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  1. Ivefoundwaldo says

    This was such an informative and funny post! I loved reading your experiences in retail cosmetics! I can’t believe that woman sprayed herself everywhere and then explained her reasoning without any remorse! I can just imagine your face, aha! Great post, there were so many things I never knew, or never thought to even think of! The more you know! xxx

    Melina | http://www.ivefoundwaldo.com

    • LauraJ says

      Haha that woman was crazy. She even had one of those night hats on (father Christmas style ones) and slippers. Just waltz in and said, Hi I live around the corner.
      I was just laughing and my manager was so disgusted. She couldn’t even talk.
      Really funny actually, I was working once and the store was closing – around 8pm. An announcement came on to say, the lights went low and everyone was leaving.
      These two New Yorkers kept looking at makeup so I just said, sorry the store is closed. And they generally couldn’t believe it. Like they couldn’t comprehend that they were the only customers left in this large department store which had it’s lights low and music off.
      People are crazy! xxx

    • LauraJ says

      Thank you!! It’s weird having been on both sides. I was really glad that I got out of working in retail and cosmetics. The only good thing was the random nice customers and if you worked with a good team. The discount didn’t hurt either 😛 x

  2. Blush and Brews says

    This sounds like a nightmare! I’ve almost applied to a couple of places and then thought better of it. I wouldn’t be able to push a product if I don’t truly believe in it. Thank you for sharing!

    • LauraJ says

      I think the idea always sounds better than the reality. It’s a pretty tough, competitive job that requires selling, being out there and keeping on top of figures.
      Most days were spent arranging stock, cleaning and then traffic stopping. Doing makeup is such a small percentage.
      And that’s the problem as well, if you don’t believe in a product, you feel forced to lie because you represent the brand.
      Thank you for reading!

  3. alwaysobsess says

    Haha this is so relatable. I’m a therapist, makeup, skincare and body products are all familiar with me, that said, I was nodding away at all the points you mentioned here!

    • LauraJ says

      I can only imagine what stories you have! I feel like you don’t even know people until you worked in a role like this. Nothing really surprises me now. x

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