OK. So, you might not believe this, but two weeks ago was the first time I'd ever been into a MAC store or bought any MAC products. As far as makeup goes, I've never really been that enthusiastic about it. Until now that is. I've discovered a passion for makeup and beauty products that I never new I had. You see, I've never been the type to wear a lot of makeup. In fact, I don't wear any on a daily basis. I can easily and confidently go out without any on and not feel self-conscious.
You might remember the post I did on red lipstick for black women, well, that was when I took my first visit into the wonderful world of MAC.
Of course I've been into make-up stores before and have had testings etc etc. I've got some Fashion Fair, Iman, Mary Kay, L'Oréal stuff but I'm by far what you would call a makeup junky. It's fair to say that I'm at the other end of that spectrum.
I normally go for a simple light coating of foundation, eyeliner, mascara and a little blush with an occasional application of lipgloss. Simple enough.
I kind of feel like a pre-pubescent school girl who's desperate to learn about makeup and try out loads of products. I'm ashamed. I'm in my twenties and I've got so much to learn about makeup. I don't even have a makeup brush set. That's how uninterested I used to be when it came to makeup.
So anyway, back to my visit. I was fourth in the queue to see a MAC beautician. While I waited half an hour I tried on a few lipsticks. I was unfortunate to be given a sales assistant who just said to me "OK babe, go and sit over there and try those ones out and let me know what you think. I'll be back." Before I knew it, she'd disappeared and was serving someone else. What! Was that what I waited half an hour for? To be told something I was already doing anyway?! The understanding side of me was empathetic to the fact that they were a little rushed but the consumer in me was disgusted by the customer service (or lack of) she gave me. Nonetheless, I'll be going there early one morning when they're less busy so I can test more products and have a good chat about the ins and outs about makeup *BBM can't watch face*.
Before purchasing, the woman who was supposed to be helping me gave me her name on a piece of paper to give at the till. I felt like ripping it up because she hadn't assisted me at all (she hadn't given me tips on things like how to select what suits me, how apply my lip liner etc) Instead, during my visit, another member of staff (who I so wish I had gotten paired with) had helped me out in between serving her own clients. Here's what I bought in the end:
Don't get me wrong, I still stand by the rule that less is more and staying as natural or subtle-looking is the best way to go. I think makeup (for me, anyway) should be about enhancing the features you already have, rather than applying so much on that you look like a totally different person.
I'll be doing a feature in the coming days about what's currently in my makeup bag. And don't laugh. Promise?
When did you first find a 'love' or interest for makeup? What is your favourite makeup brand or product?