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Monday, December 5, 2016

IT Celebration Illumination Foundation

Jamie Kern, IT Cosmetics Founder

Talk about American success stories!  Jamie Kern, is former news anchor, who started creating her own cosmetics when nothing would cover her Rosacea. With the advent of HD TV became the norm exposing every flaw, finding a fix became Jamie's passion

Fast forward 10 years, this past summer L'Oreal purchased IT Cosmetics, for over $1 billion dollars!!!  Allure did a great feature on Kern if you would like to read more about her inspiring tale.  I recently blogged about IT's new Bye Bye Eye Illuminating Waterproof Concealer.  I am IN LOVE with it, and I am now using what's left on my finger pads as a shadow primer.)

I happened upon Jamie, doing what she does very well, on QVC one night...selling her brand.  I really appreciate that she uses models of all ages and ethnicity's to demonstrate her cosmetics on. What caught my attention???

The way every pore and flaw disappeared on every models, with just a few swirl of IT Celebration Illumination Foundation.  I am very much enjoying my Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, but I thought, "wouldn't it be nice to have something portable, that might provide enough color in the "Tan" shade, than having to apply Stila 3 in 1 Bronzing Mousse on top of it?"

It Celebration Illumination Foundation
 at ULTA  (I purchased it on QVC and got the brush with it
for the bargain price of $48 for the set.)

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Tom Ford's Nocturnal Animals

Amy Adam's NOT in Tom Ford, in Tom Ford's
noir thriller Nocturnal Animals

A funny thing happened on the way to see Manchester by the Sea...My husband and I were astonished to see a line a block long.  This is not a common suburban experience, in fact, I have no memory of ever having seen this outside of NYC.

Unfortunately, it was sold out.

Fortunately, it was a small theatre, that tends to book smaller films for thinking people; our fallback was the critically acclaimed Loving or Tom Ford's stylish, neo noir thriller Nocturnal Animals.

Given the choice, how could I resist see Ford's new film? Inevitably, no matter what the plot, there would be gorgeous interiors, attractive people and stylish clothing, beautifully worn. (A stunning contrast to the film's opening scenes.)

It is all that, and more, simultaneously, a thriller and a tale of how empty all of those expensive trappings can be, if loveless.

Interestingly, Ford, made the deliberate choice not to feature his own clothes in the film, though the polished, sleek aesthetic of designs by Chanel, Gucci, Dior, Miu Miu, Celine and Marc Jacobs, could easily be mistaken for Ford's own.

Ford deliberately did not want the film to appear as an advertorial for his brand, choosing to keep his creative and intellectual talents as Designer and Director, separate.


Of course that doesn't rule out the stylish cast, which includes Amy Adams, , Isla Fisher, Ellie Bamber (clearly Ford loves his red heads; Julianne Moore also starred in his first film A Single Man) and Laura Linney from appearing in Ford's clothes at the Premiers for Nocturnal Animals.

It's a good film, that like what the good ones do, keeps you thinking about it, long after you have left the theatre.  In addition to Manchester by the Sea and Loving to look forward to,  there is also Jackie, starring the magnificent Natalie Portman as Jackie Kennedy, they day after her husband's assassination.

After a dearth of good films, it's a pleasure to have something to look forward to this holiday season. Today's treat?  The Greenwich Ballet Academy's production of the Nutcracker at the White Plains City Center.  I'm glad we purchased tickets for it ahead of time, since it is completely sold out.

Greenwich Ballet Academy's production of the Nutcracker
White Plains City Center

Note to those movie tix ahead of time too.  Seems I'm not the only one starved not just for eye candy and popcorn, but brain candy too...


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving and Great Beauty Steals and Deals

I love Thanksgiving, don't you?  Family, food, traditions and did I mention FOOD???  This definitely the one day of the year that I don't think about resisting anything.  TG is pretty much a carb and savory feast, and if you are going to slip one day a year, I think this is the one to go for.

This is our first Thanksgiving without my beloved mother Joan. I remember all of my life waking up to the smells of her gorgeous turkey. In those days we were an enormous group with bigger appetites.  How is it possible that we also had turkey soup, antipasto and a pasta course in additional to a traditional dinner and enough desserts to rival your average diner? Wonderful memories!

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are not just about flat screen T.V.s and down vests.  The beauty biz wants their share of your wallet too..

The Huffington Post did a nice, alphabetically listed, round up, of Black Friday and Cyber Monday Beauty Steals and Deals. O.K., there were a few brands I've never heard of...plenty I did.  Click here  to see them all.

A few more:

Clinique:  25% off plus free shipping, with code 25OFF

Tarte Cosmetics- 25% off plus free shipping on all orders over $25 with code FRIYAY.

Stila- 25% off plus free shipping.  The perfect time to buy my new and forever Holy Grail Mascara Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara.

Dr. Brandt Skincare- Is offering a whopping 45% off for Black Friday. If your a fan, here's your opportunity to restock and and enjoy amazing savings.

So many online temptations abound!  I'm going to enjoy my guests and put my little hand held magic machine away for the day...remember when people actually made eye contact and had conversations??? I'm thinking about collecting everyone's smart phones at the door while I hang up their coats.

That would truly be nostalgic!  Wishing you all safe travels, Happy Turkey, a moratorium on politics and a wonderful day. I'm thankful for most of my family, my amazing friends and colleagues, and you, my lovely, loyal readers...


Sunday, November 20, 2016

Think You Can't Wear Red Lipstick??? Think Again...

Anne Hathaway

Penelope Cruz

You know who....

I could never figure out why red lipstick looked so garish and ghoul like on me. Plenty of blondes, and some notable brunettes, like the ones above, look stunning with a bold red lip...What was I doing so wrong???

Saturday night was the Greenwich Hospital Gala. This years honoree, was Dr. James Sabetta.  Apparently, this incredibly skilled Dr., is the Sherlock Holmes of infectious diseases.  When everyone else is flummoxed, Dr. Sabetta is your dude. Good To Know.  The theme for the event was "Moulin Rouge", which in my mind, could only call for a red dress and conversely, a red lip.

What to do???

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

THIS is HUGE!!! Stila HUGE Extreme Lash Mascara

Stila HUGE Extreme Lash Mascara

Suffice to say, "HUUUGE" is not one of my favorite adjectives...let's just leave it at that...

I was at Sephora the other day to take advantage of my VIB Rouge 20% off perk. I ''needed" nothing, but figured I would stock up on a few faves, one of them being Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara.

I will never pass up an opportunity to sample a new mascara, so I asked them to use some of my beauty points towards a sample of Stila HUGE Extreme Lash Mascara.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

belif The true cream-aqua bomb

Belif  The True Cream-Aqua Bomb
$38 Sephora
Are you familiar with the term K-Beauty?  K-Beauty refers to the trend of Korean skin care products, often in the form of 10-step nightly rituals, followed by a 20 minute mask....and I thought I spent a lot of time doing my toilette!

I received a sample of Belif The true cream-aqua bomb, with a Sephora purchase and some of my VIB Rouge points. (Brilliant marketing. I've boomeranged dozens of times to purchase the full product of my samples.)

Well, this was a delicious find!  This fantastic gel refreshed my skin, hydrated it deeply with zero residue and left me glowing...all day.

I already knew I wasn't going to risk running it out of it, so I went running back to purchase it.  The packaging and font made me think that what I sampled was actually something from Philosophy.  When I couldn't find it, I asked for assistance and was directed to the K-Beauty section of select products from different brands....Interesting...

"Uh oh", I asked..."what am I in for?"  I'm both familiar and comfortable with Philosophy's price points...what was I in for???  Imagine my delight, to find out that Aqua Bomb is sweetly priced at $38!!!

Done and done.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Maybelline Brow Precise Fiber Volumizer

Well, that's a mouthful...but I can look past it.  I'm a fan of Maybelline's brow products, as well as Benefit's Gimme Brow, because it's fiber infused.  What I don't like about is the price.
Maybelline Brow Precise Fiber Volumizer
About 10.99. Available in 5 shades

I've been waiting patiently for someone from the mass arena; L'Oreal, Maybelline, Revlon, Cover Girl et al, to create a brow product with fibers. It's such a no brainer...don't most women want fuller brows?  And Gimme Brow was an quantifiable hit.  Finally, it's here.

TY budget beauty Gods!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

15 Fabulous Celeb Makeup Looks for Fall

The beautiful Joan Smalls.  At first glance I thought it was J.Lo.
E tu?
I like  I tired of the formulaic glossy years ago, but online, its quite a nice read and I check in on it often. Today they ran an article on 15 of the best celebrity makeup and hair looks for Fall.

It makes a good case for considering things like matte lips in shades of burgundy and brick,  smokey eyes in scarlet hues, moonlit skin, glossy bangs, platinum bobs and gold washed lids. Overall, they looked fantastic! Faves, besides Joan, included Anna Kendrick, Mandy Moore and Brie Larson.

Blue lips??? Ya, well, let's all just take a pass on that one, shall we???

Worth a peek. It all looked very fresh and as promised, inspiring. I have already been dabbling with plum and claret shadows...Who knows, maybe there is a matte lip in my future.

E tu???


Thursday, October 20, 2016

THIS IS IT! IT Bye Bye Eye Under Eye Illuminating Waterproof Concealer

 Bye Bye Eye Under Eye Illuminating Waterproof Concealer
                                                           4 Shades $24

Okay, Okay, I know...I might be starting to lose some cred with all of you Lovelies about flip flopping about my favorite concealers.

I thought I was loving Tarte's Shape Tape, but I noticed lately that I was looking tired, midday, requiring a touch up.  It was almost like the concealer was breaking through.

When I was at Sephora the other day I asked Marlene, the Assistant General Manager for some recommendations; I wanted full coverage, but none of the creasing and caking.  She recommended a new product from IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer.  An upgrade that brightens, if both full coverage and waterproof.

I tried the Medium, which is on the lighter side, always my preference.  The creators recommend choosing Medium if you are unsure, since it's the most popular shade.


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