When a friend asked me to go a cosmetics party a few weeks ago, I didn’t know what to expect. It was years since I’d been to anything like that, and all I remembered from the last one was buying a jar of green stuff to “correct” my complexion. I didn’t like the idea of possibly sitting around with a lot of cream on my face in front of a bunch of strangers, but I figured I could just politely turn down anything that made me uncomfortable — plus anything I didn’t want to buy.
Well, all in all I’m glad I agreed to go — there was no invasion of privacy, no pressure to buy anything, not even any pressure to hold my own home party. Still, if you find yourself a guest at one, here are some things it would be good to remember:
- Set a spending limit. My friend was there to spend her birthday money, no more, no less. It worked out very well for her.
- Play along with the icebreakers. Every time we asked a question about the products or the company, we got entered into a prize drawing. An older lady who asked a lot ended up winning two of the door prizes. (All I could think of was “What’s on sale now?” and it turned out this company didn’t hold sales. Live and learn.)
- Enjoy the freebies. I ate plenty of snacks and went home with samples of makeup, candy, and even a new pair of socks.
- Look at the catalog, not just what’s being demonstrated. I didn’t really want the products the rep was highlighting, but in a catalog that was lying on the table I read about disposable cleansing cloths that I wanted to try. And she happened to have some on hand.
- If you only want to spend a small amount, choose something that fits into your routine. I was going to wash my face every day anyway, so it made more sense to get cleansing cloths rather than some product that would change the way I put on my makeup.
- Instead of making impulse buys, wait and research the product. There was another product I was considering, but online reviews told me the same company made a better — and cheaper — version. I can get in touch with the rep any time if I decide to buy either one.
Yes, we all know they’re not real “parties” in the purely social sense, but they can make for a fun evening anyway — if you go in with these few points in mind.