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Sunday, June 28, 2015

In Miniature

In Miniature

Eylure Lashes; Get an eyeful

Eylure lashes $5.99 for a single pair 9.99 for a 3 pack

Here's the thing about me the kind of chickadee, who wouldn't dream of going to the grocery store without makeup; the opportunity to zhush things up when truly special occasion crop up is limited.

One of the tools that's left in my arsenal, is false lashes. I've tried a bunch, Ardell, which I think hark back to the 60's and have remained a drugstore fixture like Revlon's Cherries in the Snow, ever since, and more recently, Katy Perry's, line from Ulta.  I was excited to receive a pair of mink lashes to review as well...
The trouble was, no matter how I tried to trim and thin them, they still looked like road kill on me, simply a case of too much of a good thing.

I am also not a fan of a full strip of lashes. I could see wearing them if I was appearing on T.V. (Diane Sawyer is never on air without,) but for mere mortal wear, I find them overwhelming.   My method is to cut one lash in half, and apply it to the outer third of my eye, with the longest lashes extending out to the corner.

For me, it adds a touch of glamour without making me look, God forbid  like a Kardashian.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Living For the Weekend

Living For the Weekend

Murad's Radiance Duo; All about the glow

Murad Advanced Active Radiance Serum
Murad Essential-C Day Moisturizer

I'm often asked what is my favorite serum.  I think the best answer is the one I circle back to most often, Murad's Advanced Active Radiance Serum. At $89 for one fluid oz, it's pricey, but not as pricey as my once beloved Skinceuticals Ferulic Acid Serum.  (And Lord knows, it smells better!)

The immediate glow, literally makes my skin look lit from within.  Could you ask for more?

In May, I received a gift from Murad, as a reminder of Skin Cancer Awareness month. It included the Advanced Active Radiance Serum, their Essential-C Day Moisturizer with SPF 30 and sweetly, a pair of bright orange sunglasses.

Saturday, June 20, 2015



Sleek by divadebbi featuring a flower stem

Flashback Friday: Benefit's gimme BROW

Benefit Gimme Brow
Originally $22 creeping up to $24...but worth it

I love getting calls from my GF's when they are excited about their latest beauty find.  They usually want me to try it so I can blog about it and share it with my readers.  Such was the case when my pal Monica called after spending some time at a Benefit store in the NYC and being schooled on the charms of gimme BROW.

"Oh yes, gimme BROW is great...I wrote about it over 2 years ago", I blithely replied....but then it occurred to me--if it was so good, why had I moved on and tried at least another 4 products since then?

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Untitled #1016

Untitled #1016

Lancome Miracle Cushion Foundation; A knockout

Lancome Miracle Cushion Foundation
11 Shades $46.50
Refills available for $39

There has been a tremendous amount of buzz about Lancome's Miracle Cushion Foundation as being a completely new, portable foundation.

Actually, Pur Minerals beat them to the punch, with their Pur Minerals Air Perfection Cushion Compact Foundation.  I wrote about it, with love, back in September.  Available in only 3 shades, I was riding the crest of my summer color and was using the "tan" shade...Too dark for my winter pallor and relegated to the back of a drawer, I honestly forgot about it.

Friends had been raving about the light-medium coverage and glow they were getting with Lancome's Miracle Cushion Foundation, so needless to say, I had to try it for myself, STAT.

I blogged last week about having some really good skin days and teased that I was also testing out an unarmed foundation. Since  I also started using Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer at the exact same time,  I couldn't be sure if my great results were from the primer, the foundation or the 1-2 punch of the two together...I'm pretty sure it's the latter, so be prepared to invest in both.

I can say the exact same thing about both products, "it's a snap to use, the cool, lovely texture blends seamlessly and with ease. In seconds, your skin will appear as close to flawless, as it might ever be. Score 1 for Lancome, Miracle Cushion Foundation, that it is also infused with treatment ingredients to hydrate and brighten.

Truly, it's such a simple concept, that makes so much long as we are applying something to our face, why shouldn't it also provide benefits?  Amiright???

DivaDebbi wearing Lancome Miracle Foundation in Buff 220

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Wondering about NYX Wonder Pencils?

NYX Wonder Pencil
When it comes to beauty products, I love hearing about whatever my friends, relatives, colleagues, readers, and now instructors are swooning over.

Whenever possible, I attend Emma Swain's Saturday Mat Pilates class at Equinox Greenwich.  Not only is she fabulous teacher, whose "booty extravaganza" never fails to bring me to the brink of tears, her giddy, witty, repertoire makes the hour pass in a blink, thank God.

Somehow, after class last week we got onto the subject of beauty products and she quickly jotted down the web address for DivaDebbi. Emma is a fan of NYX Wonder Pencils. She pointed out, just how useful a point can be in the art and artifice of concealment.

Polka Dots circa 2015

Polka Dots circa 2015

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

I'm Primed: Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer

Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer
3 sizes: $18, $52 $72

Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer is one of those products that women talk about it hushed whispers, irrationally, I imagine, so as not to diminish its magical powers. Of the thousands of reviews on Sephora's website, a whopping 2/3rds of their nearly 3,000 reviewers gave it 5 stars. Unheard of...

I'm not necessarily inclined to want to add another layer of stuff to my daily routine as we head into stickier weather, but if it keeps my morning application in place and minimizes touch ups, I'm game.

Frugality is not a long suit of mine, but I could just never pull the trigger on spending $52 on a primer. Fortune smiled on me during a recent Sephora run, when I spotted Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer in their new $18 travel size pump. This was too much to resist.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

One to Skip: Cover FX Custom Color Drops

Cover FX Custom Color Drops
Like others who purchased Cover FX Custom Color Drops, I was enamored with the concept; customizing your foundation...How novel.

Want full coverage? Use it straight up.  A tinted moisturizer? Mix a few drops with your favorite moisturizer or serum. More coverage? Add a few more drops. Less? Vise versa. The potential for use as a multi-tasker sounded good, plus I liked the idea of playing chemist.

The first challenge was selecting a shade. Sephora had a large selection of shades of Cover FX Custom Color Drops to choose from, (though I counted a whopping 24 online.)

Nothing seemed to match my skin tone, which has yellow undertones.  Oddly the only thing that came close was from the pink hues.  I struggled for about 15 minutes before choosing.


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