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(@michellemybell)
Honorable Member     Clearwater, Florida, United States of America
Joined: 3 years ago

i have purchased an item or two of makeup in a drug store in the past and bought most of my makeup online.  Today though my male self strolled into an Ulta beauty supply store and spent a lot of time looking around trying out product's, asking advice, chatting with a beauty rep that tried a couple of products on me.  I acted like it was totally normal for a man to be buying makeup and they acted like it was totally normal as well.  It was a wonderful and affirming experience and oh so much fun.  I can't wait to do it again but all that makeup is expensive so it's not going to be a too often thing.

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(@cdashley)
Joined: 4 years ago

Noble Member     Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 1254

@michellemybell Thats amazing Michelle. It shows so much confidence and courage. You should be so proud of yourself hun. I’ve gone to the Mac store to replace a compac my wife gave me as she switched colours and I wanted a shade darker and the sales associate was very nice once I answered her question of who it was for. We chatted for a bit and I’ve found that when you’re honest with sales staff they seem to be very understanding and helpful.

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(@missylinda)
Joined: 1 year ago

Noble Member     Ft Worth, Texas, United States of America
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@michellemybell ultra is great,  they helped me with concealer for my old folks spots.  I asked the lady doing makeup for ladies if she objected to doing a MtoF, and she said not at all and encouraged me to make an appt.  👩‍❤️‍👩👩‍❤️‍👩

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(@michellemybell)
Joined: 3 years ago

Honorable Member     Clearwater, Florida, United States of America
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@missylinda I thought of doing that myself but I would have to find anther store farther away where people I know would not be dropping in.

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(@missylinda)
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Noble Member     Ft Worth, Texas, United States of America
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@michellemybell   probably a good idea,  but the one I frequent is on the way to the therapist, so if she ever asks to see Lorraine, I could do it on the way and not upset the wife quite so bad.

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(@lucyb112)
Joined: 2 years ago

Noble Member     Staffordshire, United Kingdom
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@michellemybell I imagine that made you feel great Michelle.

I’ve bought make up in person, but haven’t yet had the nerve to ask for assistance.

It’s one of the things I want to pluck up the courage to do soon though

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(@denises924)
Joined: 3 months ago

Reputable Member     Massachusetts, United States of America
Posts: 207

@michellemybell 

This sounds wonderful Michelle. I am very happy to hear you had such a nice experience. It is inspiring to know it can be done.

Denise
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(@jillleanne)
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Honorable Member     Renfrew, Ontario, Canada
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@michellemybell good for you. People really don’t care.

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(@firefly)
Noble Member     Panama, Panama, Panama
Joined: 6 years ago

I am happy for you, Michelle. I'm thinking about purchasing new cosmetics next week in person because I need them. I hope it will also be a beautiful experience for me.

Gisela

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(@melodeescarlet)
Noble Member     Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America
Joined: 8 months ago

Good for you! What's totally normal or not is immaterial. What it is, is perfectly fine. It's perfectly fine for you to go buy any product you want! So good on ya! 🙂

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(@aliceunderwire)
Illustrious Member     Near Burlington, Vermont, United States of America
Joined: 5 years ago

Sounds like a fun afternoon Michelle!

Alice

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(@jennconn)
Honorable Member     Florida, United States of America
Joined: 1 year ago

Wow, Michelle, that took so much courage.  I’m totally impressed.  We’ve got to plan on getting out together someday and going for a makeover.  I’d love to see what could be done.  

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(@michellemybell)
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Honorable Member     Clearwater, Florida, United States of America
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@jennconn That would be great fun!

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(@ab123)
Famed Member     Surrey, United Kingdom
Joined: 4 years ago

And why not Michelle, good for you. I am sure the girls there have had countered this sort of thing before and your custom is wanted to make those sales.  

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(@charlottesometimes)
Estimable Member     Dayton, Ohio, United States of America
Joined: 4 years ago

I've make purchases of cosmetics with staff assistance twice.  On both occasions it was a very positive experience.  The first time I was in drab and the store was Macy's, wherein I told a little white lie.  A very helpful and friendly older saleswoman approached me when she saw I was eyeing cosmetics.  I explained to her (here comes the white lie) that I was going to go to a Halloween party in drag and that all my wife's makeup would suffice save for her mascara.  The saleslady was immediately sympathetic, saying that mascara doesn't last long once it is open.  It was then that another friendly and helpful saleslady joined us, to whom the first explained my situation.  I suggested I get something really high quality since after my "one use" of the mascara I could pass it back to my wife.  It was then Lancôme became my brand of mascara.  

The second time I was dressed as Charlotte and I went to my local Sephora.  After browsing for a few minutes, a lovely young woman approached me and asked if she could help.  I won't flatter myself by imagining I passed, but she said nothing and treated me as she would have any other customer.  She helped me with my search for a skin-matching foundation and then left me to continue browsing.  The most memorable exchange we had was when she looked at me closely for a moment, then stood back in surprise, saying she was going to recommend I investigate their selection of false eyelashes, as she initially thought I was wearing a pair, but then she realized, with a stunned expression, my eyelashes were home grown!  Passing or not, I left this beautiful young GG impressed.  I was walking on air.  

 

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(@jjandme)
Noble Member     California, United States of America
Joined: 5 years ago

It is great you had such a normal experience shopping, and that you posted about it. This encourages others to do the same, and the more we do such things and tell others about it, the more others will shop or go out and be seen, and the more normal it all becomes.

I have shopped for makeup odds and ends en femme and en home and never had an issue. The SA has a job selling cosmetics and men can be as good or better customers, so why not?

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(@lisa4mk)
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Active Member     Texas, United States of America
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@jjandme I had to laugh at your comment about "men being as good or better customers". I TOTALLY agree!! I have been a beauty skin care consultant for over 40 years and starting around 2000, as a general rule, I have found women to be using less and less makeup and skin care and my men clients are using more and more. I don't know what has happened but women seem to have lost a desire to dress and makeup. 😢 My top clients are my CD friends. They want to look beautiful and are willing to invest in themselves and are eager to learn. Wish I had 100 more of them!! It's so much more fun to work with clients who are excited about playing in makeup!

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(@jjandme)
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Noble Member     California, United States of America
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@lisa4mk That is an interestung observation. My wife is not very interested in fashon or make up. She is a beautiful woman, and always looks neeat and put to gether, but wears almost no makeup and buys/wears what she likes, but never with an eye for fashon or trends. 

...and I dont blame her, it is all a real PITA when you think about it. I only wear makeuo occasionally, and have just a few dresses and femme oitfits, but even that is a lot of work. I can not imagine how much work it would be to do it on a daily bases, and even worse having to deal with it multiple times a day.

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(@catgurl)
Noble Member     Marietta, Georgia, United States of America
Joined: 5 years ago

I have never had a single issue ever, whether in male or female clothing when I go to buy cosmetics and have had to deal with a sales rep.  This is particularly true at the high-end stores such as Ulta, Sephora, Mac, Belk, etc. 

Our money spends as equally well as any other customer.

As an alternative, here in Atlanta, we have mid-level beauty shops, such as Sally Beauty.  There are also no-name family owned beauty shops, which are found in the countless strip malls.  They all welcome CD business, never an issue. 

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(@nausicaa)
New Member     Lower Saxony, Germany
Joined: 2 months ago

Amazing story! I went to a drugstore in Germany a few weeks ago, as my cis self, unfortunately, and asked the saleswoman for help. She was a bit confused, but then I told her I was a crossdresser and she was very helpful and took everything totally seriously. I was also walking on air too😉

Saying I was a crossdresser felt so normal and good, I'm definitely going to do my makeup and clothes shopping in person more! 

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