This time of year, there's nothing more welcome than the Christmas Rose (Hellebore). Here's a plant in my garden, perking up the space beneath the Kousa dogwood. We have experienced a short stretch of cold this week. As I grumble about the cold, I must remind myself that it's February. If we can get through just a few more weeks, we will be safely out of the "snow months." Yippee!
This week, I "graduated" (once again) from physical therapy. My therapist and I decided that continuing therapy wouldn't yield continued improvement. Now my challenge will be to force myself to do my exercises at home. I can find just about any excuse to avoid exercising. Maybe I should enroll in a Pilates class. That would motivate me to get out twice/week for a regimented program. I'd rather play with makeup.
I received a few Sunday Riley makeup items this week - and some new fragrance. I can't wait for a sunny day to get photos to show you. I love what I bought sight-unseen. In fact, I've got a backlog of wonderful things to show you. Eileen tempted me to try Tarina Tarantino (something I never thought I'd do), and I like what I bought. I need a day at home when the sun is shining for makeup photos. Why is it always cloudy on mid-winter weekends?
Did you see the Edward Bess sale items at Beauty Ticket? I was stunned to see them on sale. There were eight shades of Deep Shine Lip Gloss, but I couldn't make the Beauty Ticket system behave. There was no way to select a shade using Firefox. By the time I tried Internet Explorer (and discovered that Beauty Ticket doesn't play well in the sandbox with Firefox), only one shade remained available. Too late! I think online sites that don't support the most widely used browser in the United States should carry a prominent notice. I wasted a lot of time trying to find a way to order in Firefox.
One of my favorite bloggers, Tavia at Chic Profile, took a very long break. She's back - as great as she always was, with early news on first-rate beauty collections. Please stop by and welcome her back to blogging. If you don't know Chic Profile, you should.
My screen porch was fixed yesterday, so Charlie can go back out to protect his turf. Pfew! He has complained loudly for the last week. My fox is back too. It was a diet preference. A good friend gave me some moist dog food her dog had rejected, and my fox loves it. Picky little devil. Rounding out Animal Kingdom, a huge hawk has been hanging out here, where the hunting is good. I tried to convince him to go elsewhere the other day, waving my arms wildly as he looked down at me from his high perch on a tree limb. Clearly he knew he was safe from the crazy arm-waving woman because he never flinched.
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 for Stila's darling Love at First Blush set ends tomorrow, February 11, at midnight. Don't forget to enter!
Photo by Best Things in Beauty