I had some gift cards burning a hole in my pocket (or purse, whichever), so I decided to head to the mall last night to kick start my weekend with some retail therapy. I got some really interesting goodies to try out!
For my face, I got Select Cover-Up concealer in NW20, Studio Sculpt Foundation in NC20, and Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light Plus. Although I’ve been a fan of MAC for about half of my life at this point, I’ve never tried any of these products! I’m especially excited for the Mineralize Skinfinish Natural.
Okay, okay, so I have to admit that part of this Prep + Prime (shockingly expensive) splurge was because the bottles are SPARKLY! MAC is speaking right to my soul with the packaging on their Prep + Prime line. Stunning! In all seriousness, I have extremely dry, thirsty skin, and when Heather, who helped me out at MAC, put these products on half of my face, I noticed the amazing blurring effect that I have been dying to achieve. The lines and pores of my skin were almost invisible. She also advised me to stop using a physical exfoliator every day (2x/week at the most for skin types like mine) and to toss my toner. Damn this dry winter!
The Vibrancy Eye Primer is for the dry under eye area, and the Moisture Infusion is for the rest of the face. I’m not a fan of the dewy look so many people seem to desire, but I also don’t want to look like a pancake face. The combination of these products plus the aforementioned new face products should provide me with more of a satiny finish. I think that should be the perfect balance between too matte and that shiny oily looking “healthy glow” crap people are always going on about.
No trip to MAC is complete without at least one completely illogical purchase, right? When I saw the new Viva Glam Rihanna lipstick, I was like…meh. It’s just too shiny and old lady like for me. I had high hopes as I have seen it look absolutely stunning on a few YouTube makeup gurus, but it just isn’t going to work for me. I did, however, LOVE the Viva Glam Rihanna lipglass. It is so beautiful and will look fantastic over any red or pink lipstick! I am a sucker for bright, blue based reds and pinks, and I think that this lipglass will be the most lovely compliment to my collection. I wore it alone last night and it is semi-sheer, sparkly, and a total eye catcher that way as well.
Last but not least, I had to pop into Sephora to replace my cleanser and toner (the evil evil exfoliating and drying routine!) with something more gentle. My MAC consultant wanted me to buy a few more products, but my wallet was smoking by that point and I decided to cash out there in favor of returning to my old favorite, Philosophy’s Purity Made Simple cleanser. This product is as gentle as a newborn lamb, plus it smells very natural and it gets all my makeup off without leaving my skin feeling tight. I think Heather would approve.
My Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara has officially kicked the bucket and I must say, though I loved it at first (see my random babble about it on this blog), it got dry and clumpy (see: shitty) SO quickly! Nuh-uh. No thanks, Too Faced. I went back to Benefit’s They’re Real! mascara, and I’m hoping it is as good as I remember it being.
That’s all for now, I’ll check back in with you guys really soon.
random note: when I was checking out at the MAC register, the girl working there kept raving about what a great job Heather did and how beautiful my eyeshadow looked. I didn’t see a reason to contradict her and tell her that Heather only did my foundation, so I smiled and made non-committal “Yeah, she was great” responses. When she said for a third or fourth time how great my eyeshadow was, I had to tell her that I did my own eye makeup, not Heather. It wasn’t even MAC eyeshadow, I used all drugstore products yesterday! She laughed and told me that it still looked fantastic. I have to admit, I was a bit proud of myself after that. ;)