Product Review: Tony Moly Crystal Lovely Eyes Shadow-Liner Duo (05)

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Last week I made my first visit to the first Tony Moly store in the United States. I was lured to Tony Moly by the rumors of hand creams in containers shaped like apples and lipsticks in cases shaped like cats and all sorts of glitter and twinkle and cuteness. I was not disappointed. (Well, they don’t have the cat lipsticks, yet… but I live in hope.)

Being me, I managed to seek out a more practical item or two amidst all the fun. I picked up a pencil called Crystal Lovely Eyes (or, as the product itself reads, Crystal Lovley Eyes) for $8.

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Passing Fancies: August 2014

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Reading: “Lady Catherine, The Earl, and The Real Downton Abbey” by the Countess of Carnarvon (hey, it’s summer!)

Art: “Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts & Context in the Civil War” at the New-York Historical Society

Drink: Chilled water with sprigs of mint and slices of cucumber

Eats & Treats: A peach-tomato-basil salad made with fresh, in-season ingredients

Video: New episodes of “Poirot” on PBS

Audio: For some reason, last week I got into a loop of listening to Duran Duran’s “Rio” over and over again. Don’t ask.

Garb: I’m wearing a pair of ugly-chic black Dansko sandals on a regular basis, and I actually got a professional pedicure so that my toes can be revealed.

Beauty Products: L’Occitane’s Verbena Frisson limted edition body products hit the spot.

Pleasure: Weeks and weeks of warm-and-sunny, not sweltering-and-humid, summer weather

Worry: Nightly anxiety dreams

Stray thought: Why didn’t I start using Instagram sooner? (Follow me here!)

Image: Frank X. Leyendecker, poster illustration submission for Century magazine Midsummer Number Contest, 1896. Private Collection. Via The Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies.

Product Review: Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon in Hawaiian Smolder

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Burt’s Bees recently launched its newest cosmetics item, the 100% natural Lip Crayon. The official product description promises “lightweight moisture for a comfortable, everyday wear formula infused with shea butter, kendi oil, and jojoba oil” as well as creamy matte color and moisture-rich wear” with no added flavor or fragrance.

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On the Street: Joseph Cornell (and Lauren Bacall) in Midtown

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I normally avoid the Rockefeller Center area as one might avoid a plague site or a minefield. However, once in a while I need to stop into Saks, and then I need to find a nearby subway station, so I just put my head down and shove through the crowds.

I’m glad I looked up during my last running of the Rockefeller Plaza gauntlet, however, because I was passing Christie’s and my eyes met those of Ms. Lauren Bacall—at least, a photograph of Bacall, in an oversized reproduction of a Joseph Cornell piece that was recently up for auction.

My snapshot caught the reflections of the neon signage across the street, which was a nice little accident.

You can read more about Cornell’s Penny Arcade Portrait of Lauren Bacall on the Christie’s website. (It’s #5 of 8 images in the slideshow.)

UPDATE, AUGUST 12, 2014: I’ve just learned that Lauren Bacall died today, at the age of 89. She always seemed timeless and ageless to me. I hope that she and her great admirer Joseph Cornell will eventually cross paths at some celestial cocktail party.

Photo by Tinsel Creation.