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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Magnetic Eyelashes; Buyer Beware!!!

THESE are magnetic lashes!

Well, they finally arrived.  Just days before I was going to contact my bank about fraud, suspecting I, like others reported on FaceBook, would never actually receive them, my magnetic eyelashes appeared.

Have you noticed this new FaceBook phenom???   Ads with tantalizing products, like the above, some how have made there way tucked between your friend Maggie's new litter of puppies and your pal Rob's family vacation to Santorini.

How could I possibly resist clicking to learn more and then not clicking further to purchase them? Magnetic Lashes??? "How clever!", I thought!  "What a time saver this will be!".

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Buxom Big Tease Mascara

Buxom the Big Tease
$22

Meh +.

Pros:
Price
Super black (why do they bother making any other shade, I ask you?)
Easy to manage brush
Glossy
Volumizing, def. only one coat required with primer
Removes easily

Cons:
A bit gloppy, particularly on my lower lashes
Hard to reach corners
Smeared, unbeknownst to me, rendering me walking around looking like a madwoman.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Estee Lauder Double Wear Infinite Waterproof Eyeliner

Estee Lauder Double Wear Infinite Waterproof Eyeliner
$24 at Ulta ($25 elsewhere...go figure.)


I've never been much of an Estee Girl...I can't exactly put my finger on why not.

Growing up, my favorite Auntie, had an affinity for Youth Dew, one of Estee's original, signature scents.  I adored how it smelled on her and loved how it lingered.  Years later, when Tom Ford rebooted it, I asked my sister to buy it for my Birthday.  Some how, the allure eluded.

Part of the reason I don't gravitate to it is because I am rarely in department stores, where EL has always been traditionally sold.  I was surprised to see it at Ulta the other day and decided to pay the display some mind.  I was in the market for a truly  long wearing eye pencil, that would glide on but stay on and have some initial color depth, that was also buildable.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Laura Geller's Real Deal Concealer IS!


Laura Geller The Real Deal Concealer
Light, Medium and Dark
$22


A few weeks back, I rhetorically asked if  I would ever stop buying and trying new concealers.  There is always that nagging hope, with any product I try, that this will be the one.  My search will be over and I can just consider it the Holy Grail of its category and be done.

As you can imagine, Sephora, Ulta and CVS are some of my happy places... I roll from aisle to aisle in a zen like stupor, sifting, sorting and sometimes checking reviews as I go.

On an Ulta run the other night, where lighting is as flattering as a bus depot, I gasped as I spied my reflection.  Who was that tired looking woman with the dark circles???

The first thing within arm's reach, was Laura Geller The Real Deal Concealer for, "serious coverage".  Goodie!  Loved that there were only 3 shades. 10 shades of concealer offerings is 7 more than I can wrap my head around.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Dressed to Thrill; The Duchess of Cambridge

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their beautiful children
Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
The Duchess is wearing New Zealand Designer Emilia Wickstead


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been touring Europe this summer, and this time, they are travelling with their exquisitely dressed children in tow.  Vanessa Friedman of the New York Times dubbed their color matched ensembles, "Pantone Politics".  Whatever you wish to call it, I think they look absolutely splendid!


Wearing Jenny Packham, one of her favorite British Designers



Wearing Erdem, another of her favored British Designer,
and ours...


It is custom, is to dress in a notable designer of the country being visited, or the countries flag colors.  It s both thoughtful and respectful to the hosts.  The Duchess never disappoints! Her penchant for dressing in dresses creates an aura of impeccable calm.

Mary Jane Denzer, the store I co-own with Anastasia Cucinella has been a destination for magnificent dresses for nearly 40 years.  I don't think its a coincidence that both of us wear them practically every day.  We both favor the brainless simplicity of putting on one wonderful  thing in the morning and letting that be our statement. What could be easier?

When we were buying for Fall, we both wanted to expand our offerings to include dresses for all occasions , not just black tie occasions.  We scoured Paris for beautiful lifestyle dresses, suitable for work, luncheons, Birthdays, meetings, cocktail and dinner parties from designers we love; Giambattista Valli, Georges Hobeka, Jenny Packham, Tony Ward, Monique Lhullier, J. Mendel, Rachel Gilbert, Alex Perry and others.

Every day, when the UPS man arrives, it feels like we are opening beautiful presents...It's hard to remember everything we bought, so each one is a joyous surprise.  We love them all and seeing them tried on and purchased by our clients is incredibly gratifying.

We invite you to come visit us at Mary Jane Denzer next to the Ritz Carlton in White Plains. (914-328-0338), to see our new goodies. It would be our joy to assist you for all of your occasions.

Oh, and Duchesses are welcome too...

xox,
Debra O'Shea
Co-Owner
Mary Jane Denzer

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Hair Restoration; Two things to share

Baby Bliss Italo Luminoso Hair Dryer

I feel extraordinarily guilty about my blow dryer graveyard.  It's extensive and they are all in perfect working condition.  If any of you Lovelies, have a recommendation as to where I can donate them, I'm all ears.

The one thing I do know, is none of them were giving me what I desired; reduced drying time, high wattage and nano technology for increased shine, despite their claims.  I've always wanted to try a Baby Bliss dryer, but was not interested in paying a couple of hundred dollars for one.

Neither apparently was my colorist Melissa, who discovered the Baby Bliss Italo Luminoso Hair Dryer.  It's a goodie, and with a $79.99 price tag, I left the salon and headed straight to Ulta.  While researching this post, I just found it available through this link at Walmart, for a whopping $20 less.  2000 watts of perfect.

Pretty much, it's the dryer of my dreams, so whether or not you need it, I don't think you will be disappointed if you buy it, and certainly not, for that price.

That's part 1....



Thursday, July 20, 2017

Revlon Fill and Blur Concealer

Revlon Fill and Blur Concealer
$11.99

Lovelies, am I ever going to stop compulsively buying new concealers??? Nah.
My stash, runneth over, currently consisting of: Neutrogena, IT, Maybelline Super Stay, Cover FX,  Glo Minerals, Physician's Formula and now Revlon Fill and Blur Concealer.

The bait that stopped me in my tracks of course, was the promise of "filling in fine lines" as well as blurring them. If only...

Friday, July 14, 2017

Flashback Friday: Maybelline SuperStay 24 Color Lipstick

Maybelline Super Stay 24 Color Lipstick
36 Shades $9.00 (give or take)
I don't know why I move on from things I have loved and review well in the past.
Originally, I tried Maybelline's SuperStay 24 Color back in 2011.

Pretty much, it met and somewhat exceeded my expectactions; LONG wear, with a considerably less drying formula than its competitors in the field.  It's as close as I'm ever going to get to my fantasy of tattooed lips.

They have extended the shade offerings, 36 in all,  with 045 Wildberry comes close to my idea of a dream shade; a just bitten, natural looking lip.  I also love using it to lock my beloved MAC Soar Lip Pencil in place, basically, all day.


Friday, July 7, 2017

My Nails are Back!!! My 2 Step Recovery Program




I have pretty much, always had nails like granite.  Then one day, like your first rogue chin hair or the moment you think every publisher has changed their print to mice type, my once lovely nails, were splitting and bending.

It was then that I discovered Nailtiques Formula 2, a strengthener designed for weak brittle nails.  After that, I used it with routine and once again my nails flourished.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th of July!!!




Happy Independence Day Lovelies!

Fascinating Fact:  Both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence, (who both later served as Presidents of the United States), died on the same day,  July 4th, 1826, 50 years after the day they signed it!!!

Remarkable!

Do have a fun, safe and Happy 4th, however you are celebrating.  Our store, Mary Jane Denzer will be closed today in observation of the Holiday.

Enjoy...

xox,
DD

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Happy 4th Beautiful!



I recently blogged about my go-to leg tanning fave, Vita Liberate's Body Blur. I love everything about it except the $45 price tag.  Still, I cannot live without it, in the summer, when I tend to wear dresses daily.

I noticed my tube dwindling, so I decided to look on line and see if anyone would ship it to me free.

Well, not only did I find an online beauty company that ships everything free, always, they were also selling my beloved Body Blur for 25% less than everyone else!  This heavenly site is called Lovely Skin.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Review: Rimmel London #Insta Flawless

Rimmel London Insta Flawless
$7.99


When my friends at Tractenberg PR, told me about #Insta Flawless, a product Rimmel London describes as an illuminating "skin tint", my curiosity was piqued.  With SPF 15, and the promise of all day hydration, I thought it would be an interesting product to try, as the dog days of summer will soon be upon us.

#Insta Flawless comes in two shades; Light-Medium and Medium-Dark.  The Medium Dark works nicely, on my always a bit fake baked skin, but I'm sure others would prefer/need, the addition of a Dark shade.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Update: L'Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara

L'Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara
$10 (in the Hinterlands, somewhere...)



Well Lovelies, I told you the Internet was blowing up over this  Too Faced Better Than Sex dupe by L'Oreal.  Glamour just reviewed it just reviewed it and there editor was pleased with her results.

I finally got to CVS and was initially flummoxed not to find it among, maybe twenty different L'Oreal Mascara offerings, (if men wore mascara daily, there would be two choices from one product; waterproof and non-waterproof. Period.)

Then my brain cells kicked up a notch and went to the front of the store where the newest launches live... Voila!

I got lucky. There were only two left; one Black and the other Blackest Black. Guess which one I chose???? Riiiiiight.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

L'Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara--Is this the one???

L'Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara
$9.99 (ish)



Has it finally arrived??? My drugstore mascara Holy Grail??? Please, let it be so...

The Internet is blowing up over this Too Faced Better Than Sex dupe, offered by L'Oreal, and I can't wait to get my hands on it.  Bloggers as well as Vlogger's are singing it's praises for its ability to provide gorgeous length and volume, for a fraction of the price of the big guns.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

One to Skip! Charlotte Tilbury Overnight Bronze & Glow Mask

Charlotte Tilbury Overnight Bronze and Glow Mask
Gulp...$55

Oh my...how did I get suckered into this purchase???  No one to blame except Moi, who foolishly believed in the fairy tale of going to bed pasty and waking up looking like I spent a week at a spa in St. Bart's.

Granted, said transformation can take between one and three nights, but I'm here to tell you, on night four (and today, day one), I've got nada.  Additionally, there is a minuscule amount of product in this pretty tube.

Soooooo disappointing!!!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Combating Dark Circles



NYX Dark Circle Concealer
about $6.99


Well, yuk...I've always been lucky enough not to have an issue with dark circles. I'm a good sleeper and I'm not feeling particularly tired.  Usually just a swipe of any concealer would do the trick and a few days of vacation eliminated the need for using it at all.

Sadly, my luck seems to have run out!

Naturally, I needed a quick fix and fortunately, I found a simple two step solution. The first is a lucky, random find, the second, something I decided to order from Amazon, after reading a rave review on Makeup Alley.  Nicely, they are both inexpensive...Cheap and cheerful!

Yippee!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Happy Memorial Day! (Mary Jane Denzer is closed today)

Happy Start of Summer!





Sort of...Rain may be upon us, but why not kick back and relax anyway? 

Most importantly, Memorial Day is a holiday to remember those who died, serving our country. We owe them our thanks for their sacrifices to keep us safe.  May those who choose to do that everyday, be protected and come home safely to their families who love and honor them.

Wishing you a Happy Memorial Day and summer ahead! Is there anything nicer than long light filled days???

xox,
DD


Saturday, May 27, 2017

DivaDebbi's Best and Worst of Cannes Fashion 2017





Ok, Lovelies, I'm a bit behind, but still wanted to throw my 4 cents in on what I loved and what I loathed at Cannes this year.

Every Spring, stars, models and celebutantes make the glamorous trek to the Cannes International Film Festival.  Sprinkled over 12 days, films, of all genres, are previewed and judged.  And of course, so is the Red Carpet...

I like my Girls pretty and impeccable on the Red Carpet and for any event...  I think you can still push the fashion envelope without looking like a spectacle, don't you??? Beautiful fashion is what my partner Anastasia Cucinella and I always strive for, when buying for our store Mary Jane Denzer.

A few of my favorite picks were also later pans on the likes of Elle Fanning, Jessica Chastain, Diane Kruger, Bella Hadid and Uma Thurman.  Go figure!  Take a peek...

 LOVES:










(A remarkable mosaic)

(My FIRST EV-AH Tilda swoon, in her beloved Haider Ackermann)




Diane Kruger
Sublime!

Bella Hadid

Monday, May 22, 2017

3 Second Brow Eyebrow Stamp

3 Second Brow Eyebrow Stamp
$14.99 Bed Bath & Beyond

It was only a matter of time before Facebook figured out how to add ads of potential interest on our feeds.  About a month ago, I noticed that intermittently, advertisements for beauty products and gadgets would pop up in between photos of friends trips, birthday's and kids graduations.

Pretty much, they've got me...I find them irresistible not to open.  Hence, my discovery of 3 Second Brow Eyebrow Stamp.  Now this, I had to try...

Sunday, May 21, 2017

New Beginnings!

Debra OShea and Anastasia Cucinella
Co-Owners Mary Jane Denzer
White Plains, NY


Hello my Lovelies!!!

I know it's been way too long since I've last posted.  As many of you know, in January of this year, my partner Anastasia Cucinella and I became the new owners of Mary Jane Denzer in White Plains.  It's been a very busy and exciting time!  Here is a link to pictures of our New Owner's Celebration, which was covered by The Fairfield County Look. It was a wonderful night, that we celebrated with clients, friends, designers and our vendor partners.

During this respite from blogging, I even surpassed 2,000,000 pageviews, but didn't have a chance to celebrate and thank you, my lovely, loyal readers, so I shall do so now. Thank you!!!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Graduation Style

Graduation Day



Congratulations!!!  Your pride and joy is a graduate!!!  All of their graduation milestones are of course, important, but some ceremonies, due to formality, length or venue require extra care, in deciding what to wear.

There are definite dont's and they all begin with with adverb "too"; anything too bright, too short, too low cut, too tight, or too boldly printed will be out of place and might even embarrass your grad. Ditto, high heels particularly if it will be a long day and grass to conquer. 

IMO, this is a day to channel whatever your closest approximation of Kate Middleton is. The star of the day, is unquestionably, your child, so quiet, ladylike elegance is what is called for.

Paula Hian


Outdoor graduations in particular, can be tricky.  So much depends on weather, which can have us shivering one day and sweltering the next.  It's never a bad idea to have a something to add a bit of warmth, for too chilly air conditioning or a dip in temperatures.  I love Susan Bender's leather shrug which makes everything it's worn over look chicer.

Susan Bender Leather Shrug
(available Fall 2017 at Mary Jane Denzer)


David Kom


The easiest  way to look completely polished is to simply wear a dress.  A knit, in particular, is a great choice...it will look effortless and comfortable, especially if a long day is on tap; ceremony to celebration.  A foot friendly shoe,  like a wedge or a sandal with a chunky heel are the perfect pairing. 


Vicedomoni

Vicedomini


Raniarabella


And of course since this is such a memorable occasion, a new dress is in order!  It would be our joy to help you find something beautiful.  Call us at 914-328-0330 or visit us at at 7 Renaissance Square in White Plains at the Ritz Carlton.

Congratulations again. You've earned them!

(My thanks to Fairfield County Look for featuring this post in their Lifestyle section).

 



Monday, April 24, 2017

St. Ives Coconut Oil Scrub




St. Ives Coconut Oil Scrub
$6.99...ish



I've been pondering trying a cleansing oil for awhile...my biggest fear was that it would leave an oily residue that would make me feel like I needed to wash my face.  Ummm...Isn't that what I just tried to do???

It turns out that I absolutely LOVE  St. Ives Coconut Oil Scrub.  A few things; there is something really wonderful about the beautiful glow that you can achieve from, essentially, massaging your face for several minutes. A dime size amount is all you need.  I will admit, that in the beginning, I did do a quick light lather with Cetaphil soap, because I am a little nutty about feeling like my skin is scrupulously clean at the end of the day. Now that I've adapted, I am happy enough with just using the oil scrub on its own, which emulsifies once water is added.

I also do like to use it best when I'm showering, since the coconut shell powder that acts as the exfoliant, is a bit gritty and needs a really good rinse.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Mary Jane Denzer New Owner's Celebration

Co-Owners Debra OShea and Anastasia Cucinella
celebrating their new ownership of Mary Jane Denzer
White Plains, NY at the Ritz Carlton


Elaine Ubina of Fairfield County Look chronicled our New Owner's Celebration perfectly:

Debra OShea and Anastasia Cucinella are the new Co-Owners of Mary Jane Denzer in White Plains. Mary Jane Denzer has been a tri-state destination for the very best in good taste and haute couture for over 37 years.
OShea and Cucinella celebrated their new partnership with clients, designers family and friends at their Ritz Carlton location on Tuesday evening. The partners are celebrating their reputation for carrying exquisite evening wear.

ln their new venture, they will be buying fabulous clothes and accessories to suit a modern, woman’s  busy lifestyle, O’Shea said, “Mary Jane Denzer had an exquisite eye. She was known for supporting  and discovering up and coming designers globally and judiciously choosing only the best styles from each.” Cucinella added, “we will continue to do that on our trips to Europe and only buy the things that both excite and inspire us.  Our desire is to dazzle and always give you a reason to visit us and leave with something uniquely beautiful”.
Click here  to see photos of some of our wonderful clients, designers and friends, who came to wish us well. The support for our success as partners is greatly appreciated.  We are already off to a a wonderful start! We are confident, that the beautiful clothes and accessories we bought for Fall, including more casual offerings, will delight our clients and bring new ones to Mary Jane Denzer.

Come experience the extraordinary!

Monday, April 17, 2017

DivaDebbi's Ultimate Guide to Seasonal Closet Cleaning



I have to laugh!  I noticed that an article I had written back in 2012, which was updated from one of my earliest posts on "closet cleaning" is having a grand resurgence.

I scoured it to see what was so sage about my advice, and if it needed any updating.  Honestly???  None that I can see.  Everything stands!

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