Sunday, January 22, 2012

Who Doesn't Love a Good Bargain?! (pt. 2)


 
Hi guys :)) The above pic is a collection of current MAC lipsticks from my recent Cosmetics Company Outlet MAC mini-haul. As you know, I've been spending some time in PA, so whenever I'm there, I go on a makeup shopping binge at this amazing discount cosmetics store. The CCO carries many luxury brands including MAC, Bobbi Brown, Clinique, etc. and is usually stocked with discontinued or overstocked products. Every now and then, however, the outlet gets a shipment of current, highly sought-after items, such as Impassioned lipstick--I can't tell you how many times it's been sold out at my local MAC counter--and now, I CAN FINALLY CALL MYSELF A PROUD OWNER!!! YES!!! Anyway, I really feel like I made out like a makeup bandit, so I had to share this proud moment with you guys :)) 

P. S. I've blogged about the CCO before, but this is the first time I discovered items that are so current and in-demand. So, if you live in the States and have been looking for some Violetta or Impassioned, now you know where to go :))



Keep reading to see the rest of my haulage!!




The lipsticks I got cost $10.25 at the CCO, saving me over $4 per lipstick. I prefer the amplified creme finish the most--I think most people do, it's the best for your buck--and this time, all four lipsticks I purchased are indeed amplified... yay!!
  • Violetta--amplified creme-- I first saw this one on my beauty blogger friend Nancy and had to have it immediately. The shade is a warm violet-purple with an iridescent sheen and subtle two-tone shimmer. I'm pretty sure this lipstick would look great on most skin tones, especially on girls with green eyes, the only question is: do you dare? pfff... I sure as heck do!!
  • Gaga 2--amplified creme-- Another "corpse bride" type of color that may not be for everyone's taste, but I friggin' love it!!! I'm big into nudes and beiges, and this Viva Glam lipstick from the Lady Gaga 2 Collection is all that and then some. Since this color is on the pale side of beige, my winter skin is probably the darkest skin tone that could handle a lipstick this light. I definitely can't see myself wearing this when I'm tan; but, since it's snowing out, why NOT :))
  • Impassioned--amplified creme-- I've been wanting this lipstick since I saw it on my fellow beauty bloggers Laiqah and Lilit (you can read my frantic comments on their blog posts). Let me tell you, Impassioned is even more gorgeous and perfect than I imagined it would be... it is one of those colors that beautifies and lifts the face in an instant. I'd describe it as part watermelon, part pink, and a whole lotta fresh and juicy!! yeah, sounds about right...
  • Morange--amplified creme-- This awesome hot orange lipstick has been on my wish list for quite some time. I've seen it on the pages of many beauty bloggers, worn by Asian and darker skin toned girls alike, and I have to say, I'm a huge fan. I'd love to pair Morange with a slick cat eye, a big high bun and a white tee. I can't wait till spring!!
 
Here I am, proudly wearing my new Gaga 2 over NYX lipliner in Natural :)) I know it's quite light, especially considering my minimal makeup in the picture, but just imagine it paired with a dramatic smokey eye or a colorful eyeshadow combo. I think it would work quite nicely :))

My Russian-style hat thingy is really my rabbit-fur scarf, I've been wearing it incessantly, like a true Russky... sue me!

 
Last but not least: MAC Smokey Thrillseekers pigments / glitter set, also begotten from my beloved CCO :))) At 2.5 g each, these containers are smaller than full size pigments, but are absolutely worth it (even at the original price of $32, as one full size goes for nearly $20), though I was lucky to get this whole set for $22.75 or less than $5 per pigment. SCORE!!!

    •  Left to right: Naked, Jigs & Jive, Dark Soul, Blue Brown, Reflects Blackened Red (glitter)
I'll do the swatches and makeup looks using the lipsticks and pigments in the upcoming posts, so stick around :)) For now, a trivia question: 

Who recognizes these famous stairs and can tell me which American city they're located in?
bisous,

Maryam Maquillage





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56 comments:

  1. Impassioned will look AMAZING on you!! And Blue Brown is such a pretty shade on darker skin!

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  2. Nice haul! I have Impassioned and Gaga 2 and love them both! I've never been to a CCO but I'm definitely going to look for one my next trip to the US. I'm on a hunt for VG Cyndi

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  3. I envy you! I wish I could buy MAC cosmetics:(( booo
    I love the purple one!

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  4. Are those the stairs from Rocky?? ADRIAN!! Haha

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  5. I'm so jealous of the CCO place! I don't live near anywhere like that, or even a MAC counter.

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  6. Wow! All items are truly gorgeous! Good for you! :-)

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  7. Thanks for the mention beautiful :)
    I wish we had a CCO here in SA, I would probably go nuts. Another reason (added to my already long list) to visit the States one day :)
    I can't wait to see you wear Impassioned... I can only imagine how AMAZING it would look on you!
    XO

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    1. thanks love!! I hope I can do the Impassioned proud, like you have hahaha :)

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  8. ooooh love them all the gaga won is my favorite I cant wait to see you in all of them

    xoxo

    jeimy

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  9. Great stuff, I saw I few things that I would like to get for myself :)

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  10. I love all of them. It's a great haul. They all do look great. I love mac.

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  11. What a big coincidence. I've been talking on and on about the Morange lipstick.
    I'm glad you did this post giving me a lil more incentive to buy it
    Would be perfecft for summer :)
    Would you mind telling me what OCC you went to?

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  12. I had no idea there were CCOs in PA. Shows how much I know! I mean, I'm two or so hours driving distance away from at least three of them! Holy crap! Don't tell my husband!

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  13. So much love for Impassioned <3

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  14. Gorgeous all around! I'm sure I'd own more MAC if I could find deals on it!

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  15. awesome haul and it's crazy how cheaper they are. I've never been to a CCO and I really should go, like now! lol.

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  16. amplified creme is my favorite finish! I have morange, gaga 2, and violetta :)

    Love at first site! Great picks ;) :)

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  17. Thanks for that. I thought there was one in NJ thats why i asked.
    PS. Still dont know which famous stairs those are

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  18. Those are the stair Rocky ran up! Somewhere in Philly right? anyways, love impassioned!!

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  19. You got some steals on this trip! I haven't been to the CCO in a few months (it's over an hour away from me). I hope to make another trip next month. Maybe I'll get lucky and score like you did!

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  20. great buys at the cco!! You even look gorgeous in the cols weather...my hair would be all over the place!! lol

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  21. I wish I had a CCO here. The closest one around me is in the next state over :P. You got some great finds there. I love the pigments especially.

    Xo

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  22. We don't have that here, just popping in to tell you how pretty you look (again, boring old me, I know) and to fawn over the nude lips. As you were.

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  23. WOW! I really like impassioned and gaga 2. Great haul! :) xx

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  24. Aaghh you finally got Impassioned, yeay! I'm sure you are going to love it, and seriously those are some great bargains you got there! xo

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  25. OMG!!..It's heaven.. Love your hauls hun.. That what we call bargains..^_^..

    By the way Angiepink here.. I'm using my new blog, the old one i have deleted it..

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  26. beautiful outfit! I love it!!
    I follow u, follow me please
    And I ask you if follow me also here because my google give me a problems :((
    BLOGLOVIN

    ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

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    Erika
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  27. i almost buy some mac makeup the other day but they don't have the colors i want... i'd love to have those glitter one!!!
    you're so cute in that last pic.. i can see how cold over there!!!
    xoxo, Haus of Gala

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  28. Wow great haul. Impassioned looks amazing

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  29. I love that Morange colour. And the Violetta one! Looks like you got some high SCORE lol!
    Phlox

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  30. hey lovely! I love your blog, I followed. Check out mine if you have time. Have a great day! xoxo

    rosevioletsem.blogspot.com

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  31. i just discover your blog, it´s fantastic!!!!i follow you, you inspired me for my make-up!!!!!kisses from spain.

    www.beatsandchic.blogspot.com

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  32. Morange colour is my fav!
    And you look so sweet in that photo ;)
    XOXO
    Ylenia

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  33. Great finds!!! I have Impassioned and rarely use it, what's wrong with me?!? I need to do a look with it stat. I'm obsessed with nude lips too, you rock it!(as usual)

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  34. omg these all look great.. love them lipsticks!! thanks for the sweet comment.. take care .. x

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  35. i want those gaga lipstick!! feel free to check out mine too!

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  36. Ohhh great haul. I love brand name makeup especially when you can buy it for a discount.

    Love the lipsticks. Thanks for sharing.

    http://myminibag.blogspot.com/

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  37. I loooove Gaga 2. I love when it is layered with a creamy, milky pink like the original Gaga--together it creates a lovely beige-pink-nude lip!

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  38. i can't wait to see them all on your lips :*

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  39. Beautiful colors! Impassioned is my fave!!

    I love the pictures. Thanks for posting!

    xoxo Aisha

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  40. Ahh! What an amazing deal! I can't wait to see how amazing these will look on you...especially the Morange!

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  41. The impassioned and morange look great!

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  42. just gave you an award on my blog <3
    http://marlaandmakeup.blogspot.com/2012/01/top-10-beauty-blogger-award.html

    Cant wait to see you wear these btw!

    - marla

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  43. I LOVE Impassioned! I've been wanting to try that for the longest time now! :D

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  44. I have all of these things except Impassioned and I paid in full for them :( Boooo, I wish we had CCO here!

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  45. That is one FABULOUS color on you! I can't wait to try it myself! I love that the rest of your look is so simple so the lip pie really shines :) nice blog :)

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  46. omg thats a bargain! Great colors babe! I need to find a MAC Outlet in Illinois :/

    http://www.stylewithhilda.com

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  47. I love violetta! And I have wanted Morange for some time now ^_^

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  48. I love Impassioned as well! I'm heading out to my local CCO soon and I'm sooo hoping that I can find Violetta! I've been wanting it for some time now!

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