When something happens to you that makes no sense, you replay that event over and over again. You try to understand what happened. You want to see if something differently could have happened. It is a looped event, played over and over again, in your mind. But no amount of thinking will change the results of what happened. It’s too late.
Someone swiped my Muji makeup bag while I was in the locker room of my gym.
I think I would feel better if someone had swiped my wallet. THAT makes sense. Plus, everything in my wallet would be refundable. An ATM card, a credit card, and one stinky I.D. Sure, they could have stolen my identity. But that’s why a fraud lock is useful…actually, thinking this over, perhaps, it was a small blessing that it wasn’t my wallet. However, the sense of loss would have been substantially less had it been my wallet; although the inconvenience factor would have been huge. You see, my Muji nylon makeup bag was packed with hundreds of dollars of skincare and makeup products that I AIN’T getting back.
While I have normally carried more than the average person to the gym, lately I have been carrying multiples. A couple of blushes, a couple of concealers, Sephora samples and VIB gifts (UNUSED!), sunscreens, facial washes, skin moisturizers, essential oils – You get the idea. I had that sucker STUFFED.
So, let’s talk about the event. Who does that? Who swipes a medium-sized stuffed makeup bag full of mostly used makeup products? I have never had something like this happen to me before at the gym. I have been going to this gym for years. I have walked away from my open bag numerous times.
I try to pinpoint at what point it was taken but I can’t be sure. Was it after I walked away from my bag to use the restroom and then came back, lost in thought, and not seeing my makeup bag outside, I pack my stuff away thinking I had already put it away? Or did I just leave it out and someone just thought, ” Oh! Goodies!”
Since this happened yesterday, I am hoping there is a small chance someone left it at the front desk…. Granted, they could have left it at the front desk yesterday, but they didn’t. I checked.
What was the damage? I have been too afraid to do a real count of lost items but I already know of a few heavy hitters…With that, let’s say a goodbye to these following items, some well loved and blogged about, others still yet to be posted (OR PHOTOGRAPHED!!!), and others not even USED!
Dearly Departed List
Edward Bess Compact Rouge for Lips and Cheeks in After Sunset, $38.00
Jose Maran Argan Infinity Cream Intensive Creamy Oil, $28.00
Nude Skincare ProGenius Treatment Oil, Sephora VIB 100 Point Gift
Philosophy Gel Cleanser, Sephora VIB 100 Point Gift
Prescription Tazorac .05 % Gel (Retail Price!)
Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Cream Blush in Honey, $24.00
Lavera Natural Cosmetics Balancing Cream with Calendula, $23.50 (Praise be, I actually took it out of the bag at last second before I left home)
Maybelline FIT ME Concealer in 220, SRP
Murad Intensive C Radiance Peel, Sephora VIB Gift
Tarte BB Tinted 12 Hour Primer SPF 30, Sephora VIB 100 point Gift
Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm SPF 20, Sephora VIB 100 point Gift
Denman Travel Brush
Real Techniques Setting Brush, $7.99
Personalized Travel Mini Tube of Decleor Essential Oil
Assortment of Sephora VIB samples and 100 Point Gifts I can’t individually remember
Other random toiletries
You know, some of these hurt to write about as I remembered which had been placed in my makeup case at the very last second before I zipped up and left home (Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Treatment) . I recognized that I had more than I usually do in my bag, but I just didn’t want to feel limited…Oh well!
Learned my lesson. I am travelling with bare minimum and will be careful with my stuff. The funny thing is, I usually do a quick look around right before I leave to check to make sure I don’t leave anything behind in the locker room. I have walked back into the locker room just to make sure I haven’t left anything behind.
For some reason, after I returned from the bathroom area, nothing in my sight kicked a recollection to put my makeup bag inside my bag. So, I am guessing it was swiped before I came back to my bag – and being deep in thought, I completely forgot about it, since it was out of sight.
I mean, really, a USED MAKEUP BAG WITH USED PRODUCTS. COME ON!!!
The worst part is that some of these won’t be repurchased for a while because I have so much other stuff that I can’t justify it until I make a dent in my stash. I am sorry Edward Bess, you will have to wait. Others were generous samples I never got to try. 😦 I guess I won’t know for a while if Nude Skincare’s reformulated ProGenius Treatment Oil was better than the original that I hated. There goes my test of Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Beauty Balm.
I still hold out hope that, perhaps, I actually left if outside in front of the mirror and someone stashed it until they could bring it downstairs to lost and found, but they weren’t done with their workout yet. (Pretty Please!) Nope. I checked again, nothing. Wow.
I can hope.
On a unrelated thought – I have been noticing a lot of Beauty Bloggers joining a spending ban that I saw posted on a UK beauty blog called We Were Raised By Wolves, I occasionally check out. Well, this beauty spending ban has now hit a blog I regularly check, Bronzer Bunny, and I am feeling a little inspired, although EVEN MORE ANNOYED about my
(possibly-pretty please let it be with front desk today) pilfered stash. I don’t know if I will make it “official” because I had already decided to tone down my beauty purchasing, and have done so. However, if I wanted to up the ante, I could go for 6 months. (Baby steps, dangit!!!)
Either way, pilfered or no buy, I have enough of a backlog of products that I don’t need to buy anything except for a few replenishment items. (Ok, actually that’s not true. I have multiples of every type of skincare/makeup product I use. I would just have to move on to a different brand and wait to buy something I loved.) Although, the focus of my blog would eventually shift heavily on skincare because my skincare collection dwarfs my makeup collection exponentially. That’s not so horrible though because it would force me to write more informative posts.