Product Review: Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs Eyeshadow Quad in Les Sables (#15) — with swatches

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I’ve mentioned before that Guerlain has been one of my beauty-product obsessions of 2014, and the Autumn 2014 collection has been on my mind for the past few weeks. I was curious about one of the Ecrin 4 Couleurs eye shadow “quads,” but I wasn’t certain how it would look in person or whether it would work for me.

I had my chance to find out a few weeks ago, when I had my makeup done at Bergdorf Goodman’s Guerlain counter last month and the Guerlain regional makeup artist selected Les Sables from her pile of products and began using it on me.

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Barneys Beauty Event, September 2014 — with photo

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It’s that time of year again: Barneys is holding its semi-annual “bag event,” when you can receive a “gift with purchase” with your purchase of fragrance or beauty products.

Here’s the official information for the Fall 2014 event…

September 10th-14th:
With your purchase/preorder of $200 and up, you get this bag including the items (full and deluxe) shown below.

Click through for a photo of the gift bag’s contents:

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Quick Reads: Frank O’Hara, “A Step Away from Them” (excerpt)

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Frank O’Hara’s poetry collection “Lunch Poems,” first published in 1964, is celebrating its 50-year anniversary.

I own a small used paperback copy of “Lunch Poems” that I bought two years ago. I had heard that O’Hara wrote many of these poems during his lunch breaks while working at the Museum of Modern Art, so I thought I might occasionally read a poem or two during my own museum-job lunch breaks.

Here’s the first stanza of “A Step Away from Them,” written in 1956. It’s a vintage slice of New York in summertime.


It’s my lunch hour, so I go

for a walk amongst the hum-colored

cabs. First, down the sidewalk

where laborers feed their dirty

glistening torsos sandwiches

and Coca-Cola, with yellow helmets

on. They protect them from falling 

bricks, I guess. Then onto the

avenue where skirts are flipping

above heels and blow up over

grates. The sun is hot, but the

cabs stir up the air. I look 

at bargains in wristwatches. There

are cats playing in sawdust.

 

To read the entire poem, click here.

To read a short New York Times article about the anniversary of “Lunch Poems,” click here.

Image: Leonard Freed, Wall Street, 1956.