This morning, it's warm and foggy outside. As I carried trash and recycling out to the bins for today's pick-up, I saw snowdrops peeking out from the leaves covering the ground. It was a sure sign that winter will soon give way to spring. If only the weather forecasters, who are predicting 1-4" of snow this weekend, had received the telegraph.
This week, I've been in beauty overload. I've had an opportunity to see or test many new products, and I've received many boxes of new treasures. I am really hoping for bright sunshine today. I'm eager to show you the new Chantecaille Coral Reefs Palette. It's hard to have something so beautiful that's still hands-off because I can't get a pristine photo if I dig in. I saw a tester at Neiman Marcus this week, but I really want to experience Chantecaille nirvana alone, in my own house. Does that make any sense?
Neiman Marcus Beauty Event starts next week (February 23) and runs through Sunday, March 4. With any beauty purchase of $100 or more - easy to do - you'll take home a tote filled with samples, including Tom Ford Neroli Portofino fragrance, A DOZEN ROSES Electron fragrance, La Mer Restorative Body Lotion, and Kate Somerville Clinic-to-Go Pads. The totes are available in hot pink, neon yellow, and gold. I was given the gold one, and I love it! The gifts with purchase are the main attraction at Beauty Event. The list is long and includes Chantecaille, Le Métier de Beauté (Red Velvet Lip Crème), Nest, Antica Farmacista, Sisley, and Laura Mercier. It's a good time to pre-order. If you don't have a local Neiman Marcus and want personalized assistance, give Sunny Choi Noble or Michael Reinhardt at Neiman Marcus Mazza Gallerie a call at (202) 966-9700. Make sure to ask for one of them.
The Saks Fifth Avenue Beauty Week is underway, and the tote is cool, but, in my opinion, the samples inside are not worth the effort. I wish Saks would re-up its game for Beauty Week. It used to be the cat's meow.
I got Charlie's porch fixed last week, and before another week could pass, he broke through another screen panel. I caught him working the screen away from its frame and brought my furry bad boy inside before he could escape. Now I'm on tap for another $100 repair. I wish he could control his instincts! That's makeup 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 will have moved on.
Don't forget this week's giveaway contest. By special request, it's for a KORRES Naked Love Your Lips set. The deadline to enter is tomorrow, February 18, at midnight. Good luck!
I have so much beauty news to share. I'll be working hard this weekend to write and get photos. For now, I hope you have a beautiful day - or if you're lucky, a nice, long President's Day weekend.
Photo by Best Things in Beauty