacy Knows

DivaDebbi's Summer Must-Haves



One of the great joys of writing a blog is that it expands your world. Readers, bloggers and media contacts become friends.  New businesses owners reach out to meet you and there are often launches and events to attend in NYC.  (One of the reasons I started DivaDebbi, 2 years before my son left for college, was in anticipation of my empty nest. My behind had been welded to sports spectator benches for 13 years...what was I going to do with the extra time?)  Good call.

Stacy Geisinger , a "Girl's Girl" and ultimate people connector, started her fabulous "blogazine Stacy Knows , 8 years ago, at the same time I started writing DivaDebbi.  Just as I was the always sharing my beauty and fashion tips with my friends, Stacy is every one's go-to Girl for connecting them to whatever was new and happening in Westchester County and now the Hampton's. She heard, the refrain, "Stacy Knows", often enough among her social circle, to make it Blog title. Love that!

We have been on each other's radar for years and not surprisingly, have mutual friends.  Our worlds finally collided at Richards, where I am the Personal Shopper. Stacy was shopping with her best friend Camille, who turns out is an old friend of mine.  Hugs and kisses all around!

Stacy is a fan of my Polyvore fashion sets and asked if I would like to collaborate from time to time on our blogs. Whoop, whoop and yes! So by way of introduction, now you too know Stacy Knows, and if you live in our neck of the world, it's truly a daily must read.

Above is a fashion set I curated exclusively for Stacy Knows, which includes the biggest summer fashion trends.  You can find these looks at every price point, so being on trend, has never been easier. Summer fashion is always a bit disposable anyway...

Friday, June 3, 2016

Maybelline Brow Define & Fill Duo

Maybelline Brow Define & Fill Duo
$7.99 Available in 4 Shades


I always wait faaaaarrr too long between professional brow grooming appointments.  Somehow, I miss the fact that it's not just a stray hair or two that has shown regrowth. The whole shape and arch somehow changes, and who can deny their brows look better after being freshly shaped and dyed if necessary?

All of a sudden my eyes appear bigger and I look more refreshed and polished...yet I know, brow tending will always slide to the bottom of the "maintenance" queue.  Perhaps if I was growing a unibrow between visits it would be a different story. Anyway, just a gentle reminder to tend to your brows STAT and not by the person who just did your pedicure, but someone who is passionate and experienced at tending to brows.

You need it and won't know it until you walk out with them done. Trust moi.

Newly improved, I went browsing for brow products at CVS.  I've bought several new ones over the last few months, but had not yet found my Holy Grail brow product...until now!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Jergens Natural Glow + Firming Gradual Tanning Lotion

Jergens Natural Glow Firming Self Tanner
$14.00 - Available in two shades


Jergens, in a stroke of genius that changed self tanning forever, was the first company to create a gradual self tanner infused with a moisturizer.  When it was first launched, it flew off the shelves and was a tough find.

Of course, I was an early user. While I loved the concept, the overpowering, smell of bleach or some other noxious chemical, promptly stimulated my gag reflex.  'Nuf said.

I've had some recent streaking misadventures with other self tanners lately, so when I spotted Jergens Natural Glow + Firming Self Tanner, with a banner on the upper left side of the packaging touting, "Award Winning Color" and a "Great Scent", I caved.  The one definite advantage of gradual self tanners, is that they are hard to mess up.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Flashback Friday: Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipstick

Almay Smart Shade Butter Lipsticks



When I put on my face each day, I find it important to see everything in balance, lip included.  As such, I always have and extra of my Holy Grail MAC Soar Lip Pencil, and whatever my lipstick du jour is,( Bare Minerals Chase Your Dreams) in my, none too organized, makeup drawer.  This keeps me from having to rummage in my, none to organized, handbag for said accoutrements.

This morning I gave up Chasing my Dreams.  When it was nowhere to be found, I reached for Almay's Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipstick in #50 Berry Light/ Medium.  Wow this is a fabulous creation!!!
I loved them (I bought several) after originally blogging about them last January.

A hybrid of lipstick and gloss, they do feel positively buttery and moisturizing on the lip. Added bonus? Rich pigmentation and staying power...I'm in love, all over again.


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