Friday, September 13, 2013
Late yesterday, we finally got some rain. The ground in my garden was so dry it had cracked. The thunderstorms came with damage in the area, unfortunately, but my immediate area was fine. This morning, the goldenrod was all bent over, but it should straighten up and reach for the sun by the time I get home from work.
I'm excited about this beauty/beautiful weekend. Not only is the weather supposed to be perfect, it's Beauty Event at Neiman Marcus. I'll get my day started tomorrow at Neiman Marcus Tysons Galleria getting the run-down on the newest beauty products and then "hit" the counters. Today, I'm leaving work a bit early so that I can go to Neiman Marcus Mazza Gallerie to pick up my Carnaby Street Kaleidoscope. I hear it's even more beautiful than it looked in the advance press photos. Look for swatch photos here tomorrow.
This has been a huge fragrance week for me. I was gifted three new-to-me bottles of Hanae Mori fragrances; I received a prize (and prized) bottle from a perfumer in Canada - one I won on Facebook; I received several bottles of perfume I'm dying to tell you about (soon); and I also received some decants of treasured fragrances I purchased from friends (e.g., Roja Dove). I'm smelling great! Give me time to write, and I'll tell you all about them.
Last week, you collectively helped me make up my mind on the contest dilemma. I have decided to discontinue weekly self-sponsored contests. Many of you, even Anonymous readers, told me you read Best Things in Beauty every day, but never enter the contests - and usually don't even comment. I got a loud and clear message that the contests aren't a tipping point, so I will stop featuring them on Sundays. I still want to find ways to thank my regular readers, so if you would like to be on my list for occasional gifts, please send you address to firstname.lastname@example.org (only that address, not the regular blog address) with prizes in the subject line. When I receive extra samples or gratis products to share - even when I buy just for you - I will randomly choose someone who has provided an address and send a little freebie along - just to say thanks.
Naturally, when generous companies or product representatives offer me giveaways for my readers, I will take advantage of their generousity and run those contests. I think I have one offer in my e-mail now that I can use to arrange a sponsored contest.
Thank you for being so sweet, kind, and honest in your comments last Friday. I can't put into words how grateful I was for your many comments.
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.
Stay tuned this weekend. I'm sure I'll have lots of news.
Update 3:00 pm: Carnaby Street did not arrive at Neiman Marcus Mazza Gallerie. I got there to find only the tester. Sorry for the false alarm.
Photo courtesy of frenchhillpond.org