Deep down—and despite my dermatologist's somewhat more rational perspective—I am utterly convinced that there is a product out there that is going to give my face the dewy, rosy, flawless skin of my magazine-fed fantasies. Unfortunately, I have not actually found this miracle product (though Nothing but Bonfires has me thisclose to ordering Philosophy's Purity Made Simple cleanser and Hope in a Jar skin cream.) And more unfortunately, this unfailing belief makes me something of a beauty marketer's dream.
So when I saw that women in the U.K. and the U.S. were literally waiting for hours in the rain to get their hands on Boots No. 7 Renew & Restore Serum—found to be an amazing wrinkle reducer and skin renewer by a BBC documentary earlier this year—my beauty radar perked up. A co-worker was headed to Bangkok on Friday. In Bangkok they have Boots. Er, would she mind stopping by one to see if it was in stock?
It was. (She actually texted me immediately to let me know she'd scored a bottle. Perhaps she saw the overexcited gleam in my eye?) Within a week, the bottle will be mine—and within a month, perhaps the great skin. No, the hope never dies.