I was looking for my star magnolia photos because my tree is blooming now. I found this instead. It's definitely not a Magnolia Stellata blossom. Could it be an exotic Stokesia? No matter! It's a flower to brighten our day!
I've been in beauty heaven this week. I don't even know where to begin. I've been enjoying all of my Neiman Marcus Beauty Event purchases (including Sisley's amazing Palette Orchidée), I've been testing some new-to-me (and amazing) Natura Bissé skin care, and I've purchased enough fragrance to ensure that my bottles will survive me.
So why do I want more? MiN New York is having a sale this weekend (20% off), and they carry some of the most desirable fragrances on earth. It goes without saying that I've placed a pre-order. You might want to check out the MiN Web site to see if there's something that tempts you. Don't order online, though. You have to shop in the boutique or call to get the discount.
I had wanted - desperately wanted - Guerlain's Muguet (one of the prettiest lily of the valley fragrances I've ever tried. It normally costs about $500, and I had denied myself the treat. That's a lot of money. Sometimes eBay can push me over the edge. Muguet was priced at $400, and there was a Buy-it-Now option. You can guess what I did. I went on autopilot, forgot the price, and ordered it. It should have been shipped by Brinks. Instead, I had to sign for it, which meant a trip to the Post Office - the only drawback to the purchase. Now, I'll be smelling like May flowers all year.
Just as the solar flares have given folks in Canada and the northern states of the U.S. a Northern Lights display, I received the Northern Lights Eye and Lip Kaleidoscopes from Le Métier de Beauté. What perfect timing! I'm smitten by both kits and hope to get blended swatch photos for you this weekend. Sunshine is predicted to break out, so stay tuned.
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.
I'm a little crazy. I already had a Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder giveaway contest going when I decided to start another. I love Chantecaille's new Sunrise Lip Chic so much, I bought one for a quick contest. Make sure to enter to win the contest for this season's glorious Chantecaille color at this link. The Bobbi Brown contest ends Saturday night at midnight, and the Chantecaille contest ends Sunday evening at 5:00 pm. You enter the contests, and I'll go buy a lottery ticket. I plan to win someday, and when I do, we can have even more contests!
Update: I got my Mega Millions plays for tonight. Wish me luck!
Photo at top courtesy of Gery Singer via Flickr; Muguet photo courtesy of Guerlain