MAC Studded Kiss and MAC Up The Amp Swatches + How I De-stash
A few people have been wondering (incl. Tellie and Pat) where my stuff goes when I de-stash. Literally, I give most of them away. I don’t do it one go. As soon as I realize that I haven’t been using something that often or if I start feeling like I’m forcing myself to use up a product, I give it to someone else. The sooner I give something away, the more time that someone will have to play with it. Most of the stuff goes to my mom and friends, in either of the following:
If it’s a color that doesn’t work on my skin tone, I usually give it to my mom. What looks good on her usually doesn’t look good on me and vice versa.
If I hear a friend mention that she wants to try a particular product (and it so happens that I own it, and haven’t been using it), I give it to her as soon as we meet.
If I end up not liking something, I give it away to a friend who might like it more than I do. I base it on what I remember them buying.
Sometimes, especially if the product is expensive and barely used, friends would offer to buy it instead. I usually refuse payment if I’m the one who offered to give it them, but If I know that arguing would be futile, I sell the stuff at a really ‘friendly’ price.
I also hold flash sales on Instagram. But that happens very rarely because I’m usually too lazy to deal with haggling, answering questions, and shipping.
There was also a time when a friend/ officemate offered to buy the lipsticks I haven’t been using. She just recently discovered the fun of wearing makeup and I was, coincidentally, ruthlessly de-stashing.
Now, on to the lipsticks. It’s not a ‘throwback’ if I haven’t worn them in any of my internets, is it? (Sorry guys, I need to brush up on internet-y words).
I was cleaning files when I saw photos of me wearing Up The Amp (amplified, permanent) and Studded Kiss (matte, limited edition). I forgot that I was supposed to write about them before I let them go.
MAC Up The Amp
I bought this because I couldn’t find Riri Boy — and Up The Amp was said to be a dupe, color-wise.
Up The Amp makes my teeth look insanely yellow — I don’t care. I love the color. But at the end of the day, I don’t tend to pick up non-matte lipsticks so I let go.
MAC Studded Kiss (Punk Couture Collection)
Please excuse the awkward-looking lips and the sloppy application. Can you tell that I tightlined? No? Welcome to my life.
This is one of the stuff I let go of when I decided to keep just one of all lipsticks that basically look the same on my face. When worn, I can’t tell Studded Kiss and Fixed on Drama apart. I chose to keep the latter.
My problem with Studded Kiss is its tendency to move around my lips and clump to specific areas — like that in the photo (the sloppiness was intentional… not!). I hate it when it does that. I want nothing short of even application. Although, I think it’s not the lipstick’s fault — it’s the anatomy of my lips. The new happy owner of this lipstick doesn’t seem to have the same problem.
I’ve been lusting over Lipstick Queen’s Velvet Rope lipstick line… Help me.