Younique Splurge Cream Eye Shadows <3 <3 <3

Splurge is a cream eye shadow that Younique launched on March 1st and the feedback on it has been amazing!!  The website description is:

“For extravagant lids that glisten, look no further than Splurge-luxurious, long-wearing cream shadow fit for a queen. With this elite eye shadow and its velvety opulence, you’ll turn heads wherever life takes you, from a night out in your best dress to running errands in your favorite jeans. Go ahead. Treat yourself like royalty every day, every month. You deserve to Splurge!”

Splurge Cream Eye Shadow

Splurge Cream Eye Shadow

Currently Splurge is only available in 1 shade which is Elegant and the other 2 pictured above will follow with Dainty coming out on April 1st and Tenacious coming out on May 1st.  I have my order of Elegant on its way and I wont lie, I am super excited for it to arrive!

splurge elegant

It’s the kind of shade that wouldn’t be out of place on a Naked pallete.  It is a lovely neutral colour with a beautiful shimmer and I have no doubts it will become one of my staple products to reach for.

So although we know that 2 more are being released in April and May… can I let you into a secret?  Younique already see how amazing the demand for this product is going to be and there will be a total of 12 shades launched!  I personally think the names remind me of a Disney princess, so I am hoping for loads of floaty flattering beautiful princess worthy shades coming up. Eeeeeeek talk about excitement overload!

splurge updateFor me, Splurge is the kind of eye shadow you can wear on its own for a pretty feminine look or equally to add it to a matte look for that bit of sparkle.  Team it up with your 3D Fiber Lash Mascara and BAM! You have a shamazingly elegant look right there.

Splurge retails for £21 and can be purchased from

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It’s confirmed, Younique 3D Mascara will Launch in Germany and Mexico July 2015!

Now we knew there would be 4 new markets in Europe this year and we have guessed where we think it will be but Germany is now official and will be launched at the same time as Mexico which I had not seen coming!

Germany 2015

My team of yummy mummys and hard working ladies are very excited about this and we are so looking forward to having new team members that will challenge us in new ways while we help them learn the ropes of Younique and how to build their own successful business.  Don’t feel the need to wait until closer to the time to get in touch, I would love to chat with you now if you think you would like to join Younique.  I would be happy to tell you all about the company and my experiences with it to help you decide if Younique is the right thing for you.  Working from home around your family can be very rewarding.


If you happen to be living in Germany or Mexico but perhaps you are from the UK, USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand … talk to me.  I would love to help you learn how you can sign up NOW and market to your friends and family back home for a few months while networking in Germany/Mexico ready for the launch.  You are the people with the BIGGEST potential to be team building with HUGE success.  You can contact me through here, or my Facebook profile or my Facebook page Mascara Mad.

Another great thing about the new countries isn’t just that you can sign up to retail Younique, clearly you will be able to BUY it!  3D Fiber Lash Mascara is coming your way to change the way your lashes look forever!  if you want to be one of the first buying the product in your country then let me know!  I would LOVE to have you on my list of people to contact to order on launch day!

We have a tonne of new products coming out this year too.  Starting from March 1st, be sure to keep an eye out for official launch dates but check out this image that will give you an idea of some of the products on their way.

New products

*  Top left – Lip Stain

*  Top right – Bronzer

*  Middle left – make-up removal wipes

*  Bottom Left – Foundation buds

*  Bottom right – Cream eye shadow

Not your average Sunday reading topic but talking about porn stars…

I read this the other day online and found it fascinating and so I thought I would share it with you.

These photos are by make-up artist Melissa Murphy who took before and after shots of porn stars before she did their hair and make-up.  The difference is immense!



There is no doubting of the extreme change make-up made to these women but for me, one big element was the how much of a difference the eyebrows made.

Don’t take my word for it, check the story out here on the Daily Mail for yourself and see for yourself.  If it doesn’t leave you feeling inspired and motivated about what we can achieved by perfecting our crafts then I would wonder if the make-up industry is really for you.

Lacking inspiration?

We all have those moments where we lack inspiration and we feel a little blah.

For me that has been today and I have been hunting for places I can find inspiration to keep myself motivated and to remind myself why this is something I want to do as a career.

Most of us will use social media of some sort to find our inspiration, be it Pinterest, Facebook groups or following the blogs of our favourite salons and make-up artists.  I know I for one am a huge fan of companies like Illamasqua and follow their Facebook page to see all the beautiful images they share but what about the lesser known places for inspiration?


Make-up by Noreen O’Connor and Photo by Michael O’Sullivan

 Having seen the above photo on a beauty forum I instantly thought of how it could rival the better known Karla Powells “Snow Queen of Sweets” image and no doubt many of us follow and admire Karla Powell? But how many of us have heard of Noreen O’Connor? No? Me either but I am sure glad I stumbled across her talent.  Noreen is from the same patch of land as myself and based in Co.Cork.  Her website has a range of images showing her work, many of which have been taken by Michael O’Sullivan – why not visit both of their sites to see if they inspire you too?

While in the mood for checking out the work of the pros I also came across the following local make-up artists who may interest you:

Saks Designs

Emma Hanna

Make-up Bangor

Ashley Morhej

So when your having a blah day – get thee to Google and get to looking for the locals who are already doing what you want to do.  At best you will find inspiration and at worst you might find a few and think “Gee, if they can do it, I sure as heck can!”  

Remember, if you happen to find a gem amongst the chaff then there is no harm in approaching them to offer your assistance for free in exchange for gaining some valuable advice and experience.  Just remember to ask nicely 🙂

Eyeshadow : Playing with colour

I had some time to kill so figured I should get to trying to make myself brave with colours.

This is my attempt at using purple, yellow, a little green and a bit of white to hilight. I can’t say what brand as they are all generic little pots that I bought off e-bay perhaps 4 years ago for my university ball. (Please note, you may need to look beyond the messy hair and brows to see the make-up 😉 )


Looking at the photos I can see a few things I would change.  I think I would be better taking the colour up more? I would work harder at making the shading even and include a little more deffinition to the green section.

Any tips on how to improve are greatly accepted.  I am well aware that I need to get better with my use of colour as I really do rather sticking to safe options.