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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

What Diva Wore 3/3/15

Dior "Tribal" earrings, VS& You headband (stretched by my seamstress to wear as a collar), Giorgio Armani Maryjanes, Victoria Beckham LBD

Tuesday, was the second year Richards hosted a fashion show exclusively devoted to handbags and shoes. The models boogied down the runway which was partially scrimmed, so all the audience can see is the handbags and shoes.

Anya Hindmach Tote with available to purchase separate "sticky" attached

The purpose of the event, was to kickoff the "Old Bags Luncheon", an annual event hosted by the Greenwich Y, to support Domestic Abuse.  Funds are raised by the generosity of donors and by auctioning both new and used handbags. It is a stellar, quintessential, Ladies who Lunch, luncheon and is already sold out with a long waiting list. Chaired this year by Alease Fisher and her stellar committee, I won't be a bit surprised if they break all previous records.

I chose to wear my newest LBD, a perfectly cut sheath, with a sleeve. by Victoria Beckham.  IMO, it is nearly impossible to put a sleeve on a dress and not have it lose its je ne sais quoi.  It's a mean feat, but VB does it better than anyone, because the fit is still long, lean and body conscious.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

A Girl's Girl

Christie Brinkley's Authentic Skincare Collection

Christie Brinkley Age 61

Talk about aging backwards!  Christie Brinkley, who was a "Supermodel" 2 decades before Cindy, Linda, Christie T. and Naomi made the term eponymous, continues to capture my awe with her radiant beauty at age 61.

Do I think Christie has brilliant, subtle plastic surgery, fillers and Botox are part of the equation?


Don't agree?  "Oh grow up!!!", as the late, great Joan Rivers would say.  Neverthless, the tone and texture of her skin is seemingly flawless and now that she is smartly, launching her own skincare line, I am intrigued enough to want to try it (and have requested samples...Stay tuned.)

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Collection
Launching on HSN March 5th and Kohl's later this month

Here is a bit more information that was sent to me from my friends at Tractenberg PR:

Friday, February 27, 2015

What Diva Wore 2-27-15

DivaDebbi  wearing a Victoria Beckham skirt, Zara Top, Vince Camuto boots.
I reinvigorated and old fox collar by having my seamstress Sylvia attach a
grosgrain ribbon to it, so I could wear it tied around my neck, Chic and toasty!

Many of my readers know, that besides being beauty obsessed, professionally, I am a Personal Shopper.  I absolutely adore my job.  In the early years of my career, I was an executive who helped run the Personal Shopping divisions of some well known stores.  My love, however, was always the clothes and the clients; never the administration.  I'm so incredibly blessed to have so many loyal clients who of course are also now friends.  I have helped them through all the major occasions of theirs and their children's lives and hope to continue doing so for many more years.

Friends tell me they would also like to see more fashion in my blog, so some days I will share what I wore on a given day.  Like most American women, I am perfectly happy to mix special pieces (nee expensive), with cheap and cheerful finds.  I hope I can help you train your eye and familiarize you with brands that consistently deliver fashion and quality at affordable price points.

The fashion world interprets at the speed of light these days; there is no longer a 6 mos. lag between the runway and retail, and in some cases, retail is even a season ahead.  Take for the example the knit top with faux blouse I am wearing above.  I purchased this at Zara this January.  Below is a very similar knit from Paula Ka a small french brand, from their Fall 2015 collection.  It will arrive in stores in October:

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

IT Cosmetics Tightliner-10-in-1-dual-ended-brush

IT Cosmetics Tightliner-10-in-1-dual-ended-brush
$24 at Ulta Stores

I know good tools can truly make a difference in makeup application.  I'm always covetous of makeup artists tools and brushes; and the fact that they are fresh and fluffy, unlike my trove.

If I had to choose between eyeliner and mascara, I choose the liner every time. I've probably read a  few hundred tutorials on how to achieve the perfect "cat eye" with liner.  Obviously, success eludes.

Monday, February 23, 2015

DivaDebbi's Red Carpet Report Card-Oscars 2015

Well, the big night is behind us...and as always, a few trends prevailed--the Red Carpet was awash in blush pink, blinding white, statement necklaces and quite a bit of skin.  Of the major designers, Atelier Versace had a big night, dressing Jennifer Aniston, Scarlett Johanssen, and Zoe Saldana, beautifully.

Perhaps Red Carpet fatigue has set in for me...I found myself alternatively disappointed and flummoxed. And while some elements of certain looks were outstanding; Jessica Chastain's beautiful hair and makeup for example, were not enough to carry her awkward, unflattering Givenchy gown.  If I were grading, like I usually do, Jessica would be receiving a C+.

Flawless was few and far between;  I winnowed it down to three; Margot Robbie in Yves St. Laurent, with a fantastic sleek bob and bold lip and Zoe Saldana, (incredibly, just 3 mos. post delivering her twins), in Atelier Versace, and the lovely Anna Kendrick in Thakoon.

Everything worked exquisitely...Gowns, hair, makeup, accessories.  A+  Goddess Land:

Margot Robbie in YSL

Zoe Saldana in Atelier Versace
Anna Kendrick in Thakoon

A bit off, but still fabulous?  Cate the Great Blanchett, Jennifer Aniston (often maligned as boring and safe, I think Jen is true to herself and rarely flubs), Scarlett Johanssen, (minus the seaweed Swarovski choker), and Emma Stone in Eli Saab, (who almost made puce work), Sienna Miller in Peter Copping for Oscar de la Renta, (with heavy handed contouring) and a much improved Rosamund Pike, stunning in Givenchy.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Beating the Winter Beauty Blues on a Budget

It's been a chilly winter, wouldn't you say???  I feel like replacing lost moisture has become a part time job. I'm constantly slathering.  My hair is also looking a bit limp, between zero humidity and hat hair.  

What's a Girl to do?

Here are some great drugstore buys to help pump and plump your skin and hair up and none of them will break the bank:

·         Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Rapid Moisture Instant Cooling Spray Lotion – This Cocoa Butter and Aloe based spray lotion is the perfect moisturizer leaving skin feeling soft, smooth and instantly refreshed. ($5.99)

·         Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Heel Repair – The perfect problem-solution product specifically formulated to soften and smooth dry, cracked heels and feet. In a convenient no-mess stick applicator, this product is a must-have to repair dry skin patches caused by winter month activities. ($6.95)

   Cocoa Butter Formula Swivel Stick
o   On the run moisturizer  with ease
o   Enriched with 100 percent Cocoa Butter and Vitamin E
o   Great aroma and protection against dry, chapped lips ($4.00)

Cranking up the heat on a cold night might feel great at first, but before long, you and your hair will both be feeling parched. Replenish moisture to dry, brittle strands withZero Frizz® Triple Butter Overnight Repair Treatment (SRP: $5.99) formulated with hydrating Shea, Cupuacu and Mango butters.

Flat hair is most likely a direct effect of the awesome new beanie you bought this winter. Don’t ditch your favorite new accessory – instead, pump up your hair’s volume from the roots before you leave home with Thicker Fuller Hair® Instantly Thick Serum (SRP: $7.49).

When it’s time to take off your hat, flip your hair upside down, give it a quick tousle and spray with Thicker Fuller Hair® Weightless Volumizing Hairspray (SRP: $4.99) for flexible hold that won’t weigh hair down.

Cheer up!  Just 27 more days till Spring.  It may not feel like it, but we already over the hump...Hope these products can help.


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Pur Minerals Chateau Kisses Lip-Plumping Lip Gloss

Pur Minerals Chateau Kisses Lip-Plumping Lip Gloss
$18 Ulta Stores

Oh, this is lovely lip gloss! Pur Minerals Chateau Kisses Lip-Plumping Lip Gloss  is really more of a hybrid between a lip gloss and and a lipstick.  It's a seemingly simple concept, but in reality, I have not found many products that provide both a glossy lip and one that has the staying power of a lipstick, once the shine loses its, well, shine.

Best of all, it is not the least bit sticky, has no gag inducing perfume taste and really did make lips looks smooth and full. Added bonus? Like most PurMinerals products, it's reasonably priced and includes anti-aging products. I am always excited, when I am asked by my friends at Tractenberg PR to sample them, because I am usually so pleased with their offerings.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Fashion Flash

This week my dear friend Jackie Silver, author, blogger and radio personality is hosting Fashion Flash. Jackie's well regarded beauty blog Aging Backwards is a favorite source of mine for anti-aging tips.  I can tell you that she truly is an ageless beauty and to know her is to immediately think, "Ill have what she's having".

As always, our sharp group of lifestyle bloggers share theit insights on how you can look and feel your best, at any age.  Click here to read them all and ICYMI, my contribution was on whether or not you need or can skip and eyeshadow/liner primer every day.



Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentines Day!!!

Wishing all my precious readers a Happy Valentines Day!  I love and appreciate, each and everyone of you!!!


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Milani Eye Shadow Primer

Milani Eyeshadow Primer
$5.99 Drugstores Nationwide

Ugggh!!! Do I really need to add one more step to my already overburdened daily maquillage? I wanted the answer to be no, but I reasoned that if an eye shadow primer could truly make my eye makeup budge proof, I would save time on clean ups and touch ups.

Turned out I was right! I purchased Milani's Eyeshadow Primer on a whim, while on a CVS run.  The primer that stood in my mind as the must have, is made by Urban Decay, costs nearly 4x as much and would have required a trip to Sephora.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Fashion Flash Monday

This week Mirabai Holland, who writes the health and fitness blog Moving Free with Mirabai and produces and stars in her own exercise videos, is our host.

Besides Valentines Day, February is also Healthy Heart Month. Heart Disease is  the number one killer of women, though if polled, I would have guessed lung or breast cancer, and I suggest I am not alone.

Awareness should be raised.

To her great credit, Mirabai has established a world class cardiac rehabilitation program in NYC, which has now become the model for other centers.  While exercise is her passion, exercise that focus on a healthy heart on her personal passion.

You can read about her suggestions and other heart healthy posts by our blogger group this week by clicking here.



Sunday, February 8, 2015

The Beauty Magazine's 50 Best Products of 2015

Well, that certainly didn't take long!  Usually I wait until the end of the year to come up with my "best of's" list. Nonetheless, I couldn't resist seeing what products the editors of this online beauty magazine, (with a strong leaning towards all things luscious and luxurious),  thought were the 50 Best...already.

It's somewhat telling that prices are not included, but when the winners include La Mer, SK II, Chantecaille, La Prairie, Eve Lom, Tom Ford and Elias Fass, if you have to ask...well, you know what they say.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Flash Back Friday: Pur Wine Exfoliating Mask

Pur Wine Exfoliating Mask

Snow days do come in handy...I definitely have the tendency to procrastinate about tackling time consuming, boring chores, but once in mode, I'm a woman possessed.  Monday was the perfect day to tackle purging, cleaning and organizing both my linen closet/beauty goodie closet and vanity top and bottom.

Two letters sum it up...OY.

I always look for a silver lining, and I found it when I rediscovered Pur's Amazing Wine Exfoliating Mask.  As long as I was going to be down the beauty rabbit hole for a few hours, I figured I might as well multi task.

I applied this delicious mask and got busy... Just like the first time, I couldn't resist taking a tiny taste, yup, yummy.  I was sitting on my bathroom floor, sorting and scrubbing, so the image of me as Lucy Ricardo stomping grapes in a wine vat in Italy, was only in my head instead of the mirror.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Fashion Flash

Deb from No Nonsense Beauty Blog, ace facilitator and fearless leader, hosted Fashion Flash this week.

She asked that we put our thinking caps on, and submit posts related to Valentine's Day.  ICYMI, my post is about a great drugstore find; firmer skin in just two weeks...Yes, joyfully that includes knees and upper arms!

Click here to see this and all our groups fabulous posts.



Saturday, January 31, 2015

Maybelline Falsies Big Eyes Mascara

Maybelline's Falsies Big Eyes

As long as I'm alive and kicking, I will forever be on the hunt for the perfect, cheap and cheerful drugstore mascara.  Every brand has 15 iterations of mascara, all claiming to among other things; lengthen, volumize, fan and not flake, clump or smudge...uh huh.

Pretty much, you might as well throw a dart and hope to get lucky.  I was a little more intrigued with Maybelline's Falsies Big Eyes Mascara because I liked the concept of a smaller brush and lighter formula for use on the lower lashes.

A few years back, Clinique created Bottom Lash Mascara, a separate mascara exclusively for lower lashes.  I purchased and promptly returned it.  All hype and and extra step to boot, but here Maybelline combined the two in one applicator, so the I decided to give this one a try.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipstick

Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipstick

I picked up Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipstick at Ulta the other day on a whim.  I have a soft spot for "butter balm" lipsticks.  They feel fantastic on.  Revlon makes a good one.  L'Oreal does not...

Almay's is perfect!!!!  For starters, they have attempted to take 4 shades and break them down by skin tones to create best matches.  I'm not sure what happened to the "coral" family or "dark" skin tones --maybe they will follow in the next roll out. (I think this chart above is actually backwards. The lighter shades are appearing next to the darkest skin tone in this photo.)

If you favor these shades and fall within these skin tones, this is an amazing find. How did they manage to make one lipstick deeply pigmented, richly moisturizing and long lasting???  I also like the fact that they are shaped and slanted to match the lip line can touch up, mirror free, anywhere.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Jergens Skin Firming and Tightening Lotion

Jergens Skin Firming Toning and Tightening Lotion

Long time readers will know I'm always on the hunt for anti-aging product for the body. I firmly believe,( no pun intended), that the neck south, is vastly untapped, and well primed for Mass Consumer attention.

Why shouldn't the chemists and marketing whizzes at P&G and et al, give some love to my upper knees???

As I perused the CVS aisle two weeks ago, I spotted Jergens 'Even Better' Skin Firming Tones & Tightening Lotion.  As far as I could tell, it had no peers.


Monday, January 26, 2015

Juno: The Blizzard of 2015

For those of you in the Northeast, I hope you are stocked and prepared for the blizzard heading our way. I'm not a winter fan, so I will appreciate the beauty for about 30 seconds before gnashing my teeth about the inconvenience.  If there are major power outages, things will quickly change from whipping up some hot chocolate and hunkering down for a Netflix binge, to teeth chattering.

Let's hope for the the former and having a snow day...

Ever since Prime Suspect with the marvelous Helen Mirren, I have been a huge fan of British crime dramas, so if you long ago worked your way through House of Cards and Orange is the New Black I can highly recommend the following: Luther, The Fall,  Happy Valley and Broadchurch.

Happy binging!!! Be safe and warm.


2015 Sag Awards Fashion

The trouble is, it was pretty much non-existent.  The evening was laden with gowns that ranged from dull to fugly: Jennifer Aniston, Claire Danes, Rosamund Pike, Uzo Aduba, Laura Carmichael,  and Emma Stone, to wit.

THE ONLY standout was the dependably, magnificent Lupita Nyong'o, resplendent in couture Elie Saab. I worship this man.

Lupita Nyong'o in Elie Saab
Screen Actor's Guild Awards 2015

Everyone before or after is just a hazy memory.  Lupita, SHUT IT DOWN.  I worship this woman.

That's all...


Fashion Flash

Cindy Ingalls, the author of Prime Beauty Blog is the Fashion Flash host this week. Each week, we strive to bring you interesting and informative reads about beauty, fashion, health and fitness, particularly gear towards women over 40.

ICYMI, I contributed Totalbeauty's well done, easy to follow piece on, "How to Fake a Facelift with Makeup.  It's a must read!  Catch them all here.



Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Totalbeauty: How to fake a facelift with makeup

courtesy of Totalbeauty

I have a huge soft spot for Totalbeauty's website.  For starters, they accepted my blog DivaDebbi into their exclusive coterie of bloggers when I was just 6 mos. out of the gate.  I always appreciated the vote of confidence that my voice was cutting through the clutter and deserved to be published.


I am also enamored by the unbiased reader reviews of about a zillion products.  As a result, TB frequently tallies "best and worst of" articles.  I have made notes and purchased products, so many times, as many of you often tell me you do based on my posts.


They also have arresting articles that stop me in my tracks and demand reading, like Emily Woodruff's piece on How to Fake a Facelift with Makeup, based on tips by makeup artist Taylor Chang-Babian.

Fashion Flash

This week, the well regarded Huffington Post contributor and creator of Chic at any Age,  Josephine Lalwan is our Fashion Flash host. Josephine describes FF as: a select group of lifestyle blogs for women over 40, covering a wide range of topics including health, skin care, fitness, fashion, make-up and reinvention. Fashion Flash is one of the largest forty plus communities on the web. This weeks Fashion Flash is full of useful tips to keep us healthy and looking good this winter plus “red carpet” insider information.

I concur! To read this weeks FF please click here and ICYMI, includes my Red Carpet Golden Globes snarkfest.



Thursday, January 15, 2015

A Crisis! MAC's Soar Lip Pencil is out of stock EVERYWHERE

Over the years, I have written about MAC's Soar Lip Pencil at least a half a dozen times.  It's my Holy Grail Lip Pencil.  It seems incongruous, that NO ONE else makes a pink nude with brown undertones.  Believe me, I have bought every wannabe and dupe.  Besides the perfectly natural hue,  part of what makes it perfect is that it is not a waxy self sharpening liner, but a wooden one that can be honed to razor sharpness.

I usually horde them and can almost always find a stub or two stashed in a handbag:

It was time to replenish my stash, so I stopped into Bloomingdale's, my closest and easiest place to purchase MAC.  Quelle horreur! I blanched as she told me they were out of stock and would not have it again for about 3 WEEKS!!!  As a Bloomingdale's Loyalist, she offered to ship me
one from another store free--Big sigh...FINE.

It was then that her colleague stepped in and informed us both that it was sold out company wide and not just at Bloomies, but Nordstroms AND MAC's website as well!!! Sure enough, I checked and he was right. Panic immediately set in....

Monday, January 12, 2015

DivaDebbi's 2015 Golden Globes Report Card

Amy Poehler and Tina Fey
They killed it, but as usual, I loathed their Red Carpet choices, Amy in an
ill fitting Stella McCartney cerulean blue sack and Tina in a Giambattista Valli tent
Sunday night was the 2015 Golden Globe awards...but of course you knew that.  It's usually one of the more fun award events since it combines  he medias and everyone gets to swill plenty of champagne.  It was an odd assortment of nominations with some really fantastic performances overlooked in favor of others. What evs...

Silvery metallics and 50 shades of red were the trend colors of the evening.

Tina and Amy did a good job of setting the tone for a mostly congenial night that also had celeb's duly noting the atrocities that occurred in Paris in the last week. Peace and prayers...these are scary times.

Normally, I do a complete round up pf my loves and loathes, but I have a Bravo launch party in NYC and time is tight.

Sophie Hunter and Benedict Cumberbatch

For me, it just doesn't get better than the exquisite (and pregnant) Sophie Hunter in a glorious navy Erdem silk print, with beautifully styled hair and makeup and fiance Benedict Cumberbatch in gorgeous, black tie, without gimmicks.  This my lovelies, is my idea of perfection.

Who were my loves??? They were few and far between.  An off night, sleepy by every standard, with some looks marred by awful accessories, (Kate Mara, Amal Clooney, Salma Hayek), bad boobage, (Rosamund Pike, Jessica Chastain, J. Lo, Kate Hudson) or hideous hair, (the lovely Joanna Froggatt ripped straight from a Swiss Miss box.)

Joanna Froggatt

I did like Chrissy Teigen, Amy Adams, Christine Baranski, Katherine Heigel, Julianne Moore. Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston's choices, but was only blown away by Kate Beckinsale in couture Elie Saab.  WowZa!!!

Kate Beckinsale
Resplendent and H2T perfect in couture Elie Saab
 I also quite liked The Affair's Julia Goldani Telles in Carmen Marc Valvo.  Loved the color, the silhouette and even the little nude modesty panel,  though the whole effect; dress, hair and makeup would have been more appropriate on someone nearing 40 instead of 20:

Julia Goldani Telles in Carmen Marc Volvo

I may be alone, but was disappointed in Alison Williams red tiered Armani Prive, Julia Louis Dreyfess in nondescript Narciso Rodriguez, Taylor Schilling in Ralph Lauren that looked more like a bathing suit from the back,  Emily Blunt in a seen it one too many times Grecian style white Michael Kors and the usually impeccable Naomi Watts, in canary yellow Gucci with a diamond snake necklace.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

L'Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain

L'Oreal Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain
I recently posted about L'Oreal's Infallible 2-Step Longwear Lipstick, one of the better longwearing products available.  While the stain is very effective, I found the the clear balm 2nd step to have limited powers and ended using gloss to keep my lips from feeling dry.

I stumbled upon another L'Oreal lip product at CVS this weekend, and when used in tandem, you will not only get hours and hours of deeply pigmented lip wear, but moist, glossy lips as well.  L'Oreal's Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain, is a hybrid stain and gloss. It is applied with a soft sponge, reminiscent of many glosses, but applies more like liquid lipstick.

I'm in love!!!
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