The US Government owes me a Clarisonic

Okay, the post title may not be 100% accurate. But I fully intend to purchase a Clarisonic with my tax refund, which is money that the US government owes me. Give it back so I can have pretty skin!

I want to scrub YOU!I filed my return really early this year, so I expect to get my dinero in the next few weeks… which should be awesome! I usually put off filing until close to April 15th, but this year, what with being unemployed and all, I figured I had no excuse. So for once, I should see my refund money before my birthday in late March. And what better birthday gift is there than perfect skin?

I’m still a little nervous about making such a big purchase. And I’m worried I’ll hate it, despite all the hype — but I’m getting it from Nordstrom, so I shouldn’t have to worry too much, since I can always return it. E Pluribus Clarisonicum(Although, Nordstrom being what it is, I’ve had some really unpleasant customer service experiences there recently, so I’m paranoid even though they have that great reputation.) And despite the return policy, I somehow feel guilty and crazy spending that much on skincare, even though I’m sure I’ve spent well in excess of $200 on products I didn’t wind up liking all that much. Just not all at once!

But thanks to Oprah, anyone wanting one of these babies has to pre-order. Thankfully, my local Nordstrom is very accommodating, and they’re putting me at the top of the list so I can get one in March. Should be perfect timing for taxes, which should make for perfect skin on my birthday, in theory. (Which, as it happens, falls on Easter this year. Wouldn’t you agree that both God and the Government want me to be Gorgeous? C’mon, help me justify this!)

Clarisonic fever

Lots of skincare-savvy gals have been gaga for the Clarisonic face brush for years. It’s from the same folks who make the Sonicare tooth brush, and Grant and I absolutely adore our shared Sonicare. I’ve been hearing more and more good stuff about the Clarisonic, so I started looking into at least trying one out.

Turns out EVERYONE heard about the Clarisonic from Oprah, and now they’re sold out everywhere! Couple that with the fact that there was a pretty major recall due to a manufacturing error that caused many brushes to overheat, and you’ve got a massive backlog of purchase orders. Nordstrom wasn’t even able to guarantee me one in time for my birthday in late March. (Not that I’d be ready to spend $200 on ANYTHING so soon, but I wanted to at least have the option!)

Normally, I’d be fine with waiting and really being sure. But I figured I might as well check out a tester model and just see how it felt and how it worked up close. Turns out all the testers are gone too — SAs from Nordies and Sephora revealed that fellow employees were the culprits! Apparently, since no one else can buy them, neither can they, so they just hijack the store ones to satisfy their Clarisonic cravings in the meantime.

I tell ya, I never knew something that expensive and creepy-looking could get so popular! Grant’s horrified at the idea, and keeps asking me not to buy the brush that “flays my skin”. (No matter how much I try to explain to him that it’s not actually very abrasive, he’s understandably freaked out — I’d be horrified, too, if someone tried to use an actual Sonicare on their face.)

Anyway, I guess I’ll have to wait in line like all the other good girls, which is just as well since I haven’t actually landed that new job yet. Rather than hunting it down from some random store that still has a few in stock, I’m determined to get it from somewhere like Nordie’s that has a really good return policy, just in case I hate it. Or in case it flays my skin. ;)