Friday, February 27, 2015

Stella and Dot Spring/Summer 2015 Favourites

You probably already know I'm a big fan of US jewellery and accessories brand Stella and Dot. I have a few of their pieces in my collection and have also given them as gifts to my friends and family who have all been very impressed.

I went to the Spring/Summer press day back in November for the new collection which launched last month. There were so many beautiful pieces on display, I thought I would share my picks from the new collection with you. 

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The gorgeous rings really caught my eye, I loved the Zinnia Split Ring, it's so pretty with the seafoam coloured stones and vintage gold plating but the split gives it a modern touch. The Rebel Ring is one of the new additions to the Rebel family, this is a bit more wearable than the other two rings. The pavé stones around the centre are a nice little detail that makes it a piece you could also wear as part of a more dressed up outfit. The Eva Cocktail Ring is very dressy, I love the shape and the stones, it's so pretty on. 

I loved the Remy Wrap Bracelet which also came in white leather with gold detail. It's one of the more "edgy" (I hate that word) pieces in the collection, I think the white one would be a great to wear in the Summer. The other silver piece I loved was the Silver Sutton Necklace, which originally came in gold. You can wear the necklace five ways making it very versatile and the perfect day to night necklace. It looks amazing on! 

The Bianca Earrings are another versatile piece, the spear part is detachable from the small hoop so you get two pairs of earrings in one, again perfect for day to night.

The Rebel Cluster Necklace is a great layering necklace, each layer can also be worn alone. It consists of crackled quartz fragments mixed with the gold and also comes in an all silver version. Finally the Lottie Necklace is a beautiful cobalt blue with vintage gold plating that once again looks great by itself or layered with other necklaces. 

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You can see above what some of the pieces look like on, I had so much fun playing with them and trying them on. They all look so much prettier in reality, the photos don't really do them justice.

Is there anything here that caught your eye? What's your favourite piece of jewellery at the moment?

Emma x

Friday, February 20, 2015

A Lasting Finish

As you've probably noticed I'm a huge fan of bright lipsticks and although I do wear bright lipsticks almost every day, I do love a good nude/ natural lip colour too. I think it's harder to find the right nude than it is the right red. 

I recently bought two Rimmel lipsticks from their Kate Moss Lasting Finish range in the shades 03 and 08 because I was looking for some everyday natural shades that I could wear to work when I felt like a more subdued make up look. I've gotten quite good at choosing shades to suit me and I think that these two are amazing nude and natural lip shades for my skin tone. 


03 is a great nude shade for fair skins. It's a peachy/brown warm toned nude that I think suits me well because it's not too pale. I've been wearing this a lot in work with some brown/bronze/taupe eyeshadows and/or some gel or liquid eye liner. 


Top- 08, Bottom- 03

As you can see 08 is more on the pink/brown end of the scale and it's quite similar to my own lip colour. I have two lipsticks from the matte Kate Moss range and I really love the formula, this was my first time trying the original range and I love this formula too. It's so easy to apply because of the creamy texture and yet lasts incredibly well throughout the day. 

It does have a scent which could bother some people, but I don't mind it at all. The packaging is sleek and practical and at €6.99, these lipsticks are affordable and great value for the quality and lasting power. I'm incredibly impressed, so much so that I've been wearing these as much as my bright lipsticks which is very unusual for me.


Have you tried any of these lipsticks? What's your favourite neutral lip product?

Emma x

Monday, February 9, 2015


A few months ago I received an email telling me about the "World's First Living Cosmetic" which immediately sparked my interest. I was invited to meet the team behind The Pink Cow Brand to learn about the revolutionary, 100% natural product, theCream


I met with Denie Hiestand and his colleagues and he told me the story behind the brand and why he decided to spend so much of his time and money developing these products. Denie told me about how he was a natural healer to thousands of cancer patients and recommended his female patients (mostly breast cancer patients, which is where the Pink in the brand name comes from) to just use natural beauty and skincare products. After struggling to find natural products that would replace the ones his patients had removed from their skincare regime, he decided to create something himself as there was a space in the market for natural skincare products that would bring life to his patients skin and would eliminate the use of any products containing harmful ingredients.  

Denie worked as a dairy farmer in New Zealand and knew about Colostrum, the first milk that all mammals produce in the 72 hours after birth, and it's incredible properties. He wanted to find a way to incorporate this into skincare as it had never been done before. 


To cut a very long story short, Denie combined his knowledge from working as a natural healer, a dairy farmer and an author and after extensive research, he found a way to harmlessly and ethically collect the excess Colostrum from the cows. Using advanced technology and airless vacuum containers, it is packaged along with numerous other natural ingredients and without any preservatives to make theCream. 


As you can see from the ingredients list, theCream also contains cold pressed oils, naturally occurring vitamins, folic acid, and minerals. 


Having researched the amazing properties of Colostrum, I personally can see why it is an effective ingredient for skincare.  It contains a concentrated amount of antibodies and nutrients that help to protect newborns from bacteria and viruses and kickstart their immune system. It's basically the first and ultimate 'Superfood'. 


I was given the Nourishing Face Cream which comes in a 50ml size pump bottle and contains 75% colostrum. I used it morning and evening all over my face, neck and décolletage including my eye area (I made sure to ask Denie if it was ok for the eye area and he said it was absolutely fine). It lasted over a month which I was very pleased with. It has a very mild scent which I really loved and the packaging makes it easy to use and great for bringing with you if you're travelling.  I used about 2-3 pumps each time, you can use less of the product because it's more concentrated than most other moisturisers and therefore lasts longer.

I am a huge fan of natural skincare products, I've seen how well the work on my skin. My skin is usually quite clear but last year I was suffering from constant breakouts and nothing I used was helping. I honestly believe this is what cleared those up because I wasn't using anything else on my skin. I'm definitely going to keep using theCream in my skincare routine, there is so much good in it compared to other moisturisers I've used in the past.

My sister has been using the Repair Cream, a concentrated version of theCream with 80% colostrum, on her newborn baby and she and her husband have both commented on how good it is at reducing redness and irritation, so if any parents are looking for something gentle to use on their children this is a great option as there are no nasty ingredients in it.

If you have any other questions, there is a very thorough FAQ section on The Pink Cow Brand website.

theCream is available to order online and now in selected stores in Ireland:

Down to Earth Health Foods, 73 South Great Georges Street
Well and Good, Broderick Street, Midleton, Co. Cork
Full of Beans, Ardkeen Shopping Centre, Waterford, Co. Waterford
Dolans Pharmacy, The Bridge Shopping Centre, Tullamore, Co. Offaly
Mack Hair, Aiden Street, Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo

At the moment, UK customers can order online from Natural Origin.

What do you think of natural skincare products? Are you more inclined to buy them?

Emma x

Friday, January 23, 2015

Well I Almost Forgot It Was Twilight

I've mostly been dressing for comfort and warmth recently, which has meant a lot of cosy jumpers and layers. I contemplated buying this H&M jumper for ages and when I saw it on Emma, it sealed the deal. It's so cosy and warm, although I do have to wear a long sleeved top underneath because it's a bit scratchy on my skin. 


Coat, Jumper and Trousers- H&M
Boots- Topshop
Bag- Accessorize
Necklace- Zara
Brooch- Vintage, gift
Lipstick- Topshop Matte Lip Bullet Get Me Bodied

She's wearing pants! Why yes I am. I've been wearing them a lot lately because they are so damn comfortable and I love the embossed texture too, it makes them a little more interesting.

I wanted this Zara necklace for a long time and convinced myself I wasn't going to get it, that was until it went on sale and I could no longer justify not buying it, you know how it is! The boots were a 'Black Friday' purchase from Topshop, they need a tiny bit of wearing in to loosen them up but once you do they are so comfortable, I can even get away with wearing them in work when I'm on my feet for hours. I love how chunky they are even though my sister says they remind her of these ones.

This brooch is a special one because my granny gave it to me recently. An ex-boyfriend gave it to her in the early 1950s so it's proper vintage. I love the coloured stones, the photo really does not do it justice.

I finally decided to try some Topshop make up after much time spend browsing the stands. I had read about the Matte Lip Bullets and decided to try one out. Get Me Bodied is the ultimate Winter deep berry shade. I'm not so crazy about the packaging, especially for the price but it more than makes up for it in other ways, I really love the formula, colour and lasting power of it.

How is your January going so far? I'm too obsessed with my niece to notice the horrible cold and dullness that January normally brings.

Emma x

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Face of the Day- Penelope Pink

I was a very lucky girl this Christmas and got some gorgeous beauty bits from my family that were on my wishlist. I got the Charlotte Tilbury Mini Lipstick Charms gift set, Benefit's Cheeky Sweet Spot Blush Box and Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 Palette. I've been using all three sets almost every day since Christmas and absolutely love them. 


I started by priming my skin using a travel size of the No7 Instant Illusions Rapid Radiance Balm, you can read my full review here. I then applied my current favourite foundation, No7 Stay Perfect Superlight which I will reviewing very soon, it's the perfect foundation for everyday wear.


I used Skimp from the Naked Basics 2 palette under my brows, Primal on the lid blended out with Frisk and Cover lightly along the lower lash line. I added some L'Oréal liquid liner, which has been a favourite of mine for a few years now and two coats of my current favourite mascara from Bourjois which gives amazing thick sixties style lashes.


Before mascara I used my new favourite beauty tool, the heated eyelash curler from No7.  I had only ever used regular eyelash curlers before so this was a completely new concept to me. The curler runs on a battery and takes a few seconds to heat up, I was nervous to try it at first but it's very easy to use and does wonders for my lashes, I actually couldn't believe how big and curled they looked after I applied the mascara. It's currently on sale for only €6, definitely worth investing in for anyone interested in trying something a bit different.


I also used the new No7 Instant Radiance Under Eye Concealer which is part of No7's Match Made service. I love this for brightening under my eyes, it's so light and easy to blend. Unfortunately I have major dark circles so I usually have to use a corrector first like the Bobby Brown one and then a concealer on top. 


I had never tried a Benefit blush before I got this blush box, for shame! Which was the main reason I wanted it this Christmas. It comes with quite substantial sizes of five Benefit blushes and Hoola bronzer as well as a mini Watts Up highlighter. For this look I used Dandelion which is a gorgeous pale pink similar to MAC Well Dressed, I've been getting so much use out of this set, I can't believe I had never tried a Benefit Blush until now. I used this Kiko blush I got in France as a highlighter, it's quite sparkly, but used with a light hand, it looks very pretty on. 


No7 Instant Illusions Rapid Radiance Balm
No7 Stay Perfect Superlight Foundation in Calico
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 Palette
NARS Contour Blush in Olympia
No7 Beautiful Eyebrow Pencil in Brown
No7 Lash and Brow Perfector
Bourjois Volume Clubbing Absolute Black
Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in Ivory
L'Oréal Super Liner Ultra Precision
No7 Instant Radiance Concealer in 10
No7 Heated Eyelash Curler
Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder
Kiko Rock Attraction Brightening Blush in 01 Pearly Rock
Charlotte Tilbury Penelope Pink
Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot Blush Set

To finish the look I applied one of the mini Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks in Penelope Pink. This is a beautiful lipstick, all three shades in the set are gorgeous. The other two are Bitch Perfect and So Marilyn. It was great to be able to try out three shades without paying €30 for each of them. Although I love them all so much I would definitely buy the full sizes. Penelope Pink is a pink toned nude that looks and feels beautiful on, it also lasts incredibly well. I can't rate these lipsticks highly enough, definitely worth the hype. If you're looking for a similar colour at a lower price point, this shade is quite similar to Revlon Pink in the Afternoon.

A little bit of Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder on my t-zone and I was good to go.

What do you think of the look? What products have you been loving so far this year?

I got some exciting news at the beginning of January that No7 were going to be using a new photo from the campaign to advertise the Match Made Concealer Service. It's currently being featuring instore and in magazines and supplements across Ireland and the UK such as Grazia and U Magazine.  It's an honour to be featured again and to continue working with a brand I love so much.


Emma x

PS. This post is not sponsored by No7, I've just been using and loving loads of their stuff recently!

Monday, January 19, 2015


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Last Thursday our family got a little bit bigger and a whole lot better. My beautiful niece Olivia was born just after 4pm. I feel honoured to call myself her Aunt and to have to privilege of watching her grow up .Thank you Kate and Eric for the best gift! You already are and no doubt will continue to be the most amazing parents, Olivia is very lucky to have you both. 

Emma x

Monday, December 29, 2014

My Basket

I was really enjoying reading everyone's sales shopping posts so I thought I would write one of my own since I indulged in some bargain hunting myself pre and post Christmas.

My Basket

Firstly were the online bargains. I had been lusting after this stunning ASOS skirt for months now and knew I would never pay almost €93 for it so when I saw it went on sale for just over €55 last week I ordered it straight away. I absolutely love it! I plan on wearing it with a plain black t-shirt and heeled boots or with my oatmeal coloured jumper tucked into it.

The Zara Rhinestone necklace and Animal Print Messenger bag were two other items I was after for ages. I ordered them online for €14.99 and €19.99 respectively (originally €22.95 and €29.95). They are yet to arrive but I'm hoping there just as nice in person.

I saw the Jumper and Top in Zara while I was browsing and decided to buy them without trying them on first, something I rarely do, but luckily when I tried them on at home I loved both. What drew me to the jumper was the colour, I love that pale blue shade, even though I never wear it so I thought I would try it out.  Another selling point for me was that it's 100% wool so it's really warm and at €12.99 it's a great bargain.

The top was €9.99 and has faux leather around the neck and a panel on the sleeves which are semi-batwing. Who doesn't love a good striped top, the details on this one make it just different enough to justify buying it. It's not available in the stripe version online anymore, just black or burgundy, however you could probably still find it in stores.  The jumper was €19.99 full price and the top was €14.95.

I was looking for a leopard print coat all Winter so when I saw this one reduced from €79.99 to €24 in New Look I had to get it. It's a boyfriend fit, the same as my grey H&M one and is quite warm considering how lightweight it is. It also like that it's a different colour from the usual leopard print coats.

What do you think of my purchases? Did you pick up any bargains in the sales?

Emma x
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