With all of the individual bottles and tubs and buckets of lotion, body butters and salves in my house...I could un-ashify an entire crackhouse, or about 25 Malik Yoba's. I literally have enough lotion to take me into my early fifties. I'm always on the quest for something amazing, different, and worth my money.
So really quick, I've been collecting MAC Pigments since 2004. My very first pigment was Melon. I fell in love with it, and developed an instant addiction. Next thing you know, its 2010 and 79 pigments later, here we are. I'm still on the lookout for the ones I don't have or the ones that are truly unique. That new jar size though? PFFT! I refuse! I am so pissed off about the new pigment jar size it's not even funny. Who cares if I won't use a whole container in one lifetime -- that's not the point! The point is that you don't reduce the size of the product without reducing the price. No ma'am :| Anyway, I sadly don't own even some of the regular popular colors, but I have a few rare ones, and quite a few discontinued pigments. How strong is my love for MAC pigments? To put it bluntly...if my building were on fire, I'd grab my dog, my macbook, and my pigments (and as many of my MAC brushes as possible). Everything else can burn the hell up for all I care.
You ever get bitten by that "Dang, if I don't buy this now...I'm gonna have a hard time finding it later"-bug? Well, I have a rash from that bug and the bite-marks to prove it. A few days ago I went to the MAC website and randomly clicked their Goodbyes link and saw a gang of items on the chopping block -- it's a sad sight! Tons of eyeshadows, lipsticks, glosses and more waiting to be adopted by you. I didn't buy a ton of stuff, but I did pick up a few items I've been eye'ing for the past few months but didn't wanna buy when they first came out. I still see about four more things I'm gonna have to grab before they're gone and then sold online for crazy high crackhead prices. I'm not gonna review any of what I bought right now, but I will post descriptions and tiny snippets of my initial thoughts...
A huge request from my lovely readers is to get a list of places you can buy authentic discontinued MAC products on Ebay. Many people are limited to Ebay as a means of buying their favorite items, and I totally understand that. MAC has a naughty habit of offering up a fabulous item -- only to have it taken away in the blink of an eye. From a business standpoint, I get it -- it keeps the company thriving and on their toes, but it SURE is frustrating when you can't find your favorite blush anymore. Don't fret! There are still ways to find what you're looking for. Despite being surrounded by fakes and dishonest people on Ebay, there are some sellers out there who will not screw you over and will send you the real thing...
The first time I used a MAC Mineralize Skinfinish (MSF), I saw doves and heard Jennifer Hudson hit her Dreamgirls high-note and it sealed the deal for me, all while opening up a new addiction. I felt like a cosmetic version of crackhead Pookie from New Jack City. I was twitching like "More! I need more!". Over time, I started to slooowly build a decent MSF collection and I'm cool with what I have :) I haven't felt the urgent need to buy every single one anymore, unless it's truly unique and nothing like what I already own. This is for my beginners, and/or those curious about MSF's -- and also for those who may need a swatch reference down the road ;)
Let's take a trip to Bougieville, population YOU! This post is for all of my ladies/gents out there who like to occasionally splurge on a product for any given reason. Sometimes I like to spoil myself and buy something fabulous, so I recently picked up Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pure Shine Sheer Lipstick in #22 Cherry Sorbet ($30 - 0.12 oz), and it's completely different from any lipstick I've ever ran across my lips.