B.B…Beautiful!

April 26, 2012

Have you heard about B.B. creams yet? If not, you soon will. Short for Blemish Balm Cream or Beauty Balm Cream, they’re the latest rage in makeup/skincare. Super popular across Asia, they have just started to make their way stateside, and just about every line has one of their own. Basically it’s an all-in-one cream, with tinted moisturizer that actually turns to the color of your skin, so it evens out your skin tone, brightens, minimizes lines, deposits vitamins, minerals and spf, and it will organize your closets. (If only.) I was slightly skeptical that one thing could do so much and I have never had much luck with anything matching the color of my skin that didn’t come in a bunch of shades, so I wasn’t looking to shell out big bucks for this. But Garnier just came out with the first drugstore B.B. cream, Skin Renew B.B. Cream, and for $12, why not try it? I bought the light/medium color. (It also comes in medium/dark.) I have to say, I like it! It has a good consistency, it definitely evened out my skin tone without being too heavy and cake-y. I can’t vouch for the vitamins and minerals, but I do feel like it’s a great alternative to tinted moisturizer. My only quibble with it is that it is only spf 15. I’m a big believer in at least spf 30. But I can use it over the winter months, when the sun isn’t as strong. Or I can use it layered with sunscreen at the beach, which I think is what I’m going to do.

Worth a try! (I got mine at Target, but most drugstores should have it.)

HBO Go or No Go?

HBO has some new shows debuting. So I decided to give 2 of them a whirl…Girls, which is the story of 4 Gen Y girlfriends, and Veep, which puts Julia Louis Dreyfus into the role of a hapless Vice President. I’ve seen 2 episodes of Girls, and my issue is that these characters are just not likeable. Get a job! Stop having unprotected sex! Don’t be such a dick! I mean, with that range of emotion, I don’t need to watch TV. The thing about Sex and the City was that you actually liked the characters, and could relate to their situation and friendships. These girls, not so much. But maybe that’s very Gen X of me…For Veep, I’ve seen one episode so far. Julia Louis Dreyfus does a good job in the role, and there are some very funny moments, but the staffers around her are so incompetent that it made me incredibly irritated…because that’s probably the way Washington really is. I give them points on going for smart humor. I’ll give it another episode or 2 before I decide to commit.

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Sorry I was absent with a post last week — my daughter was hit by a car and we have been dealing with that…I won’t say too much but we are dealing with a broken leg and she is completely immobile, which is a major drag.

Anyway, I am hopeful for sunnier skies ahead. Hope they’ve already come your way…

I realize it’s a little bizarre to follow up a post about Easter candy with a post about sugar being toxic, but so be it. I just happened to watch Sanjay Gupta’s piece for 60 Minutes, and it’s pretty scary. Essentially the latest research shows that a sugary drink is just as bad for your body, and can have the same ill effects, as a fatty hamburger. I’m oversimplifying but that is essentially the headline. You can watch for yourself here.

I think the thing that is so frustrating as a parent — really, as a consumer — is that sugar and all its derivatives (high fructose corn syrup, honey, maple syrup, etc.) are hidden in things you wouldn’t even think had them. Things like peanut butter and spaghetti sauce. Bottom line, you really have to read every label. Because it could say “natural” and be loaded with sugar, since sugar is, in fact, natural. Natural but toxic, apparently.

Credit Where Credit is Due

Just want to give a shout out to a couple of customer-friendly stores. Sephora, who has a liberal return policy, which is very rare for cosmetics stores. I had a spray that was malfunctioning, and they exchanged it lickety split. Jack’s Stir and Brew, a great coffee spot in the city, couldn’t accommodate my request but tried to make up for it in another way…I had gotten a pound of their coffee and wanted to exchange it for decaf. It had only been a week but they said they couldn’t take it back. I didn’t argue — it’s a small operation and what can you do. I had also ordered a large decaf skim latte, and without missing a beat he said the drink was on the house. Which means I will be a loyal customer, and tell others. Because if a place really believes that the customer comes first, the customer will in fact always come there, first!

The Emperor Needs New Clothes?

Warm weather leaving you feeling like you need a new outfit? It’s the Friends and Family sale and Lord & Taylor this weekend — 25% off just about everything, and 10% off cosmetics. Shop online here and enter the code “FRIENDS”.

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The weekend is here! And the weather is supposed to be fab…enjoy it!!

Passover…with an Edge!

April 6, 2012

In honor of Passover, read my post on Nickmom about plagues I’d inflict on the annoying people in my life.

To check it out, click here.

xo

Happy Passover! Happy Easter!  Enjoy!!

Mmmmm…candy!

April 5, 2012

Don’t know if you heard all the brouhaha about Karl Lagerfeld calling the tremendously talented Adele “fat.” It’s absurd on so many levels because 1. she’s not fat, and 2. all of the talent, all of the success, and that’s what he chooses to say? Anyway, apparently to make up for his insensitive comment, he sent the singer 50 rare Chanel bags from their archives. But maybe he should have sent shoes, to repent for the big ‘ol foot he put in his mouth…

Today, our guest blogger Denielle weighs in on the timely topic of Easter candy…and so we say Happy Easter and Happy Passover to all!:

Today I was introduced to an exciting new Easter candy product extension: The Rainbow Pop from Peeps…personally I think they missed some great branding opportunities, such as “Chicks on a Stick” or “Peep Pop.”  Basically, it’s something that crafty moms have probably been making in their kitchens for years: it’s 4 different colored Peeps on a 12” lollipop stick, covered in a clear bag. And it retails for $2.75 each.  Brilliant!  For Peeps, that is.

There’s no doubt that the Easter Basket business has become a huge racket with new products hopping on the bunny trail every year!  The toy industry has set the pace for this trend (thank you, Crayola, Mattel, Hasbro, et all). I’m not sure when it veered away from the candy-giant marketing wars of my youth.  I’m pretty sure “Easter Barbie” did not exist when I was little, or if she did, Mattel wasn’t putting TV advertising dollars behind her!

Now you don’t have to travel far to find Easter toothpaste, pump hand soap, toothbrushes (ok, this is a good idea considering the candy), lip balm (Peeps flavor! Yes, it really exists) and even shampoo!  These were just a few of the items I saw on my weekly pilgrimage to Target and CVS!

As much as I appreciate the non-candy fillers in my children’s Easter Baskets, I still fondly recall the baskets of my childhood.  Staples included a solid chocolate bunny, or maybe a hollow one, a box of Peeps – back when yellow was the only color, a Cadbury Egg (I still don’t like those things!), maybe some Cadbury Mini Eggs (I LOVE those things) and jelly beans or m&m’s, lovingly filled in multi-color plastic eggs — not Hello Kitty shaped branded eggs, and not pastel colored m&m’s! All of this deliciousness sat serenely on a bed of green plastic hay.  I would look at it for days, not wanting to disturb the beautiful display.  The Easter Bunny has always had a real gift for presentation.

I’m not sure what the Easter Bunny has in mind for my children this year. I’m sure he’s tempted by pastel colored, sanitizing foam hand soap….  I’m pretty positive that Peeps will make it in, though I think we’re ok if the bunny forgoes the Rainbow Pops and hops it old school with a single box of yellow chicks.