Well, hello there! Things have been seemingly quiet on Just Nice Things for the past week or so. Posts have been drafted, products are waiting to be photographed but my blogging duties have been overshadowed by a couple of unexpected and unwanted hiccups.
One was discovering my credit card had been compromised. Fortunately I spotted the fraudulent transaction on my regular balance checks (something I’ve got into the habit of). Some bastard had used my card details to buy £500 worth of merchandise from John Lewis online. I always have my card on me so I can only assume a card reader in a shop I had used copied my details. Then again I don’t know how sophisticated these thieves’ equipment and software are.
Luckily the bank blocked the pending transaction and to an even bigger relief for me, I wasn’t debited (probably because the transaction was in the pending stage.)
Then yesterday I discovered Just Nice Things had been hacked into on 15th August. The hosting company I use (TSO Host) worked relentlessly to remove the suspected virus and coding and (fingers crossed), I think it’s gone. I’ve been with TSO Host for years and they are fantastic – 24/7 service and they are always quick to respond so if you are looking for a UK based hosting company, you really can’t go wrong with TSO Host.
So that’s my turbulent news and a reminder to you all to be vigilant and check your bank/credit card regularly. It takes a few seconds and the apps work so efficiently.
With website hacking, some of us are just unlucky. I have since downloaded a plug-in to check who logs onto the control panel (that’s me only).
OK folks, normal service will resume shortly. Thanks for your time.
A frightening thought came over me a few days ago: if I were to empty out all my drawers, exactly how much make-up would I have? I dread to think. You see, for the past two weekends I have been rearranging my drawers ahead of new furniture I am planning to buy next weekend (for more storage of course).
Yes, I’m an addict and make-up is my vice. Fortunately I’m not alone and one such person who also gets a rush of blood to the head is Kat from Tales of a Pale Face. Kat is one awesome lady who writes a fantastic blog. She’s also come up with The Makeup Addict Tag and nominated yours truly to take part so…(*clears throat*) here I am, about to confess the things I’m in denial about.
- Which product do you keep still buying more of despite having plenty in your collection?
EVERYTHING! Do you honestly have to ask? OK, I am rather fond of a red lipstick and have accumulated quite a few different textures, formulas and colours. My favourites are Icon by Hourglass (recently bought a replacement as I had finished the first), Lime Crime Velvetine’s Red Velvet and Urban Decay’s Revolution lipstick Mrs Mia Wallace from the Pulp Fiction collection.
- What’s the one product you couldn’t live without?
It has to be a concealer to cover up the dreaded dark circles. I finally got round to trying NARS’ Radiant Creamy Concealer and it blows the regular concealers I was using out of the water. The creamy formula doesn’t crease and doesn’t need retouching either. This might be the holy grail of concealers for me.
- Favourite make-up brand?
Ahhh…ummm…hnnnghh! OK, it’s Urban Decay. I always squeal excitedly at the sight of every palette they bring out and am eagerly awaiting for Vice 3 to drop. I love how easy their eyeshadows are to blend and the immense quality and performance of them. I’m also a fan of their Revolution lipsticks and have a number of shades with plans to pick up more (I know, I know!)
- How big is your make-up collection?
Compared to the average beauty blogger, I think it’s perfectly normal and acceptable. Compared to the average woman on the street, I would probably be hospitalised.
- And how do you like to store it?
Before beauty blogging, I had a hatred for IKEA and thought flat-packed furniture was the work of the Devil. I’ve obviously seen the light and count half my storage from the Swedish superstars of home furnishing. I have a small Alex drawer which was so easy to assemble. Unfortunately the large Alex drawer unit was too heavy for little old me to pick up so I begrudgingly had to settle for the former. I have a Helmer drawer unit too, which kick started the relationship with IKEA but the origins of my make-up collection began from Muji. I can smugly my first Muji drawers date back to before blogging. Today it stands as a tower of 18 drawers. *gulps* Any more and it will be touching the ceiling.
- How many items of make-up have you got in your handbag at the moment?
*pulls out make-up bag* Approximately 24. This comprises of four different concealers (depending on my mood and which one I can grab first in a hurry), whatever shades of lipstick and lipgloss I managed to shove in there first thing in the morning, kohl pencils, a mascara, a blusher (and brush), a miniature bottle of perfume (that’s technically not make-up)…honestly, it’s a small bag and fits inside my handbag.
- If you could raid another blogger’s stash, who would it be?
I don’t have one as I can pretty much size up what they probably have and chances are, if I want something badly, I will go out and get it.
- How long does your usual make-up routine take and how many products do you use?
I prioritise sleep over make-up and take less than 10 minutes to prep my skin, slap on some foundation, some bronzer, blusher, a kohl pencil and a lipstick or lipgloss. If by some rare chance I have an extra five minutes then I will go for a liner.
- Have you ever bought make-up knowing you wouldn’t use it?
Never! I always buy products with the intention of using them. Granted some get shoved at the back of the drawer and momentarily forgotten about but then it’s a pleasant surprise to discover something I had all along. Buying for the sake of never using it would be torture. Or expensive if I bought two of everything.
- Tag a few other make-up addicts to do the tag!
I choose Mixed Gems, Pretty Green Eyes, Walking in a Beauty Wonderland, Fashionicide and Kaushal Beauty. Do your worst, ladies!