Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The progression of my obsession

I fell for makeup like I fell for Edward Cullen - fast and hard. Truth be told, it's only been about 10 months since I entered the world of makeup obsession. Before that I wore makeup, but not often. When I did wear it, it was the same Clinique brown duo. For the life of me, I cannot remember where I placed the two colors, or what I applied them with. I think I have blocked out the awfulness of only using the same two neutral shadows every day. I shudder to think of it.

In June of 2008, my hubby and I were going to a fancy schmancy wedding in downtown Chicago. He was standing up in the wedding, and we were going to be gone for three days without the kids - imagine that. We went to the mall to do some shopping and to find some shoes I could wear to the wedding. I decided that I should visit the MAC store for some new mascara. I was only slightly familiar with MAC at that time, and only owned one product - Oh Baby lipgloss. But we were walking by the store, so I figured I'd stop in. I met one of the MUA's there - Julia. Like most of the MUA's there, she had kick ass makeup on. When I told her that I was there to find some new makeup for a wedding, she immediately started to do me over. When I looked in the mirror, I was amazed. I looked great! What I really noticed were my eyes - she used several different colors and applied them in a way that brought depth to them. I was hooked.

You know, I'm not really sure what I bought that night. But I do know that I walked out of there with a little black bag and a lot less money.

Two days later I ended up unexpectedly in the hospital for 9 days - damn gall bladder. When I finally got home, I was stuck on the couch and unable to do anything for weeks. Needless to say, I spent lots of time on the computer. Somehow I stumbled across makeupgeek.com. If you haven't checked out that site yet do it ASAP. I fell in love with the tutorials and message boards. I spent hours watching Marlena explain the art of applying makeup, and I couldn't get enough of it. I was like a sponge - trying to absorb everything I could. Then I found youtube, and it was all downhill from there.

My collection has grown by leaps and bounds since then. I would say it's about 75% MAC (my first love) and the rest is Urban Decay, Stila, Bobbi Brown, Nars, and Smashbox. I love all brands and colors, and will try anything once. I rarely find a product I don't like, and am a sucker for anything "limited edition", grey/silver eyeshadow, and pink lipgloss.

I know there's lots of others out there who are just as obsessed as I am, and who will understand how I feel. To us, makeup is like a drug - you can't go to long without it. Not that I'm into drugs, but you get the point. So fellow makeup junkies, thanks for reading and withholding judgement. Peace out junkies.

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