Friday, November 21, 2014

No7 Match Made Lipstick Service

Despite being involved in the No7 Match Made Campaign earlier this year and using No7 Make Up and Skincare for years I had never actually tried one of their lipsticks. For shame! When I heard about the Match Made Lipstick Service I was intrigued as to how it worked and decided to drop by my local counter to talk to one of the No7 ladies about it. 


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It just so happened that I got my lipstick match from the lovely Jane who I worked with when I did press for the campaign. I already knew my foundation shade which is Calico, so the next step was to choose what kind of colour family and finish I wanted. 


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As you can see above and below there are cards with the name of each foundation shade on it and on each side of the card are the options for your skin tone from the Moisture Drench and Stay Perfect Lipstick ranges. The Stay Perfect formula promises intense, long lasting colour with a matte and satin/ semi-satin finish. The Moisture Drench formula as you can imagine from the name offers a moisturising lipstick with intense colour, SPF and a satin/ semi-satin finish.

I usually want my lipstick to be long lasting because I don't really get a chance to reapply it when I'm in work so I asked Jane to recommend something from the shades in the Stay Perfect formula. I've never had someone else pick out a lipstick for me as I usually like to do it myself as I know what I like and what suits me but I was thrilled with Jane's choice of Brick Red


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The formula wasn't what I expected at all considering that this is a long lasting lipstick. It has a smooth and creamy texture that glides onto the lips with ease. Generally the nature of a long lasting lipstick formula is that it is more drying than other lipsticks so I was pleasantly surprised that this wasn't the case with this lipstick.

It packs quite a punch as far as pigmentation is concerned, the colour is a beautiful, vibrant red verging on the more yellow toned of reds. For such a creamy textured lipstick I was incredibly impressed with the staying power. It doesn't feather, bleed or budge from my lips all day.


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I found the Match Made Lipstick Service experience wonderful and although I wouldn't usually talk to an advisor before choosing a lipstick shade, it was actually nice to have another opinion on what shade would suit me.

Being such a huge fan of lipsticks I've had numerous conversations with my friends who say that they can't find a lipstick to suit them, especially when it comes to bright shades, particularly reds. I've heard women say that red lipstick doesn't suit them countless times and I always tell them that there is a red out there to suit everyone which is why a service like this is great. It's accessible and inexpensive and I've always found the advisors to be approachable and ready and willing to help their customers.

I would recommend going to a counter at an off peak time so that you can spend some time with a No7 advisor to find what you're looking for. These lipsticks retail for €12.95 and can also be found on Boots.ie.

Do you have trouble finding lipsticks to suit your skin tone? Would you try this service?

Emma x

Saturday, November 15, 2014

A Thousand Words #8

I have a little catch up post for you today featuring some photos I posted on Instagram in August. 


August InstaNails Collage

From one extreme to the other. No7 Blue Patent and bare nails


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Somehow he pulls this off


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Always






August Instastyle Collage

Autumn windows in Brown Thomas; Autumn clothing and beauty purchases (Top and Boots from Zara; Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in Shanghai Sizzle; Elephant bracelet at the Must Have Accessory stand at the Ultimate Girls Day Out; House of Fraser haul- Biba Metallic Foil KnitUntold Tile Printed Dress that you may recognise from this post and Tulle skirt from Lola Skye



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Stormy Harbour


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Cocktails in Peruke and Periwig


August InstaFood Collage

Salmon Pot in Avoca; The Smokey Burger in Ollies Skerries; Birthday Paris Brest in Olive; Gin and Jazz in The Mint Bar (this G&T with strawberries and cracked black pepper was unbelievable); A Walking Dead from Peruke and Periwig



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Louis Vuitton windows in Brown Thomas


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Look at that face, Moxie the cutest dog in the world


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#ootd Jacket and Sweater from H&M, Penneys skinny jeans and Nikes. Beard- Model's own


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In August I had the pleasure of working with the No7 team at the Ultimate Girls Day Out. I was the model for the makeup masterclass for three days and as nerve wracking as it was, it was also so much fun and an amazing experience, thank you Catherine, Lisa and Judy! 


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Girl's Day Out


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Awesome No7 instant photos backstage


August Instaselfies Collage

The UGDO Pretty in Pink make up look Judy created; Floral crowns; Trying out my Charlotte Tilbury palette


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Presenter Lisa Kavanagh, Makeup Artist Judy Wong and I backstage


August Collage

#tbts My first birthday; Looking terrified by my mother




I hope you're having a lovely weekend! 

Emma x

Sunday, November 9, 2014

A Kiss On The Wind And We'll Make The Land

These photos are from a few weeks ago when we went to see my family in Skerries on a gorgeous sunny Autumn day when it was a little milder than it is now. 


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Jumper- ASOS
Skirt- Dorothy Perkins
Jacket- Penneys
Faux Fur Collar- Accessorize
Necklace- H&M
Sunglasses- ASOS
Boots- Clarks
Bag- Marks and Spencer
Lipstick- MAC Ruby Woo


I stocked up on some cropped jumpers to wear with my high waisted skirts, this one from ASOS was less than €10, it's so warm and I love the tomato red shade. I've also been wearing a faux fur collar almost every day, I love how they instantly dress up an outfit.

What have been your most worn items recently?

Emma x

Monday, November 3, 2014

Deep Wine

I picked up No7 Deep Wine back in Spetember when I was craving a more Autumnal nail polish. This shade is from their Gel-Look Shine collection which claims to have rich colour pay off in one coat, helps to smooth and plump nails so ridges can't be seen and the patented technology makes the polish tough and flexible to prevent chipping. 



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I wore it for 5 days in which I was doing a lot, both working and travelling all around London and I had minimal wear on the tips of my nails before I took it off. I was very impressed with the wear time and I found it did all that it claimed it would. 


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I've written about many No7 nail polishes before as they are some of my all time favourites. They are so easy to apply with the big brush and you only need one coat for full opacity which is so great for when you need your nail polish to dry quickly. 


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I love this shade and it is surprisingly one that was lacking in my vast collection. I had classic red and deep burgundy but nothing in between until now. For €8 (or €4 with the famous No7 vouchers) I can't recommend these highly enough.

What's on your nails at the moment?

Emma x


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Duo Boots Blogger Competition: What's Your #BootTribe?

I was asked by Duo Boots if I wanted to take part in their What's your #BootTribe? Blogger Competition in which you choose a style of boots from their Autumn/Winter Collection and style them in a blog post. I chose the #ankletribe as I'm a huge fan of ankle boots during the colder months.



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I saw these Mandel Animal print ankle boots and immediately knew they were the ones for me. I love the small heel, the shape of the toe and the rise of them. The boots are styled on the Duo website quite casually, so I went for something dramatic to show how they could be worn differently. I wanted the boots to be the main focus of the outfit so I went for a cute sixties inspired dress from Marks and Spencer and cosy black tights from H&M. I then added the fur coat from Boohoo, the hat from H&M and some dark lipstick from Revlon to add some extra drama. I finished the look off with some dainty earrings from Stella and Dot and Rings from Gorjana.

What do you think of my choices? If you're interested in entering the competition, you can read about it here. The winner will get an Autumn/Winter footwear wardrobe of up to £750!

What's your #boottribe?

Emma x


Sunday, October 19, 2014

A Thousand Words #7

Today I have a lazy Sunday post filling you in on what I did in July. There was a lot of food, drink and music! 


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I love this Moomin mug belonging to my mam, she's just as obsessed as I am now


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Peter Gabriel tickets arrived. Can't wait for December!


July InstaStyle Collage

Lots of lovely jewellery in July, Energetix, Stella and Dot and Swarovski


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Going out for drinks before Eric's surgery (which was postponed three times before it finally happened in September)


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I Heart the Monster Hero/ Night Trap gig in Whelans


July Instanails Collage

Broadway Nails ImPress Ex on the Beach; Rimmel White Hot Love; Essie Buy Me A Cameo; Essie Style Hunter


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Hall&Oates, the most fun I've had at a gig in ages


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Misty south beach in Skerries


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Wedding fun with the best man in my favourite COS dress


July Instafriends Collage

Lots of fun with family and friends


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We were at the Fleetwood Mac table (also one of my favourite FM songs)


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K Chido Mexican Food Truck- So good!


July Instafood Collage

99 with sprinkles; Pulled pork tacos from K Chido; Oatmeal and cranberry cookie and berry smoothie; Salmon and Avocado Sushi from Zakura; Brunch at the Whitefriar Grill


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We finally finished The OC


July Instadrinks Collage

Whiskey Sour in The Morgan; Diet Coke (best marketing campaign of all time); Zombie and Tequila shots in The Mint Bar


I'm so happy I took so many photos in July, otherwise I'd never remember everything I did.

I'm going back to work tomorrow after a relaxing week off, I got to do lots of blogging and catch up on all my favourite Tv shows. How was your weekend?

Emma x

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