Project 10 Pan

Hello Friends!

This evening I made a decision: I have too much half used makeup - I have a tendency to get bored easily and move on to something new and shiny. Take foundation: I have 1 Clarins, 3 Clinique, 2 Maybelline, 1 Benefit and 2 Rimmel foundations on the go - that's 9 foundations... well 2 are for when I'm wearing fake tan, but that still leaves 7!! When on earth do I imagine needing this many foundations? Oh, and don't get me started on mascara! It's insane and I need to start using things up, or they'll go bad.

Enter Project 10 Pan.

The concept behind this little project was thought up my the lovely Laura (aka: Lollipop26). Basically it means that I'm not allowed purchase ANY makeup products until I use up 10 items that I currently own.

Leave a comment below if you have done this before or if you're doing this now, and let me know how you got on and what your products were! I think my first products will be my Benefit Play Stick foundation and my MAC Studio Fix powder - these will be the hardest things to go without, so it'll be good to get them out of the way first...

I will let you know when I hit my first pan!! Take care and I hope some of you decide to do this too...

Tag: Would You Rather

1.Would you rather go out with messy hair and nice make-up or nice hair and no make-up?
I'm gonna have to say nice hair and no makeup - I have really fine, oily hair and I always feel a bit rubbish when it's messy, but I could go out with no makeup (occasionally, anyways)

2.Would you rather shave your eyebrows or have your eyelashes fall out?
I would rather shave my eyebrows, because they can easily be drawn back on with eyebrow pencil... having to use false lashes every day would be painful, time consuming and expensive!
3.Would you rather be forced to shop at only MAC or Sephora for the rest of your life?
I would definitely pick Sephora! There are two products that I use every single day, without fail: foundation and mascara. I detest MAC mascara, and their foundation doesn't really suit my colouring, so I could never envisage using those products every day for the rest of my life... I'd rather wear no makeup.
4.Would you rather wear lipgloss/lipliner look or 80's perm?
I'm gonna have to say lipliner - perms are a baaaaaaaad look, on everyone. Plus, perms are really bad for you and I have enough damage done to my hair with all the GHD use!

5.Would you rather leave the house with an obvious foundation line or overdone blush?
This one is simple... overdone blush any day. There is nothing (makeup related) that I hate more than foundation lines... BLEND PEOPLE!!!

6.Would you rather wear MC Hammer pants or biker shorts in public?
Hmmm... I have to say MC Hammer pants because biker shorts are THE most unflattering clothing items in existence!

7.Would you rather have a bad orange-y spray tan or really weird tan lines that can't be covered?
I never get a tan (curse of white Irish skin) so I've never had weird tan lines but orange spray tan never looks good, so I'll have to pick the tan lines!!

8.Would you rather have a bad haircut or bad hair color?
Hands, down I would rather a bad hair colour. It's easier and quicker to fix - a bad haircut can take months to correct.

9.Would you rather have youtube or twitter taken away forever?
I love both but I'm gonna have to say twitter... I love youtube more.

10. Would you rather give up using makeup brushes or mascara?
I am a mascara nut, and would be lost without it so unfortunately the brushes will have to go!

Hope you enjoyed this as much as I did!!

Review: [A'kin] Jojoba & Lavender Conditioner

Hello ladies - this is my second (and final) MyPure review this month! I received another [A'kin] product - a conditioner, which combines "certified organic lavender flower extract combined with cold pressed Australian jojoba to provide light conditioning and natural lustre to fine or oily hair". You can read more about the product by clicking HERE.

I was really excited to try this product for two reasons: Firstly because I bloomin' loved the last [A'kin] product I reviewed. And secondly, because I have very fine and oily hair, so this product was perfect for me.

The directions on the bottle advise that you massage the product into your scalp. However, I refrained from applying it to the roots of my fine (naturally oily) hair, and concentrated on the ends, which are slightly damaged from styling. The consistency of the conditioner is creamy and light, and detangled my hair, leaving it easy to manage and style. My hair felt deliciously soft after I used it and it had a beautiful shine, without looking greasy (which is a BIG deal for me, and probably for most fine/oily haired ladies)

The lavender scent is incredibly relaxing and soothing (it would be the perfect accompaniment to a hot bath and a cup of tea)

This product can be bought on the MyPure website and costs £7.49 for a 225ml bottle. This is more than I would normally pay for a conditioner but it really is wonderful!!

Hope you enjoyed this review, have a wonderful evening

Please note: I was sent this product free of charge, but was not compensated for this review. All opinions expressed are my own - they are completely honest and unbiased. I am not affiliated with any of the above mentioned companies.


MAC Rodarte Controversy

Potentially the worst makeup collection since time began will be hitting the shelves in September. This poorly thought out collection, a collaboration between MAC Cosmetics and Rodarte Fashion House, is based around the "the beauty of the landscape and the people" of the town of Juarez in Mexico.

As a business student, I am a firm believer in thoroughly researching important decisions before they are made, because decisions can often be irreversible. I normally start the research process with Google or Wikipedia, to get a basic understanding of the topic in question! I'm guessing MAC and Rodarte didn't bother researching this collection at all, or they would have noticed that typing "Juarez" into Google generates 10 suggestions, three of which are Juarez Murders, Juarez Violence and Juarez Mexico Murders.

*Alarm bells should be going off about now*

 The Real Story of Juarez
Since 1993, the women of Juarez have been terrorised. They have been raped, mutilated and murdered. Their naked bodied have been dumped in the desert.

There are over 500 reported cases of "femicide", although recent reports claim that actual figures are as high as 5000 in the Juarez area alone. The majority of the victims were maquiladoras, who worked in local factories and sweatshops for peanuts, and the attacks usually occured at night, while they were walking to and from work. Perhaps the most devastating thing is the fact that most of the women were aged between 12 and 22.

Despite large scale media coverage, and actors such as Minnie Driver, Jennifer Lopez and Antonio Banderas all highlighting the ongoing issue in films such as "The Virgin of Juarez" and "Bordertown", these horrific crimes have gone, largely, unpunished... and they are still occuring. A local newspaper in Juarez, Norte, reported 37 murders in the first four days of 2010. (Source) This is an epidemic that needs to be stopped.

You are probably wondering HOW ON EARTH no one at MAC or Rodarte came across the tragic reality of Juarez during their extensive research.

Both companies have recently released statements, following media uproar over the collection.

MAC Cosmetics
We understand that product names in the M·A·C Rodarte collection have offended some of our consumers and fans. This was never our intent and we are very sorry. We are listening carefully to the comments posted and are grateful to those of you who have brought your concerns to the forefront of our attention. M·A·C will give a portion of the proceeds from the M·A·C Rodarte collection to help those in need in Juarez. We are diligently investigating the best way to do this. Please be assured that we will keep you posted on the details regarding our efforts.

Our makeup collaboration with M·A·C developed from inspirations on a road trip that we took in Texas last year, from El Paso to Marfa. The ethereal nature of this landscape influenced the creative development and desert palette of the collection. We are truly saddened about injustice in Juarez and it is a very important issue to us. The M·A·C collaboration was intended as a celebration of the beauty of the landscape and people in the areas that we traveled

Something is amis here... if the plight of the women of Juarez was a "very important issue" then I doubt they would have named their some of their products Factory, Ghost Town and Sleepwalker and I doubt they would have had promotional images featuring corpse-like models.

At least MAC apologised for this dreadful blunder. Rodarte have not shown any remorse.

If there was any justice in the business world, all the profits from this collection would be donated to helping these women and their families. I, for one, will not be purchasing anything from this collection. I will, instead, be donating the money, that I would have spent, to Amnesty International, who actively work to assist these women and other victims of abuse. I urge you to do the same!

If you wish to know more about the tragedy in Juarez, you can simply click here or here and if you want to read other bloggers opinions on this matter, you should check out these links:

Feel free to express your opinions in the comments, and if you know of any other posts on this topic, that I have left out from the above list, please leave a link!!

Hope you are all having a wonderful day


Review: Lovea Tahitian Monoi Moisturising Body Lotion

Bonjourno! It's time for another round of MyPure reviews. First up is another Lovea product - their Tahitian Monoi Moisturising Body Lotion, which you can read about, or purchase, by clicking HERE.

According to the MyPure website, this moisturising lotion was "formulated for normal skin types" and that Lovea "extends its Monoi know-how and expertise to offer a new range of organic certified Tahitian Monoi body care that combines organic certified formulas, smooth textures and a genuine, 100% natural Monoi scent with a very affordable price"

I was really excited to try out this product too, because I absolutely love the shampoo that I got last month from Lovea, which I reviewed here.

The French blurb on the bottle translates as:
"LOVEA BIO moisturising body milk perfectly satisfies the needs of normal skin. Enriched with Monoi from Tahiti, with its moisturising and softening properties, this lotion provides hydration and freshness to your skin. Its new creamy, light texture sinks in immediately. Your skin is left supple, soft and delicately scented all day long."

At first, I have to admit I was a bit skeptical about this product as it seemed much too watery to effectively moisturise my skin. The "never judge a book by its cover" could well have been coined about this exact situation! The product leaves your skin thoroughly moisturised and soft, but not at all greasy! It is easy to apply and absorbes almost immediately. The lotion also smells divine - sumptuous and rich, without being overpowering. It leaves your skin smelling wonderfully ♥

This product costs £6.99 for a 200ml bottle on the MyPure website. The packaging is practically perfect, with the pump making it virtually mess and waste free - it also has a locking feature, which is handy if you plan on travelling!!


Hope you enjoyed this review - I have one more review this month, which should be up this weekend. I am sure you are all getting fed up reading the same reviews on everyones blogs, so you will be delighted to know that from next month we will be reviewing products that are specific to our skin and hair types which will (hopefully) be more interesting to read!!!

Take care

Please note: I was sent this product free of charge, but was not compensated for this review. All opinions expressed are my own - they are completely honest and unbiased. I am not affiliated with any of the above mentioned companies.


And the winner is...

Good evening ladies...

Before I anounce the winner I would really like yo thank you all so much for entering - I can't believe the response that I had!! I have almost 200 followers now :) Incredible!

So... on to the important stuff: Like I said in the contest post, I used random.org to select a winner... and it chose number 15 (out of 122 entries)

And who was lucky number 15 you ask?

Massive congratulations to Laurenrhiannon - I will shoot you an email this evening, and if you could send me your details (address etc) I will get your prize out to you as soon as possible!!

Oh, and you can check out her beautiful blog HERE :)

Once again, thank you all so much for entering... stay tuned, I hope to have some more contests very soon