Things and a Beauty Tip

I can only communicate via bullets today…

*EVERYTHING is annoying me today. For instance, I have two military wool coats that are gorge… but BOTH have officially been diagnosed with button leprosy. I’ve replaced at least 3 buttons on both coats respectively. For serious? Has anyone else experienced this problem? I can’t sew anymore buttons, for the love.

*I need to find some other vocation that doesn’t so closely resemble Dante’s 8th circle of hell.

*My roommate and I are trying to move into a larger apartment in our current building with WAY better storage space. This is now a necessity as my product situation has truly gotten out of hand. Wish us luck!

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Per Cintra Wilson’s NYT Critical Shopper Article Today

“Facial treatments generally test the human threshold for fear, pain and anxiety. In beauty, torture gets results. As Lawrence of Arabia said, the trick is not minding that it hurts. Pink lasers invade your face, you smell your own burning flesh, you have black scabs for six days afterward and think ‘that wasn’t half bad.'”

Sad but true, n’est-ce pas?

Read the entire article here.

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To Do: 1. Buy Gum, 2. Make Out With A Celeb

Happy Thursday! Don’t forget to enter the 80s Song/Face Wash Week Contest!

My parents are in town, which usually means a Broadway show or two and some good meals. Last night we ate at Marseille on 9th Avenue at 44th Street and it was phenomenal. It’s a French restaurant actually owned by a French man, which is a rarity, even in New York. I had a Mediterranean salad and the Tunisian chicken, which was out of control good. Then we saw The Seafarer, which had an amazing ensemble cast, but had a script and set that did not impress me. There was so much sitting AROUND in this play, it was literally unbelievable. A lot of card playing as well. I don’t like to play cards myself, I CERTAINLY don’t want to watch a play that is 30% card playing. The story line got more interesting and it did leave me thinking about it, though. Maybe it’s worth seeing for that. But unless you get discounted tickets or something, I’d see something else.

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ck Calvin Klein Delicious Light Glistening Lip Gloss

Calvin Klein recently introduced their new beauty line which I am LOVING thus far. This brand certainly wins the innovative luxe packaging award. I plan to review several of the products in the extensive line but first, we must discuss ck Delicious Light Glistening Lip Gloss in Knockout. I may or may not have been watching Bravo’s new reality show, Make me a Supermodel this weekend and in between simultaneously coveting Niki Taylor’s dangling earrings and questioning her relevance in the 00s, I fell in LURVE with the no nonsense light fuscia lip color on Aryn during the catwalk bathing suit challenge. I can totally replicate it with my new ck gloss, $16 at Sephora. It produces superglossy, wet shine that moisturizes with minimal stickiness. Love, love, love. More ck reviews to come!

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Hello Skinny Jeans Reviews

I’m dying to try these Hello Skinny Jeans that forever beckon to me from the Bliss website. It’s so evil that they’ve extended both their clever copywriting skills and their Internet space to clothing. As if we don’t have enough problems. I’ve always been a faithful Seven for All Mankind fan when it comes to denim. They make my ample ass look less so, and for that, I’m incredibly indebted. So much so, that I rarely buy other brands. I had a short tryst with Citizens of Humanity (designed by a former Seven for All Mankind designer) but something about that squiggly “H” on the back pockets makes my behind look positively enorm.

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At the Mercy of Mercier

I’ll just say it. I’ve been totally enamored of every. single. Laura Mercier product I’ve ever sampled. Her Metallic Creme Eye Colour ($22) is no exception. I’m always game to switch from a powder to a creme in any cosmetic capacity in the name of maintaining a youthful appearance so I shrieked with glee when the the LM magical metallic creme in gold made its way to my door. It’s not too thin/runny, and yet, it’s delightfully blendable. The gold is sort of a taupey Veuve Clicquot shimmer. It’s more pigmented than I’d anticipated, but natural enough for the office. It’s also waterproof so it lasts FOREVER. I rocked mine on Saturday to my friend Stephanie’s bowling party at Port Authority bowling alley (surprisingly non-ghetto and fun!) and had a splendid time. I’ll be applying some this weekend no doubt with the same zeal with which Neil Kellerman wants to mambo in Dirty Dancing.

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Win an Origins Organics Foaming Face Wash!

Here are the deets on the contest. So, I unwittingly created a series on BBJ of specific products weeks (Smooth Operator Week and Pour Some Sugar on Me Week) with an 80s song theme. Naturally, I must continue in that vein… but alas, I canNOT for the life of me come up with a recognizable 80s song with clean, face, or wash in the title for my next installment in the series where I plan to review the best face washes. You cannot imagine how much this embarrasses me. I take 80s music VERY seriously. But it’s a much harder task than it sounds. I’ve gone through my entire iPod of 4,000 songs – many of which are from the 80s – and I’ve got nothing. So I’m asking for your help: leave suggested song titles in the comments and I’ll reward the best suggestion with an Organics Foaming Face Wash worth $25! The only rules are that the title be readily recognizable to a child of the 80s and have the words clean, face, or wash in it.

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