An e-mail from Sephora gave me the wake-up call I needed

Four years ago, a celebratory e-mail landed in my inbox. But as I read it, instead of excitement, I felt a knot form in my stomach.

“Congratulations,” it read, “on unlocking VIB Rouge, our new premium membership level!”

“Congratulations,” I heard, “on spending $1,000 you can’t afford on things you didn’t need and haven’t used!”

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