Friday, January 18, 2013
The price - $60 - has stopped me from ordering the set, but each time I peruse the catalog, I stop at page 78. Last night, it happened again. As I turned the page and drooled, I stopped at page 78. Clearly it hasn't left my mind. Here we are - the next morning - and I'm still wondering if I should throw reason to the wind and order those squirrels.
The Beautyhabit catalog is a wonder of things you'll be sure you must have. I love it. I have the paper copy, but if you'd like to run through all the pages and drool, just click on this link to download it.
A couple of months ago, I ordered a squirrel pillow and some kitchen towels from AHA Life. They looked so cute. Unfortunately, they are cute on only the squirrel side. The flip side has a hideous red print. Seriously hideous, like the company found it in a remnant store that carried fabrics from the '50s that no one could sell. Those squirrels arrived months ago, but I'm still disappointed every time I look at them.
I did purchase a darling nut bowl at Neiman Marcus this week. The bowl, carved from a tree and hollowed out has a squirrel perched on the edge and an acorn nut scoop. It cost less than the Paul & Joe squirrels!
I know everyone collects something. What do you collect? It might be fun (and whimsical) to share today.
The sun is out! In just a few minutes, I'm going to haul myself outside into the driveway to start taking photos. There are clouds, and if they cover the sky in the next two hours, I may have to quit blogging. I don't remember a run of clouds this long in the whole time I've been writing Best Things in Beauty.
I felt a little validated this week, when after a round of media adoration for Jennifer Lawrence's Golden Globes gown from Dior Haute Couture, a few critics finally admitted her droopy, triple boob look was not flattering. Perhaps her stylist will up his or her game for the next awards show.
I hung out at Neiman Marcus yesterday and learned a few things I want to pass along. First, Chantecaille's Geode Gel Liner Pencil has been delayed. It is not arriving in stores with the Spring Collection. More than likely, it will trail along in February, but it may be as late as March. Darn! I am squirming with anticipation.
I also saw photos of all the upcoming Le Métier de Beauté spring products. For some reason, the company will not share them with me, which leaves me terribly depressed. I know you are going to love them, and I also know most of you well enough to know you would pre-order them if you could see the photos. I don't understand the sudden secrecy, and I feel unloved. Let's just say you are going to adore the lip colors; the palette I showed you the other day, which was created using colors from Kaleidoscopes; and the eye mask (beyond cool). There's more too.
Getting straight information from companies like Chantecaille and Giorgio Armani makes me proud to feature them as often as I do. Begging for information and photos makes me uncomfortable (I'm not pushy, but I do take rejection personally). How can a beauty blogger focus on upcoming color stores without help? I've written and called Dior so many times - without any response - I finally gave up on them. I know they send press releases (all I requested) and even whole collections to some bloggers. I can't even get photos most of the time. This, my friends, is the life of a beauty blogger. I hate to whine, but I'm going to. If they added up the dollars my readers have spent with them, they might consider that it's to their advantage to share information. I'm not making that money. Best Things in Beauty loses money. It's a labor of love.
There is an intriguing nutmeg shade eye liner pencil GWP for the Neiman Marcus Beauty Event in February. I can show you that - as soon as I can get a photo. It will become part of the permanent collection - as Artemis finally has.
Alberto (Giorgio Armani representative and MUA in Boston) published a photo of Giorgio Armani's #2 spring palette on Twitter last night. You can find the photo here: pic.twitter.com/5AVzaXWg. It was the one photo I didn't have. Thanks, Alberto! If you live in the Boston area, you must go meet him.
One more bit of news, hot off the press. Jennifer Aniston has joined the AVEENO family. Jennifer is as enthusiastic about the partnership as AVEENO is. She said, “I have been using AVEENO for years, so this partnership is a natural fit.” You now I'm an "AVEENO Ambassador," so I'm thrilled.
It's time for the Friday Forum. I love this part of our week. 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 the fabulous giveaway contest of the week. If you'd like a chance to win Bobbi Brown's Eye Luxe Collection ($100), just comment here to enter. The deadline is tomorrow, Saturday, January 19, at midnight.
Now, I had better steel myself up for the cold wind and get outside to take photos. See you soon.
Photos courtesy of Beautyhabit