My name is Erica, and I’m addicted to CVS.
But, I don’t need help I swear. It’s a happy addiction, always ending in too many products that I don’t really need and other random things that bring in quick bursts of bliss. The story starts the same. I go into CVS for one thing – just one. Should take me 7 minutes. But 40 minutes later, I’m checking out with 13 things, and I may or may not have remembered to grab the item I actually needed. This story starts no differently.
I went into CVS for 1 thing: a bag of fun size candy bars. I thought I was being super crafty in adding Hershey bars and Krackels in amidst college-house-provided condoms for my residents. Wrapped chocolate goes really well with wrapped protection apparently. But, back to binge drugstore shopping. While the following escapade was just one moment in time, I assure you, every time is the same. Not the same novelty items and unnecessary beauty products, but same game, same story.
We know the whole ill-just-go-grab-one-thing is never how the story ends. It’s never as quick and easy as it seems.
I had to check out the makeup aisle. I mean, I already have 7 unopened lipsticks, 3 mascaras and 42 and a half sparkly eye things, but there might be some heaven sent something that literally transforms my face. Like bronzing serum.
Ooooh look, bronzing serum. So I can put oil on my skin and get a sun kissed shine simultaneously, because even under my fall sweaters, why wouldn’t I want a beach goddess glow?
Next I spotted nail pens. Oh, nail pens.
I love gel pens and I love nail polish, so this is like my birthday 7 months early.
Picked up one of those, because nail art is in.
“Maybe I’ll get another color, too, just to diversify my collection,” I thought to myself. Yup, not even a debate there. Finally, I’ve gotten out of nail land. On to other random body products in the back of the store, because that’s where the best random weird fun stuff is stashed. Does it have a purpose? Do I really truly need it?
Who knows, who cares, can’t stop won’t stop.
Do I need razor less shaving pads? What does that even mean?.
Then I struck gold…a citrus fruit wristlet. It’s the next best trend in clutch-like carry-alls, and I need to be hip with my phone, cards and keys. Fruit is hip. No price tag, though…I didn’t care, this is vogue. Impulse shopping at its finest, ladies and the occasional gent.
Now, the most important question of the week: Cotton pads or balls?
Both. And swabs, too. All the cotton.
Time to get girly. Obviously I had to pick up more tampons, to ensure 24/7 preparedness. Deodorant for the same reason, but in travel size AND full size.
At this point, I felt myself tingling with this painful urge to just buy all the things.
FOCUS, ERICA. Remember the mission.
So it’s almost the weekend, And I worked so hard during syllabus week. I deserve Brook side dark chocolate goji berries. Don’t we all?
I also deserve beef jerky. And a candle.
This candle says “balance”, so I think it’ll really help me achieve that optimum level this semester. The time is now. Lavender patchouli, get in my basket.
Now I’ve wandered into the health aisle right before magazines and food, and I think to myself, ‘preparation will be key this season.’
I’m still not 100% over my head cold, and I definitely don’t want the flu. Need vitamin C.
Naked juice it is. Chia peach has 0% vitamin c. But chia. And peach. The struggle is real. I’ll just get a boosted one, too.
Does anyone else see $0.99 cards and just NEED them all?
CVS has $0.99 cards. And this one has sparkly cupcakes on it…
I’ll take 5. I have a few friends birthdays coming up in December anyway. #earlybirdgetstheworm #orjustallthecards
I just avoid the Pepperidge Farm area altogether. That, and Fudge Shoppe. And you know why. (If you don’t, your hips do.)
I came in for a $11 supersized bag of mini candy bars. Clearly, my $49 bill says otherwise, and I’m already half regretting the jerky as I self check-out and break into the beef now just because.
Cheers to the women who reach for that extra pack of gum and 20-pack of rainbow sparkly scunci ties. This one’s for you. And for everyone else…there’s always Target.