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Monday, August 18, 2014

Fashion Flash Monday

This week Jodell Raymond of Black Cat Fashion, a beloved blog for plus size women, is hosting Fashion Flash

Every week we strive to bring you our best posts on beauty, fashion and lifestyle for women over forty.

Some of our topics this week include:

  • Laura Mercier's brand new foundation
  • A fabulous cream for the neck and decollete
  • The best moisturizer with sunscreen to wear daily
  • What not to wear!
  • An interview with skin care maven Kate Sommerville

Please click here to get the full 411.



Saturday, August 16, 2014

L'Oreal Paris Visible Lift Blur Foundation

The exquisite Andie McDowell for L'Oreal
Visible Lift Blur Foundation
$12-$!6 at drugstores ($16 in Greenwich...naturally)

I think Andie McDowell is the epitome of an actress who has aged gloriously.  I'll have what she's hawking...any day of the week.

I have been really happy using Dior's Forever Foundation this summer...that is until a bumped into a few uncharacteristically humid days. This has been the summer of all New Yorker's dreams, cool temps, blue skies, sunny weekends and almost NO HUMIDITY. (After a punishing N.E. winter, we are taking this as our absolute due.) 

All of a sudden, I was looking greasy instead of glowing and started scampering through my handbag in search of powder or blotting papers.


L'Oreal recently launched their "new" Visible Lift Foundation and enhanced it with "blur technology".  If I had to venture a guess, I would say blur=silicone. Personally, I'm not as phased by chemicals as I probably should be...If you take umbrage to it, I would skip this one. I was in CVS yesterday, so of course I wasn't leaving without it.  

DivaDebbi"s Template #3

Friday, August 15, 2014

Fall Fantasies

A Sharp Eye: How to Be a Good Houseguest

Besides scouring my own email subscription to DivaDebbi for typos, their are three other websites whose briefings  I read daily; Need 2 Know and The Skimm, two news sites that cheekily keep you informed on everything from International politics to Mario and Ramona Singer's official breakup. Between the two I'm well informed in just 3 minutes Monday through Friday. Saturday and Sunday, I founder on my own...(The links will you bring you to their sites where you can subscribe.)

I can't wait until one of them goes 7 days a the other will follow.

The other website is A Sharp Eye a lifestyle website co-created by my friend Nancy Ireland. With topics that include health, technology, family, entertaining, travel, fashion, gifts, the arts and philanthropy, I am always learning something new.

When you register, there is a fabulous feature that allows you to save your favorite articles.  Mine is virtually busting...

As an example of their great tips, I wanted to share this terrific piece that Nancy wrote about how to be a good houseguest. Do take notes...or better yet, subscribe.

Do you want to be invited back? 

How to be a good houseguest
We recently wrote an article about having great guest rooms.  It was suggested to us that we should turn our attention to what makes a good houseguest.  As someone who frequently has houseguests (perfect ones, I might add), I agree that it might be a helpful topic.
Here are some pointers:

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Lancome's New Grandiose Mascara; Does it Live Up to the Hype?

Lancome Grandiose Mascara

Lancome Cil XL Booster

It is said that we spend 33% of our lives sleeping...I would venture I will spend another 33%, in pursuit of a fabulous, cheap and cheerful mascara. Somehow it always eludes...

The marketing guru's over at L'Oreal have done a masterful job of tantalizing us for the last month or so, with the debut of the latest "swan" in their mascara menagerie, Lancome Grandiose Mascara.

What particularly differentiates it is the patented, "revolutionary Swan Neck Wand , that provides exceptional lift and volume to all lashes."  The wand was designed to work with, "the shape of the face, for the easiest application".

What else???

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Pur Minerals Jupiter Ascending

Pur Minerals Jupiter Ascending Collection
$124 value for $29

Light-up Lip Gloss in Galaxy Pink

I have long been a Pur Minerals fan, it's just not always on my radar. The quality of their cosmetics is high and the price is certainly friendly.  I'm trying to recall a single dud, and I can't.

I was offered the opportunity to sample their Jupiter Ascending limited edition makeup collection and pounced.  It was created to launch at the same time as the Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum film of the same name that was due out this summer...unfortunately it has been pushed back until February of 2015.

Don't let that stop you from buying it...

In Bloom

Monday, August 11, 2014

Fashion Flash Monday

This week Fashion Flash is being hosted by Cindy Ingalls, who writes Prime Beauty Blog.  As usual, our savvy group of plus 40 Lifestyle bloggers, do our best to give you noteworthy information on beauty, fashion, fitness, health and happiness.

Please click here to see what the Girls were up to this week.



Saturday, August 9, 2014

Exuviance Age Reverse Toning Cream

$78 4.4 oz.

My friends and colleagues never fail to amuse me...last week my colleagues Ana and Lili cornered me, demanding to know what I had "done" to my neck!  Ana was just returning from two weeks in Europe, while Lili and I worked side by side.

Um...excuse me?  When did I scoot off and get something "done"?! Of course I had to think if I had been doing anything different and if I was trying a new lotion or potion.

Two things came to mind...

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Reach Complete Care Triple Angle Floss Toothbrush

My beauty stars have always aligned in funny ways...the day I was scheduled for my bi-annual teeth cleaning, I received a reach out from Reach, about two new toothbrushes they were launching.  Might I be interested in trying them???


I know I focus an awful lot on the very superficial aspects of beauty, but I am also a hard core believer in taking really good care of yourself; healthy diet, frequent exercise, body checks for melanoma, a good relationship with your Internist, Breast Self Exams, Digital Mammograms and ultrasounds for those who need it, annual visits with your OB/Gyn and scrupulously good dental hygiene.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Murad Skin Smoothing Polish

Murad Skin Smoothing Polish
$30 3.5oz

I can honestly say, I have never sampled a Murad product I didn't love. They smell, good, feel good and most importantly, meet their claims.

I am a firm believer in exfoliating the face and neck at least twice a week.  I'm always open to trying new exfoliating cleansers, in the hope that they will be gentle enough for my whole face but abrasive enough to relieve areas on my face that get a bit clogged; like my chin and around my nose.

I was delighted my friends at Murad offered to send me their new Skin Smoothing Polish Here is how it is described on Sephora's website:

Fashion Flash Monday

This week, Barbara Hannah Grufferman, blogger and Huffington Post Contributor is hosting Fashion Flash. Her well known blog Best of Everything after 50 is a great source for daily lifestyle tips on how to be your best at every age.

This week, our savvy group of bloggers shared their views on nutritious best bets, like beets, kale and flax,
lash primers, appropriate wedding attire, great multi-tasking beauty products, lash primers and the do's and don'ts of shimmery shadows for women over 40, among other smart posts.

Click here to get the 411.



Saturday, August 2, 2014

Trish McEvoy Intense Gel Eyeliner

Trish McEvoy Intense Gel Eyeliner
I love gel eyeliners.  I hate the pot and the brush.
I was desperately hopeful that the much press touted Benefit They're Real Push Up Liner, a gel and brush hybrid, would bring answered prayers...

It was not to be and the search continued.

I was in Bloomingdale's last week with one of my best childhood friends.  Alison is a beauty addict as well and when we get together, our lunches always include a beauty outing.

I wanted to show Alison my latest find,  Trish McEvoy Liquid Face Color Pen, a beautiful, pinky peach gel blush, that I blogged about last week.

While at the Trish counter, I inquired about the staying power of her eye pencils. I also rekindled an acquaintance with their Business Manager and makeup artist Ilana Moss, who remembered my blog.  I had written about her a few years ago, after having an excellent facial with her at the spa at Equinox in Greenwich.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Back to Basics: Salma Hayek Blush Peony Nail Lacquer

Salma Hayek Blush Peony Nail Lacquer
$5.99 Exclusively at CVS

When I was kid, I bit my nails. It drove my Mother batty.  She begged, pleaded and bribed.  The latter, naturally was the ticket to my giving up my first vice. When they did grow I was blessed with nails that grew quickly and were hard as granite.

Mostly, they are still, but they are always at their best when I faithfully use Nailtiques #2 as a base coat and several times a week as a top coat.

I once dabbled with a "permanent French manicure", a look I loved, but  that ultimately left my nails as thin as rice paper. Gel Manicures also left my nails weaker, so I've stuck with a traditional once a week manicure, which sadly, begins looking tattered by day three.

Not pretty.

East Hampton

Monday, July 28, 2014


Fashion Flash Monday

This week, Pamela from Over 50 Feeling 40 is hosting Fashion Flash for our wonderful group of bloggers. As always, we like to present the best of beauty, fashion, health and lifestyle to our conglomerate of lovely readers.  Please click here to read more.

Here's a peek at what we are blogging about this week (courtesy of my friend Kari at Fab Over Forty):

  • Women over 40 on You Tube
  • Stem cell skincare products
  • Looking chic at the beach
  • Exercises for arthritis
  • A fabulous GWP
  • A great summer pasta recipe
  • Quick hot flash relief
  • Riding the waves
  • Curvy is sexy
  • Glycolic acid for skincare

  • Enjoy!!!


    Saturday, July 26, 2014

    MitoQ Power Antioxidant Rejuvenation Serum

    MitoQ Power Antioxidant Rejuvenation Serum
    $119 for a 2 mos. supply

    I will freely admit to be a serum addict.  When I first started using them 7 years ago, at the behest of Dr. Denese a Hungarian Dermatologist who believes in their power to harness moisture and make everything that goes on top of them more efficacious.

    Back in the day, serums were hard to come by, (she of course made one as part of her skincare line).  Now they are a dime a dozen and I have a couple of faves.

    When I received information about  Doctor developed, patented MitoQ Power Antioxidant Rejuvenation's Serum, I was intrigued by the description:

    MitoQ® protects cells from the increasing oxidative stress associated with age and returns skin cells to optimal function. MitoQ® supports youthful collagen and elastin production - the key building blocks of healthy skin.
    The result: MitoQ® Anti-aging Serum is an effective anti-wrinkle product that reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, skin becomes denser, firmer and age spots fade.
    MitoQ® Anti-aging Serum has been formulated in a hypoallergenic fragrance free base designed to fit in with your regular beauty regimen.
    Simply apply two to three pumps to your face, neck and décolletage morning and night after cleansing for younger looking skin in as few as 6 weeks.
    MitoQ® Anti-aging Serum makes a perfect night cream and combines well with sunscreens and moisturizers for all day skin repair and protection.
    One bottle of MitoQ® lasts between 8 and 10 weeks and results improve with continued use.

    I was immediately seduced by the sleek packaging when it arrived as well as the full size of the product. It is blissfully, scentless and has a light, creamy gel like consistency that melts into my skin.  It is encouraged to be used on it's own as a night cream, but I still find myself layering it under mine. I appreciate that MitoQ smartly also recommends that it be used on the neck, decolletage and back of the hands.

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

    The Flush of Youth: Trish McEvoy Liquid Face Color

    Trish McEvoy Liquid Face Color

    I popped into Blue Mercury in Rye the other day...I was hoping to see their masseuse Kami Ritt, to congratulate her on winning, "Best Deep Tissue Massage" by Westchester Magazine.  She is a wonder and nicely had emailed me to thank me, attributing my glowing blog about her skills to a slew of loyal clients.

    Well done Kami! (914-921-1600)

    I like Blue Mercury. It is an oasis of calm next to Sephora and I do like their well curated makeup and skincare selection.  I was  immediately drawn to Trish McEvoy's Liquid Face Color Pen.  Available in only one shade of gorgeous, peachy rose, I was hoping it would look just as pretty on my cheeks.

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

    Lancome Booster XL Lash Primer

    Lancome Cils Booster XL Lash Primer

    Good friends know I'm all ears when it comes to a beauty product recommendation.  If they love it, I often will and if I can see the results of what they are raving about, I will often make a purchase pit stop that day.

    Such was the case after seeing my friend Suzanne's drool worth lashes the other day.  Suzanne had great success with Grande Lashe MD Lash Enhancing Serum and her lashes are so long, she is often asked if they are extensions. (Naturally, I tried it as well.  While I did have success growing longer lashes, like many products I have used and blogged about, it eventually caused intolerable eye irritation.)

    Improbably, her lashes looked even longer. She told me what a difference she found  made and suggested I try it.

    Monday, July 21, 2014

    DivaDebbi's First Template!

    DivaDebbi's First Template!

    Valentino butterfly print dress, $3,560 / Christian Louboutin black heel shoes / Asprey bright handbag, $2,820 / Hermès hardware jewelry / Korres lip treatment, $14 / Chloé fragrance, $79 / 

    As a Polyvore member, we are able to create "templates".  You can style the template in any way your heart desires and those elements are permanent. The fun aspect is using different fashion looks in the photos, ready-to-wear and accessories, to create completely different looking sets, based on your mood.

    When I first made this template 8 months ago, I assumed it was just for my personal use, so that on days that I'm time pressed but have the urge to "Poly", I could still quickly create a set.

    What I didn't realize was that DivaDebbi's First Template was also available for any other Polyvore member to style at their whim.  Ohhhhhhhh....

    I got used to it...eventually and to date, nearly 1000 people have used my template to create "their"  own set. 

    Share and share alike...


    Fashion Flash Monday

    This week, Second Lives Club is hosting Fashion Flash.  We always do our best to provide you with interesting and informative posts on beauty, fashion, health and lifestyle for women over 40.  I particularly gravitated to Kari of Fab Over Forty's fantastic roundup of her favorite offerings from Nordstrom's Beauty Week...gorgeous product abounds at great savings.

    If you missed my earlier blog on my latest obsession, the E! channels Botched, be sure to catch it and everyone else in our fab groups post right here.

    If I'm bleary eyed, it's because I stayed up from Midnight to 1:00am watching the 4th installment.



    Saturday, July 19, 2014

    Simply Chic

    Botched; My New Addiction

    Botched on the E! Channel...I dare you to watch to just one
    Sunday 10 p.m.

    The other day I was having lunch with one of my favorite clients and friends Susan. She and her adorable daughter Stephanie both shop with me, (though just to be clear, Stephanie shops mainly in Susan's closet.)

    Fans of my blog, they both wanted to know if I have been watching "Botched" because they can't stop and imagined it would be right up my alley. Spot on Girls, I was always a fan of Extreme Makeover and The Swan and bemoaned their demise, but wait...what???  It's already airing?

    I remembered an email I received from a casting producer a few weeks back. Sarah was telling me about Botched a  E! T.V. show for people who have had awful plastic surgery or who are obsessed with perfection...oooohhh goodie!!! She wanted to know if I knew anyone who might want to be considered to have their botched plastic surgery corrected on the show by renown Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeons Dr. Terry Dubrow and Dr. Paul Nassif.

    Fortunately, I didn't, but I assured her I would no doubt be a rabid fan.  What I didn't catch in my usual multi-tasking mode, was that Botched is already airing and they were casting for season 2.  Naturally I considered driving home immediately to watch them all on demand...

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

    Nexxus Youth Renewal Exlir


    An extraordinary thing happened the other night;  I washed my own hair, (which is getting rarer these days as my addiction to my stylist Lucas Magnum continues to evolve.)  When I looked under my sink, through dozens of hair care products, I literally did not have a single item left to combat  frizz.

    Quell horreur! 

    What to do? considering we were in the midst of some very humid weather. Everything else in the my arsenal was meant to repair or amp up the volume.  All I had to rely on were my biceps.

    Because I used a really good conditioner, (the one that comes with Garnier's Olia Hair Color is amazing...Yes.  I buy it just for the conditioner), my hair came out better than expected. Now that I had refreshed my memory about what was in my inventory, I decided to retry Nexxus Youth Renewal Elixir, a leave-in product that was launched as part of a system to rebuild and strengthen aging hair. I love the effect of face serums, so creating one specifically for hair sounded good to me.

    In  addition, the complete  line is intended to, "combat 8 visible signs of aging hair; volume loss, breakage, less shine, roughness, dryness, brittleness, unruliness and loss of vibrancy. Seriously??? Weren't the last 5 signs a wee redundant?

    Monday, July 14, 2014

    Lash Em 6 Week Update

    Lash Em Lash and Brow Enhancing Serum

    My lashes after 6 weeks of using Lash em Lash and Brow Enhancing Serum

    Oh, I am a happy camper...I have finally found the ONE eyelash enhancing serum that does not make me look and feel like I have Drano in my eyes. Another plus??? My lashes are longer.

    When I first tried Lash Em at the end of May, I described the full litany of my lash history, which includes no less than 6 lash products over the last 6 years. Most of them worked, some spectacularly so, but at some point, I inevitably had to choose between pain and peacock lashes.

    Fashion Flash Monday

    This week, my dear friend, the ageless beauty Jackie Silver of Aging Backwards is hosting Fashion Flash.

    Please click here to see what our talented group of bloggers are posting about this week.

    Some of the  topics are:

    • Our favorite eyeliners...or not
    • The benefits of water ballet
    • Must have additions to your summer wardrobe
    • Reuniting with old friends
    • Finding your true colors; a guarantee to look prettier every day
    • How to make wise sale summer purchases



    Saturday, July 12, 2014

    One to Skip: Benefit's They're Real Push Up Liner

    Benefit They're Real Push Up Liner
    I can't remember this much hype about an arrival, since the Royal baby...Based on the overwhelming success of their best selling They're Real Mascara, (a product I have had an on again, off again love affair with, mostly off, since I love the look but loathe trying to remove it) there was a pent up demand for They're Real Push Up Liner even before it hit the shelves.

    Naturally I was curious...I love gels but I hate the pots that contain them and always having to track down the right brush to apply them with. The payoff is that they tend to be long wearing, but even on the best day, they still require a dexterous hand to apply it well.

    They're Real Push Up Liner sounded like it would be a fantastic compromise. The unique soft "Accuflex" tip is, "custom-angled to draw a matte black, easy line. The flat, wide guard, gently pushes lashes aside to get close to the lash line."

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