Friday, April 11, 2014
Did you read the article "Over 50 and Underappreciated" in the New York Times yesterday? The author, Bee Shapiro, introduced industry veteran Andrea Robinson's new book, Toss the Gloss: Beauty Tips, Tricks & Truths for Women 50+. I think I'll order it from Amazon. In her article she spotlighted women over 50, like Bobbi Brown, who are industry superstars, and others, like Diane Keaton, who represent major brands. The one tiny blurb that drew my attention, though, was billed as a little-known fact: that some creams are repackaged for different body parts, but they are exactly the same. That extra $50 you are paying for your face cream? It may be the same cream you are putting on your arms and hands for less money. I do use a face cream on my hands at work, but it never occurred to me that the brand might have the same cream packaged as a hand cream. I'm reminded once again of my mantra, read labels.
There was a little blurb about Absolue L'Extrait Ultimate Eye Contour by Lancôme next to the article. It highlighted the company's claim that there are close to two million native rose cells in the cream. That made me wonder how many cells are in a typical rose. I had a hard time finding out on the Internet. I guess there aren't millions of people wondering about rose cell counts. What did I already know? A cell count would depend on the size and maturity of the rose; that's common sense. What did I learn? Too many to count. So, your two million cells could have come from a single rose petal. Impressed?
I have a lot of beauty stops to make tomorrow. I have to pick up my Tom Ford items at Neiman Marcus at Tysons Galleria, unless I can do it later today. I'm attending a special Beauty and Fashion Event at Neiman Marcus at Mazza Galleria, after which I must pick up my Giorgio Armani purchases at Saks in Chevy Chase. It is going to be a crazy busy beauty weekend. I've got boxes and boxes of new makeup to photograph, so I hope the sun will make an extended appearance when I'm home. I'm working from home today, but it's as cloudy as it gets.
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.
Photos courtesy of Sisley and by Best Things in Beauty