Showing posts with label accessories. Show all posts
Showing posts with label accessories. Show all posts

Monday, March 24, 2014

Makeup Shake Up!

Hi guys! How is March treating you so far? Has there been any March Madness you'd like to share? Or has it been a calm but cold transition into 'Spring'? I've been a little MIA from here but you can always find me on Twitter / Instagram or Tumblr if you need to get in touch!

I have been on a bit of a journey this past month or so, I've been helping a few makeup newbies take their first tentative steps into the world of 'doing yourself up', as I liked to call it.

First up let's talk about Lindsay, a great girl in her 20's from the Mid-West in the United States. She and I have been blog buds for some time now, and once I learned that she never really had experimented with makeup or skincare in the past (She's now in her early 20s!) I was itching to help her discover this side of things. It took a little gentle convincing (or, you know, firm but loving pushes in the right direction, either or...) to get her to open up to the idea that she could wear makeup and look amazing, it could feel natural and not like a mask of madness on her skin, and it could make her feel more confident. We talked over a lot of her fears too which I think are beyond important, when first starting to experiment with anything you're unsure of.

"But what if I look like a drag queen" - says She.
"Trust me you won't!" - says I. 
"Are you sure ?!" - says She.
" I swear, we'll teach you how to blend!" - says I.

 We started off with basic skincare, cleanse right, and moisturise day and night - now is the time to start investing in your skin so twenty years from now your skin won't look like it's fifty years from now. I suggested something light and natural, and she settled on +Aveeno Cetaphil skincare to start with. We then moved on to makeup, I wanted her to experiment at first, to see if it felt like something she'd want to continue, so we decided to go with cheap & cheerful - just in case she never used them more than once, I was conscious of a budget for beginning.

I decided to try a middle of the road - budget wise - Foundation. For me the key elements to a good face of makeup start with the moisturiser, or primer, and the foundation. Everything else can be as budget friendly as you like, depending on how you use them. For this I suggested my favourite foundation - the holy grail of high-street makeup - +BourjoisUK  Healthy Mix. However, we discovered that this wasn't widely available in the states, and if it was, it was for almost triple the price that we pay for it here in Ireland/ Uk. So, that was a no go. The next stop for us was +Boots UK  and their US site. Here we settled on their own brand No.7 for foundation, ordering it in the palest shade they had, because like me and many of us Caspers, Linds is a pale girl. So, without me being there in person to swatch for her, I sent in her right direction, crossed my fingers and hoped for the best come delivery day.

Then came tools, and the only ones I could suggest to her in good conscious was the +realtechniques core collection to start. I've been a massive fan of the +Sam Chapman creations for ages now, and only seemed right to start her off with the best - and the best value for money too - because as hard as it was to rein me in, budget, budget, budget!! 

Next up we hit +e.l.f. Cosmetics for just about everything we could think of, and well, she went a liiitttle crazy!

And it was amazing.

 I was attempting to welcome her gently, thinking, hey there's a half price sale, maybe she'll see one or two things she'll like. Nope, it turned out she was a natural and demanded almost one of everything they had on offer! I was doing my Chandler happy dance, and was so excited for her to dive in and have a play around with all this stuff!  It sounds strange, I suppose but I knew that she would benefit so much from it all. Not just from the superficial fun aspect of it all, but from the other side of the coin too.

The side that most people can relate too.

That, no matter how beautiful you are naturally - and let's face it, when we're being objective, we've all got something naturally beautiful about us - but when you get that new product that enhances your already epic lashes or compliments your freckles or makes your amazing eyes stand out just a little bit more. There's a moment of empowerment that comes with that, something that puts that extra little pep in your step.

So my excitement and pride was pushed aside as we waited for her to receive all her goodies, and when she did, she was just as excited to try things out. Lindsay started off slowly, spending time blending and perfecting her foundation *which was a perfect match!* and moved on from there. She most importantly was having fun with her new adventure, and I was happy she was happy. I had in a weird, roundabout way helped a person thousands of miles away, even in a small way, it was an amazing feeling of accomplishment - even with something as 'silly' as makeup.

I'm not a 'guru' or an 'expert' or even someone who gets it right every time. I'm not the girl that wears ten pounds of slap, fake tan and hair extensions every day, but I'd never judge those who are! If I had the time or notion to do this everyday, I probably would, because whatever floats your boat, right?

I think that starting to feel comfortable with yourself and within yourself starts with finding even the littlest of ways to make yourself feel like your best self. If it's going for a run, or going window shopping or starting a new diet, or buying that new lippy, whatever it is that makes you feel like the best you, I say go for it! 


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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

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Makeup, Food & Cats... Aka InstaRoundup!

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I finally caved to the pressure of Instagram, I knew I would get addicted which is why I held off for so long! Add me if you're on there too! xox

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Make a Statement!





Make a Statement - With your jewellery that is!



 I have become over the past year nothing short of obsessed with 'statement' pieces when it comes to my accessories. I do not know what it was that clicked for me, maybe it was it becoming a huge trend, maybe it was when I went from blonde to brunette and thus embraced gold again like it was going out of fashion (which it never will!)

 On the other hand, maybe it was all of those things combined, but out of nowhere, I went from a dainty ring / silvers mostly kind of girl, to a big shocking in your face necklace / rings kind of girl. Of course, with this transformation I feel like my clothing style has calmed down a lot more, I’m reaching for more classic, tailored pieces over baggy jeans and clothes that just Do. Not .Fit. 

 I am learning every day though and that is what counts, right? Here are some of the reasons why I love this trend so much and pray it never dies! 
  
+Rachel Zoe  launched her jewelry line at @Neiman Marcus last summer and it’s all so very Zoe. Chunky and hard to ignore, it’s just like the jewelry she reaches for herself. Big, bold and glam and on the more expensive side of things for those of us on a serious budget, but if the bank account allows, I say go for it! Nicole Richie ( a once upon a time, long time client of Ms Zoe herself) has her House of Harlow line that also does really interesting over-sized pieces like the Starbust ring that I had for a long time before losing it :( )


Here are also some of my +Primark online and +Dorothy Perkins finds that I love too, and on a much more realistic high-street budget if you're just beginning to mess around with pieces like this.

House of Harlow 1960 Starburst Abalon cocktail ring, £65


Dorothy Perkins - Crackle Beads - E26

Rachel Zoe Crystal Bangles.







What are some of your favourite pieces to jazz up the every day? Do you have a favourite Etsy or high-street brand, I'm always looking for ideas so sound off if you have any! :D 
xox
EIC



Sunday, September 2, 2012

Anna Dello Russo to design an over-the-top accessories collection for H&M

H&M is proud to announce a special collaboration with fashion icon and legendary Fashion Director Anna Dello Russo. An idol of the blogosphere whose flamboyant outfits are endlessly documented by style photographers and broadcasted globally through the web, Anna Dello Russo proved her unique sense of style creating a special collection of accessories for H&M. Unabashedly glamorous, precious and playful, the range is an expression of Dello Russo’s taste for ornamentation. Available from 4th October, 2012, at the peak of the global fashion weeks, in around 140 stores worldwide and online. The collection features jewellery, sunglasses, shoes, bags and a trolley allowing H&M customers uniqueness at an affordable price.

“I am excited by this collaboration: this is the first time H&M have involved a Fashion Director in a special project. This is the sign of an important evolution in fashion, and I am both thrilled and humbled to be the one chosen to lead it. I wanted to create precious accessories that are impossible to find. As a stylist I know accessorization is essential: it is the personal touch to any outfit. With these pieces everybody can have fun, turning an ordinary day into a fantastic fashion day”, says Anna Dello Russo.

“It’s been extremely exciting to involve Anna Dello Russo in this project, something completely different from what we have done before. Anna has a fantastic eye and a strong taste, apart from being a veritable fashion icon. She produced an extravagant range of accessories that will get H&M customers and everyone in love with fashion excited. The collection is a celebration of excess, fantasy and decoration” says Margareta van den Bosch, Creative Advisor at H&M.

Famously described by photographer Helmut Newton as a “fashion maniac”, Anna Dello Russo is one of contemporary fashion’s driving forces. An unparalleled eye, she has shaped the way we see fashion today through her groundbreaking work at Vogue Italia, where she served as a Fashion Editor for over twelve years working with photographers such as Helmut Newton, Michel Comte, Walter Chin, and later as the Editor in Chief of L’Uomo Vogue. Currently holding the role of Fashion Director at Large and creative consultant at Vogue Japan, Dello Russo is a darling of the fashion bloggers, whom she likes to please with extravagant get-ups, and countless changes of outfits, during the world’s fashion weeks.

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