Monday, October 24, 2011

LOOK WHAT I FOUND!!

Oh ladies (and gentlespoons), look what I found. Log on to this site, register (any oul spammy e-mail you don't use), and upload a photo. Then, enjoy. I may never leave the house again.

My starting gicky photo:


And LOOK WHAT YOU CAN DO!!!!!


You can do everything from foundation, bronzer, eyeliner, shadow, contacts, brows, daft hair, hot celebrity looks, teeth whitening, can you tell how excited I am about discovering this? Supreme time waster.
You can also colour your own hair.



I do have a little issue with the 'Vanessa Hudgens' look - I look like Slash.


And I kinda want a fringe.

Enjoy!!!

www.taaz.com

S xx

Countdown to Halloween #10: Meet Zombie Boy.

Hi! As per usual, I'm WAY behind in my Halloween series - legitimate excuse this time, my little boy was sick last week and I caught it off him - just did not have the energy for blogging, so I'll try and catch up with my series without spamming you guys.

Number 10 in the countdown is Zombie Boy (also known as Rico the Zombie, real name Rick Genest) - have you heard of him? Lady Gaga fans will recognise him from the Born This Way video. Here he is with Gaga:

What I didn't realise was that Rick's make-up isn't make-up - they're tattoos. Rick Genest is a 26-year old from Canada, who has the entire upper half of his body tattooed to look like a corpse. He got his first tattoo at age 16, and has since had thousands - mostly done by the same tattoo artist, Frank Lewis. Frank and Rick design the tattoos together. You can read Rick's story on his bio page of his website HERE, and I really recommend that you do read it, because it's really interesting.

Rick recently starred in a campaign for Dermablend concealer - dermablend has been used to cover up tattoos and scars for years, and I think we can all agree that this video campaign shows exactly how good it is. Here's the video, with the slogan "Go Beyond the Cover" and tagline "How do you judge a book?"



It still amazes me that people can immediately jump to opinions when they see people covered in tattoos or piercings - I've seen comments that say things like "he's sick in the head" or "he's mentally ill". Really? Seriously? Personally, what Rick Genest decides to do with his body has absolutely no effect on me, except to cause a desire to find out more about him. That's it. Leaving aside all the stupid ill-informed comments about his mental health (which I've no doubt is perfectly intact), there was a comment under this video on another site which I immediately wanted to steal. All credit to whoever wrote this under the video on the Telegraph site. "How do I judge a book? I read it."

And personally, is it just me, or does he look better with all his tattoos?!

You can find out more about the Dermablend campaign and give your opinions on it over at http://www.gobeyondthecover.com

S xx

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Countdown to Halloween #11: Snack Time!

If you're having a Halloween party, or a horror themed party at any other time of the year (not that I'm interested in any other time of the year for the duration of October - Halloween's where it's AT), then I thought I'd compile a few of the best, easiest, and most effective recipies and snack ideas that I've come across on this here interwebs. Little ones would LOVE these, almost as much as I do. I'm gonna go through 5 of them with you, and I'll credit all ideas as I go along. Click the pictures to go to the original source. Enjoy!

1. Ghost Sticks

This is an idea from kidsfunreviewed.com, and here's how to do it: Melt some white chocolate. Dip a pretzel stick into the melted chocolate, and pop them standing up in a glass to cool without being flattened. While the chocolate's still soft, add two chocolate sprinkles for eyes and a chocolate chip for a mouth (Or you could just use tiny chocolate shavings). Easy peasy and super effective!

2. Witches Finger Cookies




I think these are ADORABLE!! they look so disgusting and ancient!! I've never been able to look at almonds in the same way since I saw them being used as fingernails in recipes. The recipe for the fingers is a little longer than the first one, and you can find all the details right here at http://kidsfunreviewed.com/halloween-party-treat-witches-finger-cookies/. Love them!

3. Monster Cupcakes


This idea came from kidsfunreviewed.com and it's so simple - get a mini muffin or cupcake, pipe some icing over the top of it, add two monkey nut shells for feet, licorice for antennae, and two little sweets for the eyes. This would be a really fun one to do with the little ones - you could add food colouring to different batches of icing, and they'd have great fun giving the monster hair. So cute!

4. Apple Bites


Halloween can be hell on the teeth - and this is a really fun way to get a bit of fruit into the proceedings. Super easy and super effective, all you have to do is quarter an apple, cut a section out of it, and stuff with almonds for the teeth. Takes all of about 60 seconds to make, and they look fantastic!! If you're not serving them right away, brush them with a little bit of lemon juice to stop them from turning brown. Although, brown-ness could add to the whole ick factor, so it's up to yourself! Original idea found on familyfun.go.com

5. Monster Toes


These look more like severed fingers to me, but I suppose you could class them as monster toes. To make these, cut a little wedge into the end of cocktail sausages to make a toenail. Cut a tortilla wrap into strips. Dampen the strips and heat in the microwave between two pieces of kitchen roll for about 15 seconds, then roll each sausage in a tortilla strip and secure them with a cocktail stick. Bake in the oven on a medium-high heat for 7-8 minutes, then fill the toenail gap with mustard or ketchup. That picture looks very much like melted cheese to me, so if you're going to do that, I'd probably add a wee bit of a cheese single before I put them into the oven. Remove the cocktail sticks, and eat! Original recipe found on www.food.com.

So, there you have it. 5 easy ideas for super-Halloweeny snacks, and a great alternative to the tooth-rotting plates of sweets, jellies and lollipops. Go on, try some!

S xx

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Countdown to Halloween #12: Magic Book

I've just realised that there are, as of today, 12 days until Halloween and not 13, so here's a double dose - number 12 in my Halloween Countdown series. Don't worry, I won't be spamming you with two posts every day, just the days that I can't count properly :)

I'm a big fan of all things crafty, and Halloween (even moreso than Christmas) lets me get a little creative and gross at the same time - a winning combination, I think you'll agree. Today, I'm going to show you how to create a really cool Halloween prop - an ancient book. My sister and I were (and still are) a little obsessed with all things witchy, so combine the books from Practical Magic and Hocus Pocus, and you'll get the idea behind this one. Firstly, the inspiration:

[Click Image for Source] Winifred's Spell Book (Hocus Pocus)

[Click Image for Source] Spell Book (Practical Magic)
So, if you're big into Halloweenifying as many areas of your house as possible like myself, then I'm going to talk you through what you need to do to make one of these nifty little spell books to add to a display. Honestly - especially if you're having a party, this can be such a brilliant talking point if surrounded by a couple of candles and a skull or two (don't get worried, my skulls are strictly wax).

Firstly, you need a book that you don't mind recycling. I recommend anything with a dust jacket, mine was an old put-of-date sports almanac that's been lying round the house for years.


When you have the book, get a little bit of sandpaper and sand the front cover down to weather it a bit - I couldn't find any, so I just went around the edges with a cheap emery board. Next, get some newspaper and tear it into strips. Roll the strips up like so:


Then use superglue to make some patterns on the front of the book and stick the rolled-up paper down in whatever shape you want. Trim any ends that are left sticking up.


Now, you can either paint the newspaper with some paint, or use a permanent black marker to colour the paper in. I used a permanent marker, and I've a headache since, so I wouldn't recommend it unless you do it near a window. Fumes - gastastic. Use a gold or silver pen to add some little accents. When it's coloured in, it'll look a bit like this:


Lastly, use any bits or bobs you have lying around to add decorations to the front of it. My leopard-print thing came from a Penneys bracelet that lived a long and happy life until it got caught in a drawer. Just dig around and see what you have - beads, stickers, bits of Halloween decorations - anything will work.


Pretty cool, no? If you want to go even further, you can google 'spells', type one out in a fancy font, then get a teabag and stain the page. Add accents of gold pen, and look - authentic (kinda) spell book.


This is one of my favourite crafty projects to do for Halloween - I hate buying mass-produced things that everyone else has, I love to make my own decorations and props. Whether you think this is ungodly crap, or pretty cool - thanks for reading to this point, and hope you get some inspiration to make one of your decorations this October!

S xxx

Countdown to Halloween #13: What's your favourite Scary Movie?

If you don't like Halloween then you may want to steer clear of this blog until November the 1st. I've been itching to do a Halloween series all month, and here it starts! I'm going to do 13 Halloween posts between now and Halloween, so here's the first one.



I love scary movies. Not because they scare me (very few actually do), but because I've always loved sitting in the dark, with a big bowl of popcorn, and a really good (or cheesy) scary movie. If it's got Halloween in it, I'm all over it. Some of these are slightly scary, some aren't. Here are the top 6 movies that I watch every Halloween!

6: Hocus Pocus
This isn't a scary movie (unless you're under 12), it's just Halloween at its finest. Max just moved to a new town with his family, and is one of those teenage boys who thinks he's super-cool. He does something daft to impress the pretty girl in his class, and ends up unleashing a whole lot of Halloween madness on his town. This is one of Bette Midler's finest performances, and it's my favourite Sarah Jessica Parker film by a country mile. Absolutely brilliant, Halloween night wouldn't be complete without it! (Have actually watched this 3 times already this month). If by some rarity you haven't seen it, WHAT are you waiting for?! Track it down now!

5: The Nightmare Before Christmas
Is it a Halloween movie? Is it a Christmas movie? Who cares - it's one of the best (if not THE best) stop-motion animations ever created. Take Tim Burton, a witty Danny Elfman soundtrack, a unique love story, Halloween, Christmas, the cutest ghost dog ever, and you get a beautiful little movie unlike any other. Watch it! May be a little scary for very young kids - my son is 7 and he loves it, but I only let him watch it this year.

4: Scream
Firstly, time to make everyone feel old again - this movie was released in 1996. FIFTEEN years ago. When you're over that shock, rent this little gem and enjoy it all over again. This, for me, was the scariest movie I'd seen at the time, and it spawned so many sequels and spoofs that it's definitely cemented itself as a modern horror classic. The much-parodied Drew Barrymore scene is almost as iconic as the scream mask at this stage - go on, dig this one out for Halloween! (I'd leave the sequels where they are, frankly).

3. The Ring
One late night on Channel 4, I came across a movie called Ringu. It was the first time I have ever watched a movie with subtitles and forgotten that there was subtitles - it scared the living bejaysus out of me. I could never watch it again, it freaked me out so much. When I heard that there was going to be a remake, I wondered if it would be as scary - it's not, but it's still a damn good movie and never fails to get my heart pounding. Who knew unlabelled video tapes could be so scary?

2. The Blair Witch Project
The amount of media coverage that this 1999 movie got was beyond insane. Who remembers all the television debates, magazine articles, newspaper reports - I remember at the time there was a big fuss over it being "a psychological horror - you don't actually see anything, it plays tricks on your mind". You'd swear that it was going to warp us all. When it was released, it did scare me! The final scene still makes me jump. This movie is brilliant for what it is - a prime example of how we can scare ourselves stupid with only our imaginations. Love it!

1. The Shining
This whole list could have been made up of Stephen King movies. I picked this one because it's my favourite Stephen King book - I also love the movies Misery, Tommyknockers, Thinner, IT, Carrie - but the Shining has four very creepy elements that make it my number one King movie to watch at Halloween.

1: Creepy kids. Not just that pair in the picture, but the little kid in the movie too. One word: Tony. Sweet.Jesus.
2: Shelley Duvall. I spend half of this movie glued to it and the other thinking how feckin' stupid her character is. I mean, your husband's gone demented, what do you do - go to sleep?!!! Her stupidity is scary.
3: The quotes - RedRum, Here's Johnny, All Work and No Play.... it's one of the most easily quotable movies of all time.
4: Jack Nicholson - the best portrayal of a man going absolutely bat shit crazy I've ever seen in a movie (apart from the chipper scene in Falling Down) - the very definition of Cabin Fever.
5: The Hotel Staff - are they real? Aren't they? Are they ghosts? Is he just gone that demented that he's making them up? Ooh the suspense!

I'd be here all day if I listed every single movie I love to watch at Halloween - honourable mentions go to The Corpse Bride, Edward Scissorhands (my favourite movie in the whole world ever, at any time of year), Coraline, Sleepy Hollow, The Witches of Eastwick, Identity, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Mirrors, Friday the 13th, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Uninvited, all the Scary Movie series, Psycho, Poltergeist - I could go on and on.

So, what's your favourite scary movie?

S xx

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Nails for Bría!

I've heard that there's a gorgeous little 8-year-old girl living in Dublin who loves my nail posts, so Bría, this one is just for you!

Firstly, it's a good idea to save this one for a Friday evening after school or for the weekend, I don't think this would be a good look for a school night :) I picked 3 polishes that I like, but you can pick any polish you want, you don't have to stick to the same colours I did. Here are the ones I picked:

L-R: Essence Underwater (€1.29), Essence Sundancer (€1.29)
and Glo Baby Glo pink (€2 or €3) - all from Penneys.
First, I painted my nails with the three colours.


Then, get an old piece of paper or cardboard and put a drop of each colour on it:


Make sure the paper is thick enough so that nothing leaks through! Next, take a cotton bud and dab the tip of it into the polish lightly. Dot it on your nails, use a different cotton bud side for each colour.


When you're done, you should end up with something that looks like this:


Hope you enjoyed this post, and I hope you have great fun doing it! Also, thank you for reading my blog and make sure that you've got all your homework done before you try this out :)

S xx

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Saturday Night Song #9

Tonights SNS is Thunder by East 17.



Ahh, East 17. I loved them. I loved Brian and Terry's funny gnome hats and the way their trousers looked like full nappies. I wasn't much of a Take That fan - I liked them, but I didn't get the whole fuss surrounding them - I remember the first book fair at school after their split, and in particular, two girls ripping pieces out of each other to get the last TT notebook and pencil set. I thought they were MENTAL. Thunder was my favourite East 17 song (well, maybe second favourite, after Steam, but I hadn't heard this in ages). This was released in 1995, the year I left Primary School. Sob.

I adored East 17. They were (to me, who was about 11 or 12) like the really cool bad-ass anti-Take That. Which is ironic, considering one of their biggest hits is a mushy love song that has appeared on every Christmas compilation CD. I haven't listened to Thunder in years, and as it's playing while I'm writing this, I find the lyrics SO cringey. "I called you on the phone, you said you're happy on your own" - jaysus.

East 17 split up and reformed a couple of times, some band members had - eh - "issues" (I'm looking at you, Brian), and to be honest I lost track of them. You can read what happened to East 17 at the very credible and always reliable (snort) Wikipedia page for the band HERE. There was word of a comeback - Brian was replaced with a new vocalist, but he left too. So will there be a new East 17 album? I don't know. Do we need one? I say go buy Around The World: The Journey So Far (which is actually still a pretty good Greatest Hits CD) and relive the tracks that made East 17 one of the most popular acts of the 90s. Now, someone bring me a copy of Smash Hits, a bottle of Cavan Cola, and a Desperate Dan bar. Pronto.

Enjoy your Saturday Night,

S xxx

Monday, October 10, 2011

Personal Post for BCAM

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM). 


Is there anyone reading this who hasn't been touched by cancer at one point or another? I highly doubt it. For me, it's been my Dad (died aged 49 from bowel cancer), my Uncle (died aged 64 from liver cancer) and my Nana (died aged 86 with breast cancer). Because this is breast cancer awareness month, I want to talk a little bit about my Nana. Her name was Brigid Cassidy. 

Me & Nana, circa 1988
The cancer started in her breast and spread down into her spine. They reckoned that she'd had symptoms for years but done nothing about it. By the time they'd discovered it, the doctors could do nothing - it had spread too far and she was too old to risk any operations. I watched her deteriorate, change from my lovely strong, independant Nana who would tut at you if she caught you sitting down when you "could be up doing something", to a shell of herself - a shadow. She had a long, happy life, but I've always thought that it was so unfair. I hated the attitude that some people had - as if it didn't matter, because she was in her 80s. She was still MY Nana. The woman who'd been there for me my entire life. I was angry for a long, long time - not because she died OF cancer, but because she died WITH cancer. This horrible... thing that settled in and took her over. Towards the end, that's all anyone could see - the disease. Not my lovely Nana. Not the woman who had stepped in when my parents separated and became our second parent - I often describe her as the best Dad anyone could ever have. She made sure that I would grow up to be a strong, independent woman and I'm so thankful for that. She made sure I knew how to do everything from wire a plug to bake a cake. She was amazing.

I had a little scare about two years ago - everything was fine, it turned out to be nothing, but in those two days that I had to wait to see a doctor, I realized finally what my worst nightmare was. Leaving my son. Cancer is something that we need to get rid of - we need to help find a cure. This is where you come in.

Firstly, for the ladies reading this, check your breasts. Do it today. If you're not sure that you're doing it properly, then read this post here, it shows you exactly what to do. Take note of one of the first lines - it's 15 minutes a MONTH, girls. That's nothing. I've often sat looking out the window for 15 minutes. Do it. 

Secondly, it's not just breast cancer that you need to be aware of. If you've never had a smear test, book one now. I don't know how it works in the U.K., but for Ireland, you must register with http://cervicalcheck.ie/. For those of you who don't want to have a smear, ask yourself why. Are you afraid? From what I can remember, it takes a kettle longer to boil from scratch than the actual smear process takes. Close your eyes, grit your teeth, do it. It's seconds. 

The third thing you can do, and it's something you can do right now, is visit Nicoletta's Blog. Read this post about Nicoletta's lovely Mum. If it leaves you wondering what you can do to help, like it did for me, then do this: Go to http://www.justgiving.com/nicolettasblog and make a donation. You can use PayPal, and you can donate anonymously if you prefer. There is no set amount to donate, you can give anything from £2 to whatever you can afford. Every small amount adds up, and it would be brilliant if we could all help to smash this target of £1,000 for Breast Cancer Campaign. Also, when you donate to Nicoletta's cause, you'll be entered into a draw on her blog, where you can win all kinds of amazing prizes donated by brilliant companies who want to help. Here's her post about the event: http://nicolettasbeautyspace.blogspot.com/2011/10/breast-cancer-big-charity-event.html


If you do one thing this October, then do something to support the fight against breast cancer. And please, for heaven's sake, check your breasts. Do it today, then set a reminder on your phone to do it again in a month's time. Please. 

S xx

Sunday, October 9, 2011

YSL-Inspired Tuxedo Nails

Just a quick post to show you how easy it is to dupe the YSL tuxedo manicure seen over on this post on beaut.ie - the YSL matte & gloss set is coming in at €35, but if you're not in a position to get your hands on one, this is the look I came up with using the Essence Matte Topcoat, Essence Black is Black, and Essence French Manicure Tip Guides. Obvs, my nails aren't as long and glam as the woman in the YSL ad, but you get the general idea.

Paint your nails with the black polish, wait for it to dry, then place a tip guide over the top and paint the remainder of the nail with the matte polish. Remove the tip, et voilà! Swanky nails for less than a fiver. 


Happy Sunday,

S xx

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Saturday Night Song #8

I realise that if I'd stuck to this SNS idea, I'd be way into the teens now, but to be honest, I keep forgetting. So rejoice, for today, I have remembered! Yay! Tonights SNS is The One and Only by Chesney Hawkes.



Who: Chesney Hawkes was an English singer/songwriter who hit the jackpot with this song - it was (according to his website) the 20th most successful hit of the 90s, which is no mean feat. He was 20 years old at the time of this release.

It's at this point in the proceedings that I'm going to change the format of my SNS posts, because sometimes it's an awful lot of work to go digging around each artists background, and most of you know about them anyway. I'm taking it back from the factual style of... yore, and I'm instead going for the reasons why I pick these songs and what they mean to me.

Why: Because my sister was totally in love with him. She sent him a fan letter talking about how much she loved him, and she must have mentioned her family members because we ALL received autographed Chesney photographs, even one for Nana - "To Nana, love Chesney Hawkes". I have always been a bit suspicious of this - mainly, because my sister was only 4 years old in 1991 when this song came out. I think my Mum liked him more than she let on, and wanted to make sure we all got autographs. Including her. And Nana. Thanks Mum! I also picked this song because even though I detest the chorus, I LOVE the verses. I think it's a brilliant pop song and I think it's stood the test of time. It never, ever fails to make me smile - anything that reminds me of really happy lazy days in the early 90s playing Barbies with my sister is never a bad thing.

Bet you're all dying to know what Chez looks like now, right? Here he is:

Image: http://shamrockmusicfestival.com

He's still gigging away, fair play to him. Say what you like about this particular brand of cheesy pop - it's almost a cult hit at this point. Oh, and just to make you all feel fabulous about your ages, this song is TWENTY YEARS OLD.

Enjoy your Saturday night,

S xx

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

What I Did This Week: Polish, Sew, Embarrass Myself.

Hello! IT'S HALLOWEEN MONTH!!! Apart from getting uber-excited about Halloween (it's October now, we're allowed to say it), this week I have mostly been playing with nail polish and sewing. This started with the nail wraps that came from this seller on eBay, which I'll show you a picture of now. I've never used these before, and I don't know what I was expecting, but in hindsight I wouldn't put them on all 10 nails (overkill central). Here are the ones I got:


Blah. They weren't on five minutes until they started peeling, and once I saw them starting to peel I had them picked off within an hour of putting them on. Very poor sticking power (nails were clean and buffed before application) and couldn't use a topcoat. Poor! I do like the pattern, but maybe just on an accent nail if I ever bother to get these or similar again. I'm a picker, it's too tempting!

The next design I attempted was a plaid/striped thing - I can't draw a straight line to save myself, so needless to say I didn't sport this look for long. I do like the colours though, so I may try this again some day when I've the patience to wait for the base to dry long enough to use tape to make straight lines.


Next, I tried a graduated-glitter combo, using three shades of purple and a blue glitter topcoat. I do like the way this one turned out, so I think I'll do it again this weekend.


I did a blue version of this too, here it is: 



After reading this post on Beaut.ie, I whipped out my Essence matte topcoat and did this:


Apart from fluting around with nail polish, this week I also started on my *gasp* Christmas cards - they're all hand-stitched so I have to start early, so that I can tailor every card to the individual person. I did a lot of sewing this week - also did this as a card topper for my Sister, who moved out of home for the first time:


Finally, today, I was practising my makeup for Halloween - I have nothing specific in mind, but I know that I want to be blue. I don't know why, I just do. I was looking for blue inspiration and remembered two of the lead characters from two of my favourite stop-motion animated movies, The Corpse Bride and The Nightmare Before Christmas. So there I was this morning, make-up all over the place, trying to make a blue foundation from some pale foundation and blue eyeshadow, drawing random eye lines to see how it looked, and what happens? Knock at the door. I had a little peek outside and it was a courier, with a car part for himself. Dilemma!! Do I answer the door with a blue face, or do I pretend I'm not in. If I pretend I'm not in, himself won't get his stuff. If I answer the door, courier will laugh. What did I do? I bit the bullet and answered the door. With this face.


He didn't laugh. He didn't say ANYTHING. His facial expression didn't change. He just acted as if it was the most normal thing in the world, handed me the package, asked for a signature on the little electronic thingamibob, and then left. Which makes me think he's either a fellow Halloween freak, or he's seen FAR stranger things in his time than a blue person answering the door.

What have you guys done this week so far? Anything interesting? Anyone excited for Halloween?

S xxx

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Essence Review.

Afternoon, folks. As I mentioned back in THIS POST, I'm not about to start posting daily make-up reviews or pictures, but when something catches my eye I like to show other people what it's like before they spend their money on it. I know that sometimes people freak at the thought of a foundation for under 4 yoyos, but rest assured, it's not that bad.

Essence cosmetics are fast becoming favourites of mine - along with their big sister Catrice, they make sure that we can have up-to-date trends without spending a fortune. Their stands are amazing - like little multicoloured caves full of nice bright shiny things. Where I live, Essence is available in both Dunnes and independent Chemists (but strangely, not in either of my nearest Penneys branches, which is where it's usually found). The other evening, I threw a few bits into the trolley when I was in Dunnes. I thought I'd do a wee review because the stuff really, really impressed me.

Here's what I picked up:


Essence Clear & Matt oil-free foundation in 02: Honey; Essence I Love Extreme mascara in 01, and Essence Colour & Go nail polish in Blue Addicted (infamous Deborah Lippmann dupe). I lost the receipt, but it was definitely less than a tenner for all three items.

First, the mascara - the brush is HUGE.


I do like a big brush (minds out of the gutter, cheers), but this one was almost intimidating! Still, I went for it and here's the before/after pic, top picture is no mascara and bottom one is two coats of this.


For that effect after two coats, I'm willing to put up with the uber-large brush. I love this mascara, it's not clumpy and I can't even feel it on my lashes, as opposed to the over-hyped Rimmel Day2Night, which clumps like bejaysus. If bejaysus clumped. Check it out from the side, my lashes looked so much longer. Will most definitely be repurchasing! This was around €3 or €4.


The next thing I wanted to show you was the Blue Addicted polish - I used China Glaze Calypso Blue as a base, because I really didn't have the time or the patience to see if this could build up to decent coverage after a few coats. This is Calypso Blue with two coats of Blue Addicted:


€1.29, ladies (and gentlespoons). One-flippin'-twenty-nine. Will be going back for another one of these too, there was only one bottle left on the stand the other night, and at that price, ye can see why. To my eyes, there's feck all of a difference between this and the extra-pricey Deborah Lippmann Across the Universe, see below:

Image: http://www.nailnerd.com

And finally, the foundation. I grabbed it because I'm down to the wire with my expensive foundation and I hate wasting it on every day school/shop runs, and if I don't have something on my face I feel naked and freckly. This was less than €4, and here's a photo of it on. Excuse the hair, it has a mind of its own.


Decent enough coverage, and feels lightweight, for a few euro it's not completely rotten - and at least I can hold on to my good stuff a little bit longer! In fairness, I wouldn't reach for it on a night out or an important day out, that picture was only a few hours ago and it's wearing off already. Also, considering that this wasn't the palest shade available, I think it's quite pale. Although, not as pale as whatever the HELL I was wearing on my face in the below picture. Ah, teen phases - love 'em!


S xx