The Clock Stops Here...

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Cracking the Code to the Perfect Fake Tan

Sally Hansen Airbrush Sun
$15.99 in Greenwich, cheaper
everywhere else.
It only took 30 years or so of trial and error, but at last, it's done...

Sally Hansen Airbrush Sun is not to be confused with Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs.  The former is an instant self tanner, that also continues to develop. Nicely, it is also intended blur imperfections.  The latter is a temporary spray that also does the same, (think body makeup, Tots and Tiara's, you get the idea.)

Airbrush Sun only comes in two shades, Light-Medium and Medium-Tan. Fair skin Girls could stop reading now...They forgot about you, but I didn't!

Naturally, I gravitated to the darker of the two, Medium-Tan. When I used it the next morning, I found it to be the color and consistency of a Jello Chocolate Pudding Snack.

My beloved  Holy Grail
Burt's Bees Radiance Body Lotion
Ruh Roh.

The first time I used it I knew I was in trouble.  It was too dark, streaky, difficult to apply and I was worried my hands might be henna colored for a week--I had to scrub like a surgeon to remove it.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Slim Sonic Toothbrush- Brighter Smiles on the Go

Slim Sonic Toothbrushs
includes one AAA Battery and  two brushes

When it comes to my teeth, I'm a bit obsessive.  I brush twice daily with a sonic toothbrush, I floss and use Waterpik, I have trays and prescription goop to amp up my enamel and I have my teeth professionally cleaned bi-annually and whitened several times a year.

When I received an offer from my friends at The Woods & Co. to sample Violife's  adorable, portable sonic toothbrush, I accepted in a flash...I already have a zip lock bag full of 'stim-u-dents' in my desk drawer at work and never travel without floss,  Why not a slim leopard toothbrush for my handbag, so I can brush at a moments notice?

Friday, April 17, 2015

Exuviance Skincare for Me and You!

One of the lovely rewards about being a beauty blogger, is the opportunity to attend events to learn about new products and receive treatments. Inevitably, we also get to leave with a generous goodie bag. I'd love to share one of the products I received with you, so read on please to find out how you may win it.

When my good friends at Melissa Kelz PR, (a firm that represents some of the finest skincare lines, Dermatologists and Plastic Surgeons), invited me for a mini facial at Townhouse Spa sponsored by Exuviance, I said yes, before I even checked my calendar.

Townhouse Spa
39 W. 56th St. NYC

I am a huge fan of Exuviance products. Their Age Reverse Toning Neck Cream is a wonder.  I included in my Best of 2014 list of products for one simple reason; it works. I am never without it and use it twice daily.

I have already used many of their products, and have written about my fabulous results with Performance Peel AP, Age Reverse Day Cream and Age Reverse Night Lifting cream.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Amazing Amal

Back in September, George and Amal tied the knot in Italy. The weeks worth of festivities before, during and after the wedding were widely chronicled.  I  wrote about  how besotted I was with her amazing style, grace and range, from short and whimsical to formal and ravishing.

Well done!

The Clooney's arrived in NYC in February.  George is filming "Money Monster" in Queens and Amal, to the thrill of Columbia's discreet law students, is a guest lecturing.  In the evenings, they have been spotted at NY's hottest restaurants as well as George's old favorites, where he holds court at his usual tables.
Perfect turned out, head to toe, to lecture at Columbia Law School

It has been reported, that Amal was taken under the wing of none other than Anna Wintour for style guidance, (but obviously was not consulted about her only gaffe; wearing long white gloves to the Oscars.) Could one possibly have a more connected fairy Godmother???  Me thinks not. According to the New York Post. rumors of a Vogue cover were soon sparked after the two were seen lunching at the Lamb's Club last month. The New York Times recently wrote about Amal's ascending star and captured some of her recent outings on this slide show.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Gone Fishin'

Ahhh but you know better... The only water I will see is from the view perched on my deliciously decadent bed,  ocean to the left and bay to the right, I am looking forward to some well needed R&R from the world's longest NY winter...

Temps were in the 30's when we left--I mean seriously Girls, it's April 9th for God's sake.

If motivation strikes, I will write a post or two...I shouldn't leave you hanging about the concealer I found that obliterates all traces of dark circles. The only other thing that has ever achieved that feat is a vacation. I've been using it before I got here, so I actually arrived looking the way I usually leave.

This is a game changer, (and yes I know, I thought nothing could top Tarte's CC Undereye Concealer, but clearly I was wrong.)

Imagine the possibilities after a several days of sleeping in and lounging...


Sunday, April 5, 2015

Beauty Bargain Alert: NYX Eyleliner Pencils

NYX Retractable Eyeliner
$4.50 at drugstores nationwide

I had completely forgotten, in the midst of my eyeliner conundrum, that my good friend Jane had emailed me awhile back about her lucky find...NYX Retractable Eyeliners.

She swore they were not only good, but better, than the Bobbi Brown liners she had been using at a fraction of the price and loving them for their glideability and long wear.

Though available in 18 self sharpening shades, you will probably only find a fraction of them at the drugstore, but the ones available are the good old standby shades that most of us prefer anyway--black, dark brown, charcoal and navy.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Pur Minerals 4-1 Tinted Moisturizer

Pur MInerals 4-1 Tinted Moisturizer

I am such a Pur Minerals fan! Honestly, I  have loved nearly every product I have ever sampled or purchased.  Regular DivaDebbi readers know I appreciate multi-tasking products. I'm always looking for time savers and of course my quest, is to find the Holy Grail products for every category that one use for daily makeup needs. (Pur's Chateau Kisses Lip Plumping Lip Gloss is one such example--a stain and gloss hybrid.)

I spotted Pur Minerals 4-1 Tinted Moisturizer at Ulta and I could tell just by looking at the "Tan" shade that this would be a perfect match for my skin tone.  I immediately asked to sample it and was shocked to hear that Ulta, "does not sample".


Big miss...I can't tell you how many products I boomerang back to Sephora to purchase after sampling. Fortunately for me, my friends at Tractenberg PR partner with Pur, so I reached out and asked if I could receive a sample.  Happily, it was in stock and they nicely complied.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Maybelline Master Kajal Liner

Maybelline Master Kajal Line

I decided to change up my eye make up routine. My new look is minimal shadow, less mascara and bolder liner. Somehow, it's looking fresher to me.  The only glitch has been trying to get the liner down.

What's the point of simplifying if the technique is forcing me to waste precious time in the clean up department???

Smashbox pot gel eyeliner was a slippery foe. The cap on Eyeko's Skinny Liquid Eyeliner, fell off in my makeup bag 3 nights in a row.  If there is anything left in there, it's no where to be found. Rimmel ScandalEyes Gel Eyeliner had a very dry texture that "skipped" in spots as I tried to apply it. I searched CVS for an old Almay standby, a waterproof gel pencil, but I think it's been retired to the beauty graveyard.

What's a Girl to do?

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Kevyn Aucoin Creamy Glow Blush Duo

Kevin Aucoin Creamy Glow Blush Duos

I love things that are well edited...I often prefer not to think.  I do understand why my clients prefer to have me scour, source, gather and edit head to toe wardrobe options, for them each season...Gorgeous as Bergdorf Goodman is, that's a helluvalot of merchandise to process. 

Where does one even begin to begin???

That's one of the reasons I love Space NK at Bloomindales in White Plains.  It's small, manageable and features niche skincare and makeup lines with cult followings. I also really enjoy working with one, passionate expert, who is schooled on all of their offerings.   

I feel cossetted and I like it.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Aw... Cut it Out....

Aw... Cut it Out....

Alexander Wang sleeveless dress, $1,295 / Gianvito Rossi beige shoes / Federica Rettore white bangle / Aurélie Bidermann feather jewelry

Cut outs are having a fashion moment...I like this Alexander Wang dress because it captures the spirit, without exposing copious amounts of midriff.  I have no objection to that look when it is age and figure appropriate, but one really has to ask ones self , if they might otherwise end up looking like a Real Housewife.

Of course this trend is also reflected in accessories, a safer, simpler way to be on point, instead of in display...


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Angelina Jolie Pitt: Woman to Woman

Angelina Jolie Pitt

I have thought a lot about Angelina's ovaries in the last two years...I know that sounds strange, but I have also worn her shoes and I have been worried about her.

Ever since this amazingly talented, remarkable woman publicly shared her familial breast and ovarian cancer history with the world and her decision to undergo a bilateral mastectomy, I've wondered when she would address the bigger problem--her ovaries.

Angelina did not ignore the fact that they were her next hurdle.  The fact is, that since her mother died of ovarian cancer, an insidious, recurrent disease, (that is often almost symptomless until diagnosed in late stages), her ovaries were the bigger problem.

It was never a question of "if", but "when".

Fashion Flash

This week, Melanie of Society of Wellness is hosting Fashion Flash.  Our talented group of bloggers strive to bring you the best of fashion, beauty, health and wellness each week.  To read more, please click here.



Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Gift of Social Media Friendshps

For dear @divadebbi

Victoria Beckham fitted dress, $3,510 / Giorgio Armani cut-out shoes / Pier 1 Imports magnolia home decor / Valentino's New Flagship Opens Up At Fifth Avenue - Pursuitist

Sometimes, I'm just amazed at how my world has been enriched by the Internet and social media.  Yes, at times, I too tsk tsk about how much of our time is spent gazing into our palms when we could and should be more present in the moment.

That being said, I have also made scores of new friends and rekindled old friendships via Polyvore, Twitter, Facebook and more recently Instagram. 

My very talented friend Vera created this Polyvore set to celebrate my blogs 7th anniversary and so nicely, to honor my style.  I am deeply touched. (You can see more of her fabulous sets here.  The lovely "Emavera", as she is known, as over 55,000 followers!).

Maybe the goal should be to balance it all a bit better...remaining "unplugged" in the presence of friends, colleagues and family, yet still recognizing magical connections can and do happen in cyberspace.

I'll work on about you?


Friendship is the brightest gift!!!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Emma Stone- A Fashion A Lister, Risk Taker and Modern Style Icon

Emma Stone in Dolce and Gabanna
(BTW, WTF was the design duo thinking, recently denigrating surrogacy and in vitro fertilization???)

There are a few young Hollywood stars who consistently get it right on the Red Carpet; to wit, Emma Stone, Emmy Rossum, Taylor Swift and Shaliene Woodley.  One of the great things about not being aligned contractually with one fashion house, (like Jennifer Lawrence and Dior), is the opportunity to explore a variety of looks.

What I adore about all of these women's style, is that they appear effortlessly, confident in their own skin. Largely, I think because  they have an innate sense of their own best looks, they will not be dissuaded to wear clothes that don't resonate with them for the sake of trend.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Tarte Colored Clay CC Undereye Corrector

Tarte Colored Clay CC Undereye Corrector

I came to the conclusion recently that I needed a more emollient under eye concealer.  The two I alternate between, Amazing and IT Concealer are both well regarded.  Since they are both heavily pigmented, very little product is required to get the job done.

As a result, both tubes are only half used, though they were purchased eons ago.  I can't be sure if the dryness I'm experiencing is actually my skin, due to this endlessly cold winter, or if the consistency is changing to due to age of the product.

Either way, it was time for something new and I simply got lucky when I chose to sample and purchase Tarte Colored Clay CC Undereye's superb.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

DivaDebbi turns 7!!!

I admit that I am always tickled when I hear that my men friends read DivaDebbi.  Peter Sachse, Macy's Chief for Innovation and Business Devlopment, is a regular, and I am deeply flattered that he finds it relevant.

Two of my friends at Equinox, John and is always trend savvy, stylish son Jack, were asking me just the other day, about my blog and how long I have been writing it....It dawned on my that I probably just hit my 7 year anniversary. Looking back through the archives (available on my front page, by month),  I started writing DivaDebbi in March 9th of 2007.

I'm probably only a hair more tech adept, but along the way, I have met fantastic people, including some powerhouse beauty and fashion bloggers, heard from readers all over the world, created new relationships with many PR, media and marketing partners, earned two Brand Ambassadorship's (RoC and La Peau Skincare), penned a fashion column for a year for WAG Magazine, attended fabulous events, stretched my brain muscles, slathered my face and body with every conceivable lotion and potion and caused my UPS delivery guy a aches and strains along the way.

Its all good and I am ever appreciative of all my loyal readers and partnerships If you will continue to read, I will continue to write.

I thought it would be fun to share my very first blog with you.  As friends have always told me, they "hear my voice" in my writing.  It was interesting for me to reflect on this post and experience the very same thing!

You're the best!

xox and my thanks,


Just Getting Started....

O.K., I have no idea what I am doing yet, not even sure how I will find my own blog again, but gotta give this a whirl...I have been consistently obsessed with all things beauty and fashion related for the last 30 years or so. Happily I have dear friends who can attest to it and fabulous new friends and clients over the years who have all been on the receiving end of my blast emails about my latest discovery that must be purchased pronto. If you will read, I will write...

My first wrinkle creme was Dorothy Grey Night Creme. It came in a lavender jar and I purchased it at age 12. I think even then, it was marketed towards mature skin, but in the spirit of sooner than later, I slathered.

I googled Dorothy Grey and would you believe there are still some 5000 products out there??? I imagine they all have an inch or two of dust on them...scary.

I soon graduated onto pilfering my sister's Clinique 3 Step System nightly (which she will learn about first right here)....ooohhh that fabulous cucumber colored sliding soap dish....As I contemplated taking this on, I mentally went way back and remembered many of my early obsessions...

Yardley Lipsticks, in those adorable orange and pink striped tubes with black scrolls ( I actually found one on ebay)!, Love's Baby Soft and Fresh Lemon Perfumes, Misty Mocha and Misty Lilac Revlon nail polish, Karen Graham of Estee Lauder ad fame, Psssst dry shampoo, Sun In Highlighting spray, Calgon take me away....

So, if any of this rings a bell, I am the girl who thankfully gave up suntanning with Reynolds wrapped double album covers long before I hit my 20's and has learned a thing or two along the way.  I will share all that I try and scour reading, with you, my readers.

My business is fashion, so if you think I will resist writing about Stars on the Red Carpet, I couldn't possibly, not. I am nearly in hives waiting in anticipation of Stars who blow it, despite having the best designer offerings and stylists at their disposal...think Tilda Swinton accepting this year's Academy Award in a Hefty trash bag....

Tilda Swinton

So, I hope you will check in and if you like my blog, share it, put me in your favorites (I would, if I knew how)...

Dish with the Diva anytime....what were some of your earliest, fondest beauty memories and products???


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Glow Getters: A primer from Totalbeauty

Long time DivaDebbi readers know I am all about the glow.  I am also a TotalBeauty Blogger and a fan of their website, reviews and beauty editorials.  For me, it's a a daily must read.  One of today's features was on how to get and maintain glowing skin.

Naturally, I couldn't pass this up.

Basically, it all boils down to one thing; acids.  I have used glycolic pads and peels religiously on my face, neck and hands for the last 8 years, and routinely use Neutrogena's  Pink Grapefruit Body Wash, (actually intended for acne),  which contains salicylic acid, because our bodies are sadly neglected by cosmetics companies.

What I learned today is that there are actually other acids, and they are best used for specific skin types.

Who knew???

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Kat Burki Hand Therapy: Your hands circa 2005

My "Girls" Holiday Lunch at the Delamar Hotel Greenwich

Back in December, I hosted a luncheon for a bunch of my favorite clients.  My "Girls", as I like to think of them, are my loyal lovelies, who have relied on me as their Personal Shopper/Stylist from the time our children were in diapers, to my most recent friend, who just relocated back to Greenwich.


Sweetly, many arrived with hostess gifts, pour moi-unnecessary, of course...the point of the lunch was to offer my thanks to them.

One of the things I received was Kat Burki's Hand Therapy, a delectable cream, that I swear, has taken 10 years off my hands!  Apparently, I'm not the only one having a lovefest with it...W Magazine chose is as their "Best Hand Cream of 2014".

An impressive get, for sure.

Kat Burki Hand Therapy

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Lush Brows for Less

Maybelline Brow Drama

I was in CVS today to exchange some AA batteries for AAA's that I bought in error...naturally, my visit did not end there.

I was completely out of Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz (how does that happen, seemingly overnight, with all self sharpening products???) I still have plenty of A.B.H. Dip Brow Pomade left, but I thought it would be nice to have a product with a built in brush, so I could travel with it in my makeup bag.

Anastasia Beverly Hills is not inexpensive, but she is is the brow guru.  I came very late to daily brow grooming, so I reasoned  go for the best, since I had a lot of catching up to do.

I happened first upon Maybelline's Brow Drama, "Sculpting Brow Mascara". I like that it is described as a tinted gel "mousse" already envisioning pumped up brows and the Soft Brown, one of three shades, (Dark Blonde and Dark Brown additionally) looked like a good match.


Friday, March 13, 2015

Cheap and Cheerful: EOS Lip Balm

EOS Lip Balms
3.29-4.99 at Ulta and Drug stores nationwide
No...these are not Easter Eggs, just cheekily packaged lip balms from EOS aka Evolution of Smooth.

Mine is Sweet Mint, and it resides on my bedside table.  Applying it, it my last beauty do, every night before I fall asleep.

I picked this up on a whim at CVS a few months back and I'm so glad I did.  Infused with vitamins, Shea butter, and antioxidants it's got all of the good stuff and none of the bad: petrolatum and parabens. It feels luxe, tastes delish and makes my lips feel plump and lush.

In the morning, my lips are perfectly primed for a day of my Holy Grail lip pencil, (MAC Soar) and my latest obsession, Pur Minerals Chateau Kisses Lip Plumping Gloss (a lovely hybrid between a stain and a gloss.)

Can you really ask for more for under $5 bucks???

I think not...


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Fashion Flash

This week, Mirabai Holland MFA, fitness guru, with dozens of videos to her acclaim and blogger, is hosting Fashion Flash.

Our group of bloggers receive over 500,000 pageviews by readers around the world each month. As always, our focus is on beauty, fashion and wellness for women over 40.  ICYMI, my post is about Christie Brinkley's newly launched skin care line...I'm still awaiting my samples!

Click here to read this weeks news from our circle of talent.


Sunday, March 8, 2015

Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield

Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield

I love a good multi-tasking product, don't you?  How many potions are we truly supposed to layer on our faces each morning...all before we have even applied makeup.

When my friends at Murad asked me if I would be interested in sampling one of their latest innovations, Invisible Perfecting Shield, combining 3 treatments in one, I leaped at the opportunity.  Invisiblur seamlessly combines an anti-aging treatment, primer and SPF 30 in one pump...another big plus???
The sunscreen technology is clear, no tell chalky residue.  


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.


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