Another week, another peek behind the scenes at Autostraddle dot com. It’s actually pretty easy to get the the AS Slack lighting up with notifications — I’m sure you’ll recall our hours long pizza conversation, or the time we all realized that yes, we might actually add our hand sizes to our Tinder bios, just in case!
Well, this week we got to gabbing about our tendency to impulse buy and…let’s just say none of us should be allowed to enter a CVS without an adult chaperone.
Christina Tucker: I like impulse buyzzzzz
Natalie: same, Christina.
Dani Janae: Impulse buys is good because I have a million
Natalie: what was your worst?
Christina: Oh gosh. I buy a lot of makeup/skincare stuff
Like looking at my Sephora history would probably give me hives
Dani: Probably a purple faux fur cropped jacket that didn’t fit my massive arms
Valerie: I keep impulse buying fanart even though i’m out of wall space. and i’m addicted to three-wick candles.
Christina: I went through a phase where I bought a bunch of prints and then was like WAIT now I have to frame these?? JK under my bed they go
Did I bring them with me when I moved? Who can say
Valerie: i framed a ton of mine and hung them all up and half of them have fallen
Dani: Omg the money I’ve spent on candles
Christina: candles will NOT fundamentally change the person I am? and yet every time I buy one I am SURE it it will
Valerie: and then i have a whole pile of prints from this one artist and i keep auto-purchasing her new stuff because i love it so much but i haven’t hung ANY of it up yet! just a huge pile of prints by one artist.
yeah candles have yet to fill the emptiness inside but i’m not a quitter
Dani: I’ll never quit
I want my home and my general aura to smell like amber at all times
Christina: Oh perfume is another one for me, gimme alll the smellz
Valerie: i don’t usually do perfume but i did impulse buy a “roll-on scent” because it was called Willow Rosenberg
Natalie: wow. forever committed to the brand, valerie. well done.
Dani: I get so many perfume ads, one called dirty fig which is my brand
Christina: lmao I absolutely have a sample of that somewhere
Jehan: anytime I take a turn in CVS down the “as seen on TV” aisle it’s a wrap
Probably the worst impulse buy was a package of “miracle” bras SPECIFICALLY for big boobs and that thing could hold exactly one breast
Vanessa: I impulse buy sheet masks every time I go to CVS :( As long as they say “ultra hydrating”
Christina: Okay but whomst among us doesn’t
Vanessa: Boom, into my basket they go
Thank you!!! It’s like MAYBE THIS ONE $5 ONE TIME USE PRODUCT WILL FIX MY FACE AND ALSO MY WHOLE LIFE!
Jehan: i absolutely get sheet masks every trip
Christina: are you telling me people just…go to CVS and leave with exactly what they said they were gonna get? because that seems fake as hell
Vanessa: Mmmm seems fake!!!
Jehan: i just made a pact with myself to actually use them
because purchasing and using are two separate hobbies
Vanessa: Omg Jehan every time! I’m like “Bitch you have 4 unused ones at home!”
It’s like an activity that is supposed to be relaxing and nice and I somehow end up bullying myself about skincare
Dani: Oooo add nail polish to my list because the cvs cashier always flirts with me
Jehan: NAIL POLISH
Christina: Oh let’s not bring NAIL polish into it, that seems UNFAIR to me
Shelli Nicole: bringing in nail polish and skincare seems completely unfair — not that i keep purchasing the same shade of red from different brands for no reason
Meg: me and my 9 different black eyeliners are feeling very attacked by this thread
i can’t even look at my sheet mask collection
Well, what about y’all? Please fill this comment thread with all the stuff you buy when you cannot resist the urge to shop. If you link them… well, clearly none of us are strong enough to resist.