Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Burning Down the House

The first thing you're going to ask me is how could a list of Mother's Day gift suggestions have anything to do with burning down the house? Stick with me, I'll get around to it eventually.

The new Ulta sales flyer came in the mail today. I don't know if you have one of these stores near you. They are purveyors of makeup and beauty supplies which is not something I have much use for since all my beauty went south about 15 or 20 years ago. I did try some of that new mineral powder foundation which proved to be a total disaster. It simply fell into the cracks and accentuated the entire terrible facial landscape.

They always produce a beautiful flyer with all kinds of suggestions and some type of free gift with purchase. This time around if you make a $30 fragrance purchase you can snag one of these bags either for mom or for yourself.

They're pretty cute. I don't know about the quality, but ...they're FREE, and free is always a good thing.

I normally don't wear any type of perfume or cologne. Let's just say that women of a certain age need to be careful about these things. Have you ever been trapped in a car with your grandmother who's wearing White Shoulders?

The kids sometimes buy me cologne for me as a gift. This past Christmas my son got me a bottle of Goddess from Kimora Lee Simmons. I'll confess right here that I never even knew who she was until I stumbled across her TV show. Her perfume is nice but I really, really love the bottle.


I've always been known to choose perfume based on the bottle design. This goes for men's fragrance also. The Farmer has been forced into wearing some really stinky stuff simply because of a cool bottle.

My new favorite is something I spotting in Ulta's flyer. It's called Nina. Look at this bottle.....I'm in LOVE.

Honestly the cologne could smell like pig swill and I'd still buy it. I'm telling you that marketing, product design and the advertising world know what they're doing! Isn't it a piece of art?

If the kids buy me the luciously bottled Nina cologne they can get me one of those free handbags and call it a day. But wait. Further back in the flyer there's something way more practical. Look........ the marketing and advertising gurus have included ....... a personal fan! Because you know what they say.....

At 50 the madwoman comes down out of the attic and burns the house down!

Yeah, that fan could come in handy when you're standing in line at the pharmacy picking up your menopause medications. Or when you're talking to someone really important and your body suddenly feels like Mount St. Helen with red-hot lava rising in your veins. Or when everyone's gotten on your last nerve and you declare,


You could just pull that personal fan out of your free handbag and cool things down a bit.

Yeah, that would work.

ED. UPDATE - Oooops. Bad blogger, bad blogger. I've provided a link above to Ulta's website. Go there and check out the entire flyer.

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And we have a winner!!!


Lucy, were you feeling lucky today? You've won the cookbook. Send me an e-mail so I can get this off to you. Congratulations.


Just Plain Jane said...

I thoroughly enjoyed today's entry. I tell my people that all I need is chocolate and/or Vanderbilt. No one pays any attention.

Amongst The Oaks said...

Yes! We definitly need that fan. Maybe Ultra has an online presence.
I too choose perfume because of the bottle. I even have a couple that are empty, but I save them because they are so darn cute.
Thanks for the fun post.
Hugs, Laura

IowaCowgirl said...

YES, I buy perfume based on bottles/containers too!