Wednesday, July 24, 2013

June 2013 MAC Matters Purchase: A Long Time Coming!

Before I share what I purchased for this month's installment of MAC Matters, here's a brief recap of what this whole shindig is about:

This series is the brain child of the fabulous Pam of Pammy Blogs Beauty. She basically decided that instead of continuing a subscription to a beauty box service, she'd use the money ($21) to build a core collection of products from MAC Cosmetics. I read about it and immediately asked if I could do it with her.
Here are the rules for the MAC Matters Makeup Challenge:

Goal: Build a core MAC Collection using an average of $21.00 per month. (Pam came up with this amount because it is what she was spending on a monthly subscription service that she decided to cancel.)Purchase at least one item a month: If the item is under $21, save the remainder for the next month. While there are many items priced under $21, there are plenty that are over the $21 range that we can save for. Some months, we will be "saving" the $21 to go towards a bigger MAC purchase.

Do a monthly blog post to share what we purchased! The goal is to continue this series for 12 months to see what kind of core collection we each can build! (I also think it will be very interesting to see the difference in the products we choose to purchase and what constitutes a "core collection" for us individually.)

If this series is popular, we will continue it with another brand once the 12 months of MAC are completed. There are already discussions as to what the next brand challenge should be! We're thinking that a drugstore line could be fun! Perhaps NYX? Pam has already suggested the title "NYX Fix" which I think is super cute!

This month, I purchased something that I've wanted for a LONG TIME. I planned out my monthly selections just so that I would have enough overage accumulated to get this...

Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Deep 

 Mineralize Skinfinish Natural powders are "luxurious domed face powders with minerals, slowly baked to provide a dimensional yet natural-matte finish, that provides perfect low coverage." It can be used to set and fix foundation or as a touch-up throughout the day.The MAC website describes it as a "rich golden tan," and that seems to be dead on to me! I really wanted this for use not only as a setting powder {which I always forget to use, but with my oily skin, I really should}, but also to use in lieu of foundation on super hot days, or when I'm in a rush.

Here's what I've acquired so far to build my "core collection":

November 2012an empty Pro Palette Eye Shadow x 4 and All That Glitters eye shadow

...was the original purchase, but it ended up getting exchanged for...

MAC Satin Lipstick in Spice...

April 2013Rule and Espresso eye shadows...

May 2013: Viva Glam V Lip Glass

As per usual, a very practical purchase for me, but honestly I think that's sort of the purpose of this series. I'm trying to build a "core collection" of makeup items that I can really work with on a daily basis.  MAC's Mineralize Skinfinish Natural compacts are $30. I had a budget of $30 for this month, so now I'm back to $21 for July! What do you think I should get next; I'd love to hear your recommendations! And don't forget to go see what Pam purchased this month. Until next time...

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