Friday, September 28, 2012


You know I am always loving me some Luminous Silk Foundation and now for Fall, Armani has done it again! Amazing 16 hour waterproof eyeliner.  Eyes to Kill Chic eyeliner pencil is dual ended so it's silky smooth on one end and has smudging capabilities on the other.  Comes in Earthen or Black and lasts all day.

Secondly, you also know I love anything that does more than one thing. It creates simplicity in your life and your makeup drawer and Armani succeeds again with this Easy Chic Face and Eye Palette.  It has all the fall colors that you want in one little case and the quality is unsurpassed using super satiny formulation.
And finally to finish the look, Armani has released 3 beautiful shades of luxurious lipstick which is not only long wearing, try 8 hours, but it comes in this falls hottest colors, plum, rouge and beige.

The only 3 things you need to update your beauty look for fall 2012! Simply and Beautifully.

*beauty tip; putting your eyeliner on first then applying shadow over it will give your look a softer finish and makes your application easier to pull off because the lines don't need to be absolutely perfect.

Monday, September 24, 2012


I love all natural things.  There's nothing more satisfying about creating beauty recipes using simple ingredients.  I recently found a great foot scrub recipe from  Skin Care Recipes and Remedies to remove dry skin.  We spend so much time on our feet they deserve a lot of TLC.  This recipe contains lavender oil which I also use on my body when I get out of the shower and at night on my temples to help me sleep.  Hope this helps your poor peds!!

Salt scrub

1 cup of sea salt or Epsom salt
1/2 cup of cold water
2 drops of lavender essential oil

Start off by gradually adding water to salt and lavender oil
As you are adding it, you want to make sure the mix starts looking like a paste. It has to be not too liquid and not too solid, it should be like soft though otherwise it will run between your fingers
Rub your feet and soles in circular motion
Rinse off with warm water

That's it! Super simple.

Beauty tip: Put Vaseline on your feet and wear socks to bed when they are really dry. You'll wake up to soft, hydrated heels.

Do you have any favorite natural beauty recipes that you use?  I'd love to hear about them!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


So my goal is always to create simplicity in my life-and beauty. Well, simplicity IS beautiful in of itself for sure.  One area to create simplicity is in your makeup bag. Do you need all 15 of those eyeshadows and lipsticks? I say "No!" Here are my three fav makeup products that you need to make yourself beautiful in about 5 minutes or less.  First of course I have to tout my foundation, simplebeautebydedra. It works as a foundation AND a concealer.  It has spf 15 in it and the finish is cream to powder so it sets nicely on the skin and you don't need powder.  My second must have is Smashbox's Cream Cheek Trio. Don't let the name fool you though. This 3 in 1 can also be used on your eyes and lips!  To finish off the list I love my L'oreal False Fiber mascara.  It doesn't flake and is incredibly buildable to really pop the eyes.  Only three products to create true beauty simply!!

Friday, September 14, 2012


So thrilled with my new product, Simple Beaute by Dedra Foundation Stick! It works so well and the finish is so natural.  I recently used it on a shoot for a company I work for, Gramicci.  They are an outdoor, organic clothing company so natural is key.  The goal is to make the models look that they haven't been done.  I think I pulled it off pretty good.  What do you think?  If you want to purchase my amazing foundation you can find it here on my blog or go to my website
 Beauty Tip: Remember when applying your foundation start in the center of the face and blend outward. That will leave the bulk of the product where you need it most and keep you from having that dreaded line of demarkation!!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012


The Jurlique special I mentioned from the Today Show is here!! This deal will only last til tomorrow and it is Simply Sensational.  These products will change your skin.  I promise!!
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Tuesday, September 11, 2012


Looking at my skin lately it didn't seem as if I was getting enough moisture.  I was using my moiturizer but it wasn't working.  Then I had an aha! moment.  Jurlique, so super simple!  I pulled out my Fruit Enzyme Exfoliator and bam! In 5 minutes my skin was bright, glowing and ready for action.   As with all of Jurlique's products it contains natural ingredients to promote healing of the skin.  No harsh chemicals like other lines.  So you get all the benefits of a peel without the pain and sting of stripping your skin. It also has Sodium Hyaluronate to balance and maintain skins moisture level.  All this in one 2012 Award winning bottle!  If you have five minutes you can change the look and feel of your skin.  Simply and beautifully!

Monday, September 10, 2012


Last week we saw Michelle Obama looking truly radiant with her hair, makeup and wardrobe done to perfection.  What she also had that was going on was  on her nails.  A very popular color for fall, a blue grey color called "greige."  But not only Michelle has it going on.  Last week the runways were teeming with girls and their trendy nail colors. The thing I love about nail color is that for the most part they're inexpensive so you can get the latest colors and feel hip without breaking the bank.  Essie has some fun colors shown here

And so does Nicole and OPI.  All of these can be found at Target with prices from $7-$8.50.

The key to wearing a dark shade is to keep your nails on the shorter side and shaped nicely.  Try and keep them all the same length as well.  It will add a cleanness thats super chic and cool.
If you're unsure about a color try it on your toes first before you dive into the finger nails.
It's fun to be daring though so don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and go bold. After all, it's only nails!

Are there colors you'd like to try for Fall but are too afraid to try?  I'd love to hear about them in the comment section below!

Thursday, September 6, 2012


With Fashion Week kicking off last night in NY we have been inundated with photos of fab people.  These shots of Kim Kardashian looking not so simple struck me.   They were taken as she headed to the "Du Jour" Magazine party and I'm sure heads were turned.  I personally think she looks beautiful.  I always love the color combo of black and white and she's been working it a lot lately.  I love how her body fills this dress and I love the cut-outs creating the "art deco" style.  I like how she did keep her makeup clean and simple and her hair pulled back.  Letting her figure do all the talking.

What do you think about Kim's look? I'd love to know!!

Beauty tip:  To keep your makeup looking even and fresh try my new foundation "Simplebeautebydedra Foundation Stick." It works as a foundation AND a concealer.
 Find it here or on my website

Wednesday, September 5, 2012


Everyone is talking about Michelle Obama's speech last night at the DNC.  It was powerful, moving and resonated with so many people.  I could definitely relate to her memories of early family life with Barack when they had very little money and found it hard to make the bills.  So many of us in this country have fallen on hard times this past few years.  Without the support of friends and family I'm not sure if my husband and I would have made it.  Michelle spoke about being true to yourself and that it's ok to ask for help if you need it.  That Barack is the same person only better because of the challenges he has had to face as president.  All of us can rise to any occasion and meet it if we honor and allow ourselves to do so.  I always speak of looking in the mirror and finding something you "like" and play that up.  Not diminishing ourselves.  On the lighter side, Michelle looked flawless.  Her makeup was done to perfection.  Beautiful, clean skin and light eyes.  She glowed from the inside out.  Her hair was soft and feminine with just a bit of pizzaz in the side flip. And her dress was understated and elegant.  She exuded a confidence and inner beauty that cannot be bought.  Simple and beautiful!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Saturday, September 1, 2012


So I have had this discussion with you before but I think it's a great one to revisit.  Beauty Balms-love em!  Why? Why not?  They are so easy to use.  They work really well because they are highly concentrated.  Best of all for all you jet setters, they make travel super easy!  Right now Koh Gen Do has brought their amazing balm back for fall.  It moisturizes dry, spent summer skin and revitalizes worn, brittle winter skin.  It is packed with anti-oxidents so it heals and protects.  It's versatility on dry lips, cheeks and body is what makes balms so unique.  I'm always looking for simple, beauty products to make my hectic life less strained and with this one it surely helps.

What do you look for to simplify your life? I'd love to know