Showing posts with label FABB. Show all posts
Showing posts with label FABB. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

4th of July- - Cocktails&Cupcakes


With summer well under way I was so happy to celebrate (in our own little non-American way) the 4th of July with friends (and a Bestie's baby's big day!) this past weekend. Showing up in red,white and blue I representing to say the least! All thanks to the beautiful gift I received from Onjenu London. 

The super soft silk-feel of this faux-wrap style 3/4 sleeved midi dress meant I could enjoy my day in the sun, have a ton of fun with friends and not have to worry about how I looked OR felt. So comfortable and stylish, and for me a bold choice as I'm usually a plain vs print kind of girl! But this might just be a step in a change of direction for me, so much colour I was hard to miss!

Anything that starts off with spontaneous selfies is sure to be a good time, right?
Cheeeeese!

Midi-length and so comfy!




Matching Cocktails??

Standard mirror-mirror selfie! Hi! 

You have to rock a red lip with a dress like this right? Did I pull it off? 

A little red, a little white and of course something blue - and so sweet!



Hope everyone had an amazing and stylish weekend no matter what you did!


Laura
xo

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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Laura
xox





Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Product Review : Elemis Fresh Skin!



Elemis skincare – one of the UK's leading luxury skincare brands have a new project, and it’s one that I couldn’t be happier about. They are in the middle of launching their newest line of skincare products for those of us coming out of our teens and into our twenties where we are as they say stuck in the ‘in-between’ period of skincare – something I definitely agree with. I found in my teens my skin was manic, with hormones and school stress as well as being a teenager in general and just the everyday confusion that comes with that time. I found my skincare routine was beyond misinformed. So, I love that large luxury  brands like Elemis is targeting this period in our lives and attempting to improve the knowledge out there for girls in their teens, before their precious teenage skin is ruined by chemical filled products that can do more long term damage than we realise at that age.

Now, it is safe to say I said a thankful goodbye to my angst-filled teen years a while ago at this stage. But still, as a twenty-something with what seems to be lifelong sensitive skin (thanks, genetics!) that spa brands with excellent reputations such as Elemis are coming up with something that treats my skin for its age and not just ‘anti-aging’ or ‘youth-activating’ or whatever the tagline might be this month.

 Products designed for the stage of our skin, at the stage of our lives right now.

We have ‘Fresh Skin’ by Elemis. It’s a range of ten products aimed at the market of us ‘in-betweeners’ and so far I’ve tried three of the ten products and I am really impressed. The first of course was via @GlossyboxUK in form a of a sample sized scrub (Review Here) which I have since re-purchased because not only does it smell divine but it doesn’t break me out (score!). Next up I have tried out two more products in the form of the *Dreamy Sleep Night-Time Moisturiser, and the *Super Boost Moisturising Serum. 



First up I tried the serum, as I am a huge advocate in my circle of friends for the benefits of a good serum for dry/dehydrated skin, I cleansed and toned and set about using a pump or two of this by patting the product into my skin as opposed to rubbing it in. I like it better this way as I feel it gives the product more time to rest on the skin and sink in more naturally instead of harshly rubbing and buffing in. Having been using this daily for over a week now, I can say that it really does add a bit of a ‘boost’ to the skin, particularly to naked skin and I even got some compliments when I wore it under my makeup instead of using my regular moisturiser. 

Never a bad thing, right?! 




Next up was the night cream, and I have to admit I have been a bit lacking when it comes to really doing much in the form of nighttime skin care. I mean, I always try to remember to take my makeup off, but we are all guilty of forgetting (or you know, being too lazy…tell me I am not alone on this one!) to take it off, but really my usual routine is that at best at night. I had been sort of kidding myself in that I didn’t need any night time creams, until now.

 I think I’ve seen the light on this part of skin care to be honest, I didn’t really think a night cream could make that much of a difference to my skin, particularly as quickly as it has, but using the Dreamy sleep I have noticed a huge difference in the state of my skin first thing in the morning. I’m noticing that the over-all redness is less so, and the hydration levels seem better, at least my skin feels super soft and supple in the am, and that’s pre-any makeup etc.

Nothing about the products really put me off, they smell lovely (like the scrub too, so I’m sensing that their overall scents are all similar fruity /fresh), they don’t break me out or leave redness or a heavy feeling on my skin and they’ve improved the texture of my skin and the look. What more could I ask for really? Right? If you're looking for an affordable range of skincare with a luxury backing, this would be it for sure!
 




Do you have a favourite Elemis product? If so what is it! Let me know!!

EIC
xo









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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Clarins Paris : Vital Light Serum review!



Clarins Paris – Vital light Serum.






I was given a number of these tiny little sample size bottles from Clarins Paris via a friend of mine that works for them. I had bought something from their line and so I was able to get a few sneaky samples as a result. I had I would say about four of these little guys they sit at 10ML so all in all I’ve had a decent sized amount of product in which to try out in the 40ml. I’ve been using it since March and I have to say, I love it!
I haven’t had the best of luck where things like serums are concerned, having the most sensitive skin of anyone I know, I tend to just react badly to certain brands or certain consistencies within a brand and whatever I’m putting on my skin. 

This however had zero negative effect on my skin what so ever, but did it have a positive one?

It really did.

I am always healthily skeptical when I hear of all these magical products that will prolong your this and zap your that. I just don’t buy it, but for the most part? This did what it said on the tin…er… box?
I found it really amazing to put on right after you’ve washed, and cleansed your face pre-moisturiser, pre-everything really. It gives your face a really light, non-greasy base and can in fact act as a moisturiser all on its own, it’s that hydrating.

What Clarins says : 

Dark spot correcting, age repairing 

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, Oily
Texture: Fluid

The powerful age repairing concentrate that restores deep luminosity with a targeted action on the dermis layer of the skin, while correcting dark, age spots. 

Now since I’m a little young for age spots I think it’s safe to say they didn’t do much for those on me, since they don’t really exist yet (can we get an Amen?) But as far as luminosity, dark circles, and over all skin condition, it really does a great job. I am almost out of my little sample sizes but I will most definitely be purchasing the full size version of this once it runs out, it has become a staple in my makeup bag for sure!
30ML runs at £57.00 in the UK/Northern Ireland via http://www.clarins.co.uk

Friday, October 12, 2012

Calling all Ireland/UK Ladies! It's time to cop a feel!

                                                                Cop a feel!


Girls, it’s time to be honest with ourselves here. Boobs, breasts, tatas, tits, boobies, whatever you want to call them, we have them, we love them, and we’re awfully attached to them - literally.



So, in the spirit of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, myself and the lovely ladies of #FABB are partaking in a fund raiser where you can win a massive goodie filled hamper (applies to the UK/Ireland only, sorry guys!) within the hamper there is a huge array of beauty products, tans, perfumes, and vouchers to be won all in aid of this fantastic month filled with daily reminders that Breast may be best when you have kids - as they say, but you have to look after them all your life before they can repay the favour and look after your little ones! Please check yourself regularly, it’s so important for early detection!

In 2009, 48,417 women and 371 men in the UK were diagnosed with breast cancer.
    In 2010 there were 11,633 deaths from breast cancer in the UK.
    In 2005-2009, 85% of women in England survived their breast cancer for five years or more

Never feel embarrassed to talk about it, with friends or family and more importantly with your local doctors. IF you think you’re at risk with family history or even without, keep checking, go for mammograms when asked, don’t ignore things in the hopes that ‘it’ll never happen to me’! The stats are frightening and very real. Cancer is a horrible disease and it has touched so many families not only in Ireland and the UK but worldwide, and it has a way of sneaking up on seemingly healthy, active, busy people and stopping them in their tracks if things are left too long!

We all have a story, we all have experienced it - either via family or friends or as a sufferer ourselves, and by having this post, this little fundraiser, bringing to the forefront of many fashion and beauty blogs the reminder to check yourself before IT wrecks yourself is always welcome on my blog and the blogs of my #FABB ladies!

This fundraiser from FABB means we raise a little bit of money to go towards a wonderful Cancer charity Pretty in Pink. A 'Just Giving' site has been set up - here. There you can donate as much as you feel you can, for every £5 you donate, it enters your name into the hat for the main prize! So, if you donate £20, that's five chances at winning the loot! Get to bidding, Ladies!

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(For a peek at the rest of the prizes go here!)

LC

xo

Thursday, September 13, 2012

How to achieve the Calvin Klein minimal makeup look! Budget friendly!!

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Minimal is sort of the trademark style for CK. From the streamline minimalist designs on and off the calk walk, it's not a surprise then that the makeup for the Spring 2013 show was just as barely there. Since I'm not affiliated with Calvin Klein in anyway, I'm not privy to how what exactly the models are wearing makeup wise. But is that going to stop me from giving it my best guest?

Not at all!

I think fresh, barely there- but just enough- is a great statement for Spring. It's like opening the door into a new season after escaping harsh Winters of dark eye-shadows and maybe an overdose on the bronzer to cheer us pale girls up throughout the dark Winter months.

My take on their look is as follows.

Prime your base. Coming out of the cold season your skin will need lots of TLC throughout, so never forget to cleanse thoroughly, tone if possible, and above all else moisturize!

Some of my favorites include : Benefit, Clarins, and Caudalie for cleansers and toners!





As for moisturizer, I have a few tried and trusted but at the moment I'm stuck on Lancome Hydra-zen (for dry/sensitive skin) I just love it!



As for primer itself, I had an instant love affair with Benefit's Porefessional, that leaves you with a lovely matte primed face for your foundation.



Now onto foundations!

On a budget? I will always recommend the Bourjois healthy mix and healthy mix serum foundations. A great dupe for Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua too! ;) Others include the Revlon Photoready Foundation, and



If you can splash the cash go for a light to medium coverage foundation of your choice, there are so many out there, and all claiming to wacky and wonderful things! Like the Yves Saint Laurent Teint Resist Fluid Foundation.

For an even flawless coverage try applying with a round-top synthetic bristle brush, it allows the foundation to set in an almost 'airbrushed' manner, leaving your skin looking flawless.
Correct any other flaws with a medium to full coverage concealer - Clinique Airbrush Concealer, No7 Instant Radiance Concealer, Soap & Glory Kick Ass Concealer or my personal budget busting favorite - Collection (previously Collection2000) Lasting perfection concealer!

As you can see from the model photos, there is very little done in terms of eyeshadow, perhaps a light, neutral base but nothing heavy or over powering.

I would add a little light tapping of something like Mac - Bare Study. Light, but providing a little extra something. I'd also use this on the inner corners of the eyes to widen and open them up even more! The same effect can be achieved by running a nude colored eye pencil along the waterline. Not white, please, never EVER use white. Unless it's Halloween, and in that case use as much of it as you'd like!!

Brush the brows through with a clear blow gel to add a little shape and definition, and if you'd like filter in a touch of color to fill any gaps you may have.

Lastly add a little bit of highlight to the skin, you can use anything from Benefit's High Beam, Jemma Kidd -Dewy Glow All Over Radiance Crème, or even No7 - Skin illuminatior.



Add a light dusting of powder if you have oil or shine prone skin, but other than that you're done!

Phew, who knew it took SO much to achieve the natural look, eh Ladies?

We did, obviously! ;)