Saturday, November 23, 2013

It's beginning to look a lot like Chrisma.... okay so not yet!

Is it just me or does Christmas marketing start earlier every year? I know it's not uncommon now to see Halloween decorations and Christmas decor sharing an aisle in many shops. I think, personally, it's a bit much. Each year stores and brands get more and more aggressive in their push for Christmas sales and even though we think we're getting great bargains we're really not, it's far too calculated now, and I miss when we were little and it seemed that little bit more special!

But, my skepticism aside, I do love to indulge in the Christmas shop as much as the next girl so I guess their crazy marketing wins!  So before the big mad rush starts, I'll keep things simple this week with a couple of cosmetic try-outs that I've been using for a few weeks now.

Starting with some #Bourjois Paris Shine Edition Lippy! This is a bold raspberry red that can be layered to add more depth to the colour or worn with one application for a softer, easier to wear, everyday shade. I love the Shine Edition Lipsticks because they're like a balm, soft and smooth but not sticky like a regular lip-gloss, but it still gives your lips that lovely glossy finish all the while keeping your lips hydrated for 'up to ten hours' - or so they say. If I had to compare them to anything it would be the Rouge Coco Shine from +CHANEL . Either way, the shades are adorable and they're all available on the highstreet if you'd like to try! I got mine in +Boots UK



#Collection's Lasting Perfection Foundation - I bought this after having been a massive fan of the Lasting Perfecting Concealer for such a long time. This is for someone that is used to lighter foundations as of late, a rather thick consistency for a high street foundation. But, that's not necessarily a bad thing. It's worked well on the days where I needed that little bit extra coverage, and like the formula of the concealer it really doesn't move once applied. This, in itself is both great and awful. Mainly because even though I bought the lightest shade available, it still appeared dark on me and when it set  there seemed to be a ring in parts even though I blended everything properly down my neck. So, I'm not sure about this one, but as seen on my hand it really does a great job with a small amount, in covering not only veins but redness too. If you like a more full coverage that sticks around all day this one might be worth a whirl!



Saturday, November 9, 2013

Arm Candy from Jasper Jewellery!

Back to blogging with a little piece from Jasper Jewellery -  a recently launched jewellery store online based out of  Co Louth. If you like your bling to be Irish based and Swarovski Crystal obsessed not to mention being designed by up and coming designers and even graduates (yay for boosting the economy right?)  this might be somewhere for you to check out right now! I decided to order a bracelet for myself from here, as I cover a lot of statement jewellery on here at times it seems I have a slight obsession statement necklaces, so I wanted to change it up with a little arm candy! I ordered the Swarovski Crystal Peach Gold Bracelet and it's a sweet little number with sparkling crystal flowers it's dainty and delicate on the wrist for me and I like that as it's easy to wear alone for everyday or work without being too distracting but it's cute too with stacked bracelets to add more depth. They have so much to choose from, I'll admit to having a bit of a problem when it came to picking something to order, I kind of just wanted all of it.  They gift wrap all purchases and even include some sweetheart sweeties as part of their wrapping process, a nice touch!
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Cute right? I think so! If you're looking for something that little bit different and Irish based for some Christmas stocking fillers for loved ones or friends this could be a site to add to the bookmarks!

Till next time! 

LC 
xox

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Fail blogger 101

How to be a FailBlogger? Disappear from blogging life with no notice for weeks on end! Ack. I sincerely apologize for such MIA behavior on here - though I have been a little more active on Twitter & Instagram, but not so much with the blogging.

Why you ask?

Well, my life sort of flipped upside down in the middle of last month, and not the fun kind of Fresh Prince of Bel Air kind either. It's a massive tale of woe that involves two cancers, a new job and lots of adjusting and stuff like that. One we were expecting, when someone is 94 and is ill, a diagnosis like my grandfathers was to be expected. It stung and it hurt, but it was expected. My fathers' at 54 really was not expected at all and it's thrown me in all directions if I'm honest. On top of that I accepted a new job that took me out of my internship - filled with lovely people and a place where I made fab friends, to pastures new. And as anyone will tell you that's always a bit of a transition, right? I'm hoping I get used to it and get into the swing of things soon to be honest, usually I'm a dab hand at picking up skills and utilizing what I've got but I think with all the bad jujube floating around me at the minute I've almost jinxed myself and have been making a ton of stupid mistakes - no really, like beyond idiotic it would be hilarious if it wasn't so dumb... But yes! Blogging! I have a few items of interest coming up soon if you guys are interested! Some cosmetics, some skincare goodness, a little jewellery delivery from @JaspersJewellery, some Christmas gift guides maybe too! In the meantime have some cats, the internet loves cats and so do I :) xo




Sunday, October 27, 2013

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Mini Primark Haul

+Primark @Penny's, Primani, whatever you want to call it it's safe to say that I have a sliiight addiction to popping into Primark/Penny's (NI it's Primark, in the 'south' it's Pennys, just an fyi!) Since I haven't been able to feed my addiction for at least a month, I was surprised I didn't as quick-buy crazy as I could have the other day which is both surprising and nice. We'll view it as having more self control where shopping for bargains is concerned, and that's never a bad thing, right?

Anyway, the mini haul today consists of : My first snood of the season! Yet another statement necklace (I know, I know, I can't give them up, sorry!) a new Hask tube of hair goodness - this time in Keratin, and two winey/purple coloured tops and a 'Snug' vintage looking decorative pillow. *Bonus Mulberry sneaking into the shot from Instagram!





 I think mustard will be the shade of the season this year, if not for everyone else, maybe just for me. Ever since I saw that mustard coat on Lizzie Olsen (see my star style crush up above for deets) I've been obsessed with finding accessories in that shade and the nood ticked that box so it was too good to pass up.
And having it retail at E6 it was just calling to me.

Next up is the newest addition to my necklace collection, and for work or jazzing up a plain outfit these types of costume jewellery is beyond handy. They're cheap, they're cheerful and they last a fairly decent amount of time for the price (this one retailed for E5) it has three colours throughout - rose gold, yellow gold and black with beaded detail and a folding down option for space saving when stored. I love these types of necklaces for work because it allows you a bit of personality in what needs to be a neat and professionally styled outfit.

The new Hask Keratin protein oil isn't something I've tried before (thought I am a huge fan of their other hair oils) so this was a no brainer purchase for me. Have to say, I've only used it once since I've got it but already (as you can hopefully see from the snood pic) my curls look a lot more bouncy and healthy than they were looking before I applied the oil. I'm a fan of anything that says it will save your hair, smooth it out and all without weighing it down. As I have such fine hair, it's always a struggle to find oils that do that but don't leave it looking limp and greasy when I know it's not. This could be a staple, so we shall see!

The two tops I bought were just 'basics' really, nothing to write home (or in a blog about? ;) ) but, necessary all the same. I love purple, it's even the accent colour of my otherwise white and cream bedroom, and I've been adding it slowly but surely to my wardrobe for A/W2013.

Bonus purple in the form of the +Primark online home wears department, with the little Snug pillow. No real science behind the purchase really, it was cute and sweet and I like cute sweet things so why not? Right?

Until next time!

Laura
EIC
xox


Saturday, September 21, 2013

Skincare: Origins DrinkUp Intensive Mask Review!

I had heard good things about this product in the blogger-sphere lately, and the final endorsement came from +Lellie Moi  during our lovely Blogger meet up / sleepover at the @Malone Lodge Hotel in @Belfast. There we chatted away about all things skincare and the ins and outs of being a blogger. One of the recommendations she gave me (aside from continuing my obsession with handbags!) was this beauty. I love trying out new products, this blog is nothing if not proof of that, and this was no different. Having heard such good things about it's skin rescuing qualities and what not, I went straight out and got this to give it a real try. After testing it overnight at the blogger sleepover, waking up feeling tired but looking much more refreshed than I felt, it was only right I gave it a fair trail to see how it worked on a more long term basis.




First off, it smells AMAZING. Like I can't even really describe it but it's fruity and fresh but not too much... sort of smells like frosties sweets if you know that smell? But there's also Apricots and Mango scents in there too, it's a feast for the senses first of all. Secondly, it's super absorbent in that it doesn't sit on the skin at all like other 'masks' tend to do - and it's a fear one might have when committing to wear it overnight. The fear of smearing it all over your hair, or your pillow in your sleep? Legit fears! But fear not with this one, it melts into the skin like a regular moisturiser, but you feel it there for ages and when you wake up in the morning to wash your face ... my god my skin just felt so soft and smooth and like there was a real boost to the system before I would apply my day cream and put on my makeup.

They say -   Helps skin feel smoother and hydrated
Skin depends on water for its youthful functioning. But all day long, skin loses vital moisture. And the busier you are, the more it loses. This intense moisture replacement mask deeply quenches compromised moisture reserves and builds a reservoir for tomorrow. Japanese Seaweed repairs skin's barrier to prevent future dehydration and signs of premature ageing.
  • Best for dehydration
I say - It's true. You can use this more than the twice a week that is recommended if you like me find your skin unpredictable and on the dry side of the scale (pun intended? idk... ). It will draw out the toxins in the skin too, which is to be expected with any mask so afterward you may experience a small regional breakout but mine was tiny, and didn't last long at all, and for the results I felt in my skin that lasted so much longer than any little breakout issues. I use this now on pamper nights, or when I'm feeling tired and want my skin to have a boosted glow the next morning. It retails in the UK/Ireland for £22 - E29 for 100ml which is fantastic considering the size and the little amounts you only need to cover your face in a thin layer at a time. I purchased mine in +Debenhams Derry if you're wondering! And the Origins sales girl was just fab and friendly which is a big plus!  You can get it online too which is fab here at +Origins

All in all 10/10 I love it!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Star Style Crush! Lizzie Olsen!

Now you know if you follow my tumblr blog of EIC that Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Olsen, her ever changing haircape of awesome, and her big bright smile feature heavily when I reblog celeb style posts. I love her care free somewhat quirky off duty style, and her more polished daring red carpet style just as much.  As the 'other Olsen' for the longest time, it's been nice to see her come into her own and out of the shadow of her billionaire twin sisters and start doing it for herself. She's chosen more indie roles and has yet to take on a real heavy mainstream project, but that doesn't stop the style mags and indie cult fashion sites from sitting up and taking notice of her style choices.

Myself included.









Her love of quirky floppy hats and insanely pretty coats caught my eye, as did her hair I won't lie. I miss being blonde but sadly my hair can't take the wear and tear not to mention the upkeep it takes to remain a ~natural blonde~. So, I live vicariously through my favorite celebs and see how they go about styling and maintaining their envious locks. 

In everything from the amazingly expensive The Row (her sister's brand) to H&M to JBrand this girl rocks it all and with such ease that it looks and feels so natural to her sense of personality, where other actresses our age tend to over do it or rely to heavily on a stylist to create their style... there's a sense that Lizzie Olsen is true to herself and what suits her. Of course I'm sure there is a stylist involved for the bigger events but even then she rarely hits a bum note.


From Tomboy to Chanel chic, but all with an underlying down to earth that is sorely missed in young Hollywood lately.  Needless to say I love her choices!


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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Primark A/W 2013 Sneak Peek!

Having spotted a few A/W collection online I thought I'd pick out just a few key pieces that I just might have to pick up for the new fashion season. I love my bargain buys, while I do splurge on the higher end stuff from time to time, I like nothing better than a accessible trend and Primark/Penny's allows us recessionistas to do just that!
I can't pass up an bag like this with a chain like that. These types of bags are amazing for everyday, or heading out on walks where you just need some cash and your phone. Light weight and still stylish. Come to me!

What can I say, I'm a sucker for a statement necklace as you well know by now. Costume Jewellery is fab in my book and what better way to experiment with styles than with stunning budget buys like this for under £10

Timeless Wardrobe Alert! The Mac never goes out of style and for shorties like me this cropped version is just perfection! I love the coloring and the contrast buttons as well as the sleeve details

Now I know you're seeing the fringe and wondering if I've fallen down, but no. I'm not a massive fan of fringe but here it seems more understated and less yeeehaw you know? So that's a plus. Besides, my hunt for flat stylish boots is never ending so there's also that!!

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Diet Coke with Belfast Fashion Week Design Awards - Last call!

 Anyone that knows me knows that I have a bit of a @DietCoke addiction. You see, I'm a weird Irish person in that I hate tea, I hate coffee (though, love the smell) and generally avoid hot drinks in general if I can help it (Starbucks hot choc in winter not withstanding of course). So my drink of choice is either ice water or forever faithful, Diet Coke. So, when I heard on twitter for the BFW peeps about the Diet Coke Design award and all that it offered the winner I felt the need to share it with you guys. Basically,  The Diet Coke Design Award is in conjunction with Belfast FASHIONWEEK and is back for 2013 and there’s only a short space of time left to enter! 



This year, in celebration of Diet Coke’s 30th anniversary, they're looking for entrants to design a unique garment inspired by the past 30 years of fashion i.e. ‘80s, ‘90s or ‘00s. Three shortlisted finalists will have their design created by Una Rodden and each will be showcased on the A/W Belfast FASHIONWEEK catwalk.

 


 The winning design will be announced at Fashionweek by a team of judges with the winner receiving a place on a highly coveted fashion course at the London School of Fashion including flights and accommodation as well as a photoshoot with fashion photographer Khara Pringle. 

To enter, download an application form and competition brief from www.belfastfashionweek.com

 I think this is a fantastic opportunity for the creative genius running around that could benefit massively from this. I unfortunately can't draw a straight line, but I could write you a book if you'd like? For those of you that can design and are looking for a challenge, you have until Sep13th to enter! So get cracking!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Questions via LellieMoi: The Liebster Award

I only saw these a few days ago because I'm fail. It was part of the The Liebster Award requirements to get to know your fellow bloggers better!

Her questions and my answers are as follows -

1 What was your first makeup purchase?
I think it was from Avon when I was 12? My mum was an Avon lady for years, so I think it's also where I caught the bug of wanting to experiment with more makeup and try and test as many things as possible!

2 Have you found your Holy Grail foundation?

I think I might have. Highstreet would be @Bourjoisuk Healthy Mix or HM serum. Higher end is a toss between +Clarins  everlasting foundation and +Lancome USA Teint Idole Ultra.


3 What country would you like to settle down in?

Probably here, I think. All in all I love Ireland and I'd like to grow old here, but that's a long time coming and I'd like to explore as much of the world before I get too old to do so!  
4 Are you a shoes or handbags girl?
Oh handbags all the way. Since I have issues with my knees, it means that wearing heels is almost a complete no-no in my world, so over the years Ive gotten totally addicted to buying bags. I've started to get more sensible though, saving up for some nicer higher end ones rather than having a dozen cheapy cheap ones.

5 Do you take your makeup off every night?

99percent of the time I do but there are times when I just pass out tired. But otherwise I try my best to cleanse if I don't tone, and slap on some night cream! I don't want to be aiding genetics and getting old skin faster than I need to! 

6 Do you see yourself blogging in 10 years time?

Oh, probably! I've been doing it in one way or another since I was about 19 so I'll probably be still web-addicted at some point in the future! 

Thanks for the question and the nomination  http://lelliemoi.blogspot.ie/

Saturday, August 24, 2013

FABB PJ Party : Malone Lodge Hotel Editon.

Hi guys!

So in the spirit of attempting to evolve the blog from static product reviews - which are great and something I love and will continue to do. But, I want to spread my wings, and my writing a little wider. What better way to do that than to tell you all about my first #FABB experience. You know us FABB girls right? It's a Northern Ireland based blogger network of sorts where a mishmash of ladies (so far anyway!) meet up and blog about it. I've already done a little blog post with all the ladies blog links if  you're interested it's here.

My first #FABB experience was, well, fab! The lovely Anna from The Malone Lodge Hotel a beyond chic converted Victorian Townhouse -  invited us for a blogger sleepover of sorts to celebrate the fact that the hotel has undergone something of a facelift with lots of upgrades and changes.

Having made the 'I can't drive' trip to Belfast - consisting of a car, and two buses mind you to get there from where I live currently - I was beyond pleased to be greeted by warm and welcoming hotel staff and this big babe of a room. 


 We were gifted by a rather lovely bedtime onesie from BANK fashion - Navy and Neon Pink (they read my mind!) thank you very much for what I'm sure will become my winter bedtime staple!

The spacious bathroom was filled with Pinken goodies to try

The girls and I met up for a cocktail or two before we were shown to our rooms. I was sharing with the lovely Leslie from LellieMoi, check our her blog - her bag addiction rivals my own! I was fawning over her Balenciaga as we chatted away into the wee hours - in our accidental matching jammies might I add!  A hilarious coincidence considering before last night we'd never met in person! 






There was four (er seven?) in the bed and the little one said...roll over!

Getting a brief history on the hotel! Love to hear of a family run business still going strong!

Audrey has her own hallway, she greets you with her chicness on the way to the loos!

The Remains of the Day: A period piece from the original townhouse to which part of the new edition was converted. This room is used primarily for wedding photos with a window and a nod to the past. I loved the details.

Knife&Fork - apt name and such wonderful service! Their food is really top notch! Have the french toast for breakie!






Drink up in Macklin's Bar! Just off the entrance to the MLH





The welcome to our little underground den of pampering!



Food food and more food!

And cake with ice-cream, seriously it was amazing


Some of the girls opted for Medi Spa treatments!

More cake! This time via CakesByJames in Belfast. Sweet!
While there were some WIFI woes - not a great thing to happen to a bunch of net addicted bloggers - all in all it was well worth the trek, meeting new peeps (and old friends for dinner too Hi Claire ;) and getting to explore a piece of chic Belfast business. A business that's family run at the core so it gives it a more personal feel made obvious by their choice in staff. They were so friendly genuinely so, and could not do enough to make your stay as comfortable and as pleasant as possible. A big thanks to Anna, Gareth, Carla and all the girls for their time and effort. If you're ever in the area and looking for a modern boutique hotel in the leafy and lovely Eglantine Avenue,(close to the Lisburn Road and the city centre and of course Queen's University) then I'd strongly rec' this for you, it's treat!

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xox