There is nothing nicer than going into Manhattan on a holiday weekend when everyone else has gone home to see their families. (Sorry, transplants, but it’s true. :p )

We didn’t even have this in mind, when Rose and I decided to hit all the high-end department stores for some window shopping. (Yes, I like to torture myself, okay?)

We started with Henri Bendel (“Bendel’s”), since it opened earliest. The early bird gets the empty store, apparently!

Next we meandered up 5th Avenue to Bergdorf Goodman.

DSC_1472And I said, well that’s the one thing we’ve got…

DSC_1473Where else do you find huge snowlakes in the sky, other than Fifth Avenue?

DSC_1477Central Park in the distance…

DSC_1478The Plaza. Only Trump would get construction tarp that matches the facade!

And, of course, there were the Bergdorf windows.





We headed downstairs to bask in the glory of their beauty basement. Rose was color matched for the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer (sadly, she’s a mix of 2 shades, which is not wallet friendly at all!) and I fell in love with, and quickly walked away from, a Killian scent.

Also, as an afterthought, we passed by the Creed counter, and I sprayed a tester card with Acqua Fiorentina, at Rose’s urging. Stuck it in my pocket and forgot about it. I pulled it out a few hours later and OH MY GOD, THIS NEEDS TO BE MINE. (See? I just can’t stick to one scent.)

Next up was Barneys, where I expertly avoided the Serge Lutens counter for fear of temptation, completely ignored the Surratt counter out of self-defense, and stopped to drool at the MAKE counter. They have the prettiest shades of bright, colorful eyeshadow!

I went to be color matched at the Sunday Riley counter for their Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer, which was mentioned in this tutorial. For future reference. And was sat down and completely made over. By a woman with the most beautiful skin I have ever seen. (If she is using Sunday Riley products, then I should be, too. Which of course means I’m in big trouble, because those things are expensive.)

The primer is often just used as a foundation, and I do confess my skin looked great with just that. And despite it not being matte and despite her adding some Juno Transformative Lipid Serum (dry) oil on top, my skin was not an oily mess by the end of the day. Not as matte as I’m used to, but definitely an acceptable alternative.

Then we were on our way.

DSC_1480Roosevelt Island Tram in the distance.

DSC_1481I haven’t seen a street vendor selling roasted chestnuts since I was little!!

Some beverages followed, in turn followed by my second viewing of the weekend of Hunger Games: Catching Fire. I hated the first movie. Hated it. But despite certain gripes* about this one, I really loved it. Have you seen it? What did you think?

DSC_1482Times Square. Pretty to look at, terrible to walk through!

DSC_1483Do you?


Then I hit up Sephora for some samples, because a day in the city is nothing without my samples. Two locations provided a motherlode of goodness. Which is good, since my skin is still recovering from the Liz Earle debacle.

I was thinking of doing a write-up of the samples I’ve been trying and my verdicts. Any interest?

Have you tried any of those brands? Any favorite products?

What did you do this weekend?

I’m going to cut my Catching Fire thoughts for any possible spoilers. 😉

*1. They still don’t get Peeta right.

2. JLaw just messed up the, “I do. I need you.” line. It was her chance to make us believe she loved him and she didn’t get there. The scene where he gets the force field was good, but I still don’t think she’s showing why Katniss is determined to keep him alive instead of herself.

3. They really played up the romance aspect of Katniss and Gale, to the point where my sister, who has not read the books, thought they had been in love. (I mean…)

13 comments on “While the cats are away…”

  1. Bergdorf always has the best holiday windows! I'm still thinking about the Alice In Wonderland themed windows from a few years ago!

    Yes, please do review your samples. I need ideas of stuff to try when I go in there and get overwhelmed by all the choices and just wander around aimlessly.

    • I didn't even see them that year! I usually don't bother, but it seemed the thing to do. 🙂

      Okay, cool, I'll get on it! I also try to use products for at least 2 weeks before I give my opinion, because you can't really tell how they work with your skin unless you give it some time. But I'll do the ones I've been using and resampling. 😉

    • And I'm jealous of your traveling ways! Where are you from originally?

      I got two things, but one of them is too small, so it has to go back. It makes me so sad!

      It was great, and Catching Fire was even better the second time around. 🙂 xx

    • It's so funny, I always forget to feel lucky, because I always wish I was traveling, especially to the UK!

      And I highly recommend it, even if you DO like the books. 😉

  2. Can't believe there is no photo of you made up, tsk tsk. Am sure Rose would have taken very nice one of you.

    When I lived in Paris I felt same that city was best in September when most summer tourists where gone and some locals were still at there vacation sites.

    We need to plan catch up in person…

    • I did tell her we needed to get a photo, but it just never happened. Sorry, next time!

      A, before the rentree! Or, so I've heard.

      Yes! I just got paid! We need a margarita night! 😀

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