Thursday, April 17, 2014
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
|Mineral Fusion Lip Gloss|
$11.99 at Whole Foods
Oh my. I just discovered a whole new world of beauty to discover at Whole Foods.
I've always liked Whole Foods, but the one closest to me is in a mall. I have google searched "Mall Phobia" before...surely it must qualify to be entered into the diagnostic manual for psychological disorders and I can't be the only one who suffers from it.
It has something to do with the fear of never finding my car or the exit again...
Nonetheless, a new Whole Foods was recently built near me and it is blissfully sleek, large and free standing. Hallelujah.
I also discovered their two beauty aisles gleaming with natural lotions, potions and cosmetics. I've been looking for a new lipstick lately and surprisingly, I couldn't find a single one at two Sephora's or CVS that appealed.
The entire display for Mineral Fusion Cosmetics looked tempting. All of the colors are gorgeous neutrals that look like they would flatter everyone. I took a shot and selected "Dazzle" a rich, rosy nude with a hint of shimmer (second from left above.)
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Banjo Matilda stitch shirt / Cynthia Rowley navy blue shorts / Givenchy slipon shoes / Yves Saint Laurent calfskin bag / Jigsaw straw trilby, $65 / MAC Cosmetics lip pencil / [Louis Vuitton] Mini Lin Small Ring Agenda Cover
I think NOT since I woke up to snow...for a moment I thought I was hallucinating. I only wish I was...
I think NOT since I woke up to snow...for a moment I thought I was hallucinating. I only wish I was...
|L'Oreal's Lash Out Butterfly Macara|
11.99 at CVS in Greenwich
8.99 in Tulsa
OMG!!! The Cheap & Cheerful mascara of my dreams is finally among us.
L'Oreal Lash Out Butterfly has been on my radar for a couple of months. I first read about it on my friend Kari from Fab Over Forty's blog. Kari has great lashes and prefers premium mascaras. She raved about L'Oreal Lash Out Butterfly and as she sagely pointed out, Lancome owns and creates L'Oreal products, so truly, how bad could it be?
I spied it at CVS but held off since I still had quite a cache of mascaras to run through first. Then sister Loren purchased it love it as well; she couldn't wait to tell me she had officially broken up with Benefit's They're Real Mascara.
Monday, April 14, 2014
|Conair Volume & Styling Comb|
I've said it before and I will say it again, if I could have a Bump-It surgically implanted to the back of my head I would. Ever since I saw the original Bonnie & Clyde with Faye Dunaway, at the peak of her beauty, I've been obsessed with a little height at the crown of the hair.
|Faye Dunaway as Bonnie in Bonnie & Clyde|
Do they get the job done?
TIBI cami tank top / Zadig & Voltaire embellished shorts, $215 / Loeffler Randall flat gladiator sandals / Christian Dior vintage black purse / Beaded choker necklace / Elizabeth Arden lip treatment / Sia silk orchid arrangement, $11 / Pink Paisley Secret Crush Collection 12"x12" Double Sided Paper Polka...
Sunday, April 13, 2014
This week, Kari from Fab Over Forty is hosting Fashion Flash. Please click on this link to see what we are buzzing about this week.
- Sifting through the sea of primers and finding a Holy Grail
- Springs best dress styles for your body type
- Lighten Up! Spring cleaning tips without the toil
- How sleep effects your dieting efforts
- Tips for plus size hosiery wearers
- How to layer your skin care products
- How much product to you need to use for maximum benefit
- Giving your under eye concealer a lift
Friday, April 11, 2014
|Dr. Fredric Brandt|
Injector to the Stars
Two weeks ago, the NY Times ran an article about celebrity dermatologist Dr. Frederic Brandt, entitled, "The Man Behind the Face". Frankly, I have a bit of trouble getting past, "the Face Behind the Face".
Dr. Brandt, 64, freely admits that he injects himself with all the tools in his anti-aging arsenal that he uses on patients; Botox, Restalyne, Juvaderm, Perlane and Voluma.
Asked about his own use of fillers and whether or not he thinks he is over zealous, Dr. Brandt said,“I’ve been kind of a pioneer in pushing the limits to see how things work and what the look would be,” “Would I change anything I’ve done? I might not have used as much Botox, because you don’t want to look quite as frozen” (as a mackerel.)
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
|Vita Liberata Luxury Tan Lotion|
5.07 oz. $54
First, that it is possible that there is a self tanner on the market that I didn't know about. Second, that the one I never knew about, purportedly lasts from 2-3 WEEKS!
I was at Sephora yesterday making a return. In a hurry, I had bought a very pretty Giorgio Armani lipstick. What I hadn't anticipated was the heavy unpalatable perfume taste.
While I was returning it, the cashier gave the woman ahead of me sample of Vita Liberata Luxury Tan Lotion and mentioned how long lasting it is intended to be.
Ummm, me next please!!!
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Monday, April 7, 2014
It's Fashion Flash Monday! Jodell Raymond from Black Cat Plus is hosting this week. Please click on this link to see what our savvy group was blogging about:
- Spring Fashion; the black and white trend as well as blooming color,
- Shopping in your pantry for beauty and health tips
- A surprise confession
- An account of how getting fit can truly change your life
- Celebrity plastic surgery gone awry!
- A L'eggs promotion for you to enter
Sunday, April 6, 2014
|Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster|
$30 (lasts about 3 mos.)
I love beauty product innovations and the appreciate all the effort that goes into taking a great idea and bringing into market. The very first company to create a self tanning product was Coppertone, with the introduction of "QT" for Quick Tan back in the 60's.
Problem was, the tan was more of a butternut squash hue, permanently staining a generation of sunless tanners would be's, with a fear of a tans in a can.
My first self tanning experience was with Clarins Self Tanning Milk with SPF 6. It did not have a harsh chemical smell and it left me golden. I used it for years and I'm not quite sure why I stopped...perhaps it was when the cheap and cheerful mass products like Jergens Natural Glow were introduced.
Clarins newest launch, Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster should prove to be a game changer--and will definitely be imitated. I immediately went to Sephora to sample it, but they were eagerly awaiting it's arrival as well.
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Isabel Marant laced shorts / Aquazzura spiked high heel shoes, $830 / Chloé chloe purse, $1,465 / Chanel four leaf clover necklace, $1,010 / Gap belt / Pier 1 Imports floral decor / Crate and Barrel floral decor / The Wallpaper Company 8 in. x 10 in. Yellow Pastel Two Tone Stripe... / Gold Love Script
New Lancôme Ambassadress
And don't we all??? I can't remember the last time I was charmed by any newcomer on the Red Carpet as much as Lupita. Her appearances at the awards trifecta-Golden Globes, Emmy's and Academy Awards left Lupita fans breathless, me among them.
It was only a matter of moments before one of the the leading luxury beauty or fashion brands signed her as an Ambassadress. Kudos to Lancome for winning the race.
Lupita said, "I am truly honored to join the Maison Lancôme, a brand with such a prestigious history that I have always loved. I am particularly proud to represent its unique vision for women and the idea that beauty should not be dictated, but should instead be an expression of a woman's freedom to be herself.”
Friday, April 4, 2014
|Mio Get Waisted Sculpting Body Shaper|
Some days I really LOVE being a beauty blogger. Everyday I receive far flung pitches to review beauty and fashion products, that I will never try as well as ones that pique my curiosity like Mio's Get Waisted Sculpting Body Shaper.
Imagine getting a firmer, flatter more contoured looking tummy and love handles, simply by using this product once a day...Get Waisted is not a new product for Mio, but the one I received has been reformulated and repackaged as a new, "high intensity formula". Yippee!
So what's in this secret sauce?
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
|Sonia Kushak Satin Luxe Lipcolor|
I love an excuse for a good Target run. Seasonal allergy sufferers take note: Target's generic Claritin, is one of the best bargain's on the planet. I picked up a 4 mos. supply of 120 Loratadine tablets for $13.59--compare that with Claritin's 24 tablets for $19.99. I'm not one to pinch pennies, but this is just too good not to travel for.
Once there, I do a ridiculous amount of damage. Believe me, Tarzshay never loses a dime on me. I always like to check out Sonia Kashuk Beauty. I think she does a knock out job of creating beautifully packaged, well priced products in a Bobbi Brownesque palette.
Monday, March 31, 2014
|Sebamed Everyday Shampoo & Repair Conditioner|
Sebamed has been on my radar for a long time as a "soap free" soap, often recommended by Dermatologists. Respected, effective and the first skincare product to be considered "medicinal".
I had no idea Sebamed was also in the hair care biz. When I received information about this pH balanced shampoo and conditioner that was gentle enough for everyday use and paraben free, I asked to sample it.
What could be bad?
Sunday, March 30, 2014
I am delighted to be hosting my first Fashion Flash this week. I always learn something new from my Flash Flash friends. Check out what our power bloggers are sharing this week about beauty, fashion and fitness:
Prime Beauty has found that matte eye shadows are sometimes more flattering on over 40 eyes. Tarte's Be MATTEnificent Amazonian Eye and Cheek Palette has 6 soft shadows, 2 liners and a fab blush to keep you looking fresh and youthful this spring!
Deb at No-Nonsense Beauty Blog offers a free 3 page guide to Retin A.
Could eating green make your teeth white? Jackie Silver from AgingBackwards.com answers that question and more.
Want to lose weight? Women’s Health & Fitness Expert, Mirabai Holland, says try
Studies have found that sitting at your desk all day is very unhealthy. Fab Over Forty shares some fit ball exercises that can be done at home and at the office.
Wondering if spring’s sheer trend is right for you? Deborah Boland shows you “how to tastefully wear these floaty see-through blouses and edgy panels”.
Positive Living Advocate Barbara Hannah Grufferman thinks we all spend too
much money on health and beauty treatments . . . when all we have to do is dig around in our kitchen cabinets a little. Check out her tips for getting healthy and beautiful with a few things you probably already have
Jodell from Black Cat Plus shares a new twist on a classic button down, with suggestions on how to pair it, available at Comfy USA.
trends and colors of the season for Spring 2014, took shape at Richards in Greenwich, Ct., where she is their Personal Shopper.
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Friday, March 28, 2014
|Avon Anew Clinical Infinite Lift|
Here's the thing...I prefer every drop of science that can be squeezed into my skincare. Why? Because I find it more efficacious, (though I will admit natural stuff sometimes smells fantastic.)
I think all of the OTC peels, exfoliants and serums plus the wide use of lasers and Botox have done a superb job of keeping our fine lines and wrinkles at bay and I don't think there is a thing Granny could have cooked up that competes with it.
What this has left the beauty industry wide open to address, is the other bane of women's aging concerns; SAGGING SKIN. Yes, gravity is our enemy and the longer we stick around the further toll it takes on our necks and jawlines.
When my friends at Tractenberg PR sent me the press information on Avon Anew's new breakthrough Clinical Infinite Lift, naturally I requested a sample
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Despite the continued cold temperature, my spirit is still blooming looking at all the fabulous, fresh fashion at Richards in Greenwich. This month, I will celebrate my 14th anniversary as their Personal Shopper, working exclusively by appointment clients who prefer complete one-on-one attention.
To all my lovely, loyal clients and friends who have been with me for nearly 20 years in Greenwich, I think you know, you mean the world to me, and I have enjoyed every moment of assisting you and your families with seasonal wardrobes and milestone occasions.
Here's to many more...and of course, I always enjoy meeting new clients so if you have always thought you would like to work with a Personal Shopper or Stylist, call me! The beauty of having a relationship, is trust. It is my solemn mission to only sell you what fits you and your lifestyle and flatters you perfectly. (203-622-0551203-622-0551). Why would we do less?
Before each season everyone always asks me what are the major trends of the season?
It's always amazing how key colors and ideas find their way into every important collection. Here is how Spring 2014 took shape:
Designers the world over created dresses and ready-to-wear with ethnic prints in rich, saturated hues:
The allure of cool crisp shirting, showed up in many designers collections in dresses, over slim pants and pencil skirts:
Echos of Roy Lichenstein, Peter Beard, Frank Stella and Jean Miro could be found in designers collections. Bright pops of color were woven onto knits and printed onto silks, with photo prints also popular:
Lush blooms were featured prominently adding a dreamy feminine glam to many collections reminiscent of exotic locations:
|Dolce and Gabbana|
|Stella McCartney coat|