One company that I regularly receive e-mails from is Sephora. Which is dangerous with a capital "D" because I am SUCH a sucker for gimmicky crap.
And Benefit cosmetics is one of the worst offenders of gimmicks and kitch.
And when they put gimmicks, kitchiness and make-up into value sets and sell them on Sephora, then send a picture of the set out in an email advertising it? I am ALL OVER that shiz.
I received an email advertising this promotion earlier this week. I think I was one of the first ones to buy it. Not even kidding.
I wasn't going to, but I was at Dillards and I was smelling it and admiring the gift set and I remarked to the saleslady what an awesome value the set was.
You know how I feel about value.
The set had a .85 ounce refillable perfume, a shower gel and a large tube of perfumed lotion.
(I used that shower gel the other day, and it is seriously like NO OTHER shower gel I have ever used. Ever. Forget that Bath and Body Works crap...this was the real thing. It was fine ~in a luxurious type of way ~ and just felt like if I wanted to buy a full-sized bottle was going cost me much more than I really wanted to pay for shower gel.)
|Angel: Bergamot, Hedione, Helional, Honey, Dewberry, Red Berries, Vanilla, Caramel, Patchouli, Chocolate, Coumarin.|
I think it was in Aruba when I first learned I was knocked up with Maggie and that was over three years ago.
So obviously, I needed something different. I "hmm'd" and "haw'd" and the sales lady started playing hardball.
She spoke in broken English, anyway, and I wasn't catching all that she was saying, but I made out, "....buy gift set, ...give... samples. You like samples?"
Oh, hell yes, I like samples.
And then, using that same, sneaky hardball sample technique, she got me to sign up for a credit card.
I didn't want to do it, but she promised me more samples.
I haven't been to the mall in ages, and apparently the mechanism that allows me to say, "no thanks" has become rusty with disuse.
I must have been so predictable and had pushover written all over me.
For mere samples, she sold me a rather pricey (albeit a good deal) French perfume set and got me to sign up for the department store credit card. She must have been working on commission.
I do have to say, however, some of the samples I received were pretty cool. My husband is going to be smelling pretty awesome for a long time.
This is my favorite that he is wearing. He smells pretty hawt.
Thierry Mugler A'Men: Lavender, Bergamot, Helional, Aldehydes, Peppermint, Roasted Coffee, Patchouli, Caramel, Tonka Bean, Tar, Musk, Vanilla, Chocolate.
Yeah, it was a pretty effective way of getting me back to her.
"I'll come back to you....and ONLY you," I wanted to call and blow her a kiss as I waved good-bye and floated out of the store.
"For samples, I will do just about anything you ask. Just about anything."