Posse!  What a great week, weatherwise!  So I went to the ‘burbs.  Well, ‘burb-ish.  Naperville is more a small city than a suburb anymore, with a hefty population, good transit, great shopping, etc.  I had some time before meeting my brother for his birthday (damb shame when it’s your birthday AND you still have to buy lunch but that’s what you get for having a janky sister! LOL!).  I decided to visit some downtown shops.  Naperville is much like the tonier NorthShore ‘burbs, it’s the canary in the coalmine for economics – and I’m pleased to say it has largely withstood the Covid economic bust that impacted so many towns and cities.  I was going to go into the lash bar but realized I really hate wearing false eyelashes so I went to bluemercury instead.  YAY!

I’ve never been in a bluemercury before – what a delightful experience!  Of course, I was stunned by the tasteful little sign that says they do not take cash.  At all.  I didn’t know you could do that – not take cash, I mean.  Am I having a ‘get off my lawn’ moment? I did try to write a check at Trader Joe’s a few weeks ago, just to see if I could.  They were game.  I was game.  The check machine was ‘ah… no!’.  I asked when the last time they’d used it and the young man said… ‘not since I’ve been here.  And I’ve been here … two years?’  THAT was fun – not (n.b.  I did credit.  That check machine was adamant in its refusal!)

Once I got over that no-cash startle, I was enchanted by the shop.  Yes, it’s a standard beauty boutique but it is well-curated and staffed by absolutely charming people.  My SA, a gorgeous girl named Krystal, was a delight, answering questions as I asked but not ‘hovering’.

Krystal. Adorbs! (permission granted, btw. I’m not a fiend)

It’s been so long since I really just looked at beauty lines, y’know?   I haven’t explored the ‘fresh‘ line since Gump’s closed (that’s where I first fell for Fresh Lemon Sugar perfume.  Yum!!  Krystal introduced me to a great new moisturizer from the line, Vitamin Nectar.  I’m pretty fussy about moisturizer, but I really liked this one.  Very emollient, very glow-y! 

But nothing – and I mean NOTHING, beat the Dr Barbara Sturm Lifting Serum.  Y’all.  Seriously?  Y’ALL!  This stuff is startlingly good – it’s like a little bit of Botox in a gel.  She put it atop my make up (apparently, if you put it under makeup it causes pilling.  I tried it, she wuz right.  So atop it is.  WOW!  I’d love to get a bit of ‘work’ done on my face but simoleans is TIGHT! right now, so Dr Sturm will have to do – and she is doing it very nicely, thank you very much!

OMG! yes!


I came out of there absolutely delighted!  Such a fun time and I learned about some new stuff, including this Vagus Nerve Oil (and vagus nerve spray) by Osea.  Who knew the vagus nerve was A Big Thing in beauty?  Welp!  Now I do.   Vagus nerve beauty oils and sprays!    I wore the oil for the day – very calming to sniff!  The spray is for your pillow at nighttime.  The rep gave me a little sample – I’ll let you know how it goes.  To be honest, I was so beat when I got home that it was all I could do to take my contacts out, take a shower and…. well that was it.  Luckily I made it to bed, though just sleeping in the shower sounded like a good idea.

Yeah, that beat.

The best part of the day, besides lunch with my brother, was… just sitting in the sunshine, enjoying all the people out and about, carrying little shopping bags.  Yay, economy!   Traffic!  Yeah, traffic.  Remember where I live now.  So, traffic.  I sat on the bench and watched smelly pre-teen boys, riding their bikes and jockeying for pre-teen supremacy.  Joyous!  Babies waving at me (I waved back.  I am not a fiend).  People said hello!  I spent an hour or more on that bench, in the sun – and it was time wonderfully spent.  Covid is beaten back, at least for now.  And it’s lovely to see folks out and about again.

And traffic.  YES!  TRAFFIC!  Deal with it.

Soon enough it was time to hie on back to the train.  I took a bus!  It ain’t my first bus – but this was special because it was the same driver I talked with heading out – we talked family, food… how much fun it can be to spend a Summer evening in downtown Naperville (hint:  It’s a lovely thing to do)… and then it was back home to the hinterlands.  Ah, well.  Nice to come home to that shower and bed.

So.  whazzup with YOU?  Have you been able to be out and about?  Any traffic?  Any new beauty?  I am going to do a teeny giveaway – I have a sample of the Sturm Lifting Serum and you will thank me!


and OOOH!  I didn’t nearly forget – I FORGOT!  sort of.  Well… oh, who cares!  I haz a Winner!!! for the Rose Trocadero:  rosarita!  Lordt.  Y’all are SO patient!  Send your evilauntieanita (AT gmail) your deets and I’ll get it out to you pronto!



  • Maggiecat says:

    I know what you mean…the sheer joy of Getting Out. Between Vivid and back surgery, I’m only now beginning to venture forth and each time is a joy. I hope to be able to sniff the new Esteem Leader scents soon, but seriously, coffee with friends is almost enough. Glad you had a wonderful day. Now off to check if there’s a bluemercury around hete…

    • Musette says:

      Is your back okay now? Hope so. My sacrum has a crack and I was told it would be like bionics to get that repaired. So I yoga like a lima bean!


      • Maggiecat says:

        I’m officially bionic -titanium plates and screws to fuse my back from L-1 to S-1. Also, apparently I can’t type late at night, and autocorrect hates me! ?

  • Maya says:

    I’m happy for you. It’s time for us all to do those little and/or big things that make us happy. I’ve always loved people watching too. All I would want besides sunshine and warmth are blooming lilacs. Krystal is beautiful.

    • Musette says:

      isn’t she, though? We had a good time with foundations because we are exactly the same skintone, so we giggled our way through WTF kinds of choices I made. I would pick something absurd because the shade-referencing tops are wack – and she would giggle…and pick the correct shade!

      She is every bit as lovely inside as she is outside!


  • Kathleen says:

    I’ve never been to a blue mercury; however, agreed with you how wonderful it is to see people out and about. We are all due for some normalcy and perhaps we appreciate it all the more.

    • Musette says:

      I agree. Whoever thought Life would be like dating? But it’s playing hard-to-get … and we’re all grasping for it.


  • Tara C says:

    I haven’t been inside a beauty or department store since before Christmas. I’d like to go to Sephora next week, before the sale, just to look around. Nordstrom too.

    • Musette says:

      it was fun! I was at N-M a few weeks ago, sniffed the new Amouage attars, which I will write about anon. It, too, was fun!


  • Dina C. says:

    Anita, What a joy-filled day you had! It sounded great. I’ve been to a Bluemercury once, years ago. It was nice. Last week, my son (25) and I went to the high end Galleria and walked all three levels. I was “edumacating” him on how to pronounce the designer names, country of origin, what they’re known for, etc. He’s a young man who likes the finer things in life. We even did some sniffage. He wears Tom Ford Noir, and I’m trying to continue his scented education! It was a really uplifting day. So nice to get out of our house and interact with friendly sales people.

  • cinnamon says:

    Sounds a great outing. Last time I was in a Blue Mercury was at least a decade ago, in NYC, and the SA was truly meh. Sounds like things have improved. Always fun to find great new skincare and sitting in the sun watching the world go by is pretty awesome too.

  • March says:

    This sounds lovely … tbh this time of year I could really use a trip to the familiar comfort of the ‘burbs. Last spring I used to go out and walk around in my ‘burbs (which as you know looks a lot like Naperville) for a feeling of some kind of normalcy, in the teeth of the pandemic, including beauty stores (which were weird because you couldn’t touch anything — no sampling or testers due to worries about COVID cooties, you could only look!) But I’d sit outside a coffee shop, in the sun, with a latte and people-watch. I’m planning ahead to do a trip to some kind of ‘burb in a warmer place (Phoenix?) next winter. Seems like winter drags on here FOREVER — it snowed again last night.

    • March says:

      Meant to add — the no-cash thing got a boost during the pandemic, nobody wanted to touch the money… it was good from the perspective of finally making it ok to do cheap transactions with a debit/credit card, and upgrades on those machines, but “no cash” has a larger impact on lower-income people, who may only HAVE cash, so there’s some debate about it. Of course one reply would be “nobody who’s struggling needs to shop at bluemercury” but that’s how we stay smugly classist so I’m not ok with it.

      • Tara C says:

        I’m not okay with the no cash thing either, for the same reasons. It’s exclusionary.

        • March says:

          I’m also vaguely surprised it’s legal? Cash is legal tender, you’d think state or federal law would have something to say about it, but I’m not a lawyer or legislator, so who knows.

          • Musette says:

            everything you both mention here is both intriguing and concerning to me. I suspect bluemercury might’ve done it to stave off robbery? Even the ‘burbs haz robbery issues…

  • Eldarwen22 says:

    Haven’t been doing a lot of beauty stuff and going out. I am waiting for Sephora’s spring sale to get that massive bottle of Coco Mademoiselle Intense and get some Light Blue for my mother. The puppy is taking up quite a bit of time too.

  • rosarita says:

    Thanks for the Rose Trocader! No need to enter me in this draw.
    Your day sounds lovely. Beauty shopping somewhere new? Sounds like a slice of heaven! And people watching. I’m re-entering the world these days and finding it slow going.

  • Alityke says:

    Beauty store browsing & shopping? Oh my word! Not done that for….. well….. well… nope can’t remember! Really no idea!
    Been to the big Boots store at the big mall a few months ago but I wasn’t ready for so. many. people. whilst omicron was rife. All the other department stores with good beauty depts had closed. Economic bust.

    The bus to the other big city has been permanently cancelled, the train takes forever & costs a week’s pension. Parking for a day in the city costs the same as the train but the journey is quicker. The joys of English village life!

    Add to that I’m getting rashes to every active face cream/serum/fragrance/make up item at the minute beauty shopping is a total waste of time & money. So please don’t enter me in the draw

  • Tom says:

    Sounds like a great time! I have some things I can go to this weekend- we’ll see how that pans out.

    As for traffic, yeah, it’s kind of back. I swear still not 100%, but close. Of course, my commute involves walking downstairs and with the gas prices I’m not driving all over.

    I used in my yoof take the bus from NYC to my hometown all the time. It was direct and unlike the trains didn’t stop 15 miles short of town. Took it here for years, but my employer paid for the monthly pass. Sadly, no longer..

    • Musette says:

      DC folks bus to NYC alladetime! I am more of a train girl (though that 15 miles is a beast!). Your commute is much like mine these days. Schweet! Though I do miss interacting with folks – sorta. My ‘folks’ are whiny peepants machinists – so maybe not.


  • Portia says:

    That day sounds like a slice of heaven.
    I don’t do beauty stuff though, just the pedicure, man Brazilian and work makeup.
    Portia xx

    • Musette says:

      I’m always fascinated by ManBrazilian because… labia are built to take a beating whereas… y’know… OW! on you!

      This was a very nice day, love! I need to go with you to get lashes, I think. I kinda suck at it.