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Stephanie Hayes, Katie Sanders, Kameel Stanley, & Keyonna Summers

Diva horror: Upsold at the cosmetics counter

Pretty pretties.

Pretty pretties.

I recently dragged the hubby and the toddler to the Bobbi Brown cosmetics counter at Nordstrom's. Call it a family foundation emergency.

When it comes to makeup, I continually learn the hard way that some things are worth paying for. My most recent lesson came when I replaced by beloved Bobbi Brown foundation, $47, with a Sephora brand that was only slightly less painful at $42. The result was a sticky, tacky mess that I had to live with for months.

With that bottle finally kicked, I decided to go back Bobbi, the only brand that I have found is a good color match for my skin tone. But while the saleswoman was applying my tester hue, out came other "reminders."

What is your moisterizer regimen? Lip plumper? SPF-protecting blushable bronze tint?

How many times can a girl say no? In my case, it was one too few. I left not only with my desired foundation but also a plum lip gloss that looked too pretty to resist. By this time, the family was rebelling, so I just swiped.

Only later did I realize with horror that I had paid $24 for lip gloss. At least it is really pretty.

Has anyone mastered the art of countering the cosmetic upsell? Tutor me, please!

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 1:48pm]


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