Open-Thread Thursday, Q of the W, Sales

By Voxy  

Rita Hayworth by mijori.Happy Thursday! The Studio Vox upgrade is still caught in Mercury-retrograde-related snags; the photo company sent the wrong equipment, but the right stuff is on the way. Meanwhile, my home office is in untidy limbo: there’s a half-assembled photo area on one side and a half-disassembled one on the other, with general chaos in between. While the chaos has made photo projects difficult, it’s also allowing me to live in cheerful denial that underneath all the detritus there’s work that needs to be done. Out of sight, out of mind, sez me.

(Not just a river in Egypt, indeed.)


HauteLook has DDF Skincare on sale starting today at 11 am Eastern/8 am Pacific. You can still get $10 off any HauteLook purchase through 1/16 with code HL2010.

If you are a skincare sample junkie, then you may be interested in the new quarterly SkincareRX Beauty Cache sampler pack series. For $29.95, you get a sampler kit filled with all sorts of things from their (high-end) lines. The adventure is that you don’t know exactly what’s going to be in the pack, but SkincareRX promises that each kit will contain “products that are valued at over $350.” I’m not exactly sure how to interpret that language — the full size products that we’re getting samples of are valued at over $350, or the samples themselves are over $350…? Anyway, you know I’m in, and have already ordered one. If anyone else gets one, we’ll have to compare products when they arrive! Shipping is free at with orders over $50.

Speaking of skincare samples, if you’re a Beauty Insider at Sephora (and you should be one, just for the freebies), you can get a free four-step deluxe sample skincare package with any $25 purchase. There are three sets: one each for dry, oily, and normal skin. The products in the kits are all from good lines, so if you’re buying something anyway, it’s a nice freebie extra. You will need code 4STEPS. (If you prefer, you can get the same deal in-store, and the sales associate will personalize it for your skin type.)

Question of the Week

With the perfume nostalgia that’s been going on elsewhere on the interwebz recently, I thought it would be fun to take the same kind of question and apply it to makeup.

My mother wears few cosmetics, but there is always a lipstick in the medicine cabinet at home. For a long while there also used to be a cream blush there, right next to the bottle of Estee Lauder Youth Dew bath oil. I don’t know what brand it was, but it was in a small jade-green compact with a mirror, and the blush was a bright berry color. I remember opening it like it was forbidden contraband (which it pretty much was, since I wasn’t allowed to wear makeup at the time) and occasionally swiping my finger ever so lightly on its surface. The color was bold and bright, and I still remember the feel of it on my finger and the sound of the compact clicking shut. Every time I see a cream blush I think of this little green compact, one of my first experiences with makeup as part of a fascinating grownup feminine mystique.

So the Q of the W is this: What cosmetic products trip your nostalgia/memories switch, and what do they make you think of?

Photo: / CC BY 2.0. I do love me some Rita Hayworth!
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  1. avatar marigolds
    Posted January 21, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Clinique lipstick (in the silvery, horizontal-stripe-textured tube) reminds me of one grandma.

    The perfume “Joy” (and all tea-rose-ish kind of scents, including that Mrs. Whatever Hippy Hand Soap in Geranium) remind me of my other grandma.

    And Clinique moisturizer (that yellow stuff) reminds me of my mom.


  2. avatar baz
    Posted January 18, 2010 at 12:16 am | Permalink | Reply

    The smell of Lancome lipstick.
    My mother used to give me the samples when she started to get Lancome moisturizer.

    I felt so chic!
    Now I buy it. So I guess samples do encourage buying. In my case it took about 20 years. It still feels like the luxury it is.


    • avatar Voxy
      Posted January 18, 2010 at 12:48 am | Permalink | Reply

      Yes, there is a scent, isn’t there? I was surprised when I got one recently (gift with purchase) and it had a scent. Perfumey.

      Oh, yes, samples are the way into a girl’s removable wallet.


  3. avatar Inthelab
    Posted January 17, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Arpege. The scent of Arpege. My mother wore it. And since its revival in the ’90’s, so do I.


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