Saturday, March 9, 2013

Wow, I have a LOT of Tom Ford

I don't know why I have such a deep ambivalence about this brand.  Clearly I've bought much of it and enjoy many of it.  However, some uneasy feelings stirred up about spending 48USD for a sheer lipstick.  I never put retail prices on here, because this blog is less a shopping guide and more about pretty and shiny things and my thoughts about consumption.

I guess it's hard to really make it an effective conversation without saying "Holy Hell Bunny!  I've just spent forty-eight hard-earned bucks on a sheer lipstick!"  It's even less about personal affordability; it's the sheer outrage about spending that kind of money.  I offend my own sensibility and perhaps some more clear-minded makeup consumers as well.

I spent a little bit of money.
Should I say, what the hell and let my freak consumer flag fly?  Or go back into a deep dark corner and ponder it some more.  Or both?

I opt for BOTH.  Wherever you are, Mr. Ford and Estée Lauder marketing and product execs drumming up your seductive advertising, I raise my morning coffee cup to you in salute.  Well done.  You've reduced Bellyhead into a conflicted ravenous beauty consumer.

FYI: some more Tom Ford products are coming up, including wrapping up my brush series and letting my makeup flag fly.  You can see in the picture, there's more dysfunctional consumption to share with you.

20 comments :

  1. Ohhhhhhhh my goodness. I remember that's one of the things that drew me to your blog -- I was like, it's a Tom Ford resource! Whenever people ask me about TF, I'm like, see THIS girl.

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    1. I haz a little bit, don't I?
      I have to say, looking at that pile makes me feel 1/2 happy and 1/2 despondent!

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  2. I know what you mean. :( I have stopped posting retail prices (if I can help it) on my blog as well, because it just makes it all too easy for other people (and also myself, lol) to add up my spending and judge.

    Anyway, I have two Tom Ford products, but I can't imagine buying more in a really long time!

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    1. Carina,
      Thank you for your understanding comment! I can't imagine getting any more EITHER. But my self control as evidenced above isn't so optimistic about my success.

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  3. One day, I'll be able to afford just one thing from Tom Ford... D:

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    1. 668 and looking foiiiiiiiinnnneeee!

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  5. I'll say 670 in case someone beats me before this posts!! Lol!!

    I'll tell you what Hubs tells me...everyone has their thing!! He has snowboarding & biking, I have beauty products & luggage!! If TF & other luxury/HE makeups are what make you happy then go for it!!! You aren't spending yourself into debt, so enjoy it and try not to feel bad or guilty. As beauty junkies I think we often have trouble just letting ourselves go bc it's often portrayed as a narcissistic and sometimes selfish pursuit...you know...because we aren't supposed to care how we look. Yet it's crazy how much we are bombarded with marketing ploys telling us how much we need/want x,y,z!! LOL!! So I'm calling BS on the whole thing & am just going to enjoy the pretties!!! :-) Hope you can toooooo!!!

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    1. Hi Gummy! BS, heh heh! It would make perfect sense that you have a thing for luggage. I also think it also makes perfect sense that part of the conflict is because this particular beauty hobby is so shallow. You make such an excellent point about the expectation of high-mindedness yet still be constantly subjected to the barrage of the marketing machine of beauty. Aiee, the flesh is weak!

      I enjoy all my stuff deeply. I just feel such a remorse (only sometimes). I think I am at my low moment of my buying cycle. I'm going to try to love and enjoy it. But I'm also going to try and think about if this means anything else!

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  6. You make me laugh, you make me think, you usually make me crave goat cheese. What's up with the awesome-being, huh?

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    1. :D
      Kate, I sincerely hope IRL people don't see me and exclaim: "Hey! It's Goat Girl!"

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  7. Omg this is so delicious to look at !
    Love !!

    As for prices , I always list them because I feel like if your going to read about beauty products then they my friends come with a price tag :P but I can see how internet trolls would sit their calculating every purchase and making assumptions ugh

    hugss :)

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    1. The shiny pile is quite delicious looking and yet when I start to tally the money I spent! *faints, wakes up and self-flagellates*

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  8. TF has just arrived properly on counters here... To my surprise the prices are actually no more expensive than in the UK. Fortunately (like Laduree) the counters are so rammed (and consequently quite mucky) that it puts me off exploring too much.

    I do think TF is overpriced for the quality of the products (or maybe it's just they don't agree with me - e.g. drying lipsticks), but I don't in principle object to/judge others for purchasing expensive products. For me, a high price point encompasses more than just the product itself (although product quality is obviously a major factor) -- it's also about the shopping experience, the packaging, the customer service, etc. It's the same with clothes -- I decided some time ago that I am happy to pay more for a more pleasant experience. I am sure lots of people think this is ridiculous but we all place different value on such things. I just happen to have a hugely over-inflated sense of the value of my time and my entitlement to luxury ;).

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    1. I'm interested to hear how the brand is received in Japan, too. Obviously Japan has an incredible market for luxury consumer spending, but is the overt luxury of Tom Ford something equally well received?

      I think the initial visit to the counter is kind of a lackluster experience. Nothing really stood out as extraordinary until I've been further exposed to blogs, advertising, marketing-machine and numerous visits to the counter. Then everything was a bit more enticing!

      Price is more than just the quality of the product for sure! It's paying for the ticket that takes you into the marketing image and the brand experience, and the ability to enjoy high service. Most of the time. Sometimes bad service can be had anywhere, at any counter, no matter what you pay for the privilege. I *think* that's part of the seduction I fall for. For 48USD (though higher in Japan and UK!), I get to think I'm getting something that is hard to have by all, experienced by just a few, with something so sexy and very desirable. It's sometimes the cold light of day, under a camera that I realize, CRAP! I just paid a BOATLOAD for that privilege!

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  9. HI Bellyhead,
    I don't have as much Tom Ford products as you do but I can understand why you're crazy about this brand. TF does not have the best quality product (especially the eyeshadows) but the packaging and the brand of the product makes me wanting it more and more. It's so shallow of me to keep on buying make up but it makes me happy :p

    Meryl @ Memoiselle

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    1. We say shallow like it's a bad thing, huh? Perhaps we spend this blogging year finding out how to reconcile our wants with our own happiness! :D

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  10. I can't stop buying them either. Luckily,the nearest Tom Ford counter is 120 km. away from my home. if not, I'm sure it wouldn't be good. :D

    I've been reading your blog for quite some time now and I so enjoy reading your posts

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    1. Ha! Thank goodness some temptations are so far away! Unfortunately for me, the TF counter (TWO of them) are within short walking distances. It's terrrrrrrible!
      Thank you so much for reading the blog, DM! I really appreciate it!

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