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Carol Perkins: More than a surprise in subscription beauty box

Sometimes it pays to get glasses and read the directions.
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By Carol Perkins

I subscribe to Birchbox. For ten dollars a month, subscribers receive a box of miniature personal beauty products from different manufacturers in hopes that customers eventually will order the regular size, high-end products. It is fun to see what surprises are in the boxes. Last month, when Guy brought home the mail and my Birchbox had arrived, I grabbed it like a child might do at her birthday party and ripped through the cardboard carton to get to the goodies inside. I spread them out on the kitchen table.

Inside was an assortment of products from dry hair spray to lip glass to eyeliner. In choosing my preferred products, I wanted only face and hair products. There were many different choices from a profile list, but none of the others interested me. I wanted nothing to do with healthy snacks.

When I looked at each tube or container, I picked up a small package about the size of McCormick gravy mix. Without my glasses, all I could read was the word "powder." I thought powder was a thing of the past. I was glad to see that it wasn't because I had always loved the smell of baby powder. When I was younger, the perfect gift was a perfume set with dusting powder. Maybe powder is coming back in style.

I tore the tab across the packages, which is never easy without using my teeth, and held out my knit top. Soon I was sprinkling the "powder" around my shoulders and down my front. I didn't smell the wonderful aroma I expected but immediately was taken aback at how rough this powder felt as it landed on my skin and all around me, even falling to the floor. It was more the texture of a scrub or sand. Maybe I used too much.

When I held my chin down to look more closely at what I had just shaken onto my upper body, I saw something the color of brown sugar but not nearly as fine; it was grainy and coarse. What in the world is this stuff? It is NOT Chanel.

I picked up the package for a closer look but couldn't read a word. Guy was coming into the kitchen, so I asked him to bring my glasses off the corner table. When he came closer, he said, "What is all that mess on the floor around your chair?"


"That is not powder. That looks like some kind of grainy sugar." He went for the broom.

When I put on my glasses and read the directions on the half empty package, it said to mix this powder with milk or juice to make a delicious, healthy drink. Need I say more?

-- (Please come out to Metcalfe County Middle School to see the Barnlot Bonus production of Greater Tuna. Tickets at the door for $5. Larry Wilson and Austin Coffey performing dozens of characters)

Contact information:

(My new book, A Girl Named Connie, is available at Blossoms Florist and Boutique Unique, 507 Happy Valley Road, Glasgow, KY 42141, Phone 270-629-3597; the Edmonton/Metcalfe Chamber of Commerce, 109 E Stockton Street, Edmonton, KY, Phone 270-432-3222; and the Lighthouse Restaurant, 1500 Sulphur Well/Knob Lick Road, Sulphur Well Historic District, KY 42129. Phone 270-629-3597. And Also on

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