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be up to ninety

To be extremely busy or overworked; to have many things to contend with at once. Primarily heard in Ireland. Sorry I haven't been in touch, but between work and our new baby, I've just been up to ninety lately! We're up to ninety in here, Mary! Could you take this order out to table 10 straight away, please?
See also: ninety, up

Genius is 10 percent inspiration and 90 percent perspiration.

Genius or things considered to have the quality of genius may derive from brilliant ideas or intellect, but they require a huge amount of hard work to be successful. All these successful entrepreneurs had great ideas, sure, but they worked extremely hard to realize them. Genius is 10 percent inspiration and 90 percent perspiration.

the craic was ninety

Describing something very enjoyable or entertaining. The spelling "crack" is also used. Primarily heard in Ireland. Oh, the craic was ninety last night—you should have been there!
See also: craic, ninety

up to ninety

Extremely busy or overworked; having many things to contend with at once. Primarily heard in Ireland. Sorry I haven't been in touch, but between work and our new baby, I've just been up to ninety lately! We're up to ninety in here, Mary! Could you take this order out to table 10 straight away, please?
See also: ninety, up

Genius is ten percent inspiration and ninety percent perspiration.

Prov. People get brilliant results primarily by working hard, not because they have special inborn powers. Child: Betty always does the best drawings in art class. She must be a genius. Father: If you worked hard, you could do just as well. Remember, genius is ten percent inspiration and ninety percent perspiration.
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MAC Big Brow Pencil in Spiked, PS16 (maccosmetics.co.uk) TAME YOUR TAN BACK in the Nineties, before Instagram, the Kardashians and the rise of the YouTube make-up tutorial, contouring wasn't 'a thing' | Left: Givenchy Les Saisons Healthy Glow Powder in Ambre Saison, PS(houseoffraser.co.uk) Right: Beyond Powder in Epic, PS32 (april 21; illamasqua.com) and bronzer was applied liberally with a huge brush, the aim being all-over tan, as if you'd just returned from two weeks in Miami.
Blank Canvas Cosmetics F40 Small Tapered Contour Brush, PS11.84 (blankcanvascosmetics.com) UP-ALL-NIGHT LINER LUCIA PIERONI designed the make-up looks for Emilio Pucci and Chloe, claiming Nineties grunge and "rave girls" were the inspiration, which explains why both had a gorgeously smudgy eyeliner look.
A matte liquid lipstick is an easier way to get the look, and has better staying power, but for the ultimate Nineties doesn't get better than a shiny brown lip, as seen at Kenzo.
To recreate this sleptin feel, dust a pale grey or nude shadow on the upper lid, then apply a fine line of black or slate grey kohl on the waterline and below the lower lashes, smudging | New Cid I-Smoulder Smoky Eye Pencil and Shadow in Charcoal, PS18.50 (newcidcosmetics.com) with your finger tip - and for an authentic Nineties carefree feel, go without mascara.
| MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in LADYBEGOOD, PS21, left, and MAC Eye Shadow in Da Bling, PS13, above (maccosmetics.co.uk) A matte liquid lipstick is an easier way to get the look, and has better staying power, but, for the ultimate Nineties homage, it doesn't get better than a shiny brown lip, as seen at Kenzo.
GET THE GLOSS MAKEup artists got really creative when coming up with ways to achieve a pale, matte Nineties deal: supermodel Evangelista lip, using anything but lipstick.
MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in LadyBeGood, PS21, left, and MAC Eye Shadow in Da Bling, PS13, above (mac cosmetics.co.uk) A matte liquid lipstick is an easier way to get the look, and has better staying power, but for the ultimate Nineties homage, it doesn't get better than a shiny brown lip, as seen at Kenzo.
Finally, Justine Tally uncovers more parallels between women's fiction of the nineties and the philosophy of uplift a hundred years ago than one would expect.
"The Nineties" is a metaphor, a phrase standing for a decade; but more than that, a mood, a characteristic set of attitudes, some important events.
"The Nineties" sounds like a plausible concept, I think, largely because of the success of the metaphor "the Sixties." We all know about "the Sixties": the love generation, the Beatles, the anti-war protests, long hair, marijuana and LSD, blue jeans, Civil Rights, Black Power, urban riots, and moonwalks.
They sought and earned a prominence conceivable only in the nineties atmosphere of equal rights and opportunities, while taking refuge in the lady-of-the-house ethics of the firties.
However, only 7% expect new materials of any kind to be the biggest contributors to plastics' market growth in the Nineties. Rather, 93% think new ways of processing what we've got--recycling, for example--will have equal or greater impact.
"The nineties are a time for searching for new norms of behavior.