Beauty Binge of the Day (BBOD): MAC’s Makeup Art Cosmetics!

It’s done. The MAC beauty binge. And the guilt I felt last night….GONE! For now at least. Right now I am basking in the makeup purchase afterglow.

Thanks to the lovely Kate at the MAC Bay/Bloor who put my goodies on hold. It was great having the opportunity to see everything in advance and just swoop in and buy on the day of the launch. Here’s what I got from MAC’s Makeup Art Cosmetics Collection and my initial thoughts:

NOTORIETY QUAD: I was attracted to this quad by the pretty shimmer in Skintone 1 (light gold shimmer) and Notoriety (brown with shimmer). This quad is so pretty. I wasn’t planning to get this originally but when I saw in person I thought it would be very versatile. It is right up my neutral alley. Swatches below (sorry ladies, I still haven’t mastered the swatch photos!)

PHOTO REALISM QUAD: This was instant love. This was the quad I originally said would be my ONLY purchase. It exceeded my expectations in terms of loveliness. I am terrible still at describing colours but this palette features greens, grey/greens. It’s unlike anything I have in my collection…I think…Not positive though. So bad that I don’t know what I have! Again, excuse the swatches. I can see doing a great green-based smokey eye with this palette.

I wasn’t planning to buy any lip products but you know that is my real weakness. I limited myself to:

LOVIN IT Lipstick (Lustre): MAC describes this a cool neutral with a yellow undertone. This was beautiful when I put it on. I did have a swatch but deleted it by accident and am now too tired to take more photos. I promise to post a photo of the day with it on. Today at work, I even put Lychee Luxe on top of it and together it created a beautiful rich peachy pink neutral. I’m loving it!

ON DISPLAY lipglass: When I swatched this in the store, it really reminded me of Jampacked from last year. This is a beautiful rich purple colour which I think will rock this Fall with a neutral eye. I will have to compare it to Jampacked though.

There were a couple of other lipsticks that caught my eye but the rest of the lipglasses I thought were too similar to ones I had already (see I showed some restraint. Some.)

While at MAC, I also picked up Shade fluidline. Lollipop 26 did a video about this and said it was a beautiful dark mossy green/black liner that was being discontinued. In person it is beautiful — and I thought would pair well with the Photo Realism colours.

The other brighter shadows, pencils and pigments were beautiful as well but I averted my eyes to avoid the temptation. Will I last? We’ll see…..

Any other beauty binges today ladies — MAC or other lines?

Tag! You’re it!

I’ve been tagged by the lovely Lorla to write six random facts about myself. So here it goes:

1) I love Vanilla ice cream
2) The first concert I ever attended was Duran Duran in 1984. They filmed the Reflex video at Maple Leaf Gardens during that concert and I can say “I was there.” The 12 year old me ;-) Did I just give away my age now? LOL.
3) I wear a lot of black
4) I am older than my husband by 2 years (robbing the cradle!)
5) I have a younger sister
6) I think the character Eric from the True Blood series rocks…but Edward is still my vampire of choice

I tag anyone who hasn’t done this yet! Let me know if you end up doing this in the comments below as I would love to read your answers!

A Mild Case of Makeup Guilt

On the eve before what will probably be my biggest MAC makeup binge since the Cult of Cherry, I am feeling some guilt. I was trying yet again to organize my makeup drawers (I have one of those plastic four drawer systems on wheels) and it hit me again. The guilt. Buyer’s remorse. I honestly don’t need more…yet I keep buying…and tomorrow I will add to the collection.

Don’t get me wrong. I love what I have. I appreciate what I have. But I realize that I don’t really ‘need’ more. I want more. Such a consumer!

As many of you know I’ve tried Project 10 pan, Project 5 pan but didn’t have much luck with those. That said, I have made a few strides to reduce my makeup spending. I don’t feel the need to buy from every LE collection MAC releases. Hooray. Second, I have started to give away some ‘gently-used’ items to friends and family. And finally, I’m even considering a blog sale (can someone email me on how to best do this?).

I can’t vow that I will stop buying makeup after tomorrow’s MAC launch. That would be dishonest.

All I can promise is that I will continue on with Operation Lipstick Love, and have fewer big beauty binges like the one planned tomorrow. I will allow myself to buy one item per paycheque a month (minus the products I’m getting from swaps I am currently in the middle of).

That’s it. Do you ever feel makeup guilt? ;-)
Have a great night!

I Challenge You! One product, 5 Different Looks

I was reading the Specktra blog tonight and came across a post about MAC’s Lychee Luxe lipglass. If you haven’t seen this colour, I encourage you to check it out. MAC describes it as a peachy-pink coral with gold shimmer. It is a beautiful colour especially with a tan! Swatch below on my NC37 skin (very tanned from the holidays still)

I own this lipglass but haven’t shown it much love lately. The Specktra blog (is it Janice that writes this?) suggests different ways to wear Lychee Luxe — combining it with different pencils and lipsticks, from reds to neutrals. I’m so pumped to try some of the suggested combos and also want to come up with a few of my own ideas. I haven’t been too adventurous with this and have typically worn this gloss by itself.

So, I’m going to do something as part of Operation Lipstick Love (OLL — remember this ladies? It’s still alive!) As part of OLL, I am challenging myself to take this lipglass and wear it for an entire week — pairing it with different products I already own. I will share the results with you next week.

I challenge you to do the same. Pick one lip product — and it doesn’t have to be Lychee Luxe– a gloss or a lipstick, wear it every day next week by pairing it with different pencils, other lipsticks/gloss etc.

Let me know if you you want to do this with me. Let’s see how we can inspire each other to make the most out of the products we own!

Thanks for stopping by!

Are you excited? Makeup Art Cosmetics collection

I stopped by my local MAC counter at Bloor/Yonge today and my favorite makeup artist (Kate!) showed me some of the Fall goodies being released on Thursday. I can’t tell you how excited I am by what I saw. I haven’t been this excited in a long time.

I feel a big beauty binge coming on Thursday! My heart is set on two of the palettes: Photo Realism and Notoriety. They are beautiful. The pigments are gorgeous but not sure if I will get. I am also planning to get On Display lipglass (rich purple) and Lovin It lipstick which looks like a great neutral.

It was a quick peek as I was on my way to grab lunch so wasn’t able to look in much detail. I’m very excited to see the rest of the collection and swatch swatch swatch on Thursday. The collection is up on already.

What about you? Any beauty binges planned with this collection?