Hi, I’m Kelsey and I’m a discount/bargain shopping addict.
I really like buying expensive things at low prices. Ever since I can remember, I’ve shopped at second-hand stores, Goodwill, Salvation Army, Grocery Outlet, Dollar Tree, etc. etc. If it was once priced high i.e. designer or high-end and now priced low, I get a kick out of finding it for cheap. Yes, online sites like Ebay and all of its imitators can also provide a thrill, but the in-person dig takes the cake. It’s almost archaeological, the excavation of all those designer jeans and vintage apparel in the Goodwill bins, the flea market, or the small-town mom-and-pop thrift shop. I’ve found Nikon cameras and Pentax lenses from 1960, jewelry from what looks like Edie Sedgwick’s collection prior to the fire, first-edition books by Kurt Vonnegut, Blue Cult jeans and military boots. I also once found a selection of Time-Life hardcover mint-condition books from the 1950s (that now exist in a trailer somewhere in Northern California, that I think about a lot and really should retrieve) in free box.
Where am I going with this, most of you dear readers must be asking.
Well. At a discount outlet store today I found one of those recently-made-popular facial cleansing brushes. They require 2 AA batteries, they are made of plastic, and cost between $30 and $300. The lower-end version you might find at your local drugstore, while the higher-end must be purchased at “specialty” beauty stores such as Sephora or Ulta.
I found one manufactured by an off-brand called “Fashionista” at the aforementioned discount/outlet store. It comes with two brushes and operates with two settings for “gentle-cleansing” and “deep-cleansing”. It’s purple, which is a color I hate but still it’s a brush for your face and therefore doesn’t have to look pretty. It’s supposed to make you pretty. Duh. I get it that other electronic devices which require AA batteries should be aesthetically appealing, but this is a tool to cleanse your pores and save you $$$.
I really hate the color purple (the actual color, not the book), but the fact is: this one cost a mere $5.99 and works really well. I’ve not tried the fancy $200 version, but something tells me there’s not much of a difference. I’m all for buying local, but clearly both versions are Made in China…so why not go with the bargain-basement imitation?
Lots of things shouldn’t be imitated i.e. meat (it’s kind of gross, and reminds me of meat, so…gross…), non-alcoholoic beer (why not just drink seltzer water?), egg-beaters (I’ve never tried it, but it seems very Franken-egg and that’s just irksome…almost as much as eggs), corsets (just eat healthier food and do some cardio), Hummers (IDK, get your self confidence elsewhere).
So, if a bargain/discount store isn’t within your reach, I recommend hitting up a CVS, or a Walgreens, perhaps a Rite Aid, or Duane Reade (depending on your zip code). You might be able to find one of these on sale for $25, depending on the brand…I think Olay makes one for around $29. I also recently learned that Ulta makes one under its own brand name for $25. I used to make fun of the concept of a vibrating facial brush, but now that I bought one (for $5.99) I’ve learned to appreciate its usefulness. I also like the fact that I can dispel the hype surrounding the $300 versions, because don’t do it…really, the cheap one works just as well and is mass-produced in the same sweatshop as its pricey counterpart.