1. You tell me my skin is oily and needs your treatment.
2. You pressure me to buy things I've told you I can't afford and don't want.
3. You tell me something is a bargain when it really isn't.
4. Your counter makes my nose itch.
5. I can't support an industry whose main marketing tactic is to make women feel self conscious.
I also have trouble watching the show "What Not to Wear" and fashion segments on talk shows now for similar reasons, even though I usually love the clothes. The fashion experts on these shows say their advice is all about enhancing your best features, but I think it's the opposite.
They tell women it's a fashion don't for short women to wear pants that make them look short or don't create the illusion of longer legs. To be fashionable, my objective must be to look taller?
They tell women it's a fashion do to conceal your blemishes and even out your skin tone, for a "natural" look. To be fashionable, I must acknowledge that I am imperfect, strive to correct myself and trick people into thinking that I look that way naturally?
Well, I have news for you. I like being short. I'm comfortable with my pimples and I hate cover up. I won't spend my money on your stuff unless you show interest in helping me look how I want to look. I'd like you to tell me how to play up my eyes and which shade of lipstick would suit me, but if you tell me what I shouldn't wear because I have too much fat above my eyelids, or if you tell me how to hide my pimples without my having asked you to, I will leave your counter.
Despite my aversion to your standard beauty advice, I think I'm pretty fashionable. And beautiful too. Just the way I am -- the real "natural." So try a different tactic or leave me alone.