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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

RoC Rocks!

When it comes to respected leaders in anti-aging beauty RoC Skincare, delivers visible results  affordably -- no wonder it is beloved by women the world over.

One of the first skincare lines to incorporate Retinol, the long proven wrinkle fighter,  RoC Skincare is frequently sited as a favorite by experts and Dermatologists.

I recently wrote about former beauty executive Andrea Q. Robinson's new book  Toss the Gloss (  She too recommends RoC, siting  RoC Retinol Correction Deep Wrinkle Serum as a highly effective anti-aging tool for your arsenal. I love it too and frequently slather it on my face, neck, chest and hands.

Kate Moss for TopShop/ Polyvore Top Set for May 1,2014

Kate Moss for TopShop

Topshop dress / Aquazzura high heels stiletto / Armani Jeans tote bag /

Style icon Kate Moss has collaborated on a capsule collection for TopShop, based on some of her personal faves from her own closet.  This is a wholelotta look for $150, but most of it is already sold out.  The accessories are available on FarFetch, my newest affiliate.

Thank you Polyvore for choosing to feature this on your homepage as a Top Set.



Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Self Magazine's Best of Skincare List

  • I'm a sucker for 'Best of Beauty' lists and couldn't resist clicking on the favorites that Yahoo posted courtesy of Self Magazine today.  It's an interesting mix of Mass, Class and Niche products, with plenty of them weighing in on the "cheap and cheerful" price spectrum.

  • Nice!

    Had to share...

    (Photo: iStock)

    Real talk: It takes an arsenal of beauty products to be "no-makeup" pretty. Kind of daunting when you consider that more than 1,807 new ones were launched in the past year alone. So we enlisted 1,629 reader-testers to do the legwork for you.
    Check out the12 best skincare winners that will help you achieve that 'no-makeup' look before summer.

    (Courtesy of C&C)
    Best Gentle Cleanser:
    Clean & Clear Morning Burst Hydrating Facial Cleanser, $5.50
    At last, a truly egalitarian, good-for-all-skin-types face wash. The cucumber-scented gel formula left readers' skin "refreshed and not dry" and even "moisturized after use."
    One raved: "The little beads made my skin feel so clean and exfoliated."

    (Courtesy of Elizabeth Arden)
    Best Antiaging Cleanser:
    Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging Treatment Boosting Cleanser, $39.60
    If you like your cleanser with benefits, meet your holy grail. Pricey, yes, but you won't need a separate exfoliator—this foaming cream contains a one-two punch of sloughing bamboo beads and a dead cell-dissolving enzyme. Plus, there's shea butter and glycerin to soften skin.
    "The slightly gritty texture was wonderful—I felt like it was really deep-cleaning my face," a tester enthused.

    (Courtesy of Yes to Carrots)

    Best Cleasing Wipes:
    Yes to Carrots Fragrance Free Gentle Cleansing Wipes, $6

    The busy (or sleepy, or um, just lazy) girl's lifesaver, these "soft, thick" fragrance-free towelettes "remove more dirt" and "cleanse my face better" than other wipes, two fans reported.
    A plethora of soothing, nourishing natural extracts—aloe, chamomile, jasmine—even leave behind "a healthy, youthful glow."

    (Courtesy of Clarins)Best Eye Treatment:
    Clarins Extra-Firming Eye Lift Perfecting Serum
    , $61

    This moisturizing fluid targets the stubborn eye area trifecta: dark circles, puffiness and crow's-feet—immediately by tightening with an oat sugar film and over time with circulation boosters like caffeine.
    "I could see noticeable results and coworkers even made comments," one tester marveled. Another: "I have both dark circles and bags under my eyes, and the serum lessened the appearance of both."

    Monday, April 28, 2014

    Fashion Flash Monday

    This week the lovely Cindy Ingalls of Prime Beauty Blog hosted Fashion Flash.
    To see what our fab group of 40+ bloggers were writing about please click here.

    Topics this week include:

    • A fabulous RoC giveway
    • Black & White, a plus size Girls best fashion look for Spring
    • Get moving! Every choice we make to do more instead of less benefits us
    • Is there a true "beauty vitamin"?  Find out...
    • Clicks and Clacks--what's the deal with all of those popping joints?
    • Shape up in an instant, with Hourglass Shapewear
    • Are you sitting on a pile of cash? Find out how to consign your unused treasures at The RealReal


    Sunday, April 27, 2014

    Book Review: Toss the Gloss

    Toss the Gloss by Andrea Q. Robinson
    Adorably illustrated by Chelsea McLaren

    Oh, this is a fun and informative read!  Originally, I pre-ordered Toss the Gloss through Amazon. When I realized the book version won't be out until mid May, I couldn't wait, so I had it whisked to my Kindle instead.

    I might have erred, because this is a tome you will highlight and dog ear with turned back pages. I've bookmarked my Kindle version, but I'm not sure if there is an abridged way to pull them all back up... and there are plenty. BTW, I'm only 46% through.

    Ms. Robinson has had a most illustrious career in the beauty industry, rising from a beauty editor at Vogue to the President of Ultima II, (she created, "The Nakeds" presaging Bobbi Brown by well over a decade), Chief Marketing Officer of Estee Lauder and President of both Ralph Lauren Fragances and Tom Ford Beauty.

    It's pithy and brutally honest. No doubt the fur is flying behind closed doors as she spills the truth about the industry.   Certain things that you will learn you can't unlearn; like the fact that the cosmetic giants that own multiple brands only invest in one set of chemists. Thus the breakthrough ingredient in a Lancôme skincare blockbuster (like Genefique) might later be used but remarketed in a "new" launch from L'Oreal,  ie. the much less pricey Youth Code. Sure we all knew they shared the mascara lab, but even I hadn't made the leap to skincare.

    Oh and ouch.


    Saturday, April 26, 2014

    Stila Color Balm Lipstick

    Stila Color Balm Lipstick

    OMG this is a divine lipstick! I have been on the hunt for a new lipstick for about a month now.  Nothing satisfied me. I can tell at a glance if the any of the shades in palette line up are in my wheel house.  Perfumed lipsticks are out and I have found the new spate of liquid lipsticks with sponge tipped applicators to be both dry and tacky.

    Stila Color Balm Lipstick is a gorgeous hybrid between a full pigment lipstick and and a rich emollient balm.  It is infused with peppermint oil which feels just the slightest bit tingly. The organic sunflower based peptides leaves the lips feeling smooth and hydrated and as a result, fuller looking.

    What's not to love???

    Thoroughly Modern

    Pretty in the City

    Friday, April 25, 2014

    Flashback Friday: Skinn Cosmetics Eyeshadow

    Skinn Cosmetics  Eyeshadow Palette
    Sometimes, I find the best place to shop for cosmetics is among my stash. Last March, I was sent this gorgeous palette called "Seduction" from creator and founder Dimitri James Skinn Cosmetics collection.

    I was unfamiliar with the brand and Dimitri, though they both make frequent appearances on HSN.  Dimitri was a well known makeup artist for many years before starting his own company.

    When he did, his goal was to combine luxurious products with rich anti-aging collagen boosting peptides--good plan!  It's such a no-brainer to combine the two, it's almost hard to conceive it's not the norm, though we are getting there.


    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

    Review: L'Oreal Boost It High Lift Creation Spray

    L'Oreal Boost It High Lift Creation Spray
    Is there a drugstore that's open 24 hours in your neighborhood?  If so, I suggest you hop in your car now and run to go purchase L'Oreal Boost It High Lift Creation Spray. Quite possibly, it's already sold out.

    Big hair must be making a comeback. Works for me...Last week I wrote about Conair's new Volume & Styling Comb, (genius) and now THIS.


    Sunday, April 20, 2014

    Fashion Flash Monday

    It's Fashion Flash Monday again! I hope all those who celebrated Easter enjoyed their family time. What a lovely Spring day!

    This week Mirabai Holland of Moving Free With Mirabai is our host. Please click here to see what our group of experts are sharing with you this week.  Topics include:

    • Help find plus size prom dresses
    • Two new Dove products 
    • Natural products to celebrate Earth Day
    • The nose "knows"; how scent effects us all day, everyday
    • Roseacea- cause, effect and some help
    • Enhancing your lashes without the sting and redness that often ensues
    • Staying in shape on your time and at a special savings


    Because I'm Happy...

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

    Review: Olay Regenerist Luminous Brightening Cleanser

    Olay Regenerist Luminous Brightening Cleanser
    $9.99 or thereabout
    I have noticed a new beauty buzz word of late--"brightening" has made its way into the skincare lexicon...

    Olay Regenerist Luminous Brightening Cream Cleanser was flitting around in my "to try" consciousness.  I have now used up three tubes of my beloved Hada Labo Cleanser and was teetering on the edge of curiosity and laziness.  ( Hada Labo requires a trip to Ulta.)

    Laziness won.

    Happy Easter!!!

    Happy Easter!!!

    Moschino Cheap Chic pink stripe dress / Lauren Ralph Lauren top, $200 / Jimmy Choo black sandals / MCM pink purse / Hermès enamel bracelet / Lisa Battaglia floppy hat / Philosophy rose perfume, $67 /

    Wishing my family, friends and readers who celebrate, a lovely Easter! 

    Enjoy your families.


    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

    Mineral Fusion Lip Gloss

    Mineral Fusion Lip Gloss
    $11.99 at Whole Foods

    Oh my.  I just discovered a whole new world of beauty to discover at Whole Foods.  

    I've always liked Whole Foods, but the one closest to me is in a mall.  I have google searched "Mall Phobia" before...surely it must qualify to be entered into the diagnostic manual for psychological disorders and I can't be the only one who suffers from it.

    It has something to do with the fear of never finding my car or the exit again...

    Nonetheless, a new Whole Foods was recently built near me and it is blissfully sleek, large and free standing. Hallelujah.

    I also discovered their two beauty aisles gleaming with natural lotions, potions and cosmetics. I've been looking for a new lipstick lately and surprisingly, I couldn't find a single one at two Sephora's or CVS that appealed.

    The entire display for Mineral Fusion Cosmetics looked tempting.  All of the colors are gorgeous neutrals that look like they would flatter everyone. I took a shot and selected "Dazzle" a rich, rosy nude with a hint of shimmer (second from left above.)

    Vintage Modern

    Kiernan: The Beauty of Youth

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

    Is It Summer Yet???

    Holy Grail Alert: L'Oreal Lash Out Butterfly Mascara

    L'Oreal's Lash Out Butterfly Macara
    11.99 at CVS in Greenwich
    8.99 in Tulsa

    OMG!!! The Cheap & Cheerful mascara of my dreams is finally among us.

    L'Oreal Lash Out Butterfly has been on my radar for a couple of months.  I first read about it on my friend Kari from Fab Over Forty's blog.  Kari has great lashes and prefers premium mascaras.  She raved about L'Oreal Lash Out Butterfly and as she sagely pointed out, Lancome owns and creates L'Oreal products, so truly, how bad could it be?

    I spied it at CVS but held off since I still had quite a cache of mascaras to run through first.  Then sister Loren purchased it and loved it as well;  she couldn't wait to tell me she had officially broken up with Benefit's They're Real Mascara.

    Monday, April 14, 2014

    The Big Tease: Conair Volume & Styling Comb

    Conair Volume & Styling Comb

    I've said it before and I will say it again, if I could have a Bump-It surgically implanted to the back of my head I would.  Ever since I saw the original Bonnie & Clyde with Faye Dunaway, at the peak of her beauty, I've been obsessed with a little height at the crown of the hair.

    Faye Dunaway as Bonnie in Bonnie & Clyde
    I have purchased dozens of "lift" and "teasing" combs over the years, and I can handily find one in any clutch or handbag I open.  Some have a long "rat tail" end, for strategically creating an nonstrategic part. Other's have a spray of 5 talons at the end like a gap tooth "Afro pick".

    Do they get the job done?

    True Style is Innate

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

    Fashion Flash Monday

    This week,  Kari from  Fab Over Forty is hosting Fashion Flash.  Please click on this link to see what we are buzzing about this week.

    Topics include:

    • Sifting through the sea of primers and finding a Holy Grail
    • Springs best dress styles for your body type
    • Lighten Up! Spring cleaning tips without the toil
    • How sleep effects your dieting efforts
    • Tips for plus size hosiery wearers
    • How to layer your skin care products
    • How much product to you need to use for maximum benefit
    • Giving your under eye concealer a lift


    Simpler Pleasures

    Friday, April 11, 2014

    Dr. Fredric Brandt: The Face Behind the Face

    Dr. Fredric Brandt
    Injector to the Stars

    Two weeks ago, the NY Times ran an article about celebrity dermatologist Dr. Frederic Brandt, entitled, "The Man Behind the Face".  Frankly, I have a bit of trouble getting past, "the Face Behind the Face".

    Dr. Brandt, 64, freely admits that he injects himself with all the tools in his anti-aging arsenal that he uses on patients; Botox, Restalyne, Juvaderm, Perlane and Voluma.

    Asked about his own use of fillers and whether or not he thinks he is over zealous, Dr. Brandt said,“I’ve been kind of a pioneer in pushing the limits to see how things work and what the look would be,” “Would I change anything I’ve done? I might not have used as much Botox, because you don’t want to look quite as frozen” (as a mackerel.)

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

    Vita Liberata Luxury Tan Lotion

    Vita Liberata Luxury Tan Lotion
    5.07 oz. $54
    Who knew???

    First, that it is possible that there is a self tanner on the market that I didn't know about. Second, that the one I never knew about, purportedly lasts from 2-3 WEEKS!

    I was at Sephora yesterday making a return.  In a hurry, I had bought a very pretty Giorgio Armani lipstick.  What I hadn't anticipated was the heavy unpalatable perfume taste.

    Just NO.

    While I was returning it, the cashier gave the woman ahead of me sample of Vita Liberata Luxury Tan Lotion and mentioned how long lasting it is intended to be.
    Ummm, me next please!!!


    Monday, April 7, 2014

    Pink and Blue

    Fashion Flash Monday

    It's Fashion Flash Monday! Jodell Raymond from Black Cat Plus is hosting this week. Please click on this link  to see what our savvy group was blogging about:

    • Spring Fashion; the black and white trend as well as blooming color,
    • Shopping in your pantry for beauty and health tips 
    • A surprise confession
    • An account of how getting fit can truly change your life
    • Celebrity  plastic surgery gone awry!
    • A L'eggs promotion for you to enter


    Sunday, April 6, 2014

    Review: Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster

    Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster
    $30 (lasts about 3 mos.)

    I love beauty product innovations and the appreciate all the effort that goes into taking a great idea and bringing into market.  The very first company to create a self tanning product was Coppertone, with the introduction of "QT" for Quick Tan back in the 60's.

    Problem was, the tan was more of a butternut squash hue, permanently staining a generation of sunless tanners would be's, with a fear of  a tans in a can.

    My first self tanning experience was with Clarins Self Tanning Milk with SPF 6. It did not have a harsh chemical smell and it left me golden. I used it for years and I'm not quite sure why I stopped...perhaps it was when the cheap and cheerful mass products like Jergens Natural Glow were introduced.

    Clarins newest launch, Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster should prove to be a game changer--and will definitely be imitated.  I immediately went to Sephora to sample it, but they were eagerly awaiting it's arrival as well.

    Be Kind

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

    Love in Bloom

    Lancome Loves Lupita

    Description: Description: LOGO

    Lupita Nyong’o
    New Lancôme Ambassadress

    And don't we all???  I can't remember the last time I was charmed by any newcomer on the Red Carpet as much as Lupita.   Her appearances at the awards trifecta-Golden Globes, Emmy's and Academy Awards left Lupita fans breathless, me among them.

    It was only a matter of moments before one of the the leading luxury beauty or fashion brands signed her as an Ambassadress.  Kudos to Lancome for winning the race.

    Lupita said, "I am truly honored to join the Maison Lancôme, a brand with such a prestigious history that I have always loved. I am particularly proud to represent its unique vision for  women and the idea that beauty should not be dictated, but should instead be an expression of a woman's freedom to be herself.” 

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

    Sonia Kushak Satin Luxe Lipcolor

    Sonia Kushak Satin Luxe Lipcolor

    I love an excuse for a good Target run.  Seasonal allergy sufferers take note: Target's generic Claritin, is one of the best bargain's on the planet.  I picked up a 4 mos. supply of 120 Loratadine tablets for $13.59--compare that with Claritin's 24 tablets for $19.99. I'm not one to pinch pennies, but this is just too good not to travel for.

    Once there, I do a ridiculous amount of damage. Believe me, Tarzshay never loses a dime on me. I always like to check out Sonia Kashuk Beauty.  I think she does a knock out job of creating beautifully packaged, well priced products in a Bobbi Brownesque palette.



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