Friday, September 3, 2010

The Friday Forum - September 4

Happy Labor Day weekend! Shown here is a close-up of the lovely allium, a prolific bloomer at this time of year. I love massed white flowers, and this one's perfect for a bank of white - particularly appealing in the early morning and early evening.

I hope all of you are safe this weekend, as the hurricane moves up the East Coast. While its winds appear to be diminishing, it could strengthen, stall - who knows what. I hope all of you are out of harm's way.

I'm not sure what's on my weekend agenda, beyond relaxing. At some point, I'm sure I'll go to a beauty department. You couldn't keep me away! What I really need to do - stay home and tidy up - seems boring as I write this.

It's time for The Friday Forum! We use The Friday Forum to share information. Are you using a fabulous product and want to sing its praises? Did you find a beauty product disappointing? Do you have a question others might be able to answer? Want to talk about skin care? Just use the comments. Don't be shy.

We have busy weekends and slow ones on the forum. I'm happy if even one reader stops by. I'm expecting a slow holiday weekend, so please drop by, leave a comment, and say hello - even if you don't have a comment on beauty products. In the Fabulous Felines comments, I promised I would post a photo of Charlie this weekend. He thinks that alone should entice you to stop by. Savannah continues to be annoyed by his attention-grabbing antics.

Thanks for reading Best Things in Beauty! Got anything you want to talk about?

Update 9/4: I just put some great weekend shopping deals in the comments.

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Laurie said...

Happy weekend! Savannah and Charlie sound like such characters! My in-laws are visiting and my pup has been an attention-seeking lunatic. It's funny how animals behave:)

Hoping to do some beauty shopping this weekend, it's going to be a nice cool weekend in Chicago. Hope Earl doesn't douse DC with too much rain this weekend -- stay dry!

Charlestongirl said...

Hi Laurie! Aren't they a hoot? Better an attention hog than a fear-cat or fear-dog. Running to hide under the bed isn't very social, but I had a lot of kitties in my life who did just that.

We got no rain - not a drop. I would have "killed" for an hour or two of steady rain on my garden. Enjoy your weather - and the shopping. I'm trying to decide where my shopping quests will take me.

Happy Weekend!

Eileen said...

On Thursday I braved the morning traffic on the freeway to make the trip to Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills where I then braved the crowd to see Edward Bess. There was an interesting assortment of people there, all oohing and aahing over EB purchases past and present. And, the SAs were very well prepared for us. Bergdorf had shared our EB purchasing information with Neiman's so the cheerful and genial SAs who helped us were able to make some good suggestions about other things we might like. Very slick--but in a good way.

Thursday was day two, and many things were already sold out when I arrived, but I was able to test everything that I was interested in and had the pleasure of being color matched for foundation by Edward. I was one happy camper and left after selecting the items I wanted delivered during Neiman's annual beauty event which begins September 9. I got the compact rouge in Love Affair, the new foundation in Light, and the lip glosses in Endless Love and Love Always.

As for Edward, what can I say? You can take the gentleman out of the South, but you can't take the South out of the gentleman! Gracious, charming, kind, and enthusiastic. There's nothing blasé about him. He's loving what he's doing and it's infectious :-)

As helpful and as good as the lovely Bergdorf ladies were, I'm thrilled to be able to actually go now to the EB counter and see things in person. I think he'll do very well here.

Charlestongirl said...


I am so envious! I would love to be able to meet Edward and play with all the colors in person. I'm not surprised that the shades started to sell out. Our department stores never seem prepared for blockbuster sales anymore (all due to "inventory control").

How about writing a guest post on the foundation? I don't plan to try it because powder foundations are not my favorites. I would love to share your thoughts with BTiB readers!

I hope you have a great weekend. Too bad you left your purchases there for Beauty Week. I have to purchase more then - I couldn't wait. :)

Isn't Love Affair a true love? I may need two.

Leigh said...

Recently I ordered Laura Mercier's Creme de Pistache Body Souffle. The reviews were positive and I had used her wonderful souffles before. It happened to arrive at 7:30 p.m. on a 99-degree Boulder (CO) day, so it had probably been in the heat on the truck for over eight hours. Bursting with enthusiasm, I opened it, only to be put off by a seemingly rancid smell that I just could not stomach - - never even tried it and returned it promptly.

While trying to think of a fresh-smelling replacement, I remembered the great lemon products of the C. O. Bigelow Company and hurried out to buy their Lemon Body Cream. Oooh, what a heavenly fragrance that lemon provides! It surely makes my morning shower so much more wonderful!

AND - - cats by computers?? - - my Poppy jumped up on my keyboard and the space bar popped off (Poppy popped!); have not been able to get it back on. Why could she not have been like that sweet little cat on the tv ad who treads ever so lightly over the keys??

Can hardly wait to see pics of your C-cat! Happy holiday!

Charlestongirl said...

Leigh, that's interesting. Even though I love nutty fragrances, I hate Creme de Pistache Body Souffle. There is something in it that is awful - it wasn't the transit. And it's definitely not the right scent for someone looking for citrus!

I keep getting samples of Laura Mercier's Pistache in GWPs - and I keep giving them away. She should stick to concealer.

Charlie is a muscular boy, and he does type when he walks across the keyboard, but so far, no keys popping off! Good thing keyboards are cheap. :)

Today we start to convince him to pose. Maybe smile too. With his blue eyes open and his gorgeous face on full display.

Happy Weekend!

Charlestongirl said...

There are some great deals to entice you to shop this weekend. Here are a few that hit my e-mail box. is offering a free mini Laura Geller Blush-n-Brighten in Sunswept with any purchase. The offer expires Thursday, September 16, 2010.

Clinique is offering a trio of mascara minis with a $30 purchase. Use code MASCARA at checkout through September 6. Don't forget the Clinique GWP at Bloomindale's. I plan to go get it today.

If you like lavender shadows, you will want to check out the GWP at Lancome. With a $45 purchase, use code SEPTDELUXE2 at checkout. Valid through September 7.

Shu Uemura is offering free shipping through September 6. Use code BACKSTAGE at checkout.

La Roche-Posay is offering free shipping this weekend. No code needed through September 7. And you will receive a free Thermal Spring Water with any Anthelios purchase.

The Tarte birthday deal was the subject of a post here. Make sure to use it!

L'Artisan is offering free shipping through September 15. Call 212-904-7910.

Enter code FREESHIP for free shipping from RAMY Beauty Therapy this weekend.

Beautyhabit has a rather cute cosmetics bag by A Touch of Ivy, yours with an $85 purchase through September 15. Use code MINIME at checkout.

SkinStore has a 20% store-wide discount plus free shipping on orders over $49 through September 7. Use code SUN20.

Neiman Marcus has free shipping on any purchase. Use code NMSHIP at checkout.

The Discount Beauty Center is offering 10% off your purchase with code LABORDAY10 - through September 6.

At Beautorium, you can save up to 20%, depending on your purchase. The codes are SAVE10 for purchases of $50, SAVE15 for purchases of $50 to $150, and SAVE20 for purchases of $150 or more. I don't understand the overlaps. Free shipping over $100.

And that's just a sample of the offers available!

I really encourage you to register with beauty sites. I have received so many nice birthday offers in the last week. I love it!

Charlestongirl said...

Here are some more weekend specials!

Benefit has free shipping for the next five days on any order. Use code LABORDAY at checkout.

Estee Lauder is offering free shipping on orders over $25. Use code LABORDAY25 at checkout.

MAC also has free shipping all weekend. No code is necessary.

Laura Mercier has a seven-piece GWP plus free shipping with an $85 purchase. That's a steep entrance fee, but if you are going to spend $85, you might as well have a gift!