I am easily influenced.

23 Feb

I have been using the Clinique Acne Solutions line on and off pretty much since it’s launch. I’ve tried everything – I mean everything, mail order, drug store, department store, specialty store, dermatologist – and it is the most cost-effective solution that keeps my skin in the best shape. By no means am I ready for my close-up, or even ready to go outside comfortably without wearing makeup. I general have 1-2 breakouts at all times. However, I know things can get a lot worse. When I stray from the Acne Solutions line, shit goes down. It’s not pretty.

So of course on my list visit to Sephora, I was once again convinced to buy a completely different line of skin care products.

Apparently there are some surefire ways to convince me to buy your product.

1. Insinuating whatever I’m using is way not cool.

I was actually asking the girl for recommendations on foundation primer. I love Smashbox, but I need to come to terms with the fact I’m poor as hell. So I was asking for her honest opinion on the Sephora brand. Which was when she told me my makeup was disappearing because my skin appeared dry. What products did I use? Oh… Clinique. Yeesh. Oh, no, it’s totally fine. It’s just she used to work for Clinique and the whole three-step thing is kind of silly, and also it’s for old lame women who still wear blue eyeshadow and dye their hair that weird off-red color. But it’s totally cool, sometimes younger people use it. When their moms tell them to at gunpoint.

2. Hone in on the thing I am most sensitive about. Compliment it as if your life depended on it.

“You don’t even have acne. It’s not the right product for you.”

I don’t have ance. Holy shit. I’ve been waiting pretty much my entire adult and teenage life to hear those words. Those are magic words. They’re also lies. I didn’t have anything horrible going on at the time because I was using a line of products that was successful for me. If I had acne at the time, then hell  yes I’m using the wrong product. Because it’s not working. But it was working.

3. Appear to be an expert.

She threw in her past working with Clinique which led me to believe she had insider information. She also used a lot of product words and fancy terms and science against me. Things about hydration and pH balance and what not. And her skin was just so, so pretty. How could she not know what she was talking about?

So this is how I ended up buying this kit by Sephora. I came home with high hopes. I happily chattered on to Husband about how this time it’s different, and this time I think I’ve really found something that will get a handle on everything. Husband politely kept his mouth shut, but had a knowing, I’ve been here before look in his eyes.

And how my skin is now so horrible I want to call in ugly to work. I gave it a shot, I used it until the cleanser was gone. I know skin needs time to adjust to new product. This is just bad, though. Bag-over-my-head bad. Are-you-sure-I’m-not-still-13 bad. So I will be shamefully slipping back into Sephora, hoping the girl’s not working, and scooping up my Clinique products. I feel like I need a big hat, sunglasses, and trench coat to accomplish this. It’s not a total loss, because the eye product in the kit is actually a delightful new find. It’s a cooling roller-ball gel, and it really helps with the morning puffiness. Not so much the dark circles, but we can’t win them all.

I just wish I  hadn’t had to sacrifice my skin sanity to find the good product.

Also, I need an escort for the next time I go into Sephora, so another pretty-skinned girl doesn’t trick me into another useless purchase.


3 Responses to “I am easily influenced.”

  1. Nikki February 24, 2012 at 9:01 am #

    The reason I said that before about people don’t use Clinique unless they are in high school is because someone at Sephora said that to me! She told me my skin is “too old” for Clinique – whatever the fuck that means. I like it, it works for me and it’s not outrageously priced. I’m sticking with what I know.

    • Cally February 24, 2012 at 8:22 pm #

      So apparently Sephora has some sort of Clinique complex, even though they sell it and my money is going to them anyway when I buy it. Interesting.
      I agree, I’ve re-vowed myself to Clinique. Hopefully I can stick with it this time and not stray. I should be fine as long as I don’t talk to the sales people.


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