Some economists say the "lipstick index" exists. The theorgy goes that as the economy goes down, sales of things like lipstick go up. Lipstick sales nation-wide are down six percent in 2008, according to the NPD Group, a research firm. But over the last few months they've jumped 40 percent, just in time for the Wall Street bailout.
The term "lipstick index" was reportedly coined following Sept. 11, 2001, when sales of lip products soared while the economy faltered. But the phenomenom also happened during the Great Depression.
So why not run out and buy yourself a little something - lipstick, mascara or a little body scrub. After all, women have to spoil themselves even in bad economic times.
Target here I come!