Wednesday, 23 July 2014

STYLE: STRUCTURED SOPHISTICATION

















































After realizing a gaping hole in my wardrobe in the form of a structured, sophisticated bag i took to the world of online shopping to put things right. After consulting many various websites, i found myself scanning the pages of the wonderful Boohoo sale, and to my delight fast came across this beautiful tote(€16) for almost half it's original price, and i knew it would fill all the holes in my wardrobe.

Unfortunately it is no longer available and has sold out. But i am absolutely amazed at the quality of the bag, for such an affordable price i was not expecting much and i'm sure most other bags from Boohoo are of equally good quality. It's in no ways a cheap, tacky faux leather and it feels so sturdy and well structured. It's not at all flimsy, and it smells so good too - i have a thing for nice smelling items! It's safe to say i am in love, and my 10-year-old handbag obsessing self would even give their seal of approval to this beauty.

I've also noticed it is uncannily similar to the Michael Kors Selma Bag, which i shall spend the rest of my days lusting for - until funds allow me to purchase such a luxurious and beautiful piece! Minus the shoulder strap on the Selma, this bag is almost an exact dupe!

I'm pretty much in love with this bag, its the perfect mixture of sophistication & class & looks rather expensive for the price, not to mention it's basically a dupe of the Michael Kors Selma, minus the luxury of course! 

Monday, 21 July 2014

BABYLISS GLAMOUR WAVES


































Big hair, and loose bouncy glamourous waves has always been something i lusted for. After trying various methods, that left me with frizz and just gave my thick unruly hair an unattractive kink i decided it was time to try something specifically targeted for achieving the look i always coveted. I had initially intended on picking up the Babyliss Soft Waves Styler(€31.99/£24.99), which is an extra long thick 34mm barrel specifically designed for us girls with long thick hair but it wasn't in stock when i needed it.

Instead i picked up the next best thing, the Babyliss Glamour Waves Curling Tong(€25.59 /£19.99), it's extremely similar to the Styler, only that it's that bit shorter in length, has a thicker 38mm barrel, and has a clamp. The barrel is infused with keratin, to create extra shiny & healthy looking hair. It creates the most beautiful, soft bouncy waves, when used as a curling tong & the hair is just wrapped around the barrel, without using the clamp. With the clamp it also has the ability to create even bigger, looser waves but i have yet to master using it in this way - i always end up with a crease in the ends of my hair from where the clamp sat.

Down to the nitty gritty, safety-junkies will love to know that this has yet to cause any harm to me after weeks of use, and a very clumsy butter fingers reputation. The Babyliss Glamour Waves comes with 4 heat settings ranging from 165 degrees to 210. Unlike other curling tongs i have tried, this heats up in less than minutes. There's no loitering around waiting for it to heat up, and in the sake of 30 seconds you can get your wave on! Incase you forget to switch it off before you leave the house, it's also fitted with an auto switch off, meaning there's no need to turn back mid way through your daily work commute. It comes with a heat protectant mat too, so is definitely a save bet for all us clumsy bettys!

With regards the hold of the curl, it really depends on how fine your hair is. As i have already mentioned- 100000 odd times before - i have extremely thick hair which means any type of curl doesn't last in my hair, at all. The weight of my hair leads these waves to drop within a couple of hours, with most of the style going to the ends. But these waves drop so beautifully, that you could get away with them the day after and still look effortlessly glamorous, sounds like a dream right? A quick touch up and your good to go. The Keratin infused barrel really does seem to be working it's magic because everytime i use it my hair looks silky smooth and feels utterly beautiful!

If you're looking for a tong that gives you neat tight curls, that you want to hold in place all day this is definitely not for you. But, for girls with long thick hair, like yours truly, who crave effortless looking waves, and big big hair this is definitely the one for you. I feel that if you use it as a tong rather than the way i use it, you would be able to achieve bigger, bouncier hair - but as aforementioned, i have yet to master that technique!

HOW I USE IT:
How i currently use this to make my hair look styled, without that much effort, is simply by sectioning my head in two, baring in mind i have extremely long, thick hair those gals with shorter, thinner hair may get away with not sectioning it at all. I use the tongs on the highest heat setting which is 210 degrees and turning the barallel upside down I wrap approx a 1inch section of my hair around it, in the direction that is away from my face. I leave it for anything between 20-30 seconds, just to give a greater curl and increase the longevity. I usually stick to the one direction when curling it, and don't alter it. I find this allows the waves to merge into a few big thick waves. Once i have my whole head curled, i like to slightly back comb my hair from the ends upwards, this just adds to the volume. I then spray my whole head with hair spray, and voila, i'm good to go!

The Babyliss Glamour Waves definitely gets my seal of approval, it satisfies my lust for big bouncy waves, while also leaving my hair looking beautifully smooth & shiny & all at a budget friendly price.. what more could a gal want?

Sunday, 20 July 2014

THE SUNDAY VIDEO | MY FOUNDATION ROUTINE


After many technical difficulties- i'm looking at you bad wifi connection, my latest youtube video is finally live! I am beginning to grow tired of apologizing for the atrocious lighting situation of my most recent videos but lets just say it's a work in progress & i will do my very best to have a play around with the settings for my next video!

I have finally found a foundation routine & application method that delivers a seamless base that lasts all day long while not looking cake-y in the slightest. It's quite a dewy finish routine which is perfect for the sunnier months. I do not wear this look every single day but just on special occasions, nights out & on days where my skin needs a bigger pick-me-up than usual!

PRODUCTS USED:
ELF MINERAL FACE PRIMER / NYX DEWY FINISH SETTING SPRAY / BOURJOIS HEALTHY MIX SERUM GEL FOUNDATION / NYX LIQUID ILLUMINATOR IN SUNBEAM / REAL TECHNIQUES POINTED FOUNDATION BRUSH (PART OF CORE COLLECTION) / ELF POWDER BRUSH / SEVENTEEN STAY TIME CONCEALER IN EXTRA FAIR / REAL TECHNIQUES CONTOUR BRUSH (CORE COLLECTION) / RIMMEL STAY MATTE PRESSED POWDER IN TRANSPARENT / ELF COOL BRONZER / ELF COMPLEXION BRUSH / NATURAL COLLECTION BLUSH IN PEACH MELBA / CROWN BRUSH C406 DUO FIBRE / MAC MINERALIZE SKIN FINISH IN SOFT & GENTLE

Atrocious lighting and my unprepared rambles of justification of myself aside, i hope it assists someone out there, and thank ya'll for watching!

Friday, 18 July 2014

OUTFIT: BLACK, WHITE & RED


BLAZER: MY MUMS (SIMILAR HERE) / BLACK CAMI: F&F CLOTHING AT TESCO (SIMILAR HERE) / WHITE JEANS: PRIMARK (SIMILAR HERE) / HEELS: EBAY / NECKLACE: PRIMARK - OLD
I thought it was time i showed you how i would style my beloved Ebay heels that i posted about here. I am still completely in love with them and their beauty, and even though they make me closer to 6ft than i would like, i just can't stop prancing around in them! 

I can't help but feel there is an air of sophistication around this outfit, it looks very office like. I absolutely love white on white at the moment, its so effortlessly chic and so easy to wear. Monochrome is also a look i am supporting quite alot recently, and again i love how chic and sophisticated it looks. 

I am hoping to start posting more outfit of the days and expanding my personal style a bit more. A major wardrobe update is on the cards! A big thank you to my brother who stood and took 20+ photos of my outfit, which only 5+ made the cut. Another thing to point out is the pancake on my head, i have never wore my hair like this nor do i ever intend to leave the vicinity of my house with it like this, i was just having a major bad hair day - ya'll know what i mean. Also excuse the very sharp, female dog like faces i always seem to pull while getting my picture took, #unphotogenicproblems.

I feel i am finally getting on top of blogging things, and finding my summer routine so from now on posts should be much more evenly spaced & a routine shall develop around these parts..