FRIDAY STYLE: HOLIDAY PACKING

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Following on from Wednesday’s post, which was all about what beauty products I am bringing on holidays, todays post is about the clothes. I have tried as much as possible to choose items that I can mix and match so as to get lots of outfits out of a few items of clothing. So let me break it down for you:

I’ll focus more on the evening ware (I’m sure you’re not interested in my smalls)

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One Skirt, which I can wear with three of the four tops and the denim jacket if it gets cool in the evenings

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The Floral Trousers can be worn with the same three tops and the navy blazer

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The Black Trousers can be worn with the three the tops again and the denim jacket. Of course I am bringing the Kimono with me, which I can wear with the black trouser or jeans along with the white top.

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The distressed jeans can be worn with all of the tops with either the blazer or jacket.

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Of course I am bringing a dress or two for evenings as well as a few different light summer dresses for walking around during the day.
I am not a big fan of shorts on me so I am only bringing one long denim pair along with a vest top or two.

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As for shoes I am bringing a pair of low wedge peep toes, a flat pair of sling back peep toes, two pairs of flip flops and I will wear a pair of runners over and back. I am keeping accessories to a minimum so I can buy some while I am there.

So that’s how I am mixing and matching my evening ware to keep my baggage under the 20k limit, hopefully.

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HOLIDAY PACKING: THE BEAUTY EDIT

I am heading away to the sun for 10 days and as much as I would like to pretend that I can pack lightly the truth is I want everything with me. I have tried to whittle it down as much as possible and pick up smaller sizes of the products I want to bring with me where possible. I don’t like to decant things into travel size bottles because (1) I don’t want to contaminate products I put on my face with any more germs and bacteria than I have probably already got in there and (2) we all know I would just make a mess. Let’s face it, even if there were all travel size I would probably still have too much to put in a zip lock bag, so it will need to go into my checked in bag anyway. I usually put all liquids and lotions in a plastic bag and tie a knot in the bag before I put them into toiletry bags. The plastic bags contain any leaks while the toiletry bags keep things together in a shape that is easier to squeeze in besides clothes and offers a little more cushioning and protection to prevent leaks. So here are the products:

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Skin Care:
Cleanser: La Roche Posay Physiological Gel
Eye Cream: Olay Regenerist Luminous Dark Circle Correcting Swirl – this is the same bottle I told you about in this post, lasting ages so really good value
Serum: L’Oreal Revita Lift Laser Renew
Moisturiser: L’Oreal Revita Lift Magic Blur – this and the serum are new and I will tell you how I got on with them in a few weeks. I choose these because (1) they were on offer and (2) they are aimed at a slightly older age bracket but I figured this could help minimise the damage of spending so much time in the sun during the days and drinking most nights.

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Hair and Body:
Shampoo and Conditioner: Pantene Youth Protect 7
Body wash and lotion: Body Shop Moringa Collection – I’ve had this little set for a while and forgot about it until I spotted it recently and figured it would be perfect for travelling.
Sun Cream: Piz Buin Tan & Protect Tan Intensifying Sun Lotion SPF 15 and SPF 6 I do actually tan but I always use my husband’s SPF 30 on my face and feet, you definitely don’t want sunburn on your feet.

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Makeup – The Basics:
Primer: MAC Prep & Prime
Foundation: Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24 hour
Powder: MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural
Concealer: Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer
Bronzer: MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural Medium Deep
Brows: MAC Omega
Blush: MAC Peaches

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Makeup: Eyes
Mascara: L’Oreal 4D
Eyeliner: Kiko Sportproof in Metallic Taupe and Smashbox Limitless in Black Violet
Primers: Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadows in Rose Brown, Light Taupe and Golden Beige, these can be uses as primers and eye shadows on their own
Powder Eye shadows: MAC – Satin Taupe, Beluga, Fireside, Summer Haze and Twilight Falls
Highlighter: Nars Orgasm
So there you have, I know its loads but mostly essentials, really.

KIKO GLAMOROUS EYE PENCIL IN PLUM: REVIEW AND PICTURES

Kiko Glamorous Eye Penncil in Plum

This is the last of the products from my Kiko haul, last but certainly not least. Here are the links to my reviews of the Sportproof Liner and the Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadows. Kiko does not have any retailers here in Ireland but their web site does deliver to Ireland and there are lots of stores abroad so check the website for locations if you are planning on travelling to see if there is one near where you are going. The products I have tried so far have all been quality products at really good value prices. The Glamorous Liner was originally €4.20 but is on offer at €2.90 at the moment.

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Kiko Glamorous Eye Pencil in Plum is a beautiful metallic plum colour. It is soft and creamy and glides on smoothly without any dragging. The only thing is it may be a bit too buttery, as in the colour skips a bit and sometimes I have to go over the line again to get a neat continuous line. It’s not really a big deal considering the price and the fact that the colour is gorgeous. It’s long lasting but it doesn’t set so it will smudge if you rub it but won’t fade throughout the day. It claims to be waterproof, I haven’t really tested that but I can say it doesn’t move when I splash water on my face before applying cleanser. I really like this eyeliner, it may not be the best pencil liner I have ever tried but I would say it stands up to some liners three times the price; it’s definitely the best under a fiver liner I have tried. I am really enjoying using it and I am sure it will be one of the few liners that I use and sharpen so much that it gets worn down to a nub. So here are the pictures:

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Other products:
Kiko Long Lasting Shadow Stick in Light Taupe as a base
MAC Satin Taupe Eye Shadow lid and crease
Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara

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Have you tried anything from Kiko yet?

FRIDAY STYLE: THE PRETTIEST FLORAL MIDI SKIRT

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Some of you have spent the entire summer complaining about the heat and humidity. You may have also been expressing how much you are looking forward to autumn and how happy you are now that it’s getting cooler. Not me! I love summer, I love heat even if it is humid and I love the long bright evenings. I hate when it starts getting darker early. I am digging my heels, nails and everything else in and clinging on to the last dregs of summer for as long as I can. Which brings us on to today’s bright summery outfit.

ASOS Floral Scuba Midi Skirt

Is this not the prettiest skirt you have ever seen? The floral print of this is just so cute. The shape and length add to its cuteness. As far as the midi length skirt goes this one is a good length for me because it’s a bit shorter, like me. The material is that scuba material so it will hold its A-line shape. I got this recently from ASOS. With all the many colours in it I am spoilt for choice as to what to wear it with, so I can wear it with loads of different tops and get lots of wear out of it.

Penneys Peach Textured Top

I have paired my super cute skirt with this bright coral/peach top from Penneys to keep it summery. I am bringing this skirt on holidays with this top and I will also bring a mint green and a white top. That’s three different outfits from one skirt (more baggage room to buy stuff while I’m out there). You could also make this skirt a bit more appropriate for autumn by wearing it with some of the darker colours in the floral print, like the dark raspberry pink/plum or the dark green.

Gold Filigree Statement Necklace

As I always say a plain round neck top needs a little something so I picked this necklace, which I got while on holidays last year.

Nude Courts

There are a lot of bright colours going on here already so I figured nudes shoes would be the best option instead of throwing in another colour. These shoes are Kate Appleby for Knightsbridge.

Are you embracing the darker autumnal tones or are you clinging on to bright summery colours?

GARNIER BODY HYDRA LOCK LOTION: REVIEW

Garnier Hydra Lock Intensive 24H Rich Hydrating Lotion

Garnier Body Hydra Lock Intensive 24 hour Rich Hydrating Lotion is for normal to dry, dehydrated skin. If I’m being honest my skin isn’t really all that dry. I used to get crocodile scales on my shins after shaving my legs but I just wax them now so it’s not a problem anymore. So why did I buy this then, well I do like the feel of luxuriously rich moisturiser on my skin. Also my skin can get a bit dehydrated and feel tight and a bit itchy if it’s been exposed to the sun. I like to get outside at the weekends for a cycle or a hike and I did recently get a little burnt while out, in my defence it was overcast when I was leaving the house so I only put a low factor sun cream on, then it cleared up and I was enjoying the lovely weather so much I stayed out longer than I intended. I bought the Garnier Hydra Lock because even though I only got a slight burn, I was afraid of the dreaded itchy peeling so I wanted something really rich.

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Garnier Body Hydra Lock is enriched with 5% Hydro Urea to help lock in moisture. My skin definitely feels well hydrated and more comfortable after I use it. The lotion feels silky and luxurious, I love slathering it on. It’s also been a saviour for my hands, which I am constantly washing lately because everyone is sniffling all around me. Keep your germs to yourself people! As for the scent, I don’t think I have ever done such a 360 on a scent before. I wasn’t sure about it at first because it reminded me of a mixture of incense and baby powder. However, as it sinks in, which it does quickly, the scent dries down to a more subtle and comforting scent. I now actually find myself sniffing my arm weirdo style to inhale the scent because I like it so much now, there is just something warm and comforting about it.

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This lotion sinks in quickly without any greasy residue. It feels rich, luxurious and silky on the skin and it leaves my skin feeling soft and hydrated. The price is €6.99 in Boots for a massive 400ml bottle. I like it so much that I am definitely going to pick up the 250ml bottle to bring with me on holidays, which is only €2.50 in Boots and is oddly better value, normally the larger the sizes are better value.
Have you tried this yet? What is your favourite budget moisturiser?

FACE OF THE DAY: #FOTD

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I like reading face of the day posts but I hardly ever do them myself because I am a creature of habit and tend to wear more or less the same products most days. I have decided to make more of an effort to mix it up a bit now and then in order to get some more use out of all the other products that are sitting in my stash being ignored. Some of which are actually really great products but like I said it’s just habit that keeps me reaching for the old reliable. So here is today’s face of the day:

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Foundation: Max Factor Whipped Cream Foundation
Setting Powder – MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural
Blush: Rimmel Lasting Finish Soft Colour Mono Blush in Live Pink
Concealer – Nars Radian Creamy Concealer
Eye shadow: Maybelline Big Eyes Eyeshadow Palette in Brown
Eyebrows: MAC Omega
Mascara: Max Factor Clump Defy Extensions
Lipstick: Clarins Joli Rouge Brilliant Perfect Shine Sheer Lipstick in Sweet Plum

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Do you mix your makeup up regularly or are you a creature of habit like me?

FRIDAY STYLE: CLASSIC MONOCHROME WITH NEW TRENDS

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Happy Friday! I don’t know about you but I found that this week just dragged on. Anyway today I am talking about two trends that I see creeping into the shops at the moment for the new season along with a good old classic trend that is always chic; monochrome. Monochrome is always a fail-safe, go-to if you want to look polished. It’s a good option for work or job interviews, as well as nights out or family dinners or special occasions. The possibilities are endless.

Penneys White Open Knit Top

I mentioned before that it looks like texture is going to be the next big thing. I see a lot of quilting, appliques, open knit, lace, crochet and crepe or waffle style fabrics coming in. Today I have an open knit top with a soft peplum shape that I picked up in Penneys recently. It is totally see through so I would suggest a top underneath. The plain white vest top I have on is also from Penneys.

Peplum Zips Closet Skirt

This skirt is from Closet and it kind of fits in with another trend I am noticing; fish tail skirts. So a true fish tail skirt would be a pencil (or wiggle) skirt about knee length or a bit longer and it kicks out at the hem like the one I have on here. While my skirt isn’t really long enough for this trend its close enough for me to feel like I am wearing a current style without spending any more money. With things in and out of style so fast, sometimes it’s worth looking to see if anything you already have could work. That way you can wait to see if it’s something that will keep coming back into fashion before you spend your cash on something new.

New Look Pointed Court

Keeping it monochrome the shoes are from New Look. I was tempted, as I usually am when wearing monochrome, to wear bold coloured shoes but stuck with the black in the end because these shoes have gold on the heels which ties in with the gold zips on the skirt.

Black Diamante and Velvet Strip Statement Necklace

The necklace is from Parfois. As usual I always think a round neck top needs a little something and this necklace ties in nicely with my monochrome theme for this outfit.

Have you noticed the textured clothing and fish tail skirts in any shops yet?