Friday, 27 September 2013

TAG: How much is my Saturday night face worth?

Today's SBBC challenge is encouraging me to talk about my most expensive piece of makeup, but instead of talking about my most expensive piece of makeup, I am going to use the opportunity instead to take part in a fun tag which I first spotted on Makeup by Lauren Marie if you haven't read that post yet, check it out here. Basically you just add up the cost of a face of makeup- or the cost of how much it takes to apply a full face of makeup. I am almost afraid to tot this up because I think it will scare me senseless but I am going to justify any figure by cost per use and make myself feel better. Just sayin'! 

The products above are fairly typical of a Saturday night face for me, and even though I do not wear the same makeup every Saturday night, it pretty much always involves some version of a smoky eye and a pink lip. I do tend to mix higher end products with drugstore or highstreet items so this would be an accurate reflexion of the balance.

Make Up Forever HD Primer- €30.50

Estee Lauder Double Wear (I am choosing not to include the price of the pump!)- €32.59

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer- €8.99

Yves St. Laurent Touche Eclat- €35.50

Catrice Allround Concealer Palette- €3.99

MAC Studio Fix Powder- €31.00

Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel- €38.50

MAC Soft and Gentle Highlighter- €28

NARS Blush in Deep Throat- €30.00

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Immortal Charcoal- €7.49

Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner- €22.00

Urban Decay Smoked Eyeshadow Palette- €40.00

Soap & Glory Lid Stuff Eye Palette in Smokey Dokey- €14.50

Urban Decay Supercurl Curling Mascara- €22.00

ELF False Lashes in Natural Black- €1.70

Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm- €11.50

NYC Expert Last Lip Color in Blue Rose- €2.99

Total cost of my Saturday night comes in at:

€361.25

Well that has me well and truly depressed to think that just one of my looks costs over €360 to create if I had to go to the stores/go online to pick out products now. That seems like such a big number, and in my head I didn't think it would be much over the €200 mark!

So with my head held low, I tag ye all to do this and just see how much buckaroonies your face costs you! 


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Thursday, 26 September 2013

Some of my favourite songs #1

I have never done a post like this before. It's not that I don't like music, I love listening to music. I always have a music machine in my midst, and there are some things I just cannot do without musical accompaniment. It's just that I know that I have an eclectic taste, I listen to what I enjoy, and I often attract ridicule as to my song choices. My Ipods, Iphone and CD collection are definitely a mixed lot, and I am forever making theme playlists- i.e. morning songs, evening songs, driving songs, singing songs, etc. There are a million different ways to approach a post about a song that means alot to you but what I am going to do is pick ten songs that feature on my Recently Played playlist pretty much all the time. I love rap, R&B and Reggae the most, but I don't really discriminate against any type of music and I don't restrict myself. I love musicals and the Eurovision, so I have lots of that on my Ipod. I love music from the 60s and 80s especially, and alot of the older classic bands are some of my most favourite picks. I cannot define my music tastes any more other than I like what I like and I don't feel like I have to justify or elaborate anymore than that.

The songs below are just a random selection of my favourites and are not a comprehensive list.


Ester Dean ft Chris Brown- Drop it Low


Fatboy Slim- Gangster Trippin' 



LMFAO- Sexy and I Know It


Counting Crows ft. Vanessa Carlton- Big Yellow Taxi


The Clash- I Fought the Law


Nicki Minaj- Super Bass


Youssou N'Dour and Neneh Cherry- Seven Seconds Away


Bob Marley & the Wailers- Could You Be Loved


The Ting Tings- Shut Up and Let Me Go


Dan le Sac v Scroobius Pip- Look for the Woman

I could literally go on for ions and pick out millions of songs but I will leave it at that for now! 

Are any of these songs on your playlists? 
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Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Confessions of a Shopaholic- my favourite physical and webular shopping destinations

You know the slogan 'shopping is my cardio'? Well that could be my mantra. Nothing makes me happier than perusing the rails and shelves and displays in a shop, or by filling up my online shopping cart with beautiful things. I even enjoy grocery shopping. Something about the new and shininess of everything gives me such joy. I love watching haul vids and reading haul posts because I feel like I am vicariously shopping through them.
Now I don't love all types of shopping. I do not purchase any clothes online- I have never yet to this day ever bought a garment online. I don't like clothes shopping, I find it highly stressful, I never find anything that fits, I have to try on everything all the time and sometimes queues for dressing rooms can be manic. Clothes shopping is not an enjoyable experience for me because it requires alot of work. Shopping for pretty things however is one of the things that brings me more pleasure than I can even express. Instore or online, it's all good. Along with loving shopping, I also love getting a bargain, so any discount codes or special promotions, I am all over it!

I don't know what way to approach this SBBC post without keeping you here for a whole day, so I'll very briefly run through my favourite shops and my favourite websites. This is by no means an exclusive list and I am sure that I am probably forgetting loads of different places that I go to but it's just a little insight.

Shops:

How I love popping into Boots and racing around the aisles looking at all the beauty booty that they have to offer. I could literally spend hours browsing in that store. Home to exclusive brands like No.7 and Natural Collection, this store definitely offers unique products, and this coupled with the extremely generous Loyalty Card system where you get 4 points per euro on an average day, never mind when there are any instore promotions or offers going on, and you can cash in these points for products, including luxury brands like Chanel, Benefit, Estee Lauder, Clinique, Clarins etc. My local Boots is the one in Dundrum Shopping Centre, and that is a very fine Boots indeed, but my all time favourite has to be the plaza in Liffey Valley- if you have never been to it, you need to get there, it's only fabulous!


Superdrug- I also love Superdrug for spotting new products. I prefer Superdrug in Northern Ireland or the UK, but even the Irish ones provide us with brands that we could not get elsewhere, including MUA and 2True. Superdrug do regular 3 for 2 promotions on cosmetics, and house the best hot cloth cleanser I have ever tried.

 

Again, I have yet to come across a beauty lover who is not enchanted by the decadent displays on offer in Brown Thomas or it's sister ship BT2. I can't even begin to justify the amount of time and money that I have spent in this place, but suffice to say, it's my go-to beauty shop. Every so often they do great promotions like spend €75 in beauty and get a €15 voucher, all comes together very nicely!


I know these are two separate entities but I associate one with the other because when I pop into one in Dundrum, I pop into the other (they're so goddamn close to each other!). The Beauty Hall in House of Fraser is a truly magical place, and altogether alot easier to navigate than BT which is usually jammers. The area is nice and bright and the sales staff aren't pushy. I love how everything is displayed, how there are samples of pretty much everything. They have a great Origins display at the end of the store and a new Clarisonic counter which I have yet to stalk! Harvey Nicks is just around the corner and this is another little haven of loveliness where you can pick up anything from Benefit or Stila to fancy schmancy skincare products in SpaceNK. If you're in Dundrum, I definitely recommend that you check it out!


As if the smell of those fresh handmade cosmetics half way up Grafton Street wasn't enough to tempt me, the colourful displays and samples a-plenty might! I do find shopping in Lush mildly irritating when about 5 members of staff are eyeing you up at any given time just hoping that you will give them the sale, but all in all,I think shopping in Lush is a pleasurable experience. I love going around all the different displays, having a sniff and whiff and a read as I go along, and I learn something new everytime I go in there. Also, I always ask for a sample whenever I am paying at the tills and I've gotten some real beauts over the years- it was actually a sample of Karma soap at the till that started my Karma obsession all those years ago. 


Again, I count these as one and the same, and any time I go to Paris, I make a beeline straight for the Champs-Elysées to these beauty superstores. Marionnaud is a French skincare haven- it had the most impressive selection of Bioderma products that I have ever seen, not to mention La Roche Posay, Nuxe, Caudalie, Vichy etc- and they are significantly cheaper than they are here or online. Marionnaud also do perfumes and some cosmetics, shampoo, etc. As for Sephora - there are not enough words to describe how much I love this place - you are greeted by a 100 litre bottle of Chanel No.5 when you get in the door, the store is absolutely gargantuan and everything looks so pretty. I could happily spend hours, and I have been parked here on occasion whilst friends have scooted off to do sightseeing around Paris or grab something to eat. 

 

Slightly less glamorous than Sephora and Marionnaud but great haunts for beauty lovers all the same are McCabes and Sam McCauley pharmacies. They are both very similar in terms of their offerings- often carrying products significantly cheaper than in Boots (i.e. Tangle Teezer in Boots= €15.99/ same Tangle Teezer in McCabes = €10.16). Trips are always interesting, and in recent months I have discovered lots of new brands in these pharmacies, including Balmi and Byphasse. Don't underestimate the smaller pharmacies in your 'hood is all I can say about these guys!)

Websites:
I own alot of Kerastase and I picked up at least 50% of it from HQ Hair over the years. Not only is international delivery free on everything on their website, but they also run great promotions and gift with purchase options. I have bought Nars, Urban Decay, Redken, Kerastase etc from this site for great prices and I couldn't recommend it more. Also, they throw in freebies with orders so that is another major plus, I'm all about the nice touches!


As soon as Parcel Motel came into my life, I began looking to UK sites in search of better bang for buck. One site that I have found to be significantly more lucrative is the UK The Body Shop website. They very often have promotions of 40-50% off the whole online store, which means you can pick up all your favourites for a fraction of the price you would pay walking into a store here in Ireland, or even purchasing off the Irish website. I don't put in a Body Shop haul very often because I do like calling into the store and I think the staff are great, but it's definitely worth bearing in mind if you are a Body Shop enthusiast.


Cloud 10 Beauty is one of my favourite online haunts also. I actually put up a Cloud 10 wishlist last week and made my order on the same day, and it arrived the following day- can you believe that for customer service. The customer service is top notch, they always answer questions really quickly, and the dispatch time is double quick. They have a ton of amazing brands on their books, including Sleek, Murad, REN, Real Techniques, Sigma etc. They also let you select your own samples which is beyond cool, last week I picked up some Ren samples and a Glitter sleep in roller and I was chuffed with them. Everything about the site and the experience is so easy, and I couldn't recommend or support them enough.

Another online Irish beauty provider is Beauty Emporium, and I am a fan. Not only do they offer free shipping if you spend more than €20, but they also dispatch items super quickly. They have quite a selection of products, from Sleek, NYX, Essie, China Glaze, OPI etc, and all at very reasonable prices. They have also just started stocking Good Things skincare in recent weeks so I am looking forward to trying a bitta that!


This is almost a no-brainer. I don't know who doesn't love ebay! You can probably buy anything on ebay, and if you do your homework, you can also get a real bargain. It's really handy for finding things that you would not be able to get anywhere else. I have never had any problems at all with using ebay.
The nerd in me loves Amazon for books, CDs, DVDs and stuff for my iphone or computer. They do an amazing range of gear and offer free super save delivery with minimum purchase amount which is very handy indeed.


I blogged a few months back about the bargainous Essie and Dainty Doll products that I picked up in my first order for Fragrance Direct, and I made another Essie haul since posting that. With Parcel Motel, the shipping is really inexpensive and the products some really well wrapped.


These US sites are where I get my Wet n'Wild and NYX cosmetics and you can also pick up some other brands that are exclusive to the US. Shipping is not too extortionate when you convert it to euro, esp if you are getting a few items.

This post was just a small insight into my shopping habits! Would love to know your experience of any of these stores or if there is somewhere on your list that you think should be on my list too!





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Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Brand Highlight- Origins

Today's SBBC post obliges me to talk about a particular brand and how I have found their products so far, and what I would still like to try. Skincare is something that I am really researching at the minute so I thought I would deviate from my usual cosmetics posts and talk about some skincare products that I have been lurving at the moment.

Origins is skincare brand that I had wanted to try out for the longest time. I researched online, thought about what would suit my skintype, and what problem areas I needed to address. I finally bit the bullet and purchased some items in Boots in Liffey Valley over a month ago, and I have been using the products steadily since. I by no means have a vast collection of products yet, but I am so impressed by what I have purchased so far that I will definitely do my research and see what else would suit my skin. 


Origins pride themselves on high performance natural skincare that is both powered by nature and proven by science, and use plant extracts and natural essential oils in their formulations. On their website (www.origins.com), they have a little skincare advisor where you can upload your photo and assess your skin type online, and they will recommend the products that they think would be best. I think that this is a nice touch for people who are still learning about skincare like I am myself.



The first thing of note is their 'GinZing' Refreshing Eye Cream. I picked this up because I needed a new eyecream and I swear when I swatched this on my hand in the store, my skin tingled a little, like magic! And so I was suckered in!
It promises to brighten and depuff. Now whatever about the depuffing (my eyes haven't puffed in a while so I can't really give a concrete opinion on that), this cream certainly brightens, and I like to use this first thing every morning with my moisturiser before I put on any concealer. Some days, I even feel like I can get away without using concealer under my eyes, so that must definitely be a good sign.
It feels really nice, not oily, and sinks into my delicate undereye skin quickly with absolutely no irritation (my eyes are severely sensitive).
There is a little bit of a shimmer to this which I don't really mind. I also mix a little of this with concealer if I feel like my undereyes are particularly dry looking and it works a treat.
Overall, I don't love it as much as my HG eye cream which is the Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream (but I really love that a lot). I'm not sure whether I will repurchase this or not, I use it every morning and I cannot seem to make a dent in it because a little goes a long long way, but I am more than happy to use this up.
I really like this, and I am looking forward to continuing to use it.

I also have two masks and an exfoliating scrub from the line also. I was very eager to try out their masks because I had heard so much about them over the last few years from various blogs and Youtubers.



Origins 'Clear Improvement' is an active charcoal mask to clear pores. I love this mask and I use this once or twice a week depending on how clogged I think my pores are. 
It smells charcoal-y, there is no denying that, but I don't find it offensive or offputting. 
It is a really thick shiny grey thick cream like substance and as it dries on your face, it becomes more mattified and lighter in colour. 
Depending on how much you lather on your face, your facial movements are not overly restrictive, and this is also nice and easy to remove (I use a muslin cloth and warm water). 
My skin feels absolutely amazing after using these- my pores are so incredibly clean and clear and my face just feels spotless (you know that lovely spotlessly clean face feeling- oh yes). 
What's more, because of my awkward combination dehydrated/oily skin, I was worried this would zap or stick to my dry patches, but it does not cause them any irritation at all. 
The mask contains activated charcoal, white china clay and lecithin to remove all the stuff clogging your skin and claims to help your skin 'breath a sigh of relief'.
I'll definitely repurchase this and use it a few times a week to keep my pores nice and clean, and if you are looking for something to remove all the environmental toxins, dirt and other skin pollution from your pores, this is definitely one to have in your skincare armory. 


Origins 'Drink Up Intensive' has been a godsend for my dry patches. I had been wanting to try this for the longest time. I put a layer of this on my freshly washed and exfoliated face before bed once or twice a week, wake up in the morning, rinse my face and hey presto, I have hydrated skin. My skin literally does drink this up, it's uncanny.
The thought of this working it's hydrating magic on my skin overnight makes me feel really gleeful- it's like Origins know that I love multitasking, and what's better than looking after your skin whilst you sleep.
It has a smell but that fades a bit as the time passes. I usually apply a layer of this to my face and let it sink in before I hit the pillow, and I haven't noticed any pillow residue in the time that I have been using this.
Ironically though, even though it feels very comfortable and not greasy or sticky on the face, I find that my hands feel very sticking after using this and I can never wash them quickly enough.
I apply this to all parts of my face and whilst it hydrates my dry patches, it doesn't make my oily patches any oilier.
This mask contains apricot kernel oil, avocado and Japanese seaweed to conquer dehydration and repair skins barriers and tackling premature aging. If you have dry skin or dry patches, definitely try this mask out!

 

Origins Modern Friction is, without a shadow of a doubt, the best facial exfoliating scrub I have ever used. Rice starch, lemon oil and aloe all combine to effectively remove dead skin cells without causing any inflammation or irritation to the skin. 
Origins call this product 'nature's gentle dermabrasion' but don't be fooled into thinking that because it is natural and gentle, it will be ineffective. My skin has never felt so polished as it does with this scrub. This scrub gently goes about doing its business but it is a great result. I will 100% use this again. 

Other Origins products that I will be picking up include: 
Origins Make a Difference + Treatment and Moisturiser


Origins Make a Difference + Skin Rejuvenating Treatment Lotion

So that's all from me today, If you have tried any of these Origins products, let me know, and definitely tell me if you have tried a product which I haven't mentioned but I need to have in my life, comment below!

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Monday, 23 September 2013

My top 20 beauty tips and tricks

So I'm going all out on a limb today and, in my second SBBC post of the day, I am laying out my top 20 beauty and skincare tricks. I'm not pretending that anything on this list is new or novel but they are the little tips that I have picked up over the last few years.

1. Blast your washed and conditioned hair with cold water before you step out of the shower. This just settles and closes each individual hair, locking in your freshly washed goodness, and providing amazing shine.

2. Similarly, splash your face with cold water when you have washed it before applying toner. When you are washing or rinsing your face, make sure to finish with a splash of cold water to close all your pores and tighten your skin.

3. Use your ring finger to apply undereye concealer. The skin under your eyes is the most sensitive skin on your face so it is important not to cause any undue irritation.

4. Sleep on a sleek or satin pillowcase to avoid damaging your hair and to make your hair easier to style in the morning.

5. Run your fingernails under ice cold water when you have applied nail polish and want it to set quickly.

6. Apply powder to your lipstick if you would like to make it last longer. 

7. Use little round cotton pads to dab off any sweaty faced-ness from your nose, chin and forehead during the hot summer months. 

8. Smile when putting your lipstick on- it's the best way to make sure you have your lipstick applied properly. 

9. Spray perfume in front of you and walk into it- this way the fragrance will cover your whole body and not just where you spray it directly. 

10. Don't put mascara on your lower lashes- it can make your eyes look smaller and cast shadows under your eye instead of drawing light.

11. Wait until the end of a shower to shave your legs because the steam will soften the hairs on your legs and make it less irritating to shave and give a better result.

12. Every night before you go to bed, brush your hair from root to tip. This will move the natural oils down your hair shaft and moisturise your dead ends.

13. Apply some thermal water spray or splash your face with water before you apply liquid foundation- foundation won't cling to your dry patches.

14. To stop your lipstick from bleeding, apply a little concealer around the lip area to make everything stay where it should.

15. Give your powder brushes a good tap when you pick up powder to knock any excess product off the brush instead of paintbombing your face. 

16. Mix your undereye concealer with your favourite eyecream for light moisturising coverage. 

17. Use a soft baby toothbrush to gently exfoliate your lips and smother in a nourishing lip balm.

18. Line your lids with pencil or a shadow first before going in with the liquid or gel liner. The outline will be there for you to trace which should make your job alot easier.

19. If you have very dry and brittle nails, try soaking your nails in olive oil for 10 minutes for a quick and inexpensive nail treatment. 

20. Apply dry shampoo the night before to avoid that dastardly grey/white cast. 

So those are my little nuggets of wisdom for today? What beauty hints and tips that I haven't already mentioned do I need to know? Remember sharing is caring!


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From the heart- the big C

I don't usually watch the Late Late Show, it's no secret. I don't particularly like Ryan Tubridy's 'know-it-all' style of interviewing, and I think the guests that he has on the show are, for the most part, quite unremarkable- failed Irish politicians, has been popstars looking to resurrect their careers and Z list actors. 

However, the Late Late Show did host one remarkable woman a week and a half ago, and I know that you will know that I am talking about Majella O'Donnell. If you are not from Ireland, you might not be familiar with Majella's story. Majella is the wife of one of Ireland's most popular singing stars amongst the golden oldies (I'm not a fan but I won't judge if you are, my Nana is a mad Daniel O'Donnell fan!), and recently she was diagnosed with breast cancer, for which she will be undergoing chemotherapy over the coming weeks. The reason I think she is so remarkable is not only that she spoke frankly and passionately about her diagnosis and prognosis, but also that she had her locks shorn live on Irish television to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society the day after she started chemotherapy treatment for her breast cancer. She asked people to text in a special number which was circulated to donate €4, or if that was too much, to call the Irish Cancer Society helpline and donate whatever you could. Her plea on the Late Late Show that night raised in excess of €550,000 which is absolutely staggering. 

(pic courtesy of Independent.ie)

I can't even begin to imagine how traumatic it must be to lose your crowning glory because of a disease and very aggressive medical treatment to annihilate same, but to do this intensely emotional and personal thing live on television to raise funds for the worthiest of causes, I actually cannot think of a more brave or courageous thing to do. Majella herself is not really in the public eye in a role other than wife of Daniel, so she could have just undergone her treatment in private and not have to deal with the speculation and intrusion that is associated with the media. I was barely even brave enough to watch, but I did feel totally and utterly awestruck and inspired by her composure and her dignity, and all because she wanted to raise money for a good cause. 

The work of the Irish Cancer Society is very close to my heart- my aunt and grandmother lost very short battles with cancer and another aunt of mine defeated cancer and is still thankfully flying fit to this day. In the space of about six months, my mother's best friend and my father's best friend lost their battles with cancer. Every few weeks, I hear of someone I know who has lost their battle to the disease, and I constantly live in fear of the big C touching someone else I know. It is absolutely devastating, and I often wonder why, even with all the science and research, that a cure hasn't been found yet. 

I have witnessed first hand the amazing work that the Irish Cancer Society do, in terms of research, guidance and support. Every cent that is donated to the Irish Cancer Society is a cent well deserved, and will be a cent well spent. I know that every charity is worthy, but in my mind and my heart, the Irish Cancer Society is truly one of the best. 

Now I don't usually like to talk about serious things like this in this blog because I try to keep it a happy and a light place where you can tune into chatter about beauty and magic and the like. But I have been feeling so strongly about this over the last few days that I am using this SBBC opportunity to talk out about this. I am so inspired and enlightened by Majella O'Donnell, a woman I knew very little about this time two weeks ago, and I have great admiration and respect for not only her, but everybody who battles the big C and does so with dignity and courage of a degree that I cannot even begin to comprehend. 


When I was in university, I was the first person ever to establish an affiliation between the Law Society that I was involved in at the time and the Irish Cancer Society, and I coordinated many a Daffodil Day over the years. As I am sure most of you are aware, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I am currently in the throes of organising a Beauty Bloggers event on 6th October to coincide with the Professional Beauty Show in Dublin, and one of the big initiatives that I am driving is a charity raffle for the Irish Cancer Society to raise some more much needed funds. I have contacted so many companies asking for support, and the response to date has been amazing, so heartwarming to think that so many people are willing to help out and donate to the cause. Some ***AMAZING*** prizes have been offered to us so far (it's crazy!!), and I am hoping that all the lovely ladies that I have come to know and love will turn out in force for the day and enjoy some beauty banter and buy lots of raffle tickets with the proceeds going directly to the Irish Cancer Society.  

So please remember to think pink this October, and if the opportunity arises and there is something you can do to raise a few euro for this great cause, please embrace it. If you are already coming to the meetup, please bring a few euro to support a great cause (and you have an added bonus of potentially winning an amazing beauty related prize!). 

So again, I'm sorry if this post seemed a little full on in comparison to what I usually chat about, but I feel like this is a live issue, and breast cancer is something that could affect any of us at any time, so I would like to call on all ladies to unite and donate whatever you can to the cause. Again, I commend Majella for her bravery and I wish her a speedy recovery. I am asking you all to spread the word about the charity raffle of 6th October- details of the event are in a previous post- and I welcome any comments or questions you might have in relation to this post either in the comments below or if you would prefer to keep them private, you can email me at totalmakeupaddict@gmail.com.

Thanks for reading xx

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Sunday, 22 September 2013

Coco Chanel and wise words


One of my all time idols is Coco Chanel. Everything about the lady, and her brand Chanel, just screams composure, elegance and intelligence. I adore Chanel makeup and fragrances, I go weak at the knees at the sight of those interlocking Cs we have all come to know and love so well, or when I see that distinctive monochrome or padded bag, my heart melts. I very much respect everything that she achieved during a particularly constrictive time.

I love Chanel's quotes, and I take something from almost every one. The thing with inspiring quotes is that you can read as many as you want, but unless they strike a chord in you, they will just fall flat. Some of my favourite quotes include:

“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.”

“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” 

“Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.” 

“A girl should be two things: who and what she wants.” 

“In order to be irreplaceacle, one must always be different.” 

“Don't spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door. ” 

“Success is most often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable.” 

“I don't care what you think about me. I don't think about you at all.”

“If you were born without wings, do nothing to prevent them from growing.” 

“I invented my life by taking for granted that everything I did not like would have an opposite, which I would like.” 

“There are people who have money and people who are rich.” 

“There is time for work, and time for love. That leaves no other time.” 


I don't know if any of these quotes will have an impact in you, but I really hope they do. She has many quotes and they have all been well publicised, but I find that it's the shorter ones that stick with me and pop into my head at various intervals. 

Are there any fashion/beauty inspired quotes that are stuck in your head? 



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Shopping my Stash- my NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil Collection

 (L-R: Purple Velvet, Slate, Black Bean, Milk, Dark Brown, Pots & Pans)

You know you are a makeup junkie when you completely forget about products and find hidden treasures in your collection that had totally slipped your mind. I am ashamed to say that I completely forgot about this NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils that I purchased well over a year ago. I came across these pencils about two weeks ago and I used Purple Velvet as a base for a purple smoky eye, and I remembered how much I loved this, and how they did not deserve to be neglected.

These pencils are deliciously creamy and soft, but not at all messy, and they provide an amazing colour punch on the eyelids when you use them. There are a huge variety of colours available and I got my 6 on ebay for a euro or two each. When these first landed on my lap, I was absolutely obsessed with them- Milk was definitely my most used and as you can see from the pictures above, the lid took a bit of a beating at the time. Slate and Black Bean are amazing bases for smokey eyeshadows, as is Purple Velvet and Dark Brown. Sometimes, if I am working a smokey eye, I put some Milk on my inner third, some Pots & Pans in the middle and some Slate on the outer third, and blend them all into each other and set with eyeshadow. I have never used these on their own without topping up with eyeshadow but I imagine you could if you use a good primer underneath. 

I am genuinely baffled that I could have forgotten about these because now that I have been reacquainted with them, I can see myself using them a heck of a lot more. 

I would completely wholeheartedly recommend these pencils to anyone- particularly Milk. They are absolutely foolproof and are worth every cent and make sure to check out ebay sellers in the States if you are buying a few! 

Are there any items in your makeup stash that you have been neglecting? I'd be glad to know that I'm not the only user and abuser!
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Friday, 20 September 2013

What I keep in my makeup drawers!

I have been asked so many times to do a makeup collection post. I know I personally love makeup collection vids and blog posts, there is something so voyeuristic about looking into people's collections and seeing what they have amassed over time. I have WAY too much makeup for my own personal use, but somehow I keep on collecting them over and over. I've resisted doing a blog post on it for quite some time because I felt like it was a little bit braggy and that it would take me DAYS to organise it, type it up, take photos, etc., but if you can't do it for SBBC, I don't know when you can. SBBC's lifestyle post for the day calls on me to talk about collecting, and I would say that one of my biggest hobbies is collecting makeup. I showed you all my drawers and what I do for storage in a post earlier this week, so I'm not going to dive into the ins and outs of storage, I'll just give a very brief overview!


So taking it drawer by drawer, I am starting off with the top drawer in my Ikea Alex unit, and in this drawer, I keep my concealers, primers, setting powders and highlighters. I also keep some of my contouring kits here, some highlighting liquids from MUFE and Benefit, and eye primers from Urban Decay, Fyrinnae and ELF.


The second drawer houses my foundations and I have a huge variety of both high end and high street foundations in different shades to account for when I am fake tanned, or depending on what coverage or finish I like. I also keep my BB creams and tinted moisturisers in this drawer. I change my favourite foundation preference like the wind but stars in this drawer include Estée Lauder Double Wear, MAC Face and Body, Bourjois Healthy Mix Radiance Reveal Foundation and No 7 Instant Radiance.


Next up we have my blush and other powders drawer, and I have a mixture of high end and high street, powder and cream blushes, and even a few Sleek trios tucked in along the sides. My most prized blushes du jour include Nars Deep Throat. MAC Dame and the Revlon cream blushes.


In the fourth drawer, I keep my single eyeshadows and small palettes. I keep my MAC, Urban Decay shadows in little compartments of their own, and I also have loads of Catrice and x shadows. I put my smaller palettes in here also because I feel like these tend to get lost with my bigger palettes in that drawer. I find myself leaning more towards using palettes than individual eyeshadows these days. I also keep some pigments in this drawer. Some of my favourite pieces in this drawer include Urban Decay's Maui Wowie, MAC Club and Cranberry and my Inglot single eyeshadows. I also have my palettes from the US of A that my good friend Heather sent over to me this summer.


Drawer no. 5 contains the vast collection of my lipsticks. You might remember my lipstick storage idea post from a few months back where I demonstrated how to store all your lipsticks like this. Well this is the same system that I am using, and it is working an absolute treat. I have a mix of high and low end lipsticks and there are also a few lipglosses in the mix here. I don't keep my MAC Lipsticks in this drawer anymore so I have a separate little haunt for them, but as you can see, my drawer is pretty jam packed now! Highlights of this drawer include L'Oreal Rouge Caresse and the ELF essential lipsticks.


The sixth drawer is the first of my four deeper drawers, and it here I keep the skin care bits that I use pretty regularly and like to keep on hand. These include eyecreams, blemish treatments, various moisturisers, cotton pads etc. This drawer changes pretty regularly whenever I change my skincare up. I'm excited to try out my new Ren kit which arrived today!


The next drawer in my Alex is one of my favourites and it contains most of my eyeshadow palettes. I am constantly rooting around in this drawer. I have my MAC, Urban Decay, Physician's Formula, NYX, Wet 'n Wild, Sleek, MUA, Kiko, Soap & Glory, Fashionista and Stila palettes in this drawer. I like that I can easily see all the palettes in this drawer very easily. My favourites at the mo include Wet 'n Wild Nude Awakening, all of my Urban Decay palettes, and my MAC neutral palette.


In the eighth drawer, I keep some more larger palettes that would not fit in the drawer above it. I have my depotted MUA eyeshadow and ELF blush palettes, my Inglot round palette, my Blank Canvas Cosmetics Palettes, my MUA Immaculate palette, some Benefit Lipglosses which I have not yet opened and some of my brush holders and dividers. I also keep some samples for review in here.


Lastly in this set, I store my false eyelashes, false nails, eyelash glue etc. Anything is likely to be tossed into this drawer!


I also have an Ikea Helmer drawer unit that I store makeup in, and in the first drawer I keep most of my gel eyeliners. I love the Bobbi Brown gel eyeliners and the Catrice gel liners are a worthy dupe of these. I also have a Wet n' Wild one from my friend Heather which I haven't had the heart to open yet!



In the second drawer, I store lipglosses. I am not much of a lipgloss person but I have these loosely sorted by colour category. You will find some Lancome Juicy Tubes, Christian Dior lipglosses, Catrice, MUA, Essence, ELF glosses all neatly stored in the little Antonius inserts which you can also pick up in Ikea.



In the third drawer, I keep my mascaras in order. I don't often open or play with new mascaras because I find they dry out so much. Favourites include Diorshow and Benefit Bad Gal. I also love Maybelline 'The Falsies' and 'Colossal Cat Eyes' mascaras. I am very excited to try my Cover Girl mascara that Heather sent over- I have heard great things about this mascara so I am uber excited to try it out for myself.



Next, I keep all my bronzers and most of my bronzing products. I tend to use the same bronzers over and over again and I don't really buy bronzers all that often. I love the Bourjois BB bronzer and x for warming up my face and lending a little bit of dath na gréine to my face!

The next two drawers just contain random bits and bobs- wipes, cotton pads, spare muslin cloths etc, so I won't bother including these.

So that's all from me, sorry for this monster post, I tried to keep it as short as possible believe it or not! Thanks for reading and hope you are still enjoying SBBC!
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