Friday, November 9, 2012
People are grief-stricken, hurting, frustrated, and cold. Some feel helpless. Some are even angry. It's the anger I don't understand completely. There's a big difference between losing your home or a loved one and losing electricity. We can all whine about our utility companies; it's become a national mantra in times of extreme weather conditions. Unfortunately, when you have to rebuild an interconnected infrastructure, and do it as quickly as possible, it isn't easy.
I've seen anger here (and deleted it). I see it on the news. Fortunately, more often than not I see the amazingly resilient American people, maintaining a spirit and generosity that characterizes our country's residents. New Yorkers taking off from home - sometimes on foot - giving away food, clothing, and labor to complete strangers. Utility workers - many from other states - working throughout the night, in cold, snowy, and miserable conditions, to help people in New York, New Jersey, and other hard-hit areas by rebuilding the infrastructure. I see charities stepping in to help people and animals. I see national and local government agencies doing their best to aid those in need. I am heartened by the spirit of America.
Chantecaille tugged at my heart. Instead of writing what has become the obligatory e-mail expressing sympathy to those affected by the storm, Chantecaille did something by offering to donate a portion of the proceeds of Les Pétales de Rose to help the victims. Repeating a time-worn expression, "Actions speak louder than words."
We carry on. I don't know about you, but I am obsessed with the Sephora sale. I keep checking to find what I don't expect: those Edward Bess eye shadow palettes. Part of Liu was "up" the other day. I'm not sure what happened to it. Did it sell out? I ordered WAY too much. I'll tell you about it in the comments when I get home from work. It's Friday, which means I have to lug all my trash and recycling outside for pick up. That's one of my least favorite chores of the week. Today, it will be even less fun because my right knee swelled up after standing in line to vote. Ice had been my best friend this week.
[This paragraph has been updated.] Do you have a favorite holiday collection? I believe all have been launched, with the exception of Le Métier de Beauté's Bauhaus Kaleidoscope Lip Kit. Click here to get the scoop. It is a Neiman Marcus Web exclusive. Additionally, there will be a new Kaleidoscope Lip Kit exclusive to Neiman Marcus Mazza Gallerie, designed by Michael Reinhardt. It's called the Best of Tina West. Dr. West is a DC-area dermatologist. I have not been able to confirm plans for a holiday Kaleidoscope Eye Kit, although there are rumors that there may be a Bauhaus Eye Kit coming. You can also look forward to the new year for new Le Métier de Beauté color.
Let's talk about your week of beauty. It's time for the Friday Forum, our open chat. I love this part of our week. Have you selected your favorite holiday collection - and purchased a few new treasures? 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 for Sephora's Favorites Give Me Some Lip kit. The deadline for entries is tomorrow, Saturday, November 10 at midnight. If you don't enter, you can't win. Come on back Saturday for a special "flash" giveaway contest. I have a couple of surprise deluxe samples to give away.
Update: Zuneta is offering free international shipping through November 18. Use code FREESHIPXMAS.
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