In my shopping bag today – sale at Macy’s

Macys purchase Elizabeth Arden ceramide complex Estee Lauder perfectionist makeup

What’s in my shopping bag?

I just added $247.32 to my debt by purchasing some items (with credit) at Macys. The items in my shopping bag include some beauty products, a hat, a scarf and a pair of gloves.

Sometimes I get to feeling guilty about buying stuff for myself. And I don’t even buy stuff for myself often because I seldom can afford even a $9.99 purchase once all available funds have been meted out to pay bills. But lately I’ve come to realize that I can’t continue to live my life saying no to myself because of guilt and fear of spending money I don’t technically have. I’ve also come to realize that it’s okay to pursue happy moments. And if buying myself something new will provide a happy moment, then it’s okay for me to buy myself something new. Because I deserve to have happy moments in my life.

I know “things” can’t bring long-lasting happiness. They can only provide a fleeting sense of pleasure; but better an occasional fleeting sense of pleasure than no sense of pleasure or joy at all.

So I bought some things from Macys today. Mostly anti-aging beauty products because, well, I need them badly.

So here’s what’s in my shopping bag…

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum

I wanted to try out the Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum. I’m still loving the Ole Henriksen products that have become my staples since I first discovered them. But my skin has been looking a bit dull lately so I wanted to give it a boost trying out something else. Don’t have a clue if Elizabeth Arden products are any good as I have never tried them, but the Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum has 5-star reviews so I’m hoping for the best. Don’t want to have spent $76 on something that doesn’t turn out to do what it promises.

The Product: Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum, Total 60 capsules, .95 fl. oz.

Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum

Details: A golden opportunity for your skin. New and improved supercharged anti-aging benefits in a capsule. New Ceramide Lipid Complex Clx anti-aging technology is proven to: strengthen and repair mature skin, firm and tone skin, diminish lines and wrinkles, improve skin tone and clarity and support collagen production.

I have no idea what to expect from this product but if it turns out that it lives up to its promise to diminish lines and wrinkles, firm and tone skin and improve skin tone and clarity while supporting collagen production, I will be very happy.

Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Eye Serum

Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Eye Serum

In addition to the Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum I also purchased a jar of the company’s Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Eye Serum

My eyes are the biggest culprit in making me look tired and worn out and I’ve been trying numerous products hoping to reduce the signs of aging around my eyes even if I can’t restore them to their youthful condition. I am especially keen to see some reduction in the puffiness under my eyes. I’m hoping when they say “puffiness” they’re talking about bags because I have unsightly bags under my eyes and they’ve been worse in recent weeks as I’ve been very tired from lack of sleep.

Estée Lauder Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Broad Spectrum SPF 25 Makeup

Estee Lauder perfectionist youth infusing makeup



I also purchased an Estée Lauder Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Broad Spectrum SPF 25 Makeup in shade “Rich caramel”. I was trying to decide between it and the Estée Lauder Resilience Lift Extreme Radiant Lifting Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 15 based on the specs of each. I had decided to go with the Resilience Lift extreme, but then I checked the shade options and there wasn’t one for ladies with a brown complexion. At least not online at Macys. Don’t know if they make dark shades of this particular product; but at least they do for the Perfectionist Youth-Infusing so I got that one.

It’s tricky buying foundation online. I usually end up with something that’s either too light or something that’s too dark. I’m hoping this won’t be a shade that’s too dark or too light. And I’m hoping it’s as good as the reviews say.

Also in my shopping bag:

Steve Madden Polar Vortex Beanie Hat

I ordered the cobalt blue color. I’m not sure what the attitude is towards women over a certain age wearing beanie hats. But I wanted a beanie hat and this one was on sale for $13.99 so I purchased it.

I was at first going to get a Michael Kors hat but then I decided I needed to keep things a little bit more real. I don’t need to be impulse purchasing $40 knit hats.


Cejon Solid Italian Acrylic Muffler

I wanted to get a red scarf so that I could add a little pop of color to some of my winter outfits.

This scarf was on sale for $20. I hope the color in reality will be as bright a shade of red as in the picture.

Hopefully it will turn out to be a nice soft scarf that doesn’t catch lint easily.

$20 isn’t a lot of money but for me, it’s a bit much to spend on a plain acrylic scarf.

Charter Club Chenille Roll Top Gloves

I have wanted to purchase a new pair of gloves for a bit.

These were on sale for $18.99. They are regularly priced at $32.

I didn’t notice that they only have a 3-star rating until after I purchased them. Most of the complaints are about the gloves being flimsy and falling apart. Not good when the price tag is $32 I don’t think. Even $18.99 would be too much to pay for gloves that don’t keep your hands warm (according to one review) and that start falling apart out of the box (according to others), so I hope these will not be my experiences with these gloves. I purchased the cherry red gloves.

So that’s what’s in my shopping bag today. $247.32 added to my credit card debt.

I can’t wait for my packages to arrive. Hopefully they’ll get here by Friday or by Monday the latest.

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