Monday, August 3, 2015

Oasis sale 70% off

I love Oasis, they have such classic clothes I find it hard to part with any of them. I am somewhat of an Oasis hoarder.  The majority of my wardrobe is from Oasis.  I love their summer clothes because they love a bit of colour.  As much as I would love to be one of those classic dressers I love colour too much.  

The Oasis sale is now up to 70% off.  I have to be honest I can never hold off with the Oasis sale until the 70% off  - the moment the sale goes on Im all over it.  If your lucky you can pick up some fantastic bargains. Some of these items are sold out online but try the shops (or if your absolutely mad for an item you can use the Oasis Seek and Send by using Parcel Motel).  Its a great time to pick up some summer clothes (I am still patiently waiting on Summer to arrive) especially classics from Oasis.

I love jumpsuits - its a whole outfit in one.  The jersey jumpsuits are especially easy to throw on, the look chic but feel like lounge wear.  First up is the Monocrombe Jumpsuit which was €60 and is now reduced to €19.  I picked this up when it was €28 and I get so many complements when I wear it (even with my new mammy belly).
I love these Etched Botanical Shorts which were originally €44 and are now €12.  You can wear these with a simple white top.  Although these are a little loud they will be a classic spring/summer short for years to come.


I am in love with this Etched Botanical Jacket which was originally €88 and is now €15 (FIFTEEN EURO).  I picked this up for €44 and have been wearing it every time I have an occasion.  I love to wear it with all white (white jeans and a white top).   This is an over sized lightweight jacket which livens up my white jeans and keeps you covered. 

Another jumpsuit ?  Yes I have a problem.  This Paisley Jumpsuit has been recently added to the sale and is on my list when I get paid.  Original price €47 now €31. 

This Utility Jumpsuit has been a staple in my wardrobe for some time.  It was part of the Loved by Mollie Range and was continuously sold out.  Original price €69 now €25.  I think khaki is a very flattering colour on Irish skin tones.
 I am a Keds convert.  I have 3 out of the 4 pairs of Keds by Oasis.  These Keds Animal Print Skater should not be on sale they are such a classic design and so comfortable.  They are reduced from €56 to €28.   The Keds have been getting me through this Irish "Summer" and keeping my toes dry. If you see ANY of the Keds by Oasis in your size RUN DON'T WALK to the counter (and if you see the striped pair in a size 5 give me a shout). 
 Ok some of you are going to HATE these.  I LOVE THEM.  I'm not going to lie these Lime Print Shorts are kinda obnoxious but they are undoubtedly fun.  The are reduced from  €44 to €12 and will look at home on any summer holiday.  (I have a longing for the Lime Print Skirt even though I don't really wear skirts).
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Friday, July 24, 2015

Nars Dragon Girl

Ok Ok I hold my hands up.  I 100% bought Nars Dragon Girl because I read Taylor Swift wears it.  I could pretend its because Taylor is a blonde and I'm a blonde and I thought the colour would suit me.  Truth be told I'm a Taylor fan.  Reality is EVERYBODY is a Taylor fan.  Himself LOVES her (actually quite a lot of men I have surveyed love her, maybe its her good girl appeal... answers on a postcard).  So much so that the song "We are never ever getting back together" is the closest we have to Our Song (which is kinda funny cause we have been together for 600 years).  I have such good memories of singing it to each other while driving down the road in America on our holidays.  I also have great memories of singing and dancing around while heavily preggers to "Shake it off" ... the baby still loves that one.

Its safe to say that Taylor can rock a red lip and since Dragon Girl Velvet Matte Lipstick (€26.00) is one of her favourites it would have been rude of me not to get it.  Dragon Girl has been on my list for quite a while.  The pencil application makes it easy to both line and colour in your lips.  The Matte texture is not too drying or Matt. 



The shade is almost a raspberry red - its opaque but not too deep.  Its a very wearable red and not intimidating at all.  Its a cute red,  not so much a vampy or scary one.  My only gripe with Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencils are you have to sharpen them.  Its the loss of the product when you sharpen (because obviously I am running SO LOW on makeup). 






If anybody knows the other shades of red Taylor wears let me know.  As Taylor knows a girl can never have too many red lipsticks.
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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Current Favourites - Summer Shoes

Its been ages since I have done monthly favourites so I have decided to do a few posts mentioning a few of my favourite things.   So for the next few weeks I will do a breakdown of my current favourites to start I decided to mix things up and talk fashion and my favourite shoes.  I love clothes even if they don't love my belly so lets start with the most figure forgiving aspect of fashion.....shoes.  Sorry if my fashion pics are not the best I didn't know if I should put my feet in the shoes (would that be weird?) and himself is not the type to take pictures of me "modeling".  I also tend to have Chandler Bing face in  photos.......Anyway onto the shoes.

Summer in Ireland is never easy on feet.  It can get humid but it can also start raining at any moment and there is nothing worse than slipping around in your flip flops.  The good news is a lot of these shoes are on sale - this is a great time of year to pick up shoes in the summer sales because there is plenty of time to wear them.  I'm not one of those girls longing for winter boots I hold onto summer for as long as possible.

This Summers heels are all about the block heel - very 90ies I'm pretty sure I had something similar first time around.  The first pair of heels are from Penneys/Primark (€18.00).  The block heel make the heels a little easier to walk in.




These amazing Fringe Heels from New Look (€34.99) tick a this summers trends.  The block heel,the 70ies fringe.  I have been wearing a lot of flats lately so I am a little wobbly in heels but these are manageable to me.
This season we have a little twist on the classic ballet shoe.  These are perfect for keeping your toes dry (isn't that the worst thing about Summers in Ireland... soggy flipping toes).   On the left we have a pair of lace up shoes from Penneys (€13.00) and on the right a pair of two tone shoes from Littlewoods (that are on sale for €16.00).  I love this naked ballet shoe trend they allow you to feel like your wearing summer shoes with dry toes.





I have been obsessed with Keds by Oasis they make my feet so happy.  That's right I have HAPPY FEET.  I had spent a long time looking for a pair of animal print slip on runners but so many of them make your feet look long and a lot of them seem to widen at the toes making them unflattering.  Nothing worse than trying on a pair of shoes and looking like your feet are boats.    Keds by Oasis fit my feet perfectly and make the feet look and feel amazing.  The bottom of the shoe is slightly padded so they are very comfortable to wear.  The animal print is such a classic look (should I get a back up).  These have replaced Converse in my life (they are so comfortable).  The very exciting news is these are now in the Oasis Sale (some of the sizes are sold out online so I suggest trying larger Oasis stores).  The sale price range from €31 - €37


I have so many flat sandals so I decided this year to buy sandals with a small block heel.  This pair from Oasis have that tiny bit of animal print (its a classic design don't ya know) to liven up the black.  The good news is they are on sale from €35 to €22 woo hoo (get them here).

I have been wearing these Miss KG Rose Gold old lady shoes every day since I picked them up in Kildare Village (size down as they are large fitting).  I have been wearing them around the house and I feel so comfy and glittery - I'm basically Liberace.
If I lived in a less soggy climate I would be wearing flip flops all day, every day.  I live in Ireland were soggy toes with humid helmet hair are summers gifts.  What shoes have you been wearing this summer and have you picked up any nice shoes in the summer sales?

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Bourjois Parisian Summer Collection

I can be a little bit of a makeup snob at times.  I hold my hands up - I love some fancy pants makeup.  My favourite high street or drugstore brand is without doubt Bourjois.  Not only do Bourjois offer excellent makeup products they also have an amazing 150 year history which mean they know makeup.  I head straight to the Bourjois stand when I'm in Boots and they always have something new and exciting.  They have mastered the amazing yet affordable foundation (their foundations are better than a lot of luxury brands) and their mascaras do wonders for my ridiculously bad eye lashes basically they are not only a brand I trust but they are a brand I get excited by (if I had to pick one product that lets them down I would say its their eyeshadow pots which I'm not crazy about).  What I love most about Bourjois is their products offer that bit of luxury at an affordable and attainable price.  
This summer Bourjois are releasing the Parisian Summer Collection* unfortunately this collection is an online exclusive.  I only say that because these products SMELL AMAZING and you cant smell the Internet (thank god).  I often feel a bit sorry for people in the USA because Bourjois is not accessible to them however this collection is available from asos.com and feelunique.com. WOO HOO.
 
 There are four products in the range all of which are made for a perfectly stylish summer. The Parisian Summer Collection not only add a bronze glow to the skin, the products also seem to blur out imperfections making your skin look a little closer to flawless.

8 en 1 BB Bronzing Cream is ideal for perfecting and hydrating holiday skin.  Its a product that will definitely be best suited to those with good skin (its not going to cover imperfections), it adds a warm bronze glow to the skin and the SPF 15 gently protects the skin.  Pop this on after a day in the sun to enhance your natural tan while its hydration properties with enhance the skin and give a glowing radiance.  It comes in 2 colours Light Glow and Dark Glow and costs £9.99 or €11.99.

Sunlight Elixir is a summer skin essential.  Sunlight Elixir is a dry body oil which has beautiful golden particles which leave a gentle sheen on the skin.  IT SMELLS AMAZING.  Its an oil but it is not greasy, it drys quickly leaving your arms, legs, shoulders (wherever you please) to look glamours and glowing.  Sunlight Elizir also has an SPF 15 to gently protect the skin on the warm summer nights and can also be used on the face.   In fairness many brands have similar products but they tend to be luxury brands (Clarins and Nars) and the products cost a lot more than Sunlight Elixir (which costs £11.99 or €16.99).  My only gripe with this product is it comes in a glass bottle (as do its counterparts)  I understand with a glass bottle the product feels more substantial and a higher quality, I just wish such a perfect summer staple would come in travel friendly packaging.  If I didn't love the subtle shimmer and glow it adds to the skin I would buy it for the scent alone. 
Sun Illusion is basically a revamp of the Bronzing Primer.  In case you missed Bourjois Bronzing Primer (whats wrong with you its amazing) its like Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronze Universel but without the ridiculously long name and expensive price tag.  It has a wonderful texture which evens out imperfections, adds warmth but most importantly it looks like skin.  So your skin looks perfected and bronzed but naturally so.    Thank god Bourjois changed the name from Bronzing Primer (it was confusing) I like to use it alone or as a bronzer over foundation.  Its cream consistency is very easy to apply, blend and also blurs imperfections while looking like natural glowing skin. Sun Illusion comes in 2 shades Light Glow (perfect for us Irish Ladies) and Dark Glow, it also smells amazing. You cant beat the price £9.99 or €11.99. 
 Mat Illusion is a beautiful matt natural looking bronzer that smells AH MAZ ING.  Every time I apply this I inhale deeply and am transported somewhere exotic and beautiful (good job because its raining here at the moment).  I love a bit of shimmer so I never understood the idea of a Matt bronzer until I tried this.  I love the effect it has on the skin.  Again a natural looking tan which seems to correct the complexion.  I recently picked up the new Hourglass bronzer, instead of using the uber hyped and very expensive Hourglass bronzer I have been reaching for the Bourjois bronzer every day.  To put it simply its a better product which makes my skin look better.  Mat Illusion costs in Light Glow and Dark Glow and costs a bargain £7.99 pr €10.49.
 
 All shades featured are Light which are perfect for Irish skins while still adding a nice natural bronze.  I wish you could smell these products, I know I am beginning to sound a bit weird but they smell Divine without being overly perfumed. 

If your looking for a new bronzer Boots have an amazing Bourjois gift.  When you spend €20 you can get this amazing gift box which includes a Maxi Delight Bronzer, Bronzing Brush, Color Boost Lip Crayon as well as an exclusive foundation offer.  Its very easy to spend €20 on Bourjois you could pick up one of their amazing mascaras and foundations and get all these free goodies. 

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Stila Sun, Sea and Splash - Summer 2015

I love summer makeup collections and I LOVE Stila so its safe to say I'm most excited about Stila's summer makeup collections and this years collection is AMAZING.  I feel over the last number of years Stila have had their main colour collections in Summer and Winter and Spring and Autumn are about perfecting the rest of your face/makeup collection. I love this idea because Summer and Winter are the seasons your makeup changes the most and the seasons I have most fun with makeup.

Stila Summer 2015 collection is called Sun, Sea and Splash and its all about having a beautiful dewy glow on your cheeks with a pop of colour on your lips.  Basically its the kind of makeup I love to wear (ideally my skin would be lovely and perfect and I wouldn't need a base).  If you think of a Californian girl on the beach with the warm flush of the sun on her cheeks with a pop of cheeky lip colour.  I was so excited about this collection I took about 765 pictures .... never fear I have managed to narrow it down to about 701.

The product I am most excited about is the revolutionary (I am not exaggerating its flipping amazing) Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush*.  Aqua Glow blushes are a water based gel formula blush - so basically really lightweight - which come in a unique netted pot.

Although I was intrigued when I first saw Aqua Glow I was a little scared because liquid blushes can be a little messy and sometimes tricky to apply.  Stila recommend using their #33 foundation brush.  Basically you can use any of those flat foundation brushes that nobody seems to use for foundation anymore or alternatively you can use your finger.  


Basically you shake the pot (I like to sing "Put the lime in the coconut" but that is optional) and the net allows a small amount of the product to go onto the lid.  This is all you need to cover your cheeks (more than you need and I have big cheeks).   Fear not you don't need to put the net on your face or catch anything with the net its simply a nifty delivery system inspired by Asian beauty houses. Aqua Glow is said to be long wearing and waterproof which they mean you can sweat through not that if you go scuba diving you will still have it on your cheeks.




 Water Lily
The little glow pots have a slight shimmer, I hadn't noticed the shimmer in Water Poppy until it caught in the light. 

Water Poppy and Water Lily
Water Poppy and Water Lily blended out on my hand.

You know the look you see in magazines when somebody has been sitting on the beach, their cheeks are naturally flushed and they are glowing - (not the look I have on the beach when my top lip is sweating and my cheeks are ruddy and I have sweat in my eyes)  That aspirational look, glowing radiant skin with a delicate sheen - that's the look Aqua Glows give.  Natural looking and easy to use. I would describe them as sheer colour but that's not really accurate because that implies you don't get a lot of colour.  You get colour but you can also see the skin underneath.  You get a radiance from them, a (nicer) than natural flush.

Remember its very important to apply blush especially when using a bronzer or your face can look very flat.

Stila are of course famous for their Convertible Color, its won countless beauty awards including being my favourite Stila product so its easy to think they would rest on their laurels and think "well we have cheeks covered".  Aqua Glow show just how innovative Stila are and how they are always creating new and exciting products.  When I was talking to the very lovely Sue (Stila Makeup Artist at Dublin Harvey Nicks) she said she likes to use the Aqua Glow blush along with the Convertible Colors, she even likes to pat a small amount on the eye lid for a simple eye look.  I love getting tips from makeup artists who work with the brand all day, they experiment with the products in ways I would never think about.  If you like makeup/love cheek products or have cheeks you have to try and Aqua Glow.

The Aqua Glow blushes come in 5 colours and cost €25 (or £20).  Aqua Glow describe the product perfectly, they are one of my favourite Stila launches since their return.  I love them so much that I have just picked up another 2 colours. 


As part of the Sun, Sea and Splash collection Stila have released 5 new bright vibrant shades of their Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks (€20 or £15) in the shades Amalfi (a bright coral pink), Bella (a bright pink), Como (a bright purple) Rosa (a light pink) and Venezia (a bright Coral/red shade).  Its such a bright and fun collection of colours and most of them were made for me.  TWO BRIGHT PINKS.. your spoiling me Stila.
I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick.  I love the colours, how opaque they are, how they don't transfer and how long they last but if I'm being honest sometimes I hate them on my lips.  Its a "Its not you, its my lips" hate, all long lasting lip products show every little flaw on your lips especially if they are dry so your lips need to be in tip top condition to wear them.  My lips tend to be on the dry side so sometimes we don't get on that great.  I have been trying to keep my lips in good condition (the eternal struggle but is not as bad in the summer) and have been using Stila's Lush Lips Water Plumping Primer* (pictured below) Lush Lips is a bit of a weird product and one that I didn't understand to begin with.  Usually when I'm doing my makeup I prep my lips with a lip balm these are usually made of basically Vaseline which sits on the lips, it doesn't sink in and doesn't really moisturise because the skin on the lips doesn't absorb.  Lush Lips felt almost dry when I applied it (but it was the lack of Vaseline in the product), its a very different consistency to what I was used to.  The water in the product evaporates when it hits the lips but the product evens out the lines left by dry lips leaving a perfect base to apply a long lasting lip product.  Ill hold my hands up and say I didn't understand the product for ages but once I got my hands on the new Stay All Day Shades they are the perfect pairing. 

The Shades Amalfi* which is a beautiful bright pink and Rosa* which is so pale its almost a white with a touch of pink mixed in.  When you have your lips prepped and ready Stay All Day are fantastic lip products,  I can wear my favourite bright shades and not worry about them fading or coming off.  They last through snacks and drinks - perhaps not a greasy dinner but they really do last a long time.  More importantly for me I can kiss my cuddly little baby without fear of them coming off, smudging or fading.  If I go a little overboard blowing raspberries there might be slight transfer but nothing to worry about.  These new bright shades of Stay All Day have allowed me to feel like myself (the lover of bright lips) and not just a new mammy.  See I'm still Mags. I'm wearing bright lips AND I can kiss the baby.  I am winning at life.


Rosa is my least favourite shade and I find it most difficult to wear as it seems to show the lips faults.  I'm not quite sure who this shade would suit?  I am not a fan of nude or pale shades so I am perhaps not the best judge.  All pics are were taken without prepping the lips to give a good idea how they look on normal lips.

 Amalfi is a bright and wonderful shade that brightens the face.



I loved the bright new shades so much I also picked up the shade Bella (a blue based pink) and Venezia a Red/Coral shade.





Venezia is the perfect bright and happy shade to wear with lots of bronzer - its the perfect mix red/coral mix. 


Oh Bella you should have been called Mags - your amazing, vibrant and happy and my perfect shade.  I have big love for Bella


Its impossible for me to pick a favourite shade out of Amalfi, Bella and Venezia they all add such life and vitality to the face and they have been a constant part of my summer face. When I am wearing them I feel like myself and when I apply these wonderful shades they make me smile.


Aqua Glow add well needed radiance to my very tired face,  the glowing skin looks very natural and is perfect for an easy summer look.

Stila Sun, Sea and Splash is the perfect Summer Makeup Collection.  If I had to recommend one product it would definitely be the Aqua Glow they are beautiful. If I am wearing Aqua Glow, a stay all day lip shade and a pair of sunglasses (for the dark circles) you would never imagine that I haven't slept since 2014.

The new Stila products are in their new slick golden packaging which is really pretty and reflects what a quality brand Stila is.  I really like the new look of the packaging although I miss the Stila Girl a little so lets hope they give us a throw back to her at some stage.

There are a few other products in the Sun, Sea and Splash range including Stay all Day Bronzer for Face and Body (this comes in 3 shades, Stila have always made amazing bronzers and this Matt one is no exception and will last a lifetime),  Aqua Glow Perfecting Primer  (an amazing cooling stick primer which cools the skin while adding moisture and reducing redness - perfect for warm days and beach holidays.  The stick form makes it perfect for on the go application). Aqua Glow Perfecting Bronzer (a liquid bronzer which you can mix with foundation or wear alone).

Stila is available in Ireland from Harvey Nichols Dundrum,  Sam McCauleys Fairgreen Carlow,  Sam McCauleys Redmond Square Wexford, Sam McCauleys Tralee Manor West Shopping Centre, Cara Pharmacy Quayside Shopping Centre Sligo and Marks & Spencer Mary St Dublin.  You can also pick up Stila from Stila.co.uk.

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