30 December 2011

Why?

Why do I want to write about make up/ beauty?

Why do I even like make up this much? (stretches arms out a much as I can)

Well some people might think "cause it's an improvement on what you have"

or

"cause you're a dog without it"

Well........I wouldn't entirely disagree with these statements.

But one thing I do love about using make up is the creativity and fun you can have with it. You can change the way you precieve yourself. No, I don't mean lie to yourself, but I believe it can give someone a little bit more confidence to go about their day to day duties. Some people might in fact use make up as a  mask. Something that they'd feel naked without. I think the most important thing about being comfortable wearing make up / cosmetics is to be able to be comfortable in your own skin.

My favourite look, using make up is when you wear the smallest amount so that you still look like yourself. A bright red lip although can look stunning and elegant (when done correctly and not the joker from batman look) we all know that no one naturally has bright red lips of that shade. We wear these products on our lips for some fun or to enhance the look of them. (If you got it, flaunt it!)
And no one, certainly no one, has flawless skin. We all get blemishes. We all need a little bit of concealer sometimes.

Is make up a thing that I must wear, -no.

But I enjoy wearing it. What's my favourite part about it? Well I love enhancing my eyes. If it's a little bit of mascara or a little bit of eye liner it can work wonders.

Make up doesn't change the person who you are. That's what people think it does. Why would you want to be anyone else than yourself? -there's no one more qualified to be you than yourself :)

 
"You were born an original.  Don't die a copy."

This quote I found online. I thought it summed what I was trying to say quite well :)

The most important thing is if you are using make up to hide from who you are, you are fooling only yourself.
If we didn't have the sense of sight we'd all see the true beauty that lies within.

Remember "make up" it says it all by it's self......think about it.....

Am I influenced by media and celebrities? To a certain degree. But one thing I've learned.....is to love the body in which I was born in to. Cliche? Yes.
I (as well as many women) have had hang ups about my body image. But no one will ever have the body I have, and no one will ever have my body. I will admit to watching certain shows like "extreme make over" and "the swan" and thought to myself if I had the money what would I get done?

Then I started to watch Gok Wan.........

I heart you.

Watching him help women celebrate who they are and what they look like is the ULTIMATE inspiration to any woman on the earth.

Make up is a hobby of mine...

....the best thing anyone can wear on their face is a smile.

24 December 2011

Merry Christmas


Image from Google images, coloured in by Cel :)


Wishing you and your family and friends a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

Roll on 2012!!

15 December 2011

Products of 2011 that I've been loving

Moroccan Oil



MoroccanOil
Image from www.instyle.com
 I've mentioned this product in a previous post you can read it here
This hair product, I can not tell you how much I love this. Since I started dying my hair blonde (only about 2 years ago) I've noticed the dramatic change in my hair. The tangles. The dryness. The sure impossibility it was to brush my hair with out conditioner.

This "miracle" product helped me with the ends of my hair so they are not so brittle. It helps seal in moisture at the ends of the hair.

Although I love this product, recently when I went to my hairdresser (style club) I noticed that they were selling Moroccan Oil there. And of course I mentioned how much I love the product. I have it just about a year now and I'm only half way through the bottle! (Only one pump needed in my hair)
My hair dresser mentioned that some people have trouble using the product and complaining that the product leaves their hair greasy.

GREASY?
Hell - no! Clearly they are dumping the product on top of their head (right at the roots)
Note: If you intend on using Moroccan Oil or any other oil type hair product.........KEEP IT TO THE ENDS OF YOUR HAIR!! Then you shall fall in love with it darlings.

MAC's mineralise skin finish (natural)


MAC's MSF
Image from google images

I never thought I could really appreciate a product.
MAC's MSF changed this. It gives great coverage. Beautifully mattifies the face. (Although too much can be a bit cakey).

It's great if you get a shiny forehead (something similar to a disco-ball like myself!). The shades go from light to light / medium to medium to medium / plus to dark and dark plus.

Recently I went in to my local MAC in the airport. The usual shade I get is light / medium. This shade is quite popular in Ireland. Well maybe it's just whenever I go in to buy the product they always seems to be sold out in my shade! I wrote a post recently about MAC discontinuing my shade light / medium you can read it here.

You can also read about the feed back I received from MAC here.

I love this product so much so I even got two friends of mine hooked on to it (Yes Emma, you're one of them!) My favourite way of applying this product is with a kabuki brush, but be careful if you are applying with a kabuki as I noticed that sometimes I can get a little too carried away with it. Currently touching up with a duo fibre.


Urban Decay: Naked Palette



Urban Decay Naked palette
http://www.urbandecay.com/
Image from the Urban Decay website

Why have I not mentioned this palette before? Well to be honest, there's been soo many people online in the beauty blogging community talking about it. I've tried to avoid bringing it up anytime I go to talk about make up in a post. But I do love this product for obvious reasons.....................because it's amazing. If you aren't big in to make up but would still like a good enough palette that would give you a fantastic look. It cost about €40 euro. The palette I have is the first one and it has a mixture of mattes and shimmers (mainly shimmers). I noticed that I tend to go through periods of just using my naked palette.

But hey it's that good you can get many looks from it.

Recently I travelled over to London and that was the palette I brought with me. I was doing my cousins make up for her 21st and I ended up doing a few of her friends make up as well. All 3 girls had completely different looks. You can achieve a great smokey eye with it, a bronze goddess with it and an enhanced natural beauty look. You can go for as natural as you like or as dramatic. It does for all occassions, especially weddings!

The shadows are highly pigmented abnd just beautiful.
Urban Decay are bringing out the Naked 2 palette out in Janurary in Debenhams.

Urban Decay: Primer Potion (tube)


Urban Decar orginial packaging
Image from google images
The urban decay primer potion for years was made in an unusual shape bottle. I refused to buy a full size one after I used my little sample of it (free with both my alice in wonderland palette and naked palette). The packaging simply annoyed me.
You couldn't possibly get all of the product out of the bottle. I'm sure if you google image primer potion you can see for yourself the amount of product left in the bottle after it's been cut open. (Sure it's a disgrace!)

There might even be a youtube video on it.

So instead of buying the primer potion I opted for Too Faced Shadow insurance. Although this did the job, I found that the product was a little more liquid like. I noticed that you'd have to give it a shake to use it.


Urban Decay Professional Size
Image from google images

Then Urban Decay brought out the tube....professional size. And only avaliable online or in America. Well that was not impressing me one bit. Maybe it was the vibes I was giving off.....or that of thousands of people willing for Urban Decay to put the product in to the tube that they copped on and did it!

Wahey!! Woop woop! Off to Urban Decay, pick up product, pay, go home, and play!!


Urban Decay Primer Potion
Image from google images
This product is great. I have very oily eye lids. And I never knew about primers (ah the days before I got in to make up with my very obivious crease line) -scarlet for my ma for having me ha!
So handy and I get to make sure I get every little bit of out the tube.

I've blogged about primers before you can read here

What beauty products have you been loving this year?

05 December 2011

Christmas Shopping

Today is the 5th of December.

20 days left till Christmas day!

Am I excited?

Slightly...

Where am I going shopping for presents?

Well my first call of duty was Boots & Body Shop & Lush!

I get soo excited at the thoughts of Christmas shopping in those shops! Why? Because I get carried away! Friday the 25th of November I went in to The Body Shop on Henry Street and took full advantage of their 30% off

All thanks to reading a blog post by cornflakegirlsmusings I made sure I was near a Body Shop. If I wasn't going to go to town I would have to have made my way to Swords.

Lush is really good for pre-made up packages for Christmas. They are already wrapped (always in nice paper) and they show what's inside the present. (But I like to cut that off and keep it as a surprise for who ever receives it.)

But online alternative for shopping for cosmetics have also enticed me to look at some items online.

http://www.cloud10beauty.com/

and

http://www.beautyemporium.ie/Default.asp

and

http://millies.ie/

Why do I like these sites? Well number 1, they both accept laser card. Number 2, they have fabulous products.

Cloud10 sells:
  • Sigma brush sets
  • Sleek palettes
  • Handmade Soap Company
  • It even has a little Christmas tab in the top right hand corner
  • It has a tab "For Him" (left hand side)
Beauty Emporium sells:
  • Too faced
  • OPI
  • Sleek products (lashes, palettes, liners, lip sticks, pencils, glosses, lip tars)
  • Few Urban Decay products
  • EOS lip balm (egg shaped)
  • NYX
  • It also has a little Christmas tab
Millies sells:
  • Ardell lashes
  • Tweezerman
  • Yankee Candles
  • High-end Skin products
  • Has a "men" tab left hand side.
  • GHD's and GHD products (inculding hair dryer)
  • Macadamia Oil
  • OPI
Some products not avaliable in shops in Ireland. Don't you love buying something knowing that you can't just wonder into any aul shop and buy it?

Another website (non beauty related) I had a look at was http://hairybaby.com/ . I bought a few things from this website, slightly expensive? Yes. But to know that these organic clothing products are not being made in sweat shops is a good thing. The "Hairy Baby" company is located in Cork. It takes 7 working days to process. (I purchased products on the 28th of November so a week ago today.

I'm looking forward to getting my products (especially my "dia duit" tee for myself, a little bit of Christmas shopping for myself!
Image from the email I received from HairyBaby company
http://hairybaby.com/

Have you made a Christmas wish list yet?

Well I've certainly been taking my time posting anything on this! Apologies!

I don't know about anyone else but my family members struggle to buy me something for Christmas....every year. So it has now become a tradition for me to make up a list of what I want for Christmas and post it on the notice board in the kitchen.

So here's what I'm thinking of posting on it.

Well as I mentioned before:
  • Babyliss Big Hair
  • Disney's Sleeping Beauty DVD
  • Disney's Tangled DVD
  • Disney's Fantasia DVD
  • Disney's Aristocats DVD
  • Disney's Little Mermaid DVD
  • Disney's Lady and the Tramp DVD
(Can you tell I like to collect Disney DVDs?)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 DVD
  • Inbetweeners box set
  • Voucher from Inglot cosmetics
Now I don't expect to get all of these, in fact some would be only nice to receive!

Also there's a PB bag (yes, Paul's Boutique!) that I've been eyeing up on their website.
Paul's Boutique Sacha bag (£60)
Image from Paul's Boutique website
http://www.pauls-boutique.com/
Like I've mentioned before I love black (PB) bags. They can go with ANY outfit.

I've been drooling over some in River Island, but they have been in all sorts of different colours. One in particular was:
River Island Green Satchel Bag (£35)
Image from River Island website
http://www.riverisland.com/
The only reason really is why I'd rather pick the black one is because I feel you would look a little bit more dressed wearing it that the green one. But I do like the green one as well. Thet also have the bad in a red colur, but if I HAD to pick one, it would be the green one.

Oh, decisions decisions!!

It's a rather hard aul life to pick what you want for Christmas. I've already mailed one of my brothers about getting a make up brush belt and a new cover for my blackberry.

And in turn he's let me know he wants the Soprano's DVD box set, (which is already purchased!).

Hope you are well!

What do you want for Christmas?
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