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This is not an actual post as such it is really just an FYI of some things that will be coming up in the future.

PixyFirst up is I placed and have received an order from Pixy.ie (Pixy Natural Skincare). I already love the lime scrub cubes so I reordered those and now that they come in pastel coloured heart shapes I had to have those as well. The other brown cubes are the vanilla mud scrub cubes. I have been meaning to try these for ages because I love all things vanilla scented and I am hoping they are as good as the lime cubes. The other three things are bath bombs that were included in the order for free as part of a Friday promotion. So it pays to follow them by email, twitter or facebook. Since the days are now brighter and getting less and less frosty, I’m back cycling and hiking at the weekends. I am really looking forward to a well deserved soak with the cute bath bombs. I won’t get out training this weekend but hopefully I’ll be out the following Saturday.

Second is the two items I ordered from House of Fraser, which should arrive before the weekend. One is Clarins Double Serum. A few bloggers have already reviewed it; however, most of them received a free sample prior to its release. I have purchased this because I trust the blogs that I read. I will give it a few weeks trial and let you know how I get on with it, and if I think it is worth purchasing and more importantly, repurchasing. And two is the mineralise eye shadow Fireside from the MAC collection Apres Chic. I will be playing with this as soon as I get my grubby paws on it and I’ll post some pics after the weekend.

Hopefully you are looking forward to those posts because I’m defiantly looking forward to trying out the products.

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La Roche Posay Physiological Cleansing Gel: Review

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALa Roche Posay Physiological Cleansing Gel is aimed towards normal/combination sensitive skin, which means it is perfect for me. My skin isn’t particularly sensitive but some cleansers can irritate my mush and make my cheeks a bit red and not in the fresh flush of youth kinda way. Normally I like a good lather or foam for cleansing so the gel is a big change for me. This is a non-foaming gel cleanser that is free from soap, alcohol, dye and parabens. I really like the feeling of it on my skin; it is very cooling and soothing. I massage a pump in with my fingers and remove it with a warm muslin cloth. It leaves my skin feeling cleansed but not stripped or dry after using, so it is very gentle. There is a gentle scent that I quite like; it’s not offensive or overpowering at all. I also like the pump bottle which practical and can be locked for the travelling. The price of €15.25 is reasonable considering how long this bottle is likely to last me. I’ve been using it for about four weeks now and have only used about a fifth of the bottle.

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Now I put this bad boy through the ultimate test: I use it to remove Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24 Hour foundation. If you have read my review of this foundation you will know I call it bullet proof, which means it’s not easy to remove. The Physiological Gel laughs in the face of the Lancome 24 hour. As I said, massage the gel in with hands, remove with warm muslin, and makeup be gone, face feel good. It’s impressive to see the gel dissolve my makeup on contact. Normally after cleansing, I can’t wait to slap serum and moisturiser on, but with the Physiological gel, my skin doesn’t have that tight feeling so I’ll get to the moisturiser when I get to it. I am converted from foamy lathers to the simple gel and I will definitely be repurchasing this again.

A Few of My Favourite Things: Accessories I’m Using Most at the Moment.

Whiskers on kittens don’t rate high on my list. I’m bit more materialistic than that, me likes a bit of bling. You often hear of fashion items being referred to as investments, much to the annoyance of most men, particularly those who work in a finance related role. The thing with accessories is that when I first buy something I like to wear it loads, then I get tired of it or get something new and it gets put away for a while. But then I buy a new dress or top that it would be perfect with and it gets taken out again for while. You can keep going back to accessories time and time again, so if you divide the initial purchase price by the number of times you wear it, cost per wear is tiny, so it is an investment. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
Here are a few of the items that I’m reaching for the most at the moment:

First up is bags

Both Micheal Kors, The black bag is my current everyday bag and the green one is a clutch that I use for nights out.

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Guess Clutch: A black clutch is something that will get lots of use.

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I can never understand how anyone would buy a beautiful bag and then chuck it on a dirty floor. This little handbag hook comes everywhere with me.

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Of course I have to have a scarf or 50:

L-r Awear, Pennys/Primark, and the last one is from a stall in Portugal

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Next some Jewellery:

All three of these necklaces are from Carraig Donn.

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The amber necklace is from Gerrards and the ring is from ebay.

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Surprisingly I wear this pink DKNY watch with everything.

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And the finishing touch is a signature scent, for me I love both Mack Jacobs Daisy and Daisy so Fresh.

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Watch this space because with the changing seasons, my most used accessories are bound to be changing soon. What is getting your love at the moment, do you like to switch it up regularly?

Friday Style : Plum & Blue

On Saturday night I was taken out for dinner and drinks and this is what I wore. The first photo was taken with my phone so the quality is not great. I had to do a daylight re-enactment in order to capture the colour acurately.

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(Oh the many colours of Irish sunlight)

I bought this blue Mango blazer a while back and it’s been killing me that it’s been just too cold for me to go out in just a blazer. I finally braved the elements as it was a dry and fairly mild night.

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The dress is a recent purchase from Awear and I’m loving it. The mock wrap style and frill down the from are really flatering. I felt very feminine and classy in this dress. I am also in love with the plum and blue colour combo.

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I took this picture the following morning so you can actually appreciate the full beauty of the colours and cherry blosom print of the dress. It is stunning!

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You have to admit that these shoes are fabulous. They are by Menbur. It was love at first sight with these bad boys. The best thing about these shoes is that they actually stay on my feet instead of slipping off the heel. Nothing worse than walking out of your shoes, especially in public, très chic.

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This Guess bag is a much loved old favourite.

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For a finishing touch, this necklace is from Carraig Donn. If I’m letting you in on a little secret, Carraig Donn do beautiful jewelery, most of which is very afordable. This necklace was on sale for about €15.

LÒreal Hair Expertise Ever Sleek Review

The Hair Expertise range from LÒreal is relatively new to Irish shores. The selling point of this range is that it doesn’t contain sulphates. Finding products with less chemicals may be a major concern from some of you more natural beauties but unfortunately I will lash anything onto myself in search of beauty in a bottle.

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Last summer I wanted to try the range out because it was new, the packaging was shiny and other reviews were looking good. I brought Ever Pure with me on holiday, and that was what I was looking to buy again recently, but they only had the Ever Sleek in the shop and I was too lazy to go somewhere else. Ever Pure is for colour treated hair, whereas Ever Sleek is for frizzy hair, which is not really me but hay ho I gave it a go anyway, coz I’m a rebel. I loved how silky Ever Pure made my hair when on holiday and I wanted it again now because my hair is a bit frazzled lately. My hair is colour treated and usually poker straight. I’ve been growing it out from a bob over the last year or more and have been dying for it to be long enough to curl it, without ending up looking like Shirley Temple. Now that it is long enough I have become BFFs with my hair wand and have been curling my hair loads, a la exhibits A, B, & C below.

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Lately when I wash my hair it is actually wavy when wet and an absolute nightmare to comb through, even though I use loads of conditioner. I’m also noticing lots of broken and split ends. Hence I went looking for something to sort it out. Enter LÒreal Hair Expertise Ever Sleek.

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I have been using this for about a week now but the results were noticeable from the first use. After washing, my hair is back to being straight when wet and the comb practically falls through it, no mangled tangles. When blow dried, my hair is silky, straight and shiny. It feels so lovely that I just keep running my hands through my hair, and I’m probably starting to look like a bit of a bimbo, swishing my hair all over the place.

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I highly recommend trying these for yourself, they are great products. They retail at €8.99 but I’ve seen them on offer. Have you already or will you now be tempted to try any of the range?

Eye Makeup Tutorial: Shimmering Bronze

I find black eye makeup to be too harsh for my colouring so the colours I turn to most often are browns and purples. Today I am going to show you my go-to bronze brown eye makeup look for a night out. This is quick and simple but looks impressive.

I’m using mostly MAC shadows and brushes, but you may find similar products from any brands that you have in your stash.

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(Tempting, Mulch, Embark)

To start I always prime my lids with MAC paint pot in painterly. Then I blend MAC Mulch in to the crease with a MAC 217 brush.
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Then I work some MAC Embark into the outer corner with a MAC 219 brush and blend it in with the 217.
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Next I apply MAC Tempting on the lid, I use a Gosh shader brush to pat the colour on.
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I line the inside and outside of the upper and lower lashes with Rimmel Scandaleyes in Bronze. Then I dip my 219 into the MAC Mulch and go over my liner with the shadow to soften the lines and give the liner more longevity.
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A quick dab of MAC Phloof in the inner corner of the eye and also sweep it under the other corner of the brow for a highlight. Lash on loads of Loreal 4D mascara on the lashes to finish things off perfectly.

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Tempting is one of my favourite eyeshadows, I love the shimmer and the bronze tone, eventhough the MAC website describes as a satin rich coco brown. Tempting really makes the green of my eyes pop. What is your favourite eyeshadow?

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The blush is MAC fluerpower and the the Lipstick is MAC Peach Passion.

Friday Style: The Cutsie Dress

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Ah the cutsie little summer dress. You see it on the hanger and you think “summer is a long way away, it’ll be ages before I get to wear you”. Think again, I’ve been wearing ditsy little summer dresses all winter long.

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Dress & Cardigan are both from Pennys/Primark

You layer a cosey cardigan over the dress, add some opague tights and chunky boots and you have a great winter style. If it’s really cold you can even pop a long sleeve t-shirt under the dress and cardy. The chunky boots are the perfect way to tone down the girly look of a pretty sun dress and give the look a bit of edge. A bomber or biker jacket would be another way to toughen up the look. You could also wear a belt out over the cardigan and dress to give your waist  a nipped in shape.

You can have a lot of fun and get loads of wear out of a cutsie sun dress with a ditsy print. In Spring and Autumn you can swap the cardigan and chunky boots for a blazer and ballet pumps. If WHEN (positive thoughts) summer comes along, just wear the dress alone with some cute sandals.

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Loving the bow detail of the neckline.

I like to wear this dragonfly print with a mint green cardigan that I already had in my wardrobe. However, it could be matched to any of the other colours in the vibrant print, such as wine, blue, or emerald green (supposedly the colour of the season, but hardly anything in the shops to support this so far– mini rant).

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These boots are Marco Tozi and you may get used to seeing them because I have been wearing them alot since I got them early last Autumn. In my opinion, they go with everyting.

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Anyone else rocking their summer dresses in Winter? How do you like to style yours?