31 December 2012

2013 - A New Beginning

Hello, I hope you all had a lovely Christmas!!

I certainly did. Of course it's that time of year that we are all thinking of New Years Resolutions. There's one thing I'm focusing on this year that is my health and fitness. I've definitely let myself go this Christmas and well I had been for a little while.

On twitter a conversation came up between myself and a few bloggers/tweeters. We've talked about motivating each other and talking about how we get along. Using the hash tag #ThinThursday we will update each other on how we are getting on and help motivate each other. Loosing weight isn't easy and sometimes you need to talk to someone who is going through what you are to understand.


To help motivate myself I've started following some new youtubers.
Carly Rowena and The Lean Machines for some exercise inspiration.

Foodwise? Well I'm going to go back to Weight Watchers Pro Points way of thinking and recording what I'm eating, increasing my fruit and veg intake and just making better decisions overall. I've done this before, in 2011 and lost 17 pounds. Because I didn't keep up with eating healthy and not getting enough exercise the weight has crept back on...This time I want to get back down to that weight and maybe a little more. I'm not going to bang on about it too much but I just wanted to give ya's a little update :)

I'm not planning on updating you every week. But maybe once every few months? Like every 8 weeks? I'm going to go back to hot yoga and Zumba for exercise the youtube videos will keep me going when I can't go to the classes for whatever reason that would be, shift work etc.....hey life sometimes gets in the way!

What are your new years resolutions?

Thanks for stopping by :)

20 December 2012

Review: No7 Fanomenal Lashes




If any of you don't know already I won a competition on beaut.ie which was for a No7 Foundation match up and a No7 goodie bag.

The packaging of this mascara is in a silver metallic tube. It looks quite suitable for Christmas, even though it is not a Christmas product.


The bristles on this wand are quite small and help add product onto the lashes. This helps my lashes appear thicker and fuller. I find that my lashes can sometimes appear a little clumpy when I apply this. In the photo I took of myself wearing the mascara....I thought it looked like I was wearing false eyelashes for a second. But literally only for a second. The formula is quite a wet one. We all know someone that prefers a drier formula. This is something I'm not that fussed by - however it does take a little while to dry as I once sneezed after applying mascara and it was dotted all around my under eye and eye lid. - Shexy!


My lashes especially on the left look HUGE! In the above photo I don't have any liner on my top lashes and only benefit eye bright on my water line.

The mascara sits well on my lashes and they don't feel like they are dry and crispy. On my mixture of 9, 10 and 12 hour shifts I've worn this mascara and it lasts the whole 12 hours during my shift with out mascara flaking off.

To be honest I normally prefer a slightly bigger wand but I am happy with this mascara.

Have you tried a No7 Mascara before? What did you think?

Thanks for stopping by :)

16 December 2012

Not just for Christmas...

All my friends know I am a huge animal lover.
I don't remember mentioning before about the pets we have at home. I grew up having pets in the family. dogs, cats, guinea pig, goldfish and even a pet mouse (although I don't remember him!)
At the moment, at home we have 2 pugs (Podge and Buster) and a cat (Pebbles)
Podge
Buster
Pebbles
As animal lover I know the responsiblity it takes to look after an animal. This christmas I hope those that are planning on getting a pet for christmas please think about what you are taking on. This is another life who needs you to look after them. These need to be fed, to be walked, to be played with, to have their bellies rubbed, to be taken to the vet when needed and most of all they need to be loved.
www.dailypawprints.com
The above "Canine Commadments" don't only go for dogs, but for all animals.

At Christmas time many pups and kittens and other baby animals will be given as presents  to someone's loved one. At the time they are great presents but many people feel a few weeks or months down the line that they are not capable to look after these pets. Many times these animals are left tied up at the side of the road or outside supermarkets. This is unfair to the animal. They think they've found a home and to be left alone, tied up. This is just cruel. So please think about getting an animal.

I found this picture on the dogs trust facebook page...it shows what happens when people don't think it through...


If you are thinking of getting someone a pet or if anyone you know is please please please make sure you or they know what kind of commitment it takes to look after an animal.

Thanks for stopping by :)

11 December 2012

Review: www.babyshower.ie

If any of you follow me on Twitter or like Madames Made Up on Facebook, you might have noticed I mentioned about doing a baby shower for two friends of mine. Yes, a highly american thing to do but a fun thing! For my friend in work I got some stuff for the shower. For the second one I bought presents. :)

Doing some research online I came across a website www.babyshower.ie. I was instantly interested. 2 working days delivery? No problem. I ordered on Saturday morning with my total coming to €80.91. Because I spend over €75 I got free delivery. I wanted to see what I was getting for the first shower to see if I would be interested in purchasing anymore items for the second shower.

My first baby shower was happening on the Wednesday after my purchase.

So what did I purchase?

x1 Mum-to-be sash €4.99
x2 Baby Shower balloons €5.98 (€2.99 each)
x1 Delux Nappy Cake (yellow) €44.99
x2 Baby Prediction Cards €9.98 (€4.99 each)
x1 Baby Napkins €4.99
x1 Party plates €4.99
x1 Party Cups €4.99

By Tuesday I still haven't received my products. I had a day off from work that day so was at home pretty much all day. Tuesday night babyshower.ie emailed me:


I thought this to me a bit odd as I was at home all day and so was my mum. Wednesday morning I made sure I was in the house. 10:25am came and my mum came into my room with a yellow piece of paper. Mum knew I was expecting a delivery. She seen a man in a high-vis walk by our house she ran out of the house as he drove off and he stopped at  the other side of the estate. Mum shouted over "Do you have a parcel for me?". The man replied "yeah I left it at the side of the house". I've received many parcels from online purchases and if there was any difficulty they'd ring the door bell or ring the contact number which would have been my mobile number which had to be given to complete a purchase on babyshower.ie.

Mum said to the gentleman "you didn't even ring the door bell"..."oh I did" he replied "for 10 mins". - Yeah right! I would have heard the bell, my mum would have heard and  the dogs would have went mental because my door bell is quite loud!
The yellow slip that was posted said that permission was given to place at the side of the house. - Again, what a load of bull. My mum was less than impressed, given that it's coming up to Christmas and a lot of people are having Christmas presents bought from online being delivered to their house. A burglars dream!

Fastway.ie I'm not impressed!
So mini rant over.

What did my purchases look like?


The sash was great, kinda obvious who was the moma-to-be but I really liked it! I think it looked really cute on the moma-to-be!


The balloons great as they were it cost me €4 each to have them blown up in my local florist. Did I just spend €7 on each balloon? My local florist doesn't have a great selection of balloons. For my dad's 60th I wanted to get him a balloon, but he ended up getting a balloon with a dinosaur on it.

I loved the prediction cards - great idea! I forgot to take photo's of the cards but I seriously loved them. Great fun. I wonder how close I was in the prediction!


If I was to go back in time with some cop on I would have just bought napkins for €1 in tesco for 100 napkins.




Paper cups and plates I could have bought at the pound (or euro) shop, but the one's I got were lovely! The plates were pretty and quite big they held a lot on them.

The nappy cake. This is an image taken from the website babyshower.ie
Probably the one thing I was quite excited about seeing. And the one thing I was most disappointed with. The above image I've taken from the website. Here's a photo of my nappy cake as  I received it.


It was tilted to the side, and it looked tiny! I know there's photo's online but for €44.99...it seems like a bit expensive. I know nappies (or diapers to you USA people!) are expensive but still! I think for the second shower I could do just as a good job on a nappy cake. I can always try it out!

I was talking to a girl in work who has a 2 year old her and for her babyshower she got a nappy cake from www.nappycakes.ie so of course I had a little look on the website...

They are quite cute, but to be honest I think if there's going to be one at a shower I attend I 'll be making it myself.

Thanks for stopping by :)

09 December 2012

Make Up Forever deal Dublin

Morning! I'm in work (not so) bright and early. In my daily deal-like emails (which to be honest I hardly ever read) I found a deal for Make Up Forever.


What the page the deal is on that looks like

You can buy vouchers, €9 for a €20, €19 for €40 or €29 for €60. AMAZING DEAL OR WHAT?! Seriously get over to www.grabone.ie to avail of this offer! Now I just have until Jan 30th 2013 to spend my €29....ahem actually €60!!!

There's just over 17 hours right now (at present of typing this post) left to purchase this product....(yes I was number 26 to buy this!)

Just sharing the make up deals love X

Thanks for stopping by :)

08 December 2012

The best of 2012: The products to have!

I've tried to find some products, are must haves. One's that stand out from the rest. So I've tried to limit to one item per section.

Here's my best of 2012.

Foundation


Review: Bourjois Healthy mix foundation
Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation. An amazing medium coverage foundation that leaves a demi matte finish but doesn't dry out the skin.

Mascara

www.unebeauty.com
I've never really mentioned this mascara before on the blog. It made a brief appearance in one of my make up looks. It's my first product from the brand UNE and I quite like the mascara. I felt it was lengthening more so than a voluminous look. Gives great definition.

Concealer

Review: Rimmel Wake me up concealer
Rimmels wake me up concealer is really good for under the eyes and for some blemishes. Wakens up your look (hence the name) and lasts for up to 12 hour shifts!

Powder

The only reason why I don't like MSF as of this morning
If you read my blog regularly you might have noticed my little rants about MAC's MSF (mineralise skin finish). Of course the only curse about this product is the packaging. But great powder and you don't feel too cakey!

Eye shadow primer

www.urbandecay.com

Having oily eye lids is no fun at all. Thanks to primers, especially urban decays one, I can actually wear eyeshadow with no worries of it creasing and smudging away. Of course they come in different shades but i only have the original one.

Eye Shadow

Got delivery today it was rather naked

The Urban Decay Naked series is only gorgeous. The neutral palettes allow for make up looks to suit all occasions. The Naked 1 palette is a more warm toned neutrals while Naked 2 offers cooler toned shadows. Great pigmentation with countless looks. You can mix the two palettes together to even get more looks.

Brow product

www.clinique.com
www.catrice.eu
I've done a post before on what I fill my brows in with. Catrice is one that I've discovered since in "Starlight Espresso". It's perfect for my brows and it's quite cheap which is always an added bonus! I go between catrice and clinique instant brow lift.  Both great products.

Eye liners

How to: Big Bright Beautiful Eyes
Benefit's eye bright is a pale pink liner that I love to use on the water line.

Blush

www.bourjois.co.uk
Bourjois blushes are amazing value. I've only two of their blushes in similar shades - different finishes. Handy little pot to add a little colour to your cheeks.

Highlight

www.narscosmetics.com
My first and only NARS cheek product so far. This I suppse is technically a blush but the colour payoff is minimal but the highlight is gorgeous. It has a very slight shimmer that makes the skin appear to be glowing.

Brushes

You all know how much I love Real Techniques



www.sigmabeauty.com
It's not anything new that I love Real Techniques brushes. But the buffering brush is the brush to have for foundation application in my opinion.

I love the sigma brushes for appling foundation, my favourite is the F80, flat top brush.

Lash curlers

www.shuuemura.co.uk
It's something I won't do if I'm in a rush. But a must for a night out. Want to hear something funny? I only really need to curl one eye (my left one). These come with a replaceable silicone pad. And guess who can't find theirs? I wonder if Shu Uemura has ones to buy as replacements I really doubt it.

Cleansing products

I've been loving hot cloth cleansers lately. I'm in the middle of using my Soap and Glory one.

www.soapandglory.com

I'm loving the muslin clothes with these cleansers. My skin feels amazing after! The only thing about these cleansers is I don't like to use these for removing eye make up....because the cloths end up ruined! But what I do like to use to remove my eye make up is Bio Derma!

www.bioderma.com
I seriously love this product. (Yes, I've the 500mls container). When I was in Nantes I purchased this. And well I got one for my friend Emma in work, one for mum (she doesn't know what Bio Derma is, but she thinks "it's grand", my visiting aunt loves it!) and I also got 2 for me. Yes, I got 2 litres of the stuff, first thing in the morning and had carried it around for a few hours. I know, silly Celeste.

So these are my favourites of 2012. What are yours?

Thanks for stopping by :)

07 December 2012

Review: Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation

www.bourjois.co.uk
I've just come to the end of my favourite "drug store" or "high street" foundation. So I thought it was worth a mention in this blog.

This yellow toned foundation gives medium but buildable coverage. Helps even out  skin tone and doesn't dry out my skin. 16 hours wear? Well it does last all day for me. (And I do up to 12 hour shifts in work!) It gives a demi matte finish (like I mentioned doesn't dry out my skin). I love the tone of this foundation as it isn't too yellow toned. I find that any redness I would have, especially around the nose area and any blemishes that are not that bad I don't have to use too much concealer. (I am warm toned and as told to go for NW in MAC foundations which are slightly pinker- these are great but the slightly yellow tone evens out my skin tone)

The packaging is great. It's plastic so it is not heavy in the bag. Inside the lid is a pump and the product is pushed from the bottom of the container towards the top.

I find a pump and a half does me just fine. I've often used this for a night out. When I go out normally, I tend to use my more high-end foundations. But this one is an exception. I find myself picking this out of my foundation box over and over again.

To apply this foundation I prefer to use something like a sigma kabuki foundation brush or my real techniques buffering brush.

I have the concealer to match this foundation which is nice and creamy - a great combo!

In the mean time I've bought Bourjois "Flower Perfection" foundation which I've yet to even open!

Have you tried Healthy Mix? What do you think of it?

Thanks for stopping by :)

02 December 2012

The importance of packaging # 3

The packaging of a product is hugely important for me. It can frustrate me to no end about how silly some are. 

My first mini rant on cotton buds or "Q tips"  (that would be number 1) as my American cousins would say I tried to fix the problem. I now no longer use a sandwich bag for them I use the make up bag I got in the MAC christmas collection last year.

And my beloved MAC's MSF and it's stupid packaging (number 2)! Now here's another (mini) rant.

Today when going to apply some of my smashbox primer

(prepare yourselves for a really old picture

from one of my first blog posts)


This was in a post where I showed you what products I got in my local pharmacy for €10!
www.smashbox.com

This primer I really do like it, I don't use it enough. I suppose it's because it was a tenner and I'd have to pay full whack for it and I'm just trying to save it.

The only thing is ... I find that it's quite hard to get product out of the bottle. The pump works, but the product is all around the perimeter of the bottle. I find myself using the tube to scrape the primer the pumping action won't reach and rolling the tube with the primer just to get enough for an application. Although this works for now, but what happens when there's less primer and the tube won't reach it? I know Smashbox have fixed this problem with the new packaging....d'ya think they'll swap the old packaging for the newer one? (I doubt it!) 



I suppose I shall have to buy the newer packaging, it would be so much easier. I now just have to find somewhere that sells smashbox as I think my local pharmacy no longer stock it....well it has been a while...I might just pop over on my next day off!

Do you have any products who's packaging annoys you?


Thanks for stopping by :)



01 December 2012

The wonders of oil....

greencorfu.com

I've just read a very interesting post on olive oil and some of it's beauty uses!! I'm so tempted to have a bath in it!

You can read the post here on Munchability 

Happy reading!!

Thanks for stopping by :)

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