Monday, March 12, 2012

My experience with Chanel

I recently discovered that US residents can buy makeup, skincare and fragrance at Chanel's website. So in mid february I placed an order for the exclusively online Knightsbridge collection shown above. The order was well over $300 and I was surprised that I got charged for shipping. I checked the status of the order one week later and it was "processing". Two weeks later and it got cancelled.

I did not receive any email saying it was cancelled, and the amount got held on my credit card for approximately three weeks.

So I called the customer service number, and the agent who answered simply informed me that their website has been having technical difficulties, and some orders were messed up.

Now I do not expect companies to be running 100% all of the time, but when mishaps do happen, I expect a compensation of some sort, such as free shipping, or faster shipping since I had waited well over two weeks for something that was clearly not arriving. She didn't even apologize.

Seriously Chanel? We know you're making a lot of money. It would be nice if you invested in some manners.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Review: Diderot On Art part I & II

I had to read Diderot's writing on the Paris art "salons" for a class, and I was pleasantly surprised. In what is considered to be the first art criticism text, Diderot takes apart the salons of the late 18th century. It is very much opinionated and wildly humorous, quite different from what criticism looks like today. It is an essential read however, and insightful as it gives us a glimpse into many aspects of the Parisian art scene.

Get it from Amazon.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


I'm still taking this in. It's terribly sad.

Review: Murad Clarifying Mask

I bought this mask back in September 2011, when I was dealing with a larger than life ungrateful zit. Needless to say, it did not make it go away. Only time did. But I only recently noticed that with weekly use, my skin has been prone to less break outs *taps wood*. I do not have any major acne problems, just the occasional- right before an event - appearance. It has 4% sulfur, which helps treat acne, and also Kaolin clay which regulates oil production. I leave it on for about 20 minutes and then I hop into the shower. I've read in several reviews that people like to leave it on a spot overnight, and it greatly helps, but I've yet to do that, and frankly I don't think I will.

The product is free of Sulfates, Synthetic Fragrances, Synthetic Dyes, Phthalates, GMOs and Triclosan.

I got it from Amazon, but it's also available on Sephora and a ton of other sites.

Friday, March 2, 2012

I :heart: Somersault Snack

I was recently on two very long Delta flights from the top of the continent to its southern end and back, and I bought some snacks to help pass the time. I was absolutely surprised that one of them tasted so good. So very good. They're called Somersault Snack and the flavor I had was Santa Fe, which had a very nice combination of ingredients: 

Toasted sunflower seeds and grains baked with chili pepper, cilantro, a touch of jalapeno and a dash of lime give this nugget a delicious zesty bite. A perfect snack for your next backyard barbeque, beach bonfire or fiesta. Olé!

I ended up ordering an entire carton from Amazon. They were a bit bigger than those I had on the plane, but its a great size for school in a resealable bag.

They also come in other flavors, such as Salty Pepper and Dutch Cocoa.


- images via Somersault Snack Co.