If you happen to be within driving distance of the Greater Philadelphia Chelsea Outlets I recommend hitting up the Cosmetics Company Outlet (CCO) for some fun and discounted MAC, Clinique and Bobbi Brown finds. I have also seen Smashbox, Origins, Ojon, Estee Lauder and more showcased there. I like CCO's because they are cheap and cheerful. And, if you know your MAC, you can find some awesome discontinued products from old collections. I hauled these three products for $30 - see why I enjoy CCO's - and they all have plans for being included in my Fall 2012 staple makeup.
I purchased the following:
Clinique High Impact Mascara in Black
MAC Modern Mocha Pro Longwear Lipstain Marker
MAC Black Line Intense Pearlglide Eye Liner
Black Line is a staple eyeliner of mine. I use it everyday I don't wear winged liner, I like to line my eyes with it and then take a pencil brush and blend it out. I keep layering and doing this technique until I feel that my eyes are sufficiently lined. Then I whack on some mascara, and boom. Easy eye makeup, a subtle way to be a glittery adult.
Modern Mocha was a purchase I made because brown lipstain markers intrigue me. I never buy drugstore ones because I find the browns/ neutrals to be unpigmented. Since this was discounted, I decided to jump in! I really like it. It's actually a really nice My Lips Butter Better lip color that goes on smoothly and evenly. It's great for a person like me, who tends to be absent minded with lip products, but knows her face needs a little definition in the lip area. It's not too much or too little, it's just right.
High Impact is a good foundation mascara. I'm a compulsive layer-er, and rarely am impressed with one coat of any mascara. I tend to use a combo of at least two to get length, volume and blackness. I'm a fan of super dark eyelashes. Anyways, High Impact is a decent lengthening and curling mascara. I layer UD Big Fatty over it for the extra sooty look, and to make it smudgeproof. I like it, it performs just as well as higher end mascaras for cheaper because I bought it at a CCO!