Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Mad Love for the Friends & Family

In case you didn't know, I love cosmetics. Skin care, color, smell-goods, you name it. I am a product junkie, for sure. I spent many years working for The Estee Lauder Companies (for the Origins brand), which I really loved. One thing to know about many prestige cosmetic lines that you find at the mall is that they don't go on sale. I mean, they may do value sets at the holidays, or the occasional Gift With Purchase, but they don't ever offer a discount on everything at the counter like they do in the rest of the store. But... one of the cool things Estee Lauder started doing when I was there was offering the Friends & Family discount to use on the web (or free-standing stores like Origins). Well, this week, they're running one for Prescriptives! Yay!

From today through Friday, October 24th, get 25% off, plus Free Shipping, using the code FRIEND8 at checkout.

I haven't used anything from Prescriptives lately, but I have heard great things about the Super Line Prevention Xtreme Lifting Concentrate. (I love the pen applicator!) I'm also wanting to try the Colorscope Plush Blush for cheeks and lips, because I'm all about the gel blush right now.

Anyway, you've got the code, so go stock up and save!


Monday, October 20, 2008

Speaking of Head Gear...

One of the products I recently won in a contest is called a Tassi Hair Holder. It's kinda hard to explain, but I'll do my best. It's a terry cloth headband that you use to keep your hair back when you wash your face, etc. Thing is, it not only keeps the hair in front out of the way, but it is smartly designed to keep long hair off your neck and face, too!

It's best explained on their website, so go there for a better illustration.

Here's the thing I love about it, and forgive me if this gets gross, but it's the truth, so I'm telling it. Since I have Chronic Daily Migraine, I get sick a lot. Meaning I often vomit. Which also means that I often need to keep my hair back, you know, while I'm getting sick. Believe me when I say that the last thing I want to do when I'm sick with a migraine is put my hair in a ponytail or a banana clip, because that is very uncomfortable for a tender head. (And my husband is wonderful, but I don't want to wake him up in the middle of the night every time I need my hair held back from the commode.)

Enter, the Tassi. Oh my gosh, y'all, it is straight from HEAVEN when I am in that awful state. It quickly and comfortably goes on and keeps my hair back off of my face and out of the mess of it all. Thank you, Tassi Creators! Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!!!! Because if there is one thing more depressing than going back to bed with a raging migraine, after having thrown up for the fourth time, it's going back to bed with Puke Hair. It's so sad, and nobody should have to do it.

So the lesson for today is this. The Tassi is for everyone who needs to put their hair back when washing their face, applying skin care, or doing their makeup, sure. It may be one of the best girly stocking stuffers since those Garment Deodorant Remover thingies. But if you have a friend who gets sick a lot, this is a GREAT gift idea, so I hope you'll remember it when you hear of someone who could use such a thing. Believe me, she will appreciate it.


Violet Love

I am always on the hunt for products that are good for people who suffer from migraines. Over the summer, I read a little blurb in Health magazine (one of my faves, BTW) about a company who makes headbands that are super-comfortable, and neither cause nor contribute to migraines. I checked them out, and got in touch with them to express my appreciation.

Well, to my delight, they sent me a headband to try. It is ADORABLE, and just could not be more comfortable.

I am SO tickled to finally find something with which I can pull my hair back, especially when working out, without causing discomfort. They have all kinds of prints, and I officially want one of each.

Anyway, if any of you are headband wearers, and want style AND comfort, check out Violet Love Headbands!

Thumbs WAY up from me.

Saturday, October 4, 2008


My copy of Entertainment Weekly arrived this afternoon, as it does every Friday. This time, though, it had the most beautiful man I have ever seen on its cover. One of my all-time favorite actors, gentlemen, philantropists, and Good Guys, Paul Newman. It took my breath.

Shine on, kind man. You will be missed, but will continue to inspire so many of us.


Friday, October 3, 2008

Two Favorites in One!

I can't deny it-- I looooooove me some Reality TV. It's a horrible habit that I can't quit. So I am very much looking forward to the second season of Celebrity Rehab 2. What can I say? I'm a Codependent who happens to 1) have a huge crush on "Dr. Drew" Pinsky (especially in jeans and a t-shirt), Addiction Specialist, and 2) have special places in my heart for the dark and damaged. Whattayagonnadoo? [shrug]

According to VH1's website, "similar to the first cycle, the second season of “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew” will follow the real-life experiences of celebrity patients undergoing detoxification and treatment at a center in the Los Angeles area. The show will follow Jeff Conaway as he checks back into rehab after a series of back surgeries, setbacks and subsequent reliance on pain medications." Sean Stewart (Rod Stewart's son), Amber Smith (model/actress-- no idea who she is), Rodney King, Nikki McKibbon (from American Idol), Steven Adler (Guns n Roses) and Tawny Kitaen (Actress, car crawler). "Gary Busey, who is 13 years sober, will also be joining the cast to share his experiences and thoughts on the recovery process." (Personally, I had no idea that Gary Busey was sober-- didn't we just see him bitch out a young girl on the red carpet recently? Didn't seem all that sober to me then, but whatever. Should be interesting!)

Anyway, another thing I love, without shame, is a band called Alter Bridge. I think that their lead singer, Myles Kennedy, is one of the best vocalists ever, and that his bandmate, Mark Tremonti, is an absolutely amazing guitarist. Well, VH1 is using one of their songs to promote the new season. Yay!

So here is the video for "Watch Over You," with scenes from the upcoming season of Celebrity Rehab. If you're a fan of the show, can you watch it without tearing up? I, myownself, cannot do it.

The new season starts on Thursday, October 23rd, at 10pm EST.


Thursday, October 2, 2008

Wish List

Since I love to read, and, thus, buy books, I'm a fan of the Amazon Wish List. I've used it for a while, and enjoy being able to hear about a book and add it to the online list with a note to remind me where I heard about it or why it interested me. (Truth be told, sometimes I even add a note if I see it cheaper somewhere else-- by using AllBookStores to compare prices.) I have a few lists, so that I can keep it all somewhat organized. I have lists for books, movies, music, marketing, cooking, and "fun stuff," which is a catch-all for things like pajamas, headphones, cosmetics, and other random things that I would like.

I keep the lists for myself, mostly, but it sure has been nice to send my husband to look at it when he needs gift ideas for me. I wish everybody used them, though, so I could see them! So, to that end, I want to share something I discovered today, which makes it even easier to add things to your list-- things that aren't even from Amazon!

It's the "Universal Wish List" button! It's a button you add to your browser (a lot like the "Share on Facebook" button, if you're familiar with that), so it's visible every time you open your browser. When you see something you like while you're surfing the web, such as a new Limited Edition Eyeshadow Palette Bobbi Brown has available on her site, for example, you just click on Add to Wish List, and a little box will pop up to confirm that you want to add it, and let you choose in which list to put the item. It's brilliant! I love it.

Anyway, it's a cool tool. Check it out, and get to work on your lists.


Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Was today Christmas???

It felt like it! Why, you ask? Well...

In my mailbox today, there was a lovely card from my cable provider, offering me Showtime and The Movie Channel for free for TWELVE MONTHS. So that's cool enough, right? A full year of more channels-- exactly what my butt needs to get a little bigger?

Well, here's why it felt like Christmas. My new Favorite Show on Television, as of a couple of weeks ago, is called Dexter. Guess what channel it's on. Oh, yes. It's on Showtime. Yaaaay!

After a couple of trusted friends were raving about the show on a messageboard I frequent, I decided to check it out. After all, it was easy to do-- I could watch the first season online via Netflix (possibly my Favorite Service on the Internet)! So I watched the first episode, and was instantly hooked. The premise, if you've not heard about it, is that Dexter is a Blood Spatter Expert for the Miami Police Department. Oh, AND HE'S A SERIAL KILLER. Uh-oh, right? It is delicious! The characters are richly written and beautifully acted, the plot is unique, twisted, and twisty, and each episode is jam-packed with relevant plot development, rather than filled with airy filler. I watched the first season in two days, then watched Season 2 on DVD. The third season just started on Sunday, the premiere of which I watched online last week, thanks to some entertainment blog I found, which had a secret code to preview it, courtesy of Showtime.

But now I can watch it on the big screen at home. In Hi-Def, even! I am so excited. Thanks, Cox Communications, for the free movie channels. And thanks to the guy who answered the phone when I called to take advantage of the special offer. After he changed my service, he said,

"okay, we're all done here."
I said, "suhhhhweeeeeeeeet! Do you even KNOW what you have just GIVEN ME?!!"
He said, "umm, I am pretty sure I do, but what do you mean?"
"Well, only the greatest thing you could give somebody whose favorite show on television is DEXTER, that's what!" [shouting/shrieking now]
"Oh, well, that's great. I'm glad you're pleased. I hope you enjoy it."
"Enjoy it? I'm about to do a round-off back-handspring right this second!"
"Oh... well... may I suggest some stretches before the handsprings, then?"
"BWAAAAAAHAHAHAAAAAAAA! That's funny. Good idea. Thanks! Bye!"

And I did about 42 round-off back-handsprings in a row. I did! On the inside. And so, as I am sure you can imagine, I'm very tired now, and am going to bed.

Goodnight, Dexter! See you next Sunday at 9 o'clock Eastern!