Typically when it’s time to update my mascara, I go shopping in my mom’s makeup bag. The woman is a bargain shopper like no other, and when she sees certain things on sale or clearance, she buys them. I swear she perpetually has like three packages of mascara in her makeup bag, all with that little orange Target clearance sticker.
The last time I was home, I forgot to have this “shopping” experience, and my mascara has been wearing thin as of late. My modus operandi for the last 29 years (I really think I felt this way as an infant, too) has been, “Bargain shop, bargain shop!!” I’ve always been one to hit up Kohl’s or the mall when I’m bored. When I’d buy things, I’d never spend a lot, but I bought a lot.
Now, you know from previous blog posts that I’m currently on a “I understand why this beauty product is so dang expensive” kick. Since I’ve opened Jac & Elsie, I don’t shop when I’m bored — I make jewelry. This has led to a shocking amout of money not spent at department stores.
So I don’t feel badly that I’m choosing to spend more on products that are better. And I’m really thrilled with my new fancy pants mascara.
I hit up Sephora for the first time ever over the weekend, and I found a sales girl and instructed, “I need mascara. I like length. I don’t like volume. I don’t like waterproof.” (I always find voluminous formulas look clumpy, and waterproof mascara isn’t good for your lashes.)
She pulled out a box of They’re Real! Mascara, by Benefit Cosmetics. “It’s our best-selling one,” she said. “We never can keep it in. This is the last one we have.”
Yeeeeah, like I could say no to that.
Do you have a fav mascara? This is one thing I’m hugely not brand loyal about. I don’t think I’ve ever used the same stuff twice.