Friday, May 27, 2016

The Friday Forum - May 27

It's peony time here, one of the most beautiful times of the year. I wish I could drive around and take photos of them, but I'm spending almost all my time at Mom's bedside. She is not doing well, and I don't expect miracles anymore.

I'll keep this short. I'm going to ask Eileen to help me with the Friday Forum conversation. I'll be checking in to approve comments, but not as frequently as I normally would. Without further ado, it's time for the Friday Forum.

The Friday Forum has always been an opportunity to share information. Are you using a fabulous product and want to sing its praises? Tell us about it! Did you find a beauty product disappointing? Tell us why! Do you have questions others might be able to answer? We can help! Want to talk about skin care? I'm game. Just use the comments. We have busy weekends and slow ones on the forum. I hope to see you in the comments.

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

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Eileen said...

Dear Charlestongirl, you know we are all sending our prayers for a gentle and peaceful time with your precious mom. As so many of us have said, please don't worry about us. We're here; wishing you and your mom well as the page turns on the story of her life. Love is as love does and you are the very epitome of the loving and devoted daughter. Bless you both.

Ladies, if you'd like to make comments or ask questions, I'll do my best to respond.

This week I went back to the Chanel counter to pickup Tissé Essentiel. At first glance, it looks rather nondescript--boring, in fact. Applied, though, it is quite lovely as it is not truly flat but is one of those soft satin-matte finishes. The colors are best described as contouring colors: base shade, two shades for contouring depending on intensity desired, deep shade for smoking along the lash lines. It works to provide light and shadow and blends beautifully with other more shimmery or colorful shades. As all us older ladies know, full on shimmer can be a bit too much for us, but when some shimmer is tempered by satin shades, it is gorgeous and brings light and life to our old eyes :-) Tissé Essentiel is the perfect name for this quad. It's not flashy, outré, or unusual, just one of those essential products that gives structure to everything else.

A few days ago, Charlestongirl reviewed Rose Pompon and a couple of you talked about your love of roses. I'm also a huge rose enthusiast and can't imagine a garden without them. Because our weather has been so mild this year, I've actually had some determined roses almost all year. I felt terrible when I finally cut them back, but put them to rest I did and now that we are well into spring, the roses have been bursting with blooms. So lovely and the scent is divine! Even the dogs like to go sniff :-)

That's it for me. Have a wonderful weekend everyone.

Keren said...

This is a diifcult time for you and your mother.
Nothing I write will reduce the physical & emotional pain both of you are feeling.
Just want to offer my support as a subscriber to a wonderful, sensitive blogger & her mom.

Charli's Daily Diary said...

Sending good thoughts and prayers <3

yayayoga said...

I am thinking of you and send my love. I adore your "Friday Forum"

Running with Scissors said...

Aslo from I long time reader: I would like to add my best wishes to you at this time. Thanks to Eileen for filling in.

Anna R said...

Thank you Eileen for your excellent review. CG, you are in my prayers.

I tried a new shade of the Guerlain Petite Robe Noir nail polish, Pink Button #063. It's a bright pink color, beautiful for spring and summer. It applies very nicely and the best part, as it dries down, it has the fragrance of the perfume. It doesn't have that nail polish smell. I'm really enjoying it! Usually I only get a few days wear before I chip nail polish, but the dark color I tried lasted almost a whole week. It's pricey but a nice treat.

If you are traveling this holiday weekend, safe travels. I'll be working and wishing I was enjoying the warm weather.

Wendy said...

Hi Charleston Girl! Hi Eileen! I'm very sorry to hear about your mom. Being a caregiver to your parents is extremely hard. I took care of my dad, he's since passed almost 6 years ago. My mom has been "house bound" for sometime now, she' has a severe spinal condition that is leaving her with limited mobility. If I could take her pain, I'd jump to it it in a second. I have to work and, it saddens me to leave her. I read many beauty blogs (Eileen is such a doll, she's answered many of my questions in the past) but, your my most favorite of all! I always went makeup shopping with my mom. I find it hard now to shop without her, and I'm 47! Well, I ordered another Tom Ford Naked Bronze and the product seems to be fine! I still love sparkle eyeshadow. I just ran out of Chanel's New Moon, my fourth one purchased. I' pretty much wore it everyday. The Tisse Esssential Quad....that's from the "Kristen Stewart Collection". That quad was my choice out of the others offered but, I need a little oomph to my eyes. That's why I wondered if their Stylo Eyeshadow Stick in Brun Chataiin would be complimentary as a lid color? I do need a really good neutral palette. I'm still using the darkest color in Chanel's Spices Quad as a liner but, I'm hitting the pan fast! Also, I'm still waiting on that Wayne Goss #14 brush. Much love to you Charleston Girl!! Xoxo. p.s. Nordy's mascara madness event is this weekend.

31LenaD said...

Dear Charlestongirl! I pray for peace for you and your mother! The ones we love never really leave us!

CGirl said...

Sending wishes for peace your way.

31LenaD said...

Eileen, I was very interested in Tisse Essential. It looks like a perfect kind of nothing shading shadow.

laura z. said...

Sending good thoughts and prayers to you and your mom, Charleston Girl. I am in a similar situation with my mom and it's not always easy. Remember, each day is a blessing. Thanks to Eileen for filling in this week!

I wanted to share a huge disappointment - for me anyway, that is Chantecaille Vital Essence with Arbutin. I've gone through the entire bottle, and it has done nothing, nada, to lighten or brighten my complexion, but more importantly, lighten the dark sun spots I have. I really love all of their products, and thought this would help but alas, more money wasted trying to find the holy grail. Anyone have any recommendations for something that I could try, short of laser surgery? :)

alrenwald said...

Just sending prayers to you and your dear Mom.

LadyJicky said...

Sending healing vibes to your Mother at this difficult time.

Oh I just love peonies .... such beautiful flowers.
I have just finished my Iris Ganache by Guerlain ..... its long been discontinued but - what a beautiful perfume it was by Guerlain.
Come on Guerlain .... stop the rotten scents you are pumping out and do something fabulous like you used to do!

Anonymous said...

I am very sorry, Charlestongirl. This is a very hard and difficult time and you are both in my prayers.

CGstrein said...

Dear Charlestongirl, you and your mother are in my thoughts and prayers.

Eileen said...

Hi Wendy,

I'm finding the more I use Tissé Essentiel, the more I like it. As I said before, it's great at adding definition to the contours of the eyes. It works beautifully with just about any color you want to throw at it since, depending on which shades you use, you can skew it warm or cool. In fact, adding a bit of color really makes this quad sing. I've used it in conjunction with the two crayon yeux that were part of Chanel's summer collection--Oasis (burnished green) and Sable (rosey copper). And if I want more glam, I'll do a light glaze of the golden shade of the green shade from Emprient du Désert. In both instances, I be been using Bobbi Brown gel liner in Espresso smudged into my lashes. Experiment and have fun. With something as basic as Tissé Essentiel it is really hard to go wrong :-)

Eileen said...

Hi 31LenaD,

Yes, Tissé Essentiel is one of those great sets of contouring shades. Chanel has done them in the past but it's been awhile since they've created a new, less shimmery iteration. When I first saw Tissé Essentiel, it reminded me of the kind of palettes that Edward Bess does so well: understated, refined, chic minimalism. I would think anyone who likes to make the most of their eyes would need something of this nature in their stash. It's pretty basic, but it creates beautiful effects especially in conjunction with other quads and eyeliners. It can also be quite dramatic when all four shades are used to create a softer version of a smoky eye.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Eileen for filling in and for your valuable insights and tips.
Dear CG, hugs and strength to you and your mom.

I sampled the Chanel Essentiel quad today, then compared it to my Matelassé quint and several shades are very similar. The texture of the quad may be more satiny. Now, it will keep tempting me thanks to Eileen :)


Anonymous said...

Prayers for you and you mother. I know what it is like. Every moment is precious.