The Clock Stops Here...

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!!!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Love in Bloom

Banana Boat Summer Color Self-Tanning Lotion Deep Dark Color
$6.79 Drugstores nationwide

Well, that is certainly a mouthful!  Like most Girls, I can easily be persuaded to try a well rated drug store "cheat".  I'm also a sucker for a good list.  As a blogger for TotalBeauty, I do consider myself a fan of the site and I'm grateful to all the women who take time to rate and review products.

When I received an email about The 20 Best Drugstore Buys, I set aside some time to read it properly, note pad in hand.

The very first item,  Banana Boat Summer Color Self-Tanning Lotion Deep Dark Color caught my eye. My Kate Sommerville 360 Self Tanning Towelettes are an expensive addiction. Reviewers loved that it was quickly absorbed, didn't streak had no discernible "self tanning" odor scent and of course, a lovely price

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Fashion Flash

Happy New Year from the Ladies of Fashion Flash!  This week Melanie of Society of Wellness is our host this week.  Some of the topics covered include:
  • Facial Exercises
  • 10 Best Cold Weather Beauty Products
  • Scientific tips and myths regarding weight loss
  • Things to consider before changing your hairstyle

ICYMI my post is my DivaDebbi Best of Beauty 2014 Roundup.  Please click here to see them all.



Friday, January 2, 2015

DivaDebbi's Best of 2014

Oh what a year it's been!  As always, I wouldn't be blogging if I didn't enjoy it and I am always so delighted to hear from readers and friends who tell me that my obsessions have become their obsessions.  It's fun to go back and review the hundreds of posts and reviews that I have written over the course of  a year to pick out the must-haves of 2014 for you.

With each pick I will link you back to the original blog, so if you wish to read about it more detail, you will have that option.  In no particular order:

1)  Exuviance  Age Reverse Toning Neck Cream - $78 What can I tell you??? This stuff works... I love the rich gel like texture and can see a difference in the firmness of my neck.  It doesn't hurt to have friends ask me in hush whispers, if I , "had anything done".  It comes in a huge tub and will last several months.  Use it nightly. This is just one of a number of Exuviance products I have come to love. They have amazing depth and breath in their Anti-Aging arsenal.  Do check them out...

2)  Lancome Cils Booster Primer - $24.50 Do you really need a lash primer??? Yes. And not just any lash primer, but this one. Don't think of it as an extra step...think of it as your first coat of mascara, and one that you can just slap on with abandon.  The result, clearly, is longer, thicker lashes with just one coat of your mascara.

3)  Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lash Mascara - $29.00 -  Low maintenance Girls should skip to number 4...
for everyone else, this is both brilliant and life changing. I received this for review and raved about it.  I just purchased my own kit after a little more than 3 months of use.)  For those who love the look of insanely long and full Latisse lashes, or false lashes for special occasions, this two step lash system will give you all that and more...Voila.  You're a vixen (and it washes off easily.)

4)  L'Oreal Infallible Gel Eyeliner - $10.99 This is a great drugstore find... One pot of this gel liner will probably last you a lifetime.  It glides on and stays on like a dream. I even prefer it to Bobbi Brown's Long Wear Gel Eyeliner, which also requires the purchase of a separate $25 brush. This is as good as a drugstore find gets...even better than the costly prestige original.  Genius...

5) Perfect Pink Gel Coat - $30 I stumbled on this brilliant product at Sephora, the day after a manicure. Out of sheer boredom from my light colored Essies sheers, I chose a deep shade instead.  They were gorgeous for about 6 hours before the first chip set in. Maddening-- truly.  Perfect Pink Gel Coat is great as a base and top coat for light pinky colors like Ballet Slippers and Sugar Daddy, and for a glossy mid week touch ups.  In addition, it will strengthen them like granite.  In a word, perfect...

6) Lash Em Brow and Lash Enhancing Serum - $70 - Over the years, I have used over a half a dozen lash enhancing products with varied results.  Often I grew fabulous lashes, but they were always accompanied by unsightly red, scratchy eyes.  This is the first product I have used that both worked and caused zero irritation. I realize that experiences with this type of product are individual, but if your eyes are as sensitive as mine, Lash Em may just be the product for you (and as an additional plus, one tube lasted me 7 months. I was sent this to review but just purchased a second tube.)

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year and Congrats to the Roc Skincare Giveaway!!!

Happy New Year Lovelies!

Thank you to all who participated in RoC Skincare's incredibly generous Holiday Giveaway! The lucky winner will be sent this 12 piece gift basket and a $200 Visa Gift Card.

44 readers participated.  I used the website to choose the winner.  Number 11 was the the number that was randomly chosen, which means the 11th commenter, Sandyhills x will be starting off the New Year off with some great RoC products and a $200 Visa gift card to spend.

Congratulations Sandyhills x!!! I will be contacting you for your sending information.  RoC will send you your goodies directly.

My thanks to all my loyal reader and my sincere wishes for your good health, happiness and success in the New Year ahead.


Happy New Year: Happy Review

(18 shades)
List price $29.99 available on the web for less

Happy New Year Lovelies!!! I trust you are reading this with your second cup of coffee in hand...

I wanted to start the New Year off right, with a review of one of the best longwearing lipsticks I've tried, L'Oreal's Infallible 2-Step Longwear Lipstick. It aspires to 24 hr. wear, and I can attest that some definitely still exists on my lips, despite lots of champagne and air kisses last night.

What shocked me, was the hefty $29.99 price, which I didn't know until researching this blog.  How is that possible, you ask? Easy...I purchased this while on a recent Target run, before seeing the movie Big Eyes the other day, (shared mall, good film.)

***Update- I saw L'Oreal Infallible 2-Step Longwear Lipstick in CVS this weekend for $15.99. Still steep for a mass item, but better than the $29.99, I hopefully did not spend.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Fashion Flash

On behalf of all of the wonderful bloggers who contribute to Fashion Flash, we wish you a very Happy New Year, with much good health, joy and happiness in the year ahead. This weeks topics include:

  • How to travel in style
  • Help finding your best colors
  • Tips on how to succeed with your resolutions

In case you missed my earlier posts on my RoC Skincare giveaway, the contest runs December 31st,  until 11:59  Eastern Standard Time. Click on my post for your chance to win 12 fantastic RoC Skincare products and a $200 Visa gift card. 

Please click here to read all of our posts, the last of 2014, more to follow...

Much love,


Mary Mary Quite Contrary

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Review: Conair Pro Infiniti Spin Brush

Conair Pro Infiniti Spin Brush
prices range from $53.99-63.99 

OMG Lovelies!!! Conair's new Pro Infiniti Spin Brush is a total game changer.  I will never be without this dryer again.  If you have ever dreamed of having salon like results at home, get in your car NOW and run to your nearest  24 hour drugstore to purchase it STAT.

This product is a miraculous multitasker, that  dries and styles your hair quickly, while adding shine, shape, lift and volume. It is designed with "True Ionic technology" that ensure shine, soft results.  The 2' inch barrel is coated with a ceramic finish, to protect hair from damage.  It has three settings, and the brush rotates in two directions, giving you the ability to curl hair under or flip it out. You can also use it without rotation, (though I don't know why one would.)

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Happy Holidays!!!

To my lovely, loyal readers, I wish all you happy, safe, joyous Holidays.  I am so appreciative of your support and it still pleases and amazes me that I have readers from all over the world.

If you missed my last post, my friends at RoC Skincare, for whom I am a Brand Ambassador, have offered a spectacular end of the Holiday Season giveaway to my readers.  The contest runs until 11:59 New Year's Eve.  One lucky reader will win a gift basket filled with 12 RoC products and a $200 Visa Gift Card!!!

Click here for details on how to enter.

All the best and much love,


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Happy Holidays from RoC Skincare; a fantastic giveaway!!!

As a Roc Skincare Ambassador, I was delighted to receive an opportunity for one of my lucky readers to win a RoC gift basket filled with 12 amazing anti-aging products and a $200 Visa Gift Card! (details to follow.)

Happy Holidays indeed!

In addition, I had the chance to share some terrific skincare tips from Dr. Erin Gilbert, an NYC based board-certified dermatologist who consults with RoC. 

We asked Dr. Gilbert if she could provide some tips for how to handle some common skincare concerns, particularly as we work our way through the Holidays and the long winter ahead.  
Dr. Erin Gilbert

Dr. Gilbert weighs  in:

1. Puffy Eyes: 

“The best tool to combat puffy, under eye bags as well as rough texture is a Clarisonic brush! If you sleep on one side the lymph fluid will accumulate under that eye by morning. Or, if you consume a high salt diet at night (think Chinese takeout), you may experience puffiness under both eyes. I suggest gently massaging the skin under the eyes with a sensitive Clarisonic brush head for 60 seconds per side. The vibrations increase the flow of lymph to and from the congested area and reduce the size of the bags.”
2. Acne:
“Acne flares are often worsened by sugar and stress. While we can’t always eliminate stress from our day, we do have the power to control how much sugar we are consuming. There are obvious sources of sugar, like deserts, but there are also hidden sources of sugar that we may not be thinking of. Skim milk has been strongly linked to acne flares in dietary studies, so you are better off choosing whole milk or unsweetened almond or soy milk when you have the option. Also don’t be fooled by food that is ‘gluten free.’ Although it may sound healthy, it often contains more sugar than the traditional versions.”
3. Skin irritations – What can we do to keep our skin calm?
“Keeping your skin well moisturized during the winter is the first step to avoiding irritation and rashes that can spiral out of control. I suggest using a gentle body wash in the bath or shower, then applying a simple fragrance-free moisturizer all over the body daily. If you develop irritation, apply 1% hydrocortisone cream or calendula cream to the area for a week or so. You don’t want to use hydrocortisone for longer than a week on the face, so if your rash persists you should see a dermatologist.”

4. How to achieve skin that glows:

“Once you have taken care of your diet and hydration, you can consider adding additional steps to your beauty routine to get a holiday glow. If you have normal skin, consider adding a glycolic or salicylic acid toner to your regimen twice a week. This will gently remove dead skin cells and boost your skin’s radiance. Also consider adding a serum to your regimen. I like RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum. It will increase your skin’s hydration and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. If you are using it with a retinol at night, try to alternate days in the beginning to avoid over drying your skin.”
On to the good stuff!  How can you enter to win this generous giveaway courtesy of RoC skincare?

Meeting the year

Fashion Flash

This weeks Fashion Flash host is Pamela Lutrell who pens the lifestyle blog Over 50 Feeling 40.
As we wrap up the Holidays, the focus this week seemed to be about taking care of our overall good health.
Please click here to see the full wrap up.

In case you missed my original post on the perfect natural manicure  it's included here and in the FF post.



Thursday, December 18, 2014

Billy Magnum Salon

Billy Faridi and Lucas Magnum
Billy Magnum Salon
270 Mason St. Greenwich, Ct.

It's time to get your gorgeous on!!!

Billy Magnum Salon opened their doors this week, to the delight of their longtime clients, (moi, for one), who love this team for their full service, expertise in cut, color and signature blow outs.

The space at 270 Mason St. has been transformed. The interiors, done in collaboration with the uber talented designer Melanie Foster, are sleek, modern and crisp in white with navy accents, Billy Magnum's signature colors.

Partners Billy Faridi and Lucas Magnum understand that women really do want to simplify their lives....  Having one convenient place to accomplish all of your hair needs, makes a lot more sense than dashing for color here, cut there and an anonymous blow dry at one of the many blow dry spots that have popped up like Starbucks recently.


In addition, Mychael  a former MAC makeup artist and brow expert has joined the staff full time. As I finished having my hair colored on Saturday, I watched as 3 women left giddy, looking utterly glam and and 'selfie' ready, (with perfect hair, natch...) 


Here's the really good news, to thank their loyal clients and introduce new ones to their work, Billy Magnum will be offering a 20% discount off all services when you book your first appointment until January.

If you live in Westchester or Fairfield, I encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity and get to know Billy, Lucas and their team of professionals, who care passionately about making people look their best.

They have earned my trust, my loyalty and my friendship and I hope they will earn yours too.

All the best to the best...


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Fashion Flash

Mary Lou Floyd is a our lovely Fashion Flash Host this week.  Mary Lou is one half of team who write the fabulous lifestyle blog The Second Live Club.  We always do our best to bring you interesting posts on beauty, fashion, health and lifestyle.

This week, some of our topics include:

Consignment Shopping
Choosing great gifts for the men in your lives
A fabulous new blow dryer that reduces drying time by 70%
A chance to win a $300 skincare giveaway

And more... Click here to read them all.



Monday, December 15, 2014

Perfect Pink Gel Coat

Perfect Pink Gel Coat

The only time I ever had gorgeous, glossy, chip free nails, is when I broke down and got a "gel manicure". Oh, how I loved not fretting over spending the time and money on  a fresh manicure, only to look like a street urchin, within a day or two.

Sadly, the process wreaked havoc on  my nails.  After a few months, my once granite hard nails, were as thin and slight as rice paper.  It took a year for them to return to normal.

Last week, after 6 months of wearing barely there pinks, like Essie's Sugar Daddy, I thought it would be nice to switch it up and go for a little cuh-lah.  They were glorious for a few hours...What I want to know is how they could possible have chipped while I was sleeping.

Really???  Ugggghhh!!!!

I tried to patch them with a coat of sheer and a similar shade that had emulsified into a goopy mess in the 3 years it has resided in my medicine cabinet.  Honestly, they looked like awful. I removed all the polish and did the unthinkable and polished them myself with Salma Hayek Blush Peony Nail Lacquer... suffice to say, at least they looked tidy.

Today while doing a Sephora run, I stumbled upon a product in the checkout aisle that I never heard of, Perfect Pink Gel Coat.  I wasn't crazy about the price point, 30 bucks seemed steep, but I loved the promise of what it might be able to do for my nails.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Marsala: Pantone's Color of 2015

This week, Pantone announced that, "Marsala" is the color of 2015. Whatever  shade is chosen, will be widely used in both clothing and interior designs in the upcoming year.

Here is how Pantone describes it:

Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.

The Versatility of Marsala

  • Equally appealing to men and women, Marsala is a stirring and flavorful shade for apparel and accessories, one that encourages color creativity and experimentation
  • Flattering against many skin tones, sultry and subtle Marsala is a great go-to color for beauty, providing enormous highlight for the cheek, and a captivating pop of color for nails, shadows lips and hair.
  • Dramatic and at the same time grounding, the rich and full-bodied red-brown Marsala brings color warmth into home interiors
  • An earthy shade with a bit of sophistication, texture is the story in print and packaging. A matte finish highlights Marsala’s organic nature while adding a sheen conveys a completely different message of glamour and luxury.
Personally, I think it's very doesn't work for me in the realm of cosmetics, fashion or interiors.  There is only one place that I think it works:

That's all...


Monday, December 8, 2014

Fashion Flash Monday

It's Fashion Flash Monday!  My dear friend, the beautiful Jackie Silver who writes Aging Backwards, is this week's host. Our fashion, beauty and lifestyle posts this week focus on the Holidays.

Click here  to read them all.  In case you missed my recent post on "temporary breast enhancement", a new trend in cosmetics procedure, you can catch it here.



Sunday, December 7, 2014

Radiance for Less: Maybelline Dream Lumi Highlighting Concealer

Maybelline Dream Lumi TouchHighlighting Concealer

Touche Eclat Concealer

Over the years, I have splurged on YSL's cult classic Touche Eclat Concealer a number of times.  I have always thought it did a better job of highlighting than concealing, but nonetheless, I found its stripes well earned.

My other issue was that originally, Touche Eclat was offered in a limited range of shades, none quite right for me.  I knew of people who bought two and blended, but $82 is not in my wheelhouse to spend on concealers that don't, well, conceal.

When they finally expanded their offering to 12 shades, I reviewed it again and finally found a perfect match.

Yesterday, I spotted Maybelline's version of Touche Eclat, Dream Lumi Touch, described as a, "highlighting concealer". Housed in a far less glam plastic tube, it sports the same click pen applicator as Touche.  For $8 bucks, I couldn't resist buying it...

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Good to the Last Drop: Make Up Forever HD Blush

Makeup Forever High Definition Blush

From time to time, I think about taking a picture of my oft cleaned out, but still bulging makeup drawers and posting it for you to see.  It's a graveyard of half used lipsticks, concealers, eye shadows, mascaras and liners.

It's incredibly rare that I glom onto one product and use it until I'm scraping out the last bits with a Q-tip, but such was the case with my Makeup Forever HD Blush (210 Cool Pink). It's a cream formula that sculpts and defines the cheek area beautifully.

It's also can be very difficult to replace, particularly shade 210. 3 trips to Sephora yielded no success. Somehow, I missed the restocking days, so I ventured to Ulta, who sadly doesn't carry Makeup Forever
at all. 

On my last trip back to Sephora, I agreed to pay for it up front and have them send it to me free of charge.
It's on it's way, thank goodness.  So, I guess it's time to elevate Makeup Forever HD Blush to Holy Grail

Ya.  It's that good...


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

A Cinderella Story: Temporary Breast Augmentation

Amanda Sanders underwent temporary breast augmentation before a weekend
getaway with a new boyfriends. (photo courtesy of Caryn Posnansky)

I think I may now have heard everything...At the end of the summer the New York Times published an article about women who are undergoing temporary procedure to enlarge their breasts.  The motivation is to enhance their appearance for important occasions, like their weddings. Since then, I have read other articles about this new cosmetic "trend".

Saline is injected in the nipple area and the skin is temporarily stretched.  It's possible for a woman to go from A to a C cup.  What's the glitch?  It lasts 24 hours and costs about $2500,  Some women are also doing it as a precursor to surgery, to get a birds eye view into what their breast augmentation might look like. (Surgeons who are doing the procedure do allow the money spent to be discounted from a permanent surgical procedure.

Seriously...Haven't these women ever heard of chicken cutlets???

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Fashion Flash

It is my week to host Fashion Flash, our weekly gathering of pertinent information for women over forty, on fashion, beauty, wellness, shopping and sometimes, a great recipe or two...I'm so proud to be among such noted and acclaimed company!


Is Hydroquinone safe or can it cause cancer?  Deb of No-Nonsense Beauty Blog  talks to experts  for the answer.

Positive Living expert Barbara Hannah Grufferman thinks women can hip up their look by putting on a pair of these . . . with just about any outfit! (You have to read the post to know what they are!) Check out her tips for how to wear them to look fabulous for the holidays, or any time! 

Do you need a new sweet potato dish for the Holidays? Society Wellness shares their Coconut Sweet Potatoes and Greens recipe.

Home infrared sauna could heat up your winter. Jackie Silver from

Easy Jam Recipe: No Gunk, No Junk. Mirabai Holland, Health & Fitness Expert Shows you how!

Kari at Fab Over Forty likes to go to the experts to get the best advice on beauty and skincare for women over 40. One of Dior's National Makeup Artists offers some great beauty tips and they'll be especially helpful during the holidays!

Cindy over at Prime Beauty finds a sonic face brush that compares to Clarisonic in every way but price! Get the low down on the Micheal Todd Soniclear!

As the shopping season heats up, Josephine from Chic at Any Age gives  some helpful hints and tips on how to shop the sales wisely!

Black Cat Plus Gives Us Some Tips for Finding the Right Plus Size Jeans that fit.

Fashion blogger, Pamela Lutrell, takes us to her previous holiday tour of the San Antonio King Edward District. along with the Cynthia Rowland sweater she was wearing!

Thanksgiving:  done!  Time to start thinking about Christmas or Hanukkah cards.  Whether we send them or not here's one second lifers novel approach

And lastly, in case you missed my earlier post this week, DivaDebbi test drove a Physician's Formula Concealer that both conceals and lightens dark spots. Check it out, but consider nose plugs!

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