|Freebie Queen Goes on about makeup, jewelry & other girly stuff
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
My whole life is a bargain and everything I have has a story to it. I have all sorts of cosmetic and health samples, which I use for weekend traveling/presents/and when I am running short...I also carry around the little sunblock samples so I can reapply when I sweat it all off...and offer some to my husband...The little containers are so nice for your purse or makeup bag, so you don't have to carry a whole one!. (That's why they make nice gifts for frequent travelers.)
My oh my I just got a to-the-door-delivered sample from a cosmetic co. on the net complete with tissue paper and a lovely gift bag. No wonder it's so expensive. If any of these cremes/lotions were drastically better than what I use, I would. But there is not that much difference. Altho I did get some Avon samples at a farmer's market, of all places, and at the prices the face creme was selling at, I would buy it next time. But I had just gotten some fancy face cream at 1/2 price at the health food store. (Not to mention other samples...I look for them when I go.)
It helps to go window shopping when you are in a drug store, say, to pick up a prescription, and then you have a better idea what a good deal would be elsewhere. I actually have gotten a lot of nice skin/eye treatments from our 99 Cent store. There is a local brand that must sell off ends or something to the store - I stock up when I see that - & it can keep me going for MONTHS.
And if nothing like that has come along, I can always go to buymebeauty.com and buy some eye cream from THEM at a good price.
I suppose bargain hunting does make you slightly impulsive - as I do pick up things - I have to confess I actually ordered a ring from the Home Shopping Network site...omg...I don't know how I ended up there, but there was a very inexpensive gold-washed silver ring with an artificial alexandrite stone in it - & I have been searching for something like that for a long time, so I snapped it up. Alexandrites have a color shift, depending on the light - and go from green to purplish - This one looks lovely. I will tell you when I get it. This is a case when artificial stones are almost as good...real alexandrites have gotten pricey & the man made ones are so pretty...
I do have some jewelry & everything there has a story, too. I have picked up nice pieces for good prices at gem stores and craft faires...pieces for $40-50 that would cost $200 or more in an L.A. boutique...(in the boutiques you are paying for someone else's taste, and the decor...) And these are pieces with real semi-precious stones...From the time I was a girl, I have loved amethysts, and garnets, and carnelian and rock crystal and amber and the like- none of it too expensive - but it's real and classier than costume stuff...
I have silver jewelry from when I was a girl and girls wore silver becaz it was inexpensive - but with the price of silver, that is now longer the case! I get all sorts of compliments on an Indian bracelet I inherited from my mother with a turquoise...and I have other silver pieces I inherited/kept - including my silver charm bracelets...
Cocktail rings go in and out of style - & I have an old one with an amethyst I have to break out - and another one with garnets...I do think that real jewelry is a nice gift for a young girl, to try to educate her tastes, and give her something good to wear. I always try to give the girls I know who are graduating, etc. a nice piece of "real" jewelry...Often it's not that much more expensive than the costume stuff!
It's funny how life sort of winnows down the pieces you actually wear daily. But I feel more special when I put on my special jewelry for a special occasion...I have a lovely necklace that was a wedding present - I wore a $7 linen dress & this lovely necklace!
And all these pieces can be passed down, too. It's nice to have family things. It give you a sense of continuity - I have pieces I have my grandmother gave me - 20's costume jewelry - which started my whole taste for old costume jewelry. It used to be cheap but no more! I grab up pieces I can afford now, and even get things to repair. I figure I will sell it all off when I am an old lady & go get out much any more! In the meantime, it's a hobby as well as something to wear.
I say all this because I don't think glamor or girly stuff should be ignored when penny pinching! I always have good/formal clothes on hand for occasions that come up - so I don't have to run out & buy an expensive outfit. No one has to know the cinnamon linen dress came from a thrift shop in Pasadena! Or the designer satchel was a gift from a friend who is a travel writer, who got it as a freebie on a travel junket to Paris! I might tell every one the story about how I got the turquoise bracelet after winning $200 on the slots just before leaving Vegas - but that's different....(& it was, as I mentioned before, a bargain, anyway!)
I see reading glasses for $17.99 in the store & shudder - when I get mine at the 99 Cent store! Maybe they are vaguely recognizable - but I always lose/break them, & they take the strain off my regular prescription ones! Now that I am getting so blind, I have them in every room to read labels, etc. And I also stock up on sunglasses there (with UV tags, too)...I lose/break them at an alarming rate, too. (And those Jackie O glasses that P. Hilton etc wear are just too much for me. Imagine that much for sunglasses!)
A friend interested in fashion trends sometimes accused me of being too plain - but I like to start that way and then have the options of dressing up with accessories...Her way was to get a lot of knock-offs and get rid of them regularly. I prefer to get basic things of good quality that I like/suit me and wear them to extinction! I have pieces left from high school! But it's fun to look at the trends - there is so much on the web, one can almost do without fashion magazines anymore....
Of course, I am in L.A. - and the fact is I spend most of my time in jeans and tshirts! And I have several pairs of sneakers for different uses/occasions...and hoodies and so on. But one has to have stuff to drag out to make a personal appearance - depending upon where you are going & the people you are seeing...But I don't want to dress like an eternal teenager - it's so aging, for one thing. I see women dressed like their daughters, and it doesn't flatter them. We have to grow up and accept this womanly thing. I struggle with that in the land of youth and sunshine here...And I guess, the jewelry & the nice purses do help! And my self skin care has kept me skin nice enough for compliments & that's without spa treatments, too...
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