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Messed Up/Funny/Off-The-Wall things makeup sales associates, aestheticians, etc have said you

I was just looking through the "What Are You Wearing" thread and looking through the list of products I suddenly realized I very rarely use concealer under my eyes anymore. It used to be one those "will not leave the without it" items. It got me thinking back to a moment many, many, MANY years ago at a Clinique counter...

 

I can't remember what I was shopping for (probably super double face powder because that was my HG back then. I think I was around 20 when this story happened - I'm 39 now for reference.) So anyway, the sales lady was trying to upsell me on a bunch more products of course (which, I was 20 and in college - good luck getting blood from that stone, lady) and this is what she said to me word-for-word:

 

"Honey, you're gorgeous but those dark circles are distracting me from the rest of your face."

 

Whhaaaaattt??? I honestly can't remember how I reacted or if I bought the product I went in for originally. I know that I did NOT buy any concealer though! 

 

Have a couple more to post but BT is being super iPad unfriendly lately!

 

I don't want to open up any wounds with this post. Just hopefully dumb stuff SAs have said to you that you can look back on and laugh about now!

 

 

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i'm so sorry this happened, i probably would have started crying lol. But you have to at least give him props for being embarrassed about what he said and trying to apologize. My biggest pet peeve is when people see no wrong in what they said or do and they have this 'whatever its your problem you got offended' attitude. I could literally punch them in the face after that.

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How horrifying.  And those dumb comments make everyone feel uncomfortable.  At least he felt bad about it (it doesn't seem like the other stories cause any guilt to the speaker) but that doesn't excuse what he said.  Congratulations on your success, by the way!!!

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Wow, that is incredibly mean what the Dave & Busters waiter said! Smiley Sad

 

 

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These are great! Non beauty: I was picking up my new gym pass that my husband had set up for me.  He went up to the counter and said "Hi I was here to get my pass yesterday, and now I'm here with my wife to get hers" 

 

The lady just stared at us and then said "Hold on a second, you two are MARRIED? You're like 10!" 

 

Usually I laugh it off but my age had come up 2 other times this weekend, and nothing pisses me off more...so I just stared at her coldly and said, "Yeah no, we are 24 and 29...."  She started back pedaling and said, "Oh honey you'll love it when you're 60 like me! My daughter is the same way, I had to go with her to sign her lease on her apartment because they didn't think she was old enough!"  1. How is that even possible? Does she not have a license??  2.  I hope I don't look like you when I'm 60...jerk.

 

I told her oh well we have a house, can I have my ID please?  She ended up apologizing if she offended me and I actually told her it's really annoying to have people comment about my young appearance all the time.  It was the only time I'd ever stood up for myself.

 

Beauty: When someone at a counter at a department store basically insulted me to try and get me to come get a make over.  I don't remember what she said because I just bustled by but something like "Oh you could just use X, Y, Z and look fabulous!"  I don't think I was wearing any make up, but regardless, that is NOT the way to get me to stop.  If I were trying to get me to stop I'd say something like "Wow, X feature is so beautiful, do you have a second to let me try Y on you? I think it would just enhance that beautiful feature!"  Not "You look bad let me help you" 

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My husband and I always get the "You're too young to be married" remark.  We're 26 and 27 now and have been married for 6 years, so if you think we're young now, you should have seen us back then.  Anyways, it's none of people's business when you should get married or how old you are.  I usually respond with a "yeah, whatever" or " that's your opinion".  It's really hard for me to stick up for myself and not be rude/sarcastic back.

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I do get you're too young, too.  But this was you LOOK to young to be married.  I'm pretty sensitive about looking young.  I would never tell someone they look really really old, would I? 

 

When I was in college (wearing a collegiate sweatshirt...) a young girl at Friendlys asked if I wanted the kids menu (which is 12 and under).  I said uh no... and she said "Oh, well lots of kids....erm...young adults come in and ask for it"  Answer is still no, and I'm probably older than you!! People try and dig themselves out of their holes and instead dig themselves further...lol

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Wow...I can't believe they offered you a kid's menu! I would have been so annoyed! I went out to lunch with my boyfriend at a burger place a few years ago, and the guy who seated us turned the menu to the salad page when I sat down. I was a little heavier back then, but I was so offended! I said, "You really should not do that to any other girls." He was like, "Yeah, I keep doing it and people keep telling me not to." Then stop doing it! Smiley Tongue

<3, Randee

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You should have followed up with "maybe one day you'll get fired for it and then you'll learn not to do it"

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Wow. I would've just got up from that, I know my eating experience would be ruined after that. >:\ 

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Omg! I would not have given a good tip. We always go in prepared to tip at least 20% if they suck it goes down, if they are awesome it goes up.  Ive never left a terrible tip before but a few times a meh tip.

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I get the opposite! Pretty much every time I've gone out to eat since I was about 13 I get told there are Caesars on special or asked if I would like to try the new wine (I'm 17 now, btw). One time I went to a public pool and the lady at the front desk tried to charge me the adult rate, and I was 12 at the time! Just the other day my friend and I (he's the same age as me) went out for dinner and the waiter told us all of the alcohol specials and my friend said "not tonight" lol Smiley Very Happy I hope I don't continue to look old for my age, because I don't want to look 30 when I'm like 22!

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That gym situation would have bothered me too, meagboho! It sounds like you handled it with tact and class though! 

<3, Randee

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I just remembered I had recently dyed my hair and this lady at the mall really wanted me to straighten my hair. "You'll look better." My hair is naturally wavy. She said "Are you sure? You have split ends, this cream and this straightener can really help reduce the appearance of it." I was so annoyed with her because she just didn't want to let me go, and I always feel compromised to hear them all out before I walk away. 

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UGH I avoid those mall-kiosk people like the plague!! always chasing you to sell you the hand and nail care stuff, or the hair products, or the electronic back-massager things....I can't stand it! I am always polite, but they keep hounding you even as you are walking away, "can I ask you a question? are your nails natural? would you like to try?..." then, they try to get you again on your way back down the other side of the mall! 

Don't take it personally, because they want you to buy their crap, so if they make you feel bad  enough, you will fall for their ploy. I love naturally curly hair!! be proud of it! I have baby fine, "frog fur" hair, and would gladly take waves like yours any day! Smiley Happy

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Whenever I get close to those kiosk people I whip out my phone and pretend I'm reading something very important. I've noticed the key is avoid eye contact with them and walk faaaaaaaast. Hahha. Smiley Very Happy

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The ones where I live still bugged me while I was on the phone (pretending or not!) so now I cover my face and speed walk. If they wanna chase me down that fast and far, they're gonna look pretty dumb to anyone else watching, and it seems they realize that. The malls should really regulate these places, they border on harassing (maybe not even border).. They remind me of carnival/boardwalk game barkers! 

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lol i think i'll start doing that, in fact the other day i avoided a conversation by saying "oh i have to go do something very important" and dashed into the disney store >>

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Same mall happened where I was supervising my cousin's kid. She was getting her eyebrows threaded and right next to the stand were these little bike toys so the little boy naturally headed over there and I was there with him. Well, the guy  that was in charge of that stand was trying to get me to buy a little toy for him and I was like "No, no thanks, his mom is actually over there.. but I don't think she'd be interested in buying it either." And he said "Oh, are you two lesbians?"

................................. I have nothing against lebians but how rude to assume I am one because I'm hanging out with a girl. I'm pretty sure he was embarassed when I said "She's my cousin." in a flat voice.  underworld-bill-nighy_116105-480x360.jpg

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Omg THOSE people! Also not Beauty related, but someone asked my husband and I what cell carrier we used. We continued to walk by but said our carrier and the guy was like "Oh really?! You guys must be rich!" I was so taken aback I just said "yeah we are, I just throw money away!" As we hurried by laughing. People are SO weird.

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I used to go to this one spa religiously for facials. I always had the owner do them because she seemed most knowledgable, and I went there for years. However I recently stopped going because of these two incidents:

 

First, she started recommending all these Dermalogica products that the spa sold. I trusted her and was eager to improve my skin so I bought some. On one particular visit she told me to buy a grainy, physical exfoliater. On the very next visit she told me I should only use enzyme exfoliators because I have sensitive skin and grainy products can be too abrasive. K... So the next time I was in I brought the grainy exfoliator back to return, she goes "oh no, this is really good for your skin, you shouldn't return it." Really!?

 

Then on the last time I was there before I quit going, literally while applying product to my face during a facial she says "this is actually $30 extra..." Just raising the price mid-service.

 

I'm so tired of people only recommending products to make money, rather than because they'd actually work for you.

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I am sorry to hear about your experience at the spa, Jessicaclara! Whenever I get spa services, I always ask for samples of their product recommendations so I can test everything out and research some reviews online first. I am always really skeptical unless I am completely knowledgeable on the specific ingredients in the product. 

<3, Randee
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