Friday, August 2, 2013
I'm having a bit of trouble keeping up with Best Things in Beauty. First, my schedule has changed so radically, I'm exhausted. On normal workdays, I get up at 4:15 am. I leave the house by 7:00. I get home from work around 4:30 pm. Because of my early rising time, I have to go to sleep around 8:30. That leaves four hours for life management, kitty time (so they don't feel totally abandoned), dinner (last night it was beer and Cheez-Its), e-mail communications, and blogging. My Saturdays usually start with going back to sleep after I've fed all the animals (my cats and the wildlife). Then I have to fit in my beauty shopping. By 5:00, the productive part of my day is done - usually having run my errands on the way home from work. Sunday is an errand day too.
On top of all that, I've spent countless hours dealing with the malware infection of my PC. The last step was uninstalling Firefox. While using IE, I had no redirects. I have now reinstalled Firefox, so I'm waiting to see what happens. I know you're thinking I lead a drab life. I think that too sometimes.
If I write one or two features each day, I have little to no time to respond to comments. I'm feeling pretty bad about that. I love our dialogue. I'm not sure how I'm going to resolve things. On the pro side of that schedule, I really like my new work, and I hope Congress' penny pinching will not create another government shutdown.
As the fall collections are being revealed, live and in person, I'm getting revved. Collections like Guerlain's and Armani's have arrived in select stores, and I'm excited by new treasures. Fall is such a fabulous time for makeup and fashion. I have a couple of very specific needs in the clothing arena. I need new fully-lined, smooth, lightweight wool gabardine slacks that are traditional - sitting on my waist, not half-way down my hips. Does anyone know where I can find them? Really nice, smooth-as-silk ones? I also need some new AGL shoes. These are my staples. I have plenty of jackets - mostly Armani, but I need these new basics. Unfortunately, my slacks are not trendy, and they are very hard to find. Argh! You will never see me at work in trendy fashion, like the fall couture shown below.
There are samples available of Le Labo's City Exclusive - at Le Labo and Luckyscent through August. Why just samples, you ask? Because starting in September, you will be able to order full bottles of any of the Le Labo City Exclusives for a limited time, including the two latest additions: Cuir 28 (Dubai) and Limette 37 (San Francisco). The samples are pricey ($12), but I want to try two rather than buy blind.
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 current giveaway contest. Make sure to enter for your chance to win a new Long-Wear Cream Shadow from Bobbi Brown's Navy & Nude Collection. The deadline is tomorrow, Saturday, August 3, at midnight.
Photos courtesy of apps.rhs.org.uk and WWD