FRIDAY STYLE: OVERSIZED HEART PRINT SHIRT

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I really like oversized or long-line shirts; if you don’t believe me you can check out this post or even this one. These shirts are really quite versatile and they are also great for hiding a multitude of sins, like when you have already given up on your new year new you resolution and instead finished all the tins of roses and biscuits that were hanging around the house taunting you. Although, now that they are finally gone, I may be able to commit to healthy eating for more than half a day.

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Anyway back to topic, this cute navy, heart print top is from Penneys. In the look above I kept it casual with a white long-line, long sleeve top with lace trim from Vero Moda. Since the heart print top is see-through, you need something underneath it anyway so it might as well be a top with a bit of lace peeking out for added interest.

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These long tops from Vero Moda come in loads of variations like long sleeve, thick straps or adjustable spaghetti straps, with or without lace and in an extensive range of colours.

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In this look I dressed it up a bit with a sleeveless, navy top with lace trim from Vero Moda. Thinking about it now, a coral or peach Vero Moda top underneath might be better than the navy, so that’s on the shopping list now. This outfit could be a less formal than the dress I showed you on Monday for Valentine’s night.

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I finished the look off with a dusky pink blazer from AWear.

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The courts are from Penneys.

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The boots are Amy Huberman for Bourbon.

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The necklace is from New Look.

BOURJOIS BB BRONZING CREAM 8 IN 1: REVIEW AND PICTURES

Bourjois Bronzing BB 8 in 1 Cream

You are probably wondering why I am blogging about a bronzing product in the middle of winter. Let me set the scene. The week before Christmas I was out with some friends for a few drinks and the cameras were flashing like a paparazzi frenzy. When I saw some of the pictures the next day I saw that my face was way paler than my neck. Like most women I spent my teens with a face darker than my neck and just when you think you have a handle on buying the right colour foundation, fake tan throws a spanner in the works. I know a camera flash cuts through a powder bronzer, which is why I always buy a second foundation a few shades darker for when I am wearing fake tan. I also tend to stick to lighter or more subtle tans like Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan so I thought I had it all sorted until I saw those pictures. With the technology of purse size cameras and camera phones improving all the time, us mere mortals who don’t a have celebrity makeup artist in tow have a lot to contend with. I decided to try a tinted bronzing makeup base like Soleil Tan De Chanel, but since it was the week before Christmas there was no way I was going into a city centre to a department store. I headed to a local pharmacy to find the next best thing; many bloggers had likened the Bourjois Bronzing Primer to the Soleil Tan De Chanel and at €25 less I figured it was worth a try. Of course it wasn’t in stock and even after staring at the stand for ages, it didn’t magically appear.
I decided to get the BB Bronzing Cream since many BB creams on the market are primers and it said it is a sheer tint on the bottle, I figured I’d give it a go as a primer under my darker foundation . Let’s start with the 8 promises this makes as an 8 in 1 BB Cream:

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• Evens Skin tone – definitely evens out my red blotches
• Sheer tint – It sure is
• Boosts Radiance – Um ish
• 16-hour moisturisation – it’s not drying but not overly moisturising either
• Smoothes skin – not that I noticed
• Prolongs tan – don’t have a real one and am not likely to get one anytime soon so can’t comment
• SPF 15 – always a plus
• Refreshing sensation – can’t say I noticed

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L-R: bare face, with Bronzing BB Cream – no flash, with foundation – no flash, with foundation & with flash

As far as BB creams go, it’s a nice one; it evens out redness and feels nice on. The coverage wouldn’t be enough for me on its own but it would be good for someone who is happy with just a sheer tint. As a primer it worked really well for me. I was afraid I would look caked in makeup with foundation over it but that wasn’t the case and I thought it looked really good; the final result was a flawless complexion and my face and neck looked all the one colour in photos taken with a flash.
Have you tried any bronzing primers? Are there any face products you use to make sure your face is the same colour as your tan?

SATURDAY NIGHT’S OUTFIT

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Today is my birthday so my hubby took me out for dinner on Saturday night. Then we met with some friends for a few drinks. I really liked what I wore out and I felt very comfortable in it. It’s Valentine’s Day soon and with it being on a Friday this year some of you will be heading out for dinner with the special someone. Hopefully this post will give you some inspiration so you don’t end up tearing your wardrobe apart winging “I have nothing to wear”.

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I bought this Wal G dress in Bourne in Galway just after Christmas. Since very little in the sales appealed to me I bought this at full price, after all it would be a shame to waste a day out shopping by not buying anything. If I remember correctly it was just under €40 at full price, which is pretty good considering it is quite pretty and I was actually thinking it might be nice enough to be worn to a wedding, with a bit of careful styling. I’m seeing a lot of this cobalt blue in the shops now and it looks set to be a popular colour for spring summer. There is a lot of lovely detail with the cream and contrasting black lace.

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My shoes are from Menbur and I have had them for a while. I love the black lace detail on the vibrant cobalt blue. I knew the minute I saw them that they would be mine. I stalked them on the website for a week before I gave in and bought them.

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I bought this necklace while on holiday in Portugal.

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And this beautiful watch is a birthday pressie from my lovely hubby.

Will you be getting glammed up for Valentine’s or keeping it low key?

FRIDAY STYLE: ORANGE WINTER FLORAL

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Guess what? It’s Friday! Woohoo! My birthday is on Monday but I am claiming this whole weekend as my birthday. Needless to say that I am giddy. I am being taking out for dinner and meeting some friends for a few drinks tomorrow night so watch out for that outfit post. Back to today’s outfit.

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This top is from Awear. The Awear near me has been closed for a few weeks now and I have no idea what the story is but I hope they will reopen. Everything I take out of my wardrobe lately seems to be from Awear. I actually have a few of these tops from Awear; they have a pretty floral print on the front and the back is plain jersey t-shirt material. You can see two of them here and here.

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I love the colours in this floral print so I didn’t see the need for a necklace. You could also wear this with lemon but if you wanted bring out some of the more subtle colours in the print you could pair it with purple or raspberry pink.

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Since it is really birr at the moment I’m keeping the look casual with an orange cardigan from New Look and skinny jeans from Dorothy Perkins. It would look really good with a blazer and heels for a night out; the lace shoulders and sides glam it up. You could also wear it with dress trousers for work. I like how versatile these tops are. I have seen similar tops in other high street shops, if you can’t wait to find out what is happening with Awear.

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These shoes are from the Amy Huberman range for Bourbon. I like to pair the rich cognac colour of the boots with anything with orange in it.

Have you bought any tops like this? How do you style it?

MICHAEL KORS GLAM JASMINE: REVIEW

Michael Kors Glam Jasmine

I don’t really do posts on perfumes because I am not all that confident in my ability to describe fragrances. With makeup I just slap it on my face and do my best to describe what I see and then try to get in as many decent photos as I can. There are only so many photos you can take of a bottle of perfume and there is no point putting in photos of it applied because you can’t see it. I know what scents I like when I smell them but I don’t usually know what makes the scent, if that makes sense. Anyway I have been dying to tell you about Glam Jasmine since I got it for Christmas. I only dropped a few slight blatant hints. Ok I pointed it out and said “I want that” and then wrote it down on a piece of strategically placed paper with details of where you can buy it. A girl needs to be precise to get what she wants and I want just about anything Michael Kors. I am becoming quite the Michael Kors whore and I’m not sorry. Just look at the packaging; it’s just so sleek and gorgeous.

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So how would I describe Glam Jasmine? When I first spray it on me I get a fresh light floral scent along with a hint of citrus. When it dries down it becomes warmer and more sensual. I get a creamy hit of sandalwood and then of course Jasmine. I never realised how much I like Jasmine. I feel the scent is quite sophisticated but not at all like an old lady perfume. One spray is enough as it is quite a strong scent and it lasts ages.
Two other perfumes were released in the collection along with Glam Jasmine. They are Sporty Citrus and Sexy Amber. I usually go for perfumes that are musky with a hint of vanilla, so this is a bit different for me as there is no real sweetness to it. I have tried a sprits of Sexy Amber and that does have the warm sweetness that I like so it’s definitely on the list. I haven’t got my hands on Sporty Citrus yet.
Glam Jasmine is about €53 for 30ml and €76 for 50ml. Have you tried any of them yet?

FACE OF THE DAY, BASE FOR EVERYDAY: PICTURES

Some days when I have a bit of time, usually on the weekends I like to dip into my stash and use products that don’t get used all that often like these ones here:

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However, during the week, when I get ready in the morning before work, I run on autopilot. I automatically reach for the same products every day. These are the tried and tested products I know and trust will last all day and beyond if needed without any need for touch ups. For some reason my handbag is heavy enough without carting around a load of makeup. The only makeup I carry with me is about two or three lip products. I seek out products that I can wear all day, all year round regardless of conditions; I want my makeup to say put through, rain, hail, humidity, sweat, in other words, everything. Here is what I reach for everyday:

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Foundation: Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24 Hour
Colour Corrector for under eyes: Bobbi Brown Corrector
Concealer: either MAC Pro Longwear Concealer or Collection Lasting Perfection (not pictured)
Setting Powder: MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural in Light
Contour: MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus
Blush: MAC Peachykeen
Eyebrows: MAC eye shadow in Omega
Highlighter: ELF Studio Bronzer quad  (the lightest colour that’s nearly all gone)

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Back in November I went out for a cycle, the weather turned on me and I ended up cycling uphill against the wind with rain and hail pelting my face. I was working so hard cycling against the wind trying to get home that I’m sure I was sweating like a beast but it was hard to tell because I drenched from the rain. My point is that my makeup looked fine when I got back and I was amazed; I was sure it would be completely gone off my face and washed down onto the collar of my jacket. Now it didn’t look freshly applied or anything but it would have been passable if need be. My hair on the other hand was a different story.

MAC Prep and Prime

When I am doing my makeup for a special occasion or a night out I will start with MAC Prep and Prime for a primer and the blush and highlighter may be changed depending on the look I am going for but basically I use all the same products to create the perfect base, if I do say so myself.

So these are my fail safe everyday products. This list hardly ever changes, but if you have found something that lasts and lasts and you think I should try it then let me know because I’m always open to trying some new products and I am scrapping the bottom of the bottle of my foundation at the moment.

FRIDAY STYLE: MONOCHROME SMART CASUAL

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Just so you know, lately I have been buying anything with stand out gold zips. Get used to it you will be seeing more gold zips. I think they add a bit of glam and an edge to a plain black item of clothing.

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I picked this jumper up in Awear just before Christmas. I had intended it for casual wear because of its loose fit. I wore it a few times with a t-shirt underneath, but while doing the whole I have nothing to wear to work thing, a bit of inspiration hit and I decided to try it with a white shirt underneath. I’ve never really been one for seeking out the perfect, crisp white shirt to wear under everything, so this shirt is ages old. For a lot of women the white shirt under almost everything is their go to look but I hardly ever do it. I might try it more often because I like how this shirt and jumper look together; they look smart enough to wear to work. There is no real dress code in my office so I can wear jeans, but I only ever wear dark colour jeans in an effort to try and look smart and tidy. The black skinny jeans are super soft skinnies from Dorothy Perkins, which I love the fit of and find really comfortable.

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These Sussit boots would have worked well with this outfit because of the gold hardware, which would tie in with the zips on the jumper.

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However, these wedge heel ankle booties from the Amy Huberman range for Bourbon are new, they were a Christmas present. They are so comfortable and I like them so much that they are hardly ever off my feet.

So we know my gold zip obsession, what details are you drawn to? Do you have the perfect white shirt?

CLINIQUE CHUBBY STICK IN CURVY CANDY: REVIEW AND PICTURES

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Clinique’s Chubby Sticks have been around for a long time now but this is the first one I have ever purchased. Shocking, I know! Described by many bloggers as a hybrid between lipstick and lip balm, I was afraid that they wouldn’t do either well. I don’t mind paying €20 for a lipstick although that price is a bit steep for a lip balm so I was concerned with paying out for something that is a bit of both but not fully either one. I should be ashamed of myself for ever doubting Clinique since their products are always top quality and have never let me down before. Their three step skincare routine got me through my late teens and early twenties with minimal acne.

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Clinique describe Chubby Sticks as “moisturising lip colour balm” and that is exactly what they are. Curvy Candy is lovely to wear; it’s hydrating and comfortable to wear all day. It wouldn’t heel chapped lips, but it may well prevent them from getting chapped in the first place. The colour of Curvy Candy is a really pretty pink, which I am really loving. While it is sheer, the colour is a lot more pigmented than any other tinted balms I’ve tried before. The colour is enough to look more polished but subtle enough to not look like I’ve a pile of slap on. Here are the pictures of it in action:

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Have you tried any Chubby Sticks? Are there any colours you think I should try?

CLARINS EYE PENCIL IN KHAKI: REVIEW AND PICTURES

Clarins Eye Pencil in Khaki

On Saturday I was in a local chemist having a sneaky peek at the Lancôme counter to see if there was anything pretty and new when I spotted a basket on the counter with some discounted cosmetics. It’s not unusual to see a basket of reduced makeup on a counter in a chemist but I never bother to look in them. I always assumed they were full of opened products that people have stuck their fingers into to swatch or else the items are really old or broken. But with a quick glimpse I could see that all the products were either Clarins or Lancôme and they looked fine so I took a closer look. All the products were new, unopened and in perfect condition and better yet they were all marked €7. I’ve been trying not to buy makeup on impulse but instead do some research so I only spend money on products that I really want, but I figured you can’t go wrong with Clarins and the pencil is a beautiful khaki green and you know how much I love green.

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The formula is soft a creamy. It glides on smoothly and doesn’t drag the eyelid. Its well pigmented so you get a solid line of colour in one go; I hate when you have to keep going over the line to fill in the colour, which is something that can happen with cheap eyeliners. There is a smudger applicator on one end so you can create a softer or smoky look. It doesn’t set so it’s not smudge proof or water resistant but it does last all day and night and it’s easy to remove. Unfortunately this means it’s not a great choice if you’re totes emosh or you suffer with allergies. But like I said, it is a beautiful khaki green; here are some pictures:

Clarins Eye Pencil in Khaki

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Other Products:

Eye Shadow: Max Factor Wilde Shadow Pot in Auburn Envy

Mascara: Lancôme Hypnose

FRIDAY STYLE: MY SALES HAUL

I have to say I found the sales a bit disappointing this year. I’m not a great one for rummaging through the rails, I generally skim through and if a colour or print grabs my attention then I will take it out for a better look. There is nothing better than finding something reduced in the sales that you saw and liked before Christmas, but for whatever reason you didn’t buy it back then. I try not to get carried away with the excitement of discount labels. I think it’s important to remember it’s only a bargain if you would be willing to pay full price for it. You often hear someone say “it was only a tenner, sure how could you leave it behind for that price, even if I only wear it once…” We know all the justifications but think of it this way, how would you feel if you realised you lost a tenner; annoyed right? Think twice and don’t pay over a tenner (or whatever bargainous price it is) for something that’s just going to add to the clutter of “nothing to wear” in your wardrobe. Unless you are excited about wearing it, then it’s probably better to leave it behind. This is especially important to remember as we head into this weekend when shops will be trying to get rid of the last of what’s left. You can bet those sales rails will be right inside the front door with big red signs of final reductions.
So here are the sale items that I picked up:

MArco Tozi Boots
These boots were the only purchase that I was genuinely excited about. Before Christmas I was spotting a similar pair of Bourbon boots. The Bourbon ones were 25% off in the sale but they just didn’t fit me right so I left them and sulked the whole way to Paul Byron where I found these Marco Tozi boots. They are almost identical to the Bourbon ones but they were about a hundred quid cheaper, which cheered me right up. They were reduced to €50 from €70.

Vero Moda Monochrome Lace top
I picked this top up in a local boutique that has loads of Vero Moda clothes and it was 25% off.

Vero Moda Pink Lace Top
I have a bit of a thing for Vero Moda and this top was actually €10 in Bourne in Galway, which is a genuine bargain because I would have paid full price for it, I love the colour and lace.

MAngo Studded Skirt
I shopped the Mango sale on St Stephen’s Day from the comfort of my couch in my PJs. I already had the top that matches this skirt and I had wanted to buy the skirt for a while so I was well happy to see it reduced.

Mango Lace Back Top
This top is also from Mango. It’s a plain black jumper in the front and all see trough lace at the back. I’m still all about lace. In case you haven’t noticed.

Closet Skater Dress
This Closet dress was half price in Swamp. I spotted this on the Closet Facebook page ages ago but it was sold out on their site when I looked for it and then I forgot all about it till I saw it on sale. Woohoo!

Awear Lace TopI picked this little cutie up in Awear.I was not happy to see my local Awear closed when I passed by last Saturday; lets hope it can be saved.
How did you get on in the sales? Any star buys you want to tell us about?