Monday, March 12, 2012

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

In my recent ombre nail post, I spoke about my pals that aren't beauty junkies not getting why I would want to paint each nail a different colour and it made me think.  What's in our brains that makes us so different from the girl who can just go in to Boots for a wander and come out with nothing!  Now, there'll be two groups of people reading this; the first will be nodding along thinking "Yep, that's me, thank God I'm not alone in my lunacy" and the second will have a look of horror and disbelief and will think I'm a mentler.

So, you know you're a beauty junkie when....

1. The first thing you do when you swatch something on the back of your hand is to smell it.  This includes lipstick, eyeshadow, lipgloss, moisturiser etc.  I was at an event a couple of weeks ago and we were given a tube of cream to pass around and try out on the back of our hands.  Every single one of us applied some to the back of our hands, rubbed it in slowly and stopped to smell it for the varying degrees of absorption.  I gazed around the room and was able to relax.... Kindred beauty junkie souls we were...

2. You keep a new product in it's box for the first few weeks of it joining my collection.  This might just be a blogger thing or just a me thing and I have no logical reason why I do it.  For example, before Christmas I picked up this Rouge Allure Laque from Chanel.  I love it and have used it lots since buying it but as soon as I apply it at home, the lid goes back on and back it goes in it's box.  No reason.  Just because.  When it's less new, it's allowed to be in my collection without his box.


3. Your bathroom is full of half finished bottles of shampoos and conditioners.  Recently I read this post on Susan Conley's blog www.brightandbeautyfull.com about her shampoo and conditioner obsession and it nearly made me shed a tear.  A good tear.  A "I'm not the only one who's bathroom is packed full of half used products."  I love buying and trying new hair products.  I rarely pay full price, instead making good use of the 3 for 2 offers in Boots, giving me a) a great bargain and b) the excuse to try new products.  Win win.  Except the major flaw in my plan is that I don't like to be coming close to the end of a bottle of shampoo or conditioner and not have a new one ready to go.  So I buy a new one.  Then I can't wait to use it and end up starting the new bottle, leaving the half empty bottle there...

4.  You have multiple variations of the same shade of eyeshadow/lipstick/nail polish.  You can't help it when you see them in the shop.  You think "ooh, this could be a dupe for Stila's Kitten".  Doesn't matter that you already have Stila's Kitten at home.  No.  Reason is gone out the door.  I mean, last year I bought Deborah Lippmann's Across the Universe and within a week, saw that Essence had a dupe and bought it.  Why Karen?  You already had the original...  I blame it on the blog, that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!


5.  When you know something's missing.  Ok, I'm not Rainman or anything before you ask, but last year (and I remember vividly), I was sorting through my nail polishes, just admiring them really and seeing which one spoke to me enough to be applied that day.  Then, as if hit by lightening, I knew one was missing.... Revlon's Cherries in the Snow was not in my pile o' polishes.  I wasn't looking for it or anything, I just knew it wasn't there, psychic ability or what?  I asked Joanne if she'd borrowed it and she said no, but I was unconvinced.  I knew in my waters that she had it, I mean, there's only two of us in the house.  She found it of course and order was restored in my nail polish collection and I painted my nails with it out of appreciation.

6.  When you have to be chaperoned at the chemist.  My friend Mags is the ultimate Stila fan and loves to go visit the stand in her local Boots.  I'm giggling just writing this!  So from time to time she goes to see what's new and enjoys swatching the products, just because.  She then gets annoyed at the lack of care that's being given to the Stila stand and so she tidies it up, muttering under her breath "people won't buy it if it doesn't look nice"!  She likes to schedule weekly dates at the Stila stand and is the reason why it'll always look well organised, clean and tidy!

*Important note*  This is the abridged version of this post...  I could have gone on for ages!  What are your strange habits when it comes to beauty products?  Are you a beauty junkie or one of the lucky ones?!
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  1. I dont sniff most things, just things that would go near my nose and hair things.
    If something comes in a pretty box I like to keep it in it, though that sometimes can take up more room. I have an old really hard A4 size Lola perfume box thats currently full with MAC lipstick, blush, eyeshadow and skinfinish boxes.
    I always know when somethings missing. I was just walking past my desk the other day and started looking around because I noticed I was a lipstick down.
    I can usually manage to get of Boots in once piece its anywhere with MAC, Nars or OPI I struggle to leave without something.

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    1. I love keeping nice perfume boxes too, isn't it mad that we notice when things are missing?!

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  2. Is there some kind of 5 step programme we can enter? God grand me the serenity to be able to spot a dupe and the ability to know the difference
    I am a famous freak ;)

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    1. hahaaa We should have meetings and call it BJA (Beauty Junkie Anonymous)!

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  3. My Mum and sister can't understand how I always know if something is missing from my make up collection but I just do. I only have to take one look at my makeup cabinet to know that something is not there! And I frequently go through and tick everything off my mental itinerary! I also have to stay out of boots except on special occasions! Love things to stay in their box- always have to force myself to throw a box out. I don't usually smell things tho, so maybe I don't have to admit to being an addict just yet.

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    1. What can I say, it's a gift to notice subconsciously when something's missing! I wouldn't count yourself out too quickly, you're very close hehe

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  4. Love this post! Check, check, check, check, check and check! I was driven demented this past weekend because I had forgotten a particular lippie and couldn't remember where I might have put it. As soon as I got home from a weekend at my friend's house, I tore the place apart looking for it. (And found it, yay!). I also keep new things in their boxes even though I rarely photograph the boxes for the blog, tis very odd. But thank god I'm not alone! xo

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    1. I don't usually photograph the boxes either, I don't know why I keep them! Glad to hear I'm not alone, x

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  5. THIS IS SO TRUE! Brilliant post Karen, I nearly choked on my brekkie reading this and laughing! I was one of those at the event smelling my paws, I was so relieved to look around and see everyone else doing the same!

    I'd like to add one of my own, I wonder does anyone else do this. You have a little person in your head who reviews products as you try them. Doesn't matter where you are, work, chemist, in the shower, as you're applying a product the little voice in your head is going "Applies smoothly and evenly, with good payoff..."

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  6. Oh oh oh oh! Also you have a swatching hand/arm. And if something happens to said swatching hand/arm - a nail breaks, a burn or cut - it's the end of the world.

    I hope I'm not the only one who cries if a nail on her swatching (left) hand breaks!

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  7. And another! You have a stash of products that you're dying to use but can't, because you haven't photographed them in their pristine, unused glory yet.

    I'll stop now I promise!

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    1. That's brilliant! One of the points I'd left out for this abridged version was keeping things untouched until I photograph them! I thought it might just be a blogger thing and that non bloggers would think we were mental! I have some really gorgeous things at home that I'm dying to blog about but refuse to take anything other than brilliant photos with great lighting!

      Re the nails, my left hand is the one I usually photograph for nails of the day posts because my camera is so heavy and the position of the button makes it really hard to take photos of my right hand using my left hand if that makes sense! I need to get my tripod working properly and then I'll be an ambidextrous swatcher!

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  8. Hi, My name is Cindy, and I am a Beauty Junkie. Even though I am attending this meeting, I am NOT READY TO GIVE UP MY HABIT!

    I have yet to attend an "event", but I do the swatch and sniff thing in my chemist.

    *lowers voice* My 6yr old daughter does it now too...

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    1. Cindy, don't give up your addiction, you're among friends, other crazy friends here! How funny that you've passed it along to your daughter! At least you won't be alone in being a beauty junkie!

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  9. that is hilarious, my father in law will go into my bathroom and move them around in my 'melmer' and doesn't understand how I know they were moved!! He once took a Zoya and hid it in the closet, I realized it within a hour or so and tore my daughters closet up and was going wonky cuz I knew one was missing, it finnaly dawned on me and I called my hubby upset and he told me where my father in law hid it..... NOT NICE!!! I really panicked!!! lmao!!!

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    1. Missy, that's just torture! I think you should hide some of his stuff and see what he thinks!!

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  10. Was in kinks reading this post, was nodding my head reading along thinking I do all those things and even worse I have my little nieces hooked on talking pics of their nails, two weeks ago my 5yr and 2yr old nieces were over, I painted their nails, sprayed them down with quick dry spray and they both said "now take a picture", could they come to our beauty junkie meetings too, they love MAC lipglosses and OPI nailvarnishes ;)

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    1. That's too cute! They can be our mascots, they'll fit right in :)

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    2. They would, sister with the 2yr old niece texted me on the Monday after they left to tell me that the wee girly had chipped her nail and had very seriously informed her mummy that they'd have to come back to Sligo for me to fix her nails "Gráinne will do my nails".
      I already know how bad of a makeup junkie the little ones will be in years to come by the 17 and 18 year old nieces, I'm a good influence beauty wise as long as they don't think of the cost, lol

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  11. So so so true ! I trellised how much if a beauty junkie I was last week. I lost my main makeup bag and was in a panic. Searched through my stash and realised I could replicate nearly everything in the main bag , doh!

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    1. Realised - fat finger fail!

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    2. I think I'd be the exact same, it's terrible, we love what we love and that's why we've multiples of everything!

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  12. This post perfectly defines me! I am a total beauty junkie. #sorryimnotsorry

    http://www.glamkittenslitterbox.com/
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

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  13. I organise everything to within an inch of its life - by type and then by colour and then by finish, so I always know if something's missing! When my sister lived with me things never, ever were returned - things would stay in her room for 3/4 months until she became convinced they were hers. Had to stage stealth missions into her room to retrieve all my stuff on a weekly basis!

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    1. I'm lucky in that my sister isn't pushed on make up or beauty products, so she rarely has anything belonging to me, apart from nail polish. I must learn your stealth mission methods to get them back!

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  14. LOL Karen, brilliant post, hillarious but also very, v.e.e.ry true :). I have one:

    You know you're a beuty junkie when right after purchasing a product, you go online to check other people's reviews on it! WTF? You just bought that!!! xx

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    1. Thanks missus! I do the same thing with a new product! Then I either feel validated that I bought something good, or remorseful that I didn't check the bad reviews before picking it up but hopeful it works for me ;)

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  15. Oh dear....all of the above! I had a good guilty giggle reading that. :-) great post.

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    1. Yay! Welcome aboard the crazy train ;)

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  16. Yup, this is me alright.. i do pretty much all of these! I HAVE to keep the box! haha xo

    http://prettypetticoats.blogspot.com/

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  17. Great post, I can definitely identify with most of these - especially keeping new goodies in boxes!! :)

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  18. Awww for some reasons, number 2 made me laugh! You are so cute Karen! "When it's less new, it's allowed to be in my collection without his box." Awwwww ahahah

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  19. These words could have come straight from me ! Everything in the list I do! People think its wired, they don't understand. I go shopping with my mam she's gone around every shop 1hr 30mins later I'm Excatly where she left me covered in swatches and saying I'll be ready in a min just need to check one more thing lol

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  20. Totally agree with #5. It's like we have this inventory system inside our brains. Much better than computer because it actually record also where and around when you bought what item. :)

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