i like the cosmetic counter at Nordstrom's. I suspect Nordstrom's has managed to microchip me with some sort of device that alerts the make-up mavens to my presence in the store. If I want to buy a certain lipstick, I wind up leaving with 3 lipsticks, a mascara, 4 eyeshadows and a few eyeliners, if I'm careful. After the rep is satisfied that I can't be coaxed into a few more lipsticks, she usually asks "How are you doing on night creams, day creams, neck creams, eye creams and creamity creams, creams creams. I always tell them i"m fully stocked. If you give them an in, they will start plying you with miracle stuff thats overpriced, overblown and doesn't deliver miracles.
My aha moment came when the clerk was busy hawking a whole line of products that (I'm not kidding) only worked if used together. I was getting confused about which product was which and asked exactly what is the purpose of the pre-moisturizer, when she replying "It prepares your skin for the moisturizer" my bullshit meter sounded. It was then it occurred to me how many jars of fancy creams were sitting in the back of my closet, some that had been there so long that the ingredients had separated or gone rancid. God only knows how much money I spent on fancy pants cream over the years. I've gone back to the basics, I will no longer pay $42 for a jar of mascara remover when the same size jar of Pond's Cold Cream does the same thing, even better for under $10.
I know, I know. Pond's doesn't have the same aura of glamour that others do, but it works .