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President Bush at the Olympics, Rafa & Roger do Tennis, the Lancome ‘Whoops’, Manly Makeup?

Hello-Hello and Happy Monday to everyone! We do hope all enjoyed their break from the weekday world, be it at home or away at the coast, the cottage, the cabin. Even if only in the mind, an escape is so vital.

So much has been going on at the Olympics *and* elsewhere, it is hard keeping track of it all, at least for The Princess! Has anyone seen any of the photographs of President Bush in Beijing at the varying functions and then the actual sporting events? From an etiquette perspective, it would appear that being Commander-in-Chief is fairly easy at most venues. As always, the First Lady is perfectly attired, gracious and graceful.

President Bush Opening Ceremony

President Bush Opening Ceremony

First Lady Laura Bush

First Lady Laura Bush

President Bush & USA Softball Team

President Bush & USA Softball Team

It occurs to us however, it’s tough looking Presidential when you decide to do the Beach Volleyball appearance. Did we mention it was the Women’s Team?

And then the difficulties grow exponentially when it comes time for the picture-taking, for you know everyone wants their photograph taken with the President. Oh dear. This is where we ask, just who in the Protocol office thought this would be manageable?

President Bush with Kerri Walsh (L) & Misty May-Treanor

President Bush with Kerri Walsh (L) & Misty May-Treanor

President Bush with Kerri Walsh (L) & Misty May Trainor (R)

President Bush with Kerri Walsh (L) & Misty May Treanor (R)

Okay, the President with women in bikinis, not frequently seen, but acceptable. Until this.

President Bush & Team USA's Misty May-Trainor

President Bush & Team USA's Misty May-Treanor

You can tell by the look on his face and awkward placement of his arms he knows this is going nowhere good.

President Bush & Misty May-Trainor, Team USA Volleyball

President Bush & Misty May-Treanor, Team USA Volleyball

Not. A. Good. Idea. Life’s a beach. Indeed.

We also had tennis today. After yesterday’s disastrous weather conditions.


***The next portion of today’s post features photos and RESULTS from Tennis matches played today, Monday, 8.11.08 ***

Let’s talk a little tennis shall we? They have just been dropping like flies when it comes to the Women’s Singles Tennis competition at the Beijing Olympics with yesterday’s withdrawal of top-seed Ana Ivanovic of Serbia because of an injured right thumb.

In a news conference announcing her withdrawal Ivanovic said she hasn’t even hit a ball since arriving in Beijing. Her withdrawal comes in addition to those of Russian Maria Sharapova (seen below in Montreal below prior to withdrawing from that event) and American Lindsay Davenport (below, 2nd photo), the 1996 Gold Medalist. Ms. Davenport, an original prep by birth (First clue? Dad’s name is Wink), is still hoping to play in the Women’s Doubles Championship.

Lindsay Davenport, Team USA Tennis

Lindsay Davenport, Team USA Tennis

American James Blake won his first match, but the rains delayed most others yesterday, including Roger Federer’s opener. Mr. Federer made up for any lost time today, handily beating Russian Dmitry Tursunov 6-4, 6-2.

Roger Federer vs. Dmitry Tursunov

Roger Federer vs. Dmitry Tursunov

The fan favorite said afterward to a UPI reporter:

“This tournament is the one I base my year around so I hope I can play well here,” Federer said. “It would mean as much as winning a Grand Slam. I’ve won so many Grand Slams and the Olympics only comes around every four years. I love playing for my country, so this is a great start.”

After the match Federer was congratulated by one of the spectators, LeBron James from Team USA Basketball. Rafa Nadal did not have as easy a go of it, dropping one set to Italy’s Potito Starace, but still winning his match. One of the spectators watching his match was Prince Felipe of Spain.

Rafael Nadal, Spain

Rafael Nadal, Spain

In a story in today’s Times (NY) it’s clear the weather had an impact on the Spaniard:

Nadal was far from comfortable in the clammy air. After the match he was asked the standard question about pollution. “The problem is the humidity,” he said, “I haven’t felt the pollution.”

The big surprise was Andy Murray of Great Britain being upset by Lu Yen-Hsun of Taiwan in the first round. In Women’s Singles, American Serena Williams made it to the second round besting Olga Govortsova 6-3, 6-1 in a match that was interrupted on Sunday because of the rain.

BTW, the ITF evidently has a heart, or at the very least a thermometer. ITF President Francesco Ricci Bittis announced this weekend that if the weather reaches “… an unacceptable level” players can take breaks.

“The conditions are not the best, but our players are very strong. What is important is the health of the player.”

Currently the ATF does *not* allow male players to take breaks either regular tour or Grand Slam events. As is so frequently the case, it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity. We are already wilting.

Because of the Olympic news usurping so much space in the blog a number of things have been languishing out there in the virtual ‘Pending” file, so we’ll share a few. We start with the following email we received from Lancôme:

Oh. Well then, never mind. In the event you don’t have your name on the list to be notified when the Lancôme Oscillation Mascara is back in stock, just go to the page and provide your email… if you don’t mind being updated on all other things Lancôme in the interim.

Gentlemen, as we are speaking of mascara, TP wants you to know we don’t discriminate here at Preppy Princess InterGalactic HQ, no sirree! (No, that is not the misspelled name of a toddler.) Here is your chance to pop on over to the other side of the pond and grab your own tubeof the aptly named “Manscara” from the good folks at Superdrug.

“‘Manscara’ an eyelash and brow gel for men. With it’s totally clear formula, manscara gel subtly defines lashes and tames wayward brows.”

This, of course, is not a joke, nor is it something we made up and asked The Princess Consort to Photoshop for us in his spare time. We only wish we could name the blog where we originally saw this mentioned in order to give proper credit where it is due. At any rate, if the Manscara doesn’t do it for you, or if you want to enhance its effects, then you should go for the Guyliner. By all means, don’t hold back on account of the exchange rate, buy both. At only £4.50, you can do it, c’mon.

This soft, smooth kohl pencil can give an accurate, subtle defined look to the contour of the eye, making them appear larger, more distinct and seductive, is he or isn’t he wearing it? Or smudged, it can be more dramatic for a grungy rock-star look.

Indeed. This one is peaking the AntiPrep-O-Meter in the red zone and TSU (The Spousal Unit, aka TPC, The Princess Consort) has broken out in hives.

BTW, there is some not insignificant chatter about the Ralph Lauren Polo pony logo on the Team USA Opening Ceremony Uniforms. We’ll be back later with a bit on that….until then, grins & giggles.

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The Mascara Wars Round 3, **Today Only** (Kind of…Sort of…)

Happy-happy & hubba-hubba. It is The Princess back with you, once again thanking The Princess Consort for his wit, wisdom & wisecracks as contained in yesterday’s post.

We must be fast and furious as our primary topic contains a “Today Only” element that would be rather pointless to read about at midnight or later. So here we are with Chapter Three of The Mascara Wars, ohmygoodnesscanyoufeelthetensioniamsoexcitedicanhardlystandit! Indeed.

Without further ado, we present for your oohing and aahing pleasure Lancome‘s entry in what is fast becoming a crowded cosmetic Smackdown, the Lancôme Oscillation mascara.

Have we all recovered from the excitement? Then we’ll go into a few details for you on this pre-launch launch… or would this be a micro-launch? A nano-launch? A non-launch launch? We’ll just go with the pre-launch and leave it at that.

If you want to be the first girl on your block to have the latest and greatest, but need to see it to believe it, you can acquire the mascara at a few select emporia:

• Atlanta: Macy’s at the Lenox Square Mall
• Orange County: The Lancôme Boutique at the Brea Mall
• Costa Mesa: Nordstrom at South Coast Plaza
• Chicago: Macy’s on State Street and Bon-Ton at the Yorktown Mall
• Dallas: Dillard’s and the Lancôme Boutique at NorthPark Center
• Houston: Neiman Marcus at the Galleria
• Miami: Macy’s at the Dadeland Mall
• Manhattan: Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale’s 59th Street, Lord & Taylor, Macy’s Herald Square, and the Lancôme boutique on Columbus Avenue
• San Francisco: Macy’s Union Square
• San Jose: The Lancôme Boutique at the Valley Fair Mall
• Short Hills: The Lancôme Boutique at the Short Hills Mall

Actually, TP finds this to be a lovely list of sites for retail therapy. (On the West Coast we must admit partiality to South Coast Plaza, it’s simply divine.) Forget the mascara, go early and go often for relaxation, a healthy stroll at a fast clip, lunch, tea, whatnot!

If those locations aren’t convenient you can still purchase the oscillating wonder online at Sephora, or at the Lancome Online Mother Ship. Regardless of where you buy it, the price is $34. This is available today only, July 31, 2009. The mascara does not return to the internet or stores until November or later. Here is Sephora’s note on the topic:

For this premiere a limited quantity will be available while supplies last. If you’ve missed this sneak preview, please sign up below and we’ll notify you of the Lancôme mascara revolution in December 2008.

Now as a refresher course in the first two rounds of this little tempest, we had both of our previous entrants launch their opening salvos on July 25, just last week. Those two participants are Chanel with its non-vibrating or non-powered, other than by your hand and fingers, Exceptionnel Intense Volume and Curl Mascara priced at $28.

Then there was/is Estee Lauder, with the Electric Vibrating Turbolash “…turn on the power and feel the buzz…,” reasonably priced (if it works for you) at $30, once they have it back in stock. It sold out in hours. Hhmm…. either a substantial number of us *simply must have* the latest thing, or an equally enormous number of us believe if it moves, we groove. Or something.

So there you have it. Three are in, two battery-powered, one out of stock, it’s just all so much to keep track of; it’s time to have the sosch (social secretary, god lover her) help me keep it all straight. BTW, TP is not referring to this as a serious “Limited Edition,” for it is not. We’ll be back later to talk about this increasingly popular and increasingly erroneous use of the term in the fashion world. (Oooooohhhh, do you sense a Princess rant impassioned plea for sanity in the next 24 hours? We do.

We’ll toddle along now. It’s possible we may succumb to the Lancome.


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