Trouble dey sleep, iyanga dey go wake am up. Lancome people were there on their own oh, and I carried myself and went to them.
Some weeks ago, I was passing through Lancome at Macy’s when I saw a flyer for ‘Gal’s Night Out.’ What really, really, caught my eyes was the fact the fact that it was FREE. As a proper Naija gal, you know I have to love all things free. The Gal’s Nite Out party was to have my make-up done for FREE by none other than Tommy. Who is Tommy? I had no clue, but I was going to find out for sure.
I invited Funmi and Uju. They both didn’t make it. Uju had some reservations because she said Lancome will make her spend money she does not have. Eventually, I convinced her to come, but she still couldn’t cause she had to work. Funmi said she did not want to come because they would use the same brush they used for other people for her. Funmi gat jokessss! She must think that makeup artists change their brushes per customer. Anyway, I made an appointment for today at 6:30 PM sharp.
Before I went, my mind was already made up that I will not spend a penny. I knew there was nothing Lancome will say or do to me to ever make me change my mind. So some make-up lady started prepping me sha. Prepping me included cleaning my face with something, rubbing some gel on my face, washing the gel off, rubbing something else on my face, and then rubbing some lotion on top of the something. Oh, and she also rubbed something around my eyes – special lotion for my eyes. She asked me what kinda lotion I rub on my face, and when I told her that I rub my regular good ol’ Olay BODY lotion, she almost had a heart attack.
“Body lotion?! You rub body lotion on your face?!”
Ah ah! See me see wahala oo. Is my face no longer part of my body? LOL.
I could not hide my ignorance o. I had to ask her, “Am I supposed to be rubbing something else on my face?”
“Yes! Never, ever rub body lotion on your face. You’re lucky you have nice skin….” She went on to explain that the skin on other parts of our body is a lot stronger and tougher than the one on our face. The way she was rubbing the lotion on my face felt really, really good, so I had to ask (out of curiousity), “How much is the lotion?”
She said, “$43”
Forty-flipping-three dollars! Only for one small bottle of lotion?? You’ve gotta be kidding me. Does she know what I can buy with $43? Four big bottles of Olay body lotion. Big bottles ooo! And this does not include the cost of the other things she put on my face before the lotion alone sef. I could not help but ask her if she goes through the routine everyday, and she said yes. Everyday ke? Does she know how long I take in the bathroom already?? To add five more steps to my bathroom routine will mean an extra thirty minutes for me oh.
Anyway, so after the prepping sha, Tommy finally started working on me. He was kinda cute. Unfortunately, he’s gay. Why do the cute ones have to be gay? Apparently, Tommy is a big Lancome makeup artist in New York. He made me up sha, and all through, he could not stop complementing my eyes. In my mind, I was just thinking, “Tommy, you can say what you want oh, but you will not make me spend a dime here! I know you’re just tryna sell your product.”
Finally, Tommy finished and gave me a mirror, and I was like… WOW!! He actually did a wonderful job. I absolutely loved what he did with my eyes. In fact, I loved the whole nine yards. To be honest, the part of my face that gets the most compliments (however weird the compliments may be) is my eyes. And my eyes are my favorite part to makeup. Tommy used silver eye liner and I was loving it!
At the end, the lady that prepped me asked, “So what will you be taking home today?” She was smart enough to not say, “What will you be BUYING today?”
My brothers and sisters, before the woman finished talking sef, I said, “I want the silver eye liner.”
Twenty-freaking-three dollars!!! What da…?! That was how I whipped out my card and paid for it oh. As I drove home, all I could think about was the twenty-three dollars I spent on one skinny eye pencil/liner. How will I explain this to my husband? LOL. Okay, wake up, Vera…you are not married! LOL. Honestly, I really, really like the thing sha, but I just feel really bad for spending so much on only an eye pencil. Which kin yeye thing be this? If I add like $60 to it, I will be able to add one more perfume to my collection (I will blog about my perfumes some other day). But chei!!! These Lancome people don jazz me. Can you imagine the likeness?! A whole me? Realistically, the eye pencil is really long, but how often do I used make up? I have a drawer full of makeup, but I only use them when I’m attending something. I do not have time to be using make-up every time I’m going out.
You know what I’m thinking about? I think I like the foundation too. I hope the Mary Kay people do not read this, but I think the Lancome foundation is better than the Mary Kay one. It probably costs like $35 as opposed to the $14 one I buy from Mary Kay (which is already expensive to me sef). Abeg, I never publish my book na. I’m gonna call them tomorrow and ask how much the foundation costs. And it better be lasting for at least one year! Anyways, to other issues sha…
Nigerian Reunion: I have never, ever attended a Nigerian Reunion. From what I have heard, NRC is the best reunion organizer. They are the ones I have known the longest sha. But anyway, NRC is finally hosting the Nigerian Reunion here in B’more this year, and I’m seriously considering attending it. What will be my excuse for not attending it? I went on their website to see what they will be doing, and one of the things is speed dating. LOL. I am currently writing a new article for Kitu Kizuri, and I am supposed to be open to new ideas and new ways to meet new people. I just might take part in this speed dating thing. If I don’t chicken out, I’ll definitely take part in it, but I’ll need my friends there oo. Hey, what’s there to lose??
…But before I call Lancome tomorrow, can someone please tell me to get a grip! Please, stop me. Tell me I cannot afford a tiny bottle of foundation that costs so much. please, tell me.
Kai…but the thing fine sha. I love the foundation so much that I don’t even wanna wash my face tonight, but I can’t go to bed with so much crap on my face. I don’t wanna wake up with pimples the size of moles in the morning. Maybe I’ll return the eye pencil/liner and get the foundation. Noooo, I want them both. Oh, Lord! This is a dilemna!!
…..Sleepless in Baltimore.
UPDATE: I returned the eye pencil and got the foundation. I couln’t resist.