When I received my first selection of better than drug store make-up, I was 16 and my cousin gave me her bonus days gift. It came in a little cardboard purple Clinique “bag” that I kept for an outrageously long time because it was the nicest cosmetics gift I had ever had and probably the only one until I started buying them for myself...nasty habit to break…I’d recommend not starting as the first step. The second is admitting you have a make-up hoarding problem. But I digress.
The bonus days…there was probably a lipstick, which I may still have; I probably need to throw out all of my Clinique lipsticks just to be safe. There was definitely an eyeshadow palette, a mascara, a face wash and a lotion. I used many of these to get ready for homecoming later that spring.
At some point after that day, I discovered that bonus days were actually a thing that happened regularly. You could buy a product (that I couldn’t afford at the time) or two and get this whole bag of other goodies absolutely free. When I became grown-up enough to actually make enough money to buy both books and make-up, I started partaking at the Bonus Days table regularly. [Read more…]