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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