Thursday, March 27, 2014

Nail Colour Alert! If this colour was a flavour I bet it'd taste just like spearmint

 So it's been a while since I've posted. Partially due to  the fact that I've been busy throwing myself down the side of a hill in an inflated, oversized hamster ball. Some call it zorbing. I'd call it 'an experience'. I also haven't posted recently as to paraphrase a friend, 'you can't polish a turd'. I've been growing ever conscious of the turdiness of my site and felt my ramblings should be postponed until they have shinier home to be displayed in. I've made a paltry attempt at it tonight,however, a new and fabulous 'Mary Kinda Contrary' page will follow when my designer and I come up with a new look for the page.

This all sounds very fancy, in reality my sister and I need to have a few glasses of wine, talk rubbish and decide on a colour scheme.

In the meantime, I wanted to do a short post on my new favourite Spring colour. I've been seeing this mint colour everywhere. Yep, despite the fact that it's Baltic out, appartently it's Spring!?

My personal take on nail varnish is 'why would you pay 20 quid on some Dior stuff if something for a fiver does the Exact same thing??'. Never in my life have I ever heard someone say 'Oooh, your nails are fab, they just MUST be Dior'. I'd rather save the €15 and get myself a drink. Or three.

Today as a payday treat I bought myself this Rimmel 60 seconds nail polish. It's part of the Rita Ora range for Rimmel.  I think we've all had a Rimmel polish in our time. This one is great due to it's bottle stating fact, it dries in 60 seconds, so there's less chance of smudges. The one downside I'd say about it is that I had to apply 3 coats to achieve an even coverage. This could be due to the pastel colour which isn't as intense as the normal red that I use.

Eh voila, regardez vous mon stummy nails .... (please refer to my rant on acrylic nails) I've also made a bit of a jacksie at my cuticles ;)

I also wanted to post up my ultimate, all time, this is a winner, polish. It's been a bit of a mythical creature of a nail varnish in my world for the last year. I feel to tell you about it would be a bit of a disservice as I've only seen it once since but honestly, it's so good I just have to get it out there.

Indulge me a while..... last year I found this polish as part of  a collection of 4 pastel polishes in Penny's. It cost an insane €2.50 for the whole four. This polish went on perfectly (with 2 coats), lasted longer than any other polish I had in my collection (I'm going with around 5 days here) and was so cheap I had loads of money left for Freddo bars.  The only problem being that I've only seen it once since.

I've bought other Primark nail polishes before but they weren't the same. They need to have this 'Primark Beauty' logo on the front.

If you happen to see this brand again please let me know because if you do, the Freddo bars will be on me.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Acrylic Nails Should Come with a Public Health Warning

I'm just gonna shoot with this one, quite simply, don't do it, don't do it, don't do it.

I have fallen victim to the memory lapse that comes with time, the 'oh, it wasn't that bad when they came off' and shiny, sparkly thought of 'ooh, but look how pretty they look'. Little did I remember just how bad it is to get your nails back to normal after they come off. Yes, it is that bad. Yes, they're in an absolute jocker.

Let's face it, they only really look pretty for the first week of their life on your hands. By the second week you're pushing back your cuticles and looking at them critically instead of with the affection you had for them initially. By the third week you've formed a bit of an unhealthy disdain for them. Like that shot at the end of the night, you're beginning to realise that they weren't such a great idea.

I had a set done for New Year's Eve at the end of 2013. I can't fault the nail technician. She was lovely and chatty and her work was fantastic. I did however, forget my fatal yet very satisfying flaw. I can not leave well enough alone. After giving up on the nails in their second week I soaked them off in acetone. Nothing much was happening so I took great pleasure in picking and filing them off myself. What a mistake. 3 months on my nails are like paper. I've them cut down to stubs. It'll be summer by the time they've recovered.

Let this be a reminder to all of you who've been tempted to revisit the colourful world of acrylic nails. Don't do it.

Unless you're loaded and can afford to get them refilled every week. In that case, giz a tenner.


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Turmeric Face Mask - a homemade mask that battles shop bought.

I've been considering doing a super saving section for a while. I'm someone who's spent a fortune on different products over the years. There's been some purchases that, when I look back, have been either to buy into the image or just for the sake of buying a brand. I want to do a product comparison of a few swaps I've made lately but I'll do that in later posts.

For now, I want to write about one of the best face masks I've come across in ages, and it all comes from the contents of your kitchen.

I know, I know, this has a bit of crusty twinge to it. I roll my eyes upwardly too if I even get the slightest hint of Jesus sandals and hairy armpits off a post but trust me, this one actually is worth hanging around for.

It's full of turmeric, which brings blood to the skin, plumps it up and is a great natural anti inflammatory. I've added coconut oil to it which is a great moisturizer and great for acne prone skin. I've also added vitamin e which help reduce red marks left by spots. It's a super mask for when your face needs a quick pick me up and instantly makes you look fresher.

I can't claim this mix as my own either, just as a disclaimer, I came across this one day on Youtube in a video by Little Miss Forty. I have, however, added my own little tweeks to it. I've swapped the CoQ10 for vitamin e oil because when I went looking for the CoQ10 it was around €35 a box. Ain't nobody got time for those sorts of prices.

Things you'll need:

Coconut Oil
Manuka Honey (or regular, manuka just makes me feel like I'm really pumping the healthiness)
Vitamin E Oil - I just added this cus I have it in the press from an eye cream I make. I'll do a quick post on that when I get a chance.


I'm  not one for measurements. As the yanks say, I just 'eyeball' it. *picture of Mary staring her face mask out of it like a mad yoke.

Dollop around 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Melt it in the microwave (or in a bowl over boiling water if you want the true crusty experience)

Mix in two tablespoons of honey

Add 2 teaspoons of turmeric

Throw in some vitamain e oil for good measure. Try make sure that the coconut oil isn't too hot, you don't want to damage any of the goodness in the vitamin e oil.

Throw it on your face!


This face mask will stain. The turmeric with turn any cloth it comes in contact with a pukey colour of yellow.  It can be a bit dribbly so be careful. Little Miss Forty recommends using a spoon to apply it. I used the back of one to apply it roughly but then I like to get stuck right in there. If you wash your hands straight away they'll be grand. Don't worry about your face either, trust me, you won't end up looking like someone from the episode of the Simpsons where they go 3D.

Here's a pic of all of the things you'll need:

Leave it on for 20 - 30 minutes and wipe it off with warm water and cotton wool.

I made up a batch of it before and stored the leftovers in an empty jam jar, ready to gently heat up for the next time my skin needs a pick me up.

Let me know how you get on!

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