Us and In Touch and taking notes on Fabulous Life Presents: The High Price of Celebrity Hotness to keep abreast of the most expensive and therefore best ointments and lasers that I will need to get immediately in order to keep shit in high gear. As a result, my makeup cabinet is a graveyard of expensive and quasi-ineffective products that can divided into the following three categories:
1) products that were made or sponsored by a famous dermatologist (Dr. Brandt Cleansing Face Wash, Perricone Under Eye Lift Serum, Dr. Michelle Copeland Daily Cleanser, Dr. Wexler Intense Hydrating Cream), the idea being that if a doctor was in any way associated with the product, it represents the latest advances in zit technology;
2) products in luxxxurious packaging featuring gold and/or ridiculously small amounts of the product due to the scarcity and expen$$iveness of the ingredients from the ocean floor and Siam (La Mer The Cream, La Mer Face Wash, La Mer Toner, Guerlain Issima Success Eye, Shiseido Benefiance); and
3) "incredible claim" products with mystical ingredients (Du Wop Lip Plumper with chili oil, which will make my lips EXACTLY like Angelina Jolie's after a single application, TNS Recovery Complex made of baby foreskin which immediately regenerates the skin underneath my eyes, making me look 20 years younger, and therefore 8 years old, and Silk Protein Anti-Aging Cream, whereby powerful proteins infuse themselves into my skin and halt all melanin production).
Unfortunately for me, the only face cleanser product that has EVER worked for me on my very oily and occasionally zitty skin is Stridex Foaming Wash. Besides the fact that people seeing Stridex in my bathroom is bad for my image, you would think that this would be amazing, because I could just roll up to any Duane Reade and buy 30 of them and not break the bank, but this particular product is only sold at a store called Harmon in East Hanover, NJ, so every time I'm running low (as I am now) it becomes an epic production where I have to take the train out to NJ, take my parents' car to Harmon, buy all of the Stridexes they have in stock and look like a giant nerd at the cashier. If anybody knows of a place in NYC or online that sells this glorious product, this would be a great time to let me know so I don't waste a weekend making a pilgrimage to Harmon.