What a crazy-busy week I've had! I've had the same thoughts for the last few Fridays - I need a rest. Last weekend, I attended two events at Neiman Marcus. I still have to tell you about them. I've resolved to do three event features this weekend: RéVive Skin Care, Chantecaille, and Brandon Martinez. I must catch up.
Late yesterday afternoon, I posted a note on the Sephora Friends & Family sale. It seems there are multiple schools of thought on the sale and Sephora's intentions. Some who had publicized the sale stuck with their stories that it's the same fall 20% discount Sephora always offers its best customers. Others ranted on Twitter. A handful of women posted on Sephora's Facebook site asking why the e-mails returning their discount codes were unintelligible. Just in case you didn't experience the amusement of receiving one, they were HTML code. I wanted to share a few lines with you, but Blogger kept "understanding" them as real instructions from me, so I gave up.
Anyhow, the klutzy e-mail was suspicious, coming from an established dot com. There were other anomalies. Immediately after I placed my order, I received an e-mail saying Sephora was awaiting credit authorization from American Express. That never happens. I called AmEx, and they had no idea what was going on. They said to call Sephora because they had charged $1 to me, but that was all. I didn't call until I started reading the hysteria on Twitter. By that point, I wanted to find out what was happening. After I did, I shared it with you. Incidentally, the $1 charge is a test to ensure the card is valid, and the "test" is not unusual. The rest of the charge follows a little later.
There is a lot of speculation about the sale and whether it will continue. As I advised yesterday, if you can get the discount, go for it! Twenty percent is 20%. I wouldn't buy just to "experience" the discount, but if there's something on your wish or gift list, why not save money?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.
Don't forget this week's giveaway contest: Love Brilliant Lip Gloss by Chantecaille - the shade Angelina Jolie made world-famous. The deadline is Saturday, October 22, at midnight.
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