The Clock Stops Here...

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Review: Philosophy Resurface Microdelivery Dual-Phase Peel

Philosophy Microdelivery Dual-Phase Peel
My darling friend Nancy and her family were visiting from London this weekend. We are childhood friends and though I don't get to see her nearly enough, when we are together we are in instant lock-step and spend most of it laughing. I adore her.

Nancy came to Greenwich on Friday to see me.  We shopped at Richards and then I took her to Warren Tricomi to meet with my dream team; Christopher for color and Jennifer for brow and eyelash tinting.  Since Michael spends half of his time at Warren Tricomi and the other half at Vidal Sassoon in London as their Creative Director, I thought he would be the perfect person to cut Nancy's hair.

Nancy and Diva at Warren Tricomi

Since we didn't feel like we had nearly enough time together, we agreed to a part 2 in New York on Saturday.  Nicely, Nancy is a huge fan of my Blog and asked if we could first meet at Sephora, so I could help her select my must-haves. 

Nancy was asking for my recommendations, but I couldn't take my eyes off her flawless, glowing skin.  Forget what I'm using...I wanted to know what she was using--she looks fantastic.

Nancy thinks that Philosophy's Resurface Microdelivery Dual-Phase Peel was a true game changer for her.  Naturally, I wasn't leaving without it and she couldn't wait for me to try it.



Is it ever going to get warm???

'Nuf said.


Saturday, March 30, 2013

THIS is not over...



Shorts are such a huge trend for Spring.  I cringe when I see women of a, "certain age" sporting shorts with two inch inseams and platform shoes.  Um, isn't this standard attire for West 14th St. at 3:00 am???

I do think if you legs and veins are up for it, shorts can be tasteful ie. wear them a little longer, add a blazer or long cardigan and a flat shoe. Voila.

Ladylike vs. Lady of the Night...


Friday, March 29, 2013

Review: Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Foundation

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau

Whenever I'm at Neiman Marcus, I like to visit their Cosmetics department. It is beautifully edited and primarily carries the best brands in the business like Cle de Peau, Chantecaille, Tom Ford, Le Metier de Beaute, By Terry, Sisley,Chanel and Guerlain.

Luxe packaging, silky formula's and gorgeous, wearable palettes make them all very tempting, but I just can't pull the trigger on a $48 lipstick, no matter how pretty. Where I am a bit more gullible flexible, is on spending on a good foundation...after all, when you think about what you spend on a new blouse, that maybe you will wear twice a month, it's really just pennies, since it's worn everyday.

Whenever the seasons change, I get the itch to freshen up my makeup.  Though I have been happy using my Tarte Beauty Balm, it is a little bit more matte than I am used to. I work so hard on achieving glowing skin, it seems counter intuitive to be losing some of it because of the makeup I'm using.

I have dreamed of finding a lightweight, dewy foundation that still has plenty of pigment and staying power. On top of that, I want it to be a perfect match for my skin, without making me look so pale, that I have to add bronzing powder. I want it to appear like I am not wearing foundation, but not feel so heavy that I have to dilute with water or moisturizer.

Honestly, until yesterday my Holy Grail foundation as eluded me...

Thursday, March 28, 2013

MAC's SOAR: The Ultimate Lip Pencil

MAC SOAR Lip Liner $15
Photo courtesy of Indian Makeup Blog
There are a few things that I consider my "Holy Grail" products.  Years of trial and error have taught me they are at the top of their class and nothing can top them...despite this, I am still at times either fickle or lazy and purchase other products.

Without question, MAC's SOAR Lip Pencil, (which I have written about many times before) is the perfect, natural, rosy, nude.  Since it is such a universal shade, one would assume there is a version of it in every beauty collection. Not SO.  Not even close. Even if it appears to be close, it won't be once you see it in sunlight.

I knew it was time to toss all my other look-a-likes, so I made a trip to Bloomingdale's, the only free standing store in my vicinity that sells MAC, since I am mall phobic. Tragedy struck, when I found out they were not surprisingly sold out of SOAR,

Good God, that meant I had to go to the Westchester Mall.  Those who know me, know my sense of direction is non-existent, so I might be able to enter it, but exiting is dicey...



I love Jessica Alba's style. She opts for elegance. She appears ladylike. She oozes quiet confidence.

Listen up Kardashian's...


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Review: St. Ives Revitalizing Pear & Soy Body Wash

St. Ives Revitalizing Pear & Soy Body Wash
$3.99 24 oz.

You know I love best when my beauty and fashion stars align.  I always have a bar of anti-bacterial soap in the shower for  certain parts, but I much prefer a body wash for the rest.

I recently ran out of whatever I was using and sought to replace it at CVS. Perusing the aisle, I felt very turned off by the offerings. Everyone of them seemed like they were bursting with petrochemicals.

I left empty handed.



I love Thandie Newton. She is a terrific actress, stunningly beautiful and as an effortless sense of style.  As such, she always looks comfortable in her own skin on the Red Carpet and she rarely blows it...

Yes, this is an understated look, but there is no denying she looks flawless and the fuchsia lip adds just a little bit of punch.

Love it...


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Review: Physician's Formula Bronze Booster

Physician's Formula Bronze Booster
$18.95 at CVS in Greenwich, CT.
(cheaper anywhere else)

Have I ever been to CVS for standard drug store fare; Q-Tips, toothpaste, Advil etc... and not left with some type of beauty product???

No. Never. Not once...whether I need it or not.

I'm still not sure what the purpose of Physician's Formula Bronze Booster is.  I have stopped using bronzing powder because I find it to look matte, dry, and a little streaky.

Physician's Formula bills itself as, "Number 1" in Bronzers.  They certainly offer a lot of them...7 to be exact.  I have no clue what the difference between them is. At least Bronze Booster stood out from the pack a bit.

7 Easy Pieces

7 Easy Pieces

Some very successful Polyvore members specialize in minimalist sets like this.  I have never tried one, but wanted to stretch my creative wings a bit...

I dedicated it to my friend Sheryl Lee, to wish her a Happy Birthday.  She was an early friend and mentor to me on Polyvore and she is equally kind and talented.

Best to the best...


Sunday, March 24, 2013

Review: Viviscal Hair Filler Fibers

Viviscal Hair Filler Fibers
5 shades $24.99

I am a member and reviewer.  If you are not familiar with and enjoy reading and commenting on product reviews Beautystat   is a font of information, in fact, it is the leading beauty community on Facebook and the web.

Reviewers like me, are always encouraged to review products in an completely unbiased and honest manner, which I appreciate.

Though I am blessed with thick hair, I have started to notice a slight thinning in the front of my part. Viviscal is a company primarily known for their hair care line which produces vitamin supplements, serum, shampoo and conditioner for thinning hair.  The product I asked to review is Viviscal Hair Filler Fibers.  It piqued my curiosity because I had never heard of anything else like it.

Created specifically for men and women with thinning hair,Viviscal Hair Filler Fibers contain, "mircroscopic electrostatically charged fibers which stick to hair and create a volumizing appearance".

I sometimes use a spritch of Gray Away, a temporary hair color spray intended to cover new hair growth at the roots on the front of my part.  It effectively covers the area that appears thinning only to me.

The Easter Parade

Friday, March 22, 2013

Review: c. Booth Coconut Fig 4-1 Body Lotion

c.Booth Coconut Fig 4-1 Body Lotion
32 oz. $9.99

"Why should faces get all the special treatments?"

Haven't I been asking the same question for years???

I'm so excited that fabulous, affordable anti-aging body products are finally becoming main-stay.

c. booth, apparently, is right on the same page, believing in, "equal rights below the chin."


When I received information about  c. Booth's Coconut Fig Lotion,  infused with alpha hydroxy acid, apricot kernel and shea butter oils, 
vitamins, minerals and caffeine, I immediately asked to sample it.


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