Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Mini Marathon '10

I have been the world's biggest couch potato for.... oh, about two years now, so last night I signed up to do the Women's Mini Marathon in the hope that actually committing myself to something might make me get up off my ass and get fit(ter) and hopefully lose a few pounds in the process.

I started my training tonight by going out for a fairly long walk and I didn't die so that's good.

I'll be crawling walking the marathon for the DSPCA - look how cute their tshirts are this year!

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Tag 40 Beauty Questions

Lets get to know each other this is a tag going around YOUTUBE

40 Beauty Questions


How many times a day do you wash your face?
Well twice once in the morning and then in the evening, but I usually use a cleansing wipe to take the days make up off too.

What Skin type do you have?
Its normal/dry but I have been told that its normal but dehydrated.

What is your current facial wash?
My current facial wash is Philosophy .. Purity... its grand

Do you exfoliate?
Yes I love origins Modern Friction, but I am about to start a Bliss 30 day peel so I will keep you informed.

What brand do you use?
I am a skincare butterfly, but mostly its Origins

What Moisturiser do you use?
I am trying a Shisedo one its new.

Do you have freckles?
Yes not tons, but I have a few... they are kisses from Angels dontyaknow

Do you use an eye cream?
Yes I am trying out Origins GinZing. No Miracles yet but its nice

Do you or did you have acne prone skin?
Well I was always quite lucky with my skin although I am prone to the odd chin break out but who isnt...

Did you ever use Pro-active?
No in fact I have only recently seen it in Ireland so if I needed it I would not have been able to get my hands on it.

What foundation do you use?
At the moment Nars Sheer Glow and the new Mac Mineralise Foundation I really like both of them but because Nars has no pump I always end up with a bit of it on whatever I am wearing.

How about concealer?
I use a mish mash of brands

Do you have an undertone colour?
This one confuses me, I would say I am yellow tone but then again I do have some red in my cheeks.

What do you think of fake eyelashes?
I love them, If I could only apply them. I get a bit OCD about them being glued on correctly and if one side is coming off I don't feel comfortable.

Did you know your supposed to change your mascara every three months?
yes I do, I am quite good about it, except if I love a mascara and I have no money.

What brand of mascara do you use?
at the moment I am using Fresh, but next I have a Cargo one and I love maybelinne and Rimmell after all if I am going to be chucking it in three months.

Sephora or MAC?
Sephora Sephora Sephora. If only it was in Ireland or delivered here, it is such a treat to go there but also dangerous for my credit card.

Do you have a Mac Pro Card?
No, do they even do them over here? I am not a professional not even close.

What makeup tools do you use?
Brushes and fingers?? Fairy wings?? what else would one use??

Do you use a base primer for your eye shadow?
Yes I use Too Faced Shadow Insurance, Urban Decay Primer Potion, Paint Pots from Mac and also my new love is to use eyeliners as primers.

For the face?
I just bought a Smashbox primer which has a built in illuminator. Its a bit scary though I look like I should be in the Goldfinger Movie. In all honestly I always forget to use a face primer.

What is your favourite eyeshadow shade?
mmmm one colour..... are you mad?

Do you use a pencil or liquid liner?
I use penicl and gel liners with the magical 210 eyeliner brush from MAC

How often do you poke your eyes with an eyeliner pencil?
Never really but my right eye likes to water just when I have my makeup finished, don't know why, its just awkward like that.

What do you think of pigment eyeshadows?
I love the idea and the colours of them but I forget to use them

Do you use mineral makeup?
I bought a Bare Minerals set but I dont really like the feel on my skin.

What is your favourite lipstick?
I am only getting interested in lipstick, I am usually a Lipgloss girl but I Love my Chanel Coco Pink (US Exclusive) which is a lovely slag pink.

How about lipgloss?
Laura Mercier Babydoll, its really creamy and perfect pink. But I will probably change my mind by tomorrow.

What is your favourite blush to use?
Nars the multiple in orgasm.

Do you buy your makeup on Ebay?
Well I have been know to buy some, especially makeup that is not avaiable in Ireland such as Stila, and well if there is a bargain going....who am I to say no..

Do you like drugstore makeup?
Yes I do although I have to say in Ireland its almost as expensive as the good stuff, one of my favourite places is Boots in Liffey Valley... its amazing.

Do you go to CCO's? (cosmetic company outlets)
AHHHH lets not even go there. I Love the CCOS in fact they are the only place that I have bought MAC brushes, I tend to go a bit over the top when I visit one. My last visit to the CCO in Junction One Antrim I was quite restrained but that was only cause they didnt have a lot of stock. It is brilliant to know that there is one a couple of hours away rather than having to wait until a trip to america.

Did you ever consider taking make-up classes?
When I was young I wanted to be a special effects makeup artist but besides that I have never really considered it. I dont like to touch people ewww so I could never actually be a makeup artist.

Are you clumsy in putting on makeup?
Not really, but then we all have days where the application is great and other days where we should not have bothered.

Name a makeup crime that you hate?
Foundation that is too dark, why do we Irish think we are darker than we are?? WE ARE PALE no you do not look more exotic with darker makeup you just look like you are wearing the wrong shade of foundation.

Do you like colourful shades of make up or neutral tones?
well most of the time I am like a glittery rainbow but since I have rediscovered lipstick I am doing tame/neutral eyes and bright lips.

Which celebrity always has great makeup?
I Love Jennifer Aniston, she does the tanned pretty look so well, also who doesnt want her hair. at the moment I am loving the Kim Kardashian look she always looks brilliant.

Do you think you look good even without makeup on?
depends on how much sleep I have had. otherwise I have dark circles and a bit of redness in my cheeks.

In your opinion what is the best makeup line?
I think that you shouldn't take a line but take the best parts of a line, for example Urban Decay and MAC eyeshadows, Nars cheek products, Larua Mercier Lip Gloss. I don't like to buy just one brand I like to experiment. I am a big fan of Stila too

What do you think of makeup?
IT MAKES ME HAPPY. seriously it makes me happy, you can never be too fat for makeup and its a great way to change your look.

Now SileC its your turn, what are your Answers?

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Project 15 Pan

Ok, here I am, My name is Mags and I am a Makeupaholic

I have been a make up glutton again (the amount of makeup I buy is in direct relation to the expanse of my waist). I have been a greedy greedy girl so I made a decision. I am doing Project 15 Pan.

You see I have been planning on doing a Project 10 Pan but I was halfway thought and the MAC Lady Gaga Came out and there was a downfall from there. So the only way to go is to do a Project 15 Pan.

I also have to do Gloss out 2010 cause once again I am a greedy lip gloss addict.

So here I am putting it out there so I cant go back on my word. I will keep you informed and let you know what I think of the products when I use them up.

So I will stop buying makeup (at this stage there is not much left for me to actually buy) and try and be healthy and see if my reduced makeup will also show a reduction in my waist.

I have a few bits and pieces that I have bought so I will keep you informed on them and I promise to tell you if I cheat...

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Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland

Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland.

So you know that I am a fan of Urban Decay, Love the vibrant colours, out there names but most of all the quality of the products. I have to say that I mostly only own their eye products and when you see something like their Book of Shadows, or Alice in Wonderland you will be immediately drawn to them.
Firstly the the design of the box is beautiful and interesting, the lid can be lifted to reveal a Alice in Wonderland scene with a mirror (quite disturbingly you can stick your face into Wonderland...have I been playing with it for too long???). Its really pretty, there is no real function to this part of the product, you wouldn't really use the mirror but it is very nice to look at.
When the drawer is pulled out there are 16 eyeshadows. The eyeshadows are really beautiful and range from neutral to vibrant. Usually with Urban Decay I dive straight into the vibrant colours as they are too hard to resist, but I have found that some of their neutrals are really beautiful and its easy to achieve a wearable everyday look with this set as well as crazy looks. Now beware there are some glittery little fellas in there. These are not new Urban Decay colours they are existing colours that have been renamed for the Alice set.
There are also two mini (but not tiny) 24/7 Glide on Pencils and a Mini Urban Decay Primer Potion. While I LOVE Urban Decays eyeshadows I ADORE their 24/7 Glide on Pencils. They are rich and creamy, they last all day but you can also smudge them out. My favourite new thing to do with them is to use them as a primer. I promise you, if you put eyeshadow on top of these it will not budge. The colours you get are Zero which is a pitch black colour and Flipside which is a rich turquoise. These are really smooth and easy to use on the waterline.
Why I love it:
The packaging is cute, it makes you reach for it and the fact that I love the shadows and they were well makes this an excellent set. To have all these colours in one set is brilliant, this is also a much more affordable way to collect a lot of colours. I am a fan of the Book of Shadows and from now on I will be buying these instead of individual shadows.
Why I don't love it:
Well its limited, so its probably gone out of the shops already, plus they didn't come up with new colours so I will have some duplicates.
If you can get your hands on this go for it, although any of the Book of Shadows are great value.
For you information the original colours are listed on the back of the packaging I will include them here for your information.
Underland (Flash) Alice (Painkiller) Oraculum (Baked) Queen (Last Call)
Chessur(Chopper)White Rabbit (Polyester Bride)Wonderland (Maui Wowie)Churrouser(Grifter)
Muchness (x) Mushroom (Mushroom) Midnight Tea Party (Midnight Cowboy Rides Again) Vorpal (S & M)
Absolem (Homegrown) Drink Me Eat Me (Sin) Mad Hatter (Twice Baked) Jabberwocky (Oil Slick)
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Friday, March 12, 2010

Urban Decay Stardust Eyeshadows

Ok so it's no secret that I love makeup and I love many (many) makeup brands. One of the first high end brands I ever tried was Urban Decay so they hold a very special place in my heart. I remember the time when they had a big huge stand in BT2. Ahhh such joy. I still have very fond memories of the lip junk.

Anyway Urban Decay are a really innovative brand, they like to push the boundaries with colours and names and their products are really fun and more importantly they are quality products. Their eyeshadows are brilliant quality and have really intense pigments. More than that they always produce the most amazing shades.
Stardust eyeshadows are Urban Decay's new collection of shadows. Urban Decay say that these eyeshadows have 40% more glitter than their other shadows. Now this can be a problem for some people cause I know some of the more glittery Urban Decay shadows have a great deal of glittery fallout. (I quite like a bit of glittery fall out on my cheeks but that is just me). Urban Decay also say that these shadows sparkle and glisten.

Stardust shadows are of the same quality as other Urban Decay eyeshadows. They have a great function where you squeeze either side of the package and the lid flips open. How brilliant is that??? I love these shadows they do seem to glisten and gleam rather than have big chunky fall out. I bought the colours Diamond Dog (brown/taupe) and Atmosphere (deep turquoise) and I am loving them. My eyelids do shimmer. There are no big chunky bits of glitter. These eyeshadows can also be applied wet for a more intense colour. I did find that when you applied them wet there was a bigger chance of fallout. These colours can be used subtly or can be livened up for a more vibrant colour.
Now here is my verdict ....
Packaging: LOVE IT, in fact I have to be stopped from using the flip open packaging (really cool)
Product: LOVE LOVE IT, i think these are a really nice shadow, I love Diamond Dog its just the right colour that you can use every day or vamp it up. You don't look like a glitter ball.
Price: This makes me sad..... I bought these shadows up the north where they were priced at £13.50, in the USA they are $20.00 and in Ireland €19.00 yes feckin' euro which translates at approx $26.00. I would buy the rest of the collection no problem but I cant really spend €19.00 on each eyeshadow (ahem in this current economic climate ahem). I fear it is another case of rip off Ireland.
If you can get your grubby mitts on one of these please give them a go and let me know what you think of them.
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Monday, March 1, 2010

Yes to Carrots????

Ok now this is a weird one for me, I don't really like carrots, I mean they are alright with a good dollop of hummus but I don't love them or anything, I can take them or leave them. But, and this is a big but..... I LOVE the Yes to Carrots Eye Contour Cream.

The cream (so it says on the tin) is made from spring water, organic cucmber and carrot juice and 26 dead sea minerals. The cream is light and fluffy, sinks in easily and doesn't sit on the skin. Now my strange addiction is the smell... it's lovely and fresh and well, basically clean smelling. I know it's a weird reason to like the cream, but when I put it on I feel refreshed and moisturised and clean and I think the light scent has a lot to do with that. It is one of those smells where I stick my nose in the tub and have a good sniff. Now I am a bit of a "smeller" of products and am often found with my nose between the pages of a freshly printed book....ahhhh it's like heaven.

I have tried some of the other products in the range including the Deliciously Rich Body Butter which is really really rich in fact its a little too rich, you have to rub it in but would be brilliant during the summer or if you have very dry skin (shins love it). It doesnt have that much of a scent but to be honest in such a thick cream it would be overpowering.

Carrot Rich Shower Gel is lovely and moisturising and has the lovely light scent which I am obsessed with.

I have also used (can you tell I bought a set?) the Hair Mask - this leaves your hair really soft and shiny and is a lovely treat.

All in all the range is affordable and is full of good ingredients including organic juices and dead sea minerals but more inportantly they do what they say they will. So next time you get a chance have a sniff and let me know what you think Pin It
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