Recently I have decided that my makeup habit is becoming a bit.....ridiculous. I am completely in love with, obsessed with, and addicted to MAKEUP. I know I am not the only one; I am sure many of my fellow makeup and beauty bloggers feel the same way. However, I have decided that there is something to be said for appreciating and enjoying what I have, rather than always sniffing out the latest thing in cosmetics. I decided to go on a no-buy for 2014......and then I failed miserably and bought whole bunch of stuff in January. FAIL. I decided to start fresh at the beginning of February.
My goal is to make it ONE WHOLE YEAR without buying new makeup.
I will be allowed to replace ONLY the following items that I use daily: primer, foundation, powder, eye primer and base, and eyebrow pencil. I AM NOT ALLOWED to try new types of any of these things, just replace them with what I already had. I actually use up all of these things at least 5 times per year. I am also NOT ALLOWED to buy new mascara until I have used up all that I have; I have various travel size/sample size tubes in my stash as well as a few full-sized ones.
At this time, I have not bought ANY makeup for 2 months. It is sad, I am actually having a hard time with this! I have found that the best cure for makeup temptation is to shop one's stash. I have built up a lovely stash of makeup over the years and I am always pleasantly surprised to find something I haven't used in a long time whenever I root around in it. Something old can become new once more!
One of my biggest makeup temptations is DARK LIPSTICK. I am VERY ATTRACTED TO IT. I especially love MAC lipsticks. Here are some swatches to remind me that I DO NOT NEED another dark lipstick.
MAC DARK LIPSTICK COLLECTION
Hautecore: Black (Matte)
Firm Form: Blackish brown with a hint of plum and gold sparkles (Matte)
Black Knight: Black (Satin)
Potent Fig: Blue-toned purple (Mattene)
Instigator: Red-toned purple (Matte)
Smoked Purple: Red-toned purple that leans a bit brown-ish (Matte)
Cyber: Blackened red-toned purple (Satin)
Faultlessly FW: Blackened blue-toned purple (Amplified Creme)
Hipster: Frosty burgundy (Frost)
Prince Noir: Blackened burgundy (Matte)
Night Violet: Red toned purple leaning towards fuschia (Mattene)
Studded Kiss: (Matte)
Dubonnet: Dark red with brown tones (Amplified Creme)
Media: Dark reddish purpleish burgundy (Satin)
Rocker: Sparkly dark fuschia (Matte?)
|From L to R: Hautecore, Firm Form, Black Knight, Potent Fig, Instigator, Smoked Purple, Cyber.|
|From L to R: Cyber, Faultlessly FW, Hipster, Prince Noir, Night Violet, Studded Kiss, Dubonnet, Media, Rocker.|
Frighteningly, this is just the tip of the iceberg. I have a bunch of other dark lipsticks in various other brands as well. I have a problem.
What are your favourite dark lipsticks or favourite MAC lipsticks?
P.S. If you see any swatches on my blog after this post, they were all items that were purchased prior to February 1st/2014.