The Clock Stops Here...

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Dove Dry Spray Anti-Perspirant How do I love thee???

Dove Dry Spray Anti-Perspirant
Fashion Week has finally come to a close in Europe. I don't think I've ever been more acutely aware of the shows than now, thanks to the onslaught of images from both the runway and the street, courtesy of Instagram and other mediums flooding us with images. No complaints from me.  I don't really need the interpretations; images serve me well. does an exemplary job of digesting it all for us in beautifully curated thumbnails and I'm grateful, but I digress...

Want the fastest way to get in lock step with the European trends?  Spray it under your arms...

Environmentally safe, dry spray deodorants have been in favor in Europe for a quite some time, making up 60% of the market compared to 2-5% in the U.S.  In the past,  American models would horde them in their suitcases on return trips, favoring the instant dry factor and the hallmark achievement of truly creating an anti-perspirant, that is Little Black Dress proof. To wit, all my own stick trials have been failures that left me wondering about how the manufacturers were able to get away with such misguided claims.

(Sidebar: The fastest way to remove chalky deodorant marks from clothing is either steam or pantyhose.)
Photo Courtesy of the N.Y. Times

No need to horde anymore... In December, Unilever launched 5 of their reformulated dry spray anti-perspirants sold in Europe to the U.S. Market.

My first foray was their Degree Dry Spray, since I had previously been a Degree Solid Girl. It immediately made me question whether those nasty fluorocarbons really were a thing of the past.  I tried it for a few times. Each time left me gasping and choking and imagining my family tsssk tsssking over my autopsy report.

NO NO. And back to  CVS.

Drum roll for the winner...Dove Dry Spray Anti-Perspirant, curiously, also a Unilever product. No gagging or choking here.  This fabulous spray does indeed, dry in an instant, leaving no tell tale chalky marks on my black and navy dresses and tops.  It also claims to keep you dry and fresh smelling for 48 hours. Other than being stranded on a desert island, one I will never be test driving, but nonetheless, good to know.

Sidebar to sweaty palm owners: Dry sprays can be used on your hands.

Nostalgically, it also contains Dove's classic 1/4 cleansing cream claim to fame, (one that intrigued me enough as an 9 year old to ask my Mother to buy, "the soap that won't dry your skin like soap can".  Talk about an iconic marketing campaign!)

Available in 6 fragrances, my repeat performer is "Beauty Finish". As I have said before, one of my real goals in all of this beauty trial and error, is to find my Holy Grail in each category and stick with it...

Consider Dove Dry Spray Anti-Perspirant officially anointed.  Do try it...


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

7 Top Rated Hairdryers From Mass to Class

Photo courtesy of TotalBeauty
I've  never loved any of my hairdryers… I want to, really I do, but I've always left wondering if whatever I've bought can be topped by something lighter weight, more powerful and one that will leave me with shining locks in less than minutes.

I've also noticed, that my hair looks best when blown dry at the gym. I used to think it was their blowdryers. It took me a while to figure out, that inevitably, it's because it's air-conditioned 365 days a year in the locker room.  No wonder the results are better than my still half steamed bathroom. 

I wasn't completely surprised to see the Harry Josh blow dryer, at a whopping $250, made the top seven. The beauty buzz on this dryer is phenomenal. The price tag, IMO, less so. For all my extravagances, I can't pull the trigger on this one. Could you?

I don't imagine the nicely rated Conair is and John Freida are any better than the three that are already warehoused in my beauty closet. 

The Elchim 2001, with a perfect 10 rating, for $99.99 did catch my attention, so I snapped a picture of it and put it in my beauty files for future consideration.

To see TotalBeauty's seven top rated seven blowdryers, click here. As always, they are based on readers unbiased reviews, one of the reasons I look to Total Beauty as a resource before purchasing many beauty items in my stash. They will also for ever have my heart, for publishing DivaDebbi early and recognizing my unique voice in the beauty blogging arena. 

As always, I appreciate your readership and trust in me… Without you, do DivaDebbi would continue to be an email blast of faves to my bestie's. 


Because I Can....

Because I Can....

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Elizabeth Daniel NY Shirts/ Final Blow Out Sale

After several years in business with great press and a star dotted following, Elizabeth Daniel NY has decided to close shop.  Cleverly, they focused on one great product; comfortable shirts that layer beautifully under shirts, jackets and even sleeveless dresses.

I own several, and always travel with them, particularly perfect for long flights when the cabin temperature seems to dip, while you struggle to maintain your xanax slumber.  I also love wearing the sleeveless version so my gym workouts reflect my goal of not letting my fashion standards slip, even while donning yoga pants.

So I bid them a fond adieu, and will be stocking up.  Normally priced at about $138, all styles are now $49.99 and with the code FINAL SALE, you will save an extra 10%.  (note: size up one, I always take a large.)

Click Here to be directed to the link.  Happy shopping!

And you're welcome...


Thursday, October 1, 2015

Review: Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner

Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner

I like gel eyeliner pencils.  Trish McEvoy's Intense Gel Eyeliner Pencil in midnight blue delivers beautiful results, but it's pricey ($28) and requires sharpening almost daily. Translation; it has a short shelf life.

I noticed Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner because it was advertised in a few of the mega September fashion issues, one of the rare times a year I actually purchase glossies anymore.  I made a mental note to try one, but had no luck finding them on any of my drugstore runs.

What the puck???

As I honed down to to the tale end of my last Trish Gel Eyeliner Pencil,  I was trying to figure out when I would visit Saks or Bloomingdales to replace it. I was also out of my HG lip gloss, Pur Minerals Chateau Kisses Lip-Plumping Lip Gloss in Glitzy, which required an Ulta run. On my way out, I decided to see if they might have Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in stock.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Review: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

I have been on the hunt for a really good mascara. I know it's a lot to hope for; massive length and volume, a glossy rich black hue, no clumps or flakes and the ability to remove it without removing my existing lashes.
Oh.  And can it please be less than $25?

I nearly caved, and repurchased Benefit's They're REAL Mascara after trying and returning Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara (a gloppy mess), and Dior Addict-It Lash Mascara (which lived up to none of it's promises.)

I love everything about They're REAL Mascara, probably the best product Benefit has ever produced. except when it's time to take it off.  Even with expensive removers, specifically formulated for waterproof mascara, (which They're REAL is not), it's hard work. I just knew I was damaging my lashes, so the love fest did end and after many purchases,  I quit cold.

Sephora has a display of mascara's from different brands that allows you to compare them by promise and applicator. One of their associates saw me pondering them and offered help.  I in turn, asked what her absolute favorite mascara was, whether displayed or not.  "That's easy", she replied...

Friday, September 25, 2015

Review: St. Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower

St.Tropez Gradual Tan in Shower

When  it comes to self tanning, St. Tropez products are beloved. I recently selected a sample of St. Tropez's Gradual Tanner, with my my VIB beauty points.  I literally gagged from the scent. It did not make it on to my body.

This week I posted Allure Magazine's 2016 Beauty Award Winners. One of the categories that always piques my interest is the "beauty innovations".

Here I spotted St. Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower. They gave a rather lengthy scientific explanation, of how, when combined with water, the properties that cause tanning get released immediately and somehow, evenly.



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