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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Buying and Getting Beauty alternatively...

I did realize the beauty market on Ebay until a couple of years ago when I was hanging out at my girlfriend Gabrielle's house and she was bidding on like 5 different MAC lipglasses. She had just paid for one via PayPal for 5.50 with shipping. I asked her,"you buy makeup on Ebay?!" she answered,"Hell yeah! You just got to find reputable sellers and buy BRAND NEW, no used once or twice". Since, I've gotten tons of beauty off Ebay especially LE or discontinued favorites liek the Sephora White and Sephora Brown bath collections that got discontinued, Philosophy stuff, popular and new perfume decants, MAC piggie samples and the infamous Chanel Noir polish. There are couple favorites that buy from. One always waives my shipping when I buy over $15 from her and get sit shipped super fast. Trust your gut and research the prices and sellers well before purchasing beauty on Ebay.

I also hunt like a wolf for products at TJ Maxx and Marshalls-They are the best down here because there distribution centers in the Carolinas. There is a TJMaxx in Pineville NC( outside Charlotte) that's hotter than July with the swag. Reason: a TJMaxx distribution center is five miles away in Fort Mill and sends that TJMaxx the hotness. But that store is always hella busy!!! Recently I've been lucking up on Kiehls Musk,Korres products,Stacked Style fragrances,Aquolina Pink Sugar( I got the fragrance @ on TJ Maxx and the bath sugar cubes and body powder @ a Marshalls) and Perlier.

All because it drugstore don't mean I'm still not sale shopping- I clip coupons out of Sunday's paper and scan and compare drugstore sales papers. The PJ Brand Saver is a life saver!!

I'm a sample pimp- I can get sample of fragrances and cosmetics at counters like nobody I know. I learned in retail that being nice goes a long away and buying one thing does too. Last Saturday I went by the Origins counter and asked to see the shaving cream that they have. I commented to the SA that lurv the Ginger line and once had the souffle and scraped the bottom the jar of it. I got her laughing and having fun and she made me deluxe sample of the shaving cream, threw in some samples of skincare and other body souffles, and a bag of those peppermint gum balls they have( since lurv those too). I bought nothing but have enough to have fun with with no obligation to use it because I bought it.When I lived in Rock Hill and worked at Dillard's Carolina Place I made friends with a girl at the Lancome counter who left to go work at Sephora. Once I bought her a Chick Fil-A kids meal because she had no lunch money. She remembered that. So before she left she asked me to come out to her car one day. She had packed me a bag of serious gratis that included Deficil eye makeup remover, several GWP bags filled with mini sizes,lipstick, Juicy Tubes, perfume testers and 4.75 that she was giving me back for buying her a kids meal @ Chick Fil-A. When I go in Sephora now, she is the main hook up, packing me up with goodies.

Point: Think outside the box when buying!!



yummy411 on 3:02 PM said...

jamie, we are two of a kind then. i get emails from my favorite seller on ebay but i'm always afraid to order from ebay.

love samples.. i try to make nice with the people in the fragrance dept and hopefully they'll just give me stuff, which has happened a few times. i got a sample of miracle by lancome i think... i'm loving it =)

waiting for a sale at the drugstore... that's me lol.. i check the sales paper for sales.. i hate so much to be disappointed with a product, even if i can return.

i'm loving this series you have going on!

Anonymous said...

I always see this on ebay "new perfume decants", what exactly does that mean?

rebelleBAP on 4:50 PM said...

Hey Anon...

Decants from a trusted,reputable Ebay sellers are just the original fragrance taken out of the original bottle and put in a other small bottle. The key is knowing what the scent really smells like so you don't get jacked. I have a really keen sense of smell so I don't feel like I got pimped. It's also great way( if you get bored like me quick with perfume) to save a dollar. I have decants of most of the Bond 9 fragrances and i love the new Juicy fragrance but I can't afford it so I got the decant that has like 50 sprays in it for 6.49 with shipping.