On Thursday I had a great day celebrating Lancome’s 80th birthday (they’re now on Twitter and Facebook locally, by the way) with a makeup lesson from their international guru and a swish party at the Four Seasons Westcliff.
Luzanne and I also got to spend an afternoon lying around in Leigh’s hotel room (she from Lipgloss Is My Life) and in between spending our life savings on room service Cokes, watching dear Leigh legitimately trying to scale a rock wall because she thought it was an exit and spitting out 3-week-old fancy pants French macarons that have gone bad; one of the many (MANY) conversations were about beauty products. Obviously.
All of us get review samples of products AND we buy our own, and Leigh and I both recently started changing the way we use our products.
You see, it goes a little something like this. When I receive review products they go onto a set of shelves until I write about them, and after testing I either keep them in a cupboard until I need them or I give them away. For the longest time I’ve been ‘working my way through’ the less luxurious, not-great-but-ok products until I can finally ‘get to’ their more luxurious counterparts.
Which is incidentally the opposite way of how I approach just about everything else in my life – in our house we eat supper with an inherited antique cutlery set and we don’t save the good towels for guests only.
But why do it that way round? Using products I really like makes me feel good. I feel pampered when they apply well and smell great and WORK. As I overheard Leigh in a phone convo with her dad: You can’t think so much about the future as you’ll be DEAD in the future (I’m not quoting verbatim but that was my takeaway from the blatantly eavesdropped conversation).
So recently I ditched my mediocre shower gel for a luxuriously creamy one. I put the meh body scrub I was using in my donate box and whipped out a glorious-smelling Soap and Glory scrub that I had muled here all the way from Dubai. I’ve displayed all my perfumes so I can smell good every damn day. I use the eyeshadows I enjoy most instead of trying to make sub-par ones work.
I’d really hate to perish with a cupboard full of pristine products that I only use on special occasions (or not at all). So tell me, do you save the best for last or do you dive right in the minute you buy/receive something new? I’d love to hear.