It's definitely autumn here. Some of the leaves have started to color; the earliest are already falling. There's a morning chill in the air, and the animals are hoarding food. This hydrangea, the prop for many of my makeup swatch photos, is sunbleached. It should be a vibrant pink, but instead it's pastel pink - almost ivory. I think it's pretty no matter what color it is.
If only we had some sunshine! I have been waiting not-so-patiently to get swatch photos of new things to show you. The sun is predicted to make an all-day appearance tomorrow. It's about time!
I had a great week - some of the highlights were anticipated and some not. My quick introduction to Thomas Saujet, President of CREED North America, was a total surprise. I had dashed over to Neiman Marcus Tysons Galleria to pick up a Chantecaille holiday piece I wanted. Thomas had just arrived at the store, and my CREED friends introduced me. He had a tiny sample of Royal Service with him, sprayed some on a card for me, and talked a little bit about the notes and its "story." It was love at first whiff. I felt so privileged to receive one of the first introductions to the extraordinary fragrance. There's a CREED event coming up later this fall; I'll make sure to let you know. At the event, some of CREED's hard-to-get fragrances, such as Windsor, are made available. I can't wait!
Yesterday's Neiman Marcus visit by Dr. Gregory Brown, founder of RéVive Skin Care, was informative and fun. He was accompanied by Hylton Lea and John Gates. All three of them, along with the rest of the team, were an inspiration. Dr. Brown doesn't make appearances as often as he did in the past, so it was a special day. I have photos and a lot to tell you about RéVive's products. I hope to start writing this weekend.
There's been a Chantecaille sighting in our area! Yesterday, Fernando Cadavid, Global Makeup Artist for the company, was at Bloomingdale's Tysons. Today, he will be at Neiman Marcus Mazza Gallerie, and Saturday he will be at Neiman Marcus Tysons Galleria, making women beautiful. I have an appointment with him tomorrow. If you live in the area and would like to see him, call or text Kathy Shoreman at (571) 212-8399, and she will schedule you. I hear there may be some time slots left.
There's a lot going on at Neiman Marcus. It's InCircle, and there are many gifts with purchase (and points if you care). If you can get over to a store this weekend, you'll find it worth your while to see the newest fall and holiday makeup, skin care, and fragrances.
A Dozen Roses, a collection of rose fragrances that was exclusive to Neiman Marcus at its launch, will be introduced at Bergdorf Goodman on Monday. If you live near New York, you'll want to give these scents a whiff next week. My favorite is Gold Rush.
OK, I'll stop talking. It's time for The Friday Forum, our open chat. What new products did you discover this week? Did you find any deals you couldn't resist? 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? What's new in your life? Just use the comments. Don't be shy. Just make sure to ask any question you might have over the weekend. By early the next week, most (not all) readers have moved on.
We have an amazing giveaway contest underway. Make sure to enter before Saturday, October 15, at midnight. The lucky winner will receive Giorgio Armani Beauty's Jacquard Eye Palette #2 for Fall 2011. If you don't enter, you can't win. Good luck!
Photo by Best Things in Beauty