Tuesday, May 22, 2012

And then there are days like this.

Had two great beauty conversations today, completely out of the blue. The first was this morning while I was getting a coffee at Tim Horton's (only because there was no other option). I've been running on a routine without much zeal or excitement, and each morning I automatically give myself a few spritzes of Caudalie Thé des Vignes as a last step before running out the door. While I love the fresh but grounded scent of this "eau fraiche", I've never been complimented on it as I always supposed it's too light for others to detect unless they're invading my personal space. And yet, this Tim Horton's employee caught it from across a wide counter over the smell of 10,000 scalding coffee pots.

Flamboyant coffee dude: I loooooooooove your perfume! Is that Jo Malone? 
Me: No, it's Caudalie. But I'm excited that you can talk Jo Malone. 
Flamboyant coffee dude: I love Jo Malone! What's Caudalie? 
Me: It's a French skincare brand based on harvesting the power of the grape, sold at Sephora. 
Flamboyant coffee dude: It smells like [Jo Malone] Earl Grey Tea and _______ [something I didn't catch as I hadn't had the coffee yet].
Me: I AM SO MAD THAT THE TEA STUFF WERE LIMITED EDITION. 
Flamboyant coffee dude: I KNOW, RIGHT???  [excited talk about layering this & that]
Me: Hey, you should work at Jo Malone. 
Flamboyant coffee dude: I KNOW, RIGHT???
Me: And when you do, remember this moment and get me some discounts. Small regular, please.

The other conversation happened this evening as I was telling my mom about Almay sending me a foundation to review and she got all excited. Then we moved on to talking about Revlon, then Shiseido, and out of nowhere, my dad decided to jump into the fray with:

"AMORE!"

This is the man who wasn't even aware until yesterday that his youngest daughter (my baby sis) was turning 30 this week. If I ask him when my birthday is, he'll think about it for a good ten minutes, then answer me with the month and then have the day off by about 10 days at least. The fact that he was paying attention to our conversation flabbergasted me, and then the fact that he knew a cosmetics brand to offer to the conversation had me in stitches.

It just felt nice to have the day bookended by some beauty talk. :-)

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  1. We're almost the same age, and I'm turning 29 this week :D

    Just had these type of conversations too. And they're getting more often.

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    1. Oh, whoops, that made it sound like my bday was coming up again. Edited. And I'm 34. ;)

      I don't talk about my blog at all to people I know and not many of my friends are as big beauty nerds. So it falls to talking to strangers about these things lately!

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    2. And if I don't get a chance later, happy birthday, Rae! Hope it'll be an amazing day! :)

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    1. Maybe I'll go back tomorrow with another perfume and say, "Hey, identify THIS."

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  3. Aaaaah, I love both of those conversations! Your dad sounds like my brother, lol. I love random beauty blather with strangers (though generally speaking, I don't spend much time talking to strangers, so it's a rather infrequent occurrence for me!). I keep making my mom smell the various perfumes I've been trying, in my recent perfume obsession phase, and her absolute favorite is L'Artisan Thé pour un Eté, a lovely tea scent. Subtle freshness for the win!

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    1. I used to avoid talking to strangers but do it a lot more now. It makes the mundane so much more fun! But if anyone so much as even looks slightly off, I'm not even making eye contact.

      I don't know L'Artisan perfumes very well but I have a few samples in my stash. Must check to see if I have! My entire family hates perfumes so it can get lonely. Oddly enough, none of my close friends care for it either. :*(

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  4. HAHA! Love that convo!

    P.S.
    The Earl Grey & Cucumber perfume is still available at the Holt Renfrew in Vancouver. Maybe they can ship it or I can C.P. you?

    P.P.S.
    I've forgotten what C.P. *actually* stands for, but I know the mechanics of it. :p

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    1. Err... I don't even know what C.P. means, period! But I can't be buying Jo Malone perfumes right now. :( Thanks anyway!

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  5. LOL, how does your dad know about Amore Pacific?!?! Is it a Korean thing?!

    God, I want to have more conversations with flamboyant coffee dudes. Like, how did he even end up working at Tim Horton's? Don't they all migrate to Starbucks?

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    1. Well, "Amore" is the major cosmetics retailer in Korea, like Shiseido is to Japan. Despite that, I'm not sure how he knows it, considering how spaced out he is most of the time. Like, half the time when he says "yes" it means "no" and vice versa.

      You know, I should ask him. But Tim Horton's is lucky to have him. Most of the time I get people who want me to repeat my order 10 times. They should not be making caffeine-deficient customers ragey first thing in the a.m. @_@

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  6. These are the funny, quirky little moments you'll always remember. Good on you for sharing! I like to hear the good news stories. Oh, BTW was the flamboyant coffee dude cute? Sounds like a bit of flirtation going on there... Reminds me of the time a cute stranger on the train commented that my hand cream smelt like strawberries and was making him hungry, hehe! That was just between you and me Liz, right? ;)

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    1. Um... this is the flamboyant type that I want for a gay BFF. lol Your cute stranger sounds much sexier!

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  7. Such great interactions! Love them :)

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  8. I love flamboyant coffee dudes. They're so awesome. And my dad...oh, I have a story! Parents are in Korea now (dad's job) and Dad was in Alabama for a little bit for training. Mom asked him to get her some makeup. He texts me. "She wants orange lipstick and some...face...shadow? What is face shadow?" I nearly fell over laughing. That was more mom's error than his, but it came out to me compiling a list of items for him to purchase, and sending him off to Alabama's equivalent of a department store (I can't remember the name but he had sad options). One of the items was a Bobbi Brown lip treatment in Nectarine.

    Dad:"Who or what is Bobbi Brown?"
    Me: "A real lady. Don't worry. She's famous. Mom already has some of her stuff."
    Dad doesn't give two cents about high end beauty products, but he knows mom does, and he didn't want to come home with something she wouldn't recognize...LOL. Anyway, perhaps this story is only amusing to me, but I had to share.

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    1. "WHO OR WHAT IS BOBBI BROWN?"

      AHAHAHAHAHA

      Oh man, I love our dads. I have so many dad stories. :D

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  9. I loved this story---- I can't believe you had a Jo Malone conversation with a coffee dude. I had no idea Jo Malone was that well known, even! I also wish I could have smelled the tea scents when they came out... As for dads, go dad! That's a pretty impresssive contribution :D

    I hope there are more random acts of beauty talk that come your way!

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    1. Hi, Dovey!

      Re: coffee dude & Jo Malone - I think at first my eyes bugged out and then shone with happy tears! lol I thought the tea scents were permanent at first, which is why I felt no rush to sniff them out. Maybe they'll bring them back some day! :)

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  10. ahahahha this is so awesome. AND I AM ALSO SO MAD THE TEA STUFF WERE LIMITED EDITION. WANT A BOTTLE OF EARL GREY AND CUCUMBER. ok I'm done.

    LOL once my dad had to call the hospital about me, I forget why, probably something to do with me injuring myself. The nurse asked him for my birthday. He got the month wrong. He got the day wrong. Then he said I was born in 1950 LOLOL, I was like not even remotely close to that decade.....

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    1. OHMYGOD MM I LOVE IT WHEN YOU TALK IN CAPS LOCK MODE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 <3

      1950???????????? AAAAAAAAAHAHAHA, yours is worse than mine! Let's send them camping together somewhere, LOL LOL!

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  11. I loved reading this! What a funny conversation. :) You deserve all the smiles and then some.

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    1. Thanks, Zuzu! Lots of smiles your way! :D :D :D

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  12. Oh Liz...I wish we lived closer, we could have fun random chat (beauty or otherwise) all the damn time :) I love those kinds of moments! I just love a good enthusiastic/random convo; last week I was having a shitty day, but had some awesome interactions with a handful of people about nothing much, but it totally brightened my day! So I totally get it. I hope you have many more extraordinary random days like these my dear :) And cool about the Almay foundation!!

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    1. Sometimes it's the little things! :)

      If we lived closer to each other, we'd be at Holts & makeup boutiques every weekend, LOL!

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  13. That sounds like a fabulous day! It really does feel good when someone can share that with you outside of our "blogging world". It rarely happens. So fun!

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    1. Great point! I was thinking that the dude has the soul of a beauty blogger. :D

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  14. I wish I could find somebody like that! maybe I should get more coffee

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    1. LOL! Or spray yourself abundantly with your perfume of the moment!

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  15. I really just choked on my coffee. Thank you for the laugh! Subscribing!

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    1. Thanks for letting me know! Comments like this lift my day. :D

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  16. HAhahahahaha! What a great convo....love your dad!

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