Divorce sucks. This whole starting over thing can be pretty tough. Sure, things will eventually calm down and Iâ€™ll get back to a normal life. In the meantime, I have to make many sacrifices, most of which are tolerable. I learned to live without reliable internet access, fudgsicles (the local Pavilions grocery store doesnâ€™t stock â€˜em!), and a working A/C in my car (I live in the Valley, ladies. Its really friggin’ hot here!). But some things are just non-negotiable; like shopping. Thereâ€™s only so much sacrifice a girl can take!
After much internal bickering, I finally gave into my baser needs and walked into Bloomingdales’ Sherman Oaks location last Wednesday.
I was immediately flagged down by a make-up counter gal. She lead me to the Benefit Cosmetics area and got straight down to business. In a bright, sunny voice she asked, â€œWould you be interested in a cosmetic demonstration today?â€ I have tons of free time on my hands these days, so I said sure, lay it on me, Sista. Actually, I said, sure, thatâ€™d be great.
Her name is Lisa, and she has a great look. Think a modern Louise Brookes; flawless skin, straight hair with soft edges to her bob; a natural shape of her lips, but covered in a striking red lip stick; subtle tattoos peeking out from under her shirt sleeves. On her, it works.
She worked her magic for about a minute before asking what Iâ€™m looking for.
Flo: Well, Iâ€™ll be honest with you, Lisa: Iâ€™m in a middle of a bitter divorce and Iâ€™m looking for a little pampering. What would you recommend?
Lisa: Ohhhhhhhhh, Iâ€™m sorry.
She continued dabbing makeup to my cheeks for another minute before saying, â€œWe have a lot of luxurious body products. Iâ€™ll show them to you when weâ€™re done.â€ As she leaned in closer to me, her voice lowered as she said, â€œYeah, marriage is hard. Iâ€™m married, and sometimes, it can tough.â€
Between the sales pitches (â€œThis is a great blush, with a pretty pink color that will look fantastic on your cheeks.â€ ) we talked about my impending divorce and marriage in general. It was a private conversation between two married gals, so I wonâ€™t publish the details here. Iâ€™ll just say Lisa was kind, sincere, and shared enough to really help put things in perspective.
After all of that, I only bought a new foundation. But here is a list of products Lisa used and recommended during my little make-over:
Primer: â€˜dr. feelgood,â€™ $24
Playsticks foundation: â€˜hopscotch,â€™ $30
Blush: â€˜catch me if you can,â€™ $15
Brow: â€˜brow zings (medium),â€™ $26
Shadows: â€˜me, myself and I,â€™ â€˜groundhog day,â€™ and â€˜lazy boy,â€™ $14 each
Lipgloss: (forgot the name, sorry!) $14
Makeup total: $151
Potions and lotions:
Pineapple facial polish, $24
â€˜Dear Johnâ€™ facial cream, $28
Bathina â€˜Touch me then try to leaveâ€™ cream, $26
Bathina â€˜Body so fine,â€™ $26
Bathina â€˜Sandal scandalâ€™ $34
Potions and lotions total $138
Grand total: $289
Beauty may be expensive at Bloomingdales, but the advice @ Benefit is free and priceless. When you stop by Lisaâ€™s booth, say hi for me.
I feel pretty,
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