So today’s blog post is not intended to be a rant in any way – but I know that’s exactly how it is going to end up. Before we get stuck in however, let me paint you a picture and make you jealous…
It’s Friday. Friday night. Friday nights are Amy nights. Joel is working late, I am nursing that sweet sweet bottle of wine, I have carbs in the oven and a selection of bangin’ movies ready to be watched. On the other end of the spectrum I lost a nail on each hand and it’s throwing me off typing properly… so in 20 seconds I’ve gone from relaxed typing in my happy place to angrily slamming the delete key because I made a mistake.
Anyway, let’s move on.
This list of products are items that I have used once or twice and effing hate and weren’t worth the money spent. Some of the products might surprise you as some are classed as ‘Beauty Must Haves’ but they simply just didn’t work for me. Saying that I don’t like a product doesn’t mean that I don’t like the brand itself, in fact some of the products I absolutely love the brands.
I have taken one item pretty much from every category of make up so read on to see what products I regret buying and will not repurchase!
Benefit Porefessional. This one is just a serious NOPE for me and my skin which is a shame because I see SO many beauty bloggers and You Tubers rave about this product but for me, it dries me the hell out. When I put my foundation over it, the primer lifts off and then sits patchy over it. My skin is dryer so really I shouldn’t use this for my skin type anyway but whatever, it didn’t work for me and I will not be repurchasing!
Maybelline New York Dream Liquid Mousse. Okay, I guarantee this foundation will be someone’s number one go to and it is so hard to get the perfect foundation but this one is so far away from perfect I could feel my skin cry. It gave me pores and lines I didn’t even know I had. I really tried with this one, I actually used the whole bottle trying to make it work but it just wasn’t happening. Every time I wore it, it ended up seriously chalky. Coverage wise it ended up blotchy too, but it was deceiving because it looked great for the first half hour and then turned to shit.
Laura Mercier Powder. I KNOW. I only bought this because every beauty blogger I watch uses it. This powder I don’t mind as much but it doesn’t last long on me at all. I bought it originally to ‘bake’ with, which was fine but it sucks so much moisture out of my skin that it makes me look even dryer than I already am. I would repurchase if there weren’t so many other great powders out there that I already have.
Benefit Hoola Bronzer. Sorry to come for Benefit again, this one is just purely personal preference because I prefer a warm toned bronzer and this is probably the most cool toned bronzer I have ever used. In saying that, I don’t mind it as a contour shade but for the amount of times I actually contour it wouldn’t be worth repurchasing. I actually don’t like the packaging either, I always find that when I get to the end of my Benefit blushers I dig around the outside and lift too much product and it doesn’t go on nicely, you know?
Charlotte Tilbury Beach Sticks. Not specifically this one, but all cream blush sticks ever. I hate them. All of them. I can’t get to grips with these products to be used over foundation, etc. Also, I myself am pretty familiar with how make up works but to a regular person this is definitely a ‘lie in drawer and never wear’ kind of product. I have tried blush sticks over and under powder, on their own with and without foundation and I just hate them. Sorry. Although ‘Beach Stick’… I like the name.
Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade. I loved this product when it first came out, it was revolutionary and while I was on the thick instagram brow trend this product was brilliant. Since ABH came out with this, there have been so many dupes released and it just so happens that they are better. The ABH pomade goes dry after it’s been open awhile and can be hard to spread out so because there are so many other affordable products that are in my opinion better, that’s why it’s on this list. For those interested, my favourite dupes of this are Make Up Revolution Eye Brow Pomade and the NYX Tame and Frame Tinted Brow Pomade.
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette. Sooo, I will not be buying the other palettes (1,2 and 3) as well but not because I regret buying them. They were absolutely amazing at the time, amazing for when I was just starting out doing make up. As I have progressed in make up and learned more things and tried more brands I have just found that for the money I can get a lot more. The Smoky Palette however, I just couldn’t do anything with it. At the time that it came out I think that those who were interested in the Naked palettes could have done a smoky eye with the palettes they already had. To me, this is a waste of money because you don’t need a whole palette just to do a smoky eye. Not only that but the actual pigment in this palette wasn’t very strong and the colours were very hard to blend out and looked like a hot mess rather than a smoky eye.
Kylie Jenner Lip Kits. Oh my God. Oh my God. I just hate these. I am not a huge liquid lipstick fan on the best of days but these ones in my opinion really suck. All liquid lips are drying so aside from that they are always blotchy on my lips, so to get a decent colour I either have to put down a lipstick first in the same colour which – what’s the point? Or I have to put on about 4 layers of the liquid lipstick and that dry AF. On the other hand – colours are lushhh.
That’s pretty much all I want to list as I don’t want this to drag on forever – because it could. With my job I buy a lot of products to try out and then review them to hopefully help people with what they should and shouldn’t buy. So don’t buy any of this.
LOVE YOU. Drop me a message about any products you have tried that have been horrible for you, I weirdly like hearing about products that sucked.
This blog post flies at you from my sofa where I am sitting cross legged with a large glass of wine on one side and a bag of salted popcorn on the other. I felt the need to post about something and I am not lying to you when I say I look absolutely ghastly. So, for fear of destroying my camera with my current state I have taken to writing another post. Seeing as I have nothing planned regarding a post I think I’ll have a post about me. Because, why not? In fact, let’s get some questions and I’ll answer them… because I am drunk and lazy.
Tell me the 3 best things about you. I knew this was a bad idea. I guess I am creative, I am fuuun and I make really good roast potatoes.
Are you single/in a relationship? In a relationship, just had our 2 year anniversary
On a scale of 1-10, how strict are/were your parents? Like a 6? They weren’t relaxed but strict when they had to be, yano?
Who was your worst teacher? Why? Miss Sloan, P1. She terrified me and made my mum take me to the hospital for tests because she thought I wasn’t growing fast enough and was accused of malnutrition. I was like, really small.
Who was your favorite teacher? Why? Miss Lavery, P5. She had a guitar and made times tables exciting.
Which would you pick: being world-class attractive, a genius or famous for doing something great? I feel like I would be a genius, as a genius I can go on to do something great and become famous. So two out of three ain’t bad.
Who are the 3 greatest living musicians? Keith Richards, Jimmy Page and Madonna
Childhood crush? All of McFly. I wrote to them… still waiting on my reply DOUGIE
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Not a thing.
What was your favorite toy growing up? I didn’t really play with toys, but the thing I always carted about with me was a case of art stuff. I was always drawing.
Name 3 celebrities you most admire. Julia Roberts, JK Rowling, Kate Winslet
Name a celebrity you think is lame. Justin Bieber
Which of your friends are you proudest of and why? My friend Jenna has conquered her fear of velvet.
What’s the most beautiful place you’ve ever been? I haven’t been many places but I think Ibiza is amazing. There’s far more to the island than meets the eye.
What are your 3 favorite movies? Goodfellas, Frozen and Dirty Dancing.
What’s the right age to get married? Any age, so long as you are with the right one.
Tell me 3 things you remember about primary school. We did Pop Idol in school and me and my friends did Steps 5678 and it was amazing. There were gypsys that stayed in the field beside our school and we were told to stay away from the bushes. A wasp landed on my floral headband and that was one of the scariest moments of my life.
What would you do if you were invisible for a day? I’d fuck with Trump and freak him out.
If you could time travel, where would you go? I’d go see dinosaurs for sure.
If you could live in any TV home, what would it be? Does the White House count? I’d probably still pick Monica’s Apartment, Friends.
What’s your favorite ice cream flavor? Chocolate!
Would you rather live for a week in the past or the future? The past, but the week chosen would have to be surprised.
What’s your best childhood memory? Walking around the lane with my Granda.
What’s your favorite holiday? I went down to Ballybofey with my family including my Granny and Granda. I don’t remember a lot about that holiday but I remember I had a great time.
If you could eat only 3 foods for the rest of your life, what would they be? Pizza, Pancakes and a jar of Nutella.
If you could have dinner with anyone from history, who would it be? Johnny Cash.
What’s your favorite childhood book? Alice in Wonderland ORR Harry Potter
Who would play you in a movie of your life? Ooh, Clemence Posey
If you could be an Olympic athlete, in what sport would you compete? Eating.
Tell the person to your right your favorite thing about them. My wine appreciates the love I have for it.
Do you ever talk to yourself? When and what do you say? ALL the time. I couldn’t even sum it up in a sentence I say so many things.
What’s your favorite smell in the whole world? Joel.
What’s your favorite time of day? Around 9.30, I don’t know why but I feel a sense of calm wash over me at that time every day. Maybe it’s because I know I can go to bed soon.
What’s your favorite season? End of Summer
What’s the one food you could never bring yourself to eat? Fucking brussel sprouts.
What is the sound you love the most? David Attenborough’s voice
What 3 famous people, living or dead, would you want at your fantasy dinner party? David Bowie, Morgan Freeman and Joanna Lumley
If you could ask the President one question, what would it be? Why won’t you delete your Twitter account?
If you could pick a new first name, what would it be? Lara
What’s your pet peeve(s)? People walking slow – I know I am not alone on this one. I hate the word ‘moist’ and the feeling of a toenail catching on a duvet is enough to make me actually vom.
Do you ever count your steps when you walk? When I was younger I did… I was curious how many steps it used to take me to get to places.
What’s your favorite kind of sandwich? For me, you kinda can’t beat a ham and cheese sarnie? But I love a Tayto Cheese & Onion crisp sandwich.
What’s your dream job? Lady who lunches
Cake or pie? CAKE
What is the scariest movie you’ve ever seen? I can’t remember the name of it and refuse to google, but I watched it with my friend and fucking shit my self it just freaked me. I think it was called Sinister?
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be? South Africa
Who’s your celebrity crush? Any Marvel character (Chris Pratt and Chris Hemsworth I am looking at you boys)
What fictional character do you wish you could meet? Dumbledore
If you could be great at one sport which would you choose? Ultimate Frisbee
What’s the first thing you do when you get home from a trip? Collapse on my bed
Would you rather spend five days exploring Disney or New York City? DISNEY
Whose parents do/did you wish you had? What a horrid question… my own!
If you could shop for free at one store, which one would you choose? SEPHORA OBV
What personal trait has gotten you in the most trouble? Being a sassy hoe
Which celebrity chef would you most like to fix you a meal? Gordon Ramsey, then I would judge him
What is the best piece of advice you’ve received? Love yourself, no matter what
What do you like to do on a rainy day? Paint or do make up
What is your favorite thing about the beach? The smell. I wish I could bottle it and sell it.
What is your favorite Disney movie? Nope, too hard. Frozen I guess because I watched it pretty much every day sometimes twice a day for two years or so.
Which of the Seven Dwarfs is most like you? Dopey 😦
If someone made a movie of your life would it be a drama, a comedy, a romantic-comedy, action film, or science fiction? A comedy because I am hilarious
Name a product or service you love so much that you’d happily be that company’s spokesperson. Mr Kipling…
If you were guaranteed to be successful in a different profession, what would you want to do? Oh guaranteed success? I would cure cancer, then do their makeup
As a child, what did you wish to become when you grew up? I wanted to be in the FBI and I remember telling my Granny that I wanted to be a sausage roll.
Okay… there were so many more questions but I am at the bottom of the bottle and I just don’t think I can go on anymore answering questions otherwise I’ll start getting too honest. I need snacks… I might go put on lil pigs in blanket now. IT IS CHRISTMAS.
If you enjoyed this then please do let me know and I can do more posts like this, instead of JUST make up.
This one comes to you not from a place of ‘do what I do’ or ‘my way is the right way’ but, simply these are a collection of points that I have learned over my 26 years – fast approaching 27 – on the planet and how I have survived this long. If any them happen to make you feel a little better, more centered and generally happier then brilliant, if not well I am sure the read will pass the time.
Cherish your friends and family. I cannot stress this enough because to mad lib Kelly Rowland, when life takes over it’s easy to get swept up in day to day life. Don’t forget about the ones who loved you before your current distractions ie. Binge watching Stranger Things instead of eating family dinner. Don’t roll your eyes at your mother when she tells you to phone your Grandparents because one day, not everyone will be around that dinner table or at the other end of a phone call and you will regret the time not spent together.
Don’t give in to peer pressure. Obviously, you say? Think back… how many times have you done something just because someone else did it? From small things to the biggest of things, never let anyone influence you heavily enough to sway your opinion from what you want and don’t want to do. Your friends are going to Uni? Great, you don’t have to right now. All the troops are going out on the sesh? So what? Make every decision because you want to, don’t be a follower.
Nobody is perfect. No body is perfect. For the longest time I felt so uncomfortable in my own skin. It took a lot to get over judging myself based on appearances and how I looked in clothes, what way I had my hair, etc. Now? How you see me is how I am. I worked hard to become confident no matter what size I am, what my skin is doing and how those jeans look on me. Years ago, I would use bags to cover my stomach and drown myself in clothing that was unflattering to try and hide what I thought were ugly parts of my body. Ironically, the size I was then is now my goal weight and even though I know changes can be made for a healthier lifestyle – I remain confident in myself as I am.
It’s OK to make mistakes. As Bob Ross once said, “we don’t make mistakes, we have happy accidents.” It’s down to those happy accidents in the last 26 years that I have the personality that I have, the views that I have and I honestly don’t regret a single thing. Even the really bad mistakes. As any right minded adult would have told you when you were younger ‘mistakes are there to be made’ and it’s from those mistakes that we learn and grow. Basically, regret nothing.
Never apologise for being yourself. This is something I realised that I can do recently. To me, I am unapologetically me – I shouldn’t have to explain myself to anyone, or have to apologise for the actions that I do. Unless the actions you do are horrific, but on the whole I will not apologise for who I am. If you don’t like it, then it won’t affect me if I don’t see or hear from you again. Life is short, I will not waste it apologising.
‘It’s not like it is in the movies.’ Sometimes it is. Some will tell you not to get hung up on looking for that fairy tale movie kind of life. I’m telling you, never give up. Who says your life can’t be like a movie? Make your own God damn movie. Our lives are exactly like the movies, it’s just that a movie is 90 minutes or so long compared to a life of 90 years or so (hopefully). Don’t rush, your movie scene is coming and when it does and you find what you have been looking for all that heartache and uncertainty will all have been for something. It led you to this point. Granted, Ryan Gosling or whoever your on screen crush is (John Cusack) will probably not pop up but something or someone even better will.
Be. Happy. Find what makes you truly euphoric and surround yourself in it. This is why my house is filled with fairy lights – Joel drew the short straw when we moved in as I pay for the TV each month but he pays for the electric… sorry. Whether you take 10 minutes out of your day to do a crossword puzzle or you go for a walk to clear your head or you just simply watch your favourite TV show to be happy – I recommend you do it. It’s the only way we will actually get through our day.
Dance. Not only is it seriously fun but research shows that dancing can actually improve your mental health. I’m not saying you need to go out and take ballet lessons but dancing is freeing, and so fun. I dance while making dinner, standing in work, doing my makeup and even when I am not listening to music I break out into spontaneous dance. I went out last night sober as a judge just so I could dance. That’s dedication.
You don’t have to be married young like your Facebook friends. A new day, a new engagement or pregnancy blasted all over social media from people 23 and under. While this is perfectly normal and acceptable, it doesn’t mean everyone has to be at it.
You don’t have to pick one thing to be good at. When I was in school I thought I was going to have to label myself as one thing career wise. Like, people are good at cooking and are a Chef, people are good with math so they are an Accountant. Why do we have to pick one thing to be good at? I am a Make Up Artist, that’s not all I am. I learned that I am good at loads of things and don’t want to label myself as just one.
It’s OK to not make picture worthy dinners. Leading on from the last post, this is something I am not good at. Don’t get me wrong, I can feed myself (a lil too much) and make tasty dinners but they look so unappetising whereas every plate of food on Instagram and Pinterest looks like it walked straight off an à la carte menu – and that’s ok! I’m just surprised I haven’t burned the house down.
Surround yourself with people that will support your interests. One of my earliest memories is using my grandparents wooden staircase as a table, my legs fit through and I would sit there for hours upon hours drawing. Drawing anything. I was a very creative child and didn’t come from an overly creative family. SURE, they liked my drawings and told me I was good but when I got to secondary school and I was doing Art at GCSE and A Level for example, I became more of a hindrance. My art got in the way, it covered the dining table and was a mess, basically. I wasn’t encouraged to do anything with my love for art and it was treated as a hobby. 7 years later, I can’t help but wonder where it could have taken me career wise had I stuck with it or been encouraged. My point is, whatever your passion is and whatever makes you happy (see #7 again) surround yourself where possible with people who encourage and nurture.
Pancakes & Pizza. Are my happy foods.
Social Media is bullshit. Don’t get me wrong, it’s amazing and the impact it has had on our lives is detrimental to our relationships and businesses but all in all, a lot of it is bullshit. More specifically, the lifestyle gurus and the people you follow on instagram because they talk about how amazing their life is and how they got their shit together, they are here to motivate you and help you get your life on track too. Bullshit. They are normal people, with normal lives with Final Cut Pro and Photoshop. Do not compare yourselves to strangers on the internet. Get off the app and go live your life. I post make up on my Instagram – I do not have a made up face all the time. I am sitting in sweats and a tshirt that should have been in yesterday’s wash and I have yet to remove last night’s crumbly mascara from my under eye. It’s 12.34pm. IDGAF.
Don’t resent your job. We all have our bad days, do not get me wrong but just remember this, if you are unhappy in it – get a new job. Your job pays for your rent, car, clothes, heating, food and drink. Think of those less fortunate unable to get a job, are homeless and starving (I know, I know… dramatic) the next time you moan about getting paid to be somewhere. Also, remember you are more than likely replaceable so be careful who you moan to.
Listen to music you like. My Dad introduced me to some of the greatest music I have ever heard and I will be eternally grateful to him for that. In school, I was made fun of for liking artists like Stevie Wonder, Paul Weller and Elvis Presley while everyone else was in love with some boy from 5ive. Because I was made fun of I tried to pretend that I didn’t like the music I liked. Oh God, I have to stop this is making me sound like a sad child. The point is, don’t listen to music or watch movies just because the are the norm. Listen and watch because you want to.
Teenagers are so annoying. On the bus, on the street and probably in their own houses they are so annoying. I like to think that when I was that age I wasn’t as annoying as they are but the reality is that if anything, I was probably more of a pain in the arse than all of them put together. I think I am jealous… youth! Yoooouth!
The ups and downs of getting ID’d. When I was Under 18 it caused me to sweat profusely when I was ID’d because I would hate getting denied. There is very little more humiliating than having to put back the alcohol that you were denied. 18 years old hits and sees a smug Amy walking into Winemark and skulking out with a a large bottle of WKD and West Coast Cooler because honestly, that’s all it took. Skip forward to now, and I can’t even get ID’d getting into a damn nightclub. I told the security guard last night that I didn’t have ID, sorry and he simply shot me down with ‘and? on you go’. I’m done.
It’s OK to not be OK. Yes, although you should always strive to be happy, live your best life, bla bla bla… It is still OK to not be OK. It’s OK to want to have a duvet day. It’s OK to do nothing on your day off because you’re too tired. It’s OK to struggle, to reach out and talk to someone. Without this blog post taking a turn, just promise yourself that if you are having a bad day you will talk to someone and not let it eat you up inside.
Primark leggings are not your friend. I learned the hard way that they are see through and I need to stop buying them.
Failing is normal. When I flopped out of Uni, I thought this was the worst thing but as my mum told me everything happens for a reason. J K Rowling (hero) in her twenties was broke, suicidal and felt like she was failing. As of last year she is worth £650 million. Steve Jobs was fired. Everyone fails at something, it’s having the courage and the strength to pick yourself back up and try again is something that I learned how to do in my twenties.
Take care of yourself. Take that vitamin, eat that veg, walk that ass, buy the better skincare and take better care of yourself. The inevitable is happening, you are getting older. That McDonald’s you ate when you were 16 evaporated off your hips, and now it clings to them like white on rice. In order to have a happy, long life you may need to make some changes!
Opinions are opinions. Believe what you want to believe and respect that others will not have the same opinion. From what kind of apple is best to politics, listen to others opinions.
Save. Save what you can, when you can. My advice? To set up a direct debit to a savings account for yourself no matter the amount. It all adds up and when the time comes that you’ll need a few extra coins it’ll be there waiting for you.
Sleep. It was uncool to have a bedtime when you were younger. Now it’s the part I most look forward to. Not only does it feel great climbing into bed, especially with new PJs and fresh sheets but a good night’s sleep really does contribute to our overall health. So away and have a nap!
Love yourself. Similar to a few points already but I just really mean it. Love yourself for everything that you are and everything that you do. Once you accomplish that my friends, you can accomplish anything.