Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Yay for sales

In case any of my Canadian cohorts are wondering, until July 10 Crabtree and Evelyn Canada is having a "buy a lotion or cream, get a bath gel free" promotion. Now is the time to stock up on your Evelyn Rose and Savannah Gardens and perhaps stock up on those emergency presents that you know you will need when that annoying woman who lives down the hall and always comes home really drunk and really loud on weeknights stops buy to wish you a happy birth of Jesus day by giving you chocolates. Keep a couple of the least offensive Crabtree scent (Swiss Skin Care or La Source, by my estimates) wrapped and stuffed in your closet, and you'll always be able to say "oh, right, I got you something, too!"

If you care, I inquired, and the clerk said that the US is currently having its 'buy 2 get third free' on a couple of the different lines. That's no buy one get one, but I find that hand therapy makes a better impromptu gift than anything else.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Good God

Who was the sick person who was thinking, "loafers for elves! That's what the world needs!" I like pointy toes as much as the next person, but that's ridiculous.

I'll console myself by staring at these gorgeous Giuseppe Zanotti kitten heels. I don't even want to think about what $465 comes to in Canadian funds. But they're nice to look at. They calm the blood.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Blue Herbal Line

I'd also like to be positive for a moment, and tell you about a product that I just love to death. I have very oily skin, and it's manageable in the winter, but in the summer it just goes haywire. And so I've discovered a love affair with Kiehl's Blue Herbal Moisterizer. It's in the same vein as that blue herbal lotion that I'm sure you all grew up with as well, except it doesn't melt your face off. It's excellent stuff. It controls oil/reduces blemishes while also leaving a nice matte surface for your make up. Sadly, it doesn't have an SPF (does anyone know of a matte finishing sunscreen that isn't the Neutrogena dry touch, which broke me out big time?), but it's great for someone like me who works indoors and really only ventures out into the sunshine on the weekends.

I have the whole product line here, and it really is one of my favourites from Kielh's. It's perfect for that cool, tingly refreshment you want in summer, and it keeps your skin in tip top shape. Highly, highly, HIGHLY recommended.

Natural Glow?

Okay, so I guess I'll have to start somewhere.

After reading about it on Lipstick is My Crack I decided to try Jergens Natural Glow Lotion for fair skin. I should point out that I am pasty, Casper-white, redhead-skin, glow-in-the-dark white. I am the type of person who has heard passing people on the street comment on the whiteness of my legs. And I have had very bad experiences with self tanners in the past. So in a last ditch effort, I decided to try the Jergens.

I'd assume that if you have, well, any pigment at all in your skin, it would probably look better on you than it did on me. I used it for three days and already had that weird orange Lindsay Lohan thing going on, so I've stopped and have spent the last three days being exceptionally vigourous with the loofah in the shower. It's still staining a bit around my knees, but I think it should be gone by Friday.

I guess I'm just doomed to a life of pasty legs.

In fairness, though, I could see how this would be a nice lotion for people with fair skin that is fair concealer fair (I have to use an illuminator, the fair concealer is too dark for me). It worked quickly, the self-tanner scent wasn't that godawful, and on a normal person it would probably provide a bit more subtle hue. If you're a redhead, just join me here in the corner, because I need someone to slap some SPF 60 on my back. But if you're blonde or brunette with fair skin, I think that it would look nice on you. And then you won't die of skin cancer, like my Maclean's this week promised me I would.