Sunday, September 4, 2016

Must-haves for Autumn/Fall PRIMARK Edition!



Must-haves for Autumn/Fall +Primark  Edition!

You know and I know that the old “I’ll just pop in for socks” excuse never works, we go in for socks and somehow get transported to another universe where the “ooh sure it’s only €4!” takes over and it’s all downhill from there, right? Ten minutes turns in to forty five, and you forget the socks and come out with a whole new bedroom ensemble, and a new pair of boots (but still no socks for the boots!) and three pairs of jeggings and make-up in two different shades because sure it was only four euro lads, and you might need both!

Yeah, me too.



If we stop kidding ourselves and decide to go for it shame-free here are just a few of my must-haves for the new season at PRIMARK/PENNYS (depending on which side of the border you fall). 

Starting off with the bane of our lives when September rolls around, the yearly struggle of finding the right Winter Coat ™. 

The waterfall effect duster coat comes in two shades, black and dusk pink, perfect for the milder Autumn weather, pre-winter - over a light jumper and jeans, or a dress and tights. Next up the the classic belted mac with a wide collar in a knotted grey and white shade, I absolutely need this coat in my life because it looks so cosy and comfortable, and such an easy to wear piece for the milder months and easily transitioned right in to winter. NEED!
 








 Anyone that's been following my blog for a time knows I have a bit of a scarf obsession, and infinity scarves are the bomb for me. I've lost count at this stage how many I have, and yet I can't help myself! Do you see where the 'they're just five euro' mentality comes in now?

Mmmhm there it is.

But aren't these two adorable? Loving the waffle textured beige and the deeper berry toned scarf, both perfect with the other items shown too as a mix and match. Teaming the berry toned one over the 3/4 sleeve top and the cute stone washed denim jeggings + the duster jacket? It's a look I'm not mad at for sure! The New York themed hoodie made the cut simply because it's one of my best memories of this past year, and it's simple, and over-sized is key for a lazy weekend look. This, some dark skinny jeans, and my +adidas  All Stars? A win for chic comfort.



If winter coats aren't your thing yet I spotted a gorge fleece lined cropped textured jacket with a slight waterfall effected neckline that is the perfect every-day wearable jacket in my opinion, stylish but simple, and yet bang up to date trend wise too, and a complete steal for £25!

Honourable mention, because again, anyone that knows me knows that Housewares and Make-up are my two favourite things in life, and if you ever lose me in a department store (which, happens more often than you think I'm only 5'0!) these are the two places I will probably be.  So tiny mention for the +Primark online +Primark home items, a few key pieces for me for A/W 2016 are
as always a good blanket, for snuggling up to on the sofa, or for that extra insulation at bed time, teamed with the their long-burning candle range, this one is a favourite of mine; invoking memories of summer on those thundery nights to come with their Sea Salt & Lavender scent.

Ps. It's always important to support your local girl gang, and look stylish as hell while raising hell, so why not do both with that cute re-useable bottle/straw combo!





Images sourced https://www.primark.com/
Post is NOT sponsored in any way I just love me some primark :)



Tuesday, August 9, 2016

July Favourites!




A little late on this one but I thought I’d share some of my most reached for items this month, including some oldies but goodies, and one art piece that I have just gotten around to hanging up! 

First up two of my favourite ever items I’ve purchased from +AnastasiaBeverlyHills –Cream Contour Kit – I’ve had this for a while now and go through phases of wanting to have that real sculpted contoured look on my cheeks and brows, and then not using it again for absolutely ages. 

But, because I’ve had a busy few weeks with social obligations, it’s been getting a lot of use for night-time looks especially.  Teaming it with the new Anastasia Beverly Hills Gleam Glow Kit – they really have narrowed down what I’m reaching for in just two palettes! My most used highlight from that kit would have to be Crushed Pearl for the cheeks as I am so pale the others don’t really show up well on my skin tone, and I use the others Hard Candy, Mimosa, Starburst more so on my eyes on top of a neutral shadow, as they really are super soft and blend-able, and add that extra bit of sparkle to the eyes without it becoming too over-powering.




I’ve been attempting to keep my skincare routine as simple as possible, and using this serum pre and post makeup has been one of my smarter moves this month. I have a whole post on the #SOND skincare items I received a while back, and this has been a must-have for me since. Really light on the skin while being really nourishing and soothing. Will absolutely be repurchasing
 




Two of my most reached for eye shadows this month have been from +Makeup Geek. My first time buying from MG in fact, and I fully intend on buying more to create my own palette, these shadows are amazing. They are just the softest, easily blended shadows I have tried in a really long time, add to that how long lasting they are – even without primer, and I am in love. I found mine on +BEAUTY BAY , opting for two soft wearable brown tones, Frappe and Crème Brulee. Fab shades for transition colour for a smoky eye, or alone as crease shades for added depth during a more minimal look. Really long lasting and soft. A+.

For mascara this month I found myself reaching for the +BourjoisFrance  Bourjois Volume Clubbing in Ultra Black. I found this to be a fantastic addition for the more humid days of summer, while not stated that it is water proof, I have had zero issues with bleeding mascara on hot days – thank god! But it does give you a dramatic, thick lash look that is fab alone or under some falsies for a night time look.


They look so similar in swatch form but on the eye the warmth of Frappe is a little less intense on the eye.




For hair this July, because of the heat and humidity (and rain, always with the rain it wouldn’t be an Irish Summer ™ without it lol) I’ve been attempting to keep things simple. To that end I’ve reached for another item I’ve had for absolutely ages, the Alterna Bamboo Style Boho Waves Tousled Texture Mist. A little pre-blow dry, and a little after before I swoop my hair into a high bun enables my hair to stay in place with a little life in it, and when I take it down the waves/ curls stay intact, so all I need is this and a little hairspray and we’re good to go. It’s super lightweight too, so even someone like me with really fine hair, it won’t bog it down too much or make it greasy with is a must have for me with products like this!


Until next time, Happy August!

Laura
xo