18 July 2012

Beauty Knows No Pain or How Even Buying a Maybelline Concealer can be torture

The following story is true.

I stand in line at the 10 items or less register with my sack of golden potatoes and half a gallon of soy milk next to Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles on the conveyor belt. It is glistening hot outside under the merciless Texan sun in July. My feet hurt from running errands for several hours; I am tired and thirsty.

After skimming over the headlines and topics of the relevant gossip magazines which are strategically placed at the register at my eye level, just like the candy placed one shelf below for children, I turn my focus to the cashier who is just finishing up a customer before me. She looks familiar, but then, so  do many of the cashiers - after all, I am a regular patron.

All of a sudden it hits me - I can faintly hear a harp and my vision gets all fussy at the edges, and then I am back on that day...

This is the cashier who made such a fuss a few weeks back when she said that Juju Fruits were not part of the coupon sale [...] while all the other cinema candy boxes around it clearly were. Misleading, to say the least, but that's a different story. She had spent endless minutes then to figure out if and how which of my 5 boxes applied to the sale. It was a nightmare. Any of the other cashiers would have just overridden the item appropriately. But not Miss Debbie. No. She had to make sure that the xx cents were not deducted from the wrong product...

With another beep of the bar code scanner I snap back to the present. I want to take my sack of potatoes and my Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles and flee to a different register, a different cashier. But it is too late. The potatoes edge ahead on the belt with every scanner beep, and behind me three young, wide shouldered men who look hungry and grumpy are blocking the way. I am trapped! I will have to give her a coupon to process. My "Any Maybelline New York Product $1 Off" coupon.

I take a breath. I tell myself, it's clear cut, no ambiguity. Any product means any product. I exhale and relax.
She picks up my coupons, which are always saved for last, and begins to scan one after the other. Beep, beep... She saves the Maybelline coupon for last. And then, ...nothing! No beep. A problem. A problem with my coupon. I negotiate with myself, telling myself she'll override it and off I go. But there's no kidding myself. She takes the Dark Circle Eraser into her hand and studies it skeptically. I still tell myself, it's going to be okay.

After a short while she holds the coupon in front of my nose and mumbles something along the lines of 'this says it's for Maybelline New York' with a look that wants to tell me 'I can't accept this, see'. I look back at her and say "Yes, that's the brand of this item". She returns "But it says New York on here," pointing at the coupon. I don't know what to say. I am speechless. I am without speech.

She continues to study and compare the coupon and the Maybelline New York (though, granted, this part is in smaller font) Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles before she picks up the phone to call someone. I take a deep breath. Seconds pass, many seconds that seem like hours. I hang my head partially in disbelief, partially in anger. I want to shout at the woman "Is there another Maybelline, a Maybelline Sioux City Iowa perhaps, to which my coupon, which, by the way, I received last week right here from this very shop, would not apply? Is there, woman?" But I take another breath. I dare only glance back at the men behind me in line who, of course, give me a look which says they think that I have caused the hold-up.

Meanwhile, after more endless minutes, Miss Debbie finally gets someone on the other line. In a mannerism which I can only compare to a Gotcha Busy Body, she explains the problem: "Customer has a coupon for Any Item Maybelline New York and she wants to get..." and she begins to hold the item up high in front of her face and loudly reads "Instant AGE REWIND ERASER... DARK CIRCLES..." Thanks, Miss Debbie, now even the last person in line heard you. Inevitably eyes turn on me, the girl with the AGING DARK CIRCLES. I sigh and pledge to myself to always inspect the cashier before getting in line from here on out. Debbie's still on the phone: "but the item only reads Maybelline. ... No, it says Maybelline. ... Is that it? ... Oh, ok."  The expression on her face is an indication of the reaction she must have received from the other person on the line. Certainly, the same reaction as mine.

With the words "Sometimes they're very picky, you know" she finally overrides the coupon. I want to say "Who are THEY? And what are they picking on about? Because that has not been my experience shopping in your fine establishment here. On the contrary."
Instead, with my dark circles, I grab my sack of potatoes and my Eraser and head for home.

That was painful.

16 July 2012

Birchbox July 2012 (Glamour Magazine) [Box # 2]

So, it arrived today.

But, lo and behold, the contents of the box do not match with the contents I was supposed to receive according to my Birchbox account online.

should have received:

  • Tea Forte minteas
  • Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens
  • Gloss Moderne High Gloss Masque
  • stila It's Go Time Lip Glaze
  • Juliette Has a Gun Vengeance Extreme
  • Birchbox Earbuds

What's more, the contents I received are exactly the same as those of box # 1.  Except, stila Lip Glaze is in the color Lights, and the Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint is in the color Bronzed - the second darkest color available and therefore not workable for me... :(

And on top, I won't be able to leave feedback and therefore receive purchasing credit on their site.

I contacted Birchbox via email; we'll see what they have to say for themselves.

Because the items are pretty much identical, I obviously won't be making a full review.

I am quite disappointed because I really wanted to try the Boscia Blotting Linens and the High Gloss Masque. Ah well.

7/19/12 ETA:  Birchbox answered to my email:
Thanks for writing in! So sorry for the confusion! You were accidentally sent the incorrect box this month due to a technical error in our warehouse shipping facility. To correct this error, I have edited the box that will appear in your account when you log onto birchbox.com, so that you can give accurate feedback. Additionally, your August box will be shipped free of charge, on us. Let me know if there is anything else I can help you with!
Pretty cool. I am alright with that. :)

Parting shot:

Comfort Food


What about you? Have you received a wrong Birchbox this month? 

And what's your favorite type of donut?

15 July 2012

Gray Clouds with a Sparkling Silver Lining - Zoya Megan & Milani Diamond Dazzle

What do you do when you have been feeling under the weather for a few days, it's hot and humid outside and the dark gray overcast is giving you migraines?

What's a fitting pick-me-up when you're feeling (and looking a bit) like this:

You paint your nails in Zoya Megan and add a little accent sparkle on select fingers with Milani Diamond Dazzle. Because every cloud has a silver lining... :)

I got the idea from reading another blog a few weeks back but, alas, I don't remember which one... Otherwise I would love to give credit. [If it's you, let me know!]

I think this is such a lovely combination. It's fun and glittery and still sophisticated and subtle enough to wear to the office.

The Milani Diamond Dazzle is something I found and picked up at my local grocery store. It is absolutely gorgeous and the name couldn't be more befitting. It is next to impossible to capture in photo, but the fine prismatic diamond sparkle is spectacular.

How do you like this combination? Have you tried Diamond Dazzle?

13 July 2012

Birchbox July 2012 (Glamour Magazine) [Box #1]

Here’s what is box # 1:
Oscar de la Renta Live in Love
Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint in Pearl
Alterna Bamboo UV+ Color Protection Fade-Proof Fluide
Lärabar über
Stila Lip Glaze in Action
Birchbox July 2012

Birchbox July 2012

First Impressions:

  • Oscar de la Renta, Live in Love---  I received this in a previous Sample Society box but in a larger size (4 ml) and in a lovely flacon. The scent is nice but not really my cup of tea. This one's just 1 ml and in a non-spray vial. I don't like those vials. At all. First you struggle to pry the darn cap off and when you finally do you've spilled perfume all over your hands. Maybe I'm just a klutz...