Monday, December 15, 2014

You Could Be My Silver Spring, Blue Green Colors Flashing

Last week I was sent the most amazing Christmas package from the lovely people at Swarovski which included some items from their #SwarovskiPerfectGift Christmas Collection.

I was so excited to style a Christmas look wearing the pieces. I immediately knew I wanted to wear my dark green velvet dress, some faux fur and of course some red lipstick. 


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I wanted to create a Christmas day outfit, something festive and sparkly but still comfortable and cosy. I loved this dress as soon as I saw it because it reminded me of one I had for Christmas when I was little. 

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Baron Pierced Earrings

These earrings are stunning, much more so in person. Unfortunately photographs don't do them justice, you really need to see them sparkling when they catch the light. I feel like they aren't too much, the perfect Christmas day earrings, I'll definitely be wearing them on Christmas day.

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Stardust Gray and Light Multi Bracelets

The Stardust bracelets are a great gift because they come in lots of different colours and with either a silver or gold magnetic clasp in two different sizes so there's one to suit everyone. There are double wrap versions too. They look lovely layered up or worn alone.

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Emily Bracelet

I adore this tennis bracelet. It's such a classic piece and a great addition to my jewellery collection as it's so dainty and versatile. It also has an extender with a crystal in the centre to make it a bit bigger. I can see myself wearing this layered with my gold watch as I think it would look great with silver or mixed with gold.


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Each Christmas Swarovski has an amazing collection of ornaments featuring Christmas tree decorations and figurines that make really special gifts.

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Dress and Boots- Monsoon
Coat- Boohoo
Lipstick- MAC Ruby Woo
Nails- Essie After School Boy Blazer; Revlon Stunning


How cute is this little penguin! They also have a Disney collection with the cutest Winnie the pooh figurines that I know my sister would love.

This is definitely not jewellery I would wear on a daily basis, although they do some beautiful simple pieces that can be worn every day. Instead I will save these for special occasions.

Check out the Swarovski.com and tell me what your #SwarovskiPerfectGift would be.

Emma x

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The One Minute Facial

At the beginning of the Summer I attended press day to learn about an innovative new product from one of my favourite skincare brands, REN. This review is a little bit wordy as I wanted to explain the science behind it all (and I find it really interesting and thought you might too).


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I participated in a session with David Delport, a skincare expert with REN to learn about the Flash Rinse One Minute Facial. He explained the concept behind the product, the research involved in creating it and gave a demonstration as to how it works.

The idea was to create a product that gave the skin the look and feeling of having just had a facial but without the time commitment and expense. The people at REN found that the best way to achieve that fresh, just had a facial skin was to provide a potent and fresh dose of Vitamin C that would boost the skins radiance, give firmness and make you look more awake.


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They found a way to stabilise the 10% Vitamin C in a silica/glyceride matrix which means that it doesn't activate or oxidise before use.

The three main ingredients are Vitamin C (which stimulates collagen production, provides help with skin elasticity, reduces UV damage and evens out the skin tone), Boswellic Acid (extracted from the Boswellia Serrata Tree found in Northern and Central India contains anti- inflammatory properties and relaxes the muscles, fights facial fatigue and diminishes the appearance of fine lines) and Magnesium (which is an essential mineral for the cells and because it consists of tiny crystals it has recently been used by skincare companies to mimic the texture of the crystals used in microdermabrasion).


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The product has a gel like texture that feels slightly gritty upon application. Once applied, massage it into the skin before adding water to activate the Vitamin C, leave it for one minute and then rinse.

I'm a huge fan of REN skincare so I had high hopes for this product and after trialling it for a few months I am so impressed with what it does for my skin. Firstly, I love the texture and fresh scent. It  feels like it is exfoliating your skin before you activate the Vitamin C. I have been saving this for days when I'm feel like my skin needs a quick fix like before an event or the morning after a big night when you're not feeling the best but need to hide it. I love how fresh my skin looks after using this, it immediately evens out my skin tone and gives it radiance.

It can be used every three days but I tend to stick to my Invisible Pores Detox Mask once a week and then use this as needed, which I think is a much better way to conserve what I consider to be a product on the more expensive end of the scale and to prevent my skin from getting too used to it's effects.

It retails for approximately €38 and can be found in Arnotts, Space NK and the Marks and Spencers beauty hall as well as on Look Fantastic, HQHair and Cloud 10 Beauty.

What are your go-to quick skin fix products?

Emma x

Monday, December 1, 2014

A Thousand Words #9

It's nice looking back at all of these photos, September was such a fun month! I attended some press events at the beginning of the month and we also went over to London to see KATE BUSH! It was my first proper trip to London as I didn't get to actually see that much on my flying visit for the photo shoot last December.  I loved it so much and can't wait to go back again and explore more of London.


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Sweet treats at the Boohoo press day

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Saying goodbye to Sinead and Amanda in work

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Testing out skincare products, Alpha H Liquid Gold and Vichy Idealia Eyes (love both of these!); Duty Free purchase of one of my favourite scents, Stella; New nail gadget, Micronail

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Arnotts windows

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George's street has a monster

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Trying on Sherlock hats in Baker Street; Free cocktails in The Liquor Rooms; Uncle duties; Blue Moon on Brick Lane

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Our AirBnB studio was pretty cool

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White hot chocolate with hazelnut milk; Flat white in Nude Espresso on Hanbury street; Sherbet Sips in The Liquor Rooms

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The basement of Selfridges

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So much Moomin in London

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London OOTDs- Top and boots from Zara, sunglasses from ASOS; Dress and boots from New Look

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Wandering around Shoreditch

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This was number one on my list of places to visit in London, The Moomin Shop in Covent Garden

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The BEST burger I have ever had in Five Guys; Krispy Kreme; Tacos in Shoreditch; Lobster Roll in Clodagh's Kitchen; Lola's cupcakes in Spitalfields Market

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It was a surreal experience to finally see Kate Bush live after hearing her songs for most of my life. I feel so privileged to be one of the few people who got to see her. Hearing the first bars of Hounds of Love brought me to tears, the emotions that came over me hearing a song I have heard countless times throughout my life being sung live was overwhelming, I will never forget what a magical night it was


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Amazing Boohoo accessories; Zara bag; Etienne Aigner bag; Earrings from Rokit Vintage on Brick Lane; Winter textures from Boohoo

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My first niece present

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My stunning Swarovski Stardust bracelet in grey

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Vanessa and I

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Haircut; Kate Bush makeup and Folkster necklace; Hoopy Earrings

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I hope you all had a lovely weekend? Did anyone else do some Cyber Weekend shopping?

I'm off to watch the mid season finale of Walking Dead!

Emma x

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

No More Light Green Leaves

This outfit ended up looking like it was inspired by the film Clueless. Which subconsciously it probably was. You'll have to excuse my awkward faces as the entire time we were taking these photos, there was a man with a DSLR taking photos of me too, it didn't exactly put me at ease, that's the last time I take outfit photos in Stephen's Green!


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Coat- H&M
Jumper- Zara (couldn't find online but should still be in shops, €19.95)
Skirt- ASOS
Boots- New Look (last year, similar here and here)
Bag- Marks and Spencer (last year)
Beret- eBay (very inexpensive, around $2, just search for black berets)
Pendant- Stella and Dot 
Lipstick- Estée Lauder Crystal Baby (Review here)


I always start the Autumn/Winter season with a small list of clothing and accessories that I want to buy. A tartan skirt was one of those items and after some looking around in stores and online, I found this one on ASOS. It's always difficult to shop online because you're imagining what something is going to look like on you but I was so happy with this skirt, it's exactly what I wanted. I also had a cable knit jumper on my list and I found this very inexpensive one in Zara. I've been wearing it a lot recently since it's gotten colder. It's heavy and warm and perfect for layering. I like to wear it over dresses that have an A-Line/ Skater shape for an extra layer of warmth.

You've probably seen me wearing the Stella and Dot Rebel Pendant already but I love it so much I always grab it when I'm deciding what jewellery to wear because it goes with everything. I might just have to get it in Silver and Rose Gold! It's actually the most expensive thing I'm wearing in this outfit, everything else was under €40.

If you're still looking for a new winter coat, I can't recommend this one from H&M enough, it's only €29.95 and is still available online and in stores. It's wool mix and lined too, so it's very warm.

What was/is on your Winter shopping list?

Emma x





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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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


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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


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#tbts My first birthday; Looking terrified by my mother




I hope you're having a lovely weekend! 

Emma x
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