The Clock Stops Here...

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Review: L'Oreal Boost It High Lift Creation Spray

L'Oreal Boost It High Lift Creation Spray
$4.99
Is there a drugstore that's open 24 hours in your neighborhood?  If so, I suggest you hop in your car now and run to go purchase L'Oreal Boost It High Lift Creation Spray. Quite possibly, it's already sold out.

Big hair must be making a comeback. Works for me...Last week I wrote about Conair's new Volume & Styling Comb, (genius) and now THIS.

Lake

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Fashion Flash Monday



It's Fashion Flash Monday again! I hope all those who celebrated Easter enjoyed their family time. What a lovely Spring day!

This week Mirabai Holland of Moving Free With Mirabai is our host. Please click here to see what our group of experts are sharing with you this week.  Topics include:


  • Help find plus size prom dresses
  • Two new Dove products 
  • Natural products to celebrate Earth Day
  • The nose "knows"; how scent effects us all day, everyday
  • Roseacea- cause, effect and some help
  • Enhancing your lashes without the sting and redness that often ensues
  • Staying in shape on your time and at a special savings
Enjoy!

Xox,
DD



Because I'm Happy...

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Review: Olay Regenerist Luminous Brightening Cleanser

Olay Regenerist Luminous Brightening Cleanser
$9.99 or thereabout
I have noticed a new beauty buzz word of late--"brightening" has made its way into the skincare lexicon...

Olay Regenerist Luminous Brightening Cream Cleanser was flitting around in my "to try" consciousness.  I have now used up three tubes of my beloved Hada Labo Cleanser and was teetering on the edge of curiosity and laziness.  ( Hada Labo requires a trip to Ulta.)

Laziness won.

Happy Easter!!!

Happy Easter!!!



Moschino Cheap Chic pink stripe dress / Lauren Ralph Lauren top, $200 / Jimmy Choo black sandals / MCM pink purse / Hermès enamel bracelet / Lisa Battaglia floppy hat / Philosophy rose perfume, $67 /

Wishing my family, friends and readers who celebrate, a lovely Easter! 

Enjoy your families.

xox
DD

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Mineral Fusion Lip Gloss

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.)

Vintage Modern

Kiernan: The Beauty of Youth

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Is It Summer Yet???

Holy Grail Alert: L'Oreal Lash Out Butterfly Mascara

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 and loved 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

The Big Tease: Conair Volume & Styling Comb

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
I have purchased dozens of "lift" and "teasing" combs over the years, and I can handily find one in any clutch or handbag I open.  Some have a long "rat tail" end, for strategically creating an nonstrategic part. Other's have a spray of 5 talons at the end like a gap tooth "Afro pick".

Do they get the job done?

True Style is Innate

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Fashion Flash Monday



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.

Topics include:

  • 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
Enjoy!!!

xox,
DD

Simpler Pleasures

Friday, April 11, 2014

Dr. Fredric Brandt: The Face Behind the Face

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.)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Vita Liberata Luxury Tan Lotion

Vita Liberata Luxury Tan Lotion
5.07 oz. $54
Who knew???

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.

Just NO.

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!!!

Liv

Monday, April 7, 2014

Pink and Blue

Fashion Flash Monday



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
Enjoy!!!

xox,
DD

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Review: Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster

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.

Be Kind

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Love in Bloom

Lancome Loves Lupita

Description: Description: LOGO

Lupita Nyong’o
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

Rehab for Abs: Mio Get Waisted Sculpting Body Shaper

Mio Get Waisted Sculpting Body Shaper
$56

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?

Luxe Unlimited

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Sonia Kushak Satin Luxe Lipcolor


Sonia Kushak Satin Luxe Lipcolor
$9.99

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.

Pompeii

Monday, March 31, 2014

Femme

Sebamed Everyday Shampoo and Repair Conditoner

Sebamed Everyday Shampoo & Repair Conditioner
$12.99 each


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

Fashion Flash: The best of beauty, fashion and fitness


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
on hand!

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.




DivaDebbi shares how the trends and colors of the season for Spring 2014, took shape at Richards in Greenwich, Ct., where she is their Personal Shopper.



Enjoy!

xox,
DD
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