Showing posts with label Ireland. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ireland. Show all posts

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Few Festive Faves!

The tree is up, the fire is keeping us toasty, all the lights are twinkling and the angelic little decoration rests atop the tree. And you may or may not have had the Kelly Clarkson Christmas album on repeat for days ...  Lovely, right? So lovely. But that's not all there is to it, there's also people - lots and lots of them if you're like me that require gifts for the festive 'everyone you know and a few you don't comes to visit' period.

If like me 2014 was a bit of a roller-coaster, it's a great opportunity to push yourself into the spirit of things around you and attempt to see the year out on a more positive note. And what a better way of doing that than gifting and stocking filling for the ones you love, the ones that have seen you through the previous 12months with some of the cutest items out there?


First up is an adorable site I found earlier in the year on the hunt for a new phone case - +Society6 offers the most creative designs from Geek to Chic in Women's, Men's, Home &Accessories. Shops and artists from all over the world contribute and let me tell you, I've lost an hour or two there browsing for unique home accessories or some sweet and environmentally friendly shopping totes!
Today they have a fab deal on their totes including $5 off AND free worldwide shipping, so get on that! I may or may not have sneaked a little tote as a treat for myself.

Oops?

Cute though, right?

Speaking of phone covers, I've become a bit of a addict of late. I chop and change far too much but there are just so many, and they're all beautiful. I'm currently rocking the shiny shield from +Captain America: The Winter Soldier which is just a little bit geeky but rather bad-ass looking if I do say so myself. (A+ film as well, check it out, one of the best of 2014!)But for gifting I've chosen the sweet and chic case from +kate spade new york via couture.zappos.com which is just beautiful and something I wouldn't mind finding in my stocking come Christmas morning!


On the cosmetics side of things, 2014 was another year of trial and error with makeup and skincare. But the fight continues, right? Two of my favourites this year (one based on packaging alone, because I am a magpie apparently) is the forever fave of +Benefit Cosmetics - Everything they do somehow becomes a favourite, and as much as I love a dupe every now and then I find it hard to give up my Beneobsession for anything. A great stocking filler I found is their Sugarlicious Deliciously nude…lip & cheek kit £25.50. Perfect for the fashionista among your ranks (or you know, a gift to yourself because hey, why not?) who wants to try out the mini versions of timeless classics such as their -
  • Benetint rose-tinted lip & cheek stain
  • High beam luminescent complexion enhancer
  • Sugarbomb "sugar rush flush" face powder
  • Ultra plush sugarbomb lip gloss
The second one was all +Agent Carter's fault or more so Hayley Atwell and her twittering for introducing me to the +Besame Cosmetics that they use for character and for the new show coming in January. The 40s look in makeup has always been a favourite of mine, and her look is just so flawlessly done - and we share a skintone and hair colouring so it's always good to know what might work on me from little details like that. The Besame cosmetics are so unique, they are packaged as if they came straight from the 40s and 50s, and their quality is simply stunning. On my wishlist is the 40s perfection that is the Red Velvet lippy! But check out their authentic style of mascaras and press powders. Perfect for that little something different that no one else is sure to have thought of! 

The splurge item on the list is of course the flawless @JoMaloneLondon. For obvious reasons  really - her scents are just amazing and long lasting, and the candles - while expensive are a real treat and a tiny luxury that is sure to be cherished!

Everyone, man woman or child in my opinion should have a cashmere scarf in their wardrobe. Not only are they incredibly soft, cosy and long lasting, but chances are they're super stylish as well. The one I chose for the list comes from +Nasty Gal in a nude/pink check pattern that is sure to compliment just about every coat/jacket combo and will surely keep you looking put together and polished even when there is no time for effort at all! Plus, did I mention softer than a kitten? Yes please.

The two final items are ones I have already and love - the Ugly Christmas Jumper has become somewhat of a thing this past few years, and love them or loathe them, they are EVERYWHERE. I was partial to this red one from +boohoo.com with a quote from a childhood classic Home Alone. It's cute without being too in your face, or so I tell myself. Either way it works out great for that Ugly Christmas Jumper 'night out' that everyone and their mother seems to be doing now too.

Clubbing in a jumper, is this 1990? Apparently!

And last but not least, a little sweet Karma. Via +Amazon.com these simple but elegant pieces go with every outfit, casual to formal they are delicate and beautiful and averaging around €30+ a gift that's sure to impress!

(Olaf included only if you sit to watch Frozen for the nine millionth time, sorry folks!)

Whatever you're getting up to this Holiday season I hope you do it happily, safely and full of love.

Till next time!

Laura
xo


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

MUA Makeup Palette - Undress Me Too Review.

Looking for an excuse for a Tuesday Treat? This could be it! The Undress Me Too (naughty!) palette from MUA is cute, compact and beyond affordable no matter what budget you've promised yourself you'll stick to. At £4 you can't really complain right? And for all these shades, and textures, you'd be a fool to pass it up. It's been deemed the 'dupe' of a certain other, more expensively priced eye-shadow palette on the market right now and I have to say that it really shapes up to look that way. Majority of the shades are very similar to the more expensive product, and if you've wanted to try out the shades without forking over a fortune, this could be a great way of doing so. As you can see mine has got some serious use since I picked it up a few weeks ago! If you follow me on Instagram, you'll have seen my first impressions.


They say ' The Undress Me Too Palette embraces this season’s fresh-faced look and urges you to strip back and go nude! Made up of 12 warm and timeless shades, this palette will suit all skin tones and any occasion. The pearlescent flesh-toned finish of Shades Naked, Devotion and Shy are perfect for highlighting the eyes, while the shimmering bronze hues of Shades Fiery, Lavish and Dreamy give a sultry effect. There are even smouldering contour tones in Shades Tranquil, Exposed and Wink so that you can transform your minimalist day look into a sexy smokey eye in an instant. Featuring a shade range that runs from the palest champagne to the grittiest gunmetal grey, this isn’t just ‘shades of beige. Each shadow has a distinct look that works for everyone.'





They aren't wrong. I've been reaching for this product every day for work since I got it. The shades are a lot more day-time friendly than some of the previous glitter-happy eye-shadows I've seen, the three matte shades - as you can see get a lot of use in particular. Wink has been my go-to crease shade since I got it, and it's been one that adds that depth needed without adding a heavy smokey feel which is perfect for day time and even more perfect when you're working in a professional environment, where you still want to play around with your look but want to remain respectful and appropriate. The darker shades - the black - is great for a over eyeliner powder to enhance and seal in a cat eye line, or smudged just right if you need more depth or indeed want to go for the full on smokey eye. The glittered shades aren't over saturated with glitter that makes them impossible to wear, in fact for the price I was really pleasantly surprised how easy these shades were to work with - and how long they lasted without caking or creasing. I've also bought a creme blusher and a press powder from the MUA range, and I think I'll have a wee review on those up soon, if you'd be interested in reading! ;)

The #MUA Undress Me Too retails for £4 /E5.50 and I found mine in my local +S Loves SuperDrug.

Happy Smudging Peeps!

Till next time!

xo


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Saturday, May 4, 2013

Spring / Summer blush edit!

Spring has sprung... at least for the rest of the world I hear it has, for Ireland, as per usual, not so much springing as pouring! But at least one thing springs eternal and that's hope, hope that someday soon the sun remembers our tiny little isle and comes for a visit. In the vain of hope we shop! We  shop for spring dresses and shoes, and of course as a beauty blogger, we shop for makeup all with that lovely fresh, new, lively spring feeling. Gone are the dark shades we embraced in winter, the deep berry tones, the vixen reds, and in with the corals, pinks and highlights.
Oh, and bronzer too. Can't forget the bronzer after months in the dark, can we? We don't want to scare small children when the sun does start to shine again and people can see our face more clearly, so bronzer is a must! My Spring/Summer edit is as follows!

MUA Cream Blush Perfection in the shade  - Bonne Mine
MAC powder blush in the shade - Dame
Bourjois Délice de Poudre 
MUA Undress Your Skin - Shimmer Highlighter
Maybelline Dream Touch Blush in the shade 06

 If you guys follow me on Instagram you'll have already seen the MUA purchases and the Bourjois too I think, when I picked them up a couple of weeks back. I have to say I really do love MUA, for such a cheap as chips price range the actual range of products and how they work is amazing. Usually it's one of those things with makeup, you get what you pay for and the cheaper end products are usually a bit... you know... meh? But so far with the MUA bits I've tried, I'm pleasantly surprised.


 I'm a little guilty of never really straying that far from the spring edit all year around. Mainly because shades like this really do bring the face to life - that forever youthful, walk-in-fresh-air look we're all after all the time is usually just a blend away if you choose the right shade for your skin tone. Being pale it's easy for me to gravitate towards the lighter shades of pink and coral to get that colour back in my cheeks while still appearing natural. I love Spring and Summer for those excuses alone, that and the 'all natural' look in makeup becomes the way of life because we just want to make the most of the good weather and our plans don't really fit into spending more than ten minutes painting our faces, right?

The MAC - Dame is one of the few powder blushes I own, and I've had it for about a year now (can you tell by how ever-so-slightly grubby it looks? Sorry!) and it's definitely one of the ones I go to for that 'flush' of life on the apples of my cheeks with minimal face and eye makeup, it works wonders for a powder - even on my dry / dehydrated skin! 

The full review on the Dream Touch Blush can be found here.





+BourjoisUK Blush and Bronzer I picked up from @BootsUK a couple of weeks ago now, on a whim as you do and for me this is the first coral shade I've gone for in a long time - with the Bonne Mine - and I have to say I really do love it. The little pots that have been around since the 1800s really do deserve their longevity in terms of great pigment, great application (complete with tiny little oval shaped application brush) and just a great price point in general. The bronzer is very pigmented too for a highstreet brand which I found surprising. I have to go a little easier on this one than I might do with say my Urban Decay baked bronzer, as I said it's mostly because of how pale I am and I don't want to look too 'over done' on a daily basis. It does however make a fantastic contour colour for me, and I've been taking advantage of that a lot in the past couple of weeks. Be careful with contouring though, if it's just minimal every day makeup you're used to doing, with that you can escalate quickly from subtle contour to ... Kim Kardasian with just a sweep of a brush. So pay attention when doing that! 

 The two MUA products I picked up ( I also picked up a contour eyebrow pencil too which I might do a full review on if you guys are interested?) I picked up the cream blush because, well, I'm a sucker for creme / cream blushes in general and for the price points (I think it was less than a fiver for each product, which I mean, come on! How could you not?) and I fancied giving them a go. So far I find the creme/ cream blush to be super blendable, however it doesn't really have very much staying power throughout the day. I guess that's to be expected, there has to be some drawbacks to it being such an affordable product, but for the price really, would you mind reapplying once or twice through the work day for what you've paid for your wee blush? I know I don't mind! I wear it, and then dot the highlighter over the top. 

Now, the @MUA highlighter is the first time in a long time that I've deviated from my usual (Benefit - Highbeam) mostly because nothing really lived up to that - and it was a creme/creamy texture too. But! This caught my eye and I'm so glad it did. For £2 I think it was? It's a really great product I've gotten so many compliments on my new glow and my healthy look since wearing this on a daily basis and I was so pleased because it literally took two seconds to apply and that - unlike the blush- really did I found have good staying power throughout the day.

Big thumbs up on all my new buys - and some old ones too! What's your Spring / Summer Blush edit? Sound off below or follow me : 

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See you soon peeps! 

xox

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Turn up Tuesday! Jean edition.









Boyfriend, Blue, Ripped, Skinny, Fitted, and Flared… the list of these magical jeans seems endless and timeless and so easily turned up. If you are a shorty like myself this is a very handy trick that thankfully has been back in Vogue for a couple of seasons now, to turn up the bottom of your jeans is A-okay now and no longer a ‘geeky’ ‘out of style’ move to attempt.

Or so they tell me.
 

Either way it’s wonderful because as a short stack I’m forever in the petite section of clothing stores and even then all jeans end up being just that little bit too long for me if I want to wear flats, it’s a nightmare! So this little trick is so welcomed in the house of EIC, and it’s fantastic that the already pre-turned jean are made ready-to-wear in most high street shops now, ranging from +New Look to @H&M to +Topshop and beyond. They look amazing with heels or wedges (or wedge trainers if you feel so inclined) and of course my cherished and comfy flats. 


So what are the best of the best?

New Look are good at the turn, those their range a little more on the bigger turn up than say Topshop’s LEIGH jean – it sits pre-turned and tiny at the ankle. But if you want them higher up, it’s an easy fix if they aren’t the super skinny type of material – you know the kind that feels like a second skin and makes you feel every single calorie you’ll intake that day?

Yeah, that kind.

I do love them though, and my favourite would have to be the LEIGH from Topshop. As a very recent Topshop jean convert I can say that. Because for years it was a shop I only spent money in if it was on much needed accessories (or their amazing makeup line!) but very rarely did I gravitate toward their casual clothing lines, I don’t know why, but the homeless hipster vibe they give off isn’t really my thing over all. 

BUT their jeans are just amazeballs, with the LEIGH winning out in my mind (or my legs, if you prefer) and I live in my various pairs.

Turn up Tuesday


Beware of vanity sizing though, TS is rampant with it and whatever size you are in one pair of jean may not be what you are in another – trust me! 

What are your favourite jeans on the scene and why?!

EIC/ Laura

xox

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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Winter Wonderland!



I both love, and loathe Winter, being Irish and currently in Ireland, Winter basically begins in September and lasts through until April, possibly May! I know I have my basic Winter loves when it comes to fashion, style, and mostly comfort and heat. What I want to know, what's yours?

xox
LC