Tuesday, March 20, 2012

You know you're a beauty junkie when... Part 2

After the great response we had to part 1 of "You know you're a beauty junkie when...", I found great solace in knowing I'm not demented... There are lots of like minded fabulous girls who were willing to share their beauty junkie secrets.  As I mentioned at the end of part 1, that was the abridged version and now I'm back with more. I could probably fill a book with them!  So here we go..

You know you're a beauty junkie when....

1.  You better recognize sister - zig zag finger click.  Any beauty junkie worth her salt knows her products and will be able to point them out when you meet her.  For example, last weekend, I was at the Beauty Trade Show with Sile, Mags from Emerald Eyeliner and Sue from CherrySueDoinTheDo.  We ran into Emma from Fluffandfripperies on our travels and stopped for a mini chat.  As beauty junkies do, Emma took my hand and asked "is that the Avon Apricot Mystery polish" and without beating a false eyelash, I said "yeah, nice isn't it". Now, any non beauty junkie would have been wide eyed and astonished, wondering how in the name of God she knew that.  In the beauty world, it's just assumed you'll know.  You don't get any special recognition, just a nonchalance, like it's expected that you should know these things.  If any of you beauty junkies have done this to a "normal" friend, you'll know what I'm talking about.  The incredulous wonderment, the muttered whispers under their breath "how did she.. did she see me putting it on...is she mental... or psychic...or demented.. yeah, probably demented..."

Avon's Apricot Mystery
2.  It's all about the light.  This is probably just a blogger thing but last Tuesday, I found that Daylight Savings Time is happening soon.  Spring forward, fall back and all that.  I asked my work chum what this meant in terms of whether the morning or evening would be brighter because I never remember.  She told me the evenings would be brighter and my immediate thought was "yesssss, I don't have to drive home from work like I'm on Top Gear doing the fastest lap, trying to get home to take photos before darkness falls".  Now I can drive home like Driving Miss Daisy and will even have time to say hi to the doggy properly.  Result.


3. When you have the shame.  Recently one of my friends asked me to go over to her place to help her with her eyeshadows.  She was going away and wanted to try something a bit more adventurous.  I was delighted to help and asked her to have all of her shadows ready so we could see what we were working with.  I went in, sat down, had the chats and then we got around to the make up part.  She went upstairs to get her shadows and then came back down into the sitting room, looking like she was empty handed.  My brows furrowed as she searched in her handbag for something, but returned unsuccessful from her search mission.  She then placed her eyeshadow stash on the teeny tiny side table...


I looked at what she put on the table and looked at her expectantly, then looked at the eyeshadows again thinking surely I had something wrong with my eyesight.  That couldn't be it.  I mean, there were two eyeshadows on the table.  One, two.  She swore there was a third one somewhere, a purple one and I gave her a sidelong glance as if to say "yeah right".  At that point we burst out laughing.  I then pulled out a beautiful 10 eyeshadow palette I'd bought that morning to show her what a real eyeshadow collection should look like.  Talk about opposite ends of the make up spectrum?!  I tried my best to give her advice on what she could do with the two shadows and after about three minutes, the lesson was over.  There are only so many permutations and combinations you can do with teeny weeny stash like that.  I will make her buy more, fear not fellow beauty junkies!

4.  When you have trust issues.  In Belfast late last year, I made a beeline to Superdrug after deciding I'd wanted to pick up some bits from Sleek make up and MUA, brands we can't get in the shops in Ireland.  I found the bits I'd wanted immediately and was able to physically unclench all of my muscles and enjoyed the rest of the day.  Later on as we wandered around the shops, Joanne offered to hold the Superdrug shopping bag and I looked at her as this internal dialogue filled my head "Em no, you're grand, you won't mind it like I will and then we'll get home after a two hour drive only to find out that something's broken and then I won't talk to you for ages due to rage".  Instead I said "Ah no you're grand, sure it's really light".  And then I minded that bag like it was fragile goods because let's be honest, it was, making sure not to knock it off anything.  It got it's own seat when we went to our favourite restaurant in Belfast, La Tasca.  You can't be too careful folks...

5.  When you can't travel light.  Hands up who packs their cosmetics before clothes when going on holidays? Last year when I went to Spain with my two friends for a week, I brought so much stuff with me and of course hardly used any of it.  


I was so annoyed with myself that I actually wrote a post about it which you can read here.  Why do we do this?  Why do we need to bring millions of eye shadows to Spain knowing that it's going to be so hot that as you're applying it, it's sliding down your face?  Same with foundation.  Why bother bringing it with us when we'll end up looking like this?  Will we ever be able to go on holidays without overpacking?  I read this post over on the lovely Saloule.com and Sarah had the most brilliant idea for bringing moisturisers etc on a short break so check it out here, so simple!  There might be hope for us yet!

So that's the latest installment of You know you're a beauty junkie when....  Feel free to tell me I'm mental or leave your own confessions in the comments below!

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  1. So true . Brought my sister into SuperDrug yesterday. Really wanted a Sleek palette . Was excitedly rambling on about Sleek and MuA and me2me. Sister looked at me like I had two head and said " bit you own all those eyeshadow shades anyway ". So left without purchasing as was feeling the shame!!!

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    1. Aw no! You need to point the sister in the direction of the door next time so you can relax and wander at will!

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  2. oh my god everything in the two posts i relate to. My sister came to visit me one day and we were up in my room looking at my little BIG collection she says to me "Nina i dont have that colour im going out the weekend can i have a lend of it" i was like hold on sure why dont you come to mine that day and i will do your makeup and nails for you lol she answers are you sure i answer without a shake in my voice YEEEEEEEEAAHHHHHH little did she know i just did not want to part with my babies plus lending stuff to your sister is like handing them over and saying goodbye.

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    1. haha! I love it! I'm lucky that Joanne doesn't care about make up, just nail polish, so I know my shadows and lippies are safe ;)

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  3. I love these posts so much..they stop me feeling like I'm the only crazy one! I remember the first time someone recognised the nail polish I was wearing, I was gobsmacked..

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  4. Thanks for the mention Karen! I was guilty of number 1 all weekend, people definitely thought I was crazy. And bring on Daylight Savings!

    x

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    1. Notta bodder Sarah, keep on recognising stuff, people will think you're psychic, or mad ;)

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  5. You can get MUA in the Superdrug in Limerick!

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    1. Sorry, I'd meant I'd wanted the Heaven and Earth palette from MUA, I've picked up nearly all of the single shadows at my local Superdrug!

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    2. lol,I see! I actually got some MUA palette free when I was in London but have barely even looked at it, you've just reminded me there!

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  6. Love these posts, I'm not alone in my crazy makeup moments!!!

    Eldest nieces were over at the weekend, 18yo was telling me how she had told their brother (14) who she is town to buy her Sally Hansen tan, I said hold on, had a wee root and found her a bottle in my collection, at this point she asked how much did I think my collection of makeup, nail and hair things would amount to cash-wise, had to tell her to shut up like the nice aunty I am!!!

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    1. Oh God, I can't begin to imagine how much my stash is worth, I'd probably have a nervous breakdown! But as I see it, I don't really drink so there's my money there ;)

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    2. Don't really drink either, wonder how many other beauty addicts/bloggers don't really drink and therefore have more money for the sparkley, magpie stuff! ;)

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  7. I'm really loving these posts and obvs this one is my favourite cos I'm in it! Thanks for the shout out lady xo

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    1. No problemo Emma! Glad you like the posts :)

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  8. Brilliant post, made me smile :) Can't wait for brighter evenings!

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    1. Thanks Laura, bring on the long evenings!!

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  9. I was laughing so hard at #2... thank god i'm alone in this office or else people might think I'm crazy.

    Trust issues... hahahaa definitely! Our bag of goodies is preciousssssss nobody touches it when it's still hot and new.

    As for packing for travel... well, I have learnt my lesson. I choose my clothes first (and try to limit to similar shades, mind you so I can wear the same shoes / belt / accessories without adding to the bulk) and then makeup last. I suppose with accessories, my colour makeup also compliments the clothes so save me lots of space in packing. :)

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