Saturday, October 25, 2014
My recovery went well for two weeks. Then, unfortunately, I fell. I was being careful, but my desk chair, which swivels, did not support me. I really hurt my knee, and I sprained my back. I saw the PA the next day because my surgeon was out of town. She took x-rays and found nothing wrong with me. My physical therapist thinks I just sprained an already aggravated knee.
I live at home in bed with my PolarCare machine, which pumps ice up the tube you can see above and into the flat pieces that strap around my knee with Velcro. My sweet friend has kept me in ice, so I am not swollen (much).
Had I not fallen, I think I'd be well on my way to full mobility. I want to kick myself, but it would hurt.
I haven't been terribly active with the world of beauty, although I have purchased a few holiday pieces from Chantecaille and Chanel. I purchased a new Le Métier de Beauté Kaleidoscope designed by Michael Reinhardt. I also ordered that one-day-only lipstick from Giorgio Armani Beauty yesterday. I don't know when I will be able to start taking pictures again. That requires sitting on the ground in my driveway, and if I get down, I'm not sure how I'll get back up.
I wanted you to know that I'm alive, if not kicking. I appreciate the notes some of you have sent me. Thank you. I probably won't be able to respond to comments, but please know I appreciate your well wishes.
The good news? Charlie doesn't leave my side. I think he knows I'm not "well." I'm enjoying his company.
Miss you all!
Photo courtesy of sportshealth.com
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
As of yesterday evening, 364 people had entered the TATCHA draw for 100 deluxe samples of Ageless Enriching Renewal Cream. That means about 27% of those who entered will be receiving a package from TATCHA. You are lucky readers!
I want to send mega-thanks to TATCHA and Rouge Bunny Rouge for selecting Best Things in Beauty for their contests. I appreciated the opportunity very much - two superb companies. Thanks for entering and congratulations to the winners!
Photo courtesy of cranmore.ie
Monday, August 25, 2014
I got home from Neiman Marcus, palette in hand, less than 30 minutes ago. I rushed outside, took photos in full, 4:00 pm sun, and here we are. Swatches! I used a sponge-tipped applicator to apply all shades fairly heavily, starting at top left and moving clockwise around the palette as I worked my way down my arm.
It's clear why everyone has been drooling over this palette since the first photos hit the Internet. It is exquisite. If you have not secured your own, it is selling out at stores where they haven't put it out. That's the story below.
I called Neiman Marcus Tysons Galleria this afternoon and asked if the for-sale product has arrived at the store. I was told that it would not be released until Beauty Week, per the department manager's orders. That's September 11, isn't it? I threw a hissy fit. I explained that I am a blogger, don't give a rat's patoot about Beauty Week and the GWP, and I needed mine now (I had pre-ordered), and if they wouldn't sell it to me, I would call a California store for it. She finally told me I could come get it.
When I arrived at the store, I explained my prior conversation with the woman who was then at the counter. She was reluctant to help me. I was insistent. A customer eyed the display and asked about the palette. She was told the fall items wouldn't arrive until Beauty Week. Then the manager happened by where I was sitting, motioned at the display, and said, "Sold Out." I explained that I was on the pre-sale list, and I had come to purchase mine today. She and a sales associate went to the back room with the stock and got it out. I left with it.
I don't think customers should be jerked around for the sake of meeting Beauty Week sales goals. That's not a customer-friendly policy. If you are on the pre-sale list at Tysons, and you don't care about points, GWPs, and the like, go over there and demand your makeup - as long as you purchased on pre-sale.
God only knows where you can purchase this palette today. Be persistent. Now, I'm going back to my time out.
Photos by Best Things in Beauty
Sunday, August 24, 2014
I have a choice: left knee or right knee. The left knee may go first. My long-time readers will remember that I had it replaced in December 2010. Not too long ago, it started hurting. I have two diagnoses (hard to believe because they are so different), but no matter what, they have to cut into my knee and figure out what's wrong. Is it my prosthetic, or have the ligaments stretched? If the ligaments have stretched, it's a simple matter of putting a taller plastic spacer between the two metal piece parts. I hope it turns out to be that easy. If I go with the right knee, it will be a total knee replacement. I have needed to do it for years.
I have to clear away all the beauty products - and every other indulgence - that will be in the way of a walker. It's a mess here right now. I will have to bank blood, I'm sure. I've got to go to doctor's appointments and physical therapy to get ready. There is just too much to do - and too little time in which to do it.
I will write a little during my time off. I can't go cold turkey. When I get my hands on that Tom Ford palette, for example, I will post swatch photos. Anything fantabulous will bring me right back. I just need time to get myself prepared without stressing over it - and I've been stressing during the last few weeks. How can I get everything done? I think I'm making myself feel sick.
I hope you will come back when I do. Until then, I recommend you read The Beauty Look Book, The Non-Blonde, and any of the wonderful blogs on my blog list on the right-hand sidebar.
See you before long!
Photo courtesy of bravebit.com
TATCHA is generously offering 100 Best Things in Beauty readers a deluxe sample of Ageless Enriching Renewal Cream. In order to enter, you must have a United States delivery address. Just go to this link and fill out the entry form before August 25. That's tomorrow at midnight.
How can you enter to win this giveaway contest (technically a sweepstakes)? You will find all the entry rules at this link. The deadline is August 25 at midnight. That's tomorrow. Make sure to enter now - before you forget.
Good luck to everyone!
Photos courtesy of TATCHA and Rouge Bunny Rouge
Friday, August 22, 2014
Today is the Friday Forum, but I don't have time to give you much of an introduction. I didn't want to skip it, though, because it's your opportunity to share!
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 to enter one or both of the two giveaway contests here: TATCHA and Rouge Bunny Rouge. Just scroll down to find them.
Photo courtesy of Southern Living
Thursday, August 21, 2014
The top photo shows the new Contouring Cheek Color Duos ($77) in Softcore and Stroked, along with the eye palette we all want: Nude Dip ($79).
Photos courtesy of Adila at Tom Ford. You can reach her at 703-761-1600. Ask for Tom Ford Cosmetics.