Friday, July 29, 2016

The Friday Forum - July 29

I finally have a computer. I had to purchase a new one because my old desktop did not have enough memory to run Windows 10, an operating system that Microsoft installed overnight without my permission. Beware of them. They cost me about $1000.

My computer doctor was supposed to copy all of my prior e-mail files onto this new computer. He missed quite a few, so now I must spend time on the phone with them doing a file by file comparison. I sent them the old hard drive back yesterday. I can only summarize this debacle as a royal pain and time-consuming.

Today is my first day as a free woman. My consulting job ended, so I'm going to run over in a few minutes to a Chanel event at Neiman Marcus. I have lots of new things to show you. I'll try to start tomorrow.

In the meantime, it's time for the Friday Forum. The Friday Forum has always been an opportunity to share information. Are you using a fabulous product and want to sing its praises? Tell us about it! Did you find a beauty product disappointing? Tell us why! Do you have questions others might be able to answer? We can help! Want to talk about skin care? I'm game. Just use the comments. We have busy weekends and slow ones on the forum. I hope to see you in the comments.

Photo courtesy of waacademy

Friday, July 22, 2016

The Friday Forum - July 22


Here I am, another day without a home computer (that's not me above). The computer doctor ordered a new desktop for me because mine is at least five years old. He feels that it didn't have enough memory or other new features to run Windows 10. I am frustrated because I have to keep asking for information. Did you order it? Has it arrived? If so, have you started to move my files to it?

Regardless, it's very clear to me that I will not see it this week. I had so many cool things to show you this week, I'm disappointed I must wait. At least we can have a Friday Forum! The Friday Forum has always been an opportunity to share information. Are you using a fabulous product and want to sing its praises? Tell us about it! Did you find a beauty product disappointing? Tell us why! Do you have questions others might be able to answer? We can help! Want to talk about skin care? I'm game. Just use the comments. We have busy weekends and slow ones on the forum. I hope to see you in the comments.

Photo courtesy of hyperlinkcode.com

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Pause in Publishing

My computer, with my photos, has gone to the computer doctor. I begged them to take no longer than two days to cure it. I hope I won't be away for long.

Update 7/20: My computer is five to six years old. It has been recommended that I buy a newer one and the computer doctor transfer all my files to the new one. When he told me that would take a week, I had a mini-hissy fit. Now he has promised to see how quickly he can get a replacement and let me know this afternoon.

Photo courtesy of infohundred.com

Monday, July 18, 2016

NUXE Paris Anti-Aging Eye & Lip Contour Nuxuriance Ultra

In my goodie box from NUXE Paris, I found an eye cream, one of my favorite products. Called Anti-Aging Eye & Lip Contour Nuxuriance Ultra, it's on sale right now for $34.30. It's a nice time to try it!

Designed for all skin types, this anti-aging eye and lip cream with saffron and bougainvillea bi-floral cells acts on wrinkles, slackening of the skin, dark (sun) spots, puffiness, and dark circles. With continuous use, the skin around the eyes and lips is smoothed and softened, and wrinkles are reduced.

The product is so good, Real Simple magazine made it a Road Test Winner for 2016. One reason, I'm sure, had to do with its easy to use pump dispenser. It allows you to draw out just the right amount of product per use, with no waste. Another reason? It works!

I've used it for over a month, and I love it. For a change, I have followed the company's directions for use, except that I'm using it on my eyes, but not my lips.

Apply Nuxuriance Ultra Global Anti-Aging Eye and Lip Cream in the morning and/or evening to the skin around your eyes and lips.
  1. Dispense one pump of product and distribute it between the middle fingers of each hand.
  2. Use your middle finger to smooth your lower and upper eyelids, working towards the outside and maintaining an upward pressure for three seconds on the temples. Repeat three times.
  3. Pinch both eyebrows simultaneously. Repeat the process, working towards the outer side of the eye. Repeat three times.
  4. Use your middle finger to smooth your top and bottom lips, first in one direction and then the other. Then pull the corners of your lips upwards and maintain the pressure for three seconds. Repeat three times.
It sounds complicated, but once you get the hang of it, it will seem like second nature. I think you will love this eye cream, which you can find at the NUXE Paris Web site.

Photo courtesy of NUXE Paris

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Marc Jacobs Beauty Air Blush Soft Glow Duo

Marc Jacobs Beauty introduced Air Blush Soft Glow Duo ($42) just a few weeks ago. I immediately ordered two from Sephora - with some difficulty in selecting shades from those little rectangular color "swatches." I rolled the dice and choose Flesh & Fantasy (#506, described as ivory simmer/goddess bronze) and Kink & Kisses (#504, pale petal/peachy rose). I really wanted to order Lines & Last Night too, but I forced myself to start with two - only two.

Here are my two, with Flesh & Fantasy on the left and Kink & Kisses on the right. I think I chose well.

Air Blush was inspired by the man called the first celebrity makeup artist, Way Bandy, a friend of Marc Jacobs. Bandy rose to fame during the era of Studio 54, and he embraced the concept of "color glow" as a way of bringing out the natural "drape" of the face. The sleek, palm-sized compact is modeled after a vintage cigarette case.

Air Blush Soft Glow Duo features two shades that merge together so you can customize your color for a sexy, natural-looking glow. Achieve a dance-floor flush with this blush that’s infused with Japanese air powder for the ultimate cheek look (I have no idea what Japanese air powder is). This ultra-lightweight, radiant powder is nearly undetectable to the touch and gives your skin a radiant finish. Air Blush is created using a process called soufflage (French for "air-whipped") for a silky-soft, cream-like texture that blends effortlessly with the skin.

The unique striped pattern on this powder blush is inspired by a Marc Jacobs dress. An innovative process allows every shade band to extend beyond the surface, for even color with every brushstroke. Two glowing shades complement each other: the lighter shade highlights and the deeper shade contours. Marc Jacobs says you can customize your color by layering and blending as much as you desire to tailor your look for the occasion or the season. I have to disagree with that. The stripes are too narrow to use individually. Just consider them a pretty pattern in a single-colored blush.

My photos were taken in full, mid-day sunshine. I swatched using a sponge-tipped applicator, running it across all the stripes/shades. The colors are beautiful, and they are exactly as described. When I saw Flesh & Fantasy described a shimmering, it didn't hit me that it would be a bit sparkly. It is, but not so sparkly that I cannot wear it during the day. Kink & Kisses is a gorgeous warm pink.

These are very nice blushes - definitely worth the price. They stay put all day, which I can't say for some of my other favorite shades. If you would like to try one, you can find them at Sephora and add to your VIB point total.

I am having major computer problems. I'll publish this feature now and come back to add links when I can figure out whether the cause is Windows 10 or Firefox. My computer may need to go to its doctor. Unfortunately, the expert I have used for over 10 years has moved 40 minutes away.

Photo at top courtesy of Sephora; other photos by Best Things in Beauty

Friday, July 15, 2016

The Friday Forum - July 15 Plus Chanel for Fall 2016

Before I "talk" about Chanel, I want to express my tearful horror at what one man did in Nice last night. On an occasion when the French were celebrating a national holiday, he purposely killed 84 people (I'm sure that number will rise, given the number of critically injured in hospitals). Will the police find some screed - some written explanation for his actions, or will ISIS claim responsibility? I have watched television since I arose at 5:30, and I've cried for every man, woman, and child killed or injured by an evil person. How can the civilized world stop such violence?

Chanel, one of our very favorite beauty companies, French to the core, introduced its Le Rouge Collection N°1 for Fall 2016 yesterday only on its Web site. It was an early surprise. I wasn't expecting it until the end of July. Last weekend, I had taken photos of some of the items in the Neiman Marcus Café. If you click on the photo above, you may be able to read them. They are from left to right: Rouge Audace Rouge Allure Velvet deep chocolate burgundy; Rouge Ingénue Rouge Allure dusty beige; Rouge Vie Rouge Allure Velvet deep rosebud; Rouge Tentation Rouge Allure intense red; Rouge Charnel Rouge Allure Velvet fire red; the unknown lab sample I will have to identify through the account executive who has been wearing it; and Rouge Feu Rouge Allure Velvet lumimous orange.

I know you can enlarge and read the Illusion d'Ombre Velvet in Rouge Contraste (called Rouge Diable on my product sheet). It's a very deep, dark, red-tinged chocolate brown.

The top eye pencils shown below are Eros and Agapé. I probably have the blush photo at home (I am at work now), and I will add it to this forum later today. I swatched Eros; it's really red. I had hoped it would be copper.

The collection is not for everyone. There are a few pieces I'd love to have, but it's a bit edgy for me. "Reinterpreted by Lucia Pica, red upsets the codes. Through the depth of a nail polish, the frankness of a lipstick, and the intensity of an eye shadow, makeup gives women a new power." I've seen upcoming collections, and I'll be saving my money for them.

It's time for the Friday Forum. The Friday Forum has always been an opportunity to share information. Are you using a fabulous product and want to sing its praises? Tell us about it! Did you find a beauty product disappointing? Tell us why! Do you have questions others might be able to answer? We can help! Want to talk about skin care? I'm game. Just use the comments. We have busy weekends and slow ones on the forum. I hope to see you in the comments.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Happy Bastille Day!

Happy Bastille Day!

Bastille Day is the French National Day, which is celebrated on July 14 of each year. In France, it is formally called La Fête Nationale (The National Celebration) and commonly le quatorze juillet (the fourteenth of July). It commemorates the 1790 Fête de la Fédération, held on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789. The anniversary of the storming of the Bastille fortress-prison was seen as a symbol of the uprising of the modern nation - and of the reconciliation of all the French inside the constitutional monarchy that preceded the First Republic during the French Revolution.

I hope my readers and friends from France have a wonderful day! We'll be celebrating your Independence Day with you.

Photo courtesy of freegreatimages.com