Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Halloween Costume Idea- Creepy Doll

Just a quick look at my Halloween costume idea. I'm not the biggest fan of Halloween, but this year I decided to put a little bit more effort into my outfit! The only new thing I bought for this costume was a cheap face painting kit, so it was really cheap and cheerful to pull off :) The paint held up very well, apart from some seriously smudgy knees haha. What do you guys think? Everybody seems to be going all out for Halloween this year, I've seen some pretty amazing costumes so far!

Monday, 2 September 2013

Clothing Haul

I've been shoppiiiiiing :) It's true what they say, money really does burn a hole in your pocket...well it certainly does for me anyway! I accumulated some birthday moola last week and I've been absolutely itching to splash out on some new things. So here's a look-see at what I picked up.
First on the list, these amazing chunky heel ankle boots from OFFICE. I've been on the hunt for a pair of black boots to wear as an alternative to my Docs (which never seem to leave my feet!) for the longest time now, and these ones most definitely fit the bill. They cost €124 at full price, but the sales assistant very kindly gave me my student discount even though I didn't have my student card, bringing the price right down to €105. 
*Ramble alert* I lost my purse at the beginning of the summer and it's been so frustrating not having my student card. Although I've asked on several occasions if I could still have my discount in various shops, they pretty much all refused. I almost felt cheeky asking for a discount on such an expensive purchase in OFFICE, but it just goes to show, if you don't ask you don't receive! So thank you generous sales girl, thank you very much :) *Ramble over*
I actually bought a pair of Jeffrey Campbell Coltrane look-a-likes from River Island on the same day, but returned them after seeing my new beauties. They only worked out €40 dearer, and were far superior in quality (the River Island ones had that yocky plastic look about them). Also, I'm much more of a silver hardware kinda gal, so they are just perfect for me....Queue the music!

Second up, is this super cool vintage shirt I picked up from a shop in Georges Arcade in Dublin. I can't remember the name of the shop, but they've got some great, inexpensive pieces- basically all the same kind of things you find in the Urban Renewal section of Urban Outfitters, but for half the price! Plus, the staff are really, really friendly. The gorgeous colours in this shirt caught my eye immediately, and when the sales assistant commented on how Fresh Prince-esque it was, I knew I needed it haha! It only cost €15, and I can just tell it's going to be one of those wardrobe essentials that I throw on with absolutely everything.
This basic cami from Forever 21 is such a great staple to have. I've got one in black and grey too, but I'm kicking myself for not picking up more as they only cost 2 frickin euro! They're great quality, look super flattering on, and can be dressed up and down.
Next I hit up H&M, where a nabbed this incredible printed jumpsuit on sale for just €10. I don't own any wide legged pants, so I'm looking forward to trying out different ways of styling this.
I also got these cute little beanies for €4.95 each from the mens section of H&M. Hats are such a must-have for me during those rushed college mornings when I don't have time to do my hair!
Just a slightly random note to say that I highly recommend picking up H&M's magazine if you spot it in store. It has some great content, and it's free!
For those of you with no interest in art, this is going to be completely irrelevant...but for those of you who do, I thought I'd mention that Easons have some fantastic offers on their art supplies at the moment. I'm sure many of you know how expensive art materials can be, but I managed to pick up all these things for just €20 which I was thrilled about! A lot of the fashion girls use watercolours for their illustrations, so having never tried them out, I thought now was a good opportunity :) Acrylic paints can be very useful for dying fabric, and I go through a tube of pritt stick about once a week with the amount of collage work I have to do!
So that's it for my haul- I'm trying to resist buying any more clothes and putting all my money towards college...but who knows, it's a whole week before I start back- plenty of time for temptation to sway me haha.

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

The Wedding Outfit

Dress- All Saints
Shoes & Clutch- Kurt Geiger
Earrings- Topshop
Nails- Little Mix (Jesy) Press-On Nails (available from Boots)

Yesterday I returned home from what has been, without a doubt, the best weekend eveeer! My brother got married to his beautiful bride, Fiona, down in Cork and we later headed to the gorgeous Malton Hotel in Killarney, Co. Kerry to commence the long awaited celebrations. I reckon I'll do a separate blog post to show all of the wedding festivities, but for now I'll just give you a look at what I wore to the affair!
Apologies for the quality of the snaps and the distracting patterned carpet haha. Obviously the photos were quite rushed as I didn't want to miss a second of the fabulous wedding :) 
My favourite thing about my outfit was definitely the accessories. I got my shoes quite a while ago, and let me tell you it took some serious will power not to wear them out and show them off until the wedding! I was delighted when my sister picked me up the matching clutch as an early birthday present...Isn't it adorable? :) It also came with an amazing silver chain that I've been sneakily wearing as a necklace! 
I really wanted to get my hands on a pair of white earrings to tie in with the white of my heels, but it was seriously difficult to find some nice ones. Eventually I tracked down this Topshop pair, although I had to carry out a little DIY job on them as they had hideous silver dangly bits hanging off them!
I absolutely adore my All Saints dress. When I tried it on, it was one of those moments in the fitting room where you know you have to have it (even if you can't afford it ha!). It sort of reminds me of a short version of the dress Charlotte wore to Carrie's wedding. For a while, I thought I was super chic prancing around in my heels and drinking cocktails like I was in Sex and the City...But of course that didn't last, and it wasn't long before I'd swapped the stilettos for my Dr. Martens and the cosmos for pints of Bulmers! Classy.
I opted to get my hair done professionally, but did my own makeup. I just wouldn't feel comfortable having somebody else do it for me! It seemed to hold up well anyway so I was a happy camper.
Today is my birthday, but I've never been so delighted to have a day of relaxation with nothing to do. I think I've had enough food, alcohol, dancing and singing to keep me happy for a long time :) 

Monday, 19 August 2013

Outfit of the Night

Shirt- Forever 21
Skirt- Only
Bag- Urban Outfitters
Boots- Schuh
Headband- Topshop

Just thought I'd do a quick post to show what I wore out at the weekend. Apologies for the blurry photos, but when it's ten at night you'll take whatever lighting you can get! Shirts are something I never really wear, so when I saw this little cut-out beauty in Forever 21 I decided to venture outside my comfort zone and try something new. It was only €13 on sale, and it's a great piece to take from day to night. I'm impressed!

On a sad note, my beloved dog Coco had to be put down over the weekend. Anybody who owns a pet will know how quickly they become part of the family, and Cokes has been the best friend in the world to me over the past 12 years...something I made sure to tell him every day ha! I'm devastated and heartbroken that he's gone, and with my brother's wedding just a couple of days away, I'm trying my best not to be down about it and share in the rest of the family's excitement. Not all dogs have amazing characters, but Coco truly did, and there was nobody who could make me laugh and smile as much as he did <3 

 RIP Coco xx

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Current Beauty Favourites

A look at what I've been loving beauty-wise at the moment!

Swatches (from top to bottom)- Collection Work the Colour Eyeshadow Pencil, Catrice Ultimate Colour Lipstick in 060 Oh Juicy, Rimmel Lasting Finish By Kate Lipstick in 16, Benefit High Beam.

1. Benefit High Beam- I'm ashamed to admit it, but I've had this product in my makeup bag for years, and it has gone virtually untouched until now! I've used a dab of it on my inner tear ducts to brighten my eyes every so often, but it's only recently that I've really started to fall for this famous highlighter. My skin is terribly dull at the moment, so a sweep of this stuff across my cheeks is giving me just the radiance boost I've been searching for. If you're ever having a nosy around the Benefit counter, I'd highly recommend asking for a sample of High Beam- the tiniest sample size of this product will last you absolutely aaages (Part of the reason my bottle has gone unused for so long!).

2. Catrice Ultimate Nail Lacquer in 03 Papa Don't Peach- Catrice is a brand I've never really paid much attention to before, but when I saw some of their makeup on offer in my local chemist I decided to give it a try...Boy am I glad I did! I've been absolutely loving the nail varnishes I picked up, and in particular, this beautiful orange/peach colour. It looks great on my nails, and I actually think it makes me look slightly tanned (if that's remotely possible for my whiter than white skin!). The best part though, it cost a mere €1.50. Yeeeah.

3. Benefit World Famous Neutrals Palette- I wasn't all that keen on this palette when I got it as a present from my Mam, as I usually prefer to opt for more dramatic and bold eye make up. However, I've been finding myself constantly reaching for this kit for a more subtle, day time look. It comes with two cream shadow pots, which are great for me on those work mornings when I'm in a hurry- one quick sweep across the eye lids and I'm good to go! The dark brown shadow is perfect for filling in my brows too.

4. Collection Work The Colour Eyeshadow Pencil- This pencil was on offer for just over €3 in Boots so I decided to give it a whirl. I've been loving the results this give me when I apply it to the inner corners of my eyes- an instant brightening affect! It's quick and easy to use, and the consistency is super creamy. I'll definitely be picking this up in a few more colours.

5. Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Concentrated Cream- Forget about nourishing your skin and all that, this stuff smells unbelievable. It's like somebody's been in the kitchen whipping together the most delicious chocolate cake mixture as soon as you rub this on your hands! *Warning* If you're trying to watch what you eat, I'd stay away from this cream because it has me craving chocolate every time I apply it haha. So bad but sooo good.

6. Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs- I've always been a dedicated user of Sally Hansen's Airbrush Legs spray-on tan, so when I saw that they released a squeezy bottle version I was intrigued. This is usually around the €16 mark, but I picked it up for €12.95 in my chemist. It does everything the spray-on version does, (gives your skin an airbrushed effect and adds colour without looking orange or streaky) but it lasts so much longer. I've used this pretty much all over my body 6 times already, and there's still some left! I'm lucky to get 3 uses out of the spray-on bottles usually. 100% converted!

7. Rimmel Lasting Finish By Kate Lipstick in 16- My obsession with these lippies continues. I can't believe this gorgeous pinky coral colour didn't catch my eye sooner! It's such a summery colour and looks great with a tan. I love it for nights out :) 

8. Catrice Ultimate Colour Lipstick in 060 Oh Juicy- Words can't express how in love with this lipstick I am. My other lipsticks have been left deserted at the bottom of my makeup bag, because I have been wearing this little gem non-stop. I saw that it was half price so I thought I'd try it out, not really expecting much..but it is so darn good. The vibrant orange colour is just gorgeous on the lips and seems to match my complexion really well. It just tops off my make up brilliantly and gives it that little something extra! The only drawback with this lipstick is that it tends to rub off on the inside of my lips after a while, leaving a bit of a ring around the edges. But all it takes is a quick top up to solve this problem, and considering it cost me just over €2, it's a sacrifice I'm more than willing to make.

What beauty bits have you been fawning over at the moment? :)