I’ve worked hard throughout my life to earn my Sephora points, and I feel proud they’re all mine and no one else’s. It takes a lot of self-discipline to order enough products over the course of 30 years that you save up enough points to buy out an entire store. And I want my children to learn that level of sacrifice and satisfaction the hard way. That’s why my children will not inherit my wealth of Sephora points.
They need to learn that the world isn’t just a place where sample-sized mascaras get handed to you for free. They’re something you earn for free through buying so many other cosmetics you get rewarded with enough points to get other different smaller beauty products with even less product inside of them.
It terrifies me to think of my children growing up so privileged they have no idea what a blessing it is to receive a one ounce squeeze bottle of something called “Brazilian Bum Bum Cream” for no cost at all, except for the cost of $750 worth of Sephora goods purchased online over the course of a year.
What kind of mother would I be if I let that happen?
Not a mother who instills good values, that’s for sure. That’s why I decided to donate all 180 million of my Sephora points to charity rather than leave them to my children, for whom that kind of wealth in points would simply be an albatross around their necks for all their lives.
Obviously if my children had an emergency and needed a new nude lip crayon, I would use my points to help them, but I’ve raised them to be independent and therefore never had to do that. I’ve ingrained a strong work ethic in all of them and now they know that even though their mother is a millionaire in Sephora points, they need find their way in the world on their own. Most people aren’t born with a dollop of micellar water in their mouths – it’s something they dedicate their entire savings account to earning through spending hundreds of dollars on regular-sized micellar waters.
A lot of my children’s friends don’t know that, and I feel sorry for them because they’ll grow up without ever experiencing the “real world.” The “real world” is a place where brightening serum costs $50, not $450 indirectly through hundreds of other purchases of cleansers and foundations. I truly believe that it ruins people not to earn their own Sephora points, and that’s why I’m leaving my children without any.