Come in out of the cold! (Or, getting that sun-kissed glow in the dregs of winter)

Caudalie Mineral Bronzing powder insideI don’t want to say that I am tired of winter (because without winter we couldn’t have spring, summer, or fall), but can I say I’m tired of wrapping up in umpteen layers to walk two blocks to and from the train every day??

Ugh, the weather has got me down, and I’ve been feeling like I look sallow (which is probably not really true, but I digress), and I had been resorting to what some would probably call excessive application of blush. That’s not typically a good look, so I was thrilled to learn last month that Caudalie has a tinted moisturizer and bronzer that actually looks great.

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Cult Classic: Embryolisse 24-hour Miracle Cream

Embryolisse nourishing moisturizer - Copy

I first read about Embryolisse maybe a year ago in a magazine, which one I can’t remember. But it sounded amazing– a hand lotion that you could also use on your face as a primer and makeup remover (skin willing)? As someone looking for a bargain, whether it’s something cheap that works well or something more expensive with more than one application, my immediate reaction was, “Sign me up!”

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Business Beauty: Sample swapping

I think I’ve said multiple times that I work in NYC, but I suspect the reality isn’t what it might sound like if you’ve never worked this city. Let me explain.

I’ve worked at a big company where the office was multiple floors and too many people to ever know everyone by name. It had many hallways to catch up with office mates and many kitchens to bump into that office crush. That definitely exists here.

Now I work at a small company in a teeny space  with no chance of the mystery of a new face and a kitchen shared by many small companies where the likelihood of your lunch getting eaten by a stranger is much higher. Ugh!

Sometimes in this situation a girl can get bored.

One day, this bored girl spoke with another bored girl in my tiny office and found out that she was also into beauty products with more samples than she could handle. So the two bored girls decided to swap samples.

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Gilt-y pleasure at Caudalie Bleeker

Hi!!! Remember me? I started a blog last year that I said I was going to keep up with?

Yeah, about that, sorry I petered off, it was a busy year, mostly with work, very little personal stuff, some fun trips

(<– this happened againA fuzzy Eiffel Tower last December)

and just a lot of hustling, all of which has made it more difficult to post new stuff.

But, it’s a new year, I have new energy, and I really want to make this work. And I think I have some nice stuff to show you guys if you’ll let me.

Case in point, my recent trip to Caudalie’s fairly new location in NYC on Bleecker Street.

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Business Beauty: Kitting out your workout

It should come as no surprise to anyone that knows me that I am notoriously bad  about working out. As in I don’t like to do it. There are a few athletic activities I do enjoy, like tennis in the summer, and an occasional neighborhood run (though for the latter, I demand perfect weather conditions).

But these activities are generally few and far between, as in I usually go hard for a few weeks then sit on the sidelines for months at a time.

I have become very good at finding reasons not to work out, but this year, in an effort to take better care of myself, I’m trying to be a little healthier, which includes working out a thismuch more. So I realized that one excuse, which is that I don’t like the way I look right after a workout, has got to go.

I’m on a bit of a roll so far, alternating between local Zumba classes and some buddy workouts with a trainer, and most of these activities are happening immediately after work, which means I’ve got to add some new items to what I call my pharmacy drawer at work, ie, the drawer with nothing work related and everything health and beauty related. And so, to keep me motivated I started thinking about ways to make my workouts more palatable from a cosmetic perspective and some of my ideas, mainly for face and hair maintenance, are below the jump.

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Oh, you were looking for me?

At this point, the answer to the above question is probably NO, but, to my few readers, sorry to have fallen off the face of the earth. February is a super busy month for me at my day job (financial journalist/editor, for those who don’t remember)– not only was I sick at the end of January and beginning of February, we host a big industry event in the middle of the month, then I went out of town, then we had two big issues back to back to sort out, etc., etc. It’s been a little crazy.

And every day I thought, “Today is the day I will write my next post,” and it just didn’t happen. Now I know why everyone always says it’s so hard to blog– you have all of these ideas that you want to get out and it’s difficult to find the time to do it when you’ve got the day to day to worry about.

In any case, I want to give this a good try at least to see where it can go, so I’m getting back on the horse, as it were, and as my first post back, I want to talk about shaving cream.

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Under the weather…

I’ve been a little quiet this week because I’ve been sick the last few days. I think it’s just a head cold, so thankfully I haven’t succumbed to the monster flu of 2012/2013. But still, I’ve managed to use an impressive amount of tissue at the Busy Beauty Gal headquarters. Add to that the fact that I’ve been dragging myself to work all week, and you can imagine why I’ve been too tired to do much much writing. I did manage to scout out a recipe I want to try to help blast away my cold here and a sorbet I can buy that should do the same thing here. Anyway, I’m hoping to be back to normal next week with some new posts. Enjoy your weekend!