Makeup Madness

Of late I have found my current purchasing obsession is makeup… and not the ‘buy at your local Priceline store’ kind of beauty items…

It all started before the wedding – where I commenced my desperate search to attain a shine-free face that did not need me to have a compact permanently attached to my hand! Alas my oil-slick face meant that the then Garnier, L’Oreal, Red Earth and Bourjsis mis-match had to be examined as clearly they were not meeting the desired result…

So first came the Clinique Dramatically Different Gel – be STILL my heart this thing was AMAZING! One application and I literally could feel my skin mattify! A quick look in the mirror confirmed that this product was WORTH every dollar paid!

Then came the matching Clinique cleanser and Clarifying Lotion – I was a little worried to try this thing that they don’t call a toner as I had heard VERY mixed reviews! BUT it paid off – my skin looked and felt fantastic! Don’t get me wrong – its not matte ALL day long BUT normally I am constantly either having to touch up or not caring to touch up which results in more oil on my face than there is in the Arabian Gulf!

BUT with this regime I only needed to touch up 2 times…. Fantastic!

Which made me think that if I could get this result from changing my skincare regime, imagine the possible change I could experience if I did an overhaul of the makeup!

Behold the commencement of my MAC-(a)ddiction… this one I will blame on Mr A; he was the one who said I should “give it a go” and decided to start me off by actually buying my first Studio Fix compact… damn him and his generosity! I promised myself that this would be a ‘special occasion’ compact – that I would use is sparingly when we were going out or when I needed to feel particularly put together…

Two weeks later and all my Mineral Powder & Foundation had found a new home at the back of my makeup drawer as my MAC (NC 35) took centre stage…

1 week later I ran out of ModelCo primer and bought Prep & Prime – I have looked back…

2 weeks later I purchased my first bottle of Studio Fix liquid foundation – which when used with the powder provided the MOST perfect looking base… it literally looked like my face had been airbrushed!

Then came the foundation and concealor brushes… the travel-size retractable Kabuki brush and MAC’s Blot Powder…

But is doesn’t end there…

2 weeks ago I bought Napolean’s blusher and bronzer… and love them

And today I just paid for my first Benefit “Realness of Concealness”…

Oh… how I wish I had never known how good these products were…

Thankfully I have not been game enough to actually tally the price difference between what i WAS using to what i am NOW using… i am CERTAIN that in this case ignorance IS bliss!

My next item I’m looking for? The PERFECT nude lipcolor… any recommendations?

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Oh how things (unknowingly) change…

This afternoon Mr A took a candid photo of me getting ready in the bathroom – it was purely him being a tool and not something i want the blogsphere to see. BUT in saying that, i scarily noticed the “slight” shift in what was on my bathroom table.

I – like most girls like to look my best. I (as a rule) do like some luxuries – some, not many – just a few to make me fell a lil special and let Mr A feel like his with a lil princess… without being high maintenance. I love MOR’s body butter – i am completely and utterly devoted to their Pomegranate line and insist that NO OTHER BRAND DOES IT BETTER! Every other day i apply the MOR butter on my entire body – i alternate between that and Nivea Q10 Body lotion (simply because i like it – yes, i may have been suckered into the marketing about Q10 but it is grossly cheaper than the MOR body butter). I cleanse (with Garnier Pure – i have oily skin), tone (with Lush tea-tree mist) and moisturise (Olay Special Effects – i mean they DO say that it fights the 7 seven sign of aging – who am i to argue with these statistics??) twice a day. I include a primer (because it is a crime NOT to prime) into my morning repotire (Model Co/Rimmel – I alternate) and bless the person that came up with powder mineral foundation! On nights out i ‘luxe’ it up a bit and use Bourjois’ Mousse Matte mineral liquid foundation….

And then things slowly started to change… In the search of trying to find make-up that would keep my shiny face NOT being shiny without having to touch up every other hour I scoured the web and makeup artists I knew to see what they recommended. I trawled websites for hours and reviews from http://www.beautyheaven.com.au/ to http://www.makeupalley.com/, Bubblegarm and ever so simply Googling “great photography make-up”. My quest led me to try and locate online stores that sold these products so that I could do it all at the touch of my fingertips – I went into Myers and David Jones on the hunt for new products – I was so ardent in my search that I am still unabated until I am certain that I have found the perfect combination that WILL render me speechless… as well as flawlessly oily-less.

And this is what I noticed… I am now no longer a mid-range gal.

Priceline was my one stop shop – it was my fortnightly essential location… now, whilst there is still a strong desire to go there regularly I notice I am racking up less points… First it was the discovery of MAC’s Prep & Prime… SOOOO much better than the Model Co and the Rimmel – alas those 2 sit now in the back of the drawer. Then came the end of the little pot of MAC Matte Gel which they gave me to sample… I begrudgingly had to admit defeat and proclaim that I DID like it… and had to buy said tube. Next was my change from Olay Special Effects moisturizer to Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel – my heart both soared and plummeted as it mattifed my face to pure perfection and required only ONE touch up at the end of my work day!!!! And then today came MAC’s Studio Fix… with the quiet intention of me returning to the MAC counter next week to get the matching liquid foundation! I forgot to mention that I am secretly hoping to try MAC’s “Mineralize” Oh the shame of it all… that THIS is what I have become now… That whilst I lament at the additional costs that i KNOW that this will create i am inspired by the sheer awesomeness of said products! That even as i type this i am wondering when i will next be able to steal a moment and try Smashbox’s Photo Finish Light as i hear it is fantastic for photos!

The oh so WORRYING thing is that when I mentioned to Mr A how much MORE this up keep would cost I thought he would tell me that I was dreaming; that this would be a ‘one-off’ and that post wedding party my skin and bauty regime would return to my once coveted L’Oreal but no – the guy LOVES it… I cannot believe how strange he is!

For the ladies out there – what is your makeup splurge?

PS I “forgot” to mention that i am slowly (but surely) overhauling my makeup brushes – meaning i have purchased a newer better Kabuki brush and am now aquiring more brushes than you can throw a brush at! Hehe