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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.


Sunday, May 22, 2016

London Bound with All things Farfetch

London Bound with All things FarFetch



Alexander McQueen white peplum shirt, $795 / Yves Saint Laurent genuine leather biker jacket, $4,605 / Dolce Gabbana red high waisted skirt, $795 / Giuseppe Zanotti colorful sneaker, $980 / Chanel quilted chain purse, $5,215 / Louis Vuitton zip top tote, $2,720 / Alexander McQueen skull umbrella, $620 / Chantecaille mascara, $94 /



Recently, I received a fun reach out from Farfetch's Social Media team.  Farfetch is a British international fashion website that stocks products from 400 independent boutiques around the world.  It is in short, fabulous. Do take a peek...

They contacted fashion bloggers whose style they liked and asked us to participate in a contest, creating a set, showing what we might pack to where in London, New York, Paris or Milan.  Maybe it's the nearly 23 consecutive days of rain we have had or maybe it's just that I am still fondly remembering my recent trip to London, either way, that's what inspired the set above.

Fingers crossed Lovelies.  I certainly would love to win a gift certificate to shop the world at my fingertips.

Here's hoping...

xox,
DD

Saturday, May 21, 2016

We Have A Winner!







Congratulations to Amy Orvin!  She has won Elite Therapeutics Premier Creme, valued at $125.  I have been using this delicious creme, night and day for nearly a month now.  It smells heavenly, is rich but absorbs beautifully and my skin looks supple and radiant.

Thank you Elite Therapeutics for allowing me to do a giveaway with my readers. It always makes me happy when I can share something with my Lovelies that I myself am enjoying.

These contests are a snap to enter,  so next time, do throw your hat in the ring...

xox,
DD

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Head Kandy Hair Brush Straightener Review

Head Kandy Brush Straightener
$65.99 (follow link)



As I've said before, I love when my beauty stars align. I nearly pulled the trigger on a straightening brush called Simply Straight at Bed Bath & Beyond, but did a quick internet search and found the reviews to be mixed. Besides, how would I have fit it into my already bulging cart?  BB&Y, like Target are dangerous stores for me to enter.  I never know how much more crap stuff I don't need, till I enter them. Buyer Beware...

Three days later I received a lovely pitch asking me if I would like to sample the Head Kandy Brush Straightener from Beautiful Planning Marketing & PR asking if I would like to sample it for review.

Naturally I agreed.

I am a bit embarrassed to admit I thought the one I received was defective... I simply could not get it to turn on.  As I often reluctantly have to do, I asked my ever nimble husband, who experiences none of the technical difficulties that encompass my life, for help.  He had it going in about 6 seconds.  Why? Because he read the directions, which is about how long it took to power it up....

I would if I could, but usually I can't.  Surely there is a label for those us who are spatially challenged, have spent decades driving in circles and who believe most directions are written in Mandarin, et toi???

Well, now we were getting somewhere!  Head Kandy heats up very quickly, in fact, in under a minute. Recently, my hair stylist Sonia, refused to give me my usual hair shaping, insisting I was way over due for something new.  She was right and I told her to go for it. I'm glad I did.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Sunday in the Park

Sunday in the Park

Revisiting Color WOW Root Cover Up Kit




Color Wow's Root Cover Up Kits
4 Shades $34.50 at Ulta
(I saw several shades advertised on Overstock.com for $24.99







Hmmmm....well pretty much, I feel like a total dope.  I recently was having my hair blown out at my happy place, the  sleek and chic, Becker Salon in Greenwich, by the young and talented Elianny.

Becker Salon
380 Greenwich Avenue Greenwich CT.
203-340-9550


When she finished, she said you know, "there's a small patch in the back that needs some help. Shall I get the Color WOW?"

This award winning product continues to be a leader in the temporary "root problem" category.  I had bought, returned and posted about it back in 2013.
My problem with Color WOW, was that even using the larger side of the brush, the coverage wasn't that good and it seemed unnervingly time consuming. Albeit a bit messier, wasn't it easier to just spray away gray???

I thought so...

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Pretty Is What Pretty Does

Pretty Is What Pretty Does

 Valentino green shoes, $930 / Valextra handbags purse / Renee Lewis pearl earrings


Richards, where I work as their Personal Shopper  and our online website www.Mitchellstores.com  has a fabulous selection of Renee Lewis  jewelry, including the earrings featured in this set, which I covet. Daily.

We also have a wide assortment of Valentino's ever popular rock stud shoe and have recently added Valextra handbags. Valextra bags are uber chic, quiet, and elegant with nary a logo. The skins are tanned at the same factories as Hermes.  J' adore!!!

For more info, contact me directly at 203-622-0551,  follow prompts to communicate on our website or email me at DivaDebbi@gmail. com

Welcome to my world!

xox,
DD

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Elite Platinum Creme: Review & Giveaway Contest

Elite Platinum Creme
$125

Back in 2012, I was fist contacted by Elite Therapeutics, about a product created by their founder Dr. Kevin Schewe,  a practicing radiation oncologist.
Dr. Schewe, first hand had seen the ravages of what radiation can do to the skin. As such, a mission was born to heal and restore his patients skin, marrying cutting edge science with active naturals.

Having experienced radiation on my own breast I was moved by his passion and saw great improvements in the texture of my breast skin, despite at that time, a passage of 17 years time.


In addition, Dr. Schewe also created a premier anti-aging product Elite Platinum Cream  .  This wonderful cream has the most delicious smell and texture. I have thoroughly been enjoying using it exclusively, night and day for the last 3 weeks, on my face, neck and decollete. My skin looks radiant and feels hydrated and smooth. It is one of the few creams I have used that truly can do double duty as your daytime and nighttime moisturizer.

Take a look at it's premiere ingredients:


Apple Stem Cell Technology: This nature-plus-science elixir is clinically proven to reduce the size, depth and intensity of wrinkles. Helps protect the longevity of skin stem cells and combat the visible signs of chronological aging.
HyaluronateHyaluronate Acid Cross-Polymer: With five times the water binding capacity of regular hyaluronic acid, this advanced ingredient has a youthful plumping effect that helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Protein PeptideProtein-Peptide Blend This potent youth-boosting cocktail is specifically formulated to help improve dermal hydration, elastin proliferation and DNA protection, all of which are essential for healthy, radiant skin.
Vitamin EVitamin E (Tocopherols and Tocotrienols): All eight forms of natural Vitamin E are used to neutralize free radicals and protect cell membranes for glowing skin that can maintain a healthy moisture balance.
It doesn't get much better than this. Now here's the really good part! You too, may have the opportunity to try this luscious and effective anti-aging cream.
Elite Therapeutics has graciously offered to give one full size $125 Elite Platinum Creme to one of my Lovelies.  Interested?  Good! 
The contest will run for one week and end at midnight EST on May 19th. To be eligible, you must like DivaDebbi on Facebook (simply click on the FB box on my homepage,) and leave me a comment on my DivaDebbi Facebook page or comment here, why you would like to try Elite Platinum Creme for yourself. 

Don't forget to include your email, so I will have a way to contact you if your are the randomly chosen winner.
I am certain you will savor using it just as much as I am, so please throw your hat in the ring. Truly, you are worth it.  Good luck!
xox,
DD

Monday, May 9, 2016

A Very Special Savings; Bellafill with Lisa Topham, RN BSN





The Special has been extended till May 27, 2016
For appointments in Greenwich and Wilton Ct:
203-831-8029



The very talented Lisa Topham, RN BSN and the Director of Split Rock Aesthetic Institute reached out to let me know she was named a Bellafill Diamond Injector for being in the top 1% of providers in the country.  Translation?  Lisa is one of the most experienced and largest patient practitioners of Bellafill, the 3-5 year filler.

To celebrate, Lisa is passing on the savings opportunity to existing clients who may need a touch up and to new ones, who would like to try this natural looking, long lasting filler. now through May 27.

I wrote about my own experience with Lisa and Bellafill in a recent blog and shared pictures of my results as well as another patients. Don't miss this opportunity to turn back the clock, with a needle instead of a knife.

For my Lovelies in other areas of the country interested in Bellafill, I strongly recommend only seeking out the most experienced practitioner you can find and make sure you see before and after patient photos.  The website RealSelf is an excellent resource. For those anywhere in the proximity of Fairfield County, Lisa Topham's 25 years of experience and 3 years of work with Bellafill is worth your travel times 10.

I asked Lisa what else is new in her magical bag of anti-aging procedures? "Microtox".

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Happy Mother's Day!!!

Happy Mother's Day!!!

Happy Mother's Day!!! by divadebbi
The Derek Lam collection is available at Richards
call me! 203-622-0551


Happy Mother's Day to my Lovelies! Whether you are a mama to your own brood, a pup, a pussycat or a goldfish, I wish you a day of love and light.

xox,
DD



Thursday, May 5, 2016

6 Tips from Allure.com on How to Fade Dark Spots Quickly






When I'm skimming beauty sites,  I'm always on the hunt for either new discoveries or quick fixes.  When worthy, I like to share them with you.

Allure.com did a nice run through of quick hacks for fading the deservedly maligned, "dark spot" a slightly prettied up term for "age spot". There were some good takeaway's.

I am a huge believer in the efficacy of glycolic acid pads.  I was pleased to see that an ancient favorite of mine, newly revamped and recently pitched for me to sample, from Avon Anew was mentioned as a fave, (and an affordable one at that.)

Monday, May 2, 2016

DivaDebbi's Love and Loathes at The Met Gala 2016

Rihana, entering the Met Gala last year dressed in homage
 to the the theme of the exhibit, "China through the Looking Glass"

This is it Lovelies.  The most coveted night in fashion of the year.  The Academy Awards used to hold the title, but ever since Anna Wintour of Vogue took over the reigns, the "First Monday in May" has grown to eclipse it.  In April, a documentary of said name debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Sartorial heaven, make no mistake.

If one did have an extra $30, 000 to attend, what is actually a bonanza benefit for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute, the chances of attending are still nil. Wintour herself, approves every guest, even if they are to be seated at a corporately sponsored table, which goes for $275,000. 

What does result is a heady brew of some of worlds most elite icons of fashion, film, art, music, sports, politics, media and business,  (Apple is a sponsor this year.) There is a theme every year, and guests are encouraged to seek inspiration from it.  This year's theme is Manus x Machine and examines how technology continues to influence designers.

Wintour's Co-Chairs this year are Taylor Swift, my pretend boyfriend  Idris Elba and Jony Ive (the male Chief of Design at Apple. Your welcome.) If you want more scoop, Vanessa Friedman of the NY Times did a fabulous piece on the Met Gala . Even she, an insider, sounds like she will be watching with her nose pressed up on her ipad with the rest of us.

This year, the Red Carpet is also be shown live on the E Channel starting at  7pm ET , which illustrates how much of a spectacle this annual  cultural benefit as become I wonder if Anna vetted the hosts as well...I'm not certain Ryan Seacrest would exactly be her cup of Da Hong Pao. 

So enough chit chat, let the fun begin!

Trends emerged quickly; silver, gold, brocades, white, dark lips, sleek hair.
My top picks go to the women who look sleek, modern and a tad futuristic, with at least a passing nod to theme.

Balmain, Marchesa, and Atelier Versace had and outstanding night as did American design icons Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors and Tommy Hilfiger. There is also something kind of wonderful, when two knockouts are also produced by retail giants Topshop and H&M, who serve up affordable fashion for every budget. I'm traditional. It's a gala. Unless  your Taylor Swift...short for me is a NO. Oh and one last thing, I never, ever comment about Ms. Wintour...nothing good could possibly come from it.

Model Karolina Kurkova's Marchesa dress below, came with a battery pack, with lights that twinkled in different colors based on fan's tweets!  Too boot, it was beautiful. 

All and all a spectacular spectacle...

A+




Taylor Swift, nearly unrecognizable, with a new platinum bob
and black lips, in Louis Vuitton

Poppy Delvigne in Marchesa

Gigi Hadid and the Weekend (who will be performing)
in Tommy Hilfiger 


Zendaya in Michael Kors


Brie Larson in Proenza Schouler (though I loathe the shoe choice, lip and hair)

Hailee Steinfeld in H&M

Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace

Kylie Jenner, spectacular in Balmain

Kendall Jenner in Atelier Versace
(Surely these two were adopted)

Beyonce san J- Zee in embroidered latex couture Givenchy
Now that is genius, not to mention the body that got poured into it


Cindy Crawford in Balmain
Let's just leave it WOW!




Lupito Nyong'o in Calvin Klein
with an unfortunate Madge Simpson do.
The always divine Naomi Watts in Burberry
Lea Seydoux a knock out in Louis Vuitton

Olivia Wilde with a baby bump in Michael Kors



A- Beautiful but no trace of theme


Allison Williams, her best yet.

Naomi Harris in Burberry


A newly engaged Kate Upton in Top Shop

Jessica Chastain

Rosie Huntington-Whitely in Ralph Lauren


The (F)ails

Tout Suite

Tout Suite

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