WISHING YOU ALL A MERRY CHRISTMAS!

This will be my last post of 2014. I am taking a break from blogging over the Christmas but I will be back in 2015. I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for reading and following. I also want to thank you for your kind comments throughout the year, it means so much to get positive feedback and the lovely compliments are always welcome.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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FRIDAY STYLE: RE-WEARING THE PARTY LBD

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You are probably wondering what I’m at. Only a few weeks ago I told you to be a bit more creative with your Christmas party outfit instead of buying the usual little black sparkly dress and now here I am with a post about a black dress with a bit of sparkly bling. Well I am actually proving my point. I fell in love with this dress last year and had to buy it. However, the only occasion that I felt it was appropriate for was New Year’s Eve. So this beautiful dress has sat in my wardrobe from that night till now. I figure a Christmas night out is the only other time it’s going to be appropriate. My office isn’t having a Christmas party but I am heading out for dinner and drinks with my husband this weekend to celebrate our 5th Wedding Anniversary, so this dress will finally get another outing.

Black Jaime La Vie Dress with Jewelled Neck

Black Jaime La Vie Dress with Jewelled Neck

Black Jaime La Vie Dress with Jewelled Neck

The dress is by the brand Jaime La Vie and I bought it in Carraig Donn. It’s the details of this dress that make it stand out from other black dresses for me. I love the chunky jewelled neckline, which means less times wasted faffing around looking for the perfect necklace. I also like the panel down the middle with an embossed print. It adds a bit of interest and a lux effect. It’s also the perfect lady like length so that I can wear either bare legs or opaque tights. I always feel the need to wear opaque tights with shorter lengths.

Green Snake Print Court

Michael Kors Clutch

Since I don’t have full on glitter ball shoes, my second choice is these green snake print shoes from Enzo Angiolini. I like these shoes along with the coincidentally matching Michael Kors clutch with black. I think they add a nice pop of colour to a black dress.

Are you rescuing any forgotten sparkly black dresses from the back of the wardrobe this weekend?

BENEFIT THEY’RE REAL! REVIEW AND PICTURES

Benefit They're Real!

I’ve wanted to try this mascara for ages now but just never got around to buying it. A while back I got a sample of Benefit’s Bad Gal mascara free with a magazine and I loved it. It gave both volume and length. I kept meaning to buy a full size of Bad Gal or Bad Gal Plum but a new mascara is released almost every five seconds so I kept being tempted by the new ones in search of the best mascara ever. I received this sample size of They’re Real in the Harvey Nichols Glossybox.

Benefit They're Real!
They’re Real certainly lengthens lashes, a lot! It also adds a bit of curl but not much volume so for me it’s not going to be my new favourite. I like it, I don’t love it. My lashes are kind of long already but they have blond tips so you can’t really see the length but any mascara will make them look long. I want full on volume for full on fluttery lashes. The extra length with They’re Real is nice though. The formula is easy to work with, one comb straight through and then a wiggle through are enough. Anymore and it starts to get a bit clumpy but it’s new so that might not be an issue when it dries out a bit.

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I was loving the brush with its spiky tip, which I thought was brilliant for getting into the corners. You are supposed to use the tip to separate the lashes. I was getting along just fine until I poked myself in the eye with the spiky tip, now I’m not sure I like it anymore. I am a little uneasy with it now, but if you just be careful and don’t rush it won’t be a problem.

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Here are the pictures, one comb straight through from root to tip and then a wiggle through.

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Most of you will love the length this mascara gives but for me the search for volume and length together continues. The price for the full size is €26. Have you tried this yet? Is volume enough or do you want it all?

FESTIVE AND SPARKLY GOLD EYE LOOK

Christmas party season is in full swing and what better time to pack on the sparkle. Today’s eye look is gold and bit sparkly but sparkly in a grown up way. I don’t think it’s too over the top and it’s a look anyone can wear without looking like a disco ball. Gold eye shadow is a colour that suites all eye colours and will make the colour of your eyes really stand out.
Products used:

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Kiko Longlasting Shadow Stick in Golden Beige
Lancôme Fil D’ Or Eye Shadow single
MAC Glimmer of Gold Quad (I used the dark gold and the lightest shade)
MAC Gilt by Association Mineralise Eye Shadow
Benefit They’re Real Mascara

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First I used Kiko Golden Beige as a primer base all over lid and crease
Then I packed Fil D’Or all over the lid and into the crease, I also wet the tip of a MAC 219 brush and dipped it into the corner of the Fil D’ Or and lined my waterline with it.
Next I blended the dark gold from the MAC Glimmer of Gold quad into the crease
I then dipped the cleaned MAC 219 brush into MAC Gilt by Association and applied it to the crease and outer corner. I also lined my upper and lower lash lines with it.
I used the lightest shade in the MAC quad for an inner corner and under brow highlight.
Finally, I finished it all off with Benefit They’re Real Mascara.

I have kept this look soft by using the Gilt by Association to line my eyes. You could up the glamour factor with some false lashes and lining the top lashes with a liquid liner. You could also use a pencil on the lower lash line for more intense definition.

What’s your go to Christmas party eye look? Do you wear gold eye shadow?

FRIDAY STYLE: THE CHRISTMAS JUMPER

 

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It’s that time of the year again and that can only mean one thing; the Christmas jumper night out. I am doing the Christmas jumper night out this weekend and I am trying to decide how to style it. Last year was easier because I had to go to a christening earlier so I just put the jumper on over what I was wearing. This year I am starting from scratch. The thing is I am going out, on a night out, in a jumper. I usually like to put a little effort into getting ready for a night out and this week should see the start of Christmas parties so everyone else will be wearing their glamorous party dresses. So I’m trying to decide if I should go all out, put on some tan, curl my hair and wear the jumper with a skirt, heels and a statement necklace or should I enjoy being low maintenance and relaxed and just wear the jumper with jeans and flats. At the moment I am thinking something in between might be the way to go.

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So I’m thinking a basic white shirt underneath for a bit of smart interest (and in case the jumper makes me itchy), my distressed River Island jeans and my Dune courts (although these are very likely to be substituted because they are very high and uncomfortable but they look good in pictures).

Penneys Christmas Jumper

The jumper is from Penneys and it lights up!!!! Penneys are donating €2 to Make-A-Wish Ireland for every full price Christmas jumper sold this week so not just a silly jumper but also supporting a good cause and I can feel smug looking at all the glamorous ladies in their sparkly dresses.

Are you doing the Christmas jumper night out? How will you be wearing your jumper; glamming it up or keeping it casual? More importantly, does your jumper light up?

HERBAL ESSENCES NEW CLEARLY NAKED SHINE COLLECTION: REVIEW

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I think we all know by now that I am an absolute sucker for anything that smells pretty, so when I was sent the Shampoo, Conditioner and Shine Mist from Herbal Essences New Clearly Naked Shine Collection I was eager to get them on my head.

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Herbal Essences have never been afraid of a bit of innuendo but the Clearly Naked refers to fact that the products in the range are free from parabens, silicones, or dyes. It promises to be “Full of all the essentials and nothing else, the lightweight formulas are designed to thoroughly cleanse while captivating the senses with heady aromas of fresh mint, grapefruit and white tea.”

Herbal Essences Clearly Naked Shine Conditioner
There are three products in the Shine range, a shampoo, conditioner and shine mist, all containing white tea and mint extracts to combat dull and lifeless hair. After using all three my hair feels thoroughly clean with no oily residue. It’s also soft and well moisturised by the conditioner, it’s easy to comb through when it is still wet. I used the shine mist after drying to see if I could notice any difference and it does indeed make my hair shinier. My hair is left lightweight, bouncy, swishy and shiny. Best of all it smells gorgeous. What more could a girl ask for?

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The price point is really good on these as well; the shampoo and conditioner are €3.09 for 200mls or €5.39 for 400mls. There are two other ranges in the collection; Volume to pump up flat hair and Moisture to repair damaged hair. Have you tried any of the Herbal Essences Clearly Naked Collection?

MAC SATIN LIPSTICK CAPTIVE: REVIEW AND PICTURES

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Is there anything better than handing over six empty makeup packages and getting a shiny new lipstick for free? I wish other brands would do the same but I guess that’s part of the reason why a MAC counter on a Saturday is like the Hunger Games. My latest back to MAC lipstick is Captive.

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There is a lot of love out there for matte lip products. I, myself prefer a bit of a glossy or shiny finish. I always feared that a matte lippy would be hard to wear. Your lips need to be in perfect condition, which is easier said than done in winter. In an attempt to ease myself into the matte lipstick frame of mind, I decided to try a satin finish as a baby step. The satin finish is not matte but its closer to matte than I am used to, there is still a bit of a subtle shine but it’s definitely not glossy.

MAC Captive

While looking at the rows and rows of colours on the MAC stand, for some reason Captive caught my eye. I’m all about peaches and corals during summer but I prefer shades of plum and berry in the winter. Under the bright makeup counter lights it looked like a soft easy to wear plum. Now that I have it home it’s a bit darker than I first thought but it’s still a wearable shade for me. The MAC website describes it as a pinkish-plum; I would say more of a berry plum, not really pinkish. Wear time with this is much the same as all MAC regular line lipsticks. You get a few hours if you don’t eat or drink. It leaves a bit of a stain so no need to reapply too often. It feels comfortable on the lips but not as moisturising as a Lustre or Cremesheen finish but it’s not too drying either. So here are the pictures:

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Do you have Captive? What is your favourite MAC lipstick? And are you a fan of matte lip products?