Wednesday, April 27, 2016

This Could Be The Saddest Dusk I've Ever Seen

I first heard about the Archive by Alexa collaboration between Alexa Chung and Marks and Spencer back in February and being a big Alexa fan I was so excited to see the collection. When I saw Alexa wearing the Frances Trench Coat at the launch party I immediately fell in love. 

If you've been reading my blog for a while you'll know that I'm a big fan of the classic trench coat, I have a black one and a beige one and I wear them all the time. The 'Frances' is based on a design that's been in the M&S archive since the 1950s. I love the khaki colour and the checked lining is a nice little touch that sets it apart from your average high street trench.

There are some gorgeous pieces in the collection, the red printed Misty Dress and double breasted Ada Blazer are two of my other favourites. Sadly after the coat I couldn't afford anything else but I'm very happy with my sole purchase. 

SS4 SS13 SS10 SS18 SS8 SS20 SS15 SS21

Coat- Marks and Spencer (similar here and here)
Shirt- H&M (similar here, here and here)
Boots- ASOS (similar here and here)
Bandana- ASOS
Lipstick- Rimmel Kate Moss 45

I kept the rest of my outfit fairly simple as I wanted to showcase the coat more than anything. I was big into bandanas as a teenager and I've been really enjoying seeing how everyone is styling them recently. Coincidentally I watched Frankie and Johnny the other day and Al Pacino spends most of the film in his cook's uniform with a bandana around his neck or on his head and it made me want to buy a few more colours to wear during the summer.

I got these boots from ASOS a few months ago after a long search for some black patent ankle boots. I love that these have a small block heel and a pointed toe, it makes them perfect for wearing to events where I want to feel comfortable but still a little bit dressed up. They're also great for wearing in the rain!

What do you think of the Alexa Chung and M&S collaboration? Is there anything you'd love to get your hands on? The trench coat is sold out online but there is still some left in stores.

Emma x

Monday, April 18, 2016

Rosie For Autograph Make Up

A couple of months ago Rosie Huntington-Whiteley launched her new make up collection Rosie for Autograph. She worked closely with Intercos, an Italian cosmetics manufacturers to create a 51 piece collection exclusively for Marks and Spencer.

After working as a model for over ten years Rosie has plenty of experience with make up and wanted to create a collection that would reflect her go-to look which she describes as 'pretty natural'.

I was excited to try out the collection after seeing the beautiful rose gold packaging on Rosie's Instagram feed. The pricing starts at €13.50 for the Eyebrow Pencil and goes up to €24 so they aren't cheap but I think the gorgeous packaging and quality of the products reflects the more high end prices.

I initially bought two items from the collection, the cream eyeshadow stick in Movie Star Crush (€17) and the lipstick in Laugh Out Loud (€19). I then went on to buy the lipstick in Lady Rose after seeing Rosie herself wearing it and looking at swatches. I've been trying the products out for a while now so I wanted to share my thoughts.


Beginning with what drew me in in the first place, the packaging. Any of my fellow rose gold fans will agree that the packaging is beautiful. You can tell it's been well thought out by someone who really cares about what they put their name on. The cream eyeshadow stick is sleek and easy to use as it twists up. It also has the shade at the bottom so if you have a few it's easy to grab the one you want quickly out of your make up bag.


I applied it straight to my eyelid and because the formula is so creamy I blended it out easily with a fluffy brush. You can just do a quick wash of colour or go in with a second application for a more pigmented finish which is what I did in the photos below.

Movie Star Crush is a mauve/brown/taupe hybrid similar to the KIKO Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in Rosy Brown or the By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Misty Rock. You'll need to work with this fast because of the long lasting formula and once it sets it stays in place all day. I use my trusted Garnier 2 in 1 make up remover to take this off so that's something to bear in mind if you dislike using oil-based make up removers. Micellar water just won't work as well. 

If you're a fan of fuss free products that are long lasting and you don't mind using an oil based make up remover, this is definitely one to check out. There are three other shades which all look really wearable. 


The lipstick packaging too is beautiful. They have that very satisfying magnetic click that makes them addictive to open and close (and very annoying for everyone else). The lipstick itself has a subtle vanilla scent which shouldn't offend many people. I love the little detail of the Rosie rose embossed on the lipstick itself.

I was debating which shade to go for but in the end I decided on LOL which is a vibrant red/ deep coral. I absolutely love how this colour looks on and I can see myself wearing it a lot during the Summer months with minimal eye make up.

The formula is enriched with organ oil so it applies smoothly and feels so comfortable to wear. It's richly pigmented and I actually found that I prefer to apply this with a lip brush rather than straight from the bullet as it's so creamy, the lip brush just gives me better control. The finish is a satin/cream but because of the long lasting formula it stays put and doesn't feather outside my lips.


The second lipstick I bought is Lady Rose. Although I haven't worn them together yet I think this would actually work very well with Movie Star Crush. Lady Rose is a warm rosy brown shade that I think would work really well as a neutral for many different skin tones. It looks gorgeous on Rosie who is a lot more sallow than me.

You can see below a comparison between Lady Rose and one of the Rimmel Kate Moss nude shades which is one of my favourite neutral lipsticks. My lips are naturally quite pigmented so I usually have to go for something deeper in order for it to look "nude" or neutral with my skin tone.

I really love this shade and I'm looking forward to pairing it with different eye looks so see what works best with it.

Top: Lady Rose, Bottom: Rimmel Kate Moss Nudes shade 45


So there you have my initial thoughts on the few items I've tried from the Rosie for Autograph make up collection. I'm very impressed so far and I'll definitely be trying out more products from the collection soon.

Let me know if there's anything you like the look of or if you've tried any of the products. I'd love to know what you think.

Emma x

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Shooting From The Hip About Our Faith And Love

Last Sunday we wandered around town looking for somewhere to eat. On the way we took some outfit shots at the Fruit and Vegetable market on Halston street. I've always loved this building and was lucky enough to film inside it a few years ago. Since then I've wanted to use it as the backdrop for some outfit photos. 


Trench Coat- Vintage (from charity shop, no label)
Blouse- New Look
Jeans- Next (similar here)
Boots- Clarks Bizzy Beat (similar here
Camera Bag- eBay
Choker- Zara
Sunglasses- Forever 21 (similar here)
Lipstick- MAC Ruby Woo

In my last outfit post I mentioned that we shot the photos in Dun Laoghaire. While we were there we went into a few of the charity shops which I've usually found to be some of the better ones in Dublin.  I actually bought this coat in a charity shop while we were there, I loved the colour despite the fact that I never wear yellow but I just loved the idea of a yellow trench coat for Spring. There's no label apart from a care label that says it was made in South Korea, I'm guessing it's from the eighties but I'm not an expert on these things so I can't sure. After getting it dry cleaned it ended up costing me around €25 which isn't bad for a Spring coat. I've had so many compliments on it since I got it and it reminds me that charity shops can be amazing for finding one of a kind pieces that you won't see anyone else wearing.

Who knew that the choker trend would stick around for so long! I got one last year that's velvet with a small gem in the middle and I love it but I wanted a plain black one that I could wear with anything. I saw a 2-pack in Zara a few weeks ago, they're both suede and the other one has little diamante flowers on it (which sounds horrible but it's actually really nice on).

I got this camera bag on eBay after a long search for something that would protect my camera but still look  like it's part of an outfit when I bring it out with me. I didn't want something that would be an obvious camera bag and this was the perfect solution.

Have you had any amazing charity shop finds? Are there any colours that you never wear?

Emma x

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Face of the Day- Haute Chocolate

This make up look is the one I wore when we took my latest outfit photos. I wanted something fresh and pretty that wouldn't detract from or clash with the bright pink coat I was wearing. This is what I came up with and I think it would be ideal for any occasion because it's so subtle. 

I began by using my current favourite foundation, Lancôme Miracle Air de Teint in the shade Beige Porcelaine which from what I can tell is the third lightest shade. I won't go too much into my thoughts on this because I have an entire blog post drafted reviewing it in detail. However I think the photos speak for themselves, this is a beautiful foundation.

I think I tend to apply my make up in a different order to most other people. From what I've seen on Youtube and more recently on Snapchat, the majority of people tend to apply their entire face make up first and then brows and eyes. After foundation I usually curl my lashes, apply eyeshadow primer and then fill in my brows because I feel like they anchor the face so much and nothing else looks right until they are done. 


I was given this Too Faced palette as a gift from the lovely Emma (if you haven't yet read her blog, it's wonderful!). I've been playing around with it over the past few months and I've been really enjoying creating different looks with it. It's one of the only palettes I have that isn't Urban Decay so it had a lot to live up to. I'm very impressed with the shade range, pigmentation and quality of this palette (and the fact that it smells like chocolate, I can't stop sniffing it while I'm using it!). I'm drawn back to it again and again and I've found this is one of my favourite eyeshadow combinations in the palette so far. I applied Marzipan all over the lid (the second shade from left on the middle row) and Haute Chocolate on the outer corner (third from left on the bottom row). Then I applied White Chocolate under the brows and Champagne Truffle on the inner corners (the two largest shades). 


I finished off the eyes with my all time favourite liquid liner, the Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Perversion. I've written about it before but if you love liquid liner and you havent tried this one yet, you really need to check it out. The brush is slim so you can get a thin line or build it up to a thicker winged line if you prefer. The waterproof formula makes it ideal for all day wear. You'll need an oil based make up remover to take it off but that's the only downside to it, which I don't consider an issue because I use an oil based remover anyway. The mascara I'm using at the moment is the Bourjois Volume Glamour Ultra Curl which I have a review of here. I really like this mascara for daytime use as it holds a curl very well and gives length and definition. 


To brighten under my eyes I used some YSL Touche Éclat which has become a firm favourite of mine since first trying it last year. I've actually used it every day since I got it and it's just run out so a repurchase of that is definitely necessary as soon as possible. I added some of the Clarins Instant Light Concealer under my eyes and on any redness or blemishes which thankfully there aren't too many of at the moment. 


I added a touch of NYX Blush in Taupe under my cheekbones, Benefit Sugarbomb on my cheeks and theBalm May-Lou Manizer on my cheekbones and a little down the centre of my nose. I finished my skin off with No7 Perfect Light Loose Powder on the centre of my face, my forehead and chin. 

I applied a light coat of Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect lipstick because like I said above I didn't want the make up to be too much with the outfit. This is my go to nude for when I've done my eyes. I can't really wear this unless I'm wearing noticeable eye make up. 


Lancôme Miracle Air de Teint Foundation in 010 Beige Porcelaine
Soap and Glory Archery Brow Pencil
Billion Dollar Brows Brow Gel
Eyeko Eyelash Curler
Urban Decay Anti-Aging Primer Potion
Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette
Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Perversion
Bourjois Volume Glamour Ultra Curl (Review here)
YSL Touche Éclat in 1 Luminous Radiance
Clarins Instant Concealer in 01
NYX Blush in Taupe
Benefit Sugarbomb Blush
theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (Review here)
No7 Perfect Light Loose Powder in Translucent
Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick in Bitch Perfect

What do you think of this make up? I've been really enjoying playing around with the Too Faced palette and I"m hoping to create more looks to show you. Do you have a go-to make up look at the moment?

Emma x

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Darling, I Love You As You Are When You're Alone

I had a rare weekday off last week so we took advantage and got the train to Dun Laoghaire for the afternoon. We went for lunch in a cute restaurant called Gourmet Food Parlour. It was freezing but we still took a walk down the pier and stopped along the way to take some outfit photos. 


Coat- Dunnes Stores Såvida (similar here and here)
Top- New Look (similar here)
Jeans- Dorothy Perkins Casey 
Bag- Stella and Dot The Waverley Petite
Earrings- H&M
Shoes- Clarks Hotel Chic (Available on Amazon)
Watch- Stella and Dot Icon Convertible Watch (c/o)
Lipstick- Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect

So obviously the bright pink coat is the reason I wanted to photograph this outfit. I saw it in Dunnes at the beginning of January and fell in love. It's totally not a colour I would usually gravitate towards, in fact I think it's one of only two pink items of clothing that I own.  It's kind of oversized and not exactly the most flattering shape but I absolutely adore it.

Continuing my obsession with tassel jewellery, I saw these earrings in H&M and thought I didn't need them but after a second look I had to buy them, I think they look a lot more expensive than their price tag of only €7.99. The bag was one of those purchases I had been thinking about since I saw it at a Stella and Dot press day last year. I bought it in January after getting a Christmas bonus in my new job. I love the suede and brushed metallic mix and it can also be used as a clutch as the strap is removable. This particular style comes in lots of different patterns and colours, in fact my sister has the tan and stripe one which is such a cute cross body bag for Summer.

The Clarks shoes were one of my few Christmas sale purchases. I saw these in early Autumn and loved them so when they went into sale I picked them up immediately. The metallic finish actually matches that of my bag.

Before I bought this polo neck top I don't think I'd worn one since I was a kid. I just love how warm it is having my neck covered. I just think they're such a chic Winter wardrobe staple. These jeans are the relaxed skinny fit from Dorothy Perkins. I don't really shop there but I was browsing one day and came across these jeans. I loved the relaxed fit and charcoal shade, they're so comfortable on and a great price too, I'm definitely going to get them in another colour.

Lastly my watch was given to me at a press day and I've been reluctant to wear it because I love it so much and don't want to ruin it. I love the rose gold cut-out strap which you can actually interchange with other straps that are sold separately. I have a black leather double strap and they also come with a silver bezel so you can totally change the look of the watch depending on what you're wearing.

Tell me some of your current wardrobe favourites!

Emma x

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