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Monday, September 22, 2014

Fashion Flash Monday



It's Fashion Flash Monday!  Cindy Ingalls of Prime Beauty Blog is our host this week.  As always, we strive to bring you our best post on beauty, fashion and lifestyle for women over 40.

Topics this week include:

  • Can you get laser like results in a bottle
  • The beauty benefits of honey
  • A Holy Grail Lipstick for Fall
  • Stress busters you can do everyday
  • Fall beauty shortcuts.
Please click here to read them all.

Enjoy!!!

xox,
DD

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Pur Minerals Air Perfection Cushion Compact Foundation


Pur Minerals Air Perfection CC Foundation
(Light, Medium and Tan, pictured above)
 $30

I am a huge Pur Minerals makeup fan, so when my friends at Tractenberg PR asked if I wanted to sample their new Air Perfection Cushion Compact Foundation , I pounced.

Available in just 3 shades, light, medium and tan, I opted for tan, since I tend to fake bake year round.  When I opened the clever packaging, (that keeps the sponge applicator cleanly separated), I thought I might of erred. Even with it's spongy air infused texture, I still thought my face might read a bit praline... it turns out, my worries were unfounded.

Air Perfection Cushion Compact Foundation, is quite different from any formula I have ever tried. This portable, "lighter than air" foundation, utilizes, "an innovative liquid-dispensing cushion, that delivers high quality, sheer to medium coverage with a unique mousse-like texture".

Literally, I couldn't have said that better...

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Infusium 23 Repair & Renew

Infusium Repair and Renew
Shampoo ($7.99) Conditioner ($7.99) and Leave-in Treatment($8.99)

Infusium 23 is a product that has been around for a loonnng. Originally, as I recall it, it was only a leave-in treatment.  I purchased it years ago, under the guise that a classic product might also be a great one, particularly since it is so well priced.

I remember being confused by the texture...it literally feels like water, which makes applying it a bit of a conundrum. What makes much more sense, would be to 'infuse' it, in a spray bottle.

Imagine my surprise when doing a little research, that it is also offered this way, which I always thought would make much more sense. Once I transferred the product into a mini spray bottle I now reap its nourishing benefits and use it on both wet and dry hair.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Fashion Flash Monday




Mirabai Holland, blogger and Huffington Post contributor, who writes Moving Free with Mirabai, is our Fashion Flash Host this week.

As always, we strive each week to bring you new insights on beauty, health and wellness for women over 40.

To see what we've cooked up this week, please click here.

Enjoy!

xox,
DD

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Bobbi Brown Italian Rose Creamy Lip Color; The Search is OVER


Bobbi Brown's Italian Rose Creamy Lip Color
$26
For as long as I can remember, I have purchased a new lipstick nearly every week. Sometimes they're class, sometimes they're mass...but it has all occurred expressively with one goal in mind; to find my HOLY GRAIL lipstick.

It has eluded me until now.  That's more years and more tubes than I care to tally. It required 4 separate shopping trips to find my new love, Bobbi Brown Italian Rose Lip Color.  My usual haunts, Sephora, Saks in Greenwich and Blue Mercury in Rye, were all sold out.  If Bloomingdale's was also going to disappoint me, I swear, the tester might 'accidentally' have ended up in my handbag.

So what is my idea of the "perfect lipstick"???

Thursday, September 11, 2014

FC aka Catherine Kallon of Red Carpet Fashion Awards

FC aka Catherine Kallon of Red Carpet Fashion Awards



Giambattista Valli flower pattern dress, $4,060 / Giambattista Valli collarless coat
Jimmy Choo strap sandals, $625 / Anya Hindmarch leather purse


The absolutely divine Catherine Kallon,  creator of the uber successful website, Red Carpet Fashion Awards, was in NYC from London for Fashion Week.  Every day, she treated us to an assemblage of irresistibly chic street style. I adore this Giambattista  Valli coat and dress ensemble she wore the other day. 


When I spotted it on her site, where I am a frequent visitor and commentor,  I told her I was inspired to create a Polyvore set to celebrate it. Not surprisingly, hundreds of images from her Red Carpet Fashion Awards are clipped by Polyvore users to incorporate into their fashion sets.  I think it's only fair to give her an homage!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Altuzarra Spring 2015

Altuzarra Spring 2015



Joseph Altuzarra's show was one of my absolute faves of the Spring 2015 Fashion Week. Some how he managed to make every look both demure and sexy and as always, thoroughly modern.

Lovefest...

To see the show in it's entirety, click on this link to Style.com. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Fashion Flash Monday



It's Fashion Flash Monday and my friend Kari, who writes Fab Over Forty  is our host.  Since it's Fashion Week in New York, several in our fabulous group chose to focus on fashion.  Please click here to see what we were up to this week.

I included my link on Pur's Red Wine Mask, something I recently tried and loved.

Enjoy!

xox,
DD

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Ralph Rucci Rules

Ralph Rucci Rules





Mr. Cool delighted his adoring lovelies, Iris Apfel and Carmen Dell 'Orifice in an exquisite Spring 2015 show, that predominantly featured black and white. No one does day and night chic, better than Ralph. Loved it!

All...

xox,
DD

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Mad for Plaid

Benefit Erase Paste

Benefit Erase Paste
3 shades $26

Usually, any seasonal change is a perfect excuse for me to refresh my cosmetics stash. The odd thing is, that the last two weeks in NY are finally feeling like the summers we are long accustomed to; high humidity, 90 degree temps and late day thunderstorms.  Still,  I'm nothing if not a creature of habit and the calendar does, after all say September.

Sephora beckoned...

I have stayed loyal to two concealers; Tarte Maracula Creaseless Concealer and Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer. These days, concealers are so highly pigmented, that a little goes a very long way.  I might not finish either of these tubes for another two years, but really, who wants to use a product that's as old as a full blown toddler?

Friday, September 5, 2014

Joan Alexandra Molinsky Rosenberg Rivers

Joan Rivers
1933- 2014

"She Had A Great Time"

Joan's wish for her tombstone...and boy, did she.

"Can we tawk???"  Because I bet you are feeling just as badly as I am, about the indomitable Joan River's unexpected passing. Somehow, it just felt like Joan's party was going to continue for a long time to come, and I'm so sorry she will no longer grace this earth, as we know it.

She was a pioneer. She was audacious. She was funny. She loved to work and make people laugh. She laughed at herself. She was brutally honest.  She was a glamazon. She was a wife. She was a mother. She was a grandmother. She was a loving friend.

Oh, and she also made, "Who are you wearing"the most important question ask and answered on the Red Carpet.

She will be long remembered and dearly missed.  Condolences to Melissa, Cooper, those who knew and loved her and all the rest of us.

Rest in Peace Joan. We had a great time too...

xox,
DD

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Dior and I at the Newport Film Festival

Two weeks ago, we were in Newport R.I.  I just love it there.  As someone who has had a lifelong attachment to the Hamptons, this picturesque, historic community, has me completely charmed.

Imagined how tickled I was to find out that Frederic Tcheng's latest documentary, Dior and I, was going to be screened outdoors at Doris Duke's famed "cottage" Rough Point.  This is my idea of a perfect night.

Who knew, that as an additional visual feast, the NewportFilm was hosting a, "Chicest Picnic" contest!  I was sure that someone would be snapping better photos than me and that I would be able to Google them later...I'm sure they are living large on someone's Instagram feed. 

You will just have to trust me, that these Peeps went all out, lugging antiques, votives, spectacular flower arrangements, vintage bicycles and linens, enormous velvet tufts, china, porcelain vases, decanters and gorgeous pates and charcuterie.

Some were dressed femininely, no doubt with Dior' as inspiration...


"Chicest Picnic" contest Newport Film Festival






It was a delight!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Fashion Flash Monday



This week Josephine of Chic at Any Age is hosting Fashion Flash. Each week, we strive to give you useful information of beauty,  fashion, wellness and health.

Some of our topics this week included:

  • The best uses for Tea Tree Oil
  • Our favorite anti-frizz products
  • Great budget friendly makeup brushes.
Click here to read about about these and other interesting posts from our savvy group.

Enjoy!

xox,
DD

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Lierac Paris New Eye Makeup Remover

Lierac Paris Eye Makeup Remover
$24  3.40z




I have to admit to being a bit bitter...I searched my whole life for the perfect eye makeup remover--one that was not oily, blinding me with a viscous film, one that removed every spec of makeup breezily and had lash enhancing properties.

I finally found it in Lierac Paris Diopti Demaq,  a cool gel that worked spectacularly.  It was a little pricey, but each tube lasted at least 6 months. It was my Holy Grail and then poof , it was gone.

No longer offered by Lierac, I resorted to hoarding tubes I purchased on Amazon. At some point, one must ask themselves, "just how old is this stuff."??? Hmmmmm. Big Sigh.

Just as I was at the on the very last drop, I received word that Lierac had launched a new eye makeup remover, might I be interested in sampling it?

Naturally...and can you Fed Ex it please?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

DivaDebbi's 2014 Emmy's Report Card






As is tradition after all the major awards show, I do a round up of my fashion loves and loathes. Monday night was the Emmy's. Seth Meyer's too safely hosted the show. Billy Chrystal lovingly remembered Robin Williams.


 I really wish there was a two time limit to how many times a nominee can receive an award...basta already with the Breaking Bad crew.  Also disappointing, was both Orange is the New Black and House of Cards getting totally shut out...such fabulous work.  As well, I watched True Detective. Matthew McConaughey was nothing short of extraordinary...he deserved this Emmy.


Oh well!



The obvious trends were the preponderance of red, white and blue gowns. I loathed more than I loved...



Let's jump right in...shall we???



The A Team


Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Carolina Hererra
Sublime!

My Girl Crush Taylor Schilling
 stunned in  Zuhair Muhad
Camilla Alves
Spectacular in Zuhair Murad



Teyonah Parris
Adorable and fresh in Christian Sirriano
That's all...

Monday, August 25, 2014

Pur Wine Exfoliating Mask

Pur Minerals Wine Exoliating Mask
$29 2.2 oz


Some days are literally scheduled to the minute...when I have to squeeze in beauty treatments, I have to be even more on top of the clock.  I had ten minutes to spare before washing my hair. I decided to both deep condition my hair and try the new Pur Wine Exfoliating Mask that, nicely, was sent to me.

I'm a bit confused why they chose to call it a mask.  To me, a mask is usually something that dries, hardens and then gets washed off.  Pur Wine Exfoliating Mask is an exfoliator that after being massaged into the skin is simply washed off.

I don't really care what it is, because I am absolutely enamored with this product.
It smells delicious, it feels silky and the peach seeds in are perfect for gentle exfoliation. Did I taste it??? Naturally.  A bit tart but not unpleasant.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Fashion Flash Monday



This week it is my pleasure to host Fashion Flash. As our group has grown, it's a bit more work each week for the host, but more importantly, we are able to offer you an even greater breath of topical posts for women over 40 each week.

Here's a round up of our very best links on beauty, fashion, fitness and wellness:




Pucker up! Jackie Silver from AgingBackwards.com has tips for gorgeous lips.





Pamela Lutrell of over50feeling40 introduces us to another 40+ Woman rocking the fashion world.  Stop by to experience the amazing designs and creativity of Paulette Martsolf and her brand Allie- Coosh while Paulette gives pointers on how to transition your wardrobe from summer to fall!



Jodell Raymond of Black Cat Plus show us, that Plus size fashion graphics are hard to come by and show prejudice against plus size women.





Positive Living advocate Barbara Hannah Grufferman thinks too many women give up on sex because of this common condition. Here are her best tips  for having your best sex life ever, no matter what!






You don’t like Brussels Sprouts? If you try this delicious Brussels Sprout Salad Recipe, you may end up loving them! 





This week, Mary Lou Floyd of Second Lives Club introduces us to some art that strongly moved her. These three female sculptors embody empowerment.  One look at their works and you too will feel their strength and intensity.  




Deb of No-Nonsense Beauty Blog  is in a DIY  mood. This week she shares  her tips  for  easy and effective cosmetics from the kitchen.






A too-thick waistline, plus high levels of a fat called triglycerides in the blood can greatly increase risk of coronary artery disease. Women’s Health and Fitness Expert, Mirabai Holland has the skinny on your hidden fat.





Have you ever wondered just how far your dollars can stretch at the drugstore? Prime Beauty takes the $30 Makeup Wars Challenge! See if she was able to get a full face of makeup and stay within budget.



Tight lining the eye has become the go-to way in which to define the eyes without much makeup. Fab Over Forty loves these new Hourglass Mechanical Gel Pens for easy application.


I hope you will enjoy them all!!!

xox,
DD


Saturday, August 23, 2014

My New Addiction: Kiori Perfume Oil


Kiori Perfume Oil
1/4 oz. $78
1/8 oz. $48
As a beauty blogger, I am often asked if I would like to sample niche fragrances and oils. I'm always reticent to say yes...fragrance is so individual. What you love I may loathe... What smells sublime on you may smell like Raid on me. It's a total crap shoot based on personal preference and individual chemistry...

In addition, I dislike hurting feelings, particularly if the scent is the creation of the person reaching out for me to try it. Thus, I always let them know that if they wish for me to sample their scent, there are no guarantees.

Last week I heard from Lisa Wallos, creator of Kiori, a, "handmade, luxury Perfume Oil, made from  completely natural ingredients". I asked Lisa what Kiori means.  It is loosely translated from a Japanese phrase describing, "inner strength or desire".

I'm glad I didn't ask her what the primary notes in Kiori are, since I am not necessarily a fan of vanilla or patchouli and might have taken a pass.  That would have completely been my loss...since I now physically crave it.

Jeune fille

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Real Fabulous: My Real Simple and Olay Beauty Shoot

Today was a total blast! 

This summer I was contacted by Katie LaLama, from the marketing team at Real Simple.  My blog was under consideration for an Olay Total Effects advertorial that would be featured in their important December Holiday issue. Might I be interested in participating???

Ummm...yes please!

Ultimately, I was chosen, along with two fabulous Lifestyle bloggers, Grace Atwood of Stars and Sequins and Tonya Stabb , who flew in from California to participate in the shoot that took place this morning in NYC.

How fab...
Diva sans makeup on the way to the shoot
(Thank God for sunglasses)


Grace Atwood

Tonya Staab

Monday, August 18, 2014

Fashion Flash Monday



This week Jodell Raymond of Black Cat Fashion, a beloved blog for plus size women, is hosting Fashion Flash

Every week we strive to bring you our best posts on beauty, fashion and lifestyle for women over forty.

Some of our topics this week include:


  • Laura Mercier's brand new foundation
  • A fabulous cream for the neck and decollete
  • The best moisturizer with sunscreen to wear daily
  • What not to wear!
  • An interview with skin care maven Kate Sommerville

Please click here to get the full 411.

Enjoy!

xox,
DD

Saturday, August 16, 2014

L'Oreal Paris Visible Lift Blur Foundation

The exquisite Andie McDowell for L'Oreal
Visible Lift Blur Foundation
$12-$!6 at drugstores ($16 in Greenwich...naturally)


I think Andie McDowell is the epitome of an actress who has aged gloriously.  I'll have what she's hawking...any day of the week.

I have been really happy using Dior's Forever Foundation this summer...that is until a bumped into a few uncharacteristically humid days. This has been the summer of all New Yorker's dreams, cool temps, blue skies, sunny weekends and almost NO HUMIDITY. (After a punishing N.E. winter, we are taking this as our absolute due.) 

All of a sudden, I was looking greasy instead of glowing and started scampering through my handbag in search of powder or blotting papers.

Ruh-Roh.

L'Oreal recently launched their "new" Visible Lift Foundation and enhanced it with "blur technology".  If I had to venture a guess, I would say blur=silicone. Personally, I'm not as phased by chemicals as I probably should be...If you take umbrage to it, I would skip this one. I was in CVS yesterday, so of course I wasn't leaving without it.  

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