Friday, April 11, 2014

A Thousand Words #3

This is some of what I got up to during the second half of March.


Outfit of the Day- March 10th


I love LOVE Magazine


Yummy cupcakes at the Next Spring/Summer '14 Press Evening


Marta from Addicted To Fashion Forever, my friend Vanessa and I at the Next SS14 Press Evening


St. Patrick's Cathedral turns green for Paddy's Day


One of the best films I've seen this year


Throw Back Thursday- My love of sunglasses began at an early age!


Gorgeous vintage Bourjois packaging!


I finally watched Paris, Texas and absolutely adored it. Harry Dean Stanton is unbelievable


Next goodies for Summer. Sunglasses, Bag and Bracelet


Throw Back Thursday- Me in 1989


Cocktails with the birthday girl Brina in The Mint Bar


Outfit of the Day- March 23rd


The Grand Budapest Hotel Exhibition in The Lighthouse Cinema


My favourite Zara Taylor rings


Early morning in the gorgeous Grand Canal area of Dublin




Limited Edition Tove's Jubilee Moomin mug from my cousin's trip to Helsinki. Such a nice surprise!


Mother's day with my precious mama! 


Oh behave Mini Me


Outfit of the Day- March 30th (my new favourite thing- H&M Kimono)

ATW3 Collage

March was both one of the best and worst months of my entire life. There is so much I want to share with you all and in time I will because no matter what this blog has always had a personal element to it and I never want to lose that. 

I'm delighted to share that I've been asked to take part in a weekly Ask The Experts post for one of my favourite Irish beauty blogs- Make Up Monster. Please head over there to ask us any beauty questions you have or just to read our answers. 

Don't forget to follow me on instagram (so I can follow you all too!). I shared some very exciting news there this week that I plan on doing a full post on very soon. 

Emma x

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Colossal

I received Maybelline's The Colossal mascara in my December Glossybox and I loved it so much that I repurchased it in the waterproof formula as soon as it ran out. 


This is going to sound completely ridiculous but my taste in mascaras seems to have changed over the past year. Before I would have been looking for length and definition over volume but after trying out some different mascaras recently, I found myself really liking the voluminous, lashy look reminiscent of the sixties. I especially loved it during the Christmas period when I was wearing a bit more eye shadow than usual. It's also great with minimal eye make up and a bright lip or winged liner and nude lips for that Jean Shrimpton look.

 The formula is enriched with collagen so it's supposed to give your lashes lots of volume which it definitely did for me. I found the non waterproof one slightly better than this one and I'd go for that one over the waterproof when I buy it again. I was already a fan of Maybelline mascaras but I hadn't gotten around to trying this one yet.

I usually shy away from big mascara wands, but I love this one. I usually apply two coats depending on the look I am going for, one coat gives a more subtle effect. The formula is similar to The Falsies, the perfect medium of neither being too dry nor too wet so that it's easy to work with. I use an eyelash curler with all of my mascaras and I find that this holds the curl well and doesn't drag it down like some mascaras can do. I can attest to the fact that this is properly waterproof (yes, I have cried whilst wearing it, for review purposes only!). You will definitely need a waterproof eye make up remover for this one. It retails for approximately €9.99 which is a very fair price compared to some other high street brands.

What mascara are you using at the moment? Do you have any recommendations?

Emma x

Monday, March 31, 2014

Wind Was Blowing Time Stood Still

Here is what I wore to a wedding in Scotland earlier this month. 

WO1 WO5 WO2 WO6 WO12 WO8 WO4
Photos by Donnacha

Dress- Monsoon
Necklace- c/o Divine Boutique
Belt and Ring- Accessorize
Shoes- ASOS
Nails- Sally Hansen Gilty Pleasure (with Ted Baker Sugar Rush on ring finger)
Lipstick- MAC Plumful

I actually only bought my dress a couple of weeks before the wedding and the necklace which was a gift from Divine Boutique just happened to go perfectly with it. I bought the shoes last summer on ASOS. I saw them on Alix from The Cherry Blossom Girl and luckily for me when I clicked the link they were on sale so I saw that as a sign and bought them. They're so comfortable to wear to an all day event and I'm not one for high heels as I'm already quite tall so this is the perfect heel height for me. Also how cute is the little round gold heel?

I wanted to do something different with my make up as I would usually go for a red lipstick at this kind of event. I used a mixture of Dust, Buzz, Trick and Nooner from the Naked 3 palette paired with MAC Plumful lipstick. I loved the finished look, it was pretty pink Spring make up. I kept my hair really simple and just used a curling iron on it and brushed the curls out with my fingers.

Do you like getting dressed up for weddings or is it something you dread?

Emma x

Monday, March 24, 2014

La Roche-Posay Rosaliac CC Cream

Recently I attended the launch night of La Roche-Posay's Rosaliac CC Cream. The product is supposed to both correct and cover redness as well as containing SPF 30 to protect the skin. 


No make up/ CC Cream only


Full make up including powder

During the launch night we were given a full background on the product and told about the key ingredient Ambophenol which is anti-inflammatory, offers vascular protection and is anti-oxidant. This means that not only is the redness in the skin covered by the mineral pigments, but it also helps to correct the problem too so the redness is treated and reduced at the same time. 

Facial redness can be caused by numerous factors, mainly Sun Exposure, Stress, Hot Weather and Alcohol and seems to be quite prevalent in fair Irish skin tones. Thankfully I don't suffer too badly from redness, although I can get it around my nose and cheeks as you can see in the photo above where I'm not wearing any make up. 

The second photo in which I'm wearing just the CC Cream is a little more yellow than in real life because of the light changing on the day I took these photos, however because it is one shade only, it does run a little too dark for my very fair skin tone. I didn't find this to be a major issue as I found the product works best the less I used so blended out the shade difference is barely noticeable and in the summer it will probably be perfect for me. I tried it blending it in with a brush and using my hands and both worked fine for me. Perhaps a brush would work better for those who suffer badly from redness and don't want to aggravate it any further. 

I love the packaging, it's sturdy and easy to travel with and the pump makes it easy to dispense the exact amount I need. The product has a lovely fresh scent which I know can be off-putting for some people but I loved that it kind of lingered on the skin for a while after application. The consistency of the cream is more like a moisturiser than a foundation and a little goes a long way. On my normal/combination skin it has a very natural finish and the lasting power is very impressive, I just powder my T zone and it stays perfect all day.

I love that it has SPF 30 as I like to wear some form of SPF in my skincare or foundation all year round. The high SPF means that this is an amazing all in one product that will be perfect for Summer when I hate having to layer moisturisers, sun protection and foundation in the hot weather. 

La Roche-Posay has a whole range of Rosaliac products to cleanse, soothe, treat and moisturise skin prone to redness. The CC Cream retails for €22.50 for 50ml.

I have been using La Roche-Posay products for years and will continue to do so as you get incredible quality for such a reasonable price point. I can't recommend this brand highly enough for those of you looking for great skincare on a budget.

What is your main skin concern? Would you try this?

Emma x

Friday, March 14, 2014

A Thousand Words #2

Here's some of what I got up to over the past two weeks.


Vanilla Chai Latte


Post Shopping with Kate lift selfie


Coffee and nude nails on the train


A very cold and windy south beach in Skerries


My mam's Mymble Moomin mug


Midday pick me up in work- coffee, orange crunch and Paul Auster


Hospital Appointments


My new Schuh Catapult boots. I LOVE them!


I couldn't resist this


Bardot inspired hair and make up


A  beautiful vintage brooch gifted to me from my Aunty Anne in Florida


Curry yoghurt brochettes and cold noodles


Testing, testing. I'll be able to tell you all about this very soon


Arcade on the ferry


Ghost Ship


Getting the ferry to visit Scotland for the first time for Donnacha's brother's wedding


Transformer Ferry


Came across the TARDIS in Glasgow. Sadly the Doctor wasn't home


Devastated there was none in my size


Pre-Wedding dinner outfit


Beautiful Loch View

ATW2 Collage

Selfie collage: Channelling Wes Anderson in anticipation of The Grand Budapest Hotel (which I loved! Ralph Fiennes was unbelievable); Lumpy Space Princess holding some Lemon and Ginger tea for me; New £2 Primark sunglasses; Wedding hair and make up (outfit post to follow)

How was your week?

Emma x

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