Non MAC, MAC haul

Yesterday lead to an impromptu shopping trip to my local Premium Outlet Stores for a friend that needed a shopping day.  I never turn down a good shopping trip!  I love this outlet venue mainly because of the The Cosmetic Company Store (CCS), the have a ton of department store makeup and fragrance at discounted prices; such as Estee Lauder, Bobby Brown, Clinique, MAC, etc.  I’m trying to improve my MAC selection, I am a MAC newbie mainly because I can never seem to find a MAC salesperson to help me and purchase something. I have been told that this products are at discounted priced because they are either discontinued colors, collections, or the packaging has been redone so they don’t sell them out the counter any longer.

After my purchase of 3 lip products, a powder, a eye shadow, and a hydrating mist, I cam home and researched what I had purchased.  Only one of the lip colors had been discontinued, the other products are all still for sale at MAC’s website so I am to assume they are the result of re-packaging. I calculated up my discount for all the products, including the discontinued lip color as just a Creamesheen Glass price, I had a savings of over $55!

The largest disadvantage to this store is they only have what they have.  You won’t always find a foundation in your color if they even have the foundation you are looking for.  So I always grab what I can when I find it, yesterday I purchased a Mineralzie Foundation/Loose in Light, right now I am medium so this is two steps down since there is Light Plus between them.  But it will be good for winter time, and I may be able to use it under eyes right now.

So if you are ever in a outlet and see an CCS I highly recommend you stop, even if MAC isn’t your brand they have several others.

I hope everyone is enjoying their Memorial Day! As a Veteran’s Wife I ask that you please remember the meaning of the day, it’s not just about the BBQ’s and Sales (all though those are quite nice).


Facial….for your back?

I regularly get facials (every 4-6 weeks) to keep my sensitive, acne prone skin in the best condition I can.  The ladies at Faces365 are great and as I was checking out last week they reminded me that they offer other services such as waxing, teeth whiting, and a back facial!  And in the moment I was all… No Thanks.  But the this week I keep catching myself picking at the acne that had formed (the result of a shampoo switch) on my upper back and across my shoulders, nothing terrible, but it is swimsuit season after all!  Also the fact that I was unconsciously picking at it was not good.  So I walked in on my lunch hour to see if I could get an appointment someday soon and lucky me there was a cancellation tonight so I got right in. I had no idea what to expect, but it was quite nice.
Basically their back facial consist of 30 minutes while the use light Swedish massage pressure motions to work with cleanser, exfoliate, and finally moisturizer.  There was a few extractions, which were needed, and she asked permission to perform.  I was slightly disappointed a Clarisonic was not used, because that is a regular instrument used for their typical facials.  But to counterbalance that disappointment was the nice surprise that it really is like a nice relaxing massage, which I was not expecting.

Not something I think I need on a regular basis, but is a nice treat to yourself this time of year.  And thank you to the always wonderful ladies that are so nice!