SATURDAY NIGHT: PLUM AND LEOPARD PRINT

On Saturday night I headed out for a few drinks with some friends and I wore this plum dress and leopard print accessories combo. You see a lot of people dipping into the animal print trend by wearing leopard print with black. I think the plum is a fresh take on the trend and makes for something a bit different.

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The dress is from Awear. The wrap detail and the pleating to the waist make it quite flattering.

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The belt is from Pennys.

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I bought this necklace in Protugal and it has previously been in this post.

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The shoes are from Dunnes. I was agonising over whether to buy a pair from Karen Millen or Dune both were about €90ish but with slight differences in the colour, but then I spotted these in Dunnes for €16 and I figured it was enough to spend because I probably won’t wear leopard print shoes all that often.

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The clutch bag is my old faithful Guess clutch that I have had for ages and it features in some previous posts (like here and here, which also shows another plum combo).

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FRIDAY STYLE: MINT & CHOCOLATE

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I have to admit that mint green is one of my favourite colours. Unfortunately, it is a pastel and pastels can look a bit out of place if it’s not sunny out. However, this top is a slightly darker shade of mint and when toned down even more with brown it works for all seasons. By contrast you could pair this top with another pastel like pink or lilac to create a really bright and sunny look.

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This top is from New Look and I love the chiffon and frilly style of it. It is see through so I put a brown vest top from Pennys underneath. If you were going for a brighter look then a lighter colour vest top would work better. You could also wear this top without the belt for a feminine and floaty look, but I prefer to show that I do have a waist by wearing the cincher belt.

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The D ring belt is from Pennys.
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I got this necklace on a market stall while on holidays in Portugal. I like the pop of lilac next to the brown and mint.
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Theses shoes are Michael Kors and you may have seen them in this previous post.

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Also worth noting than you could always pop a cardi on for extra warmth, like this one from Pennys.

MAD BEAUTY HAUL: LOTS OF PICTURES

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The moment I saw this post from British Beauty Blogger, I hot footed it over to the MAD beauty site, madbeauty.com. If you’re anything like me, a complete sucker for cute packaging, you won’t be able to resist buying loads from the site. All the lip balms and glosses come in the most adorable packaging.

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At £3.99 for the cocktail lip balms, £2.99 for the duck and penguin lip glosses and £1.99 for the ice cream gloss they won’t break the bank, even if you do end up wanting them all. Believe it or not there are loads more lippies  on the site that I didn’t buy such as the ugg boots and flip-flops.

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Now they are not high-end YSL glosses or super healing Nuxe lip balms, but they are nowhere near those prices either. However, they are surprisingly far better than I was expecting for the price.

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I assumed most of the cost was packaging and didn’t expect much from the actual products. The balms are good and moisturising and they last a few hours before I need to reapply. The glosses are subtle and more like a balm. They also last well enough and are moisturising, they are a bit sticky but not annoyingly so. The scents can be strong but it doesn’t last long and there isn’t really any taste off them.

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All in all they are good products for the price but the packaging is the real star, it’s so much fun to take one out of you bag in front of friends and watch their reaction.

BOURJOIS SO LAQUE! BLEU FABULEUX: REVIEW & PICTURES

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I spotted this cornflower blue shade nail polish in Boots recently and purchased it as part of a 3 for 2 the price is €7.99. In fact, this bright blue is hard to miss but it is really pretty. It’s the kind of colour that whispers it’s Spring as opposed to some of the neons and bright pastels that scream Spring. It’s the kinda colour that’ll look good year round but it’s bright enough to give you the Summer’s-a-coming hit that we crave off of bright colours as days get brighter and longer.

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The formula is good as the finish is fully opaque with two shades. The finish is definitely high shine, which you can see in the pictures, I didn’t use a top coat. The brush is a goodun; it’s nice and wide for easy application. That means a lot coming from me because I am brutal at painting my nails. I’m a total messer.

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Unfortunately, it definitely won’t be lasting anywhere near as long as 7 days. I would say I am fairly rough on nail polish and don’t usually expect much from long lasting claims. However, when I see a new formula claiming to last I do get my hopes up a wee bit; someday there will be a DIY polish that will last me more than a day.

FRIDAY STYLE: COBALT BLAZER & FLORAL TEE

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So today I am rocking a bright blue blazer from Mango. The moment I saw it I knew I had to have it; however, it was one of those tortured purchases. You know the ones I mean; it’s when you really want it but on the other hand you’re not sure you’ll really wear it much. There are loads of things in my wardrobe that I had to have but then hardly ever wear but can’t bring myself to get rid of either. I’m determined that won’t happen with this blazer and so I actively seek purchases that will go with it. (Like the Awear dress in this post).

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I knew when I saw this top in H&M it would look good with the blazer, but the watercolour style floral print will work with so many other things that I already have. I think I will be wearing this top a lot over the spring and summer. I love the colours and the neckline of this top and the soft jersey draped fabric is a flattering cut, even if I do say so myself.

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The necklace is from Carraig Donn and has been previously seen in this post and this one.

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The jeans are from New Look and the shoes are Oasis. I have been looking for nude wedge heel courts for a while now and jumped to buy these the minute I saw them. I have a feeling I’ll be getting a lot of wear out of these, as the wedge makes them prefect for daytime and nude shoes work with, well nearly everything (except black tights, that is). Oh the zebra print insole is my own addition, not too many of my shoes are without some sort of additional padding.

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CLINIQUE BLUSHWEAR CREAMSTICK IN 02 PEACHY BLUSH: REVIEW & PICTURES

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I have combo to oily skin and so I usually prefer a powder blush. I feel safer with powder as I am afraid that a cream blush will look greasy and slide off my face halfway through the day. However, we all need to face our fears and step outside our comfort zone. Yea ok, so trying new blush isn’t exactly sky diving but no harm in trying to sex up a post with a li’l drama.
So on to the Clinique Blushwear Creamstick. The reason I first purchased this is because it was recommended to me as extremely long wearing, waterproof and sweat proof, which would make it ideal for the Irish summer, one minute it’s muggy and the next it pouring. Plus, while I don’t actually put makeup on to exercise, if I head to the gym after work, I don’t always bother to take my makeup off either so it’s nice to have something that won’t slide down my face. The Blushwear Creamstick totally lives up to the promise. It doesn’t budge without cleanser, and it doesn’t look greasy on either as the formula is cream-to-powder. It adds a nice sheen of colour on the skin. I usually swipe this across my cheeks and then blend with a stippling brush. It’s easy enough to blend out to a subtle wash of colour. If I was wearing this with fake tan or on a night out, I would swipe and blend a second time for a slightly more pigmented look.

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(No blush in the first pic and Peachy Blush in the rest)

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The colour is 02 Peachy Blush and I do love a peachy blush! With blush, I want an immediate “I feel prettier effect” and I always get that with a peach tone and I definitely get it with this blush. There is a shimmer through the stick but when applied the shimmer is subtle and gives a flattering sheen to the skin.
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I ordered this from the House of Fraser web site for £21(sterling). A quick Google search tells me they are €28 here. The packaging makes it perfect for travelling and convenient to pop into your handbag. Overall I really like this blush and use it a lot.

CLARINS DOUBLE SERUM: REVIEW & PICTURES

Clarins new Double Serum launched in Ireland in February. I purchased this serum seven weeks ago now and I have been using it day and night ever since. I wanted to give it a thorough testing before posting my review. Now I know there have already been loads of reviews of this product weeks ago from bloggers who received it to trial before it was available to buy, but I had to wait to buy mine and so having parted with €69.50, I’m going to tell you if I think it was money well spent.

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So what’s the hype? The bottle has two 007-esque chambers housing both an oil based and a water based, high-tech age defying formulas. It has over 20 plant-based active ingredients. It promises younger looking skin by targeting 5 important areas: hydration, nutrition, oxygenation, protection and regeneration. This should all help to make your skin look smoother, firmer, and more even, while improving the appearance for fine lines, and minimising pores.

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The pump dispenses the water and oil separately and you mix them when you rub your hands together to warm the serum as recommended. It is also recommended that instead of rubbing the serum in, you pat it in all over. Even though there is oil in it and I have oily skin, it does not make my skin feel or look greasy at all. It sinks in quickly and feels light on. But does it work?

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I do love the serum but probably not for the right reasons. I love the scent. Clarins are known for their heavily perfumed cosmetics, which I’m not normally too fond of, but the smell of this is just gorgeous. I would love a diffuser in this scent. I also find it to be a great moisturiser, but in reality there are plenty of great moisturisers out there for a lot less than €69.50.

I think it has made my pores a bit smaller but it definitely has not helped reduce the pigmentation marks on the tops of my cheeks. I was really hoping it would. The dirty scould-ey frown mark between my eyebrows is every bit as noticeable as always and the crescent moon creeping across my forehead is still creeping. There is an immediate plumping of fine lines but unfortunately this is temporaty. After seven weeks I porbably have about two weeks left in the bottle, so not too shabby value wise.  I am still tempted to repurchase it, but I’m going to hold off as I have a sample size of Lancôme’s Visionnaire serum. If I like the sample I may buy the full size and see if that fares any better at easing the ravishes of time.

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All in all it wasn’t a waste of money but it isn’t a holy grail status skincare product either. I’m still looking for the miracle in a bottle.