My boss made his wife a World Cup widow and his children World Cup orphans long before the World Cup started. Day after day, night after night, he'd be at his computer, clicking Refresh on the tickets page because, at odd times like 11:19 pm, tickets would suddenly become available, but only for about 2 minutes.
Such is the way with Tom Ford's collection of extremely limited edition make-up for Estee Lauder. Permanently sold out in the couple of shops and website it was available on, rumours were abound that another small run was being done. In half an hour between refreshes it had become available online, and most items had sold out again already. So in I went with credit card aloft, for 2 eye duos, 2 lipsticks and an SPF lip conditioner. I also have my eye on the face glow that someone is selling on ebay.
I absolutely love buying make-up, but it all depends on the packaging. I want packaging that looks and feels special, elegant, luxurious - golds and turquoises and colours that remind me of hot summer holidays in southern Italy. Even in winter. I want creamy lipsticks and silky eyeshadows. I love the way make-up can make you feel special without having to hold up a bank to pay for it, the way you can feel swathed in all-over luxury by wearing it with a £4.50 top from La Redoute and a pair of shoes for a fiver from ebay.
Hmmmm. I really want a proper straw sunhat now, and to whisk myself off to the Amalfi coast.