How I'm getting glam by being cheap

How I'm getting glam by being cheap

Alright everyone, it’s time to hop in your DeLorean and pop back to 2008 where a little thing called Groupon got started in Chicago. Everyone loves it! Everyone and their mom (including mine) has used a Groupon for the past, what, 5 or 6 years? Everyone that is, except for me.

Fast forward to February 2, 2014 and I finally bought a Groupon. Madness! Can you believe how late I am to the party? It’s really a good thing I don’t write about current events, otherwise I’d be telling you all to wear trucker hats while introducing you to podcasts.

Do you want to know what I decided to purchase with my first Groupon? Are you on the edge or your seat? Well, I went and bought myself one session of microdermabrasion.

For those of you that don’t know, this procedure is where a professional sprays tiny crystals onto your face to gently remove the top layer of your skin. It’s supposed to make you glow like a rainbow. Let’s be honest, it’s sanding a layer of skin off of your face.

How did I get to this point? My birthday is this month and I’m going to be, um, a year older than I was last year. Last weekend I was drinking coffee and reading about various skin treatments in Allure magazine when I had the epiphany.

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I like reading about fashion and makeup. I can pronounce Givenchy, I know all about Nars and I can’t wait to see what Cate Blanchett is going to wear next. You would probably think I’m a regular fashionista. (Unless you saw me in person, in which case you would be sorely disappointed.)

The truth is, I can’t remember the last time I bought something that wasn’t on sale, I hate the mall and I’ve never purchased department store makeup. At least I get my haircut by a professional, but the rest is all self-made.

I’ve never gotten a facial, I’ve gotten one massage that was gifted to me and I got my first mani/pedi when I moved to California in my 20’s because that’s what everyone does and you can wear flip flops year round. Back in Chicago I’m more of a do-it-yourself painter, unless my seven-year-old is helping me out.

I also take compliments in a way that Mrs. Manners would consider gauche.

Stranger: I like your purse.

Me: Thanks! I got it at Marshall’s for $10.00!

I think I’m just supposed to say thank you.

Don’t worry, I’ll give you all of the details after my spa visit. I might be a little red faced (no really, my face will be bright red) but I won’t hold back.

So, here I am, an outlet mall scavenger using my first Groupon and a drugstore savvy gal going to the spa. Fancy that.

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