Wednesday, August 19, 2009

InStyle "Deals and Steals"

The premise of this section of InStyle is to present "Irresistible ATM-friendly buys!" That means everything on the page is under $20. Not bad for a beauty magazine, right? Well, let's check and see how realistic some of the stuff is for a normal person.

The first thing that jumped out at me is the $14 lip balms. Lip balm. I thought I was spending a lot when I bought a Burt's Bees lip balm at $1.99. Geez. I'm sure your lips end up coated in diamond powder or something using that stuff, but I don't know anybody in my financial status who is willing to buy $14 lip balm. If they are, they really should not be!

Secondly is the $15 deodorant. There are tons of things at the drugstore, grocery store, and health food/natural store that do the job, even for hyper-sensitive skin and with organic products, for less than that! Sheesh.

Finally is the $11 eye liner. I think I'd understand if the liner was in liquid form or had some special blending ability, but it didn't. It was a pencil. A pencil. In teal and purple. How long do those colors stay trendy? A season? You can buy the $0.99 version in the bottom bin at Target and still look fabulous without wasting so much money.

Why do we let people who don't ever follow the conventions of fashion anyway dictate what we buy? And when we do, why do buy the expensive versions of stuff that's probably going to be useless in a season or doesn't deliver as promised? Craziness!

Let's think before we buy. Evaluate. Wait a week before buying something fashionable and see if you still want it. If you buy it, save the receipt and don't wear it or use it for a week. That way, if you have the slightest regret, you can get your money back! Let's be smart about buying such superficial things.

-Domestic Goddess out.

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