Sunday, September 14, 2014

No7 Instant Illusions Rapid Radiance Balm

The No7 Instant Illusions Rapid Radiance Balm was used on me back in April when I had my makeup done for the press day for the No7 campaign. I loved the way it made my skin look and I was eager to get my hands on my own bottle to test it out properly. 

I'm not much of a primer girl, but I do love to use Clarins Beauty Flash Balm when I feel like my skin needs a quick something extra in the morning. I was so excited to try this mostly because of the name, what girl doesn't want Rapid Radiance for their skin? I have to admit I'm slightly addicted to this and have used it every day since I bought it.


The balm has a beautiful but subtle scent so if you're not into scented products I'd encourage you to give it a try before you buy it. The texture is light and it glides onto my skin so easily. It absorbs quickly and I like to apply my foundation directly after it's been fully absorbed into the skin. One of the things I love about it is how it prepares my skin for foundation, it just makes applying my foundation so much easier. 

You wouldn't necessarily have to apply it all over your skin if you didn't want to, just on the areas you feel look a little dull. I find it just gives my skin an all over brightening glow which I think you can see in the before and after photo below. 

Before/After (with no makeup)

This is one of those products that I know I don't necessarily need all of the time but I can see that it makes a difference when my skin isn't looking it's best and just gives a little extra boost of confidence when I'm having a bad skin day.

What do you think? Do you use balms or primers before foundation?

Emma x

Monday, September 8, 2014

Instant Outfits

I haven't taken any outfit photos since France, mostly because I don't have a DSLR and my budget won't be allowing me to buy one any time soon.  So I thought I would compile some of my Outfit of the Day photos from my instagram account in a post so that you can see what I've been wearing throughout the Summer months and into Autumn. 


I wore this to the opening of a wine and tapas bar in Dublin back in June.
Jacket- Penneys; Dress- Monsoon; Sandals and Sunglasses- Marks and Spencers; Bag- Coach; Lipstick- MAC Ruby Woo


This is the beautiful South Beach in Skerries.
Top and Shirt- Monsoon; Trousers- H&M; Sandals- Clarks; Bag- Coach; Sunglasses- Penneys


I wore this on an anniversary date night.
Dress and Sunglasses- Zara; Sandals- Marks and Spencers; Jacket- Penneys; Bag- Vintage via Etsy


This is a special dress as it was given to me when I did some press for the No7 campaign. I wore it to a Wedding in July.
Dress- COS; Shoes- ASOS; Necklace- Stella and Dot; Bag- Marks and Spencers; Lipstick- MAC Ruby Woo


This was the day after the wedding getting hangover food from the awesome K Chido Taco Truck in Dublin.
Dress- FeverFish; Sandals- Clarks; Bag- Vintage via Etsy; Sunglasses- eBay


This is one of my latest uniform picks in work. I LOVE these shoes.
Dress- Monsoon; Shoes- Zara; Sunglasses- eBay; Lipstick- any guesses?


A windy Autumnal family day in Skerries.
Dress- FeverFish; Jacket- Penneys; Bag- Zara; Shoes- Clarks; Hat- John Shevlin Milliners; Sunglasses- ASOS; Lipstick- I don't think I need to write it again


This was my birthday outfit from a few weeks ago. I got the dress in a charity shop for €3, it's a vintage GĂ©rard Pasquier.
Dress- Vintage; Bag- Vintage; Sandals- Marks and Spencers


This was on the way to watch the season premiere of Doctor Who in the cinema. Unintentionally channelling Clara Oswald.
Dress- Vintage (only €4!); Jacket- Penneys; Boots- Zara; Bag- Marks and Spencers

My hair is straight in the last photo because I had it done the day before for the Ultimate Girls Day Out weekend in the RDS. No7 were one of the sponsors this year and they asked me to be the model for the live makeup masterclass. I was so excited to work with the No7 team once more, it was a totally unexpected treat. I walked the catwalk on Saturday and Sunday and did a quick interview about how I got involved in the match made campaign. It was completely nerve wrecking to walk a catwalk and talk in front of hundreds of people. I still can't quite believe that I did it. It was a wonderful once in a lifetime experience that I will cherish forever. I'm so thankful for the confidence that I've gained from being involved with the No7 campaign, now that it's all over I have the most amazing memories and have grown so much in myself.

In more exciting news, just after I got home from France my sister told me that she was pregnant! I'll never forget such a special moment, I cried of course. In fact today, they found out that they are most likely having a girl! This week my brother in law went into hospital to have open heart surgery so this of course was a huge strain on everyone. I'm so proud of my sister and my brother in law for being so strong and brave throughout this scary time. Now they can concentrate on him getting fully recovered and looking forward to the birth of their baby in January. I am beyond excited, I cannot wait to be an Aunt!

I'm going to London in a couple of weeks to see Kate Bush and I cannot wait! If you have suggestions for things to do in London, please let me know as it's my first time there and I don't know where to start.

How have you all been?

Emma x

Friday, September 5, 2014

Energetix Jewellery

You have probably never heard of the brand I want to talk about today. I was recently introduced to Energetix, a designer jewellery brand with integrated magnets. Energetix was founded in Germany in 2002 and has since gained worldwide success with it's beautiful, high quality but moderately priced jewellery.

As you can see below, our very own Ronan Keating featured in the latest Energetix campaign alongside German model Franziska Knuppe which was shot in picturesque Connemara.

The catalogue is available to view online, there you can see jewellery for women, men, teens and children, wellness products and sports jewellery.


Having seen the pieces in person and worn them I can safely say that they are excellent quality. I've worn all kinds of jewellery over the years and I'm tired of spending my money on high street jewellery that breaks, tarnishes or leaves a green mark on my skin. Recently I've been looking for jewellery that I know is going to last and therefore I don't mind spending a bit extra on it. 

If you look through the Energetix catalogue you'll see that the collection is quite classic but there is something for everyone, silver, gold, leather, pearl and collections inspired by the latest trends. There are great charm bracelets and necklaces so you can almost create your own pieces to suit your style. The two pieces pictured have mixed metals which I think is a more modern take on the charm bracelets and necklaces trend that can sometimes be a little bit predictable. I would describe a lot of the Energetix piece as classic with a modern twist.

As you can see the jewellery is beautifully packaged, a small detail that shows the quality of this brand. I'm really impressed with what I've seen so far and if you're looking for something a bit different, you should definitely check out the catalogue to see what is on offer. 


Energetix have an impressive 65 million people working as independent direct sales distributors worldwide. The idea is similar to that of Stella and Dot or Avon where you host a home party so that potential customers can see all of the jewellery in person. They are looking for distributors for the Irish market so if you're interested you can read all about it here. It could be a great opportunity for any keen salespeople looking for some extra income.

What do you think about companies like this? Have you ever bought anything at a home party?
Tell me some of your favourite jewellery brands!

Emma x

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Beauty Works Hair Accessories

I'm a low maintenance girl when it comes to my hair. I shampoo and condition it, add some mousse, serum or oil and leave it to air dry. I'm very lucky that I have curly hair so I don't have to style it on a daily basis. Occasionally I use a curling iron or hot rollers if I'm going out or for special occasions. So when Beauty Works, an online retailer for hair extensions and accessories, sent me some of their pieces, I was excited to try them out. I was sent the Small Messy Hair Bun and the Festival Braid Head Band


I was colour matched using a photo of my hair in natural light, however if you were thinking about ordering Hair Extensions, you can actually buy a swatch from the 42 shades available to make sure you know the right shade to match your hair before you go ahead and buy the full extensions. 


As you can see the band on the Festival Head Band is adjustable so that it can fit anyone. I did a really quick half updo with the band by backcombing the hair at the crown of my head to give that slight sixties beehive look. Then I took the top section of my hair and pinned it at the back of my head with bobby pins. I then added the braided band and it instantly made everything look a lot more put together. 

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The Bun has a net underneath with an elasticated edge and tie that you can pull tight around your own hair. I found both of the pieces very easy to use. The only issue I had was that my hair is quite long and thick at the moment so I actually put it into a small side bun secured in place with bobby pins and then added the hair piece on top to give a more polished and full look to my hair. 


I was really impressed with the colour match, I took the photos above in natural light and as you can see both hair pieces are the exact match to the shade of my hair. 

I've never really tried anything like this in my hair before and I was sceptical as to whether it would be too much trouble for me to bother with, but having tried the pieces out I think they would be perfect on days when you need to wash your hair but don't have the time and maybe just want to put it up but still look presentable and like you've made an effort. I think either of the looks I did above would be perfect for a Wedding or special occasion. It would save the money of paying for a hairdresser and both are quick and easy to do. 

What do you think of hair accessories like these ones? Would you ever try them?

Emma x

Friday, August 15, 2014

Win Tickets to the Ultimate Girls Day Out 2014

It's back and bigger than ever, the Ultimate Girls Day Out returns to the RDS from 22nd-24th of August. Brought to you by Irish Tatler, U Magazine and Woman's Way this year will feature the Gillette Venus Catwalk with a variety of fashion shows styled by Catherine Condell one of Ireland's leading stylists. No7 is the official makeup sponsor for this year's event creating the looks for the catwalk shows and there will also be a makeup masterclass on the main stage each day. 

Other highlights include Irish Tatler Model Search in association with 1st Option Models, the Smart Girls Zone where you can get career guidance from top businesswomen or chat to top Irish authors and the Samsung Zone which will have their own unique selfie area with prizes for the best selfie, a fitness zone and lots of great giveaways. 

There will be massive discounts on well-known high-street brands and competitions throughout the weekends including Best Dressed. The first 1000 people through the door each day will receive a goodie bag filled with discounts, freebies and lots more surprises!

I have two sets of tickets to give away so to be in with the chance of winning, tell me in a comment what your Ultimate Girls Day Out would be.

I will choose two winners next Tuesday so don't forget to leave your contact details so I can get in touch.

You can find out more on the Ultimate Girls Day Out site and Facebook page. Don't forget to follow them on Twitter too!

Emma x

PS. I'll be taking part in the No7 makeup masterclass on the main stage so please pop by and have a look!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Mio Skincare- The Activist Body Oil

I first heard about Mio Skincare last year when I received one of their products in a Glossybox, the Clean Slate Face Wash from the Mama Mio range aimed at women during pregnancy. I really loved the product and I was excited to try more from the brand.

I was sent The Activist firming active body oil, a high intensity oil for dry skin. It is supposed to strengthen, moisturise and nourish dry and stressed skin. The vitamins and antioxidants in the oil restore elasticity and firmness. You can read the list of ingredients in the photograph below and what each ingredient does for the skin, a nice touch to the packaging. It also contains Calendula Oil which I wrote about in my review of the REN Lip Balm and seems to be the skincare ingredient right now. 


I absolutely loved this product from the first time I used it. First of all, it smell divine,  I think I would buy it for the scent alone, even if it did nothing for my skin. I've been a huge fan of body oils for year because I have very dry skin and I think oils work best at keeping my skin hydrated. This isn't the kind of oil that sits on your skin and means you have to wait to put any clothes on, it sinks into my skin straight away. 

I'm sure I'm not the only one who finds body moisturising a bit of a chore, this has totally changed that for me, I actually look forward to it now and to be honest I don't know what I'm going to do once this bottle is finished because at €34.50 it's a lot more than I would usually be willing to pay for a body oil. Unfortunately I'm addicted now and I think I'm just going to have to splurge on this one. It's been great for getting my skin looking really healthy and radiant during the Summer months, it's the perfect follow up to a body exfoliation and feels amazing on your skin after shaving your legs too. 


What I really love about this brand is that they are all about making the skin radiant and energetic and   are totally against the term "anti-aging", which I think is a breath of fresh air in the beauty industry.  This company, founded by four women is all about helping women to appreciate what they have and not comparing themselves to retouched advertising photographs. They are all about giving women confidence in themselves. 

The products are available in Arnotts, Debenhams, Clerys, Space NK and selected pharmacies and spas nationwide. 

Have your tried anything from Mio? What's your favourite body product?

Emma x

Monday, August 4, 2014

Turn Our Golden Faces Into the Sun

This is the last set of outfit photos we took in France. We took them just outside our little Gite on a sunny but windy day. It feels like so long ago now. 

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Dress- Monsoon
Headscarf- Accessorize
Sandals and Sunglasses- Marks and Spencers

I loved this cotton broderie anglaise dress from the moment I saw it and I've loved wearing it on the really hot Summer days. It's the kind of dress that makes you feel great as soon as you put it on. These patent mint green sandals were another love at first sight purchase, they aren't the most comfortable sandal but I just love how they look, especially the little detail of the silver heel. The Essie nail polish and Revlon lip colour have been Summer staples for me, I can't recommend either highly enough. They also both happen to match the dress perfectly.

What have been your Summer wardrobe and make up staples?

Emma x
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