Thursday, 11 April 2013

MAC saves the day

As a rule I'm not too fussed about MAC. Sure my first flurry into the YouTube makeup world saw me go c-c-c-crazy for the pan shadows and spent a small fortune on them and their 15 pan pallets. But as a brand and in store it just doesn't do it for me. I don't get the excitement I do when I go to a YSL or Chanel counter, say and generally don't get any inspiration. But today everything changed. Sit back, relax and listen to my tale of woe, but with a happy ending.

A fun trip to Brighton soon soured as everything I wanted to buy clothes-wise wasn't in my size and beauty-wise wasn't in stock!! Greatly disheartened by the high street my hopes of beauty fulfilment was dashed when Space NK was out of stock of their Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted moisturiser in Porcelain. When the shop assistant told me this and then proceeded to dig the knife in deeper still by telling me that Laura Mercier themselves are out of the shade too the world turned to black and I felt for a brief moment that I would never smile or laugh again. That from that moment on I would be a shadow of my former self. Even a trip to Lush, a succession of pretty shops in the Laines and an Oreo cupcake and cappuccino in the amazing pink cloud 9 dessert cafe did nothing to lighten my mood. I didn't want anything if I couldn't have Laura Mercier. Even the sound of children's laughter was beginning to grate on me.

Along the way to back to the Haven of Boots beauty department I happened to come across the well known signage of the MAC store. As I have already divulged, I don't care much for the MAC store and  peering through the window it looked particularly full to the brink with wannabe makeup enthusiasts, spoilt daughters shouting at their mums, scenesters... My friend persuaded me to ride the storm and just have a look. With a deep breath I opened the door to MAC land and It wasn't so bad. My sour mood prevented me from feeling intimated by the pushy consumers and, well, pushy salespeople and I actually thoroughly enjoyed my rummage around the monochrome aisles, getting more and more engrossed in the world of makeup.

I have read and seen so much about these products that they are so familiar me. It felt as if they were waving at me, welcoming me like old friends. The blushes caught my eye first and the very girly (yellow-toned) candy pink cremeblend blush in So Sweet, So easy was right down my street and up my garden path. I have used a few cream blushes in my time but I particularly liked the cremeblend creamy texture. I found it very easy to master and blend out and has great pigmentation. SOLD.

As I delved deeper and deeper into MAC land and the back of my hands and arms became cluttered with beauty swatches I stumbled upon the skincare section. The ever ominous Light shade in the BB cream was, as expected, too dark, but as luck would have it their light shade in the studio moisture tint, SPF 15 FYI, was a perfect match for my skin tone. SOLD. My dreams of taking home a tinted moisturiser once and for all, were again, coming true. I stopped breathing when the shop assistant rummaged for my shade and a sigh of relief escaped my lips when all shades were found and I was asked if there was anything else I wanted? There was, but I said no, all the same. I paid for my items and made my way back, through the crowd, and onto the street. I felt as light as air and for the first time, in what felt like an eternity, I cracked a smile. The cloud lifted and I walked back with a skip in my step and a new enthusiasm for life and my future.

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