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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

MAC Matters! Building a Core MAC Collection with (less than) $21 a Month!

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It is time for a "MAC Matters: Build a Core MAC Collection with (less than) $21 a Month" update!!! 

This series was born when I realized that I could build up a great Core Collection with (less than) the cost of my most expensive monthly beauty sample subscription. So, I cancelled said subscription and put my theory to the test.

Don't get me wrong...I still love beauty sample subscriptions! I continue to subscribe to 3 beauty box subscriptions and I continue to get press samples from various beauty box subscriptions as well. For me, this MAC Matters Challenge is just a fun experiment to help me curb some of my beauty spending. I find that I am spending very wisely when MAC shopping for this challenge. Plus, the items that I have purchased are things that I truly love! No matter what your stance is on beauty boxes, a well researched purchase of a needed makeup item is always a good idea. If beauty box samples are just cluttering up your makeup drawers, then you might consider this challenge! :)

Some of you that have joined me in this challenge have cancelled a beauty box to do this challenge and some have not. You can certainly join in and do the challenge in addition to having a beauty subscription! So, no matter what your method, I think you will be thrilled with what you can do with an average of $21 a month at MAC (or any of your favorite brands)!

A few other amazing bloggers like Quinn from Mama Fashionista and Rachel from Rachel Makeup & Skincare have joined me in this challenge! Be sure to visit their links to see how they are doing on this challenge! :)  Join if you like! I just ask that you link back to me in your post as the creator of this challenge. :)
The Challenge Rules:
Build a MAC Collection using an average of $21.00 per month:
  • Purchase at least one item a month: If the item is under $20, save the remainder for the next month. While there are many items priced under $20, there are plenty that are over the $20 range that can be "saved" for. 
  • Do a monthly blog posts for one year to share what you get. Lets see what kind of core collections we can build in a years time! 
  • To coordinate with my "Build a Core MAC Collection" purchases, I will also be posting "MAC Matters: From the Stash" reviews! These "stash" items are MAC items that I love that are already in my makeup collection. Some months, I will be "saving" my $21 to go towards a bigger MAC purchase. This is when you will most likely see the "stash" posts. Or, I might include a "stash" item mini review within my "Build a Core MAC Collection" posts because if you are reading this because you want to build your own MAC collection, you might enjoy reading about what I am already using and loving! 
  • If this series is popular, I will repeat the series with another brand upon completion of 12 months with MAC. 
  • If you decide to join this challenge: Please be sure to include a link back to my blog in your post crediting me as the creator of this challenge! :) Also, feel free to send me your links to your MAC Matters posts that I can include in my monthly postings.  
  • Note: You do not have to cancel your monthly beauty sample subscription to join in! You can certainly do this challenge *in addition* to being a beauty sample subscriber! The whole point is just to see what you can do with *the same* amount of money that you might spend on a $20 monthly beauty box. :) 
If you missed my previous MAC Matters Challenges, please check them out here:  Be sure to check out: MAC Matters: Building a Core MAC Collection with $21 a Month (Intro Post), MAC Matters November 2012MAC Matters December 2012 , January 2013 MAC Matters, February 2013 MAC Matters Challenge, and March 2013 MAC Matters Challenge

Find out what I got this month: April 2013!

MAC Matters: April 2013 Purchase!
This month I purchased a MAC Pressed Pigment!!! Honestly, I had intentions of getting something completely different (I won't tell you what it was as I will likely get it next month for the challenge); but, when I got in the store, this pigment just looked so beautiful that I had to get it!!!

MAC Pressed Pigment in "Light Touch":
Wow! This is sooooo gorgeous! Like the name states, this is a pressed pigment powder. Actually, the texture reminds me a lot of L'Oreal's Infallible Shadows (which are also pressed pigments). It is a super-duper shimmery metallic champagne. It is absolutely one of the most metallic looking shadows that I have ever seen. It packs so much sparkle and shine that it almost looks wet. This is absolutely gorgeous on the lid. I just love it!!! I feel that I have been looking for the perfect shimmery champagne lid shade for ages. I think I might have finally found the perfect one with MAC's Light Touch! Yay!!!

My MAC Matters Challenge Purchase Breakdown:
Remainder from previous month: $10.48
March Allowance: $21.00
Total to Spend in March: $31.48
Purchase: MAC Pressed Pigment in "Light Touch" $21
Total: $21
Remainder for Next Month (to carry over): $10.48

My Cumulative MAC Matters Core Collection: 
Now this is the fun part, ya'll!!! Lets take a look at what I have collected since starting this challenge!!! :) I totally love and adore everything that I have gotten so far!!!

November 2012: MAC Syrup Lipstick
December 2012: MAC Well Dressed Blush
January 2013: MAC 4 Pan Shadow Palette
and MAC Pan Eye Shadow in White Frost
February 2013: MAC Pro Pan Eyeshadows in Satin Taupe and Embark
March 2013: MAC Pro Pan Eyeshadow in Jest
April 2013: MAC Pressed Pigment in Light Touch

Check out some of my all-time favorite products from MAC:

Be sure to check out my fellow bloggers who have joined in the Challenge! Here are some links! :) Quinn from Mama Fashionista  (fellow MABB, BBC, and Blogazon girl!) and fellow Blogazon Rachael from Rachael Makeup and Skincare.

I just love what I got this month!!! Any recommendations for me for next month? I suppose I should get a lipgloss? Or a face product? Maybe a highlighter??? 

This MAC Matters Challenge is so fun! Thank you so much for following me along on this journey! As always, thanks for reading!



Bailey said...

This is a really great post/series

I see readers/bloggers comment about not having a MAC collection because of the price, but if you're buying a lot of 'budget' brands all the time, you could have just slowly curated a really great core MAC collection and not have spent as much as you'd think. If that makes any sense!

Unknown said...

@Bailey-Hey girl!!! Thank you! :) That is so true...if you buy a ton of budget cosmetics it really does add up over time. :)

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