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The Attack of the Beauty Kits

So how many "beauty gifts" can a girl acquire, before running away screaming at the mere sight of a brightly colored cosmetic case brimming with samples?

Too many, if you ask me.

Yes, boys and girls, as you may have probably noticed I am addicted to nifty face creams and treatments, as well as to make-up. Problem is, I don't think that I will need to purchase any more lipstick or eyeshadow any time soon (probably for years!) thanks to free beauty promotions, and I really don't know what to do with the make-up cases that come with the blasted things.

And why? May you ask, have I ended up in such a colorful pickle?

Because every time that I show up at the make-up counter to replenish any of my creams, make-up removers, or anything else, the department store happens to be running a promotion that involves a free gift with purchase.

Bonus points if what you need to replenish is from two different brands. In that case, you end up with two or more of the wretched things. I swear, they are like Tribbles. They multiply when you're not looking.

It has been suggested to me not to purchase my stuff in department stores, but to go to a place like Sephora where these promotions theoretically do not exist.

It doesn't work.

For one thing, they don't carry the brand I like and, for another, they have taken to giving me small samples of random stuff every time I purchase anything. I'm telling you, there's no escaping the attack of the beauty gifts.

It all started two years ago when I needed some travel sizes, thanks to the whole bomb-in-a-shoe airport brouhaha, which brought about increased airport security regulations that require that your entire belongings are crammed in a 1 quart Ziploc baggie.

At the time, I was wondering who would have the best giftie, and settled for a little Borghese kit that I got for free as a reward for purchasing some face powder. Oh, I was so happy at the time! Clever Belfebe had gotten what she needed to go flying and not worry about not being pretty once she landed.

Little did she know that this would start a trend that would attempt to destroy the little sanity she had left . . .

These days, I have to time my purchases and try to catch them when they are not giving away anything.

Easier said than done. I don't know if it is because the flailing economy and the stores are trying to boost sales by giving out these things, or simply because there is a conspiracy. I bet that there are aliens somewhere trying to take over the world one eyeshadow at a time.

And yes, I know. It would be simpler if I just refused to receive a beauty gift. However, like many other people I just can't resist getting something for free.

(Plus, they are cute!)

(Like Tribbles!)

I have also given some of these to friends and family, but it seems that the more I give away, the more gifties I acquire. Pretty soon, I will need to make an addition to my home just to house the bloody things.

Oh, well. I guess it is the price you pay for beauty.

And now, I must leave. It seems that the cat is being attacked by the lipstick bars and the mascara tubes are jumping into the fray.

Sigh.

It's not easy being me.

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belfebe
Apr. 2nd, 2008 12:12 am (UTC)
You know? That may not be a bad idea :-)
kass_rants
Apr. 1st, 2008 10:19 pm (UTC)
ROTFLMFAO. You're kililn' me!!! LOL!
belfebe
Apr. 2nd, 2008 12:13 am (UTC)
Oh, the price you pay for beauty!
ladycaviar
Apr. 2nd, 2008 12:49 am (UTC)
I have the same problem
but I was considering making up little royalty/retainer baskets for the War. How many freaking candle/jam/soap baskets can a Queen acquire before she screams "No more tea parties in the dark, damn you!" I figure War is a stinky sweaty place where every Lady can use a little perfume [bonus: period!] and a little makeup refresh and those cases are great for keeping award medallions, site tokens, Laurel prizes, etc in.

Or not. Just a thought. But I did have it when looking through my crates of the same stuff I have for the same excellent reason, kindred spirit. :)
belfebe
Apr. 2nd, 2008 02:27 pm (UTC)
Re: I have the same problem
Another good idea to cull the little herd of beauty products :-)
tattycat
Apr. 2nd, 2008 01:44 am (UTC)
If it's tiny and free, it instantly triggers my CUTE response, and I have to have one. Likewise for things with retro-style packaging, or anything new and different. Little bags are colonising my undersink area.
belfebe
Apr. 2nd, 2008 02:29 pm (UTC)
I'm telling you! They are Tribbles in disguise!
melaniesuzanne
Apr. 2nd, 2008 02:23 pm (UTC)
My mom has the same problem. Her solution was daughters upon whom she could foist the leftovers.
belfebe
Apr. 2nd, 2008 02:28 pm (UTC)
Hmmmm . . . I could give them to the Dark Child and El Brato, but I'm afraid of the results . . .
isenglass
Apr. 2nd, 2008 02:44 pm (UTC)
Or you could walk up to random people at events. "You look pale, honey. Here, have some lip gloss." :-D
belfebe
Apr. 2nd, 2008 02:53 pm (UTC)
Hmmm . . . I think some of our manly fighters could use some of that . . . :-D
greta_k
Apr. 2nd, 2008 04:20 pm (UTC)
I've actually had people say that to me (thank GOD they didn't offer beauty products to me). My response was, "Yes - excellent genetics."
isenglass
Apr. 2nd, 2008 04:23 pm (UTC)
Party pooper. :-P
greta_k
Apr. 2nd, 2008 05:42 pm (UTC)
Just one of the many services we provide ;-)
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