Sunday, April 24, 2011

My makeup story

Ever since I started my blog back in September, I've been thinking here and there about how my love for makeup came about and I thought I'd share it with other beauty obsessives out there!

My first beauty related memory is getting one of these doll thingys 2 years in a row from one of my aunties. 

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She saw how much I loved it the first year so got me one the following year!  I remember 2 of my other aunties on the same side of the family were into makeup and skincare and still are, so I must get it from them :)

I remember raiding my mam's small makeup stash and finding a palette I loved so much.  I used to play around with in my bedroom trying to recreate looks I saw in magazines.  I still remember an article showing how to put pink eyeshadow on the inner half of the eyelid and brown on the outer half.  I thought this was ingenious!  Many a time I'd be out with my neighbour next door and she'd say to me "Karen, were you in your mam's makeup again?"  I could never understand how she knew since I had taken it off!  It was only when I'd come back inside and look in the mirror only to find pink eyeshadow all over my eyes :)

This is the palette I've kept to remind me where this obsession started :)  It came to Canada with me and back hehe

Growing up I loved going into chemists and pound shops to buy my own shampoo and body washes.  Of course, I had Constance Carroll makeup and what girl didn't have Heather Shimmer lipstick back then, ah good times...  I used to use Max Factor's Pan Stick because Sarah Michelle Gellar used it, it didn't matter to me that I didn't know how to use it, and blending?  Hadn't a baldy notion about blending or brushes back then.  I still have my Body Shop eyelash curler that I got when I was about 16, no lie.  Still use it all the time!  In my college years, I distinctly remember frequenting the USI bar in town with bright frosty blue/silver eyeshadow right up to my eyebrows, thank God there are no photos of that hehe

I used to love buying the American magazines like Seventeen and seeing all the makeup that they used over there.  So needless to say when I finally got to go to the States in 1997, I made it my business to pick up Maybelline Great Lash mascara and thought I was great having it when none of my friends here did :)

It wasn't until I moved to Canada from 1999-2003 that I started collecting higher end products.  My first Mac eyeshadow was Trax :)  When the Celtic tiger was in full swing, it was great being able to buy higher end products all the time, but at the mo, real life means I have to budget a bit more but because of that, I've come across some great brands that are really affordable.

A couple of years ago I was messing around on Youtube and came across Lauren Luke.  She was the first guru I ever watched and I learned so much from her.  I'd no idea there was a beauty community out there and loved reading blogs and watching videos.  I told my sister about the community and she then asked me if I'd heard of an Irish blog where they wrote about makeup & all things beauty and where you could swap makeup you didn't want anymore?!?!?  I was disgusted that she had left it weeks after she found out about it before telling me, her makeup loving sister!!  My love of was born :)  I loved that they were sisters and I loved that they were Irish.  I was hooked and completely inspired.

I hmmed and hawed for ages about whether to start my own blog.  I didn't think I'd be any good at it or if anyone would be interested in what I had to say, so I left it for a while.  I thought about it some more and thought about my dad.  He had his own business as a bookbinder and loved what he did.  He worked so hard at it, was excellent at it and I admired the passion he had for it.  So I got the courage to start the blog because of him.  So thanks Dad :)  I think he'd have been proud I put myself out there :)


  1. Brilliant post missie. I had one of those make up dolls too and I adored it. I love that you kept your mam's eye palette, so sweet.

  2. I used to love American mags too! That's so lovely about your dad :) xx

  3. thanks for all the lovely comments girlies :)

  4. yay an irish blogger just like myself you should check out mine im just getting started n wold love the support!!

  5. What a lovey makeup story haha, I seriously just eat it up when I hear how other people got into makeup. I just love reading that kind of stuff. I'm not sure if I like the story or it's just my nosy-ness sneaking out.


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