It's too bad frost doesn't preserve nature's bounty - the colors of autumn! Instead, it turns the flowers and foliage to a limp mess as the sun rises and the day warms the ground. I know there's no denying Old Man Winter his season, but frost reminds me that he's on his way.
Yesterday was a very bad day (Alexander had them too). Don't ask. I get anxious about things sometimes, and I was anxious. Then it turned into a very good day when Kathy Shoreman brought me my bottle of CREED's Royal Service on her way home from work. Actually, that was good and bad. I adore the fragrance, and I feel so privileged to own bottle #402 out of 1,000. I get anxious, though, when I think about what I paid for it - or what I will pay when my American Express bill is due. More about Royal Service later.
This week, I've tried to find two things in my house: an eye shadow palette and a bronzer. I need one for a review and the other for a friend. I know that they must be in one of two rooms, but buried. The search was frustrating. My "filing system" isn't a system - for the most part - and it must be improved as one of my life's endeavors. I spend too much time looking for things. The beauty products that overwhelm me, my passion in life these days, shouldn't be a source of frustration, right? If I had more time, I could methodically file my lovelies in the shoe-box-sized plastic boxes I do use for storing makeup by brand - when I have time. Each weekend, I vow to start organizing, but the enormity of the task overwhelms me. Anyhow, I did find some wonderful Armani makeup that had been put out of my way in preparation for last December's knee surgery. Can you believe 11 months have passed since that "event"?
Poor Nicole Kidman. I searched Google images for "makeup mess," and many photos of her face powder disaster came up. I'm glad there's no one around to document most of my bad days!
You may have seen that one of my beautiful readers notified me in a comment yesterday that yet another "blog" is stealing my features - word for word, picture for picture. When I investigated, I found that she (possibly named Carol) has stolen just about every post I've written since April. Since she went to NYU, according to her profile on one photo site, so she ought to understand the illegality of copyright infringement. I have reported her to Google in a formal legal DMCA notice. Google hosts her "blog" with my content (including my Friday Forums) on Blogger. Let's see if the thief publishes this feature!
Dustin Lujan's Le Métier de Beauté's limited-edition Antiquité Poupée Kaleidoscope Eye Kit ($95) sold out on its first day at the counter (with plenty of pre-sales too). The good news (I got an e-mail from Dustin last night) is that Bergdorf Goodman has asked Le Métier de Beauté to provide 60 more of them. If you want one, after seeing the swatches here yesterday, call Dustin at (212) 872-8612. We rarely get second chances on limited editions! Additional news - I got the shade names for the Capitol Kaleidoscope and updated my feature.
Speaking of second chances, I won't be giving one to Urban Decay. Their new Naked II eye palette was slated to be available yesterday. Early in the day, I went to their site to order it. It hadn't been published. When I returned to the site later in the day, it has sold out. Will I wait for the second batch to arrive? Nope! In this case, they don't get a second chance (not that they need me). I love neutral eye shadows, but I was so frustrated by their inability to predict demand for a new version of the most successful palette they've ever created that I decided to boycott the palette entirely. As you've figured out, I have plenty of makeup.
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.
This week's giveaway contest is Sephora's Give Me Some Lip Volume II. Just leave a comment here to enter. The deadline is tomorrow, December 3, at midnight. It's a cute little set.
Since the thief of the week is stripping the copyright notice that goes out with my feed, if you read this feature in its entirety anywhere other than Best Things in Beauty, it was stolen.
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