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. 


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Coat, Jumper and Trousers- H&M
Boots- Topshop
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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. 


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.


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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

Olivia



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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.



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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

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Locket of Style

I'm quite partial to a glitter nail polish as seen here, here and here and there's no better time of the year to get your glitter out than December. I wanted to share two of my current favourite sparkly polishes that I've been wearing this month. 


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This eye-catching silver from Ciaté is called Locket and it's such a stunner! 


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Essie Summit of Style is a bronze toned glitter top coat that I paired with No7 Moonlit Shadow, a special nail polish to me because it's the one I wore for the campaign photo shoot last year.


What's on your nails at the moment?

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas, mine was wonderful, despite only getting one day off work. I feel very blessed to have had such a great Christmas with my friends and family.

Emma x


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
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