Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Fun / Not Fun

I feel such an urge for mindless shopping yet trying to retain a modicum of control.  This entails opening up countless browsers, loading up many imaginary shopping carts, experience weight of anticipatory regret and then the clicking out of browser windows.  My "Let's Stroll" post spoke a bit about it.

The hours of sunlight in a day are slightly longer, but I truly feel like the lack of light is getting to me.  Whether it's the physical manifestation of my paler skin, or the fatigue that comes from a vitamin D deficiency, I feel not at my very best.  (nothing wrong with pale, I just mean, I feel very sun deprived)  These are the times where the small itty bitty sparks of happy consumption behaviors are so appealing.  It's not a very productive behavior in terms of self soothing.  Its high is so fleeting.

Buying makeup is fun.
Researching beautiful things is fun.
Sharing information with readers is fun.
Paying the bill is not fun.
Discovering a dud is not fun.
Returning makeup is frightening.

The other day, I went to the Chanel counter and made a splurge.  Slightly irrational, I might add, since I was just planning on swatching the Illusion D'Ombre in Diapason but ended up purchasing that plus the Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Controversy.
I don't even like gloss.  But the color was gloriously deep and I loved the color.  I am  trying out both my new goodies below.



 
Unfortunately, while the gloss felt great on my lips and lasted hours and hours (!!), the color applied so patchy unevenly that it was no good.  No.  Just NO.  Normally, I would stick this in my lipstick drawer and it would it would end up in a blog sale, but I went back to the store and returned it!  Have you read Gummy's Return to Sender series?  Gosh dang it, I was going to return something so I meekly went back.  And when the SA asked if it was used, I had a moment of panic wondering if there is a right answer and a wrong answer.  Well the SA was so kind and processed the return and we chatted briefly about how beautiful the Illusion D'Ombre Diapason is.  (Meanwhile, cold sweat in the armpits)
Feeling a few dollars richer, (which is kind of ridiculous), I went to the SURRATT counter.  I've been eyeballing one of the lipgloss shades since my first visit at the counter.  No, I don't LIKE glosses, as I said.  But... it's BLOO VIOLET PURPLE!
SURRATT Lip Lustre in Amethyste
Do I feel any better?  No, only for a small moment.  But did you see that gloss?!  Time to play!

You have winter blues, too?  The post holiday period is always such a let down.  What are your best beauty and non-beauty mood enhancers?  We can keep the discussion mostly legal in most of the US/ globe.

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  1. It's too bad about the chanel l/g, what a glorious color on you!

    Yes, here in the cloudy pacific NW, everyone's butt is dragging, too...

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    1. :/ what's the cure for butt dragging?

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  2. Wohooo I want that gloss! It is so ridiculously pretty! *drools*

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    1. If you are a gloss person, you need! Isn't it crazy pretty??? *wipes drool off mah lip gloss*

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  3. Aw. I'm so sorry the gloss didn't work for you. It's strange, because what I loved about Controversy was that for once it was a vampy gloss that did apply evenly for me. It does look beautiful on you, though. How would you feel about buying it again?

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    1. I might need to return the SURATT to re-buy the Controversy, but I am open to that. :) I wonder if I was applying it wrong? I tried thin layers, thick layers, over balm, over no balm, etc.

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  4. Oh..but the color looks reallly good on you! Good you returned it, though..I think we spend/waste enough money buying makeup without having to spend some more on makeup that goes on patchy :-|

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    1. :D I was so happy to do a return! Shame such a pretty color, but no need to spend moolah on weird uneven things.

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  5. I'm not a gloss person but that Surratt thingie does look magical. :)

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  6. I'm not a gloss person either, but darn, those lip colours are super sexy!

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    1. glosses always look so fantastic. Just *shudder* feels ick to me.

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  7. I like how you tell stories. They are almost like we read a book!!! :-D

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    1. :) a really really boring book and always on the same subject! :D
      Thank you so much Virginie for your sweet comment!

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  8. doood! That chanel is BEAUTIFUL on you!! BUT GOOD JOB!! GOOD JOB!! YOU DID IT!!!!

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  9. But I LOVE Controversy on you D: Y IT SO CONTROVERSIAL. The Surratt terrifies me. Maybe as an eye gloss.

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    1. Mebbe you need to buy eet & try eet on your eyes.

      BLOCK ME NAO!!!

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  10. Controversy looks SO lovely on you, dear Belly! And Diapson too. Glad you at least found something that works.
    I feel you that: 1. it's been cold, wet, dreary here in the PNW, 2. the imaginary shop cart (like a loaded gun, esp if you save your CC info in your profile and can buy with one click!) 3. Post-holiday let down. My pick-me-up lately have been toddler snacks (even ice cream), and some blush. Working out also gets me out of the shopping thinking, but I have less and less of that.

    Now, for a little bit of detour, I do feel really uneasy returning makeup. Really, in any other country besides the U.S. returning used items are unheard of, esp if you can try them beforehand -- so we are really the exception of a norm. I mean, I'm ok for retunrs if it is for reasons such as allergy, or like yours, wear time that you can't possibly predict just by swatching your hands at the counter (and with 70-80% of population harboring virus such as HSV/god-knows-what-else, who wants to use those testers anyway, esp lip gloss, on the actual lips), those are warranted. But the key issue here is this: IF company liberally announce FREE returns at all times/have that as company policy, why do the SAs still need to ask questions that make consumer uneasy? They can very well check whether the product has been used or not by themselves, right? She really should NOT put you in such spot. What's the deal really? I spoke to my SA (she works for Nordie) she said used returns are sent back to the company as "damaged." So, again I don't understand the big deal apart from maybe she got a bit of a cut from her commission (if she is the original person who sold it). I didn't ask how much of her commission got cut if someone returned a product she sells, that, I feel, would be out of line. Anyone out there knows?

    Anyhoo... the whole free return, esp in makeup/skin care, are just not done right in my opinion. I much rather see companies do away without it OR if they truly want returns to be "free" then don't put consumers/SAs on the spot by "punitively" asking them questions/cutting their commissions -- which are no win-win.

    (Stepping off from soapbox)

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    1. aieeee, Claire. what do we do about dis bloos? and not the pretty sparkley kind of bloos? the artic cold is gone, but now it's just cold and soupy here. I am trying to self soothe with soup. Self Sooth with Soup.

      I've gotten to trying on lipsticks on my lips now instead of just swatching just so I can avoid duds and I am pretty germ phobic, but lipgloss! *SHUDDER VIOLENTLY* horror. I couldn't put Controversy on my lips at the store. So I'm glad they took it back.

      I don't think this one particular store is very liberal as I recall being given daggerly looks by an SA years ago when I tried to return a product whose case broke. But I see SAs (and Joyce bronzerbunny mentioned on twitter as well) using the "just buy and return later!" sales tactic on consumers to encourage them to just buy. And then if the same SAs or stores try to scrutinize those returns then that would be bad. Having asked around, it seems not everything goes back as damages. Some are returned to shelves if not used. (Which is kind of giving me the heebie jeebies)

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  11. I feel ya, I'm not a gloss person either. But don't be afraid of returning stuff! They have those return policies for a reason, and it's not like you're returning everything you buy :-) When I'm tempted to go shopping but need to be on a low-buy... I go get a pedicure instead. Who cares that it's boot season?

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    1. Oooh, Nicci! That is totally a nice perk me upper. In a nice summer color too!!! But then someone would need to look at my callousy gross winter neglected feets! *hork!*

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  12. That gloss you returned looks stunning on you...too bad it proved to not stay on very well :-( But holy Surratt batman!!! That gloss is like a unicorn it's so sparkly and pretty and wow wow!!! Love how it looks layered and alone...excellent choice, dear Belly!!

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  13. P.s. THANK you so very very much for the linky love!!!!! xoxoxo :-)

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    1. I send my link love to youuuuuuu *sings a tune*

      dats one speshul looking gloss. except, eeeech, I hate the feel of gloss on my lips. Looks nice tho.

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  14. I'm not a gloss person either, even when I have some... I stopped buying those a while ago and just staying with the shades I know I love -that is either a pinky coral or a really traslucent uber sparkly ones, I will be sharing my faves from the former son.

    I feel you about the returning ítems, especially since I've only done it twice: once I got back a Burberry blush because I asked for Cameo and they gave me Tangerine; and when I returned a Smashbox primer. First experience was ok, the second they made me feel like a thief. "why in the world are you returning?" Worse, is that Sephora Mexico is the only place where you can do returns of unused makeup, while the rest of the places don't -Burberry was "Exchange". I sometimes feel envious of people in the US that can make returns, and sometimes mad at those who return very often since that causes an increase in Price -and the rest of the world suffers the increase without being able to return.

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    1. I am so grateful for the US generally liberal return policies as well as the lowest prices in the world for luxury goods (mostly). It's such a nice thing. I never want to abuse the return policy because in most case, I feel like I have an accountability for what I purchase. Especially because I can research, test, before I buy (usually).
      Sucks on the Sephora MX experience! If they have a policy, then just honor it without the attitude, right??

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  15. So glad you returned that Chanel gloss! Your makeup playtime is too precious to waste on a fickle formula! Tell that gloss who is boss. Your Surratt Lip Lustre is a much better replacement!

    I release my winter blue angst by chopping off mah hair. Now I look like a garden variety Cremini mushroom. Wee! Less drastic ways to ward off post holiday restlessness consist of pilates, headstands, and books.

    And I totally understand your dread about returning beauty products. I am making a return of a Givenchy eye quad and a Bite lip pencil this weekend. A sip of mimosa beforehand will make sure I don't chicken out.

    - Josie

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    1. Josie! How was your New York celebrating? I need a hair chopping, too! Hmm, a cremini,such an earthy wintry mushroom you emulate with such elan! How very chich of you.

      I think having drunk too much coffee prior to a return was giving me the opposite of liquid courage - had horrible shakes!

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  16. Good for you, Belly!
    I've never liked Chanel glosses, which is a shame cause they do offer very unique colors, imho.
    As soon as I gain my strength to browse the web, I'm adding stuff to my imaginary carts as well. Funny? (no...)

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    1. Imaginary cart filling is fun in small doses. Actually helps me ward off shopping urges, but I find spending too much time doing that makes me feel like a hamster in a wheel. :(

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  17. So pretty! I wish that chanel gloss worked out for you because it is so pretty. I like the blue sparkles as well :)

    I wish I can see new makeup at counters here! It takes some courage to even walk up to those counters to buy things in the first place coz I feel like a hobo walking towards their counter, they don't look friendly at all and they look like they are hinting "go away" instead of trying to make a sale.

    What is the opposite of winter blues? Summer is so bad here that I can't even go outside, it feels like I opened the oven door and the grass outside is light brown and crispy. I have vitamin D deficiency too even though there is so much sun here but it's too strong :( I chopped off half my hair to make my head feel less heavy as my scalp was in pain from all that dead weight and it feels a lot better.

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    1. oh goodness, I heard it is record breaking hot these days in Australia! I wouldn't be motivated to walk out of the building to go to any store in that case!!! I can not imagine how gross and uncomfortable it feels. Maybe you need a wee trip to NY and await the next Polar Vortex. :)

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  18. Oh I hate returns too, good job!!! I took back a Chanel blush this week but was so relieved, the SA was just lovely. I'm glad I did since I got Diapason and Le Vernis in Charivari! I can't wait for the weather to warm up so we can spend more time outside! Seems everybody is coming down with something these days, I want to be able to go out without freezing! :)

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    1. :) Helene, I saw your new purchases! Charivari looks beautiful, too!!! I love a happy return story. It's heart warming (in a wallet fattening kind of way).

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