You can ALWAYS get something cheaper. There will be a shop, website or salesman who can offer you what is usually considered rather expensive, at a special rate. Sure, they’ll say it’s just as good as the real deal and try to distract you with their shiny, cheap price labels and their googled marketing buzzwords. Usually though, they’re going to leave you feeling underwhelmed and ranting to your friends about the crappy service you had.
What I’m talking about as a consumer are the “hey I don’t need to pay that extra 50 euros, I can just…” or “I can make my own at home because I saw them do it on the Beauty Channel, Facebook or while my mom was making dinner..”
My skin has been acting up lately. I sit and wonder WHY as if this is a super shock. I think all the cupcakes I eat, dislike for water and failure to use amazing skincare products may have something to do with it. Earlier this week, I found a face scrub recipe on Pinterest. It was from an absolute stranger and looked rather hideous but I thought, you know what? I’ll rub it on my sensitive-skinned face anyway. “Apparently” it gets rid of black heads and will give you the complexion of Kate Moss. Two hours after reading it, sitting on my bathroom floor with a load of expensive sea salt and minty fresh toothpaste mixed in a tub, my skin started burning off my face and I was calling my buddies in Lush to get me sorted. Needless to say, my skin is still the same but at least I smell like colgate and am now forced to cut lots of salt out of my dinner.
So, the question here is, can a toothpaste and salt concoction I found randomly on the internet give me superstar skin? Um, no it can not.
And likewise, that Ebay shop that sells macbook chargers for half the price? Please don’t go there unless you want a burning smell coming from your expensive laptop. I’m sadly, speaking from experience. Thankfully, my 5 year old albeit expensive Macbook has taken me very far so why would I pollute her with some cheap accessories?
To prevent these heinous situations in future, I’m adopting a checklist to apply when my bank balance is telling me to consider the cheaper option and my gut is telling me noooo.
-Talk to someone who knows what they’re doing
As I sat in a beauty salon earlier today, I spoke to the very experienced technician about (yes, yet another) beauty treatment I made at home. This time it was a body scrub. Before I could finish my first “well I added paracetamol to sugar…” introduction, she had a look on her face that told me I should’ve gone to the pharmacy once again. Maybe, it would’ve been better to ask someone?
-Research really well
The internet is full of useful information. It is also full of rubbish. Please don’t confuse the two or you will end up with a proverbial “toothpasty face”. If you’re considering a new beauty salon that is cheaper and that does the same brazilian wax or shellac manicure the posh spas do, beware, the materials may be homemade or beyond their best before date, or weird or mixed with cement or something.
Speaking from experience and a terrifying beauty salon visit in Dublin 7 a few years ago, it is not worth it. Lots of sites have reviews and if a business is years old and has none, then alarm bells should be ringing.
-Judge from their marketing.
Does their website look like they got their little sister to do it as part of a school project? Is their Facebook page full of spelling mistakes and inappropriate comments? GET OUT QUICKLY! Please, for your own sake, keep on searching.
-Go with your gut.
It’s easy to get a feel for somewhere when you’re physically there but when you’re online or on the phone, it can be tricky. Give the staff a call and listen to their phone manner or again, google them. Someone must’ve said something that can tell your gut all it needs to know :).
When I pay bottom dollar and have a wonderful experience, I’ll let you know. In the meanwhile, don’t go doing anything silly.