FRIDAY STYLE: DUSKY PINK AND GREY

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Hope you all have that Friday feeling and are looking forward to the weekend. It may be winter but it’s still fairly mild in comparison to previous years, so I can still brave the odd day with just a blazer. The best thing about this outfit is it can easily go from day to night, which may come in handy during the upcoming party season when heading out with colleagues after work.

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You may think a dusky pink blazer should only be worn during the summer, but I think it’s perfect for this time of year when paired with blacks and greys. The colour adds soft warmth to these cooler days. This blazer is from Awear (lets all hope Awear is saved).

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This beautiful grey blouse is from Vero Moda. The lace detail on the shoulders and down the sides is gorgeous and glams it up. You can’t see the lace under a blazer so you could wear it to work but then if you are heading out later, when you take the blazer off the top is dressy enough for a night out. There is also a cute bow tie. The black skinny jeans are from Dorothy Perkins.

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The ankle booties are Redz.

What’s your go to outfit for going from day to night?

MY CURRENT DAILY SKINCARE ROUTINE

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It feels like it’s been a while since I last did a post on my skincare routine. I love reading these posts by other people but when it comes to listing out all the products that I use, I cringe a bit. It always seems like so many products and so much money for one little face. But you know what, why should I feel bad for wanting to look my best. A little care and attention to your appearance gives people the impression that you make an effort in everything you do. I have actually scaled the number of products down a bit. I try not to use separate products for night and day if I can help it. I prefer quality products that can be used both day and night, so the bathroom isn’t clogged up with products. That’s not to say that I won’t be tempted by some fancy all singing and all dancing night cream (actually I have one in mind already). The one thing I am missing right now is a good eye cream so feel free to recommend one that you think is brilliant.
First up, Cleansers:

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L’Oreal Skin Perfection Micellar Solution – I use a Micellar Solution to cleanse my skin in the mornings, it’s quick and easy.
La Roche Posay Physiological Foaming Water – this is what I use to remove my makeup at night. It’s quickly and easily removes all traces of makeup and it’s gentle on my skin.

Ginvera Green Tea Marvel Gel
Ginvera Green Tea Exfoliating Marvel Gel – I recently reviewed this here so I won’t say too much about it now except that I use it a couple times a week and it leaves my skin feeling amazing.

Neutrogena Spot Stress Control Scrub
Neutrogena Spot Stress Control Daily Scrub – I keep this one in my gym bag to remove makeup and sweat after a workout. I told you in my last skincare post here, that I thought Neutrogena’s Grapefruit Scrub smelled horrendous but worked great. This smells better; it has a mild cucumber scent but unfortunately doesn’t clean my skin nearly as well as the Grapefruit one.

Serum and Moisturiser:

Clarins Double Serum
Clarins Double Serum – I reviewed this before here, I liked it so much I bought it again recently. It hydrates my skin really well.

Clarins Multi-Active Day
Clarins Multi – Active Day – this is my first time using this. It’s aimed at 30 somethings and suits my combo to oily skin. I find its good enough for day and night, but if your skin is really dry you may need a heavier night cream.

So there it all is, do you use any of these products? Any little gems you think I should try next?

MAC BELUGA EYE SHADOW: REVIEW AND PICTURES

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I went away for the weekend to Limerick and of course I brought loads of makeup with me. As for eye makeup all I needed and all I actually used was Lancôme’s Hypnose mascara, MAC Paint Pot in Painterly as a primer, and MAC Beluga eye shadow, which I also used to line the lower lashes. This was my go to look for both nights; it was quick and easy and looked good, even if I do say so myself. So my MAC eye shadow palette, three eyeliners and two other loose eye shadows basically just took up space and added weight to my bag. A slight bug bearer considering I managed to remember to bring all that and then left my going out clothes at home, after packing them so neatly in a separate dress bag. On the plus side they definitely didn’t get creased, and I had an excuse to go shopping for some new clothes (as if I needed an excuse).

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Beluga is described on the MAC website as “dark charcoal with multi-dimensional pearl”. To my eye it is a beautiful dark antique green with gold pearl. It looks very sparkly in the pan but it is not that sparkly on the lids; it’s more like a metallic shimmer. As you would expect from MAC, it’s soft, creamy and easy to blend. It’s really well pigmented and long lasting, also there is little to no fall out. I love that this is a dark colour but it’s not as harsh on me as black or dark grey. It’s nice to have an alternative to my usual browns for a smoky eye look. So here is a look at it on my eyes:

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What is your go to for a quick and easy eye look?

FRIDAY STYLE: FOREST GREEN SKINNIES

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Brightly coloured skinnies may have had their moment in the summer but since I am a bit paranoid about my lower half, I was waiting for the change in season to wear darker coloured jeans. I had to have these forest green skinny jeans the moment I saw them but once I had them home couldn’t decide how to style them. I don’t want to wear them with other neutral colours and end up looking like G.I. Jane but if I go mad with the colours I could end up looking like a hippy. So in the end I played it safe with greys.

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These forest green skinny jeans are the Wonder Jeggings from Vero Moda. They come in loads of colours (I also have them in a deep red and a plum purple).

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The plain grey t-shirt is from Penneys. This chunky grey cardigan is also from Vero Moda. Coloured jeans are a great way to de-frump chunky knits. I think coloured skinny jeans really freshen up knit wear, giving the outfit a more modern take more so than normal blue and black jeans.

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The necklace is from Awear. A plain t-shirt needs a statement necklace and this one works perfectly with the jeans.
The ankle booties are Redz.

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How do you feel about coloured skinny jeans? How do you style them?

OPI BLUE MY MIND: REVIEW AND PICTURES

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Its feels like ages since I showed you a nail polish, probably because I am embarrassed by how bad I am at painting my nails; especially compared to some of the beautiful and creative nail art that some bloggers post. Anyway, if there is one colour that really stands out this autumn winter season, it has to be cobalt blue. It’s absolutely everywhere and I for one love it. As we get closer to the party season we will be seeing more and more jewel tones hitting the shelves and rails. With this in mind I couldn’t walk past this sapphire coloured bottle. The colour is strikingly electric blue and is definitely nicer on than in the bottle.

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OPI is not one of the cheapest nail polish brands and usually retail in around the tenner mark. To me this puts it in the luxury bracket. Now some of you dainty handed ladies will fare a lot better than me with these but I usually find that OPI polishes tend to start chipping after about two days. Sometimes when nail polish starts to chip it will be just little nicks around the tips of the nails that aren’t that noticeable and you can still get a few more days wear out of it. With this particular polish the chips were massive, taking polish off nearly half the nail. I didn’t really need to use remover because most of the polish chipped and peeled off by itself. Now it has to be said that it’s not making any long wear claims but with cheaper brands turning out way better formulas and some of them are even starting to rival OPI in the colours on offer, this is not looking like value for money to me. However, I bought it for the colour and the colour is gorgeous, even if it is only for the weekend.

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GINVERA GREEN TEA MARVEL GEL: REVIEW

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This may be one of the weirdest and yet one of the best skin care products I have ever tried. If you don’t follow Ginvera Europe (@JaniroLtd) on Twitter then maybe you should because they pick a follower every month to win a little prize. I was lucky enough to win recently and was sent this Green Tea Marvel Gel as part of my prize. I also received their BB cream and the Green Tea Intensive Spot Corrector, which I will tell you about when I get a chance to give them a proper trial.

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Ginvera’s Green Tea Marvel Gel is an exfoliator like no other I have ever tried. The promise is that it exfoliates, invigorates and illuminates. You use this gel on clean, dry skin; you message the gel around for a minute or so. This is when the weird bit happens, as you are rubbing the gel around it turns into a pulp like consistency. It feels odd trying to rub the pulp on my skin for a few minutes. The first time I just gave up and rinsed it off. However, when I went to apply my moisturiser, I noticed that my skin felt amazing. It was the smoothest and silkiest I have ever felt my skin; even better than after professional facials. I honestly do not like the feeling of this while I’m using it, but I do love the way it makes my skin look and feel after I use it. Because there are no rough bits or grit in this you can use it daily but I have been using it weekly in an effort to make it last. I will definitely be buying it in the full size.

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The cool thing is that if you are sick and tired of spending money on products that irritate your skin and end up being chucked in the bin then you can buy this in the sample size of 10g for £2 off their website, where you will also find their stockists. The full size, 60g is £19.95, I’m not sure of the euro prices.

What products have you though were odd to use but worked brilliantly?

FRIDAY STYLE: THE ADVENTURE RACE AFTER PARTY

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On Saturday I completed the supreme race in Westport’s Sea 2 Summit. Covering a total of 56k, it involves running a total of 8k, hiking up Croagh Patrick, and cycling a total of 43k, part of which has some serious hills. You may have heard me going on about it lately; it’s kind of a big deal to me. So anyway, let’s talk about the after party. Obviously I wanted to be comfortable but I also wanted to get glammed up for a big night out, 1,500 people took part in it and town should be hopping. You don’t have to be a tom boy or “butch” to enjoy getting out and putting your body to the test. I wanted my outfit to reflect that even girly girls like to get dirty and push themselves to the limits every now and then too.

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This beautiful blue dress is from Oasis and the belt comes with it. The wrap style is quite flattering. The style is essentially simple but in a very elegant way.

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The gold buckle on the belt dresses it up with a bit of bling. The sleeves add a bit of warmth and comfort that means it’s also a good option for a day time occasion like a family dinner, christening, or even Christmas day.

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Here I’m adding another touch of bling with this necklace that I bought on holiday in Portugal.

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These shoes are from New Look and tie in with the gold details on the dress and necklace. Also the small heel makes them bearable after the day’s events.

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What would you wear when comfort is essential but style is necessary?