I used to be obsessed with MAC, even way before I started this blog.
I used to follow all their new releases religiously.
Once the latest collection reached the country, I’d hunt down the items I wanted, hitting up several MAC stores back to back.
I’d haul entire collections (almost every single item) at a time!
For the past 5 year or so, my interest in MAC slowly dissipated.
I no longer kept up with their new releases. In fact, there’s currently a countdown on their website to what might possibly be a Stranger Things Collection coming soon and I could not care less.
For the past few years, I’ve rarely even set foot in a MAC store, except on very, very few occasions.
However, my beloved Mineralize Skinfinish in the shade Give Me Sun! had completely run out.
I wanted a fresh one, so I decided to order it online, from the U.S. MAC website.
That came with its own slew of issues but more on those issues at the end of this post.
Now on to the good-good!
My last order from Nordstrom, which consisted mostly of Hair Care and Perfume, was back in the beginning of the year (here).
Over the course of that same year, I’d accumulated quite a few things that I’d wanted to purchase from Nordstrom.
Now that the year was almost at an end, on Nov 30 2020 I placed yet another online order with Nordstrom.
There weren’t all that many good deals, this time around.
When I took the kids to see Toy Story 4 at Souq Sharq (fully gory deets here), we hit up Fantasy World and Bath&Body Works (dis) and MAC before the movie, and Sultan Center after the movie (dis).
I wasn’t even planning on going in to MAC (especially since I had the little monsters with me), up until I clocked the display for the crazy cute Limited Edition Fix+. One thing led to another and I ended up leaving with these 2 cuties! They were sorta’ repurchases and sorta’ not. I’m just really having a moment with all things Mini/Travel-Size! They’re cuter, cheaper (not necessarily cost-effective but whatevs) and easier to carry around or store!
Switch on electric summer feels! New naturally charged lip and eye shadows serve a wonderstruck summer of bronzing.
I had to get something from the Electric Wonder Collection, if for the pretty packaging alone!
Others can blame drugs or alcohol… In my case, I’m naturally high (on life) and clinically drunk (lack of sleep) so I can only blame myself for this mistake lol
I’d purchased MAC “Velvet Teddy” ShadeScent Eau de Parfum earlier (haulage here) and was constantly being complimented by everyone (guys, girls, randos) whenever I wore it! Other people’s opinions aside, I had fallen in love with the scent… hard! Since I couldn’t find it locally (even if it’s still in production abroad, they randomly just stop bringing stuff over), I had to start rationing what little I had left.
As luck would have it, I spotted it on Nordstrom so I figured I could keep repurchasing it in twos; one for myself (assuming I was going to run out of it pretty regularly) and one to gift to whomever had asked for it at the time (younger brother, favorite cousin, bestie, etc…). It’s touted as a dupe for Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille, but I love it because it’s different than anything I’ve ever owned up to this point. It just smells so good!
Nordstrom happened to have this promo where if you spent XYZ amount, you got a Skincare Sample Pack (some of them were one-time-use samples while others were deluxe samples), in addition to their usual Sample Pack (x5 pre-selected one-time-use samples, free with every order). Plus, if you spent XYZ amount on MAC stuff, you got a one-time use MAC Mascara (sample) and a MAC Lipstick (full size)!
More often than not, the Velvet Teddy Fragrance was usually out of stock, but once I noticed it was back in stock, even though I was on my way out (week-end), I hurriedly placed the order for what I thought was x2 Velvet Teddy Fragrances and moved a couple of random items from my wishlist (x2 Elizabeth and James Nirvana Dry Shampoo and a Voluspa Candle) to qualify for all the promos and such (I figured since I was going to be paying for shipping anyway, might as well pick up a handful of other stuff to make it worthwhile)… little did I know that they would ship the items separately lol
I spotted this cute lil display of “Little MAC” by the entrance to MAC so I decided to take some pics for my blog. I believe they have one in every branch, at this point. Each item on the display retails for KD 3/750. While I was there, I couldn’t resist purchasing a Mini Fix+ and a Mini Lipstick because… cute!
I know I’ve stated time and time again that I’m so over Lip Liners. In fact, I’m planning on getting rid of all of the Lip Liners I currently own. Every. Single. One. That’s still the plan. However, after the whole Driver’s License/Passport Photo fiasco (full deets here), I felt it was absolutely vital that I get my hands on the MAC Lip Pencil in the shade Spice! Something about this particular shade really compliments my sallow skintone! Plus, if you’re down for a little cheating (^_~) Spice is perfect for over-drawing lips (to make them look bigger). I mean, I distinctly remember Spice being incredibly flattering when paired with a wide range of Nude Lippies!
Also, for a photo meant to be used in an official document (that I was supposed to be hauling around for the next 10 years or so), Red seemed too show-y and dramatic (despite the fact that I actually ended up actually going with Red for the first round of photos lol), Orange seemed too playful, whereas Pink seemed too girly and I just don’t do Fuchsia nor Purple. Every single one of my Nude Lippies might’ve looked fine, face-to-face, but I was positive that without the help of a proper Lip Liner, they’d totally wash me out in photos. That’s precisely why I needed MAC Spice Lip Pencil. I actually already own Spice, but it seems to have gotten lost in the sea of makeup products that is my my bedroom. I’ve searched everywhere, but just can’t seem to find it. So after hitting up Sephora (haulage here) I decided to make a
quick stop at MAC to repurchase Spice!
“The Spice is life!”
I was at the Avenues finishing up some errands when the MAC Snow Ball Collection (Holiday 2017) display caught me eye (you can see the display from afar without having to actually go in, because the display is literally situated at the entrance). Usually, MAC Collections start trickling into local stores months and months after their world-wide release… if they even make it to Kuwait at all. That’s why I figured it was too soon to start stalking all the local MAC stores. I’d already left my name and phone number with the majority of the MAC stores in the country, earlier, in the hopes that they’d inform me (usually via mass text) when the MAC Snow Ball Collection would hit the local stores. I did not receive a single phone call nor text (not a one) when the collection was actually released (typical Kuwait). Since the collection had been released in Kuwait without my knowledge, a lot of the things that I had been planning on getting were already sold out! Outwardly, I might have seemed calm, but inside I was seething!
I’d really, really, really been looking forward to getting my hands on a few choice pieces from both the Core Collection (previewed here) and the Sets & Kits (previewed here) of the MAC Snow Ball Collection! I was heartbroken when the Sales Assistant told me that the both Face Bags (Sequined Rose-Gold Bag, 140 Fan Brush and Extra Dimension Skinfinish) were long gone, because I’d had my heart set on repurchasing my beloved Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension Skinfinish (previously hauled here). At least both Opalescent Highlighters were still available (surprisingly, I went for the peachier one instead) and most of the Extra Dimension Eyeshadows were still available as well so I snagged 2 of them. I even managed to find Rouge en Snow which was the only lipstick I actually really, really wanted from the Core Collection and the Candy Yum Yum Shadescents Kit (silver pouch) which besides the Face Bags was the only other Kit that I had to have from the Sets & Kits.
Honestly, it was only pure dumb luck that I happened upon the Snow Ball Collection when I did!
Equally as exciting as the Snow Ball (core) Collection (previewed here) is the Snow Ball Kits & Sets Collection! As you can tell from the promo shots, the metallic theme of the Snow Ball (core) Collection is still going strong in the Snow Ball (Kits & Sets) Collection as evident from the sequined bags with disco-ball charms dangling off of them (personally, I’m more partial to the glossy bags because they look so sleek and I find the furry charms to be absolutely adorable), everything being either in Silver, Gold, or Rose Gold. I’m an advocate for Holiday Kits & Sets (from any brand really) because A) great value for money and B) you get to try out and discover different products (that you normally wouldn’t purchase on their own) and finally C) limited edition products/packaging.
The MAC Snow Ball (Kits & Sets) Collection is huge! I’ll be going over everything in this post. Hopefully, you’ll find something that interests you, either for yourself, or as a gift for someone else. If anything catches your fancy, just google it for actual swatches (MAC Snow Ball Collection was released world-wide, in October, meaning everyone and their mother has already swatched the entire collection, at this point). Sorry for not having any proper swatches but MAC Snow Ball hasn’t been released in Kuwait yet (and probably won’t be, for a very long time lawl). Until then, I gotta’ make do with the promo shots and what passes for “swatches”. First, here’s a general over-view (I’ll go more in-depth afterwards) of all the Kits & Sets, and what they include. Enjoy!