A Word on Packaging
We've all heard the adage "You can't judge a book by its cover" and of course we're all familiar with the old Frog and Prince thing, right? Well, I want to tell you that cosmetics is no different. When it comes to quality, you have to look behind the label.

When I buy my own cosmetics or the studio buys them for me, they usually come in plastic, squeeze bottles and in plain, plastic cases with a description of their contents printed somewhere on the outside. That's all I need. Fancy bottling doesn't make the cosmetic and in fact, it makes me do a double take to be sure I'm not being faked out by Madison Avenue. In fact, would it surprise you to know that just about every big name and small cosmetics company get their bottles and tubes from the same places in Asia!?!?!? I need to know that what's on the inside is going to do the job. And, after 30 years in this business, you learn to trust certain cosmetics the the ones I use from Studio Direct and a very select few others like Prescriptions.

And, contrary to popular opinion, it IS about price with price-conscious studio buyers looking at every penny as if it's their last one. We're both paying for the performance of the product that's on the inside and not the fancy wrapping that it comes in. Performance. That's what counts for both the studio and me so a word to the wise. When you're selecting the right cosmetic for your face and body, be more concerned with how the product looks and feels on your skin in the light of day than with how the bottle looks in the darkness of your cosmetics cabinet when the doors are closed and the lights are out. Remember, some of the best things in life come in little black boxes...and you don't wear the wrapper.