Monday, March 31, 2014

Wind Was Blowing Time Stood Still

Here is what I wore to a wedding in Scotland earlier this month. 

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Photos by Donnacha

Dress- Monsoon
Necklace- c/o Divine Boutique
Belt and Ring- Accessorize
Shoes- ASOS
Nails- Sally Hansen Gilty Pleasure (with Ted Baker Sugar Rush on ring finger)
Lipstick- MAC Plumful

I actually only bought my dress a couple of weeks before the wedding and the necklace which was a gift from Divine Boutique just happened to go perfectly with it. I bought the shoes last summer on ASOS. I saw them on Alix from The Cherry Blossom Girl and luckily for me when I clicked the link they were on sale so I saw that as a sign and bought them. They're so comfortable to wear to an all day event and I'm not one for high heels as I'm already quite tall so this is the perfect heel height for me. Also how cute is the little round gold heel?

I wanted to do something different with my make up as I would usually go for a red lipstick at this kind of event. I used a mixture of Dust, Buzz, Trick and Nooner from the Naked 3 palette paired with MAC Plumful lipstick. I loved the finished look, it was pretty pink Spring make up. I kept my hair really simple and just used a curling iron on it and brushed the curls out with my fingers.

Do you like getting dressed up for weddings or is it something you dread?

Emma x

Monday, March 24, 2014

La Roche-Posay Rosaliac CC Cream

Recently I attended the launch night of La Roche-Posay's Rosaliac CC Cream. The product is supposed to both correct and cover redness as well as containing SPF 30 to protect the skin. 


No make up/ CC Cream only


Full make up including powder

During the launch night we were given a full background on the product and told about the key ingredient Ambophenol which is anti-inflammatory, offers vascular protection and is anti-oxidant. This means that not only is the redness in the skin covered by the mineral pigments, but it also helps to correct the problem too so the redness is treated and reduced at the same time. 

Facial redness can be caused by numerous factors, mainly Sun Exposure, Stress, Hot Weather and Alcohol and seems to be quite prevalent in fair Irish skin tones. Thankfully I don't suffer too badly from redness, although I can get it around my nose and cheeks as you can see in the photo above where I'm not wearing any make up. 

The second photo in which I'm wearing just the CC Cream is a little more yellow than in real life because of the light changing on the day I took these photos, however because it is one shade only, it does run a little too dark for my very fair skin tone. I didn't find this to be a major issue as I found the product works best the less I used so blended out the shade difference is barely noticeable and in the summer it will probably be perfect for me. I tried it blending it in with a brush and using my hands and both worked fine for me. Perhaps a brush would work better for those who suffer badly from redness and don't want to aggravate it any further. 

I love the packaging, it's sturdy and easy to travel with and the pump makes it easy to dispense the exact amount I need. The product has a lovely fresh scent which I know can be off-putting for some people but I loved that it kind of lingered on the skin for a while after application. The consistency of the cream is more like a moisturiser than a foundation and a little goes a long way. On my normal/combination skin it has a very natural finish and the lasting power is very impressive, I just powder my T zone and it stays perfect all day.

I love that it has SPF 30 as I like to wear some form of SPF in my skincare or foundation all year round. The high SPF means that this is an amazing all in one product that will be perfect for Summer when I hate having to layer moisturisers, sun protection and foundation in the hot weather. 

La Roche-Posay has a whole range of Rosaliac products to cleanse, soothe, treat and moisturise skin prone to redness. The CC Cream retails for €22.50 for 50ml.

I have been using La Roche-Posay products for years and will continue to do so as you get incredible quality for such a reasonable price point. I can't recommend this brand highly enough for those of you looking for great skincare on a budget.

What is your main skin concern? Would you try this?

Emma x

Friday, March 14, 2014

A Thousand Words #2

Here's some of what I got up to over the past two weeks.


Vanilla Chai Latte


Post Shopping with Kate lift selfie


Coffee and nude nails on the train


A very cold and windy south beach in Skerries


My mam's Mymble Moomin mug


Midday pick me up in work- coffee, orange crunch and Paul Auster


Hospital Appointments


My new Schuh Catapult boots. I LOVE them!


I couldn't resist this


Bardot inspired hair and make up


A  beautiful vintage brooch gifted to me from my Aunty Anne in Florida


Curry yoghurt brochettes and cold noodles


Testing, testing. I'll be able to tell you all about this very soon


Arcade on the ferry


Ghost Ship


Getting the ferry to visit Scotland for the first time for Donnacha's brother's wedding


Transformer Ferry


Came across the TARDIS in Glasgow. Sadly the Doctor wasn't home


Devastated there was none in my size


Pre-Wedding dinner outfit


Beautiful Loch View

ATW2 Collage

Selfie collage: Channelling Wes Anderson in anticipation of The Grand Budapest Hotel (which I loved! Ralph Fiennes was unbelievable); Lumpy Space Princess holding some Lemon and Ginger tea for me; New £2 Primark sunglasses; Wedding hair and make up (outfit post to follow)

How was your week?

Emma x

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms

When I first heard about the Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms I knew that I would inevitably want to try them. Being a huge fan of Revlon lip products and matte lips I was curious to see how these would fare against my well loved Revlon matte lipsticks. The words matte balm seem like an oxymoron but the two work in unison to create a beautifully textured product that is a pleasure to wear.


I have the colours Showy, a blue toned bright pink and Unapologetic, a vibrant coral. Both are definitely Spring/Summer shades and I look forward to wearing them in the warmer weather with minimal make up. Showy reminds me of the Revlon matte lipstick in Stormy Pink but brighter and more pigmented, the closest I have to Unapologetic in my collection is probably my beloved but discontinued Strawberry Suede.

They have the same minty scent as the Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains which I personally love although I understand it may put some people off them. I love the matte, colour coordinated packaging too. The only slightly negative thing I can say about these is that you will really need to prep your lips beforehand by exfoliating and moisturising otherwise the product can settle into dry lips which can look rather unpleasant.

What do you think? Have you tried these yet?

Emma x

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Wanna Feel The Seasons Passing, Wanna Feel The Spring

I recently received this Closet Tropical Swing Dress from Irish online retailer Endora. I chose this dress because I loved the print and colours and I thought it would be perfect for Spring. 

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Dress- c/o
Mac- Dunnes Stores
Bag- Zara
Sunglasses- eBay
Shoes and Cardigan- Monsoon
Necklace- ONecklace
Nails- Essie Cute As A Button
Lipstick- Revlon Pink In The Afternoon

This is definitely a dress you could wear in the evening or to an event if you dressed it up with accessories. I chose to wear it during the day and made it more transitional by layering it and wearing tights. The dress is such a flattering shape with the defined, belted waist and full skirt. It's one of those dresses that warrants some spinning around (when no one is looking) and is a pleasure to wear. I absolutely love it!

I chose to wear some fresh Spring make up too with this gorgeous Revlon lipstick. It's a great nude pink for fairer skin tones. I also recently bought Essie's Cute As A Button after wanting it for years and just never getting around to buying it. It's the perfect coral, I can see myself wearing this all Spring and Summer.

The nameplate necklace is another recent purchase. I know people generally get these as gifts but I really wanted one so I decided to treat myself. I've been wearing it almost every day since I got it and I'm toying with the idea of getting one with my blog name.

Has Spring sprung in your part of the world?

Emma x

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