The Clock Stops Here...

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Paris

Nyakio ABC African Beauty Cream

Nyakio ABC African Beauty Cream
$39- Available in 5 shades

There's a new beauty cream launching this month and it's not a BB or a CC but an ABC; Nyakio's African Beauty Cream.

Nyakio's brand founder and namesake, is Nyakio Kamoche Greico. Nyakio, is a first generation American of Kenyan descent, whose family included medicine men, farmers and educators.

The brand pays homage to her families heritage and her passion to bring the best of natural African ingredients with highly effective skincare, to women of all skin types and ethnicities.

I am already a fan of Nyakio's Kenyan Coffee Body Scrub, so when my friends at Kaplow PR asked me if I was interested in having a sneek peak at ABC African Beauty Cream, I happily complied.

Friday, October 17, 2014

It No-Tug Waterproof Gel Eyeliner

It No Tug Gel Eyeliner
10 Shades $22

Why am I always in pursuit?  I wish I could answer.... Just last week, I took pride in being able to successfully wield Smashbox Limitless Liquid Eye Liner, without a 10 Q-tip clean up. Why was I still hankering for yet another liner?

I think partly because I have always liked gel eyeliners, just not the pot and brush that come with them.  Here I was eyeball to eyeball with a gel pencil.  How could I possibly resist buying it?

I couldn't...

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Cheeky

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick



Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick
22 Shades $22

Oh, this was a happy find...I normally don't shop at Ulta, not because I don't appreciate this high brow, low brow cosmetics mega store.  It's just less convenient to get to.

The first thing that caught my eye about Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick, was the display of pretty, wearable colors, from nudes to brights. The difference between some of the shades was just a nuance of depth.  Be still my heart...4 rosy nudes in one collection? Spectacular. I almost threw a dart, but I'm happy I chose "Rush".

It's perfect. But that's not the only thing that's impressive...

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Saturday, October 11, 2014

TotalBeauty.com Fall's Most Colorful Cosmetics

It's time to shake up your makeup routine with these on-trend shades

Fall's Most Colorful Cosmetics

This is a TotalBeauty.com Makeup article

Fall may be in full swing, but that doesn't mean you have to give up colorful makeup. This fall, it's all about ditching your neutral makeup colors for moody, rich shades that complement your skin tone.

See the colorful fall makeup trends to try.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Be a Glow Getter: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder
6 Shades (Radiant Light pictured above)
$45

I've never been a powder fan...When you work as hard as I do to achieve glowing skin, it just feels counter-intuitive to finish with powder, no matter how finely milled.

I have long been aware of the cult following for Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder. Lalalalalalalalala...I blocked out the chatter...but then I saw them at Sephora and in an instant,  knew the likelihood of my leaving without one was nil. One swipe and I was a goner.   

Rather then looking matte and dull, my skin appeared to look lit from within, imperfections blurred, less flawed.  Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder comes in 6 shades, each created for a specific skin type.  Radiant Light, which casts a golden glow, was right for me.  Here are the details:

Monday, October 6, 2014

Exuviance Perfomance Peel AP

Exuviance Performance Peel AP
$75
Available at Ulta stores and Ulta.com

Exuviance is turning out to be one of my favorite anti-aging skincare lines. I have already written glowingly about their Age Reversing Neck Cream, (which has done nothing to harm my knees either).

I love peels, and when my friends at Melissa Kelz PR told me that Exuviance Performance Peel AP could produce dramatically good at home results, simply, and in just 6 weeks, I let them twist my arm into sampling it...

Simply Chic

Saturday, October 4, 2014

On the Fringe...

Tarte Timeless Smoothing Primer

Tarte Smoothing Primer
$39


Is it too much to wish that someone in the cosmetics industry could develop face Spackle???   My dream product would gracefully fill in fine lines and then be smoothly covered with foundation or a good BB cream. How does that sound to you?

My internet search was fruitless, though I did discover that Dr. Andrew Ordon of TV's The Doctors fame did create a product that temporarily fills out fine lines. It is not so much a filler as an inflammation; reviewers reported swelling from allergic reactions.  With my luck, I'd go into anaphylactic shock, and my throat would close...Literally, I would, "die in vain".

So, my search continued to Sephora, where I was attracted to the Tarte display, that included a split photo of an average looking woman.  One side showed her "before" Tarte Timeless Smoothing Primer and the other, the "after".

Impressive...OK, so it doesn't fill, but I will settle for the 91% reported "blur" 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

18 Years and Counting....

It's National Brow Day

Did you know today is National Brow Day? From Wink Brow Bar to Smashbox, today is a wonderful day to celebrate this wonderful feature with two of the most famous brows – Audrey and Elizabeth!


Their impeccable and lush brows further prove that this trend is here to stay, so lets look at the past to predict the future, as 2014 and now 2015 are definitely going to be the brow years to look forward to, from young ingenues like Lily Collins to Ashley Olsen.




What’s the modern way of shaping and filling in brows to create this lush effect? Look no further than threading, especially such as the West Village’s Wink Brow Bar, which specializes in organic threading. Anti-inflammatory and best for both shaping and growing a lusher set, read below for owner Umbreen Sheikh’s tips and tricks:

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

George and Amal Tie the Knot!!!

George and Amal Tie the Knot!!!

George and Amal Tie the Knot!!! by divadebbi 


How fab... It wasn't really that George Clooney was a confirmed bachelor, it's simply that he never met the right woman, until Amal Alamuddin.

They married after just 5 months of dating in Venice this past weekend and no one can deny they looked gloriously relaxed and happy.

I am simply mad for her style. Above, she stunned in wide legged Stella McCartney pants and black banded crop top with a matching wide brimmed black trimmed hat.

Divine!

In a high-low Alexander Mcqueen dress celebrating  at her bachelorette party

The happy couple

Amal in a post wedding couture Giambattista Valli
sculpted lace dress with red embroidered flowers
Charming!!!

How I loved that Amal chose and American designer for the honor of creating her dress.
Here at a final fitting with the venerable Oscar de la Renta

Amal is beautiful, brilliant and to my delight, a glamazon who has great personal style and wears clothes like a floating mannequin.  I'm going to enjoying watching her on the Red Carpet for years to come.

Well done George!!!

Oh, and you too Amal.  All the best...

xox,
DD

Sunday, September 28, 2014

I'm Ecstatic Over Fuller Brush's ExStatic Ionic Hairbrush

Fuller Brush ExStatic Ionic Hairbrush
$19.99

One of the perks of being a beauty blogger, is that  we get to attend events sponsored by PR firms promoting the beauty companies they represent. It's always nice to learn about the latest launch...even nicer to go home with a hefty swag bag.

I received the Fuller Brush ExStatic Ionic Hairbrush in an incredibly generous gift bag from Melissa Kelz PR, when I attended the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery conference in NYC this summer.  I only got to the bottom of it last week, when I found this hidden treasure.

Lesson learned--next time I'll dump it all out on the floor like Halloween candy...

Friday, September 26, 2014

Smashbox Limitless Liquid Liner Pen

Smashbox Limitless Liquid Liner Pens
$22

Despite my love for all things maquillage, I have never mastered the deft handling of liquid eyeliner... I suspect I'm not alone. It's hard to say why.  My hand is reasonably steady and intellectually, I'm not challenged by the concept of gently holding my lid and lining close to my lashes.

Why then, do I always still end up looking like Sweet Baby Jane???

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lash Mascara; THIS is Life Changing

Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lash Mascara
$29

OK Girls, deep breaths here, I'm about to report on a product that will require you to use 3 products and 4 applications of mascara. Too busy???  Can't be bothered???

Get over yourself... Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lash Mascara is about to change your life.  I will never be without this product again.

I was contacted about this amazing product through my friends at Konnector. Konnector gives manufacturers the opportunity to reach out to beauty bloggers of their choosing to review their skincare and cosmetics.

Thank God they chose me...

Often I glaze when reading information, somehow, I'll figure it out when it arrives, but 3D Fiber Lash Mascara sounded like it may be vaguely tricky.  I'm glad I remained undeterred--it's a snap.

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
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